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 SFU student executives
impeached for downloads
'-i, iii ii
»*?    Rev. Kevin Annett tells
his side of the story
McKenzie King
speaks from the grave
pulling the rug out since 1918
er at the gates
rears ago,
;ity decided
David Strangway was the
best person to guide UBC
through the 1980s and
into the 1990s. On Tuesday,
they announced who would
take the university into
the 21st century.
by Ian Gunn
UBC hit the jackpot this week, according to the 19 members
ofthe university's presidential search committee.
And so far, everyone else on campus seems equally
delighted that Martha Piper will be the next president.
Piper, who is currendy vice-president of both research
and external affairs at the University of Alberta, will replace
David Strangway at the end of his 12 year term in June 1997.
"Dr. Piper is extremely charismatic and full of energy, has
an amazing sense of the university as community and is very
accessible," said Heather Hermant, one of three student representatives on the search committee.
The committee unanimously recommended Piper's
appointment to the Board of Governors [BoG] after a rigorous
process which Hermant said gave them a "very, very detailed
picture" of the new president and her background.
"From a student perspective what totally amazed me is
here is this woman who is holding die portfolios of both
research and external affairs, and yet she is extremely active
in the campus community in terms of being involved with
students and student issues," Hermant said.
Genetics professor Patricia Baird also sat on the search
committee as a faculty representative. "I'm really
quite excited and I think
most people are," she said.
"[Piper's] got an open style,
is able to bring people
together and understands
the university community
and values the contribution of both students and
Notably absent so far
has been any dissenting
voice in the chorus of
praise over the appointment.
Political Science professor Philip Resnick was the
centre of controversy earlier this fall when he questioned the wording of a presidential search committee newspaper advertisement. It smacked, he said in a Globe and Mail
commentary, of reverse discrimination by singling women
and visible minorities out as "especially welcome to apply"
for the job.
"You have to have
a sense of what's
important for the
and that should drive
how you seek funding,
rather than the
other way around
where the funding
determines the priorities"
Martha Piper
ubc president elect
But Resnick was silent when approached for comment on
Piper's appointment. "I've decided not to comment publicly
on this issue," he told The Ubyssey.
Despite any reservations he may have had about the
process, Resnick, a faculty representative on the Board of
Governors, added his voice to those behind Piper's appointment; the BoG vote was unanimous and there were no
In terms of specific objectives, Piper was reluctant to commit herself saying it was too early to be setting priorities. "I've
admired the University of BC from a distance for the last few
years in my position [in Edmonton], and know a
bit about it. But I think it's presumptuous of me to
think that I know and understand all [of UBC's]
issues and priorities and how we might tackle
some of them."
Piper comes to the coast with a reputation as a
fund-raiser and someone able to build strong
links with the university's neighbours.
With the government restraint in Alberta,
Piper said, the U of A was compelled to find creative and original sources for funding, including
partnerships with corporations. Such sponsorship
has been a contentious issue—particularly for students—at UBC in the past two years.
"It's always a sensitive issue," she acknowledged, "but I don't think that we are reinventing
the wheel here—many, many universities
throughout North America are looking at the
same issues. And I think the point is that you have
to have a sense of what's important for the community, and that should drive how you seek funding, rather than the otiier way around where the
funding determines the priorities.
"As long as the university is clear on its priorities and makes those the basis for its funding then I think
you're on firmer ground," she said.
It's that clear set of priorities that will make Piper especially valuable to UBC, Hermant said. "The thing that is great
about her is that she can raise the funds,
but at the same time spends a lot of energy going out to the community and saying 'this is why the university is important, this is why our research is important', and articulating what the university's role is as part of society."
And fund-raising is clearly something
Piper intends to work on at UBC. She cautions that UBC students have been lucky
with the provincial government's tuition
freeze and commitment to funding for
post-secondary education. What lies
ahead, she warns, is difficult to predict.
What will buffer the university from
large cuts and students from hefty tuition
increases, she said, is stable funding. "We
have to build a situation where we are not
constrained by the ebb and flow of funding
from circumstances beyond our control."
UBC needs a financial buffer, she said, much like families keep
a bank account with some money in it in case next month's
paycheque is a little smaller than expected or fails to arrive.
According to Hermant, Piper was quick to sense during
the selection process that undergraduate students at UBC
often feel as though they are a low priority when compared to
the university's real purpose—research. "I'm really hopeful
that she can make undergraduate students feel more a part
ofthe university," Hermant said.
Students in the liberal arts, who sometimes feel even
more neglected, she added, can take added reassurance from
Piper's appointment. "I have no concerns about any potential
neglect of the humanities or social sciences because that's
just not something I read from her style. She really does have
a sense ofthe community as a whole."
Asked about the place of humanities in her vision of UBC,
Piper is unequivocal.
"One of the things that
I've admired about UBC is
its rich social sciences and
humanities programs. And
as we move into an increasingly complex world, that
kind of research, that kind
of scholarly inquiry is going
to be key in our ability to
function in a global society
and economy. A university
such as UBC must have a
balanced view of research
and scholarship."
Piper spent much of her
own academic career as a
researcher in Rehabilitation
Medicine, trying to sort out
die neurological developmental causes of mental
and physical handicaps in
That research background comes as good news to UBC's research faculty, said
Baird, herself a noted geneticist. "[Piper] understands the
research process and understands its importance to the university community, and her comments about what kinds of
things we need to be thinking about in the future were very
One of those insights is to integrate the roles of research
and teaching, often treated as two separate entities, into one.
"I'd like to see teaching and research inextricably linked and
somehow I'd like to operationalise that," Piper said. "I think
the university that finds the synergy between teaching and
research is truly going to be the university that moves forward in the next century."
And she clearly sees UBC at the vanguard of that move forward. "Maclean's [university issue] put UBC at the top ofthe
list for producing the leaders of tomorrow, and I think that's
the exciting piece," she said.
"So that's one ofthe big challenges: what are the skills that
our students need to be the leaders and how do we ensure
that we provide [those skills] to them."
Piper told the University of Alberta's student newspaper,
The Gateway, last month that "there has never been a better
time to be at the University of Alberta." The irony of her
newly-announced departure is not lost on Piper. "There still
has never been a better time to be at the U of A," she said, but
was quick to add that the opportunities at UBC are infinitely
"There is no question in my mind. It's just so absolutely
clear that UBC is the place to be.'jf 2    THE UBYSSEY, NOVEMBER 22, 1996
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January 7,1997
Student leaders decry NPA sweep
by Irfan Dhalla
Last Saturday's NPA sweep of Vancouver's
civic election has left some UBC student leaders with a bad taste in their mouths.
"Throughout the Lower Mainland, there has
been an elimination of a lot of dissenting voices," Graduate Student Society Director of
Student Affairs Michael Hughes told The
Ubyssey. "In Vancouver, the NPA will be able to
go unopposed."
Non-Partisan Association candidates won
every position on the ballot, including the
mayoral seat, all ten city council seats, all nine
school board seats and all seven parks board
Both Hughes and Allison Dunnet, AMS
Coordinator of External Affairs, are worried
about the election's impact on UBC's development plan for the south campus, the Official
Community Plan.
An NPA council, Hughes said, could be
influenced by property developers. "It's no
secret that the NPA is heavily funded by developers," he said. "I think a few ofthe developers
have had an involvement with Hampton Place
and would have a good interest in high-priced
housing in the south campus. I hope they don't
have too much say over the final OCP."
Dunnet added that people like Mel Lehan, a
Coalition of Progressive Electors candidate
who opposes the OCP as it stands, were not
elected to council. "I don't
see a lot of people who were
at [the OCP public hearing]
with concerns about the
future of living at UBC represented on council," said
Tara Ivanochko, a student    representative    on
UBC's Board of Governors,
said she was also disappointed with the results
ofthe "ward question."
Vancouverites voted to stick with the current system of electing councillors, where ten
people are elected to "at-large" positions and
represent the entire city. Under a ward system,
voters only vote for one candidate who represents a specific neighbourhood. If Vancouver
had voted by wards last Saturday, at least one
COPE candidate would have been elected.
IF A POLE falls by the Forestry Building, does anyone hear? neal razzell photo
At least one AMS executive was happy with
the results. "I can't say I'm displeased with the
results," said Ryan Davies, Director of Finance.
"If I were a resident of Vancouver, some of the
people who were elected were probably people
that I would have voted for."
"[COPE] needs some structural
work...they need to re-evaluate
how they appeal to voters."
Desmond rodenbour
ams policy analyst
Desmond Rodenbour, AMS policy analyst,
said the leftist COPE parry needs to make serious changes to contend in the 1999 civic election.
