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by Daliah Merzaban
The threat of a campus-wide strike is looming over UBC after
unionised support staff voted overwhelmingly in favour of a
strike, which could create massive disruptions if further union
negotiations with the university fail.
Since February, representatives of Hie Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE) local 116—which represents the
roughly 1,700 trades, technical, Food Services, custodial,
Bookstore, and Plant Operations staff on campus—have undertaken collective negotiations with the university to replace the
contract that expired on March 31.
The union broke off negotiations on August 3, after 21 sessions yielded only four agreed-upon provisions.
A poll asking employees if they supported a strike was cast on
August 2 5 and 26. Three-quarters of the membership voted, and
over 89.3 per cent of those favoured serious job action.
"You don't see those numbers that often," commented Louise
Leclaire, communications representative for the CUPE regional
"Taking the strike vote was not something this group of people did lightly."
Leclaire said employees have become disillusioned with how
the university has dealt with the negotiations. She complains
that major university representatives were not sent to the meetings, and that many proposals were dismissed without counteroffers. She called the university's negotiating "a sorry case of
disrespect for [its] employees."
However, in a letter to UBC administration regarding negotiations with Locals 2950 and 116, UBC director of human
resources Lisa Castle insisted that the union has been difficult to
deal with.
"The union has often scoffed at, or been dismissive of, the
University's proposals, which were arrived at after extensive
consultation within the University, particularily with the departments which have employees predominantly in this bargaining
unit, e.g [the] Bookstore, Food Services, Plant Operations, etc,"
she wrote.
The union wants the university to drop any contracting-out
demands, as well as abandon proposals to change sick leave criteria. The union also disagrees with the university's reluctance
to accept the provincial government's offer to have the first right
of refusal for research.
But Jim Horn, UBC associate vice president, human
resources, said CUPE's portrayal of many of the university's proposals has been questionable.
"The problem, when you're in the middle of a bargaining
process, is that there are various claims made, and the rhetoric
is designed to provoke thinking."
For instance, Castle, in her letter, defends both the university's contracting-out and sick leave proposals, arguing that CUPE
has not "represented] the University's proposals fairly or accurately."
This breakdown in communication has warranted the
involvement of mediator Grant Mci\rthur of the BC Labour
Relations Board, who will try to help the two sides resume talks
sometime this month.
Meanwhile, the strike threat has prompted a reaction from
the two other CUPE locals on campus, who plan to respect any
picket lines put up by their fellow unions.
see "CUPE dissatisfied" on page 4
Abortion on display
Radical pro-life exhibit headed for campus
by Nicholas Bradley
An American anti-abortion group
intends to bring a controversial
exhibit to UBC campus later this
month, and although similar
exhibits in the United States have
been met with vocal demonstrations and arrests, the plan has so
far faced Utile opposition at UBC.
"We are trying to expand people's
sense of what genocide is," said
Gregg Cunningham, executive director of the Californiabased Centre for
Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) and a former member of the Pennsylvania
House of Representatives who sponsored a bill which ended state fimd-
ing for abortions.
CBR organises the Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP), whose
purpose, according to CBR literature, is "to make it as difficult as
possible for people to continue to
maintain that an unborn baby is
not a baby and abortion is not an
act of violence which kills that
GAP uses graphic photo displays of lynchings, concentration
camp atrocities, and aborted fetuses to create a comparison between
slavery in the United States, the
Holocaust and abortion. The
group asserts that abortion is a
form of genocide against
"American unborn children,"
comparable to acts of genocide
against blacks or Jews.
The group would like to set up
its display on the South Plaza of
the SUB and on Koerner Pavilion
September 27 to 30. But UBC has
not yet given GAP official permission to come to campus.
Byron Hender, executive coordinator for the vice-president students, believes that GAP will eventually come to UBC, but he notes
that UBC has not yet determined
where GAP will be allowed, should
they come to campus.
GAP relies on large, graphic,
and controversial pictures for its
"Mercifully, very few people, at
least civilised people, would support the right to kill black people
or Jewish people, or Indian people, etc...but unfortunately large
numbers support the right to kill
unborn children," said
He said the photo displays create a "cognitive dissonance" which
forces the viewer to consider the
parallels between abortion 'and
other forms of genocide."
"It's a good thing for the definition of genocide to be expanded
because as we define personhood
more inclusively we become a
more civilised and compassionate
A committee of UBC officials—
which includes representation
from the Alma Mater Society
(AMS)—is currently evaluating the
GAP proposal.
But getting permission does
not concern Cunningham.
"Under Canadian law, we do
not need the university's permission to come, and we are prepared
to litigate that issue if the university makes that decision," he said.
At the suggestion of CBR, UBC
is also consulting with the RCMP.
There have been demonstrations
and arrests at several of the
American college campuses that
GAP has visited.
CBR chose UBC to be the first
Canadian campus to be visited by
G.AP because it is a large public
university, and because the group
was impressed by comments
made by UBC president Martha
Piper concerning the APEC conference held on campus in 1997.
"The president of your university made some very noble comments to the press about freedom
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of expression, about people being able to express
an unpopular point of view in a public forum. That
impressed us," said Cunningham.
"We would think it hypocritical beyond imagining if the president of your university would make
the statements she made about
APEC, and then turned around
and attempted to deny students
at your university an opportunity to bring in presenters who
would express an unpopular
point of view about bioethical
Ironically, however, Piper
has come under fire for her
alleged role in limiting anti-
APEC demonstrations during
the conference itself.
Lifeline, an AMS anti-abortion club, invited GAP to UBC
during the summer, although
Cunningham said that the two
groups have been in contact for
some time. Stephanie Gray of
Lifeline said that the club "hopes to create a dialogue about an issue that's often not talked about."
Gray added that she expects GAP to come to UBC
as planned.
AMS Vice-President Maryann Adamec said that
the AMS is currently discussing GAP to decide
whether the photo displays constitute harassment
of blacks and Jews. The AMS has notyet agreed on
a formal position about GAP.
"The president of your university made some very
noble comments to the press
about freedom of expression,
about people being able to
express an unpopular point
of view in a public forum.
That impressed us."
-Gregg Cunningham
Executive Director of the Centre
for Bio-Ethical Reform
Although Lifeline is an AMS club, the AMS onlj
has jurisdiction within the SUB and not on the
surrounding space, and therefore cannot decide
whether the displays can be mounted outside the
Gabe Meranda of the Jewish Students
Association (JSA) says that his group is aware ol
GAP's plans to come to cam
pus, and opposes its tactics
While he was careful to poin
out that the JSA does not wan
to take a stand on abortion pei
se, Meranda said he opposes
GAP's using the suffering o:
others to promote its owr
cause. The JSA does not cur
rently have any plans to protes
GAP, however.
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when contacted by the Ubyssey
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Cunningham claimed that GAI
has been better received south of the border thai
the reception afforded by UBC.
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the border, our presence...was greeted cordially
was greeted professionally, was greeted matter-oi
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Validity of sessionals' union drive scrutinised
by Daliah Merzaban
This week, the BC Labour
Relations Board (LRB) will be
evaluating the validity of the
union drive initiated this year
by sessional lecturers at UBC.
The LRB hearings will determine whether the bargaining
unit that the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE) has
applied for is an appropriate
unit for collective bargaining.
The university has vocally
opposed CUPE's proposed
union for sessionals, asserting
that the instructors are already
adequately represented by the
Faculty Association.
"To anyone who is looking at
what sessionals do, there's no
way of really making any differentiation [between sessionals
and tenure-track faculty],"
argued Mary Russell, president
of UBC's Faculty Association.
"Sessional faculty and
tenure-track faculty work side
by side, they teach the same
Russell also worries that a
sessionals' union could disrupt
students in the event of a strike.
"It would be dreadful
because some sections of a
course would be canceled [and]
others would not*
But many sessionals disagree. They assert that the
Faculty Association fails to sufficiently serve their interests.
"We feel very strongly that
sessionals at UBC need an independent voice to deal with the
long-standing problems of low
pay and lack of job security,"
said Aaron Doyle, a Ph.D student in sociology and a representative for Sessionals
Organising Sessionals, the
group that launched the unionisation campaign in January.
If the September hearings
find that the CUPE bargaining
unit is appropriate, the LRB will
then examine the university's
second claim, that the Faculty
Association is a union. If
proven true, this would invalidate the creation of another
CUPE maintains that the
Faculty Association cannot be
considered a true union.
"A union is a body of people
who have come together and
formed a union, and have been
recognized by the Labour
Relations Board as being a
union," said Peter Lane, business manager for CUPE local
2278, which represents teaching assistants and instructors
on campus.
According to Lane, an association is a bargaining agent for a
group of employees, but doesn't
have standing before the LRB.
He added that members of the
Faculty Association actually
voted not to be a union in the
late 1970s.
although Russell acknowledges that this vote occurred,
she asserts that things have
"We act in every way like a
trade union would," said
Russell. "We collectively represent the interests of the employees to the administration. We
bargain with the administration."
In the past year there have
been a host of exchanges
between the university and sessionals.
In January, the UBC administration allowed all part-time
instructors to join the Faculty
Association—after they had
been denied this privilege for
20 years, and only days before
the SOS union drive began.
Then in February, part-time
sessionals voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining the
Faculty Association, giving
them representation for the
first time in salary and benefits
Roughly 53 per cent of sessionals signed SOS union cards
by April 27, falling just short of
the 55 per cent necessary to
automatically form a union.
Instead, the LRB held a vote to
determine whether a majority
of sessionals wanted to form
their own union, separate from
the Faculty Association.
That vote was held as a mail-
in ballot, but before the votes
could be tallied in June, the
Faculty Association announced
its appeal to the LRB, effectively
sealing the ballot box until after
the hearings. ♦
Students take
over the podium
by Nicholas Bradley
Student-led courses will be
offered at UBC for the first time
in January 2000, giving students
the chance to take full-credit
classes without a professor.
"What we're trying to do is to
pilot-test some courses just to
see whether there's interest
among UBC students in this
idea," said Neil Guppy, associate
dean of Arts.
"I like to think of them as
directed studies courses, but
that are kind of group-directed
Student coordinators will
organise and lead the actual
classes while a faculty advisor
will oversee each course.
Nicki Magnollo, an Asian
Studies student, is a coordinator
for one of the five pilot classes—
hers is entitled film in post-colonial asia.
"It gives me a different kind
of appreciation for what it takes
to put a good course together."
The other four pilot courses
will deal with alternative medicine, artificial intelligence,
mathematical patterns found in
nature, and resource development on northern Vancouver
Magnollo believes that students will be attracted to these
"I think they're going to come
away feeling like 'this was really
my course," she said.
Former AMS president
Vivian Hoffmann started the
drive for student-led courses.
"I thought it was a really
interesting way to diversify the
course offerings and let students
pursue their own interests," said
Hoffmann, who based the project on a program at the
University of California at
During her term as president, Hoffmann pitched the idea
to Barry McBride, UBC Vice
President Academic. After con
sulting faculty members, the faculty association, department
heads and students, she put
together a proposal.
An advisory committee of
three students and three faculty
met during the summer to evaluate her proposals for courses;
the committee had to ensure
that the courses had "academic
merit to them," said Guppy.
Neither Guppy nor Magnollo
had a clear idea of what a typical
class would be like, but both
agreed that there would be room
for different approaches.
Guppy said the structure may
vary "as long as [the classes]
meet a similar academic rigour
as the other courses we offer."
To do this, he said, "what we can
do is focus on the outcomes of
these courses." For example,
papers might be assessed by
independent readers.
Initially, the courses will have
only pass or fail options. Grades
may be assigned in future courses if the course's student coordinator and faculty advisor agree.
Magnollo noted that she
hopes to see peer evaluation
play an important role in student evaluation.
"[Students will] get to set the
ground rules for what constitutes a good paper, and then
have to adhere to the rules that
they make."
The Faculty Association has
not yet taken a position on the
project since it is still an experiment, and since faculty members will be acting as advisors
for all courses.
Hoffmann did note, however,
that she encountered some
opposition from faculty and students.
Full tuition will be charged
for these courses. Although
there are no professors or TAs
teaching the courses, tuition will
pay for development and support costs, and the associated
faculty members.**
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Dreary SUB courtyard
receiving pricy makeover
by Cynthia Lee
The courtyard on the second floor of the Student
Union Building has never been a primary location
for students searching for a social place to spend
their breaks.
But a $420,000 renovation project designed to
liven up the site may attract more students to the
courtyard on their lunch breaks. Construction,
expected to be completed by mid-December,
includes plans for a water fountain pool, new lighting, disability access ramps, and expanded accommodation for 350 people.
"The courtyard was looking rather dreary. We
thought we might as well seize this opportunity
and make it look new and lively," said Alma Mater
Society designer Michael Kingsmill.
The refurbishing plans were prompted by the
need to replace a membrane under the courtyard
floor which has been leaking for the past five
The university and the j\MS reached an agreement to split the cost of renovation. The university will cover the $205,000 price tag of replacing
the waterproof membrane.
The AMS decided to remodel the rooftop space
at the same time by contributing an additional
$215,000 to cover the costs of engineering consultation and new features.
A $90,000 glass canopy blocking the second
floor SUB corridor has been constructed to allow
for removal of demolition debris from the courtyard, but should be removed by the end of the
Kingsmill said the barrier is necessary for safety reasons.
"Our first and foremost obligation is to protect
people from the construction site."
The AMS paid for its share of the renovation
with funds from the Capital Projects Acquisition
Fund (CPAC), which is composed of a $ 15 levy collected from each student.
This fund will also be responsible for turning
the abandoned Horse Barn situated beside B-lot
into a social space for students.
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The 1992 strike
what happened?
by Daliah Merzaban
A recent vote found that 89 per cent of UBC's non-clerical support
staff favour a strike if contract negotiations with the university fall
through. The threat of job action raises questions about the possible
implications for students of campus-wide picket lines.
The last time unionised support staff on campus went on strike
was in March 1992, when faltering negotiations plunged the campus into confusion for almost three weeks.
Support staff from Locals 116 and 2950 walked off the job in
1992 when UBC failed to satisfy pay equity and wage increase
Employees also opposed the serious pay equity gender bias in
UBC's wage settlements.
