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The Ubyssey Mar 10, 1989

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 the Ubyssey
n   Women's
*     Issues
pgs. 3,4, 5, 6,
11 12, 13, 16
Singing in
the rain
By Greg Davis
In the year's last stand
against inadequate education
funding, over 400 students from
campuses throughout the Vancouver area rallied at Robson Square
Singing in the rain to DOA,
students chanted, danced and listened to a variety of Socred bashing speeches coming from such
notables as Canadian Federation
of Students chair Pam Frache, and
a healthy helping of other student
"The government has more
money than students have in their
pockets," said Frache. "Students
are paying more and getting less.
We're getting ripped off."
Inflation has risen 40 percent
since 1981, while operating costs
have risen 22.4 percent, leaving a
shortfall of 17.6 percent, according
to CFS statistics. Also, the minimum wage has increased 23 percent since 1981, while the cost of
living has increased 40 percent.
According to the CFS news
release, over 10,000 students were
turned away from post-secondary
education last year.
Paul Mendes, president ofthe
Simon Fraser Student Society,
said the students at the rally were
representing and "speaking for
the hundreds upon hundreds who
could not make it into a post-secondary institution in 1989."
Classroom overcrowding,
lack of affordable housing, and bus
rates all add to the student burden, he said.
In an effort to make life easier,
the students at the rally demanded the government incre&M-
the post-secondary education
budget by 11 percent.
"No more soaking from ti i-
Socreds," said Langara studen:
Phillipa Beck. "The Socreds have
the money, they built Expo, they
built highways—what about education?"
In an ironic coincidence, advanced education minister Stan
Hagen announced yesterday $40
million to be given to colleges for
new equipment and courses,
though he claimed the statement
was not planned to coincide with
the rally.
UBC external affairs co-ordinator  Vanessa  Geary   said  the
Students from across the province brave wet weather to protest education funding
timing of the statement was too
much of a coincidence, and was
obviously made to appease students.
"I think (the funds) resulted
from direct action by students,"
she said, adding that "the amount
is too little too late and does not
appear to address the problem of
operating costs. But it is a step in
the right direction."
The student organizations
represented at the rally also feel
there is not enough student representation on committees and
boards such as the Board of Governors. Groups such as the CFS also
want to see elected representation
on college boards.
Native Students' Union president Phil Stewart brought issues
of education for Native students to
the event. "We want quality education. We want our languages
recognized. Learn what our Native people are dealing with," he
Acadia Park newsletter canned
By Laura J. May
UBC's Department of Housing refuses to continue printing a
family housing students'news-
letter because its contents are
The newsletter, Our Acadia,
has been serving the on-campus
Acadia Park residents for more
than six years. Last week, Chris
Jackson, the newsletter's coordinator, received a letter from assistant student housing director Patrick Buchanan saying the Housing
Department would no longer print
the newsletter.
"Once again the Department
of Student Housing and Conferences is faced with a request to
print an issue of OUR ACADIA
that includes some content that is
misleading and inappropriate for
a community service newsletter,"
Buchanan wrote in the March 1
"(T)he Housing Department
feels the University should not
pay for a newsletter which has
content that appears to be specifically intended to incite controversy and tenant unrest," he
Laura Bain, Vice President of
the Acadia Tenants Association,
said it was not really University
money that was being spent to
print the newsletter: "(The Housing Department is) not an ordinary landlord. They're administrators. It's our money that they're
Jackson said the newsletter
does not incite unrest. Our Acadia's role is to be an "open forum
for comments and suggestions, as
well as (a place for tenants') ads,"
she said.
Recently, she incorporated a
UBC's Acadia housing
housing section for the Housing
Department's perspective and
"encouraged them to use that section."
The newsletter devotes about
three or four pages to buy and sell
ads, lost and found notices, announcements of upcoming activities, and services and accommodation available. About two pages
are devoted to news.
On Tuesday, Buchanan said
he had "no comment" on why the
Housing Department refused to
continue Our Acadia or what was
deemed "inappropriate" content.
He said Housing Director Mary
Flores is the official spokesperson
for the department and is out of
town until Monday.
All year the Housing Department has been censoring the
newsletter, according to Jackson.
In its Feb.23 issue, Our Acadia
printed the results to a garden
survey conducted earlier. Amajor-
ity of Acadia residents answered
'yes' to the question: "Do you agree
with the proposal to re-establish
the Acadia garden on the site in
back of the highrise?"
When Jackson took the newsletter to the Housing Department
to be printed, a paragraph at the
end of the garden survey results
read: "These numbers have all
been turned over to the Family
Housing Office. We are awaiting
more information from them in the
near future. It's been great to see
the interest and enthusiasm for
this project thus far."
But when Our Acadia was
picked up for distribution, the
paragraph had been altered:
"These survey results will be
passed on to the Housing Office.
It's been great to see the interest
and enthusiasm for this project
thus far."
Jackson said she did not know
why the paragraph was changed
and was not told beforehand that
it would be. Nik Harrington,
President of the Acadia Tenants
Association, did not know either,
but she speculated that the middle
sentence might have been interpreted by the Housing Department as a demand for the department to do something about the
survey results.
"Housing seems to think that
we think we're the Board of Directors and they're the subordinates,
which is not the case at all," Harrington said.
She said the Acadia Tenants
Association has brought their
concerns to the Housing Department but these concerns "haven't
been fairly addressed....They take
these complaints very personally
instead of looking at them objectively," she said.
The Housing Department has
printed a family housing edition of
The Resident in lieu of printing
Our Acadia. But The Resident
doesn't provide the sense of community that Our Acadia provided,
according to Stuart Robinson,
Acadia resident. "You can't put
your opinions in The Resident,"
Jackson added.
Harrington agreed that Our
Acadia's most important function
was to provide Acadia residents
with the feeling that they belonged to a community. Students
are pressed for time, saidHarring-
ton. "We're pressed for money. It's
important that we give our children and families that sense of
community spirit...and some semblance of normal life."
Bain cited the volunteer-run
laundry rooms as another source
of community spirit in Acadia. In
some sections of Acadia Park, the
tenants themselves have been
running the laundry rooms for
more than 20 years: they buy or
lease the washers and dryers and
pay for insurance and maintenance. The University provides
and maintains the buildings for
the laundry rooms.
"The laundries contribute to a
sense of community. (People) volunteer and everyone meets and
talks and knows each other," Bain
But the Housing Department
has "threatened to disconnect our
washing machines and dryers and
install their own and thereby take
over the laundry rooms if (an)
audit isn't done," Harrington said.
An audit would cost about
$4000 and the Acadia Tenants
Association's annual budget is
only about $8000, according to
Harrington. "Money generated by
the laundry rooms themselves is
not money we could consider to be
used for audits. It must be reserved for maintenance of laundry
machines and purchase of new
ones," she said.
If the University does take
over the laundry facilities, Acadia
highrise residents will be left paying off four and a half years of a
lease for machines which cost between $400 and $500 per month,
according to Robinson. Furthermore, the University charges
twice as much per load as the residents do when they run their own
laundry facilities, he said.
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March 10,1989 WOMENS ISSUE
AMS President Mike Lee and External Affairs Coordinator Vanessa Geary fight in foggy conditions.
Wrestling for coaching equality
Women challenge
cheap grants
By Deanne Fisher
Women hired under the federal government's summer job
program are in for a nasty surprise
when they compare paychecks to
their male co-workers.
The average hourly wage for
men under Challenge 88, a federal
youth employment program that
subsidizes private and public sector as well as non-profit employers, was $5.70 compared to $5.20
for women.
But in B.C., the difference is
more pronounced with the greatest wage difference occurring in
the public sector—$7.56 per hour
for men and $6.73 per hour for
Yet women account for more
than half of the young people hired
through the program.
Though the federal government has an employment equity
program that ensures equal participation of women, disabled
people, natives and visible minorities, the program does not ensure
pay equity.
"We can only encourage the
employers to pay equally," said
Noreen Campbell, co-ordinator of
the program in B.C. "The problem
is when we approve a job, it's not
designated for male or female."
At a March 3 press conference, a student asked federal
Minister of State for Youth Jean
Charest if an effort would be made
to alleviate the gap in wage levels.
"We follow it closely and ask
our people that any major inequity
be dealt with," Charest responded,
adding that, nationally, private
sector employers showed "the
strongest discrepancy of wages
between men and women."
Campbell would not speculate
as to which of the largest public
sector employers—municipal governments and educational institutions—was the source ofthe prob-
By Franka Cordua-von Specht
Despite efforts by the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union to promote the hiring of
women, female coaches are still a
minority in university athletics.
In 1982, only one fifth of all
head coaches—full time and part
time—were women. Alarmed by
this disparity, the CIAU encouraged a "Hire a Woman" policy for
women sports.
But in the latest follow-up
study (1987), the numbers reveal
little change: of the 531 head
coaching positions, only 117 were
filled by women.
Unlike many Canadian universities, UBC Athletics has a
strong female coaching and administrative contingent.
"We're one of the leaders in
the country with women in senior
positions," said UBC Director of
Athletics, Dr. Robert Hindmarch.
UBC women's basketball
coach Bev Smith agreed. "It is a
unique situation and hopefully
one that will setaprecedentfor the
other universities in Canada."
But Hindmarch recognized
the Canada-wide inequalities still
prevailing, and said traditional
attitudes of men dominating
sports have lingered within the
CIAU. He emphasized the real
problem lies in the lack of opportunities created for women to gain
the needed experience.
