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The Ubyssey Feb 7, 1997

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 lack History Month special pullout supplement inside	
"An irresponsible press... will make the criminal look like he's the victim and make the victim look like he's the criminal. If you aren't
careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.
—Malcolm x
bed ridden since 1918
by Federico Araya Barahona
roads, but you would never know
from watching her tonight.
Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen
Spirit' blasts through the PA as the
Birds warm up before facing the
Manitoba Bisons. One after one,
they spike the volleyball over the
net, missing at times, but mostly
hitting. This is a team on a mission and Tanya's no exception.
She jumps up high, all fired up
and focused, and buries the ball.
"Go Tanya!" screams a teammate. Pickerell acknowledges the
support and rolls up her short
sleeves     to     her     shoulders.
Showtime. The Birds play it dangerously tonight and fall behind
twice   before   coming   back   to
steamroll over Manitoba. Their
record improves to 13-1, a national championship is a little closer
tonight. All in a night's work.
was supposed to play varsity basketball. It wasn't until the summer
after grade ten that she started playing volleyball. And even then, it was
a fluke. A coach saw her play and con
vinced her to give volleyball a tr}
Tanya would  eventually learn the
game quickly enough to participate in
the provincial summer games.
But it wasn't easy. "I didn't know
how to play," she remembers, "and I
was really lost out there."  Her team
mates, however, consistently encouraged
her and helped her learn the game by the
end ofthe summer.
From that point on, Tanya never looked
back and concentrated on volleyball.
"In grade eleven and twelve, I never really
knew what exactly I wanted," she says. "I just
knew I wanted to play volleyball."
Seven years later, tlie two-time Canada West
All-Star says she has no regrets. Volleyball was the
right sport for her.
Volleyball observers seem to agree.
which means this is her last chance to win a Canadian university national championship. The Birds came close last
year—finishing third.
Tanya wants to win.
"Getting a national championship is the difference
between an A+ and an A," she says, adding that even a silver medal at this year's nationals would be disappointing
for her. This is her last chance, no next year for Tanya
Pickerell. This is it.
But "it" almost vanished last November when Tanya
severely sprained her ankle.
The injury, which sidelined her for two months, reduced
Tanya from athlete to spectator. Suddenly, there was little
she could do to help her team win. All she could do was
Vwstty voleybal
.star Tanya Pickerel
chases a
servbio it
richard lam photo some UBC players may find their
way to the Sydney Olympics. It's
clear, it would seem, that Reimer
would assemble a national team
using some of the parts from his
winning UBC engine. Tanya does
not see the connection that clearly, though.
Reimer is no ticket to the
national team, she points out. The
familiarity can cut both ways.
"He knows my potential, "but he
also knows my weaknesses," she
Besides, she adds, Reimer is
not the type of coach that would
take her just because he knows
Does he have no feelings?
"He    has    feelings,"    Tanya
answers, laughing, "you can't put
that in the paper— Tanya Pickerell
What Tanya does say is that her
priorities have changed over the
last year. She got engaged recently—
"He's a great guy"—and she also
thinks her body needs a year off
from competition.
But there's more. Tanya has been
thinking about going into education,
possibly coaching.
"My plans right now are getting
married," she says, "and getting into
the faculty of education; get my degree
and then I'll focus on volleyball after
The national team, she adds, offers
no guarantees. She could get cut three
months before the Olympics, and see
. ' three years of work slip away from her.
Then again, there's the possibility of
playing pro in Europe. And there's also
beach volleyball in California.
"I'm in a position where nothing is really
hcl for me," she says, "I'm not guaranteed to
get into education, and I'm not guaranteed to
make the national team." This is the first time,
Tanya admits, she doesn't know where life is
leading her, where eveiything seems like a gamble.
watch from the bench and scream, a frustrating exercise for
someone used to being in control, contributing.
"By the second day, you're like, get me on the court-
whatever it takes," she says. It took time, and now she's
back, chasing that national championship, concentrated v-
ball glory.
"I want a gold," she adds. "I want a win."
Senior NationaLTeam,this year, raising expectations that
grad photographer didn't like her very much because
she kept smiling, ruining serious poses—grads are supposed to ponder the future seriously.
Four months away from her university graduation,
Tanya Pickerell is seriously thinking about taking a year
"I have never had a school life," she says, adding that
she doesn't feel like a student at UBC. She feels like an
athlete who plays for UBC. It would be nice, she says, to
study at the library, instead of in the team room before
Tanya Pickerell will probably take a year off at the end of
this season and the rest of her life will come after that. But,
first, there's this crazy championship she really wants to
She's got her heart set on it. ♦ 2   THE UBYSSEY, FEBRUARY 7, 1997
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Inf I grad student fees rocket
 by Sarah Galashan and Scott Hayward
It's official—the Board of Governors has tripled
tuition for new international graduate students to
$7087 per year.
Despite opposition from both the Senate and the
Dean of Graduate Studies, the BoG voted Thursday to
increase fees for current international graduate students' by 24 percent this fall. Those who begin after
September 1, 1997 will pay an additional 250 percent.
The increase was initially proposed to alleviate
future strain on several faculties in light of the
provincial government's $ 1.6 million cut to the university's funding.
Wednesday's special meeting of the Senate, however, showed there was considerable opposition to
the proposal. The meeting ended with a vote of 3 0-2 5
in favour of asking the BoG "in the strongest possible
terms [to] rescind their proposal to increase tuition
fees of foreign graduate students."
During the debate, Dean of .Arts Shirley Neuman
stressed that Arts undergraduate students are among
the most neglected at UBC and need the extra money
increased tuition would provide.
"A budget cut is a budget cut The bigger it is, the
fewer faculty positions, the fewer sessional lecturers,
the fewer teaching assistants, less money to do any
repairs and less money to do any copying," Neuman
The majority of people on Senate, however, felt that
UBC had a responsibility to the international students.
"I think it's imperative for the university to recognise the role of graduate students," said Dean of
Graduate Studies Frieda Granot
Granot said she also worried the fee increases
would force international graduate students to pursue their studies elsewhere.
"From all the information that I had gathered
from universities in [eastern Canada] that had raised
tuition fees for international students, it had a devastating effect," she said.
Granot and three graduate students presented
their case to BoG Thursday morning.
Zoology student Leah MacFadyen told the Board
she felt "relegated to a money pot," adding that she
brought 20 years of education from Scotland as well
as new techniques that put her ahead of her
Canadian colleagues.
BoG Faculty representative Phil Resnick called the
increases "draconic," and proposed less drastic fee
hike. The Board, however, voted in favour ofthe original increases by a margin of 4-3. Student BoG reps
David Borins and Jeff Myers were among the opposition, while Resnick was the lone abstention in the
final vote. ♦
VST/Regent referendum flip-flops
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
A series of election goofs means
the Vancouver School of Theology
and Regent College lost, then won,
then lost a referendum that would
have made them voting members
of the AMS.
