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Vancouver, B.C., Friday, January 19, 1990
Vol 72, No 29
GSS wants RCMP in
by Mark Nielsen
Former Alma Mater Society
finance director Karl Kottmeier is
now catching heat from the UBC
Graduate Student Society.
Last night the GSS council
passed a motion that asks the
RCMP to pursue an investigation
of Kottmeier's use of student
The motion to pursue such
action came from GSS finance
director Dave Tripp.
"If I had been caught with my
handin the cookiejar, I sure would
expect it to be slapped," he said in
Because the society represents 4800 members of the AMS,
accounting for almost one-fifth of
the student population, Tripp said
the society was obliged to take
After 45 minutes of debate,
the motion received support from
20 council members, while one
voted against and five abstained.
With the resolution in hand,
Tripp said the GSS intends to
approach the RCMP about launching an investigation of the
Kottmeier affair.
Graduate student rep Phil
Bennett said the resolution might
help push the AMS to rescind a
motion to not approach the RCMP
about any financial misdeeds.
"It's doubtful that such a
thing will happen because the
AMS has already turned down a
motion to rescind, but there's still
a chance," he said.
The GSS will also request
AMS president Mike Lee and AMS
director of finance Mark Brown to
publish both their assessment of
the Kottmeier situation and the
strategies to be put in place to
avoid a similar situation in the
GSS vice-president Brian
Goehring said the second resolution is especially important since
the AMS may become much bigger
in the future thereby requiring
much more financial responsibility on behalf of its directors.
RCMP to investigate
by Franka Cordua-von Specht
The RCMP has initiated proceedings to review the AMS audit,
according to RCMP sergeant
Brian Muir.
Muir said if there is sufficient
evidence of wrongdoing the RCMP
will forward the case to Crown
Counsel, who would be responsible for laying charges against
He added the review would
take a minimum of two weeks.
Kottmeier resigned last week
from his position as director of
finance after an internal audit
uncovered a hidden account used
for loans to himself as well as for
pizza and beer, totalling $8,500.
"We will fully cooperate with
this investigation," said Mike Lee,
president ofthe Alma Mater Society.
"We requested the audit firm
Peat Marwick Thorne to give full
access to the resul t of their audit to
RCMP. Peat Marwick Thorne
have done so and full information
will be going to the RCMP," said
Lee added the RCMP had
been kept up to date on a continual
basis with the case since the news
broke in late November.
"The RCMP put the AMS student council in a difficult position
by requesting us to make clear our
position as to whether we would
like to request them to lay criminal charges against Karl
Kottmeier," said Lee.
When asked why the RCMP
asked council to make such a decision, sergeant Muir said, "We
wanted to get everyone involved
and hear what they had to say."
Muir said the RCMP did not
pursue an investigation earlier
because the RCMP believed no
further   financial   irregularities
would occur,
Fourth-year science student
Aaron Drake said he will not wi th-
draw a petition, currently circulating on campus, which asks
charges to be laid against
"Ill keep pursuing it [the petition] because the AMS, in their
decision not to lay charges, did not
represent students properly."
Helen Willoughby-Price, arts
representative on students' council, said she will not withdraw her
notice of intent to charge
Kottmeier in student court with
violating AMS bylaws.
"I would still like to take him
to student court. That way all evidence will be laid out in front of all
UBC students, and everyone will
have a chance to hear what we
[AMS student council] heard in
the in-camera meeting [on January 12]."
AMS decides not to rescind
by Corinne Bjorge
UBC's student council reaffirmed their January 12 decision
and refused to recommend pressing charges against former director of finance Karl Kottmeier, despite strong student reaction to
the motion.
A motion was introduced in
Wednesday's council meeting to
rescind last week's decision. The
motion received a majority (15-11,
one abs tention), yet failed because
it needed two-thirds approval.
The council discussion to reconsider pressing charges was initiated after science student Aaron
Drake presented a petition currently being circu.ated to students.
"The determination of Kari
Kottmeier's guilt or innocence
should be made by the courts,
rather than by colleagues and
friends who may be biased," read
the petition.
Drake said the petition was
not a vendetta, but an attempt to
take the decision out ofthe hands
ofthe AMS.
"You're not voting to sent Karl
to jail, you're sending Karl to
court," said Drake.
Drake said he would proceed
with the petition if council refused
to rescind the motion, but he also
said their refusal could damage
the chances of charges against
Kottmeier proceeding.
"(The prosecutor) could use
the AMS defense of Karl as a reason not to press charges," said
Not all council members were
convinced that the AMS was cru
cial to the prosecution.
"Whether we rescind or don't
rescind, there is nothing stopping
the RCMPfrom pressing charges,"
said student senator Al Haji.
AMS president Mike Lee read
from a letter written by a group of
UBC law students "outraged by
the decision of the AMS to (not)
press criminal charges."
"This issue is a matter to be
decided by an objective and impartial tribunal and certainly not by
the AMS executive," read the letter.
UBC ombudsperson Jessica
Mathers said her impresssion was
that student's were very angry
with the decision.
"I haven't had a single minute
of free time because of students
occupying the office. They're absolutely furious," she said.
But Haji said he didn't agree
that the majority of students
wanted the AMS to proceed with
He said that only two of the
commerce students he spoke with
had felt the AMS should press
charges. "Does fair mean to the
vocal minority or the silent majority?" he asked.
Several student representatives felt Kottmeier was being unfairly singled out.
"It's cruel and unfair that
these feelings have been worked
up and directed at Karl," said education representative Dennis
Bibby. "From my discussions with
students, they're feeling a high
level of mistrust of this council.
(They feel) that we haven't done
our job well," he said.
Board of Governors' represen
tative Kurt Preinsperg agreed.
"Last week a mood of compassion and charity prevailed on this
council. Karl has become a lightning rod for student frustration.
The student paper has whipped up
(student anger). We might be driving (Karl) to suicide," said Preinsperg.
Haji also blamed the media
for the reaction to Kottmeier's
"(We must) take into account
the damage to Karl that has been
done by The Ubyssey, by The Province and by The Sun," said Haji.
But AMS vice president
Sarah Mair said the blame belonged with Kottmeier.
"Karl's twenty-two years old
and I think he should have
thought of the consequences before he borrowed the money," she
Engineering representative
Skott Kent and commerce representative Mark T. Brown argued
that Kottmeier had already suffered and that council should consider other aspects, such as the
possible damage to his job marketability, in their decision.
Arts representative Ken
Armstrong said Kottmeier's marketability should not influence
council's decision. "Thisisthe type
of emotional argument that got us
into the position in the first place,"
he said.
Science representative Antonia Rozario said she sympathized with Kottmeier's actions.
"I'm not in favour of placing
criminal charges," she said. "How
many of us can say we haven't
done the same thing?" she asked.
Student petition targets ex-director of finance
by Rick Hiebert
Two UBC students are circulating a petition in protest of the
AMS' decision last week not to
press charges against former AMS
director of finance Karl Kottmeier.
"We want something to be
done about this," said Marie-Fran-
coise Le Doze, a French graduate
student who is helping with the
petition drive. "We didn't feel that
it was up to the AMS to decide (not
to press charges)."
Le Doze and fourth-year science student Aaron Drake estimate their petition, which began
circulating Tuesday, already has
over 500 signatures. According to
Drake and Le Doze, more than 80
per cent of the students they approached have signed the petition.
"My original intentions were
to go do up the petition, go to the
RCMP, lay a complaint and give
them the petition, so that the
Crown Prosecutor would be convinced that the AMS student council wasn't representing the society
in their (the AMS council) decision
not to prosecute Kottmeier," said
Drake, who conceived the idea of
the petition.
Drake made a brief presentation concerning his petition to the
AMS student council Wednesday.
He said council's decision not to
change their mind about laying
criminal charges on behalf of the
AMS strengthened his resolve to
continue with the petition drive.
"We're going to continue circulating the petition. I don't want to
discourage anyone, nor encouarge
anyone to go to the RCMP. That's a
personal decision," he said.
"If I don't go to the RCMP and
someone else does, then I will give
them my petition to take to the
RCMP. I think the petition will be
very important if someone lays
charges because the petition explicitly states that the student
council is not representing the
entire AMS, the student body, in
this issue."
"Recent events only make this
petitioning more urgent, to convey
the fact that what the student
council did was wrong," said Le
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Notice of
From January 29-31 the following referendum question will
be put to the students on whether The Ubyssey should be
separately incorporated as a society independent of the Alma
Mater Society:
"I support the incorporation of The Ubyssey student newspaper as a society independent ofthe Alma Mater Society as of May
1st, 1990, that two dollars ($2.00) of the current AMS fee per
active member per year (pro-rated for part-time students) be
transferred to The Ubyssey Publications Society and that current
student fees be increased by four dollars ($4.00) per active
member per year (pro-rated for part-time students), for a total of
six dollars ($6.00) per active member per year (pro-rated for part-
time students), and that all such fees shall be forthwith paid to
this separately incorporated Ubyssey Publications Society for
the publication of an autonomous student newspaper at the
University of British Columbia.
Be it resolved that should no agreement be reached by May
1st, 1990 in good faith between all parties concerned (AMS, university administration, UPS) the result of this referendum question would be nullified.
NO □
January 19, 1990 NEWS
Outreach nurse Margaret Johnston speaks of safe sex.
Ubyssey makes ballot
In the Alma Mater Society
executive elections to be held
January 29 to 31, UBC Students
will be voting whether or not to
make The Ubyssey a financially
autonomous organization.
The AMS student council
voted unanimously Wednesday to
approve The Ubyssey's bid to put
the autonomy question on the ballot. If the question passes and the
vote reaches quorum, The Ubyssey will be published by a student
run Ubyssey Publications Society
instead of the AMS, assuming a
satisfactory agreement can be
negotiated between the AMS, The
Ubyssey and the university ad-
minstration before May 1,1990.
Fulltime UBC students, instead of subsidizing the newspaper through the AMS, would then
pay $6 each directly to the UPS, an
increase of four dollars from the
present AMS subsidy.
Various members of the AMS
student council, while expressing
admiration for the newspaper's
"well run organization this year,"
agreed that there were some questions that would have to be answered about how an autonomous
Ubyssey would work.
All the councillors speaking at
Wednesday's meeting to the proposal, however, agreed this was a
question students should decide.
BoG elections finish
Bird and Hill win
by Rick Hiebert
Tim Bird and David Hill
cruised to easy victories in the
elections for student representatives on the UBC Board of Governors (BoG) last week.
Bird topped the candidates
and won a second term on the BoG
with 635 votes while Engineering
Undergraduate Society Vice president Davi d Hill received 579 votes,
and will join Bird on the BoG for
the next year. Bird and Hill out-
polled Wendy King and Ari Gilligson who received 339 and 336
votes respectively.
