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Festival feeds
political push
by Casey Clemens
Talk about success—
16,000 people attended this
year's Stein Valley Festival,
almost twice as many as expected. The organizers had to
send the word out to the Vancouver media to say that the
Stein was full, sold out, so that
no more people would set out
on the three-hour drive to Mt.
The festival has come a
long way since its inception in
1984, when 500 people hiked
four kilometres into the watershed alpine area. After two
years of holding the festival
inside the Stein, the organizers
decided that this was potentially damaging to the area,
and they moved it outside. Last
year's festival, held on a dusty
hilltop in Lytton, drew 3,500
And then came this year's
event. Enough people there to
fill a small city.
They were treated, under a
blistering hot sun, to performances by musicians including
Bruce Cockburn, Gordon
Lightfoot, Colin James, Blue
Rodeo, Spirit of The West,
Valdy and others. They listened to panels on corporate
and government responsibility, and aboriginal land claims.
They heard speeches by the
likes of David Suzuki and
Martin Sheen, and talks by
Native leaders and elders.
The performances were
great, the speakers, especially
Suzuki, Gitskan Wet'suwet'en
spokesperson Herb George,
and Mt. Currie chief Ruby
Dunstan. And the setting was
perfect—a valley tinged by
majestic, protective mountains, marred on one hillside
by the ugly gashes of clearcut-
ting to remind us of what we
were fighting for. And for
added drama, the words ofthe
speakers   bounced   off  the
mountains in echoes that underscored the anger, pain and
resolve they held.
But the most memorable
thing about this festival—the
most profound manifestation
of its success—was the sense of
being present at a turning
point. It seemed to me the festival marked the moment
when a special-interest issue
became a widespread popular
concern—a movement.
16,000 people is too many
for the government to ignore.
With 16,000 people riled up no
one would dare invade the
Stein with bulldozers.
The sense of empowerment came, I think, not just
from sheer weight of numbers,
but from being part of a community. The remote setting,
the challenges we faced because of the wilderness and
because of our unexpectedly
huge population, and the
magic of the music wove us
We all dealt with the water
shortage, we all dealt with the
heat, we all cared about the lost
children and many of us responded to the calls for more
and more and more volunteers.
A group spontaneously set up a
recycling program, separating
the garbage and organizing
garbage bins for different types
of refuse. We danced together,
we swam in the ice-cold stream
together, we sang together. We
developed social trends particular to our community—for
instance, a predilection for
standing ovations. And we
made a lot of noise together—
cheering for the Stein.
It was a rousing, exhilarating, and all-too-rare feeling—
being part of a 16,000-strong
community of resistance.
And the greatest measure
of the Festival's
success is the conviction I left
with—that we are going to
save the Stein.
John Mann's rhythmic reckless abandon on stage with Spirit of the West at Stein Valley was a guarantee for
dancing inspiration. David loh photo
16,000 people showed up for the Stein Valley Festival this year
surpassing last year's 3,500 total.
VOLUME 8, Number 6
New taxes jeopardize Canadiana
By Heather McCartney
The arts community is
worried that the federal government's new sales tax will
discriminate against Canadian playwrights and artists.
The federal government
plans to implement a nine per
cent tax, called the goods and
services tax, on January 1,
Canadian artists, including dancers, playwrights,
painters, and actors, will be
required to charge the nine
per cent tax, but foreign artists will not.
Consequently, some financially strapped theatre
companies may be tempted to
perform American rather
than Canadian plays in order
to save money, according to
Marietta Kozak, general
manager of Touchstone Theatre.
"Touchstone's mandate is
to provide a showcase for Ca
nadian talent. We can't turn to
American artists because of
this. But other companies may
need to turn to the U.S. simply
because of financial reasons,"
she said.
All Canadian arts—especially small theatre companies
and art galleries—will be hurt
by the tax, she said. The arts
are extremely labour-intensive. We require manpower in
every step of production. The
tax will require a nine per cent
payment to everyone, every
step of the way—from the raw
material and technical design
of a set to the actor's and playwright's fees."
Ultimately the audiences
will suffer from the tax because
Touchstone Theatre and other
non-profit companies won't be
able to offer as many plays each
year, she said. "(Touchstone's)
mandate is to serve the community. The tax won't be cutting into anyone's profit. It will
only cut into the service that
we provide."
The federal government
is considering providing a 50
per cent tax credit to nonprofit organizations, accord-
ingto Rick Lemaire, executive
director of the Vancouver
Cultural -\lliance.
But he said he doubts a
tax credit would alleviate financial troubles created by
the tax. "Business in the arts
is very cash sensitive—
there's not a lot of capital
available for day-to-day operation. Even if money is
coming back eventually from
the government, it may take
months (to get the money).
This will be a big problem," he
The nine per cent federal
tax will be added to almost
every non-essential purchase
made in Canada. Only things
like basic groceries and medical care will be exempt.
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August 9, 1989 NEWS
New Red Menace editor unloads new ideas
Oral sex doesn't
plague UBC radio
By Joe Altwasser with CUP files
Graphic descriptions of oral
sex aired immediately after a
children's show have the University of Toronto's campus radio
station in hot water. But it is unlikely UBC's CiTR would find
itself in the same trouble.
In April, two disc jockeys
played a song describing oral sex
by the Yeastie Girlz' Ovary Action on U of Ts radio station,
CIUT. Several listeners complained to the Canadian Radio
and Telecommunications Commission.
CIUT program director
Shawnnah Farkas then told the
two DJs, who were just filling in,
they would not be allowed to continue.
