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Tuesday, January 28, 200geqCt-COUeC11QnaS«dcrl Volume 84 Issue 31
Paparazzi since 1918
Tuition increase pushed through
by Kathleen Deering
This year's round of tuition consultations is over, as the UBC Board of
Governors (BoG) passed the 2003-04
tuition proposal early yesterday
morning—despite many concerns
voiced by students over the last several months.
Most undergraduate programs
and post-baccalaureate fees will
increase by 30 per cent. Research-
based graduate tuition fees will be
raised by 20 per cent Most fees will
change in May.
The BoG also passed a partial
2004-05 tuition proposal, which
included a tuition schedule for some
post-baccalaureate and graduate
"I'm disappointed there was not
more discussion at the board meeting," said Kristen Harvey, Alma
Mater Society (AMS) president. "I felt
there was very little debate...it was
great they invited more students to
be there, and I wish there had been
the fiill 300,"
The BoG meeting was held
Monday at Sam in the Chan centre in
order to allow up to 300 students to
witness the meeting. A mass e-mail
was sent out Friday afternoon. Only
about 40 students were present
Harvey was surprised at how little debate there was about the proposal itself at both the board meeting
on Monday and. the BoG tuition
committee meeting held last
Thursday afternoon.
Harvey and Brian De. Alwis,
Graduate Student Society. (GSS) president, made a presentation to
Thursday's committee, outlining five
key concerns they felt the university
should address. One was that last
year's tuition• hike will begin in
September, and this year's hike
would begin in May—meaning two
increases for students this
school year.
At the BoG meeting Piper argued
that other universities had increased
their tuition in May of lastyear after
the tuition freeze was lifted.
"Students got a break last year," she
said, adding that UBC needed to
align increases to match UBC's budget process, since UBC's fiscal year
begins April 1.
But some students don't agree.
"[The tuition increase] is too big it's
too much in one year," said Steve
Price, Arts Undergraduate Society
(AUS) president "To draw it out over
a long run would be beneficial
to students."
In their report Harvey and
De Alwis said increasing tuition in
May would cause a financial hardship for students.
Piper said the university would
focus   next   year   on   increased
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CONSULTATION CONUNDRUM: A student protester voices her opposition to the tuition fee increases.
About 40 students attended a rally outsidef hurday's BoG meeting at Cecil Green House, claiming not
enough consultation with students had taken place.  Michelle mayne photo
Slates smashed in AMS elections
by Kathleen Deering
UBC's Alma Mater Society (AMS)
elections votes were tallied early
Saturday morning and the results
are in: next year's executive will be
njade up of a combination of two
campus slates. For the last three
years, the Students for Students
(SFS) slate dominated every executive position.
This year 4047 students voted,
compared with 4300 last year and
2950 the year before. The change
this year • to voting online did not
appear to make a difference in
number of student voters.
There are five executive positions: president, vice-presidents (VP)
academic, external, administration
and finance. This year's president is
Oana Chirila, current VP
Administration, who won by only
46 votes.
Chirila received 1448 votes, with
Kate Woznow next at 1402 votes.
"It's exciting. It's going to be a
challenge," said Chirila, who ran
with SFS. "I think it's going to be a lot
of team-building in the next little
while, in the next month or so while
[we'll be] doing transitioning. Just
because it is a mixed executive I
think we need to sort of bring together our goals."
Kate Woznow, an Arts representative for the AMS Council, ran for
president against Chirila with the
Student Progressive Action Network
(SPAN) slate. She said she was disappointed that she didn't win the position but that she was overall
extremely happy with how SPAN can
didates did in the polls.
"We set out two goals, each of us,"
she said, 'and [the first] was to break
the Students for Students stronghold
that's been in place for the past
three years."
"And we definitely succeeded in
that," she added. "And we think
that's going to be really healthy for
the AMS. It was a great accomplish-
ment, and as one ofthe organisers of
the slate, it was really great to know
that we had accomplished that."
Chirila said the results were
"I didn't expect Dani [Bryant] or
Spencer [Keys] to lose. I'm disappointed because we have been
working together for a long, time
and I know they would have done
an amazing job," she said. "At the
same time, it's an election so I can't
speak for the thousands of students
who voted."
Chirila said one of her goals was
to work with Imagine UBC to make
it a strong program for incoming
The topic of increasing tuition
has been a very contentious issue
this year, and one that Chirila will
likely focus much attention on
during her year in office.
"I think we need to focus a lot on
what happened this year with tuition
increases and we need to think about
it as an AMS, as the council and as
the executive about what approach
we want to take to it next year,
because it's too late for us to do anything for this one."
She said she thinks more students need to be consulted about
how they feel about tjiition increases,
and suggested a referendum
or survey to gain better knowledge
about student opinion.
Woznow echoed this sentiment
"I really encourage Oana to get out of
her office, talk to students, really
make sure that students are a part of
whatever the AMS is doing,*
she said.
Josh Bowman (SPAN) was elected
vice-president,       administration.
See "Slate"on page 2
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"Tuition" from page l
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'fall through the cracks'—students
who do not qualify for student loans
with the BC or federal, government,
but still have monetary need.
