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Array quared%
ie drive to unionise
SUB's pizza outlet
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Executive report cards
They've laughed, they've cried, they've raged. With history in mind, the Ubyssey takes a hard
look at this year's crop of AMS executives as their terms expire.
 by Nicholas Bradley and Daliah Merzaban
Tni getting very frustrated here and I'm going to
explode," said Maryann Adamec at the last .Alma Mater
Society (AMS) council meeting of 1999. The AMS vice-
president seemed to be feeling the effects of the past term
as much as of the five-hour-long meeting. The current
AMS executive—Adamec, President Ryan Marshall,
Coordinator of External /Affairs Nathan Men, Director of
Finance Karen Sonik, and Director of Administration Tina
Chiao—are, for all intents and purposes, the representatives of UBC students. But the executive has often seemed
at the point of exploding, or maybe breaking down. It has
also managed to achieve some surprising successes.
An average of 976 students voted for each of the five
members of the executive of the /AMS in last year's elections. There are roughly 32,000 students at UBC, which
means that a little over three per cent of the student population actually backed any given AMS exec. There are a
couple of ways of looking at this figure: either the candidates—who are now the aAMS—were so far removed from
the concerns of ordinary students that they failed to motivate anyone to vote, or students feel that the entire system
of student government is irrelevant and doesn't address
their needs. Either way, no one's surprised when the AMS
spends a whole year in office and has little to show for it
So in a year filled with internal squabbling a litany of
things that should never have been said, and a general
lack of foresight, that the AMS actually pulled off several
major initiatives is a welcome change.
The health plan, the bike lanes on University
Boulevard, and increased money for student services are,
to varying degrees, all notable successes. But the aAMS'
successes have come almost despite itself—the constant
infighting, along the same old pohtical lines, likely kept
the aAMS from achieving greater successes. The grandiose
claim that Marshall made in September that "Council can
do whatever the hell it wants," may have been true to an
extent; the low voter turnout gave the executive little direction or mandate. As well, there is little fear of repercussion
from a barely-aware student body.
But division within council threatened to waste any
constructive work. Council meetings all year were marked
by petty arguing, often centred around Marshall and
Men. In September, this squabbling was trivial, but by
November, it often degenerated into outright attacks. In
that fateful final meeting of the year, several councillors,
notably Allen and Sonik, said that they were ashamed of
Marshall and Allen, as expected, remained divided
over which student lobby group the AMS should belong to,
the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA,
which the aAMS currently belongs to) or the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS)—and as if to punctuate the
schism, the AMS joined a lawsuit against the CFS-owned
Travel CUTS travel agency that has further deepened the
The AMS formally opposed the anti-abortion Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP) and supported CUPE unions, but
remained silent on the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
and commercial development plans for the campus. They
renovated the south alcove and the courtyard, but they
failed to consult clubs and resource groups when they
drafted their development plan for the SUB, and the plan
has stalled as a result
Overall, the AMS seemed more focused on rushing
through projects without due consideration than on students' long-term gain. But the year also held notable
successes: a relatively high voter turnout for the referendum (although they had to break their own bylaws to
do so); secured funding for services such as CiTR,
Safewalk, and SpeakEasy; progress towards a universal
bus pass for students; and, of course, the health plan.
/Although questions exist about the cost and administration of the plan, a student health plan is, fundamentally, a good thing.
This year wasn't great for the aAMS, but it wasn't terrible, either. At its best, it tried to improve the lives of
students. At its worst, it was self-absorbed and irrelevant. aAnd as long as only three per cent of students vote
for a given candidate, maybe that's as good as it gets.»3»
Ryan Marshall Maryann Adamec  Nathan Allen
The aAMS president is
the spokesperson for
the society, and, in theory, could be the person
to hold council together,
to guide it and direct its
policy. Instead, he was
responsible for much of
the division within
council. Apparently
unable to have any
effect on what Allen and
the External
Commission did,
Marshall, from an early
point in the year,
seemed as if he were
struggling to control of
what was going on in
front of him.
This is not to say that he didn't get things done. The
health and dental plan was a significant accomplishment
Marshall listed his biggest achievement this year as keeping the executive working together long enough to get the
health plan passed. He said that administering the health
plan and keeping it accountable to students will be the
biggest challenge for next year's council. The health plan is
expensive, students can't opt out unless they already have
coverage, and it doesn't cover everything it could, but it will
be a lasting reminder of this council—and not just because
student fees jumped by $ 112 this term. That figure will be
$168 next year.
see "Marshall" page 3
Tara Westover photos
In her campaign platform last spring,
Adamec highlighted
her concern about reconciling the /AMS' business interests with its
duty to cater to student
needs. At the time, she
promised that "We
must realise that the
business activities of
the /AMS are in place to
allow the /AMS to fulfill
its true duty, serving
/And Adamec has followed through in this
One of Adamec's
principle jobs is to
ensure that student services are functioning smoothly. Her
leadership within this realm has been applauded by various student services representatives.
"The program has been 100 per cent better since
Maryann has been on board," commented Safewalk assistant director Jon Hanvelt, who added that Adamec has displayed a genuine interest in student services despite the
fact that he believes that she has too heavy a workload.
