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The Ubyssey Mar 15, 1994

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It's three, three, three positions in one
by Tessa Moon
Reorganization of university
equity policies will shortly result
in the elimination of three
positions in the administration:
director of employment equity,
director of multicultural liaison,
and the advisor on women and
gender relations.
A proposal by academic vice
president and provost Daniel
Birch suggested the three
positions be replaced by one:
"associate vice president, equity."
Along with the new position,
Birch anticipates the staff-
reducing creation of "an office for
human rights complaints which
shares staff support with the
sexual harassment policy office
and where members of the two
offices can work together".
AMS president Bill Dobie, a
member of the selection committee
for the new position, expressed
concern about the reorganization.
"I'm pleased that the
university is trying to emphasize
human rights, but I'm unsure why
they're doing the reorganizing,"
he said. "I'm concerned that the
policy they're proposing is a little
too—I can't think of a better
"I'm worried about the
realism associated with it, if it's
clear and coherent enough for
action to be taken in response to
a human rights violation.
There's campus-wide
opposition to trying to solve all
our problems with a feel-good
policy statement."
Birch, in his report to the
board of governors, said concern
for women's issues, gender
relations, anti-racism, and
employment and educational
equity would not be diminished
by the more generalized policy.
"It is also clear that we
cannot address human rights by
establishing a separate office to
represent the concerns of each
identifiable group," he added.
"We have a policy on
employment equity and sexual
harassment, but those don't cover
everything," said director of the
women students' office Marsha
Trew. "There should be a broad-
based policy. I support a good
active human rights policy that
has some teeth in it."
A call for applications and
nominations for the position of
associate vice president, equity,
was released February 1994. The
competition remains open until
the position is filled.
Norplant protection or coercion
by Sara Martin
Some extol Norplant as the
solution to the world's population
problems—others worry it may
become a mechanism for social
"Long term protection
without worry—once it's in, you
can forget about it. It doesn't
depend on users' intelligence or
willpower," said Planned
Parenthood education director
Ming Chiang.
However, the long list of
possible side effects that
accompany the implants may
make it difficult for women to
forget that the synthetic hormone
levonorgestrel is steadily being
released into their bodies.
Norplant implants, six
matchstick-size capsules,  are
inserted under the skin in a
woman's upper arm and can
prevent pregnancy for five years.
Although convenient and
effective (in five years there are
about 3.9 pregnancies per 100
users), possible side effects
include: irregular monthly
bleeding, soreness or infection in
the arm where the capsules were
inserted, severe pain in the lower
belly, severe headaches or
blurred vision, hair loss or growth
of hair and change in appetite.
The capsules contain
levonorgestrel, which
inhibits ovulation, thickens
cervical mucus and changes the
lining of the uterus so that a
fertilized egg cannot implant in
the uterine wall.
A report written by Robert
London, chief of obstetrics and
gynecology at the Kaiser
Permanente Medical Group in
Baltimore, stated almost 28 per
cent of users experienced
prolonged bleeding and 17 per
cent experienced spotting over
the first six months.
Norplant pushed around
the world
Canada is the 33rd country
to approve the product. The
biggest consumer of Norplant is
Indonesia where it was approved
in 1985. Over 1.2 million
Indonesian women are implant
users—two-thirds of all implants
produced are used in Indonesia.
An article in This Magazine
continued on page 3
And they earn every penny: the well paid men of UBC
Number of UBC staff paid
$100,000 or more: 368
Average professor's pay last year:
$92,000 plus $8,800 in nontaxable pension
Average pay for campus support
staff: $26,000
The next tuition rise will help to
pay the following top dozen
breadwinners at UBC:
• David Strangway, president
salary: $222,389
expenses: $25,867
Payola also collected for
directorships on private
companies such as:
MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.,
$23,400 potential compensation
BC Gas Inc., $27,000 pc
"Oink, olnk," said the pig,
Echo Bay Mines Ltd.,
$27,500 pc
Business Council of BC,
total: $326,156+
• Daniel Birch,
vice president
• William
associate vice
• Peter Ufford,
vice president,
• Robert
Miller, vice
• Bruce
Gelaty,   vice
president, administration and
salary: $151,155
expenses: $9229
• Krishnan Srivastava, vice
president, student and academic
salary: $145,401
expenses: $7395
• Albert McLean, associate vice
president, academic
salary: $143,153
expenses $2147
• Olav Slaymaker, associate vice
president, research
salary: $110,720
expenses: $15,581
• Bernard Bressler, associate vice
president, research
salary: $104,603
expenses: $10,550
• Frank Eastham, associate vice
president, human resources
salary: $98,396
expenses: $10,001
• Walter Uegama, associate vice
president, continuing education
salary: $103,308
expenses: $2664
Sources: University financial
statements for financial year
ending 31 March 1993, Canadian
Directorship Practices:
Compensation of Board of
Directors 1993, Financial Post
Directory of Directors 1992.
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Charities cultural clashes with indigenous populations
by Katharine Smart
Development charities have
a mandate to help those they
consider to be the poorest of the
poor. But their good intentions
and ideological blinders can lead
them astray in cultures they do
not understand.
World Vision is the biggest
charity in Canada and the group
behind the "30-hour famine"
fundraising program. They are
also one of several development
organizations with evangelical
Christian roots.
Karen Nitta, office manager
of World Vision Vancouver said
the organization was not made up
of modern-day missionaries.
"We do projects in 90 countries
around the world... everything
from digging wells to educational
programs," Nitta said.
And while religious
instruction is included in certain
projects, "we would not provide
any religious instruction in a
Muslim country for example," she
"We don't discriminate on the
basis of race or religion" in
choosing development projects,
she said.
However, a national World
Vision spokesperson did not rule
out Christian instruction in
Muslim countries, "only when the
development is well established"
in the host country.
UBC anthropology professor
Blanca Muratorio had the
opportunity to observe a number
of development charities at work
while doing research in Ecuador
in the 70s. She concluded that
many development groups lack
effectiveness because they do not
understand the culture they are
working within.
