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The new AMS executives, who
have been trained by the outgoing
executives for the last month, took
over after yesterday's AMS annual
general meeting.
"I feel very confident about the
year ahead,* Harvey said.  "The
new executive is very determined.
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we're very focused on ensuring that the AMS reaches out to more students then it currently does.*
Harvey took over as president, Chris Lythgo as vice-
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Learn as VP External and Oana Chirila as VP
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Students slate.
Harvey said the new AMS executive will focus on
tuition, improving communication with students,
and reallocating the space currently occupied by the
Bank of Montreal, which is to be vacated April 1.
Harvey criticised the university's plan to increase
undergraduate tuition to the national average, saying
that UBC should decide where new money will go
and how much is needed before proposing tuition
increases. Harvey also said she is concerned about a
current proposal which would have graduate students' tuition fees based on national averages, as
determined by faculty.
The AMS passed a motion earlier this year opposing all forms of differential tuition.
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As UBC administrators propose tuition, increases to reflect Canada's
national average, many students are questioning the rationale behind
th© principle of the proposal.
Annitie Gauthier, Graduate Student Society (GSS) president, called
UBC's current discussions regarding national averages, or peer national averages, problematic and questioned why the university feels compelled to compare itself with other universities nationally,
"Why is the national average good? Do we want to be the national
average in quality as well? Because we're already significantly above
that," she said.
In preliminary figures released by the administration, undergraduate programs and graduate research-based programs will see a rise in
the national average over the next three years, while post-baccalaureate programs will rise to peer national averages tuition levels and professional programs will rise to reflect the cost of instruction.
GaulMer said that ihere should be a more rational way of deter-
mining tuition levels,
"Set (educational goals and priorities], determine how much that's
going to cost, look at the current spending of the university, be able to
be efficient with that spending, and then see whether tuition increases
are needed,' she said.
But Brian Sullivan, vice president, students, stressed that the proposal is still very rough, and on-going student consultation will be central to finalising the proposal.
Many students criticised the proposal this week at various meetings
wft Sullivan,
GSS representative Dave Tompkins said he couldn't support a proposal that was based on the market-based value of a degree. He said it
wasn't right for the university to compare its tuition fees primarily to
schools in Ontario—carrently some of the highest in Canada,
Under the current proposal, post&accalaureate programs are being
compared to other nations! -universities on the basis of research.
Tompkins said that after increasing tuition fees in Ontario, the
provincial fpvernment cut funding to its universities. He said that by
reflecting the national average of universities in Ontario, UBC was setting "public policy,* and expressed fear the BC government would, follow suit
But Sullivan, who acknowledged students had to absorb a government cut in Ontario, said he did not believe it would be the same in BC
as the provincial government has frozen funding to post-secondaiy
Institutions for the next three years,
Tompkins added he would be more inclined to accept a tuition policy that would reflect the cost of instruction, a policy that has been met
with division in the DBG community,- . -
. The GSS has: a policy opposing differential taitioa, the basing of
tuition levels on the cost of instruction
"Hie OSS opposes differential tuition on all levels. The only thing
{the university) agreed to is.Yno differential tuition for research-based
programs, Thafs not the answer, in the GSS's opinion. So it's a question of how they're determining those levels/ she said.
Hie Alma Mater Society {AMS) has a similar policy opposing differential tuitions. In an AMS referendum held last year students were
asked if they supported the idea, and a majority of voters opposed the
Iel raising undergraduate fees to the national average, Sullivan
admits students in three programs—Commerce, Computer Science,
and Pharmacy—wil end up paying more per credit than students in
other programs,
"If a 30-credit program like Commerce had a target rate that was a
little different over time, then obviously at the end of three years.
Commerce students would be paying an amount per credit that would
be greater than Arts and Sciences/ he said,
Sullivan noted that while the administration was fully aware of student opposition to deferential tuition, he does not believe new tuition
rates will result in that
"1 mink it would be fair to say that ifs not a desire to have differential tuition, it's out of adherence to this principal of approximating
the national average," he said.
But while many students have voiced opposition to differential
tuition, some Commerce students are supportive of the university's
Grant Cheng, a third-year Commerce student; said he supports what
he's heard fromthe proposal so far. He said that as long as increased
tuition fees are justified by the university's expenses, he agrees with
"I would say that |a tuition increase| would increase the university's
competitiveness because it has more money to deal with-We're just
tjyingto stay on pax with other Canadian universities and you're going
to have to make some sacrifices...you can't keep eveiyone happy," he
said,  <
While he said he supports increasing tuition as long as it improves
tlie quality of education, thnd-year Commerce student Hafeez. jiwa
acknowledged thatthere has to be a principle of fairness in increasing
tuition across faculties.
