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No student input on grad
ceremonies' location
Men's basketball team must
fill gap left by 6'8" forward
Analysis of gender in new
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RECORD snows wreaked havoc on the lower mainland. This boathouse at the Vancouver Marina in Richmond collapsed under
the weight of the snow, richard lam photo
Ramsey new education minister
 by tan Gunn
Monday's provincial cabinet shuffle
returned Paul Ramsey to the education
Sasister's office he occupied for four
months in early i$96.
He replaces Moe Sihota -who
resigned last month after conflict of
interest allegations led to an ongoing
investigation by Conflict Commissioner
Ted Hughes, Health Minister joy
Sfaefbail served as interim education
annister over the holiday period.
Student leaders said Monday that
^appointment was a
"We're really happy with the news'
Ana Mater Society (AMS) president
jEXgarict Borins said "We met with him
{when he was minister} in the spring
a6d he seemed knowledgeable and gen-
' interested In education issues. I
Borins' sentiments, adding that Ramsey
could be expected to stay the coarse on
most education policy issues.
'Post-secondary education had a positive direction—certainly in terms of
access policy—under Sihota and I
believe that will coatinue/ Michael
Gardiner told The Ubtyssey.
. In the absence of Moe Sihota as the
minister, we are happy to have Paul
. Sainsey as his replacement*
The Premier also removed Labour
from the education minister's weighty
portfolio, matting the ministry's title
simply Education, SMlfe and Training.
Labour has beejti added to the ministry
of Aboriginal  Affairs  under John
Gardiner called the reorganisation
in the province. The change> he said.
(CFS) echoed
concentrate on edncation issues.  .,
secondary education, having worked
EMJCftflM* MMtSfEt Paul Ramsey.
for more than ten years as an instructor at the College of New Caledonia in
Prince George, and served as the
president of the College-Institute
Educators Association of BC in the
late 1980s *
No ballot
on tech fee
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
The university plans to push ahead with a technology fee that could cost students an extra $ 150
a year, despite earlier talk of a binding referendum.
"What's absolutely clear is that the administration is not willing to agree to a binding referendum," Vice-President of Student and Academic
Services Maria Klawe said Sunday, adding that
UBC's Board of Governors must retain the ability
to raise student fees as they see necessary.
AMS President David Borins said the student
government would continue to oppose any new
ancillary fees that had not been passed by a binding student referendum.
"If the university is not willing to play ball we'll
oppose this fee, pure and simple," Borins said.
The Ubyssey reported in September that the
Student Information Technology Advisory
Committee (SITAC), a group of students, faculty
and staff, was considering a student technology
fee to pay for the expansion of campus computer
facilities and improved dial-in access.
At the time, Professor Robert Goldstein, vice-
chair of SITAC's parent committee on information
technology (ACIT), said the university would likely
hold a referendum before going ahead with a technology fee.
A December letter from then Minister of
Education Moe Sihota to Shirley Chan, chair of
UBC's Board of Governors, asked the university to
limit new ancillary fees. Guidelines attached to
the letter also suggested the university hold a referendum before implementing a significant new
student fee.
But Klawe said Sihota's referendum guideline
was only a suggestion, and argued the administration has consulted students throughout the
technology fee planning process and will solicit
more input at a Your UBC forum on January 15th.
Student SITAC representatives said their recommendations should be ready for discussion at
the forum.
"In terms of having student consultation and
having students very heavily involved in the
process I think we're on very stable ground there,"
Klawe said.
However Andrew Ferris, an AMS representative on SITAC, said publicity campaigns and a
forum should not replace a referendum.
"I'm sorry but I can't buy into the Your UBC
forums. I like the idea but the attendance at any of
them has not really justified labelling them a
meaningful consultative process," he said.
Klawe deflected suggestions that administrators had already decided on a technology fee, saying input from SITAC, ACIT and the Your UBC
forum would be seriously considered.
Jessica Escribano, a Graduate Students Society
representative on SITAC, disagreed. "If we don't
recommend a technology fee ACIT will simply
come up with their own recommendation and
present that to the Board of Governors...really
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by Friday, January 10, 1997. TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1997
Snow storm disrupts move of half a million
BOOK MOVER Ron Mostat stacks up a storm shelving books in the new Koerner Library, richard
Grad venue vote fizxles
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
War Memorial Gym has seen its last graduation. The ceremonies will move to the Chan
Centre as planned after only two percent of eligible students voted in a poll to determine
where they wanted to graduate.
Between November 2 7 and 29, only 148 of
6700 eligible students graduating this spring
participated in the phone-in poll.
Ofthe respondents, 54 percent voted to keep
ceremonies at War Memorial Gym. A vast
majority also indicated they would need more
than four guest tickets; currently, students graduating in the Chan Centre will only be allotted
four tickets for family and friends.
Student senators Chris Gorman and Adam
Legge pushed for the poll in November after the
university announced graduation ceremonies
would be held in the new Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts as of May 1997. They were
upset the new building's seating capacity would
limit the number of guests graduates could
bring to the ceremonies.
Gorman attributed the low turnout to poor
timing and publicity, adding that the poll was
meaningless, anyway.
"Even if students were overwhelmingly in
favour of keeping grad at War Memorial it
wouldn't have meant anything. This poll was
just an appeasement thing, just to make us shut
up," Gorman said.
Ceremonies and Events are now refining the
schedule for May convocation in the new Chan
Centre and say it will be circulated to Deans
later this week. ♦
 by Sarah O'Donnell
The team behind the biggest book move
in the history of UBC's libraries thought
they had anticipated every obstacle—
they hadn't counted on last week's
snow storm.
According to university librarian
Dr. Ruth Patrick, last week's unusual
weather interupted the move of over
half a million books from Main library
to their new home in the Koerner
facility between December 20 and
January 6.
"Because ofthe weather there were a
couple of days where the book movers
couldn't work and so we're a couple of
days behind. What we've had to do is
close the library Monday and Tuesday,"
Patrick explained.
Suzanne   Dodson,   facilities   and
preservation manager, was the library's
liason with the moving team. As of
Friday, Dodson said, 80 percent of the
books had been moved. "The next couple of days will be mainly
spent in inter-filing because
they have to file the books that
were already in Koerner with
the books that came over from
Main," she said Monday.
The   complexity   of   the
move   meant   bringing   in
library     moving     experts.
