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The Ubyssey Sep 30, 1988

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Array the Ubyssey
Guitar God
page 15
UBC board
says no to
gay games
By Laura J. May
UBC's Board of Governors
has denied the international gay
athletic games the use of campus
facilities for their August 1990
"(It's) an issue of the community identifying (homosexuality)
with the University of British
Columbia. Even the' United
Church can't come to grips with it.
One doesn't want to have an informal identity with an issue of such
controversy," said UBC President
David Strangway in an interview
Strangway said he did not
understand why gay games are
necessary when men's and
women's athletic programs are
available to anyone regardless of
their sexual orientation.
"If it's a political statement
they're trying to make, I don't
think the University is the place to
make political statements," he
"Why would one not participate in the normal men's athletics
and the normal women's athletics? Why should we become involved in a third variant of activities?" Strangway said.
Organizers of Celebration '90:
Gay Games III and Cultural Festival were denied use ofthe facilities
after their first request in December 1986.
In a letter to the Alma Mater
Society earlier this month, Celebration director Kenneth Smith
said "this situation appears to be
nothing more than discrimination. We consider this extremely
Strangway denied UBC was
discriminating against homosexuals.
"UBC is in no way a discriminatory institution; everyone's
admitted. I am not against gays
and lesbians. If anyone came to
me and said they could not get into
(UBC's) activities because they're
gay or lesbian, I'd be very angry.
We'd make sure they did get in."
Strangway added that even if
UBC had decided to provide facilities for the games, the conference
center is too small. "300 rooms
were available at the time (of their
first request). Only 200 (are available) now." Organizers of Celebration '90 expect about 5000 participants.
Student board representative
Bob Seeman denied space for the
games was an important part of
the board's decision to refuse the
He said "the board was divided" over whether to allow Celebration '90 to use UBC facilities.
Some members of the Board of
Governors were concerned about
how the community would react to
the games, he added.
"Allowing the gay games on
campus will no doubt change the
opinion of some towards UBC. For
some, the change will be positive,
and for some, negative," he said.
"UBC wants to become a
world-class university. By deciding to have the gay games, it will
attract forward-thinking people to
help achieve that end," Seeman
He said some board members
were concerned people "may not
want to go to UBC, and would not
support increased funding for
UBC" if campus facilities were
used for the games.
The board's decision was not
the result of immediate political
pressures from the province or
anyone else, said Seeman.
"Somehow I don't think. (B.C.
Premier) Vander Zalm would be
jumping for joy were the games to
be held at UBC," Seeman said. He
added Vander Zalm and provincial
politics were not discussed at any
board meetings.
He said that although he
thought UBC should provide facilities for the games, he did not
think the Board of Governors had
discriminated against homosexuals.
The Board of Governors' decision could be justified because the
university exists to increase the
knowledge in our society, "not to
be a forum for political ideas," said
"Certainly the study of politics is within the jurisdiction of a
university, but politics itself must
remain forever barred from the
ivory tower," he said.
The Board of Governors will
let the organizers of Celebration
'90 present their case October 11.
Strangway said the board
meeting may not be very useful. "I
think it's fair that they're given an
opportunity to express their opinion."
Sailing club sues yachters
The UBC sailing club is taking the Royal Vacouver Yacht Club
to court today for fifteen hundred dollars worth of broken boats.
The yacht club rented three of UBC's boats under certain conditions for a regatta, and did not meet the contract, according to UBC
windsurfing club member Anthony Baker.
"The yacht club was supposed to replace the lines on the boats,
provide replacement boats in the interim, and bring the boats back
after the competition," Baker said. All of which the yacht club failed
to do, he added.
"Not only that," Baker said, "but one ofthe people who rentedthe
boats said he replaced all the lines with new ones, then put the old
UBC lines back on."
The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club was unavailable for comment.
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Native students call for more higher education
UBC athletics combats
steroids with education
By Deanne Fisher
UBC athletics are not beyond
the controversy surrounding steroids in sports.
Members of the athletic department are aware of steroid use
in their athletes and, though testing is pending, they are dealing
with the situation through education.
"Last year there were some
individuals we strongly suspected
were using steroids," said football
coach Frank Smith. "But I'm quite
confident that steroids are not a
factor this year."
"We have a definite policy
stating we did not want any individuals on steroids," said Smith,
adding he counselled some of the
returning players whom he suspected were using steroids to en
hance their performance.
A former Thunderbirds football player confirmed the use of
steroids by some team members: "I
felt pressured to take steroids," he
said, adding many of the players
who "were looking at something
further" such as the CFL, felt the
same pressure.
He agreed that "the number
(of players using steroids) have
definitely decreased" but that the
problem had not vanished entirely.
And although many of the
players know the risks involved in
using steroids, he said they "balance those risks" against a possible professional career in sports.
Most players acquired the
drugs from off campus gyms, he
said, adding, "there is one doctor in
town who will prescribe them for
athletic reasons."
UBC director of athletics Bob
Hindmarch said he was happy
with this year's decrease in the use
of steroids but an education program was still necessary.
"We have a drug and alcohol
problem on campus that expands
beyond athletics," he said.
The education program would
ensure that athletes realize the
"specific problems related to steroid use", including side effects
such as decreased sex drive, mood
changes, acne, and liver deterioration.
Hindmarch said the CIAU
"has determined that we will start
testing" but that setting up a lab i s
"expensive as heck" and will not be
ready for over a year.
Post office mangles language
By Gordon Clark
VANCOUVER (CUP) Canada Post has won this
year's "Public Doublespeak Award" for abuse of the
English language.
The award — a booby prize presented during the
summer by the Canadian Council of Teachers of
English — was given to the crown corporation for
statements like:
• plans to "streamline and enhance" mail collection in
Vancouver and an ad announcing "more places to ..
. post your mail," in reference to the removal of about
20 per cent ofthe city's mail boxes and reductions in
the number of collection times for remaining ones;
• "We are not closing post offices, we are replacing
them with somethingbetter," in announcing plans to
replace post offices with stamp counters or substations.
• the introduction of remote lockboxes called "super
mailboxes" in place of home delivery.
Richard Coe, a Simon Fraser university professor and chair of the council's doublespeak commission, said doublespeak and gobbledygook are contributing to illiteracy in Canada. He said the council's
award aims to embarrass winners into cleaning up
their use of English.
"Public laughter is a good antedote to public
doublespeak," said Coe, who specializes in the study
of language and literacy.
Canada Post beat out a long list of other candidates for the prize.
A CBC radio discussion ofthe Charter of Rights
and Freedoms used the term "disparate negative
import" to describe discrimination.
In areport on public education, the B.C. ministry
of education called teachers "on-site facilitators of
public learning."
And the Bank of Montreal wrote at length in a
pamphlet about a free new service to keep customers'
cheques safe at the bank instead of returning them in
the mail. It wasn't until further down in the leaflet
customers learned that in the future they'd be
charged to have cheques returned — a service that
had been free.
Coe said the doublespeak examples were culled
from a column in the council's newsletter, English
Quarterly. He said Canada Post won out because
while it didn't display the worst examples of doublespeak, its gobbledygook affected the most people.
"The other reason was their gall," Coe said.
"After removing one-fifth of Vancouver's mailboxes,
they advertized there were more places to mail. We
thought that was pretty bad."
Coe said the council wants English teachers to
instruct student to read critically and not be misled
by doublespeak: "We think it should be part of the
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Vancouver, B.C. Friday, September 30,1988
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General Meeting. Noon, SUB 213.
Students for a Free Southern Africa
Film: Children of Apartheid.
Noon, Orad Centre Garden Room.
UBC Ski Club
General Meeting. Noon, SUB 212.
Also: "Back to Cool* Bzzr Garden.
2:30 p.m., SUB 212.
Zen Society
Meditation. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Grad
Centre Penthouse.
UBC Student Ministry
"The Race Before Us" Fall Conference. 4 p.m., Jericho Beach, then
to Aberthau House.
Graduate Student Society
Bzzr Garden: a graduate tradition
since 1952. 4:30-7:30, Ballroom,
Graduate Student Centre.
UBC Wargamers' Club
General Meeting. 7:30 p.m., SUB
Graduate Student Society
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Retreat: ^Learning to Pray." 7;30
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October 4th, Tuesday
Apple Meeting
SUB Room 211
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Homecoming Football Game -
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Huskies. 7;30 p.m., Thunderbird
Lutheran Student Movement
Communion Service. 10 a.m., Lutheran Campus Centre.
Homecoming '88
Homecoming Parade. Noon,
around campus (West Mall & East
UBC Wargamers' Club
New  Members   Meeting.  Noon,
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Dept. of Political Science
B. Ferfila, Yugoslav political scientist, on 'The Political Crisis in
Yugoslavia." Noon, Buch D239.
St. Mark's College
Current comment in the Catholic
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Homecoming '88
Meet the Grass. 4:30-6:30 p.m.,
SUB Party Room.
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Film Showing: Stanley Kubrick's
"A Clockwork Orange." 7 and 9;30
p.m., SUB Theatre, SUB.
Homecoming '88
Homecoming Pit Bash with the
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Schedule of events
Saturday, Oct. 1
- AMS executives Reunion Luncheon
-Homecoming Football Game
Monday, Oct. 2
- Homecoming Parade
-Meet the Brass
-AMS Art Gallery Opening
-Homecoming Pit Bash
Tuesday, Oct.4
- Just Desserts
Wednesday, Oct.
-Judging ofthe "Decorate Your Building"
Tliursday, Oct. 6
-Arts 20 Relay
-Great Trekker Awards Dinner
Friday, Oct.7
-Homecoming Octoberfest
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UBC flunks
in wheelchair
Faculty rejects contract
By Corinne Bjorge
UBC faculty overwhelmingly rejected a proposed contract settlement at a special general meeting yesterday.
Asking for salary equity
with other Canadian universities, the establishment of a research fund and improvements
in dental and medical plans,
roughly ninety-five per cent of
150 faculty members at the meeting voted against the settlement.
Although formal negotiations between the administration and the faculty ended August 12, informal talks are continuing until a decision has been
reached by either a mediator or
an arbitration panel.
The university proposal,
outlined in a letter to individual
faculty members, suggests a
three-year deal with increases of
4.9 per cent in each of the next
two years and a five per cent
increase in the third year. The
average professorial salary at
UBC is currently $63,995.
But while the administration
has agreed to "a multi-year agreement and a small amount of
money for gender equity," they've
ignored the other bargaining
points, said Faculty Association
president Dennis Capozza.
"It doesn't meet the non-cost
items" such as rearranging benefit
payments to achieve reductions in
income tax paid by members, said
Capozza said the association
had also tried to negotiate a better
salary structure more in-line with
other research universities in
Canada. The Universities of
Toronto, Saskatchewan and Alberta have professor to assistant
professor salary ratios of 1.75:1,
while UBC has a ratio of 1.47:1,
according to the faculty brief.
The mission statement, which
sets policy for the university,
contradicts the reality ofthe salary ratio at UBC, the brief said.
"UBC's salary structure is
similar to a university with little
commitment to research and
graduate study," but the mission
statement emphasizes UBC's
role as a research institute.
But James Dybikowski, associate vice president of faculty
relations, said the university's
limited resources forced the administration to set priorities.
"Clearly, salary is one ofthe
principal considerations (for faculty)," said Dybikowski, referring to the $11,000 lag of UBC
professorial salaries behind U of
T salaries.
"If you put a lot of money
into benefits at the cost of salary,
you don't make that position
better, you make it worse," he
By Deanne Fisher
The goliath called UBC can
be intimidating even to the
most agile student. The distances
between classes, enormity of some
of the buildings, and hectic pace
are even more ominous to a student in a wheelchair. And even
something as seemingly insignificant as a curb can create frustration.
The Disabled Students Association was created less than two
years ago to combat the hurdles
that many students don't even
recognize, and to act as an advocate of disabled students' rights.
Among their concerns is slow progress in wheelchair accessibility on
Some of the
buildings Temple
lists as partially or
entirely wheelchair
inaccessible are
Buchanan, Main
Library and the
"The campus is half (wheelchair) accessible and half not," say
DSA vice-president Lissa Temple,
a third year arts student who has
multiple sclerosis.
"The DSA should not have to
be struggling to make this campus
accessible. Every place should be
accessible," says Temple.
