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The Ubyssey Sep 10, 1996

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 The AMS collection
sits idle in a vault
Swimmer Evanetz takes a
breather after Atlanta
A geriatric KISS revisits
their 1970s ballad
Made for loving you since 1918
Six local Starbucks stores unionise
by Scott Hayward
ENJOYING A CAPUCCINO in the Starbucks on the north-east of Robson and Thurlow-
soon to be a union shop. Reflected in the window is the non-union Starbucks on the
south-west corner. Who said you don't have choice in this world? scott hayward photo
Starbucks financial situation
Net Sales
Net Earnings
Number of
1996 (3q)
1996 (proj)
There's a lot more than mocha brewing in
Starbucks stores around Vancouver.
Employees at six of the American coffee
giant's Vancouver outlets signed union
cards for the 200,000 strong Canadian Auto
Workers union, and will go before the BC
Labour Relations Board for certification this
UBC political science student Steve
Emery, who works at the Hornby street location across from the Courthouse, initiated
the movement.
"Any multinational corporation that
makes as much profit as Starbucks does and
pays its employees minimum wage has lo
expect that their employees should not be
satisfied," he said.
After the Hornby outlet's decision to
unionise, the movement spread to five other
Vancouver locations, including Robson 2 on
the corner of Robson and Thurlow.
"When the minimum wage laws went up
in British Columbia to $7 per hour,
Starbucks said that 'we will not pay minimum wage rates,' so they decided to start
Starbucks employees at $7.50," Emery said.
"However, within weeks ofthe minimum
wage becoming law, Starbucks very quietly
went back down to $7 to start."
Fourth year English Literature and
Creative Writing major Richelle Rae, who
quit the Broadway and Heather Starbucks
location last May, was more candid in her
criticism of the company.
"I'll be honest, I thought it was a shit job
where you got underpaid for the amount of
work you did," she said. "The turnover was
too high. I went through five managers in
the eight months that I'd been there."
Starbucks Zone Vice-President Roly Morris
acknowledged in an August 24 letter to partners in select city stores that management
was aware of potential union organising, but
said that "under the British Columbia
Labour Relations Code your management
team is prohibited from discussing this
The letter went on to highlight the benefits Starbucks employees receive, including
a medical services plan, dental, vision and
the Bean Stock investment program.
"They do give dental, which is fantastic.
They do offer this thing they call bean stock,
which they're very proud of, but quite
frankly, I don't know anybody who has gotten into it," Emery said.
"The fact is that we still have to buy the
stock, and when you're making minimum
wage, you don't have that kind of luxury to
spend your money in the stock market.
"What it comes right down to is that most
people would be willing to give some of that
up in order to have higher wages. Just give
us the money," he said.
Although wages were the main reason
stores unionised, Emery also cited a steady
decline in employee relations as a contributing factor.
"As it becomes a much, much bigger corporation, the head office becomes much
more alienated from us," Emery said.
"Employees used to be a number one priority, however, there has been a very gradual, but very persistent and consistent erosion of employee relations within the company, and we are just unwilling to see it
erode any further."
Emery cited the new Seattle-based computer scheduling system that assigns hours
based on peak sale periods as another major
grudge. The system, Emery said, created
awkward timetables, that include some four
hour shifts beginning at 5:30 am.
"We used to be able to switch shifts
around with fellow workers without too
much hassle as long the manager approved
it," he recalled. "When they implemented
the software program they said that only a
few changes on the schedule could be made
in any given week."
Rae complained the company often
called her in to work beyond her scheduled
hours. "And if you don't want to go in, you'll
get pressured big time," she said. "Stores
Please see coffee, page 2
Drink responsibly or not at all, admin says
by Douglas Quan
A major court decision is casting a chill over campus beer
The BC Supreme Court recently ruled Nike Canada was
75 percent liable for the injuries an employee sustained in
a car accident. The employee, who was drinking at work,
was awarded two million dollars.
In May, Associate Vice-President of Legal Affairs Dennis
Pavlich released a memo informing deans ofthe precedent-
setting case, and urging them to determine "whether there
was a problem" in how beer gardens run.
The university, Pavlich warned, could be held liable if a
similar incident occurred with a UBC student.
As a result, UBC may implement a campus-wide policy,
aiming, administrators insist, to promote responsible
drinking, not to prohibit alcohol on campus.
In the meantime, student organisations are submitting
suggestions to their deans who sign the liquor licenses.
"Right now, we're working to prove to the university
and to our deans how we would control our beer gardens
such that they would want to vouch for us," said
Commerce Undergraduate Society (CUS) President Jay
Last spring, Associate Dean of Commerce Derek Atkins
shut down the CUS's weekly beer garden, POITS, citing
both the Nike decision and the "history of inability by the
CUS to keep adequate control of evening events."
Atkins told The Ubyssey the ban would remain in effect
until "the society could come up with a clear management
"Obviously, [Atkins] is not going to put his family and his
house on the tine for students at a beer garden. And we definitely don't expect him to," said Sharun.
The CUS is one of several student societies on campus
adopting new strategies to promote responsible drinking.
Future CUS beer gardens, Sharun said, will use professional servers and bouncers, provide complimentary bus tickets and advertise responsible drinking through poster campaigns.
Atkins, who said the CUS proposals are "very imaginative," sent a memorandum to Sharun with some suggested
amendments. Sharun said he is hopeful POITS will reopen
Meanwhile, the AMS will be advising student organizations of their "responsibilities," said AMS Vice-President
Lica Chiu.
"We don't want to be embroiled in a function where,
reajly, it's personal responsibility," she said, "but the
Nike Case has set a precedent and we must be aware
of it."* 2   THE UBYSSEY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1996
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Coffee giant quiet as workers organise
from all over the place are constantly calling
your house—they give out your number. I disagreed with the policy, I thought my privacy
was being violated."
On Friday, a Starbucks press release confirmed company management was aware five
stores applied for union certification. "We're
watching this situation very closely and carefully. However, the BC Labour Relations Code does
not allow us to discuss our views on the matter," Morris said.
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Total membership: 205,000
Number of female members: 40,000
Members in the major auto industry:  55,000
Members in the hospitality industry: 8,100
Hospitality industry unionization rate: 8 %
Hospitality workers who are women: 60 %
Hospitality industry GDP: $13 billion
Average wage of a CAW member: $17.50/hr
And while Starbucks carefully
watches the union developments
Canadian Auto Workers National
Representative John Bowman,
said he is keeping a close eye on
the company
"The question will be where
they go  from there,"  Bowman
said. "Generally, employers go in
one of two different directions.
"One is they accept the fact that
their employees have exercised their legal right and
focus on trying to negotiate a
collective   agreement  that
they can continue to operate
with: or they take the other
approach which is to try and
undercut the union and go
around the union and see if
they can eventually get rid of
the union."
Because Starbucks portrays itself as a progressive
employer, Bowman does
not expect them to use a
heavy-handed approach for
fear it would damage their
"The  first sign will be
To advertise in Tho Uby*»y:
Service industry employers with CAW workers:
• Delta Hotels, CP Hotels
• White Spot Restaurants
• Kentucky Fried Chicken
Other economic sectors with CAW members:
• mining
• fisheries
• aerospace
• airlines
• railways
HEY SEATTLE! Steve's krrrushing your logo, he's krrrushing it!
UBC student Steve Emery poses outside the Hornby
Starbucks location, the first in North America to sign union
cards, scott hayward photo
how they
choose to deal with the actual certification application which will go to the
Labour Relations Board for hearing next
Friday," he said. "If they're going to
come out with a bunch of legal stalling
tactics and various things of that nature
to try and delay or fight the certification,
that will be an indication of where
they're heading."
