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Array McGill students get new $6,000 whitener
of the whitest men in the world
could put McGill University
students deeply in the red.
Ian Smith, former Rhodesian
prime minister and leader of the
white minority-ruled nation until
democratic elections turned the
government over to blacks, has
been invited to speak at McGill
for a fee of $6,000.
The campus debating union
has sent a contract to Smith asking him to appear in October.
Although some faculty
members will be asked to help
pay costs, the debating union
says it has enough money to pay
Smith if other aid is unavailable.
The president of the anti-
apartheid South African student
committee at McGill criticized
the choice of Smith and called
the union's decision "ironic."
"The student council voted
unanimously to divest its funds
from a country whose institutions are similar to Smith's and
now the debating union spends
five times the South Africa committee's budget to bring in
Smith," said Barbara Jenkins.
The committee's budget is
$1,200, said Jenkins. She added
that she was concerned student
society funds granted to the
debating union were to be used
for a speech which union chairman Peter MaCarthur described
as "Smith's defense of his role in
the war and the evolution of
MaCarthur said his union
could justify the expense.
"Smith will be an interesting
speaker. He was at the centre of
one of the major political controversies in the world.'"
Debating union president
Marcel Mongeon said the offer
to Smith did not imply the union
supporting Smith's politics.
"By no means do we support
his view. But we see no reason
not to bring him in," said
Jenkins said she did not object
to Smith's appearance, but only
to the expense involved.
"We'd be the last to stop
freedom of speech. Now if he
wanted to speak for free, I
wouldn't mind," she said.
Jenkins said she believes the
choice is calculated to create
controversy and sell tickets,
which the union does not deny.
"If we had a chance to bring in
the Ayatollah Khomeini, we
would," said MaCarthur.
Vol. LXIII, No.
Vancouver, B.C. Friday, September 12,1980
Labor course
striking out
CARREL-LESS STUDENTS DEPRIVED of study space in Brock Hall
clutch books and huddle outside Henry Angus building, studying until
sun goes down and eyes begin to hurt. Then, like waifs of bygone days.
—stuart davia photo
pathetic academic wretches trudge down path to Wreck Beach, where
they live in tattered tents, unable to find warm, four-walled homes. No
one knows trouble they've seen. Oh, lordy, lordy.
Housing eases, fleas not pleased
The student housing crisis appears to be easing off, UBC off-
campus housing director Dave
Johnson said Thursday.
But Johnson said that although
the volume of people checking out
the university's housing listings is
noticeably down, it is impossible to
tell how bad the situation really is.
All students seem to have found a
roof over their heads, he said, but
many are living in less than ideal accommodations, such as in temporary housing, with relatives or
with friends until permanent housing can be found.
B.C.    Students'    Federation
spokesman Steve Shallhorn said
Thursday his office is still hearing
some housing horror stories.
Shallhorn said one student couple
were forced to move out when they
found their room infested with
In searching for the source of the
fleas they discovered the floor simply consisted of some thin boards
resting directly on the ground, he
said. The room was later found
listed again on the Simon Fraser
University housing board.
According to Johnson, the UBC
housing situation is the worst since
1975, when appeals had to be made
for Vancouver families to open
their homes temporarily to students
unable to- find accommodation.
Johnson said the housing crisis
has caused some students to get a
bad start in their academic year
because of the time lost in searching
for a place to live. Many students
are simply giving up and going
home ratner than waiting for the
housing crisis to subside, he added.
Shallhorn said the BCSF will be
meeting with representatives from
the boards of governors of the province's three universities next week
to discuss the problem. The federation will continue to pressure the
provincial government to allocate
funds for student housing projects,
he said.
The Universities Council of B.C.,
an administrative body that acts as
a buffer between the universities
and the provincial government, has
appointed an ad hoc committee on
student housing, Shallhorn said. A
consultant to the committee had
recommended that the universities
construct townhouse-type
residences, he said, but no mention
has been made of where the funds
would come from.
The B.C. student housing crisis is
part of a nation-wide problem facing students at several campuses
this fall. Other hot spots include
universities in Calgary, Edmonton
and Waterloo.
Special to The Ubyssey
To the B.C. Federation of Labor
solidarity does not extend to allowing unions not affiliated with itself
to participate in college courses on
The federation is urging its members to boycott the labor studies
program at North Vancouver's
Capilano College because the college allows non-federated unions to
have a part in the program.
Federation education committee
secretary David Rice said the committee did not think the federation
should endorse a program that services non-affiliated union members
or does not give the federation some
sort of control over the program.
"We've seen the involvement of
non-affiliated unions (in labor education) before and it's gotten out of
hand," said Rice. "Some unions
have continual battles with us. You
don't develop a program for non-
Rice also said the program does
not meet the guidelines for labor education set down by the federation
and the Canadian Labor Congress.
But college program coordinator
Ed Lavalle said the guidelines are
not applicable to the college. "I
don't think the CLC guidelines are
workable for public institutions,"
said Lavalle.
"The issue is basically to what extent a public program like ours will
be required to follow the CLC
guidelines," he said.
Rice said the guidelines were formulated at the 1978 CLC convention. "The guidelines are generally
seen as putting on courses for rank
and file members. The college
courses don't meet our definition."
"Labor education is not something with someone outside the
movement telling us what we
want," said Rice. "The members
expect to hear issues from the labor
perspective decided on at federation
and CLC conferences. (In this program) there is the likelihood some
of the things you hear won't be the
policy of the federation and the
Lavalee said he has never received any complaints about the program. "We've never had a specific
complaint about content. Most of
the unions that have worked with us
have been happy. All of our instructors undergo rigorous evaluation."
Lavalee said he did not think the
federation's decision to boycott the
program would seriously harm the
program. "It will have some impact
on enrolment but not a major impact."
. In the past, most of the federation's support of the program was
through promotion within its membership. "The endorsation meant
the program is promoted," said
Rice. "It also gives the program
some credibility. *• Page 2
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Page 3
Cash cutting to close colleges?
TORONTO (CUP) — Closing
post-secondary institutions in Ontario may be the only solution to
chronic provincial government
underfunding, according to the
chair of the board of governors at
Guelph University.
Alan Marchment made the
remark after last month's meeting
between Ontario university ad-
mininstrators and premier Bill
Davis to discuss provincial funding
of universities.
Discussions were not fruitful and
the future looks bleak, particularly
for Ontario universities which are,
currently, funded less per capita
than all other universities in the
country, the Council of Ontario
Universities said.
This  year  Ontario   will   spend
— glan aanford photo
PITTING SKILLS AGAINST seven years of incredibly bad taste, beer stains, puked-upon walls, tacky terrycloth
tablecovers, ratty rugs and windowless walls, workmen renovating Pit consider turning subterranean cesspool into dumping ground for radioactive waste. Major improvement is said to be sign indicating men's sink is NOT
urinal. Pit reopens Sept. 22.
Soviets may check Poles
The liberalizations of government rule won by striking Polish workers are similar to those that caused the
Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, a UBC audience
was told Thursday.
Peter Petro, a UBC Slavonic studies professor,
warned that he is unsure how far the liberalizations can
go before the Soviet government moves to stop the
process. But Petro added that the Soviets will not allow relaxation of Communist Party authority to become widespread.
And UBC political science professor Paul Marantz
agreed as he told 30 people in Buch. 102 that it is unlikely the political changes taking place in Poland initiated by the massive workers' strike would spread to
other eastern bloc communist nations. Marantz and
Petro were part of a UBC panel discussing The Soviet
Bloc in Crisis.
Morantz said other eastern European countries have
already experienced the disastrous results of liberaliza
tion attempts and are unlikely to follow the Polish example.
Panelist Jan Solecki said that although Poland is
much more highly developed than Afghanistan, the
countries are very similar in that their people are both
highly patriotic and religious. UBC professor Solecki
said these two factors are greatly inhibiting Soviet efforts to prop up the puppet Afghanistan government.
And Slavonic studies professor Bogdan Czaykowski, predicted the establishment of self-governing free
trade unions in Poland (the major concession granted
the strikers) will conflict with basic communist principles. He said the role of the Communist Party is to
represent the working class and that the new unions
could usurp that role.
The panelists were unsure of the eventual result of
the Polish strikes but all agreed that if the situation
threatens the overall position of the Communist Party,
the Soviet Union will intervene.
$4,564 per university student compared to the national average of
$5,597 per student. To bring Ontario universities up to the average
would require an additional $170
million from the government.
The council said that either accessibility to education or academic
quality would continue to suffer if-
funding constaints remained. As it
stands now, the council said,
dwindling funds over the past few
years have led to poorly maintained
buildings, below average
laboratories and libraries and an exodus of faculty to the West and the
United States.
But even western universities are
in trouble. At UBC Wednesday administration president Doug Kenny
told the university senate that "we
are on the slippery to a mediocre
society. Kenny said academic quality at UBC is in jeopardy because the
provincial government is underfunding post-secondary education.
"If there is not to be more money
then the only way out might seem to
be to close institutions," said Marchment.
All practical money-saving
schemes have been applied at Ontario universities, the council said.
But there is only so far they can go
before money-saving schemes
damage the usefulness of a university education, said Council representatives.
Council member John
Panabaker, president of Mutual
Life of Canada, said he was impressed by "the extent to which the
screws have been applied" in
budgeting and energy conservation
at McMaster University in
Panabaker, past chair of
McMaster's board of governors,
said universities are coping with inflation almost as well as private industry and business. But some cuts
that would seem practical to
business — such as increasing class
size from 20 to 100 to save on
salaries — would simply damage
education, Panabaker said.
Big three talk
The common problem of rising
tuition, decreasing student housing
and provincial government proposals for Discovery Parks is quickening the thaw in relations between
the student societies of B.C.'s three
major universities.
At a conference on Saltspring Island later this month or in early October, student representatives from
UBC, Simon Fraser University and
the University of Victoria will meet
to discuss "everything from the
three universities . . . service, politics, what we're doing, student
rights," Allen Soltis, Alma Mater
Society external affairs coordinator, said Thursday.
The conference, which is the first
of its kind between the three universities, was suggested by UVic president Angus Christian, Soltis said.
Soltis said "the reason we decided to have the Saltspring talks is
that we are trying to get something
together that gets us away for a day
to find out what the issues are, and
what to do about them."
