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 US*? Archives Serial
page 4
July 15,1987
vw> 6 No. 1
l Aid program neglects recent grads
A lot of students are
going to get hurt as they fall
between the cracks in the
new student aid program, says
the president of UBC's Alma
Mater Society.
Nevraumont is angry that the
program does nothing for the
hundreds of students who
have accumulated debts of
over $20,000 in the years since
the provincial government dismantled the grant program in
The program reduces
loan debts to $ 12,000 for students who successfully complete a degree, but it is not
retroactive for those who
have already graduated.
"If the government is
now recognising th^ problem
with the system why can't
they accept the problem of a
few years ago?" asked
Nevraumont. "There's no recourse for those people (with
high debt loads)," she said.
"What the hell's supposed to
happen to them?"
The average debt
load for 1986 graduates with
loans was $15,000, up from
$3,000 in 1984, and the loan
default rate was almost 20 per
Minister of advanced
education, Stan Hagen said
his ministry couldn't offer past
graduates any assistance.
" I don't think there
are enough funds in the program (to cover retroactive re-
missioin) and if we were to do
that it would have to have an
impact on the people in
school now ," he said.
UBC director of
awards and financial aid
Byron Hender said the new
program represents such a
great improvement over recent years that it is unreasonable to complan.
"I think it would hve been nice
if the provincecould have
made it retroactive but things
don't always work out that
way," he said.
Graduates will be eligible for loan remissions only if
they fulfill a 'personal responsibility' requirement by either
working, volunteering or taking full-time classes during the
"It's the only province
Summ..Summ..Summertime... and the living is choice.
Condom battle heats up
"A lot of people are
embarrassed to stand in a
line-up in front of a cashier
with condoms in their hand.
So that's why I thought it was
a good idea? says Dave
Verma, manager of Can-Am
Protect Ltd.
His is one of two con-
dom delivery services
launched recently to save shy
Vancouver residents from the
humiliation of drugstore lineups.
The second, Safetel
Delivery Services, started up
just last week and offers the
convenience of the city's only
24 hour service.
Safetel manager
Laurel Radley said she
opened the business "in response to increased sales and
to people's tendency to buy
what's most convenient these
"Sometimes its inconvenient to leave your house,"
she explained.
Both services offer a
wide variety of condoms, at
competitive prices, delivered
to your door in a plain brown
paper bag by an unmarked
vehicle. Can-Am Protect
charges one dollar for immediate delivery, but Safetel delivery charges can run up to
$ 10 on a rush order.
\ferma doesn't expect
his business to be threatened
by Safetel: "They have a very
hefty delivery charge, so I
don't think there's any com
But Radley thinks
the convenience of round
the clock deliveries will attract customers at any
price: "In order to provide
that kind of service its a little
more expensive."
Can-Am Protect
delivers only until midnight.
Registrar will be missed
Kenneth Gordon Young. University of British Columbia
Registrar,, died May 2nd.
Born tn Edmonton in 1938, Mr. Young earned degrees In Art and Commerce from the University of Alberta.
He joined UBC os assistant registrar in 1965 and in
1980 succeeded Jack Parnell as UBC Registrar.
Mr. Young also served as a member of the Board of
St. Paul's Hospital Foundation from 1985 to 1987.
Mr, Young will be remembered warmry by the university com-
in which to get a loan you
have to prove your worth on a
moral basis as well as on a fi-
nancial basis," said
Although she thinks
that volunteer work is a "great"
option for those who cannot
find work, Nevraumont said,
"I'm not sure it's a judicial call
(the government) should be
But Hagen disagreed.
"I don't think it's a moral question at all," he said.
"Education doesn't
only benefit the individual
who's getting it, it benefits the
society as a whole and is paid
for by society as a whole,"
said Hagen.
Since taxpayers subsidize students with loans they
should expect students to try
to earn money towards the
cost, he said.
Nevraumont said the five year
time limit to complete a degree is "another big problem"
because there are no
no exceptions made for single parents or students who
get involved in extra-curricular activities like student service organisations and student council.
"They've denied you
that opportunity to broaden
your experience," she said,
adding that such initiatives
should be encouraged as an
important and fulfilling part of
an education.
Students who fail to
complete their degrees within
five years become ineligible
for remission upon graduation.
Hender said the time
limit is necessary to prevent
abuse of the aid system by
students who enjoy the good
life at university: "The tendency is to stick around as long
as you can, but if the government is picking up the tab""
Hagen said his minsit-
ry is "not unsympathetic to individual cases" but he didn't
see the value of extending a
degree to allow time for extra-curricular activities.
Report urges AMS to
take over intramurals
Management of
UBC's athletic facilities is
"fragmented" and must be
better structured to ensure
equitable funding of facilities
and groups, according to a
University Athletics Council
report released Wednesday.
A special review
committee of the UAC drafted the recommendations in
an effort to streamline athletics management structures
and address inconsistencies
in funding.
