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Array theUbtcsey
Inside:
Shocked
See page 7      "
MLA hopefuls
grasp for votes
By Greg Davis
The five Point Grey by-election candidates brandished their
policies to a large crowd of concerned students Wednesday.
The five MLA-hopefuls briefly
stated their platforms and fielded
questions from a panel representing the UBC media—focusing
mainly on the tuition fee increase.
"The fee hike made me sick
because I had to pay part of it,"
said Social Credit candidate Michael Levy, whose daughter attends UBC.
NDP candidate Tom Perry, a
UBC Faculty of Medicine member,
said that B.C. ranked 8th in provincial educational funding. "In
my own department the best
young researchers might have to
leave because there will be no
funds to pay their salaries," he
said.
"Education is not only important to us but critical to the future
of B.C.," said independent candidate Bob Seeman, former UBC
Board of Governors representative, ending his opening address
with the question: "Who do ya'
trust?"
Green party candidate Valerie Parker stressed the primary
importance of the environment
over issues such as tuition fees and
housing.
"House prices don't kill," she
said. "Tuition fees don't kill."
Liberal party leader Gordon
Wilson wants voters to initiate a
new party into the Legislature
through his election.
"You have the option to put in
the House a political party leader,"
he said to the crowd. "One more
backbencher in the Social Credit
or NDP ranks will change nothing
in the province."
The candidates commented
on other issues such as corporate
investment in universities, educational  funding,  and real  estate
speculation.
Parker said it is "obscene and
immoral" that there is a lack of
funding since the provincial government boasted about having $1
billion in the coffers.
Levy said UBC was receiving
provincial funding and was still
attracting prestigious scholars.
Perry called Levy's comments
"ridiculous."
Seeman said funding is his
"number one priority", and Wilson
said he would make sure federal
education funds go to education.
With regards to the University Endowment Lands, all the
candidates said they believe it
should be kept in its virgin state.
The UEL settlement has caused
controversy due to the Musqueam
Indian Band's claim to the land.
Levy said "the federal government is responsible for land
claims." Perry favours a political
solution rather than a Supreme
Court decision to the Musqueam
claim, while Wilson said all land
claims must be examined "on a
claim by claim basis."
At the end ofthe meeting Levy
thanked everyone for heckling
him. "Action is done by government. Ifyou want action, you talk
to me," he added.
Perry said the election is a
choice between the NDP, committed to the environment, education,
and affordable housing, or the
Social Credit government, "committed to rewarding its cronies
and corruption."
"If you vote for one of the
unsuccessful candidates sitting
beside me," said Seeman, "your
vote will be a waste."
Wilson reiterated his pledge
for change. "Ifyou do want change
in the status quo, now is the opportunity to put in the leader of the
Liberal party," he said.
Parker, a schoolteacher, had
to leave the meeting early.
George Washington was here?
DAN ANDREWS PHOTO
Approved student bus
rates depend on funding
By Deanne Fisher
Unified lobbying of transit
authorities by lower mainland
students has finally paid off.
The Vancouver Regional
Transit Commission approved
concessions cards for post-secondary students yesterday—but
there's a catch. The support "in
principle" ofthe cheaper bus fares
depends on funding from the provincial government.
"(The decision) leaves it open
for us to now lobby Victoria and we
don't have to go back to the Transit
Commission," said Vanessa
Geary, _\lma Mater Society external affairs co-ordinator who represented UBC students at yesterday's meeting.
The fare cuts could cost the
government up to $3 million if
post-secondary students were to
get the same cuts as high school
students, according to Geary.
Both the Social Credit and
New Democrat candidates in the
Point Grey by-election support
funding from the provincial
government.'Who could ever be
against that—it's like being
against motherhood and apple
pie," said Socred candidate Michael Levy. "Anybody going to
school—whether they're six, 16 or
26, should get a break on transit."
NDP candidate Tom Perry
said the NDP has been lobbying
for years for lower fares.
"It's great that the Transit
Commission has finally reversed
its policy but now it's up to the
Vander Zalm government to come
through with the money to make it
happen," said Perry. "We need a
goverment that understands that
transportation eats up a big chunk
of the average student budget."
Another proposal brought forward by students recommended
zone exemptions for students requiring them to pay only one zone
fares regardless of how far they
travel.
The cost of this proposal—
approximately $300,000 is still
being verified, said Geary, adding
she is "pretty certain it will pass"
at a later meeting and be implemented by September.
Geary urges students who
have complaints about the frequency of service to UBC to record
the times the bus has been late or
a full bus has passed them by and
submit the records to her.
Recfac referendum set for fall, Bird and Hicks hit road
By Deanne Fisher
"RecFac Revisted" won't
visit the campus until next fall.
A motion to redo the referendum on the recreation facility
during the last two days of March
was defeated at Wednesday
night's student council meeting.
Alma Mater Society lawyers
ruled the AMS must redo the referendum in response to a 1000
name petition submitted February 13, stating students want to
reconsider the $30 RecFac fee in
light often percent tuition fee increase.
"There's never going to be a
better time (to hold the referendum)," said graduate student
representative Chris Homes who
moved the motion. "The time is
tight but ifyou have the will to do
it, you can do it."
But a majority of council
members felt the timing was simply too tight. Members of student
court, who will draw up the word
ing for the referendum question,
have yet to be chosen. And under
AMS bylaws, a referendum with
the wording ofthe ballot, must be
advertised in two consecutive issues of The Ubyssey before voting
takes place.
Because of the Easter long
weekend, which alters The Ubyssey's publishing schedule, the referendum would have to have been
held March 30 and 31.
"Two days to vote on something as big this issue isn't fair or
democratic," said AMS director of
administration Andrew Hicks,
adding that finding poll clerks
during the last week of classes
and on such short notice would be
difficult.
Director of finance Karl
Kottmeier said he thought quorum for the referendum would not
be reached. "What a total waste of
money," he said.
But Phil Bennett, another
graduate student representative
said he wanted "to see it settled"
pointing out that students will be
paying their $30 RecFac fee in
September which will have to be
refunded if the referendum fails.
"I don't think (the fees) can easily
be returned," said Bennett.
Hicks, who is chair of both
the Recreation Facility committee and the capital projects acquisition committee (CPAC), said the
Administration would either refund the $30 or credit individual
accounts before second term payments are made.
Arguments in favour of a
March referendum included allowing students who voted in the
first referendum and the ensuing
petition the chance to reconsider.
"The people who expressed those
concerns are here now," said
Planning representative Sharon
Bailey.
External affairs co-ordinator
Vanessa Geary supported an
immediate referendum blaming
council for stalling until it was too
late. "If we had come out and dealt
with it at the last meeting, we
wouldn't have been rushed and
we're paying the consequences."
Geary added that if the referendum passed now, the AMS
could save a lot of money in developing plans over the summer.
One of those summer plans
involves a 10-day fact-finding and
fundraising mission for Hicks and
Board of Governors representative Tim Bird.
Hicks and Bird, with two
administration types, will hit
Toronto and Ottawa to lobby for
federal funding ofthe facility and
will visit recreation centres in
Calgary, Toronto, Boston, New
York and Missoula, Montana.
The $6300 trip is funded by
CPAC to which every student
pays $15.
The trip was the subject of a
half hour debate at the meeting
where council members questioned both the expense and the
mandate of CPAC to spend money
on a rec-centre in limbo.