"I think that [COPE] needs some structural
work," he said. "They need to re-evaluate how
they appeal to voters. Like him or not, Glen
Clark made such an evaluation prior to the
provincial election. I think COPE needs to start
the same kind of planning process."
Rodenbour did, however, see a silver lining
in the NPA's sweep. "There may be some
advantages democratically to having all ten
NPA councillors as opposed to having nine
from the NPA and one COPE member," said
"If you have an adversary, there's a uniting
factor. A party that controls everything has
no adversary, and they will create them
Because of this, Rodenbour said, the NPA
might be more active than people think. "I
think that with the media coverage of Lhe OCP
and transit issues, I think the NPA is going to
be active in these areas. There seems to be a lot
of community groups that are fighting for
changes to transit, so I think that (the NPA] will
be willing to consider some changes." >f
Safety campaign gets lobbying money
by Todd Silver
Student council transferred
$8000 slated for external lobbying
to an information campaign on
campus safety last Wednesday,
despite the concerns of some
councillors that it was a misuse of
University commissioner Ruta
Fluxgold, who is heading up the
project, said the commission felt
student safety deserved the AMS's
attention. "The campus should be
aware of safety issues and programs which we need to have,"
she said.
Fluxgold said the money will go
towards an extensive media campaign using pamphlets, newspaper advertising and UBC TV.
"The student union should
not take over things which
the university should be
Allison Dunnet
AMS Coord of external affairs
Fifty posters pinpointing existing safety offices with brief explanations of their function will also
be put up around campus. "The
hope," said Fluxgold, "is to get
attention so that there would be
permanent funding from the
But not everyone is happy that
external lobbying money was
allocated to the safety project.
"The university should be in control [of safety]," said Coordinator
of External Affairs Allison Dunnet.
"The student union should not
take over things which the university should be running."
To date, council has spent
external lobbying money on issues
like voter awareness, lobbying in
the last provincial election to
make education a top government
priority, raising student awareness of the official community
plan and lobbying for the legalisation of secondary suites in the past
civic election.
With $8000 now going to the
safety campaign, $ 17,000 is left in
the fund.
"Things come
up, and it is
hard to plan for
the long term,"
Dunnet said,
pointing to a
possible spring
federal election.
"We will have
spent all of this
money, as well
we should, as it should go towards
issues which involve students."
But Fluxgold said student safety is worth the money. "We want
to do a big campaign," she said.
"There is a huge amount of
funding at stake. We are looking
at the deterioration of existing
"There should be work on safety," agreed Dunnet, "but we must
wisely pick our battles. External
lobbying is much more expensive
than on-campus lobbying and if
there is a federal election this
spring we may have to fly some
one to Ottawa."
AMS seeking signatures
" "/' by Kersi Regelous
When students go to the polls in January's AMS elections, they may be
asked to dig a little deeper into their pockets.
AMS Director of Adniirnstrationjeiinie Chen hopes to gather 1000
signatures in support of a referendum question asking students to pay
$ 1.50 more in AMS fees.
If she succeeds by next Wednesday's council meeting, the question
will appear on the ballot.
Of the $1,50 fee, 50 cents would go toward the Walter H. Gage
Memorial Fund, while the remaining dollar would go towards a club
benefits fund.
*We thought that since clubs are such a big part of what we do and
what we are, we wanted to be able to support them more," said Chen.
Clubs can currently apply to the AMS for money, although Chen
said monetaiy aid was limited due to budget restraints. 'We do turn
down clubs right now,* said Chen. *With this money we'll be able to
turn down less."
If Chen's plan is successful, the .AMS expects to allot approximately
$30,000 to club grants. In order to access the fund, clubs will have to
submit a detailed application that will be reviewed by the AMS's
finance office.
JKeith Banerjee, chairperson of UBC's Film Society, thought the
fund sounded like an interesting idea. "It would definitely be good for
all clubs of the university/ he said, adding that FilmSoc generates its
own revenue and would have little need to apply for a grant.
Similarly, Dance Club Vice-President David Takagawa said, "financially, Dance Club doesn't have a problem, but I can see how a lot of
smaller clubs have a tough time financing themselves."
Chinese Collegiate Society executive members Joseph Mirpuri and
Karen Chan said a positive referendum vote would be good for their
club. "Our budget can get very tight," Mirpuri said. "For us it would be
very beneficial." ^ FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1996
SFU student execs impeached
Quebec tuition plan
sparks protests
by Neal Razzell
by Sarah Galashan and Irfan Dhalla
SFU students voted Wednesday to impeach
their student society's president and treasurer, ending their terms in office after just
seven months.
A seven-month investigation found
Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS)
President Kristjan Arnason and SFSS
Treasurer Frank Karabotsos used student
society computers to download pornographic images from the Internet.
A Special General Meeting (SGM) was
held Wednesday so students could decide
the fates of the two student politicians.
Students voted by a five to one margin to
impeach the two.
The scandal, dubbed 'Pornogate' by the
Simon Fraser community, erupted last
April when an SFSS employee found a
pornographic image in a printer tray
A subsequent investigation found more
than 100 files containing pornographic
material on the hard drives of the two executives' computers.
Guy Letts, the SFSS chief electoral officer,
said an initial search found the pictures on
the hard drives depicted everything from
scantily-clad women to anal intercourse and
bestiality. Three weeks later investigators
also found a floppy disk containing an
image they described as "child pornography" in one of the executive's offices.
In conversations with The Ubyssey,
Karabotsos and Arnason said they did
download pornographic images, but did
not admit to viewing anything more graphic than Playboy.
"We got our new computers. We got
hooked up to the Internet. We surfed various
web pages over about a week. Playboy was
one of them. We got bored, and we stopped.
That was it," said Karabotsos. "No one mentioned that we went to the Sega home page."
In light of media coverage they both feel
was defamatory, the executives are taking
legal action against UTV, claiming a story the
station ran on Monday was false. "They ran a
story on Monday which said that we were
downloading 'rape scenes, kiddie porn, and
scenes of beastiality.' They said we were doing
it, and that's complete garbage," said Arnason.
"We did nothing of the sort, and there's
absolutely no evidence to suggest we did."
Both deny allegations of downloading
child pornography and said any evidence
of such an act was insubstantial. Letts conceded there was no hard evidence linking
the Arnason and Karabotsos with the disk.
Downloading child pornography in
Canada is an indictable offense punishable
by up to five years in prison.
"The police were notified way back
when the stuff was discovered," said Letts.
"They decided not to go ahead with it based
on a lack of evidence."
The SFU student population felt strongly
enough about the issue that more than 850
students attended the outdoor special
meeting Wednesday despite frigid weather.
Arnason and Karabotsos did have a
chance to defend themselves at the meeting, but not many students listened. "A lot
of people didn't even care what we had to
say. They came in, marked their ballots,
and left," said Karabotsos.
Before the official announcement,
Karabotsos predicted his fate. "I think
we're impeached. I think we're gone. I
think there was an angry mob mentality
thing happening," Karabotsos said as the
ballots were being counted.
Arnason also questioned whetiier the
society met its SGM quorum regulations.
"Well, I think they played fast and loose
with the constitution, which clearly states
that general meetings have half an hour to
reach quorom. They let it go about 40 minutes before tiiey declared it quorate," he
Letts, responsible for the meeting and
for calling quorom, refuted this allegation.
He said that although the time allowed for
quorom was extended by five minutes, it
was only because there were too many people waiting in line, more than he could
process through.
The SFSS will appoint interim replacements for the two executives. Letts also
said the SFSS will have to decide either to
hold an immediate election or to wait until
the March spring elections.
UBC's student union president, David
Borins, said the situation at SFU was unfortunate. "I think people should be impeached if
they've clearly broken bylaws in a serious manner. If the SFU student society has a by-law
against viewing pornography, which I doubt
they do, then they should be impeached for that
"You pray for those kinds of things not
to come up because they waste so much
time. There are so many other important
things to do," he said.^
Engineers to hold own vigil
 by Sarah O'Donnell
UBC students will be remembering the 14 women who died
in the Montreal Massacre on
December 6, but they won't be
doing it together.
On Monday, Engineering
Undergraduate Society (EUS)
President Rachel Barstow sent
a letter to the AMS External
Commission informing them
that this year, engineers would
be holding their own private
vigil to mark die murder of the
female engineering students at
TEcole Polytechnique on
December 6, 1989.
"We've been attending
those ceremonies, and like I
said in the letter, we've
encouraged people to attend
those ceremonies before," said
The problem, she said, is
that in the past engineers who
have   attended   the   campus-
wide ceremonies left feeling
upset with their experience.