The release of the election
results were delayed due to complaints about the closing of polls in
Buchanan (for 2 hours), Sedgewick Library and the MacMillan
Building (for much ofWednesday).
The polls were closed, according to Student Administrative
Commission elections officer Albert   Bannerjee,   because   poll
Two Student BoG reps at large:
clerks who had promised to watch
the polling station "cancelled out"
and didn't show.
"If polls clerks cancel out,
everything—ballots, boxes, etc.—
comes back to us," said Bannerjee.
"It's jus:; standard procedure. We
try to ksep every poll open. This
was a particularly good election as
usually in previous elections,
there was always one poll closed at
any one time. This year, we did
much better."
Bird and Hill were pleased
with their victories and were full of
plans for their terms on the UBC
"I was actually hoping that I
got another year to continue on
things I've been working on," said
Bird, who is a fifth year Education
student. "A second term on BoG
can be more productive than the
first because your six to ten
months of apprenticeship is behind you and you can continue
with the wheels right in motion,
get the right policies in place.''
"I want to get a specific commitment for student housing to be
committed out of the Hampton
Place revenue. I also want to try
and get the provincial government
to try and fix the deficiencies
within the financial aid program.
Those are my two main goals. I
also want to help out as much as I
can with the 75th anniversary
celebrations," said Bird.
In addition to getting Hampton Place profits for student housing and improving student aid,
Hill, who is a 4th year Civil Engineering student, said he would
"like to see the administration
release reports from student
teaching evaluations."
"We can work well together
since we have many of the same
goals," said Hill.
UBC students also elected
Senate representatives from various faculties in last week's election.
Commerce and Business student
Tim Bird
David Hill
Wendy King
Ari Gilligson
Ballots counted:
ied Science student senator:
Benjamin Prins
Jason Brett
(Spoiled Ballots:
student senator:
Jeff Moss
David Stratakaukas
(Spoiled Ballots:
Michelle Bain
Karen Cherry
(Spoiled Ballots: 0)
Law student senator:
Tracey L. Jackson
Angiola p. de Stefanis 62
(Spoiled Ballots* 21)
Already Acclaimed for Senate:
Wendy King      (At-Large)
Loveleen Lohia (At-Large)
Rob McGowan     (At-Large)
Mark Nikkei     (At Large)
Brian Taylor    (At-Large)
James McQueen      (Agricultural
Brian McGuiness (Dentistry)
Sarah Mair      (Education)
Pamela Silver   (Forestry)
Brian Goehring (Graduate Stud-
Anna Callegari  (Pharmaceutical I
Orvin Lau       (Science)
(No-one was nominated for Senate i
in Medicine)
Student Union employees
may strike at UVic
Photo-life at The Ubyssey
Talks between the University
of Victoria's student council and
its new employees' union have
Student council negotiators
walked out of a bargaining session
with representatives for UVic's
Student Union Building employees last Sunday after reaching a
stalemate on contract wording.
Members of the US Steelwork -
ers-affiliated union will be discussing a strike vote January
Union negotiator Sandy Partridge, said both sides were
friendly before the standoff.
That's why I think it was sort
of surprising to see management's
behavior because at no point had
the talks become hostile or antagonistic," she said.
Student council negotiator
Brian Webster, said the union's
"confrontational" tactics were inappropriate.
"(The Board of Directors) has
made it clear to us in the past few
days that they are really revolted
by the confrontational nature of
traditional labour management
negotiations and our bargaining
committee feels that way as well,"
Webster said.
"Unfortunately you can't
break away from them (confrontational tactics) unless everybody
wants to break away from that
style," he said. "And we can't expect somebody from the Steelworkers who's used to bashing
heads with multinational corporations to all of a sudden try a different approach with us."
Employees in the building
voted to enter the Steelworkers
union in July.
Union negotiator Bob Beck, a
graphic shop employee, said the
union wanted concessions on issues like grievance committees,
safety committees, seniority and
taxi fares; for workers whose shifts
end after the last bus leaves campus.
The University of Victoria's
student newspaper, The Martlet,
condemned the student government in an editorial.
"Student directors are elected
to represent the interest of the
students. Students in the classroom, students in the workplace."
Further concerns were raised over
the revamping of the managerial
structure ofthe SUB, and it being
passed without adequate student
"UVic's Students Society is
treating its employees like pieces
of furniture rather than the backbone of its operations."
For these reasons the Martlet
staff has decided not to accept
student government advertising,
placing the UVSS on the ad boycott list "along with other companies which mistreat their employees."
A similar move to boycott
student government advertisements in 1986 caused the
Martlet's editors to be fired and
the student newspaper to be temporarily taken over by the UVSS.
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MLA stirs students
Resource control sought
by Mark Nielsen
New Democrat MLA David
Zirnhelt may be a graduate ofthe
University of British Columbia,
but he leaves no doubt that he
comes from the Cariboo.
In his first visit to UBC since
becoming the fifth of six successive
NDP candidates to win a provincial by-election, Zirnhelt addressed the issue of resource
management at a lunch hour
speech in SUB on Wednesday.
"You take the
personality out, and
there were still
things the voters
didn't like"	
People living in urban areas
have too much influence over what
happens to forests and rivers in
other parts of B.C., said Zirnhelt to
a group of about 15 students.
Zirnhelt, the NDPs resource
management and rural enterprise
critic, wants to give local groups—
members of his constituency included—control over resource
"The advantage is that we
would be able to make the tradeoffs between the different resource
extractions and conservation deci
sions locally," he said. "We could
define the "win-win' situation
more easily."
Pointing to the Chilcotin as an
example, Zirnhelt argues that a
single approach to logging—
namely clearcut—does not work in
all areas.
"People in the Chillcotin don't
want it, no thank you. 1,500 to
3,000 acres of clear cuts in dry
Zirnhelt himself is a proponent of selective logging techniques using draft horses to pull
out the fallen trees.
Zirnhelt graduated from UBC
in 1970 with a degree in biology,
and he has spent the last 15 years
raising and training draft horses
which he uses for selective logging
on a 396 square hectare lot.
"There are problems. It's very
romantic. It takes a lot of skill and
it is not as easy as our technical
ways of doing things," he said.
"But there are people who
make their living at that and this
kind of grass roots movement now
has a legacy of many thousands of
acres that have been very carefully harvested and they've left
behind the best in a variety of
Add on income from his beef
cattle and the hay he grows on his
ranch and Zirnhelt makes a comfortable living.
Zirnhelt said the media has
added to the confrontation that has
evolved over environmental issues
by failing to present a middle
ground between alternatives.
"Unfortunately, the press says
clearcut or wilderness. That's basically the net effect ofthe messages
that have come across," he said.
"People are now mortified by
clearcut, and the government is
reeling from that."
In winning the by-election,
Zirnhelt admits premier Bill Vander Zalm's unpopularity was "a big
"They're all in
together. It's just not
Bill's fault. He hasn't
been the sole decision
"There's no question about it.
But there were still other factors.
You take the personality out, and
there were still things the voters
didn't like," he said.
Zirnhelt also said that even if
Vander Zalm had left, the Socreds
would still be in trouble.
"They're all in together. It's
just not Bill's fault. He hasn't been
the sole decision maker."
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January 22 Motivation
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January 25 Procrastination
January 26 Goal Setting
January 29 Study Skills Strategies
February 5 Motivation
February 8 Study Skills
February 9 Stress Management
February 12,19 & 26 Alternative Expressions to Anger
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February 15 Job Search Strategies
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Jan. 24 Rape — An Act of Hate
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Feb. 7 How to Get the Job You Want
Feb. 14 Interview Skills
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January 19,1990 Government sells schools?
by Tod K. Maffin
Privatization is slowly infiltrating our education system, says
a B.C. provincial MLA.
Nanaimo MLA Dale Lovick
said the Social Credit government
is privatizing post-secondary education in stages. "The government
is reluctant to do too much . . .
because that would declare war.
And I suspect they would lose that
Lovick, the provincial privatization critic, believes the issue will
quickly become one of the most
important student concerns in the
upcoming year.
Education privatization
takes two basic forms, a recent
Canadian Federation of Students
report says. One is the growing
number of private institutions
coming into B.C. under the Free
Trade Agreement. Another concern is the increasing incidence of
private funding of some public institutions.
"If we get into the private
sector," warned C.F.S. chair Jane
Arnold, "then one has to ask how
much influence the private sector
will have on what is being taught."
In 1988, 48 Canadian post-
secondary institutions ran
campaigns to raise $485 million in
corporate and private donations.
Last year, thatfigure jumped to 56
institutions looking for $720 million in private funding.
The Association of Canadian
Colleges says the total amount of
private funding is no more than
two per cent of an institution's
total budget. Executive Director
Tom Norton thinks companies
don't realize they can contribute at
"Institutions are still perceived by donor agencies as expressions of government economic
policy.  So some of the very large
potential donors think colleges are
ineligible to receive donations."
But Norton says a pattern is
developing. There certainly is a
trend towards being interested in
private funding."
Simon Fraser University is an
example of this trend. Now in its
second year of operation, the $10
million downtown campus at Harbour Centre was built entirely
from individual and corporate
donations. It attracts mostly business executives who are looking
for upgraded education.
Educators still jokingly refer
to it as "Yuppie U."
SFU vice-president Jack
Blaney rejects the notion that the
university is being sold off to busi -
ness interests.
"All private donations were
received without strings attached," he said. "If a private organization who paid for the construction ofthe room wants to then
use that room for staff seminars or
whatever, they pay the usual
"It's not privatization of the
university," said Blaney, "and it's
certainly not private control."
In a report for the Institute on
Public Policy, educator David M.
Cameron suggested the private
sector's involvement in post-secondary education will be shortlived.
"[Privatization's] importance
has certainly been heightened by
recent federal initiatives, in both
research and training, to tie federal funds to private sector participation.
The limited success of those
initiatives suggests, however, that
the private sector is unlikely to
become the dominant participant
in post-secondary education."
SFU's administrators hope
Cameron is wrong. They have
signed a thirty-year lease to the
property. The $13 million lease
was paid by an anonymous donor.
But Lovick sees a dangerous
precedent being set.
"If it is the case that the com
mercial and financial establishment of British Columbia agrees
to fund all kinds of things at SFU,
what can happen is they could
have a well-funded business and
economics program, but [could
neglect] the fine arts," he said.
Despite the apparent success
of the Harbour Centre campus,
Xerox president David McCamus
says business should pitch in more
to fund universities.
Speaking to SFU officials,
McCamus said Canadian donors
contribute about 30 per cent of
what their American counterparts
United States put into universities.
