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TUESDAY. OCTOBER 26. 1999
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SGT. PEPPER: Hugh Stewart took the stand at the RCMP public inquiry yesterday. His testimony is expected to last until Thursday, tara westover photo
 by Cynthia Lee
In front of a large crowd of reporters and photographers,
RCMP Staff Sergeant Hugh Stewart testified yesterday at the
RCMP Public Complaints Commission (PCC) that a lack of
coordination between police units led to the pepper-spraying of students protesting /APEC on November 25, 1997.
Stewart indicated that he should not be held responsible
for police actions against protesters, noting that he was "not
happy" with a decision to deploy the 70-member Vancouver
Police riot squad to the Rose Garden protest—a decision that
was made without his consultation—when the APEC summit
came to the UBC campus.
Stewart has been widely criticised for his role in two separate clashes between demonstrators and police at UBC. Police
used pepper spray against protesters gathered at the security
fence in front of die Rose Garden, and Stewart led the spraying of students in a standoff with riot police at Gate 6 near
Place Vanier residence.
The latter incident was caught on a now-infamous television clip, featuring Stewart ordering protesters to clear the
road immediately before spraying students and the television
camera.-
Stewart said in his testimony that shortly after meeting
with a group that included senior police officials and Jean
Carle, Prime Minister Jean Chretien's former chief of operations, he was ordered to clear Gate 6, which was blocked by
roughly 40 protesters, to allow motorcades carrying APEC
leaders to exit UBC unobstructed. This testimony contradicts what Carle told the PCC during the summer.
Stewart complained that he was given ten minutes
less time to clear the road than he had originally been
allotted. He said he hoped that a visible police presence
and the firm commands officers directed at the protesters would be enough to clear the blockade.
But this show of force was not adequate, he continued.
As a result, within less than ten seconds of ordering the
road clear, Stewart proceeded to pepper-spray protesters
until they retreated.
Marvin Storrow, legal counsel for the PCC, questioned
Stewart about whether he gave protesters enough time to
"absorb the data."
"It would normally not be enough time at all," Stewart
admitted.
But he defended his actions, saying that he saw no
other way of clearing the road.
"I was satisfied that these persons were not going to
move...[I would have needed] a higher force to get them
to move."
Stewart also expressed concerns about two buses
deployed at Gate 6 containing approximately 130 reserve
officers from both the RCMP and the Vancouver Police.
He said these buses were left unsupervised.
"My understanding was that [the reserve officers] were
never a very cohesive group," he said.
When questioned yesterday by Storrow, Stewart asserted that while he was "negotiating a series of peaceful
arrents," he worried that the presence of the Vancouver
Police's crowd control unit—in riot gear—would inflame
the crowd and demonstrate bad faith on the part of
police.
"I don't want [the crowd control unit] here...they are
elevating the level of this crowd," Stewart was heard
shouting in a taped conversation with another RCMP officer.
"As long as decisions were to be made without consultation, we were not going to do our job effectively," he
said at the hearing.
UBC graduate student Jonathan Oppenheim, an independent complainant in the inquiry, said that Stewart
doesn't "seem willing to take the fall," despite earlier the testimony of senior RCMP officers and of officals from the Prime
Minister's Office (PMO) that pointed to the staff sergeant as
the scapegoat for the events at UBC.
"We certainly have a lot of contradictions [about] what
exacfly occurred," said Oppenheim.
"Really, I don't think that anyone knows exactly what happened, but certainly [Stewart's] testimony is quite dramatically different from the testimony of Jean Carle."
Oppenheim pointed out that in the testimony Carle provided to the PCC at the end of August, he denied his involvement in any meeting on November 25, while Stewart's
account clearly implicates Carle.
The 1997 summit brought the leaders of the 18 Pacific Rim
countries to the UBC campus for a day. Forty-nine people were
arrested, and police used pepper spray as a means of controlling crowds.
Roughly 40 protesters subsequentiy filed complaints
about police misconduct, prompting the RCMP to establish
the PCC to investigate these allegations. The PCC, headed by
retired judge Ted Hughes, is looking at whether RCMP officers used excessive force during the summit. Also at issue
is whether Chretien directed the RCMP to ensure that there
would be no visible signs of protest for fear of embarassing
the foreign leaders, notably then-Indonesian president
Suharto.
Stewart's testimony is expected to last four days.*>
 fay Nicholas Bradley and Cynthia Lee
Despite previous testimony that the Prime
Minister's Office (PMO) played no part in
security operations during APEC, recently
released RCMP telephone and radio trajjr
m npl.-. rev. .il that tiir PMO i\\i& \orv i-]i*arLy
involved in RCMP operations during the economic forum's visit to UBC in 1997.
The confidential police documents were
obtained by the RCMP Public Complaints
Commission (PCC), and reveal that on
November 21—four days before APEC
arrived on campus, and Ihe day Prime
Minister Jean Chretien was due to arrive in
Vancouver—the RCMP removed protesters
from their campsite at the Museum of
Anthropology because of political pressure
from the PMO,
This new evidence contradicts testimony
given by Jean Carle, Chretien's former aide,
that the PMO did not take part in security
considerations for APEC'- visit In the L'HC
But these tapes have not yet been accepted by the PCC as official evidence.
Jonathan Oppenheim, a UBC student and
an independent complainant in die .APEC
inquiry, submitted a motion to the PCC yesterday to release the transcripts of taped
telephone calls from the RCMP command
centre between November 2 i and 26.
Oppi'jih.'im .-..nil tilt- proviuuslvrialrased
transcripts are filled with highly relevant
information indicating that legitimate
protest was stifled on the UBC campus
November 25, and that the RCMP was acting under pressure from the PMO. He said
his motion to uncover new evidence from
the tapes would not result in a 'fishing expedition.*
Tm not asking them to look lor a needle
in a haystack," he said.
Opjh'iihpim sdid at'LiMMiig tin-- Upe Iran-
scripts as evidence would save the commie-,
sion time.
"If we had had these tapes from tlie
beginning, we [wouldn't] waste time having
to recall witnesses.*
Cameron Ward, counsel for the largest
group of student complainants, supported
Oppenheim's submission. He contended
that the commission 'should leave no stone
unturned about the truth about what happened at APEC*
But Ivan Whitehall, counsel for the feder-
al government, opposed Oppenheim's
application. He said releasing the transcripts would be based on "speculation'and
would be of no further assistance to the
commission.
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However, Oppenheim argued
that in issues of Charter rights,
"budget cuts can't be an excuse."
Oppenheim said he is optimistic about the chances of success for his motion, but is "surprised that the federal government would try to withhold information this important"
The transcripts in question
centre on the RCMP's efforts to
decide what to do about protesters camped behind the Museum
of Anthropology, where the conference would take place. The
tapes reveal that RCMP
Superintendent Wayne May
warned that "there's gonna be
some, ah, not-so-subtle pressure
put on them in the next half
hour...[to] change their mind on
this whole situation."
The RCMP repeatedly mentioned the fact that protesters
"spray-painted...some of the
Museum of Anthropology" as an
example of how they were not
"playing by the rules anymore,"
thus justifying police action
against them.
Four UBC students were arrested on November 22 for refusing
to leave their campsite behind the
MOA, a move the BC Civil
Liberties Association decried as a
breach of the students' rights. The
RCMP also limited media access
to the arrests.
May identified the major role
the PMO played in the RCMP's
decision to remove the protesters
from the Museum area, and the
police attempts to spin this decision in order to avoid what he
calls "a major embarassment to
Canada and a lot of.. .international
political ramification."
"[The PMO is concerned that]
when the Prime Minister's told of
this he's just gonna tell 'em, whatever it takes, get 'em outta there.
And ah, and that's the reality of it
that we're faced, we're caught
from a police point between a
rock and a hard place. Ya know,
we know how we normally ah, ah,
ah, treat these thing...and the normal course of action that we follow, but [normally the] Prime
Minister's not direcuy involved
when we're, ya know in, in dealing with ah, tree-huggers and that
sort of thing."
May continued, "But ah, right
now the Prime Minister of our
country is directly involved and
he's gonna start giving orders,
and it might be something that
ah, we can't five with or er, that's
gonna create us a lot of, a lot of
backlash in the final analysis so,
we've gotta try to develop a strategy where I think we've got to get
the story out there some way that
ah, um, you know we gave them
[the protesters] their opportunity,
they changed the rules, and ah,
now for the dignity of the conference we've, we've gotta ask them
to leave."
This evidence casts doubts on
testimony provided by PMO officials this summer.
UBC President Martha Piper
testified at the PCC at the end of
July, and expressed concerns
about the reduction of protest
space at UBC during aAPEC.
According to Piper, UBC and
the RCMP agreed that protests
would be allowed everywhere on
campus except the designated
"security zone," which extended
around the MOA and Norman
Mackenzie House, Piper's residence.
But Jean Carle, then the director of operations for the PMO,
reduced the boundaries only days
after this agreement, making the
protest site invisible to the APEC
leaders, who would be meeting
well inside the security zone.
In a letter to Piper dated
November 20, 1997, Carle wrote
that "security considerations are
of paramount concern and
restrict the availability of suitable
sites [for protest]."
But in his testimony at the end
of August, Carle denied his—and
the PMO's—involvement in APEC
security issues, leading Joseph
Arvay, lawyer for the anti-APEC
protesters, to call for Chretien to
appear before the PCC to corroborate or deny Carle's testimony.
The Prime Minister's aide said
that he had no records of his work
or correspondence during the
lead-up to APEC.
Vancouver hosted the APEC
summit in 1997, attended by the
leader's of 18 countries in the
Pacific Rim, including then-
Indonesian President Suharto
and Chinese President Jiang
Zemin, both widely criticised for
their alleged human rights abuses. 1500 people demonstrated
against APEC during the conference's last day, held at UBC, and
the RCMP responded by pepper-
spraying protesters and arresting
49 people. The PCC hearings
began last October.<»
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CUPE strike on the way?
 by Daliah Merzaban
Negotiations between UBC and Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) Local 116 are on the verge of breaking
down, according to Local 116 President John Geppert
/After three days of negotiations last week at the BC
Labour Relations Board (LRB), a few letters of understanding were signed, but according to Geppert, "nothing that's
going to have us avoid a dispute at the end of the day."
Geppert said that he doesn't expect that mediation will
be able to resolve some of CUPE's greater concerns.
"I suspect that bargaining is going to have to break off
before the university is willing to come to a resolution,"
said Geppert.
But although picket lines may go up soon, a full-blown
strike cannot happen until November.
Starting November 1, UBC's locals will be at the LRB to
negotiate which services will be considered essential in the
event of a strike or a lockout The LRB will then declare
which services are in the interest of the health, welfare and
safety of the residents of BC. A strike at UBC cannot be
declared until these terms are negotiated.