The university did not fully shut down during the strike. Students
and faculty were given the choice of respecting picket lines or crossing them and going to class.
Professors were required to respect students' rights by accommodating their absences and testing them only on material presented in classes not affected by the strike.
The vagueness of the university's strike policy, however, left
room for individual professors to interpret it. Some profs encouraged students to cross picket lines, threatening them with academic
punishment despite UBC's assurances that students would not be
punished for supporting the strike.
Many students crossed picket lines as a result.
In addition, students who worked on campus had to decide
whether to honour picket lines or work to pay for rent and food.
The Ubyssey published only one issue during the strike, choosing
to suspend production in sympathy.
Bus service to campus was reportedly discontinued for the duration of the strike.
The school of social work remained closed during the entire
strike, and much of its faculty faced animosity from administrators.
The BC Supreme Court ruled in favour of UBC's request to restrict
picket lines on campus to six pickets at three buildings.
CUPE members were faced with trespassing charges if they
entered campus buildings or if they were spotted anywhere on campus other than in front of these three buildings.
Students were offered scab jobs as replacement cleaners and
receptionists at Place Vanier and Totem Park residences.
During the second week of the strike, 80 supporting students took
over then-UBC president David Strangway's office in an 8-hour demonstration protesting the administration's handling of the strike.
After a collective agreement was ratified on March 25, CUPE
members called for the resignation of Strangway and other senior
officials who had acted against CUPE during the strike.♦
CUPE dissatisfied
continued from page 1
Last Wednesday, a special
meeting of Local 2950, which
represents roughly 1,300 clerical and secretarial staff on campus, was called.
Robyn Moore, chair of the
contract committee, said that
the local,which has been negotiating with UBC since January,
has also applied for mediation
with the LRB, but has not yet
made plans for a strike vote.
CUPE 2278 (UBC teaching
assistants and instructors)
began bargaining after the other
locals and continues to hold discussions with the university.
CUPE locals at BC's three
other universities—Simon
Fraser University and the
Universities of Northern British
Columbia and Victoria— also
face obstacles in their negotiations with their respective universities.
Leclaire adds CUPE would
like to avoid forming picket lines
that could disrupt classes and
university operations.
'We're working like mad to try
to get some resolution—a' fullblown strike is a last-ditch effort—
but UBC and other universities
are treating support staff at bargaining like second-class citizens,
and they're fed up."
Leclaire said that job action
could range anywhere from setting up information tables or
refusing to work overtime to
picketing and refusing to work
Wages are not the key area of
concern for support staff on
campus. Instead, Leclaire cites
job security as the major issue.
'There's a greater and
greater tendency to contract out
work or thin out the ranks, get
more people to do the jobs and
therefore have fewer people
with security/ said Leclaire,
who worries that employee security and quality of work will be
diminished if outside contractors are paid to do the jobs of
current employees.
Union staff who spoke with
the Ubyssey expressed similar
One custodian, who did not
wish to be named at the union's
request, said that if contracting-
out regulations were to change,
'the custodial jobs are gone, the
food services jobs are gone, and
most of the trades jobs are gone.'
The last time a strike hit UBC
was in the spring of 1992, when
staff of Locals 116 and 2950
walked off the job for almost
three weeks.♦ %j
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Bikers get two
lanes on
University Blvd
AMS to sue for Travel CUTS
by Daliah Merzaban
Bike commuters traveling along
University Boulevard have long been
faced with something of a challenge.
Between Wesbrook and Blanca,
cyclists have had to negotiate a narrow, unlit path filled with roots, potholes, puddles, and even the occasional golfer.
But now, a $ 175,000 renovation
project has created lanes dedicated
for bikes along this highly-nsed route.
For the first time in BC, an existing
roadway has been converted to bike
lanes as part of an effort to make
cycling to UBC safer and more efficient for the roughly 3,000 people
who ride this route each day.
"This is such a great thing for
cyclists," said Jesse Sims, marketing
coordinator for UBC's TREK program.
Prior to the renovation, two nar-
row motor traffic lanes ran along the
boulevard in each direction. These
lanes were less than three metres
wide, foiling short of the 3.2 metre-
minimum municipal standard.
These lanes have now been
replaced with one wider lane and an
on-road bike lane in each direction,
freeing the old bike path, on the south
side of the road, for pedestrians and
Although Ted Buehler, president
of UBC's Bike Co-op, agrees that the
changes are "pretty darn good," he
does not believe the improvements
constitute a long-term solution.
"There's going to be a lot of problems with this design," said Buehler,
who worries that inexperienced or
timid cyclists are still "going to feel
really at risk in the bike lanes because
the pavement is rough"
He doesn't believe that a simple
facelift is enough Instead, he'd like
to see the entire road rebuilt He said
the Bike Co-op is working on a proposal to have motor vehicle traffic
moved to one side of the boulevard,
with the other side reserved for
The new design has some drivers
worried that they'll be forced to find
an alternate route because of the loss
of a lane. But Derek Hansen, transportation planner for Urban Systems,
the construction company that did
the road repairs, said the changes
might actually benefit drivers.
He said a traffic analysis of the
four lanes was done prior to construction, which found that having
two narrow lanes actually reduces the
road's capacity—drivers were forced
to wait for stopped buses since there
wasn't enough room to pass the bus
without pulling onto the curb.
The new design solves this problem he said, because the roads have
been widened slightly at each bus
stop to allow buses to pull in, which
gives cars room to pass.
Sims also believes the new bike
lanes will likely pull many drivers out
of their cars and onto bikes.
"If we make it so that cyclists feel
that they have a safer way to get [to
UBC] that's direct, it's going to be
faster for people [than taking their
Half the funding for the project
was provided by the BC Ministry of
Transportation. The rest came from
donations from the TREK program,
the AMS, TransLink, and ICBC*
WHO GETS A CUT? The CFS, the current owner of Travel Cuts, is being sued by non-CFS uni
versities, including UBC. tarawestoverphoto
by Daliah Merzaban
UBC's Alma Mater Society (AMS) sent sparks frying with its decision to join three other student societies in suing the services
arm of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) for joint ownership of Travel CUTS.
The University of Western Ontario's (UWO) students' council
launched a lawsuit against the CFS-owned university travel
company in 1998, and the student unions at the University of
j^lberta and Queen's University plan to join Western in this lawsuit.
At a closed-door council meeting in July, a sweeping majority of AMS councillors also decided to proceed with the legal
challenge, fostering frosty relations among AMS executives.
Nathan Allen, AMS coordinator of external affairs, has been
vocal in his opposition to pursuing the suit, calling it "the worst
decision the AMS has ever made." Allen said the lawsuit will
make his job nearly impossible.
"[The decision to pursue the lawsuit has] tied one of my
hands behind my back in terms of doing my job," he complained. He sees the lawsuit as the aAMS "declaring war on the
CFS," and calls it "petty political bickering."
Joey Hansen, CFS national treasurer, speaking on behalf of
the CFS national office, agrees that the AMS's decision has
dropped a bomb on CFS schools.
"What this is is not declaring war on
this sort of nameless, faceless entity—
the Canadian Federation of Students,"
said Hansen. "This is UBC declaring war
on the Simon Fraser student society, the
University of Victoria student society,
and the 60 other member locals of the
But the instigators of the lawsuit say
that politics is not the issue.
"This is not about petty student politics," said Michael Chalk, president of
the University of Alberta's student
union. "And it's not about trying to stick
it to anyone, and it's not trying take
things away from people. We want a fair
Travel CUTS is currently operated by
the Canadian Federation of Students-
Services (CFS-S), a sister organisation of
the CFS. Western, Mberta, and UBC are
all members of the Canadian .Alliance of
Student Associations (CASA), the CFS's
rival national student group, and they'd
like to see non-CFS schools reap the benefits Travel CUTS offers to students.
UWO   Student   Council   President
Szejack Tan offered the example of purchasing an International Student Identity
Card, which costs $16 for UBC students,
those  attending CFS-aligned Simon Fraser
but is free
Unlike the other student societies, the Queen's Alma Mater
Society does not belong to CASA. Ryan Marshall, AMS president,
says that this proves the lawsuit is only "a business issue."
But the lawsuit has still sent Shockwaves through the CFS.
Hansen called the AMS's decision "frivolous and malicious."
"This is just a blatant attempt on the part of the leadership at
some of these student associations, the .AMS included, to violate
democracy," he said.
The lawsuit is based on the transfer of ownership of Travel
CUTS to the CFS-S in 1987. The travel company was previously
owned by the Association of Student Councils (AOSC), a now-
dormant student services organisation whose membership was
composed of the majority of Canadian student councils until
In 1987, a motion was passed by the AOSC to transfer all
assets, including Travel CUTS, to the CFS-S by July 1988.
But the transfer, according to the groups who launched the
lawsuit, was not finalised until 1991. They assert that this delay
invalidates the 1987 motion.
These four student councils argue that all AOSC schools-
regardless of their affiliation with national student groups-
deserve shares of Travel CUTS.*
Senior students get grants
by Daliah Merzaban
Third- and fourth-year students with student
loans will be spared up to $ 7,200 of debt as
a result of a decision to expand the provincial grant program.
First- and second-year students can currently qualify for an up-front grant on the
provincial portion of their student loan.
Now $367 million from the Canadian
Millenium Scholarship (CMS) Foundation—
BC's share of the national Millenium Fund-
will offer the same relief to high-need senior
students for the next ten years.
The two national student lobby groups,
the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations (CASA) and the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS), have been
fighting for credit for the decision made in
June by the provincial government and the
CMS Foundation.
Alma Mater. Society President Ryan
Marshall, also CASA's regional director,
claims CASA played a key role in ensuring
that the funds would be allocated as grants,
but says the CFS has been given all the credit
He contends that the NDP government is
"playing a pohtical game with [the CFS] in
giving them the recognition." He says the
CFS and the NDP government are too close
ly linked at the executive level.
But CFS national executive representative Maura Parte, who signed the grant
agreement as a student witness, denies any
close alliance with the provincial government
Alma Mater Society President
Ryan Marshall, also CASA's
regional director, claims CASA
played a key role in ensuring that
the funds would be allocated as
grants, but says the CFS has
been given all the credit.
"We're a non-partisan organisation. We
represent students on provincial government committees...and we were on government committees prior to the NDP government forming."
She argues that any credit attributed to
the CFS is deserved because the CFS undertook extensive lobbying at the federal and
provincial levels following the 1997 creation of the Millenium Fund.
Grants will be available to students
only in their first four years of study following high school. Not all applicants
will be eligible.
"We're working with the neediest," said
Norman Riddell, CMS executive director.
According to Riddell, students must be
enrolled in 60 per cent of a full course load
and require a substantial amount of money
to qualify. Assuming the average grant to be
' $3,000, around 12,300 BC students each
year will be eligible to receive money. All
student loan applicants will automatically
be considered.
Using 1996-97 figures, Riddell predicted
that a loan of about $8000 will be required
to qualify for the grant, which will cover the
40 per cent of a student's loan paid for by
the provincial government, for a maximum
grant of $3,600. Students must still pay
back the 60 per cent federal government
portion of their loan.
The BC government will also contribute
about $15 million annually for students
with need who fall below this threshold.
The Millennium Fund was created to
help Canadian students pay for post-secondary education. Provinces negotiate how
to use their share of the fund. Ninety-fivE
percent of the fund must go to programs
designed for students in financial need.
The remaining 5 percent of the fund will
go toward funding merit-based scholarships
for first-year students.* THE UBYSSEY - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7,1999
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Credit checks refused
by Gene Senior
the Manitoban
WINNIPEG (CUP)-British Columbia, Alberta, and
Manitoba have chosen not to run the federal credit checks for loan applications for the 1999-2000
academic year.
In an effort to lower the loan default rate, the
federal government decided to run credit checks
on all first-time loan applicants aged 22 or older,
This new measure, which came into effect on
August 1, denies student loans to
would-be students with imperfect credit histories.
The provinces opting out of
this program cited frustration
over Ottawa's failure to provide
important details regarding the
A week before the August 1
deadline, for instance, Ottawa
had still not signed a deal with a
subcontractor to undertake the
credit screening.
Under the program, mature
students will be refused loans if they have defaulted on three or more debts—at a minimum of
$ 1,000 per debt—for at least 90 days within three
years of their application.
Many are worried the law will result in low-
income students having their access to post-secondary education cut.
Michael Conlon, national chair of the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS), is highly critical of
Ottawa's latest change to the federal student loans
"They've got one foot in social policy, but another foot in privatising the loan system," said
Conlon. "This is a progression from a social program to a program that responds to the needs of
But in response, government spokesperson
Gino Trifiro said the new policy is so specific the
Under the program,
mature students will be
refused loans if they have
defaulted on three or
more debts-at a minimum
of $1,000 per debt-for at
least 90 days within three
years of their application.
impact on students will be minimal.
"It is not restricting education for anyone," he
said. "It's just making sure that Canadian tax dollars are used responsibly."
The latest figures from Ottawa show that 80 per
cent of students repay their Canada Student Loans
without incident, while another 13 per cent repay
their loans after defaulting at least once.
These numbers, however, date back to 1995—
the year Canada's major banks begin administering the student loan system.
The banks have not yet
released data on the current loan
repayment rates.
Kieran Green, communications co-ordinator of the
Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations (CASA), says the
credit checks are not necessary.
"There was a misunderstanding about the true nature of student default rates," said Green.
"It's trying to fix something that's
not broken."
Most provinces already run
credit checks for the provincial portion of student
loans, either through their risk-sharing agreement
with CIBC or on their own.
Looming ahead is the possibility that credit
checks will be built into all student loan applications when the provincial and federal systems
The federal government is currently negotiating harmonisation agreements with the provinces
to nationalise the student loan system by 2000—
and mandatory credit checks are part of the discussions, said Trifiro.
Approximately 38,000 students will be affected
by the credit check program.*!*
—with files from Mary Vallis
BC Bureau Chief
Students search for housing
by Erin Shaw
It's that time of year again. As
students return to campus, the
rush for residence rooms begins.
