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Before his press conference, Wei Jingsheng
waits outside in the gravel parking lot and
shares a laugh with his small entourage.
Wearing a leather jacket and hanging around
the car, he looks misleading!*/ average. The
surrounding East Van neighbourhood is
undisturbed by his presence. Not the sort of
reception you would expect for a Nobel Peace
Prize nominee, or a person who has been
called China's leading political dissident
Then again. Wei Jingsheng doesn't like to be
fliought of as a hero.
Wei's sense of modesty will just have to
endure the label For the 1000 people who
crammed the auditorium at John Oliver
Secondary later that evening
to hear him speak, he is
something of a legend. The
European Parliament thinks
so, having awarded him the
Sakharov Prize for Freedom
of Thought in 1996.
Unfortunately, Wei wasn't
around to give his acceptance speech. He was busy
serving his second 14-year
jail sentence for his views on
democracy and human
rights in China. Not everybody appreciates a troublemaker.
Wei's problem is that he is both stubborn
and completely forthright about his politics.
The force of his words wasn't spared for
Premier Glen Clark, whom he had just met at
the press conference. aAfter introducing Wei,
Clark stated his view that 'promotion of trade
and promotion of human rights throughout
the world are not mutually exclusive.' Wei
didn't agree, and told him so. "But the
Chinese Communist Party employs trade as a
means to influence foreign powers to do
their bidding and to bring about a quiet less
forceful position on human rights.'
Clark's iron-on smile never faltered, but
for Chinese Communist Party leaders, honest
answers like these have earned Wei 18years
years in a OlllieSe pilSOIl
But on a recent stop in Vancouver, he said it only
strengthened Ms res
by Dale Lum    in prison.
Wei never finished that second
14-year sentence. Last November,
he was released from China to the
United States. Officially, his release
is a 'medical parole' to treat his
Jailing health. In reality, however,
it is an exile. Shortly after aiTiving
in New York, Chinese officials said
that he would have to complete his
prison term if he ever returned to China.
He says he never really wanted to leave
China, but the conditions of his release
required it Wei is still an optimist *I believe,
however, that the circumstances inside
China are changing very quickly, and I
believe that very soon we may see an even
larger change inside China. When
this occurs, I will take the opportunity to go back and stand with my
fellow countrymen to engage in
their struggle.'
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Pcuiy employstrade as
m^ans to influence
oreign powers to do
RELUCTANT HERO Chinese activist Wei Jingsheng at a press conference in Vancouver, dale lum photos
quiet, less f orcef ul position
on human tights
Maintaining that distinction between
China and the Chinese Communist Party is
something about which Wei is adamant 'I
think that first we must correct a wrong perception... that China is represented by the
Chinese Communist Party, and the Chinese
Communist Party is the same as China If we
can address this wrong perception, I think
then you can go ahead, but I would like to see
an abandonment of this idea.'
Wei has always been a nationalist but he
wasn't   always   an   opponent   of   the
Communist government In his youth, he
was a staunch supporter of Chairman Mao
and 'Marxist-Leninist-Mao Zedong Thought'
At 16, Wei joined the Red Guards, a student
movement formed under Mao in the early
Cultural Revolution to ferret out counter-revolutionary elements. It was during his travels
across the country with the Red Guards that
Wei first began to question his devotion to
Maoism. In his 1979 autobiographical essay,
he recalled how he was overcome with
'shock and embarrassment' by the sight of a
naked girl begging at a train star
tion—his first encounter with poverty. He wrote, 'For the remaining two
days of the trip, I could not put the
scene at that nameless little station
out of my mind. Was this the 'fruit' of
socialism? Or was it the evil doings
of a few bad local leaders?'
His real troubles began with his
involvement in the Democracy Wall
movement of 1978/79. Democracy
Wall was a forum for radical literary
and political essays, and consisted of
large character posters pasted on
walls around Beijing. Wei's immediately
famous essay The Fifth Modernization:
Democracy' was a direct reply to Mao's Four
Modernizations of agriculture, industry,
national defence, and science. In the essay,
Wei argues that the Four Modernisations are
not possible without an accompanying
empowerment  of  the   masses   through
democracy.
Over the next year Wei, along with fellow
activists, founded the radical journal
Exploration. As Wei continued to grow in
prominence through his pro-democracy
essays and unflmching criticisms of the gov-
ernmenthe also earned the attention of uie
police. On March 29,1979 he was arrested at
his home in the middle ofthe night In the following show trial, Wei was convicted for his
'counter-revolutionary' activities and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Information about Wei was limited in subsequent years as letters to and from his family had to trickle through the censoring hands
of prison officials. But with the help of his
friend and fellow Democracy Wall activist Liu
Qing, his collected writings were smuggled
out of China and published in 1997 under
the title The Courage to Stand Alone.
It is clear from these writings that rather
than brealdng down under harsh treatment
in prison, his resolve strengthened. In his
first letter from jail, two years after his
imprisonment started, he thanked the legal
officials for a recent opportunity to see his
family, and added some comments on their
general behaviour. 'Of course, I would like to
see you extend this spirit of tolerance by making a clean sweep of all your despicable old
habits of brutal repression and allowing society to develop under a more normal political
atmosphere.'
Single-minded in his pursuit for democracy, Wei wrote letter after letter to prison
officials and Communist Party leaders Deng
Xiaopeng and Jiang Zemin. Instead of angry
words, his letters contain wry humour and
the tone of advice offered to a wayward
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DON DUTTON outside the BC Human Rights
Tribunal thursday richard lam photo
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
A UBC psychology professor is facing a BC
Human Rights Tribunal over accusations
from a former student that he offered fa-
help her get into UBC's graduate psychology program in exchange for an intimate
friendship.
The student, Fariba Mahmoodi, 35,
alleges that at two meetings with professor
Don Dutton at his house over Christmas
break in 1994 and 1995, Dutton made
sefoial advances to her. She says she let
him kiss her, remove her underwear and
engage in foreplay with her. His wife was
in Mexico at the time.
"When he offered to help and started
kissing me I let him do it because I needed his friendship and couldn't say no to
that," Mahmoodi said under cross examination yesterday in a second day of testimony.
After graduating with a below-average
academic record in her BA at York University, Mahmoodi enrolled at UBC to upgrade her average. She took two classes with Dutton during the 1994/95 academic year.
Mahmoodi and her lawyer, Clea Parfitt, also charge that the university mishandled her case
by passing it from an independent investigator to Patricia Marchak, then UBC's dean of Arts.
But UBC's lawyer spent Thursday trying to chip away at Mahmoodi's credibility.
Under cross-examination by Fran Wallers, Mahmoodi agreed that she forged a letter of reference in support of her application to the graduate psychology program with the name of a
York University professor.
Mahmoodi also made a tearful admission that she wrote Dutton a letter warning him to
honour what she alleges was his promise to help her into grad school. "[Otherwise] I will do
whatever I can to destroy you professionally," she wrote.
