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Vol. LXIII, No. 68
Vancouver, B.C. Friday, March 27,1961
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"Nobody   can   be   rich   enough   or   thin
enough. " —The Duchess of Windsor
The perfect figure: the perpetual female
quest. Unfortunately for many women this
quest turns into a nightmare. Obsessed with
the idea that thinness equals bodily perfection, they embark on a series of bizarre and
severely damaging eating habits.
This could be the description of anorexia
nervosa, the neurosis where women literally
starve themselves in a relentless pursuit of
thinness. However, it actually characterizes a
lesser known, but related and equally
destructive syndrome called bulimarexia.
Women suffering from the disorder alternately gorge themselves on massive quantities
of food, then, terrified of gaining weight,
purge themselves either by fasting, self-
induced vomiting, or heavy laxative intake.
"They give in to the temptation, but they
don't want the consequences," says Dr.
Leslie Solyom, a psychiatrist at Shaughnessy
Hospital who specializes in eating disorders.
The purging methods are their "escape
hatch" from gaining weight, he says.
Usually, bulimarexics, like anorexics, feel
dissatisfied with their bodies and begin a
strict diet. Somewhere along the line they
yield to their hunger — through violent gorging. Following a binge come feelings of guilt,
self-hatred, and the fear of weight-gain. The
next day they resolve to fast, but by evening
overwhelming hunger compels them to again
binge. The process continues. Gradually,
food becomes an all-encompassing obsession, stripping its victims of all self-control.
"When I'm on a binge, I just go crazy,"
says Lyn, a student. "Food is the priority. I
miss classes to get it, I run from cafeteria to
cafeteria. And I avoid people — they just get
in the way of a binge."
Says Delia, "Every day becomes a mental
sparring match between 'to binge and not to
binge.' I can't think of anything else."
For the bulimarexic, food is never experienced in normal ways. She is either compulsively binging or compulsively negating
the binge. Appetite is ignored, since food is
not eaten in response to hunger.
"The food is a drug," writes
psychonanalyst Susie Orbach in her book Fat
is a Feminist Issue. "Only very rarely is it
seen as an essential, enjoyable aspect of life."
Dr. Solyom says that during an average
binge a bulimarexic will consume enough
food to sustain a normal eater for 2 or 3 days.
The caloric intake of a binge averages between 5,000 and 11,000 (the normal daily requirement for an adult female is about 1800
Why are bulimarexics predominantly
female? Solyom says there is a cultural emphasis placed on women to be thin. Nowhere
is this more evident than in the media. The
public is constantly bombarded with images
of the ideal woman: painted, polished,
gleaming, and — gaunt. The covers of
women's magazines are adorned with this
perfect female, while the inside pages are filled with "wonder diets" to tell the rest of us
how to achieve such perfection. Advertisers
join in and remind women of how inadequate
their bodies are by offering multitudes of
products that will improve their hair, their
faces, their figures.
Our society teaches that women must look
good — for men. Males are aroused by the
sight of females, says Solyom, and females
comply by making themselves physically attractive. He describes one patient, a former
beauty queen who, after problems with her
first boyfriend, decided to show him she was
"somebody." She started to diet.
In their 1977 study of 100 bulimarexics,
New York psychologists Marlene Boskind-
Lodahl and Joyce Sirlin found that nearly all
of the women described a real or imagined
male rejection as the event that triggered the
first big diet and subsequently the first binge.
Personality also plays a part in the syndrome of bulimarexia. Solyom describes
these women as high achievers, obsessive,
ambitious, perfectionistic, and competitive.
In fact, he says, these very traits enable them
to continue their extreme eating and maintain
a slim body. "They know how to start, but
not stop," he says.
Their self-esteem is low, and their body image is distorted. In the Boskind-Lodahl and
Sirlin study, one patient complaining about
her overweight was asked to show where she
thought she was fat. "Here," she said, jabbing and pulling at her skinny body: "here,
and here — everywhere."
Also, bulimarexics tend to be younger
women, because when they're older, they
lose the preoccupation with their figure, says
Though the neurosis has received attention
only recently, there are treatments available.
Overeaters Anonymous, a world-wide
organization patterned after Alcoholics
Anonymous, offers help to the compulsive
overeater. Many bulimarexics join. OA suggests that compulsive overeating is a progressive, incurable illness, and that
abstinence from destructive eating habits can
only be overcome through an admission of
helplessness over food.
The focus is on spiritual healing, a belief in
a "higher power" to relieve the compulsion.
Support is provided through regular meetings
where members share troubles and strengths,
and one-to-one telephone communication.
The organization attracts many because it is
ongoing, free, and anonymous. Whether it
helps the bulimarexic or not is difficult to
discern since anonymity prevents any study
of its success rates.
Solyom says bulimarexia is not incurable,
he treats patients with a seven-step program,
involving individual and group therapy to
redefine their self-image.
A priority in treatment is eliminating the
purging. "If they get rid of the vomiting,
then bingeing will stop," he says. Vomiting is
pleasurable after a binge because it provides
relief. To make vomiting aversive, he gives
his patients injections of apomorphine, causing nausea along with the vomiting. Once
vomiting stops and bingeing continues,
bulmarexics are faced with the choice of
bingeing (which leads to fat) or not bingeing
which leads to thinness.
For the majority of people, food is a
pleasure, and an occasional over-indulgence
means nothing. For the bulimarexic, gorging
and purging is a self-destructive way of life.
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Friday, March 27,1981 By SHAFFIN SHARIFF
"Our purpose is positive, not negative. We
are formed to do, not undo. "
—Douglas Fairbanks Sr., 1927
on the formation of the Academy of
Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences
Every film buff has a love-hate relationship with the academy awards, better known
as the Oscars.
One detests the underhanded deals and the
power struggles that see certain films nominated and others completely ignored. The
nominating process of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences is suspect because of the millions of dollars the major studios spend each year to promote big budget
films. In 1969, for example, 20th Century
Fox went to incredible lengths to promote
Hello, Dolly! which the studio thought
would fail at the box-office and with the
critics. It failed with the critics but was a success at the box office, and earned an Oscar
nomination and award for Barbra Streisand.
A nomination can mean additional millions at the box office. And an award is even
better. The Best Picture win for One Flew
Over the Cuckoo's Nest coughed up an additional $40 million for the film's gross receipts. Columbia Pictures has announced
that Kramer vs. Kramer's five Oscar wins, including a best actor award to Dustin Hoffman, added an extra $25 million to the film's
total take.
Occasionally, though, heavy promotion
can backfire. The 1972 push by Universal
Studios to have Diana Ross win best actress
award for Lady Sings The Blues cost Ross the
award. Paramount's 1977 excessive promotion for a best actor nod to John Travolta
also backfired.
But because the studios earn more money
through nominations than they spend
through promotions, they can afford to indulge in costly ad campaigns to promote particular films. This year, those films are Raging Bull and Ordinary People, two of the
likeliest candidates to win the best picture
Roman Polanski's Tess is also nominated
this year. Though Tess has easily won the
hearts of millions of viewers and received
favorable reviews, it will not win, but only
because Ordinary People has the inside track
for that position.
Tess has redeemed Roman Polanski, but
the director will not capture a win if justice
prevails (and it will not). Richard Rush
should be the man in waiting for his superb
direction of the Stunt Man, which was
nothing but a director's picture.
One wonders how Tess qualified for nominations in the first place. As late as last August, reports from France stated that Tess
would not be released in North America because of its director's legal problems. Yet
Tess was suddenly released in New York and
Los Angeles before Dec. 28 to qualify, obviously, for the academy award nominations
deadline. Even then, the film was advertised
as having only "21 film performances in
North America." Today, Tess is in nationwide release, with six academy award nominations to its credit.
The Elephant Man is also nominated for
Best Picture this year, though it doesn't deserve it at all. Jonathan Demme's delicate
comedy Melvin and Howard which won the
National Society of Film Critics' Best Picture
accolade, was completely ignored. So was
Richard Rush's The Stunt Man, though the
director received a nomination.
Of the five nominated films, Coal Miner's
Daughter deserves to win best picture. It was
honor from the New York film critics circle
and most important of all, the Directors
Guild Award which almost always foreshadows the Oscar win for best director.
What one enjoys about the Academy
Awards is the awards night broadcast, as
Hollywood's greats, would-be greats, and
never-to-be greats wiggle their way into their
seats and watch the presentations. The tension among the nominees is unsurpassed by
any other entertainment event. While the
television camera zooms in on the nominees
while a category is being announced, one can
admire the composure that they have to
maintain. They're all smiles and cheerfulness, and occasionaJly, the other nominees
even applaud when they don't win and have
to see the winner go up on stage to accept the
award. It's the best acting performance
Hollywood is capable of giving.
SUTHERLAND AND MOORE . . . contemplate winning
certainly one of the year's most enjoyable
films and though one cannot call it the year's
Best Picture (that honor belongs to The Empire Strikes Back, which was not nominated
for the award), it is the deserving winner
among those films which are nominated.
On March 30, when nearly 4,000 members
of the academy enter the Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Centre to
see awards handed out to the supposed best
of 1980, look for Robert Redford's Ordinary
People to win Best Picture. Best picture will
be the last category of nomination awarded
an Oscar. Since there is no question which
film will Best Picture, the moment will really
be an anticlimax.
Since it's a foregone conclusion that Ordinary People will garner the top honors,
Robert Redford is also sure to win best director award. He has already received that
The Oscar statuette itself is not valuable.
Worth approximately $500, the statuette is
gold colored, but has a foundation of nickel-
based liquid metal. Oscar's value is its prestige. Although some diehards usually press
the fact there are five winners (i.e., the five
nominees), no one remembers who the nominees are when a winner is announced.
In the Best Actor category, the nominees
this year include Robert De Niro for Raging
Bull, Robert Duvall for the Great Santini,
John Hurt for The Elephant Man, Jack Lemmon for Tribute, and Peter O'Toole for The
Stunt Man. Having won the Los Angeles
Film Critics and New York Film Critics Circle award for best actor, the man in waiting is
De Niro for his Raging Bull performance.
The actor who deserves the award is,
however, Peter O'Toole for his excellent portrayal of a megalomaniac director patterned
after British director David Lean in The
Stunt Man.