Bowman described Emery's decision
to unionise as a part of a trend brought
on by shifts in the Canadian economy
that unions have to adjust to.
"Any union that wishes to continue to be a
major union over the next decades has no
alternative but to organize workers in the service sector," he said. "It is pretty clear...that the
trend is towards job creation within the service
sector and away from manufacturing and
resource sectors.
"One of the ironies about the unionisation
of the service industry is that to some degree it
is in the employer's interest as well. If employers start to get smart and realise that they
should reward people for their length of service, they are going to end up with less
turnover, and lower training costs," Bowman
said. ♦ TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1996
STREET CLEANER sweeps up at the PNE. This could be your future, richard lam photo
Youth gets a new attitude
 by Neal Razzell
The NDP government is putting $80 million
and the full weight of law behind a new program aimed at giving 13,000 welfare recipients both ajob and an attitude adjustment.
Under an amended Youth Works Act, all
19 to 24 year old welfare recipients have to
look for work, participate in training and
"cheer up," in order to receive welfare.
"Their attitudes suck," said Jerri Wilkins
of the Ministry of Education, Skills and
After a seven month job search and two
month work preparation program, Youth
Works offers what Wilkins called "real training"—matching a client's needs to their
skills, particularly "attitudinal needs."
But Michelle Deslauriers, a single mother
who lived on social assistance for 10 years
and a organiser for Vancouver's End
Legislative Poverty, said "If people have an
attitude problem, they have an attitude problem about starving."
Every month 7000 youth apply for welfare; but despite the age-group's 20 percent
unemployment rate, 75 percent of those are
re-employed within six months. Anyone still
drawing cheques after six months often
stays on welfare for over two years.
"Why not put people in these programs in
the first place," wondered Liberal Critic for
Employment and Investment Colin Hansen,
adding the program's biggest problem is its
lack of flexibility.
Wilkins, however, argued Youth Works is
"as different as those who are in it."
But it is funding, not flexibility, that concerns Deslauriers: "The real problem is that
a single employable earns $ 175 a month."
Shelter costs approximately $350 per
month, so "for less than $6 a day, youth are
expected to clothe themselves, have money
for transportation, faxes—all necessary to
look for work," she said.
Although Wilkins admitted no cheques
have been cut yet, no one is sure when the
scissors will meet.
"We don't know. It depends on how many
people that affects," she said.
Government statistics for August shows
23,000 youth participated in Youth Works. ♦
Is Youth Works Workfare.*
Although the NDP claimed its Youth
Works program is not workfare, the
Ontario Network of Employment Skills
Training Projects (ONESTeP) defines
workfare as any program where recipients lose their welfare benefit if they are
unable to participate or refuse. After an
extensive review of several workfare
programs around the world, the nonprofit umbrella organization concluded:
Work-for-Welfare Does:
• save on social assistance costs by cutting the welfare rolls in the short term
• help those with recent job experience
find employment
• punish those who are dependant on
the state
• increase social costs, such as correctional services
• cause child poverty which in turn causes higher costs as the child matures
• shift the burden of support from one
level of government to another
• respond to voter demands
Work-for-Welfare Does Not
• save on welfare rolls by placing participants in long term jobs
• reduce welfare fraud
• enhance skills and employability
• improve work ethics
• improve self-esteem
• help those who face serious barriers to
employment, such as single mothers
with young children
In a 1994 Gallup poll, 86 percent of
respondents said they favoured making
welfare receipients work. ♦
Women pay more for education than men
by Samer Muscat!
OTTAWA (CUP)-Increasing tuition fees
cost women more than men because
women take longer to pay off their student loans, according to a recent federal
"There will be more hardship for
women if tuition fees keep rising," said
Rose Beatly, director of education for the
Canadian Federation of University
Women, a federal lobby group on education and human rights issues.
Since women work in lower-paying
jobs, it takes them on average longer to
pay off their loam—meaning greater inter-
: and more debt This places aa
unfair burden on them, said the study.
The overall wage gap between the two
sexes in Canada remains substantial;
women working Mi-rime in 1994 took
home an average of just 70 cents for
every dollar earned by a man, a two cent
&edine from 1993. Statistics Canada's
most recent figures also show that men
on average make more than women in
S14 of 524 occupations.
Beatty said the only wary to address
the problem is to improve the lot of
women in general, which may be a difficult task, given government cutbacks to
social programmes.
"It will be tougher for women to get a
university education,* she said. ♦
PQ may increase tuition, slash spending
by M-J Mlltey and Anup Grewal she said the government has "taken no
decisions towards the idea of tuition
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.increase tin tuition fees] next year and Two-thirds of Quebec students work to
30 petcsen! over tteee years/ said pay for their education, and almost 80
Cfaantal de |8lya, a student councillor at percent have animal incomes Jess than
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AMS keeps famous painters in the dark
by Andrea Spence
Although famous Group of Seven painters maintain a permanent residence in the SUB, few students ever get to see
Lauren Harris and A.Y. Jackson are just two artists featured in the Alma Mater Society's own valuable and rarely
displayed art collection, recently appraised at more than
AMS Director of Administration Jennie Chen said UBC's
student union is the only society in Canada to maintain a
permanent art collection, thanks to a 1957 by-law providing
for the collection's permanent existence.
When the AMS unveiled the collection's original paintings, they hung in student residences and AMS executive
offices, but were later moved to the Gallery Lounge in the
Later, out of concern for the safe-keeping of the art, it
was moved to a vault and is currently displayed twice a year
in the AMS Art Gallery.
But AMS Art Gallery Commissioner Karen Tan said the
vault is not an ideal environment for maintaining the art; it
is cramped and needs improved humidity controls.
"Right now the paintings are not kept in a very good
place for keeping art...There is some kind of temperature
control, but we need to upgrade it. That's [the Art
Commission's] prime concern this year."
Tan said the Commission also hopes to attract more
attention to the Gallery and its collection. "A lot of people
don't even know we have a collection," she said.
This year's first AMS Art Collection exhibition will run
September 16 to 22 and will reappear second term from
January 27 to February 2.*>
New helmet law a good fit here at UBC
by G.D. Mitchell
If you ride a tricycle, bicycle, or
even a unicycle on campus you'd
better have an approved helmet.
As of September 3, the RCMP are
enforcing the New Bicycle Helmet
Law at UBC.
Even riding past the library
without a helmet could get you a
S25 fine, according to the campus
RCMP detachment.
The provincial law applies in
all areas already covered by the
Motor Vehicle Act. This includes
all public streets, roads and highways where regular traffic laws
Parkways and off-road bike
paths are not currently covered by
the helmet law, but local municipalities are expected to pass bylaws extending the regulation to
cover areas such as Stanley Park
and Pacific Spirit Park.
Cyclists can currently bike
through the UEL without a helmet
but are fair game for the police
once they cross a road or highway.
The new law has been met with
enthusiasm by cycling groups.
"It's a good law," said Robert
Delahanty, Past President of the
Cycling Association of BC, "it's
excellent in the context of the way
we make all our laws."
Dawn McKay of Dunbar Cycles
agreed, "You can get over a broken
arm and a broken leg but a head
injury is a very big issue."
But, she said, there has been
some public resistance to the law.
A number of customers "are buying |helmets] just to be legal, not to
be safe," she told The Ubyssey. "20
percent of the customers that have
been buying, especially last
minute,   are  forcing  themselves
and they're totally cursing about
the fact that they've lost their freedom of choice."
Delahanty had limited sympathy for people who chose to be
unsafe when cycling. People who
wear helmets, he said, should not
be forced to pay for the care of
those who do not.
"If you waive your rights to
being picked up and taken care of
afterwards - after you've shmuck-
ed your head because you were
stupid enough not to wear a helmet, then okay," he said.