The university administration is not oblivious to Temple's
concerns and changes are slowly
taking place.
Perry Leslie is the chair of a
special advisory committee on the
disabled, set up to improve services for the disabled on campus,
and to seek out problem areas for
handicapped students.
Among recommendations
which include the installation of a
crossing on Marine Drive, Leslie
says the committee has suggested
a disabled architect be hired by the
university to ensure new and renovated buildings are truly accessible.
Because a disabled architect
would have had both architectural
training and the life experience,
there would be no slip-ups such as
installing door latches too high,
says Leslie.
But meanwhile students in
wheelchairs are facing roadblocks
with the existing structures.
Some ofthe buildings Temple
lists as partially or entirely wheelchair inaccessible are Buchanan,
Main Library and the bookstore.
"The day before my classes
began, I found out where the
rooms were," says Temple. "I had
to have all of my classrooms
To get into Main Library,
Temple has to have someone let
her in the mail room door at the
back of the building and go up a
freight elevator. Even when she
reaches the Fine Arts Library, she
has to ask someone to get the
books for her because they are
The bookstore is wheelchair
accessible, but inside the shelves
are so close together that a wheelchair can't fit through.
"The bookstore is really scary
for anybody in a wheelchair. I
almost got stuck once," she says.
But Leslie says some of these
problems have not been brought to
his attention. "We have been involved with students who have
been encountering difficulties," he
says, but adds, "I would not suggest that we're finished."
Temple is also concerned
about what she calls "inadequate
housing" on campus for the disabled: "Not housing solely for the
handicapped. We don't want segregation but integration."
Director   of housing   Mary
Flores says she does not think
there is a lack of housing for the
disabled on campus but
new developments such as
Fairview and Acadia family
housing do include rooms
and  apartments   specifically designed for
the handicapped
The    Gage
include four
and one one-bedroom specifically
designed for wheelchairs.
Leslie estimates that the
number of disabled students on
campus ranges "in the hundreds"
but Temple says "The DSA really
feels that our voice is not being
heard yet completely. (The DSA)
has to be recognized for what it's
doing," she says.
"The bookstore is
really scary for
anybody in a
Alma Mater Society president
Tim Bird says the AMS has ignored disabled students too much
in the past, but maybe it's time for
the AMS to become actively involved again.
"What it takes is for
someone in the DSA to
bring all the problems to
our     attention,
Bird plans
instigate an ad
hoc   committee on disabled access to
address the concerns of the DSA.
"It seems that the university
is fully aware ofthe problems, but
maybe the AMS should be there to
be a constant reminder," says
The Pit is one of the last remaining areas in the Student Union Building which is not accessible to students in wheelchairs,
but plans to build a ramp have
been circulating for over a year.
"Every^time we set up plans
for the ramp, it has come back for
some technical problem," said
Bird, adding that the price doubles
each time the ramp plans get rejected by the physical plant or fire
"With today's fire codes and
regulations, it's almost impossible
to build it," said Bird. The AMS is
now considering including the
ramp with renovations and expansion of the Pit.
Further improvements in
services and accessibility for the
disabled can be expected in the
near future. Although the co-ordinator for services for the disabled
is now only a half-time position—
up from quarter-time last year—
Leslie says the committee has recommended the position be full-
time next year.
Leslie says he believes some
funds have been "earmarked for
accessibility" and hopes more of
the older buildings will be renovated in years to come.
Somewhere in the future lies
the possibility of a centre for disabled persons, a project both director of athletics Bob Hindmarch
and man-in-motion Rick Hanson
^ are working towards.
The centre would have a
research focus and would
so "teach people what
the problems of the
disabled are," said
September 30,1988
A Night Lit Playing Field/Running Track
A 4,000 Seat Sport and Concert/Dance Hall
Play Care Facilities
A Martial Arts/Dance Studios
Two Gyms
An Excercize and Weight Room
Change Rooms, Locker Space
Squash and Raquet Ball Courts
Club, Meeting Room/Alumni Lounge
Conversation/Lounge Area
0     • Glad You Asked
0     • Construction will begin immediately, to complete A.S.A.P.
0     • Tens of thousands of students contributed to the aquatic
centre, SUB and other projects, knowing they would not be
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0     • Why did they contribute? So that you could use these
buildings. They recognized a growing need and so they left
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4/THE UBYSSEY September 30,1988 NEWS
Forum touts
forest use
By Tim McGrady
In 1945 Merv Wilkinson
bought 137 acres of harvestable
timber land which the forest companies of the day thought worthless. People ask him when he's
going to start logging his land. He
replies he's been logging his land
for forty years.
"silviculture is a cost
and commitment
that goes with forest
Wilkinson's story brought life
and substance to the Forum on
Forestry presented by Northwest
Wildlife Preservation Society to a
full-house at Pacific Cinematheque Tuesday.
Monte Hummel, president of
the World Wildlife Fund and himself a registered professional forester, kicked off the evening by
saying he believes "we foresters
have done a lousy job of managing
the forests of Canada."
The World Wildlife Fund,
which features Adam Zimmerman, chair of MacMillan Bloedel,
on its board of directors, was, said
Hummel, "not interested in seeing
the forest industry suffer financially."
But he said the industry has
"cut its own throat" by not pursuing silviculture responsibly.
With only 6.4 per cent of its
land base currently protected,
Hummel said B.C. won't be able to
cash in on the fortune that wilderness represents in "crass economic
Silviculture is not a cost factor
for independent owner-operator
Wilkinson on his plot in Ladys-
mith. He says rather, "my problem is thinning out."
He contrasted his concern
over his land with that of MacMillan Bloedel.
"All the wildlife is still there
from 1945" when he began logging, he said. He said he has no
root rot or bacterial problems and
"[doesn't] believe that chemicals
have a place in the forest industry."
Having toured land logged by
the big forest companies, he sees
waste of fifteen to twenty-five per
cent. His waste, he said, is less
than 5 per cent which he uses as
mulch for the new forest.
Wilkinson's forest, with a growth
cycle of 75 years, provides him
with a third of his income.
"I'm not greedy-I don't want it
all at once," he said.
He believes that the practice
of selective loggingis not impractical and that there are "no areas not
adaptable to some form of it."
Ralph Urban, land use liaison
manager with MacMillan Bloedel
and a wildlife biologist by training, stressed his company's ecological sensitivityfor the land base
on which it operates. He said
MacMillan Bloedel had "put aside
150 critical winter ranges for deer"
of 13,000 hectares and "in the last
two years have found and retained
six or seven eagle's nest trees."
When asked about a Sierra
Club photo shot on the west coast
of Vancouver Island of an eagle's
nest tree standing alone in the
middle of a barren clearcut, Urban
said his company was considering
a policy of providing perch trees
around eagle's nests.
"You show me a
single reserve that
they own that they
haven't logged - they
scalp the area,"
Urban was critical of claims
made by the Native Indians that
they would make better stewards
of the land. He said, "It was the
Indians who logged Meares in full
view of Tofino, not us."
"You show me a single reserve
that they own that they haven't
logged - they scalp the area," said
Jim Crover from the ministry
of forests, also at the forum, said
that logging wasn't inherently
unsound environmentally. Logging, he said, "if properly carried
out, may help some species of
fish—coho, for example—grow
faster after logging."
He said that "silviculture is a
cost and commitment that goes
with forest harvest." But he said
the onus is on the public to ensure
that silviculture guidelines are
On Tuesday, October 18, the
Northwest Wildlife series continues at Pacific Cinematheque with
a slide show and discussion of
Strathcona Park and Carmanah
Creek where, according to Sierra
Club chair Peter McAllister,
clearcuttring may begin this fall.
Blast from the past... get nostalgic at UBC Homecoming, October 3 - 7
Homecoming made easy
So you've heard about homecoming, but you don't know what it
UBC's tradition of October
homecoming started in the fall of
1922, when the bursting seams of
the Vancouver General Hospital
grounds proved too small for the
growing UBC student population.
Close to two thousand students wanted the campus to be
moved to a Point Grey campus,
andlobbied the government with a
15,000 name petition.
With hard work, the petition
grew to 56,000 names. This number exceeded the objective set in
the spring and what became
known as the homecoming committee arranged for more public-
Varsity Week began on
Oct.22, and ended with a big pilgrimage to the wilderness of Point
Grey on Saturday Oct.28.
When the thronging mass
reached the site, the trekkers (yes,
that's where trekker comes from)
climbed the skeleton of the chemistry building, made speeches, and
sang songs.
The climax ofthe pilgrimage,
or the great trek, was the erection
ofthe cairn. As Ab Richards, president of the AMS said, "the cairn
has been erected,... to mark now
and for all time one of the biggest
events in the history of our university, the building of a real and
permanent home at Point Grey.
"A milestone in the history of
the university, and a landmark for
the future. It also marks one ofthe
greatest efforts ever put forward
by an undergraduate student body
in support of its university, an
objective which will only end when
our objective is attained."
Thus ended the great trek,
but not the campaign for a new
campus. A few days later, the petition was presented to the government by Richards, Percy Barr,
Jack Clyne, and Jack Grant.
A week later, Premier John
Oliver announced the government
voted for an allocation of
$1,500,000 to develop a Point Grey
The Great Trek's spirit continued on through the war. And in
1956-57 the need for for housing
was so pressing that a second
great trek was organized.
After numerous demonstrations and much talk, the government announced amatching grant
of $5 million to accompany any
donations from the private and
public sector.
The grant was later raised to
$7.5 million, and still later, as a
result of a political rally, to $10
From 1959 to 1966 the AMS
engaged in the planning and development of the Student Union
Building and the T-Bird winter
sports centre.
The sixties also rang in the
days of student activism. In 1963,
students collected 250,000 signatures in a province-wide "Back-
Mack" campaign, trying to force
the government to spend more
money on higher education.
Plus ca change, plus c'est la
meme chose.
The seventies brought the
addition ofthe aquatic centre, and
new additions to SUB.
Since the great trek, students
have funded, or helped fund 13
major campus buildings such as
the upcoming Rec-Fac proposal.
UBC has a proud tradition of
students speaking their mind, and
taking action for what they believe
in. The great trek is the clearest
and most convincing example of
the power of the students. And
that is why every October we have
homecoming—to remember those
who went before, reaffirm their
ideals, and keep the idea alive.
Amnesty International celebrates forty years
By Joe Altwasser
1988 is a special year. This is
an Olympic year, an event that
only visits us once every four years
and then blasts us with relentless,
up to the second coverage of races,
medal tallies and world records,
all couched in a beautiful package
of peace, harmony, and goodwill.
1988 is also the fortieth anniversary of the signing of the
United Nations Declaration on
Human Rights. This event escapes
most of us without notice.
The Olympic Games in Seoul,
South Korea, aided by 15,000 journalists (in Korea alone), are able to
garner the attention of billions of
viewers worldwide.
The attention of the 40th
anniversary of the Declaration of
Human Rights largely falls in the
hands of one organisation, Amnesty International, started in
1961 by British lawyer Peter Berenson.
Berenson, in a newspaper
article originally appearing in the
London Observer, called for people
everywhere to begin working impartially for the release of prisoners of conscience.
Amnesty International describes a prisoner of conscience as
a person who is "detained anywhere for their beliefs, colour, sex,
ethnic origin, language, religion,
who have not used or advocated
Besides the release of prisoners of conscience, Amnesty works
towards fair trials for all political
prisoners, as well as opposing the
death penalty and torture of all
Presently, Amnesty has over
500,000 members worldwide in
over 160 countries.
Part of the reason for the
growth of the organisation over
the past 27 years is its impartiality.
As UBC club spokesperson
Hope Leith says, Amnesty is regularly denounced by all sides ofthe
ideological spectrum. This, Leith
says, supports Amnesty's reputa
tion as an impartial body.
The organisation is active on
campus with over forty members
in the UBC club.
Recently, the club has taken
under its wing its own prisoner of
conscience. Basile Legba is a
medical student in the Republic of
Benin in West Africa.
Legba was detained without
charge or trial. And Leith says
Benin, a former French colony of 4
million, has one of the worst records in West Africa for prisoner
abuse: "a person can be detained
for such dangerous offences as
belonging to a student union, protesting about government policy,
and being related to past Drison-
ers," she says.
