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The Ubyssey Nov 14, 1995

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 Beating the clock since 1918
Berger quits BoG over McEwen Report
by Matt Thompson
Fomer BC Supreme Court
justice Tom Berger is resigning
from UBC's Board of
Governors (BoG) over the
university's alleged mishandling of the McEwen
In an Oct 12 letter to BoG
Chair Barbara Crompton,
Berger said the University had
"acted hastily and unwisely" in
adopting the report and had
"failed to observe the principle
of due process" in its treatment
of the political science
"I do not want to be
understood as joining the
bandwagon of those denouncing 'political correctness.' Too often this is simply a
label used to turn aside
legitimate concerns." Berger
wrote, "But there is a right way
and a wrong way to inquire into
such concerns. We chose the
wrong way, and we have yet to
acknowledge it."
Berger was also critical of a
letter written by UBC President
David Strangway last August,
arguing that it failed to
adequately assure the public of
the university's commitment to
due process.
But political science
graduate student Scott Pegg
says that students, not the
department, suffered most
from the university's violation
of "due process."
"If there is an issue of due
process, it seems to me that
issue most seriously involves
the students that filed
complaints," Pegg said.
"I don't think they've ever
received due process."
Student BoG representative
Michael Hughes agreed, citing
the list of unresolved student
complaints in the department
dating as far back as 1991
outlined in McEwen's report.
"Due process hasn't been
followed from the beginning,"
Hughes said.
If the report is flawed, Pegg
argues, the reponsibility for
those flaws rests with the
report's terms of reference-
terms set primarily by Dean of
Arts Pat Marchak.
Berger's letter does say that
the report was flawed "not least
because of the mandate Ms.
McEwen was given" by the
When asked how the
university should have
responded to the report, Berger
refused to elaborate on the
statements made in his letter.
"The second step that Berger
doesn't say," Pegg said, "is if
this inquiry is flawed then when
are we going to get a real one?
When is there going to be one
that is conducted according to
due process?
"Either the McEwen report
is legitimate, at which point its
recommendations should be
followed and actions should be
taken on that basis, or if it's not,
it seems to me the next logical
step is that there ought to be a
proper inquiry.
Michael Hughes says the
Board of Governors will
continue to closely monitor the
situation in political science.
"I know in a lot of people's
minds [the decision to reopen
graduate admissions in political
science] ends it, but it
shouldn't, and people in power
at this university should
continue to watch the situation
in the department," Hughes
"I definitely don't think it's
over. And I hope the board and
administration continues to
follow up and monitor what's
happening in the department."
Berger's BoG term is
scheduled to end November 18.
Tuition fees on continual up-surge
by Samer Muscat!
OTTAWA (CUP) -Times are
tough for university students in
Canada, and according to a new
report by Statistics Canada, the
future does not look any brighter.
Tuition fees have more than
doubled over the past decade,
and student leaders fear that the
situation will worsen as
financially strapped universities
look for ways to cut costs and
increase revenues.
Last year alone, tuition fees for
university students nationwide
increased on average by 7.3 per
cent. Alberta and Ontario led the
way with average hikes of 10.7 per
cent and 9.8 per cent respectively,
according to Statistics Canada.
In British Columbia,
Saskatchewan and Manitoba,
fees rose between 5 and 6 per
cent while in Atlantic Canada
the hikes ranged from 6 to 8 per
cent. Quebec fees rose on
average only 0.3 per cent,
despite massive hikes in the
province's previous 5 years.
The figures come as no
surprise to Michael Mancinelli,
national deputy chairperson for
the Canadian Federation of
Students. He says if current
trends continue, only the rich
will be able to afford a decent
university education.
"It's a pretty bleak announcement," said Mancinelli. "There's
no cause for optimism. The hikes
will have repercussions which will
result in a system of elitism that
will reduce accessibility to
Federal Human Resources
Minister Lloyd Axworthy told
the Canadian University Press
that tuition fee increases are "a
constant problem."
"What we're now trying to do,
is to provide a solution,"
Axworthy said. "We've
introduced a new student loans
and grants program, and we hope
to be in a position to continue to
provide more assistance to
students who need it."
