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Turbulent first day at the WTO
 by Nicholas Bradley
SEATTLE—A security breach and a protest
that shut down sections of downtown
marked the first day of the third World
Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial
Conference yesterday, and drew attention
away from the official proceedings of the
international trade group.
The hundreds of pohce officers surrounding the Washington State Convention
and Trade Centre—home to the week-long
conference—created a tense atmosphere all
day, but the mood away from the official
conference was decidedly upbeat Roughly
2000 protesters marched through the
downtown core in what was considered a
preview of today's rally, which is expected
to draw some 50,000 demonstrators from
around the world.
The demonstrators are very clear about
what they are protesting.
■We're in an international economy.
The question is going to be who writes the
rules and who benefits and who is asked to
sacrifice," US Senator Paul Wellstone told
the Ubyssey.
The crowd of environmentalists and
union workers gathered one block away
from the convention centre to voice their
opposition to these sacrifices. Speakers
emphasised that the labour movement and
the environmental movement must join
forces to be effective against the WTO, and
demonstrators agreed, calling out to workers watching the march on their lunch
"You don't know what [the WTO] is
because they've wanted that it way," said
Cory McKinley, a member of the United
Steelworkers of America from Spokane,
Washington, in Seattle with hundreds of
other union members.
"It's brought a new awareness, there's
the alignment with the environmentalists,
so all this brought us together," said a fellow Spokane steelworker, who cited labour
relations with local employer Kaiser
Aluminum as one of the reasons for which
the union was protesting the WTO.
.And Keven Kniffim, an area vice-president of the Graduate Students Employees
Union of the State University of New York,
said that his organisation, which represents roughly 4000 student workers, came
to Seattle in solidarity with the various
groups opposed to the policies of the
The rally organisers spoke in support
of this unity between different interest „t \T\
groups, echoing the sentiments
expressed at a conference on environmental issues hosted by non-governmental organisations that morning.
At the conference, George Miller, a
member of the US House of
Representatives, invoked "an economic
and moral obligation" to ensure that
trade is fair and responsible.
Meanwhile, at the rally, Patti Forkan,
executive director of the Humane
Society of the United States, charged
that the WTO has, so far, ignored such a
social obligation.
"The road to Seattle is strewn with
dead dolphins, fur from trapped
wildlife, blinded rabbits, mangled turtles. The road to Seattle is full of broken
promises, fractured laws, treachery and
deceit, with more to come," she said.
In 1997, three countries brought a
suit before the WTO, forcing the US to
abandon a law that required shrimp
fisheries to use devices that helped prevent the accidental capture of endangered sea turtles. The WTO ruled that
the a^merican law constituted an unfair
trade restriction.
Environmental organisations such
as Greenpeace are calling on the WTO to
operate with increased consideration
for ecological and social issues.
The WTO, however, maintains that it
has environmental issues in mind, and
yesterday announced an agreement with
the United Nations Environment
Program. The arrangement is intended to
increase cooperation between the two
"We have, as part of our mandate, sustainable development," said WTO Director-
General Michael Moore.
Meanwhile, another more aggressive
protest targeted a downtown McDonald's.
Led by radical French farmer Jose Bove, a
crowd of protesters forced traffic to a standstill and took over the street as it emptied
out the fast-food restaurant Demonstrators
climbed onto a city bus and nearby lampposts as activists wrote slogans on the
TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS: thousands of protesters hit the pavement on the first day of the World
Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Seattle yesterday, tara westover photo
McDonald's and blocked its doors to potential customers.
"French farmers, .American farmers,
consumers, are all together to have safe
food and that we don't want this kind of
food, this industrial food," said Bove.
Kathereine Ozer, executive director of
the National Family Farm Coalition, a farming lobby group based in Washington, DC,
had similar concerns.
"Our grievances are not specifically
against McDonald's, they're against the
increasing industrialisation and corporati-
sation of the food supply, and McDonald's
in France was a symbol of what the multinational company was trying to do in terms
of changing the culture of food," said Ozer.
A block further up the road, riot police
with their guns drawn blocked the protesters from advancing further, but after a
brief standoff, the demonstrators turned
Tension also ran high early in the day,
when the Convention Centre was closed to
all conference delegates and media
because of a breach of security. A WTO
spokesperson explained that someone had
tried to break into the building during the
night The resulting security sweep delayed
the scheduled business by several hours,
leaving delegates waiting outside.
The official WTO talks will continue until
Friday. Major issues to be discussed by the
135-country trade group include regulations regarding agriculture, services, and
intellectual property.**
NGOs attack the WTO for lack of open dialogue
by Daliah Merzaban
SEATTLE-Attempts by tlie World Trade
Organisation (WTO) to include the inter'
ests of international civil society groups
into trade negotiations left many disappointed after a day-long meeting yesterday at the Seattle Convention and Trade
On the first day of the! third WTO
Ministerial Conference, the, first-ever
Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)
symposium was held to address the concerns of interest groups opposed to the
trade group's multilateral trading practices—for example, environmental and
labour standards. Actual decisions will
be made behind closed doors this week.
But many NGOs—organisations such
as Greenpeace and Amnesty
International—felt the process was not
as democratic and accountable as it
should have been, and rather was an
effort by the WTO to ward off criticism
from NGOs around the world.
Following two hours of statements by
a panel of top WTO and government officials, NGOs attacked what they perceived as an inadequate effort by the
WTO to promote dialogue and to
address their concerns.
"I hope the WTO does this dialogue
job better in the future/ said Martin
Kha, a member of the Third World
Network in Malaysia, to cheers from an
audience containing hundreds of NGO
representatives, ministerial delegates,
and journalists.
Kha is critical of the WTO because he
says it concentrates wealthin the hands
of a few countries, increases poverty for
the majority of the world's population,
and promotes unsustainable patterns
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for production and consumption. But he doesn't believe that
stating these criticisms will
have much effect on negotiations.
Greenpeace International
official Remi Parmentier agreed
that interaction with the different interest groups was inadequate. .Although he's not
opposed to trade, Parmentier
wants the WTO to increase its
recognition of the importance of
the environment to trade.
One of Paramentier's major
concerns was the use of the
WTO by the US and Canadian
governments to force genetically-modified organisms into
global food and agricultural systems.
"If you start working with us
in good faith there will be a better mutual understanding. This
will be good for the WTO as well
as for the environment," he said.
In his introductory comments, WTO Director-General
Michael Moore refuted many
common criticisms of the role of
the WTO in international affairs,
including allegations that the
WTO is undemocratic, that it
overrules national laws, and that
it places commercial interests
above development, environment, and health and safety.
"The WTO is not a superna-
tional government and no one
has the intention of making it
one," said Moore, who added
that the WTO was the ultimate
force of international peace and
security, "despite all of our
While acknowledging that the
WTO does have some flaws, he
criticised protesters, whom he
called "freedom fighters," of
misunderstanding the way the
WTO works, and for not offering
a meaningful alternative to multilateral trade. He called the
WTO a "firm foothold" in an
uncertain world.
"Law is an equaliser between
countries," he said.
Even though officials expect
50,000 protesters to hit downtown Seattle tomorrow, Moore
reminded the audience that
"over 30 countries, 1.5 billion
people want to join the WTO."
Other officials echoed
Moore's optimism.
Clare Short, Secretary of
State for International
Development in the United
Kingdom, commented that criticism of the WTO is often misguided.
"No WTO means no rule of
law, and the rich and powerful
bully the rest," she said. She
believes the WTO is the forum to
deal with pervasive inequities
occurring in the world, with the
225 richest individuals having a
combined wealth of 47 per cent
of the wealth of the poorest
"Make the next round the
development round," she said.
But other speakers, more
candidly critical of the WTO,
took care to highlight the importance of making the WTO more
accountable to the public, and
more likely to take into account
public criticism.
"Transparency and account
ability are stabalising forces,"
said US Trade Representative
Charlene Barshefsky.
And Mark van Putten,
President of the National
Wildlife Federation, said that
the WTO needs extensive
reforming to make it more
accountable to the public
because the "greatest threat" to
the WTO is loss of public confidence.
"The multilateral trading system is in the crisis of plummeting public confidence," said van
Putten, who encouraged the
WTO to take into account NGO
Yash Tandon, director of
Southern and Eastern African
Trade, Information and
Negotiations Initiative in
Zimbabwe, called the WTO was
one of the most non-transparent
and non-democratic organisations.
"The WTO is destroying itself
through its short-sightedness
and greed," said Tandon. "[It's
an] instrument of imposing
immoral order of the powerful
over the weak."
This round of the WTO,
dubbed the Millennium Round,
is a Ministerial Conference
designed to address the changing demands of international
trade for the 21st century.
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The hunger strikes WTO
Members of the WTO Action Committee won't eat until Pierre Petti grew agrees to meet with them
by Tom Peacock
Six members of a group called the UBC WTO Action Committee
are in the fifth day of a seven-day hunger strike. According to a
statement issued by the group, they are striking to protest the lack
of democratic process in Canada's involvement in the World
Trade Organisation (WTO).
"Our demand is to meet with [Canadian Minister of International
Trade] Pierre Pettigrew and have him speak to us during the
Ministerial," said Sabina Iselli-
Otto. "We want a referendum. We
want people to be able to engage in
this discussion about the WTO."
Despite their specific aim, the
concerns of the activist group
stretch beyond Canada's borders.
They believe that the WTO is contributing to the decline of social
and environmental standards the
world over.
"It's the proverbial race to the
bottom," said Alma Mater Sociaty
councillor and group member
Lesley Washington.
"The whole premise of trade
liberalisation is that if we bring
down the borders such that
there's no barriers to trade, it'll
boost the economy and everybody will thrive. But that, in fact,
is not what's happening," added
The participants in the hunger
strike come from a diverse range
of departments. Fine arts, biology, computer science, and the School of Social Work are all represented. The motivation to form the committee stemmed from personal concerns they had over the role of WTO.
"We're sort of an ad-hoc group of students who, at the beginning of the year, didn't see anything happening around the WTO,"
said Iselli-Otto, "and decided to get something started."
So far, the hunger strike has received quite a lot of attention
from the mainstream media. As well, Dave Bleakney, national
union representative for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers
has offered to carry personalised messages from the group to Parliament Hill, and
Nelson Riis, MLA for the Kamloops, Thompson and Highland valleys, wrote to the
committee to ensure them that the NDP would be addressing the issue of Canada's
membership in the WTO in the House of Commons.
The federal Liberal government has yet to contact the strikers, and strike organiser .Andreas Hernandez confirmed that if Pettigrew refuses to meet with the strikers,
they will continue the action indefinitely.
