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Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, October 20,1992
Vol 75, No 12
Conflict of interest at UBC:
staving off the corporate giants
by Frances Foran
The role of the university and its proper
relationship to the private sector will be at the
heart ofthe debate over
proposed amendments
to UBC's conflict of interest policy on Wednesday.
The amendment, a joint faculty and student initiative, would
install regulations on administrators'involvement on boards other
than non-profit and charitable organizations.
If the motion passes, administrators will have their appointments to outside boards approved
directly by the Board of Governors.
The motion would also require any
honorarium derived from outside
directorships to be turned back to
the university to protect the integrity of the university administrators'office.
Political science professor
Philip Resnick, who co-authored
the amendment said, "Our senior
administrators are earning salaries in the $150,000-$200,000
range. They do give the best of
themselves to their jobs, but these
are surely living wages, and therefore there is all the more reason to
keep money out of it. There should
be no suggestion of personal gain."
Stephen Baumber.athirdyear
Forestry student who helped formulate the amendment said, The
integrity of the university and
faculty can be compromised by the
higher echelon if they take paid
positions on boards of private industry, even more so than faculty
because they represent the university."
The amendment aims to protect the university's autonomy from
the industries with whichit shares
administrators, and which are a
major source of funding for research and capital projects.
"We are not asking for a division of business and university.
The university needs outside input for research. The motion
doesn't apply to professors; it puts
the onus on people who represent
the university. If a professor goes
out and gets research funding,
people don't view that as badly as
the dean of forestry sitting on the
board of a forestry company,"
Baumber said.
While the motion may not call
for a division between academia
and the private sector, the informing principle is that autonomy is
vital for a university to function as
a forum for critical inquiry.
The administrative alliances
make this a principle that is increasingly difficult to put into
practice, as schools are relying
more and more on the private sector to replace government funding
cutbacks to post-secondary education.
Funding is a Problem
Since the enactment of the
1990-91 cap on federal transfer
payments, $93 million has been
taken out of public funding for the
BC post-secondary education budget—a figure which is expected to
reach nearly $150 million in just
two years.
The issue of involvement on
business boards as a threat to the
integrity of the university's administrators' office arose last
spring when dean Clark Binkley of
the forestry department accepted
an appointment to Westfraser
Timber, which he described as a
"private, for-profit company.* Administrative alliances with business do influence university activities, Binkley said, and they
ought to.
"If a faculty member is involved with outside organizations
. . . yes, that would and should
influence teaching and research
activities. I get involved to get a
sense of the problems society is
feeing. I wouldnt get involved if
there were no effect on university
activities."
Binkley said any questions
about the integrity of his office as
a dean .and a board member of a
forestry company couldbe dispelled
by disclosing his business activities and opening them to criticism.
But discussion isn't enough to
separate the spheres of universities and industries, Resnick said.
University administrators' involvement in industry can influence a university's activities, even
when there is no funding involved.
The message that is being
transmitted here is that if the dean
of a faculty that is a key public
thing like forestry, or pharmaceu
tical sciences, and the dean ofthe
discipline is on the board, that gives
the message to the faculty that
"these are our friends, these are
the people with whom we are
closely associated. Do any research
you want, but don't forget...'
"When you go a step further
and have the dean of forestry on a
forestry company's board you really begin to wonder whether it's
possible to have the kind of free
range of discussion from issues of
the environment to issues of short-
term harvesting in a free and
unencumbered atmosphere,"
Resnick said.
Strangway's Interests
UBC president Strangway, a
member of four corporate boards
outside UBC!—including that of
forestry company Macmillan
Bloedel—doesn't see why a conflict of interest policy should discriminate between businesses and
political or non-profit organizations. (The two do overlap: the
Business Council of BC, the lobby
group for business that Strangway
belongs to, is an intervener in the
Gitksan Wef suet'en land claims
court case.)
Neither does Strangway understand why the amendments
single out the activities of administrators on corporate boards.
While payment for activities as a
member of a corporate board may
add anywhere from $5,000 to
$20,000 to the income of UBC administrators, the province's highest paid public employees,
Strangway said this is a private
matter, and not one for Senate
debate.
like Binkley, Resnick doesn't
believe that a university ought to
be an Ivory tower," existing in a
hermetically-sealed parallel uni-
verse.Butadministrative alliances
with business is not the cure for
academic isolationism, either.
For Resnick, the issue transcends the possible perception erf a
conflict of interest in administrators' offices. The tightening bonds
between business and universities,
a trend of the past twenty years,
Resnick said, is a symptom of
society's most powerful groups us-
inguniversities
to implement
their own
agenda.
"A line
ha* been
crossedhere.lt
is one thing to
interact with
the business
community. It
is another to act
as if you yourself are a full-
fledged member of the corporate elite of
the province. It is beginning to
think ofthe university as another
large enterprise like a corporation.
It's not, and it shouldn't be",
Resnick said.
The role of the university is
thrown into crisis when profit-
motivated business interests
dominate universities' interests,
Resnick said.
"Over the last 10-15 years,
with the rise of neoconservative
arguments about profit making
and market-driven ideas, the
greater emphasis on short-term
returns of training, there is a danger that the other and larger purpose of a university—the pursuit
of knowledge in a dispassionate
way, and not in a this is going to
pay off dividends is two years'—is
getting short shrift."
Mac-Bio Responds
Somewhat ironically, the
president of Macmillan Bloedel,
Otto Forgacs, agrees with Resnick
that the changing role of universities is a result of economic imperatives.
ButForgacsspokeofacademic
research that is "economically irrelevant" aaa*luxury that we can't
afford."
"There is freedom of expression, there is freedom ofthe press,
and there is freedom that Fm less
sympathetic to, that is to do research whether it is going to contribute to society or not. One ofthe
problems of Canadian society is
that peoplefeel they are entitled to
things—medical care, education at
a low cost... very well, but we are
trying to be competitive. Graduates have to have jobs. We can't
afford the luxury of unemployable
people."
John Carlson is a
biotechnologist in the forestry department who is working on a
sponsored project that is "economically relevant" to industry:
genetically improving Douglas fir
trees so they breed faster. He noted
that researchers often must tailor
research to the interests of those
who sponsor it.
"The research climate is a lot
different now than it was 20 years
ago when science was for the purpose of uncovering new knowledge
and seeing how the world was
made. Now it's primarily directed
towards sh ort term goal s that have
economic benefits.
"Directed research helps solve
immediate problems, and that is
important, but basic, non-directed
research increases understanding
on a larger scale, and that can
promote economic and social needs in
a more fundamental way. Unfortunately, it's difficult to convince those
who fund research that most scientists will say that.
"The faculty of forestry brings in
a lot of money, but there is probably
five times more money available to a
professor who does directed research
than non-directed, basic research. All
of us would like the situation to be
reversed, and just to follow our own
interests and long term goals, but
that is not the way it is. There are
constraints on finding funding that
isn't of benefit economically. Universities shouldn't be in that position,"
Carlson said.
The position that universities
should be in, according to Resnick, is
an autonomous position, one where it
is unlikely to become entangled with
the "downtown
community" and
where there is no
question that administrative decisions originate
from within the
university and
are directed to its
own purpose of
pin-suing knowledge.
