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The Ubyssey Sep 22, 1978

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 Visa student limits eyed
Education minister Pat
McGeer has suggested the
provincial government may impose
limits on the number of foreign
students entering B.C. to attend
post-secondary institutuions.
In a letter addressed to the B.C.
Students' Federation, McGeer
states that because of high
unemployment rates, universities
are geing pressured to adopt a
"Canada first" policy and hire
Canadians rather than foreign
students for teaching assistant
To deal with this pressure,
McGeer said the best solution does
not lie "in barring foreign students
and academics from our universities or in refusing to allow foreign
graduate students to become
teaching assistants, but in
establishing an appropriate balance
which could be changed from time
to time to reflect changing circumstances in the economy or in
McGeer also said the ministry of
labor has been meeting to "deal
with the question of students entering our educational institutions
on student visas. But as yet no firm
or final policy has been reached."
But Erich Vogt, UBC vice-
president in charge of faculty and
student affairs said Thursday he
felt there are not enough foreign
students at UBC.
"The presence of foreign
students is desirable in a university
this large," he said.
"We have too few here at UBC."
Vogt also said he did not think
foreign students at UBC were
taking jobs away from Canadians.
"Lafge numbers of foreign
students might have an affect on
employment, but we're not
anywhere near that ball park,"
Vogt said.
Saf Bokhari, program coordinator at International House,
reacted angrily to McGeer's
suggestion that foreign students are
a cause of unemployment.
Foreign students are contributing
to, rather than harming, the
Canadian economy by conducting
research at UBC, Bokhari said.
Associate deputy education
minister Andy Soles said Thursday
that any controls implemented
would have to be established by the
universities, not the government.
"It would be up to the universities to establish an appropriate
balance," he said.
"Dr. McGeer is sympathetic to
foreign students," Soles said.
"However, universities are under
pressure to hire Canadians first."
"Universities should recognize
that and try to achieve balance. All
the positions available should not
be filled by foreign students."
"There are quite a number of
foreign students who do come in,
and in times when people are
striving for jobs, a university can
take a beating from a PR point of
view if they hire foreign students
instead of Canadians," Soles said.
In the letter McGeer says he has
resisted pressure to impose differential fees for foreign students as
has been done in other provinces.
McGeer said teachers and students
from foreign countires "add immeasurably to the quality of
university life."
"Those with student visas work
harder, and make better use of the
university's money than Canadian
students do," he said. "Any
professor who has worked with
foreign teaching assistanst and
foreign students doing research will
tell you that."
He also said most Canadians
aren't really interested in teaching
assistant positions.
"If, say, 50 teaching assistant
positions were posted tomorrow,
the majority of applicants would be
foreign students," he said.
Vol. LXI, No.
Bus passes
in the wind
B.C. Hydro has given tentative
approval to a bus pass plan which
would offer reduced fare rates to
students in all post-secondary
institutions in the greater Vancouver area, former Alma Mater
Society president Bruce Armstrong
said Thursday.
"If we can get the things (bus
passes) made, we could be selling
them by Oct. 9 or 10" he said.
Hydro spokesman, Larry Wight,
said he is optimistic about getting
final approval for the passes.
Wight said he will be giving
Armstrong an answer today as to
whether the proposal meets with
Hydro chairman Robert Bonner's
approval. Later, if approved,
Hydro will examine how to implement the plan, he added.
The proposed system would be
based on a similar program now in
effect at the University of Victoria.
The Vancouver program would
be experimental basis and subject to
review by the Urban Transit
Authority at the end of April, 1979.
As presented by Hydro, the bus
pass plan involves three-month bus
passes starting Oct. 15 at a cost of
$45 per student, said Armstrong.
He said a meeting will be held
Saturday to work out administrative details of the passes for
See page 3: BUS
—peter menyasz photo
BATTLE OF WARRIORS terrifies startled observers behind SUB Thursday. Thunder of weapons clashing and
screams of practitioners of ancient martial art of kendo made for interesting noon hour. UBC kendo club members
Hiro Okusa and James Johnstone invite other interested samurai to practices Thursday at 7:30 p.m. upstairs in armoury.
UBC research plans threatened
Recently announced federal
spending cutbacks will seriously
threaten UBC research programs
while new research projects will be
drastically cut, UBC's research
administrator said Thursday.
"If most of our projects wrap up
'Image of male God is absurd'
"It's absurd that a man's sexual
equipment should deem him
important as a priest," according
to university chaplain Barbara
Blakely, UBC Anglican
chaplain for the Cooperative
Campus Ministry, is an active
feminist interested in battling
women's stereotypes within the
The church's main objection in
recognizing women in the church
is the imagery of God as a male,
according to Blakely.
"I don't see God as a male
figure. The idea that a priest's
sexual equipment is seen to be
important is absurd. The language
of God need not be said in a
masculine way. I believe that the
language of Jesus sharing his
body sounds like a mother sharing
her body with her baby."
Blakely says she feels it is
important that women reclaim
their power as women.
"We  have  to   tell   our   own
myths. The Jesus, father-son ideal
. is  an  exclusively  male  system.
Women have to be able to share
their power of nurturance."
In the future, Blakely says she
would like to see the heavy
mystical image of the priest and
his authority downplayed to give
the clergy more equality with the
laypeople  of  the   congregation.
"The whole community should
take part in the functions of the
church. I'd like to see women
develop their authority in new
ways so they're not put on a
Blakely, who studied at the
Chicago Theological Seminary
after receiving her BA at UBC,
says she ran into stiff opposition
See page 3: WOMAN
this year, it will mean a huge cut (in
research funding)," Richard
Spratley said Thursday.
UBC's Westwater Research
Centre will be among the hardest
hit by the federal cuts, according to
the Association of Universities and
Colleges of Canada.
Westwater, a water resources
research centre, will lose two-thirds
of its federal funding.
Westwater director Andrew
Thompson said Thursday federal
funding accounts for 25 per cent of
the centre's total funding.
"We are concerned about the
loss (of federal funding), but the
studies we are involved in have high
priority. We may be able to find
other avenues for support,"
Thompson said.
According to the AUCC's
newsletter, the national health
research development fund budget
will be reduced by 20 per cent. Only
current projects will be maintained
while support for new projects will
be cut in half.
A similar position has been taken
by   the   department   of  national
health and welfare, which is no
longer accepting new commitments
for the health resources fund.
Spratley said this would harm new
research programs.
"Our current programs will be
allowed to run their course, but new
programs will be seriously
restricted," he said.
The Medical Research Council
had its budget cut by $500,000.
"It (the MRC) should have had
its budget doubled," associate
medicine dean Dennis Vance said
"The cuts are going to erode our
ability to do research, but I suppose
our cuts don't look so bad compared to the way other people got
chopped," he said.
Vance also said the federal
government was the primary source
of funding for medical research at
Spratley said some of the lost
federal funds could be offset by
increased revenue from other
"The provincial government is
See page 2: STUDY Page 2
Friday, September 22, 1978
By federal move
Study ability cut
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putting more money into medical
research this year than ever
before," he said.
He added that $1.2 million would
be raised for research in lottery
revenues. Spratley also said he
hopes additional funding would
come from the private sector.
"This last year there was a big
increase in support from private
foundations and companies," he
Si"       /
said. "I just hope this trend continues."
UBC received 66 per cent of its
1977-78 fiscal year research funds
from federal sources. The bulk of
the funds came from the three
national granting councils. About
20 per cent of the federal money
came from government departments and agencies.
Canadian companies and
foundations provided 21 per cent of
the university's research money,
while the provincial government
accounted for an additional 5.3 per
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Page 3
—nchard schreiner photo
WORDS BETWEEN LINES of thought intrigue last student to leave armoury after weeks of unmitigated chaos.
Leftover books, paper and garbage are only reminder of intellectual wanderings of 23,000 knowledge-hungry souls
who annually seek wisdom by traipsing through maze of plywood to site of dead sea scrolls and other required
textbooks. Indoor tennis is next major event for venerable building.
Woman priest faces hostility
From page 1
with her wish to become an ordained minister.
"There was a lot of hidden
hostility. Women encounter a lot
of closed doors and they are often
discouraged by that. There aren't
a lot of people in the system that
are willing to give encouragement
to young women interested in
becoming ministers."
Blakely says at the time she was
ordained there were members of
the church who were opposed to
letting women become ordained
ministers. "They felt it was
bizarre or heretical."
She comments frankly on the
employment oppbrtunities for
women as minsters.
"It's hard for women to get
jobs because the parish is going
out on a limb hiring them. But it's
more easy going here in Vancouver than in Chicago."
This year Blakely was ordained
as an Episcopalian priest, one of
the first women Anglican priests
in Canada. She was not ordained
in Chicago where she was
studying, but in Indianapolis.
Blakely says much of the opposition she ran into in Chicago
stemmed from feuding factions
within the church diocese.
"They had reached a stalemate
over the issue. We (the women
who were hoping to be ordained)
didn't want to have a great big
terrible fight."
She says their solution was to
find a sympathetic diocese in
Indianapolis that agreed to ordain
them, although they were women.
"I was running into a lot of
church politics and big brick
Before 1974 women in the
Anglican church could not be
ordained, Blakely said. There has
been a large increase in the female
enrolment in the seminaries at the
Vancouver School of Theology,
she added.