In the Best Supporting Actor category,
Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People), Timothy
Hutton (Ordinary People), Michael O'Keefe
(The Great Santini), Joe Pesci (Raging Bull),
and Jason Robards (Melvin and Howard) are
the nominees. Pesci will probably win though
O'Keefe deserves it.
The race for Best Actress is between Mary
Tyler Moore (Ordinary People) and Sissy
Spacek (Coal Miner's Daughter). Spacek
should win the award, but an Ordinary People sweep may mean a win for Moore. If the
competition between Spacek and Moore is intense, and it is expected to be, then the winner may be one of three other ladies, Ellen
Burstyn (Resurection), Goldie Hawn (Private
Benjamin), and Gena Rowlands (Gloria).
The nomination of Goldie Hawn is a sham.
Because Resurection didn't get an equitable
distribution deal by Universal, Ellen Burstyn
can be ruled out for her performance in what
is still an obscure film. If Spacek doesn't win,
then Rowlands deserves to win the award for
her performance in Gloria, a fine film ignored by most audiences.
Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull) may find
herself the dark horse winner for best supporting actress, although the one actress who
shows most promise is clearly Mary Steen-
burgen (Melvin and Howard), one of the best
young talents in America today. Melvin and
Howard deserves at least one win, and it is
this category that the film's best chances lie.
Other predictions:
Best Achievement in Cinematography:
Geoffrey Unsworth and Ghislain Cloquet,
for Tess.
Best Achievement in Costume Design: Anthony Powell, for Tess (Patricia Norris for
The Elephant Man is the fiercest competition
in this category).
Best Achievement in Art Direction: Either
The Empire Strikes Back or Tess deserve
awards for their art direction.
Best Achievement in Film Editing: Thelma
Schoonmaker for Raging Bull.
Best Foreign Language film: Kurosawa's
Best Original Score: A toss-up between Altered States, The Empire Strikes Back and
Tess. All three deserve awards.
Best Screenplay: Melvin and Howard,
written by Bo Goldman.
Special awards for the 53rd Annual Academy Awards have already been announced.
An achievement award will be presented to
Henry Fonda for "his brilliant accomplishments and enduring contributions to the art
of the motion picture." The Empire Strikes
Back has also been honored with an award
for visual effects.
Page 3
Friday, March 27, 1981
THE    UBYSSEY Gang of Four in
Ubyssey Appointments Editor
The decadent bourgeois concept
of regressive elitist editorship was
heroically and resolutely smashed
by a courageous Gang of Four in
editorial elections held among the
staff of The Ubyssey.
Elected to the people's revolutionary editorial politburo tribunal
were Nancy Campbell, Eric Eggertson, Glen Sanford and Julie Wheelwright, who steadfastly pledged,
"from each according to their inability, to each according to their
Alphabetically ascendent Nancy
Campbell, affectionately known
among old friends in Argentina as
'Nazi? was born in London, England due to a clerical error. The error was compounded when the
young D.P. moved to North Vancouver at a tender age, resulting in
lifelong confusion.
Dedicating herself solely to the
study of veterinary medicine, she
worked for a time on an alleged student newspaper, the Courier at
Capilano College. Then, throwing
herself with determination into the
agriculture faculty at UBC, she
soared upward to become news editor of The Ubyssey, artfully applying her talents in dissection and
eventual destruction to news
stories, and finally her own mind.
Eric Eggertson, born in Medicine
Hat, found even that prairie hole
too exciting. He moved to Winnipeg and Richmond in search of
greater depths of boredom and ennui before settling in Valium
Heights, West Vancouver.
After serving both on the alleged
Courier and The Ubyssey as a photographer, Eggertson will be entering a political re-education program
this summer to be taught the use of
crayons and the meaning behind all
those black squiggles that crowd his
pictures off the page.
Glen Sanford was born in Comox
and took 18 years to find out there
was a world beyond Courtenay, but
that most of it wasn't worth paying
attention   to  because  mushrooms
didn't grow there. His residence has
never been outside the range of psilocybin fungus, and it shows.
Son of a leftist political activist
who sits as an MLA for the Nearly
Demagogic Party, Sanford leans towards women just like dear old
Julie Wheelwright hails from a
pastoral villa in Farnborough, England and is the second reason the
daily beer run could be replaced
next year at The Ubyssey by afternoon tea. Like Campbell, she was
quickly exported to Canada after
birth, contributing to the decline of
faith in British exports since 1960.
Wheelwright, after stops in Vancouver and Calgary, got in the swim
in Kelowna in 1972, thrusting herself into the mainstream of a mad
whirl of parties and grand balls, picnics and promenades, before the ac-
crueing annual interest and liberal
guilt turned her capable intelligence
toward university studies.
Verne McDonald, editor 1980-81,
together with deposed Friday tyrant
Steve McClure, submitted a signed,
bloodstained confession from their
cell praising the editorial tribunal.
"Four heads good, two heads
bad," the document stated no less
than 17 times.
Heather Conn and Tom Hawthorn issued statements from opposite sides of the earth, a position
they have carefully kept since co-editing in 1979-80. "Still too much organization. Eat the committee,"
said Hawthorn. "Bullshit," said
Conn. "It'll be chaos."
1977-78 editor Chris Gainor was
more favorable. "At last they've
got enough weight at the right position. It's regrettable, but probably
not harmful, they had to sacrifice
talent, skills, intelligence and news
sense. After all, I sacrificed those
on the altar of Pathetic Press years
"Jello?" said Ralph Maurer, co-
editor 1976-77. "Solly, 1 hardly gnu
them. Ask my co-freditor, Sue Vohanka. Want to see some tripos?"
Vohanka's comment was not intelligible, since she lives in Toronto.
Breakdown of the voting had
Campbell and Sanford receiving a
glorious ideal 100 per cent of the
vote against 'no, 1 am a revisionist
subversive' while Eggertson got 95
per cent against 'no, I am a vile enemy of democracy' and Wheelwright scored 89 per cent against
'no, I am an odious rodent working
against freedom.'
Agricultural economics student
Glen Lucas, formerly of the Okanagan College 'Bullsheet? was defeated in a bid to keep the position
of editor alive.
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Page 4
Friday, March 27, 1981 Aislin and the power of the line
Canadian University Press
He is a man who attacks with pictures and
one liners. His arena is four inches by three
inches and allows for one or two lines of
print, yet he uses that space to convey a
message more powerful than even the
characters he satirizes.
Terry Mosher, better known as Aislin, proves that the quill is mightier than the pen,
which leaves the sword far behind in the
modern pecking order.
His cartoons, if they can be defined as
such, educate the reader while tickling the
funny bone. He uses images rather than
words to point out the wrong doings of
people and institutions in the news.
Aislin has just published his book entitled
Did the Earth Move? (Link, September 19)
and it has gone into a second printing with
sales over 15,000 copies, a rarity in Canada.
He is also published three times a week in
the Montreal Gazette and does freelance
work for other interests.
Mosher's office speaks loudly of the man.
It is messy, but organized and very interesting. The walls are cluttered with
awards, posters and buttons. Buttons from
everywhere and for anything. Old political
campaigns, old movies, old stars, new
businesses, and one that simply states the
"Mary Brown has the best legs in town,"
a vestige of a modelling agency's creative
His collection of baseball hats and vast
library remind visitors they are dealing
with a crazed intellectual who can comfortably discuss the roots of Country and
Western, European art, or Civic Politics.
Mosher's hair and beard are speckled with
grey and he reminisces about the Yippies and
underground newspapers. He is not a radical
in the bomb-throwing sense, yet his art does
tend to shake up the establishment from time
to time.
He is not easy to place, his age somewhat
between the frolicking twenties and the crisis-
ridden forties. His energy is enormous and
when he laughs it is in a deep resonant voice
that surprises and envelopes the listener. He
throws his head back, his eyes light up and on
goes the volume. If he isn't talking to you, he
is on the phone to someone across Canada,
swigging Scope from a bottle and spitting it
into a nearby pail ("Ever since I quit heroin
I've taken to Scope," he quips) or smoking a
cigarette without ever flicking the ash.
His success and recognition come after
years of hard work and many hungry weeks
when cartoons, caricatures or other works
did not sell.
That has all changed. Mosher proudly
talks about the new second hand Mercedes
sports coupe he has just purchased. He then
shrugs and grins "Every second printing
deserves a Mercedes, even if it is second
hand." Then he throws back his whole body
and the laughter booms out, rattling the windows.
"I think I'm in the big leagues (he mimics
strictly tongue in cheek), I've always enjoyed
putting out books, and if they made some
money, so much the better. Now, they're
finally starting to be popular, and making
lots of money. Somewhere down the line I'd
like to do only books, something that will
really knock the world on its ass."
Don't you get tired of doing tbe same cartoons?
Not really, you can only do Levesque and
Drapeau so many times, but they are interesting. I guess my favorite character has
been Levesque, but Ryan is coming in fast. It
has to do with the person being "in the
I sense that with the coming of Ryan, there
is a new severity emerging in Quebec. Levesque had a bee in his bonnet about separatism,
but he is really a social democrat.
What you look for are mistakes. Levesque
made many, but Ryan is new, and I think he
will make a pile of them.
What about the beginning of Aislin?
The name is my daughter's. I graduated
from Grand Ecole de Beaux Art in Quebec
City. I used to earn cash by drawing
caricatures of tourists.
Then I hitched down to New York and
knocked on the door of Paul Krassner and he
liked my work. Krassner managed to get me a
double'page spread in a rock magazine, now
defunct, named Cheetah. There was also
some work for a coffee house in Boston,
some other work published in Saturday
Night, the Toronto magazine, but here I am
in Montreal. I am the typical Canadian, born
in Ottawa on Remembrance day.
How did you start with the newspapers in
the city?
When I arrived in Montreal, I went to see
Frank Walker at the Star. The other cartoonist, McNally, broke his ankle and they
called a few weeks later for a cartoon, that
was my first piece published in the city.
There are rumors circulating that I was
working in university papers and
underground press (Logos), but that came
only after the Star. I was willing to work for
anyone, both for experience and the exposure.
The money was pretty tight; about fifty to
a hundred dollars a week was good. Then I
started doing more freelance stuff for the
Star and artwork on their ads.
