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The pre-budget Liberals
Recent polls show declining support for provincial government
 by Sarah MacNeiil Morrison
Nine months after the Liberals swept BC's
legislature, winning all but two seats and
receiving 57 per cent of the popular vote,
polls show that support for the Liberal party
is dropping. And some UBC students agree
the government could be doing better.
According to a poll done by Ispos-Reid
between December 4 and 10, British
Columbians' approval rating of the provincial government has dropped to 49 per
cent, 22 percentage points lower than in
September 2001. Forty-eight per cent of
the December poll's 800 respondents said
they disapproved of the government, compared to just 26 per cent in September.
Reaction from UBC students shows a
similar dissatisfaction. Of 100 students
who responded to a poll conducted by the
Ubyssey yesterday, 50 per cent said they
disapprove of the current provincial government. Only 37 per cent of students
polled said they approve of the Liberal
government, while 13 per cent are
YWhen asked about specific government
decisions, 40 per cent of students polled
said that they are confident the government's $15 billion tax cuts, ordered last
June, will stimulate the economy. Thirty-
nine per cent approve of the Liberal plan
to hold a referendum on Native land
treaties in BC.
These figures suggest students are less
confident about their provincial government's policies than British Columbians
generally. Forty-six per cent of those polled
by Ipsos-Reid in December said they
believe that the tax cuts will be beneficial,
and 60 per cent approve the idea of a
treaty referendum held by mail-in ballot
'When it comes to students, I think they
feel they've been kicked in the face," said
second-year Arts student Saleh Tousi.
Twenty-six per cent of students s^id
they would vote Liberal "if there was an
election today," while 2 5 per cent said they
would vote NDP and 15 per cent said they
would vote for the Green party. Most of the
other respondents were undecided.
In the Ipsos-Reid poll, a full 50 per cent
of respondents said they would still vote
Liberal. Twenty-five per cent said they
would vote NDP, and 17 per cent said they
would vote Green.
Elsa Sardinha, a first-year Arts student
at UBC, said that she is neutral towards the
provincial government. Sardinha considers herself a Liberal, but disapproves of
many of the government's policies, particularly toward education,
"Our university tuition [is] going to go
up and, as a whole, [the tax cuts are] not
going to help," she said.
But Rotem Hadary, a fifth-year comput
er science student, said that while he disapproves somewhat of the current government and thinks the tax cuts may cause
short-term problems, in the long run, they
are necessary.
"Really, in the end, that's what needs to
be done," he said.
Perhaps the dominant concern among
BC students, however, is whether BC's
tuition freeze, now in its sixth year, will
survive the government's Core Service
Review. In November, BC Minister of
Advanced Education Shirley Bond began
evaluating the freeze, as laid out in the
Liberals' New Era document of election
The government has been consulting
"with educators, students and administrators on the hidden costs to students and
institutes of previous tuition freezes that
were not properly funded by government,"
according to a fiscal review report published in June.
"Tuition has been in the agenda of the
current government and they've been
reviewing it. That's a big concern for me,
and I think that's something that students
should look out for," said Kristen Harvey,
vice-president, external, of UBC's Alma
Mater Society (AMS).
Since Bond's ministry is expected to
See "Liberals" on page 2.
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by Ai Lin Choo
The Teddy Bear Brigade, a newly formed organisation opposing the federal government's anti-terrorism legislation, said it will continue to protest the
recently passed Bill C-36 until it is convinced the
public supports the new law.
The group, which includes UBC students and professors, occupied the office of Vancouver-Quadra MP
Stephen Owen for three days
this December, shortly after the
Brigade formed. The group's
confrontation with the MP, who
represents UBC in his riding,
was inspired by a similar group
of protesters who occupied federal Justice Minister Anne
McLellan's office in Edmonton.
The protesters asked that
Owen participate in public discussions on the controversial
anti-terrorism bills. They asked
liim to pressure his government to scrap Bills C-36,
C35 and C-42 until both citizens and parliament
have had a meaningful opportunity to provide input
on the legislation. They also asked the government
to drop the charges against the protestors arrested
for occupying McLellan's office in Edmonton.
Owen agreed to speak with the protestors on
December 14, three days after they first occupied his
office. He said that he would not only participate in"
public meetings, but would also ask Justice McLellan
to drop charges against Bill C-36 protestors in
While Owen eventually conceded to the Teddy
Bear Brigade's demands for his presence at public
forums, Clayton McKee, a spokesperson for the
Organisation and a UBC student, said the group
would continue its efforts until members were convinced that enough people were educated and
understood the issue.
"I've very disappointed in the amount of knowledge that the public has regarding this," McKee said.
"However, I am also very excited that there does
seem to be momentum growing. We have not
achieved success yet, but we're on the right path.
"We believe that once people become more educated as to what's happening, there will be enough
public resistance and the government won't be able
to let these bills go through," he said.
