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Crank calls since 1918 Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, March 5, 1991
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Vol 73, No. 41
Wanted: people of colour
Sun, Province, CBC-TV, BCTV, and U.TV struggle toward community representation
by Brenda Wong
Although often referred to as
a "world class international" city,
because of its ethnic and cultural
diversity, Vancouver's major media organizations remain predominantly enclaves of white
Moreover, people of colour
tend to be office couriers, production assistants, or junior reporters—and even at this level their
numbers are low.
At the Vancouver Sun and
The Province daily newspapers,
only eight out more than 1400
full-time staffers are people of
Senior managementwants to
hire more people of colour, but the
issue is far more complex than
solely implementing an affirmative action programme through
which journalists who are visible
minorities would be actively hired.
breaking the
colour barrier
"There is a lack of volume of
applicants of Chinese, Japanese,
East Indian descent," said
Vancouver Sun city editor Gary
Mason hired 10 interns last
summer but only two out of 400
applicants were people of colour.
As well, affirmative action is
a hazy and controversial concept.
The intentions and meanings of
affirmative action vary from person to person and when people are
misinformed, the effects are ultimately detrimental.
Both the Sun and The Province do not want to introduce an
affirmative action programme,
saying that they prefer to hire
people on the basis of their abilities.
But U.TV programme director George Fralic said he supports
affirmative action. If there is potential for development, Fralic
said he would hire a promising,
intelligent person of colour over a
white person who is more experienced.
In addition, Fralic said news
agencies should be committed to
more on-the-job training for people
of colour. He added people of colour
should also be granted six-month
review for hiring as opposed to the
usual three months.
"You cannot apply the same
standards [to people of colour],
and if that is racial discrimination then so be it," he said.
To defend his argument,
FralicsaidNatives, as an example,
do not have equal access to opportunities such as education. "It is
up to the mainstream middle-class
to make opportunities for them."
This preferential treatment
gives people of colour a fair chance
to succeed on their own terms, he
However, some people of
colour say affirmative action
crushes the self-esteem of an indi-
vidual hired under its ausT<i es.
Production as si?' , i Ruth
Mustus, a Nativ nployee of
U.TV said, "I would like to see it
[affirmative action] but I could
see others spying the only reason
why ?he was hired is because she
is a Native."
xJCTV news producer Colleen
Leung added that the devastating effects of a faulty affirmative
actum programme can go beyond
the self-confidence of a person of
"You have to make sure
they're ready. If they're not and
they fail then everyont else in
their community also feels disappointment," Leung said.
Province reporter Fabian
Dawson added that the potential
backlash from co-workers can
surface rather quickly.
"The very danger of reverse
discrimination is reflected in the
undercurrents of resentment of
WASPs [who] have been in the
business for years in B.C."
Instead, Dawson said the
onus should be on people of colour
to actively seek out positions in
the media. Pointing to the intensely competitive nature of
journalism, Dawson said managers will hire the best possible person for the job regardless of their
ethnicity. CBC-TV national news
reporter Ian Hanomansing
Aspiring journalists should
"work as hard as possible to get
the best experience, and [a
manager's] job will be to fight to
be fair in hiring without special
considerations," Hanomansing
However, after one glance inside a city newsroom it is clear
that many people of colour still do
not view journalism as a viable
BCTVs Leung pointed out
that culture sometimes plays a
part in a person of colour's career
"It is especially hard if you
have Chinese parents because
they want you to get into something lucrative," Leung said.
"They don't want you to rock the
boat getting into everyone's business. They don't want you to be
loud and garrulous."
From a news agency's perspective, there is no solution that
solves the problem for every racial group. The obstacles for people
of colour have a different nature
with each race and within each
"It's not the same answer for
the fifth generation Black in
Halifax as it is for the first generation Chinese Toronto,"
Hanomansing said.
Difficulties plague the issue
of hiring people of colour, but all
major media outlets in Vancouver
agree on one thing: there is a need
for people of colour to get involved
with the media. With the growing cultural diversity of Canada,
the strong tendency to depict
newsmakers and journalists as
white males is increasingly excluding the majority of people.
Many managers believe hiring people of colour would extend
a news agency's network of contacts and thus broaden the focus
of news to a more accurate and
objective depiction of reality. Several city news offices have already
confronted significant difficulties
in dealing with communities that
do not have European origins.
At U.TV, reporter Suzette
Meyers was unsuccessful at contacting a Native prostitute
through the social services ministry. However, Mustus was able to
attain her phone number by
"speaking in a so-called Native
But some say a reporter's
ethnicity is seldom essential to a
news story. According to Dawson
and Hanomansing, a journalist's
ethnicity rarely becomes a factor
in determining the news value of
a story.
"I am a journalist first and a
Malaysian second," Dawson said.
The human element and the story
with the biggest repercussions on
the readers are criteria for judging newsworthiness, he said.
Hanomansing added, "News
tends to focus on what is dysfunctional or what society says is very
bad or good. Nobody in the population is absolutely represented."
Often ajournalist's search for
the unique and the extraordinary
has encouraged emphasizing a
person of colour's exotic appeal.
Dawson said the media has a
certain responsibility to not highlight the differences amongpeople.
"For example, Fve never heard of
a Caucasian gang" as opposed to
the Asian gang phenomenon, he
Perhaps integration can improve if reporters write stories in
a way which the whole community may identify with people of
"When the news stories are
capable of affecting the larger
community and not only the non-
white community, it shows these
people are not different than anyone else in Vancouver," Leung
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March 5,1991 NEWS
The steps to AnSo.
Council overrides Lexicon
by Martin Chester
The Bethune College student
council at York University is refusing to accept the democratic
election of the Lexicon student
newspaper's editor.
The Board of Publication,
made up of two council appointed
student reps and the ex-editor of
the Lexicon, has decided to uphold
the Colleges' constitution by ap-
pointingnextyear'seditor. For the
past three years, the Lexicon staff
has democratically elected the editor, according to Lexicon staff
member Pat Micelli.
"They are refusing to recognize our democratic elections and
they are advertising all over campus for a new editor," Micelli said.
"It starts with this evil constitution our college has and the
role ofthe Lexicon to promote the
mandate ofthe college," she said.
The expressed mandate of the
college is to promote Science and
The Lexicon, which, in the past
three years, has grown from a
monthly paper with a circulation
of 5,000 to a bi-weekly circulating
2,000 papers, is also fighting for
more autonomy from the student
council by turning the board of
publications into an advisory
"Clearly the intent is to dismantle a lot of the advancements
made over the past couple of years
and make a pro-the college council
paper," she said.
President-elect of Canadian
University Press and ex-Lexicon
editor, JohnMontesano, said, "This
is a classic example of a staffs
independence being taken away
because an administration and a
student council don't have enough
control over the paper to put forward the goals ofthe council, and
that's outrageous."
Montesano said the Lexicon
has been promoting such social
causes as the creation of a Women's
centre and a Gay and Lesbian club.
"The college said enough is enough,
we don't want you to do that anymore.
"Governments and corporations are trying to attach their
money to the students they want,
and that means science and technology students," he said. The
college changed its focus from the
humanities to science and society
to improve recruitment, he said.
Members ofthe Bethune College student council and members
of the administration were not
available for comment on Monday.
Lexicon editor Cindy Reeves
said, "Monday we're having as
many [CUP] papers as we can from
Ontario and Quebec, and anyone
else who wants to come to a demonstration outside the council office. We also have a lot of on campus support.
"The people they are interviewing [for editor] have nothing
to do with what we have built here,"
Reeves said. "They said if we try to
interfere they would shut us down."