"They played some music
that had some profane language
in it. The Broadcast Act says * You
shall not broadcast any material
with obscene and profane language'," she said.
CiTR president Lane Dunlop
agreed that the two DJs deserved
to be sacked from the U of T
station. He added that CiTR
would do the same.
Chris Buchanan, CiTR's music director, said it is unlikely the
same mistake would occur at
"We have a roster of trained
fill-ins who don't have their own
show. There would never be anv-
one on the air unfamiliar with the
station's broadcast policy," he
CiTR has a program policy
which allows for the use of graphic
language providing it is not done
in a gratuitous manner.
"There are times when you
can get away with obscenities. But
ifyou use them they must be used
in context," said Dunlop.
"It would not be wise to play a
song with graphic language right
before a sports broadcast as you
would probably upset some
people," said Dunlop.
A weatherman using foul language wouldbe unacceptable, said
Dunlop noted the CRTC does
not usually closely monitor a station's programming. "[The CRTC]
are very responsible. They don't go
out and find things. They only do
something when a formal written
complaint is lodged."
DaCosta, the University of
Toronto's station manager, saidhe
was meeting with the CRTC to
discuss the incident.
"The CRTC has three options.
They can do nothing, they can
prosecute or they can take our licence. I've already written to the
CRTC and to the woman who
lodged the complaint. I'm going to
meet with them and show them
the internal policies," DaCosta
UBC grad students
blast Red Menace
By Rick Hiebert
UBC students want to make
editors of the Red Menace, the
engineering students' unofficial
newsletter, responsible for what
they print—for what some students describe as sexist, racist,
and homophobic literature.
In a July 27th letter, the
Graduate Student Society asked
President Strangway and the
Board of Governors to "set official
standards for campus publications."
Every UBC newspaper which
receives student, faculty or administration money should be
required to print the staffs legal
names in every issue and be legally responsible for the publication's content, wrote GSS External Affairs Director Suzanne
"The Red Menace has for
years often had very sexist, racist
or homophobic articles published
in it, and, for many years, groups
on and off campus haven't been
able to combat this," said Young
during an interview Tuesday.
"Through time, the main
problem was that they refused to
publish the editorial staff's real
names and because of that, there
was no one to answer for what they
published," she said.
But EUS President Dave Hill
said the Red Menace has been
printing the names of their editorial staff all along.
"Having a policy of printing
editor's names isn't going to stop
hate literature on campus because
you can publish a person's false
name, distribute it on campus,
and, by then, ifs too late," said
"If they're asking us to apologize [for what the Red Menace has
printed], we have already apologized and you can only apologize so
many times," said Hill.
On August 2, AMS student
council voted to require all AMS
publications to print the names of
their staff in every issue but voted
against asking the Board of Governors to make all UBC publications
do the same.
"There has to be a general
standard of ethics for UBC publications," said AMS Director of
Administration Andrew Hicks.
"There have to be some guidelines."
But some AMS members
didn't want to bring Strangway
and the board into what they saw
as an AMS affair.
"To allow the university to
oversee student publications is an
indication that the student society
is incapable of maintaining basic
standards of conduct among its
membership," said Hicks.
"At a time when the university [administration] wants to
take over management bdards,
[the GSS's suggested campus-
wide policy] would give the university the sense that the AMS is as
incapable of handling our own affairs as they may perceive1 us to
be," he said.
AMS External Affairs Director Vanessa Geary agreed that the
AMS should be the first to deal
with AMS publications. "But at
the same time it wouldn't have
been harmful" to ask the board to
regulate UBC publications "so
that every paper on campus would
be covered," she said.
"My reaction as a woman was
that I felt pretty powerless. Prom
my point of view, President
Strangway is the highest power
out here and he would have the
responsibility to ensure this university has an atmosphere safe for
all," said Geary. "The university
should be a place of mutual understanding and education."
GSS President Chris Holmes
said the AMS's stand may be
"really a way of sidestepping the
"All you can now do is slap
them on the wrist and say, "Don't
do it again!'" said Holmes. "[The
AMS] will always be reacting and
calling people on the carpet like
with the Lady Godiva ride."
Kids contemplate fate of trees in Stein Fest.
UBC's Shell purchases
fuel Apartheid controversy
Anti-apartheid activists want
UBC to stop buying fuel from
Royal Dutch Shell, which
owns 79 per cent of Shell Canada,
supplies fuel to the South African
military and police force.
Royal Dutch Shell has investments of $500 million in South
Africa, including the country's
largest oil refinery and more than
800 gas stations. Shell controls the
off-shore station through which
most of South Africa's imported oil
is delivered and jointly owns an oil
pipeline with the government.
UBC buys fuel from five different companies—Shell, Esso,
Chevron, Petro Canada, and Texaco, according to B.G. Lam of the
Purchasing Department.
Lam said he does not know
how much fuel UBC buys from
Shell because Joan Pasloski, who
handles the account, is on vacation
until August 15.
Ann Hunter, also from the
Purchasing Department, said
most bulk purchases of fuel in
1989 have been from Chevron, but
she didn't know about other purchases because they are handled
by Pasloski.
But, according to Peter Scott
from Students for a Free South
Africa, UBC shouldn't be buying
any fuel from Shell.
"We're totally opposed to it
[the purchase of Shell fuel]. [Shell]
sells napalm to South Africa,"
Scott said.
Scott said he hoped UBC
administrators would meet with
him to discuss banning future
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by Jessica McArthur
"You will get your reward at
Tiananmen Square," shouts a general of a Chinese army division in
an effort to inspire his men for
their celebratory parade on
China's national day.