But it's possible that in the
past engineers have felt too
uncomfortable to bring their
concerns forward, she
explained. "Engineers have had
problems in the past with being
thought of as sexist, racist,
homophobic, and all that. So
people have been afraid to say
things about [the memorial]
and they've gone, and they've
been upset, but they haven't
said a whole lot about it
because they were afraid of
being misinterpreted."
The letter took the members
of the External Commission's
December Sixth planning committee by surprise.
"It's just disappointing,
because we're trying to make
this a very respectful memorial, and not have what she's saying about a political agendas,"
said    External    Commission
member Nicola Hill.
Tamalyh Hossack, a Safer
Campus Peer Educator for the
Women's Students Office, said
this was the first year the
External Commission had
organised the vigil. "In the past,
the women's centre and the
EUS have gotten together to do
the memorial. This year, our
organising team worked separate from that."
"The reason [the External
Commission] got interested in
organising the vigil was
because we wanted to make
sure it was a memorial that
everyone on campus could participate in and everyone was
welcome to come to," Hill
explained. "We're just trying to
make it an event where everyone is comfortable: men,
women, faculty, students. We
wanted it to be unified."
Barstow said although the
EUS has  nothing against the
External Commission's plans
for this year's campus vigil, its
members feel more comfortable attending their own
On Thursday, November 28,
the EUS will be hold a short
candle-lighting ceremony at the
Cheeze Factory.
The campus-wide vigil will
take place on December 6 and
leave the engineering cairn at
4:00pm and walk to the SUB
courtyard for a candle-lighting
ceremony and a moment of
silence. After that, organisers
said, participants are invited to
a partyroom to hear two speakers.
"If all you're there to do is to
remember and grieve you're
perfectly welcome to leave, and
we actually even encourage that
because we don't want make
anybody feel uncomfortable,"
said Aaron Delany, also a Safer
Campus Peer Educator.jf
Students in Quebec stayed away from class-
es M lhe thousands this week to protest a
huge increase in student fees for out-o£
prc-ytBce students.
On Monday Education Minister Pauline
Marios froze tuition at the lowest rate in
Canada for Quebec residents; students
from outside Quebec will have to swallow a
$ 1800 fe&luke, bringing their tuition to the
national average.
l*h,e Federation des Etudiants Univer-
sitaire du Quebec (FEUQ), Quebec's largest
student group which overwhelmingly represents students at francophone institutions, quickly hailed the announcement as a
victory For their lobbying efforts.
"Some victory," said Brad Levigne, president of the Canadian Federation of Students.
"One section of the student population gets
what fcey want at the expense of another."
Atim Leon, a FEUQ executive, called all
fee hikes regressive, but said that in this situation It was the interests of the majority
against those of the minority.*
Wednesday's protests were part of a larger wave of student and labour action
against the "provincial government's deficit-
cutting proposals which will take $35-rnil-
hon from the ministry of education this
year, and between $600-million and $700
million in 1997-98.
Tim Dunn, McGill student, Ontario resident and anglophone believes the differential tuition fees have more to do with politics than economics.
"This is nothing but a separatist ploy to
put up barriers of movement between
Canadians," he said.
Levigne agrees. This is no long-term
funding solution,,. It's a buying-off of some
ofthe Quebec student movement."
But if Minister Marois intended to split
the province's student movement, she
seems to have failed.
Her two-tiered tuition plan has radicalised traditionally complacent Anglophone students and united the two solitudes of student politics.
"iraneOphone students from across
Quebec were out in force with us," said
Chantal daSilva, McGil student association
vice-president external.
Francis Cote, vice-president external at
the University of Montreal and member of
FEUQ, said that all francophone students
would pressure the Bouchard government
Speaking in French, he told The Ubyssey the
support comes from solidarity "between all
students facing these cuts, a 50 percent rise
in tuition, and for solidarity with students
from other parts of Canada."
Such support flatters Dunn and other
Anglophone activists. But he said, it may
not be enough to keep him at university in
the province.
Til be able to come back, obviously, if I
get a loan. Would I come back? The jury's
still out. I don't need that kind of slap in the
face.* jf
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Story of a Reverend on Trial
UBC PhD candidate and Reverend
Kevin Annett has spent the last
three months fighting attempts by
members of the United Church to
have him delisted. This is his
by (Rev.) Kevin Annett
It's so like a scene from a Kafka novel: accused of nothing,
I am unable to face my accusers or know the case against
me. "There are no charges against you," stated a church official in a September 1995 letter to me. And yet here I sit
before a panel of three strangers who will decide whether I
will remain a minister in the United Church, or be denied
my vocation and livelihood.
I was fired from my pulpit in Port Alberni nearly two
years ago, without cause or review, but those events aren't
what's before the three somber panel members. It's my
"failure to comply" with all the orders of the church directed at me; my removal, that is the basis for the request to
have my name removed from the church rolls as a practicing minister.
In short, my suitability as a minister is not the real issue.
I am actually on trial for a single "offense": insubordination.
Crammed into a United Church lounge in the west end, the
hearing begins with a prayer, naturally. The formalities
must be observed, after all, and the words are so easy to
mouth: "justice," "guidance," "love and forgiveness." I suppose even Richelieu and his Inquisitorial buddies prayed
for their tortured victims.
One branch of the United Church will be the judge and
jury in this hearing, another the prosecution. This seems
unfair and biased to me, and perhaps to most people. But
not to the Church, which proceeds with its case lost in
The "prosecuting" wing of the Church is called Comox-
Nanaimo Presbytery, the regional body that fired me in
January 1995. Its lawyer is a well-paid young guy who is
nervous and fidgeting like someone who can't quite convince himself he is on the right side. He calls his first witness: one of the Presbytery officials who oversaw my firing.
A fellow minister.
This official admits he never witnessed any of my work,
never heard a sermon or attended a worship service at my
church. He also acknowledges that the Presbytery never had
any concerns or contact with my ministry until two months
before they fired me, after I had been working in Port Alberni
for over two years and had more than doubled the size of my
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ChU^h OfflCialS, after     long
they are ruled Pafes
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OUt Ot Order. even a compe-
REV. KEVIN ANNETT tent or informed
decision," an observer mutters to me. What
I've   known   all   along   is
becoming clear to many.
Official number two mounts the stand, holding the Bible
upside down as he takes the oath. Another minister.
This official chaired a commission to negotiate with me,
admitting that he, too, never saw me in action: "I never set
foot in Port Alberni," he mumbles. Official number two is
the archetypal "Mr. Know-Nothing," whenever I ask an
embarrassing question, he retracts into the "that was someone else's area" response by which any machine of oppression operates.
If it ever was in doubt, it becomes starkly clear to me the
Presbytery's case against me is not based on anything more
than hearsay and bias. No evidence is offered to support
their rapid firing of me, no witnesses brought forward.
Official number two, however, blurts out something revealing: "We first took notice of you in October, 1994."
That was the month I wrote to the Presbytery concerning
its refusal to negotiate a land claim with local native elders.
The issue involved land given to the church in trust by a west
coast band and sold by the United Church for profit to a
white man. I criticised the Presbytery for its actions, and
cited church policy on land claims. I believe this is one ofthe
reasons I was fired. Shortly after, all hell broke loose, culminating in my firing a few months after I wrote the letter.
At first, Official number two doesn't seem to notice the
impact of his admission, until his lawyer starts panicking
and accuses me of "disrupting the proceedings." A retired
cop who is sitting through the hearing smiles afterwards,
and says to me, "You're getting close to something. Keep at
KEVIN ANNETT stands alone against the United Church.
A human rights observer and Amnesty International member has been attending the hearing, and shares with the
media how "appalled" she is by the biased nature of the
court. "It smacks of how China deals with dissidents" she
As if to confirm her remarks, the panel almost always
rules against me and in favour of Presbytery on procedure
and other matters. The Presbytery lawyer is allowed to
shout at me and interrupt my cross-examination without
comment from the chair.
Reporters keep trying to interview church officials, and
are rebuffed. One of the Presbytery officials loses his cool
and begins yelling at a female reporter to "stop harassing"
him. The Globe and Mail and Macleans print stories on the
hearing, and the human rights observer suggests a deeper,
hidden Church agenda is at work.
More people are sitting in on the hearing, including
church members. They all come away shaking their heads.
"What's he done?" is their refrain.
The Presbytery lawyer knows he's not making headway;
he hasn't proved that I'm not a fit minister, just that I had
differences with the church leadership. At this rate, he will
lose his case.