"& may not be such a bad idea to increase tuition, because people
actually using the education pay for it, and if they increased it all proportionally, then 1 don't see the problem with it" he said. <**
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THE CONCERNED STUDENTS PIT: The Conversation Pit hosted a forum on tuition increases yesterday where UBC VP Brian Sullivan answered students' questions, nic fensom photo
UBC talks tuition
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
The price of a UBC degree is fluctuating this week, as the university
administration discusses tuition-fee
increases with students, deans and
department heads.
Following the provincial government's decision last month to end
BC's six-year tuition-fee freeze, the
UBC administration is developing a
proposal to increase tuition, which
they plan to take to the university's
Board of Governors (BoG) next week.
According to UBC's Vice-
President of Students Brian Sullivan,
the administration will propose to
raise tuition for September 1 of this
But that means a scramble to consult with students and to prepare
documents. UBC must to send the
university's budget to the provincial
government on April 1, which
means that if tuition is to be raised,
the BoG must approve the increase
at its next meeting on March 14.
Proposals, therefore, must be ready
to go to committee meetings by the
end of next week.
Tuition deregulation was
announced only on February 11 and
UBC has yet to receive a detailed
budget letter from the government
This rush has students worrying
that long-term plans about tuition
will be unprepared, and not scrutinised properly.
At Wednesday night's Alma Mater
Society (AMS) Council meeting,
Sullivan brought "tenative, preliminary" figures to student representatives, figures that would see tuition
fees for undergraduate and research-
based graduate programs rise to the
national average by 2004. This
would leave most undergraduate students paying $3580 per year, after
three years. Fees in some professional graduate programs are expected to rise to full-cost recovery levels-
equal to the cost paid by international students.
At the Graduate Student Society
(GSS) meeting Thursday night,
Sullivan had prepared tentative figures for most the graduate programs, but GSS councillors questioned many of the administration's
figures, and said that the tuition
plans were incomplete since they
did not contain proposals for financial packages for graduate students.
Sullivan said the consulation
process was still in progress, and
that he would include the students'
opinions in his report to the BoG.
But students needed firm numbers.
"I think a work-in-progress seven
days before it's being presented is
appalling,' GSS president-elect Brian
de Alwis said at the meeting. He
called the current process "slapdash," and recommended that the
university take another year to "carefully craft" a tuition policy.
Jake Stein, a zoology graduate student at the meeting, criticised the
university for rushing its policy due
to external pressures.
"The provincial government is
making [administrators] do that and
they're not standing up for the students," he said.
At a tuition forum in the SUB
conversation pit yesterday afternoon, Sullivan admitted that the
rushed timeline "could certainly
compromise what people think is an
appropriate consultation process."
And as they review the tentative
figures, many students are complaining are about the numbers the
university is using, based on comparisons between UBC and other
Canadian institutions.
Following earlier recommendations by BC's University President's
Council (TUPC) to the provincial government, UBC is planning to raise
most undergraduate tuition fees to
the national average. For most graduate programs, the university is basing proposed tuition rates of the
rates of other Canadian schools it
considers 'peer institutions.'
But the AMS is concerned that the
numbers being used are skewed
towards higher-cost programs and
institutions, and are not reflective of
tuition rates across Canada
AMS President Kristen Harvey
said the Nursing Undergraduate
Society disapproved of UBC's choice
of peer institutes for comparison.
The proposed Nursing tuition was
based solely on tuition levels at the
University of Toronto, where tuition
is    currently    $5405.     Nursing
Undergraduate Society Vice-
President, External, Meaghan
Thumath believes the national average is under $3000. Tuition at UBC
is currently $2181.
Thumath questions the use of
peer institutions as benchmarks for
tuition levels.
"My problem is that [the administration's] claim is that all undergraduate programs are based on the
national average, and Nursing is an
undergraduate program, so why is it
being based on peer institutions like
the post-baccalaureate program?"
she said.
At the GSS meeting, being questioned by graduate students about
the choice of peer institutions for
various programs, Sullivan said
there could be different definitions
of peer institutions, and that in some
cases, the university was considering
peer institutions to be those which
had already achieved UBC's goals for
the near future.
Harvey said the AMS was currently verifying the university's figures
with those of Statistics Canada.