Zoe Stronge, AMS elections
commissioner, announced last
week the referendum hadn't
passed because it didn't reach the
mandatory approval rate of 10
percent of UBC students, or 3200
yes votes.
But further research put quorum—10 percent of the daytime,
on-campus student population—at
2999. With 3018 people in favour
and 1265 opposed to giving voting
status to VST and Regent, Stronge
revised her original announcement Wednesday, telling council
the referendum had passed.
Then AMS Researcher and
.Archivist Sheldon Goldfarb, discovered Thursday morning the
referendum required 75 percent
voter approval—not just 50 percent—in order to be accepted
under the BC Societies Act
Janet Shim, Regent College's
representative to AMS council,
hadn't yet heard about the
requirement when contacted by
The Ubyssey Thursday morning.
"We lost, then we won, now
we've lost again—it's pretty dis
couraging," she said.
Regent College and Vancouver
School of Theology students have
paid full AMS student fees for the
past five years. But in order to vote
on AMS council they must win a
Stronge was also surprised. "I
just assumed we only needed a
majority to pass a referendum, I
guess it's unfortunate that I
assumed that—it probably would
have saved a lot of hassle after
counting had we known and we
wouldn't have had to do all that
research into quorum."
Shim expects Regent and VST
will try again for voting status in a
future AMS referendum. ♦
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Student health braces for measles strike
by Sarah Galashan
A province-wide measles immunization program is setting
up shop at UBC, following news that over 45 SFU students
have contracted the virus.
The mass vaccination program, which has already
immunized 80 percent of the student population at Simon
Fraser University, will be offered to 217,000 students, faculty and staff at post-secondary institutions across BC within the week.
So far, no one at UBC has been diagnosed with the
measles, but UBC Student Health Services public health
physician Dr. Jim Salzman said he expects the virus to hit
our campus any day.
"I think logically there's going to have to be some cases
[at UBC], because there's so much interaction between SFU
and UBC," he said.
But the situation at UBC, Salzman stressed, is not yet critical.
"One case doesn't suddenly send off panic. But it's true
that if there's a case it obviously gets people a bit more worried," said Salzman.
Student Health has already vaccinated over 200 students
in the last week, and staff worry this campaign will bring a
flood of students that their staff cannot handle.
Salzman urged students to wait until locations and dates
are established for the mass immunization, and said students should consult with either their parents or a physician to find out if they need a second shot.
Wynn Horn, communications officer for the Ministry of
Health, said anyone who suspects they have measles should
contact their doctor by phone.
"People who get the symptoms are asked not to go to the
hospital, not to go to their doctor. People are showing up in
Emergency and are spreading highly contagious germs all
over the place," he explained.
Symptoms of measles can include a high fever, cough,
conjunctivitis (red eye), and sensitivity to light, followed by
the onset of a red skin rash. ♦
AMS recommends BoG election recount
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
The controversy surrounding this year's AMS election
peaked Wednesday night following news that all election
results would stand, except one.
Following an investigation into complaints of voting and
ballot counting irregularities, AMS Ombudsperson Michael
Curry said he found no evidence that alleged irregularities
had any substantial effect on the results of the five AMS
executive races.
"I don't think it is appropriate to allow an unsubstantiated rumour to nullify the collective democratic decision of
thousands of student members of the Alma Mater Society,"
Curry reported to the packed council chambers.
He did, however, recommended a recount for the Board
of Governors race, in which the second position was won by
a margin of only 10 votes.
Curry was asked to investigate three complaints lodged
by Action Now organisers Heather Hermant, Tara
Ivanochko and Michael Hughes last week. Curry blocked
the official release of the election results until his report
was completed and accepted by council.
Council voted Wednesday to accept the report and to recommend the Senate Elections Committee, who has jurisdiction over the BoG positions, recount the ballots for that race.
Jeff Myers, who won the second Board of Governors seat
by 10 votes over Action Now! candidate Kera McArthur,
risks losing his seat if the Senate Elections Committee
accepts council's recommendation for a recount.
"To hear that the whole election is shrouded in controversy takes away from the euphoria of winning the election...but I certainly understand the need for a recount if
that's the will of council," Myers said in an interview following Curry's report.
Ivanochko, who lodged the initial complaint with Curry,
said she was upset that Curry limited his
investigation to incidents reported after
the   unofficial   election   results   were
released on January 27.
Curry told council that complaints
made before the release of the results
were in the elections committee's jurisdiction and felt they were properly handled by the committee.
He also refused to release the sign-in
sheets from individual polls to complainant Heather Hermant for inspection.
Curry said the sheets would not provide
an accurate account of who voted. When
he voted in the election, Curry said, he
didn't even remember to sign the poll
"I'm disappointed that council takes
the election process as lightly as they do,"
said Ivanochko. "It seems to be the attitude that irregularities happen and we
can't do much about it, even when the
irregularities are serious like they were
this year."
Ivanochko added the Action Now organisers probably
won't seek a court injunction on the election results.
AMS Elections Commissioner Zoe Stronge said she will
report to council in two weeks on how to avoid similar problems in future AMS elections. ♦
Science councillors quit
AMS in election protest
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
The four students representing the Science
Undergraduate Society on AMS council quit
Wednesday over the handling of complaints of
widespread irregularities in last month's AMS
The science representatives were angry that
council accepted the recommendations from AMS
Ombudsperson Michael Curry's investigation into
complaints of widespread irregularities in last
month's AMS election. Curry recommended that
council accept the election results, with the exception of the Board of Governors race, in which the
second seat was won by a ten-vote margin.
The science councillors said the results should
have been completely overturned.
"You cannot have the credibility of government when it's been elected by this kind of
process: when the students feel—and a large
number of students feel—the process isn't fair
and it isn't democratic," said Philip Ledwith,
Science Undergraduate Society vice-president
external, in an interview following the council
"We know of at least 10 or 15 arts students and
at least 10 or 15 science students alone who have
all voted several times—five or six—and we could
substantiate those with lists and with names if we
had to and if we had more time," Ledwith said.
But in his report, Curry said no one came forward with evidence of election fraud. Such evidence, he said, would be crucial before overturning the results of the election.
The science councillors' decision means
approximately 5600 science students will be left
without representation on AMS council.
Ledwith said he will go to council meetings but
won't participate. The other three science councillors, Kathryn Murray, John Fournier and Orin Del
Vecchio won't likely return to council, Ledwith
said. ♦
Students angry at UBC's role in the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic
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Democracy in front of the SUB.
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protesting APEC-related activities.
"We are very upset and disappointed that the administration has forgotten
about human rights abuses and invited dictators such as President Suharto of
Indonesia to come to our campus for lunch," he said.
