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Vancouver, B.C., Friday, September 13 ,1991
Vol 74, No 4
Senate backs
tough evaluation
by Mark Nielsen
Onlookers applauded as the
UBC senate adopted in full a series of recommendations on
Wednesday night intended to
strengthen the teaching evaluation process for undergraduate
classes.
The recommendations came
out of the fma\ te^rt of the Senate Committee on Teaching
Evaluation chaired by student
representative Orvin Lau and
professor Graham Kelsey after a
nine-month review ofthe process.
Lau said he felt good about
seeing the senate embrace the
recommendations.
"I am glad that many of the
senate members read [the report]
through and found our recommendations were what the university needed," he said.
When senate voted to accept
the recommendations, and when
Lau finished his preamble on the
report, groups of students, including AMS president Jason Brett
and Wendy King, student representative on the board of governors, broke out in applause.
In general, Lau said the intent
ofthe recommendations is to push
the faculties to respond in some
way to the results ofthe teaching
evaluations.
"UBC is finally seeing that
teaching is important at this university and that there really is a
lot of pressure to really improve,"
he said.
"It's a shift from 12 years ago
[when the evaluations were first
introduced] when they said you
have to evaluate teaching. Now
you have to do something about
it."
Lau said that the recommendations call for another review
committee to be launched when
new members enter the senate in
1993-96, in order to gauge the
extent to which the evaluations
have been strengthened in each
faculty.
In total, 14 recommendations
were adopted concerning four primary issues:
• inadequate action on what
teaching evaluations reveal
• variation in the quality of teaching evaluations between departments and faculties
• ensuring that evaluations are
seen to be done and well used
• implementing the recommendations
According to the report, the
committee looked at the policies
and practices of the faculties,
schools and departments as well
as the views of students.
"Many of the written comments [taken from aquestionnaire
handed out to students last term]
were very depressingindeed," Lau
told the senate.
Although support for the recommendations was not unanimous, Lau said the committee had
little fear that senate would turn
them down.
"We didn't do any lobbying,"
he said. "This report is on very
solid ground so there wasn't any
real worry about having the recommendations approved."
The senate considered making available statistical summary
results of the evaluations a requirement for all faculties and
departments, instead of merely
asking them to give serious consideration to the idea. The motion, however, was voted down.
(The Faculty of Commerce currently makes such results available for students.)
Brett said although many
professors will have more incentive to pursue research projects,
they are also paid to teach.
"We are paying for a commodity," he said. "Professors are paid
to provide that commodity.
"If they want to tootle off to
their research projects, well, that's
fine, but they can do it elsewhere.
I believe that teaching and research aren't incompatible."
Brett said he had only intended to show up to the meeting
in support of the students' view
and had not planned to speak to
the senate.
Wallet reported found in Sedgewick, owners line up.
CHERYL NIAMATH PHOTO
Campus research centre controversy reaches senate
by Paul Dayson
Controversy over the Terry Fox
Biomedical Research Centre took
an added turn on the floor of UBC's
senate meeting Wednesday night.
The Terry Fox Medical Research Foundation, the non-profit
society which runs the centre, has
recently faced accusations of conflict of interest involving the
foundation's chairperson Michael
Warren. Investigations have been
carried out by auditors into the
financial dealings ofthe foundation.
During the meeting, UBC professor in Pathology Dr. Anne Autor
questioned the nature of the
university's role in the centre.
The former director ofthe centre, Dr. John Schader, was hired
by the Fox Foundation in 1986 for
five years. His contract was not
renewed when the term expired
in July 1990.
Since there have been no complaints about the quality of
Schader or his staff's work, questions are being raised about the
decision not to rehire him.
According to Dr. Tom Perry,
Jr. ofthe department of medicine,
"Schader is acknowledged to be a
successful scientist.
"Under his leadership, the bio
medical research centre gained
$7 million in grants (an exceptionally large amount)," he said.
"The independent scientific
advisory board, outlined in the
Terry Fox Foundation's constitution, had given a very positive
review in July 1990," said Perry.
"Not long before he was sacked."
Schader and other senior researchers at the centre are also
tenured professors at UBC. In addition, students are hired on
scholarships to work at the centre.
Autor said, "So we have academic, teaching and scholarly aspects of these considerations."
UBC president David
Strangway said UBC has no control over the situation and does
not plan to intervene in the business ofthe Fox foundation's board,
for the non-renewal of Schader's
contract i s an explicit action ofthe
foundation's board.
Strangway said the centre is
not a UBC facility. "We have an
agreement with the individuals
but it is not an operation of UBC."
The centre, which is located on
campus in the Bio-Medical Building, has a lease agreement with
the university (one dollar per
year).
Auter disagreed and said the
centre was not peripheral to the
university, which unlike other research facilities is in the middle of
an academic research centre (the
bio-medical building).
Strangway said, "[The university] has been asked to take a more
significant role — that is being
worked on.
"Changes are taking place and
recommendations will be
coming," he said.
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2/THE UBYSSEY
September 13,1991 Party advocates "family values"
by Frances Foran
The new Family Coalition
Party wants to be more familiar
and familial with BC voters.
As the founder and first candidate for the Coalition, Kathleen
Toth wants to emulate the Social
Credit party in its heyday.
Toth said that Socreds' negligence of the values that first attracted her to the party caused
her to resign her membership and
start the FCP last June.
"[The Social Credit party] was
different in 1986. I think it lost
touch with its values.
"The Family Coalition stands
for values that affect the family.
We're opposed to the government
encroaching on the rights and responsibilities of the family," said
Toth, candidate for the Oak Bay-
Gordon Head riding.
However, Elizabeth Cull, who
has held the seat since 1989 for
the NDP, thinks the FCP is out of
touch.
"They're basically a one-issue
party, and that issue is anti-
choice," Cull said. "The Family
Coalition represents that part of
the constituency which supported
Vander Zalm and his ideas."
Toth and the FCP made headlines last week when former premier Bill Vander Zalm spoke at
the party fundraiser, ending his
media exile.
"We were surprised at his sup
port," Toth said. "We needed
someone who could draw a crowd,
so we asked him."
During his speech, he praised
Toth, his longtime supporter,
claiming he would vote for her
over Socred candidate Susan Brice
if he lived in the Oak Bay riding.
The FCPs agenda is to refurbish the tax structure, allowing
the family unit to reclaim its responsibilities.
"Taxpayers shouldn't pay for
things they disagree with, such as
special interest groups, abortion,
daycare or school lunches," Toth
said.
About the school lunch
programme, Toth said, "If a family is dysfunctional, it's up to them
to seek help, and if a child is
hungry, obviously there is a
problem in the family.
"Giving a noon meal to everyone is a collectivist way of dealing
with a problem particular to a
few. It's not the government's job
to feed children; that territory
belongs to the family.
"It would be like giving castor
oil to the whole class because one
is constipated."
In addition to subsidized food,
AIDS awareness should also keep
out ofthe classroom, Toth said.
"I don't believe in teaching
children as collectivists. It's the
right of the parent to teach certain issues. Schools are for reading, writing and counting."
Toth said taxpayers should not
subsidize the problems of special
groups such as those in a high risk
category for HIV infection.
"It's not the government's job
to use taxpayers' money for
condom and needle distribution.
They need help, but it's almost
encouraging them. We're paying
for their demise, really."
The FCP would also like to see
changes in the student assistance
programme. "There's a penalty for
living at home," she said.
