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VOLUME 80 ISSUE 15
Student sues
Quebec over loans
by Pierre-Olivier Savoie
The Link
MONTREAL (CUP)—A McGill University graduate has launched a class-action lawsuit against
the Quebec Ministry of Education and the
Quebec government over a decision to charge
interest retroactively on student loans.
Post-secondary students in Quebec used to
have a six-month grace period following graduation before they were charged interest on their
provincial student loans. Under changes to the
Quebec Loans and Bursaries Program passed
last May, they now have only one month.
The new one-month grace period is being
implemented retroactively; meaning Quebec's
estimated 50,000 students with outstanding
loans now owe the province interest for the
amount of time previously exempted.
Harry Dikranian, who launched the lawsuit,
says not only are the changes unfair but students weren't properly informed of them. He
says he only realised he was being billed extra
after a trip to the bank.
"There's a certain arrogance in modifying the
law, charging interest and not advising students," said Dikranian who graduated last year
from McGill University's faculty of law and
recently passed his bar exam.
He says he was charged interest as soon as he
finished his degree, even though his loan contract stipulated that he had six months free of
interest He was billed $208 extra, he says.
Dikranian estimates that under the new formula, the average student will be charged $600
more in interest on their loans, amounting to a
total of $30 million across the province.
His lawyer, Guy St Germain, says the issue
behind the lawsuit is breach of contract, rather
than the reduction in the grace period itself. "In
applying the policy to contract retroactively,
they are infringing on students' rights under
those contracts," he said.
Although he originally planned to lodge a
personal suit in small claims' court, Dikranian
decided to initiate the class-action suit to try to
help other students, he says.
According to Claire Gendron, of the Quebec
Ombudsman's office, a number of students
have expressed dissatisfaction over the changes.
"About 50 students have complained about the
changes through our office," she said.
The Ministry of Education says students
were informed of the changes through ads in
newspapers and government newsletters.
It would not comment on why the Parti
Quebecois government decided to charge students retroactively.
"It's a question of interpretation," said Nicole
Bastien, press agent to Education Minister
Pauline Marois. "We will leave this work to the
judicial system."
Quebec's Superior Court must still authorise
the class-action suit and acknowledge
Dikranian as the representative. It will hear a
motion to that on Nov. 16.$>
(With files from CUFs Quebec Bureau)
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Birds win it all
by Bruce Arthur
The West Coast Birds won it all
on the cold Alberta tundra this
weekend.
On a frozen field in
Edmonton Sunday afternoon,
the UBC women's field hockey
team defeated the University of
Victoria Vikings 1-0 to win
thel998 CIAU national championship.
"We played very, very well.
Nobody was outstanding, not
just one person, but the whole
team was playing well," said
UBC head coach Hash Kanjee.
UBC rode a string of close
games through a tough field of
opponents to win their sixth
CIAU crown overall and their
first since 1990. Goalkeeper
Ann Harada and team captain
Jen Dowdeswell were named to
the Tournament 11 Ail-Star
team.
The Birds weren't the top-
ranked team coming into the
tournament, but came into the
nationals as the number two
seed in Pool B along with the
Canada West champion University of Alberta Pandas and the
University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds.
Neither was it an easy draw for the Thunderbirds. UBC
opened the tournament Thursday against their archrivals from
Alberta.
But even though the Birds were outchanced by Edmonton,
Harada and her torn calf muscle kept the Birds even on their
way to a 0-0 tie.
The Birds then tied New Brunswick 1 -1 on a Jen Dowdeswell
goal. And when the Pandas tied UNB 0-0, the tiebreaker of
goals scored eliminated Alberta.
Without the one Dowdeswell marker, UBC could very well
have been the ones eliminated without losing a game.
"Oh my God! I tell you, that's probably the biggest goal of the
bloody weekend," laughed Kanjee.
UBC and New Brunswick were then scheduled for an early-
morning shootout Saturday morning to determine the winner
of the pool. So Kanjee put his team through the paces late
Friday night on the dark, freezing cold turf.
"The ball just bounced—it was like a marble," said Harada.
It worked, though—Dowdeswell, Magnus, and Andria
Shannon scored for the Birds, while Harada only allowed one goal.
This enabled UBC to face the undefeated University of Toronto
Blues in the Saturday afternoon semifinal. And UBC was ready.
"That, I would have said, was the best game of the tournament,
the best game of the year," said Harada.
"Lesley Magnus was unbelievable," enthused Kanjee. "She
played so well, I'm hoping there were national team scouts there."
UBC came out with a dominant 2-0 win as Colleen Jackson and
Magnus scored on short corners.
It was time for the showdown with Victoria.
The Vikes had not only beaten UBC 2-0 the last time they met
at the third Canada West tournament, but beat the then-undefeated Birds 1-0 in the national finals in 1995.
The game started slowly, as the turf was frozen and temperatures again dipped below freezing. UVic came out strong with two
BIRDS ON TOP OF THE WORLD UBC rookie Laura Balakshin (above)
chases the ball against Victoria in Sunday's title tilt. Below, the
1998 Thunderbirds celebrate the TO win over the Vikes and
UBC's first field hockey championship since 1990.
DAVID WILLIAMSON PHOTOS
early breakaways, but UBC held behind Harada and a stiffening
defence.
Then, with four minutes left, Lesley Magnus scored the champi-
onsWp-winning goal on a short corner.
"It was the strangest thing," said Kanjee. "We all stood on the
sideline, and we thought, 'This is going in.' And sure enough, it did."
"I was just in shock," said Harada. "But I knew after the first five
minutes that the goal was just going to come."
In addition to the national championship, UBC also had the
comeback of the year. All-Canada West defender Genevieve
Adams, who had torn her anterior cruciate ligament in her right
knee in Calgary in early October, played throughout the tournament. Adams is scheduled for surgery on November 11, but
played with a brace for short stretches.
UBC will head into next season as the favourite to repeat, as
they return the entire squad and even add two former players.
Maybe by then they'll have warmed back up.<* 2 THE UBYSSEY * TUESDAY. NOVFMBFR 3. 1998
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MARIANNE LIMPERT: the Olympic silver medalist and Commonwealth Games flagbearer is a UBC Thunderbird,
and will prepare for the 2000 Games in Sydney while with the Birds, richard lam photo
Still in the water
Marianne Limpert has been
swimming for 17 years.
Now, she can see the end of
her career on the horizon
by Bruce Arthur
As if the defending national champion UBC swimming
team wasn't powerful enough. Now they've got
Marianne Limpert on tiieir side of the pool.
If you don't know the name, you probably should—
Limpert has a resume that most high-profile athletes
would kill for. She owns an Olympic silver medal (from
Atlanta in 1996), is an 11-time national champion, and
was the Canadian flagbearer at the 1998
Commonwealth Games. Limpert has enough medals,
trophies, records, and assorted mementos to fill a
Buick—and now she's swimming for UBC.
But according to the University of Toronto, Marianne
Limpert can't swim.
True story: Limpert was given an F in basic Aquatics
by the U of T in 1992, which also happened to be the
year she finished sixth in the 200M Individual Medley at
the Barcelona Summer Olympics.
"I didn't go to enough classes. I have a two-hour
morning workout, then I have to hang aroung for another two hours on the pool deck, and I'm just dying," says
Limpert. "So I'm like, 'Look, I'm not going to be able to
come to many classes,' and they go, 'Yeah, yeah, no
problem.'" But when Limpert came back later in the
term, she was informed that she'd missed too many
classes, and would not pass despite the earlier assurances. She was incredulous. "So I had an F on my transcript in Basic Aquatics! How embarrassing!"
Limpert challenged the grade, and it was changed to
a withdrawal. Lucky thing—it wouldn't look good for
one of Canada's top female swimmers to be a failure in
the water.
