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Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Volume 86 Issue 23
The Alex and Michelle Club since 1918
Documents say tower
land by Wreck Beach
is seismically stable
by Sarah Bourdon
Reports released by UBC on November
23 indicate that the area along
Northwest Marine Drive, where four
student residence towers are being constructed, is seismically stable. The documents were made available after a
Freedom of Information (FOI) request
was filed by lawyers for the Wreck
Beach Preservation Society (WBPS).
The reports, which examine the geological and environmental impacts of
the project, state that the towers will not
be a threat to the adjacent cliffs. UBC
would never consider building on land
that was unsafe, according to Dennis
Pavlich, VP External and Legal Afiiairs
for the university.
"We would never be undertaking
that level of construction for anybody
without being absolutely solid on the
geotechnical side," explained Pavlich.
"Bottom line, we're satisfied that what
we're building there is safe and far
from actually threatening the erosion."
The towers, which are being built
between Totem Park and Place Vanier
residences, will provide almost 2,000
new housing spaces when complete.
The complex is part ofa commitment to
the Greater Vancouver Regional District
(GVRD) to provide housing for 25 per
cent of undergraduates.
The project has received criticism
from the WBPS, whose members feel
the related construction will be detrimental to the cliffs above the beach. The
society requested to view the geotechnical reports several times before UBC
made them available, filing the FOI
request on September 26.
The society has now forwarded the
data to geomoiphologists for analysis,
according to Judy Williams, president of
the WBPS.
In addition to releasing the reports,
See "Land"page 2.
Baby# light my fire
The AMS hosted the Festival of Lights ceremony on Friday night in front of Main Library,
which included the lighting of the tree and lots of candles, nsc fensom photo
Unofficial files kept on campus residents
Information collected without students'knowledge
by Jonathan Woodward
VANCOUVER (CUP)-Students living
in campus housing at universities
aren't being told their residences
keep unofficial files on them in
online, searchable databases.
Hundreds of student advisors can
access the files, but the students
themselves are not allowed to see
them for reasons ranging from
residence policy to provincial
privacy law.
"It's creepy," said Brian Richard, a
resident of Place Vanier at UBC. "You
should be able to see what's in.
the file."
Anyone who's lived in residence
knows how residence discipline
works: if you breach the contract you
signed at the beginning of the year,
you'll get written up with a formal
report. Usually, repeat offenders see
their report and face further punishment, like eviction.
But what they aren't told about are
comments in the system drawn up by
advisors about the student themselves—even if a formal incident hasn't happened.
Comments could range from,
"This person has never been a good
member of the floor," to,
"Unfortunately I have to talk to this
guy every other day about noise," said
Fred Fotis, director of UBC's housing
Files also include records of disputes between residents not formally
recorded. The UBC system, called
eRez Admin, is online and lists students by name, floor and picture.
"Every office needs to compile
information to be able to deal with
students on an individual basis," said
Fotis, adding students "should
expect" this information to be there.
"We've always done that in paper
form. The difference is that it's in
electronic form now."
Over 100 advisors can write and
access comments at the University of
Alberta, said Darlene Lipinski, assistant
director of residence administration.
The comments aren't just used for
CULTURE: Almost done
school? Check out the holiday
pages. Page 8-9.
NEWS: Bow ties!
VP Students Brian Sullivan and
his fan club. Page 3.
FEATURE: A life in theater
Errol Durbach's illustrious
career in Ibsen. Page 13.
EDITORIAL: Bush in Ottawa
And no Parliament visit! Page 14.
discipline, but also to help the student, she said.
With them, advisors can privately
record and share the ways they help
residents through sensitive issues
like disabilities and mental health.
Having more people see these
records means only information
important to the advisor's job is written, Lipinski said.
"The information is important to
what we do," she said. "We have staff
we have to trust know whatever's in
the system is strictly for their benefit
and nobody else's."
It's not illegal for a university to
collect information about its students
without their knowledge, said Morag
Wilmut of BC's Office of the Information
and Privacy Commissioner.
The law doesn't change when the
files are transferred from paper to
electronic copy, but the potential for
abuse grows, she said.
With information accessible at
any Internet terminal by any of over
100 advisors per university, and with
students living with their advisors,
"it's easier for the electronic copy to
wander around," she said. "It's a ticking time bomb that could lead to
breaches of privacy law."
When a student requests their
information, they might find opinions and comments are private information of the person who wrote them
—meaning the university could black
out the information to protect the
Residences at the University of
Victoria have a computer database,
but advisors can't access it, said
See "Files"page 2.
Growing oains for
Access and Diversity
by Dan McRoberts
More than one year after being
forged from the merger of the
Women Student's Office and the
Diversity Resource Centre, the
Access and Diversity unit at UBC is
still struggling to establish an advisory council that will help the office
do its job.
Mia Amir, a UBC student who
sits on the committee working to
organise the advisory council has
serious concerns with the unit
"What is going on here is not a
real questioning of the current
structure that exists. Simply creating a unit within the University...is
largely the product of a Western
ideal," she said. "There's been a
lack of sincere openness to investing the communities that are
impacted by this work with the
power to really shape what [Access
and Diversity] becomes."
The advisory council needs to
establish accountability for the
unit, Amir said.
"There are deep concerns about
the accountability of this unit To
who is it accountable? How does
that get expressed when issues
arise?" she said, adding that the
process of forming the council has
been frustrating.
"In some ways it's been an
exclusionary process because we
receive information much later
than we need to as a group that is
trying to work with this unit" she
said. Rather than building consensus, Amir claims that work done by
concerned individuals is sometimes disregarded by Access and
"It has not been a model of consensus but we are doing work in
some cases that may be rewritten
or redone," she said.
David Anderson, the co-chair of
Pride UBC, has also worked closely
with Access and Diversity in the
past year and echoed Amir's concerns over the creation of the unit
"Suddenly on November 1,
2003, Brian Sullivan says"'we have
access and diversity'...! mean how
ridiculous is that? There was no
consultation," said Anderson.
"You're lumping a lot of really disparate issues all together into this
marginalised oppressive ghetto
somewhere in the back of
Brock Hall."
While Pride UBC has a good
relationship with Janet Mee, the
director of Access and Diversity,
Anderson believes that consultation should have taken place before
her appointment
"Janet Mee had lots of experience with disability issues but was
not prepared on other fronts," he
said. "It was ridiculous to appoint
someone like that without consulting the community.*
As for the role of the eventual
advisory council, Anderson
believes that it is important for the
interested groups to remain
engaged in the process.
"Either you can take it for what
it is and hope that it will be effective
See "Access"page 2. 2
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Design changes meant to reduce visibility
"Land" from page 1.
UBC has made amendments to its
original design plan for the project in
an effort to acommodate the concerns
from the WBPS about tower visibility
from the beach, said Joe Redmond,
vice-president of UBC Properties
Previously, each of the four high-
rises was to be 20 storeys in height,
sitting on five-storey podium buildings. Two of the towers were going to
be located along Marine Drive with
the other two directly east of them
along Lower Mall.
With the amendments, three 20-
storey towers will now sit along Lower
Mall and the fourth 17-storey tower
will be moved back from Marine
Drive to reduce its visibility, said
'Certainly UBC tries to respond to
issues that are put forward by either
their neighbours or by the GVRD. That
was certainly one of the foremost
things," he said, adding that the
changes were a feasible alternative to
the previous plan.
'I think we satisfy not only
Housing and Conferences' concerns
about how the project as a whole
might work but we certainly
addressed the issues that the GVRD
and the Wreck Beach people have
raised,* he explained. "The analysis
that we've done, the profiles that
we've done, which are engineered
models of the site, you have to be well
out past the beach to begin to see any
of the buildings.*
Still, the WBPS remains concerned
that the towers will be visible on low
tide days.
"We're in a little bit of limbo at the
moment with respect to being able to
gauge the visual impact of the new
proposal,* said Lara Tessaro, the
lawyer for the WBPS. 'However, we do
take the position quite strongly that in
order to gauge the visual impact of
these towers, UBC does have to, in
conjunction with the GVRD, conduct
transparent, open visual assessments
and what that would entail is really
doing a blimp test or some other kind
of actual visibility analysis.*
Tessaro also questioned the legitimacy of the low tide point being used
by UBC to determine whether the towers can be seen from the beach.
"It's a line in the sand. But low
tide means something, it means
actual low tide...We do have concerns about whether this is just an
arbitrary measurement,* she
explained. 'It could be a cruel
irony...The days when the most people are using the beach, on the sunniest summer days, on the farthest
stretches of the beach, that's when
the towers will have best visibility of
the beach and that's when people on
the beach will have the best visibility of the towers.*
Despite this, Tessaro is encouraged by UBC's acommodations and
hopes the trend will continue.
'One thing that's really good about
this is that we've seen that UBC can in
fact be flexible and so we look forward
to continued flexibility on their part,*
she said. 'I'm hoping that this indicates that they have a greater open-
mindedness and a willingness to work
with their neighbours.* ♦♦♦
Advisor still needs to be hired for unit
"Access" from page 1.
for students and work with it in whatever way the University will allow and
Access and Diversity will permit, or
you say that this is a joke and oppose     workshops  scheduled  for Januaiy
year will lead to a resolution.
'Our goal at the end is to revisit
the terms of reference and come to
an agreement about the advisory
council,* said Mee. She hopes the
it," he said, adding that there was some
confusion over the role the advisory
council would play.
'A lot of people, myself included,
thought for a long time that the advisory council would have some sort of
legitimate power...but it has come to
light, once and for all that we will not*
Mee said that she had made the
mandate of the advisory council clear
from the outset
"There is a difference in understanding from what we intended and
the hopes of the student committee,"
she said. "There were some people
who were not clear and some who did
not accept the principles."
Despite finalising the terms of
reference for the council in August,
issues raised since that point have
prevented the body from being
formed. Now Mee is hoping that
four days of workshops early next
and February will be successful.
"I've learned that there's a momentum that builds over time and that
takes time, but once it starts we really
have the ability to come together,"
she said.
Looking back on the first year of
Access and Diversity, Mee admitted
that she had hoped for more substantial progress. Beyond the difficulties
with the advisory council, the unit has
yet to hire a race and ethnicity advisor
to deal with student cases and systemic
Access and Diversity will be advertising for the position in January and
Mee hopes to attract qualified
"I had hoped or expected that we
would be in a different place by now,*
Mee said. "Some things can't go as
quickly and doing it right is more
important than doing it fast* ♦
Student files common across Canada
"Files" from page 1.
residence life coordinator Lisa Gibson.
