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BC party hopes to green province in next election
by Wolf Depner
BC's Green Party is poised to
add some color to the upcoming
provincial election. Founded in
1983 and inspired by European
Green Parties, the party plans to
run candidates in at least 73 of
the province's 75 ridings.
"We intend to make an impact
in this campaign," said Micheal
Horn, the party's labour, skills
and training critic. "No one else
is going to be talking about the
poor except to attack them. No
one else is going to be talking
about serious environmental
issues, like how many people in
BC are dying because of
The Green Party has yet to
win a single provincial or federal
seat in Canada, but Horn is
confident British Columbians
will elect Greens to office this
UBC Political Scientist Paul
Tennant is considerably less
optimistic, rating the party's
chance of winning seats at "very
close to zero."
Tennant does say, however,
that the Greens have made their
political presence felt in other
ways. "[The Greens] have had a
significant impact over the last
decade by making the environment a relevant issue," he said.
BC's plurality voting formula
also makes it extremely difficult
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for smaller parties to make inroads, he says; the Greens have
vowed to change the province's
electoral system to proportional
representation if elected.
Horn says the party's best
chance to win a seat is in the
Kootenay riding of Nelson-
Creston. Other areas of support
"[The NDP] have
made it even more
difficult for people on
welfare to survive."
-Michael Horn
BC Green Party
include Vancouver, Vancouver
Island and the Sunshine Coast.
"We had a lot of initial support
in areas where forestry has been
a serious issue," said Horn. Not
surprisingly, forestry issues are
central to the party's election
"We see value-added production as the only way forward
for the forest industry. Sweden
is a wonderful example of
investing in the productivity of
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a region and not just shipping
raw materials. Exporting raw
materials for processing is the
sign of a Third World economy
and that is something we really
want to get away from and have
control over our own economy.
We have to move BC away
from a boom-and-bust cycle," he
"We are also very concerned
about the contributions the
economy of BC makes to global
warming and ozone depletion. I
think the Ministry of Forestry
should grant tree farm licenses
to put pressure on forest
companies that are destroying
the environment."
The Greens have also been
critical of the NDP's social
"We are very disappointed
with the NDP and their record
in treating the poor. In 1991, they
pretended to be advocates for
common British Columbians
and have a special interest in
stopping poverty," he said.
"They really have not done
anything. They have made it
even more difficult for people
on welfare to survive."
Horn laments the planned
cuts to post-secondary education
funding and the elimination of
the Ministry of Post-Secondary
education. "It is insane to not
give [post-secondary education]
its proper standing in society. We
see post-secondary funding and
restoring funding to normal
levels as an absolute priority."
February 8 - February 9
Arts Fest: Public Speaking,
Short Story and
Poetry Competitions
Presented by the UBC English
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English Students' Society.
$1350 in cash prizes.
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10 Studies Composed on the
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Concert recital at Morris and
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The Ubyssey
Friday, February 9, 1996 news
Canadian students fight federal cuts to education
by Douglas Hadfield, Jesse
Gelber and John McAlister
As many as 50,000 students
and supporters took to the streets
Wednesday protesting federal
cutbacks to post-secondary
In Vancouver, 7000 protestors
took part in the CFS-organized
Day of Action, gathering at the
downtown Public Library before
marching to a rally at the
Vancouver Art Gallery.
The eight-block long procession halted traffic and drew
attention from the surrounding
high rises that house Vancouver's
business community.
BC CFS Chair Michael
Gardiner kicked off the rally with
a strong message for Ottawa.
"Cutting social programs is not
acceptable," said Gardiner. "We
will make it very clear that there
are alternatives which do not
compromise the future of this
Gardiner stressed that
students' concerns are not being
properly taken into account, and
said the budget tabled by Federal
Finance Minister Paul Martin
"threatens the entire social
welfare system of Canada."
Simon Fraser University
economist  Marjorie   Cohen
argued that the Liberal
government policies were
virtually indistinguishable from
the Mulroney administration.