When the hearing resumes, it's clear to me the Presbytery
has run out of ammunition, but it carries on, announcing it
will be calling two more witnesses. One is the church official who hand-picked the panel members.
I believe this official is in a clear conflict of interest,
especially since he's allowed to appear anyway by the panel.
The retired cop leaves the hearing in disgust, saying to me,
"Why carry on in this kangaroo court?"
The hearing resumes with a stern admonition by the panel
chair instructing no one to speak to the media. We were told
all along that this was an "open hearing."
Today, I present letters from Presbytery members sup-
[l]t becomes
the Presbytery's case
Reverend Kevin Annett
porting my work, contradicting Presbytery officials and criticising the latter for "concealing" my removal from them,
and from any debate or vote in Presbytery.
I also offer a letter showing that the
Presbytery requested my immediate    delisting    from    the
church  only two days
after my firing.
i ask official     starkly clear to me
number     two, '
who   is   still
sweating on
the  stand against me is not based
"why the ur- ,  .
gent desire on anything more
throwTouTof than hearsay
the church?" _nJ  U|a^"
I     continue, anQ  D,a5«
"[The]   Presbytery
has argued that they
were recommending delisting of me only after I refused
to comply with some of their orders,
months after my firing. But this letter proves you
wanted me delisted as early as January 25, 1995, only two
days after you removed me. So what version is true?"
Having hit on a key contradiction in the Presbytery's
whole case, my questions are immediately ruled out of
order by the panel, after a strenuous objection of
Presbytery's lawyer.
I'm then told I'm forbidden from asking any question related to how and why Presbytery removed me from my pulpit.
I respond, "But isn't that the key issue here? And the
right to find out the cause my firing is guaranteed to me
under natural justice and the law."
But the panel forbids such a question.
I see a pattern has formed, which illuminates the church
agenda: whenever I ask questions related to the reasons for
my firing, or native people and the United Church, or particular senior church officials, they are ruled out of order.
Both Panel and Presbytery want to keep the limelight
focused solely on me, and those unstated transgressions
I'm supposed to be guilty of. This only confirms my belief
they're clearly hiding something related to native people
and the actions of certain officials.
Ironic moments abound, however. Official number one,
back on the stand, states, "In my anger and fury, I can't say
that Kevin would have received a fair hearing in our
I also ask him to describe what he meant by his reference to "all that social justice stuff Kevin's involved in." He
declines to respond, with an icy stare of hatred.
The Presbytery's lawyer announces yet another witness,
the present minister of my former Port Alberni church;
someone whom I've never met, and who only began her
work seven months after I finished mine there. However,
she is going to comment on my ministry in Port Alberni!
I challenge this on the grounds that to allow her to speak
would be to admit complete hearsay evidence, which, I was
told, would not be allowed in the hearing. I comment,
"Besides, what do you expect her to have found in the church,
after any of my supporters had left or been driven out?"
The Panel rules that she can appear. Kafka was right.
October 9
After the Panel's decision to admit hearsay evidence, it's
obvious to me that the proceeding is completely ignoring
both natural justice and its own rules of procedure, changing the latter whenever it suits itself.
At this point, I'm urged to get a lawyer. Everyone present
is either confused or disgusted by the hearing. "Why do you
carry on with your own railroading," someone asks me. But
I hope to take the stand soon, and I want to get what actually happened on the court record.
The hearing stands down until November 18. Although
penniless, I must try to find and brief a lawyer on this convoluted affair in a few weeks.
Harriett Nahanee sits near me on every day of this farce.
She is a First Nations survivor of the Alberni Residential
School, run by the United Church, where she was terribly
abused, and claims to have witnessed the murder of a
young girl by a church official.
Harriett turns to me at the close of this day, and says
steadily, "All they can do is go on lying and hurting. But we
are stronger than they are. They hate the truth, and want to
bury it. That's why you have to carry on. We're with you." >f FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1996
English Patient more than eye candy
by Richelle Rae
at the Park theatre
Watching The English Patient is like being zip-
locked in velvet for two and a half hours. It is a
beautiful and luxurious experience not easily articulated, and one of the best films to be released this
year. . 	
The English Patient is a story about love, loss,
betrayal and healing that takes place in North
the film with its soul, her character as lush as a
Matisse painting. Willem Dafoe, who usually makes
my skin crawl every time I see his creepy slightly
maladjusted grin, seems to struggle at first in finding the character of Caravaggio, but eventually he
settles into the role. A newcomer to film, Niveen
Andrews is as intuitive and comfortable as any
screen veteran in his interpretation of Kip, and
Juliette Binoche is as magnetic as ever in her portrayal of the fragile Hana.
Part of what makes this film worth its two and a
half hours is its seamless editing. Carolyn Choa's
cinematography is so luscious it becomes remind
Africa and Tuscany during World War II. The story
unfolds elliptically. The lives of four characters are
mysteriously joined together by the survivor of a
plane shot down over the Sahara Desert, known
only as "the English patient." Through a series of
flashbacks to prewar Egypt the patient's identity is
revealed along with the tragedy behind his name
and the ultimate price he pays for it. The story has
an elusive dreamlike quality that is rich in texture
and emotion.
It is not often that the screenplay is as good as
the novel on which it is based, but in this case
Anthony Minghella (from Truly, Madly, Deeply) has
managed to capture, even recreate tbe delicate lyricism of Michael Ondaatje's award winning novel.
Minghella's dialogue is right-on, the characters that
Ondaatje first created are beautifully drawn out,
their speech, gestures and exchanged glances exactly as I imagined they would be. Although the story is
not the same as the novel, the choices Minghella
explores are interesting and true to the original with
which so many of us fell in love.
It is doubtful a better or more talented cast could
have been chosen. Ralph Fiennes is completely winning, his skill almost alarming. He shows himself to
be an actor with both flexibilty and poetic subtity. As
his lover Katherine, Kristen Scott Thomas provides
cent of Bertolucci films. My only bone of contention
would be with the heavy handed use of music to
emphasize intense, tragic moments that didn't
need to be emphasised. We don't need huge
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eyed. Let the actors and script speak for themselves
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by Adrienne Smith
HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A WOMAN is one of Bill Plympton's more outrageous efforts
A fabulous mag for fabulous men
Mike & Spike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Ridge theatre until Dec 1
Sink and TwislerLFesiwaLafLAnimalianjwAR not the disappointment Lexp
year's films — well, the new ones, anyway — were both hilarious and disgusting.
New films like Bill Plympton's 'How to Make Love to a Woman' left the audience in stitches, and Don Hertzfeld's bitter relationship-mocking 'Ah, L'Amour' followed suit. Other great
films like 'Left Over Dog,' about the unfortunate solution to the problem of plastic surgery
waste, and Hertzfeld's 'Genre,' the self-titled pretentious student film, were funny and neatly balanced the new, experimental German film 'Ah Pook is Here,' narrated by William S.
Burroughs (Naked Lunch). If experimental German stuff is your style, this alone is well worth
the price of admission.
Last year's leftovers like the Valley girl-mocking 'Hut Sluts,' 'Dirty Birdy' and 'Home
Honey I'm High,' as well as the groan-inspiring 'Lloyd's Lunchbox' series, while amusing the
first time, are a bit stale the second (or third, or fourth, or ...) time around.
Topping the list of truly bad films is the Vancouver Film School's 'Blackhead and Weiner,'
a disgrace to the entire animation industry, about a couple of oddly shaped cartoon charac-
who get drunk and maliciously beat up children. At an event where the audience is
encouraged to cheer when they like a film, this film left most silent and even elicited a few
Similar films like 'S**tfaced' and 'the Lizard Whomper,' while interestingly animated,
were almost devoid of plot or entertainment value. Also the grossly overrun 'Frog Baseball'—
the very first Beavis and Butthead film—wasn't much fun the first time and gets less so every
But on the brighter side, five new 'No Neck Joe' films, a new 'Rick the Dick' set in Haight-
Ashbury San Fran, and an inflatable toy toss game in the theatre before the show are a lot of
The Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation, though not particularly sick or twisted this
year, is worth seeing if you've never been before, or even if you don't mind a few reruns. But
those cynics who figure if you've seen one, you've seen 'em all, may as well stay home, jf
Exploding blues
by John Zaozirny    E:
by Wah Kee Ting
Canada's first national gay magazine, FAB National, is
taking the country's queer mainstream media by
According to publisher Michael Schwarz, "FAB parallels the new media movement that has graduated
from gay politics to a celebration of life."
