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The Ubyssey May 12, 1982

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Vol. I, No. 1
Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, May 12,1982
A Soviet doctor's views on disarmament 2
The battle against UBC cliff erosion
is nearly over  3
Letters and opinion  4
AMS and administration news   5
Felicity, What the Butler Saw reviewed .. 6
Vista — what to do, what to see 7
=   A sneak preview of the
■§.   Ridge's International Filmfest   8
■=    ... and lots more.
CANADIAN ETHNOLOGY CONFERENCE delegates watch Taiko Dojo (Japanese talking drums) at entrance to great hall at Museum of Anthropology. (For story on gravel pool bed see page 3.) ^^^Z^^^^Z^™™
Cable TV faces 'centralization'
Cable 10's neighbourhood television offices face closure unless the
Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission
rules otherwise.
The plan to incorporate the
neighbourhood offices into a new
central facility will be a blow to
community programming, according to Cable 10 volunteers and
Kitsilano Cable 10 programming
director Sheera Waisman said people in the community will be intimidated by a large central facility.
"Volunteers and programs like the
storefront," she said.
Volunteer Julie Abbott concurred. "Convenience is important to
volunteers. A central facility would
restrict our access. A storefront in a
heavily trafficked area is visible.
People, community services and
potential volunteers can drop in,"
she said.
And public reaction from groups
as diverse as the Kits Chamber of
Commerce and Rape Relief, is
against the move, Abbott said.
The CRTC expects Rogers
Cablesystems to maintain or increase their commitment to community programming. "But they're
not doing that," she said.
Abbott plans lo protest the proposed closure when the CRTC hears
Rogers application for a rate increase on Saturday.
Rogers is applying for an increase
in cable subscriber fees from $7 to
$8.50 effective immediately with a
further $10 increase in September
With the rate increase, Rogers
gross revenues will be $27.2 million
in 1983-84 said Abbott and added
the neighbourhood offices cost the
company only $31,000 per year.
Rogers is obliged to spend 10 per
cent of its revenues on community
programming but they are currently
spending only 7 per cent, said Abbott.
But Cable 10 general manager
Martin Truax denied the guidelines
Truax said there will be "absolutely no infringement of accessibility" created by the closure
of the neighbourhood offices.
The closure of Vancouver's
neighbourhood offices is necessary
so Cable 10 can equitably distribute
its resources he said. Rogers has a
year old commitment to increase
staff at the Richmond and Burnaby
offices from four to 15 according to
But at present Rogers has hired
two new people and transferred two
workers formerly employed in Vancouver he said.
Waisman said she assumed the
increased staff at the Richmond and
Burnaby offices would be newly
hired people rather than employees
transferred       from       closed
neighbourhood offices.
"We're coming up to the test,"
Abbott said. "The CRTC has been
aware of the problems. If they let
this go by what are they doing? Are
they just keeping track of correspondence?"
"Rogers is very careful to talk
about preserving the community
philosophy in their rate increase applications. What we're interested in
is preserving the actuality," said
Abortion challenge battled
Youth Against Monsters
The second floor Main and Tenth
Avenue office rustled quietly at
noon Monday with about 50 job
seekers, many with kids, searching
the job boards or waiting in long
rows or chairs.
The orange felt boards under
listings for cooks, secretaries, gas
station attendents and cashiers were
blank. There were two jobs for
Outside, in a crowd of 25 whistling, shouting people in costumes
and sandwich boards stood rubber
faced Ronald Reagan and Pierre
Trucleau. Carrying mock cruise
missiles, they huddled around
MacEachen, the "always drunk"
minister of unemployment, according to his placard.
The protesters and their 350
whistles   were   the   first   public
manifestation of Youth Against the
Monsters, who came to "blow the
whistle on unemployment." The
loosely-organized group plans street
theatre, a benefit dance and other
forms of creative opposition to
unemployment,' consumerism,
racism and sexism and support for
Central American liberation struggles.
The group passed around pamphlets, eagerly gra.bbed by passers-
by, and fill-in-the-blanks petition
cards telling parliament members to
do something about unemployment. "No postage necessary" is
handwritten in the top right corner.
They troop around the block,
Trudeau arm in arm with Mr. Big
Business in tailcoat with wads of
monopoly money while a woman
winds red crepe tape through the
Several hundred people joined
forces at the Queen Elizabeth plaza
Saturday to support freedom of
choice on abortion.
Concerned Citizens for Choice
on Abortion organized the
demonstation to protest a decision
by the Supreme Court of Canada to
grant Winnipeg resident Joseph
Borowski leave to challenge the
1969 amendment to the Criminal
Code of Canada which liberalized
abortion laws.
The group is concerned that if
Borowski's challenge succeeds in
having the relevant sections of the
Code invalidated, therapeutic abortion will become illegal in Canada.
Furthermore, forms of birth control such as the IUD which destroy
eggs after they have been fertilized
could be banned for being a form of
Normally, the Supreme Court
only grants leave to challenge
legislation to private citizens who
can show they are directly affected
by it, or who have no other
The protesters, carrying placards
and banners, marched along
Georgia, Granville and Burrard
Streets to the Hotel Vancouver.
Waiting there in the Pacific
ballroom to greet the demonstrators
were several women, including Van
couver   East   NDP  MP   Margaret
Welcoming those attending the
rally, Mitchell, who is in her 50s,
said her one disappointment concerning the rally was that more
women of her own age-bracket were
not present. She called on all those
in attendance to contribute time
and money to challenge the
Borowski appeal.
"We do not have the right to impose our views on others," she said
See page 2: CHOICE
Pres;?searchi& secret
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seiSehes fir* a siHcessorlo current adiffinistratibn president Doug
T^je .24»Dfrsph cfttnnuttfe, fpur of which are students; is currently rlviewing'nametbf prospective candidates.
At its April 17 meeting, the committee established a list of criteria
for choosir|kthe.nSeVK pre|j||ent,.^d cqnjpritteej|hair J;JiV. Clyne.
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•- understanding of public relationships.
<j(yne recused .toidivulgerany- *>lher information and stressed the
need for complete secrecy!
Btit Cliff Stewart, student representative on the committee, said
the?name *6f the^tiew pa^sidentSf-vviJl pfobablyfibe arwtounceq' at
December's board M governors meeting.
There is no board meeting in January and the person selected will
haveto be given aftleast'$1x^0^6' notice said^Stewart?
"Secrecy is of paramount importance," Stewart said and added he
could not divulge names of those^being reviewed, or the number of
prospectiveScandidates. The committee n "paranoid" about leaks
said Stewart.
V      "Everything wilKbe held in the.strictest confidence," he said. Page 2
Wednesday, May 12,1982
Soviet physician slams nukes
Members of the Soviet peace
movement don't demonstrate on
the streets because President Leonid
Brezhnev has already endorsed their
appeal for an end to the arms race,
the head of the second Moscow
medical institute said Monday.
During a lecture at UBC, Galina
Savelyeva, a member of the Soviet
delegation to the second congress of
International Physicians for the
Prevention of Nuclear War held in
Cambridge, England in April, said
Brezhnev agreed with the appeal
sent by the Congress that "nuclear
weapons must be destroyed before
they destroy humanity."
Savelyeva, the first member of
the Soviet Physicians for the
Prevention of Nuclear War to visit
Canada, described her role as
"It is the duty of all medical people, irrespective of their nationality,
religion or ideology, to reveal to
their patients the threat that exists
from nuclear weapons," she said.
Speaking with the occasional help
of an interpreter, Savelyeva added,
"We must again and again tell people the truth of the after effects of
nuclear war."
When asked why she used only an
American submarine as an example
of the lethality of modern nuclear
forces, she replied that all submarines   are   dangerous,   both
A tale of two papers
A new, bi-monthly publication of
the Alma Mater Society has become
the centre of a dispute between its
supporters and The Summer
Ubyssey newspaper staff.
"The Conventioner is a flack
sheet whose only purpose is to make
money," Ubyssey staff member
Brian Jones charged Tuesday.
"It is aimed at people who are
not committed to, or part of, the
UBC community."
"The Conventioner was not aim
ed to be a summer paper and it still
isn't," said AMS finance director
James Hollis. "It is an advertising
leaflet in newspaper tabloid form."