CUPE wants to prevent UBC from increasing its ability
to contract-out jobs without consulting the union first
CUPE is also concerned about how students are paid.
At the sectoral level, the union is also facing problems
with wage and benefit settlements.
Local 116, along with Local 2950, represents over 3000
support staff at UBC, including Bookstore and Food
Services employees.
Despite the complexity of the issues involved, UBC officials are still confident that the two sides can reach a reso-
lution through mediation.
"Our number-one priority is to
successfully conclude collective
agreements with our unions," said
Paula Martin, UBC's associate
director of public affairs.
But Geppert doubts that all the
issues will be addressed before the
end of mediation on Wednesday.
"Mediation has been ineffectual,
and as a result we'll have to follow
different channels...I think there
will be a point in time where our
members have to withdraw services."
Geppert stressed, however, that
any job action will try to apply "the
most hurt with the least amount of
pain."
Although Geppert would not
elaborate on the specifics of any
possible job action, he did make reference to the situation at the British
Columbia Institute of Technology
(BCIT).
Since Thursday, BCIT instructors and staff have been
rotating strikes around campus. Instead of shutting down
the entire campus, the union is picketing different buildings each day in order to avoid a detrimental impact on
students.
"I think it's a model that we're going to have to look
at," he said.
COMING SOON? UBC support staff may soon take job action, daliah merzaban photo
Meanwhile, Local 2950 has "made significant progress
on the major issues of both parties," Rita Harder, 2950
president, said in a letter to 2950 members this week.
On Thursday, Local 2950 will be holding a strike vote,
which, if successful, would arm it with a mandate when
dealing with larger wage and benefit issues.
Both locals have been in negotiations with the university since January for contracts that expired on March 3 !.♦
CSIS defends spying powers
 by Daliah Merzaban
Despite assurances that Canada's national spy agency
doesn't have increased powers to operate on university
campuses, university officials are still concerned about
the possible lack of restraints on campus spy activities.
CSIS has stated that despite media reports to the contrary, the solicitor general must still approve all spy
activities on campus, barring exceptional circumstances.
An article published last month in the National Post
caused an uproar amongst post secondary executives.
The article indicated that in declassified documents
from 1997, former solicitor general Herb Gray revised
the policy of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service
(CSIS), with the effect that that the director of CSIS could
unilaterally approve certain undercover operations
involving human sources on campuses.
According to the Post, this move was made despite
objections by the Canadian Association of University
Teachers (CAUT), an organisation representing 30,000
faculty members and academic librarians across
Canada.
This allegation prompted concern among the officials
in CAUT. Under an agreement dating back to the 1960s,
CSIS can direct undercover informants on campus only
if it has the prior approval of the solicitor general.
CAUT President William Graham told the [/byssey last
month that surveillance activities not mandated by elected officials "could have a chilling effect on freedom of
discussion and thought."
In response, Graham wrote a letter to Lawrence
MacAulay, the Canadian solicitor general, asking for a
clarification of the government's policy. In his reply, the
minister demanded that CAUT officials first meet with
CSIS to discuss the matter.
At this meeting, held two weeks ago, CSIS officials
assured Graham and CAUT Executive Director Jim Turk
that ministerial approval is still required in most cases
of campus spy activities.
CSIS spokesperson Dan Lambert said that the spy
agency is very vigilant about all activities that take place
on campus.
CSIS officials cited two situations when the agency
could bypass informing the solicitor general before
sending a spy to campus.
The first case concerns an external organisation
using campus facilities. CSIS can also dispense with
ministerial approval if it recognises an immediate threat
or danger, and CSIS is unable to contact the solicitor general. Lambert said CSIS is still required to inform the
minister after the fact.
However,  CAUT officials remain sceptical about
undercover operations, and want some clarification.
"The academic environment should be a place where
people can speak freely on a whole range of issues, without any fear...CSIS has assured us that that's not put in
jeopardy. We're not sure, so we want to sit down with the
minister and communicate that directiy to him," said
David Robinson, CAUT's director of public policy.
Dennis Pavlich, UBC's legal counsel, agrees. He
admits to not having heard about the allegations against
CSIS until he spoke with the Ubyssey last week, but he
expressed concerns about the ambiguity of the CSIS policy. He said the policy should be made more stringent.
"I'm not at all happy to hear that whatever had existed [in policy] is being relaxed because it seems to me
that what existed perhaps ought to be toughened up a bit,
so we should be moving in the other direction.
"Universities are places where people are free to
express very radical ideas and have them discussed and
dealt with in a way that may be somewhat disconcerting
to a hyper-sensitive, security-conscious body. But that's
good for the country overall that we have places where
that kind of debate can take place."
Lambert pointed out, however, that all CSIS activities
are subject to review by the Security Intelligence Review
Committee and the inspector general.
Pavlich said that he will look into the issue because
he's worried about how the ambiguity could affect free
expression.
"I think people need to be assured on this point," he
said.*>
Study: students waste
 by Eric Jandciu
Students can make a large difference in reducing hazardous waste
by watching what they do at home,
says Peter Whitelaw of UBC's
Health, Safety and the
Environment (HS&E) office.
Whitelaw says that it is easier to
control "point source pollution,"
.such as the waste produced by UBC
laboratories, because outputs can
be measured and monitored, and
regulations can then be applied.
When all Lhe hazardous wa.ste
comes from one source, it is much
easier to deal with.
On the other hand, it is much
more difficult to monitor and regulate what goes down the drain in
every home across the city.
Whitelaw says that the only way
to improve this problem is through
public education.
While he finds reaching graduate sludcjriLs and faculty in research
laboratories fairly easy, getting tlie
message out to undergraduate students isn't so simple.
But UBC's Student Environment
Centre (SEC) is trying to make the
message heard during Enviro
Week '99, which began yesterday.
Tomorrow is Green Living Day,
and the SEC will provide recipes
for alternatives to common household products, such as bleach and
ammonia. In addition, the Student
Union Building (SUB) concourse
will be home to a marketplace for
what Jarah West of Ihe SEC calls
"guilt free businesses."
Although West says she feels tiiat
household products have a minimal effect on the environment and
thinks moro attention should be
paid to polluting companies,
Whitelaw notes that the cumulative
effect of individual efforts is quite
substantial.
According to Whitelaw, each person produces an average of 20
pounds (about 9 kg) of hazardous
waste per year. That translates to
more than a million tonnes of hazardous waste per year in Canada.
White! aw says that he has
switched to a bleach containing
hydrogen peruxide, which has no
harmful byproducts.
Traditional bleach, meanwhile,
contains sodium hypochlorite,  a
compound that has the potential to
produce cancer-causing by-products.
Whitelaw and the SEC point to
other common sources of toxic
waste in the home—such as detergents that contain phosphates, oils,
lubricants, cleaning solvents and
paint—and provide safer alternatives.
Vinegar, for example, works just
as well as commercial glass cleaners, which usually contain ammonia that can eventually lead to the
suffocation of fish.
Maureen Evans of tlie SEC
acknowledges that students can
become intimidated by the volume
of environmentally slanted information available and through the
marketplace in the SUB, the SEC
hopes dial "ppople will find it to be
an inviting lifestyle."
But SEC members Shari Frenett
and Shauna Sprules are not so optimistic. Thoy say they think that students are, in general, lazy and apathetic, and that they will buy whatever commercial product is supposed to do thp clnaningjob they
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by Patti Edgar
The Martlet
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VICTORIA (CUP)-The University of Victoria (UVic)
Senate has defeated a proposal to offer Bill Gates, Ihe co-
founder of software giant Microsoft, an honorary degree.
During a closed Senate meeting on October 6, a proposal to offer Gates an honorary PhD failed when the
motion didn't receive the two-thirds majority it needed
from the 75-member university Senate.
John Fraser, a long-time student senator who sits on
the honorary degrees committee, said Gates would have
received the doctorate at next semester's Millennial
Festival, during which UVic wants to honour people who
"have had a very large impact on the 20th century."
But the Senate debate on whether to award Gates a
degree was contested
Some senators felt Gates had revolutionised information technology and made contributions through
philanthropy, while others questioned his business
ethics by pointing to examples as the antitrust case
between Microsoft and the US Department of Justice.
"There were questions raised on whether this was
some kind of a cash grab," said Fraser.
"If I was Bill Gates and I was given an honorary
degree, I would have warm fuzzies about UVic. With
$ 100 billion [Gates' net worth], even one per cent warm
fuzzies is a lot of money."
Gates has previously donated large sums of money
to Duke and the University of Washington.
Fraser noted that the Senate has already approved
over 15 other people for these Millennial degrees.
Most senators, as well as university administrators,
refused to comment, citing the confidentiality of the
honorary degree process.
"The process is meant to save nominees who are
unaware of the their nominations until after they have
been approved from embarrassment," said UVic
spokesperson Patty Pitts.
Despite senate confidentiality rules, however, an
unnamed source leaked the story of Gates' rejection to
the Globe and Mail earlier this week
Student senator Kari Worton said the leak could convince the university to reconsider the honorary degree
granting process, giving the senators less than a week's
notice—the current policy—to consider a list of nominees before voting on the list at a meeting.
"People like Bill Gates, who shouldn't be getting
degrees, might get degrees if people don't have time to
do the research" said Worton.
Lorraine Doherty, a spokesperson for Microsoft,
said Gates wasn't aware that he had been turned down
for the degree. She added that elementary schools have
been the recipients of Gates' philanthropy in Canada.
In August 1997, an anonymous UVic student senator leaked the news that Chinese president Jiang Zemin
had been approved for an honorary degree, prompting
a backlash from students who questioned his human
rights record.
Zemin was unable to accept the degree because he
was scheduled to attend the APEC summit in
Vancouver. ♦
Anderson to
protect species
by Nicholas Bradley
British Columbia is in a unique position to prevent the extinction of
wildlife, according to Kate
Smallwood of the BC Endangered
Species Coalition, precisely because
it has so many species in danger.
Yesterday, at the opening event
of the Student Environment
Centre's week-long campaign to
raise awareness of environmental
issues, Smallwood expressed her
support for federal Minister of the
Environment David Anderson's
efforts to enact species protection
legislation
"David Anderson is on a roll,"
said Smallwood
According to Smallwood, BC's
biodiversity is an important issue
for the entire country. BC has more
living things than any other
province, and about half these
species can't be found anywhere
else.
But 340 of the province's
species are classified as either
endangered or threatened. A total
of 800 species are in some kind of
danger—Smallwood called these
numbers "warning bells, or fire
alarms, telling us there's something wrong in our environment*
"You can agree it's a matter of
national concern," she continued,
noting that this importance has
allowed the federal government
to become involved.