"We have walked 10,000 kilometers and that's almost as much
as walking across China," he says,
"Ten-thousand kilometers for
ninety-six steps."
The Big Parade
Director - Chen Kaige
Vancouver East Cinema
August 12th,16th - 7:30pm
Big Parade was banned in
China shortly after the original
release in 1985. To abate the
censors, Director Chen Kaige
changed many lines of dialogue
and, in an unknowing gesture of
tragic irony, altered the film's
conclusion to portray a triumphant military parade across
Tiananmen Square. The revised
version denotes an overall
attitude of reverence toward the
army with only tentative attempts
to reveal the darker psychological
realities of its uncompromising
In light of recent bloodshed in
mainland China, it is difficult to
maintain any sense of artistic
objectivity on the film's content.
The film conjures some striking
sequences of soldier solidarity.
Particularly powerful are the
scenes of the fully-uniformed men
conducting their bent-leg, goose-
step march in perfect unison. The
cinematography is often startling
with its vivid portrayal of soldiers
in training. The music's riveting
nature combined with its austerity adds a piercing dimension
conducive to the dynamism of the
The Big Parade is a film well
worth watching if only to whet an
appetite hungry for cultural
dimension. The film reveals in
grave complexity the depth of
influence China's military has on
the young men who train to be
soldiers. So great is their commitment to the army that they are
willing to endure great physical
hardships (heat exhaustion, leg-
binding, etc.), alienation from
loved ones and the consistent
harsh judgement of their senior
officers. The concept of American
boot camp pales compared to the
atrocities endured by these young
While the image of highly
trained anxious Chinese soldiers
conjures up nasty images ofthe '"""
bloody Beijing massacre, director
Chen Kaige, himself a former     ■■*
soldier, treats his subject matter
with great dignity. Going well
beyond the realm of avoiding
insult, Kaige reveals a military
where honour codes reign su-       *"
Because the known tension in*.
China seems paradoxical to the
sense of optimism that is portrayed in the film, the experience
of watching the Big Parade is at
once confusing and enlightening.»
Yet such confusion must incite
deeper thinking on the subject of ^.
China and the political role ofthe
army there. For while clearly the
country is alive with a vibrant
democratic spirit, there also exists
communist sympathies powerful
enough to create a seemingly
omnipotent army. An army that i»
both hated and revered, protested
and encouraged. ^
The Big Parade is part ofthe
Chinese Cinema series, running
at the Vancouver East Cinema
from August llth - 18th.
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land \
An are—or rather a ch%i
saw—hangs over t'\.e 420 sq. nr
(1100 sq. km.) Stein Valley, in t
form of a logging licence held
Fletcher Challenge. If the a
falls—if the chainsaw starts bvk3
ing—it will mark the destruction
one of B.C.'s last remaining wild/
ness watersheds, a first-grow
forest that has been the home oft]
Lytton and Mount Currie ban
ever since "the river has run ai
the sun shone," in the words of oj
observer. To them, the Stein
sacred ground, with immeasurab
spiritual value. *
The Lytton and Mt. Curr
bands have been asking the B.'
government to negotiate the
claim to the land for years, but tl
B.C. government refuses to reco
Spirit of the West charms festival goers,
August 9, 1989 >- jsp-,, ;^ 7<i&f7*
Funny fest delights
by Jessica McArthur
**-■* Beep-Beep.
If you're satisfactorily amused
fc^watching Wile E. Coyote fall
over a cliff, stay at home. But if
you're yearning for something
more, something a little different,
:heck out the Vancouver Comedy
j^ptival. Staged on an outdoor
-latform on Granville Island, Bur-
gaque Under the Bridge pools a
msh-mash of comedic styles, im-
>orting performers from around
he world.
tarlesque Under The Bridge
Vancouver Comedy Festival
tygust 4th - 13th
Host Norman Foote set the
one for an evening of upbeat en-
«rtainment, successfully pulling
>ffa role that could make or break
Tven the best of comedy line-ups.
_t one point when a stranger
rr6ssed the Granville Bridge,
Toote spontaneously engaged in
:onversation with him from the
itage beneath^ inspiring a crowd
" Launching the show, Gordon
Vhite mimes scenes of havoc
vliile creating his own bizarre
iuburban-domestic sound effects
o work with the action at hand. A
standard scene: man on his way to
vork locks himself out of his car—
•rear that's the devil incarnate.
Exploiting the use of sound and
movement, White raises the banal
to the hilarious.
Contrasting this light tone, the
Australian act Etcetera, a troupe
parodying urban living in highly
stylized performance art pieces,
arrived most enigmatically. Standing and seated within the audience
(notably so only because they are in
identical suits), gradually they maneuver themselves to the stage.
Here the action evolves from a regurgitation of coloured ribbon to the
spectacle of a highly feigned mock
fashion show, from the savage,
rhythmic drumming of briefcases to
a faceless dance of conformity.
Etcetera. A stream-of-consciousness
approach to entertainment not for
the likes of spoon-fed patron
The finishing bit is that of New
York Stand-up Bob Berkey. Bob
Berkey... Come on down! Communicating with only a kazoo, he proceeds to coerce audience members
into experiments in utter foolishness. Simple-minded but fun,
Berkey's is the stuff of kiddie shows,
and turning a stodgy thirtysom-
ething-year-old into the child he
privately longs to be is no small feat.
The work being showcased is
unusual, not necessarily burlesque
or even comedic, but with a backdrop of ocean and sky the experience
is a refreshing break from the
movies, for the same money.
a sacred
nder threat
,nize the claim. As far as they're
concerned, aboriginal title is extinguished.