Some of Soltis' concerns are that
"students have problems with housing, tuition, the deal on Discovery
Park. And the fact that maybe students are going into Alberta because of the high cost of coming into Vancouver to live.
"Once, our student council
would rather not get involved with
other universities. But now there is
a transition. We're isolated out
here. We're protected. It's nice to
look around and see what other universities are doing," Soltis said.
"We have to have this meeting
amongst the universities to determine where we're really going. Because when you compare the budgets we have with some of the universities back east, well we've got
VICTIM OF SUB-sistent diet lies outside in gastronomic graveyard.
Evidence of poison SUB-plot hatched against hapless chap can be seen
in presence of coffee cup, apparently last liquid to grace lips of dearly
departed. Many students are SUB
stopped by soups, rocked by rolls
— eric eggertson photo
-sumed daily, felled by French fries,
and poisoned by poisson.
to make some decisions. This gives
us a chance to voice a collective opinion," Soltis said.
The effectiveness of the Association of Student Councils, a university service organization, will also
be discussed. "Part of our problem
is that the University of Manitoba
and the University of Calgary are
trying to start up a western AOSC
because they feel that we're being
dominated by the universities of
Ontario," Soltis said.
Last summer council members
went to the University of Alberta, U
of C, and the University of Washington. Soltis said he thought the
trips were productive and that
"we've learned, a lot seeing how
other universities are run."
Soltis is sure the Saltspring talks
will be productive. "We can come
up with a list of recommendations
and take them to council," he said.
'Carrel loss
affects few'
The UBC administration's closure of Brock Hall study areas will
affect only a small number of
students who were monopolizing
carrels, a UBC spokesman claimed
Al Hunter, UBC's media relations officer, said the administration does not plan to supply alternative study space because there is
"already plenty of study space on
campus, as long as it's used properly."
But Anthony Dickinson, student
member of the board of governors,
said there are no statistics on the
amount of study space. He slammed the eviction of students from
Brock Hall and called for restoration of the hall as a study area.
However, Dickinson and Hunter
agreed the carrels have been unfairly monopolized in the past. They
both said it was ridiculous for the
study carrels to be allotted to only
one student per term.
"People who just claim a carrel
for themselves aren't being fair to
other students," Dickinson said.
The administration announced
Wednesday it will move study carrels from Brock Hall to make way
for student counselling offices, but
did not indicate how many of the 80
carrels will be taken.
Hunter denied there will be a
shortage of study space because
"virtually every department" on
campus has study libraries and
reading rooms, in addition to space
in libraries and residences. Page 4
Friday, September 12,1980
The Inferno
Ifs easy to catch a taste, a scent of the ebullient bouquet of the
finest student newspaper west of Blanca St. You only have to
read Dante's Inferno. Poe's Fall of The House of Usher also has
its common points with the fine madness experienced by otherwise happy, well-adjusted students who allow themselves to be
used as bricks to make a bridge to hell.
At least that's how it looks to anyone entering our newsroom
for the first time. Don't be fooled by shoddy imitations. The fact
is, we are no more capable of true insanity than we are of passing
ourselves as truly normal.
We are told the main emotions felt by a student coming into
our cozy nest in the northeast corner of SUB are fear and intimidation. This we can understand. The sight of a grown human being writhing and screaming because something on a scrap of
paper "doesn't fit" can be disconcerting even after it has been experienced several times.
We would prefer to liken it to a clean slope of fine powdery
snow lying before a pair of perfectly waxed Rossignol skis. There
are wipeouts, true (our editor is one), but there are also the moments of sheer exhilaration when you've finally got the goods on,
some undoubtedly evil being or body and the prose is flying from
your fingertips at the typewriter with the same sweet rhythm as
hitting the moguls after a long schuss.
We need people who have fortitude and strong stomachs to
face our bad manners, our bad taste and the intransigence of our
sources. Inside we are pathetic, wasted creatures crying out for
understanding, loose shoes, tight headlines and a warm place to
have a fit.
If you dont' come around and give us a try, you'll have to read
crap like this the rest of the year.
September 12,1980
Published Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the university year by the Alma Mater
Society of the University of B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not of the AMS or
the university administration. Member, Canadian University Press. The Ubyssey publishes Page
Friday, a weekly commentary and review. The Ubyssey's editorial office is in room 241K of the
Student Union Building. Editorial departments, 228-2301; Advertising, 228-3977.
Editor: Verne McDonald
Verne McDonald quietly reflected on the past week as he sat lounging in the Ubyseey Jacuzzi with aex kittens Scott McDonald, Mark Leiren-Young, and
Raymond Hanson. His reveries wa8 interrupted aa water buffalo Geof Wheelwright aeparated himself from sister Julie and declared Keith Baldrey a non-entity.
Bill Tieleman came up from the bottom of the tub complaining of hearing Steve Palmer, James Hutsons and Nancy Campbells making sounds like buffalos
with aqualungs. But swan Steve McClure piped up and the tub suddenly over-flowed as Greg Strong and Glen Sanford waddled in, squishing Marguerite in the
process. Eric Eggertson and Joe March were quickly called in to clean up the mess, but did not arrive before Eddie Wilde pulled the plug on them all, squashing
plans for a mass orgie with Julie Ovenall, and Cris Sion. Kerry Reiger left the room and switched on Bach.
Utopia comes with separation
Separatism is an idea whose time
has come. British Columbia has
more to gain from leaving this compromise of a country than any other
province, and the reasons why are
becoming increasingly obvious.
B.C. has a tine amount of resources. Consider these what you
will: land, housing, jobs, electrical
power, natural resources. B.C. also
has one of the two highest rates of
immigrants entering the province in
Canada. This represents an infinite
number of people taking advantage
of a finite amount of resources.
That is the crux of the problem, and
it is a problem which all other provinces are better able to cope with.
The standard of living has
already started to slip here.
Remember the big population
boom of 1969, and that hot summer? Remember all those houses
going up? Well, during the population boom of 1980 all we got was
Clarke clears
muddy brew
Once again there seem to be a few mistakes in a number of the articles
that appeared in the September 9 issue of The Ubyssey. Some very important points, which were discussed during the interviews, have been
left out of these articles — perhaps to make room for the sensational
statements which do appear.
In the article entitled "AMS boosts beer prices again" you failed to
point out the increase in costs relative to and preceding the increase in
price. In 1978, for example, a keg of draft (120 14-oz. servings) cost
$71.00 and a 14-oz. serving was selling for 85c per glass. Since that time,
the cost has increased three times and a keg currently costs $98.00. This
is a 38 per cent increase over a comparable time period the retail price increased 15c to today's price of $1.00 (only bottled beer costs $1.15).
Therefore we have our costs increasing 32 per cent and our price increasing by only 17 per cent. Obviously we are making less money per
Now combine this factor with a decrease in sales over the 79/80 academic year. (1978/79 sales were $543,000 and 1979/80 sales were
One would logically expect a decrease in the earnings of the Pit given
that the other expenditures did not substantially differ from the 79/80
budgeted amounts. Therefore his answer is not "more likely" that the
Social Centre manager has tightened up the inventory control as I was
quoted having said; this is the only answer.
The reason for the decrease in sales is still under debate. Perhaps the
rowdy, if not outright dangerous atmosphere caused people to avoid the
Pit, who knows?
However, the smell and hopefully the rowdy atmosphere will be eliminated through the renovations currently taking place.
Which brings us to the $80,000 figure your article quoted us as the
costs for the renovations. This figure is reasonably close, however, you
fail to point out that the figure includes $35,000 for painting and
carpeting which the administration will cover, as stated in the indenture
between AMS and the administration; Re: SUB.
Regarding the headline article entitled $1.5 million AMS plans hit. It
is true that, if there is no drastic decrease in the student population for
this academic year, the SUB debenture the AMS has been paying off for
18 years will finally be put to rest. However, the fee was originally
part of the AMS general fee which, by referendum was applied to SUB,
and therefore would automatically cease to be levied.
Len Clarke
director of finance
condominiums and apartments.
Look at the pollution problem on
the beaches around Victoria; look
at the student housing "problem."
How many of those students simply
packed their car and came from
Alberta or Ontario or some other
If some Albertan believes he was
born with a silver spoon in his
mouth and he thinks he has got the
world by the balls then Alberta is
where he belongs. I could generalize
forever about how different all easterners are: how they are more conservative, short hair and suits types
with gas monsters for cars and neanderthal politics. This way of
thinking is going to go the way of
the passenger pigeon in a few short
years. The idea that development
must come only as a byproduct of
rampant, uncontrolled development is a modern-day dinosaur.
Prosperity should not be spread
thinly among hordes of newcomers;
it should be for British Columbians
alone. We shouldn't have to hunt
for  accommodation  in  our  own
land; we shouldn't have to lose our
irreplaceable farmland just to house
others who have no feeling for the
land on which they live.
People moving west don't think
of moving to the prairies, they think
of B.C. and especially Vancouver.
No doubt many of you reading this
are testimony to that. Go home.
Ah, you say, but what about all
the money and jobs these prairie
and Ontario expatriates bring?
People with all their belongings
in the back of their station wagon,
or pensioners, are not likely to create too many jobs. Besides, their
money is going to seem rather indigestible when we start to need more
food or electricity for them.
Guess who the first ones will be
to scream for nuclear power plants
when their lights dim. . . It is becoming extremely silly to argue
about money and jobs when it is
people and resources which really
matter. If we care about our province, whether we were born here or
not, we will realize that it is rapidly
becoming too populous to maintain
our standard of living. B.C. has,
right now, the potential to be an energy self-sufficient, resource rich,
environmentally undisturbed province.
More people mean that the fate
of the Fraser Valley will be the fate
of the rest of the province. More
people can only be a weakening factor, not a strengthening one.
More people are not the only factor. "Ottawa-bashing" is quite
rightly becoming a popular pastime
here. To force individual provinces
in a compromise of a country like
Canada to give up much of their
wealth is bound to divide the country, especially when we get little or
nothing from Ottawa in return.
When we have so little in common
with the east it is criminal to take
our resources and give them to the
The very diversity between provinces created the provincial boundaries. They represent a difference in
people and geography, and it is
doubly criminal to govern a province such as B.C. from Ottawa with
one hand all the while ripping us off
with the other. Those resources belong to B.C., not to Ottawa.