Group works
for anti-racism
by Lucho van Isschot
Gender, class, ethnicity, cultural background. These are some
ofthe categories which are used to
discriminate and to differentiate
between different types of people.
People are different and these
differences must be respected.
However, according to the
AMS Anti-Discrimination Committee, natural human differences
have been exploited to justify social inequalities. The committee
defines that as prejudice.
In the fall of 1990, former
UBC student Carol Hui helped
establish the committee to address
issues of prejudice on campus.
"The committee was set up as
an extension of the Hate Hurts
campaign and because there has
been little discussion of these issues on campus," organizing
member Ellen Pond said.
Another member ofthe organizing committee, Manisha Singh,
said, "The committee is not trying
to be overly ambitious because
unlearning discrimination is a life-
process. After all, it is very much
entrenched in our society."
This year the committee is
primarily concerned with laying
groundwork, overcoming bureaucratic obstacles and setting an
agenda, Pond said.
Although established in the
fall of 1990, the committee had no
coordinator until Nikola Marin
was appointed last week. Marin
will serve as a liaison between the
committee and the school administration.
The committee hopes Marin
will be permitted to sit on the
university's Presidential Task
Force on Race Relations, but this
remains undecided.
A core group of individuals
now form the committee itself but
they are always looking for new
members, Pond said. Once new
members join the committee, its
mandate willberevisedandregu-
lar meetings will be held.
Particularly lacking is the
participation of men within the
committee. This problem will,
hopefully,  be overcome as the
... and Cord raided
by Martin Chester with CUP files
Campus police tossed staff
members of the student newspaper at Sir Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario out of
their office on Sunday night.
And should they return, they
will be charged with trespassing.
Laurier student council president Stuart Lewis said The Cord
Weekly was shut down after the
staff reprinted a controversial article that first appeared in The
Muse, the student paper at Memorial University in Newfoundland.
Entitled 'A gay men's guide to
safer sex,' the article explicitly described sexual encounters between
men with safe sex information interspersed throughout. It was also
reprinted in the February 20,1990
Ubyssey as an act of solidarity with
The Muse after Memorial threatened to shut it down.
"Because the council acts on
behalf of the students, we have the
obligation to encourage something
we can be proud of and not support
something that puts us in a negative light," Lewis said.
Lewis also said The Muse article was not the only reason for
the forced removal of The Cord
staff from their office.
"The Cord has published some
poorly researched stories and potentially libelous editorials," he
The Cord is facing two libel
lawsuits over an editorial and was
expelled from Canadian University Press for publishing sexist
material, both run last year.
Cord editor-in-chief Tony
Burke said he felt that this year's
staff was being held accountable
for last year's mistakes and that
The Muse article was not violently
opposed by the staff.
"The language was explicit,
but the intent was good," Burke
President ofthe Student Publication Board, Jana Watson, said,
"This power gives the [students']
union a veto.
"They say that we have freedom ofthe press to a point and that
right is taken away when we print
something the union doesn't like,"
she said.
committee continues to recruit
new members.
While struggling through this
preliminary phase, the committee has assumed a low profile on
campus. In recent weeks, however, the committee has become
One of the most important
items on the committee's agenda
has been anti-racism work, Pond
said. One of their goals is to see
that some on-campus clubsinclude
anti-racism clauses within their
The committee will be holding
an anti-racism workshop J"or
women this Thursday, in conjunction with International Womyn's
This, their first project ofthe
new year, is going to be followed
up by subsequent workshops and
The Anti-Discrimination
Committee will be holding an
anti-racism workshop for
women on Thursday, March
7. The workshop will be held
from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in room
215 of SUB.
The workshop is being
advertised and people have
already begun to sign up, ac-
cordingto Linda Shout, one of
the event's organizers. Shout
said space will be limited to
only 25 people for practical
Manisha Singh, another
organizer, said, "The workshop is about unlearning racism, challenging racism and
our racist society."
Shout emphasized that
the workshop's organizers are
not trying to congratulate
themselves upon having already "unlearned" their racism.
"Unlearning racism is a
process, and this workshop is
an attempt to clarify this process," she said. "Part of that
process is to talk about alternatives, to discuss what work
I can do as a white woman."
The workshop will not
rely upon theory, but instead
upon open discussion, Singh
The workshop will begin
by challenging the myth that
only people of colour have
ethnicity, Shout said. Women
will be asked to speak about
their own cultural backgrounds.
Afterwards, the women
will be given an opportunity
to talk amongst themselves
in smaller groups and discuss
strategies of unlearning racism.
Finally, the women of
colour will be called upon to
speak out and share their experiences in front ofthe group,
Singh said.
"Women of colour who
choose to speak out, to do this
work, will hopefully encourage white women to do their
own work," she said.
March 5,1991
The Annual General Meeting of the Grad Class Is:
12:30 PM        SUB Ballroom
The School of Library,
Archival and Information
OPAC (Online Public
Access Catalogue)
Amount: $1,750    Budget:  $1,750
The Following Submissions
for Graduation Class Gifts Will be Voted On
(Maximum request per gift is $3,000)
The Engineering
Graduating Class of 1991
Cheeze Factory Heritage
Amount: $3,000    Budget:  $6,000
The gift is requested for the
benefit of students in wheelchairs in
the Sedgewick Library. The station will
facilitate access to the Library's online
files for these students. The station will
be installed in Sedgewick Library,
because it is the most heavily used
library on campus and wheelchair accessible.
Group:   The Electrical Engineering
Grad Class of 1991
Title:      Fairview Grove Fountain
Amount: $3,000    Budget:  $8,000
Fairview Grove is named after Fairview (in Vancouver), which was
the site of UBC from 1915-1925, before UBC outgrew the site. The
Leonard Klinck Stone marks the site of
the first building erected on the current
UBC campus, and is located in
Fairview Grove. The Grad Class of
1990 donated $3,000 for the erection
of a fountain in Fairview Grove to
commemorate this site. We propose
the Grad Class of 1991 donate $3,000
for a continuation of the project. With
these donations and with donations
from students, faculty and alumni the
fountain should be able to be erected.
Group:   The AMS Student Environment Centre
Title:      Computer.Systern:;:::: :.
Amount: $3,000   i^ge'fe!^
The Studin|;Environm^r){|i3jefilire|;is||r|§AMSi
service organizatioll/yjth aimandafelo 1|r!m
ness, provide infoirna8bn.and;K) facilitate |rb|ect|pnenvil
ronmental issues. 1ie;;|eart:'pltte SEC:]$ thejespurce
library, a research l^i^iole^
environmental issuf$|the gift will be directed to the pii^;:
chase of a compute|pnter, modem and Fax. A computer
system will allow SEC|p;link up the Environmental Network
Bulletin Board, fullylmplement the rideshare carpool program in C lot nex||year and provide word processing
services for petition-land;:letter writing campaigns and
Group: Forestry Graduating Class
Title: Duane Cecil Valk Memorial
Amount: $1,097   itllget:  $1,097
During t|e||qrestry 451
Spring camp at the|:|||jcplrft Knapp
research forest, Duarie' Ceciil/alk died
suddenly while hiking along one of the
paths. The funds would be used to
purchase a memorial bench and
plaque to be placed along this path in
memory of Duane Cecil Valk 1969-
Group:   Student Counselling and Resources Centre
Title:::: !:; Braille grid SpeakEquipment
imquo|; $3#001k^
:|xpli||tion:    ;
||||: The monieslreqoestedwillibe directed to the
;|urc|llf of:(2)@raijle:an|Spjak ho||iakers and peripherals. ||ihase:b1|p^;terJnleaiaicls will enhance the ability
6f.b^ notes in class via
$|i|^ in braille material to
iilvbice^bufput In addition^ each unitwifJ: include a calculator
fplus an interface kit, in order to:download the brailled
material onto a personal computeior cassette recorder.