In the past five years there
have been 9,400 bicycle accidents
in BC involving motor vehicles
resulting in fifty-two deaths. In
1994 alone there were over two-
thousand reported bike collisions.
Five people were killed; four of
them were not wearing helmets.
Studies from south of the bor-
SINCE SEPTEMBER j we all have to do this before we ride our bikes
der have shown helmets to reduce
the risk of head injury by 85 percent and brain damage by 88 percent.
It is estimated that only five
percent of Canadians voluntarily wear a helmet when they
ride.»> rivVi^s
Students may pay for technology
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
UBC students may end up paying the price for the
information revolution.
As early as next September, students may be
charged a $ 150 technology fee, on top of tuition and
existing student activity fees—but the idea will likely
go to a campus wide student referendum, administrators said Monday.
"It seems obvious that, given the current atmosphere on campus and the government's policy on
tuition, it would probably not be possible to impose a
technology fee without demonstrated support from
the students," said Robert Goldstein, vice-chair of
UBC's Advisory Committee on Information
Technology (ACIT).
Goldstein said members ofthe ACIT have only discussed the idea of a student technology fee, which
could range between $ 100 and $ 150 a year. A newly
formed group, the Student Information Technology
Access Committee (SITAC), will look more closely at
the idea. He added that at least half of SITAC's members will be students.
Maria Klawe, vice-president of Student and
Academic Services, said the university is making
progress in using information technology for teaching,  research and  administration, but needs to
improve accessibility for the entire university community.
The fee would go towards providing more modem
lines and expanding campus computer labs.
Goldstein told The Ubyssey that although the university is working to raise money from corporate
sources like BC Tel, it will not be able to fully implement its information technology plan without additional funding from students.
The university is currendy spending between $ 15
million and $20 million wiring the campus to enable
wide-spread computer networking by 1999.
If a technology fee is passed, UBC students won't
be the first to pay such a fee. Extra technology fees
are standard at several US universities and students
at Nova Scotia's Acadia University will be required to
lease a notebook computer for $1200 by the year
But if the reaction of students waiting in a 10
minute line to use netinfo computers in Koerner
Library are any indicator of whether UBC students
will support a $150 fee increase, the technology fee
may be in for a quick death.
"There definitely is a need for more terminals on
campus," said Applied Science student Fatima
Dharsee, "but we already pay too much. $ 150 a year
sounds pretty steep."♦
Former prof alleges discrimination
by Sarah Galashan
A complaint filed with the BC
Human Rights Council is threatening to bring another discrimination controversy to campus.
Former Assistant forestry and
landscape architecture Professor
Brent Ingram said UBC didn't
renew his contract because of his
political beliefs, and because he's
Ingram went to the BC Human
Rights Council in 1994 with his
complaint. Their report, which he
said will be released in a matter of
weeks, will determine whether the
case goes to trial.
Ingram said colleagues who
reviewed his job performance
held different values than he
does—and this prejudiced their
"Smart people with tenure,
such as associate professors and
deans, can be just as bigoted in
their work as anybody else,"
Ingram told The Ubyssey.
"As a fairly politically active gay
man I had had a series of harassing incidences that went back to
around 1990," he added. "There
was a heavily charged atmosphere."
Associate Landscape Architecture Patrick Mooney, was a member ofthe review committee.
BRENT INGRAM shows off the two years worth of paperwork involved
in his human rights complaint, richard lam photo
"I've totally denied all of the
allegations Ingram has made
against me," he told The Ubyssey.
"The allegations are so broad-
reaching that any reasonable person would throw [the complaint]
The other five professors
named in Ingram's complaint,
and University President David
Strangway declined comment.
"I'm not interested in the
money," Ingram said, referring to
the possibility of a settlement offer
from the University. "I want reinstatement or to set a precedent,"
he said.
"I miss my students and my
Fired UBC Food Services director questions debt
by Stanley Tromp
The controversy over debt and reorganization in
UBC's Food Services department continues.
After nearly 20 years on the job, the university
fired UBC Food Services director Christine Samson
on July 3. Three weeks later, a financial review by
Ernst and Young Management Consultants reported
a $750,000 Food Services loss.
Ernst and Young's figure, Samson said, is "a bit
"I don't agree with the debt figure that was published," she said. "Those were losses that were
incurred at Trekkers and the Student Union Building
-and those two buildings had the total debt of all Food
Services mainly assigned to them.
"But when those two buildings were built, the
debt was to be distributed and all of the operations
were to pay. Debt repayment was meant to be borne
by all of Food Services, not just one location. The
losses The Sun quoted [on August 17] were not
operating losses but losses that included debt repayment.
"I think Food Services only lost about $100,000
last year. It was only short a little bit of money to the
university," she said.
Samson said the SUB lost money because its structure "was somewhat outdated, and there was much
competition from the student operations. There's not
a level playing field."
Sales dropped, she believed, "because it's the
times. People bring more bag lunches and have less
money for eating out."
Responding to a Vancouver Sun editorial urging
the privatization of Food Services, Samson said, "If
private companies don't have to take unions, and
they pay the university the same money that we did,
then maybe they can do better. They want to make a
profit for their shareholders, but our mandate was
always to break even."*
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 by Stu Clark
TORONTO (CUP)-Martin de Groot
wants to open Canada's first private university. But his university
will be nothing like the costly private schools that have existed for
years in the United States.
De Groot's university will have
no campus, no buildings and very
little bureaucracy.
De Groot came up with the idea
when he couldn't find full-time
work teaching history at any of
Canada's regular universities.
Instead of looking for another line
of work, he decided to start his
own university.
"Of course we have to do it in
'90s style," he says. "We're not
going to be able to do what they
did in the '50s and '60s when they
built the University of Waterloo
because there aren't huge government funds available."
Nineties-style means doing
without more than just a campus
and buildings. Professors at the
proposed university will be paid
about $40,000 a year, and they
will only be paid for teaching, not
doing research.
While de Groot says a private
university could teach other institutions to run more efficiently, he
is worried that he could be too successful.
"The last thing I want to
demonstrate is that we can provide high-quality liberal arts education without any kind of support
other than tuition fees," he says.
Student leaders are also worried that universities run without
government funding would make
it easier for governments to cut
back education budgets.
"The problem in the system
will not be solved by independent
private institutions cropping up,"
says Brad Levigne ofthe Canadian
Federation of Students. "The solutions lie in adequately funding the
universities that we do have."
Governments have cut back billions of dollars worth of funding
to universities over the last 10
years and that is why young scholars can't get jobs; Levigne says.
De Groot, who has been thinking about starting a private university for three years, says his timing
to start the school is very fortunate. While Ontario's previous
government wasn't interested in
privatising universities, Premier
Mike Harris has made it clear he is
willing to consider the idea.
Harris has already set up a
panel to study the issue.
De Groot's idea is new, but not
Shawn Warren, a graduate student at Saint Mary's University in
Halifax, has put together a proposal to start a private campusless
college where students would hire
teachers the same way they hire
Warren's proposal, called
Greenvale College, would charge
students 40 percent lower tuition
fees than regular universities.
Warren says this can be done by
putting all the work normally
done by university administrators
into the hands of professors.
His professors—or independent contractors, as he likes to call
them—would be responsible for
registering their own students
and collecting tuition fees.
Professors would keep 90 percent
of those fees as salary while the
other 10 percent would be used to
pay for the college's overhead.
"The reason that tuitions are so
high in established institutions is
because we have things like football teams and cafeterias and
bloated bureaucracies," Warren
said. Warren's plan has been
rejected by the Nova Scotia government, but it has gained in
other provinces.
