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VOLUME 78 ISSUE 19
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1996
Taking aim at Shell's bottom line
by Sarah O'Donnell
Drivers trying to gas up at the corner of
Burrard and Davie last Friday after ooon
were shell-shocked.
Almost 150 people, including many UBC
students, descended on the Shell station to
mark the first anniversary of the execution
of Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. It was
one of seven simultaneous demonstrations
at Shell stations across Vancouver organised by the Ogoni Solidarity Network (OSN).
"What's interesting about us being out
here today is that the Ogoni people were getting killed in Nigeria for doing the exact
same thing we're doing today, which is
protesting for [Ogoni] land," said one UBC
student.
RAISING AWARENESS of the Shell's practices in Nigeria, protestors encouraged drivers to fill
up elsewhere, sarah o'donnell photo
Protesters targeted Shell stations to
attract attention to the OSN's boycott campaign against Shell Canada and Royal Dutch
Shell. The company has recently come
under fire for practices that have allegedly
ravaged the Ogoni homeland in Nigeria; the
company has also been accused of complicity in last year's execution of
nine Nigerian activists,
including Saro-Wiwa.
One of the protest's key
UBC organisers was Global
Development Centre Coordinator Isabelle Cote.
"We hope that by protesting   or   boycotting   Shell
Canada, we'll force [the company] to talk
with ShelJ International and put pressure
on them to tell them they should change
something," she said.
Sid Tan, a member of the Sierra Club,
said the purpose ofthe boycott was to make
the multinational listen. "As long as [Shell]
can continue keeping high profits and revenues they are not going to change unless
they have to. And this is where consumers
come into it," he said.
"Whether |Shell] says [it's] going to
change or not, we're going to launch a consumer action here which will indeed, we
hope, hit [their] bottom line. And this is
where we have to do it because nothing else
seems to have worked."
But Ron Blakely, vice-president of
human resources and public affairs for
Shell Canada, said Royal Dutch Shell has
already made some important changes to
its operations in Nigeria.
"I'm not going to paint a perfect history
there and I'm not going to say there haven't
been mistakes made in the past, but you
don't run away from situations. You stay and
you work and you do what you think is right
for the people and the country," he said.
"Ogoni people were
getting killed in Nigeria
for doing the exact same
thing we're doing todayT
UBC STUDENT PROTESTOR
Although Blakely said Shell Canada is not
operationally connected with Royal Dutch
Shell, he said he has personally invested a
great deal of time into understanding
Shell's role in Nigeria.
The company, he said, continues to
invest approximately $100 million a year
into facility and program upgrades and will
be running a hospital and two youth
employment centres at the request of the
Ogoni people.
But OSN protestors aren't convinced.
They plan to repeat their protests at the
Burrard and Davie Shell station on Friday.
"Indirectly or even directly, we're
responsible [for Shell's activities in
Nigeria]," said Culture Jammer Yang Cheng.
"We're supporting the system that we're living in. If students are going to be members
of that society, we're going to have to be
responsible for it." ♦
Ontario Doctors Give UBC Meds Hope
by Clare Atzema
The ongoing fight between Ontario doctors and the Harris
government is striking a chord among UBC medical students.
Earlier this month, Ontario physicians rejected a government proposal which attempts to force doctors to work
where needed, usually in rural areas, calling the bill an
attack on their professional independence.
Here in BC, medical students are worried
about a similar proposal that came into
effect on October 1. The BC version, however, is aimed squarely at new doctors.
"Students and residents are the first to
recognise the need for doctors in under-serviced areas, since it is partly our responsibility to fill that need," said Ben Chew, president ofthe UBC Medical Undergraduate Society (MUS).
"However, we adamantly reject any kind of legislation
that tries to force us to work in certain areas. It's a band-aid
solution that will lead to many unhappy and therefore
unproductive doctors," he said.
In Ontario the government-proposed bill was endorsed
by the board of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) but
then rejected by Ontario doctors by a margin of 76 percent
in a province-wide referendum.
But in BC, the BC Medical Association proposed the
restrictions and there was no province-wide referendum.
The NDP government accepted the BCMA's proposal, limiting the amount a new doctor can bill to 50 percent in an
over-serviced area, 75 percent in an adequately serviced
area and 100 percent in an under-serviced area. The
restrictions apply for the first five years to both the practices of new doctors and doctors who are new to BC.
"...it's ludicrous that these doctors can
barely break even after graduation, let
alone start to pay off their student loans"
Ben Chew, president
UBC Medical Undergraduate Society
Kamyar Mohaseb is the president of UBC's first year
medical class, the first group that will face the new billing
restrictions. The change, he said, will cause genuine financial difficulties for many in his class.
"There are currently very few regions in the province
that are considered to be under-serviced. Many new family
physicians, therefore, will be forced to practice in areas
where they can only bill at 50 percent. Such a reduction in
income, in conjunction with overhead costs of approxi
mately 45 percent, will leave many new doctors in a very
difficult position," he said.
The Professional Association of Residents of BC (PAR BC)
has accused the BCMA of eating its young, referring to the
new restrictions as a "Cronus deal". Cronus was the Greek
deity who was told by an oracle that he was destined to be
dethroned by his children. In response, he devoured them
when they were born.
"It needs to be emphasised that we are not asking for the
status quo or for a free-for-all in billing," said Don Young,
PAR BC's past-president. "We do need mechanisms to
address the problem of physician supply, but it should not
be done through the points system or the status quo. We
applaud the Ontario doctors, and any move that supports
equality of doctors across the board. Restrictions yes, but
across the profession."
If the current restrictions are not revoked, medical students warn young doctors will not be the only ones to be
affected.
"When one considers that a family practitioner attends
university for approximately 10 years to become a doctor,
it's ludicrous that these doctors can barely break even after
graduation, let alone start to pay off their student loans,"
said Chew. "As a result, we will see many doctors migrating
south of the border to where they will be appreciated, and
tlie British Columbian public will be the one to suffer." ♦ THE UBYSSEY, NOVEMBER 13, 1996
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is on November 27th.
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WEDNESDAY MUSIC NOON HOUR
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Featuring Ellen Silverman and Barrie
Barrington, duo piano. Music Bldg
Recital Hall.  12:30. $3.
EAST TIMOR
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Featuring Bella Galhos. SUB Rm
215. 12:30.
UNIVERSITY SINGERS
Thursday, Nov. 14
James Fankhauser, director. Recital
Hall.  12:30.
THREE SEASONS OF THE WIND
Thursday, Nov. 14
The Thelon river flows across the
barrtfas of the Northwest
Territories, between Great Stave
Lake and Hudson Bay. During the
summer of 1993, Kathleen and
Michael Pitt canoed 950 km alone
through this pristine landscape.
See why this vast region has been
designated a Canadian Heritage
River. Slide show, munchies and
refreshments. Call Catherine
Newlands for ticket purchase @
822-8917. Main Floor, Cecil Green
Park. 7:30-9:30pm. $5.
AUDITIONS
Friday, Nov.15 & Saturday, Nov. 16
UBC English Students' Society is
holding auditions for "Goodnight
Desdemona, (Good Morning Juliet)"
written by Anne Marte Macponald.
Come prepared with a co.t.ii;p.ece.
Call Paola « 323-1360 to schedule a
time. Buch 8219. Friday 6pm-10pm,
Saturday 1 tam-3pfi.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Friday, Nov. 15
Three years ago the Oslo Accord
gave the impression that the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict was close
to a resolution. Three years later,
under Benjamin Netanyahu's government, the "peace process" is in
crisis. A talk on why this is and
what are the prospects for peace.
Featuring MordaachaiBriemberg.
SUB Rm 214.  12:30pm.
UBC PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Monday, Nov. 18
Featuring John Rudol and Sal
Ferreras, directors. Recital Hall.
12:30pm.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S
SUPPORT GROUP
Every Wednesday
A weekly support group that provides
a forum for inf 1 women students to
discuss individual, social, and cultural
issues. Brock Hall 203.12:30-1:30.
VEGETARIAN LUNCH
Every Thursday
Great food, very cheap (by donation), very delicious, nice 'n' filling.
Buch B223. 12:30-2pm.
AUDITIONS
Monday, Nov. 25 & Tuesday, Nov. 26
First Impressions Theatre will be
holding auditions for Noel Coward's
comedy "Private Lives" which wiit be
performed in the Deep Cove Shaw
Theatre in Feb 1997. Two males and
two females required aged 20-40.
Please be familiar with script before
arranging audition appointment.
Short prepared monologue, current
photo and resume required. Call
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ere there too
Although Ruby Far never saw any action overseas,
she is proud to have served her country and has influenced
two god-daughters and a cousin to join the Armed Forces.
by Richard Lam
f FAR was originally given papers for Halifax but they were suddenly changed. She was to be stationed
at the Jericho Beach Airforce Station, "They just gave me the papers and I followed their orders."
