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by Kathleen Deering
UBC is likely to see massive over-
enrolment this September, for the
second year in a row.
Last September, UBC accepted
over 1000 more students than the
government provides funding for.
Acting Registrar David Holm said
the university can't adequately
serve any more students than this,
but will probably see similar enrolment numbers next year.
The university received close to
20,000 applications for the 2002-
2003 school year—a 17 per cent
increase from lastyear, when applications were up 13 per cent from
the year before.
'The number of applications
we're getting in far exceeds the
number we received last year,"
Holm said, "which means in order
to control the numbers, we're going
to have to raise the minimum
[grade point average] above what it
was past] year."
Although final admission marks
for next year have not yet been
See "Crowding" on page 4.
Tuition consultation continues
University plans discissions over allocation of funds
by Ai Lin Choo
While UBC students try to come up
with creative ways to pay for next
year's tuition, the .university's
administration and Alma Mater
Society (AMS) are planning more
tuition consultation during the
exam period.
When the university's Board of
Governors (BoG) voted to increase
tuition at its March meeting, a stipulation of its approval was that 20
per cent of the revenue from fee
increases go toward student financial support
A proposal outlining UBC's
funding allocation must be completed by May's BoG meeting,
when the board passes its budget
for next year.
Byron Hender, executive coordinator at the vice-president, students' office, said that while the
timing of the consultation process
is unfortunate, he hopes the university will still be able to gain
enough student input to steer the
direction of funding.
Over the next few weeks, the
administration and AMS will hold
two open student forums. The two
groups are are also developing an
online survey on tuition, and considering in-person interviews with
AMS President Kristen Harvey
said the student society executives
have been brainstorming ideas to
help students busy with exams participate in the consultation process.
She said the AMS stressed the
importance of setting up a listserv
or conducting in-person polling
because not all students receive
mass e-mail mailouts or have the
time to attend open forums.
"Definitely it's a difficult time to
get everyone's attention since everybody's focusing on exams, but we
really hope that people take the
opportunity to fill out the online survey or take a few minutes to come to
the forums and speak," she said.
But Harvey added that although
the AMS has been working with the
university to plan the consultation
process, the student society has not
come up with a list of its'own priorities lor the allocation of funds.
"At this point, it isn't necessarily as clear to us what exactly students want in terms of priorities or
where the money should be allocated, which is why we were very
strong supporters of doing the survey that would poll undergraduate
and graduate students," she said.
Hender said that while the university is still developing the online
See "Consult" on page 4.
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by Chris Shepherd
Five years after police made 49 arrests and pepper-sprayed dozens of
protesters at UBC, the RCMP's Commission for Public Complaints
(CPC) is recommending the police force make an official apology.
At the end of last month, the commission released its final report
on complaints filed against the RCMP for misconduct at the 1997 Asia
Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, held at UBC.
The report summarises the CPC's interim report—released in
August 2001—which found police behaviour inappropriate, and calls
on the RCMP to acknowledge the consequences of its conduct at APEC
five years ago
"An apology now would still be appropriate," wrote CPC Chair
Shirley Healey in the report
But although both the interim and final reports made several recommendations about police conduct at demonstrations, many civil liberties activists and former APEC protesters feel the final report is
"It's kind of irrelevant," said Nathan Allen, a former Alma Mater
Society vice-president, external, who was arrested during the APEC
demonstrations. "The fact that students weren't allowed to protest is
See "Conduct" on page 4.
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Subtitles might go online
Bookstore losing money from underuse
         by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
After two years of operation, SubtitlesY the
Alma Mater Society's (AMS) used bookstore,
might move from the basement of the SUB to
the Internet.
"We thought that we could provide a better service to students by putting Subtitles
online/ said AMS President Kristen Harvey.
The AMS executive is considering shifting
the* store to digital format as it feels the
money spent on Subtitles can be put to better
use in other services, such as Safewalk or
Subtitles lost $70,000 irr its first year of
operation, and has lost $35,000 so far this
year. The used bookstore operates as an AMS
Service, which means that it is not expected
to make money.
"It is a service right now, but we think
there are other services that are just as, or
more, important,* said Harvey.
Subtitles Manager Meena Chan agrees.
"The only peak time for this place is
September and January. Other than that, as
you can see, it's dead," she said, gesturing to
the near-empty store.
Given the small number of students who
use Subtitles, its operation is an inefficient
use of resources, said Chan. She explained
that running a consignment program—keeping track of every textbook in the system—is
a significant commitment.
1 . "It's really labour-intensive," said Chan.
"Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork."
Students selling texts at the UBC
Bookstore can receive up to 50 per cent off
the purchase price for books that are still
being used in university courses. But many
students feel this is too low. Subtitles' consignment program allows students to set
their own prices for books and gives them 75
per cent of the book's selling price.
At last Wednesday's AMS Council meeting, AMS President Kristen Harvey asked
councillors for feedback on moving the store
She explained that an online Subtitles
would be much like the AMS's online
Rentsline. The AMS would not actually sell
books online, but would provide a place for
students to advertise their used books, and to
search for people selling their course texts.
General feedback was positive, and
Harvey later added that she thought a book
selling site on the Internet would be more
convenient for users.
Harvey said that rather than bringing
their texts to the SUB and going through the
consignment process, students could sell
their books from home, or use one of the
Internet terminals in the SUB.
"I think by putting it online, it actually
makes it more available and accessible to
students," she said.
Caren Caner, a third-year Arts student,
says the shift sounds like a good idea.
While Caner has never sold a book
through Subtitles, he said he'd be more likely to sell his texts online because of the
But third-year student Mardy Arenas has
used Subtitles, and doesn't want the store to
change. She finds its location in the SUB convenient, and doesn't want to see it go online.
"I don't use the Internet that much," she
said. "I'd just prefer that [the store is] actually there." ♦
QUIET? September and January aside, few students come in here, nic fensom photo
Math students
get scammed
Fake scholarship doesn't add up
by Ai Lin Choo
Several math students were
scammed a few weeks ago, when
another student convinced them to
provide personal information for a
fake scholarship application.
Several students in the math
department's tutorial centre were
asked if they were interested in a
$5000 math bursary or scholarship.
Interested students were asked to
provide their names, phone numbers, student numbers and, in some
cases, addresses and transcripts.
"It's clear that a student
approached other students in the"
tutorial centre with essentially a
scam," said Paul Harrison, associate dean of students services for
the Faculty of Science. "My concern
is that he then got the names and
possibly contact numbers of students that he really shouldn't
Since discovering the situation,
the mathematics department has
asked all instructors to inform their
students of the scam and ask everyone approached about a scholarship to come forward. Posters and
leaflets have also been distributed,
and tutors in the math centre have
been informed to mention the case
frequently to students.
"We're just hoping the word will
spread around so that if there were
more students...more will just
come forward so we scan talk to
them," said Harrison
Harrison said that five students
have come forward so far, but that
some of those students indicated
there might be two to three times
that number who were affected and
have not yet come forward.-
"We want to make sure that the
students who gave the information
have their privacy protected as best
as we can manage," Harrison said.
Harrison added that although
the five students who came forward
have not had any unwanted contact
so far, they are concerned about the
possibility they will be contacted.
"Once they realised that it wasn't a real story that they had been
given, some [students] were concerned about the information they
had given out," he said.
Harrison speculates that one
transcript was.given out, and that
possibly several addresses were as
well. But he said the department is
doing all it can to ensure the case is
dealt with.
"I would say that the department, the faculty and the
President's Office are doing everything they can to follow up and deal
with this case as quickly as possible," he said.
The Faculty of Science and the
department of mathematics have
helped identify the student responsible for the scam. The investigation is now being dealt with by the
University Counsel Office, which
could not be reached for comment
by press time. ♦
AMS approves agreement with phone
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) has made an agreement
with Clear Channel Communications (CCC)
Corporation to provide a discount long-distance plan
for UBC students.
The agreement was passed at last week's AMS
Council meeting, despite almost being postponed so
councillors could respond to ethical concerns and
investigate how the company deals with its employees.
The proposal—presented to Council by AMS Vice-
Fre-sident Finance, Nick Seddon—does not require
students to deal with CCC. Instead, it opens the student
market to the Vancouver- and Toronto-based company
by allowing CCC to set up a table in September outside
SUB entrances.
CCC is offering five cents per
minute for calls within Canada, to
the US, Hong Kong, the UK and
Australia—a one rent per miruite
improvement over what tlie company offers non-students.
The AMS will pay no money for
the agreement and will receive a
monthly tf n per cent commission
on all billings to the AMS, including
phone bills charged to students, clubs- and AMS businesses that sign on with the company. %._ ;y . >  j
he asked.
Arts County Tair will be held this Friday at
Thunderbird Stadium. The fair includes ten Canadian
hands—but returning students know Arts County is not
about the music. It's about waking up early to go tap
that keg.
Prire wants to discourage tliis view, and warns that <
drunk people will not be let into the concert and police •
will be conducting road checks all day Friday.
No U-Pass for SFU
New charities for Arts County fair "?
One of the largest student-run events in Canada, Arts
County Fair, expects to make between $15,000 and
$30,000 for charities this year.
The annual event organised by the Arts
Undergraduate Society (AUS), which selected two
new charity beneficiaries this year—Women
Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW) and the
Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
According to AUS President Sieve Price. WAVAW
will be working towards creating a rape crisis centre
on campus and ensuring there are better sexual
assault facilities at Hie UBC Hospital.
Frice said tlie Food Bank, which gives donations to
programs providing healthy p&ftcks for children, was
another worthy cause.
'What canyon say That's bad about the Food Bank?"
SFU students will not decide whether to adopt a uufe
versal transit pass during this-year's student society
elections after all.
The Simon Fraser Students' Society's Independent
Commission ruled last Tuesday that the "Yes" committee's 'grievous infractions resulted
in a biased and tainted referendum
process* and warranted cancellation
of the U-Pass referendum question,
which was to be put before students
this week.
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"It's my job to enforce these rules...It'^ unfortunate
because this issue is an issue that deserved to be voted
on," said Chief F,lectoral Commissioner Johnna
Students were voting on a mandatory bus pass for
all students that would have been introduced at $20
per month next year, and would have incremental^;
increased to a maximum of $26 by 2006. ■?
External Relations Officer Jonathan Silveira, said <
the referendum would have had an impact beyond -
the university.
"They were going to be voting on a three-year plan
to expand to other schools," he said. "From
[Translink's] point of view, the U-Pass is dead."
According to Gordon Lovegrove, UBC's director of
transportation planning, the results of SFU's refererjr*|
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"Crowding" from page 1.
confirmed, the interim mark for
admission into first-year Science and
Engineering for high-school students
is set at 86 per cent The interim
mark for Arts is set at 82 per cent.
A one per cent can mean a difference in hundreds of students accepted. The mark set for final admission
into Science programs last year was
82 per cent while the Engineering
and Arts were set at 83 per cent and
77 per cent, respectively.
Usually the minimum grade
point average (GPA) for acceptance
is set' at a high interim mark and
later lowered to limit the number of
students accepted into each faculty
coincides with the number of staff
and facilities available.
But because of a change in admission procedure, there was no interim mark for Science last year, and
due to the large number of applicants in all faculties who attained the
minimum admission requirements
in all faculties, the university had
admit extra students.
The faculties of Arts and Science
were most affected by the extra students this year. Holm admitted that
September was a difficult time for
those faculties as they scrambled to
place first-year students in their
required classes.
Associate Dean of Arts Margery
Fee said that the Faculty of Arts handled the surplus of students well.
Extra sections of first-year English
courses—required for all new students—were opened immediately
with money from the extra students'
tuition, she said.
"Once we realised that this was
going to be a landslide, the central
administration provided us with
more funding. We added staff and
took courses up in size and added
TAs," she said.
Arts Undergraduate Society
President Steve Price said the extra
funding from more student fees was
a benefit, but that over-crowding led
to classes filling up very quickly.
"Instead of taking courses they
would have preferred to take, students [were forced] to take courses
they wouldn't normally take," he
Science classes were more full
than expected as well. Paul G.
Harrison, associate dean of student
serves in the Faculty of Science said
that mathematics was one of the
hardest hit departments because
students from Science, Arts and
Applied Science all require math
courses for their programs.
lie said all first-year students who
needed Science courses were able to
take them, although many classes
were uncomfortably large.
"The real crunch [in Science] was
in labs and tutorials," he said,
"because of the [required] smaller
class sizes. But they were not cut"
First-year Science student Walt
Yoo said it was difficult to get onto
the UBC website to register and that
he noticed lots of garbage around
"Basically I noticed a high
demand for everything. [But] I think
it would be better socially to have
more students. It would be easier to
meet people who are interested in
the same things as you are."
The bulge in enrolment this year
was not limited to first-year students.
Holm said UBC admitted far more
transfer students than it ever has
The interim mark for college
transfer students applying for next
year is set above a 3.0 GPA, but will
probably come down to about 2.7—
still an increase compared with last
year's minimum GPA of 2.2.
Vice-President, Academic, Barry
McBride said next year's increase in
tuition fees will likely be used to
improve the current learning environment, but likely won't be to provide more spaces for students.
"We'll look to doing things like
decreasing class size, restoring labs,
having things like more writing
assignments and having tilings like
interactive learning courses," he
Admitting extra students with
higher grades next year may mean
the university will have^to award
more Undergraduate Scholars
Program scholarships—which are
given automatically to high-school
students with a 92 per cent average
after provincial exams and to university students with an 85 per cent
average the previous year.
However, Holm said that
although the university can't continue the scholarship program indefinitely with so many high-achieving
students, there are no plans to scrap
the program for next year.
Another consequence of
increased admission last year was
an increased number of students
granted guaranteed on-campus
housing through UBC's first-year initiative program.
Lastyear, UBC Housing dealt with
the squeeze by temporarily placing
about 25 students in floor lounges in
junior residence Totem Park. Over
the course of the school year spaces
for them became available.
Director of Housing Fred Fotis
said that while the opening of the new
UBC Korea House will provide about
200 extra spaces for new residents.
Housing might need to place students
in temporary housing again. ♦
"Consult" from page 1.
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giving fi'odLiwk on what the
questions should as-k. She said
Die firt-t thins llio A.MS wants to
find out is what kind of fin.in-
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from increased tuition fees lo
go lo.
"I'm really hoping Lhat students will get even nii-ro
involved than 'bey did at the last
round of eons'utation," she snid.
Open forums will be held in
the SUB Coin creation Pit today
and April 6 al 12:JO pm. ♦
"Conduct" from page 1.
the bigger issue."
"That being said, [the RCMP]
should definitely apologise," he
Lindsay Lyster, policy director of
BC Civil Liberties Association,
echoed Allen's statements.
"We're certainly pleased to see
the call for the police to admit their
wrong-doing, and to be fair they have
acknowledged their wrong-doing,
but to apologise would be too little
too late," she said
The APEC summit was held at
UBC and was attended by the leaders
of 18 Pacific Rim countries, including Chinese President Jiang Zemin
and then-Indonesian President
General Suharto—both widely criticised for their alleged human-rights
On the last day of the summit,
approximately 1500 people protested at UBC. The RCMP arrested
almost 50 demonstrators and controlled crowds with pepper-spray.
The August interim report, written
by former CPC chair Ted Hughes,
specifically targeted RCMP conduct at
UBC's Gate 6, located by Place Vanier
Residence, where police pepper-
sprayed approximately 40 protesters
who were obstructing the road.
"[The] use of pepper-spray on that
occasion was not a justifiable or
appropriate use of force," wrote
That report found the RCMP did-
STORMiNG THE WALL: No, storming the fence, in protest of the
1997 APEC summit held on campus, richaro iam/ubyssey file photo
n't give protesters enough time to
comply with orders to clear the road,
and that appropriate procedures
were not followed before pepper-
spray was used. The interim report
also found the that RCMP had prepared inadequately for the summit,
and that lack of preparation was a
major cause of police misconduct
RCMP Commissioner Giuliano
Zaccardelli wrote a letter acknowledging Hughes' interim report shortly after it was released last summer.
In the letter, Zaccardelli admitted the
RCMP had made errors when planning security at UBC. He said any
inappropriate behaviour was the
fault of the RCMP's poor planning,
and not of individual officers.
The CPC recommended the
RCMP apologise for its actions after
Zaccardelli wrote his letter of
The RCMP has not offered an
apology since the release of the final
report on March 2 5. Sergeant Marsh
PauL RCMP media relations officer,
would not comment on whether the
RCMP is considering an apology.
But an apology from the RCMP is
not protesters' main concern,
according to Lyster.
"We don't think it's the RCMP
who owe the apology," she said, "It's
the Prime Minister's Office [PMO]."
Many critics have speculated that
the RCMP acted to address government concerns that were unrelated
to security. In his report, Hughes
questioned the, PMO's involvement
in planning police response to the
APEC protests on campus. ♦
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Trek 2000 keeps on truckin'
Three and a half years down the line, UBC's vision statement is still a mixed bag
  by Duncan M. McHugh
It has been three and a half years
since UBC's Board of Governors
(BoG) endorsed Trek 2000, UBC's
vision statement for the 21st century. Since then, the plan, spearheaded
by UBC President Martha Piper, has
had mixed success..
"There have been some areas
where we haven't performed as
successfully as we hoped. I think
that's inevitable with a very big
project like Trek 2000," said
Herbert Rosengarten, executive
director for the President's Office.
"But on balance, I'd say we really
have moved forward a lot more
than we anticipated."
What's most valuable about a
plan like Trek 2000, Rosengarten
said, is the framework it provides
for decision-making.
"It does give us targets. It does
give us specific goals and that's
enormously helpful in trying to do
things in a coordinated way at a
place as big as UBC," he said.
Rosengarten points to a number
of the university's initiatives that
fall under the auspices of the Trek
2000 vision. From the UBC
Learning Exchange in the
Downtown Eastside to the new UBC
campus at Robson Square to the
financial support given to research
through the Canadian Fund for
Innovation, Rosengarten says that
Trek 2000 has accomplished a great
deal for the university.