Hicks maintained the committee did have the mandate
until RecFac is voted down and
said they needed "to have a concrete proposal" in September.
Bird agreed, and added the
continent-crossing trip is not intended to be fun.
Any proposal regarding the
facility is still subject to approval
by the Board of Governors in order to receive funding.
But other council members
like Library and Archival Studies
representative Noel McFerron
recommended either leaving the
trip until after the referendum or
at least cutting out the American
leg.
Sharon Bailey agreed, calling the trip "totally out of line." "A
lot of students thought we were
very biased last time. We
shouldn't be spending $10,000 on
it this time."
The final count was 21 in favour, six opposed with two abstentions.
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2/THE UBYSSEY
March 3,1989 NEWS
T.A.'s reject strike action
By Joe Altwasser
Opting for a mellower voice of
protest, the Teaching Assistant
Union has voted down a resolution
calling for a strike.
Although the motion was defeated by the membership Thursday, TA. president Larry Hannant said the TA.'s who attended
the meeting were "extremely angry about the tuition increase and
hopes  the  university  gets  the
message that grad students are
outraged."
Instead of calling a wildcat
strike, the membership voted for a
more moderate response to express their concerns to the University administration.
Voting for a resolution urging
members to withdraw services on
April 6, TA's can now attend the
next Board of Governors meeting
on the same day, said Hannant.
Another motion in the same
vein, urging members to attend a
March 9 tuition rally sponsored by
the B.C. Coalition for Better Education at the Vancouver Art Gallery also passed.
The size of the increase is
substantial, with grad students
now having to pay about $855, up
from $571, per year for the continuing registration fee, said
Hannant.
The continuing registration
fee allows a student extended access to university facilities, such
as the library and research materials.
"One-third of all grad students are being affected and 45
percent of PhD students," said
Hannant.
Hannant reiterated his concern for the administration's
treatment of grad  students.  "I
Marathoner Rick Hansen has a few words with a UBC graduate
By Deanne Fisher
The Wreck Beach Preservation Society is being unreasonable
in its attempts to stop the university's cliff-erosion control plan,
according to Dennis Haller, UBC's
director of design and construction.
"We can't just let the cliffs
erode away and let the buildings
fall into the ocean, and that's what
(the WBPS) would like to do,"
Haller said in an interview yesterday.
In jeopardy, according to
Haller, are UBC's Museum of
Anthropology as well as Cecil
Green House, home ofthe Alumni
Association. "The cliffs are eroding
a foot every year. Cecil Green is
very close the edge," said Haller.
UBC, with the help of Swan
Wooster Engineering, began "contouring" the tops of the cliffs,
which includes the removal of
some trees to be replaced with
sturdier willows.
The natural trees, said
Haller, are often uprooted by wind
which takes out large chunks of
soil.
The University would also
like to extend the blanketing ofthe
beach with "berm"—piles of
rocks—beyond the 2000 feet already in place.
"We've got to do another 800
to 900 feet on either end (of the
existing berm)," said Haller, adding they will make a presentation
to the Parks Board, who has jurisdiction over the beach itself, before
making the berms.
WBPS chair Judy Williams
maintains that a 1985 study by
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think they just went for a quick
money grab, and the reasoning is
that many ofthe students who face
the hike aren't on campus. They
are elsewhere doing research and
working and are easy to hit because they are not here to defend
themselves."
At present, one half of the
history department is absent, either doing research or working,
Hannant said.
Hansen to help
improve disabled
program at UBC
Wreck Breach battle continues
Watch out behind you—
wheelchair globe trotter Rick
Hansen is cruising the campus.
As a special consultant to the
President's Office, Hansen will
look for ways of improving programs and facilities for disabled
students over a two-year period,
starting March 1.
UBC has been lagging behind
in disabled access, with only half of
the campus open to people in
wheelchairs.
But UBC president Strangway said he sees Hansen's appointment as a way of remedying
the situation.
"There is a great deal Rick
Hansen can offer UBC," Strangway said. "We want to develop a
long-term strategy to address the
broader concerns of people with
disabilities on campus and in the
community, and we need advice on
what needs to be done. Rick can
provide us with that expertise."
Hansen, a former UBC student of Physical Education, said he
hopes to change buildings, and
attitudes about the disabled—so
that people with disabilities can
achieve their potential in life.
"With this new level of commitment, we have the opportunity
to harness untapped resources and
apply them to improving the lives
of people with disabilities, not only
on campus but in the community in
general," Hansen said.
Duncan Hay Engineering said
further berming was unnecessary
as the problem was in the faces of
the cliffs—and not the toes.
A representative from Duncan Hay—a coastal engineering
firm hired on a consulting basis by
the Vancouver Parks Board—confirmed the study which recommended no changes for Wreck
Beach.
Haller said he hadtiever seen
the study, and the University's
engineer from Swan Wooster
Engineering was unavailable for
comment.
Williams said the Trail Four
area, where the blanketing would
take place, is the second most
popular area ofthe beach, visited
by 1500 to 2000 people a weekend
in the summer.
Gate to the future
MANDEL NGAN PHOTO
Obituary
Mrs. Malcolm McGregor, wife of UBC
Professor Emeritus and 1930-31 Ubyssey Editor, passed away suddenly last
month.
During the preparations for The
Ubyssey's Seventieth Anniversary, Dr.
and Mrs. McGregor offered wit and wisdom to the occasion, and provided personal interviews which were recorded
and shown at the banquet.
Our condolensces, and heartfelt
sympathy go out to fellow Ubyssey hack,
Malcolm McGregor, in this time of grief.
March 3,1989
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By Deanne Fisher
A request for Alma Mater
Society funding for UBC student
Bob   Seeman's  campaign for
Point Grey MLA was flushed before it hit the fan at Wednesday
night's council meeting.
And two other requests for
funding—one from a student travelling to Ghana through Canadian
Crossroads International, and the other
to fund buses to
transport students
to and from next
week's downtown education
rally—also met their untimely
death.
Board of Governors representative Tim Bird, who is also Seeman's campaign manager, originally put in a request for $200 for
Seeman based on his campaign
"for the sole purpose of increased
University funding." But Bird
withdrew the motion citing a misconception among the student
population as his reason.
"The whole design was to force
educational issues to the forefront
ofthe dialogue," said Bird, adding
that many students had expressed
concern that Seeman was taking
away votes from major party candidates.
Later in the meeting, Arts
representative Ken Armstrong
stated his opposition to the motion
anyways. "I would not have supported it," he said.
•Hai V. Le, a second year
chemical engineering student, put
in a request for a $250 donation
for his trip to Ghana to work in
a medical clinic, "helping Cross-
roads's nurses and doctors in their
quest to improve the health ofthe
people there."
But some council members
objected to giving donations to
individuals rather than groups.
Calling it a "sweeping precedent", director of finance    Karl
Kottmeier said, "We're going to
have to give anybody what they
want."
Arts representative Johanna
Wickie agreed. "Whether or not we
give him $250 or $100 or a dollar,
we are still saying yes. Are we
going to say yes to you and no to
you based on our whim?" she said.
But other students felt Le's
mission was something that deserved AMS support.
"If there is any activity worth
supporting then this is one," said
graduate student representative
Chris Homes.
Another graduate student,
Phil Bennett, pointed out that a
precedent for donating to individuals did exist and that "the
floodgates did not open".
