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News
Friday. October 20.20001
Protest planned
.. by Alex Dimson
A breakdown in communication
surrounding the return of a controversial anti-abortion display has
angered some student groups,
even as they prepare a new protest
strategy.
It was announced earlier this
week that images from the
Genocide Awareness Project (GAP)
would be displayed in the lower
plaza near the front of the Student
Union Building October 25.
GAP juxtaposes abortion and
genocide by presenting graphic
images, including war atrocities,
next to photographs of aborted
fetuses.
Students for Choice, the Alma
Mater Society (AMS)'s pro-choice
club, has planned two protests
against the display. Hannah
Roman, an
executive of the
group, said that
she is unhappy
that the university—which is
in charge of
granting' permission for the
display-did
not give her
group ample notice of the display.
According to Roman, she had
received assurances from the office
of the Vice-President, Students that
all revelant groups would be notified in advance.
But she said that she found out
from AMS President Maryann
Adamec and the Ubysseybeiore the
university informed her.
Adamec said that she is also not
pleased about how she was notified
given the controversial nature of
the display.
"I would have preferred more
information prior to the infcrma-
tion hitting the press. We did not
get the specifics, especially the
ROMAN
dates," she said. 'Students need
some more information."
Byron Hender, executive coordinator in the VP, Students office,
said that it is not UBC's responsibility to inform all students.
'We've informed the key people
in cur units—Security knows.
We've advised the AMS because
[Lifeline] is an AMS club...It's not
up to us to advertise the display.
They seem to be doing a pretty
good job of it themselves," he said.
Stephanie Gray, president of
UBC's pro-life group Lifeline, said
the group—which is organising the
display—decided on the date last
weekend.
"(Lifeline's) purpose isn't to
give them time to respond, our
purpose is to do our display.
However much time that gets out,
they're welcome to use in preparation," said Gray.
Roman, whose group is organising a pro-choice rally on Monday,
said that Students for Choice will
use a new protest tactic on the day
of the GAP display.
The action will "involve putting
up   barricades,   so   people   can'
choose to see the display if they
want to," said Roman.
"It's going to involve sheets
hung from poles that say it's your
choice whether or not you want to
see them."
Gray, who was unaware of SFC's
plans, said her group would be very
unhappy with any attempt to barricade the display.
"I would have a grave problem
with that. It would be violating our
constiutional rights to express ourselves. I would hope that they
would not do that as well. You have
to ask yourself, if they are, what are
they trying to hide?" she said.
Hender also confirmed that the
university has given Lifeline permission to use two large-sized GAP
images, which were previously
only permitted for display under
strict conditions.
While Gray said Lifeline would
not be displaying the 6' by 13' wide
images next Wednesday, she indicated that Lifeline may show them
the next time they put up the display, which Gray said would likely
be "more frequently* this year.
Roman said that she is angry
that the university is now allowing
the larger GAP images to be displayed, and in that situation, her
group intends to act differently.
'We don't intend for them to
bring the big stuff to campus* she
said, declining to give any details of
the plan.
Hender said that he hopes students would not take any direct
action against the larger displays.
"We understand that there may
be some students who are upset by
the display and we will have some
security people in evidence as we
did with the previous display," he
said. "But if you do the math the
amount of space isn't all that much
bigger.'
GAP is a project of the Centre
for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), a
California-based pro-life group
which has brought the display to
several campuses across the US.
The full-sized display has
encountered resistance at some
campuses, including a student who
drove his car through the display
and another who stabbed the
graphics with a knife. Both were
arrested.
Last year, the CBR attempted to
bring a large GAP display to campus, but pulled out and threatened
to file a lawsuit against UBC after
the university imposed a series of
restrictions on the display.
A pro-life coalition including
Lifeline members then staged their
own display of GAP images in a
scaled-down form. The display was
torn down by three student protesters, who were later disciplined and
suspended by the university. ♦
ANCIENT HISTORY: Before the Roman Empire, there was Erin Kaiser,
seen here tearing down the GAP display when it first came to the UBC
campus last November. Students for Choice, the pro-choice student
organisation to which both Roman and Kaiser belong, is planning a
protest against GAP when it returns on October 25.
TARA WESTOVER/UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO
Plans for campus a concer
 by Julia Christensen
Concerns about commercialisation
and environmental sustainability
were voiced at a public meeting
Monday regarding plans to transform UBC into a 'college town."
More than 50 on- and off-campus
residents—including a handful of
UBC students—turned out for a
Greater Vancouver Regional District
(GVRD) meeting to discuss UBCs
Official Community Plan (OCP),
which governs the future development of the campus.
The plan outlines UBC's objective to increase on-campus commercial activity and housing with the
aim of making the campus more
self-sufficient
For many at the meeting, the goal
to increase retail amenities on campus is cause for concern.
Gillian Allan, a fourth-year Fine
Arts student, said she is curious
about the type of commercial activity UBC intends to encourage. '
"UBC is supposed to be an institution of learning. It shouldn't be a
mall," she said.
But Alma Mater Society (AMS)
Vice-President External Affairs
Graham   Senft   said   he   thinks
increased commercial activity will
benefit campus life.
'In a lot of ways, it will be pretty
cool to have more people out here to
attract amenities like a grocery store
and some restaurants,' he said. 'I
think it will turn UBC from a commuter school to
more of a destination. It will
create a more
complete community.*
Many people at the meeting questioned
the development of UBC's
South Campus
area,   a   162- SENFT
hectare triangle of land south of
West Sixteenth Avenue. The area is
slated to become an 'urban village
in the woods,* requiring the existing
forest to be cut down.
Craig Sahlin, a former UBC student and current resident of
Vancouver, believes development
would damage the South Campus
area.
'To actually cut into natural forest area is unacceptable as far as I'm
concerned. Why does it need to be
developed as such?" he said, proposing that the planners could
instead develop open space and
paved lots on campus.
Al Poettcker, president and CEO
of UBC Properties Trust, explained
that existing open space, which is
designated for
university-related research, will
remain and that
only housings
would infringe
on the forest
area.
'UBC's primary mission is
academic. The
university needs
a lot of that
space for developing according
to       academic
need,' he said, adding that the area
must accomplish its housing objectives.
Among the OCFs objectives is to
maintain a 25 per cent ratio of student housing units to full-time
undergraduate students.
As well, at least 50 per cent of
market and non-market housing in
the area must 'serve households
where one or more members work
or attend the university.'
"If we don't reach a critical mass
here, we'll never attract the kind of
services that will make people stay
on campus 16 to 18 hours a day," he
said.
"If we don't reach a critical
mass here, we'll never attract
the kind of services that
make people stay on campus
16 to 18 hours a day/'
—Al Poettcker,
UBC Properties Trust
Senft indicated that UBC's plan
to increase housing coujd affect the
proposed U-Pass—a mandatory student bus pass.
"There is a lot of demand out
there for the U-Pass, especially when
we're looking at an increase in housing on campus. If we have another
10,000 people out here, we don't
want another 10,000 cars."
Allan, however, questioned the
initiative: "We need more housing
but is it going to be affordable?* she
asked.
Concerns were also raised about
developing the area north of Marine
Drive—including the Museum of
Anthropology,
Cecil Green Park,
and Green
College.
An October 13
draft of the OCP
states that the
development of
this area would
be restricted
'until further
work is done to
determine suitability of these
lands for further
development"
But for Hampton Place resident
Paul Moritz this is not enough of a
guarantee. He worries about the
risks involved in developing the
area, which could be unstable do to
increasing Point Grey cliff erosion.
In response, Poettcker said that
'the university is obviously not
going to build housing on unstable
ground.' ♦. ^1 [Friday.
. October 20.2000
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Stocking up for
federal election
UBC program predicts
election results more
accurately than polling
by Sarah Morrison
With a federal election call expected
this weekend, election junkies will
have a chance to put some money
behind their preferred politicians,
thanks to a Faculty of Commerce
project
The accuracy of the Election
Stock Market (ESM) at predicting
election results has led some to
compare it to the electoral polling
system. The ESM began
issuing stocks for federal
elections in 1993 and BC
provincial elections in
1996.