Whether
the amendments
to the conflict of
interest guidelines pass or fail before
the Senate on Wednesday night, it
seems evident that the influence of
the private sector will be felt at universities asacademic pursuits deemed
"economically irrelevant" continue to
be underfunded by public or private
enterprises.
Resnick described the autonomous university as one where there is
aclear.practicableacademicfreedom:
"The sciences in their most pure and
most basic, which isn't the immediate
invention that is going to follow from
it, but exploring the deeper interstices of the universe, the arts and
social sciences; there has been short
shrift given to this dispassionate sort
ofknowledge, and it has become more
short term driven.
"There has to be a balance between the general, dispassionate and
the instrumental. I think we have
moved more and more towards an
instrumental vision ofthe university.
This worries me. We have to step back
to the idea that universities have a
sense ofthe past and are looking towards the future, literally a century
or two down the line.
"To do that, we need the luxury of
not having to answer to the bottom
ledger demands, what immediate returns will this brings to our business.
Thafs why we have to preserve the
autonomy ofthe university.
"I am afraid that by going on
boards of corporations, administrators are suggesting to us that it is a
corporate driven agenda," Resnick
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Conference focuses on personal and political struggles
by Paula Wellings
During the last long weekend,
lesbians, bisexuals and gays across
the country came out to the second
Pan-Canadian Conference on Lesbian and Gay Rights in Vancouver.
The three day OUTrights/Les
Droits Visibles conference attempted to address issues encountered by lesbians, gays and bisexuals in many aspects of their lives.
"Our goal has been to organize a conference about our rights
in every sphere. Although the
word "rights" is often assumed to
refer to legal rights, for us to be
able to live with dignity and respect
and welcome, there is work for us
to do in families, in government,
in the church, in the work force, in
law, in our own communities," said
conference co-chairs barbara
Dealing with the
constables on patrol
by Denise Woooley
When entering this seminar, I was hoping to get some
valuable information to help
me deal with cops, if ever the
need arose.
Unfortunately, the
seminar wasn't as informative as I'd hoped.
The panel of six speakers
on the topic of Dealing with
the Cops came from Toronto
and Montreal, and although
they had dealings with the
police in their respective cities (mostly bad experiences)
they didn't have any answers
for us in Vancouver.
David Shannon started
the seminar with a brief
outline of the "Sex Garage
Party" in Montreal and the
riot the police started after
shutting the party down
(imagine police officers taking off their nametags and
badge numbers and coming at
you with billy sticks).
He explained how the
Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual
community pulled together to
protest what the police had
done, and set up a demon*
stratfon the next day. By the
end ofthe weekend, 56 people
had been arrested.
The rest of the seminar
continued along the same
lines. The speakers related
their experiences and complained about police violence,
and police apathy in trying to
understand the Gay/Lesbian/
Bisexual communities.
After the panel finished
speaking, the floor was opened
for questions. Unfortunately,
the question period was dominated by a select few, and as
time ran out I still didnt learn
how to deal effectively with
the cops.
findlay, Rose-Marie Kennedy, Ian
Pringle and Ken Smith in their
introduction to the conference
schedule.
The organizers' vision "was to
have a conference that was accessible to everyone and that reflected
the different communities of lesbians and gay men in Canada."
This vision was reflected in
the diverse range of issues covered
in the workshop schedule.
Based on six themes: Family
Matters, Rights and Wrongs, Mobilizing For Change, Working In
Law, Straight Up, and AIDS/HIV
Issues: Still Ain't Satisfied, the
workshops attempted to address
personal, practical, political, and
cultural issues in lesbian and gay
communities.
While the organizational efforts were immense and attendance at the conference was fairly
diverse in age, race, experience,
class opportunity, political perspective, and physical ability, this
did not override a domination in
group discusm'onsby conservative,
more privileged members of the
gay community.
Often what set out as an attempt at discussing activism in
areas of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual communities, became a
catching-up or discovery session
for individuals too fortunate to
stray previously from a predominately mainstream existence.
A number of grassroots workers turned away from the conference in frustration.
Nonetheless, the conference
was a tremendous undertaking,
with many resource people being
forerunners in the political
struggles of lesbians, bisexuals,
and gay men, including keynote
speakers Makeda Silvera and Tede
Matthews.
Support found in Seattle youth centre
to lobby
by Norman Gludovata
"The fact is, 33 per cent of all
teenage suici des are younglesbian,
gay, or bisexual people—we are
now trying to address this problem," said Arlis Stewart, an organizer of Seattle's innovative Lambert House Project.
Lambert House is an old Victorian house that has been turned
into Seattle's two-year-oldlesbian,
gay, and bisexual youth centre.
The centre provides a safe
place for lesbian, gay, and bisexual
youth to meet and talk.
One ofthe biggest successes of
the project is the computerized
phone line system that allows
anyone to call in from a touch tone
phone and find out the latest information about what is happening
in the youth centre, and in the
communities.
"The phone line has meant
that young lesbians, gays, and bisexuals who are just starting to
come out have a place to call and
still be anonymous if they want to
be," said (me youth at the centre.
The idea for the centre was
originally started by a group of
lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth
who had no place to hang out.
In the beginning, this group
approached many "adults" in the
communities asking if they could
use some space.
After many negative responses, they got together and
decided to create their own centre.
After months of successful
fundraising (and much doubt by
older members of their communities) they raised enough money
and enthusiasm for others to take
them seriously.
Finally, many of Seattle's established groups got behind the
project, and proceeded
city hall for assistance.
"(Seattle City Council] realized that they were already providing funds for other youth centres, and that it was only fair for
them to provide a safe place for
lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth
as well," Stewart said.
The youtli centre continues to
operate out of their old Victorian
house, and all the services are
free.
These services include a coming out group, speakers bureau,
dances, family issues group, sex
talk, a medical clinic, referrals to
crisis intervention centres, youth
info line, youth of colour group,
movie nights, and much more.
Although there are problems
at the centre from time to time,
the success ofthe centre makes all
the problems seem manageable.
Creating hot, hot images
by Miranda Alldritt
Hot Images, a workshop on
gay and lesbian sexual representation and erotic imagery was designed as a forum to discuss queer
eroticism, and the class and racial
issues raised by the form.
The event featured Richard
Fung, Lizard Jones, Cynthia Lo
and Stephen Maynard as resource
people.
Richard Fung, the first to
speak, told of his experience with
Toronto's gay porn scene, dealing
particularly with the idea of racial
dominance in the context of sexual
dominance.
Until very recently,Fungsaid,
the only Asian actor to hold major
roles in north american gay movies was Sum Yung Man—whose
roles generally showed him passive below his partner in films
geared to white gays interested in
Asian men, rather than to Asian
men themselves.
Fung also spoke of his own
most recent production, Steam
Clean,   commissioned    by  Gay
Men's Health Crisis as one of the
"Safer Sex Shorts" to be shown in
gay bars and porn shops as a promotion for safety in homosexual
intercourse.
Most of these films involved
one or more people of colour, and
Fung's film was probably the first
of its kind to appeal to a specifically Asian audience.
Cynthia Lo also addressed
similar issues of race and dominance, this time within the lesbian
community.
"It's really hard* she said, "to
deal with the issues when you just
want to make something hot.
