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The Ubyssey Jan 21, 1994

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Array *V        Hhe vilest rag west of Blanco,"
Harassment office forgoes privacy
by Sarah O'Donnell
A CUPE local 116 union
member was involved in a sexual
harassment case which has
brought the confidentiality of the
UBC sexual harassment office into
In late November 1993, the
complainant went to the sexual
harassment office under what she
assumed were assurances of
unconditional confidentiality. She
then decided to take up her case
through the union's grievance
procedure rather than continuing
through the sexual harassment
When talking to the
university's lawyer, the union
discovered that the handwritten
documents given to the sexual
harassment office by the
complainant were disclosed to both
the university and the defendant
without the complainant's
knowledge. According to the union,
this appeared to be a breach ofthe
confidentiality promised by the
sexual harassment office.
In an interview in mid-
December, secretary treasurer for
CUPElocal 116ColleenGarbesaid,
"the lawyer for the harasser said
that he didn't need disclosure
because sexual harassment office
had handed over the handwritten
notes that [the complainant] had
been given to the sexual
harassment office."
According to Garbe, certain
parts of the handwritten
statements had been retyped and
changed, and parts ofthe document
had been blacked out to the point
that the document was no longer
When the union asked UBC's
lawyer how this breach of
confidentiality occurred, he said
the sexual harassment office are
the university's advisors, and they
must give information to the
administration when deemed
"Now in all confidence, we [the
union] can't send our members
there," Garbe said.
The university's sexual
harassment policy on
confidentiality states that "all
persons involved in the handling
of a com plaint shall hold in strictest
confidence all information that
they become aware."
However, it also states "that it
is not possible to give an absolute
and unqualified guarantee that
information will never be
Sexual harassment office
advisor Ian Smith said his office
"does not agree with the
perspective put forth by the union
in this particular case and in fact
believe that there has not been a
breach of confidence."
According to Smith, this
incident arose from a lack of
integration between the policy of
the sexual harassment office and
the union's policy.
While he is hopeful of resolving
the situation, Smith said that his
office is not interested in being
drawn in to a political exchange
with other groups.
"Our fundamental concern is
to help people who have concerns
with sexual harassment and that
those people be assured that those
discussions will be treated in the
strictest confidence," he said.
Garbe said that regardless of
the outcome of this part
the union "wants i
positive to come 01
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the administration.
NAC condemns universities
by Steve Scali
Sunera Thobani, president
ofthe National Action Committee
on the Status of Women (NAC),
delivered a stinging indictment
of the current situation on
university campuses.
In her keynote address to
begin "Chilly Climate Week" at
UBC on Monday, Thobani
pointed out that universities
remain unwelcoming and
oppressive towards women and
The image of the university
as the "center for excellence,
higher learning, knowledge,
education, which is supposed to
be removed from the sexist
patriarchal institutions that
exist in the rest of society" is
wrong, she said.
Thobani noted that the chilly
climate on campuses has not
suddenly appeared, but is a
product of racism and sexism
which flourished in the past in
both society and universities.
"What is happening to
women on campus is related to
what is happening to women
generally today in Canadian
society... Universities have not
existed in isolation. They are part
and parcel of how power relations
are structured in our society, and
they recreate these power
"The feminist critique of
universities has been very much
that these are patriarchal
institutions... and that the
production of knowledge in the
past has been designed to put
forward a male-dominated,
Eurocentric point of view."
For Thobani, the "chilly
climate" describes a wide range
of negative experiences for
campus women.
"Inside universities, women
continue to experience sexual
harassment, violence against
women, date rape and in extreme
cases... the massacre of women
as well," she asserted.
The NAC president also
countered the prevalent
assumption that women are not
interested in the feminist
movement, and attacked the
"myth that feminists are all
about victimization... that all we
do is we get together and wallow
in self pity."
She diagnosed women's
oppression as systemic and
structural in nature, but stressed
that "we can change the world,
and that is what the women's
movement is based upon... not
victim status."
Thobani asserted that gains
from the feminist movement have
resulted in a backlash—one
which is well entrenched on many
campuses. A new "professional
anti-feminist class" claims
"universities should not be
subject to censorship", and has
emerged to accuse "femi-nazis"
or "the feminist thought police"
of stifling discussion and free
academic exchange.
Accusations of political
correctness have silenced women
and racial minorities, but not
the privileged who enjoy greater
power, Thobani said. Privileged
groups "have more freedom of
speech" and are unwilling to
relinquish positions of power, she
maintained, using the example
of white male professors in the
She said the backlash, in the
form of the chilly climate on
campus, is "about maintaining
inequality... the status quo and
silencing the voices which are
fighting for equality."
"How can there be academic
freedom when women are subject
to sexual harassment on
campuses inside the classrooms
and outside, when women are
subject to violence... and people
of color experience racial
harassment?" she asked.
"Institutions which do not
clearly challenge racism and
sexism end up perpetuating
them" she said, adding that
existing power relations would
continue "if we do not take the
issues head on."
According to Amanda
Okram, a member ofthe Student
Women's Action Caucus, the
purpose of Chilly Climate Week
is "to explore and to raise
awareness of issues of
discrimination and
marginalization in academia"
and to "address equity and access
Sunera Thobani describes campus' "chilly climate"
Election: take the time to vote
by Sara Martin
In the fourth day of voting—
for the AMS executive, BoG and
senate students reps, and two
referendum questions—the poll
clerks are lonely.
"We had one guy [vote] in
three hours in Woodward, it was
very quiet there," said IRC poll
clerk Micheal Gregory.
"On Tuesday at Regent college
only one ballot was cast all day,"
said another poll clerk Sara
"The turnout is indicative of
the disgusting apathetic attitudes
towards student politics on this
campus," Dorsey said.
Beth Long, a poll clerk in the
SUB concourse, said she tried to
r~ ■
call potential voters to her poll
station. When passers-by were
asked if they have voted yet, "the
general response is they smile
and ignore us."
"Very, very few people know
who they want to vote for, they
haven't carefully thought it
out...people do know who they
don't want to vote for," Long said.
"We get a lot of blank ballots.
We know cause people ask if they
can put a blank ballot in the box.
A lot of people have come by to
vote only on PIRG and WUSC,"
she said.
In order to pass, both
referendum questions require
that ten percent of AMS active
daytime members vote "yes."
Elections commissioner
Sheryl Ainslie said that, as of
Thursday 20 January, the number
of voters "is around 3000. Thats a
guesstimate on how many ballots
I have left over at the end of each
"Everyone has to sign a
signature sheet when they vote,
there're put away at the end of
polling—so that's why we don't
know [how many have voted],"
Ainslie said.
"We're not allowed to count
until Tuesday.. .48 weekday hours
from the end of polling," she said.
"The results will be in late Tuesday
All polls close at 3:30 Friday
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Social service cut hits Aboriginal families
by Susan Juby
The Vancouver Aboriginal
family and child services society
is to become another victim of
government cutbacks—and critics
charge that the move shows
government support of native self-
government is mere lip-service.
Elaine Hebert, Vancouver
Aboriginal family and child service
society president, said "First
Nations development is a process
in which we create the services
that we need."
"The closure clearly shows
that the government and the
ministry of social services feel that
they know what First Nations
people need better than we do,"
Hebert said.
The mandate of the unique
counselling program is to help
troubled native families stay
During the two years the
society has been in operation, it
has helped over 100 families,
including 700 children. The
program is staffed by ten First
Nations people, all of whom are
uniquely qualified to understand
the needs of their clients.
"These families are at risk of
losing their children or the parents
are at risk with alcohol problems,
or not enough money, or the
children are at risk through
neglect or abuse," she said.
The emphasis ofthe society is
on crisis prevention rather than
crisis intervention. The society is
the only program in Vancouver
that provides long-term care.
