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VOLUME 79 ISSUE 1
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Coke may have become a
crutch for the AMS. Is your
student society hooked?
The president of China
turns down UVic's
honourary degree.
A brief round up of what
happened while you were
away this summer.
To some activists, the new
Alcan deal looks
suspiciously like the old one.
Dinner on a budget?
The Varsity Grill offers
students an alternative.
At long last the f unkiness
of Matisse makes its way
to Vancouver.
Chris Gatchalian revives the
local theatre scene. Next, he
takes the Chan centre.
Tne Fringe festival is about to
hit the Drive again this year.
Don't touch our moisturiser!
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Some students
are angry at UVic's
honourary degree pick.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1997
ANDREA BAN MANN was one of the lucky ones Saturday in the SUB auditorium—she got a room in residence, richard lam photo
Nor
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by Ron Nurwisah
ms to get in
Last Saturday at the annual residence
roll call, the SUB saw more students than
UBC has rooms for.
"Are there any men here with the
numbers one through five...? Five
through ten...?"
At number ten two guys sauntered
onto the stage, looking more relaxed
than the other students still waiting to
make it off the waiting list and into campus residences.
"Ten through fifteen..."
At every set of numbers, hundreds of
expectant students, many with their parents and siblings in tow, looked to the
number in their hand; their place on a
residence waiting list that was 2400
strong.
Students sat in their seats, 600 of
them fidgeting and folding over the corners of housing documents. A few hundred more peered through the doorway,
packed into aisles or rested against the
walls, chatting aimlessly with one another until Bob Frampton, the assistant
director of residence administration,
called the next number.
There is a housing shortage at UBC
and by Labour Day weekend there were
still hundreds of students searching for a
place to live.
Frampton is responsible for placing
students. He said after fifteen years,
nothing's changed: there are too many
students wanting too few places. The
4000 rooms Housing and Conferences
manages are simply not enough to meet
the demand of students looking to live on
campus.
Every year, hundreds of students are
turned away and forced to find a place to
live off campus. They're foreign exchange students, first year students leaving home, grad students, transfer students from local colleges.
Unlike many urban campuses, the
alternatives available to UBC students are
some of the most expensive in Canada.
Zoe Stronge, who manages the AMS
Rentsline, said off campus housing
around UBC is usually expensive. Many
of the students in the SUB auditorium on
Saturday will join the thousands stuffed
into illegal basement suites and Kitsilano
fixer-uppers. But it will be hard to find
even dismal housing after September 1.
The housing department is trying to
do something about it. That department
knows it needs housing for 25 per cent of
the   undergrad   student   population.
They're hoping to start construction on a
new development for third and fourth
year students this year. And there are
plans to build additional housing around
Acadia and Vanier residences.
But that is no comfort to this year's
students left out in the cold, many of
whom will need temporary shelter while
they search for a home.
Kerri Thompson, a front desk clerk at
the International Hostel at Jericho Beach,
said at this time of the year there are
always about 20 UBC students staying
there while they look for housing.
"Each bed gets a locker, so we know
when they're trying to get into UBC
because they have extra baggage that
doesn't fit in so then we have to store
that for them and yeah, our storage is full
right now," she said.
Just 120 ofthe students who waited in
the SUB Saturday left with a housing
assignment.
Eleni Rounis was one of the lucky ones.
Her mother was in tears when she heard
the news—her daughter had a home.
Doritjahn wasn't as fortunate. The fourth
year Engineering student from Germany
didn't get in. She said that she'll try to find
a place off campus. "I'm very afraid but I
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FENCING CLUB General Meeting
September 12, 1997, Osbourne
"E". 7:30 PM.
Parents face giant debt
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
A high-level recommendation that the federal
government start a grant program for students
with children is a good first step to reducing student debt levels. That's what student leaders, and
students with children are saying about the recommendation, made by the premiers in New
Brunswick last month.
The recommendation came after a public
campaign to call attention to student debt. On average, Canadian
post-secondary students graduating this year owe $22,000; next
year it will be $25,000. Additionally, almost a quarter of student
loan recipients have dependents.
Brad Lavigne, national chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), led the
campaign to spin public discourse on student debt repayment into a campaign for debt
reduction.
"We seized the premiers' conference opportunity by saying we
wanted to build on our campaign
to bring in a national system of
grants and to have income contin
gency loans stopped as a policy option," said
Lavigne. "Having the premiers make any statement to that end would be a furthering of our
cause."
For Lorraine Irlam, a single mother and MA
student at UBC, anything to cut her debt would
help. It's $63,000 and growing.
"I don't have a hope in hell of making the
payments," Irlam says. "With my seven years of
university education I'll have by the time I graduate, I understand that the going rate for jobs if
you're lucky enough to get them is $35,000."
Like many parents on student loans, Irlam
has been able to borrow enough for her education, her hving costs, and the cost of supporting
Christi, who is 14. They live in a housing co-op in
False Creek where, for now, the rent is $ 150 per
month. But since it's a coop, the rent will climb
to $800 a month once Lorraine graduates.
Depending on how much of her debt the BC government will pay through its loan remission program, Lorraine's monthly loan payments could
be $800 a month. That's her best case scenario,
she says.
The provincial debt remission programs work
well most of the time, according to Maura Parte,
the BC CFS chairperson. In BC, students can get
part of their provincial debt forgiven if they meet
criteria that show they were working or studying
during the summer.
Unfortunately for Irlam, there are also plenty
of ways to get disqualified from remission. She
was hit by one of them.
In her first year studying psychology at Simon
Fraser University, she took only a few courses so
she could take care of Christi and work part time.
FLAT BROKE Sharon Nelson with Katie and Jenet. richard lam photo
"I had put myself almost through the first year of
university going part time and working part time
so I managed to avoid borrowing for my first
year," she says.
But to qualify for remission you have to finish
in five years or less. Irlam's part time studying
"I don't have a hope in hell of making the payments. I understand that
the going rate for jobs, if you're lucky
enough to get them, is $35,000."
-LORRAINE IRLAM
PSYCHOLOGY GRAD STUDENT
meant she would take another four years to finish
her degree, too long to get remission on the loans
she started getting in second year.
Changes to the provincial remission guidelines a few weeks ago might re-qualify her. The
ministry of Education announced August 7 that
some single parents would get up to six years to
finish and would still be eligible for remission.
That means if Irlam is eligible, the province
will pay all of her undergrad debt under the BC
student loan program that's over $18,500. For
her Master's degree, they'll pay the BC portion
over $22,000.
But it's the federal portion that student leaders
and the premiers are trying to change. When students get loans, about 60 per cent comes from
the provinces, and 40 from the federal government. But when it comes time to
pay, 75 per cent of the debt is to
Ottawa.
A spokesperson for the federal
ministry of Human Resources
and Development, which manages the federal portion of student
loans, said there was no decision
yet whether Ottawa would follow
the premiers' recommendation.
Sharon Nelson, an undergrad
at UBC, would like to see a federal
grant program for students with
dependants. Sitting with her five
year-old twins Katie and Jenet in
the SUB cafeteria, she says it wasn't hard to decide whether to take
student loans.
"I hated being poor. I wanted my
education, I wanted my kids to get an education
when they get older and I was tired of getting jobs
that I wasn't earning very much money in. I
somehow figured that if I got a degree that I
would have more qualifications and I would be
able to get a better job," she says.
Nelson wants to finish her
BA in Women's Studies and do
a Master's, then be a teacher.
She's been single since Katie
and Jenet were 16 months old;
she been taking loans for three
years. Without the UBC bur
saries and provincial daycare
subsidies she gets, she says
she'd have a serious debt problem. Including the loan she
picked up last week, she owes
$43,000.
"I literally don't think about how much I owe
because it would be so depressing that I would
not be able to do my school work. So I ignore it,"
she smiles. "Completely. And I figure I know I
want to do this so when I get out I'll deal with that.
And until then as long as they keep giving me
money it's okay."*>
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by Chris Nuttall-Smith
Winnie Cheung is electric.
She's warming up a crowd of 200 students on opening day
f international orientations at UBC, promising their time here
ill open doors for the rest of their lives. The International
tudent Services director is passionate, but dignified, her cor-
ige trembling lightiy wilh every testament to education, inter-
ational friends, and persistency's power to open doors.
"Almost all will open if you push hard enough...And some-
mes even a credit card will do," she chuckles.
Ingo Essig, a short-shorn and bespecta-
ed undergrad from Karlsruhe, a govern-
The effort has been worthwhile, he says. Applications from
international students to UBC undergrad programs were up
five per cent this year, despite the new tuition fees. "All of us on
the recruiting team were expecting to hear some comments
back about the fee level and the response that we uniformly
got..was people wanted to know what the fees were and then
they kind of nodded their heads as though 'oh yeah, that's what
the standard international rates are."'
$13,830 a year is higher than many Canadian schools
though. A full course load at McGill costs international undergrads an average of $8,500. The University of Toronto charges
$8,000. And across town, foreign undergrads pay just $7,000
Quietly paying their dues
lent town in southwest Germany, is there
sterling.
A few days later he explains that it might
e a short stay in town. Since he got to
ancouver two weeks ago he's discovered
is tuition has more than doubled to
round $19,000. With the $10,000 inter-
ational students spend each year on living
Dsts and travel home, it will cost him
120,000 for a four year degree at UBC.
Ingo got into UBC in 1996 when full-
me tuition for foreign undergraduate students was
round $5,700. He planned on coming last year but
'as called into a mandatory ten month stint in the
erman Army. In the meantime UBC raised interna-
onal undergraduate tuition to $ 13,830. With the ten
xtra credits engineering students take, his tuition will
e closer to $19,000.
Winnie Cheung's credit card joke doesn't sit well
ith Ingo.
"I know my parents can't afford to let me stay here,
just spoke to them on the phone and I don't know
'hat happens now—probably I'll look for another uni-
ersity or I might have to go back home to see if I can
nd a spot, there." he says, slouched on a mildewed
ench outside the International House.
UBC decided in 1996 to raise new foreign under-
raduate students' tuition to full cost—the price of edu-
ation without governme nt subsidies. It takes effect this
aar, but even now, almost two years after the decision
'as made, hardly an eyebrow has
een raised. The change didn't get any
lk or airtime from Vancouver's press
Dips. The Ubysseylearned only weeks
go ofthe 142 per cent increase. Most
tudent council executives asked last week about the
lcrease were dumbfounded. The student council exec-
tives represent UBC students.
For 140 of them, tuition went up $8000, and almost
obody seems to care.
In February, when the Board of Governors at UBC raised
lition for international gradu-
International undergrad students
Fraser
will be the first at
UBC to pay nearly
$14,000
"We have
.some money;
but not
ST l$*
much'
ingo essig
Int. Student
te students, the reaction was a
it different After that decision,
'hich saw graduate tuition
limb 210 per cent to $7,087, a
•oupe of protesters invaded the
niversity president's office
nd refused to leave for six
ays. They got front page cover-
ge in Vancouver's press. And
Dme of those grad students
lunched a Supreme Court of
C petition against the universi-
' last month to overturn the
lcrease—prompting another
3t of headlines around the city.
But while those press reports explained the
?gal battle, they didn't really explain the universi-
''s rationale for charging international students full fees.
UBC raised international tuition, says Karen McKellin, lhe
lternational student coordinator at UBC, for two good reasons,
irst, international students don't really pay into the Canadian
ix system that supports postsecondary education. Second,
lere's the demand. Enough students want to come to Canada,
nd to UBC; and they'll pay for the privilege. She says the uni-
ersity doesn't actually make money on internationals, but tries
i school them at cost.
Dr. Donald Wehrung, who's in charge of selling UBC to inter-
ational undergrads, says his office stepped up its recruiting
fforts this year. After losing prospective students to the US,
ustralia and the UK—international undergrad admissions at
IBC dropped 25 per cent this decade—Wehrung took UBC and
team of recruiters on the road to education fairs around the
acific Rim. There, he says, lies a huge demand for education
nd there aren't enough universities. And families on the
acific Rim are willing to pay to send their children abroad.
at        Simon
University.
According to Wehrung, |_
students who were willing to
pay $5,700 to come to UBC
aren't   dissuaded   by   the
tuition increase.
"Many   students
just  don't  have
the      [financial]
ability     to     go
abroad to school and I don't think that the fee
increase is going to significantly change that," he
says.
Maura   Parte,   BC   chair   of  the   Canadian
Federation of Students, has a problem with that. She
says tuition for international students is so high that
only the rich can come. "Since the 1980s when
international fees have gotten higher and higher
and higher, people have gotten to the point where
they say 'What does another increase matter, students who can't
afford it are no longer able to get in whether it's $4000 or
$4500. It's out ofthe reach of anyone but wealthy students."
Parte adds that international students should be more than
a cash cow—they're individuals who bring a measure of diver-
sit}' and a flood of new cultures, ideas, politics and philosophies
to universities.
Martha Piper, the new president of UBC, spoke after
Winnie Cheung at the orientation opening. Her analogy, borrowed from 1950s stage and screen star Danny Kaye, is of life
as a canvas. You should throw as many different colours (experiences) at that canvas as possible, she says. And if the new students can see UBC as a giant canvas, she wants them to paint it
as much as they can.
"You are knowledgeable about your country and we want
you to share that knowledge with as many other UBC students
as possible," Piper says, deliberately, staccato for emphasis,
"because increased knowledge and understanding of another
country and society is the most important gift you can bring
with you."
But where UBC's love of international students seems clear,
its cornmitment to the poor ones is questionable.
In 1995 the university passed as policy a commitment to
provide ten full scholarships to students from the neediest
countries in the world. Another UBC policy says 30 per cent of
every tuition increase will go to financial aid. There's also the
sentence in Policy 72 (Tuition Fees) that says: "We will continue
to honour the existing policy that no student otherwise qualified
will be excluded for financial reasons alone."
These commitments, however, haven't
materialised.
