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Array theUbysse
Vol 11, No 4
At the conclusion of the 1992 Bisexual/Lesbian/Gay Pride Parade, the crowds gathered at Sunset Beach to enjoy the entertainment of local artists,
such as the Vancouver Rainbow Concert/Marching Band and characters from La Cage aux Folles. .
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Student housing
project stalled
by Frances Foran
Residents of the University
Endowment Lands have stalled a
rooming project which they say
threatens the "stable affordable
housing* of their neighborhood.
Tenants ofeight Toronto Road
homes were servedeviction notices
on May 29, the day their houses
has begun to turn the two-bedroom
homes into what appear to be
comparatively luxurious boarding
Road, April Bishop, said of the
renovations begun in late July,
"This is obviously not intended to
be low rental accommodation."
"The community is threatened
and itfs unfair to the neighborhood," Bishop said. Some of the
evicted tenants had lived in the
Toronto Road houses for as many
as sixteen years, she said.
Another tenant, who discovered her eviction notice the day
she came home from the hospital
withnewtwins, said, "What makes
me angry is the disruption of this
community for a buck."
"There were a lot of single
mothers and young couples here.
It had a co-op feel," she said.
Work on the new housing
project was halted July 29 when
the University Endowment Lands
Tenants' Association alerted the
Workers' Compensation Board
that asbestos insulation from the
houses' furnaces was left on the
lawns in the area where children
The board immediately shut
down the construction and has
declared the airborne asbestos in
the area a health hazard which
could cause the workers respiratory diseases. Construction on the
houses was ordered to stop until
the asbestos is properly contained
and work permits are secured.
Sandy Chow, the developer for
the housing project, said the renovated apartments will be four-
bedroom suites "probably for students" but that construction has
been delayed indefinitely.
Bishop said the University
Endowment Land Tenants' Association will continue to fight encroaching development.
Recent trends in post-secondary housing indicate that affordable student accommodation
is not a priority to developers. Both
Toronto's York University and
UBC have recently sold off university lands to private real estate
interests, partly to cope with
dwindling education funding.
Although UBC announced in
1984 that its long-range goal was
to increase its residence capacity
to one-quarter of its student body,
only one thousand more spaces for
student residents have been made
since then.
Meanwhile, the UBC Real
Estate Corporation has erected
condominiums at the affluent
Hampton Place on Wesbrook Mall,
the Musqueam band or from the
Point Grey Neighborhood Association to slash and burn Endowment Land forest.
Racism more subtle but
by Lilian Au
Ten years have passed since
Vincent Chin's brain was viciously
smashed to a pulp by a white auto
factory worker in Detroit, Michigan.
History has a way of repeating
itself as a reminder that we have
yet to learn from our past mistakes.
If we change the time, the
place, and the players, the Chin
murder almost mirrors the.Rodney
King beating.
The murder of Vincent Chin
was examined in Christine Choy
and Renee Tajima's Oscar-nominated documentary, "Who Killed
Vincent Chin?" which was presented last Saturday atthe Powell
Street Festival.
A panel discussion on anti-
Asian racism in the 1990s, which
followed the presentation of the
film, concluded that racism remains inherent in our society, especially in north american judicial
and policing systems.
Chin was a young Chinese-
American engineer who was
clubbed to death outside a Detroit
nightclub hecause he looked
At the time of Chin's death,
there was a strong anti-Japanese
backlash occurring in the American mid-west, in response to unprecedented Japanese corporate
growth overseas.
The film used television news
clips of white Americans attacking Japanese-made cars with
baseball bats, to vividly portray
the American public's fear and
anger towards this "yellow menace."
Before killing Chin with a
baseball bat, his murderer, Ron
Ebens, was quoted as saying, It's
because of you motherfuckers that
we're losing our jobs."
When asked why he and his
stepson killed Chin, Ebens
shrugged his shoulders and replied, "It just happened."
Although Ebens confessed in
court to killing Chin, he received
only three years probation and a
token fine.
In determining Ebens' sentence, the judge noted it was Ebens
and his accomplice's first offence
and, "these aren't the kind of men
who go around murdering people."
Like the Rodney King trial,
the Chin trial was moved to another city, which helped to favour
the defendants.
Tane Akamatsu, Associate
Professor of Education at the University of Michigan and a panel
member at the festival, said racism continues to be a strong presence within the American judicial
process, as witnessed by the
Rodney King verdict.