The recent Speech from the
Throne, read by newly-appointed
Governor-General Adrienne
Clarkson, promised that the
Liberal government will introduce legislation to protect species
at risk, and their habitat, as one of
the "innovative environmental
practices" Canada will adopt
The priority, according to
Smallwood, is habitat protection
and tougher endangered species legislation, with scientists, and not
politicians, deciding which species
are at risk.
During the Throne speech
debate on October 14, Anderson
said that federal legislation will
"complement and strengthen
provincial legislation," and emphasised the importance of habitat protection
"Prohibitions must be available
to prevent extinction or critical habir
tat destruction," he said
Smallwood said that although
she is optimistic about Anderson's
plans, he will have to follow through
with action
"I need to see stuff in writing.. .In
terms of his direction and where
he's going, it's a good one."
Victoria MP David /Anderson was
appointed Minister of the
Environment in August replacing
Christine Stewart Anderson had
previously been Minister of
Fisheries and Oceans, but had
received generally poor reviews
from the environmental community for his work in salmon conservation ♦
Research for sale
by Anne Tiller and Lais-a Tiffany
The Muse
ST. JOHN'S (CUP}~A federal government panel on marketing university research is threatening academics across Canada, say critics of
the Expert Panel on the
Commercialization of University
Research.
"(It) will jeopardise the kind of
research that is realty of value in
society," said James Turk executive
director of the Canadian
Association of University Teachers
(CAUT).
Turk says a report released by
the panel in May could have a negative impat^ on research that doesn't produce a quick dollar.
The panel consists of six corporate executives, two university
administrators and the president of
the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council, but
no current academic university
.Among tlie panel's most controversial recommendations is a proposal that all university research
with 'commercial potential' that
has received federal funding come
under the ownership of a universi-
IIMIlMilllli^lillllB
It also recommends, that 'in
those universities where the ownership of [intellectual property]
resides with the researcher, the
[intellectual property] must be
assigned to Ihe university lor possible commercialisation*
In return for granting a university Ihe right to market their
work,   tlie  panol  recommends
researebers receive such benefits
as tenured pasdtions and a cut of
potential profits.
*In effect your intellect is bang
enslaved by the institution for the
Ijjurposes of industrial development,' said Turk.
The CAUT is asking Ihe federal
government to shelve the report
But Kevin Keough, vice-president (research) at Memorial
University in Newfoundland, says
the report has a different purpose.
The overall objective of that
whole report is that if university
research is funded by the federal
granting agencies, {and} h to be
commercialised, we should make
sure that there is a (monetary]
return to Canada," said Keough
However, Richard Phillips, chair
of the Canadian Graduate Council
(CGC), says federal funding for
research will not be evenly distributed across different disciplines.
Tor those in the social sciences
and humanities, the problem, of
course, is the fact that very little of
what is done can be direcdy tied to
commercial value."
The report is currently under
review t$r indn$tiy Canada, the
responsible government agency, in
a public consultation with approximately 65 organisations, including
provincial governments, student
and fecaltylobby groups, academic
instttotions as wet as members of
tlie private sector.
Alter the public: consultations,
the government agency will decide
whether to proceed to cabinet, said
Karen Corkcry, senior polity ana-
lystlbr Industry Canada. ♦ THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26.1999
roundup
BCIT staff now on strike
Instructors and staff at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) have
been on a rotating strike since Thursday as part of their ongoing dispute with the
BCIT administration.
"We have adopted a strategy for our rotating pickets which will raise tlie educational issues in this dispute to the government and the public, whde at tlie same
time trying to ensure that there is the least possible impact on our colleagues in
other campus unions and on our students," said Ron Kessler, president of the BCIT
Faculty and Staff Association in a statement to the media.
The dispute concerns the zero per cent wage increase for faculty over the past
five years, and the reduction in the number of teaching staff despite the rising number of students in the same period.
Pickets planned for today will affect the building which houses instructors'
offices for various BCIT departments, Classes and staff service in a given area are
affected until the picket rotation ends.
Picketers targeted the Computer Resources Department last week and the
School of Business yesterday,
TORONTO (CUP)—A $ 13.5 million partnership between telecommunications giant
Bell Emergis and the University of Toronto (U of T} Is under fire by the school's
Faculty aAssociation.
The deal is being used to establish the Bell Canada University Labs at U of T
along with four chair positions.
But U of T Faculty Association President Bill Graham says that the agreement
infringes on intellectual property rights and is channelling faculty research to meet
Bell's private interests.
Bell will have the exclusive right to patent research completed through the Bell
Canada University Labs within 90 days of the announced results.
Researchers who want fimding through the Bell agreement will have to appeal
to a special committee composed of an equal number of Bell Canada and university members
"The project could be denied if Bell doesn't see it as profitable/ said Graham.
Graham says he's surprised the university continues-to make corporate agreements after an announced 1997 deal with Nortel another telecommunications
company, posed serious questions about academic integrity.
But Peter Munsche, interim vice-president of research and international relations, says individual faculty members have been seeking research funding from
Bell for the past decade, and that the Bell agreement actually gives the university
more power when it comes to determining the direction of research.
The Bell agreement took effect in November 1998, The $ 13.5 million is to be distributed over the next few years,
—with files from tfze Varsity
TORONTO {CUP)—The University of Toronto (U of T) is considering a policy that
would ensure that no university merchandise is made in sweatshops,
For over six months, a U of T student group. Students Against Sweatshops (SAS),
had been lobbying the university administration to adopt a code of conduct that
would bar any university merchandise from being with sweatshop labour.
"Most people we come across are surprised to find out that we have no code [of
<xmductL* said Genny Santos, a U o£T student and SAS member.
The polky will demand that manufacturers using the U of T insignia are obligated to disclose exactly where and under what conditions their merchandise is
made. It will likely be implemented early next year.
According to SAS, over 100 simultaneous actions targeting university involvement in sweatshops took place on campuses across North America last Wednesday.
—with files from Ihe Varsity
EDMONTON |CUP)~Two researchers atthe University of Alberta (0 of A) have discovered that the toxins formed by Escheria coli, a bacterium commonly found in
the human intestine, could help fight cancer.
Doctors Linda Pilarski and Andrew Belch are involved in conducting research
on the toxins from E. coli that purge cancer cells from bone marrow and mobilised
Pilarski explained that after aggressive chemotherapy, cancer patients require
stem cell transplants, but transplants from other donors are dangerous because of
the risk of non-exact matches.
The new treatment involves collecting the patienfs own cells before chemotherapy and using the B. coli toxin to purge residual cancer from the cells in a cleansing process outside of the body.
These stem cells are then re-infused back into the patient
If successful, the new treatment could help fight some types of breast cancers,
leukemia, non-Hodgkins lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
—with files from the Gateway
BMX BUTT-SHOT: A select group of nutheads got a chance to show off their biking,
skateboarding and in-line skating skills on the vert ramp this weekend at the Snow
Show in BC Place. Dutj to high insurance and space rental costs, there are no
indoor vert ramps in the whole city. Opportunities to ride the imposing structures
aro few and far botwrion. tom peacock photo
UBC looks for
voice on GVRD
by Stephen Irving
Campaigning is well underway for the
Vancouver municipal elections, and
both the candidates and the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) are emphasising the
importance of student involvement.
The current city council, Parks Board,
and School Board is composed entirely
of Non-Partisan Affiance (NPA) representatives, led by Mayor Phillip Owen. But
other parties—such as the Coalition of
Progressive Electors
Vancouver Green
Party, and the
Dinosaurs Against
Fossil Fuels—are
eager for representation on council.
David Cadman,
who is running for
mayor as a joint candidate for COPE and
the Greens, says that
affordable housing
and public transit
are major student
issues in this election.
"Students are
bearing the brunt of
a poor housing policy. Local governments aren't as
involved as they
should be, and it's
students who suffer
for that," said Dave
Hofmann, Green Party candidate for the
city Parks Board.
But for students who live on campus,
the most important issue is the lack of
representation for residents of the
University Endowment Lands (UEL).
UBC and the surrounding lands—known
as Electoral aArea A—are not technically
part of the City of Vancouver, and aArea A
residents are therefore unable to vote in
civic elections.
Cadman feels that students "should
definitely be allowed to participate in the
elections."
However, UEL residents do not have a
normal local government. The Greater
Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) provides community planning, the City of
Vancouver administers the schools, and
the province collects taxes. On UBC
lands, students make up 80 per cent of
(COPE),     the
"A large percentage of
students actually live in
Vancouver," added Allen.
"Students live in near-
poverty situations, and the
city passes zoning laws on
rentals, so if you're paying
high rent...the city elections
affect your life directly. We
want to educate students
about what is going on with
the elections and try to get
students to be active as
possible."
-Nathan Allen
AMS Coordinator of
External Affairs
the population.
Dale Hofmann, Parks Board candidate for the Greens, maintains that "the
UEL should be involved in community
decisions, and needs representation."
.AMS Coordinator of External .Affairs
Nathan Allen agrees.
"The big thing with UBC is the governance issue, where UBC is not a part of
Vancouver, it's ruled by the benevolent
dictatorship of Martha Piper, so that's an
issue that we're dealing with separate
from the elections," he said.
In order to combat the lack of representation, the AMS
will consider a
motion to support
Jon Chandler—vice
chair of the AMS
External
Commission, and a
Thunderbird resident—for GVRD
Representative in
the November 20
election.
Chandler will be
running against two
other candidates.
"No one really
cares about the
GVRD in [Electoral]
Area A, and we hope
that with students
voting for student
representation on
city council...would
be amazing," said Allen, who plans to
start an awareness campaign to get students involved. This is the first year that
the position, formerly an appointed post,
will be decided by election.
"A large percentage of students actually five in Vancouver," added Allen.
"Students five in near-poverty situations,
and the city passes zoning laws on
rentals, so if you're paying high
rent..the city elections affect your life
direcdy. We want to educate students
about what is going on with the elections
and try to get students to be active as
possible."
The AMS is trying to negotiate on-
campus polling for the election. In previous years, the AMS has sponsored candidate forums, and hopes to put on a mayoral debate sometime in early
November. ♦ THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26,1999
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Interdisciplinary Activities in the Health and Human Service Programs
Health Sciences Student
Research Forum '99
Paper Presentations
Health Science students describe in lay terms the background, methods and results of
their summer research projects.