Adamec also played a key role.in increasing funding for
student services on campus. In the lead-up to October's referendum, Adamec focused on raising awareness about the
needs of different campus services, which led in part to the
see "Adamec" page 3
Coordinator of External Affairs
A year ago, when he
was campaigning for
the position of
Coordinator of
External Affairs, Allen
made tittle secret of
his pohtical leanings.
On the ballot during
last year's AMS elections was a referendum question asking
students whether the
/AMS should remain
part of the Canadian
Alliance of Student
Associations (CASA), a
national student
group, often considered a rival to the left-
leaning Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS). /Allen was a staunch opponent of CASA during the lead-up to the referendum—
"We're paying $35,000 ayear into this organisation and I
just have no idea why," he said at an all-candidates'
forum—which pitted him against presidential candidate
Ryan Marshall, CASA's main advocate on campus.
The referendum question failed to meet quorum, and
UBC remained part of CASA. Marshall, meanwhile,
became CASA's regional director. And although Allen
promised that his responsibility would be to support AMS
policy, the CASA-CFS debate typified relations between
the coordinator of external affairs and the president this
see "Allen" page 3 THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2000
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Employees drive for
union hits pothole
 by Cynthia Lee
A drive to unionise Alma Mater
Society (AMS) employees has hit a
roadblock after a vote for Pie R
Squared employees failed to register enough votes.
A mid-December vote held at
the Student Union Building (SUB)
pizza outlet found only 13 of 34
workers voting in favour of unionising. Only 34 of the 53 employees participated in the vote.
"I believe that if everyone had
voted we would have seen a different result," said Pie R Squared
employee Erin Kaiser, who organised the drive.
/AMS General Manager Bernie
Peets offered his response to the
vote. "Democracy was prevalent
here...We respect the right of the
employees to unionise. /And here
they chose not to."
But Kaiser said the results of
the vote do not preclude the formation of a union in the future.
"For now, Pie R Squared has
made its decision, but [unionising
is] always an option."
She added that she is not certain how the influx of new staff
this term will affect the drive.
A slim majority of Pie R
Squared employees have signed
union cards, but the drive has yet
to reach the 55 per cent that is
needed to automatically unionise
under the International Wood and
/Allied Workers.
Pie R Squared, Blue Chip
Cookies and Subcetera outlets
began the drive to unionise in late
October. ♦
visit us at www.ams.ubc.ca
Its Election
Time Again!
The AMS Executive Elections will be held in
conjunction with the elections for UBC Board of
Governors, UBC Senate, Ubyssey Publications
Society Board of Directors and the Student
Legal Fund Society.
Know Your Plan!
tflONS ioo0
Make Your Mark
Polls will be open from
January 17-21. Make sure
you bring your student ID
card to vote.
There will be all-candidates
forums on January 12 and
19 in the SUB conversation
pit at 12:30. Come out to
see the candidates!
For more information about the AMS Elections
please contact the AMS Elections Administrator,
c/o SUB Room 224 or elections2000@ums.ubc.ca
Keep up to date by visiting www.ams.ubc.ca for
details on the Health Plan and other AMS activities
and events.
If you have any questions about the AMS please
email us:
The AMS-GSS Health & Dental Plan is
uniquely designed for students, providing a
comprehensive package of health, dental,
vision and travel benefits to fill the gaps left by
government health care and parent's or
spouse's employee plans.
All full and part-time students who are
members of the AMS or the GSS are
automatically covered by the plan. Students
enrolled in Continuing Education courses are
not covered. If you are not sure of your
coverage status, please call
studentcare.net/works at 1-877-795-4421.
The total cost for the Health Plan is $112 for 8
months of coverage, and will be included with
your university fees. The monthly total is $14.
If you have opted out, and your fee account
with the University is underpaid by $112, the
University will not assess any fee penalties if
your opt-out form has not been processed.
The opt-out deadline is January 22. You can
either come to the Health Plan Office in SUB or
opt out via the Web at www.studentcare.net.
For further details regarding the new AMS-GSS
Student Health & Dental plan please visit
www.studentcare.net or call 1-877-795-4421. THE UBYSSEY« TUESDAY, JANUARY Tl. 2000
"Marshall" from page 1
He also cited the acquisition of
space in Ihe basement of the SUB
that was formerly controlled by the
university as one of the /AMS' most
important contributions, as it
increased the amount of space in
the SUB that the AMS could devote
to social space for students.
The AMS certainly made some
good moves under Marshall's
watch. But these successes raise
the question of what the AMS
could have accomplished had
Marshall provided stronger leadership. He suffered most notably
from a lack of patience and the
perception of arrogance: both ihe
health plan's architecture and the
referendum seemed rushed and
flawed,, and he attempted to
speed motions through council
with little or no solicitation of
their input. During one AMS
debate over the restructuring of
the vice-president position, he
responded to one councillor's
assertion that "It's better to wait a
year and do it right" by shooting
back 'No, it's not*
His temper also got Marshall
into trouble: a defining moment
"Adamec" from page 1
$9 bike in student fees. These fees
will go towards paying late-mght
volunteers at Safewalk, purchasing
new equipment for CiTR radio,
ejcpanding swimming hours in the
Aquatic Centre, as well as expanding other student services, such as
However, Adamec has shown a
tendency to speak softly in AMS
decision-making. At most council
meetings, Adamec has been
extremely reluctant to oppose fellow executives, particularly
Marshall This creates the appearance that she does not make critical contributions to AMS policy,
and a perception that Marshall's
opinions will invariably be shared
by his vice-president
But she has been willing to
assert herself in certain situations,
such as her significant role in
negotiating with the university and
"Allen" from page 1
year. The argument that Allen
should represent only the AMS'
views was a constant all year—but
he stubbornly stuck to his guns.