Fletcher  Challenge,  a New
Zealand-based company, has tenure of the land—in other words,
the B.C. government has given
t them the rights to log it.
It's not just the natives and
environmentalists  who  say  the
Stein should remain under the jurisdiction   of the  local   Indian
(bands. In 1986, the government-
appointed  Wilderness  Advisory
Committee recommended that, in
'light ofthe heritage and spiritual
values of the valley, no logging
road   should   be   constructed
through the Stein River canyon
without a formal agreement between the Lytton band and the
provincial government.
But the government ignored
these recommendations.
Recently, even Fletcher Challenge showed signs of recognizing
the validity ofthe natives' claims.
In April of this year, they promised
a year-long moratorium on logging
in the Stein, to give the natives and
the government time to resolve the
land claim.
B.C. forestry minister Dave
Parker responded by stating
Fletcher Challenge has the right to
go ahead and log the Stein anytime.
So the chainsaw is still poised
over the Stein—but last weekend's
Festival showed that it will have to
cut through as many as 16,000
Stein supporters to get to the trees.
Wednesday August 9th
attheW.I.S.E. Club
As part of the week-long Commercial
Neighbourhood Arts Festival on Commercial Drive in East Vancouver, this
recently formed duo will be playing their
interesting amalgamation of acoustic
music and poetry as part of an evening
of "East Van Women Performers." Consisting of one of the founding members
of that seminal local band, Industrial
Waste Banned, The Palm sisters are Jan
Berman on vocals and Jass on guitar.
Following this performance, this two-
piece band will embark on an extensive
tour of the west coast. Other performers
on this bill: Helen Potrebenko, Sylvi.
Sandy Shreve, Aya and the Euphonius
Feminists. Admission is 3 to 5 dollars,
sliding scale. The W.I.S.E. Club is
located on 1882 Adanac Street.
Thursday August 10th
at the Town Pump
Number two band on a three-band bill
(The Painkillers and Joel Partes are the
other two), Bruce A et al is one of the
risen stars of the local music community.
Actually Bruce A himself has been
around for years, at one time heading
that other seminal local group, The Secret Vs. Two songs from the latest cassette entitled Cheap Release are being
given a lot of airplay on CiTR: "Love
Garage" and "Girls in a Shower". The
Town Pump's on 66 Water Street in
Saturday August 12th
at the Youth Art Works Site
Youth Art Works is a collective of people
between 15 and 24 working together to
operate a studio space/art gallery/performance space. Their first big concert is on
this Saturday, featuring the vibrant sounds
of Victoria's own NoMeansNo. The band
from the land of the Dayglo Abortions has
a new album on the launching pad. Called
More Lies from NoMeansNo, this self-
produced masterpiece includes contributions by the ever-vitriolic Jello Biafra of
Dead Kennedys/Lard fame. Six bucks at
the door and you get two more bands on
the bill to boot. Doors open for this all-
ages show at 9:30. Youth Art Works is at
1156 West 3rd Street in North Vancouver.
Sunday August 13th
at Martha Lake Resort in the United
Definitely one of the bigger events to
happen in the Pacific Northwest corner of
the United States save for the Seattle
Bumbershoot extravaganza in September
at which a ton of folks will perform including Sir Mix-a-lot and the.wonderfully
melodic SST band Soundgarden. For
nine American dollars at the gate, you
can witness the summery sounds of a
mess o' Northwest American bands-
Young Fresh Fellows, The Posies, The
Squirrels, Prudence Dredge, Jimmy
Silva, and Pure Joy—and pig out at the
all-day barbecue to boot. Martha Lake
Resort is located on 821 164th SW at
the Alderwood Manor (east of Interstate
5, just north of Lynnwood in the metro-
Seattle area). Phone 527-8816 (long
distance) for more info. It's from noon 'til
dusk so that gives you just enough time
to get back to town and go see No Fun
at the Railway (579 Dunsmuir) perform
an encore of their Rich Folk Festival at
Sunday August 13th
at Crab Beach Park on the Downtown Eastside Waterfront
If tons of gas money, a large chunk of
travel time, and the United States in
general work you up into a hate-filled
frenzy, attend the free, equally outdoor,
arguably more 'meaningful' concert at
CRAB Beach in support of National
Prison Justice Day. A pile of Canadian
bands will be performing: Aya, High
Performance, NoMeansNo, and the
Tools. The things happen from 3 to 8 at
the park which is just over the overpass
on the north foot of Main Street. Phone
251-6069 for more info.
Gimli Hospital froths with pain
by Franka Cordua-von Specht
and Chung Wong
Death. Disease. Madness.
How does one come to terms with
these images from Tales of Gimli
Hospital? What the hell is this
movie, labelled as a Prairie postmodernist film, about?
A grandmother tells some
children to let their dying mother
listen to music more horrific
than anything out of Friday the
13th, as she lies in her hospital
bed. That is how the movie
starts. Hmmm.
Tales of Gimli Hospital
Vancouver East Cinema
Opens tonight
until tomorrow
From the way grandmother
is dressed, you think the movie is
set in the early 1900s, but next
to the dying mother is an empty
Big Gulp cup. The press kit says
it takes place in the early 1900s
in an Icelandic fishing community north of Winnipeg called
Gimli. What is the meaning of
this odd anachronism?
The grandma begins to tell
the children a tale to divert their
attention from their dying
mother. What is this tale about?