She wrote a similar letter to Tony Phillips, head of UBC psychology, and also made repeated threatening telephone calls to Dutton and students in his lab, as well as a threat to Marchak.
She was warned in several letters from UBC's equity office and from the independent investigator to stop making threats and to stop telling students about her case. The RCMP also
warned her to stop the threats or to face charges of criminal harassment.
Mahmoodi was charged in January 1996 after she disrupted two of Dutton's classes by
handing out pamphlets outlining her allegations. The charges were dropped when Mahmoodi
agreed to stop making threats.
At one point in the cross-examination, Walters asked Mahmoodi: "If he [Dutton] was going
to destroy your dream then you were going to destroy liis reputation in the communiry?"
Mahmoodi replied: "That's right"
Watters continued: "You would do whatever it took to get revenge?" "Yes," replied
Prof7 student face off at rights tribunal
Mahmoodi.
Mahmoodi said repeatedly that once she had realised she wouldn't get into grad school she
felt "weak, powerless and stupid" to have believed Dutton.
Yesterday's (Toss-exarnination followed Mahmoodi's testimony Wednesday, when the tribunal heard cassette tapes Dutton made for Mahmoodi both times she went to his house.
Those tapes were intended to record music, but they also picked up some of the conversation
and background noise, including a crackling fire.
The tapes have Dutton saying "I haven't had any physical contact for such a long time."
However, Watters challenged Mahmoodi's assertion that the tapes are proof of Dutton's
advances, arguing that the tape wasn't clear, and that it didn't provide a "smoking gun."
Dutton agrees that he had Mahmoodi to his house, but denies making any sexual advances
to her or having any quid pro quo arrangement with her.
Dutton, who has taught at UBC for 28 years, gained local attention during the OJ Simpson
trial, when he acted as a forensic psychology expert for the prosecution in that case.
He is on leave this term because ofthe tribunal, he said. "I haven't been at the height of my
creative potential during this time," he said in an interview outside the tribunal chambers yesterday.
He said that until Mahmoodi's complaint he often had students to his home office. He has
also run a clinical practice from his home since 1982. Almost 90 per cent of Dutton's patients
are women, said Dutton.
Mahmoodi's complaint against UBC stems from how the university handled her complaint
Dutton was the first to contact the UBC equity office after receiving Mahmoodi's threats. She
was contacted by equity and filed a formal complaint on March 31, 1995.
UBC hired Vancouver lawyer Susan Paish to do an investigation of Mahmoodi's complaints
but Dutton didn't cooperate with that investigation. For that reason, and because of
Mahmoodi's refusal to keep her case confidential, Paish ended her investigation, handing it off
to Marchak, the Arts dean.
But Mahmoodi and Parfitt say the case should have gone to an independent investigator as
the equity office guidelines stipulate, not to the Arts dean.
Marchak was also involved in the McEwen/Political Science affair at UBC in 1995. She handled initial complaints of racism and sexism in the political science department and hired Joan
McEwen, a Vancouver lawyer, to investigate the complaints. But Marchak slammed the report
once it was released, charging that it was biased and that it unfairly damaged the political science department
Marchak's report on the Dutton investigation, released in December 1995, found Dutton
guilty of misconduct for Imving Mahmoodi over without a clear academic purpose; but the
report also found no basis for Mahmoodi's allegations of harassment
UBC's vice president of equity, Sharon Kahn, said she couldn't release that report and
wouldn't comment on the case.
Following Marchak's report, the UBC vice president of academic and legal affairs, Dennis
Pavlich, wrote to Mahmoodi, offering her a chance to re-write a paper for one of her classes, a
refund of her tuition, and some compensation for therapy. In that letter, Pavlich said the offer
arose from the probability that Dutton's misconduct might have caused Mahmoodi's poor academic performance at UBC and her need for therapy.
She rejected the offer. Parfitt, Mahmoodi's lawyer,0 said she will seek monetary damages
in the case. The tribunal will continue today and into next week.*
Computer science student arrested after stalking complaints
by Alex Bustos
Campus RCMP arrested a UBC computer science student Thursday in connection with several on-campus stalking complaints.
'Due to numerous complaints received
from female students," wrote Constable J.
Hlibchuk in his case report, "the University
RCaMP conducted an investigation into the
harassment of these women. As a result of this
mvestia-*ation a male was arrested...and is currently being held in custody to appear in
court"
The student's name cannot be released
until charges are filed later this week.
David Holm, associate dean of the faculty
of science, was cautious in commenting on the
arrest
"The case is very confidential because it
has been put in the hands ofthe equity office,"
he said. "So I can't comment on it"
Holm said, however, that several female
students approached the equity office earlier this year about being stalked by the student. These complaints, he said, are
"linked* to a separate set of problems
involving the student in the computer science department
Holm would not comment on that student
Robert Woodham, head of computer sci
ence, said he met with the student on
February 2 7 to discuss his behaviour.
"I had a meeting with the student and
informed him that I was forwarding the matter to David Holm's office," said Woodham. "I
was getting the indication that there were
problems associated with this student [outside
the department]."
The university did not have any comment
by press time.*
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1990. "Dear Jiang Zemin: Although you looked
fatter on television recently than you did when
you were in Shanghai I can guess that this is
only an indication of your cook's talents and not because
you are having an easy time of things...Nominally, you
are the most senior leader in the country, but you're still
forced to say only the words of others—I've yet to hear
your own voice once."
Wei's notoriety never abated while he was in prison.
Governments and human rights organisations such as
Amnesty International campaigned hard for his release.
Then   on   September   14,
1993 Wei was released on
parole. Many, including Wei
himself, suspect that his
release was meant to bolster
Beijing's (failed) bid for the
2000 Summer Olympics.
Wei savoured the brief
freedom. Over the next several months he wrote critical
articles for the New York
Times and Hong Kong
papers, asking the United
States to pressure China for
reforms. However, simply
speaking to the media violated the conditions of his
parole. In April 1994 Wei
quietly disappeared. Chinese
police denied he was taken
into secret custody, but a
year and a half later in
November 1995, the authorities announced his formal
arrest on charges of treason. He was sentenced to another 14-year term that December.
Today, Wei is unsure of why he was finally released,
after his many previous requests for medical parole were
denied. Considering his lengthy list of illnesses, he's fortunate to be receiving medical treatment in the US. In the
middle ofthe press conference Wei rests and takes medication, including treatment for hypertension, high blood
pressure, and heart disease. "My liver, my spleen, and
my kidney all have problems and so I tend to be taking
many types of medication."
Wei is clearly tired this Monday night, but not just
because of his weakened health. He flew out of Toronto
at 7am Vancouver time, after finishing another speaking
engagement Being midnight Toronto time, Wei's fatigue
shows. But when he steps onstage and the filled seats and
packed doorways burst into a standing ovation, Wei
greets the crowd with enthusiasm.
