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The Ubyssey Oct 10, 1986

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Vol. LXIX, No. 10
Vancouver, B.C. Friday, October 10, 1986
Candidates haggle at UBC debate
The AMS played host to a lively
provincial all-candidates meeting
Tuesday, and the Socred record on
education was just one of the topics
"The truth of the matter is
(Premier Bill) Vander Zalm and the
Socreds don't like education," said
Dick  Gathercole,   NDP candidate
for Point Grey, to a crowd of 150 in
the SUB auditorium.
Gathercole, who is running with
Darlene Marzari, said the New
Democrats would use labor-
intensive solutions for B.C.'s problems instead of turning B.C. into a
"cheap labor ghetto."
Current MLA and former universities minister Pat McGeer invited
students to visit Expo 86 over the
jeers of a dozen students, and
former Socred leadership candidate
Kim Campbell provoked hoots of
disbelief when she said education
had improved in B.C. since she had
gone to school.
The heckling was considerably
less for Gathercole and Marzari.
Tom Brown and Doreen Braverman
-  Jennifer lyall photo
ALL CANDIDATES MEETING was attended by various Point Grey constituency members. They look kind of
confused but really know what they are doing.
UBC makes "token" divestment
UBC's decision to sell its shares
in two companies that do business
with South Africa will not prevent
future investments in the apartheid
The Board of Governors voted
Thursday to sell its holdings in two
South-African linked companies,
which it refused to name, following
a review of individual companies'
operating conduct as reported to
civil servant Albert Hart.
But UBC president David
Strangway said further investments
in South Africa are not unforeseeable "provided the companies operating there are in compliance with the code of conduct."
The 1978 Code of Conduct calls
on companies to improve wages,
benefits, and working conditions of
black employees, pay equal wages
and assist with housing, education,
and training.
Michael Moeti, a member of
UBC's Students for a Free Southern
Africa, said the group will not be
satisfied with anything short of full
"The board has singled out two
companies as scapegoats in order to
deflate any criticism by students on
their investment policies," said
Moeti. "What they have done is an
insult to the student community,"
he said.
The Board issued a statement
after its October meeting that the
Hart report, commissioned by the
federal government, was found inconclusive because it failed to
analyze individual performances of
companies operating in South
Asked why the Board had now
decided to accept the Hart report as
a measure of companies' compliance with the code, Daniel Birch,
vice-president of academic said the
early stages of the report were inconclusive but UBC has since asked
for individual companies' responses
to the Hart report.
Submissions  are  expected  from
the following companies: Cominco
Ltd., AMCA International Ltd.,
International Thomson Ltd.,
Falconbridge Ltd., Dominion Textiles Inc., Moore Corp Ltd., and
Seagrams and Sons.
Birch said the board is opposed
to the system of apartheid and will
continue to sever its ties with companies that do not comply with the
Asked why the board did not
consider full divestment, Strangway
replied: "We're not trying to
change national policy. We're trying to conform to the wishes of the
federal government."
But Moeti said the terms of the
Hart report are ambiguous and
criticized its formulation.
"No one consulted the blacks
about what they think of the
report," said Moeti. "The board
has no understanding of what's going on in the world. They don't care
about morality," he said.
Strangway ensured the university
would continue to review all companies' compliance with the code
and said it would "definitely"
divest itself from companies that do
not comply with the code.
Last year, the board indicated it
had $1 million fiom its $90 million
endowment fund in six companies
that have ties with South Africa. It
also reported it had $717,000 from
its $90 million staff pension fund in
three companies with interests in
Breaking barriers
Breaking Down Barriers is this years theme to Exceptional Persons
Week, running from Get. 8 to 10 in the Student Union Building.
"The main purpose of Exceptional Persons Week is to increase
student and faculty awareness of mental and physical disabilities
through displays and guest speakers," said Catriona Misfeldt,
chairperson for Exceptional Person's Week.
Despite "expansion" of E.P.W. in the last two years, there is still
a lack of awareness about the problems faced by the disabled at UBC
800 invitations were sent out to Wednesday's lecture on the problems
facing handicapped students and "not one professor showed up. It's
repeated history — maybe they just don't think it's important,"
Misfeldt said.
Lecturer Roman Piontkovsky, director of Vancouver Association
for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities, spoke on the
identification and the assistance of learning disabled students.
Students with physical disabilities also face difficulties from a lack
of awareness of their problems, said Misfledt. Misfledt cited people
in wheelchairs who can't go in the front door of some buildings.
Some of the older buildings don't have ramps or» elevators," said
Resources available for disabled students include the Crane
Library, a library for the visually impaired; and the Learning Disabled Support Group, an organisation run by student volunteers.
"I don't mean to sound negative, because their are lots of people
willing to do things, to work for the disabled." Misfeldt said. "But
are the money or the resources available? Is it a priority?"
E.P.W. has a budget this year of $750 financed by the Dean's Office of Education, the John F. Buchanan Fund, the Student Advisory Committee, and the departments of Educational Psychology
end Special Education. EPW ends today and was run by 37
of the Liberals, and Douglas Dunn
of the Green Party received a polite
applause during their speeches.
Their are no Conservatives running in Vancouver-Point Grey.
McGeer also drew laughter when
he confused Marzari's party affiliation. Marzari had spoken out
against expansion of the airport into Point Grey. McGeer said, "I
must disagree with the Liberal candidate here — we want that airport
Brown accused the Socred
government of wanting to develop
an elitist education system. He said
the Liberals would aim for a first-
rate education system at all levels.
Braverman conceded the Socreds
would win the provincial election,
but suggested a Liberal presence in
Victoria was needed "to keep both
parties honest." She said the Conservatives favored restoring the
grant and bursary programs
eliminated by the Socreds and
would work to make post-
secondary education universally
Marzari chided the government
for their "let them eat cake" approach to post-secondary education. "This is a lottery town. The
place is being run like a daycare
centre," she said.
Campbell said part of the blame
for the "poisoned atmosphere"
surrounding education should rest
with educators for not cooperating
with government on policy. "To
say that it's all our fault is totally
unfair and totally untrue," she
said. Campbell said the Socreds had
made post-secondary education
more available to students outside
the Lower Mainland with the Open
Learning Institute and the
Knowledge Network.
Green Party candidate Dunn us-
-ed much of his time to expound
Green Party philosophy, which de-
emphasizes technology and favors
re-educating adults to be more environmentally aware. He was the
only candidate to positively state
opposition against nuclear warships
in Vancouver waters.
Harcourt hammers
B.C.'s youth cannot afford not
to go to school, the mayor of Vancouver told more than 200 students
in Hennings 201 Wednesday.
Mike Harcourt, NDP candidate
for Vancouver Centre, called
minister of post-secondary education Russ Fraser the minister of
"higher miseducation in B.C." for
his recent comments in the Province
newspaper that students who cannot afford to go to school should
put off their education.
Harcourt said the new economy
the Socreds are talking about is a
"1 get disgusted when Fraser says
put education off. The Social
Credit party is making sure that you
will do nothing. This is a master
and serf economy with a draconian
government in charge. Ask Bill
Vander Zalm what he means when
he says he will abolish trade
unions" said Harcourt.
Harcourt said the Socreds are a
party that stand for nothing.
"Russ Fraser doesn't understand, he doesn't want to, he doesn't
care about you. But you can't
blame Russ Fraser for all the stupid
statements he makes. You must
remember Vander Zalm's record as
cabinet minister," he said.
"As minister of human misery,
widows, the elderly and the handicapped were Vander Zalm's
favourite targets. He picked on
those people to boost his career. He
is a bully," said Harcourt.
Harcourt blamed Vander Zalm
for starting the demoralization of
the education system during his
term as education minister.
"We can't have uneducated people working at part-time minimum
wage jobs," he said.
"Skelly has been chastised for being impractical regarding his youth
guarantee proposal. We are not the
welfare party. People who are on
welfare want to work," said Harcourt.
The NDP tabled a proposal in the
legislature where B.C.'s youth
would be guaranteed either two
years of work or two years of
education. The legislation has been
ignored by the Socreds.
Harcourt also said the NDP
would open up a four year degree
granting institution in the interior
of British Columbia.
Continuing to make firm committments to education, Harcourt
said the NDP would inject $500
million a year for five years into the
B.C. economy which is expected to
generate 30,000 jobs a year in the
forestry industry. In addition, the
NDP would spend $65 million a
year in the municipalities.
"The money generated through
these jobs goes back into the
economy. It stays here in B.C. The
benefits are 1000 to one over
building another mega-project like
the Site-C Dam," said Harcourt.
"The Social Credit government
has increased the debt in this province from $4 billion in 1975 to $19
billion in 1986. We could get most
of the money for our projects by reallocating money. It is a question of
priorities," said Harcourt.
Mike Harcourt Page 2
Friday, October 10,1986
Student union hired Bambi
EDMONTON (CUP) — University of Alberta student union funds
were used to pay a stripper who performed at a council party in April,
says a former student executive.