National Library Relocations
from New York sent Kees
Edelman   to    oversee    the
move. Edelman was last in Vancouver
to move the Vancouver Public Library
in 1995. This move, he said, is smaller
than the VPL but large for an academic library.
"Keeping track of roughly 700,000
volumes being moved to and from various locations—especially while many of
the books are [on loan] is no easy task,"
Edelman said Monday. "You have to
have movers who know what they're
doing and follow every book every step
of the way."
Both Patrick and Dodson said that
although the stacks will be closed to the
public until Wednesday, students or faculty in dire need of assistance can ask
library staff to find books for them.
Study space, labs and limited services
will also be available.
When the libraries do reopen, students will have to get used to some
changes. Although the Fine Arts library,
the Science and Engineering library,
the Map library, Special Collections,
and the library school remain entirely
in Main, the Humanities and Social
Science section has been divided
between the two libraries and its reference librarians have moved to Koerner.
"We tried to take the high use things
over to Koerner so that most people will
find the things they want in those areas
in Koerner and the lesser-used things
will be left behind here in Main,"
Dodson explained.
"Keeping track of roughly
700,000 volumes being
moved to and from various
locations—especially while
many of the books are [on
loan] is no easy task."
Kees Edelman
National library relocations
Government publications are now
also housed in the Koerner library.
Patrick said library staff are anticipating some confusion. "When the reference desks are open, we're going to
double staff them and have staff available to help people learn to use the new
library," she said.
"Everyday it will get better, but I
think for a month or so there may be
some gliches." ♦
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Birds score knockout in Buchanan Cup
by Wolf Depner
The first invitational UBC basketball tournament had the feel of a
great boxing weekend.
It featured the reigning Canada
West champ (UBC), the upstart
rival (UVic), a wild card contender
looking for a city title shot (Simon
Fraser) and an underdog (Central
And Saturday night was all
right for fightin' as the boys from
UBC and SFU squared off in the
main event, vying for Vancouver
basketball supremacy. In the end,
the Birds walked away with the
belt (er, Buchanan Cup) for the
second time in three years with a
narrow 74-73 decision.
Eric Butler made seven
straight free throws in the game's
final five minutes and Gerald
Cole drained a twenty foot jump
SILVER BALLS-T-Birds John Dumont, Dave Buchanan, Eric Butler and Braddy Ibbetson accept the Buchanan
Cup after beating their crosstown rivals from Simon Fraser. richard lam photo
shot to put UBC up by three with
47 seconds left.
But the bout wasn't over yet.
Leading by three, UBC's John
Dumont only had to sink two free
throws to ice the game for UBC.
Dumont, who played an otherwise outstanding game with ten
rebounds, missed both shots and
the Clansmen had one final
chance to send the game into overtime with eight seconds left. But
Novell Thomas couldn't set up a
three-point shot and instead
scored an inconsequential basket
from eight feet out for the game
final's score.
Despite the loss, SFU still leads
the all-time Buchanan Cup series
"The game was lost for us on
the defensive glass," said SFU
head coach Scott Clark. "They did
a good job rebounding the offensive glass, and that was the difference in the game."
The Birds edged the Clansmen
33-27 in rebounds despite being
undersized. They also had to double-team seven foot SFU centre
Sean Ramjagsingh, who was held
to fifteen points and just five
"It's pretty tough to stop
Ramjagsingh when he gets the ball
within ten feet of the hoop... the
only way you can really do it is by
doubling [him]. And I think we did
pretty well today," said a flu-ridden Eric Butler, who led the Birds
in scoring 18 points. He also
pulled down five boards.
UBC's 81-69 win over the
Central Washington Wildcats
Sunday afternoon proved to be
equally entertaining. Both teams
nearly got into a brawl with seven
minutes left after Wildcat Paul
Fraker slammed down Butler with
a WWF-stvie arm hook.
The Wildcats, who had trailed
by nineteen early in the second
half, fed off the incident and
closed to within one point. But
consecutive treys by John Dykstra
and Brady Ibbetson, who had 17
points and four steals off the
bench, tamed the hard-nosed visitors from eastern Washington.
Despite the near second-half
collapse, Birds head coach Bruce
Enns was happy with his team's
performance. "I was very, very
pleased that we kept our defensive
intensity up for literally 80 minutes. We didn't play perfect
defence, but we kept our intensity
Enns can only hope that continues as the Birds head into the
remainder of the regular season
starting this weekend when they
host the 5 1 Alberta Golden
Bears. ♦
The "expansion"
Super Bowl looms
 by Wolf Depner
A long, long, long time ago, in a
galaxy far, far, far away Sports
Illustrated picked the Green Bay
Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs to
play in Super Bowl XXXI.
JoJos' psychic hotline could have
come up with a better pick to represent the AFC in New Orleans than
these so-called "experts* as the Chiefs
didn't even make the playoffs. Grant
you, predicting the Super Bowl
match-up in early September is no
easy task as teams are subject to the
outrageous slings and arrows of fortune that make sports entertaining.
But nobody would have predicted
that the two expansion teams, the
AFC's Jacksonville Jaguars and the
NFC's Carolina Panthers are one win
away from meeting in Super Bowl
Heck, nobody at the start of the
season thought either expansion
team would make it to even the conference final. But aye, there is the
rub. Neither Jacksonville nor
Carolina is a real "expansion" team.
Unlike the last two expansion
teams to join the NFL, the Seattle
Seahawks and the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers, Jacksonville and
Carolina have been able to go after
high quality free agents. Therefore
neither team had to suffer through a
26-game losing streak like Tampa
Bay did in 1977.
But those who argue that free
agency is the reason why the
Panthers ajadja|aars are oh the loose
in the NFL sorely :isis§ the point
Yes, free agency offers the spectrum  of instant  credibility  and
improvement, but is not the reason
why the NFL stands on the verge of
an "Expansion Bowl." Indeed, the
free agents signed by the Panthers
and Jacksonville were also available
to all other teams, including Seattle
and Tampa Bay.
And there was nothing in the
world that would have prevented
those two teams from going after the
same free agents.
Like all teams-in the NFL, Carolina
and Jacksonville could only spend a
limited amount of cash on free
agents and draft picks.
And like the Panthers and
Jaguars, the Seahawks, Falcons, and
Sues had high picks in the annual
college draft.
So what's the real reason then
behind Carolina's and Jacksonville's
success? Good old fashioned front
office smarts from the owner right
down to the receptionist.