When an incident is filed, the advisor
fills out a report and passes it to senior
staff, who upload it to a database.
While an advisor has a logbook, no
comments are uploaded either as a
companion to incident reports or on
the students themselves.
"We deal with documented behaviour," she said. "Consistently noisy'
isn't helpful, and to say to a student
that he's consistently noisy doesn't
provide them with the information
they would need to improve."
About 200 universities worldwide
and 20 universities in North America,
including Simon Fraser University,
and St. Mary's University in Halifax,
use an Australian-made  computer
database called StarRez.
The ability to make comments
about everything from buildings to
residents is built into the system, said
StarRez vice-president David Meale.
Who can access the data changes from
university to university.
Alicia Wight, assistant director of
residence at the University of Calgary,
said only high-level staff can access the
files, but their residences are moving
away from using the comment system.
"You'll expect to find it less and
less," she said.
After Canadian University Press's
inquiries, Wight said the residence
handbook would be amended to tell
students comments could be made.
"We're changing our system,"
she said. "It will be in the handbook
next year.
"♦ ■
Brian "bow tie" Sullivan, VP of cool
Only university administrator with an appreciation society, Sullivan takes it all in stride
by Chantaie Allick
Brian Sullivan has a unique claim
to fame. He is the only member of
the UBC administration with his
own fan club.
The Brian Sullivan Appreciation
Society, started this year, aims to
recognise the vice-president, students' influence on campus
and increase the communication
between the administration and
the students. Club members sport
bowties to show their appreciation
of the VP Students and hosted a
beer garden, which Sullivan himself attended.
"We started the club because
Brian Sullivan's just generally a
likeable guy," said club founder
Paul Sutton. "Unfortunately, in
January and February of every year,
his job is the worst job in the world.
Fortunately, he's really good at it so
we wanted to take this opportunity
to give our appreciation to Brian.*
In addition to attending functions
where Sullivan is speaking, members
of the club fiindraise for student
financial aid and will be attending
the tuition consultations in Januaiy
and February, said Sutton.
"When Brian came to our beer
garden it was an opportunity for
him to talk in a relaxed atmosphere
to students who were interested in
the issues. And he was a really good
sport. He gave us a bow tie from his
collection, it was really sweet
of him.*
Sullivan recalled attending an
AMS council meeting where members of the council donned card-
"It was quite an eerie feeling to
look up and see one of the guests
and three of the council members
wearing little polka dotted bow ties.
It was a bit startling.*
Still, Sullivan appreciates the
club's purpose.
"If it helps to increase the communication between the admin-
stration and the students then good
on them,* he said.
For the last five years, Sullivan
has been the VP Students at UBC.
His office is responsible for the student experience at the University
as well as for being a voice for students in the administration.
From student recruitment,
financial aid and assistance, and
counselling services to alumni rela-
MADONNA CHE UOMO: Brian Sullivan, UBC's VP Students puts on his trademark bow tie. Sullivan
is responsible for student issues at the University, nic fensom photo
tions, housing and athletics,
Sullivan and the VP Students office
are involved in almost every aspect
of student life at UBC.
But Sullivan's familiarity with
university issues did not begin
here—he has been involved in universities for most of his life. After
completing his undergraduate
years at Harvard University, he
moved on to work at both
McMaster University and the
University of Guelph and finally on
to his current position at UBC.
Sullivan also has a more personal level of experience—he has four
kids of university age, three of
whom are currently attending university, giving him a range of perspectives on university life that he
can apply to his work.
'I've seen how magical some
really important, sometimes unplanned, moments at university
can be,* said Sullivan. "You're actually changing what people think
about themselves, changing what
they think about the world, setting
them up in different alleys, changing their plans and their ambitions
and just the transformative power
of education."
Sullivan is excited about and
inspired by his role in making
these things happen at UBC.
For the student, Sullivan is an
advocate for interests, a representative of the student voice and a
source of opportunity. In his words,
he "represents a re-emphasised
focus on the undergraduate and
overall student experience at UBC."
The VP Students position represents an interesting dichotomy-
Sullivan is both an administrative
representative to students, at AMS
meetings for example, and a student representative in the administration, for example during tuition
According to Sullivan, it is
important for students to know that
he is "here to support students and
advance the institution and very
rarely do the two conflict" since a
student that excels represents an
institution that is doing the same.
Sullivan's passion for his job
notwithstanding, his trademark is
his bow tie.
"I have been wearing a bow tie
since my own university days and
had a dad who often wore bow ties.
There's a little family sentiment in
it," he explained. "Tying a bow tie is
a little more difficult than tying a
straight tie, so it's a little bit of a
test in the morning.*
However, Sullivan does strav
from his bow tie-wearing on
*I do wear straight ties. I have
been seen in a straight tie,* he said,
adding an amusing story. 'The
most recent time that I wore a
straight tie here, I had a student
group that I met with and at the end
of the meeting somebody said
'what's the problem with us?' and I
said 'what do you mean what's the
problem with you?' and this person
actually said 'we kind of feel dissed
man, you've got a straight tie on
and it's been troubling me.'
Anyway, at some point it becomes
not worth trying to explain why you
don't have a bow tie on.* ♦
- with files from Sarah Bourdon
UBC music professors receive prestigious awards
Honours received for unique composition work with electronic media and South Asian percussion ensembles
by Samuel Wasswa-Kintu
Two UBC music professors, Dorothy Chang and Michael
Tenzer, have been selected as recipients of 2004-2005
ASCAPlus music awards from the American Society of
Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), an organisation that represents music professionals from all genres.
"Every year you send in a list of music that you've
written and music that's been performed,* Tenzer said of
the selection process, 'and they take 0.001 per cent of
Britney Spears' profits and they funnel it back to people
like us.*
'People like us/ in this context, are writers whose original compositions are not commercially consumed at the levels of artists like Britney Spears, but are deemed to have
"prestige value for which they would otherwise not be compensated," according to the ASCAP website.
Tenzer, a professor in ethnomusicology, music theory
and composition, and Chang, an assistant professor in composition, have both previously won awards from ASCAP. In
1999, Chang was the recipient of the competitive Morton
Gould Young Composers award for gifted composers under
30 years of age. Tenzer was the 2001 recipient of the
Deems-Taylor Award acknowledging the excellence of his
book, Gamelan Gong Kebyar, a detailed exploration of the
theory and ethnography of twentieth century music created
by the Balinese gamelan, an orchestra comprised primarily
of percussion instruments.
Tenzer explained that playing in UBC's gamelan usually
has an impact on the music students who participate. "[It's]
a totally different world of music...providing them with a
musical experience that they wouldn't otherwise get," and
one that he could not resist exploring further after first
hearing it in college.
Dorothy Chang began composing around age 14 and
only began seriously thinking of music as a career after taking an introduction composition course as an elective,
while planning on majoring in business. Early in her career
she created compositions in electronic media and while she
has moved to composing solely orchestral music, her experience in electronic music carries over to how she
approaches composition even for traditional instruments.
Chang has also worked as a composer for an experimental theatre and hopes to "move in the direction of creating a
type of interdisciplinary work with the music as the focus,
die music as the impetus' rather than the more peripheral
role that it has traditionally taken.
When asked whether they know during the creation
process that they are creating a great piece of music, both
composers said no. Tenzer, however, added that 'you know
when you've had a good day." Chang explained that after a
few weeks of writing, she'll know whether or not it inspires
her. 'Sometimes I work with an idea and I know it's dead
weight, then I just drop it and go on to something else."
"It doesn't get any easier though, that's one thing,* Tenzer
concluded, and the ASCAPlus award acknowledges that fact
by supporting artists such as Chang and Tenzer with a bit of
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Millennium foundation's
report highlights barriers
Findings indicate'Trice of Knowledge" may be too high for low-income students
by Doris Sun
UBC students hoping that a post-secondary education will be the cure
for all their future financial worries
should take heed according to a
recent study produced by the
Canadian Millennium Scholarship
Foundation that paints a grim picture for university hopefuls and
graduates alike.
The nearly 400-page report, 'The
Price of Knowledge 2004: Access
and Student Finance in Canada,* covers access to post-secondary education, the existence of academic and
financial barriers to education, student borrowing and debt, government spending on education, and
graduate outcomes.
The study found that more
Canadians than ever before are
attending college or university,
'People are seeing the value of
post-secondary education more
clearly than ever before—and are
realising what a worthwhile investment it is,' said Karen McDonald,
communications director of the BC
Ministry of Advanced Education.
Although students are entering
colleges and universities in large
numbers, the study highlights that
post-secondary education poses
financial barriers, especially to low-
income students. Because there is
now an increased emphasis placed
on marks to gain entry into post-secondary, students of lower income,
who have often missed out on the
forms of support that foster academic achievement, are placed at a disadvantage.
The Ministry of Advanced
Education states that the financial
disparities of access are addressed
by changing the BC grant program
from offering funding up front, to
offering a loan reduction at the end
of a student's program.
"What that means is that students
who qualify will be issued a student
loan to meet their assessed need, a
portion of which will be forgiven
upon completion of their year of
study,' said McDonald. 'The loan
reduction program is targeted
towards students with the greatest
need, including students with
dependents, or students who cannot
count on financial support from
their families.'
McDonald adds that provincial
funding for post-secondary education will be increased by $105 million to $225 million over the next
two years.
The study goes on to state that student debt has been increasing steadily for the past two decades and that,
once student loans increase their
borrowing limits by $45 a week in
2005, debt loads will likely increase
sharply. This projected trend has
caused alarm, especially among stu
dent groups. The Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations, a non-profit
student lobby organisation, states
that nearly 80 per cent of students
said that they are concerned with the
amount of debt they will have upon
This statement holds true for
recent Asian Studies graduate, Lisa
Cheung, who is worried about her
ability to repay her loan.
'I will be paying $300 each
month minimum, which they put on
a ten year mortgage. So if I didn't
have a decent job, I would have trouble paying the student loan in the
first place. And second off, it doesn't
seem like a lot, but it's quite a bit
when you don't have a job,' she said.