A recent Amnesty report also
included evidence that the prisoners of Benin are also being tortured.
As for the fortieth anniversary of the signing, Amnesty
International is involved in the
promotion of a rock tour throughout the world to raise awareness of
the event. At each concert, a petition is passed around in support of
the signing of the agreement. On
December 10th, 1988, the petition
will be presented to the UN in
marking the 40th anniversary and
calling on all the signatory countries to remember their commitment
September 30,1988
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UBC international
links promoted
The student union building
will host more than ten international organizations, from Amnesty International to the
YMCA, for UBC's international
development day on Monday.
"UBC is stretching its international scope," said Sondra
Marshal Smith, of UBC's International Liaison Office, which, in
cooperation with the Canadian
International Development
Agency, is sponsoring the event.
Emphasizing the growing
opportunities in the field of international development, Smith
said, "the truth of the matter is
everybody's lives will be affected
by the changes to come."
She lists employment opportunities such as forestry, waste
water management, medicine,
telecommunications and education as "jobs linked to the international market" and considerations for UBC graduates.
The projects of students and
professors working in the field of
international development will
be featured in SUB throughout
the day.
CIDA's Aubrey Morantz, a
former Canadian ambassador
Africa, highlights the day with a
talk on the role of international
development for UBC graduates
at 12:30.
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September 30,1988 NEWS FEATURE
Social inspiration ...
"Come on everybody baby do the conga, feel your rhythm
moving and getting stronger...don't control."
By T.H. Heathrow
Enrique Guerra brought
me into the inside of a
people. He lives in the crime
center of a Latin city in
which I lived, and sells hot
dogs for a living. He has kept
his understanding of life
despite the corruption
around him. It is to him that
I am indebted—not just for
his education but also—for
his friendship.
The edited version of my article on the meeting of the Little
Prince left out many others I had
known, in particular, Christopher, who stood next to the Little
Unlike the Little Prince,
Christopher did not have the cute
"Emmanuel Lewis look." Perhaps
that alone gave someone foundation to abuse him.
Christopher did not talk. But
he could be made to smile. That
was the best he could offer. For me,
that was a heart of courage.
We made quite a threesome:
three funky punks enjoying the
sun on a street corner full of business attitudes. I really learned the
meaning of celebration. A couple of
days later, I never saw Christopher ever again.
Everyday I hope he has not
disappeared like the millions of
other abused children on the continent.
Charlie, Ralph, and Anthony
walk the streets 12 hours a day,
selling pastries their mother
baked. Little Charlie is just four
years old. He is also shy.
Ralph is twelve, and the leader,
Anthony, is fourteen. Unlike
many street kids, these three have
faced pressures and handled them
well. Their values are still untainted. Anthony leads his brothers with so much grace and cha-
_i_ma. Before they left me, I
taught them the American handshake to add a little life into their
day. They must've thought I was
crazy. I paid them money but
didn't take anything! told them to
go out and continue.
I would not have remembered
them had they not come back the
next day. When I gave them
money again, they would not take
it because I was "a friend trying to
help." They could not accept
money from me, despite their poverty. They left me with a humbled
heart, and disappeared around
the corner.
Then to my surprise, around
the corner came Little Charlie
looking all worried. He had forgotten something. He then gave me
his version of the handshake. I
burst out laughing. Weeks later, I
met Charlie again. His teeth had
been punched out, but he was still
in good spirits.
Another day, I was writing
post cards at a busy intersection of
the city. The wind had blown one of
the cards onto the street. A lad
named Mick picked up the card
and then gave it to me with a
thumbs up—a symbol of welfare
understanding in that country.
Mick is deaf and mute. His
spirit is so immaculate. I can
remember seeing him on the beach
at twilight and sunrise dancing to
rhythms of his people, feeling the
vibrations in the warm wind be-
Perhaps it is the strong family
structure which we lack in our
society that motivates individual
social strength. Everyone talks to
everyone, no matter who they are.
Everyone understands the importance.
To attain a natural sense of
rhythm is something many dancers and musicians strive for, but
never quite attain.
I had some background in
modern dance and have been flirting with rock and roll since I was
born. In retrospect, I think it gave
me a connection to their ideaology
of dancing. The desire to celebrate
and not to lose that desire under
any circumstance was imperative
we lived to experience an international music festival held in a bullfighting ring. In the center ring,
people could dance. It was quite an
experience to dance in a stadium
with a city of people.
Next to me, was an old man
(and his young son). It was an
intriguing experience to celebrate
with him. The old in that land
dance with cathartic self expression. It's as if they are talking to
their souls. To fathom that this
man had been dancing this powerfully for over 55 years warmed a
fountain of inspiration. The father
and son combination seemed like a
miraculous apparition.
The next night we passed by
7 heard the Chimes of Freedom
"We busted out ofclass...we learned more...
Now here you are/You find out what the real world's like/Some traded the love they knew in the
stock exchange/There's a war outside...'say it ain't ours anymore to win/Once strong in sight and
spirit when you were in school...now your hearts of fire grow cold/But like soldiers in a winter's
night.../I'm asking you to walk again/With me in the Christmas snow/I can hear the neighborhood
drummer begin to pound/We made a promise we swore we'd always remember/No Retreat...No
an   ocean—celebrating   his
It was quite an experience to
communicate with a deaf human
Afterward I could feel my
performance on stage improve
The dances of the coast always
amaze me. There is an incredible
amount of pelvic control and hand-
arm coordination. Rhythms are
highly syncopated. People from
ages 4 to 70 are all adept at dancing. Moreover, they are very adept
at living with life. Spontaneity and
friendliness pervade their culture.
in the culturing of rhythm sense.
In Camelot's unreleased "No Guts
No Glory" project we discovered
the meaning of the title in its
truest sense. It was from that
pointthatitgotinside us. I refer to
the courage to undertake healthy
action even if they do go against
social norms to which we are accustomed.
There are always plaguing
consequences if one does not.
The only consequence of
healthy action is priceless development.
I went with a family of friends
to a coastal city away from where
the hotel where the musicians
were staying. Instruments, amps,
and mixing boards were placed at
the entrance before the steps. A
band began to play. People
crowded in and began dancing on
the steps before the entrance. To
my disbelief now, I was one of
A flute player that had enticed me the night before with his
music came out of nowhere into
the crowd and began to play in
rhythmic counterpoint.
Something socially organic
was happening.
A lad pulled Monica from our
group, cleared a circle before the
steps, and began dancing his life.
Soon a big man—he must have
been well over 250 pounds—
pulledhis wife in to join them. The
crowd gathered around the circle
to clap along in accompaniment.
A man tapped me on the
shoulder. To my surprise it was
the old man from last night, still
enjoying life with so much zest and
charisma. His son was there, and
was waving me in to join. I pointed
to my beach sandals explaining
why I couldn't.
Then to my surprise, Belinda,
my roomate pushed me into the
circle to put me on the spot. Others
moved out. I found myself alone
before a 38 year old individual who
was a good dancer. The old man
gave me some quick pointers to
help me. There is a lot of step-
twisting and sensuous use of space
called the central zone. It is there
that magic moments are reached. I
guess that's when I started to get
crazy before the crowd.
It was like a family I had
known all my life.
Speaking to a lifeguard by a
swimming pool, I asked for some
tips. He replied: "It comes from
within. Get up every morning, and
practice all your life."
If you get a chance to see
Sting's video for "They Dance
Alone" you'll get a taste of a dance
that is known as the Gueca, the
only form of demonstration allowed in Chile on behalf of the ones
who disappear. It is a celebration
that has unforgettable moments.
The white cloth held in the hand
symbolizes humanity. It is their
I did not truly know what the
Latin American psyche was all
about until I had danced with
them. It is then—when you see
their desire to celebrate life and
humanity—that you truly gain a
sense of understanding of what
they strive for.
I've come back to Canada now
and tapped into a few social circles
of a different generation. There is
a challenge to pinpoint a healthy
social direction. Camelot is currently trying to develop a social
direction to which people of the
Canadian generation might desire.
Meanwhile, it asks that
people to go out and do on their
own rather than continue "waiting
for the government." Development
is priceless.
I do not know what 1 may
appear to the world, but to myself 1
seem to be a child on the seashore
searching for a prettier shell or a
smoother pebble...as the great
ocean of truth lay undiscovered
before me. ■ Sir Isaac Newton
Hillel' s Famous
Hot Lunch
Featuring Live Piano Music
Wednesday, October 5th,
12:30 pm
Hillel and Progressive Zionist Caucus
"Jewish Activism on Campus"
Questions and Answers
Thursday, October 6th, 12:30 pjn.
Hebrew Classes Thursday, October 6th, 12:30 p.m.
For more information: 224-4748
 Hillel is located across from SUB and behind Brock Hatt
For information please cali
the Grad Centre Office
9 am - 3 pm
or come to the Centre
6371 Crescent Road
September 30,1988
Germany's Greens face political identity crisis
continued from page 20
political spectrum, with the only "legitimate" opposition coming from radical but
non-violent forces like the Greens.
Despite these common bonds in the face
of a perceived threat from the right, though,
the Greens have been torn by debates over
questions of tactics and procedures in the
here-and-now. The quandary arises from
the Greens' role as a party of the left, distinct from the Social Democrats (SPD), but
in a practical sense intimately bound to the
twists and turns of SPD policy.
Here lies the genesis of the realist-
fundamentalist split. On the one hand, the
great majority of Green Party members are
onetime Social Democrat voters. They have
grown disillusioned by the decline of the
SPD, which was a forum for brilliant radicals like Rosa Luxemburg and Karl
Liebknecht in its glory days before World
War One but has since moved gradually
toward the bourgeois center. These same
voters, though, are uncomfortable with the
rhetorical and programmatic excesses of
the far left.
This reality forces on Green parliamentary delegates a complex and often thankless role. Essentially, without the fire and
momentum provided in the late 1970s and
early 1980s by the mass popular move
ments that spawned them, the Greens must
react to the actions and direction of the
SPD. Thus, if the Social Democrats are seen
to move too far to the right, the Greens will
pick up the SPD left. But if the Greens
display an unwillingness to support and
cooperate with the SPD when the latter
takes a more progressive stance, they risk
losing that same constituency—and perhaps slipping below the five percent barrier
and out of parliament altogether.
Inevitably, in coalition-choked German politics, the question arises of coalition
with an SPD minority government at the
state or federal level to defeat the right. In
such a situation, it is and will continue to be
the SPD which holds most of the cards. If
ever an issue arises which garners popular
support sufficient to threaten the SPD's
core constituency (and to channel votes to
the Greens), the SPD platform can be revised accordingly. If a coalition situation
arises anyway, new elections can be called if
Green cooperation and concessions are
deemed unsatisfactory. The Greens can
then be painted as the recalcitrant "spoilers", uninterested in combatting the
greater rightist evil.
How far can the Greens go to reflect this
present reality, without undermining the
foundations of their original support and
slipping into the political fringe?
So far the specific option of coalition
has arisen just once—in the state of Hessen,
where an uneasy SPD-Green coalition came
into being in 1983. "You couldn't really
avoid getting involved," Gottwald remembered. "But in the end, it turned out that the
fundis might have been right all along. It
wasn't too possible to cooperate with the
established party, with the SPD." A scandal
arose over government subsidising of a
nuclear power plant in the area. The Greens
accused the SPD of violating the pact, and
the coalition fell apart.
At the national level, the coalition
question has yet to arise. The Christian
Democrat/Free Democratic Party coalition
held on, by the skin of its teeth, to a parliamentary majority in the 1987 federal election. But the question of ties to the SPD
remains dominant.
As Gottwald pointed out, there is no
doubt the Greens have influenced the formulation of SPD policy in recent years. The
established party now has to watch its left
very closely, recognizing that complacency,
or dithering in the face of crisis, could send
SPD voters scurrying to clothe themselves
in Green.
The most obvious recent example was
the Chernobyl disaster of May 1986, which
had a profound impact in Germany and
across Western Europe. Largely owing to
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insert in its platform a plank that would
phase out nuclear power within a decade of
the SPD's taking power.