The name comes from the hit British comedy
Absolutely Fabulous. Published bi-monthly in a glossy,
full-colour, full-size format, FAB is a stylish, up-beat
and positive gay magazine targeted exclusively at the
educated and affluent gay male market.
And no one is more surprised at the fast market
response than FAB magazine itself.
Barry Grant, who works at the gay and lesbian
bookstore Litde Sisters, says the store has sold more
copies of FABs premiere issue than the last two issues
of Advocate, an American political out bi-weekly.
"FAB has sold over a hundred copies," says Grant,
"however, the second and following issues will tell if
FAB keeps up with the first issue's success."
Speaking from Toronto, where FAB got its start as
a local magazine, Schwarz says FABs "Canadian
focus" is the main difference between FAB National
and mainstream gay publications such as Genre, Out
and Advocate. This focus is brought to a varied content including fashion, health, fitness, news, opinions,
personalities and public events.
"American [mainstream magazines have] done a
poor job covering anything that is Canadian," says
Schwarz, "and the mandate of FAB is to include
Canadian fashion, artists, articles, photograhers, models, and the whole magazine is geared and produced
on the Canadian side."
Schwarz explains FAB is a male-oriented publication working in a "manly" genre.
From mountain biking to working out in the gyms,
Schwarz does not believe the magazine reinforces the
"sterotypical types" of gay men, but presents something that is mainstream and popular with the readers.
He adds that the content of FAB National is geared
towards an active cultural playing field and not nec-
cessarily politics.
Schwarz also says that FAB is promoting the works
of young Canadian fashion designers.
And although contributors include critically
acclaimed writers such as Michael Rhode, FAB is also
open to unsolicited submissions.
Companies such as Absolut, Evian, Saab, Ralph
Lauren and Calvin Klein have been quick to advertise
in FAB National.
The publishers believe that these companies are
tapping into the gay consumer sector because recent
studies show that gay men have significantiy higher
disposable income, and that gay consumers are loyal.
Future plans include distributing FAB to smaller
towns especially, so gay persons all over the country
can have access to FAB. jf
Ion Spencer Blues Explosion
Nov 16 at the Vogue
"OK Vancouver, you ready to
fuck shit up?"
The Jon Spencer Blues
Explosion came to the Vogue
last Saturday, writhing,
screaming, moaning and
They carried the audience
in the palms of their hands.
"I.come from a poor family, My family was so poor
that they couldn't afford kids,
so my next-door neigbour
had me," says R.L.
Burnshide, the man who
helped put the blues back
into Blues Explosion and
recently collaborated with
them on his record A Ass
Pocket of Whiskey.
He warmed up the crowd
with a deep, rich and authentic version of the Blues
Explosion's latest release
JVow I Got Worry.
Perplexed and
fond of the mosh
somehow erupted
middle of his songs, R.L. pronounced the crowd ready for
the Blues Explosion:
"I want everybody to put
their hands in the air ... and
kiss my ass, 'cause your girlfriend still loves me!"
30 minutes later, room
darkened and crowd primed,
the bassless wonder that is
the    Jon    Spencer    Blues
pit that
in   the
jbxpiosion sauntered onstage
and broke into the crowd
pleaser '2Kindsa Love.'
Pulling most of their set
list from Now I Got Worry,
including 'Wail,' 'Love All of
Me,' 'Rocketship,' 'Can't
Stop' and their cover of
Rufus Thomas' 'Chicken
Dog,' the Blues Explosion
also found space for older
songs, including 'Afro' and
the encore opener 'Flavour.'
As good as the music was,
it wasn't the show. The Blues
Explosion was, with guitarist
Judah Bauer flying off the
drum case and screamed
backup on 'Fuck Shit Up.'
Russell Simmins beat his
drums so hard the roadies
had to re-tighten them
between sets.
Combining the essence of
Elvis, the performance of Jim
Morrison and the frenzied
energy of Jerry Lee Lewis,
frontman Jon Spencer seized
the stage and ripped it apart.
Whether it was long wailing moans, playing guitar
while sliding around the
stage on his back, or dragging himself offstage during
the Blues Explosion's fifteen
minute version of 'Sticky/
Spencer gave an exciting,
exhilirating and thoroughly
tiring performance.
That night the Jon
Spencer Blues Explosion
exemplified what a concert
should be and put everyone
else to shame, tf
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by Robin Yeatman
David Cubitt studied
International Relations
at UBC. Now he's
making movies.
David Cubitt not only hails from
Vancouver, he once walked the
sacred grounds of UBC as an international relations undergrad. If his
name sounds familiar, you may
have seen him in the lead role of
Alive, filmed in BC, or as Jack in the
TV show Traders. Cubitt has also
been a guest on shows such as The
X-Files, The Outer Limits, ENG and
Lonesome Dove.
In his new film Swann, opening
soon in Vancouver, Cubitt plays
Brownie, the sexy, scorned lover
who gets dumped by Sarah (Miranda Richardson), and he says he is
unsure whether audiences will like
his character. "I really don't know.
He's not very likeable, but aspects
of him are kind of charming. He's a
hard guy to like at the end."
Cubitt was interested in Swann
when he heard it was based on the
book by award-winning Canadian
novelist Carol Shields, and he was
also attracted by the opportunity to
work with Brenda Fricker and
Miranda Richardson.
Cubitt has nothing but
favourable memories of working
with Richardson. But how do their
characters feel about each other?
"One of the things [Brownie] finds
really attractive about lhe character
Miranda plays is that she lends him
legitimacy." ,        ( |lv
But does this passionate young
man truly love Richardson's character? "I don't know if he really
knows what love is, yet. He really
wants her," Cubitt says, laughing.
Say no more.
Although it was a pleasure to act
with Richardson, Cubitt thought the
filming itself was a little rushed. "It
wasn't that we really had a feeling
for it, it was just that they didn't
have a lot of time. We could have
done with more time, for sure."
Unlike some actors on the publicity circuit, Cubitt is able to give
an honest, critical opinion of the
film. "I think that it could have been
a superb film. I think it was a good
film, I don't think it was superb. I
think it faltered a bit at the end."
Well. That's just his opinion.
There are obvious differences
between Swann and Alive, the most
highly profiled films in Cubitt's
portfolio, and he is vehement in his
opinion of the two. "I'd rather do a
hundred Swanns and no Atives. If I
had my choice I'd rather be in one
room with another actor than on a
mountain falling down cliffs."
Cubitt prefers more philosophical films that deal with ideas rather
than situations. Swann is just such
a film, as its main themes are
based on the reciprocal effects that
characters and literature have on
each other. "I think the best part of
Swann is that aspect of it that it is
simply a landscape unfolding in
front of you, a canvas. And I think
the worst part of Swann is the murder mystery part. I don't think it
really works that well."
i    Cubitt acknowledges that being
a Canadian actor has given him
experiences he may not have had if
he were American. "I would have a
lot more celebrity in the United
States if I was doing a seriejg that
was to the United States what
Traders is to Canada. And whai; that
celebrity would do would be to
make it difficult to live day to day,
but would make it easier for my
career. And in the end I think my
life is more important than my
career. So, I would say I'm pretty
comfortable in the situation that
I'm in."
Having experience in both television and movies, David would
rather be making films. "I prefer
the process of film because I think
first and foremost you are working
with a story that has a beginning
and an end and an arc. And in TV
you're working with a character
and a story that's limitless, that
goes on and on and on, and it's
hard to work within those parameters, or lack thereof. And beyond
that, you have more time in film.
"On the other hand, TV is nice
because it's nice to be working
steadily and have a semblance of
normalcy in your life."
Cubitt's future looks busy for the
present. Some imminent plans
include a possible development
deal with CBS, guest starring on the
TV show FX, and presenting an
award at the Genies. Cubitt is also
looking carefully at more film work.
"I'm not going to do anything
unless I really feel that the project's
right. But I'll read anything."
Apart from the nightmare of
walking to classes all the way from
DAVID CUBITT (on the left, of course) gets a scene with Miranda Richardson in Swann.
B-lot, Cubitt says he has other UBC
memories. "I remember I used to
walk out of Buchanan A and walk
towards Sedgewick and every other
day or so I'd run into my friend Jed
Reese. He was talking about going
off to New York and going to acting
school, and I was talking about
what audition I had, and it's funny
that we both turned out to be actors
in the end."
Unlike the character he plays in
Swann, Cubitt comes across as a
modest, relatively soft-spoken guy
with a good deal of integrity. Or, at
least, he's just a really great actor.