Allen promised that he would
encourage grassroots activism—
which he did. Most of the political
stances the AMS adopted this year
were at Allen's behest The new
bike lanes on University
Boulevard, lobbying for the legalisation of marijuana, support for
the CUPE workers, the rights of
students living in residence, and
opposition to the Genocide
Awareness Project were all his projects. Of course, his politics also led
to frequent, and public, clashes
with Marshall over various is.sues,
particularly on the question of student lobbying. And while Allen's
concerns over tlie relevance and
effectiveness of CASA are valid, the
bickering among council members only served to alienate students.
Allen himself alluded to this
infighting as one of the problems
the executive faced this year.
'The executive should have paid
more attention to the needs of real
students, rather than speaking
from opportunist platforms that
serve only the needs of a small
group of hacks in our offices."
came hi November, when he compared Allen, as well as tm) members of the AMS External
Commission, to' Nazis. All term,
Marshall had been defensive and
stubborn in front of council, but
this comment displayed an apparent lack of judgement. Predictably,
it brought strong criticism from
other councillors, and debate within Council turned once again away
from programs and policies to the
actions of individual councillors.
At "that council meeting, Ryan
Marshall said that everyone thought
of him as 'that right-wing bastard."
He was joking, but he pegged many
of his critics' positions.
There was also an end-of-term
trip he took to Scotland as an aAMS
representative without Morming
council first; a letter he sent to AMS
employees that some workers interpreted as opposing their unionisation efforts; and his inability to
achieve any degree of reconciliation
between CASA and the CFS-
lypicalty, Marshall couldn't—or
wouldn't—suggest airylhing he or
Ihe AMS would do over again if he
had the chance.
"Wouldn't change a thing,* he
within the .AMS in regard to the
GAP, a controversial anti-abortion
display which came to campus last
term, Adamec approached these
negotiations from the standpoint
of student safety and security, and
was able to contribute to decisions
that dealt with difficult issues in a
reasonable way.
Her leadership in dealing with
GAP at council meetings, for
instance, led to the .AMS' passing a
motion to seek all legal means to
prevent GAP and its parent organisation from coming into the SUB.
Other than her work on GAP,
however, Adamec displayed tittle
original opinion, and was a consistently non-critical voice on council.
But despite her lack of political zeal
and imagination, Adamec has
clearly devoted a considerable
amount of time and effort into
improving the quality of university
life for students—a goal she outlined from the start*!*
But .Allen did make some real
changes. In part due to the controversial referendum question about
legalising pot students turned out
in relatively large numbers to vote
on the health plan and the new student services fee.
He cites the bike lanes as his
most important personal accomplishment
A $ 175,000 renovation project
converted part of the lanps on
University Boulpvard betwppn
Wesbrook and Blancu to dedicated
bike lanes. Half the funding for Lh(i
project was provided by the BC
Ministry of Transportation, and
the rest came from tlie AMS, the
TREK program, TransLink, and
ICBC. The aAMS was also involved
hi lobbying the provincial government to allocate funds for this project
"Of all the things I've been busy
with, it is the one tiling that has
had the most tangible benefit to
students, as well as to the general
environmental sustainahility of
the UBC area,' says Allen.
Although the executive's infighting was distracting, Allen ftdfilled
his promise of being a politically
active and outspoken member of
council. aAnd for an elected representative of UBC's apathetic student body, this was a useful and
refreshing quality to have.*
Karen Sonik
Director of Finance
From the onset of her term as
director of finance, Karen
Sonik proved that she can
tackle the AMS' finances. She
completed the 1999-2000
AMS budget in early June, in
stark contrast to last year,
when the budget wasn't
finalised until the end of the
first term. Since she is
responsible for handling all
the AMS finances, including
the $58.50 AMS fee each student pays, Sonik is the key figure in ensuring that the AMS
is not recklessly spending student dollars.
The AMS typically runs an
annual deficit and often goes
over-budget on projects such
as renovations. Given the
AMS' track record of fiscal
mismanagement Sonik faced
a considerable challenge—in
a previous interview with the
Ubyssey, Sonik was openly
critical of the AMS' past financial handling. The budget, she
said, "hasn't reflected what
was actually spent and the
actual accounts haven't
looked anything like the budget before."
But questions of accountability and frivolous spending
practices have not disappeared. /An estimated $8000
was lost in "spillage," or
unpaid beer, at the AMS
Welcome Back Barbecue in
September. As well, the AMS
purchased a $15,000 colour
laser printer last summer-
the    money
from a fund
rate from the budget,  and therefore
bypassed the
approval     of    the
finance committee.