Any government that has the gall
to declare Ontario a have-not province is never going to get any support in the west, yet we sheep in
British Columbia continue to pay
through the nose. These resources
B.C. have are non-renewable, and I
for one will bet that we won't get a
hill of beans out of the rest of this
country when they are gone.
To these factors you can add bilingualism, metrification, "Canada
Post," and Ottawa's choice of a national flag. (As well as any other
federal nonsense, money-wasting,
bureaucratic bungling, Ontario-
Quebec favoritism, freight rates,
tariffs, tax excesses and any others
you can think of.)
Do we really get a decent return
for that 50 per cent of our tax dollar
sent back east? Who is paying for
all the constitutional pablum we are
being spoon fed on TV and on billboards, etc.?
With all that evidence; it is no
wonder that western separatism is
on the rise, especially in B.C. While
there are several groups claiming to
be separatists, none are really concerned with our province except the
Western National Party.
The party was originally formed
in response to a letter to the editor
of the Victoria Colonist, under the
name of the Committee for Western
That was in 1975. Five years have
seen many name changes, leadership changes, and policy changes.
The party is now leaving the prairies
entirely out of the picture, and is
becoming a purely British Columbian separatist party. According to
party secretary Stan Bennett, a
strong supporter of the B.C.-only
idea, party members include approximately one-third former
NDP'ers, which may surprise some,
given the conservative slant to the
The issues I outlined earlier are,
however, extremely pressing and no
doubt this has caused many to subjugate their left-wing or right-wing
leanings for the good of their province.
The party right now is in somewhat of a state of change. After
Doug Christie left the party following a court case in the spring, the
party was (and is) resurrected under
the old name of the WNP. To avoid
spreading party resources too thinly, a go-slow policy is being followed with respect to organization in
the prairie provinces. Many B.C.
members do not live in the Lower
Mainland, but the party has an office established in Vancouver at
#303 - 456 W. Broadway.
Dealing with the prairies as well
as with B.C. was proving to be a bit
of a strain, especially since 85 per
cent of members are from B.C. in
the first place. The party also has a
rather conservative slant to it, but
separatism is the one plant that
everyone agrees totally on.
We the Sheeple. How appropriately this describes so many people
Most people either don't care
about what happens around them
or they believe that the first thing
they're told is right and that progress at any cost is the way to
achieve this supposedly everlasting
prosperity that we're always told to
expect. People these days are too
concerned about what's on TV
tonight to care about anything im-
See page 5: Separatism
Chris Fulker is a third year arts
student who obviously worries
more about the future than the
past. For a different view on how to
make a humane nation, see Perspectives on the next page. Friday, September 12,1980
Page 5
Canadians ignore human rights issues
Do Canadians care that they have
no rights that the government cannot revoke? Are Canadians concerned about the contents of the
Charter of Human Rights that will
be entrenched in the new constitution? Are Canadians interested in
that which makes our country fundamentally different from our
neighbors across the North Pole or
would they rather find out what
makes the Russians such good
hockey players?
The constitution has been the
floormat   for   endless   political
From page 4
port ant, even if it's right in front of
Eat your pablum and be a good
boy. If you believe the Liberal's
constitutional nonsense at least
you'll be following the sheep at the
head of the line and you can't go
B.C. needs more leaders and
fewer followers now. If you are
really concerned then the Western
National Party can use you, regardless of which party (if any) you belonged to before. The issues at stake
now, for this province, are more
important than the socialism vs.
free enterprise feud going on all the
If some old lady tells you that
you are a communist, separatist,
fascist, Canada-wrecking disgrace
of a person, you will get used to it
rapidly. But you will always know
you are doing something constructive, even if you are a nasty separatist. Above all, don't just sit there.
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wrestling. The people of Alberta
have fought for the right to govern
oil prices that they might buy a second El Camino. The people of Ontario have fought the people of Alberta that they might have cheap
gasoline for their Trans-Ams. Canadians everywhere have fought for
the right to have three major American networks on cablevision. But
will anybody fight for their rights?
The 1960 Canadian Bill of Rights
(which can be revoked by parliament at any time) guarantees "the
right of the individual to life, liberty, security of the person and enjoyment of property . . . equality
before the law . . . protection of the
law . . . freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and association, freedom of
the press, and the right not to be deprived thereof except by the due
process of law."
Nobody can deny that freedoms
must be accompanied by responsibilities defined by law. One
shouldn't libel one's mother. But
should the government have the
power to outlaw a political party?
The Nazi party? When does a Doug
Collins column become an incitement of racial hatred worthy of censorship? When has a government
film censor abused his right to protect the public from truly obscene
material? The line between the
rights of the individual and the government's obligation to protect him
is a difficult one to draw.
In Canada there is one crucial
issue that I have not heard a word
By Charles
about during the current constitutional debate. Cabinet is vested with
the power to invoke the War Measures Act.
When this act is in force no individuals have any rights.
A petition signed by 10 MPs can
bring the order-in-council before
parliament for debate but in the
case of a parliamentary recess the
government is not obliged to recall
the house. Months could go by before debate occurs. If the order is in
fact repealed in parliament the gov
ernment remains free of responsibility for for any action taken in the
Remember the internment of
Japanese-Canadians? Remember
October 1970? The entrenchment of
a charter of human rights in the
constitution will prevent it from being repealed by an act of parliament
but will it still be subject to the provisions of the War Measures Act?
I apologize if I am boring you,
but I think the relationship between
the War Measures Act and the constitution is an important one.
I worry when premier Lougheed
says, "I cannot foresee any circumstances where the rights of individuals might be abused by elected officials. I see no reason to entrench
human rights in the constitution." I
worry that Canadians won't see the
absurdity of that statement.
In the opening paragraph of A
Canadian Charter of Human Rights
then minister of justice Pierre Trudeau writes that, "Once his primary
requirements of security shelter and
nourishment have been satisfied,
man has distinguished himself from
other animals by directing himself
to those matters which affect his individual dignity."
On Monday premier Brian Peckford said, "Canadians aren't interested in human rights, they're interested in where their next meal is
going to come from."
Charles Campbell is a fourth year
fine arts student. Perspectives is a
column open to all members of the
university community.
Hairy green and blue blorgs in this
tiny island kingdom have decided
against patriating a new constitution. "We're going to change countries instead," a spokesman said.   . Page 6
Friday, September 12,1980
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99 — Miscellaneous  Ipoefryl
Poet seeks effective speech
Brian Fawcett is, first and
foremost, a serious writer who
takes himself and his poetry
seriously. In this day and age the
word serious can seem almost like
an insult, but it accurately describes
Fawcett. His friends and admirers
comment on his intensity, his
singleminded drive to achieve
whatever form of perfection he has
conceived. His detractors comment
on his arrogance, and his
heavyhandedness. The differing
views of the man meet somewhere
in between. After he has applied
himself to a problem and found a
Canada has a
vigorous tradition
of oral poetry.
It's becoming part of
a poetic movement.
satisfactory solution he will argue
for his way of thinking, no matter
how unpopular it is. To some he
seems bullheaded, to others he is a
clear thinker espousing his cause. I
think he is a bit of both.
Until very recently Fawcett has
been a city planner for the GVRD.
Presently he teaches English and
creative writing to inmates of Matsqui prison. He grew up in Prince
George but has been in Vancouver
since university. He has written
several books of poetry and prose,
most recently Creatures of State.
His magazine, NMFG (No Money
From the Government) has been
coming out for several years, but
has lapsed recently.
PF: Why do writers give
BF: Poets give readings for three
main reasons: first, they want people to hear spoken language with
which a very exacting kind of care
has been taken; second, poets
want people to hear their own
work. And since almost no one
buys books of poetry they take
every chance they get to read it
aloud. The third reason is that
poets want to make money.
PF: From readings?
BF: Sure. In this country in particular. Canada has a vigorous tradition of oral poetry that is largely
based on the fact that the Canada
Council pays Poets $125 to give
poetry readings. It's become part of
the poetic motive. Interestingly,
that wasn't there in the Vancouver
Poetry Centre readings. These are
different from any readings that've
been held in Canada. The Poetry
Centre readings actually were very
large, and the readers weren't paid.
I think most of the readers who read
did so for the first reason I mentioned. There was a chance of getting
large numbers of people to listen to
good language. Some of us also
wanted to say things to that large
audience. I did, anyway.
of people regard free readings the
way they do any free ride. They're
suspicious about them because
they don't believe there is such a
thing, or there's a possibility they'll
be put upon or felt up or whatever
else happens when you accept a
free ride. The Poetry Centre series
proved that people are willing to
shell money out to buy a stake in a
serious cultural event that isn't
backed by suspicious characters or
agencies, and they came because
they felt they had a tangible responsibility for listening to the readings,
like they do at the movies or a rock
concert. That's the good side of the
Alternately maybe they ought to
just give every writer in Canada a
certain amount of money and let
them organize their own reading
tours. The Canada Council now has
a system that licenses writers to
give a certain number of C.C.-funded readings per year. For instance, I
get eight readings. Why not give
me a thousand bucks for the
readings, let me organize my own
tour, and I'll agree to read eight
times during the year. There's any
number of ways it could be improved. The point, though, is that they
could cut off the program and no
one has to worry about whether or
not poets will read, because most
of us will read anyway. I've read at
least eight times this year already,
and I haven't received a cent.  I
A lot of people
regard free readings
the way they do
any free ride . . .
they're suspicious,
think most writers will read because
that's our responsibility, and an important way of getting to the people.
PF: What type of obligation does
the writer have to the public? Does
that depend on what sense of obligation the individual feels?
BF: Well, given that there are a
thousand exceptions to the rule I'm
going to propose, I think that writers do have public responsibilities.
One of them is to get their work to
the public as much as possible. I immediately make exclusions because
the nature of some people's work is
not, by definition, of wide public interest. And that says nothing about
the quality of the work. I'm not saying everyone should write like Pierre
Look. Writers, particularly poets,
are always talking to the muse or to
history in some sense. But in another, and connected sense, when
you write you're talking to your
friends, you're talking to a particular audience that you really
want to get to at a certain time.
Those two audiences often appear
to be mutually exclusive, and some-
We've had too much from writers who really
haven't earned the right to be involved
in private investigations of themselves.
PF: Also, the VPC was charging
money, which you can't do at a
Canada Council   reading.