*The bigger picture is insti-
ztutionalized racism," Hebert
charged, adding that territorialism
existed within the ministry on the
part of some workers who were
unwilling to refer to the society.
"My own sense of it is that they had
a predetermined idea of us as
incompetent and as a result
wouldn't refer people to our
Michael Yellowbird, UBC
social work professor, expressed
anger over the closure. Yellowbird
said that the loss of the Society's
entire $500,000 budget has yet to
be explained to the directors ofthe
project. And neither the minister
nor deputy minister have
responded to letters asking for an
explanation for the decision.
"The problem lies in
differences of opinion about how
social services ought to be run.
Native workers operate according
to the needs of those they serve
while the ministry is run according
to scientific principles of
management," Yellowbird said.
The ministry works according
to an economic model that
emphasizes volume of clients and
speed in dealing with cases. The
ministry's need for higher numbers
is considered by society officials to
be a bitter irony in light ofthe fact
the society could only take cases
referred by the ministry.
A review of the decision by a
third party has been promised.
Initially, 20 First Nations people
were told in a meeting with
government officials that the
results of the review would be
binding. But in a recent interview
in the Vancouver Sun, deputy
assistant minister Chris Haynes
stated that the results would not
be binding.
Yellowbird called the lack of
government accountability as "just
another example of the government's teflon promises—nothing
The government's assertion
that the funds will stay within
aboriginal services is also a matter
of some doubt to Yellowbird. He
sees it as a ploy to avoid public
criticism and notes that the
government has yet to specify
where the funds will go.
Anti-Palestinian rights violations "systematic"
by Sam Green
Despite the promise of peace
in the wake of the recent accord
between Israel and Palestine,
human rights lawyer Linda Bevis
says violations of human rights
continue in the Occupied
Territories ofthe West Bank.
At a meeting at the Or Shalom
synagogue on 19 January
sponsored by Jews for a Just Peace,
the Middle East Peace Action
Coalition (MEPAC) and
Humanitarian Aid for Palestine,
Bevis spoke of the deteriorating
situation in the Occupied
She recently returned from
the area after two years of work as
a legal researcher for Al-Haq, a
Palestinian human rights
organization. She also spent her
weekends as a volunteer english
teacher in the Gaza Strip.
During her time in the area,
Bevis witnessed numerous
violations of Palestinian political
and civil rights in the Occupied
Territories. They included
deportation, lack of due process in
the military judicial system,
arbitrary executions, torture, and
the denial of self-determination,
freedom of speech and freedom of
An 8:00pm curfew for all
Palestinians is enforced by Israeli
soldiers driving through the
streets, warning that any person
out after the curfew will be shot.
Israeli settlers remain exempt
from this curfew.
The violations also affect the
economic stability of the
Palestinians on the West Bank.
Bevis said these "economic
violations" include unjustified
confiscation of land, demolition of
Palestinian homes, over-taxation
and unreasonable restrictions on
items such as agriculture and
She said that over 60 percent
of the Gaza Strip has been
confiscated by the Israeli military,
and that much ofthe land is being
quietly transferred to Israeli
These violations are not only
continuing but are systematic,
Bevis stated.
"The violations are enshrined
in the legal system that Israel
uses to govern the Occupied
Territories," she said.
Bevis cited examples like the
British Defense Emergency
Regulations of 1945 which allow
arbitrary detention, closures,
deportations and residential
The Israeli military adopted
these regulations, denounced long
ago by Britain. Over 1000 military
orders restrict the Palestinian
population from carrying on their
daily lives in the Gaza Strip.
Military orders 1015 and 1039
require that Palestinians gain
permission to plant all fruit and
vegetation, even that used solely
for consumption.
Bevis stressed that the new
peace accord makes minimal
provisions for changing these laws.
The Declaration of Principles
allows the elected Palestinian
National Council the power to
legislate only in the spheres which
it will control: health, education,
tourism and direct taxation.
However, in all other areas
such as land, settlements and
issues of security, the accord
establishes a joint Palestinian-
Israeli committee to review
legislation. This review will not
necessarily mean change.
"If the Israeli laws governing
the occupation do not change, the
chances of meaningful
improvement in the situation are
slight," Bevis said.
Linda Bevis will be
speaking at UBC on Tuesday
15 February during Arab
Students' Week.
Linda Bevis discusses continuing West Bank Human Rights Violations
Israel vice-consul discusses September peace agreement
by Will Hamlin
"It's going to be one ofthe best
tourist packages on earth," vice-
consul of Israel Haim Waxman
He was speaking of one ofthe
benefits of the recent peace
agreement reached between the
PLO and Israel.
Last Wednesday the SUB
ballroom presented. Waxman, who
is visiting from the Israeli
consulate in Toronto. He is booked
for a number of speaking
engagements in Vancouver,
providing the official rationale of
the   Israeli   government   for
recognizing the PLO last
"There is no real alternative
to making peace with t"he
Palestinians through their
representatives and letting them
get on with their own lives, and we
getting on with our own lives... if
we want an end to the Arab-Israeli
conflict," he said.
He cited a number of events
in recent history as background to
the assertion, notably the end of
the cold war which fuelled conflict
in the Middle East, and the Gulf
war which "showed us the danger
that lies in our region."
He presented the pragmatic
necessity of peace with the
Palestinians as a means of
alleviating this danger. An entente with Lebanon, he said, could
not be achieved without first
achieving one with Syria.
Similarly, peace with Jordan
would have to be preceded by an
agreement with the Palestinians.
The September agreement
differs from previous ones, he said,
because ofthe emphasis placed on
its economic dimension. The deal
would not succeed, "if the
Palestinians' lives don't significantly improve," he said.
Waxman talked of the
difficulties of implementing the
terms of the agreement. A
deadline set for the withdrawal of
^Israeli troops from the occupied
territories has already been
missed, and there is widespread
speculation on all sides that the
deal will fail altogether.
"Unless we are sure we are
talking about a real and lasting
peace, there's no way we can make
the concessions we've been asked
to," he said.
But he provided reassurance
that Israel intends to attempt to
meet the terms ofthe agreement.
"We are going to direct all our
energies to reaching a deal that
leaves no questions," he said.
A bit of colour was added in
the form of a grey-haired man
who, at the end of the talk, stood
up and started shouting in varying
degrees of coherence. "How can
you call Judea and Samaria the
West Bank?" he said. "Where in
the bible does it say 'West Bank'?"
He was overruled and led
away by talk organizers, amid
some embarrassed laughter from
the mostly younger audience. 4   THE UBYSSEY
Raising Atlantis would benefit students
by Kristin Andrews
may soon be a thing ofthe past, if
a McGill University professor's
experiment catches on.
Proponents of the Atlantis
Project want Canada's
universities to replace lecture-
hall courses with small tutorials.
"We've  got to cease the
overteaching that goes on at
university," said Paul Piehler,
who aims to have a pilot version
of Atlantis in place by next fall.
Piehler has been working
toward alternatives to what he
called the "obsolete" classroom
lecture system since he took a
break from teaching medieval
literature at McGill two years
His vision is to replace all
lecture classes with seminars of
four students and one tutor.
While most McGill students
take five courses at a time, the
Atlantis Project would limit
students' course loads to one or
two tutorials per term.
"I'm talking about ruthlessly
cutting down on the quantity of
student work, giving increased
possibility for the raising of
quality," Piehler said.
Students would do all the
reading for the course before the
tutorial started, so that work in
the seminar could focus on writing
and  editing of final papers.
Students would be evaluated with
verbal feedback in place of letter
Atlantis is different from a
lecture system because "students
are encouraged to define their own
problems and seek the solutions
themselves," said Warwick
Armstrong, a professor of
geography at McGill and a
supporter ofthe project.
The Atlantis Project is similar
to the system which has been used
at Cambridge and Oxford
universities since the 15th
century. But this system is
expensive, and some people think
that increasing student contact
with faculty would mean spending
more money which Canadian
universities do not have.