Blakely says the more relaxed
and liberal view of women in the
church today came about as a
result of the turmoil of the sixties.
The "demystification of
authority" allowed women the
choice of having a more important position within the
Blakely said she decided to
become a minister while she was
working in a Chicago hospital.
Students pan
Crusade film
Students looking for a bit of
twisted humor at noon Thursday
received a twist themselves when a
scheduled taping in the SUB
auditorium of the comedy show Dr.
Bundolo was pre-empted by the
film "How's Your Love Life?"
"That Bundolo bunch, they're a
scream," said one dazed viewer
after watching the film sponsored
by the Campus Crusade for
But the last laugh may have been
on the Crusade, which saw its film
attendance drop from an estimated
1,200 people last year to 25 or 30
who appeared for Thursday
morning's showing.
The Crusade, which counts Billy
Graham among the members of its
board of directors, is one arm of
the same organization behind the
"I Found It" media campaign held
last year.
The campus organization also
backs the Athletes in Action
ministry and a Music ministry
which are aimed at influencing the
world toward Christianity, according to Rod Aim, a Crusade
The evangelical group outraged
some UBC Christians last year with
its hard-sell approach, which included a widespread poster campaign, pamphlets promoting the
film and four people dressed as
rabbits and Raggedy Ann dolls
carrying signs advertising the film.
Last year, Don Johnson,
Lutheran campus chaplain, accused
the Crusade of making Christ into a
commodity like Coca-Cola and of
"peddling the faith".
Aim admitted the crusade had
felt last year's criticism but denied
this had resulted in a toning down
of the publicity.
"We are showing the film earlier
this year and there simply hasn't
been enough time to do what we did
last year," he said.
Aim said the audience numbers
are declining because the Crusade
was denied permission to hand out
pamphlets. Obviously this had an
effect.But we aren't that interested
in numbers anyway. They really
aren't that important."
Barb Blakely of the Lutheran
Campus Centre said she was
disappointed and surprised that the
film was shown again after its
original negative reception. A
workshop in alternative evangelical
methods is scheduled for Saturday
at the Lutheran Campus Centre to
counteract the hard-sell approach
of the Crusade, she added.
Students interviewed outside the
Bargain computer 'working like charm'
UBC's new bargain-basement
central processing unit, the main
computer on campus, is working
like a charm, computing centre
director James Kennedy said
Kennedy said the Amdahl Ltd.
computer, which replaced UBC's
IBM 370/168 CPU in April is able
to operate 70 per cent faster than its
predecessor, as well as being able to
handle larger work loads.
The UBC administration dealt
the giant IBM firm a strong blow
when it decided to purchase
Amdahl's   $2.74   million   system
instead of a similar IBM unit priced
at $3.3 million. Amdahl also
arranged a trade-in on UBC's old
computer, making the university's
net bill about $600,000.
The Amdahl CPU is made to fit
in with existing IBM computer
equipment still in use at UBC.
Ironically, the only problem
currently hampering the computer
system is in its magnetic tape drives,
which are IBM products, according
to computer sciences assistant
professor Bary Pollack. The
Amdaly choice was an extremely
wise decision, he added.
Kenedy said the computer has
proven acceptable to both faculty
and students so far.
Computing centre associate
director Allan Fowler said the new
CPU is only part of an over-all plan
to constantly upgrade the campus
computer system.
The Amdahl unit acts as the main
processing unit for the 150 computer terminals on campus, he said.
IBM representative Ron Roy,
who handles the UBC  IBM  ac
count, said UBC's decision to
purchase the Amdahl unit might
have been a good one "depending
on the circumstances" and declined
to comment further.
auditorium expressed favourable
comments in general on the film
itself and few said they felt they
have been given a salespitch.
But Greg Sheppard, commerce 1,
who identified himself as a
Christian and a member of the
Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship
said he did not like the film because
it gave a false impression of
"It presented Christian life as
easy, which it is not. There are
doubts and questions, too," he
Sheppard said that while he does
not agree with the Crudsade's
methods, he does approve of their
goal of trying to reach as many
people as possible with the
Christian message.
Other students said they were
unaware that the film was a pitch
for Christianity and added they
probably would not have come if
they had known.
Bus passes
could give
fair fares
From page 1
other post-secondary institutions if
they get approval.
The price of the proposed pass is
based on one return ride from UBC
five days a week. The regular fare
for this trip would be $56. If the
rider uses the pass more often he
saves more money.
The pass would be effective seven
days a week and would allow its
holder unlimited rides. Distribution
at UBC would be handled through
the Alma Mater Society office,
which would certify the applicant as
a student and issue a laminated bus
card, which presented along with an
AMS card would allow the student
unlimited travel on the buses, in bus
zone A (which includes North
Vancouver, Burnaby and all of
greater Vancouver).
After the trial run of the bus pass
program from October to
December the bus passes would sell
for $66 for a four month period,
Armstrong said.
But getting bus passes does not
mean students will stop opposing
the recent fare increases, John
Doherty of the B.C. Students
Federation said Thursday. He said
students will continue to support
the opposition to fare increases by
assisting in the distribution and
printing of 15 cent promissory
The tentative approval of bus
passes for students comes only one
week after announcements of
cutbacks in service to the university. The cutbacks increased waiting
times for buses going to and from
the university.
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Mining all wet with high technology
Mining will shift from land to sea as underdeveloped coutries become more industrialized, a
world-famous metallurgist visiting UBC said Thursday.
"Western Europe, North America and the U.S.S.R.
consume 20 times more lead, zinc, iron and copper
than the underdeveloped countries but make up only
one quarter of their population," Denys Richardson
told about 40 people in the chemistry building.
In 100 years deep sea mining will be necessary when
underdeveloped countries begin producing and
consuming metals, he said.
Deep sea nodules which contain lumps of minerals
are the future providers of copper, nickel and cobalt,
he added.
Extracting minerals from the nodules is expensive,
Richardson said, because .the lumps containing
mineral ore are located about 5,000 below the surface.
But several companies are already using deep sea
mining techniques to obtain metal ore, he said.
"We are not running out of metals the way we're
running out of oil. If we are willing to pay enough we
can get metals by mining deep below the surface of the
earth. But by that method we cannot obrain metals at
a reasonable cost." Page 4
Friday, September 22, 1978
That's what people want when things get tough
and that's what we're giving them.
Scapegoats do not have to be the cause of a
specific problem, they just have to be available and
clearly visible.
Like foreign students.
Education minister Pat McGeer says universities are
being pressured to adopt a "Canada first" policy for
hiring teaching assistants because of high unemployment.
Although McGeer says foreign students should not
be barred from B.C. universities, he buckles under to
pressure for some kind of controls on foreign students
and recommends establishing a "balance" between
Canadian and foreign students.
Where does this pressure for persecuting foreign
students come from?
It doesn't spring from any real effect they have on
unemployment. UBC vice-president Eric Vogt discounts this myth. "Large numbers of foreign students
might have an effect on employment, but we're not
anywhere near that ball park," he says.
Instead of posing a threat to Canadians competing
for scarce jobs, foreign students boost the economy
by bringing much needed foreign currency into our
Clearly, there is little threat of non-Canadians stealing jobs from Canadians who really want them.
There is only one possible reason for McGeer's comments advocating foreign student quotas. Bigotry.
McGeer himself may not be a racist, but he is yielding
to pressure from a collection of red-necks, some in influential positions in Vancouver's news media.
McGeer argues that he has not yielded to pressure
to impose differential fees. Both Ontario and Alberta
are charging higher tuition fees for foreign students.
But McGeer has merely established a different type
of quota system.
Instead of weeding out poorer potential students
with higher tuition fees, he adopts a more general approach and recommends cutting back on all foreign
students if the economy is in a slump.
But McGeer is right when he says foreign students
"add immeasurably to the quality of university life."
Instead of yielding to the sentiments of rabid
newspaper columnists in vogue these days, he should
have stuck to this latter principle and planned his
policies accordingly.
Providing post-secondary education is one of the
cheapest forms of foreign aid Canada can provide to
underdeveloped countries and one that is needed
almost with exception.
Instead of looking for opportunities to cut back on
the number of foreign students, we should actively encourage other countries to send their students to
Canadian universities.
We should consider it a tribute and an honour that
other nations should choose to send their students to
our universities.
Well done
The Alma Mater Society has acquired a reputation
in recent years for weak and ineffectual government.
The recent success of former society president
Bruce Armstrong in working to get student bus passes
is a welcome exception to that rule.
Armstrong started the campaign to get bus passes
for students in July and is to be commended for sticking with the project till its conclusion despite academic
problems which forced him to resign from the
presidency recently.
Board ignores Chilean human rights
After a long campaign to stop
Noranda's investment in Chile
which many of you showed your
opposition to, the board of governors decided to send Noranda a
polite letter showing their concern
over investment in countries which
abuse human rights.
This weak step was done more to
show that the right things were
being done rather than out of any
real concern for human rights or
for the plight of those suffering in
The true position of the board of
governors was revealed in May
during an internationally broad
hunger strike demanding that the
Chilean Junta release information
on more than 2500 political
prisoners missing since the coup of
September 11, 1973.