"I really don't believe the AMS
can't afford $250. (The total
amount of donations) is still less
than a couple thousand dollars a
year," said Bennett.
The AMS has $3000 yearly in
contingency for donations, $480 of
which was spent last year. More
than that has been spent this year
but director of finance Karl
Kottmeier could not give the exact
amount.
The motion to fund Le, moved
by external affairs co-ordinator
Vanessa Geary, won a majority
vote but president Mike Lee, who
is also the chair, ruled that a two-
thirds majority was necessary in
financial matters.
Unsatisfied with leaving Le
donationless, Geary passed
around a cup for personal donations in which $61 was collected.
"I'm glad you're more generous with your own money than you
are with the AMS's," Geary told
council.
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Geary's next motion—to spend
$270 on buses to transport students to and from an education rally next 'week—met with
the same minority voting block.
"I think the idea of busing
people is like holding their hands.
I oppose this entirely," said
Kottmeier.
Defeated by a
minority once again,
Phil Bennett challenged Lee's ruling
that the allocations
need a two-thirds majority, citing
the constitution as saying only
budgeting motions, not allocations, need two-thirds. Bennett's
challenge was defeated—for lack
of a two-thirds majority.
Council later donated $200 to
help advertise the rally.
In an interview, Geary said
the Graduate Student Society
. donated $150 towards renting one
bus. She said she was disappointed the AMS would not contribute for more buses. "It would
have made it a lot easier for people
to go and meant missing less
classes."
The rally, slated for March 9
at Robson Square,is sponsored by
the Coalition for Better Education.
•The meeting also saw the
approval of five cent discount
off the price of a cup of coffeeat
AMS food outlets for people who
bring their own cups.
The actual implementation of
the program was left to the food
and beverage manager and will
affect Tortellini's and Snack Attack in SUB. The discount is
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Death threatened
By Robin Muehlebach
and Paul Dayson
Paramilitary death squads
have threatened the lives of seven
University of St. Carlo's students
in Guatemala City this week according to the Commission for
Human Rights in Guatemala.
Two leaflet bombs, addressed
to seven members of the student
association, exploded outside of
student association president
Aron Ochoa's house in Guatemala
City.
The seven are accused by the
death squad Dolorosa, which
means pain inflicters, of being
involved in illegal political activity
at the university.
The leaflet said the Dolorosa
are "waiting for the opportune
moment to act."
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"We are aware of your links, of
your daily activities, and we know
your relatives. Don't dare toignore
this communique, because we
carry out our words," it said.
Two students activists from
Western University Centre at
Quezaltenango died last month at
the hands of Dolorosa-linked
headhunters. Oscar Guillermo
Rios died Feb. 11, and Miguel
Enrice Tzoc was killed Feb 15.
The recent wave of persecution is partly due to the upcoming
National Dialogue, which is part of
the peace agreements reached in
1987 with four Central American
governments, including the Sandanistas, according to the Commission for Human Rights.
Under the agreement, each
country must conduct an annual
day of dialogue, at which all extra-
parliamentary political fractions
and other interest groups may
meet with the authorities to discuss political reforms.
Because ofthe academic environment of the relatively autonomous university, student groups
have been able to take a firm stand
on such issues such as land reform
and social change. Since the country's population listens to these
student groups, the death squads
have a vested interest in keeping
them quiet through intimidation,
kidnappings, and murder, according to the Commission.
The St. Carlos University's
student association (AEU) and the
Guatemala Human Rights Commission are calling on Canadian
students to give their support to
these seven students.
The Commission for Human
Rights in Guatamala and the AEU
are asking that people concerned
send urgent telegrams to the
president of Guatemala, asking
him to guarantee the life and
safety of these students and to
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VSO Conductor impresses
Toronto, or Los Angeles. I am
jaded, just as my colleagues are
jaded. A fine orchestra can play
about seventy percent of its repertoire without a conductor.
Conductors are needed as
_ inspirational leaders and rehearsal technicians. Most of
" them waste massive amounts of
_ rehearsal time practicing their
- choreography to dazzle the great - -
- unwashed. This sells tickets, and --
~ pays our rent. Conductors know
- this, we know this. They are usu-..
- ally aloof and arrogant, as we are - -
usually bored and cynical.
Peter McCoppin ascends the .
podium and surveys the orchestra. His first gig with us is the
_ annual Christmas Pops Concert.
- Of course, it will feature the Nut-
- cracker Suite. I've played the
Nutcracker, oh, sixty or so times.
_ We all have. McCoppin has
- probably conducted it, oh, sixty
or so times. In all likelihood, he
_ is less interested in conducting it
- than we are in playing it.
"May we please start with
the March," he says. An upbeat
begins the rehearsal. He stops
- after two bars. "May we begin
again, please? This time, in
- tune." Good. He knows it's out of
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descrepancy there ,s between the _ _ ^ ^     rehearsi     the
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Our mood has gone from
boredom, through irritation and ~
progressed to intense concentra- _.
tion. "I really get annoyed at how— •
all of us take such music as this  - ■
for granted." McCoppin states: "I
apologize for this detail, but we   _.
have all played the Nutcracker    - ■
so often, we tend to forget how     ~'_
beautiful, and how difficult it is." _J
He mops his brow. He has
worked as hard as us. Still forty- ~
four minutes to break. "Now, the Z
Waltz of the Flowers, please."
We don't get halfway
through the Waltz before the
break. But already this is a
different orchestra. We are all
forward on our chairs. We are
scrutinizing our parts, becoming
as fanatical about details of
balance and dynamics as
McCoppin is. We sound terrific.
The Union steward stands up.
"Break time, Mr. McCoppin."
McCoppin looks at is watch. "Oh, "
so it is! Water Music after the
break! Harp, we will not need
"    you again today."
] We hadn't even finished the
-    Nutcracker, and the harp is
"    being dismissed! What is this
guy up to?
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^Healey cuts new edge
The orchestra members
buzzed during our twenty
minute coffee break. This man
knew what he wanted. He hadn't
screwed up. He had actually
rehearsed what needed to be
rehearsed. Incredible. But so was
the level of intensity. There is no
way that this could be kept up.
Did McCoppin know this, or was
he going to drive us nuts?
We had our answer over the
course of the three rehearsals
allotted to a Pops programme.
McCoppin gradually relaxed his
manner, began cracking a few
jokes and relating some amusing
anecdotes. An esprit de corps
was beginning to develop in the
symphony that I had never seen
before. McCoppin never let us
get away with sloppy playing at
any time, but once his approach
was understood, he became
remarkably easy to play under.
Best of all, though, was his
unique ability to combine the
moulding of a solid, consistent
interpretation with the gift of
making music fun.
After the final rehearsal, we ~
packed up our instruments and
headed directly over to the
Cherry Bank Hotel, the usual
symphony watering hole. The
concert was not until the
following evening, so some power -
drinking was definitely in order.
Peter McCoppin was, of course,
the focal point of much ofthe
conversation. One ofthe trombonists took a long draw on his
Ricker's Red and said what we
all knew had to be said. "Yeah,
the guy's a blast. He's positive,
and the baton technique is great.
But these are rehearsals, man.
He hasn't conducted a concert
yet. Rehearsals ain't concerts. No
way. Well see for sure tomorrow,
man."
The point was well taken.
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The music world is full of
rehearsal and practice room whiz
kids who can't deliver on stage.
