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The Ubyssey Jan 28, 1997

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Montreal t-shirt contest
comes under fire
Local band hit it big
with the high school set
BBirds enter playoff
home stretch
Doling out vigilante justice since 1918
Peeping suspect apprehended in SUB
by Sarah Galashan and Chris Nuttall-Smith
A man caught peeping into a woman's stall in a SUB washroom yesterday has been released from police custody on
the condition that he stays away from UBC.
"As I left the stall I saw a blue bike helmet and a pair of
eyes peeping in on the woman next to me," said a woman
who works in the SUB.
The woman—who didn't want to be named for safety reasons—said she asked two other women for help after seeing
the man look over the stall. One woman went into a stall
and allegedly caught the man spying on her over the side of
the stall.
The man was held for a few hours and released Monday
night. RCMP Constable M.J. Semeins said the man wasn't
charged Monday because police were still investigating, but
said charges should be laid by the end of January.
The three women confronted the suspect as he was leaving the washroom and with the help of a building custodian
and Michael Swan, AMS facilities development manager,
held the suspect and called the RCMP.
"He just looked at us like we were confused," said one of
the women.
The suspect is alleged to be the same man confronted
in a similar incident in the same washroom last November.
The woman who made the complaint in November saw
the suspect from Monday's incident once he had been
detained. "Oh yeah, his image is burned into my skull, I'll
never forget it," she said.
Swan said the suspect—who is not believed to be a UBC
student—will be barred from entering the SUB.
In a memo to SUB staff released Monday afternoon,
Swan described the man as 5'7, about 130 lbs, with a dark
complexion, short brown hair and an unshaven face. In
both incidents the culprits were described as wearing
turquoise bicycle helmets.
Swan was told in November about the first incident but
didn't write a written report because he didn't have a good
enough description, he said.
But the woman who reported the incident to Swan said
yesterday she was angry Swan didn't file a report or inform
the RCMP.
When asked Monday about the November incident,
both the SUB proctor, who is the building caretaker, and
an official from Safewalk said they hadn't been informed.
One of the women who found the suspect in the washroom said from now on she'll go to the washroom with a
friend, adding, "It's nice to finally put a face to someone
who's been an ongoing concern." ♦>
Free-speech lawyer
demands retraction
by Melanie Nagy
FILE UNDER F 54-40 rocks Science Week in the SUB last Friday. See page 6 for a review, richard lam photo
The Canadian Free Speech League and lawyer Doug Christie are
demanding a retraction and apology from UVic's student newspaper,
The Mardet.
In its November 7, 1996 editorial, The Mardet alleged that Christie
had booked a room at the Victoria public library to spread his controversial views.
Christie is well-known for having defended a number of high-profile
figures includingjim Keegstra and Ernst Zundel. Zundel was convicted
of spreading false news about the
holocaust in 1985; Keegstra was
found guilty of willfully promoting
hatred against Jews.
The Mardet received a letter
from Christie giving the paper 30
days in which to retract the article
and apologise for suggesting that
League members are responsible
for promoting hate.
The letter also advised the paper
to "seek legal advice."
Andrew Lupton, the Martiet's
Editor-in-Chief said the paper is taking the letter very seriously, but will
not retract the story.
"Our Board of Directors has
looked into the issue and our staff is
behind us, so we will stand firm and
uphold our statements," he said.
No apology is necessary, he added, because having taken the legal
advice Christie recommended, the paper decided its comments are
legally defensible as fair comment.
Christie declined comment when contacted by The Ubyssey, saying
he would "never talk with a student newspaper, because there is no possibility of fair and impartial journalism."
The Mardet says it has received support from Victoria's Jewish community. "Members of various Jewish groups have expressed to me that
they are very concerned about what Christie promotes and stands for,"
Lupton said.
Here at UBC, Hillel House's Program Director Rene Ragetli said the
organisation has been following events involving Christie. "[He] uses
the issue of free speech as a blind to legitimise his views," Ragetli said.
Christie's 30 day deadline for The Mardet has expired, but the paper
says it has not had any further contact with him.
"The ultimate irony of the issue is that if Christie was a true free
speech advocate, he would not be asking for us to retract our opinion,"
Lupton said. ♦
'The ultimate irony
of the issue
is that if Christie
was a true
free speech
he would not
be asking for us
to retract
our opinion/'
Andrew Lupton
martlet editor-in-chief 2 THE UBYSSEY, JANUARY 28, 1997
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The entire purpose of this
newspaper is to serve the
students—and to that end,
we're giving you all a big
Starring with the Fri., Feb. 7
issue of The Ubyssey, we will
be offering classified advertising free of charge to all UBC
students in every Friday
Just come by our office in
SUB 245 and drop off your
ad (you will need a student
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only to currently enrolled
students. For ail others, our
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Universities/colleges grant joint degrees
by Rachel Furey
The Fulcrum
OTTAWA (CUP)-The line between Ontario's
universities and colleges is starting to blur
with a series of joint programs for students
aimed at combining elements from each type
of institution.
Funding for 15 advanced training projects-
degrees gained from studying at partnered colleges and universities—was announced by
Ontario's College-University Consortium
Council last month.
The projects, which include four joint university and college nursing programs and an
accounting program involving Laurentian
University, the University of Windsor and all of
the province's 25 colleges, emphasise cooperation between the two types of postsecondary
"Universities and colleges may not
support other programs that meet
the needs of society like community
development and social work."
Vicky Smallman
CFS Spokesperson
The new joint projects marks the first time
universities and colleges are cooperating at
such a scale at the provincial level to offer
combined degrees. While universities have
traditionally focused on providing analytical
skills, colleges are oriented more towards job-
Tim Easley, College-University Consortium
Council co-chair and
president of Lambton
College in Sarnia, says
the projects' goal is to
give students easy access
to the different types of
instruction provided at
colleges and universities.
"We want fixed links
between [the two postsecondary] islands."
The projects' $812,300 bill is being footed
by the Ontario Ministry of Education and
Easley says the government and the council
suspect money and time is being wasted in the
present system when students switching from
one type of school have
to repeat certain courses
because they are unable
to transfer credits. <
Vicky Smallman,
spokesperson for the
Canadian Federation of
Students is not convinced the joint projects
are the best way improve
Ontario's postsecondary system.
Smallman says universities are becoming
fraining grounds for the workforce and moving away from their tradition role as "institutions of higher learning." She says if the cur
rent trend continues, academic priorities will
be set by the needs of the marketplace rather
than society's needs.
"We can let the college do what it
does best and the university do what
it does best. [It is] critical for both to
retain a unique identity."
David Marshall
president, nipissing University
"Universities and colleges may not support
other programs that meet the needs of society
like community development and social work,"
she said.
David Marshall, president of Nipissing
University, admits by implementing such projects, there is a danger of both types of institution losing their focus.
"[The projects] explore the boundaries and
edges between the college and university experience," he said. 'By working together we can
let the college do what it does best and the university do what it does best. [It is] critical for
both to retain a unique identity."
Ontario is not the only province working to
promote joint post-secondary education programs. The Maritime Provinces Education
Commission issued guidelines last November
to help universities and colleges create similar
joint programs, already, St. Thomas University
and the Community College of New Brunswick
jointly offer an applied degree program. ♦
Friday, Jan. 31
US Presidential Candidate and standai d-brearer
of the intellectual left in America speaking
about his latest book and no-fault insurance.
Faculty of Law room 101/102
TUesday, Jan. 28
Good first impressions count. Who you shake
hands with at a networking event, or how you
walk into an interview are opportunities to
impress a prospective employer or client. Your
successful career management requires that
you master this skill. Speakers: Dale Carnegie
and Katie Brown. SUB Auditorium. 12:30-
Tuesday, Jan. 28
A lecture by Dr. Richard Rosenberg ofthe Dept.
of Computer Science.   Presented by the UBC
Humanists' Society. 12 noon. Buch D205.
Wednesday, Jan. 29
Jeffery Snedeker, natural horn; Marilyn
Wilbanks, fortepiano; Martin Hackleman &
Dawn Haylett, horns. Music, Bldg. Recital Hall.
12:30pm. $3.
Wednesday, Jan. 29
Class 2 of a series. Sponsored by the Spartacus
Youth Club. For more info call 687-0353. SUB
Rm 213. 7;00pm.
Thursday, Jan. 30
Don't apply for every job in the paper—inan-
age your career direction. Learn to explore
your key interest and strengths and learn to
take advantage t>f the opportunities and challenges of today's labour market. SUB
Auditorium. 12:30-1:30pm.
Friday, Jan. 31
Come and meet four UBC grads who are willing
to stake a paycheque on the value of the BA.
They will tetl you from personal experience
how they used their degree as a springboard to
a successful career. Speakers: Barney Ellis-Perry,
BA'87 (Psychology), Principal, Malabar Group;
Janeile Eng, BA'94 (English), Restaurant
Manager, Radisson President Hotels & Suites;
Rob Kirbyson, BA'92, Film Producer, Director,
Vtewfinder Productions; Kathleen Reilly, BA'86
(French Honours), Barrister and Solicitor, BC
Ministry of Attorney General, Legal Services
Branch. SUB Auditorium. 12:3O-1:30pm.