Time: 11:10 - 1:00PM
Date: Thursday, October 18
Place: Woodward IRC, #4
Measuring Changes in Tumor Perfusion with a Modified
Rb-86 Extraction Technique
Presenter: Kevin Bennewith. Faculty of Medicine (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)
Using the Internet to Assess Medical Students in Dermatology
Presenter: Dr. Chih-ho Hung, Resident, Faculty of Medicine (Dermatology)
Detection of Asthsma-Associated Viruses in High Risk Infants
Presenter: Kathy Lee, Faculty of Medicine (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)
A Description of Cardiac Rehabilitation Services in Regional and Rural BC
Presenter: David Pontin, Faculty of Medicine (Family Practice)
For further information, call the Office of the
Coordinator of Health Sciences at 822-5571.
T-Cup kicks off Friday
by Jo-Ann Chiu
UBC's premiere female quarterback is a vision on
the football field, but will she emerge triumphant
this Friday in what promises to be the grooviest T-
Cup ever?
T-Cup is the annual all-female, full-contact football fracas between students in the School of
Nursing and the Rehabilitation Sciences—the
defending champions. Back for her final year as
Rehab's numero uno quarterback is Angie
Wensink, a pure thrower who shreds the template
of the hand-off QBs favoured by the women's
game.
Wensink knows football. She learned to launch a
proper spiral at the age of six and by 14, emerged as
quarterback for Palmer Junior High, playing in
Richmond's girl tackle league. But Wensink, now 27,
dismisses the notion that her arm has anything to do
with Rehab's aerial prowess.
'My receivers have good hands,* she insists. "I
know that as long as I put the ball near them, they
will come down with it.*
Prize pass-catchers Christia Molnar-Martens,
Stephania Rizzo, and Tracy MacGregor are back
from last year's team. Rehab's muscle offence also
boasts the return of star running back (and varsity
track & field star) Jennifer Keefer, who missed the
1998 game due to injury.
Scoring will not be a blowout, though. Lovingly
trained by their six varsity football-playing coaches, the Nurses derive their mojo from a play book
of ingenuity fused with acceleration. Their assortment of secret plays, executed by quarterback
Lynette Keulen, will surely discombobulate the
Rehab defence. Fans can also expect to see out-
BIRD
MEN'S BASKETBALL
UBC won the gold medal at the University of New
Brunswick Invitational Tournament bv defeating
the defending CIAU champions, the Saint Maiy's
Huskies, 72-GG.
UBC plays Brandon University at War
Memorial Gym on Friday, October 29, at 8:00pra
for their spasou oppner.
The 1999-2000 edition of the team will be previewed in Friday's issue of the Ubyssey-
WOMEN'S Bj\SKETBAIX
Thi1 T-Birds will start their season against
Brandon University at War Memorial Gym on
Friday, October 29, at 6:15pm.
The team will also be previewed in Friday's
if*ue ofH/.e Ubvssoy.
CROSS COUNTRY
The BC Open Championships will lake place on
Saturday, October 30 at Jericho Beach Park. UBC
Canadian junior 1000m cltpctnpiqn David Milne
will head the UBC contingent
FOOTBALL
UBC will finish their regular season against the
University of Regina at Thunderbird Stadium on
Friday, October 29 at 7:30pmu
MEN'S HOCKEY
The hockey Birds are now 1-3 after playing the
University of Regina last weekend. The Rams won
the first game 6-2, but on Saturday, the Birds won !
\ 2 lor Ihi'ir iirsl win uf thi1 s;:.x=.on.
UBC will play at home on Friday hand Saturday \
against Brandon University at the Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre at 7:30pm.
WOMEN'S RUGBY
standing defensive plays by linebacker Robyn
Atwell.
Not just good tackle football, T-Cup is also an
event to raise money for BC Children's Hospital.
The game will include a bake sale, a barbecue, a
50/50 draw, and a raffle for some 'really cool'
prizes. It is hoped that the 1999 ladies' brawl will
rake in $2,000.
But T-Cup is not without controversy. Rehab
alleges that last year, the Nursing team had
'spies'—shifty-looking males who scoped out the
Rehab practices, which by necessity are held on
the very public Maclnnes Field. (The Nurses practise at the isolated Thunderbird Stadium, courtesy
of their coaches).
'It's not unusual for people to stop and watch
us for five minutes,' says one Rehab player. 'But
these guys would stay for half an hour. And they
came at least a couple of times. It looked pretty
fishy.' When last year's game day arrived. Rehab
recognised these same men communicating avidly with the Nurses, if not coaching.
Nursing assistant coach Simon Quinto pooh-
poohs the allegations. 'We're just here to teach the
women good football and to have fun.*
If the Nurses had any secret agent men checking out opponent practices, it is news to head
coach Shawn Olson. "Otherwise we would've
known they were going to throw so many passes,*
he says.
No suspicious characters have been spotted this
year.
T-Cup kicks off this Friday at 12:30pm on
Maclnnes Field. Hatched in a crossfire of good
things to eat and a flick of scandal, who could ask
for anything more?*>
championships this weekend at Wolfson Field. On
Friday, UBC will play the University of Alberta at
l0:00ani and then the University of Victoria at
5:00 pm. The second- and third-place teams will
play each other Saturday at 1:00pm. The final will
lake place Sunday at l:Ullpin.
MEN'S SOCCER
UBC (5-3) heads into their final weekend of regular season play against the University of Alberta
(6-1) at Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday,
October 30 at 2:00 pm, and then the University of
Saskatchewan (2-5) on Sunday, October 31 at
2:00pm.
WOMEN'S SOCCER
The Birds played at tlie University of Victoria
Saturday and came away with a 3-1 win. T-Bird
Vanessa jMartino leads the Canada Wcisl in scor
ing willi 5 goals.
UBC* (ti-2) will play tlie top team in Canada
West, the University of iUberta (7-1), at home on
Saturday, October 30 at 12:00 pm. UBC will then
face the University of Saskatchewan (2-4) at
Thunderbird Stadium Sunday, October 31 at
SWIMMING
UBC's defending national swinpeoaiag champions
will host the Colleges Cup this weekend at the UBC
Aquatic''Centre.The eventfeatures the UBC team
with medahsts from the Olympics, world championships, and JPan Am Games. Competitors
include Curtis ^den, a double Olympic bronze
medalist From ; the ^University of, Calgary,
Catherines Fox. an Olympic gold medalist from
Stanford:., University, l and teams from the
University of Washington, the University of
Victoria, and Simon Fraser University.
Racing wflXstart Friday, October 29 at 7:00pm,
and Saturday,;October 30 at 2:00pm.
MEN'S VCmVBAlt
The Thunderbirds start the 1999 season on the
road against the University of Calgary this week-
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
UBC, who finished second xa. Canada last year,
will ciju'ii Ih.'ir Siua^on auamM the I'niMu.siiy oi
The Thunderbirds will host the Canada West    Calgary in Calgary this weekend. ♦ $$$$&
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THE UBYSSEY ■ TUESDAY. OCTOBER 2B. 19991
Men's soccer Birds foiled
by Tom Peacock
You could tell the UBC men's soccer team wanted the win,
but the University of Victoria proved they were hungrier
in what ended as a one-goal game in their favour. Despite
a strong performance by the Birds last Saturday at
Thunderbird Stadium, UBC was outmatched by the first-
placed team in the Canada West who have yet to see a loss
this season.
"UVic's a good team," said a visibly disappointed Mike
Mosher, head coach of the Birds. "It doesn't matter what
the situation is, what you're playing for. They come to play
every single game."
But UBC came to play too, and it was a close one, with
neither team seriously dominating. Although UVic had a
few more chances, most of the play was in the midfield.
UBC's defence, led by captain Steve McCauley and
defenseman Spencer Coppin, who had standout performances, stopped most of the Vikes' chances before they
could gather any momentum.
Midway through the first half, McCauley received an
enthusiastic facial massage from the head of a UVic striker and UBC midfielder Aaron Keay got the game's only yellow card late in the half after a verbal altercation with the
referee, but still nothing moved on the scoreboard. UBC
had a major chance during a late breakaway by midfielder Iain Shepherd, but the ball got away, and at halftime,
the game was still scoreless.
In the second half, the teams burst onto the field with
obvious intent, but it was UVic that was able to capitalise
on an early chance, and a scramble in front of the UBC
net led to the only goal of the game during the 50th
minute of play.
After the game, when McCauley was asked about what
went wrong, he didn't put it down to any specific weakness in the team's make-up. He explained that it was more
an issue of focus, or a collective mental block.
"The ball just hasn't gone our way," he said. "We
haven't been able to get that bounce that we need. We've
iSBSasT^t-''^^
JUST TOO GOOD: University of Victoria goalkeeper Dominec Butcher stops UBC's attempts and racks up his sixth shutout of the
season. Butcher leads the Canada West with shutouts and fewest goals allowed, tom peacock photo
got to score goals. We haven't been able to score goals
against Victoria or Edmonton [the top two teams in
Canada West]. We've been able to score against other
teams."
The fourth-year defender looked a little dumbfounded.
He knew the effort was there, but that it wasn't guided
enough. The emotion and the intensity took over. The
rational approach was lost
"I never have too many answers. I'm disappointed
right now. The game's a blur. We've got to settle down and
play our game, and everyone's got to win their battles."
McCauley's ideas came out strong just like his team's
effort. But unfortunately, both were a little jumbled and
inflamed with emotion.***
Hockey Birds off to rocky start
 by Naomi Kim
With 54 seconds remaining in UBC
women's second game of last weekend's
double-header, the abrasive tones of
.Queen's "We will rock you," echoed
through the Thunderbird Winter Sports
Centre. UBC was losing 8-0; so why they
chose to play that song is a good question.
Two periods was all the University of
Alberta women's hockey team needed to
spoil the start of UBC's season-opening
weekend. Last year, the Pandas, who finished second in Canada, only defeated
the Birds by one goal. But this year, with
significant roster changes for UBC (now
0-2 on the season) and new playing rules,
the margin was much larger.
On Friday, the Pandas set the tone for
the weekend, shooting from all over to test
out UBC's new goaltender, Tanya Foley.
Despite a few dumps, the Birds were
unable to get the puck out of their own end.
Then, a lost puck at centre ice resulted in
the first goal at 3:12 for the Pandas.
"At first it was a littie nerve-wracking,"
said Foley of her first game in a T-Bird
uniform, "but [I] had to get into it quick."
But 22 seconds later, the Birds came
back with captain Jana Horsman bringing up the puck and scoring easily. UBC
perked up after this first goal, but the 1-1
draw would be the closest that the Birds
would get all weekend. Although they
were hanging in at 4-2 early on in the second period with a second goal from
Horsman, any momentum the Birds had
soon died. The UBC net became a shooting gallery for the Pandas and by the end
of the second period, the shots on goal
were 30 for U of A and 6 for UBC.
Eventually, the Pandas' barrage of
shots paid off, although their goals were
not particularly spectacular—one of them
was a giveaway from a UBC defender
practically in her own crease.