"We were having our year-end
(student council) changeover party
and everything was going
smoothly," said former vice-
president academic Connie Uz-
The annual changeover party is
open only to incoming and outgoing councillors and invited guests.
"Suddenly, I noticed the men at
the party were disappearing.
Somebody told me they were in
SUB basement, so I ran downstairs
to see what was happening," Uz-
wyshyn said. "I barged into the
room to find Bambi rubbing ointment all over herself."
Bambi, who will not give her real
name, has acknowledged she performed a striptease at a function in
the Students' Union Building April
29. She confirmed she was paid
$130 cash by "the president or vice-
president" of the student union
after her performance.
"What really perturbed me,"
said Uzwyshyn, "was that this
stripper was paid for with SU
Student union administrators
could not produce a cheque requisition for the money usedSibr the
stripper, but a remittance stub was
on file. The stub, which bears no
names or signatures, indicates
former vice-president internal Scott
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Richardson received $130 on April
29 for "party expenses, re:
The student union finance
manager said he signed the cheque
on executive orders. Ryan Beebe
said as finance manager, he is
responsible for signing cheques and
keeping books, not for making
decisions about how the money is
"If (the cheque) is signed by an
exec, member, I don't have any
choice," Beebe said.
Current president Dave Oginski,
who said he attended the strip performance while drunk, believes the
stripper was paid by a collection
taken by Richardson after the
event. "I assume that is why he
took money from everyone there."
Throne misses youth
OTTAWA (CUP) — Youth were
only mentioned in passing during
this year's speech from the throne.
Although the government promised a national forum on post-
secondary education, youth were
passed over. The government talked
about "new initiatives to promote
entrepreneurship among youth,"
and its optimism over the drop in
youth unemployment.
"Nothing of consequence was
given to youth," said Senator Jacques Hebert after the speech.
Hebert fasted for 21 days last winter
in protest of the Conservative
government's cancellation of the
Katimavik youth program.
"The word youth came up twice.
I    had    my   little   pencil   there
waiting," he said. "I was a little
dismayed because (the Youth
Minister) had said that in the speech
from the throne, we would hear
where the government stands."
The proposal for a national
forum on education provoked mixed responses. Although pleased by
the announcement, both the Canadian Association of University
Teachers and the Canadian Federation of Students hoped the forum
would not be used just as a pacifier.
"The forum is a positive step as
long as it's not tokenism," said
CFS information officer Anne-
Marie Turcotte. "It would have to
be an on-going consultative process."
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Page 3
Funding cuts finish college jobs
Canadian University Press
Because of government under-
funding and program cuts, B.C.
colleges have lost one out of nine instructors since 1982, says the president of the faculty association.
"We calculated that about 500
faculty in the college system have
lost their jobs over the last four
years," said John Waters, president
of the College-Institute Educators'
"Given that the total number of
faculty currently in the system is
about 4,000, that's a fairly large
proportion," he said.
Since 1982, provincial funding to
colleges declined 12.4 per cent,
while government expenditures increased 28 per cent.
Waters said these statistics mean
all four political party leaders
should debate the future of B.C.
education, as recently proposed by
the CIEA and three other
education-related groups. The
groups announced they would provide over $20,000 for an hour long
television debate, but premier Bill
Vander Zalm rejected the idea.
"Given what has happened to the
system over the last four years, it
really will be remarkable if we go
through an election campaign
without having a serious discussion
about education," said Waters.
"The college system has 75,000
students in it — that's a lot of lives
touched by these decisions," he
Of the 500 instructors who have
lost their jobs due to program cuts,
Waters said some remain
unemployed, while others have
gone to Alberta, where operating
grants to colleges increased by five
per cent last year, or Ontario, where
a recent government report recommended reducing class sizes through
hiring more faculty.
Waters also said Capilano and
Fraser Valley Colleges are having
difficulty keeping instructors
because of low salaries.
Other current election issues for
colleges are the Excellence fund
which Waters said was repackaged
money with strings attached and
electing members on college boards,
a process which the Social Credit
government abolished in 1983.
AMS still troubled over UBC foodbank
There is still no foodbank at
Carol Pedlar, Alma Mater Society external affairs coordinator, to
said the major obstacle to a food-
bank opening on campus is the
AMS will not take responsibility for
overseeing its operation.
"We (student council) are sup
posed to represent students. If we
don't take responsibility for the
foodbank, who else will?" asked
An idea for a foodbank at UBC
for students who could not afford
to eat after paying for the high cost
of tuition originated this spring.
The project was started by AMS
summer coordinator Sandra Jarvis,
but was dropped when Jarvis' term
in office ended this fall.
Lutheran campus Chaplain Ray
Schultz agreed to run the project,
provided an AMS member would
oversee operations.
Pedlar said Jarvis should not
have been given the responsibility
of the foodbank if she could not
complete the job.
AMS president Simon Seshadri
blamed the problem on the summer
hiring process.
"It's a problem of hiring a nonexecutive who will only be around
until the end of the summer to
oversee projects," said Seshadri.
"But when we began the food-
bank we made it clear that someone
outside of the AMS would eventually take it over," he added.
Seshadri said the AMS has taken
a lot of "heat" over the foodbank
not opening and said council is considering appointing someone to
oversee the project.
"It's an important project," said
Council rejects ban
UBC Student council rejected a
motion last night to oppose in principle all nuclear-armed and nuclear-
powered warships entering Canadian waters.
"It's not the place of council to
be making these kinds of motions,"
said Alma Mater Society president
Simon Seshadri "issues that affect
students directly take priority," he
Barb Waldern, Peace Flotilla
member and past student council
member, asked council to join student societies at Simon Fraser
university, the University of Victoria and Langara college to make
clear their opposition to the
presence of nuclear warships in
The motion was defeated nine to
"It's disappointing that council
rejected the motion. It certainly
says something about this student
council," said Waldern.
"I can't see how the nuclear issue
does not affect students," she added.
Engineering representative Doug
Martin rejected the motion saying
Canada needs American military
But Carol Pedler, AMS external
affairs coordinator, said Waldern's
proposal is anti-nuclear not anti-
American. Asked how she felt
about council's decision, Pedlar
replied: "it is unfortunate, but not
Waldern said that by not opposing the motion, council is in effect
supporting the presence of nuclear-
capable warships in Canada.
Classes missing texts
UBC STUDENTS DECIDE to worship the mysterious God of death in biza
and all who die shall live again. Death is the mother of beauty.
— susan bertoia photo
rre ritual, death is the essence of life
Textbooks are scarce this year
because the UBC bookstore is badly
underordered, a UBC student
senate member said at Wednesday
night's student council meeting.
"It's already one month into
courses and and I still haven't got
texts for some courses," said Don
Mustard  said  one  of his  pro-
White supremacist re-invited to University of Calgary
University of Calgary student council has reaffirmed a controversial invitation to the leader of an Alberta
white supremacist group.
Terry Long, head of the Aryan
nations camp outside of Caroline,
Alta., was invited to speak Oct. 10
by the student council's external
commission. The invitation came
under fire Sept. 18, when audience
members at a forum on the Aryan
National questioned the move.
Council vice-president Don
Kozak said he has been swamped
with calls and visitors to his office
since the invitation. "I've been up
late nights thinking about it," he
People have branded the commission and its members racist for in
viting Long, Kozak said.
But the invitation was "to let
people see the ugliness of racism,"
said Kozak. "It's not just ethnic
jokes — it's horrible and ugly."
Alison Bowes, one of those who
planned the visit, said a visit by
Long is needed to shock students
out of apathy.
"People need to be offended now
The Faculty of Arts has suspended future beer
gardens, the Dean of Arts said Thursday.
"Beer gardens will not be held in the Buchanan
Lounge until the legal implications and liabilities are
made clear to us," Dean Robert Will said. He said
beer gardens were suspended following a recent
alcohol related death at Totem Park residence.
"We've been signing our names without any
knowledge of the legal implications involved in beer
garden. "We've had damage to property," as well,
said Will.
Carolyn Egar, President of the Arts
Undergraduate Society, said only one AUS beer
garden has been held so far this year. Political
Science tried to get permission for a beer garden, but
were denied. The AUS has not been able to get per
mission for any more beer gardens, according to
"We had already planned Five beer gardens," said
Egar, adding the AUS was going to hold beer gardens
every Friday.
Will said recent supervisions are not intended to
keep students from socializing noting that beer
gardens would return if the liability problems is
The AUS will learn about the future of their beer
gardens in about three weeks when the administration determines what will be done about the question
of liabilities, according to Egar,
But Dean Will said: "I don't know where she
(Eger) got that figure (of three weeks) from," adding
he couldn't be sure when beer gardens will be reinstated.
before it gets more complicated."
But council programs commissioner Grace Hwang said the invitation was "a slap in the face to all
minorities on campus."
Hwang did not agree shock tactics were needed. "If they just stretched their minds a bit, they could
understand," said Hwang, who
moved to revoke the invitation.
Mike Beaton, who actually invited
Long, said it did not occur to the
commission anyone would object.
He said a speech by Long would
unite University of Calgary students
against racism.