"It is necessary to
have a common management system," said K. D.
Srivistava, vice president student and academic services
and chair of the committee.
Nevraumont, AMS president
and member of the UAC is
concerned that bringing all
the facilities under one management board could result
in user fees being paid by
students for facilities that
were previously freely available.
"Not only are students kicking in the first time
(in the form of athletic fees),
but they're also paying high
participation and user fees,"
she said.
But Nevraumont said
programs such as intramurals
will continue to receive little
funding and poor facilities
until a more impartial management structure is created
to establish facility priorities.
The Task Force report
recommends the AMS take
over full administrative and financial control of the intramurals program.
Nevraumont said
taking control of intramurals
would be possible only if all
the recommendations in the
draft are accepted.
Although she would like to
see the AMS take over the intramurals program, she said
unless the recommendations
are accepted it would be
too much of a strain on AMS
time and resources.
Earmarking a percentage of the $5.50 athletic
fee increase for intramurals
would be another way to ensure adequate funding, said
But Srivastava said
earmarking specific funds
would allow other departments to say "you already
have your share" and would
likely be a detriment to intramurals.
The report also urges
equitable funding for the
Mens Athletic Committee
(MAC) and the Women's
Athletic Committee (WAC).
but it does not address what
form the funding should take.
Srivistava said differences in funding between
men's and women's teams
reflects the greater number
of male students participating. "If there were^greater
demands for women's teams,
the UAC would have to consider more funding," he said.
Currently men's athletics fields 15 teams while
women's athletics fields 12.
Nevraumont agreed
that the funding reflected
the number of teams, but
said funding for other items in
athletics was inequitable.
"The women's teams weren't
getting the same for meal
vouchers or travel expense
allowances," she said. »•«-»-;• •.ilOt***.
-July 15, 1987
Student reacts to tuition waiver for faculty kids
Two students, Carole
and Ted, are having a chat
over coffee. "Without a minor
miracle," says Carole, "I wont
be back at UBC in the fall.
The expense is killing me.
Tuition alone is now $1500,
and I'm up to my ears in debt.
I'm thinking that university may
just not be worth it."
Ted smiles
sympathetically. "Poor thing!
I'm glad I don't have your
worries. My dad teaches at
UBC, so I don't have to pay
tuition, although my parents
could probably afford it. I'm
going strong, and my folks
expect me to get a PhD."
Such a conversation is
likely if the UBC Faculty's
current bargaining demand is
met: "that tuition fees be
waived for members'
dependent children and
spouses enrolled in
undergraduate courses at the
And why not? Airlines
give their employees free
flights and breweries theirs free
beer.   So why should UBC not
give its faculty (and surely its
support staff as well) free
education for their offspring?
Why not? Because a
university education isn't like
beer or airline flights: it is a
major gateway to self-
development, desirable jobs,
social status and self-respect.
It's because higher education
constitutes a strategic good in
a person's life that access to it
should be scrupulously fair.
Waiving tuition fees for
children of a professional
group like academics (whose
average salary is $50,000 a
year), while students from
poor families face serious
financial barriers, is an
incredibly ugly example of
Several considerations
will be advanced against this
argument: first, that it's purely
a collective bargaining issue in
what form academics take
their pay increase; second,
that giving it to them in the
form of tuition waivers has the
advantage to the university of
adding only marginal costs;
third, that unequal financial
barriers in higher education
are not unfair as long as
academic standards are
applied equally; and fourth,
that the root of unequal
access to higher education is
to be found, and must
therefore be remedied, at the
level of unequally distributed
wealth in our society.
It can be convincingly
argued (although only at
some length) that these
considerations involve
confused-thinking and do not
stand up as objections to the
conclusion that tuition waivers
for children of academics are
unjust. It violates the principle
of equality of educational
opportunity to discriminate in
favor of a group of students,
not on grounds of special
need or merit, but for no
better reason than that their
parents have some special
relation with UBC. Children of
academics, with their
fortunate background,
already attend university in
vastly disproportionate
numbers and are the last
group to require preferential
treatment. It other universities
have chosen to be unfair, so
much the worse; it certainly
isn't a good reason for UBC to
do*the same.
It's a sad truism that a
person's life chances in our
society depend greatly on
family background. Higher
education is becoming
unaffordable for many
children of impoverished
groups like welfare mothers or
the unemployed, and good
jobs tend to go to the well-
connected. The fact that
elected governments preside
over such injustice doesn't
make it any less unjust. No
wonder young people who
lose out in this rigged
distribution of social goods
feel betrayed by society,
alienated and ready to betray
in turn: to steal, lie, cheat and
exploit fellow citizens
wherever they can. By giving
tuition waivers to an already
privileged group like spouses
and offspring of academics,
UBC will only contribute to a
widespread feeling that there
is little justice in our society.