Actually, the rush has been on for
some time, but according to Bob
Frampton, UBC assistant director of housing, things are still
looking good for first and second-year students hoping to get
into residence this fall.
Frampton told the Ubyssey
that "there are still rooms available at UBC single student residences, namely Vanier and
Totem...I hope to have them
filled up by early Fall."
However, for senior students
looking to escape the late night
shenanigans and catered meals
of these residences, there will be
a longer wait. Thunderbird,
which houses only students 20
years of age or older, has a wait
list of over 1,000 students,
despite the ongoing repairs to
the complex's exterior. Fairview,
another senior residence, also
has a long wait hst.
Students on the wait hst must
call the housing office, or check
its website daily to find out what
type of housing is up for grabs on
any given date. For those interested in a particular opening, the
best thing to do is to get down to
"There are still rooms
available at UBC single
student residences, namely Vanier and Totem... I
hope to have them filled
up by early Fall."
-Bob Frampton
UBC Assistant
Director of Housing
the housing office in person by
lpm to try to snag the space.
But if beds are still empty, why
are there still wait lists? Are students holding out for a 17th floor
view from Gage? Have they heard
what happens to the microwaves
on the boys' floors of Totem? The
reason remains unclear. What is
clear is that the students often
aren't getting their first choice of
where to hve. It seems that many
prefer being wait Jisted over getting a dorm room.
Family housing is currently
the only type of student housing
proposed for development on
the UBC campus.
"The proposal is still at the
cost analysis stage," Darcelle
Cottons, acting director of housing, said of the Acadia Park Infill
"The findings of the analysis,
as well as the possibility of UBC
housing athletes, if the 2010
Olympics are held in Vancouver,
will affect the feasibility and the
timing of the project."
The proposal was taken to
the Board of Governors this
summer, but has since only
passed through the first informative phase. There remain no
plans for new single student
housing developments. So for
those not wanting to party every
day and rock and roll all night at
Totem or Vanier, there may be a
long wait.*>
www.ubyssey.bc.ca THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 7.1999
TENTH AND SASAMAT: It's no coincidence that this close to campus location is packed with banks. UBC students make up a huge market, tara westover photo
Bank exclusivity a dead deal
 by Daliah Merzaban
The deal that would have given the Royal
and Hongkong banks exclusive rights to
operate on campus has been thrown out,
UBC administrators announced at a
meeting of the Board of Governors in
But Ryan • Marshall, AMS president,
says the deal was 'dead a long time ago.*
He says that UBC vice-president of external affairs Peter Ufford informed him in
April that the university planned to back
out of the deal. Ufford had then just
returned from a year-long paid adminis-
Students courted
in Manitoba
by Dave Leibl
the Manitoban
WINNIPEG - Locked in a tight election
race, Manitoba's two leading parties
are courting the student vote with a
series of education initiatives.
In a speech in front of supporters,
provincial New Democratic Party
leader Gary Doer said Manitoba's post-
secondary students can expect a 10 per
cent drop in tuition fees should his
party win the September 21 provincial
Premier and Conservative leader
Gary Filmon had previously
announced a tuition freeze, but only if
the federal government restored transfer payments to the provinces.
In response. Doer said the NDP
plan—estimated to cost $8 million-
would be implemented whether or not
Ottawa boosts federal funding.
These education promises come on
top of government plans to tackle student debt loads.
In early August, Manitoba's
Education Minister, Jim McCrae, said
he planned to address rising tuition
fees by providing more work opportunities for post-secondary students.
McCrae said a Tory job creation initiative will provide approximately 350
part-time positions for post-secondary
Some student leaders, however, are
critical of the government's nmiinit-
rnont to education.
Tlie Canadian Federation of
Students (CTS) points out that tuition at
Manitoba's post-secondary institutions;
hus increased by 120 pur rent over the
List 10 years.
Chandra Mayor, a CFS member,
attacked McCrae's student work programs, saying that creating part-time
jobs will do lilllo to address student
debt loads and rising tuition until
Ottawa rf'stnrr.'S education funding.
"Universities have not been lunded
properly, the student aid program has
not lit-en funded properly and studonLs
are graduating with crushing debt
loads,* said Mayo.*
trative leave; he has since submitted his
The reason to decline the banking
deal, says Marshall, is linked to Ufford's
absence. Ufford had been working with
former UBC president David Strangway
on plans to create a private university in
Whistler. During this time, Marshall says,
negotiations for the deal were put on
*I honestly think people were waiting
for Peter to get back. When he was gone
nobody knew what to do."
Marshall added that the AMS received
'no consultation" regarding the deal dur
ing Ufford's absence.
But according to UBC public affairs
associate director Paula Martin, senior
UBC administrators and representatives
carried out an extensive amount of
research and analysis.
"This decision would not be made
tightly,' she said.
Martin cited three key reasons leading
to the decision to decline the banking
deal. Most importantly, UBC wishes to
"maintain core business with the Bank of
Montreal regarding [its] needs for an on-
site banker."
.Also at issue were the challenges UBC
faces in its Y2K preparation and the university's conversion to a new financial
system, which, she says, "is a very complex, university-wide project.'
The decision doesn't rule out the possibility of future smaller-scale agreements with the two banks. Martin said
the university could negotiate future
deals with the two banks to provide some
institutional banking services for UBC.
'The whole wide-ranging exclusive
agreement is what we've stepped back
from at this point,' she said.
Neither bank wished to comment on
the situation.*
Education a hot topic in Sask
by Chris Bodnar
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA—Education has surfaced as a
major issue for voters, who head to the
polls on September 16 in the upcoming
Saskatchewan provincial election.
The incumbent New Democratic Party
is promising free tuition for a year to every
high school graduate in the province, provided they attend one of Saskatchewan's
five universities or colleges.
"We have believed for some time that
we had to elevate post-secondary education as a promise," said Maynard
Sonntag, Saskatchewan's minister of
post-secondary education.
"This is a promise that is affordable
for the government and good for students."
Meanwhile, the Liberals are offering
an annual $1,000 bursary to first- and
second-year students starting in
January, with plans to expand the bur
sary program to all students by
September 2000.
The anticipated cost for both offers is
approximately $20 million.
The right-wing Saskatchewan Party
"We have believed for some
time that we had to elevate
post-secondary education as a
-Maynard Sonntag
Sask Minister of Post-secondary
also has an education plank in its platform, offering a merit-based student
loan program.
Student leaders are pleased with the
added emphasis on education.
"We've got two parties with very
strong plans for post-secondary educa
tion in their platforms,* said Sean
McEachern, president of the University
of Regina student union.
The University of Saskatchewan and
University of Regina student unions
have begun a public awareness cam--
paign to increase attention on post-secondary education.
The University of Saskatchewan student union will spend $16,000 on the
campaign, said U of S President Sean
McEachern and Junor both claim as
long as education comes out as a significant issue in the campaign, they will be
National student leaders, however,
are taking a slightly more critical
approach to the campaign.
Jason Aebig of the Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations says any grant
offers should be need-based, not distributed as a blanket offer to all- students.*
Stats show tuition and cuts linked
By Chris Bodnar
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA - A new report from Statistics Canada has confirmed what many students already know—tuition fees
across the country have skyrocketed in the last nine years.
While tuition fees for undergraduate arts programs in
Canada have increased by 125.9 per cent since 1990, medical and dental schools have been the hardest hit.
The average cost of an undergraduate arts degree has
risen to $3,658. Medical fees have increased 32 per cent to
$7,377 this year alone, while dentistry fees have increased
15 per cent to $5,699.
However, the tuition fee increases for the 1999-2000 academic year average .7 per cent nationally, down from 11 per
cent in each of the past two years.
The Stats Can report blames the tuition increases on
reduced education spending by Ottawa and the provinces.
Hnt CnltureS
Government funding, including both provincial and federal grants, now makes up less than 58 per cent of Canadian
universities' operating revenue, down from 74 per cent in
These numbers don't surprise student leaders.
"[Fee increases] will continue until both levels of government begin to work on putting money back into the post-secondary education system," said Jason Abeig, national director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations.
Michael Conlon, national chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students, agrees.
"The report essentially confirms our analysis that there is
a direct relation between the government cuts and the
increase in tuition fees," said Conlon.
But Cordon also believes the report can change the situation. "The report makes a very compelling argument that the
federal government must address the issue of federal transfer payments for post-secondary education."*
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Objects of Intrigue and
Trinkets of Tedium
 by Jesse Boparai
I think Thomas Mann
once said that man is a
mixed-up creature. I am
inclined to agree with him'
on this point (if, indeed,
the point is his) not only
because I encounter
numerous mixed-up creatures in the Faculty of Arts,
but also because I read
Martha Piper's preface to
the catalogue for Exhibit A:
Objects of Intrigue, the
Museum of
Anthropology's 50th-
Anniversary exhibition.
The President's prose is
always amusing in a tragic
sort of way, but this show
is also entertaining in a
modest fashion.
Exhibit A is a fairly scattershot exhibition, so I am
surprised that I found it so
diverting. Fifty people
with ties to the MoA were
asked to select their
favourite object from the
museum's collections and
write   a  short  personal
men like
essay about it (I performed a similar exercise at
the MoA after a Grade 5 field trip). In spite of this
approach, the show doesn't seem to lack a sense of
thematic continuity.
I don't need to comment much on the objects in
Exhibit A. One would expect to see most of them
at the MoA on any given day; some objects are fascinating whereas others are tedious. For me, the
real interest here often lies in the people who
chose the objects, and their descriptions of their
The pieces displayed in Exhibit A were chosen
by artists, pedants, administrators/workers and
'philanthropists" associated with the MoA. The
choices and essays of some of these people are a
misanthrope's dehght. Eminent men like Robin
Ward and Arthur Erickson display a striking
degree of dull predictability in their choices of
favourite objects or in the writing of their essays
(or both). The least impressive object on display is
probably a Cowichan sweater, which I was unable
to take seriously as an exhibit, despite my efforts
to keep an open mind.
Fortunately, I laughed less at the show than
with it. Some exhibits in Exhibit A are very witty
indeed. There is a rake on display, which is unexceptional but for the story attached to it, which is
worth the price of admission alone. Other amusing objects include a tacky South-Indian calendar,
an even tackier 17th-century stove, and an ineptly-
made dish from Renaissance Italy.
Finally, there are, of course, many objects in
this exhibition which inspire awe and admiration
rather than indifference or laughter. Of these, the
ones I found most striking are a baptismal font
from the last century, and an antique Tibetan robe
in golden silk. The former is haunting; the latter
has something inexplicably tragic about it.
Exhibit A is not a great exhibition (in
Vancouver, such things don't exist), but it is diverting nonetheless. I could think of worse ways to
pass time. And if the exhibition is not to one's liking, the MoA is always full of gullible American
tourists with whom one can amuse oneself. *
degree of dull
predictability in
their choices of
favourite objects
or in the writing
of their essays
exhibit of photographs by Aririenne Salinger, entitled
strangely enough, "Teenagers in their Bedrooms."
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by Aisha Jamal
The traditional Hollywood romantic comedy goes boy meets girl;
they exchange some cliched lines; then have hot passionate sex
within 24 hours of making eye contact.
Award-winning Canadian director Anne Wheeler gives the
story a twist and makes it girl meets girl; they exchange some
cliched lines; then have hot passionate sex within 24 hours of
making eye contact.
Better Than Chocolate is an ambitious movie about a recent
university drop-out, Maggie (Karyn Dwyer), who falls head
over heels for Kim (Christina Cox), a restless travelling artist
who stops in town. Maggie's life is not easy. She sleeps at the
lesbian bookstore where she works and she still hasn't come
out to her family. To make matters worse, her recently separated mother, Lila, announces that she and Maggie's
teenage brother, Paul, are planning to move in with her
into her big and fictional apartment.
Some of the  film's wittiest lines belong to Peter
Outerbridge, who plays Judy, an emotionally unstable
transgendered lesbian in love with the feisty bookstore
owner, Frances. If you actually stare hard enough, you
can recognize Outerbridge from his 1997 role in the
movie Kissed.
Better Than Chocolate was shot in and around
Commercial Drive and refreshingly does not try to disguise the  city as Seattle.     Instead,  not only is
Vancouver used as a backdrop, so is some local
scandal.   Last year's controversy surrounding the
seizure of a shipment of 'indecent" books for the
Little Sisters bookstore held by Canada Customs
provides some much needed zest to the story.
.Although the movie is quite funny, the predictable plot is too much to bear and presents
nothing you haven't seen before. The cheesy
one-liners assigned to Christina Cox (playing
Kim) make the audience want to cringe. Her
horrible lines and cliched remarks evoke
unintended giggles.
The film is too ambitious for its own good
and tries to tackle everything under the
rainbow flag: coming out, bisexuality, gay
bashing, dildos, and transgender identity.
All these issues culminate into the too predictable  and uncreative climax where
everything just works out dandy, an outcome that becomes painfully evident
from the beginning of the movie. But
don't worry, the movie is not a complete waste of time because the one
thing Wheeler does supply is some
steamy sex scenes that would have
forced Kubrick to hang his head in
Patricia Pearson
Vintage Canada
by Lisa Denton
One of the most studied subjects in psychology and
criminology is the puzzling, murky world, of female
crime—which certainly does not receive as much attention as the crimes committed by males. Of course, the
difference in notoriety is not an oversight by the press or
the public. Most prison inmates are males, causing the
misconception that females seem to be excluded from the
world of crime because of their sex.
Patricia Pearson, however, has produced a book that opens
eyes to the often-ignored world of female crime. When She
Was Bad is a mosaic of brutal stories entailing some of the
most grisly crimes committed by women. In the book, Pearson
examines case after case of female crimes, some which are
barely believable, touching on rarely talked about subjects such
as infanticide, or life in a female prison, consequently bringing
new meaning to the phrase 'women are trouble.'