"Having (South African ambassador Glenn) Babb on campus
last year did more to help the anti-
apartheid cause on campus than
anything the Committee on Racism
ever did," he said.
But Kozak said commission
members have put themselves on
the line about the issue. He noted
the Aryan Nations now have
Beaton's, Bowes's and his name on
"I don't want these people phoning me," he said. "I'm scared."
fessors stopped using the assigned
textbook altogether because too
many of the students in the class
had been unable to obtain it.
He said the problem arose
because the bookstore ordered only
18 books for a class of 30 students.
Senate science representative
Kirk Hancock has also had book
"My geophysics lab manual
finally came in after the first lab.
The prof had to photocopy the lab
for us out of his own budget," he
Hancock said students in other
faculties are having problems obtaining books, particularly for commerce and economics courses
because students keep the texts for
future reference rather than resell
UBC bookstore director John
Hedgecock, however, said it is not
unusual for demand to exceed supply for some books, and said "it
hasn't been any worse this year."
If anything the ordering has been
better because of our new computer," said Hedgecock.
He said the number of books
ordered for any one course is based
on faculty estimates of the number
of students in the course, and if not
enough books are ordered it is
because more students enrol than
It is impossible to determine
before the beginning of term how
many books are needed, said
Hedgecock. "We've tried a lot of
things to be able to make better
estimates," he added.
Hedgecock said the problem was
heightened by publishing houses
running out of certain books. Page 4
Friday, October 10, 1986
The carnival on the Creek will end on Monday.
Well, almost. The B.C. Pavilion will remain open forever, free until
December. The after-December party is yet to be announced, but this high
tech Socred television commercial is not only good for P.R., it also justifies
the existence of such enormous, permanent display space.
The B.C. Pavilion will remain forever a monument to how the Socreds
destroyed a province's future in order to be re-elected.
Anticipate nothing but generalities and deafening silence when the question of deficits arises once again. A crown corporation so unethically
secretive to date, but which releases attendance figures with stunning
rapidity, is hiding a debt even larger than the world's largest hockey stick.
If these gargantuan attendance figures signify equally gargantuan profits, why haven't we heard about them? 'Cause they're not so gargantuan.
In fact with season pass holders laying siege to the site every day for the
past month and a half, Expo hasn't made many dollars of late.
If the money were rolling in, we would have heard about it by now. We'll
never hear the real numbers But we'll feel the effects.
Many of us had a good time at Expo this summer. We, like many other
British Columbians, ate the cake the Socreds offered us as they duped us
into celebrating a prosperity we do not enjoy.
It has probably cost us quality education, health care, social programs,
and our credit rating.
The dollars that pay the interest on those debts in the hundreds of
millions of dollars do not grow on Discovery trees. Not one nickel from
B.C. lotteries will go anywhere but the Expo debt for years.
And the government that managed to scrape together a billion dollars to
mount this party is once again telling us there is no money for education
and health care.
The Socreds have mortgaged our future to buy our votes, and it appears
to be working.
AMS hack tells John of B.C.'s new reality
I'd like to reply to John Foster's
letter in the Sept. 30 Ubyssey (Let
starving leave UBC).
Perhaps this is not so much a
heartless attitude as a thoughtless
one. I'm sure that Foster has never
been poor himself; the well-fed
don't realize what it's like. Poverty
is a trap and education is one of the
few ways of climbing out of it.
"If they cannot afford to go to
school . . . perhaps they should
work until they have accumulated
enough money to sustain
themselves, whether it takes six
months or six years." What if they
can't find jobs? Should they be able
to save enough for tuition, books,
rent and foods while on UIC or on
welfare? How about those who can
only get minimum wage jobs?
These people would be lucky to be
able to save the money they'd need
in sixty years, let alone six.
Foster suggests, that perhaps
some of these students should be
out working part-time. Let's see:
twenty hours a week at $3.65 an
hour makes you $292 a month.
If all else fails, says Foster, send
'em to the Vancouver Food Bank or
to Human Resources. Well, they
could stand in line for three hours
at an already overworked and
underfunded food bank, only to be
told there was no food left; or they
could try MHR, only to be told that
the ministry will not help a student.
As far as abuse goes: yes, it will
probably occur. Every system is
subject to abuse by unscrupulous
people. However, I like to think
that   most   people,   including
yourself, have more integrity than
you profess to have ("I eat well and
I would certainly take free handouts.")
This is the new reality, John.
Thousands and thousands of people
in B.C. are desperately poor. They
can't get a job without an education; they can't finance an education without a job.
The food bank isn't meant to
"play mother"; everyone will be
asked to first exhaust the resources
of the B.C. student loan program
and of the financial aid office. But
loans have plummeted drastically;
grants have disappeared; tuition
fees have risen sharply. And what
about emergencies: the death of
parents or of a supporting spouse,
the loss of a job, a wife forced to
leave a battering husband? These
things can and do happen in the
middle of a school term. Granted,
emergency loans are available, but
what are these people supposed to
do in the meantime? Starve? Drop
out? Join an escort service?
For the vast majority of poor
people, education is the only way
out, and it is becoming more inaccessible to them all the time. Vast
numbers of capable and intelligent
people are kept on welfare or scrubbing pots or delivering pizzas while
B.C. imports graduates from other
provinces. The food bank can't
help all of them, but it may be able
to help a few of them. That's good
enough for me.
Carol Pedlar
AMS external affairs coordinator
Article misconstrues facts
We want democracy. We want
fair representation. We want the
best premier for B.C. But what we
need first is responsible journalism
and the story for both sides.
Robert Beynon's article in the
October 3rd edition of The
Ubyssey was, to say the least,
misleading. The headline, "UBC
students jeer Vander Zalm", contradicts the fundamental principle
of democracy. That is, the opinion
of the majority is accepted. And, in
this instance, the positive response
to Mr. Vander Zalm's visit easily
outweighed the few "jeering"
A look at B.C.'s leading
newspapers, The Sun and The Province, reveal stories relaying the
fact that, on the whole, Vander
Zalm was well received by the UBC
students. Even a prominent UBC
student and NDP supporter was
shocked and dismayed with The
Ubyssey's inaccurate portrayal of
the Vander Zalm visit and the over-
exaggeration on the student confrontations.
Perhaps The Ubyssey should
remember as part of the mass media
they should be helping the voter to
make an intelligent, impartial and
responsible choice and not to
misconstrue the facts.
Furthermore, in response to
Kevin Annett's letter of "hatred"
in the same Ubyssey edition, may I
remind him that it was the few campus protestors who started the un
just heckling and insulting of
Vander Zalm and the Socreds.
Perhaps these people, who obviously could turn their chants into constructive criticism in order that
Vander Zalm could deal with their
concerns intelligently. This would
be much more productive and
beneficial to both UBC and the province.
And as for that "cat calling",
which was highly exaggerated, let me
pose this question: If someone insulted your father what would you
say or do? It is unfortunate that
some members of UBC feel that the
only way they can get attention is by
antagonizing the Socreds instead of
voicing their views through letters
or, better yet, listening to what Mr.
Vander Zalm has to say and actually getting to know our premier.
Finally, as for Mr. Annett's concern with the Socreds having hatred
and "neanderthal attitudes", may I
remind him that it is the Social
Credit party and Vander Zalm who
are running a positive campaign
stressing Vander Zalm's positive attributes; it is the New Democrats
who are into the bashing and mud
slinging of Socreds as clearly emphasized in their television and
radio ads. It's a good thing Vander
Zalm doesn't start bashing Skelly
for his speaking abilities . . .
P. Rafe Mooney
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"Good Evening, here are tonight's major news stories." "The tiney island kingdom of Lower Volta was
thrown into chaos today when President-for-Life Evelyn Jacob had 8 custard pies thrown at her by
Tony Roberts, Anya waite, James Young, Debbie Lo, Ron Stewart, Steve Chan, Cassandra Freeman
and Sharon Cunningham. Almost immediately, hand-to-hand fighting broke out between The People's
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Jennifer Dyall in Washington. . ." "Well, Knowlton, President Michael Groberman didn't comment on
today's events in Lower Volta, although he was heard to ask Secretary of State Rick Hiebert" Lower
Volta? Are we going to pick up that Senate seat there in November?" "In other news, a small mobile
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Food bank is needed
This letter is in response to a
previous letter written a couple of
weeks ago by one John Foster entitled "Let starving leave UBC."
Petit garcon, you obviously don't
have enough gray matter to realize
what an ass you made of yourself in
your letter about the AMS food
bank dilemma.
If you had even bothered to open
Voter registration drive was inadequate
I am writing this letter to protest
the wholly inadequate attempt to
register potential voters at the
University of British Columbia.
As you may or may not be aware,
the entire "registration drive" (if I
can call it such) carried out by the
impartial agents of the government
of British Columbia consisted of
one small booth, inconsistently
manned, open for the last two days
of the registration period. I should
not have to point out that this is a
completely unacceptable effort on
behalf of a population of almost
30,000 students. Simple arithmetic
should suffice to show that, had all
of UBC's student body been aware
of this "service" and taken advantage of it, as was their democratic
right to do so, it would have been
mathematically impossible for them
all to have been duly registered.
