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The Ubyssey Jan 1, 1994

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Counselling psychology r
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by Pat Thuriow
The university will not make
public the 118-page report of the
inquiry into the origins of harassment letters received by women in
the counselling psychology department.
After the report was completed
in early December 1993, UBC vice-
president Daniel Birch released a
seven page summary of the report
which described the investigation
as being unable to discover the
source or sources of the letters.
Some students are worried that
not releasing the report means a
failed investigation.
"I am concerned with the fact
that the report is not complete.
There is a lack of information about
who's responsible for the letters.
Some people did not show up to be
interviewed by the investigating
team, and the fifth letter came after
the investigation was closed," counselling psychology student Miriam
McClellan said.
Thereport summary stated the
investigating committee had "no
power to compel the attendance of
those whom it wished to interview"
and that "for various reasons three
persons, two former students and
one existing student, declined to
The university is now considering conducting a private investigation.
According to administration
spokesperson Steve Crombie,
the reason for keeping the report
secret is the possible legal repercussions.
"We felt that it couldn't be released mainly for legal reasons because it would probably open the
university to libel suits.
"Because of allegations that are
Polar Press pressed
by Talvo Evard
The Polar Press and its student
union at Confederation College in
Thunder Bay have been at odds for
the lastfour months over the format
of its newspaper—and now the
student union has threatened to
shut the paper down after their
final issue in December.
According to editor Carol
Cannon, friction between the student union and Polar Press
stemmed from complaints that not
enough "college news" was printed.
Cannon said the newspaper's critical coverage of student union organized events at Confederation
College upset the student union.
"Actually, everythingthey [the
student union] have done has
turned out to be a flop," Cannon
At a meeting on 4 January, two
of the five members of the editorial
board met with the Polar Press
editor to discuss the future of the
paper. Those board members who
were most vocal against the paper
failed to attend.
The staff of the Polar Press
must create a proposed editorial
policy by 8 February. The following
day the student union is scheduled
to meet and decide whether to adopt
the policy or to remain under the
existing structure.
At present, Polar Press operates under a five member editorial
board consisting of student union
members. The board reviews the
newspaper before it goes to the
printer so that any changes they
deem necessary can be made, including removing articles.
Another part of the friction
between the paper and the student
union is caused by advertising. The
student union and the campus pub
advertise free of charge. According
to Cannon, campus ads were often
delivered after deadline.
In one case, Polar Press could
not fit a student union ad on the
front page, where they had wanted
it, as well as the flag identifying the
newspaper. Student union members were angry when the ad was
placed on another page.
The student union also did not
approve of the use of the front page
for pictures. "They said it should be
used for valuable student writing
pieces," Cannon said.
Cuts like a knife
by Tessa Moon
The department of biology is
considering eliminating animal
dissection as a required lab activity
in the following school year.
However, many life-science
students believe that vivisection is
an integral part of their laboratory
"I think dissection helps students learn," first year science student Kathleen Wong said. "Discontinuing it will have a negative effect
on teaching."
Ron Yang, a teaching assistant of biology and a phd student of
fish physiology, agreed.
"I think if s necessary for scientific research to dissect some animals," Yang said. "I don't think
there's a substitute for dissection.
This is the only way to do it. Textbooks are not the same."
From September 1993 to
January 1994, more than 2400 animals were dissected in first year
biology alone. A biology teaching
assistant who wants to remain
anonymous said the number is far
greater than necessary. "A lot of
animals are wasted, just never used
after being killed," she said.
She also sai d that if dissection
was an optional lab exercise there
would be fewer animal deaths with
greater learning benefits. There
are always at least two people who
are grossed out to every one who's
fascinated," she said.
Some students disagree.
"People are scared offby the thought
of cutting up a live animal," a sec-
ondyear biology student said. "They
get into it once they've tried it. You
never really learn about living
things without living material."
raised in the report, releasing the
report publicly could put the investigators at legal risk. There are
claims or accusations about individuals that [the university investigators] haven't been able to substantiate," Crombie said.
A group made up of faculty an d
administration including Monika
Stein, president of the counselling
psychology graduate students, met
to discuss the report summary.
Stein, who argued that the full
report should be made public, said,
"I assumed we would see the whole
AccordingtoBirch, whochaired
the December meeting, the group
met to work "in identifying further
actions which could be taken by the
department, the dean of education
not allowed to view the report.
In a meeting for counselling
psychology students and faculty on
Wednesday 10 November, UBC
Birch said "there will be representatives from the graduate students
that will view the report and help
us decide whether or not the report
will be published."
Stein said it is difficult to make
recommendations without all the
"There were no recommendations attached to the report. I think
they [school of nursing director
Marilyn Willman and law professor
Tony Hickling, co-authors of the
report] would have great insight
because they are the only people
who know whaf s in the full report.
They may have been able to give
some good recommendation," Stein
McClellan agreed that "the
[summary of the] report does comment on fear and dissent in the
department and yet there is no accountability for it. I think the university is responsible for the poison
in the department.
"To date there are no consequences for what has happened.
The university investigation and
the police investigation have not
stopped the letters."
McClellan did see some good
resulting from the investigation
process. "I think that the fact the
university has publicly, in writing,
supported feminist scholarship is a
positive thing."
One student who participated
in the university investigation said
she did not assume the results would
remain confidential.
"There is no point in having the
report if it's not made public."
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CFS/PIRG petitions go down to the wire
by Graham Cook
The coalition pushing for referenda on membership in the Canadian federation of students (CFS)
and the creation of a public interest
research group (PIRG) at UBC are
frantically trying to make
Wednesday's deadline for petitions.
The petitions must have 1000
valid signatures to be on the ballot
with the AMS election, takingplace
the week of 17 January.
Michael Hughes, student board
of governors representative and a
CFS/PIRG organizer, believes the
group will make the deadline, and
will be intensely campaigning to
have the referenda passed over the
next two weeks.
