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The Ubyssey Mar 31, 1998

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Oh, it hurts
 by Douglas Quan
A past patient of UBC's dental clinic is demanding some form of compensation and an explanation almost a year after he discovered the clinic
charged him $ 150 more than he had expected.
Lawrence Chanin says he went to the clinic because of its competitive rates;
the clinic sets its fees at 60 per cent of the standard rates set out by the BC
Federation of Dental Societies.
Chanin says he was told by clinic staff and the student dentist who
worked on his teeth that the work would cost about $300. He was then
issued an invoice for about $300.
Yet when he went to his regular dentist the next month for some further
work, Chanin discovered that only $60 of $500 remained in his dental
account, not the $200 he expected.
'I was so embarrassed and humiliated,' Chanin recalls.
What Chanin had not been told was that the Human Resources ministry
pays the UBC clinic 80 per cent of the provincial standard rates; not the 60
per cent the clinic normally charges.
So, instead of deducting $300 from his account, the ministry deducted
$435. Chanin says the clinic refused to restore him tine difference.
After almost a year of letter writing and telephone calls to the ministry,
the College of Dental Surgeons, and the provincial Ombudsman's office,
Chanin says he still has not received a satisfactory explanation or compensation.
In a letter this month, a provincial ombudsperson proposed to Chanin
that the UBC clinic could give him $200 for dental work at his private dentist The clinic refused that suggestion.
But Chanin and the clinic disagree about whether the clinic offered
him a further $200 in work there, as Clinic Manager Jim Stich says they
did. According to Chanin that offer came only after the ombudsperson first intervened;
after his $500 eligibility had been renewed for 1998.
'Justice delayed, is justice denied. I can't use that $200 now. I have $500. That's much
more than I'll need this year.
'Had I had it last year [the $200], I could have had my teeth cleaned, and it could've gone
towards the work I needed.'
However, Clinic Manager Jim Stich says Chanin was given an offer to have $200 of work
UBC DENTAL CLINIC is a confusing place when it gets time to pay up. richard lam photo
done at the UBC clinic last year, as soon as he complained.
'He was misusing our clinic. He was just trying to get the expensive things here and leave.
[The clinic] is not a revolving door.'
Stich added that any ministry client is eligible for further work even if they have exhausted the ministry's limit
'What we do is as soon as the ministry has paid its maximum the patient still gets up to
their maximum based on our fees,' explained Stich.
coninued on page 2
Education wins out in new budget
by Craig Saunders and Jamie Woods
BC Bureau
VICTORIA (CUP)—Thanks to accounting changes and an inflationary increase, Monday's provincial budget gives a little
more to universities, colleges and students.
While the overall budget for the Ministry of Advanced
Education, Training and Technology increased by just 0.7 per
cent— approximately the projected rate of inflation—a shuffling
of figures allows for a total of $40 million in new funding for
schools and student financial aid.
Advanced Education Minister Andrew Petter already
announced these funding increases in a series of public
appearances since his appointment last month. The announcements included a total of $26 million to colleges and universities to onset inflation and create 2900 new seats, and $ 14 million more for student loans.
'I feel very positive,' Petter said. '[While] we have cut substantially in other areas, we have increased [funding] in health,
education and social spending.
"University spending will go up more than it has in the last
two years,' he added. "There are no miracles in this, it's just a
matter of priorities.'
Petter's positive outlook is shared by the province's largest
student group, the Canadian Federation of Students (CIS), who
are riding high after students won a tuition fee freeze earlier
this month.
'It [the freeze] sends a message to institutions that tuition
fee increases are not an ongoing source of revenue,' said
Maura Parte, BC chair of the CFS. She added that the new funding for student loans will only provide loans for the 2900 new
students entering the system.
'From the perspective of our sector, it's hard not to be complimentary to the government for what it's done,' said Keith
Reynolds, spokesperson for the College and Institute
Educators' Association. There's always more that could be
done, but compared to what's happened everywhere else in
the country, BC's done an astonishing job.'
Reynolds' group represents the province's 22 colleges and
university-colleges. Those institutions will receive fimding to
create 2050 of the 2900 new post-secondary seats for students
that Petter announced last month. The remaining 850 will be
created at BC universities.
Of the $26 million in new operating funds $17.5 million
will cover the new seats. Of the remaining $8.5 million, $3.8
million will go to the new Technical University of B.C., and $4
million will go to existing schools to help offset inflation and
make up for revenue that could have been obtained through a
tuition fee hike.
According to Gerry Delia Mania, spokesperson for the
Advanced Education Council of BC, this is particularly good
news for the colleges.