Hollis added that The Conventioner was confirmed long before
the federal government approved
The Ubyssey's summer project
Jones said The Conventioner
poses a financial threat to The Summer Ubyssey because it is carrying
advertisements which might otherwise be published in The Ubyssey.
American content
rules airwaves
The Canadian Broadcasting
Company has a lot to be proud of,
although   the   government-funded
aaMss?8-a CBC
"The CBC produces more than
85,000 hours of original programming per year — more than CBS,
ABC, NBC and the BBC (television
networks)," said Peter Herrndorf,
CBC vice-president and general
manager, during a public forum on
broadcasting held at UBC last
But the CBC still needs improvement in programming dominance,
Herrndorf said.
"Advertising constraints give
priority to American programming
over Canadian content," he said.
Because two out of three programs
available to the CBC originate in
the U.S., as many as three out of
four hours the network schedules
are American, he added.
Herrndorf said meeting Canadian content requirements will continue to be a problem because of the
rapidly expanding broadcasting
technology that will enforce
American dominance over Canadian airwaves.
Herrndorf said he sees five factors which will have "extraordinary
a Technological   advances,   in
cluding cable, satellite, and pay
television, all in their infancies right
a Viewer choice, with 70 to 80
channels being a "conservative"
• Trends away from "free"
network television, currently indicated in a substantial drop in audience shares for the three major
American networks, CBC, ABC,
and NBC, and a move towards pay-
a Introduction of specialized
programming, referred to as "nar-
rowcasting," including 24-hour
news services, arts and ethnic channels, and "dirty movies";
a "Substantial Americanization" of Canadian broadcasting
systems, as a result of American
technological dominance.
Herrndorf said another factor
impeding increased Canadian content on Canadian airwaves is the
relatively inexpensive cost of
American shows for Canadian stations.
Walter Hardwick, UBC professor and a panel member on the
public forum, said "more inter-
provincial sharing" of regional
technological resources and
strength of local community cable
systems will play a substantial part
in Canadian broadcasting in the
next decade.
The Conventioner was devised by
AMS general manager Charles Redden, as a means to promote SUB
services during the summer months.
"The advertising response was so
great that we decided to print in
tabloid form," said Hollis.
"The attitude of The Ubyssey
staff exemplifies a serious lack of
knowledge of the advertising
business," he added.
However, not all of the protest
has been from The Ubyssey staff.
"I am disappointed that the
editorial policy of the Conventioner
was not discussed at length with student council," said arts senator
Lisa Hebert. "I think the AMS
should re-evaluate having their
names on it as publishers," she
AMS president Dave Frank
adopted a wait-and-see attitude
regarding the two publications.
After The Conventioner has finished its summer run, "I would like
student council to take a good look
at it," he said.
Frank said The Summer Ubyssey
is also a new idea which will have to
be considered at the end of its term.
"If (The Ubyssey) is not worth it,
it will not be repeated," added
Pro Choice speakers
From page 1
in reference to the Borowski case
and other anti-choice advocates.
"The men in government might
acknowledge choice more if it were
one of their daughters who entered
the statistical quota of 1,000 babies
born weekly to teenage mothers in
Megan Ellis, an international
abortion rights activist, also spoke
at the rally.
"In comparison to the rest of the
world, Canadian women are weak
in asserting their rights to their own
bodies," she said.
Dr. Carol Herbert, a doctor at
the Research Education and Action
for Community Health clinic, said a
physician "has no choice but to be
Several speakers at the rally cited
statistics. Debby Hollett of the B.C.
Federation of Women, said one in
four women will suffer sexual abuse
in her lifetime, and that 90 percent
of working women must cope with
sexual harassment at work.
"A recent poll showed that only 5
percent of Canada's population are
anti-abortionists," said CCCA
member Marva Blackmore. "Yet
Canada has such a strict abortion
A collection taken during the rally raised about $1,600 for the fight
against the Borowski challenge.
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American and Soviet.
Under intense and sometimes
awkward questioning, Savelyeva
said she was not in favor of
unilateral disarmament because the
U.S. has missiles in West Germany
that are aimed at the Soviet Union.
Explaining she prefers disarmament
negotiations, Savelyeva cited
Brezhnev's frequent nuclear freeze
proposals and the fact that there are
no Soviet missiles deployed outside
the USSR as evidence of the president's willingness to negotiate.
The Soviet peace movement has
intensified since U.S. President
Ronald    Reagan   confirmed   the
modernization of medium-range
missiles in Western Europe two
years ago.
Stressing the importance of East-
West exchanges, Savelyeva said the
average Russian citizen thinks
America is more aggressive than the
"There are too many things we
don't know about the U.S." she added.
Savelyeva was invited to Canada
by the Ontario branch of Canadian
Physicians for Social Responsibility. She leaves Canada May 20 after
visiting Vancouver, Saskatoon,
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Page 3
Erosion slowed, UBC gains time
After three years and $1.3
million, UBC's cliff erosion control
project is substantially completed.
All that remains is to seed the
newly completed berm or wall of
rock at the base of the cliffs with
dune grass, according to UBC information officer Al Hunter.
"The 30 to 40 foot wide strip of
sand will be sown in September so
that it won't be trampled on during
the summer,"  Hunter said.
Neville Smith, director of
physical plant said the berm, which
is designed to tackle the main
danger to the cliffs, erosion from
the sea, withstood a storm of one-
in-ten-year severity on March 11
this year. The extension of the
berm, begun last year to 2000 feet
and the extensive seeding carried
out in April, marked the last phase
of the erosion control project and
cost UBC $600,000.
"Although the original recommendation was for a five year program, it has actually been very successful in three years" Smith added.
Phase one, begun in 1980 on the
recommendations of Stan Weston,
a one-man task force under the
direction of the board of governors,
included felling large trees at the
top of the cliff and improving ac-
cess to the cliff beach to combat
surface erosion.
The construction of 1000 feet of
berm in 1981 was the most important part of the project, Stuart
Lefeaux, UBC's erosion control
manager said Tuesday. "It was
decided to hold off on other factors
of erosion such as water seepage as
they will largely take care of
themselves once the toe of the cliff
has been stabilized," Lefeaux added. "The cliffs will continue to
erode over the years until they reach
a natural angle of repose," Smith
The park board which controls
the lease of the land from the province now takes over the responsibility for further seeding, trail
maintenance and the demolition of
the brick ammunition storage house
which now stands perched on the
edge. "The shed is a hazard and will
be bulldozed to pieces and pushed
over the edge of the cliff," Hunter
What is still unknown is whether
the reflecting pool outside the
Museum of Anthropology will be
'filled. Described as essential to the
concept of the museum, the deci
sion to leave the pool unfilled was
made after completion of the
museum in 1976.
"Arthur Erickson (museum
designer) had geologists check the
mechanics of the cliff and they said,
yes, the museum is safe provided
erosion is controlled. Now that erosion is effectively controlled it is difficult to say for certain whether the
pool will be filled," Smith said.
K. Matsuzaki of Arthur Erickson
Architects said Monday, "From
our point of view it is vital that
water should be in place to
demonstrate to people that the
museum is designed to maximize
the simulation of Indian habitation.
If the conclusion can be made that
placing a small amount of water on
the surface (of the cliff) would have
no effect on further erosion, there's
no reason for not completing the
Concern remains however, that
under earthquake conditions the
volume of water released would
damage the cliff. "Should an earthquake disrupt the two locations
where the water is right up to the
main erosion areas, it could result
in serious gullying," Smith said.
WRECK BEACH ERODES . . . above 1931, right 1967, below 1972
New UBC hospital
spared from layoffs
Summer libations flow at Pit, Art Gallery
j The Pit, once described by a
UBC iconoclast as a licensed garage
k for closet discoids and spiders will
open to the public during the summer.
The student union building on
campus will also play host to a new
y lounge. The Art Gallery Lounge
will open May 17th in the gallery
adjoining the SUB concourse.
Prints for sale, provided by several
local galleries, will adorn the walls
and live music of a quiet nature will
be provided.