If the group does not get the
needed signatures, Hughes said
they can conceivably put the question forward at any time. Alternatively, "we can see what we can do
without a formal PIRG and go to a
referendum next fall. It's not going
to end tomorrow if we don't get the
signatures. There are a lot of people
interested in a PIRG on campus."
getting enough signatures is "not a
problem. The signatures are not an
Mogus says the important issue is that "I talked to people and
they still don't know what the hell
I'm talking about. People should
really know what this is because
it's a big issue. It's going to be an
[AMS] election issue. It's going to
effect student involvement at the
To pass, the referendum needs
to be voted on by ten percent of AMS
members. This quorum is about
3000 people, of which more than
half must vote "yes".    '
The proposed PIRG would coordinate progressive research on
campus and serve as a clearinghouse of information for various
social issues groups. At other universities PIRGs have pursued
projects like the sponsorship of consumer boycotts and the compila
tion of a women's resource guide.
The CFS is a national coalition
involved in student issues and lobbies for causes such as student loans
and university funding. Arguments
against membership in the coalition have focussed on the large fee
UBC would have to pay (about
$300,000 per year) and the one-
institution, one-vote structure of
the organization. Those in favour
point to the effectiveness of joint
national lobbying and research.
Committee reviews student services honoraria
by Graham Cook
Amy Nunhra's hours of service
to students may finally receive some
financial recognition.
Nunhra is a caseworker at the
university student affairs office
(USAO),formerlytheombuds office.
The USAO is one of many branches
of the AMS student society which
relies on workers who receive little
or no financial compensation.
"We donate many hours a week
when we have office hours to hear
student complaints and concerns,"
Nunhra said. "It would be nice to be
paid a small amount [for the USAO
There are nine employees in
the USAO, each working about five
or six hours a week on a volunteer
A new committee has been set
up by the AMS to determine
whether people likeNunhra should
receive some form of payment, and
to review the entire structure of
honoraria and salaries given out by
the AMS.
Those who currently receive
salaries include the AMS executive,
while student administration commission members and Ubyssey
editors are among those who receive
Carole Forsythe is the AMS
coordinator of external affairs and
the chair of the new compensation
committee. She also has first hand
knowledge of working for starvation- wages as a former UBC
As ombudsperson Forsythe
was paid $650 for an entire year.
"[The honoraria we received] was
quite disgusting, not just for the
ombudsperson but for the Speakeasy coordinator, and the people at
The Ubyssey, who were also
undercompensated," she said.
"Everybody was doing a lot of
CORP crap crops creeps in AMS
by Graham Cook
Itiseitherachance for students
to create sweeping change in their
student government, or to recommend smaller reforms to be implemented by student politicians
trained in the "art of the possible."
Either way, it will be one of the
few opportunities for UBC students
to have a real effect on the way the
AMS (alma mater society, the UBC
student government) works.
The avenue for change is a
group engagingly named the committee for organizational review and
planning (CORP). Its mandate is to
conduct a wide-ranging internal
review of the AMS.
AMS reviews itself
said he wants CORP to make the
AMS more accountable and involving more students, only two stu-
dents-at-large are on the committee
of nine. The rest are members of the
AMS executive or council.
Dobie said the domination of
AMS politicians will not turn CORP
into a corpse.
"I fought to keep the membership of the committee this way
simply becauseithas taken those of
us who are here this long just to get
to this point, and I was very concerned that a lot of students have
an incredible amount to offer but do
not understand, unfortunately, the
system that they are reforming will
not be able to achieve it," Dobie
"I want to hear what the students want, which will all be public,
and then as the elected officials it is
still ourresponsibility toimplement
that," he said.
Jason Mogus, the director of
the global development centre and
a member of CORP, expressed
concern about the potential for AMS-
types to dominate the debate, but
said that "from a logistical point of
view if s easier to get things done
with people who know the basics."
"We plan to get lots of student
input and incorporate that in their
discussions. If s not that the executive has made up its mind and this
[committee] is just window dressing, I think we'll hear from every
one," Mogus said.
Reform or revolution?
The two CORP members have
different ideas of what the committee can achieve. Mogus sees it
as a chance to radically change the
focus of student government.
"The biggest change I want to
see is to say we are a union of
students, not a business of students.
The AMS is a pretty decent organization but it has some big problems. If s good that we're rich but I
think we should be doing more for
underprivileged students. There's
a real lack of knowledge among the
AMS about what if s like to be a
poor student," Mogus said.
"The point is to serve not just
students who buy our pizza and go
to the Pit. We're focussed more on
making money than student services.
"From my point of view I want
to see a less conservative attitude
towards things and a more confrontational attitude. The AMS is
very business-oriented and if
something will not bring much of a
profit then it will less likely be
done," he said.
Dobie disagreed.
"We're not businesses. There
are a lot of people who look at our
budget from a completely financial
approach, they're upset that we
spent on something but thaf s our
right, ifs the cost of the democratic
process, a right and privilege of
students to spend money on what
they want," Dobie said.
But he sees positive similarities in the "clarity" of a business
approach towards both pizza places
and student services.
"I think [CORFs mission] is
about getting back into a sense of
service in general, and I think service applies whether you're talking
politics or buying beer or playing
video games at an arcade.
"There is concern about the
commercial focus of the AMS. Our
business operations seem to outperform the service side of things,
which is not how it's supposed to be.
What we may do is try to emulate
the success of our business operations.
"If we could run a referendum
like we run the Pit we'd be laughing," he said.
Getting students involved
Dobie admitted the AMS has
serious problems with involving
students, saying that to many students the government had become
Ultimately, Dobie did not see
CORP as promoting fundamental
changes to the bylaws of the AMS.
"I dont think it's a major rethinking of what student societies
are for. There's a lot in our constitution that we want to achieve that
we aren't achieving, and I think
thaf s what we're going to work
from. There are no bylaw changes
intended in CORP."
What Dobie did hope to see
from the committee was a clarifying
of responsibilities among the AMS
executive and a process to involve
more students in the government.
In addition, he said the AMS
"shouldbe providingmore resources
for students who are involved,
whether thaf s the gays lesbians
and bisexuals, whether thaf s the
student senators, so that those
people can spend more time doing
their job than typing a letter or
worrying about whether or not the
lock on their door is changed."
A private consulting firm will
be approached to help with the internal review, but the company and
the cost of the services have not yet
been determined.
Both Mogus and Dobie said
student input was important for
the CORP process.
"We want every single student
to write down their ideas and put
them in a suggestion box," which
will be set up in SUB Mogus said.
"We want everyone to think
about it. We plan on personally
answering every single one of the
requests," he said.