The programme presently
"discriminates against intact
families. Students who live at
home are often penalized when
they apply for assistance because
of their parents' tax bracket. Just
because the student who lives at
home isn't paying all the costs
doesn't mean that nobody is."
When asked her opinion about
the BC Supreme Court ruling last
week that a same-sex partner may
be treated as a spouse by BC
Medical Assistance Plan, Toth
clarified the FCP definition of a
family.
"A family are people related by
birth or marriage," she said. "Two
people of the same sex can't be
legally married."
Cull, however, said that Toth
and her party are overly nostalgic.
"She is harkening back to a
family that does not exist and has
not existed in Canada for a long
time," she commented.
Child learns family values.
RLE PHOTO
Demise of Diversity leaves void in city
by Carta Maftechuk
Vancouver's only magazine
produced by and for lesbian
women will cease production this
November. There are no plans for
a replacement.
Diversity, "the lesbian rag," has
come out bi-monthly since May
1988. The magazine has been
published without an office or paid
staff, with work being done in the
homes of collective members.
Evie Mandel, a member ofthe
collective, has been involved since
the first issue. She said the reason for the end of Diversity is not
financial trouble.
"Mostly we're just worn out.
We've always had enough money
to publish; each issue pretty much
pays for itself. It's just really, really exhausting. It [takes] an incredible amount of time and energy to put out a paper," Mandel
said.
A group of women decided to
produce Diversity because they
felt there was not an adequate
voice for lesbians in Vancouver.
The magazine's content ranged
from fiction, poetry and book reviews to art work.
"There is hardly any voice in
print for lesbians in the country.
There is a little bit more
than there used to
be three and
half
years
ago
were prepared to get it going. We
have had new collective members
in but we've never had enough
harder and harder to keep going.
Instead of just drifting away we
wanted to finish in an orderly way.
"We spent about six months
trying to find ways to continue the paper and
when we
couldn't
do
when
thisidea
[to publish
Diversity] first
came up," Mandel
said, "There was a space to fill
so there was lots of support for it
in the city.
"There's two of us left now from
the original group of people who
new people with a big enough
commitment to do it," she said.
"The two us who are left are
getting burnt out and its getting
that,
w      e
planned
for an appropriate ending,"
Mandel said.
To raise money to pay for their
final publication—a lesbian of colour issue—the collective held a
"wake" at Graceland last Sunday.
"Normally a fair amount of our
income is derived from new subscriptions, and we haven't been
accepting new subscriptions for
the last two or three months. We
wanted to make sure that we had
the money to publish the lesbian
of colour issue. We'll be able to do
that now," Mandel said.
Mandel feels that the absence
of Diversity leaves a big gap for
lesbians in Vancouver.
"I think there's lots of room for
more reading material for lesbians and for some kind of news-
oriented magazine. We weren't
very news-oriented...[there is a
need for] something that will publish all different kinds of writing
by lesbians in the city," she said.
"I think the attitude in the city
is generally more sympathetic
since the Gay Games, so there's
even more news in the regular
papers," Mandel said.
"That's good, but it's not the
same as having a publication that
represents the community—that
doesn't exist at all. Unless there is
one, there is a need for one."
Library offers language tours
by Cheryl Nlamath
Main and Sedgewick libraries are nowofferinglibrary
tours in Cantonese and Mandarin during the week of September 23 to 27. Tours in Farsi,
German and Spanish will be
offered at a later date.
Sheryl Adam, an Information and Orientation librarian,
said the tours are important to
English as a Second Language
(ESL) students.
"International students [with
English as their second language] have even less time than
any other students because they
read more slowly. On top of that
they have to learn thousands of
things in just a few weeks," she
said.
"The library tours include 100
facts. If second-language students can hear the tour in their
own language, at least they will
be able to learn how to use the
library without too much
trouble."
Frank Wang, an international student advisor, said the
library tours are a good effort.
"They might be useful for new
international students who find
it easier to learn some technical
library terms in their mother
tongues."
The library checked the
registrar's list of students with
international visas to determine
in which languages to give the
tours.
Tours are not being offered
in French, Canada's other offi-
ciallanguage. Adam saidthere
are not enough students with
French as their first language
to warrant the tours.
Also, students coming to
UBC from Quebec or France
are used to UBC's type of library system, Adam said.
More tours will be offered
if attendance is high.
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Here is a summarized version
ofthe recommendations put forth
in the final report of the Senate
Committee on Teaching Evaluation and adopted by the senate on
Wednesday night:
Regarding the problem
of inadequate action on what
teaching evaluation reveals
1. That some action be taken
in response to results which
show less than satisfactory
teaching performance and that
a report of such action be submitted annually to the senate by
the vice president (academic).
2. That instructors whose
evaluation results are less than
satisfactory be strongly urged to
avail themselves of services
made available or being developed through the faculty development programme.
3. That differentiating staff
be actively considered so as to
allow different kinds of teaching
strengths to be appropriately
used.
Regarding the problem
of variation in the quality of
teaching evaluation
4. That the collected policies
and instruments now in possession of the committee be made
for perusal.
5. That the procedures and
instruments for evaluation of
teaching be reviewed, and where
necessary, expert help in subsequent revisions be obtained so
that:
a) peer evaluation (between professors) is appropriately and systematically used,
b) procedures for obtaining student evaluations are
fairly managed and safe from
intervention by the instructor
who is being evaluated,
c) adequate time is allowed for students to complete
evaluations,
d) results are not given
to instructor until after they
have submitted the final marks
for the course or courses in which
they are being evaluated,
e) instruments are of
evident high quality and respectful of students' right to
know why they are being asked
to evaluate,
f) instruments include
a question designed to assess
the instructor's overall performance.
Regarding the problem
of evaluations being seen to
be done and well used
6. That the following statement be inserted in the General
Academic Regulations Section
of the calendar:
The University recognizes
the importance of high quality
teaching for academic proportion *►
of its students and accordingly
requires that instructors be annually evaluated by procedures
which include provisions for assessment by students.
7. That the instruments
used to obtain student evalua- >»
tions carry a copy of this statement and indicate clearly what
the results ofthe evaluation are
used for.
8. That senate reaffirm its
requirement for an annual      *
evaluation of teaching, less be-    -r»
cause the pattern of results may
change in one year than because
each year's students should have
the opportunity to express their
views.
9. That serious consider-     *
ation be given to making statis-   ^
tical summary results of the
evaluations available for inspection.
10. That all units give serious consideration to establishing committees whose function "*
is to monitor the processes
whereby teaching is evaluated
and whose membership includes
student representation.
Recommendations concerning implementation. *.
11. That the report be circulated to faculties, schools, de-    "*
partments and the AMS students' council and that a copy be
lodged in the library.
12. That action based on the
recommendations  begin  in     „
January 1992.
13. That during the term of    »
the Senate of 1993-96 there be
established an ad hoc committee
to review the progress made following these recommendations.
14. That senate discharge
the senate committee on teaching evaluation. *
Increase in
student
representation
UBC's senate passed a
motion Wednesday night to
increase the student representation on the graduate
council to 14 members from
nine.
The approval follows
Faculty of Graduate Studies
recommendation that student
representatives be increased
to include one for each faculty
plus two to represent all the
schools.
The increase was considered appropriate considering
the diversity of programmes
and the needformore students
to share committee work.
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4/THE UBYSSEY
September 13,1991 NEWS
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by Franka Cordua-von Specht
The most blatant racism
graduate student Kathy Harrison
had encountered at UBC was graffiti scribbled on bathroom stalls.
