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Landslide win in elections
by Nicholas Bradley
Despite allegations of questionable campaigning practices.
Students for Students candidates virtually swept last week's
Alma Mater Society (AMS) elections, winning all five executive
positions by huge margins.
Current AMS Vice-President Maryann Adamec will head next
year's student council, after defeating Action Now candidate and
current Coordinator of External aAffairs Nathan Men in the presidential race by over 1700 votes.
Mark Fraser (vice-president administration), Mike Warner
(vice-president finance), Graham Senft (vice-president external),
and Erfan Kazemi (vice-president university and academic
affairs) will join President-elect Adamec on the executive.
Action Now, the other major slate, was shut out from the executive positions—a dramatic change from last year, when Allen,
current Director of Finance Karen Sonik, and board of governors representative Jesse Guscott were all elected. The only
Action Now candidate elected this year was Katie Riecken, voted
in as a student representative to the UBC senate.
In contrast to the recent trend, approximately 4400 students
voted in the election. In past years, the number of voters has
dropped steadily. In 1994, the last time an entire slate was
elected to council, voter turnout was low, with some 3200 students making their way to the polls. But the next year, almost
6500 cast their votes. Lastyear, the total number of voters again
dipped below 3300, with elected president Ryan Marshall
receiving a mere 9 8 7 votes. With a vote count of 2 816, Adamec
received the most support for a presidential candidate in over
ten years.
Senft said that the campaign showed many students that
campus issues are relevant Kazemi added that he was surprised
at his slate's success, but noted that the voters responded to the
issues raised by Students for Students.
"A lot of the regular issues were non-issues," said Adamec, citing the tuition freeze and the CASA-CFS debate as examples. Last
year, bickering between politicians over whether UBC students
should belong to the Canadian Alliance of Students /Associations
(CASA) or the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) dominated
the campaign, and failed to draw voters to the polls.
'People are fed up with student politics," said Senft. "We really avoided that this year."
But defeated Action Now candidate Erin Kaiser instead attributes the high voter turnout to students living in residence, who
were involved in the campaign debate over including campus
residences under the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA), the provincial legislation which governs the relationship between landlords
and tenants. But because vote counts for individual polling stations
are not yet available, and because some residents may have voted at
polling stations outside their residence, the number of residents
who voted remains unknown.
As well, the RTA is at the centre of why these elections may not
yet be over. The RTA became a major issue in the campaign, with
Action Now and Students for Students assuming opposing positions
on whether campus residences should be included under the RTA.
Fraser and Kazemi were accused of abusing their positions as co-
presidents of the Place Vanier Residence aAssociation (PVRA). The
PVRA, along with the residence councils of Gage, Totem Park, and
Fairview, distributed leaflets which Action Now claims contained
inaccurate information about the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA).
Action Now believes that the leaflets the PVRA produced should be
counted as Students for Students campaign expenses.
Last Thursday, the Elections Committee disciplined Fraser and
Kazemi by suspending their campaigning rights. Action Now is
appealing this decision on two grounds: that this punishment was
not severe enough, and that it was not enforced by the Elections
Kaiser said that if the appeals are overturned, Action Now will
take its complaints to student court in an effort to have the results
AND INE WINNER IS- AMS Elections Administrator Sukhwinder Sangha
announces the results of the AMS elections at the Gallery Sunday night. The
Students for Students slate won all five executive positions, tara westover photo
of the election overturned.
Students for Students also has an appeal lodged with the aAMS
ombudsperson regarding the Fraser-Kazemi decision. Adamec
explained that she believes that counting the leaflets as campaign
expenses sets a dangerous precedent, and that Students for
Students wants the Elections Committee to clarify the basis for their
The appeals committee was scheduled to meet last night to discuss the appeals. aAMS Ombudsperson Lindsay Mitchell said that he
hopes to present his report at Wednesday s aAMS council meeting.
But Elections Administrator Sukhwinder Sangha said that he has
only been served with notice of one appeal, and that he received no
additional complaints over the weekend.
After ballot counting has begun, he explained, no further complaints can be accepted.
aAnd Sangha is sticking by the decisions the committee made, saying that calls to overturn the election are unfounded.
"That is a gross statement aAs far as the committee goes, [the
Fraser-Kazemi decision] was adhered to. There actually is no evidence, brought forward to the committee...saying the contrary."
The result of the elections will not be made official until the AMS
council accepts the Election Administrator's formal report, which
will be made in two weeks.**
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Music since the beginning of the
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School over $40 00O-nuun.y in
instruments and textbooks.
In the latest robbery last Tuesday
night, sixlockers were broken into,
and six trombones, two French
horns, and one trumpet were
"Ifs your livelihood, Lewis said
of the value of an instrument,to a
musician. "Even if {I] borrow a horn
from someone else, I'm basically
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Colin Giles, president of the ■:
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Wednesday res
the latest robbery is directly linked
to two previous break-ins in the last
two months.
In December, he said, uniforms
were stolen from the Opera ensemble. On the same occasion, the six
lockers targeted in this last week's
robbery had their locks pried open,
but the locker owners, mostly students with brass instruments, had
taken their instruments home for
the holidays. The students replaced
their locks after returning to school
in January.
On January 3, two violins, a bass
clarinet, and a trumpet were stolen.
The robberies all occurred in the
early morning hours.
Staff Sergeant Lloyd Plante of the
campuf REMP said that the RCMP
is working closely with the
Vancouver Police Department to
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V6T 1Z1 Closing Date is Jan. 31, 2000 THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, JANUARY 25.2000
Squamish U
A private university?
But at what cost?
 by Stanley Tromp
Classes are over. It's Friday
afternoon and there are a few
hours of daylight left. Hike
the Chief or head up to Whistler?
Such difficult decisions could confront students at a proposed
'Squamish University.* For now,
construction of the private institution has been postponed, but if the
project ever reaches fruition, it
could change the face of Canadian
post-secondary education.
The plan by former UBC president David Strangway to build
Canada's first private, secular university in Squamish has created
controversy, aAnd as more details
about both the timing and the
direction of the project are
revealed, concerns have arisen.
Some believe that having a private university competing with
the public post-secondary system
will unleash a flood of imitators;
that the project some have
dubbed 'Squamish U" is just a
gateway to a two-tiered Canadian
university system in which wealth
will be directly tied to the quality
of education. Some are just wondering if Squamish U will ever
actually be built
Despite all this, the controversy over Squamish U boils down to
two main points: first did former
UBC officials now involved in the
project work on it while they were
still paid employees at UBC?
Second, how heavily would the
Squamish university affect UBC
in the areas of funding, student
recruitment, and competition for
In August of last year,
Strangway wrote of private universities in his business plan:
'It is clearly time for this movement to start in Canada. The current project, two years in the planning, is part of the world movement"
Despite some degree of public
concern, there has only been one
official complaint filed regarding
the proposed university. The
aAlma Mater Society (AMS), UBC's
student society, filed a conflict of
interest complaint with the BC
Ombudsman in April of 1999,
alleging that Strangway, along
with UBC officials Peter Ufford
and his brother Mark Ufford,
were in breach of UBC's conflict
of interest guidelines by receiving
UBC remuneration while working
on the private project (UBC's
Policy 97 states that even "the
appearance of conflict of interest
must be avoided.") The
Ombudsman's office confirmed it
has been investigating the complaint, but doesn't know when its
report will be completed.
Strangway did not return calls
for this story, and former UBC
Vice-President of External Affairs
Peter Ufford refused all comment
when reached.
