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by Faiza Mushtaq
The McGill Daily
MONTREAL (CUP)-Hema Dias Abeygunawardena
was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990, soon
after immigrating to Canada from Sri Lanka. But a
mixture of fear, anger and self-pity led her into denial,
convincing herself that breast cancer was a white
women's disease. She was determined not to tell anyone or to seek medical care; she was just going to wait
"till [she fell] dead of the disease."
Her story illustrates
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breast easifceas.
The search for a cure has dominated the discourse
• surrounding breast cancer in the past. Now, however,
activists are stressing the need for a more comprehensive approach to educate women.
In the past 30 years, the United States alone has
funnelled over $30 billion into the search for a cure
for cancer. But as Pat Kelly, a survivor and activist
from Burlington Breast Cancer Support Services in
Ontario points out, "we're no closer to finding a
cure   than  we  were   30
years ago."
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lnr jcifiicf-     ol
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different cultural
are coming together,
to help educate
other women.
But activist- aic taking matters into their own
hands, fighting the uu oinpetence of She medical
establishment wilh edut alion.
.. Diane Carr, who suffers from breast raanrer was
spurred into an activist role following an encounter
with an ill-infoniii'd and uncaiitlg flJedicai establish
ment. Not only was it impossible to access any com
prehensive medic al data, hut she also found her doc
tor unwilling to spare more thaoafowBQiiiutt'.s to discuss her condition
One of Carr s projects with the Canadian Breast
Cancer Network, js» to supply information packages to
women who fire first diagnosed with rancer
♦    ♦    ♦
I'll." Canadian Cancer Society maintain'-, that it is
attempting to fill the pap uf knowledge ccince.rning
breast cancer, by working :ii roriuiiction wii)i th?
rnc-dical establishment lo improve the existing situa-
Last October. t!\e sonety launched s nationwide
Cancer Information Service whidi operates out of
four cities Tnsh Knit:, director of the Kegina
Call Centre ut Toronto, acknowledges most people are not aware of what is happening m terms
of cancer lesearch ntnd treatment
But she adds "We know the word is gelling out
then, throiiiih services such as this one"
They an- aNo developing a Canadian Cancer
i.rn yclopedia, a mUonwide database on cancer
wu idence The Information service is limited
however in the arivif e it can giv.i for individual
cases, since doctor*! are the only ones who ha\ e
a' iess to each woman's case hislor\ and personal
diagnostic details
King concedes that it is up to the phvs.cians and
c lime s to make a complementary effort
the mcd.i'al establishment's failure to wmc
.rise the experiences ol women Fri in diftiTeri!
cultural backgrounds-, especially v\h:»n il come,
to breast .health.
Tl was only after'Abeygunawardena spent some
lime in the library looking up medical information
(hat a c.-iange in attitude came about. She became
mo!e willing to talk about her diagnosis and to seek
treatment. The taboo status of breast cancer in her
own romniimily made it especially difficult, however.
There had been no prior discussion of anyone else
hating gone through the same suffering.
It is v'ltalh important to have visible reminders
that bret.st i aimer is something that can be dealt with
and that can be survived, adds Abeygunawardena.
B\ .speaking up and becoming involved with support and education groups, she has become a source
of guidance for many South Asian women. She hopes
opening up the channels of communication will lead
to more women taking the step to go out and get
screenings and breast check-ups."
haw uuTf'dsed from the i .2 percent growth hetwee t
i'.'iO and 1982 to approximately four per rent
Vl'vecn 1982 and 1987. In Man li 1905 anOntarii
government task force recognised the accumulation
of persistent toxins in the environment is related Uj
the cancer epidemic. The task force recommended
the phase-out of organochlorines- used in ihe manufacturing of pesticides, certain, plasucs and the
bleaching of paper.
But, strangely, key players in the war on cancer—
particularly the American Cancer Society—are notably
lax in mentioning the environmental component of
the cancer epidemic. Similarly, the Canadian Breast
Cancer Foundation has been remarkably silent concerning the link between environmental toxins and
breast cancer.
No environmentally oriented study has been funded by the organisation in over two years. Even the
National Cancer Institute of Canada, which distributes
funds raised by the Canadian Cancer Society, devoted
only four percent of its 95/96 budget to research
examining environmental impacts on cancer.
"Wf> can only give Ike women the information and
the wiofidenee so that ihey can go hack know.ni: what
questions to ask Uieii durtorP,* she sa\s
*rties*« ifisue« of aceessibihtv are of particular ran
cent in loaa Crawley of Timberlea Kova Seoba She-
was diagnosed with lhe disease 22 \ears ago and at
lhe time she had no knowledge that anv breast cancer
aupport groups even evi.-lcd .Vow she e- working to
provide improved medical facilities and support
groups for bla' k women in her community.