Brian Sullivan, vice-president, students, said this year (taking figures up
until January 22) there has been a 32
per cent increase in average monetary bursary allocation by the university to students. But although the
amount of students applying for bursaries increased last year by 15 per
cent, the eligibility of students only
increased two per cent
This year 13 per cent of the base
increase and 20 per cent of the
beyond-the-base increase (over 30
per cent) will be allocated to finan:
cial assistance, almost the same
total increase as last year, Sullivan
Another concern students had was
what they felt was a lack of consultation done by the university this year,
since much of it was done over
December. 'In general, I know there
was less consultation [this year],' said
'I personally don't count the exam
period as meaningful consultation
with students because...students are
busy...writing exams, and in the case
of grad students and [teaching assistants], marking exams."
Piper said due to consultation with
students last year, instead of raising
tuition by 60 per cent to meet the
national average (with Quebec fees
based on out-of-province rates, which
are thousands, of dollars higher
than in-province) UBC based
tuition increases on assessed
program needs.
But Kate Woznow, Arts representative for the AMS said she felt there
has not been adequate demonstration of why 30 per cent increases are
necessary this year, and felt that
there are other methods the university could look at to gain new revenue. The university was,supposed
to address some of these concerns
with its Benchmarking and
Efficiency Analysis Report (BEAR),
released recently.
Some students do not feel that
BEAR was adequate. Harvey feels
BEAR could have elaborated on how
to make the university more
*I think it was a great first step, but
I feel there was a lost
opportunity there, and that was to
End potential cost-savings,' she said.
'It didn't mention any recommendations of where there could be cost-savings found and where the university
could move forward on that'
When asked what students could
expect in the 2 004-0 5 year in terms of
tuition raises, Piper could not give a
definite answer. She said after the federal budget is released in a few weeks,.
UBC will have a better idea 'I think
it's too early to contemplate what next
year looks like,' she said.
Please see http://students.ubc.ca/
for a detailed description of fee
increases. ♦
"Slates" from page I
Sam Saini (SFS) will be next year's
vice-president, external, and Laura
Best (SPAN) will be next year's vice
president, academic. Vice-president
finance, will be Brian Duong (SFS).
'I want to expand [the Sexual
Assault Student Centre}, look at sustainability issues, I want to get more
club space,' said Bowman, adding he
was interested in using the UBC
Farm to supply produce for AMS food
outlet businesses.
The Board of Governors representatives for next year will be SPAN
candidates Amina Rai and Jesse
Eckhart. Senate student representatives will be Deanna Del Vecchio
(SPAN), Geoff Duck (SFS), Jordanna
Greenblatt (SPAN), May Tee (SPAN)/
and current VP Finance Nick
Seddon (SFS).
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Rai said she was happy with the
election results and her election to
the BoG. "My mission in my job is to
get the message across and tell [students] that the BoG is quite a powerful governing body at UBC and that
we have the ability to get our message across.'
. Student Legal Fund Society representatives will be Alan Ip and Ryan
Ubyssey Publication Society elections were also held at the same time
as the AMS elections. Four people
were elected to positions on the
Board of Directors, including
President Esther Abd-Elmessih and
Directors Natasha Norbjerg, Glen
Rosic and Elietha Bocskei
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Getting the goods
since 1918 THE UBYSSEY
Controversy clouds AMS elections
New president almost
disqualified three days
before being elected
by Kathleen Deering
New Alma Mater Society (AMS) President
Oana Chirila' was almost disqualified for
lying to the elections committee three days
before the AMS elections ended, said
Elections Administrator Chris Eaton.
One of Chirila's party members sent an e-
mail out to the 'Active Artsies' listserve, a
group for Arts students, who are interested
in getting involved in campus life.
Eaton said this violates parts of article 2,
paragraph 8 of the AMS code, which i3 elaborated on page nine of the election rules.
Any AMS resource that a candidate would
have special access to is prohibited from
being used to further a campaign. For example, no candidate can use an AMS electronic
mailing list, but AMS resources like
Copyright, a photocopying outlet, can be
used because all students have access to it.
Chirila said the rule was wrongly interpreted. 'There was no intent to profit from
the election or to gain a headstart on anyone
else,' she said. "It was an honest mistake."
"We didn't think it was an Arts list at all.
We thought it was just a random group of
people who were on it," she said, adding that
she is on the listserve although she is a
Pharmacy student. 'We assumed it was a
public e-mail.'
But Steve Price, Arts Undergraduate
Society (AUS) president, disagreed and complained to the elections committee.
To explain her party's understanding of
the situation, Chirila wrote an appeal. But
she violated another big election no-no, said
Eaton, because she wrote the appeal in her
AMS executives are not allowed to use
resources of their AMS offices in any way to
further their campaign. No printing posters,
using the photocopier, or storing campaign
materials in offices is allowed. Chirila said
she didn't feel she was violating this rule by
writing the appeal in her office and sending
it to Eaton via e-mail on her computer.
But when Eaton asked her if she had
written the e-mail from her office, Chirila
. did not say yes. She told Eaton that she and
another candidate had written the appeal
together, .implying that it wasn't in her
She said it hadn't occurred to her until
the very moment Eaton asked her that what
she had done might be breaking an election
"The way that I read the rules, it said that
you cannot use [AMS resources] to further
your „campaign, and I didn't use my AMS
phone to make phone calls,' she said. 'I didn't use the printer to print the letter...but
when he asked it, I thought 'oh maybe that's
[a violation]."
Eaton said the elections committee wa3
able to track which computer Chirila used.
He said the punishment for writing the
appeal in her office would only have garnered her a good talking-to. "She was almost
disqualified for lying about writing the
appeal in her office," said Eaton.