It is known that both Strangway
and Peter Ufford were paid by UBC
while working on the Squamish
project—UBC financial statements
show that Strangway and Peter
Ufford claimed $10,814 and
$10,636 respectively in expenses
from UBC during the 1998-99 fiscal year, even though both were
away from UBC on paid administrative leave during that year.
Paula Martin, UBC director of pub-
he affairs, would not discuss the
expenses, citing privacy concerns.
UBC has examined at least one
aspect of the alleged conflict of
interest—in December 1997, Les
Peterson, the conflict commissioner for UBC Properties Inc.,
prepared for UBC President
Martha Piper a three-page review
of Peter Ufford's plans. UBC
claims Peterson found no conflict,
but has refused all media
requests to release the report,
claiming this would breach
Ufford's privacy.
AMS Coordinator of External
Affairs Nathan Allen claims that
Piper has repeatedly cited the
Peterson review when faced with
aAMS questions over Peter
Ufford's involvement The AMS,
however, has expressed little faith
in this response, as evidenced by
their complaint, in which it states,
"we are sceptical that this review
was carried out in an appropriate
manner, and that it covered all
three of the officers in question.
And even if it did, the University
cannot through the actions of the
Board or its officers, violate the
University Act. .the University has
done nothing to protect the public
and student interest"
Questions have also been
raised conrerning when exactly
former UBC president David
Strangway first conceived of this
private, secular, but 'non-profit"
university to be built in
Squamish. Recently uncovered
information seems to indicate
that while he was still serving as
president of UBC, Strangway
founded a company that eventually appeared in a promotion of the
Squamish project
Four months before he left
UBC, on April 2, 1997, Strangway
registered a numbered company
(539947 BC Ltd.) atthe Registrar
of Companies. In September
1997, the company was renamed
Emeritus Endeavours Ltd., with
Strangway as president, his wife
.Alice as secretary-treasurer, and
they as the only directors.
Emeritus Endeavours Ltd. is the
heading on a letter Strangway
wrote in February 1999 to the BC
Ministry of Advanced Education
to promote his private university
In the letter, addressed to
Advanced Education Deputy
Minister Gerry Armstrong and
obtained under the Freedom of
Information (FOI) Act, Strangway
writes: "Following your suggestion, we will work with you to
establish the most effective legislation and will plan to have draft
proposals in front of you over the
next six months. We would expect
to have formal legislation
approved by the time of the sitting
in the spring of 2000, probably in
the form of a separate Act"
But next to this paragraph,
.Armstrong wrote, "This is not
how I remembered it"
A month later, Armstrong
wrote a "clarification" to
Strangway "I indicated at our [Jan.
28, 1999] meeting that new legislation would be the most feasible
of the possible options for you to
pursue...[but] it will first be necessary that the Ministry receive your
proposal, with the required government review and Cabinet deci
sion-making process to follow."
The project was first
announced by Strangway in a
Vancouver Sun story on July 14,
1997—but a year ago Strangway
told the Ubyssey that he worked
for UBC "full time" until his UBC
term expired at the end of July.
Despite all this, Steve Crorhbie,
UBC's former head of public
affairs and now a spokesperson for
the Squamish project said the UBC
student complaints "are just hot
air, and it's based on their own self-
interest It's really quite amusing."
While the Emeritus letter in
question appears to be lobbying
for the private university,
Crombie said that Emeritus
Endeavors Ltd. is not the driving
force behind the Squamish project, but was set up as a consulting
firm by Strangway to manage his
wide variety of affairs, such as his
role as salmon treaty negotiator
and his work as president of the
Canada Foundation for
Innovation (CFI).
Emeritus Endeavors Ltd. is
also distinct from the Howe Sound
Educational Foundation (HSEF),
which is the non-profit society that
Strangway created to establish the
Squamish-based university.
Strangway hopes that the HSEF
board will have its first meeting
early this year, and it seems to
have already tried to address the
spectre of possible conflict of interest charges; one of its agenda
items is: 'Conflict of interest policy
to assure there is no personal benefit to the principals."
But Strangway is not the only
one whose activities are
under scrutiny. .After his
year of administrative leave, Peter
Ufford returned to UBC in May
1999 only to announce his resignation less than three months
later, effective December 31. On
January 3, he then took on a four-
month appointment as Squamish
project leader. He will handle the
private university's finances,
administration, and search for a
new location.
Meanwhile, the Ubyssey
reported in April 1999 that Mark
Ufford, Peter's brother and a full-
time employee in UBC's Athletics
department has been working on
the project while still working for
Athletics and being paid over
$80,000 per year. Neither Mark
Ufford nor UBC Athletic Director
Bob Philip returned calls for this
Last August 24, Strangway
wrote to James Tiampo, the head
of .Anion Lands Ltd., the company
that had pledged to donate the
land for the project, saying that
Squamish city council had
"pledged $80,000 for the purpose
of managing and expediting the
project This funding will be available as of October 1, 1999, and
will permit the engagement of
Mark Ufford, fee and expenses,
on a 3 day/week basis as Project
Manager-Development as of that
date." Last week, Squamish
mayor Corinne Lonsdale said the
plan to hire Mark Ufford has been
put on hold until the project is
more firmly established.
DIAMOND DAVE: former UBC President David Strangway. chris nuttall-
e Squamish group had
hoped to break ground on
New Year's Eve, but the uni
versity project was thrown into
limbo in December when aAmon
Lands Ltd. abruptly withdrew its
land offer. .Another land donor is
currently being sought
As well, the funding plans for
the university have shifted.
Strangway's original plan was to
finance the university only by
market housing built upon donated land. Thus, wrote Strangway in
1998, there would be no donations "that could otherwise have
gone to UBC."
Since then, Crombie concedes,
the donor policy had to change
because of funding needs:
Strangway has already received
$20 million in donation pledges
to date (as a contingency fund to
ensure construction will be completed). Strangway wrote "We
have projected $31.62 million of
fundraising in the first 5 years. It
is expected that this will be in the
form of cash donations and business partnerships."
The shift in funding policy worries some at UBC—in the conflict
of interest complaint, .AMS Policy
aAnalyst Desmond Rodenbour
said that such donors could have
helped UBC instead.
In the realm of public funding,
Strangway has said that he will
seek no government subsidies
at all.
But Bill Bruneau, former head
of the Canadian Association of
University Teachers (CAUT), disagrees—he has written that the
donation and re-zoning of any
land Squamish U would receive
amounts to a public subsidy in
itself, both in the loss of potential
tax on the land itself and in the
increase of the land's property
value. He has also claimed that
there are seven other possible
kinds of public subsidies.
Crombie has responded that this
claim is 'a lot of crap."
Although the CAUT passed a
resolution last November condemning private universities in
Canada, Bruneau predicts their
advent is inevitable. "It will happen, in one form or another," he
The aAMS also complained that
the Squamish university would
compete with UBC, among others,
to hire teachers. The Squamish
plan calls for 100 faculty to be
paid an average of $ 100,000.
aAfter Strangway began his project, UBC administration also set
up a $500,000 Faculty Retention
Fund, which the UBC Faculty
aAssociation said would pay to
keep professors at UBC who
might want to move to Squamish
or elsewhere.
Crombie claims the HSEF has
received more than 50 calls from
interested professors, some of
them from UBC. Crombie said
Strangway has been meeting with
UBC's academic vice-presidents,
but that there are no plans as yet
to allow UBC professors to "moonlight" at Squamish
Meanwhile, in Victoria, the
project's pohtical future
remains unclear.
Last May, Okanagan East
Liberal MLA John Weisbeck
wrote the Ministry of Advanced
Education, asking for information on "How to establish a private university." In reply, a
Ministry note outlined the three
options: a private member's
bill, the establishment of a private institution with no legislation, or an affiliation agreement
with existing universities in
Canada or elsewhere.