According to last year's Report ofthe National Task Force on
Young Females and Physical Activity, sex stereotyping is at the
root ofthe inequities and inequalities of opportunity for females in
sport: women are not encouraged
to participate in sport to the same
lem in B.C.
"It's a little difficult for us (to
isolate the problem). We would
have to run a report," she said.
Municipal governments traditionally pay "outside male workers" higher wages than "inside
female workers" said Campbell.
"It's an inequity that exists within
that type of work that is partly
reflected in our figures here."
Canadian Federation of Students Pacific Region Chair Pam
Frache wants the ministry to act
on the inequalities now. "It's been
an issue for two years and they
don't do anything. They should be
made to answer for that," she said.
Frache said the problem goes
beyond the Challenge program
and cites a study by University of
Victoria sociology professor Roy
Watson which showed women
students in general suffer from
lower wages and higher debts.
"Women are half as likely to
find a job that will earn enough to
get them through school. And they
are twice as likely to have to borrow money," said Frache.'Tt's
crushing women with debts."
Frache sees the Challenge
program as an opportunity for the
federal government to help alleviate these problems. "The federal
government consistently says
'education is under provincial jurisdiction.' Yet Challenge is a perfect means of helping out students."
Campbell said the ministry
"promotes the concept (of pay
equity)" when they talk to potential Challenge employers and said
the issue is "something well be
bringing to the attention of the
Non-profit organizations
were the only employers who paid
women the same wages as men
and 60 percent ofthe young people
they hired were women.
First woman in War
extent as men, are not encouraged
to participate in the same range of
activities, and are not given the
same level of expectation with
regard to competency.
The Report said that although
52 percent of Canadians are female, they receive far less than 52
percent of the resources allocated
for sports.
Consequently, with fewer
women in the system than men,
fewer women climb to the top of
the sports ladder and fewer
women will compete against men
for head coaching/administrative
Kim Gordon, a former national team rower who is UBC's
Assistant to the Director of Athletics, said homophobia is also prevalent in athletics and female
coaches and athletes are often
labeled as gay.
There are w role models
for women, according to
Dofcria Baydock No NHL
coaches. No NFL coaches.
Even, without one, UBC's
women's volleyball coach has
succeeded, She i$ UBC's first
female full-lime coach.
Aud last week she was
voted this season's all-star
volleyball coach of the Canada West divMoiu
With five years of Baach-
toba {winning the CIAU silver medal in the fifth jear),
national team experience and
a. Masters in Physical Mutation, Baydock was hardly
lacking in credential when
she allied three years ago.
Ofthe women coaches in
the CIAU, "It's rare that
you'll find a woman who is
uaderqaalified for the |ofe*
says Baydock. Tou always
feel like you have to prove
yourself in 'the men's domain"
As for "Hire a Woman*
policies, Baydock says, "h
may help open th.6 door for
women, but you have to be,
good to keep a job, youhaveto
prove yourself,1*
When, she first came to
UBC, she felt welcomed by
both the B.C. Volleyball As-
sociation and the university.
But there is one thing
she did miss: "Via disappointed that I never got a
press release like the hockey
coach (hired the same time as
Baydock) when I arrived.
But the press does not want
to hear about volleyball
Coming from Winntipeg
where she had a female employer, Baydock a^justedto a
male bass and a b.gger athletic program by "realising
that I had to take greater
care of myself emotionally,"
"Females tend to display
more concern for our well
being on a personal
level.„like, did we have
eaough holidays? These a*&
details which men are sot
notorious for* says Baydock,
Baydock points to the difficulty woman coaches face,
juggling a career at»d marriage, ^Coaching has demanding find irregular
hours, I could not have children and do what I was
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A call for applications for the position of summer Project
Coordinator will follow in the next issue.
By Margaret Lau
To celebrate International
Women's Day on March 8, the following three pages salute the
achievements of five ofVancouver's
own success stories. Four of these
women are graduates of UBC. And
each one is the creme de la creme in
her respective male-dominated
Karen Nordiinger
Karen Nordiinger is confident
women lawyers are on their way to
having a stronger voice in her
"We have to support women
and come to some sort of arrangement whereby women are not
forced with the kind of choices they
are faced with now, where they say
they're dropping out of law simply
because they can't manage law
and family. There has to be a way
of changing that so that they can
do both."
Nordiinger is an established
lawyer who specializes in family
law and a Bencher for the Law
Society of B.C., which is the governing and disciplinary body of all
lawyers practicing within B.C.
"Benchers are hke the Board
of Directors for any
organization....Essentially, we
look after the competency level
and the education of lawyers by
ensuring that they meet our standards before they are admitted to
the bar. Generally, we run the
profession," explains Nordiinger.
There are four female Benchers out of a total of about 25, two of
which are female lawyers. There
are three Lay-Benchers, two of
which are female, one male.
Nordiinger stresses the importance   of   society   allowing
women the opportunity to both
pursue a career and raise a family.
"Obviously, having children
should be a priority for our society
and being able to raise healthy,
normal kids should be a priority
for our society. At the same time,
there should be a priority in our
society to allow women who have
the ability to do the kind of things
that they want to do—to be productive in another sense besides
being mothers or housewives. (I
don't mean to say that in a derogatory sense.) But if they want to do
something else, they shouldn't be
forced with the choice of having to
do one or the other."
She began her university
education at the University of
Victoria where she received numerous scholarships. During her
third year at UVic, she remembered the inspiration she received
from her law class in junior high.
So she applied to UBC law school
while in her fourth year and was
accepted. In 1971, she graduated
with a Bachelor of Arts with
Honours in English.
Nordiinger says the family
lawyer must like people in order to
cope with the emotional
stress. "Anyone who does
family law has to like
people, because you're always dealing with them,
so you have to relate with
them and also be able to
remove yourself from the
emotional dynamic of
their crisis in order to give
them objective advice.
Although it is emotionally-charged, as a lawyer
you must remove yourself
to a large extent in order
to deal with it."
"On the other hand,
that's not to say that the practice of
family law isn't stressful for lawyers. It is a very stressful practice,
because you are always having to
make sure you're removing yourself from crisis situations in which
you may have some very strong
personal feelings or political beliefs and that removing of yourself
takes energy. In addition to just
having to deal with people who are
in crisis situations, it also takes a
lot of energy to give them the
strength to be able to do the right
things. So, it is a very stressful
field." ."
■ When Karen articled, she
became good friends with her male
employers. However, she did feel
some tactical intimidation from
the more experienced male lawyers in other firms. "When I was a
very young female lawyer, there
was a certain amount of attempting to intimidate me, because I
was a female lawyer and that I was
young." She affirms that such
tactics were in no way constructive
but were "meant to do the best job
they could do for their client and
that included giving some sort of
tactic on a young woman".
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March 10,1989 WOMEN'S ISSUE
climbing the corporate ranks
Andrea Eng
Equipped with a degree in
urban land economics, Andrea
Eng found her way into a real estate sales position in 1980. Although pushed into working for
the company's residential section
in West Vancouver, Eng preferred
to work in the commercial aspect
which she found "more analytical". So she began selling small
strips of commercial properties*—
first, warehouses in Chinatown,
then small shopping centres and
commercial buildings. One day,
head office called and told her she
was "invading the guys' territories".
"The real estate business is
dominated by men and still continues to be dominated by men.
Macaulay Nicolls (the company
Eng works for) never had a woman
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In 1981, she was shown
to her high-rise downtown
office. "All they gave me was
a phone, a phone book and a
desk...They didn't give me a
hard time, but they didn't
make it easy for me." During
her first three months in
commercial property sales,
she had sold just under $5
million which Eng claims
was the result of "luck, pure
Since this first test of endurance, she says "the guys
began thinking that 'maybe
she's okay'. By proving myself through the credibility process, it's easier now."
Her current record is astounding. In 1987, Eng made
Macaulay Nicolls' list of top ten
across Canada by selling over $40
million worth of commercial property. By the end of 1988, her total
sales volume for that year alone
skyrocketed to a mammoth $190+
million, breaking her into the top
five list throughout Canada.
With the help of one assistant
and two secretaries, her 12-hour
days are merely routine. Because
she strongly believes in contributing something back to the community, her generosity with time, energy and involvement has become
legendary. "When I do become
wealthy, I'd like to make a charitable donation that will make a
difference within the community."
Eng is the national vice presi
dent of the Hong Kong-Canada
Business Association which she
helped found in 1984 to promote
trade. Her other credits include
vice president of Sun Yat-Sen
Gardens Society (she will became
president in April), a director for
the Vancouver Board of Trade, a
former member of the Vancouver
Economic Advisory Commission, a
current member of the federal,
provincially-appointed, Asia-Pacific Initiative subgroup headed
"Cultural and Social Impact", and
now associate vice president of
Macaulay Nicolls.
"The fellows have a hard time
acknowledging that they're not
the best," says Eng. "So, if you're
going to be better than them,
you've got to be five to ten times
better, not just five percent better.
You have to be really outstanding
in your field."
Her advice to ambitious
women is to "use your time efficiently. If someone says you can't
do it, be the sort of person to prove
that you can do it. It is even more
a challenge because no one expects
you to be able to accomplish it."
Despite her extraordinary
record in almost everything she
has set out to do, Eng is surprisingly modest. "I am not particularly bright. A lot of people are
brighter than me. It's true, I'm just
being forthright. One thing I do do
is work really hard. Because I had
to distinguish myself from 40
other guys, the one thing I did
better (with Asian purchasers)
was speak their language. Being
Chinese right nowis in vogue...the
flavour of the decade."