"[Black women] ii<-uall\ sutler in silence,* she say?. A
mammogram, adds Crowley is- "especially hard for the
older women [in my rammunity| who are not educated
and get intimidated by Ihe doctor* even heforegoing *
Carr adds: "|I)oitois| are telling the women out
there that no pain is associated with breast cancer.
Well, don't believe them at all, they are. not the ones'
who have felt it
Carr agree* that this .sharing of experiences signifies a way to, as she puis il, "hit bv hit haul back what
it means to be yourself after having gone through thfl
whole medical expenent e " ♦ 2   THE UBYSSEY, MARCH 7, 1997
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Ancillary fee forums
bring little debate
 by Douglas Quan
Students have given their implicit
support for approximately $350
increase in ancillary fees at UBC
next year, said administrators.
In the past two weeks the
administration has held four
lunch-hour forums across campus, ostensibly to get student
input on proposed ancillary fee
This month the Board of Governors will
be comfcfortng proposals for a new student technology fee, and increases to
•$90 per year to go toward:
-improvement of labs, replacement of
-improved Internet access
2) INCREASE in athletics and recreation fee
•presently at $165 ($125 If $40 optional
rebate b claimed)
•proposed increase of $9.22 for 97/98;
•eventual increase of $50 c^^ five years
•fee goes towards recreation programs and
facilities, as well as social activities Hke
"Innovation '97" for non-athletes and ath-
Each meeting consisted of 40
minutes of presentations from
administrators and students on
why students should accept each
of four fees, followed by 20 minutes of student feedback.
"My inclination is that it's just
window-dressing," said Jeff
Meyers, speaking as a student representative Board of Governors.
He also feels that a binding referendum is the only option.
"When we're talking student expenditures —especially when there is a government freeze on tuition —
it's totally unethical. Direct
democracy is needed," he
But Klawe maintains that
authority lies with the Board
of Governors. "It is their
responsibility," she said.
That position, said AMS
President Ryan Davies, ties
the hands of the AMS whose
official policy is to hold a
binding referendum on any
ancillary fees increases.
"If it's not binding, it
would be a wasted effort,"
increases. Only a handful of
students, however, showed
up for the meetings.
Administrators interpreted this is a sign that students
support the proposals given
that other issues have generated heavier turnout.
"If [students] really
believe [they are] going to get
something important, there
is less concern," said Maria
Klawe, vice-president academic.
One   student   who   did
show up, however, was not
convinced the fee increases were
"It only benefits select students," said Yuri Artibise. He
applied for a student loan but was
rejected, and feels that he should
not be forced to pay the fee
"I know a lot of people who
don't support the [athletics fee]/
he said. "There should be user
fees as opposed to tuition adjustments."
He added that the forums were
ineffective because only those who
stood to gain from them showed
up. "It would have been better to
have a referendum," he said.
3) INCREASE in Teaching and Learning
Enhancement Fund
•presently 3.5 percent of tuition
•proposed increase to 4.5 percent of tuition
•fee goes towards improvement of teaching
and learning
4) INCREASE in student aid fund
•presently four percent of tuition
•proposed increase to 4.5 percent of tuition
•fee goes towards supplementing bursaries
5) DECREASE in Student Recreation Centre
•fee was implemented to cover constructJon
costs of the SRC
•fee will be reduced by $20 this year
•fees is scheduled to be eliminated in
said Davies, "so our hands are
very much tied."
"And the university will continue to trumpet the fact that, well
we went out for consultation and
no one came,"' he added.
Klawe maintained that due
process was followed, that students were made aware of the
issue and given the opportunity
to respond. She added that students were represented on committees that designed the proposals, and will be represented
in committees to allocate the
The proposals will go to the
Board on March 20. ♦
Applications lowest in 9 yrs
TORONTO (CUP)—Applications to Ontario universities continue to drop
sharply following a 20 percent increase in tuition fees this year.
The number of high school students who have applied to Ontario universities for next September has dropped by 2.5 per cent from last year.
But administrators disagree as to whether tuition increases are to
blame for applications being at their lowest point in nine years.
"I'm not sure if tuition fees make a big deal. Students may not be
deterred because of tuition. [But] they may be deterred by the panic created in the media about tuition fees," said David Marshall, president of
Nipissing University.
But Robert Rosehart, president of Lakehead University, said it would
be irresponsible to ignore tuition fee hikes as a key variable.
"I can't ignore the fact that the difference from last year to this year
is a 20 percent increase in tuition fees," he said. "Twenty percent in one
year is pretty traumatic."
The 20 percent fee increase for the 1996-97 school year marked the
largest single-year increase ever in Ontario.