Lovick is concerned about the
impact of privatization on society
as a whole. "It effectively amounts
to the disengagement ofthe state
from a number of important sectors and activities.
"The downsizing, deregulation, and now privatization are all
part of a new conservative view of
society which suggests that the
marketplace is primary. And that
is a dangerous and one-dimensional view of society."
Practice safe sex, and practice and practice ...
by Christina Chen
Curious passerbys were
drawn in by a video playing at high
volume, inflated condoms attached to colorful pictures, and
statistics, articles, and captions
such as "Don't trust your partner
to tell you about his sexual history."
They approached the pile of
information with somewhat
amused expressions at first, before
growing serious.
The display was part of a
seminar called "Reality, Risk, and
Responsibility, the Three Rs in the
Age of AIDS and STDs" which ran
in the SUB concourse from Tuesday to Thursday.
"The seminar has gone really
well. I'm delighted with it. There
has been quite afew students coming up to ask questions, and an
increasing number of people that
required information about testing for HIV," said Margaret
Johnston, a Student Health Clinic
nurse responsible for organizing
the seminar.
"The purpose of this seminar
is to increase the awareness that
sexually transmitted diseases
(STD's) such as AIDS are not only
contracted by gays, but others as
well. Most people know about
AIDS, but they just think it will
never happen to them."
Free HIV testing is available
to UBC students at the Student's
Health Clinic, and the results are
confidential. Other testing centres
include the STD Clinic, and the
Pine Free Clinic.
According to Stats Can, by Oct.
of 1989, 3300 people in BC tested
positive for the HIV virus, and 630
people were diagnosed with AIDS.
The highest risk group is people
between the age of 30-35, with
those aged 20-29 following closely
behind. The average incubation
period is seven years. Thus, the
most vulnerable groups at present
are teenagers and young adults.
Funded by the Student Help
Outreach Program, the seminar
was staffed by volunteers from
AIDS Vancouver, People With
Aids (PWA) and Speakeasy. It included the recent AIDS video that
was funded, and then banned, by
the provincial government.
Terry Goodwin, a counsellor
and member of the Speaker's Bureau of PWA said the PWA volunteers either have AIDS or are
tested HIV positive. "They come
out to speak to the public because
of the need of education to the
general public."
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January 19,1990
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Tuesday, January 23rd, 1990
Students hit with new tax
By Chris Lawson
Canadian University Press
OTTAWA (CUP) — Students
borrowing under the Canada Student Loan program will have an
extra three per cent to pay back
after 1991.
Secretary of State Gerry
Weiner announced a three per
cent "administration fee" on student loans last month, to recoup
costs of defaulted loans.
"If you need a loan, you obviously don't have a lot of money,"
said Canadian Federation of Students chair Jane Arnold. "And yet
they're making these people pay
more. This is really regressive."
Secretary of State official Len
Westerberg said the fee, which
wjll apply only to new loans, will
be tough on students now, but will
help them in the long run.
"If we don't start getting some
of the (defaulted loan) money
back, the tax payer will end up
with the bill," Westerberg said.
He said students have defaulted on $150 million worth of
loans. "That's money we can't loan
out to students," he added.
Westerberg said the new fee
would bring in $60 million in the
first year. He saidit was part ofthe
government's overall effort to reduce spending.
"It's tough, but students
aren't the only segment of society
being affected by cuts," he said.
Westerberg said the new tax
wouldn't affect students' decision
to go to college or university.
"I don't think it's going to affect students" he said. "But it
depends on the student's outlook,
whether he's determined to get
through school, and he's willing to
work, or whether he's just looking
for a free ride."
Arnold said the fee had nothing to do with cutting costs.
"It's a tax," she said. "It's a
money making venture. That they
would tax a loan is absurd."
In 1987-88, 221,268 students
borrowed more than $588 million
through the Canada Student Loan
Program. Canadian Federation of
Students statistics show about 20
per cent of them will graduate
owing more than $10,000 from
both federal and provincial programs.
"People are really up in arms
about this fee," Arnold said. "It's
really slimy."
Teachers hold mute rally
About 30 Yukon College
teachers held a silent protest recently against their lack of input
into the hiring of a new college
"The staff feel that the decisions that directly impact us
should involve us as we are very
important to the students," said
Yukon College Employees Union
official Alexis Petersen.
Staffand faculty were left off
the hiring committee for the College's new president.
"The college exists to serve
the students and the administration and board exist to help the
staff in that," she said.
Jim Holt, chair of the college's Board of Governors, circulated a memo telling staff the
board had short-listed five candidates   for   president   and   was
checking their references.
The memo also said it had
considered allowing other people
on the selection committee, but
decided against it because it
would take too much time.
"We did not feel that we had
the luxury of such timing," Holt's
memo said. Holt added the committee of board members only
ensure the hiring was confidential.
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Strangway expresses concern for safety on campus.
Group studies violence
Sexual assault an issue at UBC
by Christina Chen
and Chung Wong
President Strangway met
with community representatives
and campus specialists yesterday
in a closed session on violence on
According to AMS Coordinator of External Affairs Vanessa
Geary, there was a serious concern
on the issue of sexual assaults at
One suggestion strongly considered was to begin to report
sexual assaults on campus in efforts to promote public awareness
to a serious problem.
"Other universities have an
RCMP bulletin on where it happens and when," said Geary.
UBC began steps earlier in
the year with the formation of a
research group to decide whether
a centre against violence should be
set up as a result of the rapid
increase and visibility of violence
on campus.
The centre, if set up, will be
geared toward finding actual preventive measuresagainst violence
through study, research, and
analysis, identifying the focal
points in violence-related issues,
and factors leading to violent
Professor Brian MacLean, a
crime specialist from Sociology
lauded the decision to start the
new group on campus and said,
"This is a progressive and constructive step for the administration to undertake. It takes the
public safety of women seriously.
Violence against women in society
is quite pervasive. Unfortunately,
our campus isn't exempt from
"All people on campus should
have access to information (which
results from this research group)
so they know the extent of violence
on campus," said Maclean.
The research group headed by
Dr Daniel Birch, vice president of
academic and provost, consists of a
cross section of staff members
from various faculties, including
Sociology, Education, Psychology,
and Medicine.
Birch departed for Africa
January 11 and was not available
for comment.
"The initial discussion of getting together was very warmly
received," said Strangway.
"There was a lot of discussion
about things that could be
done...this (research group) increases the awareness of the different violence issues that are
going on in our society," he said.
"They (the research group)
should be looking at what is the
actual frequency and distribution
of violence on campus. Until such
informations are assembled, it's
difficult to predict what kind of
interventions to take," said
The meeting held last night
was one of several meetings which
will be held in the next few weeks
in efforts to gain public input on
the issue of violence on campus.
"I hope it (the meeting) is a
positive step in welcoming all
people in UBC on an equal basis. I
feel confident that we have made
president Strangway aware of
problems he wasn't aware of," said
In addition to physical safety
for women, Geary said there was
also a strong focus on attitudinal
"We talk about things like the
Lady Godiva ride and discussed
the need for education because you
just cannot ban things."
"There were no decisions
made. But if action does not happen from these meetings then it
will be very disappointing," she
Lebanese leaders questioned
by Mark Nielsen
Drawing a parallel between
his country's plight and recent
events in Eastern Europe, a Lebanese representative of the Christian Phalange, the dominant
Christian faction in war-torn
Lebanon, said Wednesday during
a visit to UBC that both are ruled
by people who lack the support of
its own citizens.
Though Syrian-backed Elias
Hrawi oversees 70 per cent of
Lebanese territory, he is not the
country's true leader Michel
Ghorayeb told a group of about 35
"We've learned from what has
happened in Eastern Europe
lately that the people who are at
the head of a nation are not necessarily the people who are wanted,
respected or agreed upon as leaders by their own people," he said.
Instead, Ghorayeb argued
that interim prime minister General Michel Aoun Geader of the
Christian Phalange) is the legitimate leader of Lebanon.
"Allowing Syria to force a few
powerless members of a dissolved
parliament to assemble under the
threat of its guns and elect a president who would serve its purposes
is unacceptable," Ghorayeb said.
Outgoing president Amin
Gemayel appointed Aoun prime
minister in September 1989 on the
night his term of office expired.
Aoun was appointed under
the Lebanese constitution,
Ghorayeb said, giving him true
legitimacy but only as transitional
"Being commander-in-chief of
the army, they gave somebody
with some authority the duty to
keep this country together,"
Ghorayeb said.
With exception of some fighting within factions, Ghorayeb also
said there is no civil war in Lebanon and that the 17 communities
making up the country are united
against Syria.
"What we are trying to do is
free our country, it's as simple as
that," he said.
Ghorayeb blamed Lebanon's
predicament on the unwillingness
of larger powers like the United
States to intervene and rid the
country of Syrian forces.
Instead, despite recognizing
the invaders as a major source of
illegal drugs including heroin and
cocaine, Ghorayeb said the U.S.
"continues to extend an open hand
to" Syria.
In doing so, the US continues
a foreign policy opposing the existence of Lebanon which began in
the 1970's with Henry Kissinger.
"Once upon a time, not very
long ago, he stood up in the UN
security council and said 'if you
want to have peace in the middle
east, you have to deliver Lebanon
to Syria," he said.
As a result, the Lebanese
have been forced to buy arms from
Iraq, also enemies of Syria, though
Ghorayeb said they would prefer
not to.
Meanwhile Lebanon has
faced continued bombardment
from Syria.
Ghorayeb was speaking to a
group of about 35 students in a
forum sponsored by the International Relations Students Association.
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THE UBYSSEY/7 Love and capitalism
Love defies escape
by Effie Poiv
WEDNESDAY. It's a typically
quiet evening at a nightclub in
London. But beneath the stillness
personal demons stir. It is an endless
illusion of glamour fueled by money and
Love on the Plastic
Vancouver Little Theatre
until February 10
"C'mon girls, stop powdering your
noses, the parade's got to begin," shouts
Dapper, the manager ofthe club. The
women of the club define the play and
their reasons tell the story. This is a
parade of battered lives, call-girls, waitresses and others involved with the
operation of the club. All have their reasons for working there.
Harsh lights cut shadows across
bitter faces. Spotlights illuminate the
tormented, their testimonies of pain—
poetic. The call-girls, Nicola, Jennifer and
Theresa reveal their pasts and personal
desires in impassioned monologues.
Florence, one of the waitresses, is
trying to support her son through the
shameful sale of her body. She loathes her
secret life but is constantly reminded of
the power of money, and her desperate tie
to it.
Bathed in red light, Griselda the
transsexual stripper, dances alone. She is
a sad figure who finds solace in exhibiting
her newly transformed body.