However, Trek 2000 does have
its faults. One of the university's
largest shortcomings has been in
the area of First Nations student
enrolment Trek 2000 called for the
enrolment of 1000 First Nations students by the year 2000. First
Nations students at UBC are only
now reaching an estimated 600.
Madeline Maclvor, assistant
director of the First Nations House
of Learning, cites the Aboriginal
admissions policy and the hiring of
First Nations Coordinators for several facilities as extremely important in attracting First Nations students to UBC.
Rosengarten feels that these policies are having a positive effect
"It's slow, but gradually that
number of [First Nations] enrollees
is growing and I think UBC is very
serious about its desire to increase
Aboriginal enrolment, not just in
the general undergraduate level
population, but in professional
schools as well."
Maclvor agrees. She says that the
number of First Nations graduate
students must be increased, in part
to increase the number of First
Nations faculty members. Still, she
feels more needs to be done.
"In addition to this wonderful
goal of admitting more students, the
students also need support," she
said, adding this can be accomplished through the creation of innovative programs, such as the School
of Medicine's Aboriginal Family
Practice Residency Program.
Sustainability and transportation
are other issues for which Trek
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UBC will increase First Nations student enrolment, as it promised
to do in its Trek 2000 vision statement, chris shepherd photo
1997, TREK an initiative of UBC's
Campus Planning and Development
Office, was created to make transportation to and on campus more
environmentally sound. TREK's
focus has been to implement the U-
Pass, a pass which would, among
other things, provide a mandatory
universal bus pass for UBC students.
While the U-Pass has been postponed for another year, Gord
Lovegrove, UBC's director of transportation and head of TREK, points
out that public transit, even without a subsidised transit pass, is
now the second most popular
mode of transportation to UBC,
surpassing carpools and accounting for 26 per cent of the trips to
campus. While improving transit
ridership is a major accomplishment for TREK and for UBC, single
occupant vehicles are still the most
popular mode of transporation
though, accounting for more than
40 per cent of commuters.
Lovegrove said the TREK program has also received $100,000
from the UBC Federation of
Canadian Municipalities to study a
community bus pass, for the 1000
non-students who live on campus.
Sustainability Office Director
Freda Pagani points to programs
like EcoTrek—a $35 million project
recently passed by the BoG that will
see all of the academic buildings on
campus retrofitted to conserve energy and water—as successes in sustainability for the university.
But despite accomplishments,
Pagani is disappointed by the reluctance of faculties to include sustainability in their curricula, as stipulated by Trek 2000.
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with developing sustainability as
part of their curriculum, but the policy does call for all students to be
familiar with sustainability.. .It's very
spotty and I don't think the university has a mechanism for raising that'
Pagani suggested using first-year
English classes, courses mandatory
to all students, to discuss sustainability issues. The plan was
scrapped, however, when professors
worried it would tread on academic
As an alternative, Pagani is considering developing an optional
graduation pledge.
"[Graduating students would be]
given the option of signing a graduation pledge which says, basically,
that they will take into consideration
social and environmental things in
their future career," she said. "It's a
small step, but an important one.
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Water filters
to reduce
campus traffic
and lie more
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Many.departments on. campus'
could soon decide to install filtered water taps to replace the
jtzgs of filtered water trtkked, onto
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The new filtration system will
he piloted in the Plant Operations
department, and if all goes well
other departments will be encouraged to make the switch,
- ' The main benefit according to
Mark Beese, a waste management
supervisor In Plant Ops, would he
, the redaction in traffic on
'With, this, .you only need to
have' maintenance done every
three months, versus a daily
delivery trip in with the big diesel
tracks," he said.
A filtration system would also
he beneficial- because it has no
"bpttle deposit and it won't clutter
hallways with empty jugs. As well,
injuries resulting , from. lifting
heavy water bottles would be
The filtration system runs on a
and Beese said the
switch would save UBC money
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Operations alone used'around
: 120 jugs'per month, at a monthly
cosl of about..$1000 including
bo'tfle deposits, the filtration system will cost significantly less. ' -
Beese' has slso recommended
- installing ffitered-water taps to'
the 'Aliha Mater Society (AMS)
NO MORE SMALL TALK: Water cooler conversations may be
condemned after a switch to filtered taps, nic fensom photo
Council Impacts Committee,
which looks at ways the SUB can
be made more sustainable.
Oana Chirila, AMS vice-president administration, of the AMS,
said the student society is also
considering installing direct filtration'systems in the SUB.
'.- "We are looking into this for
the SUB and how economical it
'would be. We ha\e a proposal
from one company and will be
looking at the numbers.* Chirila
'This  could   go   along  with
other services we are looking at
offering to students, such as free
phones on the main SUB
Concourse," said Chirila. "The
Conversation Pit needs some renovations and [adding a filtration
system] could be included in
The AMS spent $ 1600 on bottled filtered water in the past fiscal year. This number does not
include the various undergraduate society offices located around
campus, which could be included
in the plan as well. ♦
Copying music? It's time to pay
 by Zerah Luna
A new proposal would have Canadian music-lovers pay
the music industiy more for pirating music.
The new fee proposal, sometimes referred to as the
MP3 Tax, would alter the existing levies on blank CDs
and audio cassettes, extending them to cover all
recordable audio media that can be used for pirated
music. The new levies would target media that have
changed with market practices and technology since
the existing levies were introduced in 2000.
"The point of the levy is to recover the revenue lost
from music that is copied,* said David Basskin,
spokesperson for Canadian Private Copying Collective
(CPCC), the non-profit umbrella organisation that collects the levy fees and redistributes them to various
members of the music industiy. "Music has suffered
greatly from the impact of private copying.'
The proposal would increase the levy on CD-R and
CD-RWs from 21 cents to 59 cents per CD. The levies
on Minidiscs would increase from 77 cents to $1.23,
and DVD-R/RWs—which currently have no levy—would
be charged $2.27 per disc.
Hardest hit by the levy would be MP3 players with
non-removable hard drives, where every gigabyte of
space would be charged $21. Many opponents of the
levy are concerned that, in the future, similar levies
will be passed for hard drives or personal audio players such as Minidiscs and MP3 players, which are used
almost exclusively to play copied music.
The proposed levy.rates are1 based cjh CCPC's astii-'
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tion that every time a song is copied, ten cents should
go to the copyright holders. The proposed levy on each
recordable audio medium is based on the expected
number of legitimate uses, as calculated from the
CPCC's market research on consumer copying practices.
Arguments for and against the proposed levy will be
heard by the Copyright Board of Canada, which will set
the new levy rates if changes are approved. The levies
would take effect January 2003.
But Michael Geist, Law professor at the University
of Ottawa and author of the Globe and Mail column
"Cyberlaw," believes that the final levy will be less than
the amount proposed by the CPCC.
"Past precedent suggests that [the new levyj will be
far lower. CPCC always asks for much more than they
think they'll get. Moreover, I think the 'adequate compensation' numbers are slightly lower than the CPCC
claims," he said in an e-mail interview.
The original levy was created in 2000 following the
federal government's 1997 amendment of the
Copyright Act which legalised private copying of
The CPCC expects large corporations in the personal recording industry—corporations such as Sony, Fuji,
Kodak and Maxell—to be the most vocal critics of the
new levy. However, with similar levies in place in over
25 countries, past and international precedent is on
the CPCC's side.
"The [current] system is about compensation," said
'Gfelst "Thefe will fie some'levy." ♦ THEUBYSSEY
A year of change at UBC
What was said
The year in quotes
*Tl :s impossible, to predict Lhe fu'iirc. Let us affirm, instead,
the role of an educated society, one thai wdues all human life.
one that is based on respect ;ind Loleraore, one ihaL is built
upoa openness and individual riglits.'
—UBC President Martha Piper, at a university gathering tha
Meek after ihe twin towers' collapse.
'I think by niw 1 probably know evrry single word ihere is
in ihe English Idry.i-.ge I'vr w-vnen's bodily prirw, -io that's the
kind of hale mail I have bi.en receiving."
-UBC women's studies professor Sunera Thobani after
being criticised for saying US foreign policy is "soaked in
This is the stuff of democracy, a cvre vilue Lhat our so* ie'.y
seeks lo protect in its struggle ng:.inst leirorism."
-UBC VP Academic and Provost Barry McBride in a statement supporting Thobani's freedom of speech.
"I'm ii'jl tuo .vori'icd. It's easy enough Lo avoid de;>lh from
■uithrax. despite  he ira/e. and most likely, it's not fvin
—Second-year Arts student Jon Ferguson after his English
class was evacuated because white ponder was found in a
Buchanan washroom.
' I'd like iiiis society not to be able lo h j\ o the pow er lo m-ike
the Coke deal *
-Engineering representative Andrew Tinka at an AMS
Council meeting, objecting to a controversial amendment to
the student society s Bylaw 18 which would have kept AMS
contracts secret
'They were s> >rl of devoid i-f policy. At least it seemed -hat
way. and T don't think she job has been anylhimj but 1 w klustre.
I mean '.t'smaml.ihied die "i.iLus ;po, but generally I giiess people wanted that."
-Rob Nagai, AMS presidential candidate on ihe Students'
Voice slate, after Students for St-jdents swept all executive
positions for a third straight year.
'I'd actually like lo hear J:c pylon La!k, because its silence
would be a lot more vdiwble than some of Lhe other comments
that we\i> heard tonight."
-A student asking io hear from the Radical Beer Faction's
VP Academic candidate during an AMS election forum.
'Extremely well."
-BC Premier Gordon Campbell last October, when a UBC
Commerce student asked him how he would represent ihe
40 per cent of citizens who didn't vote for him.
"It's a challenge for students, but we belie\e that students
should invest in "heir post-secondary education."
-BC Minister of Advanced Education Shirley Bond,
announcing an end to the province's six-year tuition-fee
"Why is the naliomd average good? Do we w-int lo be the
national average in quality as well? Because we're already significantly above that"
-Graduate Student Society President Annick Gauftier,
questioning plans to raise UBC's tuition to the national
"UBC [has] alwass been Lhe school lhat die media pajs attention to, and when UBC seems complacent, about an issue, the
media lends to pitch it us all students are fine with iL"
-AMS Councillor Mait Lovick on why students decided to
occupy the UBC President's Office to protest increasing
tuition fees.
'The U-Trek card is sLdl alive and well in our minds, e\en if
it's not in someone's wallet yet."
-UBC Director of Transportation Gordon Lovegrove on UBC's
continued attempts to get a universal bus pass for students. ♦
-compiled by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
in review
by Ai Lin Choo and
 Sarah MacNeill Morrison
After two relatively dull and peaceful
years, UBC—and the world—was characterised this year by conflict, shock
and, most of all, change. This year
was a year of big stories, stories that,
more often than not, we could barely
In the summer, we learned UBC
Housing would be stuffing first-year
students three-to-a-room into what
were normally residence lounges—a
practice they expect to be repeating
this fall. One week, we almost didn't
write an editorial about a new 'training wage' proposed by a group of
businesses because it seemed too
crazy. The next issue, we were writing
about the province's decision to introduce the new $6-an-hour minimum
The events of September 11 and
their aftermath still have students
stunned and disbelieving, even as
they continue to shape international
relations in new ways.
This year wrapped up the
Ubyssefs legal fight to release the
details of the university's confidential
exclusivity deal with Coca-Cola, and
saw the release of the long-anticipated inquiry into the events at the Asia
Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
summit on campus in 1997.
And of course, tuition went up for
every student at UBC.
So, if you missed the events the
first time around, or if you still need
a chance to reflect on all that's hap-,
pened this year, here it is: the year in
review, the top UBC stories of the
It's been a crazy One.
Coke deal finally
made public
Five years after it was first signed,
the confidential agreement between
UBC, the Alma Mater Society (AMS)
and Coca-Cola was finally made public last summer.
Under the contract, all cold beverages sold on university premises
must be Coke products and UBC must
encourage non-university organisations on campus to sell Coca-Cola beverages. In exchange, Coke will pay
UBC $8.5 million over the ten-year
contract period, which ends in 2005.
The exclusivity contract requires
33,600,000 cans or bottles of Coke to
be purchased at UBC and university
events over the ten-year period. If the
university fails to meet its target consumption of Coke, the exclusivity deal
will be extended for an extra two
years, with no additional funding.
Following the release of the contract, it became clear UBC was not
meeting its consumption quota and
that AMS finances would be hurt by
the lack of Coke funding in the years
after the contract expired.
Scrambling to deal with the potential funding shortfall, the AMS held
yet another referendum to raise student fees. The referendum failed to
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DYING FOR PEACE: In the fall, students protesting US retaliation
against Afghanistan staged "die-ins'/ surita bains/ubyssey file photo
of Information request to make the
details of the contract public in 1995.
The initial request was denied, but
the case was taken to the Supreme
Court, where BC Information Privacy
Commissioner David Loukidelis
ordered the release of the details in
May 2001.
APEC summit over.
A much-awaited inquiry into
RCMP misconduct at UBC in 1997
was finally released in August 2001.
The report blamed the federal government and high-ranking police officials for the improper police activity
which took place at the 1997 Asia
Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
summit, held on campus.
In a 453-page report, Ted Hughes,
chair of the RCMP's Public
Complaints Commission, concluded
that the rights of protesters at the conference had been violated repeatedly.
He criticised the RCMP for errors in
command structure, role separation",
policy and planning training, legal
support and overall preparedness for
dealing with the anti-APEC demonstrations.
Shortly after the report was
released, RCMP Commissioner
Giuliano Zaccardelli responded,
admitting the RCMP failed to "achieve
a high standard of readiness," and
said the police force would adopt
Hughes' recommendations in the
future. The RCMP still has not issued
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professor slammed US foreign
policy^, reaction was venomous.
an apology, however.
The 1997 APEC summit was
attended by the leaders of 18 Pacific
Rim countries, including Chinese
President Jiang Zemin and then-
Indonesian President General
Suharto, both widely criticised for
their alleged human rights abuses.
On the last day pf the conference,
1500 people—many of them UBC students—demonstrated on campus
against APEC. The RCMP controlled
crowds by pepper-spraying protesters
and arresting 49 people. About 40
protesters later filed complaints of
police misconduct.
Most of the APEC aftermath was
wrapped up this year, but expect to
see more in the future. While most
current UBC students were in still in
high school during the APEC demonstrations, the repercussions of the
first major anti-globalisation protest
will not leave UBC quickly.
A massive enrolment boom at UBC
this year left students struggling to get
into classes, buy books and find beds in
A change in the university's admissions procedure, coupled with a significant increase in applications and the
number of accepted students deciding
to register, led UBC to accept approximately 1400 students for whom it had
not received government funding.
For new students, this meant larger
class sizes and fights to enrol in certain
courses. The scheduling strain caused
by extra first-years and incoming transfer students trickled down to affect students in every year.
The population jump also caused a
housing crunch for students in the junior residences. UBC Housing solved the
over-acceptance problem by temporarily converting floor lounges in Totem
Park Residence into bedrooms and
cramming up to three students in each
room. The lounges were vacated as
rooms became available during the
Even more students have applied to
UBC for next year. In the fall, the university will likely face the same overcrowding problems as this year.
September 11
On September 11, 2001, two
hijacked passenger planes were flown
into New York's World Trade Centre,
destroying the Twin Towers. A thhsi
attacked the Pentagon and a fourth
crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
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NOT IN MY BACKYARD! In one of many demonstrations this year, people marched
against Premier Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals, per e. walle/ubyssey file photo
Continued from page 7.
Recovering from the shock of the horrific
events, UBC staff, faculty and
students gathered in the days that followed to
discuss and come to terms with all that had
happened. Together they observed a moment
of prayer and silence for the victims of the terrorist attacks.
But when the US declared it would retaliate
against Afghanistan, many students and staff
rallied to show their dissent. During
America's War on Terrorism, on-campus
demontrations were held weekly or even
more frequently. Students staged die-ins in
the SUB, lying on the ground pretending to be
dead, to protest the violence.
But after showing its dissent, the UBC community was faced with backlash and forced to
address the limits of free speech in Canada.
UBC women's studies professor Sunera
Thobani caused a nation-wide furor after her
critique of US foreign policy at the Women's
Resistence Conference in Ottawa.
"There can be no women's emancipation—
in fact no liberation of any kind for women
will be sucessful unless it seeks to transform
the fundamental divide between the North
and South, between Third World people and
those in the West who are now calling them-
Some of the dumbest Ubyssey
headlines of 2001-2002
Not sharing saliva important
A secondaiy headline about meningitis.
How did this make it to publication?
Meningitis comes to UBC
...and will bis speaking in Lhe Conversation
Pit Wednesday?
People rally for peace once again
We were excited. Could you Leli?
AMS election over!
Here, we might have been a little too
SUB—a flurry cf renovations as school
Dumb just because we said 'flurry."
UBC farm still important
Human rights still a hot topic
The Ubysnty displays the fine art of slating
die obvious once attain.
Slates hot topic in AMS elections
Hot topic. A term we shouldn't have used
the first Lime.
UBC soil crowded
That's what we al the Ubytisey like to call
Voter turnout "good*
This headline is "lame."
Differential tuition looms
Tuition proposal looms
Important issues, ominous headlines.
Budget affects students
Mora Liberal changes to education
Canada and pollution
Software controversial
New NDP party discussed
Could these yippirg headlinps be any less
informative'? ♦
selves Americans," she said.
Thobani spoke out against violent US retaliation to the September 11 terrorist attacks,
saying not enough attention had been paid to
the suffering US aggression was inflicting.
While mainstream newspapers scurried to
gather responses from the public to her
speech—which included remarks such as
"anti-American," "hateful" and "disgraceful"—
many UBC administators and students rushed
to support Thobani.
In a public statement, the university
defended Thobani, calling her right to speak
out the "cornerstone of university culture."
Many faculty members also signed a letter in
support of Thobani.
Transit troubles
roll on
A bad year for transit users started with no
transit at all. A four-month-long bus strike left
UBC students walking, biking or hitchhiking to
their summer classes and jobs.
After attempts at contract renegotiation
failed, bus drivers walked off the job, demanding higher wages and a guarantee that their
employer, Coast Mountain Bus Company,
would not contract out routes or hire part-time
But neither Coast Mountain nor Translink,
the Lower Mainland transport authority,
would deal with the issue, each claiming it was
the other's responsibility. Meanwhile, angry
transit users demanded that transit services
resume. t
The BC government finally legislated the
drivers back to work in early August, but when
the bus strike finally ended, problems for transit users continued.