Cheung believes that university
degrees don't carry the same level of
prestige that they used to. That, she
said, may be due to the fact that so
many more students are choosing to
enter post-secondary institutions
now than in previous years.
'It used to be that with a university degree, you get first priority,
you get more opportunities to
advance when you apply for a job.
But it doesn't seem like the case anymore because even just for a banking job, they're actually looking for
people with a Bachelor of
Commerce. It wasn't like that, let's
say, five years ago. If you had a university degree back then, they'd
probably hire you.' ♦
I Student group wants Millennium
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Scholarship Foundation scrapped
by Megan Thomas
OTTAWA (CUP)-A national student
lobby group is renewing its call for
the end of the Canada Millennium
Scholarship Foundation in the wake
of the organisation's recent report on
the state of post-secondary education.
The foundation released a report
showing more students than ever are
accessing post-secondary education
in Canada despite tuition increases.
The Canadian Federation of Students
(CFS) says the study distorts the
impact a three-fold tuition increase
over the past decade has had on the
ability of low-income students to
access colleges and universities.
The CFS has been openly critical
of the foundation since the federal
government created it in 1998 as an
independent organisation mandated
to provide educational grants to the
neediest students across the country.
It is an unaccountable armslength
organisation,* said George Soule,
national chair of the CFS. There is
largely just this gentleman's agreement
with a hand shake and a glass of scotch
that says how the provinces are going to
spend the money.*
The foundation distributes about
$300 million in grants each year to
undergraduate students identified by
the province they study in as having
financial need. The grants range
from $ 1,000 to $4,000 depending on
need and province.
But Soule maintains the
Millennium money merely replaces
financial assistance the same students would already receive from
their province.
This is because the provinces and
the foundation are in effect competing with each other to help students
facing the largest financial barriers to
accessing education.
When a student is funded with a
foundation grant, that student is
deemed not to need as much provincial funding to meet educational
costs. This results in a savings for the
province, but no extra money for the
student. Soule alleges some
provinces even put the money they
save because of Millennium scholarships towards other projects, like
building roads.
Soule sees the foundation as fatally flawed and is calling for it to be
'wound down.* He would rather see
the $2.5 billion endowment the foundation works from be used to set up
a system of national grants that
would benefit students most in need.
But the Millennium Foundation,
while not perfect, is a system of
national grants and should be recognised as such by the Canadian
Federation of Students, said Sean
Junor, co-author of the most recent
foundation study.
'They call for a system of national
need-based grants. The foundation is
a system of national need-based
grants, but yet they have never made
that connection,'Junor said.
'You can't argue with the fact that we
have reduced student debt across the
country by about $300 million ayear for
the past five years,* Junor added.
But Junor agreed with Soule
there is a problem with foundation
grants   and   provincial   student
aid 'colliding.*
'Is there net benefit for every single student in the country for a hundred per cent of the dollars? No. And
we have been open and honest about
that,* Junor said.
Junor said work is currently
underway to correct the problem,
although he could not say when the
foundation planned to meet with
provincial leaders to discuss it But
he called on the CFS to come up with
ways to make the foundation better
instead of attacking it.
'One of the easy things to do is to
throw accusations at an organisation,* Junor said. 'It is pretty difficult
to come up with a solution to fix
things, which they never have.*
James Kusie, national director of
the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations, another student lobby
group, agreed with Soule there are
problems with the foundation that
need to be addressed, most notably
that it's not improving access.
But if the Millennium Foundation
is eliminated, Kusie worries the
money it provides will also be lost to
students forever.
*A legitimate concern is that if
you call to scrap Millennium, there is
no guarantee that $2.5 billion
endowment is going to go to another
program in post-secondary education,* Kusie said.
Instead, Kusie would like to see
'significant changes* to the existing
'If we have a national grant system set up, like we do in the
Millennium, let's make it work,*
Kusie said. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
AMS Orientations cost almost twice budgeted amount
Three year-opening events
report large losses
by Dan McRoberts
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) has
had another of its year-opening programs report a hefty loss.
The student society's orientations program cost more than
$22,000 this year. The AMS had
originally expected their official
welcome wagon to cost slightly
more than $12,000.
The figures follow last month's
announcement that the AMS First
Week celebrations cost nearly
$30,000 more than expected. A
post-mortem of the society's
Welcome Back Barbeque has also
indicated a loss of nearly $10,000,
according to AMS VP Finance
Stacey Chiu, who said that the timing of these events was not a factor
in the losses.
*I wouldn't say it was specifically
because they were beginning of the
year, they are the most risky events
we do...Those projects are dependent on attendance—if people turn
out we'll make money on it and
if they don't we won't,* said Chiu.
Coordinator Stephanie Mui presented a report on the program to
AMS council Wednesday. Mui said
that while an unexpected drop in
attendance affected the bottom line,
the lost revenue was somewhat off
set by the lower expenditures that
were incurred as a result Only 674
students paid for an AMS orientation this fall, down from more than
1,600 in 2003.
There were several major reasons for this reduction in patronage
for the AMS tours, which cost in the
$18-25 range, said Mui. Faculty-run
orientations are taking people away
from the AMS event, she said, citing
the Faculty of Science and the
Sauder School of Business in particular. The decision was also made
not to visit high schools, a practice
which Mui recommended restarting.
Another problem Mui mentioned was the fact that promotional materials were not mailed out to
new students with their acceptance
letters from UBC.
'It was mailed out only a week or
two later, but it made a huge difference,* said Mui.
The AMS anticipated that participation in the orientations programs would remain steady this
year. A noticeable result of this
overestimation is a room full of
unused AMS clipboards with 2004-
05 printed on the front cover. There
are nearly 1,400 clipboards left
over, Mui said.
Grant Wong, executive coordinator of student services for the AMS,
EXTRA INVENTORY: Clipboards by the dozen await next year's crop of freshmen, desiree morin photo
told council that a sticker could be
attached the extra clipboards for
use next year.
Mui also recommended that
the AMS hire the coordinators earlier in the year for future orientations.
*I would definitely recommend
hiring the coordinator and assistants earlier,* said Mui. The positions    are    typically    filled    by
February but hiring did not happen until late April, she said.
'It was sort of out of people's
control, because the [executive
coordinator of student services]
was hired later than usual so that
set the schedule further back,' she
said. 'Hiring us earlier would let
us start the process and organise a
little better.*
The   Orientations   staff  were
hired for the entire year for the
first time last spring, and Mui told
council that extending the term
was unnecessary.
"The program only lasts from
August 11 to September 5, so to
extend that program is pretty
unfeasible,* said Mui. Mui and her
assistant are currently working on
other AMS projects, but not on orientations per se, she said. ♦
Rock the Vote! Do efforts to rally the youth vote actually work?
Provincial campaign
modelled after
American initiative
by Darcy Wintonyk
With six months to go until BC's
next provincial election heavy
efforts are already underway to
rally the youth vote. But with voting
among people under 30 steadily
declining since 1988, do voter campaigns actually make a difference?
Rock the Vote BC, a campaign
launched on November 17, aims to
increase voter participation and
show young people how the issues
affect them. But with the campaign sponsored primarily by post-
secondary student unions and educators, the question is whether
their message will reach the people who need to hear it most.
'In terms of who [the campaign]
is sponsored by, the site might just
be preaching to the converted,*
said UBC Political Science profes
sor Fred Cutler, who says 60 to 70
per cent of the people with a post-
secondary education vote. 'The
message may not get to the people
who need it. The non-post- secondary rate for voting is 20 to 30 per
Lisa MacLeod, spokesperson
for the Canadian Federation of
Students, one of the campaign's
key sponsors, explained that Rock
the Vote BC is trying hard to attract
people beyond their usual contact
base of university students. 'That's
where the rock part comes in,* she
said. 'It combines political engagement with music and art and a
sense of community.*
Rock the Vote BC is modeled
directly after the US Rock the Vote
campaign, which claimed success
after 4.6 million more people
under 30 voted in the 2004 election than in 2000.
Rock the Vote BC hopes to capture non-student voters by mimicking the US campaign tactics of
combining political engagement
with popular culture. Their launch
at a Green Day concert on
November 17 'managed to register
are also the most skeptical.
a few hundred people who have     the people they are trying to reach
never voted before,* said MacLeod.
Cutler questioned if this is a
successful tactic to gain the attention of a highly cynical audience,
"The message used
to be that it is your
civic duty to vote
in a democratic
society.. .Students
seem to have kept
this notion/
—Fred Cutler
UBC Political Science
suggesting the organisation might
be more effective with a more credible spokesperson.
Cutler believes that voter organisations face a hard battle because
sites are pitched to be cool, but
when people get to this age, they
want to make up their own mind
about everything.*
But Rock the Vote BC's website,
which features product giveaways
and interactive ways to get politically involved, hopes it can attract
young people who may normally
not be interested in voting simply
because of its highly accessible and
user-friendly format. 'Let's face it,*
said Lisa MacLeod, "Younger people are more motivated to seek out
things on the internet*
Fred Cutler, however, is skeptical that internet campaigns attract
many new people. 'How many people would go that far to find out
things if they didn't think of themselves as voters beforehand?*
Some students agree. "The format just doesn't appeal to me,"
said Kristen Joslin, an Emily Carr
student. "I don't think that I'd ever
vote because of a web site."
Cutler thinks that in order to get
more young people to vote
involves showing them that they
will be affected by the issues. 'If
the campaign convinces students
that the funding of their educations is different with different
parties, it might have an effect." He
believes that the Rock the Vote
campaign successfully achieves
this goal.
'The message used to be that it
is your civic duty to vote in a democratic society,* said Cutler.
'Students seem to have kept this
notion.* He sees the solution to getting non-students to vote in extending this philosophy.
With the recent success of the
Rock the Vote campaign in the US,
Lisa MacLeod agrees that attracting cynical young non-voters is a
matter of rekindling the idea that
voting is cool. "I think that there's
a buzz about democratic participation after the US election," she
said. "It's a good time to do something like this in BC."
Many students echo this sentiment. "So many young people
were talking about the""tJS election/ said Joslin. "Maybe some of
them will think about voting here
because of it* ♦
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Addressing global AIDS
December 1 is Global AIDS Day.
A group of students from eight clubs
have prepared a week of events to
inform the UBC community about
HIV/AIDS. The events are designed
to link global HIV/AIDS to issues
right at home.