The ESM has estimated election results that
have been close to actual
election day results—and
has at times been more
accurate than national
polls.
In the 1997 federal
election, the ESM estimated that the
Liberal Party would receive a 51 per
cent of the seats in the House of
Commons, while the Reform Party
would receive 21.9 per cent of these
seats. In actuality,
the Liberal and
Reform parties
received 51.5 and
19.1 per cent of the
seats respectively.
'Somehow they
do better. They use
the poll information,
and they add something to it,' Tom
Ross, co-director of
the program, said of
the traders.
The ESM, which
is designed to help
in research and
teaching, works
much like a regular
stock market.
Traders may invest
between $5 and
$1500 in the shares
of various political
parties, buying and
selling shares on the ESM website.
After an election, the program
pays traders a fraction of each share
proportional to the number of seats
the party wins.
In 1993, the program attracted
250 traders, who collectively invested $30,000 in shares for that year's
federal election.
Ross said the ESM is more accurate than polls partly because it
compels people to predict the outcome of an election more accurately since they have money riding on
the result
ROSS
"Somehow
[the Election
Stock
Markets] do
better. They
use the poll
information,
and they add
something
to it."
On the other hand, people may
change their minds after they're
polled, he said.
Despite this accuracy in predicting election outcomes, UBC political
science professor Richard Johnston
said the ESM should not necessarily
replace traditional polling.
PoIIj, he said, provide information that the ESM does not consider,
including the categories of people
who vote for each political party,
which issues are dividing
voters, and how voters see
the leaders relative to one
another.
'Polls, because they
are going to reflect the
immediate ebb and flow
of events, may actually be
a less powerful predictor.
But what polls can give
you is other information,
if you're willing to go to
the trouble and expense,'
said Johnston, adding that the differences between polls and the ESM
make comparisons between the two
difficult
Unlike polls, he said, the ESM is
not designed to give
people an idea of
current opinion, but
is a forecasting
mechanism.
'It's asking you,
'What do you think
it's going to be on
election day?"
Johnston said.
The ESM started
selling shares on
October 9 for the
upcoming federal
election, which
Prime Minister Jean
Chretien is expected
to call on Sunday.
Mark
Thompson, a UBC
Commerce profes-
—Tom Ross,
ESM program sor participating in
co-director ^sye^ESM,
said. It s an inexpensive way for
individuals like ourselves to see
how the political process is running.'
For the first time this year, the
program is being sponsored by the
National Post The daily national
newspaper will cover administration expenses involved with the
ESM, excluding professors' salaries.
'Compared to the cost of doing a
national poll, we're cheap,' commented Ross. 'And yet you do that
poll, and you end up with one snapshot how Canada feels on a specific
day.' ♦
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Friday. October 20.20001
Injustice against women put on trial
 by Julia Christensen
Hundreds of women and a small
number of men gathered Tuesday to
witness the Women's Rights
Tribunal, BC's contribution to the
eight-month World March of
Women.
The tribunal, held at the
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship
Centre, put 'oh trial' what women's
groups consider 'major culprits' of
poverty and violence in women's
lives.
The World March of Women is a
campaign involving over 5000 groups
in 57 countries and territories.
Five high profile feminists sat on
the panel while 20 women's groups
acted as witnesses, testifying their
accounts Of injustice against
womea
Prime Minister Jean Chretien,
federal Finance Minister Paul
Martin, and Vancouver Chief of
Police Perry Blythe were asked to
appear at the tribunal, but none
accepted the invitation.
"The tribunal was a forum for us
to raise issues on how governments
and other organisations contribute
to women's inequality. The witnesses were there to act as voices for all
women, especially marginalised
women,' said Audrey Johnson, a
Vancouver Status of Women
spokesperson who also helped
organise the event
The women's groups contend that
government funding cuts are making
it difficult for women to find the
resources necessary to improve situations involving violence or poverty.
Gayle Nye, equity officer for BC
Government and Service
Employees' Union, said the tribunal
emphasised that injustice towards
women happens all over the world.
"It was key to show that women's
experiences of violence and poverty
occur both locally and globally," she
said.
. Women's group representatives
expressed disappointment regarding the low male attendence at the
function and the lack of mainstream
coverage of the tribunal.
'; "Without participation by these
two key groups at an event such as
this, you are, in a sense, already
preaching to the converted/ said
Wendy Potter, a counsellor and outreach worker with Women Against
Viole nee Against Wome n.
Johnson agreed, and added that
the absence of media coverage did
not come as a surprise. 'It just
shows the lack of seriousness and
importance given to women's
issues/ she asserted.
Jane Bouey, a regional representative for the National Action
Committee on the Status of Women,
said that the organising committee
had hoped that the tribunal would
compel women to 'take up the
demands of the World March and
have more energy and strength in
raising those issues and pushing for
chahge."
Potter said she felt that the idea
of organising a tribunal was an original method for presenting women's
experience.
"By holding a 'trial' like that, it
definitely showed the criminal
nature behind the violation of
women's rights," she said.
"With a federal election fast
approaching, it's important that we
work with one another to rriobilise
and demand that an end come to
violence and poverty in women's
lives.' ♦>
Quebec legislation threatens street demos, say activists
by Joslyn Qosenbrug
The McGill Daily
MONTREAL (CUP)-New legislation in Quebec
has made it illegal for people to block traffic,
in order to make streets safer for drivers and
pedestrians. Some people, though, think that
the new rule will allow police to break up
peaceful demonstrations.
Bill 130, an amendment to the Highway
Safety Code, allows police to fine people who
are blocking traffic to the tune of $350 to
$1050 for a first offence, and $3500 to
$10,500 for subsequent offences.
Organisers of events that block traffic are subject to fines of $3000 to $9000 for first offences
and $9000 to $27,000 for subsequent offences.
The legislation also gives police the authority to
seize equipment used to create the roadblock.
Dee LeComte, a member of the group
Citizens Opposed to Police Brutality, said that
the most marginalised sectors of society will
be most affected by the legislation—not only
do they have the most reason to demonstrate,
they have the least ability to pay the fines.
"It puts restraints on protesting so that only
one type of protesting will be allowed—that
which can be controlled by the state/ she said.
Phil flijevsky, chair of the Quebec Wing of
the Canadian Federation of Students, agrees,
and says that the bill is meant to outlaw street
protests. He believes the change i3 not about
safety at all, but about attempting to prevent
large demonstrations and giving the local
police the authority to end them.
'If [police] want to, it gives them those powers
to be able to stop individuals, charge them heavily, and tie them up in the court system," he said.
But Edith Rochette, press secretary for
Quebec Minister of Transportation Guy
Chevrette, who introduced the bill, disagrees.
She argues that it is not the demonstrations
that are being prohibited, but the roadblocks.
'It is not illegal to protest, it is illegal to
block roadways/ she said. Rochette points out
that some kinds of protests—such as one last
October in which almost 1800 truckers
blocked roads in protest against rising gas
prices-affect the delivery of food, medicine,
and fuel, which she says is unacceptable.
"We cannot condone using roadblocks as a
continuous means of pressure while people
are being deprived of essential goods/ said
Rochette.
flijevsky said that this legislation puts students at a significant disadvantage, because
for students, demonstrating is the only way to
be heard by the government and the public.
"We're not on equal footing with the government in terms of resources," he said. 'If we
were on equal footing we'd be able to get
through to the public. But in terms of
resources, what we have is people power, people getting into the streets." ♦
NICE 'N' GREASY: UBC food outiots
receive theii weekly supply of grease,
ensuring another seven days of ourcjers
and fries. This week's shipment was
delayed when a groi'p of seayul's
attacked ttudt *3, Ever resourceful, a
new item has appeared on menus a.:i
over campus.