Access to technical aids as described would allow a student
with a severe visual impairment greater scope and accuracy
jdirectingpheir own note-taking process than would be
possible via other secondary;means.|
Group:   The Science Grad Class
of 1991
Title:      Kurswell Scanner
Amount: $3000    Budget: $12000
The money will be used to
purchase a Kursweli scanner for the
blind. The scanner reads printed material and converts the material to sound
(ie. Braille) There is already $3,000
donated and Crane Library needs
more donations for the $12,000 cost.
Group: AMS Programs Department
Title: Computerized Notice Board
Amount: $30001 Budget:  $7500
The money will be used to
install a notice board monitor system in
the SUB main concourse and basement. The system will provide information to the student body about academic INFO and upcoming social
events and athletic events. The main
computer will be run from the programs
The Cheeze Factory was
built in 1919 and is among the oldest
heritage buildings on UBC campus.
The Cheeze factory heritage project is
an ongoing project to renovate and
restore this heritage building, and is
funded primarily by donations from
alumni and students. The Cheeze Factory requires extensive renovations for
the structural integrity of the building,
as well as improvements to the floors,
bathrooms, plumbing and roof. The
Grad Class of 1991 would be recognized through the addition of a plaque.
Group: The Alma Mater Society
Title: Public-Address System
Amount: $2,978    Budget:  $5,000
There is frequent demand
for public-address system, microphones and related items needed for
meetings and presentations; unfortunately these are not currently available. This equipment would be of great
use and benefit to over 200 clubs,
numerous undergraduate societies
and various service organizations, all
of which hold functions in SUB. The
Grad Class of 1991 could be of great
help by providing this needed equipment.
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Class. (The Grad Fees YOU Paid In September Will Be Turned Over To
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March 5,1991 NEWS
Two trees will be
by Mark Nielsen
A group of professors and instructors fighting to save nine
trees from being removed from a
site designated for the First Nations House of Learning have been
told that two more will survive.
However, while four others
will be moved to other parts ofthe
site, the latest proposal still calls
for the total number to be "diminished by three specimens," according to a letter UBC president
David Strangway sent to 45
"I recognize that this will not
be fully satisfactory to many of
you," Strangway said. "I have authorized Campus Planning and
Development to proceed with site
preparation, tree pruning and tree
protection in preparation for a
spring construction start.
"The specimens lost will be
replaced elsewhere and special
measures will be taken during
construction to ensure that remaining and relocated specimens
alike are given maximum opportunity for survival."
Strangway's letter come one
month after campus planners met
with the protestors and referred
the issue to the president's office.
The 4.5 million dollar House
is slated to be built on a parking
lot across Lower Mall Road from
Place Vanier Residence.
The group of botanists, foresters and geographers have been
fighting to save the trees since
December when the location for
the House was first proposed.
Some ofthe trees in question are
over 50-years-old.
The groups' actions included
flagging the trees at the site and
starting a petition opposing the
site selection that has since grown
to over 300 names.
The trees are part of an arboretum—where trees are grown for
scientific and educational purposes—initiated in 1916 by professor John Davidson, the first
director ofthe UBC botanical garden.
Senior geography instructor
Margaret North said she will continue the fight until the House is
moved to a different location,
preferably on the south side ofthe
Ponderosa Annex.
And UBC alumni Paul
Hundel is trying to organize a
boycott of the World of Opportunity' capital projects fund, the
money from which is being used to
finance the House.
"The only way we can have an
effect is by cutting off fundi ng," he
said. "I'm sure that they will think
twice and maybe the university
will be a little more open in regard
to what they plan to do."
Others, however, have accepted the compromise. Botanical
Gardens curator Gerald Straley
said that if the House is going to
stay at the current location, the
university has done the best job it
can in saving trees.
"We're only going to lose a
couple trees that are fairly rare,"
he said.
Botany and forest science
professor Edith Camm said that
although losing the trees is "like
losing a couple of shelves of books
from the library," she said "its
better than losinga whole section.
"But as Dr. Strangway said
in his letter, not everyone will be
satisfied. I am pleased in that
there has been mention made of
the need for a campus aboretum
and effectively the whole campus
could be viewed as an arboretum."
Landscape architect Chris
Phillips said the configurations of
some of the rooms in the design
have been redesigned to make
room for the trees. The building's
surface area has alsobeen reduced
to lessen the impact on nearby
By 1964, approximately 170
species, representing 57 families,
had been planted throughout the
2.7 hectare site located on the
west side of the UBC campus.
Construction of a parking lot
in the northwest corner in 1969
reduced that total by 30 trees, and
in 1970 and 1971, several more
were removed when the Ponderosa
Complex was built. Sixty other
species have disappeared because
of death, disease or other reasons.
By 1980, the arboretum contained approximately 115 species
in 33 families, 24 native to B.C.,
27 to other parts of Canada, 10 to
other parts of North America and
53 to other regions ofthe world.
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Thursday night. Production will be closed (women only) after noon
on Thursday. Women are encouraged to attend and enjoy.
New phone numbers,
postal codes for UBC
by Nadene Rehnby
and Martin Chester
UBC has received a new telephone prefix, but the changes have
not caused much of a buzz.
The changes will be made in
three phases. In the first phase
almost all the phone numbers will
be changed to have the prefix 822,
but the old numbers will still connect. After July, however, the old
prefixes will be connected to a
message telling the party to use
the 822 prefix. After October 1 the
old prefixes will not connect.
UBC telecommunications
advisor Harley Rea explained that
the changes were made because
all the 222, 224 and 228 numbers
had been used. The UBC campus
was assigned an entirely new prefix (822).
"They [BC Tel] gave us six
months [to make the change],"
Rea said. "On a massive change
there is no norm, you do the best
you can."
Rea said the changes will not
help solve the shortage problem of
phone lines for students in residence.
"It doesn't do a thing for students. That is a whole different
question altogether," he said, ex
plaining that the phone line
shortage was a problem with the
cable coming onto the campus,
not with the shortage of numbers.
Pat Nakamura, a secretary
with the faculty of Arts, said that
while she has announced the
changes on an answering machine,
"people that don't have an answering machine will have people
find out the hard way."
Nakamura also said she was
disappointed with the poor publicity surrounding the prefix
changes. "They shouldn't be leaving it up to us to tell people" after
the July change date, she said.
Nakamura added that she
would be changing the faculty
letterhead by hand.
In addition to the phone number changes, the campus postal
codes will be changing. The campus will be broken into five zones
(illustrated on the accompanying
The changes, initiated by
Canada Post to speed up (believe
it or not) the delivery ofthe some
16,000 pieces of mail coming onto
campus daily.
Campus mail will also be affected as all campus mail will require a zone number to be delivered.
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March 5,1991 CUP
Student protestors vow to
return if demands not met
by Laura Currie
ST. JOHN'S (CUP) — Over 500
students from Memorial University and Cabot Institute occupied
Newfoundland's legislature February 26 to protest expected provincial cutbacks to education.
The protest was held on the
first day the legislature resumed
sitting, and one day after the federal government announced cuts
to post-secondary education funding.
About 100 students from Memorial, shouting "No way, we won't
pay" and "We're not going to take
it," marched to the Confederation
building in an attempt to force
Liberal Premier Clyde Wells to
speak to them.
"We want to ensure opportunity and accessibility to education
for next year and the future," said
Memorial student' council president Wade Brake to the enthusiastic crowd.