Monday, Jan. 27 - Friday. Jan. 31
A full week of fascinating displays at the SUB
Conversation Pit, sponsored'* by the Student
Environment Centre. Monday (Urban Ecology),
Tuesday       (Eco-Philosophy),       Wednesday
(Consumer Culture), Thursday (Vegetarian and
Animal Rights), Friday (Wilderness and Forestry
Issues). Also: on Thursday, Nicholas Read, writer
of "The Arts" column for the Vancouver Sun
will be speaking on Vegetarianism and Animal
Rights, Buch B216, 12:30pm; on Friday, there
will be a speaker from the "Friends of the
Clayoquot Sound" in SUB Rm 205, 12:30pm.
Friday, Jan. 31
Features Jazzberry Ram and Son Canela. There
will be prizes for costumes, so dress up! Bzzr,
psider, sangria, fun! No minors. For more info
call Susanne ©274-7337. SUB Ballroom. 8pm-
Monday, Feb. 3 - Saturday, Feb. 8
Afro-Aesthetics, the fourth annual African
Heritage Month art exhibit at UBC will feature
four other genres of creative expression: film
(Afro-Cinematics), literature (Afro-Semantics),
music (Afro-Acoustics) and poetry (Afro-
Poetics). For more info call Larry 9258-0484 or
David-George 0876-2507. A.M.S. SU8 Art
Gallery. Times:    Monday    Noon-10pm;
Wednesday . Noon-8pm; Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday & Saturday Noon-5pm.
Monday, Feb. 3 - Saturday, Feb. 8
"Afrophobics", an African Heritage Month
information display, will explore racial harassment and violence suffered by local Blacks, in
the 90%, at the hands of some Lower Mainland
Afrophobics. For more info call Larry 0258-
0484. SUB Main Concourse glass display cases
(south side). 7am-1am.
'Battered Women's Support Services and UBC
Law Students Legal Advice Program are co-
sponsoring,'free legal clinics for women to be
held every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30pm on the
following dates: Feb.4, Feb.25, and Mar.4. To
make an appointment please call the UBC Law
Students Legal Advice Program © 822-5791.
The Ubyssey
staff meeting
The Ubyssey staff meets every
Wednesday at 12:30pm in SUB
241K. All students are welcome and
encouraged to attend. At this
week's meeting we will be discussing:
• choosing a chair
• copy/photo deadlines
• VVRCUP—that conference we're
hosting Feb 26-Mar 2
• Film/culture promotions
• safety
• books—how to spend $200
• streeters
• distribution
• content I photographs
• beer garden
• letters to the editor
• other business
Interested in contributing to The
Ubyssey? Have you got some story
ideas? Stop by SUB 241K and say hi
any time, or come to a department
News: 12:30pm Tuesdays
Culture: 1:30pm Tuesdays
Sports: 2:30pm Tuesdays
Photo: Wednesday afternoons
*   +
In the story "Staff turnover unexplained' on page 2 of the January 24,
1997 issue of The Ubyssey, it was stated that John Smithman held the post
of Director of UBC Parking and
Security from September until the end
of 1996. That position was instead
held bv Frank EastmanA TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 1997
DESPITE STUDENT CRITICISM, these sea gulls find food from Pacific Spirit Place quite satisfying. This man had a
captive audience when he brought out scraps the that people had left on their trays, richard lam photo
Comm students show assets
by CUP staff
MONTREAL (CUP) - Business students from across the country
showed their commitment to academic excellence by shaking their
wet breasts and damp penises in
front of a crowed Montreal bar last
The Sixth Annual Undergraduate Business Games brought
over 800 students from 11 universities to Montreal to bring future
Canadian business leaders together for academic and sporting competitions.
One of the "highlights" of the
sporting competitions was a wet T-
shirt and boxer short competition
held in Montreal's Colosseum
dance club.
The competition resulted in
widespread condemnation of the
games organisers.
"I think wet t-shirt contests are
degrading," said Sharon Selkirk,
the secretary of the International
Federation of Business and
Professional Women's Clubs.
"I think we should be portraying
our next generation of leaders as
professionals. I don't think [the
games] are emphasising the seriousness of our new business leaders of tomorrow. I can't see how
this will help them."
But Alia Del Bianco, president of
the game's organising committee,
doesn't feel the contest interferes
with the unifying spirit of the
games, adding that students who
feel uncomfortable or offended can
leave "They don't have to watch."
Del Bianco also said was separate from the business and sporting competitions of the day, and
the results of the wet t-shirt contest
had no effect on the awards handed
out at the end ofthe weekend.
The goal of the contest is to
bring students together in a friendly, competitive atmosphere, she
said, emphasising that the contest
is just a harmless social activity.
"The girls are wearing their
bras, it's not anything disgusting. It
wasn't meant to be a message of
any kind. It's just there to attract
people to Montreal."
Concordia's Associate Dean of
Commerce, Danielle Morin,
echoed Del Bianco's sentiments
that the contest was separate from
the business-oriented events of the
day, and added she hoped the
games would not be overshadowed
by this contest.
"I think the message (organisers) wants to give to the community is that they are a welcoming environment."
Del Bianco also added the event
"is great exposure for Concordia."
Twenty-one year old Jason
Carriere is in his first year of
Commerce at Concordia, and
although he didn't shake any
drenched body parts, he supports
event organisers, and feels trie community is overreacting to the event.
"I'm sure [the organisers] wanted it as an ice breaker," he said.
"It's not degrading to women, men
are there too. No one's forcing anyone to [participate]. If people don't
like it they can just leave."
Coordinator of Concordia's
Women's Centre Natalie Leveille
said she was disillusioned with the
event, and saw little enjoyment in
wet t-shirt and boxer short contests,
under any circumstances.
"I'm surprised and a bit
shocked," she said. "As students we
have a responsibility to act and
react within a political and social
context, even in the name of fun."
Leveille dismissed the notion
that it was an event promoting
equality among the sexes by having
a wet boxer contest as well, and
said that women's bodies are consistently subjected to scrutiny,
examination and degradation,
while males bodies are not.
"It's a lame attempt at balancing
things out with the wet boxer contest. Women's breasts and male
genitalia are completely different,"
she said. "The ramifications for
women [participating] are much
greater than for men. Men are
rarely made to feel degraded for
their body parts. And women are."
Concordia's Dean of Students,
Donald Boisvert, said all the participants are adults, and are therefore
responsible for their own actions
and intentions. He said he does not
have a place to directly interfere
with the organising of the games,
or the policing of social activities
organised during the evening.
However, he added that the wet t-
shirt contest was inappropriate.
"If (the organizers) had discussed it with me, I would have
raised questions about the inappro-
priateness ofthe event," he said. ♦
Moon launch delayed 'til February
by Christina Lees
Students won't be visiting "The Moon" just
The Moon Noodle House, the SUB's new
Asian food outlet located in space formerly
occupied part of the Pit Pub, will not open
to students until next month, even though
it was originally scheduled to open last
The    delay,    said    AMS    General   **
Manager Bernie Peets, is due to a redesign
which increased tlie original $275,000 construction
costs by $30,000, and problems with a kitchen appliance supplier.
"The suppliers didn't make the dates and most of
[the kitchen appliances] they delivered were not to
specification," added Peets.
The delay with the kitchen supplies created
another hurdle, he explained; gas inspections were unable to go on as scheduled.
AMS   Food   and   Beverage   Manager
Nancy Togood also deflected criticism that
prices at the food outlet were high. "It is a
specific    item    and    specific    type    of
cooking...the bulk of the food will be made
inhouse,"  she  said,  adding that all posted
prices include GST.
The AMS hopes the outlet will be as successful as Pie-R-Squared by providing a full meal menu. ♦
Aboriginal leader
steps forward
by M-J Milloy
MONTREAL (CUP) — Quebec cannot expect to separate and take
the Cree Nation with ii
That was the unequivocal message the Grand Chief of the James
Bay Cree, Matthew Coon Come, gave this week to an enthusiastic
crowd of over 200 at a panel discussion on Quebec's borders after
"No other people but the Cree will decide our future affiliation.
We wul not be passed from owner to owner like cattle in a-field,'
he said.
The Cree Nation has always been sett-governing, and the days
are gone when Cree territory could be assigned to one or other
provincial power without their consent Coon Come said.
"In 1763, in 1898, this land was transferred with the stroke of
the pen, without our knowledge," said Coon Come. "When I told my
father-in-law that Ms hunting territory was transferred by the King,
he said to me 'but how, he has never been to this land?'"
"Those things will never happen again."
This was not the first time that Coon Come has made such
strong statements - he's been saying eiaeffy the same thing since
the Cree held their own referendum on their future, just days
before the last provincial vote on sovereignty. Over 95 percent of
Cree voted to remain in Canada in the event of a 'yes' vote in the
Quebec referendum.
But what has changed since then is Coon Come's popularity
among Montreal Anglophones who seek to keep English speaking
regions ofthe province in Canada in/the event of Quebe© niftepen-
Coon Come has gone from being a relatively obscure aboriginal
leader to a hero among many in the partition movement, for his
clear and unequivocal stance against the sovereigntist government
of Lucien Bouchard.
The Grand Chief has also recently come in for praise from
another unlikely source — Diane Francis, the editor of the
Financial Post. In her recent book on the partition movement, she
devoted an entire chapter to the Cree referendum.
A clear example of the high place many partitionist hold Coon
Come came at the beginning of the evening, as the event's organiser rose to introduce the Grand Chief.
"Mr Coon Come, during the last referendum, you and the Crees
stood alone. I can promise you that you will never stand alone
again," said Steven Pihkus, the enthusiastic moderator ofthe panel
During the course of his speech Coon Come attacked the PQ's
respect for democracy — a favourite targets of partitionist leaders.
