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Spoiling our ballots since 1918
volume 77 issue 15
Friday, October 27, 1995
University weren't sure if they could convince two-hundred students to come out and show
the flag on a march around campus last Wednesday. They got a surprise when nearly one
thousand students paraded through the streets of downtown Montreal singing "Oh, Canada!"
at the top of their lungs.
The marchers were supposed to parade around the perimeter of McGill campus to the students'
centre because McGill security would not allow a march through the campus. But instead of
making the turn to go back onto campus to the students' centre, the group paraded down
Sherbrooke Street into the heart of Montreal, disrupting traffic for 30 minutes. Passing cars
honked their horns and many drivers gave the marchers thumbs-up signs. Other fingers were
raised by passing sovereigntists. photo, chris nuttall-smith
Yes" forces fight uphill battle on anglo campus
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
MoNTREAL-The editorial office
of The McGill Daily looks much
like the office of any other student
newspaper. Staffers lounge on
garage sale couches while others
scurry between computers and
layout tables race to meet a
rnixtoight deadliae, editing copy
and shouting commands at their
But The Daily is no ordinary
campus newspaper.
As Quebec's referendum
approaches, the paper has become
a symbolic epicentre in the debate
between separatists and federalists
on the downtown Montreal
The Daily isn't one newspaper,
but two. The English Daily,
founded in 1911, publishes twice
weekly while the French Daily,
produced in the same office since
1977, runs every Tuesday.
The English version, like most
McGill students, is staunchly
federalist, while le Daily supports
sovereignty. Last month, the twenty
staffers at the French Daily voted to
carry the sovereigntist torch—both
in the office and in print.
Staffers say sparks would surely
fly if the two groups weren't
currendy united in a fight against
a campus referendum that
threatens the paper's funding.
Atim Leon is co-editor-in-chief of
the French Daily and one of McGill's
few separatist voices. Leon, the son
of Ecuadorean and French
immigrants, doesn't think there's any
point trying to convince McGill to
vote in favour of sovereignty.
"That would be ridiculous at
McGill. 1 think-I hope-that
everybody who is going to university
knows how to vote," he said.
Leon does think a balanced
(lisctj|®ori of sovereignty at McGill
is important. "I'm trying to give a
new perspective on things within
this cprhmunity. We're trying to
affirm a different position.''
The French Daily has always
been independentist, says Leon.
The paper was founded as a direct
result of the 'French McGill'
movement in the 1960s, which
called for the university to accept
French students and allow greater
flexibility for Francophones to
write essays and exams in French.
One staffer says the French Daily
was even founded by members of
the FLQ.
According to Leon, the point of
The Daily is to be different The whole
essence of this paper, this McGill
Daily, is to give a different perspective than those you usually get"
And while McGill's 30,000
students are predominantly
English and find the
independentist message out of
place on campus, Atim Leon says
many McGill students are
separatists who just don't "manifest
"I can't believe that McGill as a
whole is federalist-independen-
tists should make their voice
heard," he asserted.
Most Francophones students
are afraid to step out of line from
the majority, Leon maintains. "1
think separatists are afraid, but it
seems to me that it should be the
opposite. 1 see McGill as the right
place to say 'I am a sovereigntist. 1
am independentist"'
While sovereigntist debate rages
at other Quebec universities,
sovereignty at McGill seems a non-
issue. "At L'University de Montreal
1 don't really care if you're a
separatist [because] 75 percent of
L'University de Montreal is
separatist," says Leon. Where debate
is most needed, he argues, is at the
English, federalist McGill.
Despite his position as the
virtual voice of sovereignty at
McGill, Atim Leon doesn't
consider himself a hardline
"If you think a very strong
independentist is someone like
Parizeau or people who have been in
the Parti Qtiebecois since the lS^Osrl
don't see n^^likediei^idon^iilse
that position towards the rest of
Canada. However 1 very much want
the independence of Quebec"
Although Leon doesn't see
himself as a hardliner, Leon
created a maelstrom of debate with
comments that his opponents
categorize as 'typical separatist
When Leon said certain ethnic
groups in Canada were not equal,
he says he meant that the
Quebecois, as one of Canada's
founding peoples, is a distinct
society like any other.
Leon said federalist leaders used
the comment to villianize him.
Back at The Daily office, the
"passionately articulate Atim Leon
jokes that even his own colleagues
are afraid of him. "Within this
office, you can't talk to anybody,
it's like they all fear me. I'm a
Quebecer, I'm an independentist" news
UBC's Open House: a costly success?
by Stanley Tromp
Open House boosted the
university's profde throughout the
lower mainland, UBC's administration says. But some student leaders are questioning whether the
event was worth the expense.