"We're funded per FTE [full-time equivalent student]," he
said, noting that gaining 2050 seats will help the schools substantially. "It will be an infusion of new money. We have been
held at constant dollars the last few years, and have had to eat
The ministry's budget includes a cut of almost $34 minion
in debt owing on capital expenditures. When the government
authorises a new building, it loans the money required for payments to the institution. As a result each school carries a
deficit Because the government is centralising those debts and
amortising them over the lives of the buildings, it allows a substantial annual savings.
Overall, the government is budgeting a $95 million
deficit, despite a promise last year to balance the budget
The decreased deficit comes from a budget with no clear
winners. Agriculture and Food will see a 23 per cent
increase in their budget but most of that money is earmarked for poor crop performance. Corky Evans' Fisheries
ministry is probably the biggest winner, with its 19.9 per
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Stich does not dispute that the
handling of fees is an administrative
nightmare. Not only does the clinic
charge ministry patients according to
the ministry's (higher) fees, it does
the same with patients covered by
Pacific Blue Cross—which sets its
rates at the provincial standard.
Stich says he's not surprised students that the clinic could have given
incorrect billing information to
patients. The financial arrangements with these people is important
for these students to understand, but
not important to know the details of
because of the complexity.
'Students may or may not*
know...the intricacies of billing."
Several   students   who the
DR STICH clinic manager.
Ubyssey spoke   to   were
unaware of the different fee
"Some pay cash, some are on
insurance, some are on social
assistance...[but] everyone's
charged the same," said third
year dentistry student Patrick
Lum. The fee guide I go by is the
[clinic's] fee guide."
Second year student Vohn
Rosang also said he thought
everyone was charged the same.
Another second year student
Sompatana Lohachitranont said
he knew that ministry clients
were charged differently, but
said "a patient under social assistance even gets lower fees."
A new computer system implemented last year that automatically
adjusts fees when the procedure
code is typed in has helped to alleviate billing problems, says Stich.
Despite the adrninistrative hassles, don't expect a new, simpler
system to be put in place anytime
soon. While it would be easier just
to charge the clinic's 3,000 regular
patients according to the clinic's
own fee rate, "the loss of revenue
would have to be made up somewhere," says Stich.
Of the $1.5 million it costs to
run the clinic each year, most of it
is paid for by patient fees. A good
portion of that—17 per cent-
comes from ministry payments.
"Yes, they are contributing
towards the operation of this clinic
more than they would contribute if
we charged clinic's fees," Stich
Colleen Wilkins, assistant director of the Health Services Branch
in the Ministry of Human
Resources, says the ministry doesn't have a problem being charged
the higher rates. "Whatever they
bill us up to our maximum is what
we will pay."
That leaves Lawrence Chanin
wondering how many other ministry clients have gone through the
same experience.
"If it's been done to many,
many people, you've got a serious
misrepresentation problem. "♦
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Geers await
by Sarah Galashan
A final decision regarding the status of
several engineering programs at UBC is
expected this June. And Michael Isaacson,
dean of Applied Science, said he is confident UBC has a good chance of making
the grade.
The Canadian Engineering
Accreditation Board (CEAB) announced
early last summer UBC's bio-resource
engineering program would lose its professional accreditation. The CEAB also
warned chemical and geological engineering risked losing their accreditation if
the university did not hire more professionals and improve facilities.
Bio-resource lost accreditation after
the university failed to remedy CEAB complaints regarding poor facilities.
CEAB experts visited UBC last
November and their findings were presented in a report The CEAB refused to
comment on the visit saying it was confidential.
Isaacson, who read and responded to
the report, said he is optimistic. "The bottom line is that they've said we're addressing the concerns that have been raised."
Without CEAB approval, some 316 students currently enrolled in winter session
courses could be subject to additional
provincial exams to ensure their professional qualifications. Paul Watkinson,
head of chemical and bio-resource engineering, warned those exams are difficult
to pass.
Students in all three programs voiced
concern they may graduate from an unaccredited program. Finding a job in their
respective fields will be difficult without an
accredited degree faculty members said.
Next year, however, students will be
taking classes in some of the campuses
other existing, and better, faculties. The
faculty will also ensure more professionals teach geological engineering courses.
It is hoped these improvements are
enough to persuade the CEAB to re-
accredit and affirm confidence in the programs.
Isaacson will travel to Ottawa in early
June to hear the CEAB decision. ♦
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Student opinion sought on Pacific Games
by Alex Bustos
The third Pa cific Games will be held
in Vancouver and UBC is a possible
venue. But university administrators say the games will not be a
repeat of APEC and consulting with
students is tiieir first step in proving
At a student forum held Monday
to discuss campus concerns, Maria
Klawe, vice-president of student
and academic services, said the university has not decided whether it
wants to be a venue for the games.