"They cite the exercise of democracy as sufficient to separate
Quebec from Canada, but they deny the democracy ofthe Cree," he
The Quebec government refused to recognise the vahdity of the
Cree vote, saying that only a province-wide referendum had the
authority to determine the future of any and all of the province.
Although much of Coon Come's speech was punctuated with
strong applause from the crowd, he made it clear that he was fighting not for Canada; as many partitionist seem to believe, but for
Cree sovereignty.
"I'm not opposed to Quebec separating, as long as Cree lands
and resources are not included," he said.
Marc Lalonde, a former Mgh-ranfctagTrudeau cabinelHnember
and another speaker on the panel, agreed that the legal and political situations of the Cree and the English in Quebec are fundamentally different
The Cree's right to decide their own future is "unimpeachable
and unassailable," said Lalonde.
"The federal government has a legal responsibility after a 'yes'
vote to defend ahoriginal rights," he said.
But Lalonde wasn't as clear when it came to assessing the
English community's chances of remaining in Canada.
"The situation would be anarchic, a case of anything goes," he
There would only be a clear-cut legal case for partition if the
Quebec government unilaterally declared independence, Lalonde
Lalonde refused to identify himself as a partitionist saying only
that he believed mat "the Francophone minority in North America
is better served now and in the future as part of Canada" ♦ 4   TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 1997
Internet traffic jam spawns academic-only Internet 2
by Jo-Ann Chiu
Heavy traffic is driving American academics away
the information super-highway and onto a road of
their own.
Last week in San Francisco more than 250 delegates
from 95 universities and research institutions showed up
for the first general membership meeting of the Internet 2
Project. The goal, they say, is to re-create an Internet system
for the academic community in order to support world-
class research.
UBC Physics Professor Bill Unruh said he understood
GSS wants tech fee referendum binding
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
results seriously, assured Maria
Klawe, vice-president of Student and
Academic Services.
Students are currently at odds with
the administration over what degree of
student consultation is appropriate
before instituting the new fee.
Both the GSS and the AMS argue the
tuition freeze in BC
means all ancillary fee
increases should be subject to a binding student
referendum. Members of
PAUL RAMSJEY, MINISTER OF SKILLS, the administration, how-
EDUCATION AND TRAINING ever, argue the Board of
Governors     can't     be
stripped of their ultimate
responsibility in setting fees.
They can give it up though. And
on February 6 the GSS plans to ask
the Board of Governors to agree to
a binding referendum on the technology fee.
The GSS has an ally in the provincial
government In an interview with The
Ubyssey last week, Paul Ramsey, minister of Skills, Education and Training,
said significant new ancillary fees
should be put to binding referendum.
"Yes, I think it should be binding," he
A university offer to help the Graduate
Students Society hold a referendum on
a controversial student fee isn't good
enough, the society's leaders say. So
•they want the Board of Governors to
sweeten the deal.
"If these are fees that are for
targeted services,students
should have a sayT
If the GSS holds a referendum on
the proposed student technology fee—
which could cost students an extra
$100 a year—they want the results to
De binding.
"A referendum that is not binding
doesn't really mean anything," said
GSS President Kevin Dwyer. "Students
can vote and express their opinion on
ancillary fees and that position won't
matter [to university administrators]."
But even if the referendum isn't
binding, the university will take the
said. "If these are fees that are for targeted services, students should have a say."
Ramsey's policy is only a recommendation, however. UBC's Board of
Governors have the legal authority to
raise ancillary fees.
UBC administrators last week
offered the GSS use of the university's
telephone voting system, televote, if
the society holds a referendum on the
proposed student technology fee. By
using televote instead of polling stations, the GSS stands to save money on
referendum expenses.
While the university has offered to
facilitate the referendum, asking the
Board of Governors for more may be a
long shot. President Strangway is
reportedly set against the idea of a
binding referendum.
But Klawe said a referendum campaign would provide a good forum for
mforming students about the proposed
fee; a referendum win, she said, would
encourage government and private
sponsorship for campus information
technology. UBC will launch a campus-
wide information campaign in support
ofthe technology fee, Klawe added.
Dwyer said the GSS will ask the AMS
to participate in the referendum.  ♦
their concern. "The Internet is getting somewhat slow and
[there are] worries that all of these other people using it will
just clog it up and make it more difficult for scientists to
actually carry out their work," he said.
American universities joined with government and
industry partners in October to get the Internet 2
Project off the ground. Funding will come mainly from
the institutions themselves, with full charter members
paying up to $500,000 a year. The group is also soliciting financial support from the Clinton administration.
The project, organisers say, will be developed
over the next three to five years, with test versions of
specialised Internet 2 software expected to be operating between participating universities within 18
Canadians, though, may have to wait a while before they
can surf the Internet 2. For the time being, the project is
staying strictly south of the boarder.
John Demco, computing facilities manager for the computer science department at UBC, isn't surprised. "I don't
necessarily think they're trying to exclude universities
from other countries," he said.
"The way things generally go in the research world
with respect to computer communications and networking is, they tend to follow national boundaries, at least in
North America. The Americans will start to do something,
and the Canadians will do something, and we'll try and
co-ordinate, rather than have just one single organisation."
Demco said there has been some very preliminary discussion of an Internet 2 in Canada, but no moves to actually get it off the ground.
That's largely because it's not yet needed here, according to Unruh. Constant upgrading has allowed UBC to
keep up with speed demands, he said.
"The speed increase of UBC's [existing Internet] connection to the rest of the world has been fast enough to at least
compensate for the fact that a lot more people are now
using it.
"Whether that will stay true in the future, I certainly
don't know." ♦
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Education groups rally to change student-aid
 by Rachel Furey
OTTAWA (CUP)— An unlikely coalition of university administrators, professors and students have put aside their past
differences and asked the federal government to revamp
its delivery of student aid.
The group wants the federal government to introduce
new student-aid grants, interest relief on loans, opportunities for work-studies and tax relief measures.
The coalition includes the country's two national student organisations—viewed by many as political polar
This is the first time these groups have worked together
and for some of the partners involved the joint proposal
symbolises the end to a bitter war over student aid policies.
"It's not only a proposal on student aid, it's a peace treaty,"
said Don Savage, executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, one of the coalition partners.
But for the student movement, peace may not be that easy
to come by. Instead, it seems, this coalition may merely indicate a change of tactics for the two organizations who remain
locked in struggle to gain students' membership.
Founded in 1981, the Canadian Federation of Students
spent almost 15 years as the sole student lobby group in
Canada, while the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations, formed less than two years ago by students
disenchanted with the CFS, has since been chipping away
at the membership.
The CFS currently represents 55 student associations
consisting of 375,000 students, while CASA has 163,000
student members from 13 different schools.
Both organisations say the new student aid proposals
reflect their own policies and neither admits to having
compromised to produce the document.
"A lot of [the proposals] are based on our campaign
strategy," said CFS national chair Brad Lavigne. "We've
been [working on] this all year."
But Matthew Hough, national director of CASA, seems to
think otherwise. According to Hough, "[the document] is
very much a reflection of CASA policy."
Hough says the CFS is currently presenting a much softer line on this and other issues than the rigid left-wing line
it is known for.
"[Lavigne] is coming forward with more moderate representation on some policies," said Hough, whose own
organization has been called a neo-conservative mouthpiece to big business by its many critics.
Just last week Lavigne participated in a conference featuring prominent government and university officials
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In his address, Lavigne reiterated the old—and controversial—CFS belief that tuition fees should be abolished,
but quickly pointed out that the organisation no longer
includes this goal in its literature.
At the same time, Hough's decision to work with the CFS
stands in sharp contrast to his work this year, which included a number of press releases denouncing CFS-endorsed
protests and demonstrations.
"I've always said I'd consider working with [the CFS] if
the time and situation is right, but I didn't think it would
happen this quickly," Hough admits.
It's unclear how much impact the proposals will have
on the government.
The package's largest effect may be the one it has on the
groups it brought together. For Canada's student move
ment, that means identifying who has the most to gain
from the partnership.
The CFS and CASA disagree, however.
Lavigne says putting the two organisations side by side
only benefits the CFS, under whose guidance, he claims,
the student movement is still solidly united.
"When you compare [the CFS and CASA1 you realise that
you doiit need another group that's working on a handful
of issues," Lavigne said. "CASA's marginal participation
doesn't hurt the CFS and it's in our interest to
illustrate...the differences in the ability to make an impact."
But the legitimacy that CASA has gained from being a
coalition partner may prove to be more than the CFS anticipated. As Hough said on Monday when asked whether the
partnership would be good for CASA's reputation, "We're
starting to become a stakeholder in Ottawa, that's where
we're meant to be." ♦
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by Andy Barham
Jan 24 at the SUB Ballroom
Vancouver is not the sophisticated city it would like to believe it is.
Rather, Vancouver is a lot like
You see, in a musically sophisticated city like Montreal or
London or San Francisco, a band
doesn't get an encore because the
concert's organizers slotted one
into the schedule. Rather, the
band gets an encore because the
audience feels they deserve one.
Certainly Speedbump deserved the encore they didn't get-
or, more accurately, the encore
they weren't allowed to have,
since the organizers hadn't allowed for the possibility when
they planned the evening's schedule of events.
