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Array the
summer
Generating sewage since 1982
volume 12 issue 5
Thursday, August 10,1995
AMS to join new national student federation
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
For the first time in almost
twenty years, UBC belongs to a
national student organization.
At their Aug 2 meeting, AMS
Council overwhelmingly passed
a resolution to join the newly-
formed Canadian Alliance of Student Associations.
AMS Coordinator of External
Affairs David Borins, who presented the motion to join CASA,
said "I think it's positive. Finally
we'll have some national representation at UBC."
CASA was formed last January to lobby for undergraduate
student concerns, partly as a reaction to the confrontational political style of the Canadian Federation of Students. With UBC's
entrance into CASA, the alliance
will represent a total of eleven
schools and 200,000 students.
Council approved Borins' motion after a short debate with few
dissenting voices. Board of Governors student representative
Michael Hughes was concerned
that CASA's annual fee of $ 17,000
was unrealistically low and that
it would inflate over time.
Citing researcher salaries,
travel expenses and translation
costs, Hughes said "The fees now
are quite reasonable. In the future, though, I don't see how it
will be possible to keep such low
fees."
Hughes also argued that
CASA's voting procedures would
prevent any meaningful motions
from being passed. The alliance's
three-step voting policy is
intended to ensure accountability, but Hughes argues it will
probably result in gridlock.
"It really makes it impossible
to pass any meaningful motions,"
Hughes said. "It's okay now with
a few schools, but what happens
when more join?"
Graduate Students' Society
Director of Student Affairs Steve
Wilson said that since CASA is
an undergraduate students' organization, the AMS would be doing a disservice to its grad student
constituents by joining the organization.
"We have been told many
times by the CASA people that
they are not interested in dealing
with issues that aren't strictly educational and aren't undergraduate in nature.... I don't think that
7,000 grad students at UBC
would be happy about the AMS
using the fees that they collect
from [grad students] and using
those fees to support an organization that has decided to exclude
itself from issues of graduate student concerns," Wilson argued.
David Borins, however, said
that while CASA's focus was not
primarily on graduate student issues, CASA would strive to liase
with graduate student organizations wherever possible.
CASA National Director Alex
Usher told The Ubyssey in a phone
interview that he wasn't surprised
by the news of UBC's decision
to join. "UBC has been a player
from the start," he said. "They've
followed through with the
committment and we're glad to
have them aboard."
Usher also stated that membership in CASA would be of real
benefit to UBC. "Where CASA
provides the best service to its
members is to give students a
voice on national issues which
aren't necessarily dealt with in
your province now, but are sure
going to be in a few years."
Borins said student council
would not hold a referendum on
joining CASA. The AMS will
launch an advertising and education campaign in the fall, however, to inform students about
CASA and how they can play a
role in the organization.
It was wet, it was wild... the annual Gay Pride parade drew thousands of participants and
onlookers to the westend last Monday. Chris Nuttall-Smith photos
Council passes austere interim budget
by Scott Hayward
AMS volunteers will be going
hungry after Council passed its
1995/96 fiscal budget. AMS clubs
and constituencies, as well as several AMS services including CiTR
and AMS Programs face cuts
while the salaries and honoraria
for many positions within the
AMS will receive increases.
Council passed what was described by AMS Director of Finance Tara Ivanochko as an interim budget "Budget Committee
will come back with the final document, the draft that is due in September or October," she said.
"On the one side we have the
fiscal restraints that we're in because of the deficit situation. On
the other hand we have the potential for new money coming in,"
said Ivanochko. The deficit situation was created by overspending
of well over $200,000 last year.
The AMS will pay off the deficit
at a rate of $50,000 per year for
five years.
Refreshments at all AMS committees except AMS Council
meetings have been slashed to
zero. Council's food budget was
cut from $2,400 last year ($3601.19
actual) down to $900.
Salaries for five AMS executives increased from $60,300 last
year to $80,000, while their meal
allowance was cut. Salaries in the
budgets of the AMS
Ombudsoffice, Volunteer Services, and Safewalk all received
healthy increases.
Three new commissions were
created within the AMS in the last
Student Senate Rep. Willem Maas
Chris Nuttall-Smith photo
year, and the honoraria for their
members total $18,900. Honoraria
for the fourth AMS commission,
the Student Administrative
Commission, increased by $2,250.
The new commissions were created as part of the Committee for
Organizational Review and Planning (CORP) report last fall.
AMS clubs and constituencies
have in the past been eligible to
receive grants from Council which
are often used to cover conference
travel expenses or to organize
events. Last year $7,500 each was
alotted for club and constituency
grants. Both have been suspended
this year.
The student radio station CiTR
had its budget cut from $79,865
to $74,990, but Station Manager
Linda Scholten felt that
even last year's budget
was unreasonable. "The
budget they gave us last
year was almost $80,000,
but I asked for $84,000
knowing that's where we
were going to come in,
and that's where we
came in. I asked for
$84,000 again and
they're giving us about
$ 10,000 less than what I asked for,"
she said.
CiTR will likely cut promotions
and recruitment and try to save on
photocopying expenses. "The
other place that I'm trying to cut
is in student jobs. We normally
have about 13 work study jobs and
this year I'm cutting it back to
about 7 or 8," Scholten said. While
Budget Committee made suggestions where CiTR should cut, "it's
just not possible," she said.
However there is some hope for
the station. "[Ivanochko] has assured me that the AMS is doing
everything they can to find alter-
native revenue sources," said
Scholten. "That's sort of what I'm
counting on."
AMS Programs also saw then-
budget slashed from by just over
12% to $ 113,150. Programs Director Pam Taigle was not surprised
by the cuts, but was "disappointed
that they couldn't find some different areas and that they had to
cut so much from the programs
department." However she said "I
can't say that I'm mad because I
understand the situation".
While she described some reductions as "just a matter of
tighening your belt," others will
affect programs. The Jazz Festival
will not be held this year, there will
likely be fewer higher profile
bands playing in the SUB Ballroom, and Subsonic Thursdays at
the Pit will now have a $2 cover
charge. "It [may] actually be the
first time that students are going
to be charged to get into the Pit,"
she said.
Taigle emphasized that she
would prefer to cut the number of
programs instead of their quality.
Programs is "trying to stretch the
dollar as much as we can without
bending on the quality, and if the
quality is to go then we're not going to do it at all," she said.
Members of Student Senate
Caucus (SSC) were upset with
their budget initially being reduced from $ 1,435.80 to $490.00.
Senator Willem Maas complained
that "Council is quite willing to allocate large sums of money to
newly-created positions within the
AMS while expecting the 17 student members of Senate to subsist on $490 and pay out of their
own pockets to represent UBC
students."