She noted that development
groups have been forced to undergo
change, citing the case of Ecuador,
where "more indigenous
organizations developed... and
they're quite strong. [As they've
grown] the more open they have
been in their criticism of some of
these agencies."
She pointed to World Vision
as one group that made several
local organizations upset in the
World Vision moved in to fill
the vacuum left in Ecuador after
a large political problem resulted
in the departure of a previous
evangelical group, the SIL, from
the country.
World Vision entered into a
network of evangelical groups
already established in an area of
both Catholic and Protestant
orientation. Muratorio said
World Vision supported certain
indigenous Protestant leaders,
which "exacerbated the problem
of the conflict between Catholics
and Protestants because now
there was real money."
Muratorio said most of the
problems encountered by such
groups stem from a lack of
understanding of cultural values.
For example, the Child
Sponsorship program which
grosses most of World Vision's
funds presents a fundamental
culture clash in countries like
According to Muratorio,
"culturally and especially with
indigenous communities, the
whole idea of community is
sometimes more important than
specific families in terms of
certain problems of development
or progress." Favouring certain
families over others creates
further problems of internal
division within the community.
World Vision has over
100,000 sponsored children
around the world, according to
Vancouver spokesperson Nitta.
Muratorio also expressed
A Modest Proposal
We all know that UBC is in a
financial bind with government
funding getting smaller every
year. Why put up with band-aid
efforts like market housing and
full-fee foreign students when the
solution is staring us in the face:
Why should UBC let the
Vancouver Port Corporation or the
First Nations grab this great
opportunity? While city council
dithers about
whether or
not it will
look tacky,
and the First
Nations are
bogged down
in endless negotiations, UBC can
jump in and snap it up. We have
an enormous head start because
there is no local government to
worry about! UBC is a little
principality on the peninsula.
The only possible road block
is the provincial government, and
we know that our President has
excellent influence and personal
connections there. A word in the
right ear, and the appropriate
legislation would be on the fast
track. The benefits would be
immeasurable. Not just the direct
cash from leasing the land and
taking a cut of the proceeds. (Does
"taking a cut" sound too crass?
Perhaps we should rephrase that
as "receiving donations"... there
bv Dan Walkei
may be tax advantages here.)
Students would be first-in-line for
the many forms of official and
unofficial employment that a
casino generates. And what better
training for a lifetime career in
the service industry?
There are a few niggling
details. Where would it go? The
obvious place is along the cliffs
above Spanish Banks, adjacent to
the Presidential Mansion. This
area of the
campus is
ripe for
only a few
1 o w - u s e
buildings like the Museum of
Anthropology. The marvellous
view across the Strait of Georgia
would create an unparalleled
ambience. Of course, neon and so
forth would be out of the question.
The development would have to
adhere to the Campus Plan, with
elegant masonry facades and well-
lit public spaces.
This concept is so obvious that
someone must have thought of it
before, and I refuse to take
personal credit for it. This
university has a chance to rise
above the poverty that stares it in
the face, to ensure a future of
affluence and growth. But we'd
better grab that chance, because
it won't be there tomorrow.
concern over the methods used to
advertise children in need of
sponsorship. They are usually
depicted as "this hungry, lonely
child with a big belly."
She said that this is a
misrepresentation of children in
indigenous communities who,
although poor, are not lonely
because of extensive support
systems of family within
communities. Moreover, often
their big bellies are from parasite
infections rather then
Muratorio points out that
problems of malnutrition are more
prevalent in urban areas where
children have nothing to eat, as
opposed to rural indigenous
children who can find food in their
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It appears that development
organizations have learned and
changed their practices "because
of internal criticism and because
of real conflict that they've in had
in these communities."
Groups such as World Vision
have made attempts to improve
their work in other countries by
working more closely with the
nationals and indigenous peoples
in the actual implementation of
programs, because locals have a
better understanding of what is
needed and what works.
According to Nitta the group
is also looking at the needs of girl
children, which have often been
ignored in the past.
According to Muratorio, the
learning process has been a slow
one. "It has [moved] from the
obvious cases of absolute
imperialism of the 50s and 60s. By
now these people have learned
something and they are trying to
improve, but part of that mentality
is difficult to eradicate."
Financially, 80 per cent of
their money goes directly towards
programs, 11 per cent is reserved
for future projects and nine per
cent is spent on administration.
Changes seem to be occurring,
but nonetheless, development
groups should be examined with
caution because, as Muratorio
points out, "ideological
imperialism is difficult to
continued from page 1
stated the Norplant program in
Indonesia is part of a coercive
birth control project. Indonesian
family planning authorities prefer
to use birth control that does not
depend on the women's
cooperation. With Norplant, a
woman cannot choose to conceive
until the implant is removed or
This Magazine also noted a
test case in Bangladesh in 1985
where "doctors refused to remove
any implants, though some of the
women were suffering severe side
The US manufacturer,
Wyeth-Ayerst, is facing two
lawsuits from US women. One
woman claims the muscle in her
arm has enveloped the capsules
and caused her the loss of arm
movement. The implant does not
prevent the exchange of sexually
transmitted diseases, and places
the entire responsibility for birth
control on women.
"Every medical procedure
will most likely have problems
but you have to look at the
numbers and the severity [of the
side effects]," Chiang said.
Contraception for whom?
Critics of Norplant fear the
birth control method will be used
as a form of social control.
"I am terrified of the fact that
this form of birth control is being
used on people of colour in
impoverished places around the
globe as a form of population
control," said fifth-year sociology
student Liz van Assum.
"This form of birth control
simply facilitates the continued
power diff"rjm,EfW h°tv"^r m"n
and women and simply makes
women's bodies more accessible
for men," van Assum said.