They did a hell of a good job warming up the crowd
for the main attraction, which in an ideal world, is precisely what an opening band is supposed to do. So, in
the absence of that well-deserved encore, here's my little tribute to Speedbump. Well done lads! If every warm
up act was even half as good, encores would be de
rigueur for all opening bands.
On a more positive note, the concert's
promoters-AKA the Science Undergraduate Society-did
give us a memorable show with some damn fine brew
to loosen everybody up.
The crowd was pumped and ready for action when
the main event finally came on around 10:30 or so. The
first thing I noticed was that Neil Osborne had shorn his
plays for SUS. richard lam photo
locks and changed the colour ol'what was left. It suits ya
Neil! Honest! The second thing I noticed was that the
mosh pit some of us tried to start during
Speedbump's set grew with a vengeance
as soon as 54-40 strummed the opening
chords to 'Cheer Up Peru.' After that, you
couldn't get near the band any more. And
here I'd been contemplating writing a
piece on the demise of slam dancing!
Combining influences from bands
like Joy Division (listen to the bassline
from one of their songs somelime) with
their own distinctly moody-melodic take
on life, the universe and all things
arcane, 54-40 are arguably tlie best band
in Vancouver, beating the hell outta
upstarts like Moist any day. The band's
been kicking around unchanged for a lot
longer as well-long enough to have a
pretty solid repertoire of damn fine
music with which to entertain us once
they'd exhausted the material from their
latest CD Trusted By Millions.
Their perform was solid but unin-
spired-they've played the SUB Ballroom so many times
they're practically the in-house band. I don't think
Osborne ever made eye contact with a single member of
the audience. Indeed, watching the band perform was
kind of eerie-it was almost as though they weren't
aware that an audience was present. Who knows, maybe
he couldn't see anything because the spotlights burned
out his eyes. Despite the lack of a rapport with his audience, it was a helluva a good show. Let's hope 54-40
remain our in-house band for many years to come.
On a sour note, some wanker pulled the fire alarm
bringing the evening to a rather sudden end. For the
record, such behaviour is extremely irresponsible. At
university, we're supposed to be old enough to know
better. ♦
Branagh's Hamlet is driven, furious, and real
by Robin Yeatman
at the Varsity theatre
Kenneth Branagh must be nourishing himself with "the food of love",
for his rendition of Shakespeare's
great play Hamlet resonates of a true,
passionate adoration for every word
in the text. Not one line left out, not
one character left unexplored, not a
lapse in intensity in all three hours
and 58 minutes. This film is so decadent and rich in alacrity the Bard
himself would be proud.
Branagh moves Hamlet away
from the traditional medieval setting
into the lush 19th century, suffusing
the senses with elegance and luxury.
This is a Hamletwhere royalty means
opulence, where velvet in deep tapestries abound, where gold and marble
and oak proliferate at an astounding
pace. All this as a backdrop for the
grand, almost sacred lines of one of
the most acclaimed plays of all time.
As for his portrayal of the Danish
prince, Branagh breaks new ground,
replacing Jia moping, melancholic
Hamlet of so many other films with a
Hamlet that is driven, choleric, furious, human and real. Branagh also
steps purposefully away from the typically Freudian approach of most
actors. Nowhere in the text does
Hamlet express any desire for his
mother; instead, he focuses on the
sexual relationship between Hamlet
and Ophelia (Kate Winslet), an
avenue unexplored in other films.
Hamlet is also blessed with a
splendid cast, for the most part.
Charmingly, some of the smallest
parts are played by the masters, such
as Charlton Heston, who makes an
impressive Player King, and John
Gielgud's moving cameo as Priam. It
is refreshing to see Timothy Spall
(Secrets   &   Lies)   as   the   portly
Rosencrantz, and Brian Blessed's
Ghost is as chilling as his ice-blue
However, other cast members can
be criticised, whose performances,
no less than incongruent and dissatisfying, detract from the final product. Jack Lemmon makes a laughable,
jarring Marcellus, while Gerard
Depardieu's token Reynaldo is pointless. Billy Crystal's muddled, ever-
changing accent draws too much
attention to his overly jovial
Gravedigger, similar to Michael
Keaton's comic overkill in Branagh's
Much Ado About Nothing.
This dramatic, sexy rendition will
draw you into the seductive world of
Shakespeare's drama. Branagh has
undoubtably produced the most
definitive performance of Hamlet to
date. If this movie doesn't sweep up
half the awards at the academy this
year, it will be a greater tragedy than
Hamlet itself. ♦
 by Geoff Urton
with I Mother Earth and Mudgirl
Jan 20 at the PNE Forum
Waiting in line for this all-
Canadian triple bill, surrounded
by teenagers in backwards baseball caps and reeking of mouthwash and hairspray, I began to
wonder if I was in the right place.
Had I mistaken a highschool gym
for the Coliseum? No, no, this was
the right place, unfortunately.
As I Mother Earth started off
their set with the first two singles
off their new album, I began to
dread the worst. The band's first
four songs were weak and the
sound crew miked the drums far
too heavily. But once the group
had played the obligatory radio
tunes, they loosened up and really began to build momentum. The
band added a bongo drummer,
and with the accompaniment of
tribal percussion, including an
incredible five-person percussion
instrumental, the group gave a
high energy show that didn't let
anyone down.
By the time Moist hit the stage
one might have thought the
moshing highschool jocks would
have been exhausted by I Mother
Earth's incredibly fast-paced set.
But these kids were in shape. The
crowd rocked and pogoed as one
throughout their hometown
heroes' set.
The sound crew still hadn't
adjusted the drum levels and the
result was a full-hour kick-
drum solo with barely audible vocals and a few guitar
riffs leaking out from
behind the clamour. Their
bassist seemed to be enjoying himself despite the fact
that no one in the building
could hear a note he was
playing (apart from a dazzling two-note solo that
gave us one reason to
thank the sound crew for
not turning up his juice).'
But I must admit I was
somewhat distracted from
the rest of the band by the
keyboardist's headbang-
ing. I was actually quite
concerned for his safety; he
frequently looked like he
was going to smack his
head on his keyboard. I
guess their singer, David
Usher, was thinking the
same thing, but instead of
warning his bandmate, he
decided to get it over and
done with by grabbing the
poor keyboardists's hair
and smashing his head
against his instrument for
him-not once but three or
four times!
This wasn't the first of
the front -man's violent
actions however. This particular incident occured
only after he had grabbed his
bassist's hair once or twice,
attempted a diving tackle at an
innocent roadie and jumped on
top of his guitarist while the poor
guy tried to continue
his solo!
The singer's ego-
MOIST was the order of the day as David Usher egged his mosh pit on into
a rabid frenzy, paul kamon photo
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tistical and simply pathetic
attempt to sing while surfing the
crowd-along with the WWF
Championship bout onstage-created an absurd intensity that climaxed as the band broke into
'Enter Sandman.' Fortunately the
Metallica cover was short lived
and the band changed pace,
grooving into 'Billie Jean' which
was undoubtedly the highlight of
the night. Despite the band's idiotic antics on stage, their performance was solid and their hook-
laden tunes left the crowd smiling. ♦
Priestly predicaments
funny and Appealing
RUNNING THE RACE? Father Tim Farley (Tim
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why the
blew up.
Cool, eh?
by Peter T. Chattaway
Mass Appeal
at Pacific Theatre
until Feb 15
Not to put too fine a point on
it, but Mass Appeal just may
be the best play Pacific Theatre has produced since moving into their current premises a few years back. Not since
Cotton Patch Gospel have
they put on a show as simultaneously entertaining and
challenging as this.
Mass Appeal begins on a
strongly political note, but
director Jeremy Tow wisely
steers bis actors away from
the petty speechifying that
peppers Bill Davis's play.
Instead, he focuses all efforts
on bringing the characters to
full, three-dimensional life.
For example, it would
have been all too easy to
make Father Tim Farley (Tim
Dixon) the buffoonish butt of
Davis's satire. He likes attention, he plays coy power
games with the monsignor,
and he coddles his congregation so they can keep him
comfortably employed and
sipping ample amounts of
sparkling burgundy. What's
more, he blithely admits all
of this without any apologies.
But Dixon doesn't play
Farley for the cheap straw
man he could so easily
become. Instead, Dixon
makes him a richly detailed
human being, moving effortlessly from humour to nostalgia to panic to anger and
back to humour again. His
flexible temperament is
matched by an equally
expressive face, full of tics
and quirks that catch you by
surprise, and a roly-poly
charm that gets past all your
defenses while, at the same
time, helping you to see
through his. This is the stuff
Jessie Awards were made
Mark Dolson (Georgia
Straight cartoonist Dirk Van
Stralen), the feisty seminarian who challenges Farley's
"song-and-dance theology," is
a little harder to figure out.
He's a firebrand, obviously,
but if he's so opposed to the
church hierarchy, why is he
trying to join it? Van Stralen
offers no clues at first.
For most of the first act,
Van Stralen does little more
than raise his voice, prance
about the stage, and stab the
air with his hands. When the
monsignor calls Dolson's
sexuality into question, Van
Stralen's swishy, mocking
entrance reveals noliiing of
the desperation that ought to
be driving his character by
now. At times like these, the
performance is all mask and
no face.