But student societies have also
been disappointed with the university's proposed plans for financial aid.
The AMS has passed policies calling
for the university to allocate any revenue from tuition increases to
improvements to student services.
Emphasising once again that
numbers were tentative, Sullivan
said at the AMS Council meeting that
the university expected to see
increased revenue of about $47.7
million next year, some of that from
tuition fees.
About $20.8 million of this could
be spent on university commitments
like faculty settlements, a one-time
debt repayment, benefit costs, and
multi-year repayments.
"Some of the money...has to go to
meeting current commitments," said
Sullivan. "Sustaining is important.
We want to halt further erodement"
A proposed budget considered
allocating $12.3 million to learning
and student support, which could
include academic advising, counselling services, library acquisitions,
and athletics. Under the proposal,
$8.9 million would be allocated to
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Kyle is a 22-year-old hairdresser living in Winnipeg. Reinventing his
image through his hair, he transforms it from long, Rastafarian-style
braided hair extensions to a short blue Zoolander-type coif. His fashion
obsession also reveals itself in his collection of clothes, especially his affinity for 'cool' pants.
Kyle grew up in a religious community in rural Manitoba, and when he
came out to family and friends in early high school, he was greeted with disapproval and condemnation, even though these people had speculated that
he was gay for years.
As a child, he was constantly teased—called a 'girl' and a 'faggot' He says
he has always felt a greater closeness to his mother and sister than to his
father and his few male friends.
'I remember walking hi the schoolyard with a friend, and I told Trim that
. I felt like a girl—that I looked like a boy, but felt like a girl,' confesses Kyle.
But Kyle, stung by the scorn of his family and friends, quickly became willing to seek a 'cure.'
With the help of his parents, Kyle entered New Hope, an ex-gay ministry
designed to help gays and lesbians walk away from homosexuality.
"New Hope is an organisation that exists under the umbrella of the
Exodus International Ministry. Exodus acts like a union, in a sense, and protects people from false ministries, through referrals and interaction,'
explains Kyle.
He attended a year-long 'reparative therapy' program at a branch near
San Francisco. New Hope, as Kyle describes, is a sort of Bible school that gave
him the opportunity to leave the gay lifestyle.
"We went to classes,' says Kyle. "They were kind of like Bible studies
except that they dealt mostly with gay issues. We asked God to reveal the gay
truth to us.'
While Kyle believes that people do not choose to be gay or straight, in his
opinion, homosexuality and Christianity cannot coexist
"I felt that I had only poor male relationships, and since I was seeking
male affirmation, I thought that attending would help me to have 'normal'
relationships with other guys. The two things might not be homosexually
related, but I believe they are,' asserts Kyle.
Exodus is a 'nonprofit, interdenominational Christian organisation promoting the message of 'freedom from homosexuality through the
power of Jesus Christ," according to its website, www.exodusintl.org.
It's official policy on homosexuality 'upholds heterosexuality as God's creative intent for humanity, and subsequently views homosexual statements as
outside of God's will.' Combined with existing links from outside North
America, Exodus boasts a total of over 135 ministries in 17 countries.
In ex-gay ideology, homosexuality is a form of sexual brokenness that is
"ordinarily attributed to the absence of a loving father, except when the
homosexual in question had a loving father, in which case it's blamed on
peer rejection, an overbearing mother, sexual molestation or whatever factors fit,' summarised ex-gay researcher Michelle Goldberg, in a written
analysis of the organisation.
Kyle was one of about 20 other gay men seeking an escape from homosexuality during his program at New Hope. Kyle admits that the success rate
of the organisation is very low, only about 30 to 40 per cent, a statistic that
is used by gay-positive organisations to combat what they see as the dangers
of this movement
Dr Nada Stotland, head of the American Psychiatric Association's (ARA)
joint committee on public affairs condemns the existence of ex-gay
'All the evidence would indicate that this is the way people are born. We
treat disease, not the way people are,' says Stotland.
Despite this, the ex-gay movement is not going away. Exodus
International North America has existed since 1976, and "has grown to
include over 100 local ministries in the US and Canada.'
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Exodus's website also provides testimonials of what they call ex-gay success stories.
Michael Babb, for example, attributes his homosexuality to his parents'
divorce, and subsequent lack of a male role model. After getting married, he
began to have affairs with men, and after his wife discovered this, he sought
help from the church and today boasts that he is happily married, despite
occasional homosexual desires.