The traditional belief has been that because men commit the
majority of crimes, men are more dangerous than women. What
Pearson attempts to expose in her book is that women can be just as
dangerous as male offenders, but there are differences in the ways
and motives of each gender and how the public receives each. Usually
when a male commits a crime, he may he to avoid conviction or strike
a plea bargain. But it is Pearson's finding that female criminals tend to
play the victim, usually blaming their crimes on domestic abuse or
insanity; therefore public sympathy is gained (including that of the jury)
and sometimes a killer will walk away with a slap on the wrist The story
of Karla Holmoka is a large component of When She Was Bad and is also
one of the most graphic. Holmolka and her husband Paul Bernardo raped
and killed three women (one was Holmolka's sister) and videotaped their
crimes—the tapes were later used to convict both. Pearson's descriptions
are very graphic, but show a dark, calculating side to the "softer sex."
Perhaps the most startling chapter contains stories about infanticide,
which fly in the face of the role of women as nurturing and caring due to
the traditional child-rearing role they are expected to play. I was in shock as
I read story after story of women throwing their newborns into dumpsters
or lakes because they simply didn't want them, only then to claim they were
insane at the time, receiving a light sentence of community service. The most
horrifying story involving Marybeth Tinning, who killed eight of her nine children and used their deaths to gain attention and sympathy from those around
her. No one could believe that Tinning, as a mother, could commit such horrible acts even during the police investigation of her.
Pearson's anecdotal stories are the clear foundation and support of her book,
but she intertwines psychological analysis as well, creating a very intriguing
piece of true-crime literature. The psychological jargon is a bit muddled at times,
but generally offers clear reasons for why some women become sadistic, and compares the nature of female and male criminals, offering a startling view of the people who commit crimes. When She Was Bad is not a book for weak stomachs, due
to the detailed accounts of some very manipulative women killers, but the book as
a whole is a very insightful look into the often-ignored world of female crime.<» THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 7, 1999
at the Holocaust Education Centre (in the Jewish
Community Centre)
until Sept. 17
 by Jesse Boparai
Like most semi-informed students I know, I find
it hard to discuss the Holocaust. I always feel uncomfortable, or even slightly embarrassed when it is
mentioned in my presence." My usual barrier of middle-class etiquette has no mechanism for dealing
with such a subject. As a result, it is not a
topic I tend to bring up at dinner parties.
Even in private conversation with close
friends, it is not easy for me to talk about
the Holocaust.   How can one bring it up?
And once one has brought it up, how does
one deal with it?
The Gesher Project may be helpful to those of us
who want to look at the Holocaust, but have difficulty doing so. It is an exhibition of writing and painting by both Holocaust survivors and their offspring.
Nineteen Lower-Mainland residents participated in
ed in this exhibition.
Most of the participants in the Gesher Project
have had little artistic experience. This has had little effect on the exhibition, however. The project is
about healing Holocaust-related trauma through creative expression. It offers tlie spectator a unique
opportunity to explore the thoughts of Holocaust survivors and their families. The focus of the exhibition
is a series of large collages by the participants, acom-
panied by the artists' poetry.
There are also additional explanatory texts for
most ofthe work. I found these texts especially useful, because most of the symbolism in die artwork
is very personal, and often somewhat obscure
A half-cent
As an exhibition, the Gesher Project is arresting,
and more than a little thought-provoking. I would recommend it but with the obvious caveat that it is not an ordinary art show by any means.   Those who wear fuzzy
mauve sweaters and admire insipid Impressionist
Even in private conversation with close friends, it is not
easy for me to, talk about the Holocaust
How can one brina it up? And once one has brouaht it up,
how does one deal with it? J        '
this project. They met weekly over a half a year or
so to explore their thoughts and feelings about the
Holocaust. They wrote and painted at these meetings, aided by facilitators Mina Wydra, a psychologist; Dale Adams-Segal, a writer; and artist Linda
Frimer. The fruit of their efforts has been collect-
landscapes may find little in the exhibition to suit
their tastes. I am certain that most of the aesthetes
whom I know will condemn the project as uninteresting before even seeing it. If, however, one is willing to relax one's standard expectations, the Gesher
will be
rewarding experience. I think most
people will find this
exhibition well
worth a visit.
On Sept. 16 at 7
pm, participants of
the Gesher Project
will read from their
poetry and prose
and discuss the
impact of the pro
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at Vanier Park
 by Jaime Tong
There must
have been!
something in
the witches' cauldron.
Last Tuesday nigrrtj
the audience at JBard
on the Beach was
under the spell
Macbeth and compa-j
ny during their rendition of Shakespeare'^
finest usurpia,
Scottish thane
One of the central
questions raised in
Macbeth is whether
the prophecies delivered to him by a trio
of witches in the
play's first act nudge
him towards his
downfall, or whether
his fate is already predetermined. Director
John Juliani is balanced in his treatment of this ques
tion—while it ^ii
Macbeth and his wife
who ultimately decide
to kill the king, the
witches are present
on stage at all times.
Their costumes,
designed   by   Mara
Gottler, are robes the
colour of the stone blocks on
stage. In some scenes, they are
observers while in others ,they
act as servants, invisibly holding ,
out swords^br plates of food. To \
disappear, they simply crouch
beside the stones to become p»art'
of the environment.
Unfortunately, Macbeth iq?a
play that does not benefit from*
being staged at Vanier Pari
What this play really needs is
closed theatres-one' when
audience sits in the dark wl
the ghost of Banquo brushes pastj
shoulders to approach the stagi
If it wasn't for an anachronistic
car alarm in the second, half of
the  performance,  one  would'
. have      completely      entefed
Macbeth's world of prophesied,
regicide,   and   hallucinations.
-Aside  from  unplanned  aural*
intrusions,  the simple sound®
effects that were used enhanced
the performance.
Bard's Macbeth is strong i
both technical and thmi
aspects, as Juliani coaxes
rabje performances £v
a   n
Visually, the prorjuctiom is
stunning. Although the set is
simple—stdne blocks upon a
wooden stage—Juliani creates
some    memorable    visual
tableams.   For  the  opening
^equeqee,    all   the^ actors
appear on stage, folding a
bloody palm, to the audience,
and the'motif of guilt comes
frill circle and reappears at
the end of the play as well.
The set is earthy and simple.
Wooden   floors   and   stone
blocks double as the forest
floor   and  tables.   Using  a
pared-down   stage   proved
effective in Tuesday night's
performance   because   the
focus  was   on  the  players
rather than the props or set.
'hat focus is not always
pleasant,   however.
Like   roadkill,   the
wjlches are a sight
that    one    doesn't
want to look at, but
can't    turn     away
from. Make-up, stark
costumes,  and  dry
ice  create a fitting
atmosphere in their
scenes. These aren't
the      dime-a-dozen
Hallowe'en witches
that   we're    accustomed   to—Juliani's
witches   are   more
down     to     earth.
Under    their    grey
robes,    they   wear
what look like bodysuits  majifeput of
to tell everyone,that
"s fit is "momen-
lacbeth's increasing
ir losing control of his
Igauze ^■■dages.
■Their facesctre grey.
[They don't dye their
[hair to cover up the
[white. They don't
[brush their, teeth to
[make them less
[black. They don't
Ineed shoes. The
Hdecision to have one
[of the smaller witch-
[es speak in a child-
jlike soprano voice
■only makes the trio
[creepier. MM if you
[think (BnBul, she's
[pregnlm; too.
Macbeth urcreas-
les in horror value as
Ithe sun sets and the
Dlack   night   takes
centre stage. It isn't so much the
supernatural elements, eye of
newt, or decapitated heads, but
the       mftivatgljB      behind
Macbeth's  actions  which  are
most frightening^
scend clace and
decide to gi
go alone.g
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Breaming in fke Patfc Whether yes, want to blow bubbles, dance, clown around, or
just take I aR sfe, the Circus of Dreams is the place to da if. People ot all ages and
backgrounds gather erf at MacLean Park iast Saturday to pin in the festerettes, tara
aturday. Sept 4
acLean Park, Strathcona
by Andy Barham
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I left Strathcona two years ago for the environs of The Drive
when I moved in with my girlfriend, and for a long time now,
I have ceased to feel that connection I once had with this
Strathcona is the biggest chunk of the Downtown Eastside,
and, as such, has achieved notoriety for being Canada's poorest and most afflicted neighbourhood.
Despite this, Strathcona is also one of the prettiest and
mojl quaint neighbourhoods in the Lower Mainland. It is
llMfone of the most culturally diverse districts in the city,
and has been so for a very long time. Strathcona is
*^^^^^er's oldest neighbourhood, and it has possibly the
stJf|ngest sense of community of any neighbourhood in this
schizophrenic city perched on the dark edge of the continent,
despite, or perhaps because of its very diversity.
It is this community spirit which led to tlie pairing of
Public Dreams with Strathcona three years ago to create the
Cispus of Dreams. According to Dolly Hopkins, artistic direc-
f Public Dreams, the society used to launch some of its
ductions in Strathcona back in the mid 80s.
ted to create a new piece of Summer Theatre, as
0 doing 'Brecht in the Park,' and I wanted to do it
[junction with community centres, 'cause that's our
and Strathcona was celebrating an anniversary.
We connected up, and it was the right connection because,
back in 1986, we launched some of our earlier productions
in Strathcona. So, 3 years ago, we reunited with Strathcona,
and they embraced us and we've gotten nothing but support*
In addition to being home to Vancouver's derelicts,
Strathcona is also home to a significant portttli^j^^i^^s
restless and equally varied bohemian community. In fact, it
is the juxtaposition of hardcore, down and out drug adfffffi
in such a quaint neighbourhood that makes Strathcona's
boheme possible, This is because, without the drupes and
prostitutes, the developers|^| yuppies would have uifiltrat-
ed en masse .|§||i§ when they move into a neighbourhood, the
eighbourhood-.yapidly ceases to be one.
It is this bohemian element which makes something like
Circus of Dreams possible, for Circus of Dreams is as ii|i§||
about .Art as it is about Community. Like any circus worthy of
the name, it features an assortment of large and exotic animals—an elephant, a giraffe, and a tiger—but they are all
human constructs. Like the Chinese dragon, they are carefully crafted, life-sized puppets requiring, in most cases, at
least two people to operate them.
The circus begins with a parade from Strathcona
Community Centre to MacLean Park, where three performing areas have been installed. Thus, Circus of Dreams is an
idealized "Three-Ring Circus." While waiting for the circus, I
sked Roy Sumpter, an older, retired member of the community who has been a volunteer security person at the
Circus for three years, which way the parade would come.
"I've been doing this for 3 years—since it started—and
every year they take a different route."
Welcome to the Eastside of town. I'm starting to
feel like I'm back home again. Roy is an almost typical Strathcona resident; he's a member of at least 6
different community organizations for which he also
does volunteer work, including both an Aboriginal
and a Chinese Community Association, even though
he doesn't look like he belongs, genetically, to either.
When the parade finally comes down our way—
along Georgia Street, instead of Keefer, as everyone
had expected—one can see distinct similarities to
Illuminares, another Eastside spectacle Public
Dreams puts on every summer. There are loads of
stilt walkers and costumed performers. But there are
noticeable differences too. The parade is led by a
large, swaying pachyderm, and there's this giant
man with huge outstretched arms, and it is a parade
winding through the streets, after all, rather than
Illuminares' lakeside procession.
Many of Strathcona's community groups are represented. There's a large Chinese dragon undulating
along, or occasionally rearing up, like a huge caterpillar on a giant leaf, and it reminds me of my cat.
The parade makes its way slowly around the park,
finally entering it and the entertainment begins.
Upon arrival, MC David C. Jones, camping it up
with a German accent, informs us that we will be doing a lot of walking
throughout the evening's entertainment In keeping with the cultural
diversity of Strathcona, the entertainment tends to bring diverse cultural elements
together; the
opening act consists of a racially
mixed Brazilian
Samba band
dances based
on Asian style
martial arts contests accompanied by Native
Brazilian instruments.
Other acts
Japanese Taiko
Drums accompanying a
bizarre and
more than
macabre performance art
piece,      which
receives an unscheduled encore when one of the stilt artists breaks a
stilt while preparing for the next act. (Indeed, stilt artists seemed to suffer at this event; during the Brazilian Martial Arts performance, an
ambulance arrived to take away one of the stilt walkers who'd broken
her leg during the parade.)
Despite the high mortality of stilt walkers, the evening goes very well;
even the rain which had been threatening to fall all day does little mpgpf
than drip a few solitary drops. Because the three performance arejj§|
were spread around the park a bit, the spectators do a lot of walking bai k
and forth. Instead of being a hardship, however, it enhances the dreai^^l
quality of the circus. jjm
There is one "element of Strathcona's diverse community wrafiif
seems poorly represented at the Circus of Dreams; namely, the addict
community- According to Dolly, they were invited to participate, and
have done so in the past But crack is a stronger lure than even a cfr<f|t§!
One community centre which works with Downtown Eastside youth Lr,
ing to get off drugs, is the Gathering Place.
"We invited the Gathering Place. The stilt component was designed
with the help of Kerry Nemo's [performance art group] Mortal Coil.
Unfortunately, all the training those guys got and all the time they spent
in stilts [was in vain]...There's one of them still here, but the rest of them
went back to their drugs, their crack or whatever it is they're doing and
were unavailable. And one of them was just killed recently."
Unfortunately, it happens a lot down here on the original skid row.
It's while walking around looking at the various booths and activities
Public Dreams has set up, or watching the performers that I begin to feel
that intense and passionate love for this place I felt when I lived here.