It's only in the minutes
before the intermission that
Dolson lets his guard down
and Van Stralen begins to
really dig into the character's
psyche. When, in the second
act, Dolson puts on the clerical collar and, somewhat
shockingly, begins to play the
power game himself to save
his job, Van Stralen finally
gets the chance to respond to
Dixon with equal depth and
The two are ably assisted
by an effective, minimal use
of props, lights and set
design—with one glaring
exception. The towering pulpit, which bulges out from
the east wall, blocks the view
for anyone sitting on the theatre's southeast side. If this is
meant to show how pulpits
come between priests and
their audiences, the point is
made all too well. ♦
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Christian music has been carving a niche
for itself in mainstream music outlets lately,
and major record companies have been
buying out independent Christian labels like
they were going out of style. And who
knows—perhaps they will, eventually. But
for now, this once-cloistered genre is taking
over the airwaves, selling out the night clubs
and selling out...well, let's just say Jars of
Clay just wrote and recorded a radio spot for
Coca-Cola, using the same sleepy soft pop
(no pun intended) sound they brought to
'Love Song for a Saviour.' Kind of makes you
wonder, doesn't it?
DC Talk, on the other hand, is too busy
selling Jesus to waste their time on fizzy
drinks. This is not necessarily a
bad thing, but you have to
wonder what sort of consumer they expect to snap
up songs with choruses that
chant: "You need some Jesus
in your life!" Either the listener is a Christian, and therefore
presumably already has Jesus
in his life, or the listener is not,
and presumably wouldn't be interested in
paying for the other side's propaganda.
To be sure, there's decent music here,
especially on tracks like 'Between You and
Me' and 'Colored People,' but the album as
a whole is awfully self-conscious and not a
little shallow. The title song conveys the
angst a Christian might feel before coming
out, as it were, with his faith, and 'What If I
Stumble?' roots itself in the premise that
there would be fewer atheists if only
Christians were nicer people. This may be
true for some, but the band's obsession with
appearances—including their sudden trans-
Recovering the Satellites [Ceffen]
"1 gotta rush away,' she said,
1 been to Boston before, and anyways
this change I been feeling
doesn't make the rainfall.'
"No big differences these days
just the same old walkaways,
and someday i'm gonna stay
but not today."
Ironically, the last track 'Walkaways' is
the best one on the CD. At 70 seconds it
is the shortest, and unlike the other
tracks it is underproduced. Just lead
singer Adam Duritz and an acoustic.
Lyrically and musically the song is
simplicity itself. Four chords each
get four beats. With a four-bar guitar
intro, the pattern loops on the first and
third lines of each ofthe two stanzas.
Lyrically, in the fourth line Duritz sings
"you've" instead of "I". The word "big" is
given the most emphasis.
Thematically, Duritz's lyrical style captures the darker side of relationships.
Duritz once said he found it ironic that so
many people took so much comfort in his
grief. For anyone going through a walkaway,
this song has all the right things to say.
Especially if you live in a city like Vancouver
where it rains a lot, and have been to Boston
before, and you feel like you "gotta rush
—Daniel Ariaratnam
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Birdmen swoop past
by Wolf Depner
The men's basketball did what they had to do last weekend:
sweep a two game series against the struggling and injury-
ridden Calgary Dinosaurs to grab sole possession of second
This weekend marked the first time this season the
Birds won back-to-back home games and only the second
time they swept a Canada West opponent this season.
Judging from the weekend, the team is slowly smoothing
out its rough edges after an inconsistent 6-4 start, although
the Birds still need to improve in the rebounding department.
Five Birds scored in double-figures as the Birds ripped
the Calgary Dinosaurs 116-83 Friday night.
The Dinos took way too many risks in the defensive end
and simply couldn't get any stops when they needed them
against the Birds who shot 60% from the floor.
The Dinos were also without their big guns. High scoring
rookie Kyle Russell and centre Josh Goertzen, last year's
Canada West rookie of year were both out with season-ending knee injuries.
With Goertzen not in the lineup, John Dykstra and Eric
Butler had plenty of room to roam the low post and vacuum
the boards. The Birds' strong inside game softened up the
Dinos' perimeter defence and UBC took full advantage,
attempting a season high 28 shots from beyond the arc.
Dykstra hit four treys while guards Gerald Cole and Nino
Sose made three each.
The Birds took a 58-45 halftime lead into the locker
Canada West Men's
Basketball Standings
Team                       IIP
W        L       F       A        P
Victoria                      12
11         1   1110    841      22
British Columbia       12
8       4 10731012      16
Alberta                      12
1        5    892    930      14
Lethbridge                12
6       6 1010 1025      12
Calgary                      12
3        9 1056 1156        6
Saskatchewan           12
1       11    879 1056        2
room and opened the second half with
a 15-4 run to push their lead to an
insurmountable 24 points.
Dykstra did the most damage during that stretch with eight points to finish with 21 points. Cole led all UBC
scorers with 2 5 points while Sose was
third with 19.
Alan Gibb and Canada West scoring
leader Navie Sekhon tried to keep the
Dinos in the game with 25 and 19
points respectively, but the Birds'
defence was too tough to crack.
"We really did a good job stopping
their transition," said head coach
Bruce Enns. "I am really quite pleased
that we're consistent on defence."
Enns added that Friday's game was
probably the best game the Birds
played all season long.
Saturday night, however, it was
Calgary's turn to play some defence.
The Birds needed two clutch free
throws from Eric Butler and a strong
rebounding game from Brady Ibbetson
to put the 3-9 Dinos away.
The Birds felt Calgary's defensive
pressure early on and only led by three
at halftime. UBC was also hampered by foul trouble as four
starters were each playing with three fouls early in the second half.
A 15-2 run gave UBC a 16 point lead midway through the second half. But the Dinos
didn't fade away like they did the previous
night and answered with a 12-4 run to close
within five with less than five minutes left.
In the end, UBC's hard work on the
defensive end paid off one more time as the
Birds won 84-75.
The Birds are now 8-1 in games they
hold the opposition to less than 84 points
and will need to keep up their defensive
GERALD COLE drives past Calgary's Alan Gibb Saturday night as the Birds swept the
intensity when they take on the top-ranked Victoria Vikes
this weekend.
If the Birds take two from the Vikes over the weekend,
they will maintain some hope for first place and home-
court advantage throughout the playoffs. If they don't, however, they'll be hard pressed to catch Victoria down the
For now, however, the Birds don't see themselves in a
race with Victoria for first spot.
"Let's be brutally frank. Right now in our league we've
got Victoria and there is everybody else," said Enns.
"As far as I'm concerned Victoria is going to get first. The
main thing for us is to get better and better so that we have
a chance to compete with them come the end." ♦>
B-Bird women slowly sinking
JJ RAWLINSON lost this battle Saturday night-and the T Birds
failed to make a move in the playoff race63. richard lam photo
V-Bird Droppings
The men's yolleyball team, ranked
ninth in Canada, stole the bronze at
the Classic Digs Tournament in
Halifax as they defeated the third-
ranked Montreal Carabins 3-1
(15-13, 15-8, 14-16, and 15-9).
Power hitter Mike Kurz led the
Birds with 39 Mils against Montreal
and was named a first-team all-star.
Both the women's and the men's
team will resume regular season
action when they host the Regina
Cougars. ♦
by Wolf Depner
It's time to sound the alarm and get
all hands on deck. Playoff hopes are
sinking slowly but surely for the
women's basketball team after they
dropped two games to the Calgary
Dinosaurs over the weekend.
The Birds have now lost five out
of their last six league games and
are in danger of missing the postseason for the first time since
UBC, now in fifth place with a 4-8
record, is six points behind third-
placed Calgary (7-5) and two points
behind Lethbridge (5-7) for the final
playoff spot.
The Birds could have made a
move against both teams over the
past two weekends, but now face a
long uphill road towards the playoffs
that will see them visit tough teams
in Victoria and Alberta.
And winning there won't be easy
if they continue to play as poorly on
offense as they did this weekend.
"We're having a hard time scoring and sometimes when we see
zone, we just freeze up and get a little bit tight," said Birds head coach
Deb Huband.
"We don't have too many players
right now who are comfortable to
take the range shot and we're not
that comfortable getting the ball
inside....It's just a real passive form
of basketball that we are playing
right now."
Blame Friday's 55-49 loss on ice-
cold shooting. The Birds were a chilling 2 5% from tlie floor in the second
half unci, judging from the way tlie
thev were throwing up ice blocks,
you could have thought they were
building an igloo around the Calgary
The Dinos, meanwhile, shot a sizzling 56 percent in the second half
and could do no wrong. Erin
McAlister could do no wrong. The
veteran centre, who was ordinary in
the first half, turned it on down the
McAlister scored twelve points,
snagged up three boards, and otherwise suffocated the Birds' inside
players who once again didn't contribute along the offensive boards or
on the scoresheet.
While McAlister finished as the
game's leading scorer with 20
points, it was Bird Laura Esmail who
seemed to have that title wrapped
up at halftime.
She scored 17 in the first half—
her average game total. But as usual,
Esmail was pulling the Birds' cart all
by herself. When she sputtered in
the second half, missing all but one
basket, no one stepped up to pull the
flapping Birds from the mud.
Not one of Esmail's teammates
scored in double figures and only
Trixi Cruz came close with nine
Saturday's    night    game    was
almost identical to Friday's game.
The Birds played another outstanding defensive game and held
the Dinos to a season-low 54 points.
Unfortunately, the Birds only scored
a season low 46 points in the loss.