The Globally Positive Film
Festival, which will highlight social
and political causes and effects of
HIV/AIDS, will take place on
Tuesday, November 30 at the Norm
Theatre from 11 am to 5 pm.
A candlelight vigil will be held on
December 1 at 4 pm on the grassy
knoll in front of the SUB to commemorate those who died of AIDS
this year. A speaker's panel will follow at 5 pm at the Liu Centre, featuring Patsy George, the director of
the Stephen Lewis Foundation,
along with UNICEF communication
consultant from Zimbabwe, Stuart
In addition, there will be a
chance for an interactive learning
opportunity—a simulation where
participants will be assigned to five
different areas of the world and
given different tasks. The simula
tion will represent the distribution
of HTV and AIDS around the world.
This activity will take place in the
SUB ballroom on December 2 at
A rally for freedom
Students for a Free Tibet has
organised two events aimed at raising awareness about Tenzin Delek
Rinpoche, a Buddhist lama and
teacher from eastern Tibet who has
been sentenced to death by Chinese
authorities. Rinpoche was arrested
over two years ago and could be exe
cuted in December, according to the
The first event is a rally and candlelight vigil on December 2 starting at 3 pm and will be held in front
of the Chinese Consulate (at
Granville St. and 16th Ave.). The
second event is an International
Human Rights Day Rally and Street
Theatre on December 10 from 10
am to noon. This event also takes
place in front of the Chinese
For more information about
Rinpoche's case or about Students
for Free Tibet, visit www.students-
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Iranian students debate rights
by Malcolm Morgan
UBC's female Iranian students differ in opinion about whether Canada is better for
women's rights than their homeland of Iran.
"Every day it gets worse," said graduate student Sedi Minachi, of the problem of violence
against women in Iran.
Minachi's panel presentation on this subject was part of Amnesty International UBC's
presentation at the Liu Institute Global Issues
on violence against women in conflict and
post-conflict societies last Tuesday night.
Minachi discussed state violence, detailing the human rights ravages in Iran during
and after the 1978-1979 revolution, the
political event that brought to power the
country's fundamentalist Islamic government.
While she described how this government
arrested and executed tens of thousands of
demonstrators without trial during and since
the revolution, she was centrally concerned
with how this state brutality represses the
country's women.
One sign of Iran's institutionalised repression of women is the authoritarian enforcement of Islamic female dress code (the
mandatory hijab), and the on-the-spot arrests
and torture of code violators—including,
according to Minachi, flogging the women,
and cutting and/or burning their faces.
But abuse of women also occurs behind
closed doors in Iran, said Minachi, where "it's
legalised,* and abusive husbands act with
This degree of human rights infringement
is easy to imagine in a state Amnesty
International records as having executed its
tenth child since 1990, when 16-year old
Ateqeh Rajabi was hanged last August 15 on a
premarital sex charge.
Additionally, Iran Focus News reports that
ten out of 11 female MPs in Tehran's parliament supported the removal of a gender
equality clause from the Fourth Five-Year
Development Plan, and the conservative
Guardian's Council has barred women from
running for next year's presidential election.
In fact, making presentations like
Minachi's could get a woman arrested in Iran.
Mahboubeh Abbas-Gholizadeh, editor-in-chief
of Iran's first women's studies journal,
Farzaneh, was arrested this November after
making presentations for international
women's rights groups.
Compared to Iran, Minachi finds her life
in Canada 'very empowering. I remember
the first years I was in Canada, I was laughing
and enjoying myself, just enjoying my freedom."
But not every Persian woman at UBC
prizes Canada so highly. Undergraduate
Gazalle Osati thinks it is cultural conditioning
that leads to the perception of oppression.
"There's freedom here, and there's less
freedom there, but people here are just
brought up differently,* she said, adding that
women in Iran 'don't really think it's oppression.*
Undergraduate Rana Hakami agreed, saying violence against women isn't worse in
Iran than in Canada.
"I think it's a different culture, and I think
there's a lack of awareness of violence against
women there, so, to some extent, the problem
doesn't exist*
Hakami added her mother believes
women in Iran are less sexualised because
they wear the hijab, which contributes to definite separation between the sexes. Hakami
said this barrier is beneficial, creating greater
gender respect than in Canada.
"Still,* she said, *I wouldn't want to hve
there.' ♦
Postcards make grim reminders
Fifteenth anniversary of
Montreal Massacre
by Meghan Cumby
FREDERICTON (CUP)-Fifteen years ago,
Marc Lepine walked into a classroom at the
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal with a .22-
calibre rifle and told the men to leave the
"You're a bunch of feminists. I hate feminists,' he shouted as he opened fire, killing 14
women before turning the gun on himself.
Now the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
is urging the federal government not only to
remember the Montreal Massacre, but also to
keep its promise to end violence against
women. They're doing it through postcards to
the prime minister.
'15 years ago 14 women were killed on
Dec. 6,' is written on the front of each postcard. "Promises were made. Some have been
kept, but more can be done to help end violence against women.*
So, from Nov. 22 to Dec. 5, the CLC is asking Canadians to send one postcard a day to
Paul Martin. There are 15 different messages
—one for each day of the campaign. The messages tell the prime minister measures the
government needs to take to protect women
from violence.
*Without housing, women are isolated and
vulnerable...women need affordable, safe
housing. Invest in new social housing to help
keep women safe,* the first postcard says.
Other messages deal with funding for
women's shelters, support for sexual assault
victims in the legal system, protecting women
from sexual harassment at work, and reinstating national standards for welfare.
'It's linking the different socio-economic
problems of women to the overall campaign
of elimination of violence against women,*
said John Murphy of the New Brunswick
Federation of Labour, which is affiliated with
the CLC.
"It can put women in situations where they
are more prone to actual physical violence if
we don't deal with these social issues leading
up to it."
Jean Claude Basque of the CLC said economic issues are interconnected with violence against women.
"Part of the reason women are stuck in violent situations is that they don't have economic autonomy," he said. 'So the federal
government should push to get them better
access to jobs, help women get more education, and help the issue of pay equity."
Professor Karla O'Regan, who teaches a
women and criminology course at St Thomas
University, said although the Montreal
Massacre happened 15 years ago, it is still relevant today.
"I think there are ways of thinking about
sexual equality that make us believe that
women have made much more progress than
they actually have," she said. 'The Montreal
Massacre reminds us to take a wider look at
violence against women and its relationship
to sexual quality in society."
O'Regan said the postcard campaign is a
good way to raise awareness of the fact
although women have rights, there are still
infringements on those rights.
"There's a difference between a formal
right to freedom and an ability to substantively enjoy that right," she said.
"Women have the formal right to attend
university just as men do, and yet, substantively, there are differences to that right Do
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Make the most of the break
...a few suggestions to keep vou busy
now that you actually have free time.
• drink spiked egg nog
• go see the Nut Cracker at the Queen Elizabeth
• go snow tubing at Cyprus Mountain
• Festival of Trees at the lobby of the Four Seasons
Hotel. Everyone trims differently; go check out the
unique styles.
• dress up as Mrs Clause and seduce mall Santas
• make a thoughtful gift for someone
• go see Santa vs. the Snowman at the IMAX
• call childhood freinds, have a snowball fight
• for you computer heads, start a christmas virus
• buy someone a computer whose computer was
destroyed by the virus you created
• make a scarf, out of anything. Tie socks together
and string it around your neck, anything can be a
• shovel your damn driveway if it snows, geez.
• wrap your own-gifts, the mall concierge isn't your
personal slave
• buy an entire pizza and eat it all by yourself, self-
• watch a movie, alone, in candlelight
• see Life Aquatic, the new Wes Anderson film
• dress up as an elf and go to the mall and stand
next to the Santa display, you belong there, refuse
to leave.
• sleep in as much as you can
• cut every missle toe you see
• stand under every missle toe you see
• don't pee in the snow, that's for untrained puppies, not humans.
• tell someone that you love them
• listen to your small-town relatives debate the KFC
versus Shake 'n Bake questiion for several hours,
before offering your own solemn opinion: no one
• join a choir
• eat anything you want, and if you gain alot of weight,
blame it on the thick sweaters, and go off about how
cold it is outside, storm out of room
• don't dress your dogs in tiny dog sweaters, they've got
hair all over their bodies, that's what it's there for.
they'll be fine.
• take a picture with Santa at the mall
• definitly make something if youare invited to a potluck,
don't buy something, you'll look lazy
• learn a new dance, perform for ail to see
• don't get carried away dreaming of another semester of
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Shedding some festive light on UBC
The tree outside of the Main Library is once again drapped with colorful lights in celebration of
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Harry connick Jr. 10   TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2004
Funny Stage-hog
Revival of musical
proves funny, but could
use more than Fanny
Presented by the Arts Club Theatre
at Stanley Theatre
until Jan 9
By Jesse Ferreras
The Arts Club Theatre Company's success over the
winter holidays rests on the shoulders of 'Funny
Girl,* a revival of the musical by Jule Styne from the
book by Isobel Lennart, made famous by the 1968
Barbra Streisand film of the same name. 'Funny
Girl,* Arts Club's 418th production, is a lighthearted
musical that, in its cinematic interpretation, was
often criticised for serving as a one-woman show for
Ms. Streisand. It's hardly her fault—it seems the
whole musical has been written as a star vehicle for
whoever is given the task of playing Fanny Brice, here
portrayed by sprightly local performer Cailin
Fanny Brice is an East Side New Yorker living a
sheltered life with her mother but dreaming of being
a big star on the Broadway stage. Beginning her
career as a mediocre performer in the troupe of Tom
Keeney, where she is fired and thereafter described
as a 'bagel on a plate full of onion rolls* and criticised
because "her incidentals are no bigger than lentils/
Fanny is saved almost completely by her boundless
optimism, which somehow manages to hide her apparent lack of beauty in the eyes of Nick Arnstein, a mysterious, dashing older man who agrees to be her benefactor and subsequently lands her a gig with the
Ziegfeld Follies of 1910. As her career blooms, so does
her relationship with Arnstein, whose handsome looks
captivate all of Fanny s peers, all except her mother
and her original mentor Eddie Ryan. They are suspicious of Arnstein and do their best to save Fanny from
the allure of his looks and his money but Fanny is
stage-struck by the life he has given her.