Under the Canada Student
Loans Program announced in
August, a new student debt
strategy will provide $50 million
in extra grants by 1998-1999 to
students with special needs.
"I hope that we will be able
to raise that [amount]
substantially," Axworthy said.
Axworthy says there is not a
lot more he could do to help
students, since ultimately each
province decides how much
funding it will provide its
As part of last year's federal
budget, however, the Liberals
created the Canada Health and
Social Transfer (CHST)- a
cheaper, no-strings-attached
replacement for current federal
transfer payments for health,
welfare, and education.
And the federal government
plans to cut $7 billion in transfer
payments to the provinces by
Guy Caron, chairperson for the
CFS, has said the CHST will shoot
tuition fees through the roof.
The CFS has planned
numerous campaigns to raise
awareness on the CHST and its
ramifications on post-secondary
Mancinelli calls the new
federal government grants a
drop in the bucket and a cop-out.
He says the government's
priority should be reducing the
heavy debt-loads students must
carry from high tuition costs and
The Statistics Canada report also
shows that tuition fees have soared
in every province since 1986, and
have far outstripped the rate of
inflation. While the inflation rate
went up 34 per cent from 1985/86
to 1994/95, university tuition fees
increased by 134.4 per cent during
the same period.
The biggest jump occurred in
Quebec, where fees have more
than doubled since 1990.
The document states that a
decline in federal and provincial
funding has increased the
importance of student fees as a
source of income for universities.
It does not, however, draw any
implications or conclusions on the
impacts to students due to a lack
of hard evidence, says the survey's
manager Mongi Mouelhi.
ROBERTA CARTER HARRISON singer for the Wild Strawberries expresses
herself Thursday night at the town pump. REVIEW p.4     alan kriss photo
UBC and Coke ready to sign monopoly deal
by Matt Thompson
UBC is just a few signatures
away from becoming an
exclusively Coca Cola campus.
After months of negotiations
between Coca Cola, university
administrators and the AMS, a
final draft of the controversial
Cold Beverage contract is now
ready for final ratification.
The contract would give Coke
exclusive control over the
university's cold beverage
market  in  exchange   for   a
$ 100,000 premium paid yearly to
the AMS for ten years.
The deal still requires final
ratification from the Board of
Governors (BoG) and AMS
before taking affect.
The Board will give final
consideration to the contract at its
meeting this Thursday, and the
AMS is expected to hold a special
meeting to review the deal
November 22. Council could
conceivably ratify the deal as early
as this Wednesday, however.
The Student Environment
Centre (SEC) is currently
collecting signatures on a
petition protesting the Cold
Beverage deal, and the
University Commission is
circulating petitions calling on
the AMS to hold a plebiscite on
the agreement.
The SEC also plans to hold a
protest information and strategy
meeting this Wednesday,
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The Ubyssey
Tuesday, November 14,1995 News
Student societies clash over anti-calendar
by Sarah O'Donnell
The Alma Mater Society's
(AMS) dreams of a campus
wide anti-calendar are
floundering now that one of
UBC's largest student
organizations says it doesn't
want to take part.
In an October 31 memo to
the Dean of Science, the Science
Undergraduate Society (SUS)
asked that "the Faculty of Science
not release its statistics on science
professors to.."
AMS vice-
president and
says she finds
it "highly un-usual" that SUS
is pulling out of a project
intended  to  give  students
access to information about
professors and classes.
"When we passed the anti-calendar through council, SUS actually supported it," Kunimoto
said. "They were quite willing to
become involved and they were
"The university's
totally devoid of
teaching statistics and
we don't mind a little
Trevor Presley
Anti-calendar editor
one of the first to agree to hand
over their stats."
Kunimoto says SUS never
officially informed her of their
intentions and is concerned the
pull-out is being staged for political reasons completely
unrelated to the anti-calendar.
"If this isn't political, then why
didn't [SUS] talk to me about it,"
asked Kunimoto, "why didn't
[SUS] talk to anyone in the AMS
about it if [they] did have a big
problem with
SUS Director of Publications Blair
says the
decision has
nothing to do
with politics.
"SUS has always supported the idea of a
campus wide anti-calen-dar...the
reason why we're con-cerned is
be-cause we don't think all the
issues have been resolved yet."