Exodus statistics show that degrees of change in sexual orientation are
possible, for those desiring to change. Success is measured by 'attaining
abstinence from homosexual behaviours, lessening of homosexual temptations, strengthening [the] sense of masculine or feminine identify as well as
correcting distorted styles of relating with members of the same and opposite gender.'
Kyle admits that he did
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have a brief relationship
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gay bar.
"Sure I've been intimate with
men since my return from New
Hope,' says Kyle. "You can go to
Weight Watchers and lose 20
pounds and then gain it all back
again, or be sober for years and
then have a drink. I don't think
it makes my decision to walk
away from homosexuality any less legitimate. I think that homosexuality is a
symptom of a deeper problem.'
Since returning from his year with New Hope, Kyle has become involved
with another ex-gay organisation called New Direction, based out of Toronto.
"We are a Christian-based organisation, but we don't tell people what to
think. We just provide information, and let people know that they really need
to look at both sides of the issue and make a decision that they feel is right
for them, as opposed to being told by the gay community that this is who they
are and that they don't have a choice,' insists Tye Gamey, New Direction's
executive director.
The organisation offers support groups for people who wish to abandon
"It's really not a homosexual issue. It really comes down to dysfunctional
same-sex relationships,' asserts Gamey.
Insisting that there is no scientific research that conclusively proves that
homosexuality is genetic, Gamey does believe that people are born with the
propensity to be either straight or homosexual, and that it is something we
Gamey stresses that New Direction does not see its purpose as reforming
gays, but contends they 'exist as a support network for people who have
come to the decision on their own that being gay or lesbian is really not who
they feel they are.'
Gamey, who describes himself as a reformed gay man, says that when he
was involved in the gay community 20 years ago, there was no help available
to gays wanting out.
"I was gay, and there were no alternatives because people for the most
part are told, either by the media, our culture or the gay community, that if
you have these feelings or if you have had gay experiences and were not
repulsed by them, then~you are gay," he says. "When you embrace your
homosexuality, the gay community accepts you unconditionally. But when
you start to question it, they judge you and say you are crazy.'
After marrying young, Gamey admits his commitment to his marriage
was marred by a series of affairs with men, starting in his first year of marriage and lasting for about five years.
"In 1986,1 sought counselling, as I was basically living a double life and
my marriage was a sham,' says Gamey.
After getting involved with an ex-gay ministry, he and his wife went to
counselling together, which helped him to understand his struggle with
"My parents were hoping for a girl when I was born, and I think that knowledge has been detrimental to my acceptance of my masculinity,' he says.
Although Gamey and his wife have been married nearly 20 years, the
struggle continues.
"I'll admit that my physical relationship with my wife is more of a challenge than it is in other marriages, but we've also been through more important things together than other couples have,' says Gamey.
At the annual meeting of the APA in May of this year, Dr Robert Spitzer, a
psychiatrist at Columbia University, announced that his studies have led riim
to believe that gays can change.
According to Spitzer's research, his non-religious study involved interviewing 200 people, mostly men, who had
experienced 'a significant shift from homosexual to heterosexual attraction, which had
lasted for at least five years.' ,
With most of those interviewed asserting
that their religious faith was very important to
them, the study, rejected by the Board of the
APA, is something that ex-gay and reparative
therapy agencies use to affirm their position.
However, his findings also indicate that complete change through the cessation of all
homosexual fantasies and attraction is unlikely.
onnie Kaye, a counsellor for women whose husbands are gay, has
counselled over 6000 women. Her website, www.gayhusbands.com,
offers a variety of support services for women and men, including an
account of Kaye's own experience as wife to a gay man.
According to Kaye, gay men get married to women for a variety of reasons, but most often in an effort to 'get straight' In a hetero-normative culture that responds positively to images of men and women but not to those
of same-sex relationships, gays and lesbians are often caught in between.
"Homosexuality is still viewed as a distortion or perversion. Because of
this, many gay people who feel out of place in the gay world have the need to
feel they 'belong' in the heterosexual one—and what better way than to
marry?" she comments.
Since her own marriage to a gay man collapsed, Kaye has been providing
information to women who need help coping with the knowledge of their
husband's true sexuality.
"If you identify yourself as gay or bisexual, then chances are you are participating in some kind of sexual activity outside your marriage. Justify it as
you may, but this is infidelity. If you are gay and have the need to be part of
the gay world, I am all for it, but not at the expense of your wife who is sitting at home worrying day in and day out about what is wrong with her,'
Kaye says.
n a recent attempt at heterosexuality, Kyle has started dating a girl with
whom he has had a friendship for several years. The transition from
friends to lovers is something he sees as natural.