Public meetings will also be
"I think the opportunity is there
if we work with it, but I want all the
students to get involved or else it
gets the fear of the executive railroading it through," Mogus said.
work for students, and getting
personal satisfaction and marketable skills, which is good, but at the
same time they're sacrificing a lot.
They may be taking fewer courses
which prolongs their school and
costs them more for school, or living
in near-poverty without being able
to supplementtheir income, because
basically the volunteer job they're
doing is their [full-time] job,"
Forsythe said.
Forsythe is not running for an
AMS position next year, and will
not be the beneficiary of any decisions made by the committee. She
said the members of the committee
were chosen to avoid the possibility
of a similar conflict of interest.
The committee is made up of
members of various branches of the
AMS and will be using the services
of a private company with expert! se
in compensation matters. The expense of hiring the company "will
be in the thousands of dollars," according to Forsythe, but likely less
than ten thousand dollars.
The committee will also be
doing its own research into the pay
rates of students in various service
positions at other universities.
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Humanities are getting a raw deal
by Michelle Wong
UBCs trend of increasing focus on the bottom line has meant
that humanities have been getting
While UBC continues to increase funding to economically fea
sible research, budget cuts are undermining theliberal arts programs
and consequently affect the teaching quality in those departments.
Head of the hispanic and
italian studies program Marguerite
Chiarenza is one of arts professors
experiencing cutbacks.
"I think universities everywhere are suffering from this kind
of cutbacks and sometimes we feel
that the faculty of arts gets hit
hardest, that the attitude is: what
is the practical value of arts?"
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Nominations for the following AMS Executive
positions are now being accepted by the
Executive Committee.
• President
• Vice-President
• Director of Finance
• Director of Administration
• Coordinator of External Affairs.
Nomination forms are available from Terri Folsom,
Administrative Assistant in SUB Room 238.
Nominations close
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to be held in SUB Room 206 on Friday, January 7th,
1994 at 5:30 PM.
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Chiarenza said.
She disagrees with employers
and university administrators who
question the practical application
of humanities.
"I don't think the practical
value is the issue," Chiarenza said.
1 think we're talking about understanding, developing the mind,
education—a better mind is a better thing to have whatever practical thing you go on to do."
Chiarenza said an education
is an end in itself. A degree in the
humanities, whether in Hispanic
and Italian studies or classics, will
expose one to the great thoughts
and writings of the past and that
knowledge itself is profitable for
whatever purpose one will use it.
"We want to see universities
as places where people's minds
develop and they think about problems that people think about just
because they're people and not just
to balance the budget," Chiarenza
said. "If people's minds are well
developed then, when they go on to
be architects or doctors or whatever they go on to be, they will
perform better.
As a result of the financial
cutbacks, the Hispanic and Italian
studies department must consider
which courses their departmentcan
afford to offer the students.
"We have to worry about what
we have to sacrifice — the grad
program, or sacrifice the major program, or cut down on the language
teaching," Chiarenza explained.
"We have to neglect something. We
just dont have enough people to do
everything well."
"I do feel that the
administration...is not giving
enough of the budget towards teaching," Chiarenza added. "All of the
faculty of arts, I think, have been
asked to cut back and if s not clear
to me that money is not being spent
in another way.
"It should be more of a priority
to have enough teaching so that
classes are not too large and so that
special classes dont have to be cancelled."
With a limited number of
classes, departments must pool
their resources with other departments and offer courses which encompass more than one department. Collaborationisagood thing,
however too much interdepartmental overlap can result in too general
courses similar to those offered in
community colleges.
Since the liberal arts at UBC
appear to be the first departments
hit by financial restraints in the
university, future quality of education in the humanities is threatened. With that threat is the threat
of a diminishing understanding of
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moment between lost where i cannot breathe and in that instant i
understand what it is like to feel torn into pieces over an impasse
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glass of my deception and so i float around these visions ideas like
waves wash over me and wet with promise i did awaken to only see
these walls restrain me how can i speak when i am not spoken how
canifeel whole whenmymindisbroken?why ask even what i cannot
know?i have tried to unveil, the undress, to unlearn, toundo, to un-
inform but i always come back to the stones the solid foundations in
my vacant soul philosophers have tempted me with the comfort of
insanity to dispell myself of these reasons to tranformto myth what
I have become and lose me in the illusion of their devices but i know
that to crawl upon their words gives me little comfort in the night
when desire weighs heavy upon me and the darkness settles around
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THE UBYSSEY  Perspective
Dear Dr. Strangway:
We are men in the department
of geography who are concerned
about the continuing problem of
sexism at UBC. Our letter is
prompted by recent events in the
departmentofcounselling psychology, and we wish to express, in the
strongest possible terms, our support for the women in that department, particularly those who have
been directly threatened in these
reprehensible letters.
The problem of sexism at UBC,
like racism, homophobia, and other
forms of discrimination, is neither
new nor limited to the department
in question. Sexual assaults, most
often "date rapes", occur regularly
on campus or in connection with
off-campus university activities;
and sexual harassment, reflected
variously in the attitudes and behavior of male students and faculty, is endemic.
In addition to these "individual" manifestations, we must
also acknowledge that sexism pervades the very structure of the
university. For instance, only 4 out
of 13 faculty members in the department of counselling psychology are women. This is astonishing
in a field which the practitioners
and clients are overwhelmingly
None of these general points
are meant to detract from the seriousness of the threats directed at
women in counseling psychology,
but to suggest that the present
crisis ought to be seen as part of a
much larger, and quite pernicious,
social problem.
It is precisely because of the
pervasive and institutionalized
nature of sexism on the UBC campus that we are so dismayed by the
university's adoption of an approach that systematically
downplays the seriousness of the
issue. The administration offers
questionable "assurances'that the
campus is a "safe environment" for
women (ostensibly to reduce fear
and avoid widespread apprehension), while its all too easy reliance
on the language of Isolated incidents" and "deviant individuals,"
and apparent willingness to pursue business as usual, provoke further alarm.
Surely there are good reasons
for widespread apprehension! Such
a policy allays no fears. Worse, it
evades the larger problem of entrenched sexism, and encourages
men to absolve themselves of responsibility for a persistent pattern of male privilege,hostility and
AND THESE IS A FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE OF RESPONSIBILITY HERE. This point cannot be overstressed. Discrimination, harassment, abuse - these are
typically seen as "women's problems," but the description is misleading. It obscures the role of men
in creating
P R O B -
They may be
men's problems, period.