The strikers are camped out in the basement of the Jack Bell building, in space
provided by the School of Social Work, who also provided a parking pass and camera to the strikers. According to the students, the School has been very supportive of
"The whole premise
of trade liberalisation
is that if we bring
down the borders
such that there's no
barriers to trade, it'll
boost the economy
and everybody will
thrive. But that, in
fact, is not what's
-Lesley Washington
member WTO Action
Committee and
AMS councillor
SKIPPING MEALS: A hungry Sabina Iselli-Otto feels the media crunch in her place at the WTO Action Committee
table in front of the SUB. The display drew a lot of attention to the Committee's cause, and several group members
intend to travel to Seattle today to make their hunger heard, tom peacock photo
their action.
Still, the students involved expressed concern about the level of awareness in the
academic community in general.
"One of the real misgivings that I have," said Washington, "is that nobody or very
few people really have a sense of what the WTO is all about, and how that fits into
Canada's agenda of trade liberalisation and globalisation."
Today, the strikers will be down in Seattle to join the mass WTO protests taking
place there. Wednesday, they will return to school, to resume their studies.
The strikers agreed that the first 24 hours of hunger were the hardest, and, according to Hernandez, two people had actually gotten very ill. They have since recovered,
and at press time, the strikers were all in stable physical condition.*?*
Education not on agenda: Pettigrew
 by Cynthia Lee
SEATTLE—Despite assurances made by Canadian
Minister of International Trade Pierre Pettigrew at the
World Trade Organisation (WTO) conference yesterday,
the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is still concerned about the possibility of Canada putting education
on the negotiating agenda.
"As far as Canada is concerned, what I have said is that
public health and public education will not be on the table.
We will absolutely not enter into negotiations into those
particular fields," Pettigrew told the media outside a meeting of the Cairns Group, an international group of agricultural exporting nations, which includes Canada.
Pettigrew explained that the General Agreement on
Trade in Services (GATS)—one of the trade arrangements
being negotiated in Seattle—takes "a bottom-up approach*
in selecting issues for negotiation.
He said Canada must voluntarily put an issue on the
agenda in order for it to be adopted into the agreement
But the CFS, Canada's largest national student lobby
group, doesn't agree with the minister.
According to BC Chair Mark Veerkamp, Pettigrew's
comments don't necessarily mean that private education
will be exempt from the Seattle round of talks, and that it
could have a serious effect on publicly funded education.
1 can't think of a single public institution that isn't in
competition nor provided on a non-commercial basis. We
pay tuition fees and public schools are in competition with
private ones," said Veerkamp.
"The fact is, if Canada wants to seriously protect public
education, it must seek a complete exemption from talks
like it did at the NaAFTA table, and it hasn't done that"
He added that "market principles applied to education will not provide adequate access and quality for
The student group remains opposed to the WTO, stating that the trade organisation needs to address some of
the concerns that market mechanisms cannot accommodate, such as public education, health care, labour
standards, culture, and environmental standards.
The CFS is taking part in today's anti-WTO day of
protest, arranging bus transportation to Seattle for
about 400 BC students to the planned demonstration,
where more than 50,000 protesters are expected.*?*
UBC Freedom of Information policy changed
 by Stanley Tromp
UBC has been forced to amend its policy
on freedom-of-information (FOI)
requests because it gave too much power
to UBC's corporate partners.
The university finally admitted that
its Policy 116 was inconsistent with the
BC Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy AcL Policy 116 stated that UBC would accept its business
partners' judgement about how to apply
the Act. In effect, the policy allowed
UBC's partners to decide which records
should be kept secret.
But the Information Commissioner's
office told UBC that changes to the policy
were needed, noting that only government can interprpt the law. At the last
UBC Board of Governors meeting, on
November 18, Policy 116 was amended.
It now says that UBC will merely
"consider* the business partner's suggestion about how tlie Act should be
properly applied.
The policy had stated that the business party alone had tlie burden of proof
when an FOI application was made to
the Commissioner. Now, if UBC refuses
to disclose any of the third parry's business information to the applicant, the
university must prove that the records
should remain sealed. But if UBC
decides to give an applicant access to the
information and the business party
objects, tlie business must prove that Lhe
records should remain confidential.
Policy 116 had also said that if an
applicant appealed, UBC and its corporate partner would evenly split the legal
costs to oppose the appeal. In the amended policy, tlie business has to pay the
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Food policies re-examined
by Eric Jandciu
The benefits of buying locally-
grown produce—and the need for
a drastic restructuring of the
world's existing food policy-
were emphasised at a community lecture Thursday at the
Vancouver Maritime Museum.
"We need to rebuild connections between the land and the
people who consume the products," said Tim Lang, professor of
food policy at Thames University
in London.
Lang compared two competing models for the food economy. According to the dominant
globalisation model, "it doesn't
matter where your apple comes
from, as long as you are eating
an apple," said Lang. The second
model, known as the relocalisa-
tion model, states that where the
food you eat comes from is just
as important as what you're eating.
Lang is critical of the dominant model, which holds that the
quantity and price of food is
more important than the quality.
He asserted that producing
cheap products yields no real
benefits other than bringing
down labour costs.
"What matters is not cheapness but affordability. And by any
criteria, to have two billion people out of six billion people in the
world eating a health inadequate
diet...this cannot be defined to be
a success," said Lang.
The globalisation model is
also redefining cooking as mere
reheating, said Lang, alluding to
the prevalence of factory-prepared, ready-to-eat food.
And a culture in which the
ability to cook has declined is an
incompetent culture, he added.
"Our grandmothers are probably right that our food does taste
worse," he suggested.
"There is this immense
machine trying to churn out new
products to meet our bodily
needs which actually don't meet
them in the first place," he
According to Lang, of the ten
thousand new products created
each year in Europe, only one
per cent remain on grocery store
shelves after the first year. And
because of the massive amounts
of food available in stores, Lang
questioned how well-balanced
our diets are. During a typical
visit to the grocery store, he said,
we often fail to realise that many
products we buy contain essentially the same ingredients.
Lang also criticised the dominant model for perpetuating
health problems. He said that
because it relies on medical
advances to cure illnesses
caused by diet, the dominant
model fails to encourage consumers to control their diets
from the onset and prevent illness.
"Why are we creating and eating and encouraging our fellow
citizens, let alone ourselves, to
eat a diet that...years later...is
increasing unnecessary, preventable diseases?"
After years of ignoring evidence that links poor diet and
bad health, Lang said the global-
isationists, including the manufacturer Nestle, are using this
link as a growth opportunity.
According to Lang, Nestle sells
roughly one per cent of all the
food eaten by humans.
"You want...high protein, high
energy? We design food for your
particular bodily need. You're
diabetic? We'll design food...for
you to take your diabetes under
control," said Lang of the growing tendency of large manufacturers to produce "health-value
added" foods to meet the changing demands of consumers.
But this change in manufacturing is matched by the rebirth
of the popularity of public markets, making places like
Granville Island popular destinations. Lang said markets are
increasingly associated with
high quality fresh produce, and
offer a favourable alternative for
many local consumers.
The seminar was hosted by
UBC's Health Sciences Centre,
the Faculty of Agricultural
Sciences, the School of Social
Work and Family Studies, and
other local groups dealing with
food policy.
Lang will be in Seattle this
week to speak about food policy
during the World Trade
Organisation Ministerial
Conference. ♦
RCMP investigating locker break-ins
by Alex Dimson
The RCMP is investigating a rash of recent locker
break-ins in the Buchanan and Chemistry buildings, and has suspects in mind.
Though lockers break-ins occur throughout the
year, in the past four weeks there has been a large
increase in the number of break-ins, which have
occurred mainly in Buchanan.
According to Jeff Bingley, Operations
Supervisor for Campus Security, most of the
roughly 30 break-ins have occurred at night,
when there are typically few people in the building.
Staff Sergeant Lloyde Plante of the campus
RCMP detachment says that the problem is compounded by the fact that the "security of some of
these buildings leaves much to be desired."
Plante says the RCMP has "expressed concerns
to the university. There is state of the art technology available but it is up to the university to take
these steps."
Bingley adds that catching thieves is very difficult because lockers are so easy to break into.
"I could break into your locker in three seconds
without any tools," he said, explaining that in the
recent cases thieves simply pry the lockers open
or cut the locks off. Bingley says that students
have a responsibility to call campus security if
they see anything suspicious.
But both Plante and Bingley are optimistic.
"We have a very good idea of who it is," said
Plante says that the RCMP has several suspects
in mind but notes that the investigation has been
hampered by a surprising lack of eyewitnesses.
Powan Gill, a second year Science student
whose Buchanan locker was broken into, says he
finds it "frustrating that during the day no one
will take the time out to see if anyone is walking
around or breaking into a locker."
Meera Bhadlawa, who also experienced a
break-in, estimates she lost about $450 worth of
books. Plante says that is an average loss and
warns that the thieves will take anything with
resale value, such as books and laptop computers.
Both Plante and Bingley emphasise that the
only way avoid a major loss is to avoid leaving any
valuables in the lockers.
In Buchanan, lockers are rented to students by
the j\rts Undergraduate Society, which declined to
comment on the break-ins. ♦
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499 Victoria
civic elections
by Kristin Froneman
the Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)-Unlike the two UBC
student candidates who ran in local
elections earlier this month, young
candidates saw success in the Greater
Victoria civic elections.
Art Vanden Berg of the Green
Party and Rob Fleming of the Victoria
Civic Electors both won seats on
Victoria city council with a large percentage of the popular vote.
Both 28, they say they have the
energy and vision to bring Victoria
into the 21 st century.
Vanden Berg, a computer programmer, said that part of his success came from a high voter turnout
that indicated a lot of students made
it to the polls.
Fleming, a former chair of the
University of Victoria (UVic) Students
Society and a fourth-year history student, said the long lineup of young
people outside a polling station in a
student neighbourhood was a clear
factor in his victory.
"I think youth worked to my
advantage," said Fleming.
"I spent a lot of time on this campaign re-enfranchising young people.
People knew my record from the. student society."
Fleming and Vanden Berg both
said that although their campaigns
were not age-specific, they did voice
opposition to issues that affect young
people, such as the anti-panhandling
and street camping bylaws.
"I think the signal was received by
citizens who said it hurts Victoria to
have some bylaws that are anti-young
and anti-poor," said Vanden Berg.
Fleming agreed, saying the last
council was out of touch by pushing
these issues.
Meanwhile, 21-year-old UVic economics student Chris Graham,
regained his seat for a second term.
"Now I've, proven myself," said
Graham, a self-described right-wing
environmentalist who was first elected while in high school.
"1 probably got more of the younger
vote than the others, but I also
received a lot of support from seniors
who said I was doing a great job."
Warren Magnusson, a professor of
urban politics at UVic, said he is
happy that some of the younger candidates were elected.
*I certainly think it's a good sign
the new generation is getting involved
with municipal politics," he said.
"Its a good place to start where
issues ought to concern us most"
Magnusson said young politicians
have an advantage because they often
don't have the pressures of family life
and they can invigorate municipal
councils with much-needed energy
and enthusiasm.
