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The Ubyssey Oct 7, 1997

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Tuition fight not a top AMS priority
by Sarah Galashan
The Alma Mater Society is not giving top
priority to fighting to maintain a provincial
tuition freeze despite the many students
who say they cannot afford a tuition hike.
Shirin Foroutan, the AMS director of
external affairs, told the Ubyssey she wasn't
aware of recent statements by Martha
Piper, president of UBC, against the tuition
freeze. Foroutan added that while she does
not want to see tuition increases, presently
there is litde planned in terms of lobbying.
"There is no way I see the AMS supporting a tuition increase," said Foroutan. "But
right now in terms of the provincial government a strategic plan has not come up."
In an AMS survey of 385 students last
spring, 44 per cent said they could not
afford a tuition increase. The poll is considered accurate to plus or minus five per cent.
Piper said in an interview last month she
wants to provide quality education and it will
have to come at a higher cost to students.
"We've got tuition frozen, and they've
been frozen for two years... so we can't do
anything with that. We've got no increase in
our government grants, we've got a lot
more students, [students] want quality education, what's the option," said Piper.
Officially scheduled to end March 31,
1998, the NDP freeze keeps Canadian students in most BC post-secondary programs
paying the second lowest tuition in Canada.
The province hasn't yet committed to prolonging the freeze.
Last year, Canadian universities averaged an 8.7 per cent tuition increase. The
University of Alberta, where until last
spring Piper was vice president of research
and external affairs, increased tuition by
9.95 per cent last year.
Maura Parte, BC chairperson for the
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS),
believes the tuition freeze is necessary to
maintain accessible education.
"What it's really about is a shift in who's
funding public education. Do we want a pub
lic system funded through public dollars or
do we want to continue this shift to an individual user pay system. Which is what
increasing tuition fees does," said Parte.
She said it is up to students to make the
freeze an issue and that an extension of the
freeze has not been confirmed.
"We still need to be educating the public
a lot about this issue because when the president of UBC stands up and says the tuition
freeze is a bad thing that makes our work
even harder. We have to be on the other side
of that saying 'no, it's a good thing and it's
improving access,'" said Parte.
Foroutan said she believes there is a
good possibility the freeze will be extended
for another year and added that focus must
be given to how funding will eventually
"If the freeze is going to continue I want
to know how [the provincial government] plans to sustain it," said Foroutan.
"Where is the money coming from? You
have  to know that before thinking  [the
freeze] a good thing." She pointed to a
recently discussed plan to charge out of
province students a different tuition as
something she does not believe is a viable
She added that focus needs to be put on
setting guidelines to ensure that tuition can
not suddenly increase.
In past years, the $98,280 AMS external
lobbying fund has been used to pressure the
provincial government on tuition and other
education issues, as well as to build public
and student support.
Foroutan told the Ubyssey lobbying for
the freeze has not been given priority
because the AMS is concentrating on the
upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, and lobbying for
changes to student loans.
But Foroutan plans to discuss the issue
with Piper, she said. "I would like to ask her
how she feels more money is going to
increase the quality of education on campus
without hindering its accessibility."'*
BoG to consider partnership guidelines
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
A Board of Governors (BOG) committee has recommended the university set some guidelines
for future corporate partnerships with UBC.
"Basically, it asks that a committee...with faculty, student and staff participation be set up to
draft guidelines for these joint partnerships that
are increasingly coming our way," said Philip
Resnick, a faculty representative on BoG.
The motion, passed last week by the BoG
finance committee, will go to the 15 member
board for consideration this Thursday.
The motion comes just as UBC is pursuing
several corporate partnerships, including a campus banking monopoly agreement, a deal with a
sportswear company, and a travel agency and
airline agreement.
According to Resnick the motion last week
passed with strong support from the finance
committee. He said he was confident it would
gain the BoG's support this week, since recommendations from board committees usually
A recent Angus Reid survey on corporate
deals with UBC might have propelled the
According to David Borins, a student representative on BoG who forwarded the motion to
the finance committee, the survey of some 800
UBC students, alumni and staff this summer
found support for corporate deals on campus
but reservations about the level of consultation
and openness with the campus community.
So far UBC has refused to release details of
the survey to the Ubyssey.
Michael Hughes, who was a BoG student representative from 1993 to 1996, said he tried
unsucx*essfully to encourage the university to
develop similar guidelines during his term.
"We tried to get the university to establish
meaningful guidelines and principles for corporate sponsorship and that was without saying
anything about what they should be or anything," said Hughes. "But I think what happened
was that the board voted not to consider it. Not
even to put it on the agenda.
"The administration didn't want to be fettered in any way by [guidelines], they thought
that they were considering the initial agreements that they had as test cases and that they
might develop guidelines after they had a few
more contracts signed," he added.
Under the leadership of then-UBC President
David Strangway, the board was reluctant to give
up any of its control as the ultimate university
decision-making body. But according to Hughes,
Martha Piper, Strangway's successor might be
more open to a set of partnership guidelines.
And Borins said guidelines on corporate
partnerships won't reduce BoG's decision making authority.
"This in no way says to the board that they're
giving up ultimate authority to make decisions
on corporate agreements, but what it does do is
set up a number of guidelines and a legitimate
expectation of the campus as to the framework
that will be followed in considering these deals."
In 1996 UBC adopted a set of ethical guidelines for university-corporate partnerships. The
guidelines were set by the Conference Board of
But according to Resnick, those guidelines
aren't enough.
"The thing is that we don't have anything that
deals specifically with UBC. What are our ethical
concerns, not just ethical, but where do we draw
the bottom line."*
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by Wolf Depner
UBC quarterback Dan Delong
hoped his first start of the season
would be a memorable one. But
now Delong would probably
rather forget about his struggle in
Shrum Bowl XX.
In all fairness his teammates
were of little help. UBC's offense
was guilty of numerous dropped
balls, dumb penalties and botched substitutions. Delong had no
control over the mistakes, but
ultimately, Saturday's game was
still his show. So what went
"I probably put a little bit too
much pressure on myself. I just
need to relax and have fun. It
would have been nice to win, but
I'll get more chances."
Delong looked good on UBC's
first offensive series, putting
some serious heat behind the wet
But it was soon obvious the
player couldn't find his rhythm,
as he forced the ball and overthrew receivers.
It all added up to only four
completions on twelve attempts
for sixteen yards through the first
half. The minus came when
Delong threw a second-quarter
interception and killed a potential
UBC scoring drive.
His scrambling abilities got
their fair share of show in the
third quarter, but he continued to
struggle throwing the ball.
Delong finally directed the
offense into the endzone hitting
Frank Luisser on a six yard touchdown pass to get UBC within eight
points early in the fourth quarter.
UBC head coach Casey Smith
stuck with Delong on UBC's next
possession, but Shawn Olson had
already warmed up on the sidelines.
Olson went in with 2:44 left,
hoping to somehow rally the Birds
from a 17-6 fourth quarter deficit.
But time was not on his side.
"I didn't think anything of it,"
said Delong of being pulled out
late in the game. "Shawn [Olson] is
comfortable in that kind of a position coming in late in the game. I
really don't know what [head
coach Casey Smith] was thinking,
but it doesn't bother me."
But Saturday's loss certainly
bothered fifth-year running back
Mark Nohra. "This game for some
DAN DELONG, running for his quarterbacking life, richard lam photo
reason hurts a little bit more than
the last [loss against SFU] because
[I'm] not getting another crack at
them," said a visibly dejected
His teammate, fifth-year veteran left tackle Bob Beveridge, did-
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"[The Clansmen] get those bragging rights, but they don't get
anything else. I feel pissed off,
but I'm more concerned about
[the Birds next opponent]
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Birds get swamped by Clansmen
by Wolf Depner
The score sheet may say the SFU Clansmen
beat the UBC Thunderbirds 17-6 to claim
Shrum Bowl XX and provincial football bragging rights Saturday night. But in reality, the
Birds can only blame themselves for dropping their second straight Shrum Bowl to
the Clansmen, who now lead the all time
series 10-9-1.