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Ruby was the only woman working in
the "dope shop," repairing and repainting aircrafts.
After getting lead poisoning ten months into her job,
she was later reassigned to packing parachutes.
"That was the most nerve-racking job I've ever done."
ut a couple of days after, the enemy surrendered,
ner; we could have saved months of fighting."
"WE
WERE
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Women were vital
to the WWII
war effort and we
must not forget their
role in this war.
^•r MEETING OLD FRIENDS is all a part of
Ruby and Larry's annual visits to the Legions in
Roberts Creek and Gibsons.
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Puckbirds slapped by Huskies
by Marj Roden
The Sheaf
The Puckbirds headed into chilly Saskatoon looking
to snap a three-game losing streak against the
Saskatchewan Huskies. Instead, they skidded into the
western division basement as they were swept, losing 7-3 Friday night and 6-5 in overtime Saturday.
While the Birds are on a five-game losing streak,
they have played better than their record over the
past three weeks would indicate. Saturday's overtime
loss was the Birds' second in five games and the
fourth loss by one goal in the same stretch.
But the Birds were clearly outclassed in Friday's 7-
3 loss. The game's turning point came in the second
period when the Huskies scored four unanswered
goals in a ten minute span to make it 5-0. Brian
Purdy did the most damage against the Birds Friday
night as he notched a hat trick.
The Birds cut into that lead early in the third period with two power play goals by Corey Stock and
Jamie Burton during a five-minute major. But Scott
Cannam's power play goal at 13:47 of the third put
the Huskies back up by four.
Dan Nakaoka's unassisted marker at 15:07 cut the
Huskies' lead down back to three, but was cosmetic
at best. Husky Todd Markus' goal at 19:10 capped the
scoring in an otherwise lopsided game.
Saturday's contest, however, was even all the way
through. It was not decided until 1:01 in overtime
when Brian Purdy deflected the puck into the Birds'
net for the 6-5 game winner.
Bird Droppings
Football
Second string running back Tony
Chad, filling for the injured Doug Rozon,
led the Saskatchewan Huskies to a convincing 37-16 victory in the Canada West
final over the Birds this weekend.
Many had written off UBC in early
October after they lost to the Huskies and
dropped to 2-3. But the Birds won the last
three games of the regular season to take
second place and ensure their first playoff berth since 1992.
Costly turnovers and untimely penalties frustrated the Birds, and the defence
couldn't stop Chad, who ran for 187
yards yards on 20 carries. The offensive
line couldn't contain the Huskies'
onslaught as UBC quarterback Shawn
Olsen was sacked three times, and hurried many more. Saskatchewan capitalised early in the first quarter after UBC
halfback Mark Norha fumbled on UBC's
first play off scrimmage. Husky pivot
Brent Schneider capped off the six play
drive with a nine yard pass to Greg
Meilke. UBC tied the game on the ensuing
possession when rookie pivot Shawn
Olson hooked with halfback Akbal Singh
from 22 yards out.
But the dominant Huskies rattled off
16 unanswered points, and the Birds had
to settle lor a field goal on a drive late in the second
half to go into the dressing room at half time down
23-10.
After a Birds' touchdown was called back on an
ilegal procedure penally early inthe third quarter,
UBC gambled and lost when Olson was sacked on a
third and goal stand from the six yard line.
The Huskies took over and scored another 14
points before Singh busted 65 yards up the middle
late in the game to make the 37-16 final score more
respectable.
Basketball
The men's basketball team concluded the exhibition season with a second-place finish at the Golden
Bejir Invitational Tournament in Edmonton.
The Birds' beat the Toronto Blues (100-84) and
the defending CIAU champs Brandon Bobcats (79-
73) before losing 74-65 to host Alberta Golden Bears
in the final. Curtis Mepham was UBC's top player
over the weekend as he led the team in scoring all
three games with 74 points overall.
While the men wrapped up the pre-season with a
9-2 record, the women were 3-3 in exhibition play
following a weekend tournament in Manitoba. The
Birds dropped their first two games to eventual tour-
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Special teams played a major factor as
Saskatchewan and UBC scored three power play
goals each. "Our penalty killing did well, but I guess
not well enough. They got a couple of key power play
goals. Take those power play goals away, and we
win," said UBC forward Dan Nakaok.
"It was one of those games where neither team
could stop the other team's power play," said UBC
head coach Mike Coflin. "Unfortunately, the puck
came to the wrong guy for us and the right guy for
them. All of a sudden, what could have been a very
dramatic win turned into a loss.
"I thought we struggled all night. We could have
lost, we should have lost, but we didn't—we won,"
said Huskies' head coach Dave Adolph who saw his
team jump out to a 1-0 lead five minutes into the first
period.
Steve Williams tied the game with an unassisted
powerplay marker at 13:40 and Dan Nakaoka's marker early in the second period put the Birds up 2-1.
A Husky powerplay marker three minutes later tied
the game, but Stock replied with yet another power
play goal to UBC up again at 8:32 second period.
The Huskies took a 4-3 lead in the intermission,
but Trevor Shoaf tied the game four minutes into the
final frame. Another Husky power play goal gave the
Huskies the lead late in the third period and
Saskatchewan looked as if they would hang on to the
win. But Steve Williams' second goal of the game on
the power play sent the game into overtime before
Purdy notched the game winner.♦
T-BIRD ADRIAN FAWCETT wraps up Saskatchewan Husky Darren
Malinchuk in Saturday's loss on in Saskatoon, jody buxton photo
nament champs Regina Cougars (78-68) and
Lakehead Northwesters (72-69). But they regrouped
with a 63-56 win over the Windsor Lancers in the
consolation final.
Both the women and men will open the 20-game
regular Canada West schedule this weekend at
Calgary where they will face the Dinos for a two-
game series.
Volleyball
Two teams—two very different regular season
starts. While the women's team opened the season
with two convincing wins over tlie Winnipeg
Wesmen, the men s team dropped both their games
against Winnipeg over the weekend. The home
openers go this weekend, as the V-Birds take on the
Calgary Dinos.
Track and Field
Lori Durward took the bronze in the 5000m CIAU
cross-country championship on Saturday as she led
the UBC women to a fourth-place team finish.
Finishing in 17:59 minutes, Durward was two seconds behind second place finisher Sarah Dillabough
and five seconds behind gold medal winner
Nathalie Cote.*> WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1996
news
THE UBYSSEY   5
Commuters drive Dunbar residents to action
The safety concerns of Dunbar residents
are forcing the City of Vancouver to consider measures that could create traffic jams
for UBC drivers.
People living between in the DunMarine
by Kersi Regelous triangle-between Dunbar and corner
where 4 1 st Ave converges with Southwest
Marine Drive—are angry that university
commuters cut through their streets to get
between the two main arteries when traffic
is heavy.
"We're like an island in this stream of
UBC takes student/snapshot'
by Kersi Regelous
The preliminary results of the university's
student survey are out and administrators
have begun the task of sorting through the
data.
The survey, distributed to students at
Main Library between August 26 and
September 13, contained questions on
course selection, reasons for attending university, tuition, computer accessibility and
transportation.
More than 15,000 students responded.
"We're really trying hard to find ways to
reach more of our students, and are trying
to understand what's important to them,"
said Maria Klawe, vice-president of student
and academic services. "This survey is just
one of the mechanisms that enables us to
do that."
One survey question asked students if
they would be interested in renting a computer from the university; 75 percent said
no. But, according to Klawe, the university
might go ahead and offer computers to students anyway. The 2 5 percent who said yes,
she noted, was nearly 3000 students. "We
see that computers are becoming more and
more useful in a student's education, and
are considering ways to make it easier for
students to access them."
The next step for administrators is to
analyse the results more closely, and to
decide how the information will be used.
Christopher Hives, assistant coordinator in
Klawe's office, supervised the execution of
the survey. "The survey is a snapshot of
where people are now," he told The
Ubyssey. "It gives us an indication of what
kind of gaps we need to close".
AMS president David Borins said the
UBC survey was "a good effort on the part of
the university to get feedback. Considering
students weren't forced to fill it out, it's a
decent sample".
But, he said, other university initiatives
to solicit student input need improvement.
The Your UBC forums, held twice so far
this fall are, according to Borins, "a good
idea, but are not working." He suggested
that conferences and focus groups might
be another way for administrators and students to keep the lines of communication
open.
Asked how the AMS will use the data gathered by the survey, Borins responded, "for
our purposes, it gives us a better idea of who
we represent—who the AMS really is." ♦
traffic" says Charles Pitts, a Dunbar
Resident's Association member. "We have
kids who use the school, the park and no
one stops for the crosswalks...it's terrible"
The 'shortcutters', he says, often travel
down the residential streets at speeds far
exceeding the limit. "These people, driving
their hot little cars they got for [high school]
graduation just fly down the roads, and we
have to suffer because of their selfishness
and obtuseness."