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In the end, however, Eaton and the elections committee chose not to disqualify
Chirila, although her party was banned for
48 hours from campaigning. Posters that
were already up were allowed to stay up.
Chirila said the same punishment had been
doled out to SFS in previous elections, and
they had still won their campaigns.
Presidential candidate for Students'
Progressive Action Network (SPAN) Kate
Woznow doesn't think Chirila should have-
been disqualified. "I think that would be a
bit harsh,' she said. 'I don't think a candidate should be disqualified unless they
absolutely violated'rules with full intention
of violating rules and it having a really negative effect on another candidate."
Chirila and Woznow both agree disqualifying candidates would give a negative view
to the AMS elections.
Josh Bowman, who won the position of
vice-president, administration, was also
almost disqualified, said Eaton. Yesterday
Spencer Keys, who ran against Bowman,
appealed the election's committee's ruling
against Bowman made last Friday.
Bowman was leafletting with SPAN members in the Totem residences, and was
informed by a Students for Students (SFS)
candidate this wasn't allowed. Woznow said
her party was under the impression they
had permission.
Keys maintains that a harsher punishment should have been doled out to
Bowman, in line with the 48-hour suspension from campaining given to SFS for their
infraction. SPAN'S punishment was to take
down posters less than 12 hours before the
election finished on Friday.
The elections committee will review the
appeal today, as per Keys' request, although
their preliminary ruling yesterday was that
Bowman not be disqualified.
Members involved were not able to be
contacted by pres3 time, but a follow-up
story will appear in Friday'3 Ubyssey.
Presidential candidate Lord Alasdair
George Reid was disqualified during this
year's election for tearing down other" candidates' posters and parading around in a suit
fashioned from them. No other candidates
were disqualified. ♦
Teaching assistants
set unofficial strike date
UBC teaching assistants (TAs)
held a general membership meeting January 21, where they agreed
upon an unofficial strike deadline
of February 12. Members of CUPE
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Although the strike will be an all-
out     strike,     the     executive
was given freedom to alter strike tactics if necessary.
The TAs are upset with what they feel is a 16 per cent pay cut this year,
due to an increase in tuition which went into effect this September. In
comparison, UBC TAs earn $2.50 per hour less than TAs at SFU. TAs at
SFU also have a full health and dental plan, while UBC has removed the
same plan for its TAs.
At the membership meeting, TA3 also agreed upon a strike pay of $20
per hour—each TA could, potentially earn up to $200 per week. In many
cases this is more than TAs make while working. An Exceptional
Circumstances Fund was also created for members for whom strike pay
may cause an excessive burden.
MBA students continue their suit against UBC
A group of former Master of Business Administration (MBA) students continued the next step of their suit against UBC this past Friday.
In the statements of claims, students said UBC agreed to a fee of $ 7000
for a 15-month MBA program before Marclv but tuition for the program
was raised to $28,000—a 300-per cent increase.
The former MBA students—set to begin the MBA program this past fall
until an increase in tuition forced them to drop out—are fighting UBC with
two separate law suits.
The students are asking the university to charge the $7000 fee that was
quoted to them before they were to begin the program.
The Student Legal Fund Society at UBC will donate 10,000 hours to
fighting the students' case. ♦
Cheating on the increase
Record number of students penalised
By Vanessa Ho
Cheating and plagiarism at UBC is on the rise. In 2001-
2002, a record-high 101 students were disciplined,
mainly for those infractions.
51 SFU students were disciplined, in comparison.
UBC University Counsel Hubert Lai offered an explanation in a recent Vancouver Sun article. He said professors are becoming more diligent in catching offenders, and also said the stiff competition between UBC students might lead students to cheat
Reka Sztopa, president ofthe Science Undergraduate
Society, agreed with Lai's comments and said competition within the Faculty of Science is particularly tough.
"[There is] not only a competition first to get into UBC,
then you have to compete to get the major you want I
think situations like that make it worse," she said.
She added there are more pressures than competition that might lead students to cheat
"There is the pressure of the parents, pressure of
your major, [and] pressure what to do after your degree.
Those are probably the three biggest pressures but at the
same time it doesn't justify [cheating and plagiarising]/
Sztopa said.
Steve Price, the president of the Art3 Undergraduate
Society, echoed Sztopa's comments and added time
management pressures and pressure students place on
themselves to her list
'Deadlines are creeping up and [some people think]
cheating i3 the only real way to achieve the elusive 'A','
said Price.
Sztopa thinks opening up more spaces in the Faculty
of Science might alleviate competition and may reduce
students' urge to cheat Price feels providing more support to AMS Tutoring for essay help will reduce cases of
However, Paul Harrison, the associate dean of
Science in charge of discipline, said he hasn't seen any
increase in pressures on students. He said one way to
reduce the amount of cheating and plagiarising is to
increase awareness ofthe need of academic integrity to
students and professors but said it is a challenge.
'What faculty need to be doing is to make students
aware of rules and limits. We like an atmosphere where
students don't feel [cheating and plagiarising is] happening,* Harrison said.
His counterpart in the Facully of Arts, Associate Dean
Margeiy Fee, would love to see the number of disciplinary cases go down.
"It's hard to know exactly how to handle [cheating
and plagiarising] and we are working quite hard to
make sure we are preventing it rather than just punishing it," said Fee.