Walker called me in and said that "we
might as well hire you full time for all the
money we pay you freelance." That was acceptable, but I had to be able to continue my
freelance work.
How did the October Crisis affect you?
I did some of my best work during those
few months. There were front page cour-
THEN WE'LL 00NtflD&<
AISLIN AT WORK . . .'I am the typical Canadian '
troom scenes, political cartoons, just tons of
stuff. It was a time of intense pressure, arid
many opinions. About six months later, my
kids were still young aind here was a chance so
we left for Europe "en famille." I took a
year of absence.
It was wonderful, exciting and educational. When we hit Spain I was broke, so I
called Frank Walker at the Star and asked if I
still had a job.
He said there was one available, and I told
him to wire me a thousand dollars to get
home. He did.
When I arrived back in Montreal, things
had changed at the Star.
Although Walker and others defended me,
the Star felt my cartoons were too radical. So
I left the Star and took advantage of a standing offer at the Gazette.
Do you think your work is radical?
People did then. My work hasn't changed,
but people's ideas have. I write what the
average Joe thinks, but can't say without
seeming pretentious. I listen to them and try
to speak for them.
When I joined the Gazette in 1972, it wsts
during rough times. I was using many
chemicals that were somewhat less than legal,
but I smartened up. Things have been on the
rise ever since.
How did you feel about the Star's demise?
I felt awful about it. Cities with smaller
anglophone populations support two English
dailies successfully.
Montreal is a newspaper town. People here
have a tremendous diversity of opinions and
they should be able to express it. Besides,
many good friends lost their jobs at the Star.
Your work seems to typify the common
man, and take his side.
My work does typify the common Joe and
describe his perceptions. When Eaton's has
to drop the "S" from their name, it's a corporate decision made in Regina, or some
other place. When Ed's in Verdun, or
anywhere else, have to change their sign, it's
a big deal. They can't run away to Calgary.
1 hope that some of my cartoons destroy
the myth of the "Anglophone Boss,"
because many of them aren't.
In my cartoon about moving headquarters,
we aren't talking about Sun Life. It is two
guys who have been sitting in the same tavern
for years.
Why are you so cynical?
I'm cynical on occasion; the event or action really determines the outcome. For a
simple event, I won't be caustic, but for a
major issue, out comes the cynicism.
It can run from poking fun at an individual
to "bringing out the sledgehammer."
News scares me, some of it is awful. When
I read in the Toronto Globe and Mail last
week about the dumping of TNT near other
industrial wastes, each unknown to the other,
I was mad. One cartoon will be hard, another
soft; the reaction depends on the story.
What bothers you about society?
Complacency and privilege are the most
distressing things today.
Aren't you one of the privileged?
I don't want to be hypocritical; I'm not
perfect. When I say that bothers me, some
things that I do also bother me; I'm not
Do you feel your cartoons preach?
Political cartoons bother people if you
preach to them. It should reflect how people
think, the average person. I do it for the people out there, but being paid for something I
love to do is great.
As far as preaching, for me to preach
would be hypocritical. I sign my work.
Because of tradition, editorial writers in the
English press don't. Many of them would
like to so they can be stronger in their words.
I say what I want and I sign.
I do about six cartoons a week. Three for
the Gazette, three for freelance. It's like any
job, it takes time and concentration.
How much is Aislin, how much is Mosher
in your work?
Aislin is Mosher and Mosher is Aislin.
They are one and the same. In this business
you have to be part writer and pan entertainer. The little white space that you have to
fill with a picture and line has to fulfill that
old adage, "a picture is worth a thousand
Journalism in Canada is not as exciting as
it could be, but there are a lot of excellent
journalists living in this country. I'd like to
see the media set up where it wouldn't be so
dependent upon advertising.
I remember when I published the cartoon
of two men in a soup kitchen talking about
going to Regine's, which I consider silly and
superfluous. Regine's PR man called the next
day and was very happy. Regine herself was
in town and wanted to buy the original. I
usually charge between two to three hundred
(dollars) per original, but I asked her for
$500. She said no, but offered me a free
membership. The print is still in my drawer.
All I can say is if the work isn't good, then
what's the point?
Friday, March 27, 1981
Page 5 The rose of
mysterious union
ft seemed to him as though years
had passed, one after another, slow
and quiet. They seemed to come
and go like lost winds on an open
sea, or again, like drifting clouds in
a summer sky. Each year, clear and
full, as solid as the pavement on the
street and yet as empty as the
nothingness that filled his heart.
He had been sitting in his chair
for hours, indeed for his entire life
he had been poised in this very
chair. He sat still and gazed intently. On every side of him there stretched an empty hall whose floors
were covered in dust. Ever since he
could remember his dream had been
to enter this hall, to tread its tomblike floors and uncover the place to
which it led. Yet each time he would
contemplate his dream, a diffuse
but persistent fear would overcome
him. And deep in the back of his
mind he seemed to realize the finality that such a journey must imply.
For to leave his chair even once
would be to leave forever. And yet
the cavern of the hall called like the
gates of paradise.
Placing his hand on the arm of
the chair he raised himself slowly
and with a deep breath pushed
himself forward into the dusty expanse. He walked and the sound of
his boot heels echoed off the barren
walls and faded into the distance.
Around his periphery the world
began to come and go in rhythmic
waves. However, when he tried to
focus his attention on this peculiar
oscillation it would systematically
shift once again to his periphery,
back to the fringe of his awareness.
It was as if he were trying to turn,
around quick enough to see the
back of his own head. A tension
now  began  to  form  through his
neck and jaw, a tightness which
threatened to creep down his chest
and crush his lungs. A dull numbness slowly crystallized around his
nostrils and lips while his stomach
began to throb with a life of its
It was in this precarious state of
existence that he first became aware
of the fragility of his position in the
world — of the ever-present possibility of self-annihilation that must
accompany each step and each
Halting his stride he gently
lowered himself to the powdered
tiles and gazed quietly at the textured surface. It was a pearl grey
color with many minute designs
that wove endlessly together like
brittle blades of dying grass or like
the many shaded veins racing
through a piece of marble. And the
more closely he looked the more
beautifully awesome this intricate
pattern became. These tiny etchings
that swirled beneath their dusty
blanket became the lonely footprints across the desert, the trek of
an army, and even the wanderings
of his own life stretched over his
few years. And like all paths these
countless designs shifted, stopped,
and fell back on themselves. They
came from nowhere and ended
The floor was now pulsating
heavily. He felt his limbs loosening
from their sockets, falling off into
the abyss. The very boundaries that
his skin once so well defined lost
their solidity and sloughed off into
the world about him. Indeed he
could no longer tell where his skin
stopped and the world started.
He looked up and the hallway
was billowing about him, the walls
rippling like sheets on a clothes
line, the ceiling whirling above.
And in the midst of this wonderous
motion it became clear to him that
he had reached the corridor's end.
For there before him appeared a
pair of wooden shutters fastened
tight in anticipation.
Bringing himself to a crouching
position he stared in awe at these
softly gyrating fixtures which seem-
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Page 7 Postie rings seamy tale
With an atmosphere that suggests
film   noir.   The   Postman   Always
Rings Twice tells the story of two
depression-era lovers and their
steamy, sexy relationship. The
crime they commit is murder, and
their punishment is an ironic twist
of fate that crushes them both.
The Postman Always Rings Twice
starring Jack Nicholson and
Jessica Lange
playing at Capitol Six
Trapped by circumstances
beyond their control, Frank (Jack
Nicholson) and Cora (Jessica
Lange) are the victims of their own
environment. His life is shaded and
shaped by past petty crimes. Her
life is filled with the drudgery of living with and caring for a husband
who is little more than a father-
figure to her. Frank and Cora's
union is one of release: each in their
own way offers something to the
other. For Frank, it means his first
real commitment. For Cora, it
means breaking the monotony of a
dingy, unromantic existence.
The opening moments of the film
are an example of the fine craftsmanship and assurance present in
The Postman Always Rings Twice.
Frank, ex-convict and drifter, arrives at a secluded diner in southern
California, and sets his eyes on
Cora, the wife of the Greek proprietor, Nick (John Colicos). Frank
is mean-looking, stealthy, and
handsome. She is lean, smooth, and
sexy. Broke and looking for a job,
Frank accepts Nick's offer of
employment as a mechanic at the
adjoining gas station, and soon he
and Cora become lovers and finally
killers. Their attraction isn't mutual
at first, and it is a credit to director
Bob Rafelson that he manages to
build up scenes leading from an innocent conversation in the diner to
the moment Frank makes a pass at
Cora in the kitchen.
Frank and Cora's first sexual en
counter is exciting and spontaneous. The sex scene is set in, of
all places, the kitchen, where Cora
is making fresh bread loaves on a
floury table top. Rafelson doesn't
dwell On this scene which is shot
from different perspectives. The
rapid editing cuts suggest the raw,
quick and ingratiating nature of
Frank and Cora's passion, and the
scene may be the best sex scene on
film in some time.
What Rafelson has done in The
Postman Always Rings Twice is
daring — and potentially
dangerous. He and screenwriter
David Mamet have taken a
Hollywood myth perpetuated by
films like the 1946 Lana Turner-
John Garfield version of the James
A. Cain novel, and brought it down
to earth for modern audiences. The
myth of the buxom blonde with
nymphomaniac tendencies is absent
from this adaptation of Cain's tale.
Instead, we get Jessica Lange,
who's beautiful but is a sharp contrast to Lana Turner's role as a
femme fataie. When we first see her
as Cora, washing dishes in the kitchen of the diner, our first reaction
is not that she may mean trouble,
but that she may not need anything
at all.
The casting of Jack Nicholson is
also a fascinating choice. Instead of
Adonis with a bursting libido, we
get Nicholson's quiet portrait of an
aging drifter with a receding
hairline. Nicholson and Lange
challenge our preconceived notions
of what two passionate lovers who
resort to murder are supposed to be
like, though Nicholson and Lange
don't fit conventional molds, the
effect of their characters on us is
identification not one of alienation.
In Rafelson's version, Frank and
Cora become tragic figures. Their
relationship is just as mutually
destructive as it is mutually rewarding.
Rafelson and his cinematogra-
pher Sven Nykvist have created a
realistic, gritty atmosphere of de
pression-era America; the attention
to detail is incredible, and Nykvist
uses soft, dark, and subdued lighting to achieve the effect of lingering
stagnation of American society.