Source: The Varsity FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 1997
McArthur may replace Meyers on BoG
by Sarah O'Donnell and Ian Gunn
Almost five weeks after students cast their
ballots in the 1997 AMS elections, a recount
has unofficially changed the results in one
of the two student Board of Governors positions.
Late Thursday afternoon, the recount
recommended by AMS Ombudsperson
Michael Curry on February 5, found that
Action Now BoG candidate Kera McArthur
had received 1463 votes, two more than
independent candidate Jeff Meyers. Meyers
had originally been awarded the position by
a margin of 10 votes.
The recounted results
will not be official until
accepted by the registrar's
office and ratified by UBC's
senate elections committee.
McArthur told The
Ubyssey she was stunned
by the results.
"I'm surprised and
happy and I'm only disappointed that it
took so long. I think a recount should have
been done the next day when the results
were so close, which would have avoided a
lot of trouble for a lot of people," she said.
UP IN THE AIR McArthur and Meyers.
an issue for Jeff Meyers,
who has been sitting on
BoG since late January.
"It's destructive to what
I'm trying to do on the
Board of Governors," he
said late Thursday evening, "because I'm constantly being asked by the
Board—and rightfully so—what's going on
[with my seat]."
Meyers said he had lost all faith in the
technological abilities of the AMS' mechanical ballot counter, which tabulated the
The delay in the recount has also become     results, because the recount tallies differed
from the original count by more than 30
votes. "My feeling is that there must now be
a manual recount," he said.
When asked about the possibility of a
second, manual recount, McArthur also
said she supported the idea.
Antonio Zuniga, who also ran for a BoG
seat on the Action Now slate in January,
acted as observer during the recount. "What
I think made the difference is the fact that
some ballots that were not counted before
were counted this time," he explained.
In the original count, he said, ballots that
had been spoiled for executive positions
were excluded from all ballot counting.*
Bringing the Conservative cuts home
Families struggling for survival
in Ontario knew Harris' cuts
would be tough, but the reality
was even harsher than
they had imagined
by Meg Murphy
The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-On her son's 13th birthday, Phyllis cried
the entire day. There was no birthday cake, no presents and
no cards.
"I will never forget the look on my son's face, nor will
the pain of it ever go away," remembers Phyllis, who does
not want to reveal her real name. "Ordinarily, we would
have said, ' Okay, we can't afford it this week so we'll celebrate next week.' That is a phrase we have come to know
well. But not this time."
Phyllis has left an abusive husband and is now raising
two sons on $828 a month. She talks of her shame at not
having enough money to cook them a decent meal and how
she cringes when she must bring them to the local food
bank for meals. Last winter, she was unable to afford winter boots for one of her boys and was forced to spend $30,
which is worth three days of food for her family, in user
fees for filling out medical forms at her children's school.
"It has been one year since the start of the " cuts' by the
Harris government. Back then, I expressed concern about
just how difficult these cuts would make life for my children and me. Little did I know just how terrible it would
really be. There have been many days of deep despair for
She has stopped going to counselling about the abuse
she has survived because the service has been cut.
"Each of us are flowing deeper into despair and hopelessness. I used to tell my children," It will get better, you'll
see, we're over the worst,' and they would look at me, nod
and seem to agree.
"Now they just look at me. They don't disappoint me by
saying * No, it won't, Mom, but I see it in their eyes. But
frankly, I know I don't say it with any conviction anymore,
because I don't really think it will," she says.
Slashing the support network Ontario women depended
on only makes an intolerable situation worse, says Eileen
Morrow, lobby coordinator at the Ontario Association of
Interval and Transition Houses which recendy issued a
report, exploring the impact of the cuts on women.
"I think the [Progressive Conservative government] has
really sealed the fate of a lot of women who needed the
supports that were in place, as inadequate as they already
were, to get out of a violent situation," says Morrow.
The Tories have trimmed the budget on emergency shelters by five percent and eliminated all provincial funding
for programs in second-stage shelters for women and children recovering from domestic abuse, says the report.
In Ontario, there are about 200,000 sole-support parents, mostly women, on social assistance. The maximum a
sole-support family can collect these days is $ 511 for rent,
and $446 for food, clothing transportation and other basic
"If you can't feed your children and you can't find
affordable housing and you are sitting in a shelter because
you can't afford the legal fees to reclaim your possessions
and you can't go home to a violent situation, you begin to
feel pretty hopeless and helpless," adds Morrow.
Queen's Park's scripted excuses
"When critics provide proof of suffering of people in
Ontario," reads a recent report, "government leaders provide only scripted replies: social programs have been overspending for years, we can continue to provide all the services Ontario needs by doing more for less."
The Ontario government declined
repeated requests to comment on these
criticisms, but provided a formal response
by fax.
"The government currendy spends
approximately $ 100 million for programs
and services including shelters, counselling support in sexual assault centres
and sexual assault treatment centres for
women who have been victims of violence.