In response, the Dunbar Resident's
Association has petitioned the City of
Vancouver to install diverters at the ends of
the streets between Camosun and Dunbar
to stop unwanted traffic.
City engineer Scott Edwards says the
diverters would come after surveying the
neighbourhood, consulting the residents,
and reviewing possible 'traffic calming'
options before the request is put to city
council for consideration. If approved, after
a process which could take up to several
months, commuters travel back and forth
between Marine and 41st in the area would
be limited.
The Residents' Association also discussed requesting a 'harmorhsation' of tlie
traffic lights where 41st and Marine Drive
merge, which they feel would remove tlie
impetus for taking shortcuts through side
streets when cars are 'stacked' for a red
light.
But Edwards questions the logic of tlie
suggestion. It may just cause drivers to
find other shortcuts, and there are several
problems associated with large amounts of
standing traffic, such as increased air pollution."
In  the  meantime,   triangle   residents
would like to see commuters become more
aware of the difficulties they create and stop
using the streets as a thoroughfare.
"UBC needs to wake up to the fact that
it's a bad neighbour" says Pitts. "Before they
do any more developing, they must learn to
control the traffic they have already."
Pitts is also quick to concede, however,
that people will not readily give up their
cars until a viable transit system makes it
worthwhile. "If you want to beat people out
of their cars with a stick, you have to offer
them a carrot, perhaps in the form of rapid
transit."
AMS Co-ordinator of external affairs,
Allison Dunnet, who oversees transportation issues, agrees. "I'm not going to defend
students who drive: recklessly", she says,
"but the problem really is that transit isn't
good enough. This situation signifies a
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Guy Wera and the Bicycle People
have come to the point where
everything they want do rests
with city council.
Their plan? Run for office,
for starters. Then, turn
Vancouver into a
bicycle heaven.
 by Vivian Hoffmann
IT'S A BLUSTERY EARLY FALL DAY, AND SIX ANGELS
have alighted on a patch of grass
along the False Creek bicycle route
in front of Science World. A pack of
rebel angels adjust their halos and
loose-fitting white robes. Then,
dropping a banner that reads
"Warning: LA North Ahead. Ride a
Bike or Bus Home," and arming
themselves with down-filled pillows and buckets of molasses, they
descend upon a motorist stopped
at the intersection of Main and
Terminal. Once the car, driven by
an angel accomplice, has been
thoroughly tarred and feathered,
the angels proceed to drag their
victim through the intersection.
Missing out on this bizarre
spectacle is the half of Vancouver
watching the Molson Indy, against
which the angels are protesting.
This imaginative display of
street theatre has been staged by the Bicycle People, a
group that wants us to wake up to their view that our
society is addicted to cars. Their founder and key organiser, Guy Wera, is a man with a mission. After six years
of rallying for bicycle facilities and public transit
improvements, he's come to a point where everything
he wants to do rests with City Council.
Not surprisingly, Wera is running in the coming
municipal election with the hope of "healing the
junkies" at City Hall.
"Everything about the car is evil," says Wera. "From
the capacity to sit in it and get colon cancer, to crashes,
to the pollution it causes."
TH be a radical and
about council not doing the
right thing," he says, "and when
they're I'll
be very, very bitchy"
-GUY WERA
It's easy to recognise, to some extent, the truth in
Wera's statement. But why then do single occupancy
vehicles make up such a large percentage of traffic to
our campus everyday?
Wera believes automobile dependency is a modern
disease. At the turn of the century, he explains, electric
transit was the transportation mode of choice. And it
could have stayed that way if not for the politics that
plagued the electric transit industry, according to an
article published in The Next City magazine last year.
The failing industry eventually succumbed to a GM,
Firestone and Standard Oil corporate takeover, Wera
says. The new owners of over 100 public transit systems across North America scrapped the electric trolleys and introduced a diesel bus network using GM
vehicles, Firestone tires and Standard Oil products. The
new networks provided inferior service than the electric systems they replaced and the dissatisfied public
turned to private automobiles.
Wera says current administrators of transit are as
much to blame for the inferior service as those who created the system.
"[Aclministrators] don't understand about the people who use the system," says Wera. "They see transit
users as poor, and consider them to be the working or
unworking slaves of our coirirnunity."
GORDON PRICE, CYCLIST AND CITY COUNCILOR, IS A
strong proponent of alternative transportation. But he
disagrees with Wera's tactics and some of his ideas. A
practiced politician, Price is tlie antithesis of the passionate activist Wera.
Price explains addiction in economic terms: Once
you own a car, and have it gassed and ready to go, the
next ride is free.
"People tend to use something a lot when it's free,"
he says. Riding a bicycle, on the other hand, has the cost
of energy, time, and, often in this climate, uncomfortable wetness.
The average cost of owning and operating a car is
estimated at a whopping $8,000 per year, according to
the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) in a 1996-
GUY WERA rides down the street, on his way to city hall. Eat your heart
out, Phillip Owen! richard lam photo
97 annual brochure. But the actual cost is much
greater, adds Price. Car drivers do not pay their share
of the cost of building and maintaining roads.
And that says nothing of the toll of human lives lost
to crashes. The International Road Federation, based in
New York, places this figure at just under 1000 lives
per day worldwide in 1992.
Price blames car manufacturers for selling people
illusions of speed and freedom.
"You never see another car in these ads on TV," he
says, adding that with increasing tension on the road,
the burden falls on governments to somehow reconcile
reality with people's expectations.
As outlined in Vancouver's CiryPlan planning
vision statement, council's goal is to keep automobile traffic at present levels over the next 2 5
years. Price feels that within city council "there is
a general consensus that we're not going to be
able to...design the city to serve the automobile
as the basis of the transportation system."
But when it comes to implementing progressive transportation policies, roadblocks emerge.
Funding is a problem, as are adverse effects
on motorists. Since the city has promised not to
raise    taxes,    a    Transportation    Demand
Management Fund is to create the new revenues for
alternative transportation through a focus on tolls.
The idea, says Price, is to find a way to pay the true
cost of driving in a more direct way.
Price emphasises the need for adequate planning to
create an effective network of cycling routes.
"I don't see any point in just laying asphalt for a system that doesn't connect."
The engineering department at city hall, he adds, is
now looking into ways of making the downtown core
bicycle-friendly. Since 1988, $2.25 million has been
spent on creating cycling routes.
While Price feels the city's caution is necessary, he
would like to see access to bridges speeded up.
WERA IS FED UP WITH ENDLESS PLANNING.
"Talk, talk, talk. They've been talking for fifteen
years, and not one bike lane in all that time," he says.
There have been bicycle improvements, however.
The major ones being the off-Broadway, Cypress,
Angus, and Adanac bikeways.
See next page WESNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1996
THE UBYSSEY  7
The world's a bike, cont.
But here we come to a bone of contention within
the cycling community: integration vs. segregation.
Those who advocate segregation, such as Wera,
demand separate bike lanes along major arterial
routes. They point to cyclist deaths as proof that motor-
vehicles and bicycles, traveling at such enormously
different speeds, cannot and should not be expected to
share road space. The school of thought promoting
integration argues it's impossible to fully separate cars
and bicycles, and that cyclists' defenses go down when
they have the false sense of
security given by a separate
lane.
Price says the only bicycle
accident he has been involved
in was in a bicycle lane. He
adds that creating designated
bike lanes would relegate
cyclists to limited routes, making cycling a purely recreational activity. Another problematic aspect of separate
lanes is that the space they
require must be taken from
other sources.
The tradeoffs between bicycle space and car space are
politically charged.
Douglas Smith, an engineer at City Hall, believes the
public is not ready for the kinds of changes Wera
wants. If the city were to implement Wera's suggestions, Smith predicts, council would be voted out of
office and replaced by a more conservative group.
"If you move too far ahead," agrees Price, "you'll
create a real backlash, which will wipe out maybe
Douglas Smith, an
engineer at City Hall,
believes
years of work."
Wera remains unconvinced, however.
If elected to council, Wera says he would try to create a municipal public transit system or push BC
Transit to ameliorate their service. Other issues which
concern him are watershed protection and air quality.
And for shock value, he admits, he's added to his platform a plan to implement regulations allowing the
installations of composting toilets in Vancouver
homes.
Wera admits he would find it difficult to work with
a NPA-dominated council, but the
thought doesn't worry him.
Instead, he sees it as a challenge.
"I'll be a radical and I'll also be
very up front about council not
doing the right thing," he says,
"and when they're not doing the
right thing, I'll be very, very
bitchy."
.If the
city were to implement
Wera's suggestions,
he predicts.
and replaced
by a more
conservative group.
