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Students sick of health plan
by Alex Dimson early last week and that student wondering about how that will affect Lo and Laird claim that students ed mixed responses.
response to the petition has been their root canals in January,' she felt misled in previous AMS referen- Mike Cormack, a second-year
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) may positive. added. dums on the issue, explaining that Law student, said that despite the
be forced to hold another referen- 'A lot of people didn't even know AMS bylaws state that after the signa- they believed students received fact that he is opting out, he would
dum on the student health and den- they were paying for it,' he , said, tures are collected, the AMS will have 30 mixed messages from the AMS not sign the petition. "I think [the
tal plan if two UBC students get their adding that some of students that he days to begin the referendum. about whether the plan was manda- heath plan] is a good thing and you
way. has approached claimed to have had Adamec said that even if the stu- tory. have the option to opt out"
Computer science students Kathy problems with the health plan dents' efforts result in revoking the Foster disagrees. `The referen- Students can opt out of the health
Lo and Matthew Laird are circulating claims process. health plan, it would not be cancelled dum question asked was so clear as plan provided they have both extend-
a petition around campus that asks, Lo added that she is 'pretty confi- this year. to make the Quebec referendum ed- health and dental coverage from
'Should the AMS immediately with- dent' that the required signatures AMS General Manager Bernie question seem even more ridicu- an alternate source.
draw from the AMS/GSS Health and will be collected within three weeks. Peets said that if students vote in lous.' But Tina Yang, a third-year
Dental Plan and refrain from seek- AMS President Maryann Adamec favour of eliminating the health Lo said the inspiration for the English student, said she probably
ing another Health and Dental Plan said that she is not sure about the plan, the AMS' contract with Student petition came from a successful would sign the petition because she
without staging a referendum first?' two students' chances. Care Networks (SCN), the plan's effort at Simon Fraser University doesn't think students are aware of
AMS bylaws state that a petition 'It's hard to say, I've talked to provider, would likely not be (SFU)• the cost
signed by 1000 active students has some people who signed the petition renewed at the end of this year. In 1997, SFU students voted out a '$168 is a lot of money to pay and
to be put to a student referendum, [but] who support the health plan.' Pacific Director of SCN Kristen health and dental plan only four too many people don't know that
but the petition must also contain a Adamec feels that these students Foster said she is surprised at the months after the plan was imple- they're paying for it'
'dear and unambiguous' yes-or-no signed the petition because they student petition. mented, citing poor planning and The health and dental plan was
question. - missed voting in the initial referen- feel quite strongly that [the the $105 annual cost of the plan. approved by referendum held last
Laird said that he and Lo have col- dum. 'I've also been receiving a lot health plan) is well supported by stu- Meanwhile, UBC students in line October, with 4458 students in
lected roughly 300 signatures since of calls from students who have been dents and pretty popular.' to opt out of this year's plan provid- favour and 1911 opposed. +
Campus RCMP investigating
attempted abduction of boy
by Cynthia Lee he was returned.
The RCMP describe the suspect
A four-year-old boy went missing as a very clean cut 5'9' Caucasian
from the UBC Aquatic Centre on male with dark skin, a medium
Monday after an attempted abduc- build, and dark brown hair in a
lion. , 'buzz cut' style. He is around 35-
The boy's father was at the years old and was wearing dark blue
Aquatic Centre registering his son jeans and a dark long-sleeved t-shirt
for swimming lessons when the boy, According to the RCMP, this is
whose name is not being disclosed the first attempted abduction to be
by the RCMP, disappeared from the reported at UBC.
Aquatic Centre at around 6:50pm. Efford said she could not deter-
Constable Danielle Efford of the mine whether this incident is related
UBC RCMP detachment said the boy to other recently-reported abductions
told RCMP officers that a man had in Vancouver.
approached him and led him Patty Hambler, residence life
towards to the Student Union manager of UBC's Acadia Park resi-
Building (SUB). dence and University Apartments-
-The boy somehow got away and home to 800 families—said that
ran downstairs [in the SUB],' she said. while she has never heard of a simi-
Leslie Grundy, UBC Aquatic lar incident on campus, she is aware
Centre Program Coordinator, who of two occasions in the past year
was on duty at the time of the abduc- where a child has wandered off and
lion, said the boy's father indicated is found elsewhere in Acadia Park.
that he had seen a man talking to his 'Our community is very safe and
son while he was registering for the we're very vigilant about reporting
lessons. any kind of suspicious behaviour to
`He looked behind him and saw the RCMP," she said.
his son talking to a male stranger,' 'But we do find that some parents , .0- ..
said Grundy. develop a false sense of security and e'' tt x
"The father continued to do his do allow their children to play outside eve, 45w at t mikes a; or room ju t hat much
registration and when he turned unsupervised,' Hambler added, say- 5q16 Th ere' other pater that ii ovie iii anies"are stu pi d
over his shoulder again, the child ing she continually reminds parents tin e face,,:..
apparently, vies` r;° tieiix^awr f
CT. Pii -
was gone. And this man was gone.' to watch their children.
The boy was later found in the John Carlow, a spokesperson for
age residents irked
SUB by a female student, who the BC wing of the Missing Children
returned him to his father. Society of Canada, agreed that vigi-
Grundy said that the child was lance is the most effective way of pre-
missing for 12 to 15 minutes before venting child abduction, but said that
by Resnet installation
parents should take
care to perform at-
home child identifica-
• "If at some point
your children went by Ailin Chock Internet access provided by IT students 'an educational advantage.'
missing, would you Services. Cari Evans, another student liv-
know what they were Problems encountered during 'We're not allowed to subscribe ing in Gage, agreed with the educa-
wearing when they left Resnet installation have left stu- to off-campus high-speed Internet tional advantages and said she looks
the house? Do you have dents living in residence anxious for service providers,' he added. forward to the convenience that
a current picture [of Internet access. But before installation can con- Resnet would provide.
your child]?' he asked UBC Housing and Information tinue, cables and wiring must be 'I think it [would] be a huge
parents to consider. Technology (IT) Services halted replaced, said Susan Mair, the for- asset, and would be really conven-
The RCMP are also plans to install. Resnet, the high- mer manager of Resnet. ient as it will definitely reduce line-
reminding parents to speed Internet network, in two of Mair added that the highly intru- ups at computer terminals around
educate their children the three high-rise towers of Gage sive nature of installing Resnet in a campus,' said Evans.