Therefore I demand on behalf of
my fellow students that a registration booth be opened immediately
at UBC for at least a week, and further that it be properly advertised,
in order that these good citizens of
the province of B.C. be allowed to
exercise their right to vote — a right
for which these same students will
be asked to fight in time of military
Copies of this letter have been
submitted to the Vancouver Sun,
the Province, and The Ubyssey
newspapers in order that this scandalous oversight be brought to the
attention of the general public.
Thank you for your consideration.
John Whyte
international relations 4
PM a Yank
Brian Mulroney's declaration
that he is not a frog but a Canadian
sure came as big news to me.
I thought he was an American.
Mary J. Prinz
your eyes long enough to read a
local newspaper or to watch a local
TV newscast, you would know that
often times the state of this province's economy (ie: minimum-
wage jobs, lack of bursaries, etc.)
does not adequately provide for a student to live well enough.
Whether one likes it or not, food
banks are no longer just a fact of
life for many (including students),
but a necessity. As a former food
bank recipient, I very much appreciated the compassion and support that I received from others
unknown to me. These are obviously two qualities that are alien to a
narrow-minded, apathetic person
such as yourself.
About your statement, "I eat
well, I would certainly take
handouts," . . . Congratulations!
Not everyone can honestly say that.
Also, I am sure that most people
would have too much pride in
themselves to do what you suggest.
AMS food bank, you've got my
A. Sherman
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Friday, October 10, 1986
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American tourists continue to fascinate
I want to be an American tourist.
I've watched them long enough
that I think I could do it.
It was an Aussie who introduced
me to my first stereotypical
American tourists. A friend and I
were taking the train across Canada
and we met Jack from Sidney. He
decided to teach us how to play
some type of card game — I never
remember card games. And much
to his chagrin I was winning every
round. Because I never remember
card games I always seem to have a
phenomenal amount of beginners
At any rate, Jack was about to
teach us a new card game when a
loud group of girls entered the car
and sat down a few compartments
away. "Americans", Jack said with
a trace of contempt.
Not detecting any accent, I asked
how he knew.
"Volume mate."
I didn't understand.
"Listen to 'em, only Yanks are
that loud."
Sure enough, the girls turned out
to be from Oregon and for the rest
of the trip any time I heard someone coming before I saw them
I'd assume they were Americans
and I was almost always right.
Then in the summer of 1982 I
went to Europe and they were
The most amazing thing to me
was that all the Europeans seemed
to know Jack's volume trick.
Although few Europeans guessed I
was from Canada, the locals I met
would inevitably respond to my
greeting with "Where you from,
you're not from the States are
"How do you know," I'd
sometimes ask.
"You're too quiet. You're
British, right? Irish?"
Another way they knew I wasn't
from "the States" is that I would
always at least attempt the native
language when asking a question
even if the best I could do was a
blundered "do you speak english?"
As any proper American tourist
will tell you, this is just not done.
When you want something you ask
loudly — in English. And if at first
they don't understand, you ask
louder. If that fails, call the person
an idiot and storm off. 1 saw that
happen in almost every country 1
visited including Ireland.
Americans were also much better
than   other   travellers   at   making
themselves feel at home. In Venice I
saw them throwing fast food containers in the canals.
In Germany I'd hear them explain the local political situation —
"you're damn lucky we have missile
bases everywhere. We could just
feed you to them Russkies." And in
Britain I heard them talking in the
theatres, commenting on the action
just like they were at home watching tee vee.
And now, since the start of Expo
I've been able to watch them descend on Vancouver with all the
refreshing subtlety of acid rain.
Here are just a few of my favorite
* Attending a play I'd been looking forward to for three months and
spending the entire hour listening to
four loud Yankees make like Siskel
and Ebert. I missed a number of
key lines from the play but 1 did
find out the Yanks didn't like the
show, where they were planning to
go for dinner and what hotel they
were staying in. Unfortunately 1
missed their room number or 1
would have given them a wake-up
call at five a.m. as a thank you for a
lovely evening at the theatre.
'Listening to two cute tykes say
they were heading to the Russian
pavillion. "Yeah, I wanna see all
the bombs and missiles. Betcha
they've got Americans splattered all
over the walls."
*And hearing, repeatedly, that
Canadian currency looks like play
So why do I want to be an
American tourist?
It looks fun.
You can be loud, obnoxious,
demanding and throw your garbage
everywhere. It's sort of like being a
rock star.
I figure the only place you can't
get away with being an American
tourist is America. After all, if
you're too rude to anyone in the
States they get to shoot you. It's the
American way.	
Mark Leiren-Young is a rising
local media and theatre personality
who first wrote for the Ubyssey
when Triceratops roamed the earth.
Campus full of fools
I would like to thank Dennis Pro-
use, "Commie pinko writers
frustrated," (The Ubyssey, October
7) for renewing my faith in our
university community. Like Mr.
Prouse, I was frightened by the
mob of concerned students who
scared our premier off campus in
their attempt to show their
displeasure with his party's attitude
towards any sort of educational investment in the youths of this province. My anxieties were soon put
to rest after I read Mr. Prouse's letter to The Ubyssey. His insight
made me realize that my greatest
fear was not becoming a reality . . .
We look forward to receiving
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important. Please make sure it
isn't racist. sexist or
homophobic, because if it is we
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my university was not being overrun by compassionate, intelligent
human beings who feel that education is important and who do not
appreciate a fine tap dance when
they see one!
Thank you Mr. Prouse; I now
know that there are still some
politically and socially blind Socred
idiots on campus, who can find
those election promises as easily as I
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Despite a two hour power failure
Saturday evening which threatened
to literally create a "house of the
dead", Vancouver Opera managed
to open its 1986-87 season with an
From the House of the Dead
By Leos Janacek
Directed by David Pountney
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Last performance Saturday, Oct. 11
exciting leap into the twentieth century. Its North American premiere
of Czech composer Leos Janacek's
"From the House of the Dead" is
an undeniable success.
Drawn from Dostoyevsky's semi-
autobiographical "Notes from the
Underground", Janacek's opera is
an intensely provocative and complex work; one which hurtles the
audience into the desolate and
unrelentingly oppressive wasteland
of a Siberian penal camp in Czarist
Russia (evoked to perfection by set
designer Maria Bjornson).
The prisoners of the camp, who
rise numbly from its wreckage as
the opera opens, are the forgotten
or "dead" ones. They seem, at first
glance, nothing but an anarchic
mob of violent psychopaths, yet as
the libretto, and, more importantly,
the masterful score progresses, it
becomes clear they provide the
metaphor Janacek uses in a highly
dialectical analysis of the human
In this analysis, Janacek sets in
opposition two warring elements of
the human soul. The potential for
violence, vulgarity and brutal insen-
sitivity within the prisoners is juxtaposed with their capacity for com
passion and other truly human
behavior. For Janacek, it is in the
grim, deranged atmosphere of the
camp where this battle zone of the
human soul is most apparent.
This conflict is presented in the
intense brilliance of Janacek's
almost obsessive music. Soaring,
melodic passages reminiscent of
traditional Russian folk music and
are contrasted with rumbling, percussive (using rattling chains for effect), foreboding sections. Even
Janacek's orchestration is suggestive of this tension, with extremities of pitch in both string and
wind sections being set against each
other throughout the opera.
Yet the warring of these elements
is endless. As the opera ends, and a
wounded eagle nursed in the camp
is set free, all the prisoners stare in
agony as it flies off, knowing they
will never have that freedom.
They are returned to the vacuum
which engulfs them, trudging in an
unbroken circle, shackled to
themselves, to their battles with
their human identities.
This production of From the
House of the Dead, originally staged as a co-production of the Welsh
National Opera and Scottish Opera,
is a tribute to director David Pount-
ney's insight into Janacek's work.
No details have been missed, and
Pountney has instilled in the production's very well-balanced cast a
clear sense of what he wants to
achieve: something which was clearly lacking in some of last season's
efforts (most notably Fidelio).
Credit should also be given to the
Vancouver Opera and to its artistic
director Brian McMaster, for
Janacek's opera is challenging for
any audience, and staging the North
American premiere here in Vancouver is a bold, risky undertaking.
Dreaming and Duelling
To persist or to duel, that is the choice in Dreaming
and Duelling, Studio 58's season opening production.
Dreaming and Duelling explores the close friendship
between two awkward high school outsiders. Joel is an
outsider even at home. His parents do not discuss but
instead inform him of their decision to move. He exists
on a diet of tedious classes which distract him from
feasting on his passion — fencing.
The cast, entirely amateur except for the fencing
teacher, give sincere and sculpted performances.
Mike Stack as Joel gives an especially wrenching
performance, mainly by using facial expressions in the
closing scene. And Scott Bellis as Eric, during his
secret sharing session with Joel, excels at portraying
reluctant revelation. Marible Thait as Mrs. Thorpe,
although acting sincerely, unfortunately forces her
serious scolding directed at Skelly and Joel past them
and into the audience.