UBC media relations director
Stephen Crombie said UBC
spent a total of $400,000 on the
October 13-15 event, which had
450 exhibits and a roughly estimated 120,000 visitors. (By contrast, the last Open House in
March 1990 cost about the same,
had 150 exhibits and 200,000 visitors.)
Crombie said the event was
never designed to make a profit
or break even, but to raise awareness of UBC in the community.
EINSTEIN blows the last sidewalk party favour—but the value of Open House may be relative.
He added that Open House
received $160,000 in free advertising and $70,000 worth of in-
kind gifts.
The cost includes an $80,000
contract to the Open House manager, consultant Jack Lee and
Associates, who has done work
for UBC External Affairs and on
PNE promotions.
Lee's 12-month contract was
untendered, meaning it was not
open to outside bids from other
"We didn't have time for a tendering process," said UBC Marketing Manager Debora
Sweeney. "We were brought in so
late that we nearly didn't have an
Open House."
Crombie said Lee, with 30
years of experience, did an excellent job, citing a survey of Open
House visitors that indicated a
satisfaction rate of over 80 percent with the exhibits.
AMS Vice President Namiko
Kunimoto agreed the event was
well run, but questioned the size
of the organizer's paycheque at a
time when students face massive
tuition increases.
"I don't think the chancellor
should be paid that much at ail-
that seem's kind of exhorbitant,"
she said.
While Kunimoto acknowledged that Open House may help
to attract private funding for the
university, she questions whether
the event was worth the cost.
"I think Open House is generally a good idea, but it doesn't
necesarily have to be such a grandiose thing," she said.
She suggested some of the
money may have been better
spent elsewhere, comparing the
weekend's $400,000 price tag to
the $450,000 the unversity
spends on campus safety in an
entire year.
Open House did hire 40 UBC
students to work at the event, in
addition to 14 volunteer committees and nearly 4,000 volunteers.
Apart from the cloudy
weather, attendance may have
been lower partly because the
Open House schedule conflicted
with that of the Homeshow, as
well as the Vancouver International Film Festival, which has
long been held during the first
two weeks of October. The Film
Fest had an attendance level of
120,000, with its highest numbers
during the Open House weekend.
Sweeney said Open House organizers took this into account,
but the Open House date was
chosen to coincide with the annual UBC Homecoming reunion
which occurs the same weekend
each October.
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The Ubyssey
Friday, October 27,1995 ult:u
Little beginnings could lead to something big
by Jenn Kuo
It is not very often I like an art'
ist on first listen whom I have
heard next to nothing about.
Suzanne Little's talented debut solo album is a definite exception to this rule.
Formerly part of Lava Hay, Little
took some time to figure out what she
wanted to do after the band's break up.
"My whole professional career had been with Lava
Hay, it was my identity. When we broke up it was
hard for me to figure out what I wanted to do with
She says the solo career feels different from her
work with the band. "It was something I never
wanted to do. I really dreaded the idea of having
to do that."
Little, however, has risen to the occasion each
step of the way. She was gently broken in by
playing some songs at local stages on Saltspring
Island to very supportive audiences. Little is
now more confident and at a point where she
can handle and enjoy performing on her own.
For the past three years, Little has made
her home on Saltspring Island getting back
in touch with the land and doing some soul
searching. "It's a pretty fucked up world.
... Everything we do right now is just so
backwards—the way our society is running right now.... I'm sort of looking for
the positive."
Taking things one step at a time. Little
challenged herself to write songs that
would stand on their own and speak
not only to her, but also to her audience.
'Knowledgeable Man' is about
conventional wisdom—the idea of
trying to think for yourself and
question things. "People who possess the knowledge or wisdom
use it as a form of power. Anytime people want to change
things by challenging conven
tional wisdom, people in positions
of authority and power don't like
that at all because they lose their
power. If you challenge their whole
premise for existing and the whole
structure with it, they don't know
what to do."
'Swept Away7 deals with how we
perceive "normality," breaking out of
the way we're trained and conditioned
to accept things in our lives. As Little
puts it, "The state of normal is bad news
these days. ... People think you're nuts
but you're really finally seeing things for
the way they are."
With a dash of melancholy, this CD feels
both personal and confident. Is Suzanne
Little really a serious person though? "Yeah,
pretty damn serious. I don't mean to be. I take
things seriously." The whole idea behind the
title of the album. Be Here Now, is a lesson to
; •. *   herself and also a sort of life philosophy for others: to try to live in the moment, have fun, enjoy
r,       it and appreciate it while we have it. "You're not
:' ■     living at any other moment than at now, so ... if
'' Vj  y°ure not 90m9t0 tive for the moment then where
are you?"