McKee said that while he is not fundamentally
opposed to the idea of increased security, he feels
that legislators have used last year's September 11
terrorist attacks in the US as an excuse to push the
legislation forward.
"The government is passing [anti-terrorism legislation] as being in response to the terrorist attack,
but to draw up 500 pages of legislation takes years-
two or three years.
McKee said he was opposed to the way Bill C-36
will work together with Bills C-3 5 and C-42, which are
both still before parliament He said he worried that
together, the bills would "not only "criminalise dissent," but also give police unprecedented powers.
"If you interfere with [a police] vehicle or if you
threaten to interfere, you have become a terrorist,"
he said, referring to Bill C-3 5. "Police are being
given the right to have investigative hearings
instead of preliminary hearings...Under the laws
being proposed, there need not even be a case
against you."
But McKee added that he was encouraged by
Owen's efforts to participate in public discussion
and that he hoped Owen would listen to the public's
concerns, rather than simply promoting the rationale behind the bill.
Owen could not be reached for comment by
press time.
The Vancouver-Quadra MP will be speaking at
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"Liberals" continued from page 1.
receive no funding increase in this
year's provincial budget, planned
for release on February 19, many
students expect tuition to be deregulated soon.
UBC Vice-President, Students,
Barry McBride has said that if the
tuition freeze is thawed, UBC's
tuition fees could be raised as soon
as September 2002.
The Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS) is organising its
annual National Day of Action for
February 6. BC's CFS is asking the
government to improve post-secondary access by lowering fees and
increasing funding to public uni-
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versities and colleges. Rallies will
take place, at various campuses in
Vancouver and in front of the
Victoria legislature.
The AMS is also planning to
organise an event for the budget's
"For me personally, [my concern] is the frozen budget for the
next three years of post-secondary
education," said Harvey. She said
she was disappointed that the government has decided not to provide additional funding for education in the next year.
"That's a poor way to run a
healthy education system," she
said. "I'm not impressed at all."
But the Liberal government.
who inherited a $57 billion debt,
and was facing the possibility of a
deficit of $3.8 billion by 2003-2004
even before it announced its promised tax cuts, has repeatedly said
cuts in spending are necessary. All
ministries except health and education can expect cuts of up to 3 5 per
cent in the next budget The ministries of health and education
have had their budgets frozen.
Harvey, who met with Bond last
fall to discuss the tuition freeze,
said that the Liberal government
has impressed her by making an
effort to work with student representatives and that she hopes discussions will result in decisions
reflecting students' best interest ♦
The Ubyssey asked 100 UBC students:   If there were an election today, who
would you vote for?
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How do you feel about the current
Strongly approve 5%
Somewhat approve 32%
Somewhat disapprove 22%
Strongly disapprove 28%
Unsure 13%
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Elections 2002 THE UBYSSEY
Windstorm forces exam rescheduling
by Ai Lin Choo and
 Sarah MacNeill Morrison
December's windstorms, which
caused power outages across the
Lower Mainland and millions of
dollars worth of damage, also disrupted hundreds of UBC students
writing final exams.
As many as 100 exams were
affected by a loss of power at UBC
on Friday, December 14. Most
exams were rescheduled to the following Sunday or, in some cases,
postponed until this week.
According to Justin Marples,
director of classroom services, the
university had no choice but to
reschedule exams since BC Hydro
was not certain when power could
be restored to UBC.
Marples said that because of the
uncertainty surrounding restoration of power, the university officially rescheduled all exams to the
following Sunday, December 16,
while leaving further changes at
the intructors' discretion.
'Instructors were given the
choice of whether they would hold
[their exams] on Sunday, depending on whether they or their students could make it," he said. "In a
couple of cases, classes moved
from one location to another, and
held the exam where classes were
better Ut"
Marples said that while he has
received no complaints so far and
that all universities employees who
had to work extra hours were compensated, the power outage was
obviously inconvenient
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Biology professor Lacey
Samuels, whose Biology 200 exam
was rescheduled to the following
Sunday, said that while there
weren't really any other options,
the change in schedule caused serious problems for some writing
"It was difficult for many students because it changed [the date]
to the last day of Ramadan," she
said. "It also really compressed
their exam schedule." she added,
noting that many had two more
exams in the next 2 7 hours.
Russ Gordon, a third-year
Commerce student, had his
Economics 306 exam postponed
until this Friday. He said that while
he would have rather written his
exam in December and gotten it
over with, he saw the university
had few choices.
"Well, obviously it's a drag, but I
guess it's the only option they had,"
he said.
"You're back at school and
everybody's getting ready for fresh
stuff. I still have this exam hanging
over my head," he said.
Gordon said, however, that he
felt more could have been done to
find alternative exam sites in buildings with emergency lights.
"I was kind of upset/ he said.