Ivanochko defended the budget noting "the largest cut to student senate was the $495 food
budget." She felt that the SSC cuts
were "in line with what we did to
everybody." Council did increase
the SSC budget by $200 to $690
by reducing its own refreshments
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The McEwen Report: Recommendations
The AMS commends President Strangway's office for its serious consideration of the report's contents. As well, we believe the the vast majority of faculty on campus,
both within and without the Department of Political Science, are dedicated—and have always been dedicated—to improving the climate for students on campus.
The AMS is committeed to working constructively with the administration and faculty, as well as our own graduate constitutency, to effect positive and beneficial changes
to academic life at the University of British Columbia.
We believe the University is obliged to respond by implementing the recommendations fully and expeditiously. The following text represents the Graduate Student Society's
recommendations that the Alma Mater Society has endorsed:
1. Include Students in the
decision-making process
Recommendation 1 (p. 149): Nominees of the GSS and AMS
(where appropriate) are expecting to be involved in any.and
all committees arising fromthe report. In addition, Political
Science students themselves should be involved in any process
that affects their department. Students are expecting significant
involvement in the decision-making process.
2. Deal with incidents of
retaliation immediately
Recommendation 3 (p. 149): The Report documents two cases
of retaliation against students that have already occurred, and
recent breaches of student confidentiality may also constitute
retaliation. It is essential that the University immediately
investigate these incidents (as proposed in the Report, pl37:
139) and initiate disciplinary and/or remedial action where
appropriate. In addition, students expect to be informed about
procedures that are in place to protect them from future
retaliation.
3. Strengthen the Faculty of
Graduate Studies
Recommendation 4 (p. 149): We endorse recommendations of
the Report that call for the strengthenings of the Faculty of
Graduate Studies (pl44), and a recognition ofthe basic conflict
of interest that may arise when heads of departments are called
upon to investigate complaints in their departments (pi 19,
pi 46).
4. Create an Ombudsoffice
Recommendation 7 (pl50): We strongly support the call for
legitimate, adequately funded Ombudsoffice which is
independent of the University administrative structure. This
should not simply be a reorganization of the Equity Office, •
which is not adequately independent and impartial.
5. Issue a Formal Apology
ThePresident ofthe University Should issue a formal, public
apology to students which acknowledges the seriousness of
the allegations and the University's inadequate responses (p24).
6* Investigate all documented and
outstanding allegations
It is incumbent upon the University to investigate all
documented allegations arising from this report, as well as
other outstanding allegations (ie. counselling psychology), as
outlined in ifis-own "Policy on Discrimination and Harassment
(1995)" (hereafter "the Policy"). Thele investigations should
be initiated by the University on behalf of students (as outlined
in the Policy), and should not require individuals to file
additional, independent complaints. This process should allow
for possible disciplinary action against individual faculty
mettjbers, should be expedited for those students who have
already participated in the process in good faith, and should
include redress for those stuents who have suffered in the past
and will not benefit fromfuture changes. The University will
continue to be in contravention of tis own Policy until these
outstanding complaints are addressed.
7. Reimburse the GSS for legal costs
The University should reimburse the UBC Graduate Student
Society for legal expenses incurred in protecting the rights of
its constituents. The students were the only group without
legal counsel provided at tbe University's expense. In addition,
the success of the Enquiry was largely due to the provision
of legal counsel on behalf of students; only two students had
participated before counsel was provided.
8. Establish a Scholarship Fund
The University should establish a scholarship fund to support
research into issues of discrimination and harassment. This
would be an important practical and symbolic gesture on the
part of the University.
9. Keep Admissions Closed
Recommendation 1 (pl49): It is our view that graduate
admissions to the Political Science Department should be
clo||d to new students until all of the Report's recommendations
hsiye been fully implemented. Students currently enrolled in
the Department should not suffer academically or financially
as a result of the closure.
T^e Alrna Mater Scoiety commends the University for the
important step that it has taken with this Enquiry, and we look
forward to being involved in a prdcess that will bring about
significant change.
For more information contact:
Steve; Wilson, Director of Student Affairs
Graduate Student Society
Narniko Kunimoto, Vice-President
Alma Mater Society
ALMA MATER SOCIETY
STUDENT SOCIETY OF UBC
At the Alma Mater Society Council meeting of August
2,1995 the AMS passed a resolution to support the
Graduate Student Society's position, as presented,
regarding Joan McEwen's Report in Respect of the
Political Science Department of the University of British
Columbia.
Prepared by your Student Society news
Divided AMS endorses GSS policy
The 50th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima was observed at many events -
around town last weekend. At the Powell St. festival kids and grownups decorated
Japanese lanterns which were set afloat in English Bay to commemorate the victims
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Chris Nuttall-Smith photo
by Matt Thompson
AMS Council voted last week
to officially endorse the Graduate Student Society's (GSS) position on the McEwen report.
The GSS's stance on the report was outlined in a position-
paper distributed to Council at its
July 26th meeting. The paper
states that the GSS supports the
controversial McEwen report on
UBC's Political Science Department and commends UBC president David Strangway's decision
to suspend admissions to the department's graduate program.
GSS Director of Student Affairs Steve Wilson presented the
position paper to council. "We
believe the majority of students
on this campus support the findings of this report," Wilson said,
"and what we're basically asking
Council to do is to reflect that
fact."
Wilson asked that Council
adopt the nine "priorities" outlined in the two-page GSS position paper. These included lobbying for GSS and AMS repre
sentation on committees arising
from the report, demanding
President Strangway a publicly
apologize to students* working for
further investigation into all allegations contained in the report,
and supporting the university's
decision to suspend graduate admissions to the Poli. Sci. Dept.
Student Senator Willem Maas
was an outspoken opponent of
the motion. Earlier in the meeting, Maas had read comments
from an anonymous political science student reportedly claiming
that student "radicals" within the
department had effectively silenced criticism of the McEwen
report among students in the department, and that the GSS position on the report was unrepresentative of the views of many
Poli. Sci. graduate students.
The debate over the motion
took a decidedly different turn as
1 Arts Rep. Craig Bavis moved that
the motion be amended to exclude priority 9 of the GSS position paper, the section supporting the university's decision to
suspend graduate admissions to
the department.
Business Office Resignation
Arts rep Craig Bavis asked
about Facilities Development
Manager Leslie Kinerva, who
tendered her resignation effective
August 4, 1995. She will be leaving "to go work with [former
AMS General Manager] Charles Redden,"
according to current
AMS GM Bemie Peets.
She will not be replaced
per se, but ''in all likelihood there will be an internal
shuffle of responsibilities to people who currently exist within the
AMS," said Peets. When asked
why, Peets replied by saying "part
of it is budget constraints. We're
trying to take a look at our ability
to manage with the current
number of people that we have."
Council then went in camera to
further discuss the issue.