The trashy, melodramatic feel of
the 1946 version of the Postman
Always Rings Twice is missing here,
but Rafelson has achieved
something more important and
praiseworthy: a brilliant character
study of two losers attempting to
build a decent life for themselves.
Audiences used to easy, smooth-
flowing narratives should be wary
of Rafelson's film, though.
Rafelson has never liked lengthy
shots and scenes, and the editing in
this film shows it. The Postman
Always Rings Twice has more cuts
(which are bound to make audiences uncomfortable) and short
scenes than any other film in recent
memory, with the exception of Ken
Russell's Altered States.
The performances by Nicholson
and Lange are nothing short of
first-rate. Nicholson, one of the
more consumate actors in America
today, gives one of his finest performances to date in The Postman
Always Rings Twice. Lange too is
an able performer and was the saving grace of Dino de Laurentis'
King Kong a few years ago. She exudes a sexy suggestiveness and
mystery that rivals Lana Turner's
more obvious Cora persona 30
years ago.
The Postman Always Rings
Twice is Rafelson's best film since
Five Easy Pieces (1971), also with
Jack Nicholson. This film ranks as
one of the year's best films and is
certainly one of the better directed
and acted films in months. Even
when it goes slack at times, and
some of its sequences lack tension,
overall the film is of such high excellence and beauty that one can ignore its weak parts and cherish the
buns in the oven?
Mysterious Unification Rose
From page 6
ed imbued with their own animation. There was a distinct breathing
sound which whispered gently from
behind the hinges. He listened intently. There seemed to be someone
on the other side, someone who was
waiting for him.
Slowly he reached down and took
a knife from his boot. Holding the
weapon tight in his sweaty palm he
hesitantly came to a full stance. The
breathing became more and more
inaudible with each second that
passed. The more he listened the
quieter it became, till at last he
could not distinguish it from his
own. Finally he could wait no
longer. He lunged at the shutters,
and knocking them from their
hinges, swung his knife in an arc
before him.
The blade travelled wide, slicing
the darkness, and ended its path
driving deep into his own stomach.
He gasped, and staggering back
stared in amazement at the instrument protruding from his abdomen. Pools of blood began to
form at his feet as scarlet streams
scurried down the handle of the
knife and fell like rain to the floor.
His stomach stopped throbbing and
contracted tightly under the intruding steel. Leaning forward he
grabbed at his wound whose lips
were now blooming like the petals
of a crimson rose. A deep pain
reverberated throughout his entire
frame and he fell headlong. And
although his descent lasted for what
seemed an endless procession of
wandering years, only here did he
achieve a total union with the
nothingness that was once his heart.
Punk saga s\
Did you distrust punk rock from
the start? Were you sure that it was
really just a bunch of bad, un-
talented nobodies who couldn't
play their instruments being
unleashed upon the world in what
must have been one of the most
outrageous cons ever?
Well, you were right. At least if
you believe ex-Sex Pistols manager
Malcolm McLaren's version of how
the Pistols rose to fame and fell
from it just as fast.
The Great Rock and Roll Swindle
is McLaren's film story of the birth
of punk rock, which he claims to
have invented personally, by the
way. And true to form, the film has
only just arrived in Vancouver at a
time when the Sex Pistols are so
much nostalgia and the whole affair
seems rather distant and quaint.
Somehow this film version of the
gospel according to St. Malcolm
found its way to the York theatre
Wednesday and Thursday nights
for a special engagement. The film
was projected onto a square video
screen, and the sound was turned
up as loud as a movie about the Sex
Pistols should be, but the one problem was the inability of the projec
tionist to focus all the colors
together on the screen so that
everytime somebody moved toward
the edge of the screen they turned
green. Oh well. At least we got a bit
of Punk Authenticity for our four
The film itself opens with
McLaren narrating an account of
his invention of punk and his subsequent campaign to promote the Sex
Pistols. If you believe Malcolm, the
whole plan was hatched in his brain
at the age of 10. Simply put, it was
this: find the most repulsive people
possible, get them to form a rock
group and dress eccentrically
(McLaren was already in 1975 the
proprietor of a Soho fashion boutique), and take on the record industry in the most reckless and obnoxious manner possible.
What McLaren did was the
ultimate 'revolt into style' by using
the notoriety he had created around
the Sex Pistols into a marketable
commodity. "Cash from Chaos"
was his slogan but he wasn't telling
anybody about it at the time.
Instead McLaren played dumb as
the Pistol's antics provoked more
and more rage from the British
public. Banned from most venues
Bland book wil
There are many books that pose
the following problem for the
reviewer: where does one start
criticizing a book that is so well-
wrought that there is nothing to
criticize? The Potter's (sic) Guild
poses the opposite problem.
The book is dedicated to "the
raising of a community theatre in
Richmond" (from which you can
conclude what you will: no explanation is given in the book or the press
release), and concerns that actions
of a fictional (one hopes) Richmond
potter's guild working towards this
worthy goal.
The Potter's Guild
By William Maranda
In the blurb on the back cover,
the book is described as "Galvanized with humour!" It would seem
that the galvanizing process went
somewhat awry, since the contrived
plot, replete with amateurish,
heavy-handed humor and clumsy,
clunking dialogue, soon rusts itself
into stolid immobility.
Maranda's sense of humor is
obviously not his strong point. The
one relatively amusing scene in this
255-page wasteland is where the
protagonist (one hesitates to call
him hero), Algius Norfolk, is strapped into the driving position of a
low-slung float in the Salmon
Parade. Due to the float's design,
he is secured prone to its underside,
with his face less than five inches
above the roadway, an obvious
traffic violation. The outcome is
totally   predictable  to   the  reader
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Friday, Marcl Bad luck for Aussies
re only did it cause of fame.
t/indles Brits
and from the airwaves of the BBC,
the Pistols nonetheless climbed to
the top of the U.K. charts with God
Save The Queen, an attack on the
Queen's silver jubilee.
McLaren had turned hype to his
own ends perfectly. Controversy
turned into more and more money
as the Pistols signed first with EMI
then A&M only to trash recording
studios and offices and leave with
cash in hand. The insane logic of
McLaren's plan is actually the funniest thing about The Great Rock
and Roll Swindle, especially when
watching clips from 1977, which
now take on an ironic quality when
we realize how cynical the whole
enterprise was.
It's McLaren's point of view that
dominates the film. All we get to see
of Johnny Rotten is a few clips
from old concerts and a couple of
interviews. Rotten fell out with
McLaren when the Pistols' manager
became too ambitious and
domineering — at least that's Rot-
ten's version. McLaren on the other
hand accuses Rotten of wanting to
be a superstar creation of the
American record companies. So
The Great Rock and Roll Swindle is
perhaps best described as fictional
history, or just another chapter in
the ongoing swindle.
The music is classic Sex Pistols
and if there were more, it would
improve the film. But for the most
part it's a highly entertaining
journey through British society and
the twisted mind of Malcolm
Mclaren. There's a weak sub-plot
involving a detective who's supposedly tracking down the
perpetrator of the Swindle but it's
Mclaren who keeps the plot moving
with his glib narration.
It's also a great movie if you're
into bizarre character types because
everybody in this movie is rampantly mad, and it gives The Great Rock
and Roll Swindle a unique flavor.
From Sid Vicious singing My Way
in a Vegas-like setting to Ronald
Biggs, the Great Train Robber being chased by Martin Bormann in
Rio, the cast of characters gets
stranger by the minute.
The Great Rock and Roll Swindle
is a perverse classic but when you'll
get a chance to see it is a good question. You certainly won't get any
closer to the Sex Pistols than this,
their public image.
I bore readers
when it turns out that the group
ahead of Norfolk's float is a
detachment of mounted police, but
even this slight stirring of the comic
is smothered by overly heavy
Liberally sprinkled throughout
the text, and usually emphasized by
a flurry of exclamation points, are
enough examples of comma splices,
sentence fragments, dangling
modifiers and incorrect diction to
drive an entire platoon of English
100 professors to mass suicide.
Possibly with the intention of adding relevance, and almost certainly
as an afterthought, are a slew of
trite aphorisms including such gems
as, "How life continually teaches
one lessons no matter what the
age!." Also, hoping for social
significance, the author adds a dash
of heavy-handed anti-Americanism
(this may sit well with certain
readers, of course), and puts the
reader out of his misery with a cute,
"up" pro-Canadian ending.
Concerning the author, William
Maranda, nothing is said on the
cover. If this was intended as a protective measure, it was a wise decision. It is my opinion that Maranda
might be well-advised to polish up
on his style by taking one or two
creative writing courses, and to
skim through a good grammar text
and dictionary to avoid some of the
mistakes that appear in The
Potter's (sic) Guild. Maybe in
future offerings, he will get the title
right (to make no bones about it, it
should be The Potters' Guild).
All in all, this is one for the circular file.
At first glance, Breaker Morant
appears to be an exceptional film.
The production is immaculate, the
direction controlled, and for the
most part the major characters are
immensely likable and identifiable.
But the film's stilted perspective on
an important chapter in history
leaves much to be desired.
Director Bruce Beresford's direction of the screenplay, based on
Kenneth Ross' play about the true
story of three Australian soldiers
subjected unjustly to a courtmar-
tial, is designed to make us cheer
for the underdogs right from the beginning. Martyrdom doesn't come
easily for these characters: injustices pile up against them until they
resign themselves selflessly like
saints and accept their fate.
Breaker Morant
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Playing at the Bay
The setting is the Transvaal,
South Africa, circa 1900. British
forces are involved in a war against
the Boers for the possession of
farmland. The British set up a special unit called the Bushveldt Carbineers to fight guerrilla war against
the Boers.
The unit is made up mainly of
Australians, many of whom believe
they're serving the just cause of the
mother country, Britain. But the
conditions under which they fight
are no cause for celebration. Standard rules of warfare aren't valid
here; the Carbineers are back in the
state of nature where life is nasty,
brutish, and short.
Harry "Breaker" Morant (Edward Woodward), Peter Handcock
(Bryan Brown), and George Witton
(Lewis Fitz-Gerald) are part of the
Carbineers. When their leader (Terence Donovan) is killed in an ambush, Morant leads the troop to
find and execute the Boers respons
ible for the attack. During this
search and destroy mission, the
Carbineers shoot Boer prisoners
without bringing them to trial — a
commonplace occurrence condoned
by verbal military orders.