"While government cutbacks are affecting everyone, we have maintained support
for community safety, which includes violence against women prevention programs
and services," reads the statement.
But Morrow says the cutbacks to shelters, combined with the poverty many of these women are
experiencing from welfare rollbacks, have left them in dire
straits, and she points to a provincial government that has
abdicated its responsibility to these women and children.
"Shelters are just attempting to help women survive and
the workers are feeling similar to the women who have
come to them because they have less and less to offer and
emotional support does not feed their children or pay the
legal bills.
"The stories the government tells about how we can continue to provide these services without providing money,
we know, from working in abused women's shelters, to be
untrue," she says.
Morrow adds her organisation lost 100 percent of its
provincial funding last October, because they are an advocacy group and the Tories have eliminated all funding for
pro-active organisations, mobilising around issues pertaining to violence against women. The group lost one-third of
their overall budget, says Morrow, and now she is the only
full-time staff member left. In its member groups, there
were a minimum of 33.5 full or part-time shelter coun
selling and advocacy positions eliminated in the first few
months after the provincial cuts were implemented, states
the report.
Hillary MacKenzie, office manager at Low-Income
Families Together, says the cuts to social services are hurting all low-income people, and women and children are
taking the brunt of it.
Leaving a painful legacy of abuse
Many women escaping from violent situations are faced
with the decision to either live in poverty with their children or return to an abusive home, says the report. It
reveals that government cuts to social assistance, its failure
to enforce the Family Support Plan—which requires ex-
spouses to pay child support—and their most recent decision to cut off anyone who attends university full-time from
general assitance and family benefits, have left many
women feeling like they have moved from one form of
abuse to another.
"If you can't feed your children
and you can't find affordable housing
and you are sitting in a shelter
because you can't afford the legal fees
to reclaim your possessions and
you can't go home to a
violent situation, you begin
to feel pretty hopeless and helpless
Eileen morrow
Ontario association of interval and transition houses
Cuts to social assistance were the primary factor leading
women to stay in an abusive relationship for 66 percent of
the respondents surveyed for the report. They were also the
major reason why women who did leave a scene of
domesic violence decided to return to an abusive partner,
with 63 percent citing cuts as their deciding factor for
going back.
Fifty percent ofthe shelters in the survey said their facilities were now being used more commonly as temporary
escape than a new beginning for women and children, says
the report.
"A lot of damage will have been done to women between
now and the next election if we do not furiously resist these
government cuts," says Morrow.
She adds that rationalising away this economic violence
against women by pointing to places or times where conditions are worse than Ontario is a lame means of avoiding
the issue.
"This is not a race to the bottom," she says. "This is a
human rights issue. You cannot argue about who is closer
to death." ♦ 4 THE UBYSSEY, MARCH 7, 1997
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The Taste of a Man (1997 Novel) Seminar
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The Vancouver Institute - SPECIAL NIGHT
Words and Bullets: A Writer and the War
Wednesday, March 12 at 8:15 pm
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Individual Guilt and Collective Responsibility:
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Sling Blade
opens today at the Varsity theatre
"BiHy Bob who?" was the reaction of mosL people last
month when the Oscar nominees were announced and
Billy Bob ThornLon's name came up — twice! — for the
high-profile categories of acting and writing. But few outside the Academy had even heard of Sling Blade, which
he also directed, let alone seen it.
That should change soon. Billy Bob Thornton originally created the character of Karl Childers for a seven-
minute monologue he performed as part of a one-man
show, and if there's one thing Thornton's good at, it's
monologues. Sling Blade opens with not one, but two,
slyly crafted specimens, the first by a talkative sex criminal (JT Walsh) and the other by Karl, both of them
inmates in a prison for the criminally insane.
But between the two there's a good deal of padding,
as prison officials prepare a rather one-sided interview
with Karl for a pair of student journalists. Turn the light
down, they say, and whatever you do, don't interrupt
Karl as he tells the tale of murdering his mother and her
lover in a crime of righteous passion at the age of 12.
When Thornton finally takes the stage — his face the only
thing visible in a sea of black and his lips pursed in a
tight, permanent and slightly menacing grin — he all but
screams, "Look at me! I'm acting!"
Still, as staged as it is, it's a fine opening. But once
Karl is released from prison and forced to deal with people on the outside—forcing him to interact rather than
merely act— Thornton almost loses his footing, As a
writer, he is too consistent; as an actor, perhaps not consistent enough.