Jago was concerned students were not consulted about hosting the summit at UBC, and said many students are not aware of the poor human rights
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Artists of the world unite!
by Sandra Cheung
Mary Kelly: Social Process /
Collaborative Action
at the Charles H. Scott Gallery
until Mar 16
Three years ago, Mary Kelly's Gloria
Patri came to Vancouver, taking on
the issue of masculinity. Now the
New York based artist, teacher,
writer, curator and critic has
returned, this time to reintroduce her
works from the early 1970s at the
Charles H. Scott Gallery at the Emily
Carr Institute of Art and Design.
Those familiar with Mary Kelly's
work will recognize her interest in
feminism, psychoanalysis and con-
ceptualism. Her early works, of which
"Women and Work' make up a large
part, were created at a time when the
hope for social change moved artists
to pursue social action through their
art. Mary Kelly worked in collaboration with other artists in faith that,
together, they could engage society
and motivate it to change.
For example, 'Women and Work'
is the collaborative effort of Mary
Kelly, Kay Hart and Margaret Harrison. These women address the
working conditions of female workers m a tin box factory in South
England at a time when the Women's
Liberation movement was very active
in Britain and the Equal Pay Act was
being implemented. The actual work
is a large installation of mixed media
including black and white photography, taped interviews, film loops,
photocopied documents and charts.
Upon entering the gallery, the
viewer is faced with a long list of
names and photographs of the faces
of female workers in the factory.
Some of these workers smile broadly
for the camera, while others look disinterestedly beyond. We face these
women and their personalities first
before going on to the rest of the
installation. Throughout the work,
these faces are projected onto photos
of working hands, documents, facts
and figures which inform the viewer
on factory working conditions.
These collaborations show how far
the challenges to equality in the workplace extend. Photocopied documents by the factory's health workers
are placed behind acrylic, heightening the sense of genuine objectivity.
Mary Kelly is never blatantly obvious
about her point. At times, the work is
simply about the way things were for
workers in the factory and does not
directly deal with gender equality.
Yet that theme is there in each
part of the work, sometimes silent.
sometimes with even-toned objectivity. A series of photographs show a
pair «f hands at work, with no faces
appointed to them and no indication
of gender. But underneath is a job
description for each, with the numbers of male and female workers in
these laborious positions—and in
most cases, the number of men is
zero. The viewer is left to deal with
these images and numbers herself.
Also included in the show are
smaller works—'Prima-Para,' 'Folded
Vests' and 'Prototype for Document
I'—also from the early period. These
played a part in developing one of
Kelly's best known works, 'Postpartum Document.'
Social Process / Collaborative
Action is a great opportunity to view
Kelly's early developmental works
and a treat for those familiar with
Kelly's recent material. ♦
Grace Happens to choirs with Wigs'n'Guns
Sook-Yin LEE-Wigs'n'Cuns [Zulu]
Wigs'n'Guns is Sook-Yin Lee's second solo album
since leaving Bob's Your Uncle. It's solo in the
complete sense ofthe word: this time round, Lee
did it all herself, from writing to engineering to
producing. (Okay, some friends helped out on
some of the Hacks.)
Perhaps surprisingly, the album doesn't suffer
on the techanical side. What comes out, pure Sook-
Yin, is at once simple, minimalist hypnotic and
clever. Although most songs are about "love at the
end of lhe twentieth century," as Lee puts it, they
have a quirkiness that makes them stand out.
From the oh-god-it's-my-ex of 'Knock Loud' to the
playful sexploration of 'Cats, Cums & Rubber
Cocks,' Lee's candour makes it easy and interesting to see where she's coming from.
Lee uses a range of vocal approaches, some
times speaking conversationally, sometimes
crooning like k.d. lang, sometimes wordlessly
wandering all over the place. Her instruments are
Wally, Dangerfield
deserve no respect
equally varied. The album notes don't make this
too clear, but many sound effects are produced by
toys: a wind-up skipping rope, miniature guitar
and electronic toy beat. box. Lee plays with. Lhem,
sampling and mixing until their toy origins are
Lee is now working with two other musicians
as Sook-Yin and The Chevrons. Wigs'n'Guns
amply demonstrates that Lee, though obviously
influenced by electrox>op, cartoons, torch, twang
and blues, inhabits a musical space apart from the
norm. She's having fun there, too, and would
probably love il if you'd come play.
-Jenna Newman
The Universal Gospel Choir-
Grace Happens [anima mundij
Ever wondered what it would sound like if a
bunch or hankies put oui a live gospel record?
You'd get something like the Universal Gospel
Choir's Grace Happens, possibly the whitest
music to come out of Western Canada since Andy
Boone reinvented soul.
Gospel can be great—soulful, energetic, infectious even to the most devout unbeliever. Witness
the Harlem choir on U2's Rattle and Hum. But
Vancouver is worlds away from Harlem, apparently. SUU, Grace Happens, recorded at UBC's
Freddy Wood Theatre, isn't ai. had.
Ironicly, the ensemble shines in O Sifuno
Mungu, an African spiritual. The basses do well
with the tune's moody, rhythmic foundation and
the sopranos, altos and tenors feed well off the
support Too bad the soloists sound like they're
singing from an 1880 prairie Methodist hymn-
But, Heavens to Betsy, it would be unfair to
miss the point of this album: it's a heartfelt mingling of talents intended more for inspiration and
praise than anything.
Wouldn't Andy Boone be proud.
- Chris Nuttall-Smith
by Chris Allison
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In case anyone was wondering
what Rodney Dangerfield has been
up to since Back to School, he certainly hasn't been developing
worthwhile comedies.
Dangerfield's latest film finds
him in yet another comedy in
which he still gets no respect.
Wally Sparks (Dangerfield), a fast-
talking host of a tactless TV tabloid
show, is verbally bashed by the
lowest of his rivals, including
cameos by Geraldo and Morton
Downey Jr. and a wide assortment
of sitcom first-stringers such as
Roseanne and Tim Allen.
Showcasing alien lesbian Elvis
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with their wives' dogs will tend to
invite that, however. There are no
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Sparks nor his producer (Debi
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With advertisers complaining
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the show or it's gone! With his last
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Governor of Georgia, who has
openly denounced Wally's show as
profane. With some luck and the
help of his producer, Wally ends
up invited to an uppity political
party at the governor's mansion,
where he uncovers a sensational
story riddled with sex, political
scandal and the makings of a ratings bonanza. Yes, there is a plot
among the tired one-liners and
sexual innuendos, but it's essentially garnish on a very bland meal.
Meet Wally Sparks is one of
those films that has one wondering
why it was even made. Or, for that
matter, why one paid eight dollars
to see it. Dangerfield plays the same
character we saw in Caddyshack
and there is, in fact, one line taken
directly from that film. Meet Wally
Sparks tries for a Spinal Tap-esque
satire of talk shows but fails five
minutes into the film.