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A creative downpour for 35 years
It took a long, fierce battle, but 35 years ago UBC's creative
writing program was started. Since then, it has gone on to produce some of Canada's most prestigious literati.
'Back in the early '50s [creative writing! was part of the
r English department/ says Andreas Schroeder, the chair of the'cre-
ative writing program. 'Earle Birney, the famous
Canadian poet, was teaching creative writing at the
time and he felt that where the English department
was headed and where writing was headed was
diverging.*
Many felt that tha English department's 'quasi-scientific* approach to literary analysis was too stifling for
aspiring writers.
"If you establish a limiting screen before you've even gotten into creative thhiking, it's like editing yourself before you ve started,*
says Schroeder,.   .
Birney came to teach at UBC, his alma mater, in 1946, on the condition
that he could teach creative writing. He was given that chance and his
course became the first of its kind in, Canada, In the Mowing years, he
spearheaded the movement to gain autonomy for creative writing, a goal
finally realised in 1965. In many ways, il was a decision that benefitted
everyone involved
"I think it's been healthy for both sides,* says Schroeder, 'It's allowed
the creative writing department to stretch itself into all kinds of other genres that wouldn't have been covered by the English department* These
include two new areas not offered in most creative writing programs.
'There are two areas that are developing very fast screenwriting is really building fast, and literary non-fiction. Those are the two youngest programs we have, so that makes sense. Both of them haw started within the
last decade and it took them awhile to get settled and going. So that's what's
booming at the moment."
This sort of diversity has given students the advantage in what is, traditionally, a very, difficult industry. With a grad book that could 'choke a
horse/ the program has provided students with tangible results,
'The students here, by the time they leave, many of them have complete
books, published, not just written/ says Schroeder. 'My entire non-fiction
class last year all had a book published since they've left That was 14 kids."
Evidence of this success can be felt closer to home.
'People have accused the Sun of making Mix [the Vancouver Sun's
Saturday supplement} a publication entirely written by UBC creative writing students/ says Schroeder. 'We sell (the stories| ^ crazy, all the time'
Not that prominence is anything new for the program, now a part of the
theatre, film and creative writing department In 1998, Stephanie Bolster
won the Governor General's Award for poetry. The department's alumni
includes the likes of George Bowering, Robert Bringhurst, Bill Gaston,
Daphne Martatt, Tom Wayman, Morris Panych, Fred Wah, Lynn Coady, and
many more.
Today, the Ubyssey looks at five current and former UBC Creative
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Lee Henderson crosses his legs and sips at his espresso, cutting his
strawberry-glazed danish into delicate pieces, and announces that he
won't call himself a writer because it sounds too effete.
"It sounds like you're a pansy, like you're a total loser.*
Still, all indications are that he's a writer. He's a Master of Fine
Arts student in creative writing at UBC, and has received a lot of
attention recently—for writing. His short story, "Sheep Dub,' was
first published in Grain literary magazine in the spring of 1999. The
story was then nominated for the fiction prize at the National
Magazine Awards this summer and Henderson walked away with an
Honourable Mention.
So maybe Lee Henderson is a total loser. That is, if total losers get
honourable mentions at the National Magazine Awards, get published in the Journey Prize Anthology, and get called one of the 'ten
most vaunted' new writers by the Vancouver Sun. All of this by the
age of 2 5.
Still, he insists that he's not a writer. He just happens to write.
"That's like some strange North American phenomenon/ he says
about the tendency to ask "So, what do you do?' He puts down his
knife and fork, and lets out a soft laugh, shaking his head.
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talk. I mean most people don't have
jobs they enjoy. What if I waxed floors
full-time? How does waxing floors say
anything about me?' He picks up his
fork again and pokes at the remains of
his pastry.
'['Sheep Dub'] only got recognition
because it's a story about the relationship
between a brother and a sister—people in publishing in this countiy
like that Canadiana, family stuff/ Henderson shrugs, struggling to fit
his fingers in the small handle of the espresso cup.
In 1994, Henderson moved to Vancouver from Saskatchewan. In
1996, he enrolled in the creative writing department at UBC, and in
1998, received his degree. Henderson then worked at various jobs,
including clerical work at UBC Press. Although he says that this experience was great for learning about publishing, Henderson then
realised that he wanted to write. "I thought 'Do I really want to do thi3
forever, or do I really, really Want to make something out of writing?"
Today, Henderson is now back at school, in the first year of his
master's degree.
"The thing that confuses me is the romantic idea that all writers
have to learn by going and living in a hovel, or somewhere in Paris,"
he says. 'I think school is a great place to learn how to write.'
Henderson remembers thinking that his first degree in creative
writing would be narcissistic, that it would just develop his own self-
absorption. But now he says that the program's structure allows students to 'learn and share" your ideas and writing styles with each
other.' Y
He jumps up from his seat as if he is just remembering something. 'Oh! Call me a student Iwill just forever tell people I am a student from now on.*
Henderson grins, and finishes the last drops of hi3 coffee. Behind
him, outside the cafe's window, the Saturday afternoon bustle at the
intersection of Broadway and Granville causes Henderson to spin
around.
He squints as the sun glares through his thick-framed glasses,
and swivels back to watch a someone come through the door. He
leans forwards, as if he is about to tell a secret
"You know, we can't sit still for more than a couple of minutes."
This is why fewer people read today, believes Henderson. "The
writing doesn't relate to the way people think these days," he
explains. "There's this real cultural tendency towards channel surfing.'-
But Henderson has a way to cope: hypertext
'Don't worry/ he assures. "We are already using it People just
don't recognise the language." He tries to think of an example.
"The Internet is hypertext," he says. "When you click on something and then it sends you somewhere, that's called a hyperlink.
The general structure of the Internet is based on this notion of a
hypertext novel."
Henderson wants to mix text, video, and audio to play with the
linear tradition of storytelling./I think that linearity has a place in
certain circumstances, but it is a very limiting structure/ he says.
"There are a lot of possibilities with hypertext'
Henderson's interest in different ways of communicating stems
from his varied artistic background. He's performed with musician
John Cage, where he played video games in sequences orchestrated
by Cage. He also drew the animation for a Sonic Youth music video.
But writing is something, as a kid, Henderson never thought he'd be
doing.
'Other than writing really bad poetry about suffering in high
school, I never thought I'd be doing this," he says as he shifts
uncomfortably in his seat, clearly bored about talking about himself.
He steers the conversation towards his experiences working at
McDonald's as a teenager.
"You know, they don't actually cook their burgers there. You just
drop down this plate and you fiy them, then you put them in a
steamer/ he says, "It's not so much disgusting as it is just weird."
He pauses, smirks, and asks for permission to tell something
really disgusting.
'Okay, so it was really late. I was standing at the grill then and all
of a sudden, I heard this sizzling noise...I was drooling, like right
onto the grill.' He makes a loud 'shhhl' noise, attracting the attention from other customers in,the cafe. He looks around, laughing.
He becomes quiet, though, when asked what he's working on
next Henderson is reluctant to say anything other than that something is in negotiations with a publisher. It's taking a lot of research
and looks like its going to be 'really, really, really long.'
He smiles apologetically, not wanting to give me an answer. He
doesn't want to jinx himself.
'It's kind of the same reason as being called a writer."
Henderson laughs. 'It's even Worse when you try to prove it But
people don't care. They wax floors.' ♦
by James Hvezda
Imagine your mother. Put her in a
green cotton shirt Tint her hair to a fine
shade of gray. Add a stroke of rich charcoal, and make
it short befitting a woman in her late fifties, a Canadian woman,
a feminist, an author. Now give her a name. Daphne. Daphne Marlatt
This is the story of a woman born in Australia to refugee parents, the
story of a woman who lived in Malaysia but grew up in North Van, trying to forget the embarrassing fact that she was not from around here,
the story of a woman who discovered her identity through feminism
and literature. A history.