Electoral Policy Review
Council received the report of
an ad hoc committee which annually reviews the AMS' electoral
policies. Craig Bavis reviewed the
findings ofthe committee, which
was to address concerns with the
"environmental impact" and cost
of the elections. Last year, "elections were budgeted for 17 1/2
thousand dollars and they ended
up costing the [AMS] $25,000,"
he said. The 1995-9(5 budget allocates $ 11,080 for elections, and
lists revenue received from The
Ubyssey Publications Society for
running the election of its Board
of Directors and from the university for its Board of Governors
and some student Senate
reps.The report recommended
that "the campaign spending limit
be set at $100.00 per candidate,"
compared to $200.00 last year. It
also proposed that "only candidates receiving 20% of votes cast
for a position, excluding spoiled
ballots, are eligible for the reim
bursement of campaign materials," up from 10%. Both measures
were proposed "to reduce the
expenses of elections," said Bavis.
However Council felt that raising
the reimbursement limit lo 20'V«
''could further reduce the possi-
Council Briefs
August 2nd
bility of people running for AMS
positions, especially considering
the rising popularity of slates,"
said law rep .Craig Munroe. "If
it's a question of spending 1,000
extra dollars to have 10 extra candidates running, I think it's" worth
it," said student Senator Willem
Maas. The report was accepted,
but a note was attached to it that
Code and Bylaws Committee,
which will implement the
changes, reconsider the reimbursement issuc.The report also
recommended that the Elections
Administrator be appointed by
early October, that candidates be
"prohibited from using the materials or resources of AMS Student
Government or AMS Student
Services," and that campaigning
for referenda be permitted during voting week because Elections Committee has "no means
of enforcing [campaigning] regulations". This last proposal was
made because current policy
"leads to cases, such as during the
[Ubyssey Publications Society]
referendum, in which the group
that observes the rules is penalized while the group that violates
rules is not," said the report.
CASA
After some discussion, the
AMS decided to join the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. For details, see story on
page 1.
Communications Coordinator
The AMS will spend $28,000
to hire and support a Communications Coordinator as recommended by the AMS Communications Planning Group. There
was some discussion on whether
or not students
should be used instead of hiring a full
time person and
whether that person
would have too
much power lo set AMS policies.
Since the AMS meeting, an offer
of employment was accepted by
Faye Samson. She will begin "towards the end of August", according to AMS President Janice
Boyle.
AMS Budget
The AMS budget was approved for the 1995/96 fiscal year
was approved. For details, see
story on page 1.
Executive Accountability
Senator Willem Maas presented a pair of motions which
would require AMS executives to
provide monthly written reports
to Council listing their progress
and providing budgetary expenditures to date. Maas feels that the
AMS "has been run by what is
essentially a system of executive
government without much scrutiny from the students at large or
even from other members of
Council." The motions were
soundly defeated. Arts rep
Andrew Ferris was concerned
that "Councillors themselves
should personally enforce executive accountability, rather than
shifting it to the executives to
police themselves." Maas said
that "it is unfortunate that these
motions were quickly defeated at
one overly-burdensome meeting."
- Scott Hayward
Some council members said
that students can make their own
decision as to whether to enroll
in the department after all.
Gail Edwards condemned this
attitude. "If you would still want
to attend this department, with all
these findings of widespread sexism and racism, then you are de
facto part ofthe problem," she declared.
The amendment was eventually defeated in a 10 against, 9 for,
1 abstention vote. The original
motion then passed with an 11
for, 6 against, 3 abstention vote.
After the meeting, Steve
Wilson said he- had anticipated
that the issue would be a contentious one within the AMS.
Wilson added that while he
was sympathetic to the concerns
of undergraduate students, the
concerns raised in McEwen's report took precedence. "It's up to
the Dean of Graduate Studies, [to
decide] and we have to support
him in his decision because there
are precious few people on this
campus beyond the students that
are publicly supporting the position he's taking on this."
No tanks, says
CP&D to 'geers
By Joe Vales
The fate of UBC Engineers' newly-erected tanking pond lies in the hands
of the powers that be.
Unless the Engineering
Undergraduate Society
can obtain a building permit by August 14 for the
structure, which was erected last reading break
without a permit, Campus
Planning and Development says they will fill in
the pond.
EUS Representative
Michael Blackman was
pessimistic about the application process. "Even
after we apply for the permit by August 14, they
[the university] can still rip
it out."
"There's a removable
cover and we are installing padding" to prevent
any accidents or injury,, he
said.
Assembled during the
1995 Reading Break, the
tanking pond was built as
a landscaping project just
outside the EUS Cheez
Factory, with the financial
approval and support
from the Engineering
Graduating Class Council.
Roger Morris, Associate Director of Campus
Planning and development is on vacation and
could not be reached for
comment. Executive Assistant to Morris, John
Carruthers, oudined the
process for anyone wish
ing to build a structure on the
UBC campus.
"As in a municipality, UBC
requires an application for development and for a building permit. A development permit gives
the builder approval to go ahead
with the structure because it fits
into the development plan ofthe
university. We want to make sure
a structure does not restrict emergency access routes, for example."
A building permit allows construction to begin, but also makes
sure that the structure is consistent with the British Columbia
building codes. "It is constructed
in the right way so it doesn't kill
someone," added Carruthers.
Blackman said that no one has
been injured while they were being tanked.
John Kamada, Chief Inspector
at Campus Planning and Development, agreed that the 'geers
would need to apply with Campus Planning to keep the pond.
"Campus Planning and Development makes sure that construction on campus is in accordance
to the overall master development planning of the university
and that construction follows procedures. Construction on the exterior of a building and in a public place requires a building permit," he stated.
Kamada's said his primary focus is to cooperate with the Engineers.
Information Officer Kathleen Burns said that the construction was done without an
applicable building permit, and
that the request for the Engineers to file an application is for
safety reasons.
Thursday, August 10,1995
The Summer Ubyssey Musicolumn
Sacred Spirit [Virgin]
Deep Forest — Boheme [550/Epic]
The big thing these days is to take
the music of alluring, unfamiliar cultures and bathe it in moody synthesizers and hook-heavy drum machines so
that we Westerners can enjoy the otherness of these exotic sounds as though
they were just another form of "our"
music.
Sometimes the results can be quite
exhilirating, like speaking in tongues to
a dance groove.
Sacred Spirit, for example, is partly
a benefit album for the Native American Rights Fund. But it is also a delightful fusion of First Nations tribal incantations and Western aural sensibilities:
witness the album's heavy reliance on
stringed instruments (especially cellos)
to till the chants of'Yeha-Noha: Wishes
of happiness & prosperity' and other
tracks with such a poignant harmony.
Guitar pluckings and falling high notes
give 'Heya-Hee: Intertribal song to stop
the rain' an almost Vangelis-like quality. The mix may strike some listeners
as too modern or too Western to be truly
Native, but to these ears, it's a beautiful variation on an ancient theme.
