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 WOMEN' co
s Serial
intimidate women
in crisis
Vol. LXIX.No.47
Vancouver, B.C. Friday. March 6,1987
jta greets us with a Scottish accent, a smile, and an offer of tea. But things
quickly get less friendly as Rita launches into a two-hour session dealt out in a manner she likes to call "blunt".
Rita is a volunteer for Birthright — a Vancouver pregnancy counselling service
which publicizes itself as offering "alternatives to abortion".
Two Ubyssey reporters posing as a pregnant woman and her supportive friend,
meet Rita in the Birthright office to obtain information. Birthright obliges assuring
us that raising a child can be simple and cheap.
"A baby's needs are quite minimal at the beginning. You can still travel with a
baby. A baby doesn't take up any extra space when you travel. You seem to think
that a baby will need a lot more than what you need. The baby needs a lot less", says
        It soon becomes clear one of the major aims of Birthright is to turn
young women off abortion as an option, not by using a moral argument,
but by painting abortion in frightening terms.
During the session Rita describes the "sharp instruments" and "powerful suction" used in an abortion.
"If you take a paper bag and try to suck out the contents of the paper
bag, that bag itself is going to get sucked in as well. The walls of the uterus
often get torn. The cervix often gets cut by the instruments going through.
There's always tearing. These are things that have to happen," says Rita.
She goes on to tell us about a woman who had an abortion at Burnaby
General Hospital and was told to expect the discharge of some tissue.
"She went home and she got these cramps and she felt she had to go to
the bathroom. So when she wiped herself she came up with a baby's arm.
She did another cramp and she came up with half the baby's head with an
Rita doesn't mince words. The story was a common one she assured us.
But critics claim Birthright's counselling methods are intimidating and
"They say they'll give you baby clothes — big fucking deal. They don't
really provide any long term support," says Lee Saxsell, a counsellor for
the women's Health Collective.
Fatima Correia, a fifth year psychology student, describes the experience
of an 18-year-old friend who went to Birthright for help.
"She was very distressed and confused about her pregnancy, but none of
her concerns regarding having her baby were addressed. They gave her an
hour long sermon and said her problems would be taken care of by God. so
not to worry," says Correia.
"They also threatened to break confidentiality with her by calling someone that she knew. They justify it by saying they're stopping a crime.
"She left feeling guilty and awful about having considered an abortion.
She felt really fucked over and later on very angry," says Correia.
However, Rita says Birthright protects unborn children from potential
attacks. "If you saw a mother and her child on the street and the mother
for some reason or other decided that she couldn't afford this child and has
decided to kill it, what would you say about that mother? That's the same
situation as we're looking at here with an abortion," she says.
Pamela Fryers, an adminstrator at the Crisis Pregnancy Centre, another
Vancouver counselling service, says the centre counsels for choice and
believes in a woman's right to self-determination. The message that the
Centre sends in its well-polished counselling session is a different one
Like Birthright, the Crisis Pregnancy Centre says it is fairly easy for a
woman to continue her current lifestyle during a pregnancy.
"Supposing the baby is due at the end of September. You could pick up '
classes at the beginning of October. Sometimes the deans will make arrangements," says Bev, a Crisis Pregnancy Center volunteer to a Ubyssey
reporter posing as a pregnant woman.
Crisis Pregnancy starts off their lecture with a 20-minute video which
follows a fetus through various stages of growth and stresses the reality of
abortion by using images of operating rooms, doctors, and garbage pails.
"You can't be a little bit human, just like you can't be a little bit
pregnant," comments the film, referring to the fetus from the moment of
Bev emphasizes sterility and life-long emotional scars as likely results of.
an abortion. "For an abortion, the cervix is dilated. It's forced open and
sometimes it doesn't go back to normal again. So when you do get pregnant again it's very easy to miscarry, or pelvic inflamatory infection
sometimes makes you sterile, so there's always risks," she says.
"To assault someone with visual aids and gross stories is really appalling.
A percentage of women are going to leave there and choose to have an
abortion. The psychological impact of that would be really devastating,"
says Saxsell.
The Health Collective on Burrard Street offers pregnancy counselling.,
The atmosphere is open and relaxed with a play area for children with a
separate area for women to sit and talk, Lee emphasizes the Health Collective is a resource and counselling centre. Counsellors promote the right
of women to choose the way to handle their pregnancies. The Health Collective has a large collection of resource materials to educate a woman in
whatever choice she makes.
The collective does not make medical referrals but instead has a listing of
doctors in Vancouver and surrounding areas. Their files include reports
from past patients on the quality of care by these doctors, as well as listings
of doctors throughout B.C. who specialize in areas other than those directly related to pregnancies.
UBC's Student Health Services is the only place on campus where
women can go for pregnancy counselling. The hospital does not handle terminations or full-term pregnancies but will refer pregnant women to
another doctor.
Dr. Percival Smith, of the Health Serices Centre, stresses that the staff of
Student Health Services will not advise women what to do but can act as a
sounding board and answer medical information questions.
"We make sure that a woman thinks and knows about her options but
we don't sell abortion," says Smith.
"At the time of ordering the pregnancy test I would tell them they need
to do some thinking so they're not hit like a sledge hammer when the test is
positive," he says.
He adds: "In 90 per cent of the cases the women are fairly definite in
what they want to do. Seventy-fiver per cent chose abortion and about 20
per cent are happy about their pregnancy".
Smith also says that financial considerations are not a problem with most
women who come in because they usually have strong parental support. "I
haven't referred anyone to a social agency in 10 years."
°*d|^>"       228-2301 Page 2
Friday, March 6,1987
Parents struggle to finance education in B.C.
Anita is a fourth year math student at UBC. She and her husband
who is also a student, have had to
take out a $9,000 loan to pay for
child care for their five-year-old
daughter because they are ineligible
for a daycare subsidy in B.C.
"Our life is difficult making ends
meet," she says. "But my only
hope for a decent job was to go to
Anita is one of many parents in
B.C. who are struggling to finance
their education while supporting a
family. For women, particularly
single mothers, child-care is one of
the most crucial factors affecting
their accessibility to an education.
And the provincial government is
for far from helping them achieve
that end.
In B.C., parents who apply for a
daycare subsidy must report all
loans previously taken out as income. Eligibility for a subsidy is
calculated according to need, but
the Ministry of Social Services and
Housing says a single parent can
earn no more than $790 per month
to receive the maximum subsidy of
$316 a month.
Byron Hender, UBC Director of
Awards and Financial Aid, says
that the government's criteria for
child care subsidies does not
recognize the exceptional costs of
tuition and books.
"It seems unfair if they (the
government) are trying to determine
a realistic assessment of students'
needs," he says.
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soon discover that child care costs,
combined with obstacles in receiving daycare subsidies, is pushing
them into poverty. For others, it
restricts the possibility of a post-
secondary education entirely.
Mab Oloman, UBC Daycare
Coordinator, says that even the
maximum subsidy of $316 does not
cover monthly daycare expenses for
parents. And a study released by the
B.C. Daycare Action Coalition,
which was presented to the minister
of Social Services and Housing
Claude Richmond, found that the
maximum allowable earnings for
parents eligible for a full subsidy is
one-third to one-half below the
poverty line.
And in Anita's case, where both
parents are students, the only option is to go into further debt. The
province does not provide for
parents who both attend school.
Art Scott, Public Information
Officer for the Ministry of Social
Services and Housing, explains
that the ministry has an "expecta
tion that when both parents are
students they will arrange their
schedules in such a way that one of
them can always cover child care
needs." He says that "social
assistance is not for education but a
support service to help people
achieve financial independence."
Lisa Harney, a research officer
with the Women's Secretariat of the
Ministry of Advanced Education
and Job Training, says that single
mothers are trapped in a "vicious
circle" since they have no choice
but to got to work and often are
forced to accept jobs that don't pay
And Harney believes it isn't good
enough asking whether women are
working or not. "We should ask
where are women working?"
In the meantime, the B.C.
Daycare Action Coalition Committee reports that many parents are
making do with substandard care
for their children because they can
neither find nor afford the quality
of care.
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Page 3
Grant aids native students
Canadian University Press
A $300,000 grant from a Toronto-
based foundation will make it easier
for native students to attend and
benefit from studies at the University of British Columbia.
The Donner Canadian Foundation will fund a program known as
the First Nations House of Learning over the next three years. UBC
has also agreed to raise $150,000
from outside sources in the second
and third years, giving total funding
of $450,000.
"We want to access more Indian
people to the university," said Jo-
ann Archibald, one of three executive members of the project's
advisory committee and supervisor
of the Native Indian Teacher
Education Program at UBC.
"It is important to start communication with other faculties and
schools to see how they can better
meet the needs of Indian students
for post-secondary education," she
said, adding that a meeting with
faculty deans is scheduled for
March 12.
At present, there are about 200
native students at UBC, or less than
three-quarters of one per cent of a
student body of nearly 27,000.
In B.C. as a whole, however,
native people account for about
three per cent ot the total population.
At present, the First Nations
House of Learning is still in the
planning stages, but the advisory
committee, chaired by former B.C.
supreme court justice Thomas
Berger, intends to have a director
and support staff working by
While many native students at
UBC are currently enroled in the
native education and law programs,
Archibald says one goal will be to
improve course offerings and enrolment in other faculties as well.
"Some native communities are
looking at self-determination and
self-government, which really needs
skills and knowledge to be in control of business, economics, social
services and natural resources," Archibald said.
But she stressed that skills gained
at university would give native
graduates the opportunity to work
either in native communities or in
the general workforce.
A second purpose of the First Nations House of Learing is to promote research that will help native
people in B.C. with the long-term
possibility of benefitting indigenous
people around the world.