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StatsCan tallies
satisfied students
OTTAWA (CUP)—The final question ofthe statistics Canada
survey of nineties bachelors' degree recipients asked: "Would you
have gone to the same school or institution?"
The responses Eire listed by university type, the programs the
graduates took and the percentage of "yes" responses.
Type of university
Total (all universities)
Primarily undergraduate
Major field of study
Agriculture & biological sciences
Commerce, management & administration
Engineering & applied science
Fine & applied arts
General arts & science
Health professions
Mathematics & physical sciences
Social sciences
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has approved only $ 12,000 as seed
money for the project, after which
Atlantis will have to find its own
Some Atlantis supporters
argue that the project is worth
the extra money and that it might
even be cheaper to run than the
current system.
No new faculty would have to
be hired, Piehler said. The time
saved from lecture preparation
and marking would provide more
time for consulting students and
for their own work.
Because the study would be
more intense, degrees would take
a year less to complete, Piehler
said. Such a time savings could
save universities money.
Piehler said he sees huge
potential savings by cutting back
on university administration in
coordination with the tutorial
"In the long run, the need for
administration enormously
diminishes, because the
relationship is all between the
tutor and the students."
Piehler's cost-cutting claims
have caused some ears to prick up
in Ottawa. Stuart Smith, chair of
the Royal Commission on Post-
Secondary Education, has begun
to look closely at the proposal.
"The Atlantis people are
asking some important
questions," Smith said. "Can the
Oxford model be done in a way
that saves money as opposed to
costing more money? Can self-
directed learning actually be
cheaper than the form of mass
education we're used to?"
PEN finds new president
,565 Alma Street
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TORONTO (CUP) — Alison
Gordon's direct involvement with
the international writer's union
and human-rights organization
goes back just over three years,
and she has recently put her
writing career on hold to fill the
office of PEN president, a
voluntary position that requires
more than it rewards.
At present, the Canadian
centre for PEN International is
monitoring 32 individual cases of
international artistic repression
ranging from the house arrest of
author Aung San Suu Kyi in
Myanmar to the seizure at
Canada's own borders of books
bound for gay bookstores.
By publicizing the details of
these cases, and by enacting vast
letter-writing campaigns on the
behalf of imprisoned writers, PEN
ensures that institutional
censorship does not succeed in
hiding itself behind the doublespeak of "official" government
rationale, regardless of the
political stance ofthe government.
"We have left-wing writers in
right-wing prisons and right-wing
writers in left-wing prisons and so
on, around the world. It's a human-
^——— w I rights organization—it really is
iLLOM 15?-—-J not political," Gordon said.
Recently, PEN has kept its
nose in the NAFTA negotiations,
lobbying the Canadian
government to push for human-
rights guarantees as part of the
final agreement.
"Mexico happens to have a
very bad human-rights record,
especially in journalism," Gordon
points out. "A large number of
Mexican journalists have been
killed. So, while we're indifferent
to NAFTA, we are opposed to
ignoring human rights within the
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by Liz Merrilees
TORONTO (CUP) — Several
university libraries have censored
their newspaper collections to
conform to the publication ban on
the Karla Teale (Homolka) trial.
The universities of Toronto
and Waterloo are among the
schools which have decided to pull
the 23 November issue of the
Washington Post off the shelves.
The issue contained several
articles which infringe the
publication ban surrounding the
"We felt we were obliged to do
this," said Alan Home, acting chief
librarian at Toronto's Robarts
library. "Censorship is abhorrent
to the library, but it was
The Washington Post is the
only major newspaper available
in the library that carried any
banned articles. Other papers
carried smaller articles, but they
mainly contained references to the
ban rather than the trial itself. A
couple of them were also pulled
out of circulation to ensure
compliance to the ban, Home said.
According to Connie Da Silva-
Borgs, senior technician in the
periodicals department at
Robarts, there was a high demand
for the Post article. But there was
not much protest from students
when they were turned away.
"I was surprised that there
was no expression of anger," she
Student reaction to the
absence of the newspaper was
generally low-key.
"[The library] had to pull it. It
was not their decision," said Nelja
Mueller, an english student at
However, some felt that the
Ontario government had gone too
"Personally, I think [the ban]
is cheap sensationalism," said
Linda Oliver, a UofT library
While UofT was pulling
newspapers off the shelves, McGill
university was putting them back
on. Just before the christmas
break, McGill's library, after
consulting its lawyers, decided to
allow the issue back onto the
Shortly afterwards, however,
the issue was stolen, leaving
McGill once again without a copy
of the Post article.
As a result of McGill's
decision, Home said, he is asking
UofT to seek further legal advice
in the matter.
The UofT had previously cut
off access to an Internet newsgroup
to avoid breaking the ban, as did
McGill, Western, Queen's,
Carleton and Waterloo
universities, among others. But
restriction of Internet information
is proving very difficult, because
many bulletin boards are available
through American universities,
where the ban is not in effect. FRIDAY 21 JANUARY 1994
Violence against women memorial creates controversy
by Ann* McEwm
A national design competition
for a Women's Monument is
inspiring many women to enter,
despite some negative criticism
from the local media.
The contest committee is
seeking to establish a powerful
public art design similar in impact
to the Aids Quilt and
Washington's Vietnam Memorial.
The piece will be constructed in
Vancouver's Thorton Park, in
front ofthe CN station.
The intention is to provide a
remembrance dedicated to all
women who have been victims of
men's violence that will bare the
names ofthe 14 women murdered
in the Montreal massacre of 1989.
Women's interest in the
project has been impressive.
"Response has been fabulous," said
women's   monument   project
The beat(en) generation faces market
by Tah/o ■vard
The party room was packed
and over 100 students came.
It was standing room only as
students were grimly informed of
how past unemploymentrates will
likely be a reflection on future
prospects, and that personal
networking is their greatest job
"We have people who are
highly educated but do not have
any marketable skills,* saidyouth
employment skills Canada
manager Bill Walters, expressing
a common sentiment echoed
throughout the seminar.
Tve met many people who
are fascinating to talk to, but have
no marketable skills," Walters
Marketable skills. Walters, a
baby-boomer who has carved
himself a niche in the student
employment business, hammered
on this as students' key to job
Interpersonal skills such as
networking—"the cultivation of
contacts"—were presented as key
attributes which employers seek.
"The generalist is still
someone who is valued in the
marketplace," student placement
services manager Evelyn Buriak
said, identifying a "generalist" as
someone with a BA or BSc.
"In the smaller business
sector, employers want a degree
and its content is unimportant,"
she said, stressing communication skills as the most
important of "those marketable
skills that you have."
Some students felt the
seminar was not as useful as they
had hoped.
"The only good thing I got out
of it was this COSEP thing," said
first-year arts student Ruta
The career oriented summer
employment program, a government employment program which
hires students into research
positions relevant to their degree,
received only a passing mention
at the tail end ofthe seminar.
"The rest of it was pretty
basic," Fluxgold added.
But that is exactly the
organizers' intent, according to
"This one was ground level,"
Sivam said, adding that many
students at UBC, even in their
third year, have not been exposed
to this information before.
"A lot of students stayed, and
that says a lot," she said. Few
students budged until the very end
of the seminar, which organizers
took as a sign of success.
She said that the joint
joblink-student     placement
services effort plans to present
another seminar in March.
"Its usually exactly the same
caliber of people that attend the
second [job seminar]," Sivam
added,, "and that one will be even
more specific, geared more towards
graduating students."
Walters, the keynote speaker,
also referred to self-employment
through student business loan
programs. In 1993, 172 student
business loans were authorized,
and only 5 were rejected. The loans
remain interest-free until mid-
While many traditional
avenues into the corporate
structure were discussed, the more
non-traditional routes were
presented as alternate ways to
enter the corporate world.