On other issues, the Greens have had
less success, and the pragmatic realo line
has led to difficulties. The INF arms agreement had the effect of lessening perceived
superpower tensions and accelerating the
decline of Germany's once-formidable anti-
nuclear movement. This, in turn, forced a
re-evaluation ofthe Greens' previous hardline stance against NATO and the stationing of US troops on German soil—but if the
realos could abandon these once-sacrosanct
tenets, then what principles could be considered truly "Green"?
The summer of 1988 may be remembered as the point at which the extent ofthe
global ecological crisis became clear—not
through the efforts of "experts", but as the
result of an escalating series of tangible and
geographically diverse crises recorded in
living color on the nightly TV news.
In Europe, vast blooms of algae, feeding
on massive quantities of untreated sewage,
have spread down from Scandinavia to
suffocate fish populations. But the most
poignant image of the past summer has
been the thousands of dead seals washing
up on North Sea beaches—victims of a vi-*
rus, apparently, but with their immune
systems shattered by pollution.
It may seem the obvious
global momentum of the crisis
represents an ideal opportunity
for the Greens to engineer a decisive left turn in German domestic policy—at least as far as industrial controls and waste
treatment are concerned. Indeed, on the strength of their environmental stance, the Swedish
Greens just weeks ago became
the first new party to enter the
Swedish parliament in 70 years.
The problem for the German
Greens, though, is that the
people prepared to vote for the
party on the basis of its environmental stand alone are already
"on board". To this point, then,
the uproar over ecological disintegration has not been clearly
translated into new support for
the Greens. Nor has it significantly affected the Christian
Democrats or Social Democrats
one way or the other.
In a sense, though, it is to the
credit of the Greens and their
democratic ideals that the
party's fortunes do not rise and
fall along with the superficial
and manipulative "issues" that
are the life blood of mainstream
politics. Instead, just as the
party was founded to bring popular initiatives and agitation into
the establishment political spectrum, its fate may hinge on the
future—or rather the possible
revival—of the German mass
The development of the
party could even offer some basis
for reconciliation between the
pragmatist and fundamentalist
factions. That is, the realos can
be expected to hold sway whenever Green chances of articulating and spearheading mass concerns are muted. For their part,
the fundis, and the grassroots
energies they symbolize, will become more powerful when the
times give rise to new popular
initiatives that call for changes
more far-reaching than
Germany's now-tame Social
Democrats can envisage or accept.
Regardless, the Greens continue to offer a vivid and valuable example for others in the
west attempting to practice
dual-strategy politics: activism
within and outside the political
mainstream. For all the present
internal feuding over strategy
and ideals, the Greens remain
the foremost "alternative" party
in the western world—still
boldly going where few in the
postwar era have gone before.
September 30,1988 American student
journalists challenge
racism suspension
By Rick Hiebert
Four American student journalists are suing their college after
being suspended last spring.
On February 19 an article in
The Dartmouth Review, the conservative student newspaper at
Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, criticized music professor
Peter Cole's course as being "academically deficient."
Six days later, the four students visited Cole in his classroom, after he had already refused
an interview by phone.
Cole repeatedly asked them to
leave the class.
A heated argument ensued,
with Cole breaking the flash of
Review photographer John
Quilhot's camera and inviting
Review editor John Sutter to take
a swing at him.
But college officials said the
suspensions were not a direct result of the fight, but were a response to the latest of a series of
racist policies by the newspaper.
Cole is black, the four journalists are white.
"We haven't really done anything wrong," said Chris Baldwin,
former editor-in-chief of The Review.
He and his three fellow staffers say Dartmouth College punished the four as a result of "a
racist double standard."
The College must respond to
the lawsuits by mid October, said
the Review's counsel, New York
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"We want a hearing before a
judge to get the four students back
in school in January, with the
punishment cleared from their
records. On a broader scale, we
hope to restrain the Dartmouth
administration from persecuting
the four students for what they
print in the paper. We're also seeking monetary damages, but we
haven't set a sum yet," he said.
However, Dartmouth official
Cathy Wolff said "the college considers these suits harrassing and
frivolous. Neither the charge of a
violation of freedom of speech, or a
racist double standard has any
basis in reality."
Dartmouth president James
Freedman told The Boston Globe
on March 1, four days before college disciplinary hearings for the
four students began, "I feel dreadful about the attack on Professor
He also condemned the Review in a speech before a special
faculty meeting on March 28th. "It
is time for me to speak out about
the Review in our academic community," Freedman said.
"I now see that the Review is
dangerously affecting—in fact
poisoning—the intellectual environment of our campus." He said
the Review was creating "a climate of intolerance and intimidation."
But Baldwin felt the college
was using Cole as an excuse to get
rid of the newspaper.
"We've been a thorn in the
side ofthe Dartmouth administration, so they went in for the kill,"
said Baldwin, who adds that accusations of racism and sexism leveled at the Review are "ridiculous", as the paper has many female and minority staffers.
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Angel (Maria Pitillo) and Spike (Sasha Mitchell); rebel lord
Morrissey comedy succeeds
By Lisa Doyle
Paul Morrissey's latest of a
ong line of New York pop culture
11ms once again satirizes the
jreat American dream. Success is
ill important in this dream, and
;he characters will stop at nothing
:o have it all. The setting is colorful Brooklyn. Youths move in
jangs, according to ethnicity and
.eighbourhood, and boxing is their
way out of the working class
jrind. Spike Fumo (newcomer
_asha Mitchell) is a pretty boy
smart-ass fighter, who seeks his
lather's Mafia connections for
inancial backing. He doesn't do
drugs and is proud that Ben-
sonhurst is a drug-free neighbourhood, in spite of the fact that
t is the Mafia that supplies drugs
;o every other neighbourhood in
Brooklyn. Spike wants fame,
fortune, and women (in that
order), and he's not afraid to tell
everybody how great he is.
Through a series of mishaps,
Spike's luck turns, and he is
forced to hang out in Red Hook,
the crack-ridden, overcrowded
Puerto Rican district. Here he discovers that he is perfectly capable
of making it on his own, and that
he is probably better off.
Spike of Bensonhurst
Oct.l, Vancouver East, 9:30 p.m.
Oct.4, Hollywood, 7:00 p.m.
The storyline is a classic; the
tragic hero falls due to his pride,
but rises again upon realizing his
tragic flaw. What keeps the film
from being overly dramatic and
predictable is the incredibly black
humour rampant throughout the
film. One memorable scene is a
discussion between Spike and
Baldo about Spike's mother, who
has taken a woman lover while
Spike's father is in Sing Sing
prison. Spike reassures Baldo
that it is "just a phase" and Baldo
remarks that "at least she's not
cheating on him with another
This is a very hip film, to be
expected from Morrissey. Previously a director of many Warhol
films, Morrissey's forte is urban,
ethnic stories that praise the
working class. Fans of Morrissey's
Mixed Blood, a film about gang
wars over drug trafficking, may
find this film too glib and sugar-
coated. The heavy ridicule and
often flippant dialogue softens the
harshness of living in these tough
An upbeat soundtrack by
Coati Mundi moves the viewer
quickly through the story, gently
preventing the audience from
realizing that no one is safe in
these areas and that joining a
gang is not a party, but the only
means of survival. One plus is
that this film attempts to show
the New York that most residents
know; we never see one of those
$2000 a month loft apartments
that everyone seems to be able to
afford in movieland New York.
Despite its saccharine ending,
the film is fun. Upon viewing, you
realize that our search for fame
and fortune may be a little silly.
Morrissey does give a good
representation of life in the
eighties—very few people have
perfect families, perfect jobs, great
apartments—most of us just have
to make do.
Check out the art direction.
Morrissey is a chronicler of
kitsch—papier mache octopus
centrepieces, crocheted Madonnas,
plastic on the funiture, and the
biggest array of pinky rings youll
see for a long time. No one or no
thing is spared in Morrissey's
films, and this honesty and
unapologetic portrayal of American life makes this film stand out
among the many urban pop films
prevalent today.
Joan Plowright plays Nellie in The Dressmaker.
Dressmaker not for romantics
by Keith Damsell
On the surface, director Jim
O'Brien's The Dressmaker is
British film personified: pretty to
look at, but not a lot of action.
However, bizarre plot twists and
wonderful characterizations save
this atmospheric film from the
yawn file.
Set in Liverpool in 1944, The
Dressmaker is the story of a
young girl Rita (Jane Horracks)
being brought up by two aunts.
Aunt Nellie (Joan Plowright) is a
stern, religous woman, distraught
over the war's effect on society :
"No shame. No decency.Nothing's
the same anymore." Aunt Margo
(Billie Whitelaw) is the opposite;
pushing fifty, she's out to get her
The Dressmaker
Oct.2, Ridge, 7:00 p.m.
Oct.4, Hollywood, 9:30 p.m.
At a "little sing-song", homely
Rita hits it off with an American
G.I. (Tim Ransom). Just when
you're about to shudder "Oh no,
not another wartime romance!", a
wrench is thrown into the works.
Westley, like all American teens
in film today, is a hungry young
man. And we're not talking
Weetabix here. Demure Rita is
disgusted by his advances. Then,
at a fateful afternoon tea, Aunt
Margo and Westley hit it off. At
this point, things become very
strange indeed; to say anything
more would give it away, but
there is a great 'curse ofthe past'
to satisfy all diabolical English
No one is an angel in The
Dressmaker; the old have their
scars and the young little innocence. Each becomes a victim of
passion; either their own or
another's desire brings about
downfall. What results is a film
much like real life: everyone
wants what's best but they often
work against each other in trying
to achieve it.
Vancouver Internat
By Keith Damsell
The Fringe Festival, the Festival of Animation, the Festival of
Dance. Just when you thought it
was safe to go out for an evening
of popular trash, along comes
More serious culture, the Vancouver International Film Festival.
The festival runs for seventeen
days, September 30 to October 16
at four lower mainland theaters.
This year, the festival
features over one-hundred and
thirty films from some thirty-
seven countries. There are six film
series, each encompassing a
different genre or group of
nations. Thanks to Gorbachev's
"Glasnost," Cinema ofthe Soviet
Union looks at film works of the
past and present, including some
buried masterpieces. The Best of
Britain features twelve films from
the new age in British filmmaking while Canadian Images
examines developments on the
home front. Japan, Hong Kong,
China and Australia encompass
perhaps the widest array of styles
and substance in Cinema of the
Pacific Rim. B.C. Noir looks into
local film celebrities' past efforts.
Cinema of Our Time is a goofy
title for films from everywhere
else—the U.S., Italy, Spain, etc.
Most films will get two
screenings during the festival and
no doubt the popular works will b<
back. Speaking of popularity,
there will be an award presented
to the 'Most Popular Film'; ballots
are available at each of the
theaters. Unlike previous years,
there will be no tribute night. Lasi
We Think the Work
By Steven Chess
The British have a gift for
making splendid films about
nothing at all. These simple
dramas are short on blunt humour, sex and violence but long on
subtle, believable dialogue, fine
acting and deft pacing. They draw
us into the lives of ordinary people
whose joys, fears and frustrations
are compelling and sympathetic.
What happens, though, when
the considerable burden of
starring in, and virtually carrying,
such a film falls squarely on the
shoulders, or rather haunches, of
a dog, and one with no previous
acting experience at that? Well,
you get director Colin Gregg's new
film We Think the World of You
about the unusual relationship
between a middle-aged civil
servant named Frank and the
working class family with whom,
by way of a failed homosexual relationship with young Johnny, he
becomes inextricably involved.
Chief among the film's problems is director Gregg's inability
to find a focus which would
September 30,1988 FILM FESTIVAL
ional Film Festival
year's party for Helen Shaver
was a bomb, and Festival
Director Alan Franey said a
tribute this year "didn't make
economic sense."
And, yes, lots of stars, both
big and small, will be descending
on Lotus Land for the festivities.
Actress Shirley "I'm-out-on-a-
MacLaine and director John
Schlesinger will be on hand for
the premiere of their new film,
the festival's opening work,
Madame Sousatzka. Paul
Morrisey of Mixed Blood/Andy
Warhol fame is another big name
rolling into town for his latest offering, Spike of Bensonhurst.