At that time, many groups in
British Columbia sent telegrams to
the junta with the same demands
and to the Canadian government so
as to pressure the junta to release
information.    The    board    of
governors, the only governing body
convening during the vacation was
asked by a student representative to
do the same on behalf of UBC. The
chairman   of   the   board,    after
out of order. That is, the board of
governors washed its hands of the
agony of more than 2,500 people.
Is this what you want of your
board of governors? If not, make
a letter or by signing the petition.
Do not let the board of governors
back down from its moral
responsibility. Act now!
committee for the defense of
limited duscussion ruled the request    your opinion known through either    human rights in Chile
Pennies will drown Hydro
SEPTEMBER 22, 1978
Published Tuesdays. Thursdays and Fridays throughout the
university year by the Alma Mater Society of the University of
B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not of the
AMS or the university administration. Member, Canadian
University Press..The Ubyssey publishes Page Friday, a weekly commentary and review. The Ubyssey's editorial office is in
room 241K of the Student Union Building. Editorial departments, 228-2301; Advertising, 228-3977.
Editor: Mike Bocking
It was a dark and stormy night. Tom Hawthorn and Heather Conn, after seeing the beautiful wedding of Robert Jordan and Judith Ince, decided a bond should be made between themselves. So they
had their car (actually it was Bill Tieleman's) break down near an eerie castle. But an eerier Verne
McDonald answered the door, clouds of smoke billowing around, while the weird music of the Bocking
brothers echoed behind. The sight of Carol Read (a domestic) didn't reassure them. Suddenly Tom
and Heather were rushed into the Bisexual Bicultural party, where Peters Manyasz and Strickland,
Glen Schaefer ,*Ted Collins, and'Gray Kyles were dancing the Time-Blorg. Soon they were greeted by
the evil Dr. Greg Strong, resplendent in stockings and cofeet. "I have created the perfect man," he
declared. "He'll make Larry turn Green." Assisted by the sinister Wheelwright twins, he began the horrible process. Dick Bale and John Woudzia unveiled the tank. Duane Danillson, Mike Jones, Chris Sia,
Biba Tomasic and Richard Creech looked on breathlessly. Dave Morton stepped out. "Why's
everybody laughing?" he said.
I was on a Granville St. bus this
morning when a passenger
presented 35 cents and one of the
15-cent promissory notes. The bus
driver refused to accept it,
discharged all his passengers witht
eh exception of the protestor,
pulled down his poles and sat
waiting for supervisory action.
Unfortunately I didn't have time to
observe the outcome.
Apparently the acceptance of
these I.O.U.'s is at the discretion of
the individual bus driver. Some will
accept them, many won't. The
inconvenience of deboarding and
reboarding appeared to infuriate
most of the passengers and the
resentment was directed not at the
driver but at the protestor.
Some conclusions — most people
do not object to the higher fares.
Rather than a campaign for a
reduction I suggest that we press for
a monthly pass for people on
limited income: students, welfare
recipients, people on unemployment. Secondly rather than use
I.O.U.'s I suggest protestors drop
anywhere from 35 to 50 pennies
into the fare box.
It will be more fun to watch the
driver trying to count them,
especially if their weight trips the
trap door. Further, a widespread
use of pennies may result in the fare
box having to be emptied before the
end of day and will result in a
longer   sorting   and   wrapping
process and necessitate increased
storage space.
Additional armored service
vehicles and personnel will be
required and most important will be
the trouble caused at whatever bank
B.C. Hydro deals with.
P.W. Pratchett
Wide lanes bad policy
I am writing to express my opposition to the present road widening on the UBC campus (Wesbrook
Mall and East Mall are being widened from two travelling lanes to four
lanes between 16th and Thunderbird Boulevard).
After speaking to" a member of
the Board of Governors I understand that the board actually never
passed a motion at any of its
meetings authorizing the widening.
The decision was made by the
physical plant department. Can
anyone imagine the Vancouver City
engineer widening roads without
the authorization of, city council?
In the campus publication "UBC
calendar" it states that the widening
is needed to provide better access to
the new hospital under construction. But what about improvements
to transit as this has been considered an alternative to widening
roads? Or is money only available
for roads and not for transit?
It seems the physical plant
department has money only for
roads and it tries to avoid transit.
It's about time that transit receive
some priority on this campus and
not treated just as a "motherhood"
Nathan Davidowicz
unclassified 5 Friday, September 22, 1978
Page 5
"The fare is 50 cents," the driver
"I'm sorry, I forgot." I fish into
my pocket and pull out a tattered
yellow note. 1 have been carrying it*
for two weeks, ready to use. After
; 10 bus rides at 35 cents, the
eleventh driver finally objects.
"I can't accept this."
"Sorry, it's all I have." I can feel
the weight of about a dollar's worth
of change in my pocket. Three rides
at 35 cents, two rides at 50.
"I'll- have to phone the supervisor. It's either pay the full fare or
leave the bus." His union has
already told him that is not so. But
it is still mostly the company that
hires and fires.
We lie to each other for another
moment, then I say "thank-you,
anyway" and start walking to the
back. When I'm half-way down the
aisle, the motor stops. The sound of
heavy rain and of people shifting in
wet clothing.
I find a place and sit down,
wondering how long I will wait this
The first time it was about half
an hour. It was a busy night and the
supervisor was short on patience —
and sense. He gave us one minute
before he called the police. There
were three of us and we all looked
at each other.
He called the police. Though we
hadn't yet heard that the police
were refusing to answer such calls
unless there was a disturbance, we
did know they could technically lay
no charges against us.
But they could hassle us. Two of
us had long hair, the other a beard.
One was carrying an illegal substance. We had enough beer on our
breath to qualify for a leisurely
evening in the drunk tank.
We decided to let pass this unique
opportunity to converse with one of
Vancouver's finest and instead,
make it to last-call at the Austin.
We got off the bus and the
supervisor cancelled the police call.
It didn't end. We wanted
assurance that we would receive our
money back. The supervisor called
us welfare bums. He told us to get
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Guerilla busf ight
jobs, so we could pay the fare like
everyone else.
"That's not the point," we said.
All of us were full-time students.
Two of us were working. None
were too poor to pay the fare increase, if it was necessary. We said
He became abusive and arrogant,
heaped the blames of the world on
us, and refused point-blank to
answer our questions. What we had
wanted to be a cool but civil exchange had become an ugly
I've never had to wait on a bus
alone.   There   are   always   a   few
curious people who stay and talk
with me, ask about the protest and
wait to see how I do. No one has
ever complained or blamed me.
This time the supervisor comes
more quickly. The bus is full when
he arrives. He is not gruff and
irritable like the others.
There has been a change of
tactics. He asks for identification.
My Alma Mater Society card does
not satisfy him, for he wants
verification of my address. My
social insurance card is also no
He decides to accept my note.
"But we don't give transfers with
these notes. If you're going to
UBC, you'll have to walk from
Blanca Loop."
"This bus goes to UBC."
"It's stopping at Blanca Loop.
You'll have to transfer to the next
"Thank you very much, I'll
walk. Good afternoon." I stay in
my seat.
Proudly displaying its "10 -
Tenth - UBC VIA BLVD" sign, the
bus pulls out and up the hill. The
driver refuses pick-up to people
standing at bus stops in the pouring
rain, waiting for this bus, which is
almost ten minutes late. They shout
and swear as we pull away after
discharging passengers.
There is nothing I can do. B.C.
Hydro policy has made this
necessary from the moment the
motor was turned off.
I try to get off at the stop before
Blanca Loop, thinking perhaps
then the bus will be allowed to go
on, and I could save a wet walk up
the block to hitch-hike.
The driver ignores the bell and
passes the stop. I go up and point
the stop out to him.
"Must have poor eyesight," he
says. I don't know if he means me
or himself. As I go out the door I
hear the driver turn and tell 60
students that they will have to get
out and wait for ■ another bus.
Someone yells. "Bullshit!".
I smile as I walk up to University
Boulevard to hitch-hike. It's been a
good day. If only more drivers were
like that, I think. If only they all
followed B.C. Hydro's harrass-at-
any-cost policy, the whole system
would grind to a halt within hours.
I caught a ride immediately.
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Friday, September 22, 1978
'Tween classes
Women's drop-in, noon, SUB 130.
First meeting of the year, noon. International
House upper lounge.
Luncheon, noon. International House.
Demonstration debate on: That those who can,
do; those who can't teach, noon, SUB 215.
Intramural two mile jog, noon, Mclnnes field
behind War Memorial Gym.
General meeting, noon, SUB 212.
Get acquainted night, 7:30 to 10 p.m., SUB 215.
Hot flashes
Ubyssey crew
throws iete
Come to the Ubyssey office in
SUB 241K on Friday Sept. 29 and
indulge in delights of the senses.
There will be dancing bears, trapeze
artists, backroom orgies, wild abandon and amber liquid flowing in
rivers from the Ubyssey fountain of
To more easily picture this scene
erase the dancing bears, trapeze artists and backroom orgies from the
previous description and replace
them with an office full of people-
starved newspaper staffers wasting
away from lack of sleep, food and
the other fundamentals of life.
They will greet you with open
arms and entertain you with amusing recollections, newspaper anecdotes and other memorabilia.
Don't bother listening to them.
Grab a brew, sit down and ask an
intelligent-looking editor why you
should devote your time and energy
to help these poor emaciated and
wilting   journalists.