Another long range goal will be
to establish a permanent centre,
such as the Asian Studies building
or International House. The project
is currently seeking funding for the
building, which could take the form
of a longhouse overlooking Georgia
"We should have a First Nations
House out here at UBC," said Archibald. "After all, we were the
first people here."
Peace protestors
dragged away
— dan andrewB photo photo
JACK WEBSTER RANTS and raves his way through the gala celebration commencing UBC's Open House on
Thursday evening.
Reprinted from the Gleaner
His shirt was up around his
shoulders and his feet were dragging as peace activist Brian Salmi was
removed from International Trade
Minister Pat Carney's office last
Salmi and fellow Langara
students Sean Hill and Ananda Tan
occupied Carney's office at the Pan
Pacific hotel in protest of the cruise
missile testing.
The three offered passive
resistance to police upon being requested to leave and refusing.
However, at 6:30 p.m., one and a
half hours after the office closed,
they were removed and charged
with "assault by trespass."
The three members of the Peace
and Disarmament Committee of the
Langara Students' Union, in an action independent of the union, were
seeking an audience with Carney,
who spoke against the testing of the
cruise missile in Canada at her constituency meeting last Tuesday.
They were demanding she openly
denounce the cruise testing in the
House of Commons. "Should
Minister Carney not meet that demand, we call for her to resign her
seat," read the group's statement.
The group was also demanding
the five-year agreement with the
United States to test the first-strike
offensive weapon not be renewed
Blatherwick calls for AIDS education
The federal and provincial
governments should develop a
"marketing strategy" for AIDS
education before the virus spreads
further, Vancouver's chief medical
health officer said Wednesday.
Calling AIDS a "social disease
with medical implications", Dr.
John Blatherwick told 200 people in
IRC 6 that while government sponsored medical research continues,
the fight against AIDS cannot stop
"We need to address the social
problem, because if we don't start
addressing it, it will keep going
on," he said.
Quoting from a provincial Health
Ministry pamphlet which suggests a
healthy diet, good exercise, and low
alcohol and cigarette consumption
will help resist the virus, Blatherwick said such misinformation proved that the job of getting the
message out to those who most need
it should not be left to government
"They do brochures like this",
said Blatherwick, while waving it in
the air, "and they think the job is
Blatherwick said a market
research campaign is necessary to
ask fundamental questions about
how societal behaviour is changed.
"Ten years ago the Irish
Sweepstakes was illegal, and now
lotteries are one of our biggest
growth industries," he said.
Blatherwick suggested that any
media education campaign would
need to be as effective in changing
behaviour as Lotto 6/49 ads are in
promoting the sale of tickets.
Blatherwick's most recent figures
on the extent of the virus in B.C.
show 1,200 people have tested
positive for the AIDS anti-body,
which would suggest that 15,000
people are actually carrying the
Of this number Blatherwick
estimates approximately 1,000 people have AIDS Related Complex
(ARC), and there have been 213
cases of clinical AIDS, which has
proven 100 per cent fatal.
In answering questions from the
audience Blatherwick emphasized
that "there is safer sex, but no such
thing as safe sex." Blatherwick was
critical of the media for reducing
the   debate  to   "condoms  versus
"I wouldn't want to count on
them (to prevent AIDS)", said
Blatherwick, but he did emphasize
that condoms are helpful in preventing other sexually transmittable
by the federal government, and that
the current agreement be broken
immediately. They stated they
would not leave the office until
their demands were met.
Carney never did arrive or speak
to the protestors. "I don't think
there was a concerted effort (by the
staff) to get a hold of her at all,"
said Salmi. Carney was in Vancouver that day, her staff said.
Salmi, Hill and Tan arrived at
Carney's office at 11:30 Friday
morning and spent an hour talking
with Media Assistant Ray
MacAllister about Carney's role in
government policy toward cruise
testing. At one o'clock office
manager Doug Eyford, accompanied by two Vancouver police officers, asked the protestors to leave
the office.
Eyford said he was worried about
his staff's safety, as a phone caller
had threatened the protestors with
violence. The protestors did not
believe Him and refused to leave.
The senior police officer then informed the group that a squad car
would be stationed near the
building in case of incident.
At five o'clock when the offices
would normally close, media appeared and waited for the arrests.
Salmi speculated the office management waited until 6:30 before calling police to avoid the prime-time
television news shows' coverage of
the story.
The protestors were held overnight by the police and released at
noon the next day. Salmi said they
would "definitely do it again" if
need be, but are not planning any
similar actions at the moment.
"Civil disobedience is a very important form of protest," said
Carney could not be reached for
University net "open" to all
A group of students and a black
balloon are using the high publicity
surrounding UBC's Open House
this weekend to show that the
university is not "open" to
The Coalition for Accessible
Education, today at 12:30 in SUB,
is staging a stunt featuring a student
dragging around a big black paper
mache ball which symbolizes BC's
students debt.
Vanessa Geary, one of the
students, said the ball is like "Atlas
holding  up  a  world  of student
debt." The group is also circulating
a petition to reinstate some form of
the government grant program for
students, axed in 1984.
So far, Geary said, "Support has
been good with about 2000 names
in the past few weeks, but we hope
to make a concerted effort this
Geary hopes to "reach out to tbe
community" during this weekend's
UBC Open House so the government will not see the petition as being " supported by "just whining
Geary said "University is not
open to everybody who wants to
come because of._the ■hijji" cost."
She wants "the grant system back
or a roll back of tuition fees."
The petition is supported by
AMS Student council President
Rebecca Nevraumont who "encourages everyone to sign" because
it is "important for Strangway to
recognize that there is a need for a
student grant program."
Nevraumont distributed copies
of the petition to student council
members on Wednesday. Page 4
Friday, March 6,1987
No comment
Below are the top 20 UBC salaries according to the university's
financial statements of March 31, 1986.
Ruedy, John   $110,050
MacLeod, Bernard    $105,269
Leighton, Kenneth M.    $101,323
Chow, Anthony W. C.   $98,711
Grantham, Peter R.    $96,152
Yorkston, Neil J.    $95,693
Birch, Daniel R.    $93,893
Beagrie, George    $93,860
Kenny, Douglas T.    $93,000
10. Webber, William A.    $91,160
11. Will, Robert M.    $91,160
12. Bates, David Vincent   $90,541
13. Stiver, Grant    $90,107
15. Bourne, Charles B.    $89,500
16. Finnegan, Cyril V.    $88,560
17. Larkin, Peter A.   $88,315
18. Foord, Barry Richard    $87,838
19. Ferris, James A.J.    $87,000
20. Dawson, Keith G.    $86,774
14. Yong,
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Condones" not condoms leads to safe crime
As a student who has been in
post-secondary school for over six
years, I would say that dishonesty
and theft is definitely on the increase. I have come to realize that
we are living in a new age and have
had to adjust my thinking.
Cheating and plagiarism are common, and are even considered acceptable by many students, if they
can escape detection.
In recent months, urban crime,
usually associated with Los Angeles
and New York has become part of
the Canadian way of life. Robberies
of grocery and drug stores have
resulted in thieves being shot at and
either killed or injured.
Since in some case theft is becoming life threatening, it is time we
teach our children about "safe
theft". Courses on "safe theft"
should be started in Junior High.
and perhaps even in lower grades.
Some would suggest that certain
aspects of the course could be
started as early as grade three.
The new course must be available
in every school so all students can
be taught the following five basic
1. They should condone
dishonesty if it is for the good of
themselves or the victim.
2. They should condone theft if it
is done with consenting accomplices
of the same age.
3. They should condone theft if it
is done just for fun or for economic
rather than malicious purposes.
4. They should condone thieves
who have a need to express
themselves by stealing, realizing
that thieves have an alternate
lifestyle and a different orientation.
5. They should condone persons
only if they hold humanistic views
and label all others, who think differently, as old-fashioned, narrow-
minded, and probably religious
To ensure that such a course gets
into our schools we must make sure
the media are on our side. They can
help us vilify any politician who
suggest that the best course to
follow is to abstain from stealing
Next, we must seek the support
of Planned Parenthood. No parent
who has planned to have children
wants to have them shot by some
impetuous grocer who is about to
lose a few dollars.
Lastly, we need to get the
feminist movement behind us since
they really know how to lobby
School Boards, governments, and
Some might suppose that the
"condones" will lead our young
people to experiment with stealing;
however, this is unlikely. The "condones" don't steal; people steal.
If all members of society would
use the "condones" neither thieves
nor merchants need carry or possess
lethal weapons. This would certainly reduce the chance of getting shot.
We all know that governments
cannot legislate honesty. Lying,
cheating, and stealing have been
around for as long as there have
been people. But theft has never
been as dangerous as it is today,
let's all work together to make this
world a safer place to live. Let's
work for safe theft. Peter Dyck
agriculture 3
UEL Comments
Clean air man slams newspaper
I was quite astonished and concerned to see a large full colour
tobacco advertisement of a major
brand of cigarettes sullying the back
page of a recent edition of The
Ubyssey. Especially since tobacco
products kill approximately 32,000
Canadian smokers each and every
year, not to mention the estimated
500 non-smokers who die of lung
cancer caused by environmental
tobacco smoke.
I realize that the advertising of
tobacco products produces a great
deal of revenue for your newspaper,
but you are doing your readers a
disservice by promoting disease and
death among them. It is a well-
known fact that most smokers pick
up the habit before the age of 20,
and are not likely to start smoking
after that age.
This is obviously the reason for
the tobacco industry's preoccupation with the young in its lifestyle
advertising and 'kiddy pack' promotion. The industry needs a new
generation of addicts in order to ensure its survival.
Is your advertising of this deadly
product morally or ethically
defenceable? I think not. Most
papers will come back with the
argument that tobacco is a legal
product and should be advertised
for that reason.