We'd been disappointed too
often.
We needn't have been
concerned. McCoppin was great
in the performance. He was
grinning ear to ear throughout,
nailing cues, giving the high sign
for well played solos, just having
a total gas. He positively enchanted the audience with his
impromptu comments on the
music. The orchestra responded
with a first rate effort. We were
having fun and delivering the
goods as well. At the end ofthe
concert, the audience stood up
and applauded. McCoppin came
out for his bow, and motioned the
orchestra to stand. Not a soul
moved. Instead, we put our
intruments down and applauded
him, too. He beamed, motioned
us to stand again, and this time
we did. The love affair with Peter
McCoppin and the Victoria
Symphony was beginning.
After the concert, McCoppin
plunked himself down on one of
the sofas in the Green Room, and]
chatted casually with some of the>
orchestra members. This was a
change! A conductor who would
actually condescend to talk with
the serfs! I walked by and he
motioned me over. "Say, aren't
you the guy with the Cobra?"
"Yeah, you like cars?" "You
betcha. How can I get a ride in
that thing?" Manna from heaven.
"Well, I'll tell you. I write for the
Ubyssey. Give me an interview
that will allow me to give the
university crowd and insight into,
the world of conductors and
orchestras, and I'll give you a
ride to remember."
McCoppin quickly agreed.
The next day I was fortunate
enough to get a glimpse at
another side of Peter McCoppin.
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1 band that plays at the Commo-
- - dore is something great, but oc-
~' casionally someone comes to the
~ I stage and works some real
_. magic.
by Jon Treichel
The Commodore ballroom
has been around for quite a
while. And while the original
builders would probably be ill at
the sight ofthe disco balls and
spaceship renovations, they ~" MUSIC
could at least feel good about the   _. Jeff Healey
unchanging good music and -|- at the Commodore
fiesty fans which still call the
Commodore home. Not every        _t___   Enter JeffHealey from the   __Z[
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■ teeming metropolis of Toronto.
' At twenty-two he hasn't been on
. the scene quite as long as the
- Commodore has. But at his
- Monday night show, he fit in as
" though he had been playing
_ there since such acts as ZZ Top
- — creaked the floorboards in the
' ~ early seventies (fittingly, he did
'. _ perform Blue Jean Blues as part
+- of his hour and a half show).
Entering the ballroom I was
struck by the crowd. There were
almost no yuppies in the whole
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- place. Perhaps they were in dis-
~ guise. Whatever the case, Jeff
—jHealey appeals to a working-
—class audience—the type of
^people who can really wind down
_and get into his hard-core guitar
-playing after a dull Monday at
"work.
The audience was ready for
-Healey before he was ready for
- them. He was set to begin at
." eleven o'clock, but from ten
. thirty on the audience was
- packed up against the stage
screaming out a chorus of "JEFF
JEFF JEFF!" These people were
ready to be entertained.
So he came out and sat down
in his chair and said hello to the
audience. Then he began what
became a non-stop wail of some
of the most dextrous and adventurous blues playing to be heard
since the heyday of Cream
twenty years ago. The audience
responded, and Healey and the
rest ofthe band—a drummer and
a bassist—were enthusiastic.
Where does JeffHealey fit in
today's music industry? The
question ran across my mind a
few times during the course of
the evening. Here is a twenty-
two year old Canadian doing
what Jimi Hendrix and Eric
Clapton did twenty years ago.
This is not all that new, as
sixties cover bands abound in
today's yuppy world of "Classic
Radio," movies titled 1969, etc.
But Jeff Healey is not just
- another kid who has taken the
~ time to learn how to play Wind
Z Cries Mary or Crossroads in
- hopes of making a few bucks en-
- tertaining the BMW crowd.
~ Watching him on stage I
_ couldn't help but feel that he
- should have been twenty years
~ older. He did not simply play a
_ set of oldies (in fact there were'
- very few). He is doing something
- new with his instrument just like!
" Hendrix was doing in 1967. He is-
_ not following in footsteps—he is
- making his own footprints in
~ music.
The music industry does not
- deserve a talent such as Healey.
" After a decade of ramming utter
. trash disguised as music down
- the public's throats it seems odd
- that any record company would
[" finally give us a genuine new
.. talent to listen to without first
■ - castrating him in the studio by
;' introducing a butthead with a
.. huge ego to "produce" the album.
I suppose I shouldn't com-
■' plain, after all Healey is record-
.. ing and playing live, and miracu-
■ - lously his songs are even getting
; ■ air play on FM radio. He is
\ \ certainly one of the finest guitar
, - players alive today, and he
■ ■ deserves all the success in the
J \ world. He put on an incredible
_. show on Monday, and the other
- ■ two nights of his sold-out three
~' night stand must have been
_. similarly mind-numbing. Loud
- and crazy.
6/THE UBYSSEY
March 3,1989 Page Friday was feeling psychedelic this week.
Are you going blind? Keep watching. Just keep
telling yourself that this is more fun than a Michelle
Shocked concert anyway.
Health needs helplE__
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fey Robert Groberman
If one fart joke is funny, does
it follow that a hundred fart
jokes are a hundred times as
funny? Would two hours of fart
jokes be fun to watch? John Gray
seems to think so, making his
new play, Health, the Musical, a
one note show.
4. THEATRE
Health, the Musical
The Vancouver Playhouse
_C Until March 25
Created out of a mid-life
crisis and a fear of bodily
deterioration, Health is based
-(- very loosely on one man's
experience with ageing and being
rejected first by his wife, and
- - then by his body. The man is
~ ~ Mort, played by Eric Peterson,
_ _ best known as the original Billy
- - Bishop in Billy Bishop Goes to
War and for his weekly CBC
television series, Street Legal.
- - Peterson also plays all of the
- - other characters in this show a la
X Billy Bishop.
The role of Mort's body is di-
-)-vided into three parts, and are
"played by Stephen E. Miller as
11 Bum: the bowel; Ian McDonald
- - as Smiley: the mouth; and Ross
Douglas as Snake (is this too ob-
T vious?) the penis. These three
- - perform backup in many of
Mort's songs as well as on their
own. Their first song includes
_ _ the line "We will poo and pee and
4^ drool" (Get it? The bowel, the
penis and mouth? Get it?) and
the show is off on an all-too-
-1— obvious search for the funniest
fart joke ever heard on a professional stage.
During a romantic dinner
between Mort and a date, Bum
dislikes the food, and threatens
to "pass gas." Later, Stephen
■ Miller is stuck with the line "a
■bowel's gotta do what a bowel's
\ gotta do.:
At the show's climax, during - test, and he comes up with a
■ which Mort almost dies and the    ■ number of interesting charac
show is almost saved, our hero
goes to the hospital to endure the
indignity of (what else?) barium
x-rays ofthe bowel. The scene is
very funny, with Peterson
displaying his gift for physical
comedy.
The performances in Health
■ are of a very high calibre. Peter-
. son's gift for dialects is put to the
ters. His energy and focus on
stage held the audience's
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interest, even without good
material. The trio of bodily parts
are fun, and the actors perform
their silly roles with the aplomb
■~ of true professionals.
Director Larry Lillo brings
- imagination and style to this pro-
~ duction with his choice of set and
\ ~ costumes, well executed by Pam
Johnson. But Lillo was faced
with a shallow, uninteresting
script that seems as though it
was written by someone who is
thirteen and still making rude
noises with his armpit.