The ten full scholarships committed
in the policy still don't exist two and a
half years after it was written. Carol
Gibson, UBC's director of Awards and
Financial Aid explains they're on the
way. "I think that this [the policy| was a
statement of intent and it has not been
put in place yet. In part I think it's
because it has not been fully decided
how money coming in from full paying
international students will be used yet,"
she says.
The 30 percent provision for financial aid didn't survive the tuition
increase either. UBC put just 11 per cent
of this year's increase—not the 30 per
cent required by the university's policy—into financial aid.
Daniel Birch, UBC provost, vice president academic and one of the adniinis-
trators who supported the undergrad
fee increase, admits the 30 per cent
requirement lost out to the undergrad
tuition increase. "What you could say is
that policy 72 was superseded by market-based tuition for international students adopted by the board in January of
1996," Birch says".
He adds the delay in developing the ten
scholarships surprises him. "I'm glad you
pointed it out and I'm going to raise the question with Maria [Klawe, vice president student
and academic services] and Carol [Gibson]
myself and see whether anybody requires any
encouragement or stimulus or support or
whether there's some other action that we
need to take to make sure it's implemented."
But Birch, Gibson and McKellin all say
they want to help all international undergrads come to UBC. And McKellin warns
against assuming that all international students are rich. Many of them come from
working families that make sacrifices for their children's
education, she says.
They point to the financial aid available to international
students. International development agencies sponsor students to study in Canada. The
Alma Mater Society funds
bursaries for two international refugees, and UBC awards
those students $10,000 each
during their four years here.
International students are eligible for the university's Outstanding Student Initiative—also
worth $ 10,000 over four years. They can work on campus for up
to twelve hours a week, and can often receive financial assistance
from their home countries.
So far, those options haven't put Ingo at ease.
His high-school advisor said he wasn't eligible for scholarships and bursaries, so he didn't apply. And a part-time job isn't
going to make up for the $40,000 to $50,000 the new fees will
cost him in the next four years.
"We have some money, but not that much. And I really don't
want to spend that much money for university; I mean, I don't
know what's corning after and I really don't want to jeopardise
that much," he says.
McKellin says she'll do eveiything she can to find a solution
for Ingo. The registrar at UBC, Richard Spenser, said last week
that if UBC erred by not informing Ingo of the new tuition, he'll
probably get a break on his tuition.
But in a perfect world, UBC would five up to a key sentence
in the policy that guides the university: "We will continue to honour the existing policy that no student otherwise qualified will
be excluded for financial reasons alone."
Ingo says he'll hope for the best Staring at the ground outside International House, he says his first week of university
wasn't what he or his parents had hoped for.
"What they told me was I should look around for other universities maybe in Canada; a place here which is cheaper.
Which is probably hard because it all starts in September."*
per year on tuition. The fee
hike was quietly passed two
years ago. It's about to send at
least one new student packing. TEMBER2, 1997
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Coke a crutch for the AMS
by Sarah Galashan
Questions have been raised about how the AMS is
spending money it receives from the university's
controversial beverage agreement.
Every year the AMS makes $130,000 from the
contract which gives Coca-Cola the exclusive right
to sell their beverages in the Student Union Building.
The money was originally intended for special
initiatives and deficit reduction. But according to the
proposed 1997/98 budget that was released at council last week, $80,000 of the cold beverage money
will be used to cover lost AMS revenues and financial errors.
"I'm a bit shocked to be honest. I read the budget
and I thought, well, you know, maybe they made a
mistake," said David Borins, AMS representative to
the university Board of Governors (BoG).
Borins told council he's worried the AMS might
be growing dependent on the money, and he says
the council might get stuck if the Coke deal isn't
renewed in 2005.
"It looks like we're addicted to Coke now," Borins
told council, at last Wednesday's AMS meeting.
Bernie Peets, AMS general manager, cautioned
the funding could be limited. "I don't think we can
count on having this revenue ten years down the
line," said Peets.
According to Vivian Hoffmann, AMS director of
finance, the budget reflects a necessity for change in
allocation of funds. Services of value to students
should receive funding whether they are profitable
or not, said Hoffmann. "That's what we're here for."
Hoffmann acknowledged the Coke money was
not originally intended for established services, but
she said the AMS needed to redirect the funding in
order to maintain its current level of operations.
"I'm hoping that the businesses will increase
their performances in the upcoming years," said
Hoffmann. "We've got to get off Coke."
But hope is not enough for Borins, who suggested
the AMS seek outside financial advice in order to
wean them away from the beverage funding. Borins
worries that if Coca-Cola discovers the AMS is
dependent on the money, the corporation will not
offer the same amount in the future.
Borins explained that when the contract was originally discussed the council felt it was important not
to become dependent on the money. "We figured
we'd slot [the money] into special projects so that we
wouldn't be reliant on it, so that in ten years, if we
wanted, we could say 'Go screw yourself, we didn't
like this,'" said Borins.♦
Great daycare, too bad about the wait
by Marina Antunes
UBC's adnoinistrator of child care services says
four new campus daycares won't quell the
demand for a good place where residents, staff
and students can leave their children.
Darcelle Cottons says there are 400 families on
waiting lists for 330 campus daycare spaces. And
the 63 new spaces in a building that used to house
UBC's Child Study Centre won't fill the demand.
The waiting lists are still long because the daycares at UBC hire one staff member for every
three children, more than is required by law.
According to Cottons, this means children in
these centres get more attention than in most
other daycares. "I could easily fill up another
infant or toddler centre tomorrow but then my
parent fees would have to go up and I can't justify making all the parents in the system pay to
serve that"
About half the wait-listed children are under
three years old. It's more expensive to care for
them since they need more supervision and care
than is required by law.
Cottons said that lack of child care for this age
group is a province-wide problem. "It's actually a
systemic shortage in the province because of the
cost of providing care for children under the age
of three."
She added most of the cost of daycare at UBC goes
to wages for the trained staff. "The average hourly rate
for a licensed child care staff [member] is $15.50 an
hour," said Cottons, "which is less than a lot of other
less qualified people on campus." Even then, the
infant centres lose a total of $30,000 per year and toddler centres lose a total $ 12,000 per year.
ONE
RICH
of the lucky ones who made it past the wait list at UBC daycare.
LAM/UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO
"This [the cost of daycare] is partly why we don't
have more of the infant and toddler daycare." Infant
care for a student is $910 a month and toddler care is
$850, Cottons said.
Parents pay for staff salaries and benefits, as well as
program costs. All of the aclministration costs and the
facility maintenance costs are covered by the university.
"The university is great when it comes to subsidising," said Cottons. ♦
Student internships targeted for October
By Daniel Silverman
It may get easier for UBC students
to get job experience starting this
fall, as the Alma Mater Society has
launched an internship program.
Ruta Fluxgold, AMS vice president, is charged with the initiative
and hopes to see students placed as
early as October.
"We've received over 100
responses so far. And we expect
more. The registration forms are
just starting to come in but the
request for information was huge,"
said Fluxgold.
Blair Grabinsky, Career Services
manager, is happy with the idea
and said the program will be an
alternative to co-op, allowing students a chance to get work experience.
"Internship programs don't
have to have an academic compo
nent, like co-op does," said
Grabinsky.
Unlike a co-op program, the criteria for these internships will be
set by the employer, rather than the
employer having to meet the criteria of the co-op program.
Students won't get paid for the
work, but according to Fluxgold the
internships will not interfere with
school. "It also provides students
with an opportunity to get into
fields that might not be specific to
their degree."
"The internship provides a
greater diversity for opportunities...[because] students, regardless
of their faculty, regardless of their
fuU-time or part-time status, regardless of whether they got straight A's
or barely got through last year,
wouldn't be disqualified."
Fluxgold insists that the AMS
program should not take jobs from
paid employees. "Just by the nature
of the hours that the students are
allowed to commit to, it's very
doubtful that that will replace anybody."
Students in the program will be
able to volunteer ten hours a week,
and intern terms will last a maximum of one year, after which time
the student may be offered employment.
Fluxgold said students will be
able to apply for internships
through the AMS, which will post
the opportunities on the SUB
careers board and Joblink.
Grabinsky thinks that the growth
of the program will be exponential,
as companies learn about the
opportunities to train potential
employees at no cost
"What we all want here is to get
students experience," said Grabinsky, "That's the bottom line."»> THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. StUPTEMBER 2,1937 ,
Chinese president won't collect UVic award
by Richard Carlson
The Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)-The University of Victoria's plan to
award an honourary degree to the president of China,
Jiang Zemin, was dashed last week when he declined
the degree—but only after UVic's decision hailed a
storm of controversy there.
Student members of UVic's senate, which approved
the plan to award Jiang the degree, broke confidentiality rules and told student leaders ofthe decision. Anita
Zaenker, UVic Students' Society academics director,
went to the press.
"For our institution to acknowledge that Jiang suspended freedom of the press and yet honour him for
promoting 'economic reform' is a disregard for the
value universities place on the free exchange of ideas,"
said Zaenker.
Michael Conlon, president of UVic's Graduate
Students' Society, spoke against the honourary degree.
"It seems irrefutable Jiang is a human rights violator,
whether or not he is an economic moderator or not is
not really important," said Conlon. "People have disappeared and continue to disappear."
"This is really outrageous," said Emmanuel Sayo,
spokesperson for the No! to APEC Coalition. Sayo said
the award was economically driven and a way for UVic
to capitalise on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperaton
conference that will bring hundreds of world leaders
to Vancouver—and UBC—this fall.
"We are really upset that UVic wants to honour
someone who violates human rights. This whole thing
is just a farce. If you look at APEC, China is number
one and Canada's best customer. And of course, we
still have some CANDU reactors to sell," said Sayo.
"The customer is always right. They know of the
human rights abuses, but business is business, and
profits can be made and human rights can be thrown
out the window."
But many at UVic supported the decision to honour
Jiang. "I am pleased with the Senate's decision to issue
these important invitations," said David Strong, the
president of UVic, in a press release announcing the
decision to award Jiang. "These invitations are also in
line with our tradition of recognising world leaders
who have promoted, economic, social, environmental
and other civil reforms in their countries."
"Jiang Zemin is widely perceived as a moderate,"
said Ralph Crozier, a UVic professor who specialises in
the history of China and teaches a course on the
Tiananmen Square massacre.
"Deng appointed Jiang after the Tiananmen Square
massacre as he was not directly involved in it. He was
not soft on the students nor was he implicated in using
military force to quell the demonstrators," said Crozier.
Jiang is both president of the People's Republic of
China and chair of the Communist Party of China.
Since the death of Deng Xiaoping in February, he has
become the most powerful person in his country.
During the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, he
was the acting leader of Shanghai, although he was not
directly involved in the uprising.
"The honourary degree is really a legitimisation of
the present Chinese leadership," said Crozier. "The
good thing is that encourages the moderates in
Chinese leadership versus the hard-liners. The negative spin is that it legitimises the world's last surviving
one-party comrnunist regime."
Richard King, a professor in Pacific and Asian
Studies, is one of the people who recommended giving the degree to Jiang. "I was in favour as it is important to recognise reform under Jiang," King said. "I
think that if you look at China since Jiang has had
power, there has been an acceptance of the rule of
law and a certain level of civil society which is considerable progress when you look at China under
Mao or Deng."
Despite the continued lack of human rights in
China, King sees a certain amount of hope for the
future. "There is no doubt that human rights is not
nearly as good as I want it to be, yet I still tiiink it is useful to recognise reform."
Besides the protest from students, human rights
organisations are also speaking out against the honourary degree. "What we are seeing in China is not a
change," said Bob Goodfellow, managing director of
Amnesty International. Goodfellow points out that
death sentences last year rose to 6,000 sentences and
3,500 executions, most of which were broadcast on
Chinese television.
Amnesty also reports that thousands of dissidents,
opponents of the government, and religious leaders
continue to be detained, many of whom were sentenced by unfair trials or held under administrative
detention.
Concerning Jiang, Amnesty cites the example of Wu
Shishen, a one-time editor of New China News Agency,
who after releasing Jiang's speech at the 14th
Congress ofthe Communist Party of China in 1993 to
news media in Hong Kong, was sentenced for ten
years. Jiang personally intervened and had his sentence bumped up to life.*
■UBC J»schoof flirt
DONNA LOGAN surveys construction of
 By Daniel Silverman
The building that will house the
Sing Tao School of Journalism
has just opened and already the
school has its hands full.
Donna Logan, the school's
director and a former CBC executive, says everybody wants to
know about the Master of
Journalism program. "The
phone never stops ringing," she
said. "I have a file five inches
thick of people who want to apply
to the program, and a file four
inches thick of people who want
to teach there."
Of the hundreds of applications Logan says she's received,
however, just 25 graduate students and two instructors will
start next year.
The students must have specialised degrees in an undergraduate discipline, and the instructors will be accepted from the faculties of Science, Arts and Applied
Science.
"I believe it's very important
Sing Tao school, richard lam photo
for journalists to have education
in as many fields as possible, and
particularly in those that they are
specialising in," Logan says. "A
degree in just journalism courses
per se is not sufficient, because
really what they need to know is
the things they're going to be
writing about."
And she says she'll be looking
for seasoned journalists who
want to take the program. "It
would be my hope that we can
find people who have good experience in journalism already
who are looking to enhance their
skills or to specialise in some
form of reporting."
The school, which opened last
week, is the first graduate journalism school in western Canada.
Logan says its location makes it
ideal for studies in Pacific Rim
issues.
Construction and startup costs
were financed by a $3 million
donation from Sing Tao Holdings, a Hong Kong media conglomerate.*
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Nominations are invited for
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
TO THE
FACULTY OF ARTS
There will be a total of 25 student representatives:
a) 21 third- and fourth-year Arts students to be elected (one representative from
the combined major, honours, or graduate program in each of the
Departments and Schools in the Faculty of Arts); and
b) 4 first- and second-year Arts students to be elected (two representatives from
each of first and second year).
Student representatives are full voting members in the meetings of the Faculty of
Arts, and are appointed to committees of the Faculty.