The Ubyssey cannot use this
argument since it boycotts advertising from various sources (all
legal) mostly for moral reasons.
March 6, 1987
The Ubyssey is published ~ Tuesday and Friday'
throughout the academic year by the Alma Mater Society of the University of British Columbia. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and are not necessarily those
of the administration or the AMS. Member Canadian
University Press. The Ubyssey's editorial office is SUB
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But for the sake of argument,
would tobacco be a legal product if
it came under the same laws and
regulations that govern every other
product that we consume? Obviously not. The only reasons that tobacco does not come under the Hazardous Products Act or the Food and
Drugs Act are political ones.
Tobacco dollars seem to cloud
many politicians' (and newspaper
publishers') sense of social responsibility.
Airspace hopes that your
newspaper will soon show some
social responsibility and refuse to
print advertisements that promote
what amounts to slow suicide.
There are no moral or ethical
reasons to continue them, unless
you consider the revenues more important than human lives . . .
Airspace is also getting complaints of non-compliance by a
small, but noticeable group of
smokers who are ignoring the UBC
policy on smoking in public areas.
The majority of smokers are supportive and considerate of the non-
smokers' right to clean indoor air.
This inconsiderate minority is accomplishing nothing more than
making that majority look bad, and
furthering a need for stiffer regulations and/or penalties. Airspace
hopes that the UBC administration,
and the Alma Mater Society, will
make an example of those persons
and take appropriate corrective
Mr. Dale Jackaman
Executive Director Airspace
I am a graduate student at the
University of British Columbia and
.1 am looking for comments from
the public regarding certain aspects
of my research.
A recent article in the Ubyssey
(February 13, 'Park board want
UEL preserved') discussed the
possibility of the University Endowment Lands (UEL) and the
Camosun Bog being designated
parkland, most likely as a regional,
On the assumption that these
lands are given park status, I would
like to hear from members of the
public as to how you would like to
see this urban forest park managed.
Areas of concern which you may
wish to address include: park
management goals; level of forest
management to maintain different
vegetation types, forest health, and
wildlife habitat; kinds of activities
to be allowed, facilities to be provided, and degree of park development. I welcome your ideas as well
as any special concerns you may
have on the future management of a
potential UEL forest park.
In addition, if anyone has in-,
teresting photographs or information on the UEL, particularly of a
historical nature, that you would be
willing to share with me, please let
me know.
Send replies to:
Carmen Rida
De rien
Coach Bruce Enns and the UBC
Thunderbirds basketball team want
to thank the 6,000 UBC students,
faculty and staff and supporters for
their tremendous support at last
weekend's two big basketball games
against UVic.
Obviously, the weekend proved
that basketball games can bring out
crazies and everybody can have a
lot of fun at Thunderbird basketball. The fans were great and we
hope to have you back next year.
Bruce Enns
'Birds basketball coach
UEL Forest Park Management
c/o School of Community and
Regional Planning
University of British Columbia
6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5
Carmen R. Rida
graduate studies
Sport blues
After issue upon issue of the
Ubyssey's embarrassing and
mindless publication, I feel it is my
duty to speak on behalf of the irritated majority at UBC. Among
numerous past examples of the
journalistic numbness that I have
read in the Ubyssey comes the
editorial of March 3, titled "Winning Isn't Everything" (not surprisingly written anonymously).
The whining and complaining
that is common to most Ubyssey
editorials has hit a new absurd high.
This editorial cries over the cost of
athletic fees and ponders over the
benefits of such a fee to students.
These fees are more than justified
by the benefits of a winning athletic
program. "Big name" universities
in the USA didn't become "big
name" from academics. Rather, it.
was due to the success of their
athletic programs and the level of
school pride and student backing of
the programs.
This prestige brought outside
money to the university which in
turn enabled the university to obtain high quality professors and up-
to-date materials, as well as allowing their athletic programs to be
The pot is on, so wake up and
smell the coffee. It is time the
Ubyssey portrayed some pride in
our nationally aclaimed athletics.
The whine over fees must stop.
Further, full front page coverage
and competent journalistic reviews
are the minimum expected for a national champion UBC team.
Chuck Stewart
applied science 3 Friday, March 6,1987
Page 5
Student wants accessible education
I would like to take exception to
recent comments made by a
representative of the Coalition for
Accessible Education ("Not Mad"
Fri., Feb. 27).
Some of us are more than "concerned." Some of us have trouble
taking a "positive view" of the
dismal state of education and its accessibility today. There are many
Route to man's heart
through the tummy?
A few months back a study came
out that reported college-educated
women who are still single at age 35
have only a 5 per cent chance of
every getting married. Forty-year
olds have a 2.6 per cent chance,
making them "more likely to be
killed by a terrorist." These women
seem to have it all: good looks, advanced degrees and well-paying
jobs. But what they will never have
is a mate.
The study sent shivers up an
down the spines of single women,
especially those baby-boomers born
between 1946 and 1956 who are expected to bear the brunt of the
"marriage squeeze". The authors
suggested career patterns of these
bright, young women were to
blame. In other words, pursuing a
career meant foregoing marriage.
As a career-oriented, single
woman who will be celebrating her
35th birthday this year, I have given
this some serious thought.
Although small in numbers, the ex-
istance of "superwomen" who successfully combine career, marriage
and family blows the "career over
marriage" theory to shreds.
Therefore, I've come up with
another theory that makes much
more sense; the majority of career
women, myself included, are single
because we can't cook.
We hoped by improving our
minds, we could make inroads to a
man's heart, not by way of his
stomach, but instead by providing
him with food for thought. But it's
not to be.
The proof: I come from a lineage
of good cooks. My grandmother
makes the best chocolate eclairs on
the block; my mom cooks a
knockout chicken cordon bleu, and
they're married.
Police once cordonned a block
around my cordon bleu and sent in
the SWAT team. And I'm single.
Perhaps it's a genetic defect.
Whoever said "love conquers
all" obviously never tried my
It's not like I didn't try. I did.
Back in public school I took Home
Economics. This is where aspiring
young homemakers learn to sew,
take care of children, and cook. I
excelled at the first two but when it
came to food preparation, I was
hopeless. My bread gave new meaning to the term "yeast infection".
My teacher entered my cheese souffle in the science fair. Half way
through, I was asked to switch to
Industrial Arts.
I've taken numerous cooking
classes as an adult to overcome my
flaw. In every course, I always
volunteered to chop the vegetables.
I figured let the others do the
marinate, the roux, the glaze. Unfortunately, this defense tactic
betrayed me. I can now chop a
mean broccoli; I just have no idea
what to do with it after.
Recently I went so far as to enroll
in a gourmet pastry course. "Was
there any hope," I asked? The instructor replied, "Betty
Crocker..." I wouldn't say my
cooking was deadly, but he wanted
to start a new course just for me:
Cooking and First Aid.
One time I made health food
muffins. You know the kind.
Chock full of nutritional ingredients: whole wheat flour, natural
bran, wheatgerm, sunflower seed
oil, molasses, raisins, walnuts
coconut, wild clover honey, eggs
from free range hens, whole milk,
baking powder, etc. The recipe even
called for authentic sea salt. I
thought all salt came from the sea,
but, thinking this might be the
bake-or-break factor, 1 found
I had just taken a batch out of
the oven one afternoon, when my
new boyfriend unexpectedly showed up at my door. He saw the muffins on the counter and, not being
the asking type, took one. 1 stood
there frozen. He had never sampled
my cooking before. As he chewed, a
strange pallor came over his face.
His smile faded. He wheezed. My
heart sank. Oh God, I shuddered.
Not the gag reflex. Sure enough. He
ran over to the sink and spit it out.
He stood there, heaving, for what
seemed like an hour. After rinsing
his mouth, he calmly put the rest of
the muffin back on the counter.
Perhaps he didn't want to offend
me. Then, turning to face me, he
politely asked the contents of my
muffins. I told him. He said he
couldn't understand how so many
good ingredients could come out
tasting so bad. We broke up shortly
So you see I have one heinous,
horrible defect that's making a
spinster out of me and, as statistics
reveal, I'm not alone in my predicament. However, I think those
researchers jumped to the wrong
conclusion when they blamed it on
the pursuit of career over marriage.
The question they should be asking
us single career women is, "Can
you bake a cherry pie?"
Lori Ewert is a single woman
looking for a husband who can
students, myself included, who fully expect to receive their four-year
degrees only with the help of a
$30,000 debt load.
Is that a lot of money to expect
the individual student to have to
pay for their education? Statistically speaking, yes. The average student debt at UBC is the more
modest amount of $23,000, with interest. (To put this in perspective,
prior to 1984 this figure was
Some of you are probably scoffing at my extravagance and thinking we should abolish the student
loan program entirely. Well, here's
how it works: each year of school
costs the independent student
$8,000 (and rising) all costs included.
There are some students not
blessed with rich parents, who have
perhaps a single parent paying off
their own student loan, and who
can't expect more then $1,000 a
year from this source.
With unemployment at 25% in
our age bracket and an average
wage around $5.00 an hour, this
student might be hard pressed to
save more than a couple thousand
dollars from part-time work.
Now, since the government has
seen it fair to abolish the grant program, and since it is unlikely that
the student is receiving dividends
from investments, this leaves him or
her with a $5,000 a year shortfall.
Multiply by four, add interest, and
you arrive at the above figure.
We hear it nobly argued that
government shouldn't have to bear
the cost of educating its public. Is it
therefore reasonable to require our
low-income students pay the
equivalent of a down payment on a
house just to get a good education?
The days are gone when one
could put oneself through school
working as a dishwasher, with no
other assistance. The cost of living
has since gone way up and a
dishwasher's wages have not. Fifteen hundred dollars tuition is a lot
of scrubbing.
