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The Ubyssey Feb 27, 1998

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ubyssey magazine
Boycotting MuchWest since 1918
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY  27,1998        VOLUME 79 ISSUE 36
bit more of an emphasis on immediate debt reduction"
While that immediate debt reduction wasn't there,
the government announced several changes to the
Canada Student Loan Program.
"The measures we are announcing today will help to
ensure that Canadian students are not mired in a
OTTAWA (CUP)-Funding for students eclipsed paying down the
national debt and tax reduction as
the number one spending priority in the country's first balanced budget in almost three decades.
But some student leaders are disappointed by the lack
of immediate money to help reduce debt loads for students already in the post-secondary education system.
"What we were looking for in this budget was something
significant to help out people now. We didn't get that," said
Brad Lavigne, national chair of the Canadian Federation of
"The overriding problem is that debts are too high and
there is nothing in this budget that will actually help reduce
those individual debt burdens."
Finance Minister Paul Martin's fifth budget contained a
package of measures aimed at providing students with
more money when they enter university or college and a
more flexible student loan repayment scheme when they
get out
The centre-piece of the budget was the millennium
scholarship fund, Jean Chretien's apparent legacy. The
$2.54)illion fund will provide annual scholarships of up to
$3,000 to more than 100,000 students. The fund will dty-
up after just 10 years.
Further, as student groups feared, the fund won't actually hand out any money until 2000, skipping a generation of students who already borrow to pay for their education.
"It's almost in a sense, too little too late," said Paul
Black, president of Acadia University's student council.
Aside from dollar figures, there were scant details about
the operation and criteria of the millennium fund.
Financial need and academic merit were
listed as requirements for students who
want to access the scholarships, but neither
of those terms was defined. Education
groups have been almost universal in
demanding that the fund be tied solely to
financial need.
"JThe government says it will set up an
arms-length board of directors to adininister
the fund. It didn't say who would be on that
board, except that members will come from
the private sector and will include at least
one student
Some students will receive extra money as early as this year,
however. More than 25,000 lull and part-time students with
children or dependents will receive grants of up to $3,000
through the Canada Student Loans Program.
Part-time students will also be allowed to claim an education
credit of $60 for each month they were attending school, something previously available only to full-time students. As well, student parents will be allowed to claim a child-care expense while
they attend school.
"What we've got here is a positive indicator, a very good first
step," said Hoops Harrison, national director of the Canadian
alliance of Student Associations. "But there needs to be a little
makes education its
for students?
Is it enough?
ntn wtviis in ^p of debt
which they can never
escape," Martin said in
his budget speech.
Starting this year,
graduates will get tax relief for interest payments on their student loans. About one million people will be allowed to claim a
17 per cent federal tax credit on their yearly interest payments.
The credit only applies to interest payments on loans obtained
■from federal and provincial loan programs. Students who get
private loans from banks will not be eligible.
The government also expanded its graduate interest relief
program. Starting this year, students earning less than $22,300
will qualify for full interest-relief for 30 months, an option previously available only to people earning less than $20,460.
Beginning in 1999, partial interest relief will be available for
graduates who have trouble paying back their loans and earn
less than $28,300 a year. Students earning $24,000 can have
the federal government pick up 75 per cent of their monthly
interest payments, those who make $26,000 will get 50 per
cent relief, while Ottawa will pick up 25 per cent ofthe tab for
people earning $28,000.
Graduates who exhaust the 30 month interest relief period
and still experience repayment problems can now ask the lending institution to extend the repayment period from 10 to 15
years, a move that would
reduce monthly payments by nearly 25 per
cent at current interest
rates. If the student still
can't    meet    minimum
monthly payments, the
interest relief period will be extended from 30 months to
54 months.
For those with financial difficulties after those relief
measures, the government will writeoff up to 50 per cent
of the federal portion of the student loan or forgive
$10,000 worth of debt whichever is lower. Students will
only qualify for that final measure if
their annual debt payment exceeds
15 per cent of their income.
Robert Giroux, president of the
Association of Universities and
Colleges of Canada, called the budget "a tremendous package of measures." Many of the new initiatives
had been suggested by a coalition of
seven national education groups
that was spearheaded by the AUCC
and included both national student
But Giroux said there should
have been a longer financial commitment to research and development through funding for Canada's
three national granting councils.
The    Natural   Sciences    and
Engineering Research Council, the
Medical Research Council, and the
Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council all saw their budgets restored to 1994-95 levels and
will see further small increases until 2001, bringing combined ftinding up to $903-million from the current $766-
"Canada needs to keep pace in the innovative
economy and therefore the government will have to
provide additional funding in future years," Giroux
But Rubina Ramji would like to see more funding
now. The head ofthe Canadian Graduate Council says the
three granting agencies currently only fiind 17 per cent of
all graduate students. The new money will only increase
that number to about 20 per cent and Ramji says nothing else
in the budget offers much help for graduate students with limited financial resources.
"This millennium fund will help a lot of undergraduate students," she said. "But by the time they get to graduate school and
if they don't get money from the granting councils, they are not
going to find any other kind of funding to get into school."
The budget also tried to encourage parents to save for their
children's education Ottawa will match 20 per cent of any
money parents put into a Registered Education Savings Plan
(RESP), up to a maximum of $400 of federal money per child
each year.
The federal government will also allow people to withdraw
up to $10,000 from an RRSP without penalty to retrain or
upgrade their education The government also promised extra
money for youth employment programs and a tax break for
businesses that hire young people.
In total, the Liberals announced $ 11-billion in new spending and $ 7-billion in tax relief over four years in the budget*
Some student
leaders are
by the lack of
money to
help reduce
debt loads
for students
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T-Bird fight ends, shop handed to AMS
By Cynthia Lee
After 25 years in the SUB and four last-ditch
tries to convince the AMS, and students to
renew its expired lease, the Thunderbird
Shop is dead.
AMS council soundly rejected Wednesday an attempt to give the shop some leeway
after it came 73 votes short of meeting quorum in a student referendum that would
have forced the council to negotiate a new
lease with the shop. Supporters of the shop
wanted the council to overturn a decision
made last month not to renew the lease.
The referendum result two weeks ago
saw a clear majority of voters in favour of
saving the shop-3037 yes votes to 932 no
votes. But the shop needed 3100 to win.
Thunderbird staff and supporters
argued that the close referendum result
showed ovei*whelming student backing for
the store to stay. 'I just don't understand
how callously they can disregard the wishes
of the students," said Bob Gray, the store
But Vivian Hoffmann, the .AMS president-elect, and the majority of councilors
did not agree. "There was a hurdle that was
set and it was not met," she said.
According to Shirin Foroutan, the outgoing coordinator of external affairs,
Wednesday's debate was an unnecessary
repeat ofthe debate last January, when the
AMS decided not to continue the shop's
lease. "What we were doing tonight was
rescinding a motion that council made with
no concrete evidence as to why we should,"
said Foroutan. "The only evidence that you
could bring in was the referendum and it
didn't reach quorum," she said.
The debate Wednesday also turned nasty
as some AMS councillors all but accused the
Thunderbird Shop supporters of cheating
in the referendum campaign.
Ruta Fluxgold, the outgoing AMS vice-president made several unsubstantiated suggestions that the shop overspent on its referendum campaign and that some posters for the
"No" campaign were ripped down during the
campaign. She said she couldn't prove who
was responsible for removing the posters.
Fluxgold and other councilors also
argued that the majority vote in favour of
the shop was the result of pressure from the
Thunderbird shop on ill-informed students.
"The majority of students on campus,
even Ihose that put up a fight, politically
astute as most of us may be, really have no
idea what is going on campus," Fluxgold
said. But she did add that the AMS "didn't
inform them enough" about the campaign.