Kurt Preinsperg Is a fair
minded philosophy grad
student with a fondness for
Ubyssey 0
VOL. 16 NO. 1
Hello and welcome to Summer Session '87
Summer Session
The Summer Session Association is the student
organization of Summer Session; if you have any
problems, concerns or suggestions, please drop by our
office - main floor of SUB, opposite the candy counter.
We are there Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone
228 - 4846
FREE, noon-hour concerts. Bring your
lunch and a friend.
Wednesday, July 15:
Gary Keenan Quartet, SUB
Friday, July 17:
Phoenix Jazzers, SUB
Monday, July 20:
Wednesday, July 22:
Horns R Us SUB
FREE, Music Building Recital Hall,
8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 16
Kathleen Rudolph, flute
Rita Costanzi, harp
Thursday, July 23
Michael Strutt, guitar
Lynne Pining, flute
All films are FREE to everyone! 7:30
p.m., IRC, Lecture Hall #2.
Friday, July 17: The Colour of Money:
Academy Award winning performance by
Paul Newman sparks this dramatic story of
two generations of pool hustlers.
Tuesday, July 21: The Color Purple: This
moving story of the growth of a young
woman stars Whoopi Goldberg & Oprah
The Annual UBC Summer Session Blood
Donor Clinic will be held Wednesday and
Thursday, July 22 & 23, in the Scarfe
Building Lounge from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Please give - the Red Cross needs our help.
J news
-July 15, 1987
Computers rear ugly heads in news office
The AMS director of
finance has purchased new
computer equipment to produce AMS publications.
Don Isaak said the
$20,000 investment would
save money producing The
Ubyssey, Inside UBC, and
other in-house AMS publications.
"It is difficult to ascertain how much money will be
saved, but it will be enough to
make it worth while," said
Most Ubyssey staffers
considered the new equipment an improvement over
past systems.
"We've been working
with medieval equipment -
we've used the same production system for 70 years," said
Ubyssey editor Corinne Bjorge.
"Having the Macintosh will bring The Ubyssey into
the twentieth century and
make us more flexible in terms
Broken campaign promise
angers club members
The AMS Director of
Finance is breaking a campaign promise he made in
January by not putting club
interest straight back into club
accounts, according to Filmsoc member Dusan Milatovik.
"I stood up and asked
Don (Isaak) if he would be
willing to deposit the interest
money back into the projection booth account, and Don
said yes", said Milatovik.
The AMS business office currently administers all
club, constituent and business
operation funds through a single account. The interest is
then directed into a general
account which supplements
several AMS funds.
Isaak said he didn't
fully understand the issue before he got into office and he
now feels the current accounting system is a good
one for the AMS.
"I suppose I feel disconcerted (about the campaign promise)", said Isaak,
but said the general fund is
used as "an instrument to facilitate growth within the
Isaak said interest
from the clubs is put toward
the SUB replacement fund,
service organizations such as
CITR, and the subsidiary loan
Spreading the money
between the clubs, constituencies and business operations is more in keeping with
the AMS philosophy, said
However, Milatovik
said that clubs that earn the
money are entitled to benefit
from the interest gained on
their accounts.
"When a film is run,
the money goes into the projection booth account. There
is roughly $24,000 in the account currently, $4,200 of
which FilmSoc paid last year",
said Milatovik. He said that
FilmSoc would like the interest
from their account to go towards buying new projectors.
But past Director of Finance, James Collins, who
has also faced pressure from
clubs and constitutencies to
change the accounting system, said that subsidizing small
clubs and other organizations
was the price that large clubs
had to pay in order to be equitable.
All Clubs, constituencies and business have benefitted from the system, including FilmSoc, said Collins, referring to the interest-free loans
FilmSoc has held with the AMS
in the past.
"Although the AMS
does not pay out interest on
accounts, it also does not
charge interest on loans to
clubs and constituencies",
said Collins. And clubs dont't
pay administrative charges
for processing cheques and
statements", he said.
of layout and typestyle," she
But others at The
Ubyssey thought Isaak should
have purchased high quality
typesetting equipment at a
higher price.
"You get a higher resolution and better quality with
real equipment," said photographer Malcolm Pearson.
The problem with the
Macintosh, Pearson said, "is
that there are a lot of things
you can't do on the Mac
screen, such as turn copy upside down."
Isaak said he was not
opposed to purchasing the
new typesetter, but that it
would depend on the cost.
"The system Malcolm wants
costs around $40,000," Isaak
said. "We would have to test
the enterprise we have now
and see which system would
save more money."
Anything that saves
money for Rebeccas students
is worth it," he added.
Besides typesetting
The Ubyssey, Isaak hopes to
use the Macintosh on a commercial basis, providing typesetting copy for books and
academic publications as
well as for advertising purposes.
The Student Administrative Commission will also
benefit from the new equipment: SAC chair Tim Bird
said that a new constituency
newsletter will be printed on
the Macintosh.