Granted, there are odd
moments where the formula sight
gags work, but the film never
drags itself above poverty level in
laughs for more than a few seconds. This is director Peter
Baldwin's debut feature, and I certainly hope he can get the funding
for a second project so he can
redeem himself. If Rodney
Dangerfield is wondering why he
gets no respect, it's because he's
making bottom-feeder comedies
like Meet Wally Sparks. ♦
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FEBRUARY 7, 1997 • volume 78 issue 32
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In a storm's lee, the Wolf
Depner fleet nears Peter T.
Chattaway Bay unnoticed. There
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unusual activity on his radar, but
MCs O'Donnell and Gunn are
unconcerned. It's Neal Razzell Day;
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Hayward, Sarah Galashan and
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revealing the first of the Richelle
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Clark, Mak and Chaing soon follow.
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running her aground. Desperate,
David Ball and Peggy Lee search for
shells as the Larry Downie keels and
slowly submurges. Three thousand
miles to the east, Chidi A. Olhoye
and David George look up 'infamy'
and Charlie Cho dials the President.
measles spread
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cases of measles at SFU, but none
confirmed at UBC.
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spread of measles, all public
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at SFU have been cancelled until
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Arts 2
I'm sorry I'm
not bitter
With regards to (February- 4),
Jason Murray, here's your public
No one in Action Now! has
accused anyone of rigging the
elections. We do not believe there
was a conspiracy. I am sorry you
subscribe to your own conspiracy
I lost by one thousand votes,
have shaken hands with the winning candidate, and conceded
her strong victory. I am disappointed to have lost, but not sour.
As The Ubyssey coverage has
shown, the elections were
wrought with inconsistencies
and need to be examined. I am
sorry you cannot see that.
Action Now! candidate Vivian
Hoffmann won her position by a
slim margin, stands only to lose
her position, and yet is one of
those people hoping for a re-vote.
I am sorry that you have misconstrued her motivations, as well
the rest of ours.
There has been no "allegation
that certain candidates or slates
have benefitted exclusively from
alleged voting irregularities."
Clearly, voting irregularities
affect all candidates. The Action
Now! slate met and decided that
our margins of loss would likely
increase in the event of a re-vote
(due to decreased voting numbers and a possible backlash),
but that it was desirable for the
sake of student democracy. I am
sorry that you have your facts
Most of all, I am sorry that The
Ubyssey has to be a forum for
internal AMS bickering. I don't
really enjoy bothering the student body with pseudo-political
debate, but people should probably know what isn't true. Petty
AMS politics is one ofthe things I
was hoping to reduce if I got
elected, but I guess it ain't gonna
happen (and I'm sorry for not
being bitter about it).
Shiraz Dindar
Action Nowl candidate
No subliminal
I am writing this in response to a
letter in Friday's (January 31)
issue of Page Friday. I consider
myself to be aware of "sublimi-
nally racist and stereotypical
imagery" and I am one of the
first to denounce it when I see it,
but I must say that, unlike Dr.
Ojo, I found no evidence of such
imagery in your article. He stated some concerns about your
description of the suspect in the
SUB washroom peeping incident. When it comes to campus
safety nothing is more important
than being informed. The
description of the suspect was
not invented nor do I think it
was intended to suggest any specific racial group. It was the
REAL description of the suspect
who had been apprehended. It is
important for students on campus to know what he looked like
in order to protect themselves
and it just happened that he was
"5'7", about 130 lbs, with a dark
complexion, short brown hair
and an unshaven face." How else
should one describe his actual
features? Any omission could
threaten the safely of students. I
appreciate the sensitivity of the
subject but propose that we
should look at this as a description of an INDIVIDUAL accused
of a crime, not that of a whole
racial group. This seems to me to
be a case of political correctness
gone to far.
Fiona Scott
Religious bands
not obsessed
Earlier this week I was excited to
see a short column dedicated to
DC Talk and Christian music in
general. It is good to see that
some people are finally waking
up to the fact that even though a
band has accepted Jesus as their
saviour that they can still be good
musicians. Unfortunately, Peter
T. Chattaway, the columnist, felt
intimidated by the content of
some of these groups. Just
because a band put their personal beliefs into their music, does
this make them "self-conscious
and a little shallow"? Or if a band
decides to change their sound,
does this make them "obsessfed]
with appearance," and insincere?
If so, then I must apologise and
feel bad for listening to and
enjoying the music of groups like
Enigma, Harry Connick Jr., and
others who do not rigidly stick to
one style of music.
Kevin Haddrell
Science 3 supplement
by David-George
These photos showcase
the work of a black father
exploring the process of
creating balance within
his family. The work
counters the stereotype of
the absent black father,
highlighting qualities
such as trust, love and
dependability. The
quality found in the
characters depicted in
these works attempts to
parallel that of physical
and emotional presence,
two essential ingredients
in a healthy relationship
between father and child.
between fathers and sons
Soledad Brother, George Jackson-The Bluest Eye, Tom Morrison-Women, Race Sc Class, Angela Davis-The Souls of Black Folk, WEB DuBois-Killing Rage, bell hooks
Although blacks make up 11 percent
of the US population, they make up 40 percent
of the population on death row.
This over-representation suggests that it may be
impossible to discuss the validity of
capital punishment on moral grounds.
Issues of power and power imbalances
lie at the heart of the debate.
by Federico Araya Barahona
Susan Sarandon answers the question, ducking the real issue.
She goes for the moral argument—whatta bleeding heart.
Capital punishment is wrong, Sarandon says, it reduces us to
the level of the criminal, or something like that. The movie
she's selling, Dead Man Walking, takes a similar stand.
The woman watching TV with me is not convinced. "Say
what you will," she says, flipping channels. "But it's an eye for
an eye, kill or be killed. I'd pull the plug, stick the needle if I
could, you know."
Either you agree with Sarandon's morals, or you don't. If
the capital punishment debate is reduced to a simple moral
issue, as it is in Dead Man Walking, who's right or wrong?
What would you do if it was you, if your mother was the one
being raped and sliced open by some monster? As more and
more states sign on to bring back the chair, capital punishment offers desperate Americans a solution.
Let's assume for a moment that "an eye for an eye" is the
right argument here. Let's assume that politicians who want
to get "tough on crime" have it right. Let's say that Newt
Gingrich was right when he called for an extension of capital
punishment in his Contract With America. Let's assume
there's Good and Evil, Us versus Them.
And forget about whether it actually deters crime or not;
look at it as an insurance North Americans need to reclaim
their society—take it back from the criminals, the murderers
and the drug dealers of the world, the scum of the earth.
But even then, in our black-and-white world, we could not
escape capital punishment's biggest weakness.