But although
Sonik has not openly criticised the
printer purchase,
she has taken steps
to prevent any such
expenditures in the
future: she has
reforms to completely overhaul the
AMS financial system. The new system allows
the director of finance to keep
a close eye on all AMS spending. To correct the problem of
unwarranted large-scale
spending, for instance, Sonik
set up an audit committee
that must approve any AMS
purchase that falls outside the
"My greatest accomplishment this year has definitely
been the restructuring of the
budget process and the standardisation of the AMS internal accounts," said Sonik.
Despite these accomplishments, Sonik's most notable
weakness has been her lack of
strong leadership during
council meetings. Her tendency to refrain from intervening in many heated discussions—along with that of
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Chiao—effectively reduced
the vocal executive to three
members. Her reticence
could be viewed one of two
ways: either she has taken the
high road by refusing to play
politics and sling mud—or
she's refused to weigh in on
significant matters because
she just can't be bothered.
Still, Sonik believes that
infighting has been relatively
minimal among the executive
this year, and that despite a
wide range of political views,
they've nonetheless managed
to represent students effectively.
"We've all had the freedom
to pursue and carry out the
projects that we felt would
contribute to the well-being of
the /AMS and that we've all
been more efficient because
of this," she said.*>
Tina Chiao
Director of Administration
The director of adminstration
oversees the SUB—and the SUB
saw some major changes this
year. The courtyard on the second floor is still under renovation, as are the stairs on the
north side of the building. The
South /Alcove renovations will
see increased social space for
students. But these projects-
expensive and, in the case of
the courtyard, of questionable
value—are not as drastic as the
proposed SUB Strategic Plan,
which calls for a dramatic reorganisation of the SUB. The first
floor of the building would see
more retail space, while the
second floor would be reserved
for clubs, resource groups, and
various AMS offices. But a lack
of consultation with both clubs
and resource groups has
stalled the plan, which was
shelved at the final
council meeting of
Apart from her
administrative work,
Chiao has been a relatively apolitical presence within council,
making few public
contributions to AMS
policy. Among the
five executives, Chiao
has made by far the
least impact, and has
been the least visible
in terms of controversy. Whether that lack
of visiblity has been due to a
lack of action or just a low political profile is arguable. The
delay in the SUB Strategic Plan,
however, is by far the biggest
blot on her record, and may be
the event by which her year in
office is measured—although
Marshall and AMS general
manager Bernie Peets have
been heavily involved in the
Plan, the ball was hers to drop,
and thus far, it appears that
she has dropped it.*>
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Women Birds ups
 by Naomi Kim
The University of /Alberta Pandas women's basketball
team came to UBC with a heavy load, toting an untarnished 8-0 record, a second place spot in the Canada
West, the number two ranking in the CIAU, and last
year's national women's basketball championship
under its belt.
But the Pandas had their load lightened at War
Memorial Gym this weekend as UBC handed them
their first loss of the season.
The Birds, who were 0-4 against the Pandas last season, faced the Pandas for the only time in the regular
Friday night's game was a close one. In the first half,
the two teams were never separated by more than six
points, and the half ended with UBC leading 31-27.
But after the break, Alberta came back to tie the
game at 39 when Jackie Simon scored and was fouled
eight minutes in. .And at the line, she brought Alberta
ahead by one. Alberta's tight defence, which had
switched to zone in the second half, held the Birds to 12
points the rest of the way. The /Alberta defence effectively stunned the Birds, who were left roaming aimlessly, passing the ball and chucking it at the net The
UBC guards were unable to get the ball inside and Mills,
who had been leading the team with an average of 17.8
points per game, was held to eight points. Unable to
score inside, the Birds were also unsuccessful in three-
point range. Sharpshooter Carrie Rogers, who began
the game third in the Canada West in three-point field
goal percentage (at 46.4 per cent), missed all ten of her
three-point attempts.
Rookie guard Carrie Watson stood out for the Birds.
She finished with a team-high 13 points on 5 of 6 shooting and provided energy at both ends of the floor. It was
Watson's first league game this season after being sidelined with a stress fracture in her foot in late October.
"It feels really good just to be back...I was a little nervous at first because [it was a] home game—there were
a lot of people out, which is great—so it was a little nervous at first, but once you get in the flow it's good," said
But despite Watson's contributions, UBC's early second half letdown did not go unfelt /Alberta built their
lead until, with only one minute remaining, the teams
matched chances on the line, and it was too late for the
Birds to catch up. The final score was 61-51.
"[We didn't] attack on the zone," said Mills. "Play. It
sounds so simple but our man-to-man is so strong that
we know we're going to force teams to go into zone
because they can't stop us man-to-man [but] I don't
know why then, when they go into zone, we suddenly
stop playing." Mills added that she hoped the UBC rook
ies were over any awe they felt for
Alberta. "Hopefully after that game,
that idea's gone and we know that we
can definitely play with them and
beat them."
And Saturday night, the Birds did
just that. They ran the ball effectively
and defended well, ripping off a 20-6
run to take a 24-15 lead midway
through the half.