IT SEEMS CLEAR CITY
COUNCIL would have their
hands full with Wera.
Smith knows Wera from volunteer-attended transportation
forums. He adds the activist is "far
to the left," but hastens to say
Wera's extreme perspective gives
a necessary balance to the political spectrum.
Price sees some ofthe Bicycle People actions—slowing traffic in mass rides—as counterproductive to the
movement. He feels such measures increase the mood
of conflict between cyclists and motorists, lessening
popular support for the cycling community.
"They create an us versus
them atmosphere," says Price,
adding that those "slugging it out
in the trenches"—ie. the bicycle
advisory committee and the engineering department—don't get
the media coverage the Bicycle
People get.
As a result, Price explains, all
cyclists working for change begin
to share the label of "extremist" in
the eyes of the public and the
media.
For Price, finding the right blend
of various transportation options to
suit Vancouver's needs is the challenge. Demanding that bicycles be
given a dominant role, he says, is
"just as flawed as people arguing
that the automobile is going to
remain the dominant mode of
transportation."
If everyone were not to use cars
for ten percent of their trips, Price
feels the goal of keeping traffic at
present levels over the next 25
years would be met.
When asked how a 10 percent
reduction in motor vehicle trips
would counterbalance the projected
traffic increase over that period,
Price is unable to provide an explanation.
Wera sees tlie change from an
auto-centric city as inevitable, but says he feels it's necessary to push as hard as he can to make the change
happen "before it's too late." ♦
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W PAUL seems the most popular of
Sechelt Legion 140's veterans.
He hoped he would return from war
to a changed Canada—one free
from discrimination against natives.
But often the only people
who treated him with respect
were other veterans, he says.
I   JAMES LAYS A WREATH in memory
of aboriginal soldiers lost in battle
The Canadian government is beginning
to recognise and correct past injustices
against vets like Paul. His Indian Status
was renewed only four years ago,
decades after giving it up in exchange
for enfranchisement
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including James Paul,
one of thousands of
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THE UBYSSEY
Dancing, chatting with the last of the Mohicans
by Rachana Raizada
BALLET BRITISH COLUMBIA
NOV 14-16
at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Ballet British Columbia returns to the
stage in its eleventh season with a presentation of old favourites and one new "psychological ballet" in the second performance of its 1996-97 DanceAlive series.
Ballet BC has seen something of a
turnover since its tenth anniversary gala
last April—six of its sixteen dancers are
new this season. However, John Ottmann,
the "last of the Mohicans" (as he jokingly
refers to himself), has not left, and he
spoke with The Ubyssey about the upcoming performance.
Ottmann will be dancing in three different pieces over the three days of the
performance. In John Clifford's Dvorak
Serenade, John will be dancing the lead
pas de deux. Set to the Serenade in E
Major, Op. 22, this elegant, lyrical, ballet
which dates back to the Balanchine era of
the 19 70s was premiered by the New York
City Ballet. Dancers are generally cast at a
choreographer's discretion, and Ottmann
reflects that he was probably the obvious
choice for the part which involves a lot of
fast jumping (petit batterie).
IM THE FALL, A PAS DE DEUX BY SERGE
Bennathan, Ottmann partners Kerry
Lynn Turner. To hear Ottmann describe it,
"Although the pas de deux is not literally
an Adam and Eve story, there are elements of a sublime beginning and experiencing first life. It is about the destruction
of our environment, and perhaps the creation of a new one."
Continues Ottmann, "Serge is someone
who in my mind has an endless supply of
metaphors and imagery, especially poetic
imagery. Every movement, every step, has
the feeling of a visual image behind it.
While it is not unusual for choreographers
to suggest these kinds of images, it is
quite unique to be given so many images.
"In the opening sequence, I am making
these wave-like gestures with my hands
and the image behind that is that I am creating a waterfall. The motion of my hands
shapes the waterfall. I then start repeating
this sequence, but on the diagonal, and
now I am creating a river.
"In another sequence my partner is
standing frozen, still, like a tree. I walk
over to her, looking at her, for there is a
certain mysteriousness about her. I poke
my hands underneath her arms trying to
find about her. The image in my mind is
that there is a wall of fire around her, and
I can only take my hands so far, because I
have to quickly pull back when it burns."
The Fall is danced to music especially
choreographed for it by Vancouver based
composer Arne Eigenfeldt. This is a successful partnership. Eigenfeldt's very rich
tones and lush soundscapes add a whole
new dimension to dance. Ottmann considers the music "very big, with a huge sense
of atmosphere. Although it is not descrip
tive of a place or time, it is full of potential, to be within the music creating this
world of images."
THE NEW WORK THAT BALLET BC WILL
bring to the stage is Mark Godden's
Conversation Piece, set to Beethoven's
Emperor Concerto. It is a non-linear narrative about a husband, his wife, his mistress and four society members who take
it upon themselves to sit in judgement on
the trio.
Ottmann plays one of these society
members, and likens it to "a scene from a
movie with nosy neighbours who love to
gossip." What is interesting though, is that
"over the course ofthe drama, our own little dark secrets get revealed one at a
time."
Conversation  Piece is  Godden's  first
attempt at a psychological ballet, and it
gives the dancers a rare opportunity to
show  their  dramatic  talent.  There   are
some  very   romantic
moments between the
husband and his mistress during some of
the  slow  movements
of the concerto.
When asked how
dancers find a way to
express themselves in
non-narrative ballets,
Ottmann concedes that it is definitely Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and
harder in an abstract piece to access Urlicht by William Forsythe danced to Lhe
intention, focus and expression. The chal- fourth movement of Gustav Mahler's
lenge has been summarised by Ballet BC's     Resurrection Symphony.
artistic director John Alleyne: "We communicate at a level in which we try to capture people's hearts and spirits and we try
not to destroy that in the studio."
However, anyone who has seen
Ottmann dance in earlier Ballet BC works
can judge for themselves whether or not
he has "found his inner focus." Perhaps
his professional attitude helps him in that
"the mental gymnastics involved in turning your feelings around about steps you
don't particularly like."
Or perhaps it is Ottmann's experience
in choreography which gives him a strong
appreciation of the difficulty of being "at
the front of the room." Says Ottmann,
"The choreographer at the front can see
the whole, tlie dancer just has one piece.
My [experience in choreography] allows
me to see what they need from me as a
dancer to help them."
Other pas de deux on Lhe program
include Isle by William Soleau danced to
"We communicate at a level in
which we try to capture people's
hearts and spirits and we try not
to destroy that in the studio."
John ottmann, ballet BC
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Student Discipline
Under section 58 of the University Act the President of the University has authority
to impose discipline on students for academic and non-academic offences (see page
65 ofthe 1996/97 University Calendar). A summary of such disciplinary cases is
published on a regular basis, without disclosing the names of students involved.
In the period November 1, 1995 to August 31, 1996, 33 students were disciplined.
For each case, the events leading to the imposition of the discipline and the discipline imposed are summarized below. Discipline may vary depending upon all the
circumstances of a particular case.
The following cases were incorrectly printed in the October 22nd issue.
The following are the correct descriptions and outcomes for those cases.
A student was alleged to have committed plagiarism in
the preparation of assignments.
Outcome: charge dismissed; allegation not
substantiated on consideration of all the evidence.
A student submitted the same paper in 2 courses without prior approval.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of
zero on the assignment and suspension from the
University for 4 months*.
A student was in possession of unauthorized materials
during an examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and suspension from the University for 12 months*.
A student submitted false information on a University
Registration/Change of Registration form.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of
zero in the course and a suspension from the University
for 4 months*.
A student submitted false information on a University
Registration/Change of Registration Form.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a course
grade corresponding to work completed in the course in
accordance with University regulations and a letter of
reprimand.
A student repeatedly failed to respond to notices of a
hearing to deal with allegations of submitting false
information on a University Registration/Change of
Registration Form.
Discipline: registration permanently blocked until
appearance before the Disciplinary Committee and note
on transcript to this effect.
16.
A student failed to disclose on a University application
prior attendance at the University and also misstated
other relevant information.
Discipline:
reprimand*.
in the special circumstances.a letter of
26.
30.
31.
A student failed to disclose on a University application
form prior attendance at other post-secondary institutions, including one from which there was a requirement
to withdraw.
Discipline: in the special circumstances.a suspension from the University for a period of 4 months*.
A student plagiarized/cheated in the preparation of an
essay.
Discipline: in the special circumstances.a mark of
zero in the course and a suspension from the University
for 8 months.*
A student participated in a cheating incident in
an examination.
Discipline: in the special circumstances.a mark of
zero in the course and a suspension from the University
for 4 months*. An appeal to the Senate Committee on
University Appeals on Academic Discipline was allowed
in part.