"Funny Girl* is essentially Cailin Stadnyk's show
but that's hardly her fault. Most of the supporting
characters in the musical, with the possible exception
of Arnstein, are so thin and underdeveloped that they
are practically swallowed up in the scenery behind
Stadnyk's performance. She is energised throughout
the show with her sanguine and over-the-top singing
style, reminiscent of Barbra Streisand's portrayal,
taking much of the same approach that Streisand
took in the film. Stadnyk gives life to "Funny Girl* but
appears to be the only one breathing into it.
Unfortunately, there aren't any other characters
developed enough to challenge her dominating lead
The show picks up its steam reaching its most
sprightly moments in the second half, as well as many
of its best musical numbers and songs. The sets are
bright and colourful, nearly robbing Fanny of her
much-sought-after attention. The best musical number
is by far is "Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat," which features the cast
dressed in WWI army gear marching down a staircase
flanked by American flags, each with a rifle in hand,
thereafter progressing into a full-cast tap sequence
carefully and choreographed by Valerie Easton.
Stanley Theatre artistic director Bill Millerd is working with difficult material, however, given the level of
attention required for Fanny Brice. He gives the actress
her due, making her the star of the show, unfortunately subordinating all other characters in the process. It
might one day be interesting to fill the role of a supporting character with an actor who can match the
charisma of whomever incarnates the role of Fanny
Brice. This production, while progressively more
entertaining throughout its length, goes for formula
and offers no further insight or original take on the
musical. ♦
Noises Off" is
at the Vancouver Playhouse
until Dec 18
by Chris Little
"Noises Off,* the Playhouse Theatre
Company's second offering of the
2004-2005 season, is an inspired
farce in the true theatrical tradition.
Penned by the award-winning play
wright and novelist Michael Frayn,
the play debuted in 1982, winning
the Evening Standard Award for
"Best Comedy of the Year," and subsequently enjoyed a successful four-
year run in London's West End.
"Noises Off" takes a backstage
look at a less-than-competent English
theatrical troupe putting on a farce.
So really, it's a play-within-a-play,
which by nature defies easy description. Set in the 1970's, Act I begins
with the entrance of housekeeper
Mrs. Clackett/Dotty, played by Nora
McLellan, into her employers' country home on her day off. Everything
about the scene appears to be completely normal until the voice of
Lloyd, played by Ari Cohen, the play's
director, bellows down from the balcony with explicit instructions
regarding her performance. Initially,
this deviation from convention is
startling, but as soon as the audience
realizes that what they are watching
is a show about a company putting on
a show, it all makes perfect sense.
The first act is primarily concerned with establishing the multidimensional characters and presenting a more-or-less accurate run-
through of the sexual comedy
"Nothing On" being staged by the
unnamed theatrical troupe. This is
necessary in order to appreciate their
ensuing attempts to perform the play
in different municipal locations in
the first and second acts.
The second Act differs dramatically from the first in that the audience
is treated to a true behind-the-scenes
glance at the play in the midst of its
execution. The garish and flamboyant set of the country home is
reversed and a multitude of set
pieces contributes to the general
mayhem and chaos that engulfs the
bickering members of the company.
Here, the entire cast really shines as a
host of absurd situations and an astonishing number of entrances and exits
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[Arts & Crafts]
by Chris Little
Every once in a while an album
comes along that infiltrates your
senses to the point that it almost
becomes a part of you. Heart, the
2002 release from Canadian indie-
pop darlings Stars, accomplished this
rare feat on the strength of its delicate arrangements, hopeless romanticism and endearing boy-girl vocal
duets. It wasn't a record that left an
immediate and indelible impact;
rather, it rewarded listeners who
were prepared to slowly immerse
themselves in its subtle charms and
sweet sentimentality.
The Montreal-based group's third
full-length album, Set Yourself on
Fire, is a more ambitious and mature
effort than its predecessor. While the
notion of love and its many intricacies is still firmly in the spotlight,
bleaker images and darker themes
are explored on more than a few
songs on the album. The dramatic
opening line "When there's nothing
left to burn, you have to set yourself
on fire" leads into the wistful tune
"Your ex-lover is dead*, in which lead
vocalists Torquil Campbell and Amy
Millan trade verses over a warm harmonica-tinged melody.
"Celebration Guns" is a simple,
string-drenched ballad that addresses the futility of war, while
other songs deal with loss, misunderstanding, and appropriately,
"Soft revolution*.
It should come as no surprise that
as members of the extended Broken
Social Scene family, Stars have a penchant for experimenting with
arrangements. Set Yourself on Fire
finds the group placing a greater
emphasis on the warmth of keyboards and electronics, while still
retaining the intimacy associated
with their frequent use of muted
horns and a string section. There are
even a couple of songs that verge on
danceable, such as the first single
from the album "Ageless Beauty.*
An easy contender for album of
the year (along with that of another
Montreal-based group, The Arcade
Fire), Set Yourself of Fire is a valuable pop record that is not as persistently romantic as Heart, but nev- ;
ertheless appeals to the same sensi- ;
bilities. It is lyrically, sonically, and j
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been in love. ♦
[Virgin /EMI]
by Chris Little
Prior to 2004, the term "concept
album* was frequently associated
with the grandiose and overwrought
progressive-rock pretensions of such
1970's groups as Yes andjethro Tull.
In the past few months however,
releases by such critically-acclaimed
artists as The Streets and Neil Young
have managed to diminish the stigma attached to these (sometimes
unnecessarily) complex works of art
eMOTWe, A Perfect Circle's third
album, is their attempt to lend further credibility to the format.
Unfortunately, the results are decidedly mixed.
Focusing on the theme of protest,
eMOTWe is essentially an album of
cover songs, with two originals
thrown in for good measure. Several
of the reinterpreiations are outstanding in their own right, such as front-
man Maynard James Keenan's disquieting a cappella treatment of Joni
Mitchell's "Fiddle and the Drum*
that closes out the record, and the
band's pulsing yet tranquil take on
Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee
Breaks.* Sadly, moments of similar
haunting quality are in extremely
short supply.
The stuttering drum'n'bass
rhythm that dominates Fear's "Let's
Have a War* and the heavily programmed oddity that is Marvin
Gaye's "What's Going On* illustrate
why the group is not exactly renowned
for its fiision of guitars and synthesisers, while the mess that emerges from
attacking Devo's "Freedom of Choice"
is simply a prime example of poor
Reassuringly, the two originals
"Passive* and "Counting Bodies Like
Sheep to the Rhythm of the War
Drums" are every bit as angry and
heavy as the band's earlier work, yet
in this context they sit somewhat
uncomfortably alongside the rest of
the album. As is often the case
where covers are concerned, on
eMOTWe less certainly would have
been more.<*
leaves little margin for error with the
act's lightning-fast pace. The performance of the unflappable drunk burglar,
played by Bernard Cuffing, is particularly noteworthy, as is the entrance of
the cactus!
One disaster follows another until
the scene reaches a feverish and satisfactory climax with every cast member present on stage. With a running
time of two hours and forty minutes,
"Noises Off" may appear to be a
lengthy commitment, but the skill
with which the actors tackle the
Playhouse production makes it
almost too brief in the end. Enjoyable
from start to finish, Michael Frayn's
play offers audiences the opportunity
to relish the trials and tribulations
involved in presenting a play, while
simultaneously allowing them to
remain a safe distance away from the
stage themselves. It is truly an exhilarating descent into chaos. ♦
Early presents for the T-Birds
Women's volleyball goes into break undefeated
by Eric Szeto
Santa Claus came early this year for the
Thunderbird women's volleyball team,
bringing good cheer with two defeats over
the SFU Clan. The UBC women's volley
team, ready to defend their undefeated
record, took apart a gift-wrapped SFU Clan,
improving their record to 10-0.
Friday marked the first of four meetings
between these cross-town rivals, but it was
one SFU would prefer to forget. The Birds
came into the match undefeated, while SFU
was the defeated, sitting dead last in Canada
West standings.
Coach Doug Reimer wasn't fooled by
SFU's winless record.
"I've watched them play a couple of
[SFU's] matches on tape, and they really
should have won at least one of the matches
against Alberta, who are a top team," said
Reimer, "and even in match they lose 3-0,
they compete in every set."
The Birds didn't take long to dismantle
any hopes of an SFU upset. UBC opened the
game with a fury, owning SFU on every
serve, return and kill. SFU, unable to compensate for UBC's explosive start struggled
for every point they got. The Birds led by as
much as 16 in that first set, never losing the
lead once.
Fourth-year middle Danielle Van Huizen,
who had six blocks in Friday's affair, admitted it was their intensity that threw SFU off.
"I thought we did very good off the start,
we can't take a team too lightly, they haven't
had a good record but we came out very
strong," said Van Huizen, who leads Canada
West in blocks. "Our first game our serving
was stronger, and it put them off balance a
bit, and it gave us a chance to get kills very
easily, so I thought that was probably the difference.*
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Clan back to ..respectability in the second,
but it was a set still dominated by UBC. The
Birds were a little more careless, but it didn't show on the score sheet. At one point
UBC had four consecutive kills, which started with middle Shelley Chambers, and was
followed with three straight by left side
Emily Cordonier's game-high 14 kills. Van
Huizen added further insult to SFU's uninspiring performance as she blocked a
return, and followed that directly with a kill
to make it 22-18.
"[The second set] was a little close, we let
them back in, but we were still feeling confidence in our side, and relaxation, but you
can't get too relaxed so we tried to push
back in the third to put away the game," said
Cordonier, who leads Canada West in kills
and hitting percentage.
The third game of the match proved to
be no different, although SFU finally
did something they didn't the whole match,
possess the* lead. It was short-lived though,
a   straight   set   victory   (25-10,    25-20,
The Birds and Clan squared off again
Saturday to the same result. UBC won the
game in four sets (24-26, 25-12, 25-15, 25-
14). The Birds are now at the halfway mark
of the season sitting in a tie for first in
as UBC recommenced the shooting spree .   Canada West standings with Calgary, who
with   six   straight   points   to   make   the
score 22-11. Shelley Chambers, who had a
brilliant game, collected four of her 11 kills
in the third set alone. The Birds won with
also have a perfect record.