Within months you too can
become a certified Ubyssey
reporter and academic tragedy.
Just send yourself (a cheque or
money order will not suffice) in a
self-addressed piece of clothing to
the Ubyssey office next Friday at
noon, no extra charge for Canadian
EH bashes
No one ever expects the Spanish
Inquisition, right? But International
House is expecting the Inquisition
band to draw heretics in by the
droves for their Latin American
Night on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The night will feature Latin
American music, folk lore and food
for the low admission price of
$2.50. Tickets must be purchased in
advance at IH.
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7:30 p.m. - 9:45   p.m.
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Open 11-7:00
Big or
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0 p.m., SUB party room.
Electronic planetary interface communications,
10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., IRC building, room B-80.
First meeting, noon, Grad Student Centre committee room.
Salmon barbecue, 5:30 p.m., Lutheran Campus
General meeting and orientation session, noon,
SUB 215.
Dinner meeting, 6:00 p.m., St. Mark's College.
Demonstration by Alexander Kwok, noon, SUB
Free disco 78, 8:00 p.m.. International House.
First party, 8
Latin   America   night,   6   p.m..   International
General meeting, noon, SUB 130.
General meeting, noon, Wesbrook 100.
Group meditation, noon, Angus 210.
Workshop, 5:00 p.m., armoury 208.
Auditions for Lenore Nevermore, noon and 3:30
p.m., Dorothy Somerse Studio.
Speaker lona Campagnolo, noon, SUB 207.
Lesbian drop-in, noon, SUB 130.
Women's drop-in, noon, SUB 130.
Lecture on Uganda: The making of a modern
tragedy by Prof. Kenneth Ingham, noon, Buch.
Auditions for Lenore Nevermore, 3:30 and 7:30
p.m., Dorothy Somerset Studio.
General meeting, noon, SUB 233.
A late payment fee of $35.00 additional to all other fees will be
assessed if payment of the first instalment is not made on or before
September 22. Refund of this fee will be considered only on the basis
of a medical certificate covering illness or on evidence of domestic
affliction. If fees are not paid in full by October 6,1978, registration
will be cancelled and the student concerned excluded from classes.
If a student whose registration has been cancelled for non-payment
of fees applies for reinstatement and the application is approved by
the Registrar, the student will be required to pay a reinstatement fee
of $35.00, the late fee of $35.00, and all other outstanding fees before
being permitted to resume classes.
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Publications Office, Room 241, S.U.B., UBC, Van., B.C. V6T 1W5
5 — Coming Events
"The place to be this year."
Free Disco—Fri., Sept. 22, 9:00 p.m.
Latin  America  Night — Sat., Sept.
23, 6:30 p.m. Latin food, culture and
dance to  live  Latin band,  "Inquisition". $2.50 for the show.
International     Food    and     Cultural
Fair   —  Wed.,   Sept.   27,  6:30   p.m.
Food and cultural presentation from
10 different countries. $2.50.  Phone
228-5021 for advance tickets.
Every Wednesday  is  Folk  Night at
the Coffeeplace.
Nigerian National Day Celebration,
Sept. 30 — Dance and Variety Show,
8:00  p.m.
35 - Lost
REWARD for return of Tissot woman's
wrist watch, silver band. Lost Friday
English Dept.  872-4103.
LOST — My copy of this months Playboy in Subfilms presentation of
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65 — Scandals
CITR    UBC    RADIO    FM   CABLE    95.9.
The sound of the campus open for
membership. Room 233 SUB. Come
up for a look around.
Dr. Donald Stephens, a Canadian
literature expert in UBC's Department of English, speaks on THE
Saturday, Sept. 23, at 8:15 p.m. in
Lecture Hall 2 of the Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre. He
is one of UBC's Master Teachers
and has served for 18 years as associate editor of the UBC journal
"Canadian Literature". He is the
author of several books, including
a critical biography of poet Bliss
children) in the old Aud. Fri aad
Sat.   Only  $1.00.
CBOC COMMITTEE has blessed Bruce
Clarke, a VST resident, with its famed
weekly Wednesday night Pit Award.
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GSA FOLK NIGHT — Friday, Sept. 22,
8:30 p.m. at Grad Centre Garden
Room. No charge, all are invited.
Bring a friend.
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Good condition, 15-20 m.p.g. $500 obo.
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essays, term papers, etc. Can transcribe from a tape recorder. 60e per
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assist in the operation of its LSAT
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Applicants should have a background
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NEEDED — Volunteer reader for visually handicapped student. Help read
essays, notes and texts. Phone Carol,
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with cooking knowledge. Kerrisdale
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dinners and (some) breakfasts for
couple. Weekends off. Wage neg.
High character references essential.
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UBYSSEY CLASSIFIED GET RESULTS  New front opened for budding writers
Hidden on the top floor of Gaslight
Square in the kitschiest area of Vancouver,
the Literary Storefront is beginning its fifth
month as Canada's only privately-run centre
for the exclusive support of Canadian
literature and writers.
It is modelled after Shakespeare and Co.,
the Paris book store which was owned by
Sylvia Beach and frequented by many of the
most importaVn writers of this century.
An effigy of Beach sits in the Storefront
window, while inside there are plants,
Victorian furniture, and photographs of
Shakespeare and Co. regulars, including T.S.
Eliot, James Joyce, and Ezra Poind.
—geof wheelwright photo
Support needed for Canadian literature
The Literary Storefront's Sylvia Beach is
Mona Fertig, a poet whose mother is a Tarot
card reader. After graduating from high
school, Fertig took one year at the Vancouver Art School, and later worked as arts
and craft instructor and as an education and
special events co-ordinator at the Surrey Art
She first organized readings in 1975 when
she began a reading hour for the Vancouver
Art Gallery.
She has become acquainted with many of
the writers whom she invites to read at the
Storefront through her poetry. Her first two
books of poems were self-published and her
third, Seasons That I Am was published by
Intermedia Press.
Because of her experience in the literary
world, Fertig saw the lack of centres for
writers in Canada. There was no equivalent
of the now defunct City Lights Bookstore in
San Francisco, or the Poetry Project in New
York — places run by writers to encourage
other writers. However, unlike Sylvia Beach,
Fertig did not or could not plan to become
self-supporting from selling books and
Instead, Fertig applied for a Canada
Council grant, which was approved in
October 1977 and began on May 13, 1978
with the opening of the Storefront. The grant
lasts eight months and pays only for the
overhead and Fertig's salary.
The other costs are covered by fees from
over fifty members, admission fees for
readings, donations, and selling supporters
their names in gold on bricks inside the
Storefront. J
Although Fertig hopes to have her grant
renewed, she has begun a drive to become
self sufficient with a new fall workshop    _^_.
programme   which   will   begin   in   early       W4f,
The lecturers and topics are Jack B odgins,
short fiction, Andreas Shroeder, journalism;
Lionel Kearns, poetry, John Lazarus
playwrighting; Alan Oman, television drama I;
writing; and Anne Marriot, peotry for
Fertig also offers important Canadian
writers reading their works. This September,
she is featuring Jack Hodgins, Joanne
Yamaguchi, Avron Hoffman, David
Watmough, Anne Cameron, and Betty
Lambert. For a well-known writer such as
Hodgins or Dorothy Livesay, eighty people
will come, and admission is charged.
The Storefront, however, is not just a
display for established writers. Most of the
activities, ranging from tapes of Sylvia Plath
reading her later poems to free films such as
Anne Cameron's Dreamspeaker, are
designed for starting or secret writers, or
anyone interested in books and the arts.
Fertig presents storefront forum for writers
-geof wheelwright photo
Perhaps the most important services are
the open readings held every third Sunday
(where about twenty people normally show
up to read from their work or just listen.
Feedback sessions, and a tea also held every
second Saturday.
Storefront members will also be able to use
the lending library, which is catalogued so it
can later go into a public collection.
While there are about eighty books, it is
questionable where the service is worthwhile.
Most the the titles are classics such as
Wuthering Heights, The Stone Angel, Crime
and Punishment, and The Wind in the
Willows — books that are available in more
convenient public libraries.
Perhaps the library's problem is the
problem of the rest of the Storefront: lack of
publicity and subsequent lack of funds and
donations. While there have been stories of
the Storefront in local newspapers and
magazines, few people in Gastown know of
the Storefront's existence, let alone its
The Storefront does have contacts with
organizations such as The New Play Center
and The Surrey Art Gallery, but it has
nothing to do with any university, or even the
UBC creative writing department. As a
consequence, all the people who come to the
Storefront are either writers or book lovers
interested in the literary scene.
Because Fertig can not afford much advertising, programmes of Storefront events
are usually available only in its newsletter
and the Georgia Straight. As a result, the
Storefront has become a centre almost exclusively for writers, who are more prone to
find out about it.
The value of such a largely obscure centre
can not be judged. The easiest approach is to
argue that the Storefront has little value to
the average taxpayer who supports Canada
Council, and that it should be entirely self-
sufficient. There are other forums where
writers can test their work on others, so the
Storefront is not essential for that purposes.
Indeed, it offers only an audience made of
other writers.
Another easy criticism is the one that
Fertig invites: comparison with Shakespeare
and Co. The photographs of Ezra Pound and
James Joyce which hang on the wall are a
contrast to the often empty Storefront.