Scott Morishita, the newly elected AMS
director of administration, said he was disgusted by these comments. "For some of
the council to quote that basically students
are uninformed and they don't know what
they are voting is insulting...I think that the
way many of the council conducted themselves was revolting," he said.
He also said the council's treatment of
shop supporters and staff at the meeting
was shameful. At one point, when a shop
staff member began speaking, Fluxgold
burst out laughing. "They were treated with
arrogance, spite... I felt ashamed to be part
of the student council in the way they treated people," Morishita said.
The future of Thunderbird Enterprises
now ties in the ongoing discussion ofthe possible .AMS buyout of store fixtures, inventory,
suppliers and sales history. "This would lead
to an easier transition for the Thunderbird
Shop and to the AMS setting up [their] own
business," said Hoffmann. "I think we owe it
to the Thunderbird Shop to respect that.. It
would make the Thunderbird Shop's exit easier. I see it as a fair decision."
John Lecky, the owner of the
Thunderbird Shop, said he would continue
meeting with Hoffmann to negotiate compensation. "They obviously want us out of
here soon. If they make us a suitable offer
then we'll be gone as fast as they want us
out of here," he said.*
Vanier thefts prompt reaction
 by Liam Lahey
A string of thefts near the Place Vanier residences in recent
weeks led Residence Life Manager Tom Teasdale to issue a
stern warning directed at in three houses there: deliver the
goods or forget about moving to other residences next year.
A memo issued to every Place Vanier resident in January
told students the RCMP would be investigating the thefts
and if the stolen goods were not returned, suspects would
be evicted from their rooms.
Also, residents in the all-male Cariboo and Robson
House, as well as co-ed Okanagan House were warned they
would be blacklisted for future residence assignments if
theatre props and furniture stolen from around caimpus
were not returned.
But Adam Wunderlick, a second year Forestry student
and a resident in Place Vanier's Caribou house,, said
Teasdale threat to punish all students for the actions of a
few, was unfair.
"I think it was only a few that were doing the stealing
(and that these pranks) happen all over the campus all the
time," said Wunderlick. "I tiiink it's been overblown."
Missing items included furniture from faculty lounges,
construction signs, and theatre props, but all items were
returned within 48 hours of Teasedale's memo being
'I'm pleased to say all the items were returned to their
rightful owners to the best of my knowledge," Teasedale
said. "The RCMP had approached us regarding complaints
of stolen property they received, and we advised our residents that to keep the stolen property, however harmless it
may seem, could lead to serious consequences."
Although there are guidelines for landlords who want to
evict tenants, those guidelines, contained in the BC
Residential Tenants Act, don't apply to university residents.
No students were charged by the police, or reprimanded
by the Housing staff.
In the Tenant Survival Guide, issued by the Tenants
Rights Action Coalition (TRAC), a legal eviction can only be
exercised when:
• a tenant fails to pay his/her rent
• if a tenant is disturbing his/her neighbours.
• if a tenant is seriously damaging the building.
• if a tenant does not fix damages incurred by the tenant
or a guest within a reasonable amount of time.
• if a tenant has too many persons hving in their apartment
• ignoring any part of the signed tenancy agreement
But a clause in the provincial act allows all universities
and colleges to handle their own tenant/landlord relationships. University students fall under a "licensee/licenser
relationship," something similar to a hotel customer.
Janice Robinson, the Assistant Director of UBC
Residences and Housing, said that in order for an eviction
to take place, several steps must be taken by the university.
"We're not about to kick someone out on the spur of
the moment," Robinson said. "There is a process that
must be followed, and we do allow the student the opportunity to explain their actions. There is also an appeals
process the student can access to fight any serious eviction notice."
Robinson added that out of 5,000 students hving on
campus, only eight residents have been evicted this year to
date. That number is unofficial.
Although no students were evicted as a result of the
thefts relating to Place Vanier, the threat is always prevalent
"In order for residential life to maintain a healthy community, certain things must be in place, among them is a
strong sense of trust," Robinson said. "If no significant
action is taken in the event of a theft, it will deteriorate the
safe hving environment"**
E-mail threats bring RCMP investigation
KEVIN DWYER  the GSS president, attempts to fly the Tibetan flag over
the GSS building during November's APEC conference. This action
prompted a rash of complaints, including the e-mail threats. The
RCMP are now investigating the threats.      tarawestover photo
Campus RCMP have a suspect in
their criminal investigation of threatening messages sent to e-mail list
servers under a UBC student's
forged e-mail address.
In early February, the Graduate
Students Society (GSS) and the Zhong
Hua network, a list-server used by
the Chinese Students and Scholars
association (CSSA), received death
threats and obscene e-mails bearing
the address of Scott Simpson, president of Students for a Free Tibet
Computer services soon confirmed that an imposter forged
Simpson's address to send the
threatening messages.
"The person forging (Simpson's)
account wasn't a customer of UBC,"
explained Karen Beattie, security personal for university computing ser-
vices, "he was subscribing to an
Internet service in Richmond."
Police said they are taking the situation seriously.
"We're investigating the incident
as a criminal manner," said Lloyd
Plante, staff sergeant for the university
detachment ofthe RCMP, "(and) we do
have a suspect"
The incident is linked to the referendum earlier this month that asked
graduate students whether the GSS
was right to raise the Tibetan flag atop
their offices during the APEC summit
last November.
During the referendum and during the APEC leaders' retreat at UBC
November 25, Simpson argued in
favour of raising the flag. Many of
those arguments were with CSSA
"Because (Simpson's) task is to free
Tibet and some CSSA members think
Tibet is already free," said Lifeng
Wang, a CSSA member, "(Simpson)
started to send out dozens of emails to
Zhong Hua educating members about
The highly personalised e-mail
exchanges reached a climax on
February 6 when the GSS and the
Zhong Hua network received a death
threat followed by two lewd messages, from an account bearing
Simpson's address.
Wang has repeatedly said that the
CSSA doesn't know who impersonated Simpson and that the organisation
supports the police investigation
"As of today," said Wang, "Zhong
Hua in total has 640 subscribers and
CSSA has 300 members. The person
who impersonated (Simpson) is very
likely to be a nonCSSA member on the
Zhong Hua mailing list"
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launching a civil suit against anyone
charged in connection with the case.
"I have contacted a lawyer, and I've
been seeking advice through...the UBC
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The word is out - a group of Vancouver poets have set
up an open stage and you don't have to be published to
be heard. Scrambled Angst is an evening of spoken
word, music and unique performances designed to
give anyone with a creative bent a voice. The concept of
a casual and welcoming evening of art was put together by a local reading group who have dubbed themselves "The Really Awful Poets." According to co-hosts
allows performances to evolve and shape an evening.
As a result, they impose no criteria on content, quality
or medium for material submitted and have no screening process. They also hope to see more diversity in
future performances.
'One thing that we would like to see happen is to
branch out further as to what performances are," says
Petrie "If people want to do any drama or monologues
... we're definitely open to that It doesn't just have to
be poetry literature. I like the idea of come and do whatever you want what you feel passionate about and if
that happens to be playing the Jew's Harp or telling a
funny story, go ahead, do it! "
Pumnitz feels that cost is a major obstacle
in the way of rnanyburgeomng artists "I think
there really is a very limited space in
Vancouver that allows people to do this without having it cost a lot of money or without having to be involved in some kind of heavy organization. "The Really Awful Poets try to distance themselves from any kind of exclusivity.
This attitude influenced what they decided to
call themselves and their event
Curtis Petrie and Barb Pumnitz, Scrambled Angst is
still something of an enigma to its creators.