Being Little's first album. Be Here Now has a bit
of an experimental side to it. From accoustic guitar
to the mellotron to the cello and violin to banjo and
harmonica, the range of instruments which accompany her complement her voice well. They do the job
of playing along with her without drowning her in the
process. Little also experiments effectively with the use
"f the drum machine in the first track. Tragic Flaw.'
Little's voice is packed at times with a sort of inten-
]i f that pervades the entire album. When asked what it
I" Is like to be compared to the likes of strong female
v-" dists such as Sarah McLachlan, Little responds, "People
■m- .ilways going to compare, we're on the same label
11 jverk]. She does a lot of great work but I don't see simi-
1 ii it v between us; we're coming from such different places."
Tli' music on this album is calming, but gets you moving to its rhythm at the same time. Nothing any hardcore
mosher would appreciate, but definitely something for those
who revel in delightful, relaxing, soothing music.
Elderly widows and guiltmongering husbands hit the stage
Three Tall Women
at the Vancouver Playhouse
until Nov 11
by Bryce Edward
Edward Albee is a playwright of towering talent. He has won the Pulitzer prize in
no less than three different decades, his
latest being last year for Three Tall Women.
The scary thing is Albee's finest play. Who's
Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, wasn't one of the
Pulitzer winners. Finest, that is, until now.
Three Tall Women is a triumph: beautifully written, with the finesse and restraint
of a master. It dances and sways just beyond reach, moving effortlessly between
laughter and tears, love and hatred, hope
and betrayal, without a seam in sight. It is
the story of one woman's life, told through
three perspectives: the brash 26-year-old,
the confused 52-year-old and the sometimes senile, sometimes sharp 92-year-old.
This is a play that must be seen; it simply
would not work on film or television, as it
would lose the immediacy of the twist that
begins Act Two.
Albee begins to paint his picture with
an afternoon of stories told to a captive
audience, as the 92-year-old (Shelia Moore)
alternately delights and disgusts her nursemaid (Patti Allan) and young lawyer (Alison
Matthews). Moore makes the most of a juicy
role. Her elderly dowager is endlessly fascinating, outrageous and pathetic in turn.
Her stories are told with a selfless wit and
have a strange sweetness to them, one
minute fondly remembering her
childhood, the next imperiously
accusing everyone of trying to hurt
her and stealing from her.
Matthews is enthusiastic as the
lawyer, and the woman at 26, but
her performance seems to say "I
am a professional stage actor,
watch me as I act."
The real fire of this production
lies with Allan, the nursemaid/
companion and 52-year-old
woman. Her performance is stunning, a calm razor's edge of hidden pain and helpless rage. The
finest moment comes in the second act with
her furious confrontation with her estranged son. Both moving and frightening,
the scene is one of eerie, savage pain and
The set begins as a stately sitting room
and, in one of the neater tricks I've seen in
the past few years, metamorphoses into a
surreal, faded version of its former self.
With student tickets running a scant
$10.75, Three Tall Women is a steal. Edward would be proud.
Paper Wings
at Pacific Theatre until Nov 4
by Peter T. Chattaway
Dramas about dysfunctional marriages
are never fun to watch, but they can lead
us through the pains of blithely inflicted
wounds and failed communications to some
sort of greater truth. I'm not so sure that
Paper Wings does this.
To its credit, it is successful in showing
how relationships can teeter on the edge
of disaster while allowing pinpricks of joy
to poke through, moments of happiness that
almost convince you the marriage might be
worth saving. But more often than not, the
play's feelgood oases are obliterated by
sandstorms of callous words and guilt that
are amplified by years of denial. The effect
is more numbing than evocative.
I also can't help wondering about the
way in which the play toys with gender
and religion. Playwright Gillette Elvgren,
himself a Christian, takes a big risk by making Jamie (Pamela Raven) undergo a conversion at the end of Act One, after which
she openly expresses her guilt over an
abortion she had five years before, while
simultaneously having her manipulative
(and unbelieving) husband Stan (Ron Reed)
twist her penitent screws to make her bear
his child. I don't think Elvgren's trying to
equate religion with guiltmongering, but
the risk of that sort of misinterpretation
looms large over the play.
There's ambivalence in the circumstances of Jamie's conversion, too. It happens after Stan leaves Jamie to herself in a
motel, and she happens to watch a
televangelist. This accentuates the isolation between Jamie and other people, especially her husband — left alone so often,
she is prone to making the sort of life-
changing decision that drives yet another
wedge into their relationship — but, in the
context of this play, it lends a dubious credibility to the cause of religious broadcasters. (I suppose it may just be a coincidence
that Elvgren teaches drama at Pat
Robertson's Regent University.)