Others,   like   Planned
Parenthood's Chiang suggest
Norplant is good for women
who are irresponsible with
"Some people forget to take
the pill because subconsciously
they want to get pregnant," she
An article irr the Vancouver
Sun describes an incident in
California where a judge, in
sentencing a young mother of
four who was convicted of
abusing two of her children,
offered the wome»*a lesser
sentence   if she   used
BC Planned
Parenthood clinic
director Marcena
Levine said the
implants have been
approved by the federal
health protection branch
but are not yet readily
available. "We are at the
stage where
physicians will have
to  be  trained  on
implant and
According to
Barb Hestrin, a
clinician  at
Centre    in
insertion and
the Norplant product is not
technically difficult. But because
it is new, the company demands
fJoi plant onlybe inserted
by   those< who    are
specially trained. The
procedure     takes
about ten minutes.
Some physicians in
the Lower
have been
trained but
will be paid to
travel around
BC educating
how to
implant. "It
should    be
soon in the
Levine said.
- "We're quite
happy that there
is another choice
in BC. There are
individuals who
this wouldn't be
a good method
for," Hestrin said.
It is
estimated       the
implants will cost
about $500.
"It's  a  bit  of a
gamble and quite a
bit   of  money   upfront," she said.
Women often
discontinue use of the
implants because of the
l*^W/I^j many side effects,
"including irregular
menstrual cycles where some
women's cycles stop completely.
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Two wheels not so good, four wheels not so bad
Lately, it has become trendy
to condemn the car and extol the
virtues of public transit and
bicycles. A lot of the people doing
this preaching overlook measures -
that could make cars more
tolerable, and they whitewash the
flaws in bicycling and transit that
make these options less useful.
Before banning cars, they
could look at improving emission
standards. Vehicles like large
trucks should not be exempt from
equivalent pollution controls, and
the provincial government could
improve Air Care so its inspections
are more consistent and accurate.
Another improvement could
include bringing back vehicle
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Air Care, which would keep
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A major reduction in pollution
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than ten percent of the energy in
the gasoline is actually spent
pushing the car. If industry can
build things like stealth bombers,
it should be able to produce a car
that is much more fuel efficient. It
should also be possible to build
by Bijan Sepehri
hydrogen-powered or electric cars
that perform as well as today's
cars. While they would still require
energy, they'd give off less harmful
So-called alternative
transportation has also been
glorified without looking at some
of the basic reasons why it doesn't
catch on. Carpooling is only good
if you can rely on everyone in your
pool to not be late, and if you don't
need to deviate from your normal
route. Cycling is a popular
alternative, but it is slow. It's fine
if you live near where you're going,
but if you have to commute 25
kilometres each way, or if it rains,
as it often does here, it can be
damn unpleasant.
This leaves transit as the final
alternative to the car. Ryan
Pidcock stated that taking the bus
is "a lot cheaper and less stressful,
especially during rush hour." (the
Ubyssey, 11 March "Two wheels
good, four wheels bad.")
First of all, transit is damn
expensive. Three dollars to go two
ways is ridiculous, and it's more if
you're a non-student going more
than one zone. The discount for
ticket books or bus passes is tiny,
compared to what it's like in
A high-mileage car can
commute from North Van to UBC
in half the time transit takes, and
The AMS is accepting
applications for two
SateWalk Coordinator
Applications-can be picked
up from Terri Folsom,
Administrative Assisstant,
in SUB 238, and are due
back to her by Friday.
March 25,1994.
If you have any questions,
please call Lean Costello,
Coordinator of External
Affairs at 822-2050,
or drop by SUB 250.
park in the B lot all day for less
money than taking the bus.
Secondly, taking transit is
also aggravating, especially at
rush hour when you're packed
like a sardine into abus or Skyrain
car and have to mosh your way
out before you miss your stop.
The seabus is a nice novelty for
tourists, but seeing the same
waterfront for the two-hundredth
time will drive you insane.
A feature cars have which
transit cannot have is that vou
can go exactly where you want to
go, whenever you want to go there,
without having to worry about
missing your connection. The
public's use of transit is also
discouraged because it's so slow.
The buses do not run frequently
enough, and many areas have too
few routes available.
Skytrain routes towards the
North Shore, Richmond, and
Maple Ridge would reduce a lot of
traffic and be faster than the
existing transit routes. More
express buses would also useful.
People are willing to use transit,
but the government must realize
it cannot encourage them to do so
by making it slow, unaffordable,
and inaccessable.
It's important that before
people try to ban cars, tl^e^ realizes
that a lot more can hp flonelta,
improve our automobiles and
provide a real alternative to cars.
While it maybe politically correct
to persecute those who drive cars,
it is also a convenient way to let"
those who build our cars and run
our transit system off the hook.
my time here is drawing to a close andaj
my year as an editor is quickly fading. ■
thank dog for that! i am tired of theaj
politics i am tired of arrogant men who B
tell me how to do my job or ignore me, iB
am tired of headaches, i am tired ofB
anxiety attacks, i am tired of typesetting—
on shit computers, i am tired of being—
ignored all year about what was^
happening with the computers and
having a computer frak mess them up
and then having to call a computer god
to put them back on track, i am tired of"
people i love rejecting me, i am so glad i
am leaving this place and passing on to
better pastures here's to you all. for me-"
—it's miller time p.s. to jamie, you are"
the most boring man I've ever bashed"
heads with, rednecks are more proficientB
and informed than you are—luv liz        ■
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acquaintance sexual assault!
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You have the right to decide when to stop, regardless of money spent
or previous sexual behaviour.
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not a personal rejection. Women may be unwilling to have sex for a
variety of reasons that have little or nothing to do with you. Respect
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3 by Taivo EvanS
In February, Russian foreign
minister Andrei Kozyrev restated
president Boris Yeltsin's
allegation that "ethnic cleansing"
is taking place in the Baltic states
of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
"In Latvia, they're trying to
deport thousands of people to
Russia. I call it ethnic cleansing,"
Kozyrev said in an interview with
Newsweek in February.
The moniker is a curious one,
given the "ethnic cleansing" that
took place in the former
Yugoslavia, where systematic
rape and murder were practiced.