"There iaa great need for representation of Asians and dykes of
colour, but working toward visibility means becoming more vulnerable."
This idea of vulnerability,
however, did not seem to be as
central toLizard Jones, a performer
with the lesbian drama collective
Kiss and Tell.
To Jones, the fine censorship
line between erotica and pornog
raphy to which the collective's last
work, 'drawing the line' addressed
itself, is central to an understanding of the ways in which women,
particularly lesbians, choose to
represent themselves and are represented by male society.
Although three of these
speakers—the exception being
Stephen Maynard—spoke about
the intended topic, it was the less
controversial topic of homoerotic
advertising which those present
chose to address during the discussion.
Maynard, in a presentation
entitled "What Colour is your Underwear?" which would perhaps
have been better suited to a workshop on the commercialization of
homoromanticism, rather than one
on erotic imagery, spoke of the
issues of race and class in underwear advertising.
Calvin Klein ads were seen as
especially guilty in stereotyping
the homosexual couple as being
male, high-income, white and
middle-aged.
Lesbian and gay youth
challenge school system
by Chrissy Johnston
Several important issues
regarding queer students and
educators were discussed at this
informative and participatory
workshop at the OUTrights
conference.
Lesbian and gay educators
and youth shared their experiences in the school system—
dealing with counsellors, teachers and parents.
An elementary school
counselor not authorized to
speak for her board, suggested
that educators need to start redefining "normal" sexuality and
alternate forms of family. She
also spoke about the need for
schools to start carrying age-
appropriate queer books in their
libraries and that teachers
should let kids know that words
like "fag* and 'lezzie' should not
be used as insults to other kids.
Participants in the workshop also discussed the need for
positive, visibly queer role
models in the education system, and the immediate need
for curriculum changes to include lesbian and gay representation in all subject areas in
order to combat the
heterosexism of our education
system.
Constitutional commotion continues
by Paula Wellings
A heated debate over the constitutional referendum at the
OUTrights conference proved an
excellent demonstration ofthe diversity ofthe lesbian, gay and bisexual communities present.
The Lavender Issue: Lesbians
and Gay Men and the Constitution,
was an open-mike discussion on
the October 26 referendum. The
issue was first addressed by Gwen
Brodt%, counsel to NAC, and Doug
Sanders, a UBC law professor. Not
surprisingly, the majority of those
who spoke to the issue, including
Brodsky and Sanders,. W«gf split
on the referendum question according to gender.
Brodsky's concerns with the
new constitution centered on the
Canada Clause. Her concerns lay
in the clause's exclusion of a commitment to the Charter of Rights
and Freedoms. By omitting this
commitment, Brodsky said it was
a possible exclusion of Section 15
of the Charter, which has been
used in court to protect lesbians
and gays in the past.
"The Canada Clause is not a
piece of fluff. It is a new lens
[thfough which to interpret the
Charter]", Brodsky said.
Brodsky was also concerned
with theinadequate protection the
Canada Clause provides for Aboriginal women, and its exclusion
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"The exclusions have not been
accidental," she said.
Sanders countered Brodsky's
position by suggesting the Canada
Clause is for interpretation only,
not necessarily an influential
document.
Sanders said that the new
constitution promotes generosity
and tolerance.
"I see the package as supportive of modest progress, so I'm voting yes", said Sanders.
An audience member, Ann,
disagreed with Sanders.
"A country that rejects our
rights in not a tolerant country",
she said.
Member of parliament, Svend
Robinson, said he initially supported a No vote, but then he re-
COnsideiid his position when he
considered that right wing fundamentalists are also voting No.
"If we say no to this package at
this point, I believe very deeply
that the voices that prevail after
October 26 will not be ours, but
theirs and it will be extremely
destructive", said Robinson.
Steven Hamond addressed
the lack of a national lesbian and
gay movement as a reason for exclusion and support of Robinson's
position.
"We don't have a national
voice. This isn't our time, we aren't
organized enough," said Hamond.
While the time had expired
for the constitutional discussion,
audience members demanded another opportunity to discuss the
issue the next day.
Sheila Day of NAC, who concluded the talk, said that lesbians,
gays andbisexualsare being asked
to sacrifice their rights for a unified Canada.
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Pro-NAFTA advertisements
in Mexico say, "We must support
Bush—he is our friend." Needless to say, this advertisement
slogan would not serve as a selling point for many Canadians.
In a noon-hour lecture on
Wednesday, Christina Rosas,
from the National University of
Mexico, gave voice to a viewpoint
that is essentially unheard in
Canada.
Emphasizing that she represents only one Mexican view,
Rosas stated her opposition to
NAFTA, the North American
Free Trade Agreement. If it is
implemented, she argued, it
would fail at what is, ostensibly,
its objective: to improve the standard of living of the 360 million
citizens of the participant countries.
Despite her reservations
about the agreement, Rosas admitted that many Mexicans are
strongly in favour of it. As she
said, "you can see in the press
and on the TV everyday that
NAFTA is perceived by Mexican
society, or at least by the Mexican government, as the solution
to all of our problems."
The opposition to the North
American Free Trade Agreement
in Mexico comes mainly from
academic groups and independent trade unions. However, this
opposition has had little influence on the positive view of
NAFTA that is held by the majority there. If ratified, Rosas
suggested, NAFTA could at least
serve as an "opportunity to analyze the weaknesses ofthe theory
of economic integration."
Free Trade, Rosas stated, has
not been attempted between
countries with such glaring discrepancies in social development.
Citing the differences in per
capita income, infant mortality,
and of poverty between Canada,
the US and Mexico, Rosas said a
trade liberalization agreement
should attempt to minimize these
discrepancies. NAFTA, Rosas
argued, would fail to accomplish
this.
Rosas' central criticism was
that there were no studies or
models to compare to the NAFTA
experience in order to determine
the future effects of the agreement.
NAFTA, Rosas said, is based
on the theory of economic integration which "has been defined
primarily in terms of Europe."
Because asymmetries do not exist to the same degree between
the participant countries in Europe, the European example is
not comparable to the North
American experience. In terms
ofthe asymmetries that do exist
in Europe, Rosas said, there are
provisions in the Maastricht
[European trade agreement]
treaty to address these. By contrast, she added, NAFTA "lacks
the tools for balancing discrepancies."
Peace prize draws attention
to struggle in Guatemala
by Lucho van Isschot
Guatemalan human-rights crusaderRigobertaMenchu won
the Nobel .Peace Prize this past Frida^—and an entire nation
cheered.
According-to Marta Gloria Torres, a Guatemalan activist
who works with Menchu, "It is a recognition ofthe struggle that
is going on in Guatemala, especially the struggle of indigenous
people and women."
Menchu's own life has been marked by triumph over tragedy. After both of her parents were tortured and murdered by
agents ofthe Guatemalan armed forces, Menchu went on to
become a world-renowned spokesperson for human rights and
indigenous peoples' liberation.
"Rigoberta has been struggling for the rights of indigenous
people, not just in Guatemala, but all over the American continent,* Torres said.
Torres believes the Nobel Prize will help draw the world's
attention to the current situation in Guatemala.
"It will help to break, not just the silence, but the impunity
that has existed in Guatemala," she said.
Since the democratically-elected regime of Jacobo Arbenz
was overthrown by the Guatemalan armed forces in 1954,
human rights violations have become commonplace in Guatemala.