"I'm very happy to see so many of my fellow countrymen here," he says in acknowledging the audience of
mosuy older Chinese Canadians. Wei is 47, but he is a
young man to many of those attending.
Despite its age, the audience is anything but docile. A
group of locals and Chinese expats who vehemently disagree with his views on Hong Kong and Tibet make their
presence known with a banner and by shouting angrily
at the audience before Wei's arrival. Wei's supporters in
the crowd are similarly boisterous, and launch into long
orations and fire questions at Wei as if they've been holding them in for a long time. One man, waving his fist in
the air and straining to get his words out expresses frustration with efforts to popularise democracy in China
"How do you mobilise a Chinese people who have
FREEDOM SYMBOL To many, Jingsheng embodies the democracy
movement in China today, dale lum photos
been called cowardly and useless? Many Chinese cousins
would rather be slaves than live the comfortable life."
Wei nods, and says there is truth in the man's words.
He also says he's found since coming to North America
that even those in the democratic movement here are
"quite cowardly.' "But I cannot accept this approach. If
we want to have democracy, freedom and happiness, we
have to help ourselves by speaking the truth."
One man announces himself as a Tibetan and
asks Wei to clearly state his position on Tibet Wei
answers that the current Chinese position on Tibet
was directly attributable to the Chinese
Communist Party. "I think that I would support
that every nation, every people has the right to sovereignty. Not only Tibet, but many regions in
China should have the right to be independent
But under the totalitarian government, also the
Communist China, they do not recognise the
rights ofthe Tibetan people, nor do they recognise
the rights of the Han
savoured
the brief
Over.the
and
Hong Kong papers, asking the United
states to pressure
for
reforms
people."
Wei, however, feels
that human rights must
be a addressed before
sovereignty, and warns
against allowing Tibet to
become a point of divi-
siveness among the
Chinese people. "If we
do this we will have fall
en into the trap of the
Communist government"
A man in his twenties then asks what Canadians can
do when our government is indifferent about human
rights in Tibet and China. People at UBC were arrested
protesting the APEC meeting, he says, so where is the
democracy in Canada? "Of course, Canada's democracy
is not perfect" says Wei. And this tells us that even in a
democratic society like Canada, we still have to fight for
our democratic rights."
Later, Wei says that Western assistance in Chinese
elections is patronising and ineffective. "It is not true that
the Chinese people do not know how to vote in elections.
The reason there are no real elections in China is
because of the one party system. Without the basic conditions for a democratic election, under the one party system, just having technical assistance from the Western
countries is not going to help China to have a real democratic election. Holding these local elections is just creating an illusion for Western nations who do not understand the real conditions in China."
After leaving Vancouver, Wei will fly back to New
York, to fulfill his duties as a visiting scholar at Columbia
University. His immediate future includes more writing
and a trip to South Africa to meet with Nelson Mandela.
In response to the last question of the evening he
says, "The answer is that you will definitely see democracy beroming a reality. Even given my poor health and
age, I believe that I will see democracy become a reality
in China"
And after he thanked the audience, Wei stands and
throws his arms in the air in a sign of triumph. And
amid another standing ovation, he walks off the
stage.*
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UBC tries to cap
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ze tests in SUB
by Ale>: Bustos
AMS officials are questioning the flexing of university muscle in
finalising a policy proposal to regulate alcohol consum])tion on
campus.
Student society representatives question the effect the policy
will have on beer gardens across campus and whether the university is infringing on AMS autonomy by trying to iregulate
beer gardens in the Student Union Building (SUB).
"The policy does not clearly guarantee to students or other
councilors that they won't be arbitrarily refused to hold a beer
garden," said Desmond Rodenbour, AMS policy analyst'.
Rodenbour says he worries the policy will give the universi
ty too much power in deciding whether the aAMS Class A liquor
license for the SUB will be renewed.
"Why does the university want to gain control of that renewal?' asked Rodenbour, "We [the j\MS] do not consider Ihe SUB
building as university property."
In "tact the building belongs to uie university and is leased to
the AMS. In past years the universily has allowed the AMS to
hold a Class A licence, which allows the advertisement of liquor,
its price and its sale without food, among other tilings.
AMS president Vivian Hoffmann says the society is wary
administration will use the annual license renewal as a bargaining chip when it comes to other university/aAMS dealings.
The push to create alcohol regulations on-campus was heavily influenced by a precedent setting 1996 BC Supreme Court
ruling. The court found that Nike Canada was 75 per cent liable
for the injuries an employee, who had been drinking at work,
sustained in a car accident
The Nike case started university adininistrators wondering
whether UBC could be found liable if an alcohol related injury
occurred on campus. At present there isn't any official policy
governing alcohol use at UBC.
"We felt we needed to make a statement [after the Nike
case]," said Byron Hender, vice-president for student and academic services and chair of the committee defining the policy.
"Because the university has deep pockets, it could be a target.,
of lawsuits."
The current drive to form an alcohol policy hinges on discussions taking place between Rodenbour, speaking on behalf
ofthe aAMS, and Hender, representing the university.
"We [the university] reserve the right to mate sure how our
facilities are used," said Hender, in response to Rodenbour's
complaints. "It's a privilege, not a right to serve alcohol [on
campus]."
Hender said the university has always had the power not to
renew the SUB's liquor license and that no guarantee regarding
the license should exist
Proposals for an alcohol policy will be presented to the uni-
versiiy Board of Governors as early as May.*
Grad student finds truth, condoms, bras in your trash
by Douglas Quan
It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it If there's anyone who
lives by those words, it's Melissa Felder.
Inside a Plant Operations storage warehouse just off West
Mall, the Masters student in Bio-resource Engineering along
with three other students aire ripping apart bags of garbage
they've collected from Thunderbird and Totem Residences.
"I feel like a raccoon," chuckles Felder.
But the students—outfitted in dirty white coveralls and thick
gloves—can't hold back smiles of guilty pleasure as ttiey sift
through the mess that has spilled onto the orange-tarrxxivered
table in front of them.
The contents of each bag range from the benign (plastic
wrappers, tissue paper and fruit peels) to the grotesque (chicken feet and condoms) to the just plain ridiculous (bras and blue
jeans). They also come across some intriguing love letters, they
say.
But there is a purpose to what they are doing; the sorting and
the weighing. UBC is paying them to identify ways the campus
can better manage its waste.	
Felder, who has turned the waste audit into her
Master's thesis, says that while people seem to be
making use ofthe recycing program, they could still
do a lot more to control waste. "Styrofoam is really
bad," she says.
She also says people should try harder to find
the "reusable potential of tilings"—using the other
side of a sheet of paper, for example.
The waste audit is a component of UBC's waste
reduction program, launched in 1991. According to
UBC Waste Manager Mary Jean O'Donnell, in 1996-
97, 34 per cent of UBC waste was recycled or composted, the remaining 66 per cent went to landfills.