.We begin with a place. Daphne lives in one of a set of brightly painted townhouse in the middle of a block in Strathcona, across from a park.
The courtyard is thick with vegetation When she opens the door to her
home, she's got a cup of hot green tea in her hand.
"Would you like some?'
'Sure/
Soon we are inside Daphne's home, sheltered from the Vancouver
drizzle. A large white dog sniffs at my crotch and growls ominously as
Daphne gestures to a woman pouring tea in the kitchen. "This is my
partner," she says.
After saying hello, her partner picks up her tea and explains she will
be upstairs, out of our way. I watch her move quietly up the wooden
steps to my right There is nothing visible beyond the upper reaches of
the stairs.
We settle in the small living room, where Daphne sits cross-legged
oh a gray couch facing me. Both of us are sipping tea and testing the
waters of conversation. The wooden floor under our feet is covered by a
throw rug, and in the corner rests a silent wood-burning stove, unlit
Gray light drifts in from the window behind Daphne and settles on the
blue trim of the walls.
She re-crosses her legs and looks intently into my eyes, as if studying
me, reading me like a book, writing me down in the pages of her history, writing me into her narrative.
First Daphne talks of her youth, of her days at UBC.
'I did a double major in English literature and creative writing. Earle
Birney was just setting up tlie creative writing pro6ri:n when I was
there'.
'Ihe highlight of her lime at UBC was the 1963 wntirg conference.
'It was like a summer waling school We were steeped m writing. It was
a marvelous experience for ajoung wiiler but it ga\e me writer's block
f -t it. j:.!hs afterwards.'
She also remembers Warren
Tallman. "I took an English 200 and a
modern poetry class where Warren made
me listen to the music of the language.
That was so important, to learn that poetry
existed in sound, not just as something on
the page.'
The soft hum of her voice mingles with the
sound of rain. She does not fight to be heard.
Perhaps she is speaking to the tape recorder, the machine. To compensate, I lean into the conversation, stretch to catch the words as they float
past She wants me to listen. It is the art of language she wants me to
hear, the musical and the political. And she knows how important form
is.
'Language itself has all kinds of conventions. It forces you to start
thinking about the assumptions that are embedded in them.' In her
own writing, she challenges these conventions. Ana Historic, for example, mixes history and fictioa and maintains a self-awareness throughout
In her work, Daphne often focuses on history as something that
needs to be reclaimed by women. "For me there's the textual place, and
then there's the physical place. History is a long progression from past
to present The problem with narrative is that it doesn't always end the
way people want it to end. Narrative is a fascinating thing. Most of people's everyday conversation is narrative. I like to swim against the narrative current'
Perhaps this desire to go against convention is part of being a feminist, part of growing up a female writer among men, part of the ongoing
fight to prove that she isn't 'just a groupie romanticised out of [her]
mind from hanging out with male poets/
In fact, it was after discovering feminist literature that Daphne published "Salvage," a collection of poems that she had re-written in light of
what she had learned. These poems focus on women and how they are
defined in a male dominated society. As she states in the poem "River
Run," 'what's at issue here is whether women can enter the culture AS
women.'
Daphne's partner is shuffling around upstairs. They live together in
a home that clearly belongs to women. I am not an intruder, simply
extraneous. Non-essential. Perhaps this is what it means for women to
live AS women.
Marlatt has published a number of poems that deal with women and
their relationship to men. She says that she is unhappy with the low
value that poetry carries in modern society.
'Poetry is undervalued a3 a genre in our culture, Foibfching has
become such a large industry in Canada that every book is marketed in
terms of 'is this marketable,' or how large of an audience can it reach,
but you can't gauge the value of poetry.' Although Daphne has been relatively successful with her poetry, she laments the fact that it is still
'always hard to make it as a writer.'
She wanted to be a writer, but the belief in herself was long in coming. Her role models were all male. Before coming to UBC, she hadn't
even heard of Virginia Woolf. Now Woolf is a role model. Things have
changed. 'Your generation is so lucky, because you have access to older
women writers like Margaret Atwood/
- She talks of typewriters and her creative space. I can almost picture
her leaning over her typewriter to cross out a word. But here on the
couch she barely moves. She pauses before she speaks. It is as if she is
turning bits of conversation over in her head before speaking.
Suddenly there's movement in her eyes.
"I just returned from Banff. I was working there oneon-one with
female writers...They can't come for the regular five-week program
because they have kids, and you can't leave a small child alone for that
long." She is proud of these women.
In a couple of days, Daphne is leaving to speak at a girl's college in
Japan.
'I've never been there before, so I'm looking forward to it' By
spring, her latest collection of poetry, This Tremor Love Is, will be
released. For now, she poses proudly beside a photograph taken by Ray
Kiyooka before following me to the door. She lingers on the porch, her
small frame shivering in the archway. 'Goodbye/ she says, and then
slips effortlessly away. ♦ Friday. October 20.2000
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by Kim The
Meet Fred Wah. As a teen, he used to
play the trumpet in a jazz band called
The Kampus Kings, and now at the
age of 61, he still grooves to jazz
tunes by his favourites, such as
Keith Jarrett and Miles Davis.
He's now a vegetarian, cooks a
lot of tofu and veggie stirfry,
loves  a  good bowl  of jook
(Chinese rice soup), but also
admits to missing lop cheong
(Chinese sausage). He hikes
mountains, rides his new mountain bike in the city, and builds
houses in his spare time. At least
that's how his personal ad might read.
He sounds like a typical, down-to-earth.
West Coast Canadian. But he's also a prolific poet who has penned 16 volumes of
poetry and has garnered three awards.
Hell, he doesn't even live anywhere near
the coast
. Wah's book of prose-poetry, Waiting for
Culture
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Saskatchewan, received the
Governor General's Award
i .in 1986, and So Far was
awarded   the   Stephanson
Award for poetry in   1992.
Diamond Grill, a bio-fiction about
hybridised identity and working in a cafe
in Nelson, BC, was published in 1996 and
won the Howard O'Hagan Award for Short
Fiction.
It's 10:15am, Calgary time. Wah, who
teaches creative writing and poetry courses
at the University of Calgary, is sitting at
home in his messy study which is covered
by "six to eight inches of paper, and books
on every possible surface." There is a
plethora of papers that need to be marked,
a Feng Shui book ("I keep hoping for harmony," says Wah), art catalogues, a literary
magazine called Chain, a book on hybridi-
ty, MacWorld magazines, and a Keith
Jarrett album.
Born in Swift Current, SK in 1939, Wah
later moved to the West Kootenays where
he went to school, worked in his father's
cafe,' Diamond Grill, and played hockey
and trumpet in his spare time. In the
1960s, at UBC, he studied music and
English. Never the most disciplined student, Wah almost failed first-year English
because he has always hated writing essays
and 'was more interested in discovering
things.' 'And what I discovered/ says
Wah, 'was poetry.
Wah didn't always know that he
wanted  to  be  a  poet.   His  first
poem—in grade 8 or 9—was about
his dog. Soon after taking a survey
course in poetry taught by Warren
Tallman  and  a  creative  writing
course with American poet Robert
Creeley, he became excited about the
freedom of the language of poetry.
He spent most of his time writing
poetry, and founded and edited a
newsletter called  TISH.  Instead of
continuing with jazz, he 'welcomed
poetry as a way of composing as
opposed to music because it seemed
more open to difference.'
"I'd grown up in a Chinese-Canadian
family where my father hadn't mastered English, and I'd never been that
great at it in school. I guess I used poetry as a way to resist the hegemony of
grammar and traditional English literature," says Wah.
After four years at UBC, he continued
his education at the University of New
Mexico, where he did gr^duatl york in literature and linguistics. He completed his
master's degree in 1967^at the State
University of New York. In the late 60s, he
returned to the Kootenays to teach at
Selkirk College. He was the founding coordinator of the writing program at the David
Thompson University Centre in Nelson,
and has also edited several Canadian magazines, such as Open Letter.