For a while, however, the Birds
played with confidence in the offensive end and went to the charity
stripe fourteen times in the first half
alone. But they converted only six
free throws, a big reason why they
trailed 30-27 at the intermission.
The Dinos then mixed up the
defence in the second half and the
Birds couldn't adjust offensively.
Things got worse when second-year
centre Jessica Mills, who had eight
rebounds, fouled out with little more
than six-and-half minutes left.
With Mills gone, the Birds lost all
presence on the boards and in the
low post against McAlister and
Leighann Doan who was Calgary's
top scorer with 13 points and eight
Laura Esmail led the Birds in
scoring with 14 points.
The Birds will travel to Victoria
this weekend for a tough two-game
series against the first place Vikes,
who have beaten UBC in their last
four meetings. ♦
Canada West Women'
s Basketball Standings
L        F       A        P
2    876    694      20
2    819    715      20
5    818    758       14
7    700    751       10
British Columbia
8    722    744         8
12    669    942        0 10 THE UBYSSEY, JANUARY 28, 1997
JANUARY 28, 1997 • volume 78 issue 29
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Take a look in your own backyard
Campus safety was, as always, a prominent feature of the recent AMS election
campaign. Even candidates bereft of initiative or imagination knew they were
safe trumpeting a commitment to
increased student safety. Because it
undeniably needs significant improvement.
Just yesterday a man was arrested for
allegedly peeping at women over bathroom stalls in a second floor washroom
in SUB, about 20 metres from the AMS
A man fitting the same description
was alleged to have done the same thing
in the same washroom in November of
last year.
The victim reported the November
incident to the AMS, but little, if any,
action was taken. No warnings were
issued, no signs posted on doors and neither Safewalk nor the building caretaker
can remember being notified. The report
was filed and apparently forgotten.
Other matters were on the agenda.
Such as campus safety, ironically
enough. The AMS was in the midst of an
$8000 campus safety campaign
designed to focus students' attention on
the university's woeful underfunding of
safety initiatives on the rest of the campus.
But this campaign, while laudable and
enjoying the universal support of the
politicos running headlong for elected
office, missed the AMS's one opportunity
to dramatically improve student safety,
without any of the lobbying, quibbles
over jurisdiction, or fights against university bureaucracy that various election
posters touted their candidates' enormously varied abilities to deal with.
They could improve safety in their
own Student Union Building.
They could provide, for instance,
round-the-clock security, every day of the
week; or better lighting in the dim hallways upstairs; or emergency buttons connected to campus security in washrooms
or other potential problem areas; or even
hallway mirrors at corners.
While things may be fairly safe around
the AMS coffee machine, more than a few
women are afraid to visit the bathroom
without a buddy, or even walk the vacant
halls of SUB at night.
Safety, as they say, begins at home.
The AMS could do much for its campaign
for campus safety by examining its own
and democracy
can co-exist
This letter is a response to comments made by Michael Goldberg,
dean of UBC's Faculty of
Commerce regarding "local" commercial devolpment plans.
(January 24, Vancouver Sun)
Said Goldberg: "Vancouver
will lose its competitive edge in
the global economy if local anti-
development forces gain total
control over land use...the provincial government should intervene to ensure that never happens." Goldberg was speaking to
the annual winter conference of
International Shoppers last
Thursday in Vancouver.
The dean's comments, arrogant and undemocratic, put UBC's
senior administration in an
intractable position, since they're
the most publicized of local land
The dean of Commerce is a
spokesman for that UBC aclministration; presumably he would not
ask for abrogation of public rights
without first clearing his position
with the President's Office.
Goldberg is in effect saying to the
Conference of International
Shoppers that UBC - a public body
- should have all rights and freedoms in land development, but
those who live in neigbourhoods
and communities beyond UBC
shall not be accorded the same
If government intervenes in
the matter at all, it should be at the
request of the taxpayers whose
rights to public protest are being
denied. It is they, after all, who pay
salaries at the University.
Nancy Horsman
AMS candidates
need pointy sticks
I appreciate how important it is
for the student population to
democratically elect its various
reps, but I would like to make the
foUowing two suggestions to all
those candidates who seem so
eager to please myself and my fel
low students:
1) The winners of the elections
get to walk around campus with
pointy sticks, picking up all the
discarded campaign flyers that
can be seen fluttering down West
2) All candidates shall be
required to calculate in their
heads the tuition that is wasted
when five candidates hold up an
Oceanography class of 250 for 10
minutes on consecutive mornings.
I'm just trying to be helpful. But
then, I'm not in PoliSci, so there's
probably some overwhelmingly
obvious logic to these insensitive
practices that I just can't see
C. Jeffrey Morris
2nd year Arte
Postergate plot
plods on and on...
Recently, a Mend of mine was
given the job of putting up Science
Week posters. On Monday, while
she was postering in the SUB,
three people approached her and
told her that it was useless putting
up the posters over the election
posters because they would tear
them down anyway. They then
proceeded to tear down a Science
Week poster in front of her and
throw it in a recycling bin nearby.
They stood near the posters and
refused to leave until my friend
left the scene.
My friend does not remember
who the three people were; she
just knew that they were in some
way associated with some candidate^) who is/are running in the
AMS elections. In no way did she
intentionally target a particular
set of posters to cover, nor did
she even know that she would
meet opposition. In a time when
candidates are supposed to be
giving students reasons to vote
for them, the childish behavour
of these three people are only
making a mockery of the elections. Surely these people should
be setting a better example for us
first years.
First Year Commitee
Science Undergraduate Sodety. THE UBYSSEY, JANUARY 28, 1997 1 1
The conditions of global trade
Canada's economic ties to Asia have expanded
rapidly under the Chretien Liberals. The
Canadian government and the private sector have
invested an immense amount of money and energy
into capitalising on business oppurtunities in the
Asia Pacific region, and especially in China. Team
Canada's trade trips to the East have been remarkably successful on paper. To date, about 20 billion
dollars of business has been contracted. There is,
however, a dark side to this success story, for as
Canada's economic ties to Asian countires
have grown our ability to criticize
human rights abuses in these countries
has been virtually eliminated. The
Canadian government will not risk jeopardizing potential trade deals for the
sake of taking a moral stand on the ethical treatment of the world's peoples,
as defined by the UN charter on
human rights.
Canada's response to the Tiananmen
Square massacre, on 4 June 1989, clearly demonstrated our government's resolve to be a good business partner with China regardless of the conditions
of life under the Communist regime. In reaction to the
slaughter of pro-democracy student protesters, then
external affairs minister, Joe Clark announced a handful of retaliatory measures against China. These inl-
cuded the withdrawl of government funding for three
development projects, the downgrading of trade representation in Beijing, and the creation of a 1.5 million dollar fund to aid Chinese students studying in
Canada. The Conservatives limited sanctions policy
was largely symbolic. The Canadian government coupled its lackluster measures with official declarations
that placated the righteous anger of the public, while
reassuring big business, and the Chinese authorities,
that no real punitive measures would be considered.
After the massacre, Clark announced that "it will not
be business as usual [with China]," then added, "we
must try to avoid measures that would push China
into isolation." Clark's political double-speak serves to
underline the fact that government policy towards
China was being set by the interest of big business, as
they continue to be to this day.
The current Canadian government's official policy
of "constructive engagement," which assures us that
increased trade will, one day, magically turn military
dictatorships into democracies, is a cruel hoax. Its
real aim, with respect to China, is to eliminate criticism ofthe government's separation of human rights
from trade. A separation which has the ultimate
effect of keeping human rights out of trade talks altogether.
The government's constructive engagement policy is politically necessitated by two factors: the government's unconscionably close relations with
Canadian businesses (including crown corporations)
operating in China and its participation in trade
orginizations and free trade agreements, like APEC
(Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) and NAFTA
(North American Free Trade Agreement). Former BC
Premier Mike Harcourt summed up the strategic all-
liance between Canadian business and government
in a 1994 Macleans article: "politicians are
there to open the doors, business is
there to close the deals." Canada's participation in APEC has served only to
legitimise the relationship between big
business and the government. In a
recent speech at APEC Business
Forum dinner, Chretien urged big
business to set the free trade agenda by
pointing out the constraints to "business
activity in the Asia Pacific" so that government
could ensure "that the institutions, the enviro-
ment and the mechanisms are in place to promote
regional economic growth." The responsibility for
Canada's economic policies has been all but handed
over to big business.
The promotion of Canadian values, including the
respect for human rights, has been abandoned by
our government. Indeed, during the Team Canada
trip to China in 1994 Chretien would not even use
the term "human rights," opting instead for what has
been decribed as the "much more innocuous phrase
good governance issues.'" When the state and big
business become one and the same certain consequences automatically follow. The most dangerous
and damaging of them is that a political orthodoxy is
created where economic growth becomes the only
valid concern. All other concerns, including democracy, the enviroment, labour standards, and the well-
being of people, are automatically downgraded to a
secondary status under these conditions.
The improvement of China's human rights
record depends upon democratic governments taking strong and meaningful actions to ensure change.
Tragically, with big business dictating our government's policy, Canada will be unable to do anything
to stem the tide of human rights abuses in China,
Indonesia, or any other country we are allied with
through free trade agreements. Under these conditions Canada, indirectly and directly, will continue
to facilitate crimes against humanity around the
C. David Jago
An aspiring philosopher begins to ramble
Philo-sophy can never be measured by the standard of the
idea of the idea of science." This
quotation came out of a period in
the twentieth century when one's
philosophy was connected quite
directly to a social and political
affiliation. Western philosophy at
the time of the Second World War
both influenced and was itself
shaped by the political climate in
The Vienna Circle, which advocated a scientific approach to philosophy, stood in opposition to
(primarily) German continental
thinkers who incorporated a
much more metaphysical element
to their thought. Crudely, on the
basis of this split, one could consider the discussion in terms of
whether Philosophy is a science,
or whether Science is a philosophy.