"The most important part of the
Pacific Games is that we make the
right decision with the right
process," Klawe told a gathering of
two dozen students attending the
university organised Pacific Games
The bi-annual games are expected to attract over 3,000 athletes
from 43 countries and will be held
in Vancouver from June 16-29,
The first games were held in
Colombia, and Chile will play host
next year.
The 2001 games, with an est>
mated budget of $ 15 8 million, were
awarded to Vancouver last year.
The cost will be split between the
private sector and all levels of government UBC, should it agree to
participate, would not be expected
to incur any costs.
Besides various competitions in
13 sports, the games will also
include a cultural festival and an
economic forum designed to increase business ties with Asia.
Klawe acknowledged the contro
versy that increased ties between
business and sports can create. But
she said the issue of trade with countries with human rights abuses has
not played a major role in the university's decision making process.
"Human rights has not been an
issue that has been raised," she
said. "The general feeling is that the
people who will be here will be the
athletes, not the dictators."
John Stothart general manager
for the 2001 games, said the games
will provide employment for UBC
students and a $5 to $7 million upgrade to iiniversity sports facilities.
Vivian Hoffmann, AMS president questioned where the funding
from the private sector will come
"The AMS wants to know the
types of industry that will take place
in the economic forum," she said,
adding that these questions could
be answered during an ongoing
consultation period, should the university accept the responsibility.
"I think the university is making
a genuine effort [to consult students]."
Yang Chang, a fourth-year Fine
Arts student was not as optimistic
and was critical of the focus on
He said university and 2001
games officials, who have repeatedly expressed their desire to consult
with the campus community, are
not as open-minded as they think
they are.
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U of T faculty turns down tobacco cash
by Sarah Schmidt
The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-The University of Toronto (U of T)'s
faculty of Social Work thumbed its nose at a tobacco
company seeking an endowed chair within the faculty.
The company offered $ 1-million.
"They've got the message that they're not welcome,"
said Wes Shera, dean of Social Work. He refused to disclose the company's identity.
A minimum $ 1-million donation is necessary to
establish an endowed chair at U of T.
Shera says he is not interested in any money made
off products that are health hazards—like tobacco and
armaments. "That's the policy I've developed," he said,
adding other faculties are free to do as they wish.
The faculty's unilateral decision to ban tobacco-originated money has caused a stir both inside and beyond
the university's power structure. While U of Ts chief
development officer Jon Dellandrea assures the community that the faculty didn't technically turn down any
cash on the table, others are focussing on the inconsistencies within the faculty.
"There was an offer made to do the introduction with
the possibility of the cultivation of a gift," clarified
Dellandrea, stating the wealthy individual from Hong
Kong made his millions in the tobacco field. "The dean
indicated his discomfort"
Controversy over the university's affiliation with
tobacco companies first erupted with U of T President
Robert Prichard's stint as an Imasco director begining
in 1993. Members of the faculty of Medicine launched
a massive letter writing campaign asking for his resignation but Prichard did not step down. Last year, as a
member of Imasco's board of directors, Prichard netted
over $43,000 and common shares of the company
worth over $ 18,000 for his troubles.
Inside the faculty of Social Work, which is regularly
addressing fundraising concerns, the move raises more
questions than cheers.
"It shows that it's all done on a case-by-case basis.
Why can't the dean apply the same logic to companies
that have holdings in Burma, the country with the worst
human rights record in the world?" queried Wendy
Hulko, Social Work student and vice-president of the
Graduate Students' Union.
Last year, the head of Chevalier made a seven-figure
donation to the faculty. When students found out that
some of the company's profits are made under the notoriously vicious Burmese regime, they protested loudly.
But the faculty accepted the cash.
Meanwhile, U of Ts overall fundraising drive has
included donations from tobacco firms. According to
the most recent company statistics, Imasco, Imperial
Tobacco's parent company, donated $225,500 to the
university's affiliated teaching hospitals in 1996, up
from $ 191,000 the year prior.
"There is no university policy that deals with the
ethics [of donations]," said Martha Paisley, associate
dean of alumni and development for the faculty of Law.
Imasco pledged $ 1-million to the Law faculty last March
to set up scholarships.
Social Work's standards don't fit into the faculty of
Law's plans, she adds. "It's a terrific gift It's a gift with
no strings attached. It's a terrific gift."
In the faculty of Arts and Science, associate dean of
development Michael Donnelly can't recall the faculty
turning down the kind of cash Social Work just let go of.
But he says, the university studies matters fully before
they let people empty their wallets into U of Ts coffers.