The dialogue is an uneven mix of gems
(Stan reading e.e. cummings with a burnt
tongue; the parable about the innocent pig
caught up in the demonic herd), borderline
cliches ("You don't love me, you love my
parts"), and good ideas lost in a wrong setting (Stan's "third party in the bedroom"
metaphor feels like a barely ingenious poem
that's had all its subtlety sucked right out).
Director Morris Ertman blocks everything
efficiently — and his set design, which curls
up at the edges like a drying scab, is brilliant — but I doubt any amount of Thespian
talent could overcome the mixed signals
embedded in the script.
Friday, October 27,1995
The Ubyssey 'Wmn
Jethro Tull — Roots to
Branches [Chrysalis]
In the late '60s and early '70s,
, Jethro Tull put out several excellent
albums. 1972's Thick As A Brick was
followed by the overly ambitious Passion Play, apparently written for
singer/songwriter/flautist ian
Anderson's mistress. Subsequently,
the band went into a decline, and the band faded from existence.
However, here comes the '90s, when anybody who isn't dead
yet gets to make a comeback. It comes as no surprise to see
Jethro Tull jumping onto the revival bandwagon. Hence Roots
to Branches.
Anderson's vocals are more subdued, lacking that passion-
ate intensity which worked so well on Aqualung. Musically,
Jethro Tull's reknowned virtuosity is pared down, though still
apparent, and though this is vintage Tull, it is also modern
enough to pass muster in the '90s. Indeed, there are some sublime songs on this collection. 'Valley' for example, captures
whatever it was that made Benefit Jethro Tull's finest album
without sounding like a rehash.
True to form, Jethro Tull still profess to identify with those
of us who live on the bottom of the shitheap in this best of all
possible worlds. Thus, Roots To Branches resonates on several levels with the best of the old. My only complaint is that
the production is a little too slick, lacking the raw edge of earlier Tull efforts. • Andy the grate
Lenny Kravitz — Circus [Virgin]
Does this man ever stop? Lenny Kravitz's new album Circus confirms he is a musical genius.
His previous albums all show off his musical gift, but Circus
is definitely in a class by itself. It is simply a masterpiece which
deserves any hype it receives.
A Beattesque influence is added to Kravitz's usual soulful
rock. In My Life Today; with its breath-taking harmonies, sounds
like it would blend right in with Abbey Road.
The catchy 'Rock'n'Roll Is Dead'is already on its way to becoming an anthem for the Kravitz generation; the multi-talented artist performs every instrument on this classic.
Equally funky is the fast, rocking Tunnel Vision' and the inspirational 'Dont Go And Put A Bullet In Your Head/one of the
album's most addictive tracks.
There isnt a lot of the useless filler that so clutters other
albums; Circus has purpose and cohesion. Its selections focus
on either sex, love, or God - nearly half the album's songs contain spiritual/gospel-like lyrics - and are passionate in their
content and the way Kravitz expresses himself.
• Janet Winters
For every 3 United Nations employees
worldwide, there are 4 C.I.A. employees.
Woody Allen Copies himself and comes up Shorty
Mighty Aphrodite
opens today at the Park theatre
by Peter T. Chattaway
Back in the mid-'80s, somewhere
between The Purple Rose of Cairo and
Another Woman, Woody Allen's films
began to harp on the themes of pregnancy and motherhood. And understandably so; it was around this time
that Mia Farrow bore their son Satchel. But these films rarely
showed the child that follows a pregnancy, and Woody
never portrayed himself as a — gulp — father.
Mighty Aphrodite marks a milestone of sorts, then. From
the argument between Lenny (Allen) and Amanda (an oddly
Americanized Helena Bonham-Carter) over whether to adopt
a child, and then over what to name him, to their meetings
with the lad's teacher. Woody Allen casts himself in the
role of a doting dad. Could he possibly be getting domestic?
Of course not. No sooner has the adopted child settled
into the story than Lenny starts to get interested in other
women. (Once again, a la Husbands & Wives, his wandering eye is justified by the wife's coldness towards him.) He
is curious about a particular other woman, in fact: the boy's
biological mother. Convinced that such a bright lad must
have an equally brainy mom, he breaks a few rules and
tracks her through a string of kitschy pseudonyms.
And what does he find? A ditzy hooker and former porno
extra named Judy Cum [Quiz Show's Mira Sorvino), the sort
of dumb blonde that provided Radio Days and Bullets over
Broadway with much of their cheap, if funny, laughs. But
Woody does something a little strange here: he tries to make
her sympathetic. Woody might call this realism, but the serious pauses detract from the comedy; likewise, Sorvino's
brassy, atonal voice - she splutters like a loud ventriloquist's
dummy — shatters the more soulful moments.
The end result is a movie that doesn't really know what it wants to be. The ending
in particular could have been sharply ironic,
but it feels hurried and rushed — one might
say "compromised" — and it disturbs whatever fragile tone the film had already established.