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THE UBYSSEY/5 [______:
Women in the establishment...climbing the corporate ranks
Christie McLeod
Christie McLeod's tremendous success with clients at Scotia-
McLeod, one of Canada's largest
stock brokerage firms, propelled
her into the role of vice president
at the beginning of this year.
Also a graduate of UBC,
McLeod excelled in sports during
her years in university where she
pursued a degree in physical education. She decided to become a
teacher and finished her fifth year
with a teacher's certificate. Bored
and frustrated with teaching,
McLeod soon became interested in
business. "I had no commerce
degree, so I felt very insecure
about entering this business."
Nevertheless, she persisted by
talking with various insurance
and stock brokerage firms.
Scotia-Mcleod recognized her
potential and immediately offered
her the position of Sales Trainee.
She gained enormous sales
experience during this period and, gradually, struck
out on her own.
The stock brokerage
business is intensely competitive. "You hear stories
about certain managers in
town or certain people who
don't hire women and who
don't like having women
work for them. They say,
*Women can't do it!' or
"They don't do well in this
business'. That is complete hog-
wash. Whether you're male or
female makes no difference. It's
hard work for everyone, it's not
"I never had the need to 'show
them'. Of course, female traits
such as empathy are important to
me. On the other hand you have to
be assertive at the same time. You
might feel that there is more competition between women because
there are fewer of them. But really, it's a positive environment,
it's more individual. There are
some you get along with very well,
whom you share ideas and think
the same way with. Then there are
others who you don't do any of
these things with. It's not a matter
of being male or female, it's a
matter of personality."
She credits the driving force
behind her ambitions to her father
who is a former Chair at Pember-
ton Securities. "He has been in
this business for his whole life. I
talk to him two to three times a
week on the phone... I also look up
to the person who hired me here.
But it really is my father."
Christie is also a devoted
mother who treasures the time she
spends with her family when she is
away from work. She has been
quoted in The Vancouver Sun as
being "no workaholic".
"I love my weekends. When I
first joined, I put in 10 to 12-hour
days and worked during weekends. I now have a family. And
with two young children, I love my
time off. What I value most highly
is time with my family."
She advises students considering entering her field to get involved. "We look for someone who
has that kind of sales personality.
So, if there are student organizations that one can get involved in
to show his or her initiative capabilities and leadership qualities,
then that's good. Sales is the key
thing. If you can sell vacuum
cleaners, tupperware, or encyclopedias door-to-door and make a
success of it, then your sales abilities will definitely be acknowledged."
McLeod also stresses the
importance of participation in
sports, because "it is a broad generalization of someone who is a
doer and has learned to overcome
obstacles. People who are very
active in sports set goals and high
standards and then they really
push themselves".
Alix Granger
It takes at least a dozen attempts to get through to the vice
president and director of Pember-
ton Securities, Canada's most established stock brokerage firm.
Alix Granger claims there
isn't much competition between
men and women in her profession
simply because women haven't
played a major role in it yet. "It is
no harder for a woman to get
clients than it is for a man. What
is harder for women is to get into
the management side of this business," she says.
"There is a lot of resistance
towards having women managers.
You have to work yourself into the
'old boys' network' and support
groups and so on so that you have
people above you who will help you
and move you along."
Granger received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Political
Science and Economics from the
University of Toronto. She later
received her Masters Degree from
Simon Fraser University and from
there began her stellar career as
an investment analyst.
She works a minimum of 10
hours a day during weekdays. She
also works on a lot of Saturdays,
because "the clients aren't phoning and the market is not open so
you have the time to catch up on
the paperwork and organize yourself for the following week".
Although   Granger   advises
that a good background in economics and business management is
important when entering her
field, "you also have to possess the
kind of personality that can take
an awful lot of knocks in every
kind of way—from clients who are
unhappy to employers who are
unhappy and from markets going
from way up to way down. You
have to be the kind of person who
can ride over all this."
Granger has a trail of management positions to her credit
and is currently the chair of the
Pacific District Council of the Investment Dealers Association of
She has also leased her talents to the Canada Post Corporation Review Committee, Simon
Fraser University's Liberal and
Professional Studies on Investment Strategies and Tax Planning, UBC's Continuing Education on Personal Tax Planning and
Investment Management, the
provincial government's Department of Education, and Capilano
She is the author of three
books—Don't Bank On It, Trust
and Trust Companies in Canada,
and Investing Profitably in Canada—and also co-wrote Financial
Management for Community
Groups. With what little time she
has left, she writes columns for the
Financial Post and Investor's Digest.
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British book harpoons
bureaucratic silliness
By Rick Hiebert
Government bureaucrats
can be funny. Hilariously so.
If this sounds like a crazy
statement, then evidently you
haven't yet read The Complete
Yes Minister.
The Complete Yes Minister
By Johnathan Lynn and
Anthony Jay
Harper and Row
The Complete Yes Minister
is a novelization of the scripts
from the British TV series Yes
Minister, which took a cockeyed
look at the Whitehall bureaucracy. You may have seen it on
PBS or the CBC.
The book purports to be the
diaries of fictional British politician James Hacker, annotated
with pictures, notes, memos and
interviews with characters in the
Hacker is the Minister responsible for the "Department of
Administrative Affairs", which
oversees the civil service in Britain. He comes into office eager to
reform and streamline the
British government, but is
frustrated by the machinations
of career civil servant Sir
Humphrey Appleby, his deputy
minister. Also, Bernard Wooley,
Hacker's "Primary Secretary"
tries to balance his loyalty to his
boss with his desire to advance
in the civil service.
The book documents
Hacker's various misadventures
in office, such as his quixotic
attempt to close a hospital with
500 administrators, no doctors
and one patient, the plot on
Hacker's life, his attempt to
promote affirmative action and
his trip to an Arab shiekdom to
close an oil import contract.
The Complete Yes Minister
is hilarious satire. It takes the
possible and twists it slightly to
give readers a cutting look at
how government and politics
really work behind the
The main characters are
masterfully drawn caricatures: Hacker, the overbearing, dim witted politician,
Appleby, the bureaucratic
expert at protecting his own
butt and training ministers
to do the civil service's will
and Wooley, the political
innocent. There's enough
truth in these portrayals to
give the humour a satirical
The various "rules" of
politics and bureaucracy are
gems of inspired lunacy. For
example, there's an interpretation of what civil servants
mean by the phrases "under
consideration" and "under
active consideration" when they
write citizens. The former means
that they "lost the file" while the
latter means that they "are
trying to find it".
The Complete Yes Minister
is very readable and quite funny,
particularly for those with a
taste for wacky satire and dry
British wit. Considering how
Canadian governments operate,
it's tempting to say that
Johnathan Lynn and Anthony
Jay, the writers ofthe series and
the book, have unconsciously
written a non-fictional look at
how civil services really work.
Fictional no-mind politician James Hacker
speaking on
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THE UBYSSEY/7 f\pera Top 40 hits town
^^^^ PERAis a dirty word to some local residents, but the Vancouver Opera is trying to change
all that with catchy bus stop ads and a season of
Opera's greatest hits: Ariadne Auf Naxos, Aida,
and La Traviata. The latest of the K-tel compilation is Rigoletto—Verdi's solid gold.
The story of the hunchbacked fool who inadvertently kills his cherished daughter has delighted audiences for the last hundred and fifty
eight years, an d continued to do so 1 ast Saturday at
the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Vancouver Opera
But Rigoletto is more than a sitcom set to music—it is a passable story fronting for some of the
best music Verdi ever wrote. Even Verdi agreed,
calling Rigoletto his "best opera."
Verdi managed to provoke and convey the nuances of fluctuating human emotion through
music—and no where is there a better example of
this than in Rigoletto. In a way, it is a shame the
music is so good because it is used in soap commercials and freezer bag ads. Count yourself lucky if
the person in front of you does not look at their date
and hum along with a happy twirl of an imaginary
Facing the chore of giving "the classics" new
life, which was the mandate of this year's season,
the Vancouver Opera went a long way on limited
The set, designed by Toronto-based Rick
Roberts, looks like an unfinished building, with
steel rods and grey blocks making up the entire set.
The set remained the same throughout the per
formance, whether we were at the Duke's palace,
or Rigoletto's hovel. Lights were used as props and
changed the mood from scene to scene, culminating
i n the tempest scene in which lightening appears to
hit the stage.
The barren set allows the audience to focus on
the beautiful voice of soprano Susan Patterson,
who plays Rigoletto's daughter Gilda. Alabama-
born Patterson plays the headstrong, yet naive,
young woman with precision, but unfortunately,
no boldness or spontaneity. But this may have been
the fault of director Keith Turnbull, who, despite
some interesting blocking, gives us a rather stagnant piece of drama.
In contrast to the stable Patterson, Canadian
mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell electrified the final
act even more than the fancy lighting. With one of
the most energetic and sincere performances all
evening as Maddalena, Stilwell left the others
speechless, while she pleaded with her brother to
spare the Duke from Rigoletto's murder contract.
Tenor Dennis O'Neill as the Duke played the
perfect counter-point to Rigoletto, played by Baritone Donald Maxwell. But for all of Maxwell's
obvious talent, he could not hold the whole piece
together. Rigoletto is an extremely demandingrole
for any singer, and without an overpowering stage
presence and forceful voice, the opera falls a little
flat. Maxwell clearly gave his soul to the role, but
as the devilish Verdi wouldhave it, his soul was not
The Vancouver Opera's production of Rigoletto succeeds in communicating emotion and redefining opera for a new generation of music lovers. And even if the standing ovation was minimal,
the applause was well-deserved.
by Katherine Monk
Magnolias thin on top
IN Steel Magnolias,
. playwright Robert Har-
ling plays with his audience like his skillful beauticians
curl unruly hair round their fingertips. In the current Arts Club production, Harling's effort is enough
to make us laugh and cry in the
rightplaces, butthe end result lasts
about as long as it takes to get from
the theater to your car. Then the
whole thing collapses, and all you're
left with is the smell of old hairspray.