Last month, Weisbeck told the
Ubyssey, "I support this project
because it serves an important
niche," and that he might sponsor
a private member's bill to make it
happen if necessary. He said he
was speaking only for himself, not
the Liberal party, and that he has
never spoken to Strangway.
Bob Plecas, a former top BC
government bureaucrat who
Strangway hired as his "legislative
advisor," wrote to Strangway last
August 19: "I believe the provincial government will recognise
the great benefits of the private
university for British Columbia
and will, therefore, pass the requisite legislation."
But whether Squamish U will
ever get off the ground is still
■unsure, and opinion on the project is divided. Some among
UBC's faculty expressed strong
opposition. When asked about
Strangway's university, UBC
Board of Governors rep and sociology professor Patricia Marchak
burst out laughing and said, "I
hope they lose their shirts."<* THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, JANUARY 25. 2000
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at the Henry Angus building have
been serious enough to prompt
the Commerce Undergraduate
Society (CUS) and Commerce
Graduate Society (CGS) to put up a
cash reward of $500.
The reward will go direcdy to
anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons
involved in the break-ins.
CUS President Irfhan Rawji said
that there have been over 30 break-
ins since the beginning of January,
costing students roughly $ 15,000,
mostly in stolen textbooks.
Rawji said that the CUS is surprised by the break-ins because
aAngus is normally busy and
everything is locked in the
evening. The thief, or thieves, has
marked the vandalised lockers
with black check marks.
"We're shocked because we
feel our security, in comparison
with other places on campus, is
actually very good," he said.
CUS Social Coordinator Chris
Ho said that the break-ins have
been occurring mainly at night
and on weekends, when there are
typically few people in the build
ing. Increasing security, he said,
is out of the question because it is
too expensive.
Jeff Bingley, operations supervisor for Campus Security, said
that although locker break-ins are
not uncommon at UBC, there has
been a large increase in the number of break-ins since September.
"Different buildings have been
hit sporadically over the past
months," he said. Bingley emphasised that if students see anything
suspicious they should call
Campus Security.
While no one has been arrested in connection with the aAngus
break-ins, Staff Sergeant Lloyd
Plante of the campus RCMP
detachment said that these break-
ins are "associated to other locker
break-ins that have occurred
throughout the campus."
There were over 30 break-ins
in the Buchanan and Chemistry
Buildings in November alone.
Plante warned students not to
leave valuables in their lockers
and to report any suspicious
Anyone with information
regarding the Angus break-ins is
advised to contact either the
CUS at 822-8130 or the CGS at
"Instruments" continued from page 1
investigate the robbery and to alert pawn shops. The School of
Music has also circulated the serial numbers of the missing
instruments to instrument and repair stores tiiroughout
Canada and in Seattle.
"We're [alsoj pursuing a variety of different issues with
respect to our investigation that I realty can't get into/ said
Plante, who highlighted the RCMP's concern with a lack of effective building security on campus that allowed the valuable property to be stolen. There was no sign of forced entry.
And students are upset about the lack of security measures
taken after the first break-in.
"We've really been left: out in the cold," said Jim Tranquilla, a
first-year Music student who lost two trombones in the incident.
"A lot of classes are performance-based, so we're kind of stuck.*
The financial strain the thefts place on students is significant,
since most of the students didn't have insurance for their instruments. Like Tranquilla, second-year student Steve Mynett lost
two trombones in ihe robbery—each one a loss of about $6000.
Mynett's instruments were insured, butTranquilla's weren't
The two trombonists also emphasised the emotional trauma
involved in losing an instrument They say their lives have been
put on hold.
As Mynett explained, to understand the relationship a musician develops with his or her instrument, you have to compare
"your most prized financial possession and a blood relative*
It's somewhere in between/ he said,   -
Giles, meanwhile, doubts that the instruments will be located. He believes the robberies were conducted by experts who
knew the music building veiy well, and that ihe robberies and
were extremely well-orchestrated.
The fact that they went for brass instruments, which only
have brand names, rather than string instruments, whir h are
much more easy to identify, it suggests people who know what
they're looking for,* said Giles.
In the meantime, Giles is hying to get a deal with Northwest
Music so that students who don't have insurance can buy new
instruments at wholesale value,
It's about the best deal I can try andswingright now,* he said.
Officials at the School of Music could not be reached by press
time for comments
Unwanted Sexual Experiences
The Anxiety and Fear Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at UBC is looking
for women to participate in an interview study of unwanted sexual experiences.
If you have ever had, or been threatened with sexual contact with someone when
you didn't want to, because the other person continued even when you said no,
forced, or threatened to force you, or because you had consumed alcohol or drugs,
and you would be interested in helping us with our research, please telephone
Nichole at 822-9028.
Your telephone conversation will be kept confidential,
and your privacy protected. THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, JANUARY 25.2000  g
Students voice opt-out complaints
NO BUDGING! Some students are angry about having to line up in order to opt out of UBC's new
mandatory health and dental plan, tara westover photo
byJoni Low
Long line-ups and inconvenienced students characterised the final week to opt
out of UBC's new mandatory health and
dental plan for students.
aAlthough the .Alma Mater Society
(aAMS) expected one to two per cent of students—roughly 600 people—to be angry
with the opt-out process, the student
response at UBC—in comparison with
other universities who joined the health
care provider StudentCare Networks—has
been "absolutely 100 times better," said
Kristen Foster, administrator of the UBC
Health Plan Office.
Students voted in favour of a mandatory health and dental plan in an October
referendum. The plan will cost
each student $ 168 per year.
"Based on my experience in
other campuses, UBC students are
really well informed...I think that
having the Internet option and the
publicity of the referendum made
a big difference," said Foster.
But many students who spoke
with the Ubyssey complained
about the opt-out process.
Matthew Ward, a fourth-year
Arts student, said the opt-out procedure was "time-consuming and
annoying" and argued that the
AMS did not consult students
enough regarding the procedure.
"There was no major discussion as to what sort of a plan students would like, or how the opt-
out procedure should be applied.
Students were left undoing something they didn't want in the first
place," said Ward.
Ward added that the "yes or no"
referendum question did not
clearly indicate the mandatory
nature of the plan.
But Foster said the majority of
students opting out understands
the reasons behind having a health plan.
"Most students are fairly accepting of
the fact that it is an inconvenience to
[them], but that 60 per cent of students
now have the benefits that [they] have."
Not all students want the extended coverage, however.
Dan Froideveau, a student who was
only covered by the provincial Medical
Services Plan, was shocked to find a $ 112
increase on his tuition statement. Since
he does not have extended health and
dental coverage, Froideveau has no
choice but to pay for the UBC plan.
"I never felt I needed more than the
coverage I had...but now that I attend a
certain university, I do?" said Froideveau,
adding that he didn't receive any mailed
information about the plan.
Another part-time student, who did not
wish to be named, said that the health
plan infringes on students' rights.
"If [students] wanted to be in this plan,
they should've had the choice to do that,
not have to opt out because they haven't
proved that they have some other plan,"
she said.
Foster argues, however, that an opt-in
procedure would be too expensive.
"In the end, it comes down to 'How do
we benefit the most students at the lowest
possible cost?" she said.
Students who have already opted out
once will not require further proof of coverage, in subsequent years.
Despite some animosity, no students
who spoke with the Ubyssey planned to
complain to the aAMS. With the opt-out
period over, Ward said he can do little in
the way of protest.