Vancouver is not Paris, Fertig is not Sylvia
Beach, and none of the writers who come are
near the stature of the Shakespeare and Co.
The Literary Storefront must instead be
viewed by itself, as a unique Canadian centre
for writers which should not be compared to
other places. Appreciating obscure writers
can be difficult, but after all, even James
Joyce and Ezra Pound were once obscure,
writers who were unknown outside a limited
Male glamour guide cries for retouching
We all have something better to do than
waste our time looking through this best-
selling guide to male beauty. The time of the
male beauty book has probably come, due to
the change in men's styles and fashions in the
last 10 years to the more colorful, varied, and
let's face it, feminine. Yet if this is the
natural result of the entrance of men into the
fashion-trendy scene, heaven help us.
Looking Good:
A Guide for Men
By Charles Hix
$14.9.5, New York: Hawthorn Books
200 pages, Illus.	
Looking Good deals with its subject in
terms more contemptuous and condescending than can be found in any
women's grooming guide or magazine in
recent history. It is full of half-bits of information about physical aspects of the
body, nothing is suggested about clothes or
hairstyles or dieting or health, the kind of
information routinely found in any book
intended for women. While it may have been
a good idea to leave out hairstyles and
wardrobe due to the state of flux of today's
fashions, the things that are left add up to
200-plus pages of clinical directives rendered
in a smarmy style reminiscent of an off-day
Sprinkled among the chapters about hair
health, skin health, complexion health, etc.,
are cut headlines, a section on hairpieces is
dubbed Piece and Happiness, another on
acne, The Pits. The advice given is either
simplistic or grandiose. Any fool knows not
to use a cologne over a strong shower soap,
or to seek professional help to correct
wrinkles. In fact, if we are all supposed to
run to a salon to get a proper dye job or to a
physician to deal with rashes or prolonged
ailments, what do we need Charles Hix for?
The Sensuous Man by M, although a sex
guide, contains vast chunks on personal
hygiene that make a lot of sense. A man who
has thought about making a change in his
looks not only doesn't need Looking Good,
he won't get much help from it either.
Every chapter starts out with an over-sized
underlined paragraph of deadwood that
nobody is going to read. It's not text, just
cutesy miscellanea, begging to be skipped.
The message of all this is that books, like
men, are not made, they are designed.
Perhaps the makers of Looking Good were
somewhat intimidated by the idea of
producing 200 pages of substance?
Then there are the dozens of photographs,
Guys wet, muddy, cool, grimy, and most of
them very boring. There's even a chapter on
perspiration,  with  shots  of sweaty guys.
There is one photo that communicates
something relevant, a shot of a very handsome man still in his youth who has begun to
show wrinkles on his deeply tanned skin. It is
worth a thousand of Hix's words.
The cover photo, of a pointy-nosed, pretty
model looking dumbly into the camera,
unshaven, ruffled, and tousled, is an
ominous harbinger of what we are supposed
to become after reading the book. He and
Hix appeared together on Merv Griffin's
television  show  this   summer,   the   model
"Should I lift my chin
ultimately photographs well only from the
front, as on the cover of the book, and he
had absolutely nothing perceptive to say. Hix
was genial, in his every-hair-in-place, tight-
clothes manner.
The most disturbing aspect of the book is
its attempt to make men into self-concious,
petty creatures, the sort of stereotype women
are moving away from.
for the photo?"
Between the lines, we are supposed to feel
obliged to follow Hix's dogma, or else we are
failures as civilized men. Yet how can we
take these  Sermons  from  Mount  Groom
seriously when it steadfastly refuses to be
helpful or plain readable? It would be impossible to take seriously anyone who lives
his life by this awful and silly book.
Page Friday, 2
Friday, September 22, 1978 Poetry attacked as pornographic
"Poetry at its worst can only ever be
erotic, or perhaps crude but never pornographic," says Bill Home, co-ordinator
for the Vancouver Poetry Centre.
Locail Vancouver poet bill bissett has
recently become the victim of a vicious "hate
campaign" launched by local media personalities and certain Liberal and Conservative MP's. The principle accusations
against bissett concern his alleged use of pornography.
"Pornography is something that involves
exploitation of one form or another," says
Home "like women who solicit down on
Granville Mall, or drugstores that sell plastic
covered men's magazines. That's a deliberate
exploitation of sex and that's pornography.
Bill isn't out to peddle anything to anyone."
UBC English professors Warren Tallman
and Bill Home who started the Vancouver
Poetry Centre in 1960 have come to bissett's
defense and generated an overwhelming
show of public support for continued funding of his work.
CJOR radio commentator Ed Murphy is
largely responsible for the attacks on bissett.
His recent publication The Legacy of
Spending used eight of bisset's poems
without obtaining any legal consent from
either bissett or his publishing firm, Talon-
books. His purpose for unlawfully "lifting"
the poems was to illustrate how certain recipients of Canada Council grants were misusing the funds to support what he considered
"trash literature."
Bissett's publisher Talonbooks, which is
the largest publisher of English Canadian
drama in the country and the biggest literary
press on the west coast has also been accused
of pornography and gross misuse of Canada
Council funds.
A good number of the 65,000 circulated
copies of Murphy's book caught the
favorable attention of a number of local
politicians who shared his views about
abolishing the Canada Council grant programs altogether, or at least suspending its
mandate until spending structures were revised.
The "Bloc" grant is a special Canada
Council fund which is used to distribute
money to various publishing firms across the
country such as Talonbooks. These firms can
then afford to publish writers they feel have
Through the Bloc grant, Talonbooks have
been able to support the creative efforts of
poets and writers like George Woodcock,
Michele Tremblay, Audrey Thomas, Marie
Claire Blais and George Bowering to name a
The actual understanding or critical aptitude that most politicians express for the
arts in Canada is best revealed in a recent
statement made by Liberal MP Simma Holt
who said, "I don't believe that Canada
Council grants are stimulating culture and I
don't know of anyone who has achieved
greatness through them."
The fact is that most Canadian politicians
have literary horizons that rarely extend
beyond what their Norton Anthologies hold
for them. They still share a belief that the arts
should be directly accountable to Parliament
and individual projects undertaken only if
they are what politicians feel are artistically
But these are major decisions that should
be left to the discretion of publishing firms.
After all, who is in a better qualified position
to judge the literary merit of a piece of
poetry, a minister from Ottawa or a writer's
peers who have some knowledge of contemporary writing in Canada?
"By setting up this sort of administrative
structure," says Home, "the effect it has
upon all art forms, not just literature, would
be both crippling and self defeating".
The implications can be frightening if we
are to accept this solution to the problem
of an alleged misuse of funds. By imposing
political censorship upon individual freedom
of the right to expression, all the undesirable
elements within a particular field would be
phased out. And the Canadian literary
climate would suffer dearly because the very
nature of this "form" of censorship would
eliminate the greater number of qualified and
gifted writers. '
But bissett and Talonbooks have decided
to fight back. They filed a suit in the
Supreme Court charging eight MPs, seven
newspapers and thirteen others with libel and
infringement of copyright law.
The Vancouver Poetry Centre has also
held a number of Benefit bashes over the past
few weeks highlighted by poetry chants led
BISSETT . . . victim of issue-starved media and politicians
by bissett himself. The benefits were a resounding success, raising well over the $3,000
quota that had to be met in order to publish
the full page ad that appears in today's Province.
The ad contains a short statement endorsing both bissett's and Talonbooks' major
contributions to a literature which is being
studied in circles around the world. The ad
also has a list of the contributing supporters
with a picture from the cover of bissett's
latest publication entitled Sailor.
"Public response has been tremendous
thus   far,"   concluded   Home,   "you  just
wouldn't believe the vast number of people
who are genuinely concerned about the
future welfare of the arts as a whole, and not
just specifically bill or Talon."
Although the threat of encroaching
political censorship is closing in on us, it
looks as though bill bissett and Talonbooks
are at least going to win the first battle.
For further information concerning the attacks on the works bissett and Talonbooks, or for those wishing to make a contribution, write to The Vancouver Poetry
Centre, 3504 Bella Vista, Vancouver, B. C.
Rauschenberg exploits Vancouver audience
Robert Rauschenberg's Works from
Captiva at the Vancouver Art Gallery until
October 29 suggest that his best work belongs
to the past. That Rauschenberg has left his
impression on 20th century art is undeniable. But that he continues to create
works of lasting significance is debatable.
Rauschenberg's "combines," as he terms
them, are assemblages of society's debris,
wallpaper, magazine covers, newspaper
clippings and rubber tires. Although
Rauschenberg claims that the history of art
neither influences nor interests him, the
collage has an illustrious past in the 20th
Century, having been used by groups as
diverse as the Bauhaus, Cubists and
Surrealists. Rasuchenberg has an inescapable
debt to these pioneers of the collage,
although he has not acknowledged it.
Rauschenberg's art also relates to Abstract
Expressionism, the artistic vogue of the 50's.
In 1953 Rauschenberg erased a drawing given
to hirn by Willem de Kooning, one of the
founders of the Abstract Expressionist
Rauschenberg explained his erased de
Kooning Drawing: "I was trying both to
purge myself of my teaching and at the same
time exercising the possibilities." Through
his symbolic action of erasing De Kooning's
drawing, this enfant terrible of the New York
avant garde rejected some of the ideological
undeipinning of Abstract Expressionism,
such as the preoccupation with emotional
expression through abstract images.