The Pandas slowly but effectively
chipped away at their deficit and
/Alberta guard Cathy Buuin's open
shot from the top allowed them to get
ahead with three minutes remaining.
The teams exchanged baskets, but
Mills made three of four free throws,
putting the Birds ahead 39-38 to end
the half.
UBC came out flying after the half
with a 7-0 run orchestrated by two
steals by Watson, who finished the
night with six takeaways. The Birds'
defence held tight, limiting the
Pandas to a total of 18 points for the
second half, and UBC was fueled by
Mills, who finished with a game high
21 points and 10 rebounds. UBC
wound up beating the defending
champs 74-56.
The atmosphere was buoyant in
the UBC locker room after the victory.
"We played today. We ran the ball,"
said guard Charmene Adams, who
wound up with ten assists and only a
single turnover.
Was it that simple?
"Yes," was the resounding answer.
And if they can keep it up, the
Birds will be in good stead for their
upcoming games which will not be
easy. The next two weekends, they
will be on the road, first visiting
Regina—the number three ranked
team in the nation—who is currently
leading the Great Plains conference.
After that will be a trip down the road
to Trinity Western University before returning home to
play the University of Victoria, the current Canada West
leader and number one ranked team in the CIAU.
"We're in the hunt," said UBC head coach Deb
Huband. "You're not a sixth-ranked team in the county
and not be capable of beating teams. But in the same
token, they're capable of beating you. So any game that
of Alberta forward !
Deleurme's sudden departui
 by Sara Newham
If it wasn't for bad luck, the UBC men's
hockey team would have no luck at all.
T-Bird head coach Mike Coflin had his
worst nightmare turn into reality in
December. With his team sitting at the
bottom of the Canada West standings
heading into the second half of the season, the last thing he needed was for the
team's leading scorer, assistant captain,
and all-round star player to leave UBC.
But as luck would have it, that's exactly what happened when Jason Deleurme
quit both the team and the university to
play for the Peoria Rivermen of the East
Coast Hockey League (ECHL) in Illinois.
It was only a year ago that Deleurme
burst onto the UBC scene during the
1998 Valour Cup. At the time, the team
was excited at the possibilities that
Deleurme could bring to the Birds in the
next couple of seasons. He was a feisty
winger who was everything that a struggling Thunderbird team needed, but
UBC, as it turned out, wasn't everything
that Deleurme needed.
Deleurme described his decision to
play professional hockey as "doing something that I know I love. I've already
learned more [with the Rivermen] in the
last seven games than I could have
learned in university hockey."
And hockey is what Deleurme decided
to pursue over school. As friend, teammate and roommate Ian Lampshire
described, "[Deleurme] had ambitions to
succeed in hockey, not that the rest of the
guys don't, but the rest of the guys are
very dedicated in their school."
"The opportunity came up, and he
just decided to take it," explained
Lampshire. "Obviously, you're disappointed to lose a talented hockey player
and a great friend.. .but I couldn't be happier for him."
According to the different portrayals
of the circumstances surrounding his
decision to leave, the perspectives of the
UBC coaching staff and Deleurme conflict
Deleurme's unexpected departure
came as news to both his coaches and
most of his teammates.
"Unfortunately for everybody, no matter what decision Jason made, he didn't-
inform anybody of it We read about it in
the newspaper," Coflin said at the 1999
Valour Cup tournament He also added
that Deleurme did not contact him after
the news was published.
Coflin acknowledged his own mixed
feelings of disappointment and anger at
the situation. "A lot of people did a lot of
things for Jason Deleurme and the least
he could have done was respect that
enough to be a man and tell people personally."
Assistant coach Grant C
with whom Deleurme was si
he left town, said he too di
news by reading the transa
The Province newspaper.
He expressed his disapj
Deleurme's decision to qui
"that's a decision he had ti
season goes on, [UBC] play
life goes on."
Meanwhile, in Peoria,
expressed that his only reg
except for Lampshire, he d
any of the Thunderbirds abi
pected departure. He sai
want to cause a disruption <
But Deleurme insisted
given Coflin and Cumberbi
warning about his thoughts
team in a closed-door mee
and a half before the exam p
had been recruiting him fo:
offered him a contract in Se]
jAfter    informing    his
Deleurme said he wanted
exams and then talk to his p
his making his decision.
aAnd he countered Coflii
that he left unannounced, sj
advised the coaches of 1
immediately. Deleurme m.
but was unable to reach Cofl
however,    he    said    he THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. JANUARY 11.1999   g
Set Bears Birdmen split with Alberta
Y: L)BC guard Carrie Rogers finds her way around a University
vard Saturday, tara westover photo
> to we play... we have to make sure that we play the game
est for 40 minutes." Huband went on to say that the win is
a signal that UBC is a definite contender.
)eb "We're in the trenches, and games like tonight really
nty make you realise that you're right there, you're in the
me hunt, it's a realistic possibility that we could be at
hat nationals representing Canada West"«>
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sted that he had
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meeting a week
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in September.
his coaches,
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his parents about
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of his decision
ie made attemps,
1 Coflin by phone;
he    spoke    to
Cumberbirch the day he signed his contract
Coflin confirmed that both he and
Cumberbirch had a "talk"with Deleurme
on December 9—a mere six days before
the departure—and not a week and a half
as Deleurme had reported.