Many students at the demonstration said the cost of education
is their main concern.
"I'm paying for rent and
transportation," said a third-year
student at Cabot. "I have a wife
and son at home and I have to
support them, too."
Progressive Conservative opposition leader, Tom Rideout, said
his party had been deluged with
thousands of telephone calls and
letters opposing the cutbacks.
He said the Tories would ally
themselves with students and oppose the cuts.
"You have done the ri ght thing
for education in Newfoundland and
Labrador" by occupying the legislature, he said.
Phil Warren, provincial edu
cation minister, came out to address the crowd but left when welcomed by shouts of "we want
Clyde." Wells did not appear.
Speakers reminded the premier that students helped him win
the last election and they will help
defeat him in the next one if tuition fees are hiked.
Brake said Wells made many
campaign promises on education
during the last provincial election
and he has not lived up to them.
"Well remember you in the next
election," he said.
Jack Harris, an NDP member
of the Newfoundland legislature,
said, "The reason these cutbacks
are happening is because the provincial government is not fighting
to stop them from happening."
Students vowed to return
March 7 when the provincial budget is handed down.
Students are optimistic
about Canada's future
by Johanna Wickie
The Student's Forum on Canadian Unity came to UBC on
Monday to spark discussion and
debate on our country's future.
UBC students gathered with
forum representatives Derek De
Leon and Mike Koury to create a
vision ofthe future of Canada and
look for answers to its problems.
From Carleton University
and the University of Ottawa respectively, the pair have been
travelling across the country
meeting with students and gathering information on their opinions concerning Canada's future.
Although attitudes and opinions have been mixed, the general
consensus was that of optimism.
"Before these consultation processes began, I was pessimistic,"
De Leon said. "There were only
problems and few solutions. Now
people are bringing real ideas to
"Youth today are more informed," he said, "the people who
have been coming out (to the forums) are vocal and want to express themselves."
In order to facilitate a more
open debate the discussions have
been less structured than the
Citizen's Forum, allowing forums
to have a wider range of subject
matter, Koury said.
"This way we have more control in relation to what the students have to say—we are more
free in our discussions. We try to
work beyond the 12 question routine that the Citizen's Forum
uses," he said.
Some ofthe issues discussed
ranged from Native self-government and Senate reform to Quebec sovereignty and minority
rights. The question of Quebec
independence from Canada
sparked much debate.
Arts student Bruce
Colqohoun said, "I think Quebec
is deluding themselves that we
will compromise on all issues. If
they realized the economic and
cultural fallout from their actions
then it would be a very different
scenario. Politicians are not
making this clear enough."
Mark Cameron, also an Arts
student, said, "Politics have become strictly partisan, this is the
fault of all Canadians. This only
serves to institutionalize the current status quo power position."
Others felt this might be redundant given innovative leadership. "Should we restructure our
political system because our poli
ticians have a lack of vision?" one
member ofthe discussion said.
Attendance has been low so
far, however, and Monday was no
exception with about 25 students
present. Jessica Fraser, yet another Arts student at UBC and a
youth representative for the
Citizen's Forum, was disappointed
with the low turnout.
"It was pathetic. There are
25,000 students at UBC and only
25 managed to make it out to this
discussion," she said.
AMS co-ordinator of external
affairs Kelly Guggisberg, who organized the event, was not surprised at the turn out. "For a UBC
event it was typical," she said. "I
was fairly impressed by the turnout."
After finishing up the Western leg ofthe trip, Koury and De
Leon will be heading back to
Ontario where they will meet with
other Forum members and compile the results before submitting
them to the Citizen's Forum and
the press.
De Leon said, "It was not as
difficult finding consensus as I
thought. And it was definitely not
as difficult as the media had made
out. Maybe it's because we are all
students, with common interests."
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strange world
by Chung Wong
/~Y   TRANGE things happen
^^^    to Laurie Hibberd,
U      the host of YTVs Rock
and Talk show.
In the morning, strangers chat
with her on the phone as if they
know her.
In letters, New Kids On the
Block fans have given her death
threats because she reacted negatively toward a video by the fab
five. And at times on the street,
people have sneered Tat," "ugly,"
and "man, is she short"' when
walking by her.
But, Hibberd said, "you have
to have athick skin when you're in
"People feel they have a right
to criticize you—and there's no
She spoke to The Ubyssey on
Saturday in her room at the Hotel
Vancouver on her day off from Juno
"The job is tough emotionally,"
Hibberd said. "You have to be a
good writer and have a lot of confidence because you will get alot of
But her job is also filled with
privileges as it requires her to
travel to New York or Los Angeles
two or three times a month to interview entertainers such as Tom
Hanks, Willem Dafoe, or Jon Bon
"I'm doing things I thought I'd
never be doing with this job,"
Hibberd said. "It is continually
filled with excitement."
Hibberd, whojoined YTV three
years ago after graduating from
Ryerson College, said she eventually plans to move from YTV.
"I'm already pushing 27 now,"
she laughed (most viewers believe
she is under 20).
A YTV host needs to be both
visually and culturally accessible
to teenagers, the station's primary
audience, she said.
During the Gulf Crisis, many
teenage viewers turned to YTV to
escape images of war.
Aside from "Give Peace A
Chance," the cable channel did not
show any war-related videos while
the Gulf War raged on.
"YTV did not want to inundate viewers with war," Hibberd
explains. "You could get that on
every other channel."
But the YTV host said she is
concerned about some of the
negative' effects popular culture
has had on kids today.
"Kids really imitate art. They
also take to heart what you say, so
you have to be careful."
Hibberd said she is bewil dered
over the nature of the hate mail
she has received after she critici zed
a New Kids On The Block video.
"I've seen some of the worst
things you can possibly imagine
written in those letters. It worries
me that kids are writing stuff like
that as opposed to well-thought
out letters."
Hibberd believes videos have
weakened a music fan's visual
imagination. Before videos, songs
allowed listeners to create images
with which they identify, she said.
Now the videos are often determining the images.
"They have taken away the
mystique [ofthe music] and they
have taken away from radio," she
said. "Most bands view videos as a
necessary inconvenience."
Hibber d's life at YTV has been
a mixed bag of tricks.
To face any emotional  strain,
Hibberd said she always tries to
maintain a positive attitude.
"It's really important to be
nice. It's good karma. I know it
sounds lame, but I believe good
things will happen to you if you are
Her favourite moment at YTV
came when she interviewed Mick
Hucknell, the lead singer of Simply Red who has a reputation of
being uncooperative during interviews.
"I used to waitress it to support
myself," Hibberd said, adding that
she has had to cook for herself
since she was ten-years-old. "While
I was working, I heard the song
Holding Back The Years for the
first time. It meant so much to me
that I bought the record immediately after.
"When I told Mick that, he
broke out of his silence and started
to tell me stories and anecdotes."
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THE Doors, Oliver
Stone's  long-awaited
film chronicling the rise
and fall of Jim Morrison and his
rock band, opens with a sweeping cinematic shot over the
barren landscape ofthe Mojave
desert and ends with an empty
Morrison dead in his Paris
apartment at age 27.
The Doors
Famous Players
In between is a two-and-one-
quarter-hour rock video fantasy
based on Morrison's adult life. It
does not purport to be factual,
analytical or fair. It is simply
scenes from his public and
private life, beautifully photographed and excellently scored.
For the most part it's very
The first half ofthe film is
uniformly excellent. Life in
Venice Beach, experiences in the
desert, the formation ofthe
Doors and their rise to success
are all shown in a fresh and
exciting manner.