"They had a reasonable amount of
time to find another venue. I was in
the Henry Angus Building and their
emergency lights were on in the
auditoriums." ♦
Students: Deregulated tuition will mean soaring fees
 by Shawn Jeffords
Ontario Bureau Chief
TORONTO (CUP)-Ontario students and opposition members of the provincial parliament
gathered a day after the legislature began its
holiday break. They met to send the message to
Ontario's Conservative government that deregulated tuition fees will irreparably damage colleges and universities.
Dianne Cunningham, Ontario Minister of
Training Colleges and Universities, admitted in
December that the government has considered
freeing Queen's University from government
regulations restricting tuition increases for
most undergraduate programs.
Critics say this could have a domino effect in
the province, prompting other schools to seek
greater control over tuition rates and leading to
province-wide tuition hikes.
"Deregulating tuition fees will be an unmitigated disaster for the post-secondaiy education,* said Joel Duff, Ontario chair of the
Canadian Federation of Students. "We can
already see low-income Ontarians losing
"The gap between the rich and poor has
increased and the government has allowed fees
to increase exponentially,* he said.
Students from Queen's, the University of,
Toronto (U of T), the University of Western
Ontario and George Brown College attended a
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the Acadia residences were also damaged by trees felled in the storm chris shepherd photo
December 14 press conference to oppose
deregulation. Last spring, students at Queen's
had a referendum on tuition deregulation; 91
per cent of those who voted were opposed.
'I would call upon the universities who are
defining themselves as great to dp something
great and say no, because I think greatness is
more about integrity and character than how
much money you can amass as an institution,'
said Rebecca Jaremkb-Bromwich, a student
from Queen's.
But ihe U of T is also considering deregulation.
The Bulletin, the U of T's public relations
newspaper, quoted Sheldon Levy, a university
vice-president, as saying: "There's nothing
wrong with aspiring to be one of
the best universities in the
world...but that aspiration costs
The university's administration is calling for "more flexibility" setting tuition fees for regulated programs.
"One of the things that concerns me is that the plan to introduce needs-based scholarships
will be used as a mechanism to
justify and to allow deregulation
of [tuition for] Arts and Science
students," said U of T student
association president Alex
Peter Kormos, NDP justice
and poverty critic, worries deregulated tuition fees will especially
hurt immigrant families.
"I'm from the first generation
of an immigrant family whose
children were able to go to college and university," said
Kormos. "I fear that many immigrant families now will be sending their last generation to attend
college and university."
Kormos says students are
bearing too much of the burden
when it comes to covering the
cost of education.
"A student pays 32 per cent of
the total cost of their education," he said. "We,
as a province, have to make some hard choices
about whether we want to accept and support
public education.*
Liberal education critic Marie
Bountrogianni says while she understands why
Queen's is asking for deregulated tuition, she
can't support it She says the government is
forcing students and universities into a corner.
"There isn't an evil ulterior motive on the
part of universities/ said Bountrogianni
"They're simply under-funded and they need
the money."
Bountrogianni says she has benefited greatly from the public education system and to
deregulate tuition now would be a problem that
is "hard to unscramble."
"If this government deregulates tuition I
would consider that nothing short of generational warfare," said Bountrogianni "I would
never have received three degrees if tuition had
been that high."
She also warns that the government may be
making decisions that will ultimately hurt the
province's economy.
"These students' stories are very compelling," said Bountrogianni. "I personally
know a medical student who owes $ 150,000. It
will take him years to start making any money
to pay back these loans. We have no idea how
that kind of debt will affect the economy."
Erin McCloskey, a student from the
University of Western Ontario, says that if
Cunningham deregulates tuition it will be just
another broken promise.
"When this government was elected they
said that no student should have to pay more
than 25 per cent of their education. Then they
changed that number to 35 per cent,"
McCloskey said. "Deregulating tuition won't
even allow them to keep that promise."
College students like Denise Hammond
from Toronto's George Brown College say the
move could hurt the workforce in the long term.
"I already have an enormous debt because
of university," she said. "If they're encouraging
people to go to college, get skills, and get trained
because they want to improve the workforce,
then how are we possibly going to be able to
access it?" ♦ 4      TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2002
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Le Corbusier's works rotten at last
And Ami Haraldsson's got the photos to prove it
at the Contemporary Art Gallery
until Feb. 10
by Ron Nurwisah
Icelandic-born, now Vancouver-based, Arni
Haraldsson is a photographer with a strong passion for architecture.
Firminy, on display at the Contemporary Art
Galleiy, documents the architecture of Firminy, a
French nrining town which boasts the second
largest collection of buildings designed by famed
modernist architect Charles Le Corbusier. The
town, like a number of other towns in the world,
tried to follow Le Corbusier's theoiy of urban redevelopment: 'the Radiant City.' Le Corbusier's
'utopia' would do away with sidewalks, crowded
slums, neighbourhoods and other urban 'problems' in favour of large apartment buildings separated by open spaces. The town would be further
divided into areas for work, for shopping and for
other uses. It was extremely rational, ordered and
revolutionary. It was also a dismal failure everywhere it was attempted, including in Firminy.