In an eerie scene with Griselda and a
bartender who wants to be transexual,
only two heads can be seen lit in darkness. Their voices become one.
Wednesday. Opening night of Love
On The Plastic.
Seated at tables and booths, served
drinks from the bar, the audience watches
from the shadows. We are props and witnesses to an illusion within illusions.
Black gloom, shadows of decadence. A
mysterious shade of red paint on the walls
and columns. Gilt, gold, crimson and
velvety cushions.
The action of the play takes place in
three rings: the reception desk, the dance
floor and at the bar. The "punters," male
customers, buy illusions with plastic
money. But nothing is exclusive, scenes
are created with space and light; swaying
between the real world and monologues of
the mind.
At the end of the night Sandhano
Schultze, the director and co-founder of
Pink Ink Theatre, breathes a sizable sigh
of relief. The audience seems pleased, the
applause is respectful. I am impressed by
the play's effort and visual concepts. The
production's few opening night weaknesses are countered by outstanding
moments. As Schultze points out, the
personalities of the story are crafted with
"These are desperate people, it is not
an exclusive group. They are as real as
anyone around. The characters come from
the real world. The play is much about
how money destroys human values. We
ask, what is the real world?"
After the show, a friend who worked
in a nightclub in Berlin comments on how
accurate some ofthe scenes were. This is
not surprising since the playwright Julia
Scholfield based the story and one of the
characters on her own experience as a
receptionist in London's nightclub circuit.
"In writing this piece I deliberately
sought to shock. I wanted to share m)'
own profound and naive shock, not at the
existence of prostitution which wasn't
seedy hole-in-the-corner stuff, nor at it's
causes, effects and language, but at it's
sheer normality."
rule me
by Ken Maclntyre
GENERAL MOTORS' lobbyist Tom
Kay insists that GM Chairman
Roger Smith is a really swell guy.
Roger and Me
Never mind the fact that Smith
closed several auto plants in Flint,
Michigan (the birthplace of General
Motors) resulting in the loss of 35,000
jobs. Or that he re-opened the plants in
Mexico where the workers earn $0.70 per
hour. Or that GM spent its profits on
war-mongering toys and then told the
union they were broke. The soon-to-be
laid off GM lobbyist Kay remains
staunchly loyal to the corporation.
"(Just) because a guy is an automobile executive, that doesn't make him inhuman," he declares of his boss.
Film director Michael Moore is quick
to disagree with Kay's assessment of GM's
Chairperson and has made a film (Roger
and Me) which attempts to expose Roger
Smith's wrong-doings while chronicling
the aftermath of Flint, Michigan's
economic decimation. The result is an
often hilarious, sharp-tongued alternative
documentary that should have corporate
America and smalltown USA reeling with
Serving as our on and offscreen
guide, Moore's mission is simple: Find
Roger Smith and bring him to Flint for a
first-hand look at the personal devastation he's caused.
Smith, however, proves to be very
elusive, dodging Moore and his camera
crew wherever they turn up; from the
yacht clubs of Grosse Pointe to company
headquarters in Detroit, Smith keeps one
step ahead of the ever tenacious Moore.
Meanwhile—struggling to regain any
semblance of normality, Flint has given
itself over to the outrageous. Fast food
outlets and Amway dealerships flourish
while city planners attempt to revitalize
the economy.
A $13 million luxury hotel is built, at
the taxpayers' expense, to attract tourists
to a city which is now ranked the highest
crime area in the country. A festive
shopping mall and multi-million dollar
auto theme park are also erected, sucking
dry the city's already arid economic
The film's unconventional approach
to what, in essence is a human tragedy on
a grand scale, is heart-wrenchingly funny.
Juxtaposing scenes of poverty and despair
with bouncy pop tunes and idealistic vintage film clips, Moore's unforgiving social
commentary hits hard when one is given
the opportunity to look beneath its
sardonic surface. However, the quirky
small town stereotypes and cliched
corporate double-speak (as humourous as
it is) may sometimes dilute any real
sympathy one may feel for the victims of
As for the ever-elusive General
Motors Chairperson Roger Smith, who
continues to bare the brunt of Moore's
journalistic muckraking, and who reminds us that corporate callousness is
alive and well in America, he says ofthe
film..."I'm not much for sick humour and I
don't like things that take advantage of
poor people."
Roger and Me is seat-of-the-pants
filmmaking at its innovative best and,
while edifying and entertaining, it brings
new meaning to the overly-idealized,
naive term "The American Dream".
Dance in white
Dance poi
by Harald Gravelsins
THE banality of existence melts into
the marvellous, bold, sensuous and
self-sufficient immediacy of primal energy
in Kokoro's Aeon, currently premiering at
the VECC.
Kokoro Dance with Uzume Taiko
Vancouver East Cultural Centre
Until January 20
Our hearts are beating. Why? Perceiving the question, not finding the
answer, rests at the core of this production.
Barbara Bourget and Jay Hira-
bayashi formed Kokoro in 1986. Their
Zero to the Power attracted critical
notoriety when it appeared at the Firehall
theatre last summer. The media was in
an uproar over what they considered
blatant pornography.
In Aeon, they collaborate with the
Uzume Taiko drummers and composer-
musicians Ross Barrett and Robert Rosen
in an exploration of space as physical and
emotional experience.
Truth and beauty neither stand apart
nor substitute for each other in Kokoro's
work. Bourget and Hirabayashi do not
labour to reproduce pre-conceived standards in their movements, nor do they
present a mere loosening of these standards as contemporary art. They seek
originality and the meaningful communication of this originality to their audience.
The difficulty faced by performers in
such an undertaking is no less than the
January 19, 1990 _nds hearts
risk for the audience, unprotected by conventional aloofness to staged performances and depending on the performers'
integrity to provide coherence to the show.
In Aeon, we rely heavily on the musicians to suggest possible modes of access
to the shifting moods and textures of the
dancers' actions.
The initial segment of the show features a boisterous, reedy profusion of
tenor saxophone within the darkened
interior ofthe Cultch. In the intimacy of
this setting, we become reacquainted with
the vitality of our senses and are thereby
prepared for Bourget and Hirabayashi,
crouched for several minutes under two
wooden platforms.
The dancers slowly emerge, painted
white, heads shaven, and clad in loin
cloth. The delicate lighting illuminates
and throws shadows across their physical
features, revealing a richness to their
movements that might have been unno-
ticeable and apparently unimportant but
for the setting in which the movements
are presented.
For the next sixty minutes, the two
dancers draw themselves increasingly
into each other's orbit and assert more
and more of their separate identities. The
cycle reaches completion with each dancer
coming to rest on the opposite platform
from which he or she entered the performance.
Aeon is an awakening into the exuberance and subtlety of experimenting
with bodily consciousness. We leave the
performance recalling few details ofthe
choreography or music, but feeling the
pulse of our beating hearts.
Kokoro's subversion has had its
' by Omar Diaz
MY hat has to go off to anybody who
has the courage to produce a John
Patrick Shanley Play, and in the case of
the Mad Love Theatre Company's
production of The Dreamer Examines his
Pillow, a bow of recognition is also in
The Dreamer Examines His Pillow
Station Street Arts Centre
Until February 3
This particular production has taken
on a difficult task and made it work.
The play is about Donna and Tommy
(Sacha Moiseiwitsch and Gerry Bean), a
couple who can't find happiness together,
and find even less apart.
It opens in Tommy's run down apartment. Donna has come over to warn
Tommy to stop "hitting on" her sister. In
typical Shanley manner we have painful
exchanges which reveal each character's
inner torment. Tommy schizophrenically
does not believe himself responsible for
his own actions, while Donna goes
through the paradoxical love/hate which
she feels for Tommy.
While the first act is quite good, the
second act is when the play really starts
to move. The reason for this is the
extremely good work on the part of Arlen
Jones as Donna's father. Jones maintains
a balance between wit and self-exposure
that makes his character not only likable
but a pleasure to watch. In the third act
his character's confidence and wisdom are
an effective character balance to Bean's
work as the confused Tommy.
The direction of Joanna Maratta is
also commendable. The difficult two-
person scenes move swiftly and easily,
and the blocking never seems contrived or
Maratta described this play as a
"slice of life." The reality of physical
violence between the two men makes the
audience members glad that it's someone
else's life.
Also notable is the set ofdesigner Michael D. Gall. His set design allows a run
down bachelor suite to quickly becomes a
refined apartment.
The most attractive feature of this
show is the honesty in which the text is
played. Like other Shanley plays, such as
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, we have
inarticulate people being extremely well-
spoken. The only way to achieve this
properly is to convince the audience that
each character really believes in what he
or she is saying. In this sense the Mad
Love Theatre Company does justice to a
difficult goal.
Sweeney Todd: holding a rolling pin
Todd preys on UBC
Dreaming together and apart
by Denise Dyson
SWEENEY TODD has become more
than just a musical thriller: the
departments of theatre and music have
transformed it into an exciting statement
on the future of performing arts at UBC.
Sweeney Todd
Frederic Wood Theatre
Until February 3
Set in London's rough and grungy
Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd is the story of
the infamous Demon Barber, the man
who cut the throats of the dishonourable
as an expression of sinister revenge. It is
also the tale of his accomplice, Mrs.
Lovett, who disposed of the dead bodies
by filling her pies with their flesh.
The cannibalism theme is literal and
also figurative. The lyrics of one song tell
us: "The history ofthe world...is made up
of those who get eaten and those who get
to eat".
Through his murders, Todd turns the
class system upside down. He is striving
for a kind of justice, though it is a justice
that has no place in human society, and
one which leads to an inevitable outcome
of chaos, horror and madness.
While the theme is unnerving enough
to startle viewers, Stephen Sondheim's
mesmerizing music and witty lyrics allow
the Frederic Wood Theatre production to
grab hold, intensifying the play into an
energy that is powerful, alive, and absolutely gripping.
You may wonder how something
bright could come out of a musical of such
dark humour. The answer lies in the fact
that Sweeney Todd insists upon collaboration. As one of the reasons for choosing
Sweeny Todd, Errol Durbach, department
head for Theatre, states, "It is a piece that
bridges the gap between grand opera and
theatre, and therefore is perfect for co-
Director/Conductor French Tickner
brings the world of music to the stage
through a cast of professional opera
singers and musicians. The BFA acting
program is also represented by the
talented performances of actor Guy
Fauchon and actress Eliza Green-Moncur.
Fauchon plays eight roles yet still
manages to bring superb vitality to each
Recognition is due to actress Adele
Clark for her brilliant portrayal ofthe
scheming yet romantic Mrs. Lovett, and
to Giovanni Smaldino, who plays the
colourful and foppish Italian-Irish Barber-
Blackmailer Pirelli with a charm that
never falters. You cannot take your eyes
off these two performers when they are on
Technically, Sweeney Todd is extremely complex, requiring an expertise
professionally mastered by the production's designers and construction crew.