Ticket cost has actually gone
down this year, thanks to the
dropping ofthe VTC/CBO distribution system. You will no longer
have to pay a one dollar handling
charge for each ticket, but you will
have to join the Film Festival
Society for one dollar. Hang on to
your card, 'cause you only have to
join once! Tickets can be bought in
advance at the Ridge Theater,
3131 Arbutus, between noon and
6:00 p.m. for all shows at all
theaters. During the festival, you
can buy tickets from 6:30 p.m.
onwards or half an hour before for
matinee shows at the other
festival venues: The Hollywood,
3128 West Broadway; Pacific
Cinemateque, 1131 Howe Street;
and the Vancouver East Cinema,
2290 Commercial Street.
Ticket prices are $5.50 for
adults, $3.00 for seniors and disabled and $4.00 for matinees.
Taxing woman entertains
by Lisa Doyle
Juzo Hanoi's A Taxing
Woman's Return is a modern
Japanese gangster film, mimicking Western film-making in form
and content.
A Taxing Woman's Return
Oct.l, Ridge, 7:00 p.m.
October 7, Vancouver East,
7:00 p.m.
Ryoko is the sole woman
detective on the tax collection
bureau. She is investigating a
bizarre religous cult for tax
evasion and ends up discovering
a complex front involving major
banks and politicians.'
Although the pre-quel, The
Taxing Woman, has not shown
yet in Vancouver, the sequel
plays well on its own. Go see this
if you're up for an entertaining
evening; it won't let you down.
L of You lacks focus
coherently mold the very good,
but wasted, performances of a
cast featuring Alan Bates and the
brilliant young actor Gary
Oldman, best known for his role
as Joe Orton in Prick Up Your
iVe Think the World of You
_»ct. 4, Ridge, 7:00 p.m.
3ct.8, Vancouver East, 2:00
Bates is Frank, and Oldman is
Johnny, a confused, lost young
man who has spurned his older
lover to marry, start a family and
buy a dog. Frank lives a cultured
and very lonely life until the two
men are reunited, in a manner,
when Johnny is sent to prison for
What ensues are a series of
vain attempts by Frank to make
contact with an uncooperative
Johnny, first for the sake of their
own relationship and then for the
sake of Johnny's dog, an Alsatian
named Evie who is being poorly
treated by Johnny's family.
Frank's very frustrated affections
find a release in the dog as their
relationship blossoms.
See Frank reject the dog. See
Frank soften and grow to love the
dog. See Frank walk the dog. See
Frank baby-sit, feed, kiss, and
finally share his bed with the dog.
Then, for some inexplicable
reason, see the hapless, weak,
middle-aged civil servant and the
thankless, miserable working
class family fight over the dog.
Forgive the cynicism, but the
film's inability to find a focus (it's
not really the dog, is it?), and
failure to elicit any sympathy for
the characters (even the maltreated dog begins to get on our
nerves) leave us frustrated and
And the notion that a lonely,
middle-aged homosexual can
finally find happiness in a dog,
and that Johnny, who has a
family, envies him, is insulting
and not a little ludicrous.
Vanessa Guidji (Martine) and Antoine Hubert (Louis) in The Grand Highway
Grand Highway enchants
jBy Laura Busheikin
The young-boy-coming-of-age genre has
recently produced some fine films such as Hope
and Glory, My Life as a Dog and Stand By Me.
It is quite the compliment, then, to say that The
Grand Highway (Le Grand Chernin) is at the
head of this class.
The Grand Highway (Le Grand
Sept. 30th, Van East, 7:00
Oct. 1st. Hollywood. 2:00	
An impending birth begins the story. A
pregnant woman, estranged from her husband,
leaves her nine-year-old son Louis in the care of an
old friend. His experience begins with tears, as his
mother boards a bus at Le Grand Chemin, the
small village's main crossroad, leaving him behind.
Louis, a sensitive city boy, at first recoils from
the earthy realities of country life; the rabbit
slaughtered for dinner, the outhouse, the blunt,
coarse language, the nearby graveyard.
To complicate matters, all is not well between
the couple taking care ofthe boy. Marcelle and
Pelo's relationship, once passionate, has degenerated into an ongoing, frustrating and violent
conflict. Louis witnesses their fights and is soon
caught in the crossfire of their emotional warfare.
They battle for Louis' affection, using him as their
ultimate weapon against each other.
Disturbing as it may be, Louis' "country
holiday" is still and exhilarating voyage of discovery for him. His guide on this educational journey
is Martine, the precocious tomboy who befriends
him. Martine, as iconoclastic as she is self-assured,
teaches him about sex, love, death and the fun of
breaking rules.
The relationship between Louis and Pelo, at
first prickly, deepens as Pelo becomes a vital
father figure. Both husband and wife talk to Louis
about their troubles. This raises the hope that
perhaps Louis, the pawn in the marital conflict,
could also be the catalyst to rekindle their love.
All of life's passages are encompassed in this
story: love, separation, sex, death, mourning, birth
and rebirth. When Louis arrives at Le Grand
Chemin, he is truly at a crossroad — a place of
many initiations for him. And his presence is the
pivot where all the characters' emotional paths
cross. This interweaving, this skillful braiding of
many threads into one fabric, gives the film its rich
The film offers a wealth of superb performances. The children, Antoine Hubert (the writer/
director's son) as Louis, and Vanessa Guedj as
Martine are both wonderful; Anemone perfectly
expresses all Marcelle's nuances, all the shadings
and hidden hollows that lie behind the script.
But it is Richard Bohringer as Pelo who gives
the most memorable performance. Hubert's script
demands a complex Pelo, ranging from brooding
and taciturn to violent, to sensitive and tender.
Bohringer draws all this together to create a
magnetic, dynamic character.
Writer and director Jean-Loup Hubert has
created a cinematic paragon. It's been several days
since I saw The Grand Highway, but it's kept my
heart warm ever since.
Another Chinese film about luscious Tax collectors
Ghost story delights
By Lisa Doyle
A Chinese Ghost Story, directed by martial arts instructor
Ching Siu Yung, cannot be described in a few words.
To place this film in a genre
would be difficult because it is a
composite love story, action
picture, thriller, sci-fi, and
The story involves a young
tax-collector smitten by a beautiful woman who is actually a
vampire/ghost. She has been
betrothed to an evil Lord of Hell,
and the film recounts the tax
collector's attempts to save her,
unaware that the only way he can
do so is to release her earthbound
soul, thus losing her forever.
If the plot sounds like a really
sleazy comic book, it's not.
Intertwined throughout the film is
the Taoist theme ofthe coexistence of heaven and earth, and
enlightenment via the Path or The
Way, represented by a loony half-
monk, half- warrior who fights evil
from the abandoned, haunted
temple, where he lives. As well,
the film addresses the pain of
choices the tax collector must
make such that the order of life, so
important in Oriental philosophy,
can be restored. The film is
essentially a classic fable that has
been modernized, thanks to the
endless possibilities the medium
of film offers.
A Chinese Ghost Story
Oct.3, Ridge, 9:30 p.m.
Oct.12, Vancouver East, 7:00
A Chinese Ghost Story
follows in the Chinese Opera
tradition; elaborate sets, melodramatic plots and highly gestured
acting. The difference is that this
story is really funny, although
that may be unintentional. The
female ghosts are ruled by an evil
witch who laps up men with her
forty foot tongue. The monk sings
a Taoist disco number called "My
Waj^d am not making this up).
One ofthe best laughs come of
the inaccurate subtitles, such as
"Gee what a spocky temple", and
"Watchout, that bearded gay is a
killer". The cinematography is
haunting, the special effects and
flying are eerie, and the only thing
missing is a car chase scene.
September 30,1988
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A workshop series that will examine your
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alternative methods aimed at increasing
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4 consecutive Tuesdays starting October 4
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4 consecutive Thursdays starting October 6
12:30 -1:30 pm
Oct. 04 or 06 - Time Management
Oct. 11 or 13 - Note Taking
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Oct. 25 or 27 - Exam Preparation
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Chabad-Lubavrtch invites you to bring
your family and join us for food, I'chayim, singing
and more on this most joyous day.
Far North stars Jessica Lange, Charles Durning, and Tess Harper
Shepard's Far North worth catching
Directoral debut results in tight film with well sculpted characters
by Keith Damsell
You can't help admiring a man
like Sam Shepard, drama's renaissance man. He's won himself
the Pulitzer Prize for writing,
critical acclaim for his acting
talent, and now has decided to
try his hand at film direction.
And, wouldn't you know it, Far
North is an impressive debut.
Can this guy do no wrong?
Far North revolves around a
city woman Kate (Jessica Lange)
returning to her home in the
country to visit her hospital-
bound father Bertram (Charles
Durning). Bertram's delicate
condition is a result of a fall from
Mel the horse, and it's up to Kate
to avenge him. Soon, the whole
family is caught up in the plight
of Mel - sister Rita (Tess Harper)
wants him saved, mother Amy
(Ann Wedgeworth) doesn't know
what she wants, and Rita's
daughter Jilly (Patricia Ar-
quette) just wants to be sick. In a
bizarre Shakespearean climax,
all the characters get lost in the
woods, where they each confront
their fears.
Far North
Sept.30, Ridge, 9:30 p.m.
Oct.l, Ridge, 4:30 p.m.
Shepard has produced a
tight film, written and directed
with economy, yet giving its
characters great definition. What
results is an actor's piece -
Durning laments "the injustice of
the world" from his hospital bed,
Lange fumes over her father's
demands and Gramma (Nina
Draxten) can't understand how
she got so old. Each character
has their own tragedy but
staggers through it all with great
The film has a decidedly
lighter tone than Shepard's
plays. He employs his heart in
his first examination of capital W
"Woman". But Far North is not
without its ghosts. Something
awaits in each character's past or
future to sneak up on them.
How can a film go wrong when
you've got Sam Shepard and a
soundtrack by the Red Clay
Ramblers? Worth catching.
Moral atrocities exposed in Japanese film
by Steven Chess
The Japanese film, The Sea
and the Poison, is a harrowing
indictment of moral atrocities
during wartime. The film is
based on a true story, known as
the Aihara Affair, which saw
eight American POWs vivisected
by Japanese doctors in the name
oimedical progress in 1945.
The black and white film unfolds, much of it hke news-reel
footage, as occupation officers
interrogate medical personnel
who participated in the heinous
experiment. Through flashbacks
we see the mounting competi
tiveness between two university
medical units, culminating in
one's willingness to co-operate
with the
The Sea and the Poison
Oct.l, Pacific Cine., 9:30 p.m.
Oct.3, Pacific Cine., 2:00 p.m.
military in carrying out murderous medical experiments on the
crew of a downed American B-29
Suguro and Toda are medical
students who become involved in
the web of adversarial competi
tion, war-time moral codes and
ultimately murder. Toda is callous, unfeeling and undisturbed
by his part in the crime, while
Suguro, who could not bring himself to be physically involved in
the surgery, is a tortured soul,
searching for an explanation as
much for his own peace of mind
as to satisfy his interrogator.
The film offers two un-
nervingly realistic operating
sequences and painfully real
performances by Eiji Okuda as
Suguro and Ken Watanabe as
the eerily complacent Toda.
The University of British Columbia
The Cecil H. and Ida Green
visiting Professorships
1988 Autumn Lectures
Winslow R. Briggs
Professor Briggs is Director of Plant Biology at the Carnegie Institution of
Washington in Stanford, California. An internationally known plant
physiologist with an outstanding record of contributions, Dr. Briggs has been
particularly interested in how plant hormones and light affect the processes of
growth and development. His research has bridged the disciplines of Botany,
Agriculture, Forestry and Oceanography and developed a prototype for plant
biology research and teaching in the 21st century.
How plants use light as an environmental cue
Thursday, October 6      In Hall 6, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, at 12:30 pm
Plants that follow the sun
Saturday, October 8       In Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, at 8:15 pm
(Vancouver Institute)
All Lectures Are Free • Occasionally unadvertised seminars are presented
September 30,1988 ENTERTAINMENT
Another strange offering from Ken Russell
Russell courts self-parody in new film
by Steven Chess
A great, enduring artist in any
medium inevitably courts the
danger of becoming a self-parody
by falling into stale habits and
contrived patterns. Director Ken
Russell's newest film, The Lair
ofthe White Worm, comes dangerously close to this creative
limbo, succumbing repeatedly to
Russell cliches that serve as his
cinematic signature but do nothing creative for this film.