Neither team played disciplined football
but it was UBC who made the key mistakes
and took the key penalties in a game played
in less than perfect conditions. The constant
rain in the days leading up to Shrum turned
Swangard Stadium into a training pond for
the Navy Seals.
The fact the game was played using
American rules also hurt the Birds. They are
now 4-9 in Shrum Bowl history when playing four-down football. "There were a lot
people jumping offside or lining up in the
wrong formation," said UBC head coach
Casey Smith.
"It was always something little that kept
us from [gaining momentum]/ added UBC
running back Mark Nohra who lost the
head-to-head battle of the running backs
against SFU's Dave Mattiazzo, the game's
most valuable offensive player.
While Nohra put up decent numbers
(109 yards on 17 carries, zero touchdowns),
Mattiazzo was better on the evening, rushing for 151 yards on 30 carries and two
Mattiazzo scored his first touchdown
from nine yards out late in the first quarter.
He added his second major midway through
the second quarter on a 22 yard run as the
Clansmen took a 14-0 lead into the intermission.
UBC's offense meanwhile seemed literally stuck in the Swangard muck for the entire
first half, collecting only two first downs and
a grand total of 69 yards compared to SFU's
The second half was not much different.
The Birds continued to spin their wheels and
it was not until early in the fourth quarter
that UBC got on board when QB Dan Delong
GANG BUSTER: David Mattiazzo ran over, under and through UBC's defense, richard lam photo
hooked up with Frank Luisser for a six yard
touchdown strike. Ryan McWhinney, however, missed the extra point attempt, giving
SFU an eight point cushion.
SFU's Cody Jones added a field goal late
in the fourth quarter to cap off a 14-play, 44
yard-long drive which ate up eight minutes,
23 seconds. Not only did the field goal give
SFU a comfortable 11 point margin, it also
killed off the clock. "I don't want to put my
finger on one thing, but that [drive] definitely made it tough [to come back]," said Smith.
Delong, who made his first start ever
Saturday night, looked good when he was
scrambling, but struggled throwing the ball,
completing 11 out 26 passes for only 62
yards and one touchdown. He was intercepted once. Smith brought in Shawn Olson
to relieve Delong on UBC's final drive.
Smith said he made the change because he
wanted to give Olson a chance to turn tilings
around. "It wasn't happening with Danny,"
Smith said. When questioned about the tim
ing of the change, Smith replied he wanted to
bring in Olson earlier. "But of course by the
time we got the ball we were down to two minutes, [44] seconds," Smith said.
Olson quickly moved the Birds down
SFU's 24 yard, but it was too little, too late.
The drive stalled when receiver Joe Orel,
who was wide open, dropped the ball on the
fourth down and five. It was that kind of a
forgettable night for the Birds.
They now have to regroup for arguably
their toughest game of the season as they
travel to Saskatchewan this coming Saturday to face the Huskies who dropped a
key Canada West game this past weekend,
losing 3 7-19 to Manitoba.
A win over the Huskies would give the
Birds sole possession of first place in the
Canada West conference. "It's good that we
lost [against SFU] because it makes us prepare for Saskatchewan. We will be looking to
redeem ourselves," said Birds left tackle
Bob Beveridge.♦
Shrum Bowl ends not so odd
by Bruce Arthur
.All Quiet on the Eastern Front This year's Shrum Bowl
crowd was less lively than last year's, when it turned into a
cross between Wrestlemania and an Irish Pub brawl. Simon
Fraser officials decided to consign most UBC boosters to the
sad, scrawny bleachers on the far side of Swangard Stadium
(Hey, at least it stopped raining by kickoff). There were no
serious (read: bloody or illegal) incidents, unless you count
an unnamed member of the Tailgaters running across the
field at halftime to dance gleefully in the middle of the SFU
pipe band. He was manhandled by two colossal kilt-wearing
enforcers before being escorted back to the UBC side of the
field by a sullen member of the RCMP.
Copland: There was a sizeable police presence at this year's
Shrum, largely due to last year's shenanigans. The Burnaby
RCMP even brought their mobile command centre—a forty-
foot monster that looked not unlike a jazzed up motorhome.
Their main function was to stare into the crowd when the
odd egg came whizzing out from the UBC side towards the
CFOX mascot when he ventured to the gold-and-blue side of
the stadium.
Bowling for Dollars: There was considerable concern as to
when, where,  and in what condition the Shrum Bowl
Trophy  would   appear   after   failing   to   show  up   for
Wednesday's  press  conference.  It turned up  safe  and
sound, however, when a group of engineers showed up on
Larry and Willy's CFOX morning show. They demanded as
ransom a $300 dollar donation to the UBC United Way fund from
SFU athletic director Mike Dinning. He agreed on air to a $100
donation, as long as his UBC counterpart Bob Philip would match
it. They settled on $ 150 each, and the trophy was recovered. Kudos
to the respective directors. They paid out of their own pockets.
Flirting with Disaster: If you slit your own throat often enough, you
eventually run out of blood. UBC's critical mistakes included four
SPINNING AWAY Mark Nohra and the Birds hit the ground hard in Saturday's
Shrum Bowl XX. richard lam photo
fumbles (two of which killed key drives), a Delong interception
(which killed another drive), two horribly missed field goals, a
missed point-after-attempt, and a dropped interception at SFU's 15
yard line.
But UBC remained in the game until a failed fourth-and-one
attempt at 11:10 of the fourth quarter when Delong was buried on
a quarterback sneak. It would be a miracle if UBC's coaching staff
had any Tylenol left after the game.<-
Bird Droppings
The wet weather made conditions
less than perfect for Saturday's Pacific
Cross Country Championships. Former Bird Laurie Durward, who won a
silver medal at this year's World
University games, didn't seem to care
as she won the 5,OO0m in a time of
13:50. UBC's Kerry Mackelvie and
Heather MacDonald placed third and
fourth respectively. In the men's 10k
race, University of Victoria's Jim
Finlayson won a close race over UBC's
Oliver Utting, winning by a five second margin. Chris Bakal was UBC's
other top finisher, placing fourth in a
time of 33:29 minutes.
The men's hockey team came away
from the Mberta Golden Bears
Invitational Tournament with a 1-1-1
record. The Birds tied Lethbridge 2-2,
beat the Northern Alberta Institute of
Technology 4-2, and lost 2-0 to the
Saskatchewan Huskies.
Tire Birds, who compiled a 2-3-1
pre-season record, will open the regular season the weekend of October
17/18 against defending Canada West
champs and CIAU finalists University
of Alberta Golden Bears. The women's
ice hockey team, meanwhile, lost their
season opener 5-0 to the New
Westminister Lightnings.
field Hockey
UBC finished the second Canada
West tournament with a 1-2-1 record
and now has to win all of its four
remaining games to have a shot at me
post-season. 'Yes, I know winning
.four, games probably sounds farfetched, but I don't think it's impossible,* said head coach Hash Kanjee.
His confidence is based on his
team's play this weekend.
UBC clobbered Manitoba 6-0 and
earned ties against Victoria and
Mberta. *We had an absolute brilliant
game against Mberta,* said Kanjee.
"We should have beaten them 4-0. We
had four clear breakaways. We gave
them absolutely nothing.' Except for a
goal against the flow of the play which
tied the game. The Birds' didn't help
their playoff cause the next day either
losing 2-0 to Calgary. UBC's record
now stands at two wins, three losses,
and three ties heading into the third
and final Canada West tournament in
Women's soccer
The women's soccer team failed to
gain any ground in the Canada West
playoff race tie Victoria 0-0. The Birds'
record now stands at 3-2-1, good
enough for ten points and third place.
The Birds currently trail first-placed
aAlberta by six points and second-
placed Calgary by five, but have a.
game in hand on the Dinos. UBC has a
bye this weekend before travelling to
aAJberta for a must win game. Indeed,
UBC must win all four of its remaining games to make the post-season.
Head coach Dick Mosher is confident
though. "It's a large task, but I flank
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by Wolf Depner
The rain had came down with biblical vengeance the night before, turning UBC's OJ Todd field into an epic
swamp more fit for underwater soccer than the dry land version of the
There were no signs it would let
up when the UBC Thunderbirds and
Victoria Vikes splashed onto the
field for a critical Canada West soccer game this Saturday.