Steel Magnolias
Arts Club Theatre
Truvy Jones is the owner of a
beauty shop in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where her best friends (and
clients) gather on Saturday mornings to gossip, trade recipes, and
give each other advice. While Truvy
(Christine Willes) and her new assistant, the shy and troubled An-
nelle (Leslie Jones) wash, cut, and
blow dry, town matriarch Clairee
(Florence Paterson), her temporary, the eccentric Ouiser (Mickie
Maunsell) and mother and daughter M'Lynn and Shelby Eatenton
(Marion Eisman and Catherine
Zak) discuss their private lives in
intimate detail.
The jokes come mostly in the
form of little bits of "world wisdom"
that seem to fall, spontaneously,
from the lips of these six women.
"The only thing that separates us
from the animals," comments
Clairee, as she examines the effect
of a new pair of earrings, "is our
ability to accessorize."
Heading into Scene Two, the
humour'starts to get a little thin.
The play lacks only a laugh track to
degenerate completely into an episode of "Golden Girls". Despite
opportunities to tackle subjects
more serious than those found in
Family Circle magazine (Shelby's
life threatening diabetes, for one),
the mood is kept light and silly, and
the audience is caught completely
by the necessary switch in Act Two.
Making up for lost time, the
play becomes immediately, selfconsciously, moving. Caught in a
tear-jerking final scene, we respond
on cue, until an over-written (if not
over wrought) speech by M'Lynn
takes the pathos just a little too far.
The manipulation becomes obvi
ous, and any real meaning disappears.
Like Arts Club productions in
the past, Steel Magnolias suffers
from the chronic disease of overkill.
Lesley Jones, (whose well-stated
performance comes on the heels of
her hilarious work in Touchstone
Theater's Lost Souls And Missing
Persons), and Christine Zak, both
newcomers to the Arts Club, have
avoided that disease for the time-
being. Along with veteran Paterson, they are credible and easy to
Unfortunately, the aura of
small town southern gentility that
should exist in the beauty shop
(wonderfully rendered by set designer Ted Roberts), is shattered by
inconsistent accents.? Willes as
Truvy and Eisman as M'Lynn lack
the energy to deeply affect us, and
Maunsell's manic Ouiser is simply
As Steel Magnolias begins,
Truvy instructs Annelle on how to
style her hair to cover the bald
spots. By the final curtain, all the
hair spray still hasn't hidden them.
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Photo exhibit lacks it
A PROMISING photographer in his first exhibition is just developing a personal vision. Consequently we are exposed
to a range of experimentation. "Art
Perry: Photographs," showing at
the UBC Fine Arts Gallery until
March 18, vacillates between the
subjectivity of a fine artist and the
objectivity of a tourist.
Art Perry: Photographs
UBC Fine Arts Gallery
When one of the first modern
photographers, Paul Strand, was
critiquing a painter, he wrote, "Few
enough get beyond the influence of
their fathers to their own vision. He
does not yet convince me of the
essential unique reality of a tree or
a wall or a mountain, in their relation to his feelings for life."
In other words, Perry generally
fails to convince us ofthe originality
of his objective, documentary photos. One documentary example is
"Mother and Child, Costa Rica,
1984", which shows a mother
sculpting a pot and a child hanging
onto her skirt. Her child is looking
up with the type of vulnerability
and Western ideal of cuteness that
World Vision would kill to have in
their fundraising ads. "Another example: "Princess Diana, City Hall,
Vancouver". Does it intrigue you?
(You've seen this published somewhere before.)
Perry becomes more expressive with his translations of European monuments. He is an instructor of Art History and Literature at
Emily Carr College of Art. He says
he approaches his subjects with an
understanding of their significance. Each memorial is specifically selected for its subtle pattern,
fine tonal range, and balanced
composition. These small, two-dimensional images, are works of art
on their own.
"Mudejar Lattice Window...Spain", is the most beautiful
print of the show. The effects of
light and shadow on the lattice
renderit a sculpture. Furthermore,
Perry's primary dialectic theme is
bared: life (the light) juxtaposed on
art (the window).
Finally, Perry's attraction to
life and art inevitably leads him to
the theatrical. Fireworks go off
when Perry celebrates life with his
performance-oriented photos. "Joe
Strummer and the Clash, Vancouver", explodes from the confines of
the print with all the energy of
uninhibited expression. The photo
is not in perfect focus—the photographer must be dancing.
The architecture usually forms
a subtle stage for the bizarre roles of
humans enacted inside. Framed by
descending stairs and railing, a
solitary child performs for an audience of one in "Child with Tricycle,
"Philip Glass" looks worried
about a strange, spiky plant growing over his shoulder. He sits on a
patterned chair in the backdrop of a
corner with a curtain:—they look
like props.
The overt theatrical shots are
the portraits in full makeup such as
"Jim Cummins as Amadeus." Unfortunately, the photographer's
favourite model, Sandra Thomas,
has a favourite expression—a dark
look that is neither theatrical, nor
honest: only artificial.
Perry is fascinated by humans
dressing up, showing off, performing amid lights and fanfare. This
theatrical influence thus renders
his documentaries unconvincing.
For a strong statement in an exhibition, Perry can show us again the
beauties of life's subtle performances. Who said, "All the world's a
6y Deanne Mould
Sons of Freedom cranked out a vibrant and bone-crunching guitar sound last Friday at the Commodore.
The near capacity crowd was wildly enthusiastic to both the new songs and older material.
The band burst onto stage dressedin splattered overalls with stencilled words. But despite the blend of hard-
edged music and social commentary, Sons of Freedom have a poor stage presence—looking gloomy and serious
as if they weren't enjoying their own music. Even lead singer Jim Newton seemed surprised people were calling
out requests for songs.
This band believes in "slice of life" lyrics, and in pumping them out at lightening speed.
The energetic ninety minute set included "Shoot, Shoot" and "Doghouse and Mousetrap."
Brenda Wong
been good to me. Canada Council
and the McLean Foundation had
given me grants, people had supported me and believed in me, and I
wanted to put back whatever I had
into the country.
Since then, things have happened in a way that I wanted.
Slowly. I think there is a danger if
too much success comes too quickly.
Ubyssey: How do you feel about our
obligation towards the music of
Canadian composers?
Ubyssey: We all know that the
Vancouver Symphony has had
problems lately. Do the people in
Vancouver really support the symphony?
McCoppin: Somehow, I knew you'd
get around to that! Yes, absolutely!
The people of Vancouver support
the Symphony, otherwise there
would be no symphony today. At the
First Night Celebrations in Vancouver on New Year's Eve, I said to
the audience: "Ladies and Gen-
Peter McCoppin, Conductor
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
JETTING off in my Co-
;bra in the company of
;VSO conductor Peter
McCoppin and a tape recorder, we
went rocketing over Vancouver Island backroads at ridiculous
speeds. The resulting interview is
most revealing. McCoppin demonstrates that he is eccentric in the
best sense of the word, very astute     ^~ _ "I j 1     • 1 j t
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Ubyssey: Tell us a little of your
McCoppin: There was no music in
my family's background. We never
even owned a musical instrument.
At about age five, I found I had a
singing voice and began to sing in a
boys' choir in an Anglican church in
Toronto. My background was
mostly vocal church music, and
then some organ and piano. I went
to the University of Toronto, where
I received a degree in organ performance. I then sang professionally in the Festival Singers, and
conducted some choral groups.
Ubyssey: How did you get into orchestra?
McCoppin: That started as rather a
fluke. I used to go to some of the
Toronto Symphony rehearsals.
Karel Ancerl was conductor in the
early seventies, and I admired him
so much. He was not only a thorough musician who was the servant
of the text and the catalyst for the
intention of the composer (who is
the only person I really, truly admire), but in addition he was such a
gentleman and never allowed the
focus to be on himself.
Through this I got to know
members of the TSO, and eventually conducted the St. John Passion
with some of them. They were very
enthusiastic. This was my fir st go at
conducting an orchestra. One day
Leinsdorf came to town, and I was
introduced to him by Sam Colt, a
violinist with the orchestra. He and
a few other members of the orches-
: tra convinced Leinsdorf to have me
as a student, as they thought I had
talent and should be an orchestra
conductor. So it was settled. I would
get some grant money, and follow
him for a year to some of the great
orchestras ofthe world: Cleveland,
Concertgebouw, New York, L.A.. I
was to study with him, ask him
questions, learn from his rehearsal
technique. It was great. Then I got
some more grants, and went to
Vienna with Hans Lewoffsky, and
ended up in Cleveland with Szell for
a time. I was eventually appointed
conductor of the Cleveland Institute orchestra, the farm team for
the Cleveland Orchestra. I conducted and taught at the Institute
for three years.
Ubyssey: Why did you come back to
McCoppin: Because I thought, in
my own little way, Canada had
McCoppin: I, for one, feel that we
have a privilege, not an obligation,
to foster and to further Canadian
creative artists. It's our mandate.
It's pretty well our primary mandate. At one time, every composer
was'writing new music. The audience has the right to experience
new art, and it is incumbent upon
us, as the re-creators, to ensure that
it comes to the audience.
Ubyssey: There is so much music to
be played. How do you choose?