"She's been there every time I've met men in gay bars. What's the difference between her finding other men attractive and myself finding other men
attractive? As long, as I don't cheat on her, we don't [have a] problem,'
argues Kyle.
The tendency to reduce 'the wife' in a marriage to the role of a non-sexual chum is an aspect of Exodus that has received criticism.
"This idealisation of marriage dovetails with one of the ex-gay movement's shadow agendas—the restoration of [the] woman to her 'proper'
place,' writes Goldberg.
Also, the argument that homosexuality is caused by a variety of reasons-
overbearing mothers, lack of male role models, divorce—often places the
responsibility solely on the mother of a homosexual.
One woman got involved with Exodus because her son told her he was
gay. She was devastated, blaming her antecedent of single-motherhood.
While the movement appears to be working for some of its followers, critics fear that it forces heterosexual women into one of two positions; they are
either responsible for their child's sexual 'deviation,' or they are expected to
accept marriage to a 'reformed' homosexual husband.
In February of this year, the ex-gay movement was criticised once again,
this time by one of the leaders of an ex-gay organisation in the United
Kingdom called Courage.
Jeremy Marks, the director of Courage, announced that he and his group
were severing ties with parent organisation Exodus International.
"None of the people we've counselled have converted no matter how
much effort and prayer they've put into it,' stated Marks.
According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a gay rights organisation in the United States, the conservative right has embraced the ex-gay
movement, spending thousands of dollars on ad campaigns to direct homosexuals to Jesus.
One ad featured NFL football star Reggie White, an anti-gay activist In
perhaps the most controversial of the ads, a five-year-old boy blows out candles under the headline "From Innocence to AIDS, One Mother's Plea to the
Parents of Homosexuals.'
Moreover, people that have walked away from the ex-gay movement
deplore its tendency to compare homosexuality and diseases.
"Jehovah's Witness magazines speak of homosexuality in trite psychoanalytical terms—an absent father and a domineering mother yield a homosexual boy,' said Paul Williams, a critic of the ex-gay movement.
Karen Hindman, a former deliverance minister whose work had her
believing that homosexuals could be set free from same-sex desires by casting out the homosexual demon, wrote in her personal account of ex-gay ministries that "homosexuality is the natural affection for us and to go against it
is unnatural. From my vast experience as a deliverance minister, you can be
celibate or in denial, but there is no such thing as ex-gay.'
In a statement put forth to the public, the board of the APA unanimously
declared that "the very existence of therapy that is supposed to change people's sexuality, even for people who don't take it, is harmful because it
implies that they have a disease. There is evidence that the belief itself can
trigger depression and anxiety.'
The HRC has also issued a publication in which it reveals how ex-gay ministries and reparative therapy programs can cause irreparable psychological
damage to those who endeavour to change their sexual orientation.
Entitled Finally Free: How Love and Self-Acceptance Saved Us from the
Ex-Gay Ministries, the publication was released in the summer of 2000, and
is described by the HRC as a "landmark collection of personal stories of people who have survived the ex-gay ministries, and have come forward to warn
others about their harm.'
The collection of 14 personal stories is dedicated to Stuart Mathis, a gay
Mormon who, after being unable to change his sexual orientation, committed suicide. In his last note, reprinted in the introduction to the publication,
he remarked that "the church has no idea that as I type this letter, there are
surely boys and girls on their calloused knees imploring God to free them
from this pain.'
"The sad fact is that the ex-gay ministries will be around for a long time,
no matter how many scandals and embarrassments they have,' remarks
Wayne Besen of the HRC. "They will be there as long as people are made to
feel ashamed of who they are. Ex-gay ministries prey on desperate, vulnerable people, conning them out of their money.'*> '   Y I Friday, March 1.2002
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Graeme Worthy
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Grame Worthy found out that he went to the same
high school as Alicia Miller, which is where they
met Duncan M. McHugh, who had a crush on his
fifth-grade English teacher, Julia Christensen. Ai Lin
Choo and Sarah MacNeill Morrison went to the
same psychiatrist for years without realising it Ron
Nurwisah, Lauren Emberson and Helen Eady all
had some connection to both Hywel Tuscano and
Laura Blue, although Scott Bardsiey refused to comment on the matter, citing Mite Schwandt's delicate
mental state. Nic Fensom and Rob Stoteshuiy-
Leeson weren't speaihrg anymore, because of
something Phoebe Wang had told Ayako Kobayashi
in the utmost secrecy about Stephanie Tait but she
told Kathy Deering and Sara Young, and it was only
a .matter of time before Daniel Silverman printed
the whole sordid stoiy. ♦
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An ounce of pretention,..