McDonald says his main concerns are distribution, availability and a useless duplication of
information. SUS publishes their
own professor evaluations in a
International students face
huge tuition fee increase
by Rachel Russell
Tuition fees for international
students could rise as high as
S 151)00 next September.
International students at
UBC currendy pay 2.5 times the
corresponding amount for
Canadian citizens and
permanent residents. The
university plans to move to a
"full cost recovery" program for
foreign students that would
drastically increase that amount.
Board of Governors (BoG)
Student Representative,
Michael Hughes worries that
most UBC students are not
aware of die new full-cost tuition
policy to be implemented next
year-and, ironically, is
concerned that many of the
Board members who passed the
policy may not be fully aware
of it either.
When the issue of full-cost
tuition for International students
was presented at a Board
meeting in May of 1994, the
proposal received little support
from BoG members. But at the
July 24 Board meeting. Hughes
said proponents of the policy
passed the change "in a really
sneaky way."
'They put it in the budget, about
a 300 page document, which was
only discussed for about two hours
at the board meeting. There was
no time for questions or anything,"
Hughes said.
"1 bet if vou asked most
Board members, they would
have no idea it is in there,
although they technically
approved it."
The result, Hughes says, is
that the measure has. been
approved "with no student input
"'Students don't even know
about it because Ihe document
is not public yet, and won't be
for a couple of weeks."'
Winnie Chung, Executive
Director of International House,
first became aware ofthe planned
changes in international student
tuition in late October when
University President David
Strangway released a draft form
of the policy. Full-cost tuition for
international students will
dramatically increase their fees,
she says, even though they already
pay 2 and-a-half times the amount
of most UBC students.
Cheung worries there will be
no opposition to the fee hikes for
the international students.
"These students are not verv
organized and they have no
vote," Cheung said.
"They often have no way to
get information about these
things before it is too late".
The policy will contain a
"grandfather clause,' which
means only new international
students will be affected by the
tuition hikes. This may further
discourage student opposition to
the new fees, since if current
UBC international students are
not affected by the changes, they
may be less niotiv ated to try and
stop diem.
The full cost tuition policy for
international students is
scheduled take affect in
September 1996.
booklet distributed to all science
students known as the Black and
Blue Review.
Anti-calendar editor Trevor
Presley says McDonald's
concerns are unwarrented.
"Some people might say it's
redundant," said Presley, "but
the more information you have
out there about professors and
their teaching abilities, the
Presley says Arts, his own
undergraduate society, is going to allow the AMS to re
publish its statistics because
"the university's totally devoid of teaching statistics and
[they] don't mind a little duplication."
But McDonald insists the
AMS doesn't have the infrastructure in place this year to put out
an anti-calendar for the three big
faculties of arts, science and engineering.
"Whenever you make a
transition from one
publication to another...the
transition is going to cause
problems. I mean how do you
guarantee that the stats are
typed in correctly, how do
you guarantee it's out in
time?" McDonald said.
Despite the problems between
the two student societies,
Kunimoto says she still hopes to
get SUS on board.
"We really want to work with
SUS and we're willing to
accommodate the calendar so
it accommodates them,"
Kunimoto said, "but they're not
our ultimate approval."
People of colour get connected on campus
by Sarah O'Donnell
Students at UBC could have
access to another campus
resource group as early as this
Colour Connected Against
Racism, a student club for
people of colour, is asking the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) for
resource group status at the
next council meeting.
The AMS currently sponsors
four other resource groups
including the Women's Centre,
the Global Development
Centre, the Student
Environment Centre and Gay,
Lesbians and Bissexuals of
UBC. Resource groups are
given exclusive office space to.
accomodate their equipment
and an annual budget so they
are financially capable of
accomplishing their goals
within the year.
Shazia Islam, a member of
the Colour Connected
collective, describes the group
as "an organization fighting
against racism at the
institutional level."
"But it's also an organization
to empower people of colour
from different backagrounds,"
Islam said. "It's a celebration
of their cultures without the
influence of white supremicist
Colour Connected was
originally created out of the
need for a support group on
campus for people of colour
who have experienced
problems with professors and
peers because of racial politics.