The Birds came back somewhat revived
from the second intermission, but the
pucks continued to fly at Foley. UBC's
defence finished the game strongly, holding the Pandas to only 2 goals in the third
period, but the offence could not narrow
the score. The Pandas, looking in top form,
ended the game 8-2 with frwer than six
minutes remaining in the game.
"The score wasn't reflective of how we
feel," said Horsman contently.
"Take out that second period. It really
was a 3-1 game...there were no hanging
heads in the dressing room."
The Birds felt good heading into the
second game of the weekend but were
concerned about the new intermission
after the first period, which seemed to
throw off some of the players.
"We're prepared to come out the same
as we did in the first and the third [periods]," said Horsman before Saturday's
game.
But, this time around, it was the first
period that ended the game for UBC. Just
38 seconds into the game, the Pandas
scored on their first shot after a pass
from the face-off to a player at the
doorstep of the UBC net. The Birds had
no time to respond with U of A following
the first goal with another just 37 seconds later. The Pandas maintained a
quick pace and UBC had trouble getting
the puck past the centreline. The Pandas
were up 5-0 by the start of the second
period in the second match-up, taking
advantage of all their possessions and
power-plays. Alberta managed 21 shots
on goal compared to UBC's two.
The Birds had no problems with the
second period, holding the Pandas to just
2 goals on 17 shots, and they came out
hard in the third, only allowing one
short-handed goal. But of course, it was
too late. The final score was 8-0.
With the loss of five of six top goal-
scorers from last season, the Birds have
some work to do offensively, but they are
otherwise fortunately "defence-laden,"
said head coach Dave Newson.
Despite a good performance by the
UBC defence, the largely-intact prevailing
Canada West champions University of
Alberta were in top form, and there is no
denying that they played well.
"They are a good team and we're still
learning" said Newson.
The Birds' next regular season game
will be on November 19 against the
University of Calgary, last year's second-
placed team in Canada West*!*
Birds edge Bears
 by Naomi Kim
Down 1-1-4 at the half Saturday against
the University of Alberta Golden Bears,
the UBC foolball learn jusl kept plugging
away. And behind tailback Akbal
Singh's second consecutive 300-plus
yard game, die Birds won their sixth
sLraifdil game 19-14 to movo closer lo
clinching first place in the. Canada West
"We just played more solid defence
and ended up punching iL in when wu
had to," said UBC head roach Jay
Prepchuk about the second half comeback.
Tin.' game didn't start die way UBC
would have likorl, as tlie 2-'J University of
Alberta starting off in control. In the first
half, the Bears drove the length of the
field to earn their first touchdown, and
their second major came after a UBC
turnover inside their own 30-yard line.
"After that we realty shut them down
quite effectively," said Prepchuk.
The UBC defence did a good job stopping Bears quarterback Blair Zahar, the
leading passer in Canada. Zahar was not
a factor in the game as he completed
only 9 of 23 passes for 158 yards.
On offence, backup quarterback Phil
Deeks stepped in during tlie third quarter for quarterback Shawn Olson, who
was forced to leave the game on a kicking personal foul. But Deeks more than
filled in for Olson.
"Phil Deeks...did an outstinding job
for us," said Prepchuk.
Deeks threw a 35-yard touchdown
pass to first-year running brick Sean
Dovre to bring the Birds within striking
range of the win.
Then, UBC's rosidenl offensive
strongman had the last word. Running
back Akbal Singh scored the game-winning touchdown on a 48-yard run.
Prcspchuk c:dled Singh'.* performance
"absolutely phenomenal' as the fourth-
year tailback followed up hid career-best
328 yards lasl week against the
University of Saskatchewan by running
for 305 yards on 37 carries. He is now
the leading rusher in Canada with a
total of 1172 yards on 158 carries and
was named the Canada West Offensive
Player of the Week for the second
straight week.
First-year running back Julian
Radlein, who has played effectively at
fullback recently, injured his shoulder
in the victoiy. The extent of his injuries
were uncertain at press time.
The Birds are now 6-1, and have won
six straight as they head into their final
regular season game at home against
the winless University of Regina (0-7)
Friday. A win for the Birds will ensure
home-field advantage for the Canada
West playoffs.**-* 8    THE UBYSSEY - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26,1999 m     '"    ;.,,.-',-,
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THE MANY FACES OF THE UBC THUNDERBIRDS: UBC forward Colle
runs with the ball against the University of Victoria Vikes during UB
debacle Sunday. Jackson scored both Bird goals, but the game's r
UBC's Canada West-championship season. Above, goalkeeper Ar
Kid pose) and forward Stephanie Hume (right, also in Karate Kid p
6-1 win over the University of Manitoba Friday, bruce Arthur photos
by Bruce Arthur
VICTORIA—After clinching the Canada West championship, and with nothing really to
play for, the UBC women's field hockey team ended their regular season with their worst
performance of the season.
After clinching the Canada West regular season title with a 2-1 victory over the
University of Alberta Pandas Saturday afternoon, top-ranked UBC was destroyed 5-2
Sunday by the number two-ranked University of Victoria Vikes. The Birds, who had
allowed only six goals in their previous 11 regular season games, were taken apart by the
team that most of them expect to meet in the national final for the second consecutive
year. Last season, UBC beat UVic for the tide 1-0.
"We need to have a mission, and today we didn't have a mission," said fifth-year mid
fielder Lesley Magnus, who was one of five Birds who played
their final regular season game Sunday. "There was never that sense of urgency."
The loss was UBC's first this season, and though the T-Birds have qualified for the
national championships, November 4-7 in Waterloo, Ontario, Sunday's defeat left them
with something to prove.
"We're thinking we're on top of our game, and we know what we have to do," said fifth-
year defender Dallas Plensky. "...And for some reason, we don't do it, and the [Canada
West] gold medal goes around your neck and it's like..." Her voice trails off. "If UVic would
have beaten us in the second tournament and not beat us now it would have been different than beating us in the last game."
The five-team weekend tournament was the third and final installment of the Canada
West regular season, and UBC opened it in uninspired fashion with a 6-1 thumping of the
I
A fine pair of first-year
Two high-scoring rookie forwards have given the defending national champion women's field hockey team an extra
by Naomi Kim
Rookie UBC women's field hockey forwards
Maureen O'Connor and Wieske van Zoest were
two of the Birds' leading scorers this season.
But apart from that, similarities between the two are
hard to find.
"It's all in the ears!" proclaims Maureen, triumphantly nearing the end of our interview. She is
sitting legs outstretched, on the grass field with her
arms supporting her, facing the sky.
Wieske sits beside her, legs curled to the side,
playing with the grass. Her short blond curls conceal
the hearing aids in her ears.
"I was born with a hearing disability so I got the
litde thingies when I was six and learned to live with
them, too," says Wieske. "But sometimes when it
rains really badly they die."
"You shouldn't be playing in Vancouver then,"
jokes Maureen, (or "Mo," as everyone calls her). "Not
that the Netherlands [Wieske's home country] would
be any better.'
Oddly enough, Mo had a hearing disability herself when she was younger. "I was 80 per cent
deaf..[but] they fixed it when I was younger through
numerous operations and whatnot"
"Maybe it is in the ears," agrees Wieske.
Posing for the pictures, they stand about awkwardly until Mo holds her field hockey stick
fiercely up in the air.
"Let's do a Xena-like picture," jokes Mo. Wieske
laughs politely, but stands there, clueless about the
reference.
Mo is a born-and-bred Vancouverite. She grew
up in West Vancouver and played basketball grow
ing up. It was not until she was 14 that she was
introduced to the sport of field hockey.
"I started in high school, in, like, the '96 season,
grade nine. We had high school hockey and that's
how I got started.. I just really liked it .And I liked how
you were always on a different team. The programs
here make it so that it's always changing because you
play all year pretty much. So you're always playing
with different people, and so it's cool."
As one of the most highly sought-after high
school prospects, choosing UBC was an easy decision for Mo.
"I can play all year here," she sighs.
Wieske, meanwhile, grew up in Valkenburg, in
the Netherlands, and picked up her first field hockey stick when she was a "little, little, little kid," at six
years of age. She has yet to put it down—field hockey is a sport as common in the Netherlands as ice
hockey is here.
"It's insane, actually," says Wieske of field hockey's popularity.
From practicing once a week in a mini-game on
Saturdays to twice a week as she grew older, field hockey became second nature to Wieske. She played briefly
in Canada before coming to university.
"I came [to Canada] in 1994, and then I spent three
years here and went to high school and played hockey,
and moved back for three years and now I'm back
again."
But on the UBC team, she says "[I've] never practiced so much in my life."
Her name is pronounced Wees-keh. She admits the
Dutch name is probably difficult for most people to
pronounce in English.
"Most people get my name wrong," she says softly.
Wieske admits she's quiet, and so far she seems to
be—but her teammates tell a different story. Both Mo
and team co-captain .Ann Harada insist that Wieske is
not as quiet as she appears—the three of them carpool
Although they are both in their first
years of playing eligibility at UBC,
both their playing and academic
experience vary greatly. Wieske,
who is 21 years old, has more than
twice as many years of field hockey experience than her younger
teammate.
to practice.
"Wieske's very entertaining," says Mo carefully.
"She adds humour to our fives. Just random occurrences. It's a very discreet humour."
Tm not that funny," Wieske insists.
"Her roommates consider her daily entertainment" says Ann.
"It's probably that I can't speak the language all that
well, maybe," says Wieske, defending herself. "I don't
speak all that much, I think."
"Yeah you're fairly quiet" agrees Mo.
"But when she does say things that are witty, they
come out at the appropriate time. They're timed very
well," says Ann
Wieske laughs softly, and looks at the ground.
Wieske and Mo ari
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bouncing it off the gro
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THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. OCTOBER 2B. 1999
)ut it's on a sour note
dreadful University of Manitoba Bisons, whose goal was only
their third of the season, against 93 allowed. The Victoria
field's over-sandy condition was so bad that it led four UBC
players to purchase shoes with half-inch cleats following the
game.
Saturday morning, UBC's improved traction and intensity
helped them to a 10-0 waxing of the University of Calgary
Dinos. The game featured four goals from first-year forward
Wieske van Zoest. After Alberta played UVic to an exciting 3-3
tie, UBC needed only to win one of its two remaining games to
clinch the Canada West tide. Saturday afternoon against
Alberta, they did just that, fumbling to a plodding 2-1 decision
over the Pandas.
Despite being forced to backpedal most of the game, an early
breakaway goal by third-year forward Stephanie Hume on a pretty pass from van Zoest gave UBC a 1-0 lead. Flashy first-year forward Maureen O'Connor made it 2-0 minutes before the half
when she received a pass at the top of the circle, spun two Panda
defenders inside out and casually knocked in a backhand.