"I highly highly highly
recommend cooperative work
experience," Walters said, "and
this will develop connections,
networks, and exposure for the
companies they may work for."
opportunites and volunteer work
received only an honourable
Walters also included a self-
made millionaire story, passing
on the myth of "the [north]
american dream" to yet another
generation of wide-eyed neophytes.
Petter says preserve and prune profits
by Graham Cook
BC forest minister Andrew
Petter said his government's
proposed new forest code will
provide tough enforcement of poor
logging practices and will be part
of a larger strategy for more
wilderness preservation.
But he left the door open for
more "intensive" forestry in some
areas, and left doubts as to the
extent of public consultation that
went into the new code.
"[Lack of public input] is
something thafs happened before
when the bureaucracy wants to
have the facade of public input
but not really have it," said
Stephen Samuel, a member ofthe
UBC computer science staff.
Samuel doubted Petter's
claims that the new forest code
was developed with significant
public input.
He told of how he requested
the proposed code and discussion
paper in early December, but did
not receive it until 6 January, five
days after the deadline for
"My guess is I'm not the only
one to have that happen to me,"
Samuel said.
Petter responded that the
legislative time frame did not allow
for a larger window for public
consultation, "but better a small
window than none at all."
Petter's 40 minute speech to
a UBC audience last Monday
attempted to bridge the "realities"
ofthe forest products market and
the necessity of wilderness
preservation. The overflow crowd
of about 200 included forestry
students and environmental
The new forest practices code
"will replace a mass of conflicting
legislation... which was basically
without consequences, since the
highest fine that could be charged
was $2000," he said.
Increases in forest service
staffing and "a change in political
will" combine to "allow the chief
forester to do his job" in enforcing
the new regulations.
Penalties for breaking the
code will be up to one million
dollars, and a policy of "performance-based logging" will
grant new logging licenses on the
basis of the past practices of
logging companies, he said.
Petter all but ruled out the
"draconian" penalty of denying
licenses to companies with the
worst record.
He said the NDFs promise to
double the amount of parkland in
BC to 12 percent of representative
ecosystems is an essential part of
the strategy surrounding the new
The government hopes the
parkland increase and the new
performance-based licensing will
create enough trust among
communities to allow "enhanced
access for companies to
contentious areas" like the Nelson
These are areas where
forestry i s technically allowed but
which have been protected from
logging by community groups
skeptical of logging companies'
"If the values of sensitivity
are maintained, it will be possible
to establish zones for more
intensive forestry" in nonprotected areas, he said.
The government will also
establish a semi-autonomous
forest practices board to audit both
the forest companies' practices and
the government's own policies.
Even if the new code is passed
in the legislature, Petter admitted
that specific forest standards for
the various regions ofthe province
will still have to be determined.
"The code will establish
general standards and the
enforceable regulations will be set
up below that."
or like to talk about
bout it?    ^s#
we can't do it alone, maybe you can, but we can't.
committee member Cate Jones.
This is good news for a
competition plagued by bad press
when it was initially announced.
Some responses claimed the
dedication was a case of feminists
labelling all men as rapists and
Jones said the reactions were
unnecessary and the result of
irresponsible press backlash.
"The controversy arose
because 90 percent ofthe articles
left out the next line [on the
monument]...'we their sisters and
brothers remembering, work for
a better world.'" By omitting that
line, Jones said reporters missed
the "balance" in the message.
Because the contest is open
exclusively for women artists,
engineers, and architects,
criticisms have been made that
this is unfair to men who may
want to participate. Jones does
not agree.
"Since 99 percent of public art
has been designed by men, I do not
feel men have been restricted.
Women, however, certainly have,"
Jones said.
In spite of the resistance,
Jones said fund-raising is going
well with about 50 percent ofthe
total goal ($300,000) already
reached. Contributions have been
made by individuals, government,
and various corporations,
particularly BC Hydro.
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One in eight is assaulted before age 18.
One in four is raped some time in her lifetime.
64 percent of female spouses reported being assaulted at some time
during their marriage.
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JANUARY   2 7,   2 8,   29   &   30 by Susan Juby
After reading the Morganfiekjs' press kit I was prepared for an interview with a Iflifepant and
lighthearted band. It turns out that he bi > did not accurately convey the attitudes of tt £ hree guys from
Alun Piggins, singer, songwriter, arid bassist for the band, admits that the bios a&k "pack of lies.'
The description of himself as "an a iti-so nal prick who is prone to violence" is a false rn od. The
descriptions of drummer Jay Sand: go as "popular at pinata parties," and bass player 1 iffi Ice Pond as
"probably the n est Jjffl idsome Mor ganfi. Id" who "takes great pride in his model ship Collection," are
also blatantly fa fee
Actually, I Iggins proved earn sst an i intense. His answers to my less-than-probing] questions were
more Holden C fttrfiei 1 than Howa d Ste tl
I spoke to PSggln, during the 1 land's stop in Winnipeg ^fca^ferf^destaafjed as "Fu£j|in' cold. Mhius
60 and we lost t lie fan ter in the var. Abs slutely sucks.'
Asked abo Jtjnfl lences, Piggi as cit id Neil Young, Th. l^pJacKraentS early 70' >\ unk stuff,
KKlBlftit'ia. and from
t; mall Ont m o
gods.1 wsntta break rule S;, ifter heari a}
Hendrix, all of' thorn, are in evidenjt in the Morganfields' sop
town that really excite s him.
"The Ganc harvo.;. I really lovje therji. Musicians to the |
The song 'fBiS" from the MoijganfiAlds new album, Thrash Wate, is about the Gjaridharvos. ["The
tune is about a! fowiy aging artist i i the ower end of the mi StcbasiaeSS, k nd of like Ui, who is s > jaded
he doesn't knov • what he thinks an anon .
"It came ft otft thi s night I wer t to si«the Gandharvos: n&it was like] laving a si ir tual expe icfnce.
I asked the guy t was' vith, another musi :ian, what he thoug lit and: he said' They're al rij ht but th< ^
drummer is holding his sticks all wrong. And here I am ha> ir^tius sr^rtus I experience] I don't w|ai|it to
get so fuckin' ji ded.w
Piggins' b isle <fe sire is to "sta y hon est and true to the i wsje." Vp The Ladder and Meet The Nipw
Me reflect his o SSCssl* in with main ainin;
integrity. "My I eUy^s full/I'm a gr: nninj
machine"—I ge I the II npression thi it
Piggins would r athet f tarve.
Asked if tl £ &si e to avoid
phoniness at all costs i equires a lot of
coping mechani m$f I iggins
responds, "Yealult's 1 errible. But
everybody does it I h; ive that need,
a tendency to go out 8 id drown it'
Although then* rview
revealed a far n ore se nous band
than their press kk wo uld suggest, Piggins' final
remark was a f ;e|~go xi masterpiece. I'm sure hewould pi :&abjy deny i$, but he actually
concluded with (he W( rds "The music makes it all OK,"
Stay gold 1 hmyh >y, and don't drop your copy of Little Shirley Beans* n the way home.
by Judy Chun |,
The m an bers of Seattle's Flo; fsertallsSlvit on't take themselves or the
trappings of the rock and roll mu (j* tjtf&ttij too seriously. Drummer Nate
Johnson«xp lains during a tour st 'fy■& && $j irfish Lounge last Thursday,
January 13, hat even bad press ii ,^m.^k t hrihtheartedly by the band.
"I thin c il 's kind of amusing ti ^fe^Kgpg ativi: review from time to time,"
says John soi i. "Not just because; f& ^io^et.JB kno v that not everybody likes
you. It's i ls< i that sometimes peojfe^Merlicizi >—whatever they're
'1 mean esi
I think we're just kind of a pop t an 1 But, peopl J. are g )ing to put you t >gether just by association.
criticizui,; - -sometimes their information is total ly wrong anyway and it's
really fun ityr"
Johnsc n i efers to the band's T-shirts' which siort the "I Hate Flop" logo
on the fro nt md a negative review from a Portlar d newspaper on the back.