This week's cover feature looked into 'reparative
therapy' programs designed to 'cure' homosexuality. We at the Ubyssey think that's pretty silly.
Homosexuality is great, not a disease, and if you
could cure it, why would you want to? But it got
us thinking, if we could cure ANYTHING what
would we want to get rid of.
- It's hard to decide which we should mention first: cancer, or HIV/AIDS. Let's say
both. Both are horrible. Any of us who have
seen a loved one battle either of these fatal
illnesses knows the toll they take on the
human body and spirit.
- The debt crisis. There's so many to choose
from, but we'll say the international debt crisis,
just to be specific. We think it's ridiculous that
rich nations are allowed to suck poor countries
dry. And we're also tired of Bono's (you know,
from U2) 'end world debt' rants at every music
awards show. Music awards shows are for booty
shaking and bad lip-synching, dammit
- Okay, okay. We can't ignore the debt crisis in
BC. This definitely needs to be cured, but not by
'Dr Campbell's' methods. No, electric shock therapy hasn't cured much of anything and neither
does its political equivalent
- Falling down. No one should ever fall down
again. It's really sad. When you're with someone
who falls down, you have to worry about—first—
not laughing and then—second—figuring out
whether you should pretend nothing happened
or help the person out Totally awkward. And if
you fall down you have to go for stoicism or
forced laughter. So totally awkward.
- Meat. Curing it guarantees it is free of all
kinds of nasty bacteria and other undesirable
things from the UK
- Arthritis. It really, really sucks, even though
people who have it qualify to smoke pot for
medicinal purposes. What good are the
munchies if your body is too stiff and sore to get
you to the kitchen cupboards?
- Homophobia, racism, sexism—hate, in general. Oh, and let's add ignorance here as well. We
need to find a cure for ignorance.
- Izzy Asper using his newspapers as pulpits. Did you see his opinion piece in yesterday's National Post? In it, he argues that private television has been much more successful and popular than the CBC. It's important to
debate and criticise our nation's public broadcaster, but when it's the owner of the nation's
second largest private television network
doing so in a newspaper he owns, it seems
grossly inappropriate.
- Diabetes. And buildings on campus with no
water fountains, just Coke machines that convince you to drink pop all the time and, well, you
figure out what happens after that
- Snoring.
- Unemployment
- Acne. Combine it with braces and unmanageable hair and you've got every teenager's
worst nightmare.
- Olympic hangovers.
- Manic depression. Yup.
- Insomnia. Millions of students and air traffic controllers suffer from it every night Let's
bring an end to their misery.
- Differential tuition. It's being pushed
through by UBC and, if you're a student in a professional program next year, you're looking at a
several thousand dollar jump in your fees.
- Smoking. It's cool and it makes your head go
light, but it kills you. What a drag (sorry).
- Boobs that are different sizes. Damn, it's
hard to find a bra that fits.
- Ditto for testicles. But cancel the bra
part...unless, of course, you're into that kind
of thing.
- Stalkers and those weird guys that masturbate in public places, like the library—we definitely need to cure those guys.
- All injuries in the women's volleyball team
before the players travel to the CIS Nationals in
Laval, Quebec. It's time to bring back another
gold for UBC1
- Cruelty towards animals.
- Cruelty towards people.
- Visible underwear lines. Wedgies, too.
- Stress. And nervous breakdowns, too.
- Weak bladder. And irritable bowel syndrome. Goddamn SUB food.
- Epilepsy.
- Beer guts and man-boobs. Again, unless
you're into that sort of thing.
- Tourette's syndrome, you stupid nickers.
- Having no idea about what to write in your
editorials. What do you when all you can think of
is how terrible Gordon Campbell and George W.
Bush are, and then you realise that you've been
writing editorials about them all year long. ♦
Students for Choice
Anyone who has taken a look at the
Students for Choice (SFC) website
in the past month should be
alarmed by students for 'choice'
calling on their fellow students to
attack Lifeline's Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP) displays.
Available on the SFC website until
recently (when it was removed likely in embarrassment due to a press
release) was the following:
'Another option is vandalism.
Spraypaint, scissors, etc. might
come in handy. Or you could take it
down. If you choose this option, DO
GROUP. Make it a mass action or
do not do it at all."