Injustice is inherently a part of North American justice. If
we're in the middle of a war against crime, statistical evidence suggests this war is being waged mainly against blacks.
"The American criminal justice system is, in part, an institution that perpetuates black oppression," writes Columbia
University scholar Manning Marable in In Defence of Mumia
(Writers and Readers).
And death row is a long, winding
march to nowhere, where an entire generation of young black men is being disposed of, one by one, little by little.
While African Americans make up a
mere 11 percent ofthe US population, they
make up roughly 40 percent ofthe population on death row. In fact, as of 1994, out
of 2,716 death row inmates, 1,566 were
white, and 1,109 black, according to the
Bureau of Justice statistics.
"More often than not, capital punishment in America carries a black, brown,
or red face," writes author Mumia Abu-Jamal who has been on
death row since 1982.
This is nothing new, though.
In 1987 in McCleskey v. Kemp, capital punishment was
challenged by research which showed blacks were being executed in Georgia in disproportionate numbers. In a majority
vote, the Supreme Court acknowledged the "gross racial disparity," but rejected the implications of the study:
"McCleskey's claim, taken to its logical conclusion, throws
into serious question the principles that underlie our entire
criminal system."
The Supreme Court could not find capital punishment
unconstitutional because similar racial disparities could be
found in non-capital cases. Which meant the entire judicial
system would have to be ruled unconstitutional, something
the court was not prepared to do.
Criticising the majority vote. Associate Supreme Court
Justice William Brenham, a long-time opponent of the death
penally, noted the court had a "fear of too much justice."
But the McCleskey v. Kemp study goes through the heart of
the death penally. That is, it has little to do with justice and a
lol lo do with revenge, with teaching "niggers" a lesson. The
study found that defendants charged with killing whites were
4.3 times as likely to be sentenced to death as defendants
charged with killing blacks; six of every eleven defendants
convicted of killing a white would not have received the death
penalty had they killed a black; and finally, cases involving
black perpetrators and white victims were more likely to turn
a death sentence than any oilier combination. In fact,
although half of all homicide victims are black, 85 percent of
tlie death penalty convictions occur when tlie victim is white,
according to a study cited in an article published in Playboy
magazine in June 1995.
An awkward vestige of slavery, capital punishment has a
lot to do with white supremacy, a reminder to the slave not to
turn against the master.
"In the past century, the total number
of white Americans executed for either
the murder of a black person, or the rape
of a black woman, is fewer than five,"
writes Marable in "Justice for Mumia
Abu-Jamal" (from In Defense of Mumia,
Writers and Readers Publishing, 1997).
But could the disparity be due to
blacks committing more crime than
whites? A recent study summarised in
The New York Times reported that
although blacks represent 13 percent of
all monthly drug users, they make up 35
percent of those arrested on drug possession charges, 55 percent of those convicted, and 74 percent of those serving
sentences for possession. The study suggests that even though blacks may not be
committing more crimes than whites,
they are being convicted at much higher rates.
Ahh, Canadians will say, that's America; we're different,
capital punishment in Canada would be a different story altogether. Polls, in fact, show that Canadians are just as gung-ho
over capital punishment as Americans. Over the last ten
years, Canadians have consistently supported the return of
the death penalty, according to Gallup Canada. Support ran as
high as 80 percent, during the Paul Bernardo trial and as low
as 55 percent, during the execution of Ricky Ray Rector, who
was mentally retarded, in the US.
Who would bear the brunt in Canada?
Statistics suggest it would be Native people. While
Aboriginals make up roughly two percent of Canada's population, they represent twelve percent of its federal prison population. (They make up twenty percent of BC's provincial jail
Marcel Swain, a lawyer with Vancouver Aboriginal Law
Centre, laughs at the numbers. "You could spend a day in the
courlhouse to find how many Aboriginal people are going
before the courts," he says. "The numbers are far greater—I
can tell you that."
North America's judicial system is based on legitimising
colonialism, be iL slavery, the theft of tribal lands or the
destruction of Native culture. Death is forever, though. And
capital punishment is about solidifying injustice. Thus, to
debale its implementation on moral grounds does nol
address the real issues in North American society, issues of
power and power imbalances.
The argument, then, it's not whether kill or be killed is
right or wrong, but, more importantly, who kills who. Who
bears the brunt. Who benefits. Who marches where.
Afrocentrism in Europe
Are blacks safe
in Vancouver?
by Larry Downie
In the local hospital waiting room,
where the health of a friend or relative is concerned, no news is good
news. In the local mainstream
newsroom, where the health of an
assaulted African is concerned, no
news coverage is old news.
Over the last 24 hours, more
than 12 blacks have been assaulted by non-blacks in the Greater
Vancouver Regional District
(GVRD). The racially motivated,
and therefore newsworthy crimes
Our bad news
And our views
Are not news
When they choose
To refuse
To diffuse
The issues
That make news
The Media in Black and White (Transaction Publishers]
Everette E. Dennis and Edward C. Pease, editors.
 by Charlie Cho
I'm tired of talking about race. I can say this with
impunity because I'm not white, but it'd be true
regardless. If you're a racist, no combination of 500
words, let alone 500,000 words, is likely to change
your views.
The key issue—as I see it—is culture, or ethnicity.
It's a matter of identity and it's open to debate. In the
news media, the emphasis is on the new, the previously unknown. As it should be.
The emphasis on "visible" minorities is misplaced. While Adam Clayton Powell III sees Bernard
Shaw and Connie Chung as evidence of increased
opportunities for minorities in the media, Andrew
Hacker is doubtful. Mainstream blacks are still
telling telling stories for whites.
But what exactly does it mean to be "white"? Is
there such a thing as "white values"? Mercedes Lynn
de Uriarte believes that there is. She reports media
sociologist Herbert Gans' findings. "The core around ,
More than black and white
which news stories are constructed is a set of six prevailing values: ethnocentrism, altruistic democracy,
responsible capitalism, small-town pastoralism, individual moderatism." Gans claims that these values
reflect a "public, business and professional, upper
middle-class, middle-aged white male" perspective.
While none of the other 20 journalists and academics who contributed to this collection of 18 essays
on race were foolish enough to attempt to define
"whiteness," few anguished over the phrase "white"
as much as the phrase "people of colour."
Everette E. Dennis, in his essay "Racial Naming,"
clearly shows that despite the struggles for the "correct name" for ethnic groups, there has never been
(and never will be) a consensus. Historian Henry
Louis Gates Jr. preferred the term "coloured people"
because "when I hear the word, I hear in it my mother's voice and the sepia tones of my childhood."