All of this is made even more uneven by a
Greek chorus led by F. Murray Abraham and
prone to singing Cole Porter tunes. It's a great
gag... for about 60 seconds. The younger Woody Allen never
let his gags run much longer than that, but Mighty Aphrodite
spreads the highbrow yuks mighty thin over the entire story.
In addition. Woody banishes an immensely talented cast
- David Ogden Stiers, Claire Bloom, Jack Warden, Peter
Weller and the aforementioned Bonham-Carter — to the
margins of his tale, thus making the film's shallowness all
the more obvious. Perhaps Woody should stop diddling with
the goddess of Love and listen to the Muse a little more.
opens today at the Capitol 6 theatre
by Jenn Kuo
If Copycat is trying to portray a serial kiUer realistically,
then I guess it does a fairly good job. Starring such big names
as Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter, this suspense-thriller
is somewhat different than others in its mix of witty lines.
Helen Hudson (Weaver) is a criminal psychologist who
has now become rather agoraphobic because a former psychopath whose case she was working on tried to kUl her.
Now she doesn't leave her posh apartment and the only
link she has to the outside world is her three computers
and modem. M.J. Monahan (Hunter) is on the case of solving the serial murders that have been going on in the city.
She and her partner Ruben Goetz (Bad Girls' Dermot
Mulroney), discover Hudson's expertise on the serial killer
psyche and they enlist her help.
Hudson does not want to help and she will not leave
her house, but she becomes increasingly wrapped up in
the case when the murders begin to follow a recognizable
pattern. The killer is mimicking past serial killers and it is
the job of Monahan, Goetz, and Hudson to figure out the
killer's next move. Oh, and the killer has accessed Hudson's
one source of security — her modem - and he knows where
she lives...
Weaver is well cast as the sort of strong female she is
good at doing. I also got a sense of Holly Hunter's versatility; her roles change so much, but she does a good job
with each one of them.
Harry Connick Jr. plays a psychopath from one of
Hudson's former cases. Somehow this character didn't work
for me; maybe it's because I'm more used to seeing Connick
sporting teeth that are a little more white, singing, and
speaking without the Southern hick accent.
Andy (John Rothman) is the nurse-assistant who helps
Hudson get through her panic attacks and other problems.
It's interesting how they hint at the fact that he is gay
without using the stereotypes or showing him kissing another man or something.
Director Jon Amiel says he wanted to make a thriller
which "worked within the genre...was exciting and scary
as heU." Well, I don't know about that last one. This movie
sure didn't scare the shit out of me, but then again maybe
I just don't scare easily.
I enjoyed the fact that it has some funny lines which
kind of act as a comic relief: "I don't give a fuck. That's the
up-side of a nervous breakdown." Or how about: "The only
thing these girls had in common were vibrators. It's a tool
of survival." If you enjoy mystery-suspense-thrillers, then
Copycat is an exceUent specimen.
Get Shorty
now playing at the Capitol 6 theatre
by Bryce Edward
Light, frothy comedy a la Tarantino. Can it be done?
Should it be done? Go see Get Shorty and decide for yourself.
A new breed of movies has been spawned, and Quentin
is to blame. Suddenly everyone has to have a hipper-than-
thou attitude, funky camera work, hyper-cool gangsters,
witty dialogue and a wild soundtrack. This recipe may
make for better movies than what Hollywood has churned
out in the last decade, but the problem is a formula movie
is still just a formula movie; entertaining and well made,
but you've seen it all before. And such is Get Shorty.
Get Shorty centers around the adventures of Chili Palmer
(John Travolta), a smaU-fry gangster with nerves of steel.
He chases a client to Los Angeles, and decides while he is
there he might as well hang around and produce movies.
With a schlock-honor director (Gene Hackman), a set of
curves with a heart of
£ the ride to Surrey
Helen Pitt Awards 1993-1995
at the Surrey Art Gallery until Nov 19
by Christopher Brayshaw
Since 1961, the Helen Pitt Awards have
provided fine arts students in British Columbia with annual scholarships. The
awards give graduating students the opportunity to exhibit their works in a major public gallery, and document them in
an accompanying catalogue.
The present Pitt exhibition surveys
three years of awards, and is well worth
the long Skytrain trip to Surrey and the
subsequent hike down to the gallery, past
Swiss Chalet, used car lots and "Cape Cod
style condominiums."
The art on display is more austere than
the King George Highway's candy-
coloured facades. Echoes of sixties
minimalism fill the room, evidence of serious homage to Donald Judd, Agnes Martin and Robert Morris.
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The Ubyssey
Friday, October 27,1995
Friday, October 27,1995
The Ubyssey Referendum: "Oui" got more "Non" sense
There's nothing like a referendum to stir up some shit.