Finally, I feel, once again, connected to this most special place in
Vancouver. It's only on the Eastside of town where Public Dreams like
these can happen. And best of all, no animals were harmed, exploited,
insulted, or otherwise treated with disrespect in this circus of dreams. ♦ nr
UBC research team fights insect pests natural
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naturally-occuring chemicals are
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researchers. They are highly effective
at controlling insect pests—and harmless to people, animals and the environment. —	
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people, animals and the environment. nand, af6 neurotoxic Only ti
Isman heads the UBC portion of a research project being carried out joindy with eihcacy   °f  Conventional
researchers at the University of California-Riverside, the University of California- maintained    Willie    prodll
Davis, Iowa State University and Nashville-based EcoSMART Technologies, increased. jhlS IS because tl
A fantastic example of serendipity lead Isman and others to begin re-evaluating j lD-SeCtS by blocking only
the importance of naturally-occuring chemicals in pesticide research. "The original al PatnWayS that don f exist
idea behind this was to make a simple pesticide for home use that had a pleasant ,e neurotransmitter
aroma," says the professor of entomology. An inventor in Florida had simply OCtODamme, Which regulate
bought some commercial fragrance oil and combined it with a known mild pesti- f^11?0 ■ 11S ln an mSect SUCI1 £
cide and much to everyone's surprise, "not only did he kill insects but he was killing DpnaVlOUl, and metabolisn
them in 10 to 15 minutes, which was unheard of." ClOeS WOrk by bloCKing the
The researchers have found that oils extracted from some varieties of trees and ^9fS,    ^^  are. intended tO
plants are highly effective at controlling unwanted insects while exhibiting no^Fi?nemical Signals from C
harmful effects on mammals. A tireflys light-emitting (
Like many of the great accidental discoveries, initial widescale skepticism sur- tolled   by   the   OCtOpamm
rounded the pesticide research. Isman himself had some doubts at first, but after SPrW^Q ^Y1 *ne pesticide,
carrying out his own experiments and reaching the same conclusions, he became11? briiliantly and then die
convinced that something very substantial had been stumbled upon. Seconds.   JL-eath   OCCUl'S   W
"The comical part," says the lively and energetic Isman, is that the effective com- receptOrS become blocked,
pounds, "are found in very, very widely used and known spices and culinarv herbs compiete DieakdOWll Ol ihe
-•■"■> ■ -        ..     -. r y       'vous system. 1 his happens
Things that humans have experience with and have used for hundreds and thou- YOUS SySIem'   *hlS hc_
sands of years." The compounds are very common food additives such as, for^ecaus? OCtopaimne fecept'
example, flavourings in pop or fragrance additives in products like shampoo. Si ^V™1 inSectS. MamiTi
Isman's group discovered that one of the essential oils from anise behaves as a d° j110t  have   receptors   for
synergist for other compounds, doubling or ttipling their potency. Some other fP-® S? .PCStlClCieS that WQri<
effective comDounds currentiv hein? tpst^H am a rnm™pnt r.f tha ™i ^f ,~i™rao>nese binding sites are corn]
less to them.
Master's student
effective compounds currendy being tested are a component of the oil of cloves
called Eugenol, a chemical found in peanut oil and a constituent of oil of thyme
Many of the product ingredients are on the Environmental Protection Agencv ^ t fi"
^... ~      .. -     .....   &    y riummelbrunner began
(EPA)'s Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) list and so are exempt from toxicity test- ir r -.   -,-0—  —
ing. The EPA is a US government body responsible for approving the environmen- l^™? \ 5£P)ec\ before SWl1
tal safety of any chemical product. The researchers have done testing anyway and ^C°3MAH 1 VvOTK abOUl tuR-
confirmed that there is a huge margin of safety. The Material Safety Data Sheet, al^15. a§.9; He/r ??£end r¥-s
document required for any chemical, has more warnings about preventing the can [\me in tne rail. Meanwhile,
from bursting than about the chemicals inside the can. So common are the mate- fcmUce* f ABTt§ •  1T\ u JSma
rials used in these pesticides that the EPA fast-ttacked the pesticides through the tco^iV1Ail 1 has nired him Ol
approval process. party.
EcoSMART boasts that their findings are logical since it is well known that ■   Hummelbrunner,    who
plants have natural chemical defense mechanisms, which they use to keep insects inStrU9t0r  *°r /lve  YearS   hi
away. If these chemicals could be identified, isolated and concentrated then they18111^8 research group, nrov
a.H..it m^f« h, a <    should be P°tent Pesticides. This idea is not new. Botanical pesticides (those explanation Of the Work in
aduit moths-bred for derived from plant SQmces) were used tbxaa^mit ^ world rior t0 WorldWar n insecticide at work doesn
TA^wEsXT^os However' DDT> a M^ effective syn^tic pesticide, was introduced shortiy}laVe tO kill everything.' To b<
before the War, revolutionising pest control. Unfortunately, the toxic effects were I e pesticide fias to do IS Sfu
neither discovered nor acted upon until many years later. lrom eating the plant, get it
Edward Grindstaff, General Manager of EcoSMART, says that their products are ?0^ the P1^' 0I StPPit fro1
unique because an effort is being made "to understand the science" behind the"1 + jFi?3- ■ "e §, °t a Pe
efficacy of a variety of active ingredients on a wide range of insect pests. instead. DC 10 make an mse
In Isman's laboratories they screen new compounds and determine _r	
mixtures for different types of insect pests. For example, one that is ideal forcock- ~ ■> '• *~o —v " ■■ — --«
  ■ ~ -   - - ,an insect is made to grow
Insect Rearing room
at UBC's MacMillan
building is home to
hundreds of eggs,
larvae, pupae and
otmsectpests. T-ui   Z. j~>^ ""'. ^.±0V
and determine optimal^Pt11316 *?. predation—if it li
»ne that is ideal for cock- by something else, it won't e£
roaches may not be very effective for caterpillars. Varying the formulation to make ^n mSect IS made tO gl'OW
the pesticide selective towards only certain types of insects also means that if onetliat meanS it IS OUt in the <
type of insect is not particularly threatening to a plant then it need not be?101? m}H nas a higher Clian
destroyed when the real pest is eliminated. ing rood for predator.
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a exists in the honeybee industry
ed the borroa mite is a threat, not
Lth of the bees. Some of the corn-
working with have been shown to
es but completely harmless to the
ty and control among different
5ible with the pesticides currently
ially problematic is that the pesti-
it even selective between insects
nployed typically fall into one of
organophosphates, carbamates
is. All of these target an insect's
it the molecular level is not much
s nervous system. Therefore, the
selective. Isman
U3   question  that an overbearing director and that, as well as playing a very active role in the
S, fruit pickets do ground-level work, he gives his researchers a lot of freedom. As long as the
results come in, Isman is happy. He has relaxed a lot lately, says
ICtS, on the Other Hummelbrunner,  now that the extra funding is coming in from
ly to insects. The EcoSMART.
tal pesticides is "He is a world-renowned expert," says Grindstaff when asked why
Dduct safety is Isman was chosen to be a part of the scientific panel for EcoSMART. Isman
;e the ingredients is also a humble man, he adds. "He would kill me if I said he is the leading
inly certain neur- scientist; [he prefers] one of the leading scientists."
XtSt in mammals. In addition to Hummelbrunner, three laboratory technicians carry out
l" involved is the work on this project. Isman says that the fast pace of the research, due
dates many basic to the industry involvement, doesn't make the research conducive to grad-
ch as movement, uate students, who also have teaching and course-work responsibilities in
nism.  The  pesti- addition to research.
the neurOl'ecep- To do all of this pesticide testing, insects are needed. Lots of them. .And they
tO receive these have insects. Lots of them. "We could produce 25-to-30 thousand per week if we
)m OCtOpamine. wanted to. The problem is you have to feed them." Most of the research is done
htg Organ is COn-using the Asian army worm, a particularly nasty caterpillar species that is extreme-
mine System. If ly damaging to tobacco and vegetable crops in Southeast Asia,
ide, fireflies light "It's a littie known fact that In the basement ofMacMillan [Building] there is an
die after about 5 insectory," says laboratory technician Emma Gelok, also one of the keepers of the
S when enough "Insect Rearing Room," UBC's very own colony of insects. She explains that the
ed, resulting in a Asian army worm is chosen for the research because it is known to be particularly
' the insect's nei'- resilient to pesticides and so if the materials tested can control this species they
*ens very quickly should, in theory, work on others.
'eptors are abun- Insects have fascinated Gelok for a long time. She did her undergraduate degree
mmals, however, in forestry studies, focusing on forest entomology. "If insects give you the creepy-
foi OCtOpamilie, crawliesthen [the colony] is probably not the best place for you to be." She has got-
VOrk by blocking ten used to them, but still admits that she really doesn't like to handle the bugs and
'Ompletely harm- prefers to use the "insect tweezers."
The Asian army worm goes through six transformations throughout its lifetime.
nt Laurin "At any given time we have insects at all the different stages," explains Gelok.
i his
Oil Beginning with those just hatched from egg masses, the insects are put into dated
switching tO the plastic containers with their food, a "nutrient loaf" containing basic nutritional
three and a half requirements. These then grow and proceed through each of the stages of their life,
his thesis SOme- When the caterpillars are ready to pupate, they are transferred to containers
hile, he Will COn- with soil and in a short time they have transformed to moths. These are then
sman's lab as moved once more to containers coated with wax paper so that when the moths lay
01 Oil tO the COm- their eggs, they can be more easily collected and the life cycle started again. To
ensure the colony is maintained as it has been for 15 years, transferring of the eggs,
ho    Was    a    Ski-feeding and cleaning must be done everyday.
:S before joining This species of caterpillar is not native to Vancouver. The research group is
provides a further required to have a special permit that allows them to run the colony. Great care
K in process. "An must be taken to be sure that none of the insects escapes and Gelok must always
lesnT necessarily check her clothes before leaving to make sure that she has not picked up any hitch-
Xb be effective, all hikers. Finally, to ensure the insects are dead when it comes time for disposal, they
is Stop the insect must spend 24 hours in a freezer.
;et it tO Stay away Andrew Wan's research doesn't use the Asian armyworm. Instead he is working
t from laying eggS on the extension of these products to control the black-headed fireworm, a big
a pesticide might problem for cranberry crops, as well as pests associated with the strawberry indus-
insect more SUS- try. Wanrecendy received his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural sciences
f it is being eaten and is working with Isman for a year before starting his Master's degree at SFU.
n't eat the plant. If "The Lower Mainland is one of the few places where cranberries can grow," he
;rOW more slowly says, noting the importance of this industry for BC
the Open feeding These fireworms are not reared in the lab. Instead, Wan must venture out to
:hance Of becom- farms and collect specimens himself. This is done with the aid of Integrated Pest
Management scouts who serve two very important purposes. First, they let the
farmer know when and how much pesticide should be sprayed with the goals of
saving the fanner money and causing less environmental damage.
Second, they let Wan know when there are bugs he can collect The damage
caused by the fireworms is obvious and so Wan doesn't have to inspect every leaf
of every plant He can fairly easily find clippings to take and be reasonably certain
that he has picked up a few fireworms in a clipping. Sure enough, in the lab her
opens up the leaves of a clipping and a fireworm sticks out its head.
To test the efficacy of the tree and plant oils, various experiments are carriei
out. Sometimes plants are sprayed with the
chemical, the insects are allowed to invade,
and the plant is regularly monitored for|
damage done by insect pests.
Or, insects are added to small plastic containers containing food spiked with different
combinations of test compounds at varied
concentrations. One collection of experiments in progress has insects all of the same
age—but some are not much larger than
they were at hatching, some have grown
close to five centimetres in length, and some
have died. From this data an idea of what
works and how well it works can be deduced.
An important question in any type of
research is whether the results found in the!
laboratory work will be the same when
applied to the real world? In a field just south
of Totem Park residence, Isman's group has
an experimental cabbage patch, which they
spray with the test pesticides. Samples are
taken from the field after spraying to determine what effect the product has had. In
soine cases the number of pests is reduced
and the plants remain healthy. m
The EcoSMART products have been available for the Pest Control Operator market||
(e.g. professional exterminators) in the USHJ
since April, and have already reached a level fe^^
of national distribution. Currendy, a con-t™«
sumer version called Bioganic is available on -^jv$9|
the Internet and is being sold in test markets ^Gr.*
across the US. Shipment to all of the "big-gnraig
box" stores, such as Wal-Mart, will begin ..";>££
early in October. '*28£-SW
Grindstaff says that the sales have been|||^
very good, owing to the fact that "pesticide
awareness is at an all-time high." Some|
restaurants and hospitals in the US havel
already started using the products, while injJjL
Canada the approval process is taking longer^
and so the pesticides are not yet in use here.
Grindstaff believes the research results
have universal benefits. "This technology is
something that can be applied to everything
from agriculture to food storage to pet flea
conttol. We really haven't found an area that
our technology can't be applied."
Emma Gelok sums up the research nicely.
"I sort of like the idea that my work is actually doing something...to make the world a
better place to be."<«
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The album's focus is placed squarely on Spiteri's various strengths. Be it her beauty (which is featured very visibly on the cover and between the liner notes), or her vocal prowess, both are showcased
extensively, and are essential to Texas' success.
On the latest single, "Tell Me The Answer/ she incarnates Prince's sensuous falsetto eerily well. Then
there's the Motown-Qavoured "When We Are Together" in which Spiteri's admiration for Diana Ross
shows in her uncanny vocal impression of the legendary diva.
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(No Limit)
After a failed attempt at
being a professional b-baller,
Master P is back with his
salute to the sport he loves.
Oh, hOW SWeet. Do people even care? Once again,
Master P gathers his No
Limit Soldiers for 66 minutes of "basketball songs.
"Without fail, the classic P
beats are all there,  along
with the big-name artists like Snoop, Mia X, Silkk the Shocker,
Mystikal, but somewhere along the road, the lyrics get lost
Basketball fans listening for the first time will appreciate hearing
the names of their favourite players and teams. Unfortunately, this
happy feeling fades faster than Master P's NBA career. Jordan,
Pippen, Garnett, Payton, Jordan, Bryant, O'Neal, Duncan, Jordan,
Iverson, Miller, Jones, Hardaway, Jordan...you'd think they were gods.
The overuse of team and player names gets extremely annoying,
which limits the listening life of this album. Songs like "Woof and "
Ain't My Fault 2" are great It's just too bad
viouslyfeleasfd^bumsF'- ' ~
Despite these negatives, there are a few "strong performances iuui|iuje-anTOij o uuuij
Dreams" which slightiy resembles classic~5nobjx..yes, ClCGSlC SllO fcj vi Also, on 'Shake
'Em Off," by newcomers Reginelh and P'heno give a brief, but memorabl ] ferformance. When
it comes down to it, this album would be better titied as Master P PresenmWhere's my wit?t*
—Drew Chao
(No Limit)
Coming straight out of the No Limit camp is Fiend's newest relea
speed at which No Limit Records produces these new albums wo
joints, no one could complain. Calling Fiend's latest effort "music"
It baffles the mind why these albums keep getting produced.