That is, until three weeks ago
when she and assistant political
science professor George Hoberg
were walking toward the Student
Union Building. Sitting on the cab
of a gray five-ton university truck
was a black mannequin.
"It didn't look exactly human
but looked kind of stuffed and
without any fine features. Its skin
tone was black," Harrison said.
"One of the guys working in
the truck got out and walked by
me. We stopped him and asked
what that thing was. He replied:
"That's our nigger."'
"We were stunned and looked
at each other, but he just kept going," said Harrison, who studies
political science. "I was offended
by it [the mannequin] and the in-
sensitivity ofthe remark.
Tve seenracistthings written
on bathroom walls all over campus,
but never anything like this. People
write on bathroom walls secretly,
but this was out in the open."
Harrison complained to
Brenda Jagroop, Waste Management Coordinator at Surplus
Equipment Recycling Facility,
which owns the truck and contracts out employees from Plant
Operations to collect the recycled
paper and cardboard on campus.
"I guess  it started out that
they put a mascot wearing a recycling T-shirt on top ofthe truck. I
wasn't aware of too much of this
and was quite unhappy to hear
about the racist comment," Jagroop
said. "Our apologies to anyone who
was offended by it."
Jagroop phoned Rant Operations to have the mascot taken
down and asked their supervisor
to speak to the employees.
"Our office got the call and one
of the guys told them to take it
down immediately," said Mike,
acting head labourer of Plant Operations (who did not wish to be
fullyidentified). "I dontknowwhat
happened to it—it is probably in
the compactor."
"The guys were told that what
was said was notappropriate," said
Mike, who was on holiday at the
time of the incident.
He said the fellow whom he
believes put up the mascot and
made the comment is a summer
student who has returned to
Montreal. "But Fm not even sure
who said it or what was said. All
I've heard is hearsay. I don't even
know what was actually said."
He believes the mascot might
have been intended to draw an
analogy between the employees
and slave labour. "I think it was
supposed to be a token labourer—
to show that we need more help,"
he said. "It was not meant to be
racial remark. Everyone is welcome to work here and go to UBC."
Associate professor Kogila
Adam-Moodley, chairperson of the
advisory race relations committee
to the President's Office, said it's
not the intent that matters. "They
must be sensitive to the effects it
has on the groups and individuals
involved.
"What makes this [incident]
racist is that they said 'nigger". Ifs
an unacceptable term that carries
with it a whole history of slavery
and subjugation of people," she
said.
Adam-Moodley was not surprised by the incident and said the
committee had received a steady
stream of submissions that documented racism.
"It underlines what we had
thought was out there and from
what we could see scribbled on
library desks. All of these are indicators of the unpleasant racist
sentiments out there."
Adam-Moodley is currently
putting the finishing touches to
the recommendations for the
university's race relations policy
that is intended to help establish a
racist-free and more inclusive environment on campus.
She would not comment on
whether the policy includes any
disciplinary terms. Currentlythere
is no policy and it's up to the individual departments to decide on
any disciplinary action.
Once the President's Office receives the recommendations for the
draft policy, it will be published
and students, faculty and staff will
be able to critique them.
Traffic threatens school children
by Sharon Llndores
University Hill Elementary
School is concerned about the safety
of their students. They must cross
Chancellor and University Boulevards at Acadia Road during times
of heavy campus traffic.
Head of a safety committee for
the school Karen Duncan said, "It
is horrible to see cars barrelling
through the intersections. A lot of
UBC students don't even know that
the school is right there [5395
Chancellor Blvd]."
Duncan said that safety
programmes by the school and the
police are in effect for the students.
However, speeding cars, and vehicles that ignore lights and cross
walks put the children at risk.
"Despite the help ofthe crossing guards, children are unpredictable and they watch the university students set poor examples.
"The traffic has been a problem
for the last few years. New parents
are quite frightened for their children, particularly students' children (because the parents are at
university, they often can't walk
the children themselves)."
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Give the kids a chance to grow up—slow
down around the school zone.
According to Duncan, the school
continues to push for the implementation of silhouette signs and
flashing lights.
Officer Bernie Smandych, ofthe
RCMPs University Detachment
said that the amount of accidents
in this area is down this year.
"There could be a correlation
between our awareness
programme and the drop in acci
dents. Ithink that people are really
making a conscious effort."
The speeding awareness
programme began the last week in
August, to educate commuters of
sensitive areas and school crossings. The RCMP will continue to
monitor the traffic. They will now
begin to focus on an awareness
campaign for sexual harassment
and drug and alcohol abuse.
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by Greg Davis
GREAT warrior heroes have
become legends through
the centuries due to their
exploits in foreign lands. From
Jason and the Argonauts to
Swarzkoph and the Coalition
army, these men, whether
fictional or not, have etched their
mark on our history with sword
and flame.
Collateral Damage: The
Tragedy of Medea
Main Dance Place
September 8
The men who stood in their
way were vanquished, the
women and children who could
not get out ofthe way were
summed up as collateral damage—destruction of secondary
importance that is unfortunate,
but hey, it's war. Collateral
damage was a term widely used
in the Gulf War.
Medea, a princess ofthe
ancient world, experiences the
meaning of this term first hand;
her life is controlled and
exploited by the machinations of
men. The most famous account
we have of Medea is in the
Euripides play ofthe same name.
Euripides is documented as one
ofthe great Greek tragedians,
and an unabashed misogynist as
well. In his rendition, Medea is
the vengeful madwoman who
slays her children.
In Vancouver playwright
Jackie Crossland's new version,
Medea, like so many women
since, gets a bad rap. Not willing
to spend her life guarding the
Golden Fleece and fending off
assaults from her incestuous
brother and father, she splits
with the hero Jason to Corinth
where she ends up barefoot
and pregnant as Jason's chattel—that is wife.
The plight of women in the
thralls of male domination
is thus presented in this social
comedy of Medea's tragedy,
still in the workshop stage. Nora
D. Randall plays the savvy Cleo,
who with other women acts as
the chorus, hang out in an East
End kitchen, drink coffee, read
the account of Medea's exploits
in the tabloids and comment on
the action.
The language is modern and
pungent, including all-too-true
anecdotes on women and the
ways of men. The mixture of
the ancient and modern milieu
showed how little chauvinistic
attitudes have diminished
through the centuries.
The all-female cast included
River light as the naive yet
stubborn Medea and Jane
Kalmakoff who played the
cynical and wise maid, as well as
the sexist King Crayon. Most of
the cast played multiple roles.
There were a few flubs but the
strong sense of intimacy generated by the performers more
than compensated for any
pratfalls.
A live musical section
directed by Jacqui Parker-
Snedker enhanced the production with songs and sound
effects, which added haunting
and comical dimensions to the
sequences. The pace was brisk,
the dialogue clever and the
actors had their stuff together, so
two hours flew by painlessly.
The play will run again in
December at the Vancouver
East Cultural Centre. Dealing
with horrors all too familiar
in a piercingly humourous way,
it is sure to make one exclaim
"Right on!" at the accuracy and
poignancy ofthe story.
by Paul Gordon
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V-/graphical play, The Ol*
Lady's Manual, examines the
complexities of a woman who
struggles to attain personal
freedom and self-respect. She is
constrained by an addiction to
cocaine and the mentality of
being "the ol' lady of a guy who
rode a motorcycle."