Cohen said the Liberal
government is "destroying the
collective way in which
Canadians have organized our
Cohen also said she was
disturbed by big business' calls
for tax ceilings despite steady
decreases in corporate taxes over
the last fifteen years.
"It's particularly outrageous
because they're laying off people
and claiming they can't pay for
education and more taxes."
Day of Action marred by arrests
by Douglas Hadfield
Four students were arrested
and charged with "treason" after
storming Ontario's provincial
legislature in Wednesday's
nation-wide student protest.
Michelle Vladislavavo,
Charles Kernerman, Jesse Black-
Allen and Shiraz Rawat have
been charged with mischief,
breaking & entering and "intimidating the legislature," a
treasonous offense under section
51 ofthe criminal code-a charge
that carries a maximum fourteen
year sentence. Kernerman was
also charged with three counts of
assault with intent to resist arrest.
The four students were
arrested after approximately two
hundred protestors forced
themselves into the Ontario
Legislature during Wednesday's
protest. Police stood by
photographing the incident.
The Metropolitan Toronto
police report that three officers
were assaulted, "two of whom
received injuries." And while
some reports estimate the
damage to the legislature at
$10,000, police estimates are as
high as $20,000.
"This is absolutely outrageous," said Sergeant Fontaine,
a media relations officer for the
Toronto Metropolitan police.
"And I'll tell you something-
university students should be
alarmed because you people are
there to safeguard democracy...I
think that the people who were
involved have made all university
students look very bad."
Fontaine denied reports that
police were ordered by govern
ment officials to make the arrests.
"The detectives, based on the
information they get from the
constables and evidence that's
available, lay the appropriate
charges," Fontaine said.
Toronto police said the four
protestors, one woman and three
men, are being held without bail
until at least next Thursday. They
would not comment on why the
unusually harsh charges were
National CFS spokesperson
Guy Caron said student
frustration over rising tuition and
high unemployment was
The CFS has yet to decide
whether it will provide legal aid
for the incarcerated students.
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Ed Lavalle, President of the
striking College Institute
Educators' Association, argued
Canada wouldn't have a debt
problem if corporations had
continued to pay taxes at 1970s-
UBC's own Graduate Society
Director of Student Affairs Steve
Wilson blasted the financial
barriers that keep voters and
taxpayers from equal post-
secondary education opportunities.
Wilson reminded protestors
about the huge profits
"skimmed" by corporations-
many of whom were listed on a
banner of Art Gallery exhibition
sponsors—in recent years.
"What's wrong with this
picture?" he asked. "This country
is not owned by the Royal Bank...
This country belongs to us."
Gardiner also read a letter of
support from UNEF, France's
national student union.
French students just ended two
months of demonstrations
demanding greater support for
higher education.
"Like you, we are facing the
financial disengaging ofthe State
and increasing tuition fees," the
Union's international secretary
wrote in a call for "solidarity at
an international level."
Other speakers included
representatives from First
Nations organizations, the BC
Educational Association of
Disabled Students and secondary
and post-secondary institutions
from around the province.
Students protest accross Canada
St. John's
When scheduled protests were cancelled because of a
blizzard, dozens of students from several provincial campuses
occupied Premier Brian Tobin's campaign headquarters and
refused to leave until they met with the premier.
After a six hour wait, Tobin agreed to a private meeting with
five student leaders.
The Newfoundland premier reportedly argued that the
province's financial crisis made it impossible to make any
guarantees about the future of post-secondary education.
Student spokesperson Zaki Saleemi said he was "not at all"
happy with the premier's response.
"[Tobin] totally dodged everything we said," said Saleemi.
ITie McGill Daily reported that 10.000 students were escorted
through the streets of Montreal by police. The protest was
peaceful and well-organized.
The CFS did not organize a rally on Capitol Hill. A
roundtable discussion planned at the University of ()ttawa was
cancelled at the last minute.
Organizers were disappointed when only about 00 students
marched in the cold through the downtown core.
About SO students, along with a handful of union
representatives marched in front of se\ era! banks in downtown
University of Regina's Student's I 'nioii lYesident Da\ e Beros
admitted he was disappointed at the lack of student participation.