Nominations open on September 8,1997 and close September 12,1997
Nomination forms will be available from School and Departmental offices, the
Office of the Dean (Buchanan B130) and the Arts Undergraduate Society office
(Buchanan A207). Submit completed nomination forms to the Office of the Dean
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 by Sarah Galashan
Freedom to choose their telephone company is not an option
for residents of Thunderbird,
Ritsumeiken and St. Andrews.
And since he was denied,
Brian Sieben has made it his
mission to obtain access to
other telephone services before
he graduates this year.
Presently, the local service
offered by UBC is cheaper than
BC Tel's and ResTel works with
ResNet to provide residents of
Thunderbird and part of Place
Vanier with high-speed data
access service.
But while Sieben recognises
the benefits and improvements
made to the service since he
first moved in two years ago, he
argues that his telephone company should be his choice.
"My main concern is that for
not just here but across the
country there has to be some
standards set up so that there's
going to a common phone directory for everyone and an operator," said Sieben.
He is upset that ResTel customers cannot access 900 info
lines, are not listed in the BC Tel
directory and that there is not a
24-hour operator available.
"I just think that somebody
should be regulating [ResTel]. I
mean everybody who owns an
apartment building can't be starting a phone company," said
Sieben.
On March 5, 1996 the
Canadian Radio television and
Telecommunications
Commission [CRTC] determined
that "students living in a university are end-users of telecommunications services," and that they
"should not be required to obtain
their telecommunications services from the university."
Using this as a precedent,
Sieben has sent his complaints to
the CRTC, which has in turn asked
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RICHARD LAM PHOTO
ResTel to respond to the problem. However Dr Jim Tom, director of telecommunications at
UBC, insists that reasonable
access is not a problem but points
out that reasonable does not
mean free.
"We own and maintain our
own wiring," said Tom. "As long
as they pay our cost, [other phone
companies] are welcome."
Tom acknowledged that
Sieben's complaints were valid
two years ago but said that now
the operation of ResTel is greatly
improved.
"I freely admit that we had
teething problems. But we
brought up a retail telephone service in six months," said Tom.
He added that BC Tel refused
to wire Thunderbird Residences
benefit from this student's call?
at the time they were built, making ResTel a necessity.
Tom estimates the use of
UBC's wiring would cost an outside company $ 16 per user and
said it probably would not be economical for BC Tel.
"We would have to review with
the university about what kind of
fees they have in mind," said
Michele Gagne, a spokesperson
for BC Tel.
Gagne added that presently BC
Tel is looking into an overall marketing deal with UBC and that part
of that deal includes the possibility of BC Tel providing service to
the residences on campus.
Sieben is disappointed that the
case is slow going but remains
hopeful that he will soon be with
BC Tel*
Telecom deal is calling AMS
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
Details of an exclusive,
ten-year telecommunications deal between UBC
and BC Tel will be
released this fall, and
the AMS has the option
of signing on.
A UBC administrator
told the AMS president,
Ryan Davies, that the
student council is welcome to sign into the
Telecom deal, which
according to Davies will
be released in a matter
of weeks.
"The university has
extended just recently
that they would be willing to open the door if
the AMS wanted to get
involved in the BC Tel
deal," he told council
Wednesday.
UBC's Board of
Governors approved the
deal with BC Tel in
August 1996. According
to a statement released
by the university, the
deal will see BC Tel
design and build a campus fibre-optic network
to link computers on
campus with the
Internet and to each
other. In exchange, BC
Tel wins the university's
lucrative long-distance
and telecommunications account.
According to Davies
the deal will also give BC
Tel exclusive right to
market its products to
gets part of ACC's revenue from marketing in
the SUB.
Davies said the AMS
would honour that commitment. "ACC will continue to market long-distance services in the
Student Union Building;
the contract is for two
years and we are in it for
two  years,   we're   not
"We would weigh the
advantages to ACC and to BC
Tel and to the university."
—Bernie Peets
AMS General Manager
students everywhere on
campus except the SUB.
Currently, the AMS
has an agreement with
ACC, a discount long-distance provider that gives
that company the exclusive right to market longdistance services to students in the Student
Union Building.
According to that
arrangement,  the AMS
looking to break it."
The ACC deal has one
year left. Bernie Peets,
the AMS general manager, said the student
council might consider
joining the BC Tel deal
once the ACC contract is
completed.
"We would weigh the
advantages to ACC and
BC Tel and to the university," Peets said.
UBC has refused to
release details of the
Telecom deal or of negotiations with the company. A copy of the memorandum of understanding provided to the
Ubyssey under Freedom
of Information legislation was completely censored.
With the exception of
a title page and two signatures at the bottom of
the document, all seven
pages were blanked out.
The university cited
sections of the Freedom
of Information Act that
exclude information that
could harm university or
private business interests.
Peets said BC Tel has
called him to build a
business relationship. "I
got a phone call from BC
Tel just to say 'Hi,' to
touch base, sort of
touchy-feely relationship
building, but I just
explained to them that
we've got another year
on the contract [with
ACC]» THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1997
Budget cuts deep into Arts and Sciences
MORE MONEY may be on the way for varsity athletes, richard lam/ubyssey file photo
CIAU may show athletes the money
by Wolf Depner
University athletes will get bigger scholarships and Canadian varsity programs
will get a shot of corporate cash if the
Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union
(CIAU) approves changes to its athletic
scholarship policy.
The organisation's eligibility committee recommended in June that the
CIAU raise the limit on how much students can win in athletic scholarships
from $1,500 to $2,000 or the cost of
tuition at CIAU member schools.
In addition, the same committee recommended the CIAU provide universities with a recruiting tool by legalising
financial support for promising high
school athletes entering university.
The proposals are intended to stem
the tide of Canadian high school students going to American universities on
recruiting scholarships. Unlike American schools, CIAU schools cannot offer
financial support to first year students
unless they meet or exceed an 80 percent high school average.
But these changes also mean Canadian varsity athletics will be more open
to private and corporate sponsorships.
According to UBC Athletics Director
Bob Philip, UBC Athletics has already
put aside $400,000 for athletic scholarships and wants to raise another
$2.6 million in the next three years to
be competitive in the expected bidding
war for high school athletes.
"There is no question about it. When
you have more money, you will have better teams," Philip said.
Philip insisted that corporate sponsors will not play a big role in funding
athletic scholarships, saying he thought
most money would come from individuals.
UBC Development Office Manager
Bryce Mathieson, a full time Athletics
fund raiser, agreed but admitted that
corporate sponsors could be more
involved in the funding of athletic scholarships in the future.
Philip also hopes the scholarship
changes, if passed officially, will send
the right message to future sponsors.
"If we're trying to keep the kids in
Canada, that sends a message out
through the media to the general public
that we're trying to make our product
better," Philip said. "And that's what this
is really all about."*
By Chris Nuttall-Smith and Sarah Galashan
Classes will get bigger, some will be canceled,
and hiring will slow to a trickle at UBC this year
because of an $8.6 million budget cut.
But the cuts were unavoidable according to
David Strangway, UBC's outgoing president. He
blames a provincial freeze on tuition and university funding, and mandatory enrollment
increases for the crunch.
Because of their sizes, the Arts and Science
faculties will likely feel the impact ofthe cuts the
hardest. Arts, the largest faculty at UBC, will see
many small classes canceled, or offered only
every two years.
Associate Dean of Arts Neil Guppy said many
instructors will teach extra courses that aren't
required of them. And the positions of 16
instructors who are anticipiated to retire this
year will not be filled.
In addition, some upper-level courses and
courses with low enrollment will be cut, nega
tively affecting the faculty's diversity.
The Faculty of Science expects to take an
extra two to three per cent more students than
they did last year.
Like arts, classes will get bigger and some
will be canceled, said David Measday, associate
dean of Science.
Paul Ramsey, minister of education, said
classes are being affected because the university is inefficient, not because of provincial
tuition, funding and enrollment policy.
"The question is whether we ask universities
to get efficient and make some changes in how
they deliver courses to increase the number of
seats and keep access to university courses
available to everyone, not just those who can
afford to pay 20, 30, and 40 percent higher
tuition," he said.
Ramsey added that the province has maintained stable funding for universities in the face
of massive transfer cuts from the federal government*
AMS opposes new Technical University
by Douglas Quan
The AMS has joined a chorus
of opposition to the establishment of the Technical University of BC.
In an August 27 decision,
UBC student society members
said they could not support a
university that does not provide for an academic senate.
They also worry that the
$100 million institution may
be taking funds away from
other public colleges and universities.
Earlier this month, the
Confederation of University
Faculty Associations (CUFA) of
BC and the Canadian Association of University Teachers
(CAUT) launched an international boycott of the Technical
University.
According to CUFA's executive director, Robert Clift, the
Technical University is "not a
real university."
Clift says all academic decisions will be made by the
Board of Governors. He worries that business—not academic inquiry—will dictate curriculum and the type of research done at the university.
"The people that are making the decisions about curriculum are people in industry
directly. It's not industry working with academics," said Clift.
"There will be no curiosity-
based research at this institution."
The university's mandate is
to forge partnerships with
BC's growth industries and
train students in advanced
technologies.
The education minister,
Paul Ramsey, dismissed the
criticisms. He said the
Technical University has a different mandate that requires a
different decision making
body.
"We are trying a different
sort of university level institution with the Technical' University that has a much more
cooperative and integrated
relationship with the industry
that's providing advanced
education for it. Therefore,
we've changed the governance
structure."
Ramsey added the changes
don't sacrifice academic freedom.
And he said the Technical
University would "absolutely
not" be built at the expense of
other universities.*
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Campus development blueprint finally official
by Chris Nuttall-Smith and David Jobson
The plan for future housing, transportation and
commercial development on the UBC campus
became law July 25, four years after the university first proposed a controversial official community plan (OCP).
The OCP will see UBC's resident population
double to 18,000 in the next twenty years,
with commercial centres, new market housing south of 16th Avenue, and a subsidised
transit plan to accommodate the development. UBC expects development of the plan
will bring $200 million in endowment funds
in the next decade alone.
Ken Cameron, Greater Vancouver Regional
District (GVRD) manager of strategic planning,
said the OCP will end unplanned commercial
and market housing development on the
endowment lands. "It's a milestone in the sense
that it's the first time there's ever been a civic
planning context for the University of British
Columbia," he said.
The plan, now GVRD Bylaw 840, commits the
university to a goal of selling or renting 50 per
cent of new market housing to campus faculty,
staff or students. Of future market housing built
at UBC, 20 per cent will be rental housing, and
40 per cent will have private ground floor
access.
Those UBC concessions, as well as the transportation plan, have quelled much of the controversy that has surrounded the OCP development process from the start. When the university produced a discussion paper on campus
development in 1993, many critics including
the then Minister of Education said the plan didn't include any consultation with students or
endowment land residents.
The university's first formal OCP proposal
suffered similar criticism when it was released
last fall. Many students and community members said the proposal didn't address environmental, transportation, or student and staff
housing needs. And despite public hearings,
some critics said UBC didn't try hard enough to
encourage public input.
"The original plan had no transit responsibility, it was a one-dimensional piece of work, a real-
estate exercise," said Gordon Price, a Vancouver
City councilor and member ofthe GVRD board of
directors that passed the plan last month.
But Price said the revised OCP addresses
concerns that the new development would
swamp transit routes and price students and
staff off campus.
"It really does move towards a concept of a
community rather than an office park called a
university, which is pretty much what it's been
in the past," said Price.
Transit initiatives in the OCP include a discount bus pass system subsidised by higher
campus parking fees, and using UBC purchasing power to buy bicycles and offer them at low
rates to staff who will commute on them.
The transit management plan will take
effect soon after UBC hires a transportation
director. The university is a month late with
that commitment.
Campus development will follow stages that
could extend more than thirty years. In that
time the endowment lands will be home to
growing housing development south of 16th
Avenue, a south campus village centre with a
supermarket and community centre and
school. A substantial south campus area is also
set aside for the development of research facilities. And UBC will increase housing density
around the current university village.
Development revenues will be targeted
for UBC's $500 million endowment fund.
Interest from that fund supports capital construction, scholarships, endowed chairs and
professorships.♦
Banks banking on
campus moi
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
The Royal Bank and Hong Kong
Bank of Canada have won a joint
tender that could give them a lock
on all banking at UBC.
Pending UBC Board of
Governors (BoG) approval in
October, the two banks will be the
only automated banking and banking service providers at UBC. They
will also do all the university's
banking.
"We're waiting for the Board of
Governors' approval but, at this
point in time, we have been
selected and it's a joint bid with
the Hong Kong Bank of Canada,"
said Betty Wood, senior account
manager at the Royal Bank's
Vancouver Business Banking
Centre.
The long-term deal will have
the Royal and Hong Kong banks
move into the Bank of Montreal's
Student Union Building location,
and take over other banks' automatic banking locations at UBC,
Wood said.
Neither Wood, nor a Hong Kong
Bank representative would say
II
how much the university or the banks
stand to make from
the deal.
Ryan Davies,
AMS president, said
while the student
union has no official
position on the deal,,
he was not personally opposed. "There's
a free market just
50 feet down the
road and a CIBC right on the corner," Davies said, referring to the
university village.
But Davies said he knew little of
the banking deal.
"I'm in a total vacuum here: the
university's told us nothing about
the details ofthe bank [deal] or just
to what extent students will be limited. If it's true that there's only
one kind of bank machine on campus, yeah, that's inconvenient for
students for sure."
However, Wood said a banking
monopoly would not inconvenience students or staff at UBC. "I
think that the impact on students
should be positive given the inno-
MONEY TALKS: exclusivity deal with big banks may limit student banking, richard
LAM/UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO
vation that we're planning to
bring to the campus, and as I say,
students would have a choice,
they would not be obliged to deal
with Royal Bank; they would have
a choice to deal with Royal Bank
or Hong Kong bank if they chose
to bank on campus," she said.
The AMS general manager,
Bernie Peets, said he wasn't sure
how the Royal and Hong Kong
banks could replace the Bank of
Montreal branch and the Toronto
Dominion and VanCity automatic
tellers in SUB, since the student
union controls the commercial
leases in that building.