"What we see happening in Yugoslavia right now has been
happening for decades in our country," Torres said.
But even under Guatemala's current civilian government,
detainment, harassment, torture and murder are routine.
"We think that the current situation is actually worse,"
Torres said. "Democracy is not just elections—although that is
a step forward. Democracy must mean respect for human
rights."
With the US $1.2 million she will be given as the 1992
recipient ofthe Nobel Peace Prize, Menchu will create a foundation to combat human rights abuses in Guatemala. The foundation will be named after her father, Bicente Menchu, who was
murdered in 1980.
Menchu's autobiography—I, Rigoberta Menchu-—has been
translated into several different languages and is read and
discussed in classrooms throughout North America.
Menchu works on the UN Human Rights Commission and
the UN Sub-Commission for Prevention of Discrimination and
Protection of Minorities.
Torres and Menchu work together on the Guatemalan
United Opposition—a committee which was formed to represent a coalition of dissident forces in Guatemala.
And just last week, the two women took part in the third
meeting ofthe campaign of 500 Years of Indigenous, Black and
Popular Resistance in Managua, Nicaragua.
The meeting, which marked the 500th anniversary of Columbus' voyage to the Americas, was attended by some 1,000
people.
Defining the difference between the Maastricht treaty and
NAFTA, Rosas stated, "social
development was in the minds of |
the architects of a unified Europe."
However, she felt that the
architects of NAFTA were concerned "only with economic
growth." Arguing that social development is not necessarily a
by-product of economic growth,
Rosas criticized Mexican politicians for not pursuing a social
development policy.
As she stated, "there may be
increased foreign investment but
it won't reach those who need it
most; this is a problem of distribution of income."
When questioned as to how
NAFTA could have been changed
to further social development,
Rosas rejected the idea that
Canada and the US should provide funding for Mexico. Rosas
gave the rather vague suggestion that NAFTA would facilitate
social development if Canada, the
US, and Mexico "became more
linked and sensitive to what
happens to each other."
Rosas further stated that
NAFTA would not solve the
problem of illegal Mexican immigration to the US.
In contrast to the Maastricht
treaty, in which barriers on the
movement of both goods and services would be removed, NAFTA
would liberalize barriers on the
movement of goods only. As a
result, if the Maastricht treaty is
ratified, it will be considerably
easier for Europeans to work
anywhere within the European
Common Market.
By contrast, if NAFTA is
ratified, companies will have
more freedom in choosing which
country they want to locate in,
but the individual employee will
not have the same mobility.
Considering the discrepancy
between the standard of livingin
Mexico and the standard of living in Canada and the US, Rosas
argued that this restriction was
virtually inevitable. As she
stated, "freedom of movement is
not possible in a situation where
asymmetries are expected to
prevail in the middle and long
terms."
In order to narrow the gap
between Canada, the US, and
Mexico, Rosas emphasized that
"improvement in the economic
and social well-being must be
broadly experienced in Mexican
society." She went on to state
that "Mexico's goal should be to
become the Italy of the western
hemisphere, not a permanent low
wage country."
Rosas also expressed concern
about the lack of environmental
provisions in the agreement.
Despite pressure from the
US Congress and environmental
groups, Rosas stressed that the
only mention ofthe environment
comes in ten pages of a 2000 page
document.
Mexico does have strict environmental regulations; however,
these are not enforced.
The only stipulation that has
been made regarding the environment is that the three governments will work together to
avoid pollution alongthe borders.
As Rosas stated, "There are no
special provisions to prevent
companies from moving in and
taking advantage ofthe bad enforcement in Mexico."
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"The Changing Role
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Non-Traditional Students"
Speakers:
Ruth Warick, Director of UBC Disability Resource Centre
Madeline Maclvor, Act. Assist. Director of the First Nations
House of Learning
Stephanie Chaytor, Representative for End Legislated Poverty
Tuesday, October 20,1992
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Although UBC lost 24-27 Saturday to the Saskatchewan Huskies
in Saskatoon, they still managed to clinch first place in the conference
as a result ofthe Calgary Dinosaurs being eliminated from first place
contention by the Manitoba Bison Saturday. This gives the Thunderbirds
home field advantage in the Canada West final on November 7.
Hockey
The Puckbirds remain undefeated after sweeping Brandon in their
home season opener, outscoring them 11-5 in two games.
UBC is 2-0 in the regular season standings and 7-0 overall.
They have averaged almost six goals per game, while surrendering
only three.
Soccer
The T-Bird women's soccer team's winning streak ended after six
games on Sunday as the Alberta Pandas tied UBC 2-2 at O J. Field. UBC
remains on top ofthe Canada West standings with a 6-0-1 record and
anticipates playing host in the conference final on either November 7
or 8.
The men's team edged the Alberta Golden Bears 3-2 on Sunday to
move within a half game of Victoria. They also won on Saturday,
shutting out the Saskatchewan Huskies, 4-0.
The T-Birds will face Victoria this coming Saturday, women at
noon, men at 2pm.
Cross Country
UBC hosted the Pacific Northwest Cross Country meet here last
Saturday. Both the men's and women's squads won the team event. In
the individual standings, UBC's Graeme Fell and Zeba Crook placed
first and second, respectively.
Both teams are ranked number two entering the Canada West
Championships this weekend in Lethbridge.
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by Chung Wong
Tis the season for betrayal.
At least in the Vancouver
International Film Festival.
Exhibit 1: La vie fantome
(Canada). Pierre graciously
accepts a Robert Doisneau print
from Laure, his mistress. He
later graciously refrains from
telling his wife Annie. He
proudly hangs the gift on his
bedroom wall. "These pictures
are all over the place," his wife
says in an ironic social metaphor.
Pierre might win best actor
awards with his natural two-
faced seduction, a true emotional
hypnotist.
Exhibit 2: Thel,........
(Netherlands) Four village
buddies—three men and a
woman—reunite. Village gossips
destroy their friendships as they
illuminate one man's affair with
the woman dining her wedding
with another man. The images
are well-framed, the dream
seouences remarkably stvh/ed.
Exhibit 3: TVO (Japan. A
pop star murders his. girlfriend
whose psychic sister romantically pursues him in the post
mortem. In this Blade Runner-
style flick, there are impressive
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PRIZES FOR EXCELLENCE
IN TEACHING, 1993
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
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FACULTY OF ARTS
Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching through the awarding of
prizes to faculty members. The Faculty of Arts will select five (5) winners of the prizes for
excellence in teaching for 1993.
Eligibility:
Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more years of teaching at UBC. The three
years include 1992-3.
Criteria:
The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all levels, introductory, advanced,
graduate courses, graduate supervision, and any combination of levels.
Nomination Process:
Members of faculty, students, or alumni may suggest candidates to the Head of the
Department, the Director of the School, or the Chair of the programme in which the nominee teaches. These suggestions should be in writing and signed by one or more students,
alumni, or faculty, and they should include a very brief statement of the basis for the nomination. You may write a letter of nomination or pick up a form from the office of the Dean of
Arts in Buchanan Building, Room B 130.
Deadlines:
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29 January 1993.