BF: Yes. One of the things to be
learned from the readings is that we
live in a culture in which people
assign more value to things they
pay money for. That shouldn't be
very surprising, but it is. I think a lot
times they are. My own instinct is
to try to talk to history and to the
public at the same time, if for no
other reason than that doing it that
way keeps me more alert. I think
we've had too much from writers
who really haven't earned the right
to be solely involved in private investigations of themselves.  That
FAWCETT ... an intense singleminded poet who strives for perfection
mode requires a rigor of study and a
concentration I see too little of.
What mostly comes out is private
puke and obscurity.
There are a number of traditions
that I respect, and I've had enough
respect for the English poetic tradition to have taken traditional and
valued poems apart and rework
them. I did that a while ago with
Grey's Elegy Written in a Country
Churchyard and set the whole thing
in the Okanagan, and right now I'm
working with some of Coleridge's
poems. I work with a fairly substantial knowledge of the traditions of
my craft and it comes into my work
all the time. Why not? Poetry has
the deepest hold on human language. There's one tradition I get behind very quickly and eagerly — it's
the one that goes back to Homer,
and it proposes that poetry really
means "effective speech."
PF: What do you call effective
BF: The clearest linguistic path
between point A and point B that
doesn't ignore the complexity of
the passage. If you want a definition of poetry, that's as close as I
can come. You don't get that in the
TV news, or from Time Magazine,
for instance. You don't get that
very often at all in this world. Poets
are really the janitors of the language. What we're supposed to do is
clean and illuminate the passages
between people, and between
thought and action. And that's a
traditional task. There are other traditions I don't have the same stake
in, like wearing a smoking jacket
and letting my eyeballs roll in opposite directions. I'm not interested
in being either a freak or an alien. I
want to be recognized as a citizen.
Poets do have a value to human
civilization, and far too many poets
have forgotten what their real job
Beyond that, I don't care what
Earle Birney does, or what Margaret
Atwood and Northrop Frye have to
say about the Canadian literary
identity. I don't have a very heavy
planner affect you, make you much
more of a political person?
BF: I probably would have gotten
just as political driving a taxi, with
all due respect to the planning
guild. On the other hand, I think
some of the things I've learned as a
result of close contact with governmental functionings has made me
more critical of the system than I
would have otherwise been, and
certainly it's made me more knowledgeable of exactly how and why
things get done (or don't). That
Poets do have a value to human civilization,
and far too many poets have forgotten
what their real job is.
involvement in those kinds of
bogus traditions. They're basically
reductive critical traditions, and
they operate on a logic that proposes as its initial fact that literature
is textually obscured and generical-
ly caused — and that therefore requires interpretation. They end up
not with literature but with a history
of literature. A tradition isn't a description of past activity, it's a dynamic energy.
PF: Would you object if someone
called you a political person?
BF: God no. But so is everyone.
The pose of apoliticality is just a
smokescreen for agreement with
the status quo.
PF: Does your work as a city
does come into my work. It's also
given me a recurrent impulse to
take off and pretend I'm one of the
elves in the forest. I guess it's
taught me the relationship between
the personal uses and costs of
things and the mass reality of how
cities operate. What's valuable to a
city isn't visibly valuable to its individual citizens at any given moment. I guess my real sympathies
are with the city. Working for a living that way has also made me
more bad-tempered than I used to
be. And more impatient.
PF: Does that come out in your
BF: Oh yes, sure. For instance, I
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Friday, September 12,1980 \madness\
Startling events fail to occur
tin the other towns first. I heir experience  even "essential services" in public safe
By Doug J. Brown
would teach us to guard our borders
And then what?
"We'll band together and shoot them.'
will not continue, so we should expe
"widespread violence, looting, firestorr
and unrestrained lawlessness." This w
Summer is past, the rites
of higher education are
beginning yet again, and by
some process not yet fully
understood by science, the
approach of the diurnal
equinox causes editors
everywhere to demand summer retrospectives (the journalistic equivalent of "What I
did on my summer vacation"
essays). In keeping with its
iconoclastic attitude,
though, The Ubyssey has
dared to be the paper which
publishes a retrospective on
those events which did not
happen this summer.
Granted, there are a lot of
events which most certainly
did not happen in the summer of 1980, but we will be
avoiding the obvious ones:
the Martians did not land on
earth, Jimmy Carter's teeth
did not sprout wings and fly
off, Canadians did not wake
up one morning to find their
collective underwear missing, and so on, ad more-or-
less infinitum.
So, you ask with some
trepidation, what really
didn't happen this summer?
We're glad you asked. . .
Bruce Springsteen did not
release a new album (so
what else is new?).
The president of the
United States did not declare
war on Iran (this is mentioned because, if Reagan is
elected, it may not be true
next summer. . .).
The Rolling stones did not
tour North America (quick,
how many rumors did you
hear that they would be?
Twenty? Thirty?). However,
since they tour North
America every three years,
and the last Stones tour was
1978, this one probably
won't be true next year,
The actors' strike was not
resolved in time to film the
fall season's episodes of
most television series, which
has made the television companies quite happy — projected profits for this fall are
higher than they have been
for a long time, since there
are no actors to pay when
you do reruns. Which leads
us to the next item. . .
The "scuttlefish in the
great American heartland"
(as Harlan Ellison so succinctly put it) did not stop watching television in droves,
even with the prospect of an
entire season of re-re-re-
reruns looming on a 21-inch
diagonal   horizon.   Do   you
recognize yourself in this picture?
Liz Taylor did not lose any
weight (so what else is
The Beatles did not reunite
to put on a multi-benefit concert for Bangladesh, Cambodia, Iranian hostages, and
Terry Fox. Were you surprised?
Paul McCartney did not
retire. Were you surprised?
The Ubyssey did not
knuckle under to administration pressure and prevented
the AMS from establishing a
media board which would
choose the Ubyssey editor
and govern the output of all
campus media. On the other
hand. Student furore was
not aroused by the attempt
to establish the media board,
since the move was attempted after classes were over.
Canada did not participate
in the Olympic Games. Then
again, Canada did not help
establish a world-wide
moratorium on whaling.
Political conscience, or just
plain apathy?
Spiro Agnew did not make
a political comeback (Agnew
in '84?).
Bob Dylan did not renounce Christianity. He also
did not use anyone from Dire
Straits on his new album,
and his new album did not
sell. It's been a good summer
for not doing things for Mrs.
Zimmerman's little boy.
Elvis Presley did not rise
from his grave so that he
could do one more concert
for his necrophilial fans and
publish his own diet
cookbook. Losing Weight
Through Amphetamines. On
the other hand, most major
rock stars did not die.
CITR (UBC Radio) did,not
get a low-power FM license
from the CRTC (so what else
is new?).
The Modemettes did not
land a contract with a major
label after releasing their first
EP, proving that there is no
justice in the music world.
As should be apparent by
now, there were hundreds of
non-events which occurred
this summer, many of them
not attended by thousands
of people (not to mention the
millions who didn't watch
them on TV). With any luck,
there will be one more to add
to the list:
The Ubyssey will not
publish any more retrospectives like this one for the rest
of the year. So what else is
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cal world. His books, such as "Escape Fn
Freedom" (1941) and "The Sane Societ
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tend to see things more structurally
now rather than in terms of personalities and events. So I'm more interested in narrative now, and less
concerned with aesthetic para-
paradigms, or images . . . when my
turn to read came in the Poetry
Centre Readings I felt duty bound,
both as a writer and as a citizen,
and probably as someone who's
been involved in planning cities, to
address those larger circumstances,
which I thought were getting lost in
the general glee and glitter of having all those people sitting in front
of the poets. Just about everyone
I've seen read has fallen for that,
with the exception of I think, Robert Duncan, and in a milder way
Robert Kroetsch and Ginsberg.
Most of the rest just threw out their
arms and said, "God, you love
me!" I gave a very formal reading
that was deliberately relentless in its
poetics and its attitude toward the
event. I said in the preface to my
reading that we were in trouble and
that trouble was the occasion of
these readings. I said that we're living in a period where governments
were unable to solve any problems
and were turning to a nostalgia for
laissez-faire capitalism, and red
neck elements that are looking
for scapegoats. That's the context
we're in. I felt I had to address that
context and not say, "Gee, isn't it
nice that we've all been poets for so
I dunno. Maybe it's because I
haven't been a complex person and
a poet for as long as, say, Robert
Creeley has, or because I haven't
had time to get nostalgic, which I'm
not by nature anyway. Having seen
three readings after the one I did I
think I was right in making my introduction. I said, look, we're coming
into the 1980s and there are going
to be problems, and let's address
those ones rather than congratulate
ourselves for having lived in the sixties.
The sixties were pretty crappy,
actually. The "revolution" didn't
happen and most of us spent our
time getting brain damage from all
the drugs. In any case, we can't go
back to the sixties. So I said that,
and asked people to look at what
was happening now, and I guess I
ended up coming off as a heavy because I wasn't willing to go with the
festival atmosphere. The poems I
read were picked because they had
a consistency that followed the in
troduction, and because they
weren't personal. I didn't want to
do a number that simply said, "isn't
it awful that life is so painful" the
way Creeley did.
Gee, I knew that when I was 25.1
stopped writing about it when I was
about 30. I mean, a personal vision
is just that: personal and inscrutable from another person's point of
view. I came out of Creeley's reading with a kind of rush that told me
"boy, that was lifel" Only it wasn't
life, it was Creeley's personal life,
and when it came right down to it,
it wasn't a very large world. I would
rather propose a larger, more difficult and maybe less emotionally attractive world, but one that has at
least a larger and more usefully
shareable content.
PF: Is that where you are speaking to posterity?
BF: I wasn't speaking to posterity
that night, I was trying to speak to
everyone who was there. I wanted
to tell them things. I have an absurd
side that has led me to some
strange things. I've been caught
sweeping beaches. . .
PF: Look, we can edit that
out. . .
BF: No, that's okay. I'll stick with
Friday, September 12,1980
Page Friday 3 \interview\
Modernettes strike new
chord in popular music
In case you haven't noticed, Vancouver
has almost literally exploded with new music
the last few months. New releases by local
groups have flooded record stores and more
than ever before the people of this city are
able to hear just how good local talent really
One effort that stands out from the crowd
of locally-produced discs is The Modernettes' Teen City, a whimsical musical look at
the trials and tribulations of arrested adolescence. PF staffer Steve McClure spoke
with the zany threesome (Jughead, drums
and bifocals; Mary Jo Kopechne, bass and
thighs; Buck Cherry, guitar and vocals;) at
their Victoria Drive digs.