You can be sure the Birds have marked their
calendars for their crucial match-up against top-
ranked Calgary on January 7 and 8. ♦
Down with the Spartans
UBC women's basketball improved
their record to 5-3 this weekend after
sweeping their two games against
Trinity Western
The Birds blew out their Spartan
opponent by almost 30 points Friday,
as three Birds finished with double-
digit points. Forward Kelsey Blair collected a 16-point ten rebound double-
double in the 81-59 victory.
The Birds were able to take that
momentum from the previous night
and carry it over, defeating the
Spartans 62-30 Saturday. Guard Sheila
Townsend had 19 points while forward
Kelsey Blair finished with 20. UBC currently sits third in Canada West
Half and half
The men's basketball team split a pair
of games at Trinity Western this past
The Birds defeated Trinity
Western by 32 points Thursday in a
lopsided 86-54 victory. Four players
finished with double-figures in
points. Guard Corey Ogilvie finished
with a game-high 24 points, while
guards Jason Birring and Casey
Archibald finished with 14
and 12.
Saturday night was a nail-biter.
The Birds unfortunately were
unable to complete the weekend
sweep losing 76-74. Guard Karlo
Villenueva tied the game up with 24
seconds left to make it 74-74.
Trinity Westerns Adam Friesen
clinched the win with two free-
throws with seconds remaining on
the clock.
Casey Archibald had 18-points
while Jason Birring had another
strong game, finishing with 15. The
Birds are 5-3 going into the break.
The power of math
The winless men's hockey team ventured to Lethbridge over the weekend. The Birds lost 7-3 on Friday
night, but were able to salvage a 3-3
tie on Saturday.
Although still winless, the Birds
are still in contention for a playoff
spot. UBC sits two points behind
Lethbridge in Canada West standings, and will play a crucial back-to-
back against Lethbridge on Januaiy
7 and 8. The Birds host the Calgaiy
Dinos this weekend. ♦
1 games and countin
In spite of all their efforts, women's hockey
can't find way to beat Alberta
by Jessica JiYoung Kim
After getting two wins on home
ice last weekend, the T-Birds
women's hockey team came into
Friday night's game against the
top-seeded Alberta Pandas confident and ready to end the 91-
game winning streak that has
carried over for three seasons.
Although getting outshot 45-7
and losing 5-0, rookie goal-
tender Lisa Lafreniere provided
some solid goaltending in her
first start between the pipes for
the Birds.
"The team just came together. They played unbelievably. I
can't take credit..It was the
team," said Lafreniere.
The Thunderbirds started off
strong and this was most evident when they physically manhandled the Pandas in the first
period. Rookie Julia Staszewski
benefited with some scoring
chances, but was unable to
"The first period, we really
took it to them. We crashed
them on the boards, we were
totally physical, they couldn't get
to our net, we had more scoring
chances than they had," said
defense Kim Allan.
Alberta, the three-time
defending champs took charge
of the game after the first frame,
netting three goals in the second, and then two more in the
third. It was all over from there.
"I think we just got away
from the game plan. Our game
plan was just to be really physical—just not allow .them to get
those scoring opportunities but I
think we kind of softened -tip/
said captain Marjorie Sorenson.
Although shut out by Alberta,
head coach Dave Newson took
some positives from the game.
"We had a really good start.
We showed no intimidation
against the team. We came out
real ardent in the first period
and if we [had] put away a couple of scoring chances we had
early in the game we might have
got us more momentum that we
could've sustained throughout
the game,* said Newson.
"It was a good hockey game.
Their top players stepped it up a
notch, and if we make the best
team in country play their best
game to beat you then that's a
good step,* said Newson.
The next night the Pandas
extended their winning streak
and made a mockery of the
Birds winning 9-0. The Birds,
who fell to 3-4-2 with the two
losses over the weekend, were
heavily outshot 52-15. Terryne
Russell started the game
between the pipes, but ended up
getting pulled after letting in
five of 26 shots. Netminder
Lefreniere was put in to stop the
bleeding but was scored upon
four times before the end of
the game.
The Birds play Lethbridge on
Janurary 7 and 8 at the
Thunderbirds Winter Sports
Complex. ♦ ''..'-'• 12   TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2004
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UBC volleyball loses
two close games to
Trinity Western
by Andy Priest
The number-six ranked Thunderbirds men's volleyball team was
defeated by the number-two Trinity
Western Spartans at War Memorial
Gym Saturday night in a match that
ended on a cruel note for the Birds.
After battling back from a two
sets to one deficit to force a final
set, UBC watched helplessly as the
Spartans final serve smacked the
net and rolled unceremoniously
over and onto the floor to give
Trinity a 17-15 set victory and the
match (25-19, 28-30, 25-15, 22-25,
"It was a crappy way to win/
Trinity's Jeff Stel confessed after
the contest.
For the Thunderbirds, it was a
crappy way to lose a match that
they never gave up on, despite trailing for most of the night. UBC eventually earned a match point attempt
at 14-13 in the final set, but setter
Hans Doef s serve hit the tape and
was unkindly spat back by the
Spartan-friendly net Trinity went
on to take three of the next four
points and the match.
"The fifth set was probably our
best,* said Thunderbirds head
coach Richard Schick. 'We battled a
little bit, we were behind and
fought back. The way that the
match finished was not indicative
of how the match went.*
"I'm happy with the overall
effort but the play and execution
has to be better," said Schick.
The Thunderbirds got a standout performance from second-year
right side Andrew Bonner who led
all players with 16 kills. Bonner,
the team's vocal on-court leader,
got some timely blocks and kills
that were the key to the T-Bird's victories in the second and fourth sets.
"The other teams don't like
[Bonner],* said Schick. "He must
be doing something right."
Left side Geoff Emslie added 14
kills for the Thunderbirds and
libero Richard Chou recorded a
game-high 16 digs. Left side Seth
Schalk's 15 kills led a balanced
attack for the visiting Spartans who
saw five players chalk up double-
digit kills.
The win was Trinity Western's
second five set victory over UBC in
as many nights. Spartans head
coach Ron Pike was ecstatic to leave
War Memorial with four points.
"We're pretty lucky to get out with
two five-set victories,* he said.
"Winning on the road in our league
is extremely difficult. Getting a split
is good, getting two is great*
Trinity Western's weekend
sweep left both teams with identical 5-3 records in Canada West play
heading into the break. The next
appearance by the Birds will be
after the New Year, when they head
to Manitoba to play a back-
to-back. ♦
Welcome to the
s House
Errol Durbach, UBC professor and chair of the International Ibsen Committee
by Frieda Luk
The world is an absurdly small place. Who
would have guessed that UBC and Norway are
inextricably linked?—or at least through Dr
Errol Durbach, a professor in the departments
of Theatre and English at UBC and current
chairman of the International Ibsen
Committee—a worldwide group that celebrates
the work of Henrik Ibsen, an iconic Norwegian
literary figure.
Even outside the doors of Scandinavian Lit
101, the name Henrik Ibsen might be a familiar one. Ibsen was the original rebel of the 19th
century literary world whose plays challenged
the mores of the day and raised the ire of society. Ibsen's liberalism, developed well before the
popularisation of 1960s hippy values,
embraced women's liberation and confronted
repressive social constructs. Most of all, Ibsen's
plays are engaging and continuously challenge
the audience to reevaluate their own perceptions, what Durbach refers to as plays that
"demand reappraisal."
In the world of academia, Errol Durbach is
the foremost expert of Ibsen at UBC. He is what
you might call an Ibsen groupie—but dispel any
notions of an overly enthusiastic man, gushing
and squealing at earsplitting decibel levels
because this literary groupie is one that is composed, reserved, and completely disciplined.
From Queenstown to Vancouver
I meet Durbach in his office in Buchanan
Tower. While waiting for him, I notice that his
door is not embellished with the usual departmental promos, or hanging letter boxes. It simply states: Errol Durbach, Room 326. He is a little late. He finally arrives dressed in a ubiquitous black coat, wrapped in a gray scarf and juggling a briefcase of papers. He hurriedly apologizes for the tardiness and invites me into his
office that seems indistinguishable from other
scholarly offices, grey and peppered with books
and papers.
Durbach seems amused by the interest in
his work and is surprised that somebody had
been aware of bis involvement with Ibsen.
Modesty is the word that comes to mind.
Durbach is mild mannered and contours his
statements with subtle conviction and passion
for his work. South African in origin, Durbach
speaks with an educated lilt ofhis motherland.
He has a serene and unruffled manner, exuding an understated enthusiasm. Durbach oozes
academic refinement, though, with none of the
pretension. His "major achievement" includes
the adaptation of Ibsen's Peer Gynt The play
generated so much international interest that
the Norwegians invited him and a few of his
students to perform it during an Ibsen festival
held in Oslo. Durbach remembers it as a wonderful experience where he saw Peer Gynt done
in the unlikeliest of languages, Chinese and
Spanish. There is a genuine twinkle in his eye
as he muses over the trip and his rare acting
turn as Batten Molder the "existential angel"
who forces the title character, Peer Gynt, to
account for a wasted life.
There is nothing wasted about Durbach's
life. He grew up in Queenstown on the eastern
border of South Africa and studied law at the
University of Rhodes. Hindsight permitted
Durbach to realize that it was the "wrong profession, wrong country." But despite his double
major in English, it was still quite far from his
theatrically-inspired youth. Like most budding
thespians, he started out in high school theatre,
dominated by Gilbert and Sullivan and the occasional Shakespeare. He chuckles when recalling
that Romeo was one ofhis favourite characters
to play. After a stint at Cambridge, Durbach
taught at the University of Manitoba where the
non-existence of a theatre department allowed
him to fuse his specialisation in English and
interest in theatre together. Finally UBC was
where he truly commenced his foray into theatre by teaching theatre history. Durbach had
returned to his roots: starting out in theatre and
circuitously ending up in theatre.
Growing up in South Africa did not expose
Durbach to the wider theatre community — it
was not what one would call a cultural hotspot
Growing up in Queenstown, theatre was few
and far between. He recalls though that when
he was 17 or 18, he attended a touring production of Ibsen's The Master Builder in Cape
Town. Durbach plunges pleasantly into nostalgia as he realises aloud that this single event
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him. He says that he never really gave it much
thought What intrigued him. about The Master
Builder was that long after Ibsen wrote it, it was
still electrifyingiy sexy and risque. This was 40
or 50 years ago, he surmises. The Master
Builder is the age-old tale of the relationship
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is still somewhat provocative to this day.