A less elegant pastiche is Deep
Forest's Boheme. (You may recall the
ethereal, frenetic undulations of
'Marta's Song' from the Pret-a-Porter
soundtrack.) Though their transculturat
syncretism works wonders at times —
'Cafe Europa' makes stunning use of
ebullient flutes and Native American
chants — it does result in some jarring
mixes. The digital warbling effect on the
treble voices in 'Lament' (sampled from
the presumably effectless Latcho Drom
soundtrack) turns them into emasculated munchkins. 'Bohemian Ballet' begins and ends beautifully, but the first
voices we hear sound like rejects from
a karaoke bar when framed against the
oh-so-modern rhythm tracks.
Such effects do grow on you after a
while. You can't help admiring Deep
Forest for the range of their ambition,
but Boheme never stays with a culture
long enough to make its acquaintance.
And just what are these people singing,
anyway? One gets the impression that
Deep Forest's producers don't care for
lyrical content, just vocal eclecticism.
Were we to translate the multilayered
lyrics, would they make any sense together? Might they clash, even?
For those who would prefer to fully
explore the possibilities of a single, focussed cultural matrix, Sacred Spirits
the one to get.      - Peter T. Chattaway
Hum
You'd Prefer An Astronaut [RCA]
Ho Hum... Another hard rock post-
grunge band, right? I know, it's tempting to suppose so. To dismiss Hum so
succinctly, however, would be to commit a most grievous error because
Hum's mellow grunge makes a delightful contrast to the usual ultra-hard rock
despair of grunge's various derivatives.
Like most of the better recent post-
grunge bands, other influences also
work their way into Hum's distinctive
sound. 'Why I like the Robins', for example, suggests the band was influenced
by the Cocteau Twins (particularly their
Sunburst and Snowblind album). Although Hum's influences are notable,
they are not obvious. As a result, Hum
have arrived at a sound that is distinctly
their own, which is no mean achievement in these closing years of the declining millennium.    - Andy the grate
Computers terrorize the Country
Virtuosity
at the Dunbar and the Capitol 6 theatres
by Peter T. Chattaway
; It's August, and that means it's time for some film somewhere to save the perpetually moribund action genie. Virtuosity just may do the trick - it doesn't exactly realign the paradigms, but it does suggest that there's life in the genre yet.
The setup is utterly familiar. Parker Barnes (Denzei Washington), a former cop, is in jail for some past disgrace connected to the death of his wife and daughter. He and another
inmate volunteer for a virtual reality work-out but they are outwitted by Sid 6.7 (Russell Crowe), a program comprising the
interlocked psyches of over 200 media-hungry mass terrorists.
True to genre convention, Barnes' partner dies (as in dreams,
so in VR: imagined demise equals actual death), and Barnes is
sent back to his cell... until Sid escapes into the real world (by
inhabiting a synthesized body made up of "nanocells") and it
falls on Barnes to save the day.
Virtuosity really comes to life when Sid emerges from his
primordial ooze. His first target is, of all things, an interactive
discotheque, where he commandeers the house band's synthesizer so he can record the ^frightened cries of the terrorized
patrons for a baroque and darkly humorous Torture and Fugue
in D Minor (I only hope the crashing vehicles in his "symphony
of collision" make it onto the soundtrack album).
How this behaviour, or his chic attire, relates to the predominantly military mindsets of the maniacs who inhabit his
programming is never explained. Shouldn't he be looking for
followers? An army? Or at least some combat fatigues? Media-
hungry is not media-sawy; just look at Saddam Hussein (one
of Sid's many forefathers). ,
But these are minor quibbles. Crowe has won awards for
this sort of role in his home Down Under, and he fills the part of
Sid with a raging, manic zest that was completely absent from
his other American film. The Quick and the Dead.
For his part, Washington grounds the film's more fantastic
embellishments in a credible, intelligent performance. This is
the second time this summer that Washington has appeared in
a thriller that was much better than it had a right to be (the
other was Crimson Tide). Either he has a knack for spotting a
script's hidden potential, or he's got that thespian Midas touch
- the second option does seem likelier in this case.
Brett Leonard's previous directorial efforts, Lawnmower Man
and Hideaway, have earned a reputation somewhere between-
iffy and pathetic, suffering as they did from computer animation overload. Here he is more restrained; apart from some early
interfacing between Sid and his programmer (Stephen Spinella),
this film pretty much resists the urge to rely too heavily on the
digitized pixels.
What it does offer is loads of action and a sound mix — a war
of aggression for aural dominance between fast-grinding industrial music, machine-gun ricochets, and the delicious tinkle
of shattering glass - that left this reviewer thoroughly
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adrenalized. My only serious complaint is with that tawdry piano ballad that plays over the closing credits.
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Be afraid. Be very afraid.
That, in a nutshell, is about as sophisticated as The Net gets.
Anyone who's seen the ads and Sandra Bullock's shrill protestations therein (as Angela Bennett) won't buy her as some sort
of Internet pro. Everything about her screams 'newbie'.
The secret, sinister cabal that moves this story along is able
to erase her identity (which, according to the posters, consists
of a driver's license and money cards) with ridiculous ease
because Bennett never gets out of the house; thus there is no
one to corroborate her panicked claim that she is, indeed, Angela Bennett. (The moral appears to be: Hackers should get out
more often.) Yet despite her slovenly ways, she's not the pale,
pudgy nerdish sort that one might expect. Instead, when she
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good jokes for some later film.)
The "Gatekeepers" program (no relation to Bill Gates, I suppose) apparently has it in its power to alter criminal records, dispense dangerous medicine at neighbourhood pharmacies, and
cause crashes in everything from airports to Wall Street. Its subversive omnipresence is as infallible as the dastardly foreigners
in certain B-movies who litter the U.S. with hypnotically programmed undercover psychopaths, and just as utterly laughable.
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the Mac software on the PC computers, and the risibly
outdated claim that Woifenstein is the "bloodiest"
game around, and you begin to wonder if anybody
on this film knew what they were talking about.
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o'clock-in-the-morning movie filler. At that ungodly
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by Rick Hunter
It is a delightful surprise to discover how much
humour can be found between the inhabitants of an
Australian country house, and this delight only deepens when one of these odd characters can touch the
viewer's heart while remaining virtually invisible to
the others on screen. It takes a film such as Country
Life to fashion such a bittersweet emotional medley,
and Kerry Fox's special performance as Sally Voysey
is a distinct bonus.
Writer-director Michael Blakemore based Country Life on Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and set
the film in Australia. His use of set scene pieces and
his reliance on character and dialogue over plot retain the stage feeling of the original. However, the
film's scope is considerably widened by the breadth
ofthe Australian outback, which becomes a character in its own right. What seems bleak at the beginning has its own beauty by the end of the film.
The story concerns the arrival of Sally's father
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by Chris Norman
This event is being performed as an adjunct to the
wildly popular and succesful Bard on the Beach series. It consists of an abbreviated performance of A
Midsummer Night's Dream (not otherwise featured this
yeat at BOTB) accompanied by boy wonder Felix
Mendelssohn's incidental music to the play.