Rauschenberg continued to exercise the
possibilities suggested by Abstract Ex-
pressionsism on a visual level. Rauschenberg's sacrifice of order for the poetry of
chaos in the name of spontaneity owes much
to the possibilities extablished by the Abstract Expressionists.
Rauschenberg's work must be seen in
conjunction with the doctrine of spontaneity
established by that movement. There is a
profusion of impersonal images in his works
which challenges the subjective, imageless
canvases of Abstract Expressionism.
Rauschenberg's comment, "I think of
myself as a reporter," is telling. His works
serve as a testament to the mass culture of the
50's and bear witness to the aesthetic
concerns of his contemporaries.
Works from Captiva were created in 1978.
The "combines" of the 50's have become the
"spreads" and "scales" of the 70's. Bjorn
Borg has replaced Nikita Kruschev and
reproductions of King Tut have usurped
Venus with a Mirror in Rauschenberg's
Instead of pasting actual objects onto his
canvases, Rauschenberg now transfers their
images onto the canvas, eschewing paste for
more technically sophisticated techniques.
His format has also been modified over the
past two decades. The collages that once
graced the surface of canvas or boards now
decorate three dimensional constr vtionssuch
as triangles or cubes. Reflective surfaces
which mirror both the images contained in
his works and the viewer are also innovations which Rauschenberg has incorporated into Works from Captiva.
However, apart from these alterations,
little has changed in Rauschenberg's works.
As commentaries on a mode of art which has
not been seriously explored for years,
Rauschenberg's recent works are
anachronisms. As documentaries on the
complexities of life in the 70's, they are trite
excursions into the realm of sociology. And
as visual objects, they leave the viewer's
aesthetic sensibilities merely numbed by the
profusion of images.
At    a    press    conference    held    while
RAUSCHENBERG ... an artist
Rauschenberg was in Vancouver to install the
show, he commented that he created nine of
the 14 works on display with a
month, after receiving a photo of the gallery
space he was to fill with the pithy comment,
"filler 'er up" inscribed on the back.
Works from Captiva looks like a rush job.
Like a student who pads 500 works of
brilliance with 2,000 works of dross,
Rauschenberg has given us several works of
technical brilliance and conceptual innovation, supplemented with many which are
redundant, facile, and finally boring.
But the arbiters of taste, gallery curators
whose time has come and gone
and art magazines, have deified Robert
Rauschenberg. Indeed, in the outrageously
overpriced $15 catalogue of 'Works from-
Captiva,' gallery director Luke Rombout
delcares, "The surprise about Rauschenberg's work is always the measure of magic
which surrounds them."
Rombout has been seduced by the myth of
the Big-NamerAmerican-Artist, whose past
achievements have cornered the market on
critical acclaim. Rauschenberg's Works from
Captiva contain no magic; their abracadabra
lies in the signature which adorns them.
Friday, September 22, 1978
Page Friday, 3 Prison play deals in corruption
A prison, as John Herbert shows,
us in his play, Fortune and Men's
Eyes, is a place where life goes on.
As in other places, there is love and
the need for love, lust, egoism,
passion, tenderness, brutality,
despair, and sometimes even hope.
But the vital difference in prison
life is that while the human
elements are retained, the environment is hostile, no longer
directed by J ace Van der Veen
starring   Mark   Acheson,   David
Akridge, David Collins,  Michael
Kelly and Barney O'Sullivan
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Passions, which in the usual course
of events would be life-enhancing
are altered, warped into shapes
antagonistic to their original impulses. In prison, love and tenderness are changed to violence and
The play tells the story of the
gradual corruption of a young man,
Smitty, who starts off a
somewhat naive first offender,
imprisoned for a minor offence.
The prison is the hunting ground
for various kinds of predators, and
Smitty's essential innocence renders
him an easy victim. If he had been
more thoroughly schooled in the
ways of the world, perhaps he
would have fared better.
In the first act, Smitty is placed in
a cell with three others, two of
whom are strangely hostile, all of
whom address him in an almost
incomprehensible jargon, the argot
of prison.
When he begins to understand
what they are telling him, when he
hears their tales of homosexual
gang rapes, of the prison's torture
room, of indifferent guards and
callous inmates, he is terrified.,
And thus, he is ripe for the first:
predator, Rocky, a noisy, strutting
cockalorum, a bully who offers his
patronage and protection in return
for sexual favours and obedience.
When he balks, he is beaten up and
presumably raped.
This is his introduction to prison
The" play presents us with three
other characters. First, there is
Queenie, the play's other predator,
a loud vindictive drag queen, who,
though totally lacking grace, makes
up for it somewhat with his crude
sense of style. Second, there is
Mona, a homosexual, a natural
victim, who, though he is constantly being tormented, manages
to survive it by maintaining an
almost invincible inner dignity.
Finally, there is the guard, an
ordinary man in many ways, who is
finally himself made a victim of the
prison, his basic decency undermined by the evil he had to deal
with every day.
Fortune and Men's Eyes is a
brutal, often vulgar play. In theory,
it should work. But opening night,
when the play was over, I was left
feeling neutral, as if in some subtle,
inobvious manner, the play had
ended too soon, with certain things
not fully stated. I'll explain what I
The first act presents Smitty, and
therefore, also the audience,
with prison jargon. The use of this
jargon is unsettling at first, tending
to push one to the periphery of the
action rather than pull one into it.
But its use here is undoubtedly
The problem is that at first the
actors are not as comfortable with
this jargon as they have to be to
convince us. Eventually they
succeed in overcoming this, but it
does delay the audience's entry into
the scene and holds up our
knowledge of the characters to a
dangerous extent. Perhaps much of
this can be attributed to the fact
that it was opening night, the actors
were a little anxious, and their
performances consequently a little
brittle. Certainly, they did loosen
up later on in the performance.
The second problem is with the
character of Smitty. He enters the
stage as a person essentially naive
and unworldly. This characterization is sufficient for some
purposes. It allows us to understand what he is going through
in the course of the play, and to
sympathize with him somewhat.
But it does not really tell us who he
is, not in a way that the impact of
his final transformation really
comes through.
It's hard to pinpoint the source
of this problem. Possibly some bits
of character building were lost in
those first minutes before the
performance gained cohesion.
Perhaps the playwright John
Herbert faltered slightly in this, or
perhaps David Akridge who played
the role. It might be that
all these things contributed. One
thing is certain though. Unless the
character of Smitty is built on
somewhat, this production of
Fortune and Men's Eyes can never
be completely successful.
The other roles in this play on the
average were done quite well. Mark
Acheson as Queenie has a marvellously brassy Mae West-type bit
in the second act in which he dresses
up in drag and intones A Hard Man
is Good to Find, an act which the
character is rehearsing for the
prison Christmas concert. Barney
O'Sullivan as the guard gives a well-
rounded humanity to the role. He is
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quite engaging at times, and so his
final betrayal of himself is made all
the more terrible. Michael Kelly as
Rocky is slightly less successful. His
role took longest to cohere, perhaps
because of the essential falseness of
the character he was playing. David
Collins as Mona provided the play
with some rare moments of
Although the production had its
faults, overall I would say it is
worthy of attention. It had some
brilliant moments. There is one
final thing I'd like to mention,
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scenes, there was music designed to
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Friday, September 22, 1978 Foreign film banned by brain police
The recent banning of the
Japanese feature film In the Realm
of the Senses brings to light a
number of interesting questions
about the forms of film
classification which exist in this
Actually In the Realm of the
Senses was not banned. B.C. Film
Director Mary-Lou McCausland
passed the film in its entirety for
two showings at the Varsity Film
But the Vancouver Police Vice
Squad determined that the film was
criminally obscene and threatened
to prosecute Canadian Odeon
Theatres if they exhibited it.
Since Odeon intended to screen
the film only twice during the
festival the chain decided that it was
not worth fighting a lengthy and
costly court battle. As a result the
film was not shown for its second
screening. The police had won.
Although there was a mild
controversy in the press for a few
days the issue blew over quickly and
is now almost completely forgotten.
The vice squad boys can sit back,
confident that threats are all that is
necessary to enforce the law as they
see it. Or perhaps they're breathing
easy now after realizing that they
botched the whole affair.
But despite the fact that the
entire incident is now over those
nagging questions remain.
First of all, exactly how competent is the vice squad? Do the
members of this so-called vital
police agency really know what's
going on in this city?
The answer obviously is no. In
the Realm of the Senses had already
played once at the festival before
the boys in blue were even aware it
was in the city.
If Province reviewer Michael
Walsh hadn't written a review of
the film it is conceivable that they
still would be unaware of the film's
The film had been featured in all
Festival advertising for two months
before its initial screening. Anyone
who cared knew Oshima's controversial new picture was coming
and both shows were sold out well
in advance.
Where was the vice squad during
all this time? Is this total ignorance
of what is going on right under their
noses representative of their general
level of awareness?
One can only judge by the
evidence and in this case I'm afraid
the police come out the losers.
Once they read about the film
and discovered it was playing they
dashed in, looked at it and
pronounced it obscene.