In possibly the largest protest march ever to hit Kamloops,
800 to J i MX) students from the Lii.iversity College ofthe Cariboo
braved the cold and rain to protest federal cuts to education.
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The Ubyssey Nine Stories aren't as good as Blue, Once
Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
with Once Blue
Feb 5 at the Commodore
by Marilee Breitkreutz
The setting looks like something straight out of a Seurat painting. Those incandescent "stars" in the
Commodore ceiling reflect off the squeaky-clean
hair and ivory grins of tonight's all-ages gathering. Young girls in shiny shirts smack their lips in
gleeful anticipation; other concert-goers picnic on
the smooth new ballroom floor, munching on potato chips and basking in pre-concert bliss.
Moms, dads and older siblings mill through the
crowd with wide-eyed preteen fans in tow. In the
shadows, a large contingent of hip-looking
twentysomethings sip their Snapple iced teas pensively. The laid-back vibe of the opening act, Once
Blue, has cast a luminescent glow over the normally gloomy landscape of the "fabulous" Commodore.
It doesn't last forever, though, and a scant half
hour later I find myself smack in the middle of the
opening song of the main act's set. The band has
started with a faster tune that has the eager audience at the front pogoing instantly. It is evident
that the majority of the audience up front are diehard fans. They scream and sing along while
clamouring for a glimpse of the night's main attraction, Lisa Loeb.
After a few songs, my mind starts to wander.
Does she sleep in those glasses? I wonder if the
guys here are disappointed she's not wearing a
tighter shirt or one of those little dresses. I am
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jostled back into reality by these three pool-hall-
type guys who almost knock me over. They obviously don't care what Loeb is wearing; they are,
in fact, dancing right along with her and the band
in happy oblivion.
It's not surprising that Lisa Loeb appeals to the
wide range of listeners represented in tonight's
audience. Her peppy acoustic balladry seems to
satisfy the more sensitive listener, but when she
and the band really get going, their straight-ahead
rock'n'roll gives even the most energetic fan something to mosh to.
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Loeb's voice is in top condition and she is a
highly competent musician, but the songs dissolve
into each other, forming a homogeneous mass of
painfully ordinary folk-rock pop. Between the
three or four gems we have all heard on the radio, the material is too weak to be interesting. Not
even the band's tight performance or Loeb's
friendly banter with the audience can save the
Unfortunately, Loeb's stage presence is also undermined by the looming studio musician goons
who form her band. While they are technically
proficient, all three of the Nine Stories have about
as much stage presence as a microphone stand. Live, Lisa Loeb and Nine
Stories don't form a cohesive or even
logical unit. Instead, the petite singer
stands out strangely among them. Despite her potential as an engaging
performer, she is dwarfed by their
overpowering size, volume and big,
bad hair.
By the show's end, I wish Once
Blue would come back out and return
us all to their ethereal dreamscape
because, although the experience did
cause me to wax poetic, Lisa Loeb and
Nine Stories fails to impress.
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Three Painters: Susan Wolpert-Low,
Sue Laing, and Collette Goutier
at the AMS Art Gallery until Feb 9
by Christopher Brayshaw
Three Painters demonstrates the best attributes of a group show
of student work, with an engaging variety of approaches, materials and skill levels. While not all works in the show are successful,
each artist conveys a good sense of technical and thematic development. These works bring the viewer into their development process, placing more finished pieces in the context of the studies
and failed pieces proceeding them. The show feels less like a tightly
organized display and more like a visit to the artists' studios-art
intimate experience all too often withheld from the general public.
Susan Wolpert-Low paints floral scenes that combine collaged
photographic elements with heavily textured oil painting. These
works are unexpectedly compelling: realistically-rendered Cowers emerge and recede from surging strokes of colour that spin
and turn in dizzying patterns. A second series, Exotic Terrains, is
less invigorating: here, Wolpert-Low's energetic brushwork dissolves into passages of flattened color which lack the intensity of
her best floral paintings.