We should all consider ourselves lucky that, in a country
given to long bouts of lisdessness, one can always count on
Quebecers to give Canada an occasional poke with the
pointy sovereigntist stick.
But while most newspaper editorials seem obliged to
encourage Canadians to pitch their tent in one of the two
perennial referendum camps, we prefer to marvel in the
tenacity of the question itself.
The significance of Quebec's referendum goes far beyond a simple "Oui" or "Non." Monday's vote is, in and of
itself, an extraordinary cultural phenomenon. The very fact
Quebecers still possess the audacity to take the notion of
self-determination so...well, seriously, is itself evidence of
Quebec's distinctness in North American political culture.
In a continent where the status quo seems galvanized to our
collective consciousness, the referendum holds the potential
for change-dizzying, radical, revolutionary change. Quebec is
a reminder that the democratic process can still be a messy and
thrilling business. Regardless ofthe outcome, Monday's vote is
bound to make the Establishment sweat a bit
October 27,1995
volume 77 issue 15
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Scott Hayward peered into the horizon, beyond tbe sand dunes where Sherif Matt
Thompson had left Wolf Depner for dead. Christopher Brayshaw took the camels to
the wells, wondering if he had enough to afford Jcnn Kuo's hand in marriage. Suddenly a man rode in on a horse: it was the Moweitat chieftain Wah Kee Ting, his son
Joe Clark riding a pony and brandishing a gun in a vain attempt to frighten the no-
mads. Ben Koh would have none of this, and he spat into the sand. Bryce Edward
could not believe such effrontery. He was about to grab his sword when Sarah
O'Donnell gripped his wrist "Enough violence - remember what happened to Boyd
Ermanr Peter T. Chattaway would not be deterred so easily, and he lunged at Stanley
Tromp, who promptly shot htm through the head. Suddenly Christine Price pointed
to the great desert beyond - did Janet Winters see what she saw? Sure enough, it was
Andy Barham of Arabia, with Chris Kuwait-Smith *s almost lifeless husk tossed across
his saddle. "Actually, I was looking for Siobhan Roantree, but 1 saw this poor sod lying
there amid the scorpions, and you know how those things are when they haven't been
fed properly."
Coordinating Editor: Siobh<Sn Roantree
Copy Editor: Sarah O'Donnell
News Editor: Matt Thompson
Culture Editor: Peter T. Chattaway
Sports Editor: Scott Hayward
Acting Production Coordinator: Joe Clark
Many Quebecers seek in their political process an expression of their historical and social identity, a sentiment
entirely absent in our own cultural programming. Canadians outside of Quebec are given the impression from an
early age that being "political" is somehow un-Canadian.
Quebecers, unlike the rest of us, are innately political animals. Most Canadians wish Quebecers would put away their
nationalist squabble so we can return to the good-natured apathy and political indifference that make this country great
Canadians tend to view government purely as a kind of administrative wing of the economy, which is why in federalist
plea after federalist plea we prove resoundingly to Quebec's
soverigntists just how spectacularly we fail to undertand them.
Federalists prophesy a black tide of economic ruin should Quebecers exercise their right to self-determination at the expense of
proper fiscal restraint For the life of us we simply can't understand why Quebecers persist in their cockamamie nationalism
at the expense of a strong Canadian dollar.
We in anglo Canada tend to limit our political participation to voting once every four years. Elections here are generally met with the same ho-hum interest reserved for leap
letters ^^"^™-
Grow up boys!
My responses to the
annual Sex Issue ranged
from chortles and giggles to
eye-brow raising recognition
of my own rising libido.
Until, that is, I read Wolf
Depner's and Andy
Bonfield's "Things that turn
guys... ON ! OFF !" Boys,
your 'contribution' becomes
even more pathetic when
compared to the same
column covered on behalf of
women. While lists like
these are always open to
critique for generalisation,
at least the list by Janet
Winters and Paula Bach is
tasteful, and likely does
speak for the majority of
women (if not people in
general). If you read that list
closely, you may notice that
all comments in it can be
split into two groups: those
having to do with
consideration for your
partner, and those having to
do with communication.
These are essential for quality
turn-ons. Your list, on the
years and the Winter Olympics. We save our more fiery
passions for things that matter, like hockey. When BC'ers
take to the streets (as 1994's Robson Street fiasco demonstrated), it's to vent frustrations over the results ofthe playoffs, not the politcal process.
Unlike most North Americans, who live in the eternal
present offered them by television, Quebecers' sense of
history is acute. Perhaps this is because it is a history in
many ways more painful than our own. If we non-Quebec-
ers are haunted, it is, as the Canadian poet Earle Birney
suggested, by our lack of ghosts.