"The Bank of Montreal is there
until 2003 at which point in time
the space becomes the property of
the AMS to renegotiate with the
Bank of Montreal, another bank,
or whatever," Peets said.
The banking agreement would
be the third major exclusivity deal
reached at UBC recendy. In 1995
the university signed a deal for
almost $850,000 per year with
Coca-Cola to give that company a
monopoly on campus. Last year
UBC reached an agreement with
BC Telecom that will make the
company UBC's principal telecommunications provider.
UBC has refused to release
details of the agreements.♦
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(9:00 - 5:00) THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1997 .
Students to sue
UBC over fee hikes
by Stanley Tromp
The AMS will spend up to $10,000 to support
students in a court battle against UBC tuition and
ancillary fee increases.
The student council decided unanimously last
Wednesday to request intervenor status in the BC
Supreme Court petition filed in August by four
UBC students. Council will also give $1,000
towards the students' legal fees.
The students hope to reverse tuition increases
for international graduate students and students
in professional programs. They will also
challenge a 1.6 percent tuition increase for
domestic students and some ancilliary fees.
UBC law student Amir Attaran, who has
prepared much of the petition against the
university, said the fees violate NDP legislation
that froze tuition and ancilliary fees last year. He
also said the fees were implemented without
adequate student consultation, a violation of
UBC's own policy.
UBC Policy 71 (Consultation With Students
About Tuition Fees) states that UBC must meet
with students on specific dates and publish the
results in UBC Reports.
University administrators have been sending
mixed signals about the case. David Strangway,
whose term as UBC president ended in July, told
the Ubyssey that students were adequately
consulted about the fee increase.
"What happened was there was a quick move
as a result of input from the deans who asked us
to do this and what immediately followed in the
next four months you couldn't have more consultation than we did on that issue," Strangway said.
But Dennis Pavlich, vice president of legal
affairs, conceded that UBC did not follow the
policy on consultation exactly. "Yes, it's true, they
did not follow the requirement to meet at the
start of the year. But they tried to live up to the
spirit ofthe policy," said Pavlich.
He added UBC policies should be seen more
as guidelines than as precise binding
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by Sarah Galashan
Activism didn't take a summer holiday at UBC this year.
Protesting took the form of graffiti, chanting and a paper-
mache penis, all intended to voice dissent over corporatisation
on campus and the approach of APEC at UBC.
Late in the evening of July 24 a student scrawled their
opinion on several university buildings including the new
Koerner Library and the clock tower.
The student responsible, who spoke to the Ubyssey on
condition of anonymity, defended the action, saying it was done
to set an agenda for incoming president, Martha Piper.
But people on campus who saw the graffiti seemed more
upset with the medium than the message.
"I think it's terrible. I think there is another way to express
that," said Manjit Aitken, a visitor to UBC.
In a separate protest, a group of self-proclaimed activists and
radicals barged into former UBC President David Strangway's
farewell party.
With songs of protest the party crashers interrupted
speakers Ted McWhinney, MP for Vancouver-Quadra, and Paul
Ramsey, minister of Education, Skills and Training, as they
attempted to pay tribute to Strangway.
The group brought an assortment of party favours including
pamphlets, posters and one giant penis to symbolize their ongoing Corporate Dick Award campaign.
"We weren't going to let this party—this party for elitist,
racist, wealthy, administration types and faculty members—go
off undisturbed because we feel that as students we have a right
to say how we feel," explained Natasha Gitanjali.
However Dennis Pavlich, associate vice-president for
academic and legal affairs, described the protesters' actions as
an abuse of free speech.
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THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY-SEPTEMBER 2, 1997
Cheap eats and good seats at the Varsity
Varsity Grill
West 10th & Discovery
by John Zaozirny
Now perhaps the Varsity Grill isn't a place "where everyone
knows your name," nor is it an Earl's or Quattros or even
the Cactus Club. There aren't any Monday Margarita nights
here. But it's got some good food, at cheap prices, with nice
clean linoleum tables and a tabletop with zig-zagging
designs in it.
Upon being called to write about a local "greasy spoon,"
several choices came to mind. But time after time, I realised
that they really didn't fit the title. They were too expensive
or they were designed to be tacky and ~ greasy' or they
weren't even greasy enough. Or they weren't open anymore. So I narrowed it all down to the Varsity Grill, which
isn't really a "greasy spoon," because it's actually quite clean
and there aren't waitresses called Edna or Madge.
But it does have that feeling of the local diner, with regulars, potted plants and people getting-too-loud-too-close-to-
3'ou. The Varsity does have your usual breakfast menu, meat
sandwiches and a nice, cheap steak,; it's also got a menu
made mostly of Chinese food. Well, this is Vancouver. There
are even combo meals for people, like me, who really can't
decide. And with the sights and sounds of the kitchen drifting through, at least here you know where your food's coming from, unlike, say, McDonald's. And everybody is so
friendly.
Now it is true that what I might call atmosphere some
people might simply call annoying and overwhelming, but
then again a lot of people pay a lot of money for that kind of
thing (e.g.. Earl's) And while we're on that subject, at least
the Varsity Grill doesn't hire its employees based on their
attractiveness. You're just not paying enough for that, I
guess.
And finally, they're open till midnight. By eleven o'clock
at night in this town, your fine dining options are few and
far between, so the Varsity should suit most people just fine.
And remember, nearly everything washes off a linoleum
tabletop. ♦
Web Cafe now home to cobwebs, not clients
]  by Charlie Cho
I a^ter less than a year of operation, the Web
j Cafe is closed, apparently indefinitely.
j "Apparently,' because the cafe manage-
I ment have been unreachable, even by
| scheduled event organisers such as The
| Edgewise Electroiit Centre, Robin Hood
| Records, and the Coastal Jazz & Blues
Society.
Andrea Thompson of the Edgewise
group, which organises the monthly
Telepoetics events at the cafe, was left in a
lurch Tuesday night with only a day's
notice.
#■ In early August, when David Baker (one
of the cafe owners at the time) left,
Thompson decided to sign a contract, with
The Web Cafe which assured free usage of
the venue and technical support until
January. "The reason that we got the con
tract was beacause I was feeling really nervous about the show would be able to happen there month to month."
September's Telepoetics event has been
cancelled. However, Edgewise is trying to
hold a spoken word or Telepoetics event at
the Virgin Megastore in October.
Robin Hood Records fortunately managed to relocate their Friday all-ages concert featuring Nerdy Girl three doors down
at Crosstown Traffic.
The Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, which
has four concerts booked al The'Web Cafe
for September, October, and November,
first heard about the closure on Thursday
when contacted by the Ubyssey. The society's artistic director has as yet been
unable to contact anyone related to the
cafe.
The silence from The Web Cafe and the
affiliated Vancouver Film School, which
shares its site, has led others to speculate
on the reasons for the cafe's sudden clo- .
sure.
Jamie Troisi, a former Langara student
currently enrolled at Brock University, *
worked for The Web Cafe from mid-
December to the end of April. "All the waiters and waitresses kind of joked about [the
cafe closing), saying, 'Well, if it's around
next year, I might be back.'"
Troisi, who fondly recalls the tossed
film party and Delirium's CD release party
at The Web Cafe, attributes the cafe's closure to two reasons: concept and location.
They tried to take on someming, * says
Troisi, "that in my opinion, I don't know if
people were ready for: hearing live bands
there at a restaurant, as opposed to a bar.
... I mean, that was all 1940s Bing Crosby
days."
Acknowledging that The Web. Cafe was
originally planned to serve as the
Vancouver Film School cafeteria, Troisi
believes that it would have been a more .
successful venture if the cafe set up shop
on Robson. "Hastings Street is opening
up," he says, "but a block away, you basically have a heroin corner."
Troisi, who had left in April to save
money and pursue an education in
Ontario, saw the beginning of the end
early May when a friend told him that
general manager Janet Mackay and the
events coordinator had been laid off to
cut costs. Referring to Mackay, he says,
"She. was an excellent manager...if anything, she could have brought the company back up,"
Curiously, Troisi notes that, had the
Vancouver location been successful, future
branches were planned to open in
Malaysia and Los Angeles.4-
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THEODORE GERICAULT
The Alien Body: Tradition in Chaos
until October 19 at the
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
by John Zaozirny
Theodore Gericault lived during the eighteeth century amidst the political chaos of Napoleonic and post-
Napoleonic France and, both as a man and as an
artist, succeeded in capturing the essence of the
incredibly turbulent times that surrounded him. His
works ranged from portraits of the insane to the glories of the military, from wild stallions to, as depicted in his most famous work, the starving, despair-
ridden survivors of a shipwreck. The Raft of the
Medusa stands as his masterpiece, a lurid portrayal
of a true life story that has lost none of its power over
the centuries.
To many, Gericault was of the School of the
Romantics, and his expertise was the translation of
powerful reality onto the canvas. Unlike his contemporaries, such as David or Ingres, Gericault saw no
boundaries in his art, and no need for refinement
nor restraint. Gericault himself had no boundaries,
often pushing himself to the limit and beyond. The
great passion that drove his powerful art also drove
him to his grave. He died at the youthful age of 33,
of injuries received in a riding accident, having
already helped push forward an artistic revolution.
It's because of the great passion that Gericault's
painting has that the Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery's exhibit seems at first glance fairly disappointing. Stuck in the velvet-curtained, ice-cool
sterility of a gallery, Gericault's work seems to have
had all the emotion drawn from it. Partly due to the
fact that a number of the works are merely scrap-
book pages and rough sketches, it feels as if, put
under glass, they've lost their lustre and their life.
But, put to closer observation, all the trademark
Gericault signs are in place; his love of the shocking
(on great display in his depiction of an allegorical
rape in The Embrace), his admiration ofthe vitality
and nobility of Napoleon and his Grande Armie
(shown to  especially strong effect in Artillery
Caisson), his honest and despairing portrayals of
those who have slipped through the cracks of society
(evident in his many pieces on the homeless and in
The Swiss Sentry at the Louvre).
But for all the hidden and previously unavailable
treasures on display here (a number of them on loan
from the Louvre) there are also some pieces that
might have been left alone, drawings that seems no
different from any artist's sketchbook, and a whole
lot of over-analysis (note to the curators: watch the
Christ references).
The truth is though, many ofthe strongest pieces,
mostly lithographs and watercolours, are on par
with any of Gericault's paintings. And the pleasure
of having this all in one place is magnified by the
sensation that you get from seeing Gericault evolve
his own style and hone his subject matter. Moving
from one work to the next, you see that he's creating
his own perfect niche in the cluttered art world of
the Romantics, right in front of the viewer. It's the
process of an artist finding his voice and his place.♦
MATISSE'S LE CIRQUE from Jazz, 1947 (Ohara Museum of Art, Japan)
COURTESY OF THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
Matisse Illustrates a silhouette of emotion
Matisse Illustrates
until October 19 at the
Vancouver Art Gallery
by Alex Rain
Light. Elegant. Brilliant. Bold. The exhibition Matisse Illustrates currently showing at the Vancouver Art Gallery awakens
us to the infinite mirage of colour and
line. The illustrations have a lightness
and spontaneity to them that gives easy
pleasure to the eye, colour that awakens
the senses, and delicate lines that leave
space for the imagination to fill.
Few people know that Matisse illustrated books, yet these illustrations
include some of his most beautiful work.
Matisse illustrated a total of thirteen
books, beginning in 1932 with the poetry
of Stephanie  Malarme.  His  creations
range in technique from subtle, elegant
line drawings placed with carefully set
type, to dramatic, boldly-coloured works,
to the frivolous calligraphy of Matisse's
Jazz collection. The exhibition displays
over 80 framed folio pages and editions
of bound books of etchings, linocuts, lithography, engravings, aquatints, and for
Jazz, a stencil technique, pouchoir.
Matisse was intimately involved with
the whole look of each book he worked
on. By illustrating books, Matisse was following a French tradition that had been
important since the turn of the century.
He joined Picasso, Marquet, Vuillard and
others in producing images for the luxury book market. His books combined the
best in paper, printing and design that
was available at the time.
Book illustration is always a complex
art in that, to succeed, it must allow both
the author and the artist to speak equally.
Matisse compared his work as an illustrator to that of a juggler. "I can compare
my two pages to two objects taken Up by
a juggler. His white ball and black ball
are my two pages, one light (the illustrated page) and one dark (the text page); so
different, yet face to face. In spite of the
differences between the two objects, the
art of the juggler makes a harmonious
whole in the eyes of the spectator."
Matisse produced an enormous collection of work during his life. His illus,-
trations are but a small portion of that
output, yet their study is rich and rewarding. Most of all his illustrations reveal his
skill as a draftsman, colourist and designer of extraordinary talent. Matisse leaves
us with a silhouette of emotion.*J»
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Wednesday's Thunderbird football practice ended with wind sprints that
left everybody gasping for air like a poodle locked in a parked car on a
hot summer day.
And as the last sweat-drenched offensive linemen lumbered down
the field, third year head coach Casey Smith urged his players to prepare
themselves for what lies ahead.
"Those dawgs are getting ready for us, so let's get ready for them too,"
he barked across the field.
He was referring, of course, to the Saskatchewan Huskies, who will be
the Birds first opponents when the 1997 football season kicks off this
Friday at Thunderbird Stadium.
The Birds' can't wait to measure themselves against the defending
national champs. Add in the bad blood that has always existed between
these two teams and the fact that Saskatchewan has beaten UBC in seven
straight games including last season's Canada West final, and Friday's
game could be something special.
"It's going to be a real benchmark on our season if we win that first
game," said fourth-year linebacker Dan Elliot, the team's leading tackier.
With 16 starters back from last year's 5-4 - -™ _
team, many inside and outside the Birds' locker "''A : *
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over the Huskies would confirm UBC as a contender for the national title.