"It's tremendous to have her in here, with all the credentials she brings to the program," says UBC head
coach Tom Johnson, who has also coached Limpert at
the national team level. And Limpert is pretty happy to
be here.
"I really like [UBC]. I have two years of eligibility left,
and I'm going to school anyway," says Limpert. "For me,
the big thing is that I actually look forward to coming to
practice."
For someone who's been swimming hard for 17
years, that's no small thing.
THERE WAS A POINT IN MARIANNE IiiMPERT'S CAREER
when she decided to walk away from competitive swimming. Before Atlanta, life in the water was wearing at her,
and Limpert made plans to attend McGill to relieve the
pressure.
"I was just maybe going to swim varsity, but I probably wasn't going to swim that seriously anymore," she
says. But winning the Olympic silver medal in the 200
metre IM, in Canadian and Commonwealth-record
time, changed her mind.
"I was like, 'Shit, kind of silly to stop now when I'm
actually improving,'" she adds with a rapid-fire laugh.
She's pretty down-to-earth about the medal, now.
"Better than a kick in the ass," she says with a wide grin.
It was a long and bouncy road that led to Atlanta.
Limpert began swimming at the age of nine in
Fredericton, New Brunswick. She went on to the
University of Toronto in 1991, and won two CIAU
national championships in her two full years there. But
halfway through the 1993-94 season, Limpert found
that Toronto wasn't for her.
"I hadn't been happy in a long time," she says. She
moved back to Fredericton for six months before moving west again—this time to Calgary, where she swam at
the National Training Centre with current UBC star
Mark Versfeld. That stretch peaked at the Olympics.
But Limpert's tenure at McGill only lasted a year
before she decided it was time to get serious again. She
had chosen McGill because it was close to home, and
Montreal was one of the few cities in Canada that she
hadn't trained in, along with Vancouver. The Marianne
Limpert Canadian Tour has taken care of that, of course.
Limpert laughs again.
"Yeah, I'm getting a tour of Canada courtesy of the
Canadian government!" She waves at an imaginary
camera, grinning. "Thanks, Sport Canada! And all the
taxpayers!"
Marianne Limpert tends to laugh a lot, which you
wouldn't guess if you'd seen her swim. As intense game
faces go, limpert's is a doozy. She looks as if she's trying
to outstare the world, and gets a deep frown line that
runs right up the middle of her broad forehead.
See "Limpert" on next page THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY-NOVEMBER 3.1998 3
Rehab takes
Tea Cup '98
UBC women football players drew crowds
of up to 400 enthusiastic fans last Friday.
In the end Rehab Sciences
managed to beat the Nurses
by one touchdown.
by Jo-Ann Chiu
Fans and players at Tea Cup often know little about the sport, but last Friday at
Maclnnes Field, they got a crash course on the impact a star quarterback can have.
Rehab Sciences gunslinger Angie Wensink led her team to a 13-6 win over the Nurses
in the annual all-female contact pigskin brawl.
Prior to the game, the Nurses were favoured to win. They were the team that practised at UBC's Thunderbird Stadium and were coached by nearly half a dozen members of the varsity football
team,  the same guys who
made    UBC    the    reigning
national football champions.
The Rehab team, in contrast, were the underdogs.
They suffered the graduation
of long-time coaches Travis
Wosley and Eric Rassmussen,
who were responsible for
Rehab's Tea Cup victories in
1995 and 1996. Add to that the
loss of their star running
back, varsity track and field
wonder Jennifer Keefer due to
a rib injury sustained at practise, and it's no wonder 1998
was thought of as a rebuilding
year.
Nevertheless, the women
of Rehab braved on. They
recruited rookie coach Jay
LeGuilloux and relied on a
power roster which included
varsity athletes Jill Calkin of
ice hockey and rowing's Kathy
Eggenberger.
But Rehab's true secret
weapon was the golden arm
of sophomore quarterback
Angie Wensink, arguably one
of the most football-literate
women of the Tea Cup teams.
Wensink's talent is not by
luck; she played in a girls contact football league while in
junior high. The ex-Powder
Puff quarterback impressed
frenetic fans to no end when she threw to favourite receiver Christia Molnar-Martens, who then ran the ball in
for the first touchdown of the game. The pair later solicited rapturous cheers when they connected again for
an estimated forty-yard gain.
Nursing head coach Shawn Olson and assistant Dan Elliott had assembled a beautiful bouquet of smash-
mouth football plays, running the ball again and again with lush uncomplicated sweeps up the sides and occasionally sprinkled with faked hand-offs, fooling the Rehab defence several times. Nursing quarterback Lynette
Keulen ran the ball in for the touchdown for her team.
But no one was prepared for the sheer magnificence of Rehab's aerial groove, when Rehab tight-end Tracy
Hansford caught another immaculate Wensink pass and sealed the game victory with a second touchdown.**
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HARD HITTERS: In spite of practicing at T-Bird stadium, and being coached by
UBC's varsity football athletes, the Nurses could not stop the Rehab
(ABOVE) onslaught at this year's Tea Cup. The annual game gets women in
gear and puts them on the field to raise money for children's charitie, and
to raise the profile of female athletes. Many of the spectators said they were
impressed with the level of tackling and aggression,   richard lam photos
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
The women's volleyball team
opened  their  regular season
with a pair of heartbreaking
losses  to  their  archrivals  in
Edmonton this weekend. The
three-time defending national
champion University of Alberta
Pandas took two tough matches
from UBC: 3-2 both on Friday
(15-9, 11-15, 15-9, 10-15, 15-11)
and on Saturday (16-14, 11-15, 15-12, 4-15, 15-9). UBC will make their
home opener next weekend against the University of Saskatchewan
Huskies.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
After opening the year with a sweep of Regina, the men fell to 2-2 with
a pair of losses to Alberta. On Friday, the Birds fell 3-0 (15-7,15-2,15-13)
and dropped Saturday's contest 3-1 (11-15, 15-12,15-9, 15-8). The men
will also play the University of Saskatchewan next weekend in War
Memorial Gymnasium.
WOMEN'S SOCCER
The UBC women's soccer team ended the season in third place in the
Canada West with an improbable 2-2-6 record. The Birds tied
Lethbridge 1-1 on Saturday before falling to Calgary 2-1 Sunday. First-
year striker Roz Hicks scored both goals for UBC to finish tied for second in the conference in goals. UBC will face Victoria in the playoffs
next weekend.
MEN'S SOCCER
The men also finished in third place in the Canada West. UBC wound
up with a 4-3-3 record after season-ending
ties—they knotted Lethbridge 2-2 Saturday
and Calgary 1-1 Sunday. Aaron Keay and
Nick Hopewell scored Saturday, while Nick
Seddon was the lone goalscorer Sunday*
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limpert" continued
"Whenever we go to training campand we're training outdoors in the sun I get so excited because I get a tan," she says.
"But I get this white line down the middle of my face. I think
I look pretty scary, actually."
Any game face that lasts long after the game is over has to
be a good one.
LIMPERT IS NOW IN THE THIRD AND FINAL ACT OF HER SWIMMING career. The first two led to Barcelona and Atlanta, and
now she has designs on the 2000 Games in Sydney. Marianne
Limpert will swim at UBC for two years, hope to peak in her
third Olympic Games, and walk away from the water for
good.
"Ending on a high note," she calls it, and adds, "I might
swim for another year for fun."
In this third act, Limpert wants to be at school. She has, by
her own admission, put together a piecemeal education at
the U of T and McGill, and UBC will add to her complicated
transcript.
"My education has totally taken a backseat to my swimming," she says.