about strangers. residence because of difficulties large number of individual rooms is Cottons said that Housing is now
"We urge parents to related to the age and condition of another factor in the delay. These exploring alternative options with IT
talk to their children the buildings. setbacks, she said, made the instal- Services, but added that changes to
about strangers and the Students like Andrew Wu, a Gage lation more 'expensive than Resnet installation will depend on
dangers of strangers,' resident, are concerned with the Housing anticipated.' this year's budget proposal.
said Efford. cost of access to high-speed Internet Darcelle Cottons, acting director While UBC recently received a
The RCMP are ask- without Resnet. of Housing and Conferences, $3.1 million grant from Ottawa for
ing for assistance from 'I think that access to Resnet is acknowledged how important it is the UBC Networking Project, the
any witnesses to the necessary and by delaying its instal- for students to have access to high- money cannot be used for Resnet
UBC incident and may lation,.they're making us pay extra,' speed Internet She said that provid- installation. The terms of the grant
SUSPECT: Call us if you see a generic white guy. be contacted at 224- said Wu, who is currently paying ing access at a cost equal to or less specify that the funds must be used
Average height, average weight RCMP SKETCH 1322. $80 a month for the high-speed than off-campus service would give for research connectivity. +
4 Friday, September 15, 2000 news Paue Friday—the Ub sse Magazine
Faculty reps wavering
on new Academic Plan
by Daniel Silverman that the plan would put departments
and learn... in competition with each other for
UBC's Faculty Association is now tak- resources.
from professional arts reporters and critics ing no position on UBC's Academic The plan
Plan, despite once being its most was approved
vocal opponent. by UBC's Senate
DATE: Saturday, $ept. 30 Faculty Association President last May. While
TIME: 11 :00am Norma Wieland says that while the
association is keeping an eye on the
the vote found
the majority of
PLACE: SUB 241K plan, it has taken no official position. voting faculty in
'We've asked people to monitor opposition of
planned developments and let us the plan, only
or more information call Michelle Mossop 822.2301 know how they're working positive- 25 per cent of
ly, negatively—whichever,' said the representa-
Wieland. She indicated that a 'Plan tives submitted
Watch' update will appear in the ballots. KAZEM I
Faculty Association newsletter every McBride said that the plan, which
month. will be implemented over the next
'It's a wait-and-see attitude,' she ten years, will not cost any extra
added. money this year. A combination of
According to Vice President federal and provincial grants, as well
Academic Barry McBride, the plan is as a redistribution of resources with-
. If you can answer the already underway via new UBC pro- in each faculty, will cover the plan's
following question, you may grams such as integrated engineer- expenses.
win a copy of Zuckerbaby's ing, expanded co-op programs, and Erfan Kazemi, vice-president aca-
new CD "Platinum Again",
Foundations One, a first-year inter- demic affairs for the. Alma Mater
or a mouse pad and a new
disciplinary social sciences pro- Society (AMS), said that while the
Zuckerbaby T-Shirt! Come to
gram. AMS has not taken an official stance
SUR Room 245 with your answer:
The Academic Plan grew out of on the plan, councillors are in favour
UBC's TREK 2000 initiative, which of it
What Canadian city do Zackerbaby, call home? emphasises 'an integrated learning- 'We've discussed it at round
centred community.' tables with the VPs,' he said, 'and we
feoturiel tilck 4'4 '10,0rirS, Over the past year, faculty mem- do support the initiatives of Trek
wwUu.ZUCKE R I3 bers have criticised parts of the plan. 2000 and the Academic Plan.'
In particular, professors had Kazemi noted that the Academic
opposed suggestions, for a more cen- Plan will not affect the AMS directly,
tralised decision-making process, but said that the plan's Mandate for
and plans to reward those units of retention and renewal of faculty is an
the university that advance the goals important one. He added that he
of the plan. believes the plan is focused on stu-
Some professors had also argued dents and the learning experience. 0
THE THREE SISTERS Wednesday's AMS meeting, because
councillors said that the proposal
was poorly worded.
SEP 27-OCT 7 The proposal claimed that per-
sonal data revealed for opt-out fees is
BONJOUR LA BONJOUR 'often collected with people with
unknown employment status with
respect to UBC or AMS.'
NOV 1-11 But Mike Warner, the AMS' Vice-
TEWS STUDY TE
President Finance, said the claim
FRANKENSTEIN Council criticises was untrue and students need only
VICTOR GIALANELLA to supply their student number to
opt , out of AMS fees and that all
NOV 15-25 employees are known to the AMS.
FREDERIC WOOD THEATRE
Students criticised a revised proposal "In principle, I think it's a nice
AS YOU LIKE IT to introduce differential tuition at an
Alma Mater Society (AMS) Council
idea for students to be able to opt out
in one place, but the problem we
.WILLIAM SHAKESPEAR E
meeting Wednesday evening, have is the administration of it,' he
JAN 11-27 UBC VP Students Brian Sullivan said, explaining that staff would have
FREDERIC WOOD THEATR E
fielded questions from councillors to answer technical questions about
THE CRUCIBLE during a presentation about the uni-
versity's controversial plan, which
the health plan coverage along with
concerns about other student fees.
Opera by ROBERT WARD
o produced wrtli the UBC School o f uric would have students from different
programs pay a different amount of
Warner said he oppposed the sec-
tion of the motion that proposed opt-
MAR 1-4 tuition based on the cost of their pro- ing out through the Internet
ELAN SHUN CONCERT HALL gram. 'They're going to opt out without
Ian Centre for the Perform:rig Arts
The AMS passed a motion in the even knowing what the services pro-
GREEK spring that opposed differential vide.'
STEVEN BERKHOFF tuition. A new version of the proposal will
Sullivan argued that because stu- likely be put forth at the next AMS
AR 1-17 dents from lower cost programs com- meeting.
TELUS STUDIO THEATRE
pensate for the cost of more expen-
THE BEGGAR'S OPERA
sive ones, the policy is already 'very
differentiated.' He also said the poli- AMS to caffeinate
MAR 21-31 cy is 'not an argument for increasing non-beer drinkers
FitInC E RIC WOOD THEATR
But AMS President Maryann Designated drivers will receive free
Adamec said that little had changed bottled water today at the AMS
SUBSCRIPTI NS from the proposal that Council reject- Welcome Back Barbeque.
ed last March. In a joint initiative with
SAVE UP 10 39% The major change in the proposal Counterattack UBC, the AMS will be
SEVEN SHOWS Reg S10, St/Sr $42 was the removal of a provision for a covering the costs of pop and other
R SHOWS Reg S10, St/Sr $24 standard tuition rate for all first-year non-alcoholic beverages at beer gar-
students. dens and social events.