"We were sort of toying with the idea that 'wow 'it
would be really neat to perform something, yet at the
same time when you go to an established poetry
gathering sometimes it can be a bit of a let down,
because it's a closed environment" says Pumnitz.
She claims the idea originally grew out of a need for
motivation and feedback.
Petrie agrees, but adds that it was also a way of
breaking into an artistic circle that is largely dominated by published writers. "I think anybody who's trying
to do something and get out there ... they run into all
these walls all the time. We do that so why would we
want to put up walls of our own?"
The Sugar Refinery has provided the space for past
performances, which have included music, poetry and
short stories. Previous participants include musicians
Jack Harlan, Lisa Walker and Glen Garinther of
Vancouver band Bate's Motel. Content has ranged
from the serious to the lighthearted and Pumnitz and
Petrie feel it is the kind of space that pulls in attention
from the audience. Petrie attributes that to the easy
going crowd the Sugar Refinery attracts. "I think there
has really been resurgence in the idea of spoken word
. . . and in the idea of the coffee house in general.
People are leaning away from the McDonald's coffee
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and Swing."
Likewise, they feel the Awful Poets offer a creative
outlet that is currently lacking in Vancouver. Their goal
is to create a performance space that is casual and
"I think bycalling it Scrambled Angst you take away
some of that performance anxiety," says Pumnitz
laughing "We're bringing it down to earth . . . and I
think it's easier to do something when it's more casual
and non-judgmental."
Petrie agrees. "It lets us have fun with it because it
can morph," he says."We can at sometime become the
'not so bad poets' or 'the slightly improved poets' or
'angst over easy' or whatever."
Yet while their name may suggest to some that
these poets don't take themselves seriously, Petrie is
adamant that there is nothing flippant about the
"I think the act of just creating, calling up and asking and just wanting to be on stage is a serious
endeavor... I think your heart is in it pretty much.
There's a certain level of respect and understanding.
If someone has got the guts to get up in front of people at a mic, there's something special about that"
The next round of Scrambled Angst is taking place
March 1 at 7:00pm at the Sugar Refinery. For more
information about the event or about performing
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If you take any notice of the local music
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been closing, changing or simply shying
away from putting local bands and artists
onto their stages.
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hell is going on? If the threats about the X-
Files leaving town come true, conspiracy
theorists shouldn't worry. It would seem
that we've got our own shadowy plot right
In fact, even if you're simply trying to
write an article on this
v phenomenon', you'll find
mysterious forces at work
to sabotage your efforts.
How else can you explain the series of" accidents' and stonewalling that frustrated our
attempts to investigate this affront on local
music? Club owners who would only speak
anonymously, promoters who worried
about retribution if they spoke to the press
and finally, the strange disappearance of
the interviews we did manage to wrangle
out of unwilling subjects? There must be
some conspiracy at work!
And that must be what most local music
fans are asking. How else can you explain
what has happened? Venues that were traditionally strong-holds for local music have
seen their doors close over the last couple
of years. For fans the situation is getting
frustrating, while for local musicians it's
downright scary. The closure of the
Commodore was a result of unfortunate
circumstances, but for the rest of the
venues, things weren't that fateful. They
-cee  "-"
just couldn't afford to stay open, and when
they have re-opened, places like the
Palladium and the Town Pump have
become bastions of that great new trend,
electronica. It's cheap, it's safe, and, for the
most part, it's canned.
Just ask Miko Hoffman, vocalist/guitarist
for local band Gaze, editor of Discorder,
and the one interviewee whose tape
escaped the invisible saboteurs.
"I've read interviews with bar owners
who have said they're reluctant to support
live "rock" music and they're leaning
towards dance nights and DJ nights. It's just
that [rock concerts are] more of a risk. And
I understand that, because there is a whole
electronic music trend. Trends are trends.
Although it doesn't realy help because there
are a lot of electronic groups that play, and
it doesn't help them when a bar just wants
to have canned music. It doesn't really help
the live scene at all."
And so, if you're a musician, your
options have become quite limited. These
days it's just hard to find a stage to set up
on. While closures have impacted visiting
groups (country-rockers Wilco were forced
to play at dance club the Rage, while nerd-
rockers Weezer had to rent a Greek community centre), the situation has become
even more dire for local artists, who find it
hard to find space for a concert at the
Starfish Room, let alone Richards on
Richards. Musicians and fans are either
being shunted off to obscure venues or simply not hearing their favorite bands.
Now conspiracy or not, the lack of local
concerts breaks down to the fact that not
enough fans are coming out—so venues
close or change. If there's to be a comeback
for local musicians, there have to be enough
local fans for them to make money.
In the end, the responsibility for rejuvenating Vancouver's live music scene must
be shared. The musicians have to make
good music, the venues have to put them
onstage and the fans have to come out.
Until that happens, there's always going to
be something shady hanging over the local
scene. ♦ %
IY 27, 1998
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by Dee Gee
For many hip-hop fans in Vancouver, tuning in to 102.7
CFRO for the Krispy Bisket on Tuesday nights is a virtual
tradition. They know to expect the freshest Hip-hop
tracks and the silliest funk and old-school from one of
Vancouver's best and most well-respected DJs, Kilo-cee. I
recently hooked up with Kilo at one of Vancouver's
Meccas of Hip-hop, FWUH (552 Beany St.).
Dee Gee: How did you get started DJing?
Kilo-cee: Just watching this dude mix at a teen club in
Surrey called Changes. It was fucking amazing. I'd go
with my friends and they'd all dance. I'd just stand by the
booth and watch this guy. I did that for months and finally he let me come in and sit in the booth. I was amazed
by it.
The control he had over the crowd or just what
he was doing?
I had listened to rap for a long time but never thought
about deejaying. Seeing it done with a crowd and seeing
this guy just rockin, doing doubles of every record, it just
amazed me. I had never seen anybody do that before.
Was that when you started collecting records?
I kind of just tagged along with him to his gigs and got
down with him and his crew. I learned by watching him.
Making beats, scratching, you name it.
Who are your musical influences?
George Benson, definitely. Jimmy Hendrix, I like guitar
players a lot. I like people that can write music. When I
hear a Hip-hop production that is really simplistic, if the
vocals aren't up to par, I'll push it aside. I'm influenced by
anything that's dope. DJ-wise, Supreme (formerly D-Roc).
Him and B-Mello in Seattle. Nasty-Ness influenced me to
get on radio. Skill-wise, definitely the X-Men and Cash
Do you find that DJ's skills become static after a
I find that with myself sometimes. It's really a cycle that I
go through. I've seen the X-Men play a bunch of times
and I've played with them a few times. I've seen the
same routines over and over. In 1998 what a battle (competition between DJs) is is how fast you can scratch. Kids
don't think about what they're doing. It's like what Rob
Swift (X-Men) said, people are scratchin' a thousand
miles a minute and don't think about what they're doing.
Really a battle should be about you have two minutes
and you show what you can do on turntables
Have you battled much?
I don't battle at all. I've bumped heads with kids, me and
Kemo went at it a few times, but it's more like practice.
I'm not a battle jock. I'm more of a radio jock. A lot of
people down for that. They hear me scratch and say, 'hey,
you can do that shit too,' but that's not my focus. My
focus is to be as well-rounded as possible, i'm into music,
bottom line.
How did you get involved with the radio show?
We put in a proposal to the station and got a seven hour
slot. Me, Mike Golf, Lovely Lisa, T-Bone, Dicky Doo, a
bunch of guys. We were al! kind of starting out. We took
an hour slot each. By the end everybody got tired and
they gave me the whole night. I was 16 and I had a
seven hour slot. I didn't know what to do with it. I got
(the incredible) Ease involved to help out with vocals. It's
been a two hour slot for quite a while now. I couldn't
handle doing seven. A radio influence for me was Pete
Rumble. He didn't mix, he just played joints. We'd wake
up on Sunday ail hung-over and turn on the radio almost
every week. I'd call up and be like, "Play some Schooly-
D," and it'd be the next song he'd drop. Being Canadian
and doing Hip-hop radio is such an advantage.