"[His leaving] was one of the
options," said the head coach. "But the
majority of the conversation had to do
with why he was frustrated."
Coflin added that in his last exchange
with Deleurme, he planned to see the
hockey player at practice on December
13. He said no final decision was given
at that time.
Coflin and Deleurme's versions also
conflict over when the contract was
signed. Cumberbirch said Deleurme
signed the contract on December 14
and called him the next day. Deleurme,
on the other hand, said that he didn't
sign until December 15, and telephoned
the coach the same day.
But while Deleurme fulfills his hockey
dreams in Illinois, Coflin, Cumberbirch,
and the rest of the UBC men's hockey
squad have to continue without their
leading scorer in an uphill battle in the
Canada West conference.
"I don't really think [Deleurme's
departure] is going to be as big a negative
as people think," said Coflin, "but it's
going to take some time to adjust"♦
 by Naomi Kim
The UBC men's basketball team is just barely recovering
from the holidays.
The New Year has finally started, and the Birds have welcomed it with good cheer. This is their chance to rebound
from a Christmas slump during which the team lost as many
games as they have in half the Canada West season.
/After spurting a weekend in Lethbridge and then losing
three straight non-conference games at a tournament in
Victoria over the holidays, the Birds were struggling with an
unwelcome losing streak midway through their season.
This past week was the Birds' first week of practice as a
complete unit since late December when players were away
due to illness, injuries, or for the holidays. .And first up for
the Birds was the nations number three-ranked team, the
University of Alberta Golden Bears.
Friday, the Bears wasted no time getting started, jumping
out to a 14-6 lead just six minutes into the first half. /\nd with
6'8" Golden Bears.post Nick Maglisceau planted firmly inside,
aAlberta went on a 12-2 run. The Birds were unable to penetrate
the Bears defence and Alberta had a field day, shooting 86 per
cent from the field and rolling into the first half up 52-34.
UBC couldn't gain much ground in the second half-
Courtney Kolla found Jason Bristow for an alley-oop nine minutes in, which provided the largest of few thrills for the crowd
at War Memorial—but the Bears responded with a 9-0 run to
make it 73-53.
UBC never threatened Alberta the rest of the way, falling
"We're not on the same page right now. It's kind of a lull,"
said Bristow.
"They kind of picked us apart a bit tonight..we got killed
tonight," added Kolla.
The Birds never found an answer for Alberta's powerful
inside game, as Maglisceau finished with a game-high 32
points and 7 rebounds.
"I think what's happening now is that all of the young guys
are really getting a quick baptism into what the real world is
about in Canada West," said UBC head coach Bruce Enns.
"Because there are some very, very good basketball teams and
right now we're just not playing very confidently and our decision making is a little bit shaky, and needless to say, as you can
see, our shooting's not that great That was a good team that
beat us tonight We'll be back tomorrow."
Saturday, the Birds jumped out to a quick start and came
to an early 8-2 lead just over two minutes into the game.
Seven minutes later, Bear guard Brad BerikofFs three pointer tied the game at 16-16, which he followed with another a
minute later for .Alberta's first lead of the game. The Birds
came back with a 9-3 run and led 44-32 by the half.
But the Bears rallied back. Maglisceau, who had been virtually silenced in the first half with only two points (versus 21
points in Friday's first half) scored to make the score 49-42
and his rebound two minutes later gave the Bears a 53-52
advantage. UBC gained control again as Jon Fast found
Zaheed Bakare in the middle, and Bakare's jumper with nine
minutes remaining gave the Birds the lead, and the two
teams went back and forth exchanging the lead. But late,
Alberta took a 69-68 lead on post Pat Crevolin's layup with
just under 18 seconds left.
aAfter a timeout, UBC got the ball to Fast on the baseline,
but it was swatted out of his hands and out of bounds with 2.7
seconds left. On the ensuing inbounds, Kolla got the ball to a
FADING: UBC guard Zaheed Bakare shoots, tara westover photo
cutting Fast, who was fouled as he tried to lay the ball in. AH.
that could be heard was a slap and half the crowd rose to see
a surprised Fast standing, still with the ball.
Fast went to the line and sunk the first free throw, tying the
game 69-69. He then calmly sunk the second for a 70-69 lead.
The whole crowd rose to their feet as the Bears' last-ditch
effort resulted in the ball hitting the side of the backboard
after time ran out.
"Jonny's clutch," said a happy Bristow after the game.
"Jonny's a big time player."
"I actually thought I was going to score," said Fast about the
final play, "but then when I got hit I was like, huh. I was nervous for about two seconds but I realized I'd been in that position before from lastyear. As soon as I hit my first one I knew
the game was over. There wasn't going to be any overtime."
"Every single guy on the team contributed something
today," said Bristow. "Like every guy on the team, whether he
was rebounding, or playing defence, everybody contributed.
A lot of guys stepped up and played really welL.That was as
exciting as it gets."
The Birds (7-3) have ten regular season games left, and
currently they stand in second place in the Canada West But
despite their brief slump, Bakare insists that the effort and
confidence is always with the team.