Collette Gautier's figurative works are the show's most problematic. Gautier's contributions range from small oil studies to very
large, aggressively didactic works like 1995's The Pie Eaters. This
enormous image, which suggests some surreal marriage of George
Grosz and Francis Bacon, depicts a group of well-to-do white people
squabbling over, and stuffing themselves with, cherry pie that oozes
down their faces and across their clothes. Even this polite description doesn't begin to do justice to Gautier's total lack of thematic
subtlety. My guess is that Gautier wants to indict the Western world's
rampant consumerism, but The Pie Eaters offers no focused indictment of anything in particular, preferring easy generalizations
and broad caricatures. This is a student work in the worst sense of
the phrase. Pieces like Gautier's Self Portrait, or a series of studies
whose figures seem to strain against the confines of their tiny
frames, are far better. These small works reveal a confidence and
subtlety still missing from Gautier's larger paintings.
Sue Laing's figurative works are entirely engaging. Laing displays a remarkable sensitivity to the movements of her models'
bodies, and her graceful nudes reveal a sensitive handling of modelling and form.
Also on display are two relief prints by Laing, Enfolded and Entrapped and Jack and Jill. Their rich surface textures and varied
colours caught and held my attention, and I stood in front of them
for a long time. Though completed long before most other works
in the show, Laing's prints are outstanding and well worth a special visit to the gallery.
The Kiss
at Performance Works on
Granville island until Feb 18
by Rachana Raizada
In the midst of the commercial
onslaught preceding Valentine's
Day, it is refreshing to know that
someone, somewhere, can still take
the piss out of a kiss.
The final major event of the Kiss
project (a dance and performing
arts festival at Granville Island), is
now underway. "The Kiss Commissions" refers to an evening of eighteen new five-minute works that
have all been created in open rehearsals during the previous five
weeks of the festival. Some of the
Commissions are dance pieces, others are theatre and a couple of the
funniest involve a combination of
both. Each of these works is supposed to contain a kiss, but
whether or not this event actually
happens often becomes a matter of
sadness, humour or suspense...and
sometimes the results are quite unexpected.
The Sleeping Beauty Variations,
choreographed by Conrad Alexan-
drowicz, is set to excerpts from
Tchaikovsky's original score.
Dancer Edmond Kilpatrick stars as
a prince who is vainly trying to
wake up a sleeping not-quite-
beauty. Kilpatrick, a dancer with
the Judith Marcuse Company, was
singularly brilliant; he managed to
show off fine classical ballet form
in his dancing while expressing
total befuddlement as classical
gender roles were reversed on him,
not unlike the dilemma faced by
today's '90s man when he dares
to be "gallant."
A treat of a French Kiss was
L'amour est un oiseau rebelle cre
ated by Harvey Meller which, as
you've probably guessed, was set
to Bizet's Carmen. The performers
sat in chairs facing the audience as
if they were watching Carmen
themselves. A young couple who
didn't manage to get seats together
are separated by an obese man. The
couple dances in their seats as they
sit there trying with complete futility to steal a kiss. The movement is
most imaginative, agitated opening
and closing of the knees, uneasy
shifting forwards and backwards.
The two execute exactly the same
steps in their utter frustration so the
total effect is completely hilarious.
Other kisses include a high-energy spandex kiss, a sultry dialogue
between "Lobe," "Tongue" and
"Lips" entitled Holy Trinity of a Kiss,
and Let Hands Do What Lips Do, a
monologue by Nicola Cavendish
based on the actual life of one
street prostitute who wryly observes that "the male ego business
pays well." Music ranged from Latin
rap to the ubiquitous chanting and
wailing that one has to expect from
modern dance these days. A few
dull moments notwithstanding,
these kisses are worth experiencing.
Shanghai threesome as filmed by
superstar dye makes for one neat film
Shanghai Triad
at the Varsity theatre
by Andrea Gin
Shanghai Triad,
the latest offering from China's
superstar duo of director Zhang
Yimou and actor Gong Li, is a
captivating period piece about
Shanghai crimelords in the
1930s. In keeping with the
standard set of their previous
collaborations, such as The
Story Of Qiu Ju and To Live,
Shanghai Triad elevates the
somewhat formulaic mob story
into a piece of fine art through
inspired acting and breathtaking film techniques.