O'Donnell wants to raise that number to 50 per
cent by the year 2000. While more recycling will be
instrumental, she says people also need to just start Master's student Melissa Felder (left to right), and Martina Waldkirdi, Pavel
generating less waste overall. "Trying to sell that to Suchanek and Patrick Tamkee rummage through residents' condoms and
people is the biggest challenge." bras, richard lam photo
Hiring Felder and the others to do the audit
though, she says, should help identify target areas. to collect samples. She expects it will take the summer to com-
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ALYSSA WILSON, a first year member, begins her run at Mt Hood, Oregon, joey philpott photo
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As member, manager, and coach of the UBC ski team,
Brennan Cook knows the smallest detail can make a big
difference in the world of competitive skiing. A world in
which one hundredth of a second can forever mark the
continental-sized divide between the thrill of victory and
the chilling agony of defeat
And this weekend, Cook and teammates will pay
extra attention to how much wax they'll slather on their
skies before they hurl themselves down
an icey mountain, hoping to beat
the clock.
No, this week has not
been an ordinary skiing
Usually, a ©030
%msm is worried
about tenths of a
second. But at
, the team is
worried about
feffSand
trip for the ten members
of the UBC ski team competing at the USCSA
(United States College
Sports Association) nationals, currently taking place
at Loon Mountain in
New Hampshire.
Five women and
five men represent
UBC and the competition   will   be
stiff.Sierra
Nevadaes,
Whitman College,
andColorado
Mount College are
the   favorites   and
Cook says both the
women and the men
would be happy with a
fifth place finish, although
he says there is no reason why
either team shouldn't finish in the
top three.
But the mere fact  CORMAC HiasCH makes his turn
that UBC is competing
at the nationals is victory enough as the team had to navigate a slalom course of obstacles, the most obvious and
biggest one being a lack of money.
As an official varsity team, the Department of UBC
Athletics provides the team with an annual budget of
$ 10,000, but that is barely enough to cover race fees and
travel expenses for the season. In fact, there was no
money left for going to nationals and the team was left
to raise $ 11,500 wimin a week.
They managed to raise $4,000 and are still awaiting
donations. Athletics covered the remaining amount
with the expectation that the team will pay everything
back when they get back. How cash-strapped is this team
heading into nationals? aAfter the team arrived in
Toronto, members recruited family vehicles to drive to
New Hampshire, using the emergency fund as gas
money.
So what's the future of the UBC ski team? Will the
team receive more funding or will it be marginalised in
the future if efforts to raise more money for athletics
Bob Philip, director of UBC Athletics, said very few
changes will be made in respect to varsity teams next
year. The varsity ski team sits on a bubble like all the
others, however, it will be over the next five years that a
number of changes will have to be made.'
Minimal funding means no training or coaching
staff. As a result skiers begin the season with a huge disadvantage as they are forced to use their first few races
to polish up their rusty edges.
Lack of funding aside, this has been a good season
for both the women and men's team, each comprised of
provincial and national calibre-athletes.
Dave McClorie, Cormac Hicisch, and Karin
Emond represented Canada at the World University
Games held last year in Muju Korea. Tracy
Harvey, a former team member,
also made the trip.
McClorie, who at the
of   16   ranked
fourth in Canada in
downhill, is
arguably     the
most accomplished skier
for the men,
placing
30th       in
downhill
portion   at
Muju.
Emond,
who  ranked
in the top ten
in downhill by
the age of 18 and
* placed 32nd in the
Giant Slalom in Muju,
leads the women.
And    it    was
at Mt Hood, joey philpott photo      Emond who paced
UBC at the USCSA
Regional Championships held in Park City, Utah, this
past week.
Finishing second, she led the women to victory in the
Giant Slalom. They then came fourth in the Slalom,
resulting in a second-place overall finish.
'It took us a while to warm up, but with nationals
only a week away we don't plan on losing our spark,'
said Emond after the race.
The men placed sixth in the Giant Slalom and second
in the Slalom after McClorie placed fifth and Cook finished sixth. Overall, this was good enough for fourth
place.
"We're nervous after placing sixth in the [Giant
Slalom], because only the top five qualify, but because of
the team's strength we pulled it together in the Slalom,'
said Cook, a fourth-year geography student
Considering what they have accomplished this past
season, the team finds it frustrating that their success
comes with minimal support, but it is not enough to
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US MARSHALS
At theatres everywhere
Marshals fall flat
By Amelia Myckatyn
VARIOUS ARTISTS
GOOD        WILL
SOUNDTRACK
(Capitol Records)
I suppose you could say that I lie
Good Will Hunting soundtrack  is
quite like the film: enjoyable, fairU
unique  despite  severe  slips   mi"
cliche, but not essential. Now  iliu
ingredients that make up this revelation are a bit
more detailed than that one-line summation,
beginning firstly with the fact that the mostly
unknown Elliot Smith makes up nearly half of the
soundtrack. That said, Elliot Smith isn't any great
songwriter  and his weepy,  emo-core  songs  are
endearing but forgettable. Smith's only new compo
sition on the soundtrack, "Miss Misery," is the least
listenable of the six of his tracks on the album.
That it's been nominated for an Academy
Award should put to rest anyone's belief in the
artistic integrity of those little gold statues.
The rest of the record, with two very notable
exceptions, are what truly lift the Good Will Hunting
soundtrack from being merely another soundtrack.
Jeb Loy Nichol's "As The Rain," The Waterboys'
"Fisherman's Blues" and the Mike D. remix of
Luscious Jackson's "Why Do I Lie" are raucous, pulsing songs that should spice up any soundscape, while
the Dandy Warhol's "Boy's Better" solidifies the pop-
rock genius reputation of Dandy's songwriter/leader
Courtney Taylor. With fun songs like these, it's much
easier to ignore the drab 'classic rock' of Gerry
Rafferty and Andru Donalds, who both have one (and
only one, foairidully) song on the soundtrack. The get-
down soul of Al Green, here covering a Bee-Gees
tune,
and   two
Danny Elfman
themes round out
the album.
So what you've got is a sat-'
isfying, but inessential album, the
kind that you play once every so often,
like the film, the Good Will Hunting soundtrack is fun, easy to swallow but not overly memorable. It's only good, not greats
by John Zaozirny
When I first bite into a chocolate, I let it melt in my mouth. I savour it, and
then, because it was so good, I have another... and another...until the
chocolates are just chocolates and not so special any more. Movie sequels
are a lot like chocolates.
The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, was
absolutely incredible. The wonderful people at Warner Bros, saw the
success of this film and did what I do when presented
with that box of chocolates: they got greedy. Now
millions of people will pay eight dollars
each to see Wesley Snipes and Tommy Lee
Jones in     U.S. Marshals, expecting that same
satisfaction. And they are not going to get it.
Now that I've painted a pretty bad picture of
this flick, let me make something perfectly
clear. This is not a bad movie. It is also not of the
same calibre of the original film.
The acting is excellent and the casting is perfect.