He says he recently met with
Manitoba's Minister of Education,
and there is talk of opening a prototype of Greenvale in 1997. Tom
Carson, deputy minister for
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interested in Warren's proposal,
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when the province will allow the
college to start up.
While Warren spends the fall
trying to sell his idea to student
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Groot and his four colleagues will
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Olympian in for the fun of it
UBC athlete Sarah Evanetz
returns from Atlanta and talks
with The Ubyssey about the
Olympics, having fun and
her plans for the future.
by Wolf Depner
Sarah Evanetz doesn't get rattled easily. Nor she does take
things for granted, especially the Olympics.
"I heard a lot about athletes who get stressed out at the
Olympics/ the UBC swimming star and fourth-year
International Relations student said. "I just wanted to enjoy
And who could blame her.
Four years   ago,   Sarah  Evanetz just
missed the cut for the Barcelona team.
"But working back from that disap
pointment I just realised that it was
so important to just enjoy the
moment," continued the 21-year
old Vancouver native.
"When the competitors
were introduced, some of
them looked as if they were
going to cry," she observed. "I
just made an effort to smile and
wave to the crowd whenever I
But she was all business in the
Finishing 13th overall in the
100m  Butterfly,   she  was  near
her personal best time and came
close to winning a medal with the
fifth-placed 4 X 100m Medley relay
"Winning a medal would have been
amazing. But to think that we were .thai
close to winning a medal was almost as
Evanetz spent her early childhood in
Hawaii and plunged into organised swimming at the age of 10 when it was just
another sport. A "track and field buff
until Grade 8, she focused her attention
on swimming at the age of 14 and attended her first national team meet when she
was 15 years old.
Blessed with an excellent
strength/weight ratio, Evanetz spends up
to 26 hours per week in the pool, logging
as much as sixty kilometres.
She complements her pool wor!
with extensive dry-land training
which includes chopping fire
wood at her parents' cabin on
the Sunshine Coast. "Yeah, I'm
an outdoorsy person," she
Ranked 14th in the world in
the 100m Butterfly, Evanetz is
one of the finest swimmers to
have come out of UBC.
In her three years at UBC she
has won three straight national
CIAU team titles. Individually
Evanetz has swum 18 races at
the CIAU championships, winning 15 gold medals.
At the Canadian national level
she has won 16 titles, since
"She is extremely competitive," said UBC and Pacific
Dolphin Swim Association head
coach Tom Johnson, who has
worked with Evanetz since
Evanetz has nothing but praise for Johnson, who was on
Swim Canada's coaching staff.
"He is part psychologist, part nutritionist, part sport
physiologist. He is really well versed in all those fields."
But Evanetz considers Johnson to be more than just a
"He knows things about me that parents wouldn't
know. He is a friend too, not just a swimming coach, and
that is something most people don't know ...if my father
would die before I got married, he would walk me down
the aisle."
"We have been through a lot of ups and downs together, so she feels that she can communicate with me quite
easily," said Johnson. "Having gone through a lot of high
pressure situations together makes us quite compatible."
With   the   Olympics   over,   Evanetz   is
ready to relax and will not compete
for UBC this year.  To  get a fresh
perspective on her life and academic  work,   she  will  spend  two
months in South Africa this winter    before     heading     off    to
Melbourne in March 1997 for a
semester's worth of studies.
"I knew that this was my year to
I.ike off, to relax a little. Coming
out of the Olympics you need
something to take your mind
off," she explained.
But the Olympic images are
f  still fresh in her mind, especially
■   Ihe opening ceremonies.
'        "Marching down into that stadium  with   80,000   people,   the
bright lights, the roar ofthe stadium
it was just amazing," she mar-
I saw myself later on TV and my
i-U'ts w ere wide-open. I was a 12-year old
she said with a smile.
And then there was the night
of the Centennial Park Bombing.
"I was woken up at 3:30 in
ihe morning and sat in the front
of the TV for four hours, going,
Holy shit, I can't believe this.'
We didn't know what was going
i happen.  My worst fear was
i Hat we were going to be sent
lome   and  the   Olympics  were
ii"ing to be over," she said.
On the whole, she didn't care
much about the way the media
portrayed Atlanta. "There were
never really any transportation
miblems," she said. She also
mind Americans to be very considerate towards foreign athletes.
With the 1996 Games barely
over, Evanetz has already talked
about competing in the 2000
Olympics. Should she compete,
Evanetz will be a veteran at the age
of 25.
On the whole, she was pleased
with her performance in Atlanta.
"Obviously, I would have liked to
have been faster. Maybe if Atlanta
had been my last meet, I would
have been disappointed, but it is
The Break Down
Yards rushing for leading
rusher Mark Nohra of UBC:
T-Birds penalties in yards:
Nohra runs the T-Birds to victory
Field goals missed by
Total offence for Alberta
in yards:
Sacks given up by UBC
in first two games:
 by Wolf Depner
Saturday's football home opener was the Mark
Nohra show. The veteran halfback rambled for
252 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries in
UBC's 15-7 win over the Alberta Golden Bears.
A strong defensive effort and Nohra's performance, 24 yards short of a school rushing
record, were nearly wasted as the Birds could
not finish off their chances against an inferior
Alberta team.
The T-Birds didn't clinch their eight-point
win until the Bears failed to convert a 3rd down
and long situation with 36 seconds left in the
Game time conditions were far from perfect
as a steady afternoon rain had soaked the playing field.
The Birds adjusted well to the sloppy turf
and drove three times deep into Alberta's territory in the first half alone only to score four
Mark Nohra's 55-yard touchdown scamper
with less than six minutes left in the first half
finally broke the ice. And two late field goals
gave the Birds a 14-0 lead heading into in the
second half.
But the Birds didn't carry their offensive
momentum into the third quarter. That allowed
the Bears to stay in the game, trailing only by
two touchdowns heading into the final quarter.
And the Bears almost made the Birds pay for
their offensive mistakes as Sean Zaychowsky's
three-yard TD pass and convert halved UBC's
lead with little more than six minutes left.
Jamie Boreham then missed the chance to
ice the Bears when he shanked a 28-yard field
with 1:43 left in the contest, giving the Bears
one last shot to steal the game away from the
"[Winning] was really important
to us after losing at Saskatchewan,"
stated Nohra. "But we can't be playing games.
"We kept it way too close .... we
dominated them, but we just couldn't kill them, [Alberta] just hung
UBC head coach Casey Smith
said, "You have to give Alberta
credit. They are a big, physical football team and they made it tough
for us. ... We had an opportunity to
put them away in the third quarter
and we could, not get it done."
Bird Pivot Jason Day was average at best, completing 13 out 2 7
passes for 171 yards. His one interception late in first quarter also
negated an excellent scoring
chance with UBC knocking at
Alberta's goalline.
The kicking game, meanwhile,
continued to be inconsistent as
Jamie Boreham went two-for-five.
UBC opened the scoring early in
the second quarter on Boreham's
missed 20-yard field goal attempt.
Nohra's spectular 55-yard TD run
put UBC up 8-0 before Boreham
nailed field goals from 18 yards
and 33 yards to round up the scoring in the first half.
Alberta's 10-play major scoring
drive late in the fourth quarter
nearly tipped the game, but was too
little too late against a fericous UBC
defence led by Linebacker Alex
Charles who collected one sack and forced one
RUNNING back Mark Nohra splits the Alberta Bear's defense
for a 55 yard touch down, paul kamon photo
The 1-1 Birds will now prepare for Shrum
Bowl XIX, the much anticipated cross-town
showdown against the SFU Clansmen. ♦
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|,   Tnat is what it
es ail about And as long as
I'm enjoying it, I'll keep going."