The lounge concept is something
that the Alma Mater Society may
continue in the fall, either by converting the SUEt listening lounge or
by finding a new home for the SUB
gallery and keeping the lounge there
permanently, according to AMS
vice president Cliff Stewart.
The AMS is also planning
changes to the Pit that will restore
the comfortable woody ambience
that was destroyed last year at a
cost of $70,000. Stewart said that
the results of a questionnaire asking
students what they would like to see
are currently being compiled, and
that they will be used as a guideline
for changes.
Despite the price increases at the
Pit that accompanied a higher and
more equitable pay scale (23-26 per
cent increase for non tipping positions) beer prices remain among the
cheapest in town. A local bottled
barley sandwich goes for $1.50 and
a beer will be $1.75 in the lounge.
Devotions to the hop religion
may be made at the Pit from noon
to midnight Monday to Thursday
with services extended to 12:30 a.m.
Fridays and Saturdays. The lounge
will be open from 4 p.m. to 12:30
a.m. Monday through Saturday.
UBC's Health Sciences Centre
Hospital is possibly the only large
hospital in the province that isn't
planning cutbacks and layoffs this
The vast majority of Vancouver
and other B.C. hospitals have announced drastic reductions in staff
and, in some cases, services, in an
attempt to cope with the provincial
government's refusal to provide
funds at the levels the hospitals estimate they need.
But UBC will not be forced to do
this because it is a new hospital, administrator Lloyd Detwiller said
Friday. He added the staff and patients have seen a videotape explaining this, because some were alarmed
by the recent publicity about cutbacks and closures.
"It's goingito be a parsimonious
year, with non-replacement for vacation time, but we're not planning
any layoffs or cutbacks," Detwiller
said. "We have been very careful
(in opening) to add only those services we can afford.
"It (the economic situation) may
slow up the full opening at the hos
pital as to what we had intended,
but we will not go beyond our fiscal
Detwiller explained that established hospitals must grapple with
the problem of people's expectations about their services. For example, he said, Vancouver General
Hospital had about 2,000 beds 10
years ago, giving it a solid revenue
base from that source. But now,
VGH only has 970 beds, and although the reduction means a drop
in revenue, people still take it for
granted that the hospital, which is
B.C.'s main referral centre, can
provide the same level of services as
"We are in a fortunate position
in that we are building up," Detwiller said. "If this was five years
from now, we'd be in the same position (as hospitals such as VGH)."
Meanwhile, UBC's nursing
school director, Marilyn Willman,
said she does not yet know how the
health care cutbacks will affect the
"I think it's really too new yet for
us to tell (what will happen)," she
said, although she added she
doesn't expect a drop in enrolment. Page 4
Wednesday, May 12, 1982
CRTC avoids
Why, you ask, did we need the Kent Commission when everybody knew
from the start the government would never act on its recommendations?
Why you ask, with good reason. Why did we need the Davie Senate
Committee on newspapers in the early 1970s? The government never acted
on their recommendations.
And if we got what the Kent Commission has recommended, a body like
the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission with
a mandate to dictate editorial standards to newspapers, what would they
do for us?
Probably nothing.
Rogers Cablesystems has marched very quickly toward a suffocating
monopoly in the cablevision business under the watchful eye of the CRTC.
Last year when it purchased Vancouver's cable company. Premier Cablevision, the company's director promised the CRTC that 13 new employees
would appear in the municipalities of Richmond and Burnaby. The CRTC
was bought by vague promises and allowed the purchase to go ahead.
What Rogers didn't tell the CRTC was that the "new" staff would come
out of the Vancouver staff's hide. Vancouver's neighborhood programming offices are slated to be closed and staff from them are being reassigned. Only two new employees have been added to the payroll.
The CRTC is making its rounds again. This time Rogers will apply for a
43 per cent rate increase — half now, half in September 1983. By the time
that increase takes effect the neighborhood programming offices should
be closed.
What the CRTC commissioners should do is tell Rogers Cablesystems to
spend a fixed percentage of its revenues on community programming — 10
per cent instead of 7 per cent. They should tell the company that they want
people added to the payroll to fill the Richmond and Burnaby jobs. And
Rogers should be instructed to keep the neighborhood offices open.
Rogers should be rapped on the knuckles and told that the CRTC
doesn't appreciate companies that play semantic games with it, avoiding
commitments like taxes.
A group of Cable 10 volunteers will ask them to do those things on
Saturday. For the integrity of the CRTC it's a test.
But the answers are already written on the wall.
Let us introduce ourselves
This summer The Ubyssey takes a novel and
courageous step into the unknown. With the help of
an $18,000 grant from the federal government, UBC's
student paper will publish once a week over the summer. Look for us every Wednesday on campus as
usual, but also in various off-campus locations.
The Summer Ubyssey, while continuing to serve
students, will also attempt to appeal to a wider au
dience. Thus we wiH be covering events and supplying
news for the community. This of course will alter our
scope and content, but it is a crucial experiment that
could prove very beneficial to the UBC campus, the
off-campus community and The Ubyssey.
Let us hope that The Summer Ubyssey becomes an
annual event. "
Senate rejects rules, accepts faculty,library cuts
Amid the regular business of
senate, the April meeting saw the
serious implications of cutbacks.
Honorary degrees were announced and this year they were all men
who, generally it seemed, were successful in business. If anyone would
like to nominate persons for this
professor emeritus status, please
contact the student senators.
Criteria should follow the lines of
contribution to the university community or society.
Jean Elder proposed a motion for
a committee "to recommend rules
of order for the guidance of
senate." Regulations have been
traditionally ambiguous.
Student caucus strongly endorsed
this motion on the grounds that
students have only one year terms
on senate (as compared to the three
year terms of faculty, alumni and
administration) and any rules
facilitate our involvement. The
motion was defeated 25 to 32,
though it might have tied if the exam period hadn't taken the toll on
Admissions policy is getting
tighter. Applied science finalized
enrolment controls in engineering.
First year will be limited to 450
students. UBC students must obtain
a 70 per cent average; community
colleges a 3.2 GPA; and BCIT a 75
per cent average.
Engineering was forced to request curtailed enrolment because
of a lack of financial resources
which placed quality of education
in danger. Reasons cited were excessive class sizes causing little time
for   student-professor  interaction;
heavy time commitments for professors; space shortages; suffering
grad programs making it difficult to
take major new research initiatives,
and provide grad supervision; labs
for undergrads too large; too little
study space; and outdated teaching
The law faculty ratified a policy
that any student with an average of
less than 55 per cent will not receive
credit for all of the courses of a
term if the student wants to be readmitted. The law faculty has very
strict requirements and difficult
curves, however the law students
association has been discussing
their concerns and the rapport is
The school of architecture submitted a proposal to limit enrolment. They unfortunately were hit
NDP slams Socred spending
An open letter
The Socred government's
credibility gap is glaring in its so-
called "restraint" pronouncements.
Hypocrisy is the only word to
describe the contrast between what
cabinet ministers tell others to do,
and what they do themselves.
Ministers, it seems, are so tired
after airline flights in first class that
they like to check into posh hotel
suites costing more than $400 a
night and dine sumptuously to
shake off the rigors of travel at taxpayers' expense.
Public accounts for the 12 months ending in March last year have
just been tabled in the Legislature
and they show that the total personal travel expenses for the cabinet
— over and above their salaries —
reached no less than $410,443 during that period.
At least that is what they
reported. It seems that some also
charged expenses to their accounts
of their deputy ministers and these
sums do not show up in the public
accounts tabulations under the
ministers' accounts.
But even the amounts reported
under their own names represent an
aggregate increase of 186 per cent
over the $219,986 the Socred
cabinet reported during the
previous year. A jump of 186 per
cent in a single year hardly
represents responsibility, let alone
There were no fewer than seven
ministers in the 1980-81 fiscal year
who reported about $25,000 or
more on travel expenses. Premier
Bennett, for instance, reported
$35,950. The others were Messrs.
Smith ($28,576), McClelland
($31,992), Curtis ($33,341), Mair
($26,163 for a partial year), Phillips
($39,819) and Van der Zalm
We won't know what they spent
in the past in the past fiscal year until those accounts are made public
in 1983, but we do know that the
premier's office suffered a $150,000
overrun and Finance Minister Cur
tis racked up a $40,000 office expenditure overrun and both were
explained as largely due to travel expenses.