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is entered on the student's transcript and m the student's file. At any
time after two years have elapsed from the date of his or her graduation the student may apply to the President to exercise his discretion
to remove the notation. Students under disciplinary suspension from
UBC may not take courses at other institutions for transfer of credit
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Clarence Darrow raises Fire
by Jennifer Moss
The Fire Raisers
at the Dorothy Somerset until Nov 16
Max Frisch's The Fire Raisers is a class-conscious play that challenges the convenient
denial of misery. It confronts middle class
complacency in a number of ways, without
making you feel like you've been hit over the
head with a copy of The Socialist Worker.
The plot centers around a group of revolutionary arsonists plotting to overthrow the
establishment. When two "fire raisers" worm
their way into the home of an upper-middle-
class couple who fancy themselvers open-
minded, what follows is a test: how far are
these 'liberals' willing to go? What do their values mean when their property is under threat?
Now, relax. Some of you are probably thinking, "Oh god, I don't want to pay $7 to go to the
theatre and have some dry revolutionary playwright tell me what a shmuck I am." Fair
enough. We've all been to enough bad "political" plays to make us want to bury our heads in
prime time television and never come up for
air. The Fire Raisers, however, is not one of
those plays. It's everything the theatre should
be: both entertaining and thought provoking.
The potential to really confront an audience
with issues is what makes theatre such an
exciting medium. Besides, there's no shortage
of suspense and "theatricality," so the entertainment value is high. A mixture of live and
recorded sound, courtesy of Ibata Hexamer, is
used throughout the play to surround the audience and create eerie effects such as blazing
fires and exploding gasoline, never letting us
forget that outside the sheltered enclave of the
middle-class home where most of the action
takes place, there is serious trouble brewing.
Never has a Bic lighter sounded so ominous.
Also contributing to the overall suspense,
actors beat empty oil drums in insistent, syncopated rhythms, reminiscent of the "restless
natives" beating their drums in old Tarzan
flicks. The set design by Sabrina Di Maio is an
ingenious utilisation ofthe relatively small performance space. Backstage is exposed, so that
even when the arsonists are not directly
involved in a scene, their presence is felt, once
again increasing the tension.
The cast is energetic and focused. If any one
of them should be singled out, it's Michael
Schultz as Schmitz, the main arsonist, who
walks an interesting line between psychosis
and humour. Director Neil Cadger must be
commended for creating a "total theatrical
experience" whereby all the show's aspects
mesh together under his clearly unified and
well-articulated vision.
by Martin Gordon Schobel
Clarence Darrow: a one man play
Nov 6-9 at the Centennial Theater Center
One does not see this play for the theater of it.
The lighting is too bright, the blocking awkward, the set underused, the microphone distracting, and the text played with film-like energy. But if one can get past that, Leslie Nielsen
offers a truly wonderful performance.
Nielsen is one man in a line of great men.
Ever since seeing Henry Fonda perform
Clarence Darrow: A One Man Play, Nielsen has
wanted to play the part. What I saw on stage
was a highly successful film actor openly displaying his love for a fellow success.
Darrow fought to champion the laborer, the
handicapped, the poor, the gullible, and all
those in need of pity and sympathy. He defend-
LESLIE NIELSEN as lawyer and great man (we
sense a contradiction here) Clarence Darrow.
ed 104 people facing the death penalty and not
one was ever executed.
Darrow is often regarded as the foremost
American trial lawyer of the twentieth century,
whereas Nielsen is one of Canada's foremost
comics. With this pairing, how could the play
be anything but a success?
Well, it is a success. Darrow once said to feel
what another person must feel requires an
imagination too few men have enough of. But
it is what Nielsen's tries here.
It is my belief that Darrow represents a life
time search for Nielsen. He is perpetually trying to fill a pair of shoes which can never really be filled. Even on stage one can see him
struggling with Darrow's words and beliefs,
with the intensity of the character.
Perhaps Nielsen looks upon Darrow as a
mentor, despite being over fifty years dead,
much like Darrow looked upon his mentor
John P. Altgeld. Altgeld himself probably
looked upon another great man, and so on.
The play speaks of love, mercy, and brotherhood as the only avenues to true progress.
And Nielsen, in his own way, gives us just that.
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Tangent Magazine is alive and well on campus!
Pick up your copy at high traffic locations around
campus. Tangent is always looking for writers,
artists, cartoonists and photographers for the next
issue so please contact Fran Champagne, Editor,
at 822-9084, email at tangent@ams.ubc.ca or drop
by the Tangent Office in SUB Room 249B. And
if you've got what it takes to design a magazine,
Tangent is also looking for a great designer for the
next issue. If you're interested, please respond to
the advertisement below.
Check out the facelift on the AMS Web Site at
www.ams.ubc.ca! If you're a club or AMS-related
student group and would like to have your
information on the site, please contact Tony Lee,
AMS Systems Consultant at 822-9354 or Faye
Samson, AMS Communications Coordinator at
822-1961.
Congratulations to the University Commission and
all of the volunteers who participated in The 5th
Annual Halloween Food Drive. This year,
they raised over 1200 lbs of non-perishable food
items for the Vancouver Food Bank. Well done!
Do you need a place to work on your group
projects? Hold a last minute club meeting? Study
for your last midterm or first final exam? The
space in Pacific Spirit Place in SUB is open
until 9:00 pm, Monday to Thursday. And if you're
closer to the library but can't find a place to eat,
sleep or get together with your friends, you can
also use the space in Trekkers' Restaurant
(Angus), which is also open until 9:00 pm, Monday
to Thursday. And if that wasn't enough, UBC
Food Oudets like Espresso on the Go (SUB) and
the Trekkers Express (Angus) will be open during
these hours. AMS outlets like Blue Chip, Pie-R-
Squared, SUBCetera plus the Gallery Lounge and
The Pit are also open late for your convenience.
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How would you like to manage approximately $11
million, chair Student Council and a bunch of other
committees, get quoted in the Vancouver Sun and
filmed for the six o'clock news, and represent
approximately 30,000 UBC students? Nominations
for the 1997 AMS Executive Elections will be
open on Monday, November 25th. Information
on how to run for office will be available in SUB
Room 238 at this time. Imagine if.....
Speaking of Elections, the AMS encourages all
students to participate in the upcoming Civic
Elections on November 16th. There will be
a Mayoral Candidates Meeting today (see ad below)
for those who live in Vancouver or are concerned
how the next mayor will affect student housing and
transportation. Information on why, where, when
and how to vote will also be available from the
AMS External Commission. Call Allison Dunnet,
AMS Coordinator of External Affairs, at 822-2050
for more information.
You may have missed the Mock Polling Station
last week when the External Commission asked
UBC students to vote on the controversial Ward
question. Forty nine percent of those polled voted
"no" to the current system and 44% of those polled
voted "yes". Many students who passed by, decided
not to vote because the wording on the ballot was
STILL unclear! Local media, including CBC
Television and The Province, covered this event.
The AMS is encouraging applications from students,
staff and faculty in the university community for
funding of innovative, visible projects which will
direcdy benefit students. Apply now for funding
from the AMS Innovative Projects Fund!
Approximately $150,000 will be available for new
projects in the 1996/97 year. Pick up your
application form in SUB 238 and drop off to David
Borins, AMS President. Apply now as the deadline
is fast approaching on Friday, November 15th.
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Do you have
what it takes? WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1996
THE UBYSSEY   13
Tragically Hip has presents at wedding
by James Bainbridge
THE WEDDING PRESENT
Nov 7 at the Town Pump
Old school indie kid David Gedge and his
band the Wedding Present played their second Vancouver show of the year last
Thursday.
"There's not a lot of places you can do
that but these lot are always up for it," said
the personable Brit.
The band's snappy mix of coolness and
contemplation resulted in the kind of gig
where you might spot your History of Film
prof (as one friend did). The Wedding
Present are on the road touring Saturnalia
and had come from Seattle, where they
recorded their Watusi EP; Gedge raved
about knowing where to buy his NMEs and
Melody Makers.
The Present's sheer unpredictability
makes them a fave band of great British
alternative DJ John Peel. They used noise-
mongering producer Steve Albibi in 1991
when Primal Scream et al were going screa-
madelic with Weatherall and Wobble. I
thought they did this to fight dance's
increasing tendency to steal indie's crown
of thorns in the alternative music scene, but
Gedge says it was more to turn Black
Grape's wine into water.
"We're always driven by what we want to
do ourselves. At that time the Baggy scene
was going in Manchester and everyone was
doing this very floppy, poppy sounding
music. People were very surprised we
decided to work with a noisy producer
when everybody else wasn't. It turned out to
be ahead of our time because suddenly all
these grunge bands started getting big and
then Nirvana got big a couple of years later
and they all used Producer Steve Albibi."