Designer Ronald Fedoruk's collage of
lighting effects skillfully plays off the
sooty, dismal impression of Robert
Gardiner's bleak but elaborate set and
Mara Cottier's character-enhancing
Combined with the spell-binding
effect ofthe music and lyrics, the union of
lighting, set, and costume control the
emotions and responses of the members of
the audience, absolutely engulfing them
into the harsh, ugly world of the play.
The musical is demanding and challenging, but cast and crew conquer this
problem. They join forces and work
together with dedication and conviction.
As French Tickner puts it: "I've never had
such support."
In honour of UBC's 75th anniversary,
The President's Campaign has been
founded to create new performing areas,
including a concert hall, proscenium theatre, cinema, and studio, for more
collective projects within the performing
Through an inspiring effort of collaboration in producing Sweeney Todd, the
Frederic Wood Theatre has become the
gateway to this future.
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by Steve Conrad
READING Victor Malarek's
Merchants of Misery reminds me how sad it
is that you can't judge a book by its cover.
Merchants of Misery
by Victor Malarek
MacMillan Press
According to the dust jacket blurb, the threat
of illegal drugs is "the potent social evil facing
Canada today." Apparently, the wise and seasoned
Malarek is going to rip the lid right off of the drug
scene, cut through all the bullshit and give us all
the straight answers we so desperately need to
halt the spread of this pestilence before the very
fabric of our society is rent apart.
Malarek's treatment of the
matter is less scholarly than
might be expected of someone
purporting to have so many answers. In the rough and tumble
world of cops and addicts, facts
have to stand on their own
without benefit of bibliography or
The bulk of Merchants of
Misery consists of narrative passages from a cop's eye view. Here
we see gnarly, tough soldiers at
the front lines in a war on drugs.
They are underfunded. They need
tougher laws to stop this epidemic
before it's too late. Their greatest
pleasure in life is putting some
drug dealing scumbag behind
"They're ours. We've got them
by the balls and this time we're
going to squeeze hard," says one cop as he fantasies about an upcoming bust. The same officer
grabs more balls later on in the story.
The guardians ofthe drug-free lifestyle still
find time for the odd Schwartzennegeresque one-
liner even while doing battle with dope dealing
riff-raff. "Smile for the camera...it's for the family
album," one of the cops allegedly says as he bursts
into somebody's home.
The hellbent for justice mentality of these
passages would not be out of place in the pages of
Soldier of Fortune.
Malarek adopts many of the biases of the cops
he works with, including racism.
During an arrest one policeman dismisses the
detainee's claim of refugee status saying, "Don't
give me that political refugee crap. You're a piece
of shit. You come here to sell drugs to our Canadian kids. You're a piece of shit."
While covering the Hong Kong heroine
connection, Malarek suggests that any wealthy
Hong Kong individual could very well turn out to
be a drug kingpin.
"They have invested billions of dollars into
legitimate businesses...and through these legitimate enterprises flow the illegal gains of their
pursuits," he says ofthe Chinese drug merchants.
Malarek tries to fend off the criticisms of
racism by saying he just wants to slag drug
dealers within various minority groups, not the
groups themselves. "People who know my work in
the areas of human rights and refugee issues will
understand that I mean no disrespect to the
groups to which these individuals belong," he says.
This self-righteous disclaimer is less than convincing.
The addicts and dealers are all stock characters from anti-drug literature — pathetic schemers like the devil in a morality play; so hooked
their craving makes them putty in the hands of
cops; faceless losers needing no more name than
"the Iranian" or "the Jamaican." Cameo appearances are made by the man who had it all and lost
everything, as well as the defiant youth who gets
in over his head when he messes with drugs.
Malarek's attempts to enter their world are
hopelessly oafish. In one scene, the writer goes to
a known haven for cocaine dealers and acts as
conspicuously as humanly possible. After hanging
around for a while without speaking to anyone,
Malarek gets up to follow a couple of men heading
for the washroom to close a deal. The bouncer
keeps Malarek from entering the bathroom until
the two druggies return, whereupon the intrepid
author rushes to examine some drug residue left
on the back ofthe toilet tank. He is then thrown
out by the doorman. Malerek seems genuinely
surprised that acting like a narc gets him thrown
out of a drug den.
In another such foray, Malarek goes to a crack
house. He wants to run away almost as soon as he
enters the door. He is clearly afraid to leave the
drughead he has paid to escort him there. In a
panic, he allows himself to be blackmailed, fisting
out money until his guide has had his fill of drugs
and agrees to lead him away.
In subsequent chapters, Malarek skirts his
inability to act cool around drugs by invoking drug
super villains of James Bond calibre. Khun Sa, the
heredity monarch of a region of Burma near the
Golden Triangle is the most flamboyant. "A millionaire many times over, he is clever, politically astute
and ruthless. Villagers suspected of being government informants are buried alive. Deserters from
his army are tracked down and shot." The shamed
Iranian who sews his own lips together in jail also
turns in a strong performance.
The seedy other world of drug addiction even
seeps over into the lives of ordinary decent people.
In one vignette, a struggling single mother takes
her rambunctious tot for a walk in a park in downtown Toronto. When the mother,
exhausted by a hard day's work,
take her eyes off of her kid for a
minute, the kid promptly comes
upon a hypodermic syringe. The
frantic mom seizes the dirty needle
and starts swearing.
"That creep. That dirty rotten
creep. That bastard. He could have
given my child AIDS."
Being a filthy vector of disease
and suffering, the addict's syringe
has become emblematic of all that is
repulsive about illegal drugs.
Malarek flaunts this icon proudly,
sending out a strong message to 'get
Interspersed with these flashes of
needle waving, are numerous
claims of widespread canibis use
today. By blending all drugs together as much as possible and with
a little help from bait and switch reasoning,
Malarek manages to create the impression that no
child is safe from the soiled syringes left behind by
depraved marijuana fiends.
In Malarek's world of drugs, there are only
crazed addicts and law abiding citizens. People who
enjoy the odd puff off a joint simply don't exist. In
this narcotopia, drug use is a one way ticket to
addiction and crime. Nobody derives any pleasure
from the use of any elicit substance; addicts just
fuel a self-destructive compulsion.
Ever since seeing a 60's educational film
featuring teenagers plummeting from rooftops
under the LSD induced delusion that they could fly,
I have been a big fan of this genre of literature.
Malarek recreates this bygone era of panic stirring
propaganda right down to the McCarthyite politics.
In his final chapter Malarek even offers the theory
that the drug plague is "a well orchestrated Soviet
plot to destroy the West by poisoning its youth with
dope." Even his politics are of Reefer Madness
"The image we have of the sleazy drug dealers
hanging around schoolyards enticing youngsters to
buy a gram of grass or a vial of crack is not far from
reality," he explains in his introduction.
Without anti-drug propaganda, the war on
drugs would never get off of the ground. The only
question remaining is whether we really need a war
on drugs. Is drug abuse really the most important
issue facing today's leaders? More pressing than
environmental deterioration, homelessness, third
world debt, declining educational standards and the
eclipse of North American industry? Or do drugs
simply provide politicians with a ready made
villain, an issue with a good old fashioned black and
white distinction between right and wrong?
Crack is the featured performer in the media
blitz on drugs. Crack is photogenic; it offers lots of
footage of racial minorities doing forbidden stuff in
sleazy neighbourhoods. The war on drugs is
basically a war waged against the inner city poor,
who don't stand to gain a lot from closer contact
with their own rather ugly corner of reality. On top
of this, stepped up police activity in slums is an
extremely ineffective way to deal with what is
essentially a medical problem.
The much lauded successes ofthe war on drugs
have consisted largely ofthe seizure of cars and
yachts for the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
If it is read on the level of a cross between
Simon and Simon
and Reefer Madness, Merchants of
Misery can be a
very entertaining
book. However it
is totally useless
as a source of information.
January 19,1990 ENTERTAINMENT
Droning in the dead of night
by Greg Da lis
ROTHERS Chip and Tony Kin man,
. ''formerly ofthe group Rank and
. .,.'. are now exploring' new musical
avenues as Blackbird, shelling out a
techno-punky-pop sound featuring
spiralling drones of cosmic proportions.
They will be opening for the Jesus and
Mary Chain at the Commodore on
January 25 and 26.
I recently spoke with ('hip Kinman
from his home in Los Angeles.
Chip Kinman of Blackbird
THE UBYSSEY: In your upcoming
show in Vancouver, you will be
opening for Tho Jesus and Mary
Chain. You have been bombarded
with JMC comparisons before, do
you think this will result in a whole
new slow of thom?
CHIP KINMAN: Well, maybe this will
put it to rest. I was actually concerned
because a lot of our reviews say ''Jesus
and Mary Chain meet Everly Brothers"
or some bullshit like that, or in Canada
I've been hearing "Skinny Puppy meet
Everly Brothers'...
THE UBYSSEY: That's what I hoard
KINMAN: Yeah, right. I understand
they're |J.MC| noise mongers, I'm really
not familiar with their music: I heard a
couple of their tunes. We do our thing
with echo, like a non-stop mu^ic bag
going on stage. We just get up there and
go and don't stop till it's out. It's just
one big constant barrage
It's a bit of a risk but perhaps people
w>ll see the difference now and we can
put I the com pan son | to rest   I; s me and
T ■ * t" > doing the drum machine, t hey're a
:. I'htional four piece rock outfit, and
.••■  ie not at all.
THE UBYSSEY: On tho album there's
>ltll a strong pop influence underneath tho mix.
KINMAN: Under the barrage, veah.
'! A;it s Hist me and Tonv  No "latter how
outfits. We're not hollering into megaphones about being raped by our fathers
or anything like that. We're not trying to
put anything over on anyone. We're just
really trying to do something different
and stir things up. And I think they
desperately need to be stirred up again.
THE UBYSSEY: Do you think you'll
retain many Rank and File fans?
KINMAN: We got more Rank and File
fans with Blackbird than we actually did
with the last RAF record, if that makes
any sense to you. I think if people are into
what Tonv and I do. then there's no
weren t going to stop, we weren t going to
talk and they just kind of got into the
THE UBYSSEY: Whether the music is
mainstream or underground, there is
pertaining to what is acceptable and
what is not acceptable...
KINMAN: You're absolutely right. Even
mi id: vse try to deconstruct, we always
em! up with a chorus and a vt '-i' and
bridge and all that kind ot .-i nff. This
scnarates us from a lot of ' Ae noise
problem with that and we seem to nave a
lot of those people come to see us. Maybe
not if they're into the country tiling
specifically, they might not like Blackbird.