However, Russian president Boris
Yeltsin made similar accusations
last June, including allegations
of "apartheid" in Estonia and
topped off with a veiled military
"In calling on Estonia to
review its position with regard to
the Russians," Yeltsin said, "I
wish to warn that the entire
responsibility for possible
disturbances of civic peace in
Estonia will lie within Estonia's
The tempest rages around
current citizenship-language
laws, Laws on Aliens, which
require citizens to have a
knowledge of 1500 words in
Estonian. In addition they require
two years residence in Estonia
followed by a one-year probation     requirements... which are the
period. Russian colonists makeu^gkjtUs of a three-year old child,"
up about 35 per cent of the
population of Estonia.
"What we want here is that
the Russians know the state
language, and this is interpreted
as discrimination and a violation
of human rights," said Estonian ,
minister of the exterior Langle
Parek, in an interview with the
Globe and Mail.
Parek said Russians are
fleeing other ex-Soviet republics
where they face persecution and
murder, yet they complain about
"The main contention by the
Russian activists is the language
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said IlmarTrtenTslSoT^^
'v%S "SG&fcVs'Cfcs '-] %tM is%!the
to those of other European nations.
"What is, being asked in
Estonia   is;  something   less      "
demanding than what is required
in Canada;" said Estonian energy
minister ~Arvo.» Niitenberg'. In    ^
Canada, alanguaga teafiu^fh^0^ If |
a conversation with a ^ju^gf.^ !?? »*ff>M
The Laws on Aliens calls'ibr   <*"■
non-Estonians   to   apply  for
citizenship or a residence, permit
before the end of 1995.' Heinsoo
said that preciously few have
applied for citizenship; in the belief
thattheir Russian citizenship will
be^%tjb,e,t^^4yAUtese»»   ^-^k^p,—t
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th}^>w^5^Wr>^M aoftSiSftst '  *"•*
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cit.'fe' .a •fiteri.orthc'iiS i, ¥!ar%a ferF * *
SiUamae, have 90 per ccnWwl9$*, **   A"TI^\! •
' respectively^Even^ts ca"^a>\*sta
Tallinn, is jMailfSSO peSw-1
EstonS^^longSQ-y ovll
colonial Russification. Under the
guise of inUcis%nl'i!*t|9!n1,sStahn
deported E^c^^s^a^^placed^^'^
them wit^^q^B^^sirJcersr
Alongside, this^ the Estonian
language w ks^|t!^^r^iS^|Sb1viet
rule, and all cultural activities
were severely discouraged. One in
four Estonians were killed by the
fey Taivo SvarcS
Those nations who must sleep
left to bear the brunt of its
government's temper during
/times of instability.
"I feel very scared for the
future of Estonia," said Madis
ussrni istm
Cariiadian Press. Pugi is a student
m Tartu, one of
Estonian economy would boom
^minority, about one-third of the
In February, RussSajosU^tei'Tt1
minister t
chances to attain full citizenship.
One of their main concerns is a
and!the   problems   with  the»_iaw reggiiring all Estonian citizens
Pugi  in  an  interview  with   Ruslian-speakfeigmineri^fWmldKj^^^^asi,
be-m|nimal»"„l» saM,
aP*"* |
antagonisjs^ Kstom,i«s>£ nev^p^j
respect nan»E«toBiani»5%
rights.    / ovoi r%
"The Estonian government is
trying to help, not to bar
citizenShip," Heinsoo said.
Estonia, is planning 20 more
centres for Estonian language
instruction, particularly in the
northeast where Russian
The 'European Commun
plan«\in**V«*C«**d"extw*««i« 'i( Ws- for
educ ' -n     -.»•--• ^ m*
or BeaBUiC
in "ethnic cleansingf    .y
Kozyrev's<t*lc*cusati6n com*>S
on the he'ols of^sf EStoni&n
prehensio^j of   initiative^ be^^me a member ?f
- ,!%f^V^lE^'^^l^ec»w^ council.Sstoni.-m
x^^^^*^^""^  ,      a waiter and film director, nw*e
' ,,»«*rf*ke proposal that Estonia ^e
/^"^^included on the UN petmanent
' security councj^as a nation •»
^^»!$ worf^sfervft tcfbaVace tbe
dominate     world
inte;pwntions. ^s,   *s^ t
'■^zy^ev's'^ctraatlon also
comWatSer ^u¥s®n Mtionali^t
Vladimir Zhirinovsky's;election».,
promising to reconquer the fonnf-r
Soviet states and impose strong
•v~       authoritarian ruje, as well es
\     make Russian ^e only ofiicifl
\   language once/tgairC
\ ^While "independent" fron
» Russia on pj?pef, Estonia is sti'l
%    • occupied bytb6usands of Russian
s i troops and its islands in the Balti?
\Sea sti^Jiouse Russian nuclear
*\reajp4rfs.    It    also, remain?
^d^^Sent on Russia for energ;if
V* aSstWBfa^ / declared
ii^4pendence^&flTO the Sovjejt
U^don in 19^Cbut its history i£
steeped jirtussian and German
InlbrVe^tion. [see other stories); ■
^^itonians live in the fear that
if^Sirtnsvsky were to gain more
jp^^nce^a%dyould unhesitan%
^^oceupy ,th# Baltic states of
Estonia, Lat^«^and Lithuania,
Just asyRussiA did in 1940 after
GermanV and the USSR signed
the secrl* Molotov-Ribbentrov
pact whic\ carved up Eastern
Europe,     \
"If nationalism triumphs in
..^jRussia, thia fettle point of light
" Vhich is EstoiHan independence
^ #i^be extingiiishM^i. a moment,"
IPttfisaid.     *' *" '
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by Taivo EvanS
Estonia's 30 March 1990 resolution/for con»pi
from the USSR was not the first time th#tiny nation
its Soviet occupiers. » jf~'
created under Konstentin,Patfts*SSie Soviet Bolsheviks, weakened by
revolution, could notJsuccessrafly'lrokkqn to/fche ^fe^ml^ejj o£
Estonia, Latvia, arid iLithuamjal EJs^rjjooatJSSwS
Germa^e^iffertw^ .     J    /"kw*«^sC4!»1*
By;l¥20,;thtel;h]wv^ "
^.t that time, EstonB^S»ISl%Fi*fflya)ftTndi.