But Birds' centre-back Mark
Rogers didn't mind the sloppy conditions at all. "These are days that I
dream about. This is when it's fun."
Rogers and the Birds certainly
didn't have much too fun heading
into Saturday's game, a repeat of
last year's Canada West final UVic
won 3-0 en route to a winning
national championship.
The loss put a heavy psychological burden on the Birds heading
into the 1997 season. Sure, UBC
was undefeated heading into Saturday's match, but make no mistake. So far, the Birds had not played
like the team expected to dominate
the Canada West.
The team hit rock bottom last
week with a 2-0 loss to Simon Fraser
and while the loss didn't count
against Birds in the standings, it
sent everybody scrambling for
So not only was there an actual
storm in progress, but there was
also one brewing over the UBC's
men's soccer team when it took the
field Saturday afternoon. In the end,
the Birds chased away the doubters.
They played the best game of the
season, winning 2-1 (it easily could
have been 3-1 or 4-1), and now sit all
alone in first place.
The Vikes are now all but officially eliminated from the playoff
pictures, a fact that brought a gleeful
smile to UBC head coach Mike
Mosher's face.
"Basically this kills them off and
ultimately, that is what we wanted to
achieve today." The Birds may have
turned the corner in the process
and seem to head into the stretch
drive with the confidence they
seemed to be missing in the first
half of the season.
Said Mosher: "There were a lot
of good signs out there." Indeed,
there were. UBC played with hustle,
intensity, and as it corny as it may
sound, as a team, something that
has not been the case for the first
half ofthe season.
Chris Franks, Aaron Keay, and
Jeff Skinner, who moonlight for the
Vancouver 86ers in the off-season,
finally played like they were comfortable wearing the blue-and-gold,
after missing the first three UBC
games with the 86ers.
"We're getting the team to know
a bit better, but I ttiink we still
haven't played to our potential.
Hopefully, that will come in the next
couple of game," said Franks who in
the 68th minute suffered a broken
nose for the second time in as many
games. "I guess I'm on a streak," he
joked afterwards.
Striker Ken Strain is on one also,
and while it is not as painful as
Franks', it has hurt the team in the
scoring department. Strain, who
had seven goals in 1996 to lead, has
not scored a goal in the last six regular season games and his individual struggles magnify the fact that
the people who are supposed to
score for UBC are not doing so, at
least not for the moment.
While Strain's frustration continued against the Vikes—he missed a
glorious chance in the second half
to make it 2-0—his partner Troy
Wood had a strong physical game,
won some key balls, made several
good runs, but also went off-side far
too many times.
"[Our forwards] did improve
today," said Franks. "They worked
a lot harder and played smarter,
but hopefully in the next few
games will get some goals get out
them." Mosher is confident his
strikers will crank it up as the race
for first place in the Canada West
between Alberta and UBC gains
Right now though the goals are
coming from somewhat unexpected
sources. Saturday, full back Steve
McCauley gave the Birds a 1-0 lead
in the 2ULti minute when he moved
up on a corner kick and placed a
powerful header just inside the top
right corner.
Jake Mauritzen's fluke goal in
the 70th minute (a deep cross
bounced off his chest) tied the
game, but just one minute later
Rogers put the Birds up for good
with another well placed header off
a corner kick.
"Usually our heads go down, but
we fought back," said Rogers who
knows a thing or two about hitting
the net as he scored three goals last
year while playing upfront.
Mosher moved Rogers into the
centreback spot when the season
started to shore up a backline that
lost two starters to graduation. So
far Rogers has done a superb job
playing the position in tandem with
Steve MacCaulev, 1995 Canada
West Rookie of the Year.
"Mark and Steve win 90 per cent
of all aerial balls and you can't say
enough about the way they're playing together," Mosher said.
"Without a doubt, they are the best
centre-back combination in our conference."
If Rogers and MaCauley continue to play the way they have and
UBC starts scoring like they did last
season, the Birds will most likely
play for a national championship in
But for a brief moment, Rogers
had everybody thuiking about December and Christmas after the
As he left the, field and headed
for his car, he swung his heavy, wet
bag over his right shoulder and jokingly said, "Hey look, it's Santa
Claus." While he may not have Saint
Nick's obese physique, Rogers certainly delivered the goods Saturday
and in the end he was right. He had
Thievery 101 University applications on downward spiral in Ontario
 by Cynthia Lee
Wallets, bikes and cars are prime
targets for theft and this crime is on
the rise at UBC.
In the past 12 months 200 wallets were reported stolen, 162 bicycles were taken from campus and
over the summer months alone
there were 11 vehicle burglaries in
the Gage residence area, according
to the RCMP university detachment.
Koerner Library has been a particular hot spot for many of the wallet thefts. Belongings are taken from
unattended backpacks left in study
carrels while the owners are searching for books or taking a bathroom
The more impatient thieves
don't wait for unsuspecting students to leave their belongings. "We
had a report of one lady actually
sneaking under carrels while people were sitting there and going
through their backpacks,' said
Bradley Kristel, a constable with the
university RCMP.
In an effort to cut crime, library
staff have posted warnings around
the building warning patrons to
keep watch their things. And 'tickets' or flyers are given to students
whose valuables are left vulnerable
to theft.
According to Lynne Redenbach, a
Koerner library employee, their
efforts have paid off and the number of library thefts is down.
"We really haven't had many
reports since September 1, but we
are maintaining our vigilance,
because [crime waves] tend to come
in rashes and you never know when
that's going to start," Redenbach
'Essentially if it stops because
there's deterrents or because
they're actually caught doing it, it
doesn't really matter. We just want
it to stop,' she added.
The crime rate peaked during
the summer months, and has
dropped off significantly since, said
Kristel. But he warned that the situation will likely get worse.
This is a reminder to students
that they should turn their minds to
security problems and make sure
that they lock their valuables up,
includteg their dorms and vehi-
cles,* said Kristel.
The officer said the problem
surged last summer when a rash of
wallets were stolen from Japanese
women who were foreign students
enrolled in the English Language
Institute program.
Campus-wide bicycle theft is also
on the rise. Kristel said the number
of bikes stolen this year is unusually
high for an area the size of UBC and
added that a Tayptonite' IMock is
one of the best ways to secure a
Similarly, car break-ins have
become increasingly common, and
the officer noted that many of the
cars broken into are left unlocked.
Particularly targeted areas are the
Gage parking lot, the Rose Garden
Parkade and the B-Lots.
1 think everyone is under the
assumption, because it's kind of a
microcosm out here and that there
is no crime," said Kristel. It's just
like any other part of Vancouver. I
mean, we're not completely sheltered and it'd be nice if people
would observe that a httle more and
. report anythiijg they find suspicious
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the Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-The number of people
applying to Ontario universities has dropped
for the fourth consecutive year and while most
administrators point to demographics as the
reason, students are blaming the rising cost of
According to the Ontario University Application Centre, the number of applications from
secondary school students has dropped by
more than two per cent this year. Applications
from those not attending secondary school
have decreased by more than five per cent.
And some Ontario universities have had
even more significant drops, with two northern schools showing a decrease of nearly 20
per cent.
"It's all demographics," said Greg Marcotte,
director ofthe application centre. "I have every
expectation that applicants will increase."
Campus minus
Math building
by Daliah Merzaban
Situated between two relatively new structures, Trekkers restaurant and the Koerner
Library, UBC's Math annex is far from glamorous.
The annex was built 70 years ago as a temporary structure and it will probably stand
for a while longer before the next phase of
Koerner library replaces it.
The first phase of Koerner was completed
last year, but the $25 million building is still
too small for the university's library collections.
The temporary status of the annex is
shared by many buildings in the area and is
the result of the province's original reluctance to invest money into permanent buildings, said Kathleen Beaumont, director of
campus planning and development.
"Times have not changed," she added.
While the math building is temporary, it's
still getting upgraded. Since last year a new
roof has been installed and construction
workers are presently repairing rotting wood
and repainting the outside. The math buildings will also be made accessible to people in
wheelchairs this spring.