Wesley Snipes is Mark Roberts, a man who when briefly
hospitalised after a traffic accident, is connected through
his fingerprints to a double murder in New York City.
Snipes is joined by Jones, as U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard,
on the plane ride to New York. When one ofthe convicts
on board tries to shoot Snipes, the plane crashes and
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this time is Robert Downey Jr. as government agent John Royce,
.in unwelcomed addition to the deputy team.
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l.ir.ilion "We got a fugitive." like Ford, Snipes tries to prove his innocence while on the run and comes face to face with Jones in several suspense-filled moments. The film makes an obvious effort to separate the
sequel from The Fugitive. Snipes is assisted by a female, Kate Jacob, who
plays his girlfriend, Marie. Snipes' character is also very different than that
of Ford in his ruthless and aggressive behaviour.
U.S. Marshals comes close to filling some pretty big shoes. If you're an
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ENSEMBLE SHOWCASE
At Chan Centre
Mardi 6
by Ian Beaty
A hushed crowd of concert-goers; sits in pensive
anticipation of the music to come. The musicians
pull party balloons from their pockets and inflate.
The conductor raises his baton... What, is this for
real? Yes, this is David Bedford's 1975 composition "Balloon Music* as performed by the UBC
Contemporary Flayers, last Pridjiy at the Chan
Centre. The Contemporary Players figured prominently in the  School  of Music's  "Ensemble
McKenzie's "Fiddlehead Shuffle for String Quartet/
an amusing little novelty based on a boogie style
blues.
Then along came the twisted birthday bash.
'Balloon music" consisted of eight musicians letting air squeak out their balloons, blowing them up
again, and squawking and squealing in vocal imitation of it all. It was pure cacophony and it was wonderful. All the more so because it was done with a
straight face. Except perhaps for the conductor,
who ran for his life at the conclusion, the orchestra
maintained their poise from entrance to exit
The UBC Chamber Strings filled out the second
half with an enjoyable selection of Mozart, a brand
"Hie "showcase" fonnat is frequently used to
-apportunHJes to ads whidi cart sustalgi a stow of tkir
own. Use veiy word "shewed has connotates of
medrocrityL Fridays emit, kmm:,, was no stidf a case.
Showcase,* an event which brought three talented
groups together to perform an immense variety of
music past and present
A quartet representing the "Collegium
Musicum" began the program with a Suite by
Leclair (1697-1764) , performed with finesse on
baroque period violins, cello and a glorious sounding harpsichord.
Next, the above mentioned Contemporary
Players took to the stage to present four new works,
the first two by UBC faculty Eugene Wilson and
Stephen Chat-nan. Wilson's setting of Siaw Kin
Lee's poem "How Beautiful Is the Violin" Kvedup to
its title in solo violinist Catherine Wong, but didn't,
stray fer enough from an often mocked cliche.
Chatman's "Silver Moths and Lullabies" on the
other hand, fell within more familiar romantic territory employing strong imagery and fine instrumentation to cast a distinctly beautiful spell. Third
in the set came local composer and musician Bob
new (1998) work by Dale Reubart (he was in the
house for what was likely its debut) and a quintes-
sentially dark and folk-melodic piece of Bartok.
The "showcase" format is frequendy used to give
opportunities to acts which can't sustain a show of
their own. The very word "showcase" has connotations of mediocrity. Friday's event however, was
no such a case. The calibre ofthe m\*siciai)J3hip was
solid and me performances were totally ergoyable.
Furthermore, this showcase served a different purpose and served it well: that is to give casually interested music enthusiasts a better idea of die breadth
of musical experiences offered to students as well
as audiences by UBC music.
For a school known for its serious and straight
■ edge classical program, it was impressive to see
such an interesting variety on display in a single
evening. It's a shame the event wasn't better
attended, because a performance like Friday's is
bound to burst a few bubbles about the UBC school
of music. ♦
A Little Theatre
The Ubyssey.•'Crossword.'
prepared by Johnny B
Across
1. insurers
5. Old Testament
bk.
8. lad lover?
12. entice
13. small knob
14. it soothes
15. Spanish cries?
16. appeals to 1
Across
18. in between
scenes?
20. overactor
21. curtain?
26. little piece of
theatre
30. Russian river
31. the word is
"oonl" (no, it's
not a real word;
oh well)
32. butt down!
34. suspender?
35. appetizing
lists
37. The	
Witch
39. Kogawa novel
41. has been
42. Brook, Hands,
eg-
47. Van der
Heyden, e.g.
51. swear
52. "Professional"
Jean
53. Rae
54. monstrous
reptile
55. ajar
56. ancient
57. good garden
Down
1. disgusting
mass
2. pick
3. region
4. Greek tragedian
5. earnings
6. star trekker
7. do away
with
8. those fleeing are on it
9. carte
10. daughter's
brother
11. it's
designed
17. ain't
19. the word is
"kal" (again, not
a real word; ho
hum)*
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23. in the same
book
24. Doll's House
heroine
25. blue-grey
waterlogged soil
26. casually postmodern
27. singer Lisa
28. a Karenina
29. light metal
33. loomed above
36. -
masochism
38. grade thirteen
credit?
40. nitric prefix
43. genuine
44. Roman poet
45. part
46. kind of dive?
47. paid actor, e.g.
48. agent
49. first number
50. actors' night
off, traditionally
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All you need is love | Another year, another Grammys
Ja^MESIHA
Let It Come Down
Virgin Music
When in the course of human
events, it becomes necessary
for a band member to put out
a solo  album,  the  natural
course   of   human   events
states that this album should
invariably suck and thereby
cause, said band member, to
forever banish any thoughts
of an actual career outside of
the band. For proof of the truth of this statement, one needs to look little further than the
unsuccesful solo albums that Utter the used
cd stores of our great continent. The entire
cast of the Rolling Stones (excepting Keith
Richards) can testify to this theory,
a^nd so, it comes time to review *
the newly pressed solo outing of James Iha, formerly
known as guitarist for the
Smashing Pumpkins  (read:
the one without the shaved
head and immense ego).
just wouldn't change. Unlike
Dave Navarro, though, I'm
not at all surprised at the
easy-listening ambience of
Let It Come Down, because,
as any devoted Smashing
|* Pumpkins fan knows, this
album is exactiy what was to
be expected. One needs simply to look at any of his
Pumpkins B-Sides ("ooh the
bells are ringing out/what a
sound/i'm in love/the joy of
love/tiie coming of jesus") or
his songs on Mellon Collie and the Infinite
Sadness ('there's a love/that God puts/in your
heart").
But what is surprising is how comfortable
these rather bland, simple songs
become
'■/^KSu'ht^^,
Now, I'd like you, t he reader, to know
as a devoted Sm!^shing _Pumpki
SOVC James Iha an
this record test
James loves eve
oceans, he loves
that James
loves m<
one. He
pie, he loves
he loves Jesus, he f ven loves
In fact, I can't think of a single 1
James song that doesn't speak I   %$& •
about love.