Consider the script. The seven-minute monologue is
now a slightly overlong 141-minute movie—think
Spitfire Grill by way of Rain Man with a mean streak a la
Of Mice and Men—and it tends to make the same points
again and again. Everyone seems to hate his father, and
everyone talks about killing him. Thornton surrounds
Karl with marginalised characters—a woman (Natalie
Canerday) stuck with an abusive boyfriend (a vicious
Dwight Yoakam, evidentiy trying to outdo Garth Brooks
in his 'Thunder Rolls' mode), her preteen son (Lucas
Black), and a soft-spoken homosexual (an unrecognisable John Ritter)—and then he actually gets one of them
to spell out the obvious point that Karl is a lot like them.
As good as Thornton's writing can be, sometimes he
would do better to show, not tell.
For the most part, Karl watches, listens and occasionally speaks. And when he does open his mouth, he sometimes comes across as a bit too wise. But Thornton also
comes up with inspired moments, as when Karl tries,
after one particularly violent domestic spat, to relieve
the tension with a joke he once heard. Karl fumbles the
punchline perfectly, his game attempt to defuse everyone's pain making the moment all the more endearing.
In fact, caveats aside, Thornton's performance works
as well as it does precisely because he embodies so
many contradictions, not least of which is his innocent
devotion to religion even as the spectre of his past crime
threatens to make a comeback. In a day and age when
everyone fears the Bible Belt and its vigilantes, Thornton
succeeds in making us respect, if not quite approve of,
righteous violence, and that's no mean feat. ♦
David Stanley - Cuba: A Travel Survival Kit [Lonely Planet]
Thirty eight years after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista, the
Cuban Revolution plays itself out on the streets of Toronto.
Oxfam activists distribute posters encouraging Florida snowbirds to fly beyond Key Largo and settle on the beaches outside
Havana. Meanwhile, Miami advertising boards paid for by
Cuban expats show palm trees next to prisoners, with the simple message that tourism to Castro's Cuba upholds oppression.
Lonely Planet could not have chosen a better time to release
Cuba: A Travel Survival Kit. The downing of two planes dropping anti-Castro leaflets, coupled with Foreign Minister Lloyd
Axworthy's visit to Havana, has raised Cuba's place in the popular imagination. 45 percent more visitors were attracted to the
island last year than in 1995. And while the Bahamas get inundated with fourteen tourists for every local, Cuba sees but one
visitor for every Cuban. The island seems ready to explode, and
not in the way that Washington would hope.
Lonely Planet has its origins in a stapled brochure entitled
Across Asia On The Cheap, distributed to a handful of people
around London in the mid-'70s. Today, the books occupy front-
and-centre space in most travel stores, their vibrantly provocative covers appealing to those looking to stray from the beaten
path. The preface to Cuba continues the theme: "By looking at
things through local eyes, [Stanley] has long promoted responsible tourism and given readers a perspective different from
the self-serving cliches of mainstream journalism."
The book contains numerous maps, wide-ranging hotel and
entertainment information, and useful travel tips. Some customs are introduced, such as mixing a mojito, rolling a cigar
and offering sacrifices to a santeria deity. Profiles of Jose Marti,
Ernest Hemingway and Che Guevara are also offered.
Solid background information primes the reader on Cuban
politics. While lamenting authoritarianism and human rights
abuses, Stanley notes that "after the US intervention in Grenada
in 1983, large quantities of arms were distributed to Cuban factories, farms, and schools in the event of a US invasion, reducing Cuba's reliance on the professional army... No other government in Latin America would have dared do such a thing."
Beyond the opening few pages, however, the author reveals
more about himself than Cuba. He begins by showing his age.
Havana's hottest clubs are mapped mil   hui ..unm or
long dead personalities are selci u-il .i-. lepre^enl.ilivi'
of Cuban art and ideas. Despite l.n ■jclm-j .< mhiiiuc-i
audience, the book pays scant .iiU'iiIhmi lo up.iiul
coming artists or movements in <'ul>:i  .mil how ,nnl
where to find them.
Stanley's Canadian identity  bcluix-.  him   ll.iunu
devoted half a page to banal comiiienl.irv i m Minfuluii
religious ritual, he only touches on llie t|iii'sli<iii ol r.irjsm
saying it was "banned after the iv\ ulu I ion    Hi- m^i^hl
like Canada's multicultural act, i-mhK iIhmv
Worst of all, however, is thai in coin en
trating almost exclusively on de>i nbina
what's where and what's available,
the   book   inevitably   token i ■»•■>.
Cubans as sporting hosts or ii 11
tants to be avoided. While soliciting the feedback of travellers to
Cuba, the book makes no effort
to  include the  opinions  of
Cubans on their own country
and customs.  Like  a war
map, the guide seems like a
topographical  survey.   Perhaps that's why it's called a
survival kit.
Travel   guides,   by  their
very nature, do not afford the
hosts a great deal of respect.