Overruling the provincial
classification film director, Mary-
Lou McCausland, claiming that
this was a criminal matter, they
proclaimed, an internationally
recognized work by an important
director as. a "Japanese stag
The police stated that this film
was obscene because it contravened
community standards; that the people of Vancouver would not tolerate
this kind of movie.
If that is so, why were both
shows sold out? Why did the police
receive no complaints after the first
showing and why were the majority
of the responses to the police action
It's a shame that Odeon didn't
take the cops to court because they
could have won. They could have
challenged the police on their
concept of community standards.
For example, where do the police
get their ideas about community
standards? Have they taken any
surveys? Have they made any
sociological studies of the community to determine what the
accepted moral standards are?
Of course not. Because if they
had they would know that the
general public has much broader
viewpoints than they do.
The simple fact that thousands of
people drive down to Blaine every
year to see hard-core skinflicks
should suggest to them that their
interpretation of community
standards is outdated.
It in no way bears resemblance to
the real world. It is simply an interpretation arrived at by a bunch
of two-bit detectives who are
completely out of step with the
times and who have made a gross
misuse of their powers.
But although the police are the
obvious bad guys in this caper there
are a few other people who come
out of it looking bad.
One is Michael Walsh, who wrote
a silly review which concentrated on
the movie's use of hard-core sex
scenes rather than simulated sex.
He spent numerous column
inches discussing the pornographic
aspects of the film and crowed
about what a breakthrough its
showing was. Couldn't he have
spared us the sensationalism and
just given us a straightforward
review? To give him the benefit of
the doubt he probably would have
written a different review if he had
known what the outcome would be.
The person who benefited from
this whole affair is McCausland.
She came across as a liberal censor
— and let's not beat around the
bush, that's what she is — whose
good work was undone.
Basically that's true. There is no
doubt that McCausland is very-
liberal and is allowing more
freedom in the exhibition of
But there are still a few troubling
aspects to the way she approached
this whole affair.
First of all she only approved the
film for two screenings at the
festival. It has not been passed for a
regular run in any theatre.
Her reasoning was that the film
was of an artistic nature and would
only attract a certain clientele,
which made it acceptable.
As long as the audience was full
of   university   graduates   wearing
berets, smoking pipes and into
existentialism she approved. But
she wasn't about to let any film into
the -province which might attract
drooling old men in long raincoats.
Frankly, I don't care whether
Ms. McCausland considers In the
Realm of the Senses art or smut.
That's a decision which each viewer
must make for himself. But I do
care about her snobbish approach
to the subject.
If the Varsity can show hardcore,
then so should the Golden Kitten.
Clientele should have nothing to do
with her decision as to what may or
may not be exhibited. In fact she
really shouldn't be making that
decision at all.
McCausland claims that her job
is to classify films and give them the
appropriate warnings. If that is so
then any film should be allowed
into the province accompanied by
the appropriate warning.
That's not the case right now. A
lot of people still have to drive to
Blaine to see the kinds of films they
want to see.
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Provincial consumer affairs
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his employee's stand on the film, so
perhaps his department should
challenge the police in court.
The actions taken against In the
Realm of the Senses undermine the
operations and regulations of the
Film Director's office. Mair, as the
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But until he does, the banning of
In the Realm of the Senses will be
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Page Friday, 5 VSO remains unimproved this season
According to the advance flack
shelled out by the Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra's publicity
department on the all too
suspecting media, the first
programme of the 1978-79 season
had been designed "to show the
high artistic standards that have
been achieved by the orchestra."
Hence the lack of a guest soloist.
In light of this, the opening
ragged bars of Berlioz' Roman
Carnival Overture must have raised
more than a few aural eyebrows, so
to speak. Such is the potency of a
first impression, even though the
orchestra did flit through the rest of
the piece in due course and record
time. A perfect, though typically
Akiyaman brashy concert and
season opener. Bountiful applause.
Expectations were high for the
concert to come.
Bartok's Music for Strings,
Percussion and Celesta followed.
Apparently, Akiyama had said that
this work (as well as the
Shostakovich symphony to follow)
was "rarely performed well".
Implicit in this seemed to be the
conveyance that the VSO was really
"gonna show 'em how".
Be that as it may, the VSO's
rendering did little or nothing to
improve the ratio of good performances to bad of this
unequivocal masterpiece.
The orchestra meandered its way
in rather docile fashion through the
serpentine chromaticism of the first
movement fugue. No sense of the
ice-cold, orgiastic relentlessness of
it was portrayed at all. From too
loud at the opening to not loud
enough at the climax to a complete
loss of any sense of direction at all
in the coda, the first movement
seemed rather a non sequitor to the
tight, vibrant playing in the Berlioz
The following three movements
all suffered from a veritable acne of
technical blemishes of one kind or
another. This could perhaps have
been rendered less obnoxious had
some of the music's uninhibited
abandon in the second or fourth
movements or its eerie surrealism in
the third been allowed to touch the
sensibilities of the musicians. Alas,
it hadn't and the VSO's performance of this seminal
masterpiece of the twentieth
century at its highest point could
only have been considered technical
requirement to be fulfilled in order
that the musicians be paid.
This particular work of Bartok's
is not the work of the human heart
as much as the intellect. Its
aesthetic appeal necessarily derives
primarily from exquisitely articulate technical control. As a
body, the VSO just does not possess
a virtuoso calibre of this order.
In turn, the following intermission was superbly handled by
a dedicated audience at the peak of
its powers. There was virtuoso
name dropping in some groups,
booze swilling in others and Being
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the Audience Participational
Coughing so integral to soft
passages at symphony concerts
The final work on the
programme was the Fifth Symphony, Shostakovich's 1937 reply
to the ostensibly "just criticism" he
had received at the hands of the
Soviet bureaucracy regarding the
formalist tendencies inherent in a
number of Soviet works, including
his, prior to the 1936 denunciation
of such practices.
The VSO's level of performance
reached its zenith in the
Shostakovich fifth last Monday,
this panel of one decided. The
illumination shed by the performance rarely warranted
bouquets of true superlatives but
the playing was fine by any stan
dards and probably excellent by
The performance was studded
with lovely solo passages from such
notables as flute, clarinet, harp and
(wonder of wonders) French horn,
especially in the lovely canonic
passage with the solo flute in the
first movement of recapitulation.
Most beautifully rendered of all
was the third movement which
displayed some of the most
delicately controlled and sensitive
playing from the orchestra in a
great length of time.
Shostakovich's characteristically
thin scoring is a miasma of pitfalls
for any of the orchestral soloists
and they emerged with barely a
blemish. Even the upper strings
warranted much more than a
conciliatory pat on the collective
back  for their part.
Of the fourth movement,
somewhat overstated even as it left
the composer's pen, not too much
need be said. Under Akiyama's
baton, the bombast received careful
attention and, by the coda, Don
Adams was flailing at his timpani as
though he were being paid by the
Akiyama eve, beyond the call of
duty, scrupulously observed the
unmarked molto ritardando at the
close, which, unfortunately for
him, is just so much more effective
when ignored.
Is the VSO really all new and
improved? Not really. A shade or
two lighter grey perhaps, but at
least the changes are positive. It is
well worth finding out for your self
what the orchestra is playing like
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Friday, September 22, 1978 Two Spanish poems and art of revolt
Tourists 1928 — Jose C. Orozco
If you've been contemplating
suicide but are holding out for the
right moment, try going for a visit
to the Surry Art Gallery.
This exhibition from Sept. 6 to
Oct. 1 features a selection of 40
graphic works along with 38 mural
slides by Mexican muralists Jose
Orozco and Diego Rivera. Both artists, now deceased, lived and
worked through the difficult times
of political upheaval in Mexico.
Their art represents human suffering at its peak.
Orozco is by far the most dark
and foreboding of the two. He asks
you into his saddening world of
surrealism with the use of shadows
and sharply confused images. He
tends to underline the disparities
between the privileged and the
deprived, the exploiters and the
exploited. And he manages to
convey thesd biting political
statements through caricatures that
underline the misery of the humble
compesino. Orozco's prints include
two etchings and  19 lithographs.
Rivera,    if   you   overlook   his
revolution-charged subject matter, comes across with some very
fine crayon and charcoal drawings.
His Drunken Women, Carter and
Vendor and Eating Place are the
best pieces in the show and represent some very excellent graphics.
His series of Hands are monumental in presentation and reflect the
size and scale of his larger murals.
Rivera is represented by 19 drawings in all.
The show is taken from the collection of the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art and is circulated by the Western Association
of Art Museums.
There is also a film on the life and
death of Frida Kahlo, Rivera's
controversial wife of 25 years.
"I paint my own reality," she
"I paint because I need to and I
paint whatever passes through my
head, without any other consideration."
Her relationship with Rivera,
always stormy, finally led her to
suicide. The show is free and
everyone is invited to attend this 40
minute colour film special.
poem by Cesar Calvo and "Conquistadores"
by Mirko Lauer from his book "Cuidad de
Lima," City of Lima.
If any generalization can be made about
these poems it is that they both reflect the
Latin        American heritage        of
cruel exploitation by Spain. But while "Conquistadores" looks at that history, "Vasos
Communicantes" is a poem which looks at
the poet himself.