Mr. Pennant, you say very
diplomatically that you are not
"crying out against underfunding."
If you are a group supposedly
representing students' best interests, why the hell not?
And why do you carefully avoid
mentioning the needs of poor
students, who inevitably become
most victim to these sorts of restrictions? You seem desperately to be
trying to avoid seeming "left" or
"radical" and in the process
become about as effective as a lame
In keeping to what nobody could
possibly object to, you fail to present those criticisms that are clearly
called for. Surely education, "what
it is, and what it can provide," is
far more than a rosy economic
While I understand that this is
simply part of your "positive" approach, why is Dr. Strangway to be
Read the letter straight
This letter is addressed to Mr.
Scott Beveridge.
I am deeply honored that you
have seen fit to respond to my letter
regarding the yearly Gay and Lesbian issue of the Ubyssey.
However, if 1 may be so bold,
please allow me to offer you some
helpful advice:
When you read a letter, look at
the words.
I am quite aware of the tendency
of newspapers to cover, among
other things, the plight of oppressed
peoples (alas, this is called news
reporting). It is only when an entire
issue is devoted to one particular
group every year that I begin to
Also, it seems that somewhere in
my letter you discovered some
traces of fascism. Nay, this is not
the case. Nowhere in my letter do I
present any opinion regarding
homosexuals, or any other group
for that matter. Indeed, it was my
intent not to do so.
Next time, sir, be so kind as to
read the actual letter, not some
bizarre, paranoia-induced interpretation of such. Bruce Arnold
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congratulated for encouraging
students to support the university?
Isn't this rather his duty? Or is it the
job of a president to spend all his
time soliciting funds?
It is easy to recognize the innate
wisdom of the president of our
Young Socreds when he says that
"we don't believe in handouts."
His feelings of generosity and kindness are shared by a good many
Education for them is a privilege
— a privilege based not on merit,
but on ability to pay.
It is somehow deemed to be taking a free ride to devote oneself to
one's studies while requiring further
It is conceivable that the prospective student, presented with the
above financial consequence, as
well as the less-than-ample employment opportunities available upon
graduation, just might feel the teen-
siest bit discouraged from going to
Of course this is just what some
people want. I remember distinctly
Russ Fraser's comments during the
election campaign, to the effect that
poor people should consider not going to school if it costs so much.
When we see an attitude such as
that coming from a man who fancies himself the minister of post-
secondary education, we know that
the feeling is pervasive.
Returning to the financial argument, since that is all that seems to
hold any weight any more, just
what does our post-secondary
system cost us? Pat McGeer pointed
out to us in the last election, intending to shock us with how much the
government spends, that they shell
ed out $250 million last year in post-
secondary funding.
Ooo, aah. Isn't this the same
government that, in the same year
(an election year coincidentally),
lavished a billion dollars each on
the two flashiest advertising vehicles
it could find, Skytrain and Expo?
And we're going to be sunk by
education expenditures.
Dr. McGeer then made the point
that this figure was about equal to
the provincial deficit. Was he slyly
suggesting that, if only we were to
close down all the universities and
colleges and technical institutes we
could then pay off our deficit?
Maybe it's a good idea. Then
anyone interested in education
could be shipped off to Ontario and
this province could get down to
If you feel, as I do, that education is the most important means we
have of solving many of the problems of this world; that we should
be encouraging people to educate
themselves rather than making it
more difficult; that the value of
knowledge cannot be measured in
some kind of monetary ratio; that
society has the responsibility to support higher learning and the opportunity to learn, then you will be
disturbed by this growing assault
upon students and institutions
Let us not be fooled by the politicians: we can afford accessible,
quality education. And to make this
known in strong', unequivocal terms
is not to "embarass the university,"
but to prove ourselves thinking,
responsible students.
A. Stevenson
Premier offers fantasy
science for Fantasy Garden
When Premier Vander Zalm was
minister of education in 1982 he
boasted to a reporter from the
Netherlands: "I do not have much
education, but with common sense
you can get far here".
But he is supposed to know about
plants. Even his mother-in-law, an
N.D.P. supporter, acknowledges
that Lillian's husband knows his
So what do we make of the Art
Knapp pamphlet that proposes a
research programme to be conducted by Art Knapp customers?
The pamphlet states: "I, Bill
Vander Zalm, intend to establish a
research programme in British Columbia" to test "electroculture":
"The simplest explanation for
phenomenal results reported by
those having tested electroculture is
that the electromagnetic field
established around the plant electrically changes the oxygen in the
air turning it into almost pure
"There have been varying reports
as to its success ranging from 30%
increase in yield to a 75% increase
as well as dramatic claims of
tomatoes that measure 1 foot
around and peas growing taller than
a house and blooming three times".
Does the plant man premier not
know or understand that atmospheric air already consists of 79
volume percent of "pure nitrogen",
and 21 volume percent of oxygen?
Does he not know that plants
cannot use "pure nitrogen" and
that to be of use to plants nitrogen
gas must be changed to the ammonium form or nitrate form of
Does the premier not know that
only certain microorganisms are
capable of making this change, or
that it is carried out in fertilizer factories?
Does he not know that it is impossible to change by non-nuclear
means one element, oxygen, into
another one, nitrogen?
Does the premier know he is into
I think the premier should put his
wonderful and fantastic alchemy to
work in the North East of the province, changing coal to gold. This
would give the economy of B.C. a
much-needed boost and prevent
Quintette Coal from going broke.
In the Art Knapp pamphlet the
premier also promotes
"Cosmoelectric Culture":
"Attach metalic Christmas tree
decoration balls to tomato plants".
"The bright metalic (sic)
Christmas tree balls will attract electricity to the plants' stems, leaves
and cells, leading to much earlier
ripening of tomatoes".
The premier's "electroculture" and
"cosmoelectric culture" are examples of fantasy science. I suppose
the fantasy gardening that goes on
at Fantasy Garden to grow fantasy
plants is based on the premier's fantasy science.
Rather than being proud of his
ignorance, the premier should go
back to school, as so many adult
British Columbians have done.
High school chemistry, physics and
biology would teach him the fundamentals that he needs to be a
plant man who is capable of giving
competent advice on how to grow
plants. Not to mention the education in history, language, literature,
philosophy, and political economy
that he needs to be a competent
premier . . .
John de Vries
associate professor
dept. of soil science Page 6
Friday, March 6,1987
Handicap proves not an obstacle
I graduate this year. Like every
other student who has spent four
years or more here at UBC, I've
gone the route: I attended lectures,
did research at Sedge, danced and
drank at the Pit, crammed for exams and goofed off the day before a
midterm. And I never heard a single
word my professors said. The noise
in the "study silently" area never
bothered me. I danced to music I
could only feel. I studied without
the aid of a stereo.
Either I am dead and not aware
of it, or I am deaf and enjoying a
noisy world anyway.
Being deaf isn't easy, but it is not
as bad as some people seem to think
it is. I calculate I've saved about
$6,000 over the years because I
don't indulge in record-buying and
stereo-equipment accumulation.
Let's not forget those concerts
where you shell out forty bucks to
sit in the back row of the Coliseum.
But let's get serious. It must be
pretty boring not being able to hear
things like someone's sexy voice, a
good song, or the next door
neighbor and his woman friend going at it in the wee small hours of
the morning, or . . .
There's an alternative to hearing.
Seeing. I can't listen to the radio,
but I can watch MTV. So maybe I
don't get the benefit of the words
and music, but I don't get the visual
effects, and if the video is any good,
I get the feeling. It doesn't matter
what someone's voice sounds like if
he's standing five feet away from
you with his arms crossed and his
eyes narrowed — his body language
says "stay away." The next door
neighbor is making the walls shake;
I don't need sound effects too,
especially not hers!
Imagination is just as good as
sight. I had normal hearing until I
went deaf when I was eight. I
remember a lot and I know what I
am missing. Not a single sound
creeps in now, but through my eyes
and with my memory I can tell you
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what your voice sounds like, how
deep and how low it is. It takes
practise and much time watching
your lips move and shape the words
you say. The way you look and
move when you say something
often tells me more than your actual
words or voice could.
I see sound in moving cars, leaves
rustling in the wind, and the motion
of footsteps. But I have to concentrate on these things to "hear"
them, otherwise I am only partially
aware of them. My awareness of my
environment comes from my sight,
smell and sense of feeling. I'm not
cut off from the world because my
ears don't hear.
People are generally scared of
deafness. They don't understand it.
They ask, "How do you communicate? How do you watch TV?
How do you go to class? How do
you wake up in the moring?" These
sound like questions of interest
such as, "How do you make a tuna
casserole?" But people ask these
questions because it is sometimes
beyond their comprehension how I,
a deaf person, function without the
benefit of sound. Think about that.
It is disturbing, enjoyable, loud,
quiet, constantly present. So what
the hell do you do when it is not
there anymore?
You go on. You adapt. You ad
lib. You answer questions about
your "handicap" seriously or flippantly. Hey, want to know how I
communicate? I move my mouth
and put the old vocal cords to work.
Or I send telegrams. I watch TV
with the sound turned off, and
sometimes try to read the actor's
lips. It wasn't easy trying to lipread
the Muppets. I go to class by putting one foot in front of the other.
Actually, I copy notes from the per
son sitting on my left, and occasionally watch the professors mumble and gesticulate. But hey — who
understands that bunch? I wake up
in the morning by opening my eyes.
Seriously, I have a light that flashes
— it wakes me up unless I have the
covers over my head.
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Go Four 3^^goes two UBC
Bising local band
compelling pop
Past the sign that reads "lingerie
sale," up three flights of stairs and
behind a big, black door, four smiling youths are living out a rock 'n'
roll fantasy.