"Normally, we do a great deal of investigation before
v.-8 approach a donor," he said, explaining that where
there is collective discomfort deals are not pursued.
Within the world of tobacco profiteers, Canada's
"It shows that if s all done on a case-
by-case basis. Why can't the dean
apply the same logic to
companies that have holdings in
Burma, the country with the worst
human rights record in the world?"
Wendy Hulkovice
president of university of toronto's
Graduate Students' Union
three leaders aren't used to being turned away.
"Where the need is there and we can help, we like to.
But we've never been refused," said Janice Hatfield,
spokesperson for RJR-Macdonald. She refused, however
to disclose the company's gift-giving portfolio.
"We have never had anybody turn us down. Don't
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Rothmans, Benson and Hedges spokespersoa John
Imperial Tobacco has not been so lucky. Although
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spokesperson Merle McPhail says the tobacco company
has been shut out on occasion.
"They usually return the cheque," she said refering to
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Rugby year ends on  high note
Awards: The 77th E^p^^r^^ards Banquet rJ|§§|
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although Titanic didnf inn any&iiig, there were no -1
surprises amongst the major award winners.
Star running back Mark Nohra, this year's most
valuable player in Canadian university football and
key factor ia fee Birds' run to thek first Vanier Cup
title in eleven years, was named graduating male
athlete of the year. Nohra beat out Canada West soccer MVPChris Franks, ice hockey captain Jamie Burt
and men's volleyball star Mike Kurz.
Nohra's win marks {he Second straight year a
UBC football player won the Bobby Gaul award. Last
year, Nohra's best fcend, offensive lineman Sob
Beweridge, won the award.
Meanwhile Saa-ah Evanetz of the women's swimming team won tfee Mardyn ItarafretTrophy. As captain of the women's swim team, Evanetz led the
Birds to their fourth national championship in the
Evanetz has won a total of 20 gold medals in four
years of CIAU competition, breaking several records
in the process.
She is also a member of Canada's national team
and competed in the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta.
Golf: The women's golf team became the first
ever UBC women's team to win a NCAA ^vision one
ewatin school history as the Birds wo&the 36-hole
Colby Invitational Golf tournament last week in
Santa Cruz, California.
Sarah MacCormack led the Bir$s, posting the second-lowest score oweraB with a 12-over total of 79-
7?45& Maija MacCauley was fifth, shooting rounds
of 82 and 81 for a 163. The UBC team resalt, a total
comprifflBBg the best four individual scores, was 656,
tw» dhofe better than. Arizona. Cal-State Northridge
fifiidhed third with 668. ♦
 by Wolf Depner
The UBC women's rugby team found their ninning
legs to beat visiting Stanford, 46-5 in a meaningless friendly exhibition Sunday morning.
But as they say, a win is a win but for the Birds,
wins didn't come easy this year. So they enjoyed
Sunday's victory.
There were plenty of smiles as players joined
for the team photo session. Head coach Heather
Miller said the victory was a good way to end what
she called a season of ups and downs.
A season of more downs than ups mind you as
the Birds finished fifth overall in the BC women's
senior league, having lost 19-0 to Douglas College
in the quarterfinals.
"We had a lot of high hopes and we expected to
do very well this year, "said captain Angie Hay, who
missed the playoffs and Sunday's game with a broken finger. "We just didn't seem to rise up at the
end. We didn't quite finish. We didn't reach our
You could argue they exceeded their potential
last year. The youthful "Birds did their best
Cinderella impression and danced all the way into
the final where they lost to the more experienced
and tougher Vancouver Rowing Club.
The Birds' run to the final raised expectations-
expectations which went largely unfulfilled.
There were injuries to key players and Miller
had to replace six starting forwards with relatively
inexperienced players when the season started.
To make matters worse, Miller had to split her coaching duties
between this team and the reserve team which plays in a lower
division. It all added up to a less than memorable season on the
field, leaving one to ask if this season was a step back.
'[We] didn't win many games, but compared to last year, the
skill of the team has improved," said Miller. "They are beginning
to learn more about game situations [and] positional play. So I am
happy their abilities and skills have improved. Unfortunately, we
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have not won the games. But I told them [the players] it is not
always the wins that matter. It is what they are learning too."
Playing against older and more experienced teams, the Birds did
a lot of learning this year. And the reward may come as early as next
year when women's rugby becomes a full-fledged CIAU sport
As of now, the Birds are one of the early favorites, but as they
found out this year, success in the past is not a guarantee for success in the future.♦
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I remember that October night almost three years
ago, the numbers filtering in from voting stations
all over Quebec. The commentators, pundits,
politicians and other experts who kept reassuring
me and the television public that everything would
be alright, that a "yes' victory wouldn't mean the
end of Canada. I remember that night
After reading Is Blood
Thicker Than  Water by ;  *
James M. McPherson
these fears resurfaced
once again.