Because you can cuss all you want?
After a certain time the CRTC is much more lenient than
the FCC in the States. Past midnight I just have to abide
by station policy.
What are your impressions of Hip-hop in
There are people who do not so good records and people
who don't make records at all. The most important thing
about getting involved is getting records out. Not enough
kids do it here. There are so many resources in this city
that people don't even understand. You can record an
album for free in Vancouver. As compared to 20 years
ago you can have a studio in your house for a few thousand dollars. It's a lot more accessible. There's really no
excuse for the lack of shit coming out. I also think a lot of
people would rather work on their own; nobody seems
to want to connect and work together. ♦
by Jerome Jon Yang
What's Mollies Revenge?
As denned by their vocalist Yvette, this Vancouver
based music group is about "power to the underdog" and
even their name—Mollies Revenge—speaks to their
cause. MoDy is an old English term for prostitute—read:
whore. And a whore's revenge, sparked by bittered desperation, is what they're after.
The members of Mollies Revenge have indeed been
underdogs working hard to succeed for a little more than
three years now. And being a full time musician in
Vancouver is unique to other cities, according to Yvette.
As everyone probably knows, the city's lacking in dubs
these days, and Mollies Revenge hasn't escaped the
downturn in the live scene totally unscathed. They played
a few shows at the currently-closed Commodore, a place
Yvette loved, and she has mixed feelings about the lack of
live music venues in the city, especially the shutting down
of the Town Pump.
"[It was] the home for a lot of musicians. That one [it's
switch to nightclub status] was a hard one for bands as
But still she praises the local scene. "There is a lot of
good music that comes out of Vancouver. There's always
been a supportive audience here for us," she pauses, "like
all artists we are starving artists... It's not a glorious,
glamorous job, that's for sure. Doesn't pay the bills very
weE, that's for sure."
So why keep going?
According to Yvette, it's loving music that really
counts. That was evident at the February 20 show downtown at The Gate. After performing the Mollies version of
"Lola" by The Kinks, she came back at the supportive
cheers with, "This is why we do it." Loving music counts,
but when Mollies fans love it, it's even better.
Yvette taught herself to sing and play music. Her college studies covered broadcasting and audio engineering,
not music. But she has natural talent.
Her voice provided a magical opening to their Gate
gig's opener "Cruel Angel." The lyrics delve into a relationship with a past lover and are filled with metaphors
describing the "dynamics of a relationship" involving a
"very dualistic person."
Next up they played "Weed"—a song about the strength
of a street person. Yvette explains, "We reject a weed
because we simply don't find it beautiful, (but) in a forest
the weed would be a flower."
Surprisingly, the band performed their biggest hit
"Humble" early in their 90 minute set The single was a
great step forward for the group giving them and their
current CD, Every Dirty Word, more exposure. "To break
the radio these days," commented Yvette, "is pretty much
next to impossible."
Yvette dedicated the song "Wounded" to "all those
alive." The song is an expression of pain that everyone in
this world inevitably experiences.
"Who has not felt lonely?" Yvette asked her audience.
She sees the low points in life as great teaching experiences. "It's amazing when you go down to that place how
high you can go afterwards." One key line in the song—
"We learn to love the scars that make us who we are."
The group's sense of unity and openness with their
fans came out more strongly in the encore, which consisted of a great mix of disco songs including "We are
Family" and "That's the Way." Yvette, an open lesbian,
freely expressed her sexual preference in altering a line
from "We are Family. I got all my homos with me!" To further strengtlien the bond between the band and the fans,
the vocalist had them chanting "Hate! Hate! Hate! We
don't want it!" She enlightened her audience saying hate
is generated from the fear of difference and that acceptance is the cure.
Boldness characterises the band's songs and the
music draws upon multiple influences. Yvette, who does
most ofthe writing for the group, does not have a favorite
band but enjoys a range of sounds. Sixties rock, acid jazz,
soul, funk, and Brit pop are among her favorites and
female artists induding Bjork, Annie Lennox, Sinead
O'Connor, Joni Mitchell, and PJ Harvey make up important parts of her CD collection.
When asked about the release of the next Mollies
Revenge CD, Yvette estimated they would have a new
one out by summer or fall. However long it. takes, the
music world will be ready and waiting. Power to the
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A widely held belief among the local music and
psychiatric communities can now be confirmed.
After conducting a detailed interview and psychological evaluation of Mike Soret—lead vocalist
and horn player for local band the Molestics—I
can confirm, with relative certainty, that the subject is quite mad.
The Molestics' peculiar brand of ironic
Dixieland cannot be easily described, but it combines swing rhythms, jazz horns and the warped
ramblings of an apparently inebriated vocalist.
And despite their scruffy appearance and their
distinctly loungeless style, the Molestics have
found a home in the Vancouver lounge scene.
They hooked up with the scene's leading production company, Blue Lizard to release their first
album, Tropic of Hokum.
That's despite spoofing the name of super-
smooth lounge locals The Colorifics.
"Yeah, well it's true we were making fun of
their name, 'cause we started about six months
afterwards and stuff like that. We were just
naughty kids and stuff...I always felt like the little
brother that Bernie [guitarist/vocalist for The
Colorifics] never had, kind of thing. You know, I
was always nipping at his heels."
Soret's on-stage persona and his apparent inferiority complex are not the only evidence I uncovered of psychological disturbance. Indeed, I
found several of the classic symptoms of hokwnu-
First, Soret clearly lias a history of suicidal tendencies. Only a timely relocation to Vancouver
was enough to avert a tragedy.
"About seven years ago, after I graduated from
university, I came out here. I was gonna kill
myself and my friend Dan said...'ahli what do ya
want to kill yourself in Winnipeg for? Why don't
you come out to Vancouver, you know, kill yourself out in the sun, get a bit of sun. Find a nice
place to kill yourself, jump off a nice mountain or
something.' And so I said, 'Alright, okay, I got
enough money in my life for the plane fare.' And
I came out here and I didn't want to die and that
was nice," Soret says.
Such comments lead me to investigate Soret's
family relationships and there I discovered some
apparently disturbing parent-son expectations.
"They're kinda proud of me, because at least
I'm not in jail—I could have gone to jail," Soret
says. "I didn't do anything that would get me to
jail. I was always an honest boy."
But when pressed further about his family,
Soret got defensive.
"I don't know, that's getting kind of Freudian-
how about the music again," he said, trying to
change the subject. "The guys are really good,
aren't they, you know? All on Lfaeir own they're
really good. Really solid. Even people who don't
like my schtick really like the guys."
The 'guys' are Gilles Roy (bass), Rolf Wilkinson
(percussion) and Sam Petite (guitar). Together the
four men have a relatively simple philosophy.
"We do songs, we really believe in songs. There
are only four of us. I have a little solo, the guitar
player has a little solo, you know, what the hell
are you going to do?" Soret asks.
What are you going to do? For The Molestics,
the answer is add just enough insanity to make it
fun. The songs may be simple, but Soret embellishes them all with his endearingly lunatic lyrics
and a manic stage presence. Not that everybody
likes that sort of tiling.
"There was a guy in Rosland. Oh man it was so
painful. All night long he was going on and on
about how he thought I wasn't very entertaining.
He went through a whole set about how I suck
and everything," he says.