Durbach is teaching it right now. Durbach contends that "great teaching in general inspires
great passion." Professors at Cambridge like
John Northam and Raymond Williams shaped
and passed on an indelible enthusiasm for
Ibsen, which he now works to pass on to his
own students.
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Ibsen has allowed Durbach to explore the intricacies of the societal psyche. Take the play A
Doll's house, he says for instance, which was
engulfed in a flame of controversy when it first
came out in 1879. The play tells the story of a
woman who dons the role of the demure and
perfect housewife from which an independent
female identity emerges. The end of the play
sees Nora, the wife, leaving her husband. At the
end of the 19th century, the idea of a duplici-
tous female, however pine her intentions, sent
shock waves throughout Europe. Women were
supposed to be submissive and solely motivated to provide for the men in their lives. The
conundrum today is how to treat this classic
text in modern theatre where the conventions
of women's roles have vastly changed.
Durbach recalls a few international productions that have put rather bizarre modern spins
on the classic work There was a German production in which Nora shoots her husband, and
another has Nora rebeUiously lighting up a cigarette. But one of the more avant-garde treatments of the story, has to be, he says, the one
with the little people.* My curiosity is piqued.
Durbach says "little people" cautiously and gesturing lightly with his hands, he hesitantly adds
"dwarfs." I get the idea. This particular production had all the men in the production played by
little people" so the end result was A Doll's
House played by tall women and short men. The
idea was metaphorical, where the men were
represented as psychologically small-minded
and the women expounding larger virtues. This
interpretation evidently challenged him.
Durbach replied that he thought the production
was distasteful and exploitative and went too far.
But after having spoken to the male actors
Durbach immediately changed his mind. Their
roles in A Doll's House allowed them to venture
out of the confines of playing elves and other
stereotypical little people roles. After all, he said,
they were professionally trained actors. But
what would Durbach do himself with A Doll's
House? What would his interpretation be?
Durbach shakes his head and affirms that he
would keep the ending the way it is.
However, he is no purist. "I did change Peer
Gynt" he points out, but only to honour its "deep
structure and spirit" He would only alter an
Ibsen work, Durbach says, to honour the original meaning. In the case of Peer Gynt, he says
he wanted to keep the storyline faithful to
Ibsen's idea of women. And then I ask him
about his views on feminism. Here, Durbach
seems to be more in his element According to
him, feminism is not the idea that women
should be treated more like men. Rather, he
counters, he agrees with Ibsen's point of view
that there are differences between men and
women. These differences are a "crucial social
dialectic* because a society with male dominated values needs a "vigorous alternative."
He takes the case of A Doll's House, in which
Nora thinks feelingly and outside the box. Citing
Antigone, he opines that Sophocles could be an
early feminist Antigone, he points out, was
seen as a little woman," and was "accused of
thinking like a woman." But to her credit, she
used her femininity to oppose the male-constructed legal system. Nora also challenges the
laws of her society and thus the two playwrights
suggest the unjust exclusion of the female perspective. Durbach looks lost in his thoughts for
a moment, and reiterates thathe admires Ibsen
for accommodating other points of view.
Towards the future
So what is his favourite Ibsen play? Durbach
pauses for a moment and answers in a diplomatic manner that it is hard to say. However he
does admire Hedda Gabler, the tale of a woman
who is, shall we say, bitchy and armed with a
stinging wit The play is provocative and he
admits that though it is difficult to respect her
nastiness, one can't help but admire the fire
and passion of her personality. The title character Hedda Gabler possesses a frightening vitality that underscores the essential aspects of
European realism. He remarks that it is so
In regards to the International Ibsen
Committee, he would like it to be more vigorous. Durbach is an advisor to the Shaw
Festival in Ontario, but he thinks that his
advice is less than welcome and that sometimes he has to "back off." I can't imagine
this genteel academic being overbearing or
intrusive even as he mentions that he has to
"play a delicate game between availability
and intervention." Locally, Durbach is
involved with the Blackbird theatre company, which is attempting to mount classic
productions after the newly revamped
Vancouver Playhouse swore off classic
works. It is a boon for the arts community
here to have the support and the expertise
of Durbach, who is completely dedicated to
promoting Ibsen.
He adds that 2006 will be the centennial
anniversary of Ibsen's death. With a sparkle
in his eye and a knowing grin he ponders
over the suggestion of an Ibsen-only theatre
festival. It could be big. ♦
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Jesse Marchand
Sarah Bourdon
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Ania Mafi
Eric Szeto
Alex Leslie
Nic Fensom
Paul Carr
Michelle Mayne
Carrie Robinson
Paul Evans
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Liz Green and Chris Little were dancing to Dirrty by Xtina
AguOera in the Ubyssey office when Megan Smyth. Jesse
Marchand and Sarah Bourdon broke out in song. Ania Mafi,
Dan McRoberts andjesse Ferreras begged them to stop and suggested that they play Scrabble instead. Everyone refused to play
with Eric Szeto because he was the Scrabblemaster. Alex Leslie
and Nic Fensom wanted to play Polo, but Paul Carr wanted the
dancing to continue, so Malcolm Morgan. Chantaie Allick and
Samuel Wasswa-Kintu preformed a choreographed number to
All That Jazz. Michelle Mayne and Carrie Robinson were so sad
that the dancing continued that they cried. Elsewhere in the
Ubyssey office, Paul Evans and Claudia Li were reenacting
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Face the
music Bush
After a term in office that saw severely damaged relations with several of the US' historic
allies, it looks as if George W. Bush is looking
to do some mending. And Canada appears to
be the guinea pig. Tomorrow, the US
President will land in Ottawa.
' Though Bush has been here twice before—
once for the Summit of Americas in Quebec
City in 2001, and once for the G8 convention
in Kananaskis, Alberta in 2002—this is the
President's first official state visit to Canada.
His two-day trip will include a private meeting
with Prime Minister Paul Martin and a side
trip to Halifax, where he will offer thanks for
the hospitality of those who housed stranded
travellers after September 11, 2001.
It is no secret that Bush and former
Canadian PM Jean Chretien did not see eye to
eye. This was apparent immediately following
Bush's first electoral "victory* when he opted
to make his first official state visit to Mexico,
rather than Canada, marking the first time
any US president hadn't made their first state
visit to Canada since before the days of FDR.
However, the Bush-Martin relationship
may be a different story. Martin is keen on
warming relations with our neighbours to the
south and although nothing of significance
will arise from this visit, the hopes are that
improved relations will mean a more respected voice for Canada in the US. There is also
the hope that Bush will rectify the soft lumber
problem open the borders to Canadian beef.
Even the possibility of these advancements
seem doubtful at this point and increasing
amiability between the neighbours is hardly a
reality when Bush won't even show himself in
front of protestors. It seems that such a visit
should warrant a visit to all of our elected representatives, not just the Prime Minister. But
during this visit, George W. Bush will not be
addressing Parliament.
Protests and hostility follow Bush wherever he goes, and this trip to Canada will be no
exception. On a trip to Germany in 2002, the
President was met by mass demonstrations.
The night before his arrival, 20,000 protesters inarched through Berlin, chanting and
waving banners opposing the President.
Between 10 and 15,000 people are expected
to protest in Ottawa's streets and on
Parliament Hill, despite his avoidance of the
Bush, as so many conservative commentators have noted, is riding high following his
remarkable win almost one month ago. Surely
a few catcalls from Canadian backbenchers
would not bruise his ego that much. Bush is
apparently allowing the dissenting voices of
Canadians deter him from having his say in
front of Canada's Parliamentarians—a tradition of US presidential visits. In doing so, he
is casting doubt onto his own character in two
senses: by demonstrating an unwillingness to
place himself in the line of fire of his critics
and face the music that has resulted from his
controversial foreign policy; and by continuing his policy of ignoring public opinion when
it undermines his facade of self-righteous
It has been argued that Bush has the right
to peace and quiet during his visit, in keeping
with the thinking that Canada should not
invite an international guest, and a valued
trade partner, to make fun of him. However,
Bush's unwillingness to acknowledge the sentiment of Canada's people indicates a far
greater rudeness tantamount to a blatant disregard for the voices of those who dare to criticize his actions. In this visit. Bush will not
really be listening to the concerns of
Canadians, either through our elected representatives who sit in Parliament on our behalf
or through our enraged citizenry who will
flood the streets of Ottawa in protest.
More alarming is the dangerous precedent
this visit sets. If Bush can hide from the
response of the Canadian people on this occasion, it is unlikely that he will become
accountable for his actions in the future. We
understand full well the delicate dance that
diplomacy must follow—in order to preserve a
functional degree of harmony, some sharp
corners of absolute honesty must be polished
and dulled. However, these considerations
must not be extended to the point that closed-
door policies during Presidential visits
become a running pattern, or these visits will
quickly become a running joke.
Bush, in his behaviour towards the UN, has
already proved himself a leader not particularly concerned with the solicitation of others'
views or the incorporation of those views into
his policies. With four more years of office
ahead of him and no bid for reelection to keep
in mind, Bush has little incitement for openness. In his future trips to Canada, this openness must therefore be encouraged from our
side. A visit to Canada must include listening
to the voices of the Canadian people, not just
the intimations of Paul Martin and higher-ups
behind closed doors. ♦
'This ain't a matter of superimposin' my feelings nowhere": AMS VP Admin
by Lyle McMahon
I write to respond to Tim Louman-
Gardiner's 'Misguided AMS
Executives* [Nov. 23].
I appreciate the fact that you feel
that the administration of the GAP
Display event (Nov. 17) was "a dangerous example of an executive
member inappropriately superimposing his or her personal feelings
onto a policy decision.* It's unfortunate that you feel I have acted inappropriately, because, well, I don't
The position I took within the letter was based on an AMS motion
and directive that 'condemns the
tactics of the GAP Display* and 'does
not endorse* allowing GAP onto
campus. In light of the stance that
the AMS holds, and the feedback I
was provided directly by the student
public and AMS Safety, that there
were a lot of concerns about threatening and harassing expressions
used within the display and I felt it
prudent to bring these concerns to
the university's attention, given uni-
" ^^^^^lyk^M^o^^
versity policy. Acting 'irresponsibly,* if anything, would have been to
have not acted given the circumstance.