Bleakness, like a leaden weight,
hangs oppressively over Gimli. A
deadly smallpox epidemic at the
turn of the century brings two
men—Einar and Gunnar—into
the same hospital room. These
two become bitter enemies after
revealing their darkest secrets:
Einar murdered his beautiful
bride and Gunnar defiled her
corpse in its grave. So they
buttock-wrestle to defend their
honour. And it is gross, folks.
Competition drives each of them
to squeeze until the smallpox
fissures in the flesh become blood
Gunnar: part of a mystical Canadian Dream
The movie ends with the
pestilence gone and an angel in
heaven. The mother dies, and
there is that Big Gulp cup. What
the hell does this all mean?
The film abounds with
psychological horror and pain.
Elements such as black tracks on
sickly skin and the recurring
image of a cold, dead fish freeze
you. This film makes you feel
like you just woke up from a
dream you will never forget but
can't quite place.
This is a Canadian film.
Does it say something about
Loneliness, alienation,
sadness and emptiness are
dominant themes. Bizarre.
Strange. Contorted. Perverted.
Decrepit. Cold. Humourous.
Black charm is perhaps the
attraction of this film. It depicts
alienation as abominable but
attractive. Perhaps that is the
Canadian message.
Thirty-year-ola Guy Maddin,
who is colour blind, made this
black-and-white film. He
experiments with new techniques of black-and-white
filming. The result shows this
man knows what he's doing.
In Gimli, population 2,000,
Maddin's film has provoked an
uproar. The mayor claims the
film has no historical accuracy
and portrays the people as
barbarians. Madden says it was
created as a dramatic treatment
of history where effect is more
important than fact.
Tales From Gimli Hospital
was produced by Extra Large
Productions, a 78-year-old
Lock port-based company. The
film, costing only $22,000,
represents the company's first
feature-length film released
since 1927.
The 80s have been an endless orgy of profits for
business. Business is sexy. In fact, business has been the
sex ofthe past decade. The 80s' sex magazines have been
replaced now by business periodicals.
Men no longer thumb through magazines which glorify the attributes of unknown women but rather peruse
glossies that detail the assets of foreign lands which are
ripe for exploitation.
As the 90s close in and the 80s, despite their bright
lights and glitter, begin to dim, we must seriously reassess
our recent role in the consumer binge.
It is becoming clearer with each hour that our planet
cannot continue the rapid pace of expansion we have
witnessed. Socially and environmentally our planet has
reached the nadir.
It is too easy to force the blame for the looming
environmental catastrophe on business and government.
But this simplistic view absolves us, the consumer—and
the other half of the problem—from blame.
We can't let feelings of helplessness overcome us. We
the consumer have the freedom to choose what we are going
to purchase. As individuals, we may feel small and ineffective, but we can join others. We can organize boycotts. If we
are seriously concerned about the environmental and social conscience of corporations, we must act on it. Use your
economic vote and stop supporting the bastards and their
cynical ways.
When we fill up with gasoline at Esso we are contributing to the increased wealth of Exxon oil. We, the consumers, are the reason Exxon Oil saw its profits rise 8.7 per cent
since the Valdez oil spill.
When we fuel up at Shell we are explicitly supporting
Royal Dutch Shell, a company that has over $500 million
dollars worth of investment in South Africa, 800 gas stations, the largest refinery, and—most objectionable of all—
supplies the South African military with fuel.
At least we're showing some spunk in protesting
McDonald's, the company which refuses to stop using
ozone-damaging packaging. McDonald's is now one ofthe
most picketed multi-national corporations in the world.
Mexico, France, England, Canada, and the US, are just
some of the countries where consumer distaste for
McDonaldland has grown.
Apparently only two McDonald's have gone bankrupt
in the history ofthe corporation. Maybe we can change that
by witholding our business and convincing others to do so.
Money talks. Out of the greedy mouth of business, it's
spoken loud and clear for a long time, and it's said some
ugly things. Now's the time for us to take matters into our
own hands and to make money talk back.
Oops! La Quena Fiesta story
Re: Kim LaLat Band - One member was
and had to flee-frcrj Guatemala (not Nicaragua )
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August 9, 1989
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On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me,
Twelve drummers drumming (their fingers while waiting for
Franka Cordua-von Specht to come home)
Eleven pipers piping (various substances into their lungs from
Steve Chan's hookah)
Ten lords a leaping (klutzes all of them, Teddy Aussem spraining
his ankle and needing to be taken to the hospital by Ricky Bear)
Nine ladies dancing, (but six of them got botchulism from the
chicken salad leaving only Olivia Zanger, Carla Maftechuk and
Alex Johnsson)
Eight maids a milking (yeah, milking the pop fund, milking the
dinner budget, milking the supplies...)
Seven swans a swimming (Up to their asses in developing fluid, left
in the trays after Heather Jenkins left the darkroom)
Six geese a laying (George Oliver wants to be a goose when he grows
up but he didn't quite explain why. One of life's little mystries...)
FIVE  new staffers (Sheila Hill,  Brendan Altwasser, Jessica
McArthur, Li Hao and Heather MacArtney)
Four calling birds (Greg Davis called David Lo who then phoned
Randy Iwata who left a message with Bobby Groberman's mother)
Three French Hens (Well, at least french speaking spring chickens:
Laura Busheikin, Elain Yau and Laura J. May)
Two turtle doves (and if that doesn't sound like Joe Altwasser and
the Mouse, what does?)
and a Handsom White Cat named Fred chasing Earl the Bunnie up
a pear tree.