"People would try and go on the dance floor
and he'd chase them off—scare them off the
dance floor. Then he'd scream. He was just
standing on the dance floor and he would just
scream at me about how untalented I was, about
what a lousy bum I was and how I should just
quit. And I 'm going 'Yeah, okay I suck. Yeah
okay thanks. Can I just get on with sucking? So I
can finish sucking.' But he just keeps on going.
Finally, I'm singin the song and I make the song
all to him [sings], 'Hey buddy, hasn't it been a lot
of fun, but don't ya think there's other people
who want to heckle. You know, maybe you're
intimidating them.' That worked, everybody
started laughing at him, but fuck that took a lot
of energy, man."
Energy is something The Molestics are not
short of. They seem to play somewhere in
Vancouver almost every night. This intensity is
quite consistent with my diagnosis of hokumusic-
sceneurosis. Sufferers often feel it necessary to
prove themselves to others.
The Molestics have proven themselves, but
Soret still refuses to acknowledge his success.
"My basic point of view is that we're just a constant failure. Maybe we've acquired seniority or
sometinng but I certainly don't think anybody
really likes us. I'm just sort of glad that people
have gone through the motions," he says.
Modesty or an advanced case of hokumusic-
sceneurosis? I tliink the answer is clear.-"*
live and well
by DJ Noah
I want to take this opportunity to bring
your attention to an important part of
Vancouver's five music scene, which
may sound odd coming from a techno
DJ, as I am referring to some of our local
"electronic" artists.
These artists have been quietly going
about their business, acquiring fans
both locally and internationally, some
with tracks being played by DJs half way
around the world. Some of the largest
contributors to our flourishing scene
indude artists like Download, Phaedra,
Pigrims of the Mind, Dreamlogic and
The single most influential force in
our electronic scene is Map Records,
brainchild of Robert Shea. He has dee-
jayed around the world, as well as having worked for several record labels,
induding Harthouse/Eye Q, and he is
now using all of the knowledge he has
accumulated to expose Vancouver's best
electronic artists to the world. The diversity of the label is such that there is practically something for everyone—ambient house, techno, dub, trance, electronica and jazz are just some of the sounds
coming from this label.
One of the most popular Map artists
is Stephane Novak, a.k.a. Pilgrims ofthe
Mind. He moved to Vancouver from
Edmonton to enroll in a jazz and guitar
program at Capilano College, but he converted to electronica after he discovered
the school's midi studio. Stephane
released his first single in 1994 and
since then he has contributed material
to various compilation albums, as well
as having put out his first full length CD
"What's.Your.Shrine?" which is receiving major airplay on college radio and
mix-shows around the planet.
Electronica's more experimental side
is explored by Subconscious Records.
Based out of a large downtown studio
with a collection of gear that spans two
decades, Subconscious is pushing the
creative envelope with bands like
Download, which is comprised of ex-
Skinny Puppy member cEvin Key, local
jack-of-all-trades Phil Western and studio
guru a^nthony Valcic. Their five shows
are quite unpredictable and should be
approached with an open mind.
aAlso doing quite well for themselves
are Phaedra, a duo of Eric Chalmers and
Greg Pryce. They are the workhorses of
the live electronic scene, usually performing at least once a month. They are
also one of the few bands that have
played outside of Vancouver. They currendy only have one full length release,
but have contributed to several compilations over the last two years.
It won't be long before Phaedra
becomes a household name world wide.
In terms of venues, there really are a
limited number where electronic bands
are welcomed. While some like
Graceland, The Starfish Room and The
Chameleon have played host to the occasional show, Mars Nightclub is the only
spot where you can see and hear a local
artist on a weekly basis. 'Thanks to promoters Troy and Miles, every Wednesday night at Mars for the last two
years, there has been aperformance by a
local electronic artist
It's called Ginger and on top of the
electronic shows, it has drawn top notch
DJs like Ritchie Hawtin and Felix Da
House Cat.
It's not easy to be an electronic artist
in a city known for its high caliber of
rock and roll bands, but local electronic
musicans are changing that perception
every day. ♦ S4
by John Bolton
It might seem strange to open an
overview of classical music in
Vancouver with an inquiry into its very
definition, yet it's one of those terms
like "literature" which is used casually
by just about everyone, even though
everyone's definition differs.
I, for one, tend to envision certain
kinds of ensembles, namely choral,
orchestral and chamber groups, as
well as a basic duality between classical
and popular music, with jazz some
where in between and world music in
While the term is an elusive one,
there is something mat can be called a
classical music scene in Vancouver,
and I spoke with two locals who are
very much a part of that scene: Rodney
Sharman, composer-in-residence with
the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
(VSO), and Robert Silverman, the
renowned Vancouver-based Canadian
As composer-in-residence, Sharman
writes new music for the VSO, as well
as works closely with Music Director Sergiu
Comissiona, helping to choose Canadian repertoire
and shape programs. He has a clear idea of what he
thinks defines the term classical music.
"I actually don't mind the general use of the word
'classical' to indicate concert music or opera, the kind
of music I'm involved with," he said. "If you think
about the other terms that people use... the Royalty
Collection Agency actually refers to 'serious music' and
'non-serious music,' which I actually find kind of offensive, particularly for those involved in pop and jazz."
Indeed, the notion that the appreciation of popular
music and classical music are somehow mutually
exclusive is a misconception that, imfortunately, many
people are burdened with. Silverman shares
Sharman's sentiments, but somewhat more cautiously:
"There are some rock musicians who take their
work seriously, and there are people in jazz, like Diana
Krall, who take their work extraordinarily seriously,"
he says. "But a popular entertainer like Bryan
Adams...no matter how good he is, when you hear a
concert by Richard Goode [the British pianist who
recently gave a recital in Vancouver]...they aren't the
same. One is a much more rigorous endeavor."
When considering classical music and its relation to
world music, Silverman is very forward looking. "In
the late twentieth century [classical music] has to
include music from other cultures. Someone, sometime in the early part of the next century, is going to be
able to pull all this together and make an art that is
more global, yet universal and appealing to a large
number of people."
As for the local classical music scene, Silverman
likes what he sees. "I moved to Vancouver in 19 73, and
on the surface of it there's so much more going on. I
assure you, the VSO is a far finer organization than
when I first arrived!"
Sharman is also enthusiastic about what our city
has to offer. "In addition to being a composer I'm also
a music lover, and those two things, believe it or not,
are not always the same!" he laughs. "I would say
there's just enough music in Vancouver to make it an
interesting city to five, and there are times when I can't
go to everything, and that's kind of a good thing. It
makes you feel like you're hving in a city with a vibrant
cultural life."
Vancouver is indeed blessed with a number of outstanding organisations and ensembles that have been
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Pacific Baroque Orchestra. Chorally
speaking, one can hear the Vancouver
Chamber Singers, the Vancouver
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Choir, and of course Vancouver Opera.
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time; besides The Little Chamber
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given time than one could hope to see. Moreover, most
of these organisations have excellent student prices.
Yet there's even more going on right here at UBC, and
most of it is outrageously affordable. Silverman's
already acclaimed Beethoven piano sonata series at
the Chan Centre has to be the greatest student deal of
the past decade at eight concerts for forty-four dollars.
.And admission is free for concerts given by the UBC
Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, percussion Ensemble, Collegium Musicum Ensembles,
Chamber Strings, Opera Ensemble, Choral Union,
Singers, Contemporary Players, Student Composers
and others.
The professional Wednesday Noon Hours at the
Recital Hall are only $3 and student recitals take place
every day of the week. .As well, CiTR 101.9 FM features
Canadian and independent classical music on "The
Last Desk," as well as new music on the celebrated "Are
You Serious?" music show.