When a German missionary is
killed by persons unknown, the
British government, eager to avoid
German intervention in the conflict, makes scapegoats out of the
three men. Morant, Handcock and
Witton are charged for their "barbaric conduct, and threatened with
possible execution.
Breaker Morant is told through
flashbacks, trial scenes alternating
with reconstruction of the past. The
two components of the film — the
trial and circumstances leading to
the trial — are skilfully edited to
form a rigidly structured whole.
But Breaker Morant is an unabashedly solemn attempt to extol
the virtues of stoicism. The way the
characters accept their fate, you'd
think we were watching Brutus in a
production of Julius Caesar. An artistic exercise in stoicism is admirable to a point; if the plot line
doesn't change, however, it soon
becomes redundant.
There are complications and
revelations about the major characters to keep the film flowing fluidly.
The flashbacks not only tell us
about the circumstances, they also
reveal the personalities of the defendants. Witton is torn between
his family's loyalty to the British
empire and his own frustrations,
while Handcock is a crudely funny
Morant is the poetic soul of the
trio. By turns a soldier, war correspondent, singer and poet, he's the
one who sees the courtmaitial for
what it is — a mock show of justice.
Morant is the romantic turned
cynic, a gentle soul turned mercenary. When the court hands down
the   sentence   —  death   by  firing
squad — he doesn't complain; he
writes a poem. Lord Byron would
have been proud.
. The film's emphasis on the stoicism of these men is accentuated by
director Beresford's failure to show
us the dynamics of a potentially explosive world situation. Everything
is onesided, in sympathy with the
Australians. The British are the villains in this piece, the stock characters. Breaker Morant revels in the
smugness that comes with hindsight .
We cheer for Morant and his
companions through Beresford's
astute manipulation of our sympathies. When their lawyer, who
first appears to be a country bumpkin, turns out to be a real fighter,
we applaud him, without understanding the sudden transformation. It's like Robert DeNiro in
Raging Bull, shedding his animal
wool for a career as a nightclub performer who quotes Shakespeare
and Paddy Chayefsky. Though
striking, the metamorphosis is bewildering. When Morant writes a
poem and quotes the Bible during
his final hours, we admire the arty
composition of the rising sun that
accompanies Morant's voice-over
of the text; the symbolism isn't lost
on us, but it's trite, obvious symbolism.
The events depicted in Breaker
Morant are similar to the true story
Stanley Kubrick adapted for his
1958 film, The Paths of Glory,
which dealt with the courtmartial of
three French soldiers accused of
cowardice. For all its flaws. Paths
of Glory is a better film than
Breaker Morant.
Breaker Morant is of interest to
North American audiences mainly
because it gives us a view of the supposed best of Australian cinema.
For some reason, Breaker Morant
has won 10 awards from the Australian Film Institute.
Pacific Ballet recreates Eve
Pacific Ballet Theatre will
premiere two exciting new ballets in
a program entitled The Magic of
Ballet, April 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. in the
Old Auditorium. The performance
is being presented at UBC with the
assistance of the UBC ballet club
and one of the new ballets to be
premiered was in part funded by a
grant from the club.
This ballet, Creation of Eve, was
choreographed by PBT's artistic
director, Renald Rabu who was inspired by a print by B.C. native artist Roy Vickers, which shows the
creation of Eve in the distinctly Indian skeletal design indigenous to
the northwest coast. Vickers
himself will design and paint the
unitards to be worn in the new
ballet. Vancouver avant garde artist
Evelyn Roth has created a raven
sculpture costume for the piece,
which opens before the creation of
man, with the Raven alone in the
The second new ballet is entitled
A Time From Youth, a graceful
sentimental look at the many
moods of youth, danced in neoclassical style to Grieg's Lyric
Pieces. Also on the program is
Rabu's arrestingly erotic and controversial ballet, Ropes. An essay
on the "life force," Ropes illustrates various aspects of sexuality
through the dancers' manipulation
of ropes. The program will be completed by Pierrot 1980. This is a
very popular, lighthearted and
humorous piece danced to the
music of Vivaldi.
The program promises an exciting evening and the proximity of
the performance offers a not to be
missed opportunity to the University   community   and  especially   to
those who have not yet exposed
themselves to the most sensually
satisfying of art forms. Come and
share in 'The Magic of Ballet', with
Vancouver's own Pacific Ballet
Theatre, Friday, April 3 and Satur
day, April 4, at 8 p.m. in the old
auditorium (across from the Music
Building). Tickets are now on sale
at The AMS Box Office. Prices are
$5.00 for students and O.A.P. and
.00 for adults.
PACIFIC BALLET . . . two premieres.
127, 1981
Page 9 'Tween classes
Woodstock relived number three, beer garden and
live rock and roll, 4 p.m., SUB ballroom.
Planning meeting, noon, SUB 115.
General meeting, noon, SUB 215.
Support Nishga Indians in call for a full public enquiry into the Amex mining project at Kitsault,
B.C., 12 noon, Robson and Howe.
General   meeting,   noon,    international   House
Ecumenical service for El Salvador, in memory of
Oscar Romero, 7:30 p.m., Christ Church
Reading by H. C. Artmann, one of Austria's most
influencial authors, noon, Buch. 204.
Discussion group on Whitehead, genetic mutation
-- cloning bees that give milk, noon, Lutheran
Campus Centre.
Dancercise demonstration and participation event
with Terpsichore, part of fitness awareness week,
noon, International House upper lounge. Films: Bill
Reid, John Hooper's Way With Wood and Fort
Good Hope, noon. International House, room 400.
Details of wind-up dinner - last meeting of the
year, noon, SUB 211.
Hot flashes
Nishga fight
Amax project
This is London. . . The sun is red
in the sky. The window panes look
like glass and the water seems to be
moist and wet. Children are doing
Monty Python impressions in the
street and there is grime, filth and
destruction everywhere.
There will be a demonstration in
support of the Nishga Indians in
calling for a full public inquiry into
the Amax mining project at Kitsault, B.C. It will be held behind the
old courthouse on Robson and
Howe at noon today.
And that's the way it is.
Leases lapse
Attention all SUB office and
locker-holders. The decree has
come down from his honor, William
Lumpy Maslechko, AMS director of
administration, that your leases are
expiring.  Applications for offices
and lockers in SUB for AMS groups
for summer '81 and the '81 -'82
school year can now be picked up
from SUB 238, 240 or 254.
Questions, complaints, or comments, can be directed to Cliff
Stewart in SUB 240, or Lumpy in
SUB 254.
If you don't get around to applying, then you may find yourself
with no office next year, so do it
nowl Deadline is April 3.
!#'• stiff 'nam
What's the matter with the war
I'm fighting, can't you tell that it's
out of style. Should I try and use
some old-fashioned napalm make
'em walk their last mile. Hot war,
cold war, either way what's it for —
it's still Vietnam to me.
El Salvador: Revolution or Death
will be shown, accompanied by a
personal account of the current situation in Nicaragua, at the Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender, Sunday,
April 5 at 8 p.m.
Lscturs: Political and Economic Consaquencss of
Alcoholism in ths Soviet Union, noon. Buch. 102.
Speaker Brian Westwood, leader of provincial P.C.
party, noon, SUB 205.
Eucharist with the Rev., noon, Lutheran Campus
General elections meeting. President, treasurer,
social coordinator positions open, noon, Buch.
Meditation and physical fitness by Alan Hocklev,
pan of fitness awareness week, noon, International House upper lounge.
All welcome to year-end Pit night, 4:30 p.m.,
south wall of Pit.
Film dealing with issues of science versus authority, The Long Childhood, last of Ascent of Man
series, noon. Library Processing room 308.
Dinner and mutual support before the educational
terrorism, 5:30 p.m., Lutheran Campus Centre,
Fitness training week with free action B.C. fitness
training, noon. International House upper lounge.
Year-end  bash with  refreshments,  noon,  Cecil
David Adney speaks on the master's mission, noon
Chem. 2S0.
Public meeting, everyone welcome,  noon, SUB
117. Office and reading room in SUB 230A.
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If you are a rugby fan then UBC
is the place for you. The McKechnie
Cup competition continues this Saturday with two games.
At 1 p.m. the Thunderbirds will
take on the Victoria Crimson Tide
and at 2:30 Fraser Valley will go
against the Vancouver Reps. Both
games will be in Thunderbird Stadium.
To successfully retain the cup in
the round-robin tournament the
'Birds must win and Fraser Valley
must lose.
*     »      •
The   UBC   Invitational   Rowing
Regatta will also be held this Saturday. It takes place on Burnaby Lake
and will involve both the women's
and men's teams.
The Big Block awards for participation on varsity teams were handed out last week but the athletic office did not see fit to invite The
Ubyssey to the banquet, so if you
want to find out who received
awards, phone either sports information director Ed Gautschi
(228-6808) or athletic director Rick
Noonan (228-2503).
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Friday, March 27,1981 Students slam 'tyrannical' pres
Students are incensed with a decision by the Alma Mater Society
president to cancel a meeting with
universities minister Pat McGeer
scheduled for Wednesday.
Calling her action tyrannical and
undemocratic, members of student
council and the student accessibility
committee slammed Marlea Haugen for hampering demands for increased university funding.
"Before she decides to be the
lone representative of the AMS, I
wish she'd talk to somebody," arts
council representative Mike McKin-
ley said Thursday.
He attacked her for continually
opposing the efforts of the accessibility committee. He said the committee had democratically decided
to send representatives to meet Mc
Geer but Haugen unilaterally cancelled the appointment.
Haugen defended herself at Wednesday night's council meeting.
She said she had not actually cancelled the meeting but had simply
phoned McGeer's office Tuesday to
inform the minister the committee
did not represent the AMS.
"I was concerned about whether
or not we were prepared enough to
walk into a meeting with Dr. McGeer. In my mind we weren't," she
In the (AMS) bylaws it's outlined
that I'm responsible for the public
relations of the society," she added.
But McKinley said "the excuse
that we weren't prepared was pretty
lame." He said Haugen was simply
worried she didn't have enough
control over the committee.