But, hey, that's no reason to get down on
the man. Barry White, Isaac Hayes and Al
Green have all built strong careers on that
exact premise. The reason you could get down
on James is the fact that his songs are really
boring. They are bland. They blend into each
other. To paraphrase Dave Navarro, I kept
pressing skip on my CD player, but the songs
after a
while. Like tapes of whale music, Let
It Come Down is very relaxing. So, all you
Pumpkins obsessives with disposable
income, pick up a nice alternative to sleeping piills, but everyone else should save their
money for the new Smashing Pumpkins
album. I hear it's due in June.♦
—John Zaozirny
VARIOUS ARTISTS
1SS8 Grammy Hommnees <'
KKA ■'■ "
Another year, arajiher Grammy ceremony.
Well, this year, like every year, saw fee Grammys try
and cozy up to 'fee young people' and put up some
token nominees. So ladiohead and the Wu-Tang Clan
get the chance to sit in tha same room as Marian
Carey and Celine Dion and soak in that music biz
atmosphere. "GcjJSlL*
.And with every Grammy ceremony comes the obligatory cash cow, henceforth to he known as the 1998
Grammy Nominees cd. It's a bit disappointing, but not
surprising since those interestiaog, ^ttUuH}Xl&Dt-
8G* nominees like Radiohead aren't featured on this
record. But, hey, Radioiaead fans aren't the target audience anyway. So toss out the Wu-Tang clan and bring on
the Lillith Fair. Yep, those eaSJHWf-iniTtg favorites
(sorry Sarah) get their hey-day here, as no less than four,
(thaf s more than a .bird of the album), yilitt} Fair alumni find homes on mis record. There's the It S-GottSr
Be-lTOniG'Where Have
All The (kwboys Gone?* from Paula Cole, the MtE-
EOCK-Fave 'Sunny Came Home* from Shawn
Colvin, the. Can't-You-See-It's-A-Metaphor-For-Iife
'Everyday is a Winding Road* from Sheryl Crow^and
the,     Lm't-ffit-TS^^e-WiflbrTlie-
Video-T^t-I^oks-Iike-Porii -criminai-
from Fiona Apple. They even managed to find room
for Erykah Badul
And what Grammy Nominees cd would be complete without the QlBXt T©pp6TS (Hanson's
Believe I Can Ely,* No Doubt's 'Don't Speak,' and
_,___          Insanity*)   or   the   Old
SOippem (Heetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones,
here with, respectively, 'Silver Strings* and 'Anybody
Seen My Baby*)?
It's a veritable feast of waiting room music and might
even make its way into fee Gallery's Overplayed CD
collection. Heck—it's alruost a Big Shiney Tunes IHI
But honestly the album does have a b& of life, thanks
to guilty pleasures like tlie |HII©fKSp-fiia of Hanson
and the sultry dynamics of Fiona Apple. On the whole,
uiojjgh, 1908 Grammy Nominees seems like the kind of
album that middle-aged people buy to listen to as they work out If you'd like to hear
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MARCH 13, 1998 • VOLUME 79 ISSUE 40
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Joe Clark
News
Sarah Galashan and Chris Nuttall-Smith
Culture
Richelle Rae
Sports
Wolf Depner
National/Features
Jamie Woods
Photo
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Production
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Ubyssey staff. They are the expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily
reflect the views of The Ubyssey
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Alex Bustos, it was all his doing. Eveiything was
"going so well until Bustos began bis evil ways. Todd
^Silver was battling Chris Nuttall-Smith in the Olympic
'garbage toss while Dale Lum was sweeping the left over
ace cream under the carpet. Joey Philpott was doing her
'best snowplow and John Bolton was trying to find a three
^letter word for writing utensil that ended in 'n\ Ian Beaty
'was the first to go. Ron Nurwisah. acting under the
^orders of Bustos. clubbed Wolf Depner to death with the
"old Underwood, bringing much relief to Amelia
*Myckaryn, who never liked Wolf anyway. Holly Kim and
Joanne Chiu, both the vile underlings of the evil Bustos,
flocked Joe Clark in the dark room with Federico
JBarahona. Only one would emerge alive. It wasn't Fed.
^Douglas Quan was quickly disposed of. No one ever sus-
ipected that it was Richelle Rae. Alison Cole. Shalene
^Takara and (*ynthia Lee were unaware of what was going
|on around them, as was Richard Lam. Jamie Woods and
ISarah Galashan, however, decided to rise up against the
(tyranny of Bustos. But alas. Bustos's right hand man
0ohn Zaozirny, got to them first
\
Human rights worth it
One ofthe most prominent democracy activists in
the world passed through Vancouver a couple of
weeks ago, but he was largely ignored by our
democratic politicians. To those in China, Wei
Jingsheng is a symbol of hope in their struggle for
social change. To many Chinese Canadians who
immigrated to Vancouver, he is both a hero and a
reminder of the oppression which they themselves left behind decades ago.
When Premier Glen Clark had the opportunity
to work with Wei towards improving human
rights and democracy in China, Clark left Wei
hanging. At Wei's press conference, after espousing the idea of 'constructive engagement* Clark
left, to speak with the apparently more important
business leaders' of Vancouver.
Clark isn't the only Western leader who
deserves criticism. When Jean Chretien declared
during APEC that human rights and economics
don't belong in the same sentence, he was implicitly saying that Canada and APEC don't care about
human rights. When Chretien couldn't find the
time to meet Jingsheng,, he could not have been
more explicit screw human rights, show me the
money. Ditto from the Canadian captains of business and industry, who also couldn't find time to
meetjingsheng.
Welcome to the double standard of Canada's
trade policy. While China is constantly in the spotlight as a human rights abuser, other countries
with equally bad or worse human rights records
are ignored Canadians routinely travel to Mexico
for the surf sun and tequila, but we forget about
the struggles ofthe Mexican people and the murders of indigenous peoples in Chiapas.
Instead of improving the conditions in China,
constructive engagement will bring to it the worst
of both worlds. Without first changing the political
system in China, the whims of a powerful few will
continue to oppress the disempowered majority.
By imposing the capitalist system we will bring to
China the ills ofthe Western world: overconsump-
tion ecological destruction and income disparity.
Even Adam Smith, who is often quoted to justify neoconservative economic policies, knew that
capitalism is a tenuous balance between the "invisible hand" of the free market and the greed of the
wealthy. In the Wealth of Nations he wrote, "Civil
government so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defence
of the rich against the poor, or of those who have
some property against those who have none at all."