SINGLE TIC The proposal is set to be debated 'It's to promote a safer campus
Reg 516,, St/Sr $10 in a BoG meeting next Monday. and community,' said AMS VP
re'view S6 Acadecmic and University Affairs
OPERA Reg 518 St/Sr S12 Opt-out option Erfan Kazemi, adding that the AMS
takes a stance promoting the respon-
An attempt to centralise the student- sible use of alcohol.
photo Fahnct Gro.er .0
Ihe Nay of the Work'
EDERiC WOOD BOX 0
fee opt-out process has been delayed.
A Graduate Student Society repre-
sentative withdrew the motion at
The AMS voted in favour of allo-
cating $1500 to the project at a stu-
dent council meeting Wednesday. 0
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CFI funds boosts
research on health
by Sonia Grewal
An attempt to prevent smoking in
childhood is among the research
projects that ,will receive an infra-
fields such as genetics, engineering,
environment, education, and
A $28 million portion of CFI fund-
ing was awarded to the Centre for
scholarship processby Andrea Milek now. into post-secondary education.'
structure boost thanks to a recent Integrated Genomics, the joint proj- 'If what the Millennium By having the federal government
funding boon from the Canadian ect developed with the BC Cancer Bev Meslo was not pleased when, she Scholarship is supposed to do is help partially compensate for the cost of a
Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Society and associated with Nobel opened her mail to find that she had students to acquire and complete a loan, Huhn said that provinces,
Chris Lovato, an associate profes- laureate Michael Smith. been awarded a Canada Millennium post-secondary education, the money which pay the interest oq student
sor of health care and epidemiology, Michael Feller, an associate pro- Scholarship last year. should go to the student and should- loans, save money because students'
is conducting research on potential fessor in Forestry, may have Meslo, an Arts student at UBC, n't be deducted from the barebones loans are smaller and fewer students
young smokers and how to take pre- received , a much smaller amount, received the needs-based loan the student has to live off of,' default on their loans.
ventative measures in early years. but he used his $33,000 grant to pur- Millennium Scholarship and was said Meslo. 'It would make the stu- But Conlon said that a compari-
Her work also includes the effects of chase equipment for his study on the simultaneously notified that the dent's life easier if they had access to son between provinces shows that
smoking on adolescents. influence of forest operations on funds had already been sent to her those funds.' soma, including BC, have a better
Lovato, who is also associated streams, the only project of its kind bank to be applied against her But Huhn said that students' record than others of reinvesting the
with the Center for Community in Canada. provincial loan from the Ontario needs are assessed and met by the money. BC used its portion of the
Health and Research at the Feller and his team, composed of Student Assistance Program. loan. To have the scholarship on top fund to expand
Vancouver General Hospital, says faculty and students, are looking at The letter said 'yes you got it and of the loan would be 'overfunding' the provincial
she sees her research as a potential the effects on streams of such activi- no you can't have it because we're the student, he said. grant program.
improvement to human lives and a ty as cutting down of wood and giving it to the bank,' said a frustrat- '[Ontario
decrease in the rising medical costs clearcutting. "Government policy can't
ed Meslo. and
associated with smoking. CFI Coordinator for UBC Dr. The Canada Millennium be based on Ideology, but No
Scotia] take the
Lovato received a $56,000 CFI Donald Brooks says that the goes Scholarship Foundation (CMSF), first actually has to be based on money and
grant, which she described as an beyond immediate improvements to announced in the 1998 federal budg- what's best for the citizens don't put it back
essential component in setting up research infrastructure. et, was hailed by the federal govern- of the province." in...other
her laboratory, providing her along ICFI funding] not only helps the ment as proof of its commitment to provinces do a
with her students the necessary people that are already here, but it post-secondary education. executive director, good job,' he
space and equipment for research gives UBC the opportunity to recruit The $2.5-billion federal endow- Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance said. MESLO
and data collection in the area of pre- new faculty and students, as well as ment is managed by a non-profit Huhn disagreed, saying that the
ventative medicine. giving UBC the capacity to raise organisation which coordinates the Michael Conlon, national chair- $77 million that Ontario saved was
Currently, Lovato and her team [other) research funds,' explained funding through provincial student person for the Canadian Federation appropriately reinvested into a vari-
are working on various projects Brooks, who is also a professor of assistance programs. of Students, a national student lobby ety of areas, including loan remission
reviewing the effects of tobacco use pathology and laboratory medicine. Cory Huhn, a spokesperson for group, said the payment procedure is and a graduate student program.
and its link as a major cause to pre- As it stands, CFI funding provides the CMSF, said that it is standard just one of the problems with the For Ryan Parks, executive director
mature death. 40 percent of the expected costs of practice for the scholarship to tie Millennium Scholarship system. of the Ontario Undergraduate
The federal government, through the 20 UBC projects awarded, applied to a provincial loan, rather 'The [Canada Millennium Student Alliance, the concern is that
the CFI, is investing a record $68 matched by the provincial govern- than to provide funding in addition to Scholarship] duplicates what [stu- politics interfere with solutions to stu-
million in 20 UBC research proj- ment through the BC Knowledge the loan. dents] are already entitled to,' dents' problems.
ects—the largest amount granted to a Development Fund (BCKDF). Meslo, however, is concerned less Conlon said, 'Government policy can't be
Canadian university. The remaining 20 percent is about the debts she will have to pay Huhn acknowledged problems of based on ideology, but actually has to
The money will go towards raised by UBC fundraising efforts off later and more about being able to duplication within the system, but be based on what's best for the citi-
research infrastructure for UBC in and private donors. • afford schooling and living expenses said 'the money [saved] is going back iens of the province,' Parks said. 4
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Washroom adverts may get flushed
by Pascal Montpetit will be their choice.' which was funneled into the dealt with when it expires in about a do something else.'