According to Akamatsu, one
positive outcome ofthe Chin trial
is that several American states
have passed stricter anti-racism
laws. For example, in the state of'•
Michigan, if it can be proven a
crime was racially motivated, the
charge for that crime is automatically moved up to a felony.
Akamatsu believes that after
the Rodney King incident more
states have become mobilized to
enact tighter anti-racism legislation.
In Canada, there is no statutory provision in the Criminal Code
which increases the seriousness of
a charge if it is found to be racially
Survivors of racist crimes are
supposed to be protected by human rights legislation under the
Criminal Code.
Akamatsu says racism has
become more subtle, but is still no
less dangerous than the blatant
racism witnessed in the past.
She added that efforts by anti-
racist groups in eliminating racism have increased and are much
more effective in raising awareness than in the past.
"The issue of anti-racism has
evolved much like the civil rights
and women's movements. You
don't say 'nigger'anymore. People
are more careful in making sure
they dont use language that is
associated with bigotry. However,
Attention squatters: construction workers have evacuated certain
hazardous houses...
still dangerous
it doesnt mean we're any less racist," Akamatsu said.
As aprofessor, Akamatsu said
the racism she encounters is
subtle. "Itfs much more covert and
difficult to put a finger on," she
Akamatsu described one incident of racism at a university faculty meeting which she attended.
"Members in my department
were reading a list of names they
had never seen before -pr knew
how to pronounce," Akamatsu
said.    • -\* ;
"Some people took a stab at
pronouncing the names, recognizing they might be wrpngi Others didntevenbothertotry. When
they reached a part of the list
which had a string of names like
John Smith and Mary Jones,
someone actually remarked, now
we're back to the real people."
The carriers of the Omikoshl portable shrine were believed to be possessed by divine spirits. The more
vigorous the movement of the shrine, the greater the fortune. This ceremony was reenacted at the Powell
Street Festival In Oppenhelmer Park on Saturday, August 1.
Emergency loan
funds are running low
by Lucho van Isschot
Increased student financial
need is depleting the funds ofthe
Alma Mater Society's emergency
student loan program.
According to AMS director of
administration Caireen Hanert—
who is responsible for the loan
program*—an unusually high
number of UBC students have
been taking out loans this summer.
And because of this high demand, the AMS loan fund ran out
of money for ten days this summer.
Many studentshave not been
able to find work and have been
forced to seekfinacial assistance,
she said-
*It is very unusual" for so
many students tobe seeking loans
in the middle of the summer,
Hanert said.
"I think a lot of it has to do
with the job situation. The students who come in. to see me are
on a tight budget," Hanert said.
"There've been alot of people
who have been affected by the
state ofthe economy."
The interest-free loan program draws on a circulating fund
of $20,000 and is designed to
provide emergency financial assistance to all UBC students.
"Beforelgivealoan to someone, they have to prove that they
have looked into all other available options, because by definition we are an emergency, last
resort fund," Hanert said.
According to Bill Dobie, the
AMS director of finance, the fund
was set up in August of 1991
because UBC's department of financial servicescouldnot process
loan applications quickly enough.
Many students who need
money overnight simply cannot
rely on financial services or on
the government, Dobie said.
"For example, if a single
mother comes in and needs
money for medecine for her
baby—that's where we come in,"
Dolbie said.
According to Hanert, the
AMS has never had to turn away
a student who was really in need.
And although there was no
money in the fund for ten days
this summer, emergency arrangements could have been
made if a needy student had come
in, she said.
"Every account can be overdrawn in the AMS if absolutely
necessary," added Dobie.
In the fall, the AMS intends
to hold a series of budgeting
seminars which would be open to
all students and which would be
designed to educate students on
how to organize their finances.
"There is a real lack of
knowledge out there, especially
amongst students who have
never livedinVancouverand who
don't know how much they should
be paying for rent," Hanert said.
"We are going to teach them how
to cut corners."
August 6,1992
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Prelude disappoints
by Lucho van Isschot
ITS Tuesday night, and the
late night screening of
Prelude to a Kiss is sold out.
The audience has paid to
watch lead actors Meg Ryan and
Alec Baldwin fall in love. And
they did.
Prelude to a Kiss
Granville Cinemas
The audience probably didn't
come to watch lead actors
Sydney Walker and Alec
Baldwin fall in love. But thafs
also what happens in Prelude to
a Kiss—a movie which challenges accepted, mainstream
notions of gender and sexual
Prelude begins with the
story of a quirky young heterosexual couple who fall in love
and get married.