But one gets the sense that politics still matter in Quebec
in a way they no longer do elsewhere in North America.
Quebec is a place where there is still a whiff of revolution
in the cigarette smoke, still university students who can remember the recipe for Molotov cocktails, a place Leonard
Cohen describes as still capable of "hammering a beautiful
coloured bruise on the whole American monolith."
Okay, so maybe we're romanticizing just a little, but as a
group dedicated to leaving our own indelible mark on the university monolith, we can't help but admire the sentiment
other hand, reflects no
such insight or forethought.
It is pre-pubescent at best,
and insulting all over. This
list was clearly written for
your Totem and Vanier
Park peers, hoping to elicit
high-fives and "fucking'
eh's" upon your triumphal
return. Peanut Butter, Lava
Lamps, and Jimi Hendrix
as "guaranteed" turn ons ?
Do you even have pubic
hear yet ? And your
guaranteed turn offs are
insensitive, unorginal, and
juvenile. Your list makes
me wonder if you weren't
taken away as eight year
olds and placed in solitary
confinement. Have you
ever actually interacted with
a real live adult woman? If
you didn't purport to speak
for all men, you would not
even be worth responding
to. Thoughtless dick heads
like you only contribute to
the notion that "Men are
Zeba Crook
Grad Studies,
Religious Studies
More safe sex
1 was pleased to see an
entire issue of your paper
devoted to sexuality;
however, I wish you had put
a little bit more effort into the
topic of safer sex. You
shouldn't assume that all of
your readers are well-versed
in this area. When you
suggesed sex in unusual
places, you could have gently
reminded lovers not to forget
the doms. Winters is correct
in saying that the anus is an
"amazing erogenous zone,"
but rimming (oral-anal
contact) is also a great way to
spread parasitic diseases as
well as Hepatitis B. I think that
acautionary note was in order.
My main problem with the
"sex issue" is that although
you include one article
about birth control, it
contained some glaring
errors. First, the diaphragm
can be inserted up to six
hours before intercourse
(not fifteen minutes as your
article stated) which is one
of its most attractive features.
Secondly, the description of
the "Today" sponge was
misleading: it sounded like
the sponge could be left in
for 54 hours which is not the
case. The sponge can be left
in for a maximum of thirty
hours. Intercourse can occur
as many times as humanly
possible in the 24 hour
period, and the sponge
should be left in place for at
least six hours after the last
ejaculation. However, this
information is now moot
because the 'Today" sponge
is not manufactured anymore.
Finally, the article mentioned
allergies to spermicides, but
failed to mention that some
people are allergic to latex. In
this case, it is best to double-
bag using a latex condom with
a natural one.
1 would expect that people
who are planning to use
contraception would look
for additional information to
that in the Ubyssey but still,
you are a newspaper, and
you should check your
Sally Taylor
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The Ubyssey
Friday, October 27,1995 sports
Basketbirds try to repeat upset over Clansmen
by Wolf Depner
Cross-town rivals UBC and
SFU will renew their ongoing athletic feud on the hard court this
Tuesday when the men's basketball T-Birds travel up Burnaby
Mountain to take on the SFU
Clansmen in the 21st edition of
the Buchanan Cup.
While not a Canada West
league game, it matters tremendously to the respective coaches.
"It's always important when you
play a traditional rival [UBC],"
said SFU Head-coach Scott
Clark. "It's about bragging
UBC coach Bruce Enns echoed that sentiment. "This [game]
is like a big street fight out there
to find out which gang is going to
own the streets for the year," he
SFU leads the overall series
11-9-1 and like last year, the
Clansmen are pre-game favorites, but that means nothing in
light of last year's "Miracle on
Hard-court." That game was
billed as a "David vs Goliath"
clash in which SFU went in as a
35 point favorite. The T-Birds
hung tough and pulled out a 79-
77 upset victory on two clutch
free throws by Ken Morris.
"This year they are going to be
very aware of us," said Enns. SFU
coach Scott Clark doesn't have to
be reminded of last year's loss. "It
should be a competitive game,"
he said.
It will also be interesting to see
how these two teams adjust to
each other given their contrasting styles. The Clansmen's biggest strength is size up front, with
6'10" Peter Guarasci and 6'8"
Shawn O'Brian starting at the forward spots. Given that size up
front, SFU likes to run a patient
half-court offence.
Meanwhile the 4-0 T-Birds, led
by Morris and John Tinholt,
flourish in a fast-paced full court
offence. One of the keys to success for the T-Birds will be their
ability to neutralize SFU's size,
and Enns has already promised
to play a lot of zone defence on
Tuesday night.