Fee suggests preventative measures like the
increased "support available to students at the Learning
Commons workshops. She also suggests, especially to
Arts students, that they go to an Arts advisor when they
need help and are having trouble with their workload.
"It's better to ask for help then do something wrong,"
said Fee.
But all agree that it is only a minority of students who
are cheating and plagiarising. Sztopa said these students make it unfair for the honest ones.
'I've been in classes where I see people cheat on
exams. Its hard to know what to do in that situation. Do
you disrupt the middle of your final exam, disrupt the
whole class by pointing out the guy next to you is cheating?" said Sztopa.
'[They] make it extremely unfair for the people who
are honestly trying to do the best that they can. Thenyou
are competing with someone who got their grade unfairly," she added.
Some other infractions include a student administering a noxious substance to another student and a student making a bomb threat ♦ TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2003
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always will be. The majority of the crowd was made up of highschoolers, and it seemed to
be the new age of cool kids. Everyone was wearing studded belts and a look of §elf-assured
apathy. I didn't cut it in high school, and I sure as hell don't cut it now. Once inside, however, I realised the fifteen-year-olds didn't have free run of the house. A strong majority,
perhaps, but all-ages means ail-ages, and moms and dads showed up, complete with their
children who ranged from two to six years old (gotta toughen up those young eardrums
with 120+ decibels, eh Pops?}.
Mariana's Trench started things off. Their act was mostly comprised of ripping off 12-
year-old Metallica drum beats, yelling the word Tuckf repeatedly, and asking the crowd
'Who's going to get wasted tonight?!' The pubescent audience loved every minute of it, and
at one point (after an extenda-mix of *fuck" and 'getting wasted') they were whipped up
into such a fren2y that someone pulled a juice box out of their lunch kit and threw it onto
the stage. I counted about eight guitar picks and maybe six sets of drumsticks thrown back
to the pack. My sympathies to anyone named Mariana.
And in the second set was The Organ, and The Organ was good. Raw and haunting,
Vancouver's own five-gal crew simply ripped it up. The band played with a seething calm
that gave me the heebie-jeebies—my photographing parther-in-crime Lee Halverson (himself a kickass critic) called it a 'Jim Morrison shy-confidence." Add in a touch of Nico's
uneasiness, and The Organ had me enraptured. Their performance was tense like a pipe
about to burst, and it ended without any sort of cheap satisfaction. The whole thing was a
good ol' fashioned mindfuck. I caught up with leading lady Katie Sketch in the beer garden,
and asked the standard 'influences' question. I was expecting to hear responses like The
Smiths and the Velvets, but instead I got back a profound awareness of Bon Jovi. Anyone
who transcribes Shppery When Wet into this kind of academic rock is A-OK in my books.
The Organ deserves a hell of a lot more ink than I've given them—find them, and see them.
The Walkmen occupy the space of Favourite New Band for me, and I was disappointed
to see them push out a somewhat muddled version of "Wake Up" to start the third quarter.
p It proved to be only a stutter-step, as The Walkmen hit their stride by taking all that delicious air and space from their album and filling it with shifting rhythm guitars. Drummer
Matt Barrick was a sight to behold, a cyclone-cum-Viking force of nature that was setting
the contradictory pace. By the end ofthe set, I expected some sort of primordial demon to
jump out of his chest and consume the crowd in a breath of fire. The whole thing was an
oscillation between hints of accessibility and a Lou Reed one-finger salute—simply brilliant
Between The Organ and The Walkmen, I could barely even smell Mariana's Stench.
By round four, it was evident why everyone had come out A cacophony of shrieks and
screams raised the volume ofthe evening by more than a couple notches as Hot Hot Heat
took the stage. They played CD-perfect and the crowd was in fits, screaming, jumping and
dancing to current faves like "Le Le Low." This stands as more proof positive (as if you
needed more) that I'm an idiot, because I was a bit bored by the whole thing. Hot Hot Heat
boiled down to different speeds of a facile one-two-three-four formula that just didn't do
much for me. Ivory-tickler and lead singer Steve Bays has a constipated, nasal whine that
doesn't change much. The whole thing seemed static, despite attempts to paste some
empty, superfluous guitar distortion over the thump-thump intro to some songs. And for
my part I think audience interaction has to be more than a shout-out to Insert-City-Here.
My apologies to all of their fans, but Hot Hot Heat seems like a Twinkie. Sure it's light
and fluffy on the outside, and luscious and sugary on the inside, but is it really that hard to
figure out how the cream got inside? There just didn't seem to be much to sink your teeth
into. I won't deny that I had my foot tapping, but I couldn't shake the feeling that they were
playing marching music to some kind of Pied Piper 2K nightmare, with all of us strutting
off to buy the products of a commodified counter-culture.