"The only thing to do now is to raise
some feelings among students that the
AMS needs to be more inclusive, more
connected with the student body.
Students would be much more satisfied
with the AMS if they did that." ♦
Credit card warning
 by Daliah Merzaban
Campus RCMP and UBC officials are asking students
to use caution when giving out personal information
after two people trying to sign students up for credit
cards were kicked out of the SUB last week.
The individuals reportedly walked inside the SUB
with clipboards containing photocopied Bank of
Montreal MasterCard applications and tried to convince students to sign up by offering free CDs and
watches to anyone who applied for a credit card.
UBC Facility Development Manager Jane Barry
questioned the tactics used by these individuals.
They were asked to leave after a student complained
to SUB Proctor Roy Harding.
According to Barry, the individuals were not authorised to be in the
SUB. Barry explained that any commercial activity in the SUB must be
granted official approval and that
any for-profit promotions require a
booth rental.
"No one is allowed to walk
around with clipboards and
approach people," said Barry, who
added that one clipboard of applications was confiscated.
Barry said that she's worried
about tie type of information students disclose in such applications.
One of the photocopied Bank
MasterCard applications obtained by the Ubyssey
shows that applicants must include their social
insurance numbers, earnings, and bank account
"The real concern is that students are giving out
really a lot of personal information and who knows
what these guys are doing with it," said Barry.
RCMP Constable Ju-Hwan Lee expressed similar
concerns. He went to the SUB to investigate after
receiving a call from a concerned student.
Lee said he approached one of the promoters outside the SUB. The individual, said Lee, didn't know
the name or address of his employer company, and
said that he drops off completed forms to a business
in New Westminster.
However, Lee did obtain information regarding
the promotional advertiser—Mint Enterprises—that
"The real concern is that
students are giving out
really a lot of personal
information and who
knows what these guys
are doing with it."
-Jane Barry
UBC Facility Development
of   Montreal
employs the individuals. Although he said the company is legitimate, Lee warns students against giving
out information that can be easily copied.
When the Ubyssey called Mint Enterprises, the
manager, who did not wish to be named, defended
the company's tactics. He said that the company
does promotional advertising for communications
and technology clients, including credit card companies. And he maintained that all the information on
the MasterCard applications goes directly to the
Bank of Montreal for processing.
Although he said he wasn't contacted by the
RCMP, the manager did mention receiving a call
from an affiliated office in New Jersey indicating
that a clipboard was confiscated at UBC.
According to the manager, Mint
Enterprises was unable to get in
touch with SUB management to
make a formal booking and therefore did not get formal consent to be
in the SUB.
"I think my guys have been taking
on their own selves to be going up to
the University of British Columbia
and talking to people and doing the
promotion thing," he said, confirming that the company's 18 promoters offer CDs and watches as giveaways for completed applications.
MasterCard, however, questions
the company's strategy.
While MasterCard does hire outside agencies to
promote phone applications and tabling events,
Karen Chier, a representative of Affinity MasterCard
Group in Toronto, indicated that the company does
not approve of the promotional techniques used in
the SUB. She was surprised to hear that the applications were photocopied.
"It is not something that we would support. We
would do things on a more professional basis," said
"We don't in any way, shape, or form, support just
people on an ad hoc basis going in with clipboards
and trying to take applications," she continued.
Chier, who is in charge of scheduling for promotional companies, said she will look into the matter
since no promotional activities are slated to occur at
UBC until February. ♦
by Julian DowUno
1; As^he^ta&ted Nations (UN) feces ite'owa challenges,
students from UBC and other universities throughout
British Columbia tackled international issues in a
model UN held this weekend at a downtown hotel.
Model UNs are put on eveiy year by universities
across North America, giving students a chance to
experience international diplomacy fbr themselves.
, Students sign up in advance to represent various
i states so they have a chance to learn about the foreign
policies of their respective states.
Taking on Secretaiy-General Kofi Annan's role was
fourth-year UBC international relations student Geoff
Bertram. He said that the ModelUN 2000 focused on
the UN's recently expanded
mandate to address issues such
as reproductive rights.
"These are issues that the
UN wasn't intended to deal
with in 194S, and now it's having to deal with them...There
was a big division between
Islamic countries and Western
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; '{The delegates] find out how tough it is to do anything id the UN,* said Bertram, 'and so they learn
about compromise * ♦
"Nuclear war
was avoided."
Trinity Western
University student
Aqua Birds take Canada West
 by Naomi Kim
Last year, UBC swimmer Kelly Doody's mother sent her
an article from a Calgary newspaper that said the overall
results of a swim meet don't matter; it's the medley relay
that says the most about a team.
At the time, Calgary had just edged the UBC women's
team in the medley relay and the UBC men's team got
disqualified. But this year, UBC came out on top, winning
all the relays and taking the Canada West championships
in Lethbridge this weekend.
"It's always good to win and they did it in a very convincing fashion," said head coach Tom Johnson. "It was
certainly the kind of performance that we were looking
for. We're really just at the beginning part of our competitive season...[but] it's a pretty good indication that
they're in good shape and on track to swim some great
performances later on."
After three days of competition, UBC finished in first
place, with the women scoring 586 points and the men
earning 75 7—148 points more than second-place
University of Calgary. The University of Victoria finished
in third place.
On the first day of competition, UBC won three of the
four events: Brent Sallee won the 1500m freestyle, the
men's 4 x 100m free relay team (Mark Johnston, Kevin
Johns, Dustin Hersee and Mark Versfeld) finished first
and the women (Jessica Deglau, Katie Brambley,
Marianne Limpert and Doody) also dominated the 4 x
100m free relay, clocking a new Canada West record
time of 8:16.87.
Day Two ended with seven gold, six silver, and three
bronze medals, and two new records: Johnston swam
1:48.21 in the 200m freestyle and the 4 x 100m freestyle
relay team (Jake Steele, Johns, Hersee, and Justin Tisdale)
smashed a ten-year-old record in 3:23.56.
But even with their success, UBC was still closely pursued by the University of Calgary after the first two days
of competition.
"We were kind of nervous on Friday and Saturday
night because they were only three points behind us, but
then by the end of the night, we were about 60 points
ahead again," admitted Doody.
On the final day, the Birds swam away with an
astounding number of victories. UBC won eight gold, five
silver, and six bronze medals. Deglau broke her own
CIAU standard in the 200m fly
in 2:12.65 and also set a new
Canada West record for the
400m freestyle. Versfeld set a
new Canada West mark in the
100m backstroke in 54.75 and
"We were kind of
nervous on Friday
and Saturday night
because they were
only three points
behind us, but then
by the end of the
night, we were about
60 points ahead
-Kelly Doody
UBC swimmer
I —rrr. „ •■ ■>•■>,.—™*
Johnston took the 400m
freestyle in 3:52.11, breaking a
1987 standard.
"I didn't think I was going to
do that well, but I went faster
than I expected because we were training pretty hard,"
said Johnston. "I'm really happy with what I did for the
In total, the UBC swimmers—including Limpert and
Steele who competed despite having the flu—brought
home 18 gold, 11 silver, and nine bronze medals to add
to their collection.
"[It] seemed like everyone really rose to the occasion
and we ended up winning by quite a lot," said Kate
Brambley. "But that wasn't the only objective that we had.
We just wanted to go in there and perform our best—winning wasn't just enough."
From here, the UBC swim season moves on to the BC
GONE SURFIN: The UBC swim team works out after their last practice before the Canada West
championships, which they won over the University of Calgary and the University of Victoria.
There were no signs of either their baggies or their huarache sandals, tara westover photo
Senior Championships, the CIAUs, and the Nationals, all
the while focusing on the upcoming Olympic trials at the
end of May.