Most people know of Wah as being a
'racialised' writer who began writing about
his hyphenated, Chinese-Swedish-
Canadian, identity back in the late 70s.
Before that, Wah was what he calls a
'white writer" who spoke of other things
than being part Asian. Wah recalls that
about ten years after his father's death in
1966, he began to explore his mixed-
blood heritage, particularly his Chinese-
Canadian identity. Since he felt the need
to contribute to the creation of a discourse for mixed-blood people, he looked
to the East for some kind of sustenance.
Such exploration was possible because of
events like the Japanese Redress movement and the publications of acclaimed
novels, like Kogawa's Obasan. His writing became a dialogue with his father in
the form of a biotext—a montage of biography, prose and prose-fiction—which
evolved into a way for Wah to avoid writing a traditional novel.
Although Wah is primarily interested in exploring his Asian-ness, he
admits that he doesn't speak or write
Cantonese or Mandarin. While he was
younger, his father tried to get him and
his sister to go to Chinese school, but
unfortunately all he learned was how
beautiful the teacher was. While working
in the  kitchen of Diamond Grill,  he
learned mostly swear words from the
Chinese cooks. Since then, Wah has tried
to learn Cantonese, but found learning
the nine tones very difficult. During his
travels in Asia he had the opportunity to
learn a little bit of Mandarin. Someday
Wah would like to learn, but at the
moment he can only envy his Chinese-
Canadian    students    who    do    speak
Cantonese or Mandarin.
Wah's writing plays around with alliteration, dissonance and form. His ability to,
as he says, 'stand at the edge of a word and
hold back a little bit before jumping to the
next word' involves focus and caution as a
writer. Wah's musical sensibility, his penchant for improvising and subverting the
predictable, has permeated his poetry: "I'm
interested in the gaps between words more
than the words themselves. I guess what I
mean is that I'm interested in the moment
by moment movement in language," he
says. His writing is much like an improvi-
sational experiment. In Wah's humble
opinion, it isn't "logical, shapely, predictable writing that you can count on. It's
likely to just fall fiat on its ass or just move
too quickly out of sight"
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Most recently, Wah has published
Faking It, which is 'supposedly a collection
of critical essays, but it's infected with a lot
of poetry.' He has also written a poetic text
to accompany Vancouver artist Marion
Penner Bancroft's photographic exhibit in
an art catalogue. Presently, he is working
with Roy Miki at Simon Fraser University
to compile an anthology of Asian-Canadian
writing. ~? Y7> '
And perhaps during the Christmas
break, if he finds time between teaching,
hiking, cooking a lot of tofu and veggie stir-
fry, and building houses, Fred Wah may be
able to assemble a volume of poetry that's
been collecting dust in his office, just waiting to be anthologised. ♦
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by Diana Stech
Madeleine Thien has a knack for what she calls 'finding a
stoiy.'
"When I get really wrapped up in a story, I discover that
story and find words for it and dig around in it to see where
it goes," says Thien, a soft-spoken MFA student in her final
year at UBC, who at age 26 already has a contract with
McClelland Stewart for a book of short stories, to be published in the spring of 2001, and a novel to follow a few
years later.
The novella which concludes her collection recounts the
story of a failed Indonesian businessman who dreams of
finding the "good life' in Canada. *,
As Thien describes this narrative, herdistinctive voice
becomes a part of the story itself. In her mouth, the sound
of dreams breaking and slipping away, becomes a near-
physical reality. Her tones and inflections unwind a world
where people need to live in dreams, and to enact their
memories in the present day: With her soft-spoken manner, Thien seems to live in the realm of the poetic and the
world of the imagination.
Her voice grows soft and soothing as she finishes the
story of this businessman, whose arrival in Vancouver does
not realise his dreams. This story best exemplifies her
examination of family issues, according to Thien.
'I'm most concerned with families, I guess," she says of
the subject matter she deals with, explaining that her book
of short stories will examine this concern, and contend
with problems of finding a place within society.
For Thien, Vancouver is an ideal context in which to set
her stories, and to examine these question, since it is a city
strongly affected by immigration.
"Vancouver, especially East Vancouver, is a fascinating
city because of the pockets of different neighbourhoods,
the ethnic enclaves—one can almost feel like having
entered a different country."
She calls Vancouver both a transient city and a city of
stasis. In Thien's stories, the families move around a lot,
allowing her to explore how one creates a home in a new
place.
In contrast, Thien seems to be having no problem finding a home for herself on the literary scene. After finishing
her undergraduate degree in English literature and creative writing at UBC, Thien received a University Graduate
Fellowship to pursue further work in creative writing. She
has since been courted by McClelland and Stewart Before
she began to write in her adolescence, though, Thien was
ardent reader. She cites Dumbo and Harriet the Spy as two
of her childhood favourites.
Amid pressing deadlines and a workload that has taken
over her life, Thien still finds time to continue thinking and
dreaming. Her future novel remains "in her head" since
she won't have time to write it until after publishing her
book of short stories. Although the details are still unclear,
the narrative will weave together the lives of four characters and explore the entangling of the present and the past
The novel will be set in the present, with flashbacks to the
Japanese occupation of Malaysia during World War Two.
"It is a part of history that has been forgotten by the
people who experienced it," says Thien in a thoughtful,
wispy voice. Thien doesn't believe that people can move on
from the past by attempting to forget; memories define the
consciousness of people. This is why she wants to give
voice to these memories, and investigate the ways in which
histoiy continues to pervade the present
Herself, Thien looks to the future. She graduates from
UBC in August, and will begin work on her novel then. She
foresees a life of writing and of discovering stories—'if all
goes well, financially," she adds with a little laugh. With her
knack for finding stories, that shouldn't be much of a problem. ♦ Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Culture
Friday. October 2Q. 20001
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by Regina Yung
Annabel Lyon sits pensively on a bench outside UBC's
Nitobe Gardens, trying to answer a question. The discomfiture in her green eyes is fading as she considers
her options to lie, refuse to answer, or...
"No, you know what, what the hell," she says
and confesses the motivation behind one of her
short stories.
"The prize was $2000. I really needed the
money," she says. So Annabel sat down and pounded out a 500-word vodka advertisement Although she
did win the prize, she shakes her head ruefully at the
memory, a wry half-smile on her face, "Absolut prostitution.*
Despite its pedigree, the story still made it into her
first book, Oxygen, a collection of short stories recently
published by Porcupine's Quill Press.
According to Annabel, most
of her stories start out from
the sound of words, their
arrangement and allusions
suggesting other things
such as characters and a
plot
Each story is told in
clean-honed fragments, the
words moving clean and
spare across the page. The
title of the collection itself
comes from the idea of
space, the air that surrounds us, and breathing
room. But this UBC's creative writing MFA can claim
a few bragging rights-
Oxygen is obviously not literary fluff.
Annabel has curly brown
hair   and   solemn   eyes
behind a pair of intellectual
glasses. She uses the introvert's    soft   voice    and
inward gaze, taking the
thoughtful pauses of a
scholar. Her diction is
excellent
She is a local product—carrying a lifetime of
experience with Vancouver rain, a degree in
Philosophy from SFU, and a BFA in creative writing from UBC. She is also teaching at UBC this
year. But above all, Annabel Lyon is a writer.
"It's one of the few things I think I'm really
good at," she explains. Her other passion, music,
flows through her writing like a leitmotif.
Chopin and pianos figure large in our conversation, which carries on despite noisy car
motors and an inexplicable bombardment of
insects. As Annabel talks, she flicks at aphids
and the occasional inquiring bee hovering
near her head and bumping into the side of
her face.
She respects good poetry, but feels most
at home with prose. Her influences include
Linda Svenson, Keith Maillard, and the
inimitable George McWhirter, about whom
she cannot say enough.
"He has this amazing ability to just flip
a word around and... you go, 'Yeah, yeah,
that's what I meant to say." For a moment,
she becomes a student again, gesticulating, reminiscing.