He said this was also made clear
by the president's recent report in
which Haugen criticized last week's
march to the administration building, where students demanded to
speak to administration president
Doug Kenny.
"The whole tone of the report
made it sound like (the rally) was
held by some radical fringe," McKinley said. "But we're not."
Accessibility committee chair
Maureen Boyd agreed the AMS executive hampered the committee because it felt threatened.
"1 think (the committee) undermines their authority to express
their personal views," she said.
Anthony Dickinson, student
board of governors representative,
cautioned the executive to not place
excessive restrictions on the committee.
"This committee doesn't want to
come to council every time it picks
its nose," he said.
Other council members were confused by her action. "I'm just trying to figure out why you did it,"
said graduate representative Sean
Grant increases
no improvement
Special to The Ubyssey
"Band-aid" changes to B.C.'s student aid program will cost students
more and only benefit the provincial government, a student representative
charged Thursday.
A $300 grant increase for single students was announced by education
Minister Brian Smith Thursday, raising the maximum aid ceiling to $3,800
from $3,500.
But National Union of Students fieldworker Mike Miller said only
students who will receive near the new maximum aid limit will benefit from
the increase. Students with smaller awards will receive a larger loan and
smaller grant than under the current formula, he said.
Miller called the changes "band-aid measures obscuring the gaping
holes" in the student aid system. "Three hundred dollars sure as hell isn't
going to go very far in paying rent, food, trnsportation and tuition increases," he said.
The primary, or "front end," loan which must be taken before further
aid is awarded, was increased to $800 from $600 "in order to direct more
provincial grant funds," education ministry assistant Ron Tucker said.
However, the increased initial loan actually decreases the grant given most
students by reducing the rest of the funding which is divided between grants
and loans, Miller said.
For example, a student currently receiving a total award of $2,500, based
on a $1,550 loan and $950 grant, could receive the same amount next year,
but the loan portion will increase to $1,650 and grant decrease to $850, he
A $700 grant increase to $2,400 from $1,700 for married students and
single parents was also criticized. "The government is hyping the increase
alloted to married students and single parents, and camouflaging the fact
that the majority of students will come out short," charged Catherine
Ludgate, B.C. Students Federation chair.
Other changes to the program include increasing the living costs
allowance by 14 per cent, aid for the first time for students enrolled in 12 to
25 week programs, and funding for adult education direct costs.
"Who is the ministry trying to fool and when is it going to index student
aid like they do tuition fees?" Miller said.
GVRD thwarts Spetifore
— srnold hsdstrom photo
LONELY SPOTS at UBC have become locations for all sorts of unlikely and smelly events, especially since civic
strike in neighboring city made garbage hard to get rid of, ruining midnight rendevous for love-sick professors
seeking privacy, though interesting others fascinated by idea of bundles of plastic bags being dumped in ditches.
Trouble is, dead things tend to provide sustenance for living problems.
Manager headhunter hired
Council was told Wednesday
night that students are less capable
of hiring a suitable general manager
for the Alma Mater Society than an
outside "headhunting" firm.
AMS president Marlea Haugen
said that after a meeting of the committee designated to hire a new
manager, "it became apparent none
"You haven't heard the last of
me," vowed landowner George
Spetifore after the Greater Vancouver Regional District defeated a motion to allow rezoning his farmland
for housing developments.
The GVRD board, by a 33 to 32
vote Wednesday, wiped out millions of dollars of potential profit
for Spetifore, and nullified the effect of an earlier provincial cabinet
More than 500 acres of prime agricultural land in Delta, belonging
to Social Credit supporter Spetifore, had been removed from the
agricultural land reserve by a direct
appeal to the Socred cabinet. The
agricultural land commission had
already unanimously turned down
Spetifore's request.
Spetifore supporters at the meeting charged the issue was "NDP
versus free enterprise."
"Those NDPers should try to
farm that land," many Spetifore
supporters said after the vote.
Gord Peterson, agriculture
undergraduate society president,
said student protests had some effect on generating public interest on
the issue. He added AgUS will
closely watch the actions of muni
cipal affairs minister Bill Vander
"It all depends on him now,"
Peterson said.
Spetifore could appeal the
GVRD's decision to Vander Zalm.
Vander Zalm said last Thursday
that if the GVRD turned down the
rezoning request, "there is a provi
sion in the (agricultural land commission) act for the minister to
overrule the GVRD, if it's in the
province's interest." He denied this
was a threat.
AgUS held two protests last
week, one at the legislative
buildings and the other at the
Spetifore land, to protest the
government action.
Bike thieves back
Spring has sprung, the grass is
green, the sun is shining, and bicycles are once again being stolen at
A professional bicycle theft ring,
the same group that stole 25 10
speeds in September, has returned
to UBC according to local RCMP.
In the past week, five bikes have
been stolen during the evening
hours from around SUB and the
War Memorial gym, according to
RCMP constable Jim Ryan.
However, all is not rosy for the
thieves. The RCMP have an eyewitness, and will have an artist's con
ception drawn for publication next
Ryan asks students to engrave
their social insurance numbers on
their bikes. Two places should be
marked, under the pedal gear, and
somewhere on the front steerage assembly, RCMP said.
Engravers are available from the
residences, the RCMP, and Alma
Mater Society external affairs coordinator James Hollis in SUB 262.
The RCMP will do the engraving
if bikes are taken to the RCMP station at University Boulevard and
Allison Road during normal business hours.
of us were experienced at searching
for someone at this level."
Haugen recommended that
Dunhill Pesonnel Consultants Ltd.
be hired at a cost of one quarter the
starting annual salary. Council
Council is searching for a new
general manager to replace Bern
Grady next January. Grady, AMS
general manager for eight years, announced his resignation in January.
*        St        *
Council overruled the decision of
AMS president Haugen to postpone
instructing the board of governors
to cancel the $15 SUB fee levy.
Although students voted overwhelmingly to eliminate the SUB
fee in a referendum last week, AMS
vice president Peter Mitchell urged
council to wait two weeks before
notifying the board.
Haugen agreed, saying "there's
no rush" to inform the board of the
fee reduction, but council disagreed
with her.
Her ruling was overturned by a
19-3 vote.
*    *    *
Once again council elected a
board of directors for CITR radio.
In its bid for a low power FM
broadcasting licence, the campus
radio station must establish an all-
Canadian board of directors.
Council has approved several formats for the board of directors so
far because it has continuedly been
forced to make changes to meet the
demands of the Canadian Radio-
Television and Telecommunications
This time, council reduced the
number of its own board representatives from six to five.
Council appointed science
representative Charles Menzies to
speak on behalf ot the AMS at a
public rally. The rally will call for
public hearings into the effects an
Amax mine will have on Alice Arm.
It will take place at noon at Robson square.
At its last meeting council voted
to   support   the  struggle  of  the
Nishga Indians, who are demanding
a full public inquiry into the issue.
•    *    •
Council accepted the minutes of
the student accessibility committee,
which called for a meeting with
education minister Pat McGeer.
Council Briefs
However, council was informed
by AMS president Haugen that
McGeer cancelled the meeting after
she told him the committee did not
represent the AMS.
"Dr. McGeer cancelled the appointment when it became clear to
him the committee did not have the
mandate of the AMS," Haugen
Committee chair Maureen Boyd
told council the meeting with
McGeer would have been a logical
step to take following last week's
protest against government funding
cutbacks for universities.
* *    •
Council donated $112 to the
school of social work, $50 of which
will go toward three student elections in the faculty.
• *    •
Council congratulated the science
undergraduate society for overcoming its traditional apathy at executive election time.
Friday, March 27,1981
Page 11 Presidential paranoia
Since the paranoia of Marlea Haugen, the new Alma
Mater Society president, seems out of control, we
hate to aggravate her malady. But a few things have to
be said.
No one is trying to take away your powers and
perogatives, Marlea. The reason you appear to think
so is that you have an exaggerated idea of what those
powers are. In a structure where you are elected by
universal sufferage, you are expected to broadly interpret and carry out the wishes of the students, not to
consider your election a mandate to do precisely what
you want.
Within a system such as the AMS, where there is an
undoubted decentralization of constituecies and an
ideal of even distribution of power, authority and
responsibility should be delegated as far as possible
among interested groups rather than concentrated in
the hands of individuals or, worse, an individual.
When dealing with so large a group as 23,000 people, the very idea of an individual holding any absolute
decision-making powers is sooner or later unworkable.
No individual in a single moment can reflect the views
of all the students at UBC.
You are entitled to your personal opinion, Marlea,
and as a politician, will no doubt try to have your opinions influence others. The recent moves to simply impose those opinions as policy flout the democratic
principles by which you were elected.
You represent the AMS — whenever there are no
other students or student organizations within the
AMS prepared to do so. You make temporarily
authorative decisions — whenever the appropriate
bodies cannot be mustered in time to set the real
AMS policy. You act as a representative of the
students — whenever the students so choose to direct
you to act as such.
You cannot unilaterally declare the building fee will
continue — as you found out — and you cannot
unilaterally declare who, and no one else, will talk to
the administration or the government on behalf of the
students. Last year's executive tried to rule by executive fiat and dismally failed.
Some sage advice for the purgers of BCPIRG
Here are a few comments that I
would like to make with respect to
the PIRG issue.
To all the students who feel that
PIRG will be an ineffective body:
Have some faith and confidence in
yourself and other students on campus. We, as a student body, have
the resources to research issues diligently and intelligently and to present the researched material in a rational and well documented manner
to the public.
To all those who believe that students should not have to fund research into issues of concern to the
public: Issues of concern to the
public are also concerns to the students. Are we not also a legitimate
part of the 'public'?
Although I agree that a majority
-of students are finding it increasingly difficult to finance their edu
cation, I find it hard to believe that
a $5 levy per year would be an excessive extra burden.
To all organizers of CRAP: One
of the easiest things to do in life is
to sit back at a distance and criticize. You are all probably feeling
very smug and quite pleased with
your mocking facsimile of PIRG.
Instead of attending the organizational meetings of PIRG and constructively criticizing their attempts
to become a recognized group on
campus, you decide that it is much
simpler to have a little fun and
make a farce of the issue.