Despite  going further  than
their rivals, Lonely Planet still
sticks to the established format
of seer and seen. Viewed as a
repository of facts, the book is
worth buying, breezing  over
and burying in the bottom ol
your pack. But if you're lookini-1
for insight, inspiration, or indi£
nation, you'd be best off explor
ing elsewhere. \
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There's nothing to be afraid of in Virginia Woolf
 by Martin Gordon Schobel
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
at the Playhouse until March 8
Have you ever been in a relationship? If
you have, then this is the play for you.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf has it all:
fear, sex, false illusions, pent up aggression, shattered dreams and human
Edward Albee tells a story about two
married couples at a small New
England college. George (Tom McBeath)
is a history professor and his wife
Martha (Nora McLellan) is the president's daughter. The two have just
returned home from a faculty party
when Martha announces she invited
one of the new professors and his wife
over for drinks. Nick (Christopher Hunt)
is a biologist and Honey (Julian Fargey)
his pink-framed, plain wife. When they
arrive, George and Martha quickly
involve them in their fierce games and
power struggles.
In the course of the evening, it is
revealed that Martha married George in
hopes that he might take her father's
place as president. When her father
realised that George lacked the needed
ambition, he became doomed to remain
a "bog" in the history department.
Viciously, George and Martha expose
each other's fears and weaknesses in
front of the unsuspecting younger couple, building to George's final and stunning revelation.
McBeath plays George like a professional typist, with speed and precision,
slowing only when the typewriter is in
danger of exploding. His biting dialogue
and disinterested drone fuel the disintegration between him and his wife.
McBeath also uses comic voice and posture to create a dynamic, living, human
Martha strikes me as a caricature.
From her self-righteous belittling of
George to her reckless behaviour, she
undercuts her own humanity. McLellan
uses this to her advantage. Despite the
hatred for life she shows on the surface,
she does appear to truly need George.
George's acceptance of the wretched
creature she is helps her to accept herself. In treading the line between oblivion and weakness, McLellan makes the
caricature live.
Hunt makes Nick, the strapping boxing champ, a bashful but assured man
looking for career advancement. This
works as long as the stakes are low, but
as soon as the tension mounts, you wonder what keeps him there. His wife, who
repeatedly falls into the older couple's
trap, is a pawn used by the others.
Fargey plays Honey with youthful ignorance and false self-importance.
Honey is the only character to
become visibly drunk, while the others
continue on their way seemingly unaffected. This, coupled with the characters' convoluted search for truth, pulls
the audience out of the realm of realism, though Pam Johnson's detailed set
design helps pull the audience back into
a stable reality.
As George says in the third act,
"Truth and illusion. Who knows the difference, eh?" Virginia Woolf touches on
this fundamental struggle — this relationship — that exists in theatre and in
society. ♦
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Sandwiches ■fi THE UBYSSEY, MARCH 7, 1997
MARCH 7, 1997 • volume 78 issue 38
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Scott Hayward
Ian Gunn and Sarah O'Donnell
Peter T. Chattaway
Wolf Depner
Federico Araya Barahona
Richard Lam
Joe Clark
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Joe Clark scampered past
Federico Barahona on all fours.
"Yipes!" yiped Sarah Galashan.
"Who let him out of the pound?"
Doug Quan waved his hand and
yelled, "I did, I think!" That wasn't
good enough for Ian Gunn, who
went looking for the mutt in the
dark, gothic Jamie Woods. As
Martin Gordon Schobel expressed
his fear of the virgin Wolf Depner
even as it lay with the Richard Lam.
Sarah O'Donnell found a bed for
them in Alberta, but Christine Price
kept her cats closer to home. Scott
Hayward dressed in leather and
shook his Wah Kee Ting, while Peter
T. Chattaway counted his Todd
Silver. Richelle Rae, fast asleep by
the cloning machine, counted her
sheep instead. Mauran Kim tried to
warn John Zaozirny about the
dreaded hounds of hell, but it was
too late. Afshin Mehin watched the
ground open up and swallow them
all. Gulp.
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International women's week
What initially started in 1908 as a march of
women in New York City, demanding the
right to vote, the right to form unions and to
put an end to child labour, has come to be
known as International Women's Day.
That is, one day out of 365, dedicated to
the struggle of being a woman. What does
that struggle entail? What happens to the rest
of the year? Is one day enough? And do
enough women know what that one day signifies?
For instance how many women are aware
of the pioneering role Emily Stowe took as
the first woman to practise medicine in
Even more important, how many of our
future women doctors, lawyers and politicians realise the sacrifice and struggle of
Mary Wollstonecraft, Nellie McClung or
Susan B. Anthony.
How far does our memory stretch? Pop
culture is more readily available and our
female heroes should be plentiful. Gloria
Stienem, founder of Ms. magazine, Simone
de Beauvoir, author of the Second Sex...and
how about Anu DiFranco?