"Older people don't necessarily
know more than the young,* he said.
Here in Vancouver, two UBC student candidates wentdown in defeat
Court Caldwell, who ran for mayor,
gathered 784 votes—46,000 votes shy
of the wiruQer, auaimbentPhilip Clwen.
Jon Chandler, who ran for director
of Electoral A—the district that
encompasses the UBC area—received
117 votes, but he was edged out by
retired UBC professor Tom Blom,
who got more than 560 votes.*
Dosanjh on inequality
 by Daliah Merzaban
BC Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh spoke out against racism, discrimination and other forms of inequality at a public forum last
week in the SUB.
Dosanjh is the first of a number of speakers in an AMS antidiscrimination campaign. The "Not on Our Campus Challenge"
is an initiative aimed at promoting respect between diverse
groups and creating a discrimination-free environment on campus.
Dosanjh—who is also the Minister Responsible for
Multiculturalism, Human Rights, and Immigration, and one of
the contenders in the upcoming New Democratic Party leadership race—criticised the Canadian government for failing to
eliminate discrimination and other forms of prejudice. He also
cited both federal and provincial government's inability to
reduce the gap between the rich and poor.
Although internal government agencies do achieve some
degree of equality in terms of gender and visible minorities,
Dosanjh said the same is not true of the civil service, in which
only about six per cent of the total work force is composed of
minority groups.
"We, the government are negligent—I won't say reckless.
Negligent in the sense that we have tried to do things, but we
have not been able to achieve the kind of reflection of diversity
within the civil service that we would like to see," he told the
audience of about 30 Wednesday morning.
Dosanjh, who is originally from India, moved to BC from
Britain when he was 17, worked in a lumber mill, attended
school and raised his family here.
Although he maintained that his speech at UBC was not
intended to promote his campaign, Dosanjh did say that if he is
elected premier, his background would encourage the communication necessary to combat societal inequities.
"I believe that this is not a leadership speech. One of the reasons I'm running for the leadership is because I want to make
sure that we absolutely have the freest possible exchange of
ideas. And not have some knee-jerk pohtical reactions to any
issues, regardless of what the outcome might be."
One audience member asked for the minister's opinion of the
right to express politically unpopular minority views, with particular reference to the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) that
was displayed at UBC last week. G/AP is considered by some to be
discriminatory because it features photographs that equate abortion to acts of genocide, such as the Holocaust
Dosanjh, who said he is pro-choice but also a strong believer
in freedom of expression, asserted that a free flow of ideas has
"There are always limits. Sometimes limits are self-imposed.
Sometimes they are articulated by others who may be around you,
and then it's really up to you to either accept them or reject them.
Freedoms, no matter what they are, are never absolute," he said.
Jesse Guscott, AMS councillor and student representative to the
Board of Governors, questioned Dosanjh about the recent detention
of hundreds of Chinese migrants who arrived in boats to BC shores
earlier this year.
Guscott was upset by the government's justification for these
detentions, which he said has tended to focus on "upsetting statistics"
about the number of claimants who have fled the country because
they were not detained.
"It seems to me that we're discriminating against current
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claimants based on the actions of past claimants," said Guscott
Dosanjh responded that he was "absolutely appalled" by how
Canadians reacted to the arrival of the migrants. He added that the
Canadian system for claiming refugee status is too cumbersome and
should be simplified.
"You can't treat any refugee claimant, no matter how the person
gets here, as a criminal," said Dosanjh.
"You have to treat them as people with equal refugee status and
you have to put them through the process and whether or not they
are detained is a decision made by way of judicial authorities."
The aAMS anti-discrimination campaign, which was launched earlier this month during Multicultural week, has hosted and will host
several discrimination and harassment forums across campus, and
raise awareness during events including BC Human Rights Week and
International Women's Day.*>
Canada unprepared for WTO: NDP
By Dave Leibl
the Manitoban
WINNIPEG (CUP) - The federal government
is so poorly prepared for this week's World
Trade Organization (WTO) summit it may
end up damaging Canada's reputation, says
New Democratic Party leader aAlexa
"It's clear that Canada can no longer be
viewed as a country...that can be seen as any
kind of a leader among progressive nations,"
McDonough said last week.
The NDP leader also criticised federal
Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew for waiting
until the last minute to announce Canada's
negotiating position at the WTO trade talks
this week in Seattle.
On Monday, November 15—two weeks
before the WTO summit was scheduled to
begin—Pettigrew released a document that
said Ottawa was not going to protect education and health during the Seattle talks.
But barely a day later, Pettigrew said education would not be used as a bargaining
chip at the WTO summit
"Let me be absolutely clear, our univer
sal health care and public education are
not subject to any international trade rules
unless Canada accepts those rules,"
Pettigrew told the House of Commons
November 16. "We did not accept them in
the Uruguay Round and we will not accept
them in the next Round."
"It's clear that Canada can no longer be
viewed as a country...that can be seen
as any kind of a leader among progressive nations."
-Alexa McDonough
NDP leader
McDonough says Pettigrew's statements
are contradictory and unclear.
"What we're left with is a minister who
doesn't understand what trade deals are
about, or who is purposely creating confusion so that the real position of the Canadian
government is masked," said McDonough. "I
don't think there's any basis for thinking that
Canada has prepared a coherent position
going into the WTO."
Pettigrew joins officials from 133 other
countries this week in negotiations for a
new multilateral trade agreement Despite
opposition from the NDP, Pettigrew says
the government is prepared to stake out a
deal that Canadians will approve.
"Our economy is based on exports and
we must continue to press for increased
access for our goods and services," said
Pettigrew. "At the same time, we will continue to safeguard Canada's vital social
Yet McDonough says the government
appears ready to give Canada's "social interests" away.
Federal New Democrats and various
organisations have been campaigning for
months to ensure Ottawa does not put
Canada's social programs on the negotiating table.
"He [Pettigrew] has to make it very clear
that these things are not on the table. Our
culture and services like health and education are simply not up for grabs," said
McDonough. "Any trade deals that we enter
into have to protect these things." ♦ 6
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BRC director upset over
big provincial funding cuts
 by Alex Dimson
A recent decision made by the Faculty of
Medicine to reduce funding to its Biomedical
Research Centre (BRC) has led to a dispute over
the role of provincial funding for the facility.
According to Dean of Medicine John Cairns,
the cutbacks were a necessity prompted by ten
years of provisional funding reductions, which
have culminated in the past three years to effectively reduce the faculty's operating budget by
almost ten per cent.
Cairns said that the cutbacks affected more
than just the BRC, which is concerned with
immunology research.
"The cutbacks have been
made across our entire faculty,
so all departments have had
reductions in their budgets.
Some of our basic science departments have been less able to
manage the cuts than others, so
we've been forced to generate
debt in those departments or
reassign what are called soft
funds," he explained.
These soft funds—those from
outside sources—seem to be the
cause of the BRC controversy.
Despite its location on campus,
the BRC, founded in 1986, did
not become affiliated with the
Faculty of Medicine until 1995.
According to BRC Director John
Schrader, the the affiliation was
the result of the promise of additional provincial funding.
"The university was provided with a reasonable sum of money by the provincial government, which was quite careful to make sure this
money was used for the BRC," he said.
Schrader argues that by reducing the BRC's
budget, this provincial money is being taken
away. But Cairns disagrees, saying that cuts to
the BRC have been no less severe than those to
other departments.
Lastyear, the province and the university pro-
"Our ability to recruit
people in a very
competitive environment absolutely
depends on our ability to maintain this
environment that is
the engine to our
-John Schrader
BRC director
vided $1.4 million of the BRC's budget. Research
sponsors like the Canadian Arthritis Institute
and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation
supplied additional funds.
Neither side would reveal the exact amount of
the budget reduction, but Schrader calls the cutbacks drastic and says that they "would really
damage our ability to operate in a way that
would allow us to continue to be successful."
As a measure of the BRC's success in
immunology research, Schrader points to the
the recent recruitment of Sarah Townsend, a
noted Berkeley- and Stanford-trained researcher
who came to the BRC despite much higher-paying offers at other institutions.
Schrader emphasises how
dependent the BRC's work environment is on funded money.
"Our ability to recruit people
in a very competitive environment absolutely depends on our
ability to maintain this interdisciplinary environment that is the
engine to our success...the reason that this provisionally supported money is critical is that it
enables us to say you can come
here with a reasonable expectation to enjoy this high-tech support."
Cairns does not question the
BRC's achievements, but insists
that the cuts have been fair.
"It is an outstanding research
centre and has been very productive    and   successful   and
there's been good return on the
investment. But the claim that they have had
more severe financial consequences than other
units is inaccurate."
Despite statements like this, Schrader is optimistic about a resolution and is careful to
emphasise that his talks with the dean are merely "discussions." Cairns, on the other hand, does
not acknowledge the possibility of any changes
to the budget.
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NO PEAS OR CARROTS: Acadia residents were forced to remove their gardens due to rodent infestation, sara morrison photo
by Karmen Ho
j\fter a rat infestation last summer, students
living in the Acadia Park Residence are not
too thrilled about dealing with another
rodent problem—this time, it's mice.
But UBC Housing officials say they'll
work with Acadia to help solve Lhe problem.
Last summer, a ral infestation at tho
Acadia community garden prompted UBC
Housing lo clean out the gardens and cut
back tlie bushes to stop the rats from feeding. Residents were forced to remove their
vegetables. This successfully got rid of most
of the rats in the gardon.
Now residents face a mouse problem in
the   buildings.   Acadia   resident   Chris
Gawronski believes that "there may have|
been too much concentration on the garden" and said 'thai other measures may
Last summer, a rat infestation at
the Acadia community garden
prompted UBC Housing to clean
out the gardens and cut back the
bushes to stop the rats
from feeding.
have been appropriate."
But Darcelle Cottons, assistant director
of UBC Housing, said that having animals
around the residences is almost inevitable
because of tlie open space and the resi
dences' proximity to the forest.
"We do what we can to be sure that [the
animals] don't jeopardise our safety," said
Colli jns, who added that Housing is particularly concerned about rodent problems
since many small children live in tlie neighbourhood.
Gawronski, Cottons, and Acadia
Residence Life Manager Palty Hambler
agree that tlie mouse problem will be
hard to deal with because mice are
attracted to tlie warmth of the homes and
the availability of food. They did cite
some preventative measures, however,
such as keeping doors closed and putting
screens on windows to keep mice from
running in.*>
Charity meters under fire
 by Teya Greenberg
In an effort to further reduce panhandling in
Vancouver, city councillors have proposed
installing ten recycled parking meters
throughout the city to give people the option
of donating money to charities instead of giving it directly to panhandlers.
The meters were first used in Kamloops
and garnered mixed reactions. According to
Bob Macdonald, a parking engineer for the
City of Vancouver, the meters are intended
to provide an 'alternative to giving people
money on the street."