Overruns in the ministries for
which the cabinet is responsible also
show considerable mismanagement.
Last year, for instance, special warrants were passed by cabinet to
spend $456.6 million more than
authorized by the Legislature. That
figure was so high, it was split by an
accounting change which permitted
charging $237.1 million of it to this
year's budget. So we have the weird
situation of starting off the new
fiscal year with huge overruns on
April 1.
Restraint appears to be a
macabre April Fool's joke on the
taxpayers by the Socred government. But it is no laughing matter
when ministries can charge the
public purse more for one night's
hotel stay than a single parent is
permitted for a month's rent for her
young family. Dave Barrett
leader of the opposition
hard by retrenchment cuts. They
lost five full time faculty due to attrition and received funds for only
1.3 of those positions. They feel
that they do not have the space,
facilities, or faculty to handle the
present number of students.
Last year they had 227 applicants
for 55 places and next year it will be
limited to 40. Senate was split, but
there is little that can be done to
alleviate the situation without
As a result of recent budget
reductions, the library cut funds to
all 42 reading rooms. They figure
that they are avoiding duplication,
and the alternative is to reduce
hours, books, journals, quality and
standards of main and branch
libraries. If departments can find
funds, some reading room journals
may be maintained. This has
serious implications for research at
UBC. At students' request, the
librarian agreed to record cancellations in main library catalogues.
The senate budget committee
presented a graphic report by faculty of the full-time equivalent positions to be cut in the 1982-83 year.
UBC will be minus 67.1 academic
and 94 support staff positions. The
numbers in September will probably be higher when more than
just salary equivalents are available.
The budget committee condemned UCBC's grand increase allocations to UBC as totally inadequate.
UVic received 14.9 per cent, SFU
12.9 per cent and UBC to 10.8 per
cent. The Universities council used
enrollment figures and not the
higher cost of technical, professional and graduate programs that
UBC offers. It was an atmosphere
of frustration.
Publicly the government says we
need more professional degrees but
they are not prepared to pay for it
in the back rooms. The administration told the story of the negotiations and formula used, and then
came under attack for not taking a
more public attitude. Faculty voiced concerns and called for organization and cooperation.
Senate's hands are tied by the
government's "restraint" program
and unless the public and gov't, are
made aware of the problems and
implications of critical university
cutbacks, we can expect more of the
same in the near future.
Lisa Hebert
arts senator
May 12, 1982
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Down at the beach Muriel Draaisma dipped her toe in the sea. Brian Jones, in sunglasses,
grinned. While Joy Taylor and Shaffin Shariff frisbeed, Kathy Ford and Pat Macleod grabbed
the coke. Craig Brooks, red, pushed Deb Wilson into the fray. "Democracy" cried Arnold.
Meanwhile, back at the office, Charles Campbell said "They were nice kids." Wednesday, May 12,1982
Page 5
increases 'necessary'
UBC food services blamed increased foodstuff costs and a 13 per
cent wage increase for unionized
staff as the cause of price increases
effective since May 3 at the university's cafeteria facilities.
"From March 1981 to March
1982, the Subway cafeteria took a
loss of $251,000," said food ser
vices director Christine Samson.
"But food services just managed to
break even," she added.
"Out of every dollar charged at
the Subway cafeteria, approximately 43 cents goes to pay the raw food
cost," said Samson.
There is a large difference in the
price UBC food services pays for
food and the eventual price the student pays. Yoplait yogourt, which
is bought by UBC food services for
70 cents, sells for $1.40 in the Subway according to Samson. Cost of a
250 mill litre carton of milk is 24
cents to food services, but the price
to the students is 60 cents. And a
single apple costing 14 cents, sells to
PNE 'plays games'
The Pacific National Exhibition
played "silly games" in its attempt
to get an alleged debt of $21,000
from the Alma Mater Society, AMS
finance director James Hollis told
council April 7.
The PNE swore out an affidavit
in early April to get $21,000 it said
was owing from the 1981 engineering week dance at the PNE's Pacific
Coliseum. The AMS is responsible
for any engineering undergraduate
society debts since the EUS is an
AMS subsidiary.
The money was removed from
the AMS bank account by the court
order, only to be returned several
days  after the AMS talked with
PNE officials, Hollis said.
A few days later the PNE swore
out a new affidavit and took the
$21,000 back again.
Council Briefs
The dispute arose when the AMS
signed a contract for the coliseum,
promising to pay up to $15,000.
When the bill came to $21,000 after
the event was finished, the AMS refused to pay.
The AMS, EUS and PNE eventually agreed to a $17,500 settlement.
Housing investigated
A UBC board of governors committee to investigate the UBC housing department is "a very real
possibility," a student board
representative said Tuesday.
Dave Dale said a proposal he
presented to the April 6 board
meeting tfill be "retooled," and
presented to the June board
"I am pretty optimistic (about it
passing)," he said.
The initial proposal calls for a
review of the "general operation
priorities, and long range objectives
of the department of student housing and conferences."
In his presentation to the board,
Dale said a review is needed.
"It will clear the air for the new
(housing) director, as there have
been complaints over the past few
years (about former housing director Mike Davis)," he said.
Board member Joy McCusker
agreed with Dale, and added that
the need for more on-campus
residences spaces is just one of the
issues such a committee could address.
But administration president
Doug Kenny said the proposed
committee is somewhat redundant.
The current committee structure is
for "more than housekeeping" he
Alan Crawford, a provincial
government board appointee, said
such a review was "entirely
The motion was tabled until the
June 1 board meeting.
In other board business, the April
meeting saw the board table a decision on demolishing a 60-year-old
white wooden barn, in the middle
of B-lot. Campus groups oppose
the demolition because of the
barn's possible heritage value.
The board learned students fees
brought in $650,000 more than expected during the 1981-82 budget
year, while the department of conferences and housing made more
than $400,000 during this past fiscal
year. Although the department is
normally budgeted to break even,
budgeted expenditures did not
materialize, resulting in the profit.
The board also learned of a
$361,152 gift from the estate of
former UBC professor W. K.
Burwell for the purchase of books
on psychology, sociology and anthropology.
Details from the May board
meeting are not available because
the entire meeting was closed to the
public and press.
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The revenue from the housing
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A current shortage of funds and
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The AMS received a delivery of
100 cases of Nestea iced tea the day
after student council decided to
boycott all Nestle products.
The cans were returned to the
supplier, but several hundred Nestle
Crunch bars could not be returned,
AMS president Dave Frank said.
Council implemented the boycott
because of Nestle's infant formula
marketing methods. Nestle markets
the formula in third world countries, where unclean water and illiteracy results in improperly mixed
formulas. This leads to infant sickness and death, council was told.
students for 35 cents.
"You have to remember we are
not a grocery store or a corner
market. We provide other services
— seating, cutlery, clean-up, and
this is why our mark-ups are more
than those of a grocery store," said
The main foods affected by the
price increases are hot meals such as
hamburgers, entrees and dinners.
An attempt has been made to
sophisticate the menu for the spring
and summer conference business
she said.
Food    prices    in    residence
cafeterias will increase in September
by 80 cents per day from current
prices. This will bring the total price
of room and board at Place Vanier
and Totem up to $42 per week.
"We hope that no more major
price increases will occur until next
May," said Subway cafeteria
manager Helen Wilden.
But the costs of coffee and dairy
products are too unstable to predict
for the near future, she added.
UBC food services are responsible for cafeteria and food services
on the UBC campus. It is a non-
subsidized business and is totally
Cox leaves AMS
For the second consecutive year,
an Alma Mater Society administration director has resigned in midterm.
Terry Cox resigned April 28 for
financial reasons, AMS president
Dave Frank said Tuesday.
"It was 90 per cent financial and
10 per cent pride," Frank said.
Last year's administration director, Bill Maslechko, resigned in
November because he was not returning to school in January. Cox
was appointed to replace Maslechko and then was elected to the position in January.
The AMS hiring committee's decision not to hire Cox for the summer led to Cox's resignation, Frank
said. Also, Cox plans to attend
American law school and must live
in the U.S. for one year in order to
qualify for in-state tuition fees,
Frank said.   ■'
"He does feel badly about resigning," Frank said. "It caught me a
little off-balance."