There is nothing in this album that differentiates itself from
strikingly good or bad. Sometimes he just seems extremely mad.
Songs like "Mr. Whomp Whomp" and "I Was Placed Here" sound
voice screaming threats, then "They Don't Hear Me" will satisfy yoj
Fortunately.Jor those No Linntfans.whp^enjoy every song because]
£3fiitt Jjn£ nine
ttm a™ SncRS?
DGi   LSPPS rQ. What a bunch of top forty-
craving, Z95-loving, non-threatening, "products of the
mindless media hype machine" has- beens who are
desperate for a music soundtrack to stick their collective ineptitude to. What a bunch of money-grubbing old-timers who just want to appear in another video with a supermodel even though they're
just another group of hand-jiving lame-asses who
desperately need one more hit before being
deposited on the ever growing rock-and-roll
garbage heap.
Guess what? It's too late. If this CD is supposed to
be Euphoria, then just cut my head off now with a
dull spoon. Every song is crafted to recreate the fun
of the Hysteria album and every song fails in its
attempt. When you hear one of their songs on
the radio, turn the dial. When you see one of their
videos, change the channel. If you hear one of their
songs playing in the waiting room of a doctor's
office, jump out the window. ♦
^Street Life". The
[jmake horny rabbit
Id be stretching thj
ler album. Cert
lain "I think it sucll
fevery other No Limil
ravings. Overall, thf
punds like ever
(No Limit)
Every time Snoop Dogg releases an
album, you cross your fingers and
hope that it's as good as his debut
album. You rip through the CD wrapper and say a little prayer before you
slide it into your CD player. The first
song comes on and you think "Okay,
maybe the next song." Sadly to say, the
song never arrives and again you are
isappointed by Snoop Dogg's lacklustre performance.
It is clear to all classic Snoop Dogg
fans that he will never be able to duplicate the beats and chemistry he had
with Dr. Dre. With that in mind, how
does    this    latest    album     fare?
Undoubtedly, this is Snoop's best effort
since   Doggystyle.  With  very  little
Master P influence, this album allows
Snoop to rhyme in his laid-back gangs-
i    style    without    a    constant
"Uggggghhhhh" in the background. If
it weren't for guest appearances by
fellow labelmates, you almost wouldn't guess Snoop was a No Limit
Soldier. With help from Dr. Dre,
Warren G, and Nate Dogg rap fans
are left reminiscing about classic
Snoop. Songs like "Snoopafella" and
"Ghetto Symphony" might ease the
memory of purchasing his last two
albums. Don't expect this album to
surpass Snoop's first, but it sparks
some hope. Perhaps the next one will
be the one. But probably not*
^alous. if they were producing good hip hop
Idefinition like a sumo wrestier's underwear.
—Drew Chao
yggerhead Records)
Fiend has rhyming skills, but his voice isn't j^q    jj_    DICK—GANGSTA
factor ties in the boring and overused beats. HARMONY
bum song. If you enjoy listening to an angry fNo Umit)
ck of originality is tiresome and frustrating. Another debut album coming
---*-*iswiJTbe^definite addition to your from No Limit ReCords-how
excitjn^^.Not. to be mistaken
with one of the many rappers on
-Drew Chao ^ label Mo B Dick ig a tme
R&B vocalist. The "R&B" which
in this case means "Ridiculous" and "Boring."
?e Spot Rlin's latest effort is notOverall, the music is unoriginal and bland. Although his
isily deSCribable.  The probleinvoice isn't a horrible shriek, it's not overly memorable
BH1S from the Variety in mtisicaleither. Where does Master P find these people?
Ulity and  Style that character-    Despite his classy name, it is appalling to hear tracks
*S tne album  The Opening title^e "Intercourse" with its lyrical ingenuity. How can one
ick is a cross between Spacehoe11,?1 i0™* «">«&* says "I just want to hick with you, do
i Weezer, a likely reason for its? f^f *at p°™ sta*s do; Now that 6 —
|in yirrpcc   TTnfnrhinatplv thpFollowingthattracklsthealbumsbestsong' UGotThat
no success, umqrrunaieiy, tneFire/ With memories of ^ previous song tormenting
rpng momentum IS mimeaiate-listeiiers, it's difficult to take anything on this album seri-
llOSt W1U1 the musically boring,ousiy. songs tided "As the Ghetto Turns" and "U Fed In
}ak Second track, Terrified. Love With A Gangster" sound like they have meaning,
band then Switches geaJSbut surprisingly have no substance at all.
the aCOUStic "Girl like you", So definitely go and purchase this album, but make
ich Surprisingly has a beauti-sure you have enough money left over to invest in a pyra-
melodic chorus. Despite being33^ scheme.*:*
slowest song on the entire CD,
lone" is easily one of the best.
though I don't usually listen -Drew chao
j love songs, I got hooked on this one almost instantly. Overall, I'd still
" See Spot Run a rock group, despite their tendencies toward pop and
)w acoustic guitar. Weightless would be a much stronger CD if See Spot
Jin had cut down on cheesy lyrics and musical diversion, and focused on
loducing a more coherent rock album. ♦
—Jerome Yang
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< the rea( nfHy-JW^
edited by Brett Josef Grubisic
 by Daniel Silverman
One problem with being gay,  according to Brett Josef
Grubisic, is that the way one is represented in the media is
very narrow. To combat this, Grubisic has put together contra/diction, an anthology of short stories about being gay.
The book itself explores what appears to be the darker
side of homosexuality, but what Grubisic has done is to
show that homosexual men can be just as violent, vengeful, and sardonic as any hetero.
In short, gays are human, too.
Grubisic himself is a doctoral student at UBC studying   j
contemporary English literature. He says that the theme
of the anthology took shape on its own. He originally got
the idea for a collection from Dennis Denisoffs
"Queeries: an .Anthology of Gay Male Prose" but wanted to explore more or less uncharted territory. When
he put out the call for submissions, he was surprised
at what he got. I
"I was hoping to get a greater variation," he says,   J
"but a lot of writers were self-centring." He got   m
everything from science-fiction to pornography to
real literature. He had been hoping to get some
stories by women, but the stories were all by
men, mosuy homosexual, talking about their
own experiences.
The first story in the anthology, "The Relative
Bargain" by George Ilsley, opens with a boy sitting on his knees on a rug, blindfolded and
naked except for a jockstrap. The story is from
the point of view of a man who makes use of
the sports store where he works to manipulate
young men into performing sexual acts. From
there, things stay tense more or less throughout. This is not the sort of thing you'll see in
"Will and Grace" or other film and television
depictions of homosexuality: this is the real
Consider the story "Hurt Me, Mi Amor"
by Francis Ibanez-Carrasco which shows the
very messy breakup of two Hispanic lovers.
One is already married when they begin the
affair, but there is a more significant infidelity. In fact, the women in this story are
treated as worthless and hateful to gays,
mosuy because they see the men as unnatural. So the real issue here is a fling with
another man. The offended lover eventually takes his revenge during a last infected embrace.
This is definitely not the usual stuff.
It's   shocking,   but   it   shouldn't   be.
Grubisic blames, in part, previous collections: "Most of the [book] covers are
sepiated [sic] pastels showing two men
sitting at a table... and it's just middle-
class angst."  Here the much lower
classes are shown,  the addicts, the
criminals, the prostitutes, the marginalised who have dropped out of public
The most interesting stories come
from the point of view of immigrants
and chUdren of immigrants, minorities within minorities. Not only do the
protagonists have to deal with the
usual problems, but they have to deal
often with parents from another culture entirely; one that's staunchly conservative in its oudook.
Grubisic plans to produce a companion volume, but makes it clear that
it will be something different. "It's not
going to be a carbon copy," he says.
Grubisic also does work for Xtra! West,
a local newspaper for the gay and lesbian community. Ultimately, he is trying to broaden depictions of homosexuality in mainstream culture. "Being
gay is still a political act," he says.*
by Ian McEwan
Vintage Canada
by Nicholas Bradley
The city of Amsterdam acts as a magnet,
using its reputation for permissive laws and
tolerance to  attract aging hippies,  drug
tourists, lonely aAmerican businessmen, and
the terminally ill. In his latest novel, the
Booker Prize-winning Amsterdam,  Scottish
novelist Ian McEwan plays with the allure of
the Dutch city, casting it as a dark presence
which looms over this black comedy.
Alluded to briefly in the novel's opening
scene, Amsterdam begins to pull, first gently,
then irresistibly, at the two men at the centre of
the story. Clive Linley, an English composer, is
struggling to escape his middling talent and
achieve a lasting fame by composing a symphony
for the new millennium. His journalist friend
Vernon Halliday, meanwhile,  is attempting to
revive his paper's flagging sales without resorting
to tabloid sensationalism. The two meet at the
funeral of their mutual lover, who, until her death,
was married to a member of the British parliament.
The sudden illness and protracted death of Molly
Lane scares both her former lovers, who make a
promise to help kill the other should he become fatally diseased, in an effort to avoid a long, miserable
death. .Amsterdam, its euthanasia laws much less strict
than those in England, becomes the agreed-upon site for
performing the 'favour.'
This agreement between friends may have
worked had the friends
in question been slightiy
less neurotic. As it is,
both men's aspirations
to greatness,  and their
jealously of each other
and    of   Lane's    other
lovers    lead    each    to
believe that the other is
becoming insane.  Complications ensue, as they
move,  figuratively,  ever
closer to Amsterdam. The
novel's appeal lies less in
its conclusion, which is
|   established early on in the
book as the inevitable fate
for the two friends, but in the delicacy with which McEwan
allows the reader to watch the characters destroy themselves and each other. A voyeuristic thrill, sure, but it's too
much fun to turn away.
McEwan's novel is just that: fan. Dark, yes, and disturbing okay, but absorbing and compelling. It reads as easily
as his other novels, which reveals his experience as a TV
writer, but he sticks in all the big themes, too: death and
insanity and the meaning of art. He is not above implicating
the reader in these themes, either. There is an unsettling parallel between the friends and ex-lovers watching Lane die, and
doing nothing to help her, and the reader looking on as Linley
and Halliday unravel their lives.
The novel's ultimate irony is that both Linley and Halliday
unwittingly suffer the fate they were trying to avoid. Their disintegration is painfully obvious to everyone but themselves.
Amsterdam is always there, but they never see it.*
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by Jaime Tong
From first sight, Barbara
Hodgson's book seduces the
reader to enter the world of
The book is covered with
silk the colour of ripe
plums. The fabric tickles the
fingers and acts as a decadent
backdrop to the gold cursive
script of the title and a^
daguerreotype of a Chinese
woman reclining in bed
tea and opium. Like the simple door to an opium denithe
cover is a gateway to a wide
assortment of character/and
With  140 colour Amages
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auimSiHjext, For those with
time>re^aing the text is like
listening to an authority give a
talk on opium that is inter
spersed with gossip, quotes and trivia. Chapters titled
'Opium and the East', 'Chinatowns', and 'The Writer's
Musef explore the spread of the drug throughout the world
and impart assorted facts and anecdotes along the way.
Readers who are simply skhnming through Hodgson's book
wiBf also be entertained by the many photos, reproductions
ajjn extended captions.
Opium is a painstakingly researched book with a
(ot of substance to match its polished exterior.*
by Miriam Newhouse and
Peter MessaUne
(Simon and Pierre)
 by Jesse Bopurai
'Caution: The career of acting
contains insecurity, unemployment and rejection, and
may be hazardous to your
I hear similar things every
day from parents, elders and
other wise folk. Their warnings are rarely phrased with
the elegance of the above quotation from the third edition of The
Actor's Survial Kit. Written by Miriam Newhouse and Peter
Messaline, The Actor's Survival Kit is an indispensable handbook for
people like me, who look forward to a career of bitter poverty in the
Eschewing performance techniques, this book is solely about the
business and the profession of acting in Canada. As such, The Actor's
Survival Kit is a practical manual. It covers a broad range of issues for
actors, from auditions and agents to etiquette and self-discipline.
Sometimes the book is short on detail, especially where money matters are concerned. But this is perhaps an unfair complaint, as the
book is meant to be only a general manual. Thankfully, there is an
excellent bibliography and a list of Canadian addresses for those willing to do detailed research on various topics.
I found the chief merit of the Actor's Survival Kit to be its tone.
It is not an optimistic book, nor is it comforting to read for an
actor. Yet it manages to remain unjaded in its outlook. The authors
share their common sense and their considerable (if undistinguished) media experience in a concise and unpatronising manner. Newhouse and Messaline are not great prose stylists, but they
get their information across well. Surprisingly for actors, they do
not even allow themselves to name-drop. I highly recommend this
book to everybody in the acting profession (except those I dislike).
The Actor's Survival Kit is one of the most useful reference books
I have come across in some time. If used properly, it may help
immensely in getting that first acting job.*
By Vicki Leon
Conari Press (distributed by
Raincoast Books)
 by Jaime Tong
Traditional history books
about the Renaissance don't
talk about them. Nor are
textbooks likely to have
chapters titled "Career
Virgins, Saintly Souls & Wa-a-
ayward Women," or "Crafty
Women & Artful Iron
Maidens." To read about the
under-reported side of
Renaissance movers and
shakers, namely the women
of the period, Vicki Leon's
Uppity Women of the
Renaissance is the place to
By using humour and a
lively writing style reminiscent of professors that are
still passionate about what
they lecture on, Leon brings
accounts of two hundred
women to life in her book.
She begins with an overview
of the period's historical
events and philosophies,
focusing on how they affected women, then launches
into the mini-biographies of
both little-known and famous
women of the Renaissance.
Women such as Christian
Davies, an Irish woman who
fought in Europe as a soldier
Christopher" Welch while searching for her husband, or Anne of Cleves, Henry Vlll's
fourth wife, are among the entries.
Leon manages to combine education and entertainment through the use of illustrations
and woodcuts that are accompanied by quirky captions. Leon also includes several pages
of resources for readers who have been inspired to "kick up your heels as a brazen
medieval hussy or a Tudor trollop" and participate in feasts and jousts.