McCoppin: It is essential that each
re-creative artist take it upon himself to look at what is there, and to
present that with which he can
identify. This goes for all periods,
all eras. No one can presume to
know all music. For instance, I don't
play all symphonies of Beethoven. I
feel comfortable myself with only
four of them. I don't think I understand the first movement of
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. I've
never been able to bring it off, and
I'm not going to touch it for twenty
years. Twenty years! Not even
touch it!
We must identify with the
music we play. For instance, at
Expo, we played a new work by
Steven Galvin, his Universe Symphony. It is 54 minutes long. I
memorized it, did it, loved it, believed in it, delivered it! With zeal,
and I think a degree of authority
and sovereignty because I believed,
talked with the composer, felt with
the composer. Some people play
Mozart well but cannot play Bartok. We must do what we do best,
and do it with authority.
tlemen, we would not be here at all
except for the concerted and passionate efforts of all the people of
Vancouver who believed in the orchestra and wanted it fully revived
to and for the community." It was
the Mayor's office that started this
off; it was the corporate sector that
supported the Mayor's initiative; it
was the private sector which reflected the efforts of both of these,
which together, in concert, brought
the orchestra back.
Ubyssey: Did the people of Vancouver cause this demise in the first
McCoppin: Not true at all. The orchestra, like any other company, is
producing a product. If it doesn't
produce a product that attracts a
Consumer audience, then the producer must either get out of the
marketplace, or re-evaluate its
mode of presentation.
I restyled the mode of presentation to the community, and the orchestra is back. This was done essentially by restyling the programming according to a market survey.
I decreased the number of concerts
at the Orpheum, scheduled more
runout concerts, gave added definition to the concert series so the
consumer would know what color of
apples he was buying, because the
consumer was definitely confused.
My stingword was "Embrace the
Community". Each series is now
targeted towards a specific consumer audience. This was my market thrust.
Ubyssey: It has been said that
young people today are not as inter
ested in culture as in the past.
Could you comment on this?
McCoppin: Certainly. I agree with
this. In this age we have to deal with
the terms ofthe times. We are living
in an age very much dominated by
the electronic media. It's not an age
where people are forced habitually
to recreate privately. Rather, we
are conditioned to be dependent
upon electronic services and technology. We must work within this
framework, accepting the rules as
they are given and played, to reach
the audience as it is now, not as it
might have been or should be.
It is incumbent upon us to be
proponents, crusaders in fact, for
what we do. I think it is essential
now, because people have such
grand multiplicity of choice. Entertainment is all around. It abounds.
We have to present something that
is available, attractive, fascinating,
enjoying, enriching, stimulating
and desirable.
Ubyssey: Why should Joe Student
spend $15 on a VSO ticket when we
can buy a compact disc by a great
orchestra like Chicago or Berlin for
the same money, and listen to it
over an over in our own home?
McCoppin: Bravo. Good question.
Two things here. It is possible to get
a rush seat for five bucks, and the
student prices are far less than $15.
Students don't mind standing in
line, and that's a great thing.
Secondly, nothing can possibly
replace the effect of live music. Live
music can become a meditation, can
become one of the most intimate
forums for spiritual communion in
a most ideal sense. Nothing else is
quite like live music and the commitment of those who make it.
Ubyssey: They serve booze at the
Orpheum, don't they?
McCoppin: Absolutely. I guess
that's important.
Ubyssey: You betcha. Thanks very
much, Mr. McCoppin.
McCoppin: You're welcome. And
thanks for the ride.
by Gordon Lucas
March 10,1989
March 10,1989
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Skin Deep shallow
by Michael Booth
Skin Deep is director Blake Edward's latest attempt to rediscover his comedic touch that disappeared with the death of the
original Pink Panther, Peter
Sellers in 1980. With such recent
disappointments as S.O.B.,
Sunset, and That's Life, it is
becoming clear that the success
of the Pink Panther movies is
due more to Sellers' comic genius
than anything done on Edwards'
side of the camera. Skin Deep is
a continuation of this downward
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Skin Deep tells the story of
Zach Hutton (John Ritter), a successful writer who is bent on self-
destruction through his philandering with women and alcohol
abuse. The movie begins with
Zach's mistress catching him in
bed with her hairdresser. Just
when she is about to shoot him,
Zach's wife (Alyson Reed) walks
in. After going through an extremely costly divorce, Zach proceeds to try to get reunited with
his ex-wife. Unfortunately, he
goes through a myriad of other
women and numerous drinking
binges in his attempts to discover what it means to be
With John Ritter playing the
leading role, it is not surprising
that much ofthe comedy in Skin
Deep leans heavily towards the
physical. As played by Ritter,
Zach Hutton is just Jack Tripper
going through a mid-life crisis.
Ritter has not developed his
acting abilities much beyond the
pratfalls and feigned convulsions
that made him a star in Three's
Company. Ritter's antics quickly
become boring as Skin Deep
proves to be a rehash of all the
slapstick he did on television.
This is especially lamentable
since it overshadows fine
performances by Reed, Vincent
Gardenia (Zach's favorite bartender), and Julianne Phillips
(one of Zach's many loves).
Edwards' writing and direction leave much to be desired as
Skin Deep's humour relies on
such socially repugnant vehicles
as alcohol abuse, sexism, and
animal abuse. Like most of
Edwards' films, the movie
pushes every situation to
extremes. When Zach and his
latest girlfriend break up, she
not only leaves him, she burns
down his house. When Zach gets
drunk, he either makes very suggestive remarks to the nearest
available woman, or he glues a
dog to the ceiling by its paws.
Even the gags that are original,
such as the luminescent prophylactics, are milked to the point of
being old hat by the end of the
Skin Deep attempts to be a
dark comedy along the lines of A
Fish Called Wanda. However unlike Wanda, the dark comedy in
Skin Deep is blatantly gratuitous
instead of being an integral part
ofthe story or the character's development. Skin Deep gets two
stars on a cloudy night.
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Your pen gets stuck on the
word and by the time you've come
up with an alternative, you've
missed the last few precious words
of wisdom from the professor.
You're frustrated, you look down
at what you've just written and it
doesn't even seem to make sense.
By now the professor is on a whole
new line of thought and you decide
to concentrate on the next ideas.
But then it happens again.
It can be as simple as a Tie'
when referring to the generic author, scientist or politician. It can
be a term like mailman (easily
replaced by mail carrier) or stewardess (easily replaced by flight
attendant). Or it can be one of the
most frequent and annoying misuses of the English language—
mankind when referring to humanity (which still contains the
word man, but is certainly an
improvement). For the feminist
who expected to find, within the
university community, solace and
liberation from the onslaught of
traditional sexism, it makes for an
incredibly disappointing and frustrating academic atmosphere.
Language reflects attitude.
Attitudes are changing and language needs to adapt to reflect
that change.
Professors, for many students, mean more than a lecture
three times a week and some
chicken scratch at the end of an
essay. They can be role models. It
is within this relationship of student to mentor that many of the
habits are passed down and attitudes, perhaps unconsciously,
One of the simplest forms of
action a person can take to promote equality of the sexes is to
become cautious of the regressive
traditions language can preserve
and to adjust one's language to
eliminate the traditions. It is not
asking to much to expect that effort from the people who have the
power to influence up to a hundred
young minds with every lecture.
The transitions are easy ones.
They take about a year to become
second nature. Recognize that
women do make up a significant,
though minor, portion of the professions typically dominated by
men. Include them in exam questions or problem sets. And make
the effort to add the 'or she' after
every generic lie'. Learn non-gender specific terms for the most
frequently used terms in the
course. 'Heroes' are both male and
female. So are police officers and
fire fighters. Don't refer to women
by their first name when you
would use the last name if the
person were male. And, if possible,
refer to the accomplishments of
women in the field of study—-did
any women play a role in the
French Revolution?
The contribution a professor
who does not use sexist language
makes may not be felt for still afew
more generations. But the attempts will at least be appreciated
by those of us who become so
caught up that we lose our ability
to dissolve the issues and cherish
the ideas beneath the offensive
By Deanne Fisher
The Golden Throat Charmer
A.M.S. Summer Project Coordinators
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. Bookstore, High
School Orientation activities and the A.M.S.
Tuition Fee Lottery. The complete list of projects
will be presented to candidates during
interviews. Candidates have a greater
chance of being hired if they have submitted
a summer project proposal.
The successful candidates will:
• be returning full-time U.B.C. students
• have had previous responsibility for staff
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• will be self motivated
• have the ability to work independently
• be able to work well with others and
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Experience in marketing or public relations;
knowledge of the A.M.S., it's operations and
serves;   and   supervisory   or   managerial
experience would be assets.
Applications can  be obtained from  and
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March 13, 1989 at 4:00 p.m.
March 10,1989 IttEESIYlE
The "male bimbos"
of Sports Illustrated
By Rick Hiebert
The other day, I was in my
local supermarket buying vittles
when I espied the Sports Illustrated "25th annual swimsuit issue". Being a sports fan, I purchased it and took it home to
Inside is an obnoxious article entitled "Up Against The
Wall" by SI writer Bruce Newman. The four page feature is
about one ofthe most important
topics in sports today: male college students who cover their
dorm walls with pictures from
Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues.
It begins with a paragraph
supposedly exploring the
stream of consciousness of a
young guy, who is "waiting for
his face to clear up" and dreaming of marrying a SI swimsuit
model. It goes downhill from
The article continues with
descriptions ofthe various techniques involved in decorating a
room in this fashion, how to preserve the displays when moving
("When you take (the pictures)
down you have to keep the tape
on," one guy says. "If you try to
take it off, you're liable to rip off
some of the important parts.")
and the critical process of selecting the pictures to be posted.