A byelection will be held in late
September or early October to fill
the position, Frank said.
Council appointed former student administrative commission
member and elections commissioner Alexis Cherkezoff as interim administration director May 5. Under
AMS bylaws, council can make the
temporary appointment until the
winter session, when a byelection
must be called.
Cherkezoff was unopposed for
the position. Dana Perlman, who
ran against Cox in January, declined a nomination.
Council was divided on whether
or not to give Cherkezoff, who was
a non-voting member of council, a
vote in her new position. But
Frank, who chairs council meetings, ruled that while AMS bylaws
gave Cherkezoff the "duties" of
the position, voting is not a
Island residents celebrated the
return of the Island's only truly
community oriented newspaper,
The Daily Blah today. The Chanticleer, a rival publication put out
by the newspaper giant
Amalgamated Media Services, is
simply an ~ita#rjt<3ri|! fcri$»flj«-*j
paganda leaflet, island treasurer
Jams Hollow told The Daily Blah.
Meanwhile, the island government threatened to invoke closure
on The Daily Blah if it did not turn
a profit like all island operations
Daily Blah staff member Coy
Traitor expressed concern over the
rival publication. "I heard advertisers pay to have articles written
about them, isn't that unethical?" Page 6
Wednesday, May 12,1982
Freddy Wood misses Orion's mark
JOHNSON and cast ... in Orton's dark farce
There isn't a single boring moment in Richard Lucas' production
of Joe Orton's play What the Butler
Saw. For more than two hours,
with a fifteen minute intermission,
the actors keep a frantic pace — or
at least a pace that is frantic for Or-
ton — and perform the play as if
they were in a broad farce. The one-
liners, well over a hundred of them,
keep coming right and left, and
sometimes it takes a second to
realize a double entrendre in a
The trick for the director is to
realize Orton's plan and go along
with the playwright; any director
who plans to upstage the playwright
can run into serious problems, not
.the least of which is a seriously
flawed production. Orton never lik-
What the Butler Saw
By Joe Orton
Directed by Richard Lucas
At the Freddy Wood till May 15
ed actors playing his material
broadly. Orton demanded "absolute realism" of the London production of Loot, and there is no
reason why the same treatment
should not be applied to What the
Butler Saw.
Orton knew and stated that any
"camp"  or   "stylization"   of his
Insight makes Felicity
Tom is an astringent husband.
Bitter about an imperfect marriage
and attracted to his maturing
daughter Felicity, he is nobody's
Eli Sauve is a romantic European. i-T-lHV^PStferious flta&dnseen
owner of the villa where Felicity was
By Doug Bankson
At Kits House
Wed. through Sun. 'til May 23rd
In front of Eli's sun-drenched
villa, where the family has returned
for vacation, Tom dons an old silk
scarf, a wide-brimmed hat and a
sophisticated European accent.
"Eli Sauve," exclaims Felicity.
"The clothes make the man,"
Tom remarks with irony.
Eli is after all, merely a fiction
concocted by Felicity's mother
Beth. He is the romantic man she
thought she married, a symbol that
keeps her from confronting the problems of her strained marriage. For
Felicity, Eli is the idealized man of
her future. Eli is also a role that
Tom plays when he needs to distract
attention from the fact that he is
basically a cad.
Playwright Doug Bankson, once
and future head of UBC's creative
writing department explains: "Coping with the shifting pressures (of
the family) requires an act of the
imagination and Beth, the mother,
invents (or evokes) a fourth person
to play the game.
"The three accept and use her invention in order to open the
obsessive intensity of the family
triangle toward the possibility of
relief and perhaps resolution."
Bankson's play, Felicity, which
premiered at Kits House May 5, is a
complex and perceptive work about
family relationships. The mother-
daughter rivalry is compelling and
the hints of incest are well-handled.
The intricate and often ambiguous
symbolism works well as the line
between reality and imagination in
the play becomes progressively
more blurred.
But the Felicity is sometimes marred by overwriting. Especially
toward the conclusion, the audience
is told what it already knows.
The play is not helped either by
the occasional clash between the attempt to create realistic characters
and the stylized dialogue that goes
hand in hand with'the symbolism.
Casual remarks with a double
meaning often sound wooden.
However, it's a problem that might
be solved by better acting or
stronger direction.
For the most part though,
Bankson's keen insight relieves the
production's flaws, whether they're
the inadequate set or the less than
perfect acting. For a play of modest
means, Felicity far exceeds modest
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plays would result in disaster; the
first productions of Loot proved
that abundantly to Orton.
The mental ward in Orton always looms larger, hardly visible yet ready to engulf his
characters. The farce is geared in to
high force by a single attempt —
that of Dr. Prentice (Rick Stojan)
to seduce his secretary Geraldine
Barclay (Pamela Jones). As Mrs.
Prentice (Christine Willes) bursts
in, Dr. Prentice keeps telling lies,
one after another, till the whole
thing snowballs into chaos.
The chaos in What the Butler
Saw is akin to the progression of
chaos in traditional tragedy. The
progression is downhill, at first
comically revealing and then
frightening. "No madman ever accepts his madness. Only the sane do
that," says Dr. Ranee, (Stanley
Weese) who is paying Dr. Prentice a
surprise visit. Then, as they play
comes to a conclusion, harmony appears to be restored — but at what
price? And what is "harmony?"
Geraldine has broken down completely. Dr. Prentice, his wife,
Geraldine and Nicholas Beckett
(Christopher Johnson) are shown to
be related of the same family, as
Dr. Ranee has theorized in a wildly
and apparently unbelievable thesis.
The absurdity of What the Butler
Saw stems from the fact everything
turns out to be the opposite of what
it appears. Order is chaos, male is
female, law is disorder, and life is a
hypothesis for a potential best
seller. With double incest to boost
the sale.
In this melange, the playwright is
clearly the auteur, and no one can
upstage him. Some of the actors in
the Freddy Wood production have
taken it upon themselves to do so.
Part of comedy's charm is that we
can laugh at the characters because
the characters themselves are not
aware of what they are saying and
doing; to them, their behaviour is
perfectly natural. But Rick Stojan
plays Dr. Prentice as if he were a
restrained John Cleese in Fawlty
In Act Two, when Dr. Ranee says
"How would describe a man who
mauls young boys, importunes
policemen and lives on terms of intimacy with a woman who shaves
twice a day?" Stojan answers the
question as if he has an immediate
self-awareness and resignation:
"I'd say that man was a pervert."
In delivering such a line, it is crucial
that the character say it indignantly
and only a split-second later realize
it applies to him, if realization
needs to occur at all.
Stanley Weese also has a habit of
hamming it up so that he becomes
quite a buffoon of a character instead of a frightening man; little genuine malice comes through in his
character because we are too busy
laughing at him. As a result of this
broad interpretation, What the
Butler Saw elicits some laughs, but
captures little of Orton's scathing
irony. The use of Sir Winston Churchill and his "missing parts" is an
essential part of the plot: the symbol of British strength and potency,
the ultimate father figure, is shown
to be castrated.
Also, at the preview performance
on Monday, it was obvious that the
actors were stumbling through the
set at times, and Weese flubbed his
lines more than once. More reher-
sals should take care of those problems, but the whole production
still lacks an Ortonesque balance of
the macabre and the hilarious. As
Dr. Ranee would have said, it is
positively Chaucerian — almost.
Rim festival hits Vancouver
The Ridge theatre will launch an
international film festival on May
13, theatre manager Leonard
Schein announced.
See reviews page 8
The First Annual International
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weeks and will see about 40 films
screened on a one-time basis. Films
which receive substantial audience
response will be considered for
longer plays at a later date.
Seventeen countries will be repre
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and Luis Valdez' musical Zoot Suit.
Diane Kurys' Cocktail Molotov will
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International film series on
women and organizing: South
Africa Belongs to Us (West
Germany, 1980); Wilmar 8 (U.S.A.,
1980). 8:30 p.m. Octopus East
Bookstore, 1146 Commercial.