"They're swimming significantly faster at the same
time this year than they were last year...but we don't have
to be ready in the middle of March. We need to be ready
at the end of May," said Johnson about the training
progress of the team. "We're going to use the CIAUs as
part of how we prepare for the Olympic trials, and so
we're going to look for some really great performances in
that time frame in a month from now."
The CIAU championships take place in Guelph,
Ontario on February 25-27.»>
Wins a long time coming for hockey women
 by Glencora Maughan
The UBC women's hockey team has spent the season growing as individuals and as a team. This weekend they decided to show this off.
Up until Saturday's victory at the Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre against the Lethbridge Pronghorns (0-8-0),
the Birds hadn't won a game all season. Then, on Sunday,
they won again. Both teams played fast and aggressive
hockey all weekend long, in what is becoming a close fight
for third place in the Western Conference.
The only goal of Saturday's game was scored by rookie
forward Caroline Hu at 14:36 of the first period from
assists by forwards Kumi Teranishi and Jeanine Saville.
Although Lethbridge slightly outshot the Birds in the first,
UBC stepped it up by outshooting the Pronghorns 14-7 for
the rest of the game. UBC goalkeeper Tanya Foley got her
first shutout of the season. The momentum of that first win
put the Birds in a strong head space going into
Sunday's match-up.
On Sunday, UBC's Jill Hannah quickly put her
team on the scoreboard, off a faceoff in the third
minute of play. Not long after, a second goal was
scored by Charlotte Klein on a breakaway, off an
incredible pass from the boards by team captain,
Jana Horsman. The Birds, up by two, were looking
strong and fast
In the second period, the Birds started out short-
handed, but confident aAs Horsman put it, the Horns
were getting "a little chippy" trying to close the gap,
but the second period finished without any goals.
The start of the second period looked much like
the second—a lot of aggressive play and a number of
penalties for both the Birds and the Horns. Towards
the end, the play got a little sluggish, with both teams
showing signs of fatigue after 50 minutes of play.
Then, with just under three minutes left on the clock,
the Horns scored.
With 44 seconds left on the clock, and down by
one, Lethbridge called a time out and decided to pull
their goalie. But it was no use. Hannah scored again on the
empty net, sealing the win for the Birds. The double victory
was done. Now the goal for UBC is to win the last four
games of the regular season—they are halfway to that goal.
UBC head coach Dave Newson saw the games this weekend as a chance for a meaningful match-up. UBC had thus
far only met with the University of aAlberta and the
University of Calgary, ranked second and third in Canada
respectively, so Newson felt there was "a lot on the line this
The approach the Birds have taken to the hard reality of
their schedule this season is to deal with the aspects of their
game that are within their control and to accept the things
that are out of their control. This attitude, according to
Horsman, is testament to "the huge amount of heart that
the team has, which makes up for any lack of skill."
Newson believes the two wins are a positive reflection of
the team's development this year.
"The players that scored the game-winning goals the last
two nights didn't play much at all at the beginning of the season because they were just getting their feet wet at this
level," said Newson. "For them to be able to come out at the
end of the year and...score the game-winners is a credit to
the hard work that the team has put in all season."
The team has come a long way from a slow start to the
season to a this past weekend. A progess, which Newson
sees "maybe not in the stats but in the play. The team bonding has been a lot of fun this year."
Struggling through the first months of the season has
really paid off for the Birds. Their communication skills,
ability to stay positive, and hard work stands them in good
stead as they head to their final regular games of the season.
Next weekend, they travel to Lethbridge to, once again, face
the Horns. They want to win. With the moral boost that they
got this weekend and the positive attitude they exude, there
is no reason they shouldn't do just that»>
UBC score one win c
by Naomi Kim
If aAlberta had come to UBC and stomped the Birds in men's
volleyball in two straight matches, no one would have been
aAfter all, the CIAU bronze medalists are 9-1 against the
Birds in the past three years, and an earlier match-up this
year in aAlberta produced two 5-0 wins for the Bears.
"Alberta...expect[ed] to beat us both nights," said UBC
men's volleyball head coach Dale Ohman. "They've had kind
of an aura over us for the last three years."
The Birds themselves have turned around in the second
half of their season to defy all expectations. So far in January,
UBC has won five straight regular conference games. Friday,
against Alberta, was no different.
UBC played its patient and steady game of late and took
advantage of Alberta's mistakes, building a lead and keeping
on top for the remainder of the game, which UBC finished
off quickly at 25-16.
But they had trouble starting the second set—down by
seven points at one time—and "playing like snot," according
to Ohman.
However, with Guy Davis' outstanding serving (he finished with three aces, 32 kills and 14 digs) and UBC's solid
offence, the Birds went on a seven-point run to tie the game.
But .Alberta got ahead and the Bears took the second set 25-
22. .Alberta carried their momentum into the third set and
cruised to a 25-14 victory.
But UBC came back for the fourth set aAfter losing an early
lead, the game remained tight knotted at 14-14. UBC fell
24 w
the r
Birds split Alberta series
 by Naomi Kim
UBC and the 14-0 University of
aAlberta womens' volleyball teams
may match up well on the court, but
not so well on paper. The rivalry has
always been close, but the Pandas
have ended the Thunderbirds' seasons for the past four years, including
last year at the national championships.
UBC's encounter in aAlberta earlier
this season ended with the Pandas
winning in two 3-0 sets. This weekend's tight games reflected how close
the two teams really are: the Pandas
took the first match 3-0, and the Birds
came back with their own convincing
3-0 victory on Saturday.
Friday's match was long but quick.
The teams rallied for the first match,
but UBC's intensified efforts effectively held off last year's CIAU Player of
the Year Jenny Cartmell and her teammates to bring the
score to 19-16. But
Cartmell eventually
powered her team to a
21-21 game.
UBC brought on big
hits, but Alberta came
back with body-sacrificing digs to extend the
rallies and win their
own points. But with
the game tied again at
29-29, Panda Maria
Wahlstrom sent a kill
into the backcourt, and
she followed it with
another to win the first
set 31-29.
aAlberta got off to a 8-3 lead to start
off the second set. But UBC was able
to bring the score to 20-20. Finally,
Alberta's Susie Buckmaster and
Christy Torgerson's block effectively
finished the game at 25-23.
Down by two games, UBC came out
strong to begin the third, but aAlberta
came back stronger and took the early
lead. UBC got within two points, but
Wahlstrom's final tip ended the set
2 5-21 and the match 3-0 for the
'It's disappointing for us to lose
again," said setter Kathryn McKenzie.
"[I] thought it was a better effort this
weekend than last weekend."
"I think we have to forget about
tonight's match for tomorrow, that's
for sure, and [make] minor adjustments," said head coach Erminia
Russo after the game.
With Cartmell—who led Friday's
game with 13 kills and 19 digs—in
fine form, the Panda's were confident
heading into Saturday's game. But little did they know that UBC had their
"[The win]
doesn't mean a
huge amount
as far as the
standings go."
-Karen Moore
UBC women's
own special someone on their side:
Fat Bastard.
Instead of viewing a game tape
before the game like they normally
do, Russo surprised the team with
some of the Austin Powers 2 video.
'[Russo] was basically saying, 'I'm
showing you this because in the
scheme of things, if it's not fun, if
we're not sleeping at night because
we're worried about this [game], then
what are we in it for?" recalled Sarah
Maxwell. 'aAnd I think that it helped.
In those pressure situations, it wasn't
so 'pressure' anymore, because it was
supposed to be fun."