Haraldsson's photographs show the town three
decades after the death of Le Corbusier's dream.
The two main buildings in Le Corbusier's plan—a
large apartment building called the unite d'habita-
tion, and the town's church—are a shadow of what
Le Corbusier intended them to be.
Haraldsson's photographs show the unite only
half-occupied. The building's northern half was
abandoned in the 1980s due to budget cuts. The
church is an even sadder stoiy. It was never completed and Haraldsson's photographs show the
graffiti and vandalism adorning the buildings'
walls today.
Looking at these photos it's easy to see why Le
Corbusier's urban design was such a failure.
Amidst the small town, and the green hills of the
French countryside, the unite sticks out like a sore
thumb. It's an ugly and stark building which some
30 years of decay have not made any prettier.
The church is a similar story. A small model
provided at the exhibit shows us what the completed building would have looked like. Church authorities complained that the building's design was too
secular. Soul-destroying might have been a more
appropriate description, as Le Corbusier's design
resembles a prison more than a church. There are
no large windows, and the church's large conical
roof is described as "reminiscent of the cooling
tower of a nuclear power plant" Haraldsson's photographs of the unfinished church .'ruin' give it a
sinister feel
Le Corbusier's influence can be felt all over the
world. Le Corbusier's 'Radiant City' was an attempt
to solve common city problems like slums and
traffic jams. Unfortunately, the solution's inhumanity and ultra-rational, artificial approach to the
daily patterns of life doomed it to failure. Looking
at Firminy, I couldn't help but think of the large
housing projects and apartments so common in
Hong Kong, Singapore and China.
Le Corbusier's 'Radiant City' also influenced the
construction of inner-city projects in the United
States, a mistake that destroyed hundreds of com.:
munities and doomed thousands of fartulies. The
buildings in Firminy resemble buildings at UBCY
and/even more, those at SFU. A number of
Haraldsson's photographs will remind UBC students of such familiar sights as Buchanan Tower
and Gage Towers.
For all the criticisms Le Corbusier has received,
he was one of the most influential architects of the
20th century. 'Corbu,' as many affectionately
called him, had a vision for better cities and a better way of life and Haraldsson's photographs do
capture some of this vision. Hindsight allows us to
look at the failed: town of Firminy and the rundown buildings as mistakes of the past "What were
they thinking?' some of us may ask. Nonetheless,
there is still a certain sadness in seeing the complete and utter failure of something ultimately so
well-intentioned as Le Corbusier's dream. ♦
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My Father My King EP
Mogwai is a band from Glasgow that,
for most of the late 1990s, produced
songs of epic length and force that
received critical acclaim. Mogwai's
last album, Rock Action, not only got
critical raves, but more sales than
many would have expected for a rock
album nearly devoid of lyrics. Late
last year, seemingly as a supplement
to Rock Action, Mogwai gave us the
My Father My King EP. This disc is
one track around five times longer
than most commercial rock songs.
Unfortunately, and surprisingly for
Mogwai, nearly every one of these
minutes is a waste of
listeners' time.
It's as if Mogwai drew the structural inspiration for this song from a
drawing of a sine wave. Guitar piles
upon guitar piles upon guitar, and
then the layers are peeled on and off
the wall of sound for a third of an
hour. During their most powerful
cresCendos, the band strikes upon
some interesting dynamics between
the leading instruments, while the
most subdued passages are used
effectively to build tension to an
almost unbearable level.
The bulk of the piece falls short
The creative qualities that gave Rock
Action its depth (and popularity) are
largely absent from My Father My
King most of which is merely a lofty
stack of fuzzy chords. To avoid plummeting into tedium, any song this
long requires far more nuance than
Mogwai offers here. The presence of
countless colourless guitar lines does
not alleviate the dull quality of the
piece; it simply takes a few more listens to recognise this recording as the
formulaic bore that it is.
The end of the piece simmers
away into tiresome waves of reverberating feedback and static that
seem to serve little purpose other
than pushing the track length over the
twenty minute barrier (total: 20'12").
The last five minutes of My Father My
King are nothing that any stoned
teenager with a guitar and a few
effects pedals hasn't done before.
Most, however, don't bother to record
these wank sessions for mass distribution. On the other hand, Mogwai
wraps the whole affair in liner notes
featuring a Steve Albini production
credit, so as to foist a mundane product on an audience which has come to
expect great things. My Father My
King is a dubious move for this band,
and~ old fans and curious new listeners alike would do well to stick to
older Mogwai releases. ♦
-Michael Schwandt
At the Presentation House Gallery
Until Feb. 10
by Ron Nurwisah
Tourism can be a destructive force. Balinese beaches, Roman
ruins and pretty much everything else of natural, historical
or cultural beauty is commodifted, packaged and sold to people from around the world seeking 'adventure.' The end
result can destroy a community's spirit environment and
Korean-Canadian artist Jin-me Yoon discovers in her
exhibit Touring Home From Away that Prince Edward
Island's tourism industiy is no different The photos, taken
during her stay at a gallery in PEI, presented as 18 paired
images in double-sided lightboxes, along with two wall-
mounted works.