Amazingly, Limpert is still awaiting final admission to
UBC—she has been attending classes with professors'
approval, and is up-to-date despite joining three weeks
into the term because of the Commonwealth Games. Her
transcripts have finally arrived from Toronto, and she has
been assured that admission shouldn't be a problem. In
the meantime, she has been caught in a grind of last week's
readings and 10 long practices per week.
There is the question, of course, of why Marianne Limpert
is still doing this. Seventeen years of spending huge stretches
of her waking time underwater, of
practices that end as the sun rises,
of pushing her body and mind and
heart to just go faster, and she's still
getting goggle lines around her eyes
twice a day? Why? This time, Limpert doesn't laugh.
"The fact that I think I can go faster. I know there's more
in me, and I just want to get it out," she says seriously. " I
want to be able to stop my swimming career and be like, 'I
gave everything I could'. And not be one of those people
who's back there going, 'If only I'd done this, if only I'd
done that.'"
So Limpert will end her university swimming career at
UBC, and then will head for dry land after Sydney. Of
course, if she wins another medal, and sets more records,
things could change. There's always more room to move in
the water. ♦ 4 THF URYSSFY . TUESDAY. NOVEMRFR 3. 1998
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A TALE OF TWO TEAMS
This weekend's series
featured physical play,
as forward Anton Nils
(left) went barrelling
into the Bison crease,
while the Birds were
splattering Manitoba
players all over the
Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre
(below). UBC came
away with a 7-4 win
Friday and a tough
2-1 defeat Saturday.
UBC is now 2-4 on
the season and in
fourth place in the
Canada West. UBC
will try to up their
record against the
University of Regina
Cougars next weekend.
RICHARD LAM PHOTOS
UBC hockey showed its Jekyll and
Hyde faces at the Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre this weekend.
On Friday, the UBC offence managed seven goals and the power
play was outstanding. But on
Saturday, the Birds only scored one
goal and couldn't capitalise on a
single power play opportunity.
UBC managed a split in their
second straight homestand with
the Manitoba Bisons, skating to a
7-4 victory Friday night before
falling 2-1 Saturday.
The first game of the double
header was an exciting, goal-
filled,come-from-behind victory
for the Thunderbirds. Manitoba
jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway
through the first period, but UBC
fought back and tied the game at
two at the end of the first 20 minutes. The rally seemed to rejuvenate the T-Birds, who took their
first lead of the game less than two
minutes into the second period
and added three more goals before
the second stanza ended.
"I thought [wej had a really good
game today. We overcame some
adversity in the first period, we
were down 2-0, and we responded
with a solid team effort by everyone," said Troy Dalton, who was
named player of the game.
Manitoba goalie Ryan Temple
was replaced by Chris Brett after
Dalton scored to make it 3-2.
Unfortunately for the Bisons, they
couldn't change their luck as easily as they could change their
goalie as UBC's offense kept pouring it on. And as if to prove how
potent their power play was
Friday, UBC's Tom Mix scored
before the announcer could finish
calling out the Bison penalty.
The Bisons came out hard in the
third trying to claw their way back,
but UBC's strong defense and great
goaltending sealed the game.
"It was important to score two
goals after being down 2-0," said
head coach Mike Coflin. "That
showed some poise on our part,
we got a little bit of offense from
everybody, and that's another confidence builder."
Saturday's game featured more
hits and fewer goals. Both teams
were dishing out thunderous body-
checks along the boards, behind the
nets, and at the bluelines. Dave
Trofimenkoff replaced John
Sikkema in goal and was solid, but
UBC's offence fell silent.
"We struggled a lot tonight.
Three guys were lined up on the
blueline and we couldn't get
through," explained defenceman
Andrew Kemper. "They outworked
us. They were a little more hungry"
Manitoba opened the scoring
in the first period for the second
straight game, and UBC was
unable to answer until the end of
the second period when the 'Birds
were on a power play and were
finally able to set up. Rob Teleske
was tangled up with Manitoba
goalie Chris Brett, and Sandy
Hayer was able to convert a pass
out front into an empty net.
The third period was a tight-
checking, hard-hitting affair, and
one in which the Thunderbirds
came up as the losers. After a
Manitoba player skated past the
UBC bench and, according to the
'Birds, punched a player in the
head, both the Bison player and
UBC's Teleske headed to the sin
bin. Manitoba scored on the
ensuing four-on-four, UBC wasn't
able to overcome the set-back
and lost the game.
To add to their woes, UBC suffered another casualty this weekend. "Add [forward] Corey Stock to
the list," said Coach Coflin after
Saturday's game, in which Stock
suffered an abdominal strain.
"We got two points against
Manitoba, a team we've struggled
against in the past, but I think we
let an opportunity slip away," said
Trofimenkoff. "When you win
Friday night and you've got a
team on the ropes, you've just got
to finish it."«J*
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16,000
Canadians die
every year from
air pollution
Nurses call off strike action. Jor now
by Sarah Galashan
by Jamie Woods
A new report by the David Suzuki Foundation says
that up to 16,000 Canadians die prematurely from
air pollution each year, and the group says
Ottawa's only response so far has been a lot of hot
air.
Two weeks prior to the Joint Ministers' of
Energy and Environment meeting last week in
Halifax, the foundation releasedTafcmg Our
Breath Away, a 50-page report detailing the growing impact of air pollution and climate change on
Canadians' health.
The report, co-authored by an air pollution
expert and two epidemiologists, projects a 50 per
cent rise in particulate emissions and a 20 per
cent rise in greenhouse gases by 2020.
The report also indicates that Canada is the
second highest per capita emitter of greenhouse
gases in the world, and that Canadians use as
much coal, gas, and oil per year as the 750 million
people living in Africa.
Using federal government figures, the report
then underlines the economic benefits of reducing smog in Canada's major cities—an estimated
$10 billion annually.
Dr John Last, co-author of the report and epidemiology professor at the University of Ottawa,
says that while 16,000 deaths seems like a high
number, it's minute compared to the numbers of
those who've contracted other health problems
from pollution.
"I feel vaguely uncomfortable about dramatising that kind of number because it's trivial when
you compare it to the much, much larger number
of people who experience chronic damage to
health or short term episodes of damage like asthma."
Last is referring to a federal government study
that revealed a 28 per cent increase in hospitalisation for asthma among boys between 1980 and
1990, and 18 per cent among girls during the
same period. He says that while there's no conclusive evidence that air pollution causes asthma, it's
beyond doubt that air pollution exacerbates the
problem.
At last week's Joint Ministers' Meeting, federal
and provincial ministers signed the Canada-Wide
Acid Rain Strategy, an agreement that commits
governments after the year 2000 to establish targets for the reduction of sulphur dioxide emissions.
They also discussed reducing greenhouse
gases through international emissions trading,
where low polluting nations would be rewarded
with cash from high polluting nations.
The problem, says Suzuki Foundation outreach co-ordinator Alex Boston, is that emissions
trading does nothing to directly address the air
pollution problem in Canada.
"It would permit Canada to increase or maintain current emissions," Boston said. "It basically
allows Canada to not clean up its backyard and
pay for the right to do so."
Boston is also concerned that the government
has put off taking action until the year 2000.
"All they did was set up this quagmire of issues
tables to explore the possibilities...they're reestablishing a process that was finished a couple of
years ago."
Environment Ministry spokesperson Mark
Coltitts said that even though the federal government is not taking any immediate action,
progress has been made to curb emissions in
Canada.
"While there is not so much action directed by
government, there is a lot of activity going on out
there in the Canadian private sector," Coltitts said.
Canada has sent a delegation to Argentina for
the the November 2-11 Conference of the Parties
(COP) summit in Buenos Aires. International
emissions trading is at the top of the summit's
agenda.**
Nurses working at UBC's student
health centre could not participate
in last week's work-to-rule campaign by BC's 26,000 nurses, but
could join their colleagues in a
future strike if ongoing contract
negotiations do not go well.