The Ol' Lady's Manual
The ANZA Club
September 10
Hampered by the social
structure of a male-dominated
motorcycle gang while trying to
assume a level of personal
dignity, Nicki walks the fine line
between emotional self-control
and a nervous breakdown with
moderate success.
An addiction to cocaine
heightens her anxieties when
she becomes pregnant with the
child of a man she realises
she can no longer love. On the
strength of her childhood
memories, Christian attitudes,
her eloquent poetry and the
reality of bearing a child (later
named Christian), Nicki is
able to redeem her dignity and
achieve self respect.
The cast (save Nicki's future
lover) is appropriately absent of
male characters, which helps
direct the focus towards the
suppressed female roles.
The script provides difficult
material for inexperienced
actors. However, it does legitimately portray a vision of a
woman who has the ability to
succeed in every endeavour.
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September 13,1991 To tell a grim tale
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FOLK wisdom, be it in the
form of myths, legends or
psalms, is a way of preserving
cultural memories and articulating collective experience.
A Grim Tale
Heritage Hall
September 5-11
It would be wrong to simply
attribute the captivating qualities of folk wisdom to creative
abilities of a single author and
his or her solitary imagination.
The notions of order, destiny and
virtue given voice through folk
tales are part of a wider dialogue.
A Grim Tale offers us a story
replete with dragon, frog, wolf,
assorted nobility, and other
characters that we associate with
fables of enchanted times and
magic places.
But its purpose never seems
entirely clear and as a result its
story-line tends to ring hollow.
The script is at its best when
it substitutes feminine primacy
into the place ofthe patriarchal
assumptions familiar to us from
traditional story-telling, and
feigns apprehension instead of
offering uncritical deference.
It is at its weakest when the
author, Bill Roxborough, attempts to mimic traditional
narrative structure. The latter
makes up the bulk of his script.
Recent interest in Joseph
Campbell aside, archaic paradigms can't be made to speak to
us with the clarity and resonance
they may have had in the past.
I found it difficult to connect
with Roxborough's characters
and found his over-riding
traditionalism to be an obstacle
or even a dead end in the
endeavour to provide a spectacle
that was both witty and entertaining.
But then, the genre is darn
near impossible to recreate for
our times, at least in a way that
comes anywhere close to the
relevance and standard it once
enjoyed.
There are some fine performances in the show. Chris
Robson excels as the sinister
Black Prince. In his presumptu-
ousness, in the way he carries
himself, and in his baritone
voice, Robson reminded me,
quite appropriately, of Brian
Mulroney.
In her dual roles as the Old
Woman and the White Queen,
Suzie Payne was variously
enthralling and hilarious, and in
each instance demonstrated a
delightful poise.
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Audrey and Jan, played by Yvonne Campeau and Estelle Coppens
respectively, are newly acquainted friends. Audrey
is an uneducated housewife who lacks self-
esteem, while Jan is a well-educated, confident businesswoman.
The friendship between these two
seemingly different women blossoms,
much to the dismay of Audrey's
husband Norman, played by Russell
Ferrier. Norman is your typically
narrow-minded redneck, whose
use of double negatives is enough
to drive any English teacher
crazy.
Norman's gruff, macho
image is contrasted throughout
the play by the well-spoken and
soft Jan. Jan seems to want
what is best for Audrey, while
Norman wants Audrey merely for
himself. As the relationship
between Audrey and Jan grows we
see the disintegration of Audrey's
marriage.
Fender's performance is
excellent as he allows the audience to see
v the complexity of his character. Unfortunately
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-•■'"     tained for the character of Audrey; her character is dry,
flat and passionless. As the play ends we are uncertain if she
will make it on her own or continue her life in the same vein.
Student Representatives
FACULTY OF ARTS
Nominations are invited for
Student Representatives to the Faculty of Arts:
a) One representative of the Major, Honours, diploma and resident graduate students in each ofthe Departments and Schools
of the Faculty of Arts.
b) Two representatives from each of First and Second year Arts.
Student representatives are full voting members in the meetings of
the Faculty of Arts, and are appointed to committees of Faculty.
Nominations forms are available from School and Department
Offices, the Dean of Art's Office, The Faculty Adviser's Office, the
Arts Undergraduate Society Office.
Completed nomination forms must be in the hands of the Registrar
of the University not later than 4:00 pm WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18,1991.
Note: In constituencies from which no nominations have been received by
the deadline, there will be no representation.
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September 13,1991
THE UBYSSEY/7 To fuck or not to fuck     Definitely not with Medea
by Cindy Dowsling
THE play Beirut is wonderfully powerful. Before it
begins, the audience is brought
into a room fifteen at a time by
actors dressed in military style
with the initials L.S. on their
sleeves. L.S. stands for Lesion
Squad. The audience is given
cards with the letter "N" on
them, which stands for negative.
Beirut
Vancouver Little Theatre
September 10
In the play, there are two
worlds: outside, where those
who test negative for the plague
live, and inside, where those who
test positive are quarantined.
The unfortunate thing about
the outside world is that it is
devoid of excitement. Sex is not
allowed, babies are not allowed,
and all in all it sounds like an
oppressive place to live. On the
other hand, people who have
been quarantined can do as they
• please. They are allowed to have
as much sex as they like because
they have already tested
positive for the disease.
The play opens with Torch,
played by Andrew Litzky,
lying on a mattress in a rundown room. His girl-friend Blue,
played by Llysa Holland, comes
to visit him from the outside.
Blue has snuck into the
quarantined place at some peril
to herself, since we are told the
last three men testing negative
who were found in the quarantine zone were hanged.
The play is an extremely
thought-provoking piece of
theatre. You realize, in spite of
our "civilized* society, the
quarantine ofthe unhealthy is a
very real possibility.
The problem with the play is
that its impact begins to wane
when the same idea is brought
up over and over again. To fuck,
or not to fuck. To fuck, or not to
fuck. The play would have been
much more intriguing if the
script had offered more than just
this dilemma-
by Cindy Dowsling
MEDEA'S Disgust is a one-
person play written and
performed by John Lazarus. The
play is a witty piece of
theatre.
Medea's Disgust
Cinderella Ballroom
September 13,14,15
The performance takes place
entirely in the classroom
of professor Lome Pender. He is
obsessed with an ex-student
he had an affair with when she
was 17. His ex-lover has
written a book, which he talks
about to his college class.
The professor goes a bit
wonky as he tries to explain
the way the Greek story of
Medea is similar to his ex-
girlfriend's new book, but unlike
his relationship with his
former lover. For those unfamiliar with the tale of Medea,
she was a Greek woman who
took her revenge on her ex-lover
Jason. Medea helps Jason get
the golden fleece by betraying
her father, and then she chops
her brother up into pieces as
she escapes with Jason, so her
father will have to stop and
pick up hit pieces.
The two go back to Jason's
homeland, where he marries
another woman. Medea decides
to get her revenge by sending
Jason's fiancee a wedding dress,
which burst into flames
when she put it on. After this
malevolent act, she proceeds
to kill her two children. In her
final act of destruction she kills
herself.
Professor Pender makes the
connection between the
characters in the book and the
Greek tragedy. He tries to
tell his class, rather emphatically, why these two stories
are not related to his relationship with his young ex-
girlfriend. The three stories are
inter-woven in an entertaining
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CRYSTAL Clear is a poignant play
about despair and hardship that
exists for the blind. The play involves three
people: Thomasina, a blind women played
by Mary Harvey; Richard, played by Ben
Dudley, who later becomes blind in the play;
and Jane, the wife of Richard, played by Diana
Dent.