Uppity Women is ideal for reading in spurts over several weekends because of its structure.
Leon has her readers' short attention spans in mind and has packaged her information in appetizing portions that look good in addition to satisfying the mind. You go, girl.* THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 7.1999
Oh yes, young one, you too can row
by Naomi Kim
Okay. So you've played soccer since you could walk. You've biked
since you could balance. You've played Ultimate since you could
drink, and you've maybe even splurged by lilydipping once a year
at Day of the Longboat. If it's time to try something new, now is
your chance to learn a challenging sport with no prior experience
Rowing, a sport that not many people grow up with, combines
endurance, determination, and strength. It is a sport which has
gained popularity over the years, but to many, the sport is only associated with early morning practices, tall, muscular athletes, and
intense competition. This is not always the case.
The PriceWaterhouseCoopers British Columbia Undergrad
Rowing Classic is an innovative new recruitment program for
undergraduate students throughout BC for the UBC varsity rowing
team. According to Colleen Miller, the organiser of the program
and a 4-time World Champion and Olympic rower, the purpose is
to allow students "to get a taste of rowing." The idea is to provide an
intramural-style "introduction to rowing" program with the option
to be competitive or recreational. Potential rowers for the varsity
development crews will be recruited throughout the process, while
other participants will have the option to continue on recreational-
ly with the Thunderbird Rowing Centre.
In the past, the rowing team has had open tryouts with about
200 participants each year. While many varsity teams also have
open tryouts, not many invite participants to try the sport for a few
weeks to see if they like it. The Undergrad Classic involves a five
week learn-how-to-row program which doesn't demand a huge
commitment or require early morning practices. Practice times are
twice a week at the Burrard Civic Marina and students can choose
a session that is most convenient for them. During that time, par-
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ticipants will go through tests to measure performance and fitness
output while also learning rowing techniques.
After gaining skills for what Mike Pearce, head coach of the varsity rowing team, calls a "quick-to-pick-up sport," the program concludes with a competitive regatta which will include participants
from other institutions throughout the province. Simon Fraser
University, University of Victoria, BCIT, Capilano College,
Malaspina College, and Okanagan College are some of the other
post-secondary institutions involved in the Rowing Classic.
/All undergraduates are invited to participate, and for people
interested in competition at the university level, crews compete in
one weight class, so there are no physical requirements for weight
and height.
Participants can sign up as teams or as an individual for the 8+.
Teams will be women's, men's, co-ed, recreational, and competitive. It's basically up to you, as long as you sign up before
September 10th in front of the SUB or Brock Hall.*
The Thunderbirds lockak for the first win
of the 1999 season in their home-opener
against the University of Alberta Golden
Bears. Both teams are looking to improve
on their 0-1 records.
UBC vs. Alberta
Fri. Sept 10, 7pm - T-t>ird Stadium
Although the Men's Soccer season hasn't
started yet, they have "been busy playing
exibition games since mid-August.
Last week, the team played the annual
Raisio Bowl and just fell short of the SFU
Clan by a score of 2-1 at Swangard
This week's games are at home and UBC
hosts Calgary and Mount Royal College.
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Wed. Sept. 8, 4pm- Wolfson II Field
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Sat. Sept. 11, 2pm - Wolfson II Field
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Looking for a championship
Your guide to UBC football's 1999 title aspirations
CLASH: Two Thunderbird players go to war during training camp, tarawestover photo
by Naomi Kim
A new cheer is supposed to round out
the first day of training camp, but the
players are not leaving anytime soon.
A jumble of clapping, three grunts and
a squat are performed out of sync by
the ninety-odd players, so they are
told to do one push-up, although most
do five. They try it again.
The grunts turn out to be the letters
'U, B, C but the squat is still not quite
together, so they're down on the
ground for more push-ups.
"It's kind of like cheerleading,"
laughs third-year defensive end Tyson
St. James. "But each coach brings new
things with them...it takes some getting used to, but it brings the team
It's a new season for the UBC football team, complete with new faces,
new coaches, new routines, and high
expectations. But the players are taking the changes, along with the team's
new cheer, all in stride.
The 1999 Thunderbirds are a mixture
of old and new, with 16 returning
starters from last year's 7-3 team
whose season ended with a bitter 31-
28 loss to the eventual champion
University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
Among the returning players are 3
CIAU All-Canadians, and although the
explosive offense is largely intact with
tailback Akbal Singh, quarterback
Shawn Olson, and star wideout Brad
Coutts returning, the defense has
large holes to fill.
Olson, who is entering his third
year as starting quarterback, says
there is a definite team chemistry
developing. St. James also mentions
that watching the BC Lions games, joking around in the changeroom, and
just hanging-out helps to build com-
raderie among the team.
"Obviously the rookies have chores
and stuff and a rite of passage that
they go through to become
Thunderbirds," says Olson of the
interaction between the rookies and
veterans. "It's all meant to bring [the
players] together as a team, as a family, and once they go through this once,
they're gonna be accepted as any
other veteran that's played here for no
matter how many years. They enjoyed
themselves and so did we."
But regardless of being a first-year
or fifth-year player, this team is more
than just muscle and impressive football resumes.
Bob Little, the new manager of the
team and a former football coach
himself, has known many players in
his time. He spent several years at
Windsor Secondary School as an
equipment manager with new head
coach Jay Prepchuk's championship
teams, and his appraisal of this team
is that they're a bunch of "good kids."
"Haven't met one yet that's not
respectful or decent."
In addition to new faces on the team,
some players are also seeing changes
to their positions. Joining the defensive backs are former tailback
Soroush Ansari, former slotback Jesse
Tupper, and rookie Leon Denefeld,
who came as a receiver. Shane Mielty
moves from offensive line to defensive line.
Other position changes include former slotback Greg Hallifax to running
back. And last season's defensive
assistant coach Art Tolhurst, a defensive back with the 1997
Championship team who was out last
season due to injury, returns to the
Perhaps the key to UBC's offense is
tailback .Akbal Singh. "King" Singh
was nominated for the Hec Crighton
Award as the most outstanding university football player in Canada, was
named a first team All-Canadian and
was twice named CFL Radically
Canadian Player of the Week. He
rushed for 1497 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, tearing up school
and conference rushing records. His
performance was impressive enough
to be noticed by the BC Lions, who
drafted Singh in the sixth round of the
college draft. Singh didn't stick, however, as the Lions drafted him as a
move for the future, rather than this
"So for next June, hopefully, 'the
Lions will give me an opportunity to go
back and play football for them. But in
the meantime, they said come back to
UBC for another year, and I'm pretty
happy with that decision," says Singh.
Remaining at UBC this year will
allow Singh to work on two important
things in his life: school and football,
in that order.
The fourth-year geography major is
two courses away from graduating,
and he is set in his priorities.
"Getting an education is what I
came here to do and if football happens to pan out, and if I happen to
play in the CFL, great. If not, then I'm
happy with moving on having a good
career out here and doing the best I
In terms of football, Singh has definitely come out of predecessor Mark
Nohra's shadow after breaking
Nohra's school rushing record. But all
the accolades are meaningless for
Singh if his team doesn't share in the
"My first and foremost concern is
about the team. Those individual
goals are great, but in the end, even if
I went on to win the Hec Crighton last
year and we didn't win the Vanier
Cup, for me, that's net even an accomplishment. /All I care about is winning
and for our team to win and do the
best they can."
While Singh will only be improved
this year, injuries are about the only
thing that may be able to stop him. An
untimely injury which forced him
from playing all of the Hardy Cup
game against Saskatchewan last year
contributed to UBC's losing cause, but
Singh is back and ready to play again.
"I know I've pushed myself hard this
year in the off-season, and getting
myself, in terms of injuries, healed, getting myself running at 110 per cent"
And Singh has more in store for
next year. Yes, he can run. But he says
he has more to give, and he'd like to
improve his pass-catching. If he does,
he may be declared illegal.
"Don't break down until coach says
stop." Jay Prepchuk's voice carries
clearly from across the field. When he
talks, the players become so silent that
the sounds of cars going by can be
Prepchuk is UBC's third head
coach in three star-crossed years. Six
months after UBC's national championship victory in 1997, head coach
Casey Smith was diagnosed with liver
cancer, and died shortly after the end
of last season. Then his hand-picked
successor, Dave Johnson, resigned in
March after a drunken fight at a campus pizza parlour. Coming straight
from high school football, with three
provincial championships in the past
four years, Prepchuk seems to have
everything in control so far.
"I think anytime you're new to university football...there's going to be
some growing pains but he's working
hard and doing a good job. It's going
to be a learning experience for us all,"
says Olson of his new coach.
Others are impressed with how
Prepchuk works.
"He's a real players' coach...defi-
nately someone you can come and
talk to. He's really open to new ideas
and he's always trying to figure out
new ways of making things work with
new ideas and stuff," says Singh.
"I like him," St. James says straight
out. "He gets things done."
Meanwhile, down the field, defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe works
with the white-shirted players. Thorpe
bodily places a player to the correct
continued on page 28
UBC football falls to
Huskies curse—
by Naomi Kim
Revenge was on their mind, but history was certainly not on their side as the UBC Thunderbirds
football team suffered yet another loss to the
University of Saskatchewan Huskies, the defending Vanier Cup champion.
UBC has not won at Griffiths Field in the past
six years, and this time proved no different as
UBC lost 28-20 in the first game of their season
on Saturday. And just as most games in the rivalry have been close—last year all three games were
decided by 4 points or less—this game followed
the pattern.
Late in the fourth quarter and down by eight
points, UBC found themselves facing third down
inside the Huskies 15-yard line not once but
twice. UBC gambled twice, and came close, but
they just couldn't do it.
"We just missed by inches/ said head coach
Jay Prepchuk.
This meeting of the last two Vanier Cup
Champions was highly anticipated as an offensive battle since both teams had lost starters from
their defense. But both defenses were solid
despite changes to Saskatchewan's front seven
and to UBC's secondary,
For the top two teams in Canada, it was
turnovers in both the Saskatchewairand UBC end
zones that resulted in a touchdown for each team.
Saskatchewan opened the game with a 69-
yard single on the Mckoff which went deep into
UBC's end zone. UBC's scoring started early by
capitalising on Saskatchewan mistakes. One of
two Husky turnovers on the game resulted in
UBC's first major with tailback Akbal Singh running in for a 1-yard touchdown midway through
the first quarter.
But late in the second quarter, Saskatchewan
took a 15-10 lead after a UBC fumble at their own
15-yard line which led to rookie tailback Jason
Ferryman running into the UBC end zone virtually untouched.
The Huskies continued to dominate in the second and third quarters, playing a physical game
and moving the ball well. Saskatchewan's running game was led by veteran tailback Doug
Rozon, who rushed for a game-high 162 yards on
20 carries.
Saskatchewan hung onto a 28-13 lead into the
fourth quarter, but while they sat back, UBC
picked up the intensity and fought to narrow the
"We marched all the way down and were in
there right to the end,* said Prepchuk of UBC's
In the fourth quarter, Singh, who was swarmed
by the Huskie defense whenever he got the ball,
went for a 45-yard gallop which set up a touchdown that brought UBC within 8 points.
And with less than eight minutes to go, the
UTiunderbirds had their chance to even the score.
UBC receivers were in the end Ozone, prepared to change tlie outcome of thc game, but it
was out of their hands. Literally.
"Saskatchewan-got their hands on a couple of
balls or knocked them out when our receivers
had them. It's one of those things. No matter
what we do we always seem to come a bit short of
Saskatchewan," said Olson, who finished 19-of-36
for 281 yards.
"The bottom line is it all comes down to execution...we didn't do a very good job those times
we were down there."
And UBC's pressure was not enough, even
with the consistent performance of kicker
Duncan O'Mahony, who had 38- and 34-yard
field goals.
"We're just trying to get everything together as
n team...If we take care of the little tilings, tlie
wins will come. And that is really what we have to
focus on," said Olson.
"Obviously no one enjoys losing but you just
have to realize it's one game, tlie first game of the
season, and it's an eight-game schedule."
So it's one down, seven In go.
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Albert;. Golden Bears at lmme on Friday, and will
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Seeinsr double
team on
the road
to the
Imagine riding your bike. Only your bike is
a lightweight racing machine with wheels
less than an inch wide. Your bike is also a
tandem and that's your partner's head practically jammed in the small of your back.
You're about to hit 60 kilometres per hour,
and your partner, by the way, is blind.
Welcome to bicycle racing for the visually
impaired. Now try not to crash.
The Vancouver tandem team of Min Van
Velzen and Brian Cowie did just that at the
velodrome in Bromont, Quebec last year,
snapping their bike in half and damaging
the track. It could have been a disaster for
both riders—but both managed to walk away
from the crash unharmed. So instead of a
devastating accident, it was a minor detour
on the road that has led them to the top of
their sport.
Van Velzen is the driver, the sighted
cyclist who steers, brakes, and shifts gears,
while the partially-sighted Cowie is the second rider, or stoker. A graduate student in
science at UBC, Van Velzen walked into tandem racing as easily as he walked away
from the crash. As a solo racer at the 1997
BC Summer Games, he watched the tandem
competition, and thought it could be fun to
try. He admits now that he didn't think the
sport looked very demanding—but that was
before he met Cowie. "I thought it would just
be for fun, but soon I found out [Brian] was
very competitive, and one thing led to another, and before I knew it I was competing in
Not just competing, but winning. The
four-day Ronde van Belgie is one of the
largest and most prestigious tandem events
in the world, what Van Velzen calls "the Tour
de France of tandem racing." Facing stiff
competition from cycling powerhouses such you have a good stoker, it takes about a week."
as France and Spain, Van Velzen and Cowie      As for racing experience, Van Velzen, one of the top racers in BC, already had plenty.
won one of the five individual races that      "The tactics are exactly the same as single-bike racing" he says. "Because the tandems are
count towards the overall title, and finished bigger, everything takes longer to happen, but the top speeds are higher because you have
third in another. twice the horsepower."