Joe Altwasser • Franka Cordua - von Specht
Laura J. May
Reply to John Craig's
Aug. 2nd letter in The Ubyssey
It's brazen hypocrisy
for Professor Cragg to deny
the link between faculty
salary pressures and tuition
A cash-starved university can pay for increased
salaries through cuts in faculty positions or through
tuition hikes, and neither on
the Board of Governors nor
in public have UBC faculty
representatives opposed the
"tuition solution".
But Professor Craig's
concluding point is true
enough: continued fee increases are a matter of
"overall budget planning of
the University". University
presidents, in their budget
philosophy, either have a
vision of university as a
place where children from
all family backgrounds find
an equal chance for self-
development and career
preparation - or they don't.
UBC's budget for 1989/
90, which implements a 10%
tuition hike, leaves again
two variables open: how
high the faculty salary
award will be, and whether
projected tuition hikes for
1990/91 will exceed inflation. It's a foregone conclusion that yearly tuition
hikes will be atleastatinfla-
UBC will slide into the
ocean first before President
Strangway deviates from
his Iron Law on Tuition
Increases. Not to raise tuition year after year, as fast
as is politically feasible,
wouldbe a step back for him,
a sign of weakness, a wasted
opportunity to maximize
Since students from
affluent homes are strongly
overrepresented at UBC, it
only makes sense, in the
president's mind, to finance
part of UBC's greatness by
taking their parents'
During graduation
ceremonies in May I had the
pleasure of sitting near the
president as thousands of
graduates filed past - most
of them far too young to have
earned much money on their
own. I recall the valedicto-
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rian who addressed his parents. "I could have done it
without your support," he
said, "but I'm glad I didn't
have to."
The audience laughed
knowingly. But my question
to President Strangway and
to Professor Cragg and to
other people in positions of
power and privilege is: how
many of these proud young
graduates couldn't have
done it without their parents'money? What about all
the bright youngsters who
never go to university or
drop out because it's such a
financial obstacle course?
There are really two
UBCs: on the one side, the
high-rolling, parent-financed students many of
whom drive sportscars; on
the other, the rag-tag army
of the downtrotten who
gratefully line up for miserable student aid.
While government,
administrators and faculty
members like Professor
Craig point fingers at each
other when it comes to fixing
blame for soaring tuition
levels, defenseless young
people in search of an education are always the losers.
President Strangway is
in many ways a splendid
academic leader, but tragically indifferent to the
creeping nepotism in our
society's education system.
What kind of society is this
that makes higher education depend on parents' ability to pay rather than students' ability to learn?
Kurt Preinsperg
AMS Board of Governors Representative
Calling all Kurt
Does Kurt Preinsperg
keep you awake at night?
Are you incensed, intrigued,
confused or touched by his
letters to The Ubyssey?
If so, I want to hear
from you.
I am making a documentary film about Kurt
and his opinions on women
men and relationships.
Please contact me  at
733-7819 if you are interested in being interviewed
on film.
Katalina von Garnoski
TV and Film Diploma
Tim Bird is
At the last AMS council
meeting Board of Governor's rep Tim Bird claimed
that he wanted to create "a
win-win situation" with the
Rothman's issue.
He told council that he
had some ideas that did not
incorporate the boycott of
Rothmans cigarettes but
would allow council to take
positive steps to helping the
black South Africans. However, when his motion to
reconsider the AMS boycott
of Rothmans failed, Tim
Bird and his great conciliatory ideas disappeared.
Was the council not
good enough to listen to Mr.
Bird's ideas because we
don't accept his viewpoint
on the boycott of Rothmans?
I would hope that Mr. Bird
would stop pouting and
complaining about not getting his way at council meetings and begin to help the
rest of Council, and the student body at large, in
searching for ways to help
solve the problem of apartheid in South Africa.
Donovan Kuehn
AMS Arts rep
Tom Perry is
still wrong
"There's the part where
you say it and the part where
you take it all back," wrote
philosopher John Austin.
Having scolded Canadians
for "haste" (how long should
we wait?) in protesting the
Beijing massacre, Tom Perry
the Younger wants to take
his words back. He should.
Perry's denial that he
scolded anyone/Chinese included, who protested the
massacre runs up against
his actual words published
in the Sun, Province and the
Vancouver Courier. I quoted
him verbatim. Significantly,
he does not cite his original
words arid so concedes by
evasion. His self serving
remarks about his legislative activities doesn't undo
the effects of his words,
which were more widely publicized.
Perry's empty denial
that he compared the demo
lition of Kerrisdale buildings
ot the Beijing massacre
again runs up against his
past words, which I cited
exactly and which he agian
evades. He doesn't grasp the
assumptions of his own attack. The common rubric
under which he lumped
demolitions and shootings
was "human rights violations."
If he was not suggesting
a similarity between Beijing
and Kerrisdale, then what
logical point was he making
in citing one right after the
other? Indeed, Perry brazenly repeats the comparison when he rescolds us
because "we" (he included)
are "smug". We can be smug
only if his comparison is
Perry denies that Physicians for Social Responsi-
bilty distributed literature
at a table absolving the Soviet Air Force of shooting
down KAL 007. A careful
witness can swear to this—
me. I can cite the author—
David Pearson—and the
magazine, "The Nation"
(Aug. 18, 1984 issue, available in Main Library).
Perry's mistaken refernce to
"leaflets" proves he was not
a witness. *,
Posing as a wounded
innocent, Perry complains
that I have been "libelous"
(which contradicts his say-
inghe was "delighted"). Any- •
one who reads peacenik literature for 20 years quickly ,
learns how often this cliche
is  abused.  "Libelous" has
been whined for decades in
communist circles, which influence peacenik jargon. Let .
the doctor seek legal advice.