While "Oriental" is deemed racist by some newspaper style guides, the Hong Kong-based' Oriental Daily
News apparently doesn't mind. Or as columnist Carl
Rowan says, "To a black man who needs ajob, it doesn't matter what they call him, just so long as they call
So much for political correctness. Despite its good
intentions, the sanctimonious connotations of the
word "correctness" tended to simply force racism
into seething silence. As Ellis Cose observed in the
National Association of Black Journalists' 1993
Muted Voices study, 73 percent of the NABJ members polled "thought that blacks were less likely than
other journalists to advance." As expected, only two
percent of white managers expressed that opinion.
Open discussion about race takes courage but—
when done honestly—it's ultimately rewarding.
When the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the
Akron Beacon-Journal embarked on lengthy projects
focussing on race, staff and readers alike were forced,
to come to terms wilh their frank views on race
When mainstream publishers and advertisers do
start paying attention to an ethnic demographic.
never assume that it has anything to
do with,a change in social values. Lisa
Penaloza lauds the increase of Latinos
in specialty Spanish-language publications, citing "advertising representations are an
important social legitimation." Melita Marie Garza
hits closer to the mark when she notes that "persons
of Mexican descent" are targeted because they contain "the most financially secure segment of the population, the one most likely to be buying luxury cars."
Perhaps this book seems less relevent because it
was initially published two and a half years ago as the
summer 1994 issue of the Media Studies Journal.
Perhaps it's because I'm tired ofthe sweeping generalisations about race that seem to be an intrinsic
nature of image-based media. The news media is, by
its nature, an outside observer. It attributes descriptive labels to others; it can't always ask how subjects
would describe themselves racially and ethnically.
I'm still tired of talking about race. We need new
ways of talking about our differences. Racial problems exist, but no amount of "white guilt" or "multicultural mosaic" will' serve as a .cure-all for all the
complex issues that need frank and reasoned discussion.
were brought to the attention of
mainslream print media courtesy
of The Afro News. Why haven't
these mainstream publications
returned the courtesy, by using
their loud voices to inform the general public. After calculating the
appalling average (one black beaten bi-monthly), I'm ready to
scream at the general public
In Ottawa, the assault of a black
person (ie. Ralph Kirkland) by an
acrophobe is a newsworthy ripple in
the mainstream press ( ital3 The
Ottawa Citizen). In Los Angeles, the
assault of a black person (ie. Rodney
King) by an afrophobe, is a newsworthy ripple in the mainstream
press (The Ottawa Citizen and
beyond). But in the GVRD it is
HARD to find a resident who can
name even one of the dozen plus
reported victims of local afrophobic
Both Ralph Kirkland and Rodney
King have the same initials... harmless coincidence. Both Ralph
Kirkland and Rodney King have the
same colour... harmful coincidence.
R. Kelly, block your belly!
Note harmful coincidence
above. Note harmful incidents
below. Note headline quotes below.
•Vancouver skinheads attack Seattle
visitors and get more than they
bargained for (p.2,  Afro News,
January 1995). Amandla fearless
in Seattle.
•Woman   brutally   assaulted   at
Melrolown   skytrain   stn.   (p.2,
Afro    News,     March     1995).
Amandla sister Coralee Welsh!
•Black inmates at Matsqui claim
discrimination (p. 1,  Afro News,
June   1995). Amandla sibling in
•Two black men roughly ousted
from club, one injured (p. 18, Afro
News, December 1995). Amandla
brother Thomas Abraha and company!
•Young man assaulted by store
security (p. 7, Afro News, March
1996). Amandla brother Michael
•Rough treatment at the skytrain
station (p. 16,  Afro News, April
1996). Amandla brother Thien
•Black  man humiliated at
Vancouver Airport (p. 1, Afro
News, May 1996). Amandla
brother Joseph Ohiobo!
•Another incident at the airport reported  (p. 10,  Afro
News, June 1996). Amandla
brother Michael Ologhola!
•The African Canadian Association   denounces   police
action against Somali-born
resident (p. 16, Afro News,
July    1996).   Amandla   brother
Mohammed Asad!
•'Unprovoked attacked' at Guildford
Mall, says victim (p. 5, Afro News,
Noveber 1996). Amandla brother
Colin Orie!
One can make a ripple with just
one pebble, ie. a racist crime: one
black person assaulted by a white
person. But each of the aforementioned incidents, on the black list,
resemble a stone rather than a
pebble, due to their severity, ie.
racist crime. Black client assaulted
by uniformed white authority, ie.
racist crime. Black civilian assaulted by white peace officer, ie. racist
crime. One black woman assaulted by two white men, ie. racist
Along the mainstream media,
even in the '90s, some stones just
skip the surface until they sink out
of sight... like Emmett Till, in the
Tallahatchie River.
Emmett was a black youth from
Mississipi. His alleged adolescent
admiration for female beauty cost
him his life in the '50s. He whistled.
They heard. They conquered.
Are blacks safe? R the RKs OK?
Are .blacks safe in greater
Vancouver? Not as safe as one
might think.
Our Sister Killjoy
or Reflections from a Black-eyed Squint [publisher]
A novel by Ama Ata Aidoo
by Peggy Lee
'We are victims of our History and our Present.
They place too many obstacles in the Way of Love.
And we cannot even enjoy our Differences in peace.'
Our Sister Killjoy is an empowering tale of a young
African woman's journey through Europe and progress
towards self-discovery. Shifting eloquently between
poetry and prose, it tells the story of Sissie and her
quest to make sense of herself, her people and her
nation in a history of colonial oppression and enslavement.
Sissie is 'our sister Killjoy'. She is young, educated
and idealistic. Her first time out of Africa proves to be a
highly personal exploration into her own identity as an
African woman.
It is this journey that turns Sissie into a 'Black-eyed
Squint'. Sissie travels through the land of her colonial
forefathers scrutinising everything with a passionate
Afrocentric eye. Africa is the only centre she knows,
despite growing up in the shadow of post-colonial institutions.
"Sissie is just a Killjoy. People love to forget, people
love not to worry, people want to take everything as a
test. And the Sissies of this world just aren't satisfied."
Driven by a desire to change the world, Sissie yearns
to understand the history of her peoples oppression
and their contemporary struggles of development.
What is it that allowed her people to succumb to the
abuses of colonisation and slavery? What scars do they
have left to heal? And what can Africa and its people do
now to further their own development?
From all around the Third World,
You hear the same story;
Asleep to all things at
All times-
Conscious only of
Riches, which gather in a
Nothing gets done in
Villages or towns,
There are no volunteers,
Local and half-hearted.
There are other kinds:
Sweet foreign aid
Eventually to take a
For every horse-power put in.
Written with clarity and spontaneity, Aidoo's novel
confronts head-on the horror, the joy and the grief of
this profound exploration. Her mix of poetry and prose
gives us the freedom to explore the broad personal and
global contexts of Sissie's journey.
Personal identity politics, the question of post-colonial development and the whole history of colonialism
is a lot to pack in one short text. But Aidoo manages—
while raising some important questions along the way.