1 say "boy wonder", but although he wrote his picturesque and more famous overture to the play in 1826
at the age of 17, he didn't compose the less substantial
incidental music until he was twice that age. I've never
had much interest in either ofthe pieces, but's a measure of this venture's success that the 17-member chamber ensemble (made up of members of the Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra) and three versatile actors (Christopher Gaze, Merrilyn Gann, and Scott Bellis) managed to convince me of the music's virtues.
It should be pointed out that the two S-words might
well have been reversed; the "Symphony" was decidedly subservient to Shakespeare. This is not at all a
bad thing. The music and the drama (artfully abridged
by Neil Freeman) fit together seamlessly. The actors,
reading their parts from notebooks (presumably, with
the other two full-length plays going on, there wasn't
time to memorize all their lines), were sharp and unerringly witty; they were certainly having a lot of fun.
Christopher Gaze was undoubtedly the star of the
evening; his brilliantly comic and extroverted performances, particularly his toothy Bottom, brought the
house down. Not that this detracted from the other
two actors: Scott Bellis was outstanding as Lysander
and particularly asThisbe, and Merrilyn Gann, forced
to take on five substantial roles, differentiated the characters with expert acumen.
The transition from acting to music was smooth, and
the textures of the music itself were beautifully transparent and balanced, thanks to the underrated conductor Clyde Mitchell (who caused a sensation with
his masterful characterisation of "the Wall", specially
scripted for him and the occasion). Mitchell and his
players brought out a pastoral quality to the music that
suited the play well: the seventh number, Nocturne,
was done particularly well, with a depth that transcended the rest of the music's simple-mindedly diatonic harmonies. For those who don't want to hear
music unless it's familiar, Felix's incidental music includes the famous Wedding March, which I can assure you everyone knows.
The Elektra Women's Choir was also present (after
August 14, their place will be taken by Judith Forest).
They were criminally underused: Mendelssohn's music calls for them to sing in only a couple of songs and
do a bit of "oooh"ing. Although they were amusing
when they turned to acting as Titania's fairies, the fine
intonation and balance they displayed on the few occasions they were allowed to sing makes one wish a
less marginal role could have been devised for them.
Minor criticisms aside, however, this was a slick and
very entertaining production. It reinforced my impression that Clyde Mitchell is an extremely sensitive musician, who needs to be featured more often with the
full orchestra and more substantial programmes, and
it introduced me to the Herculean talents of Christopher Gaze, whose directorial talents made this as well
worth seeing as either of his full-length productions.
try house after many years in London. He has brought
his young wife, played by Greta Scacchi, who, as in
many of her roles, causes trouble in the house because of her charm and beauty. The relationship between the elder Voysey and his young wife is never
satisfactorily explained, but it serves well as the catalyst for passions swirling about them.
AU the characters are fully realized, never simplified. They bring humour to all their situations while
retaining their unhappiness in failing to properly connect with each other. Oftentimes their faces teU more .
truth than their words.
As the others run about madly, Sally Voysey remains the cool heart of the country house and the
film itself. She is unable to connect with the man she
loves (the ubiquitous Sam Neill), and she seems content with her emotional detachment until her young,
beautiful stepmother enters the picture. Sally is the
Australian weed next to this new English rose.
Fox's performance turns this weed into the most
interesting and touching character in the film as she
becomes beautiful through her strength and determination to survive the insanity of those around her.
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is so easily forgotten. We live in an age of
what the Czech novelist Milan Kundera
calls "accelerated forgetting," an age where
history has become the thin thread of what
has been remembered stretched across the
ocean of what has been forgotten.
The thread that connects us to our past
has become increasingly thin, and more and
more often, the business of remembering is
left to anniversaries and official observances. This past week's 50-year anniversary
ofthe bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
seem a little like a non-religious day of
atonement, a day or two set aside to absolve ourselves ofthe indifference and relative apathy we ordinarily live in.
History appears to us as a series of shadows, vague silhouettes cast by events that
stand a considerable distance away.
The force of the blast at Hiroshima was
of such intensity it left the shadows of its
victims physically imprinted into concrete
and rock. The historical significance of the
first use of the atomic bomb must be similarly seared into our collective memory. As
the end of the second millenium approaches, Hiroshima almost certainly stands
as the defining event of the twentieth century. For the first time, we as a species were
confronted with the possibility of causing
our own extinction. Technology had provided the tools for our own annihilation,
and we have lived in the shadow of this
fact for the past fifty years. We will probably continue to do so for the next fifty.
The recent French decision to resume
nuclear testing dampens hopes that we
might be heading into a saner 21st century.
Just months after agreeing to extend its participation in the Non Proliferation Treaty,
a pact dedicated in principle to bringing
about a global end to nuclear weapons,
France has acted with the arrogance of a
former world power clinging to past glory.
As participants in last week's Hiroshima
and Nagasaki observances remember the
events of fifty years ago and whisper "never
again," the French decision denies us all
the luxury of complacency.
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August 10,1995
volume 12 issue 5
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The path of knowledge begins with a long walk off a
short pier. Such was the message from Swami Hariri Clisby as
he addressed the masses. Searching deep into his soul for
answers to eternal questions was Rick Hunter. A hum filled the
room as Joe Vales and Alison Cole murmured (heir mantras.
"Spaaaam"; Tara-psychologyyyyy". Matt Thompson discovered his inner child was hiding behind his nb and named him
Andy Barham. The dance of the devadasi began with Chns
Nuttall-Smith bowing to James Rowan in the most beguiling
manner. Their bodies swaying to the pounding rhthym, Simon
Rogers and Jen Kuo circled the masses u> enhance the intimate
nature ofthe day. Joy and rapture filled the ail as everyone
participated in the dance with the utmost energy.
Suddenly, a noise disrupted the bliis. A gigantic Andy
Ferris, disguised as Barney the annoying purple dinosaur,
attacked Chris Norman in a most unpeaccful manner. Big Bud,
aka Ben Koh, engaged Barney in a batde of children's heroes.
Trent Ernst ran amock in an attempt to flee from the mayhem.
Purple fuzz and yellow feathers were fling in every direction.
Peter T. Chattaway, the friendly giant, entered the madness
playing his penny whistle. Soon tranquility was restored. John
Bolton sang a rousing rendition of "Old Mai-Donald's Farm"
and Tony Zuniga sang the parts of the animals. Scott Hayward
and Christine Price ended the meeting with a group hug, thus
solidifying the experience.
Editors:
Acting Coordinating Editor: Matt Thompson
Culture Editor: Peter T. Chattaway
Sports Editor: Scott Hayward
Photo Editor: Chris Nultdll-Smirh
letters —
Strangway
answers critics
Dear Colleagues and Students,
The publicity and editorial
eomment generated by the
McEwen Report, and subsequent action taken with respect
to the Political Science Department, has produced a high level
of misinterpretation and anxiety.