Every single one of Vancouver's classical music
organisations is committed to bringing living art to
the public. Yet Sharman feels there's rnuch more at
stake. "We're not just talking about music here—
we're talking about the culture of the city, of the
province, of the country as a whole. The VSO [for
example] is the largest cultural organisation west of
Toronto, and so we have a responsibility to the culture and the communiry as well as to classical music
and music lovers."
This responsibility is something that we all share. It
is our obligation to look to the music of the past to
deepen our own understanding and enjoyment of tlie
music of our times, be it pop, jazz or "new classical" as
Sharman describes his own work. On the other hand,
apart from any cultural duty, there are plenty of selfish
reasons to sample what the classical music scene in
Vancouver has to offer. And, of course, there's the
sheer enjoyment to be had from eavesdropping, as it
were, on talented artists in conversation with the composers of the past and present and the audiences of
It's easy to overlook that one general term "classical" is supposed to encompass music written over the
course of five centuries for hundreds of combinations
of instruments; more to the point, it's a term that represents music that has explored every possible emotional and intellectual issue. Within that unimaginably
vast body of classical music there's something to stimulate everyone. Silverman sums it up very well.
"Some of the greatest classical music—I know of
people who can just sit back and enjoy it...and say
'Wow, what a kicker!' You don't have to know the intricacies of Beethoven in order to really appreciate the
spiritual qualities. I think this is what's misconstrued
about classical music..there is an iinmediacy to the
very best of it, |yet] if you're really interested in searching deeper, it's there for you."
Classically, there's a lot going on in Vancouver.
Treat yourself. ♦ THI? 4JSYSSEV ♦ FRtBAY,.»%R^WY 2J*,.19!
life getting you down? Let Marilyn
Toews and Sylvia VanKempen, who
have overcame challenges, inspire you.
Monday, March 2 @ 12:30 in SUB
Conversation Pit
Spring Cruise May 15-19. Sign up
before Feb. 28. Phone 8224231.
Sailing @maiLams.ubc.ca
Ropportunities Sat Mar. 7th 9:30am-
2pm @ Intl House. Will provide info on
career choices, interships, TOhinteering,
and perspectives on post-grad decisions. Panel speakers on development
business, government journalism and
law. Minimal registration fee.
Dr Hats will be showing slides and
speaking about his work with Medecins
Sans Frontieres on Tuesday March 3,
1998 in Woodward 1 at UBC, between
12:30 and 1:30pm. For info call
Step in tbe right directaa and partici
pate in Fit for Heart on Mar. 14th at
Totem Park Residence pick up your
pledge forms. Registration begins at
9:30am and class ends 12:30pm. More
info call 221-0597 or 221-1000.
Hours of OperatiioniEflFective March 1,
1998, the UBC Student Resources
Centre will change to the following
hours of operation, Monday through
Friday counselling 8:00am-4:00pm
career services 8:30am-4:00pm
school/ college liason 8:30am-4:00pm
Institute of Asian Research Graduate
Network and Green College invite you
to the 3rd Graduate Symposium on
Asia Feb. 6th to 8th. Keynote Speaker is
Prof. Aihwa Ong Professor of
Anthropology at University of California
at Bei-keley. Tix. $20.00. Call Arnie at
221-1506 or e-mail
Jim Green former head of the
Downtown Eastside Residents
Association will speak on Urban
Anthropology and Community
Development Wed Mar. 4th @ 12:30,
Buch B 312.
Ml Women's Day Saturday Mar. 7,
International Women's Day will be
marked in Vancouver by a rally, march
and information tables. Gathering at the
Vancouver Art Gallery (Hornby and
Robson)® 11:00am, the rally will begin
@11:30am Following the rally, participants will march to the landmark Hotel
(1400 Robson) for information sharing.
More info call 708-9491.
David Suzuki Free politics of lhe environment conference. Sat Mar. 7th.
9am-6pm @ UBC Law Building rm
101/102. Morning and afternoon panels. Register @ dept of Political Science
(Buch C472) or on day of conference-
8:45am More info call 224-5240.
gale 1 presents.
Investigating the influence of
the world's best-sellin2 book.
Author and broadcaster, Maxine Hancock
speaks on how pervasive the sacred text is
in Western literature and life.
* Featuring classical ami folk music by John Williams, as
heard on CBC Radio.
Sunday night- March 1
At Regent College
On the web: \v\vw.»:itel.i,r«
Fri-f coffee and desserts follow.n-; the event!!
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"Leading the Way"
Hillel/ The Jewish Students'
-Association Present:
Displays in the S.U.B.,
Speakers A Panel Discussion, Movies,
Falafel Lunch, 50th Birthday Cake,
Comedy <& Games Hour,
Israeli Music... and more!
Pick up a fly cm* in Hillel
(between Brock Hall &
North Parkade)
or call 224-4748
March Forth!
on -Wednesday March 4th
Trek to UBC/Go Green Day
Raise Awareness
(Failing Air Quality/Increasing Traffic Accidents/Need for Better Transit)
Hit Our 20% Target
(Reducing Driving Alone)
Lead the Region
(Solve our Health & Safety Poblems)
Sign up for the Contest & We All Win!
Coffee/Cinnamon bun coupons will be given to morning commuters
using environmentally friendly commute modes as a 'pat on the back",
at the bus loop, car pool lot, and bike lockers.
Come out at Noon to the SUB for Speeches
and a TREK around the Campus!
Schedule of Events
"Pats on the Back" at the Bus Loop, Car/VanPool Lots, Bike Lockers
Coffee/Cinnamon Bun coupons handed out to non-SOV's 'Tickets" at B-
Lots to SOV'ers
Display at the Goddess of Democracy- Sustainable Transportation
Options Hand in Participation Contest Sheets
TREK Around Campus- marchers, bicyclists
Route: SUB, University Boulevard, Wesbrook, Agronomy, Main Mall,
University Boulevard, Goddess of Democracy
Display at the Goddess of Democracy- Sustainable Transportation
Options Hand in Participation Contest Sheets
Contest Winners will be announced on March 5th in SUB
Conversation Pit at 12:30 p.m.
Guest Speakers:
Dr. Bill Rees on Sustainability Issue &
Gord Lovegrove on TREK Program Status Update
To Volunteer or for more information:
Student Environment Centre 822-8676 or TREK Program Centre 822-1304
www.trek.ubc.ca IY27, 1997
FEBRUARY 27, 1998 • VOLUME 79 ISSUE 36
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Richard Lam
Federico Barahona
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Once the swarm of vicious, aaGrspiUiiig aliens had finished
their massacre of the AMS offices, they headed down the cor
ridor for SUB 2 41K. intent upon c^stnaction. Tlie crew, aided
by the scouting reports of ■ShaTPTVP Takara. girded themselves
for a siege. Joe Clark and Wolf Depner led the defense, boarding up the entrances with the aid of Sarah Galashan, Chris
Nuttall-Smith and Richelle Rae. Richard I*im and Andrea Gin
reached for the arsenal of subatomic weapons. Douglas
Quan (who died soon after) hefted up the Psionic-Quad
Disrupted while Dave Cochrane strapped on a subaxiachine
gun Aided by the neat seeking missile of Liam Lahey and the
Fasnion^tyling-Kung-Fu-Flghting of Holly Kim, C*ynthia Lee
and Alex Bustos let loose a ripping blast of hot lead Bruce
Arthur and Penny cholmodely were the first to go, but
Jerome Yung was quick to dispatch several foes in
vengeance. Dee Gee and DJ Noah were goners real soon.,
but John Bolton was carried eloquently- to a ripping bloody,
painful death. But suicide bombers Tara Westover and Dale
Lum saved the day. And mough Afshin Mehin died, Federico
Barahona was still able to dance chest to chest with Tracey
FrazeL John Zaozirny thought that was kinda silly though, *
and made sure that Barahona died to atone for his wretched ■
music and fashion taste. So there. '
Loans,; legislation, and the Lost Generation
It seems that recent student protests, like those
where students stormed the Ontario Legislature
or gathered 10,000 strong on Capitol Hill, have
improved the pitch of the collective undergraduate vocal chord. Because more than the urgent
appeals of taxpayers, it was the outraged voices of
debt-ridden students that were heard in Ottawa
when the budget was released on Tuesday.