Islam says Colour Connected
has become more activist-
oriented by sponsoring speakers
such as Yvonne Brown,
screening films, hosting open
mikes and holding information
forums on various topics
including a recent presentation
on Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Colour Connected is asking
the AMS for a space
exclusively for people of colour
like the Langara Student
Union's Third World Alliance.
But Islam says they still have
to wOrk out whether their
library resources will be open
to the entire student body at
certain times during the week
since "the kinds of literature
[they] want are not necessarily
acceptable in the main
Currently, Colour Connected has about 45 members
in its collective. They
encourage anyone interested in
supporting them to attend the
council meeting on November
15 at 6 pm.
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Tuesday, November 14,1995
The Ubyssey Play what you like, out
watch out for the food
WILD STRAWBERRIES' Roberta Carter Harrison joins the Nettwerk family.
"Woman of the year" visits Vancouver
The British band Reef, fronted by lead vocalist Gary Stringer, made
its North American debut at the Town Pump on Wednesday night
to an expectant crowd. The group has sold over 65,000 copies of
their first album in their native England; it is due to be released
here in January. The show was nearly cancelled after three of the
four band members came down with food poisoning from a pasta
dinner in Castown. The show was short but the audience was
impressed with the band's enthusiasm and sound.
Mercedes Sosa
Nov 18 at the Queen Elizabeth Theater
by Chris Chiarenza
Vancouver will be visited by one of the most
extraordinary musical performers to come from
the Americas. United Nations "woman of the year"
for 1995, Mercedes Sosa, will appear in her only
Canadian concert for one night only.
Bom in Argentina, Sosa brings to Vancouver a
rare chance to experience the sounds and culture of Latin America.
Sosa uniquely combines musical forms from
all over South and Central America including traditional folk and Andean, contemporary Cuban,
Brazilian, tango and samba. In this way, she combines the different cultures of Latin America into
one single culture.
On top of all this, the power of her voice has
stirred people from all over the world. The result
is a highly effective and lively medium for her
politically motivated songs.
Mercedes Sosa is not just a musician, but a
humanitarian. She associates herself with the
entire Latin American culture, and her songs go
out to all those who have suffered the kinds of
injustices that she has.
Her indigenous roots subjected her to racism
and in 1979 she was exiled from Argentina for
fear that her left wing ideals, apparent in her
music, might lead to social unrest.
Despite this, her songs are never angry but
remain peaceful and poetic. For her role as a voice
for movements silenced by injustice, Sosa has
been called "the voice of hope and justice." Her
songs are meant to join us together.
Accompanying Sosa on Saturday night will be
Nicolas Brizuela on vocals and guitar, Popi
Spatocco on piano and keyboard, Rueben Lobo
on percussion, and Carlos Genoni on bass.
Wild Strawberries
Nov 9 at the Town Pump
by Jenn Kuo
Stealing their name from the 1957
Ingmar Bergman film, this band is the husband/wife duo of Ken and Roberta Carter
Harrison. Heroine is their second full-
length CD, following the success of Bet You
Think I'm Lonely m 1994. In one year, they
have put out another excellent effort with
the help of David Kershaw who did some
mixing and additional recording. Another
Nettwerk family effort, Sarah McLachlan
and other members of her band also contributed to the CD.
"Has everyone tried the jello mould?"
asked Roberta as she proceeded to open
the Wild Strawberries set at their recent
CD release party. She then
commented on the role that
jello mould once played in the
lives of homemakers and how
this tied into the album cover's
strange '50s/'60s theme.
At the show, Harrison was
decked out in a cute little blue/
green retro dress, and the
vacuum cleaner that,she
pusties o-n.tti.'ei JrW-tti-v^ c-^c->-^ji
was there beside the
stage. At one point in
the      performance,
Harrison brought the device
onstage with her and started
to go through the motions of vacuuming
while singing a song.
Singing flirtatiously to the crowd, undulating her arms and occasionally doing a
bit of vacuuming, Harrison sings with a
wonderfully strong voice that sets her apart
from most other female vocalists. The combination of instruments — which range from
the 808 kit to the minimoog to some brass
and strings - and intriguing lyrics make
the Wild Strawberries an act that stands
out. Not annoying, soft or whiney,
Harrison's voice makes the difference between a trite album to something with a
little more substance. Somehow, the sound
is like an odd cross between PJ Harvey and
conservatist pop.