As engineers, you are, hopefully,
aware that engineering students
would have to make a significant
contribution to any independent research group on campus in order
for it to be effective. It is unfortunate that your cleverness and ener
gies could not be directed towards
more responsible undertakings.
To all the students who don't give
a damn: Well, I suggest you start reevaluating your rather apathetic
outlook on life. Within your lifetime, many major social, economic,
and political problems will arise and
they will affect you personally, affect your loved ones, and affect
your friends. The more informed
we, the public, become, the easier it
will be to make sensible and rational decisions.
To all the organizers of PIRG:
Examine, carefully, the complaints
that students have with respect to
fund raising, the constitution, etc.
Do not act bitter towards students
who oppose PIRG.
Students have a right to oppose
whatever they feel is unfair. If the
committee against automatic fund
raising is against the proposed
funding mechanism, why not ask
them to discuss with you what they
feel constitutes satisfactory means
of fund raising?
But if we just take a more realistic outlook, we can see that, sometimes, concerns to the public are not
concerns to the government and this
is of immediate consequence for the
government funded universities.
It isn't necessary or tasteful to
call anti-PIRG organizers "a bunch
of wormy, self-seeking fools." If
you are totally convinced of the importance of PIRG to our society,
you need not resort to name calling
those who oppose you.
In order for PIRG to become a
respected group on campus, you
must demonstrate that PIRG will be
flexible and will listen to various
student concerns.
Francis Janes
applied science 3
God, PIRG political?
PIRG lost telephone vote
I am writing to lodge a complaint
against the PIRG. 1 feel that their
actions had interrupted my democratic right to choose to vote.
Two weeks ago, 1 was asked to
sign a petition by a member of the
PIRG. He asked me to sign if I was
interested in finding out about the
PIRG. Going on that, I signed my
name and also left my phone number.
The following week was when the
referendum took place. I understood that one could vote between
Monday to Friday. From Monday
to Thursday, I was seeking information on PIRG. Thursday
night, a member of the PIRG committee phoned me and told me that
she saw that my name was on the
petition and wanted to know why 1
hadn't cast my vote yet.
Is that not a type of intimidation,
practically telling me to vote? Is a
person committed to vote once he
has signed a petition? Does a returning officer in a federal, provincial or civic election phone up a
household and tell the persons who
are eligible to vote to go out and
vote? Is a person with a Social
Credit (or NDP, whatever) sign on
his yard committed to vote? Is this
country not democratic in which we
have the right to choose to vote or
1 would like to close by saying
that I did not cast my vote. If I had
voted "yes," I would have played
into the hands of that PIRG member who had called me. If I had voted "no," would it be because I actually was against the PIRG referendum, or because I was annoyed
with that PIRG member who phoned me? So, on principle, I withdrew
from casting a vote because my vote
would have not been a fair one.
Winston Lee
arts 2
Why did the majority of UBC
students vote against BCPIRG?
There are probably a number of answers to this question.
Some argued that they didn't
know where the money would be
spent. Did these people bother going to one of the many forums that
the PIRG organizers organized during the last three months?
Others worried that it might become ... oh my God . . . political!
Others just didn't give a damn.
It is terrible to say, but I think
that another reason why so many
students voted against it was because they found it strange to see
some fellow students trying to get
something going on campus —
these 'no' voters thought something
was wrong with them. This attitude
is worse than apathy.
As someone who unfortunately
couldn't get involved with PIRG up
until now because of time commitments, I would like to thank all
those people who spent so much of
their time to get the whole thing off
the ground. It seems that us students just don't know what is good
for us.
Mike Sayers
arts 4
UBC great oracle, much cattle
PIRG has image problem
1 had to laugh when I read the
comments of PIRG member William Clark describing the anti-PIRG
committee as "a bunch of wormy
self-seeking fools" who "care nothing for the future of civilizations."
Such an example of hyperbole contrasts with the calm reason of John
Miller who states that "the fund-
raising mechanism — which is what
the referendum was all about — is
I signed the petition calling for a
referendum because 1 supported
PIRG's right to call a student vote
on the issue. However, without being a hypocrite, as claimed in an
editorial in the same issue, I voted
against the $5 fee levy. I'm not
knocking PIRG; what I disagree
with is the fund-raising mechanism.
I believe the automatic levy plays on
apathy and lack of information on
the part of the students.
In these days of high inflation,
many students would say "What
the hell, another price increase"
and not bother to ask for a refund.
Other students, new students in particular, might not be aware of
PIRG's aims or that they can ask
for a refund.
I believe a much better approach
would be to enclose a pamphlet in
the registration package describing
PIRG and its aims and asking for a
voluntary contribution which may
be added to the tuition fee.
In that case, I might even send in
$5 myself. What the hell, five bucks
isn't much; it doesn't even buy a
case of beer any more!
Tim Sandberg
geology 3
In the beginning Whitehead created the primordial and the concrete. The concrete was without
prehension and becoming into being, and darkness was upon the divine aim for novelty; and the Spirit
of Whitehead was moving over the
evolutionary process.
The words of George, the son of
Cobb, of the priests who were in
Claremont in the land of Reagan.
The word of Whitehead came to
George saying, "Before I gave you
divine aim, I appointed you prophet
to the nations."
Then George said, "Ah, Whitehead! Behold, I do not know how
to speak, for I am only a classical
But Whitehead said, "Do not say
that dirty word, for to all who you
become into being (and hence, become data for their enjoyment), I
send you. Be not afraid of the Bar-
And Whitehead begat Hart-
shorne, and he lived 110 years. And
Hartshorne begat a whole mob at
the Chicago oracle.
Now the word of Whitehead
came to George, saying, "Arise, go
to UBC, that great oracle, and cry
against it; for their frustration of
their divine aim has been prehended
by me." But George rose to flee to
Regent from the presence of White
head. And Whitehead appointed a
great persuasive power (never coercive, unlike the story) to swallow
up George. It persuasively vomited
George onto dry land.
When Whitehead saw the UBC
repented of its ways, it affected
Whitehead's concresence greatly.
He repented of the prethematized
experience he was going to introduce to their becoming.
But it displeased George greatly;
he prayed, "Your actions, O Creative-Responsive Love, are not consistent; they are too contextual."
But Whitehead reminded him of
Griffin's Process Theodicy and
said, "Should I not pity UBC, that
great oracle, in which there are
more than 25,000 persons who do
not know their right hand from
their left, and also much cattle?"
Stuart Lyster
Vancouver school of prophecy
March 27, 1981
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Editor: Verne McDonald
"Please give it to me," cooed Julie Wheelwright in Glen Sanford's eat. "I can't," he moaned, for Nan-
cv Campbell was watching them through her drugged haze as she rubbed herself against Steve McClure's hot body. "No, no," said Steve. "I'm saving myself for LaVerne McDonald." Upon hearing of
LaVerne's infidelity Arnold Hedstrom started to fondle Greg Fjetland's em ruler while Greg cried,
"More, more " Just then Mark Hyphen-Hyphen (who prefers to be called simply Mark Hyphen) ran into the room and burst into tears. "Heesok Chang and Craig Brooks have eloped." he sobbed, dripping
all over Ann Gibbon who was teaching Scott MacDonald how to play doctor, Alice Thompson Iwho
already knew how to play) was looking around the room desperately for someone to play with. Dave
Robertson took no otice of the hysterical Hyphen or the amorous Alice aa he masturbated in the corner
of the press room. Evan Mclntyre tried to cut in on the menage a trois of Nigel Findley, James Giles
and Lawrence Panych Iwho swore they no longer liked to get it on with sheep). Eric Eggertson lay in a
spent heap on the floor. "Pass the mazola," said Lori Thicke as she threw herself onto the heaving
mass of unwashed bodies. Shaffin Shariff refused to join in, saying simply, "I like to watch."
Page 12
Friday, March 27, 1981 Letters
Caveat emptor, future Okanagan fruit pickers
May I take this opportunity,
through you, to address students on
what to expect when going to work
for a fruit grower in the Okanagan,
trying to earn next semester's living
Be warned: "caveat emptor."
That Latin phrase, loosely
translated, means, "look out for
yourself." Few people in the
Okanagan are likely to be concerned about your conditions of work.
Cabin living facilities, tent or open
sky sleeping, toilets, washing and
clean-up facilities that may or may
not be available, are not common
knowledge to Okanagan residents.
Toilet facilities is the first problem encountered. You will find the
majority of toilets supplied in the
orchards are leftovers from the
depression years. They are dirty,
filthy, stained and filled by use. The
wooden toilets are like a hillbilly
cartoon from bygone years. They
could be readily replaced by a new
prefab chemical untit, of a quality
at least up to the standards used in
our provincial parks.
So you, student picker, who has
never before seen such filth, must
first ask the grower to clean up or,
better still, request that chemical
toilets be rented for the season.
Since B.C. Tree Fruits Ltd. packing
houses do supply bins for the fruit,
they too might become owners of a
pool of toilets available for the
growers' fields.
Student picker, when you encounter the skeptical town citizens,
request them to follow the scenic
route signs, and as no fences prohibit access they can investigate
conditions for themselves.
If the farm labor officers really
patrolled the growers' toilets as they
claim to do, or if the sanitary in-
Fine arts sexism
not dealt with
by administration
In The Ubyssey, March 19 a letter
to the newspaper rightly identified
sexism as only one of several critical
issues facing the department's graduate program. Issues which have
been presented by concerned students time and again over the past
year and a half through student surveys, meetings with the faculty, and
a number of memos.
The old familiar problems of thesis and language requirements,
course load, and the introduction of
a long overdue doctoral program
seem to have reached a new level of
stagnation in the bureaucratic maze
of the graduate committee. Although it is depressing, it is not surprising.
After all, the concerns of grad
uate students seem to have no serious place in what I fully realize is
not a democratic institution, as I
have been told on several occasions
by Dr. J. O. Caswell, acting head of
the department, and Dr. R. W. Lis-
combe, chairman of the graduate
It is a shame that publicity over
the issue of sexism can be dismissed
by a flurry of administrative efficiency, while these lower profile problems continue to fester without
Perhaps by shedding public light
on these old problems, the fine art
of administrative white-washing can
effectively cover up these issues as
Bridget Elliott
fine arts grad studies
spectors act on my note to the
health department, then there
should be decent toilets or hundreds
of prosecutions.