The movie bogs down a bit in
the second half as Morrison
descends into depression,
alcoholism, drug abuse and legal
Why did these things
happen? The film neither asks
the question nor comes to a
Too much time is spent with
Jim on bad booze and involved in
sexual misadventures. Morrison
is depicted as an obnoxious and
self-centred jerk. (He was found
dead in a bathtub but, based on
his behaviour shown here, some
might say a bidet would have   ,
been more appropriate.) The
oddly affirming coda, with the
camera showing famous
gravesites in Paris' Pere
Lachaise Cemetery, somewhat
makes up for the repetitive spots
of the latter half.
It is important to realize
that Stone, a rabid Doors addict
since the sixties, made the film
as a fan and for fans. Therefore
the movie is constructed in such
a way that its purpose is to
illustrate history and incidents
that we are assumed to be
already partly familiar with.
Stone uses his images and
effects to suggest and symbolize
events rather than consantly
furthering a straightforward
story. The result is a film that is,
like Morrison's poems and lyrics,
at times surreal and non-
He achieves this through
clever editing of his technically
superb film. In one amazing
sequence, set to the song "The
End", Morrison wanders away
from the rest of the band while
in the desert to follow some
Native elders into a sacred cave.
The camera then goes through a
Native's eye to come out onstage
at the L.A. club Whiskey a Go Go
as the band pushes "The End"
into a crescendo and Morrison
utters the infamous Oedipal
lyrics to the song's climax for the
first time: "Father/Yes son./1
want to kill you."
Val Kilmer is perfect as Jim
Morrison; physically, vocally and
otherwise. In a role that had the
potential for wild over-acting he
showed a believable calm side to
an erratic genius who had a
volatile, manic personality. The
rest ofthe band and cast was
fine, particularly Meg Ryan as
Jim's paramour Pamela Courson.
Ryan did a great job considering
the quality of material she was
For Stone the movie is a
risky career move: a mega:
budget project about a subject of
limited interest to the general
public told in a non-traditional
fashion. He is betting that
eneough of his contemporaries
and their offspring will want to
see it that he can turn a profit.
That remains to be seen.
While he has produced a quality
film that is a must for Doors and
Sixties fans, those unfamiliar
with the music and the legend
should approach with caution.
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March 5,1991
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Hornhead invasion repulsed
Thunderbirds Canada West champions
by Mark Nielsen
With his team down by a single
point with only 20 seconds left to
play, UBC Thunderbird men's
basketball coach Bruce Enns had a
lot of options to choose from when
he called his players in for a timeout on Saturday night.
He went for one that proved
brilliant in its simplicity; just give
the ball to Canada West player of
the year J.D. Jackson and let him
create something.
Had it really been in a
playbook, the Thunderbird's leading scorer and all -round playmaker
could not have done it any better.
But it helps, of course, to have
someone with a sweet shot to finish things off and make everyone
look good.
Jackson drove to the corner,
and with three University of
Victoria Vikings on him, he threw
a near blind pass towards the top
of the key where it found teammate Al Lalonde. As if it was second nature, the fifth year veteran
then drained a last second jump
shot that gave UBC a 93-92 victory
over the Vikings and both the
Canada West championship and a
berth in the CIAU national finals
March 14-17 in Halifax.
"I wanted to get a shot by six
seconds, so if I missed we'd have a
rebound with four seconds," Jackson said. "I got to the corner and
had an eight foot shot but there
were three guys on me.
"I could have taken the shot,
but he (Lalonde) hits that shot
nine times out often."
The basket sent the crowd of
3,000 fans at War Memorial Gym
into a frenzy, and an elated Jack
son sent Lalonde to the floor with
a over-enthusiastic hug. After the
trophy presentation Enns also
embraced Lalonde, kissedhim and
thanked him for making the winning shot.
"If anyone says that 3,000 fans
can't have fun at abasketball game,
they've just been proved wrong
tonight," Enns told the onlookers
through a microphone.
The fans got their share of
entertainment on Friday night as
well when Derek Christiansen
converted free-throws to seal a 102-
100 win for the Thunderbirds.
There were six lead changes in the
first half of that game, and if
Viking's lead scorer Spencer
McKay had not missed a pair of
free throws in the final minute and
if teammate David Mcintosh had
made a breakaway slam dunk,
UVic might well have come out on
If the Vikes won either of those
games, a third and deci di ng contest
would have been played on Sunday
Offensive heroics aside, Enns
gave credit to the defensive play of
his "Birds for preventing UVic from
expanding on its slim lead.
"I think the big thing was that
last time down the floor we stopped
them, that was what was really
crucial," Enns said. "We told our
guys they [UVic] were going to try
to take the ball down inside in the
paint and we did a real good job of
clogging that off.
"We made them take a tough
shot from the perimeter, we had a
hand in the guy's face. He missed
the shot, we got the ball and put it
in J.D.'s hands and said 'there you
go J.D., find a way to win,' and he
Jackson and Christiansen
were the two top scorers on Saturday night with 25 points each, while
Lalonde got 23 and David
Williscroft 12. Jackson was also
credited with eight assists and
seven rebounds as did Lalonde,
who got five rebounds.
Despite double and triple
teaming, McKay got 19 points for
UVic, followed by Tom Johnson
with 18 while Mcintosh got eight
Jackson explodedfor 30 points
on Friday night and Lalonde got
21, nailing all three of his three-
point attempts. Christiansen,
meanwhile, got 17 points.
McKay was the top UVic gun
on Friday night as well, managing
26 points and eight rebounds while
Mcintosh got 24 and Johnson got
Heading into the weekend, Jackson, who won the Canada West
regular season scoring title, had
averaged 24.8 points per game.
He was also the Thunderbirds
top rebounder with 6.5 per game,
followed by Jason Leslie with 6.4.
Point guard Brian Tait, meanwhile, has the most assists with
249 while Lalonde has the most
fouls with 104.
Lalonde has also been nominated for the Bobby Gaul Trophy,
given to the top male UBC athlete
after his final year of eligibility.
The Thunderbirds last went
to the CIAU nationals in 1986-87,
losing to the University of Brandon
Bobcats in the championship game.
The joy of victory, the agony of defeat. Victorious T-Birds celebrate with unidentified Maple Leaf's fan who
ran on to the court to see what a winning team looked like. Meanwhile, UVIC's Bruce Crowle (55) studies
the paint job on War Memorial's floor. eric sesua photo
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by Mark Nielsen
Although the season came to
an end, the performance of the
UBC Thunderbirds women's basketball team over the weekend
has Misty Thomaslooking forward
to next year.
By then she hopes to see her
players simply start putting the
ball through the hoop.
That's because the
Thunderbirds fell into a collective
shooting slump when they could
least afford to, and soon found
themselves eliminated from the
Canada West Championship
The Thunderbirds lost 71-54
to the host University of Calgary
Dinosaurs on Friday and then 70-
64 to the University of Victoria
Vikings the next day.
"Defensively we didthe things
we had to do. As far as following
the game plan, we did as best as
we had all year," Thomas said. "It
was just that we could not put the
ball in the basket."
Down 11-0 against Calgary,
Thomas said the Thunderbirds
could not get untracked and finished the first half completing a
measely 16 per cent of their field
"We controlled the ball and
controlled the tempo and shooting
per centage increased but not
nearly enough to win the game,"
Thomas said. "Even an average
performance would have been
good enough."
Unable to convert even the
three and four footers, Thomas
said the problem was a matter of
"Confident players can work
themselves through that in the
game, but we're not confident,"
she said. "And when your teammates start missing too, you become even less confident."
UBC was in much the same
sort of situation on Saturday when
they were down by as much as 17
points before Thomas went to her
bench. With three first year players on the floor, UBC pulled to
within four points.