In October, Translink, facing a $40- to $ 50
million annual deficit, cut almost one quarter
of its bus service and eliminated all buses
from downtown after 1:40am, cutting late-
night service by two hours.
But despite strikes and finances, students
and the AMS were hopeful a universal bus pass
for all UBC students could be secured this year.
Things seemed promising this year, the
fourth year of AMS talks on the mandatory
pass, and it seemed possible a referendum on
the plan would be held in September 2002.
But hopes were dashed Once again as the
AMS, UBC and Translink were unable to agree
on the cost of the pass. All parties left the table
with plans to conduct research on student ridership and hopes of resuming talks soon
and more AMS stuff
UBC students have been called to the polls
for three referendums in the last three years.
Maybe that is why eveiyone was so hesitant to
vote in the most recent one, held in November
Or perhaps it was just that the issues didn't
matter to them. The AMS asked students to
increase student fees, to give their opinion on
differential tuition in a non-binding plebiscite,
and to accept proposed changes to the student
society's bylaws.
Higher enrolment at UBC meant'greater
voter turnout than usual, but both binding
questions failed to meet quorum.
Although AMS fees went up two years ago,
most voters—63 per cent—still supported the
proposed increase.
More controversial was the student society's attempts to update its constitution A proposed bylaw amendment would have allowed
the AMS to make confidential agreements
similar to that signed in 1995 with Coca-Cola,
but after lengthy debate, councillors voted
against including the proposed changes in the
referendum question
The proposed bylaw amendments that students voted on would have allowed the AMS to
keep secret draft recommendations and certain documents containing personal
Although the proposed changes fell short of
quorum by over 500 votes, they would not
have been accepted even if quorum had been
met as the question—requiring 75 per Cent of
voter support because it was a constitutional
change—received only 53 per cent approval.
The AMS spent almost $25,000 on the
Other than that, AMS politics remained
boring this year. In this January's AMS elections, the Students for Students slate swept all
executive positions for the third year running,
and while AMS Councillor Chris Eaton presented a motion to eliminate the advantages
of the slate system, the proposal wasn't
passed. Instead, councillors voted merely to
investigate the system.
Government cuts
The election of Premier Gordon Campbell
and the BC Liberals in May meant significant
upheaval in the province, and major changes
to advanced education.
Although most students felt the end of the
tuition freeze was inevitable, many were
angry at the government for freezing
advanced education funding.
Even though education got off lightly-
other ministries faced cuts averaging 25 per
cent—students and student leaders say the
government is pressuring universities and
students by freezing funding without taking
inflation into account
And the government also cut a lot of student-focused help programs this year. First to
go was the Public Sector Youth Employment
program, which provided funding to create
public-sector jobs for youth, including 56 at
UBC last year. The program was eliminated in
On January 17, dubbed 'Black Thursday'
because of the massive cuts that were made
that day, the Liberals eliminated funding to
programs like graduate assistantships and to
Work Study, which funded jobs for student
loan recipients. Government funding to the
theological colleges on campus—St Mark's
College, Regent College and the Vancouver
School of Theology—was eliminated the same
With the release of its budget in February,
the government also announced it was eliminating the first-year grants program, which
provided money for new students from low- or
middle-income families.
But cuts to education programs weren't the
only important change for students. The
province's $6-an-hour 'first-job' wage for new
workers angered many students.
And some of the largest cuts in BC history
also sparked some of the largest protests in BC
history. On February 23, over 20,000 protesters—including many UBC students—gathered
on the provincial Legislature to protest against
the government. Weekly, almost daily it
seemed, students, health-care workers. First
Nations groups and teachers rallied against
the government cuts.
Tuition fees soar
Tuition increases were approved this year
for all students at UBC.
The Board of Governors (BoG) began discussing tuition increases in September 2001,
when it approved a 12 per cent increase for
international students, a jump of $516 per
credit The increase takes effect this summer
for incoming students, while current students
will continue paying their present fees for the
next year.
Members of the international-student community were angered by the fee hike and
called the university's consultation process a
"sham." Administrators had consulted with
students only two days before the proposal
was put before the BoG committee. To limit
other representation problems in the future,
the AMS created a new International Student
Commissioner position
When BC's six-year tuition-fee freeze was
lifted in February of this year, however, consultation with domestic students was more
intensive, and messy.
At its March 14 meeting, the BoG approved
a new tuition-fee schedule that will take effect
this September. Under the new schedule, all
undergraduate^ students will pay $2661 for a
30-credit course-loads, except those in
Commerce and Pharmaceutical Science, who
will pay $3272 and $3399 respectively.
Fees for graduate-research programs will
increase to $2657, while those for post-baccalaureate and professional programs will
rise over the next three years to approximate
fees at UBC's peer institutions across Canada.
MBA students will have to pay almost $30,000
to go to school this September—a figure that
represents a whopping 312 per cent increase
from current fees.
Students showed their resentment on
March 13, the day before the fee schedule was
passed, as hundreds stormed the President's
Office in UBC's Old Administration Building.
The groups sat in the building for over 24
hours, hoping to disrupt the BoG meeting
scheduled for the morning of March 14. The
meeting, however, was moved from the Old
Administration Building to UBC's Chan Centre
for the Performing Arts.
In the end...
It seems that this year UBC hasn't been as
boring as we once thought. But admidst the
tragic events of this year, a return to dullness
would sometimes have been welcome.
The events of this year have made members of the UBC community think—and
rethink—their politics, views and outlooks.
And the fallout promises to cause debate and
scandal for many years to come.
This will be a year not soon forgotten ♦
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It's been official since March 14:
tuition fees at UBC will rise for the
first time since the tuition freeze
was implemented six years ago. In
the words of Chris Dingwall, second-year Arts student, "It was good
while it lasted."
While this fee increase will mean
that more students will have to take
out, a loan or work through the
school year, there are mixed feelings among students as to what the
tuition increase really means for
their post-secondary education.
For most undergraduate students, program fees for 2002-2003
will rise to $2661 for a 30-credit
"Most people are thinking this
[tuition hike] is manageable, it's not
the end of the world. But mostly people want to make sure the money is
going towards things like malting
sure that the tuition increase will go
towards lowering class sizes and
making more spaces for students so
the acceptance average can be lowered a bit and make UBC more
accessible to potential students,"
says Dingwall.
Reka Sztopa, president of the
Science Undergraduate Society
(SUS), echoes this concern
"Most students [want] to make
sure that the money that does get
raised from increased tuition gets
put into enhancing student learning
and visible, tangible things like
classroom space, smaller class
sizes, more labs," she says.
But while fees for most undergraduate programs will go up about
22 per cent, students in two programs—Commerce and Pharmacy-
will pay $3272 and $3399 respectively. And that's just for next year.
Both the Commerce and Pharmacy
program fee will increase yearly
until they match fees at other
Canadian universities.
Pharmacy students, for example,
will see their program costs rise $ 1000
in 2002-2003, and then $1000 more
lhe following year. This increase will
continue untQ it matches tuition fees in
Pharmacy programs at other Canadian
schools. But, as Titus Wong presidentof
the Pharmacy Undergraduate Society
(PhUS) notes, UBC is trying to match up
with "a moving target"
While differential tuition has
been kept to a much more limited
degree than once anticipated.
Pharmacy and Commerce will see a
greater jump in tuition than other
undergraduate programs.
For the most part, students in
these programs understand why
they will be paying more. But fhey
want guarantees that their money
will result in better materials,
resources and services.
Wong says students have come
to him wanting to know exactly how
their money will be spent
"Basically, the accountability was
questioned:  how  will  we  know
whether or not this money is put to
good use? And how much of this is
going to the university-at-large and
how much is going to come back to
Pharmacy itself, because we are
going to be paying more."
Michael Lee, president of the
by Julia Christensen
Commerce Undergraduate Society
(CUS) agrees.
"The money doesn't go directly
to Commerce. It goes to the university. And from that point, they diwy
up the funds. So there's a possibility
that we might be paying more
money, but we might not be getting
a direct increase in services."
Eugene Choo, a first-year
Commerce student, says that paying
higher rates for his program will be
tough, but that it will be worth it once
he has his degree. Differential tuition
is fair, he says.
However, not all students agree
with differential tuition.
"I don't think students' program
options should be limited by their
resources...I'm really happy that differential tuition has been really limited thus far," Sztopa says.
Lee is concerned that differential
tuition could mean less representation of different income brackets in
professional programs.
"No one [in Commerce] wants
money to change the demographics of
a program...Differential tuition to an
extent is okay. However, there is a big
issue of financial aid so that demographics stay the same," he says.
Lance Anderson, vice-president,
external, of the Medicine
Undergraduate Society (MUS), adds
that some of the biggest concerns
expressed by medical students are
about demographic issues. He says
certain groups, such as First Nations
students or students from lower
socio-economic brackets, are already
under-represented at medical schools
in Canada. He fears that an increase
in tuition will mean the numbers of
rued students from these groups will
shrink fiirther.
"We have to ask ourselves if having Canadian society represented in
our medical students is important
to us," he says.
Graduate-research program fees
will increase to $2657, while those
for post-baccalaureate and professional programs, like Medicine and
Law, will rise.over the next three
years to match fees at Canadian
peer institutions.
These graduate fee increases will
particularly impact teaching assistants. Alex Grant, president of the
Teaching Assistants' Union, says
that an increase in tuition will, in
the end, mean that teaching assistants will make less money.
"We consider an increase in
tuition, without an increase in
wages, to he a pay cut," he said.
Since teaching assistantships go to
graduate students who need the
money the most, the consequences
of a pay cut could be dire.
"I think it's very sad," Grant said.
"Increasingly, higher education is
becoming reserved for the rich, and
working-class people won't be able
to afford to go to university.
Everyone says, 'Well you can get a
loan.' Well, on one side, the loan
hasn't increased. And on the other
side, just because it's a loan doesn't
mean it isn't your money. It's still
real money."
Anderson agrees that taking out a
loan to cover increased tuition costs
doesn't solve students' financial problems, especially for medical students.
"In medical school, we have to
do a residency program and those
don't get paid well. So you're a student for five years and then in residency for seven years, depending.
Once you're out of school and in
your residency, you're no longer a
student so you have to start paying
the loan back. People think you start
making a lot of money as a doctor
the minute you're done med school,
but that's not the case," he says. .
Brian de Alwis, president of the
Graduate Student Society (GSS), says
that graduate students will have particular challenges to deal with
regarding the tuition hikes. For one
thing many graduate students have
families and are already at a financial iDreaking point.'
Graduate students, he says, rely
heavily on external scholarships
and funding from their departments. UBC already 'tops off external scholarships to a lesser degree
than other competing Canadian universities, he adds. So an increase in
tuition fees without an increase in'
funding packages from the university puts more pressure on students
to pull money out of thin air.
"A lot of people are going to have to
borrow more money. Some have
already borrowed up to the limit from
BC student loans. Some are going to
borrow from family and friends.
Someone told me the other day that
it's just going to go on their credit card,
which I think [is] appalling but for
some people that's the only possibility," de Alwis says.
Some students feel cheated by
the tuition hike, saying if they had
known tuition would jump as high
as it is at other schools, they probably wouldn't have come to UBC in
the first place.
Tiffany Ho, a first-year
Pharmacy student, is from a
small town near the BC/Alberta
border. "It was either Vancouver
or [the University of Alberta]. And
U of A is $5400 per year, which is
what UBC is now aiming for with
Pharmacy. And the cost of living
in Edmonton is much lower, so I
probably would have ended up
going there," she says. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
The future
It's bright for these graduating UBC students. After impressing
their professors and peers, they're out to impress larger audiences.
On the next few pages we'll profile just a few of the promising
musicians, writers, actors and artists graduating from UBC this year.
Cr© ativ@ Writing: Tyler Brad(@y and
JOf (@n@ HtithCOt© by Stephanie Tait
In the coming years, while you're
walking through Chapters with a
coffee in one hand, the other hand
might be holding a book by Tyler
Bradley or Joelene Heathcote, two
of the outstanding writers graduating from UBC's department of creative writing.
Bradley's creative talents were
apparent early on. In grade three he
wrote a story,- "The Low Calorie
Cow." But he had always been a
voracious reader. "My brother and I
would take home 24 picture books
each...I read as much as I could."
After high school Bradley took a
year off to pursue another love of
his, snow boarding. He then attended SFU and Capilano College before
making his way to UBC's creative
writing program.
Compared to Tyler Bradley,
Joelene Heathcote started writing
late, she began composing poetry in
high school. But the spark came
when she attended Malaspina
College. "I just read everything I
could get my hands on, especially
Canadian literature. I found it interesting being Canadian and reading
those texts. That's when I really fell in
love with writing."
After Malaspina, Heathcote taught
English in Korea for two years, a
move that has had a lasting impact
on her. She completed her degree at
UVic, with a concentration in Asian
Canadian literature. Rejecting offers
from Concordia and UNB, Heathcote
nestled in at UBC with no regrets.
"I've worked with some fabulous
people. Andreas Schroeder, Lynn
Bowen, George McWherter have just
been unreal," she said.
"The energy that they put into
the work and the excitement that
they have about what they do.
When you have an instructor who
is so excited about what they do it
just rubs off on the students. If you
know that your instructor is there
just putting in the time, it's really
heartbreaking. They've been fantastic for me," she added.
Bradley has also found his time at
UBC rewarding and will be studying
for his masters here. "The creative
writing department has really provided me with a form...It helps me
grow as a writer, definitely...[it] keeps
me writing."
Adding to his many skills,
Bradley also works at the Granville
Island Brewery and although he
would love to get involved with the
brewing industry, writing will be his
main focus.
Heathcote's passions also extend
beyond the pen to such varied interests as French cooking and hiking.
But it is travelling that she finds the
most rewarding as it was going to
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Asia that ignited her interest in
Asian-Canadian literature.
The books that these two authors
enjoyed are as varied as their hobbies. "Beer for Dummies, very
informative!" Bradley said with a
smirk. In seriousness, Bradley lists
the works of Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
as well as local authors like Grant
Buday as influences and favourites.
Heathcote's literary loves are
equally as diverse. "I love Martin
Amos, Rick Moody, and I loved The
Great Gatsby," she said. Heathcote
also revealed her fervour for writing
and reading non-fiction <
If past performance is any indication then both writers have promising futures. Bradley won Ripple
Effect Press' BC Alternative Writing
and Design contest in 2001, and has
recently been published in a number
of anthologies.
Heathcote's trophy cabinet is
even more impressive. In 2001
alone, she won Arc magazine's Poem
of the Year award and 1st place in
This magazine's Great Canadian
Literary hunt. She's won dozens
more contests and awards in the past
few years.
Bradley will probably use the next
few years to hone his craft. "Now it's
onto bigger projects. This year I've
really focused on getting large pieces
done rather than working on shorts
and sending them off to anyone who
has a publishing house."
He also has dreams of combining his love for writing and snow-
boarding. 'After my masters, I'd like
to get a friend or two together, pitch
an idea for a book to a publishing
house...and then basically set out
going in a session to all the different
mountains in BC,to make a snow-
boarders' guide to BC."
Regardless, writing will continue
to be part of Bradley's life. "If I never
option a screenplay, if I never sell a
book, if I never get anything published again, I'll keep on writing.
That's just a given," he said.
Heathcote's passion for writing is
just as strong. "[Writing] has become
the most important thing to me,
more than anything else.," she said.
"I can't just shut it off. I've had people
say to me, "You know that's all you
ever talk about?" and I think, yeah I
guess that's all I really know'. It's just
part of me."
Heathcote's parting words leaves
great promise in the hearts of creative writing students. "I'm glad to
be finished but sad at the same time
because I wonder, 'What now?' But
the possibilities are endless too, so
that's pretty exciting." ♦
Theatre: Sharmin MacKay, Jessica Brunt,
Katie Murphy, Jessica Clements
and Naomi Wright by Carly Hollander
Given '.he co.".j e'i'ivo nature of
lhe ihe.ji.irt c-jm miinily, it wis surprises '"> see these live women,
the L'BC theatre grad class of
20U<>, giggli-g and joking with
one another Their M'.ualkin is
unique. Il .lidn t start out with js.yt
■ho five of them. There was acniul-
!y a normalized class "f 12, but
slowly, one by one, students
droppod out.
'I Lh:r.k iL's the unsteady
almor-phi-re nf Lhe theatre world
dial some people jusL coulJn t gt t
used to," Naomi Wright says of
her Tenner classmates. "Vou cannot predict what's going io happen from one day lo the nexL ■■■nrl
for some people that's hard."
The live women aurce that having surh a small t lass has been
positive. They talk about die special dileiition they have received,
'In a class of about 20 or more, ;f
Lhey don't fed Lke doing their
monologue drnt day, Lhey don't
have Lo, but for us, we're always
on Lhe -Aire," sajs Wright.
Despite their varied backgrounds, each actor feels that UBC
theatre has boon die right rhoice.
Sharmin MacKay, from South
Africa, originally v.anled lo be a
journalist, performing on .stage
changed her mind. "I did my fu°t
political play -aid found an alternate
way of Jelling the story,* hhe said.
L BC theatre has also accommodated their situation by producing plajs with female leads,
such as "Good Mother,' The
Creation' and "Dangero-is
Liaisons." For male parts, Lhe
department hired professionals,
or allowed the women lo puL on a
htit and deepen their voices.
"Oftentimes we will play
men . but when you are in uclma
Lrainirg ±q mo>t iirp-.>rlmt ihir.j
is jour objective and then ( rilical
response from peers and professors," WrighL says.
The women have also had to
conlenJ       with       typecasting.
Left to right,
Sharmin MacKay,
Jessica Clements,
Naomi Wright,
Jessica Brunt and
Katie Murphy are
leaving UBC's theatre program this
year, ron
Sharrnm Mai Kay describes com-
Ic.fJng jyperasiing as an ongoing
process. "Slowly .lay by day the
w-ills slait breaking down and I
become stronger on die in^ide,
which shows outside."