Sarah Evanetz
Olympic swimmer and UBC student
not. I still have room for improvement," she said.
"I'm still having a great time. That is what it is all aboul
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KISS drives GM Place back to
by Wolf Depner
KISS with Stabbing Westward
Sep 2 at GM Place
KISS is back with a vengence, make-up and all, ready to
revive arena rock with all its incumbent decadence and
(So whatever happened to the alternative rock revolution
that was supposed to save us all from classic rock dinosaurs
like, well, KISS?)
Yes, the 70's glam rockers are bald, fat and old now. But
who really cares about Gene Simmons' receding hairline
and Paul Stanley's little paunch? These guys still know how
to put on first-class entertainment.
Kicking off with a deafening rendition of 'Deuce', the
comic book rockers let it all hang out, giving Vancouver's
KISS Army what they came for: two hours of the band's
greatest hits, blinding pyrotechnics, eardrum smashing guitar solos, and Gene Simmons hovering over the stage with
fake blood dripping from his snake-like tongue.
The  show's  first highlight  came  early  on
Simmons' brimstoned voice ripped into 'Calling
Dr. Love.' Stanley's turn to shine came
when he  unpacked  the  'Love
Gun', sending the thirty
into a frenzy. 'Shout it Loud' and 'Firehouse' were other fan
But KISS saved the best for last, finishing off the main set
with the anthem 'Black Diamond.'
The boys (or should I say geezers) from New York then
dished out the encores with 'Detroit Rock City,' 'Beth' and
'Rock 'N Roll All Night'
On the whole, Paul "Starchild" Stanley and Gene
"Demon" Simmons played their respective characters to
Stanley strutted across the stage almost effortlessly and
showed off his tush to the female audience members whenever he could. Simmons, meanwhile, was at his cartoonish
best. If Batman ever had a fat, evil, twin brother in vertigo-
inducing platform shoes, Gene Simmons would be it.
"Spaceman" Ace Frehley, played it cool throughout the
show and looked bored on occasion. But whatever Frehley
may have lacked in stage presence, he made up for by cranking out riffs that left the audience teetering on the brink of
Peter "Catman" Criss was solid on drums
and ignited the sold-out GM Place when he
coaxed out the opening line to the pubescent
ballad 'Beth,' a tune that can be blamed for
all   those   power   ballads   we   endured
throughout the 80s. If you've ever heard
'Home  Sweet Home'  by KISS  rip-offs
Motley Crue, you'll know what I mean.
A   mediocre   Stabbing   Westward
opened the show, failing to create any
sort of energy before
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watching  the  audience to see which
KISS member was
imitated the most.
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Cod Lives Underwater
- Empty
[Def American]
Second-rate faceless industrial bollocks. Don't
toss your old Nine Inch
Nails CDs, as this isn't the
second coming of Trent.
Produced by Rick Rubin (who hasn't come a
long way since Licensed
to 111], Empty is a suitable
title for this CD — atonal singing through some kind of saturation/chorus filter, drums I'm not sure are real or digital,
puerile use of vaguely techno-ish keyboards — all add up to an
empty experience. The only single I've ever heard off this is
'Still,' which is different from the rest, but different in a still-
boring way.
Sitting here, writing this, I'm having trouble distinguishing songs every time I press the skip button, as they all sound
the same. Almost all start with a sort of bleepy/noodley guitar
riff and invariably, five seconds later, the break-beatish
drums come in — no, wait, now I'm sure it's a drum machine.
Boring. And Empty. — the mystery miter
Jaw - Motor City Sleeps [Spock 5]
This CD came with a short promo that quotes Al Cole: "On his
first solo effort Motor City Sleeps, Jaw manages to accentuate
all that was good about old-school pop." This statement
seems to be ambiguous praise at best, and it's almost insulting. However, the album itself has so little originality or gripping interest, it might have been better to leave "old-school
pop" in the past tense where it won't come out and bother
The deeper implications of the lyrics are only as impressive as a mundane "my baby and me," a little pretentious
whining, etc. The music itself is simply too easy to tune out,
and it sounded more interesting when ignored. To any Jaw
fans out there, I'm sorry, because I've probably done him a
disservice; it's just not a CD I'd recommend.
His promoters seem to have slotted him for radio, and the
music is of that bad-radio-station type. Perhaps there is success in Jaw's future after all. —Jenna Newman
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at the Varsity Theatre until Sep 12
The Northern Lights may be a year-long phenomenon in
their arctic habitat, but there's only a few days left to
catch them at the local movie house. And catch them you
should, as Peter Mettler's Picture of Light is one of the
more interesting documentaries to come out of the
Canadian hinterland since Nanook of the North
launched the genre some seven decades ago.
Picture of Light is also an irrepressibly self-conscious
little film, in a style reminiscent of German directors
Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog. (Not surprisingly,
Mettler has worked as a cinematographer for avowed
Wenders fan Atom Egoyan.) This is not just a film about
the Northern Lights—if it were, it probably wouldn't last
more than a reel or two—but a film about filmmakers in
pursuit of the aurora borealis. Thus we see them on the
train to Churchill, Manitoba; thus we follow them as
they interview the locals, who explain the effects the
lights have had on them; thus we trudge with them
through the snow as they look for a spot to rest their
frosted camera and increasingly brittle cables.
We don't, however, follow them into the editing
room, where the voices of some interviewees are played
over the footage of others, where music and sound
effects are layered onto the soundtrack, and where Ihe
detached, languid narration is written and recorded.
(It's the sort of script that utters words like "commodify"
before the critics can dig them out of their vocabularies.)
So while we witness these filmmakers during their
many moments of contact with the real world, we don't
see them so much after the fact, in the soundstages and
editing labs where the real commodifying takes place.
But what really makes this film are its visuals, which
range from the silly to the sublime. Hot water drips
from a train, leaving trails of crystal vapors in its wake.
An old, rusted boat sits alone in an endless horizon of
snow. Holed up in his motel, Swiss meteorologist
Andreas Zuest shoots a hole through the wall—with the
owner's enthusiastic support!—to see if the wind will
send a mini snow drift his way. (When it doesn't, he goes
outside and shovels the stuff indoors—perhaps he's
commodifying the snow too.)
And then there are the Northern Lights themselves,
zipping around the skies against a pinwheeling
starscape in haunting, luminous time-lapse photography. After everyone else has had their say—claiming the
Lights for their spirit guides, or their artistic inspiration,
or a possible new source of electricity—the Lights themselves take centre stage, hushing our words and daring
us not to be transfixed with awe.
Beckett and Cuffling play Krapps at the Fringe
by P. Santos Javier
Krapps last Tape
Tu Sep 10 - Th Sep 12 9:00pm
Fr Sep 13 - Su Sep 15 6:00pm
at the Edison Gallery
Krapps Last Tape, Samuel Beckett's
moving study of a man crippled by
loneliness, is a small-theatre treat,
an intellectual and emotional sit-in.
Aware that the end of his life is
near, Krapps takes to musing over
old reels of tape he's recorded
through   the  years.   They   house
impressions of his thoughts, memories of past relationships. Veteran
stage actor Bernard Cuffling is
remarkable as the saturnine Krapps,
a role that, as with most of Beckett's
creations, requires great physicality
and a deftness at vaudeville.
Cuffling's stunted movements
about the small stage are gracefully
haggard and convey the Sisyphusian
state Krapps is, and seems to have
always been, in. In a grave, lucidly
measured tone, Cuffling emotes the
effort Krapps spends in so trivial an
act as picking up bananas to eat
from an abaca container.
The play's high point comes
when Krapps repeats the tape which
holds his memories of an old flame,
most likely his wife. "Moments..."
we hear Krapps say in a voice
Cuffling imbues with the deepest
longing, his face looming over the
machine with the bitterest of smiles.