Health is full of songs, but it
doesn't feel much like a musical.
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e songs are all John Gray
patter songs, heavy with clever
rhymes (The world of lipstick/Is
so idealistic), but conveying little
that is important to the play.
The songs are not memorable,
though the band is excellent.
Unfortunately, John Gray
chose not to explore the current
obsession with health, or one
man's experience with illness. In
going for the embarrassment
laugh at every opportunity, Gray
instead creates a boring, one joke
comedy that really starts to
smell.
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Light shines on Lone Star
by Chung Wong
Watch it. She might wink.
Dressed in casual black,
Michelle Shocked took the
Commodore Wednesday, strumming her chords, gritting her
teeth and smiling constantly.
Whether it was in sarcasm or joy
depended on who you were and
what you've done.
With just one guitar, the
lone Texan conquered an
audience which consisted of both
young and old; the in and
outcast; and the sane and insane.
Her guitar chords and heavy
statement-—whether on American politics, Clause 28—the
[Lesbian and Gay "issue" in
'England, the Greens in Germany, or the Free Trade joke
.that everybody missed—poked at
all minds that have conformed.
The second ofthe two sold
jout shows opened with Michelle
■ Shocked playing blues chords
offstage. The audience sees nothing until Shocked appears on
stage, bringing the rhythm into
full flight, singing, "When I grow
up I want to be an old woman."
The audience is charmed as she
■ grooves with a smile glued on
her face.
After breaking a string, she
carries on to sing here second
number a capella — a ballad
about a Vietnam widow.
"The times are a changing,"
she says. "And the people who
used to say it are now saying you
gotta change with the time, you
gotta change with the times." After the comment, she continues
to smile, playing her
guitar with more rhythm
and power.
Later, she says, "I'd
get arrested for burning a
flag but if anyone of you
did it, nothing would
happen." She then hands
two Canadian flags to the
audience; they were kept
as souvenirs.
She continues to show
the fever she brought with
her that could not be
contained even in the
alienated wilderness of
Canada, and gave testimony to her unbroken
spirit. Despite the media's
focus on her brash
radicalism, including her
arrests for misdemeanors,
her show Wednesday
confirmed the credibility of
the value she places on
people.
Her set included all
songs off her latest album,
Short Sharp Shocked, and her
first album, Texas Campfire
Tapes, which gained her recognition in England where she now
resides.
Her offstage candidness in
which she recounts in seemingly
casual tones her experience of
being raped, plays with your disbelief. Her stage show is intensified. In "Memories of East
Texas," she sings, "Girl, why'd
you ever let them break your
spirit." Her lyrical voice attains a
powerful connection with the
audience.
Later, when a man in the
Formula film charms
Why'd you let 'em break your spirit
audience yells "take it all off" as \
she removes her sweater to cool .
off, Michelle Shocked shows class-
by not responding, keeping her \
cool, and showing that she had .
"learned to drive on those East -
Texas backroads," and deserved "
to be there. "
The Cowboy Junkies, who
opened up for Shocked, were less ■
than shocking, but it was enter-  \
taining to watch Margo Timmins.
nearly fall off the chair she was   -
pasted to. The music .is great, but]
the show was one yawn away
from Lawrence Welk—at least
they are Canadian.
by Michael Booth
I was intrigued by Lean
On Me even before I saw it
It's a true story about a
fascinating man, directed fay
the man who gave us such
formula films as Rocky and
The Karate Kid. 1 expected an
interesting movie stuck in a
David and Goliath formula.
FILM
Lean On Me
Now Playing
Capitol 6
I was righfe-
The film begins by
showing stark images of daily
life at a deteriorating American, high school* Joe Clark
has been hired to put this
school in order, the same
school which bad fired and
blackballed him twenty years
earlier during a messy labour
dispute. •
Like all formula movies of
its ilk, the film needs a seemingly insurmountable barrier
for the hero to overcome. Ia
Lean on Me, tibia i$ adequately supplied in the guise
of a basic skills test which 75
percent ofthe student body
'must pass or the state of New
Jersey mil assume control of
the school from the local
school board. When Joe Clark
arrives at the school, leas
than 35 percent are capable
of this task.
With most ofthe elements are in place for a
typically predictable under-
dog-beats-the*-odds movie, aU
that is lacking is an underlying message for the 61m, The
message delivered by Joe
Clark in real life and in this
movie is that desperate times
require desperate actions.
When Clark assumes control
of the school, he makes it
quite clear that he is in
control and that anybody who
crosses him will be expelled
or suspended, teachers and
students alike.
What sets Lean on Me
apart from standard, run-of-
the-mill formula movies is
Avildsen's direction and the
captivating performance of
Morgan Freeman. Avildsen'*
deft direction gives the movie
a fast and entertaining pace
without digressing too heavily into any one of the many
sub-plots that develop during
the course of the film.
The underdog fighting the
system theme,, the stirring
musk and the student body
supporting his efforts all
evoke reminders of &e
formula used in Eoeky and
The Karate Kid* "What saves
this film from being a complete re-hash ofthe previous
ones is the riveting performance tamed in by Freeman.
Instead of dwelling solely on
Clark's controversial reputation, Freeman demonstrates
the inner conflicts faced by
Clark as his staffand members ofthe community resist
his heayy-handed tactics.
Freeman's efforts are further
enhanced by the acting of
Robert Guillaume as the
tough but fair chairman of
the local school board.
Lean On Me presents an
entertaining account of the
life of controversial high
school principal Joe Clark
that leaves the audience with
a good feeling.
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When newspaper wars
were fought to the death
Thinking of Teaching?
The University of British Columbia invites applications to its
teacher education programs for September 1989.
All programs feature
• short blocks and a full term of teaching practice
• effective communication skills
• classroom management strategies
• providing for students with special needs
Elementary teaching applicants completing third year or a
degree enter the 4-term B.Ed, program for primary (K-3) or
intermediate (4-7) teaching.
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with strength in one or two teaching subjects enter a 12-month
program leading to teacher certification: an
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These positions involve working for the A.M.S.
on specific projects as determined by the
A.M.S. Hiring Committee. In the past, projects
have included the A.M.S. Bookstore, High
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March 13, 1989 at 4:00 p.m.
By Rick Hiebert
The managing editor of the
Toronto Telegram had a fullproof
plan to ensure that they would
scoop their hated rivals at the
Toronto Star. When marathon
swimmer Marilyn Bell came
ashore out of Lake Ontario, they
were going to kidnap her...
PRINT
Hello Sweetheart...
Get Me Rewrite
By Val Sears
Key Porter
This story, and many others of
Toronto journalism in the '50's are
contained in Val Sears' new book,
Hello Sweetheart...Get Me Rewrite.
Sears, political editor of the
Toronto Star, once wrote for the
Toronto Telegram, which died in
1971. His book recounts the story
ofthe war between the Tely" and
the Star in the 1950's as they tried
tooutwrite and scoop each other in
competition for readers.
This was a colourful era for
newspapers, writes Sears. The
Telegram was one newspaper that
came with the garbage already
wrapped in it."
Sears' book is full of amusing
recollections and anecdotes about
the experiences he had at the
paper. He remembers major '50's
stories like the exploits ofthe Boyd
gang of bank robbers, Hurricane
Hazel's destruction in 1954, and
the Springhill mine disaster.