In Carolina, former Bills' GM
Polian runs the show. While in
Buffalo, he was instrumental in building a Bills team that went to the
Super Bowl four straight times
between 1991 and 1994. He hasn't
lost his touch and may finally win the
big game with Carolina.
Jacksonville's front office has
also made some bold personnel
moves that have paid off immediate-
Whether or not both -teams can
clear the final hurdle to die Super
Bowl remains to be seen.
But their current success shows
once again that the success of a pro-
sports franchise is first and foremost
determined by who is in the front
office. ♦
Birdmen lose top centre
CURTIS MEPHAM was head and shoulders above the competition at last
year's national championships in Halifax, scott hayward photo
Bird Droppin
The rrinth annual Father Bauer
Invitational Tournament could
have been a complete UBC triumph. But the big weather maker
in lhe sky thought otherwise.
With UBC trailing 2-1 in Ihe
second period to Alberta, the holiday snow storm caused a blackout in the Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre. Officals were
forced to call the game, denying
UBC tlie prestigious trophy.
Playing without leading scorer
Corey Stock, the Birds opened the
tournament with a 5-2 win over
the Southern Alberta Institute of
Technology Trojans. Trevor Shoaf,
Troy Dalton, Ryan Douglas, Aaron
Hoggan and Gunnar Henrikson
scored a goal each with Douglas
scoring the winner on a deflection
at 12:19 ofthe second.
Goalie Dave Trofimenkoff
stopped 11 out of 13 shots before
being replaced midway through
the second period by Jon Sikkema
who stopped all 12 shots he faced.
The Birds won an exciting 6-5
shoot out over the Toronto Varsity
Blues. Tied 5-5 after three peri-
■ ods, Steve Williams scored the
overtime winner.
He also scored during regulation time, along with Henrikson
Pavel Suchanek, and Dan
Field Hockey
Goallender Ann Harada, centre
half Jacqollyne Morrisonn and
Canada West rookie of the year Jen
Dowdeswell were selected to
Canada's Junior National Team.
Former T-Bird Juhli Morrisonn
has also been placed on the roster.
The team will take part in the
Under-21 World Cup qualifying
tournament in Santiago, Chile
between January 9-19.
The women's basketball team finished 1996 with three straight
losses. The Birds dropped games
to Western Washington (76-70),
Dalhousie (67-66 in overtime),
and Simon Fraser (84-58) in exhibition play.
The second-ranked women's
team defeated the Fridays
Volleyball Club of Vancouver 3-2
to win the gold medal of UBC
Invitational Tournament
The men's team, meanwhile,
advanced to the final of the UVic
Invitational Tournament only to
loose to Japan's national university team. ♦
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by Wolf Depner
The men's basketball team lost a major piece of the
championship puzzle over the break.
Saying that he was "really stressed out by school,"
leading scorer Curtis Mepham quit UBC just after
Christmas; leaving the Birds with a 6'8" hole at centre.
"I was just not enjoying classes," said the third-
year human kinetics student. "It shocked a lot of people, it hurt a lot of people....but I had to do what was
the best for me in the situation," adding that marks
were not a factor in his decision.
"[Curtis] just needs some time off to get himself
settled to who he is," said head coach Bruce Enns
who has known about Mepham's struggles since
early November.
"We knew that Curtis was really stressed about
school," said teammate John Dykstra. "I think it was
just a really good decision for him.
"Obviously we don't want him not to be here, but
we are going to support him 100 percent whatever
he does. Curtis is going to do fine and hopefully our
"teamwTUTaTsodo fine."
But Dykstra knows that no single player can
replace Mepham who averaged a team-high 17.9
points and 6.9 rebounds per game. "We've got to fill
his spot with two, three guys," said Dykstra, who
must step up his play if the team wants to do just fine.
Extra pressure will also fall on 6'7" Jeremy
Adrian arid seldom-used 6'7" Joel Nickel who, in his
second year, has not yet lived up to his potential.
Veteran forward Eric Butler thinks the team
learned to play without Mepham who'd missed a few
games already.
"We won't be the same team without him," said
Butler. "There are some areas where we'll be a lot
weaker...but I think there are some places where
we'll be stronger.
"If you know that you are undersized, you know
are small, you'll get that extra little fire inside and
that's what we had the last two years with Mark
Tinholt and myself."
Whether or not that little fire is enough to torch
the opposition remains to be seen. ♦
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Projects grizzle
but they don't
fall down!
by John Bolton
Project Grizzly
Jan 10-13 at the Pacific Cinematheque
Peter Lynch's inspired documentary Project Grizzly unfolds like a
grim and fantastic dream. This is fitting since the film concerns
dreams as well, specifically the reveries of conservationalist Troy
Hurtubise. A dozen years back Troy encountered a grizzly who, for
reasons he's still working out, swatted him to the ground before
unexpectedly leaving him alive.
These days Troy dreams of "close-quarter bear research" and
designing the suit that will facilitate his obsession. This is the
Ursus Mark VI, a monstrous rubber and titanium creation
inspired by Robocop and weighing over 150 pounds. Project
Grizzly charts the first ever field test of Troy's design.
The film's exposition concentrates on the suit itself. See Troy
stand in the way of swinging logs and boulders. See Troy jump into
the path of a speeding truck. See Troy's friends shove him off a
cliff, off of which he bounces like a huge Star Wars figure. Shot in
slow-motion, it's a strangely beautiful moment. It's also just plain
The rest of the film properly concentrates on the fascinating
character of Troy himself.
He is, first of all, immensely likable; a born storyteller with a
bizarre sense of humour, disarming friendliness and genuine
affection for his family and friends (admittedly a strange assortment, one of whom elaborates on the "fun and adventure" of
Vietnam and that wacky game "Outrun the Hand Grenade").
Yet Lynch easily establishes that Troy is totally, irrationally
obsessed; the Ursus Mark VI is over seven years in the making and
costs $150,000. Indeed, what makes Project Grizzly so unsetding
is the question of Troy's sanity. He has been described as a modern-day Canadian Don Quixote, and the comparison is apt: not just
in his idealism and his dreaming the impossible dream, but more
in his unpredictable and potentially violent behaviour. This man
packs two huge hunting knives, and when the suit's field tests
don't go as planned, these blades come out as Troy rants about the
crazy people one finds up in the mountains.