Now lets" step back and examine this. Here is a club who in
their own words are asking other
students to attack a display of
which I, and other students, am a
part This is ridiculous! If this
were the other way around
(although it wouldn't be), there
would be outrage. And yet there's
barely been a peep about these so-
called "pro-choicers" promoting
violence. I suppose, however, I
shouldn't be surprised to see this
on the website; past Student for
Choicer Erin Kaiser destroyed the
first GAP display in a premeditated attack with Jon Chandler and
Lesley Washinton. It's troubling
that SFC has continued promoting
violence but we cannot forget
their largest promotion of violence is towards the unborn.
What SFC is advocating is illegal
I sincerely hope the students and
faculty of UBC will agree that violence is never the answer to getting
rid of 'things' deemed unwanted.
—Philip Fitzpatrick
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edited by Michelle Benjamin
Anthologies are both useful and unsatisfying things. "We
at Polestar mark our 20th anniversary with
Constellations, a book that contains a multitude of voices—at least one from each book of poetry we've published," explains Polestar's publisher Michelle
Benjamin in the foreword. "We haven't tried to unite
these voices thematically; instead, we hoped they'd form
a bright and single constellation, one Hiat contains a
'multitude of possibilities to take us into tile future."
As Polestar's publisher, Beqj&iftin is responsible for
the company's mandate to bring fc naitoa's poetry into
print—a task taken on by too few presses today.
Polestar's roster includes Pat Lowthef, J&Xe Braid,
George Elliot Clarke, Joy Kogawa, Tom Wayman, Nadine
Mclnnis and many others—writers who have written
some of the most meaningful poetry of the past 20 years.
Constellations: 20 years of stellar poetry from Polestar
gives these poets, and more, the mention they deserve.
The poetry is distinct, a real pleasure to read. Each
poet's individual experience is tightly focused and
responded to in his or her work. These are the poets who
are winning awards in Canada and abroad, are teaching
in our universities, and are responsible for the unclear
task of creating a national poetic voice. Polestar argues
that these are poets who are not read enough, not known
enough. And that's why there is Constellation,
As promised, Constellation presents a few poems
from each of its books currently in print, with each
poem headed by a brief biography of its author. It's a
slim book, and it$ most frustrating element is not the
material that is tri^r?, but the material that is missing.
It's an anthology '"n jX I '-uspect has been put together as
a souvenir of a pi^'lM"' r.% bash or for review purposes,
something intended lo bvj taken away at the end of an .
evening and put on the shelf. For those few readers who
are already familiar with the poets anthologised, the
books seems superfluous. The anthology teases the reader with its excerpted poems that ask to be read in their
full, published form. Constellation's pointed purpose is
to bring unfamiliar readers into the fold. The anthology
does not offer any in-depth discussion on poetics, any
insight from the poets themselves, or any new work. It
assumes that you have never read these poets before,
en Cheever gets by
by Ben Cheever
As a student you've probably had
any number of part- and full-time
jobs. Between tuition, rent and
paying off your credit cards, you've
got to do something to cover your
costs. So you take a job. Almost
exclusively, these jobs are low-
wage service-sector jobs spent
behind counters, in stockrooms or
on the sales floor. There are lots of
unique lessons to be learned from
these jobs, and Ben Cheever wants
to find these lessons.
Cheever, a novelist and former
Reader's Digest editor, takes
these jobs to try and discover
some of the experiences of being
working class. This odyssey takes
him from working as a sidewalk
Santa at Christmas to being a
sandwich-maker in a busy
Manhattan deli to selling cars and
electronics. He could have simply
talked to people at various places
about their experiences, but as we
all know, people tend to downplay certain aspects of
themselves and emphasise others. "So instead of interviewing people about their troubles," he writes, "I
thought I'd share their« with them and see what they'd
say to a colleague."
the jobs t&emselves are run-of-the-mill. What makes
the stories interesting is Cheever's views and conclusions in the light of what he sees. Time and again he
runs into people from other jobs, including people he
used to work with at Reader's Digest—and not always as
customers. One laid-off editor turns up at a friend's
place to paint their apartment, not out of boredom, but
out of economic necessity.
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Most of Cheever's meditations are on the, romantic
nobility of the working class, giving faces and names to
the people we see behind counters and desks as we go
about our dfuly lives.
Paradoxically, hi$ own personality is responsible for some of
the funnier moments In the
book. During a busy lunch
rush, exasperated by the naggings of a colleague he' Hasn't
met, he tells her loudly, leave
me the fuck alone.* The
woman in question turns out
to be the store manager. He
did not last there much longer.