Some ofthe tales are fascinating, like the story of how the Telegram almost kidnapped Bell.
In September 1954, Marilyn
Bell was the first person to swim
across Lake Ontario. As the Star
had sponsored the swim, they had
an exclusive on the story and the
Tely was plotting how to outfox the
Star. Sears writes how the editor
had two plans, attempt to lure Bell
into a fake Telegram ambulance or
have a squad of reporters take
down everything she did or
said in order to print more
than the Star.
The kidnap attempt
failed, but the Tely, thanks
to the Star allowing Bell to
get some sleep before their
exclusive interview,
scooped their rival. They
also wrote what happened
in the first person, affixing
a photograph of Bell's signature, which implied that
she wrote it although she
hadn't. (So it's a little dishonest, they had papers to
sell...)
Sears writes with an
easy, readable and interesting style. He uses a lot of
humour, leavening the often sad news with affectionate reminisces of the
people he met and worked
with, like Hibby the con
man who carried a bag full
of lead slugs to use pay
phones for free.
Sears' book is a lot of
fun to read, particularly
when he remembers some of the
crazy things he used to do to get
stories, like his part in importing a
famous Scotland Yard detective to
solve a kidnapping case.
However, there's not much
analysis of print journalism in the
fifties. The book is annoyingly
subtitled "Remembering the
Great Newspaper Wars" when itis
about the war between the two
Toronto papers (Would someone
please tell this Toronto publisher
that that city is not the center of
the universe).
However, Sears affectionate
memories of his time at the Telegram make fun reading, especially
for armchair journalists.
Me Rewrite
the Creot Newspaper wars
For UBC readers, his brief
memories of when he wrote for this
very rag are particularly interesting. He writes that The Ubyssey
was a "real newspaper" when he
was an editor, but that was the
year before my mother was born
(Val Sears is really ancient). He
also added that his Ubyssey was
"almost always in trouble with the
authorities." The more things
change....
The Publications Board
exists for YOU.
Do you have views about
The Ubyssey?
Contact the Ombuds office in SUB.
It's Time For
Leadership in Victoria!
"The people of Point Grey have a unique
opportunity - to elect the Leader of the
British Columbia Liberal Party to the
Legislature.
The people know that one more N.D.P. or one
more Socred will change nothing in B.C."
On March 15th we will break free from the two
dimensional left & right politics!
On March 15th the people of Point Grey will
elect the Leader of the B.C. Liberal Party
Gordon Wilson to the Legislature!
On March 15th
WILSON, GORDON X
GORDON WILSON • LEADER B.C.L.P.
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March 3,1989 NEWS
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CAMPUS BRIEFS
Students address Quebec sign law
MONTREAL (CUP)—The Quebec student federation's working paper on the language controversy is
meeting the approval of English students, but may
prove divisive with the vast majority of its members—francophones.
The provincial government should legislate the
use of French without restricting other languages,
according to the 31
point proposal. It
will be presented to
members ofthe Association National
des Etudiantes et
Etudiants du Quebec (ANEEQ) in April.
The paper touches elements of the language
question stretching from education, immigration,
women, culture and language of work.
"I'm generally pleased with it," said Dawson
College Student Union Vice President External Jordan Dobrofsky. "It's good to see ANEEQ hasn't gone
with the tide of French feeling towards linguistic
minorities."
But the document may not go over well with
francophone students, the vast majority of ANEEQ's
members, and the vast majority of students in the
province.
CEGEP St. Laurent student Phillippe DesRosi-
ers said he agreed with the provisions ofthe paper,
but he feels if doesn't go far enough to protect the
rights of francophones.
DesRosiers is a founder of the Mouvement Etu-
diant pour un Quebec Francais, a 100-strong group of
CEGEP and university students who support the
province's French only commercial sign law.
Guns found in UPEI residence
CHARLOTTETOWN (CUP)—Police raiding the residence room of one of two University of Prince Edward
Island students charged with attempted murder
found four handguns, a sawed-off shotgun and 22
rounds of ammunition.
Law enforcement officials in Sydney, Nova Sco
tia had reported the weapons stolen only eight days
before a hold up and shooting at a Charlottetown K-
Mart department store in late January.
First year science student Glen Charles La-
Lanne, 21, and 18-year old arts student Shawn
Marie Sutton were also charged with robbery and using a firearm while committing an indictable offense. In addition, LaLanne was charged with possession of a prohibited
weapon and possession of an uncertified
handgun.
LaLanne was
released in the summer of 1988 on parole specifically to attend UPEI.
His parole term was to end in 1991. He was sentenced in 1986 to a three-year term for manslaughter and to two years break and enter, according to regional National Parole Board director Erv Williams.
Assault prompts training beef-up
TORONTO (CUP)—The people who train pub staff
and monitor licensed events at the University of
Toronto are revamping their training manual after
an alleged sexual assault at a campus bar.
A man was recently charged after he allegedly
stuck his hand up a woman's skirt. The alumnus left
the pub but returned later, and was held by the
Campus Beverage Service (CBS) employees until
the campus police arrived.
CBS official Peter Smith said nothing in the
manual outlines procedures for dealing with sexual
assault or harassment.
"Any violation (such as) general assault,
rowdiness, or vandalism, which poses a threat to
customers or employees, comes under a general
category ofthe liquor licence," Smith said.
"We definitely will have changes in the CBS
server training program," said Jim delaney, who coordinates the program. "I think it's a serious enough
thing that it does warrant (modifications). If things
like (this) are happening, pubs should be able to
handle the problem."
POUCH BRIEFS
The police beat reported a
rash  of thefts  during the  past
week.
Arts Theft
Between February 15 and 21
approximately $300.00 was stolen
from the Arts print room located at
room 309 A of 6333 Memorial road.
VCR Theft
Sometime on the night of
February 21 a N.E.C. video cassette recorder was stolen from
room 205 of the SUB. The room
was being used to store equipment
and displays for the Student
Health Services, "Safety Days".
The VCR was valued at $469.00
and was on loan to the U.E.L. Fire
department.
Computer Theft
On the night of February 23
an IBM compatible Doppler 286
computer was stolen with a keyboard and data train from the
second floor of the Food Sciences
building. The computer is valued
at $2500.00.
Pit Problem
On Wednesday, February 24
just before the Pit closed, two
females refused to cooperate with
Pit staff and leave the premises.
The RCMP attended and the two
offenders were charged with section 47(2XA) of the liquor control
act. This charge carries a $100.00.
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March 3,1989
THE UBYSSEY/9 Drivel, drivel,
drivel
Due to positive feedback from the last awards covered
by The Ubyssey (Buttheads) and because ofthe approaching Academy awards, The Ubyssey collective presents to
you our own winners and losers as determined by their
recent performance in the local, provincial, national, and
international stage.
Presenting the Air Canada frequent flyer bonus point
award (or the best excuse to visit New York City on a
whim): Double winners, Mr. Andrew you're no Duke,
Hicks and Mr. Tim Bird. These two gentleman are attempting to circumnavigate the continent in pursuit of
their 1 egendary, but as yet to be approved, RecFac. Yes, for
only a paltry $6300 dollars of student's money they will
visit Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, New York, Boston and
Missoula, Montana in the frigid month of May. Have a
nice summer vacation boys...