This sense of danger underlies even the funniest moments of
the film. Most unsettling of all is the sheer ridiculousness of Troy's
goals; his dream to witness a grizzly birth within the den, but the
suit is so cumbersome that anyone within it can't move except on
perfecdy level ground. Moreover, when the Ursus Mark VI topples
over, Troy can't even pick himself up. In the suit, he is at once protected and utterly powerless, isolated from the real world and at
the mercy of his own creation. Lynch has found the ideal form for
this true story. Project Grizzly is at once an exploration of Troy's
own construction of reality and, necessarily, a construction in
itself. Traditionally, documentarians are entrusted with objectivity
Mothers and sons take on
Thatcher in the Troubles
by James Bainbridge
TO INFINITY AND BEYOND! Grizz Lightyear bulks up and gets ready
to face ... duh bears!... in Peter Lynch's painfully funny
documentary Project Grizzly.
in their filmmaking. Lynch explodes these expectations by assembling his authentic documentary footage as though the film were
fictional; the structure builds toward its climax like a classic
Western, and the voiceovers, montages and music only further
confuse the line between objectivity and subjectivity. Lynch doesn't desconstruct but rather reconstructs the idea of representing
reality on celluloid. The result is a hazy yet focussed film imbued
with a dreamlike quality; I felt at once as excited and lunatic and
cheerful and confused and menacing as Troy Hurtubise seems to
Most coverage of this film has focussed on its hilarity and high
spirits, and there are a lot of laughs in Project Grizzly, but the
laughter hurts. In many ways it's more tragic than comedic. It's
certainly a remarkable documentary. One can't help wishing the
best for Troy. Looking over the Ursus Mark VI, pne also can't help
wondering what Troy is really trying to protect himself from. ♦
Some Mother's Son
at Fifth Avenue Cinemas
Some Mother's Son, the latest film
about "The Troubles" in Northern
Ireland, comes from the makers of In
the Name of the Father. Don't laugh,
uicy re    uig    un   iaiiiiiies    ill   j.1 cianu.
Indeed, while In the Name of the
Father concentrates on young Irish
men in the struggle, this film gives the
older generation a voice.
Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect) stars
as Kathleen Quigley, whose son Gerard
(Aidan Gillen) is imprisoned for killing
a British soldier. Led by contemporary
martyr Bobby Sands (John Lynch), the
captives refuse to wear the prison uniform of criminals, demanding the
right to wear their own cloths as prisoners of war. Instead, they are given
blankets to wear and banned from
leaving their cells to visit the bathroom.
With Thatcher's government as obstinate as the passionate prisoners, Sands
decides a hunger strike will break the deadlock.
As usual, this is biased towards the Irish,
government ministers' English snobbery
and cold calculation contrasting with the
fiery Celts' determination. However, it is
more critically detached than In the Name
of the Father and the more recent Michael
Collins. The strike seems almost futile and
the lives it takes simply wasted, which are
still problematic issues today, 15 years
Mirren keeps her English accent as
Kathleen, who is cynical about the IRA and
concentrates on her own life as teacher and
mother until Gerard's imprisonment. It is
easier for audiences to empathise with this
realistic individual than with extreme characters like Sands, deeply involved in complex, entangled issues of politics, religion
and soccer (see Glasgow's Rangers vs.
When, due to the hunger strike, Gerard
falls into a coma, Kathleen
LETS GET POLITICAL. Helen Mirren hands out
tracts in Some Mother's Son.
and saving his life. Influenced by an argument she witnesses between Danny Boyle
(Ciaran Hinds) from Sinn Fein, the IRA's
political party, and Father Daly (Gerard
McSorley), Kathleen makes her choice. The
futility of bickering like children while lives
are at stake forces her to act through motherly love. The film ends on this note of hope,
which was also glimpsed in 1994's peace
talks and will hopefully be seen again.
This contrasts with Annie Higgins
(Fionnula Flanagan), whose son Frank
(David O'Hara) does die. Extreme circumstances thrust the mothers together in
mutual support. Annie is involved in the
war, with one son already killed by the
British soldiers. Her tragic last line to
Kathleen, "At least you had the choice," indicates the destructive weight of history on
these people and this conflict. This film is
perhaps as objective as it could possibly be
about one of the greatest tragedies of this
century. ♦
has the next of kin's power
to put him on a life support
machine. Her tragic dilemma lies between letting her
son die for his convictions
Not so sunny boulevard
by Robin Yeatman
Life begins in a deep blue republic
Darden Smith - Deep Fantastic Blue
[True North]
It's the sorl of music I wouldn't normalk listen lo
stilt and mi'lauclioh, filled with a kind of ijuainl
regret, a regret Untied with d.irkrif'.-ta and despair.
Ami when gravity lets go uf me/And I il>
aivay./'Will I find the pence ofniiiul/l m longing for
Iiiil il suit.i the mood Tin in almost as well as
Cabaret Voltaire s Rod Mecca. C.Ol'l. prnliabh does
n'l know yet just how much lhey'\i> lusl; it wann'l
nnl\ lol.il (lel'enl in a single election The\ Ye lost
their power base over here in the HasLnide of town.
■\l this point lis doubtful they'll ever gel il hark.
So Darden Smith's mooch melancholy music just
seems to suit the mood I'm in, vanquished hopes
about a future rendered ever gloomier inspiring only
pessimism and despair
"Tunighl I wont walking b\ the oceanside/N'ow
I'm waist deep in the rising lide/I Foul tlie pull ofthe
underlow/I want to take a deep breath and go, go,
go" —AndyBarham
The Bocmen - Life begins at 40 million
The first time I spun this CD, I could have sworn the
Bngnien had resurrected Feargill Sharkey, fattening
him up on vitamins and nutrients to enhance the
power  of his  \on:e.  " ■ "*"/ "■'."?'"T.1^r-
\'o mutter how main - "':?- \ ,-'
limes 1 listen lo Lite . ''•, -*-J
bourns at   It) million    -.       "•     .,.'? :
liibout '10 million, by  ■ > ■■■■ ; -" ■., *      <
last   ruuntll.   1   still ' '"      ,-.   ,»      t
think     .singer     Hill   .     '■"  ■•   '.-   '"•':.    ■■'■ :    :.   1
Campion sounds like ',!"''       'j'.    ■    I
a lustier, more potent j
\ersion of the Former ■ '■ '
front man for llie lindertonen.