Chris Sia is a fourth year Creative Writing
Student at UBC. He was .born in China, but
spent most of his youth in Peru and then
travelled through the United States and then
Canada where he finished a degree in
electrical engineering and a year as a Masters'
student in the social sciences.
Here are his translations of the works of
two Peruvian poets'' Vasos Com municantes,''
Communicating   Vessels,   an   unpublished
t,:„-, "\      •-■•.-.>, ^ **l
Murmur of the waves, northwind unleashed over the dusk, formless
voices of the macaws heart of the young spread out in the shape of
a bird on the sand, and the stench of dead fish, lovely colour of dead
fish reaching us from beyond.
The night is beautiful and there are strange people beating
against our coasts, strange men with hairy faces and a gaze lost in
the void.
Daddy, daddy!
They have bodies like a blanket daddy, streaked with brown and
black like the caked blood and the burnt flesh of warriors.
And unfortunately there is no royal order over our heads in this
cursed age, everything is confused, clouds and flies and old
aero static balloons which are the unconscious. Men sell themselves and
the more able have begun looking for higher ground.
But daddy, daddy!
Men are yanking each other's legs and leaving deep marks on
the fugitives. Daddy, daddy!
But a terrible anchor whirled over the high roofs of the temple,
a horrible whistle, a monotonous music descending from the boats,
like a stream of panic making toward the lodges.
And the very devil agitating in the hearts of the hidden and
the unarmed.
While the night closes over wartime deeds and fresh promises.
Ah, murmur of waves, heart of the young literally crumpled like
a rag over the sands, men beaten by fatique, men felled by sleep. And
lovers disappear without leaving a trace on our spine, the absent
exhausting themselves in their own separate ways.
And quietly the gods have taken back their promises, they have
allowed a drunken sailor's compass to measure the night, they have
made merchandise out of the protected.
Daddy, daddy!
But the new cities are a refuge of obscurantism, the conquerors
have brought the Black Widow to live within their walls, and beneath
the lovely afternoon sun, consciousness of slavery is watered down
in the stadium.
Oh. Great City of Lima!
The arm is broken, the net thrown.
And the people have forgotten the ancient history of the conquerors, the maps of submission which are still nailed into the people.
And for whom does history sing like two grindstones of gangrene?
For whom do the times sing like a white eunuch of the choirs?
For whom a human pyre at nightfall? For whom the begonia garden
with statuettes at the far end?
Ah, murmur of waves!
Antagonized heart of the young, history repeats itself.
Even its absurdities.
Mexican Child — Diego Rivera
We're not unaware of the name of him who rules,
a coward, easy on his chair of gold, and speaks
of an irreproachable past: in our minds
lashes don't forget the murmur of blood
and under the street lights, Lima of my dreams,
runs a crimson river that will not dry.
Because the trance has one mouth sweet
and another long, once it ends in the mirror
of the day after tomorrow, and doesn't know it, and so
it goes on speaking of sacred duties, of established order.
We know the name of the Dark One
who binds our eyes and hands.
The house of infancy, for example,
why were the walls painted green?
Why was there death, and why was there joy?
They say we fornieate too much, that we like
to write until dawn and sleep like gangsters
and are unworthy to pass through life.
Ah, if you left your smooth lover like a tree, stuck
in front of his own house, preferably
close to the sea, "you waste your time
in a foolish manner young lady, do not undress
with that poet, secure with another your old age," and surely
your father would speak to you of love, he would speak
of that rocking basket chair,
and you would once again confuse life with sleep
and here nothing happened, all is in place
except of course, the memory
of your virginity, lost that irreparable night
it withstood until dawn, the double burden of the enigma.
Friday, September 22, 1978
Page Friday, 7 Shy audiences avoid sexuality play
Vancouver audiences seem to be
avoiding a wonderful play with
good reviews, Steve J. Spears' The
Elocution of Benjamin Franklin.
Despite the current fad of female
impersonator Craig Russell, they
are avoiding its themes of transvestism,  homosexuality,   and   its
treatment of "deviants".	
The Elocution of
Benjamin Franklin
by Steve J. Spears
directed by Paul Reynolds
Spratt's Ark, formerly the
David Y.H. Lui Theatre
September 9 - 30	
Indeed, a comparison can be
made between Richard Monette's
popular one man act in Judgement,
and Heath Lambert's unpopular
yet superb one-man act in Benjamin
Franklin. Perhaps Judgement's
subject of cannibalism is more
palatable than transvestism to
Monette shows what a normal
person can do in unusual circumstances. Lamberts portrays an
abnormal person who demonstrates
that nobody is that different after
all. Lamberts character is Robert
George O'Brian, on the surface
a caricature of conventionality. He
lives in Toorak, a suburb of
Melbourne, and runs the
Shakespeare Speech and Drama
Academy from his ultra-bourgeois
living room, which is relieved only
by boxes of pink kleenex.
However in his secret life,
O'Brian is a fantasy man. He holds
conversations with a bust of
Shakespeare and a Mick Jagger
poster, dresses in Drag, and invites
his married friend Bruce over for
tea. As no other characters appear
on stage, O'Brian's one way
conversations with his pupils,
answering service, and boyfriend
seem  as  odd  as  when he     asks
Shakespeare to turn off the light or
settles down to an evening in drag
with Mick Jagger.
O'Brian's drab life runs well until
he gets a new pupil, a stuttering
twelve year-old named Benjamin
Franklin. Benjamin is already
having an affair with a male
transvestite hairdresser, and when
he spots O'Brian in drag, he tries to
seduce him.
O'Brian resists Benjamin's
overtures, although he accepts
some photographs. He also helps
Benjamin to develop his acting
talent and warns him that
"straights hate" and they lock up
forty-five year old men who have
affairs with twelve-year old boys.
O'Brian, however, is licked up
for a more innocuous reason. He is
discovered in wig, bra, and panties.
Although Benjamin and Bruce
remain loyal, there is little hope
that O'Brian will be released.
There must be many people who
think that O'Brian got what he
deserved, but their opinions could
only come from their predjudices.
Lambert plays O'Brian so we see
him as a lovable, harmless
character who would not have
seduced any children or committed
any heterosexual sex crimes. He
wanted only to express his nature.
O'Brian's main fault as a person
is that he sees straights as
stereotypes, just as some straights
see him. When he is in drag, he
makes a ludicrous attempt to be a
"woman," a simpering, petty
creature who calls her boyfriend
"darling" and "pet" and wears too
much make-up and too many
ruffles. He is a parody, not a
Because of O'Brians's intolerances, we wonder how he
would treat a transvestite if he were
not one himself. Yet he makes
himself likeable with his wit and
humanity. How many men caught
Pottery evokes aura
Prehistoric pottery is of little interest outside the odd hair-brained
anthropologist or crazed artifact
hobby horse — but there is always
an exception to the rule.
One such exception is an exhibit
of prehistoric Japanese pottery now
on display at the Museum of Anthropology.
Entitled Image and Life: 50,000
years of Japanese Prehistory, the
show consists of more than 200 artifacts ranging from earliest
prehistory to about 600 A.D. The
artifacts themselves consist of examples of ceramics, tomb figures,
bronze weapons and stone tools.
— peter menyasz photo
Stylized woman
What is striking about the exhibit
is the sheer age of the artifacts. The
pottery, in fact, is claimed to be the
oldest of its kind in the world, with
fragments carbon dated as far back
as 12,000 years. There is even a
paleolithic figurine that is 18,000
years old.
While the average British Columbian viewer might find a native Indian exhibit more attractive, it is
not difficult to become entrenched
-peter menyasz photo
Prehistoric ceramic
in the mood of ancient mystery that
the exhibit evokes. The strange appearances of figurines suggest
primitive rituals and mysterious
religious icons. There are even
skulls in the exhibit which add to
this flavour.
But however unclear the experts
are on the meanings of some of the
artifacts, the Museum of Anthropology approaches a satisfactory explanation of the exhibit.
There are 20 panels of graphics and
illustrations which offer the viewer
a rough explanation of the
chronology of the artifacts as well
as some good guesses as to their
Whether you are a crazed hobby
horse, a hair-brained anthropologist or just someone
wishing to steep in the aura of
mysterious antiquity, Image and
Life is worthwhile to visit on some
slow afternoon when textbooks fail
to sustain your inspiration. It is
about as interesting as ancient pottery shows can get.
in drag by their neighbours would
warn their boyfriends to stay away
and ensure that their best pupils
could continue their acting?
The other problem with O'Brian
is in the beginning of Act II when
Lamberts breezes across the stage
wearing only an unbelted and
flapping dressing gown. When
Lamberts wears constumes and
puts on make-up, the audience feels
he is unaware of them. But when he
hangs loose, he seems to be on
Lamberts gives a superb performance aside from these flaws.
He changes moods from one
character to another as he changes
costume. Lamberts sustains the
play by himself for two hours.
Director Paul Reynolds and The
New Series are also to be admired
for staging such a production. The
play could be offensive to some
people and while there is never any
moralizing or attempts to convert,
at least two people walked out on
the Monday night performance.
Still, The Elocution of Benjamin
Franklin is a civilized and entertaining production.
Lamberts . . . conventional sexual entanglements discarded
the wine that's a tried and true good friend
... light, fruit-flavoured and very, very refreshing.
iSte-MictjeUeWtT)es $
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