The first thing that I noticed about the works is the pervasiveness of Anne of Green Gables. She's much more than just
a literary character—in a number of the photos Anne is larger than life. She has become a sort of religion. Perhaps not to
the people of PEI, but to the thousands who flock to the island
every year, her fictional home is worthy of a pilgrimage.
Anne is given flesh in these photos. One pairing contrasts
a young Asian girl with and without a red pig-tailed Anne wig.
It's an image that's symbolically loaded. Where exactly does
a young Asian girl fit in with the Anne of Green
Gables myth? Perhaps as a consumer of it, but
can she truly partake in what is arguably a
white fiction?
By pairing these photos, Yoon immediately
creates contrasts. One photo of Yoon and
Native activist John Joe Sark depicts the duo
standing in what looks like a field, but on the
reverse the location is revealed as a golf
course; built on Native land and a site of land
Ideological conflict and clash are the hallmarks of these pairings. The reality of PEI
constantly runs into the fictional PEI necessary for tourism. Even Yoon's anonymous
presence—in many photos she has her back to
us—forces us to wonder where she fits in. As
an Asian woman she is essentially out of place
in many of these settings.
Perhaps the one weakness of Yoon's series
of paintings is that it explores tourism from
the vantage point of a visitor. Yoon chooses not
to include voices from within PEI, either in
text or in other photos, and as a result her works suffer from
a one-sidedness that robs them of some of their depth. Like
the artist at the end of this exhibit we remain outsiders
looking in, ♦
Like a dictionary, but with only one letter
na Roy's Sign alter i/ie'Xis a book about the
X. Where do you start writing a book like
that? Roy tells us it's the 24 th 1
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X alphabet, in ancient Phoenician. BM where can
s> she go from there? More i^ylo/la^t^is a book
X about a letter of the alphab%~^^th'r^&ig?
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Roy does an ai
philosophical and
inpointing the
ssues behind X.
iriation and oriental-
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ism all rear theirJ|£?ds,/n '_h
the book with lists of
the mood, Roy pepp
J^jfrdsjh 'his work. To lighten
words and ci ,tur ulv^f Significant items beginning
with \
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*' ■ h 1 ke the unknown quantify that
> t*    ;nt, X can and does change itself
*       d the atmosphere.
Jfedause of this fact, Roy's book is doomed to
reniailr incomplete. "In many respects it may
to lack any centre or purpose. It is riddled
it ti
X with the most symbolism "Sid:Js^
^ points out that although few words ,bjeffl^.f^i
i*, the letter crops up over and over aglMiii'c>r
X   guage, and in the strangest places.
X Roy's book delves into history, thft ^cie^ges^i;'i ^^ lacunae. It is crazed and fragmented," she
X literary theory and the very nature of Ijitpjgaa^^;.^} ites in the work's preface
Q It doesn't have a proper narrative^ IJ(sYi' Y'filer task is ultimately a frustrating one. Trying
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Kt   She traces its use in scientific educations and its
X origins in this field during the Hse'oMhe scientif-
X ic method and rationalism YJF
When European shij -. beg tjjr travelling the
world, expanding Europe ■> mfhience, X followed.
When slaves, natives a id o Ji^r illiterates' needed
to sign Europein Lonlraits   Lhey signed with,
what else, ai X X becanie a »i neric marker to
incorporate and subjuyte the exotic. X, Roy says,
gives the unknovvn a temporary identity, allowing
X it to be owred subji(gjted and exploited,
s^       Roy'^ bock also noj.es X's role in pop culture: X-
*. rj>Vd, the XFJes, the XM«A, GenerationX. Each
1 erecjf e^o'thing, you realise it has escaped your
' gr^Vgo^ick again.
*■ /•* Furthermore, by writing a book, her work and
ideas ,ir? ir-ipj>ed by the page, bound by the covers, A ;»oh> iulofi'siijijj literary experiment would
use a fluid mpun.in, like the Internet, to docu-
ment Llv leiler X Vli^'-ions could be done to the
woik in perpi'luilv. \
Yet, for this book'^flaws and shortcomings,
credit should sUU bt! jji\ en Tho end result is not a
light read and jt its wortt tin be dense and theoretical but at its best U shed^ iiiuih new light on
something as basic as a It 'er •>
—Ron Nurwisah
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Strangway strikes again
The debate about accessibility of post-secondaiy
education got a lot more relevant recently.
Former UBC President David Strangway's plan
to build a private university came one step closer to reality as he and business partners purchased a 97-hectare, $1.7 million site northeast
of Squamish, a town halfway between
Vancouver and Whistler.
What is really threatening about the new
'Strangway U' isn't that it's being built by a
man like Dr Strangway, who, though extremely successful at fundraising, led to large-scale
corporatisation of UBC. What's really worrisome is that Strangway is planning to charge
tuitions fees double or triple that of the rest of
the universities in the province. It is estimated that a Bachelor's degree will cost $90,000
and take as little as two years to complete.