Either way, it
is essential that we as men accept
responsibility by working to
change, not just our attitude and
behavior, but a whole system of
unequal gender relations. It is a
system in which we daily participate, and from which we consistently benefit, whether or not we as
individuals are rapists, harassers,
or the authors of threatening letters. We are all implicated, so the
real question becomes, what are
we going to do about it?
A crucial part of accepting responsibility, we think, is accepting
the essential value of feminism. By
this we mean learning about it,
thinking about it, and putting it
into practice in our daily lives. Conventional portrayals would have
us believe that it is impossible to be
amanandsupportfeminism. Feminists are seen, almost by definition, to exclude men, to revile them,
even to threaten them.
Indeed, this is precisely the
view of the anonymous authors of
the counselling psychology letters,
whose violent threats were directed
specifically at "radical feminist,
man-trashing females." At which
point we must ask, just who is
threatening whom?
Contrary to this self-serving,
anti-feminist view, not only is it
possible to be a pro-feminist man,
but imperative if we are to help
dismantle the gender hierarchy of
which feminism is a critique. To
reject feminism is to accept the
status quo, with all the violence
and inequity that it entails. It is to
deny, along with those spiteful correspondents, that women are human to precisely the degree that
men are.
It is unacceptable that women
on campus continue to encounter
and struggle against the sexist attitudes and behavior of male students, faculty, and employees. And
it is perhaps even more objection
able that they must subsequently
overcome to the indifference and
inaction of their male peers, their
departments and the university
administration. For these reasons,
we urge the University to take
strong and effective action to address the concerns of the women of
counsellingpsychology, andtochal-
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lenge sexism on campus. As a starting point, we offer the following
practical suggestions:
1. Abandon the language of "isolated" incidents and "deviant" behavior. Such behavior, far from
being exceptional, is pervasive, and
reflects a gender hierarchy which
is deeply embedded in the university and society as a whole. Achange
in rhetoric may also save the university the embarrassment of having to issue reassuring statements
about campus safety whose emptiness is indicated by the frequency
with which they must be repeated.
2. Take the concerns of the
women in the
department of
psychology seriously and
make public the
result of any investigation.
3. Provi de faculty and students with
resources to combat sexism and
violence against women on campus, as well as other forms of discrimination. The present situation
in counsellingpsychology suggests,
among other things, that the uni
versity must strengthen, and fully
implement, existing policies on
sexual harassment and employment equity.
4. Hire and promote more women
faculty, and provide further institutional supportfor feminist teaching and research. The only way to
challenge sexism on campus in
through anti-sexism: feminism. As
long as women are under-represented among faculty members,
and feminism remains
marginalized within the university, they will continue to be easy
targets for antagonistic men.
We, the undersigned, believe
that the issues raised in this letter
are of fundamental importance to
the future of the university as an
institution dedicated to equal and
equitable access to education.
Tuum est.
department of geography
Committee For Organizational
Review & Planning
In an effort to improve accessibility to your Student Association, the Alma Mater Society   —
and to increase opportunities for student involvement and effectiveness we are undertaking
an aggressive internal review.
The Committee for Organizational Review and Planning is charged with reviewing,
evaluating and making recommendations to improve
• the Society's role as advocate within the University
• the Society's relationship and role outside the University
• the Society's support structure available to student volunteers
• the Committee structure within the Society, and the opportunity
for student involvement therein, and
• the administrative structure reporting to the Student Council
• and to develop a mission statement for the Society
The AMS is accepting applications for two (2) Student-At-Large positions for this committee. Application forms are available from Terri Folsom, Administrative Assistant in SUB
Room 238. The deadline for applications is 4:30 pm, Friday January 7th, 1994.
Please note:  Selections for these positions will be conducted
on Saturday, January 8th. Successful applicants
will be contacted on January 7th to arrange an
interview time.
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If you have seen the trailer for Pelican Brief you have witnessed all
the thrills this would-be thriller has to offer.
Jul ia Roberts as a young law student who uncovers a government
conspiracy and finds herself on the CIA's most wanted list left me
wanting. The first thirty minutes of the film were spent weaving through a
myriad of details that permanently hindered the pacing and weren't
absolutely essential to the understanding of the plot
dir. Alan J. Pakula
w'Julia Roberts &
Denzei Washington
Pelican Brief was intended to be a thriller, but it didn't work.
The highest paced action sequence in the parkade was overly formulated and
the car bomb sequence in which Denzei Washington repeatedly "almost" sets off the bomb was milked to death.
Pelican Brief is a very good example of a poorly constructed
Hollywood thriller, except for one bizarre thing. Why didn't Julia and
Denzei ever f UCk I ike rabbits? They had every reason to, after being
through innumerable bonding type experiences and constantly sleeping in
the same space.
This film is not about government corruption, the power of the
media, or saving pelicans on government land. This film was about
Denzei and Julia; will they get away from the bad guys and live happily
ever after? In case you see the film, I won't Spoil the ending for
you, but just think Reservoir Dogs... ha ha.
"Steamy, searing, gutsy."
Pat Donnely Montreal Gazette
"An intoxicating, hilarious and shocking piece of theatre."
Paul Mackie Winnipeg Free Press
"A stunning work that will surprise, excite and disturb you. You'll be
laughing at the begining but shaking at the end."
Erika Smiskek Saskatoon Star Phoenix
"Brutal violence, savage lust. Knocks you right square in the teeth."
Colin Alcarres AF Magazine
"Intense performances. Not theatre you 're likely to be comfortable at."
Renee Doruyter The Province
"This show is lobe actively avoided at all costs."
Liz Nicholls Edmonton Journal
"Nasty, compelling, brutally honest and frequently funny."
Jo Ledingham Georgia Straight
"IVaftj a daring and dangerous line between the humor and the horror."
Chris Dafoe Globe and Mail
"Excellent theatre. The best I've seen."
Mark Creighton CBC
"Bold and electrifying. Dangerous, risky theatre pulled off with great skill."
H J. Kirchoff Globe and Mail
"Bukowski has seen the low life and they are us."