The Link Concordia students first took a school's recycling program. year. If the meeting fails to reach quo-
, stand against on-campus advertis- Vice-Rector Services Michael Di 'If that's what the students want, rum—about 500 undergraduate
MONTREAL (CUP)—Advertising in ing last year. In a spring referee Grappa said that he would prefer to they'll come down too,' said Keefer. students—the student association
washrooms has made an appear- . duet, 61 per cent of undergraduate keep the advertisements. But if stu- Zoom Media public relations offi- will make a decision in late
ance here at UBC, but at Concordia voters supported a motion demand- dents vote against washroom adver- cer Claude Breault said that negotia- September.
University, students are taking a ing that either the ad panels be tising, current negotiations with tions had been underway with the 'We will hold the vote anyway,
vote on whether these ads should be stripped, or that 85 per cent of them Zoom Media to renew the contract administration to renew die con- and the result will be sent along to
allowed. be turned over to the student associ- would be terminated. tract, which expired on July 31. the council as a non-binding recom-
'Either we strike a blow against ation. 'We are very , pleased with the We are negotiating with the mendation,' Keefer said.
corporate advertising and in favour Following summer negotiations, agreement [signed with the student administration, and can only Concordia isn't the only campus
of free, independent campuses, or the CSU and the university adminis- association], it is fair and reason assume that they have a dialogue in Montreal where washroom adver-
student organisations will have tration agreed to give students a able,' Di Grappa said. ''We tried to with the students.' tising is controversial.
access to more financial resources,' choice. If students vote to keep the offer students a'win-win situation.' He said the company is willing to The University of Montreal didn't
said Tom Keefer, the Concordia advertisements, the money will be The agreement, however, does work with students to address their renew its advertising contract in
Student Union (CSU)'s vice-presi- split between the student associa not include the dozen giant Mega concerns. May, after a history professor
dent of communications. tion and the university. The 280 Zoom'panels, which bring in anoth 'We chose to reach 18 to 34 year resigned in protest of campus ads.
'The [student association] is not small panels scattered around er $5000 ayeai to the University. Di olds as a corporate mission so we And at Dawson College, 500 stu-
taking a position. We are bringing Concordia bathrooms have brought Grappa said that these are subject to need to assume it will be rocky. If we dents have signed a petition against
these options to the students and it $25,000 a year to the university, a different contract, which will be aren't ready to take risks we better - the ads.
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yOlOhOtat.gratiley.. SWIMMING STRATEGY: Marianne Limpert andTom Johnson talk over the
race at an October 1999 meet at UBC. CYNTHIA LEE/UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO
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vs University of Victoria
2:00 pm Thunderbird Stadium work when we first got here," he said, but explained been taking human growth hormone (which he has denied), Arts student, will swim on the 4x200m free relay team, and
that the team had been tapering their workload and Dutch _swimmer Inge de Bruijn has been accused of using Dustin Hersee, somewhat of a surprise qualifier on the
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were now just fine-tuning in the last few days before drugs after setting world records earlier this year, and team, will swim the 200m back. Mark Johnston, a computer
Sydney. Johnson echoed these thoughts, saying that promises of widespread drug testing at the Sydney ganies science` student, will race the 100m and 200m free, events
athletics.ubc.ca 'the morale is very high.' have given doping an especially high profile. dominated this year so far by the Australians, as well as the
If the mood in the training camp was calm, though, The Canadian contingent, however, seems to be focused 4x200m free relay. Tim Peterson will swim the 1500m free,
Versfeld was confident about his goals for his Olympic exclusively on preparing for the meet at hand. Derek Schoof, the longest event of the meet.
debut making the medal podium in the 100m back- who is coaching the rest of the UBC team in Vancouver, says
FASTER! UBC Olympian Mark Versfeld cheers on his teammates at a meet in November 1998 (above).The nine UBC stroke. He also sees potential in his 4x100m medley that the reports from Sydney say that the Olympic contin- ersfeld explains that the team in Sydney has been
swimmers in Sydney will try to bring back medals to go with the Aquatic Centre's existing collection of championship relay team. gent has been training well, and is ready to race. 'It's just well-disciplined, training, and resting and not doing
banners (below). TARA WESTOVER/U BYSSEY FILE PHOTO (ABOVE), CYNTHIA LEE/UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO (BELOW) Versfeld, a native of Fort McMurray, Alberta, a dou- final preparations. [They're] just a few days away.' much of anything else, save a trip to the Great Barrier
1 n 1956, the last time the Olympic Games were held in
ble gold-medalist at the 1998 Commonwealth Games,
'When I first came to UBC, I hoped that we could com- and a leader of the CIAU-champion UBC swim team, has
In Cairns, Johnson was equally confident about the Reef and some excursions into town. 'It's pretty tightly con-
team's preparations. 'It's been pretty smooth so far,' he trolled,' he sail After the meet though, Versfeld plans to
WEST 1OTH OPTOMETRY CLINIC Australia, four UBC oarsmen won a gold medal for bine a world-class swimming program with a world-class plenty of international experience, but knows that meeting said, adding that the tone of the training camp has been take a month's vacation, starting in Indonesia.
-- Canada in men's rowing, beating out the United States education? So says Tom Johnson, head coach of the UBC his goal is going to be tough. As Johnson said, this is 'the business-like efficiency. 'We're all focused on doing what we need to do to have a
PATRIC/A A. RUPNOW, B.Sc., 0.0.*
by a decisive five boat lengths for the first-ever Canadian swim team, and assistant coach of the Canadian Olympic most important meet of their lives.' As for what to wear, Versfeld has elected to wear either a very fast meet,' Versfeld said, 'We knew going in that this
STEPHANIE BROOKS, B.A., O.D.
MEG SEXSMITII, B.Sc., O.D.
Olympic gold medal in rowing. The US team had its revenge team. Sending nine swimmers to the Olympics is proof All of the preparations may indeed be going well, but full-length pant version of the FastSkin suit, or a sleeveless was going be a very fast meet.'
in the eight, beating Canada by half a length, but in doing so, enough that UBC boasts an elite program. But when the UBC's Olympic swimmers still have their work cut out for full-body one. He says that most of the team will be wearing The task at hand, however, has not completely overshad-
DOCTORS OF OPTOMETRY DEDICATED TO EXCELLENCE
three American oarsmen collapsed, two requiring medical meet starts on Saturday, the team will soon find out just how them, something neitherJohnson nor Versfeld tried to deny. them. 'I think the advantages definitely outweigh the disad- owed the upcoming CIAU season. Versfeld asked about the
Phone: (604) 224-2322 attention. In these two races, UBC athletes achieved the good it is. Versfeld's personal best time in the 100m backstroke, vantages,' he said. 'We've had the chance to try it out and I weather in Vancouver, and both he and Johnson are plan-
4320 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, B.C. V6R 2117 highest success in amateur sports, an Olympic medal. 55.17 seconds, was good enough for second place at the think we've all made our decisions. ning a successful return to university-level competition,
GENERAL EYE HEALTH AND VISION CARE Forty-four years later, ULC athletes ,have returned to ast Thursday, the day before the swim team left its 1998 world championships in This confidence in training camp even though Versfeld anticipates some post-Olympic fatigue.