Dreaming and Duelling
By John Lazarus and Joa Lazarus
Directed by Kathryn Shaw
Langara Campus Studio 58
Tues. — Sun. till Oct. 25
Eric, Joel's fencing partner, shares Joel's lust for
Together they are an unconquerable team. Cloaked
in distinctive costume the pair using fierce rubber tamed swords skillfully carve pet positions in fencing class.
But Eric is different from Joel. Although like Joel
he has familial problems, unlike Joel he really wants to
be accepted at school — particularly by a certain
classmate: Louise.
Joel too says he is vying for Louise's attention, but
Eric states repeatedly that it is he who really loves her.
Unfortunately both claims of love are unrequited.
Louise, although a willing friend to the fencing pair,
does not want her friendship with the two to be "ruined" by a romance with one — and she has her own
Born with a large red facial mark, Louise struggled
to be ignored, but accepted, in high school.
But when the inept football jerk Skelly makes an ugly remark about Louise's face, Joel and Eric decide to
chivalrously defend her honor.
This emotionally intense play darts in and out of the
real and fantasy worlds of Pete and Joel. Their fantasy
world gives them commanding roles as duellers in an
Arthurian age, where conquests and the avenging of
honor are the sustenance of life. Their fantasy roles
liberate them from coping of their real lives where, excepting fencing class, they constantly grope for acceptance.
Although unnoticed outsiders to their school-mates,
family, and friends, Joel and Eric give the audience a
rare opportunity to discover why the typical outsider
chooses or is forced to stay outside.
Joel and Eric teeter between a foggy border of persisting and duelling, and in doing so, insist that the audience pay full and constant attention to them before
they disappear through the fog into either realm.
gets her chance
Peggy Sue Got Married could
have been a great movie.
The film, directed by Francis
Ford Coppolla, certainly has all the
right ingredients. In the end,
however, Peggy Sue Got Married
trips over itself, brought low by its
own premise.
Peggy Sue Got Married
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Odeon, Oakridge
Peggy Sue Bodell (nee Kelcher),
played by Kathleen Turner has two
wonderful children, her own
business, and a deteriorating marriage. At her 25th high school reunion, she faints — and suddenly
finds herself back in 1960 and high
school, 18 years old again.
Earlier, Peggy Sue had said "If
I'd known then what I know now,
I'd have done a lot of things differently." She spends the rest of the
film finding out if, given the
chance, she'd live up to that statement. Basically, she tries to decide
whether or not to marry Charlie
(Nicholas Cage) again.
The film takes this simple
premise and really goes to town
with it. The idea of a 43-year-old
mind returning to its 18-year-old
body is rich with comic possibilities,
most of which the film profitably
exploits. On her first day back,
Peggy Sue gets drunk, and tells her
shocked parents, "I've had a hard
day." Later, her mother gives her
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some advice: "You know what a
penis is . . . stay away from them."
Turner's blank stare is more effective than any reply she could have
given. She proves, as she did in
Romancing the Stone, her capability as a comic actress.
However, Peggy Sue has its
serious side as well: the movie
studies a grown woman trying to
determine what went wrong with
her marriage and her life. Turner
gives a well-modulated performance: she never whines petulantly,
nor does she display superhuman
decisiveness — in other words, she
plays an average person, easy to
identify with. She also manages to
make us believe she really is a
middle-aged woman in a teenager's
The other performers also
deserve some credit. For the most
part, they keep their roles from
becoming stereotypes. Barry Miller
plays the class brain with an intellectual intensity that adds depth
to his character. Kevin O'Connor
combines the right amounts of artistic pomposity and genuine sensitivity in his role, the class bohe-
mian. Joan Allen and Catherine
Hicks also do well, playing Peggy's
high school friends with youthful
energy and comic efficiency.
Nicholas Cage does an excellent
job with Charlie, playing off the
irony of the situation: Charlie is
persuing a woman who knows he's
going to hurt her. Cage manages to
make Charlie comically cocky in
one   scene,   and   sympathetically Ictober 10,1986
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Friday night the SUB Ballroom
was a good place to enjoy a trio of
refreshing local bands. The evening
started with an 8:30 entrance by the
three member band, Waterwalk. A
little over an hour later, Bolero
Lava took over the duty of entertaining the crowd. Sometime
around 11:30 p.m. Grapes of Wrath
took to the stage.
Playing second on the roster gave
Bolero Lava a chance to give a really good show.
These five women were bursting
with energy, eager to entertain all
those present. Bolero Lava are
vocalist Vanessa Richards, keyboardist Lorraine Tetrault, bassist
Laurel Thackeray, drummer Barbara Bernath, and guitarist Phaedra
Struss. They ran through a repertoire of original and cover songs,
performing each one with high enthusiasm.
To aid in raising the crowd's
spirit, Richards talked to the audience, giving a small introduction
to each song. She introduced a lively cover version of Play That Funky
Music by calling it "a blast from
our adolesence" — "our" referring
to the band's, as most of the audience had not passed adolescence.
lis introduction worked and the
audience cheered and danced more
intently. Ai"\
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During the song Move A Groove
Phaedra got her enthusiasm across
to the crowd through prancing
around the stage and leaning into
the audience during her solo. By the
end of their set, Bolero Lava had
succeeded in their objective, entertaining the crowd.
Ivo: passionate
yet precise music
If genius transcends all linguistic
definitions, it seems reasonable that
it be expressed musically.
Yugoslavian pianist Ivo
Pogorelich is a musical genius. Passionate, yet precise, Pogorelich
spins his magic through an orchestra, weaving an intricate pat-
vulnerable in another, all within
character. Charlie is not just a
washed-up, womanizing salesman;
he is a human being.
One thing mars Cage's performance: his voice. His choice of a
high, ridiculous nasal whine for the     ^
part is something he has to work    v
against rather than with.
With all these effective performances, and fine comic scenes alternating with dramatic ones, Coppola's film is paced like a fine
timepiece, slowing down. Visually,
Jordan Croneweth does some fine
dream-like work, filling the screen
with clean, bright, impossible colours on the cars, fences, clothes,
and houses. Some scenes (such as
the love-scene between Turner and
O'Connor) are very beautifully
done, bringing the romantic feeling
of the film alive.
With all this going for it, how
could Peggy Sue Got Married fail?
Basically, the script (by Jerry
Leichtling and Arlene Sarner) goes
all out exploring the many
possibilities inherent in its
premise . . . and then can't decide
how to resolve them. Nearing the
end of the film, Peggy Sue must
make some sort of choice regarding
her life, which she does, but the
film never makes her reasons clear.
We get a clear resolution, but we're
not sure why.
Flawed as it is, Peggy Sue Got
Married is still damn fine entertainment — it just ain't art. One of
these days, Coppola's going to
return to form . . .
tern beneath, between, and above
the melodic flow.
On Saturday, Pogorelich joined
the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for Tchaikovsky's First
Piano Concerto, the second of
three pieces under the direction of
British conductor Christopher
Seaman. Beethoven's Egmont
Overture was a fine opener, and
Elgar's First Symphony, an uneven
piece which closed the show, proved
quite acceptable. Yet both works
lacked the charge and intensity provided by Tchaikovsky and
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Pianist: Ivo Pogorelich
The Orpheum
October 4,6.
The introduction to the Concerto
has often been considered the least
coherent section of the piece, starting in the wrong key, D-flat major,
before abruptly changing into the
minor key of B-flat. In fact, the introduction bursts off the blocks with
promise, only to have its themes
completely lost after the switch in
keys. Pogorelich, obviously aware
of this disparity, wisely exaggerated
the opening, almost isolating it as
an independent piece. His chords
are purposely overdrawn and
senasational, almost shocking in
their grandiose convictions.
The opening shimmer of the
Allegro con spirito creates a tension
that stays throughout this moody,
atmospheric work. Two forces seem
constantly in opposition to one
another; a theme will emerge and
persist, only to be gradually, but
never completely, replaced by a new
layer of sound.
The pianist's passages conceal a
melodic line which becomes clearer
as strings and woodwinds lead the
theme to an exciting coda.
Tchaikovsky once claimed that the
principal melody of the first movement was borrowed from a blind
beggar singing at a fair in
The finale, Allegro con fucco, is
a Ukraine inspired rondo.
Tchaikovsky plunges the concerto
into an unmistakable nationalist
fervor and the piece returns to a D
flat melody. The movement builds
and soars to a powerful, exultant
finale. A fiery coda brings the work
to a triumphant close.
Pogorelich's piano accentuates
Tchaikovsky's emotional message.
His solos are perfectly timed and intensify the rythmic and melodic
forces of the VSO. He brings unity
to a passionate work
that had been
criticized by
Tchaikovsky's mentor
Rubenstein as
trivial, vulgar
and worthless.
POGORELICH . . . genius
does well Page 8
Friday, October 10, 1986
Canadian modesty is an admirable trait but it doesn't
belong on the stage.