Randall King Winnipeg Sun
"Grotesque beyond belief. One laughs but through gritted teeth."
Isabelle Mandalion Voir Montreal
"A hallucinatory examination of the baser human instincts.
Faint hearts need not catch this."
Vit Wagner Toromto Star
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by Taivo Evard
This is not presented as history, this is not presented as historical fact, this is presented as a set of
fond memories of racism and Sexism, written as eloquently as this haggard old dicknose can.
A Tidewater Morning—Three Tales from Youtr
by William Styron
Random House
This book is about a man who grew up in a racist environment, learned it well, and never forgot it He
uses it, espouses it, revels in it. He is swine.
He dreams of killing. He paints war as beautiful, women as "gash," and displays an enormous
energy laden with latent homosexuality which he tries to disguise "oh, so cleverly" with homophobia.
He is a mule. A Servant. A sheep. Too Stupid to think for himself. Too Stupid to change
his ways. Too Ignorant to think his way out of a paper bag.
If verbal diarrhea had a smell, it would be his essence.
He would not be fit to sleep with cattle. He might offend their sensibilities, or try to relieve his
massive masculine ego on them. He would doubtlessly be rejected, and leave the bovine herd in
Therein lies the danger. Laughing livestock, losing balance and slipping. Maybe breaking a leg.
Animals should not be forced to suffer this way.
The contents of this book were published in Esquire between 1978 and 1987, the worst of which
appeared in 1985.
hEavelMLy Riffs
by Tessa Moon
It's a wild, ardent Elizabethan sonnet
mixed with African folk rhythm, topped
off with refreshing simplicity.
by Dennis Lee
Riffs is a story of love derailed,
with startling imagery that moves like
transcendental music in full colour.
The conceptual beauty in its structure and
shape is far, far greater than the sum of the
The words sing; the images sing; each
and every line and space sings about being
at two with oneself.
There is a rapid, dizzying progression
of moods underrunning the words—
playful to macabre to ecstatic to speculative.
The philosophical edge doesn't weigh them
down; Riffs remains fiercely contemporary
from start to finish.
It's an exhilarating, holistic
experience, best saved for those days when
you need borrowed wings.
by Tessa Moon
This book should come with a warning label:
Don't read if your age is a two-digit number.
Stories of String
author William Maranda
University Editions
Stories of String is a collection of eighteen
stories, set everywhere from Persia to the North Pole.
They have two things in common—the String motif
crammed in just where it's not needed, and the
Complacent assumption that readers have just
enough brains to keep their ears apart
Each story has its own set of unlovely quirks,
be it chauvinism hiding behind a miserable
apology of a fairy tale, or bad old plain blah writing
that looks anything but intentional.
Everybody has heard of simplicity for impact, but
nobody can fall for something so blatently f atuOUS.
Here is evidence that the line between simplicity/
clarity and simplicity/idiocy is far from fine.
If accidently read, administer ten ounces of hard
liquor and contact a neurosurgeon for radical
Pol^Y wAnt a rEa L
by Graham Cook
It was loud, it was overpowering, it rocked my world. It
was the best concert I've seen since, well, the last Nomeansno concert
two and a half years ago.
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Nomeansno is one of the few bands I've loved since before
they received wide acclaim. Lucky for my grade eight nerd pals and
L Owen's sister was a punk rocker. Through her we found Stiff Little
Fingers, The Clash, The DK's, and Nomeansno's glorious Mama LP. We
devoured the latter in Owen's basement, grooving to the Wright
Brothers and their rhythm-heavy Punk Freud.
Many years have passed since, including the addition of guitarist
Andy Kerr and his evacuation to Amsterdam after the band's
aforementioned last conceit at the
Now the No boys are back and
they have added guitarist Tom
Holliston of the Showbiz
Giants. I was worried that he might
be overqualified for the job, as
Andy Kerr was at his best with
mangled one-note guitar solos, but
luckily Holliston was both
nerdy-looking and, uh,
loose in his playing style.
Some of the stuff from the new
album ..Mr Happy was lurvely.
"Kill Everyone Now" matched its
apocalyptic title with heaven-
raining-down rhythm.
Perhaps not surprisingly my
favewas"Red Devil" from
Mama. TWO drummers, Rob
Wright thundering on bass, and an
adoring not-too-
neanderthal crowd—what
more could a nerd punk ask
p/ay, or
by Roxane Carr
If We Are Women is a play about
four women from three generations
who differ not only in ace but also in
education, religion, and culture.
The play focuses on 18-year old
Polly, who falls in love with a farm
worker at the senior prom and decides to
forsake an opportunity to attend Yale in
order to be with him. Her mother and
grandmothers are upset at this
decision and want Polly to succeed where
they did not.
If We Are Women
playwright Joanna McClelland Glass:
Vancouver Playhouse
until 29 January
One grandmother, a Canadian who
grew up on a prairie farm, is
illiterate. She swears and talks about sex.
Sanitary napkins and her miserable
farm life. She cannot understand why Polly
would give up such an opportunity when
all she desires is the ability to read. Unfortunately,
this is pointed out constantly, as she begins almost
every sentence with "if only I could read .
. ." As Polly points out, her grandmother seems to
blame all of her lifelong misery on her
inability to read, yet has never made an attempt to
In contrast, Polly's other grandmother Ruth is
a well-educated, agnostic, Jewish woman who
regrets not attending an "Ivy league"
school. She feels that attending the "right" schools is
crucial to receiving recognition and the "right"
jobs and cannot believe that Polly would turn down
such a chance.
Polly's mother, mourning the recent
death of her partner, never went to college. Although
she is an accomplished novelist, she also feels that
her lack of college education has caused most of
the problems in her life.
If We Are Women brings up many issues but
never really deals with any of them. Issues that have
a greater effect on these women's lives than
education—cultural stereotypes and
biases and violence against women-
are passed over. The viewer is left frustrated by
women characters who blame their misery on their
education (or lack of) or the men in their lives, yet
never attempt to change their situations.
Only Polly seems to realize that misery is
not predetermined or unchangeable, and that
individuals are the determiners of their own
happiness and future. 3     THF URYSSFY  Gultu
Now punch it through your fucking face!
by Douglas Ferris
"Don't look away," Jim Rose
says, "you don't get your money's
If you are one of those poor
unfortunates who has never had the
chance of seeing master entertainer
Jim Rose and his Circus Sideshow,
now you can. The Pirn Rose Circus
Sideshow has finally released a 30-
minute live video of their on-stage
antics. Lucky you. Lucky us.