Cheever himself knows
that this is not an "authentic*
experience, coming as he'
does from an upper-class family in Westchester County.
Cheever's background in journalism certainly qualifies him
to research the material, and
there is plenty of material in
today'sr economically uncertain climate, but he never
takes any of these jobs
because he has to, and this is
the failure of Selling Ben
Cheever. He can always go back to his house and his
writing projects whenever he wants. He doesn't have to
worry about paying the bills and feeding the family
What he does discover, however, is the better side of
humanity. He meets people who are nice to him—not
because they have to be—but because they are genuinely nice people. He meets people who have been laid off
and get right back up again and keep plugging away. But
a warning: be careful who you offend; you never know
who you might run into. As one character in the book
says, "It's a small world, so don't make enemies." ♦
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and this assumption seems to undermine Polestar's 20
years of work in publishing poetry.
This is an anthology that would be pleasant on any
junior English or Canlit lecture reading list; it's a neatly
packaged introduction. As Polestar's first publisher,
Julian Ross, was from the Vancouver area, some of
Constellation's poetry tastes of west coast air and some
of the poets mentioned even graduated from UBC and
now live in the Lower Mainland.
Anthologisihg is an int'-ivr-a1'^ procees, one which
bestows a particular kind (if oTfi :.< ityupon a book's contents. From the range of r\|»i r^aices and narratives
present in Constellations: JGjcars of stellar poetry from
Polestar, Polestar offers us a kind of authoritative richness. May it offer us more in its future. ♦
-Phoebe Wang
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Somehow, before the late 1920s,
silent films were thought to be better
if they didn't have music. Audiences
were to grasp the tone "of each scene
from characters' gestures and facial
expressions. Where was O'Meara
when you needed him?
When Toronto organist William
O'Meara descended on Holy Rosary
Cathedral last week he added more
than just sound to Cecil B. De Mille's
1927 film. The King of Kings. He
added emotion. His outstanding
improvised performance on the
Cathedral's 101-year-old organ set
the tone for each of the film's scene.
O'Meara's mesmerising opus
vibrated the pews during
intense moments and sent
chills of silence during
scenes of repose. His
accompaniment gave
De Mille's film about
the life of Christ
greater substance,
strength and passion."
While De Mille's
cinematic        vision
notes movements of
the body,  O'Meara's
opus landscaped conditions of the soul. The
highly emotive melody
carried throughout
O'Meara's performance
made it possible to feel the
characters' experience. The performance peaked when O'Meara
sent thundering vibrations into the
pews for the audience to experience
Jesus' pain as the son of God was
pierced with the crown of thorns.
O'Meara's composition not only
echoed the characters' emotions,
but also solidified the viewers'. His
outstanding performance and stunning improvisation complemented
the Biblical stature of each scene.
The Torontonian's performance
clarified any ambiguity left by either
the film's actors or its cinematography. When actors were out of focus,
when Utile movement took place, or
when facial expressions were too
indistinct to be deciphered,
O'Meara's accompaniment clarified
the confusion. His composition also
brought his own perception of the
film to the audience's attention.
O'Meara is certainly not befuddled
by the motives of any Jews of the
New Testament
The musical tenor did not, however, always reflect the actual scene.
Rather, it echoed O'Meara's
thoughts and feelings about what he
saw as significant. When, for
instance, Jesus overturned the stalls
in the Temple, O'Meara played a joyous and festive melody, even though
the frightened crowd was in utter
disarray. Though O'Meara pointed
the audience toward where the
scene was headed, at times he was
overly prophetic. At times he
became so engrossed in the
drama of his performance,
one needn't have even
watched the film.
Simply listening to the
organ, or reading the
Bible a few scriptures ahead, would
have sufficed. His
farsightedness riot
only pushed the
audience to feel a
certain way about
the ' upcoming
scenes, but also gave
away the plot Not that
it was a surprise anyway...but still.
Overall, O'Meara did a
fabulous job of landscaping
the emotive nature of each scene
and performer. The bass thundering
through the cathedral during the
crucifixion filled both the film and
the church with greater meaning. "I
just love all this Jesus stuff!'
exclaimed one young viewer.
However, it seems our generation
has largely moved forth from appreciating De Mille's and O'Meara's
work. Today, the Pit rocks out to
Groove Armada's "I See You Baby'
and Hollywood's classics include
American Pie 2 and Crossroads.
Save the small bunch of retirees and
baby boomers, the pews were all but
empty. ♦
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