There is sunielhinu vagueh I'nderlones like in
thi1 ovei.ill sound ofthe Uognn'ii. hut then Ihere i-.
also something leniini.scenl of I ate-'fills acid rock
with ,i lol of'SOs influences thrown into the mix. It's
a great CD and sounds even belter through head
phones with the volume cranked despite a couple of
dud trucks siit.h as the execrable girl leaves boy
'Suddenly.' Reminiscent of a laii/./cocks like bitter
ness, die song lacks Pele Shelley's slinging edge.
Fortunately, llie Bogmen make up for the orca
sional turkey with superb efforts like 'The Third
Kail.' Me.lodic. musical, and resonant, this extremely
well produced CD is worth adding lo any self respect
ing collodion. —AndyBarham
Repubuka [RCA]
Republika opens acoustically, betraying for a few
moments its obvious rave connection with a lilting
liilkroik sweetness. Therealter. the baud cranks up
Ihe liizzgintar beat into some superior driving pop
jii-~l made for jamming a Few hits of Krsta.T, into
one s vastly overloaded suiapses.
Singer Sal'fion sounds so much like1 \ Kay Spec's
I'oih Siyiene on this miii» I felt obliged to cheek and
see if in I'.iil it might be she. Cnlike llu- usual lech
nni-rap Fe.'itured bv mo.-l r.iu: artists, sampling is
u-ed ^p.inngly, ii .il all to < ounterpoint or .ireornp.i
n\ the standard rock; pop line up of guitars drums,
b.iss and r-vnlliesi/ers
In I'.u t the rlntlun section and synthesizers dom
male this f'|) |o good ellei 1 Nnl since Rocksteady
Crew has Dial syncopated Hip Hop sound sounded so
food Modern hip hoppers arid gangsta rappers
would do well to tune in In some ofthe strange but
melodic variants Ihej've spawned across The Big
Ditch in the mot ha l^r-VSgT?"
I'oiinlrv.   Who   knows, ™i-
mu\hp their CDs would
cease collecting dust in
our office because no
one wants to listen to
them long enough to
form opinions based on
Ihe.ir actual content.
—Andy Barham
Sunset Boulevard
at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts
Well, there's not much one can say about Sunset Boulevard
that hasn't already been said. This particular Andrew Lloyd
Webber musical has received gallons of hype from the
press. Spellbounding! Dazzling! Exotic! Flawless and
Intense! Spectacular! Opulent and Breathtaking!
With all these rave reviews it's no wonder the show is a
smash hit. Not to mention the fact that the lead roles are
played by none other than the lovely Diahann Carroll
(Dynasty, Lonesome Dove) and teen hearthrob Rex Smith
(The Pirates of Penzance, As The World Turns). As if that
weren't enough, the fifteen sets are some of the most elaborate and impressive on stage.
As it turns out, the emphasis on the production's aesthetic aspects actually highlights its weakness as a whole.
Sunset relies too much on technology and a couple of well-
picked stars to run the show.
As you might expect, the production is a relative success,
a combination of the impassioned performances, detailed
staging and playful musical score. However, as a student I
am not convinced that Sunset is worth the pricey ticket stub
that I am left with after the show. Although the music is
enjoyable, it is not nearly as memorable as other Webber
musicals like Phantom of the Opera or Jesus Christ
Superstar. Without Smith's charming, debonaire presence
on stage, and without DiahannCarroll's sultry performance
as Hollywood has-been Norma Desmond, the show would
lack the appropriate oomph characteristic of Webber's previous triumphs.
And even with the two stars, the show fails to live up to
its dramatically exaggerated reviews. A more accurate
headline would read: Ordinary! Mediocre! Everyday and
Average! ♦
A Career in Orthoptics
In July 1997 two student will begin an intensive 24 consecutive
month's training programme at"the VHHSC/UBCEye Care Centre.
Students who successfully complete the course and pass the qualifying examinations are eligible for certification by the Canadian Orthoptic
Council. They can expect to find employment in hospitals, private opthal-
mologists' offices and in public health.
Orthoptists carrry out a wide range of tests and procedures which assist
the Opthalmologist in the diagnostic and therapeutic assessment of
patients of all ages with strabismus, ocular motility problems and related
discorders of the eye.
Applications are now being accepted from individuals with a minimum of
two years of university studies, and prefereably a Baccalaureate degree,
with courses in any of the following areas - natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing and be emotionally mature. They should be
able to relate well to patients of all ages from infants to the elderly.
For information and application forms please write to the Orthoptic Clinic,
VH&HSC/UBC Eye Care Centre, 2550 Willow Street, Vancouver BC, V5Z
To provide recent university graduates
with an interest in public affairs an
opportunity to supplement their
academic insights of the legislative
process with practical legislative and
administrative experience.
Who is Eligible
Students who have received a degree
from a British Columbia University
by tlie program commencement date.
How Many
Seven interns will be selected for die
1998 program.
Parliament Buildings, Victoria,
British Colubmia
January through June, 1998
$10,500 for 6 months (under review)
Application Deadline
4 PM, Friday, January 31,1997
How to Apply
Program applications are available
from the Political Science
Departments and the Student
Employment Centres on Campus at
the University of Victoria, Simon
Fraser University, and the University
of British Columbia. They are also
available form the Assembly Services
Office located at 431 Menzies Street,
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the polling stations during Voting Week
(January 20th to 24th, 1997) of the AMS
Elections. Those interested are advised to
bring a copy of their class schedule to SUB
Room 224 at 1:00 pm on Monday, January 13th, 1997. Honouraria will be paid.
No experience necessary - just some enthusiasm
and creativity.  As a poll clerk, you can choose
your own hours and locations!
For more information, please contact Zoe
Stronge, Elections Administrator c/o SUB Room
238 or drop by SUB 224.
lease support your AMS clubs by voting "yes"
in the following referendum question to be
held during the regularly scheduled AMS Elec-
I support a- $1.50 fee increase to be
allocated to student initiated
projects and activities in the
following manner:
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b) $1.00 towards the AMS Clubs Benefit Fund
The Walter Gage Memorial Fund and the AMS Clubs
Benefit Fund are disbursed at regular times throughout the year for the purpose of supporting students
and student groups.
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Friday, January 17th, 1997
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10th, 1997 at 4:30 pm. Nomination Forms and information are available in SUB Room 238.