"It showed that they can play
with those other teams," Thomas
said. "The younger players are
the foundation of the team and
they're already competing with
veteran laden teams at that level .*
And in contrast to past
years—the Thunderbirds have
gone through three coaching
changes over the last five seasons—Thomas plans to stay on.
That means both better recruiting
and more thorough development
of the players the Thunderbirds
have—even their shooting.
Jordan was the top UBC scorer
against Calgary, racking up 12
points followed by Devanee
Peterson with 11. Against UVic,
Lisa Nickle scored 13 while Elissa
Peterson got 12.
Annual General Meeting of all
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other Grad News!
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editorial positions for the 1991-2 year until
midnight Friday March 8.
Submit position papers at The Ubyssey office
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"breaking the colour barrier"
for the next while. We encourage people to come in and
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March 5,1991 LETTERS/OP-ED
No sex please,
we're engineers
Frankly, I am disgusted and
outraged at the article entitled "A
gay men's guide to erotic safer sex"
reprinted in the Feb 20 Ubyssey,
and equally saddened at the
editor's attempts to cast off reactions similar to mine as being
homophobic, and morally double
standard. Regardless of whether a
homosexual or a heterosexual experience is being described in a
public newspaper, the article will
receive the same response (read
outrage). The fact is that a public
and supposedly responsible publication like The Ubyssey should not
be openly printing material that is
sexually explicit. Anyone picking
up a student newspaper does not
want to read material straight off
the pornographic rack. Offensive
words such as cock sucking, ass
fucking, drinking pee, eating shit,
and several others found in the
article (note that these can refer to
both homosexual andheterosexual
erotic sex), have no place in public-
whether written or spoken. I can,
however, appreciate that the staff
of The Ubyssey is attempting to
educate the public on a deserving
issue (AIDS and HIV infection),
but please, be responsible to all of
your readers.
Brad Hawthorn
Civil Engineering 2
Big, sexy men cutting down trees
I really enjoy The Ubyssey.
It's controversial, thought-provoking, irreverent and readable—
everything a student body newspaper should be. But you're
missing an important ingredient,
Maybe I'm out tolunch,butin
putting together a news story
you're supposed to get a comment
from the other guy in the debate. I
always thought that by presenting
other vie ws you made the coverage
For exam pie, your recent page
one story: "When a tree falls, does
anybody hear?", and the map of
endangered rain forests, links BC's
forest management practices with
the deforestation of tropical rain
forests across the globe. That's
absolute nonsense. It is clear that
you accept as fact everything said
by organizations such as
Greenpeace and Western Canada
Wilderness Committee. Are you
so sure they are never wrong? Don't
you have a Faculty of Forestry to
talk with at UBC? How about a
business school? Don't they have
anything to say? Or is it not politically correct to ask them?
There's no doubt that it's sexy
to bash existing values and institutions. Butyou would better serve
your readers if you ask more
questions of preservationists,
academics andindustry.andmake
us all more accountable for our
extravagant claims.   If you ever
want to know what this company
thinks, you only have to ask.
V. O'Brien
communications coordinator,
Coast Wood Products/
Fletcher Challenge Canada
Better flicks for the
We had an anynomous caller leave
a message on Film Society's answering machine a few days ago
and he raised some valid concerns
about the quality of Film Society
sreenings. I feel that a vast majority
of theatre patrons feel the same
way, especially about the screen.
He complained about the
quality of the sound, the rectangular nature ofthe screen and most
importantly the large gash which
seems to obscure every important
close-up duringyour favourite film.
In defense ofthe club and the
brave volunteer projectionists that
give up 6 hours a night to present
these films, I would like to point
out several facts.
Firstly, a 16mm film is not
capable of reproducing a
soundtrack or picture that resembles or even remotely sounds
like theidentical 35mm film. 16mm
optical sound tracks are tiny,
compressed and scratchy as all hell.
They are cabable of reproducing
only about half of the sounds a
human ear can hear, a far cry from
THX. The picture frame aspect
ratiois 1:1.35 as com pared to 1:1.85
of a 35mm frame, thus the T.V.
Secondly, the auditorium itself
is the world's biggest sound reflector. Just clap your hands before
a show and you will hear that
wonderful resounding echo. We
installed a $20,000 sound system
at the beginning ofthe year and it
has made huge improvements. A
optical 35mm stereo sound track
will make the $20,000 system
sound like what you would expect
for twenty big ones.
The screen is an abomination,
but if I hear one more person
complain about I will rip their
throat out. The club has ordered A
BRAND NEW SCREEN and it will
be installed in April for the new
Also on the slate for April is
the installation of 35mm projectors
which will improve the quality of
just about everything. In fact the
"new" SUB auditorium will be on
par with some ofthe best theatres
downtown and markedly better
than the small Royal Center
Cineplex living rooms.
Film Society has been working
hard to make the theatre a great
place to watch good films at cheap
rates. We expect that going rate of
$3.00 for a single admission will
stay that way for a long time.
We will continue to do the best
we can with what we have and the
films that are available to us on
16mm. Hang in with us till next
year and 111 see what I can do
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Housing Problem
In the most recent issue of the
Resident, UBC's family housing
community paper, an article appeared urging that residents of
family housing report those
neighbours that they believe to be
the negligent parents of latch-key
kids to the Ministry of Social Services and Housing. I have heard a
lot of talk in response to this article
and I must say I am also quite
disappointed. As I understand it,
the job responsibilities of the authors of this article are to identify
the needed programs of this community and initiate them. They
seem to have accurately identified
the problem of insufficient childcare facilities, but instead of establishing some sort of community
sol ution, they ha ve encouraged the
sort of neighbourly relations that
seem to have been current under
the Ceaucescu regime in Romania.
Surely they could have
been a little more creative in their
response than that. A community
barter-system sitting-service
might have been set up, some sort
of block parent program, or even
some small diversion ofthe funds
from their, admittedly, vitally important story and crafts programs
could have been arragned.
I am most perplexed by
the thought that this incident
might reflect the general attitude
of housing toward the tenants. I
don't defend parental negligence,
but if childcare here is so obviously
defficient, shouldn't efforts be made
to stem the cause of this sort of
behaviour rather than
criminalizing the parents and
traumatizing the families that are
obviously already under significant
duress. I hope that the housing
office will examine this situation
before the lives of any children,
parents and neighbours are
plunged into the kind of disrup-
tiveness that would follow from
the recommendations of this
questionable article.
Allan J. Johnstone
Reverse discrimination is good
We find the policies ofthe editorial
staff hypocritical. The Ubyssey
states that it will not publish anything of homophobic content, but
it seems that it will publish articles
that are blatantly "heterophobic."
In the future we would appreciate
it if you screenedyour articles more
Darren DeRosa
Neil Kaye
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THE UBYSSEY/13 a-ava   j   v.<r**+r**
A free
student press?
Freedom ofthe press is supposed to be one ofthe
pillars of a liberal democracy. The press is supposed to
be free to criticize government with out coming under
the full extent of its uncontrolled wrath.
Canada, as well, is supposed to be a liberal democracy. And universities are supposed to be bastions of
Yet at universities all across this country, student
newspapers are being censored, taken over by student
councils or shut down.
Two weeks ago, The Muse, the student newspaper
at Memorial University in Newfoundland found itself
under police investigation after publishing an explicit
article on safe sex for gay men.
This week the staff of the Cord Weekly at Wilfred
Laurier University in Waterloo was locked out of its
office on Sunday as a result of reprinting the same
And constitutional hassles have threatened the
very existence of of The Lexicon at Bethune College, a
part of York University. The battle there is over the
newspaper's gaul to expect the student council to respect their democratic, editorial elections.