The $20,000 purchase
included five IBM compatible
computers, one Macintosh SE,
one big screen for layout, one
laser writer, one dot matrix
printer, and software and
Hagen gives $16.4 million
for new chemistry building
Chemistry students
and faculty at UBC can now
breathe easily.
A new $16.4 million
chemistry/physics building will
end years of crowded classrooms and poorly ventilated
Last Thursday minister
of advanced education and
job training Stan Hagan announced a funding grant to
the university for the construction of the new building.
"It will herald a new
thrust for science and technology", said Hagen of the 80,000
square foot facility which will
be constructed beside the old
chemistry building. It will
also mean that UBC's chemistry department will no longer
have to lose potential re
search contracts.
"There's a number of
projects that we could not
carry out because of inadequate facilities", said Dr. Larry
Weiler, chemistry, department
Weiler said that the
new facilities will include
equipment for laser research,
very modern facilities for
preparative chemistry and a
state of the art plant tissue culture facility which can produce "very unusual and very
valuable chemicals".
In the old chemistry
building the lack of a controlled environment in dealing
with hazardous chemicals
makes work difficult, said Weiler. Some of the equipment is
poorly and inappropriately
housed, he added.
But the old chemistry
building won't be pushed to
the side without a fight. There
are those who have a vision
for its continued use.
"It should be regarded
as a heritage bulding," said Dr.
Charles McDowell, university
professor emeritus, who has
been with the Chemistry department since 1955.
McDowell suggested
that the old chemistry building
be used to house a chemistry/physics library, simple social facilities, administrative
rooms, small seminar rooms,
and rooms with study carrols
for students.
"It could stimulate interest in this side of campus",
said McDowell.
£„!_*- "**♦*"'
$*t$-V*yry>- Hm«k
UBC STUDENT RELAXES and makes out last will and testament arts
: July 15,1987
On June 18th two movie theatres went dark: the Varsity
on Tenth Avenue, and the
Dunbar on Dunbar and Thirty
Second. On June 19th, the 7
screen Granville Cineplex
opened. There is a connection between these two
events: the Cineplex Odeon
Corporation holds the leases
(until next year) on the Varsity
and the Dunbar.
The closures have
been met with dismay by
west side movie goers, whose
choice of movies in their
neighborhoods will now be
severely limited.
"Now someone who
wants to walk to a movie has
to go all the way downtown,"
says Dean Harkema (Arts 3), "I
don't like the centralization,
they already have the Royal
Centre Cineplex downtown."
David Mitchell, UBC Filmsoc
chairman, agrees: "It's sad
that I have to go downtown
to see a feature film."
Harkema also feels
that the closures are "a loss
because the Varsity used to
get lots of small independent
films." However, according to
a source at the Cineplex
head office in Toronto, one of
the objectives of the corporation is to be able to show independant, foreign, and 'art'
films which, because they
only attract a small audience,
may not be commercially viable for many movie houses.
Because the Cineplexes contain, within one complex, a
variety of theatres of various
sizes, they can put big
Hollywood blockbusters in
their big theatres, and independent, 'art' films in the small
theatres, and still fill most of
their seats. They've had as
few as six people in to see a
movie, and still not had to
drop the movie. Their vast
overall size gives them the
power to bid for any movie
they want, and they kcan
keep movies playing even as
their popularity wanes, by
moving them from a big theatre to a smaller one. Ideally,
then, they are broadening
the choices for movie-goers,
and supporting alternative
movies. The Chairman of
Cineplex Odeaon, Garth Dra-
binsky, has won numerous
awards from film festivals and
societies for his contribution to
maintaining high standards in
the film industry.
Mitchell, who works at
the new Granville Cinemas,
says that Cineplex do appear
to have a committment to
showing independent and
'art' films.
"when we opened
we had Swimming to Cambodia and Hollywood Shuffle,"
he says, "Also, The Royal Centre has shown some really
good-and unusual- movies."
However, Roy Mainland, manager of the Ridge
Theatre, says that the Cineplex Corporation simply "pays
lip service to their philosophy.
Sure, they have brought-nn
some foreign and independent films, but they just throw
them up on the screen and
wait for an audience. They
have no real committment to
their movies." He beleives
that a market for several small
single-screen cinemas does
exist on the west side, if the
cinemas are willing to "work
hard to promote their films-as
we do at the ridge, i make
enough money to feed myself
and my family. As a matter of
fact, I've just renewed the
lease into the 1990's."
"Cineplex Odeon has
a big monopoly. They're the
largest chain in North America. They can force things
and manipulate the market.
It's important that the small independent theatres survive to
keep the big guys in check,"
says Mainland.
"They've done a hell
of a disservice to the movie
industry. Our enemy is not
each other~we have a common enemy: Video. There's a
whole bunch of movie fans
on the west side. What if they
don't want to go downtown?