But UBC held back in the second half, protecting their lead
and losing their agressiveness. However, Alberta made it 2-1
on a deflection midway thorugh the second half and kept up
the pressure until the final whistle. Fifth-year goaltender Ann
Harada's netminding and a whole whack of converted offensive opportunities were the deciding factors, but it was a poorly played game on UBC's part.
"We certainly opened the door, didn't we?" grinned UBC
head coach Hash Kanjee. "Just about got it shut in our faces."
"We sat back and let Alberta take it to us in the second half,"
agreed defender Andria Shannon. "I think we came out a little
complacent."
But with Sunday's game no longer a championship-deciding
proposition, the Birds came out flat again, and got demolished. The debacle began slowly
and gathered momentum, as the Victoria squad pushed UBC back again and again, before
forward Tracey Court scored on a rebound shot twenty minutes in to make it 1-0. Wide-
open defender Andrea Rushton then put a ball past Harada on a 20-foot blast to make it
2-0. The Birds were on their heels from there, missing passes and losing battles for loose
balls until Colleen Jackson, another graduating senior, batted in a ball three seconds
before the horn that made it 2-1 on UBC's only real scoring chance of the half.
But the second half promised further humiliation. The Vikes moved easily, almost
untouched, down the field and scored 30 seconds into the half on a pretty passing play to
forward Lauren MacLean. With the score 3-1 and the Vikes defence suffocating their attack,
UBC couldn't mount a comeback. Harada made some spectacular plays, but Victoria, playing a clearly superior brand of hockey, made it 4-1 on defender Megan Hunt's one-timer off
1999 CANADA WEST AII^TARTEAM
Urn Baker, UBC; Jon Dowdeswell, UBC; Annabel
Duncan-Webb, .Alberta; Aoibhinn Grimes, Victoria;
Ann Harada, UBC; Lesley Magnus, UBC; Veronica
Planelia, Victoria; Kristen Taunton, Victoria; Sue
Tingley, Alberta; Wieske van Zoest, UBC; Jenny
Zinkan-McGrade, Alberta.
Rookie of the Year. Maureen O'Connor, UBC
Coach of the Year: Dru Marshall, Alberta
Gail Wilson award (outstanding contribution):
Kristen Taunton, Victoria
Liz Hoffman award (Player of the Year): Aoibhinn
-Grimes, Victoria j
Colleen Jackson (above, left)
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goal—Jackson scored again on a
short corner late in the game, but
it was far too little, far too late.
"It's embarassing," said
Magnus, who received a bouquet
6f flowers along with the other
five seniors. "It's hard to talk
about a bad game when you've
got medals, and flowers, and...it's
like a celebration that we really
shouldn't be having.-
The Birds now have two weeks
to rest, refocus and recuperate
before they head to Waterloo to
defend their title. Magnus'
injured right hamstring and knee
kept her out of most of the Alberta
game and sapped her speed the
rest of the weekend, and will
need time to heal. O'Connor's
troublesome left ankle, meanwhile, will be sore no matter how
long she waits. But if UBC can
learn to start games stronger and
keep a sharper mental focus, they
can compete with anybody. The
Birds tied UVic 1-1 in both their
previous meeting this year, and
were two minutes from winning
here October 10, until a mental
lapse led to a tying goal. But
they're confident that they'll meet
the Vikes in the final.
'I think it's better for us psychologically," said Plensky. "For
them to show us how hard they
can play when we're not really on
top of our game...that helps us for
nationals, because we'll be more ready. We'll be ready...We'll see them again in the final."
Judging from Sunday's game, the Birds will need to be on a mission, and likely will
be.*
SCORING
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Tamara Durante, AL
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Nicole Perry, AL
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3u can pick them both out in prac-
amazing shots that cause prob-
nes." /Ann, it should be noted, is
also a goalkeeper on the Canadian national team.
Mo and Wieske are now sitting cross-legged on
the ground, posing for yet another picture.
Their sticks are crossed, but at the last minute,
Wieske pulls her stick above Mo's.
"They're very intense players, and competitive,"
says Ann. "It could be in the last couple of minutes of a
game and we could be tied or whatever and they have
the confidence that, given the right opportunity, they
can score, they can get the job done. That is a lot to ask
from a rookie player, but they've shown that they can
do it"
This season, the dynamic duo have accounted for
one-third of all of UBC's goals. But don't expect them to
talk much about themselves.
'I think it's cool to be able to score goals and stuff,
but I don't think it's the be-all and end-all," says Mo.
"There's a lot that goes on before the ball even goes in
the net"
Wieske makes sure to mention the other players on
the team—in fact, neither player is comfortable having
a profile written exclusively about them, and not about
the whole team. Both emphasise their teammates
when they describe their own goals.
y\nd with the team's defence, midfield, goalkeeping
and scoring intact from last year's national championship-winning team, the Birds have never looked
brighter.
"I'd like to see us win nationals," says Mo.
"That's the final, final, final goal," agrees Wieske.
"We've got to go process,' as [head coach Hash
Kanjee] would say," concludes Mo. "We got to go
process.' So if we play like we can..."
"...we can score goals when everyone is playing
well," says Wieske smiling.*
ONE ALL-STAR, ONE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: UBC rookies Wieske van Zoest (left) and Maureen O'Connor
have provided an offensive spark to the defending national champion women's field hockey team with a
combined 16 goals, but both prefer that the team be given the accolades, bruce Arthur photo 10
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by Lawrence Chew
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STOP!    DON'T GO ELSEWHERE
Discover the Friendly Competition!
@ 2nd Floor, ^174 Western Parkway (above UBC Pizza) |
tel: 224-6225
They're five guys who like to play
funk,  rock,  reggae and rap. And
they're  from  Omaha,  Nebraska. That's right.
Omaha. In fact, "311" is the Omaha police code for
indecent exposure.
But in order to make it in the music business,
you've got to be where the action is. So they moved
to Los Angeles. Along the way, they made friends
and had fun. Along the way, their RV burst into
flames. All their clothes, instruments and personal possessions were burned to a crisp.
But that was when they were starting out and
they've come a long way since then. Now they're
on tour again to support the band's latest endeavour, Soundsystem. I was able to catch up with the
band's DJ, SA, while he was relaxing at home back
in Omaha. We chatted about the band, the new
album, touring and pot.
Despite their burnt RV, 311 continued their
tour and made it to LA, where they settled down
and signed with Capricorn Records. Coming from
the heartland of America, you would think it would
an awkward adjustment to the cosmopolitan
California lifestyle. But then you'd be wrong.
"It wasn't too terrible, the weather was nice.
I wasn't sure what I expected actually. It was a
little different, but it wasn't anything too outrageous. We were all together."
I would've thought there'd be some kind of culture shock. "Not really. Looking back on it, I can't
really say that I felt that, maybe I did...I'm
not sure. A lot of times the media makes
things [different] from how they are. And in
a lot of cases that goes for California—god,
it must be crazy to live out there. But it's not
really any different from anywhere else, you
know? LA is just a bigger Omaha."
Since they've landed and made it big, the
touring has begun, which can take its toll on
friendships in the band, but according to SA,
it isn't that big a deal. "We never get at each
others' throats or anything like that. If
there's problems, we talk...and discuss
things. There's never any kept-in animosity,
we're a family. We actually play a lot of
video games."
God bless video games. I love my N64.
"Well, we just got the new Dreamcast. It's
awesome, the graphics are just incredible.
We've got this fighting game and I've actually been ruling at [it]."
If there's anything I know about the relationship between video games and friends
is that if someone gets to win, then, oh
man, someone has to be frustrated at losing. "Well, you know, everyone has their
moments of reigning. But the past few
While the band has to keep their energy
up, it also has a lot to do with feeding off
the crowd's response. "Energy is definitely different in different parts of the country. We started in Tennessee and the
energy there was amazing. And a couple
of days later we were in Virginia and it
was different. It wasn't any less of an
energy...just a different vibe. And you
have that regardless of how good you
feel about the music or how confident
you are. There's always a vibe factor."
So then is it a matter of pumping the
crowd up? "No, it's trying to pump ourselves up mainly. The crowd is there, they
want to see you. They're pumped."
Now that they're on tour again, I decided to talk about the new album. Following a
hit as big as "Down" from their first album,
I asked if there was more pressure with this
one.
"Coming off a huge album, such as
311...it's gonna be hard to do it again. We
knew the [next one] wouldn't be as successful, so in theory that's why it was more
experimental too. And now we're more on
an upswing with this record."
Soundsystem still has its doses of reggae
and funk, but the first thing I noticed is that
it's definitely harder than the previous
albums. Apparently, it was a conscious decision.
"Transistor was more of a 'listen on your
headphones' type of experience. This one is
more of a live album that you can go and
hear played in a club and get the [same]
energy and experience as when you hear it
at home."
Speaking of "experiences at home," something the band does to relax is indulge in that
curbside pharmaceutical, marijuana. They've
even got a song called "Who's Got The Herb?"
So it only made sense to talk about it and how
the UBC student union used it to trick—sorry— featured it to draw students to the referendum
booths.
"It's so sad that we still have this debate.
People can get killed on a roller coaster, but they
can't smoke pot in their living rooms. We all just
need to lighten up. I mean, look at
Amsterdam...and what legalisation can do. If
you go [there], it's one of the most laid back
places on the face of the planet that I've been
to. It is like a huge college campus—actually, it
really is," he said laughing. "It's great, the vibe
is awesome."
And as for our referendum? "Well, the future is
our young kids...and anytime they get involved
in something they believe in, it's a good thing."*
HAMMER AND TONGS: AN EVENING WITH SMOKING LUNG
at the Vancouver Int'l Writers' Fest
 by Nicola Taylor
Cnce again the annual Vancouver International Writers' Festival
descended upon Granville Island. The market community
crawled with writers, would-be writers, and festival staff flashing
name tags of various colours in an buzz of literary awareness. But a causal production by the people at Smoking Lung
Press overcame the festival's pretense last Friday night.
The venue, Performance    Works, lent itself
well to the atmosphere. "Hammer and Tongs: an Evening with
Smoking Lung" was essentially a night of music and poetry set
in a bar. Disguised as a cafeehousej 10
, a cluster of candlelit tables sat close to the stage, with
chairs filling up the rest of the theatre. Even if you were sitting
in the rows of plastic chairs at the back of the room, the atmosphere was intimate and the comfort of the bar made you feel
welcome.