The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow
dir. Jonathan Dayton
& Valarie Fans
If you're not familiar with the
Jim Rose Circus Sideshow, poor you.
He spent years gathering together his
collection of strange humans, because
he believes "people are tired of things
that are slick, contrived, choreographed, manipulated, and clean. It is
time for some entertainment that is
live, real, raw and dangerous."
Rose himself is a crucial part of
this stage-based science show
delivering stomach-churning one-
liners while he and his pals perform
their amazing art-form.
For instance, Mr. Lifto uses all of
his eleven body-piercings to lift
various objects. Rose says that "his act
is the most popular public display
since the outlawing of hangings."
He lifts irons with his nipples,
and a suitcase with his tongue.
"Beautiful, Lifto, beautiful." Then,
Rose announces, "the amazing Mr.
Lifto will put a hook through the end
of his dick and lift up these two irons .
.." He sure does, but unless you're
like me, don't try this at home. I
really, really, really like it when
people love what their good at
The Torture King is world
famous for what he can endure.
Sometimes he walks on razor sharp
swords, sometimes he just puts a
blowtorch out on his tongue. This
time he does the human pin-cushion
act which Rose says has made junkies
To Rose's chant of "punch it,
punch it" and "quit teasing them," the
Torture King gives himself a couple
of hundred dollars worth of piercings
in about three minutes with three to
five-inch needles.
Rose tells him, "I will never
exploit you Torture King—NOW
illustrated as a jigsaw puzzle—
swallows things for a living. He eats
nightcrawlers, crickets, and maggots
Matt "The Tube" Crawley can suck condoms up his
nostril and pull them out his mouth, and he even
reverses the process. Neato!
Rose serenades the Torture King,
"You're too good to be true, can't take
my eyes off of you."
The extraction of the needles is
even more difficult "Sometimes he
goes off like A GEYSER...
sometimes like A SPRINKLER...
eighty per cent of the time, blood-free.
Trickles don't count"
The beautiful "world class
eccentric" Enigma—he is fully
not to mention swords.
Sword-swallowing was outlawed
in 1987 because of two deaths. The
sword the Enigma swallows is two
inches longer than those were. It's
amazing to watch how the Enigma's
eyes glaze over after he pulls twenty-
two inches of cold steel out of his
Matt "The Tube" Crawley can
suck condoms up his nostril and pull
them out his mouth, and he even
reverses the process. Neato! What he
is famous for though, is "Gevage,"
which means shoving seven feet of
tubing down his throat to his stomach
and pumping various substances—a
mixture of beer, ketchup, chocolate
and Maalox—down it.
Audience members are invited to
sample the bile-beer when the
mixture, including Man's dinner of
chicken chili, is pumped back out. A
few testosterone-laden fellas do. Not
me man. I ain't drinkin' nobody's
bile, minute of fame or not.
Rose himself ends off the show
by lying in broken glass and having an
audience member stand on his head.
"It's the lowest form of entertainment," he says. "Thank you for
coming, now get the fuck off my
If being a freak is this much fun,
I want to run away and join the sideshow. Doug sez, "check it out!"
Dr. Alister McGrath
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THE UBYSSEY  PerDsective    9
by Sean W.Fleming
Firearms legislation is typically not a topic that Canadians
concern themselves with to any
great degree. Nonetheless, it is an
issue of some importance, and one
which may see a larger amount of
attention now that a new federal
government has been formed.
Indeed, the liberals are at
least considering further restrictive gun laws in addition to those
passed when Kim Campbell was
Justice Minister not long ago.
As a firearms owner my personal observation is that many
people feel threatened by the proliferation of violent crime in our
society and believe that gun control is a solution. I would certainly
concur with the sentdmentthat violent crime is a serious and growing
(albeit more slowly than most
people think) problem, and I also
feel that more intelligent and effective firearms legislation should be
I firmly believe that well
thought-out solutions, recognizing
both the civil rights of legitimate
firearms owners and the reality
that guns can be used to kill, is a
preferable alternative to an unfair,
and unenforceable prohibition on
Unfortunately, many if not
most of the people I discuss these
issues with seem to feel that there
is    no
of the
military or
police should be allowed to own a
firearm. "Given the destruction a
gun can inflict," they ask, "why
should anybody be allowed to have
Yes, a gun can inflict a good
deal of harm. The question is, do
guns inflict a great deal of harm in
Canada? Or more precisely, are
guns a necessary ingredient in
such a large number of crimes in
our country that the civil rights of
certain members (legitimate law-
abiding firearms owners) should
be infringed upon for the greater
common good?
The answer is no.
We base to much of our opinion on the gun and crime situation
in America. What the Canadian
public must realize i s that our problems with crime and guns are very
different from what our cousins
south of the border must deal with.
Canada does not have the
hyperviolence ofWashington, D.C.
or south central LA.
While I hesitate to wave the
Canadian flag, proudly declaring
us to be a morally superior race, it
is quite apparent that Canadians
are, on average, a far more laid
back and peaceful people than the
Americans. This is a historical and
social truth. We simply do not have
the problems the Americans have,
and solutions they find are not necessarily applicable to us.
Another popular misconception I frequently encounter is the
belief that it is presently permissible to run about with a high capacity automatic pistol or some
thing placed in the glove compartment of one's car or tucked into
one's pocket.
Again, this perception is a result of the influence of the American media, and it is simply not
true. Canadian firearms legislation falls under the mandate of the
federal government.
Our federal gun laws are already, to the best of my knowledge,
far stricter than anything seen in
any U.S. state. The above example,
which might be quite acceptable
under the laws of many states, could
land you a five year prison sentence in Canada.
Please do not interpret this as
shameless American-bashing. I
merely wish to indicate that the
Canadian gun control issue is a
uniquely Canadian matter, and
that the right answers will not be
found south of the forty-ninth parallel.
At the heart of the matter,
however, is a deeper and perhaps
darker problem. The problem is
fear. I am not referring to the oft-
described fear of personal violence
against oneself or one's family.