Winners will be announced in the Spring, and they will be identified as well during Spring
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images by the sea: picture a trail |
of gasoline from a Volkswagon
beetle by the pacific ocean. In a
ritual, the murderer kneels with
his head to the ground, his nose
to the trail. He lights a match. A
trail of fire blazes from his head
to the car. The car explodes,
immolating the police officer
inside.
Exhibit 4: Brothers and
Sisters (Italy). A woman leaves
Italy with her two sons after her
husband begins an affair with a
20-year-old. One of her sons has
close encounters with a young
American cousin who is having
an affair with her boss, a
married man in his fifties. A
simple funny film that captures
a humorous clash between two
cultures yet uses universal
psychology. A good dose of
Italian realism. The houses and
factories are far from polished,
the performers far from glamorous.
Exhibit 5: Ripples Across
Stagnant Water (China). A
couple challenges social mores. A
man sleeps with his brother's
wife while his brother sleeps
unsuspecting in the same bed.
Incredible. The period film
occurs during the Boxer Rebellion. The audience chillingly
laughed at Chinese paranoia
about foreigners occupying
Sichuan, almost as if trying to
relieve the guilt of local racism.
Exhibit 6: Peach Blossom
Land (Taiwan). A comedy about
two theatre troupes who share
the same bed—oops a Freudian
slip, I mean stage. One one half
Fire
Beware ot cultural
suicide, lest \ou be burnt by
it. This is t he bleak message
that comes forth from
Malian director Adamo
Draho'sfilm, Fire!
FILM
Vancouver International
engineer, searches for a
mythical healing herb, the
7th canari. He ventures into
the and lands ofthe rural
Bambara tribes, a society
laden with sages and
Meanwhile, city
bureaucrats are stifling the
tubes by banning bush fires
a long-practised tribal
ritual.
One bureaucrat
eventually discovers the
value of having faith in
one's cultural heritage but
almost at the expense of his
wife's life. The bureaucrat
had refused to >-e-.ort to
tubal meil'i.i'e after urban
his ailing wife.
The movie oegins slowly
and somewhat disjointedly
The scenes initially jump
from person to person and
from locale to locale, making
it difficult to follow the plot.
But the humorous dialogue
ami amu.-Miig antics of some
ofthe stage, a troupe shows a
bar server having an affair with
his boss' wife.
The other half shows a melodrama of'a dying man dreaming
of his first love in the presence of
his wife, touche. Acting beats
and queues from both troupes
intertwine and eventually
humorous
interact in counterpoint.
Exhibit 7: No Regrets for
Youth (China    A nurse about to
be married sees an old armv pal
who saved her life  She falls m
love with inm but lias one
problem: he suffers amnesia, but
doesn't know it.
Exhibit 8: Mistress f USA). A
artsy director is stuck making
instructional videos  He retired
after ins last lead actor commit
ted suicide op his set. A washed
up producer asks the director U>
forgotten script. But the director
must make it with his producer
a Hollywood schmoozer who
drastically changes the script to
pitch-please three finaneers who
all have mistresses.
Exhibit 9: The Actress (Hong
Kong). A famous Chinese actress'
indeweiidence is squeezed to
death by a love triangle. Her
husband "extorts"' money from
her by threatening to go to the
press. Her partner pays the cash.
The husband goes to the press
anyway. She commits suicide.
Question ofthe day: what
story pitch succeeds for a film
festival?
lie Wong
ofthe characters make the
movie enjoyable overall.
The film's light-hearted
tone contrasts with its
serious message. Educated
government leaders try to
suppress tribal traditions,
viewing tribes as illiterate,
and ignorant of urban
lifestyles.
Ironically, the politicians
reveal through their vernacular their tribal origins. But
they do not realize or acknowledge their Bambaran
roots. They try to suppress a
culture that they themselves,
cannot escape.
Siddi discerns that a
culture, like religion, will
perish if all faith in it
diminishes, and that a
society without cultural roots
would lose insight into its
future.
Fire! captures the
burning passion of
tribespeople to keep their
customs. It tells ofthe
warmth that is needed to
nourish and sustain one's
cultural legacy. And it tells of
urbanization's scalding blaze
which can consume one's
heritage.
Fire! may have been
written as a message for
Africans, but it is a warning
from which all cultural
groups may benefit. By
closing one's eyes to culture,
you are committing cultural
suicide.
8/THE UBYSSEY
October 20,1992 m
The ties that bind
by Carol Farrell He befriends the most popular
It's 1956 and life is giteat for boy on campus, Dillon, who also
young David Green who \yins an  aspires to be quarterback, but is
alumni football scholarship to a replaced by David, who also steals
prestigious Massachusetts boy's Dillon's girl.
private school, and is accepted Dillon's family is very wealthy
wholeheartedly by the 'in' group, and very "ol d guard,"who don't take
Unbeknownst   to   them, kindly to those of the non-gentile
David is Jewish, something he persuasion.
has been advised by the coach to When the resentful Dillon re-
keep to himself.
FILM
School Ties
Directed by Robert Mandel
Dunbar Theatre
veals David's religion, predictably,
David loses his friends, his girl and
all he hoped to accomplish at St.
Matthew's.
Dunbar Theatre Its'eemsincrediblethatagood-
looking, intelligent, athletic young
man should be spurned in such a
  manner, simply because he's Jew-
Saint Matthew's needs a ish. They liked him before they
quarterback, a good on?, and knew about his religion; so what
David has been brought in by the had changed... their perception of
alumni as a ringer to win the David; he was still the same per-
chamoionshiD. son.    or    was   it   their   own
misunderstood perception of what
a Jewish person wa^.
Most of the boys had never actually met 'one' before, yet remarks
such as,"I Jewedhim down in price,"
were rampant.
When the Headmaster discovers David praying, h<? says disdainfully, "You people ai*e very determined, aren't you."
David wins out at the <$nd, he!
embraces his religion, makes his;
family proud of him a nd has the last|
word when Dillon, vho has been
expelled from school for cheating
says:
"Iri ten years pr >bably fiobody
will remember this, but yoii'll still
be a Goddamn Jew."
To which David replies:
"And you'll still be a prjck."
era, for what itfs worth.
♦•»
by Omar Rossis
You have to-Ieave a lot of
your hangups aChome inWder to
enjoy an opera like Verdi's
Rigolettepscluakjgj£iH4iangup
about Mxisrm in classical art and
the on^abpiut opera being an
overweening bourgeois spec tacle.
OPERA
Rigoletto
by Giuseppe Ve:
Queen Elizabe
October 17, 20
/
Rigoletto, composeaTn 1851
and the first of Verdi's really
famous operaSjj^full of misogynistic aUkrtlaes—^Iikftjn its
often-heard aria "La ohnna e'
mobil/fe" (woman is fickle)—as
well as enough lavish extra va-
gance\to outs wank eveiV the
tuxedofed and stonesramgled
VancouveHte£_whe'parade'l out
to opening night.