Potential Candidates are encouraged to attend the All Candidates Meeting on Friday, January 10th,
1997 at 5:30 pm in SUB Room 206 (Council Chambers). Also be sure to check out The Elections
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Critics of 1950s
scifi thought it
was sexist.
But the new
Star Trek movie
shows they ain't
seen nothing yet.
by Peter T. Chattaway
In one scene early on in Star Trek:
First Contact, Captain Picard
(Patrick Stewart) strokes a nuclear
missile from the past. Data (Brent
Spiner), the android, follows suit
but says he cannot feel anything,
so he tries again. Counselor Troi
(Deanna Sirtis) walks in, sees
them fondle the long, hard, erect
explosive device, and then asks,
"Would you three like to be left
It's an interesting scene and,
while I'm no Freudian, I can't help
wondering what Sigmund would
make of it. First Contact is replete
with masculine imagery and, in its
approach to sex roles, it is arguably more sexist than the science
fiction and horror films of the
1950s; First Contact takes the
Enterprise crew back in time in
more ways than one.
For decades, scholars and academics have argued over what
role sexuality did or did not play
in the sci-fi/horror genre. Some
have argued the giant queen ant in
Them! (1954) and the womb-like
alien pods in Invasion ofthe Body
Snatchers (1956) were symbols of
female sexuality, and that the fear
associated with them was evidence of a latent misogyny.
But others, such as Mark
Jancovich, author
of Rational
American horror in the 1950s,
have argued these alien lifeforms
were not feared for their femininity bul, rather, their apparent asex-
uality. In the conformist culture of
the 1950s—a period marked by
McCarthyism, modernist architecture and the rise of TV with its
reliance on mass market advertising—science fiction was obsessed
with the growing sameness of
everyday life and the loss of individual personality.
It's an aspect of the genre
spoofed quite nicely in Tim
Burton's Mars Attacks!, in which
the highly-advanced, genderless
Martians don their uniforms in a
hydraulic press on an assembly
line. And it's a persuasive argument once you look at the films of
the '50s themselves. The body-
snatching pods attack male and
female alike, leaving one victim to
laud the superior virtues of a cold,
emotionless society. The queen
ant in Them! is feared not for its
femininity but for its apparent
ability to breed on its own: while
the humans come together as individuals to procreate, the ant duplicates itself without tlie relationship essential to human reproduction. And the male heroes in these
films, rather than battling femininity, frequently gain the upper
hand only after they heed the suggestions of their female colleagues.
Yet still the debate continues:
were the aliens feared for their
supposedly female qualities, or for
their conformist tendencies?
When Star Trek: The Next
Generation first introduced the
Borg, it would seem they fell neatly onto one side of the debate.
They represented conformity—or,
if you will, assimilation—at its
most extreme, and there was nothing feminine about them.
Moreover, there was no hierarchy
within the Borg. In the old Star
Trek, Kirk could always find a central computer or an android called
Norman to knock out and save the
day. But in the more sophisticated
1990s, the Borg represented a
more pervasive threat.
That all  changed with  Star
Trek: First Contact, and it's fascinating to see just how big a
leap   backwards   that   film
made. The Borg collective, now
called a "hive", is led by a highly   eroticized   Queen   (Alice
Krige) who flaunts her sexuality
and,   in ' a   curious   subplot,
spends most of her time trying to seduce the android
Data. Her body, a purely
mechanical  device  created
separately   from   her   partly
organic head, becomes an object
and a tool with which to entrap
Meanwhile,  tlie  Borg  assimilates a good chunk of the Enterprise's crew, and it's interesting to
note that the first two victims are
a man, whose demise is apparently silent,   and  a  woman,  who
screams loudly into the camera.
Despite her capture, and that
of a few other women onscreen,  not one  of the
Borg  drones  we  see
later on appears to
be female. The Borg Queen, unlike
the queen ant in Them!, is not a
symbol of impersonal self-replication, because she uses personality—note how she turns Data's
emotion chip on—to exert control
over (male) beings that already
exist. In this film, it is impossible
to separate the threat of female
sexuality from the loss of male
This is a surprising development for a supposedly progressive
series like Star Trek. Picard, who
used to "boldly go where no one
has gone before," now orders
Worf, "Tell your men to stand
their ground," as though there
were no women defending the
ship. The regular female characters—already typecast in nurturing roles—are kept to the sidelines, while Troi gets drunk. The
passivity is relieved somewhat by
Lily (Alfre Woodard), a guest character who has some strong scenes
with Picard, but she too does not
figure prominently in the story—
in fact, when she first meets the
Enterprise crew, she faints.
The real irony is that Star Trek
was once valued for its subversive
critiques of modern society, just
as some value the films that came
before it. But Star Trek has been
playing it safe for years now, and
the success of a film as uncritically  mainstream   as   First
Contact suggests that
Star Trek has, in
its  own  way,
a 1 r e a d y
been assi-
m i 1 a t -
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Regent College (University Blvd/Wesbrook Mall) 10 THE UBYSSEY, JANUARY 7, 1997
JANUARY 7, 1997 • volume 78 issue 23
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Joe Clark
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Sarah O'Donnell joined the mili-"
tia over the break. Wolf Depner
was trapped in chilly Vernon for
New Year's. Richard Lam four-by-
foured. Federico Barahona has
problems dealing with freaks.
Ian Gunn is malshaven. Peter
T.Chattaway cleaned his room.
Richelle Rae amputated the arms
of Sleepy Bear. Joe Clark got sick
on a horse-raddish and cheddar
bagel and threw up in the
Guggenheim musuem. Chris
Nuttall-Smith got cyber-kinky.
Scott Hayward got a lecture by his
mother. Robin Yeatman was on
the run. John Bolton sang with
the Three Tenors. Penny
Cholmondeley, well, didn't do a
whole lot Andy Barham has an
affair with his cat's gap-toothed
vet. Orly Givton looked rotten.
The appearance of consultation
With each new week of so-called consultation about a student technology fee, two
things are becoming increasingly apparent:
1. UBC students are about to see an extra
$ 150 a year in ancillary fees, and;
2. The university administration doesn't
really care what students t±iink about it.
Word of a student technology fee started
circulating last summer, shortly before
administrators struck SITAC, an advisory
committee on information technology. They
were quick to point out that 50 percent of the
committee's members would be students and
their input would be of utmost importance.