What I am pointing to is the fear
bred by ignorance.
I am a fourth year science student at U.B.C. I have never been in
any kind of trouble with the law
(except for the occasional speeding
ticket). I am essentially a happy,
satisfied, stable, responsible person. As an owner of a rifle, it has not
once crossed my mind to use that
firearm as a weapon against another human being.
Yet when, in the course of a
conversation, it becomes known
that I am a gun owner, there is
often a perceptible shift in the way
that people look at me. "Why does
this guy own a gun," they think.
"Must be one one of those survivalist
freaks or a psycho or something."
Suddenly, my opinion has little relevance. Moreover, their view of me
is sometimes—
not always,
coloured by their beliefthatifl own
a firearm then there must be something wrong with me.
Dont get me wrong. I am not
claiming to be a minority which is
discriminated against on the basis
of political beliefs. I have never
suffered any great injustice as a
result of my perhaps less than politically correct views on gun control. However, all this does illustrate a point.
I think the majority of Canadians simply do not have any personal experience with firearms.
Their exposure to guns comes almost entirely from sensationalist
media accounts and lousy Hollywood movies. This does not constitute a thorough knowledge of the
Just as unfamiliarity with
someone of another race is often
accompanied by a fear of the unknown, leading ultimately to racism, so too does ignorance of firearms and of their legitimate uses
lead to an unjustified fear of guns
and, sometimes, of their owners.
Violent crime is a serious problem, and there can be no argument
thatagun has the capacity tofacili-
tate these acts. I do not condone
firearms legislation which permits
anyone who wishes to own a gun to
have one. I fully support stringent
screening, training, and licensing
requirements for those who wish to
acquire a firearm of some description. I believe our laws should reflect this need.
At the same time, it must be
recognized that legitimate firearms
owners have rights. We are not
obligated to justify our existence,
which is an expectation I often encounter. We have not done anything wrong. There is a latent fear
of firearms among many Canadians, particularly in urban areas,
and this is understandable—to a
A large part of this fear, however, is due to ignorance. And ignorance , whether it be with respect to
gun control or some other issue, is
something which must never be
allowed to persist.
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for the AMS Executive Elections.
Wage: $8.00 per hour.
Many shifts and locations available.
Shift sign-up will be held:
January lOth, 2:00-5:OOpm, SUB Room 224
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in SUB Room 212.
These positions are open only to members of
the AMS.
January 17,18,19, 20 & 21,1994 WEDNESDAY  05 JANUARY  1994
So, it is 1994, a new year. Strange how another
year creates the idea of a new life, an idea of rebirth, an
idea that this is your chance to start over. With a new
year comes the concept of change—and fulfillment of
your new year's resolutions.
The notion of being able to miraculously transform the life of the average, everyday person into the
superhuman—complete with the reddest body, the
coolest personality, the hottest boyrriend/girlfriend/mate,
the hippest clothes, more money, better marks, more
dedication: in short, a whole new and improved life.
The reality is that new year's resolutions usually fail miserably even with the best of intentions.
Life is a process of change and never ending
growth. There are no limits, no boundaries that can be
marked. The ringing in of the new year is not the
celebration of the future but a commemoration of the
past and a sad attempt to reinforce a sense of the
possibility of change for the betterment of humanity.
Apparently they didn't celebrate new year's in Bosnia,
Mexico or Somalia.
But nevertheless the indulgence of those resolutions are regarded as the reasons to look towards a
"bright and prosperous new year." Our psychic sources
tell us that the journey into the future of 1994 is as
follows (information is based upon accurate charting of
the constellations, the infamous predictions of the late
Edgar Casey and Nostradamous, and the personal reflections of our channeled spirit, Derek K. Miller, who
has spread good tidings south of the border):
Preston Manning, as new Opposition leader,
resolves to win the award for Upper Class Twit of the
The recently deposed Kim Campbell is determined to create her portfolio and become the new Miss
September for Girls in Government.
Lorraine Bobbitt resolves to ri d her golf game of
the slice.
In a frantic bid for power, Boris Yeltsin promises to annex both Alaska and Hawaii to appease the
Russian voters desparately in need of a vacation hot
Noam Chomsky announces his plans to fulfill
his lifelong desire to become a columnist for the New
York Times.
David Strangway resolves to get himself into
some much needed counselling from the counselling
psychology department in order to deconstruct his institution's sexism, homophobia, racism, classism and all-
around lack of political enlightenment. We know he'll be
able to feel comfortable in that safe environment which
is conducive to feminist thought and supportive of
femenist academic endeavour.
Rush Limbaugh will decide that communism is
actually the proper Christian solution for changing the
world. He is later caught in bed with Jimmy Swaggart
exchanging wedgie stories.
Pierre Trudeau resolves to step down from his
Politicians from across North America get together and realize that NAFTA does not in fact help the
average citizen improve their standard of living and kill
the agreement—andya, Cher and Butthead make a fine
couple heh-heh-heh.
Bill Dobie, your loveable AMS president has a
revelation and realizes that committees are in fact a
form of political procrastination and not, as his Arts Rep
Polyanna thinks, a proactive "doing of something'' to aid
students'existences on campus. Actually hell probably
set up an ad-hoc committee to explore the effectiveness
of AMS committees — oops he's already done that.
kUbyaaey editor foolishly takes it upon themself
to mock the AMS and is sentenced to a life sentence, by
an ad-hoc tribunal in the bureacratic gulagin the bowels
of the AMS political machine. A voice of opposition was
raised however by a PIRG/CFS supporter who was alas,
silenced because they hadn't been elected by students
and thus had no right to speak for students. Alas, lack of
respect for authority figures who can't handle a wee bit
of criticism is a political faux-pas on this campus.
Ah, new years, such a time of hope and change
don't you think?
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THE UBYSSEY     05 January 1994
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Ferris would live to see the daylight after spending the night with
MichelleWong. Santa had been kind to Taivo Evard and Sara Martin with
gifts full of joy, jetlag and bad coffee. Niva Chow and her namsake Steve
were sleeping so sweetly while Liz Van Assum was cursing Mike Kitchen.
The rap from the radio was bah-ing so fierce but not enough to drown to
rantings of Omar Kassis. Christmas had been rough on the likes of
Christine Price who opened only gifts of five star whiskey on ice. Dawn
lessoway like the sun shone brightly from above as tessa Moon glowed in
anticipation of the night where Sanat had retreated with his reindeer and
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Oops, Mr.