Ea> h of the girls talks about the
opportunities they would never
have been given had it not been
for -.heir experiences at UBC.
.isked which professors have
Inspired -.hem, Lhey unanimously
answer Teler LoeJlli-r.
'He really inspired us through
hii passion and sv.v the lights in
each one of his students. He
taught us all that theater is truly
electrifying in its simplest form," ■
says Mai Kay of the late professor.
Wright al.-o praised professor
Gary Wasscrman, a man who 'has
his hands still in the theatre tom-
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introduced Lh<; siu ients Lo many
in the theatre, community.
"Because we are surh a small
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us out ;.nd inec-L Lhe people of Lhe
theatre community. IusLi-ad of a
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will say, 'hey you Eve girls come
and audition for me," she
Tlie future is sliJl unknown for
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Lhey i an get them. A few of diem
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Masters. "I have a degree, it means
LhaL I can be admitted to almost
any masters program," Clements
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other thirds to do...Redly I do!"
Whatever ihe future may hold
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'There is a general feeling
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Tim Lee doesn't like having his picture taken I learned this when I
interviewed the graduating UBC
MFA student He'd prefer that I
focus on the sources and inspirations of his work rather than his
background and personal history.
Lee enjoys taking full command
over his self-representation. His
recent video and photo works; "The
Move, The Beastie Boys, 1998"
(2000), "Louie Louie" and "Untitled
#4" all feature himself. Lee comments that his work deals with
"autonomy, slippage, conversational
loop, academic contexts and race,"
but mainly "Pie] thinks it's funny."
But behind the black and white
surface of his work lurks the influence of conceptual artists such as
Bruce Nauman and Jasper Johns.
Both Johns and Nauman were captivated by the definitions and limitations of the artist and art To them
art could simply be about ide'as.
Engaged in a conversation with
himself, Nauman frustrates the
viewer with incomplete glimpses
into the enclosed space of his works.
Lee, however, explains that he is trying "to give those guys a laugh. I'm
trying to supplant frustration with
In his video installation "The
Move," Lee takes the Beastie Boys'
song and takes the place of Mike D,
Ad-Rock and MCA on three television monitors. Lee, a self-described
"very boring not this life-of-the-party
kind of guy," inserts himself into an
experiment. It is not a performance
because he isn't acting or performing, merely doing.
His rendition of lyrics like "Dogs
love me cause I'm crazy sniffable/I
bet you never knew I got the ill
peripheral," is hare and monotonous, the rhyming mathematical.
Although he takes on the identity of
each Beastie Boy, he doesn't try to
match their hype and energy, doesn't place himself as a rock idol. All
identities fade into the background.
Bare content is what remains, the
senseless lyrics that leave room for
speculation and new meanings.
The viewers become witnesses to
an absurd investigation in pop culture and art history. The first thing
to do then, as in situations when one
is faced with the nonsensical, is to
laugh. We laugh at the hesitant amateur performer, an Asian man taking the place of a white hip-hop
artist or a rockstar.
Many could miss the connections between what Lee calls the
"self-aggrandisement and simultaneous ownership and projection of
self* in hip hop, and the reference to
Nauman's work. Lee isn't being
arrogant He is interested in allying
pop culture with so-called 'high art',
entertainment with intellectual
rigour. The result would be art that
Lee says, "is about ideas in a way
that's very uncomplex...[it] doesn't
compromise its own values."
"Louie Louie" is another video
installation inspired by popular
music. In it Lee plays the drums,
bass and guitar while singing the
song. The idea for the work came
from a book about the social, aesthetic and cultural history of the
"Louie Louie" also features Lee
as an anti-hero. Instead of conflating the performance, the ambiguous amalgamation of pop culture
and high art is acted out in a bland
Lee's large two panel photograph "Untitled #4" explores the
romantic idea of the artist in his
studio but is also inspired by a
photo of Bobby Orr's famous 1970
goal that won his team the Stanley
Cup. The photo shows Orr perfecuy
horizontal with the ice.
The photo shows Lee in a superhero pose, arms outstretched, floating in space. But triumph and heroism are cut off liter ally by a huge gap
between his lower and upper body.
It is precisely through these fissures and imperfections that
humour and the viewer enter Lee's
work. Humour is universal, simultaneously touching on art history,
social commentary and pop culture. His work creates a space
where Mr and Ms Ordinary are
chuckling while Mr and Ms Art
History are nodding their heads
Nauman once defined the dilemma of the artist "Artists are expected to five in the culture and to be a
part of the culture and not to be too
weird. On the other hand they are
also expected to be somewhat outside of the culture and be weird..."
On his own terms, Lee's work
tries to reconcile these expectations. Unmoved by newness, he
rejects the avant-garde for a rebirth
of the past in the present His art is
on the threshold, occupying at once
the high and the low, the enclosed
and the open. It is art about pure
ideas and absurd amusement. ♦
Film: Michelle Porter, Shannon Kohli
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The American film industry has long affected the contemporary Canadian mind. But Canadian filmmakers
have also given us alternatives. Lynne Stopkewich (director of Kissed, the tale of a young necrophiliac), Gregory
Middleton (the cinematographer for The Five Senses, a
Toronto Film Festival jewel), and Mina Shum's Double
Happiness are just some examples. These people all have
one thing in common: they're grads of UBC's film
school—arguably one of the best and most competitive
film schools in Canada.
Michelle Porter, Shannon Kohli and Sidney Chiu will
be graduating from UBC's film program this year and
hopefully add to the list of successful UBC film grads. The
trio have collaborated on a film that will be shown at this
year's installment of Persistence of Vision, an annual festival of UBC filmmakers. Their film, Big Shoes to Fill, is a
15-minute short It's adapted from a play penned by a
local playwright and is modesfly described by Sidney
Chiu as a "journey into enlightment"
Porter is the director and writer of Big Shoes to Fill
and is no stranger to the film festival circuit Lastyear her
film Insight, captured the Best Student Fiction film award
at the Montreal World Film Festival. To her the film is the
convergence of multiple stories and experiences belonging to everyone involved in the filming process.
When I asked her about the role of film in society,
she's equally philosophical. "It's hard to weigh art, it's
hard to weigh the value of a piece of art," she said. "If I'm
thinking about a film the next day then that's a good
thing. If I'm thinking about a film a year from then it's a
great thing. If I'm thinking about a film ten years from
now, and its images still move and intrigue me...that's an
by Gregory Chan
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1    ' A
ONE TO WATCH? UBC film student Michelle
Porter wrote and directed Big Shoes to Fill, ron
amazing thing. Lasting is not the value...if it draws discussion, it's a positive result'
Shannon Kohli, the fledgling Swiss-born cinematographer of Big Shoes to Fill discovered her niche with the
UBC Film Society, producing Exposure, an experimental
short She soon found work on the X-Files set and was
quickly drawn to the magic of movement caught on film.
As a cinematographer, she molds the image. We, the
audience, see from her point of view.
See "Film" on page 13. THE UBYSSEY
"Film" continued fiom page 12
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When Catherine Lan talks about her music, she draws you in. Her eyes
reveal the intensity, the passion she feels for the piano. -.
Perhaps it is this passion that has made her one of the best graduating
musicians at UBC this year. The 2 2-year-old certainly didn't love the piano
when she was a child in Taiwan, however.
"Before I didn't enjoy the piano...I was forced to play," she says. "It
was an activity my parents put me in and I did not like it." But the
thought of her parents spending all that money on her lessons kept
her going.
The Canadian classical music community would have suffered had
Lan not grown to love the piano. Today, Lan thrives on performance
and creation.
"I love to create things and I
just love being able to perform"
she says. "Even if there is no one
sitting beside me to listen and I
know I played very well, I feel
have achieved something and it
feels great*
It's a feeling she's probably  j4*j
had often. In 2001 she co-won   Sjkrry
the national CBC Debut compe-   _iSf
tition   (along   with   another "*r*
graduating UBC pianist, Annie
Yim). She also won a scholarship   from  the   Golden  Key
International Honour Society.
Add     the     UBC     Concerto
Competition   she   won   two
years ago and you've got an
impressive pianist.
"I feel happy about what I
have done so far. I know how
hard I worked to get to this level,*
she says. "I know I'm lucky
enough to work and not quit playing, because so many people
have to quit*
She attributes her success
to the support of her parents and the guidance of her UBC Music
professor, Miranda Wong Williams.
"[Williams] inspires me, and not just about how to play the music.
She's really wonderful and different from other teachers I have had,"
Lan says. "She's extremely open-minded, generous and low key."
Later in life, Lan might even follow William's example and start teaching
But first, Lan plans to perform as much as she can
"I want to be a concert artist and be happy. A lot of performers, they
are not happy because performing puts too much pressure on themj,
and they don't love it." she says.
After graduation, Lan plans to pursue a Master's in Music. She's
waiting for acceptance* to prestigious American schools such as
Eastman and Peabody, but if we're lucky, we might even see her back at
UBC next year, where she's already been accepted. If not, we'll be looking for her in the concert halls. ♦
Catherine Lan has plenty of both
and its the secret of her success.
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If j'ou've ever heard fourth-year opera student Phillipe Castagner sing
you wouldn't guess that the 23-year-old started singing just five short
years ago.
"I went into a choir—a high school choir—in Cherry Hill, New
Jersey," says Castagner. "I didn't actually think to go into music
until Christmas of senior year of high school. And by the6 }'our
applications for universities in the States are finished, so what was
left was UBC*
Fortunately for us, Castagner did choose UBC and music. His five
years here have let the tenor find his voice, and a real love for opera.
"I got my first part on stage here, and that kind of got me addicted
to the stage," he says.
At UBC, he's played everything from comic roles in The Merry
Wives of Windsor to the demanding title role in Gounoud's Faust
Although Castagner admits he's still worried about his acting, his
vocal abilities are unquestionable. Last year, he made his professional debut singing the Verdi Requiem with the Ottawa Symphony
Orchestra and he followed that up with a fine performance in Elgar's
The Dream of Gerontius, here at UBC.
But Castagner is also getting noticed outside of Vancouver. Having
won the Northwest regionals, he'll be travelling to New York later this
month for the final Metropolitan Opera auditions—one of the toughest
competitions in the world. ^
If that weren't enough, Castagner will also attend the respected
Merola Opera program in San Francisco this summer and the highly
distinguished Curtis Institute in Philadelphia next fall.
Attending the Curtis institute will be a bit of a homecoming for
,— .■.■—.-,.,-, Castagner, who spent his
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teenage years near
Philadelphia. It is also
where the tenor will
begin his professional
career, a career that
should flourish in the
years to come.
Regardless of his initial success, Castagner is
still wary. "I'm well aware
that I'll probably be
offered stuff that's too
much. The opera houses
frankly don't care," he
says. "They've got a show
to put on If they can get a
guy who is 2 6, 2 7, to play
a role where the character
is 26, 2 7, this'll excite the
audience to see such a
young guy up there. But
[the strain] costs you 50
performances ten years
down the road. So
patience is going to be the
toughest thing." ♦
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trantiton besides a -lij.fi m ligh-ing Yet, m
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through the sense of humanity expressed
in the conversations.
Throughout the play, characters come
and go, but the clerk is always there. Actor
David Beazly realistically portrays both the
uninterested dutifulness and the dark,
sadistic side the hotel clerk.
Of all the members of the cast, Beazly
left the greatest impression on me.
Perhaps it was because he was the only
constant, or maybe it was the way his man-
aical laughter raised the hairs on my neck.
The original production of "The Hotel
Play* was performed by over 70 members,
but Studio 58 has had to manage with a
cast of only 21. While I was often convinced the same actor was playing multiple
characters, at other times, I felt that the
same character had merely switched
- clothes when the actor changed costumes.
In the end, I sat pondering the fruity
mess that had once been a group of ideas:
death everlasting life, knives and oranges. ♦
at Performance Works
until Apr. S
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with the characters.
Even the costumes undermine the
actors'.efforts to portray Chinese students.
The young man is dressed in what look like
Airwalk shoes and cargo pants, while the
woman is in a very stylish tailored blouse.
One would never know that this was supposed to be 1989 Beijing if it were not for
their talk of the massacre.
The play is also hampered by its poor
translation from the original Chinese. The
dialogue is unnatural at times: if you were
disgusted by a person, would you really call
him 'swine?* Such insincere and inaccurate conversation is reflected in the actors'
"Fugitives" does have some strengths.
Hiro Kanagawa, who plays the understated
'middle-aged man,' gives a fine performance. Also, the set and fighting successfuly
create an appropriate atmosphere. The triangular runways that make up the stage
effectively illustrate the interplay between
the trio and the empty crates that rise to
the rafters are beautiful to look at
"Fugitives" is definitely a play that will
provoke long discussions afterwards.
Sadly, these conversations will be an effort
to understand Gao's message, rather than
an examination of the message itself. ♦
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2002  15
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by Duncan M. McHugh
You are on the phone at 8:02 in the morning.
On the other end of the line should be Robin
Williams, star of Death To Smoochy, a comedy released this week. But this is no ordinary
phone call. You realise you should have
expected something like this. What 'this' is is
a conference call, and it is dreadful.
This all started when a week ago when
someone representing Warner Brothers studios called you asking if you wanted an interview with Robin Williams and Smoochy
director and co-star Danny DeVito. Your first
reaction is to wonder how desperate the makers of Smoochyhave to be if they're calling on
student journalists to help peddle their
wares. You also begin to wonder how best to
grill Mr Williams on his reprehensible choice
of roles over the past few years.
You take the interview, hoping for something unusual to come up. Nothing does. The
conference call is terrible. Not having seen
the film (the preview screening being that
evening), and not having the guts to give
Williams the slamming he deserves for Patch
Adams (or What Dreams May Come, or
Bicentennial Man...), you decide to ask a
question about the trio of 'dark' roles that
Mork has taken lately (Smoochy being the
first, before Insomnia and One Hour Photo).
This does not work for long. David from
the American University Eagle in
Washington, D.C., steals your question before
symbolically giving Williams a hand job with
praise. It's infuriating. So you scribble down
something else, never knowing when you'll
be asked for your question.
You wait for 45 minutes to ask a question.
Every second question concerns Williams's
move towards darker roles. You ponder what
a hack you are. Given that your question has
been asked 15 different ways by 15 different
people, you—shamefully—consider asking
Williams about his favourite restaurant in
Vancouver (you figure he must have one considering that he filmed both Jumanji and
Insomnia in our fair city) but you do not get
the opportunity. You are, however, informed
of the joy of completing a triathlon in San
Diego, the unlikelihood of a "Mork and
Mindy" reunion and Williams's views on
'9/11/ not to mention his desire to play
Albert Einstein.
You note that Williams's grade A comedy
material does not appear to be earmarked for
student journalists. The interview comes and
goes and the only thing you get to say, to your
self of course, is "fuck," as you spill coffee on
your lap.
After your exciting interview with Robin
Williams, you get ready for another 45 minutes, listening to Danny DeVito answer stupid questions that you didn't ask. It is at this
point that the moderator for' the conference
call informs you that you must press ' 1' if you
have a question. You realise that your frenzied question-writing was absolutely unnecessary. You press '1' hoping to ask DeVito
about what it was like to direct Robin
Williams in such a dark role. You again ponder how much of a hack you are.
This doesn't matter, of course, because
once again you are not called upon to join
the celebrity circle jerk. You do get to hear
DeVito talk about the influence of Fritz Lang
(cough) and Fellini (cough, cough) on his
work. You also get to hear about how frickin'
hilarious the 'cookie scene' in Smoochy (a
film you have yet to see) is. You begin to
deeply resent being awake.
That night, you go downtown to see
Death To Smoochy with friends. You
remember that Smoochy's screenwriter,
Adam Resnick, is best known for writing
Cabin Boy and you shudder, despite having
never actually seen Cabin Boy. You wonder
how successful a movie like this could be.
Your question is answered when the film
tanks at the box office, finishing seventh in
its first weekend.
The film itself is funny. It is also out of
date and somewhat sloppily made. It is the
story of a corrupt children's entertainer.
Rainbow Randolph (played with relish by
Williams), busted for fraud. The scandal has
him kicked off of his show, out of his home
and into the dumpsters. Randolph is quickly
replaced by Smoochy, a big purple dinosaur,
no wait, I mean, rhinoceros (played by
Edward Norton). Smoochy is eveiything
Randolph isn't, and the envious and tarnished TV star vows revenge. Randolph tries
everything from planting inappropriately
shaped cookies to tricking Smoochy into
playing a concert for neo-Nazis. All of this
backfires, naturally, but in the end there is
redemption and romance.
You contemplate whether or not to recommend the film. You conclude that Death
To Smoochy is worth seeing if it is playing
at a repertory theatre, on an airplane or
on TV. You feel this is a hearty enough
endorsement. ♦
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various venues
Apr. 3 to 13
This week and next, artists from the department
of theatre, film and creative writing will be presenting their work to stage and screen as part of
UBC's Dirty Hands festival—the first ever of
its kind.
This is the firstyear that students in creative
writing, theatre and film have made the logical,
but logistically challenging decision to unite
their efforts in a single festival. The innovative
festival will run from April 3 to 13.
"This event came out of a desire to give the
students a chance to produce their own work in
their own terms," said Marietta Kozak, business
manager of the department of theatre, film and
creative writing.
For nearly 20 years, UBC's annual and
renowned Brave New Play Rites Festival of creative writing has stood alone. Now, that festival
will be part of this larger event, which will bring
together writers, directors and actors.
Joe Wiebe, Brave New Play Rites producer,
feels this is a smart move.
"It's-a great first step. It's always been
strange that the different departments have
been kept apart," he said. "Hopefully, it's the
beginning of a great long-term relationship."
Kozak feels such a relationship will benefit
"It's a way of allowing the year-end projects
to be produced in a cohesive way," she said. "It's
also a way for all the students in the various programs to get together and do work together."