"The s m\; quote that he actually used in the r< view was not even correct.
He had it isl eard it'
Even the m *lt**^SS ntinual fixation with the fact tha E op hails fronxmeiegendary Seattle i cene, seems more amusing
than irritating to j&$jfjrt Apart fomshiring a comiricfl]>Ia« of residence
no other similari le»feetw een Flop and the others exist "
with all these otr ycmti$ The peoota who take mepS^tfeH&ng still fea&y jJeriously, like oujside and inside of Seattle—
I kind of think it SSfcBflS laughable m iv ay. I'm just dnicffeuBed out mtfk: whole thing.'
Flop played Offikyfc rsion of powea || >p to a packe i ? wi u at 4 ie newl r repp! ned and renamejl Starfi^ Lounge. Flop's
catchy, infectiou i playajj negated any i |je edence giver -to iht Seal tie com jarfeoi is and proved Jol mson right Flop is just a
great pop band— pqfotyt a little heavie || tan most Th lH* tnc ilOj* hrough ^n^$ from meir accla med frrst alrjurn, Ffcp and
the Fall ofthe M fWpm rer, and fuzri* iersiom of mist of ^^ngs off <rftfwr major label del ^
You're Ready.    '. %  ' ',\'\
According aJMhWan, thesigninjg|iamajorlar> j,i«<jfflra
goal in Flop's ag SftdlL "\
"We definit sjy, & d ry one, didn't pjdown at a rxW^jfeetbi and difatt *pjan of success .. not that we've even
achieved it It's saeili«8elusive term." || |, ,
But at the s a»* '$m , Johnson doe Mi t pretend tha: tfce bBnd^abscrib^tstteFugarisclwolbfmdie music ethics, which
sees a major labe f deal as a compromis.:, (ir a sell-out
"I can only ake 66- J eriously some p« ople who wdtk *ea% h^rd at scltttemiAg but they tend tja scoff at the whole thing-
about the fact that they don't want it to re ich a lot of pi ople^ Mayl * they }on*t rant it to be likec by a lot of people, but I
think every person wants to be heard." |
For now, the members of Flop see m to be happy < rifh th«|r sf ite in tl e jrtw c business. According to Johnson, the band
is pleased with the new album and wor fir g with Epic. 'Bntmostrjf all, Jo hrtsoa. is thrilled that he's been able to support
himself financially by playing with Flo )£
"We've been able to continue doii g; fvhat we enjoy doing and some, (ood tJ ings have happened to us.'
At last a happy rock and roll star.
by Bob Beck
"... if may be time . ..to begin thinking in terms of heroes again, of love
instead of hate, of energy instead of violence, of strength instead of cruelty, of
action instead of reaction."
—Lester Bangs
damn, you bet!
there any we can halfway believe in?
Seems doubtful either way, but if so. here's a vote for Jonathan Richman.
(He played last Thursday in Bellingham. Just him, Gibson hollowbody,
couple of mikes, few lights, small room, happy crowd. Less is more. End of
suuiuaid review stuff).
Thinking about Jonathan Richman seems like heresy, like wanting to catch
some frail beautiful creature and put it in a display case. You feel like the worst
kind of, well, intellectual—worse yet, like one of the adults he sometimes
complains about.
But try as you might, you can'l just feel when you listen and watch. You
have to do some thinking, because there's much more going on here than meets
the eye. (Here's a guy past forty who complains about adutis^ with;»straight	
Jonathan, to quote Lester again, never sits still long e rough to solidify jnto
what he previously seemed.
didn' t know him asked what kind of music he playe i I thought about it
awhile, and finally shrugged and said simply "rock r? toiL1*.$ut here's
someone who plays R & R (as the Customs guy called it) wbrOflanscoustio
guitar, often wandering away from the mike, and yet it (al rjosl) always works.
The reasons are interesting. He's into some great parity* totettBonai«r
otherwise, of your standard rock 'n' roll machismo, from Singing "fttbk>
Picasso" in a Rocky Balboa accent, to a look he puts on dt ring Big. Svfa &ne
(especially when he ventures down the Big Bass strings— be frowns, thrusts Out
his lower lip and nods solemnly, as if to say, damn I'm go xJ), to a kind of
white-boy bump-and-grind with his hips, which makes his gmtav bob stidieo-
lously and gets a big laugh every time.
(Actually, doing this he loo j»JB8$ J**** teenager
in '65 trying to imitate Tom Jones, Hfe cju&vety v«>ic&
blows up the act, makes it a cartoc n, |My friend: at the
show laughed and frequently said, "he's Just JJEtoftaJaaV*
It's true—but not only like a kid. I lut well come to
Past all this, past all camp atditmjf>hfrfkfy*	
rock 'n' roll of a kind that's hard to hear nowadays,
through the din of metal and hardcore and rap, through
he's influenced a generation of younger indie bands and
soloists. It's got something of the Lost Chord, some-
thing of a link to an early adolescence when you were fumbling
around, still possessed of some joy and curiosity, before the onset of
real (supposedly "teenage," really adult) moodiness and alienation.
Which is not to say he jSSdoes songs like "Ice Cream Man"
and "Afternoon" anymore. L As of his tunes these days are about his
married life, and some have i m dge of... well, not quite bitterness,
but definitely not nostalgia.
In "The Neighbours" he si igs, twice, "there's no need to
let the neighbours run my lift >** There's just the hint of a dig
(and in perfoi mance, just the hint of a glare) at—who? Rock
critics? Fans vho won't let h si grow up?
 (Mercifully, he didn't do*' loadrunner," the song from
1970 which may be his best-] au wn, having been done by
everyone from Joan Jett to th 11 istols. It would have made the
evening too nostalgic, and an p» ay for that you need drums,
bass, and electric guitar).
^apparendy) half trying, Jonathan sorted out his
mi isculinity decades ago. (Maybe his femininity too, if it
COflies K that). And he did it partly by divesting himself, at least
outward] y, of all macho posturing, all emotional defences, and
jttSt tigh) roping out there on a guitar string.
Atk I doing it, somehow, without the mawkishness and
self-cons ciousness of the folkies and hippies.
For the finish of his last song, "Dancing in the Lesbian
Bar,"* he just laid down the guitar and stood there, eyes closed, and
crooned lie chorus over and over, quieter and quieter, the audience
spontanfi ously joining him, as he kept time with snapping fingers, or
else sprc )ding his arms wide and mo 'ing his hips again, only this
way" lie-c idn't look funny, but astonis hingly vulnerable, and people
shook th :ir heads and laughed almos in an embarrassed way, but
Fogeyism: "there's always been heartache and
loneliness/but in 1965 it was not like this." It is to
But mostly he's into history (even if
personal "small" history), not nostalgia, and he's
alive to his moment, which is a moment of today
as well as yesterday. And sometimes his songs
almost subvert themselves ... when he sings "that
summer feeling will haunt you one day," it's not
chested ■ vildly at the end. Damn right too. It was sensational.
1h«h e? You know it His songs are alive with it Love for
«eosmtic rock on cheap guitars, and love for other things intellectuals
usually c isdain, all the everyday "trash" of American pop culture.
"Fe ider Stratocaster" praises that famous axe—it's beautiful
"HkegJK :>line in the sand/like a motorcycle at a hot dog stand." Lots
of peppli: can't see beauty in these things, or beauty in rodeo or
R&tO, an d so they may never see the beauty in Jonathan's songs or
his wobt ly voice. It's their loss.
 (3tt>adrunner" featured the line "I feel in love with the modern
world/I feel in touch with the modem world," and his band—in
several versions—was the Modem Lovers. Modern love may be
fleeting, makeshift, risky, but it's the only kind we've got).