THE UBYSSEY: So you're going to
have a non-stop barrage of sound?
KINMAN: Yeah, we don't stop, we don't
talk, there's no pause for applause, we
don't say "hi, how ya doin'" or "let's party.'
We're not interested at all in that,
because the music is going to say it all.
THE UBYSSEY: What type of rapport
do you hope to got with your audience? Are you tryin^
certain reaction?
KINMAN: Pretty much. We're just trying
to get people to loosen up and...and...I'm
not sure what's going on in Vancouver but
the alternative scene here in Los Angeles
is almost non-existent. Everyone is out to
make it, and do anything and everything
thev can to get signed in this town. It's
really disgusting. Everyone seems to have
forgotten about music or making any sort
of music that matters. So consequently
the shows are just disgusting pandering
to t he audience. We're just not into that
scene. You know the old punk rock thing
about the band and the audience separation, trying to do awa\ with that  Weli.
we're trying to do something like that, bu
it s more of a musical thing; we re leaving
it up to the audience to figure out how to
set up the rapport here
What's happened in Los Angeles,
when we first started out we'd go off the
stage to deafening silence. People would
say   "look, vou guys are cheating   vou don
talk, vou didn't say hi let's paitv    flu**
people who tlnnK they re open-minded
and free. I'll tell ya. ifyou want a taste of
what it could be like — get a drum
machine on stage. Because in the United
States, probably Canada as well, people
aren't prepared to look at a band without
a drummer. People will come up to me
and say "you don't have a drummer, oh
there's nothing to look at". It's not like
having some fucking sweaty sweathog on
(laughs). We're not interested, you know.
We can show videos of Ringo (laughs) —
there's your drummer there.  Blackbird
has nothing to do with stadiums and long
hair. It's very much anti-rock.
THE UBYSSEY: I suppose with the
drum machine it's really a question
on how it's used. People really don't
want to accept it?
KINMAN: That's just really not our
problem. The drum machine is just
another musical instrument, it's not like
we plug it in and it plays drums to our
songs. We have to write the music and
put it in. Actually it's freed up me and
Tony. If we really want to take off on
stage or improvise we can do that, it's just
a series of buttons to push, it only takes a
second. It lays down this bedrock and
Tony and I can go to Mars right over it.
And come back down whenever we're
THE UBYSSEY: I guess some human
machines after twenty years of doing
things a certain way.
KINMAN: Drummers bring along a lot of
excess baggage. All musicians do. We're
not making an anti-drummer statement,
that".-* not it at all. it's just that a drum
machine is a different sound and a set
sound we wanted to use. I'm sure Tonv
you're talking about Guns N'Roses,
Rolling Stones type rock?
KINMAN: The whole heavy metal
thing, anything that has anything to do
with rock and roll as big business. I
reallv want nothing to do with it.
THE UBYSSEY: And idol worship...
KINMAN: Exactly. My god, it's almost
the year 2000. How long do we have to
worship some hairy chested white blues
belter millionaire? No thanks.
THE UBYSSEY: You guys tend to
jump off the bandwagon just when
everyone else gets on, first with
punk, then country rock; you leave
the genre just as it's gaining momentum. Is it a conscious effort for
you to go against the grain?
KINMAN: No, it's not. I can't explain it.
It something we've noticed since we
have a tiny bit of perspective, having
played in these three bands. Tony and I
will just do something for a few years
and we just get bored of it and we look
for our own personal musical challenge.
THE UBYSSEY: You must enjoy the
freedom of being on an independent label and not having to deal
with major companies.
KINMAN: We sure do. Iloki, the label
the records came out on, just gave us a
thousand bucks and said give me the
record when you're done. He let us
blend all the songs together. Any other
record company would have had a shit
attack "you can't do that — D.J.'s can't
find the songs!" Well, fuck 'em, they
weren't able to find any of our other
songs, so what's the difference.
THE UBYSSEY: Is there a recurring
message or basic philosophy to
your music?
KINMAN: Nothing overt. I have my
own philosophies of life which might
iital.   So we
kep' w ith it
people real i/ed we
again sometime.
THE UBYSSEY: So when you say
Blackbird is an anti-rock statement
tran-late into the music, which is get
out there and do it yourself, you're an
individual, vou don't have to wait for a
corporation or someone to tell you it's
okay. That's been kind of our message
all along, and add a little subversion to
THE UBYSSEY: And it all comes together.
KINMAN: Hopefully it will all come
together at the Commodore, which is
w ofthe first Blackbird
January 19,1990
THE UBYSSEY/11 J*     t__L*aat_4______> a___. ___.
Originally tHert! were "three
Wright Bro+hers
Graphic: Bandersnatch
The first letter on
the recent AMS
UBC students have turned
into a lynch mob.
For students who are aware of
injustices in this world, they feel
helpless. Boycotts against Shell
have not ended apartheid in South
Africa. On a local level, protests
against the building of luxury
condominiums amidst a massive
shortage of affordable housing,
have been futile. And now a student executive is not punished for
a potentially illegal act.
The frustrations of student
protesters at the lack of justice in
the world is now focused on Karl
Kottmeier. Condemning Karl is so
much easier, so much more tangible than fighting against powerful, elusive enemies such as leaders of nations, or even the Board of
Governors. Karl is alone and
weak. A perfect scapegoat to pay
for all the injustices we have all
seen and experienced.
Karl Kottmeier did something wrong. But the reactions
towards the man have exceeded
the deed in measures of atrocity.
People who preach that there
should be peace and love in the
world are spewing out their hatred
of Karl. Others who recognize that
the criminal justice system is an
inadequate, de-humanizing, state
apparatus are promoting the usage of this corporation. Christians
have forgotten that Jesus had said
"Those who have not committed
any sins be the first to cast the
stone" and instead, have blood-
thirstily screamed "An eye for an
There is so much hate on this
campus. Men are accused of hating women. Feminists are called
"man-haters." Engineers ridicule
the Faculty of Arts. Artsies blast
Geers. Gay-bashing is always a
popular event. And everyone feels
that their hate is justified. For all
the people who love to hate, Karl
Kottmeier is the overwhelming
favorite flavour-of-the-month to
In the name of justice, many
massacres have taken place. And
at UBC, students feel that the
world would be a better place if
Karl Kottmeier's head was skewered, with his blood dripping on a
banner marked justice.
Carol Hui
Ubyssey staff
Unpleasantness #2
I am writing in response to the
AMS's decision not to lay charges
against Mr. Karl Kottmeier, former director of finance. I believe
that the AMS was wrong in its
decision not to press charges
against Mr. Kottmeier. The AMS
action basically boils down to political and judicial interference.
The members of the AMS were
elected to represent the students
and not Mr. Kottmeier. It appears
that by deciding in favour of Mr.
Kottmeier, the executives have
implicitly set a precedent for future misuse of student funds as
well as have failed to represent the
interests of the UBC students.
Your paper reported that Mr.
Kottmeier has or will return all
the money that he took. I believe
that he should also be forced to pay
interest on these funds. I further
believe that those AMS members
who voted in favour of not pressing
charges should resign because
they have insulted the UBC students whom they were elected to
Amritpal Singh Shergill
Graduate Studies
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He then smiled at me and
walked off.
How ironic, I thought, that
this cage was used to symbolize
the political oppression of foreign
nations. Had we become so far-
sighted some time ago, that we
could feel the hurt of foreign prisoners of conscience yet could not
feel or sense the existing oppressions right in front of us?
Before me, this Native with
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January 19,1990 LETTERS
Unpleasantness #3
After discussing the AMS
decision of not recommending the
pressing of criminal charges
against Karl Kottmeier, former
director of finance, the Arts Undergraduate Society voted unanimously, with one abstention, on
the following motion that:
1. The AMS should have
recommended that charges be laid
based on sufficient evidence.
2. The AUS does not agree
with the AMS Student Council's
decision not to lay charges against
Karl Kottmeier.
3. The AMS Council should
abide by and fully support any
future Student Court recommendation with respect to the unauthorized expenditure of student
4. We encourage greater
student input into AMS affairs.
5. And, that in the future,
the AMS should not impose a
blackout of information on AMS
student representatives.
A more open student government responsible to the needs of
the student population will only
benefit the AMS and encourage a
greater level of participation and
concern in the matters ofthe society. We are confident that the
AMS will take sufficient steps to
prevent this or other such incidents from happening in the future.
The Arts Undergraduate
Unpleasantness #4
As one of the six persons who
voted for pressing charges against
Karl Kottmeier on January 10th, I
felt it was necessary to lay out to
the students of this university why
I voted the way I did.
When I read the motion on the
agenda that evening asking council not to press charges, I was really torn. The question for me
wasn't whether or not to proceed
with legal actions against a friend
(I know Karl as a casual acquaintance), but whether such proceedings would actually help the AMS
clean up its already tattered image. Keep in mind that a court
case could drag out over a couple of
weeks and would get some off-
campus media attention, not to
mention the legal fees the AMS
would have to pay our lawyer to
act on our behalf in such a case.
This was the issue for me.
While other council members
were talking about how Karl has
already suffered enough (what
with him having had to resign as
director of finance and return the
money he drew from AMS accounts) in order to justify voting
against pressing charges, I came
to the conclusion about one minute
before the final vote was taken
that only the legal system could
give Karl the fair hearing he de
serves. We, as members of the
AMS Students' Council, have no
business determining whether
what Karl did was a crime or not.
Even if the AMS were to press
charges against Karl, this does not
mean that he would automatically
end up in court or jail. By pressing
charges, the AMS would have directed the RCMP to conduct an
independent investigation of what
went on during Karl's time in office as it related to his misappropriation of funds. After this is
completed, the report would be
turned over to a Crown Counsel to
determine if there is enough evidence to launch a case against
Karl. If Crown Counsel believes
that the case is too shaky to proceed with, or that no wrong-doing
was discovered, then the whole
issue would be dropped and Karl's
name would be cleared. If, however, Karl did find himself in
court, and was subsequently
found guilty (and there is no guarantee of this), the judge would pass
sentence, rather than the AMS.
I am personally disappointed
that twenty three members of the
AMS Students' Council felt that
they could second guess our entire
legal system, in favour of protecting a friend or friends (in some
cases), or themselves (in others).
Now you know why I voted the way
I did, but in order to get the whole
story, ask some ofthe people who
voted against pressing charges
why they did so. The Ubyssey only
has so many column inches they
can devote to such a story, and
they can't possibly interview everyone (even if they wanted to) to
explain why they voted the way
they did. We are your representatives, and you have every right to
question our actions, ifyou feel so
R.J. Moorhouse
AMS Rep (Arts)
Unpleasantness #5
In the Wednesday meeting of
the AMS council, I informed council that several students and I had
been circulating a petition for the
past two days.