Fifteen student playwrights and numerous
directors and production staff from the depart-
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Stand Up For Your Mother
[Mint Records]
t Several years ago, I had a girlfriend who lived a SkyTrain trip
, away. Fortunately, that stage of my fife is over, but I can still
remember lhe excitement of hearing a SkyTrain car enter
Granville station The sound was distinctive, consistent and
exhilarating. I always thought it would sound great in a movie
, or in a song. Well, apparenfly the sound also struck a chord
with a member of Young and Sexy, though maybe not for the
same reasons. The sound of the SkyTrain bookends the third
. track on the local quintet's debut album. Stand Up for Your
Mother, released recendy by Mint Records.
The song, "The City You Live in is Ugly," is perfect for'
Vancouverites recovering from a long grey winter. Touching on
dead end jobs, Broadway's BowMac sign and the relentless,
exhausting pace of life, the song is beautiful and melancholy.
This would be a simple way of describing the incredible album.
An important thing to remember when listening to Stand
Up for Your Mother is that the tracks start off a little slowly, but
get really great about halfway dirough. Take the first song,
"Stand Up to Your Mother." The music starts off twinkling and
■ sounding very twee indeed. About two minutes in, singer Paul
Hixon Pittman is left singing alone, accompanied only by the
quiet strum of an acoustic guitar. This singing is interspaced
with grand sweeps of piano. All of a sudden, a bassline dances
back into the fold. Piano is added to the mix, then harmonising
male and female vocals and finally a tuneless whistle and gur-
. gly trumpet join in to create an unlikely symphony. It's a sublime moment and one of many on the album.
The next track also shows the importance of giving a song a
chance to get going. "Chikubr meanders for about three and a
half minutes, not really going anywhere. Then all ,of a sudden
there's a groove on, and the music becomes decidedly slinkly.
Out of nowhere, the spirit of Stevie Wonder is on the floor,
breaking out "Superstitious" ke3'boards. It's all very hot
Stand Up for Your Mother is a tremendous album full of
beautiful pop songs. Some may draw parallels between Young
and Sexy and the likes of Belie and Sebastian or the Aislers Set,
but the sound of Young and Sexy is as distinctive and exihila-
rating as that of a departing SkyTrain car taking you to see a
loved one. ♦
-Duncan M. McHugh
ment of theatre will work together with actors
from UBC and around Vancouver in the Brave
New Play Rites portion pf the festival. Seven or
eight short works will be presented in each of
the Brave New Play Rites performances, which
run from April 9 to 13. Each play is performed
three times during the festival
Presentations of BFA and BA projects are
also a part of the broad Dirty Hands festival, as
are one-act plays by MFA theatre students and
the MFA Graduate Film Festival.
And since Dirty Hands is produced entirely
by students, UBC's artists are also being
exposed to the administrative side of running a
festival. "It's a learning experience,* said Kozak.
"It's going great; people are having fun"
Renowned graduates of UBC film have a part
to play in Dirty Hands as well. Past student
films by Bruce Sweeney (writer and director of
Love To Night
[Mint Records]
Mark Kleiner is originally from Saskatoon, home to country-
rock giants the Northern Pikes, He has also spent the past
decade in Vancouver, the city where acts such as Zumpano
and the New Pornographers produced their acclaimed pop
gems. These geomusical influences assert themselves strongly on Kleiner's new album. Love To Night
Love To Night is an album, like the New Pornographers'
2000 release Mass Romantic, that has undeniable catchiness.
The Mark Kleiner Power Trio is not especially powerful, at
least not in the sense that makes one reach out to turn down
the volume. Instead, the band's strength lies in solid song-
writing. Guitarist and lead vocalist Kleiner has an ear for
twangy and driving hocks, and his sing-along choruses are the ■
stuff of pop-rock dreams.
Although he is clearly an exceptional popsmith, Kleiner
offers more than pleasandy memorable melodies in Love To
Night His experience as a musician can be heard in the intricacies of arrangements throughout the ten-song collection.
This is what separates the Mark Kleiner Power Trio from
legions of forgettable rock bands; repeated listening reveals
nuance rather than simplicity in their music. This depth is evident when Kleiner gets on the piano and slows things down for
"Birth to Blue/ a hopeful ballad that also gives drummer Kurt
Dahle a chance to show off his back-up harmonies.
The album's surefootedness is due in no small part to the
veteran talent of the band that Kleiner has assembled for this
project. Dahle (ex-Limblifter, die New Pornographers) is one of .
Vancouver's most prolific percussionists and ensures that Us- ~
teners nod along with the songs' rhythms. Bassist Pete Mills,
of past Flash Bastard fame, ably rounds out the trio.
The music of Love To Night is so perfecdy crafted for summer-afternoon, glass-of-lemonade-in-hand listening that Mark
Kleiner employed a special guest, former Smugglers drummer
Danny Fazio, to contribute rhythmic hand-claps to the album.
This may seem over the top, and indeed, if Love To Night has
a glaring weakness, it's that its unabashed infectiousness will
come as a cliche to some. Assuming that many people want
music to make them happy, however, Mark Kleiner's latest
will please a large audience. ♦
—Michael Schwandt
by Michael Schwandt
Last Wedding and Dirty) and Lynne Stopkewich
(production designer of Crash and director of
Lilith on Top, Suspicious River and Kissed) will
be showcased at the Chan Centre's Royal Bank
There will also be a speakers' forum featuring designer and photographer Tim Matheson
and award-winning theatre director Steph
Kirkland. These veteran professionals will discuss the working relationships between people
in their crafts.
Dirty Hands presentations will be held on
campus at various venues, including the
Freddie Wood Theatre, the Royal Bank Cinema
and tie Telus Studio Theatre, located in the
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Schedule
information can be found at the UBC creative
writing website. Advance tickets, are available
from the UBC Theatre Box Office. ♦
Gaga for Gigi
[Mint Records]
Inbreeding: 1. The breeding of related individuals within an i
isolated or a closed group of organisms or people; 2. The con-^
tinued breeding of closely related individuals, so as to preserve desirable traits in a stock.
The Vancouver music scene has witnessed a lot of inbreed- -
ing over the years. Take Volumizer, for example, whose debut <
album Gaga for Gigi was released last month. It's made up of :
Rodney Graham (ex-U-J3RK5), Bill Napier-Hemy (of Pointed
Sticks), Jade Blade (ex-member of Dishrags), John Cody (who
has been a drummer-about-town for many years) and Shannon
Oksanen (a local visual artist whose many interesting pieces of
art include the album's cover art).
To further the incest, Volumizer's album was recorded by
John Collins at JC/DC, the recording studio operated by Collins
and David Carswell, both of the Evaporators, a staple band in
the Vancouver music scene. When it comes to inbreeding,
Volumizer goes the distance—four out of five Volumizers are
romantically linked to another member of the band.
Inbreeding, the word evokes horrifying images of the chronically mouth-breathing inhabitants of the Ozarks Thankfully,
the Volumizer conjugation has created something that, though
not necessarily beaubM, is fully functional. There is nothing on
this album that was surprising- the sound is what one would
expect of a Vancouver-based vocals-guitar-bass-drums-pop-rock-
punk band. Jade's lyrics are perfecdy punk. They include simple rhymes like "I promise you, Thomas,* ask questions like '
"What's your problem anyway?," and make statements like
"I've got a lot to do today do-do-do.*
Shannon's vocals carry the lyrics weE on most tracks, but
only occasionally sound really Interesting I prefer her voice
when it is powerful and not too busy trying to be pretty
Instrumentation is clearly the best feature of the Volumizer
baby. Both in concert and on Gaga for Gigi, every note
Volumizer plays is perfecdy placed and impressively timed. All
of that isolating and continued breeding of members of the
Vancouver masic community has proven effective yet again. ■
With a bit more isolation, I think that Volumizer could create 1
something that is not only skdled, but also truly unique. ♦       J
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Kingsbury Manx. The band seemed
alright, but was at the end of its set
when I got there, my arrival having
been delayed by Halle Berry's televised freak-out. I don't think I
missed much.
Shortly after. Clinic jumped onto
stage, all four dressed in O.R.
scrubs and face masks. The theatricality of their costumes was in
direct contrast to the performance
Clinic gave. Earnest and focused,
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cunship d'dt C'wrjr il^jilived. Lhe
band's lack of stage presence left
the set feeling limp. When
Blackburn shouted 'Good night* and
left the stage after having performed
for barely half an hour, I thought
that, finally, a bit of irony was creeping into the set Unfortunately, it was
as sincere as ever and after a few
more songs were played, the house
lights came up.
On the way out, I asked a guy
from the Kingsbury Manx if
Clinic's set had been a particularly
short that night. He told me that
they always played *an intense
hour.* I wish we had gotten that
long from Clinic; too bad. ♦
by Phoebe
by Hu Jieming
at Centre A
until Apr. 30
The postcard is the tourist's emblem,
the pristine image to send back to
expectant mailboxes. It is so ubiquitous that it impresses on people certain notions about a destination
Think of China and inevitably you'll
picture the Great Wall, Tiananmen
Square and Chairman Mao.
As part of Centre A's Locating
Asia series, Hu Jieming's solo exhibition. Raft of the Medusa, challenges the associations that are too
readily made about China's cultural
heritage. Hu's works have been
exhibited throughout the Pacific
Rim, and his appearance in
Vancouver is timed with the exhibition Art of the Great Proletarian
Cultural Revolution 1966-1976,
now at UBC's Belkin Art Gallery. A
native of Shanghai, he began as a
painter before making a foray into
the realm of digital art
The two series being exhibited at
Centre A are examples of Hu
Jieming's use of media manipulation. The tide piece, "Raft of the
Medusa* is a series of four works
inspired by Theodore Gericault's
work showing the survivors of a
shipwreck as they die at sea
But instead of sailors and half-
dead passengers Hu's works are
filled with phalanxes of Asian
youths and references to European
works such as 'Liberty leading the
People* and "The Painter in his
Studio.* , There , are ecstatic
teenagers brandishing American
pop culture icons alongside old photographs of Mao enthusiasts waving
litfle red books. The pieces juxtapose the two most blatant ideologies that have shaped modern
China. At first, Hu's 'Raft of the
Medusa* appears too blatant, its
brightness and blue skies dizzying
to the eye. In a sense, this may be
the desired effect, which seems to
parallel the puzzled and simple attitude most North Americans have
towards present-day China.
The other series is Postcards, a
collection of eight works that use
similar techniques of digital
manipulation. The most recognisable monuments of China have
been rebuilt into a mosaic of Pepsi
ads and TV-screen tales. Sights such
as "Old Summer Palace," "Temple
of Heaven* and "The Great Wall*
are unmistakable through their
shapes and the miniscule images of
tourists that Hu Jieming has left in.
The colours and tones that he uses
are again bright, simple and reminiscent of the propaganda art of
Mao's era. The effect is deceptively
pleasing to the eye. It seems unnecessary to ask who exactiy has built
the popular images that are so eas-
dy attached to China. Was it
Western methods of locating Asia,
or a mirroring effect that China
imposed upon itself?
Whatever the answer, Hu
Jieming has effectively posed the
question. These works are at times
terse and ironic, but fully evoke the
conflict and ambiguity with which
North Americans view China, as
well as how the Chinese view their
cultural heritage. It's worth a look. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2002  17
A good year for the Birds
by Scott Bardsiey and Sarah Conchie
All things considered, it was a pretty good year
and    one
for     the     Thunderbirds
up    five    CIS    medals
Championship tide.
The biggest achievement that almost nobody
knows about came in the
lazy days of summer,
when the UBC women's
golf team went down to
the states and won the
NAIA championship.
Another surprise came
from the men's soccer
team, who finished the regular season with an
unspectacular 5-3-4 record. The men upset the
UVic Vikes in the Canada West Final and went
on to win silver at the CIS National
Championship in Halifax, losing at the hands
of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.
After a big turnover of players the year
before, the women's field hockey team exceeded all expectations when they went on to win
the national championship and finished with
a 14-0-2 CIS record. On top of that, they also
won the premier division of the Vancouver
Field Hockey League.
By far the biggest accomplishment of the
year was also the most widely predicted: the
men's and women's swim teams both won
their fifth consecutive national championship
in February, smashing six CIS records in the
process. The dual golds set an unprecedented
mark in the history of Canadian university
The Birds' fifth and final medal, a bronze,
came from the women's volleyball team, that
dominated Canada West play in the New Year,
only to lose to Manitoba by two points in the
fifth and final set of the national championship semi-final.
While the women's volleyball team finished strong, the men's team fell short After
going 1-9 in the first half of the season, they
scraped together three more wins, but were
the only team in the Mountain division that
didn't make the playoffs.
Two UBC teams reached new heights in the
NAIA this year. The baseball team had its first
playoff victory and a 36-23 overall record. For
the first time since joining the NAIA three
years ago, the cross-country program sent its
entire men's team to the national championship, where they finished sixth. Sadly the
women's team did not fare so well, without
star runner Heather MacDonald, the women's
team didn't make it out of Regionals.
The women's soccer team had an impressive start to the season, tying Trinity Western
for the top spot in Canada West in mid-
October, only to fall apart in the second half of
the season—finishing with a 6-3-5 regular play
record. The women were eliminated in the
first round of the Canada West playoffs.
The football team also had a disappointing
season, missing the playoffs with a 2-6 record
and losing the Shrum Bowl. However, the
weak season can be attributed to an inexperienced roster.
The most painful seasons belong to the
hockey teams: the women finished 1-10-1, but
made the playoffs, while the men missed them
after going 5-16-4 in regular play.
Both basketball teams were leaders in
Canada West in the regular season But both
failed to make it out of the
first round of playoffs.
The rowing teams had a
disappointing finish at
nationals: the men finished
third, while the women
dropped to fifth.
But some of this year's
ttlw IfM biggest news came in the
post-season Mike Coflin, the
men's hockey team coach. Jay
Prepchuck, the football coach, and Randy
Bennett, the assistant swimming coach, all did
not have their contracts renewed. Laurent
DesLauriers took over as head coach of the
football team in late March after Athletics held
a three-month cross-country search.
But now for what really matters: the sixth
annual Ubyssey Golden Coyote awards.
Female Rookie of the Year
When Elizabeth lizard' Collins won mofe
medals at the Canada West Championship
than anyone else on her team and her team is
the Thunderbirds' swim team, people take
notice. When she topped it off with three individual medals and three relay golds at the CIS
National Championships, Collins firmly established herself as one of the top swimmers on
the already-elite UBC swim team.
Honourable mentions:
Lauren Liem, basketball
Stephanie Rodenkirchen, alpine skiing
Male Rookie of the Year
Paul Naka came from the small town of Trail
and an even smaller high school league to fill
the sizeable void at point guard for the
Thunderbirds, spending more time on the
court than many of the more experienced players on the team. Although he didn't figure in
the Russell-dominated stats for the team this
year, he proved consistent on the court as the
decisive playmaker for UBC this season, creating scoring opportunities for the team's
brighter stars.
Honourable mentions:
Teny BelL soccer
Brent Hayden, swimming
Female Athlete of the Year
It's a tie. These two fifth-year players grew up
together and each finished amongst the best
in their respective sport, but while Stephanie
Hume dropped soccer after high school, Sian
Bagshawe forged on as one of the best soccer
goalies in the CIS. Hume led the women's field
hockey team to their third national championship in the past four years. Bagshawe was a
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aces and digs this year. The women won bronze at Nationals, nic fensom photo
wall in front of the net and turned matches'
that would have been ties and losses into wins.
Both were decisive players on the field.
Honourable mentions:
Kaley Boyd, volleyball
Jessica Deglau, swimming
Mo O'Connor, field hockey
Male Athlete of the Year
The top university swimmer in Canada is right
here in our back yard. Brianjohns is, simply,
the best This season, the Canadian national
team member won two golds at FINA II in
November and he was the top male athlete at
the 2002 CIS National Championship, where
he won the maximum possible seven gold
medals. Keep your eyes peeled on Johns at
the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Honourable mentions:
Chad Grimm, volleyball
David Milne, cross-country/track
Kyle Russell basketball
Coach of the Year
When a team loses 11 of its 15 players, they
should have a bad year. But when the women's
field hockey team did, they played a near-perfect 14-0-2 season and won the CIS national
championship. While the athletes deserve
much of the credit, the team's excellent results
are a sure sign that their coach, Hash Kanjee,
is running one of the best university field
hockey program in the country.
Honourable mentions:
Tom Johnson, swimming
Teny McKaig, baseball
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Jane Coop, piano
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Most inspirational Athlete
of the Year (Male)
Filling quarterback Shawn Olson's
shoes is no easy task. It was even
worse for Rob Kenney, whose on-
field university experience amounted to 18 passes the year before he
became the Birds' starting quarterback. After a brutal 50-13 loss to
Saskatchewan in the season opener,
Zack Silverman took over as starting
quarterback and Kenney was
benched. Kenney could have been
pissed off, but he kept his head up
high. Towards the end of the season,
he got on the field more and his
experience started to show. Next
year, quarterbacks Kenney,
Silverman (and former SFU
Clansmen Troy Terrien) will all be
serious threats.
Most Inspirational Athlete
of the Year (Female)
From game one, Leah Allinger has
put her heart and soul into the
women's volleyball team. Allinger
led the team from their difficult
start to the season all the way to a
narrow loss in the CIS National
Chajnpionship semi-final and the
eventual bronze medal finish. At
the nationals, Allinger wrote an
inspiring letter to all her teammates on the night of their first
match. 256 kills and 24 aces later,
Leah Allinger wrapped up the final
year of her varsity career in style.
Team of the Year
To quote last year's Ubyssey sports
editor Tom Peacock: 'The UBC
Thunderbirds swim team.
Obviously." These hard-working
men and women won their fifth
consecutive CIS national titles—an
unprecedented mark in varsity
sport—at home in the UBC Aquatic
Centre this February. Well done, yet
Honourable mentions:
Women's golf
Women's field hockey ♦
BAD YEAR... for the 2-6 football team. But with a new poach and most of their core players back, next
year should be much better. Quarterbacks Silverman, Kenney and Terrien (above), nic fensoni photo THE UBYSSEY
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i orijili'.j'.in of J:e;r 'Jri\o for file,' winii^a 'heir i:i'_h
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in K''J4 and w..s an us<isljnt roach lor ,>11 of his nine
\c«irs \\;:h L'DC. Th.'1 Thurj'ierb'icis' professio.'i.U roljLi>jn-
j-hip fti'Ji Cci'.io'.L rndt"! on Mirth 1, when BoimeiL's eon-
'.i'u I expired al tho C:nd of tho 2>XJ2 season 'i.'id was noL
.Vllho'ijih Bennett's contract expired, other fj'-Lors
may ha\e led lo Lhe split. Kevin Joh::s, tho capl-iin of Lhe
men's loam, feels ihe changes dial .icrured Lhis season
t'jald have boon a factor.