"There was this one time, in class...[George] just
started speaking in poetry... and we all went like—" she
says, making a flabbergasted face.
"And [we] started writing it down," she says. As she
talks, the cold is nipping at our earlobes and the tip's of
our noses. Her words are hanging frosted, condensed.
The air tastes of leaves.
Annabel is not too sure just now of what the future
holds. She doesn't really know what's going to happen
after her teaching job at UBC this year.
"I'd like to travel," she says. She has been working
for two years on a novel that, she says, can't make up
its mind whether to be a short story or not She has
been tempted to throw it out entirely, burn the pages
and start over, but she hasn't—yet At some point after
abandoning it in disgust, she takes it off the shelf,
blows the dust away and dares to hope. It all sounds a
bit like gestating an elephant—the long haul, the
unremitting labour. Yet she continues to write.
So why does she write? An answer using many four-
syllable words would not have come as a surprise, but
Annabel's answer is remarkably simple.
"Because it's run," she shrugs. "I tiy not to be too
superstitious about [writing]...We should all have those
Nike shirts," she says, laughing. "Just do it Just do it" ♦
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across town Julia Christensen had Just bought a brand new poodle
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Hie had already invited him to the prom. Diana Stech and Regina
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On May 3, 1968, some 300 students gathered at
Paris' Sorbonne University to protest the closure
of France's Nanterre University, which was shut
down following a week of clashes between right-
wing groups and students campaigning against
the Vietnam War. In the ensuing street battle
that night, police tear-gassed student protesters,
600 of whom were arrested. Barricades soon
went up, the Sorbonne was occupied, and the
unrest eventually turned into a national strike
involving some ten million workers. The strike
paralysed the country, and the Sorbonne students made their mark in the history books.
On October 4, 2000, the handful of students
making up the leadership of the Canadian
Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) kick-
started CASA's annual lobby campaign, stirringly called 'Education: Canada's Renewable
Resource.' The campaign proved to be paralys-
ingly dull, and the CASA hacks made their mark,
um, somewhere. We're not sure where. The history books look clean, though.
In 19 6 8, the whole world was watching as the
student protests turned into revolution, and
rocked the city of Paris.
Last Wednesday, the CASA campaign came to
UBC. No one was watching. A bunch of frat boys
rocked the Pit
In 1968, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, the brains
behind the student movement, was denied reentry into France after leaving the country on a
trip.
When CASA came to UBC, they brought a
brain in a jar with them.
In 1968, French President Charles de Gaulle
had little choice but to appear on national television to address the country during its time of
unrest and violence.
This month, CASA tries to force Vancouver
Member of Parliament Ted McWhinney to take
notice with a series of strongly-worded postcards.
In 1968, 20,000 students gathered on the
Paris streets and marched, chanting such slogans as 'No to Repression,* and 'Free our
Comrades."
The CASA campaign will bring the government to its knees with slogans such as
'Education; it's time to reinvest'
In 1968, de Gaulle considered bringing in
extra French troops from their West German
bases for reinforcements.
So far, there has been no indication that MP
McWhinney has even noticed the CASA campaign. Canadian troops sleep well at night
In 1968, crowds of protesters choked on tear
gas, and their eyes stung because of the gas lin
gering heavily in the air.
Alma Mater Society Vice-President External
Graham Senft wears cologne that will bring tears
to your eyes.
In 1968, the world witnessed what can happen when an apolitical student body mobilises
for political change.
This October, students are witnessing what a
brain in a jar looks like—A REAL HUMAN
BRAIN!
In 1968, Nanterre University was plagued
with transit issues, among other problems.
The AMS is negotiating for a student bus
pass. Vigorously. So we're told.
In 1968, French students were enraged over
the university system's inadequacies. They
forcefully demanded the release of all the students arrested during protests, and demanded
that the university be reopened.
CASA is concerned about the future of education, too. And they are politely asking MP
McWhinney 'to discuss this issue with your colleagues in Parliament" They also have a brain in
ajar.
In 1968, the student movement failed to
achieve true success because of a lack of unified
leadership.
Some things never change. ♦
letters
Alesse ad exploits
students, say docs
In its response to the recent letter
to the editor by Barbara Mintzes
criticising the Alesse drug advertisement ("A lesson in advertising
ethics' [Letters, Oct 11]), the
Ubyssey shows regrettably little
appreciation of the corporate
advertising strategy which now has
students as its target Their vulnerability is being exploited by the
drug industry through the Ubyssey
and 40 other college and university
newspapers.
If a seemingly reputable advertising agency places advertisements like this one, cash-hungry
student journals may be forgiven
for not questioning their propriety,
let alone their legality. But business
managers are misinformed if they
believe the Alesse advertisement is
permissible or proper. It is neither.
In fact, Advertising Standards
Canada could not 'approve' the
promotion because it does not
approve prescription drug advertisements. This body is an advertis
ing industry association and has
been delegated authority to review
ads for over-the-counter medicines
only. Equally, the Pharmaceutical
Advertising Advisory Board could
not give 'approval/ as it only
reviews advertisements aimed at
health professionals, and in any
event being composed mainly of
drug and advertising industry representatives, is not a neutral voice.
The ' sole authority rests with
Health Canada, which we understand has not approved the advertisement, and it is said to be
reviewing the current campaign.
However, the first advertisement
appeared in May, and to date
Health Canada appears to have
taken no action against Wyeth-
Ayerst Should this company in
effect be allowed to ignore
Canadian law, and gain free-market access to inexperienced students in order to promote a prescription-only drug outside a balanced clinical context?
For, strict legalities aside, the
real affront to the campus is ethical. The current promotion is especially unscrupulous; its unspoken
claim of virtue ('prevention of
unwanted pregnancy in the undergraduate') is belied by its blatant
disdain for even the most elementary information on effectiveness
or risk. It is aimed at maximising
sales.
In their drive for dollars, drug
companies are on the offensive in a
deliberate challenge to Canadian
law. The Ubyssey should refuse to
run this unethical and illegal
advertising.
-Kenneth Bassett MD PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Practice
Department of Pharmacology
and Therapeutics
Armin6e Kazanjian DrSoc
Associate Director
Centre for Health Services and
Policy Research
Too many abductions
Is it just me, or has there been an
unusually large increase in the
number of attempted abductions of
girls these days in Greater
Vancouver? Or have the attempted
abductions always been there in
such great number but went unnoticed by the mainstream media?
I'd sooner hope that it's the latter rather than the former.
However, I'd also hope that the
police and media are taking the necessary precautions to ensure that
the claims of attempted abduction
are legitimate (and the authorities
should, of course, do so without sliding to the other extreme as a result
of such precaution and thus allow a
pedophile to go free).
What any just-minded person
would not want is for innocent men
to be falsely accused, tried, convicted and punished for a crime they
have not committed.
Indeed, it's a delicate balance
that society must take to maintain
some sense of fairness between the
accused and his accuser; but we
must never ^dismiss the wrongly
blamed-Le. give 'em all to God, and
let Him sort them out later.
-Frank G. Sterle
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Letters
11
Response to Lifeline's
last GAP letter
Lifeline's Gillian Long ("Lifeline
hopes GAP will bring debate'
[Letters, Oct. 17]) overlooks the
main problem with the Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP). Lifeline is
perfectly free to. display tasteless
photos of aborted fetuses. What really bothers most people is the association of these pictures with those of
actual genocide victims, such as
Jews in Nazi death camps. It is highly insensitive to exploit and trivi-
alise the tragic history of these
groups for an unrelated political
agenda.
The GAP display is also hate propaganda against women. The reason is
simple. If abortion is genocide, then
women are genocidal • murderers,
just like Nazis. Lifeline members
may deny that they are viciously
defaming half the women on this
planet, but that can only be because-
they don't hold women responsible
for their actions. In this view, women
who have abortions must be helpless
victims under coercion, or unthinking twits who don't understand what
they're doing. But if Lifeline also
denies they hold this patronising and
misogynist view, it means they're
hypocrites who don't seriously
believe abortion is genocide.