Although McPherson
is certainly not the first to
comment on the issue of
Quebec's separatism, his
credentials as a Pulitzer
prize winning Civil War
historian give him a
unique standpoint
Discussing the similarities between Canada's
Quebec crisis and the powder keg which was the
United States before the Civil War, McPherson's
essay starts off with a comparison of the two
Here is perhaps where his work has the most
impact McPherson convincingly compares the
American South with Quebec. Both were outnumbered, and industrially underdeveloped when compared to their counterparts.
Both Quebec and the South fiercely tried to protect their cultural identities and the institutions
which made them unique. Quebec is protecting the
French language while in the 1860s the South was
defending the right to own slaves.
The Quebec crisis hasn't quite reached the pitch
South with
of the pre-Civil War South but McPherson believes it
The second part of McPherson's essay deals
with the conflicting concepts of 'ethnic" and "civic"
nationalism. McPherson
believes the North
embodied the concepts of
"civic nationalism," a concept which even the
author admits is "difficult
to define with precision."
The South, McPherson
argues, represented "ethnic nationalism," a hazy
form of nationalism?
defined by close to anything: language,-religion,
geography or race.
Here his essay takes an
interesting, almost frightening turn.  McPherson
describes the feeling and perception of racial
superiority which pervaded the southern mentality in the 1860s.
McPherson takes references from Southern
Newspapers of the era, that theorised that the
citizens of the South descended from the
Norman Barons of William the Conqueror. A race
which was believed to be distinguished for its warlike and fearless character, gallantry, intellect and
honour. This mentality, McPherson believes, was
one of the major causes of the Civil War.
As of present the relationship between Quebec
and the rest of Canada is undoubtedly not as
strained as the one which existed between the
North and South before the American Civil War.
But who knows what will happen.
The South's instability and political posturing gave
rise to the Republican Party, a historical development
echoed in Canada by the rise of the Reform Party.
Hopefully, McPherson's analogy isn't all right
Even if it isn't his essay is still a good, well paced
historical comparison of two highly interesting
a treasure at art gallery
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Emily Cam Art & Process
at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Till June 7th
 by Myranne Martin
The Vancouver Art Gallery is
celebrating until June 7 the
work of this West Coast legend
with an exhibit entitled "Emily
Carr: Art & Process."
Emily Carr was a 20th
Century painter who coined a
particular style of painting that
is considered distinctly British
Columbian. She is best known
for her paintings of nature and
First Nations artifacts such as
totem poles.
Ian M. Thom, the Senior
Curator at the Gallery
explains that "the purpose of
this exhibition is to examine
her use of sketches to create
final works."
What is remarkable about
this showing is that it is instructive and can appeal to all kinds
of art fans, as it explores many
aspects of Carr's work. It looks
at her works done in water-
colour, oil, pencil, and charcoal.
It examines the process of Can-
work from its beginning stages
to the finished project This
allows the layman to discover
what goes into creating a work
of art More particularly, it permits the audience to look close-
fy at Carr's creative journey.
The setup of the gallery is
ingenious in how it contrasts
preliminary sketches with the
final works. For instance, side
by side one finds two paintings
of a raven One entitled
"Cumshewa" completed in
1912 and the final work
entitled "Big Raven" from
1931. The older version is
done with watercolour and
combining light and bright
colours such as pink, yellow and light blue. The
final version is done with
oil on canvas, with deep
shades of forest green and
brown. The second painting does not appear to be
the same still life as the
first The swirling grass
seems to be alive and the
raven is dark, imposing
and menacing. The change
in scale is also notable as
the raven dominates the
canvas much more in the
second version
These two different styles
have completely different
impacts on the audience,
although the subject is identical.
Contrasting pieces, such as
that of the raven are found
throughout the exhibit Another
example is of two paintings,
"Kitsegukla" and "Totem
Poles,' that both contain a
beaver pole and a Skidgate. The
first uses oil on card and the
second, oil on canvas. The
effect that the second one has is
that the picture comes to life as
the forest roars and the beaver
pole speaks. The forests in the
final versions are deep and
mysterious; the trees are like
draped cloths that swirl and
pull you in. One of the things
that makes Carr's work so dis
tinctive is, indeed, her ability to
breathe life into nature and
render it a powerful being.