Hollie Burrage, Student Health's
nursing team leader, said her nurses
could not participate in last week's
nine day job action because their
jobs are different from those of
other nurses.
"Our job descriptions are slightly
different. It's a bit of a different scenario [in Student Health]," said
Burrage.
BC nurses have been in contract
negotiations since last April.
Last week's job action by the
nurses included cutting back duties
and refusing to work overtime. But
Burrage says because of the set
hours at Student Health, overtime is
unnecessary. Still, Burrage says that
UBC nurses support their colleagues.
"The students at UBC were not affected last week," said Burrage. "But we take
very seriously the issues of our union
because we are members of the union
and because we have to support other
nurses, our colleagues, who we consider
important."
The job action ended Sunday at midnight after several hospitals across the
province threatened to instate the essential services plan—a legal document
UVic prof
cops to
pot plea
by Jamie Woods
A University of Victoria sociology professor
who specialises in the family's role in society has pleaded guilty to cultivating and
possessing marijuana for the purpose of
trafficking.
The Vancouver Sun reported Wednesday
that during a raid on the home on Jean
Veevers, police found 122 marijuana plants
and 8.6 kilograms of marijuana.
University of Victoria information officer
Patty Pitts says the university will have to
wait for sentencing before deciding on any
disciplinary action.
"We'll just have to wait and see what
happens. There's no cut-and-dried policy
for this kind of thing," Pitts said.
Veevers, a UVic faculty member since
1980, is slated to teach a three hundred
level course on the family and society in
January.
Neil Boyd, a professor of criminology at
Simon Fraser University, says he's not aware
of a faculty member getting convicted in
Canada for such an offense, but that
Veevers wouldn't be the only professor in
Canada with a criminal record.
"Certainly there are faculty in Canadian
universities who teach with criminal
records, and there are faculty who have
received convictions for things like
impaired driving."
Mel Hiint, Veevers' legal counsel, has
asked the court to consider an electronic
monitoring sentence. Veevers will be sentenced November 27 in BC Supreme
Court.*!*
ANXIOUS NURSES: Awaiting the outcome of union and hospital talks, richard lam photo
which would put nurses back to work, but
keep their colleagues in areas of health
care considered non-essential, out of
work.
Mary Malerby, a spokesperson for the
BC Nurses Union, says negotiations will
likely continue for another month. But
she warned that the union will re-issue
another 72-hour strike notice in less than
two weeks if bargaining doesn't go well.
She said another job action could likely
escalate to a full-scale strike.
"We still have that option, of the
union, to strike but because that impacts
so much on the public...that would be our
last resort."
Burrage warned that if the union
called for a full strike, her nurses would
take part. The impact on UBC students
would, in her words, be "significant."
"There would be modification to service—no question about that," Burrage
said.
Contract talks continue today. ♦
APEC PROTEST: Efforts to mark last year's APEC Trick or Treat campus tour
were met with smiles and a friendly wave from campus security officers.
Unlike last year when three students were arrested for mischief after writing
with washable markers on the atrium windows of UBC president Martha
Piper's home, their actions got little attention from authorities. This year's
protest involved fireworks, burning empty Coke cans, and a visit to Piper's
private residence in an effort to highlight campus corporatisation.
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Renovation of UBC's outdoor pool into a world-class facility
is slated to begin next September, even though the university hasn't yet secured funding for the $6 million project.
The renovation plans coincide with efforts by the university in recent months to promote itself as an international athletic venue. UBC has joined the City of
Vancouver in bids to host the Pacific Games in 2001 and
the Winter Olympics in 2010.
"I'm really excited," said Chris Neale, pool manager.
"The new pool will add a lot to the community, especially
the students."
Neale said much of the funding for the project will likely come from the provincial government. But Pacific
Games organisers have agreed to pay $2.5 million should
UBC win the bid. A decision is expected to come
December 1.
Even if UBC loses the bid, renovations should still begin
next fall. Neale said the plan is to extend the pool to 10
lanes length-wise, and 16 lanes width-wise. The shallow
end will be eliminated.
Neale said the existing pool is plagued with problems,
not the least of which are leaks. To deal with these problems and any future problems, the building of a tunnel
underneath the pool has also been included as part of the
renovation plans.
"This will add a lot more to improving UBC and its
facilities with little or no cost to the taxpayers," Neale said.
But the $6 million will only pay for completion of the
project's first phase. A second stage of renovations
includes plans for a retractable roof allowing year-round
outdoor swimming.
Neale said the renovations are worth it. He pointed out
that the only other international-calibre pools in Canada
are in Quebec. He also said an international training facility will not only attract Canadian national teams, but their
money as well.
However, water polo club member Tony Pich isn't excited about the new developments. He says construction will
interfere with athletes' pool time.
"I think that the AMS should be representing their own
clubs in this situation because pool time is already tight for
a number of aquatic clubs," Pich said.
Pich also said the university should be doing more to
consult with students. ♦
Med students get wired
FIRST YEAR medical students required to have their own computers
or laptops for the first time, richard lam photo
by Ian Sonshine
A shift in the teaching philosophy of
UBC's faculty of medicine means all
first year students are being
required for the first time ever to
have their own personal computer
or laptop, and with the right specifications.
Andrew Chalmers, associate
dean of undergraduate education
in the faculty, says the computer
requirement is aimed at encouraging self-directed learning among
students, and moving them away
from rote memorisation.
Chalmers says students are
encouraged to access medical and
health information on the Internet
daily, and are given quizzes on what
they find.
"You can present an image, you
can present a sound, you can present some data and you can ask a
student to take all these things and
integrate them," Chalmers said.
"This is something that's not easy to
do on a paper based quiz."
The mandatory computer
requirements have ended up costing some students $2,000-$3,000 on
top of the hefty mition they already
have to pay.
But Chalmers says the faculty has
tried to help students who can't
afford the full costs by establishing a
loan program. "We don't want there
to be two classes of citizens," he said.
Chalmers added that $1,000
microscopes that used to be a
mandatory purchase for first year
students are now paid for by the
faculty.
And it appears that students
don't seem to have a problem with
the new requirement.
"It's a new way to learn," says Sally
Smith, a first-year medical student.
"It's a lot more interesting and interactive than reading a textbook."
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[Lansdowne Publishing]
This gift pack is sure to make a clever present
for any friends who enjoy drunken debauchery, but don't enjoy the mornings after.
The Hangover Pack is a quirky multi-sen
sory kit which comes with a witty book on
hangovers, two tiny bottles of pure essential
oils in lavender and rosemary, and a bottle of
massage oil to aid in the aftermath of too
many beers the night before. Best of all, the
processes recommended are natural remedies, such as aromatherapy and massage.
The best part of the kit is the book. It
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morning after, and closes with beauty tips
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SCOKNEDAND BELOVED
by Bill Richardson
[Vintage Canada]
by Ian Randall
Scorned and Beloved, CBC radio
announcer Bill Richardson's latest, is
an eclectic collection of stories written about various Canadian
eccentrics. Some are still living, some
are long dead; some are quite famous,
most are not. What Richardson ultimately accomplishes with Scorned is
a warm, candid, charming and often
witty account of some of those who
live their lives in a, shall we say,
unconventional, way.
In terms of style, Scorned finds its
major strength in its fluidity, as
Richardson often changes from subject to subject within a paragraph.
Richardson nearly always manages to
seamlessly connect two seemingly
unrelated subjects by employing a
funny anecdote or some esoteric
commentary.
Some of Richardson's subjects
include: the Great Antonio, Montreal
strongman and proclaimed descen-
dent of aliens; Paul Bog, who lived
with his two horses for decades
under a pile of manure; a house in
Kingston, Ontario that is home to
hundreds of stray cats; great
Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould.