This love leads him in dangerous dii
he'll never be a rockstar, and that's good,|
scumbags half in love with death. But he
is death of another sort, and a lingering
In one tune, with the
parties in the U.S.A.
just a lament, but a warning. (01 i Jonathan, we
know). Gather ye E-strings....
And you have to wonder if he's quite so
ections. as love will. Now.
d pathetic death it can b<
chorus 7we need more
..• verges on a kind of Ok
unselfconscious as he makes out Well, no you
don't. Nobody who could survive over 20 years
in the music business, or write songs invoking
(even as comically as he does) Freud, Sartre and
Camus could be really naive.
pole) is he just having us on with disin
genuous schtick, with an act grounded in
Watching him, you can't really believe it
Watching him goofing around on stage, grinning
and mugging and wiggling those hips, listening to
t rap with the fans, his extended jams
; interruptions of songs to tell stories, you
bubt that here's a man motivated first,
[foremost, by love of what he does, and joy
 ionsummate show-biz professional? Could
Te^^o what? That can be beautiful too, just like
battered guitar cases and coiled cables as you
load out
Hero? On these terms, for these times—
absolutely goddamn right.
JSHlfe in your face
by Ted Young-Ing
Philadelphia is Hollywood's first attempt at a movie which deals
with AIDS, homosexuality and discrimination in any real way. As such, I
went into the theatre not expecting much.
I left the theatre feeling pleasantly surprised at the film's sensitivity,
the direction of the script and the wonderful artistic qualities. Indeed, I was
amazed that this film was a Hollywood film.
"Rolfl simcT rBomikiml
by Peggy Lee
It was a night of dance, music and power. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of
Martha Graham's birth, the Martha Graham Dance company held a one-night only show
featuring three selections of her works at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
directed by Jonathan Dummf).
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9 January
Known as a dancer and choreographer, Martha Graham is most remembered for her
important contributions to the world of ballet. Through her own original explorations she
created the dynamic Martha Graham tech
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Unlike traditional ballet, the relationship bS
her strong and rythmic movements. Today Martha Graham's School of Contemporary Dance
and Dance Company perpetuate her bold and passionate style.
Three works were featured: Acts of Light, Night Journey and Maple Leaf Rag (all
choreographed by Graham). The first is a sensual three-part piece that culminates in a pleasing
finale with the whole ensemble. The second, the. light Journey, is from Graham's Greek period.
A new perspective is given to the classical traged y of Oedipus where the story is told through
the eyes of Jocasta. From the instant before her d :ath we experience through Jocasta's recollections her triumph, her intimacy, and inevitably, h a- doom.
The last piece. Maple Leaf Rag, is a delightl ul work set to the upbeat sound of ragtime
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Philadelphia tells the story of Andrew Beckett (played by Tom
Hanks) who is a lawyer at a prestigious lawfirm. He is promoted to a
senior position in the firm. I At the celebration, one of the partners notices a
Kaposi lesion on his foreh* ad; Beckett is soon fired from the firm.
Beckett decides to take the him to court. He hires a cut-rate ambu-
her lawyer will
eive justice.
The film deals with both the court case and Beckett's personal life
how he, his family and his lover (played by Pedro Almodovar's muse,
Antonio Banderas) deal with the case and Beckett's worsening condition.
Plot aside, Philadelphia is far from a movie of the week, however.
The filmmakers treat the story with an incredible amount of sensitivity.
Beckett's condition worsens as the trial progresses, but he is not dehumanized—Aemidiencebuiklsaxloserrelationship with him as his health
ter of Beckett brilliantly. This is an
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(lancing and 8   THE UBYSSEY
Know of any
governments these
days that don't have a deficit?
Look no further.
The Alma Mater Society Committee for Organizational Review and Planning (CORP) was
created in order to evaluate your student society. CORP is to propose improvements that will make the AMS a more effective organization and an even better
resource for the students of UBC. But we can't do it alone. We need to know what
you want to see from your student society, and what will best benefit your life at
UBC. Please stop by the CORP suggestion boxes on the SUB Concourse and drop off
your ideas, suggestions, complaints and/or opinions, or drop them off at the AMS
Executive Offices (SUB Room 238). Because, JFK notwithstanding, it's time to ask
what your Alma Mater Society can do for you. ,
Written submissions may be given to Terri Folsom, Administrative Assistant, SUB
Room 238. Oral submissions may be scheduled through
Randy Romero, Assistant to the President, SUB Room
256 or at 822-3972.
For more information, please contact Bill Dobie,
President, SUB Room 256 or at 822-3972.
LANNING Bite me, Ben baby
by William Hamlin
Some day, somewhere, a film studies professor gave out a "black
humour" assignment, and Man Bites Dog was the result
It's a bit hard to get used to the brutality of this film, but if you
can, then it is, admittedly, funny.
Ben, the hero/villain of die show, could make Psychology Today's
Playmate of the Year. Charming and full of character, he nevertheless
suffers from a number of small psychological problems that make him
a psycho nuL
Man Bitos Dog
The Caprice
opens 21 January
In French (with subtitles), Man Bites Dog stars three Belgian filmmakers who also produced and directed die film. Grainy black-and-
white and a lack of incidental music gives it a sleazy, underworld feel.
Ben discusses the relative merits of babies and old women as
murder victims (and we learn that old people are never poor—stingy
maybe, but poor, no), and jokes about how to sink a body most
But there is a somewhat deeper message to die film. The footage
is supposed to be that of a three-man film crew trying to get their big
break by doing a documentary on a psychopath: they follow Ben
around, film all his activities, and never interfere.
When does such "journalistic integrity" become complicity to
murder? The cameraman obliges when Ben asks him to help him lift a
corpse into the trunk of a car.
When does "objectivity" blend into flat-out, raving insanity? The
film crew, after a night of drinking with Ben, enthusiastically
participates in a brutal rape and murder, presumably to be able to better
identify with their subject
The sound man is killed in a gunfight between Ben and one of his
victims. The cameraman then tearfully condemns such "occupational
hazards" and vows to continue filming, because his dead friend would
have wanted that "This is your film," he chokes, with fists clenched.
But Man Bites Dog trips over itself a bit by trying to say too many
things at the same time. Psychos are just like you and me, only slightly
different, it says. All evil is relative, it says: someone even more psycho
than Ben is stalking him! The film could have been more satisfying
(ahhhhh!) had it stuck to the most important issue it raised—that of
ethics, objectivity, and journalism.
But this situation is better than waiting for Man Bites Dog II: The
Wrath of Ben. No-one needs another sequel. Don't see Man Bites Dog
if you have a weak stomach or if your grandma has just been murdered.
Try Imagination
by Anne Gebauer
Try, try to kiss your elbow. It can't be done, but you can imagine you can
do this. 'The sky is the limit for you"—if you can imagine. Imagination: a
mode of thought to transport you anywhere, transform you into anything.
Joan Macleod's Toronto, Mississippi explores this concept through several
windows—the nuclear family, Jhana, her mother Maddie, their boarder Bill—
the father King.
Toronto, Mississippi
playwright Joan Macleod
directed by Stephan Malloy
Freddie Wood Theatre
until 22 January
Jhana is 18 years old and mentally challenged, desperately trying to be an
adult, frustrated with not always succeeding. "I am Jhana Kelly," she says. "I
am lost, I am mentally handicapped." Her limitations are real, but her imagination enables her to escape. She can perform. She can be her hero Elvis.
The sky is not the limit for Jhana as her mother Maddie, a single mother
with a career, sees it Her reality is maintaining a stable home, balanced with
trying to ensure Jhana developes the more advanced lifeskills she needs.
Maddie's reality is not role playing, unlike Jhana's "fly by night" father
king. If anyone knows imagination-made-reality, it is him. But Bill—poet
boarder, and most prominent care giver to Jhana—also role plays. Together Bill
and Jhana play Elvis, Priscilla and Andrew from Jhana's work.