"That's one good thing about this team is that we've always
been able to get through adversity. Especially when the chips
are against us. We have a pretty solid team. We just have to keep
coming out and playing hard every time we come out we have
to continue to play tough and make it hard for the other team.
aAnd as long as we do that I think we'll be competitive."**
The men's hockey team travelled to
Winnipeg over the weekend and came
close, but not close enough to win.
They went into overtime Friday night
but lost 4-3. Saturday, the Birds led 3-2
after two periods on goals by defender
Trevor Shoaf, centre Rob Petrie, and
defender David Penner. But the final
result was the same as the previous
night a 4-3 loss.
The 3-12-1 Birds host the Regina
Cougars at the Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre January 14 and 15 at
The Birds visited the University of
Alberta on the weekend and lost to
bring their season record to 0-8.
Friday, the Birds lost 5-0 and were out-
shot 49-14.
UBC will look for its first win at
home at the Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre against the Lethbridge
Pronghorns on Saturday, January 22
and Sunday, January 23 at 7:45pm.
UBC played at the Manitoba
Invitational Tournament and came
home with the bronze medal Friday,
the Birds started the three-day tournament with a 3-1 win against Dalhousie
University. Later that day, UBC lost in
three,sets (25-22, 33-31, 25-22) to
Laval University. Saturday, the host
Bisons swept the Birds in close sets
and the Winnipeg Wesmen did the
same to the Birds. Power Guy Davis,
power Jeff Orchard, and middle Brian
Boles led UBC, respectively. On
Sunday, the Birds defeated the Bisons
in the bronze medal match in five sets
by Davis' 14 kills and nine digs.
The men's volleyball team play at
home this weekend against the
University of Winnipeg at War
Memorial Gym at 8pm Friday,
January 14 and at 6:15pm Saturday,
January 15.
The Birds swept the Trinity Western
University Spartans on the weekend.
Second-year power Izzy Czerveniak led
UBC with six kills and nine digs.
The women's volleyball team (9-3)
will host the University of Winnipeg (2-
4) at War Memorial Gym Friday,
January 14 at 6:15pm and Saturday,
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Try to look past the smile
The tiebreaker in AMS elections seems to
mirror the perception of AMS students on
the subject: if two candidates have the same
number of votes, a coin toss decides the
winner. And for all the difference it makes
to the average UBC student who wins, it's a
fitting metaphor. Those students who do
vote generally make their decision based
more on a whim than on anything else.
But most UBC students don't vote at all,
and frankly, it's understandable. From the
outside, the AMS seems to spend the
majority of its time locked in endless
debate over wholly irrelevant issues. For
most UBC students, the AMS will make little obvious impact on their time here.
So when AMS elections come creaking
along each January, they barely make a ripple in most students' lives. .And by the time
the proverbial dust has settled, the voting
pool is pretty shallow—out of 32,000 eligible voters in last January's election, the five
winning AMS executives received an aver
age of 976 votes. That's roughly a three percent turnout—miniscule by any measure.
In order to get more students to the
polls, the AMS Code and Policies
Commission has redrafted the rules.
Before, campaigning stopped before voting
week; now, candidates can work the electorate all week. Mathematically, this may
result in more students being made aware
of the relevance of the issues at stake. But it
also lends itself to certain abuses.
The most problematic change is that of
proximity to voting booths. Candidates can
now campaign to within ten metres of a
voting station—about 30 feet. And that's a
The biggest problem with the voting patterns at UBC are that the smile on the
poster is the chief influence on voting. And
with only a 30-foot bubble to buffer the stations from campaigning, the potential for a
popularity contest seems all the more
This move may indeed increase voter
turnout, but it certainly won't increase
informed voter turnout. What will happen
is that the candidate will stand 30 feet from
the station, shake hands like a maniac, and
try to convince students that haven't gone
to the two all-candidates forums (January
12 and 19, in the SUB Conversation Pit),
haven't read this paper's election supplement, and don't have any idea what the
issues are, to take two minutes out of their
day and vote for the candidate pumping
their arm and grinning like an idiot.
This is especially noteworthy since several of the candidates are prominent
denizens of UBC residences—and are therefore almost perfectly positioned to abuse
the rule as it now stands.
It's too late to change it. But even though
voter apathy is both sad and depressing,
it's better to have fewer informed voters
than every student at UBC voting for all the
wrong reasons.♦
GAP impact
I am writing in response to Alma
Mater Society (AMS) President
Ryan Marshall's views on the
Genocide Awareness Project
(GAP) display. On the surface it
appears a reasonable piece.
Scratch the surface a little and
we'll see there's something of
the night about it.
I agree that freedom of
speech is, as Mr. Marshall
expresses, a fundamentally
important part of our culture. I
also support Mr. Marshall's
assertion that empirical evidence be made available so that
we can make "an educated* decision about contentious issues
that arise in the scope of free
speech. However, I would argue
that Mr. Marshall has underestimated the impact of the GAP display and has misinterpreted the
evidence he has collected.