Saturday, UBC got ahead to start
the first set with consistent efforts
from offence and defence. They kept
their lead until the 25-23 end.
The second set featured extended
rallies on both sides and the points
went back and forth. Then Cartmell
went to the tine, and UBC had trouble
returning the ball. But
a block by Barb Bellini
tied the game at 12-
12. The score kept
within one point until
the end.
A long rally ensued,
until Maxwell's hit
went off Torgerson's
block and out. The
final score was 25-23.
The third set continued in the same
way, with the points
staying within two.
Cathy Chiang came in
for the Birds and had
two big blocks on
Cartmell. aAnd then finally with the
score at 31-30, a Bellini cross from
the left ended the game 32-30. UBC
had given aAlberta their first loss of
the season.
After the game, Maxwell sat on a
chair, 'sort of shaky...from just the
tension of the game."
"The game was quite similar to last
night...but we were just on the other
end tonight, over the little hump," she
said. Maxwell led the team with 19
digs on Friday and 16 on Saturday.
"[The win] doesn't mean a huge
amount as far as the standings go,"
said Karen Moore, putting it into perspective, "but it means our confidence is just up and up. It's good to
get over beating them this year...when
we come to nationals and we have to
play them again, we have that last
The Birds (11-5), currently second
in the Canada West, will face Regina
(2-8), currently in last place in the
GPAC Conference, on the road next
POWER HITTING: UBC setter Kathryn McKenzie looks on as teammate Kaley Boyd gets one over in Friday's
3-0 loss against the University of Alberta Pandas. The Birds came back the next night in a three game victory. Both teams met last season in the CIAU championship final which Alberta won. tara westover photo
out of two over Golden Bears
behind by three at 23-20, but rallied back to tie the game at 24-
24 with a tip by Ken Kilpatrick. In the end, it was Davis again
who sent the ball down the line to give the Birds a 26-24 win.
With two games apiece, game five was close. Both teams
exchanged heavy hitting and the points went back and
forth. At game point for Alberta, the crowd joined in as
Pascal Cardinal's serve skimmed the net. The close scores
wouldn't permit a win, until aAlberta's Gordon Catherwood
attempted a kill down the line, that Jeff Orchard denied
with a block that ended the game at 30-28 and sent UBC
into elation.
'Big, big emotional game," said Orchard. "I was just in
the right spot..Huge clutch play, just by everyone tonight."
'[Alberta] know[s] how to play in those situations...But I
think they realise that we're not a fluke, we're for real. aAnd
it'll be the same war again tomorrow night," said Ohman.
Saturday was another close match. UBC wanted another
win, but in the end, aAlberta avenged Friday's shocking loss.
They battled it out in the first match to a 32-30 victory. The
second set also went back and forth, but Bear Cardinal's hit
off a UBC blocker brought the score to 24-22 and Bennett
finished off the set with a block to end the game at 25-22.
The Birds were annihilated in the third game 25-11.
"You [could] even see the fatigue in the first two sets,"
said Ohman. "[Some of the guys] didn't step their level of
play up as much as necessary...but [Alberta] played really
strong tonight."
In the fourth set, UBC was strong, but aAlberta was even
stronger, staying ahead for the whole game. Bear Scott
Emslie finished the set with a kill to the middle to end it 2 5-
20. The Birds jumped ahead in the fifth set until aAlberta
caught them at 24-24. Like most of the weekend, this set
was close. Michael MacKay's awkward service reception
for UBC was put up by Orchard, and Davis' huge hit into
the middle was unrecoverable. The Birds won the fifth set
29-27 for their only win of Saturday's match.
"We rode the winning streak wave as long as we could
and we're trying not to think of this as a setback really, but
just one loss, and we've got lots of games left," said Ryan
Cawsey, who finished with 14 digs on Friday.
Looking ahead, the Birds only have Regina on their
"We have to win," said Davis about the road games next
weekend. "We've got to get three points out of each night or
else we can pretty much kiss our season good-bye."* 8
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Revenge of the
CULTURAL MOSAIC Lorena Gale combines a kaleidoscope of images
and characters in Je me souviens.
at the Firehall Arts Centre
until Jan. 29
 by Jessica-Ann Dozois
The ultimate in specifically
Canadian issues. What other
term   could    explain   the
experiences of Lorena Gale,
a       Black       Anglophone
Montrealer, discriminated
against    because     she's
Black, she's a woman and
because      she      speaks
English? Je me souviens is
an exploration of a very
specific kind of Canadian
discrimination. The play
is   autobiographical   in
nature and recounts the
memories of Gale's childhood in Montreal and her
difficulty in moving west
to British Columbia.
Made up of a collage
of sound, light, slides,
poetry, music, dance,
and humour, this play is
flawlessly directed and
consistently  entertain
ing. Gale does an amazing job
of swinging from character to
character. One moment, she's
a little girl playing in her backyard and the next, she's an old
Jewish man telling stories.
The projection screen provided the background for
the set which otherwise
consisted of Gale and a
chair. Even with the minimum amount of props,
the play was engaging.
Saturday night's performance      was      poorly
attended.   Perhaps   the
French language  issue
doesn't    strike    as    a
much of a chord with
Vancouverites, being so
geographically removed
from Quebec. Regardless
of this, the play is about
differing levels  of discrimination,  something
that should be of interest
to   all  Canadians,   even
those    in    cosmopolitan
Vancouver. Je me souviens
deserves to be seen.*>
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SWAP is a program of the Canadian Federation of Students THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. JANUARY 25. 2000
Frederic Wood Theatre
until Jan. 29
by Alicia Miller
Written some 300 years ago by William Congreve, the plot of
The Way of the World is densely populated, intricately detailed,
and so jumbled that I'm not even going to attempt a brief synopsis. I don't know whether it was a lack of sleep, lack of interest, or simply a lack of ability to pay attention for almost three
hours, but by the time intermission hit, I was so thoroughly
lost and so unwilling to try to sort it out that I just gave up.
Fortunately, with engaging performances, beautiful sets, and
some very appreciated moments of comedy, I was able to
enjoy the play nevertheless.
Backed by a beautifully painted gold and green marble set
with doors alternately entering onto a parlour area where a
large chess game was set up, a courtyard, a reception room,
and a powder room, the play began with an interminably long
first scene. Consisting of a non-emotive, verbose war of the
wits between Mirabell (i\ndrew Smith) and Fainall (Bryan
Johnston), the lengthy scene and dry performances were only
bearable given the respite offered by the entry of the flamboyant Witwoud (Fabrice Grover) and Petulant (Zain Meghji).
In contrast to Mirabell's gentlemanly suit and FainaU's
gothic black leather, Witwoud and Petulant wore extravagant
combinations of sequins, floral and striped tights, frilly shirts,
chains, and coiffed hair with personalities to match. Though
the flamboyance of these two characters was amusing and well
executed, their excessive lust, nay, downright horniness, was
too much for me. Case in point, during the middle of the first
scene, Witwoud picked up one of the enormous phallic chess
pieces, held it against his crotch, and then proceeded to antag-
The Way oil
the World '
first pro-
j&  <z-«f</^i-.  ,-^.Tonise and frighten the maid by chasing her around the parlour and waving it in her
th^ neW     ^e entry °f the female characters in the second scene improved the play enor-
- to or   tc  aTt mousfy- The blond Mrs. Fainall (Melissa Poll) and especially, the dark Ms. Marwood
«Y^^^» ^^ (Kathleen Williams), were witty, sarcastic, shrewd, and captivating. The two women
clQOTJlt rePUt~ were quite charismatic, in particular, the sneeringly sardonic Ms. Marwood.
f otfpkf-j    TTn^t Williams's Marwood was impeccably executed and subtly shaded such that the char-
LGIUVJI1.   X \.\&\. acter'g excess was somehow actually believable.