The dynamics of this play require alternative and intuitive interpretation
on the part of the actors. A skillful and convincing performance was given by
the entire cast particularly by Nazgol Deravin. Toronto, Mississippi is thought
provoking with a foundation of comic ease.
The imagination is powerful. It can construct a vivid reality or easily
destroy another.
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friday 21 January 1994 10   THE UBYSSEY
Chilly Climate Week. A week long of conscious raising
seminars and speeches presented by the student women's
action caucus to raise issues of experience sexism and
misogyny in the academic climate.
From 17 January to 21
While 'chilly climate week* offers seminars, awareness
workshops and literary readings about the experience of
women and other marginalized groups on campus, UBC
Reports, the official voice, presents professor James Steiger's
cry of "anti-male abuse". Alas, we wouldn't expect UBC to
end their traditional hypocrisy towards addressing women's
concerns on campus—the after-shock might kill us all.
In his article Steiger claims he used Florence Ledwitz-
Rigby's survey of women's experience on campus as a
"teaching tool" for his psychology 317 class where he and his
class recognized the survey as "meaningless" because
Ledwitz-Rigby didn't also ask men how they experienced the
campus—we suggest Steiger march on over to the women's
students' office and ask about how many women come there
for counselling for sexual assaults they experienced on this
campus, perhaps there he might be able to get some help as
to how some men experience this campus.
Janice Fiamengo, a UBC graduate student and speaker
at a chilly climate week presentation on "feminism, white
male defensiveness and the rhetoric of oppression", saw
Steiger's article for what it really was "the language of
violence used to express men's psychological irritation."
Yes, some men cannot handle taking the responsibility
of their violence and will use an array of tactics to avoid it
For instance, a male ex-counselling psychology student said
in a Province article that he left the department because it
was too "female oriented." However this department that he
claims as unfair to men offers no courses on strictly feminist
content This department which treats him unfairly seems
to favour his gender where eight on the nine tenured
professors are men; where the head of the department for
the last ten years is a man; however, nine out often grad
students are women. Strange in a department run by men,
that he should feel so alienated.
Take for instance another psychologically irritated man,
the VCC student Ron MacDonald—an engineering student
that feigned gunfire at a memorial for the Montreal massacre.
The disciplinary committee recommended that
MacDonald write a letter of apology to the students association, and attend ten weekly counselling sessions. The president enhanced the pseudo-punishment by adding a three
day suspension (of which two days were a weekend —
Lorena Bobbitt might get life).
Education, not expulsion — the heart of the liberal
humanist tenet is such "if you teach them, they will learn".
If Ron is a good boy and learns his lesson he will go on to
become a useful member of society.
Thus, Ron MacDonald writes his letter. Rather than
apologizing for his actions, he apologizes for the interpretation of his actions. Coming from a man who feels no remorse
for his actions, who can't sleep at night because he dreams
that feminists "want to cut off his penis and stick it up his
nose." Maybe Ron should be scared, maybe there are some
women out there who in fact deep in their hearts would like
to do just that and stick it somewhere less delicate than a
nasal passage.
It is so frustrating to watch and listen to the views of
some men who feel that they are being victimized by women
and society. Victimized? For years women have been denied
the vote, denied an equal voice, denied respect, denied the
ability to create an identity outside of the philosophical
shackles of patriarchal ideology. Now that women are tired
of being nice and saying please don't do that but are saying
"fuck off" some men think they are being victimized
Button up your winter coats ladies, because this deep
freeze is not going to end. As more and more men perpetrate
violence against women with no institutional response or
amends in sight to deal with the genocide, it comes as no
surprise to us if women start using the same force to fight
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and Will Hamlin were always the fashion at the Copa... Sarah OTJonneH
fell in love. His name was Graham Cook, he wore a diamond. He was
escorted to Bob Beck's chair, he watched Paula Foran dancing there.
And when Peggy Lee finished, Omar Kassis called her over, but Steve
Scan* went a bit too far and David Black flew across the bar. And then
Trevor Presly flew and Anne McEwen was smashed in two. There was
blood and a single gunshot, but just who shot Susan Juby? At the Copa,
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Letters to the Staff
Simon says 300
words or less
With regard to the articles
"Which is the threat: environment or jobs" and "Forestry
change is slow" published in
the January 11 issue of the
Ubyssey, there are a number
of inaccuracies that require
I, Simon Crawley am a
student in the "new" Natural
Resource Conservation program, not the forest conservation program (no such thing).
The Natural Resources Conservation program offers three
areas of specialization; 1) Nature Conservation, Wildland
Recreation and Parks Planning; 2) Wildlife Management;
and 3) Conservation and Resource Planning. Many of the
core course of this program may
be used toward the Registered
Professional Forester (RPF)
accreditation but completion
of the B.Sc. Conservation degree does not necessarily mean
completion of RPF academic
The last paragraph of the
article "Forestry change is
slow" is misleading. I believe a
miscommunication occurred
when I paraphrased form
memory a statement made by
the Dean of Forestry, Clark
Binkley. The statement, "As-
suming that foresters enter the
workforce in their early 20"s
and retire in their mid 60*8, the
average forester is working
with an education which is
about 20 years out of date."
was contained in a speech given
to the Canadian Council of
Forest Ministers forum,
"Training Today for Tomorrow." Binkley'8 point, I believe
is that recent graduates receive some of the most up to
date information on forest resource management (especially timber) available, and
previously graduated foresters
should update their education
I am solely responsible for
the final statement regarding
mandatory professional development of practicing British
Columbia Foresters. The Association of British Columbia
Professional Foresters'
(ABCPF) code of ethics suggests that Registered Professional Foresters (PRF) maintain high standards of professional competence. As yet, the
ABCPF does not have mandatory requirements for professional development of RPFs.
In a recent discussion with
Bruce Devitt, Executive Vice
President of the ABCDPF,
Bruce stated "of practicing
RPFs, more than 75% are
regularly involved in some...
[For the last time, 300 words is
the limit! -ed.]
Simon Crawley
Natural Resources
NDP Is not for
First, I want to compliment the Ubyssey on the quality ofthe paper. Your January
11 issue is especially relevant
to both UBC students and the
general public. You're covering forest issues that Pacific
Press and our local TV media
consistently skate around.
I have to agree with Graham Cook and some of his
sources that structure of the
forest industry is at the root of
the problem when it comes to
providing adequate jobs and
protection of our unique ecosystems.
Several decades ago,
when the BC government
shifted forest tenure from a
multitude of small local operations to the large corporations
— many from out of province
— public control over forest
policy was essentially lost.
Remember how a multinational pulp mill phoned the
Zalm to have pollution standards lowered.
The NDPs new Forest
Practices Code doesn't address
forest tenure. Neither is a free
market system in logs discussed. We will still have the
Soviet style system the Socreds
inherited from the Liberals and
a curiously corrupted devaluation of mature forests. The
IWA, never too dedicated to
integrity or concerned about
the broader community, also
defends current tenure and
Community controlled
forest management, locally
accountable and motivated to
secondary and tertiary industries, offer opportunity to a host
of small operators, local enterprises and — the opportunity for forest grads to practice
genuine stewardship.
When the NDP was
elected many of us in the party
thought the corporate
stranglehold on our economy
would finally be challenged.
As a worker in the reforestation industry I thought the
backlog of clearcuts the Socreds
had dismissed as uneconomical
to restock would be addressed.
Naive, I suppose.
My fifteen years of experience has revealed most Forestry grads who are true believers in Peter Pearce's view
ofthe industry quickly become
disillusioned in the field, especially those involved in
silvicuture. But, again, they
have no... [Letters must end
at 300 words. - ed.]
Gary Ogletree
UBC student
UBC Parking and
Security Sucks
Question: How can you tell
there's not enough work for
Campus Patrol?
Answer: You are unjustly
given a parking ticket. On
January 17,19941 was issued
a parking ticket in B5 lot for
the alleged violation of "prohibited parking: yellow curb."