It's not as easy as it should be for women
to find a modern day female mentor. This is
not for lack of available information.
Certainly, the facts are far more attainable
today than in the past. However, many text
books used in the education system are 20 or
30 years old and at the time they were published representation was not a priority. The
problem is that we are not taught enough at
an early age about the role women played in
our history.
Unfortunatly some women feel as though
they are pushed too hard to identify with
feminism and end up resenting the idea
that because they are women they must feel
passionate about "women's issues". As a
result some young women fall into a comfortable niche, and sometimes forget, or
choose to ignore the stereotypes and discrimination of which they are too often the
Heck, we got the vote now, don't we?
Then again, what issue is not a women's
issue? Women make up more than half the
world's population and so if something
affects humanity it is a concern for
But, there is always room for more within
the movement. We can come out, march with
a group of women and carry a sign, but that
isn't enough. Women need to educate themselves everyday and take a more active role
in ensuring equal representation, something
our ansisters fought so hard for.
Let March 8 be more than just a long
walk, look at it as a time to take stock of how
you fit into the movement. ♦
Koerner library
rains supreme
I would like to like to lodge a
complaint about the new Walter
C. Koerner library. If you are sitting on the clock tower side in
the study carrels by the window,
it is a very distracting place to
study, nearly impossible...when
it's raining.
When I go to study, a window
seat is always better; it's natural
to look out the window—just for
some minor distraction from the
mildly tedious strain of homework. But when it's raining, the
minor distraction becomes a
major captivation.
Hundreds, thousands of raindrops, rolling down the huge
plate of glass; each one going a
different speed, each taking a
unique line of travel—some like
shooting stars when they catch
the light of my fluorescent study
lamp, others creep. But it's what
makes them GO! A raindrop
strikes the window, forming tiny
lines made up of micro-raindrops; one micro-drop touches
another and another, bearing it
to the natural force. It begins to
move, slowly falling down the
window picking up more and
more micro-drops—then faster-
picking up more drops—more
WHAM!—the drop is hit by another drop from above. Together
they shoot like a star—but too fast
for their gathering strength
again. The harder it rains the
more chaotic the drama, faster
and faster; countiess raindrops
all account for the numberless
incidents on this lively, vibrant
window in the rain.
Oh. The rain is letting-up—the
raindrops disappearing. The window is all but lifeless now...the
odd dropp...still. I look through
the window at the tower's clock:
8:00pm. God, where has the time
gone? It's getting late.
So, like I was saying, do something about those damn raindrops—get some curtains or
something—it's too distracting
and I can't get my homework
Bryan L. Parachoniak
English 4
Due process is
long overdue
Thanks a lot for your excellent
editorial "Due you hear the people sing?* - indeed this was long
Democracy doesn't happen
just in ballots once every four
years, it's more in how we
treat each other in our
institutions, how we come to
decisions as a group, how
we cooperatre. In this respect,
the behaviour of the UBC
administration has been too
often quite shocking and disgraceful.
I'm grateful you pointed this
out loud and clear.
Andreas Siebert
Computer Science
Aural hygiene
I recently purchased in-ear headphones for my Wlakman. They
were of poor quality, and upon
returning them was told I could
not get a refund unless I climbed
into the filthy dumpster besdie
the store to retrieve the discarded bubblepack. The
manager:"wanted the option of
repackaging them" for resale.
The reason I pay a premium
price for brand-new earphones is
to ensure a clean and unused
product. This is not negotiable.
If I was willing to settle for less, I
could have saved $15 dollars by
purchasing them used. If aural
hygiene is important to you,
demand the assurance of a
factory-sealed product.
Frank Schlapansky Jr.
Hey you—Piss off
...somebody by writing your opinion in a
letter to the editor. Bring your letter, up to
300 words in length, to The Ubyssey office
in SUB 24IK any time. op/fed
Misrepresentation on
panel in CBC forum
In a democractic society where
there is a right to freedom of
speech and freedom of association, different interest groups are
made known and visible.
As public discussions on issues
and ideas become more prevalent
in our society, we are making an
effort towards a more tolerant, if
not democractic, society that
respects each other's differences
on the grounds of fundamental
human rights.
Since the media is the most
capable medium to present these
issues, it has the added responsibility of presenting fair and equal
coverage of all perspectives.
Unfortunately, however, this is
not always the case.
On March 3, the CBC held a
panel discussion on issues affecting gay and lesbian youth in secondary school. I am puzzled by
how the CBC handled the panel
discussion with six people.
One ofthe six people was a 17-
year-old openly gay Grade 11 student. That student was the only
openly gay person on the panel. If
the discussion was on gay and lesbian youth in schools, there should
have been more representatives
from the gay and lesbian community to speak on issues that are
pertinent to the community.