ITlTjlCn 1     Fran Gebhard's overly dramatic and excessively funny portrayal of the lady of the
* t f»/"4 pfCfOOrf   house. Lady Wishfort; Josh Reynolds' portrayal of her lusty, unrefined, and often drunk
jt    p   ~P Tp" nephew. Sir Wilfull Witwoud; and Laura Clarke's performance as the assistant to the
UniOltTJinaLe unrelentingly vain Ms. Millament, were also astounding. These superb performances
|tt   f t-» + (?TX\\ C served as the only highlight in what proved to be another interminable scene, the last
l > r r\1r\t   one' Th^g*1 i* na^ its moments, the restless stirrings of the audience proved that, on
Ol DIOI, the whole, the audience just wanted the play to wrap up so that they could head for
thats abouthome
a|f T 4«Y\r\ov       It is clear that, wimbold decisions involving characterisation and costuniing, direc-
Qil X. X\X \\Xd\. ~ tor j\rne Zaslove was willing to update the production with modern and daring new
StOOCl. twists. It's too bad, however, that the modernisation of the script did not also include
a reduction in the number of lines.*!*
at The Cavern
until Jan. 29
by Julian Dowling
Somewhere in the basement
neathyour bed is a box of the:
and some you lost, but you
away, those little reminders of
They are, of course, marbles
As the. brothers d
ble tetisnism, the f
away under-
Lem you won
safely stored
Methot's new
play by the same m
losing your marbli
Dave (Allen Mi
their marbles the
They count them,
brothers obsessed with their collection find out that
ct, be a good thing.
his brother, also Dave (Glenn Lahey), fret over
in West Vancouver fret over their mutual funds.
them, they categorise them, they count them again,
apartment The bro
organise their m
perately afraid thi
Newman is fanl
but heaven forbid that they actually play with them.
a\s the brothers descend deeper into their marble fetishism, the play starts to
lose its focus and the jumble of references to obtuse types of marbles becomes
exhausting. Thankfully the appearance of Mable, played with over-the-top sexuality by Kate Newman, gives the play the extra zeal it needs to reach its climax.
Mable, decked out in a dress made of
OCr'Onrl Ap^P^nc-r intr. thoir mar- marbles, has a Masters in Marble
SoV/ct^rVc t/SrAcQ iVc VA>-i ic oV.H Organising she is the temptress who
Jigy SlarlS IP  lOSe IIS TOCUS a nQ   barters food to gain access to the brothers'
need Mable to
they're des-
steal or lose
Mable, alternating between her facade of a professional business woman who can't keep
her clients waiting, and a marble-crazed
sex goddess oozing with sexual innuen-
dos. "The hybrid between the Tiger and
the Girl Scout is wet mint,* she purrs as
she examines a marble she has just
picked up.
Mable is the Eve who tempts man
(brother Dave) from his marbled Eden.
The fall, however, is not a punishment
but a blessing. As his marbles scatter and
his apartment is destroyed, the light
pours in on the troglodytes. They are
finally free of their obsessions and possessions.
The Cavern theatre is set up to rese
ble an illicit marble-players rendez-vdus,
one that may be busted at any mi
The walls are lined with trippy pictu'
of marbles and e-mails from real peopl
on websites like "www.marblecollect-
ing.com." The audience in this small theatre feels intimate with the action. At one
point, the characters even step
outside their tiiaatrical world
and into thefatimehice's. They
become resmpeople Jtrhce again;
introducing themselves as
Allen, GleinKanrKjJate as they
step out of the real, or imagined
screen, and into the dark, safe
voyeuristic womb of the theatre.
Allen Morrison and Kate
Newman, both UBC students,
milk the best lines in the play
with well-rehearsed choreography and spot-on timing.
"You can play with my marbles," suggests a blushing Dave
to Mable. Their characters come
across as two would-be lovers, a
marblised Romeo and Juliet like
the label on the cigar box apartment the brothers five in.
Morrison's wacky facial contortions and physical presence
bring to mind Jim Carrey at his
best. Lahey as his rubber-gloved,
mad-scientist brother, who
insists that the marbles must be
organised, is appropriately
earnest in contrast to
Morrison's character who just
wants to play with them.
Marbles is an excellent new
play that treats a familiar theme
with inventiveness and humour.
In these dull,  grey, post-Y2K
s, the perfect remedy is a
that affirms humanism
selfish materialism,
ot wants us to break down
e walls that keep us possessed
by our possessions and isolated
from what matters most in our
lives—each other.*!* 10
TUESDAY, January 25,2000
Bruce Arthur
Nicholas Bradley and Daliah Merzaban
Duncan M. McHugh and Jaime Tong
Naomi Kim
Tom Peacock
Cynthia Lee
Tara Westover
Todd Silver
WEB Flora Graham
research Daniel Shennan/Graeme Worthy
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My name is Michelle Mossop. Some people call me Tristan Winch, but I
don't like that, especially when Daniel Silverman yells it out in front of Flora
Graham. Stanley Tramp knows her and they call each other Julian Dowling.
Ifs kind of groan. When Regina Young walks her dog, she whistles that song,
Tara Tabatabai is a Regina Young." It's so sad, but her dog is called Tommy
Peacock. How stupid! Alicia Miller's lake ID says her name is Jessica-Ann
Dozois. Glencora Maughan thinks that is so exotic Whatever. Andrea Lobo
once told Joni Low her name was Laura Blue. How mean! I don't know why
Lisa Denton doesn't change her name to Graeme Worthy; they're practically the same person alter all Melanie Streich has this parrot and it can say,
"Naoim Kim. gimme a Cynthia Lee." What a silly thing to say) Did you ever
hear of anyone called Jaime Tong before? Names are strange things.
Imagine...-Bnice Arthur, or worse... Duncan McHugh. Give me a break. Todd
Silver wants to call his kid Nicholas Bradley. Is that legal Think of the poor
kid, going to school with a name like that People spell Daliah Menaban's
name T-a-r-a-W-e^-tov-er. Phonetically, it's pretty dose, I guess.
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A guide to executive life
Each year, the AMS comes in preaching about
"serving students* and "listening to students."
.And maybe they believe it But by the end of
the year, executives have realised that listening to students is hard work, and that it's easier to assume that they know what's best. As
well, it's easy to lose touch with ordinary students when you spend your time in your executive offices instead of in classrooms.
This comingyear, you could forgive the five
Students for Students exec-elects for being a little drunk on power. They were swept into
office by enormous margins, and they're all
from the same slate. But keep this in mind: the
difference in this election was the residence
vote, and the ETA. You know it and the Action
Now slate definitely knows it But in that
respect, this year's executives won the election
by simply promising to do one thing: to not
implement the RTA in residences. So once
that's taken care of, what happens next?
With only one of five .AMS executives
returning, we at the Ubyssey thought we'd
offer the new leaders of UBC's student society
some tips to get through the year.
Don't get complacent You will operate in a
virtual vacuum of actual student reaction, and
you can use that to your advantage. But you
are not appointed student leaders—you're
elected student representatives. Act like it
Represent students.
Council is not a way to land an easy
$18,500 paycheque and to pad your resume.
Treat it seriously, even if no one else does.
You aren't council, either—you're five of
43 reps. You're supposed to report to council.
Big difference.
You are in a position to make students'
lives better, and to make UBC better. But
don't ignore tough issues just to create a
frosh week. There are more important
things in the world.