Sphinquter is a
Thank-you for the cartoon in your issue of November 26, 1993 entitled "Mr.
Sphincter's Planet." This
comic strip can only be interpreted as a cry from the heart.
It captures perfectly the
quest for meaning in a materialistic society. Moreover, it
demonstrates that freedom
without oral purpose results
in meaningless existence.
The protagonist, however, need not be lost. There
are indeed words which can
give her sustenance. To start
with, I recommend John 1:1
in the New Testament: In
the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God."
Please join Christians in a
celebration of life, love and
the Word.
Pat McKitrick
Regent College
first year
At least you can
count - any further comments?
Here's a slightly shortened
version of the letter I submitted to you in December.
1. Yes, the AMS has been
doing something.
2. We have established an
effective Safety Task Force.
3. We have established the
Commitee on Organizational
Review and Planning to
evaluate the current structure of the AMS andimprove
it to better meet the needs of
students. Your submissions
are welcome.
4. The AMS has made a significant stance in support of
the women in the Counselling Psychology Department.
5. And this was in addition to
the regular business. Any
further comments?
Leah Costello
AMS Arts Rep
That's right Kurt,
He was just being
To the Editor:
A recent Ubyssey article
about geology professor Colin
Godwin was entitled "Info on
harassing prof kept under
wraps." It quotes media relations representative Steve
Crombie as saying that "allegations of sexual harassment
were never actually determined." Why then label
Dr .Godwin a harasser?
Secrecy surrounds the
case. We know that three
women graduate students,
uppon returning from a field
trip to Chile with Dr .Godwin,
filed a complaint with UBC"s
sexual harassment office.
Dr .God win signed a statement
admitting to "inappropriate
comments and relationship
which created an embarassing
and unprofessional environment for the students, in particular the other women graduate students on the trip."
Two questions cross my
mind. Was the woman student involved in the relationship a mentally competent
adult? And was the relationship based on mututal consent? It appears that the answers are yes.
Nothing more sinister
seems to have happened than
a consensual romantic
involvment between two
adults who happen to be in a
professor-student relationship. This sort of relationship
trnasgresses UBC's conflict-
of-interest guidleines, but it
has nothing to do with harassment.
Some would perhaps deny
that a woman can freely consent to a romantic relationship when a man is in a position of power. But this attitude showsamazing disrespect
for the choices of some women.
It treats such women as a mere
means to furthereing certain
political objectives.
Dr .Godwin's relationship
with a student 'embarassed'
other women on the filed trip.
But could embarassment at
the sight of other people's rela-
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tionship possibly constitute
legitimate cause for a
sexual harassment complaint??
Dr .Godwin has been
treated as the epitomy of
the harassing professor in
the B.C. media. Given the
actual facts reported, there
is reason to fear that me na-
spirited gender politics may
have damaged a basically
decent man.
Kurt Preinsberg
B.Sc (geological sciences)
Ph.D (philosophy)
Psychology issue is everyone's concern
It is heartening that
so many students—mostly
female, but some male,
from Counselling Psychology and from other departments—have recognized
the need to take action in
the face of what Dan Birch
himself admitted is the
sluggish machinery of the
university administration.
Needless to say, it is paramount that the women who
have been directly threatened be supported; that the
safety of all women in the
department be increased;
that it not be perilous for
women in any department
to teach or study feminist
theory; and that gender
equality and freedom form
fear be uppermost on the
In our urgency to protect ourselves and each
other, however, we must
not lose sight of the potential harm to members of
thecornmunity at large who
may be counseled by therapists from our department.
The admissions committee
must do its part by putting
in place a safeguard to help
screen out those who are
dangerously unbalanced
and, by extension, apt to
hold racist, sexist,
homophobic, or virulently
dogmatic religious views.
Up until now, I believe
the criteria on which admissions decisions scores). The
problem is that none of these
criteriaindicates—to use the
current popular term—
"groundedness," even though
this is probably the single
most desirable attribute for
anyone considering becoming a therapist. Letters of
reference are subject to the
biases of their writers; besides, they tend to focus on
academic or personal
achievement—factors by no
means incompatible with
mental instability.
While it would not be
logical—or even politic—to
screen for particular views
(since 99% of people, when
asked if they were sexist,
racist, etc. would say "no,"
and since such a process
would, in the wrong hands,
be open to abuse), it would
be rational and quite practicable to have two or three
professors conduct at least
one in-depth interview with
each prospective student.
This way, the department
would be taking the responsibility it very much needs to
Graduate student in Counseling Psychology
Whoa Dude,
like, mellow out
It is time to rejoice and
do happy things for now is
the time of joy. Yes awaken
brothers and sisters and
embrace the true bliss of existence. I write to declare my
dedication the great green
gods of giving and live in
peace. Have a good day
The Herb Society of B.C.
The Ubyssey welcome* letter* on any
issue. Letter* mutt be typed and are
not to exceed 300
words in length. c<m-
tent which is judged to be libelous,
homophobic, sexist, racist or (actually
incorrect will not be published. Please
be conciseXetters may be edited for
brevity, but it is sundae
Ubyssey policy not to edit letters for
spelling or grammatical
mistakes.Please bring them, with
identification,!© SUB 24IK. Letters
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Know of any
governments these
days that don't have a deficit?
Look no further.
The Alma Mater Society Committee for Organizational Review and Planning (CORP) was
created in order to evaluate your student society. CORP is to propose improvements that will make the AMS a more effective organization and an even better
resource for the students of UBC. But we can't do it alone. We need to know what
you want to see from your student society, and what will best benefit your life at
UBC. Please stop by the CORP suggestion boxes on the SUB Concourse and drop off
your ideas, suggestions, complaints and/or opinions, or drop them off at the AMS
Executive Offices (SUB Room 238). Because, JFK notwithstanding, it's time to ask
what your Alma Mater Society can do for you.
Written submissions may be given to Terri Folsom, Administrative Assistant, SUB
Room 238. Oral submissions may be scheduled through
Randy Romero, Assistant to the President, SUB Room
256 or at 822-3972.
For more information, please contact Bill Dobie,
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