Members of the natinal Tap Dance
Company of Canada were too
modest about their talent as they
performed as part of the VSO
Family Pops to a theatre half full of
children and their enthusiastic
chaperones. There were certainly
moments when the company sparkled, but these made the rest of the
performance seem all the more
tame in comparison.
The National Tap Dance Company
of Canada
The Orpheum
October 5
The first piece, performed to
Bach's Brandenberg Concerto
number 3, was the ingenious idea of
Artistic Director William Orlow-
ski. Three women in brightly coloured tops and skirts, with three
men in black tuxedos, began seated
in front of the full orchestra tapping out a percussive counterpoint to
the music with their feet.
The   intricate   rhythms   fit   the
music so well, Bach himself might
have approved. But while the sound
was effective, the visual side of the
performance, although entertaining, often lacked originality and
The three men were superb in
their haughtiness as they looked
down their noses at the audience,
but the female dancers' sometimes
shakey smiles spoiled some of the
Stephen Greig was a convincing
comical cowboy in Jesusita as he
mounted, and with great difficulty
rode, his invisible bucking bronco.
The Sandpiper Ballet, Jazz Pizzicato, Syncopated Clock and Plink
Plank Plunk were entertaining but
most of the time the choreography
lacked adventure and challenge.
When opportunities did arise for
the dancers to show off their technique and versatility, these moments
were of ten lost in stylistic
understatement, a frustrating trend
that repeated itself throughout the
performance Sunday afternoon.
The last major work, Love of
George (Gershwin) was performed
by Stephen Grieg, William
Orlowski   and   Leslie   McAfee.
Several things almost happened in
this piece.
Orlowski almost created a
dreamy mood in his few moments
alone on stage. A virtuoso competition almost began between the two
male soloists. Fred and Ginger
almost fell in love but then decided
to be friends instead. Apparently. If
the artists were sure about what
they were trying to say, it didn't
come past the footlights.
The potential of the company
was clearly shown at the very end of
the performance when they created
their own music unaccompanied by
instruments. They dazzled the audience with 12 pairs of feet tapping
out strong syncopated tap combinations in unison tor a briet two
minutes. It was quick, complex and
accurate. Completely confident and
relaxed for the first time the performers made sure the audience
knew this performance was outstanding. Finally.
More challenging choreography
and artistic direction could place
the National Tap Dance Company
among the top performing artists in
North America.
If only they would relax and let
their talent shine through.
Outrageous plot with grinning
Tom Waits in Louisiana squalor
Jim Jarmusch's new film Down
by Law starts out looking like a
Beat poet's black and white
postcard from hell. The back end of
a '62 Cadillac hearse fills half the
screen and gravestones and
mausoleums fill up the rest.
Down by Law
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Dunbar Theatre
As a signature for the rest of the
Louisiana town — shuttered row
houses, shacks on stilts and
decrepid old town homes — this image is perfect. Down by Law deals
with an underworld that refuses to
stay 'under' anything, and sprawls
until the land gets mushy and turns
into bayou.
Down by Law is not really an
essay on American society, as its
lead actors, Tom Waits, John Lurie
and Roberto Benigni play roles that
are too quirky and unrepresentative
to stand for anything but absurdity.
Waits is a D.J. who is more attached to his Italian shoes than his job.
Lurie plays a pimp who spouts
B-movie cliches. And Benigni is the
innocent, an Italian immigrant with
a notebook full of English phrases.
Lurie and Waits play hustlers with
too little hustle. All three are outcasts, but as members of the
underclass they have no politics, no
great plan. They wear shirts with
horses on the front and sit on boxes
on street corners.
The three of them are just the
sort of losers that Jarmusch needs
as victims to make a pair of frame-
ups, a jail break, a swamp odyssey
and a fairy tale ending seem (half)
real. Jarmusch's characters are so
excessive and his Louisiana landscape is so baroque in its squalor,
that the outrageous plot seems appropriate.
Like Stranger than Paradise, Jarmusch's first film, Down by Law is
full of silences and absurdities.
Benigni quotes Walt Whitman and
'Bob' Frost in Italian, and Waits
delivers a late-night weather report
for the bayou as the three escapees
wander in the mud.
Down by Law strives for no grave
message. With Tom Waits presiding
over the whole affair with a bad
haircut and his hobo's grin, it is a
carnival with good intentions and
great style.
TOM WAITS . . . presiding with a bad haircut
This Kiss is groat
Given that old age and Opera performers have traditionally been
non-subjects in Hollywood cinema, it is refreshing to see a film,
Tosca's Kiss, that deals with these subjects.
Tosca's Kiss
Directed by Daniel Shmid
Vancouver East Cinema
Closed last night
Tosca's Kiss is an Italian documentary about the Milan Italy home
for retired operative musicians. The home is Casa Verdi built by Verdi himself. Opera music filters through the halls of Casa Verdi as
these artists devote themselves to improving their art.
Director Daniel Schmid has chosen to be inobtrusive. The film
captures these musicians at their unpretentious, relaxed and zestful
Like Sara Scuderi, for instance. She, one of the musicians Tosca's
Kiss takes a closer look at, almost runs away with the film. She acts
more like she is 18, rather than the 80ish former La Scala star she is.
And she loves music, breaking into song at the slightest urging.
"I love Verdi, as if he were one of the family," she tells the camera
as she points out the portrait of him she has hanging over her
bedroom mantle.
• Scuderi tells a friend that she carries a cane so that the film crew,
(and the audience) will remember just how old she is.
Outside of the competitive world of opera, the inhabitants of Casa
Verdi can afford to take a more relaxed view of their art. They critize
the performances of televised opera performers, but quip "I hope
you didn't record that" after a warm-up duet.
Leonide Bellon, a male tenor, jokes at a friend holding a long
note. "Switch off the light when you leave."
As often happens before a documentary's camera, the actors get a
little hammy. One of the funniest parts of the movie is when Scuderi
walks up to Bellon, who has just got off the phone, and breaks into
the famous death scene from the opera "Tosca".
Scuderi "stabs" Bellon, who falls into the phonebooth.and breaks
into a solo. Bellon waits for a minute, then asks Scuderi "Can I get
up now?" Scuderi replies" "Just a minute," intending to finish her
solo. When Bellon protests, Scuderi jokes "I thought he was dead!"
Tosca's Kiss also has its bittersweet aspects. Some of the musicians
remark on the decline of opera's influence in Italy. The director of
Casa Verdi remarks that the composers' royalties that had supported
the home are used up and the home is now strapped for funds.
Death, which is what Tosca's Kiss means, is omnipresent.
But this is still a happy film. Tosca's Kiss celebrates everything
that is beautiful, that makes life worth living, that makes those in
Casa Verdi so spiritually young. Friday, October 10,1986
Page 9
The Grapes were the focal point
of the evening and bad luck followed in the form of a curtain that
wouldn't open and a P.A. system
that was fritzy all night. The songs,
when they were being sung, were
amazingly tight. Unfortunately,
guitarist/singer Kevin Kane spent
more time complaining about the
sound system than he did
acknowledging the crowd and just
playing. Maturity is still something
the Grapes have to contend with;
nobody wants to pay $10 and wait
through endless delays only to hear
somebody bitch.
Young pianist ignites recital hall
Something happened on Sunday
evening. Italian Pianist Andrea
Lucchesini created something unexpected and unique in that concert
hall. A piano recital of international calibre became a major
musical event.
Vancouver Recital Society
Pianist: Andrea Lucchesini
Vancouver Playhouse
October 5
He had chosen a challenging program, an unusual sequence of
thirty-six romantic preludes, each a
fully-developed musical statement,
each demanding uncommon lyrical
flow and style, great emotional intensity and concomitant physical
strength. The effort, both for
pianist and audience, in such a pro
gram is of course great: each short
piece calls for a new focus of concentration and energy.
Looking slightly awkward as he
came on stage, Lucchesini turned
abruptly from the audience and
plunged immediately into twelve
Rachmaninov Preludes (Six
Preludes, Op. 23, and Six Preludes,
Op. 32) with a raw power that
perhaps betrays his youth (he is only 21). The tone was sometimes
harsh in the first three preludes,
more energy and feeling than interpretation, but with an unaffected
and passionate drive that left the
audience breathless.
The first really outstanding piece
of music was the Prelude in G
minor (#5). Perhaps because it is so
well known, he took a more careful
hold of its lyrical lines. Every note
ran clear; he sparked every phrase
with originality.
It was in the 24 Chopin Preludes
(Op. 28), after the intermission,
however, that Lucchesini showed
what he had to give. He brought
real delicacy to the keyboard, a
light touch, a clean, sparkling
sound. And he built to great passion.
In the close intimacy of the recital
hall, the tension and emotion were
fiercely tangible. He played with an
abandon that left the audience
wide-eyed. He toyed with unorthodox but totally successful
rubatos, pounded to climaxes and
fell suddenly to chiming pianos.
After two hours of intense and
demanding playing and a brilliant
encoure, Lucchesini brought a
critical audience roaring to its feet.