Perry compalins of "ad
hominem"rhetoric. He liter- ^
ally doesn't know what he is
talking about, a critcism is
"ad hominem" only  when
adressed   ireelevahtly   to,
someone personally and not
to what he has said and done
publicly. Those with a mind a
clearer than Perry's can see
that none of my criticism can
see that none of my criticism
was person, but rather was
directed  to Perry's  words"
publicized by him.
The rest of Perry's reply J
is   literary   affectation   of
cutesy pooh commonly copied in NDP circles.
Greg Lanning
Law 3
August 9,1989 Q?~m
Thanks for thinking
for me, Ken
My heartfelt thanks to Ken
Armstrong for his support of my
July 19th letter about the AMS
Council's decision to boycott Rothman's products due to the company's South African ties.
Thank you Ken, for confirming that the student referendum
process at UBC is meaningless
and that, given a couple of years,
student opinion on an issue (be it
South Africa or a Recreation Facility) may be disregarded as "outdated" without even polling the
current student population.
Thank you also, for noting
that the original referendum may
possibly have failed because Carling O'Keefe beer would have been
boycotted. Apparently UBC students do want to take a strong
moral stance... but not at the risk
of having a smaller selection of
brews with which to lubricate
their voices of protest.
A word of appreciation too, for
simplifying the entire issue into
one of life and death. Not only I,
but also many ofthe students concerned, probably never realized
that South African boycott issues
were anything less than a complex
web involving Canadian industries, Canadian jobs, overseas
economics, international relations
and personal choice. I might suggest that it was this misperception
that led to the defeat ofthe original
It was truly wonderful to be
lectured in print about the necessity for a duly elected government
to make tough decisions on behalf
of its constituents even when those
decisions run contrary to the last
recorded wishes of those constituents (governments overruling
their constituents being the best
way to avoid anarchy, you see).
Each time I approach an AMS
polling booth in the future, my
hand will fairly shake with pride
as I take part in the democratic
process of electing someone who
can guide my conscience without
consultation and who will be so
competent as to make complex
decisionsbased on one half of a scenario.
Or was there a representative
from Rothman's at the Council
Bill Allman
Law 2
Save the Rails
Having just returned to Vancouver on a cross country rail trip from Toronto, I feel I must present some
candid views on VIA Rail and the future of passenger
trains in Canada.
Taking the train is so much more of an experience
than flying. On the plane, by the time you eat your
meal and watch the movie, the trip is over. On the train
the traveller realizes how vast this country of ours is,
and beholds the diversity of the scenery. On my journey I met many interesting people on the train as well*
people of many backgrounds all gathered together and
sharing^ stories in the bar car.
Aside from these pleasures, the train is an historical experience. It was the railroad that tied this county together, and now the service is suffering cutbacks
from a Prime Minister who seems intent on splitting
the country apart.
The train does not just provide a service for people
who want a change from other modes of transportation, or who want to get an enhanced perspective of
Canada. It is an essential service for over two million
Canadians in towns and remote areas that are not
serviced by aircraft, as well as another four million who
travel on the train each year.
Unfortunately the federal government does not
feel Canadians need this service. They have let the rail
line sink into decrepitude and one day the axe will fall
completely; Then there will be two thousand more
unemployed to chalk up to Mulroney's record.
1^ given to a group of Liberal M.P.'s
who boarded at Thunder Bay arid passed around a
petition to improve VIA Rail. They realized Canadians
do use the train. I was lucky to get a ticket before the
seats were sold out. Every car on the train was full and
apparently no space available until October. If the
service was upgraded, even more people would become
Currently VIA operates at a cost of about $90 per
Canadian. Tne people should not begrudge paying this
sum, for it is a much more practicalapplication of our
tax dollars than investing in arctic submarines and
other such nonsense. What is now needed is a total
streamlining ofthe operation, making it more efficient.
By the time I reached Calgary, the train was six hours
behind schedule. That type of delay could become
history if VIA received sound government commitment and got its act together.
Some feel privatization is the answer. The owners
of the famed Orient Express have expressed interest,
but serious speculation has not yet begun. We must be
wary that our trans-Canada line does not become an
overpriced luxury train for the rich and privileged,
unaffordable to tnose who really need the service.
Pride and concern must be invested in our passenger railroad again. The train is a cleaner mode of
transportation and eases the burden of our overcrowded airports and highways. It is a Canadian institution. The train must be saved.
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August 9,1989
of a
Little League:
Is the dream over?
by Chung Wong
Is it that desire to spontaneously initiate excitement? That we
hit the glove before play starts; that
we swing the bat before the pitch is
thrown; that we dig our feet into the
ground; or that we stare across the
horizon and grip the bat before the
moment comes?
In a dream, I see a bat being
carved out of wood from a tree I
once climbed. A wide-eyed kid
picks it up, awed by the new creation. He stares downfield, the sun
burning his forearms. Still wide-
eyed, he traces the exact path of
the ball. Contact is made—a good
feeling. Clean. Pure. Like a part of
nature. Who am I? Where am I
from? It seems I find out in the
batter's box.
Once this dream was real, but
I am older now with more knowledge. Everyone has dreams.
Sometimes they are painfully
challenged and die. Still, every
now and then I go back or am given
the chance to visit that dream I
once dreamt.
A little league team was given
to me this summer: thirteen individuals with thirteen dreams.
Each one strives to attain the
character, the talent, and virtues
they envision in their major-
league heroes.