Where was I parked? Inside B-
lot, in one ofthe entrance/exit
driveways that have been
blocked offby concrete barriers
for the past THREE years!
Since these are no longer accessible to traffic, they do not
need to remain clear; the
meaning of these yellow curbs
expired theinstantUBC's barricaded those driveways. My
car was never a hazard to
anyone, so don't tell me if s a
matter of safety. Because there
is no just reason for the ticket,
I will NOT be paying the $30
fine for traffic notice 724364.
Come on, Campus Patrol, use
your brains and think about
why you are issuing a ticket
before you do it.
name withheld
by request
Masters of Media
Noam Chomsky's got
nothing on you guys! I am re-
ferringtothe January 14,1994
issue ofthe Ubyssey that critiques the AMS and its alleged
lack of budget for this year.
The main headline ofthe front
page reads: "the AMS without
budget since May 1993."
Placed just below this, in
scarcely smaller font, is another headline which says
"President asked to resign."
The second article is about
UVIC, and has nothing to do
with the AMS here at UBC!
The president in question is
not Bill Dobie ofthe AMS, but
UVIC's president David
Strong. What a pathetically
cheap manoeuvre to mislead
your readers.
Now, let me set the record
straight: I am not an elected
member ofthe AMS executive,
nor do I sit on Student Council.
Any connection I have had with
the AMS has been as a concerned student-at-large. I
made a point of meeting all of
the new executive when they
were elected last year —after
all, they were to be my voice in
all university matters. I took
the initiative. Because I care.
If more students did as I have
done, they would know that
the budget for 1993 does exist,
but it has not yet been approved; the approval process
has merely been delayed by
circumstances beyond any one
individual's control. If more
students actively pursued their
questions and concerns regarding any administrative
aspect of UBC, they would
know why the staff of the self-
proclaimed "vilest rag west of
Blanca" (the one thing you did
get right) is biased against this
particular AMS Executive.
Michelle Ebel
4th year
honours English
Don't complain,
re: David Tomas's letter of
January 14, 1994:
If verbal and physical attacks on feminists are not to be
regarded as attacks on women
in general, then the "male
bashing" to which he refers
ought to be considered as attacks on those groups of men
in particular, not men in general. By his own logic, then,
David Tomas has nothing to
complain about.
Rachel Mines
Dept of English
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Bexist, or factually incorrect will
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faculty and signature. FRIDAY  21 JANUARY 1994
Labatt's says: Drink more booze—but don't get drunk!
The Labatts Brewing
company has recently introduced
its responsible use initiative week
here at UBC.
The idea of the responsible
use initiative is to promote 0.5
percent beer as an alternative to
regular beer. This promotion is
currently being carried out by
Koerner's pub with the support of
This initiative seems quite
strange for two reasons: Koerner's
is not a pub where people tend to
drink irresponsibly, and Labatts
is also currently promoting its 7.1
percent Maximum Ice beer. So is
Labatts just being hypocritical or
is there a method to this madness?
Anyone who goes to university
knows that alcohol is a big part of
campus life. Most social events
around campus involve alcohol
and a majority of students drink
alcohol. Student drinking habits
tend to vary from person to
person— some students have the
occasional beer while others tend
to get plastered every weekend.
There are many bars on
campus and they all sell a variety
of alcohol, from draft beer to exotic
shooters. Companies such as
Labatts make a huge profit from
sales of beer to university and
college students. The UBC Pit
pub's sales from draft are the
highest of any pub in the province.
So why would a brewery that is
making millions from you and me
getting pissed give a damn about
the responsible use of alcohol? The
answer is quite simple...public
Ever since the introduction of
Maximum Ice beer, Labatts has
been taking a lot of flak from such
groups as MADD (mothers against
drunk driving). People complain
that a beer with so much alcohol
promotes alcohol abuse and that
TV ads for Maximum Ice put
forward the image of drinking to
be "strong." The ads depict a very
masculine image of a guy holding
up a Maximum Ice, saying "only
the strong survive" while he runs
around a cliff, apparently oblivious
to the lightning storm in the
When asked to comment on
this masculine image in the TV
ads, Labatts public relations
manager James Villeneuve said,
"I don't think we have ever
targeted women in our ads." Gee,
big surprise there.
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Write, draw,
help typeset or
just come
hang out.
Quite clearly the responsible
use initiative is a direct response
to the fuss raised about Maximum
ice beer. The question is why did
Labatts introduce its program at
Koerner's pub ?
Koerner's pub is a neat place
to hang out, but not really a place
where you go to get drunk.
Koerner's pub manager Dale Reid
said that as of 14 January they
had only sold three or four 0.5
percent beers, even though it was
selling at only two dollars a can.
When questioned on the lack
of response to the responsible use
initiative, Villeneuve said "the
goal of the initiative was to raise
awareness ofthe beer and not sell
the product." The public relations
by Trevor Presley
manager later stated that they
are considering introducing it at a
more appropriate Pub, namely the
Although Labatts seemed to
have mis-targetted on the first
try, it will probably have more
success at a pub such as the Pit,
where alcohol abuse is more
Breweries and pubs are all
faced with a paradox, on the one
hand they are all just trying to
make a buck, while on the other
hand they are selling a dangerous
product. Alcohol kills brain cells,
damages your liver, and used in
excess can cause death. Alcohol
also has social side affects such as
drunk     driving,     unwanted
pregnancies, and date rape.
If pubs and breweries are
going to continue to serve alcohol,
they must take a greater
responsibility for the harmful
physical and social side affects of
this drug. With alcohol being the
most widely used drug on campus,
some ofthe responsibility also lies
with the university administration. Although many people
would argue that they could do
more, it is nice to see Koerner's
and Labatts taking some
responsibility for what they serve.
Pacific Spirit Family and Community Services
An eight-week group will be offered for women who have experienced sexual abuse as children. The group is designed to offer
women confidential support and education as well as an
opportunity to explore the impact of sexual abuse in their lives through
creative expression.
When: Wednesday 1:30-4:00 — February 9th to March 30th 1994
Where:        Pacific spirit Family and community services
Lower level of the School of Social Work
2080 West Mall
The University of British Columbia
There is no charge for this group. Limited space available. For further
information please call Sandy or Viviane at 822-4824.
Wheel Chair Accessible Support for Child Care Available
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The Universitij of British Columbia
Written by Boris Vian
Translated by Simon Watson Taylor
A haunting drama of crumbling hierarchies
Directed by Alison Aylward
February 1-5 & 9-12
Curtain 8:00 pm
Dorothy Somerset Studio
Reservations 822-2678
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UBC/AIT (Asian Institute of Technology)
Funded by CIDA. Application Deadline: February 15,1994
Three scholarships valued at $7,500 each are available
in 1994, for outstanding UBC graduate students to carry
out Masters or doctoral research in Southeast Asia.
Students are expected to be in Asia for at least four
months and work under the joint supervision of their UBC
professor, and adviser in the School of Environment
Resources and Development, AIT, Bangkok, Thailand.
Scholarship recipients are expected to participate in the
academic life of AIT and present a formal seminar on their
research at AIT.
• Canadian citizenship/landed immigrant status;
• Master's or doctoral student at UBC;
• Research which bears a clear relationship to the
objectives of the Canadian University Consortium /
AIT Program;
• A well-developed research proposal.
For application forms and detailed information, contact:
International Liaison Office, Room 609, Asian Centre
1871 West Mall, UBC « 822-3114    Fax:822-5597
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The hard life of a student just got easier. Now you can get a
great cut at Suki's Robson Street Salon for only $25 with a
student card. The offer is good all day Monday and Tuesday.
Or Wednesday from 5 to 9 pm, and Thursday from 9am to
noon. Just make sure you call and book your appointment
first. And please tell us that you're a student when you do.
Hair Thats You. At Your Best.
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