Master of Jesus College, Cambridge, Sir Alan Cottrell is probably the most well-known figure
in Metallurgy in the past 50 years in Britain. His notable contributions to Materials Science are
acknowledged by his 14 honorary degrees and the many other medals and awards presented to
him in the past quarter century. His recent book "How Safe is Nuclear Energy?'' discusses the
physical, social and political aspects of this difficult subject.
Tuesday, October 14 In Room A-106, Buchanan Building, at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 15      In Room 1202, CEME Building, at 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 16 In Lecture Hall 6, Instructional Resources Centre, at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 18 In Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, at 8:15 p.m.
(A Vancouver Institute Lecture)
Renaissance man
Goose pimples were the topic and
Lister Sinclair provided them in
abundance when he enraptured
Saturday's Vancouver Institute audience.
Lister Sinclair
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Woodward IRC 2
October 4
"Life," pronounced Sinclair "is
singularly barren without art,
science, religion and magic."
Sinclair defined religion as humanity in the universe, and magic as
"those things in life that cause
goose pimples but don't fall into
any of the other three."
Introduced as an "omniverous
Canadian intellectural" Sinclair is a
writer, broadcaster, critic and
Order of Canada. He is best known
for his work on the television series
The Nature of Things and radio
program Ideas. He was to speak on
Englightenment in the Mass Media.
Sinclair defined
enlightenment as the "principle of
making connections." "This forces
you to see differences in things you
thought the same and similarities
among things you thought different," he said.
It became clear that Sinclair's
topic was not going to be strictly
adhered to. The only reference to
mass media was his lengthy,
hilarious reminiscence on the first
days of television.
In 1952, Sinclair was already interviewing people on the UBC campus where he had been a student in
the 1940s. During one open house
he interviewed a woman who was
supposed to describe the virtues of
teaching remedial reading, but on
seeing the enormous microphone
and camera could only gargle, "It
arghglgha bbbuilds self
His second guest was a professor
he had never met, who was to show
the effect of adrenalin on a live
disembodied heart, but who was so
intimidated by the camera he
knocked the heart off the table and
stepped on it.
"There followed," said Sinclair
"the longest interview ever held in
the conditional tense. 'Then what
would you have done sir?' "
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"From the chaos of this show we
(the mass media) got a glimpse of
our future," he said.
This part of the lecture was
fascinating for its historical merit.
When Sinclair was a UBC student
he was one of only 1700 students,
and he was taught by professors
who are only known as buildings by
most present day UBC students.
The most enlightening stories
were of science. Newton, who was
born the year Galileo died, as "if in
a cosmic relay race", claimed his
life's work was equivalent to "a boy
playing before the great ocean of
truth." And when Einstein's ashes
were spread on the water his friend
said, "He has gone to join the
ocean on whose shores Newton
Almost as fascinating as the
topics is the unique method
employed in Sinclair's oral essays.
Whether he speaks on the present
being evident in the past, both the
invention of the airplane and Einstein's theory of relativity took place
in 1905, or the changing sex of
microscopic plants in Venician rock
pools, the speaker proves equally
He begins with an interesting fact
and then jumps to a seemingly different subject, adds historical tidbits and by the end of the tale has
magically merged the two subjects.
He draws the listener in close with
detail and swings out ellipticaly, like
a comet taking in the entire
Throughout the evening Sinclair
was witty, and during the rare moment he wasn't quoting someone,
he was himself quotable.
On being a renaissance man: "I
suppose that means I'm 500 years
out of date." "I was a child and I
loved the book Kidnapped. So I
asked the librarian if he had any
other books about being kidnapped
from Scotland. He didn't, but suggested I read another book by the
same author. What's that got to do
with anything?, I asked."
Sinclair proved Saturday to be
the ideal teacher. He did not create,
but opened eyes, vivified ears, and
erased incorrect assumptions. He
stretched the mind like an artist
stretches the imagination.
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ongoing M-F 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., SUB 100.
Turkey trot, noon run, noon, SUB Plaza.
Tour of the library, noon. Meet at main library-
entrance hall.
Arts '20 relay race, register Oct. 6-17, opening
ceremonies commence at noon, SUB Plaza.
Delegate selection meeting for November Convention, noon, SUB 211.
Film "Weapons in Space", noon, SUB 205.
Photograph exhibition: "Pacific Rim: The Scenic
Wonders of Our Living Land",  by Wah-Youk
John Louis, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Asian Centre Aud.
Benefit concert/pub, the bands: Stubborn Blood
and The Bottom Land, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Langara
Student Union Building.
Conversational   meeting,   come   and   socialize,
noon, International House Main Lounge.
General meeting and film, all welcome, noon,
Buch. B 212.
Lecture by Dr. M. Nishijima, Yokohama City
University, on "An Economic Analysis of Apprentice System, noon, Asian Centre, Seminar
Rm 604.
Orientation for new members, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.,
#105 - 1955 W. 4th.
Worship service, 12 p.m., 2490 W. 2nd Ave.,
basement of Kits. United Church.
Practice   night,   new   members   welcome,   last
week to sign up for Archery workshop, only five
spots left, 7:30 p.m., Armouries.
Aerobic classes, 5 p.m.-6 p.m., SUB Ballroom.
Bible study and discussion, noon. Brock. 304.
General meeting, everyone welcome, noon,
Grad student centre.
Lecture on Military Medecine by Dr. Brown and
Capt. Picton, noon. Wood 1.
Free legal advice to those who cannot afford a
lawyer, noon - 2 p.m., every Tuesday, SUB 215.
General meeting for staffers, noon, SUB 241k.
Speaker: Prov. Bob Skelly, noon, SUB Aud.
General meeting, noon - 1:30 p.m., SUB 211.
Bible study fellowship, 7 p.m., 1868 Know Rd.
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Christ alive and well and living in London
The "Challenge" issued by the
Campus Crusade for Christ of UBC
typifies the separative fanaticism of
the last 2,000 years. The
"Challenge" directed against the
atheists serves no more than to fan
the excessive zeal of imposing one's
beliefs and ideals over another's,
and the ensuing hatred and
separatism that results when the imposition fails to gain "converts".
One only has to look at the
political-economic structures of
today's society to understand that
this age is characterized by fighting
for one's beliefs.
I believe that the "Challenge"
issued by the Campus Crusade for
Christ serves no more than to exalt
the egos of the one who "defends"
the existence of God and the other
who  "denies" it. How can one
vicariously experience the existence
of God through a formal, public
Beyond the moot question of
whether God exists or not, I would
present the following which will im-
Boycott will hamper freedom of choice
The currently circulating petition
regarding the proposed banning of
Carling O'Keefe products from the
University of British Columbia is a
good example of overzealous ignorance.
The decision made by the Simon
Fraser University Student Council
to ban Carling from their campus
should not be taken as a wise decision by any means. Anytime someone decides to ban or boycott
something, someone else's freedom
of choice is lost.
Freedom of choice is the most
precious part of our democratic
society, and denying that right is the
denying of freedom for one to think
and decide for oneself.
Okay, sure Carling O'Keefe is
owned by Rothmans International
who is in turn owned by the Rembrandt Group, a South-African
based multinational conglomerate
that also owns several mines in
South Africa, but is this the
ultimate justification for boycotting
a company that is essentially
Canadian-operated and that is also
employing thousands of Canadians,
many of whom are students?
Are Carling employees to be
pawns in this international apartheid issue? Surely, the effect of the
boycott of Carling products would
hurt Canadians more than it hurts
South Africa.
"  Carling O'Keefe is a good cor
porate citizen, providing millions in
tax-dollars, employing thousands
of Canadians, and as well, providing many charitable donations to
worth causes.
I feel that any boycott of a
Canadian-operated company is a
grave mistake and the end result is
the denial of the freedom of choice
and the possible loss of thousands
of Canadian jobs.
We must leave it up to the individual to decide what is right and
what is wrong, not dictate a policy
that may prove to hurt Canadians
in the long run.
Gary Mark
science 2
Two stiffened figures swirl in the doors
shaking off rain and gasping from the
wind: they pause, breathe, and turn to
discover The Progress of Love by Alice
Munro, certainly the hottest book in the
store and already through its first printing of 40,000. They smile happily. Someone slips quickly around the counter
while fondling a strange and beautiful
book published by North Point Press,
Around the Day in Eighty Worlds by
Julio Cortazar. This is the first book to
appear in English since his death, and it
is splendid and baroque with an endless
stream of ideas and illustrations. A hand
is waved to point out two other recent
works of Canadian fiction when two men
shoulder by looking for Keith Davies' The
Rainmaker. Then someone lays a hand
on Diane Francis' Controlling Interest:
Who Owns Canada? While on the left
two people are looking at the new Speaker's book, John Fraser's Telling Lies.
Slowly thoughts swing back to fiction and
Matt Cohen's Nadine is brought under
scrutiny: a voice (mine) speaks up, and
says it's good: smooth, sparse, well put
together and very thoughtful. Certainly
the one I've enjoyed the most of his. "Ah,"
someone mutters from the side, "give me
this though" — and he buys John Met-
calfs book of short stories Adult Entertainment. Mr. Metcalf is well-known
as an editor of anthologies and has. of
course, appeared in many anthologies
himself. A funny man, with determined
"But where is the Bill Reid book?"