As for the album title, it is not heroin, as
in the drug, but heroine, as in "the main
female character who usually has admirable qualities" (as per the Collins dictionary). And admirable qualities are definitely
there to be found on the prolific Wild Strawberries' new CD.
Beautiful British Columbia
gets the (mine)shaft
Gold Diggers:
The Secret of Bear Mountain
at the Granville 7 theatre
by Rick Hunter
The somewhat promising premise of Gold Diggers revolves around the
new girl in town (Christina Ricci) befriending the town's odd girl out (Anna
Chlumsky), who quickly embroils her new friend in mystery and adventure.
Unfortunately, the girls' quest proves neither mysterious nor adventurous as they look for gold in Bear Mountain, which was first discovered and
hidden by a feisty female miner in the early parts of this century. It is obvious and inevitable that both this woman and a bear (it is Bear Mountain,
after all) will make appearances. The
audience awaits with less than bated
To further complicate the story, as
well as distract it from the rather pallid adventure, Chlumsky lives in an
abusive household. The story's focus
shifts from adventure to domestic crisis without interesting the audience in
either plot. When the two plots do collide, it is done in a very unconvincing
fashion which does an injustice to both
Much of the fault must lie with director Kevin Dobson. Each scene feels
aimless and seems to be striving for
some form of mediocrity. Instead of
building on the film's most interesting
aspect - the friendship between the
two girls - he always has them doing
something and going somewhere.
Movement takes the place of suspense,
and Dobson never develops the characters properly for the audience to care
about them.
Ricci and Chlumsky both give admirable performances in this lacklustre
production. In particular, Ricci (most
recently seen in Casper and Now and
Then) has developed a flair for being
better than her material. It would be
nice to see her in more mature roles.
Bear Mountain itself must be singled
out for special criticism. The caves in
the mountain seem as phony as old
Star Trek planet sets. This is a real disappointment after seeing the beautiful British Columbia scenery that the
girls traverse to reach Bear Mountain.
The B.C. scenery is as much a tease as
the film's plot. The story promises
wonderful adventure and delivers a
dull waste of time.
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Tuesday, November 14,1995
The Ubyssey ■     ■
UBC— a 21st century vocational school?
If planned cut-backs to the post-secondary education
budget take place, we may be the last generation of
Canadian students to be able to (barely) afford a post-
secondary education.
The government's views of post-secondary education
are changing—a change most crystallized here in BC with
the amalgamation ofthe provincial government's Ministry
of post-secondary education into the Ministry of Skills,
Training and Labour. In the virtually jobless economy of
the 21st century, we are being told, the only worthwhile
education is one that gets people to work.
Some herald this as a good thing. Since a majority of
students say they're at university to increase their chance
of finding a job, maybe they'd be better suited to a more
vocational approach anyway.
This attitude is partly a result of the employment
situation in the 1990's. Unlike twenty years ago when a
bachelor's degree almost guaranteed graduates an entry
level position with some chance of advancement, today's
youth have had to lower their expectations. While statistics
suggest that a university degree does still increase your
chances of finding a job, many graduates cannot find work
in their chosen field and end up in minimum wage
positions with litde or no chance of improving their skills.
This leads taxpayers and graduates alike to question the
value of that education. If graduates don't have ajob waiting
for them at the end of their degree, Canadians wonder,
why should we bother to fund their education at all?
One response to the shrinking post-secondary
education budget is to place a more vocational, skills-
based emphasis on education. An approach based on the
dubious assumption that there are jobs available for those
with the specific skills to fill them.
The essential difference, however, between the more
broad-based education offered by university bachelor's
programs and the applied learning offered at vocational
schools is the difference between taking a long or a short
term approach to education.
While vocational schools may produce workers
qualified to service the existing infrastrucutre, those with
a more broad based education will redefine the system,
recreate it, and find ways to make it worthwhile. The
ability to. maintain our highly-touted super advanced
communication systems, for example, is of little value if
it turns out we have nothing to say.