Meg Ryan plays a young
woman who can't sleep at night
and who drinks heavily to forget
her problems. Alec Baldwin
plays a lonely, introspective
young man who is looking for fun
and companionship in his
otherwise dull life.
Having already run away
from their former lives and their
families, Alec and Meg are
searching for something to hold
Sure enough, our young
protagonists find one another,
and (suprise, surprise) they are a
perfect match. Within no time at
all—maybe fifteen minutes—
Alec pops the question. Ten
minutes later, Meg and Alec are
Then the unexpected
Meg Ryan's "spirit" enters
the body of an elderly man
(Sydney Walker) and our young
newlyweds are split apart.
Alec soon discovers that his
lover's "spirit" is inside the body
of an elderly man, and Alec
learns to love that man. And,
yes, the two men do kiss.
Prelude to a Kiss challenges
movie audiences in ways most
mainstream films do not. But
Prelude doesn't go far enough—it
doesn't take enough risks.
The audience is never asked
to reflect upon what they are
watching. As soon as the two
men kiss, the camera breaks
away to another shot. As soon as
the two men learn to love one
another, the old switcheroo
happens again.
As the movie ends, we are
left with the very conventional
image of the leading lady (Meg
Ryan) being carried across the
threshold by the leading man
(Alec Baldwin).
In the final analysis, Prelude
to a Kiss celebrates traditional
gender roles, marriage and the
nuclear family.
Oh well. I guess you get
what you pay for.
byJennri»ong and (EHen Pond)
»was disturbed-something
TmiQQ (Or is that amought?)
was amiss, (ui is " «
, thorp i sat in the aark
ST Booming ^pressed.)
Be£ hammered by heavy
images of political satire, like a
,f pastern european leader
cress ni^ght switches, elevator
Stops a woman's nipple.-.and
nuclear bombs exploding every
time. ,    ..     _„
(Women's bodies as
objects...but what's wrong with
P0,^sSwasethUth annua,
animal film fest-i thought it
would be funny.
(Children of amencan.crap
culture movies, hollywood baby
Sm^a we have learned to
expect hilarity.-.not overtly
k     political cultural productions...)
r     P    More than a few^.mes
►      throughout the two hour barrage,
Teaned over to my movie companion to whisper a very confused", don't get it" only to
efeive an equally nebuous
reply (Confusion...well ust
L   wai.-in a few lines we're going
.,    to introduce our ma.theme
1    chaos of a different sort the
production u. .«•- —
This isn't to imply that'
didn't understand any of the
c(ps. or that they were completely funereal, ghastly, _
Smy-aren't thesauruseseses
facabre, morbid andj-,„-
chral, because a few w
aswell. (in keeping with th
fradition- earlier animation
estals might have been hippy
k.,+ thpqp festiva s always
h9PuPp\ltey get those patriar-
make sure they gei
chal ideas and images^ot
in there somewhere—when s u«
w^min's animation fest gonna
ShTen?again, there was this
one that was quite good, mean
°ng funny with an obviously        .
serious message, but still kind
beiiuuo take:
of depressing tcr
his paper out lik
recycled, exce
curb as garb;
blood splatters all acro*XL
Leet/screen...we are left witli
.SSo^'lReoyole.WemeanJt       ^
The(Yeah,'*ell. and onto the
mavbe even sepulchral, spectre
ofthe giant sequoia tree that
was murdered by Dav-d
Strangleway, the Pres of this
here institution.) ,
If you're wondering where
remains of a once giai.«
°rgTYeah you'd die too if someone naUed wiring into you, stuck
encased your feet in concrete. .
and oh yeah, lit you up as a pk
SJp for christmas (when most of
, c: shoo but some people eel-
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ined them and that s oau
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™      - timele you in the next life (the
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Tm. Go pay your respects, (bomb
the administration)
The (in)famous Ms. Leung will be consulting in matters of fashion, business investment, and
^ world trade through the newly formed Faye Leung Consulting and Marketing Inc.
At whose expense merriment?
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Jt was just so hilariously
hUgK must have been about a
meter in diameter. It was My.
flowery. But above all, it was
Leung's hat. Film at eleven.
{Jui kidding. Youll have to
settle for Derek's photo.)
And her DRESS-beautiful,
purpS sequined, fittedI, glittery,
resplendent, bejewelled,
io^al Anxiety with special
guest Faye Leung
Vancouver International
Comedy Festival    _.    ._
August 4th at Cafe Pjango
Thus clad, Ms. Leung
introduced the CBC Double
Exposure comedy duo Local
Anxiety (Kevin Crofton and
Mark Leiren-Young), who
part ofthe Vancouver International Comedy Festival.
strange place. Diffuse lighting,
Sk bad post-post-modern
art candles...you know the type.