Do be fiscally responsible. It may be easy
to lose your perspective, but, ultimately,
you're spending students' money, for which
you are accountable. Students aren't rich, and
you shouldn't spend their money without
thinking hard about it
Do follow AMS codes and procedures.
They're there for a reason, and following
them will help you avoid getting into hot
water further down the line.
.And for god's sake, don't get wrapped up in
the same old petty politics. Work with people.
Don't forget you're only human and we all
make mistakes. Criticisms shouldn't be taken
too personally. aAnd though it's only student
politics, you're still an elected public figure
and, if you aren't careful, you will be held up
to very public scrutiny.
aAnd above all, don't get drunk on your own
power. The above graphic is what could happen if you do. Doesn't look good.
So remember these words of wisdom as
you wade into a world that's too often irrelevant and too often dumb. This may sound like
marching orders, and it may sound harsh
But we don't think we're expecting too much
Students deserve it*>
Not just the
I'll try and make this simple. Our
society is one of laws and contracts. It seems as though we cannot make a move without violating some law (stupid or otherwise) or requiring the necessity
for a binding contract
For example, unionised
employees have contracts with
the universities. They include
numerous, agreed upon points of
interest. When the contract
expires with no settlement, the
unions threaten to strike, and do
so, if no accord is forthcoming.
It wouldn't be bad if so many
students weren't affected by loss
of class time with the possibility
of having to make it up at the end
of term. This could play havoc
with summer jobs.
Here's the rub. The students
have a contract, too, with the university—a fact which everyone
seems to overlook.
The students agree to pay for
their classes, plus all the extras,
on demand, and the university
agrees to supply the instructors,
the physical setting and all the
extras mentioned in the contract
(expressed or implied) right
down to the school calendar.
When the unions picket and
shut down the university or part
of it by whatever mechanism they
choose because they are frustrat
ed with the lack of momentum
with the talks, or the university
locks them out, then the university has violated its contract with
the students. This can leave the
students in a state of bewilder
ment as to how far their education will be affected. It can affect
their housing, student loans, and
if they are from out-of-town, they
must decide whether or not to
return home.
The students might do this:
demand, through the .AMS, a foil
refund for the term with a
promise to return at the beginning of the next semester, if the
strike has been settled, and take
the same courses to allow for a
smooth transition back to classes,
unless there is a major change in
curricula. The students should
then look for work and deal with
the student loans during their
In the future, talks between
the unions and the university
should include the students
through the aAMS and their legal
counsel as a third party to the
contract aAfter all, if it weren't for
the students, there would be no
universities, union workers, or
teachers. So treat the students
with the respect that they deserve
much like the respect they accord
to the staff.
Failing all this-SUE THE BASTARDS!!!
"Smell the
fresh air"
As an ex-hospitality worker who
has suffered disease, pain and
surgery from second-hand
smoke, I say bravo to the WCB.
Most British Columbians
(including a good percentage of
smokers) want smoke-free
restaurants and pubs. However,
a small minority of pub owners
still have smoke in their eyes
and are whining about the
smoke-free law. They say that
the dangers of second-hand
smoke can be handled with better ventilation.
If ventilation is a solution,
why has this "solution" not
been utilised in any other workplace to deal with toxic secondhand smoke—workplaces like
stores, theatres, government
offices, banks and offices? It's
because a health-based ventilation solution would have to
pump air at gale-force levels.
This is neither feasible nor economical. So, whenever a health-
based solution is implemented,
a ban is the only effective
If ventilation is a solution,
why have these pub owners
waited until now to protect
their workers from secondhand smoke? The truth is, ventilation is no solution and
they'd be wasting their money
and   accomplishing   nothing
with increased ventilation.
If history is any indication,
smoke-free laws usually
increase—not decrease—restaurant and pub business. But
even if business were to
decrease, should employers be
allowed to poison their workers
for profit? Would we strike
down a drunk driving law
because it decreases business
for ambulance drivers, grief
counsellors, auto repair shops
and emergency room attendants?
Why are these pub owners
so insecure and unsure about
their business that they feel it
requires nicotine addiction to
survive? Sounds rather parasitic to me. Isn't their business
the selling of alcoholic beverages—not assisting in nicotine
In British Columbia alone,
over 500 people die every year
from workplace exposure to
second-hand smoke. To put this
number into perspective, this is
more than die from all of the
other causes of workplace death
COMBINED, including timber
and mining. So, you pub owners, get the smoke out of your
eyes and smell the fresh air.
Lung and other cancers aren't
acceptable risks in any line of
Heather Mackenzie
Gibson's Tending THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. JANUARY 25. 2000
I knew about LaLaLa's reputation for fast, demanding choreography,
penchant for rock soundtracks and creative uses of multimedia. I was
also aware that, despite LaLaLa's devoted following worldwide, modern
dance is not the most accessible of art forms, but, although Salt started
out pretty cerebral, it didn't quite stay that way.
There was a lot of subtext contained in this series of intense pas de
deux and ensembles for nine dancers and three musicians, but its exact
meaning likely varied for each person in the theatre. What started out
just plain confusing became an exploration of different emotional landscapes, films and music supporting the dancers' continuous movements. Despite the toe shoes on the
women there were no dainty ballerinas
The half fight reveals a curving arm.
The woman then steps into the spot-
fight and begins a series of rapid,
disjointed movements, arms and
legs flailing. The sound of families
talking at breakfast mingles with the
staccato of her toe shoes on the
stage floor as her partner runs out
from the wings, slides into a tumble
and spins her in a pirouette.
Suddenly, they stop.
Salt is the latest production from
LaLaLa Human Steps, a Montreal
company that is known worldwide
for its innovation in modern dance.
Saltwas a meditation on the passing of time and the
memories it leaves. According to aArlistic Director
Edouard Lock, the show's name is a reference to the
way a retreating tide leaves a residue of salt, a
metaphor for memory. Going into the performance
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at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre
Jan. 21-22
 by Fara Tabatabal
Before I wax lyrical about Veda Hille, I'd
]ikf> to say a few words about the Peggy
Lee Band. I know Peggy Lee and her
musicians are The Vancouver Sun's darlings and I know that they have racked up
acclaim everywhere they play. And
there's no denying that they are all tal
ented, innovative and soulful musicians.
Unfortunately, the music thty compose,
while, being talented, innovative, soulful,
is also, sadly, crap.
They're like five-year olds with instruments; they like to make them wail instead
of sing. Every piecp is an experiment in
new methods of torture for violins, cellos,
and guitars that in the hands of such
skilled musicians, have the potential to
sound so much more beautiful. Their
hour-long set was one of excruciating boredom and occasional antipathy, although a
fair portion of the crowd was observed to
be shaking their heads and tapping their
feet in rhythm to the music. Maybe it was
just the pot, tlie faint scent of which
seemed to waft in from all directions.
Fortunately, the main attraction was
yet to come and when she drifted out on
stage, the atmosphere of the room
changed perceptibly. There is something
special about Veda Hille that makes her
absolutely amazing to see in concert. The
honesty and simplicity in her music is
captivating, her gentle charisma equally
so. Her voice glided over the sweet
melodies of her songs with a wondrous
ethereal quality; music dripped from the
ceiling and seeped out from tlie walks.
From tin; beginning of her sel lo the
last encore, she had everyone melting in
the palm of her hand, absolutely enchant-
ed. In comparison, all tlie music 1 heard
on the radio on the drive home from the
elegant and intimate Vancouver East
Cultural Centre sounded contrived and
over-produced. Veda Hille is something
fresh and different utterly incredible and
subuy beautiftd. Next time she plays,
make sure you go see her—it's like an out-
of body experience.*
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