Singles like '2,3,GO' and 'Skin Diving'
acquire a rougher edge live, Gedge's thick
fringe swinging in Baggy-like jigs before he
bombards the crowd with searing walls of
guitar. The audience seemed to consist of
old but obsessed followers, reminding one
of Lou Reed's comment that the Velvet
Underground had few fans but they all
formed bands. After 1 1 years Gedge still
receives requests lor 'Georgie Best' (as
opposed to their debut album George Best)
and he also mans the merchandise stand,
apologising from the stage: "Sorry you can't
buy T-shirts at the moment because, well,
I'm up here."
Gedge hadn't heard of The Hip
but (calm down guys) added "it's
not particularly good not to've
heard of bands. Britain is particularly insular," apart from "some
American groups. Especially now,
with all this Britpop stuff. It's all
really influenced by British music
throughout the years," not forgetting his own contribution.
As for the good old Blur/Oasis
power struggle, he said, "I don't
think any of it is particularly challenging. I think Oasis have better
songs but terrible lyrics. Noel
Gallagher should get me to write
them for him, I could do a good
job for him."
by Bryce Edwards
THE TRAGICALLY HIP
Nov 8 at the Pacific Coliseum
When Vancouver sinks late into
autumn, when the trees claw the   COrd DOWNIE of the Tragically Hip blows away a capacity crowd at the Colliseum last Friday.
cruel wet sky with skeleton hands,    paul kamon photo
when   darkness   takes   over  till
spring... this is the kind of night the
Tragically Hip transcend just being a band
and start to illuminate a religion of their
own: gnarled lyrics, lost souls and holy men
enclosed by towers of light.
A great leader rides his microphone
stand like a mechanical bull. Thirteen thousand faithful look for trouble at the henhouse.
Friday night at quarter to nine, the cere
mony began with a whisper. The eliptical
melodies of 'Gift Shop' flowed through the
crowd as a halo of concert fog drifted lazily
upwards. Now, with everyone at attention,
the Hip played an ace. Blue beams made a
criss-crossing crown above them as the
underwater stands of 'Grace, Too,' one of
their most quietly potent selections, slowly
submerged the arena. Between tlie gentle
noodling of the bass line and tlie crashing
waves of the chorus, this riptide of a song
enticed tlie masses towards the undertow
and pulled them down into the narcoleptic
depths.
After 'Grace,' the die was cast. But it was
not tire model some had come to expect.
There is less edginess, less aggression in
the henhouse show. Perhaps indicative of
the way things are moving, the most well-
received song in the early evening was
'Ahead by a Century,' the new buddy song of
the '90s and a charmer by all accounts, but
not filled with tlie rage and passion for
which earlier Hip concerts were so legendary.
The mostly youthful crowd responded by
swaying back and forth, arms around each
other, smiles glowing in the flashing darkness. Throughout the performance, the
band toned things down, alternating tidal
waves like "The lOOtli Meridian' with flamenco-sweeps of the air. Halfway through
the rocket of 'New Orleans is Sinking,' as
the G-forces threatened to pull the skin clear
off tlie skulls of the fanatics leaving nothing
but a bony grin, the Hip swerved into an
acoustic detour. Then, to tlie delight of tlie
devout, 'New Orleans' made a thundering
reappearance and stratosphere was finally
breached.
The band was framed by classic, simple
lighting, mostly greens, blues and purples,
and one tremendously effective laser that
spread in a V-shaped comb across the ceiling, looking for all tlie world like Uie underside of Noah's Ark.
As is common with the Hip, the songlist
leaned heavily on their new album
Springtime in Vienna. The power was
brought out again for rips through 'Little
Bones,' 'Fire in the Hole' and 'Nautical
Disaster,' but the jewel of the night had to
be the resurrection of 'Wheat Kings' during
the first encore. Performed for the first time
in three years, this beautiful, haunting piece
on injustice and loss shrank the Coliseum
as a choir of thirteen thousand sang along
in one voice. It doesn't get much better than
this.
The phonic and lyric assaults of previous
years has given way, both on stage and CD,
to the grown-up Hip, a bit more mature, perhaps, but missing none of what makes them
great: tangled webs of recognisable experience spooled through complex and rewarding songs, ones thai seem to expand with
age without fading into irrelevance. Last
Friday's concert confirmed our suspicions:
with the quality and depth of their ere"
ations, the Hip look poised to take a place in
the annals of Canadian mythology, giving us
a holy trinity of hockey, beer and the
Tragically Hip. And Gord bless us, every
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Internet: www.ola.bc.ca 14 THE UBYSSEY, NOVEMBER 13, 1996
ubyssey
NOVEMBER 13, 1996 • volume 78 issue 19
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Scott Hayward
News
an Gunn and Sarah O'Donnel
Culture
Peter T. Chattaway
Sports
Wolf Depner
National/Features
Federico Araya Barahona
Photo
Richard tam
Production
Joe Clark
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encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the
Ubyssey staff. They are the expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily
reflect the views of The Ubyssey
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Clare Atzema opens the skull
with a powersaw. Joe Clark ruts
and pastes. Federico Barahona
rips off the Bard. Sarah
O'Donnell scribbles. Ian Gunn
spreads goo. Scott Hayward
remembers the Carpenters.
Peter T.Chattaway corrects. Rich
Lam is GQ material. Peter Kao,
well, he develops. Chris Nuttall-
Smith snaps, again. Paul Kamon
shows. Cecelia Parsons is breaking his heart. Ron Kertez is not
to be confused with rental company that OJ endorsed. Kersi
Riegelous dribbles. Vivian
Hoffman takes part in a bicycle
race. Jennifer Moss sticks it to a
rolling stone. Martin Schoebel
ran over smooth cobble. Wolf
Depner hobbles. James
Bainbridge crosses the river to
Richelle Rae. Bryce Edward goes
mad. Rachana Raizala goes for
the rindstone cowboy.
BCMA plan recipe for disaster
When the Professional Association of
Residents of BC accused the British
Columbia Medical Association (BCMA) of
eating its young, it wasn't far off the mark.
While not literally engaged in cannibalism, the new doctor placement system that
came into effect on October 1 will devour
any chance this province has of keeping its
young doctors within its borders and keeping the medical system fresh.
There is no doubt the current distribution
of doctors in BC is problematic; urban areas
get an overdose of medical attention while
remote areas suffer from too little. But forcing new doctors, and only new doctors, to
make up the difference is no solution. It's
not fair to the them, and it's not fair to the
communities to which they are sent.
When a business expands, it has to relocate both junior and senior employees to
ensure the expansion operation is a success.
The medical world should operate on a similar plane. People living in remote regions of
the province will not be well served if the
health care system only sends them a few
young doctors fresh out of med school for
five-year stints. Yes, some young doctors
should be practicing in those areas, but
there should also be some senior doctors
there to make sure their young counterparts
know the ropes. People in remote communities deserve the same amount of experience
in their medical professionals as city
dwellers.
Relocation is an unfortunate part of
today's job market; people in almost every
other profession have to move to where the
jobs are. Some graduating medical students
will have to move to more remote locations
if we are to solve this imbalance, but so
should more senior doctors.
Facing tighter budgets the provincial government has already instituted a three percent across-the-board cut in medical billing
in BC. Which is fair. Every doctor, regardless
of age, years of experience, date of gradua
tion or influence with the BCMA has taken a
hit. The same hit.
So, it is hard not to interpret the BCMA's
new-doctors-only solution as a deliberate
attack against those who are least able to
protest.
The number of areas designated as
underserviced in the province is small and
in constant flux. Thus the number of locations in the province where a new doctor
can expect to be paid equitably are limited.
As Ben Chew, president of UBC's Medical
Undergraduate Society says, the inevitable
result will be a brain-drain of talented new
doctors south ofthe boarder. Ten years from
now we may well be faced with having to
entice the same talent back north at an even
greater cost.
If changes in the system need to be made,
the BCMA and government should make
them. But they should be made equitably,
without treating medical students as second-
class citizens.
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THE UBYSSEY, NOVEMBER 13,1996   15
City Hall needs a
seismic shake-up
To operate entertainment premises anywhere in the city of
Vancouver a license must be
obtained from City Hall. The number of patrons being admitted is
determined by the number of
emergency exits. Fire inspectors or
police may visit the premises at
any time and the proprietors
charged if the number is exceeded.
Experts have warned us repeatedly that the big earthquake will
definitely occur here. Yet we have
City Hall issuing more and more
building permits, some for monster hotels, and cramming over
increasing numbers of people into
the already gridlocked city. Its like
continuing to sell tickets for a
cruise with the knowledge that
there is a good chance the ship will
sink.
How many emergency escape
routes has the city got. It would
seem the Mayor and his team of
developers cronies have not considered this scenario at all. How
can the fire department, the police
and the coastguard, who will have
to bear the brunt of handling such
a catastrophe, just ignore, what
seems like, massive criminal
neglect.