Inside the downtown Vancouver
photography studio, the band
members are each receiving a final
dab of make-up before yet another
take of the video shoot. As swirls of
artificially-produced smoke accumulate behind the band, silence
is called for and the filming begins.
They adopt their favourite poses
and music envelopes the studio.
Outside, as if in a dream,
snowflakes are gently drifting down
on this March morning.
The members of Go Four 3 don't
seem to mind that they've rehearsed
the short sequence of the video
countless times and will continue to
go through the paces under the
bright lights until it's perfect. It's all
in a day's work for the band determined to shed the anonymity of being just another promising local
pop group.
Go Four 3's guitarist, Steve
Quinn, says the mission to expose
the masses — or at least those tuning into the radio airwaves — with
the band's brand of bright, compelling pop is anything but impossible. "The music on the radio is the
same rubbish that was on there
when I was in high school. It would
be just great if we could knock
some of those old fogeys off."
with Go Four 3 performing
in SUB Ballroom
with guests
Stubborn Blood and
The Rainwalkers
As one writer put it, "In an ideal
world, Go Four 3 would be on the
radio all the time." For now, the
band is receiving airplay mainly on
college stations such as CITR but
Go Four 3's artistic growth and
dedication to its craft is slowly
opening more doors. The band's
first lp, Six Friends is selling well for
an independent release and a video
of Save Me has received the most
airplay of any independent video on
Much Music.
The album released in January on
Zulu Records is a solid effort that
more than constitutes a bold
musical statement by the group that
formed in 1984 by the remnants of a
girl group cover band, The
Debutantes. The music is upbeat,
alive, immediate. It's highlighted by
Quinn's biting guitar and vocalist
Roxanne Heichert's pleasingly piercing wails. The able rhythmic anchoring of bassist Gord Badanic
and drummer Ian Noble complete
Go Four 3's musical package, one
that offers a smooth, not slick, and
alternative yet accessible sound.
Surrounding it all are lyrics which
seem morose and funereal on first
listen. But says Quinn, who along
with 24-year-old Heichert writes the
Collins offers a fiery,
charismatic blues lesson
"I'm a tired man and I don't
want to play," he sang, but he did
play, and The Commodore rocked.
Strutting around the stage and
rolling his eyes dramatically Albert
Collins gave Vancouver a fiery
lesson in blues Sunday night. The
charismatic Texan showman has
fun when he performs and nobody
could help picking up on his mood.
Albert Collins
The Commodore Ballroom
March 1
The enthusiastic crowd couldn't
keep their feet still, and neither
could Collins. Thirsty, he strolled
across the dance floor, executing
the night's longest solo as he made
his way to the bar where he ordered
a glass of water. The crowd lapped
it up.
Collins creates tension and power
in his guitar solos through his keenly developed sense of rhythm and
phrasing, too often neglected by today's players. He keeps the
listener's attention with his trick of
starting a solo with short phrases,
and then gradually giving more
length and intensity, building to an
electrifying climax.
A more varied program might
have improved the performance,
although the music provided was
ideal for dancing and so met with
great mass approval.
The Icebreakers were just as
good. Collins was framed by a tight
rhythm section, and the three horn
players added neat riffs and colorful solos.
Vancouver's Jim Byrnes Band
started the show off right with a
varied menu of R&B rock which
had people out of their seats and
dancing madly early in the evening.
Like Collins, Byrnes looked to be
having as much fun on the stage as
anyone on the floor, and injected a
good dose of humor into his performance. He even taught us the meaning of true love, but we're not telling.
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words, the songs usually have a
positive resolution. And he doesn't
think the dark lyrics clash with the
band's pop sound. "Who wants to
listen to depressing lyrics on top of
depressing music. There's already
been one Joy Division."
Quinn, 26, explains that the lyrics
often end up on the dreary side
because the current state of their
emotions has made writing "about
things that upset you" easier than
being more upbeat. But the moody
lyricism belies the band's actual
state of being.
Go Four 3 is pleased with the
band's progress to date and their
pleasure has much to do with their
grasp on that increasingly rare commodity, artistic freedom. "Musically we're playing what we like," says
Badanic who does not forsee the
band giving in to an approach based
on conforming to conventional
musical confines.
He shakes his head at bands such
as the Bangles who seems to have
compromised their ideals and admires others such as the Talking
Heads who have made forays into'
the mainstream without compromising their style.
Bandanic, 23, should know a little about the evolution of rock
bands, having played in bands since
high school and being a
musicologist of sorts himself. His
specialty is the Buzzcocks, a British
band who emerged in the late 70s
that had a significant influence on
him and high-school chum Quinn.
Badanic, if called upon, can pull off
the awe-inspiring feat of producing
from his collection six versions of
some Buzzcocks songs and play
them in chronological order.
The link between the power pop
fused with punk sensibilities
espoused by bands such as the
Buzzcocks is not a distant one to
Go Four 3. The band has retained
the do-it-yourself motivation and
energetic moxie that propelled their
Now, Quinn and Badanic don't
even listen to those old discs
anymore — no doubt a great relief
to their folks. Quinn, Badanic and
former Modernettes and Actionauts
drummer Noble, 23, all reside in
their parental abodes. Hardly the
cool thing to do but there's the problem of monetary support. "Every
penny we make goes right back into
the band which means we live at
home and starve," says Quinn.
Money, lots of it, is needed for
the videos, recording and constant
touring the band is committing
itself to. Go Four 3 will soon be
making its first trip to California,
where it will likely start attracting
the attention of major label scouts.
And a third Canadian tour is planned.
Aside from some haggling over
what music to listen to in the van
(Quinn's favourite driving music is
early AC/DC while Heichert
prefers Hall and Oates), the Go
Fours seem a contented bunch at
home and on the road. Says Quinn:
"We all share the same common
goal. This sounds really soppy, but
we're all on the same wavelength."
They also share a common bond
in age. "We all look like we're going on 17," says Badanic. Experience already gained from playing in bands points to the importance of their shared vision, he
adds. "As a band grows and people
become aware of what they've got,
it becomes obvious some people are
happy and some want more."
In Go Four 3's case, happy is
clearly the operative word.
*      *      •
After false starts caused by singing the wrong chorus, Heichert
sings and playfully saunters towards
the camera moving along on the
dolly. The filming ends and is
deemed a success but one more
rehearsal is needed. One of the men
bustling about the video shoot calls
out to the band, hamming it up between takes, "More angst!"
NOBLE Page 8
Friday, Mai
Il REAL Women claim
equality from kitchen
The first thing that hits one on entering the warm home
of Agatha Ratzlaff is the aroma of freshly baked
buns. Ratzlaff who appears younger than her 54 years, is a
university graduate, teacher, and a devoted Christian
mother and wife.
"I feel very strongly about family life," says Ratzlaff, vice president of
REAL Women in B.C.
In fact "family" and "family life" are the words most often referred to by
this Clearbrook housewife, as the sanctity of the family is the cornerstone to
her ideology.
Ratzlaff's second family REAL Women, with a growing membership of
43,000 across Canada, has been gaining notoriety as a conservative force. The
group claims to be open to anyone and its acronym stands for Realistic, Equal
and Active for Life. It advocates women's place as in the home and strongly
opposes abortion.
REAL Women has recently been entangled in controversy involving federal
grants. When REAL Women first applied for an application for a federal
grant to promote their group, they were ignored. When they applied the second time under the bogus name The National Association of Lesbian
Mothers, they received an application with a hand-written note signed by the
National Project Coordinator, Tamara Levine, offering personal assistance.
Since 1984 REAL Women has received one $8,000 provincial grant.
"Ratzlaff said that the group does not believe in federal grants but has applied
because feminist groups that oppose them have received funds.
"They (feminists) are using our tax money to destroy us."
Ratzlaff says, "Feminists civil servants in Ottawa are working against our
group...however, many Progressive Conservative members are upset by this
discrimination and are putting pressure on other members of the house," to
see REAL Women receive equal recognition.
According to Ratzlaff "Women have achieved equality in education,
business, and employment, except for perhaps a minority groups and disadvantaged women (such as battered women).
"But Ratzlaff's concern for these women is tempered by her own
"Women aren't really barred from opportunities today. Women in today's-
society are well off compared to when I was a child.
"Women who are now living under the poverty line need some one to instruct them on how to budget their money and make each dollar stretch
further," she says.
Her evidence of women's equality in the business world is explained by her
quest for employment 35 years ago when she was hired from a group of men
and women based on a skills test.
"I was hired and it had nothing to do with whether I was female."
Donna Stewart, a mother of five children and education coordinator of the
Women Skills Development Society calling herself a 'feminist-Christian',
disagrees with Ratzlaff's perception of women's equality saying, "We know
the statistics and Agatha is out of touch with reality."
"The fact is that women working full time jobs earn 64 cents to every dollar
earned by a man, and often aren't hired because employers use the excuse that
they'll want to take time out to have children," she says.
In order to keep mothers in the home REAL Women would like the government to distribute a homemaker and child tax credit, "Because mothers work
out of pressure," said Ratzlaff.
Present statistics show that half the paid workforce is made up of women
with children under three years of age "Who are killing themselves because
they must," said Stewart. "There are, however, women who enjoy work
because they get feelings of self respect, enjoy their associations with adults,
and get a sense of accomplishment out of their work."
June Lythgoe, director of the Office for Women Students at UBC, agrees
there should be some kind of spousal allowance, "but it (the group's tax proposal) is really socialist, profoundly so, because they (REAL Women) expect
Canadian University Press
Susan Horley was forceably committed to a psychiatric hospital by
her husband when she pleaded with
him to stop beating her.
Years after she was released,
Horley got a chance to look at her
files: "There was no reference to
the violence my husband used
against me. They tried to tell me I
had chosen to be abused; that if I
didn't remember that, I must really
be ill."