Firstly, the GAP display was not
about speech but the use of
imagery designed to frighten,
coerce, and intimidate women
(and their male allies) from sup
porting abortion. If the issue at
hand were merely about speech,
as Marshall suggests, then I'm
sure that no destruction would
have taken place to the GAP display. On the contrary, this issue
was about lack of choice for
women and their bodies as well
as what we at UBC choose to look
at. Instead, GAP elected to
aggressively penetrate images of
abortion (paired with genocide)
into the minds of innocent
passers-by and this lead to unfortunate outbursts.
The real issue that Marshall
missed remains: why should
anyone at UBC be subjected to
these images? Do we not have
the freedom to be spared the
images of a group attempting to
make false, demeaning, and
irrational comparisons of abortion with genocide / and the
Holocaust? Indeed, the GAP
made a calculated decision that
could push many beyond the
pale and they have subsequently
provoked the very actions they
now moan about and contest.
Most importantly, I think that
Marshall should consider that
ultimately these issues are not
for him nor me to decide, they
are at the core women's issues.
After the recent high profile
anniversary  of the  Montreal
massacre I cannot help but find
it vulgar that Mr. Marshall
would insert his views at all.
From a phenomenological perspective, no male (including
myself and Mr. Marshall) will
ever know what it might feel like
to have a fetus removed from
our bodies, nor to have it antagonistically paraded around in
full-colour images, gruesomely
flaunted for the unsuspecting
passer-by to happen upon without prior warning. Such images
may prove overwhelming to
some. I wonder how many
women Marshall may have
offended by minimising the
impact of the Ga4P display and
the possible behavioural effects
the display incited, including its
regrettable yet understandable
destruction by those it clearly
In closing, I know that many
males feel powerfully about
abortion but we must accept that
it is a woman's choice to make,
not ours, guys! And that democracy as it currently stands, no
matter what pohtical spin of distraction the AMS president may
wish to take.
Christopher Shelley
Graduate Student
I couldn't help finding it amusing that your paper ran an editorial entitled "Hate Makes the
Front Page—Again" [Jan. 7] an
article which blasted two larger
papers, The Province and The
National Post, for discriminating against lesbians—right next
to a page filled with letters accusing your paper of doing that very
thing—being discriminatory.
Your editorial notes that
offensive articles written by
these papers "still have the ability to turn the stomach of anybody who believes in tolerance
or equality," and goes on to say
that they offended you again this
week "in grand, front-page
I find these statements amusing coming from a paper who
just dedicated an entire issue
[Jan. 4th's paperjto mocking the
beliefs of Christians.
Now, now...let's not be hypocrites....
Lucas Teodoro da Silva
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As a critic, this is not the most desirable trait that one might posl
sess. It is, however, a fact land as such I mus| consider its impact on.
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Brothers' debut release Stta^pge Beautiful, I tr|ed very hard to like this'
album. .After all, it
begins positively
with the laidback,
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An independent
release for the
three Grames
brothers and their
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in the press release as a "hybrid of funk, soul, jakz, and worldbeat,"
the songs feature upbeat inelodies, strongf vockls, and solid har-
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with messages about racism, capitalism, afid leadership but they
quickly sour as a result of the trite rhymes wjiich pop up too often to
ignore. |
aAlso impossible to ignore is the fact that lie music and in particular the guitar style both become extyemfly^ tiresome and even
downright annoying by the second hall 01 xh§ album, iaken m small
doses, the album is a positive initial reiteas.|, for the group, but listened to from start to finish, the niggling qualities are entirely too
annoying to ignore.♦> 1
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Jan. 7
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presenting the second concert of their
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*" ^ and celebratory but fell flat. However, Chatman tri
umphed in his second work for the VSO, the world premiere of
Tara% Dream. Its transformation between dream-like and night-
marif themfs was smooth. It had the perfect blend of beautiful and
darftne^pdiesi evoking romantic and chaotic feelings, respectively.
The Highlight of the evening was Jon Kimura Parker's performance. He enlivened the audience with stories and jokes about each
piece he performed. A particular highlight was Parker's performance of Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme ofPaganini. He had
so much fun playing this piece that the audience fed off his energy.
In the D flat variation of the theme, Parker and the VSO played with
such passion and emotion that audience members were still humming it during the intermission.
With such a rousing end to the first act, it was quite disappointing to have John Adams' The Chairman Dances open the second half
of the concert. The melodies were repetitious and harsh sounding.
In fact, the piece had no real melody or any genuine excitement at
The final piece of the night was George Gershwin's Concerto in F
for Piano and Orchestra. Once again, Parker had a ball. The piece
started off with a nice toe-tapping rhythm that moved into a nice and
sexy bluesy jazz piece. There were some moments in the piece that
were quite slow but Parker's performance was so powerful that the
audience forgot about it, becoming transfixed with his fingering. In
fact, his performance was so powerful, that one of his piano strings
broke in mid-performance. After his encore, with the Billy Joel tune
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, the audience gave him a well-
deserved standing ovation.
When Parker was at UBC in the late '70s, he regularly skipped his
music theory classes to play pool in the SUB. He never finished his
UBC degree, and instead, moved to New York to study at the
Juilliard. Vancouver is lucky to have had him back for a few lively
performances and should be proud to call Parker one of its own.<»
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