However, even dime-store intellectual concert reviewers spent their youth listening to
sweet piss like Bon Jovi and Poison. Fifty million Elvis fans, right? Pretty much eveiyone
attending had something to go nuts about and the sold-out show provided incredible value
for the price of admission particularly because ofthe opportunity to see an all-aces local'
act like The Organ. In the end, however, I'm just grateful that I escaped without getting
wedgied by the cool kids. ♦
Trumpeter Brad Turner treats campus
at the UBC School of Music Recital Hall
Wednesday Noon Hour Concert Series
Jan. 15
by Andrew Bowyer
When I entered- the UBC Music
Building's Recital Hall my morning ennui
escaped immediately, as a capacity crowd
purveying an unexpected, frenetic energy
came into view. Such a thing was most
surprising: after all, another cloudy, frostbitten day in January doesn't often get
hearts leaping with excitement
Today, though, proved different from
the others. All the nervous excitement was
focused, on one man likely calmly sitting
backstage: Brad Turner, a legend of his
own sort in local jazz circles. It wasn't long
before the energy lost its entropic character and forced itself into quiet attentive-
ness. The quartet, consisting of a trumpeter (a.k.a. Brad), a drummer, a pianist
and a bass player, coolly made their
respective  ways-to™, „ .,
their    respective The groove focused
musical      stations. Qn Turner ^ Mg
cians (ten years will do that), and are willing to democratically disperse their own
sounds towards the betterment of the
group's total output.
And so, they began.
starting with seemingly effortless
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down the scales. The
remainder fell in with solid, powerful
backup to Turner's aggressive lead, holding the rhythm section taut yet still maintaining a stoic independence. It is evident
that this group has become extremely
comfortable with one another as musi-
They      followed
with    'Small    and
Asleep,"       another
arrangement carrying on in the same
democratic      vein.
Turner related that
his inspiration  for
writing this song was
the birth of one of the
members' sons and
compared it to his
current experience of
raising twins, citing that it "changes eveiything." I find it hard to see exactly what that
change entails—does the randomness of
jazz coincide with the raising of children?
The final piece,  "Second Son," was
written for 'Small and Asleep's" younger
sibling. Turner started ori the piece in a
playful sequence, squeaking and overblowing on his trumpet in a random, ineffectual manner as though mimicking the
movements ofthe second child following
the first, desperately trying to emulate the
same mannerisms that only come with
age and experience. And experience is
found, in the second movement of the
piece. The notes come together in a formulaic manner, like the second son realising the Zen of bicycle riding and flying
down the sidewalk for the first time, and
now, at once, realising the power of himself—the master of the universe.
Everything jives yet remains chaotic, for
that's what individuality is comprised of:
watching, learning, failing, riding and
falling again. Turner's Quartet are masters of coming to grips with this strange
thing, life and its failings, and yes,
although they are undeniably talented,
they are human, too. ♦   .
Chaos leaves more to be desired
now playing
by Benjamin McGinnis
Much as it pains me to pan a well-received Canadian film,
writer/director Manon Briand's second feature, Chaos and
Desire (translated from the French title La Turbulence des
Fluides) is a thematically messy film at war with itself.
Specifically, Briand proves that it is possible to make a conventional film without being formulaic, but she wastes a creative premise and a good cast with shoddy narrative and
lapses into cliche. Chaos and Desire squanders its best quality, its distinctiveness, in search of traditional emotional
payoffs. We watch, dissatisfied, as this sometimes ambitious
film shows great promise, and then settles for less.
Take the plot for example, which follows Alice Bradley
(Pascale Bussieres as a terse and self-contained seismologist working in Tokyo). She is sent back to the place of her
birth (a town on the St Lawrence river) to study a peculiar
phenomenon: namely, that the tide in this small bay has
stopped moving. This intriguing foundation, however, is
undermined by the structure of the film. The first third of
the movie lacks any forward momentum as Alice and
friend Julie Gayet (Catherine Rolland) drift listlessly around
the small town It is only after they stumble across an unresolved death that things pick up. Without ruining anything,
as the convoluted coincidences begin to pile up, Chaos and
Desire tries to become a film about fate, faith, science and
love. Unfortunately, none of these threads are well-developed enough to have any real impact Particularly, the
unconvincing affair between Alice and townie Marc Vandal
(Jean-Nicolas Verreault) reduces love to an exchange of
meaningful glances (a condescension mirrored in one of
the many subplots); furthermore, the ramifications of this
union are regrettably maudlin. Also, the film's conclusions
(for instance, that there's more to life thirl science and that
organised religion is flawed) hardly seem urgent
Indeed, aside from an able cast (particularly Brussieres,
who gives Alice a specificity lacking in the script), a seamless visual style and its instances of levity, there are only
brief moments that work in Chaos and Desire. (A personal
favourite: when Alice and Marc meet for the first time and
shake hands, they exchange a shock of static electricity).
Am I being too harsh? Perhaps, but my frustration with
Chaos and Desire is related to my sense of Briand's potential. I am convinced that with the right material, she possesses the mind and eye to create something special.
However, disappointed I was while watching the film, I
never doubted that I was in the presence of a real artist
with real concerns. Thus, the disappointment of watching
Briand fail to weave together the disparate elements of
Chaos and Desire into a cohesive and satisfying whole is
made all the more acute. ♦
Lovely satire
UBC musical brings
a critical eye to war
presented by Theatre at UBC
at the TELUS Studio Theatre (Chan Centre)
until Feb. 1
by Erin Hope-Goldsmith
This show was brutally spectacular. If there ever was a production that captured tha spirit of the author's intent this
is it The actors' commitment to the power of satire and parody drove home the ludicrousness and avaricious intent
that underlies the act of war. Their fervour to get the message across could not fail to touch you. Sarah Rodgers'
inspired direction caught your imagination's heart as a vulture's claw digs into the carrion of apathy and complacency. I was amazed to feel the vibrancy and zeal that took over
the entire cast in this highly professional performance.