University administrators explain the drop
in similar terms. Laurentian University was
one of the northern schools hit particularly
Ron Smith, the school's registrar, emphasises the smaller pool of high school graduates in
"Clearly tuition increases
and the government's decision
to offload the costs to students
has had an effect."
—Paul Whitfield
President of Lakehead University
the school's catch area as explanation for Laur-
entian's 18.7 per cent drop in applications.
Paul Whitfield, president of Lakehead
University, says Lakehead has traditionally
served students who were the first in their family to attend university, and this may have affected the drop in applicants to the institution.
"That number has been declining significantly," he said. "We had no way to go but
But Whitfield also says the rising cost of
education is a factor. "Clearly tuition increases
and the government's decision to offload the
costs to students has had an effect. There is no
doubt about it," he said.
In the past two years, the provincial
Conservative government has cut $400 million in funding to Ontario's universities and
colleges. But at the same time, it has allowed
tuition to increase by 30 per cent so that post-
secondary institutions can make up part of the
shortfall. The average tuition at Ontario universities this year for an undergraduate arts
degree is $3,234, second highest in the country after Nova Scotia.
In the past five years the number of total
applicants to Ontario universities has shown a
decrease of more than 20,000 students—to
224,041 from 247,635. ♦
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"The fact that we're spending money
shows that it'll be around for a while," said
George Bluman, the math department
head, said it's unfortunate that the improvements are mostly external. "There are a lot of
internal problems with the math buildings.
You could argue that these buildings should
be gunned, and new buildings built."
Bluman pointed to water dripping from
the ceiling, and mould in the basement as
problems that need immediate attention.
Although campus planners are searching
for a new site for math buildings, Beaumont
said the university will go through a public
process before making a decision and
stressed that any new structure will be a long
term endeavour.
Suzanne Dodson, of facilities and preservation for the Koerner Library, said the aim
of phase two is to eventually move books
from Main Library into Koerner. "The plans
for Phase two are very much in the
Students occupy minister's constituency office in Quebec
by Sonia Verma
the McGill Daily
MONTREAL (CUP)-A group of students temporarily occupied a Quebec cabinet minister's office October 1 to protest the provincial
government's record on making post-secondary education accessible.
Jean-Rene Levesque, secretary of Le
Mouvement pour le Droit a l'Education,
(Movement for education rights) said the students occupied the office because direct
action has been successful in the past.
"We are trying to construct a movement to
radicalise students in the province," he said.
"It has to be a militant approach because that
is what has worked in tlie past."
Shortly before 2 p.m. on Oct. 1, about 30
people, most of them students from the
provincial colleges, commonly known as
CEGEP's, entered the constituency office of
Andre Boisclair, Quebec's immigration minister.
They presented officials in the office with a
list of demands before escorting the officials
out ofthe building and barricading the doors.
The list of demands included free and
accessible education, a request that the
province convert loans into bursaries to eliminate student debt and that students be guaranteed a voice in the running of the
province's CEGEP's and universities.
But as the evening wore on, students
noticed the growing police presence around
the building. By 10:30 p.m. there were 12
police cars at the scene and the students voted
on whether or not to leave "on their own
terms," according to Patrick Borden, a member of the civil disobedience group Canvas,
which participated in the occupation. By a
majority of one, the group decided to leave.
"The police gave us an amnesty and we
left. Personally I feel we bailed out way too
soon," said Borden.
Last fall, students at 2 5 of the province's
CEGEP's went on a month-long strike to
protest the threat of rising tuition in Quebec.
In the wake ofthe strike provincial Education
Minister Pauline Marois announced that the
provincial government would freeze tuition
for Quebec students until the end of its current mandate.
Julie Bradet, a CEGEP du Vieux Montreal
student who participated in the occupation,
says Marois' track record reveals a shaky
commitment to accessible, quality education.
"Marois should have extended her
promise to freeze tuition," she said. "Right
now her promise is temporary, and it only
applies to Quebec students. She is not committed to an ideal of education for all.'
Tuition fees for Quebec students have been
frozen since 1990. But this fall the Quebec
government introduced a differential fee for
mula requiring out-of-province students to pay
more for their education. Tuition jumped by
as much as $ 1,000 for these students.
The occupation of Boisclair's office is part
of a broader campaign to pressure the Parti
Quebecois government to return to its more
socially progressive roots with respect to post-
secondary education funding. Since the
beginning of its current mandate, the PQ has
slashed over $400 million from the education sector, and has indicated that it may cut
at least $700 million more.
Members of Le Mouvement say that if the
government does not accede to its demands
by October 23, they will call for another
province-wide strike and other acts of civil
The Quebec wing of the Canadian
Federation of Students is also planning
actions to protest the provincial government's education policies. The federation is
planning to occupy the provincial government buildings in Quebec City November 3
and will present the provincial government
with a list of demands including accessible
'It's a good idea to participate in actions
like the occupation because it fits into a larger movement,' said Erin Runions, chair of
the Quebec CFS wing. 'It's important that people feel comfortable with this type of resistance.'♦ TOBER 7, 1997
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ST.JOHN'S (CUP)-The Canadian
Red Cross and its blood screening
process is coming under fire at
another Canadian campus.
Members of the Lesbians,
Bisexuals, Gays, and Transgendered Society at Memorial University say they are insulted by a
questionnaire used by the Red
Cross to screen potential blood
The questionnaire asks if the
potential donor is "a male who
has had sex with another male,
since 1977."
"They're continuing to reinforce society's great big fear that
some gay man out there is going
to infect the world, instead of dealing with the reality," said Romana
Roberts, one of the coordinators
of the society.
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"According to the last study of
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Welfare changes may rule out studies in Ontario
TORONTO (CUP)-Reforms to
social assistance in Ontario could
prevent welfare recipients from
going to university.
The new regulations, part of the
provincial government's workfare
program which is already in place
in several municipalities, demand
that welfare recipients find the
shortest route to employment.
For Alexandra Humphrey, a
single mother of six and former
welfare recipient who received
her post-secondary degree in May,
the news of the regulations is startling.
"I would not be able to access
university under the changes that
are coming with the current program. That's very sad because it
means that a person like me would
be locked in a low paying job for
the rest of (their) life," she said.
According to Statistics Canada
data, a person's income increases
with  the   amount  of education
The Ontario Works workfare
program cites a two week certificate program leading to a locally
available job as an example of the
type of studies that should be pursued by those receiving welfare.
Government officials defend
the new regulations.
"[Welfare recipients] should be
in programs where there's a reasonable prospect for a job,"said
Bob Cooke, a spokesperson for the
Ministry of Community and Social
Although Cooke says welfare
recipients don't need to be encouraged to go to university, he adds
that if they express an interest in
post-secondary education studies
they will be referred to the Ontario
Student Assistance Program for
Source: Ontario Bureau
Fed scholarships get cold shoulder from Quebec
MONTREAL (CUP)-The response
in Quebec to the Prime Minister's
announcement of a $1 billion
national scholarship fund has
been less than enthusiastic.
With the announcement of the
fund two weeks ago, Prime
Minister Chretien said that the
Millennium Scholarship Endowment Fund would not infringe on
provincial jurisdiction over education, but would rather complement provincial efforts.
But some Quebec government
officials are viewing the fund with
"Education is a provincial
jurisdiction. There's no federal
ministry of education," said
Christiane Miville-Deschenes,
press secretary for Quebec Education Minister Pauline Marois.
"[The fund is] another way of
putting their big feet in a Quebec
Quebec administers its own
student loan program and is not a
part of the Canada Student Loan
Program. And because of this, the
new   scholarships   will   be    a
headache     to     administer    in
Quebec, says Miville-Deschenes.
"We're going to have double
administration," she said.
Nikolas Ducharme, president
of the Federation des Etudiants
Universitaires de Quebec, which
represents 15 student associations and over 135,000 students
across the province, said the
scholarship fund is more about
seducing young Quebeckers to
support a unified Canada than
helping students.