The minimal set design leaves
much room for Cuffling to work
Krapps' gloom on the very small
Edison Gallery stage. An excellent
performance, an excellent production.
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Brilliant! is,
well, brilliant
by Andy Barham
Tu Sep 10 4:45pm
Fr Sep 13 4:00pm
Sa Sep 14 noon
at the Firehall Arts Centre
The Electric Company's Brilliant! is appropriately named. The entire cast turned in a
splendid performance on Friday evening
that had the jampacked audience applauding and cheering throughout the show.
Although song and dance routines were
used, it would be unjust to brand the show
a musical comedy. For one thing, though many
elements of the play were indeed roaringly
funny, the play itself is a tragedy, since it concerns the eccentric inventor and engineer,
Nikolai Tesla (Andy Thompson). As the play
points out, although Thomas Edison is credited
with being the "father of electricity", in fact the
credit really belongs to Tesla, since it was he
who developed alternating current, making the
possibility of delivering inexpensive electricity
over large distances possible. In fact, Tesla was
repeatedly swindled by the likes of Edison and
Westinghouse, dying in virtual poverty in a
New York boarding house, largely forgotten by
the world, his plans and drawings confiscated
by the FBI while the others went on to become
household names.
The cast used music to good effect to
enhance our perception of the characters' personalities. In fact, one segment had the whole
audience hooting with laughter, cheering and
applauding, as Thomas Edison (David Hughes)
attempted to demonstrate, while breaking into
a tap dancing routine, that alternating current
was "too dangerous for household use" by electrocuting a kitten at the Chicago World's Fair in
Although the sets were extremely spartan —
two cast members vibrating a stretched spring
were used to suggest alternating current for
example — through clever staging as well as
superb acting and costumery, the company
was able to skillfully achieve a late 19th centu-
GOIN' FRINGIN': The Fringe Festival gets underway with last Thursday's parade, paul kamon photo
DRESSED in a postmodern tribalism, a girl considers
her options at the Fringe, paul kamon photo
ry ambience. Basically, we see the life of Tesla
through the eyes, or rather, the video screen of
Infogeek Phil Hamilton (Anthony Ingram), as
the images on his screen come to life. Some of
the cleverest and best-acted sequences resulted
directly from this approach, since various cast
members were called upon to mimic, for
example, a video sequence being rewound and
replayed. Whether the crew was called upon to
portray pigeons being fed by Tesla, or to mimic
an early silent film sequence, the actors displayed consumate skill in executing these difficult, multiple roles.
There were a few minor technical glitches
which were likely unavoidable—this ain't
Andrew Lloyd Webber, after all. Nonetheless,
don't be surprised if Brilliant! turns out to be
the surprise hit of this season's Fringe. ♦
The best man
may be a woman
by Robin Yeatman
at the W.I.S.E. Hall
We all know what a best man is, but what happens if all your candidates are women? Ronnie
(Joey Lesperance), a gay man in Gavin
Crawford's satirical comedy Beautiful, is
faced with the problem of choosing which
of his three best friends (all female)
should stand by him on his big day.
The question plagues him until the
night before the wedding: Should it be
Sarah (Mara Coward), the plain housewife
with whom he shares a sad romantic past?
Or perhaps Viv (Kathleen Duborg), the
strong-willed, aspiring actress who has
always encouraged him to follow his
dreams? (By the way, she's gay too.) And
we can't forget Libby (Rondel
Reynoldson), a feminist anti-type who's
always primping and preening, but who
has always accepted Ronnie for who he is.
Perhaps it is because of the pre-wed-
ding stress, perhaps eenie-meenie-miney-
moe just doesn't do the trick, or maybe
Ronnie is just feeling bitchy, but he
decides to turn the whole thing into a contest. Yes, you guessed it, a beauty contest
in which the winner is awarded the honour of being Ronnie's best man.
Indeed, who is the most beautiful? In
trying to judge, Ronnie begins to realize
how ridiculous the expectations are that
modern society puts on women with
regards to their appearances. In true
"infomercial" style, the cast depict a
slave/master relationship between
women and their makeup, their exercising equipment, even breast enhancers.
Though very humorous, the message is
one which all women can identify with to
an extent.
Although the outcome is predictable, not to
mention politically correct, the means to the
ending is entertaining, with equally strong performances from the entire cast. To the question most often posed to the mirror, unconditional acceptance is the answer Crawford
throws in, between laughs. ♦
Fringe play was
maid at UBC
 by James Rowley
The Maids
Fr Sep 13 4:00pm
Sa Sep 14 6:00pm
Su Sep 15 8:45pm
at the Gastown Theatre
Originally presented at our own Dorothy
Somerset Studio, MFA Director Valerie
Methot's adaptation of Jean Genet's The Maids
has gone Fringing.
This time, it reminded me of my trip to New
York City two years ago. This may seem a
stretch, but let me explain.
When the rage of entrapment simmering in
the ghettos of "Black Harlem" erupted into
riots, most of the violence never touched the
surrounding neighbourhoods. The people of
Harlem destroyed their homes. Decades later,
burned out and boarded up, many buildings
remain home to nobody.
This rage of entrapment dominates the
lives of Claire and Solange, played by UBC BFA
grads Shannon Woelk and Tina Biello, with
comparable results. We enter the dark world of
Madame's maids who, drunk on fantasies of
slavery, mastery and murder, struggle to evoke
change in their real lives.
Since its UBC premiere The Maids has
gained some and lost some. Acting is its
strength. Woelk and Biello are not afraid to go
deep into some very creepy corners of the
human soul—so deep as to find humour there.
Marya Delver, also a BFA grad, is an improvement as the new Madame, oozing snobbery,
triviality and cruelty and having fun doing it.
The script and performances are very effective; the problems are the distractions. The
stage is cluttered and the lighting too elaborate, though that may not bother anyone but
me. Universally annoying, however, is the
soundscape. Genet's language is tricky enough
without the constant blurring of words with
(albeit) very interesting music. When the musicians, almost directly before me in my front
row seat, started spinning plastic tubes to
make that eerie wind sound (occasionally
knocking them together) I laughed in despair.
It seemed like the director couldn't believe her
actors might be enough to carry the show.
They're plenty.
I recommend The Maids, but I would suggest sitting on the right hand side, away from
the "band". ♦
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September 10, 1996 • volume 78 issue 2
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As far as great literature is concerned, the wretched
heart remains the traumatic body part of choice.
Peter T. Chattaway took inspiration from his unrequited devotion to Scott Hayward (a married Joe
Clark man who died at 24) to write Charlie Cho. The
Italian poet and playwright Ben Koh wrote his scandalously successful play Richard Law after his youthful passion for the aging actor Ian Gunn went unfulfilled. i\nd then there was the poet Sarah O'Donnell.
whose 16-year-old husband Federico Barahona got
bored after a month of engagement and went home
to his family. Four years later she had the last word
through her now famous essays on divorce. In fact,
as Afshin Mehin said in 1688, 'Sudden love takes
the longest time to be cured." Mauran Kim and Wolf
Depner were the classic case. In Shakespeare's orig
inal version the lovers knew each other for only four
fleeting days. Still, they're heartbreak was eternal:
Tor never was a story more gay/ Than this of Neal
Razzell and Richelle Rae.' Country music only makes
things worse. Stanley Tromp, a sociologist from Greg
Mitchell University in Doug Quan. found that greater
airplay of country music corresponded with higher
rates of suicide. A useful drug recently tried on
lovesick patients by psychiatrists Sarah Galashan
and Chris Nuttall-Smith is a monoamine oxidase
(MAO) inhibitor. To everyone's astonishment,"
writes Andrea Spence in Anatomy of Ben Sharab,
'within weeks of receiving MAO inhibitors, one perpetually lovesick man began to choose his partners
more carefully.' When death stole the husband ofthe
pre-James Rowley painter Jenna Newman, she was
so heartbroken that she laid her love poems in his
hands and had them buried with his body. Though P.