But the Vancouver Opera's
season opener will manage to seduce you and give you your (ill of
gorgeous musical and visusJ im
ages, if you letwurself be canned
away into itsrmplausibfe Jun-
world—whicnise-tactly wharopera
is supposed to do.
pres;
emold
ducti
mus
Rigoletto
to ordinary human
erdi's music.
ouver Opera's pro-
justice to Verdi's
in a well-crafted
Based on an unsuccessful short;
play by VidacHugo, the opera's
simple arm corn>Nloy**stoi^ plot
about a fecherous dake, his hiinch-
backed jeM^r_an(iine!jester's beautiful young daughter wnQmtlyrauke
sets his amourous sights on is made
interesting by the passionate ex-
Beautiful sets and costumes that aptly evoke the superficial ant^^^^Rjfc-wurt-world in
which4)|^E^^^BSmpagi native
lightffiffiE^^^fflag^ that is, as
usuJiftflBuli^^BiBlSai carry the
aski ^^^n^^^^^BjWTthe ki n d of
except^i^w^i^^^BRjpHt can make
anyone lrr*^B!^!yopera fan, but
the lead soprano, baritone and bass
were especially memorable and soprano Li Ping Zhang i n a very small
role as a page stood out too.
Translations projected above
the si^^t^^LCtually quite a helpful inffa^BBff and don't really rob
theop^SB^scharm assony>pur-
ists complain. Right do^QQvits
totally implausible opeB^^^n-
dard inal scene of a coupr^p^ing
to each other as they die in. each
others' arms, Rigoletto is an enjoyable experience against all the
odds of reasonable reality, including
the ticket prices (very expensive!).
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
The   Cecil   H.   and   Ida  Green
Visiting   Professorships
ALAN WATSON
School of Law
The University of Georgia, Athens
A world authority on Roman and comparative legal studies. Professor Watson balances ;areful scholarship with
enthusiastic presentation. His twenty-seven books represent interests ranging across the centuries and continents, on
such topics is obligation, succession, slavery and the sources of law. Having taught civil law and classical studies
at Oxford, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Pennsylvania, Al an Walson enjoys challenging both complacent orthodoxies and
novel ideolc gies. A superb f.nguist and excellent historian of laws ancient, medie rl and modem, he is a stimulating
public speaker and raconteur.
THE AUTONOMY OF LAW
Tuesday, October 20
Room 149, Curtis Building, at 12:30 PM (Seminar)
SHADOWS OF DISTANT PAST: The Twelve Tables and Subsequent Legal History
Wednesday, October 21
Room 101/102, Curtis Building, at 12:30 PM
RELIGION AND WAR IN ANCIENT ROME: Lessons for Modern Conflict
Saturday, October 24 - The Vancouver Institute
Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, at 8:15 PM
ALL LECTURES ARE FREE
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requested the Alma Mater
Society fill a vacancy on the
Senate of an at-large
student representative.
Full time students are eligible for the position.
The Senate is the senior academic body of the
University, responsible for determining
University policy along with the Board of
Governors. It has jurisdiction in all matters of an
academic nature,
Resumes detailing academic and extracurricular
background will be accepted by Terri Folsom,
AMS Administrative Assistant, in SUB 238 until
4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 30.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO GET INVOLVED!
Applications for student-at-large positions on the following AMS
committees for 1992/93 are being accepted by the Administrative
Assistant, Terri Folsom, in SUB 238 until 4:30 p.m. on Monday,
October 26:
Capital Projects Acquisition Committee: recommends capital
projects whhin the fund's mandate. North side expansion of the
Student Union Building is one example.;
Committee for Student Equality and Unity: promotes awareness of
various types of discrimination and ways to discourage them;
Facilities Advisory Committee: considers proposed changes to
joint AMS/UBC facility agreements such as the Aquatic Centre
Agreement;
Programs Committee: responsible for providing students with
concerts, speakers and other special events;
Student Leadership Conference Committee: organizes the
upcoming Student Leadership Conference; and
The Ubyssey Publications Committee: serves as a sounding board
for disputes with the paper. Applicants will be interviewed for these
three positions.
Please refer any questions about the above committees to Carole
Forsythe, Vice President, in SUB 248 at 822-3092.
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theUbyssey
October 20.1992
The Ubyssey is published Tuesdays and Fridays by the Alma Mater Society of the University of British Columbia.
Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not necessarily those of the university administration, or of the
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Sam Green and Frances Foran tap danced through the night—much to the delight of Hao Li. Omar
Kassis interupted the festivities bearing freshly burnt pizza, which Lucho van Isschot and Carol Farrell
quickly ate. Miranda Alldritt went downstairs to steal drinks from Blue Chip but was stopped by the
righteous Paula Wellings. Steve Chow then came in the office with a boatload of drinks for everyone! But
Jennifer Johnston and Denise Woodley would have none of it—but no one's really sure why. And so they
went thirsty. Out of nowhere, Philippe Tierney stood up and began tap dancing on his own. Tap, tap, tap,
tap—all the way across the floor, until he ran into Chung Wong and Sabina Brennensthul who were just
standing around minding their own business. Luckily, Norm Gludovatz caught Chung just before he hit
the floor. And so Judy Lee, quite fed up with everything that was going on, curled up in the corner to go
to sleep. But soon enough her sleep was disturbed by Chrissy Johnston, Yukie Kurahashi and Siobhan
Roantree, who had broken out into song. Steve Chan couldn't believe his ears, so he just got up and left.
But everyone else, including Michelle Wong joined in—and so they sang the night away.
Editors
 Frances Foran ¥ Sam Green ¥ Yukie Kurahashl¥ Lucho van  Isschot V Paula Wellings
Letters
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Silence should
break
I am bothered by male
profs who lecture on feminist criticism and who use
inclusive language for the
sake of being politically correct. Whenever I note that
they have failed to discuss
the positive points of domestic life, or the hardships
whichmenmustalsoendure,
their response is almost always: "Point well taken." If
the point was so well taken
why do they continually fail
to raise these issues in following lectures? Students,
both male and female, often
tell me that they agree with
me, but stay silent because
they fear bei ng harrassed by
feminists.
Professors should give
fair treatment to all issues
surrounding "gender equality"; students should not
have to leave unreasonable
arguments unchallenged.
Early feminists advocated
the right to discuss issues
openly, without being intimidated by social rules.
Those who fought for the
rights which we enjoy today
should be ashamed to know
that their ideologies have
developed into a system that
prohibits discussion of gender issues among men and
women.
Any person who has
caused another to be afraid
to speak shouldshareinthat
shame; any person who remains silent should remember that while silence may
be golden, it is more valu
able when it is broken!
Katrina Boguski
Club daze
sign above the toastmc.3ters'
booth reads "DID YOU
KNOW THE FEAR OF
SPEAKING OUTNUMBERS THE FEAR OF
DEATH 2 to 1?"
oh. stumbling between
treading feet and pushing
hands, watching the shy
sidle up for information and
flitting away before they can
be cornered in their desire,
stumbling, past the booth of
knowledge where a bearded
man bowed writes in a small
book, his table littered with
lyrics. LOST, IF I CAN.
TWO MEN TOO TALL.
CHILD WITH A GOATLIKE
MIND. I approach, he looks
up and snaps "we're closed",
pointing to the sign over his
head CLOSED DUE TO
LACK OF INFORMATION.
the shy sidle away furtively
bold with the desire to belong, taunted everywhere
by the word JOIN. I watch
their hands holding cups of
coffee, keys, pencils, "it's
alright" I tell the bearded
man, "I didn't want to know
anyway", through the hands
and feet and coffee cups out
into the wind where caterpillars ride thin sticky ropes,
a mars bar wrapper skids
half animate with the restless leaves, thinking, well,
here I am in the minority
again, speaking is not a
problem,   next year I will
carefully drape a table, put
out a list, charge three dollars a membership, and
gather to me the others,
welcome, 111 say, to the booth
of small outnumbered fears.