theUlpoylati0»«f*t8 leading^statesnW bjrthe neighbouring country
became" scarcel a\ apartme
Pteraical c^r,4c^^asi?B»j^Wc««e«^«oviet ruM|^c|iii
^"Russian claimS/€o sover^&ty o\er their terrn^5rl5SSr^W!r*«en^^ losses in%e*BSltic amounted H»b©J* 1»,000.4>
<ja*perpetwty Vv /T^ \ /^^fi'CS^  *& Estonia al^e, 10^57 EstoManswef^^|»6r|edcp th^nighfoj^
w "° ' Estonra-rivedicrilvort years of independence, a tirallo4|»i^^#*«« MJ**»%Betw^3^9^^*#^!f«st 194Jther% we
and freed'om*the^untry'TMi%JibVand would not lAowfor ay#ag|^» ** " ---»-<—-■-»- --■■ ■      —-
generationr-Jhe signing of the* MoloW-SaBeWWfJ |«cVar* secret
•S-'uia'f ■
*       J^hfe, Russii
Human Resources
Development Canade
Developpement des
ressources humaines Ceneda
Federal Businan
Oevelopmant Bank
Banque fadorala
d« davaloppamant
aw«*s«liprntbcol to*«f23 August nonaggreNsion pact between Stalin^nd Hitler,
sancfaw^d the Sovietlannexation of Latvia andEstonia^witftLithuania
falling*'within the derman sphere of influence. On 28 September,
*«>«4it!niania was conceded to the$3oviet sphere of influenced well.
StfflH fB&fy occ^ia^falf^Poland, and then shift%<il60,000
troops ^mx^rkiu^,lS^^Sitrfi^fth border and demanded'military
bases m Estonia.'"Be proposed a garrison of 25,00(X*Sbviet; 'troops,
greater than the 16,000 member Estonian army.       )"'■■-■ "*
1 Crermany refusM diplotnatic support and also male it clear it
would not toleratep£#&ea transport of arms from thfe West On 16j'
"""June 1940, the USS^'demanded the entry of unlimited Soviet troops
and the formation of a pro-Soviet government. By the 18th, the
occupation was complete.
On 30 July, president Konstantin Pats was deported to the Ural
control.      / "X «\ W a&\ / /^ >*  A        ^
During^he Ger^iAwcupktionTwiachlastJdfmataiunffl 1944,
about 5,000Estonias»were murdereaiorseBt^$iMk faxupehy the
Nazis. Most of the 5,fl*iJa1^^^^s¥^i^^*Ru|sia, 400-500
* were departed, and ab^40jps^M^|^>%r»iedI Thefe fig^es are
available^hanks only te Estonian5 docwmeiftation during the Cferman^
occupalSn, as German|athori!,tfes hadfforbidden any meStion otoem.
3$ the end of the s^eond worl^war, Estonia had lo|t abouSbne-
cjis&terofitspopulatioB,.     V^ *»CO    f\
/**      Deportatioiis re3umfd^^9re^t«i* scale after the <5«an;retrel$;
to stamp out any resistance Co Sovietization. The years from 1945 to
1953 are' called "the years of genocide" as Stalin carried out a war
against the Estonians.
InMarch 1949, Stalinforciblycollectivizedfarmsbyorderingmass
deportations of Estonian farmers. At least 20,000 Estonians, mainly
ers, were deporJeoTXgam, these deportations^ojneided-w^n
;gtantial-ibnnj^!gailt^^ *   "
^'"'""TnTSovSeCEstonian Daily, Rahva Haal, on 30 December 1952
acknowledged this occurrence, though in a somewhat different light.
„"When collectivization starts in our country^Rahva Haal wrote,
*^**^repreaentati-»^5w^ h^^fae^/^f^^^eflgSi^iib^^illages."
"The memory of this cruel'nelp' is bound to colour the present
ethnic relations in Estonia,* Taagepera wrote.
'he^deportees,wertfdropped in Siberia and Kazakh to fend for
;esj bemgiforced to build cave-like huts, tear ym^^^mr^)
grow food, -OT*«Qniehow survive in the interval,      j^^\
Russia's^fiojyicy^rW^issification dates back foP'cWturies. More
recently, during the^ln of Tsar Aleksandr IH/1881-1894), the
Russian language was deposed as tne languajge^raistruction in boijh
state andprivate schools, a^tidafessapts weje^^eto convert Estonians
to Russian Orthodoxy.    *\ *■ ^'
Information from the 5Q\earj
in 1991, is scarce, Estonian langtlC*-
discouragedi and all publicationgKha?
ussian immigrationhad^eo
their population. j/s^
Coercion was the/Soviet regime's o1»|ylong-tenn guatantor of
Baltic %fescence. E^Wf' after the 1990 in^iendence declaration,
Soviet tanks rolteMiffo the' capitarcity of TaDintfia a display of force
reminiscent of Stalin. This in the face of the various constitutions of
the Soviet Union that have always guaranteed their constituent
republics "the right of free secession" from the USSR.
Soviet troops remain in "independent" Estonia today..,
r SjWcupation, officially ending
r|^!«#«w>Vere oppressed and
i"Marte*a^dviet slant. By 1S89,
onians to only 61,5 per cent of ■V
f^Pv<tA annual
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John Zorn's Cobra
Vancouver East Cultural Centre
11 March
An electric harp with a
whammy bar, a guy who "played" a
radio antenna and a thrash violinist.
These were just a few of the
conspirators in John Zorn'sj
Cobra is more the
jazz-punk-cartoon be
intricate set of rules j"
written by Zorn. The
by the 11-member band, all of whom are incredible instrumental!
rights but who together blast out a sometimes painful, sometimes
mess of sound.