But the plans to include the "spare change
meters" in Vancouver have brought sharp
criticism from both panhandlers and local
"Not everyone on the street is a drug-dealer or a drug-user," said Rachel Rosen, a representative of End Legislated Poverty, a
province-wide anti-poverty advocacy group.
"This legislation criminalises poor people
by lumping them into one category," she
Other than Winnipeg, Vancouver has the
strictest panhandling laws in Canada. Last
April, the city passed a by-law that drastically
limits legal panhandling. Panhandlers who
ask for money in a seated or prone position,
within ten metres from a bus shelter, or
between sunset and sunrise, are all subject
to fines of up to $2000.
Rosen sees the meters as part of a growing effort to hide rising poverty rates caused
by reduced government spending. She noted
Panhandlers who ask for
money in a seated or prone
position, within ten metres
from a bus shelter, or
between sunset and sunrise,
are all subject to fines of up
to $2000.
that government cuts to social spending
have had a serious effect on poverty rates
and that the meters function only to "dehumanise" and "depersonalise" poverty.
"By hiding poverty, the government is trying to hide its responsibility," she said.
But both Macdonald and Micheal
Jacobson, director of the Rotary Club,
j\rbutus—the organisation that proposed
and funded the meters—agree that the chari
ty meters are one of the few ways to guarantee that donated spare change will do some
The donated money will be given to charities chosen by the city and the Rotary Club.
Jacobson promised that the money will help
"We will ensure that the money will go to
a charity which will directly impact these
people. They'll get food, not drugs," he said.
But many panhandlers believe these
efforts are misdirected.
Walter has been panhandling for three
years. He said he doesn't use any of the food
banks because of severe dietary restrictions
caused by his poor health. He has a place to
sleep, but says he knows many panhandlers
who won't use shelters because they're full
of drugs.
Walter doesn't think that the meters will
work, and he doesn't agree with their installation.
j\nd Rosen argues that strict panhandling
laws are an infringement on people's rights
as established in the Canadian Charter.
"Everyone has the Charter right to
speak in public and ask for money. The
city's actions are a clear violation of
rights," she said.»>
UBC research
gets $5.5 mil
for biophysics
by Melanie Streich
UBC's molecular biophysics lab will be
able to purchase much needed laboratory equipment after receiving over
$5.5 million from a fund recently dedicated to UBC research by the BC
Knowledge Development Fund
(BCKDF) and the Canadian Foundation
of Innovation (CFI).
According to UBC Associate Vice-
President Research Richard Spratley,
joint funding from the CFI and BCKDF
is critical for research at UBC.
"Research funding has been cut
back quite a bit in the previous years...
For about six to eight years [UBC's]
been fairly starved for research funding and this is a big boost to where
things are going," noted Spratley.
At the biophysics lab, 80 per cent of
the funding needed to purchase new
equipment was obtained from the
BCKDF and CFI last month. UBC will
provide the remaining 20 per cent of
the cost of equipment from its $3 5 million Blossom Fund, which is used to
supplement external funding.
According to biochemistry professor
Grant Mauk, the total project budget is
$8.75 million.
He said the money will go towards
purchasing expensive equipment, such
as fibre-optic ultraviolet resonance
Ramen spectrometer, that would be difficult to purchase under normal grant
A spectrometer is an instrument for
measuring wavelengths in spectra—the
band of colours formed when any radiant energy is broken up.
The spectrometer, said Mauk, will
help to develop "chemically modified
polymeric surfaces that would be gentler in terms of the ways they're reacting with [sensitive] blood cells or with
tissue cells of various types."
As well, the spectrometer will assist
in detecting drugs or metabolite—a
small chemical compound found primarily in blood—which has been difficult because, said Mauk, it's like "trying
to pick out types of needles in the
haystack and identify them and measure them."
Both BCKDF and CFI have also contributed to a host of other on-campus
research projects in health sciences
and the resource sector. Seven projects
each received from $33,000 to
$300,000 in BCKDF and CFI money.
CFI recently approved $9.3 million
for the construction of a Laboratory of
Molecular Biophysics, which will bring
together scientists in biophysics,
physics, chemistry, and biotechnology.
UBC is anxiously awaiting a BCKDF
decision on whether they will help out
with funding this project
"If we don't get it, we don't [get the]
building" said Spratley.
BCKDF has also dedicated $ 1.5 million toward a project examining the
causes of infant deaths.
But the funding demand is far from
being met UBC is applying for further
CFI and BCKDF grants for 33 other
research projects.
Even though UBC has money in its
$35 mill inn Blossom Fund to help out
with research, Spratley said
researchers should begin look elsewhere for additional funding.
"[The Blossom Fund] is not going to
last [UBC] through all of the CFI. We're
encouraging people to put together
applications to look for private money,"
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Question, Who Slept with Whom?
an Union
Featuring recent feature films from member states of the European Union
Tuesday, November 30th to
Thursday, December 2nd
Call 822-1452 for More Information
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This presentation wis nude possible through the
generous assistance of the Chan Endowment
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Tickets $4.00
Tickets Available at the door,
one hour before show.
for a double
I love attending short film programs for many reasons. Best
of all, on days when my attention span is very short, I know
that if what I am watching really licks, it'll be over soon
enough. Cineworks' Thursday night presentation of selected
new works from six local independent filmmakers
presented a cross-section of shorts from the
mediocre to the brilliant.
The program contained a whole range of film
types, from aAndrew Gravkin's experimental documentary The Way of the Sword to the surreal
fantasy short The Lonely Passion ofPetar the Pig
The night's longest piece, Gravkin's Sword is
a documentary that looks at the tradition of
sword fights and sword making. Using voice-
overs, Gravkin looks at the different cultural
identities tied to the sword. He talks to an
Mberta master craftsman, he looks at the
ancient Japanese martial art of Kendo and
attends meetings of the medievalist 'Society for
Creative Anachronisms." The subject has a
varying degree of interest even for the non-
sword loving person. Gravkin's 30-minute documentary took six years to complete.
Two of the night's best shorts were Harry
Killas' Babette's Feet and Vulgar... incomplete
'nyet whole by Dylan Cree. Killas' short is a
romantic comedy about a man with an
intense foot fetish who falls in love with the
perfect feet Unfortunately, the object of his :
passion has her own intense fetish.
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Cree's Vulgar is a controversial ani
film that examines the "concept of the '
, caT" by using sex, crime and extremel
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gram were recently screened at the 19
Vancouver International Film Festival, t
films h^ve another tie: the directors are;
members,, of Vancouver's only film-me
ers' co-op>, Cineworks Independe
Filmmakers' Soejgty. The co-op providi
each member wifrpEQduction and po:
production equipment ancTfacnitiesr Tl
society was originally formed in 1980
promote and encourage the productio]
distribution and exhibition of indepei
dent film in British Columbia and sine
then it has been a focal point for undei
ground filmmaking.
Except for special events, public
screenings are usually held regularly ai
the Blinding Light!! cinema on the last
Thursday of every month. ♦>
at Presentation House
until Dec. 4
by Aisha Jamal
Horned Moon Productions has a great mission: to
seek out projects that provide opportunities for
female theatre artists, on stage and behind the
scenes. It's true that plays in Vancouver consistently have a higher number of leading male roles, so
their effort should be applauded. But it's too bad i
that Beautiful Bodies, their first production, i
sucked so much.
Directed by SFU alumna Toni Rozylo, \
the play tells the story of six friends from j
college who are coming together for a <
baby shower. All six have chosen different !
paths in life: Jhe-modet^e44tchy, sue- j
cessful bjisiness woman, the nervousyup- '.
pie, pie ballooning housewife, the unKap- (
>      pily married one and the guest of honour/ J-
the free-spirited musician. The only stereo-1
type missing is the tough lesbian. So, these \
j / six friends get together and yap, mainly ]
about the problem with the men in their j
J: A major part of the play's problems was ',
ll       the "pretend" set. With hardly any fiirni- ;
}]      hire on the stage, you were supposed to ;
P       use your imagination to see all the furni- \
ture that was referred to.
Comments such as "I like
what you have done with
the place" just don't work
when the only things on
stage are three chairs and
a table. And it feels like a
high school play when a
character pretends to
press a buzzer by just
poking the wall.
Adding to the distracting air of "pretend" was
the convoluted acting.
The characters seemed to
be working on their own,
and nobody managed to
find a meeting ground for
all six characters to come
together. The blocking of
the characters just piled
on to the downfalls of the
play. For a major part of
thd^ play the characters
were, facing the audience
and making far too much
eye contact, which
crossed into some audience members' comfort
zones, \
Theje are some funny
lines iji Beautiful Bodies,
but u|[fortunately, a handful of witty lines don't
majte a play. Despite a
ppor first effort, I hope
mat Horned Moon keeps
pursuing its goals—
because things can only
get better.*!*
Nov. 18th
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WHAT A SHAPELY NOSE YOU HAVE: Frances O'Connor and Jonny Lee Miller in Mansfield Park.
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by Vanessa Ho
"Run mad whenever you choose, but do not faint"
That's the personal motto of our heroine Fanny Price (Frances
O'Connor) in the new adaptation of Jane Austen's third novel
^Mansfield Park. Canadian writer-director Patricia Rozema's adaptation of Mansfield Park is filled with subtle grace and plenty of
Austen witticisms. Rozema has delivered a faithful adaptation of
-'Austen's masterpiece that is both beautifully acted and beautiful to
;-look at.
Central to the story is young Fanny Price, who is sent by hers
''* impoverished family to live with her more affluent relatives, the
Bertrams. With them, she is treated as nothing less than a servant
by her Aunt Norris (Sheila Gish), her Uncle Sir Thomas (Harold
Pinter), and her cousins Maria (Victoria Hamilton, in her thirdjp
Austen film) and Julia (Justine Waddell). The only person to treat
0 Fanny with any respect is her cousin Edmund (Joflhy Lee Miller).
As she grows up, her appreciation of Edmund's kindness turns
into love. However, everything is thrown into turmoil at Mansfield [
Park with the arrival of the Crawfords: the rakish and devilishly
handsome Henry (aAlessandro Nivola) and his
sister, the scheming Mary (Embeth Davidtz).
Each member of the Bertram household is
taken in by the charms of the Crawfords,
except Fanny, which causes problems when
Henry comes courting and when Edmund
courts Mary. Could this lead to heartache for
our heroine or will all turn out well? Finding
out how is where the appeal of the film lies.
This version of Mansfield Park might not
be what fans are used to. This is because
Rozema has modernised it, adding elements
of the abolitionist movement of the early
1800s and hints at lesbianism between two
female characters. aAnother admirable thing
Rozema has done was to update the character
of Fanny Price. Fanny is no longer the
young woman who represses her feelings and watches in silence as things go
before her, but is how a headstrong,
smart and opinionated young woman,
one not afraid to say what she feels even
to those who are higher than her in society.