They'll rent a video."
A Cineplex Odeon
Spokesperson said that the
corporation was considerin
Vancouver's west side as a
possible site for a new Cineplex.
Summer Stock: student run theatre
Ever think the inmates
would gain control? Well,
they did, at UBC Summer
Summer Stock, a theatre department project since
1964, gives sixteen students
hands-on experience in all areas of theatre. Students act,
build sets, run lights, and sell
tickets. They promote their
own plays and choose their
The workload, however, is intense. SS's four plays in
a ten week schedule leaves
little time for rehearsal. As
Wright says, "in winter, rehearsal time is four to five
weeks. In SS we have a
twelve day rehearsal period."
Shorter rehearsal periods means the company
must work hard. Eight to fourteen hours a day they are at
the theatre, sometimes ten
days in a row, always six days
out of seven.
These time constraints
develop skills not forced in a
longer rehearsal period. "You
learn to trust yourself," says
Wright, a two year SS veteran.
"You learn to be confident
making decisions."
SS also enlarges an
actor's appreciation of the
theatre's technical operations.
Each actor and actress
spends one or two shows
working at the box office or as
a technician.
SS actor Jason Smith,
for example, is a stage lighting
hand in Bonjour, la.Bonjour, He
says the technical experience, "opened up a whole
side of theatre I didn't know."
For others, the technical experience was career
changing. Bruce Dow, profes
sional director and SS graduate says, "SS was great. I
learned so much doing it, and
I wouldn't have gone into directing without that experience."
Other professional
actors who passed through SS
include some of the great
names in Canadian theatre.
John Grey, Brent Carver, Eric
Peterson, Morris Panych and
Larry Lillo studied at SS during
the 1960's.
Then, as Professor
Norman Young remembers,
"the students organized everything, including meals. The
star would be doing dishes
right before the show. As students did it for nothing, they
would divide box office profits
between the cast and crew.
It was really a communal approach to theatre."
In some ways that
communal approach has
changed. In the 1970's, youth
and student grants were introduced. This year the company receives Challenge '87
grants. However, the closeness that can only come from
working together day and
night remains.
"It's like having a family of sixteen," Wright says. "We
fight like mad, then have fun.
Relating on stage, though, is
something the SS company
has been doing well this year.
Large audiences or
small, however, are not proper
tools to judge Summer Stock's
success. Summer Stock is a
learning experience. And as
actor Jason Smith says, "every
show I progress one step towards being a better actor.
Summer Stock will help later in
the professional world."
Alternative galleries
are places to see the new
and the weird. Galleries like
Pitt International, Contempor
rary Art, and Grunt show"
young artists, artists unknown
and commercially unmar*-"
"We want galleries to
get off a high pedestal", says
Grunt's publicist Jennifer Sinclair. " We want to feature*
young artists, artists on the
The Pitt, one of Vancouver's better known galleries, also promotes the
avant-garde. "We want to fa-
cilitate young emerging
artists", says the Pitt's Daav
MacNab. "We give them c*--
space to exhibit works, works
made to express something".
These works are often
strange: Ron Huebner's installation show, Who's afraid of
the Big Bad Wolf, at Contemporary, scattered realistic?*
bones across the gallery.
Wolves, surrounded by forests*
stared from the walls. I felt as
if I had stumbled into another
world. Images of Auswitchz
and Birkenau entered my
mind. The effect was strong. -^
Another off-the-wall
show was Ken Gerberick's,.
Brakelight. Gerberick pieced
together car tail lens, and
chrome and plastic pieces
into odd, sculptered shapes.
After placing lights behind hi^
creations, Gerberick showed
them off in a dark room in the __
Pitt's downstairs gallery. The"
effect again was stunning.
Summer Stock perform arts
.July 15,1987
- -effect again was stunning.
These shows,
however, would almost never
find their way into Vancouver's
mainstream art galleries. In-
i itollation shows are one shot
affairs; they cannot be sold.
Ljijpunq artists are not big
names, not marketable.
Hence they rarely find their
way into galleries.
"Big galleries have to
^make money", Sinclair says.
"They can't afford to have
weird shows or take risks on
" artists. We can do anything,
like installations, but you don't
make money off it".
Lack of money is a
common problem for the Pitt,
""Contemporary and Grunt. All
are non-profit societies. The
"Tt-tt receives most of their
money from Canada Council
grants, and Vancouver civic
fund grants, while the Contemporary gallery receives
Canada Council grants, B.C.
Cultural Fund grants, and Vancouver civic fund grants.
"We have a good relationship with Canada Council and B.C. Cultural", says
Suzanne Klassen, publicist for
the Contemporary. :We usually apply for money for every
-TSttow, and we have received
a lot of support from these
The Grunt, however, is
in a financially abysmal state.
Grunt receives no money
from Canada Council or B.C.
►Cultural but gets a $ l ,000
grant every year from Van-
■•couver's civic fund.