Presenting the Kiss of Death Award: To Mr. Bob
Seeman. The Ubyssey fully endorses Bob in all his policies, even to the point of us changing our own policies, to
ensure his political success. We understand you're quite
an actor, "...dead pan delivery that got some laughs, but
little applause." Good luck Bob...
Presenting the Mickey Mouse Award: To Mr. Bill
Vander Zalm. What are you doing in California Bill? Are
you consulting with Mickey and Goofy about future
Socred policies on post-secondary education? Come out of
space mountain, Bill, and smell the Kraft Dinner coffee.
Your government's rainy-day fund now exceeds $1 billion—It's raining at UBC...
Presenting the Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dumber
Award: To the three front-running (and Bob) candidates
in Point Grey. Mashed potatoes all around the policy
table. Yawn...
Presenting the Corporate Parasite Award: To Famous Players Theatre Chain. Thanks for yet another hike
in movie admission prices. The only thing going for
Famous Players now is their patrons don't have to watch
those cretinous California Raisins dance and singin THX
before the feature, or is that next? Does anyone know
where we can get a VCR?., cheap?..
Presenting the Collective Mood Ring Award: To the
Students of UBC. If everyone here would wear one of these
wonderful devices, perhaps the provincial government
and the Board of Governors might be able to get a reading
on the mood ofthe student body. Unfortunately, the only
reading they would get would be the bland colour of mass
apathy. You know, that black colour when you put your
mood ring in the freezer—yah—that one...
The genius award goes to the people who had enough
guts to tell the paper companies that you don't need
dioxin-laden chlorine bleached coffee filters and toilet
paper... when they return to their natural colour when
they are used. Brilliant!
UBC
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Assorted (and distorted) headlines:
-Stacey Newcombe lays down party line to Katherine Monk
on Meech Lake accord.
-Joe Altwasser fears fish truce could prove too costly.
-Michael Vaney cancels meeting with Monica Brunner.
-Luis Piedmont urged to halve $29 billion deficit.
-Robert Groberman criticized over ethnic income data.
-Jon Treichel recalls Iran envoy over Rick Hiebert death
threat.
-Gordon Lucas rarely spoke of dangers, Olivia Zanger says.
-Suspect in the theft of millions in art, Michael Booth and
Greg Davis found dead.
-Alex Johnson's hunt is over
-Arts beats Engineers 2-1 in intramural ice hockey.
-Paul Dayson must not be bullied by bigotry.
-Chung Wong jailed 9 months over layout error.
-Robin Meuhlebach assumes role of PM in Kabul.
-Deanne Fisher will watch Ottawa inquest.
-Hai V Le sparks boom in bottle use.
-Parole hearing forces Ted Aussem to live in car.
-U.S. Anti-Ernie Stelzer law certain, Vincent Sheh says.
-Brazilian warriors join protests against Catherine Lu.
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Letters
Anti-
abortionists
violate rights
As a Canadian citizen, I
feel that freedom is a vital
component of our society.
Every person has the right
to their own opinions and
beliefs, as long as they do
not interfere with the rights
ofthe others. The anti-abortionists who participated in
the demonstration at the
Vancouver abortion clinic
infringed on women's rights
and have also been unfair to
the taxpayer.
Under Canadian law,
women have the option of
abortion; it is their right to
make this choice, and to
have control over their own
bodies. The protestors prevented patients and staff
members from entering
Everywoman's Health
Clinic, despite an injunction
that prohibits this, and tried
to force their own moral and
religious beliefs on these
people. In doing so, the antd-
abortionists not only intruded on women's rights,
but also transgressed the
law.
The excuse they use for
ignoring the injunction is
that they are responding to
a "higher law." Following
"higher laws" would be fine
if everyone could believe
and follow them; however,
this is not possible, and this
is why society has laws—to
prevent chaos and disorder.
By openly defying the
common law, the anti-abortionists succeeded in wasting the police officer's time,
which could have been used
for more urgent matters,
taking up needed room in
the over-crowded prisons,
and tying up the already
over-burdened judicial system. And, this is all at the
taxpayer's expense! I am
sure that most people would
like to see their hard-earned
money spent in a more beneficial way—perhaps on education or health care.
The anti-abortionists
do not have the right to
waste the public's money or
to deny women their right to
have an abortion. Instead of
being "martyrs" and hoi ding
illegal demonstrations, the
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Pro-lifers should put their
efforts into finding solutions
for the social problems
which prompt women to
have abortions.
S.Thom
Arts 3
Potentiality
can confer
rights
James Rowley declares
flatly, "Rights do not apply
to potential persons, only
actual ones." He sees no
need to test this generalization the way all generalizations must be tested,
namely, by specific counterexamples.
At law, one must need
not be a person in order to
have rights. Cats, corporations and non-profit societies have rights that can
take precedence over rights
of so-called "actual persons."
Potentiality also confers rights. Potential doctors, called interns, enjoy
rights that non-potential
doctors lack. Potential lawyers, called articling students, enjoy rights that non-
potential lawyers lack. Potential tradesmen, called
apprentices, enjoy rights
that non-potential tradesmen lack. Again, these
rights can take precedence.
In England, potential
children can be enrolled in
exclusive schools before
they are born. Since it is
important to protect actual
salmon, ecologists protect
the tiny "chum," which are
potential salmon.
Because fetuses are
identifiably continuous
with actual persons in hav-
ingafull, distinct chromosomal set, rights of "actual"
persons can easily rub off
onto fetuses. Contrary to
Rowley's bombast, such an
extension ofthe moral franchise is neither "vicious" nor
"silly" (an odd pair).
Greg Lanning
Law II
Rushton's
research
persecuted
To anyone who still defends the right to carry out
free inquiry into any field of
learning, no matter how
'touchy' it may be to some
people; who condemns the
imputation of dishonorable
motives in others, especially
in inquirers into touchy
matters; who cherishes the
rule of law and of due process; the debate between
Professors Rushton and
Suzuki at the University of
Western Ontario on the 9th
was a disturbing revelation.
I do not know whether
the results of Dr. Rushton's
research was valid or not.
The only way to determine
the question is by objective,
scientific methods and evidence.
Dr. Suzuki didn't rebut
Dr. Rushton's evidence by
other, superior, evidence.
He attacked the man, impugned his motives, and
demanded his dismissal. In
his article in The Globe and
Mail of Feb. 11, "Defence of
Rushton 'right' is propping
up faulty work," Dr, Suzuki
compounds his sin. He
writes, for example: "the
debate should not get
bogged down in the details
of the research, because
doing so implies that the
work is scientifically valid,
and it is not."
So now Dr. Suzuki arrogates to himself the right to
decide what is and what is
not scientifically valid research without even examining the details of others'
research. Moreover, how
anyone can state that an
article can be called "definitive", especially in science,
as Dr. Suzuki does of a work
he approves, is carrying too
far a faith in what the late
Sir Peter Medawar would
call 'apodictic certainty.
Dr. Suzuki's debate and
article were those not of a
scientist and scholar, but of
a minority rights activist
bent on arousing passions
and demanding lynch-law.
Dr. Suzuki does not seem to
believe that "truth will out:"
only that a big stick can beat
ideas. Canadian universities must be on their guard
lest Dr. Suzuki launch a
crusade to purge them of
workers who are engaged in
research which he judges
'faulty'.