Then there's Jay Lopez, a
sophomore at Stanford. He has a
wall in his room covered with a
three man slingshot (for water
balloons), Alf underwear and
model pictures. Next to one of
the pictures is a cartoon word
balloon which makes one model
appear to say "I lust 4 Jay."
"You need pictures around
here," says Lopez. "They say
nine out often girls in California are beautiful and the other
one goes to Stanford." Naturally, feminists spouting
"equal rights crap" should stay
out of his room if they don't like
his infantile display.
What about women? Did
Newman seek out college
women with displays of beefy
hunk pics in their abodes? Evidently not. Newman has a
paragraph quoting one female
neighbor of Mr. Lopez condemning his childish behaviour, yet his editors give more
space (and a picture of her in a
bikini) to Jennifer Sundquist, a
first year student at UCLA.
Sundquist's claim to fame?
She has "a major in beach (and)
minor in party" and pictures of
swimwear models on her wall.
She wants to be a model. "I'm
not gay or anything (heaven
forbid-R.H.)," she says, "I just
like the way they look."
Why make a big deal about
this piece? Because Sports Illustrated may see its student
audience as just so many dollars in their coffers, not as
people. Who cares if this article
insults male students who try
to give proper due to the women
in their lives when you have
magazines to sell?
Why not a special issue on
women's sports? Or perhaps
sending Mr. Newman to interview female athletes about
their swimwear choices for
competititive swimming? If
Newman wants to write about
college students, how about a
look at whether women's
sports   programs   at   U.S.
universites are underfunded?
Why are you unlikely to see
such articles? Because displays
of scantily clad women spread
out like slabs of USDA Grade A
beef sells extra issues of Sports
Illustrated magazine and articles taking a wider investigative look at college sports or
women in sports probably
Money talks. Loudly.
Therefore, dumb behaviour like
posting wall upon wall of model
pictures merits an article in
Sports Illustrated and is thus
This isn't an isolated trend,
mind you. I won't buy magazines aimed at college students
because they often insult my
intelligence. For every useful
article addressing student issues or aimed at solving student
problems, there's dozens of
fashion display pieces or interviews with trendy entertainment personalities.
I can't make Sports Illustrated treat women and students better than it now does. I
can't make the often silly campus oriented magazines report
on more student issues and do
more investigative reporting on
the nature of education in our
lives and in North American
But I can say that the student readers of Sports Illustrated, for one, could use a litle
more respect.
Rick Hiebert, the William F.
Buckley Jr. of The Ubyssey,
looks really repulsive in a
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THE UBYSSEY/13 Rappin' rights
The joes in power are still mostly joes. With the biggie
parties running men, the Point Grey by-election isn't likely
to make a dent in the boy's club bucket. If we don't get the
chance to mark an *x' beside a woman's name, we can at
least base our decision on the issues. Women in this province have at lot at stake when an election rolls around. But,
as in every election, the choices on women's issues will be
left to men. Unfortunately, men just don't understand.
Thus, the plight of womanhood, in rap:
(To the tune of Parents Just Don't Understand")
(a-ch-ch-ch, thump, thump, thump, ta-tump
a-ch-ch-ch, thump, thump, thump, ta-tump)
I got a choice to make for the M-L-A,
They all look the same, but that's okay,
Got-ta make the choice for dem-o-cra-ceee,
Got-ta make the choice that's best for me,
Want the one that's gonna guar-an-tee,
Fm gonna be paid e-qual-ee,
The po-lit-i-cos don't give a damn,
Tell ya, men, just don't understand.
(a-ch-ch-ch, thump, thump, thump, ta-tump
a-ch-ch-ch, thump, thump, thump, ta-tump)
Ed-u-cay-shun affects us all,
But women, they take the biggest fall,
Don't get the jobs that pave the way,
End up in debt, know what I say?
I say mister, yeah, mister po-li-ti-shun,
What YOU gonna do to boost my funds?
He says 'I'll do whatever I can',
I say, men, just don't understand.
(a-ch-ch-ch, thump, thump, thump, ta-tump
a-ch-ch-ch, thump, thump, thump, ta-tump)
That big bunch a men, some bigger than others,
They're makin' laws 1x>ut makin' us mothers,
Sayin' what to do with our bod-ies,
Controllin' our insides with their laws—geez,
Then they change the law, set us free,
But refuse to pay for the fac-il-i-tees,
The nerve, I said, I just can't stand it,
Men (thump, thump) just don't understand it.
(a-ch-ch-ch, thump, thump, thump, ta-tump
a-ch-ch-ch, thump, thump, thump, ta-tump)
Now, Meech Lake, there's a pro-vin-shul ish-oo,
I ask Mr. Candidate, what you gonna do,
To protect the my right to or-gan-ize,
A-Cross the nation, not just inside?
But most of all, Mr. Candidate,
Why can't you admit, you can't relate,
Quit sayin' my rights are part of your plan,
Admit it, dude. Men, just don't understand.
(a-ch-ch-ch, thump, thump, thump, ta-tump).
March 10, 1989
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Joe Altwasser looked out from his bedroom window one fine
morning. To his surprise he saw that his house was no longer where
it had been the night before. Unknown to Joe was the fact that
Katherine Monk and Deanne Fisher (the Terrible Two) had found
an old book of spells deep in the darkest corner of the Ubyssey's
filing system. Under the full moon of the night before they had
sacrificed such lackeys as Ted Aussem and Ernie Stelzer to the
supreme gods of the university newspaper world: Michael Booth
and Rick Hiebert. Robert Groberman had many misgivings from
the very start, so he and Franka Cordua-von Specht had crept away
earlier to avoid the impending messiness and perhaps create some
of their own... Laura May pulled the insides out of an unfortunate
Chung Wong while Vincent Sheh drew a pentagram with blood
taken from the virgin Brenda Wong. Margaret Lau, forgeting
decorum entirely, tore off her clothes and danced naked in a circle,
grasping at Greg Davis and crying out for an end to socialized
medicine. At this point Alex Johnson and David Loh decided that
they had seen enough and promptly passed out on the floor. Smoke
arose from inside the pentagram and mingled with the fumes from
the steaming cauldron. The twisting bodies of Gordon Lucas and
Hai Le were obsoBfed by a sudden dark mist that enshrouded the
whole room. Deaaae Mould let out a low moan. Andrea Lupini and
Laura Zerebeski exalted—the demon had been summoned! Jon
Treichel, woken by the sounds, sat up on the couch and observed to
himself that this might be the last end-of-the- year party Joe would
ever host for the Ubyssey.
Joe Altwasser
Deanne Fisher
Robert Groberman
city desk:
Katherine Monk
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The president of the
university has approached
the AMS Council asking for
help in raising money for
capital investments at
UBC. This money is to come
through private hands.
What are the consequences
of this money at UBC?
I will start by making
clear my position on what I
believe a university is and
should be. I cannot deny
that the university is an
elite. Only a selected group
of people are able to attend.
This elite is created because
governments assign limited
resources to education.
Since this is the case, we as
a society, should aim at
educating those who are
most capable of spreading
around the benefit of receiving this education and not
those who can afford an
arbitrarily defined price of
what a university education
should cost.
The attitude and policies of our provincial government towards education,
not more than an economic
privilege and a financial
responsibility, provide British Columbians with a university only for those who
can afford it and who can
benefit financially from it.
Since Bill Bennett's so
called "restraint" budget
was imposed on the people
of the province, the university has suffered many
losses: we have lost many
established brilliant academics to other institutions
that could offer more money
and more important research freedom and job security (we must remember
that the provincial cabinet
has the power to fire a University professor if they so
desire). In the past few
years we have also failed to
attract brilliant and promising young academics because of a lack of start-up
money, research support
and a "competitive" or even
decent starting salary.
These young academics,
and not monstrous capital
investments, are the only
guarantee for the quality of
our university in the future.
The fate of the faculty
and staff who have stayed,
or of the T.A.'s who have
completed their graduate
degrees in the last few
years, has not been good
either. Every one of these
groups have had at least one
year of no salary increase.
Although in the current
round of negotiations the
administration has been
offering attractive wage increases, it has been incapable or unwilling to help
these groups catch up in
what were even before the
time of "restraint" fallen
Alongside this treatment of the university's
human resources, I, along
with many others, have witnessed a massive increase in
capital investments by the
university: three parkades
(one currently under construction outside the SUB
building), the paving of B-
lot, the Home and Nutritional Sciences building, the
Fairview housing complex,
the bus loop, the new research centre at the University Hospital, the new bookstore, the Chemistry and
Physics Annex building, the
Asian Centre, the remodelling of the President's
house, the grass tennis
courts and the tennis
bubbles, and the improvement of many laboratories
in the life sciences to accommodate the Bio-technology
These two trends: a
seeming carelessness for
human element that is the
blood and soul ofthe University and a very pronounced
emphasis on capital investment make me wonder what
are the concepts and future
of the university that are
being promoted.
Who is to use these new
and any future facilities?
What type of research will
be promoted at the university? The president's plan to
attract private contributions for capital investment
points to one concept of
"university": one obliged to
serve the ends of private
investors. Unfortunately
today the aims of industrial
or commercial private investors are short-term and
accompanied by a high rate
of return ofthe investment.
Are we to have a university commandeered by spurious and sporadic "market
forces," or do we want to
have an independent university that provides academics, students, and society with an environment
where we can look for creative solutions to both the
everyday and esoteric problems that we encounter?
The future shape of our
university is being decided.
We must reflect not only on
its short-term but its long-
term future. What concept
of university are we to promote and defend?