That's compared to the $40,000, four year
structure used by most universities.
The rationale behind a private university
is that there is a market for high-qualify,
high-priced education. But this could be
applied to a number of well-established public services. Just look at health care. Clearly
people are willing to pay more for health
care, but what would the result be? Fewer
people able to afford health care. Applying
the same logic to education, ask yourself:
would it benefit Canadians, on the whole, to
be less educated?
Critics are always quick to protest corporate
influences on Canadian campuses, arguing that
soft drink exclusivity deals and buildings named
after logging companies compromise academic
objectivily and legitimacy. But the creation of
private universities is much more dire than this.
As soon as Strangway U begins charging
$90,000 per student and using that money to
lure professors away from public* institutions it
will hurt those who cannot afford his elitist and
exclusive university.
The future of public post-secondary education in Canada is already looking dim. The 1996
census showed that more than 40 per cent of
professors at Canadian universities are over the
age of 50, meaning that—within the next ten
years—a huge number of professors will be lost
to retirement. What will happen after this?
Universities are already too dependent upon
underpaid sessional instructors.
Should not demand for an education system
of higher quality indicate a need for more public
funding to existing universties, as opposed to
greater funding to one that serves fewer students? This isn't a matter of people having to settle for a Ford instead of a Mercedes. It shouldn't
be about status. It should be about the provincial
and federal governments providing reliable,
affordable education.
This is not really a protest so much as it's a
warning. When the BC Liberals scrap the
tuition freeze that BC students have enjoyed
for the past six years (and there is very little
doubt they will) and give Strangway's university a charter to grant degrees, getting a
degree in this province is going to get a lot
more exclusive. Let's just hope we graduate
before it's too late.»>
December 6 forgotten
by many
I was a student at UBC a few years
ago. In that time I served on the
AMS External Commission and the
now defunded Not On Our
Campus] project The Not On Our
Campus! project was dedicated to
funding and supporting projects to
tackle racism, sexism,
homophobia, ableism and
classism at UBC. One of the
projects that was funded, once
through the External Commission
and then again through a
resolution of AMS Council, was a
project to erect a memorial on
campus to remember the
December 6 Montreal Massacre
and promote awareness of the
violence women suffer in society
and on campuses nationwide.
Many groups were involved in the
project: the Association for
Engineering Women (who came up
with the idea), UBC administration
officials and AMS Council. The
project was announced in a news
article in ital2 the Ubyssey. At the
last meeting I attended, a plan was
hatched to announce a
competition for students to design
a memorial. A panel of UBC
students   were   to   judge   the
applications along with UBC
architecture and landscape design
personnel. Everyone was very
excited. The project was to have
been completed by Spring 2001.
It is one of the sad facts of student politics that there is not a very
long institutional memory when
decisions are made and commitments are established. It seems
that not only student politicians
have forgotten, but so have members of the student body^ the
administration and the student
press. I urge AMS Council to "rediscover" a commitment it made
years ago, in dollars and in effort,
to raising awareness about this
important issue.
-Erin C. Kaiser
New York City
Breaking contracts: a
Pandora's box
There has been a great deal of
speculation and media coverage
regarding the possible legislative
intervention. into existing public
service collective agreements by
the provincial Liberal government
As we are told, the government is
considering arbitrarily opening collective agreements that are current
ly in force and effect some agreements that have been negotiated
through collective bargaining and
perhaps others where the government imposed the terms of settlement Unions, and more importantly, the members that may be
affected, are hospital employees
(HEU), nurses (BCNU), technicians
(HSA), government workers
(BCGEU), other public employees
(CUPE) and maybe even more.
We hear wages could be rolled
back, terms and conditions
changed and contract provisions
cancelled, all in the name of flexibility. Employers seeking more
flexibility in the workplace is not a
new demand, nor is it restricted to
the public sector. I would be surprised if there is one union that
hasn't faced a demand for more
flexibility at the bargaining table by
an employer over the last 2 5 years.
The Liberals claim they need more
flexibility to meet both their commitments and public demands to
maintain quality health and education in BC.
Much of the discussion, debate
and comment has equated a union
contract or collective agreement as
analogous to any contract in business. Simply put, a contract is a'
contract which should be respected. A collective agreement between
an employer and a trade union is
much more than just a business
deal; it represents a fundamental
and profound social contract
embraced by the wartime Privy
Council Order 1003 (PC1003)
passed in 1944. The Canadian federal government enacted PC 1003
following the US Wagner Act The
act was followed by similar legislation throughout the provinces.