Both UBC Students for Choice and
the Pro-Choice Action Network are
firmly committed to peaceful protest
If s understandable that some vulnerable students may find it hard to
control their emotions when hate
propaganda is shoved in their faces.
But violence or vandalism, even
against hate-mongers, is never the
answer—we strongly disavow it
GAP's creator, the Center for
Bioethical Reform (CBR) in
California, routinely threatens lawsuits and tries to press criminal
charges in response to violence, vandalism, or obstructionism. To quote
Gregg Cunningham, CBR's executive
director: "We will make an example
out of lawbreakers' and 'any university which attempts to interfere with
the exercise of CBR's First
Amendment rights will be sued.'
So please don't let the GAP display tempt you into any act of aggression, because that is exactly what its
bully sponsors are waiting for.
-Hannah Roman, UBC
Students for Choice
Joyce Arthur,
Pro-Choice Action Network
Trudeau did so
help out UBC!
I read the recent Ubyssey with some
amusement I saw comments relating to my suggestion that the Rose
Garden be named in Pierre
Trudeau's honour ('Students debate
renaming of Rose Garden' (Oct.
17]). The comments clearly showed
how people have rushed to pass
judgment on this suggestion, having
not done their homework.
In 1986, UBC gave an honoiirary
degree to Trudeau. Had anyone
taken the time to see why? It was not
merely because he had been Prime
Minister of Canada for 16 years. It
was a special thanks from UBC to an
individual who believed enough in
our university to put UBC on the
map.
TRIUMF, Canada's national particle accelerator facility is located
here at UBC. It is the fourth largest
scientific project funded by Canada
in the 133 year history of our country, and it would not have been
approved were it not for the personal intervention of the Prime
Minister. Let me share with you a little of the History of Canada, of our
province and of our university.
In the 1960s, a small and dedicated group of scientists and engineers at UBC led by George Volkoff,
Reg Richardson, John Warren, Eric
Vogt and Karl Erdman (to name a
few Canadians of distinction)
dreamed a dream to build the
world's largest cyclotron. They wanted to build it here in BC. They were
an eminent group. For instance,
Volkoff headed Canada's development of the CANDU reactor.
Richardson helped E.O. Lawrence to
build the first cyclotron (Lawrence
won the Nobel Prize for this achievement). Warren worked with Tizard
and Watson-Watt to develop radar
during the Second World War.
An amusing story is that of
Warren being asked to #10 Downing
Street in 1943 by Winston Churchill
to explain a new technological development in Identification Friend or
Foe (IFF). Warren brought the prototype and Churchill proceeded to
poke it with his walking stick to the
point that the prototype nearly fell
from the table and onto the floor.
Churchill was having fun with
Warren knowing that if he caught it
PERSPECTIVE
opinion
before it hit the ground it was worth
saving and putting it to practical use
aboard Allied aircraft. Every aircraft
in the air today has a transponder
which is a direct spin-off of the IFF
technology that Warren developed.
In the late 1960s this group went
to Ottawa with their request and
were given the run around by the
political mandarins in the National
Research Council and the Defence
Research Board who were from
Ontario and Quebec. Surely, they
thought, you are 'putting us on
thinking this machine should be
and could be built in BC The mandarins believed that Canada was
Ontario and Quebec, and that nothing else mattered. They thought it
was a boondoggle to spend this
money in BC.
Finally, in desperation, the group
asked to make a presentation to die
Prime Minister. They got their 15
minutes at the Prime Minister's
Office in the Langevin Block across
from Parliament. Trudeau was
impressed. He took their request,
marked it 'Approved Proceed, PET"
and sent it off to the Treasury Board
who allocated the $36 million (in
1968 dollars) to build TRIUMF.
Trudeau's belief in regional equality
overruled the political mandarins
from Ontario and Quebec.
In present day dollars it would
cost upwards of $500 million to
build TRIUMF. In the past 30 years,
TRIUMF contribution to BC has
exceeded $3 billion in direct dollars
and $20 billion in indirect net economic multipliers. At $40 million
per annum, TRIUMF represents the
largest single ongoing federal contribution to UBC.
This decision by Trudeau in
essence transformed UBC from a
backwater institution to a world
class university. It represents the
rock solid foundation upon which
this university and its burgeoning
research programs have been built
As well, one of the reasons that
BC has a vibrant high technology
sector is because of Trudeau's fund
ing of TRIUMF. The technological
base of people and technology that
grew from TRIUMF has transformed our provincial economy to
the point that high technology will
soon be the number one generator
of wealth in our province.
If the university is too busy to
honour Trudeau by naming the
Rose Garden in his honour, I will
ask the Lieutenant Governor and the
Premier to so honour Trudeau. I will
send my request to Gordon Wilson,
minister of Investment and
Employment I have known Gordon
for over 12 years. Along with our
Premier, Wilson represented BC at
the state funeral of Trudeau. Gordon
knew Trudeau as a friend and political mentor. Gordon and I had the
honour of working with Trudeau,
[ex-Premier of Newfoundland] Clyde
Wells, and many other Canadians of
distinction to defeat the Meech Lake
Accord.
I am sorry to hear of the loss of
Nobel Laureate Michael Smith. Why
not name his lab in his honour,
which is customary. Nobel laureates
are special people but some people
are more special than others. I have
met numerous Nobel laureates over
the years and even worked with LI.
Rabi and Glenn T. Seaborg to knock
the wheels off Edward Teller's
wagon and end the development of
the nuclear pumped X-ray laser in
the mid-1980s.
Rabi and Seaborg had been science advisors to five presidents
starting with Roosevelt and ending
with Johnson. Our efforts to end the
development of Teller's Starwars
ended up on the desk of the
President of the United States and
even convinced the old warhorse
Ronald Reagan that "it was time to
change ponies."
You might want to take a moment
to go to the lobby of the Main Library
and look at the pictures of Trudeau's
visits to UBC. I think before anyone
says no to the Rose Garden request it
would be smart to do your homework. Otherwise I shall leave it to the
Premier and the Lieutenant
Governor to make the decision for
UBC.
-Patrick Bruskiewich
Graduate Student-Physics
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Best laid plans
The coaches of the UBC rowing team have changed their
approach to competition, but will it make a difference?
by Holland Gidney
It's 5:45am Wednesday morning and pitch black out Down at
False Creek, the UBC men's varsity eight i3 putting their boat
into the water for its last practice before heading to Boston for
the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta. As the rowers
wade into the water, a few of them make exaggerated gasping
noises because of how cold it is.
"The water's warm,' one rower snidely says in response to
those who are complaining. /
'That's because you're wearing boots!" exclaims one of the
rowers wearing sandals.
On shore? their coach Mike Pearce just shakes his head.
"They're a bunch of comedians this year.'
- While they may be a group of guys with a sense of humour,
the rowers making up the men's varsity eight are also what
may be the fastest men's crew UBC has put together in a long
time. All of the members of the boat except one are returning
athletes; four novices who started rowing last year, three more
experienced rowers, and one guy who rowed in high school.
Over the past three years, Pearce has been trying to build
up a strong men's rowing program, focusing his recruiting
efforts on attracting students who have already. chosen to
attend UBC, rather than going after the country's top high
school rowers who generally choose the University of Victoria
(UVic) or Ontario schools over UBC.
UBC women's coach Craig Pond has been fighting the same
battle as Pearce for the year and a bit he's been coaching for
the university. He'll readily admit that, when it comes down to
it, there's not much to convince anyone to row for UBC. The
team still doesn't have a boathouse, so it has to store its shells
in a parking lot, which isn't that secure—two years ago UBC's
one women's single was stolen, a boat there isn't money to
replace; False Creek, where the team practices was recently
labelled a "cesspool" by the Province. Besides these obvious
disadvantages, the UBC rowing program receives little money
from the university. For many expenses—like this trip to
Boston—rowers are asked to shell out the money themselves.