All together, Scorned is both a fun
and insightful read, with Richardson
maintaining his humour but never
mocking his subjects. Indeed, he suggests that those among us who live
their lives away from the norm should
be respected, not vilified. It is these
people and their ways which make
our society so much more varied and
more beautiful.*:*
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are still hardcore skiers out there who are taking
this demanding sport to the next level of gnarly:
busting tricks that defy sense, dropping crazy cliffs,
and laying down huge snowboard-influenced
carves on stupidly steep mountain faces. These
nutsos are the real Free-Riders, and should have
been the focus of Warren Miller's new film of the
same name, but they weren't.
Instead, good old Warren decides to focus on
resort profiles, shots of his 4x4 flying through mountain passes, and the most scenic ski and snowboard
filming he managed to capture between mouthfuls of
caviar. Scenic, this footage is. Exciting, it is not.
Warren Miller makes a huge effort to be hip in this
latest flick, but he just comes off as someone seriously out of touch with the mountain scene, on top of
being out of touch with just what the hell should be
put into a movie.
For example, at one point it looks like Miller is
starting an in-depth profile of a French mountain
guide, replete with dramatic voiceover and climbing
footage. But then, before we're even warmed to the
subject of this crazy Frenchman, we're back in
Jackson Hole with some more fast-clipped footage of
a couple of anonymous hacks, falling through the
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ICANHISTOKYX
aying at Fifth Avenue Cinemas
by Megan Quek
hatred or was it fear? Who pulled
gger? Who beat him to death? Who
them niggers, chinks, spies, or
Was it hatred or was it fear? These
; questions that American History
is.
r daunting tone of the film is set
m with shots of swastikas, Hitler,
anheads. But American History X
eeper than the brutality and hatred
i-Nazism. It deals with the fears of
n day society, the fears that ignite
hatred and eventually kill the human
spirit. Edward Furlong plays a boy who
seems to believe in Neo-Nazi ideologies,
but in truth wants only to fit in with a
group, any group. Never stopping to
think for himself, he follows with open
eyes and a closed mind. He is lost in a
world of violence, chaos, and instability.
It's a disturbing film. Not for its offensive language, images of hate, or physical
violence, but for its relevance to contemporary society. American History X
reveals that the hatred and fear which
supported Nazism during WWII are not a
thing of the past. They exist today, in our
streets, our schools, our homes, and even
in ourselves.*
www.jc2000ad.com STUDENT SOCIETY OF UBC
AMS
UPDATE
visit us at www.ams.ubc.ca
UBC Governance Study
Should UBC join Vancouver?
Should UBC become its own municipality?
Can we maintain the status quo?
Who cares about any of these questions?
•Any student or resident living on campus.
Who can answer these questions?
•Only you can, after you find out the facts
Where can you find information on this
issue
•The AMS Web Page
•Residence Associations
•AMS Executive Offices
The University is seeking an acceptable
alternative to the governance arrangements at
UBC which has been named electoral Area A. A
committee headed by William Phillips, Principal
of the Vancouver School of Theology and a
resident of UBC, has been put together to
represent the residents of the University Campus.
He is inviting all affected students, staff and
faculty to voice their concerns, perspectives and
expectations by attending one of the meetings
listed below.
THE PROBLEM
When the Official Community Plan (OCP) was
accepted by the University Board of Governors and
the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD),
it acknowledged the potential for a significant
amount of land development at UBC over the years
to come. This land development would result in a
considerable increase in resident population over
the next few years. The residents will potentially
be people related to and working within the
campus and some who are not.
The Provincial Government, the GVRD and the
University recognize that such a development will
directly effect the residents of the University
Endowment Lands (UEL), the residents of
Hampton Place as well as those who live in
residence on campus. It is essential that an
agreement be reached where the University's plans
for land development throughout the campus, can
be reviewed appropriately by those living at UBC.
Individuals living on campus must have legitimate
means by which they can have a voice in the
applications, public hearings, permit granting and
regulatory structures of development procedures.
As a committee, we are evaluating alternatives for
governance at UBC that would be acceptable to
all parties. Presently there are 3 options being
considered.
A. UBC becomes its own municipality
B. UBC joins the City of Vancouver
C. The Status Quo remains
Option A
The University understandably wants to maintain
its rights to develop its land, under the terms of
the OCP. The University already has a Board of
Governors with representation from various
groups within the University, as well the
University has its own infrastructure that
undertakes many of the normal activities of a
municipality - planning, delivery of services, code
supervision, contract negotiations and
management and delivery of services etc.
The residents of the University Endowment Lands
are satisfied with the local government they
currently have, the taxation levels and the s
ervice contracts/agreements they have worked out.
Likewise Hampton Place residents value the
unique combination of taxation and service
contract levies that were negotiated as a part of
the Hampton development.
This issue is particularly complex because the
'normal' definition of municipality does not
easily fit the UBC campus for a number of
reasons. The most significant being,
disproportionate representation.
Option B
Joining the City of Vancouver is another
alternative being considered and one which would
present its own unique set of issues that would
have to be addressed. Specifically, the taxation
levels, service delivery arrangements for
Hampton Place and UEL residents would be
effected, as would the decision making powers
and representation relationships. As a part of
Vancouver, both populations feel they would lose
direct influence over their own affairs. At the same
time the University would fall under municipal
rule that may adversely affect their ability to
function effectively as a University. It is not clear
what effect such an arrangement would have on
the relation between the Provincial funding of
non-educational University activities and services
as compared with the city funding. It is also
evident that joining with Vancouver would cause
a serious duplication of municipal infrastructure
services.
Either of these arrangements, if they could be
modified & altered, may serve the needs
identified, but a great deal of careful comparative
study is required to assure the needs of the UBC
community are met.
Option C
The third alternative is maintenance of the
'status quo'. This would leave the University
free to develop its lands within the OCP. The
residents of UEL and Hampton Place would keep
their current arrangements which seem to them
quite acceptable. However, this leaves the
surrounding communities and neighborhoods of
Vancouver out of the discussion related to the
development of the UBC properties. The
difficulty with this option (Status Quo) is that any
development of consequence at UBC would have
a significant effect on Kerrisdale, West Point Grey,
Kitsilano, Southlands, etc. and on the services
provided by Vancouver residents who work and
study at UBC. This would then result in
Vancouver residents having no means by which
to legitimately voice their opinions regarding
development at UBC.
On behalf of the committee on which William
Phillips resides, he invites all residents of the
University to explore each alternative. If you
would like to learn more about the Governance
Study please feel free to attend one or more of the
following meetings.
Nov 9th4:00 to 5:30pm
in SUB 207/209
OR
Nov 12lh 7:00 to 8:30pm
in Totem's Magnus Lodge
what's on at ubc
THE AMS IS LOOKING FOR A
FEW GOOD PEOPLE:
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3 AMS Elections officers
To administer AMS Elections
and referenda in January '99.
Apply with cover letter and resume to
SUB Room238
Inquiries: 822-3971
Deadline: Friday, November 13
Assistant to the President
Assist the AMS President in general
duties and specific projects.
Apply with cover letter and resume to
SUB Room 238
Inquiries: 822-3971
Deadline: Friday, November 6th
©
Volunteer Coordinators (two positions)
To assist the Coordinator of
External Affairs with a Government
lobbying campaign.
Duties:
•Organize volunteers at the undergraduate and graduate level,
•to collect signatures for a petition.
•Liaise with Undergraduate Societies and AMS Clubs that will help
with the campaign.
•Organize volunteer recognition
events.