Hopefully, and most probably, he is
both, jf
In a Nov 13 article on the Tragically Hip concert, we inadvertently referred to their last album as Springtime in Vienna. We
would like to clarify that the goof-up lies not with Bryce
Edwards, the author ofthe piece, but with some dumb schmuck
who thinks he can snafu this stuff and still call himself a Culture
Editor. All of us who proofed that page are, nonetheless, as
Canadian as they come, mankyouverymuch. jf
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UBC basketball star NinorSose
looks to rebound after surviving
war in his native Bosnia. Sose
beats the buzzer once again.
by Wolf Depner
impression on the basketball court.
But underneath the husky frame and stern
demeanor is a soft-spoken 22-year old who wants to
start life all over.
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Remaining in Zagreb was not an option for the
Sose family.
While Sose was granted Croatian citizenship to
play for the Under-22 national team, his family
lacked proper papers and faced the threat of deportation.
Canada was to be the family's new home.
Emigrating channels proved to be easier than
anticipated—the family found a sponsor in a Catholic
church in Merrit, BC.
The irony that the family was helped by a Catholic
church after they had been expelled from Bosnia by
wasn't initially lost on the Soses'.
"In the end we didn't mind it all," says Nemia. "It
didn't bother me personally and it didn't bother my
"They just wanted to help us. It's a different world,
I guess."
Sose and Birds' head coach Bruce Enns crossed
paths soon after the family had landed in Canada. Enns heard of Sose's
story and immense talents through a
friend and arranged for him to visit
"We became friends very quickly
and we committed to each other that
Nino would someday play here,"
recalls Enns.
The Bosnian civil war, however,
had completely disrupted Nino's
Sose was encouraged to enroll at
UCC where Enns' former assistant
Jamell Aziz coached the Sun
Demons of the British Columbia
College Athletic Association.
"We made a sort of loose arrangement that he would come here to
[Cariboo College] for at least one
semester," says Mel Galloway, UCC's
Director of Student Services and
That first semester turned out to
be one and a half years.
He stayed in Kamloops for a full
school year to get a better feel of the
English language.
"I wasn't even thinking about basketball," explains
Sose. Instead, he was more concerned about his
friends back home, and how to get them out of the
former Yugoslavia.
"He- grew up a lot while he was here," says
Galloway. "He had a bit of a temper early on, I suppose. He also felt that it was the referee's fault when
he'd made a mistake. It took a while for him to get
over that, but once he got over that he became an
excellent player."
Blessed with a quick initial step, Sose penetrates
the lane with a rare combination of grace and power.
He also has an excellent outside game and passes
extremely well.
"Offensively, there are a lot of things Nino can do
to pick up some of the areas that we're lacking in
right now," says Enns.
So far, he has averaged 11.4 minutes and 3.8 points
per game, reflecting the limited floor time he is getting.
But while he is still making adjustments on the court,
he was immediately accepted by his teammates.
If there's some chance for a
normal life I would like to (go home),
but that is not the plan.
A Science First! Lecture by
Dr. Rosemary Knight
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Thursday, 28 November 1996
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
IRC Lecture Hall 2
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UBC Killam Teaching Prizes
Once again, the University is recognizing excellence in teaching through
the awarding of prizes to faculty members. Five (5) prize winners will be
selected in the Faculty of Arts for 1997.
Eligibility: Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more years of
teaching at UBC. The three years include 1996-97.
Criteria: The awards recognize distinguished teaching at all levels; introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate supervision, and any combination of levels.
Nomination Process: Members of faculty, students or alumni may suggest
candidates to the Head of the Department, the Director of the School, or
Chair of the Program in which the nominee teaches. These suggestions
should be in writing and signed by one or more students, alumni or faculty, and they should include a very brief statement of the basis for the nomination. You may write a letter of nomination or pick up a form from the
Office ofthe Dean, Faculty of Arts in Buchanan B130.
.: 4:00pm on January 27,1007. Submit nominations to the Department, School or
Program Office in which the nominee teaches.
Winners will be announced in the Spring, and they will be identified as well
during Spring convocation in May. For further information about these
awards, contact either your Department, School or Program office, or
Dr. Errol Durbach, Associate Dean of Arts at 822-9062.
on a rainy, depressing night two years ago after
escaping from the former Yugoslavia.
"We're just lucky I guess," Sose says.
Sose picked up the leather ball when he was a 14
year old living in Capljina, a small town of 12,000,
164km southwest of Sarajevo.
NINO SOSE chases a ball against Winnipeg, richard lam photo
Little did he know back then basketball would be
his ticket out of Europe's most violent conflict since
World War II.
At the age of sixteen, he moved to Sarajevo to play
semi-pro ball for one year. Later on, he moved to
Mostar to continue his high school education.
Prior to the war, Mostar was a city of ethnic tolerance, according to Sose who had both Croatian and
Serbian high school friends.
These friendships, which he maintains to this day,
were severely disrupted in June 1993 as a full-scale
civil war broke out.
"Things got pretty hairy then," Sose says, describing Mostar at the time as a place of rape, death, and
Barely surviving for four weeks, Sose left Mostar
for Zagreb in Croatia to play for a Croatian first division team.
Two days later, he was informed by his mother
that his father was detained in a concentration camp
for Moslem males outside of Mostar.
"They were also going to take my mother to a female concentration camp," recalls
Sose's sister Nemia, then thirteen years
Sose pursuaded his mother and sister
to leave Capljina; they eventually joined
him in Zagreb, but only after they had
endured a treacherous trek.
Once settled in Zagreb, Sose used his
basketball skills to free his dad from the
Croatian concentration camp.
"I would not sign the contract with the club until
[the Croatian club owner] would get my father out of
the camp," Sose explains.
His father, who lost 26 kilos at the camp, was
released in early August and had an emotional
reunion with his family in Zagreb.
Nino Sose
t-bird basketball player
"I think Nino is everybody's buddy on the team,"
says Sose's best friend John Dysktra.
With his eyes set on a future in Canada, Sose has
no immediate plans to return to his shattered home
"If there's some chance for a normal life I would
like to, but that is not the plan." jf
If you see news happening over the December break,
give us a call and let us know.
Ask for Sarah or Ian. 822-2301. THE UBYSSEY, NOVEMBER 22, 1996 9
Think or swim
UBC FilmSoc
Fri-Sun , November 22-24, Norm Theatre, SUB
Twister Shallow Grave
Marianne Limpert;- silver medalist in Atlanta, now back at McGill as a full time student, richard lam photo
Marianne Limpert and
Curtis Myden, two of Canada's
top swimmers, have had their
Olympic glory and are
going back to school.
by Sarah Galashan
swimmers Marianne Limpert and Curtis Myden.
Four months ago, they were in the Canadian
media spotlight after winning all of Canada's three
medals in the pool in Atlanta.
Now, the two elite swimmers mire in relative
obscurity again as they have resumed their respective academic careers.
Myden said that he has become much busier after
Atlanta, "but I think my life is the same as before."
Limpert, meanwhile, finds being back at McGill
full time very different. Over the past two years, she
took just a few courses to give herself time to prepare
for Atlanta.
While most students at the age of 24 are working
on their Masters or PhDs, Limpert still has three
years left on her undergraduate degree in
modern languages.
"I think it is one of those things
where you can go to school for the rest
of your life, but you only have a certain
window when you are still at your physical peak."
Limpert,  a native of Matagami,  QC,
received her first swimming lesson from
her grandfather and joined a local swim
club at the age of nine.
"It is one of those things that
you say when you are little
kid 'I want to go to the
Olympics', but it wasn't
until 1991 that I really
realised that I had  a
shot   at   making   the
Olympic team. That is
when I started really
seriously training for
Limpert made the
Barcelona    team    in
1992, but succumbed
to nerves and finished
sixth in the 200m individual medley.
This   time   around,
however,   she   felt   less
stressed. And it showed as
she won a silver medal in the
200 IM en route to breaking
her own Canadian record.
Olympic medalist Cutis Myden looks forward to
the 2000 Olympics, richard lam photo
She was only beaten by the 26-year old Irish swimmer Michelle Smith who the American media
accused of steroid use.
But Limpert dismissed such allegations. "She
didn't test positive, so without a positive test I
really think there's nothing left to say on the
Although she doesn't think that steroid use is a big
problem in swimming, she is hopeful that the international governing body has started to go after people.
"I know I'm clean and if I'm competing against
people who aren't, well I just have to be happy with
my own performances and not worry about that."
While Limpert is confident about her talent, she
still has not decided whether or not she will compete
at the 2000 Olympics.
Like Limpert, Myden would like another shot at
the Olympics. But Myden does not have to prove anything to anybody. He did that in Atlanta by winning
two Bronze medals in the 200m and 400m IM and
breaking his own Canadian records.