This film, the seventh from
Yimou, who once sold his blood
so he could afford to buy his
first camera, follows a week in
the life of a Chinese mob
through the eyes of a fourteen -
year-old servant boy.
The story focuses on the journey of young Tang Shuisheng,
plucked out of his peasant village by an uncle eager to give
him a shot at becoming a rich
and successful member of the
Tang mob-an organization led by one of
Shuisheng's distant
relatives that controls
the opium and prostitution trades in Shanghai. Even
family members have to start at
the bottom though, which in
Shuisheng's case puts him in
the not-so-glamorous role of a
servant for Tang's mistress Xiao
Jinbao (Gong Li).
Shuisheng's unsuitability for
the job is apparent from the
start, since he can't manage
menial tasks such as lighting
her cigarette or fetching the
right outfit out of her closet. After this rocky beginning, however, the two gradually win one
another's trust.
Yimou manages to capture
beauty in the smallest things;
every frame in this movie is
opulent on its own or transformed into an object of beauty
through the magic of Yimou's
As a member of the "fifth
generation" Chinese movie-
rrakers (who were the first post-
cu! rural revolution students to
graduate from China's main
film school, the Beijing Film
Academy), Yimou presents a
well-rounded effort with
Shanghai Triad; it is nicely
balanced with an interesting
story, fine acting performances
and, as usual, outstanding
shots of mesmerizing scenery.
It's difficult to decide how to
feel about the end of the personal relationship between
Yimou and Li, since Shanghai
Triad will likely be the last of
their collaborations. These two
have recorded an all-too-brief
history of exceptionally pleasing films, and the prospect of
more films such as this one. To
Live and Raise The Red Lantern is tantilizing to fans of
Chinese cinema, to say the
On the other hand, one has
to wonder how much of the
magic will be lost if they are
ever to work together again,
which is a serious concern
when you consider how big a
role their chemistry plays in
Shanghai Triad's overall
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The Ubyssey
Friday, February 9,1996
Friday, February 9,1996
The Ubyssey opinion
For every action...
Canadians have grown mistrustful of
organized political protests; nowadays,
when we gather in large groups to be
violent or vocal it's usually for something we really
care about. Like hockey.
The coverage of last Wednesday's Day of Action
will probably reaffirm that mistrust. The substance
of the Canada-wide rallies for post-secondary
education went generally ignored, and what little
did receive attention depicted students as mostly
violent and hysterical.
The Globe and Mail did feature students on its front
page, but not the 50,000 protesting the looming
privatization of Canada's post-secondary system.
Instead, they were the 1200 students happily
crammed into the University of Western Ontario's
new "superclass," which apparently compenstates
for education cutbacks and the resulting enormous
class sizes with film projectors and reggae music.
Closer to home, The Vancouver Sun bumped the
peaceful protest ten minutes away from its offices
in favour of a front-page photo capturing an "angry
demonstrator" in the act of smashing a window
outside the Ontario legislature.
When they did report on the Vancouver rally, the
coverage focused on "security" instead of education.
The Vancouver demonstration was "more
peaceful"; "Protest organizers worked with
Vancouver police to tensure that the protest was
orderly"; the rally's organizer "praised the police."
The subtext: that the Vancouver protest was
successful not because it united several thousand
supporters behind an important social issue, but
because the protesters were succesfully kept from
injuring bystanders or vandalizing "century-old
stone buildings."
The issue of corporate taxation, a prominent topic
in several of Wednesday's speeches, was neglected
entirely. The protest voices that do appear come
from  seemingly  hysterical  reactionaries  or
unfortunate victims. "Yes, the cuts are hurtful," the
reader is left thinking, "but, gee whiz—they're just
so darn inevitable, aren't they?"