But why should this be of any
importance to us? And wiry should
we want to read about it in the student newspaper?
I am told that once upon a
time. Philosophy was fundamental to any education and hence
appealed to a greater percentage
of the student body. This was
apparently when the immediate
question following one's admittance to an interest in the field
was not "what are you going to do
with that?" In this setting philosophy may be studied because of its
own value, and not because of narrow pragmatic concerns like
whether philosophers score high
on their LSAT or not.
This, however, is exactly how
philosophy is perceived now:
People in philosophy make good
lawyers or journalists, or burger
flippers. And philosophy departments are measured in virtue of
how much money they bring in.
But, as an accomplished
philosopher has told me, and certainly to no surprise, philosophy
departments do not produce
money. They produce reflective
citizens: engaging in a rigorous
philosophical process encourages
one to more profoundly consider
society; indeed to consider what it
means to exist, and how one ought
to act within a given community.
The study of philosophy, to be
sure, produces good philosophers,
which, I suppose, makes for a better society.
Thus, more philosophical study
ought to be encouraged at UBC,
which could occur if more stu
dents explored their interest in
the field. This encompasses more
than name-dropping at Starbuck's
— "Oh, what do you think of Jean-
Paul Sartre?" It involves a profound and vigorous study of questions about meaning, about existence and about what can be said
to know about these.
This is true in philosophy, and
not in some watered-down version, stripped of its value and
made to fit a mould of commercial
consumption. And a study of this
nature would bring one to the realization that Philosophy is more
closely connected to "everyday"
life thanis assumed.
Significantly, many answers to
philosophical question about
meaning are offered in science.
And some would argue that science will provide the only answers
needed, but others suggest that a
critical inquiry into the justification of solutions which science
provides is still required. This
debate about the nature of
Philosophy as a science, exists
today as it did in Europe earlier in
the century.
Sheldon Steed
President of the Philosophy
Students' Association
Create a T-shirt to represent your experience of violence.
T-shirt making drop in: Thursdays 9 to 4; Fridays 1 to 4.
All materials provided.
Women Students' Office, Room 203 Brock Hall, 822-2415
Watch for our next showing in the SUB Art Gallery in March.
Women Students' Office
Groups - Winter 1997
Mature Women Students' Support Group
Tuesdays, resuming January 14 (drop-in)
1 2:30 - 1:30 PM, Room 207 Brock Hall
Assertiveness Training
Mondays, February 24, March 3 and March lO
12:30 - 2:20 PM, Room 207 Brock Hall
Skills for Dealing with Harassment &
Thursdays, February 13 and 20 or March 6 and 13
12:30 - 2:20 PM, Room 204D Brock Hall
Meditation and Stress Reduction
(Open to staff as well as students)
Thursdays, February 6, 13 and 20
12:30 - l :30 pm, Room 207 Brock Hall
Please preregister for these free groups -
call the Women Students' Office, 9,22-24-13
or drop in to Room 203 Brock Hall.
GateOne campus christian forum
Christians in History:
The Good, Bad & Ugly
A Speaker: Ian Elliot,
UBC's International Friendship Group
Plus Special Music, Video, & the Cafe
Sunday, Feb. 2, 7:30 PM
Regent College (University Blvd/Wesbrook Mall) YourUBCrW
Tuition & Other Fees (Forum 5>
January 15th, 1996
in the SUB Conversation Pit
Moderator:      Maria Klawe
Panellists: Dan Birch - VP Academic and Provost; Jennie Chen - AMS
Director of Administration; Allison Dunnet - AMS Coordinator of External
Affairs; Jessica Escribano - Student Representative, SITAC; Bob Goldstein -
Chair, SITAC; Bob Phillip - Director, Athletics & Recreation; and Mike Yang -
Student Representative, ACIT
d The Graduate Student Society is concerned that international students who are currently enrolled will have a large
tuition increase up to about $7000 or $8000 a year. We are also
concerned about the larger fee increase for new international students. This will really damage UBCs reputation as a
world-class research institution, and the fee changes could
decimate the number of graduate students. Has the University
taken this decrease in enrollment into account and how will
it be addressed?
A. The University is ven,1 concerned about this issue. The presidents and the vice-presidents of BC universities were asked to
meet with officials in government We were told that the freeze
in tuition was intended for Canadian students and not international students. With that in mind, what we have done is to
apply to international students the raises in tuition fees that
would have applied to other students had tuition not been
frozen . The government gave us a clawback to funding, and a
reduction in future funding. The government then pointed out to
us that if universities were to charge more to new international students, the money would make up for the shortfall. This left
us with a dilemma and we pushed very hard to get that disconnected from international students. The government then left it
up to the university. We had to do this immediately. Normally it
takes longer, but letters were just about to go out to international students, and we felt it was important they know about it.
Tuition fee recommendations will go back to the Board of
Governors (BOG) in February for final approval. Today will constitute part of the feedback we have been receiving about
these increases. One of the elements of the plan would be that
some part of the tuition fee would go to financial aid. Deans
and other committees are now looking at the issue before it
goes back to the BOG.
.-,. .n.ciuouuncji yiau stuoents do contribute to the university.
International students conduct research and raise awareness
around the world of UBC as a research institution. We should
become more accessible to the world, not less accessible
through fee increases. UBC will become a world-class institution for the rich only.
Q. Two years ago. a regressive tuition fee policy was introduced; cuts in government funding wen to be downloaded to
students. Fortunately, the government introduced a freeze on
tuition. The university then tried to introduce ancillary hot far
services like sewage, and the government said no to that also.
Maa Sihota said he didn't want amy increase in fees beyond
inflation, yet the university is doing that Why is the university still Bring to introduce ancillary fees?
A. This Forum is part of student consultation on this topic. It's
important to fully understand increases in the rate of inflation.
You are talking about increases to ongoing services. The ancillary fees we are proposing are for new services, for example,
the Student Technology Fee. We have obsolete labs and equipment, and not enough equipment. We need to look at fees
when new services are put in place. Improving student access
to information technology improves the quality of education,
and we can't do this without financial support from students.
We did a massive survey of other universities, and discussed
this with many students. The proposal process included students. The money would be used in a wide variety of ways, e.g.
computer lab space, replacing obsolete computers, access to
the Web, more dial-in lines. What the money is spent on will be
decided by a committee that will include students. To remain
competitive with other universities, we need to do this, and we
need to keep up to remain a first-class university.
0. How much will the Student Technology Fee be ?
A. It's hard to say. We take the approach of asking what constitutes a reasonable fee, what would students be willing to
pay, what are students paying at other universities. The fees
range from $20 to $100. No decisions have been made yet, but
we are looking at something under $100.
O. Why not put this fee to a binding referendum, let the students decide if they want it andean afford it?
A. The student reps have been pushing for a referendum, we
have said we won't support this fee unless there is a referendum. The University has a fear that it will be voted down. There
shouldn't be that fear if it truly means valuable new services to
the students. And new services should not be expanded services, because that's not a good deal. We already
contribute to costs on campus through our fees. If the new fee
went to this kind of thing we'd be double billed. If the fee goes
to truly new things then we'd support it. We would like to see
what kind of services students would like to see added.
A. The reason we can't hold a binding referendum on this is
that, by provincial legislation, the Board of Governors has fiscal responsibility for the University, and it is not appropriate to
ask them to give that up. Also, in general, sometimes when
people vote in a referendum they vote in a reactive way, rather
than taking the opportunity to become fully informed on the
A. The student members on ACIT strongly support having a referendum. Students aren't asking for the right to vote on tuition,
but on something additional. Students would receive information from the University during a referendum campaign in order
to make an informed decision.
0. What other fees are in place, and might be increased?
A. There are two fees that have been in place for a number of
years. They are being built up to an equivalent to 4 percent of
tuition. There is the Teaching and Learning Enhancement fund,
and we have a stipulation that students have to be directly
involved in the projects that receive funding from this money.
The Student Aid Fund was specifically designated as a last
resort fund, for financial aid on a needs basis rather than a
scholarship basis. These two fees will get small increases in
A. The Student Activity fee goes to Athletics and Recreation.
Most of the recreation facilities have been paid for by student
fees. There's no question of starting a new fee.
We have renamed the fee, and the money is governed by the
University Athletics Council, which includes students. Athletics
has to pay for the repair of all its buildings, for example roof
repair, or the new Student Rec. Centre, supporting teams.
There is a $40 optional fee, which has one more year to run.
The University Athletics Council are now considering a number
of different fee proposals.
0. Not all graduate programs have 22% international students,
that is an average and some are higher. I think that mare than
80% of Statistics grad students are international, so if there is
a decrease in the number of international students there
would be a big impact on small departments. My TA'ship
would only fast pay tor my tuition, and nothing else. US universities provide tuition waivers, and other funding. Students
will consider their options and go elsewhere.
A. The points you made are very good. Tuition can't be looked
at in a vacuum. It's true that other universities may have more
adequate financial aid. That is something we have to continue
to address and work on building more money for graduate student support for example through fund raising.