Page Friday: Let's talk about your respective histories first.
Buck Cherry: I was in a band called Active Dog and apparently one night at the
Windmill John, Jughead here, cornered me
in the bathroom when I was pissed out of my
mind and he said. . .
Jughead: And I said why did you change
the name of the band to Teen Brigade, did
you change any people in the band, no, did
you change any of your songs, no. . .
BC: We changed the attitude. Apparently
I said that to him. Mary was in a band called
Wasted Lives with Colin Griffiths from
U-J3RK5 and Phil Smith and Andy Graffiti.
And Brad Kent from DOA, the Avengers and
Victorian Pork was also in that band.
Jughead and got together with the original
vocalist from Active Dog, Bill Shirt, and we
played together for a little while in a basement and  Bill Shirt left and it was just
ross burnett photos
Jughead and me. John Doe, the guitarist
from Rabid was playing with us and then he
got kicked out and Mary joined. . .
Jughead: After a huge succession of bass
players; we must have tried at least eight different bass players.
PF: What were looking for all along?
BC: A genius. And so we got Mary.
PF: Do you do your own material?
BC: We do some cover songs like Time
Won't Let Me In by the Outsiders, I Can't Explain by The Who, The Way You Do The
Things You Do, an old Smokey Robinson
tune, and we do Green Onions.
PF: Do you feel that you're going to get into the trap of being a sixties schlock revival
BC: We're not that at all really. The songs
that I really like span so many different types
of music, so it's not a sixties revival-type
band. There are bands like in San Francisco
that are basically a teen-beat pop-combo,
which is what we are except that we have
really severe personality problems. We all
need help desperately.
PF: And so this is your way of getting
BC: No. You see we play pop-type songs
but they all have a really sick
psychokineticism to them. We're very maladjusted and so that when we play the songs
don't come off all squeaky clean, they come
off kind of slimy, you know. When we do
Barbara, it goes "la de da, cute little girl in
my home town," it's a real pop song, but obviously the whole intent of the song is that
you want to fuck her up the ass, it's really
sick, you want to tie her up and make her eat
sperm and all that kind of thing. If the Beach
Boys were really sick, that's what we'd be.
We're like a sado-masochistic surf group.
PF: Do you think that kind of attitude has
any sort of staying power, do you think you
can sustain that?
BC: As long as you don't drink too much..
We've got staying power due to the fact that
we're constantly coming up with new songs.
The second EP is going to be nothing like the
first one.
PF: Who writes most of the songs?
BC: I write all of them at the moment.
PF: How did you go over at the Commodore?
BC: Not too well. They loved us, but we
got slammed in the press.
J: We didn't play that well.
PF: Were you nervous, stage-struck or
BC: One thing was that when you're a
backup band you don't get the protec-
tiveness of the sound men that the headliner
gets. So basically they go, all right we've got
45 minutes to put up with this band, they're
in some town and some band they've never
heard of comes on and they do their set and
the sound men do a mediocre sound job, and
then they're finished and then they go to
work when they work on the headliner. We
sounded pretty bad I guess.
J: And so we hired ourselves our own
sound man.
BC: Who was just as shitty as anybody
they could have brought and so ail we got to
do was to throw fifty bucks of our own.
McADAM . . . drummer clain
MODERNETTES . . . freewheeling local group sends up popkurt
'Vegas styl
snowballs I
The Cave was full of suburbanites last
night. It was frightening — an omen to be
sure. A terribly boring comedian opened the
show but everyone laughed anyway. Yes, a
real winner of a crowd I As soon as Mr.
Charles came on stage some of the
enlightened audience began shouting, "Old
man river I" Cringe. But Ray, he just insulted
us right back for the rest of the night and still
the crowd didn't mind.
Ray Charles and the Raelettes
with the Ray Charles Orchestra
First the Ray Charles Orchestra came out
and played a couple of schmaltzy big band
tunes. I couldn't spot Ray in the melee of
musicians and indeed we had to wait for the
arrival of "The Genius" himself. His band is
smooth and all, but they sound as though
they're tracking for the Al Hamel Show:
good musicians performing baseless arrangements. Finally Ray jives out onto the
stage and sits behind the piano but, oh no I
sin of sinsl the piano is not even miked. I
mean jesusl no mike on the piano for Ray
Page Friday 4
Friday, September 12,1980 reath/ity through drugs
)' Charles
>cal yokels
harles? So he's singing away in that appeal-
g, gravelly voice but looking ridiculous
aunding away on the keys without produc-
g any sound. All we can hear is the big
and drowning him out with predictable,
jrnball arrangements. Then, some comic
ilief at last, out bop the Raeiettes — five
locolate, Motown cupie dolls with amply
splayed breasts singing, "Do it to me
ow. . ." They stay around for the reminder, shaking and supplying some ap-
ropriate "Oooh-ooohs."
This was Ray Charles, legendary soul
tan? I felt like I was at a Vegas show; all
tossed over and carefully packaged,
verything fit right into place but there was
o sincere participation from the musicians,
he Wasps ate it up anyway, which, I
ssume, is what the Ray Charles Show 1980
all about. Oh yeah, sucker the middle-class
>lk with Johnny Carson muzak. Mr. Charles
rid Co. refused even to return for an encore
lough the call for one was lengthy. At last
ne of the women behind me cottoned on
nd screamingly pleads to the departing
lusicians, "Come on you guys, get into it I"
oo bad, lady.
Musicians fall short of
classical masters
The Masterpiece Music series opened
Sunday with a concert which, while attractive, was unsatisfying at the bottom of
Real love of their art was shown by the
musicians, who played with vigor, giving a
decisive rhythmic snap the music. Very compelling indeed, but'tiie performers' senses of
balance were, as often is the case in Vancouver, tending towards the excessively
large-scale. By this I mean that they played
as though in the Orpheum, not the comparatively small Vancouver East Cultural
A Haydn flute trio in F began the program.
Flutist Kazuo Tokito played with a fine, warm
tone, but too often thoroughly overpowering
the cello and piano, as he blasted out high
notes that, had they been heard in the Orpheum, would have been a comfortable
forte. In this more intimate setting, they were
almost painfully loud. Actually not surprising, since Tokito is a flutist with the Vancouver Symphony.
In the Mozart piano trio K. 548 following, a
similar problem arose. Gwen Thompson's
violin sound, marvellous in a romantic work,
was strident and overbold for Mozart. Those
who remember Thompson's performance of
the Brahms sonatas with Robert Silverman a
few years ago must agree that she is a superb
romanticist. Fine, but Mozart never met
Brahms, and so confined himself to a more
delicate eloquence, which Thompson did not
reach last Sunday.
Again, the same sort of discomfort obtained in the Deux Interludes for flute, violin, and
harpsichord by Jacques Ibert; here it was the
harpsichord. This particular instrument built
by Rutkowski and Robinette is a quiet one,
but I still agree with the scholar who said that
if you can't hear the harpsichord, everyone
else is playing too loud.
. To be sure, Ibert was an impressionist, but
I still believe that there should have been
something more audible from the harpsichord than the silvery sort of haze there
was. I wanted to hear what was happening
under the flute and violin.
Now, what for Haydn and Mozart was uncomfortable in this concern, became a
source of strength in the Smetana piano trio
which closed the program. Smetana composed this as a way of working out his grief
over his recently dead young daughter. The
program notes say that the trio is "full of
restless energy and defiance," and it was this
toughness in the face of death that these
romantic players were most effective in portraying.
Apparently the audience felt the same
way, moving to the edges of their seats during the music and applauding richly at the
Shostakovich — a legend
in his own mind
Read Shostakovich's memoirs. But read
them as fictional literature, otherwise you'll
be misled into accepting them in detail, and
will miss the grander scale of the book.
TESTIMONY, the memoirs of
Dmitri Shostakovich
Harper Er Row, 1980 276 pp
with index and list of major
compositions and awards
"Testimony," the memoirs of the late
Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich, "as
related to and edited by Solomon Volkov,"
purportedly began when Volkov, a close
friend of the composer's, interviewed him
about Soviet artistic life. Volkov then wrote
and, chapter by chapter, Shostakovich approved it.
This has been disputed, most notably by
Shostakovich's wife, who "disowns" the
memoirs. True, a lot of words are spent,
especially in Volkov's preface, building up
Shostakovich as the noble rebel who stood
up in defiance even to Stalin. This is simply
not true; Shostakovich did no such thing, at
least not in the grand heroic sense Volkov
gives us.
For example, when Shostakovich visited
New York, he could easily have remained,
and would have been welcomed, safe and
free. Instead, when reporters asked him em-
barassing questions such as how could he involve himself with such shabby propaganda
films as "Unforgettable 1919," Shostakovich
evaded the subject (as he does in the book),
and escaped to Moscow.
And this was not because he was a Russian patriot, which unbelievably intense love
keeps many dissidents there now. Witness
Solzhenitsyn, whom the Soviet government
But all this is peripheral. The merit of the
book lies not in specific facts, which of
themselves are unimportant. The
trumpetings about heroism should not be
permitted to obscure the deep implicit
thought that is far more powerful than the
explicit historical events.
Volkov's laconic and intense style, bitterly
nervous, lends itself to the theme of the
book, that is, the pain of the Soviet artist,
worker, citizen; the private pain that cannot,
absolutely cannot be expressed, for fear of
terrible reprisal.
"You feel fear when you open the paper
and it says that you're an enemy of the people, and there's no way you can clear
yourself, no one wants to listen to you, and
there's no way to say a word in your defense.
You look around and everyone else has the
same newspaper, and they're looking at you
in silence, and when you try to say
something they turn away. They don't hear
you . . . The most frightening thing of all is
SHOSTAKOVICH . . . Soviet centurion
that everything has been said and decided,
and you don't know why it's been decided
that way, and it's useless to argue."
This is not to say that Testimony is all dark
and somber. There is humor and simple
beauty, though always under the shadow of
the central idea. One of the happiest
passages describes a painter friend of the
composer's, Boris Kustodiev.
"Kustodiev liked to listen to me play. He
told me many things about art and Russian
painters. And he was very pleased to be able
to tell me something I didn't know. He told
me and grew happy, pleased that now I also
But these moments are mere interludes in
a pained, depressed book. The condition of
the Russian people in a totalitarian state is
compromised art with political concern
felt in a deep sense, much more than the
mere journalism made popular by such books
as Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag Archipelago. "These
portray only bare events, while'Testimony"
conveys relationships.