Australia to take to the Olympic waters, this time , not on training facility in Cairns, Australia, for Sydney, UBC Perth, Australia. 'I would call has clearly led to high expectations. 'I expect it might be a bit hard,' Versfeld says of gearing
•Nagai Oplainetrk 'Corp. Erma: tato e wesuothoptomeu-Pbcal Lake Ballarat, but in the glistening pool in Sydney. Seven swimmer Mark Versfeld was quietly excited about his [the world championships] the Or maybe high expectations have up for the CIAU season. But here in Vancouver, the rest of
current and two incoming Thunderbirds have, made the prospects, and the team's, in the upcoming meet highest level of competition at created the focus within the training the swim team are already gearing up for the defense of the
trip. And whether they can repeat the success of the 1956 'It's going great,' he said of the preparation for the any meet I've been to until now, group. In either case, the team men's and women's CIAU championships,
oarsmen will be the ultimate test of a varsity program, that Games. The swimmers had reduced the volume of training, he said. expects to dp well. While Sports 'It's been very good,' School said of the team's first week
has aimed at becoming one of the best in the world, and were focusing on resting for their races. "We did a bit of Since those championships, Illustrated hasn't predicted a single of practise. 'The team looks good. There's been very few
though, American Lenny swimming medal for Canada, changes from last year.'
Krayzelburg lowered the world
record in all three backstroke, UBC @ the Olympics Versfeld says that the team wants to One change for the better is the addition of what Schoof
double its medal count from Atlanta, calls the two best recruits in the country, Richmond's Brian
distances. The new mark in the which would mean six medals in all. Johns and Winnipeg's Kelly Stefanysliyn, who are both
100m is 53,60, over 1.5 seconds better than Versfeld's best. Like Johnson, he mentioned Marianne Limpert and Jessica swimming for Canada at the Olympics as well.
In August's US Olympio trials, Krayzetburg didn't match Deglau as top prospects. Schoof says that the swimmers training at the Aquatic
his world-record pace, but has still posted the fastest time of w on ten
Indeed, much of the spotlight in Sydney ill be - Centre are very excited about watching their teammates
the year, a 53.67. Krayzelburg's teammate, Neil Walker, has year national team veteran Marianne Limpert, who with 76. swim. "We're in touch with e-mail all the time. We'll be
the third-best time this year, while Australians Matt Welsh international medals, including a, silver at the 1996 watching all their races on CBC.'
and Josh Watson have the second- and fourth-best times, Olympics, is UBC's most accomplished swimmer. Limpert Understandably, ,:Schoof, is also looking forward to the
respectively. In all, six swimmers this year have gone under will be racing in the 20Orn individual medley, the 100m return of the Olympic team, which threatens to make UBC
Versfeld's personal best. Clearly, Versfeld is on the right free, and two relays at what will be her third and almost cer- complete4 unstoppable in CIAU competition. 'IC11 be great.
track when he estimates that he will need to swim better tainly last Games. ack
They'll bring back all their Olympic experience.'
than 54.50 to make the podium in Sydney. - Deglau, by comparison, is only in her second year at Johnson, agrees, noting that the return of nine Olympic
The world of international swimming has been focused,
UtC, but is already competing at her second Olympics. In swimmers can only improve the already deep team. And he
Atlanta, she managed a sixth in the 200m butterfly and a doesn't predict any , difficulty in the season ahead. None of
recently, 'on all manner of events outside the pool. fifth in the 4x200rn free relay; in Sydney, she will challenge ,,the Olympic swimmers will start school until January, but
Much has been made, of the rivalry between the US- for a medal, swimming in a total of five events. ` Johnson after that, 'it'll be business as usual.'
swimming's traditional powerhouse—and Australia, which warns, however`, that the finalists in the 200m fly will all be But for now, the business is , anything but usual. The
calls swimming its national sport. The new Fastskin suits, within one second of each other. Sydney International Aquatic Centre holds 17,500 specta-
THURSDAY OCT 5 2000 8PM supposed to reduce drag in the water, have been declared Of the UBC athletes, Schoof picks both Deglau and tors and has been described as the best swimming pool in
VOGUE THEATRE 9 1 a GRANVILLE, VANCOUVER legal for the Olympic meet, and there has been much spec- Limpert as medal hopefuls, and says that Versfeld, too, the world. Versfeld eagerly described how loud the pool will :,
ulation over who will be wearing what in Sydney, and how 'could have a shot' at making the podium. Of course, any- be. His parents and girlfriend will be in Sydney to watch
with special guests KATARI TAIKO
much difference, if any, that will make. thing could happen. 'In swimming, it can be anyone's race him. And the Australians, in front of their home crowd, will
TICKETS,:.$15 PLUS SERVICE CHARGES . • And, of course, there has been much talk of doping and on any given day. be trying to show up the Americans. 'It's going to be pretty
CALL TICKETMASTER 280 .3311. , I VkliLIX) drug testing. A German swim coach has suggested, that 17- The rest of the Thunderbirds on the Canadian team will amazing,' says Versfeld. And if UBC takes on the world and
OR VOGUE-THEATRE 3314000 year-old Australian gold medal favourite Ian Thorpe has likely have a more difficult task. Katie Brambley, a third: ear wins, that will be pretty amazing as well. + -
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ne man's journey
droppings His Staryy was rereleased to commemorate the
r1 s S occer 20th anniversary of Terry Fox's inspirational run.
the UB C men's. tears 1,s,
soccer by Dustin Cook across Canada, and in the process Yet perhaps the best review for raise money for cancer research.