Please contact Ryan Marshall
AMS Coordinator of External Affairs
822.2050
external@ams. ubc. ca
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A live at lunch series featuring solo/
acoustic performers
Featuring:
Flophouse Junior
Friday November 6th 1998
SUB Art Gallery
For more information contact:
Lisa Luscombe
Ph. 822-3972
E-Mail: programs@ams.ubc.ca
For more events check out our website at
www.ams.ubc.ca THE UBYSSEY * TUESDAY. NOVEMBFR 3. 1998 1 1
The hippies are back
any-
BLUE FLANNEL—XL
[Universal Records]
What the heck is alternative;
way?
After several years of having
nothing but Nirvana and Pearl Jam
clones flood the music market, Blue
Flannel's attempt to distance themselves—by proclaiming "WE ARE
NOT ALTERNATIVE!" in their liner
notes—seems natural enough. But,
while not sounding like Seattle-
based contemporaries, they don't
exactly distance themselves from
the so-called "alternative" sound
altogether.
Blue Flannel's a New York based
four-piece band that
keeps up with the
trends in the music
business: they use
heavily distorted power
chords, they don't show
off many technical
playing skills, and they
write lyrics that don't
seem to have a lot of
depth.
However, that doesn't necessarily make for a bad record. XL is a
pleasant mix of power-pop tunes,
fast guitar rock, the occasional ballad ("I Can't Stand Losing You"),
bluesy tunes of youthful angst ("Kill
Me"), and even children's music
("Animal Song").
In the end, they do a decent job
of being "Not Alternative," which is
difficult, especially in a self-cannibalising music industry that thrives
on taking what's popular, copying it,
and shoving it down people's
throats 'til they pop. One of the
downsides, though, is the mislead-
ingtitle of the CD. While the album's
called XL (as in Extra Large), it's anything but, clocking in at. only little
over a half-hour. Still, this is a pleasant mix of radio friendly tunes that
should please most listeners.
—Vince Yim
SISTER 7 — THIS THE TRIP
[Arista Records]
Some might say that Sister 7 is a one
hit wonder, what that one hit is
though is not widely known.
They're an obscure college band in a market
over-saturated with
alternative acts, but the
promise they show can't
be ignored.
Since their start-up
under the name Little
Sister in Austin, Texas,
M. ■ ■ they've established
USIC minded themselves as an
adventurously passionate live act
renowned for their breathtaking
jams and Pike's emotional roller-
coaster vocals. Their first album,
released in 1994 titled Free Love and
Nickel Beer, won critics over and in
August of that year, Sister 7 found
themselves on tour with famed
groups like the Dave Matthews
Band and Blues Traveller.
Vocalist Patrice Pike gives Sister
7 the much needed boost in cred-
itability that bands starting out
need; a unique sound.
Their sound is a haunting
mix between Janis Joplin
and Alanis Morrisette,
Pike is gritty ear-ecstasy,
multi-tasking a blend of
alternative rock, blues
and funk with a dash of
hip-hop influence.
Their latest album,
This The Trip, is a savvy
moody mix, giving the listener a Saturday night at
a smoky blues bar feel.
Although most of their
songs and music are
indifferent, and won't win
you over immediately, give it an
honest try and see what you think. I
highly recommend Sister 7's This
The Trip for those late night, early
morning cram sessions or the
famous gray rainy days of
Vancouver winters. The sound and
ambient feel is very hard edged yet
mellow and might help set that
study mood you're looking for.
—Howard Luke Choy
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THE SONGS OF BURT BACHRACH
PERFORMED    BY   BIG    DEAL
ARTISTS
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Burt Bachrach writes memorable,
catchy pop songs. If you haven't
had the chance to hear them, then
think of the bouncy, 60s sentimental feeling that the Beach Boys
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(circa Pet Sounds) and the Beatles
evoke. Bachrach's influence still
percolates through the infinite
ethos of popular culture. You've
probably felt his influence if
you've watched a Simpsons
episode, caught My Best Friend's
Wedding, or hummed along to the
in-house music at the local
Banana Republic store.
A number of artists pay
homage to Burt Bachrach in What
the World Needs Now, a compilation consisting of 14 dissimilar
New York City based artists.
Although the album lacks
household names, you may find
value in how Burt Bachrach's
songs have been rejuvenated in
the hands of contemporary
artists.
Some of the highlights come
from artists who take Bachrach's
1960s pop music stylings and
reconfigure   them  for  the   90s.
Shonen Knife starts off with a kicky
guitar take on "Rain Drops Keep
Falling on My Head," while
Splitville's "I'll Never Fall in Love
Again" offers an exhilarating
change in tempo and pace, even
throwing in a chorus from an 80s
song at the end. The influence of
the Beach Boys (complete with a
spooky theremin sound) infuse Los
Angeles based lounge act
Wondermint's version of'Don't Go
Breaking My Heart." In contrast, try
Hannah Crannah's " (They Long to
Be) Close to You" for a rock-country
twang in your pop song.
What the World Needs Now
encourages repeated listening
even if it sometimes offers up
some uninspiring covers. If you
are seeking a little eccentricity or
experimentation in your popular
music diet, sample this album.
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Many Canadians tend to perceive the issue of human
rights in a rather simplistic fashion. Perhaps due to
the influence of our southern neighbour, people tend
to believe their Charter rights are absolutes. This phenomenon is self-evident in last year's APEC pepper-
spray incident.
Is the APEC controversy really about violation of
constitutional rights per se? In this commentary, I am
going to discuss the controversy from a different perspective, a perspective about balance between rights
and responsibility.
In Constitutional Law of Canada, Peter Hogg, a
professor of law and constitution expert stated that
"when we speak of the protection of civil liberties in a
society, we are really speaking about the nature of the
compromises which that society has made between
civil libertarian values...and the competing values
recognised by social and economic regulations,
which limits individual freedom in pursuit of collective goals, such as public order and morality..."
Indeed, compromise and balance are significant features in the Charter of Rights and Freedom.
The need to bal-
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 OPINION	
ance and compromise is obvious. As
Professor Hogg put
it: "The civil liberties
guaranteed by the
Charter occasionally come into conflict with other values that are
respected in Canadian society. A moment's reflection
is enough to show that the Charter's values should not
always take precedence over non-Charter values."
Hate law, defamation and libel laws are examples that
rights could be limited under certain circumstances.
The protestors were undoubtedly exercising their
Charter rights in last year's APEC protest. The role of
the police was not to suppress but to facilitate as long
as the protest was conducted in a responsible and
peaceful manner. On the other hand, the police also
had to ensure security and public order would not be
jeopardised.
Unfortunately, things went ugly and a near riot
almost broke out. Protestors were pepper-sprayed
and some were arrested as the police took no chance
in re-establishing order. Accusations of excessive
force and violation of constitutional rights exploded.
Whether these accusations will stand would eventually be determined by the competent authority, but I
would like to raise several questions to challenge the
justification of those accusations, which I believe are
unfair.
It is widely agreed that civil rights should be protected as much as possible. Canadians also believe
rights should be exercised in a civilised and responsible manner. Nevertheless, did the protestors exercise
their rights in a responsible manner? Was the protest
peaceful after the breaching of the security fence?
As the APEC conference involved Internationally
Protected Persons (IPPs), security measures were very
tight and provisions of the relevant international conventions and protocols had to be observed for obvious reasons. Among them, the effect of the 1973
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of
Crimes Against Internationally Protected Persons is
something that we have to take into account in
analysing the incident.
The Convention, which Canada is a signatory
state, requires the protection of both the safety and
dignity of the IPPs. Of course, international treaty is
not enforceable in Canadian courts but we should
note that the key provisions of the Convention have
been adopted in the Criminal Code and the police did
have the obligation to ensure the IPPs were properly
protected.