Part of the audience experience was trying to figure out thei
finger-pointing, head tapping and palm signals that were being trac
forth between band members and Zorn. Every few seconds Zorn wouk
colour-coded sign to the band that signalled a change in pattern and pla\ aft,
changes which had been in turn suggested by band members themselves 35 !■»&
pieces were played.
And the sound that came out. . ! Imagine Bugs Bunny racing through i
exploding blender factory. Zorn's band Naked City combined Ennio Morricj
soundtracks with country and western and punk rock breaks, but Cobra \st
more cacophonic and less traditionally structured.
The cellist broke into "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" at one point, and thel
riffs scattered around, but much of the time the musicians were playing ml
channel surfing, poorly tuned radios and air raid drills.
The net effect was mixed. Once I was almost moved to tears (sentimental
certain violin sound that connected me with every Saturday morning of my youfFT
overwhelmed and perplexed, with little to latch onto.
One of my friends was nonplussed by the whole affair, and said that seeing Uzume Taiko the week before at the
Cultch for six dollars was far superior. Zorn tickets were certainly steep ($301) but Cobra offers something that only jazz-
influenced music can deliver—the knowledge of having participated in a unique event that could never be
Infuriating, exhilirating. obscure and familiar. Cobra was an insane, and great, experience.
— Graham Cook
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now showing
With the last month of
classes here and the
prospect of graduation for
many of us (including myself) getting closer. Reality Bites
offers a possible look into our near future—what happens
when we leave these hallowed halls? If this movie tells it
like it is, that future don't look too bright.
Ben Stiller's trendy generation-X flick follows four
graduating friends from college in Houston. Centered
around Lilaina (Wynona Ryder), a promising
videographer and valedictorian of her class, the movie
shows how hard the job market is, how out of touch
parents are to their childrens' needs and how corporate
America isn't in sync with the pulse of our generation. The
movie does this with a sense of humour that even
Douglas Coupland would approve of. The search for the
ultimate McJob (which, yes, can be found waiting at
your local Gap), getting back at Boomers et al who
don't realize the irony (definition please, Lilaina) of their
ways, defining yourself not in your career but in your
interests (witness Troy's career of getting fired) and^
feeling lost when it comes to relationships (whose0c3t&H%
weren't divorced?) are all hallmarks of Couplanc
ideology. And for a Hollywood production, Realii%Bitesl
pretty good at what it tries to show.
But this does not mean the film shows what ourl
is. While espousing itself as the avant-garde moyiefor our
generation. Reality Bites does no more than:
oversimplified, stereotypical portrayal of wh
believes we should be and identify with. Op
help but to identify with some aspect of thf
every generation X clich6 is thrown at the akdientil
characters who are parodies of their real li
counterparts. This makes the movie seem somewg
and promotes an unrealistic collective identity f<j
generation. Not all of us find it hard to belong,
our parents are bumbling fools, and not all of oi
stifle our personal growth. In contrast, one of 1
definitive aspects of generation X is its emmej
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• Macki* 10 THE UBYSSEY
The UBC administration wants you to put your
money down, learn fast and leave. If that "learn" part
becomes a problem, just focus on the money and the
That's the message behind the administration's
latest move to make graduate students pay up to $ 1000
more in tuition per year. The plan will penalize grad
students because they will have to pay full fees, despite
the fact that they do not use university resources as
much as undergraduate students.
The admininstration is pushing for its usual goal of
"streamlined efficiency"—and as usual is ignoring the
realities of most of the graduate students at UBC. By
the second or third year of their graduate degree, many
grad students reach the limit available to them from
Canada Student Loans. They are forced to take a part-
time job and cut down on their course or thesis work, or
to take a term off entirely and work full-time. Many
graduate students are beginning families and often —
especially women—end up with the bulk of childcare
responsibilities at the same time. The "lucky" few can
add underpaid teaching assistant work on top of that—
in total, a long, tortuous degree process.
The logic behind adding a further penalty to already
hard-pressed graduate students is fundamentally
misguided. Inviting only wealthy students in, along
with a very few scholarship types, means direct
discrimination against the poor and those with families.
Even leaving issues of justice and accessibility aside,
drawing from the small pool of rich young folk, ultimately
means a less diverse and less innovative graduate
This move is part of the overall shift by the
administration to make UBC a "best and brightest"
institution—read, "rich." The administration is
neglecting the fact that many students cannot afford
tuition as it is now and implementing extra fees will
simply exacerbate this trend.
Eventually, the student population at UBC will
primarily be fresh undergraduates who often are too
intimidated or uninformed to question any
administrative action. At the same time, UBC will
attract more students from higher economic stratas—
a move which will further extend class hierarchy to
education. The reality is that most graduate students
live below the poverty line. Increasing the fees will
actually delay graduate student education because
students will be forced to take jobs to supplement their
income. The extra funds generated are to be directed
toward graduate scholarships, but this does not address
the larger issue of unequal economic means. All graduate
students will have to pay the extra fees, but only "the
best" will benefit.
Because of a grandparent clause, the policy proposal
will not affect current grad students. This somewhat
mitigates the level of discontent amongst current
students. However, since it will apply to all potential
grad students, it could discourage many scholars from
attending UBC. Grad students are not any more lazy or
procrastinating than undergrads, faculty, or
administrators. To single them out for excessive
punishment, solely for the sake of efficiency, is injust
and must be protested. For undergraduates and others
who think this does not apply to them—any of us may
end up as graduate students some day, despite what
you may think now. Plus, an administration that can
change grad student policy with impunity will be more
confident in raising undergraduate tuition with the
same gall.
Many other universities have successfully rejected
this sort of policy because of student protest. The
Graduate Student Society is holding a rally on Thursday
17 March at 2:30 and meet at GSS and walk to admin
building, and a sit-in at the Board of Governors meeting
the same day. Be there, or abdicate your right to whine
when they come for your tuition.