The Lair ofthe White Worm
is a comedy-horror film about a
giant, virgin-eating worm that
quietly terrorizes a rural English
community. We follow four young
The Lair ofthe White Worm
Oct.8, Ridge, 9:30 p.m.
Oct.13, Hollywood, 9:30 p.m.
adventurers as they discover the
worm's existence and then set out
both to escape its wrath, and to
vanquish it.
Familiar Russellian elements
liberally, and gratuitously, punctuate the film: the polarities of
Christianity and Paganism, and of
morality and blasphemy are embodied in the hallucinatory vision
where an order of nuns are being
violently raped by gladiators.
The film meanders, and the
script, written by Russell, is facile,
without nuance and confusingly
earnest in tone.
Third annual Shindig off to smashing start
by Greg Davis
An eclectic array of bands
are now spinning off strange
sounds at the 3rd annual
Shindig, a battle of the bands
brought to you by CITR.
As it pissed rain outside, I
staggered into the Railway Club
and staked the best place in the
house—right by the bar. From
there I gazed across the intimate
surroundings, waiting for the
fray to begin.
Up first on that melancholic
night was That Melancholy
Dream, who unleashed their musical talents for an eager crowd
of devotees. The band succeeded
in creating a macabre atmosphere, accented by the jangling
guitar and the singer's contemplative deliverance.
They performed amidst
birthdays and anniversaries occurring in the audience; four
dark priests presiding over
nocturnal celebrations.
The band was reminiscent
ofthe neo-psychedelic era circa
1984-85. Shades of old Cult,
Echo, along with REM and U2
style riffs could be detected in
the texture of the music, but by
no means dominated each song.
The Railway Club
September 29
With the next band, I was
able to mentally relive the metal
days of yesteryear. Better than
the best redneck garage party,
The After thrashed out solid
party-till-ya-puke music in an
attempt to boogie the crowd to
the ground.
They played old style metal,
like Deep Purple and MC5,
breaking their strings during
songs filled with agonized
energy. I thought they mopped
the floor that evening (Rock
n'roll janitors!) even though they
were humble and sincere in the
face of low audience reaction.
They should have told everyone
to fuck off, because to be hated is
to be loved in the world of rock.
At long last, the Stick
Figures snapped up to the stage,
keeping the celebration trend
going with more birthdays and
balloons. Obviously they were
from another planet, casting
more shadowy psycho-delic
sounds over the crowd.
With the power of four
drunks smashing up a Howard
Johnson's, the Stick Figures
definitely stuck it up the part of
the British Empire where the
sun don't shine. The song about
the Dead of the Night was one of
the best played the whole show,
and they ended up finishing in
first place. A great band to dance
to until you froth at the mouth
and die.
That Melancholy Dream
drifted in at second place, and
my favorite, The After, came
fashionably last.
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By Clara Young
They emerged from a baby-
blue Pontiac parked during rush
hour in a tow-away zone. The
clothing—it drew the eye—consisted of vintage striped bathing
suits, swimming caps, cat-eye
glasses and dog-collars. They
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regions of their roving subconscious, in order to bring to you an
exclusive interview with the
Sarcastic Mannequins.
Yes—the scoop on three
barely controlled maniacs who
think they can combine elements
of jazz and punk . . . who have
the audacity to play REAL music
and wear lipstick and sequined
dresses at the same time. Comparisons are odious, but in the
space of two sets last week at
The Waterfront, I heard music
that can only be described as the
aural equivalent of goulash.
Elvis Costello, Don Ho, rumba,
Joe Jackson, squealing, surf-
punk, rockabilly, new wave and
John Lennon.
It is a skeletal band. Andrew
Shyman and Chaz Beez play guitar, do the vocals and write the
songs that make the whole world
sing. The newest member, Sonny
Boy, plays drums. Other than
that, these three share the stage
with two spray-painted mannequins who do mute back-up.
Their performance history
extends back to last weekend at
The Waterfront; the primal gig.
This is what went down.
So how did you get together?
Choose A or B:
A. Andrew and I (Beez) were in a
duelling match.
B. Andrew and I were contestants for the Romper Room show.
Well, why don't you say something profound? Something about
your philosophy.
What we're doing is taking
the jazz philosophy, dissecting
and expanding music and applying that to the energy and the
delivery of punk. So what we're
basically doing is breaking punk
open because when punk was introduced it was very powerful
and generally associated with
non-musicians. And now what
we want to do is find ourselves in
punk—in the concept of punk—
because we don't think that punk
ran its course properly.
What do you mean by "punk
didn't run its course properly"?
Punk was never expanded
musically. The actual delivery of
punk never became sophisticated. It actually became
worse—faster and less sophisticated and more people could play
it because it seemed like the
easiest thing to do. What we're
doing is taking our musical
intelligence—which is definitely
limited at this time—and trying
to break into it. So we're taking
punk music and expanding it by
experimenting. It's not really
jazz in the sense that we say,"
Let's play jazz music". It's more
the philosophy of jazz: let's take
this thing apart, let's stretch this
thing out. When we play live, we
go limitless over top of that tune.
Anthing can happen.
Then do you find yourselves dissatisfied with what the Sex
Pistols or The Clash have done?
No, we love them. But we
don't want to copy them. We say
thank-you, but we don't want to
do something that's already been
I notice that you play with the
tempo a lot, often starting slowly
with a jazz I swing beat and then
speeding up to a punk level of
Yeah, you have to have a really talented drummer for that.
Three weeks, this man. He
learned all those tunes in three
weeks - all those changes, all
those feels - he's just a genius
but we won't tell him or else hell
charge us money.
Do you have a problem melding
the jazz and the punk together?
We're finding our sound, for
sure. There's tunes that were
written two years ago that we're
doing now. And there are tunes
like "Everything Pisses Me Off"
which was never even formally
written. It just happened. And
yet it seems to strike a responsive chord because everybody's
pissed off about something. But
the writing is going to become, as
we find our sound, more adapted
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September 30,1988 ENTERTAINMENT
Slowhand still has
the magic touch
By Giles Gysel
He can walk!" yelled the person
standing beside me as he
pointed to a member ofthe audience who
was enthusiastically waving his crutches
in the air. "I can hear!" screeched an
infidel a couple of rows back. The magic
touch. The rumor is true. Eric Clapton is
Eric Clapton
Pacific Coliseum
Slowhand. The name conjures up
visions from the golden age of rock and
roll - when men were men, your papa still
thought Beatles songs were the Devil's
music, and guitars were PLAYED,
goddammit, not programmed into some
synth-wimp computer - and Eric Clapton
certainly ranks as one of the true guitar
gods from that era, when the British Invasion was redefining the boundaries of
rock music.
From his early days as a guitarist with
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, to supergroups such as The Yardbirds, Cream,
Blind Faith and Derek and The Dominoes, to his own highly successful solo
career, Clapton's musical legacy is
immense. No doubt about it, the Miche-
lob man is definitely a living legend, and
probably the finest pure blues guitarist of
any British Invasion rock-hero.
Yet seeing Eric Clapton makes you
aware of your own mortality; he is a
musical symbol from an era gone by.
So many of the great rockers have left us;
you can no longer count on a new Clapton
record the way you can count on a new
U2 record. Similarly, after 25 years in the
rock business, there is always the danger
that this tour will be Clapton's last.
Seeing Clapton live is a little like partying with an old friend whom you might
never see again.
There was a definite sense of nostalgia
in the crowd at the Coliseum on Wednesday that made Clapton much more than a
mere concert. It was more a spiritual
experience, as if an entire generation of
baby-boomers had come to pay homage to
their guru, their icon - and perhaps to
take one more sip from that fountain of
youth, to relive those teenage memories,
to gain some reassurance in these
troubled times during which they find
their waistlines expanding and their hair
As the lights went down at about 8:45,
I felt myself overwhelmed by my own
sense of nostalgia. So many memories
came rushing back to me - road trips to
Vancouver to see concerts in old jalopies
with The Stones or The Who blaring on
the cassette and a cooler of brewskies in
the back - and so many old friends long
since departed. It had been a few years
since I'd seen a big rock concert, and I had
almost forgotten what a blast they could
I heard the roar ofthe crowd; my
nostrils flared to absorb that unmistakable aroma of Canabis Sativa wafting
lazily into the atmosphere. And then I
saw the man, and I realized I had been
away a long time. Hello, old friend.
Dressed casually in a grey Re
laxed and low-key onstage, Clapton
simply let his music do the talking (No
cliched and contrived arena-rock poses
here), while the audience worked itself
into a frenzy.
For 90 minutes, Slowhand took the
crowd for a magic carpet ride on the high
notes of his Stratocaster - and then he
was gone. My only complaint about the
show was the abrupt way in which he
finished it, with a decidedly clipped one
song encore consisting of Mark Knopfler's
"Money For Nothing". The crowd was
definitely disappointed when the lights
came on immediately after the band left
the stage.
And so we filed out of that cold, bleak
"multi-purpose facility" that only moments before had been magically transformed into a rock and roll shrine by that
great guitar guru, Eric Clapton. He left us
feeling just a little younger than we had
two hours before. I felt so young, so
vibrant, so ALIVE, that some overwhelming urge to preserve the essence of that
moment came over me. Being a rock
memorabilia junkie in my pubescent
years, I was stricken with that old
perverse craving to nab myself an "Official" concert T-shirt.
But as I floated toward the purchase
counter, the reality of'88 struck me out of
my nostalgic trance like some gigantic
hand. The vendors wanted $22 for one.
I had definitely been away a long time.
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Wagschal: Deeper than skin
by Kathy Chung
The paintings in Marion
Wagschal's exhibit show us families and individuals in relation to
each other and their surroundings. They speak of an human
intimacy suffused with sterility
and loneliness. Her depiction of
her subjects, often nudes, show a
daunting level of determined examination and honesty.
These paintings hide none of
man's physical imperfections:
transparent skins are laced with
red and blue veins; patchy blemishes and dark pores riddle the
bodies. Yet Wagschal's delicate
brush work and her use of very
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Fine Arts Gallery, UBC
to October 1
Her paintings force the viewer to
see beyond the material trappings
of society, clothes and possessions—into the naked soul of these
"Possibilities" shows a pregnant woman sitting cross-legged
on a sofa. Dark veins run through
her breasts and distended belly.
She stares at the viewer with a
mask-like expression of fear and
helplessness. Here, pregnancy is a
frightening and lonely experience.
"Artists and Children" is an
extraordinary blend of decorative
and figurative painting. Family
members sit and lie amongst a bed
sheet, a quilt, a Chinese tea set
and an oriental rug, all painted
with exquisite patterns. They
suggest culture and affluence.
Contrasting these are pale figures, each a centre of stasis in the
intricacy of their surroundings.
Two of the children hold hands
and the father lies with a baby in
his arms, yet each person in the
family seems unconnected and
isolated. Sadly, they touch but do
not feel. In the lower corner, a
primitive fertility figure in burning red contrasts the sterility of
these cultured lives.
"Summer Breeze" shows two
male nudes lying with their feet
intertwined. Both look at the
viewer with wide eyes as if mildly
surprised to be observed. Most
striking is the expression on the
upper man's face. It is a mixture of
openness and puzzlement. The
artist herself is present at the
bottom ofthe painting, facing the
couple, holding up a mirror in
which she observes herself and the
viewer. The upper half of the
painting is a beautiful mix of pale
greens, blues and pinks which
shine like the surface of a pearl.
Present are tiny symbols of closeness and love. Above the men, two
small birds perch together on a
circular wreath. In one corner,
brilliant pink flowers sit in a vase.
The atmosphere is tranquil but
Throughout the exhibit,
Wagschal's subjects are very
aware of being seen and they
themselves stare into the distance. However, it is evident that
these people look but do not see.
Their poses are passive and lifeless. Wagschal's paintings are
disturbing and unpleasant because they plainly show facets of
human conditions which many
would rather not witness. It is a
very one-sided view (interestingly
the portrait of the artist in this
exhibit is titled "Cyclops") but it is
also a provocative and honest
exploration of the tragedy and
beauty of human existence.