Obviously, conflict between the Convention and
the Charter was imminent in the incident. What is
meant by dignity? Does it mean the protestors could
be subject to some extraordinary security measures?
Which law would take precedent? How to reconcile
the difference between the Charter and the
Convention?
Apart from these questions, we might also want to
note what international treaty says about free speech
and freedom of assembly. Canada is a signatory state
of the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights (ICCPR). Like the convention on the protection
of the IPPs, the Covenant is not enforceable in
Canadian courts. But Professor Hogg pointed out "the
terms of [ICCPR] are
relevant to the interpretation of the
Charter, by virtue of
the rule that a statue
(and presumably a
constitution) should
be interpreted as far as possible into conformity with
international law."
Articles 19 and 21 of the ICCPR guarantee the right
to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly.
However, article 19 also speaks of duties and responsibilities when exercising such right and both articles
stated rights could be restricted for the protection of
national security, public safety and public order.
I value the Charter rights as much as all
Canadians do. Civil rights are fundamental to the
healthy development of a democratic society. Yet, I
also believe we have to be responsible when exercising those rights and prepare to accept legitimate and
reasonable balance and compromise when the circumstance requires. The APEC incident not only
illustrates the complexities of the issue but also delicate balance is required to prevent unnecessary confrontations.
Interestingly, according to a Vancouver Sun
report, "an APEC protester admitted...in testimony...that his signs posed a security risk and that
police had a right to remove them if they felt they
were a danger." Does this admission mean anything
in our search for truth and answer?
Fairness and rule of law are values highly respected in this country. Unfortunately, in this incident,
some people seem to forget these values and make
forgone conclusions about the incident. Perhaps
people might want to pause for a moment and think
the issue again. Exercising rights does not simply
mean exercise but exercise in a responsible manner.
No sensible people would support those who exercise rights with malicious intent or in bad faith.
Jerome Yau is a fourth year history and political
science major.
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N. Korean missile launches
new era of East Asian conflict
by Devon Rowcliffe
Since its beginnings in 1953, North Korea has always
appeared as a nation of crazy and impossibly hard to
predict actions. But what happened at the end of
August definitely takes the cake.
Mere days before the socialist nation was to receive
two light-water nuclear energy reactors in a deal signed
with the United States, Japan and South Korea, North
Korea decided it was the right time to test-fire the
Taepo Dong-1, its new multi-stage ballistic missile.
And not only did they test it out, they flew this little
puppy over the Sea of Japan, the Japanese mainland
itself, and into the Pacific Ocean, causing much alarm
for the Japanese government. But at least the North
Koreans got to send a satellite into orbit at the end of
the launch. Songs from outer-space praising Kim II-
sung—coming soon to an FM station near you!
One question tends to surface time and time again:
Has North Korea lost its mind?
Well, no, actually.
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 OPINION	
Kim Jong-il and his
merry band of communists are still
quite mentally
sound, thank you
very much.
In order to understand the seemingly chaotic
actions of North Korea, you have to realise what,
arguably, are the two main parts of North Korean society: a culture based on Chinese society of long ago, and
Marxism. Talk about Yin and Yang.
Like most successful Chinese leaders, North Korea
is a master in a modern form of the "Art of War," basically getting what it wants by stamping its feet and
holding its breath until it turns blue. With the smallest
of actions, North Korea is able to control almost everyone it has relations with.
Think about it. Nordi Korea would never nuke
Japan. So then why the missile launch and sabre rattling? Because that's all it takes for North Korea to get
exactly what it wants. The US certainly wants to end
this scenario as quickly as it can, and boy, does money
ever make the world go 'round.
And thus, North Korea hints that it will launch this
year's version of the threat of Armageddon, the US will
pay them off, and everyone will be happy. Everyone
that is, except for Japan.
Because Japan lost World War II and had defense-
only measures placed on its military, the country sits
there and hopes that the United States will actually
keep its word and protect it. But only was it embarrassing for Japan to have to receive word from the US that
a shiny ol' Taepo Dong was on its way while it was still
reading the message, but the thought of being at the
mercy of both the US and North Korea has made many
Japanese decide it's time for change.
Japan is a very proud nation, but nevertheless, had
to stick its tail between its legs and accept the conditions imposed on it by the United States after the war.
Being a pacifist was alright until Kim Il-jung's threats
suddenly appeared, and now Japan, a former world
leader in militarism, wants to arm itself again, in order
to meet its national interests.
What kind of national interests? Well, the nation's
defense minister has decided it would be best to
launch missiles at North Korea in order to destroy its
underground nuclear areas and missile production
facilities. Oh boy, wouldn't that be a good way to bring
peace to East Asia.
Kim Dae-jung, you
and your silly little
"Sunshine Policy,"
what were you thinking?
Japan has been surprisingly content with letting the US watch over them.
But now, it's not enough. Voices within the Japanese
government are calling for spy satellites and anti-ballistic missiles to be built, which means now even
China gets to be antagonized. Japan and the US governments are even thinking it's high time Japan should
be able to re-arm. How Pyongyang, and for that matter, the rest of Asia, would just love to see a revival of
Japanese militarism.
The bottom line is that the United States needs to
start acting as tough as it actually talks, and say no to
North Korea. It's the same principle here as with Nazi
Germany: you give more and more to shut them up,
but in reality they just become an even bigger pain.
Comments from North Korea such as "if the
Japanese authorities misjudge the situation and continue acting rashly, they will entirely be held responsible for the ensuing catastrophic consequences"
should be taken with a grain of salt, but remember,
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VOLUME 80 ISSUE 15
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The Ubyssey staff took a field trip to UVic. Ian Sonshine,
Sara Newham and Amelia Myckatyn spent the day chasing rabbits while John Mendoza, and Jerome Yau
thought about their upcoming meal. Jo-Ann Chiu, Ron
Nurwisah, and John Zaozirny wore their MEC vests so
they wouldn't seem out of place. Richard Lam and
Howard Luke Choy even got mistaken for locals, but
Federico Barahona stuck out like a sore thumb. Duncan
McHugh and Ian Randall led the charge for the sociology building with Sarah Galashan, Vince Yim, and Devon
Rowdiffe in tow. John Alexander found a trail of plastic
baggies leading upstairs, and Jaime Tong smelled something suspicious. Jamie Woods suggested that it was
actually just Matt Gunn. Todd Silver and Cynthia Lee
started to feel a bit woozy, and Andrea Milek started giggling. Bruce Arthur and Megan Quek were getting a bit
hungry, but Nick Bradley spotted another one of those
pesky rabbits just in time. Doug Quan clawed his own
eyes out in a paranoid, drug-induced frenzy.
Canadian
University
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Dopey, smokey, tokey
Last week, a professor at the University of
Victoria was charged with the cultivation of
marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. There
was 8.6 kilograms of weed from 122 plants, all
grown in the home of a professor who specialises on the family's role in society. Well, it's
hardly a surprise—UVic is the home of rabbits,
Mountain Equipment Co-op vests, and dope.
It's a good life.
But what is mystifying about this whole
story is why on Earth hasn't this happened at
UBC? Granted, we're a little more uptight than
our cousins on the island. Or our counterparts
at SFU. Or anyone, really. We're pretty uptight,
as university campuses go.
But the question calls out to the professors
on campus—why haven't you tapped into this
captive market? For goodness sakes, your aver
age professor's salary is hardly rocketing
upwards, and the class sizes are just getting
bigger. So why not take advantage of those
teeming masses of overworked, underpaid,
overstressed students? The faculty of agriculture could easily be driving BMWs and grinning sleepy grins.
But no initiative towards the distribution of
marijuana has been taken here at the
University of British Columbia. Why not? We
pride ourselves on innovation, on doing it ourselves, on pulling ourselves up by our own
grimy bootstraps. Or maybe that's the ethos of
coalminers. Whatever.