'W^ll imagine this yuppie
hell-hole teeing with predomi-
iy white middle-aged^mi-
politically-aware CBO ramo
Ltemng folk (some of whom
were wearing outlandl^„„V
honour of you-know-who), and
Sne thetn all held rapt by a
SfwWte middle-class
Liddle-aged political-^nsts
extraordinaires. Talk about
%&-*?Xjf^ - *X
paradigms, huh?
The first half of the
evening's performance was
Sdtolocal politic^ anxieties, with the rest of *e^ght ,
being concerned with global
angsts. ,     „„
Startling it was to see
political yuks, right;
Well...he looks like Mike
Apparently, Crofton and
Leirfn-Youngbavebeen working
together since Crofton asked
^ow after the latter made a
?SSSrical soap opera
^SSoung is the author
of a series of political satires
about the decline, fall, and
ZallThe duo have their finger on
the pulse of current f^o-
political issues, all right Some
Lnes they were so nghton and
so cutting at the same time rt
They're taxing all of my
favourite things-..
I don't think I'm all that
easily amused, but I know I
several times during t^^gSf'
But I can't tell you EVERY
THING that went on, can 1. i
can tantahze you, though. Tm
JSd at that. I guess you could
yie were two dehcious
vemons ofthe national anthem.
There were nasty slugs at the
tories (of course); the reform
Sy- the socreds; major pohtical
fi mires* the deforestation
Sales; cross-border shoppers,
Iron John-thumping men s
m°VeSS*t oftheevening,
thoueh. was the joint perfor-
S« by these two uproarious
nS^ndthe ever-audacious
didnt get no commission.)
I fougW the premier (And I
swei it was self defense!
I fought the premier (And
vou aint seen nothin yet!)
y     TheshadoW Ms. Leung cast
times they were »u "B"- — - The shaaow hi». *-«=«-"o -
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there were one thing she could
sav to our notorious former
premier. Her answer was
fmmediate and classic Faye
LeU,^Hi, BUI. When're you gonna
pay me 'some money?"
was darn un-v-jtuiwi «**     ,.      t
ttie indication of good satire, I
tldnlCTofton started off the set
fungTthe tune of My Favourite
ThinGumdrops and roses and
cute new born kittens,
Drivers and condoms and
warm woolen mittens,
New books and paper and
gold wedding rings,
August 6,1992
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the Ubyssey
August 6,1992
The Ubyssey Is published Thursdays by the Alma Mater Society of the
University of British Columbia. Editorial opinions are those ofthe staff
and not necessarily those of the university administration,- or of the
sponsor. The editorial office is room 241K of the Student Union
Building. Editorial Department, phone 822-2301; advertising, 822-
3977; FAX 822-9279.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of
Canadian University Press
It was a dark and stormy night.... OK, so it wasn't, but Joe
Altwasser had bags under his eyes, and Carol Farrell had lint in
her belly button. Deep inside, Hao Li felt it might rain. So he came
crawling to Rebecca Bishop for comfort. It turned out he, like so
many other student journalists, Martin Chester and Tim Crumley,
was afraid of lightning. Life was just fine once the problem was
identified—a picnic was had, and Frances Foran and Samantha
Green juggled the night away, while Lilian Au just sat and
giggled. Lucho van Isschot taught fire breathing to Yukie
Kurahashi, and Derek Johnson found he could balance three wine
glasses on his nose. Jenn Kwong walked across the rope that was
stretched from the darkroom to the door by the lounge, while Ellen
Pond showed all what an excellent mime she was. You might
think all that entertainment would be amazing, but it was
furthered by Siobhan Roantree, who expertly threw daggers and
axes around Paula Wellings, and didn't hit her, once. Helen
Willoughby-Price was impressed, and clapped heartily even while
. doing her ventriloquism routine; the inspired applause was infectious, and everyone was giving each other a standing ovation. And
in the course of it all, everyone forgot the storm. Which, coinciden-
tally, didn't happen. ^^
Frances Foran • Samantha Green • Yukie Kurahashi
Lucho van Isschot • Paula Wellings
Remembering Hiroshima: forgetting is fatal
8:14 am.
You've just arrived on campus,
and it looks like you have just enough
time to grab a coffee before heading off
to your 8:30 class.
8:15 am.
You notice the blue recyclingbins
are overflowing yet again. Oh well.