Horley was told she was suffering
from 'maladaptiveness? "The way
I dressed, the fact I wore pants instead of skirts, that I didn't wear
makeup, that I was a vegetarian —
all of it was seen as evidence I was
mentally disturbed," she recalled.
"I got out because I knew I had to
play their game; to be considered
sane, I had to adapt to a very sexist
conception of what women are supposed to be like in society."
Irit Shimrat's father took her to a
psychiatrist after she told him she
Psychiatry's misogy
could make the traffic lights change
just by thinking about it. "The doctor asked me to sign myself in, and
not knowing any better, I did?' she
says. Shimrat was incarcerated and
heavily drugged for over a year and
a half at different times during the
next two years. She finally escaped.
Carol Stubbs had four children
by the time she was 21. She was also
a full-time university student. When
she had a miscarriage, a nervous
breakdown soon followed. "I landed in a psychiatric ward where I was
given about 86 shock treatments
within three months," she says, adding that she was also put on
'regressive therapy' which "put me
back to the level of a five or six year
old." When Stubbs went home to
visit her family, she didn't
recognize any of her children.
Whole periods of her life are now
permanently missing from her
Susan Arbridge (not her real
name) says she was 12 when "they
started   imposing   psychiatry   on
me." A student saw her writing a
will in class and told the teacher.
Alarmed, the teacher sent Arbridge
to the school psychiatrist. At first
her 'treatment' consisted of antipsychotic or neuroleptic drugs and
tranquillizers. Then she was committed to a children's psychiatric
research hospital in London, Ontario where she stayed until she
managed to get out when she was
16. Her dependency on prescribed
drugs continued "until I managed
to stop them on my own."
Jeanne Jenns became very
depressed after the birth of her sixth
child. She had no one to turn to —
her husband was never home, and
she had little time for friends considering the heavy burden of
childraising and housekeeping she
bore. When she didn't come out of
depression, her doctor sent her to a
psychiatrist who then committed
her to a psychiatric hospital so she
could be 'treated' with elec-
"My weight dropped 50 or 60
pounds and I lost part of my
memory." The electroshock treatment soon stopped, but the drugs
continued and Jenns, who is now 57
and living in Toronto, has been in
and out of psychiatric hospitals and
clinics ever since. "Psychiatric
treatment just made me more ill.
Who goes to the doctor to get
sick?" she asks. "They never tell
you what's wrong with you, or help
you sort out your problems. They
drug you silent instead of saying 'go
home and get rid of that bastard'."
These women all have three
things in common: They are victims
of psychiatry, and what they say is
its inherent misogyny; they are willing to speak out about it; and unlike
many women who have been
through similar 'cures', they are
well enough to talk about their experiences.
They all agree that the mental
health system and psychiatric practice are institutionally sexist — that,
if anything, the function of both is
to 'cure' women by reinforcing the t 6,1987
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ociety to be willing to give financial support to keep the family together."
Lythgoe says "REAL Women's solution (for women going back into the
lome) will lock women right back into traditional roles and that the bottom
ine of their philosophy is based on the differences between genders and on a
raditional model of femal subordination."
Ratzlaff said, "Men and women are of equal value but physically and
liologically women are different than men and that's all ther is to it."
Stewart said the members of REAL Women, "By and large must be rich or
inancially comfortable women who help comprise the 16 per cent of women
lot in the workforce."
If Canadian feminists see REAL Women as a backwards force the homosex-
al community has even more reason to be alarmed.
Of concern to the homosexual community is a pamphlet distributed by
1EAL Women dealing with laws protecting the homosexual's rights.
The pamphlet titled Laws Protecting Homosexuals or "Sexual Orientation
.egislation" states, "that including 'sexual orientation' as a prohibited
round of discrimination would mean that, in addition to the rights shared by
veryone, homosexuals would have special rights recognizing in law lifestyle
nd behavior. That is, amending the Human Rights legislation would mean
ociety's 'condoning' homosexual activity."
Carol Nielsen of the Vancouver Lesbian Connection calls the pamphlet,
'Hate literature, really offensive and hurtful."
Nielsen says, "This literature affects all of society, it is a blow to all people
who are interested in human rights. Ten per cent of the population are not
given the choice to be who we are. We do not have equal employment opportunities and can be fired from our jobs because of who we love."
"Homosexuality is not about morals, it's about two people of the same sex
having the choice to love each other."
But Ratzlaff sees homosexuals asking for too much.
"It is not just discrimination they want protection against, they also want
special privileges."
And the current paranoia surrounding AIDS is being fully utilized by REAL
Women in their argument against homosexuality.
The REAL Women pamphlet says, "that homosexuals are a medical threat
to their own sex, to those who require blood transfusions, to the promiscuous
and their unknowing spouses because of the threat of AIDS.
But Nielsen says, "The transmission of the disease is absolutely irrelevant
because AIDS is transferred through blood and semen and that everyone in
society is at risk. Some groups, such as homosexual men are at more risk
because of the means of transmission. Lesbians are in fact the group with the
least risk of getting AIDS."
The same pamphlet states homosexuality is reversible if the person is willing
to change. The idea that homosexuals cannot change is a myth like the popular
view at the turn of the century that alcoholics could never change.
Nielsen says, "This is so ridiculous and so off the wall that I don't even
want to comment. The idea that homosexuality is a disorder went out with Freud."
ly institutionalized
rigid sex stereotyping that is oppressive them even when they are
The mistaken premise of
psychiatry, they say, is that society
as it is presently organized is seen to
be inherently good and that the individual who doesn't fit in, or
refuses to, is inherently sick.
Following that logic, all women
who refuse to be passive and dependent — all women who challenge
sexist behavior and stereotyping,
and thus challenge what they see to
be a sick society, are deemed sick by
psychiatrists for not seeing, as they
do, that society is really healthy.
Thus, to cure these women is to
make them fit into a system that
hurts them and probably caused
their nervous breakdowns, depression, and 'hysteria' to begin with.
"I was told I was a
'schizophrenic' because I had a
'delusion' that my father molested
me," wrote an anonymous woman
using the pseudonym "Julian" in
the winter, 1985 issue of Phoenix
Rising, a Toronto-based magazine
produced by ex-psychiatric patients. "I was also told not to talk
about it because 'it only increased
my anxiety.' The fantasy that it was
a delusion was based on an interview with my father, a breech of
confidentiality, and an example of
how psychiatry upholds
Louise Bowie, a counsellor for
women at Ottawa's Centretown
Community Health Centre and
formerly a psychiatric nurse, says
this sort of blame-the-victim
ideology is a regular feature of
psychiatry, which dates back to
Freud and his theories of penis envy.
"One in three women is sexually
abused in her lifetime and I've
worked with enough victims of sexual abuse to the actual damage done
is bad enough," says Bowie, but
"what I find shocking, are
psychiatrists who tell an incest victim she's imagined the entire thing.
Imagine what she must feel. And
when her family breaks up as a
result, the girl thinks it's her fault.
Often the guilt is enough to drive
someone crazy."
Jillian goes on to write in
Phoenix Rising that most
psychiatrists "show horror and
start writing very busily, if one expresses any desire to change society,
much less her own immediate situation. It is considered, at best, a
phenomenon of misguided youth,
and at worst, a delusion of
grandeur." The assumption, she
writes, is that the patient doesn't
know society's 'rules' well enough
and must be taught, by whatever
means, to change her behaviour.
"That the rules are wrong is never
To make women 'stick by the
rules' and resign themselves to their
social situation, psychiatric treatment often relies on the forceable
administration of so many drugs
that women become numb —
unable to change their situation;
unable to even care — or so much
voltage that their memories are permanently lost or damaged, not to
mention their intellectual or
creative abilities.
Jessica Mayberly (not her real
name), who has been psychiatrically
hospitalized 15 times in the last
seven years after being diagnosed as
"psychotically depressed" when
her daughter was born, thinks
psychiatry is a form of "social control."
"The hospital system is set up to
give you the message that you
should fit into your proper role;
that the family must be upheld at all
costs, regardless of whether it may
be that family situation that is causing a women to be depressed," says
Mayberly, who is now a counsellor
for homeless women, many of them
ex-patients, at Martha's supervised
boarding home in Ottawa.
"It's normal for a woman being
battered by her husband to be
depressed — the solution is not to
drug her so she doesn't notice or
care about the beatings; the idea
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Friday, March 6,1987
Arts Club wrestles with Wilde In earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest
is a concept (and a play) that is
forever being tested in relations between human beings. "Honesty is
the best policy" is a simpleton's
creed if there ever was one, and
perhaps more than any other
English-language play, Oscar
Wilde's Earnest shatters the myth
of truth and virtue through the
depiction of sickeningly sweet, conniving individuals at play in decadent, tea-dripped surroundings.
Wrestling with Wilde's stinging
social commentary, the play depicts
two young gentlemen, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff who
are after the affections of prissies
Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily
Cardew, who both are under the
impression that their fiances are
named Ernest.
For these young ladies "there is
The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar WUde
Directed by Mario Crudo
The Arts Club Granville Island
something in that name that seems
to inspire confidence" ... in those
days there were no Lacoste shirts.
The men make hasty plans to be
baptized  "Ernest"  and the great
comedic, dichotimy of the play
takes off from there . . .
As Algernon, Morris Panych, brings the greatly affected, young fop
to life and gives him the Liberace-
meets-Graham Kerr fruitiness that
the role requires. Contrasting the
poseur Algernon is staid, earnest,
boring Jack, played by Norman
Browning. As Jack, Browning provides the straight man for Algernon's hedonistic commentaries, and
represents the quaint dullness of
British high society, a group as closed to innovation in art as they are to
innovation in life.