Smith is optimistic about next season and wants to take the next step:
to win in the playoffs. But he's trying to squash the early media hype surrounding his team. "[In 1994] we had 22 starters returning and we
ended up going 1-8-1 that year," he said. "So I don't think it is a matter
of who is returning. It's a matter of how the guys come together. Some
of the guys who are returning are not even going to start at this point."
One guy who can feel pretty secure about his starting spot is second-
year quarterback Shawn Olson. He started the 1996 campaign as a backup to fifth-year veteran Jason Day, but took over the starring job when the
Birds' record dropped to 2-3 following a 23-18 loss to Saskatchewan.
The post-season seemed as far away as an end to the current civic
strike, but Olson, who passed for 1,297 yards and five touchdowns in
five full games, was not phased. He rallied the troops and UBC won its
last three regular season games before bowing out to the Huskies in the
playoffs.
"Shawn has got all the qualities
you need to win and Pie] is getting a
better grasp of our [offensive] package," said Smith, who scoffs at the
notion that Olson will fall victim to
a sophomore slump.
If Olson does, which seems unlikely, Smith
will call on sophomore Dan Delong, who did not
take one snap last season, to step in.
While Olson is the main cog in the Birds'
offence, he is not the only one. Second year wide receiver Brad Courts,
another Surrey Rams product, will be back and that spells trouble for
opposing secondaries. At 6'2", 205 lb Coutts is a big target with decent
speed who pulled in 40 balls for 725 yards last season. Coutts will be the
go-to guy all season long while third year player Frank Luisser will most
likely be the "other" starting wide receiver.
Six foot, two inches, 205 lb Andrew Newton and 5'7" 161 lb Dino
Camparmo are solid inside receivers and add depth to a receiving corps
that lost second-team All-Canadian Simon Beckow.
Is this the year for
Thunderbird football
to make good?
QUARTERBACK SHAWN OLSON: can he lead the UBC Thunderbirds to their
first Vanier Cup since 1986? richard lam photo
Passing: Shawn Olson 71 com, 120 att, 1297 yards, 5 touchdowns
Rushing: Mark Nohra 157 carries, 1081 yards, 6 touchdowns
Receiving: Brad Coutts 40 receptions, 725 yards, 2 touchdowns
Tackles: Linebacker Dan Elliot 58
Interceptions: Corner Mark Peppin 3, one touchdown
Beckow's loss notwithstanding, Smith said this year's offence will be
more pass-oriented. However this does not mean UBC will abandon its
Canada West leading ground attack.
Veteran Mark Nohra (1081 yards, six touchdowns) and second year
back Akbal Singh (567 yards, six touchdowns) are both back this season.
But Smith surprised everybody when he announced Singh will start at
tailback over Nohra who instead will play fullback.
"I can't see us having one of those two guys standing on the sideline
right now, so rather than having them both at the same position, we get
them both on the field and that's why we moved [Nohra]/'justified Smith.
Smith said this backfield shuffle will allow Nohra, who is also a
decent receiver, to be more involved in the passing game. But the
move also means Nohra will get less carries and do more blocking.
When asked about his apparent demotion Nohra was careful to
say the right things. "I'll do whatever it takes for the team to win," he
said and added that this move will prepare him for the pros. But it
will be interesting to see how the move will affect team chemistry on
and off the field.
The offensive line saw a
shuffle as well, moving fourth
year veteran Alex Charles
from the defensive line to the
left guard spot. Charles has
not played on the 0-line since
high school and it remains to
be seen how he will handle
his new position.
The offensive line has also
been hit by injuries during training camp. All things considered
though, Olson and Co. will operate behind a solid offensive line which
is anchored by 1996 All-Canadian left tackle Bob Beveridge who
returned to UBC after being cut by the BC Lions.
On the defence, only seven starters will return which means there
are several jobs up in the air. The competition is most fierce in the
defensive secondary where seven returning players with starting
experience battle it out for five spots. Shane Sommerfeld, a fifth-year
transfer from Dickinson State, will also push for a starting job.
"This [competition] just elevates the whole level of our secondary,"
said fifth-year defensive halfback Paul Girodo.
Fewer jobs are available in the linebacker corps which will once
again revolve around Elliot and 6'0", 208 lb Casey Souter who had 45
tackles.
Smith has also brought in some top recruits, including BC high
school All-Star Patrick Roger, to round out an otherwise solid linebacker corps.
The defensive line, meanwhile, will have to overcome the loss of
1996 Canada West All-Star Corey Bymoen and Steve Hansen. To fill
in the holes. Smith has brought in 6'1", 264 lb Travis Fehler and
6'1", 272 lb Sandor Kardos who transferred from the Saint Mary's
Huskies.
On the special teams, the versatile Camparmo will once again play
a big role. He led the team in both kickoff and punt return yards. Kicking
duties, meanwhile, will be handled by Trevor Bourne who is listed as a
rvmriing back, but best described as a jack of all trades.
However Smith hopes that Bourne will master kicking the pigskin,
which has been a constant problem for UBC ever since Andrew English
left for the CFL in 1994.
Smith recruited the highly sought after Jamie Boreham last season to
address the need, but Boreham struggled with confidence and injuries
and is now gone.
Others had a kick at the job last season, but were equally bad, splitting the uprights on only 3 5% of all attempts. That is an excellent batting
average in baseball, but completely unacceptable in football. Such
incompetence cost the Birds at least one game last season and allowed
inferior teams to stay in the game longer than they should have.
Bourne, who has not kicked since high school, looked good in practice and fans can only hope he maintains form during the regular season. Otherwise, the Birds will gamble away too many points. And that's
something UBC cannot afford do if they want to be replace the Huskies
as top dawgs in the nation. ♦
Frankly, Franks is the man
by Wolf Depner
Even in their younger years both UBC soccer stars Chris and Mike
Franks had a powerful impact. Whenever they couldn't boot the ball
around outside, they'd sneak into their parents' basement and kick it
at each other. Every so often one would smash a window.
Since Chris now plays midfield and Mike's in goal, one can safely
assume that the younger Mike put more balls past Chris than the other
way around. However Mrs. Franks was less discriminating about who
broke what.
"We'd always be in trouble for breaking something in the house,"
recalled Chris. "But I think my mom was pretty good about it. She could
have stopped our allowance for a few years I think," he chuckled.
Chris is now repaying his mom. She gets free tickets to watch him
play with the Vancouver 86ers. And when Franks comes back to
school this year he can say with all honesty that his summer job has
been a hall.
Unfortunately playing with the 86ers also pays like a summer job,
so Franks has to supplement his income by running soccer schools.
He doesn't complain though. "It's enough to help me to get through
the school year without having to work a job which helps me to focus
on school and the UBC soccer program,* he said.
Down the road, he will either look to Europe or the United States to
play pro, but for now he is happy with his soccer career. He should be,
it's been impressive. But unlike many high level soccer players, Frank
carries himself with a quiet humility that belies his many achievements on the pitch.
In addition to playing for the 86ers, Franks played for the Olympic
team, following in the footsteps of his father who previously coached
the team.
Actually all Franks' siblings are excellent athletes. Sister Sarah was
on UBC's field hockey team and Mike is the starting goalie for Canada's
Under 20 side which almost qualified for the U-20 world cup. He is cur
rently representing Canada at the Francophone games in Madagascar
and was given the honour of being Canada's flag bearer.
Last season was the first time ever the two Franks brothers played
together on the same team and Chris said he quite enjoyed the experience especially since they share many interests.
One of them is winning a national championship. Reaching that
goal takes on an extra urgency for Chris as this season could be his last
wearing the blue-and-gold. The Birds had an excellent chance last season to win their fifth national title in past seven years, but faltered
when it mattered the most: in the playoffs against the Victoria Vikes.
UBC entered the Canada West final on an eight game winning
streak and had beaten UVIC in all four prior meetings. But then the
unthinkable happened.
UBC came out flat and Victoria's Simon Vickers notched two goals
within the first 23 minutes en route to scoring a hat-trick as UBC lost
3-0 to the eventual national champions.
The Birds were devastated by the result "[Victoria] just came out
wanting the game that much more than we did and unfortunately
before we decided it was time to play we were down two goals and
that's quite a huge deficit to overcome/ explained head coach Mike
Mosher.
As his second season on the UBC sideline approaches, Mosher
would like to put last season behind him. "It is in the past. Here we are
again, next season. Let's go do it again. But this time let's make sure
if we give one game to them, it is not the most important one."
Again expectations are high this year and UBC certainly has the roster to match them. In fact one might easily confuse this year's roster
with that ofthe 86ers. In addition to Franks, promising newcomers Jeff
Skinner, Aaron Kaey and Nick Setton played at one point or another
with the 86ers and Mosher expects them to contribute right away.
"They are going to be a big part of our team. They are playing for
that team for a reason. They are all good players," he iaid. Centre back
Steve Macauley, Canada West rookie of the year two years, is also back
CHRIS FRANKS is expected to lead the Birds, richard lam photo
after a year long hiatus from school.
A starter on Canada's U-20 team, Macauley will shore up a backline
that lost last year's captain James Prescott and Jason Levitt to graduation.
Mosher's biggest worry is not the backline,however, but central
midfield. Current 86er Nico Berg and last year's most valuable player
is gone and his loss will be felt, a fact not lost on Mosher. "There is
going to be lapse in [central midfield] and it's matter of whoever is
going to step up to the plate and take his spot. And there are a few candidates," he explained.
The versatile Franks is one of them. "I look at Chris and he can play
in so many different positions, really the only place that is not his spot
is centreback...and goal."
How else would you explain all the broken windows?*?*
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SARAH CUNNINGHAM looking to get a handle on the ball, richard lam photo
by Bruce Arthur and Wolf Depner
The 1997 soccer season has not even
started yet, but UBC women's soccer
team head coach Dick Mosher is
already having flashbacks of last season, in which the Birds scored only 12
times in ten games and missed the
playoffs for the first time ever.
Consider Thursday's pre-season
game against the defending national
college champion Capillano Blues.
UBC won 3-0, but in no way did the
score reflect UBC's field superiority.
What it did reflect though was
UBC's now-chronic lack of finish
around the net. "Had we finished, that
was 8-0 game," said Mosher.
"They never even had one clear cut
chance and we probably had fifteen.
But we are not going to get that many
chances against a good team, so unfortunately, I would have liked to see us
finish a little bit better."
That's an understatement.
Mosher's obvious frustration with
his team's inability to finish off the
available scoring chances was most visible when Brandy Hetherington missed
on a clear breakaway. Hetherington,
who scored the game's first goal,
pushed the ball too far ahead, allowing
the charging Cap goalie to scoop up the
leather before she even had a chance to
put a foot on it. A frustrated Mosher fell
to his knees in disgust, turtied up, and
quite likely prayed to the soccer gods to
bestow upon his players the gift of a regular scoring touch.
Divine intervention would also go a
long way to remedy the team's injury
situation. UBC's bench resembled a
M*A*S*H unit Thursday night as four
veteran starters sat out with injuries.
Mosher can only hope his veterans
stay healthy throughout the season,
because the bench is still soaking wet
behind the ears.
All lhings considered, Mosher had a
very difficult reci-uitingyear. First, with
the NCAA's Title IX requiring aAmerican
schools to achieve gender parity in the
number of varsity teams, many big-
name American schools have added
women's soccer to fulfill Title IX
requirements. And unlike Canadian
schools, American schools can entice
recruits with fat scholarships. The
result has been a steady outflow of BC's
top talent to the United States.
Rookie goalie Sian Bagshaw was the
notable exception to UBC's recruiting
woes this year, as she is considered
one of the top young goalkeepers in
the province.
However, the loss of promising
Sarah Collings, who has decided to
concentrate on school, means UBC
enters the 1997 season with two
unproven goalies, rookie Bagshaw and
soccer freshman Julie Harris, who is
playing her fourth varsity sport in four
years. The 1997 Birds will thus enter
the season with their most inexperienced goaltending duo ever.
This is a potential trouble spot,
especially for a team whose offence is
so anemic.
Mosher is hoping that a strong
defence will alleviate the pressure on
his two inexperienced keepers.
"[Sarah Cunningham, Gillian Hicks,
and Lyndsay Clerkson] are going to
make us pretty solid," said Mosher.
Veteran and team captain Robyn
Dunn will once again lead the defence
and Mosher expects Dunn will anchor
the team.
"If [this team] has a backbone, she's
it. Robyn's certainly not flashy, but she
gets the job done in every respect. She
does everything well."
Lianne McHardy, whose 1996 season was limited to one game due to various injuries, will hold the reigns in
midfield. And so far, Mosher has been
encouraged by the way the midfield has
created chances. "If we're not creating
chances, we're dead meat," he noted.
Mosher said that if the offence continues to flounder, he won't hesitate to
move the offensive-minded McHardy
up front to join Hetherington. "She certainly has the capability to score—I
think she's [close to] taking off."
All things considered, Hether-
ington's goal Thursday was a good
sign. But her blunder on the breakaway shows she still has a ways to go
before reaching her potential.
Mosher thinks his team can compete and is even predicting a playoff
spot. "We're going to make the playoffs, [though] people around the
league figure Victoria will push us to
fourth," Mosher said. "We're going to
be in the top two."
It's a bold prediction. Whether it
comes true remains to be seen. This
team has too many ifs and buts and
may not pack enough punch. Mosher's
optimism alone won't translate into a
playoff berth, but his coaching just
might.
"We are creating chances, and
we're defending well. That's two parts
of the equation, and then there's the
finish. And that's something we have
been working on all this pre-season."
But if it doesn't improve, Mosher's
Thursday prayer session may turn into
a season-long habit.*!*- n
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WHEN THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT CAME TO AN
agreement with Alcan on August 5th, it looked as
though the final chapter of the epic Kemano
Completion Project [KCP] had finally been written.
Premier Glen Clark announced that taxpayers would
not be burdened with the expense of a lawsuit, electricity would be brought in from elsewhere, and fisheries and agriculture would not be affected.
But there's a quiet side to the new deal.
Questions are developing as to whether the agreement, which will give Alcan cut rate electricity to
build a $ 1.2 billion aluminum smelter in Kitimat, is
much different from the much-maligned and highly
controversial KCP.