Santos Javier had been divorced from Andy Barham
for eight years, his suicide in 1962 tore sobs from
him at the funeral. And then there was the tale of Lay
Robin Yeatman, whose husband, arctic explorer Sir
Paul Kamon, was lost in 1847 on a voyage to find the
Northwest Passage. Source: The 1997 Old Farmer's
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As the service industry grows, unions make a comeback
In the 1960s, the boomers agitated
for change, calling for world peace and
empowerment for their generation, thereby
establishing themselves as the democratic
force to reckon with for the next 30 years.
They did it through sit-ins, riots and
Thirty years later, young people are
banding together again; and with the pragmatism that is the hallmark of twenty-some-
things in the 1990s, they are agitating for
change by joining the labour movement
According to an article in the May/June
issue of Ms. magazine, 18 percent of the 2.5
million 15 to 24 year-olds employed in
Canada are unionised.
And while this is low in comparison to
the 33 percent national average, it seems
the movement to unionise among youth is
slowly building steam—to the benefit of
both unions and young people.
Given that outlets of well-known chains
like Starbucks, Kentucky Fried Chicken,
Tim Hortons and White Spot are joining
unions, it is clear that the service sector is
looking for a new deal.
The change comes, no doubt, in part as a
result of who is now holding service-sector
jobs. According to an informal survey of a
west-side coffee bar and a Kitsilano natural
foods store, the vast majority of part-time
employees slinging lattes and bagging tofu
are well-educated students and recent university graduates. The service sector is no
longer a stand-by for 'real* jobs that don't
pan out—the Mcjobs are now the jobs.
As a result, young people are clearly less
willing to accept sub-standard working conditions traditionally associated with the service industry. They have the political savvy
to fight them, and more often than not, a
sizable loan payment as incentive.
For those of us who grew up middle class
in a decade where the word union was
worse than a four-letter-word, it is especially significant we should now find ourselves
embracing them.
But it may be less mutual affection than
a marriage of convenience.
This week the CAW itself said publicly
that their survival as a major union is
dependant on organising within the service
sector. The traditional union stomping
grounds in the down-sized, rationalised
manufacturing sector now offer fewer
recruiting opportunities. Despite the service industry's reputation for high staff
turnover and low profit margins, labour
leaders are beginning to see service-sector
workers as more than teenagers looking for
spending money.
As for employers in the service industry,
their time spent lobbying governments and
fighting hikes in the minimum wage could
be better spent considering the effects that
wide-spread organising could have on their
profit margins.
If employees of a supposedly-enlightened chain like Starbucks feel they have to
unionise to get a fair deal, the service industry in general must be a powder-keg of
employee discontent.
corporate campus
The most significant news story
ever handled by the University
administration's public relations
press— UBC Reports—ran in the
publication's August 15 edition.
In gist, the story reported that a
two-year moratoriam on UBC's
development designs for Point Grey
has been subverted by
an Interim Implementation
Process. This Process 'includes
preparation of local area
plans...[for] non-institutional development such as market housing, a
school, a community centre and
commercial and related services."
The public is invited to "review
and comment," presumably by
November, when the
proposed Official Community Plan
will be finalised in a third reading
of the UBC Board of Governors.
Students who come here this
week to open another year of study
may not, yet, understand the enormity of the Strangway administration's designs on west side
Vancouver; however, the development of Point Grey land and highway routes is made clear in UBC's
1993 Greater Campus Plan.
This plan maps highway
"corridors to Vancouver and
beyond"; details large tracts of
pink-and-puce market housing;
supports industry-related research
facilities. Commercial developments, no doubt similar in kind to
the strip mall that is now operating
(and littering) on University
Boulevard, will proliferate, and,
if the Strangway adminstration
proves as successful as it subterfuge "Implementation Process"
indicates that it will, there will be
convention centres, motels, hotels
and fast-food malls to follow-
perhaps, again, on University
Both in concept and in implementation the UBC administration
has, in its corporate development
plans, outlined for the University,
not an academic model like
California's Stanford (as the administration would like us to believe)
but an industrial model like
California's less happy Silicon
The Strangway administration,
from its UBC Real Estate
Corporation to its Interim
Implementation Process, is working for developers, taking public
land and (averting it to private use.
Thus the "unique university
community" of President David
Strangway (UBC Reports, August
15) will not be a thinking and
challenging academic community
at all: private money forbids such a
The development intentions of
the Strangway adminstration so
boldly set out in UBC Reports, and
so at variance with ideals of academic freedom guaranteed (or so we
thought) by a BC Universities Act,
should be protested, both within
and without the University. If not,
then we may, each of us, stand witness at UBC this November to the
death of an academically free,
public university—to the death
of all our ideals of thoughtful
challenge and free enquiry.
Nancy Horsman
US imperialist
butchers hands
off Iraq!
In the early hours of the morning,
the US launched a terrorist cruise
missile attack on Iraq. The Liberal
government in Ottawa announced
full support for this terror raid. We
say: Imperialist hands off Iraqi US
and all imperialist forces out of the
Persian Gulfl This latest attack on
Iraq is a cynical attempt by the
Clinton White House to boost the
Democrats' fortunes for the
coming US elections, and is also
meant to send a message to the US'
imperialist rivals, particularly
Germany, that American imperialism is the military top dog in the
world. Clinton and Dole kill Iraqis
and Kurds as an election stunt!
Capitalism means racism and war!
Workers revolution is what we're
In 1991, US and Canadian
imperialism devastated Iraq,
killing tens of thousands of people
in the one-sided slaughter called
"Operation Desert Storm." In the
aftermath, a brutal economic
embargo remained in place which
has cost the lives of hundreds of
thousands of Iraqis who have died
of malnutrition and disease. Now
Clinton is planning on tightening
the screws, ripping up the lousy
UN-brokered deal where Iraq could
exchange oil for food. We say:
Down with the imperialist embargo of Iraq! United Nations-den of
thieves! Overthrow the bourgeoisie!
The same racist rulers in the
US, who have condemned millions
of welfare mothers and their children to death by "abolishing welfare as we know it," bomb and
starve Iraqis. Here in Canada, the
ruling class is waging war on the
poor with massive cutbacks, work-
fare and racist immigration laws,
while the police murder black
youth in Toronto. And the NDP, far
from defending the oppressed,
openly rules for the bosses, from
the former Rae government in
Ontario to Glen Clark in BC today.
We say: For class struggle at home
against Canadian imperialism, the
butchers of Somalia! For a multiracial revolutionary workers party!
Clinton says his bombing
of Iraq was in retaliation for
the incursion of Saddam Hussein's
army into the Kurdish 'no fly*
zone. Yet while the White House
and Ottawa now weep crocodile
tears for the embattled and
oppressed Kurdish people, US
and Canadian imperialism have
been among the main backers of
Turkey, which has waged a war of
annihilation against the Kurdish
people. We call for a Socialist
Republic of United Kurdistan!
Down with US/Canadian imperialism! Hands off Iraq! Saddam
please see page 15 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1996
Is there room for non-Muslims in Iran?