"[Student] debt isn't a unity
problem but a real social problem
in Canada and Quebec. [The federal government] shouldn't try to
place the unity debate around student issues.... You take real measures to solve that problem,"
Ducharme said.
He said the federal government should look at increasing
transfer payments to the
provinces or pumping more
money into the Canada Student
Loan program if it really wants to
help students out.
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by Todd Silver
Simon Pulfrey is not a man one would expect to find in a war
zone. But, for three months, this slim, soft spoken UBC medical student served in what is now the former Zaire as a nutritional expert for Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF), an emergency aid organisation without political or religious affiliations.
Staying in Zaire, however, meant that he faced the hate
and violence that has long torn at the nation.
"I've seen a lot of people in a lot of distress. I've seen a lot
of people suffering. I've seen a lot of hatred, and that is one
of the things that I had never really seen before...I've seen
some horrific things."
He saw vehicles pulled to the side of the road, reminders
that there are a lot of people trying to flee the region. Some
had broken down or run out of gas. Some bore the marks of
a rocket attack.
Near the shell of one burned out bus, Pulfrey found the
bodies of thirty refugees.
"I was shocked by the real hatred of it, of people hating
each other so much... there's elements that come in with
guns with force, that are very destructive. And it is frightening."
MSF does not usually hire medical students, but Pulfrey
was accepted because of his background in nutrition. He has
a Master's degree in nutrition and has worked in both Nepal
and Tibet before hitching on with MSF.
'I had never worked with MSF before and normally they
After three months
in one of the
most horriffic
on earth,
UBC medical student
Simon Pulfrey
has come home
to Vancouver.
Working through slaughter
have quite a few preparatory courses and whatnot, but it
worked out well, so getting on with them was quite fortuitous
So, two days after completing his exams, Pulfrey left
Vancouver to embark on a journey which would see him
enter a country in chaos.
He entered Zaire the day the late General Mobutu Sese-
Seko's forces were overtaken in Kinshasa; thousands of
refugees continued to flood over the border from Rwanda. He
heard the rumors of genocide and passed through roadblocks guarded by thirteen year old boys with AK4 7 machine
guns. He was about to begin what was to be the most intense
time of his life.
"I went in, obviously, with quite a lot of anticipation,
apprehension, quite nervous, quite excited, quite uncertain,
just knowing that you can only control a very few things and
the rest you just have to trust your ability to adapt to whatever situation comes up."
ome on
Pulfrey's main job was to build and maintain nutritional
centres; temporary tent cities in places too dangerous for
even UN staff. "MSF was the only one who stepped outside
[the UN guidelines] and elected to evaluate the security on
their own grounds and they didn't follow any of the UN security., so we were the only ones in the field, we were the only
ones with feeding centers."
He learned to deal with the situation through callousness.
He had children dying on him, he witnessed the incredible
need of the suffering. He had to learn to turn from the child
he could not help so that he could save another patient. He
had to learn how to radio back to base, pack up and leave
when he had done everything he could for a village."I can't
feel guilty for that. I can't feel guilty for where I come from,
for how much I have or what I couldn't do."
The centres were geared mostly to helping starving chil
dren. Children were evaluated and prioritised according to a
ratio of a child's height and weight. Those who were accept
ed were fed high energy meals about eight
times a day.
But the lack of infrastructure made the
operation a logistical nightmare. Food had
to be shipped in from Europe, flown into
Uganda, as no flights were allowed into
Zaire, and transported over land using a
tattered and beaten road system. Tents
had to be pitched and latrines had to be
dug. MSF would hire cooks, assistants and
people to measure and evaluate children.
"It's a big big operation on the ground.
It's impressive. A lot of these areas are
insecure so you are traveling by convoy
through an incredible jungle... dense,
dense jungle and soaring plains but at the
same time it is hard to get anywhere."
But the reason MSF had Pulfrey in
Zaire was his skill as a nutritionist. He collected population rates, malnutrition rates
and mortality rates. He evaluated why
there was malnutrition in a region: for
many it was too dangerous to farm because
of the war while others had been displaced by the attacks of
another ethnic group.
He had to factor in deaths to measles, tuberculosis or HIV.
It was his job to then act on this information. He always
worked with children under five, using them as a gauge for
the rest of the population.
But, despite learning to
live within a war, Pulfrey
was humbled by the coping abilities of people from
the region. They had an
amazing ability to laugh at
horror. They would find humour in telling the story of how
their bus was attacked, how the survivors had to walk a hundred miles in three days to get to the nearest village.
Pulfrey told a story about how one of his coworkers dealt
with almost dying himself. "It was one of our nutritionists, he
was explaining of how he was sleeping on his back, and thank
goodness he was, because the bullet came through the wall.
And he shows his t-shirt where the bullet just grazed above
him and had he been laying on his side he probably wouldn't
have made it."
After living on the edge of life and death, Pulfrey has
found it tough returning to the relative calm of Vancouver.
But he continues his work with the MSF by relating his experience of a country torn by hate to Canadians.
Pulfrey will be part of a presentation on the MSF experience in Zaire, Wednesday, October 8 at the Roundhouse
Community Centre. He hopes to return to Zaire in the
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And I find authority figures, when they deteriorate, very disturbing,"
explained Natali.
The special effects of
the film are enough to
make Hollywood hacks
blush.     The     physical
effects were all done by Caligari
while (CORE) did all of the post
digital effects.
"I can not provide a logical
explanation for this but they
[CORE] did all ofthe effects work
for nothing and really, without
their involvement, it would have
been impossible to make the
film. They spent about six weeks
to do all of the effects and it was
really a great process. They did
the effect, and I could ask to
revise it, which is something I
couldn't have done had we been
paying for it," explained Natali.
"We were incredibly lucky. I really
think that the effects on Cube stand
out and were incredibly clean."
Although Natali couldn't come up
[with a good explanation for CORE's
involvement, Bob Munroe, who was
the director of special effects for
Cube and a director at CORE
Once we saw what Vincenzo
[wanted to do and realized that the
effects would enhance the film, we
really wanted to become involved. We really want to support Canada's bright
young filmmakers and the Canada Film Centre," said Monroe.
Natali's great work with Cube may be what he needs to jump-start his career
and make the leap into the "big time" where the fabled BIG budgets exist. At the
moment, Natali is working on a new film tentatively called Mutants.
"Mutants falls into the fantasy, science fiction world. It's a love story. I actually like to call it a genetic love story which I'm sure will become a sub-genre
soon enough. I'm really intrigued by this one because it begins as a
Frankenstein type of story and then it takes a U-turn in another direction.
What's exciting to me about this one is that it [the story] is emerging from the
character. It poses the question of who are the real monsters. I haven't approached anyone
about this one but a lot of this new script is dependent on what happens with Cube."
debuted earlier in the year at the Toronto International Film Festival and picked up the
award for "Best First Feature Film by a Canadian Director." This award and the fact that
Cineplex Odeon Films Canada is looking to release the film later this year or early next year
in five cities across Canada should be enough to guarantee Natali pay cheques for a while to
(wearing glasses) breaks with tradition and
creates what could b&the first Canadian
horror masterpiece, Cube. ►!Wso»kV6©cJr3e£R 7.1997
Ron Collier breathes new life into "Canadiana Suite"
the Fred Stride Jazz Orchestra
October 4 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre
by Alison Cole
There was no shortage of unmasked musical energy in the
room last Saturday night as hundreds of jazz fanatics came
out to feast in the endearing flavour of The Fred Stride
The majority of the programme was conducted by Ron
Collier, while the ensemble's namesake took a back seat
in the trumpet section. The first half was dominated by
works by Collier's once long-time buddy Duke Ellington
and by pieces Collier himself had composed. In these
pieces the big band's superb versatility shone through to
an eager audience.
From the sultry tones of Collier's "Midsummer" to
Charlie Parker's vibrantly instrumentated "Scrapple from
the Apple," the ensemble boasted its talent. What they
also showed off were the abilities of rather virtuosi solos,
which were demonstrated especially well with the jovial
Benny Goodman-esque clarinet solo at the conclusion of
Ellington's "Riba (from The River)" and in the sensuous
trombone wah-wahs and growls of "Vivi", also by the Duke.