"It was a behind closed doors negotiation and
nobody was aware of the content until the day that
the agreement was made public," says Reg Mueller,
vice tribal chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.
The Carrier Sekani occupy territory next to the
Nechako River, downstream from where the new
smelter will be located. Many of the spawning beds
for Nechako River sockeye are nestled in the area.
For Mueller, being left out of negotiations was no
In 1995, the BC
government cancelled the
Kemano completion
project due to enviromental
concerns. But activists say
the new Alcan deal may be
no better.
surprise.  KCP was  negotiated
without Carrier Sekani participation.  In the same manner,  a
recent deal between
the provincial  and
federal govern
ments off-loaded
responsibility for
the freshwater fisheries in BC from the
federal Department
of Fisheries and
Oceans [DFO] over
to Victoria.
According to aboriginal leaders, both
deals were signed
despite a legal obligation to consult the tribal council.
Mueller however, was startled by the impact the
deal will have on the local fishery. If KCP had gone
through, Alcan would have diverted 83 per cent of
the Nechako's flow of 190 cubic metres per second
(m3/s). Under the new agreement, Alcan is entitled to
divert 170 m3/s.
"When you're talking about giving away ninety
percent of a river's flow, that's going to jeopardise
the salmon stocks, on which we depend for our livelihood," Mueller says.
According to a report issued by the T Buck Suzuki
Environmental Foundation, research on rivers
where flows have been diverted by more than thirty
percent shows major damage to fish stocks. If Alcan
diverts the amount of water it's entitled to under the
new agreement, it will use almost three times that
figure.
Despite a formcoming environmental assessment
and public review, Mueller isn't holding his breath
that the agreement will change. "We're sitting here
now after the fact. The agreement's been
signed...and the government is not required to do
independent assessments."
With only four weeks since details ofthe deal were
released, the Carrier Sekani haven't had much time
to determine what they're next move will be. While
considering litigation, they're also building alliances
with environmental groups such as A River Forever
and the River Defence Coalition.
Those environmental groups often conflict with
aboriginal people over land use issues. But they're of
the same mind about the Alcan agreement. "There's
a certain point in time where you have to set aside
personal agendas and this is one of those times,"
Mueller said.
JANET ROMATN HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL
organisation, A River Forever, for seven years. But as
a farmer, her main interest in the Alcan agreement
lies in its agricultural implications.
"[The problem with the deal] is that there's no
water [set aside] for agriculture in the valley. During
the BC Utilities Cornrnission hearing they identified
vision
18,000 hectares of arable land that could be irrigated from the river. That would need ten cubic metres
per second."
Romain and other farmers in the Nechako Valley
are worried that licensing priorities could prevent
irrigation water from getting through to them at all.
In 1950, the BC government signed over all water
rights for the Nechako River to Alcan. The arrangement has since changed—in 1987 the federal government insisted a certain amount of water stay in
the river—but Alcan and the provincial government
continue to hold allocation priority in the valley.
Although farmers have a license, they only get water
if it's not needed elsewhere.
"The province has a policy of last on, first off so
every agricultural licence in this valley is dated later
than Alcan's and the fishery. So [if] there's a low
water year, [and] there's quite a few years on record
[like that], and Kitimat's calling for all.the water they
can use and [the government] is saying we need all
this for fisheries, people who lose the right to consume the water are the people in the valley."
Romain foresees other problems with the agreement, specifically the potential long term environmental effects. "We don't know what the river contributes to the aquifer, we don't
know if losing this much of the river
is going to end up slowly drying this
valley out. We just don't know. And
nobody knows the answer."
While not in favour of shutting
the deal down, Romain wants to see
changes before  the
new smelter is built.
"None  of this  deal
need be threatened
by changing [Alcan's]
water  license  to   a
more realistic figure.
Those two thousand jobs are
not contingent on diverting
any more of the Nechako than
is currently being diverted."
That may not be the case.
Alcan has yet to confirm
whether they will proceed with
plans to build the smelter, and
details on the new smelter's
hydro-electrical requirements
have not been publicly
released. The company's
diversion tunnel holds a
capacity of 140 m3/s, but could be upgraded to a
capacity of 170 m^/s.
"The NDP has a pretty good environmental name
up here, and when they cancelled KCP for the reasons that they cancelled it we thought our work was
done. And now it turns out we're in the same boat we
were in in 1987. There's a new agreement, it was
signed behind closed doors, it gave away ninety percent ofthe Nechako. Same old thing," Romain says.
WHEN KCP WAS CANCELLED IN 1995, THE NORTHWEST
Communities Coalition was formed to ensure that
existing Alcan operations weren't jeopardised. As the
biggest employer in Kitimat, Alcan was considered
irreplaceable by most residents.
"We were shocked [when KCP was cancelled]. It
had just been on the agenda for so many years... The
new smelter would give us a real boost in our economy," says Sheila Reeves, spokesperson for the coalition.
With 2,000 jobs predicted to result from the
smelter, Reeves is understandably elated. In a town
of 11,000 people, the benefits will be innumerable.
She's not sure, however, how much the local environment will be affected by the smelter."I'm not really up on the technical information."
Reeves says that farmers and fishers should have
no concerns, and that water flow diversion will not
change from current levels. Even if Alcan did expand
their tunnel, she says, the generators wouldn't be
using 170 m3/s that often. "That would be like running your car at 200 miles per hour. That would be a
peak generating capacity that they would be able to
do for flood control or whatever. But there's no way
that they can operate at 170 m3/s, or the equivalent,
full-out, on a regular basis."
Although the agreement is signed, Reeves expects
a battle to keep the smelter plans on track. "If this
agreement has to be defended, and obviously it does
because there's a lot of controversy coming out about
it, we're not going to see a duplication of the cancellation of KCP. We want to see Kitimat grow and prosper, not at the expense of any one else I might
add...but we don't want to see what we have, lost."<» %^/W,v,,
THE,UBySSEY- TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1997
15
From music to script, a writer emerges
by Paolo Javier
At twenty-three playwright and Theatre/Creative Writing
MFA candidate Chris Gatchalian has watched his • star
ascend just slightly higher into the literary stratosphere
than most writers his age.
Not long after the short film adaptation of his one-act
play Motifs and Repetitions, commissioned by the BRAVO!
channel, successfully premiered at the Cinematheque last
March, Gatchalian was quickly snapped up by a local talent agent; their union led to a deal with Mirror
Productions, a new company in Vancouver intent on producing two of his plays next season.
Tonight, UBC's Theatre department will stage a reading of Gatchalian's latest work, Crossing, a two-act drama,
at the Chan Centre. Despite this bang-start to his final
year at university, the playwright feels "only encouraged"
by his success. In an interview days before the reading,
Gatchalian cast light on the "serious writer's experience."
Stn
"I try very hard not to get carried away [with the success]," Gatchalian admitts "If
anything, it's a marker that I
have done the right thing in my
life. It's proven to me that writing is something I can indeed
do."
Few people who know or
have worked with Gatchalian
dispute his claim. Kate Braid, a
renowned poet and essayist
who took a class with
Gatchalian a couple of years
ago, describes his work as
"stunning,   beautiful,   replete
with dazzling imagery." Bryan Wade, head of the Creative
Writing theatre program and long-time professor of
Gatchalian's, has in the last two seasons chosen his plays
for staged reading events on campus. Craig Holzschuh,
the director of tonight's performance, says he and the
actors "are very excited about the writing. [Gatchalian's
language is extremely poetic, and [his plays] definitely not
your traditional scripts."
Crossing dramatizes the tempestuous relationship
between Lucy, a young mother, and Kieren, her teenage
son. Throughout the course of an evening, they engage
in sadistic memory games, intent to push the other closer off the edge through peek-a-boo revelations of past
horrible truths. Religious undertones are very strong in
the play, particularly, in its structure, which Gatchalian
concedes to have based largely on the mass proper for
Good Friday. He also wrestles with the Easter archetype,
and the grand Christian themes of the death and resurrection of Christ. But it's the transcendent nature of language, and not the brutality of events in Crossing that
should leave an impression on the audience. Gatchalian
employs rich poetic strategies in the dialogue; Lucy and
Kieren communicate primarily through imagery and
metaphor.
"I'm not a big fan of kitchen-sink realism," Gatchalian
explains, "in .all writing there should definitely be a quality
of otherness, and also a sense of magic, that is, a magical
transformation of things that you may find in everyday life
into a more rarefied form."
pay painstaking attention to language, and strive for rhythm
and economy."
They are principles shaped by his years of involvement in
music. An accomplished pianist, Gatchalian began his
career at UBC as a music major on full-scholarship. Though
he began taking lessons at the relatively late age of 7, he'd
learned to play by ear three years before. Soon after, he
entered a host of musical competitions. He made it to the
finals of the Nationals twice in "86 and '87. His biggest
achievement came in ' 92, when, at seventeen he took the
Royal Conservatory exams and earned the highest mark in
the country, winning the gold medal and substantial prize
money.
Ironically, by that time Gatchalian had lost his passion for
music.
"My heart just wasn't in it," he says, "I'd become more
and more drawn to writing. I didn't want to spend the next
four years in the music department for something I was no
Chris Gatchalian's
dramas weave together
the Poetic and the Vile.
A student in the UBC
Theatre and Creative
Writing Department,
Gatchalian is proving
that the dormant
theatre scene in -
Canada can be "'try very hart*no* *° ge*carriie<-' away
•       j ; [with the success]... Iff anything, it's a mark-
re VI Ved. er that I have done the right thing in my
life. It's proven to me that writing is something I can indeed do."
-Chris Gatchalian
longer interested in pursuing."
Not that becoming a writer was an overnight
decision on his part. Around the same time he
started taking piano lessons, Gatchalian penned
his first stories and poems. Iii his early teens he
watched a performance of Tennessee Williams'
play A Streetcar Named Desire. Watching the play
confirmed to Gatchalian that writing was not
meant for him as an endeavour on the side, but a
craft he had to pursue.
"I was completely blown away by that work. The
theme of sexuality in that play, the way there is this
battie, this conflict between flesh and spirit...it consumed me," he recalls.
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ONCE A MUSICAL PROTAGE NOW A WRITER Chris Gatchalian shows
what imagination and hard work can do. richelle rae photo
Gatchalian labours over his work, and usually producing a single draft in longhand. It's an arduous process, but
one that allows Gatchalian to be, and feel, "in complete
control of the writing.." While it may not pay heed to any
specific meter in poetry, metronomic values do guide its
flow.
"Each time I write, I want to do three things: make music,
Before his sophomore year at UBC, Gatchalian
dropped out of the music department, and in his
junior year, became a creative writing major. The
plays he's written since then have all been greeted
with nothing less than critical acclaim. Motifs and
Repetitions, the earliest of his works in the program, got published in a national anthology, and is
currently in rotation on the BRAVO! network.
Hands, a longer one-act, placed Gatchalian in the
finals of the Pacific-Northwest Writer's
Conference contest in 1996. That and another
play, Clair, will be produced next season by Mirror
Productions. In January, a short monologue, Star, is scheduled to be filmed by the same director as Motifs.
Gatchalian hopes to begin work on a new play soon. In
the meantime, everyone is invited to the staged reading of
Crossing, at 7 pm tonight on a pay-what-you-can basis at the
Chan Centre. Should you miss the event, there'll be other
readings later in the week. Phone at 822-3880 or 822-2712
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the edge of a curved Chinese
roof behind barbed wire.
Below, in the tall, second panel,
"In Vancouver Sky [sic] earth
and sea meet." The guy strolls
quickly away from you along a
sidewalk that curves to the left
into the distance, singing, "It
ain't gonna rain any more."
The squarish bottom left panel
shows a silhouette of the city
about the arc of an umbrella.
"Can I wait till downtown?" he
asks himself. Then the eye
drifts up to the top right corner
of the page. The small fourth
panel frames a window with
two elderly women inside. Just
an unrelated image, glanced
along the way. The text steps up
across the fifth panel (same
size as the second). "A hedge
maze?" it reads over a break in
the bushes. "With a discreet
corner?" it says over a stout
woman at a bus stop. "But what
of that woman?" Your eyes
dance across the pages, stepping along paths of overlapping boxes of text and graphics.
ZZLE two alters the focus
from layout to dialogue. This
time,  in  "Hell's  Dark Acre,"
Jason and his friend Stu go out
for a walk during a blackout.
Here's a sample of its witty
banter. Jason: "Looks like
everyone got bored in their
houses. So I guess the modern
dweller's attention span
is...what..seven minutes without electricity? Stu: "Wouldn't it
be great if people did this voluntarily?" Jason: "It's a government plan to pull communities
together."
ZZLE three isn't a story; it's
the fun "Fall Fashion Issue," in
which Turner contemplates his
clothing. Though this is a topic
ripe for navel-meditation or
snarky social commentary,
Turner avoids both with an
unassuming catalogue of his
current state of dress. From his
hair to his socks, our lovable
author recounts the humble,
hand-me-down origins of his
cool and uncool apparel.
For Two Feet Gone, Turner
breaks out the brush and puts
on his walking boots for a stab
at a larger work. As in ZZLE
one, the first half of this 26-
page issue (titled "Wash Out")
samples snippets of scenes
from the lives of the people we
pass by each day. But you just
know a bigger story is afoot
when Turner adds a kooky
Little Nemo in Slumberland
dream sequence and a car ride
with two other guys and a bottle of tequila. This, writes
Turner, "is my fourth attempt
at this story which has been
kicking around in my head for
ten odd years. Somehow it
wedged itself in the middle of a
Trilogy this time."
Here's to a long and prosperous journey for this compelling new cartoonist.
-Charlie Cho
Beggar's tale not so Sharpe
Robin Sharpe —Life on the Corner:
The Moon Eyed Beggar's Tale
[Kalayaan Publications]
Pedophilia, prostitution, and physical violence: this
is the reality of Jun's existence, the central character
in The Moon Eyed Beggar's Tale, a novella by Robin
Sharpe. Deformed and impoverished, Jun survives
life on the streets in Manila by resorting to fantastic
daydreams and substance abuse. Sharpe has created
a story that is as confused as it is beautifully subtle,
as it attempts to address how political decisions have ■
had an impact on the street kids ofthe Philippines.