They should go to City Hall today, cancel all building permits
immediately and subject the proprietor of the city, the Mayor, to the
same law that applies to all premises, before it is too late.
The only recourse you have, as
ordinary lay people, is the use of
the ballot box, a chance available
only every three years. I strongly
encourage everyone to go out and
vote and vigorously encourage as
many possible to do the same. Only
in this way may we return some
reality to City Hall.
Vince Murray
Car accident leaves
him [sic]
This is my story that began on May
28, 1993. That specific day
changed my life in many ways due
to the drivers careless mistakes. All
I was doing was sleeping in the
back seat, apparently I.C.B.C feels I
am guilty for that.
This is my understanding of the
No-Fault insurance system.
Insurance companies takes away
the rights of victims, No-fault system removes responsibility for a
careless driver for any destruction
that he or she caused. No-fault system allows the driver to cause murder and get away with it. This made
me think that the I.C.B.C. staff was
on cloud nine, when OJ Simpsons
verdict was not guilty.
With a no-fault system a I.C.B.C.
adjuster will be the sole judge and
jury for an injured victim. This person will determine loss, damages,
pain and suffering. This person
will put a dollar value on a persons
life.  No  amount of money can
replace what I lost and what I have
too live with.
Victims of motor vehichle accidents are damaged in different
ways. I have lost tlie ability' to smell
and taste anything. Everyday 1 have
constant neverending headaches
thai don't stop. There are days
when I can't walk and sometimes
when I walk I limp. I have lost 80%
of my history, the tapestries of my
life have been evaporated. I have
lost tlie basics of an education, my
chilhood, 2 7 years of memory. The
damage still continues from being
told I'm not normal and not being
accepted. Told to live my life on
someone elses belief system and
memorv. Becoming a puppet on a
string for other people who want to
control me. Low self esteem, and
people pushing il even lower. The
damage continues with verbal
abuse and blame for everything,
and anger. A rage and anger that
wants to kill, but has'nt yet thanks
too anger management.
If this adjuster is supposed to
judge me then he or she should
walk in my shoes. Have your brain
liquified and rebiuld a life starting
from scratch. So far it has been
1,230 days of bringing my life out
of the abyss. From day one too now
I have been rebuilding, reeducating, retraining, and recreating my
self. I am my own doctor for rehabilitation, all the other support
stopped. As I learned from I.C.B.C.
point of view I am an insignificant
nothing, with not enough brain
damage. A teaspoon of brain dam
age is just as damaging too what I
have 2 1/2 tablespoons of damage.
This damage is with me for the rest
of my life. As I understand it is in
my D.N.A., so if I ever marry my
kids can inherit this damage.
So no-fault in I.C.B.C. world
means the rights of the reckless
driver and insurance company out
weigh the rights of the damaged
victim. If this system goes into
place, then I ask one thing. The person who decides my damages and
puts a dollar value on my life. Allow
me to bash in your brain, you can
get an idea of what life is like with
a disability of brain damage.
If insurance companies want
no-fault system so they can save a
buck and screw humanity, why not
change tlie entire Justice System to
no fault. This way all careless drivers, murderers, rapistis, pimps,
drug dealers, cult leaders, child
molesters, arsonists, terrorist, and
corporations. Will not have to take
responsobility for their actions. As
I have seen in this world everyday
victims are insignificant and irrelevant. Let them wither away to nothing, they are a waste of time. In this
world we are all victims. I guess
I.C.B.C will decide in their close
eyes how much of a victim I am.
When I was dead on May 28,
1993, I went to HEAVEN, HELL,
then PURGATORY. In life after
death I am beating hell, and living
in purgatory. I know that there is
Heaven on earth, if someone
knows were it is. I would appreciate it if you could show me.
Thank you for your time
Veniel Kumar
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will be meeting at SUB 241K next Friday, November 22nd @ 12:30pm
to discuss next semester's valentine's Day Queer Issue.
We're looking for writers, story ideas, or anyone who wants to help- Held
October 23rd, 1996
in the SUB Conversation Pit
Your UtyCL
The Role of the Student: lOUI Rig??ts *     (Forum 3)
Responsibilities
Moderator:       Maria Klawe
Panellists: David Borins - AMS, Sarah Dench - Women Students' Office, Aseem Dosanjh - Asst. Director, AMS Ombudsoffice, Christopher Gorman - Student
Senator, Neil Guppy -Associate Dean of Arts, Mary Risebrough - Director of Housing & Conferences,
Q. The topic isn't clear to me. Can you
explain what you mean by Rights and
Responsibilities?
A. Many people get this topic confused with
appeals and complaints. Rights and responsibilities in a university covers a broad
range, for example, it includes your rights as
covered under the law and the Constitution,
and rights specific to a university setting
such as your right to fair grading or academic concessions. It also includes responsibilities such as a student's responsibility to be
aware of deadlines, to read the Calendar,
and to comply with regulations. It can also
touch on broader issues like university governance.
Q. Relating to governance, I'm wondering if
the University Act supersedes the B.C.
Human Rights Act and if the University Act
can allow discrimination.
A. My understanding is that a person's
human rights cannot be waived or superseded, and that other provincial legislation
was and is made consistent with the B.C.
Human Rights Act, much like legislation had
to be made consistent with the provisions of
the Constitution. (Further clarification has
indicated that because the B.C. Human
Rights Act deals specifically with issues of
discrimination, this act then takes precedence over other acts or legislation where
the matter of discrimination is concerned.)
Q. I think that there is a real problem with
student apathy. Students can figure out
what's going on around the university if they
want to, and they can figure out their rights.
I think there is no reason students shouldn't
know who the AMS president is. I think that
people don't take the time to learn how the
university works and who to address their
complaints to. It is possible to find out about
your rights and responsibilities if you just
pay attention and get involved.
A. I think the university and the AMS do try
very hard to provide the information. We
have student representatives on Senate and
just about every university committee, but
most students that I speak to still feel that
they don't have a voice at the university.
How do we address the apathy in light of
that? What can we do?
Q. I think that most students just care about
going to their classes and hanging out with
their friends. Maybe the best you can do is
reach students where they are, and that
means more people going to classes and
getting faculty members involved and telling
students what's going on. Having big
posters in classrooms telling students about
a Forum or other events, or about issues.
A. I've been a student at UBC for about 5
years, and I've seen some things change
and some things remain the same. Apathy is
usually destroyed by having events on
issues that people care about. For example,
a couple of years ago there was an event
that mobilized students, that was when the
Ubyssey was shut down and then restarted,
and last year students got involved around
the issue of tuition. I would like to point out
that more students at UBC vote than in
municipal elections, it's about 30% which is
better than at a lot of other big universities.
There are a lot of ways that the AMS tries to
communicate, but apathy is a two-way
street; it is hard to really represent students
when they don't get involved and speak up.
We need students to be involved and tell the
AMS clearly what students want.
Q. I'm a returning unclassified mature student. I think the issue of apathy is indicative
of a larger problem. One of the most frustrating things that most students find about
dealing with the university is the overwhelming lack of communication between departments and Faculties. Anybody who has tried
to deal with the university, the Awards
office, the Registrar's office. Housing, you
wind up feeling like a number because there
isn't enough information shared between the
departments, and you end up having to tell
your story over and over, and its subject to
the interpretation of whoever is listening.
They then have to pick up the phone, and tell
someone else, and it is subject to the interpretation of whoever is listening. It takes an
incredibly long time to have a relatively
minor matter dealt with. I'm not sure what
the solution is, maybe some sort of computer system that deals with more than just
basic student information and includes comments about students' situations and problems. The university is a large bureaucracy,
and students are here to learn. There isn't a
lot of energy left over to deal with the system. Simple things would make a big difference, such as not having-to go around
changing your address all over the campus.
Allow more comments on a computer system that is comprehensive. Being known a
bit more personally makes a big difference.
A. You are talking about an integrated and
protected data system for students. The university needs feedback about what really
makes students feel like they are respected
and treated like a person. We don't get a lot
of feedback about this. The fact that students waste a lot of time getting minorthings
resolved makes students feel their time is
not respected. What does make students
feel like they are respected?
Q. In a their senior years, students become
more known to faculty, and to their respective Dean's office. Once students are known
to faculty and staff, things become easier.
First year students are more unknown to faculty.
A. Getting to know students earlier on, and
students reaching out to faculty and staff
would help in this process. We will certainly work with our colleagues on trying to
improve the exchange of information
between departments. One example of
where this has been improved is between
Housing, and Awards and Financial Aid.
One simple way to address the issue of
treating students like numbers is trying to
use students' names.
A. I think UBC is really seen as a large
bureaucracy and over-regulated. We need
to work on that, and to try to get faculty and
students to interact more outside the classroom. We also need to look at where computer systems can be integrated. With
respect to the issue of apathy, I think we
need to keep in mind that a lot of students
are involved with the community outside of
UBC.