Vocational training prepares learners to fill a role that
probably won't last the duration of their lifetime. Liberal
arts or science graduates, while not necessarily trained
for a specific task, have the ability to acquire and apply
new skills quickly.
A second result of current cutbacks is already being
felt here at UBC. Grades required for entry into some
programs at UBC actually fell this year.
University administrators are beginning to realize that
the demand for post-secondary education is not as
inelastic as they thought. As tuition increases, the demand
for a UBC education drops. While there is still a sufficient
supply of students waiting to get in, that may no longer
be the case once tuition costs rise by the thirty to three
hundred percent anticipated in coming years.
November 14,1995
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On the weekend of October
20, many UBC students enjoyed
participating in the Day of the
Longboat. Most of the
participants with who I've
spoken had a great time, but
many were put-out about one
thing: the fact that underage
participants weren't allowed to
attend the Day ofthe Longboat
Dance that came as part of the
We understand that there were
strict rules about alcohol at the
SRC, where the dance was being
held. It was the first dance at the
new centre, and was thus being
carefully supervised by local
authorities. The exclusion of
minors from the dance was
unfair nevertheless. First of all,
Day of the Longboat and the
accompanying festivities were
advertised as being open to all
UBC students. Not all UBC
students are of legal drinking age,
however, and limiting the dance
to non-minors excludes a
relatively large portion of
students. Secdondly, all
participants in this Intramurals
event paid the same participation
fee: $17 which was to include
coaching, the event itself, access
to hot tubs after the race, a
salmon barbecue and the Day of
the Longboat Dance. Minors
who were not permitted to go to
the dance did not pay a lesser fee
than others. Essentially, then,
minors helped to subsidise a
dance that they weren't
permitted to attend. Finally,
nowhere on any of the
advertisements for Day of the
Longboat were participants
warned that minors were not
permitted to attend the dance. It
wasn't until we received the
dance tickets from our team
captains that we realised that
minors wouldn't be able to go to
a dance that they had helped pay
for. Many of us were very upset
at not having at least been
previously notified.
I propose that, in future,
Intramurals hold the dance in a
place where all Day of the
Longboat participants may
attend, regardless of their ages.
If this is not possible, I suggest
that participation fees for minors
are less than those of people able
to attend the dance. If this too is
not feasible, at least Intramurals
could be honest with participants
and somehow let them know
when they sign up for the event
that they are subsidising a dance
which they will not be able to
UBC Intramurals puts on some
great functions. All students,
regardless of their age, are
permitted to attend them and are
obligated to pay for them. Why
exclude minors from associated
dances that they've paid to
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Tuesday, November 14,1995 sports
UBC swimmers host Huskies from the south
by Wolf Depner
The UBC women's swimming
team accomplished a very rare feat
this weekend: it beat the University
of Washington Huskies.
Last Saturday's 112-93 victory
marks only the second time in 35
years that UBC beat the 'Dawgs'
in a dual-meet competition.
Meanwhile, the mens team put
up a good fight despite missing two
key members, John MacArthur
Bird Droppings
Women's Soccer
The T-Birds brought home the
bronze medal at the CIAU
championships in Ottawa this
After losing their first game to
Wilfrid Laurier by a score of 2-1,
UBC stormed back to beat host
Carleton 3-0 to qualify for
Sunday's bronze medal match.
The Birds beat McGill 2-1 with
goals from Leanne McHardy and
Tammy Crawford Heidi Slaymaker
and Jessica Mann were named to
the tournament all-star team.
Cross Country
The CIAU Cross Country
championships were held in
London, Ontario over the weekend.
UBC's men's team placed second
overall, and Jeff Schiebler won a
gold medal in the 10,000 metre
event with a time of 32:09.
The women's team beat the
Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton
last Friday. A 25 point effort by
Kim Fitz was not enough as
Alberta bounced back with a
72-64 victory Saturday to split the
weekend series.
The men's team lost 104-88 on
Friday to the defending CIAU
champion Golden Bears. But they
held Alberta to just 79 points on
Saturday night, and Ken Morris'
28 points led UBC to a 87-79 win.
The struggling T-Birds lost two
games to the Calgary Dinosaurs
this weekend, bringing their
season record to a dismal 2-9-1.