If you substitute "Civil government" with
"Transnational corporation" the statement
remains equally true. If Canada does not acknowledge the realities of economics and human rights,
then it is complicit for the human rights abuses of
Doirt let the government
I^Cn:
the MAI
Canada Post Publications Saks Agreement Number 0732141
 by Ondrea Rogers
The MAI is an international trade agreement which is currently being negotiated by Canada and the 2 8 other members ofthe Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Development (OECD). Although the MAI has been in the
process of being negotiated for over two years and it is scheduled to be signed
in April or May of this year, there has been extremely little public awareness
(let alone debate!) over this controversial issue. Even now, most people have
no idea how the signing of the MAI would impact their lives. This is not
because you or your friends have not been paying attention. It is because the
government has purposefully been keeping the issue quiet The only reason
that it has come to public attention is because last year an activist group headed by Ralph Nader acquired a copy ofthe draft agreement and posted it on
die internet People who began to read the MAI and analyse it discovered
very quickly that this is NOT an agreement that will in any way benefit the
average citizen (Why else would the negotiations have been kept so secret??)
In fact if it is passed, the MAI, often called the 'corporate bill of rights/ will
provide unprecedented powers to the top corporations of the world while
drastically ciartailing the power of the
national governments to protect the environment and their citizens.
So, how would it do this, you ask?
Well in the text of the MAI there are various clauses which lay out the 'rights' of foreign investors in a country. These include
the national treatment performance
requirements, investor protection, 'standstill' and 'rollback' clauses.
The national treatment clause prohibits any government laws or policies
which favour domestic companies or corporations. The governments (federal and provincial) have traditionally favoured Canadian companies by, among
other things, providing subsidies to small business, and restricting entrance
into certain markets to only Canadian businesses (eg fishing). These measures would be forbidden under the MAI.
The performance requirements clause lays out various measures which
governments would be restricted from imposing on foreign investors. For
example, the government would not be allowed to require a foreign corporation to hire locally, use domestic parts, or transfer "technology to the country.
Under the Investor Protection heading, the MAI forbids the expropriation
or any measure which would amount to expropriation, of any investment in
a country without 'payment of prompt adequate, and effective compensation'.
Now, you will hear the Liberal Trade Minister Sergio Marchi tell you that
Canada will not sign anything that is bad for Canadians. He win tell you that
Canada has put various 'important' sectors ofthe Canadian economy on an
(   Perspective
exemptions or reservations list This is supposed to protect them from the
competitive effects ofthe MAI. What he forgets to mention is that the MAI contains standstill and rollback (or 'grandfather') clauses. The standstill clause
prohibits the creation or passage of any new legislation protecting the sectors
on the exemption list while the rollback clause requires that eventually even
those laws and policies protecting the sectors be eliminated. On top of this,
there are very important sectors left off the exemptions list including the environment and labour.
If all of this hasn't been bad enough by far the worst measure of mis agreement is that CORPORATE INVESTORS WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO SUE
GOVERNMENTS FOR NOT ABIDING BY THE RULES OF THE MAI!I!
We are already seeing the effects of this right through the lawsuit being
brought against the Canadian government by the American corporation
EthyL In this case, our government decided to ban a toxic fuel additive called
MMT from being imported. Under the terms of NAFTA which is the 'prototype' for the MAI, the Ethyl corporation is suing for $350 million in compensation This case alone is hard for most people to believe. Now imagine what
the situation would be like with the 2 8 richest countries (containing over 95%
of the top 500 corporations in the world!) involved in
free trade. How long do you think it would take for the
corporations to challenge laws which do not abide by
the rules of the MAI??
For dispute resolution, the MAI would create an
international tribunal consisting of 3 (count them—
three!) individuals who would decide on the case. The
corporations would have the 'unqualified right' to insist
that the dispute is settled here rather than in the courts of the nation
After a brief description such as this, the most often asked question is
"Why in the WORLD would a government want to sign such an agreement?!!"
One answer is that they have been duped into beKeving that the people of
a country benefit when the corporations are doing well and have secure markets to invest in The Canadian government is also very convinced ofthe statistic that every $ 1 billion in foreign investment results in 450 000 jobs. There
is substantial evidence to show that this is simply not the case. (Is it coincidence that the report that came up with this statistic was done by the main
proponents ofthe MAI??)
This piece only gives a brief introduction to the MAI and it is of course
biased, since it is only one person's description I encourage you to please,
please find out more. Decide for yourself if mere are legitimate reasons for
the MAI. For more information go the the SAM (Students Against MAI) web
page: www.intercl-ange.*irx-.ca/brishen/SaAM-iAMiii^ or visit our table outside the SUB every lunch hour. ♦
is a AN OPOi LETTBt TO THE l-ACUUY OF LAW
Concerns raised about faculty of Law are valid, aboriginal student says
by Michelle Hopkins
I write in response to the February 2 7 edition of the Informer.
In terms of adversity, humour can be theraputic and a common reference point As usual, the humour offered in the
Informer was mean spirited and divisive. At first, I was offend
ed that issues of equity were reduced to "hurt feelings;' and
'freedom to express a critical opinion.' I reflected upon it and
determined that, at times, issues of equity are about "hurt feelings' and 'expression'
When I first found out I had been accepted
at Law School, I did figurative cartwheels of
joy. Like many of you it was the fruition of a
dream that was planted in my heart long ago.
During first year, many faculty members, who
knew me from my years of working at the
school, asked me how I was doing. I told Steve
Wexler that I found Law School to be very difficult He asked if it
was the amount of readings or the legal concepts that were difficult I told him it was emotionally difficult That when I raised
legal issues that were relevant to me as a future lawyer with an
anticipated Aboriginal client base, I was shut down.
I was challenging the normative basis ofthe law. The professors didn't necessarily want to deal with the issues I raised and
I sensed that my fellow student didn't either. He asked me if
other Aboriginal students in my classes spoke out in support of
my questions. I said that they didn't seem to want to stick their
(   Pen
necks out as they couid see that every time I did I got smacked
in the back of the head.
In Lisa Phillup's Legal institutions class she spoke of the
Quebec Referendum and said that the Cree of Northern Quebec
had their own referendum on whether to remain part of Canada
should Quebec secede. She said she didn't know how the Cree's
issue would be settled. A classmate turned to the student beside
me and said 'give me a gun and I'll settle the issue." They shared
a laugh about it Minutes later I confronted them in the hall to
ask him what it meant He denied having said it at all. I began to
flounder in first year. It was apparent to
many of you. At the end of first year,
John Hogarth spoke to me about it out of
genuine concern for my well being and
advised me to seek psychiatric coun-
celling, implicitly suggesting that my
inability to flourish in Law School might
be a result of my mental illness.
During my second year I crossed paths with a young
Aboriginal man He told me that by the age of 19 he had lived in
over 30 foster homes. That upon reaching 19 he was removed
from his foster home because he no longer fit the criteria. Social
Services placed him in a hotel on Skid Row. It was his first experience with the Downtown Eastside, as he had lived all his life in
middle class foster homes. In the first two weeks he witnessed
two stabbing incidents win which the vkrtims died. There was a
sickening odour on the floor where his room was. It grew more
Perspective
putirid every day. Two weeks later an old man was found dead
in the room next to his.