In Black and White; Granville, A
Portrait; Nose and Tina: films of the
Canadian Filmaker's Distribution
Centre and the National Film Board. 9
p.m. Metro Media, 1037 Commercial.
First Annual Vancouver
mf   International Film Festival: The
Club (Australia) — Canadian premiere
of Bruce Beresford's latest film. 8 p.m.
Ridge (Arbutus & 16th).
Molester — Stuart Miller
Performance: Part of a series on
> taboo subjects. 9:30 p.m. Metro
Media, 1037 Commercial.
m,      Pacific Cinematheque Screening:
The Five-Day Lover (1960) - stars
Jean Seberg; English subtitles. 7:30
p.m. (and Friday). All Night Long
(1981) — stars Gene Hackman. 9:30
p.m. (and Friday). National Film Board
■■Theatre, 1155 W. Georgia.
John Stewart: concert. 8:45 p.m.
,.  Commodore Ballroom, 870 Granville.
Mike Warnke & Jamie Owens
Collins: gospel rock. 7:30 p.m.
Orpheum, 865 Seymour.
Split Enz; Payola$: concert. 7:30
p.m. Kerrisdale Arena, 5670 East Blvd.
*»    Doris Chase: dance and theatre
videotapes. 8:30 p.m. Video Inn, 261
^ Powell.
Guatemalan Textiles — Their
Cultural Context: lecture sponsored
by the Greater Vancouver Weavers'
and Spinners' Guild. 8 p.m. Vancouver
Museum Autidorium, 1100 Chestnut.
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First Annual Vancouver
International Film Festival: Tragedy
of a Ridiculous Man (Bertolucci,
Italy), 7 p.m.; A Flight of Rainbirds
(Netherlands), 9:30 p.m.. Ridge, Arbutus and 16th.
Midnite Madness: Quadrophenia
(The Who). Midnight, Towne Cinema,
919 Granville.
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra:
Final concert in the Seagram Pops
Series; features Robert Farnon and
Vancouver-born baritone Edmund
Hockridge. 8:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Monday and
Tuesday). Orpheum Theatre, 865
Doug and The Slugs: concert.
9:15 p.m. Commodore Ballroom, 870
CFOX May Day XI: musical
cruise; R&B Allstars. 8 p.m. S.S.
Hollyburn (and Saturday).
Conference on the Irish Struggle:
speakers, films, workshops.
Sponsored by the Irish Prisoner of
War Committee. Starts at 7:30 p.m.,
continues through Saturday, Britannia
Community Centre, 1661 Napier.
First Annual Vancouver
International Film Festival: Not a
Love Story — controversial NFB film
on pornography, 4 p.m. Free. Zoot
Suit - life in Spanish L.A. in 1942, 7
p.m.; El Salvador: Another
Vietnam; From the Ashes . . .
»-  Nicaragua Today, 9:30 p.m. Ridge,
Arbutus and 16th.
k       Powder Blues; Teaser; Prodigy:
concert. 8 p.m. Agrodome, PNE.
Indian Music Society: presents
flute player Hariprasad Chaurasia
accompanied by Zakir Husain on tabla.
7:30 p.m., Robson Square.
j       Lilliput Daycare Centre
Rummage and Bake Sale: clothes,
k   books, dishes and munchies. 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m., 2744 W. 33rd.
Consumers' Association of
Canada: annual general meeting.
Registration 8:30 a.m. Robson Square.
First Annual Vancouver
International Film Festival: Secret
Life of Plants — features a Stevie
Wonder soundtrack, 4 p.m.; Father
and Son (Hong Kong) — Berlin Film
Festival winner, 7 p.m.; Flame Top
(Finland) — story of Finnish activist
Maiju Lassila, 9:33 p.m., Ridge,
Arbutus and 16th.
Chorfest: gala concert featuring
Westminster Abbey choral conductor
Simon Preston, Vancouver organist
Patrick Wedd, the CBC Vancouver
Orchestra, 400-member adult choir, a
300-member youth choir and the
music of Bach, Handel and Vaughn
Williams; 2:30 p.m., Orpheum, 865
UBC Health Sciences Centre
Hospital: open house; information on
sports medicine, dentistry, fitness,
nutrition and first aid. 1-5 p.m. 2211
Wesbrook Mall.
First Annual Vancouver
International Film Festival: Image -
Before My Eyes - U.S.A.,
documentary on Jewish life in pre-war
Poland, featuring rare footage, 7:30
p.m.; Johnny Larsen — "smooth,
elegant and subtle" description of a
Danish worker's son growing up in the
1950s, 9:30 p.m.. Ridge, Arbutus and
Odetta — A Salute to Paul
Robeson: concert, 8 p.m. Q.E.
Playhouse, 649 Cambie.
First Annual Vancouver
International Film Festival: Distant
Thunder (India) — Satyajit Ray's
interpretation of a short story by
Bhusan Bannerji about a Bengali
village in the early 1940s, 7:30 p.m.;
The Last of the Blue Devils (U.S.A.)
— biography of Count Basie and other
brilliant musicians of the 1920s and
'30s, 9:30 p.m., Ridge, Arbutus and
Charlie White's Salmon
Spectacular: film. 6 p.m. and 8:30
p.m., Centennial Theatre, 1100
Showcase of Champions: fencing
and karate, 12 noon, Robson Square
The Wellness Campaign: seminar
on health, by Drs. R. Hayward Rogers
and Robert Boese, 7:10 p.m. Robson
Soft Rock Cafo (1925 W. 4th,
734-2822) — Tonight: progressive rock
by Beelzebub and the Fallen
Angels; Random Variables.
Thursday: cabaret — an evening with
David Roundell. Friday and
Saturday: dance to The Militant
(Rastafarian Reggae). Sunday: CFRO
Radiothon, 4 p.m. till. . . blues, rock,
jazz, bluegrass, etc., etc. Monday:
bluegrass — Back At the Ranch.
Tuesday: audition night.
Backstage (405 North Road, Coquitlam, 939-7341) - Tonight: Terry
Crawford. Thursday to Saturday:
Paris. Monday to May 22: Rage. Boo
Pub (405 North Road, Coquitlam,
939-7341) - Friday and Saturday:
Wildroot Orchestra.
Coach House (700 Lillooet, North
Van. 985-3111) - Tonight through
Saturday: Brian and the Liars.
Frams (1450 S.W. Marine,
261-7277) - Tonight through
Saturday: Banshee.
Gators (7100 Elmbridge Way,
Richmond, 278-7625) - Tonight
through Saturday: Thor.
Jacks (932 Granville, 687-6418) -
Tonight through Saturday: Mainstreet;
Monday through May 22: Dreams.
Outlaws (1136 W. Georgia,
687-5566) - Tonight through
Saturday: Harlot.
Rockin' Tonight (57 Blackie, New
West., 522-0011) - Tonight through
Saturday: Cairo.
Savoy (6 Powell, 687-0418) -
Tonight: Bestl
Town Pump (66 Water St.,
683-6695) - Tonight through
Saturday: Ray OToole Band.
Vancouver Tonite (315 E.
Broadway, 879-4651) - Tonight
through Saturday: Rage.
Whisper's (1421 Lonsdale, North
Van., 986-5010) - Tonight through
Saturday: Innocent Bystander.
Zodiac (6th and Royal, New West.,
524-3777) - Tonight through
Saturday: Trama.
Cable 100 fm, 102 fm.
12:30 p.m. mini-concert: The
Subhumans; after 6 p.m. news,
weekly editorial; 8 p.m. mini-concert:
The Members; 11 p.m. Final Vinyl
(Jim Carroll Band).
12:30 p.m. mini-concert: Lene
Lovich; 3 p.m. Cross Currents: a look
at consumer and environmental issues;
5 p.m. report on Thunderbird sports;
after 6 p.m. news. Focus on News; 8
p.m. mini-concert: Delta 5; 11 p.m.
Final Vinyl (Felt).
12:30 p.m. mini-concert: Roxy
Music; 3 p.m. Dateline International:
international affairs; after 6 p.m.
news. The Campus Capsule; 8 p.m.
mini-concert: The Monkees; 11 p.m.
Final Vinyl.
12:30 p.m. mini-concert: Television;
11 p.m. Final Vinyl (Buzzcocks).