The Birds' jumped out to a
quick three goal lead Friday night
only to see it gradually deteriorate
under   the   Dinos'   constant
and Graem Geen. The outcome
was never in doubt, however, as
the Huskies cruised to an easy 123-
82 victory in the eleven event
competition. With the win, they
remain unbeaten against the T-
Birds in dual-meet competition.
The women won a total of ten
events, led by Alexandra Ruiz,
Donna Wu and Sarah Evanetz
who won two events each in
impressive times. The women
also won the 4 x 100 m medley
and 4 x 100 m freestyle relay
However, the visitors never
gave up. After a 1-2-3 finish in the
200 m breaststroke, they still had
a chance to win the competition
going into the last event of the
evening, the 4 x 100 m freestyle
relay. It took a strong performance
by Marcia Kirby on the second
leg  to  thwart  the  Huskies'
DENIED! UBCS Joanne Ross and Christine Wohlleben block a Golden
Bear spike in their win on Friday night.
offensive pressure. UBC led 5-3     3 but Calgary held on for a 5-3
midway through the the third
period but Calgary scored twice
late in the game.
Dino Evan Marble's tying goal
coming off a tic-tac-toe passing
play to end regulation time.
Marble sent Travis Stephenson in
on a breakaway at 3:34 of sudden-
death overtime to win the game.
Saturday night the Birds
spotted the Dinos to a three goal
lead before trying to work
themselves back into the game.
Doug Ast, in a two goal effort,
brought UBC to within one at 4-
UBC's women's volleyball
team split the opening series of
their CIAU season against the
Alberta Golden Bears on the
weekend. They soundly defeated
the Bears 3-1 on Friday night, but
Alberta came back on Saturday
to take UBC 3-1.
The men won the first game
of their two day series, but lost
the next six games to go down
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Meanwhile, the men's team
won a total five events, with Greg
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Hamm won die 200 m freestyle
and backstroke and finished third
in the 400 m freestyle event which
was won by his teammate, Creed.
Creed also finished a very strong
second in the 800 m freestyle.
However the T-Birds lacked the
depth to pick up valuable second
and third-place points.
UBC coach Tom Johnson is
optimistic about the National
Championships in Calgary this
week. "I think the women have a
shot. They will swim hard and
probably be able to win the
national championship, but we will
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Blood screening may close campus donor clinic
University might be the next
battle ground between campus
activists and Red Cross blood-
donor clinics.
Over the past year, gay rights
activists at both the University
of Waterloo and the University
of Victoria shut down on-
campus blood-donor clinics,
alleging that the clinics are
The activists are concerned
with a questionnaire that all
potential blood donors must fill
The questionnaire is
designed to screen out any
potential male donor who
admits to engaging in sex with
another male at any time since
This screening process
promotes homophobia by
questioning a man's sexual
preference, and not his sexual
practices according to members
of the gay community.
"The main problem is that it
[the questionnaire] doesn't talk
about protection. It doesn't ask
if you've had unprotected sex.
"What it's implying is that
any male engaging in any [gay
sex] is at risk of AIDS, without
looking at the activity or the
protection used," said Clare
Bermingham, coordinator of a
gay and lesbian student's
society at York.
Bermingham say this
question leaves the impression
that AIDS does not affect the
such as anal intercourse.
The Canadian Hemophiliac
Society (CHS), a group that has
suffered greatly from the
tainted blood supply in Canada,
agrees that the questionnaire is
"unnecessarily lifestyle
"As long as they continue to have
that question, we will continue to
see it as homophobia and work
against them."
Clare Birmingham
York U. Gay and Lesbian Student Society
heterosexual community.
The Red Cross does screen
out prostitutes, intravenous
drug users, regular recipients of
blood treatments, recipients of
certain tissues or hormones and
anyone who has had sex with
people who have engaged in
high risk activities (including
gay sex) or whose sexual
background is uncertain.
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CHS spokesperson John
Plater suggested that "maybe it
[the questions] should be
narrowed down to unprotected
anal intercourse," which would
screen out heterosexuals who
engage in that activity as well.