[the Ubyssey
15 March 1994
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The Ubyssey is published Tuesdays and Fridays by the Alma
Mater Society of the University of British Columbia. Editorial
opinions are those of the staff and not necessarily those of the
university administration, or of the publisher. The editorial
office is Room 241K of the Student Union Building. Editorial
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Steve Chow and Steve Scali scampered away the second they
heard the first powerful chords begin the mosh. Ted Young-Ing and
Sarah O'Donnell immediately started flailing about the pit while
Siobhan Roantree frantically tried to capture the glorious moment
on film. Gavin Mackie and Niva Chow stood close by chewing on some
bananna bread. Graham Coleman, Tanya Battersby and Katherine
Smart joined the pulsating crowd of sweaty bodies only to get
trampled by a thunderous Greg McNally. Graham Cook earnestly
sat in the corner taking notes hoping he'd be able to play next time.
Dan Walker gleefully surfed over the top of the crowd only to be
dropped by Tessa Moon and Bijan Sepehri. Covered in bruises, Taivo
Evard, Teresa Yep and Maria Buttedahl crawled out of the crowd and
got stepped on by Liz van Assum. When the song ended, Sara Martin
was the only one left standing.
Coordinating Editor: Douglas Ferris
News Coordinator: Qraham Cook
News Editors: Sara Martin, Taivo Evard
Culture Coordinator: Steve Chow
Culture Editor: Ted Young-Ing
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Letters to the Staff
leave kurt and
river alone mr.
In the light that was oh,
so gloriously cast by Graham
Cook's article of March 11,1
wish to declare my desire to
see Mr. Cook meet with the
same end that he bestows
upon Kurt Cobain. That of
having the "decency to die"
so that we may be spared of
having to decipher the kind
of drivel that is usually
relegated to the pages of the
Cook's comments about
My Own Private Idaho and
specifically River Phoenix,
make me suspicious as to
whether or not he has seen
this "seminal" movie or if he
could distinguish River
Phoenix from Soleil Moon-
Frye. While River Phoenix's
23 movie acting credits
display a rich depth, despite
typecasting, he "did not
make enough films" for
Graham Cook's liking. The
fact is he did not live long
enough to "fully explore his
talent." Moreover, Mr.
Cook's moral value
judgements (River "lived
fast, loved hard, died young,
so what?") are patently
simple and utterly
unfounded. This kind of
moronic tripe gives me
Further on, Cook's non-
sequitorial, hberal-fluffrant
fervently displays a
gleefully articulate desire to
tell the world that he has
absolutely no point to make.
Notwithstanding the fact
that connections can be
made between pop-culture
and social-ills, this crud
serves only to confuse and
trivialize certain real issues
that indeed reflect the
"trouble with our times."
This pedantic, self-
conscious and torturous
"freestyle" perspective is
tantamoung to eating meow-
mix and squirrel shit for
breakfast. Cook's editorial
only demonstrates that he
has a painfully basic toehold
on the obvious and yet
somehow, even that is lost
on me. ...Oh
wil.. .whatever.. .nevermind.
Brent Braybrook
some little
piggies make
big paychecks
sitting on thier
piggy asses...
What's cold is cold is cold
is cold...achoooo!! How cold?
So cold that I can't hear
myself think forsake of the
chattering of my own teeth.
In the home or on the
campus, it's all the same.
Why do they always turn
down the thermostat,
insisting that what's warm
enough for them must be
warm enough for us?! Well,
it ain't, the best part of me
stops working in their "chilly
climates" which brings me to
my point—to draw attention
to Hoenie's article in the
Womyn's Issue of last week's
Ubyssey (March 8,1994). As
a womyn and a 4th year arts
student at UBC, Hoenei's
article affirmed my own
experience on campus.
Presently, I'm suffering
from course inflicted
frostbites and campus
numbing. Hoenie's article
was like a spring thaw. My
teeth stopped chattering long
enough to write this letter. I
now know I am cold not only
because I feel cold, but
because there it is, on page
and in black and white (and
pink) print—written proof
that it is cold: the chilly
climate on campus exists!
But behold, the
thermostat controllers are up
in cloven hoofs and, in a piggy
fat fist of denial, they squeal,
"but your word is not our
word! It doesn't meet our
standards, fit our terms, suit
our interests, fashion our
tastes, feed our egoes! Your
proof means nothing to us. It
doesn't exist because it isn't
real and is, simply, a figment
of your imagination!" After
which, there is a snoutful of
satisfied piggy grunts, much
hoof stomping and a snub-
nosed pig cheer, "Oink, Oink,
Oooohca!!" — which,
suspiciously, sounds like a
stuffy-nosed pig sneeze
(oooohca spelt backwards is
achoooo). Could it be that
the campus drafts are also
having chilling effects on the
thermostat controllers or do
pigs get colds?
Colleen J. Kern
here's to real
kudos to UBC
The Uninversity of
Toronto annually organizes
the North American Model
United Nations (NAMUN),
at which universities
represent various countries
and their delegates attend
committees dealing with
such diverse topics as the
discrimination, and the
Bosnian conflict;
resolutions are drawn up
and voted upon.
Sixteen students from
UBC, many of whom belong
to the International
Relations Students
Association (IRSA) recently
attended NAMUN; seven
represented the Russian
Federation, five the
Netherlands and four
represented Thailand. The
performance of the UBC
delegates was absolutely
first class; they were
instrumental in drawing
most of the resolutions and
controlled the direction that
much of the debate took.
Four UBC delegates won
best of committee awards,
confirming the contribution
that UBC made. UBC's
success and standing at
NAMUN, (which was also
visited by the Minister of
Trade), would not have been
possible without the help of
a number of people and
We would like to thank
Prof Blake, Lonny Carlile,
Prof Chou, David
Edgington, Bill French,
Ashok Kotwal, Fritz
Lehmann, Paul Marrantz,
Jake Newton, Peter Petro,
David Schweitzer, Anne
Scott, Alan Siaroff, Prof
Smith, Paul Tennant and
Mark Zacher for supporting
our funding application and
help in preparation. Thanks
to the President's Allocation
Committee and to the
United Nations Association
for their financial support,
Roger Sharma for T-shirts,
and many thanks to Donna
Lewis of IBM Canada. (300
Dinos Kyrou
NAMUN'94 Delegation
...and some
little piggies
thinks they're
[name redacted at request of author]'s
article ("Female Faculty
survey tells neverending
story," March 8) had the
"correct" ideological slant
for the "Womyn's Issue,"
but, like many of the other
article, played rather
loosely with the^Mts^Jri
the hope that |
was merely^^^weT^
intentioned and careless (as
opposed to malicious and
incompetent), I review
selections from her article.