Crystal Clear
Vancouver Little Theatre
September 13,14,15
The play opens with Richard and Thomasi
bumbling about in the dark. The lightsipefn« on and
we are introduced to the characters. TJromasina feels
her way around the room taking everything in.
Thomasina explains to Richard that^he knows him by
his smell. He seems a little upset that she has no mental
image of him, to which Thomasina replies, "If you like
someone, you like their essence not wliat they look like."
The two eventually wind up in bed.      I
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'i'be way Richard treats Thomasina is nothing less than
cuntemptible.
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irupi-tent and angry. After Richard's blindness is cbnjplete
ThiMiiasina no longer wants to have a relationship witni
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that exists for the blind. We see the fears and frustrations
a blind person must endure.
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8/THE UBYSSEY
September 13,1991
September 13,1991
THE UBYSSEY/9 St. Marks
College
Roman Catholic Theological College
On U.B.C. Campus
Announces Courses for 1991 - 1992
Graduate Courses: (Fun Term)
1) Augustine: A Christian Transformation of Culture
Thurs., 7:30-9:30, begin Sept. 12. Fr. Paul Burns
2) A History of the Church
Thurs., 7:30-9:30, begin Jan. 16. Fr. James Hanrahan
3) Theological Themes in Literature
Tues., 7:30-9:30, begin Sept. 10 or Jan. 14. Fr. Ed Heidt
Non-Credit Courses: (Normally six weeks)
Beginning the Week of September 16
1) Ethical Issues in Life and Death
Mon., 7:30-9:00 p.m., Sr. Marina Smith
2) Galileo Science and the Catholic Church
Wed., 7:30-9:00 p.m., Fr. Leo Klosterman
3) The Gospel of John (at Little Flower Academy)
Wed., 7:30-9:30 p.m., Fr. James Hanrahan
4) Jesus Ben Stra and Hebrew Wisdom Literature
Mon., 4:00-5:00 p.m., Dr. Paul M. St. Pierre
5) Liberation Theology
Thurs., 7:30-9:00 p.m., Fr. Eduardo Diaz
6) Newman and the Development of Doctorine
Thurs., 7:30-9:00 p.m., Fr. Leo Klosterman
7) The Spirituality of Thomas Merton
Mon., 7:30-9:00 p.m., Fr. Ed Heidt
8) Women in Canadian Society:
A Social Justice Approach
Thurs., 7:30-9:00 p.m., Sr. Marina Smith
Pastoral Courses: (Full year; no fee)
1) Fundamentals of Faith (begins October 8)
Tues., 7:30-9:00 p.m., Fr. Leo Klosterman Sr. Monica Guest
2) Third World Immersion (begins September 17)
Tues., 7:00-8:00 p.m., Fr. Paul Burns
Beginning the Week of January 13
1) The Catholic Church in B.C. History
Mon., 7:30-9:30 p.m., Fr. James Hanrahan
2) The Church and Contemporary Challenges
Mon., 7:30-9:00 p.m., Sr. Marina Smith
3) Darwin, Evolution and the Church
Wed., 7:30-9:00 p.m., Fr. Leo Klosterman
4) The Divine Poems of John Donne
of Bread Street and St. Paul's
Mon., 4:00-5:00 p.m., Dr. Paul M. St. Pierre
5) Faith and Post Vatican II Church Architecture
Thurs., 7:30-9:00 p.m., Shelagh Lindsey
6) Help in Living Through Serious Loss (Pastoral Course)
Tues., 7:30-9:00 p.m., Dorothy Stanwood
7) Prayer in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
Wed., 3:30-4:30 p.m., Dr. Shirley Sullivan
8) Religious Education for the Year 2000
Thurs., 7:30-9:00 p.m., Sr. Marina Smith
9) Religious Vision of Bernard Lonergan
Thurs., 7:30-9:00 p.m., Dr. Patrick Crean
10)The Spirituality of Thomas Merton
Mon., 7:30-9:00 p.m., Fr. Ed Heidt
Registration and Fees
A Registration Form and course description will be found in the College
Catalog. Please pick one up at the College or write the Registrar
requesting a copy be sent to you. The fee is $15.00 per course for
students and seniors, $30.00 for others. To obtain graduate credit for
the Credit Courses, it is necessary to register through tthe accrediting
institution.
ST. MARK'S COLLEGE
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FRINGE REVIEWS AND COMMMENTARY
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The Last Temptation of Christopher Robin
Crackwalker
The Ruffian on the Stairs
The Bastard
H
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theatre? Sunny side up
and a bit fluffy perhaps? Marketing researchers
want to know.
Actors and artists as a whole
are considered to lack business
acumen and to have suffered the
consequences. Recently, marketing research has been part of an
attempt to bring entrepreneurial
discipline and financial health to
the struggling thespian enterprise.
According to basic marketing principles, the theatre
community should find out what
an audience will pay to see
and then give it to them. In this
fair city of ours, getting a chunk
ofthe entertainment dollar
requires a hard sell, given all the
other
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by Harold Gravelsins
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N The Last Temptation of
Christopher Robin, Salt
Spring Islander Michael
O'Brien takes as his starting
point the warm and fuzzy world
described in children's literature.
In O'Brien's tale, Christopher
Robin is a nineteen-year-old
setting off to become a hero for
his nation in a war whose cruel
physical and moral dimensions
are as yet utterly unknown to
him. Pooh and Piglet are
smuggled along.
The actors playing Pooh and
Piglet, Raul Tome and Charles
Herriott respectively, double in
Prizes for most intimidating poster and
most discouraging title might well go to
The Bastard.
at Vancouver's Arts Club
Theatre clue into after conducting their audience surveys,
that they keep giving us Angry
Housewives, Dads ih Bondage
and other inane musical comedies?
Obviously not the wavelength several performers at the
Fringe Festival have tuned
themselves to. A glance through
the listings in this year's Fringe
Program turns up a good
number of shows about tormented people coping with
situations of abuse, humiliation,
inner conflict and despair. The
same has been true at previous
Vancouver Fringe Festivals. Yes
kids, it's heavy duty time again
at the Fringe.
I decided to take in four
current Fringe productions
dealing with weighty themes. I
was seeking some answers such
shows provide on the theatre
experience and why these shows
flourish at the Fringe.
military roles. Set and role
changes are effected with a speed
and economy that press home
the playwright's concern about
an unresolved dichotomy
between the adult and the child
within, and between cynical
maturity and youthful altruism.
The dark insight ofthe play is
summed up by Christopher
Robin (actor David James
Young) who, breaking into song,
tells us: "No amount of kindness
can combat the world's blindness, and so that foolish side of
me has died."
For O'Brien, struggle, defeat
and spiritual annihilation seem
to be inevitable steps along the
way to developing moral awareness. Yet if childhood betrays
itself in the passage to maturity,
some positive aspects of childhood are seen to live on. The
lyricism of youth, for example,
persists in the form of marching
tunes and anthems.
RACKWALKER is a
classic work in contemporary Canadian
theatre that was written by
Judith Thompson. In watching
the performance, I relived my
strained acquaintance with a
former flatmate from small town
Ontario who was like one of
the characters in this play. Both
had all the answers they needed
in life: women are sluts who only
pretend to resist male advances;
getting pissed is second only to
getting laid; and peer acceptance
is all-important.