Grunt's financial instability, however is not an indi-
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cation of the galleries vitality. "Once you are involved,
you realize how lively thing
are", says Sinclair. "There are
a large number of people involved with the gallery".
While financial instability ts a drawback to running an alternative gallery,
the benefit is freedom of
artistic vision. Would anyone
but an alternative gallery, as
the Pitt now is, show Chilean
Arpillera's, or burlap wall
hangings that depict political or social scenes peculiar
to the poor of Santiago,
Chile. Probably not.
Because they reject
the marketplace, alternative
galleries remain poor and
underfunded.-But they are
also lively places where you
can only find the new and
Chrissy and Big All Royce hang out
Boom Boom come up to my room
The Vancouver Conservatory of Theatrical Arts'
production of David Rabe's In
The Boom Boom Room, playing at the Firehall Theatre, is a
showcase for a group of remarkably talented actors. Unfortunately they are battling
with a difficult play which, in
spite of the actors' spirited efforts, bogs down dismally, especially in the second act.
Rabe's play, about a group of
Sixties' lowlife characters, inspires little sympathy for its
characters, and sympathy is
exactly what is needed to
make this play work.
In The Boom Boom
Room tells the story of Chrissy,
a young, naive girl who gets a
job as a go-go dancer and
dreams of being the greatest
dancer in the world. But Chrissy, played by Mickey Brazeau,
is maladjusted and misbegotten, and she has neither the
emotional nor the intellectual
wherewithal to cope with her
own growing confusion, which
is only exacerbated by the
confusions of her environment.
The play is set in the
sixties, but its not filled with
love-ins and flower-power.
Rather, the play exposes the
darker side of the sixties. The
word 'sordid' might have been
invented to describe Chrissy's
world. The play is populated
by the sort of characters who
you wouldn't want to sit next
to on a bus. Chrissy's lover Al,
played by William Croft, is an
in-and-out-of jail truck driver.
His companion Ralphie (Gerry
Rousseau) is a scruffy, menacing psycho who uses drugs to
enhance his natural mania.
Chrissy's neighbor, Guy (Larry
Bettiol), is a flamboyant homosexual who likes to visit her to
share his 'screamers'-his word
for a REALLY bad day. Her other companions are Eric (Gregory Kramer), a maladjusted
loser going through therapy,
and the other go-go dancers
from the club.
Poor Chrissy never
had much going for her. Her
mother wanted her to be an
abortion, and her father beat
and sexually molested her.
The breakdown of norms and
values that marked the sixties
bewilders her. She doesn't
know who she is or what she
wants-so she turns blindly,
and pathetically, to astrology
to guide her. Also, she is confused about her sexuality-she
is unable to have a successful
relationship with a man, so she
considers lesbianism,but eventually degenerates into a state
of confusion so deep that she
wonders whether she is a man
or a woman.
The play records Chris
sy's disintegration, through a
series of scenes with the other
characters, and long, intense
monologues. These monologues, though, are TOO long,
TOO intense, and too repete-
tive. Again and again we
watch Chrissy break down
completely and scream and
shout and wail. The intensity
eventually undermines itself
and becomes numbing, f
found myself, half way
through the second act, wondering when Chrissy would
reach her ultimate downfall
and stop screaming-in other
words, when this play was going to end,
Another problem with
the play is that Chrissy is simply
too stupid and insensitive to
command our sympathy. If
we are going to care about
the degeneration of a human
being, we must have some
sense of the potential value of
that human life.
The problems with the
play are equalled by the sweltering heat in the theatre. It's
a shame to see actors working
so hard when, because of the
sauna-like atmosphere, you
can't give them the attention
they deserve.
Despite the problems
the play is well worth seeing.
Just remember to wear shorts.
rs in What the Butler Saw editorial
-July 15,1987
dream on
UBC administrators have developed a plan to make
more money: they propose to build faculty and market housing
on approximately 115 hectares of the 680 hectare University
Endowment Lands' forest. Property sales are expected to net
the university a bundle.
The big problem is that the UEL is not university land to
develop; it is crown land, administered by the Greater
Vancouver Regional District.
President Strangway claims a "moral" right to the UEL,
based on the public perception equating the Lands with the
university. But in 1987. as our city continues to expand, the importance of that perceived right pales when measured against
the priceless value of an unspoiled park and teaching area for
the future.
The money gained from the project would be quickly
spent: the facilities at Physical Plant, for instance, need upgrading to the tune of $100 million, the estimated revenue from the
proposed land sales. Would we then proceed to destroy the
rest of the natural parklands for similar schemes?
Better to stick to more traditional fundraisers like pressuring the provincial government to start funding post-secondary education adequately.
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Freewheeling promiscuity is a chilling prospect
I'm still in a daze after
a talk with my doctor. Within
a decade, he said, half the
world's population may well
carry the sexually transmitted
AIDS virus - a prospect to chill
any rational person's promiscuous ardor.