Also notable in the programme lineup was another composition by Collier derived partly from a line Duke
Ellington sang to him three days before his death in 1974.
Its title: "Four Kisses"—one for each cheek—as told to
President Nixon by Ellington himself.
The highlight of the evening came in the form of the
world premiere of Oscar Peterson's "Canadiana Suite",
newly arranged by Collier for jazz ensemble and originally
composed in 1964 for the once-famous Oscar Peterson
Trio. This arrangement was the five-year long dream of Kris
Elgstrand, who, at the age of 22, commissioned the piece to
The highlight of the evening came in
the form of the world premiere of
Oscar Peterson's "Canadiana Suite",
newly arranged for jazz ensemble
and originally composed in 1964.
Colher in 1996. The dream was worth waiting for, as this
masterpiece, so rich in its purely Canadian character, has
been duly resurrected from a time lost and long ago.
"Canadiana Suite" depicts a portrait of Canada's landscape, and consists of eight sections, each one representing
a 'stop' on a symbolic railway journey across the country
from east to west. From the Maritimes to the Land of the
Misty Giants (BC), the Orchestra successfully brought to life
Collier's innovative and colourful arrangements. The blasting trumpets indicating the hustle and bustie of Montreal
life in "Place St. Henri," to the muted trombone melody that
so appropriately captured the feeling of Toronto's
"Hogtown Blues." It came a long way from the bare original
piano, bass and drums, but yet still mostly maintained the
essence of Peterson's interpretation
and artistry.
Exhibitionist solos were abundant
throughout the performance. Campbell
Ryga's soprano sax melody in
"Laurentide Waltz" was beautiful and
superbly chosen, while Brad Turner (of
the one and only Brad Turner Quartet)
demonstrated just how fast his fingers
can move in the Calgary Stampede
Parade depiction "March Past."
Collier certainly took some great liberties in his title of arranger. The
lengthy snare drum solo intro in
"March Past" followed by a drastically
slow-tempoed ensemble melody was an extreme change
from the original. This piece eventually broadened out to a
hair-raising big band monster, which really detracted from
its original simplistic and quaint nature. Overall, however,
Collier's creative interpretation of the "Canadiana Suite",
combined with the remarkable talents of The Fred Stride
Jazz Orchestra was a gorgeous interpretation of an already
brilliant piece of music.♦
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Shall We Dance
at the Chan Centre
by Holly Kim
Last Friday, at the Chan Centre there was a
unique concert called, "Shall We Dance."
The performance featured a collection of
various dance music from all over the
world performed by the UBC Symphonic
Wind Ensemble with Martin Berinbaum as
Despite the rain, wind, and cold temperature, more than 200 people filled up
the centre and the concert went on in a relatively cozy atmosphere.
I hadn't been to Chan Centre since it
opened, and seeing it for the first time was
a charming experience. The glass wall
showcased a well-illuminated garden outside. Proud parents and friends ofthe band
members, and people just there to see the
show wandered around admiring the building and the view outside the windows while
talking to the band members during the
The concert was an excellent mixture of
dance music from musicals, contemporary
classics, and other countries. Before every
single piece, Berinbaum, who looked unaffected by the weather, gave the audience
some information about the music they
were about to play. His explanation was
extremely useful for the people, myself
included, who are never sure when to
Rather nervous looking members of the
ensemble walked in with their instruments. The concert started casually with
"Shall we dance" by Richard Rodgers from
the musical "King and I." "Liturgical
Dances" by David Holsinger followed,
changing the mood into something more
ceremonious. Next was "Dance Baroque," a
rather cute piece by an American composer, Victor Herbert. "Dances Sacred and Profane"   which  was   written  in   1977   by
William Hill followed with some spectacular solos, duets, and trios. And the first half
of the concert finished with popular "La
Bamba De Vera Cruz" by Jose Tucci.
In the beginning of the concert, the
ensemble wasn't exactly the VSO. They did
lose their harmony a couple of times, but
their sincerity was more than enough to
compensate for the occasional imperfections. What really satisfied me was to see
them playing better as the concert proceeded as if they were getting the hang of
In tlie second half, as the audience was
more relaxed, and the band members
more confident, the performance became
even better. For this section of the concert
the music was lively, and funny in some
cases. There was the exotic "Tango
Tangier," by William McRae, which was an
aria from an opera. Followed was a very
humorous "Four Scottish Dances" by Malcolm Arnold. The next was "Danza Final"
composed by Alberto Ginastera to be used
in a ballet which was never produced.
Another seductive tango, "La Cum-parsita
Tango" by G.H. Matos Rodriguez' was
played. The concert ended on a happy note
with "I could have danced all night" from
the movie "My Fair Lady."
Casual seems to be the word to describe
the whole experience. No one in the audience spent hours dressing up. No one
spent Eaoney on exorbitant ticket prices for
a concert that didn't live up to the hype.
And most importantly, the audience was
willing to forget tlie mistakes that their
loved ones might make.
"Shall We Dance" was not the concert
experience of a lifetime. However, the mixture of the excellent collection of music,
the band members' genuine effort, the
intimate atmosphere of a small audience,
and the beautiful concert hall made the
experience just perfect to warm everybody's heart on a cold, dark, rainy Friday
night. ♦
Objectivity in a war-zone
Welcome to Sarajevo
at Vancouver film fmt
by Kendra Hibbett
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follow up. It takes the film abort half an
hour to decide who this story is about Yet!
the director doesn't seem to care about;
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actors low-key to leave room for more
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Film not so happy medium
Happy Together
at the Vancouver Film Fest
by John Zaozirny
For most directors, and artists in general I suppose,
there's a constant, ever-present struggle between doing
what they want to do and doing what people can actually understand and appreciate. Some directors, such as
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, seem to have been
blessed with having a perfect mix of the two usually diametrically opposed needs, but for most there's always
an ongoing compromise. Wong Kar-Wai, the director of
Happy Together, is assuredly one who's struggled
to fulfill his poetic temperament and still manages to put out a film that is economically
viable. .,--
Previous films such as As Tears
Go By and Days of Being Wild
were full of beautiful, lingering
visuals and moments that
seemed perfectly distilled from
real life, but they were also, for
the most part, inaccessible, coldly artistic and fairly boring.
It was his 1994 film, Chungking Express, that truly put him
on the map as a filrnrnaker of
note and brilliance. He'd finally
accomplished the task of combining rich images with a story and a
structure  that worked.   Distributed in North America by enthusiastic fan Quentin Tarantino's
Production    Company,    Rolling
Thunder    Pictures,     Chungking
Express was  a loving portrait of
Hong Kong and of two pairs of star
crossed lovers.
Beautifully photographed, it drew
the audience into a world of whimsical
fancy, and any film that can play
California Dreaming' over twenty
times and make you love the song
more each time, is a success by anybody's standards.
So I, along with most of the audience, entered the theatre with pretty
high standards. Happy Together was,
after all, the film that had brought
Kar-Wai the treasured Best Director
ome on
award at Cannes, it must be something. But what came
on-screen was something a lifetime removed from the
bright colours and whimsy of Chungking Express.
The film opens in much the same way as the film
Kids did, getting any doubts about the sexual nature of
the movie out the way early by starting off with a love
scene. And it's not a lovingly photographed Hollywood-
style love scene, but a grittily rendered scene in a small
drab room.