Charging a fellow student
with such a serious crime is not
taken lightly. In the cold eyes of
the law, Karl Kottmeier may be
guilty; if he is, the law states that
he should be convicted for that
crime. Yet making that crucial
step from a rigid textbook to a very
real situation is not easy. Many
council members couldn't see beyond the emotional scope of the
The debate over whether or
not to rescind the decision (not to
press charges) lasted almost four
hours. Most of that time was spent
arguing that Karl Kottmeier had
suffered a great deal of damage
already, in that his employability,
not to mention credibility, was in
the toilet. In the end, the appeal to
emotions won out.   Although a
Neolithic  Vegetarians
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majority of the council members
voted to rescind the original resolution, the required two-thirds
approval wasn't met.
I cannot accept the council's
decision. I respect the arguments
made, and the reasoning of those
who voted NO, but I reject the
This is not a corporation that
Karl Kottmeier may have
wronged. This is a society. The
AMS council has no right to decide
whether or not Kottmeier has suffered enough or not. They do not
have the authority ts quantify
punishment. Karl Kottmeier was
an elected official. That position
demands that his integrity be
perfect. There is no elbow room
here. While he is in office, he has
a duty to act honestly and truthfully—even more so than any ordinary person would do. As an
elected official, he must realize
that the violation ofthe trust put
into him is very serious. The
AMS council has lost sight of their
responsibility. They are not a tribunal set up to decide how much a
person has suffered or whether or
not a person should be charged by
the RCMP. They are simply administrators of the Alma Mater
This petition will not be sent
to the AMS to force a referendum.
This petition will be forwarded to
the RCMP, after a complaint has
been filed. I believe that the
Crown Prosecutor, not the AMS
should decide whether or not
charges should be laid. Please—if
you feel that the AMS is wrong,
then sign the petition.
Aaron Drake
Editor, The 432
Science Undergraduate
Unpleasantness #6
The members of the AMS
board of directors seem to be
strangely out of touch with their
constituency. Their (former) director of finance used students'
money for his personal use. Considering the position he held, I
assume that he was aware of what
he was doing and can therefore be
held responsible. Now the AMS
members are trying to protect
him. That is understandable. He
is their friend. But they seem to be
forgetting that they are in the
AMS on a mandate from students,
and thus should be representing
students' interests. If members of
the AMS feel that they are in a
situation of conflict of interest,
then definitely the decent solution
is to pass this matter on to an
impartial agency, i.e. the student
court of the RCMP.
As far as Tim Bird's letter to
The Ubyssey (Jan. 16) is concerned, I fail to see its point. He
defends the AMS's decision by
arguing that they "spent ten
hours" deliberating the case and
that it was a "difficult decision".
What kind of an argument is this?
If there are no better reasons that
he can present us with, why bother
at all?
Ulrike Narger
Graduate Studies
Unpleasantness #7
I am writingin response to the
AMS's decision not to lay charges
against Mr. Karl Kottmeier, former director of finance. I believe
that the AMS was wrong in its
decision not to press charges
against Mr. Kottmeier. The AMS
action basically boils down to political and judicial interference.
The members of the AMS were
by Ralph Hamelmann
..and from that day forth, Hillary never again tried to break-dance..
Graphic: The Muse
elected to represent the students
and not Mr. Kottmeier. It appears
that by deciding in favour of Mr.
Kottmeier, the executives have
implicitly set a precedent for future misuse of student funds as
well as have failed to represent the
interests of the UBC students.
Your paper reported that Mr.
Kottmeier has or will return all
the money that he took. I believe
that he should also be forced to pay
interest on these funds. I further
believe that those AMS members
whovotedin favour of not pressing
charges should resign because
they have insulted the UBC students whom they were elected to
Amritpal Singh Shergill
Graduate Studies
Unpleasantness #8
On the face of it it may appear,
although it may have been, there
is the very grave potential possible
probability that the further prosecution of Karl Kottmeier would
and could have led to a conviction.
Perhaps, if there had been investigations, which there haven't or not
necessarily have been, or I am not
at liberty to say if there have, there
may have possibly been an inquiry
which, had it existed, on which I
cannot comment, would now be
disbanded if it had existed, and
those people involved, if indeed
they had been, would be members
of a larger organization to which
Karl belongs, the existence of
which would have to be proven in
the fullness of time, at the appropriate juncture, lest we forget that
Rome wasn't built in a day. Thus
it results with elegant inevitability that since he is one of us and not
one of them that he cannot or may
not or it has not yet been fully
decided that he be prosecuted in a
manner in accordance with the
high standards to which we allocate to the humble offices of those
people bestowed with the duty of
carrying out the principal principles of the coherent and coordinated prudent practice of prosecution.
Keith Kennedy
Arts 4
Have guns,
will travel
Normally, The Ubyssey
treats The Vancouver Sun with
only sassiness. It is thus ironic
that The Ubyssey reprints, without customary contempt, from
The Sun a list of alleged American
invasions of Latin America. And
it is doubly ironic that the list is
wrong, literally from beginning
(the Monroe doctrine never
claims Latin America as a
protectorate") to end (it was
Nicaraguan rebels, not the
U.S., that "mines Nicaraguan
This dishonest list contains
many errors. It says, "1854: U.S.
troops invade Nicaragua." Dead
wrong: in the ongoing civil war
between the Liberal Party and the
Conservative Party, the former
hired American troops. In claiming an American invasion" of
Nicaragua in 1894, the list igno-
rantly omits the role of Liberal
president Jose Santos Zelaya, who
"turned his regime into an unpleasant dictatorship" (Nicaragua: Revolution in the Family,
page 6, by Pulitzer Prize-winning
Shirley Christian).
The list pretends that the U.S.
"invaded" Nicaragua in 1910.
Wrong again, because "opponents
of President Zelaya within his own
party joined Conservatives in a
revolt that set off a new civil war"
(Christian, page 8). The list fancies another "invasion" in 1926,
but Christian notes that "U.S.
forces generally avoided fighting"
(page 9). It was a Nicaraguan,
General Emiliano Chamorro of
the Conservatives, who seized
At least twice, August
Sandino (the torturer who is now
Nicaragua's hero) said he would
lay down his arms if U.S. Marines
would take over the government and run it until the
next election. It was marines
who supervised Nicaragua's
Greg Lanning
Law 3
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Lara Cleven printed on January
16,1990 edition of The Ubyssey on
page 11. The letter does not express the views of this newspaper
and is solely the opinion of the
writer. The letter makes false
statements about Andrew Hicks.
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Thorne Chartered Accountants
which was conducted by the Alma
Mater Society does not support
this statement. We apologize for
any inconvenience or embarassment suffered by Mr. Hicks as a
result of the publication of this
January 19, 1990
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Conrad, Dale Fallon, Rob Reid, David Loh all contributed to this
issue of The Ubyssey. Ted Aussem and Ernie Stelzer are waiting
for this, soit wouldn't be incumbent upon us to mention that David
Strangway, Karl Kottmeier, Deanne Fisher, Carl P. "Barbara"
Wilson, Harold Snepsts, Otto von Bismarck, Sniffy (both human
and animal versions thereof), Morris the Cat, Calvin or Hobbes,
The Partridge Family, Bim the Michelin Man, Brian Mulroney,
Margaret Atwood or Rick's mother did not contribute to yon issue
of this rag. Aren't they lucky.
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Most of the letters regarding   the   recent   AMS
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What gives?
In a letter riddled with
distortions (The Ubyssey,
Jan 12), Mark Classen
wrote "As Professor Christian has pointed out (Jan 5),
economists and political scientists may disagree about
the effects of sanctions on
South African society. That
is not the central issue." The
first sentence of Classen's
letter is quite false: I
pointed out nothing of the
sort. The second sentence
seems to imply that my letter was irrelevant to the
situation in South Africa.
This implication is also
false. Indeed, nothing in
Classen's letter had anything to do with my letter.
Classen should not have
used my name.
Classen didn't say what
he considers the "central
issue" to be. He did, however, go on to say "Black
South African leaders have
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voiced their support for
sanctions and their willingness to undergo short-term
hardship for a fundamental
social change." This sentence is so ambiguous as to
be almost meaningless. Did
Classen mean SOME black
South African leaders or
ALL such leaders? Or what?
Some do support sanctions,
but others do not. It's not
clear to me why one camp
should be regarded as authoritative and the other
not. It's also not clear to me
that the willingness of some
blacks to undergo short-
term hardship is shared by
most other blacks in South
Africa. Nor is it clear that
the hardship will be short-
The black "leaders"—
all of them, from all camps—
form only a tiny minority of
blacks in South Africa. It's
more important to find how
the rest of the population
views sanctions. There have
been opinion surveys
among South African blacks
on disinvestment and sanctions. Fourteen are summarized in the book I mentioned in my earlier letter
(South Africa's War Against
Capitalism, by Walter Williams). With very few exceptions, these surveys seem to
indicate that an absolute
majority of the blacks in
South Africa are AGAINST
disinvestment and sanctions.
Further research find
ings with much the same
conclusion can be found in
the book After Apartheid, by
Frances Kendall and Leon
Louw. (ICS Press, Institute
of Contemporary Studies,
243 Kearny Street, San
Francisco, 1987, originally
published in South Africa by
Amagi Publications Ltd. in
1986 under the title South
Africa: The Solution.) Like
the Williams book, this book
is civilized, intelligent, and
documented. In its original
edition, it was a runaway
best-seller in South Africa,
endorsed by prominent
blacks in both the pro-sanction and the anti-sanction
camps. It is very constructive and a joy to read.
Again, I wonder what
game the pro-disinvestment
people are playing. Whose
side are they on? Disinvestment plays into the hands of
some white South Africans
and the South African government, and doesn't seem
to be wanted by most blacks
in South Africa. What
Robert R. Christian
of Mathematics
Brown is wrong
It is obvious in G.A.
Brown's article in last Friday's Ubyssey that this person has no concept whatsoever of what itis like to be a
woman in our society. The
majority of the facts that
were presented were pure
fiction—given with absolutely no backup information (I would like to ask, for
example, what "consolation" is given to women who
"fail" that men are not
given). Excusing violence
towards women with ridiculously uneducated and one
sided statements such as
Brown's is pure narrow-
minded prejudice. What
would the police say to a girl
who has just been raped in
Brown's perfect world? Possible: sorry, but you know
how testosterone works!
The only way to stop the
growing amount of violence
against women is to cure
ignorance and hatred, not to
cause more.
M. Edwards
The Ubyssey
and writers.
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January 19, 1990 UTTERS
Sanctions now!
On behalf of Students For A
Free Southern Africa, I would like
to respond to a letter printed in the
January 5th issue ofthe Ubyssey,
entitled "South African divestment sucks".