"I knew that if I got the best out of myself that it
would set me up pretty well to try and win a medal,"
said Myden who placed tenth in Barcelona in the 200
IM and felt he could achieve more.
To make that final step onto the medal podium, Myden took an entire year off from his
human kinetics degree at the University of
Now back at school, Myden is looking
forward to competing with the Dinos who
are the defending Men's national champions. "I want to try to help out the team this
Not surprisingly, Limpert doesn't find
varsity swimming as competitive. "The
only disadvantage  is  that now
people always expect something from you, so maybe
there's   a   little   more
pressure  to  perform
because  people  may
be paying more attention to what you do."
The        business
community,  however,   has   paid   little
attention to the two
elite swimmers. "But
maybe there will be
more  stuff coming
up  in  the   future,"
said Myden.
While their medals  haven't  exactly
paid  off financially,
Limpert    and    Myden
insist that the benefits far
outweigh  the   sacrifices
they had to makej,/
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NOVEMBER 22, 1996 • volume 78 issue 21
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Scott Hayward
!an Gunn and Sarah O'Donnell
Peter T. Chattaway
Wolf Depner
Federico Araya Barahona
Richard Lam
Joe Clark
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper of the University of British Columbia. It
is published every Tuesday and Friday by
the Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run
student organisation, and all students are
encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the
Ubyssey staff. They are the expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily
reflect the views of The Ubyssey
Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of
Canadian University Press (CUP) and firmly
adheres to CUP's guiding principles.
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300 words. Please include your phone
number, student number and signature
(not for publication) as well as your year
and faculty with all submissions. ID will be
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at the editorial office of The Ubyssey, otherwise verification will be done by phone.
"Perspectives" are opinion pieces over 300
words but under 750 words and are run
according to space.
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will be given to letters and perspectives over freestyles unless the latter is
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Peter Chattaway and Wah Kee Ting
just can't get enough of the rhinestone
cowboy. Wolf Depner has a shrine to
David Hasselhoff and prays to him every
zingle night—he'll be beck. Federico
Barahona and Robin Yeatman love
Kenny G. Neal Razzell, Irfan Dhalla, and
Ian Gunn entertained us all with their
Ethel Merman imitations. Todd Silver
lip-synched to Milli Vanili. Sarah
O'Donnell tells us she knows all the
words to "Let's Get Physical". Sarah
GalJashan and Adrienne Smith have all
of Tiny Tim's albums. Joe Clark could not
be keener on the "Hooked on Classics'
series by K Tel. Richard Lam is huge fan
of Yanni. Kevin Anett likes Grace Jones.
Kersi Regelous, Wesley Chiang, and
Emily Mak love the mini pops. Ashin
Mehin and Christine Price are wonder
ing whatever happened to John Denver.
Scott Hayward collects Andrew Lloyd
Weber show tune albums. And Richelle
Rae thinks that Shaun Cassidy is still a
babe and a great singer.
Dr. Piper, all we want for Christmas is...
Twelve years ago, a new president appeared
on our campus. He drank beer in the Pit with
UBC students. He made promises about openness and accessibility and the importance of
students. But we never really saw those
promises materialise. That's why this time
around, we hope things will be a little different.
We've been told by the search committee
and the rest of the campus community that
the newly appointed President Martha Piper
is accessible, open and cares about students.
We have no reason to disbelieve them, but
history demonstrates the enthusiasm of a
search committee isn't always a guarantee for
students. Dr. Piper has said she doesn't have
a sense of the UBC community yet, which is
fair enough since she was only appointed four
days ago. So, we've taken the liberty of preparing a cheat sheet for her highlighting Student
Concerns 101.
Openness and accessibility: It sounds
simple—of course a university president
should be accessible to the students she
serves. But there is currently very little opportunity for the average student to voice their
concerns   directly  to   the   president.   You
shouldn't have to be elected to office to talk
with the president. We would like to suggest
Dr. Piper institute some sort of weekly office
hour where she is available to students. At
least that way students will think she takes
their concerns seriously.
Class sizes: Maclean's said it all this week,
ranking UBC at the bottom of 13 universities
in class size. There is a growing factory ethos
at the undergraduate level. It is particularly
acute in science with over 500 students
crammed into one classroom.
Faculty revitalisation: Instead of forcing
students to bear the brunt of the hard economic times that have hit the university
through higher tuition, increased library fines
and fees for using everything from technology
to toilets, perhaps Dr. Piper could look at
some of the old wood rotting in departments
across the campus.
We all know a few profs like that. They only
show up in the mornings when they teach a
class, and don't care about the poor evaluations they receive because they have tenure.
Some professors haven't published a paper in
six years—they claim to be writing a book or
something. Half of their $80,000 salary could
be used to hire a younger, more dynamic professor who cares about their students, while
the other half could be savings.
Transportation: Most people seem to
agree we need to reduce the flow of cars coming to campus every day. Instead of building
giant parking lots under rose gardens, perhaps the university could help with alternatives—like properly paving the bike path on
University Avenue and working with BC
Transit to reduce the cost of bus passes for
Development: The university will undergo changes through the rest of the century.
Faculty, students, and the surrounding community alike will be affected by those
changes. An honest, open consultation with
all stakeholders would increase the sense of
community and, quite possibly, be a source of
new ideas for future development.
We could go on and on. Dr. Piper needs to
take a good, hard look at everything this university does, from its food services to its
fundraising. Most importantly, she needs to
remember that students are major stakeholders in this institution. We have opinions, and
would like a chance to be heard, if
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Re: Christian Coalition Perspective
Am I threatened by a group
that "happens to support reduction in crime, accountability within leadership...increased voter
awareness...an informed democracy?" Well now, that depends on
what exactly you mean by all this
hyperbole. Reduction in crime?
What counts as a crime to you
upholders of Judeo-Christian values? Homosexuality? Abortion?
Same-sex benefits? The theory of
Evolution? If these are the kinds
of "crimes" you're intent on
reducing, then I think maybe I
am threatened. And how exactly
are you defining "accountability"
and "leadership"? Accountable to
whom? You? God? What counts
as "leadership"? Hierarchy?
Domination? Coercion? What
would you like voters to be aware
of, precisely? Amageddon, perhaps? Your agenda? Let's have a
little information.
And we can be certain this
information will be "unbiased".
After all, you've effectively invali
dated the family structure of at
least 17% of Canadians by your
self-righteous proclamation of
what constitutes the "traditional"
family, and hey, that's pretty
unbiased. By the way, my family
is one of those families you've so
contemptuously dismissed. Am I
threatened? Fucking furious is
more like it. Why don't you turn
your "honest attention" towards
figuring out why you are so
threatened by those of us who see
the Christian Coalition for what it
is: a wolf in right-wing, woman-
hating, gay-bashing, anti-progressive sheep's clothing.
Andrea Darrell
MA Interdisciplinary
Geers' invited to
join Dec 6 vigil
The ceremony to remember the
women killed on December 6th,
1989 is not a vehicle to be possessed. An event orchestrated by
a group of engineers or women
remembering the 14 killed as
exclusively "their own", flattens
out the previous dimensions of
these women's lives.
Handled  in a positive  and
proactive manner, the 1996 vigil
could be a unifying experience.
As was suggested in Rachel
Barstow's letter to The Ubyssey of
Tuesday November 19th, past
vigils are not role models for
future ceremonies. What is needed now is a vision of a ceremony
created upon the communication
and interwoven ideas of all interested participants.
The EUS president's letter was
the first input the AMS women's
center received from the EUS
about the vigil. An EUS representative came to a vigil brainstorming session. She did not offer any
ideas for December 6th, nor did
she relate any problems the EUS
may have had with the ideas put
forth. Rachel's vehement "there is
no possibility of reconciliation", is
absurd in that it is frustration
with, and closure of, a communications channel that was not once
utilized. Her thoughts stemmed
from preconceived ideas about
the center's intentions. Continuing unchecked, these ideas
manifested themselves in an
unreferenced outpouring that
could have been potentially damaging. Decisions based on
assumptions and non-communi
cation will not take us to an exemplary future.
We have a common goal. The
impetus ofthe December 6th ceremony is, as Rachel has said, "a
way of healing and remembering". As people differ, so do their
requirements for healing and
remembering. Methods for making sense of feelings evoked by
this tragic event, were generated
separately by both the women's
center and the EUS. We, at the
center, extend an invitation to all
engineers to begin work on our
joint vision of a "dignified and
respectful memorial". The center
is unanimously excited to co-create a vigil whose format, through
collective decision making,
would more closely ressemble
the representative choice of those
killed. By working together and
utilizing the power of multiple
perspectives, we can approach a
ceremony that provides a wholis-
tic picture of those we are
attempting to remember.