"It's bc'-n a hit of a transition} (.'.ir for tho piogram and
.ho program (hanged a l>il sine? lust year. Randy h'ld his
u\\ n £n'Lip-* and pr^^r.im o.nd had -i lot of tre.iLive Ltmtrul
i.-ver '.vhtit hu did," Johns said. "This year To::i Johnson,
he held C'j-K'h] Look more conirol over .he entire pro
^r-.rn. Kanrly foil it vuis in his LosL interest to m-'Ve un
.»here In'1 cuidd be in conirol <>f what his swimmers imto
Johns -warn under Beiineit for !'i\ u \edrs, and lie
speaks fondly of his swlrinvn^ career under Ben-ieX "He
'.\:<s my personal coach for five years and was a greaL
com h. He made mo the surces.-fid swimmer thai I am
Angela SLarJey, die captain of the women's leam, ;dso
firam under Benr.ert in her earlier years wiLh the BL-ds.
'Ha was a wonderful coach and helped with my transition
Lo [die national level of competition] and it was a lot of
fun," she said.
Bennett has not yet signed an agreement with another
swimming association. Derrick Schoof lias been hired as
die. new assistant coach.
Tom Johnson was unavailable for commur.L as he was
ationdirg die Commonwealth Games Trials in Winnipeg. ♦
annual varsiiy grudge match between the UVic and UBC
squads, which this year involved a boat christening, a coin
toss and a 3km race from the Tillicum Narrows to
Victoria's Inner Harbour.
Field Hockey
Led by award-winning pitcher Jeff Francis, the Birds came
home from the States boasting a perfect 4-0 series against
Northwest Nazerene University in Indiana and a 15-11 victory over Central Washington. That's 18-10 for the season,
The baseball Birds also hit a new school record on
March 27, when they were ranked 30th out of the 241
schools that play baseball in the NAIA—the best ranking in
the program's history.
The Thunderbirds will be playing Albertson College at
home this weekend. They'll square off at Nat Bailey
Stadium in two double-headers Saturday and Sunday.
Game time is noon and 2:30pm on both days. UBC will play
the same schedule the following weekend against Western
Baptist College.
Maybe someone will break a bottle of Gatorade over the
new artificial field-hockey turf at its opening ceremony on
May 1. The field was scheduled for completion last
December, but construction was delayed due to poor
weather conditions. Not only will the field hockey teams be
able to practice and host tournaments on campus next
year, but they'll also be sharing the turf with the Canadian
national teams.
Big Block
There were gusty winds and no suprises at the 11th
annual Brown Cup in Victoria this past Sunday, as the UBC
men's rowing team finished eight seconds behind UVic
and the women were also blown back to a second place finish by the perpetually victorious Vikes.
"It was very close all the way to the last third of the race,"
said Mike Pearce, the UBC men's coach. "But the wind was
strongest right' at the end, and our crews aren't terribly
used to dealing with the winds as effectively as the UVic
teams, who train in those conditions. They were much
more prepared, and that showed."
The UBC rowing teams have yet to win the event, an
UBC's top athletes were honoured amidst the pageantry
of the 81st annual UBC Athletics Big Block Banquet at the
Hyatt Regency on March 2 7. Jeff Francis, a graduating UBC
pitcher, was named top male athlete and awarded the
Bobby Gaul Memorial Trophy, while field hockey's
Stephanie Hume and swimmer Jessica Deglau shared the
Marilyn Pomfret trophy and the glory for being the outstanding female athletes of the year. The new football
coach, Laurent Deslauriers, a former player who led the
Birds to a Vanier Cup in 1982, was inducted into the UBC
Sports Hall of Fame, alongside celebrated rugby coach
Spence McTavish.
Across Canada
The 2001-2002 CIS season is officially over and it's time
to see which school came out on top in the medal count.
This year, Alberta finished with seven National
Championship medals, more than any other school in the
CIS. UBC and Calgary were close behind with five apiece,
though we can claim bragging rights over the Dinos since
they didn't win any golds while the Birds took three.
The Canada West Conference dominated the podium
this year, taking 27 of the CIS's 54 medals. ♦
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AMS Tuition Efforts
On March 14th, the UBC Board of Governors passed a resolution to increase tuition fees for next year. However, the work that the AMS & GSS did, for example: hosting student
forums, consultations, demonstrations, sending out mass emails, and meetings really paid off. In fact, we were able to influence the Board of Governors into making significant
changes to the proposal. Here is an outline of what the original proposal looked like as well as what the actual proposal looks like now.
Increase to the national average in three years for
undergraduate programs; increase fees to levels at peer
institutions in three years for research-based programs;
increase fees to levels at peer institutions in one or two years
for post-baccalaureate programs; immediate increase of
tuition up to full costs for professional programs.
Allocate a minimum of 15% and a maximum of 30% of tuition
increases to student financial support. No clarity as to how
much money would be available - potential for the lowest
levels possible.
Originally the principle put forth was that "fee increases
should sustain and improve learning and support to the
benefit of all students".
Originally the principle put forth was that "fee increases
should sustain and improve learning and support to the
benefit of all students".
20% of the new tuition monies will go towards student
financial assistance.
The Board now requires an indication of specific allocations to
improve learning and Originally the principle put forth was
that "fee increases
Here is what the resolution looks like in a nutshell
• Tuition will be raised by 22% for the average undergraduate UBC student-or under $500 per year.
• Graduate students in research programs will see a 23% increase in tuition. Post-baccalaureate (dentistry, medicine, law and education) and professional graduate programs (e.g.
Masters of Engineering, MBA) will increase variably to levels at UBC's peer universities. Current students in post-baccalaureate programs will be assessed a smaller increase than
new entrants.
• The fee increases are subject to yearly approval by the Board of Governors. UBC is expected to produce a report card by March 2003 to see if it has met targets.
• The board mandated that 20% of fee increases go toward student financial assistance.
• The increased tuition revenue is estimated at $18.4 million. Of which $ 7.5 million will go towards improving learning and support.
• Students have indicated that they refuse to pay higher tuition fees without specific & measurable quality enhancements.
' The AMS is spearheading multiple initiatives to ensure that students see quantifiable improvements to the quality of their education. We will hold UBC accountable in ensuring
that education remains accessible and affordable for all students. In the next few months, your student representatives will be working hard on your behalf to ensure that the
increased tuition revenue will be spent in a manner that best addresses student needs.
There are areas of improvement that need to be addressed. For example, Student Financial support and Learning and support need to be enhanced to fit student need. Between
now and the May 2002 Board meeting the allocation of new funds raised by the tuition increase will be decided. Here are some questions and possible scenarios that will help
formulate your feedback.
Currently the University has allocated $4.3 - million for Student Financial Support
This could go Into:
a) Needs based assistance - financial aid based on student need
For example, this money covers such things as: the work study program, Student bursaries, exceptional costs (based on a one-on one interview), need over maximum awards
(normal ceiling is $2,500 per term for a single applicant - $4,500 per term for an applicant with dependents), and University loans for short-term need and special
■ b) Academic awards Scholarships/prizes
The money would go into such things as the University Scholarship Program (entrance scholarships), or by recommendation of a specific academic program as well as for
graduate support.
We want to know from you. Do you believe in guaranteed funding for all, or do you think it should go to the best and brightest students who perhaps also demonstrate financial
The University has also allocated $7.5 -million for Learning and Student support
Some of that money could go into making classes and labs available for all students, providing access to student advising, better lighting and security on campus, lower-student
faculty ratios and new learning technologies. . . '
These are some of the possible allocations of the funds, but we want to hear from you. Where do you think your increased tuition dollars should go? Please send your
ideas or concerns to: Kristen Harvey, AMS President, at: president@ams.ubc.ca. We will present your ideas to the Administration, so please don't delay in voicing your
Please see http://students.ubc.ca/finance/fees/tuitionpoiicy.cfm for specific information on the tuition schedule.
We will also be hosting two open forums with VP Students Brian Sullivan on Wednesday April 3, and April 16,2002 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the SUB Conversation Pit. THEUBYSSEY
ISIo one knew who Kevin
Johns, Stephanie Hume and
Chad Grim were when they
came to UBC. But at the end
of their varsity careers,
they've finished at the top of
their game. And although five
years can flash by faster than
a gold medal competition,
Johns, Hume and Grimm will
be remembered for more than
a moment.
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Kevin Johns was once given some advice
that took three years to really hit home.
At the Big Block Banquet, UBC
Athletics' annual awards ceremony, that
year's male athlete of the year told Johns that
he should enjoy his five years of varsity eligibility because they fly by fast. At the time,
Johns didn't think much of it
Last Wednesday was Johns' fifth—and
final—Big Block. Now, after spending five
years in the Aquatic Centre with his teammates and coaches on the varsity swim team,
and after winning the National Championship
with the team a historic five consecutive
times, he knows what that advice means.
Five years of varsity eligibility is a long,
long time. But it can go by faster than
Stephanie Hume is flying high. The co-
captain of the women's field hockey
team had a seemingly perfect final year
at UBC. Keeping an undefeated varsity record,
winning the CIS and Vancouver League
Championships and earning a spot on the
Canadian national team is about as good as it
gets for a field hockey player. All of these feats
were little more than pipe dreams when
Hume came to UBC in 1997.
Her first year at UBC didn't go well hockey-
wise. Games were frustrating and the
Thunderbirds didn't qualify for Nationals.
With no fourth- or fifth-year players, the T-
Birds were in a transition period. Individually,
Hume had to adjust to the tougher realm of
university athletics.
But as a close-knit unit, Hume says, 'our
team was great." That's why she stayed in field
hockey, and why UBC not only qualified for
Nationals the next year, but won them in 1998
and again in 1999.
In her second and third years, Hume was
split between starting on the field and starting
on the bench. She was finding her place, gaining confidence, only to lose it, and then get it
back again.
Hume's fourth season could have been her
breakthrough year—if it wasn't for some bad
luck. In the first ten minutes of the
Thunderbirds' first game of the season, Hume
tore a ligament in her thumb. The injury
meant surgery, and time off the field. She took
the whole season off, not touching a stick,
until the day before the National
Championships, when she was told she could
play again. In the end, she played in four
gainesall year. That year, after a disputed call,
UBC lost to Toronto in the semi-finals.
Crushed, the Birds lost the consolation final
and came back to Vancouver without a medal.
Over the summer, the team of 15 lost 11
players, leaving Hume as the only fifth year
player. Hume was elected co-captain, along
with Laura Balakshin. It should have been a
rebuilding year for UBC, like Hume's first
Instead, the Birds had one of their best seasons ever, finishing with a 14-0-2 overall
record in CIS play, and winning the National
Championship. Hume was one of three Birds
named to the national All-Star team.
UBC's success continued in the Vancouver
Field Hockey League, home to numerous
national team players, when the Birds won the
premier division's final on March 2 7. At this
year's Big Block, Hume, along with swimmer
Jessica Deglau, was named UBC's outstanding
female athlete of the year.
Her fifth year was Hume's breakthrough
year. "I was older. I guess I just had more confidence," she says. "It was more of a leadership role then I had in past years," she says..
Perhaps the most important feather in
Hume's cap came in December, when she was
carded as a development player to Canada's
national field hockey team in December. She's
part of the Canadian team going to the
Commonwealth Games, to be held in
Manchester from July 25 to August 4. If she
hadn't been carded, this would have been her
lastyear of serious field hockey.
Over the years, Hume has had her share of
doubt and troubles, but her dedication and
determination paid off. "Everyone...goes
through a period of questioning, 'Am I going
to keep doing this?' It's a big time commitment...You get overwhelmed," she says. "I
know I went through it. But our team is just so
amazing that I couldn't imagine coming to
UBC and not playing field hockey while I was
Stephanie Hume is not the only UBC athlete taking her sport to the next level.
But while Hume's varsiiy career ended
with gold, volleyball player Chad Grimm's
ended without a single playoff game. Even
though his team's finish might have been
less than stellar, Grimm has firmly established himself at the top of his sport, with the
sixth highest kills average in the country. If
all goes well, he'll be playing pro volleyball in
Europe this fall.
Grimm followed a long, winding path to get
to where he is now. Born in Quesnel, a small
town in northern BC, Grimm played almost
every sport In Grade 11, Grimm made it to
Team BC, his first brush with serious volleyball.
"I was pretty terrible, actually," • Grimm
says. "I was really athletic, but I wasn't a volleyball player. They took me because I was athletic and it just progressed from there."
After graduation, Grimm went to the
University College of the Caribou in
Kamloops. His team, the Sun Devils, had a ter
rible season in the BCCAA the year before he
earned But when Grimm left two years later,
the Devils had qualified for Nationals for the
first time in the program's history.
Grimm came to UBC the next year, but was
forced to sit out his first 16 months because of
a shoulder injury. Then he had to adjust to
university volleyball, "it's way more intense.
Way more practice, more games and it's just
so much more structured," he says. "It's like
going from the minors to the majors."
In his debut season, the Birds were a solid
team—ranked second in the country at one
point—though they didn't make nationals.
The next year they lost a lot of critical players. "I was more heavily relied on the last two
years.Ywhich was a different thing for me," he
says. "In college, I was relied on like that, but
we were pretty balanced in college."
He graduated last April in Human Kinetics,
but stayed to play a fifth year. "I had one more
year of eligibility and I thought I would regret
not playing," he explains, "I played most of the
season not at 100 per cent—I had a bad ankle
injury right before the season started."
The Thunderbirds finished 2001-2002
with a weak 4-16 record, the lowest in the conference. "It was frustrating at times," Grimm
says. "Personally, it was more satisfying than
lastyear just because I wasn't injured this season at all really."
After his last exam on April 23, Grimm will
fly out to Europe. There, he'11-try out for professional volleyball teams in Switzerland and
France. "[If] I don't make a team, that's fine. It
really doesn't matter that much. But I just
want to know that I tried."
Grimm's talent hasn't shown through in
UBC's results, but Europe may change that.
After five years of varsity sports, sometimes it's just time to move on. For
Kevin Johns, the captain of the men's
swim team, that time has come.
Johns has always been a swimmer. "[In
high school] I didn't do a lot with my friends
outside swimming. I was a shy kid," he says.
"My whole life revolved around being success-
fill at swimming. I never missed practice,
After graduating from Richmond's
McRoberts high school, Johns came to UBC. It
was a big change.
"Because I lived close, I thought I could
drive to campus. I was a pretty naive kid. I was
pretty enthralled with how gigantic this campus was," he says. "It was a bit of a shock to the
system for me and it took a litde while to get
over that My grades suffered in firstyear and
I didn't really swim that well either, so I was
really frustrated."
Coming from the Richmond Racers swim
club to the much larger Thunderbirds, Johns
had to adjust to receiving less personal attention. The bright note was that his first year
was also the firstyear that both the men's and
women's swim teams won the CIS National
With time (and a move from Richmond to
on-campus housing), things turned around.
He had his breakthrough season in his third
year: His training got better, his grades
improved, and he medalled individually for
the first time at the National Championships.
The past year "was just the most ridiculous
year ever" for Johns. He was elected team captain, his team volunteered every weekend at
varsity games and there was the drive to win
the team's fifth consecutive CIS National
"The pressure builds. We had a really easy
Canada West [Championship] because Calgary
had gotten sick and we just destroyed them,"
he recalls. "I think that gave us a little too
much confidence. I try to keep the guys in
check a little bit especially the rookies. When
Nationals finally came around, it was a lot
harder than the conference championships
Nevertheless, the swimmers didn't disappoint; the men's and women's teams both
won gold. Johns also made a personal breakthrough. Though he had won gold medals
eveiy year at UBC in the relay teams, he had
never won an individual gold—until he won
the 50m freestyle last February.
"After a race, you're kinda disoriented so
I couldn't believe it. It was pretty surreal
actually, to finally win an individual gold
medal in my final year was a pretty storybook ending to my varsity career," he says.
"Especially in my home pool, with all my
friends up in the stands, my parents on deck.
It was pretty special."
Now, Johns' swimming days have come to
an end. "Varsiiy athletics has been my passion
since first-year...and now that varsiiy swimming's finished for me, I don't have a lot of
motivation to keep going through the summer," he says. "I've never been at the top of
the country. I've had some success...but it's
never been a realistic shot for me to become a
professional swimmer and become a carded
The swimmer is becoming a scientist Last
summer, he worked with Hugh Tildesley, an
endocrinologist at St Paul's hospital, on a diabetes research project His work there will
soon be published in Diabetes Care Magazine.
After completing his BSc this April, Johns will
work on a Master's degree related to diabetes
research and will work with Tildesley to try to
determine if diabetes is coded onto certain
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Thinking of going back to school or advancing your current education?
This free, multi-institutional education fair is your opportunity to learn more
about the variety of graduate, diploma and certificate programs offered by
universities, colleges, professional organizations and private institutions
throughout the Lower Mainland.
The fair closes on May 2 with a wine-tasting reception (tickets available
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Vancouver's Here and Now Market is
a place where local fashion designers
can showcase, sell and network
by Refqa Abu Remaileh
In Vancouver, people with
the money don't have the
taste, and people with the
taste don't have the money," Mary
Belgue says as she slowly takes apart
a Harley-Davidson T-shirt she
intends to reuse in her next fashion
Belgue is the organisational muscle behind the Here and Now
Market, a fashion bazaar held
monthly. And along with other local
designers, she showcases and sells
her unique fashion designs at the
market I happened upon the market during a fashion crisis: I was
sick of going to the mall and tired of
generic chain stores and multinational retailers. I wanted something
simple, something local, independent, unique and different—something made with love.
Passion for fashion is the basis of
the market The clothes and jewelry
at Here and Now reflect the designers' love for what they do.