It was hard enough
before the AIDS scare to persuade many women of the
delights of casual sex. Now
events have taken such a
bizarre turn that a man had
better think twice about the
favors of easily persuaded
women. The dilemma that
safe sex is no longer easy and
easy sex is no longer safe
takes the fun out of frequenting pickup places and has a
general estranging effect on
dealings between the sexes.
Sexual frustrations are destined to reach new and perhaps explosive heights. It's a
grim situation and grist for the
mill of both secular and religious prudes.
What is the
most responsible attitude for a
sex-loving hedonist in the face
of the AIDS epidemic?
Celibacy or prolonged
monogamy are obviously
counsels of despair rather
than palatable alternatives.
Fiddling around with condoms, always a lust-damper,
may be a necessary nuisance
sometimes, but condoms
aren't failsafe and of dubious
use in case of oral sex.
What I've decided is
this. When I'm ready to sleep
with someone new, I make it a
habit to have an AIDS test and
ask the other person to do the
same. The fact that current
tests will detect anti-bodies
which only develop six to ten
weeks after infection isn't a
crucial problem in practice
because few people change
sex partners within less than 10
weeks. If neither my potential
partner nor I have slept with
anyone new for at least 10
weeks and both of us test
negative, chances are overwhelming that we are virus-
free. Of course, we need to
trust each other's information.
We also need to agree to
sleep only with each other for
a period or else with a small
circle of trustworthy friends
who observe similar precautions.
Try saying something
like this: "If we were to become sexually involved, let's
clear up one fear im sure both
of us have. Let's head over to
Student Health together and
get an AIDS test, what do you
In fact, I went to
Student Health myself the other day. They're a terrific team
of medical wizards, but - two
minor criticisms for good measure. First.they could do more
to encourage worried stu
dents to get tested for AIDS.
Second, they could speed up
the turnaround time for these
tests. When people feel a
sense of sexual urgency, a 2
1 /2 week wait is too long.
AIDS has clearly put the
ideal of freewheeling promiscuity in limbo. But given intelligent precautions, it's not at all
clear to me that a responsible
person needs to kiss sexual variety goodbye.
Kurt Preinsperg is a perennial
philosophy graduate student
who changes sexual partners
frequently and likes to read
books on social eauity while
lying in a hamok
Protest US militarism
Thirteen warships are scheduled to arrive in Vancouver
during the annual Sea Festival
this weekend. The people of
Vancouver who ore opposed
to these instruments of aggression on a world scale will stage
protest actions against them
on July 17 and 18.
The two superpowers are
stepping up their arms race
and widely dispersing their
navies in contention for world
domination. By using
Vancouver Harbour as a base
from which to launch its aggressions, the U.S. has been
stationing nuclear capable
warships here on a regular basis. The Canadian government
collaborates completely in
these militarist schemes owing
to the astronomical profits it
shares with the US monopolies
in all war-related industries.
Just recently, the
Canadian government released its "White Paper" on defence in which it flatly states
that it will spend $180 billion
for a new military-industrial
complex in order to "share the
burden of defence' with the
US. Clearly, the government is
militarising the economy (and
all aspects of life) in full participation in the aggressive militarist policies of the U.S., thereby draining the public purse of
social services and education
funding, increasing the tax
burden on the people, and
contributing to a volatile
world situation.
The militarisation of
Canada by the U.S. with the
consent and aid of the
Canadian government takes
place in the social and cultural spheres as well. By holding
such activities as the U.S.
Navy's "Dial-a-Sailor" program,
and by giving the U.S. Navy a
high profile at the Sea Festival,
the U.S. imperialists are attempting to subvert Canadian
culture and traditions in order
to de-sensitize the people in
regards to the U.S. military
presence and render them
passive to the war preparations.
But, just as the world's
But, just as the world's
peoples are struggling against
the war preparations of both
superpowers and for their national liberation, the people of
B.C. have also been making a
greater practical contribution
to peace. They have been
staging spirited demonstrations against the U.S. warships,
as well as against the Cruise
missile tests and the Nanoose
Bay testing range.
It is absolutely necessary for all peace-loving
Canadians to take up this
struggle against the two superpowers. Come and join
the actions against the 13 U.S.
warships on July 18 at 12:30 at
Robson Square, then at 2:00
at Ballantyne Pier the same
day. Flotilla and dockside actions the day the ships arrive
will be announced when further information is available.
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Death penalty debate was just a show
Brian Mulroney's spectacular, flawlessly choreographed "capital punishment" show was a triumph of
theatre, rivalling even the
Then came trouble:
the same polls that had told
Brian more Canadians will
vote Conservative if you
promise a free death penalty
vote now told him Canadians
stunning Cats.
The recently defeated
motion on the death penalty
pretended to be substantive.