The exhibit is helpful in
many ways as it provides "cultural contexts and critiques,"
gives a chronology of Carr's
"journeys and journals,' and
shows the "materials and methods" used in her works. To aid
people in understanding Carr's
work the VAG has a small
library of books about her life
and work. They also provide
meeting times for group discussions about Carr and the
exhibition. This showing permits a greater understanding
of Carr's work and shows the
tools that were at the artists'
disposal that helped to shape
Carr's work.^ K
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David Usher's little songs
David Usher
Little Songs
by Vince Yim
SONGS David Usher, on hiatus
Hoist, releases his debut solo
i. Little Songs.
Hot off of the success of Moists Creature,
lead vocalist and songwriter David Usher
has put out his own CD, Little Songs.
Usher tries to distance himself from his
Moist bandmates with this album, trying
a soft rock version. Unfortunately, he
doesn't quite achieve independence, considering all the band members of Moist
have contributed to the album. Despite
this Little Songs is not a watered down
version of Moist (pardon the pun) though
some of the distinct Moist sound resurface.
David Usher (not to be confused with
that no-talent hack that works with Puff
Daddy) is known best for his vocals. On
this CD Usher switches geEirs and provides his own music for many of the
tracks, namely acoustic guitar parts.
Taking a departure from the raw, hard-
edged sound, Usher straps on an acoustic
guitar to accompany his haunting vocals.
While not an overly technical player at the
same level of his band mate Mark
Makoway, he produces a solid sound. For
example, compare both versions of "Baby
Skin Tattoo,' which finds its way on to
both Moists Creature and David Usher's
Little Songs. Apart from the tifle, there are
few similarities between the two. The
Creature version features a heavy hitting
rock sound, while Little Songs is a whisper of the original.
Whether it be "Jesus Was My Girl" or
"Unhofy, Dirty, and Beautiful," the whisper to scream vocals find a way into the
To further distance himself from the
hard-edged sound. Usher utilises some
electronic drum loops.
On certain tracks, this is effective,
especially on "Forestfire,' the album's
first single. Other times, such as on
"Trickster," the effect is not as successful.
The opening drum loop samples seem to
be leading up to a larger electronic edge,
only to have the song go directly into
piano keyboards. Try as they might to
blend it in, the transition is jarring.
While the acoustic sound is a welcome
change from screaming distorted guitars
and pounding bass, it doesn't always
work. "F-Train" is one such track. Usher
sounds like he is on prozac, playing in a
kindergarten classroom surrounded by
five-year-olds. Interrupting the beginning
of the track to make a minor adjustment
(Usher says, 'Just a second please?") doesn't help much either.
"Mood Song" is the last song of the CD
and for good reason. Entirety produced
and performed by himself, the song is a
bizarre collection of samples and loops.
The song is a mess, yet is all the stronger
because of it, making it one of the
stronger tracks on the CD.
Lately, musicians from high profile
bands have been releasing their own solo
albums, mostly with less than glowing
reception. Remember Smashing
Pumpkins' James Dia and Stone Temple
Pilot's Scott Weiland? They have not
exactly received widespread acclaim for
their efforts.
Thankfully, Usher has produced
enough original material so the CD doen't
degenerate into a mass of self-indulgent
Carr's writings on CD, a wide scope
Veda Hille
Here is a Picture
by Nyranne Martin
with cello and
piano to
solely with
sounds—showing the influence
of nature in
Can's jAtprJcs
Interested in Emily Carr? Not really interested, but looking for a good new
CD to pick up?
Vancouver singer/songwriter Veda Hille recently
released a CD about Carr's writings. This album was
commissioned by Mascall Dance of Vancouver to be
the score for a show premiering in the fall of 1998.
The CD entitled Here is a Picture chronicles important events in Carr's life and attempts to get inside
the artists' head. Hille uses quotes and text fragments
from journals, books, letters and painting titles to create a perception of Carr's life.
The music on the album has a very wide scope.
Understandable, of course, as it is the score for a
dance performance. There are songs ranging from
purely instrumental with cello and piano to sections
solely with animal sounds—showing the influence of
nature in Carr's works and life. Hille also uses interesting combinations of sounds with 'instruments.'
From guitars, a saw, a pencil and paper and an
organ, Hille blends sound to create absorbing music.
The songs with lyrics are at times powerful and
angry, at times gentle and moaning. Certainly this
reveals the ups and downs in Carr's life. For instance,
in the song entitled "Meeting the Group of 7," Hille
groans the lyrics: "Always tossing, always wrestling, a
little unaccomplished." For somebody interested in Carr, these insights can be very engaging.