I want to ease the resulting confusion on campus. One perspective interprets these events as the
sacrifice of academic freedom on
the altar of political correctness.
Another accuses the University
administration of taking lightly its
obligation to protect the academic freedom of students to
express ideas or points of view
without fear of racist or sexist
responses. Neither point of view
is correct
At the heart of the Report is the
conclusion that "both in terms of
substance and of process" the
evidence supports "allegations of
pervasive racism and sexism" (p.
113). Much confusion, I believe,
arises because there are undoubted flaws in the Report; for
example, it conflates serious
charges with trivial ones, and its
narrative style lacks tight, reasoned, integrated analysis of all
the evidence. In addition, a general report on the "climate" in a
department, not assessing individual fault, can be read as implicating all faculty, some unfairly.
However, despite the limitations of the Report the Univer
sity felt it had to act. Indeed the
Report's limitations serve to obscure, not eliminate, the basic
reality that the Political Science
Department must confront its
learning environment, which has
been found (not only by the
McEwen Report) to constitute a
serious impediment to learning
and discourse. This has not
arisen, as the Report recognizes,
because there was any intent to
discriminate. Nonetheless, this
situation has, I believe, created
an issue of academic freedom
with which the University community must be concerned. To
its credit, the Department of Political Science has acknowledged that this is an issue it must
and will confront
We are therefore committed to
addressing the problems that
have been acknowledged to exist. However, it does not mean
that ad^ninistrators or students
will determine curricula or
course content. It does not mean
that professors are barred from
taking unpopular positions on issues, either publicly or in the
■classroom. Nor does the Report
or the University's response
derogate from a professor's duty
to challenge students intellectu- .
ally and to assess and critique
their work on its merits.
I apologize to the students involved in this mquiry for the tardiness of the Administration in
dealing with their concerns, delay which has, indeed, worked to
the disadvantage of students and
faculty. The need to respect the
confidentiality of the original
complainants and the duration of
the ensuing inquiry probably
provide little solace as explanations for the reason this matter has taken so long to conclude.
What we must do now is move
quickly to deal with the issues
that face us, immediately and in
the long term. There is already
in place a process which will enable the Dean of Graduate Studies to decide when it will be appropriate to remove the suspension on the admission of graduate students. We will be establishing a new framework for determining the terms of reference,
procedures, duration, and costs
of any future investigations. In
addition to other initiatives that
are being taken I have invited
various campus bodies to participate in a national conference on
the issues of academic freedom
and learning environments to be
held early in 1996.
I wish to assure the campus
community that, from the Department to the President's Office, the University is committed
to achieving resolution through
the mutual efforts of faculty and
students with the assistance ofthe
Equity Office and the Deans.
Yours sincerely,
David W. Strangway
[UBC President]
McEwen 101
Ubyssey readers who wish to understand the McEwen Report on
the Political Science department
at UBC should contact Public
Affairs to obtain information
about a copy. I suggest reading
the McEwen overview (pp. 1-
26) and Dean Marchak's letter to
UBC Reports (July 13,1995) as a
starting point.
The ambitious student might
consider reading Analysis of Evidence, Terrence Anderson and
William Twining (1991), a law
faculty course book, to focus
Dean Marchak's concerns about
evidence.
I suggest that the University
immediately produce a procedures guide for Deans and
Heads, after a close study of
Analysis of Evidence.
I especially note in Anderson
and Twining the prominence
given to investigative competence. When a complaint of unfair trade practices has been
made against her client, a skilled
lawyer begins research: "She tells
the vice-president that she will
assign Ed to interview sales representatives and review contracts, correspondence, internal
memoranda, purchase orders,
invoices, and other documents to
determine what evidence may
exist within the corporation to
prove or disprove allegations in
the complaint so that the firm can
develop an answer and discovery strategies." (pp. xix)
After interviews with seasoned
members of the University and
on the basis of personal experience, I question whether Dean
Marchak meets Anderson and
Twining standards in evidence
handling.
Clayton Burns
5th year unclassified
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The Summer Ubyssey
Thursday/August 10,1995 feature
Flushing isn't the end of the story
By Andy Barham
Every day, the Greater
Vancouver Regional District processes 900 million litres of waste water, producing enough sludge to fill 6,500
dump trucks annually.
Think about it. Every time you
flush your toilet, its contents ultimately end up at one of four
GVRD sewage treatment plants.
Using strategically placed ping
pong balls, GVRD engineers determined that it normally takes
about 24 hours for most of these
contributions to arrive at one of
the plants. The stuff that finally
arrives at the sewage treatment
plants is an evil-smelling opaque
fluid about the colour ofthe slate
top on a pool table. Untreated
sewage is pretty nasty stuff. "I
love this,'' GVRD spokesperson
Mairie Welman remarked caustically, referring to one of the
Anacis plant's settling tanks. "If I
fall in, don't even bother rescuing me. Just shoot me."
With the GVRD's predicted
population increase, the quantity
of sludge produced is expected to
triple by the end of the century.
Add to that the loss of storage
space for treated sludge, and it's
easy to see why the GVRD is
looking for alternatives.
Some of these alternatives
- landfilling, incineration,
or discharge into the Fraser
river — are no longer acceptable since each comes
with an environmentally
heavy price-tag. Instead,
the GVRD is looking into
the use of specially-treated
sludge as an organic fertilizer on degraded soils like
landfills, mine sites, ski
slopes, and tree farms.
Currendy the GVRD's
facilities only remove 60%
of the sludge, or organic
solids, from our sewage.
The rest is discharged into
local waters such as the
Fraser River and Georgia
Straight - occasionally
washing up on UBC's
Wreck Beach. Two of these
facilities, including the
Annacis Island plant, are
now being upgraded to secondary treatment. This will
effectively remove 90% of
the sludge.
Sludge is one of the five
main components of sewage, each of which represents a distinct phase ofthe
treatment operation. Large
objects and debris, collectively called "screenings,"
are the first component to
be separated. "You get all
sorts of plastics," says Welman. "Some of them, the
size is unbelievable. You
can't believe how they actually got there - how they
didn't jam up the pipes
somewhere along the
way."
The second major component
to be removed from the dark
brew is grit, primarily coffee
grounds and sand. In the GVRD,
grit and screenings are landfilled.
Separating sludge from the liquid
sewage is a longer process, since
it takes time for the finely suspended particles to settle out.
During this process, the
fourth component,
scum, an especially unsavoury-looking residue of oils and soap
suds, rises to the surface
and is skimmed off.
Scum can either be recovered and recycled
or mixed with the
sludge and digested.