A passage from "Testimony" concerning
Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, with its
"exultant" finale, illustrates the tenor of the
"What exultation could there be? The rejoicing is forced, created under threat. It's as
if someone were beating you with a stick and
saying, 'Your business is rejoicing, your
business is rejoicing,' and you rise, shaky and
go marching off, muttering, 'Our business is
rejoicing, our business is rejoicing.' The
finale of the Fifth is irreparable tragedy."
Friday, September 12,1980
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Kopechne feels she is just
one of the boys
From PF4
money when we could have saved
that fifty bucks and sounded just as
bad as we did anyways.
J: I was a bit nervous. I was
scared shitless.
BC: I wanted to go out and prove
that we were the greatest band in
the world and we went out there
and proved that we were just like
any other backup band and we
didn't sound all that hot.
PF: Would you say that personal
excess leads to artistic excellence?
BC: No, unless you've got brains
to begin with. I mean I know a lot of
people who take tons of drugs and
drink a lot and they're just losers.
J: But you do get inspired when
you're pissed.
BC: Oh yeah, I do. But it's sort of
like a two-edged nerf sword, blunt
on both sides. Some people get inspired and some don't. I happen to
get inspired when I'm pissed.
That's my formula for success, getting really out of it.
J: That seems to be the rule for
most people who are creative.
BC: But I'm not advocating that
to any teenager. To any teenybop-
per on the street I would say stay
away from drugs and alcohol because it'll only lead you into the
welfare ranks. On the other hand
I've had a very successful career on
the welfare ranks and I see no reason to change.
PF: So Mary, how do you feel
being the only female person in this
otherwise male unit?
Mary Jo Kopechne: I don't
really know, I'm one of the boys.
J: There doesn't seem to be any
friction at all.
MJK: It doesn't bother me at all.
PF: The reason I ask is that at
least until recently to see a woman
as part of a band was somewhat
BC: Yeah, she'd probably be taking her clothes off.
J: Yeah, sometimes I think the
only friction that comes is when the
women musicians present themselves as feminists or as presenting
some sort of political viewpoint. It
doesn't seem to me that people are
going to think one way or another
whether it's a woman or a man,
they're just gonna play.
SEPTEMBER 16, 1980
8:00 p.m. Centennial Museum Auditorium
by courtesy of:
The League of Filipino Organizations of B.C.
The Canadian Society of Asian Art
The show will include a presentation of slides, traditional and folk dances, instrumental music and a
presentation of costumes. After the performance traditional Philippine cakes will be served with tea and coffee in the members' lounge.
Page Friday 6
Friday, September 12,1980 \books\
Poet looks for love in unloving world
A nude woman painfully reclines
on the front cover; a well-armed
cupid kneels with his bow drawn on
the back cover.
The battle of love and lovers recurs in Artemis Hates Romance, a
strong collection of poems by a
woman who has been through separation and divorce. Sharon Thes-
en's style in this, her first book of
poems, ranges from a detached,
ironic view of men and women to
an angry explosion of hostility.
Artemis Hates Romance
by Sharon Thesen
The Coach House Press, 1980
64 pages
This is not to say that Thesen is
obsessed with male-female relationships — she's not. But she does, in
between glimpses of Thesen as
poet and Thesen as critic of hypocrisy, make the reader aware of the
inconsistencies between romantic
love and sensual, brutal, physical
love. In "Jack and Jill" Thesen rejects romanticism,
Your heart
aching in your head
I did not care about that.
She breaks up the rhythm of the
traditional nursery rhyme.
Jack went up the hill
& Jack fell down the hill
breaking his head on the stones
of the earth.
That dark image is intensified by
the polarity between Jack and the
The stones of the earth
are the petrified heads of women
mouths agape.
Thesen has a real talent for describing her physical and emotional
"space" to the reader. "It Being
Over/There Being No Other Way"
is an evocative piece, mixing sentiment with Bach, and Vancouver's
perpetual rain with her plans to
paint a bookshelf. "After Joe Clark
Winning/The Federal Election" is a
look at the non-communication of
neighbourly exchanges.
At times Thesen's anger comes
through to the extent that the
poetry is lost to a fast flush of emotion. In "Dedication" she bluntly
expresses the bitterness that is only
implied in some other poems. I
much prefer the implied emotion of
her more controlled pieces to the
undisguised contempt of "Dedication."
But to dwell on the problems i
had with one or two of the poems is
to ignore the effect of the book as a
whole. Artemis Hates Romance
captures the hesitancy that comes
with love in an unstable world. Only
maternal love seems to hold
enough certainty to receive a constant, gentle touch in the poems.
Other kinds of love, especially
sexuality disguised as romantic
love, are scathingly reduced to the
games that they are. "Japanese
Movies. 2" explores the horror that
love can become. The archetypal
"warrior-artiste" returns to his
spurned wife and finds her to be
"just as beautiful as ever." Her
beauty is only an illusion, and the
vision turns to
pure horror. She was dead
ali skull & bones & dust
& her hair chased him
all around the rotting house
him yelling & terrified
& then with a soft, swishing
kind of sound it swept
down upon his neck &
throttled him
in his prime.
Sharon Thesen lives in North
Vancouver where she teaches at
Capilano College and is Poetry Editor for The Capilano Review. Some
of the poems in Artemis Hates Romance appeared in The Body, an
anthology of mostly North Vancouver writers (Tatlow House, 1979).
Carlsen's tour of Iran 'confusing9
The Iranian revolution involves
the defeat of the materialism fostered by the regime of Shah Pahlavi
and supported by the United
States. A new spiritual self, pure
and devoted to the will of Allah is to
be developed by a strict adherence
to his teachings as they are recorded in the Koran. This is to result in
the natural development of a social
order that is in fact what Allah
desires. Man thus can become
God-like which is the ultimate spiritual goal of all Moslems.
17 Days in Tehran
by Robin Woodsworth Carlsen
By following the dictates of Islam
Iran will eventually be responsible
for the spiritualization of all mankind. Iran through Islam, will defeat
the collective expression of
greediness in man that is most
clearly evident in the imperialistic
tendencies of the U.S. All oppres-
Carlsen takes the
reader on nothing
more than a
self-indulgent tour
sion will eventually end when the
proper balance between spiritual
needs and material needs is reached. Happiness is distorted by the
exclusively material pursuits of the
West. Islam provides the natural
guidelines necessary to reach the
proper balance between spirit and
body. That spiritualization will first
take place in Iran.
There, I did itl I just gave you the
sum total of the useful information
contained in 17 Days in Tehran.
Robin Carlsen in the introduction to
his book promises to delve into the
psychic essence of the Iranian revolution. He promises to reveal the
whole psychology and religious
basis of the revolution. He also
swears that he will try to de-emphasize the U.S. hostage incident
as it is not related to his deeper philosophical pursuit.
Carlsen then proceeds to discredit himself by taking the reader
on nothing more than a shallow,
self-indulgent and at times offensive Cook's tour of islam and Tehran. The man spends 17 days in Iran
and expects the reader to believe
that he completely understands its
psychology. The book is throughout an ill supported, deficiently researched hodgepodge of personal
reminiscences and anecdotes. It is a
sort of "How I spent my spring vacation" essay that probably would
assure him a place in a remedial
composition class. It is a shameful
capitalization on a dangerous political situation.
Carlsen seems confused as to
how he can convice his readership.
He spends half the book painting
one picture of an ordered and totally united Iran and spends the other
half contradicting that picture and
unconsciously exposing a set of
seemingly insurmountable difficulties for the Iranian revolution. This
only succeeds in undermining his
ultimate conclusion.
The first picture Carlsen paints is
one of the unity and purposefulness
of the Iranian people that make
them spiritual superiors to the west.
The second portion sees him discredit all that in his description of
KHOMEINI . . . spectre of radical Islamic thought haunts U.S. administration
the existence of strong opposing    sophical minds of history. He dra-     jor philosophical treatise. Reading
factions in the country and the limited understanding the large majority of the populace have of the
subtleties of Islam which is essential
if the country is to be rebuilt along
the lines of the universal design of
The author only succeeds in
showing the reader a country in turmoil and a state near anarchy. He
bases his thesis on his own intuitive
feelings about the revolution and
third-hand reports made to him by
taxi drivers. He relies on dubious
analogies throughout to convince
the reader of his superior knowledge.
The book is an overly ambitious
attempt by an inadequate mind to
grapple with abstract concepts that
have troubled the greatest philo-
matizes himself and the purpose of
his quick visit to Tehran and attempts to blow his book into a ma-
the book was a waste of time and a
shameless waste of the natural resource on which it is printed.
Friday, September 12,1980
Page Friday 7 Dressed To Kill ^slightly crude'
Director Brian De Palma's Dressed To Kill is slightly crude when
compared to Stanley Kubrick's
more psychological and challenging
archetypal film. The Shining. Kubrick may be the master of the two
filmmakers, but De Palma is more in
tune with what most moviegoers
want in a suspense-thriller:
screams, jolts, and the sheer feeling
of helplessness. While trying to figure out the mysteries in The Shining is a bit like trying to decipher the
hieroglyphics without the aid of
Champollion. Dressed to Kill presents a more exciting trip: stylish
and thoroughly pleasurable.
Dressed To Kill
Playing at Capitol Six
Directed by Brian De Palma
Dressed To Kill is roughly divisible into two parts: the first part
deals with the victim before her violent death; and the latter with efforts to identify and capture the unknown killer. De Palma's handling
of the subplot about a frustrated
housewife's fatal quest for sexual
gratification is superb. The camera
is forever invading her privacy: from
catching her masturbating in the
shower to tracking her in the New
York Museum of Modern Art
through the labyrinth of the structure and her wariness in approaching an attractive man.
What makes the sequence in the
museum particularly memorable is
that it is played almost without dialogue; the ambivalent feelings of
the woman (played by Angie Dickinson) are conveyed through close-
ups and body movements; from
boredom while sitting alone in the
museum to the anticipation of having an affair with the man she has
just seen, and who will become her
Her happiness, however, is shortlived. After spending the whole afternoon with him, she inadvertently
discovers that her lover has venereal disease. Now she begins to feel
guilty for what she has done. She
rushes out of his apartment and into the elevator, only to notice she
has left her wedding ring in his bed-
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room. She and her slayer are mar-
velously juxtaposed. We can see
her in the elevator, frantically pushing the elevator button to return upstairs but not the killer clearly yet.