Once the tone is set, we soon see the two lovers, Ho
(Leslie Cheung) and Lai (Tony Leung),
part  over   a  disastrous   road  trip
through Argentina and to go their separate ways. What follows is a vivid and
unflinching portrait of Lai's emotional
and visceral trials, his attempts to get
back to Hong Kong and escape the
series of dead-end jobs and situations
he's now stuck in. Ho blunders in and
out of his life, but there's never any
great    revelation    or    realization
between the two, just a shared misunderstanding tying the two inexorably to
each other. Happy Together is simply a
film of Lai's attempts to deal with the loneliness caused both by being a stranger in a
strange  country and from having  Ho
come and go from his life. Apart from a
strange and intriguing kid from Taiwan
played by Chang Chen, there aren't any
other characters, and there's no need for
any. The film lives and dies by its attempts
to get the audience inside Lai's head and
heart, and when it succeeds, which it does
a number of times, it's a wrenching film
Unfortunately,  there  are  also  many
points when it seems that Kar-Wai is back
to his old tricks, grasping for something
that isn't there and that the audience
doesn't understand. And so what you end
up with from Happy Together is a film
that's bittersweet and affecting, but also
removed and distant, a work of art that's
genius at times, but tiring in other
Kind of like the wasting relationship
it portrays, Happy Together may not be
a completely satisfying film, but it's an
important experience nonetheless.^*
The bartender doesn't
care about your problems
happy together
at the Vancouver Film Fest
by Adrienne Smith
Barnone oozes the Vancouver scene from every pore. aAs the second independent feature length film from Vancouver Film
School grad, Mark Tuit, with a director of photography from
UBC and shot entirely on location at the North Shore Keg, this
film is about as West Coast as it gets.
At first Barnone looks like a Clerks for bartenders, but as the
film files by we see there is a little more than a shoe string plot
Anyone who will admit to some experience in the service industry will be able to relate to this film.
Barnone is a parade of nasty managers, mindless kitchen
pigs, pushy, demanding customers and the odd drunken brawl.
The cast of characters buzz by like archetypal bar flys do, from
the enigmatic silent bartender with a shady past who silently
polishes glasses and stoically takes even the worst crisis with a
cool head, to the dumb, but dashing sexy Ken doll who loses it
all when all three of his girlfriends decide to show up on the
same night
The most interesting aspect of this film is that it is shot
almost entirely in black and white, with the exception of the
flashback scenes. Rather than bow to a convention, Tuit decided to use the expectation that the present is usually in techni-
colour to illustrate the drabness of his head bartender's (black
and white) life in contrast to the wild drunken recklessness that
coloured his past.
We are almost alarmed to see colour after an hour of adjusting to what was taken initially to be standard artsy-fartsy film
Barnone is part one of the Slaves to the Industry trilogy by
Burning Giraffe Pictures Inc. and is based on actual events from
Tuit's life during his seven year stint in the service industry.
The acting seems a little hammy at times and the dialogue is
a bit strained. However, these shortcomings are easily tolerated
in exchange for the startling realism of the camerawork. The
audience can almost smell the grease from the fryers, the ashes
and gravy, and in one scene, the burning flesh of the prep cook.
With a running time of 120 odd minutes, it is almost impossible to believe that Barnone was shot in twenty six nights (after
the Keg had closed but before the sun came up) and with a budget of only twelve thousand dollars.
If Barnone stands as an example of local films with limited
budgets, we as viewers are in for some visual treats to come.
Keep an eye out for the other films in the series. Serving and
Cooking, the next installment is being filmed this fall. A
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No need to count
Year of the Sheep
at the Vancouver Film Fest
by Kendra Hibbert
Year of the Sheep is a twisted, low-
budget film about a couple who try
to leave for holiday but are delayed
by sleepiness and work obsession.
This film is a mix between an Ed
Wood film, the play Waiting for
Godot and The Twilight Zone. In this
case the mixing doesn't match. ♦
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Melanie Friesen, producer of the
upcoming Trade Forum, spoke to
film students on Tuesday to plug
New Filmmakers' Day, which is taking place on October 11.
The event will feature several
guest speakers including producers,
directors, and sound specialists,
most of whom have worked on films
with budgets under $200 000. Some
ofthe speakers featured will be Alan
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The speakers will offer advice on
how to keep post-production costs as
low as possible and how to work
with low budgets. As well, participants will have the opportunity to
book one-on-one sessions with some
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Film highlights
at Vancouver Film Fest
 by Ronald Nurwisah
The words Great Depression conjure up in most of us images of
the prairie dust bowl, displaced
'Oakies* travelling west, migrant
workers fravelling from town to
town, accompanied by sheer
poverty and a sense of hopelessness. Riding the Rails, focuses on
an often forgotten aspect of the
Great Depression, the hitch hikers of yesteryears, die rail riders.
Throughout the 1930's approximately a quarter minion children
and teenagers criss-crossed Norm
America illegally on freight trains.
The film was inspired by the thousands of letters the ffirnmakers
received from various ex-rail rid-
ewllhe end insult is a series of
poignant mH revealing inter*
views with,a dozen or so of these
During die I930's teenagers
ran away for many reasons, for
some it was to try and find work,
though for many it was to find
adventure and hope. Riding the
Rails paints a very human picture
of the Great Depression.
Juxtaposing interviews in the present with archival news reels and
period movie footage, the documentary creates an accurate representation of the time which
these teenagers lived in.
The honesty of the interviews
in Riding tbe Rails is what, I
CelebratingCaribana     MICHAEL MOORE
Beat Factory
Caribana began in Toronto as a CariBbeaa 8$te carnival
organized by Hogtown's West Indian tl^pMffl^lo eete-
brate our first centennial as a bomfide coul^ wliy hack hi
1967. (What we were before that fe anybody's gutjss. What we
are now, after sacrificing our cherished sovereignly to free
trade is open to debate.) The original carnival offered
Torontonians all the hottest new styles of popular music
emerging from the gender <$ixnm of the West bridles. Since
that first tentative i3*cperiment at cross<adtaral polfinaaioit
Caribana has become an annual C^ribbean-st^e festival
livening up those mean streets of the commercial capital of
this otherwise dowdy nation.
This CD celebrates 30 years of Caribana, featuring originals from the first festival such as Lord Kitchener's 'Sixty
Seven,' up to the present such as Gfllo's *Bois Battde*
(1997). For lovers of Caribbean popular mom. Or for those
who just love getun' down and daneta' to the beat, this CD is
a must Truly, it took a msjjor influx fi-om lhe West Indies to
add life and colour to the dour streets of our most pragmatic
city, and C^uribana has done that spectocutoily for 30 years.
With a continuous influx of new musical styles from lhat
hotbed of musical innovation, the Caribbean, it Just gets bigger and better. Let's hope it and we are both around for the
next centennial celebration of our poor, battered and beleaguered country.^
by Andy Barham
f«0ft THE CWATC.« OF   TV  MTtOtt*  WGE&   S   HE
thought made the movie successful. Uys and Lovell, the producers
of the film, have compiled a wide
variety of interview subjects who
came from every walk of life.
Everything from lhe son of a well-
off doctor, to the eldest son of a
black Ikrnfly surviving in the grip
of pc-vetty, to a young teenage girl
who left home with her pregnant
friend. The emotional intensify of
the interviews is incredible. Some
of the subjects cry when reminded of the loneliness and solitude
of rau-riding. Others don't, and
for them memories are more
solemn. For one man his rail-riding days were the best times of his
life and can be seen in the film
still jumping on freight trains in
his seventies!
Another important aspect of
rail-riding that the film focused
on was the treatment of these
teenage transients and the way
they were perceived and treated
by the public. Using news-reel
footage the filmmakers successfully portray the naivete and innocence of the teenagers. Uys and
Lovell, through a group of anecdotes received from their interview subjects, also reveal the
inherent risk of ral-riding. The
people in the film encountered
everythiitig from hostile police
and townsfolk to near misses on
Riding the Rails is very diflfer-
ent thato most history documentaries, there are no stuffy histori-
aas pedantically preaching about
the Great Depression. What we
haw here is infinitely better. First
hand accounts from the actual
individuals who participated in
the GireatOeflresssion itself, there
is an honesty and directness in
the film that can't be matched by
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It was one big freak show at tne ijrjvssev office as Todd Silver
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Ronald Nurwisah and Daliah Menoban about who mold
aduafry keep the hat Standing near by, Joe Clark overheani
the argument and jumped in causing what had beranie a
smalt riot to become an out of hand tight induding hand to
hand combat Unaware ofthe reason for the brawl, 1 tolty Kim
and Riehejle Rae refurned from an entertaining game of pod
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Alryah Amarshi who had a copy ofthe -fake back tlie night
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ring corpses all over tlie office, RiiheUe opened her box to find
the land of Cynthia fee wrapped ui > (arefuTty in wax paper
Looking around the office, she realized that Marina Antunes
and Federico Barahona were nowhere to lie seen
Warmer? No, I
don't feel a thing!