Gohar Adab-Avaz
I am responding to F. Ahmadi's
letter published in The Ubyssey
(September 4, 1996). She claims
that women's right to work, equal
pay, maternity leave, social services, as well as social and political participation is guaranteed in
the constitution and civil laws of
the Islamic Republic of Iran. She
conveniently neglects to mention
that under the present religious
government of Iran, women's status is defined under the Islamic
sharia. Human rights violations in
Iran are so severe that every year
United Nations' Commission on
Human Rights condemns the acts
of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The official statistics from Iran
registered that in the summer of
1995 over 100,000 Iranian citizens were persecuted for not
observing Islamic dress codes
throughout the country. Some of
these citizens had to bear the official punishment for not following
the Islamic dress code which is
paying a substantial fine and
being flogged. In Iran a woman
cannot testify in court If she does
so, she will be punished for libel.
However a man's testimony is
accepted in the court The court
requires two women's testimonies
as the equivalent of one man's testimony. In Iran women are not
considered as whole human
beings, otherwise they would have
the same rights as men do. The
judicial system in Iran is run
according to the Law of
Retribution (Qisas) which is directly taken from the Muslim sharia
and holy book Koran. There are
well defined laws against many
acts of free will. Islam and Koran
are very specific on women's sexuality. Any expression of sexuality
other than what is prescribed
under sharia is harshly treated.
Just one example: article 81 of the
Law of Retribution (Qisas) states
that "Should a man copulate with
a woman not lawful to him,
whether in the front or in the
back, and whether he ejaculates or
does not, adultery will have taken
place and the man and the woman
are both considered adulterers."
The punishment for adultery is
either flogging (jald) or stoning to
death (rajm). This law has taken
the lives of hundreds of Iranian
women and men who wanted to
express any kind of sexual affection outside Muslim marriage.
The Law of Retribution is also very
anti-gays and lesbians. Articles
157-161 state that 'Mosaheqah is
lesbianism with the women's sexual organs...The punishment
(hadd) for mosaheqah (lesbianism) is 100 lashes...Should mosaheqah (lesbianism) be repeated
letters, continued
Hussein should be dealt with by his
own working people for his crimes
against them. Down with the oil
sheiks, emirs and military strongmen! Workers to power! For a socialist federation of the Near East!
In the aftermath of the destruction of the Soviet Union—a degenerated workers state—the imperialist
rulers around the world see nothing
standing in the way of their system
of unbridled exploitation, poverty
and war. As rivalries between the
competing imperialist powers
increase internationally, the racist
rulers wage war against the working
class, the poor, young people, immigrants and Native people at home
and rain cruise missiles down on
Iraq abroad. The Trotskyist/Ligue
parry to overthrow the imperialist
rulers and build an egalitarian the
side of the international working
class and to become active partisans
in its struggles against the imperialist bombers who starve the poor at
home and Iraqis abroad. Workers of
the world unite!
Sean James, Arts 4
for the Spartacus Youth Club
Gall for
Graduate Student Comments
on Part-Time Doctoral Study
The Faculty of Graduate Studies, in association with
the University Graduate Council, recently appointed a
committee to consider the possibility of offering part-
time doctoral study at UBC. The committee is anxious
to hear from students who are currently enrolled in
doctoral programs, or who are contemplating doctoral
study, regarding their views on the perceived merits
and disadvantages of part-time doctoral study.
Suggestions are invited for alternatives that might
retain continuous registration, while permitting students flexibility in dividing their time on and off campus.
A questionnaire on this topic will be distributed early
in September to a random sample of graduate students
at UBC. The committee is interested, as well, in the
views of students who may not form part of that
smaple, but whose experiences or opinions will help
the committee in its deliberations. If you wish to contribute to the information we are collecting, please
write to:
Ronald N. MaoGregor. Chair, Committee on Part-Time Doctoral
Study, Centre for the Study of Curriculum and Instruction,
Faculty of Education, 2125 Main Mall, UBC, V6T 1Z4 or
email to macgrego@unixg.ubc.ca.
All comments, please, by September 30,1996.
three times with hadd being
administered, they shall be killed
on the fourth occasion." The same
punishment applies to gay relationships that are discovered by
the   authorities   of the  Islamic
Republic of Iran.
The     Islamic
Republic of Iran
was     established
after the overthrow
of   the   monarchist
government in
February 1979. The overwhelming majority of
Iranians were against the
corruption and injustices
that were taking place during the time of Shah. But having an oppressive religious government was not the will of many
of us. The treatment of women in
Iran is obviously agreeable to F.
Ahmadi. But millions of Iranian
women and men were against an
oppressive government like the
one we have right now in Iran.
However these opponents were
not allowed to legally protest.
During 1979 to 1996, more than
70 thousand political prisoners
were executed in Iran. Three of
these political prisoners were the
immediate members of my family. During the time my relatives
were in prison, we were not
allowed to visit them. We only
read their names in the lists of
hundreds of executions that were
published in the official newspapers in Tehran. The crimes of
these political prisoners were
mentioned briefly in the newspapers as "blasphemy, acting against
the government of god (Allah)."
F. Ahmadi asserts that "people's choice should be respected,"
meaning that Islamic codes are
the choice of some people in Iran
and therefore they should be
respected. My point is: how about
people like me who are atheists
and are killed or imprisoned or
forced to leave our country as the
result of the enforcement of
Islamic religious laws? How about
non-Muslims? How about Baha'is
who were executed because of
practicing their religion? How
about many political organizations that were destroyed by the
government for having views different from it? F. Ahmadi is happy
that her Muslim lifestyle is ruling
the lives of millions of Iranians
who are not Muslim fundamentalists. But how about women who
are beaten up by their husbands
and their husbands' acts are sanctioned    by    the    government?
Because Koran states that "Men
are in charge of women, because
Allah hath made the one of them
to excel the other, and because
they spend of their property (for
the support of women). So good
women are the obedient, guarding
in secret that which Allah hath
guarded. As for those from ye fear
rebellion, admonish them and
banish them to beds apart, and
scourge them..." (Koran, Surah An-
Iranian society is as diverse as
any other society. F. Ahmadi
envelops all Iranian women as
Muslims. This is a lie. There many
non-Muslims including atheists in
Iran. They are not as privileged as
F. Ahmadi is. Even among Iranian
Muslim women there are debates
in favour of separation of religion
from state. Keep your Muslim fundamentalist ideas for yourself and
do not impose them on me in the
form of terror and religious laws.
Already hundreds of thousands of
people have been killed in Iran for
not complying with these religious
laws. As an Iranian who lives in
Canada, I find it important to raise
public awareness about the injustice that is taking place in Iran.
Human rights are international.
They are a protection for individuals all over the world. Be it ajew in
Nazi Germany or an Iranian dissident under the Islamic Republic of
Iran or anyone who is under injustice anywhere in the world.
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Student Loans, Call 1-800-563-2422
from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. your local time.
CIBC National Student Centre From September to December 1996, BC TE1
offers you even MOKE savings on top of your
everyday discounts. Here's how it works:
We'll look at your phone bill for June, July and August and use the lowest monthly bill, after discounts,
as a benchmark. (If you had no previous monthly charges, your benchmark is zero.) Then for the months
of September, October, November, and December, we'll give you a FURTHER 25% off the difference
between your eligible calls and the benchmark amount for each month.
To apply, just drop this coupon off at your nearest PhoneMart™ store, mail it to BC TEL, #100 - 555 Sixth
Street, New Westminster, B.C., V3M 5H1 or fax it to 1-800-749-6606 before September 30. And keep Mom
happy without breaking the budget.
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Operator handled, Collect Calls and Advantage™ plan calls are excluded. You must be a residential customer and stay with BC TEL as your primary long distance service provider.
If I'm not with BCTEL,
please switch my number back
now so that my calls will
automatically be carried on
the BCTEL network.
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Register here for big savings
If you're not a BC TEL customer but want
to eome hack to take advantage of this offer,
just complete the appropriate section
on the other side of this coupon.
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