This legislation reflected a compromise that was designed to end
decades of acrimonious conflict
and confrontation, bring stability to
labour relations in Canada and protect the public interest in the event
of a labour dispute. Canadian history is replete with such epic struggles as the 1919 Oshawa
Autoworkers' Strike. PC 1003
ensured workers could organise,
form unions, file grievances and
have access to collective bargaining. Employers were assured of
labour peace without strike or lockout during the term of the contract
The Liberals should be warned,
achieving flexibility by breaking
union contracts may also open a
Pandora's Box and return BC to
labour conflict not seen in 70 years.
-Dan Goy
Canadian Union of Skilled
Defending the art of
If not for a class (English, ironically),
I would certainly have attended the
Ubyssey's culture and news meetings on Tuesday, if just to have had
the chance to raise my objections to
a recent waste of column inches in
Page Friday, The WjyssejMagazine.
It's the first time I've actually picked
up your tabloid. Too bad.
I may be a mature student, but
I'm a young' 45. I may have 25
years of professional experience as a
journalist, both print and broadcast,
the last ten of those with the far-too-
serious CBC, but I still recognise a
place for humour when it's actually
funny. I may even have done one or
two useless reviews of plays and
films in my time due to sloth.
However, rarely have I seen such
a waste of space and an expression
of frat-house vacuity as I read in
"Lord of the Weak Rings," by Nic
Fensom [Jan. 4J. I don't know if I can
fault the reviewer, obviously a
reviewer of little or no experience,
since it's the responsibility of the
editor, at least in my experience, to
vet this crap before it gets printed.
I am not defending Lord of the
Rings as a film, although I did find it
worthy epic storytelling based on
books that I read some 30 years ago.
But I am defending the art of review
and criticism.
It's not just the little things, the
basics of review, that were missing
in Mr Fensom's _, such as
a brief plot line. Perhaps the director's and cinematographer's names,
or the names of a few cast members
and a judgment of their performances would have been appropriate.
Wouldn't it have? And, please, don't
try to use the excuse that everyone
already knew the story, the director
and the cast because of the mass of
publicity. That is not the point The
point is this is not (please
say it's not) representative of the
type of cultural perspective that the
paper of record for an institution
such as UBC offers. Or, maybe I
need to attend a kegger or two to better understand your readership. We
used to have an expression in the
real world that you wrote to a readership with the average education of
Grade 8. What was your average in
this case. Grade 4? The only thing
that was missing was a fart joke.
To quote Mr Fenson himself,
with the final word of paragraph six,
to describe bis effort, it was "shit"
-Dave Brindle
Arts 1
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Women's volleyball takes down undefeated Dinos
by Trevor Kew
Returning to War Memorial Gym on Friday after the holiday break the women's volleyball team faced a daunting
opponent—the undefeated Calgary Dinos. The Birds, coming into the contest ranked second in their division with a
6-4 record, were staring through the net at the Dinos team
which had surrendered only eight sets all season.
But the Birds had two reasons to be confident They had won their previous four
matches and, perhaps more importantly, All-
Canadian middle blocker Kaley Boyd was
making her much-anticipated return to UBC
from the national team.
The Friday match ended in a 3-1 loss for
the Thunderbirds, but 1he outcome might
have been different if not for a UBC collapse
in lhe second set After dropping the first set 25-17, the
Birds had Calgary at match point in the following frame,
but could not drive in the final nail. The Dinos surged
ahead for a dramatic 27-25 victoiy. UBC rebounded to
win the third set 25-16, before falling 25-22 in the fourth.
The following night, the T-Birds took a quick 2-0 lead
and seemed to have victory in sight as they held a 24-21
lead in the third set The Dinos' determination
reappeared, however, as Calgary stormed back to take the
frame 26-24. UBC regained its poise in the fourth set
Through strong play by the starting line-up, along with an
impressive performance by substitute Jaclyn Cross, UBC
took the match 3-1.
At the match's conclusion, UBC's bench emptied onto
the court in jubilation. Even the trainers, Amanda Nichol
and Shannon Seid, could hardly contain their delight over
beating the top-ranked Dinos. And Coach Doug Reimer
feels defeating the formerly undefeated Dinos may be a
critical milestone on the road to Nationals.
"The Calgary coach said to me that this could be a turning point for both teams, and I think that could be the
case," he said. "Winning here lets us know that this is the
team   we   want   to   play   against   in
Cross, a 6'0* second-year middle
blocker, said that the team was simply
*m | "sick and tired of losing" sifter the 3-1 loss
l»\ if4i Friday, and that she is confident UBC has
the talent to contend for the National title.
The return of Boyd to the line-up may
be the catalyst for the team's winning
chemistry. The four-year UBC veteran is thrilled to be
back. "I'm just really happy to be back with my team, with
my girls," she said,
"We're on the up-slope towards Nationals. I think that
this year we started out slow, but now we're working
together, and by Nationals we'll be at our peak, which is
were we want to be," she said.
, Bqyd said her eight months with the national team
were a "great experience" that allowed her to travel
around the world and that gave her an opportunity to
work on techniques she hopes to bring back to UBC.