To start off, Mr. Christian
implies in his introduction that
the reason for the group's protest
of Shell Canada, that "UBC financially supports apartheid" by buying Shell products for the Physical
Plant is not a valid one. However,
the reason should be clear. By
doing business with Shell Canada,
UBC helps that company earn
profits. Because Shell Canada is a
subsidiary of, and 79% owned by,
Royal Dutch Shell, it is directly
linked with the business practices
and ethics followed by the parent
company - that of supporting
apartheid - and its profits are, in
turn, shared and enjoyed by Royal
Mr. Christian continues his
letter by stating that "neither
company (that is, neither Shell
Canada nor the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company) is apartheid".
If one thinks about it, though, it is
possible to conclude that in a real
and practical sense these two corporations are, in fact, apartheid.
Royal Dutch claims to want to
bring an end to the grossly immoral white supremist system yet
it is the main provider, by contract, of oil and gas to the country's
military and police force (as well
as supplying sulphur to the army
to make napalm and bombs), the
very means by which the government violently enforces its discriminatory laws upon the blacks.
Furthermore, the influence of
Royal Dutch Shell on South Africa
is so great that it is capable of
being a weighty force in the dismantling of apartheid if it chooses
to do so.
The purpose of economic
measures is to effect political
change. Royal Dutch Shell is
South Africa's main source of
crude oil products and has investments there of over half a billion
dollars. Since more than three
quarters of the country's imports
come from the industrialized
countries, South Africa is heavily
dependent on her international
trade partners, especially in terms
of her insufficient oil production.
If deprived of this highly significant commodity, the government would be forced to accept
certain terms in order to have oil
resupplied to them.
Yes, Shell isn't the only company involved in South Africa, but
it is one ofthe major ones, owning
the largest oil refinery, co-owning
an oil pipeline and owning fifty per
cent ofthe off-shore recieving dock
that takes inmost of the crude oil
imports. If Royal Dutch decided to
divest from South Africa, it is true
that its refineries and other assets
would most likely remain in that
country to the advantage of white
South African businessmen, a
high likelihood of whom would
probably be racists.
Yet, without the immense
amount of oil that Shell currently
provides, Pretoria would certainly
be hurt economically—other suppliers would know that she was
desperate for oil and would ask
high prices in exchange.
As opponents ofthe evil apartheid regime, it is our duty to work
with the victims of that system in
an effort to abolish it. If 77% ofthe
black population stands behind
sanctions, shouldn't we do the
same? Or should we follow
Thatcher's example by advocating
a different plan of action, against
the will of those we wish to help, in
the assumption that we, the onlookers, know what is best for the
black South Africans?
Some people oppose sanctions
because they believe that the
blacks will suffer the most as they
are the poorest and most vulnerable of the entire population. Yet
South African immigrants, refugees and exiles, and others involved in the anti-apartheid
struggle, strongly agree that sanctions are the only peaceful alternative to violent revolution; they
are convinced that their fellow
Africans are willing to endure
more hardships with the hope of
international pressure reforming
the system rather than live day to
day with no hopes at all.
Leaders, trade unions, and a
growing number of laymen say
they are prepared to make the
sacrifice. They stress, too, that
while their standard of living will
go down with sanctions, that ofthe
whites has been shown to go down
considerably more (relatively
speaking, of course). For example,
the whites would have to give up
approximately $5.50 in order to
raise the per capita income of the
indigenous people by
$1.00.(M.Gavin,The High Cost of
Reform" in Apartheid In Crisis).
The only justification anyone
should need for arguing pro-sanctions is the conviction of black
South Africans themselves, for
they know the situation and live in
it. Sanctions are their choice.
Sabrina Hong
Students for a
Free Southern Africa
Unpleasantness #9
The last 'straw has fallen.
Over the past few year s I have only
watched with interest, read with
criticism and quietly muttered my
displeasure regarding many controversial issues at UBC. I can no
longer refrain from expressing my
disgust. Tim Bird's letter concerning the decision by the AMS not to
press charges for Karl Kottmeier's
actions left me enraged.
Mr. Bird states that the AMS
Students' Council made "a difficult but clear—decision". Well I
don't understand the "multitude
of variables involved in
[this]decision". It is really up to
the judicial system to decide matters such as this and to prosecute
criminals if necessary. I can no
longer trust any action, intention
or rulings by the AMS Council. I
look forward to the day when the
AMS's continual disregard for
student accountability blows up in
their face and completely exposes
their self-indulgent, autocratic
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January 19,1990
AMS audit report unveiled
by Joe Altwasser
The Peat-Marwick Thorne
auditor's report called for a" substantial strengthening of accounting procedures in the Alma Mater
Society student government accounts.
The report examined the period between May 1, 1988 and
November 15,1989 andfocusedon
the accounts former director of
finance Karl Kottmeier was allegedly misusing.
"The purpose of the review
was to assist the AMS in strengthening of internal control policies
and general procedures over expenditures incurred on behalf of
the AMS Student Government
and over funding of club activities," according to PMT.
AMS president Mike Lee was
pleased with the report, which
cost the AMS approximately
$10,000, and said he was fairly
confident that most of the problems in the AMS were addressed.
Director of finance Mark
Brown, who is a fourth year accounting major, agreed the report
was well worth the money spent.
"It is good and it tightens everything up," he said.
Brown said even though the
report will lead to tougher regulations on the AMS staff because of
extra checks and balances, AMS
business manager Charles Redden is attempting to implement
the report completely.
"An auditor's report is usually
impractical but Charles has done
a bang-up job in implementing the
report. He has followed it to the
letter," he said.
According to Lee, one of the
most important guidelines in the
report dealt with conflict of interest.
The report observed:
— AMS executive members
held significant positions in other
clubs which allowed them to have
"significant influence over the
approval of direct payments by the
AMS to clubs and over the funding
of deficits incurred by clubs."
— Because few written guidelines regulated expenditures for
personal benefit, many expenditures contained an element of
personal benefit, "which may or
may not have been appropriate...
The uncertainty creates... ambiguous expectation levels for the
individuals involved."
— AMS executives were allowed to approve cheque requisitions and be one ofthe two signatories on the cheque, including payments which had an element of
personal benefit.
— executives were able to
authorize advances on their own
The auditors report recommended:
— that AMS executives be
barred from holding "significant
positions" in any organization
which "would be in a position to
receive funding or other benefits
from the AMS."
—Members should sign a
conflict of interest guideline and
statement of responsibility to ensure members have a heightened
awareness to this issue and to formalize procedures such as voting
abstentions in conflict of interest
—Specific guidelines should
be established for all expenditures
which include an element of personal benefit.
—Guidelines should be established for cheque signing and
approving journal entries.
—guidelines for the payment
of honoraria would be set.
Another important issue the
PMT audit addressed was that of
de-constituted clubs which were
observed to not be "specifically
segregated" in AMS accounts and
permitted to be kept on the books
of the AMS indefinitely, "which
may result in further bank activity
ofthe de-constituted club."
According to Lee, this was
precisely the problem  with  the
Victoria Invasion account which
was de-constituted without proper
notification ever going through.
The audit recommended:
— A report be published two
times a year with a proper list of
de-constituted clubs.
— De-constituted clubs be
segregated on the general ledger
and monitored periodically to ensure the clubs are not using AMS
— The surplus or deficit of de-
constituted clubs would be transferred back into the general surplus of the AMS.
The audit also recommended
a serious tightening of procedures
relating to the preparation of AMS
student government budgets.
"Budgets will be considerably
tightened, much more detailed
and done every four months," said
The audit recommended that
cheque signing procedure no
longer allow the individual who
approves a cheque requisition to
also sign the cheque.
Lee added, "the comptroller
will now be reviewing all cheques
that pass through the AMS student government accounts; this
has not been a fixed policy in the
There were recommendations
to revamp the operating practice
concerning store room transfers.
The policy of club deficits
should also be reworked, according to the report. To date the director of finance has had complete
authority to set budget deficits but
now, according to Brown, any deficit must be approved by another
AMS executive member, while a
deficit of more than $1000
requires approval by all five
executives (see related article,
The final audit recommended
that constituency organizations of
the AMS, such as the Engineers
Undergraduate Society's "Re-
dsails" and the Commerce Under-
Extra Specials
grad's "Poits" be maintained, "only
if funding guarantees are provided..."
Most AMS council members
spoke in support ofthe PMTreport
which will come up for approval at
the January 31 council meeting.
Arts representative R.J.
Moorhouse was pleased with the
report but said it did not provide as
much information as he would
Moorhouse thought more tangible information could have been
provided in the report, outlining
what actually occurred with incidents such as cheque signing.
Moorhouse forsees little problem for the audit report to pass
Ombudsperson Jessica Mathers, who worked closely with the
auditors during the investigation
said, "the investigation uncovered
all the problems areas and rectified the situation so it will never
happen again."
Brown agreed and said,
"there was little procedure and
they were poorly enforced. Karl
should not have been able to do
what he did."
Lee believed the audit will
make the whole organization more
professional and said, "It is more
than just about financial matters
but the whole tone of the AMS
should change and members will
be more careful in conducting
Pippin runs our budget
by John Gray
The Alma Mater Society's
post-audit cautiousness and lack
of student awareness threaten to
complicate the Music Society's
production ofthe musical Pippin
this month.
Mussoc was examined very
carefully during the audit because ofthe club's past history of
running a large deficits.
"Our account was examined
because it is one of the only accounts that run a deficit," said
Mussoc member Mary Hermant.
"We borrow money from the AMS
to finance our production expenses."
But following the audit the
AMS has been very uncomfortable with any budget overruns.
"We budgeted $300 for printing up tickets, but with tax it
came to $305 and this was a problem," said Hermant.
Mark Brown, the AMS Director of Finance is concerned
with any Mussoc budget overuns.
"The society has run a
$25,000 deficit and so I check all
budget  overruns.  That   wasn't
done in the past, but if I didn't do
it I wouldn't be doing my job."
Mussoc is UBC's oldest club
and has been putting on musicals
for years. However, the decline of
the musical genre and a series of
financial difficulties that culminated in a lawsuit brought Mussoc to a financial demise several
years ago.
Pippin will be the society's
first full production since that
In order to bring their deficit
under control the society has
turned to other sources of revenue. "The alumni and past members of Mussoc have been very
helpful... As well Langara is letting us use their workshop to
construct our sets," said Hermant.
The AMS has shown support
to the society by letting the society use a room in SUB every noon
hour to rehearse.
"It would be unfortunate if
students passed this up because
it is a very, very groovy musical,"
said Hermant. "It has sex, great
songs... and some very raunchy
choreography by Jim Hibbit."
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