Through this vehicle, Wilde's
shrewd observations bite through
the  skin  of the  women's  pasty,
English ankles so that the play runs
red with the casualties of Wilde's
caustic wit.
Gillian Barber (who starred in the
film Rainbow War) plays Gwen-
dolin, while Miriam Smith portrays
Cecily . . . both mockingbird, immature women whose lofty ambitions include porcelain toilet seats
and men (rich) named Ernest . . .
Mario Crudo, who Tast directed
Jacques Brel, has staged a tight,
funny production which captures
Wilde's nasty streak, at the same
time fuelling new fires to attack the
type of role-players in today's society who are just not very earnest . . .
or nice.
Nightmares plague Elm St. audience
Freddie's Back!
What? You haven't heard about
Freddie? Well Freddie Kreuger is,
or rather was, a sex-murderer who
wore a glove possessing knives for
fingernails. When he was released
on a technicality, all the parents on
Elm Street burned him to death in
the refinery in which he committed
the murders. So, no more Freddie,
Nightmare on Elm Street 3 —
Dream Warriors
Downtown; East Ridge, Guildford
Wrong. Freddie's ghost wasn't
too pleased about being burned to
death and so he decided to seek
revenge by entering the dreams of
the children of the parents who killed him. It seems Freddie has this
nasty ability to take control of your
dreams then attack you in them —
the catch is that whatever wounds
he inflicts on you in the dream are
really inflicted on you.
That just about covers the basic
plot of Nightmare on Elm Street 1,
2 and 3. With such an original
character, capable of inspiring two
sequels, why can't we have an
original plot for part 3?
In part 1, Freddie entered the
dreams of a group of friends and
made their dreams what Jason
made of summer camp. He was
eventually defeated by the last surviving member of that group.
In part 3, he finds another group
of Elm Street children and starts
over again. The only real difference
between parts 1 and 3 is in 3 the action is centered around the mental
institution in which all the kids are
kept, (which is also, coincidentally, t
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Yes, they did learn to use a couple
of minor abilities (one gets very
strong, one becomes an acrobat,
and a mute boy gets speech), but
nothing to match Freddie.
The best line of the movie is when
one boy becomes 'The Wizard
Master' and tries blasting Freddie
with magic. Freddie grabs him by
the neck and says "Sorry kid, I
don't believe in fairy tales."
However it was soon obvious that
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From page 9
should be to empower her to get out
of an oppressive situation," says
But psychiatry offers very little in
the form of empowerment. "You
are given a consistent message as a
patient: that you can't manage; that
you aren't managing; and that you
have to be managed," she says.
Susan Horley, who now works at
the Margaret Fraser House, a
supervised boarding home in
Toronto for ex-psychiatric patients,
told women at a workshop on
psychiatrized women during a
feminist conference called Women
and the State held in Toronto in
early February, about the degradation female psychiatric patients suffer at the hands of those who claim
to be helping them:
"It was considered a privilege to
be able to get kleenex. Even if you
had this 'privilege'," she said, "you
had to give back two used ones to
get two more. It's so degrading —
to be locked in a room; to have to
beg to be allowed to go to the
bathroom. Male orderlies and doctors sexually harassed women all the
time; if you compained, it was seen
as your problem — just more
evidence you are sick," said
Horley, also a member of Phoenix
Rising's editorial collective.
But it's not just the way women
psychiatric patients are treated that
taints the profession with
misogyny. Two to three times as
many women as men are given elec-
troshock; more women are
prescribed drugs to control their
behavior; and finally, women make
up most of the psychiatrically
hospitalized population while men
comprise a larger proportion of the
prison population.
Psychiatrized women agree it is
easier for a woman to be committed
to a psychiatric institution at some
point during her life than a man. A
position paper from the 1982 International Conference on Human
Rights and Psychiatric Oppression
held in Toronto, states that any
woman who admits she has been
raped or battered, says she needs
help or support, or says she has
been hurt by her sexist victimization
"is likely to come into contact with
the mental health system.
"A battered woman who knocks
on neighbors' doors, screams for
help, or repeatedly calls the police
runs a serious risk of being committed to a mental institution," the
position paper points out. Meanwhile, statistics show that most
women suffer from some form of
sexual harassment or abuse during
their lives.
The position paper also indicates
that   clinicians,   both   male   and
female, use masculine definitions of
mentally healthy behaviour: "It is
not altogether surprising that those
characteristics associated with being
a mental patient — passive, dependent, manipulative, and indecisive
— also fit the socially prescribed
role for women in this culture."
While the psychiatric system is in
stitutionally sexist, it's important to
remember it is both a microcosm of
a sexist society and a practice that
does its part to ensure society remains as it is. But, some question
how conscious psychiatrists are of
their role in preserving the status
Crowd opposes uranium mining
VICTORIA (CUP) — About 400
people braved chilly weather Feb.
27 to protest the B.C. government's
decision to let a seven year
moratorium on uranium mining expire the next day.
The crowd, including representatives from the Green Party, B.C.
Voice of Women, and the University of Victoria Stop the Warships
Club, gathered for an hour and a
half to show opposition to any new
uranium mining.
NDP environmental critic Joan
Smallwood (Surrey-Guildford) told
the crowd her party is "committed
to a permanent ban on uranium
She noted Canada is the world's
top uranium producer and urged
the provincial government not to be
part of that "terrible legacy."
Smallwood also accused environment minister Stephen Rogers of
conflict of interest, saying he had
shares in Cominco and Norcen
mines and called for his resignation.
On March 3, Rogers did, in fact,
resign as environment minister,
because of the perception of conflict of interest, but was immediately appointed minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.
Premier Bill Vander Zalm made a
brief appearance at the beginning of
the rally to talk to organizers, but
one protestor said the premier was
simply trying to defuse the issue.
During the demonstration, a
representative of the Kelowna
branch of Responsibility for
Nuclear Awareness, Sarama, raised
questions about uranium mining's
environmental impact.
Sarama said water in the
Okanagan, where mining is
scheduled to take place, already has
a high radioactive content, and
mine tailings could increase the
hazard. A Green party pamphlet,
"Dancing with the Radon," states
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1000 tons of uranium produced.
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The Gondoliers, the operetta by Gilbert
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Theatre (6600 Gilbert Road, Richmond,
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Tuesday until March 14, at 8 p.m.
Rattle In the Daeh. a fine new play by a
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Saturdays at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., Wednesdays
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Strings, a woman leaves her husband of 15
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Weasel, at The Back Alley Theatre (751
Thurlow, 688-7013), Wednesdays and
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
The Winter's Tale, Moliere's version of
Shakespeare's play, in translation, at The
Frederic Wood Theatre (here, on campus, .
228-2678),  until March 14, at 8 p.m.
Go Four 3, a local group about to hit the
big time, carefully profiled in stunning,
adjective-filled prose, by former Ubyssey
entertainment great, Chris Wong, in this
issue, in SUB Ballroom tonight at 8 p.m.
Wang Chung, at 88 Street Music Hall
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Heather Bishop with Kris Purdy and
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Sherry Shute, at Vancouver East Cultural
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Women unite to fight
Women must unite to oppose
right-vying women's groups that
threaten to remove hard-won rights
women have gained over the past
decade, a member of the Vancouver
Status of Women says.
"These groups would like to see
women pushed back to the home
and to remove their options and
choices?' Patty Gibson said of conservative groups like REAL
Gibson, public education coordinator for VSW, said Thursday
that women have reached a critical
point in history where they must
solidify gains made in the past
"They're saying a woman should
be at home with her children. We
don't need that," she said.
Gibson, who has been involved
with the women's movement since
1977, said the backlash against
woman came because the movement was effective in winning new
rights that threatened conservative
elements in society.
"We've come a long way on
some issues. The visibility of
women's issues and the seriousness
by which they are treated prove
that," she said.
The last federal election, where
politicians debated women's issues,
is a good example of how far
women have come, she said.
Gibson is quick to admit that
women are still struggling for some
of the same rights they were chasing
15 years ago, adding that universal
child care is still being sought in
Canada. She said that the concept
of equal pay for work of equal
value has not become a reality.
But as more people become
aware of women's problems, the
better chance there is for progress,
she said.
"It's not enough for just some
women to work for change. It's a
call for united solidarity."
International Women's Day was
first organized at the 1910 International Socialist Convention in
Copenhagen. The event, which will
be held on March 8, has been
celebrated in Vancouver for 12
Sexism saturates film industry
"The motion picture business is
the last bastion of male
chauvinism?' said Canadian film
director Sandy Wilson during a
speech at UBC last week.
Wilson, speaking to about 150
people in Buchanan A102 on the
role of women in the North
American film industry said, "The
men who hold the power and control the money in the motion picture
business are only comfortable dealing with women as images."
But Wilson, a Genie award winner for director of My American
Cousin, believes the perception of
women as powerless individuals is
changing as more women become
involved in the film industry.
She said women are making a
mark on the industry because of the
feeling and passion they bring to
Women, tend to make films differently than men due to the way
they were raised, she said.
"They (men) play a lot of soccer
and team sports and they get the
idea that everything is like a
challenge, that there are two teams
opposing, smashing one another. It
Engineering's cool
Mary DesBrisay is an engineer.
She is one of eight women in third
year Mechanical Engineering at
UBC — the other 84 students are
men. But that doesn't bother Mary.
"I don't notice the fact that guys
outnumber girls, I'm not treated
differently by the guys," she says.
In the past when professors have
made (sexist) comments in class,
both the "girls and the guys have
hissed at the profs," she says.
In fact, Mary says she doesn't
think discrimination against women
exists in engineering. "I've never
been discriminated against."
And the engineering annual
Godiva ride doesn't bother her in
the slightest. But on the other hand,
the Committee Against Sexism on
Campus "annoys me beyond
belief," she says. A guy sticking up
for women's rights seems a double
Like other male engineers, Mary
is involved in the Engineers
Undergraduate Society activities.