Beginning just before World War I, in an English seaside
town's outdoor theatre, the musical humorously sets up the
players in a game of war. As the 'game' plays out the initial
cheer and optimism of all those* involved, soldiers' and civilians, becomes more and more forced. The masks of valour,
glory and national pride all crack to reveal war's ugly face
turned towards you, with the empty eyes of pointless death,
pathetic pomposity and brittle egotism. The flippant,
cheery song-and-dance numbers belie their darker purpose
in wartime:, the use of feminine allure to trap the idealised
youthful spirit of the masses in the shadow of economic
and political satanism. The German steel industiy sold
barbed wire to their enemies for their own soldiers to die
upon, and over 20,000 Americans became millionaires by
profiteering from the economic boom of war.
To many of us today, war appears to be a detached phenomenon which happens away from the modem world,
but it is the modern world that produces and profits from
the weapons of war, and it is often children and the innocent who are the victims of this blind, unconscienced economic genocide. In 1916, forty thousand guns were sent to
the Irish rebels by the Germans, to open another front
against the British. How often is the shadowed hand of military industrialism behind the conflicts in less-developed
countries that graphically fill our screens?
The ridiculousness of war reached the pinnacle of parody in the play as men struggled to put the pointed ends
(bayonets) onto the long guns they were waving around
between their legs. The Sergeant Major's incomprehensible gibberish had the audience in hysterics as he tried to get
the cannon fodder of war to march in the same direction.
The French army's strike in the trenches demonstrated the
lack of choice that the average soldier has: as they were
finally persuaded to offer up their lives, they bleated like
the sheep they knew they had become. Tears came when
'Silent Night* rang out from the German lines on
Christmas Eve, and presents were exchanged between innocent individuals acting spontaneously from their hearts,
outside the brutal logic of war.
Never were the consequences of war so poignantly driven home than with the empty stares on the faces of the
women left behind, never to see their beloved fathers,
brothers, husbands and sons again. This is a timeless message, embodied in the caption on the tomb of the unknown
soldier, "lest we forget" I recommend that everybody on
campus demand that the run of 'Oh What a Lovely War" be
extended, so that no one be, deprived of this potent experience, remembering why humankind must never go to war
again. As the world braces itself for another conflict and the
spectre of nuclear warfare raises its ugly head once more in '
North Korea, we must remember, as the UN Charter states,
that war is born in the minds of men This play focuses
everyone's attention on the absolute need for each human
to search their heart for the ground of peace upon which
the seeds of conflict will never flourish. ♦
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On Monday, the UBC Board of Governors (BoG)—
a body of administrators, faculty and students-^-
voted to increase our tuition with a disappointing
minimum of debate.
Students' objections to tuition increases
have been consistently loud this year. Perhaps
one- of the largest concerns is that escalating
tuition costs are limiting accesibility to UBC.
This is in direct contravention of the BoG resolution that no academically-qualified student
will be unable to attend this institution solely
due to ^financial reasons. Furthermore, the
much-heralded "consultation process" has
been, to many students, a charade. We ask,
what purpose did the consultation really
serve? Most of it took place during Christmas
break, a time when few students are at the
university and most are desperately trying to
impress the thankless university with good
exam marks.
It was obvious from the BoG meeting that
tuition was going to increase regardless of students' valid concerns. The six 'open forums" held
by Brian Sullivan (UBC's vice president, students)
consisted of Sullivan telling students by how
much their tuition is to rise, and then shrugging
apologetically when students asked how they
were to afford the increases. Even our AMS representatives have referred to the consultation
process as "a joke."
During Monday's BoG meeting, UBC
President Martha Piper stated that tuition
increases were to benefit students—but the students allowed in didn't share this opinion. Some
of her, comments brought laughter from the students assembled, who were shocked that she felt
the "consultation" had been either adequate or
accurate. Applause was reserved for student BoG
representatives Mark Fraser and Erfan Kazemi,
and non-faculty staff representative Ben Pong—
who were the only members to' speak out against
the increased tuition proposal. Eventually, these
three were soundly defeated.
At the meeting Sullivan presented a survey to
the BoG suggesting that eight per cent of first-year
students said they were likely to leave UBC
because of tuition increases. Remarkably, this
survey was presented as evidence that accessi-
bilty is not being threatened. Although Sullivan
admitted that these shameful numbers are not
acceptable, the administration has not provided
an adequate action plan to better them. As well,
no similar study has beeii done for students in
their second, third, or fourth years, nor for graduate students—all age pools far more likely to be
feeling the brunt of tuition increases than students in their firstyear paying high tuition.
Of the institutions in the G10—a group of similarly-sized Canadian universities—our institution
is only fifth in spending on scholarships and bursaries. Of these schools, UBC also has the longest
average time to completion of graduate degrees-
disgraceful evidence of our university's poor
Welcome to the tuition
Please come again...
financial support for graduate students. And
although the announcement of tuition waivers for
PhD students is a positive first step, PhD candidates only account for about 30 per cent of total
graduate students at UBC. Vice-President,
Research Indira Samerasekera was quoted as saying that over the past 30 years graduate students
have made the majority of research contributions—how can UBC expect to reach its goal of top-
ranked university in Canada if it won't provide an
attractive working environment for the minds
that win UBC its glory?
Since 2001, Gordon Campbell's provincial liberal party has starved BC's universities of funding
in the name of tax cuts for the wealthy.