For someone who is maybe less interested in Emily Carr and more interested in good music, Hille's
CD still has lots to offer. When listening to Here is a Picture I had people ask me if it was Tori Amos or
Ani DiFranco. So maybe this indicates a bit of Hille's style and quality of voice. Hille's interesting voice
and wide ranging use of instruments is art for the ears—like Carr, she shows us that great artistic talent is always coming out of BO>
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different sides
of realism
at the Art and Design Gallery
 by Holly Kim
As students of UBC Fine Arts professor Roy Arden, best known for
his documentary style of photography, Stella Weinert, Anumaya
Phatate, Heather Larsen, and
Paloma Campbell view photography as a tool to comment on the
ills of society.
The resulting images, chilling
in their portrayal of how society
malfunctions, are currently on
display at the Art and Design
Gallery in the Fine Arts Library.
Titled "Document x 4", the
exhibit focuses on Vancouver's
ugly side which yields ample
material for these courageous
photographers to work with.
Although their approach may
be strictly realistic, the subject
matters presented by the four
photographers are diverse.
Campbell focuses on the interior scenes of private and public
spaces. Larsen is interested in
The exhibit
focuses on
ugly side
which yields
ample material
for these
to work with.
corner grocery stores losing business due to the giant supermarket
Weinert takes photos of
teenagers caught between adulthood and childhood while
Phatate's main inspiration comes
from public spaces, especially
parks which no longer fulfill their
original purpose.
Considering the characteristics
of the medium, it seems
inevitable the students work in a
realm which can duplicate realism so easily.
The photos are quite profound
without being judgemental. The
everyday scenes we do not take
much notice of become a
metaphor of the social change
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by        Ronald        Nurwisah.
Blowing smoke
As most universities across this country, UBC
included, seem ready and able to wage fallout
war to attract corporate donors, any corporate
donors, it's refreshing to hear about the
University of Toronto's (U of T) faculty of social
work. They've done the impossible. They've
turned down a cool million from tobacco interests.
At a time of the so called inevitability of corporate-education 'partnerships,' the U of T case
begs the question of what exactly prompted this
brave stand against the corporate siege of our
educational institutions?
According to the dean, the facuty is not interested in any money made from products that are
health hazards. A noble position if you consider
UBC's oh so grateful acceptance of Placer Dome,
Shell Oil and MacBlo cash.
That's until you consider U of T social work's
otherwise proclivity for accepting cash from
dubious companies. The same faculty accepted a
seven-figure donation last year from Chevalier.
That company makes some of its profits in
Burma—a country whose regime is notorious for
its poor human rights record.
The average worker in Burma doesn't exactly
have a healthy work environment let alone a
healthy democracy.
For the faculty of social work at U of T at least
it seems cancer poses a bigger moral quandry
than human rights. While one could question the
faculty's priorities, their refusal does send an
important message: some tilings are more
important to an educational institution than
UBC could stand to learn a lot from the faculty of social work at Uof T. Yes, we can refuse
money, even when it is coming apparently without strings. There are strings.
The Shell oil plaque prominently displayed at
Koerner Library would have the gullible or ill-
informed believe the company is nothing short of
a benevolent donator that UBC is proud to be
associated with. UBC, it seems, is proud to be
associated with a company that props up a brutal
dictatorship in Nigeria.
Who cares if Placer Dome stands widely
accused of abandoning a mine in the Philippines
after one of the worst tailings spills in Philippine
history? They give us m-m-money.
Yes, there can be such a thing as 'dirty
money'. Yes, a university can uphold moral standards, in the face of budget cuts.
The argument for accepting corporate donations, no matter how odious the corporation, has
always been that the money is needed and it
comes without conditions. At least one argument
against has always been that taking money from
corporations is a tacit approval of that company's
activities. The latter argument seemed to sway U
of Ts social work faculty when it came to tobacco
producers, maybe it will sway more faculties in
the future when it comes to companies that deal
with repressive regimes or destroy the environ-
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Five weeks ago, the referendum to decide the fate of a
2 5-year-old shop was defeated because it fell 73 votes
short of quorum. Despite a
clear majority of student
voters who wanted the shop
to stay, it's being evicted. To
the students who voted, the
effect of the outcome of the
referendum was like a slap
in the face.
Five weeks later, a three-
question referendum concerning 3 different fee
increases again fell short of
quorum. But this time, the
AMS felt the 'need' to
extend the voting period
because a quarter-page size
ad was supposed to run in
Friday's paper but never
appeared. (However, students should note that
another half-page ad did
appear on that issue of the
Ubyssey, and another full-
page ad also appeared in
the Tuesday's issue during
the referendum). Unlike
last time, AMS adjusted the
voting period to give students an extra voting day.
The different treatments
that these referendums
received seemed rather
unfair. The rules governing
referendums have not been
changed, only the question
on the ballots did. Worst of
all, the AMS tried to justify
its action by attempting to
give an explanation, which
really is more like making
an excuse. This has done
nothing but further undermine the intelligence of
UBC students.