Up to 100,000 post-secondary students in the
millenium will receive $3000 scholarships.
Details on how the money will be handed out
have yet to be developed but it will likely be
either through academic merit or financial need.
The program will, it seems, be a solid step
towards reheving student debt
Of course, that's two years away. In the meantime, too many graduates are looldng into the
implications of bankruptcy.
Some money will flow this year. Grants of up to
$3000 will go to some students with children or
dependents. Graduates will see tax relief on student loan interest payments, and if they find themselves working a Mqjob then they won't have to
pay any interest for 30 months. Those planning
for their kids' university careers will see 20 percent of the money they stash in a Registered
Education Savings Plan matched by Ottawa.
But it's scant consolation for this year's graduates, for whom the average debt will be
$22,000. .And apart from a tax credit and the
green light to offset payment for a couple of
years, the feds haven't done anything to relieve
the load.
aAjid with the Canadian Health and Social
Transfer, which provides the provinces' education funding, going largely untouched in
Tuesday's budget the feds have effectively given
the go ahead for tuition hikes.
It's true that university graduates can expect
to make $500,000 more over a lifetime than
non-university graduates. It's also true that
tuition doesn't cover more than 20 percent ofthe
average university's budget The argument for
zero tuition, even for low income students,
maybe unrealistic.
But it's unfair to send a group of students,
whose only sin was stadying during a deficit crisis, to the sacrificial altar. At a 1995 protest over
increased tuition fees, the New Brunswick
Student Union told then-Human Resources and
Development Minister Lloyd aAxworthy that if
our generation has to pay, then so should the others that have benefitted from university education—they proposed a tax on all past university
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Equity concerns
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There were some misunderstandings that should be rectified in
recent letters responding to your
reports on equity concerns in the
Law faculty.
Merely because there has been
no action by the BC Human Rights
Commission, does not mean there
have been no incidents of racism or
sexism. A complaint must be filed.
Individuals don't complain for
many reasons, like being overloaded with school work, and the
fear of repercussions. Avoidance is
often the most practical reaction.
An internal complaint often
addresses the matter. The feet that
a written apology was issued about
the vulgar Informer publication
should indicate that this was not a
The existence of an ombudsperson does not mean that there is no
racism or sexism or harassment It
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might be difficult to go to the co-editor of the problematic Informer
issue (until recently the
ombudsperson), even though he
It was a reasonable inference
that the product in our Contract
Law assignment had a hidden, sexual meaning. There is a direct connection between the characters,
Aeneas, Dido and Anna (from
Virgil's The Aeiieid, not Homer's
the Iliad) and a legal issue in the
case. The Latin words "Non haec in
foedera vend" spoken by Aeneus
appear in important court cases on
frustration. A legal issue was
whether the contract was void for
immorality. The product was said
to "lead young people astray," and
to be considered immoral by some,
to the extent that retail sales were
banned "(A)ddictively vile novelties, objects and substances" were
also mentioned.
However, I was fully satisfied
with my professor's explanation
and disavowal and remedy of the
matter. For me, that ended the matter.
At the same time, I can understand how this issue became representative of a larger issue for those
who spoke out as it was not the first
time they felt women were
demeaned for their sex. Note that it
is not the intention, but the effect
that is important in discrimination
(O'Malley v. Simpsons-Sears Ltd.,
Such concerns are often trivi-
alised by other students as an
annoying compulsion for "political
correctness," which shows a lack of
understanding that these are serious issues. Suggesting that the two
women have some underlying
political agenda goes even further,
and is an unfair and unfounded
I would like to see a faculty
where everyone feels good about
being here, without needing to take
a term in Australia just to get away
(not unheard of). Every first year
student I have spoken to is unhappy
with the first year, and every upper
year student merely says it gets bet
ter (some disagree). There are
issues that go beyond equity, but
they are part of an unhealthy backdrop, and they need to be
addressed. Dean Blom's recent letter is a promising start
Irene Plett
Law 1
A Strange Case
of Democracy
Upon hearing that the AtAS
council will not renew the lease of
the Thunderbird Shop despite the
recent student referendum, I felt
my democratic rights slip away.
Although I am not affiliated with
the Thunderbird Store, I feel that
there is a major issue at stake.
Despite the fact that 3000 students
voted to renew the lease, as
opposed to only 900 who voted no,
the council has chosen to ignore the
results of this referendum. Due to
the very convenient bureaucratic
snags called quorums, the democratic expressions ofthe students of
UBC can essentially be completely
ignored. In any democratic system,
a referendum would be recognized
by a majority result as we thankfully noticed in the Quebec
Referendum of 1995. But apparently, the students of UBC live in a
rather different system, where quotas and quorums can completely
negate overwhelming expressions
of student opinion. It seems as if
the student referendum was just an
inconvenient waste of time for an
AMS that clearly wanted the store
gone no matter how much protest
Even if the AMS is entirely justified
in its desire for a student operated
store, they still must heed that
sometimes bothersome little institution called democracy, which,
incidentally, got them into the
plush seats in which they sit today.
My mistake,
sincere apologies
Two weeks ago a group of law students sent a letter to the Ubyssey
discussing the paper's coverage of a
controversy at the faculty of Law.
This letter was drafted and redrafted by me through a process of consultation with other students, after
which each was consulted as to
whether they wished to sign it
It has come to my attention that
one student Ron Morin, did not see
the final draft ofthe letter, and may
have been unaware of some details
of its contents. In those circumstances, listing Ron among the signatories of the letter was a serious
oversight and a mistake on my part
In retrospect it was ill-advised to
include Ron, who sits on the Law
faculty's Equity Committee, in this
process at all.
I have absolutely no hesitation
in offering this correction and my
sincere apologies to Ron and anyone who may have been misled by
this error.
law 3 No Winners
by Dapeng Fan
The result of a recent UBC graduate referendum on "Whereas the GSS is
pngaging in political activities, whereas
these activities have created a hostile
en*a*ironment toward a large group of
GSS members, was it appropriate for
the GSS to put tie Tibetan army flag
over the Graduate Student Center?" has
come out 294 votes yes, 263 voted no.
People from both sides claimed victory. Ridiculous? Who really won? It
depends on how you perceive and
interpret the result
First some statistical data about the
GSS needs to be presented in
order to interpret the result correctly. The current total number of gradute student (GSS
members) in UBC 6409. Of
these, about 1333 (20 per cent)
are international GSS members
(Winter Session 1996-1997,
Day & Evening), including 200-
250 (4 per cent) from Mainland China.
Most (but not all) of these Chinese graduate students are CSSA (Chinese
Students and Scholars Association)
members. Let's 200 plus/minus.
I am not surprised by the extremely
low voter turnout this time, but the
extremely close vote result of 294:263
(52.7 per cent :47.2 per cent) does
inspire me. Suddenly seeing so many
"Yes' posts occupying so many public
places on campus during the week of
referendum (I saw 5 Yes posts in the
20-meter longhafl outside our lab), with
hardly any "No" posts, I anticipated an
ovenvhelrning majority of votes would
be in favor ofthe actions of GSS.