It is baffling how the CBC conducted the panel, as it is one ofthe
more progressive outlets of the
mainstream media and is perceived as fair. What was even
more puzzling was that the panel
also included a 19-year-old who
claimed to be a UBC Poli Sci student. Is the CBC trying to get a
political point of view? Do they
know whether that person has a
personal or religious agenda?
If the CBC is trying to get a
political point of view, they should
have invited someone who was
better qualified. There are
politicians, lawyers and
political activists in the
community. Were they
A panel discussion
that consists of those
aforementioned     panelists is not representative enough to have a good
discussion. So what happened? The audience at the panel
was  outraged  and vented  its
frustration during the question
If there had been a more representative panel, maybe things
would have been different. Pissing
people off at a public discussion is
not the way to build lines of communication and respect.
The media, in this case the
CBC, should be more fair and
equitable in their selection of panelists. If they can't do that, how
can they hope to fairly represent
Canadian society.
-Wah Kee Ting
Arts 3
"We are assured, by the
Daily Blab, that the rebels
who took hostages are
"terrorists" who are
fighting against "rightful
government authority.
And that is presently
what they want you to
think. What have you
read from the group
itself. Very little,
I'd wager."
Mumia Abu-Jamal
on the Peruvian crisis
international womens day
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V-Birds two games from title
by Wolf Depner
EDMONTON-Nobody expected that the
women's volleyball team would lose its opening match at this year's national championship tournament. Don't worry, they didn't.
But the second-ranked Birds did not play to
full potential as they defeated the McGill
University Mardets 3-0 (15-3, 15-7,and 15-13)
Thursday afternoon. The Birds looked unstoppable in the first match, but as the game went
on they looked less and less like a contender.
Head coach Doug Reimer acknowledged
his team underachieved, but put a positive
spin on the result.
"That's pretty typical of the first round," he
said. "That's why you can't afford to sit back.
They've got some players who can play and for
a certain portion we didn't play."
"[In the third set] I think we just waited for
them to make mistakes instead of taking it to
them when they were down," added middle
blocker Tanya Pickerell who had a game high
six blocks in addition to eight kills.
The Birds blitzed McGill within the first five
minutes to take a 7-0 lead and needed only fifteen minutes to win the first match. That
momentum carried into the second match,
but the Mardets got into the game as the Birds
started to make more mistakes. These mistakes carried over into the third match which
was at one point tied 13-13.
The Birds need to be much sharper when
they take on third-ranked Laval Rouge & Or on
Saturday afternoon.
The defending Quebec champs thumped
York in three straight games (15-2, 15-4, 16-6)
and looked very good doing it.
"If you did a poll right now on who is the
best team in the country most coaches would
pick Laval," said Reimer. "They are a very
physical team and a very experienced team.
They have come close in the past so I think
they're on a mission."
Laval has won silver in the past two years,
but has yet to bring home a national championship. Saturday's game has added meaning
for both schools as these two teams also met in
last year's semi-final. Laval emerged with a
hard-earned 3-1 victory. The Birds are still
smarting from that loss which cost them a trip
to the final for the first time since 1978.
Pickerell added Saturday's game will not be
about revenge. "It's just about beating a team
that's very good, very competitive, and that is
just something we have been looking forward
to all year," she said. ♦
Setter wins TSN award
by Wolf Depner
§he didn't expect it, but volleyball T-Bird
Jeannette Guichon jreceived an early
birthday present this Wednesday.
The fifth-year setter won the The
Sports Network (TSN) Award for her outstanding achievements in athletics, academics, and community work.
Tm wry happy la have received the
award,' said Guichon who will celebrate
her 23rd birthday in early April.
Not expecting to win, Guichon was
overwhelmed and had to wing a speech in
which she mentioned pretty much everybody except her parents. When asked
what she would do with the $3000, she
replied, "111 just save it" for a rainy day.*
Her former high school coach Caroll
Pollock, who played for UBC from 1979
to 1982, was estatic when she heard
Guichon had won.
"We are proud of her and of what she
has done for her school,' she told The
sessions with the kids/ said Pollock. 'She
has also ran a couple of day camps to
help with the junior kids,"
Gmdwn has also been involved is the
fight against Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome and is a mentor for first and
second year students. The Family and
Nutritional science major also sits on her
faculty council.
Her achievements are as impressive
on the court as off it
While the 5'6" Delta native does not
occupy the spotlight game in and game
out. she has been Instrumental in leading
UBC to second place in the national rankings. ' • •" ~~~~—~»_
"She doesn't null in as many stats as
some of ihe other players,* said Birds'
coach Doug Reimer. 'As a setter you get
overlooked a little bit mat way. Everybody
knows you are good, but your job is lo
make other people look good. So I think
it's great
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