The big "as promised in 1984"
free vote. In reality, it was a
motion carefully designed for
failure, and its introduction
provides a clear look into Brian
Mulroney's amazing political
Back in 1984, when
Brian would have promised
just about anything if it would
get a couple more votes, he
noticed a poll that indicated
a majority of Canadians enjoyed the idea of capital punishment. So, although he opposed the death penalty, he
made a free vote an election
promise, thereby astutely
placing his principles in a blind
trust. He got elected and
carefully forgot the promise.
thought he stunk as prime minister. And so Brian got an
idea. He dragged that old
promise out of its inter-election
mothballs, and staged a big,
glitzy, eye-catching melodrama to capture, or rather redirect, the Canadian imagination.
His dilemma: how to
appear to hold a free vote
without actually risking a return to capital punishment.
First, the bill could not
be a justice ministry bill to return the death penalty for specific crimes as detailed in the
bill. That would be too clear a
proposal to debate: keep it
vague and philosophical was
rule one.
So he introduced a
vague, philosophical motion.
Actually, he got Don
Mazankowski to get Doug
Council Briefs
A telegram has been sent to the Provincial Government by students council to protest proposed changes to the Elections Act.
Suggested changes include the removal of Section 80, used
by students as last minute voting registration.   The telegram
urged the government not to take any action which would result in the disenfranchisement of students.
Student Council is having difficulty giving away awards again
The Great Trekker Award had its nomination dates extended last
year when students failed to respond to requests for nominations. The Award is annually given to a UBC Alumni who has
contributed to the advancement of the University community.
Nominations were to be open from June 4th to June 30th but
have been extended pending student input on nominations.
The AMS has decided to formulate its own policy statement
based on "the newest and most up-to-date facts on AIDS", according to Todd Ablett, science rep., and has offered to gather
the information and make it available to students.
Disabled Students Association may be given 'service organiza-
fion' status on July 22nd.   Although no formal outline of a service organization is written in the AMS constitution, AMS Vice
President Jody Woodland said that 'it allows funding above
what you can get in grants".
The Faculty Association's request for tuition waivers for
children of academics prompted Students Council to send a
letter of protest to the Association and to President Strangway .
"It's fine if tuition is waived for need or merit," said Kurt
Preinspurger, grad. students rep.,"but not for being somebody s
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Lewis, a mere backbencher,
to introduce the motion. Brian
wasn't even in the house
when it came up.
As planned, the bill
was too vague for anyone to
be certain what was being
debated. The motion would
approve a very violent governmental act but would not
even mention the specific
crimes to which it might be
A committee would
then be struck and given the
macabre task of travelling the
country all summer, asking
Canadians who the state
should kill, and how it should
kill them.
The press coverage
this committee would receive,
as Brian rightly noted, would
be sensational and revolting.
After a summer of such coverage, a new bill would be introduced, full of specifics like
"death by suffocation for
armed robbery". Then the voting would start again: four free
votes (three readings and a
report stage) would follow,
taking easily longer than the
one year left before the next
election. And even if the bill
survived all this, Brian could
certainly count on the
Trudeau-Liberal dominated
Senate never to allow its passage.
Brian could well have
fought the next election self-
righteously attacking the
Senate. He may even have
been hoping, secretly, for
such and outcome.
So with five free votes
and at least one travelling
death squad between Brian
and capital punishment, the
show began. Tory Backbench
lunatic Bill Domm, on the first
day of debate, wailed about
chain-saw murderers in
Montreal. The Globe and Mail
kept a running tally of which
MP supported which side.
Macleans gave it two covers.
Police chiefs, Eddie
Greenspan, victims' families all
entered the stage. This was
high drama indeed.
Brian cleverly saved
himself for the grand finale,
speaking in the last week of
debate, condemning the barbaric practice of capital punishment in his best parliamentary speech to date.
The result: a 21 vote
majority defeated the motion.
The deciding factor all along
was the Quebec Tory caucus,
a caucus to which the prime
minister belongs and to which
he is particularly sensitive. He
knew he had the bill defeated
when he allowed closure to
end debate.
And so Mulroney kept
his promise to the people of
Canada and had the big free
vote. For political reasons he
gambled with human lives (albeit with humanely loaded
dice) and won. He kept a
promise, and successfully redirected public attention from
an unpopular government for
three months.
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Sexual harassment committee solicits suggestions
A draft of the
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The report recommends the
formation of a permanent
advisory committee on sexual
harassment. The committee
would appoint sexual
harassment officers, organize
panels to help resolve disputes
and recommend disciplinary
action, and oversee university
sexual harassment policy.
Megan Ellis, a UBC law
student who worked last year
in the sexual harasssment
clinic at the Women's Center,
said the proposed sexual
harassment advisory
committee does not
guarantee that all UBC
constituencies will be
Ellis is also concerned
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public input on the policies
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Because several UBC
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June 30 deadline, a more
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Dafoe said that the
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