The CFS and others reasonably argue they're not,
and while it might be too much to convince the
dailies that the deficit panic they're so good at
perpetuating is, in fact, borne out of corporate
interest rather than real fiscal necessity, they might
at least report on one of the principle aspects of the
protest plaform.
The distortion of education issues is old hat, and
the coverage of this week's protest doesn't come as
a great surprise. Newspapers are a product, and
angry vandals may make for better reading than
thoughtful protest. But the misrepresentation is
endemic, and is a large part of the problem we face
as students.
If we do nothing we are apathetic; if we protest we're
whiney; and if we get angry, we're out of control.
Perhaps we'd be better off sticking to hockey.
February 9,1996
volume 77 issue 36
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Now the serpent Wolf Depner was the craftiest of Joe Clark's creations, and he
appeared to Christine Price and said, "Is there no fruit ofthe garden that you may
eat?" She replied, "The Emit of the tree of Kevin Drews is good for us, but of the
fruit of Douglas Hadfield we may not cat or even touch, lest we die." So she ate
some anyway, and gave Uie fruit to Scott Hayward, who found it very yuromy
indeed. They were banished from the garden, an angel named Siobhan Roantree
guarding its entrance with a flaming sword lest they return. Scott knew Christine
and they bore two sons, but Chris Brayshaw slew Richard lam when the smoke
from Richard*s altar kept getting in his eyes. Amanda Growe begat Rachana Raizada
begat Jesse Gelber begat Desiree Adib, and they were all very tired and said, "Let
there be a respite from the begetting." Matt Thompson came to Chris Nuttall-
Smith in a dream and told him to build an ark and coat it with pitch, but all he
could find was some Elmer's Glue that John McAlister had left behind. Jenn Kno
herded the animals into the ark two by two, except for that nearly extinct race of
masturbating tortoises who only sent the one deleg tie, and waited for ihe mighty
thundercloud. The flood came and went, just like that, and Marilee Breitkreutz
went for a swim. The water abated, so Sarah O'Donnell let some birds out the
window: Peter T. Chattaway flew back with a licorice cigar in his mouth; Andrea
Gin never returned, and they knew she had found land. Hated, Ben Koh painted
a rainbow in the sky for all to see, and they were happy.
Coordinating Editor: Siobhan Roantree
Copy Editor: Sarah O'Donnell
News Editor: Matt Thompson
Culture Editor: Peter T. Chattaway
Sports Editor: Scott Hayward
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Photo Coordinator: Jenn Kuo
Beef is okay
This letter is in response to
Gillian Shepherd's "Five reasons
to stop eating meat" article in the
Environment Issue of The Ubyssey
(January 12, 1996). The writer
was right. We should stop eating
meat. However, the author used
"scare" tactics to try to convince
us to stop eating meat and not
real facts.
The article begins by telling us
that animals are fed "an appalling
cocktail of chemicals, hormones,
and antibiotics." Never once did
a list of these toxins appear.
Ketchup has chemicals. Is it
going to kill me if I eat it with
my fries? Okay, maybe it's
referring to bovine somatotropin
(BST) which is also known as the
bovine growth hormone. This
hormone is found naturally in the
cow. Harmless bacteria (scientists
will know that bacteria does not
only mean "germs") are genetically
altered to produce the hormone so
that it can supplement those
found in the cow's body. Since
1985, the American Food and
Drug Administration has
determined, after extensive
testing, that BST is safe to both
cows and people. The hormone,
somatotropin, actually reduces
the fat in pigs, thus, producing
15% leaner meat.
The next point was that the fat
found in all meat was deemed
"dangerous" by the medical
profession. Yes, we should
definitely reduce our fat intake.
However, not all of us live in warm
Vancouver, where we can be
happy vegans. In northern Canada
(yes, there is life up there), it can
get very cold. Vegetables do not
grow abundantly in the winter. In
the north, the Inuit eat meat
because that's the most convenient
source of food. As well, the fat
(surprise, surprise) acts as insulation
for the cold weather. Sometimes,
the Inuit will eat pure butter just
to get that fat. It sure wouldn't
be putting "people first" if we had
everyone in the north eating just
vegetables, especially the more
expensive organically grown ones.