Horacio de la Cueva
defended from
One is hard put to know
where to begin a fight
against the blind and willful
ignorance expressed by
Bruce Gairns in his letter in
the February 28th issue, but
professional pride prompts
me to an attempt. I believe I
may safely leave it to experience to show him the difference between interesting
subject matter and an interesting mode of presentation,
but there are some factual
matters of which he should
become aware before he
becomes too firmly entrenched in his theory of
Mr. Gairns claims that
"the prior reputation of an
author is the single largest
influence on the interpretations of readers of those
works written by well
known authors." I will pass
on a discussion of unknown
authors with no prior reputations; there are counterexamples aplenty among
famous authors. Mr.
Gairns, have you ever
read—indeed, have you ever
heard of—Joseph Balsamo?
or The Two Dianas? or The
Countess of Monte-Cristo?
or The Son of Monte-Cristo?
Neither had I, until I encountered them in a set of
the complete works of Alexandre Dumas. Evidently,
there is not enough in them
for even the most determined literary aficionado or
critic to build them up into
masterpieces,   in   spite   of
Dumas' reputation. Vanity
Fair, a world-class work,
was a best-seller in its time,
but Thackery's reputation
from it was not enough to
save The Adventures of
Philip or Dennis Duval from
obscurity. Should you ever
decide to read any of the
plays Henry James wrote,
you may have trouble locating copies; they were badly
received by James' contemporaries (who nonetheless
had bought and enjoyed his
novels), and they have
caught no one's imagination
since. You'll probably never
see one performed. Laurels
aren't as easy to rest on as
they look.
Now, why is it, you
wonder, "that a classroom
full of students can study
and discuss a short poem for
three or four hours when the
poet probably spent less
than one quarter of that
amount of time [on] it in the
first place?" Even when we
assume that the students
are all unusually sensitive
and articulate, the answer
to that is simple, but it is not
the simple answer you conjecture. A study of manuscript versions of a poem
often indicated that it took
longer to compose than, say,
an hour. Sometimes the
poem that looks so neat and
finished in print in an anthology is the result of several years' worth of reconsideration and revision by
the poet. Great poets, one
finds in studies of this sort,
weigh their words. No matter what they might say
about the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings,
the evidence shows that
those overflowings are carefully planned.
I can sympathize with
your disappointment in
finding that there is more to
the study of literature than
the teacher you mentioned
chose to tell you. I suggest,
however, that you not blame
him. No doubt there was a
time when you had never
heard of Calculus, though
your Math teachers had. If
you have encountered a
more demanding level of
study at university than you
have been used to, you really
ought not to be surprised.
Elizabeth Emond
English Literature
March 10, 1989 *-,.?>7   ,*   Sf' \    -
Masses spiritually
Well, it's Friday and I'm offended on many fronts. Selecting
my topic, though is hardly difficult. Approaching SUB I learn
that "Tom is here." "What?!" I
cried, glancing quickly about,
"Why was I not notified?" Finding
no evidence for him "here" I gradually relax and even laugh at myself
a little. Of course Tom is here. The
spirit of Tom is always here. This
poster does not refer to physical
presence, but rather to a sense
that Tom Waits is with us, bringing meaning and an urban spirituality to this secular reality. For me
this is a self-evident truth, but I
am surprised nonetheless to see
that such a sophisticated sense of
spirituality exists on the campus
of UBC, of all places. Smiling and
shaking my head I go inside.
Imagine if you will, my dismay upon learning that there has
been a blatant misappropriation
of Tom's name, a deliberate attempt to mislead the spiritually
hungry by declaring in wild, red
lettering on small, yellow posters
that "Tom is here" and "speaking
nightly." Good God! I was outraged. Already I could hear the
explanations of those responsible.
"We did not intend to be misleading." Such a defence is, however,
as unacceptable as it would be in
the cases of headlines like "Elvis is
here" or "Jesus is here" advertising the speeches of Elvis Costello
and Jesus Alou (a baseball player).
"Tom" very clearly implies Tom
Luckily for the attentive,
though, those responsible slipped
up. Anyone who has heard Him
sing sublime melodies like "Temptation" and "San Diego Serenade"
knows that Tom could not possibly
have such a huge neck nor have
such a travelling companion as the
photo suggests. These are an
American football captain and
California beauty pageanteer. I
urge all to not be seduced by these
pretenders to spiritual advancement. Instead, I recommend
Tom's "Frank's Wild Years."
Steven Schwabl
Unclassified 5
Rabid Rep rap
"Selling out?" a professor of
mine smirked when I mentioned
taking advantage of two Board of
Governors perks: a park-any-
where-you-like supersticker and
membership in the Faculty Club.
What happens to students
once they get elected to BoG?
Having watched some of my predecessors, I've wondered what kind
of pressures turn elected student
advocates into meek, tight-lipped
apologists for the Campus Establishment.
Co-optation usually begins
with special privileges. Once you
hobnob with the Faculty Club
crowd, ifs hard to stave off delusions of being better than mere
students. The parking sticker allows you to park where mere students can't, and immediately you
feel no longer one of them.
But there're other strong
pressures working to co-opt student reps on the UBC Board of
1. Official Board guidelines
make such a virtue of discretion
and confidentiality that student
reps can't really criticize university policy without a guilty conscience.
2. Student reps with brains
are aware of their weak position on
the Board. Not only do they represent the weakest constituency, but
they are inexperienced and un-
proven compared to the other
Board members. When one sits
face to face with a dozen suave
financial wizards and brilliantly
successful powerbrokers, challenging them requires a lot more
courage than simply selling out
student interests.
3. Prevailing wisdom has it
that ruffling an authority figure's
feathers is unproductive: only politeness and an apparent willingness to adopt his (or rarely her)
basic values will get you somewhere. Even if politeness proves
politically ineffective, as it clearly
has, having warm relations with
powerful people may be of terrific
help in one's future job search.
4. Student reps on the Board,
inundated with information and
feeling a growing sense of responsibility, inevitably start taking
themselves very seriously-too
seriously, for example, to participate in student antics like protest
5. As a student rep on the
Board you appreciate the tremendous respect and support which
President Strangway enjoys. In
fact, Board members live in fear of
his resignation unless they pretty
well rubberstamp everything he
decides. Board meetings aren't
occasions for critical debate but
largely an exercise in amicable
6. Finally, student reps-being
on a first-name basis with the
president-are likely to feel both
admiration and compassion for
the man. Admiration, because he's
doing a superhuman job fighting
for academic quality and keeping a
myriad problems under control.
Compassion, because his pressure-cooker existence must grind
anyone to pieces.
With so many co-optation
pressures the UBC Board of Governors has traditionally had little
to fear from elected student reps.
The temptation to ingratiate
themselves with politeness,
rather than defend student interests with vigor, is hard to resist for
most students. But perhaps not for
all of them...
Kurt Preinsperg
Board of Governors
A case of
mistaken identity
The letter written by S. Thom
in last Friday's edition of The
Ubyssey does not express the
views held by this S. Thom. This
case of mistaken identity could
have been avoided if a first name
had been used instead of just an
Stuart G. Thom
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The threads of an extraordinary story of human
rights abuses throughout Africa are there.
In Burundi, last August witnessed a massacre
of 20,000 Hutus by a government dominated by the
minority, the Tutsi.
In Ethiopia, the Marxist government's forced
resettlement of people from drought-stricken areas
caused thousands of deaths. Those who resisted
were summarily executed.
In Zimbabwe, Africa's youngest nation, Prime
Minister Robert Mugabe's government last September violently quashed
student protests in
the capital against
corruption. Following
the merger of the opposition   party—the
Zimbawe African People's Union (ZAPU)—with his
party (ZANU-PF), Mugabe was well on his way to
establishing a one-party dictatorship.
Scenes like these are being witnessed throughout Africa as the pattern of white repression in
South Africa and black repression elsewhere on the
continent asserts itself. Strangely enough, in most
incidents, no murmurs of condemnation escape
from the UN or world capitals.
A few decades after colonial rule came to an
end, Africa is now replete with dictatorship and
military regimes. The overall picture has never
been more ugly, the facts stark and disheartening.
According to the UN, over half of the world's
refugees are in South Africa. More than 8 million
African peasants have fled their villages to escape
terror and violence. Ofthe 41 black African nations,
only two—Botswana and Senegal—allow their own
people the right to vote in an election that is fair and
unrigged. Twenty two are military dictatorships.
The rest are one-party states where one candidate
runs for president and always wins 99.9% of the
In a recent speech, Nobel laureate Bishop
Desmon Tutu lamented: "It is sad that South Africa
is noted for its vicious violation of human rights.
But it is also very sad to note that in many black
African countries today there is less freedom than
there was during that much-maligned colonial period."
Like South Africa where the government operates a pass-book system that restricts and controls
the movement of blacks, Ethiopia retains a systems
similar to that of South Africa. Until 1987, Burundi
adopted such a system to control the movement of
its own people.
40 years after the adoption of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, torture and ill treatment remain widespread in most parts of Africa,
particularly in Zaire and Ethiopia. Rarely to be
found is the honest regard for the views and inter-
ests of the African people by their government.
Press freedom and the guarantee of individual and
group freedom remain elusive.
The West's efforts at promoting democracy
and human rights in Africa are not wishful thinking. The two go hand-in-hand. Democracy is not
necessarily the universal panacea for entrenched
social and economic ills in many of these countries,
but it is the corner stone towards building a lasting
foundation of respect for human rights.
An orderly transition from colonial rule to representative government is perhaps difficult
and fraught with
snake pits for
nations with no
tradition of democracy, but freedom is man's inherent right. Nothing such as civil war, national
security concern or threat of insurgency can ever
justify torture, arbitrary arrests and executions.