Jack Dixon
University of Winnipeg
Rushdie:
abusive and
abused
Rushdie's book, The Satanic Verses, a claimed fiction, implied factual novel
offends Muslim communities by insulting, ridiculing
and trying to discredit Islam. The characters in this
book Mahoud, Gibrael
Farishta and the prostitutes
bearing the names of the
prophets wives are borrowed from Islam, thinly
disguised and ridiculed.
Rushdie, without any basis,
implies that the Quran has
been altered. The Quran
remains unchanged with
the passage of time. It exists
today as it was revealed over
1400 years ago.
As Muslims, the two of
us disagree with Khomeini's
death threat to Rushdie.
Islam means submission to
the will of God. Islam is
about peace, harmony,
mercy and charity, not killing. Khomeni is a politician
hiding behind the flag of
Islam. Politics in the middle
east are no more representative of Islam than the IRA
are representative of Christianity. Khomeni may represent 30,000,000 Iranians
but he does not represent
900,000,000 Muslims world
wide.
Yes, indeed Khomeni's
threat lacks responsibility
and sanity, but so did the
response of the people who
made the bomb threats at
the time ofthe release ofthe
movie The Last Temptation
of Christ. This is not to say it
is justifiable to threaten the
lives of one or many but
when a book such as
Rushdie's is allowed to ridicule and attempt to destroy
the most fundamental beliefs of a faith, one is appalled! Freedom of speech is
a highly valued privilege in
this democratic society in
which we live; however,
when it [freedom of speech]
unjustly criticizes the most
basic elements of a faith on a
whim, then this very same
privilege has been both
abused and misused.
Karima Ratansi
Shafik Kassam
10/THE UBYSSEY
March 3,1989 "p\<-*
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Mandela: a hot issue in S.A.
The South African government no doubt is ecstatic these
days over the downfall of Mrs.
Winnie Mandela, long regarded by
many blacks as "mother of the
nation." Time will be the final
judge of role in the affair but what
emerges from the incident has
provided the government with
plenty of ammunition to defuse-
temporarily for now-world pressure for the dismantling of the
system, lifting
the government's
repressive measures, and freeing
Mandela, who
has been imprisoned since 1962.
Prom the government's point
of view, change to the system is
necessary as it grapples with the
future which does not look too
bright. But change is pain,
whether that change is giving
blacks more rights or clamping
down on anti-Apartheid groups to
appease the conservatives-a
course that can only lead to further polarization and violence.
In the past few years, the
government led by President Pieter Botha, has retreated hesitantly from Apartheid, and loosened its grip on the privileges of
power somewhat. But many
whites, especially Afrikaans-
speaking blue collar worker and
farmers who eye recent concessions made to the blacks like wary
riders on a tandem bike, are furious about rising black wages, the
recent integration of beaches, and
the lifting of laws that control the
flow of blacks into the urban areas.
Last October's racially segregated municipal elections witnessed a Conservative sweep of
the Transvaal province - the nation's economic and political center. The National Party which has
ruled the country since 1948, still
won the most municipalities. It,
however, got the message: allay
the fears of its white constituents
and keep them from defecting to
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the ultra-right-wing Conservative
party by putting the brakes on
reforms, or else it wouldlose power
should the national election roll
around.
Such brakes are inherently
valid from the government's view
but they could breed more violence, engender more racial antagonism, and heighten black
frustration. A test of the government's willpower to accept the
PERSPECTIVE
demographic and economic realities lies in its handling of Mandela.
More than just another gripping human tragedy, his plight is a
symbol of hopes sustained, and
poses an explosive political problem for the regime.
Nelson Mandela was leader of
the African National Congress
(ANC) when he and six other ANC
members were tried, and convicted—at the famous Rivonia
sabotage trial—of plotting to overthrow the state. Prior to that, he
and others went underground in
1960 after the government outlawed the ANC—a legitimate
channel through which Blacks
expressed their political grievances. Starting out as a moderate,
Mandela hardened his view as he
realized the futility of legal opposition, and as the government rigidly dinged to its ideologies.
To release or to continue to
confine him has a direct bearing on
the country's political future and
constitutes a high wire act for the
government. Should the government release Mandela, it fears, he
could serve as a rallying point for
blacks—and that could exacerbate
white fears of the day when they
lose their privileges. On the other
hand, should Mandela die in
jrison, stiffened economic sanc
tions from abroad could cause
South Africa's economy to collapse, and unleash black fury,
further drifting the country toward economic and social chaos.
While the government ignores pleas for his freedom from
Washington, Moscow, London,
Tokyo, and other world capitals,
the frail, 70-year old Mandela
languishes in his new spacious,
"living accommodation" where he
has stayed for the
past few months after his treatment for
tuberculosis at a
clinic near Cape
Town.
A leading Afrikaans-language newspaper, Beeld, has advocated for his release. It urged
the government to stop dividing
and co-opting the opposition and
instead, negotiate with the ANC
through Mandela, thus staving off
further sanctions and averting
future bloodshed.
To prevent the winds of violence from picking up speed, the
government will have to persuade
the whites that something better,
in the form of peace and prosperity
for all, lies down the road if it successfully works out a power-sharing agreement with the blacks—
and to release Mandela is the first
step toward reaching an agreement. To do so requires strong
leadership and far-sighted political vision. To maintain the status
quo invites formidable risks:
chaos, confrontation, and bloodshed as more blacks join the ANC
and intensify their struggle.
The pleas for his release from
around the world are helpful, but
it will still be up to the government
to free him. Meanwhile the rest of
the world should continue to press
their government to speak against
an injustice that has gone on far
too long.
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The Alma Mater Society is now receiving
proposals from students for A.M.S. project
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The scope of possible projects is limited to
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Proposals are to included a description,
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THE UBYSSEY/11 NEWS
RCMP continue search
for assault suspect
RCMP sketch of suspect in sexual assault case
In an effort to gain information about a four month old sexual
assault case on campus, the
RCMP released a composite
sketch ofthe suspect Wednesday.
Described as Caucasian, 20-
21 years old, 5'10"-5'11", with an
athletic build and dark brown
hair, the suspect may have had
two or three days growth of facial
hair on the night of Wednesday,
October 19, when he escorted a
female UBC student home from
the Pit Pub.
According to the police release, after a few dances together,
the suspect offered to walk to victim home to the Place Vanier Residence. They left the Pit around 11
o'clock and walked around the
area of the Clock Tower and then
proceeded on a path believed to be
near the Math building.
There, the victim was forced
to the ground and sexually assaulted by the suspect. The victim
struggled and screamed. When
the suspect noticed some people
walking towards them, he fled.
Although the victim provided
a description of a black and gold
ring with the markings "St. F X,"
the RCMP have had no luck in
identifying the ring.
"We've come up with nothing
on the ring," said Cst. Bernie
Semanich of the University detachment, adding they have sent a
description of the ring to St.
Francis Xavier, who confirmed it
was not theirs. But they are still in
the process of contacting other
schools ofthe same name, in hopes
of coming up with a positive iden
tification.
Based on the casual conversation which the two exchanged in
the Pit, the suspect is believed to
be a UBC student in some area of
the Sciences.
Semanich said they had
hoped to gain information about
the suspect by making discreet
inquiries first, so as not to scare
him away. But so far they have
turned up a big zero, and now they
have turned to the students to help
in finding the suspect, Semanich
said.
Any information regarding
the assault or the suspect is helpful.
Please contact the University
RCMPat 224-1322, or Crime Stoppers at 669-TIPS.
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