8 a.m. to 12 noon. Music of Our
Time; 12 noon. The Folk Show; 2:30
p.m. Rabble Without a Pause; 11
p.m. Final Vinyl (Talking Heads).
12:30 p.m. mini-concert: Magazine;
3 p.m. The Melting Pot: UBC
research; 4:30 p.m. Everything Stops
for Tea: cultural programming; 7 p.m.
Off Beet: The World's Worst Radio
Show; 8 p.m. mini-concert: XTC; 9:30
p.m. The Jazz Show; 11 p.m. (jazz
12:30 p.m. mini-concert: The
Supremes; 5 p.m. Thunderbird
Report: UBC sports; after 6 p.m.
news. In Sight: focus on news; 8
p.m. mini-concert: Human Sexual
Response; 11 p.m. Final Vinyl.
Bloolips — Lust in Space: Musical
space epidemic, not by appointment
to Her Majesty. Questions sex roles
and gender identifications, and is
funny besides. 8:30 p.m. Monday to
Friday; 6 and 9:30 p.m. Saturdays. To
May 29 Vancouver East Cultural
Centre, 1895 Venables (254-9578).
Felicity: new play by UBC creative
writing head Douglas Bankson. A
strange story unfolds when a family
returns to the island paradise where
the daughter was conceived. 8:30        ;
p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. To Miy
23. Kits House Hall, 2305 W. 7th
Talking Dirty: contemporary
comedy, set in Kitsilano, that has
broken all Vancouver theatre records.
8:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; 6:30 and
9:30 p.m. Saturdays; 5:30 p.m.
Thursday matinees. To May 22. Arts
Club Theatre, 1181 Seymour
Hello Dollyl The Broadway musical
which later became a movie starring
Barbra Streisand. Dunbar Musical
Theatre performances at 8:30 p.m.
tonight through Saturday, when it
ends. Metro Theatre, 1370 S.W.
Marine (266-7191).
Present Laughter: Noel Coward's
comedy about a dashing, popular
actor who finds himself in an
embarrassing situation with a stage-
struck youngster. 8:30 p.m. Monday
to Friday; 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Saturdays; 5:30 p.m. Wednesday
matinees. To June 5. Arts Club
Theatre, Granville Island (687-1644).
Move Over, Mrs. Markham:
English bedroom farce performed by
the North Vancouver Community
Players. 8 p.m. tonight through
Saturday. Presentation House, 333
Chesterfield (986-1351).
What the Butler Saw: Joe Orton's
disturbing comedy. 8 p.m. tonight and
Friday; 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Freddie Wood Theatre, UBC
Unveiling: a contemporary Jewish
family is faced with the problem of a
grown son who is unable to look after
himself. 8:30 p.m., tonight through
Saturday. Waterfront Theatre,
Granville Island (687-6217).
Ohl Calcuttal adult Broadway hit
that tries to shock but merely bores. 8
p.m. through Sunday. Queen
Elizabeth Theatre (687-1818).
University of B.C. campus tours:
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Information: 228-3131.
Art Tours: informal tours of
Vancouver's public art, architecture
and gallery exhibitions. Depart 2 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday from the
plaza at the N.E. corner of Howe and
Georgia Streets. Fare includes all
admissions. Information: 684-3632.
Vancouver Museum: open 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. daily, to 9 p.m. Thursdays.
Permanent Exhibit: Vancouver —
The Metropolis: views of Edwardian
Vancouver. Waisted Efforts:
women's undergarments from 1760 to
1960. Tea and Coffee: ceramics.
Cabinets of Curiosities: more than
1,000 items from the museum's
storerooms. 1100 Chestnut (736-4431).
UBC Museum of Anthropology:
open noon to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, noon
■to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday;
closed Mondays and holidays.
Vancouver Aquarium: open daily,
9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 682-1118 for
information about feeding times of
killer whales, belugas, etc.
Mise en Scene: recent works by
B.C. sculptors. Vancouver Art
Gallery. 1145 W. Georgia (682-5621).
El Salvador
Another Vietnam
From page 8
The absence of a strong overall
view of El Salvador is particularly
annoying, and the narration is full
of statements that ring false. On the
one hand, narrator Mike Farrel tells
us that an important guerrilla offensive was termed a "failure" by
the U.S. press, thereby implicating
American media coverage. Farrel
goes on to imply that it was, in fact,
not a failure because they captured
19 zones. But what does that mean?
Where were those 19 zones? Why
are they important? El Salvador:
Another Vietnam doesn't say.
The basis for much of the
criticism stems from Murat
Williams, U.S. ambassador to El
Salvador (1961-64), who says,
"Nothing good can come out of
our aid to El Salvador. It has only
made (the government and armed
forces) more expert at repression."
Such a testimony and perspective is
worthwhile, as is theraccoUnt of individuals whose relatives and
friends have disappeared. The only
important fact that emerges concerns former president Jose
Napoleon Duarte's much-heralded
agrarian reform program. On this
subject, the film does reveal
something most people do not
know, that the program came into
effect the same day a state of siege
was proclaimed in the country.
Also, the reform program did not
include coffee crops, which are controlled by the old oligarchy,
supporters of the rightist Arena
But there are disturbing moments
in the film that smack of a flippant
attitude — "they're wrong, we're
right" outlook. For example, when
a refugee camp administrator starts
talking about how many citizens are
forced to become refugees, some
Oriental music creeps into the
soundtrack. (You can almost feel
the sirens go off: Vietnamese
refugees! Remember them?)
American critics and the narrator
keep using Vietnam-inspired terminology. They can talk about
"pacification" (another alarm), but
if firm analogies are not made, what
use is the whole exercise?
El Salvador: Another Vietnam
has no claim to being an important
documentary. The film becomes
dangerously dismissive and cute
when footage of U.S. state department officials is presented. When
John R. Bushnell, a representative
of the state department, is asked
about specific data on alleged
Soviet infiltration, he replies, "In
this case we don't have too much intelligence," and the film cuts, as if
Bushnell were delivering an unintentional punch line to an
El Salvador: Another Vietnam is
the type of film that converts people
to the cause without giving them
anything concrete to grasp. It is
presumptuous as the filmmakers
would claim the Reagan administration is about El Salvador. Page 8
Wednesday, May 12,1982
The Club
May 13, 8 p.m.
Bruce Beresford, who directed Breaker
Morant and The Getting of Wisdom, has a
deserved reputation for perfection; he has a
remarkably clear idea about film structure. It
is his narrative selections that leave a lot to be
desired. The Club, which opens the First
Annual International Vancouver Film Festival, has clumsy, noisy exposition. There is
something awfully predictable about the
macho goings-on in a football team known as
The Club.
For the first half hour you think, Beresford can't be serious about this, and then
something wonderful happens. The Club develops into a splendid comedy that is almost
daring. Nothing is very convincing
about Jack Thompson's performance as the
dedicated coach who saves the team, but the
other actors and team members of the Collingwood Football Club have a wonderful, if
somewhat loud, rapport.
The football club has a long and sometimes false tradition as the epitome of sportsmanship, although little that is sportsmanlike
about the internal wranglings i
over the ransom, which can only be raised by
selling his factory.
Barbara begins taking inventory the day
after the kidnapping, and she is anxious to
pay the price for her son's return. Primo,
though, is hesitant. He considers his dairy
factory, acquired the same day his son was
born, organic, on the same level as his son,
and worth saving above all. The mistake that
Primo makes is the mistake the ordinary man
makes in Western capitalist society — he assumes others have the same feeling of worth
towards his acquired possessions as he does.
They don't.
When Primo goes to a bank to raise money
by selling extra factory shares, he finds the
manager only interested in buying lucrative
cheese shares — he isn't interested in buying
shares for the whole factory. And like a
usurer, he is only willing to pay half their
worth. Here, the camera mirrors the stilted
perspective of the situation; the scene is shot
at a 30 degree camera angle, one of the few
times Bertolucci's camera does anything
When Primo talks about his son, he expresses
the state of the younger generation and its
view of modern Italy: "They treat their fathers with too much respect. Or contempt."