Start .ta regular season. thisi ran his way into the hearts of Scrivener's book comes from Terry's spirit is still alive today
Saturday at 2pm Thunderbird`. 'He started running, taking a double Canadians and people all over the Terry's younger brother, Darrell.' and hauntingly, at a speech -in
Stadium with a game against hop with the left leg and one long world. [His Story] tells the story true- to Ottawa near the end of his run, he
V60:0,1qtYictoria Vi.k44 step with his metal leg. Someone In mid-August, a revised version heart about Terry,' said Darrell, forshadowed his fate and history,
called it the Fox Trot. His hands of Leslie Scrivener's book Terry Fox: under whose 'Even if I don't
McCauley zave } et tti gniffi their
pgst-se.aeOli:3iiilbt,t,la:::::V . •
were clenched. He leaned forward His Story, originally published in encouragement Terry united an finish, we need
and so ti 11 be ux
for more speed. Looks of disbelief 1981, was released to commemo-
crossed the faces of the hundred or rate the twentieth anniversary of the
Scrivene r re re-
leased her book entire country others to contin-
ue. It's got to
= from the Bic s -up this•IX ,:.7.111
so onlookers. Then they gave a Marathon of Hope. When she wrote
cheer and clapped.' the book, Scrivener was working
behind his effort. keep going with-
Ain • Shepherd 'Or Lucas Ser as a reporter, Fox has dedicat- He set out to run
be pla due w injuries
assigned to fol-
low Terry's run
ed his career to
fulfilling Terry's across Canada, and The 20th annual
Terry Fox Run
e • Mosher
bead ac across Canada,
dream by work-
ing as the
in the process ran will be held at
his way into the
UBC on Sunday
11,1 aftW exclusive inter- National Director September 17.
views with Terry,
and the insight-
of the Terry Fox
Foundation. hearts of The five or 10km
cycle or run
ful use of his per-
At a Tuesday
night book sign-
Canadians and will begin outside
people all over the
the • UBC
Scrivener's biog- ing at the Thunderbirds
raphy retells the
story of a
Chapters • on
Granville, Terry's world. Sport Complex. at
Canadian leg- mother, Betty, Participants are
end. The diary echoed her son's sentiments for the encouraged to collect pledges, with
ate 11,441:i§:. excerpts allow book. all proceeds going towards the Terry
readers to know His Story teaches people to set Fox Foundation for Cancer research.
gtate-4:10f:.43/. g(e 3-1 : lastasoxt Terry's daily [their] goals high and never give up For more information., or to make a
thoughts during on a dream,' she said. donation, call 1-888-836-9786 or
Dick his journey. As On top of the book's endorse- visit the official website at
i s reach; well, they reveal ment by the Fox family, it should be www.tenyfoxrun.org.
fortlz,gazie. some of his per- noted that the first edition was
eran g)rward VariessaT344114:0, sonality traits, approved by Terry
7.§.0: able to play for at! least often hidden himself.
iffopho genie, Martino A CANADIAN LEGEND: Terry and his mother from the public On his run and
rently,erecovering from Betty Fox hold hands during a press conference eye. throughout his life
iur t :played at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Two weeks Terry showed
e .against Westminster. into the run, integrity in it's
virashtixg tea U.140..t.1 Terry- demon- purest form. He
g: rovect...hw Twenty years ago, a young man strates his determination and stub- refused to accept
e the is fair th e: : from Port Coquitlarn named Terry borness by writing, would keep any endorsements
Illtde won that s an e 4-C It Fox launched a 'Marathon of Hope' going no matter what happened. If I or sponsers that
as he attempted to run across died, I would die happy because I wanted something
Canada to raise a million dollars for was doing what I wanted to do. How in exchange. Terry
cancer research. many people could or can say that?' was adamant that
Although he lost his leg to - Terry's diary also reveals the every cent raised
osteogenic sarcoma, a rare form of hero's rarely-seen comical side: was to go to cancer
Dmos in their.. cancer that develops in males aged 'Having an artificial leg has its research and today
game Of gigi:séa.613.. 10 to 25, Terry believed that his dis- advantages. I've broken my right ninety cents of
bro'adcast,tne game live`, ability wasn't a handicap, and he knee several times and it doesn't every dollar does
at 6pM resolved to overcome it With 'the hurt a bit.' (the rest goes to
Centre : Chris Pat e rso dream of collecting one dollar from His Story does an outstanding advertising and
, every Canadian, he set out running job of retelling Terry Fox's legend organising). Not
the' University of Rem paria on a prosthetic leg to raise cancer while portraying him as a strong, yet surprisingly
insists that he has sorted Out awareness. grounded, personality. There is no Scrivener's book
problems 'with E h s acac emit Tragically, after 143 days of run- denying that Terry's accomplish- upholds the tradi-
standing ning at an average pace of 23.3 ments make him one of the greatest tion; all the pro-
longed. • absence
„ miles a day, Terry's journey was cut Canadian heroes of all time, yet ceeds from the sales
Itltliaugh Paterson SA! h'fs still short. East of Thunder Bay, the can- Scrivener presents him as a normal of His Story go to
whether be will play this cer he had beaten three years earli- man chasing a dream. the Terry Fox
er returned and spread into his Scrivener's book skillfully cap- Foundation which
he stislsined 44ing tr lungs. tures the essence of Terry Fox. It so far has raised
camp rs still an issue. After completing an amazing accurately depicts who he was and over 250 million
The i Birds:: looki ng 3,339 of the 5,300 miles that link what he stood for. The narrative dis- dollars for cancer
ward e a..me • agaiu Canada's east and west coasts, he tinguishes Terry's two sides, his cel- research.
Calva ry it will l returned home, and nine months ebrated endeavour and his guarded All over Canada
r al out "8
”' later succumbed to cancer. personal life. and across the
What was it was
werev However, before Terry died, he His Story is both uplifting and world millions of
•. and realised Ms dream by raising 24 sorrowful: it is the story of a simple people will run,
4,•,.into • the seem million dollars for cancer research. man following and accomplishing a rollerblade and
sand at fins one dollar for every Canadian. selfless dream, the tragic tale of a cycle this Sunday
da v•-°4.1h 4t ganie'4311 -;- Terry united an entire country hero who achieved greatness and September 17 in a RAIN OR SHINE: Terry ran an average of 23.3
W§;r) t f>ni the #6,14 four behind his effort He set out to run died too soon. combined effort to miles a day for 143 days.
n interesting Fox facts
• Fox used 21 pairs of shoes during the Marathon • Fifty miles of the Trans-Canada highway general of Canada,
of Hope; however, he only used one shoe on his between Nipigon and Thunder Bay was named • Terry was posthumously inducted into the
right leg. the Terry Fox Courage Highway in 1981. Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Throughout his run, many drivers tried to run • In 1983, Fox was entered into the Guinness • Terry was named Athelete of the Decade by
Fox off the road. To his relief Fox was granted a Book of World Records for being the top charity TSN, the sports specialty channel, in December
police escort when he reached Ontario. fundraiser, collecting $24.7 million in 143 1990. '
• Fox was the youngest man to ever receive the days. • The first Terry Fox Run raised $3.5 million.