"Sometimes I really don't know why athletes row for UBC,'
Pond says, even though, before becoming a coach, he himself
rowed for UBC.
Both he a;id Pearce also say it's demoralising for UBC
crews to always come second to their cross-strait rivals from
UVjc, who have a boathouse, a clean lake to row on, and considerably more funding from the university for buying boats
and going on trips. Victoria is also home to one of only two
national team training centres, where rowers have to be based
if they want to make the national team.
As the only two universities in BC with well-established
rowing teams, UVic and UBC end up racing each other at
almost every regatta in the province. And more often than not,
especially if it's an eights race, UBC crews come out on the losing end of the stick. Every year at Brown Cup—the annual
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UVic beats UBC.
This summer at the Royal
Henley Regatta, in the first race
for women's eights at the traditionally men-only event, UVic
placed a strong second, while
UBC didn't even make it out
the qualifying round. It's been so
long since UBC has been the
more dominant BC university in
rowing that UVic women's head
coach Rick Crawley jokes that
he'll retire when the UBC
women's crew finally beats his
eight
Even when UBC does place
second to UVic, as the women's
eight has done three years in a
row at the Canadian University
Rowing Championships (CURC),
it never seems to be good
enough.
'Even if you finish second to
UVic, it still feels like you're finishing last," says Pearce.
Pond found that last year after
rowing against UVic and not winning, his crews tended to fall
apart, and they'd have 'two to three weeks of shitty practices.'
So in order to address the UVic issue, the two coaches have
come up with a new plan, a plan to forget about UVic.
"We're putting the priority on our crews first putting the
priority on UBC rowing,' says Pearce. 'We're focused on having a really successful program from novice to varsity. We
need to generate interest in our program, and, unless you
have success, it's hard to generate interest'
This new plan means only racing UVic a few times a year,
and only once or twice in the eight, the boat in which UVic is
traditionally most dominant Both Pearce and Pond are talking about racing American crews instead, and talking about
finding competition that's at the same level as their crews.
'I don't think we're in the same league as UVic, so it's not
a realistic goal to be always trying to beat them,' says Pond.
'Five to six years ago UBC's focus was to beat UVic, but now
our biggest focus is to make the season exciting, to give our
athletes the chance to row against as many crews as possible.'
Last weekend, rather than attending the Deep Cove Classic
in North Vancouver, a regatta where UBC would have faced
UVic, both coaches took their crews down to Seattle to compete in a club regatta. This weekend the two UBC varsity crews
will race in the Head of the Charles (HOC) in Boston, a regatta
UVic has attended in the past but isn't competing in this year.
ERG-ERIFFIC: The road to Boston goes through the rowers' gym. tara westover photo
HOC is probably the most important rowing race of the fall
rowing season. It's an event that attracts the top teams from
around the world and is so popular that it has to limit its
entries every year so that the race can take place on a single
day. Both Pearce and Pond want their crews to finish in the top
ten in their respective.events, though they acknowledge they'll
be up against some tough competition. If the men's and
women's crews could pull off a strong performance in Boston,
it would be a good morale-booster heading into the most-
important event in UBC's fall season, the university championships (CURC) in Victoria on November 4 and 5. UBC will
also compete in the two UVic-sponsored head races (Head of
the Gorge and Head of the Elk) the weekend prior, but not necessarily in eights as they will at the CURC.
Around 6:45am, tiny harbour ferries start criss-crossing
False Creek, signalling that practice is almost over for UBC
crews. Through his megaphone, Mike Pearce instructs the
men's varsity eight to spin the boat around and do three more
short hard pieces on the way in. Up at the other end of False
Creek, near Science World, Craig Pond is coaching the
women's varsity eight through a few last race simulation
pieces against the junior varsity boat
Both crews have only these last few strokes to get ready for
Head of the Charles where UBC hopes to set the tone for the
rest of the season, a season that could be a turning point for
UBC rowing, if all goes according to the coaches' plan. ♦
Hockey women seek redemption after disappointment
         by Tom Peacock
For the UBC women's hockey team, last season was murder by numbers: not having the
necessary number of players, not putting the
numbers on the board, having large numbers
of goals scored against the team by Alberta
and Calgary* and having to wait a number of
months before their first wins of the season in
the last regular season homestand against
Lethbridge.
But this season could be different The
team has a lot of new faces, and returning
players, are e,ager to redeem themselves. An
air of optimism prevailed after practice yesterday as the players listened to coach Dave
Newson's comments and then huddled together for a quick cheer before heading to the
dressing room.
"If s so hard to compare to last year,' second-year goaltender Tanya Foley said. "Last
year we didn't have a full team, this year we
actually have people that are pushing each
other, and the level is definitely a step up.'
The Thunderbirds' roster has 12 returning players and nine rookies. Although the
team is young—a lot of the veterans are only
in their second year—coach Dave Newson
shares his players' optimism.
"We have a good mix of returning players
[who] are bitterly disappointed from last year,
and want to improve on that season that we
had, and are excited and energised by the
number of rookies that we have competing
this year to make the team,' he said.
Although it's hard to know what to expect
from the UBC team's Canada West rivals, rule
changes that will now disallow players to fill
spots for more than one team look to work in
UBC's favour.
Foley said that the changes will especially ,
affect Calgary.
"They can't use a lot of the players they
have used in the past because they are carded
on the Extreme team...This year, they have to
either play for one or the other,' Foley said.
The game schedule will also give the young
Birds a chance to End their feet early in the
season, something that last year's first eight
games against the University of Alberta
Pandas and the University of Calgary Dinos
didn't allow.
Men's Volleyball
The UBC squad will host Trinity Western
University, York University, and the University
of California Santa
Barbara this weekend for the 15th
annual Thunderball
Tournament in War
Memorial
Gymnasium, The
Birds face TWU
today at 12pm and
UCSB tonight at 7:30pm. The gold medal
match is on Saturday night at 7:30pin.
"It's good because we've had a chance to
play against the Vancouver Griffin3 which
will get us ready for Calgary...and Alberta
will be a step up from Calgary, so it's easing
into the season as opposed to slamming us
straight into number one [Alberta]/ Foley
explained.
In spite of whatever happens during the
Bird's two games this weekend against the
Dinos, the rookies on the UBC team are
eager to get on the ice.
"It's a huge step up for me,' first-year
defender Julie Hamilton said enthusiastically. "The team's really great The coaches and
the players, they're all really supportive. It's a
great team...I'm excited about the possibilities
for improvement'
Women's Field Hockey
The UBC women's field hockey team hosts
Canada West Tournament #3 this weekend at
Livingstone Park, Downtown. The Birds' first
game is at 3pm on Friday against the
University of Manitoba. They play .again on
Saturday against Calgary at 9 am and against
Alberta at 3pm. UBC's final game of the weekend is on Sunday at 3 pm versus their closest
rivals, UVic.
Football
The Thunderbirds travel to Regina to play the
University of Regina Rams on Saturday afternoon. The Rams are last place in Canada,West
The 3-3 Birds are third place behind Calgary
and Manitoba.
COACH: Newson shares a laugh with second-
year centre Nicole Mulligan.
TOM PEACOCK PHOTO
The Birds face off against Calgary at
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre this Friday
and Saturday night at 7pm. ♦
Women's and Men's Soccer
Both teams travel to Lethbridge to face the
Pronghorns on Saturday and then on to the
Calgary to face the Dinos on Sunday. The men
are 5-1-1 and sit in second place behind
Victoria in the Canada West The women are
third place with 4-1-2 , behind Calgary and
Wic, /     :
Mens'Hockey
The stick handling Birds head to Lethbridge
for a doubjeheader this weekend       7
Swimming
The UBC swim team: vyill compete in the
Husky Relays in Seattle at the University of
Washington, its first event of the season. ♦

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