September 30,1988 Joey Shithead cranks on his axe
D.O.A. still alive and sweating
By Mandel Ngan
Joey Shithead - Christ that
man can sweat. Wednesday
night at the Town Pump,
Vancouver's D.O.A. sweat and
spat their way to a fantastic
Town Pump
September 29
The band performed material from their earlier days such
as The Enemy and Rich Bitch, a
tune inspired by Margaret
Trudeau. Joey Shithead, D.O-A.'s
lead singer also belched out some
tunes from more recent albums
such as Let's Wreck the Party
and Lumber Jack City, a song
where Shithead temporarily
trades in his Gibson for a
No D.O.A. performance
would be complete without
Fuck You, an old Subhumans
number: "Call us evil, call us
crazy we don't care what you say,
Fuck You!" The band started off
this performance ofthe song
with a blues type rhythm,
culminating to a heavy throbbing
bass and slobbering vocals by
Wimpy Roy.
No hardcore gig would be
complete without slam dancers
and some general thrashing
around. And yes, there were
people pathetic enough to try to
dive off the three foot high stage
at the Pump.
The crowd ranged from a
woman with fluorescent pink lipstick (with matching skirt) to a
man dressed in a trench coat,
looking more like an off duty accountant than a D.O.A. fan. And
then there was the mainstay
hardcore bunch clad in black
animal hides, and a guy with his
hair dyed green—an almost
refreshing sight.
The audience that night
were also treated to covers such
as Singing in the Rain, BTO's
Taking Care of Business, and
The Doors L.A. Woman. D.O.A.
did their own version of Lead
Belly's Midnight Special,
dedicating it to the people of
South Africa.
D.O.A. may have reached
middle age, but that hasn't
slowed them down. Shithead can
still wobble his face like a bowl of
jelly—D.O.A. may be one of them
strange things that get better
with age.
continued from page 14
to live performance.
Do you find people getting pissed
off when they listen to you?
I think that they have to go
home and read the lyric sheet
and then they get pissed off. I
don't think the people we'rj.
going to attract are going /o get
pissed off; it's the people yWho
won't like us that are ...'—
...like Tipper Gore
Right on. I'd love to get on
her list. Everybody wants to get
on her list. We should be sending
our lyrics right away, you know.
Are your lyrics offensive enough?
I don't think they're offensive enough. Some of them are,
What kind of music are you
listening to right now?
Bill Laswell, Shankar,
people hke that. It's music by
people who listen to everything
and that's what we try to do.
jSo you like a mixed-bag kind of
Yeah any kind of music. Like
today we just listened to...uh...a
new age—no, not new age~a new
music ensemble that was only
playing woodblocks. It was just
astounding; just the rhythms.
We're influenced by everything
around us...particularly chain-
saws and buzz hammers.
Beez plays saxophone.
What are your thoughts on
Beez: Love it. Partial manipulation is my favorite manipulation
Andrew (interjecting): Beez
actually auditioned for one of the
roles as Pavlov's dogs but he was
too bright. He was fooling them.
He was actually ringing a bell in
his pants and the saliva was
dripping down his chin.
The Sarcastic Mannequins
are competing in Shindig on
Monday night, October 3rd, at
The Railway Club, and they hope
to offend you then.
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September 30,1988
THE UBYSSEY/17 Strangway shames
The Board of Governors' refusal to allow
gay athletic games to be held on campus can
only be interpreted as an act of discrimination
against the gay community.
President Strangway denies that he is
prejudiced against homosexuals, but his refusal to host the games is an acceptance of
society's intolerance. Strangway sees a need to
placate an ignorant populace. In effect, he has
legitimized prejudice against homosexuals.
Strangway's reference to "normal men's
athletics" and "normal women's athletics" is
unacceptable. He implies that homosexuality
is abnormal. Gay games are not a "third variant of activities;" they are an opportunity for
friendship, competition, and support.
We expect more from a university than
this decision, Dr. Strangway.
Universities should lead and challenge
public opinion, not be held hostage to it.
Dr. Strangway wants the University of
British Columbia to become a world class
university. But world class universities are innovators in social thought and change, and
Strangway has not displayed the courage to
lead UBC to greater accomplishments. A university, in Dr. Strangway's eyes, is no place for
Perhaps it would be too facetious to ask if
the good doctor ever read Plato, Rousseau, or
Diderot. Politics and education are inseper-
able for some ofthe world's greatest thinkers,
maybe Dr. Strangway's new credo of "second
to none" means they were just old farts.
A new day is dawning for institutionalized
ignorance. Ideas flourish in an environment of
toleration and openness, not fear and prejudice.
Access unnoticed
Every set of stairs on campus is a sign saying
to disabled students: No wheelchairs allowed.
Even the Pit, in the Student Union's own
building, is inaccessible to wheelchairs. The
AMS has 20 million dollars to spend on a
brand new recreation facility. How about
spending some money on making present facilities accessible to all students?
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September 30, 1988
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And as Strangway utterd those words that none could believe he had
uttered, Lisa Doyle and Steven Scrimshaw recoiled in disbelief, and as
Keith Damsell, Laura Busheikin, and Giles Gysel became aware ofthe
reality, their jaws dropped open. Did he say that word? Clara Young
questioned Bradley Dickson, who had been listening in on another
phone. Mandel Ngan, Joe Altwasser and Deanne Fisher said it couldn't
be so. "Strangway's on side", they chanted. Gordon Clark told them all
to knock it off, and then asked if anyone wanted to go swimming with
him. He ws taken up on the offer by Katherine Monk, Tim McGrady,
Adam Jones and Laura May, all of whom had to go home to get their
bathing suits. Corinne Bjorge said she'd go swimming too, but that she
never wore a bathing suit. Olivia Zanger, Chung Wong and Alexandra
Johnson said they would never swim again, while Ted Aussem remarked that he wouldn't mind seeing Corinne go for it. Robert
Groberman asked Rick Hiebert to catch him as he succumbed to
hysterical blindness. He hit the ground as Rob Cameron and Joanne
Braithwaite burst into the room to tell everyone about the release that
just came out of Strangway's office. Stephen Wisenthal and Chris
Wiesinger said that it couldn't possibly be true.iaison Office. At each
concert, a petition is passed around in support of the signing of the
agreement. On December 10th, 1988, the petition will be presented to
the UN in marking the 40th anniversary and calling on all the signatory
countries to remember their commitment.
Deanne Fisher
city desk:
Katherine Monk
Mandel Ngan
Chris Wleslnger
Bird bites
Wilfrid N. Silversides,
thank you for your burning
thoughts in your letter to
the Ubyssey on September
27 regarding the proposed
Recreational Facility. I am
responding publicly as you
You have asked several
questions, most of them
rhetorical, but bringing to
light many good points. In
fact, the same points I have
questioned and turned over
again and again myself.
When I first became
involved with the AMS over
two years ago, I was approached by a number of
students encouraging me to
pursue this sort of a solution
to student recreational
space on campus. My initial
response was much the
same as yours (although
somewhat more relaxed),
and I dismissed the notion
as inconsequential, if not
I wanted to concentrate
on student services, financial aid, the accessibility
and the quality of UBC education, tuition fees and government issues. So that's
what I have done; and so
have my "companions in the
AMS". Do you only pay attention to what your AMS is
doing when you disagree?
Are you too busy to understand everything else we do?
To begin with I don't
know how you arrived at
your impression of the Provincial Government's role in
this centre. But at this stage
the AMS and the students
have taken all the initiative
and for all practical purposes the Government has
been completely unin-
volved. So when I hear references to the AMS being
approached with "candy"
and  "rich kids  toys",  my
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Egos spend money
In response to Mr. Kottmeier, the AMS Director
of Finance., and his letter criticizing the Ubyssey for
their opposition totheRecfac, I would Hke to respond
that the editors are not the only ones who take a
"negative stance* towards large capital projects. The
proposal is nothingless than a grossinsult to the large
population of underfunded students at this university, all of whom "earn* the priviledge of an education
by assuming massive debt loads. Quite frankly, I find
the prospect of poor students, already burdened with
prohibitively high tuition fees, paying even more so
that future West Van jocks can have an. indoor track
How canyon condemn the Ubyssey for speaking
on behalf of stud-nts when the AMS so dearly doesn't
give a damn about the real needs of those it purports
torepresent? Am I deaf thatlhave completely missed
the clamour of people demanding a shiny new recreational facility?
Ifyou think about the AMS and their motives, it
becomes obvious just which segment of students they
represent and what the real purpose of this multimillion-dollar bauble is. Grooming themselves for political careers, Mr. Bird and Mr. Kottmeier are aping
the methods of our Socred and Tory governments,
who respond with circuses to the people's cry for
At least there is no danger of changing UBCs
image as a rich kid's school where recreation (having
a good time) takes precedence over education (serious
stuff). A vote for this project will be a direct message
to the administration and government that students
have money to lavish on luxuries.
By Andrew Stevenson
UBC NDP Club Member
guess is that your imagination has got ahold of you,
and so I can't even begin to
set you straight in this letter.
But I will advise you to
do some research into this
matter and even into your
own comments: the AMS
does sponser over fifty bursaries; the AMS is presently
preparing an extensivley
researched proposal aimed
at lowering tuition; the AMS
is continually hard at work
(often behind the scenes) in
attempts to upgrade our libraries, Government funding, and all aspects of a
quality education system.
While working on these
other   fronts,   increasing
numbers of students have
been hounding me to call a
referendum on a Rec center
project. Rather than ignoring this overwhelming concern, we began to go to work
on the issue. Now you see
the product of 11 months of
planning and research—a
well thought out proposal to
take to the student body.
I have not neglected
these other issues—on the
contrary, I work on them
every day. If you want to
help me on these other
fronts or learn more about
them, I encourage you to
come see me, and I can show
you how to get involved.
As for your belief that
"financially   and   socially
elite" and "wealthy and
titled" students are the only
ones interested in fitness,
recreation and extracurricular activities, and that
most students "especially
those from the interior" are
aligned with your views —
well, think again Einstein:
many students from the interior and from all economic
backgrounds are the very
ones who have convinced
the AMS to proceed this far
with the proposal. Do you
see it as a crime for students
to want a little fun and relaxation during their University years? Get a grip.
This referendum will be
a democratic process to decide whether or not UBC
students want to support
the Rec Center proposal. No
one is forcing you to vote in
favor. I am asking you to
vote. I am doing my job and
you are asking me to apologize. Mr. Silversides, does
this mean you will be running in the next AMS election? Or are you to remain
an armchair politician? In
the mean time I'm voting for
the Rec Centre.
Tim Bird
AMS President
How aggravating to
find Billy Bragg on the cover
ofthe last issue ofthe Ubyssey. I have also enjoyed his
concerts in the past, but last
Sunday night I was among
the lucky Vancouverites
who saw Stephen fearing at
the Vancouver East Cultural Center. Why do we
continue to applaud the already recognized "stars"
instead of searching out and
celebrating the talent that
comes out of our very own
Julie James
English Literature 4
September 30,1988 OP-ID
love trees
Please be aware that
the attitudes expressed in
the slogans written on Omar
(the Forestry car) and in the
letters by Forestry students
Ian Maclver and Dave
Christie do not express the
opinions of all Forestry students. There are many foresters who are concerned
about environmental issues
and have an open mind regarding such land use issues
as the Stein Valley and
Meares Island. These
people hope to combine their
respect for the environment
with knowledge of Forest
Harvesting, Management,
and Science in order to become responsible foresters.
It is unfortunate that
some Forestry students
chose to express attitudes
that are derogatory towards
women. We would hope that
our Forestry peers would be
the ones to help women gain
respect in our profession,
not hinder. Obviously many
men in Forestry believe that
women are competent, or
they wouldn't always be
asking for help with homework.
Unfortunately some
harmful attitudes have
unwittingly been passed on,
along with Forestry traditions like Omar. It may be
fun to have a car that advertises a dance; it is not so
much fun when these advertisements are degrading to
people and the forests.
We believe that Forestry needs a new set of traditions growing out of an
attitude of respect for nature and people.
Maureen Scott
Doug Hopwood
Forest Science 3
Greeks dispel
With reference to the
article about U.S. fraternity
crackdowns in Tuesday's
paper, I believe that the article is inappropriate, irrelevant, and does not reflect
upon fraternities in Canada. U.B.C. fraternities do
not condone law-breaking
activities here or at other
university campuses. In
fact, with the relatively
small Greek systems and
similarly small liability insurance problems in Canada, U.B.C. fraternities are
more concerned with social
activities and charity fund
raising than our counterparts in the States. I hope
this dispells any myths or
notions about the Greeks at
Gary Mark,
Inter-fraternity Council
There has been a lot of
complaint lately about the
poor transit service to UBC,
especially on the #10 route.