Simultaneously, that government lifted the tuition
freeze that had for six years held tuition under
control. And now our university's administration
is offloading the responsibility for government
cuts onto students. The administration are the
very people who should be expected to defend students, and now they are failing us.
In the months before the^ tuition freeze was
thawed, conversations with Martha Piper made
it plain that she was chomping at the bit in anticipation ofthe chance for the university to charge
more for the same courses. While we are glad
that attracting and retaining faculty were and are
high priorities for Piper (UBC has the second-
highest level of faculty salaries in Canada), maintaining a diverse student body evidently isn't
even on her to-do list
. The administration has repeatedly presented
comparisons between our tuition rates and those
of schools such as the University of Toronto and
Queen's. Piper describes UBCs rates (previously
much lower than those at "comparator institutions") as evidence that we are in some way lagging behind other schools. Providing a higher
education that is accessible to all students would
be seen by some as leadership, but not to our uni-
versity's president At the BoG meeting, every
time anyone said the words "financial hardship"
or "accessibilty," Piper made a face as if she had
been fed something sour.
Regardless of bursaries and studentloans, a
price tag in the tens of thousands of dollars prevents many qualified students from considering a university education. Increased tuition
simply makes financial barriers higher and
less penetrable.
UBC's unbridled approach to increasing
tuition, if continued, will carry dangerous social
implications. For example, a 2002 study published in the Canadian Medical Association
Journal found that medical student populations
are disproportionately comprised of students
from higher-income families. Students with
parental incomes under $80,000 are severely
under-represented; those from poorer neighbourhoods are up to seven times less likely to enter
medical school than students from wealthy areas.
• A similar study was done'with UBC students.
Conclusions showed that UBCs applicant pool is
coming largely from higher incomebiracket neighbourhoods. While the UBC administration claims
tuition increases haven't affected these numbers,
we are doubtful UBC is increasing first-year
tuition in the Faculty of Medicine from,$6545 to
$10,272 for next year, with a target rate of
$ 14,000 for 2004-05. Yearly tuition in the Faculty
of Law, meanwhile, is to reach $9000 by then. The
MBA program (of which some students took UBC
to court over last year's tuition hikes) has projected tuition increases to $36,000 by 2004, more
than quintuple the fees assessed in 2001-02.
Clearly, UBC is very much a part of the problem of inaccessibility in Canadian post-secondary
education. Only when Martha Piper and the rest
of the administration recognise students as the
integral component of a univerisity will they be
able to work toward a solution ♦
A lesson on bus etiquette
This is an open letter to the students of UBC who
ride public transportation. In the four years that
I have taken the bus to UBC I have noticed two
things: 1) Translink's service will never
improve; and 2) most passengers are oblivious
to what Is going on around them. For these two
reasons, why don't we all get our act together
and help each other out so that we can get to
school, and back home, on tiine. Here I offer
some tools for bus-riding etiquette.
Firstly, it is inevitable, that trips to and from
school during the rush hours will be busy, so for
the sake of everyone who wants to get on,
standees near the back please MOVE TO THE
BACKI Don't hang around the back door. There's
a whole other world beyond those steps, aiid it
ain't so bad. If you start moving, people will follow and there will be more room for more riders. I think it is unfortunate that I rarely see
anyone who eagerly complies with this gesture
of courtesy. Show some consideration for crying
out loud, other people need to use the bus too.
For some strange reason, standees at the back of
the bus think it's okay for them to have all the
space in the- world while the standees at the
front have to pack like sardines. Because of this
selfish act, the bus driver is lead to believe the
bus is full and will stop picking people up. I have
seen this happen too many times. Well I say this:
take the initiative dammit! When you notice
more people getting on, do your part and head
to the back. Who's going to judge you for moving? The engineering student who is sleeping
against the window? The biology major preparing for the day's lab? Exactly, so start moving.
Secondly, even if you are not standing at the
back, don't get on the bus and decide to stand at
the front wheri there's sufficient room in the
aisle because other passengers will have to
squeeze past you to get on or off. To tell you the
truth, it's not that comfortable sliding in
between two bodies to get on the bus. So please
just go as far as you can towards the back and
don't stand in the way. You're making the bus
look full when it's not
Basically, make room for other passengers.
We all should have an equal opportunity to ride
the bus. And what's the problem with getting a
little close to a fellow student? That's why they
sell tic-tacs, right?
Thirdly, here's another tip to make more
room: take off your backpack and put it at your
feet There is plenty of unused space down
there. Now your bag won't be swinging around,
hitting people in the face or taking up precious
standing room. Did you know that your bag
occupies the same amount of space on the bus
as a human being? Best believe it
Fourthly, the UBC bus loop's Bay 1 serves the
#43, #258 and the #480 routes. If you are waiting at that stop to get on a bus that is NOT currently loading, then please move aside sO that
riders who DO want to get on one of the other
buses can easily do so. If you don't, it just looks
like you're waiting to get on that bus and this
frustrates everyone else who actually wants it.
Do you realise you're essentially IN THE WAY?
And I still see people who don't give then-
seat up to the elderly. Who do you think you are?
Get it together please.
Those are my major concerns. Hopefully we
will soon see a changing pattern on the buses as
we slowly make this world a better place.
Where's my U-Pass?
—Simon Wong
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A timely sweep for basketball Birds
by Rob ftagai and
Sarah Conchie
All four graduating Thunderbird
players were given brand-new
watches after the final home series
of the men's basketball season, but
the 12-4 squad will be playing
towards a much bigger keepsake—a
championship trophy—after this
weekend's sweep over the visiting
UVic Vikes.'