Delayed until the first week of November,
comes the reply. The Expo Celebration:
The Official Retrospective Book, however, is right here. I announce anticipating the next question. You want two? Ok.
You do too? Well sure. It's beautiful.
Meanwhile a discussion has started
about the Booker Prize for fiction, and
how two Canadians, Margaret Atwood for
The Handmaid's Tale and Robertson
Davies for What's Bred in the Bone.
have been shorlisted for what is currently
England's most prestigious literary award.
Has a Canadian ever won the Booker? No.
Yes, The Handmaid's Tale is a paperback now, and as for the Robertson
Davies it should be here in paperback in
Then a soft voice enquires if the new
book of poems by local poet Robert
Bringhurst has arrived. Yes, Pieces of
Map, Pieces of Music is here, a trade
paperback, published by McClelland &
Stewart. When the person arrives back at
the counter with the book it is handed
around, and the long poem "The Blue
Roofs of Japan: A Score For Interpenetrating Voices" is examined. It is printed
in two different inks that overlap and as
one starts to read, a second voice swinging with the cadences can be heard distinctly in one's head. A sigh is heaved.
This beautiful poem, superbly constructed,
won the CBC prize for poetry last year,
and this indicates that competition is very
tough. I smile sympathetically at the
aspiring poet.
Yea, but I'm looking for something
new, something unusual. How about some
hip New York stuff? Consider this.
Slaves of New York by Tama Janowitz.
It's a book of short stories, very harsh and
funny, about living in New York. It's
written in a lively style that contrasts in a
dramatic way with the unfeeling readings of the characters and the bizarre and
somewhat repulsive events that make up
the stories. Sounds good? Then you should
take a look at these two paperbacks,
Hazzard's Head and Lifetime by Scott
Sommer; They've got a lot of punch. Very
frank, funny stuff. May have cost him his
relations with friends and family and
brought him under the eye of the FBI,
but they have established his reputation
as a prose writer.
"Speaking of New York," I say coming
out from behind the counter, "this is Paul
Theroux's new book O-Zone. It's a devastating portrayal of New York in the next
century. Yes, it's a kind of Science Fiction. Paul Theroux seems to have taken a
leaf or two from Heinlein's books. It's definitely a thriller, and intriguing social
commentary, but to my mind it's a tour de
force because of the strength of its
The hand slides, and there is a different
world, a different time, or in modern
terms a coexisting world, a parallel
world, that of Henry VIII. My hand hovers over a monstrous historical novel. The
Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George, 932 pages. It took fifteen
years to write. Henry tells his own story:
the wives come and go, as do many, many
others. The voices roar; there is a fire on.
You kick back in your reading chair,
adjust the light. You can hear Henry bellowing offstage, a sip, and you detect a
rich smell from a past time.
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minently occur, and completely
change mankind's concepts about
God and reality. I refer to the
return of the Christ.
All the world religious await the
appearance of their leader to save
their believers. The Bhuddists look
for the coming of another Bhudda,
the Lord Maitreya, the Muslims
await the Imam Mahdi, the Hindus
expect Krishna, and the Jews await
the Messiah. I belive that these
many names refer to the same individual — the one who is called the
Christ in the West.
I believe the Christ is already in
the world today, and that since July
19, 1977, He has been living in the
Asian community of East London,
England, as a modern man concerned with modern problems. He
comes, not to end the world, as
some have hoped or feared, but to
inaugurate a new age.
On the Day of Declaration, the
radio and television networks will
be linked globally, and the Christ
will address the world. He will mentally overshadow all of humanity
simultaneously — each one, with or
without the medium of television or
radio, will hear His appeal inwardly
in his heart and mind and in his own
language. The appeal of the Christ
can be summarized in a few words:
"Share and save the world."
Without the implementation of
sharing throughout the world, from
the smallest human endeavor to
the greatest, the earth will be
destroyed by man's inhumane actions toward his fellow man.
Mankind must make its decision
now: either leave the ways of the
past and follow the path of sharing
to which the Christ points or continue on the present course of greed
and selfishness and face the inevitable total annihilation that
would follow.
The Christ comes as the World
Teacher to teach and aid man, to
point the path and inspire. It is man
himself who must put his house in
order. The Declaration of the
Christ is imminent. It will happen
for everyone, the religious and the
atheists, the believers and the
doubters. David Chu
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Page 12
Friday, October 10, 1986
Coors denies job discrimination
By Jennifer Feinberg
Canadian University Press
Adolph Coors Company and
Molson Breweries are denying
allegations regarding Coors's
labour practices, although gay and
other groups are still determined to
wage a successful boycott.
"Our efforts are geared toward
stopping the flow of money to
Coors. But it must be made clear
Molsdn's as such is not a
official of the boycott coalition.
Molson's brews Coors products in
A letter from Molson's head offices refutes published criticisms:
"Coors does not practice hiring and
employment discrimination based
on sexual orientation . . . does not
search personal property or use lie
detectors to check on sexual practices . . . does not support it . . . being boycotted by black, hispanic
or gay groups.
"Coors reached agreements some
time ago with these groups (blacks,
hispanics and gays) regarding
minority hiring and community
promotions," states the Molson letter.
Burnside said many groups in
Toronto and San Francisco are still
boycotting Coors products despite
company claims. American gay
groups and labour federations have
boycotted Coors since the late
"Official policy on boycotting
Coors in Canada varies from one
organization to the other," he said.
"And although some gay bars still
carry Coors, their customers rarely
if ever buy Coors."
Nigel Crawhall, a member of
McGill University's gay association,
said they are impressed with initiatives of Concordia University's
gay community to organize against
Coors. A boycott of Coors at
McGill's dances is being considered, and members may
distribute literature on the subject.
While support for a Quebec-wide
Coors boycott grows, company officials say many criticisms are no
longer valid.
John Meadows, director of community   relations   for   Coors   in
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Golden, Colorado, said the company no longer uses lie detectors to
screen employees.
"Lie detector test are no longer
enforced, in fact they were stopped
about a month ago," said
Meadows, "They outlived their
usefulness. But we did introduce
mandatory drug testing of potential
employees about a year ago, like
many companies in the States," he
When Coors attempted to make
donations to the San Francisco Gay
Tavern Guild in 1985, the money
was rejected outright. According to
the U.S.-based Lesbian and Gay
Alliance, guild representatives were
outraged by the offer, calling it
"blood money."
That same year, Coors attempted
to clean up its image with other
minority groups by buying boxing
equipment for hispanic youths in
Denver, reproducing paintings of
black figures in history, and financing a documentary on a blind runner, according to the New York
Recently, Coors has sponsored a
taskforce on AIDS awareness, and '
has introduced affirmative action
policies and clauses against
discrimination based on sexual
Meadows said Coors is using a
$190 million advertising budget to
boost its ail-American image.
"That is what public relations is
for, to correct negative images that
aren't real," he said. "Labour
leaders in the States call our programs supporting minorities 'whitewashing', but we don't think so.
Only labour and gay groups are still
boycotting us, and with labour its
because we are a non-union
But the American-based Coors
Boycott Coalition in Santa Rosa,
California says that the practices
that forced the Brewery Workers to
strike in 1977 are still in force today, including searches by a private
security force.
"Internal security does have the
right to search employees if they
have reason to suspect something,
but searches have been used maybe
three times in the last 10 years,"
said Meadow.
"In effect, you fit into the Coors
mold or your are out," said Burn-
"This makes it even more important that we bring attention to the
Coors situation here in Quebec and
throughout Canada. The American
boycott has been apparently so successful, that Coors has been forced
to move into new market areas,
.read Canada," he said.
Many groups say the Coors
dynasty has played a central role in
establishing and bankrolling such
influential right-wing organizations
as The Heritage Foundation and
The Committee for Survival of a
Free Congress.
One leader of the latter group is
quoted in the book God's Bullies as
saying, "I know what you and I feel
about these queers, these fairies.
We wish we could get in our cars
and run them down while they
Meadows admits that vice-
chairman Joseph Coors is one of
the founders of the Heritage Foundation,   but   argues,   "Even   our
friends at Anheuser-Busch, Coca-
Cola, GM and Kraft contribute to
"But Coors is not a supporter of
the Moral Majority. Once in 1979,
Holly Coors, wife of Joseph, contributed about $500 to them, but
that was the extent of it," he said.
"And yes, Joe Coors did give financial support to Ronald Reagan's
campaign, and labour groups
criticize that because of his antiunion attitudes.
"But to support somebody financially doesn't necessarily mean you
support all of their policies," added
Meadows. "We're not perfect, but
the ultimate solution is to change
Burnside hopes to build a network with groups across Canada,
and to win a mandate from Concordia University to support the
"The documentation that I've
accumulated on Coors will hopefully give a complete picture of what
Coors really represents," said
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