His presence is only suggested by
two factors: a pair of black sunglasses that peak through the translucent window of the fire exit door
and the camera which imitates the
quick pace of the killer to the elevator door.
She never makes it out of the elevator; she is slain, by a transexual,
as it turns out, who has one important thing in common with his
victim: they both share the services
of the same psychiatrist (Michael
In an incredible slow-motion
shot, we view the deadly gleaming
razor, which has already struck,
coming down again to slice off the
fingers of a high-priced hooker
(Nancy Allen) who extends her arm
to help the dying Angie Dickinson,
while the elevator door is closing.
The killer fumbles and drops the razor, but Allen has already seen him.
From this point onward. Dressed
To Kill becomes a cat-and-mouse
game. The film now focuses on the
hooker with the heart of laced silk
and Dickinson's son (Keith
Gordon), an electronics genius who
combine forces to identify the
troubled rogue who stalks Allen.
Everyone in this movie has a
troubled sex life: Dickinson cannot
find sexual fulfillment, her husband
can perform very well, her son
hasn't discovered sex, Allen is a
hooker, Caine wants to but cannot
have sex with his female patients.
And the killer has a conflicting sex
psyche. Adam and Eve's original sin
in Paradise was not eating the fruit
of knowledge, it seems, but sex.
De Palma relishes in keeping his
audience terified. He uses some
very clear camera angles, lighting
(or the lack of it), and choral music, which worked so well for him in
Obsession. However, unlike Obsession, Dressed To Kill does not have
a hazy, foggy quality to convey a
sense of hallucination and personal
dilemma, like Cliff Robertson's in
Obsession; one was never quite
sure in that film if the bizarre unfolding events were real or a part of
Robertson's imagination. Dressed
to Kill has a sharp-edged, crystal
clear feel to it; all the players are
caught up in guilt, fear, sex, and
murder from which they cannot escape.
Dressed To Kill manages to deliver many suspenseful scenes that
scare the pants off the audience:
we're really at De Palma's mercy
and he alone knows what will happen next. Later in the film, when
the killer slips behind Allen, who
has just stepped out of the shower,
the split-second awareness that he
is not where we imagined him to be
shocks us as we see his reflection in
the cabinet mirror and the swift razor cleanly slits her throat.
A good previous shot follows Allen through a bumpy subway ride
— right into the deadly presence of
the killer.
Unfortunately, such high levels
of suspense are not maintained
through the movie. The script, also
by De Palma, has disconcerting,
talkative gaps during which characters attempt to explain the behavior
of the killer; this breaks the pace.
When Allen explains the mechanics
of a sex-change operation to Gordon, and in the process shocks a
snoopy eavesdropper, the scene
provides comic relief, but the interlude is largely unnecessary; also,
this scene is shot in very bright
light, which is uncharacteristic elsewhere in Dressed To Kill.
gets close shave
De Palma is extremely fond of details; all his shots are precisely-
timed and executed. He makes use
of mirrors (and intentionally reveals
the identity of the killer to those few
who can pick up the subtle clue).
While all the actors deliver competent performances, the best performance, surprisingly, comes from
Angie Dickinson as the aging,
unsuspecting woman who unwittingly falls in the killer's trap. Gone
is the police woman person, replaced by a controlled, almost mature
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Day's Journey
Into Night
by Eugene O'Neill
September 19-27
(Previews Sept. 17 and 18)
7:30 p.m.
Directed by Stanley Weese
Set and Costumes Designed by Brian H. Jackson
Lighting Designed by Ian Pratt
Student Season Tickets — 4 Plays for $10
Available for All Performances
Sept. 17-27 - Long Day's Journey Into Night (O'Neill)
Nov. 5-15 - The Skin Of Our Teeth (Wilder)
Jan. 14-24 - Brecht On Brecht (Brecht/Tabori)
March 4-14 — The Rivals (Sheridan)
Support Your Campus Theatre
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Friday, September 12,1980 Movie fans suffer in summer
The Summer of '80. Definitely
forgettable, in terms of movie
entertainment. When the best films
are a sci-fi sequel with a mindless
plot and a revised classic from two
years ago, you know it was a rough
summer. Movie fans would have
been better off reading a book or
watching TV this year.
The really good films were few
and far between this summer. The
best, of course, has to be The Empire Strikes Back. George Lucas
turns his comic book dreams into
technicolor reality. Despite the
cretinous plot, its special effects
save the show.
The other movie that shares top
honors with Empire is Steven
Spielberg's new Close Encounters. Sure, it's a cheap way to
make a buck. Re-edit an old print
and add some new footage, then
suck in all those people again. Why
didn't Spielberg use all this great
footage in the original print? At
least the tickets should be half-
price. Oh, well. That's show biz.
And Close Encounters is even
better second time around.
After these two, the pickings get
slimmer. The Great Santini stars
Robert Duvall as a middle-aged
Marine who runs his house like an
army barracks. Duvall's performance as Lt.-Col. Bull Meechum
leaves him #1 bet for Best Actor this
There was My Bodyguard, the
story of a boy and his goon. The
boy (played by Chris Makepeace) is
in need of protection from the
school bully. He hires a big goon.
Rick Linderman (Adam Baldwin),
who turns out to be an okay guy
after all. Of course they end up as
pals, and the bad guys get their
lumps. Despite its predictability, a
good film.
For horror fans, there was Brian
de Palma's Dressed To Kill, the
Davis rises in career
in Australian flick
Every young writer dreams of the
sweet taste of success. But for a
woman growing up on an isolated
farm in Australia's outback at the
turn of the century, a career is as
rare as summer rain.
My Brilliant Career
Playing at the Bay Theatre
Directed by Gill Armstrong
Judy Davis stars as Sybylla in the
semi-autobiographical story of a
16-year-old woman determined to
have her own career and escape the
drudgery of seemingly eternal
motherhood on an isolated farm.
This is a well crafted film that
takes a refreshing look at women.
Sybylla is intelligent, passionate,
courageous and determined to live
her own life. This insight into the
choices and pain women experience may be due to the fact that
the director, producer and writer of
this film are women.
The story opens with Sybylla
deciding that there must be more to
life than her two existences: "work
and sleep." By fantasizing about
this life yet to be, she blocks out the
ugliness of farm life in 1900.
Sybylla's mother, played by Julia
Blake, informs her daughter that
the family can no longer keep her
and a position as a domestic servant has been arranged for her. But
luckily Sybylla's maternal grandmother extends an invitation to
come and live with her on the family's prosperous homestead. Cad-
Life at Caddagat allows Sybylla
to develop her talents in music and
cultivate her interest in literature in
a world where she felt she had
always belonged.
While life on the homestead is
more   gentile,    even   pleasant,
Sybylla must cope with a new
threat. Her grandmother (Aileen
Brittain) and Aunt Helen (Wendy
Hughes) are both trying to find a
suitable and wealthy husband for
her. Almost immediately she is pursued by Frank Hawdon (Robert
Grubb) gives a humorous portrayal
of a bumbling English visitor to "the
colony" and wants to take Sybylla
back home, as his wife.
Sybylla has other ideas and when
Frank proposes to here she dumps
him into a sheep bath. But Frank is
undaunted and soon returns to
Caddagat only to be dumped again.
Meanwhile, Sybylla has found
other interests and becomes involved with Harry Beecham (Sam Neill)
the owner of Five Bob Downs, a
neighboring homestead. Harry is
considered a very eligible bachelor
and Sybylla's Aunt discourages her
from becoming too involved with
him after she spends a week at Five
Bob Down visiting with Harry and
his mother (Pat Kennedy).
Soon Harry makes it clear that he
wants to marry Sybylla and she
asks him to wait while she tries to
discover, what is wrong with
myself and the world." Then her
comfortable life at Caddagat is interrupted and she is sent to the outback to work as a governess to
work off her father's debts.
Sybylla retains her fierce desire to
become a writer and when to her
relief and delight she is dismissed
from her position and sent home,
she is visited once again by Harry.
In the end she rejects his proposal and decides to live her life independently pursuing her career.
This is no small decision for Sybylla
as she is a woman with little education and poor parents. She is urged
not to "throw away reality for an
impossible dream." The parting
shot is one of Sybylla watching the
sun rise as she posts her finished
. swoon under impact of boring
director's kinky, gory tribute to Hitchcock. And Stanley Kubrick's
flawed but well-done The Shining.
The best fright flick has to be
Werner Herzog's Nosferatu, the
re-make of the original chilling vampire epic.
Comedy was more like tragedy
this summer. Probably Airplane,
the schleppy spoof of the Airport
series, was the best. Not far behind
summer flicks
was The Blues Brothers, starring
the new Abbott and Costello —
Belushi and Ackroyd. Not much
else comes to mind.
On the foreign film front, we had
several decent arrivals this Spring.
At the Varsity Film Festival, there
was the excellent documentary,
Best Boy, and Soldier Of
Orange, a Dutch WW II yarn.
Australia gave us two interesting
and well-made movies. Storm-Boy
was a family movie that put to
shame any of Disney's latest efforts. And My Brilliant Career is a
beautiful — if somewhat slow —
story of a woman who decides a
lonely career is better than a happy
As for Canadian films . . . Well,
there wasn't a single decent production made in this country in the
summer. So much for the Canadian
film industry.
Now, for the bad movies. It was a
good year for bad films. Number
one on the list has to be Can't Stop
The Music, starring those groovy
guys, the Village People. It
thankfully hammered the last nail in
the disco coffin. Close in its sheer
nauseousness was Xanadu, with
peachy Olivia Newton-John and
prunish Gene Kelly.
The Summer of '80 will also be
remembered (or forgotten) for such
un-notables as the leaky Raise
The Titanic and the Maxwell
Smart fiasco. The Nude Bomb.
And it will be remembered as the
year Peter Sellers died, after completing the ghastly Fiendish Plot
of Fu Manchu.
There were lots of bad comedies
in the summer. Caddyshack was
pure garbage, another dud in a long
line of Animal House rip-offs.