The article also points out that
cow's milk is a high fat fluid. Of
course it is! Most of the fluids
humans consume do not have
fat. That's why we drink fluids.
Milk, however, is mostly water
(greater than 90%), and the milk
on the market these days is lower
in fat. The statement that milk is
designed to turn a 451b calf into
a 10001b cow in 18 months fails
to include that the cow produces
501bs of milk a day. Can you
imagine drinking 501bs of milk a
day? It sure wouldn't take long
to reach lOOOlbs on 501bs of milk
a day.
Lowering our fat intake is
essential since the average North
American does indeed eat too
much meat However, we should
not use half truths to convince them
to stop eating meat nor should we
scare them into becoming vegans.
Most of the points in that article
can be refuted scientifically and
historically. The author did not
provide the full picture when the
article was written. I have given the
other side. Neither of us are right
nor are we wrong, and somewhere
in between is the real truth.
Mabel K. Lai
Stop the
I'm responding to a comment
made by Rhona Raskin about
one month ago concerning a
woman caller who was abused
by her boyfriend. I was outraged
by the lack of empathy Rhona
showed the caller. This woman
had her nose broken by her
boyfriend and blamed herself
because she thought he was
provoked by her arguing with
him. To make matters worse; her
attacker happens to be a police
officer and not surprisingly this
woman is terrified. As a cop, he
definitely has more power in the
world. Even though it was wrong,
he misused his power by choosing
to hit her. He walked away thinking
"It's good I'm in control", and the
woman was thinking "I better
behave so he doesn't get angry."
Rhona's response to the situation
was: "Did you press charges" and
"Did you tell him to go see a
counsellor otherwise I will leave
you!" When the woman said no
to that, Rhona got angry and
said: "Do you have a screw
missing in your head. Do you
realize the consequences if you
don't denounce him and he's a
cop?" Also she added: "I'm sure
you were not expecting an easy
time." Hey Rhona! How nice of
you to bash this woman! Have you
ever heard of the word empathy
before? It is never a woman's fault
when a man hits her. I would tell
the caller that it is not useful to
blame yourself for what happened
because it was not your fault This
woman is probably feeling
isolated, and she probably has no
power in this relationship. It is
hard for her to leave him because
she is probably completely isolated and financially dependent
on him. It must be awful to be in
a relationship where what you
say or do could lead to violence.
It was very courageous for this
woman to call and expose her
attacker and the situation she is
in, and, therefore she doesn't
deserve to be treated like that.
Suzanne Gadoury
Psychology 4
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The Ubyssey
Friday, February 9,1996 sports
Birdmen ranked number one in Canada
by Wolf Depner
You can call them the
"Lonesome T-Birds." The UBC
men's basketball team has soared
to 13-3 and captured the nation's
number one spot after failing to
rank in the top ten last November.
The Birds swept Saskatchewan
on the road this weekend, while
the front-running Brandon
Bobcats could only manage a split
with lowly Manitoba.
According to coach Bruce
Enns and his squad, life in the
TEAM LEADER Ken Morris finds the lane and drives to the basket.
T-Bird Playoff Update
Men's Basketball
If the 13-3 T-Birds sweep
tfce 6-16 Pronghorns in
Lethbridge this weekend,
t&ey will guarantee themselves first place in Canada
West and home court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Men's Volleyball
In the last weekend of Uie
season, the 5-7 T-Birds
challenge 5-7 Calgary to
determine which team will
play in the post-season. If the
teams split the series, UBC
will have to win at least as
many games as the Dinos in
their two matches to snap up
the last playoff spot.
Women's Basketball
The 7-9 women's team, tied
for third place in Canada
West with Alberta, is two
games ahead of Lethbridge
with four games remaining.
They will also be in
Lethbridge this weekend, and
a sweep would guarantee the
team a playoff spot
Women's Volleyball
The women's volleyball
team has assured themselves
second place in Canada West
and a playoff berth. They visit
Calgary this weekend, and
will play either Calgary or
Saskatchewan at home next
week in the semi-finals.