It all came down to the last five
minutes of Saturday night's game.
After a 72-6.3 Thunderbird victoiy
Fridly night, the island Vikes were
desperate, playing their last chance
for a spot in the playoffs. "When you
start getting ranked as we are right
now, everybody comes ready to play
against you every night," said UBC
bench boss Kevin Hanson. "We saw
a UVic team that was battling hard."
But the star-studded Bird lineup
proved too much for the Vikes in the
end, who lost a four-point lead to,
UBCs top rookies.
Rookie   Bird  Casey Archibald
drained a three, pointer at the 4:34
mark to make it 57-60. New point
guard- Karlo Villanueva follovyed
with a big steal. Running the length
of the court the Richmond native
was able to lay one off the glass to
make it 60-59. ...
"Grinding it out, man," said
Villanueva after the victory. "That
was the key to our win. And Corey
Ogilvie did a great job buckling
down on defence even though he
struggled on offence." Ogilvie, who
couldn't shoot from the outside, was
able to drive past the wavering Vikes
and add a crucial two points.
With the usually strong Pat
McKay biding his time on the bench
-due to early foul trouble, veteran forward Aaron Frampton stepped up
and filled the post With 17 seconds
left, Frampton caught a pass under
the hoop. Missing his first shot, he
grabbed the rebound and followed
through with two points, adding to
the Bird lead. UBC walked away with.
a 63-60 victory, securing their number-one spot in the Canada West
UBC head coach Kevin Hansen
had mixed feelings about the wins.
Hansen, was glad to take two more
frorn Victoria in the last regular-
home season games, but he wasn't
very impressed, with his team's
overall performance. "We got a few
lucky bounces hear the end," said
Hansen afterwards. 'Give us credit
for the guys being able to take care
of business when they had to."
With four stellar graduating players—Pete Hpdson, Greg Sandstrom,
Aaron Frampton. and Kyle Russell—
the Birds, ranked fourth in the country, are now hungrily eyeing one last
run at the national championships.
• "We're so. focused on that right
now," said Russell,. who was last
year's national scoring leader.
"We've been here so long, through
this process so many times, now
that's all that matters." Hodsoh
agrees. "Yeah, what I want to tell my
grandkids is exactly that. That we
won nationals."
.The Birds play their last two
series on the road against Brandon
and Saskatchewan before the playoffs begin February 7. ♦
^   Volleyball
The women split in
Winnipeg, fallings 3-1
and then grabbing a 3-
2 win over the Wesmen
this past weekend.
They play host to the
Regina Cougars this
weekend. Games start
at 8pm.
The men slog out
the remaining season with
the other worst team in
the league, hosting, the 2-
16 Regina Cougars' next
weekend. The whistle
blows at 6pm.
Ice hockey
After two crushing d§feats
to the Regina Cougars, the
Birds   are   out   of   the
playoffs. They face the #2
Calgary Dinos on the road
next weekend.
The 10-5 Regina
Cougars are in town this
weekend to ,play the.
women's hockey team,
and tho Ubyssey will be
there, to cheer on the lady
Birds. The puck drops at
7:30pm in the Winter
Sports Centre. ♦
PARTING SHOT: Veteran Pete Hodson makes the basket in the last
regular season home game of his career, rose bouthellier photo
u-passLyour chance to decides
VOTE!!!!! February 10-14
If passed, the U-Pass wilt be a mandatory program for all UBC students.
The U-Pass will give you:
• Unlimited access to TransLihk Bus, SeaBusand SkyTrain Services (all
zones); . -
• Discounted West Coast Express Fares;
• Increased service and capacity on UBC routes;
• Discounts at participating merchants;
• Continued access to other UBC transportation programs (provided by
the Trek program center)
How much will it cost?
• $20 per month (Sept-April) for non UBC housing students
•$15 per month (Sept-April) for UBC housing students
Want More Info?
Check out: www.upass.ubc.ca, or email AMS VP External,Tara Learn at:
Coming in March, XFM and the AMS present:
To participate, please REGISTER NOW! Registration packages can be
picked up at the AMS Events Office, room 220 of the SUB. *all bands must
have at least 1 UBC student member*
For more info, contact AMS Events at: 822-6273.
sports £ intramurals,
RainfestTeam Challenge presented by Travel Cuts,Thursday,
February 6th. Featuring one of a kind water events, including:
In nertube Water Polo, Water Basketball, Kayak Water Polo, Water
Ultimate and H20hNo Relay. Register by Friday, Jari 31.
The Legacy Games Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, February 28th,5:30 to 8:30 pm -Wood 6 (Food will be
served). Come and be a part of the future!
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the future ofthe Legacy
Games program and get insight and input from our participants.
We wilt be discussing and evaluating the events, leagues,The Point
Newspaper,The Student Recreation Center, the Legacy Games
Website, Sports Points and Networking and Promotions. In
addition, during the evaluations we will be asking you for ideas for
future events and leagues.
Please be ready to provide input on some ofthe following
questions: Can and should wejeduce our registration fees? Should
we change our Sports Points system? Should we move Longboat
earlier in the year? Should we have exams in the Student
Recreation Center? Should we have summer leagues?
If you have any thoughts on these questions or any other aspect of
our program, please attend the meeting and be a part of our


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