All of this at liberal universities in a liberal democracy.
What this shows above all is that newspapers must
be free from external controls. A student paper which
is not autonomous can never be truly free to test the
extents ofthe press's freedom as they will always live
in fear of having their funding pulled.
This is a problem The Ubyssey knows only too well.
A couple years ago, members ofthe AMS executive
threatened to withhold funding for The Ubyssey's Gay,
Lesbian issue. Other attempts have been made over
the years to stiffle The Ubyssey's freedom to print.
Without financial autonomy, a newspaper can never be
true to its responsibilities to fully inform the public.
It must be remembered that a student newspaper
is just that, a newspaper run by students. Each one is
like a practical school of journalism where mistakes
will be made. It is only through these mistakes, however, that fledgling reporters can learn and blossom
into some ofthe best reporters in the country. The only
writer hired by Southam in the past three or four
months has been a ^ . ^aate of one of these practical
schools—our own.
It is true that the Cord Weekly is not the highest
quality paper. Indeed, it has two libel suits pending an d
was tossed out of Candian University Press last year
for publishing sexist material. But the student journalists at Wilfred Laurier must have the chance to
correct their wrongs.
Students must have the freedom to learn.
UOpSI In the March 1 edition, the page 1 story "Students
get GST bonus" was continued on page 4, not continued
from page 1. The person responsible is now looking to
advance their career in the exciting field of telemarketing.
the Ubyssey
March 5,1991
The Ubyssey is published Tuesdays and Fridays by the
Alma Mater Society ofthe University of British Columbia.
Editorial opinions are those ofthe staff and not necessarily those of the university administration, or of the
sponsor. The Ubyssey is published with the proud
support ofthe Alumni Association. The editorial office is
Rm. 241k of the Student Union Building. Editorial
Department, phone 228-2301; advertising, 228-3977;
FAX# 228-6093
In the beginning there was a word and the word became Rebecca Bishop
and she was good. Martin Chester, seeking authority deep within his id saw
that he too was good but he could not admit it to Michael Booth. Paul
Dayson, finishing his cigarette with a long drag reached out to touch Mark
Neilson with a soft caress. Enraged, Andrew Ep3tein flew into a fit of anger,
threatening to impale Big John from the Courier with an inverted Juno.
Johanna Wickie, shocked by the needless display of violence swore peace,
love and erogenous zones for the rest of her natural life "Save Our Saliva!
SOS SOS!" repeated Lucho Van Isschot, but he was drooling too much so no
one came near him. Yggy King joined hands with Nadene Rehnby and
measured their respective index fingera Brerida Wong smiled, touched the
side of her nose and disappeared up Don Mah's hidden chimney. "His what?"
asked Chung Wong, intrigued. Sam Green knew all too well that Colin
Maycock could not hide his kind nature behind a gruff demeanor, despite
his best efforts. In an attempt to create havoc Kathryn Weiler held her
breath until she turned blue astonishing Raul Peschiera with her
ability.Fuzzy Fitzgerald, whoneeds no introduction, made Yukie Kurahashi
into Ernie Steltzer, with a wink of his clouded eyes.
EIa3ine Griffith, the evil demon god from Zog, paraded naked much to the
delight and consequent dismay of Eric Seselja.
Torbon Rolfsen , consumed by these passions, fainted with the effort of
maintaining a clear effort Tryingtorevive him, David Loh dumped buckets
of water over his head with no results. Vivian Gray, looking down on the
whole mess, could only shake her head and laugh. Ha HA HA HAAAaaaa.
Rebecca Bishop  •  Michael Booth  •  Martin Chester
Paul Dayson  • Mark Nielsen
During Israel week on campus, we were bombarded
with propaganda and at
times, outright lies. One of
those lies (in a video presented in the SUB) was that
the 1967 war was a defensive war, imposed on Israel
by the Arabs.
The truth is better illustrated by quoting two of
Israel's most famous leaders. Mr. Begin (the prime
minister of Israel at the time,
who started his career as the
leader ofthe terrorist organization "Irgun") said to the
Israel National Defence Col-
1967, we again had a choice.
The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches did not prove that
Nasser was really about to
attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him." (New
York Times, Aug. 21, 1982)
Mr. Yitzhak Rabin said,
"I do not think Nasser
wanted war. The two divisions he sent to the Sinai in
May [1967] would not have
been sufficient to launch an
offensive against Israel. He
knew it and we knew it." (Le
Monde, Feb. 29, 1968)
Rafeh Hulays
Graduate Student
Electrical Engineering
Try reading the
On leafing through the
Feb. 14 issue ofthe Ubyssey,
we came across the following
caption: "Heterosexuals are
nothing but a bunch of ignorant pigs." We, like the ma
il* Ubyssey welcomes letters on any issue. Letters must be typed and are not to exceed 300 words in length. Content
which is judged to be libelous, homophobic, sexist, racist or factually incorrect will not be published. Please be concise.
Letters may be edited for brevity, but it is standard Ubyssey policy not to edit letters for spelling or grammatical mistakes.
Please bring them, with identification, to SUB 241k.  Letters must include name, faculty, and signature.
jority of students that attend this university, are
heterosexual. It makes us
mad as hell to see this kind
of hate literature against us
printed in a paper that is
partially funded with our
money. The Ubyssey is a
university paper and as such
should have accountability
to the university's students.
If the word heterosexual was
replaced with homosexual
anu ihe article was placed in
the engineering nEUSlettre,
the engineers would have
their funding cut off for the
next century. We are also
sure that the Ubyssey would
print several articles condemning this, does this not
make you hypocrites? As far
as we're concerned, your paper has no credibility and
anything printed in it is
trash. Furthermore you can
be sure that we will do everything we can to ensure
you don't get our money next
Eric Zutter
Fred Baloutch
Chemical Engineering 2
Stupidity on
As a member ofthe heterosexual population, I found
the events of Lesbian, Gay
and Bisexual Week to be an
enlightening experience.
Some friends and I attended
the Flirtations' concert on
Thursday, February 14th in
the SUB Auditorium. We
enjoyed it very much. Later
that day I picked up a copy of
The Ubyssey. It was one of
the bestissues published this
year. I read it from cover to
Sadly, homophobia is
still evident in society today.
In fact, as much as we hate
to admit it, it is part of our
very own campus. On the
counter of the Sedgewick
Cafeteria women's washroom, I found a ripped up
copy ofthe LGB issue ofthe
paper. It had obviously been
displayed there by some ignorant homophobic individual or individuals. It is
frightening to find such
close-mindedness within a
supposedly well-educated
community. However, on a
brighter note, having such
an issue in existence, to be
ripped up or to be read, is
one step towards a better
public acceptance of homosexuality. Congratulations
on an issue well put together!
Gloria Sheen
Science 1
Ubyssey makes
engineer hot
Re: Gay Man's Guide.
I have disagreed with
many opinions expressed in
the Ubyssey but was usually
too lazy to do anything.
However, recent issues have
really enraged me. The
aforementioned article is
unnecessarily explicit and
I assure you I am not
homophobic. I am uncomfortable about homosexuality as I am about pornography, but I fear neither. Uneasiness about such subjects
is norma] and I condemn The
Ubyssey for insinuating
anyone troubled by the issue
is homophobic, narrow-
minded, and "can't cope with
The Ubyssey has va-
grantly (sic) abused its
rights, and is irresponsible
in publishing pornography.
Firstly, you indicated
the article was printed in
support ofthe Muse's editorial autonomy and freedom
ofthe press. Certainly, there
are limits to these rights,
and the forced changes to
the nEUSlettre attest to this.