The most interesting aspect of the
film was Fanny's relationship with
Edmund. Unlike the previous BBC mini-
series  adaptation  and perhaps  the
novel, it was enjoyable to see that
Edmund did return Fanny's feelings.
However, Miller, although quite handsome,   was   somewhat   miscast   as
Edmund. Miller doesn't look the part of
the pious clergyman, but he does act
the part very well, which compensates
for the deficiency of casting. O'Connor
is a marvel as Fanny. She brings beauty, great wit and imagination to the
part Her chemistry with Miller and
Nivola was electric. Mansfield Park is
definitely a place you'll want to revisit.*
at Studio 58, Langara College
until Dec 12 t
by Nicola Taylor
lorned Moon's production of Beautiful Bodies.
ie Waterfront Theatre
18th to Dec. 31st
by Regina Yung
ihood. Ever want to go back? Do you get
ty flashes of nostalgia for a more innocent
i? A time when "rnarketable" was not in
• vocabulary, whten honest laughs and
)ashed wonder were okay? With winter
inundating the wbrld beneath a concrete
amidst pre-examS frenzy and the tragedy
commercialised j Christmas, trying to
ember way back When seems difficult. So
lelp. Grab a kid, or take your inner child,
let-Carousel Theatre's production of The
et Garden transport you from your busy
ence back to the secluded, fantastic king-
s of childhood to watch a girl, a boy and a
garden all come to life.
Mary Lennox, ten years old and sour as a lemon, has been
orphaned in India by a cholera outbreak and sent to live with
her English uncle in gloomy Misselthwaite Manor on the
moors. She finds a house full of mysteries, but things really
begin to happen when she starts figuring out the secret of this
garden that's been locked up, like her, for the past ten years.
It may not sound that exciting, but anyone who's read the
classic book by Frances Hodgson Burnett knows its subtieties
and surprising complexity. As the story progresses, the children and the garden form a beautiful and complex metaphor,
each coming to life as the other restores them. The playwright,
Paul Ledoux, has wisely chosen to move the action along at a
fast clip by combining scenes and including narration in the
dialogue while remaining true to the spirit of the story. The
two childlike ghosts of Misselthwaite Manor (Ledoux's additions) who narrate and comment on the action are very effective, adding extra layers of meaning for older folk while
explaining what's happening for the younger kids.
The cast is uniformly strong, with all the leads acting a
believable ten or 12 years old, whether they were giggling
together or screaming at each other. I was also impressed by
Colin Miller's masterful rendition of crusty old Ben
Weatherstaff and Sarah Louise Turner's strong turn (and
good accent) as Martha. I have to admit that sometimes the
drama school voices get a little tiresome, but at least they
were never unintelligible. -Although a little uneven in places,
The Secret Garden was a gentle reminder that even in midwinter there is more to life than grades and money, that like
small seeds scattered in garden soil, there is magic in me—
there is magic in you.*
In Our Town, playwright Thornton
Wilder asks the question, "Do any
human beings realise life as they're hV
ing it?" In the Studio 58 production
itself, the opening act bombards us
with various characters and their too-
stereotypical roles in the Anierican
town of Grover's Cornersrhi the early
19th century. Menjre'hard at work
while^hwrsewTves are intent on
singing and gossiping. The only breath
of fresh air is the local alcoholic choir
master, whose drunken stupor provides relief from the other average
characters. By the end of the play I
found myself wondering if a swig from
his flask would make the singing and
naivite more bearable.
The second act is somewhat more
intriguing as a love story develops
between Emily Webb and George
Gibbs, the eldest children of the play's
two central families. Studio 58
remains true to Wilder's vision of raw
theatre, providing its audience with fit-
tie in the way of props and stage setting. According to Wilder, "the climax
of this play needs only five square feet
of boarding and the passion to know
what life means to us." Unfortunately,
this technique also requires its audience to be thoroughly intrigued by the
story and characters. The families are
interesting enough and the actors provide us with a realistic representation.
Jennifer .Anderson as Emily Webb is
the emotional core of the play.
Her sincerity distracts us from
the overbearing theatrics of the
secondary characters, who are all-
too-aware of the play in which
they exist.
But just when the story has
almost charmed its audience,
Wilder suddenly sends the play
into a fog of philosophical garble.
It seems bizarre that a play aimed
towards theatrical simplicity then
addresses complicated notions of
morality. We cannot help thinking
that Wilder has enticed us with a
love story in order to keep us
around for his final philosophical
Studio 58 has made an interesting choice in producing a piece
that requires its actors to create
an entire town with a minimal
amount of props and setting. The
characters tell us that some day in
the next century people will look
back on this play and see just how
much things have changed. One
can see that director Jane
Heyman was struck by the simple
irony that we are the writer's
intended audience. However, this
irony is not fascinating enough
for an audience of Vancouverites
at the end of the 20th century. The
unorthodox nature of Wilder's
play has been lost Instead, we are
left with a monotonous song and
dance about small-town USA. And
unfortunately, it does tittle to
relate to us today.* 10
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QmBlhui^ amS Off/ice,
Nominations for all of the following positions are now open
and will close January 7,2000 at 4:00 pm.
General    Duties   of   the   AMS   Executive:
Executives, are elected by the student body and
are responsible for ensuring that the goals and
obligations of the AMS are carried out. Each
Executive officer has specific duties and roles,
that fall under their specific portfolio.
is responsible for over-seeing the AMS and
its activities. Consequently the President
has a broad mandate to deal with any
issues or business.
VP Academic & University Affairs:
formally responsible for Student Council.
The VP looks after all matters concerning
academic and campus issues.
VP Administration:
is responsible for looking after matters,
which deal with the Student Union Building
(SUB), and with AMS sub-groups.
VP Finance:
is    responsible   for   all    monetary
budgetary matters of the AMS.
VP External Affairs:
this is a very broad portfolio; the coord, is
responsible for affairs with organizations
outside the AMS.
Senate & Board of Governors Nominations
are also open
Nomination forms and further information
regarding only UBC Board of Governors
and Senate Elections are available from the
Registrar's Office in Brock Hall.
Student Legal Fund Society Nominations
are open
6 Directors Responsible for: the overall
operations of the society which
administers the AMS Student Legal Fund.
Nomination forms & candidate information are available in SUB room 238.
It is only after the close of nominations that campaigning may begin. For more information, please
\contact, the Elections Administrator, Sukhwinder S. Sangha, SUB Room 224 or call 822.0109.
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Awesome CD action!
[Breakin' Records]
I will never sell this CD. I will never trade
it. When I die, I'll have it buried alongside
my grinning corpse. When my mom dies,
I'm gonna sell her ashes to buy copies of
it for my friends. The Party Album! is like a face-full of musical
semen that'll stick to your teeth, stick to your hair, stick to your
nose... hell, it'll plaster your whole bloody face. And there's nothing
you'll be able to wipe it off with. But, hey, that's not really a bad thing
(trust me).
I got my first jizz-mask after hearing the lead-off single, 'We Like
To Party/ blaring from a florescent green window on Main Street.
The next day my friend Tesla Van Halen called me from work to
leave my new favourite song on the answering machine. I pranced
about for five days singing "the Venga Bus is coming dun dun dun
dun dun dun dun," pissing off all my roomates.
Let's be serious, though; how could anyone pass on an album that
has, for its liner art, pictures of wild beasts copulating. Elephants,
lions, snails, and (oh boy!!!) giraffes. This is pure, unadulterated fuck
music! The kind that makes you want to take a week's worth of
Viagra and run, naked, into your local church screaming "viva casual sex." This album is gonna usher the Fiji boys onto their cocaine
trail toward the new millennium. Shit, with the Vengaboys around,
they won't even need the cokeK*
I think you should praise me. Do you understand the lengths, the
depths of depravity that I went to for the sake of journalistic integrity? I tortured myself. I sat through all 13 songs on this less than
wonderful tribute to the teenyboppers of the world.
Sometimes, in a fit of compassion, I would convince myself that
the folk monsters who produce music for the teenybopper masses
are people too. Other times, I would rent a pitbull and take it for a
walk around playgrounds, just so that the very people who purchase
this tripe pay for making it into chart-topping material.
Forget Marilyn Manson, Jordan Knight is the Antichrist. Tractor
noises are more soothing than the destined-for-elevators tin that this
ex-New Kid produces. Why does he bother? Why not just sell posters
of himself, it would save me the effort of hating him at least. I'm
scarred. If I hear another "oooh" or "baby," I'm gonna go postal on
the next pretty boy or 13-year old girl I see. So lock me up and call
me Dora, I'm burning this album.*>
—Graeme Worthy
To be honest, I have never listened to Rob
Zombie before, on purpose. When this
album was being passed out for review, I
seized it for two reasons. First, it was
extremely colourful and, second, German icons Rammstein mix on it
American Made Music To Strip By is a compilation of remixed
Rob Zombie tracks by various artists, including Charlie Clouser and
Chris Vrenna from Mne Inch Nails, and did I mention Rammstein?
First, this album can only be listened to at an obnoxiously loud volume. I have never been much for thrash music, but there is enough
electronica on this album to make it pretty decent. Lyrically, I have
no idea what they're saying, something to do with zombies and hell
raisers, but I guess it really doesn't matter as long as it's being
played obnoxiously loud.
The album cover is worth half the price of the album. It is a cross
between a comic book and Playboy magazine. Plenty of naked
chicks with live concert footage and some slimy green cartoon characters. The electronica sound really compliments the railing,
demonic sound of Rob Zombie. I could place almost all of these
songs in an End O/Oajs-type-film.
For those die-hard Zombie fans, these tracks will be part of The
Thrilling, Chilling World of Rob Zombie, a maze in Universal
Studios Hollywood. Rooms will be loosely modeled after tracks like
"SUPERBEAST" (the entrance to the room is through Rob Zombie's
big mouth).
So, if you want to be experimental, and you have loads of aggression to release, and want to listen to music really loud, this album
is for you. If you are not able to crank the volume on the stereo,
don't bother. ♦
—Andrea Winkler THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30,19991
Birds just can't get a win
 by Sara Newham and Naomi Kim
A losing streak seems reason enough to
want to win. But for the men's hockey team,
which was on a six-game losing streak, the
two games against the second-place
University of Calgary Dinos at the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre this past
weekend meant even more.
"[It] was a do-or-die game for us. We had
to win," said UBC goaltender Matt Wealick.
It's no surprise then, that UBC came out
with a lot of jump in their step—or stride—to
open Friday's contest. The Birds were
awarded some early power plays, but were
unable to capitalise. And when the Dinos
were given a man advantage, Dinos winger
Eoin Colquhoun drew first blood when he
scored on a 5-on-3 situation at 17:47.
The Thunderbirds entered the second
period down 1-0, but once again, both sides
came out strong. It was Wealick, though,
who stole the show in the middle stanza
with great glove saves and Dominic Hasek-
like acrobatic moves between the pipes.