How does Sissie's Afrocentrism compare with our
Eurocentric vision? What is the role of women in our
contemporary world? Who is responsible for history—
the people or the state? How is Africa to progress if its
elite intellectuals keep leaving? There are no answers,
only more questions.
The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader, William J. Harris • The Alchemy of Race Relations, Patricia Williams • Have you seen liberation, Jesus Papole Melendez • Wounded in the House of a Friend, Soma Sanchez• Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin • The Black Holocaust for BeginnersrSam Anderson• Assata: An Autobiography, Assta Shakur • Roots, Alex Haley.. black
A young black man describes the
essence of blackness as he
sees it, in basic terms.
by Dave Ball
The Lance
black are among my favourites. Originally, basic black had only one definition, but
when I started high school I learned another. As I flipped through the course
descriptions trying to find a suitable schedule, I was surprised by the recurrence of
one word. Basic chemistry was an introduction to the subject for those who did not
want to pursue the science full time. Basic mathematics was a course for those who wanted to develop
general math skills, rather than specialise in one
Basic black is a short program intended to explain
some of the many characteristics of a middle class
black man in southern Canada. It attempts to
describe his feelings through (very) short stories
about people and events that have been significant to
Jasmine is a beautiful eight year old girl, she is
energetic, polite, curious, clever, confident, and very
But she doesn't like brown people.
"Why," I ask, after hearing her confession.
"Because they're bad," she answers.
"Who told you that?"
"Nobody," she replies. "I just know."
I couldn't be too angry at her, even though my
skin is brown; even though I am her father. The truth
is, I know how she feels. When I was eight years old
I was ashamed of my race. My parents told me every
day that I was special.
But I heard a different message whenever I
stepped outside, and this message was much louder.
I heard it on television, in the school yard, even in
my comic books. I was only a child but I was old
enough to understand there was something wrong
with being black.
I began avoiding my favourite foods, fried chicken and watermelon. I was afraid of resembling any
of the stereotypes. I refused to play basketball, or
dance to Motown records. I listened to Neil Diamond
and Barry Manilow on the radio. Among my black
friends, however, I had a problem. I honestly liked
Neil Diamond.
The Grey Man
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white, African or Canadian. I was the Grey Man.
"When I grow up and become an astronaut," I'd tell my friends, "I'll be representing the human race. When I make contact with the aliens, they aren't going to
ask me what part of Canada I come from."
For the next ten years this attitude seemed to work, but I was still a child. When
I turned eighteen, I became a man and things began to change.
I still remember it as the year I discovered I was black. Suddenly people were
treating me differently, and they made no effort to disguise their reasons. I was no
longer the black kid who hung around the neighbourhood, I was the black man who
was involved with their daughter.
We were both marrying age; this could be serious. As a child, I was little more
than a curiosity. "My father isn't racist," my girlfirend explained, "he's just old-fashioned."
I began to notice tilings that had gone unrecognised in the past. When friends
were describing me to others they would mention my colour first. Before they
described how we'd met, or what I did for a living, or what my name was, there was
my colour.
At work and at school, I was overwhelmed by racist jokes. Of course, they were
all in good fun. "You know we're just kidding, right?" Of course; I didn't want anyone to think that I couldn't take a joke. I began to analyse everything that people
said around me. I got upset when store clerks asked me if I needed assistance. For
a while, I was purchasing items I didn't even want to simply prove that I had not
come into the store to shoplift.
up to him as well. Each day I try to embrace my grandfather. But we can't protect
him from eveiything. I know that it hurts him when he steps onto an elevator and
the other passengers back away from him, fearful of being mugged by an eighty
year old man. Or when they pass him in the street and say, "Hey, brother," through
a strained smile.
I know they are behaving as they would if they were confronted by a hungry wolf
in the wilderness; they'd approach slowly, offer it some food, pretend to be its
friend, all the while praying that it doesn't bite their hand off.
when or how we came to this country. I know very little of my people's accomplishments and failures.
In grade school history we never discussed
it. Everything was European. Their dark ages,
their renaissance, their theories and religion,
their discovery of the new world. I don't know
a whole lot about it, but I know my family did
not come from Europe.
I have heard that integration is to blame.
By being granted equality, we sacrificed our
individuality. The people of the civil rights
movement fought so that we could be treated
just like everyone else. I guess it's really true,
you should be careful what you ask for, and
how you ask for it.
A few years ago, a member of my family
had our name researched and our family crest
printed on a t-shirt. It was a beautiful shield
adorned with the famous fleur-de-lis. I decided then it was time to change my name.
My family has been here for more than five
generations. I still do not feel like a Canadian.
In government records, I am officially known
as a visible minority. I wish there wasn't the
many people ,would describe affirmative
action as that uneven playing field where
minorities are given a distinct advantage over
But that is not entirely true. The fact is, we
have always been playing on an uneven field.
The moment I walk into an office for a job
interview, my chances are reduced. It doesn't
matter if the employer likes me or not. There
are more important issues to consider: Will
the other employees want to work with him?
Will they be willing to take instructions from a
black man? Will they have to walk on eggshells
because of the chip on his shoulder?
Everyone agrees that mobility-disadvan-
taged people have rights to the same conveniences as walking individuals. No one
disputes the need for more elevators and access ramps in our schools and office
buildings. Employment equity is an access ramp for minorities. Without it, many
of us cannot even get into the building. It takes years of dedication and hard work
to achieve status in a company, and none of us hope to bypass those necessary sacrifices. All we want is the chance to demonstrate our abilities.
in style. At least my children don't have to fear for their lives every time they ride
the bus to school.
Sometimes I think it would be easier if people were more open with their prejudices. Then I wouldn't have to wonder about the real reason I didn't get that job.
I could face the opposition and fight on an equal level, instead of suffering quietly
the emotional scars no one else can comprehend.
I have a friend whose parents were born in Italy.
"So you're Italian," I ask.
"No, my parents are Italian," he snaps. "I'm Canadian."
I don't have the heart to tell him that it just doesn't work that way. Remember
during World War II when all Japanese Canadians were placed in detention camps?
I suppose he'll learn the truth eventually.
Jasmine is a proud little eight year old girl. She is no longer ashamed to tell people about her father. When she describes me to her friends, the first thing she mentions is the colour of my skin.
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SUEDE-Coming Up [Sony]
Suede is obviously trying to sound like David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust
days, but on Coming Up they clearly fail. The band's problem is an awkward one: they do not suit the music they write.
The album's Bowiesque opener 'Trash' is so good it's hard to forget-
but it deserves to be performed by the far superior Spacehog. Tori aAmos
could make a hit out of the beautiful 'By the Sea,' while Peter Gabriel
could revive bis career with a cover of 'Picnic by the Motorway'
Singer Brett Anderson and guitarist Richard Oakes would have a
sure success formula if their performance skills matched their song-
writing abilities. Little innovation is demonstrated by any ofthe group's
musicians, and Anderson could use some vocal training for his annoying whine.