The Grad Class Council is
now accepting Proposals for the
Grad C|ass Council       1996
Grad Class Gifts
• Limit: one proposal per particular group of graduating students,
club, constituency, or organization.
• Upper limit of $3,000 per proposal
• To apply, please submit an outline of your group's grad class gift
• Include a detailed description, how the funds will be spent (i.e.
a budget), and (briefly) its value in improving the academic, social,
community, spirit, or general atmosphere at UBC. Don't forget
your name.
• Include a brief (less than 100 wds) blurb promoting your proposal.
The blurb will be used to describe the proposal during the voting
at the AGM on Mar. 1, 1996.
• Applications received at SUB Rm 238.
• Deadline: 4pm Monday, Feb 12, 1996 (no later)
• Please contact Joe Cheng
c/o SUB 252, 822-5466, if you have any questions.
penthouse is pretty good. "We
enjoy being number one. It is a
recognition that things have gone
well so far," Enns said. The last
time UBC ranked first in the
nation was in February 1991
when J.D. Jackson and Derek
Christiansen led the team.
This year Ken Morris, John
Dumont and Mark Tinholt fill the
places once held byjackson and
Christiansen. Morris has become
the team's leader on and off the
court by playing outstanding ball
during the Birds' current seven
game winning streak; he tops the
team with 24.3 points per game.
"When Ken came here three
years ago, I told him I was going
to measure him on how well he
would make the players around
him better," Enns recalled. "He
has been getting pretty high
marks so far."
But the main reason the Birds
have enjoyed such success this
year has to be Bruce Enns, now
in his eleventh year coaching at
UBC. His players have responded to his call for team
defence, holding their opposition
to 85 points per game.
The T-Birds are one of the
Canada West's smaller teams,
which puts them at a disadvantage
when pulling down crucial
defensive boards against teams
like Saskatchewan and Victoria.
To compensate, they have relied
on defensive schemes that utilize
the team's quickness and agility.
The T-Birds overall lack of size
has also translated into an offence
that emphasizes a fast-paced
transition game and perimeter
shooting. They currendy lead the
league with 96 points per game.
The depth of the bench is
another T-Bird strength. Brady
"Bunch" Ibbetson did an fine job
filling in for Morris when he was
out with injury for almost seven
weeks before Christmas. Even
with Morris back in the starting
line-up, Ibbetson has received
ample floor time and has been a
solid defensive player. "Brady is
like a sixth starter for us," Enns
Second year Curtis Mepham
has seen his playing time steadily
grow since the team's trip to Korea
in December, and has shown a
surprisingly soft touch from the
outside for a 67" centre. He has
also been a defensive force off the
bench, especially on the boards.
Rebounding, along with
passing, are the two areas where
Enns sees room for improvement.
So is this team indeed the best
team in the nation? Only the
CIAU championship will tell how
the Birds will stack up against
Brandon and the eastern teams.
Of course, the Birds will have
to qualify for Halifax first by
winning the always competitive
Canada West. If UBC can
maintain its number one status
going into the playoffs by
remaining undefeated for the rest
ofthe regular season, they should
get serious consideration for a
wild-card spot even if they don't
win the Canada West outright.
But Enns is more concerned
about the present than the future.
Bird Watch
Men's Hockey
Fri.,Feb. 9-Sat.,Feb. 10
vs Saskatchewan
Thunderbird Arena, 7:30pm
CiTR 101.9 (Saturday)
Saturday, Feb. 10,2:30pm
Jericho Park
(weather permitting)
Track and Field
Saturday, Feb. 10, 11:00am
UBC Invitational Meet
Minoru Park, Richmond
"Hopefully, [being number one]
is encouragement to keep things
going. Everybody is pretty
focused now on trying to make
sure that we don't get ahead of
ourselves," Enns said. "The guys
realize that the number one
ranking can be lost just like that.
We've just got to make sure that
we keep up our game."
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Campaign from Feb. 26th to March 3rd
Voting runs from March 4th to the 6th
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