Order of Canada, Canada's highest honour, in 'a • Fox's face was put on a stamp, a privilege nor- • Last year, the Terry Fox Run raised $17.9 mil-
1980 ceremony held in Port Coquitlam. mally reserved only for royalty and the governor lion for Cancer research..
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2000
VOLUME 82 ISSUE 3 .
Health plan still hurts
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper of the
University of British Columbia. It is published every
Tuesday and Friday by The Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run student organ-
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Editorials are ehosen and written by the Ubyssey staff.
They are the expressed opinion of the staff, and do not
necessarily reflect the views of The Ubyssey Publications
Society or the University of British Columbia.
The deadline for opting out of the Alma Mater flexibility, which infringes on a student's right health plans show that the AMS plan lacks the
The Ubyssey us founding member of Canadian University Society (AMS) headline is coming soon, on- to decide whether s/he'd- like to pay for med- flexibility characteristic of most undergradu-
Press (CUP) and adheres to CUP's guiding principles.
Al editorial content appearing in The Ubyssey is the prop- September 29. A lot of students, for various ical coverage. ate plans at Canadian universities. As well, the
erty of The Ubyssey Publications Society. Stories, opin- reasons, will take the time to opt out of the Since it came into effect last January, the plan resulted in the largest increase in student
ions, photographs and artwork contained herein cannot
be reproduced without the expressed, written permission health plan, but it seems that there are only health plan has required all full-time and part- fees in recent memory.
of The Ubyssey Publications Society. two students here on campus with the nerve to time students to pay $168 per year for extend- While it's important for students to have
Letters to the editor must be under 300 words. Please
include your phone number, student number and signature try to take the whole plan down, ed health and dental coverage. the option of receiving extended coverage, it is
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"Perspectives are opinion pieces over 300 words but
question on a petition drawn up by computer health and dental coverage, which doesn't ment the plan, neglected to take this point seri-
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"Freestyle? are opinion pieces written by Ubyssey staff
members. Priority will be given to letters and perspectives
Over 300 students have already answered Plan coverage. If the petitioners are successful, and the AMS
over freestytea unless the latter is time sensitive. Opinion 'yes' to that question. If 700 more people sign Poor planning, lack of widespread under- plan is eventually revoked, we wouldn't be set-
pieces vii not be run until the identity of the writer has
been vented. ' the petition, then the AMS will be forced to standing of the proposal, and a lack of time in ting a precedent, In April of 1997, just four
it is agreed by all persons placing display or classified hold a referendum, within 30 days asking stu- which to scrutinise the plan plagued the months after implementing a health and dental
advertising that I the Ubyssey Publications Society fails to
publish an advertisement or if an error in the ad occurs the dents if they want a health plan. Sounds like process from the beginning. Simply put, the plan, a student referendum at Simon Fraser
liability of the UPS wit not be greater than the price paid last year all over again. health plan was dragged into'existence prema- University revoked a similar plan at that univer-
for the ad. The UPS shal not be responsible for slight.
changes or typographical errors that do not lessen the Apart from the fact that no one really wants turely by last year's overzealous AMS Council. sity, which cost students $105 per year. The SFU
value or the impact of the aci to suffer through yet another AMS referen- Now that students have had to deal with the student body was frustrated by precisely the
dum, ever, Lo and Laird are setting a prime plan for almost a year, it's about time Council same thing that has driven Lo and Laird to draw
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AD DESIGN whether or not [you have] graduat- ings have been amplified by the thought university students had
Shalene Takara I felt sick to my stomach after I read ed.' pathetic attempts of these 'top UBC enough self-control to resist the
the 'GAP decision made' article I believe in respect for all human officials' to try and discipline Erin impulse of violence. I guess I was
(Sept 12, 2000). The President's life. This includes life six inches in Kaiser, Jon Chandler, and Lesley wrong. I thought 'top UBC officials'
Advisory Committee on Student the womb. Does this mean that Washington, the people who felt jus- had enough sense to properly disci-
Daniel Silverman loped along the trail with Sonia Crewel and Discipline, composed of 'top UBC because I hold this 'controversial' tified in destroying my display pline those university students who
Andrea Milek at his side. They were reminiscing about the good
times they had with Ailin Choo and Andrea Winkler when they'd all officials: has essentially opened the view, I should put tape over my because it was 'controversial: resorted to violence because they
gone to Natasha Chin'i place a couple summers ago. It was a pity, flood gates for mob rule. If you don't mouth and not be able to express it? What is happening to our free- disagreed with another student's
they were saying that Maya F'apineau or Duncan McHugh hadn't agree with your neighbour's view I thought university was a market- dom? Now, it's me that's being sup- :view. AGAIN, I was wrong.
made it up that time, but thank god that Graeme Worthy wasn't aloe
to cone. He would have ruined everything and they probably and she happens to express her place of ideas. I thought university pressed. Tomorrow it could be YOU)
wouldn't have met Laura Blue or Holland Gidney. Olt the fun they'd view by holding a display, GO was a place where differing beliefs Suppression will not silence met —Athena Macapagat
had taking pictures with Dallah leferraban's camera and making
the long trek to Ales Dimeon's place Jiist outside of town or visiting
AHEAD and DESTROY ITI The most could come together and 'people Imagine if Martin Luther King, Jr. a third-year Environmental
Cynthia Lee at the candy store where she worked every summer. you'll get is a six-month suspension, were entitled to express their point surrendered because he was being Science student is a member of
Remember, Nicholas Bradley was saying that time when Tom where four of those months are in of view' (quoted from Dennis suppressed, or Da Vinci, or Newton, ' the AMS Lifeline Club
Peacock and Michelle Mossop stole Tristan Winclie shorts and
when Tara Westoves and Dustin Cook made pancakes for ever).