Poor sound quality tops all of this off. Producer Ed Buller sadly wasted this album's potential. Suede should have opted for a crisp, clear,
amplified sound rather than the distant, washed out type better suited
to '80s alternative groups such as the Smiths.
—Janet Winters
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Snoop Doggy Dogg has always been his own man. Now he's a new man.
.After some trying times in the judicial system, one of the most popular
and influential rappers is ready for good times. His fresh lyrics reassert
his standing in the hip hop game. Moreover, the hardcore gangsta cuts
and the sexually explicit funk remain from bis debut album Doggystyle.
His CD is dedicated to the loving memory of Tupac Shakur. For
Snoop, the violence and despair of gangsta rap has always been just a
part of ghetto life, not the whole story. The Doggfatther picks it up, with
relationships, love, even hope.
Now a father himself (thus adding meaning to the album's title),
Snoop has accepted responsibility—from helping to arrange a gang
truce in 1994 to financing the building of community centres. 'Snoops
Upside Yu Head' smacks together falling piano notes and a set of stuttering drums to frame Snoop's picturesque tale of a lamented gunner.
He remains a poignant figure with a panoramic view of the real and
metaphorical ghetto.
This is a growth album for Snoop Doggy Dogg, but more than that
it is an album that involves the listener. Snoop is definitely moving
up. Rather than just writing for the streets, he now writes for
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SFU, but none confirmed at UBC. In order to minimize the
spread of measles, all public events and meetings scheduled at SFU have been cancelled until further notice. This
includes sporting events.
Public Health officials have strongly advised that UBC staff,
faculty, students and residents should avoid visiting or
receiving visitors from the SFU campus until further notice
unless the involved persons are not at risk of acquiring
measles — ie. those age 40 or older or having had two
doses of measles-containing vaccinations.
There will be a mass campaign to provide a second dose of
measles vaccine for all post-secondary institution students,
staff and faculty in the risk group.
The dates and locations of the clinics at UBC will be
announced soon.
- Dr. Rob Uoyd-Smfth, Director, Student Health Service
Dr. Wayne Greene, Director, Health Safety and Environment
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The Jackson four taking over
New York City's Lucious Jackson
took their inspiration from early
do-it-yourself punk bands. The new
Jackson four prepare to take over
Vancouver. Are you ready?
by Marilee Breitkreutz
Luscious Jackson
Feb 7 at the Rage
What do four young women growing up in New York
City with an interest in music—and talent to boot—do
to fulfill their artistic selves? Why, start a band, of
"Our audiences are still
very knowledgeable about
our music and they're
not just there to hear
the singles"
-Kate Schellenbach
Inspired by do-it-
yourself punk bands of
the early '80s and motivated by the cool appeal
bf funk and hip-hop, the
members of Luscious
Jackson formed their
group in 1992. By early
1996, they were touring
with R.E.M. and playing
for an arena audience of
thousands every night.
During the four years in
between, they had
toured North America ■■■■^■■■■■■B
with Lollapalooza, played throughout Europe with
the Beastie Boys and headlined their own sold-out
shows all over the world.
"Starting out playing music as a teenager was my
way of connecting with my social group," drummer
Kate Schellenbach told The Ubyssey during a phone
interview from her home in New York. "That was
what we did after school. Eventually it became something I thought I could do as a career."
A long-standing friendship with the Beastie Boys
landed Luscious Jackson a deal with Grand Royal
Records in 1992, but it was the
strength of their first LP, Natural
Ingredients, in 1994 that propelled
.the band into the realm of multi-
gold record sales and coveted tour
engagements. Natural Ingredients
was formed out of an appealing
blend of strong, catchy melodies
layered over funk beats, loops and
jazzy samples. The mood was cool,
the beat was steady, and the attitude was unwaveringly bold.
Now, with their latest release,
Fever In, Fever Out, Luscious
Jackson proves they have more
tenacity than the mere physical
endurance it takes to survive
months of constant touring. On this
album, the band marks out brilliant
new musical territory, revealing
the artistic development they
underwent while on the road.
As Schellenbach explains, "For
this record we were looking to get
outside the usual set-up—to try and
challenge ourselves a little bit—and
we were interested in exploring the
live side of the band. We had been
touring for a year and a half and
were really interested in recording
live instead of relying mostly on
To assist in capturing this new
sound in the studio, the band decided to hire an outside producer—
their first—and, after much consideration, called in Daniel Lanois,
uber-producer of U2 and Peter
Gabriel fame.
"We were looking for someone
who could get really great sounds from the band and
also had an understanding of different styles of
music, preferably someone who is a musician who
would help in arranging and that type of sniff, so he
was the perfect man,' says Schellenbach.
"He's very knowledgeable about recording, but he
also helped us psychologically. He's really good at
encouraging the band to give a good performance
and then capturing the vibe—he has little tricks he
uses to make you feel less self-conscious when you're
recording, like dimming the lights and lighting candles and incense. He really gets involved in the making of the music and will play percussion or tambourine along with you, so you feel like he's really
enthusiastic, and that helps."
The final product is a sound that is slightly subtler and more pared-down than Natural Ingredients,
the in-your-face force of their earlier style having
given way to a more meditative method. The mood
is also decidedly more thoughtful and introspective,
a quality which Schellenbach claims has as much to
do with a change in songwriting as with the production.
In the past, guitarists and vocalists Jill Cunniff and
Gabby Glaser would  collaborate  on the writing.
"When they would write together, they would tackle a
^^^^^^^^^^^^—    subject,   like   in   'Energy
Sucker,' and that became
more of a personal statement because when you
write together it becomes
less personal. For the new
album, Jill wrote a lot of
songs by herself, on guiter,
alone  in her  room—real
basic songwriting, which is
a  very  personal  expression. Lyrically she's dealing with a lot of themes
of    introspection,    but
^■■■■^^■^■■M   although  there's   some
melancholy in the tone, the message is upbeat."
In fact, the future looks positive for Luscious
Jackson. With tons of touring experience and a second LP under their belts, they could be poised for a
success explosion.
Reflecting on their achievements thus far,
Schellenbach says, "It's been good, and it still feels
under our control—you don't hear our song every two
minutes on Top 40 radio. Our audiences are still very
knowledgeable about our music—about every song
on the record too—and they're not just there to hear
the single. We've toured a lot in the last five years,
we've built up an audience, and they've stayed with
us. Hopefully that will continue because touring is
hard work, and the best thing about it is playing the
actual shows. We feed off of the audience, so it helps
when they are into all ofthe different songs and dancing and excited about it. That's what makes it all
worthwhile." ♦


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