Three weeks-three deaths. It was too much for him to bear, he
turned to living on the streets, and he too was floundering. The
young man and I have the same birthday. I asked him if he ever
had a birthday cake, gifts or someone sing happy birthday to
him. He had to tell me the truth- no, he had never had those
things-no one sang happy birthday to him. Our paths parted after
that one conversation. I have had one birthday since speaking to
him. On my birthday I sang happy birthday to him and I will do
so every birthday I have. I am happy he was born so that our
paths could cross.
Brenna, Beth and others had the courage to speak out about
equity issues at the Law School. They have expressed a critical
position. The reaction to their expression appears to have hurt
the feelings of those of you who don't want your 'dream to come
true' stained by the truth. I encourage you all to read the interview with Judith Sayers in the Gryphon, hi it she talks about her
feelings.
To Brenna, Beth and the many others that have had the
courage to speak out I applaud you for sharing your truth with
me. It's because of your courage that I write this. To those of you
who want to belittle our truth by calling them "non-stories" and
implying that some of us are hypersensitive, I say I am proud
that my heart bleeds.^
Michelle Hopkins is a Law 3 student
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FREDERIC WOOD THEATRE
Wed-Sat 7:30pm
Preview Mar 18, $6
The Good
Person of
Setzuan
by Bertolt Brecht
Mar 18-Apr 4, 1998
BC TEL STUDIO THEATRE
Mon-Sat 7:30pm
Now Playing
w Endgame
•rnj^ by Samuel Beckett
Mar 11-21, 1998
I 822-267$
vrj'-d
MAI Forum Wednesday March 18 in
the SUB Conversation Pit For more \
infonnation contact SAM (Students
Agai*-^MAI)ataiitimai@unixgubc.ca. !
Vancouver Public jJbrary presents j
Bradford Keenly Tuesday March 24 |
7:30pm. Free admission For a list of |
upcoming events call 331-3602.
Youth and Studoit activism: building
democracy on campus and beyond.
Encounter sponsored by International
ofHope (Vancouver) at Langara College,
49th and Cambie, in A136 South Hal
Workshops on the MAI, student loans
and welfare, residential schools and
Iraq on Saturday at 1pm. Info from
Darcy at254-1479. Ftee. All welcome.
B)j*e BpB Bodfe three shows only. March
19,20 & 2 l.M shows start at 8pm @
Hace Vanier, 1935 Lovver Mai-Tickets
$5. For more info call 222-2850.
Wh^doj^wlaxiwabcJUtwriatyDueat?
Come celebrate nutrition week in the
sub from March 16 to 20, fiom 10 AM
to 3PM Games, contests, sales, speakers.
Hair March 24-26 @ 8*00 PM in the
Norm Bouchard Theatre in the SUB. Tix
$ 12, available at Ticketmaster.
They ask
for our grads
by name
An opportunity exists to join the
growing team at The Great Little
Box Company Ltd., one of
Canada's 50 Best Managed
Private Companies.
SALES PROFESSIONAL
Due to rapid growth, The Great
Little Box Company Ltd. is also
seeking sales representatives for
the Lower Mainland.
*energe»
th a university degree or
.pinna a successful sales tra
.as.,team '  ""*
excellent communication skills,
and a strong customer service
bias are essential.
You will target, qualify, and close
potential accounts and service
the needs of existing accounts.
We provide a challenging, fast
paced and rewarding working
environment and an excellent
compensation package including
benefits, a car allowance, and
expenses.
1
OUR GREATEST POWER IS OUR PEOPLE
MECHa-VNICAL
Designer
Take your career To new heights in a fast-paced,
team oriented environment.
The Pacific Fluid Power Division nf Finning (Canada) specializes in the installation,
repair and r^manufarhir*!- nf hydraulic systems and <~<irriP"QSB&ii£E££?*m,^f hn\
a requirement at our lower mainland branch for^fffnanicai Designer.
To qualify for this position, you must havtCBClT'fectttlOlO^Sl DfplOmaJ
equivalent, be familiar with Autocar! and ha^-*fch*ukil>ty to work i
quickly and with minimal supervision.
Experience in engine base design, exhaust system design, piping design and
heat exchangers would be assets
FINNING
We're a source of power for the construction,jbrestry, mining, petroleum
and agriculture industries. But our greatest power is our people.
Finning is one of the world's largest Itcavy equipment dealers with operations in Western
Canada, Furope and South America Wr sell, service and finance the full range of
Caterpillar equipment, plus selected complementary products.
Finning's success is based solidly on our ability to understand the special needs
of customers in many industrial sectors, and to provide solutions which increase
reliability and efficiency, and cut costs.
As a Finning employee you will become an active con)rihutor to thp continuing
success ofthe company. You will be given the support necessary to provide customers
with the right solutions at the right time. Our compensation and benefits package is
high!)- competitive, while the range of opportunities will allow you to choose a career
path that will take you where you want to be.
^ 'J »
ip^w£^tusiness
,.. -firffrf $*-'/ 100%
British CoTifa^n-orfn&**d -operated
company in fn* Industry With its own
state-of-the-art network offering a full
suite of local and international voice and
data communications services. We have
the following 6-month renewable
contract positions available at our
NORTH VANCOUVER. VANCOUVER and
PRINCE GEORGE locations:
Telecommunications
Technicians CTT)
You will undertake various installation,
repair and preventative maintenance
activities, involving some travel and
stand-by/emergency call-out duties.
ied TT with at least a 2-year
ir equivalent, you should be
(telecom systems and related
test procedures including voice, data and
network equipment. We also expect strong
problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and
PC skills, especially MS Office.
Please forward a detailed resume in
confidence to: Human Resources Manager,
Waste! Telecommunications Ltd,
PO Box 2130, Vancouver, BC V6B 3T5; fax
(604) 990-2143; e-mail: hrffwestel.com.
toici thi wain rm
Smart companies today want people with
the job-ready training BCIT provides.
That's why they ask for our grads by name.
• Construction
• Manufacturing &
Industrial Mechanical
• Transportation
• Processing, Energy
& Renewable Resources
• Business
• Health Science
• Electrical & Electronic
• Computing &
Information Technology
434-1610 or www.bcit.bc.ca
BRITISH COLUMBIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY TUITION FREEZE.
YEAR
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Wondering about your options for the coming year? Keep in mind that in BCr tuition
fees are frozen again this year. That's three years in a row.
Students in other provinces face rising tuition fees, but BC students cap plan their
education knowing tuition will stay the same.
You may also be eligible to access"BCs comprehensive student gra^iif and loan
forgiveness program. '*
^   JVOW YOU CAN KEEP
YOUR OPTIONS  WIDE OPEN.
Why freeze tuition and offer continuing funding assistance? Because BC is
committed to ensuring post-secondary education is more affordable and
accessible, and BC's students deserve to have every opportunity for the future.
Get information on education, job opportunity and skill building programs that give
you the options you want. Call toll free: 1-800-784-0055. Or visit the Voice for Youth
web site: www.youth.gov.bc.ca
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