"My brain just thinks in clothes,"
Belgue tells me. "It's sad but true. I
just understand them. They just get
along with me, and I've never found
it difficult to make things. If I think
of something, I almost immediately
figure out on my head how to do it
"For my type of stuff there's not
very many places in Vancouver that
I can sell. So instead of trying to find
a market that would suit my clothes
I decided that I would try and force
a situation, create my own clientele,
create my own market. And people
know to expect interesting one-of-a-
kind sort of pieces at the market,"
she adds. "Even though the price-
point is a little bit high because most
of the stuff the girls make by hand,
people know that they can buy something really, really good, so they
should save up a little bit of money."
Belgue started the market by her
self two years ago, building on her
desire to make clothes. "A lot of my
regular clientele are my friends and
there were a few pieces that I had
made that everybody was like, 'I
want one!' So I was like, 'Okay, in
three weeks I'm going to have a sale.
I'll make a whole bunch of these in
different colours and different sizes,
and you can all come by and bug me
at one time!" says Belgue.
And thus the market was born.
The first one was a success, according to Belgue, but it required a lot of
intense labour and was consequently very stressful.
As the market became more
demanding and the idea more popular, Belgue decided to have some of
her designer friends and other local
designers join her.
The atmosphere ait the market is friendly and relaxed.
The market works on many
different levels; designers get feedback from each other and from their
customers, and customers get to
meet the designers who made the
pieces they like.
Belgue feels that networking is
definitely one of the best parts of the
market, but the designer-customer
relations that develop out of the
market are also highly valued by
participating designers.
"One of the best things is direct
contact with the customer. Seeing
people try things on, you get a lot of
feedback about how things fit—reaction to things. It's a very good marketing testing ground," says Belgue.
The market showcases a variety
of interesting styles and has recently included local designer labels
such as Re-Jen/Jen Gilpin, Allison
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SHANNON HAZEL: wearing one of her chunky turquoise necklaces, explains to a customer where the .material' for her jewelry
Continued from previous page.
Wonderland, Here and Now, Dust,
Luster Jewelry, Shannon Hazel
Jewelry and Gustavo Chiu.
I have to admit that I thought the
market was going to be a bit elitist,
perhaps full of conceited fashion
designers, complete with French
accents. But the designers were
some of the nicest people I met, and
their fresh, unique and creative
designs were a treat
Jen Gilpin is tall and soft-spoken.
She talks about how she'd like to
travel the world. She grew up in
Edmonton and later went to the
Helen Lefeaux School of Fashion
Design in Gastown. She enjoys
hanging out with other designers at
the market and meeting people who
might have seen her clothes at
stores. Bold lines and mind-boggling shapes are prominent in her
"I'm interested in shapes and
form, so I go for different cuts. My
clothes are very geometric," she
says. Jen Gilpin's designs, sold
under the label of the same name,
can be found at the market as well
as at Global Atomic Designs in
Yaletown, at Dream on Cordova St.,
at Liquid on 4th Ave., and at Still
Life in Victoria.
Allison Smith grew up in
Vancouver and studied fashion
design for two years at Kwantlen
College. Smith has a love/hate relationship with Vancouver, but feels
she gets a lot of support in. this city.
The name of her label, Allison
Wonderland, evokes the same feeling as her design.
"I'd say that [my designs] have
clean lines, but with a little bit of
detailing that brings everything just
a little off centre—little details
whether it be with trim or within in
the fabric itself," Smith says. "But
really it's still quite linear."
Smith has been participating in
the market for a few months and
feels that people are becoming more
aware of local designers and what
they can offer.
"People are becoming much
more open to local designers and
realising that it's good stuff and not
just crappy stuff," she adds. The
Allison Wonderland label can be
found at Dream, Liquid and Still
Life, and also at Motherland on
Main St
Shannon Hazel's jewelry is definitely eye-catching.
"My jewelry, it's truly unique,
and it's modern. For some people,
they think it's chunkier [than other
jewelry]. And I find that a lot of
Canadian women are quite
reserved; they like very, very fine,
small, small pieces and inexpensive," she says. "My work is very
quirky. There are a few people that
are really into fashion, and look for
something unique and different.
That market is generally in Europe,
and I'll be, heading there, and LA,
where I've done extremely well."
Although she usually travels little,
Hazel uses material and stones from
all over—the US, China, ? the
Philippines and Brazil. But she
believes the Here and No* Market is
making Vancouverites realise what
else this city could have to offer.
' "This just gives people the opportunity to find their key items that
they might need for a new look, a
new modern look," she adds. "It's
the kind of thing where you can mix
and match. You buy a skirt from one
designer, you can buy a top from
another, mix it up."
In Vancouver, Hazel's jeweliy
can be found at Bruce on Alberni St,
at Vasanji in Yaletown, and at Object
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cially good niche for Belgue, who
finds that there aren't many outlets
for her designs in Vancouver. She
describes her style as "post-punk-
rock princess" and sometimes "neo-
"A lot of my aesthetic is rock'n'roll. I'm often influenced by
machinery and traditional masculine motifs, like motorcycles, like
trucks, like airplanes, like Harley-
Davidson stuff," she says. Belgue's
Here arid Now label can be found at
the market as well as at the new
store Database on 183 East
Belgue, not surprisingly, has
a lot to say about people in
Vancouver and fashion.
"Vancouver is very white, very
middle class, very conservative.
People move here for the mountains
and the ocean. A lot of people stay
home Saturday night so they can get
up early Sunday and go hiking" she
says. "Because people move here for
the clean air and the beautiful
mountains, it doesn't leave a lot of
room for arts and culture. There's
not much nightlife here either, and
a lot of my stuff is evening-oriented.
My stuff is also pretty fashion-forward, pretty cutting edge, pretty
avant-garde and that doesn't really
go very well in Vancouver. You stick
out like a sore thumb. But it's also
easy to be a big fish in the pond
here. And it's easy to get things
done; it's cheap; it's a good base. I
might, end up manufacturing here,
to a certain extent."
Many of the designers find that
they need to look to other markets
outside Vancouver for more outlets
and more opportunities. "Canada
and Vancouver is a small market for
Jashion design and fashion jewelry
v": and fashion clothing," Hazel says'. "I
think there hasn't been enough
opportunity for people to take a
chance to market their work and
retail it and that kind of thing. So,
I'm focusing on the States and Japan
and I'm mostly going to be focusing
on Europe in the next year."
"In London, New York, LA,
there's enough variety of clientele to
appreciate all kinds of different
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types of things, including original
crazy shit," Belgue adds. "And, also,
they have enough money to buy it
and they also have enough halls to
wear it I'm always overdressed in
Vancouver. I don't care! If I got this
party dress and I wanna wear it, I'll
wear it. I don't care if it's to the grocery store or what!"
Comparing Vancouver to Europe
and the US is one thing, but when
Vancouver is compared to Toronto
and Montreal, it still doesn't measure up, Belgue says. She'd like
Vancouver to host something similar to Toronto's Fashion Incubator.
The Incubator, a cooperative space
and support system for designers,
holds collective fashion shows and
helps designers with marketing and
Smith notes that because rent is
more expensive here in Vancouver
than in places like Montreal, independent designers often can't afford
their own stores.
Despite the difficulties designers
may face, however, Belgue believes
in the importance of fashion.
"Clothing is about identity, marketing," she says. "We all send those
signals. Clothes are fun! Decorating
your body is a primal thing. Making
clothes, it's wearable art, definitely."
Belgue draws my attention
to art history and modern
galleries. Over the years, it
seems that fashion has been the
neglected art
"It's just recently that clothes
have been included [in galleries],"
she says. "Clothes have been indicative of the frame of mind, or the
economy. They give you as much
information about a period of time ,
as the architecture or anything else.
And sometimes they took just as
long or longer to build or make than
a house or furniture," she says.
"Traditionally, fashion has been
about lines: collections and lines.
Women would go to, say, someone
like Yves Saint Laurent in the '60s:
'I'm a rich woman. I need a whole
new spring wardrobe," she continues. "So you go to Yves Saint Laurent
and you get the shoes, the hats, the
gloves, the bags. You get everything
so everything matches. But that
doesn't happen at all anymore. Now
it's all about pieces. Lines are
almost obsolete in a lot of ways.
"The history of fashion was
European men telling women what
they should wear and how much
they should pay to look sexy. And
then in the '60s the hippies were the
first to change it The hippies just
said, 'Screw that,' and you know,
long hair, mini skirts and no bra
became the norm," she adds.
"Fashion people at the top had to
pay attention and incorporate it if
they wanted to appeal to the mass
market. So, that was the first
time...that the trickle went the other
way, but now street culture is very
much an influence on fashion."
Street culture certainly is an
influence on the pieces you'd see at
the Here and Now Market However,
the pieces are taken one step further, becoming great pieces of wearable art Perhaps the market, which
sells pieces for less than they go for
in stores, is an indication of more to
come in Vancouver's independent
fashion designer's scene. ♦
The Here and Now Market is held
on the second Saturday of each
month at 175 East Broadway, from
11am to 7pm. You can check
out Mary Belgue's website,
www.hereandnowdesigns.com, or
contact Shannon Hazel for more
information about upcoming
markets at shannon_hazel@hot-
mail.com. The next market is
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You have probably walked by Bill Jackson a thousand times. You might have tossed a loonie into
the empty Starbucks coffee cup he uses to collect
donations from passers-by, or you might have ignored
his polite request for spare change.
But then, maybe you have never seen Bill Jackson.
Chances are, however, that you've walked by many people like him. Bill Jackson is homeless. Bill Jackson is
schizophrenic. And Bill Jackson is just one among many.
While many British Columbians, for a wide variety of
reasons, have opposed budget cuts by the Campbell government, almost all agree that it's those in the lower-
income bracket who are hurt the most by the renovations to spending. But when you add mental illness to
the picture, the situation immediately becomes more
desperate. For poor, mentally ill British Columbians like
Bill Jackson, the stress of poverty is only intensified by
the stresses of a mental-health disorder.
Every day is different for Bill. Some days, he says, he
functions really well. Others aren't as good. He's been
living on the street for three years now. At 34 years old.
Bill looks at least 40. He says street life has worn him
down—sleeping outside, often in the rain. His family
lives in Vancouver, and Bill sees them regularly, but he
doesn't like to talk about his relationship with them, or
why he moved out of their home three years ago. "It was
too hard for us to five together," he says, wrinkling his
brow. For a brief moment, Bill looks like a child.
Bill's family helps him stay connected with his doctor. As much as they can, they make sure he has his prescriptions filled, and that he continues to stay on his
medication. Bill says he is. pretty good at keeping the
routine, although he says his medication is often stolen
from him while he sleeps at the beach, or on the street
Although the new surge in province-wide
protests might indicate otherwise, the situation
for low-income earners with mental illness was
dire even before Campbell came into office. Robin
Loxton, a senior advocate with the Mental Health
Empowerment Advocates Program, says that funding
for the mentally ill was already approaching a critical
low when the NDP government that preceded the BC
Liberals was in power.
"The NDP promised to fund the mental health plan to
$ 12 5 million," Loxton says. "But it was really unclear as
to what really happened to that money, whether it in fact
went to all the places it should have."
Furthermore, Loxton continues, financial aid offered
to the mentally ill has not risen with inflation. Financial
aid for the mentally ill is not a priority for the government and is only increased when the public purse is
comfortably full, he feels.
"There is more poverty...than there was maybe ten
years ago because incomes haven't kept up. So, I think it
is a mistake to say that under the last government, everyone [was] living on the gravy train," Loxton stresses. "A
lot of [low-income, mentally ill] people have actually not
been able to afford good homes, or just even a basic
room to keep them dry."
Governments generally talk the good talk when it
comes to providing social services, Loxton says, but they
rarely translate that talk into action. The best programs
for mentally ill people, he adds, are those that empower
people by helping them make their own choices.
A good example of the empowerment approach, he
says, is a rent-subsidy program that gives lower-income
people with mental illness some rent money but allows
them to find their own homes. Such an approach replaces
a more institutionalised housing arrangement and allows
the mentally iU to lead a more independent lifestyle.
Bill says that a lot of people he knows on the street
are in situations similar to his. And many of his friends
are schizophrenic.
"A lot of the people out here are sick in the head," he
says, lowering his voice. "I mean, I don't know all the
kinds, you know. But I have met a lot of schizophrenics,
especially. I mean, along this street here, and then the
other places I used to hang out, like around Broadway
or along Davie St., I'd always get to talking with people,
and you'd find out they had schizophrenia or something else."
A major obstacle that the mentally ill continue to
face, says Loxton, is social stigmatisation.
■ "There [are] a lot of stereotypes about who
the mentally ill are or how they act or what they do,
things that are not true," he says. "Many people with
mental health disorders choose not to disclose that they
have a mental health disorder because people's attitudes do change. [Having a mental illness] does make a
difference in whether you are hired or not by an employer. It does make a difference as to whether you get a
place to live, whether landlords will offer you an apartment. And often the attitudes that people have are not
based on facts."
Bill says that people have treated him differently since
he was diagnosed as schizophrenic at the age of 20.
"I'd been having schizophrenic episodes since I was
18, but I didn't do anything about it I felt really different
for a long time before that. I was always afraid," he says,
lookingoffdown the street "My family knew something
was wrong, but I think they were probably embarrassed
by it Not to say my family has ever done me wrong,
because they haven't But I think it's hard when your son
and your brother starts acting like a crazy person, you
know. Everyone has an idea already in their head about
what crazy people are.
"Well, they're not people," he adds after pausing a
moment "You want the people you love to lead nice lives
and have nice jobs and nice houses. You don't want the
people you love to be crazy or have schizophrenia."
Eric Macnaugthon, director of policy and research
for the BC branch of the Canadian Mental Health
Association, insists that stereotypes, such as the belief
that the mentally ill are violent, must be confronted to
limit discrimination. He hopes that public education, as
well as increased communication between the mentally
ill and the rest of society, can help address the issues.
If people with mental illness came forward with their
struggles and opened their stories to society, he adds, it
might help break down stereotypes many people have
towards the mentally ill and push the issue into the pub-
he life.
Securing the necessary funding for support services
for the mentally ill is an uphill battle. "It's not just
trying to fight for better services, better programs
and abetter world," Loxton says, "but now people are say-
- ing, well, you got to try and fight to keep what we got
because we are now in a situation where the provincial
government is saying, 'We've got to get by with less."
Macnaughthon says a lack of income is extremely
stressful for anybody, but can set people with mental illness on a downward spiral. People living on income
assistance often have difficulty finding decent housing,
maintaining healthy diets and participating in social
activities. And these problems contribute to feelings of
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Continued from previous page.
"[These factors] make it more
likely that a person with mental illness is going to have a relapse. It's
just harder for somebody to gain
control of their situation,"
Macnaughthon explains.
But in the midst of government
cuts, there is hope. The province
recently announced a commitment
to spend an additional $238 million
on mental health over the next three
The provincial government has
promised not to cut the funding initially promised to mental health in the
1998-1999 budget As well, a minister
of state for mental health was also
appointed by the Liberal provincial
government It definitely looks promising, but there is still scepticism.
"At the same time,* Macnaughton
says, "cutbacks are occurring at the
regional health authority level~that
impact on mental health, and cutbacks to disability benefits are happening, so while it is certainly a positive development, it is definitely a
good news/bad news scenario out
|WW|he Mental Health Law
1 Program operates from
•J&s Riverview Hospita in Port
Coquitlam and provides advice to
the mentally ill. Michelle Lepore,
Cindy-Lee Robinson and Brett
Haughian, three paralegals with the
program, are talking about the
changes that affect their clients.
Many of the clients served at the
program live in poverty. Lepore
says that government cutbacks have
simply worsened the existing problem of low funding for the mentally
ill. One of the greatest impacts of
i   *
such a lack of funds, she adds, is the
lack of support for mentally ill people trying re-integrate themselves
into the community.
"Some of our clients end up in
hospital for much, much longer
than they need to because there are
no resources to get them back into
the community," she says. "The
social workers here are stretched to
the nth degree. They don't have the
resources; they don't have the
money; they don't have the time.
Their case loads are huge. Our
clients don't have their personal
resources to get their own psychiatrists, get their own place, or hire
homemakers to come and do two or
three days of work. It's just not
working, the system."
Robinson also worries about the
shortage of people providing legal
assistance to the mentally ill. The
Mental Health Law Program provides free legal information and
advocacy—especially assistance
with review panels—to people
across BC who have been certified
under the BC Mental Health Act.
Because the program's jurisdiction
is so broad, its small staff is often
pushed beyond capacity. All too
often, clients must represent themselves or waive their right to a proceeding, postponing their court
date, because of understaffing.
Robinson says that the needs of
the mentally ill are simple: affordable drugs, good benefits and
affordable housing. Yet even these
simple needs are not being met.
"I have to wonder what came
first," Robinson says, "the mental
illness or the poverty? Was it poverty and frustration and all the problems of being very poor [that created] mental illness? Or were they
mentally ill first and that led them
into poverty? What came first?
That's the age-old question."
It definitely seems to be a cycle.
Although many mentally ill people
lead normal and secure lives,
approximately one third of home
less people in major Canadian cities
suffer from a mental illness,
according to the Canadian
Psychiatric Association's website.
Furthermore, Vancouver's Coast
Foundation Society believes over 70
per cent of people with mental illness are unemployed.
The increased prevalence of
mental illness among Canada's
homeless over the last 30 years corresponds with decreases in institutional services and housing for the
mentally ill, and with reductions in
income-support programs and
social housing.
Bill was caught in the undertow.
As his condition worsened, he
became less and less able to hold
down a job. Eventually, making
enough money to support himself
was impossible.
"People yell at me to get a job or
ask why they should give me money
so I can spend it on drugs," Bill
says. "But they don't know. No one
wants to be homeless. When I was a
little boy, I wanted to be a firefighter probably, but not homeless. My
mother gets mad a lot, I know, at
people who kick homeless people or
who swear at them. I mean, sure
there are people out here who
might be addicted to drugs or something. Sure, there's a lot of that But
most of the people Imeet, there's
something wrong. Like you know
they couldn't lead normal lives with
normal jobs. They just couldn't,
because they're not stable that way.