Each player is from a different
background—of broken family or
solid, of rich or poor, of black or
white or yellow, from Canada or
elsewhere. They've all been here
before time after time. I see parts
of my life in each of them.
David wants to be a baseball
player. He walks slowly to the
plate, afraid of the ball. He may
strike out, or he may walk—most
often he strikes out. After being hit
with a bat in the face, it took me
well over five years to face an inside pitch. I've known his fear.
I never feel bad when David
comes to the plate. Though he
fails, learning self-esteem in the
attempt is a priceless experience.
Every time he faces the pitch, he
gains character. Some day hell get
his first hit.
Matt, the smallest player in
the league, knows how to think in
any situation—whether under
pressure or not. He is allowed to
make any decision on his own—
free of coaching restraints. Freedom is nourishment for the
thought process. All great ball
players become who they are in
their free time. It is then that they
spontaneously learn to create.
Today, less and less ball players utilize free time; talent is becoming rare. Schedules and formulas have taken over long ago.
Efficiency has become the root of
our motivation for progress.
My brother Ming, a generation younger than I, has grown up
never having endured hard
labour. He's lived a different childhood. He struck out to end last
game with the bases loaded. He
plays well, but in the crunch, he is
just not dependable.
After the
game something
In the practice to follow he
agreed to extra
hours of batting
practice. First,
he touched all
four corners of
the strike zone
until he reached
perfection with
his bat. He
stared at me,
challenging my
patience. I
stared back with
discipline. He
took a half hour
to perfect the
The last
drill is deadly. It
will add to his stamina,
call pitches, how and where they
were to arrive, he has to react with
the proper footwork—a step back
for an inside pitch, a diagonal step
for an outside pitch, a leg lift for an
offspeed pitch, and a straight step
forward for one down the middle.
He also must make bat contact
with the proper position in the
strike zone. The eye must never
leave the point of contact. This
process is then sped up until he
All this, done without a ball.
Today, Ming pulls the ball
into leftfield. He runs to first and
stays there. I tell him to think—
BIG—and challenge the throw. He
turns the corner and threatens.
The throw is completed flawlessly;
he remains at first. The other team
is nervous. On the next pitch,
Ming takes off. He slides low—the
second baseman misses the
throw—Ming runs for third and
slides with burning enthusiasm.
The slide is unnecessary, the
throw is still in the outfield. Ming
gets up quickly and heads home.
He slides early. The catcher begins
the sweep tag a bit too soon, the
ball is dropped. Ming is safe.
This year Ming did not make
the all-star team. In the previous
practice he could not figure out
what the all-stars did different
than he. I told him to look at the
dirt on their white pants. Perhaps
Ming will have dirt to show for
next year.
You teach sportsmanship.
You teach confidence. You teach
intiative. You teach self-improve
But after
little league the
story changes.
No longer
do players play
to play, but
rather to compete. Newer
realities such
as personal relationships, social demands,
and a newly-
born financial
pressure forces
a ball player
into compromise. Spontaneity to play is
replaced by necessity. Free time is
replaced by schedules. Afree life is
replacedby a cluttered life. Abase-
ball player has no time to improve.
The desire to improve is replaced
by a need to sell and explain.
The pressure is greatest in the
minor-pro leagues where many
who love baseball—those with a
Baseball's Ironman, Lou Gehrig (left), died of
Alzheimer's disease in 1939, the year he retired.
Homerun king Babe Ruth died of cancer in 1948.
Together in 1927, they hit the most homeruns ever as
a pair. Ruth had 60. Gehrig had 47.
While I    dream—are placed before a dramatic vocational crossroad. Many
are disillusioned and lose
hold of their dream and
end up in a tragic path
towards self-destruction.
Ultimately, everything in baseball revolves
around the big league. It
was there that Babe Ruth
fired up the hearts of kids
to play stickball in the city
streets whether legal or
not. It was there kids saw
or heard Lou Gehrig become the Ironman of baseball, playing in the greatest number of consecutive
games ever until the year
he died of Alzheimer's disease.
In stadiums, we anticipated, we hoped, and
our spirit rose before a
player swung his bat.
The owners placed a
higher price on the game.
Fans paid. Paraphernelia
with major league designs
were born, tagged with
high prices. Fans paid.
Advertisers and
sponsors and media vied
and are still are vying to
get a piece of the action.
The money comes in. Food
and beverage companies
place their business in or
near the stadium. The
money comes in. This economic wheel which builds
on the exploitation of the
baseball dream has magnified monumentally over
Ty Cobb's batting grip became immortal. His 4191
career hits were only recently surpassed this decade
by Pete Rose.
the decades and continues to expand.
Perhaps the exploitation of
human dreams has been an inevi- '
table symptom of business. A
catch-22 exist in baseball today. A
ball player can only sense he
should demand a small portion of
the money paid by the fans. But
with the introduction of large
sums of money comes a pervading
concern for the player; he must
become more a member of business than of sport. The player
must become a commodity to be
bought and sold.
Is the dream over? For those
who play the wheel of fortune, it
may well be. As for the rest...well,
that is up to the rest.
The weather is important; it
sets the vibes. There's a difference
between hitting a ball into the overcast skies and into a sunset. A new
mentality is needed for every
colour in the sky. To know the
meaning and feeling of human
achievement can be rare in life—
but it is in baseball or sport where
we do find the meaning and where
we do find the feeling. It's a good
thing to learn and that is why I
think we play. Baseball seems to
mirror life: What can be done in
baseball can be done in life.
Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?
August 9,1989


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