Effluent, the final
component, is
shunted off for
disinfection via chlo-
rination. The effluent is
then dechlorinated and
discharged into the receiving waters, which,
in the case of the Annacis Island plant, are the
Fraser River. The
sludge is treated in large Th's is a"
vessels called digesters
where microbes decompose most
of the material, including many
toxic organic compounds. Digesters are basically giant 'stomachs'
of bacteria which chow down on
The GVRD is researching the
use of biosolids as a fertilizer, and
much of this research has been
undertaken by UBC graduate students. Michael van Ham, a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of
the application of biosolids and
biodiversity goes, I guess it ultimately depends on what you're
managing for in the environment
or ecosystem. Biosolids applications will promote the understory
that stands between your butt and the Fraser River.
Andy Barham photo
Toilet & Sink No-No's
1. Condoms According to Maine
Welman, of die GVBXr's liquid waste
management program, "When they're
in the sewage when its's decaying, (hey
jellify - they become very gooey, and
they clogup the machinery really badly.
People should put them to the garbage."
2. Latex Paints "People think that,
because they're water soluble, it's okay
to put mem down the sink,"
3. Hydrocarbons These include
solvents, thinners and lubricating oils,
all of which are toxic.
4. Food Wastes Spoiled food is
often dumped down toilets. This increases the Biological Oxygen Demand
(BOD) as the material, is decomposed.
(BOD occurs when microorganisms use
up the dissolved oxygen in water durr
ing aerobic respiration as they decompose organic substances within the water.)
5. Oils and Fats These also increase the BOD. One alternatives to
flushing is saving old cooking fats and
mbongthem with birdseed to make bird
cake for our little feathered friends.
6. Pet wastes such as the contents
of kitty Utter boxes. Again, they increase
the BOD!
7. Sanitary napkins These are
removed during screening. Hence, they
end up in the landfill.
8. Explosive devices These can
seriously damage plumbing.
9. Plastics If they don't clog the
system along the way, the end up being
screened out and sent to a landfill anyway.
10. The Ubyssey The paper is best
saved for spills or to lining the kitty litter box.
sludge. The digested sludge is
then dried and stored at the
Annacis facility as 'biosolids.'
Forestry, for example, is studying
the use of biosolids for improving timber production at Carey
Island near Chilliwack. Ironically, using sewage sludge here
closes the resource circle,
since Carey Island's poplars are slated to be pulped
for toilet-paper production.
As part of the pilot project, wood fibres from Scott
Paper's nearby paper mill
are mixed with GVRD
biosolids and applied to the
forest floor. The beauty of
this hybrid product lies in
the wood fibre's ability to
stabilize the nutrients in
biosolids for a much slower
release, while simultaneously improving the carbon
to nitrogen ratio. The overall effect significantly increases the level of nutrients
available to plants, resulting
in some pretty impressive
tree growth.
Of course, even such
seemingly benign uses of
sludge can have unforeseen
environmental consequences, since the use of any fertilizer, including biosolids,
can alter the species profile
of a region. Dr. Phil Berton,
also of the Faculty of Forestry, has some philosophical problems with the use
of biosolids on forest lands.
"It's okay to use them on a
timber farm, where you're
only managing for timber
production. But, in many
other situations, where
you're managing for multiple-use values like biodiversity, wildlife, or hiking,
fertilization is NOT okay,
because it shifts the balance
of the ecosystem and may
result in increased pollution
and run-off."
Despite his own obvious enthusiasm for biosolids research,
Mike van Ham agrees. "As far as
[undergrowth] to develop, so you
may get a species-shift towards
more nitrogen-rich species," such
as weeds or shrubs like salmon-
berries. He also pointed out, however, that such species-shifts may
also occur after clearcutting. The
application of biosolids has the
potential to shift the eco-system
back to an earlier nitrogen-rich
stage, but van Ham believes the
effect is only short-term.
In addition to their potential to
change the types of species in an
ecosystem, biosolids contain various contaminants, particularly '
metals like copper. Miranda
Holmes ofthe Save Georgia Strait
Alliance believes that GVRD
sludge should be used cautiously.
"I don't have any problem with
the GVRD using sludge for silviculture," she said. "I mean, I figure these poor seedlings need all
the help they can get. What I am
concerned about is that they are
proposing to promote this stuff
for agricultural use, and I am totally opposed to that."
Holmes believes what is really
required is tertiary treatment, a
process where sewage water is
filtered through a series of lagoons, biologically removing the
various contaminants. The result
is plant biomass which can be
composted for fertilizer, and water clean enough to drink. Such
treatment facilities currently operate in several U.S. states.
It may surprise many Van-
couverites to learn the source of
some of the contaminants found
in GVRD sewage sludge. Copper, the most troublesome of the
heavy metals in GVRD sludge,
actually enters the system from
the municipal water supply. Vancouver's water is soft enough to
scour copper from pipes and fixtures. (Such scouring is responsible for those difficult-to-remove
green stains on your porcelain fixtures.) In small concentrations,
copper is an essential plant nutri
ent. In higher concentrations,
however, the metal becomes a
poison which can accumulate in
the environment. John Bramin
from B.C.'s Ministry ofthe Environment believes GVRD sludge
should be applied no
more than four times to
a particular site during
its lifetime. "What we
look for as far as the utility ofthe sludge is, if you
were to put it on the
grbund as a nutrient, either in the forest or agriculturally, then you're
going to get an accumulation of metals over the
years because they
won't disappear."
As a result of this concern, the GVRD plans
to' buffer the regional
water supply within the
next two years, making
the water less likely to
scour copper from the
system.
Fortunately, Vancouver, unlike many North
American cities, is not
heavily industrialized, so the
range of sludge contaminants is
low. Source control on larger industries has reduced or removed
many contaminants such as mercury, while the outlawing of
leaded gasoline has significantly
reduced levels of lead.
c
urrently, 60% of the
harmful contaminants
in the Lower Mainland
come, instead, from households
and smaller businesses. Every
time some backyard mechanic
dumps a load of used motor oil
into a toilet or Ma and Pa Lunch-
pail clean out a paintbrush in the
kitchen sink, it winds up in the
municipal sewage system, contaminating the sludge. It then
becomes an environmental concern which, in turn, is magnified
by the sheer numbers of people
doing it.
Clearly, sewage sludge has become one of the most important
environmental concerns for large
urban regions like the GVRD. As
a problem, it can only get worse
unless we do something about it.
Recycling this material as a fertilizer on impoverished soils is one
alternative the GVRD is exploring. Although sludge contains
various contaminants, particularly metals, most of these metals
are actually beneficial to plants so
long as their concentrations are
low. In larger concentrations,
they may actually become plant
poisons. The GVRD is committed to making its sewage sludge
safe for a wide variety of fertilizer
applications. However, the
thoughtless disposal of harmful or
inappropriate substances by
small businesses and households
makes such solutions much more
difficult and expensive.
Either way, we will pay for it
in the end.