She co-manages the Cheese Factory
Cafe, a traditional engineering
haunt. She is also public relations
officer for her class. The PRO informs the class of summer job opportunities, something Mary's
energies are concentrated upon.
"It's important to get experience
now," she says. "But most of the
summer jobs will be in pulp mills.
I'm at a disadvantage because these
jobs are in small towns and I think
companies would take a guy over a
Whatever happens this summer,
Mary is dedicated to becoming an
"When I came to university, I
wanted to study commerce or
engineering. People in Arts," she
says, "sell themselves short. They
get a degree and that's all they do.
What kind of job can you get with
an Arts degree?" she asks. "I want
to come out of here as a professional."
Mary has some criticisms of the
engineering program, though.
"I like the five year program
rather than the four year program
currently in place. It is a big step
from high school and people are
struggling with it (the current program). Five years means a lighter
credit load," she said.
And what about Mary's plans for
the future? She says, "I'd like to ski
every weekend."
has something to do with the fact
that girls are encouraged to play a
lot of house.
"You ask someone over for tea,
share your feelings, and all of this
stuff," she said.
Wilson said while men tend to
make films with characters either
getting into a conflict or reacting to
a crisis, women "go more for a
nuance, a mood or a feeling and
they're not so interested in a progressive (plot) or setting up a
Wilson said she likes to hire
women, but not at the expense of
artistic quality. "For me, if it's a
tossup between a man and a
women, I'd go for a woman, but I
wouldn't choose a women simply
because she was a woman. If there
was a better man, I would select
Wilson added that she was confident that women are beginning to
get their views across on film.
"It's the women that are making
the really significant films now.
They're the ones who simply will
not be stopped. Things are changing for (women in the film industry)
a little — but certainly not a lot."
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And then they ask./'Why can't
you hear? How do you lipread? Do
you know si£n; language?"
Sometimes I tell ttfem the truth: I
went deaf because I had an infection in my inner ear. Or I tell them I
had my Walkman turned up too
loud. I can't tell you how I lipread.
It is something that takes practise
and determination. But when I'm
feeling particularly bitchy I say I
took lipreading courses by correspondence. Yes, I know sign
language, a little bit. I'm just learning now, though, so I don't use it
fluently, nor do I attempt communication with it. I always
thought learning sign language and
using it was to admit that I had a
handicap. That thought always hurt
too much. But I realize now that my
deafness isn't a handicap because I
didn't let it become one. I've worked my way around that.
I'm graduating this year. I worked hard and tried my best and now I
am moving on. UBC challenged
me. But I couldn't have met that
challenge without those people who
"heard" for me in class and took
careful notes so I wouldn't miss
anything important. I couldn't have
met that challenge without the people who tried to understand what it
was like for me to sit for hours
without even a boring lecture to
listen to. And those people who
supported me when I got frustrated
by that lack of sound I thought
made the difference between pass
and failure.
I can only thank those people.
They've made my life a little easier,
and enriched it as well. I've learned
from them as much as I've learned
from my text books, maybe more.
I hope they have learned from
tween dosses
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Opportunities in Israel, 10:30-3:30 p.m., SUB
main concourse.
Open house. See our studios, watch us broadcast, and enjoy UBC's largest collection of rock
posters and Bloom County comic strips, SUB
Gym night will be postponed to next Friday,
6:30-8:30 p.m., due to Open House.
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runs all weekend. Be there! noon, SUB.
International food fair, entertainment and dancing, 5:00 p.m.. International House.
UBC Open House — Peking Opera — co-
sponsored by the department of Asian Studies,
free admission, UBC School of Music Recital
Hall, also on Sunday.
Clean up party: Outside work, weather permitting, noon Mass, 1:30p.m., cleanup. St. Mark's
Apple Day, buy an apple and support the Sea
Scouts, all day on campus.
hot flash
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members will be selling their
cookbook "Vancouver Entertains,"
during Open House at UBC on
Saturday, March 7 and Sunday,
March 8. All profits go towards a
UBC scholarship.
This cookbook is compiled from
delicious ethnic menus used by the
FWC gourmet group over the
years. There is a complete menu
from appetizer to dessert for each
country featured.
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The Alma Mater Society is now receiving applications from students interested in employment
as summer project coordinators. These positions
involve working for the A.M.S. on specific projects
as determined by the A.M.S. Hiring Committee. In
the past, projects have included the A.M.S. Used
Bookstore, High School Orientation activities and
the A.M.S. Tuition Fee Lottery. The complete list
of projects will be presented to candidates during
The successful candidates will:
-be returning full-time U.B.C. students
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4:00 p.m. March 20, 1987
Lutheran Student Movement, communion service, 10:00 a.m., Lutheran Campus Centre.
International Women's Day march and meeting
— noon, meeting 2:00 p.m., March-Assemble
Clark Park 05th and Commercial) Meeting-
Britannia Community Centre (1661 Napier).
International Film Night — South African slapstick comedy, "The Gods Must Be Crazy." Gate
4,   International   House,   free   admission.   All
Meet Japanese students, have lunch with
students from Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto,
noon. Yum Yums.
Free noon hour films: Kyung Ju, Mount Sorak,
Cheju Island, noon. Seminar room 604, Asian
Until Friday, Petition signing campaign, lunches,
all over campus.
"A Clockwork Orange," starring Malcolm
McDowell, 9:30 p.m., SUB auditorium.
"Harold Maude," the cul classic, 7:00 p.m., SUB
General meeting, noon, SUB 212.
Speaker — Elizabeth Rafaical, student from the
4IBM meeting. Everyone welcome, noon, SUB
Regular meeting, 7:00 p.m., SUB 213.
Lecture on "Forensic Psychiatry," guest speaker
Dr. Marcus, noon-1:20 p.m.
Meeting,   new  members welcome,   noon-1:30
p.m., SUB 212.
"A   Clockwork   Orange,"   starring   Malcolm
McDowell, 9:30 p.m., SUB auditorium. "Harold
and Maude," 7:00 p.m.
Prayer meeting, call Philip, 222-0894 for time and
Informal worship, all welcome, noon, Lutheran
Campus Centre.
Amiga meeting, everyone welcome, noon, SUB
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Fine performances resuscitate uninspired text
Foxfire, the Playhouse's current
offering, was originally a "vehicle"
(the press kit's own words) for
Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronin on
Broadway in 1982. An apt description. Unfortunately, in this case the
"vehicle" is a rather rickety old cart
carried along by some able acting.
Oh, it's harmlessly traditional
stuff (I have trouble calling it a
play) - more like stock characters,
stock situations, and stock jokes
stitched together by the clumsy
hands of Cronin himself and Susan
Cooper from bits of Appalachian
The piece is set on a mountaintop
in Southern Appalachia, where
Aunt Annie lives on a farm known
as Stony Lonesome. The plot, such
as it is, concerns this widow whose
By   Susan   Cooper   and   Hume
Directed by Scott Swan
The Vancouver Playhouse
until March 21
country-and-western-singer  son
wants her to move from her Stony
Lonesomeness to Florida with him.
She tries to resist, in the name of
staying with the land and the good
old values . . . and with her all-too-
solid ghost of her dead husband,
Hector, who clumps around in his
boots now and again to trouble her
more with his nostalgia and his
tersely-humourous Bible-quoting.
Dramaturgically, the presence of
a dead husband — whom only his
wife and son can see — is what
distinguishes this otherwise
uninspiring text.
The dialogue, studded with such
words and expressions as "What's
chewin' on ya?", "young 'uns"
and "You just keep plowin' and
plant in' and the Lord'11 take care of
Housewives suffer dilute emotion
Angry Housewives is the Arts
Club's latest installment of television, sit-com theatre.
Angry Housewives
By A.M. Collins and Chad Henry
Directed by Michael McLaughlin
Arts Club Revue Theatre
This time, four women, friends,
frustrated with their stifled lives,
decide to enter (of all zany things) a
punk band contest at an underage
punk club.
In spite of derision from the men
in their lives, they persevere, perform in the contest, and . . . but
that would be giving too much
The real shame here is that this
play might really have said
something. The women in this play
have a lot to be angry about. Their
lives are monotonous, hopeless
roles into which society has forced
them: Bev, a working widowed
mother with money problems;
Carol, recently divorced, insecure,
and unemployed, with money problems; Jetta, an unhappy new
mother with a tryrant husband; and
Wendi, a lonely working woman
afraid she'll lose her business edge
by entering a relationship.
Providing these women the outlet
of punk, the voice of angry,
frustrated, society-rejecting youth,
is imaginative and provocotive. But
the premise becomes too dilute. The
punk club is an "underage" punk
club, for the 14-year-old set. No
And the women aren't really very
angry. They are annoyed that their
husbands, boyfriends, and children
think their idea is ludicrous, and are
spurred on with Mary Richards-
style tenacity.
The conclusion, the big contest,
offers no real conclusions at all. In
true t.v. style, the men learn a
grudging respect for these women,
reducing the issue of women stifled
by society to this happy ending.
This  play,  a  Seattle  hit  from
The Anglican Parish at UBC
(on University Blvd. —Across
from Golf Course Clubhouse)
8 a.m.  Holy Eucharist: Book of
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11 a.m. Holy Eucharist: Book of
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Mar. 29 Morna Russell &
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"African Freedom Songs"
April 12 A Celebration of the
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1983, gets no boost from director
Michael McLaughlin's energy-less
staging. Arguments never reach
heights of ugliness. Lives do not
seem as awful as the line's suggest.
Ross Douglas, musical director,
keeps the energy of the music down
too. This is t.v. punk, after all.
Christine Willes, who created the
sophisticated and experienced
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