UBC forward Chris Rowland also gave the
650-or-so fans something to cheer about
when he tied the game on a highlight reel
shot from the blue line to make it 1-1.
"I think Wealick played an outstanding
game," said UBC forward Sandy Hayer. "I
think if there was a first star...Wealick would
have been the first star."
The third period started out in the same
manner as the first two. Wealick, who faced
38 shots and was named the player of the
game, kept the Birds in the game and gave
UBC a reason to hope that it might break its
slump. But two quick goals by the Dinos
within a minute of each other early in the
period eliminated that possibility. The Birds
were unable to overcome the 3-1 deficit
despite several opportunities, and thus
extended their losing streak to seven consecutive games.
"We're not getting enough from the top
guys, especially up front," said UBC right
winger Jason Deleurme, who was visibly
upset. "I feel that the line of
Deleurme, Hayer, and [centre Ian]
Lampshire has pretty much not done
a thing." The three have combined
for 32 points this season.
Heading into their final regular
season game of this year, Hayer simply explained: "We've got to find a
way to win. Bottom line."
Scoring is one way to win, and
that's how the Birds started
Saturday's game. UBC centre Rob
Petrie gave the Birds the early lead
less than three minutes into the
game. The stunned Dinos recovered
quickly, however, as Dinos winger
Matt Holmes hung on to a pass after
a weak UBC swipe at the puck, and
took a shot that dribbled in behind
Wealick to tie the game at 13:57.
Calgary's momentum continued
into the second period. /After an
unsuccessful UBC rush the Dinos
brought the puck right back and got
their first lead of the game and followed with another goal seven minutes later. The Birds found themselves in the same situation as the
previous night—down 3-1.
But UBC left winger Dean Shiels stole a
Calgary pass at centre ice and scored his
first goal of the season to end the rush and
close the gap to 3-2.
/And the comeback didn't end there.
Wealick got his first point of the season by
assisting a pass to first-year centre Corey
LaFreniere. Checked tightly, LaFreniere
fanned on his first shot but sent the puck
over the Dinos goalie's shoulder to tie the
game 3-3 at 18:07.
And there was still the third period to go.
The Dinos' scored at the 1:28 mark to dim
the Birds' hopes, but the chances kept coming for UBC. And with the man advantage
and six minutes remaining, the Birds' didn't squander this opportunity. Shoaf took a
long shot from the blue line, and Lampshire
scored UBC's second game-lying goal.
REFLECTING in the Plexiglas and on a rough season-the Birds have had more injuries and illnesses
than wins. Against the Dinos, UBC was able to end its losing streak with a tie. tara westover photo
aAlthough the Birds outshot the Dinos in
each frame, overtime was when the Dinos
were revived. They outshot UBC 5-1, and
there were some dangerous moments, but
the Birds pulled through to hold on to the
"We needed it," said Lampshire. "We
needed a game where everyone broke out
together and everyone was working together and everyone felt the energy and tonight
was sort of that game. We didn't win, but it
was a comeback sort of tie and we did get a
point out of it*
.And especially for a team with players
dropping like flies—second-year defender
Dave Penner out with mononucleosis,
second-year winger Rob Teleske out with
a fractured leg, third-year defender Brian
Josephson out with a concussion and second-year centre Nils Anton out since the
beginning of the season with a separated
shoulder—the team executed despite a
sorely missed veteran presence.
"Injuries and illness have really taken
[a] toll on this team...But you're down 3-1
and 4-3, and to keep coming back and to
show the heart that they did, it's a huge
compliment to them," said UBC head
coach Mike Coflin. "They don't give up,
they won't give up, and I think that signals an exciting second half of the season."
The Birds are 3-10-1 and are now
halfway through their season. They will
resume regular season play January 7 in
"The guys made a step towards doing
the right thing going into the second
half," said Shoaf, "but we've got a long
ways to go." ♦
St. James wins UBC's first Metras trophy
 by Naomi Kim
The Thunderbirds' remarkable football
season may have come to an end on
November 12, but the UBC players have
not been forgotten.
The 1999 CIAU Royal Bank Football
Awards Dinner took place in Toronto last
week just prior to the Vanier Cup game
and players from across the country
received recognition.
UBC defensive lineman Tyson St James
received the John P. Metras Trophy as the
most outstanding lineman in the CIAU.
"There were a bunch of top athletes that
were nominated for it," said St James. "I
had put up good numbers, but everybody
else put up good numbers too."
But the 6'2", 235 pound third-year
player is a two-time CIAU All-Canadian
who led the conference this season with 5
quarterback sacks while adding 28 tackles and a fumble recovery. In addition to
bringing home a major award, another
fact made the award even more special.
"I just found out today—well, I kind of
looked at the award—but I'm the first player to win it from UBC. So it's pretty cool.
It's quite an honour for me."
Running back Akbal Singh was the
other major award nominee for UBC.
Singh   was   nominated   for   the   Hec
Crighton Trophy, for the most outstanding university football player in Canada.
It was his second consecutive nomination for the award, but Ottawa Gee Gees
quarterback Philippe Cote won the
"It was totally exciting to be nominated for the second year in a row," said
Singh. "I wanted to win the Hec
Crighton...but that's the way it goes."
aAnd there is no stop for Singh, even
after a second Hec Crighton disappointment. After a two week-long mental and
physical break following the football season, Singh is back in the weight room
gearing up for next season.
"[Singh and St. James are] just two of
the most outstanding individuals you'd
ever want to have on your football team
and in your community," said head
coach Jay Prepchuk. "At UBC we were
very fortunate to have both those guys as
part of our team and they were very
instrumental in our success this year."
Named to the first aAU-Canadian team
were Singh (running back), St. James
(defensive end), and offensive guard
Aaron Barker, and defensive tackle
Daaron McField. Wide receiver Brad
Coutts was named to the second All-
Canadian team.*>
is now 6-2 on the season.
The Birds will continue their
regular season at homo on
January 7 against the University
of Alberta.
with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
UBC will return to their regular season games at home on
January 7 against the University
of Alberta.
Thn men's baskt.lhall team start
ed off the weekend by handing
the Canada West-leading
Lethbridge. Pronghorns their
first loss of the season. UBC
guard Courtenay Kolla, who
scored 18 points, led tlie Birds to
an 82-79 victory. Saturday, Kolla
once again led tlie Birds in scoring willi 11 points, but unlike
Friday, tlie Birds lost 71-61. UBC
Tlie baskelbull Birds swept the
University of Lethbridge
Pronghorns to improve their
record to 5-3. Friday, first-year
post Lia Granger finished with
19 points and 12 rebounds in
the Birds' 83-51 victory.
Saturday, tlie Birds continued
to roll, winning 81-46: Forward
Jessica Mills contributed 31
points and 14 rebounds while
Grainger registered her second
double-double of the weekend
Tlie Birds travelled to Winnipeg
and playpd two tight games that
both ended 3-2 in favour of the
Manitoba Bisons.
Friday, UBC power Jeff
Orchard finished with 24 kills, 13
digs and three blocks. Friday's
game also saw the early return of
captain Guy Davis to his first regular season game this year. He
played in the libero position. After
winning two sets each, tlie Bisons
won the fifth set 27-25. Saturday's
game was even closer and went
on for 2 hours and 22 minutes
due to the tight sets (29-27,26-24,
25-27, 33-31, 19-25). Davis
played in the power position for
four sets and finished by leading
the team with 21 kills and 21 digs.
Despite their 3-7 record, most of
UBC's series go down to tlie wire.
According to UBC head coach
Dale Ohinan, bad officiating also
played a part in the losses.
The men's volleyball team will
play at Trinity Western University
on December 1.
The women's volleyball team
knew it was going to be lough
playing against the number one-
ranked University of Manitoba
Bisons (7-0). Even before the
serips, head coach Erminia
Russo said, "If we can come out
of [Manitoba] with a split, at least
a split...that would be jrreal for
us." And that's what they did.
On Friday, the Birds dropped
three straight sets. UBC middle
Kalcy Boyd led the Birds with
eight kills and 12 digs.
Saturday's game started out like
Friday with tlie Birds getting
behind by two sets, but UBC
came back to hand the Bisons
tlie first loss of their season.
UBC middle Michelle Collens
finished with 15 kills and 27
Tlie Birds will play at Trinity
Western University on January 7.* STUDENT SOCIETY OF UBC
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The AMS is seeking Judges for
Student Court.
3 positions available:
• Chief Justice
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It is recommended but not necessary
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The position of Chief Justice requires
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WCB Decrees No Smoking in Any Workplace
Under revised legislation in the Worker's
Compensation Act, as of January 1, 2000 there will
be no smoking allowed in any workplace in British
Previous restrictions on smoking in the workplace
were generally covered under municipal jurisdiction,
however this revised article in the WCB Act will
override any legislation currently in place, and will
include offices, stores, restaurants and bars, in fact
anywhere people work.
This new provision will affect two of the AMS'
businesses directly. As of January 1, 2000 both the
Pit Pub and the Gallery Lounge will be non-smoking
only premises. The new law provides only for
smoking in outside areas. As a result the only aAMS
commercial operation that will have a smoking
section will be the Pendulum Restaurant's patio.
We ask for your cooperation in adhering to this new
legislation - this is not a choice but rather a directive. THE UBYSSEY •TUESDAY. NOVEMBER 3D. 19991
BoG rep disappointed in Marshall
 by Jesse Guscott
I would like to express my utter
disappointment in Alma Mater
Society (AMS) President Ryan
Marshall's actions in response
to the events surrounding the
appearance of the Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP) display
last week. I recognise that this
display and the actions of individuals who pulled down the
display are extremely controversial and I would like to leave the
debate on the appropriateness
of both the display and the
protest to others. My concern
lies in the absence of responsible leadership shown by our
AMS president in the aftermath
of the Genocide Awareness
Mr. Marshall's assertion that
he "had no choice but to allow
the [Students for Life] presentation to council" printed in
Friday's Ubyssey, is extremely
misleading. j\nyone who attended this meeting saw that Mr.
Marshall went out of his way to
have this presentation made
immediately. In the interest of
fairness and efficiency, the policies of the AMS council state
that any presentation to council
that has not been approved as
an agenda item, can only be
allowed if council votes to allow
it by a two-thirds majority. Mr.
Marshall attempted to circumvent this policy and invited the
Students for Life group to begin
their presentation at the onset
of the council meeting. When
challenged on this point, Mr.
Marshall then attempted to
allow this presentation as part
of the President's Remarks.
When challenged again, the
issue was finally brought to a
to urge council members to take
disciplinary action against Erin
Kaiser and Jon Chandler, two
AMS volunteers, for their
actions as private citizens outside of AMS circles against the
GAP display. Since the a4MS is
not in the practice of disciplining students for their actions
outside of the AMS, this amounted to little more than a political
Ubyssey. Mr. Marshall is quoted
as yelling, "You guys are no better than Nazis" at AMS
Coordinator of External Affairs
Nathan Allen in reference to Mr.