Talking about this race after earning a sil-      Communication is important, but Van Velzen says that he and Cowie have no problems
ver medal in the provincial hillclimb cham- understanding each other.
pionships last weekend, Van Velzen is mod-      "His head is right where my back is, so it's not too hard," he laughs. "It's not very often
est about the team's success. When asked if that I have to yell at [Brian] and say 'go faster' or 'go slower."
he had ridden a tandem before he began      Cowie is able to see what is happening in the race, which helps the pair work together.
racing them, he deadpans  "around the And they work together well. Their first time on a track bike was the 1998 world champi-
[Stanley Park] seawall." International com- onships in Colorado, and while Van Velzen admits their lack of experience showed on the
petition is a far cry from weekend cruising, velodrome's bankings, their sheer strength on the road led to a silver medal in the time trial.
but he insists that learning to ride is easy. "If     That performance cast them as medal favourites for next year's Paralympics Games in
Sydney, Australia. « T >
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Olympics," says Van Velzen. "I think we can
medal in that."
The deceptively casual way he mentions
these goals only hints at the sport's demands,
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VAN VELZEN: Learning to win came easily to the UBC student.
things." He laughs nervously and looks at his girlfriend Wendy, and adds, "if it already hasn't"        -. yp     /yy% f\/ys>
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sightseeing. O
"I think balance is important in life," he says
thoughtfully. In September, he will be back in
school completing the final year of his master's
program in Science.
Still, his solo goals remain high, with wins in
top BC races and strong results at the national
championships at the top of his hst.
The tandem, of course, is a different story
altogether. The new national time trial champions are counting on a trip to Sydney. Van Velzen
thinks a national team berth for the Paralympics
looks good right now—and when he and Cowie
walk away from that race, chances are they'll
have medals to show for it.<» 26
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"Send those people home!"
In the past six weeks, three boatloads carrying
a total of 444 Chinese refugees from the
Fujian province have arrived on BC's shores,
making headlines in all the major national
and local newspapers. And the coverage this
issue received has sparked debate over our
country's sluggish and inadequate immigration procedures.
That the processing of refugee claimants is
a bureaucratic nightmare seems obvious.
Okay. What seems a little more ambiguous
from the media coverage is whether or not
these "speak-no-English illegal Chinese immigrants'' (as an editorial in The Province called
them) deserve our sympathy. Or do they
deserve to be the target of sensationalist headlines such as the one Victoria newspaper
whose front page exclaimed "GO HOME!"
AH of a sudden the mainstream media is
very concerned with presenting the personal
viewpoints of Canadians across the country.
Tough call, Canada—49 percent said send
them home without a hearing in a recent poll.
Tough call. Whenever a citizen says something contentious, racist, or otherwise nega
tive, the quote is printed in bold and put at the
top of the page. It's easy. It's difficult, you see,
for an editor to just go out and say it If someone else does (read: Reform MP/MLA/voter),
then all the better.
Again, and again West Vancouver Reform
party MP John Reynolds is quoted in The
Province, and when he says that "I don't
believe they are [legitimate refugees] either,"
it's given extra space, presumably so you
won't forget it
But what the hell does Reynolds know
about these people anyway? Has he gone
down to talk to them? Has he lived under the
oppressive regime of Communist China? No.
More likely he's worried about those dubious-
looking boats coining too close to his West
Vancouver waterfront palace. Back, you yellow hordes!
From what the mainstream chooses to tell
us about, or from who they choose to consult,
there's no way of knowing what type of situation these people are fleeing, and therefore,
whether or not they deserve the title of "criminals;"—the one chosen by John Reynolds.
How can we jump to such hasty conclusions
without the necessary background information?
We don't learn about the plight of the
claimants. We don't hear about their reasons
for fleeing China, for embarking on a weeks-
long journey aboard a dilapidated boat.
Instead, we are bombarded with the "nightmarish" logistics of dealing with them, their
sheer numbers, and endless details of the
shady gang-related deals surrounding the
smuggling operations.
We see the rusting hulks and all of a sudden it's a boatioad of criminals, instead of five
or six ringleaders and a boatload of desperate,
scared people. Concentrating on the smuggling operations overshadows the human
Maybe we do need to re-examine our
immigration policies. But more importantly,
we have to question our own attitudes and the
attitudes of the media surrounding such a
volatile issue; one that involves real live
human beings, no matter how much some
people choose to criminalise them.«>
AMS archivist:  Alumnus:
shutting the
barn door
I enjoyed your "Drunken midnight
swims" article (August 24), but thought I
would make a couple of corrections to do
with the Horse Barn.
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) did not
take over ownership of the Barn in 1985
or at any other time. Ownership has
always remained with the University.
There were discussions in 1985 about the
AMS leasing the Barn from the
University, but even that lease agreement
would have left ownership with the
University. In any case, although the AMS
invested $110,000 in improvements in
the Barn and the surrounding landscaping at that time in anticipation of obtaining a lease, the lease arrangement was
never finalized.
Now there is a joint University-AMS plan
to convert the Barn into social space for
students, but this will not involve any
transfer of ownership.
Storm the Wall
APEC musings   rules are fait
Sheldon Goldfarb
AMS Archivist
Recent testimony at the APEC inquiry has
centered on the extent to which the rights
of protestors were denied by police during
the i\PEC meetings. I was on the UBC campus yesterday. My business happened to
take me to the vicinity of the lawn in front
of the Law Building (Curtis Building). This
is the site where the security fence was
moved upon the insistence of P.M.O.
staffers Jean Carle and Jean Pelletier. I was
struck by the site's resemblance to a section of a large, shallow, salad bowl. In its
original position toward the bottom of the
bowl, people in limousines travelling along
Chancellor Blvd or N.W. Marine Drive to
the Museum of anthropology could catch a
glimpse of protestors with their signs and
placards. The fence was moved up the
slope of the incline where j\PEC delegates
were unable or less likely to see the
domonstrators. While the fence in its new
location might have provided more security, it did not give demonstrators more protection from injury given the diminished
space for people to stand and express their
opinion of the proceedings.
Elmer G. Wiens
UBC Alumnus
In his recent letter to the Ubyssey August 10,
1999), Gerry Zaworsky (captain of Team
EPO) complains about the eligibility rules for
elite athletes in Storm the Wall. In his argument he uses the BC Human Rights Charter
and the Charter of Rights to point out that you
cannot deny any person from competing in
Storm the Wall. Pretty heavy artillery! By this
same logic you cannot deny anyone from
competing at any event at any level. This
would make the selection process for varsity
teams unconstitutional, for a start, and would
allow people like me to represent UBC in
cross-country competition despite the fact
that I am not a student, nor can I run. It's not
an attractive proposition, but it is my right
Even though charters, etc, are laid out in
black and white, as a society we have extra,
more refined rules and codes of conduct
based upon 'fair' play. I think that competing
athletes should show some degree of compassion and let the non-athletes have a
chance of glory in competition. There are
plenty of other events that they can compete
in that non-athletes are not permitted to participate in. Why not be a good sport about it?
Andy Laycock
Former bedfellows back in the sack
by Devon Rowcliffe
The past couple of years have been a turbulent storm with regards to stability in Asia:
North Korea's ballistic missile program,
India and Pakistan becoming nuclear powers, Japan possibly reviving militarism,
Taiwan declaring independence, and so on.
But one of the most intriguing scenarios currently unfolding is what is happening between China and Russia.
The looming, although largely
unreported story, is that Beijing is
quietly but swiftly becoming major
allies with Russia once again, in ^^^~
order to curtail the United States'
massive international presence.
Just a year ago, Russia had become fed up
enough with the actions of the US to suggest
forming an "Asian Triangle," which was to
see Russia, China, and India become bedfellows, in hopes that such a bloc would be powerful enough to counter the rather excessive
international clout America yields.
China, however, immediately downplayed
the offer, citing that such international
powerblocking could bring enough antagonism to spark a second Cold War. Explaining
that it was a nation interested in keeping
world peace, Beijing politely declined the
But even the supposedly peace-loving
cadres within the Chinese Communist Party
have had enough with the US, and are eyeing
a serious bond with Russia. The events that
have taken place within the past year (the
bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade
by NATO; failed WTO talks with Washington;
the US assailing such internal matters as the
China Democracy Party and the Falun Gong,
and so forth) have, much to the chagrin of the
US, pushed China and Russia back into each
other's hands. In fact, the Chinese party brass
detente with Russia?
The breakdown of Sino-American relations comes and goes in cycles, but the recent
period of friendliness between Beijing and
Washington seems to have ended in record
time. The Clinton administration knew just
how to bring out the best in China, but events
of late were enough for Beijing and Moscow
to begin planning together to curb what
Chinese President Jiang Zemin
recently called Washington's
attempt to impose a "uni-polar
world order" on all other
has become so antagonised with the US and
its "neo-interventionism" as to ask Russia to
begin sharing defense secrets with Beijing,
reportedly to be on an even larger scale than
back in the 1950s and '60s when Russia and
China were ideological roommates.
What is surprising is how Beijing could
pull a complete reversal on this issue in less
than twelve months, seeing as this matter is
important enough to greatly shift the international balance of power. As China begins to
assert its dominance in South East Asia, as
well as threatening Taiwan with an armed
invasion, could the spark that would ignite
another major international conflict arise, as
the Chinese themselves used as an excuse
less than 12 months ago to avoid such a
^^^~ If  this   was   not   enough,
chances are this shift in policy
with have a domino effect within
Chinese politics, embarrassing the reformers
currently in charge in Beijing, and shifting
more of the balance of power back to the conservative Maoists, which will inevitably further worsen Sino-US links.
And so, Russia courts China, and China
winks back at Russia, while the Americans
play hard to get, albeit unsuccessfully, with
both the superpowers. If India gets on board,
such an "Asian Triangle" could be just what it
takes to finally match the international clout
America holds.
—Devon Rowcliffe
Third Year Asian Studies
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position with as much ease as
moving a chess piece into place.
No words from the players.
Thorpe talks and shows, the
players listen.
New to the coaching staff are
Ray Zaremba with the offensive
line, and Matt Clarke and former
CFLer J.R. Robinson, both coaches for the linebackers.
Bringing the 97 players to go
through drills over and over
seems to be working, but everything, cheers included, must be
practised over and over until it
is right, and there is no relenting.
The stands at Thunderbird
Stadium are spotted with people,
players fill the field, and all the
cheers are for UBC in the annual
intersquad Blue and Gold Game.
After a week of practice, the players are in the spotlight to show
the coaches and fans what
they've got.
Going head-to-head against fellow team members is a test
against some of the best players
in Canada. Good training, but in
the back of most minds, they're
probably holding back just a little.
"One of the most important
things is that nobody got hurt"
says Prepchuk. "Otherwise, I was
really happy with the effort that
they gave. It's always hard when
you're  playing  an intersquad
game...it's hard to really go hard
on your buddies."
Except off the field. The players heckled bad plays in fun, but
blue and gold alike, they cheered
and hi-fived each other after
good plays.
The offense, which only lost
two starters from last year, was
as high-powered as expected.
Not as impressive to many was
the defense, which lost many
players from the secondary, in
Linebacker Stewart Scherk,
who returned after considering
taking the year off, sees the
defense as the team's question
"We're not going to have any
troubles [on offense]. I think if
we're going to have any troubles,
we're going to have to prove ourselves on the defensive side of
the ball."
Monday trudged along like any
other Monday, but at
Thunderbird Stadium, players
walked towards their change-
rooms on an overcast afternoon
with beaming smiles and loud
cheers. Yes, they're excited to be
playing football, but all this commotion is more than other days.
And what were they shouting?
Scherk, a third-year veteran
of the team, had been added to
the roster that very morning. He
was an integral part of the team
that won the Vanier Cup in 1997
and was awarded the Ted Morris
Memorial Trophy for the Vanier
Cup's Most Outstanding Player.
For any team, Scherk is an asset.
For   a   team   needing   more
"As long as we plug a
few holes of veterans
leaving, I think we have
a chance to be competitive and win a championship."
-Shawn Olson
UBC quarterback
defense, Scherk is the answer.
"He's kind of our missing link,"
said an excited Chris FrankowskL,
a second-year defensive back. "The
whole team's kinda re-energised
now because...we didn't have
much depth [at the linebacker's
spot]...He was kind of our inspirational leader last year on defense
and that gives us a really big lift."
It was not the word of a doctor,
or a coach, or a professor that
Scherk was waiting for. It was the
okay from an academic advisor
that determined his football fate.
"I was worried that I would
have to take five courses this
semester," explained Scherk.
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And football is as well, but at this
point in my life, school's most
Fortunately for Scherk and
the football team, rather than
being fully immersed in school
this year, which Scherk was prepared to do, he is able to take
some courses by correspondence which will free up enough
time to finish school and play
football at the same time.
And walking away from the
changerooms, three words echo
loud and clear from a few players looking to welcome Scherk.
"The team's complete."
UBC opened up their 1999 season
in Saskatchewan on September 4,
and as Prepchuk announced on
the first day of training camp, "Two
weeks today we go into battle."
There is and has always been
a single goal for the season, and
this is known by all veteran and
rookie players.
"The Vanier Cup," says rookie linebacker Javier Glatt without
a doubt.
But while the championship
is in everyone's mind, there are
obviously many hurdles along
the way, and that starts in
Saskatchewan, where UBC has
had a history of trouble.
Winless in six years against
the Huskies in Saskatchewan,
the  games have  always been
close. Griffith's Field is also the
location where UBC's Vanier
Cup dreams ended last year with
a three-point loss to the team
that eventually went on to
become national champions.
The Thunderbirds are hoping
to continue their quest from last
year and after a week of practice,
they are optimistic and looking
forward to playing against
"We did what we wanted to
accomplish, we got a lot of good
things done and now we've got
to start getting ready for
Saskatchewan," says Prepchuk
about the upcoming game.
"We'll be ready."
And so, the 1999 season starts
where it ended last year, in
Saskatchewan. And despite the
loss, things are looking good.
After a week of practice, the
team seems to be getting better
every day. And if that's so, a
good start to the season will
hopefully have what St. James
sees as a "snowballing effect."
"We have a lot of young guys
coming in and we have a lot of
veterans coming back from last
year," says Olson about the 1999
UBC football team. "As long as
we plug a few holes of veterans
leaving, I think we have a chance
to be competitive and win a
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