The T-Birds also have to make
the tough perimeter shots. Randy
Ellis, who was one ofthe best outsider shooters in Canada West in
the last two years, graduated last
year. However Enns considers his
replacement, Dave Buchanan, "to
be more than adequate."
The T-Birds will also have to
deal with a hostile crowd expected
to be somewhere between 1,000
and 2,000 strong. However, SFU
coach Scott Clark doesn't put
much faith in home-court advan
tage. "It's an advantage, but it is
not a huge one," he said.
Nonetheless, the Birds have a
difficult challenge ahead trying to
repeat last year's feat against the
BRUCE ENNS discussing strategy for the Buchanan Cup game against SFU on Tuesday night.
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Friday, October 27,1995
The Ubyssey Referendum
McGill "Non" leader finds no tolerance in separatism
by Boyd Erman
MONTREAL- Paul Robi-
chaud came to Montreal just over
a year ago in search of a more
tolerant place to call home. The
nineteen-year-old francophone
from Moncton, New Brunswick
is a first-years arts student at
McGill University. He is also gay.
Compared to Moncton's
small-town atmosphere,
Robichaud saw Montreal as a
place more accepting of who he
But after a year at McGill,
Robichaud has discovered not
everyone in Montreal is so
tolerant. There is plenty of
ignorance and phobia here, he
says, but they are directed not so
much at gays as at Anglophone
and Allophones (anyone who is
neither francophone or
anglophone, mostly immigrants).
It is that prejudice, Robichaud
says, that drives him to lead
McGill's federalist forces as
leader of the university's No
"I see being a Quebecer as a
way of being a Canadian,"
Robichaud says. He is also an
admitted Quebec nationalist, but
says he sees "nationalism" as a
part of "who you are, a part of
your culture, a part of your
language and heritage."
"That should not be
threatened. However, I don't see
my nationalism as something to
be imposed on others, which is
what the separatists want to do.
They want to impose it on
immigrants, they want to impose
it on anglophones-even on the
rest of Canada. That's not right.
It becomes ethnocentrism,
fascism, and that disgusts me."
In Robichaud's view,
intolerance has marked the
referendum debate from the
"There was even talk that
maybe only Francophones
should be allowed to vote in the
referendum. There were debates
on the radio about whether
PAUL ROBICHAUD speaks out in favour of tolerance and national unity.
Allophones should be allowed to
vote. That is disgusting; those
people came to live in Quebec,
to share what we have to share,
to build what we have to build,
and to turn around and say that
they are not real Quebecers-that,
too, js disgusting,'
That disgust propels
Robichaud to spend long hours
on the phone in McGill's tiny
"No" Committee office, an eight
by 16 foot room shared with the
McGill Caribbean Club. The
office      is
covered in
posters and
Quebec and
One    of
the No
volunteers dashes in to pick up
pamphlets    advertising    an
upcoming student ral|y, then ties
a Canadian flag around her neck
and runs out yelling, "I
"I see being a Quebecer as
a way of being a Canadian"
Paul Robichaud
McGill's "No" committee leader
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SuperCanadian." Paul laughs
and goes back to work bugging
politicians to come out and speak
at the rally, wondering if he can
get Jean Charest.
He worries about the hours he
spends here. He says he wonders
if it is all worth it. Leading the
"No" forces at McGill has taken
a toll on the rest of his life.
"I have no social life. The
campaign is my entire life right
now," he says. That means there
isn't much time left for school,
and Robichaud worries about
failing his classes this year
because of it all. He's even
thought of just running away.
"Last week I was so sick of this
campaign, I was so sick of
everything, I was ready to pack
my bags and leave. But then I
thought, 'Fuck, where can I go?
This is where I chose to live, this
is where I want to spend the rest
of my life."
Even if he loses the fight and
the "Yes" side wins on Monday,
Robichaud says he will stay.
"Yeah, I won't be happy, but
what can I do? This is my home.
This is where ray community is."
If the "Non" side is victorious,
Robichaud has some more
concrete ideas for the future. His
abilities as an excellent organizer
and rousing orator in both official
languages make him an attractive
candidate as a future politician.
Until a few weeks ago, Paul
says he had never seriously
considered politics. But then, he
says he started to look at
Canada's current politicians and
said "Hey, I can do better than
that. And isn't that what
democracy is all about, one
person saying, 'Hey, I can do
After he finishes his Arts
degree, Robichaud wants to run
for a seat in Quebec's Natiopial
Assembly to represent his home
riding, Ste. Marie-St Jacques. The
riding includes
Montreal's gay
village, where
Robichaud works
handing out
pa mphle t s
advertising gay
bars. That work,
plus his volunteer
work at a local
soup kitchen, has
made him well known in the
riding. He says he thinks that will
give him a good Chtance of
winning an election.
After that, he says, who
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Friday, October 27,1995


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