Secondly, there are practically no
grower-owned cabins or living
facilities that are within the price
range of your picker income. The
day has passed when the pickers
have any continuous employment
or tenure on one orchard during
one season. So although it is not
realistic to expect the grower to
build accommodation, when he requires pickers for intermittent days
only, growers are not eliminated
from the responsibility of locating
accommodation for the pickers.
Today's alternative accommodation could be hostels, YM-YWCAs,
off-season use of colleges, ski units
or mobile home units. Contributions to make these available should
come from the BCTF, growers,
municipalities and concerned community organizations.
Today's few cabins are out of
scenes from the "Grapes of
Wrath." No greater contrast can be
imagined then that between these
cabins and the affluent homes of
the growers. This in the Okanagan,
where municipalities have spent
hundreds of millions of dollars to
make their public recreation
facilities the highest standard in the
world, while not spending one
dollar on accommodation tor essential pickers.
The first item of business, for all
concerned in the Okanagan 1981
crop season, should be to consider
ways to improve accommodation
and living conditions for transient
workers required in the valley.
Thirdly, pickers' wages fall
behind packing house union
workers', where women are paid
$7.50 per hour and men $8.50, with
overtime rates. You, student picker,
have one chance in one hundred of
attaining this rate. Growers and
pickers say a good picker, under
good conditions, will pick five to six
bins per day. This, at the average $9
per bin, will make about $45 —
Business students be wary
So you want an "em bee eh?"
Well, be warned there are things out there that boggle more than your reality. There are two things the
prospective student should be aware of. The first is the
rather novel vocabulary the officials of this program
use and the second is the types of behavior one is expected to engage in. Please note, the key word is expected.
In this vocabulary there are only two words, they are
Stress and Standards. The word Stress, distinct from
the word stress, is determined by the assumptions
underlying the word Standards but being the shorter of
the two by some three letters I'll deal with it first.
This is apparently the name of the game. As it was
decribed to me by a somewhat reliable source: "Any
fool can do one of these courses, any fool can do five
of these courses, Ah but to do all ten. . ."
There's the rub one has to "do" the courses and as
for the words that weren't used I'll pass over them and
only point to the significance of having to do not one,
not five, but 10 courses for fools.
But, then the heretical thought soon clamors for attention, perhaps it is something else about these
courses that is foolish? No wonder then the use of the
word Stress.
The word Standards can be a very strange beast,
sometimes it's there and sometimes it only looks like
it's there. You'll find out if you ever make a mistake or
want to make an adult decision. If you make a mistake
the first surprise you'll get is to find out that there are
such things as Standards. But don't try to find out
what they are beforehand.
I asked my usually unreliable source (Thin Lips II)
where I could find out what the Standards were. And
the question was so unexpected I still haven't received
an answer. They appear to exist in the secret places of
the human mind and the dark and innermost recesses
of committee meetings.
They are also immensely magical, they appear as
needed and are the final arbiters of what is or what will
be. They have another curious property which is that
they live and breathe only in the hands of the annoint-
ed f?w. This quite simply means that if the Standards
are ever invoked against you there is no use in arguing
against them for another of their rare attributes is that
they render its user deaf to all opposition.
So if you make a mistake, heaven forbid, and find
that the final sanction of the Standards is being
brought against you then the only decent thing to do is
lie quietly and enjoy it if you can.
But, this is not the worst case, an especial treatment
is reserved for those who try to act like adults grown
tired of the Fool's Game.
Never mind that the Standards didn't exist when you
first started this dollar quest, they are changed to meet
the circumstances by their ever ready acolytes, who
by them rendered impervious to sweet reason, logic
and legal precedent are the best to maintain them. So
much for this refugee from a bestiary — Standards.
The last point to consider is a short one. Occasionally one of your instructors will say ". . .it's important
to understand this point." and within a few short
weeks your mental response will be "Oh yeah? But,
will it be on the exam?"
The issue here is expected behavior. The officials
talk about Stress and Standards. Occasionally one of
the better instructors will talk about understanding
and the students will with increasing frequency talk
about getting through the exams.
Words like 'learning,' 'comprehension,' 'satisfaction,' and even 'understanding' are gradually sifted
from one's consciousness. In short, the goal is successful short-term behavior as measured by short-term
measures and if you try to change this you'll get short
shrift for your pains.
So you want the bucks eh? Maybe a little or a lot of
corporate power?
Figure maybe you'll get an "em bee eh?"
K. Strang
compared to the packing house
worker at $64 per day. Transient
worker, be aware that such conditions as high trees, poor pruning,
hillside slope, scatter or cluster
locations and intermittent ripening
can severely reduce your daily income. So as a packer your hourly
income will fall close to either side
of the average $4.50 per hour paid
out for picking the entire crop.
You will find most Okanagan
residents do not know that an
800-pound bin of apples at picking
rate of $8 means that pickers get
one cent per pound. Growers get 9
to 12 cents for their crop, while the
consuming customer will have to
pay 33 cents and up for the very
best bargain in apples. Should the
pickers be paid two cents per
pound, then their hourly rate could
be near that paid the town people.
This one cent added cost to the consumer should not be too severe a
charge and it would entice even
Okanagan people to assist in bringing in the crop.
Finally, these municipal officials
who say they have no responsibility
to assist transient workers should be
assigned to use a farm or orchard
toilet for a season.
The paranoid outcries of
growers, farm labor officers and the
uninformed Okanagan resident
about the damage they imagine
farm workers will do to any type of
accommodation is just a way of
saying, "Don't ask me to contribute money or energy," to solve
a problem that exists in the valley.
The 2,000 BCTF growers and
about 200 vineyard producers earned $120 million in 1980 for apples
alone. Somewhere within this income and the value of the fruit crop
to the municipalities must be money
to bring transient workers' accommodation up to a standard that a
compassionate person will deem
Student picker, first it is your
responsibility to tell the grower
what should be improved, then advise the farm labor office. Then it's
"caveat emptor." If the conditions
fall short then your alternative is to
move on to a better grower, and
there are some in the Okanagan.
This from a former Okanagan
resident, after experience with the
1980 crop.
Stuart R. McLeod
2221 St. George St.
Port Moody
Haugen autocratic
On Wednesday, March 25 the
standing committee on student
accessibility was scheduled to
meet with Pat McGeer, minister
of universities, science and communications to discuss the funding of education in B.C., and the
student loan program. This
meeting was initiated at the request of McGeer, as a result of
the cutback rally held March 18.
A meeting of this nature with
McGeer is quite rare, judging by
his past performances in dealing
with requests for meetings by
students. Needless to say the
committee was quite pleased
with McGeer's response. At the
committee meeting on March 19,
it was unanimously decided that
a delegation composed of three
committee members — Maureen
Boyd, Mike McKinley and Brad
Stock — and Marlea Haugen
and James Hollis should go to
speak with McGeer.
However, a short while later
the executive members of the
delegation decided that the six
days prior to the meeting were
"insufficient time to prepare."
Consequently, they decided not
to go.
The committee was extremely
disappointed and, indeed, outraged, by this response as we felt
that we did have adequate time
to prepare for the meeting. We
decided to go anyway.
This decision was a very hard
decision to make, but in consultation with "people in the
know" it was determined that
this decision was up to the committee. The committee itself
wanted to consult council, but
Marlea declared that she could
not, and would not, call a council meeting.
Marlea, in her infinite wisdom
and in accordance with her autocratic tendencies, unilaterally
acted and cancelled the meeting
with McGeer. We believe that
she cancelled the meeting because she was afraid that she
could not control the committee
as if it were a neutered cat.
However, Marlea undertook
to reschedule the meeting for
May. This way she can effectively control the membership of the
delegation and take away what
ever momentum may have been
gained from Wednesday's rally.
In addition, Marlea informed
a member of the committee that
in the future the only AMS people who will have any contact
with McGeer will be herself and
James Hollis.
As long as Marlea is in power,
autocracy rules at UBC.
Maureen Boyd
Brad Stock
Mike McKinley
William Clark
Peter Goddard
Dump her
Do you think that we can get
Marlea Haugen expelled from
the AMS for conduct unbecoming to a student? She really is a
Self-righteous, conniving, ambitious, brown-nosing and suck
are other words that come to
mind. I'm not sure why, as a student representative she is so anxious to hold administration
president Kenny's hand and help
him across the street, but it isn't
uncommon for student politicos
to use our concerns as their start
up the corporate ladder of success.
What on earth is 'helpful'
about Kenny's relationship with
us students here at UBC?
You bet there's a split between
the students and administration
here, Marlea. They're the class
enemy, part and parcel of the
state apparatus that messes our
minds. Just a branch plant of
our oppression. The Wednesday
rally didn't endanger any influence Kenny might use for our
benefit. His influence is all on
the other side.
Haugen has consistently taken
positions which undermine student interests. To attack
manifestations of student concerns and support the administration is to demonstrate an inappropriate allegiance with the
Big Boys.
If that isn't conduct unbefitting a student, I don't know
what is. Let's dump her quick.
S. McDonnell
grad studies
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Many prominent screenwriters will
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can get in contact with the association at 1237 Richards St. for more
information about the series,
which, you might be interested to
know, costs $45. Too bad, struggling young artists.
If you want to catch a struggling
young guitarist, head down to the
East Cultural Centre on May 17,
which is a long time from now but
of course we're not going to be
around here at Vista for much
longer. The fellow's name is
Michael Strutt and he'll be at the
centre at 8 p.m. on the 17th of
merry old May.
Strutt plays music ranging from
17th century Italy to 20th century
Liverpool. Sounds eclectic.
The Touchstone theatre company
will be presenting Revenge, a play
by British playwright Howard Bren-
ton, starting April 23. The play is
allegedly written in a "cartoon"
style, and will be happening right
out here at UBC at the Freddy
Wood theatre. For further ticket info call Christine Smith at 731-6037.
Folksinger Connie Kaldor, from
the exotic burg of Edmonton, is
making an appearance at the
fabulous Ridge Theatre at 8 p.m.
April 1. Tickets are six bucks and
you can get them from Charles
Bogle, Quintessence, Friends and
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The Simon Fraser Centre for The
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described as "stunning theatre by
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It's inspired by the Thomas Mann
novel and was described by the Village Voice as "... the funniest,
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