Cheech & Chong's Next Movie
was only funny if you were so stoned you fell asleep after the opening
credits. Other God-awful comedies
Turn to PF10
AUSSIE . . . form of marriage vows performed in bizarre ritual
manuscript off to  a  publisher  in
While the plot of this film is
almost like something out of a
Harlequin romance, the ending is
refreshing, the acting is of a high
calibre and it is an honest portrayal
of women. Sybylla is not the typical
passive, mild mannered woman
that we have come to know in
filmdom but she is a believable
character who has an imagination,
energy and vitality. These qualities
are displayed in scenes where she
takes on Harry in pillow fight,
leaves Frank standing in a field with
a four mile walk home in tight
boots, and disturbs a quiet river
cruise by capsizing the vessel.
Career is certainly one of the best
films to come out of Australia in the
past few years. It is the first major
feature film that Gillian Armstrong
has directed and she deserves
credit for offering audiences a
character like Sybylla who is a
strong, sensitive, passionate
Hopefully there will be more films
of this type in the future.
Friday, September 12,1980
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Summer films: good, bad, and ugly
Back to
From PF 9
included Used Cars, Die
Laughing, and The Hollywood
Knights. Some would also include
the anemic Blue Lagoon in the list
of summer laughers, though its
producers had a different intention.
Canada   did   provide   several
"classics" of junk film this summer.
Who could forget Bear Island,
filmed in northern B.C.? Our great
country also brought us Nothing
Peraonal, with Donald Sutherland
and Suzanne Sommers in a plot
thats too dumb to describe.
are still needed for the following UBC women's teams:
Contact Athletic Office — Room 208L
War Memorial Gym - Phone 228-2296
The All New Fog Show:
Every Monday Night beginning at 8:00 p.m.
in The Pit
No Charge
It's all new, it's so new we changed the name!
The Art Gallery Lounge
September 11, 12, 13
8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
hull Facilities
Free Hors d'oeuvres
No Admission Charge
The Art Gallery Lounge is open daily
4:00 to midnight
for as little as
0.48 per month
A     (tax included)
Whether you live off-campus or in res — we have the
appliances you need.
Fridges, Stoves, Dishwashers, Washers and
Dryers, Microwave Ovens and Freezers
For off-campus students: We rent, sell, and rent with an option to
purchase - all the major appliances;
For the students in res: Keep it cool - We have put together a special
on brand new bar fridges — $12.48 per month (tax included)
For students in Gage . . . Rent a larger fridge to share with other
Save money oo delivery — Get 3 friends to rent and you pay only
one delivery charge.
Simple. Phone 278-3617 or 278-6133
or drop in and see us at:
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A summer of the good, the bad,
and mostly the ugly. But one movie
fits into none of the categories. The
Urban Cowboy was a flop, but
Rawhide Shops are springing up on
every comer, and the music waves
are filled with twanging vocals and
instruments. What's next? The Urban Padre, in which Travolta
sends Gospel to the top of the
charts? The Urban Yodeler, in
which our hero starts a new trend in
sheepskin fashions? We can only
wait with bated breath to see what
the Summer of '81 brings us.
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Instructional Lessons — Fall
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Mon. Wed.
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Fitness & Weight Training
Mon. Wed. Fri.
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Ice Skating (basic &
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Jazz Dancing
12:30- 1:30
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Registration for all classes will take place between 9:00 a.n
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Recreation U.B.C. office. Room 203, War Memorial Gym. Enrollment is limited. Classes begin the week of
September 22 and continue through the week of December 1.
(Tennis lessons begin the week of October
6.) New classes will be formed in January.
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Friday, September 12, 1980 The Hand
& the wind,
the moon rising
out of the southwest over the calm lagoon
like a Joseph Conrad story
night birds and all that,
the traditional tools of poetry
at hand.
But the pleasure of it
trickles through my hands,
the old Sense of Beauty
grown perverse, carries
a faint stench to the wind
pushing shadows before green leaf & branch
the illusory tropical firs are common,
are rooted in a dark,
like Beauty
& the things we live with every day
& take for granted are rooted
in the degradation of the earth
& the misery of millions of human beings
In the largely personal tangle of poetic truth
to force the appearance of our real shadows
to slime The Rose with facts
like those of the systematic murder in the Congo
of as many as 25 million people
between 1890 & 1910
facts not secondary to
nor separate from
the leisure to write poems,
or the moonrise on a summer's evening, the
amber wings of a butterfly my son rescued
from a tangle of weeds this afternoon
proudly cupped to show me
in his two small hands.
For him if nothing else
I want to evoke factual disturbances
in the act of thinking and writing
until what I've known as Beauty
becomes accountable to the facts of the world
we are part of
or if those facts are to be partitioned
from the concerns of Art
then art must be recognized and condemned
as at least an accomplice
in the maintenance of the conditions
that make misery and violence
the dominant truths of most lives.
I want to learn
to turn my hand against mere Beauty
until such facts are a memory
unthinkable in the acts of living men & women.
I told my son to let the butterfly go, that
it has a message to deliver
in the several days of life it has,
that this is no world
to make such beauty captive.
He opens his hands to let it go, it
spills out into the weeds again, but then
flits up, takes flight. See?
I let that story exist
no longer an isolated fact of poesy
removed from the 25 million Africans
murdered in the economic service of what was set up
by the European Powers & the U.S.
as a "Free State"
under the control of Leopold II of Belgium
who used the proceeds
to buy the finest art of Europe, repatriating
the Flemish Masters & filling the museums
any number of us have wandered through in awe.
As the darkness descends the TV news offers
footage of another war in Africa, seems
genuinely confused at the Africans' hatred.
Our best writers estimated the Congo death toll
between 10 & 40 million, uninterested in
the variance of 30 million human lives
more interested in catchy metaphors
about a once dark continent on fire
as if an artful phrase explains
the unburied bones piled up in every Congo village
explains administrative massacres & the documented practice
of making the Congo constabulary account for bullets
with severed human hands, meaning not only brutal death
for thousands but should a soldier go hunting for food
& miss his quarry say six times
six right hands, usually of women Er children
a few of whom survived to be photographed
& now the photographs stand
alongside those beautiful reproductions
of Renoir's rosy-cheeked children
or the works of the Flemish Masters crowding the walls
of Brussels' galleries
& in the splendid dusk the longshoremen
unload wine & fruit from South Africa & Chile
& what lies do the nightbirds sing for us, do we hear
what they really have to tell us? What matter
that the butterflies drift inside
the old moon's slow ascent.
Who poles the boats across
the nightmare Beauty hides? What
should I do
with these hands?
Brian Fawcett
Limited Edition Prints
of Woodland Indian Art
September 15-19
Art Gallery, SUB
Featuring: Old Masters, Impressionists, The
Group of Seven, Australian, Ojibway,
Oriental and Modern Art, British Museum
Posters, Escher, Wyeth, Danby, Folon, Curtis and others.
Over 700 Different Images
Most Large Prints
3.75 ea. or 3 for $9.00
Most Small Prints
$2.00 ea. or 3 for $5.00
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So live it up Stauffer'sStyle. Let
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A large selection
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Friday, Septer her 12,1980 \vista\
MAURICE . . . and the Cliches appearing with the Slugs, Saturday
night at SUB ballroom.
Now that everyone's written their
essays describing their summer
debaucheries and even exams are
looming in the not distant enough
future ifs time to dig into Vista
once again.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama will
open its Jubilee Series Sept. 21, 22
and 23 with a performance by the
renowned cellist Leonard Rose.
Rose will perform Boccherini's cello
concerto in B flat major. For further
information and times phone the
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at
The Vancouver Playhouse will
open its Mainstage Season Sept. 13
with "The Servant of Two
Masters" by Carlo Goldoni in a new
version by Tom Cone. Phone the
Playhouse at 684-5361 for details.
The Greater Vancouver Artist's
Gallery is presenting an exhibition
of works by Camrose Ducote, Linda
Covit, and Karen Kazmer entitled
"Plastic Makes Perfect." The show
previews on Sept. 15 at 8:30 p.m.
but will be open at regular hours
after that. Phone 687-1345 for
Tamanhous Theatre Presents
"We Won't Payl We Won't Pay!"
by Dario Fo beginning Sept. 12.
Phone 254-9578 for details.
Vancouver's first Annual ESP
Psychic's Fair will be happening
Sept. 18 through Sept. 21 at the
Forum Building at the PNE
grounds. Admission is $3 per day.
Leroy Sibbles and the l-Tal Grove
It gives
to you
How long have you been out of the trees?
Please Order at the Book Store
Introducing the new hamburger from the DAIRY QUEEN
BRAZIER store. In a new "six to a pound" size that really
gives you some meat for your money. Instead of a banquet of
You see, while other burger chains
get as many as ten hamburgers from a
pound of beef, we get only six. And
that gives you "more burger than
bun." A burger that's tender,
deliciously-cooked. Every time. The
new burger from DAIRY QUEEN
2601 W. Broadway
will be bringing his brand of reggae
music to the Commodore Ballroom
Sept. 18 and 19th. Tickets are $8
and $8.50 at the door.
The Frederic Wood Theatre will
be presenting "Long Day's Journey
Into Night" by Eugene O'Neill from
Sept. 17 to Sept. 27 (excluding
Sundays). For reservations call
228-2678 or drop by room 207 of the
Freddy Wood Theatre.
Stage 33 opens its second season
Sept. 11 with a cabaret style revue:
"Hold Mel" by Jules Feiffer. This
revue will be running three or four
weeks. Tickets are available from
the Vancouver Ticket Office or
Viewspace Gallery at 3210 Dunbar is running an exhibition of
Cibachrome prints by Jim Clarke, a
graduate of the Banff School of
Fine Arts. Call Viewspace at
731-6619 for times.
Ultravox will be appearing at the
Commadore Ballroom Sept. 15.
This will be their second appearance in town. Tickets available
at the Vancouver Ticket Centre.
"Turning Thirty," a one woman
show   starring   Cheryl   Cashman
opened at the Arts Club Theatre on
Seymour Street on Sept. 10.
Tickets are available from the
theatre's box office at 687-1644, the
Vancouver Ticket Office and
The Carnegie Centre at 401 Main
Street is presenting a show of
creative talent of artists living in the
downtown east side of our
Phone 665-2220 for details.
A benefit for the Right To Poster
will be happening on Sept. 14 at the
Arcadian Hall on 6th and Main at 8
p.m. On the bill are the
Subhumans, AKA, and the Bonus
Boys and the Warts.
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