Nothing in Bertolucci's film comes close to
revealing "why" the kidnapping has taken
place or who has kidnapped Primo's son;
even the act itself is seen through binoculars
that the son has given Primo. Early in the
film, when the police arrive at the scene of
the crime, just outside Primo's factory, the
officer is more interested in heartbeats than
he is in getting his son back; later, at Primo's
house, he stumbles and trips over an ottoman, prompting Barbara to laugh — the only
time she does so in the film.
The kidnapping itself is left an "enigma,"
and at the end, when the son returns, Primo
says, "I prefer not knowing what
happened." The element of mystery in Bertolucci's film goes back as far as The Spider's
Stratagem (1970), but the mystery has become more inexplicable with each successive
Bertolucci's film. One of the maddening
things about Luna (1980) was that the symbolism of the title was left unexplored; it was
also one of the more exhilarating aspects of
the film. In Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man,
"This is a theatrical stylization," he says and
he catapults Zoot Suit into neon-filled, stylized musical.
Zoot Suit tells the story of Reyna, one of
the four defendants in the sensationalized
1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder mystery. The
head of a rival gang is murdered, and Reyna
and his friends are prosecuted for the crime.
The question of Reyna's guilt is left open,
since in flashbacks, all we see is Reyna watching El Pachucco clubbing the man to
The synthesis between El Pachuco and
Henry Reyna occurs in prison, where Reyna
is confined in a dark cell for ninety days. The
Reyna in prison is Christ in the wilderness,
facing his own worst enemy—himself.
"You're my worst enemy and best friend fixed in myself Reyna tells El Pachuco, and the
comment is reminiscent of Satan's words in
Paradise Lost: "Myself am Hell."
Reyna is set up as a prototype of the
Chicano struggle, but the experience is immensely identifiable and well-presented. Luis
Valdez, who wrote the play and directed this
filmed version of the Los Angeles production, has had a hard time getting a general
Man, •
within the club. The business side of The
Club, made up of men who form "the committee," threatens to destroy the team and
the players do nothing more than play good
games — they affirm their belief in their
Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man
May 14, 7 p.m.
Actor Ugo Tognazzi has marvelous moves.
As Primo, the factory owner whose son is
kidnapped, in Bernardo Bertolucci's Tragedy
of a Ridiculous Man, Tognazzi gives a first-
rate performance' Nothing about his performance is false. When he struts his short,
stealthy body across the screen, he seems unaware that he is carrying any load; he is too
preoccupied with himself.
Early in Bertolucci's film, he looks in the
mirror and says, "I know I've always been ridiculous. But with style." Everything Tognazzi does, he does with style. And there isn't
a single moment in Tragedy of a Ridiculous
Man that doesn't reverberate with style.
The image of Primo is that of a tired, lethargic man, of a tired, lethargic Italy. The act
of terrorism that forces Primo and his wife
Barbara (Anouk Aimee) to consider paying a
hefty ransom is the price of discontent and
alienation in modern Italy. In the mise-en-
scene of Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man, Primo
doesn't react to his son's abduction with anger or horror; like the rest of Italy, he is used
to terrorism — even his large home looks like
a fortress.
In German films like Knife in the Head,
both left-wing and right-wing terrorism gives
way to an angry, almost anarchistic apocalypse within an individual. In Tragedy of a
Ridiculous Man, Bertolucci handles the topic
on a figurative, allegorical level. The anger
that Primo feels is not over the act itself, but
This is no simple use of a subjective camera. At the heart of Primo's conflict is Bertolucci's view of modern society. As a non-
aligned Marxist director, Bertolucci cannot
help but make fun of existing structures.
There is a tragi-comic sequence in Tragedy of
a Ridiculous Man when Barbara, aware of
her husband's unwillingness to raise the ransom, takes it upon herself to raise the money.
She invites wealthy usurers to a special party,
and then virtually prostitutes herself as she
attempts to lower the interest rates they are
demanding. The vision of drunk, satiated
bodies is brilliant — the group resembles anything from La Grande Bouffe, or a Bunuel
film such as The Exterminating Angel. Barbara is reduced to a sycophantic, fawning
woman, ready to sell herself for her son.
Bertolucci is immensely aware of how degrading the capitalist system is, and just how
people's emotions are manipulated and discarded. Primo is a factory owner, but he is
not a part of the elite. He is proud of his factory not because it makes money, but because he considers it an outgrowth of his own
being. Primo is the common man who must
go under some radicalization if Italy is to realize the message behind terrorist activities.
Primo is a peasant's son who has risen to
"the top," as it were, although Bertoluc~:
never romanticizes Primo's background; like
many things in this film, Primo's past is left
in the background, adding to the rich tableau.
The conflict of terrorism in Italy is reduced
to a microcosmic level of a generation gap between father and son. Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man must be one of the best films made
about the generation gap not because it says
anything new, but because it acutely points
out just how "tragic and ridiculous" the distance has become. The son's girlfriend,
Laura, who knows more about the kidnapping than she lets on, is distrusted by Primo
partly because she is young and belongs to a
different order than he. She wants to turn the
factory into a co-operative.
Primo is reluctant to raise money not only
because he is determined to save the factory,
but because he has never felt close to his son.
there is an explicit reference to Luna: at the
end, the characters unite, for a perplexing reunion, and are seen through a circular glass
structure inside a citadel-disco that resembles
Luna's moon.
The element of not knowing the "fundamental" why is more akin to Michelangeli
Antonioni than it is to Bertolucci, but Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man points to a belief
that some things are just inexplicable and require no explanation because they do not detract from human ties. As if to confirm the
reference to Antonioni, Bertolucci has
chosen Carlo di Palma as cinematographer.
Di Palma is Antonioni's cinematographer.
Zoot Suit
May 15, 7 p.m.
There has never been a musical quite like
Zoot Suit. From the first moment to the last,
this bold, innovative ethnic musical blazes its
way through a trail of concerns and issues, all
related to the troubled Chicano experience in
America. When it is over, you feel excited,
exhilirated, and you know you've just seen
something good.
Central to the film is El Pachuco (Edward
James Olmos), an archetypal figure who introduces us to the story of Henry Reyna, a
Chicano youth indicted for murder, and who
plays a crucial part in Reyna's life. EI
Pachuco is Reyna's national idenity that pulls
him in opposing directions while he struggles
to assimilate into American culture.
Dressed in a black "zoot suit" and a bold,
fiery red shirt, El Pachuco is, ostensibly, a
stereotypical vision of a Chicano. But in this
stereotype, there is a fierce frightening force
of anger with which Reyna must come to
terms. At the beginning of Zoot Suit, he
faces the audience and says, "Weigh the facts
and accept the live pretense, play the myth."
In a Brechtian mode, El Pachuco frequently interrupts the action and brings our attention to the theatricality of the production.
release for Zoot Suit. Zoot Suit has been
struggling to find an audience, but only
because it has not received adequate publicity
and distribution. This film deserves to find
an audience. After seeing the film at a
preview, a friend commented, "That was truly smashing." It is.
El Salvador: Another Vietnam
May 16, 9:30 p.m.
For all its arduous pacing, Allan Franko-
vich's documentary film about CIA activities, On Company Business, was meticulously detailed and historically accurate — it
had a valid point to make. When allegations
were made, they came through the mouths of
ex-agents and "informed" sources; with a
few exceptions, there was little to doubt
about the witnesses' testimonies. Matters are
considerably different with Glen Silber's El
Salvador: Another Vietnam. Nothing about
the film is tremendously affecting or impressive; it isn't even factually solid.
Reacting negatively against a film like El
Salvador: Another Vietnam has little to do
with the plight of Salvadorans. It has more to
do with the filmmakers' attitudes towards
their subjects; they are as patronizing and
blind as the "right-wing" elements this film
means to expose. El Salvador: Another Vietnam superficially confirms what critics of El
Salvador's junta and the Reagan administration have been telling us these past months.
Footage of mutilated bodies and testimonies of abducted and murdered victims is
bound to elicit some response. But Silber has
not taken care to base his film in a strong
social and cultural context. Part of the problem stems from the film's blanket assumption inherent in the title—El Salvador:
Another Vietnam. Critics of the American
policy have been shouting "Vietnam!" but
damned if any strong comparisons are offered in this documentary.
See page 7: EL SALVADOR


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