"General prohibition for
anyone who's had anal sex is
fine with me. My personal
opinion is that the question of
protection or non- protection is
too obscure," Plater explained
Health and Welfare
Canada's data shows that 81
per cent of Canadian AIDS
cases in men are a result of
gay sex.
The Red Cross is mandated
by Health and Welfare Canada
to provide a safe blood supply,
and states that because of that
statistic, gay men are too high
a risk.
"One of the things that we
were critical of the Red Cross
for is that they did not take a
conservative approach in the
80s, when most of our members
were infected. What you're
seeing now is a response to
that," said Plater.
Plater recognizes that the
rate of increase is lessening in
the gay male community, but
points out that in raw
numbers they are the biggest
group. According to Health
and Welfare Canada, men
who have had sex with men
account for 8,810 of the total
11,529 adult cases of AIDS
(children cannot donate
blood) in Canada.
"Effectively what they're
saying is that incidence in
women is so low as to be
negligible," said Plater.
UVIC suspended the blood-
donor clinics last summer after
two students complained about
the questionnaire.
After the university
determined the questionnaire
violated its anti-harassment
policy, the Red Cross withdrew
from the campus. The matter
was then referred to the British
Columbia Human Rights
Council, which made its final
ruling on April 18 of this year.
The council decided the Red
Cross did have "a bona fide and
reasonable justification" for
discriminating against sexually-
active gay men.
Bermingham does not agree
with the Commission's
decision. "Because expressing
your love as a gay man involves
homosexual activity, it is
discriminating against gay
"The clinic itself is not
problematic, but the fact that it
asks that particular question is
definitely problematic," commented Bermingham.
"As long as they continue to
have that question, we will
continue to see it as
homophobia and work against
U of M settlement could affect
students across the country
by Stu Clark
settlement in the University of
Manitoba's faculty strike could
affect students all across the
The three-week old strike
came to an end last Thursday
night when faculty members
voted to accept a new agreement.
Members of the faculty
association were upset with
proposals that would allow the
university's administration to close
classes and lay off professors in
times of financial hardship.
The faculty association
claimed that such a policy would
be an attack on academic
freedom, as it would allow
administrators to cancel
controversial classes and fire
controversial professors.
As federal and provincial
governments continue to cut
funding to education, universities
across the country will have to
find ways to cut their budgets in
times of financial trouble.
Don Savage, executive
director of the Canadian
Association of University
Teachers, says that universities
across the country will soon have
to deal with the same issues that
led to the U of M strike.
"The eyes of the country - at
least the academic part of the
country - have been on the
University of Manitoba," said
"I think it [the strike] shows
that faculty associations are
prepared to stand up for their
rights, and if university
administrations think otherwise,
life will be very difficult."
John Bear says the agreement
in Winnipeg could affect
negotiations at Memorial
University in St. John's,
"The people at Manitoba were
told across the table that they
were a test case," said Bear, the
chief negotiator for Memorial's
faculty association.
Memorial has had its share of
labour problems since last July
when the university's
administration unilaterally
imposed a new contract on
faculty members.
Like their counterparts at the U
of M, members of the Memorial
faculty association are concerned
that the university is using budget
cuts as a way to attack academic
freedom. Members of the faculty
association have given their
executive the power to call a strike
vote at any time.
Paul Thornhill is pleased that
the strike at the U of M is over,
but he is concerned about how
the agreement will affect the
situation on his campus.
"There has been a lot of anxiety
about what was happening at the
U of M and how it may transpose
here at Memorial," said Thornhill,
president of Memorial's student
"My concern is that what has
happened to U of M students
may happen here."
Thornhill says he hopes the
result ofthe U of M dispute won't
make it easier for Memorial's
faculty to go on strike He says
the issues are different at
Memorial because the university
is facing a $ 15 to $20 million cut
in the next provincial budget.
While Thornhill says this
massive budget cut should make
the administration and faculty
association more flexible in their
bargaining, he does admit that
Memorial could soon find itself
in the same situation as the one
the U of M just resolved.
"I think the resolution at the
University of Manitoba may act
as a catalyst to expedite
discussions at Memorial," said
Thornhill, adding that he doesn't
know if the resolution at the U
of M will improve negotiations,
or push the faculty closer to
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Tuesday, November 14,1995


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