1. Referring to me, she says
"In his UBC Reports article,
he said the survey...did not
itemize sexist behaviors."
Actually I never said this in
either ofin^UBGReports
be unable to provide a quote.
Retraction, please.
2. ^^B^^says "It is clear
from Steiger's statements
that he did not read the
original report, even though
copies are available..."
Actually, my second UBC
Reports article quotes
material directly from the
Status of Womenrenprt. If
you believeH ■ I was
able to quoteiro^^areport
without having read it. I
can now understand why
radical feminists are so
terrified of me. Not only am
I phallocentric,
photoreflective, pugnacious
and patriarchal. I am
also...psychic!! (cuttofit300
words but left on witty little
tag at the bottom so jamie
wouldn 't get mad - ed note)
I now look forward to each
new Ubyssey with morbid
delight, waiting for Janice's
latest description of her
terminal depression, Ted's
latest efforts at self-
mutilation, or whatever.
Sure beats soap opera.
James H. Steiger
ph.d. psychology
300 words no sexist
homophobic or
racist content will be
printed, we can edit
jfor brevity love the
ubyssey - dig it! TUESDAY 15 MARCH 1994
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The following is from a series of
articles sent from student abroad
Heather Hermant. Heather spent
two years here at UBC in sciences
and is planning to return after
travelling throughout Asia for
about six months.
November 23, 1993.
Johnnie's Guest House, Mae Hong
Son, Thailand.
Dear UBC,
I've come up with a few things
to market when I get home:
•The Calendar: Dogs of Thailand
(or Mangy Dogs of Bangkok)—
color photographs for your
•Virtual Reality driving in
Thailand, so much better than
Anyway, we've just come back
from a four day jungle trek
highlighted by our schmoozy
asshole guide who hit on us
incessantly, using the language
barrier as a crutch. And I forever
ask myself: "Why do Thai men
have this idea that Western
women are easy, when Western
men notoriously flock to Thailand
(Bangkok) to have Thai Women?"
Aside from that, the trek was
phenomenal. We passed through
a Burmese refugee camp (please
don't tell my mom) about a half
hour walk from a Burmese army
camp, which freaked the shit out
of me. First we stopped and saw
all these really young guys
without legs.
Then as we were walking
away completely shocked and
angry, a bunch more guys, one
who must have been my age, came
walking towards us, the young
one in army fatigues carrying an
M-16 machine gun (a big one,
maybe I got the lingo wrong), and
an older guy with a handgun in a
strap around his sarong and
carrying a bigger rifle. And they
smiled and said "hi" and spoke
fairly good english and told us it
was about a 3 hour walk to the
border, or at least that's what we
understood—maybe it was to the
front lines. "But there's no
fighting right now, safe, safe."
The whole Burma situation
is enraging. The woman who runs
the guest house we trekked out of
runs the headquarters for a
Burmese student refugee camp
north of here on the border. She is
British and is married to a Shan
Tribes man. Let me copy out my
journal entry for you on how we
heard about this guest house...
November 10, 1993.
Yesterday I met Sally.
Canada is small. Sally works in
Banff with Heidi. Sally is 26 and
yesterday she told us an
unnerving story about a country
the world barely knows about.
Sally went for a trek a few days
ago, starting out at a small guest
house in Mae Hong Son, a town
Northwest of Chiang Mai, close
to the Burmese border, and on
These are students
who voiced their
opposition to the
Myanmar regime,
who spoke out for
democracy and
who faced forced
labor, torture and
near starvation as
this trek she saw living proof of
the atrocities of the Burmese
government (Myanmar is what
Burma is now called).
The trek's destination was a
no-person's-land refugee camp in
the Thai-Burmese border, where
Burmese students are sick with
a strain of malaria that can be
treated but not prevented
because it is resistant to
Mefloquine (Lariam), the drug
most used as a prophylactic.
These are students like us
from cities, students our age and
some even younger. These are
students who voiced their
opposition  to the  Myanmar
regime, who spoke out for
democracy and who faced forced
labor, torture and near starvation
as punishment.
These city kids fled to the
jungle where on the way many
died of disease, starvation,
exposure, and you name it. Jean
is going back to the camp in
January to teach english as a
volunteer, and only we will know
where she is. (You better change
her name because her folks don't
Jean said the students are
very anxious to have their stories
heard and their pictures taken,
but they are shy with the fear of
being recognized and sent home.
Should the Thai government
decide to crack down, the refugee
camp could be dismantled in days.
I wonder if I am capable of
dealing with the rage and the
fear. There are realities to see.
And has anyone ever heard of
this place? I doubt it. No one has
any idea, and meanwhile the
Myanmar government rewrites
history and disposes of those who
oppose them and sings the song of
reform and constitution to the
rest of the world. Amnesty
International has just awarded
this government the worst human
rights record in the world, and as
we all know, that is up against
tough competition.
And Myanmar has
supposedly held democratic
elections. How strange that the
"elected" party does not have a
single seat in the parliament and
its leader is under house arrest.
To make matters worse,
Myanmar is writing a "Constitution" Yes, a constitution which
puts the military above all else,
above the parliament, the final
word. Nice.
So now I am back in Mae
Hong Son. I've done a trek. I've
seen young guys without legs
bandaged and sitting in filthy (by
our standards) hospitals and I
had nothing, no medication,
nothing to give them, and they
are fighting with home-made
weapons sometimes, and some are
so young and many are extremely
well-educated and beg to tell their
stories. It is enraging and we live
in a dream.
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