Thursday, August 10, 1995
The Summer Ubyssey sports
AMS may pull
Athletics Support
by Scott Hayward
The AMS wants to reallocate
about $200,000 in student fees
which are currently earmarked
for Varsity Athletics. In exchange,
the Athletics Department would
be allowed to charge UBC students admission to T-Birds games.
The AMS plans to run a referendum next January asking students to support reallocating the
$7.00 per student per year Athletic fee. $1.50 would be transferred to Intramurals increasing
its total student fee to $6.00, $0.50
would be used to increase the
contribution to WUSC, a refugee
students assistance program, to
$1.00, $3.00 would go to AMS
Service Groups, $0.50 would be
allocated to AMS Programs, and
$ 1.50 would be given to Resource
Groups.
AMS Director of Finance Tara
Ivanochko recognized that "[Athletics] are probably not thrilled
with the idea that we're taking
$7.00 away from them." However
she defended the AMS decision.
"600 or so students are involved
in Varsity [Athletics], thousands
are involved in intramurals, and
intramurals is something that is
much more connected to the
AMS."
According to AMS President
Janice Boyle, "[Athletics Director
Bob Philip initially came to Council several months ago and
said that he wanted the AMS to
change the athletic fee because
right now the athletics fee is given
to them based on the assumption
that all games are free to students,
and he wants the ability to be able
to charge for games."
Discussions have taken place
between Philip and Boyle. (Philip
is currently on vacation and unavailable for comment.) If passed,
the referendum would allow the
AMS to raise additional funds
without increasing student fees.
The Athletics Department would
be allowed to charge students to
attend Varsity sporting events in
order to offset the resulting loss,
and possibly generate additional
revenue.
"What we decided to do was
give some of [the Athletic fee]
back to intramurals, and because
of that, Bob Philip is going to support it," said Boyle.
Members of the Athletics Department were not aware of the
details ofthe discussions between
Boyle and Philip, but some were
concerned about the possible loss
of revenue. The university is forcing them to become increasingly
self sufficient.
"[Athletics] will have to pay for
Student Recreation Centre-an insider's view
Chris Nuttall-Smith Photo
heat, light, and water in all our
facilities, and it will be phased in
over five years," said Director of
Marketing Don Wells. He predicted that the cost of utilities in
the Aquatic Centre, the Winter
Sports Centre, Thunderbird Stadium, and War Memorial Gym
may be as high as $1.5 million
per year. "I don't know what the
future holds, except that we are
going to have to be more and
more innovative in order to generate the funds necessary to pay
these new bills," he said.
UBC Men's Volleyball
team set for Korea
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Pan Pacific Championship- A dress rehearsal on the Olympic Stage
Ben Koh graphic
UBC Swimmers Compete for Canada
by Scott Hayward
Four UBC athletes will be
competing for Canada at the Pan
Pacific Championship in Adanta
beginning August 10. They won
gold at the Canadian Summer
National Championships in Winnipeg at the end of July in the
4 x 100 m women's freestyle relay.
Sarah Evanetz, Anita Lee,
Alexandra Ruiz, and Glencora
Maughan won gold medals in the
relay event. They were competing with Pacific Dolphin Swimming Association, a Vancouver
club team which shares coaches
with the UBC varsity team.
"That relay team... will be the
number one club team in the
world [this year]," said Assistant
Coach Randy Bennett. Other
teams at the Pan Pac event may
beat their time, but they will be
made up of the best swimmers
from their home countries.
After Winnipeg the team went
to Florida for a mini camp to prepare for the Pan Pacific Championship in Adanta, where they will
represent Canada. They will compete against other Pacific Rim
countries including the United
States, Japan, and Australia.
Evanetz and Lee will also be
competing in individual events.
"To make the team you had to be
first or second, or you had to
[meet] time standards," said
Bennett, "[but] once you make
the team at Pan Pac, you can
swim the events you chose."
Evanetz placed second in the
100 m butterfly event and third
in the 200 m butterfly. The second place finish qualifies her for
the national team, and she will
swim both events in Adanta.
Lee placed third in the 100 m
freestyle with a time fast enough ■
to qualify for Adanta. She will
swim the 50 m and 100 m freestyle events.
Brett Creed, another Pacific
Dolphin team member who may
be coming to UBC this fall, came
second in the 1500 m freestyle
event. He will swim both the 400
m and 1500 m events in Adanta.
by Joe Vales
Scheduled to compete in Korea from August 26 to September
7, Men's Volleyball head coach
Dale Ohman is entering the 1995
season with high expectations.
With a new divisional format
which sees the T-birds competing
in the eight-team Great Plains
Athletic Conference (GPAC),
competition will
be fierce.
"Our goal each
year is to get to
the Nationals,"
said Ohman,
who is now in
his seventeenth
year as coach.
"We'll be chasing the University of Alberta
for,the Canada
West, but the
University of Manitoba is the
strongest (and defending National
champions). We'll be competitive
enough to beat Dalhousie and
Laval."
After ten years of a formal exchange agreement with the Athletic Department of Sung-Kyun
Kwan University, this will be the
T-birds' fourth trip to Korea. The
agreement, initiated former
Athletics Director Robert
Hindmarch, seeks to exchange
Korean and Canadian students
and professors in addition to athletes.
The first exchange student was
Han Ju Eum of Korea, who
wished to come to UBC to study.
After nine years he earned an
interdisciplinary PhD in the
Department of Physical Education.
Ohman's objective is to have
a trip at least once every four
years, thereby giving each UBC
student-athlete an opportunity to
visit Korea at least once during
his university volleyball career.
"I evaluate the
players, and fit
a system best
suited to talents
of the players."
-Dale Ohman
"Korea gives us a jump start in
our program, three weeks ahead
of the rest of the CIAU. Korea
helps the team bond, players
get to know each other before
school," said Ohman. Try-outs for
those players wishing to make the
trip to Korea are set to start August 18 at the War Memorial and
Osborne gymnasiums. He said
that making the
trip to Korea
is no guarantee
that a player will
make the T-birds
for the 1995 season.
With the loss
of captain Ross
Ballard to the
Canadian National Team and
starting blocker
Dave Reimer,
Ohman sees Korea as an opportunity to mould the team. He is
well-prepared when it comes to
matches and game plans, and he
does intensive scouting.
"I evaluate the players, and fit
a system best suited to talents of
the players. I design a system for
them," said Ohman. "Last year
we went with a one-passer system, this year we'll go with a two-
passer system."
Ohman does see "life after
Ross" and much opportunity for
the T-Bird Men's Volleyball team.
Despite weakness in depth on the
right side and setting, strength lies
in the new flock of youngsters and
four veteran returnees.
Former Douglas College
player Greg Poitrus and Calgary
High School Player of the Year
Guy Davis are two of the new
faces for 1995, and Mike Kortz
will be returning after a one year
absence.
With an abundance of talent,
good size, athletic ability and experience, come September the T-
birds will soar.
8
The Summer Ubyssey
Thursday, August 10,1995

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