Q. I'm interested in the idea of over-regulation. Why do you think we are over-regulated'
A. For a number of reasons, for example the
university seems to make a lot of regulations
because of worry about lawsuits. In
Residence, a lot of students feel constrained
by all the regulations, and some students
come to the AMS Ombudsoffice wondering if
some regulations border on their civil liberties. Students feel that when they complain
in Residence that the decisions made are
always upheld. There is so much bureaucracy around the university and it isn't what
students came here to learn.
A. There are rules in Housing in orderto provide an atmosphere conducive to study and
safety. When regulations are made, the
elected student governments of each residence are consulted. Students have oppor-
tunityto communicate complaints about regulations or problems directly to their
Residence tife Managers.
Q. It seems that even though we have
appeals procedures to deal with differences
of opinion there is still a bias in which the
university wins and the system isn't fair.   It
almost seems like the student is better off
not to appeal.
A. We are going to have a specific Your UBC
Forum on appeals and complaints, and how
to resolve them. These are interesting
issues in terms of balancing rights and
responsibilities. As far as bias is concerned
this is an issue UBC has to work on. The system has to be fair, and be seen to be fair.
Q. I think we need to keep in mind that no-
one ever wants to hear complaints, so dealing with them is always going to be a problem. At least we have a system where you
have the chance to make an appeal or complaint!
A. I would like to believe that as a community we can move towards welcoming input
from students and that the input causes us to
reflect and change for the better.
Q. So how are students able to enforce their
rights? Right now, it seems if you want to
make a complaint you have to write letters
and work up through the system, up the ladder. This just take too much time. Most students just don't have this kind of time and
energy to make sure something gets done. It
seems like a lot of the time, faculty and staff
lack the authority to make decisions.
A. I think we do need to look at the amount
of time involved in making appeals and complaints. Perhaps one thing that impacts on
this is serious vs. trivial complaints, and how
we need to prioritize dealing with them differently. Otherwise the system for all complaints just gets bogged down.
Q. I'm not sure how to comment in a constructive way. Complaints that are generated by students must be addressed and we
must have the right to challenge decisions.
The lower levels of an appeal process are
there in the hope that they can be resolved
early, but there are minor appeals that take a
long time to resolve. This is one of the problems.
A. I agree that it is sometimes very time consuming to deal personally with issues, but
learning to do so is also part of personal
development. You are learning to problem
solve at a basic level and to take responsibility for your own community.
Q. I would like to let people here know that
the AMS University Commission deals with a
lot of issues, for example, academic, safety,
housing. At a meeting last night we were
discussing issues related to student numbers, and protection of privacy rights. We
find that a lot of students don't know about
this right. We also discussed the issue of
safety, and we think that students should
have 24 hour access to safe bus service.
A. About the Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy Act, there is an article
in "Inside UBC" on this topic, and this has
lots of great information about the Act. I recommend people read it.
Q. Do students play an important role in university governance?
A. I think that students have a large role to
play, and they can make quite a difference
on committees, Senate, the Board of
Governors in bringing forward student concerns and ideas. I would like to see better
student representation at lower levels such
as Faculty and department committees or
budget committees, and we need more reps
so that it is not so isolating. There is a need
for a change in the culture here. Students
need to be considered participants in their
education.
Q. I would like to add something to the discussion about the lack of information passing between departments. There is a lot of
bureaucracy and conflicting information. I
had a bad experience with the correspondence   department  (Guided   Independent
Study). Students need to have consistent
and correct information, even when they
have to deal with a lot of different people
There has to be a "memory" in the system.
A. A report cam out recently about advising,
and Senate has established an ad hoc committee on this. One issue under discussion
will be the establishment of uniform policies
between departments. Also, there was a
study done at McGill about incorporating
students into the budget process, especially
in the area of budget cutting. I think that
would be a concrete suggestion, that students have the right and responsibility to be
part of the lower level of the budget planning
process.
Q. I am involved in trying to get students out
and involved. By the time students are in 3rd
and 4th year, it might be too late. What
about having an entire week devoted to
learning about campus, and students' rights
and responsibilities?
A. A number of universities have a first week
for new students which outlines various
parts of the university, and this is for credit.
To do this, you need the support of Faculties
because it takes away time from first year
courses. There could also be a course, as
there is here in Applied Science, that deals
with different social issues that are relevant
to campus. At Queen's, there is an orientation week, not for credit, and it is very highly
attended. It is fun and academic as well.
That offers social events, discussions about
environmental issues, student governance,
one-on-ones with faculty, dances. It is a
whole week of an academic and social mix
which really involves students, and also
allows new students to buddy with a 3rd or
4th year student. UBC does have an orientation program, but not on this scale.
A. For the Faculty of Science, we have an
information session in the summer with the
Registrar's Office to deal with questions
This year we had to turn people away.
Maybe there is a better way to do this,
maybe have a whole day, or a week, make it
mandatory maybe? We need to get that
information to students. Students have been
commenting on whether or not they are participants in their education. Some students
come to see us in the Faculty of Science
Dean's Office and we give students the
advice to ask for things in writing. When you
go to an advisor, whether it is in the Dean's
Office or a department, after the advise is
given, ask where is it written down? Ask the
advisor to write down the advise, and then
request that it be signed. The student is then
carrying the evidence in hand. The person
giving the advise should be willing to back it
up. Every student has the right to get advice
in writing, and the responsibility to obtain
that.
A. About the orientation programs, don't forget that a number of students transfer into
university or programs from 2nd or 3rd year,
and they can be harder to reach. And if we
wish students to take something, like orientation, we have to give credit for it.
Q. Any other comments from the panel?
A. We need to know if students feel there
should be some sort of code or policy. We
don't want to create more red tape, but students need to have their rights enshrined.
A. Part of developing a code is defining the
role that students play here. We need to
represent all views in that.
A. It is necessary that the university and the
AMS communicate with students at the
beginning of the year about how the university works, student governance, etc., in conjunction with some sort of orientation
process. There has to be some effort to welcome students. When I was accepted at
McGill, I received 3 or 4 letters of welcome
and information. The UBC Faculty of taw
has an excellent orientation week. We need
to make an effort to communicate in a friend
ly way that is welcoming to students and so
that students are sure about their rights and
responsibilities. Both faculty and students
need to be involved in the process of establishing a code.
A. I'm not sure about how aware students
are of the opportunities for voting. Until
every student has a strong understanding of
how the university works we have not succeeded. The most constructive way to educate about this is to get people involved.
Understanding makes students empowered.
Q. In the School of Human Kinetics, the
Human Kinetics students took it upon ourselves to educate the incoming students
before they arrived at UBC. They got to
know us, and each other, and became more
involved with UBC and the School.
A. I think it is a good idea that the decentralized student societies assist in student
orientation. This solicits other students input
and experiences, and gets students involved
with their societies.
A. I think that an important way to analyze
the role of the central student body should
be to establish a goal of recruiting students,
and getting students involved in governance.
A. I sense that there are a number of student
societies that do this type of thing and do a
good job of integrating their students. It
would be wonderful to have a week of orientations at the university, and to do it at the
departmental level with faculty and student
societies. When students do get integrated
into the university and feel good about UBC,
it is usually because they found some group
to connect to.
A. I work in the Registrar's Office. This year,
a team of staff put together a "Tips Sheet"
for students. We tried to cover some of the
basic questions students ask and point them
in the right direction to get the assistance
necessary. It was available in Student
Services offices in Brock Hall, and it was
handed out in the Libraries. The sheets are
still available in the various offices in Brock
Hall.
Q. I am an unclassified student and obtained
a first degree at the University of Toronto,
which is a confederation of colleges. At the
beginning of the year, the students got
together by college, and through various
events students got to know each other.
There were also cross-college events. At
the end of the week, students who commuted were also assigned a floor, and each floor
had a room where students could stay. Over
the school year, those students would be
contacted about upcoming events and could
therefore participate in the college events
even though they didn't live there. Another
thing that students had available was a personal counsellor. If I had any problems with
curriculum or other matters I could go to this
person throughout the 4 years I was there. It
was great for problem solving, this person
could also contact me just to check how
things were going. Could UBC do any of
these things?
A. UBC has the same kinds of activities for
students in residence. It is an interesting
idea that the residences could become
undergraduate colleges, and each incoming
student could be assigned to a college, take
part in the activities, and feel connected.
This would probably involve some funding,
and be linked to residence fees.
A. We would have to look at this idea carefully, because it would be unfair for students
who live in residence and pay for the maintenance and other costs for students who
don't live there. I do support the idea of
some kind of community that students could
be part of. It would be wonderful to also get
the faculty involved as a part of this, and this
would be another point of faculty-student
involvement. We need to keep working at
bringing faculty and students together.
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