Thompson's script is superb
in capturing the texture and
cadence of dialogue in the milieu
she has written about. Beneath
the veneer of hedonism, beyond
the conformity to impossibly
narrow stereotypes and
notions of what
it is to be cool,
lies the
unfulfilled need
     for simple
respect. In this
particular setting, however,
granting another person his or
her dignity becomes a zero-sum
game of chicken. Violence and
submission play off each other on
various levels.
Each ofthe four lead actors
in the show (Kevin Conway,
Jennifer Fahrni, Don Foran and
Nancy Sivak) is called upon
at a different point to address
the audience with a monologue of
some length. These monologues
are an effective device for
opening up the characters and
the action to us.
These passages also test the
extent to which the actors
have mastered their characters.
At the show's opening performance, the actors were close but
not quite there yet. The troupe
may also have underestimated
the difficulty of scene changes as
indicated by their attempt to
include an inordinately large
number of props and set pieces
in the production.
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FRINGE REVIEWS AND COMMMENTARY
the role of David, a character of delicate
complexity about whom the show's many
scripted conflicts and confusions swirl and
refract.
JOE Orton's The Ruffian on
the Stairs provides another
treatment ofthe themes of
brutality, vulnerability and
resignation. The attraction ofthe
show lies in the accumulating
sense of tension and suspense
that it provides. Actors Barry
Duffus, Bette Thompson and
Mark Gash
hold
together
well
throughout
the show
in a set of
well-
matched, ■ ■■
polished
performances.
PRIZES for most intimi
dating poster (a crucified woman, her face
covered by a lamp shade) and
most discouraging title in this
year's Fringe migh go to The
Bastard, the creative offspring
of SFU graduate Michael Eric
Chouinard. Otherwise, this show
is captivating, scary, topical,
filled with great performances,
executed with classy production
techniques, and well-deserving of
attention.
The show's synopsis in the
Nothing could be further from the
Fringe Festival's open door approach
than determining artistic expression on
the basis on audience surveys.
Fringe Program tells us the
script concerns rape. How, you
might be asking yourself, can
anyone present anything
interesting about rape, and do so
with artistic merit and integrity
during an entire hour? If
this amounts to something like
the supreme theatrical
challenge, Chouinard has
pulled it off exceptionally well.
The integration of video into
the performance is stylish and
highly evocative, and provides
opportunities for some resourceful comic relief. Backlit mid-
stage curtains, judicious musical
accompaniment,
and highly
choreographed
set changes are
aspects of a
confident and
successful
technical
     production.
The actors all
meet a similarly high standard,
giving
us well-grounded and articulate
performances. Tyler Tone, a
graduate of Langara's Studio 58,
deserves particular mention
for the firm grasp he exerts on
the role of David, a character of
OVERALL, I
found these
shows more
satisfying than the
lighter fare at the
Fringe. The actors
have the opportu-    	
nity to take
greater risks, and these by and large
pay off. Each ofthe productions is
careful to redeem itself from the
didacticism which audiences expect
from heavy duty shows and justifiably
loathe. Among the four shows, The
Last Temptation holds off longest
before allowing us to come up for air,
at which point it breaks into song.
Both The Ruffian and The Bastard
send us off with a cathartic event. We
leave Crackwalker with anger and
sorrow still fresh in our hearts.
Apart from some rough technical
edges in Crackwalker, these shows
demonstrate strong if not occasionally
brilliant production values. Nothing
undermines an attempt at serious
theatre more quickly than a hokey
set.
So why, then, do such a number of
heavy duty shows make their
appearance in the Fringe?
One ofthe reasons is that such
productions provide actors with
strong roles. The experience of
appearing on a public stage is often
the only thing Fringe performers
can take away with them. The bulk
of door receipts at the Fringe tend
to go towards paying the director,
purchasing set materials, printing
up posters, and giving the organizers their fee. Actors at the
Vancouver Fringe don't go for the
bucks so much as they shoot for
the sort of recognition and
exposure that can lead to a big
break later on. 	
Aleaty roles are
what they need.
Another
ivason is belief in
the importance of
putting on a
genuinely good
show. The definition of good in this
case is provided by
people in the
emergent and
alternative
theatre community. These people 	
are dedicated to
their art to a
degree that those outside the
community might have difficulty
imagining. They want the respect
of their colleagues as much the
applause ofthe public.
A third reason is that the Fringe
Festival, being an unjuried
showcase, provides a forum for a
whole range of trends and tastes
in the theatre community that
are generally deprived of outlets
elsewhere. Nothing could be
further from the Fringe Festival's
open door approach than determining artistic expression on the
basis on audience surveys.
The actors have the
opportunity to take greater
risks, and these by and large
pay off.
Each ofthe
productions is
careful to redeem
itself from the
didacticism which
audiences expect
from heavy duty
shows and
justifiably loathe.
This is not to say that the
Fringe is out of touch with its
public. On the contrary, marketing research is no way to discern
the voices that blow in the wind;
voices that laugh, cry, sing,
scream out, and whimper; voices
conveying truths about our
society and our times. No one can
tap into this spring as well as our
artists. And nowhere does this
spring gush forth stronger than
at the Fringe.
September 13,1991
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by Mark Nielsen
The UBC Thunderbirds
couldnt look any stronger going
into their annual Shrum Bowl clash
with cross-town rival Simon Fraser
University this Sunday at
Swangard Stadium.
Not only are they undefeated
after two Canada West regular
season contests, but they are
ranked number one in the country.
The Thunderbirds gained such
status by dumping the University
of Calgary Dinosaurs 30-14 in
Calgary last Friday, after dropping the University of Alberta
Golden Bears 38-1 the weekend
before.
Moreover, quarterback Vince
Danielsen has looked stellar passing for more than 200 yards in
each game, while running back
Elmore Abraham has yet to rush
for less than 100 yards inacontest.
Those kinds of numbers should
be a relief to coach Frank Smith as
they get ready to face SFU. The
Clansmen have won the last two
Shrimp Bowls in cakewalks and
lead the overall series with a 7-6-1
record.
And after coming off a disap
pointing 1-5 season last year, SFU
coach Chris Beaton is expecting
vast improvements in this year's
edition. (Aside from UBC, the Clan
plays exclusively US schools.)
After passing for more than
2,100 yards and 19 touchdowns
last year, Dino Bucciol will be back
to quarterback the Clansmen as
will running back Rick Walters,
who won a Columbia League
honourable mention.
Bucciol and Walters will get
plenty of protection fr6m an offensive line that will see four of five
starters return from last year.
The Clansmen will get a new
defensive look under defensive coordinator Jerry Areshenko. Three
of four linebackers are also returning.
However, SFU has lost NAIA
first-team All-American Nick
Mazzoli, now with the Hamilton
Tigercats, and All-Conference
James Gardner for receivers. They
have been replaced by Paul
Pakulak and Danny Simone, both
in their second year.
The game kicks off at 3pm.
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Saskatchewan         110     0
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in action this weekend.
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Soccer birds warm up
in pre-season tourney
by Charles Nho
Soccer season at UBC gets underway this weekend with the men
hosting the Thunderbird Invitational and the women travelling to
SFU for a tournament.
The invitational is a pre-season
test for the defending national T-
birds. Their opponents will be the
University of Alberta, University of
Calgary, and a strong team from
Capilano College.
UBC opened the tournament
against Calgaryyesterday after The
Ubyssey's deadline, but they will
face Canada West league rival
Alberta today (Friday) at 6pm.