The Thunderbirds are on the road next weekend
against the 0-12 Regina Cougars. They return home to
face Alberta on January 18. ♦
V-ball men split Calgary
 by Scott Bardsiey
Sometimes you have your good
nights, sometimes not
For the UBC men's volleyball
team—which, coming into 2002 with
a 1-9 record, has had a lot of bad
nights—last Friday was very good: the
team gave the home crowd an exciting win Over a dismal Calgary. But
things turned sour once again on
Saturday when the reinvigorated
Dinos outplayed the Birds three sets
to one, leaving UBC in post-mortem
mode, reflecting on its unfortunate
On Friday night the Birds jumped
straight into the first set taking—and
keeping—an early lead. Calgary kept
pace for the first 15 minutes, but the
Birds rapidly widened the gap to win
UBC kept its momentum in the
second set until Calgary, trailing 10-
16, called a time-out At the Dino huddle; an angry Dino player, Andy
Holland, gave his team a curt assessment of its terrible performance that
evening. Frustrated with their play
and seeking a turnaround, the Dinos
stormed back on to the court and took
a 21-20 lead. But the Birds soon
regained the lead and a slick kul from
captain Chad Grimm iced the aggressive set 26-24 for the Birds.
The Dinos' vigorous play let
Calgary take the third set 25-18, but
that was the only set of the night the
Dinos outplayed the Birds. UBC
reasserted its dominance in the
fourth set with plenty of fire-power
from Grimm and powers Robyn
English and Danny Long. The Birds
won the set 25-20 and, with it, took
it) ■.,1
the night's two points.
The Thunderbirds' second conference win in eleven games was very
satisfying for the team.
"[The win] feels good, felt like we
had control the whole night and the
guys were gelling a lot more," libero
Mark Yuen said.
"Calgary was awiul and we had to
take advantage of them," coach Dale
Ohman said. "The key for us was definitely our serving.
That's one of the keys
for us all the time:
we're a pretty aggressive serving team."
For a team that's
had confidence problems, those problems
certainly didn't show Friday.
"We pulled through where we
needed to. That was the difference,"
middle Ryan Cawsey said.
Much like the two teams' previous
match-ups this season, the Dinos
came out far stronger on the second
night of play, walking away with a
win. But while in November the Birds
lost their second contest disastrously,
failing to win a single set, last
Saturday's match was much closer.
The T-Birds came out strong in the
first set Though they fell behind 13-
10 at one point they bounced back to
a big 25-18 win. For a while it even
looked like the Birds might have a
serious chance of a weekend sweep.
But those hopes were soon
dashed. In the next three sets,
Calgary showed why the Dinos are
the second-place team in Canada
West's Mountain Division. Calgary
smacked the Birds in two sets, 25-17
and 25-20. Then the Birds collapsed
'■ *A.
UBC's basketball teams are on a roll—a
big pjI1. lhe men's learn tock down
Winnipeg 71-65 on Friday and S4-68 on
Saturday, guing the Birds a four conference grime winning streak Kyle Russell
led tlie team in scoring both games, netting $9 points total.
The women are kicking even more
ass than the men—they're now en a six
conference-game winning s-Ueuk. Last vu'tkend, the
women whomped Winnipeg 71-60 Sr.hir.lay and 65-56
Sunday. In the first game, four piajers broke mto dou-
in the fourth as Calgary clobbered
them in a massive 25-15 win. The
Dinos took the night's match three
sets to one.
"[The Dinos] came out and played
out a heck of a lot better than they did
last night," Grimm said on Saturday.
"We were kind of in the middle of the
road. It wasn't a walk, but it wasn't
necessarily a battle to the end either."
Grimm is nonetheless pleased
with UBC's steady
improvement over the
"We're a young
group," he said.
"Although the results
aren't there, we're
improving every day.
Eveiyone's working hard. No one's
throwing in the towel. I think it'll
come around, hopefully soon."
English, who made an impressive
14 kills and 17 digs over the two
matches, said that ability-wise, the T-
Birds should be doing much better
than they are, but they just can't seem
to get into the right mind-set
"We easily have talent..but it's just
attitude. We don't have the winning
attitude at the end of the game. It's
like we think we can win, but we
don't believe we can win and that's a
problem. Everything has to be perfect
in order for us to win right now,"
he said.
On the bright side, the team now
has its second conference win and
has a good chance at doubling its
points in the standings next weekend
when UBC travels to Saskatchewan to
face Regina. With a spectacularly bad
0-12 record, the Cougars should be
easy prey for the Birds. ♦
ble-digit   scoring,   with   Sheila
Townsend leading with 16 points.
Ice Hockey
Both hockey teams were smoked
by Alberta. The men were creamed
4-0 Friday and then were defeated
again on Saturday by a slighiy-bet-
ter-but-still-poor 2-0 score. They
now stand at 2-104.
The women's team was absolutely blown away by the
visiting Alberta Pandas. The T-Birds lost 7-0 on Friday
and 10-1 Saturday. ♦


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