However, this was not the case. Given
the feet that only 200-500 (4 per cent) of
GSS members have abaci-ground from
Mainland China and 143 of them
showed up to sign an appeal for this ret
ereniium,iieremi*st have been another
120 (=263-143) GSS members joining
the "No" side. I would guess most of
them are nonChinese international
graduate students. Considering the tie
vote (13-13) by GSS councilors over this
issue a few weeks ago, we should
acknowledge that this result reflects the
actual situation and climate over the flag.
Given the feet lhat the voter turnout
was 8.69 per cent (55 7/6404), can it be
claimed to have "reached legal quorum?
Was it a valid referendum? Can GSS
executives draw the conclusion from
this referendum that they were supported and represented the opinions of
the majority of its members on this
"flag issue"? (In fed, they only received
4.58 per cent(293/6409) support). Can
they realty claim to have won?
While yes-voters accounted for 4.58
per cent vs no-voters 4.10 per cent
(=263/6409) of the total GSS membership, 91.3 per cent GSS members
abstained this time. What does this
mean? Does it mean these 91.3 per
cent are in favor of Yes or are they in
favor of No? Does it
mean these 91.3 per
cent do not care about
supporting human
No, definitely not! I would propose
that this means ttiat the great majority
of GSS members are tired and not interested in the GSS's involvement in political activities (ie putting up a not well-
known and trouble-inviting Tibetan
army flag atop its official building to
express human ri,E*hts concerns during
and after APEC).
The Mure of the great majority (9 5.4
per cent=91.3 per oent+4.1 per cent) to
vote yes, per se, sends out a clear signal
that they do not support the GSS's hasty
and unwise action (without solid consultation with its Asian members) to advocate human rights by mistakenly presenting a conflicting symbol to voice for
4.5 per cent of its roembers at the cost of
the feeling of another 4.1 per cent
lhe GSS must now realize and admit
that they seriously erred by acting outside their mandate: The society (GSS)
has for its purpose the promotion ofthe
academic, social intellectual, cultural
and recreational interests of its members" (pi 63,UBC Cal, 97/98).
This unwise decision to enter the
political arena provoked a fierce reaction from a large (segment of its membership (263 no-voters) not just "a
handiul Chinese students" (KDwyer,
TheGraduateBec. 11,1997), which the
GSS as a whole failed miserably to prop-
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So, who realty won? Practically, no
one won this referendiim. If the GSS
continues to engage in political activities like putting up a sensitive symbol
without solid consultation with its own
members in the fiiture, I would say the
Yes side won. Otherwise, the No side
won I can bet let's wait and watch in the
future. Who won at last, who really win!
At last, with the end of the referendum, the CSSA Coordinate Committee
for the Tibet Army Flag Incident has
rompleted its orginial task and also
come to an end. At this moment I would
like to say I have been impressed by the
emotion and unity among Chinese students and the support from many international and Canadian students.
Chinese students and schcJars came
to UBC to learn advanced scientific
knowledge and technology. Meanwhile
they have always been eager to get
involved in this wonderful society
academically, culturally and socially, but not politically, simply
because they are not ready yet
But not partaking in political activities does not necessarily mean they do
not support human rights, as we all
believe those 91.3 per cent GSS members who abstained in this referendum
also support human rights.
They paid tutiton fees to learn including democracy here, but not to buy frustration and distorbance from GSS. Many
of them get assistantship from Canada
tax-payers' money, they have the obligation to concentrate on study and work in
order to honor UBC and not waste the
money. I am apolitical
I sincerely hope GSS executives will
learn the lesson and be back to its "basics"
, Chinese students will continue to enjoy
studying in a friendly and ha**rnonious
atmosphere here and this kind of political harassment will not happen to international students again.***
Dapeng Fan (Former UBC GSS
member) is a member of UBC CSSA
Coordinate Committee for
tbe Tibet Army Incident
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Women face uphill battle
by Bruce Arthur
No, it isn't an instant
women's basketball team
hopes it won't be.
The Birds, who finished  fourth  in
the Canada West
(CW)   at   9-11
will   travel   t(
Victoria     (18-2)
for the second consecutive year to open
the Canada West playoffs.
Last year, the Vikes
swept UBC from the postseason. This year, though,
the Birds have the firepower to pull off an upset.
But for that firepower to
assert itself, the Birds will
have to play like they're
having fun said star forward Laura Esmail.
'We have to relax, and
we have to have fun. Go
out and run transition,
like we can. Just play
In UBC's three losses to
the Vikes in the regular season, the Birds failed to
match Victoria's buzzsaw
intensity for the full 40
But UBC also handed Victoria one of their two
Canada West losses this year, and have held Vikes
star guard Lisa Koop below her 22.5 points per
game scoring average in three of their four meetings. aAnd for UBC to take the best-of-three from their     them."
JESSICA MILLS will have to come up big if the 'Birds
hope to win. A 'Bird's win would be an upset, but
the women are talking tough,   richard lam file photo
archrivals, they'll have to stop
That will be the job of J J.
Rawlinson, one ofthe few
players who can match
Koop's athleticism and
quickness step for step.
1 can read her," says
aRawlinson of her ability
to stop Koop. When Koop
finished  second  in  the
league in scoring, Rawlinson
quickly said, "Not against us.'
"JJ. can fully shut her
down,' asserted a confident
Jessica Mills, UBC's leading
scorer with 15.1 points per
But Mills also said the
key to beating Victoria is
not stopping Koop—it's
how the Thunderbirds
play that will dictate
whether they move on
to the league finals
next weekend.
"It's us. We have to
take care of us. If we just
keep in the groove of our
offence and just play, they
can't stop us.'
For    UBC    to    upset
Victoria,   they'll  have  to
focus and play together in
the     raucous     din     of
McKinnon     Gym.     The
offense has bogged down in the face of Victoria's in-
your-face press, and the Birds will need Esmail and
Mills to score inside to relieve the pressure. The Birds
can win this series, but, as Mills said, it all about
Birds walking tough road
by Bruce Arthur
When the season started, everyone knew the road to nationals
would go through Victoria. Based
on the fact that the Vikes cruised
to the national title last year and
lost only one starter, the assumption was right on.
In fact, for the men's basketball team, the road to survival in
the Canada West playoffs goes
straight through Victoria's
McKinnon Gymnasium—where
the Vikes have not lost a game all
And when the 9-11 Birds take
on the 16-4 first-place Vikes in a
best-of-three playoff semifinal
this weekend, they will need to
play two near-perfect games to
defeat the supremely confident
defending national champs.
'If we play to our potential, we
can win. If we play the way we
played Sunday (a 68-88 loss lo
Alberta)   then we'll just get tliun
the Ubyssey
dered,'  said head coach Rich
UBC will again have to contend with the most dominant
player this side of GM Place-
Victoria's Eric Hinrichsen.
"If we play to our
potential, we can win.
If we play the way we
played Sunday
(a 68-88 loss to
Alberta)...then well
just get thundered/'
-rich Chambers,
ubc head coach
In his first game back after
eight weeks of inaction due to a
foot injury, Hinrichsen dropped
25 points on the Birds when the
two teams met in early February.
He may not be completely
healthy, but he's still plenty
strong enough to bull his way
through UBC's undersized front-
His work inside draws attention, leaving Victoria's terrific
outside shooters free to fire
away with impunity. And if
Victoria gets hot from outside,
the game is over quickly.
UBC has their own shooters,
of course. Three UBC players-
Nino Sose (18.7 points), John
Dykstra (15.9), and Gerald Cole
(15.4)—are in the top six of
league scoring.
Sose sat out last weekend
due to sore knees while Cole
missed some practice time this
week with a sore back.
If their gunners don't bring
their A-games, UBC is in trouble.
In the hostile atmosphere of Vic's
McKinnon, the Birds may be
hard-pressed to find the playoff


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