Hannah Landecker
Plea for
openmindedness
Until recently, articles in
the Ubyssey about the conflict in the Middle East have
been one-sided. Arabs and
Israelis accused each other
of human rights abuses,
without trying to listen and
understand the other side.
But now, changes are finally
occurring; the Palestinians
and Israelis are actually sitting together and talking
peace. We in North America
should be enthusiastically
encouraging this peace process through social interaction and understanding. In
light of this pro-peace climate, it is particularly disappointing that Nadene
Araji, author of "Palestinian
prisoners abused..."(Oct.2),
refuses to embrace these new
hopeful opportunities.
Araji quotes as her
source, the "Palestine Human Rights Information
Centre", a biased organization with a political agenda
to promote Palestinian
causes at the expense of Israel, and to smear Israel
concurrently.
The Intifada has as a
stated goal the sabotaging of
normal life in Israel. Consequently, Israel must deal
with the Intifada which
threatens the safety of its
people daily. In fact, Israel
would be delinquent if it did
not protect its own citizens,
and therefore must detain
prisoners. Nonetheless, it
has in fact demonstrated
utmost restraint in dealing
with its existence-threatening problems. Canada, in the
far less threatening situation
of Oka, called out the armed
forces and detained prisoners, illustrating the drastic
manner in which a perfectly
democratic society without
and interior threats reacted
to unexpected threats. Israel
is in fact a democratic society and each detainee has a
hearing unlike Trudeau's
martial law. Have you ever
contemplated what Trudeau
would have done in Quebec
in the late 1960s if he had to
cope with civil disobedience
of the magnitude of the
Intifada?
Are there abuses? Unr
doubtedly. Israel is not a
perfect society. It is simply
trying to exercise power
pending peace, andin such a
tense situation, has been
using admirable restraint.
In fact, more Arabs have
been murdered in the
Intifada by the PLO and
other Palestinian organizations than by Israelis, as
anyone who has seen the
Canadian made documentary "Deadly Currents" can
attest. But, yes—there have
been abuses, and I condemn
them, as do most Israelis,
and express sympathy for
anyone whose rights have
been abused.
Living in Canada, a
multi-cultural society with
no threat of internal violence,
and physically distanced
from the Middle East, we
have the luxury of mentally
removing ourselves from the
actual arena of conflict. We
can look at the issues involved objectively instead of
automatically pointing the
finger at the other side.
I am so passionate about
this issue and the
unarguable necessity for
open-mindedness because I
want peace so badly and try
so hard to see both sides. It
therefore, hurts me so much
when others, on either side,
don't expend a similar effort
in attempting to sympathize
with the other side.
In conclusion, I truly hope
that when a peaceful settlement is achieved, we will
enjoy human rights not only
where Israel is concerned,
but in the Arab countries as
well.
Dana Frankel
October 8, 1992
ritually degrades and com-'
mits crimes against women.
Why are you so glib about
matters of "malicious opinion" Mr. Butt? In my first
year at UBC I spent a lot of
time at various fraternity
social events where I experienced many incidents of
unwanted sexual contact:
some strong, aggressive and
frightening. All committed
by drunken "ignorant close-
minded" frat brothers. I, with
others, have formed our
"opinions": all manners of
rape and sexual assaults
have occurred at frat parties,
despite the system's denial
of such. I ask Mr. Butt and
other "brothers" to be
truthful and honest. Are you
aware ofthe legal guidelines;
what makes assault? What
makes rape? Is alcohol an
excuse? Or is this just the
fallacious ravings of another
mistaken feminist? I await
your response.
Paula Foran
Well,
Butthead?
Thanks to Geoffrey Butt
for his veiled advertisement
for rush and the promotion
ofthe greek system.
The letter's lack of open honesty and manifest denial—
'as for the topic of rape"—is
evidence of how students
are manipulated by "brotherhood" rhetoric into participating in a system which
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October 20,1992 LETTERS
GLBUBC alive
again
By the time you read this,
GLBUBC will have had three General (orgazational) meetings, one
Social (Beer Garden), and the first
of our new Monday Night Discussion Group Meetings. We would
like to take this opportunity to
mention a few things to those of
you who may be interested in being a part of GLBUBC this year.
To those of you who have lost
touch with the GLBUBC (for
whatever reason) or are new to
campus this year, we would like
you to be aware ofthe following:
1. We are a service organization,
responsible to and funded by the
AMS (Alma Matter Society) of
UBC.
2. The group has been reorganized
this year, and is now operated by a
team of EQUAL MEMBERS, ie. a
Collective.
3. We are aware of our mandate to
provide an atmosphere of support
for, and be a resource to the gay,
lesbian, and bisexual community
on campus, (roughly 3000 of us)
4. Our goal is to establish a large
open core-group in which everyone
can feel included and from which
specific interest groups will be able
to branch and derive resources. In
this way we hope to support a variety of interests while maintaining a strong nucleus.
5. People have volunteered to head
the committees required to get
things done this year. If you are
interested in Advertizing, Special
Events Organization (dances, dinners, Gay Week), Peer Support
Counselling, plus more...there is
lots of room for your input.
6. Particular emphasis will be mt de
this year on building up: intra-
group support, Peer Support,
Counselling'Outreach, and a firm
foundation from which to grow next
year.
7. To anyone "in the closet" (ie. if
you think that you are gay, lesbian, or bisexual, but you are feeling overwhelmed, and don't know
how to handle it) we are very much
here for you. If you like to talk to
someone, we have people who have
beenin your shoes before (and lived
to tell about it) who will be glad to
offer a friendly ear, information, or
advice.
We are NOT a dating service,
but we ARE a great way to meet
other gay, lesbian, and bisexual
students (just like you) here at
UBC.
Watch for advertisements and
notices in campus papers regarding upcoming activities, meetings,
and special events. Our office is in
SUB, room 237B; office hours are
posted on the door.
Call 822-4638 for information,
or to leave a message.
Best of luck to all of you in
your studies this year.
GLBUBC.
English grammar
needs work
Every few years the UBC
English department whines and
bitches about the poor English
skills of many students. Inarecent
media barrage on this problem the
department pointed out that English teachers in general should
not bear the brunt of the blame.
This, in my opinion, is a "cop-out"
and to some extent the department
is "protecting its own".
Based on my experience and observations in the BC school system,
I have personally witnessed fellow
classmates go through several
years of school as top students but
repeatedly making the same basic
grammatical or punctuation errors.
I believe this is due in part to
students not attempting to crack
down and concentrate on these
errors but I also place a lot of blame
on teachers who fail to point them
out and bring them to the pupil's
attention. The teachers will as
always argue that class size,
workload, and time does not allow
them to "baby-sit" students with
minor or trivial errors and they
will say it is up to the students to
learn these mistakes as they
"should have had in grade three
and grade four". I feel strongly
that both teachers and students
allow these basic mistakes to continue unchecked for years as
though they are minor or unimportant.