The majority of engineers
found the old nEUSlettre
repulsive; we are all guilty
of not making it more respectable before the controversy arose. Alesson to learn
Secondly, we are
warned that the language is
"graphic and may be offensive" and, "if you can't cope
with reality, don't read on."
This is analogous to leaving
a stack of Playboy magazines
all around UBC with the
same warning, which would,
I believe, elicit vociferous
disapproval from most students. The fact that The
Ubyssey is readily available
to the general publi c, i nclu d-
ing impressionable children
is very worrisome and
Thirdly, the language is
unnecessarily explicit. I fail
to see how the descriptive
encounter teaches or promotes safer sex. The Ubyssey
questioned: "If the descriptions were of heterosexual
sex, would they have been
considered to corrupt morals?". Indeed, I believe the
answer is "Yes". I believe
that even most homosexuals
would find the article inappropriate tor The Ubyssey,
and offensive.
Our children will live in
the society that we accept
and create for them. We must
not be passive about issues.
It's our responsibility to voice
our concerns.
Joseph Yan
Engineering Physics 5
March 5,1991 LEtrEJ3S/OJ>-EI>
Israel expansionist?
It is good to see that some
people actually read these letters
in The Ubyssey, or at least part of
them. A recent example being
Phillip Maerov's Feb.14 response
to my letter of Feb.5. In that letter
I claimed that perhaps Saddam
Hussein was beguiled into invading Kuwait by the U.S. and Israel
to provide them with a reason and
international backing for destroying Iraq's military machine. I also
stated that one of Israel's aims is
the expansionist policy of realizing "Greater Israel", the area
spanning from "the Nile to the
Euphrates."This was Mr. Maerov's
main point of discontent, and perhaps somewhat justifiably considering I adduced nothing to support
this assertion. But I don't think it
possible in these letters to provide
incontrovertible proof for every
point of argument. There are history books for that. Letters of this
sort are only meant to expose people
to alternative points of view, different from the comfortable notion
of reality realized from one's own
prejudices or via the western media. In such short space they can
do no more.
But the Arab-Israeli conflict
is recent history and anyone who
is really interested can read about
how the state of Israel is justified
by reference to Biblical passages
relating to "the Promised Land,"
or what role people like Shamir
and Begin played in the massacre
and expulsion of Palestinian civilians in the 194Cs. Mr. Maerov cites
examples of occasions when Israel
returned land it had captured in
wars of self-defense to disclaim
any notion that Israel has expansionist policies. What he fails to
consider is why those wars were
fought in the first place. Self-defense is no excuse for theft, but
sometimes it is an easy argument
to sell, as in the case of Israel's
present occupation of southern
Lebanon and the West Bank and
Gaza, of its unilateral annexation
of the Golan Heights and Jerusalem. Moreover, how does Mr.
Maerov justify the fact that Soviet
Jews are given automatic citizenship to the Jewish state, while
Palestinians whose fathers,
grandfathers, and great grandfathers were born, raised, and
worked on the very land they now
call Tel Aviv, are denied their civil
liberties and treated as second class
citizens? Could this or any other
fact regarding Israel's immigration policies have anything to do
with the concept of "chosen people",
a nefarious notion at the root of
any racist ideology?
My travels in Israel last
summer brought me into contact
with right wing Jews who claimed
that the "promised land" included
"Greater Israel." Albeit they are a
minority in Israel (there are far
more moderate Jews who are willing to give up land for peace), they
are, nonetheless, a vociferous lot
who have a great deal of political
and military clout, and at present
are responsible for the Likud
government's intransigence in resolving the Palestinian issue.
But I don't want to get into a
long diatribe about Israel and its
past and present policies; nor do I
intend to defend Arabs who wish
to see the complete destruction of
Israel. I would tell those Arabs
who feel that the very creation of
Israel was theft and an imposition
by colonial powers, that yes, perhaps, but there are now Israeli
children who have been born on
that land and they toohave a right
to a state. So much garbage gets
kicked up when you rummage
through history that it is better to
forgive and forget the past and
work toward the resolution of
present conflicts. The peace treaty
between Egypt and Israel is proof
that Arabs and Jews can live as
neighbors. There are now Arab
leaders who are prepared to recognize Israel's right to exist in exchange for a peace settlement,
Syria's HafizAssadincluded. What
a glorious opportunity for Israel if
it is truly interested in peace. The
next few years will tell whether it
is peace they really seek or the
vicious cycle of occupation, provocation, war, and again occupation-
all in the name of self defense, but
perpetuated by an expansionist
policy and sustained by a vastly
superior military.
Amir Izadi
Med 3
Patronage &
Christina Chen's article on
Shih Ming-deh and Taiwan was
very informative. I would like to
elaborate on several pointstouched
on in her commentary. There have
been some changesin Taiwan since
Lee Teng Hui's ascent to power;
some of these changes are
favourable, some not. While the
Kuomintung (KMT) has permitted some political liberalization, it
remains, essentially, the only show
in town in Taiwan. The same
mainland clans and cadres that
built up the KMT under the direc
tion of Chiang Kai-shek, still continue to dominate the important
power structures in the ruling
party. The familial economic ties
that bind the Zhongguoren
("Mainlanders") in Taiwan are as
strong as ever. Financial and political patronage in Taiwan, for the
past thirty years, has constituted
the primary basis upon which the
KMT has been able to rule practically without major active opposition. The childish and undemocratic antics of the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party), the main
opposition, has undercut any concerted effort towards offering a
united, stable alternative to the
KMT. Unfortunately, the DPFs
popularity lies primarily in its
strong appeal to disaffected native
Taiwanese (of which, there are certainly many) and intellectuals,
rather than with the party's ability
to present an appealing alternative view of a future Taiwan, neither subject to Beijing's political
will or the passionate desire for
independence amongst some Taiwanese.
Several important, possibly
ironic (?), aspects of the KMT are
important in trying to understand
the hold it appears to have over
Taiwan'scitizens;notleast of these,
is the almostidentical cadre-based
hierarchal power structure exhibited by both the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party on the
mainland. In fact, the success of
the party's ability to offer a classic
Marxist, cadre-based political
structure without the Marxism! I
simply cannot think of any two
political parties (or units), ostensibly violently opposed to one another on hard ideological terms,
that are more alike (and terribly
boring, at that!) than the KMT and
the CCP. Shouts across the Taiwan Straits notwithstanding (and
there is very little shouting these
days), what we really have here is
a Shanghai parlor game, or a Fujien
version of Mah-Jong; the stakes
being the control over the livelihood ofthe vast majority of China's
The clever use of financial
patronage and family connections
by the KMT has allowed them, to a
large degree, to facilitate the political splitting of the native Taiwanese polity, at least to the extent that the Taiwanese have their
own indigenous political systems.
It would be fairly accurate, if not
shameful, to say that quite a large
number of native Taiwanese support the KMT, particularly since
Lee's rise to power within the KMT.
One cannot, and should not, underestimate his symbolic power as
a native Taiwanese "done good."
Balanced against this, however, is
the rising feeling of disenfran-
chisement on the part of Taiwan's
poor (mainly, urban squatters and
petty traders). Corruption, violence, prostitution and social injustice are all on the rise; what
better excuse for the KMT to crack
down, even as they pursue a policy
of "open dialogue" with the opposition? Whether all this bodes, well
for Taiwan, in the long term, is
anyone's guess.
Christina, isn't the University
of Santiago in Santiago, Chile? Do
you mean the University of San
Diego in San Diego, California?
Peter Cohen
Department of Biology
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