Smoking Lung Press was founded in 1996, and the event
marked the launch of its first full length book, Hammer
and Tongs: A Smoking Lung Anthology. Led by the
determined Shane Book and Brad Cran, the performing poets
were a diverse group. There is an obvious intimacy within the
group of poets, making you feel as if you are hanging out with
friends who are willing to share their passion.
Not only is the poets' passion apparent, so is their talent.
The poetry touched all subjects—everything from cancer,
blindness, and love, to the more shocking presentation of
a gay fantasy about Wayne Gretzky. Only one prose piece
appears in the anthology,
but it is easy to see why this
one made it in. Driven by a
biting irony, Theresa
McWhirter's piece captured
the audience's attention
with its fresh humour as she
read it through her own giggles.
The poetry readings
were broken up by three different bands that each performed about three songs.
Unfortunately for some of
the bands, this was an audience tuned to words rather
than music, though I'm sure
the lyrics were thoroughly
dissected. But, despite some
of the tired lines, the music
added to the warm atmosphere of the event.
The evening with
Smoking Lung was refreshing and unpretentious. The
display of wit and talent was
complemented by a setting
which was as cozy as the coffee shop just up the road.*> 3 4> s*
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The allure of Chanel
the Ubyssey took some time off to debate the merits of vacationing in Verona while sipping Perrier
jouet and rubbing elbows with the chanel crowd.
by Naomi Kim
The elevator doors close behind me. "Oh
God, how do I look?" I think, suddenly panicking. I give the hair a final quick ruffle,
the dress a last minute twist Breathe.
Breathe.
Then, as the doors open on the excess of
the Pan Pacific atrium, I forget my borrowed dress and the rest of my thrift store
wardrobe, the contents of my fridge, and
my status as a paltry student I step out
onto the shiny floor and gaze around with
professional indifference. "You see me?"
my eyes ask the assembled members of
the Vancouver elite. "Here I am. I have
arrived. Don't ask me how, but I somehow
managed to fit yet another gala into my
horrendously busy and important fife."
My gaze is met by two pairs of confronting eyes. They soon avert in approval
and I follow a pair of haughty heels down a
hall, towards the growing sounds of laugh
ter and tinkling glasses. Why, yes of
course, it's the champagne reception!
Full-length gowns and jewels of all
colours and sizes—mostly large—abound
as I strut through a wall of tuxedoes. I
wouldn't have admitted it if you stuck
sharp objects into me, but my whole get-up
probably cost less than the perfectly coiffed
curls of the woman next to me in the pale
blue wrap. At this, my first black tie affair,
it seems to be just enough though. At least,
I'm not attracting any sort of attention.
I'm abruptly approached by a waiter,
who holds his platter of drinks before my
eyes, and lets a barrage of fancy words flow
from his lazy smile. I grab a champagne
flute with a wedge of lime at the side and
drink it down, anticipating the pleasant,
bubbling sensations in my brain. But alas,
it's only mineral water. A man across the
room waves down the waiter and I am left
standing in a sea of cologne and idle chatter, with a glass of water. Soon, I'm bored.
My intellect screams for stimulation.
"Gold and sky blue. We're redecorating
the living room..."
"We went to Verona for the week..."
"Oh my god, you're twins!"
"I'm not nearly as tanned as I normally am..."
Finally, Champagne! "Perrier Jouet,"
says the waiter, with an affected French
accent and an air of expectancy. I ignore
him and grab a glass. Then I point to the
twisted yellow sticks, surrounded by strawberries. "Cheese sticks," he says flatly,
averting his gaze. Batons de fromage, n'est
cepas?
I stand back and look at the gathering of
people while I gnaw on my cheese stick
and hold my champagne, a Chanel
imprinted napkin in hand. The lady beside
me has a matching Chanel purse. "How
"gauche" to wear that here," I think to
myself.
Like teenage cliques, the gathering is
divided into multiple circles of five or six
people. These are obviously exclusive conversations for insiders only. They should
have more of those "private event" signs
like the one at the entrance. They could
share them around. Then again, something tells me these people wouldn't be
very good at sharing.
A roving photographer from a fashion
magazine works his way around the room.
His attempts at being discreet are quite
ineffective, and the surprised responses
are even less so. Most of die women brighten at the glimpse of the flashes, even
though, like noisy moths, they make no
bones about gravitating towards it.
Another photographer tries to take a photo
of the low-cut and laced up back of one
lady's dress, but she can't get her to stop
turning around and flashing her perfect,
artificial grin.
After a while, the "members only" conversations (and my cheese stick scarfing
continued on page 13
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session) are interrupted by an organiser of the event
attempting to make an announcement. The equipment,
however, has some difficulty working, and we gala-attendees resume our self-engrossment.
Finally, three members of the Vancouver Opera, begin
a brief performance. This is their fundraiser, after all.
During the singing, the chatter doesn't cease. Several
young women sitting on the side of a decorative pool of
water look down at their own reflections, occasionally
glancing sideways to make sure others aren't watching.
Needless to say, they're oblivious to the echoing voices of
the singers.
Just as I'm starting to look for the nearest window to
jump out of, the tinkling of glasses fills the room, as hundreds of jeweled fingers join together in applauding the
muted virtuosi.
After this musical interlude, the waiters start bustling
about, forming a human walkway. Each holding a candle,
they herd the crowd into the main ballroom for supper. I
know they'll only get worn once, but it's still a shame to get
wax on those thousand dollar dresses.
One by one, the carefully assembled outfits are rumpled into $250 seats, where they await their main meal of
roast rack of lamb with sundried tomato crust and black
olive-infused lamb jus, blanquette of baby vegetables and
pommes anna. I'm starving. I came straight from the
office, and skipped my supper. But despite my delusions,
I'm just a journalist: I wasn't invited to the eating part of
the soiree. I teeter weakly towards the ladies' room.
To my surprise, dozens of others have already beaten
me to it, and I end up standing in line. But, what's this?
I'm in the wrong line—the mirror space may be scarce,
but the stalls are actually free. I struggle past the mirror
line-up and go about my business.
Upon returning to the reception area, I'm rushed along
with a Flare reporter and photographer into another space
that would make boys blush and girls coo in envy: backstage with a dozen models.
The room is brightly fit and is slightly too small. The
make-up artists and hair stylists line both sides of the
room working furiously. The models just sit, patiently
undergoing their metamorphosis from ordinary waif to
runway superstar.
Many of the long-limbed ladies are barefoot, sipping
Pellegrinos. Their eyes are being darkened and they're
having long, shaggy wigs fitted, so they'll look identical.
Some finished products sit patiently on the sides, a couple
on the floor cross-legged, and a lone blond-haired one sits
staring off into space, yawning. She looks interesting—relatively, at least—so I walk over.
"I'm kind of zoned out right now,' she says, apologising
for the snub. "I'm trying to conserve my energy.
"I've already worked eight hours this morning," she
says, in her own defence. "For most of these girls, model-
THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. OCTOBER 26,1999
13
ling isn't their main job." This lends them a little bit more
credibility.
I look around at the redheads, brunettes, and the token
Asian model. They all sit slightly hunched, with expressionless faces. Maybe it's fatigue or maybe it's an imitation of their collective stereotypical personality.
A redhead across the room knits casually away. She's
knitting her agent a scarf, she tells me. It turns out she's
actually a student. She just knits in her free time.
Finally, most of the work is done. But the event is running late, so these 15 models, four hair-stylists and five
make-up artists can do little but wait..or knit.
Meanwhile, the noise rises from the ballroom. Three
hundred bright faces glowing with alcohol turn towards
the stage, and a fundraising auction starts. At first, hands
are tentative, but they start to fly as the prizes get larger.
Birks Jewelry! Millennium Makeovers! Chateau Vacations!
Money flies by the thousands.
As the auction wraps up, a lady beside me, casually
dressed in a large, knit, peacock blue sweater with black
pants, impatiently checks her watch.
"Oh, hurry up," she says loudly, to no one in particular.
She is Selena, a modelling agent here to see her girls.
The "desserts" come out and the fights dim.
"Now comes the eye-candy," says Selena, standing up
beside me to get the best view.
Techno music starts to blare out of the loud speakers.
One older man at the table beside us starts to bob his head
in time, his jowls jiggling obscenely. His sparkling wife
looks away, mortified. Then she turns her chair away, and
starts fussing with her purse.
Chanel's 1999 Fall collection is announced, and all
attention turns to the runway in the middle of the room.
One by one, the models strut down the runway, just like
they do on Fashion Television. As they make their way
down, their eyes attach to a member of the audience. In
one case, a middle-aged tuxedo wearing man is mesmerised by a redheaded model. She looks at him, stops
and spins around, until her well-rehearsed movements
carry her away again.
Daisy Fuentes eyes a pair of flat-footed suede boots and
whispers something about them to the woman next to her.
I don't quite catch it. It doesn't matter though. Those boots
would cost more than my tuition.
"It's not all it's cracked up to be. It's not as glamorous
as you think," says Selena of the fashion industry. "All the
hard work that goes on behind the scenes it's all for people like this," she says, waving her arms about her. Like
the glamourous bleach-blonde woman eyeing a fiischia
dress as it struts by; people with money to burn.
"It's a backwards world," says Selena. .Another woman
in a peach two-piece suit spots a pale pink outfit with a
metal chain around the waist, and coos in delight She
claps her hands together, and says something to a lady
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wearing them right An older gentleman nudges his friend
to look at the cm-rent model. Or clothes. I don't know. It's
all a little much.
The music dies and the show comes to an end. As the
MC says thank you to the arts for touching our lives, a cell
phone rings loudly and rudely, but no one notices.
We all flow out the doors, and someone hands me a gift
of a 50 mL bottle of Mure and a white rose. In the elevator down to the parking, there's a sharp looking couple
and a model in a cowboy hat No one says a word. Who
wants to be a part of all this, I think to myself?
The couple head off to their shiny black Mercedes, the
model into her dull brown Land Rover and me into my
photographer's 1979 Datsun. I kick off my heels, and we
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VICE-PRESIDENT, RESEARCH
The President's Advisory Committee for the Selection of a Vice-President,
Research invites all members of the University community to meet Dr.
Indira Samarasekera, candidate for the position of Vice-President,
Research at The University of British Columbia.