Like the Thunderbirds, Alberta
is loaded with Canadian Soccer
League talent and is expected to
challenge UBC for the conference
title.
UBC's opponent on Saturday is
the defending Canadian college
champion Capilano College who
have gone to the finals in each of the
past three seasons.
Capilano coach Joseph
Iacobellis, who plans on resting
Winnipeg Fury forwardMike Todd,
thinks his young team can do well.
UBC vs Capilano starts at 4pm.
All games take place on OJ Todd
Field.
The women's team plays in a six-
team tournament this weekend on
Burnaby Mountain. Thisisachance
for UBC to play schools other than
their division rivals. Besides SFU,
teams from Western Washington
and William Nett will be there.
BIRD DROPPINGS
—The Thunderbirds will have
to adjust to the four-downs and
smaller field of American football when they play SFU.
—Danielsen was named the
CIAU athlete ofthe week, and
Abraham was Canada West
player ofthe week for their performances against Alberta.
—After a rough start against
Alberta, Roger Hennig looks to
have got his kicking game on
track. He was good on five of six
field goal attempts and made
two conversations for 18 points
against Calgary*
—As a defensive back, Hennig
has three interceptions on the
season.
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Tue. Sept. 17
12:30-2:30
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12:30-2:30
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12:30-2:30
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Sexual Health in the 90's
Margaret Johnston, RN
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Wed. Sept. 25
12:30-2:30
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September 13,1991
THE UBYSSEY/13 Editoria
Lest we forget: Section 122
Yesterday, charges of breach of trust were laid against
ex-premier Bill Vander Zalm, on the recommendations of a
special prosecutor.
He could possibly face 5 years in jail.
The charges relate to $20,000 Vander Zalm received
during the sale of his Fantasy Gardens property and allege
that he used his position as premier to further the sale.
In the past Socreds have rushed to defend Vander
Zalm's actions around the sale of Fantasy Gardens. Now,
with an impending election campaign, it will be interesting
to see if they continue to do so.
It is more likely they will forget him and hope the
voters will do the same.
Butthe sale of Fantasy Gardens is not the only scandal
Vander Zalm and his government have been involved in.
Here is a small sampling:
1987
- Stephen Rogers, the environment minister and also
forests minister, due to conflict of interest is forced to
resign because of shares he owned in Westmin Resources,
Ltd., a mining company.
- Stan Hagen resigned as advanced education minister
because of conflict of interest involving his business. Reappointed to cabinet in 1989 as regional and economic development minister.
- minister of transportation and highways Cliff Michael
resigns over impropriety in the sale of land he owned.
Reappointed to cabinet in 1990 as minister for tourism.
1988
- Vander Zalm accused by attorney-general Brian Smith of
interfering in the running ofthe office. Smith resigns.
- interference by Vander Zalm in sale of Expo lands, getting
a bid by his friend Peter Toigo considered, cited by economic development minister Grace McCarthy's resignation.
- Bill Reid resigns as minister of tourism after allegations
that lottery funds were given to a recycling company owned
by Reid's friend and campaign manager.
1990
- social services and housing minister Peter Dueck resigned from cabinet after it was revealed that he accepted
a free trip to Europe from Semens, a hospital supply
company, while health minister.
- attorney-general Bud Smith forced to resign after recorded car phone conversations led to accusations that he
was interfering in an RCMPinvestigation of Bill Reid's role
in misuse of lottery funds.
- documents reveal Vander Zalm owned 83 per cent of
Fantasy Gardens although he claimed his wife Lillian
owned the property, avoiding charges of conflict of interest.
- Vander Zalm's interference in pulp and pollution standards cited as the reason for John Reynolds resignation as
environment minister. Later rubber stamped by Cliff Serwa,
the next minister responsible.
1991
- minister of agriculture John Savage accused of conflict of
interest when he bought a farm in the Agricultural Land
Reserve (ALR)for a $0.25 million, taken out ofthe ALR and
sold for $1.6 million.
- environment minister David Mercier is accused of conflict
of interest because of shares he holds in mining companies.
He remains in the portfolio.
the Ubyssey
September 13, 1991
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Eariy last Monday morning. Made Nielsen and Francis Fonn were
drivingbythatchemicalplant(youknowtheone), whenitoccuredtothemthat
they weren't really sure what'i made in there, and they rally should be. So they
took a left into the plant and were waved oa by Sam Green, thelaxidasical (ric)
guard at the front gate. On their way they picked up Tedlng and Franks Cordua
von Specht, two of the many peaty hitch-hikers that litter the roadi of the
chemical plants. When the foursome arrived, they asked Charles Nho at the
information desk about a guided tour. He sent them on a buraucratic goose
chase to find Yau Soon Loo and Effie JPow, the co-heads of the Department of
Guided Tours. They followed directions, but got lost in the inner sanctum of
the building. They stopped to ask Paula WeDingp for drections.but she seemed
too occupied in counting. They passed Chung Wong, who wti busy distributing free samples of dealcoholized beer. It was then they noticed the horrid
smell coming from the locked door. They decided to investigate. Cindy
Dowsie, one of the plant workers inadvertently let them in behind her. What
they beheld was truly a thing of beauty. Paul Dayson was operating a massive
machine emitting fluffy clouds of violet smoke. The smoke was bottled by
Greg Davis, who sent them down an assembly line past Matthew Johnston (the
infamous Inspector 13) to Helen Willoughby-Price who added leafy-green
powder that gave the mixture a viscosity similar to Yggy King's saliva. Carls
Maftechuk then poured the liquid into wreath-shaped molds and Cheryl
Niamath took them and placed them in the lain. Dianne Rudolf took the molds
out put them on another conveyer belt Paul Gordon removed them from the
mold, then Sage Davies and Harald Gravelsins injected the shapes with
unidentifiable bits of various colours. Sharon Lindores then squired white
gook on top of the shapes. Tanya Paz put them in boxes and sent them to Ela3ine
Griffith, the final assembly line worker whose job was to raise the blade and
make the change. The boxes weredropped into shipping crates and sealed by
you-know-who (a real wiz with packing tape). Raul Peschiera, the fork lift
operator then stacked the boxes in the huge warehouse.
"Wow," exclaimed Franka, "so that's how they make those jello mold
things."
Editors
Paul Dayson  • Sharon Lindores  • Raul Paschlera
Effla Pow • Carta Maftechuk
Letters
The Ubyssey welcomes letters on any Issue. Letters must be typed and are not to exceed 300 words In length. Content
which Is Judged to be libelous, homophobic, sexist, racist or factually Incorrect will not be published. Please be concise.
Letters may be edited for brevity, but It is standard Ubyssey policy not to edit letters for spelling or grammatical mistakes.
Please bring them, with Identification, to SUB 241k. Letters must Include name, faculty, and signature.
Accidental
fascist?
While commenting on
how those traditionally
underrepresented in Post-
secondary education—
namely gays, blacks,
women etc—should be listened to in academia, Nikola
Marin accidentally reveals
that she may be a fascist in
liberal clothing (Cry Me A
River, White Boy, Sept. 3).
She argues early on that
posters which say— at the
University of Michigan "A
Mind is a horrible thing To
Waste -especially on a
nigger" are not "appropriate". Quite so. We should be
all able to avoid name calling.
However, Marin later
writes: "Moreover, those who
oppose these 'repressive
PCers' often display a quite
presumptuous, if not OFFENSIVE quality: that of
contradicting, or not accepting what people ASSERT on
the basis of a lifetime of experience as women, people
of colour, etc. (capitals
mine)."