It seems like the AMS
council has manipulated
and interfered the democratic process. If the AMS is
planning to favour one referendum over another in
the future, I have advice for
them: try not to run them
within the same five weeks,
students may be less suspicious.
David Tsang
Science 2
is not
A number of years ago
retired classics professor
Malcolm MacGregor came
storming into my office
waving a copy of the magazine I edit for the alumni
association. MacGregor,
who was a huge campus
presence during his time
here, was an English language perfectionist and
insisted that as an editor of
a university publication, I
should be extremely careful
not to make grammatical
mistakes. 'If our universities make stupid mistakes,'
he said, 'what can we
expect of the rest of the
He had circled a number
of things in red in that
issue, but he saved his
sharpest criticism for my
spelling of the word "honourary.'
MacGregor was a traditionalist, and hated the
Americanization of the language. He wouldn't have
dreamed of using "honor*
instead of "honour.* But
"honorary,' he pointed out
is never spelled with a 'u.'
"Honorary* comes from
a different root from the
Latin honorarius.
'Honour' comes from
Middle English via Anglo-
French, anour, and is therefore spelled with a *u.'
It's a common mistake.
Even the Vancouver Sun
(though hardly a bastion of
anything lofty these days)
makes it Maybe we should
show the Sun a thing or two.
But I agree with
Malcolm: those kind of mistake us look like morons.
Chris Petty
UBC Alumni Chronicle
Admin kept
refund a
We would like to respond to
your article of March 24,
1998 and the editorial alleging that the campaign for
the Student Legal Fund
knowingly misrepresented
the facts of the $36 credit
due students on account of
illegal tuition fees that we
sued successfully to have
returned to all students.
First we did not know
that the University had
credited the fees. It seems
that the Registrar acted
alone in issuing a credit
and failed to notify the litigants in the lawsuit or their
lawyer. We had every reason to expect a protracted
and costly legal battle over
the return of the fees, as the
University's lawyer drafted
a court order which proposed that only domestic
students, and not international students, would be
paid back, although this was
inconsistent with the BC
Supreme Court's judgement that the University
charged illegal fees to all
students. Further, it was not
clear that the University
would take steps to automatically refund the money
to graduating students, for
whom a credit on future
tuition was not possible.
Finally, the University's
draft order failed to provide
for returning the interest on
the $1 million that the
University illegally
acquired. Considering that
the University instructed its
lawyer to take these positions and that negotiations
were ongoing at the last we
heard, we were very surprised to learn that the
Registrar had provided a
credit to international and
graduating students. We
await news on the refund of
the interest on the $1 million.
In asking students to
vote for the Legal Fund, we
anticipated long, costly
negotiations to finalise the
refund order-negotiations
that the University initiated,
and that we had to see
through. We did not
deceive, but represented
the truth as it had been rep
resented by the University's
own lawyer to our lawyer. If
in fact that representation
was incorrect, the fault lies
with the University, whose
left hand does not know
what the right is doing.
Proof of this lies in that
the Board of Governors has
yet to appropriate any
money out of the University
budget to return to students! One of us (Pond) sits
on the Board, and at no
time since the Supreme
Court judgement in January
has the Board voted to disburse a penny of the $ 1 million owed to students. Yet is
the Board alone that, under
the University Act, is
empowered to "atlminister
[University] funds,* including fees collected 'for
instruction... in the
University." That we were
'guilty" of not knowing that
a credit requiring Board
assent had taken place,
apparently without that
assent, suggests that the
Ubyssey's latest 'scandal" is
frivolous indeed.
Last, there is speculation
in your editorial that misinformation might have produced a quorate result in
itself. Leaflets bearing the
message to "Vote $1 now,
get $36 later,* were circulated only in time for Friday's
voting. However, now that
the day-by-day poll results
are known, it is evident that
the Legal Fund was so close
to reaching quorum by
Wednesday, with a wide
*Yes' lead, that it could have
passed even if Friday's ballots evinced a LESS
favourable split than had
been obtained on previous
days. That is, the measure
could have passed even if
students were dissuaded,
and not persuaded, by the
campaign message you
object to. The message was
therefore not decisive in
making this the first successful AMS referendum in
years. The vigorous campaign, and the hard work of
athletics, the AMS and ourselves, was.
Michael Hughes
James Pond
Annette Muttray
Michael Thorns
student input makes it happen
The results are inI
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Athletics & Intramurals
Yes 3394
No 1511
Student Aid Fund
Yes 3153
No 1604
Student Legal Fund
Yes 3531
No 1207
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