While there certainly have
been cutbacks, and I for one
am in favour of BC Transit
returning to the old bus frequency, the problem of overcrowding is being aggravated by bus riders themselves. I refer to the failure
of passengers to move to the
back ofthe bus. Many times
I've had busses pass by
without stopping because
the front of the bus is too
crowded to let anyone get
on, while there were only a
few people standing at the
back. It does not smell bad.
There is no social stigma
involved. No one will laugh
at you for showing a little
thought and consideration.
It is a very simple procedure. Ifyou see a gap, move
back. And more people will
be able to get on at the front.
Most of the people on
the #10 bus are coming to
campus anyway. There is no
need to wait around the
back doors to be first off. In
the end, you may very well
pay for the few seconds you
save today with the treat of
having three or four half-
full buses pass you buy on
that important day when
you have to be there on time.
Sure, BC Transit is letting
us down, but the bus users
too must do their share.
Gordon Drukier
Graduate Studies
Put up or shut up
No whiners
Congratulations Ward,
on being the straw that
broke the camel's back.
Upon reading your letter of
September 23rd entitled
"Jocks Piss in Sink," I felt it
was my duty as the only
"fine" Pit bouncer with an
education above the first
grade, to form a rebuttal.
Preferential treatment
is not supposed to be given to
any patron frequenting the
Pit Pub. On rare occasions,
and with prior approval
from the Pit management,
some varsity athletes are
allowed access to the Pit
only after special events
(such as a post-Vanier Cup
victory party). Under no
circumstances  is any  pa-
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Sundays and Holidays
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tron, regardless of affiliation with a varsity team,
allowed to remain on the
premises after violating any
of the rules existing at the
As for pissing in the
sink. Since the Pit does not
employ such Orwellian tactics as surveillance cameras
in the washrooms, it is not
always possible to catch and
escort out such vile thugs.
The doormen at the Pit do
appreciate concerned students noting a general description of the trouble
maker so that he/she can be
escorted out. (Alot of good it
does hearing about it in a
newspaper a week later).
Since I was not working
on the Thursday night in
question, I will not comment
on your description of the
"collisions" on the dance
floor. However, the doorman in question should
have responded in a far
more professional manner.
As for your churlishly
sarcastic compliment on the
job that the "fine" Pit doormen do, I suggest you try on
the shoe before squealing
about the fit. It takes a
pretty special kind of temperament to deal with the
crap spat out at us on a continuous basis by drunk and
obnoxious students who
sure as hell don't treat
"their" bar as theirs.
Jeff T. McNeill
Arts 4 (I.R.)
"Adam Jones' bias
blasted" - "Jones is Red
apologist" ... Must be the
silly season or something.
I've been minding my own
business at The Ubyssey
for a year and a half now,
quietly reviewing everything from Steve Winwood
to "The Last Temptation of
Christ", and suddenly afew
people are taking offense.
Well, let's peel away
the invective and take a
closer look at the charges.
According to the dictionary, someone who
brings a charge of bias is
accusing his target of unfairness, or of failing to consult the facts before forming "a mental leaning or inclination".
Clearly, the accusation carries weight only if
proof—as opposed to strident assertion or outright
slander—is provided to
substantiate the alleged
"unfairness" or falsehood.
In other words, put up or
shut up
Both letters denouncing my reviewing skills
(September 23) signally
failed to present evidence
that my comments, or the
passages I chose to cite
from review materials,
were in any way at odds
with the facts. Instead, the
problem seems to be that I
didn't bother to keep reality suitably bound and
Thus Michael Groberman—who apparently has
not been reading the newspapers—assails my review
(September 20) of Michel
Khleifi's film Wedding In
Galilee. He says I simplistd-
cally represent the situation
in the Palestinian occupied
territories  as  a battle  of
"sadist versus victim". (The
phrase I actually used was
"occupier and occupied", but
never mind.)
Groberman seems particularly pissed by my passing reference to the trigger-
happy habits and often indiscriminate violence of Israeli occupying forces. This,
of course, is depressingly
obvious most nights on the
six o'clock news, so it's hard
to see how he missed it.
In the 24 hours that this
letter has been in the works,
six more Palestinians have
been shot to death; 150 shot
and wounded since last Friday, and bullets are only the
tip of the iceberg. But for
Groberman, merely mentioning reality is proof of a
"biased" viewpoint, which
renders "irrelevant" the rest
of my review.
Convenient, that! It
enables Groberman to dismiss the pains I took, in the
bulk ofthe review, to praise
Khleifi's portrayal of the
"complex interaction" between Israelis and Palestinians.
I mentioned the factionalism ofthe Palestinian village, and specifically noted
an instance of sympathetic
behavior   by   the   Israelis
(their attempted rescue of
the village chiefs mare from
a minefield). I also cited the
refusal of many villagers in
the film to countenance violent action against Israeli
troops—while they denounced the Israeli forces
for "terrorizing everyone"
and torturing many Palestinians.
Note, too, that mine
was a very brief review,
and appeared with a longer
one (by Rosanna Ditmars)
that explored the more
personal aspects of Wedding In Galilee competently and with sensitivity.
None of this is exactly "irrelevant", to my mind. But
it makes no difference to
Groberman, leaving one to
wonder just where the
"bias" lies.
As for Greg Lanning's
puerile letter attacking my
Alexander Cockburn book
review, it's unfortunately
no surprise to see such
pathological smear tactics
employed at the university
level. Nor is it unusual to
come across a transparent
plea for censorship masquerading as a defense of
"university values". But is
this slapstick McCarthyite
really a second year law
student? I suggest he be
ft-isked for blunt instruments before he enters the
Now, if you'll excuse
me, I'm off to pick up my
tuition cheque from the
KGB, before tucking into a
heaping plateful of kittens
for dinner. Washed down
with the blood of newborns,
Adam Jones
I.R. 4
Send Jones to Cuba
With deference to what
would appear to be your
superior statistical research, and years, I write to
re-examine your re-examination of September 27.
While any revolutionary in the Kremlin's employ
must clearly produce some
eudemonic results (like
those you cited), in order to
prove he is right, it is surely
a ci nch to do so with the kind
of money Moscow has been
paying him to doit. Rhetorical exaggerations about
other Latin American countries do not help Castro's
case. Besides, Cuba's impressive military machine is
not there (as Soviet propaganda and you claim) to
'defend' Cuba from the
United States. Rather,
Cuban troops serve Russian
interests overseas.
Mr Jones, your enthusi-
asmin defendineand(dare I
use the word) championing
causes that self-pro-
claimedly seek our destruction raises two further questions: In whose employ do
you so unabashedly promote the interests of our
foes, and why would you pay
for a degree education at
UBC when you can get one
in Cuba for free?
Christian Champion
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University Boulevard
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Sunday October 2nd 7:00pm
Following the service at 7:30 pm
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September 30,1988
Germany's Greens: at the crossroads
By Adam Jones
In May of this year, a dispute arose in
the ranks of West Germany's Green Party
over the question of a minimum sentence for
rape offences. Leaders of the grassroots
party praesidium, whose positions Green
parliamentary delegates were originally
supposed to represent, instructed the fraction in the Bundestag—the West German
parliament—to declare themselves in favor
of a two-year minimum sentence. The
Bundestag fraction refused, indicating it
preferred a one-year minimum.
The result was an open furor. Georg
Spitz, a Green from Dortmund in
Germany's industrial Ruhr, wrote an open
letter to party members recommending
they withhold their party fees, a move that
would result in automatic withdrawal of
party membership.
"I don't want to put up with the behavior ofthe Green fraction in the Bundestag,"
Spitz told Die Tageszeitung. "They are ignoring the decisions taken by party conventions."
Other angry Greens placed an ad in the
left-leaning newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau, proclaiming: "The Green Parliamentary Fraction No Longer Represents the
Party Base."
The Bundestag delegates responded
with a broadside of their own. "Anyone who
uses a newspaper ad to take an internal
Green conflict into the public arena has
given up on internal methods of resolution,
and thereby declares that the process of
democratic decision-making has failed,"
said one delegate.
What does it all mean?
A West German journalist, Peter Reinhardt, wrote in the Rundschau that the
dispute proved there existed "a kind of disorientation regarding Green perspectives,
even in relatively stable Green regional
chapters." This was the result, according to
Reinhardt, of a vacuum created at the
grassroots level by the decline of the
citizen's initiatives and social movements
which had propelled the Green movement
into the mainstream political spectrum in
the first place.
"The erosion of the Party base is causing some alarm," Reinhardt said, "since
only a fraction of the membership still engages in meetings and takes part in actions."
The disharmony, the air of crisis that
has surrounded the Greens in recent years,
is linked to the exploratory and constantly
shifting nature ofthe party's role and development.
The split these days is between the
"realos" (realists) and the "fundis", or fundamentalists. The controversy over rape
sentencing offers a concrete illustration. It
pitted the wayward realos (adherents to a
"pragmatic" and potentially coalitionist
line, who dominate in the Bundestag),
against the fundis, who constantly refer
back to the spirit of the grassroots movements that spawned the Greens.
The fundis tend to predominate at the
grassroots level of organization. One of
their main tenets is that Greens in the
Bundestag must continue to defer to the
base, even given a certain decline in energy
and initiative at the grassroots. For support
they can cite the party program of 1983,
which calls for "the continuous control of all
office holders, delegates, and institutions
by the rank and file, together with replacea-
bility at any time ... to counter the dissociation of individuals from their base."
This is the theory. As the rape-law
controversy suggests, reality can work
somewhat differently. The parliamentary
realos are noted for suggesting sometimes
radical alterations in the Green strategy
and political platform, and their greater
visibility, even celebrity, brings with it a
degree of autonomy.
The parliamentary realos' unstated
claim is that they use this autonomy, and
their parliamentary expertise, to advance
the essential Green platform in the notoriously insular and unreal environment of
Bonn, the West German capital. But this
exploratory approach sometimes seems to
threaten basic Green ideals. On the key
questions of German membership in
NATO, for example, Joschka Fischer—
probably the most prominent realo—has
called on the party to abandon its opposition.
"The slogan 'Out of NATO' is nonsense," he told the New York Times last
October. Tm in favor of dissolving both
military blocs, but it's not feasible now."
Fischer is also against an immediate end to
nuclear power, one of the Greens' holiest
Such blunt sentiments are highly disturbing to those who want to preserve the
Greens' distinctive character as both party
and movement, articulating concerns well
to the left ofthe mainstream political spectrum in Germany.
The Greens were formed as the mainstream expression of a complex array of
social forces and protest movements in
Germany: ecological, anti-militarist, feminist. Like their counterparts around the
world, these movements gathered force
during the 1960s and 1970s, working to fill
the sterile vacuum left by establishment
politics. The party was founded officially in
1979. In 1983, it crossed the "five-percent
barrier" (the portion ofthe popular vote any
party must receive to send delegates to the
German parliament). It consolidated its
position in the Bundestag in the federal
elections of January, 1987.
Five years after that first triumph, the
necessity remains in Germany for principled, radical—but avowedly non-violent—opposition. Green members never
have to wait long for reminders of why their
party was formed, especially given the increasingly Reagan-style regime instituted
under the current conservative Chancellor,
Christian Democrat Helmut Kohl.
As recently as this May, for example,
the Kohl government took a decisive step in
the direction of authoritarianism by introducing sweeping "anti-terrorism" legislation that, among other things, made it illegal for demonstrators to cover their faces to
avoid the cameras of security police.
For many Greens such measures suggest a kind of latent fascism in what Gabi
Gottwald called "the ordinary German
"It's a totalitarian uniformity, everyone in line," said Gottwald, a councillor in
the Greens' International Fund, in a recent
"They have created the legal basis for a
true BigBrother state. ...The way they treat
demonstrators as militant groups, any kind
of demonstrators, has already strongfascist
overtones. It's a policy of limiting and stigmatizing the groups, shifting them beyond
the boundaries of 'normal' society."
The obvious danger is that this mentality will one day flood the entire mainstream
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