This problem could be put into
check with a few days of teaching
basic English skills at the beginning of each school year. A few
days woul d not detract from course
content and could prove to be valuable preventative medicine and as
an investment in our students!
Frankly, I resent seeing the University denying many good students admission each year because
ofthe large number of applicants
and yet those who get in, in some
cases fail basic English skills. Obviously the UBC administration
must shoulder some responsibility
in this and perhaps a basic English
skills entrance test should be a
mandatory pre-requisite for entering UBC. I mean WHY allow
admission to an A level or B+ student when they fail basic English.
It is also ridiculous to criticize students who have English as a second
language for having weak English
skills. It is time they realized that
English is a difficult language to
become proficient in and should
show more tolerance to students
who are making good efforts to
learn it. To nail them for poor
English skills is petty and questionable. It is high time everyone
in the picture shared responsibility for this problem and stopped
blaming students. Reading and
study skills could also be emphasized more in elementary and
secondary schools! The elite and
the highly paid ofthe English department should not be so quick to
condemn the studentclass because
they have poor table manners. The
administration should also get off
its butt and seriously re-evaluate
entrance requirements.
Tim Becks
OPEN THE DOOR
TO YOUR FUTURE
Works Corps is an international organization dedicated
to providing summer opportunities for all students.
Whether you are a first year student or one nearing graduation. Works Corps can help you to gain the invaluable real
world experience that post graduate employers look for.
• Back to school with no money again    (~\
• Working part time to make ends meet     /
• Tired of earning mediocre wages •
Why not get a head start on your career by securing
yourself employment now?
My   experience with Works Corps taught me the lime management skills and
work ethic necessary to increase my marks and reach my scholastic potential.
Mandy Barclay
3rd Year International Relations
For information call Vancouver 244-3924
Western Canada 1-800-655-4992 or send resumes to:
110-12811 Clarke Place, Richmond, B.C. V6V 2H9
INFORMATION SESSION
OCTOBER 22, 1992
11am • 1pm • 2pm • 3pm • 4pm
NINETIES   HAIR
"CREATIVE EXPRESSION''
on styling, cuts, colour, perm for Men and Women
$5 OFF $7 OFF $25 OFF
2083 ALMA ST. (at 4th)
Not valid with other sales promotions
222-2283
Open Sundays
Wanna voice
your opinion on
the constitution?
Well, believe it or
not, we wanna
hear it!
Submit articles, opinions,
cartoons etc.
concerning the
referendum by
Wednesday afternoon, Oct.
21st. (That's
right, tomorrow...)
TOWARD
A CAREER IN TAXATION?
Your undergraduate degree — in law,
accountancy, economics and other —
will get you started.
Enrol in a three-semester Qualifying Program at
McGill, follow through.with three terms, in tax
specialization, and you'll be ready for a career as a
tax practitioner — a profession much in demand by
chartered accountancy firms, legal firms, and
government.
This McGill program is unique in Canada and leads
to a Graduate Diploma in Taxation. You have the
choice of taking it on a full-time or part-time basis,
and of starting a semester in either January, May or
September.
COME TO OUR INFORMATION SESSION
Monday, October 26,1992
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Henry Angus Building
Room 213
OR WRITE OR TELEPHONE:
Department of Chartered Accountancy
and Graduate Administrative Studies
McGill University
(514) 398-6154, Fax (514) 398-4448 or 2832
Redpath Library Building, Room 211
3461 McTavish Street
Montrdal, Qu6bec
H3A1Y1
McGill
What better place
to better yourself.
Centre for
Continuing
Education
Interviews for a number of
positions on the Student
Court are to be held.
• Five judges and two alternate judges. The Chief Justice shall be
appointed from the seven judges. *
• Chief Prosecutor **
• Assistant to the Chief Prosecutor **
• Defence Counsel **
• Assistant to the Defence Council **
• Two positions on the Prima Facie Establishment Committee ***
* The position of Chief Justice is open to third year students in the
Faculty of Law only. At least one alternate judge shall be a
student in the Faculty of Law. The remaining five positions are
open to students from any faculty.
**       Open to second or third year students in the Faculty of Law only.
*** One position, at least, shall be filled by a second or third year
student in the Faculty of Law.
These positions are volunteer ones. The time involved varies according to
the number of cases brought before Student Court.
Please apply with your resume to Terri Folsom, Administrative Assistant, in
SUB 238 by Friday, October 30 at 4:30 p.m.
Please direct queries to Carole Forsythe, Vice President, in SUB 248 at
822-3092.
October 20,1992
-THE UBYSSEY/?! r~i
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T: m ::N
The Ubyssey's annual ©©©H aumdl ffonimlky Hallowed Evening story competition
• fata* Scuutden^xH passing around a     through a wormhole beginning at the Cheeze Factory
petition (for...for...what?) •Mistress Msrctoak  offering discipline in SUB'S
• the bus stop at 10th & Alma visible     third floor
• carnivorous chocolate bunny rabbits breeding in
The Ubyssey's self-defrosting refrigerator
• %pss (Perot and Mila Mnalroney drinking pints of Dixie
Voodoo beer while attending the rapture
•David St ran gway doing something unspeokaBCy disgusting with
a tube of half-eaten lipstick and/or Jacuzzi jets
• geers stealing the clock tower
• Maetotroa canvassing for the UBC Young Satanists
Museum of        -=t|. k
Anthropology   ™MlJ
THE REQUIEM
Tales of Resistance s
from Beyond the
Grave
Conceived and directed
by Floyd Favel
A theatrical homage by
an ensemble of
outstanding native
artists to those who lost
their country, their
land, their dances, and
their places to dance.
Thurs Oct 22 9 pm
Fri Oct 23 9 pm
Sat Oct 24 6:30 & 9 pm
Sun Oct 25 6:30 pm
Adults $12
Student/Senior $10
UBY
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Reach the highest concentration
of 18-25 year olds in the world
(or B.C. anyway*
For more information call
822-3977
It's that time of year again.
Your (approximately) 500-
word original submission must include at least five of the above
eight elements, and must begin
with the following sentence:
It was a dark and
stormy night, and I awoke
to find myself in chains
and leather.
The first prize winning story
will be published on the front cover
of the Hallowe'en issue of The
Ubyssey, and the top five winners
will receive fabulous high-quality
100 per cent cotton Ubyssey custom
designed t-shirts.
Wowzers, huh?
Submissions (typed, please,
everyone) must be received by 2:30
pm, Wednesday 28 October, in SUB
241K.
A career with Price Waterhouse
i
We asked recent Grads why they joined
Price Waterhouse instead of the other
guys.
Our outstanding UFE preparatory
program? It's good, but that wasn't the
only reason.
Our diversified, extensive client base?
It's impressive, but that wasn't it either.
The opportunity to gain more knowledge and apply new skills? Important,
certainly, but not the deciding factor.
The respect and dignity with which
Price Waterhouse treats each and every
client — and staff member? "You're
getting closer," they told us.
How about the people and environment at Price Waterhouse - the commitment we have to a well-balanced
lifestyle, lots of extracurricular activities, office events and fun?
"Now you've got it!" they said.
They've i;ot it. We've £>ot it.
If you want to get it too, eail I Iumun ResoMrei
x\ 1'riee Waterhouse todiu ?
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