AMS doesn't feel heat on tutition
They've been making a lot of plans at the AMS.
They've spent almost $200,000 renovating
the SUB since May.
They've set up an internship program for students.
They hosted a forum for student union types
from around Canada.
They're organising a five week forum on
But what about lobbying to maintain the
tuition freeze?
For two years now BC has been living through
a tuition freeze, and perhaps it's made the student union numb to the threat of tuition hikes.
We'd like to remind the executive ofthe impending spring thaw.
Still, it's not a top priority for Shirin Foroutan,
the AMS coordinator of external affairs. She's in
charge of lobbying government officials and the
public to promote student interests. But she's
busier with APEC.
Foroutan says she didn't know the new UBC
president, Martha Piper is against the current
tuition freeze. Even after meeting with the president. Sure.
Even if she didn't know, it's a problem. As a
representative of every student at UBC, Foroutan
is supposed to be on top of issues like tuition.
One of the first tilings she should have asked
Piper is how she felt about tuition levels.
Piper has made some strong points in favour
of a tuition increase and she's not afraid to be
vocal. She's also not elected by the students, but
will be representing the UBC view if there are no
other voices speaking out.
As of March 31, 1998 the freeze is set for
meltdown. That's less than six months away, and
students are going to be mighty upset if they
wake up April 1 to find they must pay an extra
$1000 a year.
Don't peg students for April fools. They
read the papers and know what the hikes
have done to the budgets of their fellow stu
dents across the country. They've said they
can't afford it. An AMS survey this spring
showed 44 per cent of students can't afford
the higher tuition.
So listen to them.
Perhaps the freeze is not the best solution to
continued accessibility. One could argue it limits
the university's funding and therefore it limits
the quality of education.
There are legitimate points to both sides of
the issue, the problem is that our AMS executive
has yet to pick one and seriously lobby the government for it.
Thev are too afraid to rock the boat, heaven
forbid one of them might fall over, so they'll put
in their two cents with a whisper. But their
silence speaks volumes in support of tuition
Heck, if the AMS, the official representation
for over 31,000 UBC students, doesn't think
tuition is an issue worth getting worked up about
then maybe it's not an issue at all.*
A complaint between classes
Canada Post Publications Sales Agreement Number 0732141
I telephoned The Ubyssey twice
about getting a notice published
in "Between Classes" for the
September 19th and/or 23rd
issues. I was promised that if
copy was submitted on time it
would be published on either
day. However, despite being
submitted on time it was not
published on either day.
Indeed, "Between Classes" did
not appear at all that week. As
the booking representative of a
duly registered club with the
AMS and a fee paying student
(whose fees pay for The Ubyssey
among other things), I do expect
you to meet our needs and the
needs of students seeking information about noon hour activities to publish club announcements in "Between Classes." I
don't know how many other
clubs or groups were adversely
affected, but for decades students of UBC have glanced at
The Ubyssey "Between Classes"
notices to see what activities or
discussions are available to
them at noon hour. This is an
important tradition  and  func
tion your paper serves, and I
fully expect to see our
announcement regarding our
meeting this Wednesday at
12:30 in room Buchanan D 106
printed in this week's paper.
Anne Jamieson,
Graduate Studies
Marxist-Leninist Study
Group Club
The Between Classes are a
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campus, events. They are pub
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Ubyssey Page Friday.
The copy submitted by the
Marxist-Leninist Study Group
Club was not published on
Friday September 19 due to an
oversight. The copy was published the following Friday.
The Ubyssey would like to
apologise for our omission and
hope sincerely that we have not
hindered the furthering of the
revolutionary struggle through
our carelessness.
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Filmmaker finds his niche
by Richelle Rae
Gary Burns has, at thirty-seven,
finally found ajob he likes-mak-
ing movies.
"I did all sorts of things before
'This is an anti-teen party film.
I got into film," Burns says laugh
ing.   "I  was  into  construction, I did work as
a roofer, I worked in
the needle trade."
The needle trade? No, it's not
change much, and still exist in
the parental world," says Burns.
Another film about suburbia?
Didn't we spend all of the eighties exploring the place that
dreams and individuality go to
die? But Burns thinks that he has
an original spin on a spent story.
"This is an anti-teen party
film. 1 set out to make a teen film.
What I wanted to avoid was making a John Hughes film," Burns
explains. "I just wanted to avoid
all the cliches. There's a lot of
cliches in the film, though. I did
typecast. My intention was to
make a broad typecast set of
teens. 1 was hoping people would
see themselves or their friends in
these people."
And it's hard not to. You know
these people, you went to high
school with them, partied with
them, were beat up by them, or
are currently making guppie faces
with them. Almost
everyone has a
house party home movie gather-
I set out to make a teen film.
What I wanted to avoid
what you're thinking
"Sweat shops,
I worked in the
clothing industry in Montreal
for a year or so. It was production
mostly. I went to La Salle College
in Montreal in the early eighties
and I learned how to manufacture clothes. I worked at it for
about a year and realised it was a
disgusting trade, sweat shops are
not great places. And then I
decided to go back to university
and I took film."
After finding his niche, every
thing has kind of fallen into place
for Burns. In Burns' second year
his short film got him a kick start
grant, which in turn led to a
Canada Council grant for his first
feature film, Suburbanators.
Though Suburbanators wasn't exactly a box office success, the film
opened some doors for this jack of
all trades. Two years later Burns is
back at the Vancouver Film
Festival with his second feature
film. Kitchen Party.
It seems as though Burns is
taking up where Kevin Smith (of
Clerks fame) left off. Both
Suburbanators and Kitchen Party
are about the suburban phenomenon: identical houses, wall to
wall beige carpet, new money,
and shallow angst. In Smith's
films the kids hang out at 7-11
and the mall, in Burns' they're
trying to get drunk and have a
house party.
"Kitchen Party is a social
satire, it's a social commentary.
There's two parallel stories,
there's the one about the teens
and teen hierarchy. They're at a
party at one of the parents'
homes and at the same time a
couple of the parents are having
a dinner party at a golf course
nearby. The two stories jump
back and forth between the teens
and the parents. Its basically
about group dynamics, teen
group leaders and followers. And
how    group    dynamics    don't
ing dust on some shelf. Kitchen
Party is a low budget production. There were no frills, and
no extras.
"It  was   a  short  shoot  so
everything was really rushed. We
was making a John Hughes film."
shot it in 19 days. It was tough, a
lot of looking at the watch and
stuff. And the weather was miserable," he recalls.
Originally, Burns had to audition approximately 600 actors in
Calgary until funding fell through
and the production moved to BC
where they had to recast the film.
Despite this setback Kitchen
Party survived and two years
later it's touring the festival circuit.
"Festivals? Yeah, well that's the
nature of selling films. We've been
approached by a bunch [of festivals] Singapore, Calcutta, India-
that's kinda weird. Some
Norwegian festival. There'll be lots
of festivals," Burns assures me.
The American market has yet to
be broken into, but this is one
director-wTiter-mmmaker that isn't
put off.
"I'm going to L.A. on Monday,
there's still a lot of people interested in it. We're still trying to sell it.
It's a hard market tc crack. We'll
probably get a sale, I don't know
how big it'll be... It might just be
that someone will take it away
from us. We're just starting out."
You can take the boy out of the
suburb but you can't take the suburb out of the boy, or so it, seems.
"Suburbanators and Kitchen
Party are about suburbia and they
are both youth-oriented dark
comedies," Burns tells me. "My
next film will be a bit different. It's
really difficult to get funding for
film in Canada and after
Suburbanators I guess I stuck to
tlie suburbs."
Burns is already hard at work
on his next film tentatively tided
Banff. And cocktail in hand, he
went off to celebrate the opening
of Kitchen Party, but not before
saying, "I think I'm going to stick
with this for a while."♦


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