My mother gets mad because she
says, 'Why aren't people who are
sick in their heads taken care of like
people who are sick in their bodies?" ♦
—with files from Julia Christensen
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'CSkqf kids,' said Bebecca Koskela. Ifs lights nut for (he Ubywqy.' Laural Kaine
got into her pqjamas ((be ones with (he giraffes on [htrn] and i^ako Kobayashi
went to gc put on her dew nightgown. Zerah Lurie dutiMfy brushed his teeth,
but Rob StntesbuiyLeesrai just soaked bis toothbrush, and ran lhe water—
Justine Saelkng would never know." Andrea Ruhinstein crawled under her □»-
" en and wai quid^j/ dreaming, but Sara Young couldn't fifirl her blanket. Sha
couldn't go la Bleep without JtJ Finally, Stephanie Tail Ibund it under Carh/
HnllBader'E bed. Yu Cu asked Phoebe Wang tn tefl her a stoiy, andjuslin Cheng
wanted hi be lucked in. ReFqa Abu Remaileh wouldn't go In bed until Julia
Chratensen cheeked (be doset For monsters. Too bad she did. Duncan M.
MpH"gh waft hidtng behind the t-fihirti, waiting For her. When she ppened the
dbset doaii Duncan jumped oat. and stabbed her with an ice pki. "Ha ha, now
Ihaw jourjobl'be Ehauled. Scott Bardsiey was slewing soundh; when Sarah
Condue smothered him with a delisted basketball Alicia Miller was dreaming
nf ihe Sunshine Coast when Panninder Kidiar stuffed bar in a burfap sai, tied
an andior In it, and threw Alida off the Burrard Bridge. In the other roam. Kan
Nurwisah was so buqy talking he didn't notice Mirbael 5diwandt sneaking up
behind him wilb sbasu guitar^until it was too lale, and his head was lopped off
V mestrinp. Graeme Wnrily was happily ^ping on bis typewriter until Jesse
Marchand pushed ^>'m '"i" a nearby printing prem Thp remains of his mutilated body disgusted Ai Lin Choo and Suak MacNeill Morrison. As thqy gaped
in horrtK it the mesi of Graema, Chrii Shq>herd and Kathleen Deering
sdiemed to bred: their kneecap*. They came at the outgoing news editors with
lead pipes, and nhen Sarah was inocked to the ground, they swarmed ber and
drained ber bo^T of blood as she writhed ioagocff. Lin watched in borrar—crippled, she hobbled out the hatk door and escaped to Bolivia, never In be seen
again. Hie Fensom and Hywei Tuscano were sab because the Sociely bad
allowed them to lire as bond slaves. Laura Sue asked someone to kib her. but
nobody would.
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A year's worth of contributors
Like the beginning of 'Alien,' Adrian John Burrus found an easier
egg in Quark, whereby a martian came out and zapped boxes.
He'd learned it from Adrian Liu who was a pro at such things. Ai
Lin Choo dismissed it as a joke, hut Aisha Jamal defended the
martian as a 'member of the office and a fellow trogbdite.' Alana
Frochuk was unsure if martians should be granted the rights of
staff members, and Alejandro Bustos decided that a meeting
should be called. Alexis Roohani seconded. So a series of meetings
were called, alphabetically beginning with the A's: Alicia Miller,
Aliya Shivjt Amanda Apezzoto, AnciHa .Chu; Andrea Davidson,
Anna King, Anna Stevenson, Anuja Bose, Anya Spethmann,
Andrea Rubenstein, Ayako KobayasM and Azar Mehrabadi as
well as all the aforementionned.
Barbara Anderson considered it a strange move to have meetings of people by first letter, but realised the lexical benefits of
such an arrangement Beckie Wong hated the martian and when
she mentioned this to Becca Young, Brian Liu and Brian Jung had
to pull them apart It was a nasty scene, but Bronwen Bell and
Carly Hollander cheered them on, trying to goad the fight into
blood. Becky Koskela also wanted blood. Catherine Denton cried
and Caroline Kirsebom cursed, but Chris LazarofF kept his cool
and managed, with Chris Shepherd, to calm things down. In the
middle of all mis Christian Laforce called Courtney Bannon and
Crystal Chen over, and started talking business.
Dan Harder was the business at hand. He and Dan Poon were
militantly pro-Dan Silverman, and everyone knew that he was in
league with the martian. He'd worked at The Martlet with Darren
Stewart and David Brindle, and had learned of its maniacal and
mechanistic ways under the tutelege of Deborah Santema's friend
Dennis Wang. And then he'd used its dark secrets to kill Dirk
Schouten and Donald Prime before Dory Kornfield could stop
him. She'd turned him over to Duncan M. McHugh, but he
retired, and before long Dustin Cook, Elieiha Bocskei, Elisabelh
Capek and the entire Ubyssey team were deluded by the martian's
wretched lies. Before anyone knew what was going on eveiyone
was using the martian as if it were as regular as Elizabeth Liu, But
when Ellie Capal^ EUie Karas and Emilie Cameron vanished, and
Emily Elder and Emma Fitzgerald were found comatose one
morning, Emily Chan started to get wise. She went with Ethel
Tungohan and Fara Tabatabai to query the server, and found to
her horror that Gen Darwin and her shadowy compatriot Glenda
Luymes, had already been there, lhey knew because they saw the
login was 'Graeme Worthy.' It was a pseudonym that ace hacker
Greg Ursic used. He also used 'Gregory Chan' or 'Guido Cutchos'
or 'Haneen Abu Remaileh'. Actually, he had quite a lot but not as
many as Heather Arvidson aka Heather Fischer aka Helen Eady
aka Holland Gidney aka Hywel Tuscano. She preferred lan
Sonshine' because it got respect
So during the J's meeting Jamie Joyce sat quietly with Janet
Yuen and Jeff Fung looking at the evidence. Jennifer Forhan was
aghast Jodi DiMenna had been her best friend. That martian was
going to pay. The tracking team—John Briner, John Moon and Jon
Ferguson—had tracked the beast's data trail to Jordon Ko's 1984
Joslyn Oosenburg Special, a slothlike clunker mat Justin Cheng
had donated to Julia Christensen's garage sale a few years earlier.
Justin Robertson advocated a pitchfork and torch style approch
but Justine Saelieng's 'Karen Kawawada' solution was more Kat
Siddle's style. Kat Single-Pain was upset by the decision because
she and Kate Ingram had already been to Katherine Collins's
place to get the pitchforks, and Kathleen Deering had bought a
bunch of torches that Kaveh Emanzadeh and Kerrie Thornhill had
made for the lynching of Kevin Groves lastyear (for his expose on
Kim Koch and Kim The's tittle 'solution' to Lars GoeHer's Laura
Blue problem).
So Laural Raine and Lauren Emberson collected up the torches and the Utile plastic forks that T.inna Yong and Lisa Denton
seemed to have brought a lot of, and handed them to Lorna Yee
and Lucas Soi to dispose ol It would be bad for the memoxy of
Margaret Bain and Mark Heath to solve this conflict with Marta
Bashovski-type violence. Martin Schobel instead handed out the
placards mat Maiy Ann Rozence, Maureen Rode, Michael Baker
and Michael Schwandt had made at Michelle Furbacher and
Michelle Rosa's house. You know, the one near Mikala Grante's
place. So they all got into Mike Attersall's schoolbus and headed
out to wherever the martian was.
"Holy crap!* cried Nara Mehlenbacher, as suddenly the martian went homicidal and started eating Natalie Book, Natasha
Norjberg, Nic Fensom, Nicholas Bradley, Nick Chan, Parminder
Nizher, Parm Sidhu, Peter Kulpa and Phoebe Wang. "We shoulda
brought pitchforks!* cried Rachel Victor, her arms around Raj
Endra Mathur. But Refqa Abu Remaileh, Regina Yung, Riaz Behra
and Rob Stotesbury-Leeson already had the idea, and were using
the conveniently pointy ends of their "Shut up, Rob Nagai" signs
to their utmost Ron Nurwisah, who always got his 'teers mixed
up, called to Sachiko Murakami and then corrected himself.
"Salma Dinani?* No beans. 'Samantha LangdorfV* She just shook
her head. 'Samantha Tse?* He'd never know if he got it right
That martian was fast and deadly. Sara Young and Sarah Conchie
took turns using Sarah Fung's pocketknife. Sarah MacNeill
Morrison grabbed a squirrel, which encouraged Sarah Pollard
and Sarah Tsang to seek rodents to protect "All you have to do is
turn it off" Scotl Bardsiey yelled, a sole voice of reason in a mob.
Selena Au and Serena Harflette were too brave to listen, just like
Shaun Stewart Stacey Landers, Stanley Tromp, Stephanie-Nicole
Wang, Stephanie Tait and Steve Oldridge, who took on the beast
(which Stuart Clark had began calling Stuart Koop). "We want the
martianJ* screamed Surita Bains and Syea Vikander in unison,
oblivious to the fact that the martian also wanted them-for lunch!
Tara Westover took it upon herself to stop the madness. She left
Ted Chen asleep in the corner, and took Tejas Ewing and Tessa
Richardson to kill the beast at last But it was useless, because a
strange gas had been emitted into the room by a robot disguised
as Tiffany Kan. Sadly, Todd Silver, Trevor Kew, Tristan Winch, Yi
Jun Huang, Yu Gu, Zeah Lurie and Zoya Harris giggled while the
martian got away. ">
Front-page nudity in
Women's Issue
I have been putting off writing this
letter for some time because I do not
intend to merely criticise but hope
tins letter will be received in the positive, constructive spirit it was sent
I found the front page of your
Women's Issue (Mar. 8) quite offensive. I was interested- in the production but was so put-off that I did not
read any further.
As a female who engages with
people and am aware of their general perceptions, I realise that the
'intended meaning' of the frontpage
will probably be misunderstood by
most, if not all, of your readers. Yes,
we have beautiful bodies and we
have the individual right to display
them as such to those whom we
choose. A problem arises when
actions are taken in the name of a
group, e.g. UBC women, which
directly influences their lives, without the consent of all parties
Therefore, I have to say that I feel
personally violated by this issue. I
found myself wondering why we
even bother to wear clothes.
Probably because we prefer not to
have our femaleness/maleness displayed in all its vulnerability to the
strangers around us.
Personally, I would like people to
see my inner beauty first, before
they look at my naked, physical
body. It's interesting then, that I
never reached the inside of your
issue to appreciate its 'inner beauty.'
Under the name Ubyssey
Women's Issue, the production presumed my (as a female UBC student) support to parading naked in
front of a camera and having the
pictures displayed in a public newspaper. For my own and oilier like-
minded women and men at UBC's
sake, I have to say that I am not in
support of this.
I would appreciate your consideration of these issues in future.
-Elsa de Leeuw
Graduate student—Christian studies
Regent College
AMS president
responds to tuition
I write in response to a series of
articles and letters criticising the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) tuition
stance and its alleged 'inaction."
Tuition can be a divisive issue on
campus as it is intrinsically linked
to the two fundamental issues of
accessibility and quality. I am well
aware of the diverse perspectives
on the subject and the methods of
communicating those views. As the
elected leader of 3 7,000 students, I
seek to address those views in the
AMS stance; I believe we have
accomplished this in the recent
debate on tuition policy. "
The AMS has endeavoured for
the past year to shape UBC's
tuition policy to keep education
here affordable. From lobbying the
province to regulate tuition, to
mobilising awareness campaigns,
to criticising the administration's
tuition proposal, the AMS has
made tuition its priority and has
consistently fought for accessibility
and quality. The administration
has responded to those concerns.
Rather than facing a three-year
tuition increase to the national
average of 65 per cent for undergraduate students,- students now
face a one-year increase of 22 per
cent Rather than an unaccountable increase, students will now
know specifically where their dollars went and how it improved the
quality of education. Instead of
conducting business as usual, the
administration must now ensure
that it operates efficiently to
ensure that student dollars are
being well-spent And rather than
ignoring our concerns over accessibility, the university must now
contribute 20 per cent of all new
tuition revenue toward financial
aid to ensure that academically
qualified students are not denied
access to UBC.
While these are positive steps
forward, they are clearly not
enough. The AMS must and will
continue to advocate for students
and strive for improved quality
and affordability of education at
UBC. I am most willing to engage
in constructive dialogue to
advance the interests of students,
and invite anyone to work with me
to accomplish this.
—Kristen Harvey
AMS President
Arts 3
Treaty referendum
spoil your ballot
Voters dissatisfied with the referendum on treaty negotiations should
send a message to the Campbell
government by mailing in a spoilt
ballot Choosing not to vote will
only allow the government to claim
that the low voter response was due
to apathy. Just think of the message
voters could send if a significant
number take the trouble to return a
spoilt ballot Each and every protest
vote undermines the legitimacy of
this referendum, AU you need do is
leave the ballot blank but complete
and sign the certification envelope.
Say *no" to this useless exercise in
wasted money.
—Carol Hamill
Campbell River THE UBYSSEY
armer was worth it!
by Erin Stevenson
Last week, Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations (CASA) members were in Ottawa meeting with
members of parliament to lobby for
changes to the Canadian Student
Loan Program (CSLP) and for more
accessibility to financial aid. Not
only were MPs lobbied, but so were
deputy ministers, civil servants.
Cabinet ministers and even the
head of the CSLP, Mr Dave Cogliati.
His team was very receptive to the
policies presented by CASA and will
look into^ and hopefully make, positive changes to the program.
CASA also saw awesome coverage of our banner and brought education awareness to the public. We
spent $4400 on a huge 24' by 36'
banner that was displayed on
Parliament Hill last Wednesday. A
well-written edi-
torial in the
Ubyssey ("Better
watch out, '0-
Town" [Mar.
22J) addressed
the cost of the banner as $5306.82.
It did total that amount but we were
able to return the materials used to
hang the banner. (CASA doesn't
really see the need to keep aircraft
cable and a drill in the office.) So,
the cost is $4400. Is it money well
spent? We think so.
The banner is separated into 24
sections with 23 member schools
each receiving a piece to use as part
of the annual campaign. So we have
spent $191.30 on each member
school. Not a lot at all, right? Our
resources are limited. Our national
campaign budget is $9000 this year
and the public relations budget is
$9000. Our ability to spend on promotions this year therefore is
$18,000, which gives us very little
room to do anything beyond what's
planned by the Public Relations
Committee. Our membership fees
are reasonable and considerably
lower than what the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS)
charges. Our fees per student are
about $1.15 with a maximum of
$25,500 per school, not including
conference and travel expenses.
The CFS has about a $ 12.24 per-stu-
dent charge with no maximum. So it
is obvious that the CFS has more
money to spend on activities and to
support students in their causes,
even those who aren't members of
CFS—which is great if they can
afford it. Our budget is about
$360,000. The CFS budget is in the
But let's get back to the banner.
CASA spent $4400 on a banner as a
promotions' tool. And it worked.
When CASA unfurled the banner on
Parliament Hill last week, the
media was out like we've never
seen before. They covered the
demonstration on TV and in the
paper. Radio stations called for two
days straight to do interviews. If you
totalled the amount of TV coverage
we received, it would be in the tens
of thousands. Not only was the story
running every hour on CBC
Newsworld, but CASA was invited to
one of the most popular morning
shows in Ottawa to show off the
biggest banner the city has ever
seen. We made the public aware of
the problems students face with,
financial aid and of tlie changes that
need to be made immediately. And
it made an impression. We may not
have been protesting, but the
demonstration was much more
effective. Joe Clark, official leader of
the PC-DRC coalition, and three
MPs—Elsie Wayne, Lola Hearn and
John Herron—came out of caucus to
join our demonstration and throw
support behind changes to the
CSLP. And earlier that week, MP
John Herron mentioned CASA in
the Commons while tabling two private-member bills that ask the government to make all scholarships
tax free and grant a ten per cent tax
credit on the principle of student
loans. Currently, $3000 worth of
scholarships are tax. free and a tax
credit exists for interest on student
loans, but not for the principle.
What is happening in BC with
the deregulation of tuition fees and
cuts to education is appalling. CASA
does not support in any way what
BC is doing. But please remember,
CASA is a federal student lobby
organisation that is based in Ottawa
and focuses on national post-secondary issues. That is not to say we
don't have an'opinion on what happens   in   the
nr I * I er provmces; we
I I ¥ H work     vejy
closely with
lobby groups
across the country who do a very
effective job pressuring their governments. Student groups in
Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New
Brunswick and Nova Scotia work
non-stop to make post-secondary
education a priority on their
provincial government's agenda.
BC should consider forming a'
provincial lobby organisation.
While CASA may not advocate lowering tuition fees, it does not mean
that we agree with increasing
tuition. But CASA lobbies the federal government and when there is a
need, inter-provincially as well.
Before anyone asks what this
means, go by the Alma Mater
Society or check out CASA's website
and read about the Pan-Canadian
Accord we're proposing to provincial governments as well as the federal government. This accord deals
specifically with issues like deregulation of tuition fees, mobility and
transferability, tuition increases
and much more.
So while you may be upset that
CASA didn't throw support behind
students last week when they occupied the office of the UBC president, please keep in mind our
organisation is small. We have five
staff at our head office in Ottawa.
Our regional directors are volunteers who're also executives at our
member schools. Even if it were
possible to send support last week,
how could we when we needed
everyone in Ottawa to lobby over 80
MPs and other government members? Kristen Harvey and Tara
Learn did an amazing job in Ottawa
last week and should be congratulated on their efforts.
I applaud those who take the
time to question the roles student
organisations take and what they
stand for. Both CASA and CFS have
taken criticism for their approaches
to lobbying and even what they
lobby for. It's too bad that so much
of this turns into a CASA vs. CFS
fight when the focus should be making post-secondary education
affordable and accessible to all. CFS
is not CASA's enemy and vice versa.
We all must accept that there is
more than one way to get a message
The banner is well worth the
money. Unlike the brain, it will be
around for a while. Fifty thousand
thumbprints splashed all over send
a message: Education Builds A
Nation. Let's all see to that.
-Erin Stevenson is the communications coordinator for CASA
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