They also agreed—this was for sure—that
the university wouldn't ask students to shell
out $4.5 million without well...asking them
first The university administration promised
us a referendum on the fee.
What a difference a few months can make.
The stakes are too high for a referendum
now. Maria Klawe, VP of Student and
Academic Services, says student participation on SITAC, meetings with student council
executives and a Your UBC forum this
Monday are adequate and meaningful student consultation.
Never mind that many students on SITAC
say administrators don't want to hear their
recommendation—unless it includes a sizable
fee without any sticky conditions.
Or that student council execs have been
screaming they won't support extra fees without a referendum.
Or that Your UBC forums aren't exactly
barn burners. Even with an offer of free
tuition for students who attend the forums, 30
attendees is par; more than 50 is a dream.
Perhaps if an angry mob of students
showed up to Monday's Your UBC forum in
the SUB Conversation Pit to protest the
way the university is trying to ram this one
up—well, maybe through is a more polite
word—the university might listen.
This is an important time for students to
tell UBC that an upward spiral of ancillary
fees shouldn't be part of the program, especially without meaningful consultation. We
don't mean to alarm, but if the student technology fee goes through unchallenged and
without a binding referendum, it won't be the
Last September, UBC President David
Strangway told then Minister of Education
Moe Sihota he'd fire 40 faculty and staff if he
couldn't levy about $300 of new fees on students. The student technology fee was on his
list. So was a $50 sewage fee.
Sihota responded: he stood against new
fees without meaningful consultation with students. He also set new guidelines to define
which fees were acceptable, and which were
Monday afternoon, a new education minister was appointed—Paul Ramsey. He would
be wise to follow Sihota's fee policy. When the
Clark government froze post-secondary
tuition fees they were trying to keep education
accessible for all students.
Sihota followed the spirit of that promise,
it remains to be seen whether or not Mr.
Ramsey will follow suit. ♦
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are just psycho
The UBC Psych Department is
using its undergrads like dispensi-
ble rats in cages.
Last week, I marched into the
Kenny as a volunteer subject in a
psych experiment I felt like your
basic Psych 100 student: a little
nervous, a little self-righteous, and
mostly eager to please. I emerged
from the building feeling emotionally exhausted, and psychologically manipulated.
I quickly searched out fellow
psych students to see if mine had
been an unusual experience. I
soon uncovered a wealth of nasty
stories. One in particular had
remained in my mind. Picture
this: the experimenter switches
off the lights. He asks you to relax
and to slowly breathe in and out,
and listens carefully to ensure
that you are following instructions. The lights go on and you
are told to sign a fictitious contract stating that you are one
hundred percent responsible for
your actions and for the consequences of your actions. You are
then instructed to write on a
sheet of paper, "I hope my girl
friend, (her name), gets into a car
accident." You protest, but the
experimenter simply repeats the
instructions. He tells you again
that you are responsible for your
actions. At the end, he says,
"Don't worry, nothing you write
has any effect on what happens."
He sends you away, having collected his data.
So how do you react ? Do you
brush it off ? How do you feel
later that week when you find out
your girlfriend has been in a
minor car accident, as this student did ?
But the validity of any particular experiment is not the issue
here. What we need to look at and
question is the judgement (or
ethics) of people who manipulate
vulnerable subjects. By dealing
with university students who
clearly care about marks, we are
looking at a population that is
already under high-risk stress.
Undergrads in particular are often
still adjusting to university life, to
the increased difficulty of assignments, and to their own insecurities. If the Psych Department
insists on manipulating subjects
and risking their safety, at least
they could have the decency to
stick to rats.
Erin Haddock
Squirrely church
Your recent article on Rev. Kevin
Annett sent me looking for my old
high school poetry book.
What I have noticed from the
quotes and the few sessions I sat
in on is how polite and helpfully
Christian everyone is. The United
Church spokesperson in a letter to
Macleans magazine denied they
were sending Rev Annett off for
psychiatric evaluation to "get"
him. Rather they were doing it to
help him find a new career.
Similarly, the church has
installed an official to make sure
that the wheels turn correctly at
the hearing. The function of Mr.
John Jessiman, as Chief Judicial
Officer, as I understand it is not to
press the case for the church. That
role is taken by a paid lawyer. I
gather Mr. Jessiman is there to
make sure that there are no
storms over the Christian waters.
Mr. Jessiman has a rich background. He is a lawyer with previous legal involvements with the
United Church, a teacher of ethics,
and has had his name put forward
as moderator of the United
Church. As part of his role of
smoother of the waters he has
offered himself as an agent of Rev.
Annett's interests.
He graciously offered during
the hearing to help Rev. Annett
frame his questions so that they
will be acceptable and fit within
the guidelines of the hearing.
And what of Rev. Annett himself ? A softspoken man as well.
Unfortunately, he has taken a subversive anti-establishment figure
as his role model. After all, you
can't throw out the money lender
without, as Brian Thorpe says, posing 'a threat to any congregation
he might lead." And that has
always been the problem of
Christianity. They keep disowning
the leader.
This is why I got out my poetry
book to refresh my memory of a
poem called the Grey Squirrel by
Humbert Wolfe.
[The squirrel] is not
all he should be,
kills by dozens
trees and eats
his red-brown cousins.
The keeper, on the
other hand,
who shot him, is
a Christian and
loves his enemies
which shows
the squirrel was not
one of those.
W. McCauley THE UBYSSEY, JANUARY 7, 1997   11
Eat it and weep
by Orly Givton
"Every time you go away, you
take a piece of meat with you."
When I was about six or seven,
I first heard a song that I've
never forgotten. When I thought
about what this guy was saying, it
just didn't make sense. I thought,
why the hell does this guy have
this infatuation with meat? How
long are the flights he takes when
he goes on trips? Wouldn't the
meat start to rot? This guy has got
to be pretty screwed up or maybe
he just really loves the woman
he's taking the meat for. Why I
didn't realize (until a few years
ago) that he was saying me and
not meat, I really can't say. I
guess I heard what I wanted to
hear. Maybe I was trying to make
myself feel like being a
carnivore was nothing to be ashamed of, or maybe
I thought love
songs were too
boring without a
little twist of something or other. The
truth is, I was just
another stupid kid
with stupid ideas.