Laura Livesey
AMS Women's Center
Letters continued on page 11. THE UBYSSEY, NOVEMBER 22, 1996   11
EUS Prez should have asked
WSO, AMS about Dec 6 vigil
This letter is in response to the letter written by Rachel Barstow,
President ofthe EUS that was published on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Copies of Ms. Barstow's letter
were also addressed to the
Women Students' Office and the
AMS External Commission. We
are assuming that this is in
response to our invitation to
the Engineering Undergraduate
Society to participate in the unified, campus-wide memorial for
the women who were killed at
L'Ecole Polytechnique. This letter
was the first contact that either the
Women Students' Office or the
AMS External Commission have
had with Rachel Barstow. We
think that it is unfortunate that
Rachel Barstow did not take the
time to contact either the WSO or
the AMS to discuss what our plans
are for the memorial on
December 6 before she wrote this
letter to the editor.
If she had contacted us, she
would have found out that the
campus-wide memorial that we
are organizing is nothing like the
"circus of speakers, workshops,
and chanting" that she described
in her letter. On the contrary, the
AMS External Commission and
the WSO have been working hard
to organize a respectful memorial
to commemorate the women who
were killed and to remember this
tragedy. It is our goal to organize a
memorial that every student, staff
member and faculty member
would feel comfortable attending.
Our plans for the December 6
memorial are not concrete at this
time, but they include an on-campus procession to the Student
Union Building at 4:00pm, followed by a service in the SUB at
4:30pm that will be very similar to
what Rachel Barstow has
described as the  plans  for the
EUS. We will read the names of
the women who were killed, we
will light candles, and we will have
a moment of silence. After the
memorial we will move into the
SUB for speakers. At this time we
have not decided who will speak.
We have a number of people who
are interested, but we only intend
to have two speakers, not "a circus." Following the speakers, we
thought that a short reception
would be appropriate to give people a chance to talk and to express
their grief.
The memorial is to commemorate the fourteen female university students who were killed on
December 6, 1989. This was a
shocking event that horrified all
Canadians. The WSO and the AMS
are organizing a memorial that
allows everyone on campus to
honour the women who were
killed on December 6 and to
express their grief. It is unfortunate that Rachel barstow feels that
"there is no possibility of reconciliation." While we have been consciously trying not to turn the
memorial into a "political vehicle," she has done just that by writing her letter without first taking
the time to contact the organizers.
The WSO and the AMS External
Commission still intend to hold
the memorial on December 6.
Once again, we invite Rachel
Barstow, all of the UBC Engineers
and all of the UBC Community to
attend the memorial. Please do
not hesitate to phone either the
AMS External Commission or the
Women Students' Office for more
AMS External Commission
Aaron Delaney and
Tamalyn Hossack
WSO, Safer Campus Peer
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Mackenzie King stresses
importance of university
training in public life
November 19, 1929
"It is the sacred obligation of university men and women to
carry the work forward into the greater area of the world."
This was the burden of the message that the Premier of
Canada, Rt. Hon. WL Mackenzie King, delivered to the faculty and students of UBC on Friday, November 15.
Chancellor McKcchnie, as chairman, introduced the speaker.
In the beginning of his speech, the Premier pointed out
what it means to Canada to have a university in a part ofthe
Dominion such as this. "Such a manifestation of growing
intellectual power and leadership, in only twelve years time,"
he said, "amases one."
In pointing out the relation of the university to
public lire and the opportunities that come
to university men and women,
the Premier drew a sharp contrast between conditions at the
present time and sixty years
ago. In those days BC was not
part ofthe Dominion. The privilege of university education, and
opportunities were tar from being
what they are today. There was not
the chances of specialisation - not
the hospitals, labs, and equipment to
make men masters of their professions. In those days, with the
provinces loosely knit together with
rudimentary means of communication,
the character ofthe field, and the nature ofthe opportunities for men and women to serve their country were naturally circumscribed. When we realise that, we realise how far
from those conditions we are today. More than anything
else, the obtaining of self-government, by bringing more
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opportunities for public service, has
brought opportunity to the universities.
"On us rests a responsibility greater
in affairs of government, industry and
commerce than at any previous time,"
stated the Premier. In signing the Peace
Treaty, Canada took her place among
the nations of the world, and since then
has taken a leading part in world affairs.
When Ramsay McDonald crossed the
ocean, to try to setde international differences by amicable means, he
was greeted by a spectacle that
was an object lesson to the
rest ofthe world-the spectacle of two great nations living amicably side by side,
with unfortified frontiers, their differences set-
ded by reason rather dian by force. A budget
free from the enormous expense caused by
the fear of invasion by another-that was
Canada's lesson to the Old World.
Canada is geographically situated in the
centre of an amphitheatre of world powers, France, the United States, Japan, and
is associated through Great Britain, with the
great nations ofthe world. "But," stated the Premier, "her
position rests in understanding, peaceful relations, and
goodwill. The foundations of these qualities can only be laid
by men who know their responsibilities. Here is a special
obligation for the universities."Canada's representatives
abroad at the present time are all Varsity men, including a
graduate of our own UBC.
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Premier stressed the importance of truth and the right attitude. The necessity of truth, in every aspect of human affairs,
is greatest today, he said. This is the special function ofthe
university, which, next to the church, is the home of truth,
where we learn its application to science and public life. The
university stands, too, for giving the right attitude in dealing
with various questions. In these days, when every part ofthe
world is linked by mechanical means, when everything we do
in one part affects others, the importance of truth and the
right attitude cannot be overestimated.
In conclusion the Premier said that the university is only
at the beginning of its possibilities. There are great things in
store for it in the future. "You are going out into the world
now," he said "and if you falter, the Varsity' also tails."
In tendering a note of thanks on behalf of the faculty and
students, and Chancellor expressed the hope that the
Premier would honour us again on some future occasion. j,f
Where do you
prefer to graduate?
UBC Graduating Student Opinion Poll
MBS        This student opinion poll is brought to
UBC students by the UBC Ceremonies Office
and the AMS
Preamble: Why the Poll?
raditionally, UBC Congregation has taken
place at various locations on campus.
Prior to 1948, students first graduated in the
Old Auditorium and then in the Old Gymnasium
(BuTo site). In 1948, Congregation was moved to
the Armouries, where it remained until 1964. It
wasn't until Spring Congregation 1965 that students began graduating in the War Memorial
Now, 31 years later,The University of British
Columbia is once again considering a change. In
1989, plans began to switch the location of UBC
Congregation by Spring 1997—This time to a
state-of-the-art Convocation Hall in the Chan
Centre for the Performing Arts. Below you will
find a brief outline of what this change would
mean to you, the Graduating Student.
Questions and Comments?
If you experience problems voting,
please call 822-4367
between 9am and 5pm.
While the Poll itself is open only to 4th year and Graduate students, we welcome the input of all students on this matter.
Another poll will be carried out between January and
February to ensure that all UBC students are heard and represented. If you would like to let us know how you feel about the
proposed change, or to get more information about the poll,
please contact:
Faye Samson 822-1961     comco@ams.ubc.ca
Desmond Rodenbour  822-8131     policyan@ams.ubc.ca
The Choices —
War Memorial Gym
• Maximum number of students per ceremony is 350
(In past years, maximum capacity was
on average 500-600 students).
• No limit to the number of guests.
• Estimated length of the ceremony is
2 hrs15mms.
• Early arrival of guests
(Unassigned seating & parking
a greater distance from venue).
Chan Centre
for the Performing Arts
• Shorter (Estimate: 1hr15mins) ceremony
that would allow for more student recognition.
• Later arrival for guests.
• Maximuti number of jsttidems per ceremony is250 (M|y require multiple
ceremonies for s6rwiaet.lt.es}.
• 4 guests per graduate guaranteed, with
the possibility of more seats.
Instructions for Voting
Voting will take place from November 27
at Midnight to November 29th at
Midnight. There are two questions to be
answered in the poll.
Voting will take place viaTelevote, the
University's telephone voting system, at
UBC-VOTE (822-8683). When you enter
the system, you will press 3 to vote in a
student election. You will then be
required to enter your eight-digit student
number and your six-digit birthdate in
year/month/date format. You may also
cast your ballot using the Expressvote
system: simply callTelevote, listen for the
Expressvote option prompt, and enter the
two-digit candidate code below:
Where would you prefer to graduate?
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
War Memorial Gymnasium
How many tickets do you anticipate
requiring for your guests?
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