Has anyone considered the benefits of a
dopier campus? It would certainly calm the
engineers down, and our slit-your-throat-for-
that-parking-spot mentality would mellow
somewhat. UBC would become a campus of
caring, sharing, and baring of souls to the
stranger with the Ziploc bag. A Utopia of free
minds, bare feet, and free love.
Or maybe that's Hair. Whatever.
Sure, maybe our grade point averages
would plummet, our attendance figures would
fall further than its current depths, and our collective apathy would grow beyond our control
(and the new AMS president, with 11 votes,
is...). Who would notice?
But maybe, just maybe...this campus of
petty mean-spiritedness and spiteful competition would find in itself a gentler spirit. Maybe
we'd all find our university a happier, quieter,
more peaceful place.
Or maybe that's the University of Victoria.
Whatever. ♦
Tobacco ads
an evil
For me, at least, the timing of your
editorial about tobacco advertising
("How necessary an evil is tobacco
advertising", Oct 23) was appropriate. I learned from the previous
day's Georgia Straight that the interior of the Stanley Theatre has been
christened "du Maurier Stage". I
don't like this; some of my tax
money has been used to put up a
cigarette advertising sign.
Robert Broughton
New Westminster
via e-mail
UBC should
preserve
natural forest
Dr. David Strangway has left the
presidency of UBC, but the legacy
of the man still goes on. His vision
of the university as an integral
appendage to corporate Canada
continues to be the guiding policy
of my alma mater. The disregard
for and the insensitivity to the people of both the university and the
Point Grey area as well as to the
natural environment is as pronounced as ever. Growth and
development, no matter what the
cost, no matter what the need,
dominate those policies.
One of the latest efforts is the
proposed development of the
block of land stretching south
from Fairview Crescent along the
east side of Wesbrook Mall. The
proposal will relocate the fraternity houses and add units for faculty,
staff and some students. In the
process, a lush and beautiful stand
of forest—mature forest—is slated
to be bulldozed. The project has
already been approved in principle—future "consultative meetings" will, perhaps, decide the
scope and shape the development.
Perhaps because I suspect the
administration already has its
plans drawn up and fully expects
them to be completely endorsed. I
also expect that most or all of any
forested area will be clearcut.
Surely there are other, more
suitable, areas on campus for
developments of this sort, if
indeed further development is
even needed. Somewhere and
sometime we are going to have to
stop, stand back, and ask ourselves
what are we doing to ourselves and
to our planet. Is the unregulated
growth and expansion model of
the 20th century the right one for
the next century? Retaining as
much of the natural beauty of
Vancouver West is the option I urge
the university to adopt. UBC
would serve the long term interests of itself and its students as well
as those of the adjacent communities in a far better manner by
reconsidering any plans it has to
. clear the remaining forested areas
on campus. It is time to say that
the priorities of David Strangway
are already and absolutely at odds
with the priorities of the new millennium.
Patrick Dodge
Vancouver
Of sex and
journalism
As a Sing Tao student, I could not
help but be flabbergasted by Allan
Fotheringham's remark as reported in the Ubyssey (Oct. 20) - that
journalism, like sex, cannot be
taught- 'you're born to it.'
This Darwinian approach to
journalism is in fact one of the reasons why journalism is in such dire
straights (journalists are ranked
the same as arms dealers).
Fotheringham's meaning that
you either have it or you don't is a
black-and-white approach to journalism—that it is not a learnt skill-
that ethics cannot be taught nor
can excellent writing, analysis or
social satire.
Yet Fotheringham himself is a
product of learning journalism
through apprenticeships while
declaring that one is 'born to it.'
We all know engineers are inherently born with Newton's theories,
as are computer programmers
with code. As an upcoming journalist, it is easy to recognize obsolete software when it is up and
rambling.
To offer a possible explanation
to the bizarre statements made by
Fotheringham, perhaps he has had
too much sex. In a recent article by
Dr. Art Hister in the Vancouver Sun
(Oct 21), studies on marsupial
mice and nematode worms indicated males that have less sex as
they get older are found to have a
longer life.
Hister also stated that, 'since
the brain is part of the neurological
system, it is conceivable that too
much sex also kills some brain
cells, which should neatly explain
why guys constantly on the make
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cont'd from p. 14
ire so evidently brain dead.'
Fotheringham must be a case
sxample in human journalists.
Johnny Nunan
School of Journalism
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Accuser not
representative
Allow me to react to Douglas
Quan's article, 'Prof misconduct
investigation stalled' raising one
simple but crucial point regarding
the authority of representation. As
a doctoral student of Japanese origin in anthropology who is genuinely interested in the ethical
practice of ethnography, I am frustrated by the grounds on which
Millie Creighton is accused. The
point I'd like to raise here with a
great deal of skepticism is whether
the accuser has any right to claim
that she represents the Ainu people in the first place. As far as I am
concerned, I have known no doctoral student in the last six years at
UBC who convinced me that they
have a legitimate entitlement to
the Ainu community—to the
extent that they can judge a professor who happens to be working
on a similar research topic before
them. I believe that there is no part
in our anthropological canon that
allows us to disillusion ourselves
that we have become the representatives of the people we study.
Even if I find in my ancestry some
indigenous link, it does not entitle
me to act as if I am a member of an
indigenous community. If the violation of research ethics is at issue
here, such a form of misrepresentation is more severely unethical
than   "making   mistakes"   in   a
research paper whose data has
been gathered in a most ethically-
possible way. To the best of my
memory, work that has been conducted by Dr. Creighton has been
praised by some Ainu people back
in 1994. And how does it benefit
the Ainu to put on this "political
show" of questionable representation? I wonder!
HiroshiAoyagi
Doctoral Candidate
Anthropology and Sociology
Perspective
on APEC
reasonable
Finally! A different and reasonable
opinion published in the Ubyssey
on the APEC event [Perspective,
Oct 27]. Arnab Guha should be
commended for his calm and logical evaluation of the situation. The
one thing that has been forgotten
is that there is an excellent chance
that the RCMP had good reason to
be edgy. You may know some of
the protestors yourselves and trust
them to be level-headed but there
were quite a few who made no
secret that they would do whatever
possible to disrupt the conference
and I'm sure embarrasment was
not the sole reason that there was
tough security around the perimeter, as many naively believe. It was
only a few years ago that we had a
headline riot in Vancouver. Was it
over freedom or saving our rights?
No, it was that the Canucks lost a
hockey game. Obviously that wasn't the real reason for the riot but it
shows that even citizens in a
peaceful country like Canada have
the ability to lose control and you
can be damned sure that the security organizers were not blind to
this fact. I still believe that the con
frontation could have been easily
avoided but I have a feeling that
like the Stanley Cup riot it was
expected and even hoped for.
Andy Laycock
UBC Staff
via e-mail
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I just couldn't resist responding to
P. Boudewyn of Burnaby's letter
with respect to paying for lawyers
for protesters (not just students)
who were sprayed with pepper
spray at the APEC meetings at UBC
last year. While there were a number of issues for which definite
knowledge was claimed in the letter, I was most interested in the
opening paragraph/sentence. It
stated, "It is well known that students prepare for their careers by
stealing from Canadians at large
via reneging on their loans". In fact
I recall a recently issued report
which stated that students repay
their government loans at a rate in
excess of 90% (not knowing the
exact figure I will not claim defi-
nate widespread knowledge). This
repayment rate is in fact much
higher than that of many other of
we Canadian citizens' debtors.
Corporations for example are
known to post profits while simultaneously reneging on their business development loans. I support
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opinions in regard to this issue-
however, an attempt at misinformation and slander (of all students) is intolerable.
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