The background to the main character's life is
multifarious. Jun's father is killed for his communist affiliations and, when his mother and sisters
succumb to disease and hunger, Jun is abandoned
by his relatives in Manila. While Jun's childhood
innocence prevents him from understanding the
nature ofthe conflicts surrounding him, he is aware
of how they affect his existence. For instance, the
presence of "Save the Children" and world attention
means a chance to be in the movies, but also the
possibility of being rounded up and disappearing in
the night. The poignant simplicity of the story
comes through in Jun's naive perception of the
world, where predatory "foreigners" are seen as
benevolent saviours, and his deformed, moon-
shaped eye has the power to ward off evil and pro^-
tect him from pain.
While Jun's character is written to be both pitiable
and lovable, something about him remains unreal. It is
clear that sruffing solvents numbs his fears, letting him
forget his deformity and transforms the polluted waters
and dirty streets of Manila into a childish paradise.
What is less cut and dry, however, is his view of the
prostitution that surrounds him. Initially, Jun is confused about the details of his friends' "encounters" with
foreigners. For Jun, this translates to baths, Nintendo,
and a chance to escape the streets: Yet Jun is on the
brink of puberty and is beginning to become more curious about sex, and sex with foreigners in particular.
Something in Jun's story doesn't sit right. Sharpe
has created a Manila in which the majority of boys
don't seem to mind being solicited and exploited by
foreign men. In many cases, they even appear to look
forward to it. While their need for money to survive
and the risks of rape and beatings are lightiy touched
upon, most of the boys in The Moon Eyed Beggar's
Tale seem to be preoccupied with the comforts foreign men may offer. Jun in particular seems fascinated by the mysterious glamour of the "foreigner's
hotel room." Since his deformities exclude him from
prostitution, Jun's naivety about sex is understandable. The continued washing over of the cruelties of
child exploitation are not.
While Sharpe, succeeds in creating a character the
reader aches to save, he fails at building the steps
from Jun's innocent sexual explorations to his sexual
arousal at the advances of a foreign "john." Sharpe
has made a grave miscalculation in his writing. He
forgot that even the greatest work of fiction cannot
make a child molester a hero.
—Penny Cholmondeley d
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Get this into your head
Mike McCormack
Getting It in the Head
[Vintage UK]
Most people have never seriously
considered bludgeoning their
brother to death. In a healthy society, that's considered normal. But
Mike McCormack will have you
believing that you're a little unusual if you haven't given the idea-x
some thought.
In his debut book, a collec
tion of short stories  titled
Getting   It   in   the   Head,-
McCormack    displays    an
infatuation with murder and
the  inducement of terror.
Fortunately, the Irish writer's"
preoccupation     with     the
macabre is tempered by a spry
sense of humour and the result
is a bleak but cafhartically funny
collection of stories.
The opener, "The Gospel of
Knives," is a shot in the arm for
door-to-door salespeople who have
written their jobs off as meaningless and futile. The story-revolves
around a knife-seller arid an unemployed labourer. When the saleswoman appears at the door
dressed to the nines, the beei>tot-
ing bricklayer gets the idea that this
could prove an opportunity for
long-needed sexual gratification.
And so the sell begins, with the
knife-seller  putting  an  unusual
twist on traditional door-to-door
sales tactics and ultimately getting
what she wants. The story, like
most that follow, turns social protocol on its head.
Among McCormack's favourite
themes is the effect America
can have on a young
traveling Irishman. Three of the
stories revolve around
the theme, with
McCormack showing that "the luck
of the Irish" is
a phrase more
applicable to
the Kennedy's
than to cereal
box leprechauns.
In "Angel of
Ruin," rather than
r wheeling around
rthe country on ten
bucks and a bit of charm, a
sullen boy from Bray sets to work
alongside his cousin to upgrade a
factory belonging to the most notorious producer of toxic waste in
New England. Problems arise
when "the kid" assumes a vigour
not normally associated with coni
Stant exposure to toxin. In
McCormack's stories, if it's not a
poisoned psyche that does someone in, it's a poisoned workplace.
-—-In the face of oppressive conditions, be it a small-town institution
or filial  acrimony,  McCormack's
characters are consistently resolute. They're also misdirected,
close-to-home and highly intelligent. From prison, Gerard Quirke
of "A is for Axe" writes his story not
as a narrative, but as thoughts elaborated upon under each of the letters of the alphabet. He does this to
ensure that self-pity and righteousness, which Gerard feels result
from the superfluities of a narrative, do not creep into his documentation of what led to his crime.
It's not the characters that you'll
want this book on your shelf for.
It's the prose. From beginning to
end, McCormack's writing is so
inspired that you'll want to leave it
at home to save yourself from
rolling around on the floor of the
bus. The final story, after which the
book is named, is, despite its excessive violence, a brilliant exploration of the intense competitiveness of childhood. Forget all the
fluff about pre-teen years being fabulously free, McCormack will
quicldy have you convinced that if
you weren't a mercenary or power
monger, then you most likely wanted to be one.
McCormack has successfully
carved himself a niche in the literary world. Which is just as well considering what he might have been
carving up if he hadn't been such a
talented writer.♦
—Jamie Woods
Lieutenant Bezukhov a worthwhile small press gem
Michael Hoffman — Lieutenant Bezukhov
[The Plowman]
Box 414, Whitby, Ontario L1N 5S4
In a PR -driven industry where profits mean more than
literary quality, small press literature has a difficult
time making itself known and appreciated in the
mainstream. Undoubtedly, there exists some gems
floating in the cluttered smog of small press that
deserve some recognition. Michael Hoffman's 56-page
novella Lieutenant Bezukhov is unquestionably one of
them.
Hoffman's story takes place in 1990 in Montreal,
when the issue of Quebec separatism is at a high, and
the lead character Adam Kirsch's married life is at a
low. Lieutenant Bezukhov is about t*Mrtysomething
dentist Adam Kirsch and his wife Sharon, who shared
a perfect relationship that suddenly sours due to
Sharon's recent unexplained moodiness. Hoffman
interjects a smattering of other topics into the story: a
visit from Adam's parents from Japan, the background
of Adam and Sharon's family, Adam's commitment
and confusion with his Jewish faith, and the Kirsch's
8-year old son Jacob.
While Lieutenant Bezukhov may seem like just a
humdrum story about some guy and his family
problems, Hoffman's compelling style makes this
novella a worthwhile read. His talent and skill with
words and sentence construction give the plot a true
sense of depth while, at the same time, manage to
avoid technical blandness. The story is told primarily
through dialogue; this technique works well to
effectively develop the characters without the use of
superfluous descriptive paragraphs that so many
authors rely on to relay information about their
characters. Though Hoffman's writing is engrossing at
points, perhaps due to the short length ofthe story and
the author trying to fit eveiything in, the story can be a
bit convoluted at times.
Hoffman follows the golden rule of writing:
"Write what you know." He grew up in Montreal and
has been living in Japan for the last fifteen years.
Perhaps the events in the novella are also somewhat
autobiographical. This would certainly explain the
realism of the story.
The only part that ruined this story for me was the
conclusion, but my faith in the author leads me to
believe that I'm obviously missing some kind of deep
symbolism. I chide myself for my blatant ignorance,
but praise Michael Hoffman for the effort he took to
create Lieutenant Bezukhov.*
—Alison Cole
the
pre-
Kafkaesque
murder
mystery
Graham Swift
Shuttlecock
[Vintage International]
If Franz Kafka had ghostwritten
for Agatha Christie, the result
would have been similar to
Graham Swift's new novel,
Shuttlecock. It is the story of a
. man trying to come to terms with
his father. We glimpse into his
childhood and adolescence
through reminis- ^ -p0*
cences; in
story's
sent, we see
him deal with
a crisis that
forces him to
make   peace
with his past
The plot, a complex    one,
developed some
what   along   thr
lines of a murder
mystery.,'
The setting is n-mi
niscent   of   Orwell's
Nineteen   Eight} Emir. ■"
Prentis, the protagonist
and narrator of the novel,
works for the London Polici ■
Department, sifting through
the   facts   of   crimes   the
Department no longer intends
to pursue, usually because the
accused is dead. These are "dead
crimes." At home, his life is less
than ideal: his wife is distant and
impassive, and he fears his sons
despise him as weak.
Prentis grew up with a father
no son could have considered
weak: a successful engineer, a
WWII hero who specialized in
espionage, a man idolized by his
colleagues and the author of a
popular book-titled Shuttlecock
(Prentis Sr's former code
name)—about his wartime
exploits. Now Prentis Sr resides
in a psychiatric hospital, having
suffered a mental breakdown a
year after the death of his wife.
Since that time, he has not spoken a word. He is effectively
dead to his son, who spends
evenings poring over Shuttie-
cock as another son might rummage through a storehouse of
memories, searching for the
man behind the words.
Strange things begin to happen at Prentis's job. Missing
files. Assignments that make no
sense. His boss Quinn seems to
be sounding Prentis out, watching him on the sly. Or is this only
what Quinn calls Prentis's "lurid
imagination"?
Neurotic guilt prevents Prentis
from addressing his concerns
head on, and he begins to lose his
perspective. He seems about to
suffer a nervous breakdown, agonizing about guilts long past and
entertaining anxious, suspicious
thoughts about the people around
him. Are Prentis's suspicions
only encroaching paranoia, or is
he really being observed? Is>
'•-..-«
it:
.■:. - *•
,<>.»"■   *
'. " important
information
being     kept
.rom him? Is
Quinn    toying
;\;.       :••    with him? And if
" ■* 1.V>*    so, why?
'f{f.- Swift provides
/? thoroughly satisfy-
;" ing answers to these
; questions. The style
of the writing is
mature, accomplished,
intelligent but conversational, and the
comic possibilities in
seeing somebody
else's fife go awry are
fully exploited. Occasionally some connections are made more explicitly
than an alert reader requires,
but this barely detracts from an
otherwise enjoyable story.
Prentis is an altogether
believable character; even his
occasional cruelty to his family
does not prevent tlie reader from
sympathizing with him, as Swift
is particularly adept at taking us
inside his thought processes.
a\nd the book's message—one of
reconcilement and acceptance-
is delivered with vrit and insight.
All things considered,
Shuttlecock is a wonderful
book.^
—Sean Macllroy
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The positions will be posted in various
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19
hands off my handcream
at W.I.S.E. Hall
September 6, 7, 9,11, & 13
by Afshin Mehta
Passing through the local Shoppers Drug Mart you do
a little browsing but find nothing worth buying. You
leave the store to catch the bus, but just as you make
your way out the double glass doors you're grabbed
from behind. You turn around and there is a security
guard looking you straight in the eye. With a stern
frown and an extremely
tight grip he accuses you (**! AHAomAfl
of thievery. The next UCl IrlCCllllCU
thing you know you're
being frisked. All your accuser
comes up with is a half used bottle of
handcream that's been in your coat
for weeks. He insists that you stole it.
You are completely dumbfounded.
You are David Goodman. The writer
and producer of Vancouver Fringe
Festival production, Hands off my
Handcream, remembers the incident vividly:
"It was that idea of how it made
me feel, that inspired me to write
the scene and what it said to me
about this guy who was so hungry
for power that he would be harassing me for this hand cream that was
in my coat that was clearly used,"
Goodman recalls.
Hands off my Handcream is a play about the daily
abductions of the human mind and soul by big corporations, and a society obsessed with materialism. Or
as Goodman describes it, the play is about, "the decon-
diuoning of the human soul, or actually the conditioning of the human soul, or the desensitisation to this
idea, and the struggles against us."
Within the play, everyday situations are pushed to
their extreme. Scenes begin with a guy ordering food
from a fast food joint and end with him singing the
"chicken blues" to the Queen on the twenty dollar bill.
The foundation for this absurd comedy is provided
by a talented and committed duo: Geremy Dingle, and
Sheryl McNamara, who is a graduate of UBC's Fine
Arts Program. The twosome are a vibrant pair who are
well suited for Goodman's dynamic scenes. Sheryl
McNamara says she found this play very easy to relate
to.
"I was a student [at UBC] and frustrated with the
red tape and I (now) have just been working with the
English department... and I'm on the other end ofthe
phone and I'm spewing out the party line and I'm realizing , my God, whenever you are in ajob situation and
you deal with people on the phone you are representing the corporation."
The actors juggle the difficult task of taking on several different characters throughout the show. At one
moment McNamara is playing a fast food chicken vendor who is passionate about her chicken and then
switches to playing a heartless bank teller the next.
The characters are either victims or villains, demonstrating how in real life people can be either one at any
given time.
31  1116   rriflgG   posed   of  several
vignettes which are
looped together by the recurring
threat of the slaying of the human
spirit by big business and the red
tape jungle that makes up everyday life. The play constantly blurs
the line between reality and absur-
dism, calling into question what
shapes the reality of everyday existence. Goodman says that "the
absurdity of the moment makes
the situation more absurd."
Additionally Hands off my
Handcream is a physical comedy.
In one scene a character named
Barbara, played by McNamara, is
literally sucked into a "Berry
Crocker" brownie box. The action
is not isolated to the stage alone. Costume changes
occur on stage, and the actors are always eager to converse with the crowd during the play. There is a tight,
interactive feel to this play which will be amplified by
the cabaret like atmosphere of the play's venue,
W.I.S.E. Hall.
The set is improvised using the same props and set
pieces to create different moods and environments. It
changes from a fast food chicken restaurant to a cell
phone dealership with some skillful acting and a bit of
imagination.
The original vocals and soundscape, provided by
Geremy Dingle, coincide with the scene breaks. They
are a spicey mix of an obnoxious voice-over combined
with a vocal imitation of a trumpet. Seem wacky?
Definitely. But absurdity and craziness are the trademarks of many Fringe success stories.