Allen, Ms. Kaiser, and Mr.
Chandler. For any individual to
accuse another individual of
being akin to a Nazi is
deplorable, but for the
spokesperson of our student
vote. Mr. Marshall urged council members to allow the presentation, suggesting that there
was some great urgency to the
situation and that there may be
legal implications for the AMS.
Council members therefore
voted to allow the presentation.
Contrary to Mr. Marshall's
suggestion, there was no grave
urgency to the situation and at
no point in the presentation was
there mention of legal ramifications against the society. The
purpose of the presentation was
witch-hunt which was appropriately dismissed. Whether Mr.
Marshall intentionally or unintentionally put himself at the
forefront of this witch-hunt is
debatable, suffice it to say that
Mr. Marshall's political distaste
for Mr. Chandler and Ms. Kaiser
is well known to anyone
acquainted with the politics of
the AMS.
What is not debatable is the
absolutely reprehensible comment made by Mr. Marshall and
quoted in Friday's edition of the
society to make such a comment
to a student whose family members spent time in Nazi concentration camps and in reference
to a Jewish student is disgusting. Mr. Marshall's actions have
been insensitive, irresponsible
and quite possibly illegal.
I would like to stress that I
am in no way suggesting that
Mr. Marshall does not have the
right to criticise the actions of
others. However, there must be
a more diplomatic way for a student    society    president    to
express his disapproval than to
make such slanderous and
malicious comments to students whose families have suffered from the atrocities of
Nazis. Again, the fact that Mr.
Allen, who was not even
involved in the incident in question, was categorised in such a
way and the fact that the statement was made in front of the
press suggest that Mr. Marshall
may have allowed his personal
political feelings to cloud his
judgement. While I am willing
to dismiss Mr. Marshall's
actions at council as the ugly
side of politics, I am not willing
to accept that the spokesperson
for our student society can
speak with such a blatant disregard for the feelings of others. I
urge council members and students at-large to join me in
demanding from AMS
President Ryan Marshall a public apology for his deplorable
public comments. As the
spokesperson for the AMS, Mr.
Marshall has a responsibility to
represent the society in a
responsible way and in my
opinion he has failed miserably
in this respect.
-Jesse Guscott is an
AMS councillor and a student
representative on UBC's Board
Ubyssey Publications Society
2000 Board of Directors Elections
The Ubyssey Publications Society is the organisation responsible for publishing UBC's official student newspaper,
the Ubyssey. Its membership consists of all UBC students who have not opted out of membership in September by
completing an opt-out form. Members are eligible to run for, and vote in, Board Elections.
The Board of Directors oversees the administative and business aspects of the paper including advertising, marketing, distribution, the budget and finances, meetings of the Society, and management of employees.
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member, those interested need contribute to three issues of the Ubyssey and attend regular staff meetings in order
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Term is February 2000-February 2001. Directors attend approximately 20 Board Meetings
throughout the year in addition to serving on the Board Committees. No previous experience with newspapers or
the UPS is required.
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Witness to his madness
aAs you may or may not know, Staff Sergeant
Hugh Stewart, the erstwhile head cop at
APEC, has testified at the RCMP Public
Complaints Commission (PCC) about his role
in the big event In case APEC has faded
gracefully from your memory, Stewart was
the man who led the pepper-spraying of several students and a CBC cameraman at Gate
Six. Since the real transcripts are hard to
come by, here's one possible scenario.
Lawyer for the complainants, Cameron
Ward, versus Hugh "Sgt Pepper" Stewart.
Ward: Are you Staff Sergeant Hugh Stewart of
the Vancouver RCMP?
Stewart: Who are you? What am I doing here?
Ward: That didn't work yesterday, sir, and it
won't work today. Let's talk about the events
of November 25, 1997, at Gate Six. You pepper-sprayed protesters there, did you not?
Stewart No. I've never been to UBC.
Ward: According to your staff logs you were at
UBC that day, sir.
Stewart Oh, Gate Six. Yes. That was me.
Ward: And how much time did you give the
protesters to get out of the way, sir?
Stewart I don't exactly recall. About an hour.
Ward: Guess again.
Stewart About 30 minutes?
Ward: Thirty minutes, sir?
Stewart Give or take. Maybe ten minutes.
Lots of time.
Ward: The tapes show that it was significant
ly less than ten minutes, sir.
Stewart: How much less?
Ward: According to the CBC tape, about nine
minutes and 57 seconds less.
Stewart: Well, maybe ten seconds.
Ward: Try again.
Stewart: .An hour?
Ward: No. The tapes indicate a gap of only
three seconds between the end of your verbal
warning and the first shot of pepper spray.
Stewart: What did I say it was?
Ward: Anywhere between ten seconds and an
hour, sir.
Stewart: Well, if you count the time between
my lunch break and the actual spraying...That
would be about right
Ward: Why did you give them so little time?
They were sitting peacefiilly, blocking the
road, and they were getting up before you
even ended your warning. Why so little time?
Stewart They were attacking.
Ward: Attacking, sir? They were unarmed,
peacefiil demonstrators.
Stewart They had guns.
Ward Sir, they did not have guns.
Stewart Pointed sticks?
Ward No, sir.
Stewart They were charging—charging like
Ward (impatiently) They were not charging,
sir. Why would a protester, faced with over 20
police officers armed with pepper spray.
charge? They were sitting down, sir.
Stewart: Wildebeasts sit down.
Ward: Why did you spray the protesters? They
were sitting peacefully until you told them to
get. They then began to get up. Why did you
spray them Mr. Stewart?
Stewart: Mmm. Well, I was under a lot of
Ward: Pressure, sir?
Stewart: I had this crazy thing going on with
my hand. It was like a muscle spasm or something. I was holding the spray...It was like my
brain was telling it to do something, and then
it did something else. I can't explain it
Ward: (silence)
Stewart aAnd besides, pepper spray isn't so
Ward: Sir, you wrote the definitive paper for
the RCMP for the use of pepper spray. In it,
you describe pepper spray as "about as
painful as a stinging nettle jammed in your
eye. Holy shit, it hurts."
Stewart Yep. It sure does hurt, like a sono-
Ward: So why did you do it. Sergeant? Why
did you subject peaceful protesters to an
extremely painful procedure, when they presented no physical threat to you?
Stewart Jesus! It's not like they were laboratory rats, or bunny rabbits, or an endangered
species or anything...
Ward: No, sir. They were just students.***
censored by
the AMS
I would like to know what
caused some people associated
with the Alma Mater Society
(aAMS), the morning of Tuesday,
November 23rd, to overturn
tables, scatter pamphlets all
over the ground and speak
harshly to a group of pro-lifers.
I arrived after the incident,
drawn to the crowd out of
curiosity. I wondered what kind
of violently forceful event had
occurred. I learned from a
friend in the crowd that some
people associated with the AMS
had come down, told the group
they weren't authorised to be
there, then wreaked this havoc
of flipping over tables and
spreading the pamphlets like lit
ter on the ground.
Many times around the SUB I
have seen communists and
marxists handing out their
newspapers, but never have I
heard of the .AMS suppressing a
voice allowed to speak up
because democracy gives it that
right. Since the aAMS is beginning to censor the voices we students hear on campus, is it
resorting to a sort of communism whereby speech is not
free? Is it to become the "Big
Brother" watching every word
students mutter? Is it now forbidden to hear both sides of a
debate? It is only right to be able
to listen to both sides of an argument in order to be better
informed so that knowledgeable
decisions can be made. Is this
not the purpose for which university was intended—the acquisition of knowledge?
I am not stating whether I
am for or against abortion. To
me that is not the issue.   The
issue is how free speech is on
our campus. I saw the tables of
the pro-choice people upright
and heavily guarded by security.
Yet the tables of the pro-lifers
were unguarded and had been
overturned and their pamphlets
scattered, ironically, around the
Goddess of Democracy. Does
this not sound like the AMS has
made their position clear as to
whose side it is on and whose
side we students will be allowed
to hear? As a UBC student
whose tuition helps pay for the
AMS, I am outraged at this incident of censorship. I would like
the freedom to listen to both
sides of an issue—not have the
.AMS decide for me whose position I will be allowed to hear.
This country is a free and
democratic country. I expect the
University of British Columbia
to be the same.
Kristi Tencarre
Third Year History
Where's the
I'm a UBC alumnus (MD '64)
who returned for a campus visit
this week with my daughter who
is considering attending UBC.
Because I was a reporter and
senior editor of the Ubyssey
many aeons ago (1959-1960), I
picked up the Nov. 23 issue with
great interest I'm pleased to see
you are perpetuating the same
high standards of journalism!
My only disappointment was
the absence of the slogan that
adorned the masthead in those
days of yore: Non Illigitimus
Carborundum. "Don't Let the
Bastards Grind You Down"
seems as appropriate today as it
did 40 years ago!
Thanks for the memories.
Allan Chernov
"Are we in Nazi Germany?"
f i told you i
ould you write for the
by Mary Gray
On Tuesday, Nov. 23/99 a terrible injustice was
committed on this campus. Three students from
the Alma Mater Society (AMS): Erin Kaiser, Jon
Chandler, and Lesley Washington, attempted to
silence a group of students from expressing their
opinion by destroying their display. These three
students tore down signs, ripped up posters,
turned over tables, and yelled obscenities at those
who peacefully stood and watched this take place.
One would have
thought this blatant
act of discrimination, violence, and
hatred on the part of
Kaiser, Chandler,
and      Washington
would have been publicly denounced by the aAMS
and the student newspaper. One would have
expected those organisers of the "Not on our
Campus" campaign to rally behind the students
whose fundamental rights to free expression were
violated. One would have expected the student
body at UBC to be utterly horrified. /After all, if
three members of the aAMS were allowed to get
away with attempting to silence one group of students, what would stop them from silencing other
groups of students who had differing opinions on
other matters?
Jesse Guscott's argument that this incident had
nothing to do with the aAMS is completely false.
This has everything to do with the jAMS. Trying to
say that Kaiser, Chandler, and Washington acted
as individuals and so are not accountable as .AMS
members is ludicrous. They are in positions of
power on this campus and are expected to represent all students. People who are so closed-minded
that they have to resort to violence and intimidation towards those with differing opinions should
not be in positions of power. Whether they like to
admit it or not, by refusing to deal with this issue
seriously, the aAMS is saying that the actions of
these three individuals are acceptable.