A. We may need to recruit more energetically. There may be an
initial dip in enrollment and it will take some time to bring those
numbers back up. Canada does have difficulty attracting international students, it is hard to compete with the US and
Australia. It looks like a larger number of international students
will be coming in from wealthy countries, and we want to find
a way to provide access for intelligent students from other
countries without the same financial means.
O. As a student if I were setting tuition fees I might set the
fees by looking at what it actually costs to put a student
through graduate studies. For example, I spent an entire year
doing field work off campus, and that isn't a high cost to the
university. How much does it cost for a grad student to go to
this University?
A. In the Faculty of Science, the estimate is $20,000 a year for
a grad program. Some of this is covered by research funds.
Tuition fees are set by considering differentials, cost and the
market in which we find ourselves. For example, in Dentistry,
$30,000 a year does not cover all the costs. Generally, tuition is
actually way below costs in all Faculties. So the $7000 being
proposed for Arts and for Science is below actual cost. If we
were charging a market price for Arts and Science, it would be
$13,000 or $14,000. Australian and US tuition fees are higher,
$20,000, but they have been recruiting very energetically.
O. What has come out clearly for me today is that if there are
to be new ancillary fees, there should be a referendum. Will
this be taken seriously by the University?
A. In regard to the Student Technology fee, the referendum will
be held but ultimately the decision about the fee is made by the
Board of Governors. I will encourage everyone to take part in a
A. The GSS has decided there will be a referendum on the
Student Technology fee, and the student reps on ACIT will take
part. We are talking to other student leaders. We are enthusiastic about participating in this, and we reiterate that it should
be binding.
A. The student reps on BOG also feel this way. There should be
further discussion on this topic, and I'm trying to make this
point over and over again at BOG meetings. There has to be
more student input on issues such as this referendum, and on
the increases to international fees. The student reps on BOG
voted against it, and they voted for a referendum. Even though
students' comments and needs are voiced, sometimes they
aren't taken seriously.
Q. Will these fees benefit all students? Is this funding going to
new projects or for other projects, for example the Faculty
Workstation Initiative?
A. We are committed to using any new money from the Student
Technology Fee to go to services not currently funded. New
fees will be used to drastically improve services, for example,
campus connectivity.
A. Additional money collected would be to help students
directly, and would not be used to buy faculty members computer equipment.
A. Student reps think that the services these fees provide
should be taken out of the money students pay in tuition. Also,
campus connectivity is an expansion of current service, and
not a new service. This is infrastructure that we have already
paid for.
A. The University is hoping that we will attract matching funds
for all the money we will collect through fees. If we don't put
this fee in place a lot of things are going to go astray.
0. It is the policy of my department to fully support graduate
students, regardless of whether we are international or
domestic students. But with the increase to international fees,
the department might not be able to continue to do that This
increase may send me back home to Germany. I would like
continue my Masters here but when I compare the costs with
German universities, there is no comparison.
A. It would be great if Canadian universities were funded like
German universities!
U. lam just hearing about the technology fee, and the increase
U international fees has came out of the blue. Why are all
these such quick decisions? Consulting with students should
happen first then make the decision. I question the way these
decisions have been made. Also, I would like clarification
about the $20,000 figure for a science student. What does that
include? International grad students contribute to the university in various ways, for example, in teaching and research.
Why should we be discriminated against? We felt really welcomed when we came here.
A. You're right. Grad students enrich the research and the
milieu of the University. As a grad student in the US, I was paying differential fees and I didn't feel alienated by that. If this is
a matter of foreign aid we should look at it this way. Otherwise,
we must look at the real cost of education and look at other
forms of support for students. We continue to believe that
international students are a crucial part of the university. In
answer to your comments about consultation, because of
when we were given the funding constraints we were forced
to move faster than normal, but we are still trying to conduct
consultation. It was just bad timing, and we have tried not to
word any letters as if the decision has already been made.
0. What is the university doing to fight the government on
A. We should stand together with the students on these issues.
However, we will get a grant reduction no matter what We
would like to find other ways to deal with this issue.
0. What are the total amounts of all the fee increases?
A. The Student Technology Fee might be up to $100, Teaching
and Learning Enhancement Fee $24, Student Aid Fee $12.
Q. The option of a refund of the Activity fee is only advertised
at the gyms. This means a lot of students don't hear about the
refund. Why isn't it advertised more?
A. Students raised this at BOG too. We tried to put forward suggestions to make a refund easier, and the University resisted. It
was originally created to pay for the Student Recreation
Centre, and then when the tennis bubble was proposed the
University tried to spend the money on that. Student reps tried
to have the refund advertised in the Calendar and on Telereg.
A. The information about the refund is in the Calendar, and
every student is sent a bulletin about the refund.
0. If there is a significant increase for second or third year
students, they might not be able to afford to return. I would
propose negotiating multi-year funding with the government
A. Michigan State University negotiated with the state that
there would be stability in their grant funding, and under those
conditions, the university would be able guarantee students
that their tuition would remain stable. As it stand now, if we get
a significant decrease in our grant funding and we can't raise
tuition to off-set this, then students suffer in the quality of the
education they receive. I fully support the kind of proposal
you've asked for.
A. The government imposed tuition freeze and it's over in the
next year or two. After that, increases might happen. We need
to continue to lobby the government for further support. The
government does subsidize part of our education, and if it
doesn't continue to do so we might be looking at privatization.
Q. h seems the government here doesn't value research work
or education very highly. Canada Immigration requires that
international students must have funding in place in order to
attend university here. Given the significant increase, how
will we get around that requirement?
A. Unfortunately, students won't get around it and the funding
will have to be in place. We will continue to work with
Immigration Canada to try to gain more understanding and
sympathetic treatment for students, and we will continue to
work for improved financial support.
ft h seems the aim of the increase to tuition fees is more
money, but the affect is going to be a drop in the number of
students. In my research group 3 of 5 of us are international
students. None of us would be here if we had to pay the
increased fees when we first came, and we might not be able
to stay now.
ft. / request that the university publish a break down of the
costs for students that you discussed earlier. I would also like
to see a principle of equity applied to students who are
already here. We can't afford this, and you need to find out
about the situation of international students. It seems that the
unveristy has targeted the weakest group on campus, and
wants to take advantage of them.
ft Are there going to be improvements to the financial aid
available to international students, for example so that students are eligible for bursaries?
A. International students have had access to UBC funded bursaries in the last few years. Now international grad students
and students from out of province are also eligible for work-
study positions.
ft What is the commitment of the university to students on
providing information technology into the 21st Century?
A. In addition to any money paid by students in fees, we are
asking the government and private sector to provide matching
funds. We hope to take an amount of money and quadruple it,
and this will allow us to provide more effecient and impressive
ft Even though international students don't get to vote, they do
pay taxes, so they are paying to support the university. Other
universities have found that when ancillary fees are optional
many students do pay them because the fees are tax
A. All ancillary fees will be tax deductible.
a Given that the cost of education is increasing through
ancillary fees, and given that there has been an increase in
the cost of living in Vancouver, how does UBC ensure that
education is affordable for BC residents?
A. Fees at UBC are much less than in other provinces. We are
actually one of the more accessible universities compared
with others. Also, one of our top priorities has been to raise
money for fellowships and bursaries. Through efforts such as
the student aid fee, the university has been committed to students and to make it more accessible. We have also been
working with the federal and the provincial governments to
address the disparity between costs, grants, and loans.
0.1 am concerned that with the technology fee the result will
be that we pay $100 a year, and then we will have to pay more
later because everyone will have to own a computer. With
new technology does it mean that everyone is going to have to
have a $2000 computer? Also, students in different departments have different needs, why is it that this fee is going to
be set across the board when the needs are different between
students in English vs. students in Engineering?
A. Both issues are being discussed with SITAC, and the recommendation has been made that within 4 years the fee will be
O. Keep in mind that tuition is only one part of the fees we pay
to come to university. There are direst and indirect costs, hidden costs such as additional course fees. So far, I've managed
to avoid taking a student loan, but there are some work-study
positions I would like to apply for. Because I've avoided having to take an student loan, I can't demonstrate the need for
A. The government has made the decision that BC students
must be receiving loans to be eligible for work-study.
We also received the following written comments:
Isn't it the responsibility of the various committees to make sure that students have
the proper knowledge to make a decision about what fees and increases ere implemented? After attending the Forum, j feel that I still haven't been given a fug breakdown of what services and expansions the technology fee would be providing.
I feel mat the UBC administration has an obligation to inform students about the exact
details of the proposed new ancillary fees, for example how much will the Student
Technology Fee be. and what exactly would it provide to students. Further, the university should give students a chance to vols in a binding referendum on whether we
want the fees or not I do not believe that computer access is a "necessary" part of
my university education, and I want to decide for myself where my money is spent
Why won't the university administration help the students lobby for more post-secondary funding, rather than undermining students by forcing tuition increases and
ancillary fees on them? If the university would try working with the students to educate the government and public about the importance of pest-secondary education,
rather then working against them and restricting university to the rich, we would all
be better off. From the administration's comments (on the panel) regarding the
Student Technology fee, I get the impression the UBC is jumping on the information
tech/computer bandwagon. I need my bram, and my professors to help me to obtain
my degree. I do not need more debt load or more World Wide Web access.
Your UBC Forum 6:
\ppeals & Complaints
Wednesday, January 29
SUB Conversation Pit
12:30-2:00 PM


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