Amazing. Here we have
a liberally educated young
woman implying that disagreeing with a feminist or
scholar pushing black power
messages is exactly as objectionable and should
be banned as the posters in
Michigan were.
TTie posters are offensive and should be "censored". Is a scholar arguing
against the feminist bent of
Women's Studies "offensive"? Marin says yes...after
all, aren't non-feminists not
accepting what women "assert on the basis of a lifetime..."?
Good luck trying to
make an argument that if a
black professor argues that
whites are inferior (as has
happened in the US) he may
be racist, with Ms. Marin.
He could be asserting something about whites "on the
basis of a lifetime...."
Marin is creating two
classes of scholars—the formerly oppressed who
shouldn't have to be prepared to argue, instead of
asserting, their views and
white males, who should be
prepared to accept anything
uttered by the first group,
lest Nikola Marin dub them
"offensive". Scary.
If Marin believes that
this new scholarship has
merit, she should be challenging all comers to argue
against it, not mewing that
people who don't agree with
her agenda are "presumptuous" and "offensive". Are you
afraid, Marin, that if this
new scholarship is challenged, people will not agree
with it? What a lack of confidence in your beliefs.
Roger Schuykill
Arts 3
Thanks, Nancy
To a friend,
I grew up near a woman
who loved to help the children. During the summers
she would be out in the park
leading them in a game of
baseball, always making
sure that each one got
a chance to play.
So, when I got to UBC
and had trouble with my
courses, knowing that she
was on campus I went to see
her. Although she helped me
get through a couple of my
courses by giving me practical advice on how to study, I
still failed out.
But more important
than the practical advice she
gave me, she made me believe in myself. And without
this encouragement I don't
know if I would have made
it back into UBC.
For being a friend and
helping me, I thank you,
Nancy Horsman.
Kevin Chisholm
Forestry 4
From one
goof to
another
re: Chung Wong, Antonia
Rozario, Adam La Rusic
I must wonder about the
appropriateness of humour,
considering the serious i ssue
at hand. Glib labels of goofy,
goofists, and idiotists belittles the issue at hand.
The fact is, Affirmative
Action that forces organizations such as The Ubyssey to
observe hiring quotas of
goofs and idiots is in itself
discriminatory. This system
perpetuates the myth ofthe
incompetent goof, as well as
ensuring that little emphasis is given to the level of
goof creditability. All The
Ubyssey i s concerned with is
the maintenance of the Token Goof.
As for Adam La Rusk's
reliance on Politically Correct Buzzwords such as
"goofist," I can only assume
that such an attitude indicates a definite goofiness on
his part and therefore his
biased views must be disregarded.
As for Chung Wong,
take heart. From one goof to
another.ours is a heavy
burden. Power, brother.
Aaron Drake
BOOGER
Brotherhood of
Offended Goofs
Erasing Racism
(previously known as
DORK
Department of
Misspelled Acronyms)
KURT
PREINSPERG
The letter you
submitted
really exceeds
the  300  word
limit.    Please
come   in   and
either edit your
letter or re-submit a revised
copy.
Mark Nielsen, who
worked at various BC
community papers
this summer, will give
a news seminar on
Friday at 3:30pm.
Note: orientation will
be at 2:30pm.
^_____
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14/THE UBYSSEY
September 13,1991 n
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Asians and whites
by Chung Wong
There is a rivalry between
Asians and whites here.
Asians must emulate white
role models (or face less vocational
mobility) and most whites do not
want to be Asian (there must be a
reason). There is segregation here
and a majority of Asians are coming out losing.
In response to a controversial
series that I have written on obstacles that Asians face at UBC, it
comes as no surprise that white
critics have been my only critics.
Reactions from Asians so far
have only been that of either support or immediate acknowledgement.
A racial division of opinion
hovers over what difficulties exist
for Asians. Ones underscored in
the   series
are clear to
many Asians
but alien to
white critics.
Critics
have chosen mostly to focus on
semantics in the series. Well, now
you know. The English language
was not meant to effectively articulate racial issues.
Caucasian is a misnomer
(people in Ethiopia, North Africa,
Polynesia, Ceylon and India are
considered Caucasoid populations); white or White is inappropriate (both The New York Times
and Siskel and Ebert used it last
week, but it seems some critics feel
I should not) and non-Asians would
not exclude Afro-Americans or
First Nations People.
My use of Asian (a white term)
has also been suspect. Canadian-
born, hyphenated Canadian, Asian
(Oriental is a gross misnomer), of
Asian descent—which is the best
to use? No matter who we see
ourselves as, we clearly cannotfool
ourselves into believing that most
whites will view any of us as purely
Canadian.
Many responses from whites
have already viewed us all as foreigners who need to convert to a
religion of white customs. What a
free country. Let us have English
names to begin our correct path or
risk ending up in purgatory—disrespect, lower employment status
and less recognition. Asians here
know this.
Our skin, however, gives us
away—that our ancestors were not
founding members of this religion.
So we are double-checked frequently to make sure we have
learned the religion well and have
a good grasp of its commandments.
But in the end, we will lose. We
cannot be white.
Assimilation will not wipe out
a colour barrier.
Along time will pass before an
Asian pop star will be cool. The
same goes for lawyers, politicians,
teachers, writers and athletes. It
doesn't sell:
watch    the
»■
movies.
Not to
say, however,
Asians
should not assimilate: it's a better
survival option (excuse the irony,
it exists).
When whites see us, almost
always in their first glance, they
will notice our "Asianess"—something that has not gained significant respect in this society. And
that's what externally affects us
most in a Caucasian environment.
And we—whether Chinese,
Malaysian, Vietnamese, Korean,
Japanese, Indonesian, Filipino etc.
etc.—will be seen as "Asian," as
one big block, by only whites. Read
the newspapers. "Asian gangs" and
"Asian invasions" do not refer to
people in the "eastern Soviet
Union," for those afraid I am being
offensive to them. In using the
word, lam onlyrecogni zing reality
here.
Common usage ofthe English
language in regard to race i ssues i s
full of flaws. Words like racist and
racism are ill-defined and so far
white critics who have employed
the term have done so with neither
definition nor direction.
A cameo death
by Chung Wong
BANG. BANG. BANG.
On the mouth ofthe blackened Magdalena River, three
deafening shots blast within the
impoverished core of
Barranquilla, a Colombian city
of 1.5 million people.
A police line is quickly set up
on a dirt-
covered  p-
road with   x
no   street   :,"
sign as  a  fc
camera
crew rushes in to get a close-up.
Could this really be a movie?
A body lays limp in front of a
church as a monk walks past it,
minding his own business. An
anxious crowd buzzing with
questions pushes against the
line to gain a better view.
A body lies still, slouched on
its side while blood from it pools
toward the road's sewer. The
last remnants of breath exit a
collapsing lung.
FREESTYLE
Gone, gone, gone.
An officer smiles like another
day's work while dozens gaze in
awe of the passing action. The
scene is almost like a voyeuristic
view of a silent movie or quick
skim of a tabloid news teaser.
Read all about it. The camera
crew tries a different angle. A
thief has
been shot
to death,
three
times   in
the chest.
For me, the third corpse IVe
witnessed within only three
weeks, excluding those at the
no-name body dump at the city's
edge.
For many here, like the thief,
it's an invisible game of Russian
Roulette: every day could be the
last.
It's living with small probabilities, few chances and bad
circumstances. Sometimes,
there's no room to decide.
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