Goodman's ultimate message is, "Let me be
human. Don't go into my body. Keep this stuff outside." Hands Off My Handcream is a play that shows
us that no one owns the exclusive right to happiness.♦
Bad boys the talk of Hollywood
In the Comrany of men
at the Fifth Avenue Cinema
 by Peter T. Chattaway
Dilbert does Dangerous Liaisons in
Neil LaBute's first film, In the
Company of Men. Chad (Aaron
Eckhart) and Howard (Matt Malloy)
are two white-collar workers who
resent their bosses and their ex-girlfriends with equal bitterness. Sent
on a six-week business trip, they
decide to get revenge on the one
nemesis they think they can handle.
At Chad's request, they find a
young woman — a deaf typist named
Christine (Stacy Edwards) — and
each of them hies to win her affections. The catch? At the end of their
trip, both will dump her abruptly.
"Trust me/says Chad, Uie brain
behind the scheme. "She'll be reaching for the sleeping pills in a week.
And we'll be laughing about this 'til
we are very old men."
And so begins the latest film to
plug into the political correctness
fray. Thanks to its cruel premise, In
the Company of Men has attracted a
great deal of controversy since playing the Sundance festival some
months back, and it's likely to be one
of the most discussed films of the
year.
How people respond to the film
may depend on which of the two
men they find more mtoiguing.
Some have been outraged by
Eckhart's enthusiastic, and urtapolo-
getic, portrayal of the malicious
Chad. But for my part Chad was far
too obviously a rat even, if not especially, when he poured out the bogus
charm. And since the scheme at the
heart of the film is basically all
Chad's doing, this is an almost fatal
flaw in the film. I do wonder whether
this is the fault of the character or the
actor.
As a character, Chad delights so
much in hmxiiliafing, embarrassing,
and putting down his colleagues that
it's a wonder anyone bothers to confide in him. But at the same time, his
overtures to Christine — lines like "I
just want to nurture it and see us
blossom" — reek of a syrupy, saccharine insincerity that would be tough
for any actor to pull off. And Eckhart
doesn't pull it off. He is neither adoring enough to make us wince at the
imminent betrayal, nor charismatic
enough to be convincingly romantic
— apart, of course, from the fact that
Christine is supposedly desperate
enough to fall for anything.
Indeed, Christine is a sadly
underdeveloped character. She's
pretty, she's deaf, and she's vulnerable — exactly what Chad prescribes
for his scheme with Howard — but
she's not much else. The film may
not be misogynist, as some have
claimed, but it does see its only
female character of note through a
very narrow, and male-defined,
screen.
There is, however, at least one
great and truly shocking, performance in the film, and that is
Malloy's as Howard. Chad may be an
out-and-out jerk, but with Howard,
you do get the impression that he has
been shat on in his life, and he does
elicit your sympathies — at first. But
as Malloy peels back the layers of
Howard's psyche, and as Howard
proves increasingly unable to deal
with his own festering, malevolence,
sympathy turns to pity, and pity, ultimately, turns to revulsion.
Howard can be actually nice, and
not merely pretend to be nice, while
playing along with Chad's scheme,
and there is a menace of sorts in that
But the true shock of the film is that,
when Howard finally wants to do the
right thing, he knows no better way
to express himself than sheer rage.
Truth, in the end, proves to be the
most abusive thing of all.^
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As of July 2, 1997, parking has no longer been
permitted on the divided highway sections of SW
Marine Drive, south of Totem Park
Residences or, on W. 16th Ave., west of
the Pacific Spirit Park boundary, Hampton
adjacent to Hampton Place. Place
Enforcement of the Highways Act will
be conducted by the RCMP.
This is the first phase of a program to
eliminate free parking on roads adjacent to .UBC in suppport of the university's Transportation Demand Management program (a key component of the
Official Community Plan process) and
the Highways Act. Totem Parr-
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First Son: Select Photographs from
the CD. Hoy Collection
at the Chinese Cultural Centre
until September 7
 by Charlie Cho
The pressure of a repressed historic
memory is swelling and ready to erupt,
waiting to be witnessed. The twenty-one
photos in First Son: Select Photographs
from the CD. Hoy Collection, represent
only the initial flow of a volcano with
over 1800 negatives waiting to be print-
UNKNOWN: CD Hoy's dramatic portraits
of 1910's BC interior.
ed. During the period of 1909-1920,
Chinese immigrant Chow Dong Hoy
captured the images of Chinese and
Native Canadians who lived alongside
him in the B.C. Interior. As fresh and
enchanting as if they were taken today,
the photographs are physical evidence
of the dignity and importance of Native
and Chinese people in the legacy of this
province.
Visitors to the exhibit tended to
spend little time along the exhibition
corridor. Reflected in their eyes are the
pictures of regular people, many
against a canvas backdrop, from a few
generations ago. Despite over two years
of research and interviews around the
lower mainland and the interior by
curator Faith Moosang, nothing is
known of most of the subjects; the
daunting label "Unknown" rests under
many photos.
From the few captions, the impression given is that the Chinese residents
were both ridiculed and revered. Under
the grim grin of a hardened man with
rough hands and a creased jacket reads
the caption: "Because of his dark
colouring, Won Kee Ken was nicknamed Negro Jim. He operated an early
placer claim in the Beaver Valley pass,
deep in the Cariboo, on a stream later
called Kee Ken Creek."
Above all, I highly recommend, no,
insist that all patrons (admission's
free) purchase the accompanying
exhibit catalogue. Though the photos
are striking in themselves, the book
adds context by describing Hoy's eventful journey from China and his struggles to survive in Canada and support
his extended family in China. Also, the
proceeds from the sale of the catalogues and posters go directly to the
publication of a slicker photographic
book and the creation of a larger
nation-wide exhibit. Hoy's grandson,
Tim, is also planning a web site.
Vancouver Cultural Alliance board
member Jim Wong-Chu has called this a
"kick ass historical photo exhibit," "a
rare find and a must see." Though "kick
ass" (particularly from a forty-something) may be overstating it, you may
want to kick yourself in the ass if you
miss it.**
Show is Becktacular!
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August 12. 1997 • volume 14 issue 3
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The University of Victoria took a brave step
forward when it decided to award Jiang Zemin
an honorary degree in Law. This humanitarian has led the fight for better civil liberties in
China. He has opened doors for foreign investment, loosened the grip of the Communist
Government on the economy and helped create more seats in an overcrowded Chinese
university system. It seems those at UVic
share in Jiang's views, so don't be suprised if
the tanks roll into Victoria if enrollment goes
up again.
UBC should join the growing movement
of universities offering degrees to world
leaders. It would only encourage others to
follow in Zemin's footsteps, creating a more
harmonious world order. Here are some
ideas.
Pol Pot: Honorary Doctorate in Political
Science. His rise to power, and the way in
which he maintained it, could very well be a
blueprint in an age of fiscal responsibility.
The cost of holding elections is always high,
so every effort should be made to avoid
them. So the Pot method— "when in doubt
rub 'em out"—could well be the wave of the
future.
Margaret Thatcher: Honorary Master's of
Economics. Through the total dismantling of
the British welfare system she managed to
increase corporate profits while at the same
time turning the United Kingdom into a
Third World country. Strengthening an
already firm caste system was not an easy
task given the nation's relatively long history of democracy and a previously strong
economy. Few could match her accomplish
ments.
Wilf Hanni, newly elected BC Reform
Party leader: His fight for normalcy, which
began with his condemnation of his party's
previous support for the NDP's same sex
marriage benefit legislation, is one fraught
with courage and valour. At minimum, he
deserves a Master's in Social Work.
Ronald Reagan: Honorary Doctorate in
International Relations. His leadership was
pivotal in ending the Cold War. His "nuke
'em till they glow" strategy was brilliant, ending the West's all too cozy relationship with
the Evil Soviet Empire. There is nothing like
bringing the world that much closer to
nuclear holocaust to win political points at
home.
Finally, Indonesian President Suharto
could earn himself a Doctorate in Spatial
Geography. His battle against tlie overpopulation problem in Southern Asia, has gone largely ignored. Mass genocide, arbitrary arrests
and inforced birth control in East Timor—or
"people pruning" as it is called in official circles—lessens the great stresses placed on the
world's natural resources. Awarding him, and
all those like him, honourary degrees will go a
long way in making this planet a better place
to live. ♦
SI
Canadian
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End the silence
At 7 pm on September 27, 1997 at
the Vancouver Art Gallery, the traditional "Take Back the Nite" will
be taking place for women of all
ages, colour and class to unite and
show their support against the
sexist violence conducted against
women.
Unfortunately, each time I ask
one of my female friends, relatives, co-workers or acquaintances
to join me in this event with the
presence of men nearby, I astonishingly and disgustingly receive
similar reaction from the men:
starry eyes and silence. I am so
dismayed by this reaction because
I feel that this behaviour is a lucid
microcosmic representation of
the larger cold and callous macro-
level of our society toward issues
that affect the everyday lives of
women.
Rape, battering, abuse, sexual
harassment, I could go on and on,
occur each and every day; women
cannot take a holiday or a 30-
minute break from the sexist, violent behaviour conducted against
them by the privileged individuals
of our patriarchal society.
The reality must be made clear:
"Some woman is raped every 17
minutes in Canada." (CASAC
1981). Furthermore, I sincerely
believe that each and every individual in our society knows of a
woman in his or her life who has
been raped before.
I hope that those who read this
letter will learn and behave
differently next time: please do
not stare at me in silence, join me
in speaking out!
Agnes Cheung
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Beam into the Ubyssey
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Wednesday @ 12:30 in
SUB 241K
-tours
- T-Shirts
- comic
- treasurer
- post mortem A question of honour
the policy and practice of tyranny against
workers, intellectuals, artists, and human
rights advocates? Delusions of grandeur are
preventing our president from facing the
reality that the report from Amnesty
International (in the papers on the same day
as Senate made its decision) indicates that
the Jiang regime set a record for death sentences in 1996. The crackdown on pro-
democracy student demonstrators in
Tiananmen still continues long after 'moderate' Jiang succeeded as president. Chances
are, Strong's real 'secret hope' in this plot is
that the leaders of APEC economies will look
favourably upon the Island's university and
give generously.
Foreign Affairs confirmed that
Jiang would be unable to attend
Perspective
THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2.1997
23
by Anita Zaenker
Is an honourary degree to Jiang Zemin UVic's
equivalent of UBC's Goddess of Democracy,
the statue outside the SUB erected in memory
of pro-democracy demonstrators killed at
Tiananmen Square? The recent decision of
the UVic Senate to award an honourary
degree to the President of China upon his visit
to British Columbia for the APEC Leaders'
Summit had more than just students questioning the intent of such a gesture. How could
a university which values intellectual freedom
even consider awarding the man whose
regime is responsible for some of the worst
violations on person, properly and intellect in
the contemporary world?
A rhetorical question, and yet as
academics, UVic's administration
chose to answer it. According to uni
versity president David Strong, the
honourary degree would be to
praise Jiang's economic reforms
and his position as a populist moderate. The original nomination that
went to members of UVic's Senate—who voted
26 to 9 in favour of honouring Jiang—also said
something about "celebrating the long-standing ties of friendship between UVic, Canada
and China." This doesn't seem consistent with
the criteria for which traditionally and categorically have been awarded to people for
their outstanding contributions to the arts and
sciences, academic research, and public service.
Unless universities are giving out honourary degrees for different reasons in these
cash-strapped days of public funding cutbacks. Had the list of criteria included "to
develop economic relationships with the
world's most attractive markets", inviting
Jiang to UVic would still have angered people
of conscience like the students, faculty, and
human rights activists who spoke out against
this degree. President Strong said he had
"secretly hoped that this would have been a
special opportunity for [Jiang] to raise the
level of civil reforms in China to a new level.
How could he not, being on a stage like that,
speaking to students." What gives Strong the
idea that a group of specially selected, fresh-
faced Victoria students would inspire the second most powerful man in Asia to reverse
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the special convocation ceremony
due to other commitments.' While President
Strong insists that the invitation to Jiang still
stands, he admits relief that there won't be
any student protests. Strong should hold off
on that sigh of relief, however. With universities embracing the APEC agenda, with its negative impact on the lives of organised and
non-organised workers, students, women,
and the environment, students are becoming
more aware, critical, and vocal.
There are a lot of questions students
should be asking their administrations as
the unbridled race towards 'internationalisa-
tion' of our universities accelerates. To start,
how much is an honourary degree worth? A
new library and a school of journalism? Or
the lives of thousands who demonstrated for
democracy and dignity in the face of persecution? A valuable use of academia's most
prestigious honour would be to award
posthumous degrees to all students and dissidents who died under the Chinese and
other totalitarian regimes. Or, better yet, a
degree to the person who finds the cure for
moral amnesia.
—Anita Zaenker is the director of academics of UVic Students' Society.
WILD FLOWERS BLOOMING: don't pick 'em, if you didn't plant 'em reads the sign.
RICHARD LAM PHOTO.
 By Richelle Rae    their own homes.
The urban angel that was silent until
the flowers *5teted disappearing, in
reaction to the looting, a sign has been
hammered into the gronna^as a not-so-
subtle remmder on how to enjoy a public garden.
Stop and smell the flowers; DONT PICK
'EMI The flowers growing on tbe vacant
lot at 4th and Alma didn't get there by
accident But many people thought they
did. Instead of enjoying a random act of
kindness — they decided to loot the lot.
These days Greenspace is often
sold to the highest bidder — this usually means putting the construction
of trendy condos and high rise apartments ahead of preserving and cultivating the few inches of Greenspace
we've been allotted.
Someone has decided to create then-
own Greenspace. They took the time to
find a spot plant the seeds, and brighten up an otherwise grey comer. It took
time for the wild flowers to grow, but
many passersby picked them, hoping to
bring a bit of colour and beauty into
P?.^ffT^LE
Summer is ending and the flowers
will soon be gone; before they are,
remember to respect and enjoy mem. It
isn't often that someone does something nice for everyone else for nothing.
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