Perhaps the economic stagnation most African
countries suffer from is an inevitable product of
their insistence on subordinating everything to the
goal of absolute power.
Another dismal aspect ofthe injustices taking
place in many of the African countries is that our
government does not seem to recognize that oppression is oppression, regardless of where it takes
place or skin colour. Ottawa condemns South Africa's evil system while it provides aid to flagrant
abusers of human rights such as Zimbabwe and
Zaire where the disappearance of people seems to
happen with increased frequency. Even then,
Ottawa does not back up its words with actions.
The fact that bilateral trade between Canada and
South Africa has increased over the past year
makes a mockery of Canda's promise of "stepped
up economic isolation of South Africa"—statistics
Canada reveals that Canadian exports to South
Africa has risen 44% and South African imports to
Canada 68%.
Human rights are not a narrow Canadian
preserve. They are something that belongs to the
community of man. Until our government links
development aid to respect for human rights and
keeps up the pressure on those governments who
treat their citizens harshly, more people will suffer
from arbitrary arrests and executions and torture
will not dispappear. Canada's vigorous, even-
handed human rights stance will not only be a vital
element of its foreign policy and an enhancement of
the country's reputation abroad, it is a strong
message to black dictators out there who pay lip
service to our development aid and who doubt our
sincerity in promoting human rights.
Hai V.Leisa member of Amnesty International, a world-wide human rights watchdog.
This Party Could
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If you are in third or fourth year and you're looking for a career in the
business world, come see us. We're Chartered Accountants from firms
downtown and in the Lower Mainland and we'll be on campus March 16 to talk
about career possibilities in one of the most stable professions — chartered
There are jobs available in chartered accountancy for non-Commerce grads
from all disciplines. Chartered Accountants come from all backgrounds,
bringing new skills and diversity to this growing, dynamic profession.
Chartered Accountants set the standard for accounting and auditing in
Canada and, because of their education and training, are in demand by business
around the world.
Here is an opportunity to talk to CAs on an informal basis and explore
opportunities. You may be an ideal candidate for Canada's fastest-growing
You're invited to a :
Wine, Beer & Cheese Event
U.B.C. Faculty Club
Salons A, B & C
Thursday, March 16
5-7 p.m.
For more information contact Patrick Ireland at
681-3264, The Institute of Chartered Accountants
of British Columbia.
March 10,1989
Director explores female P.O.V.
By Katherine Monk
The film industry has a long
history of macho men and tinny
starlets. But over the last ten
years, with women gaining a foothold in the stagnant boy's locker
room, new trends are beginning to
emerge—emasculating to some,
heartening to others.
Jaqueline Levitin is part of a
new wave of women filmmakers
who wants to explore a previously
untouched side of the industry—
stories about women. But Levitin
says while she may have thought
there was a gap between men and
women filmmakers, she now
thinks it's just a difference in priorities.
"In a way, the early women
filmmakers were all pioneers.
Women are telling stories now
which have never been told before," she says, staring into her
third cup of black coffee, "and
that's a pleasure to see."
Levitin, for all of her experience, is a relative newcomer to film
production. With a Phd in film,
and years of teaching experience
at Concordia in Montreal, Levitin
says she thought she would become a teacher because they got
the summers off. Now she says
she's surprised at how little time
she has.
Touring with her new film
"Eva: Guerrillera" has made her
packed schedule even busier. The
phone rings at regular intervals,
fighting for attention over the two
airedales barking at imaginary
cats. She decides to put them in
different rooms.
"Eva: Guerrilla" is about a
young Salvadorean woman from
the middle classes who decides to
join the revolutionary forces after
Duarte's '72 victory is defrauded
by the army. We are introduced to
Eva after she has shot a national
guardsman while on a mission,
and uncover her story through the
proddings of a Montreal journalist.
If she had not researched the
situation in El Salvador herself,
Levitin says she probably
wouldn't have liked the journalist
character much—"she's too innocent and bourgeois."
Levitin was working with the
YMCA when she was asked to go to
San Salvador to be a part of an
international group opposed to
human rights violations. But really the media presence was designed to rally enough international support to discourage mass
killings, or assassinations like
Archbishop Romero's. "Out of all of
us there, they decided that I
should go down since I didn't have
a family."
After Levi tin's return to Montreal, she met a woman who was
involved with the Democratic
Revolutionary Front who had
been a fighter. "She was unlike
anything we imagine a guerrilla
fighter to be—she was decisive,
and was able to see things very
clearly. She was not like the people
in the movie "Salvador" who come
riding in on horseback. Those
people just come in, and we don't
understand what motivates
Successive sessions with the
ex-guerilla revealed a type of person who was repulsed by killing,
says Levitin. Even one the most
hard-nosed guerrilla fighters
whom she met, lost her swagger
when she described the first time
she had ever killed.
The two years of pre-production was necessary for Levitin, not
only in raising the funds, but
trying to understand her subject:
the role of women in revolution.
"Eva is a composite of women
guerilla fighters," she says. But
Levitin realized after speaking
with several "guerrilleras" that
the pain did not stop after the revolution was over, in some cases, it
grew worse.
"As I was interviewing women
from past revolutions, I saw a lot of
hurt. They're being forgotten now.
In Mozambique women were complaining that they were being told
to resume their chores."
"Women would talk to me how
they are struggling with it. They
believed the tasks should be
equally shared. They were in the
mountains fighting, and then they
were asked to do the wash."
It becomes clear that the revolution does not solve everything,
says Levitin. But that's what she
wanted to explore, she says, the
unconventional narrative—without the Hollywood ending. "Narratives have always been kind of
fairy tales—teaching us to have
some sort of integrity. But the
truth is that we don't live in a fairy
tale world. I saw Working Girls,
which pretends to deal with reality—but it's entirely unbelievable.
People want stories because they
can be enjoyable.
"I like talking about the real
world. I get indigestion with fairy
tale reality. People learn to distinguish between their lives and
films, because they are easy formulas which work. I think the
biggest problem is that we don't
respect our audiences enough for
what they think."
In writing "Eva," Levitin said
she had to re-evaluate her whole
structure and approach to
filmmaking, and its narrative
structure. "Eventually, the form
found itself." As a result, "Eva"
combines journalistic style, reverse angle juxtaposition, cinema
verite long takes, and well-rehearsed dramatic scenes. Changing tones was an interesting exercise she says, because the film now
works on a variety of levels: the
symbolic and the narrative. "Film,
to me, is a conversation—a communication that you throw out to
an audience, hoping they will gain
something from it."
Considering the situation in
El Salvador now, Levitin says she
hopes her film will touch enough
people to push them into action.
"It's amazing, we get so numb
here. Especially with young
people—few people are responding in the same way. People feel
overwhelmed, like what's the use
in doing anything? That's too bad."
Although Levitin says she
didn't make the film to condemn
the American involvement in
Latin America, she hopes people
will be interested enough in the
film to find out more about what is
happening in the world around
Levitin will take on a teaching
position at Simon Fraser next Fall
in the film department—a decision which, she says, was made on
a very cold day back East.
Montreal film maker Jaqueline Levitin explores female point of view
Eva fights war
on two fronts
Scene from Eva Guerrilla
By G.K. Davis
Revolutionary women have
two wars to fight in El Salvador—
the war against oppression and
the war against sexual inequality.
Eva: Guerrillera, a film by
Montreal director Jacqueline Levitin, explores these conflicts
through the life of Eva, a young
middle class Salvadorean who
joins the underground resistance.
Relating her story to Louise, a
Canadian journalist, Eva conveys
the harshness and brutality of living in El Salvador, while at the
same time expressing the determination and idealism held by the
Eva: Guerrillera
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The story unravels through a
mixture of dramatic scenes and
documentary type footage. Much
of the film was shot on location in
Nicaragua with a shoe string
budget, so it lacks the fullness and
continuity of a movie such as Salvador; but the film does reflect a
high degree of authenticity.
The directing and editing
manage to hold the storyline together despite the complex arrangement of scenes and footage.
Much of the action appears to be
seen from a candid camera, rather
than filmed on a pre-arranged set.
During the best scenes, the
audience is transported to Central
America, feeling the tension and
uneasiness of living on the run
from the state. Viewing Eva's
story is sure to stir a passionate
anger against the injustice of the
fascist political structure.
What helps bind the film together is the relationship between
females and males, both in the
traditional and revolutionary
sense. As a guerilla Eva works,
kills, and is tortured along with
the men, but is still regarded as
relatively subordinate due to her
gender. A strong sense of machismo still lingers with the revolutionary men, who feel every
woman must have a man and a
Eva's dual struggle is portrayed with honesty and realism.
Unfortunately, the same cannot
be said of Louise, whose sideline
problems with her inane boyfriend
should have been cut from the reel.
The boyfriend's exaggerated characteristics failed to add anything
to the plot or to Louise's struggle in
communicating with Eva.
Eva feels alienated in Montreal, and Louise has a tough job
trying to get her to reveal her
experiences and foster a trust between them. Ultimately, one feels
that no matter how much Louise
wants to understand Eva, even to
the point of going to El Salvador
herself, their worlds will never
completely meet.
Angela Roa, in her film debut,
portrays Eva naturally and sim-
plistically, while the performance
of Carmen Ferland as Louise
comes across as too contrived in
comparison. Acting is this movie's
weakest point; it works better
during the documentary scenes.
The film succeeds not so
much as dramatic entertainment,
but as an educational and insightful medium. It is a pertinent exposition of the place of women in a
Third World revolution.
March 10,1989


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