My parents thought
I was hilarious. Ha Ha
(sarcastically). They wrote down
all the weird and funny things I
ever said in my childhood book
they had. When family and
friends came over for dinner, my
parents would say, "Guess what
Orly said?" After the laughing
died down, my brother would
say, "Did you hear about the time
she had a thermometer stuck up
her butt?"
Oh, he always knew how to
ruin an evening.
Anyway, getting back to meat.
I never used to dream about
meat when I was young. (Not that
it's a regular occurrence now).
I've had at least one in the past
year that I can remember. I was
sleeping with my mom because
my dad was out of town. I was
having this absolutely horrible
dream that I was a vegetarian.
Me, a vegetarian. Talk about
when hell freezes over. Anyway,
in my dream, I was with a group
of my veggie buds and we were
talking about how much we
despised meat. We were on a
mountain top somewhere and all
of a sudden, the sun began to
rise. But then we realized that the
sun wasn't the sun after all. It
was a big, juicy, rare steak in the
shape of a sun. I got so flustered
that I said, "Fuck meat!"
I woke myself up when I said
that because I realised I'd said it
out loud. My mom turned towards me and disbelievingly
said, "What?" I pretended I was
still sleeping and turned away
from her. God, that was humiliating, although we never spoke
about it after that night.
You hear all this stuff about
meat. One day, it's bad for you
and humans aren't built to
eat meat and the next
day, it's better for
you than a Caesar
salad and pasta.
Who can you
trust? I say if you
like meat, eat it.
Or, as my astonishingly wise mother puts it,
"Everything in moderation." Life is too short to
be fretting over whether
or not to be a carnivorous
creature. I'd eat meat over fish
any day. Fish is so... healthy... and
ew, it came out of a fish. I'm not
really a steak and potatoes kind of
gal, I'm more of a beef tenderloin
and rigatoni person. When I think
about those poor animals being
slaughtered, and their insides
being scooped out, well... I really
don't feel any sort of sympathy. I
don't know why, I guess I'm just
too adapted to eating other creatures to care that we kill them for
our own selfish purposes. Even if
I stopped eating meat, it doesn't
mean that animals would stop
being killed. No one can save the
world. No one can save all the
cows. You can go ahead and try,
but I guarantee you aren't going to
get anywhere. So, as the saving
goes, "Every time you go away,
you take a piece of meat with you."
Words to live by. ♦
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Documenting Vancouver as Hollywood North
I was but a wee lad visiting my buddies in Shaughnessy when one
of them pointed to a nearby house. "That's where they filmed The
Changeling," he said. I had not seen the film nor, for that matter, did
I even know what it was—but the thought that someone had made a
movie in my hometown left me in a brief, yet lingering, state of awe.
That sense of awe would grow throughout the 1980s: The
Province printed letters from "Moses"—i.e., Charlton Heston, here
in town making Mother Lode; Tom Selleck chased Gene Simmons
through a futuristic Vancouver in Runaway, the third of his
attempts to start a feature film; Sylvester Stallone filmed First
Blood, the first of his Rambo movies, in Hope before buying 500
boxes of Kentucky Fried Chicken for the extras in Rocky TV and letting them all go bad outside Exhibition Park; the newly-built BC
Place was plainly visible in a scene supposedly set in Germany in
The Neverending Story; Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez had a
hit smash with Stakeout; and Jodie Foster won her first Oscar after
getting "raped" in Delta in The Accused.
By the time John Travolta drove a taxi down Georgia Street for
his umpteenth comeback attempt in Look Who's Talking, I was
beginning to lose track. Vancouver has become the world's third-
largest production centre, and the impact of seeing the words
"made in Vancouver" in a local review has worn off.
Thankfully, there are those who keep tabs on these things for
us, and Ken Maclntyre distils all the essential information into
his new book: which films have been made here, in whole or in
part, where they were filmed, and even how non-industry types
can crash a shoot and catch films in the making. And how up-to-
date is this book? Well, you remember all those Patrick Stewart
sightings we had last August? The film he was in town for—Smart
Alec—is in here, as is Alicia Silverstone's Excess Baggage.
In some ways this book reads like a cinephile's tourist guide,
tending towards a high "ooh" and "aah" quotient—this is most evident in the list of restaurants where one is likely to bump into
famous people—but it's also got some handy indexes, including a
list of every film made in British Columbia. (BC had a thriving
industry between the World Wars thanks to England's protectionist
laws; American companies came north to make "quota quickies,"
but in 1938 the laws were redefined to exclude films made in
Dominions such as Canada; only one film was made in the whole of
the 1950s.)
But for all the historical perspective, Maclntyre has his pulse
squarely on current trends: he spends 42 pages listing every single location for every single episode in the first three seasons of
The X-Files. For particularly mobile fans, this chapter could be the
perfect resource for X-Files scavenger hunts. Go ahead, get some
friends, start a car rally. Bonus points to anyone who catches—or
gets caught by—an alien.
In the meantime, I'll be looking for a copy of Mike Nichols' Carnal
Knowledge (19 71) so I can see Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel discuss their sex lives outside our
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Reading Mister Sandman is a little like waiting
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Yes, the book has its fair share of eroticism
and sexual tension, and yes, Barbara Gowdy
has tried her best to show that an eccentric
family can be a functioning family, but at times
the characters seem to lose their integrity within the novel's labyrinth of sexual confusion.
The Canary family itself is a fairly motley
crew: a homosexual father and a lesbian mother manage to live in relative contentment with
two daughters and a brain damaged grandchild which they raise as their own. One daughter, Marcy, is wild and promiscuous, while the
other, Sonja, lives with the secret that her sister Joan is really her daughter.
Yet no one seems to seems to be aware of
any inherent problems, and if they are, their
concern isn't believable. The general lack of
sympathetic (or even charismatic) characters
is painfully emphasised by the outrageous
story line. While two of the main characters
deal with their homosexuality, the reader is left
with one looming question: who cares?
At various points, the plot fizzles into a
metaphorical cloud and it becomes difficult to
believe that such stale characters are capable
of experiencing any kind of passion. Despite
Gowdy's reputation for animating her characters through their sensual identities, the energy this book creates never develops beyond the
carnal, and the reader is left riding on waning
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But some credit must be given to the few
bright spots in the novel. The family believes
Joan, the youngest, most intriguing character,
is telepathic, not mentally disabled and possibly the reincarnation of an older, wiser soul.
Locked in a non-verbal world, her sensitivity to
sensory stimuli and her unique perspective
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