I attended the last aAMS council meeting of
Wednesday, Nov. 24/99 and this matter was definitely not treated in a serious manner. Upon
watching the videotape of Kaiser, Chandler, and
Washington destroying the display, several people
laughed and cheered. The discussion that followed
was brief, but disturbing. One comment by .Arts
Representative Bev Meslow, was particularly
incredible. She commented, "I can't believe these
people [Students for
Life] were allowed
to have any say at
all." And Nathan
Allen's comment
about being
ashamed of AMS
President Ryan Marshall for "standing by them
[Students for Life] and helping them with this
crap," should make everyone on this campus
uneasy. Ryan Marshall was simply doing his job as
an elected representative of ALL UBC students by
allowing Students for Life to tell their story.
Whether members of council are pro-life or pro-
abortion is irrelevant, the fact is that the aAMS has
a DUTY to make sure the people it represents are
treated fairly.
At the conclusion of this meeting a decision was
made by council to wash its hands of the whole
incident. What does that say to you? It clearly says
that the aAMS is not prepared to stand behind students' rights to free expression. It also says if you
don't like what someone has to say, go ahead and
violently shut them down. Are we in Canada or
Nazi Germany?
I encourage the students of UBC to express their
unhappiness with the aAMS over how they have
handled this issue.
—Mary Gray is a 3rd year
pharmacy student
The ubyssey publications society seeks
chief returning officer
for 2000 board elections
- Not a UPS Board Member or Candidate for the Board
- Not a Staffer (or if a staffer, one that will not be involved with the Ubyssey paper
for the length of the CRO term)
- Must be a member of the Society in good standing
- Must be on campus everyday (Monday to Friday) during voting hours
- Should be someone familiar with AMS elections procedures: i.e. a polling clerk
in previous elections if possible, but not required.
- Must be on campus first three weeks of January, 2000
- Must be able to work up to 30 hours during election week (January 17-21,
- Must possess excellent communication skills.
- To report to the UPS Board
- Liaise with the AMS elections
- Provide for the advertising nominations
- Liaise with candidates and ensure their adherence to rules.
- Promote the elections
- Hold office hours during campaigning and voting week (at least 1 hour per day)
- Become familiar with AMS and UPS electoral procedures
- Monitor polling stations daily during election week Qanuary 17-21, 2000)
- Count or provide for counting of the ballots
- Approve campaign materials (posters)
- Provide written report to the Board with Election Results
- Provide written report for the benefit of future CRO's
- Prepare elections budget and administer funds for elections as dispersed by UPS
Business Manager and approved by the Board
Pay rate is to be an honorarium of $500, to be paid on the acceptance of the
CRO's report by the board.
Call UPS Business Manager, Fernie Pereira, at 822-6681
OR by fax to 822-1658 OR in person to SUB Room 245.
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The GaAP/Lifeline display in front of the
Goddess of Democracy last Tuesday calls into
question the tolerance we, as students, have
for forms of expression we just don't want to
witness. Desmond Rodenbour insists that the
pro-life group crossed the line with its tactics
("Is hatred free", Nov. 26). Alana McFarlane
calls the group's actions "reckless and irrational" ("There's nothing like shooting yourself in the foot", Nov. 26). What about the students who chose to "aggressively [demonstrate] their opposition to the display?" If Erin
Kaiser, Jon Chandler  or  Leslie
Washington   demonstrated   anything by tearing down GAP posters,
it's that freedom of expression
doesn't apply when what's being
expressed is unpopular. ^^^^
I oppose the nature of the GAP
posters. I wish they could find some
other way to make their point When I read
that a larger scale GAP presence was thwarted by demands including a $35,000 security
levy and a restriction to Mclnnis Field, I was
secretly relieved, as I suspect were many others. We can rationalise these "rigorous"
demands all we want, but we're still left with
the sense that we're somehow being hypocritical. .After all, UBC prides itself as being an
open forum for discussion, where it's recognised that "behaviour which obstructs free
and full discussion, not only of ideas which
are safe and accepted but of those which may
be unpopular or even abhorrent, vitally
threatens the integrity of the University's
forum." The GAP/Lifeline display was certainly unpopular, maybe even abhorrent But
what gives anyone the right to get rid of it?
Erin Kaiser claimed the GAP display con-
by Aniz Alani stituted hate literature. Rodenbour cites the
Human Rights Code of BC, which prohibits
displays "...likely to expose a person or a
group or class of persons to hatred or contempt" and goes on to say "...GAP is proliferating contempt and hatred, and it ought not to
be tolerated." Whether the Lifeline display
qualifies as "hate literature" in the legal sense
is likely not as clear-cut as some suggest I'm
certainly not qualified to make that decision
and I doubt that the students who tried to put
an end to the display are either - they're students, not a travelling Human Rights
Ms. Kaiser's reaction to the CBR-supplied
posters is at odds with what she, as founder of
the Students for Choice group, wrote in an e-
mail to SFC members on November 4th—"If
you find yourself in a situation where a
Lifeline member is participating in an action
such as holding a sign with a disturbing
image or offensive slogan, please remember
to remain calm. ...For many people there will
be a feeling of wanting to prevent the sign or
display from being seen. Avoid acting on
these feelings." Overturning tables and tearing apart posters is not my idea of "calm."
As for Lifeline's "complete disregard for
public safely," I disagree that they were so
irresponsible. GAP displays have had a history of inciting violence in the United States—so
what? Unless someone has evidence that
Lifeline intended for violence to break out, it's
a stretch to suggest that the.group, who used
smaller GAP posters to deliver its message,
disregarded public safety. As demonstrated
by Ms. Kaiser's e-mail to opponents of the display, people should be able to control themselves. It's not Lifeline's fault that some students couldn't Should it be Lifeline's responsibility to ensure the presence of campus
security in case people don't react to their
message in a civil manner?
In response to Rodenbour's suggestion
that the  AMS  Council's  democratically
resolved condemnation of GAP tactics or
non-endorsement of its presence on campus
constitutes fair treatment of the issue,
it's irrelevant whether such a resolution is passed by a simple majority,
two-thirds majority or even if it's
passed unanimously. We're supposed
™        to tolerate the "unpopular" perspectives, not just the ones that support
the majority. Remember Voltaire?
To effectively censor these unfavourable
messages, either by refusing to allow them
on campus or by tearing down what is displayed, suggests that UBC students are incapable of forming decisions as individuals.
We might be occasionally apathetic, but
we're not stupid.
With all that's happened here on campus,
I've certainly thought more about abortion
recently than I would have otherwise. I may
not have changed my view, but if Lifeline's
goal was to make people reflect on their values, they've certainly been effective with me.
The students who tried to put a stop to
their message only amplified it. Now that's
shooting yourself in the foot.
—Aniz Alani is an
Arts One student
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Under section 61 of the University Act the President of the University has
authority to impose discipline on students for academic and non-academic offences (see page 50 of the 1999/2000 University Calendar). A
summary of such disciplinary cases is published on a regular basis,
without disclosing the names of students involved.
In the period 1 September 1998 to 31 August 1999,31 students
appeared before the Presidents Advisory Committee on Student
Discipline and 30 were subsequently disciplined. For each case, the
events leading to the imposition of the discipline and the discipline
imposed are summarized below. Discipline may vary depending upon
the circumstances of a particular case.
1. A student failed to respond to repeated attempts to schedule a disciplinary hearing to examine misconduct incidents alleged to have
been committeff when seeking admission to a Faculty.
Discipline: ongoing and future registration blocked pending
appearance before the President's Advisory Committee on Student
Discipline, and a notation to that effect placed on transcript
2. A student provided false and incomplete information when seeking
admission to the University.
Discipline: a suspension from the University for 8 months*.
3. A student submitted a term paper that was completely plagiarized.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and suspension from the
University for 12 months*.
4. A student brought unauthorized material into a midterm examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and suspension from the
University for 12 months*.
5. A student left the examination room without submitting an exam
paper and subsequently engaged in a cheating scam in an attempt
to secure a grade for the course.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero in the
course and a suspension from the University for 4 months*.
6. A student provided false and incomplete information when seeking
admission to the University.
Discipline: a suspension from the University for 8 months*.
7. A student completely plagiarized a report that was submitted in a
course assignment
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from
the University for 8 months*.
8. A student used take identification to gain entry to an examination
room and wrote an examination in the name of another individual.
Discipline: a suspension from the University for 12 months*.
9-    A student provided incomplete information'when applying for
admission to the University.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
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10. A student brought an unauthorized calculator into a final examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from
the University for 4 months*.
11. A student was alleged to have cheated during a final examination.       23
Outcome: charge dismissed; allegation could not be substantiated
from a consideration of the available evidence.
12.   A student colluded with another student in a cheating incident during a midterm examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and home University
advised of the misconduct and disciplinary penalty*.
13-   A student committed forgery on a Registration/Change of
Registration Form.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the involved courses and suspension
from the University for 12 months*.
14. A student submitted plagiarized work in a term paper for a course.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from
the University for 12 months*.
15. A student was involved in a cheating incident on a mid-term examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and suspension from the
University for 12 months*.
16. A student colluded with another student in a cheating incident during a midterm examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and home University
advised of the misconduct and disciplinary penally*.
17. A student essentially completely plagiarized a term paper for a
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from
the University for 12 months*.
18. A student was involved in a cheating incident during a final examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from
the University for 8 months*.
19. A student was involved ina cheating incident during a final examination.
Discipline: a nmk of zero m the coiurse and a suspension from
the University for 8 months*.
20. Astiidentconimittedpbgiarisminatermpaper.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero for the
paper and a letter of reprimand.
21. A student was involved ina cheating incident during a final examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from
the University for 12 months*.
A student altered a returned midterm examination in an attempt to
obtain a revised grade.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from
the University for 8 months*.
A student completely plagiarized a term paper for a course.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a letter of reprimand and
the completion of remedial measures.
24. A student was involved in a cheating incident during a midterm
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from
the University for 12 months*.
25. A studeffl substantially plagiarist a tenn paper in a course.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from
the Universityfor 12 months*.
26. A student left the examination room without submitting an exam
paper and subsequently engaged in a cheating scam in an attempt
to secure a grade for the course.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero in the
course and a suspension from the University for 4 months*.
27. A student committed plagiarism in a graduation essay
Discipline: a letter of reprimand and the completion of remedial
28. A student was involved ina cheating incident during the midterm
examination in a course.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from
the Universityfor 12 months*.
A student was involved in a cheating incident during a midterm
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
A student was involved in a cheating incident during a midterm
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from
the University for 12 months*.
31. A student tailed to respond to attempts to schedule a disciplinary
hearing to examine an allegation of substantial/complete plagiarism in a term paper for a course.
Discipline: ongoing and future registration blocked pending
appearance before the President's Advisory Committee on Student
Discipline, and a notation to that effect placed on transcript
* In all cases indicated by an asterisk a notation of disciplinary action is
entered on the student's transcript At any time after two years have
elapsed from the date of his or her graduation the student may apply
to the President to exercise her discretion to remove the notation.
Students under disciplinary suspension from UBC may not take courses
at other institutions for transfer of credit back to UBC.


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