the summer, and a 'student mis- Pavlich, UBC's legal counsel, in the or Gandhi. the list goes on. The fact
body? Oh what good times they were. conduct' notation on your record article). I personally don't feel safe that others have different or 'con-
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Page Friday—the Ubyssey Magazine culture Friday, September 15, 20001 1 1
Keep it Comm' On by Tom Peacock
THE COME-ONS of fifties- and sixties-influenced practised rock 'n' roll attitude
AND MOONEY SUZUKI garage rock, only stomping on the that totally lacked conViction.
at the Brickyard distortion long enough and hard But tired or not, you can't
Sept 13 enough to remind us that this is actu- just stand there and point at
ally the year 2000 and rock 'n' roll is the audience and make a face
Though rock 'n' roll isn't dead, it has not dead, just a little stunned maybe. like an overgrown turtle.
been knocked senseless, and in Bryce Dunn set about destroying What's that?
recent years it's begun to lose some his drum kit and Jeff McCloy Sporting the stupidest look-
of its effectiveness. So what do you bounced around with his bass and ing haircuts, the foursoume
do if you're one of its outspoken pur- the world's goofiest look ever on his thrashed about in a vain
veyors? face, which by itself was worth the attempt to sell us on their Big
You step up, that's what you do. price of admission—though to be Apple cool, but we're a hard
And you just keep steppin' up honest, I didn't pay to get in. sell up here in Vancouver,
until you just can't step up no more. The Come-Ons play with a com- harder than anyone from the
And that's just what local band plete lack of pretension and a sin- centre of Western culture
the Come-Ons did on Wednesday cerely heightened energy level that might even begin to
night at the Brickyard, in spite of the harkens back to rock's glory days. think...especially on a school
sleepy vibes emanating from a cata- After a short break, Mooney night
tonic crew of mid-week regulars Suzuki took the stage and launched And to add insult to injured STEPPIN' UP FOR MORE: The Come-Ons kept on steppin' up lit they
slouched around the dance floor. ,- into their own brand of garage rock. eardrums, the lead singer was couldn't step Up no more at their recent Brickyard show. TOM PEACOCK PHOTO
The Come-Ons played a tight, But in spite of the fact that they had wearing sunglasses.
flawless set, only stopping long come 'all the way from New York,' Sunglasses. So they jumped on pointing habit, or his awful voice, or but I had to leave early.
enough to thank headline act, Mooney Suzuki were a - major disap- stage and started jumping around, the bad dancing, or the sameness of Sorry Mooney Suzuki and thanks
Mooney Suzuki from New York for pointment and playing their guitars, and rock most of the songs. Or maybe it was for coming all the way out here to the
coming out The four fellas emerged on stage 'n' roll suffered another blow to its those stupid haircuts, or even the edge of the civilised world. Usually,
Come-Ons singer and guitarist wearing tight black everything and consciousness. sunglasses, or maybe I was just we really appreciate that sort of
Shane Nelken belted out their brand assuming a very staged and well- Maybe it was the singer's silly rocked out from The Come-Ons' set, thing. +
by Andrea Winkler , „.
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When you visit www.hissyfitcom, you are bits in the most delightful ways. Soixari, W..7.Whir,kappear only is . Meaningless black;
greeted by the fitting image of a sassy anime Wing Chun writes to Jennifer Lopez, the ..a(thitgharies y
dots for the la man, are works that are reati.-:.!
girl, arms crossed, one eye wide open, and movie's leading lady. Jennifer Lopez, were 0ritil5Mt. 22 mzscent of b444er's exploration of text and the
ready to bitch. you half or three-quarters through a bowl of written word.
She is witty, she is in your face, she is Tara crack when you decided that you could get Good arti fed wit Enlarged: from:: standard fonts, these 1804-
Ariano aka Wing Chun, creator of away with playing a forensic psychiatrist?' A* p0 Mt: pencil drawings play: with the ideas Of.",',
Hissyfit corn—a website that rants about every- But although Ariano loves to throw punch- shape,::: and contrast.. Moreover,
thing from the world's obsession with Jennifer es, Ariano says that Hissyfit isn't just about mow 're ares6' Os t'urer iono40: 914ctioA of :ficwerimages; captured
Lopez to the drudgery of bra shopping. All this pop commentary. sequeb0Sg:,chaedgei
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Canadians to Watch' by Maclean's magazine. one about our crappy cable company, one urred the past?.,>:
Imagine a place where you can rant to your about me not feeling very organised.'
heart's content about all the things that make 'It just happened that pop culture seemed
you cringe, laugh, or just make you sick Well to be the thing that bothered me the most—it
Ariano is doing just that, and making money was a bad year for movies,' Ariano laughs.
from it. For Ariano, seemingly mundane events
In 1997; after graduating with a degree in like laundry and cable hook-up disasters
English literature from the University of became opportunities to display her wi tty
Toronto, Ariano was working in southern writing style. It wasn't long until the site
California, writing copy for websites. Her web received positive reviews, including awards VOX
developer husband, known to Hissyfit fans as from Yahoo! and Netscape, and until she gar-
Glark, set up and named the Hissyfit website nered so much recognition.
'My husband just suggested that we start a 'I still don't know why Hissyfit is so popu- human be
site to vent all that irked me,' Ariano explains. lar,' Ariano laughs. 'It's a mystery.'
'So that was the genesis.' Now that Ariano is able to make a living er explores these4
Then it was time to find an alias , so she from her pet project, she is now developing J.MCfg.os,e book, The At:4131,
came up with the infamous 'Wing Chun.' new web projects. Hissyfit has spurred the book that is based ,oAbex'
'Wing Chun is a style of martial arts and growth of Faraetracker—a sarcastic commen- 4. of six weil-kncon. Xetnam Wa
it's also the title character in a movie starring tary on star-obsessed culture—and Mighty Big ..9140Y f4-14.1P64
Michelle Yung,' she explains. "I started calling TV—witty one-l iners on teen-oriented shows. '915
myself that because I needed a handle and When asked if she has any advice for those
'Tank Girl' was already taken.' , „ who want to start websites of their -own, she
With a cool alias and a place to vent, Ari warns, 'you should never start out thinking
has been happily ranting away. thatyou are going to be making a profit imme-
This week, the website features a poll on diately.'
the slogan 'Got Milk?' and 'Reviews of 'Start doing something that's fun enough
Movies We Haven't Seen,' where The Celt or that you would want to do for free and the
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