Dr. Samarasekera will be speaking and responding to questions
at a forum to be held:
WEDNESDAY, OCT.27TH, 1999
10:30 AM -11:30 AM
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THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26,1999
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26,1999
VOLUME 81 ISSUE 13
EDITORIAL BOARD
COORDINATING
Bruce Arthur
NEWS
Nicholas Bradley and Daliah Merzaban
CULTURE
Duncan M. McHugh and Jaime Tong
SPORTS
Naomi Kim
FEATURES
Tom Peacock
NATIONAL/COPY
Cynthia Lee
PHOTO
Tara Westover
PRODUCTION
Todd Silver
COORDINATORS
CUP/VOLUNTEERS Nyranne Martin
web Flora Graham
LETTERS/OPINION  Lisa Denton
research Daniel SUvernianfflraeme Worthy
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper
of the University of British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday and Friday by The
Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run
student organisation, and all students are
encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the
Ubyssey staff. They are the expressed opinion
of the staff, and do not necessarily reflect the
views of The Ubyssey Publications Society or
the University of British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of
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Nicola Taylor was nervous when she went to pick up Lawrence
Chew. Graeme Worthy said she'd really like him, and Aisha Jama]
said he had veiy large 'eyes', a bit like Tom Peacock's. They went
to see the new movie starring Duncan McHugh as a private eye,
and Mel Streich as his sexy assistant Jenn Neilson and Nicholas
Bradley sat behind them in the theatre, and threw popcorn the
whole time, Lisa Denton and Todd Silver told them to stop, but
Dan Silverman and Bruce Arthur egged them on. Jaime Tong left
halfway through because she thought that the movie was too
pornographic, but Laura Blue, Jenn Gaxdy, and Eric Jandciu gave
it 'two thumbs upl" Naomi Kim got in trouble far putting her feet
on Sarah Morrison's seat. Stephen Irving yelled at Tara Westover
and Hilaiy March for talking too loudly. Joanne Chiu, Jeremy
Beaulne, and Tristan Winch got kicked out for sneaking Cynthia
Lee into the theatre, and Daliah Merzaban fell asleep halfway
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When will the
stop?
APEC was, at the time, a big deal.
November 25, 1997, 1500 people came
together at UBC—possibly the most apathetic campus in Canada—to protest human
rights abuses and UBC's and Canada's
involvement in APEC. UBC students would
barely make a sound if desks were replaced
by enormous plaster lemons, so the sight of
so many people making noise over an idea
like injustice was pretty amazing.
But since /APEC, the usual numb buzz of
lulled-to-sleep students has replaced the
shouting. So with the notion of supplying
the apathetic UBC student with a focus for
their now-blunted desire to make a difference, here is the revised 1999 Ubyssey fill-
in-the-blanks editorial. So go ahead and get
angry over something. When completed,
read your brand-new editorial out loud, and
feel enraged and pohtical. Also feel free to
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live with him/her/them self(ves). The utter
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CASA and
CFS unequal
In response to the article written
by the CASA communications
coordinator [Oct 13], some things
need to be pointed out to correct
Mr. Green's undemocratic view
of student politics.
Kieran Green seems rather
upset at the comment of CFS is
"CASA's rival lobby group." It
should be noted that this is the
impression of the original writer
and not my own. I agree in point
with Kieran Green, this statement
is infuriating, but I disagree with
his reasons. In order for a rivalry
to exist, two things must be equal
in stature. CFS and CASA are not
equal. Comparing these two
organisations is like comparing
apples to oranges. CFS is a student movement and CASA is not.
Comparing only a few characteristics of CFS and CASA this is easily demonstrated.
CFS membership is chosen
democratically by the students,
CASA membership is chosen by
the student society. CFS is organized, has structure, and obedience of their bylaws. CASA is not
organised, has poor structure
and ignores their bylaws. CFS has
60 schools across the country,
and CASA has 17. CFS leadership
is exceptional. CASA's leadership
is questionable, (Fitzpatrick was
charged with theft of CASA
money). CFS has original campaigns, CASA not only rips off
campaign ideas but research as
well. That ends to the so-called
rivalry.
Kieran Green also goes on to
attack me personally for my views
on CASA. I should inform Mr.
Green that I have two letters written from CASA requesting me to
attend meetings for my input on
the bylaws and I have worked for
CASA on their bylaws. I am also a
student who has every right to criticise a dysfunctional, disorganised,
fraternity. I wonder if Mr. Green
knows what democracy means,
given his view on why I shouldn't
be commenting on CASA. Mr.
Green do you know that in a democratic society everyone has the
right to freedom of speech? To further Mr. Green's remarks of how
being in a position of finances, I
should support CASA's low membership fee; well I am all for a low
fee, but at what cost?
As far as attacking the KSA for
CASA unpopularity on campus,
with what exactly are you supposed
to use to promote awareness? The
Education Builds a Nation cam
paign materials? Somehow I do
not think students find plastic hats
and wallpaper promoting awareness. In actuality some students
might find it,rather offensive, and
the wall of ddbt idea sprang from a
CFS campaign, and you can check
this out on the CFS web site at
www.cfs-fcee.ca
Mr. Green is incorrect when
he states that Kwantlen told the
National Director he was not welcome to come and speak to
Kwantlen students about Cj\SA.
The KSA never made any statement like that. What was communicated to Aebig was that if the
vote failed it would be assumed
that he would stay, if the vote
passed, well what's the point? I
think students would have found
his attempt too little too late.
As for my tired old argument,
I don't think democracy is an old
or tired argument. CASA represents the student society. It is true
that the student government is
representative of the students,
however, when it comes to deciding how to effect some change in
government policy on education
,it should be the students that
decided how they want to proceed. It should not be the student
government of the week.
In regards to the Kwantlen referendum, again Mr. Green is
misinformed. The referendum to
join CASA was illegal, and our
executive was not bound by it But
legalities have never been CASA's
forte have they?
The argument to prove effectiveness with listing Canadian
leaders and banking officials as
the premise is puzzling. The very
important point that he is trying
to make escapes me. Why is CASA
effective? Is it because it is comprised of mostly young Liberals
who are going to talk to Liberal
cabinet members and tell them
what they want to hear? This
seems to me that you are proving
my point. In that the Liberal government gains legitimacy in saying that they are listening to students, when they are only listening to young Liberals, and then
releases budgets that screw students over. Or is it because CASA
is schmoozing with the very same
banking officials that are also
screwing students. Seems to
many that CASA, instead of a student movement, is an instrument
used by many student leaders to
further their own careers.
Dawn Barron
Vice-President Finance and
Operations at Kwantlen
Student Association Doin
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THE RETURN OF THE CORPSE
at the Presentation House Gallery
until Oct. 31st
by Graeme Worthy
You slow down at the §CCltC of CUt (tCCt&Cttt. I know you
do. You're looking for that telltale red stain, the broken
windshield, a reminder of mortality that will drive
your life into sharper focus. SJOtTte (OOfttltg
for O C0t$)£C. And if you are, then Presentation
House in North Vancouver doesn't have the
macabre experience that you long for.
The Corpse here is dead, yes, but resurrected. The Exquisite Corpse is an old
parlour game  played by the 2>(li)tt
Stllt'Cltlt§t§ Three artists work on one
sheet of paper, but the paper is folded
into thirds, and each is unaware of the
appearance and nature of the previous
artist's endeavours. One does the head, the
other the torso, the last the feet. It's like those
flipbooks you had as a kid, with tlje tPttItlt§
Jjeai) on t\)t Smelt lcg§ to\t\) tlje beat
tOt§0, or the wolf-tiger-seal.
Each of the corpses is painted, drawn, collaged,
photographed, sculpted or any mix of the alcove by
three "well-known artists" and some non-artists,
although I'm the first to say that Vicky Gabereau
sure wields 0  tltCWt  ^iffi)   nt((Xb6V. The pictures
reflect the surrealist past of the game. Photocollages,
etchings torn or otherwise, excised from old-school
anatomy books—when artists play Dada games,
they're  sure to  go pay homage to their
labourite crajij afiiSterg.
So, if you're in the neighbourhood, check it
out, 'cos it's gonna be gone soon. There is a
big sflent-auction-party-shindig-thingy that is
going down there on October 31, in which all
of the paintings will be sold off. So IttoSei)
Oil botUtt, see the wonderous photography of Richard Dean .Anderson. Many
of the pieces are worthwhile, some are
tripe, but hey, it's all in the name of
fun. A^nUaJuc'cn onb funbwnS-
iltg. oh...and art.<*
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Ted Buehler
THIS YEAR'S WINNER
Ted Buehler is a founding member of
UBC's bike co-op, which provides
services which allow students to
maintain and repair their bicycles. The
award is a $3000 endowment that
recognises a returning UBC student who
has made a contribution to the
developing/strengthening of the UBC
community.
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HOW SAD I AM TODAY...
THE ART OF RAY JOHNSON AND
THE NEW YORK CORRESPONDENCE
SCHOOL
until Dec. 18
at the Belkin Art Gallery
 by Aisha Jamal
The content of Ray Johnson's first piece in the
exhibit, "White on White* (a blank framed
piece of paper), summed up my initial understanding of the letter collages, meeting
announcements, meeting reports, club
notices and small installation pieces on exhibit for How sad I am today... Granted, the
Belkin Art Gallery has had some puzzling
exhibits in the past, but this one has to take
the cake. A perfect example of the peculiarity
of this exhibit is 24 Pork Chops, an unidentifiable collage.
The little tag next to Pork Chops explains
that the collage is based on a tabloid article
Johnson read. The tabloid wrote that Fanny
Brown, a 500-lb go-go dancer, ate 24 pork
chops in one sitting. So, during his 1969 visit
to Vancouver, Johnson proposed a performance which would place 5 7 6 pork chops on
24 horses or 24 pork chops on one horse.
Only after leaving the gallery did I realise
that Johnson's proposal was just as absurd as
the initial article it was based on. Suddenly, I
started to think of other pieces in his exhibit,
like the cartoon figure with multiple penises
peeing titled Andy Warhol Urinating. I was
intrigued into revisiting the exhibit and looking at the accompanying website and video to
try and make sense of Ray Johnson's work.
Ray Johnson is an important American collage and correspondence artist. He is often credited as the instigator of "mail art." Most
of his work provides important artistic dialogue on masculinity,
homosexuality, and celebrity culture. Unfortunately, during his lifetime (1927-1995), Johnson's work failed to grab the attention of the
mainstream art press. But Johnson's work did not go unnoticed by
his peers. In the sixties, the emergence of the Canadian avant-garde
was shaped by the atmosphere and universe Johnson's mail art created.
Ray Johnson's art is anything but straightforward. Johnson
demands some input from the viewer. To get something out of his
art, you have to invest something of yourself in it. It's hard just to fly
by Johnson's work and understand it, which was a mistake I made
during my first visit. You are better off reading every bit of infor-
SMALL PORTRAIT OF GEORGE BRETCH, 1968:
If you were George Bretch, would you find
this flattering? Would you get it? Does anybody get it?
mation supplied on
the website, the catalogue, on the title
plates, the show
handouts and even
the guest comment
binder to get an
understanding of
what you are looking at. This can
make your visit a
very time consuming one, but worth it
in the end. ♦
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