The story is too long and drab to
print here (If you want the text of the
four page letter I wrote, e-mail me),
but the point is that if you believe (as
many AMS councillors, among others, seem to) that an anti-GAP stance
is irresponsible then I suggest that
you direct your criticism at the policy rather than me. How could I be
superimposing my will over a policy
passed five years ago? I was within
reason to take the position I did and
I would hope for the opportunity to
show that this is the case. Please
endeavour, as well, to refrain from
directing any criticism you have
about AMS Safety's role towards me.
I worked to act in an impartial way
given the results of the feedback
table, and took extra precaution to
separate the safety concerns from
any disposition, pro- or anti-display.
AMS Council will be changing the
policy in question to more accurately define the position of the society;
that might ease your troubled mind.
This ain't a matter of superimposin'
my feelings nowhere.
I urge all students who share
Tim's concerns to contact me—
vpadmin@ams.ubc.ca—and pretty
please, do! There seem to be quite a
few people concerned about this
matter but no one seems too interested in actually raising their concerns with me. Bummer, eh? And I
thought I was pretty approachable.
We should all just talk a bit more,
and listen too—that's what I decided.
I bet there wouldn't be all this silly
antagonism, calling me names and
Sincerely, I thank you Tim for
contributing to the public dialogue
on the issue. Yay for democracy and
an independent press. Anyone, feel
free to stop by SUB Room 238K and
chat if you still hold misgivings
about my intentions.
Back to 'doing a disservice to the
campus as a whole.*
—Lyle McMahon is the VP
Administration for the AMS
McRoberts drops the ball
Dan McRoberts purports to be CUP
Sports Bureau Chief, but in fact in
his freestyle opinion piece 'Pistons
deserve blame for NBA brawl* (the
Ubyssey, Nov. 23) shows that he is
not worthy of such a lofty title. Dan
'Rather* McRoberts incompetently
writes that the Palace of Auburn
Hills is in Detroit, MI when it is in
fact in the city of Auburn Hills, MI,
population 19,837. McRoberts
should stick to writing about the
quality of AMS Food and Beverage
—Richard Davis
AMS Student Councillor, Arts
Systemic racism at this university needs to be addressed
by Mia Amir
The two articles in last Tuesday's
Ubyssey addressing Brenda
Ogembo's leave [Nov. 23] for Kenya
are testament to ongoing unad-
dressed issues of systemic discrimination faced by First Nations and
people of Colour, women, those with
disabilities, and GLBTQI folk on
campus. Systemic discrimination
manifests in differential treatment
given to particular groups through
apparently neutral rules, policies
and procedures. It is the targeting of
the marginalised, coupled with higher demands for productivity and
lower expectations of ability than
those that are applied to White students.
The Ubyssey has attempted to
make a case against Ogembo and
her fulfillment of professional
duties based upon unfounded arguments ie. Late submission of the
quarterly report. This is debased
when we remember that during
summer session ALL of our AMS
Executive handed in their quarterly
reports late* on two separate occasions. The Ubyssey has made it their
aim to cross-examine Ogembo in
regards to personal business rather
than laud her the accomplishment
of being one often Kenyan students
selected for the Rhodes Scholarship
interview. Ogembo is accountable
for completion of her work, this is
not to be disputed. In light of measures taken before her leave to
ensure professional duties were not
compromised,  this responsibility
was fulfilled. What is now at stake is
the demonisation Ogembo has faced
for her pursuit of academic goals.
Earlier this year, Ogembo was
threatened withdeportation by a
candidate who lost in the AMS elections. The Ubyssey, when
approached, did not find this a com-
pelling story to cover, nor a qualifi-
able and very serious instance of
racism. However the Ubyssey, has
now jumped upon the opportunity
to make criminal the actions ofa student of colour while disregarding
racially based elements of the situation; ie. ongoing hyper-scrutiny of
professional behavior not experienced in the same way by any white
Those of us who do not Hve our
lives as members of characteristically marginalised groups may not be
able to relate to these experiences.
That does not mean that they do not
exist In fact our inability to recognise and own our privilege is what
allows these issues to continue without being addressed or change
being implemented. It is the way we
construct the marginalised, as
deviant and inferior that allows systemic discrimination to thrive. It is
what allows us to demand statistical
data to prove that racism is a reality
while invalidating the stories of First
Nations and people of colour who
address these issues in a public
manner—people who attempt to disrupt the normative perception that
racism within Canadian society has
been replaced with multicultural-
ism. Lucky for those of you who do
not believe, we do have statistics to
back this reality up.
According to the Equity Office
2003 Report:
-First Nations represent 0% of
Senior Management at UBC 1.05%
of teachers.
-People of Colour represent only
8.82% of Senior Management,
13.5 7% of teachers.
Think about it
This has absolutely nothing to do
with ability, but a lack of access to: a)
upper levels positions within the
university due to barriers of discrimination b) differing access to
material resources by these groups
c) lack of retention once upper levels
positions are attained—again due to
ongoing systemic discrimination.
These statistics represent a lack
of institutional change in response
to ongoing systemic discrimination,
demonstrating little difference
between now and 1993 when graduate admissions to the Poli Sci department were closed due to ongoing
pervasive systemic experiences of
racism and sexism brought to light
by Amanda Araba Ocran, a graduate
student at the time. At that time the
McEwen report was filed providing
critical testimony to these issues.
Ocran passed away of cancer in
1998 after being forced to leave the
department. Where is the McEwen
report now? Where is the memory of
Ocran's work and life? Or would
UBC rather have us forget?
Systemic racism is further
demonstrated by current resistance
to the creation of an additional two
seats on AMS council: a First
Nations and international student
seat Arguments about 'double representation* have emerged, however White students on campus are
triply and quadruply represented,
on council, in curriculum, in faculty
and staff employed at UBC. Further,
positions specifically dedicated to
dealing with issues faced by large
portions of the student body are very
different from having a student who
happens to be a member of one of
those groups in a position with previously designated responsibilities.
All of these things are testament to
systemic and individual racism on
our campus and related to the experiences that Ogembo has fac«d. I
encourage council to begin to confront issues of discrimination and
representation. I encourage the
University to follow suit.
—Mia Amir is a
BoG representative for the AMS
Lifeline has right to show
graphic pictures
I am writing to respond to the recent
article, *AMS takes on GAP, citing
safety issues* [Nov. 23]. The article
outlines the opposition of the AMS
and Students for Choice toward the
GAP display, and their efforts to convince UBC to ban it For those not
familiar with GAP (Genocide
Awareness Project), it is an outdoor
exhibit, put on by UBC Lifeline Club,
which compares abortion photos
with photos of more widely recognised forms of genocide in order to
dramatise the parallels.
I realise that members of the AMS
and the UBC community may disagree with the message, and no
doubt may even find it offensive. Yet,
because some disagree, does that
give them the right to get rid of the
display? A wonderful part of living in
this country is that we have the right
to express our views no matter how
much someone else disagrees.
According to the Canadian Charter of
Rights and Freedoms, everyone has
the following fundamental freedoms:
the 'freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of
communication* and the 'freedom
of peaceful assembly.*
Why are members of the AMS
and Students for Choice so keen to
block our pictures of abortions? Why
are they so scared to see, or to allow
others to see, what 'choice* entails?
They are clearly more upset that the
images are being displayed than that
babies are being killed. Apparently it
is 'inappropriate* to display 'graphic* pictures of abortions, yet it is
appropriate to kill the babies in the
first place.
I agree that the pictures are
graphic, disturbing, discomforting,
and disgusting—unfortunately, that's
the reality of abortion.
—Gordon Hawkes
Lifeline VP
feed back ^ams.ubc.ca • www.ams.ubc:
Early bird registration for the third annual
Africa Awareness Week at UBC has begun.
From January 28 - 30, there will be seminars,
workshops and presentations based on this
year's theme: Rethinking Africa and the
Diasporic Connection: The Role and
Responsibilities of the [Western] Academy.
Registration prior to December 31 is as
Student/Senior: $ 15.00
General Public: $35.00
Note: No refunds after December 31,2004.
After December 31, registration costs are:
Student/Senior: $25.00
General Public: $35.00
For an application form, please contact
International House at ic.manager@ubc.ca. A
full schedule of Symposium/Conference
programs will be available after December 3,
2004 at http://www.ams.ubc.ca.
transit 2000: u-pass public forum
starry night
Night of a Thousand Dinners
Wed., Dec. 15 @ Westin Bayshore Resort &
7 pm/Tickets - $20 for students
Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Andrew Mack,
a siient auction, a three-course meal and
wine. More info at rsvp@irsa.ca or call 604-
U-Pass Public Forum
Tuesday November 30th, 12 noon to 2 pm
SUB, South Side Lounge (beside Pacific Spirit Cafeteria)
This forum is part of an 18-month U-Pass Program review, and is intended to provide U-Pass users and non-users
with an opportunity to ask questions, give feedback, and tell us how the U-Pass Program affects you.
Representatives from TransLink, Coast Mountain Bus Company, UBC, and the AMS will be in attendance.
For more information on the student U-Pass program, please visit http://www.upass.ubc.ca. For more information
on U-Pass expansion (including a possible staff/faculty U-Pass), please visit http://www.trek.ubc.ca. To provide
feedback online, email trek.outreach@ubc.ca. For more information about TransLink's proposed Fare Increase,
please visit http://www.translink.bc.ca.
food for fines x
ams nominations
Pay off your library fines with food instead of cash!
The AMS and the UBC Library is once again having
their Food for Fines campaign.
From November 29 to December 3, donate one non-
perishable food item and receive $2 off your library
fine (to to a maximum of $20). All donations will be
given to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
There's no better way to clean out your cupboards
before leaving for the holiday and decrease your
library debt at the same time. All borrowers are
eligible, whether they are students, staff, alumni,
faculty, or community members.
For details on participating libraries and FAQs, visit
Elections will be held in January 2005 for the following
AMS Executive positions: President of the AMS, Vice-
President External,Vice-President Internal, Vice-President
Finance and Vice-President Academic.
Elections will be held simultaneously for student
representatives to the Board of Governors of UBC (2
positions) and for the Senate (5 positions).
Nominations for candidates open November 29,2004
and close at 4 pm on January 7,2005. Nominations
forms can be picked up from and returned to SUB Room
238 and 218.
For more information, e-mail the Elections Administrator
at eIections@ams.ubc.ca. For more details on the
elections, visit http://www.ams.ubc.ca/elections.
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