As you walk towards SUB antici-
patingyour morning caffeine kick, your
eyes are instantaneously burnt out in
the initial flash of a small detonating
nuclear warhead.
You wont ever know, though. It's
happening too fast. In the next microsecond, you're being blown across East
Mall. A military film crew will find
your chaired, shattered remains two
.weeks later at the base of a half-standing wall of the Main Library.
In the two and a hair*K-u>nda for
which you hurtle through the air, your
skin bluiUTS, bubbles, and cau.hcs
aflame,your fit?-'h locarbonizednlmost
completely down to your blackened
bones; your face contorts and yawns
into an unconscious expression of unspeakable agony.
By the time your brittle body
shatters against the bricks ofthe soon-
to-crumble library wall, you have been
dead for one and a quarter seconds.
You have left your shadow indelibly imprinted on the concrete not far
from where the blue recycling bins
used to be.
Not far, in fact, from the spot
where your best friend will emerge
from the rubble of the SUB, having
clawed and struggled her way out from
under the collapsed building. It takes
her five hours; with a fractured leg
and amputated foot. Each minute
feels like thirty.
After finally getting to the surface, she sees many trapped students
screaming in pain; many of them are
horribly disfigured by burns and
bleeding. As she crawls by they ask
her for help, for water...
There's nothing she can do. She
herself, although she survives the
first 24 hours, will be dead within a
week of radiation sickness. She will-
suffer day after excruciating day of
violent nausea, bloody vomiting and
diarrhea. Because ofthe severe lack
of medical supplies and attention,
her wounds will be maggot-infested
for four days before her death.
Fortv-seven years ago todav. at
8.15 am—smashed clocks and
watches tcHlifv to the lime even to
this d<iv—an amencan B-52 bomber
named IheEnoiaGaydroppedontht
city of Hiroshima the first ever uranium bomb actually deployed in combat in the history of human existence.
By the end of that year, this one
bomb had claimed the lives of 160,000
A few days later, on August 9th,
a plutonium bomb destroyed the city
For many descendents of those
exposed to the explosions, however,
the suffering continues. Some were
exposed in the womb and were disfigured. Some tare living with leukemia.
The rest live in constant fear they,
too, one day may be diagnosed as
having developed cancer.
Merely to remember the horror
of Hiroshima is not enough because
crimes similar to those committed by
the United States against the Japanese people have been committed since
The most recent example is the
US-led bombing of Iraq, which may
have claimed more than 100,000 human lives.    .
The sanitized version ofthe Gulf
War brought to television by the US
government and CNN kept us from
knowing the amount of death and
destruction that was wreaked.
Knowing the actual number of lives
taken and damage caused might have
interfered with the the "business" of
winnin-J the war.
In the post Gulf and post-
Hiroshima era. iho US and Canada
are null looking for a reason to per-
pelu lie the militurv-indu-.trial complex Recently, iht LS nearly tWlared
a reprise ol Lhe Gulf War, and Banada
spent $4.3 billion on helicopters designed for nuclear submarine surveillance.
It is almost certain that if
Canada's new weapons were used in
war, the government would ensure
that we would never know their effects.
But before governments had PR
firms to orchestrate and censor public
knowledge ofthe effects of war, there
was Hiroshima. Survivors, written and
oral histories, and artifacts are proof
of wai's effects. What more do we need
to know?
Media attack on Islam unfounded
After reading a series of recent articles aboutfolam in Time
magazine (June 15, 92), the
Vanvouver Sun (July 11,12, 13
and 14,92), the Globe and Mail
(June 24 and July 18, 92), and
others, an ominous question
came to many Moslems" minds.
With the Demise of Communism, has Islam become the
new enemy of the US and the
west in general?
While the Time magazine
articleanswezsthe question with
"hotnecessarily^the Vancouver
Sun article says clearly "With
the demise of communism, Islamic Fundementalism has become the only organized international rallying point of opposition to the west." As a whole,
the articles instigate unfounded
fear from Islam. Many Moslems
in North Amercia are fearful of
becoming a victim of discrimination and harassment in light of
the negative stereotyping they
receive from the press.
The dehumanizing effect
created by such articles should
not be taken lightly. Human
rights, self-determination, and
history show that press has been
always used to justify horrible
abuses against various nations
or groups of people.
Many Moslems were particularly dismayed and distressed by a series of three articles that appeared in the
Vancouver Sun (July 11,13, and
14, 92), mostly because the articles were merley slanderous,
unfactual, and had a clear goal
ofinstigating distrust and hatred
against Moslem communities.
The articles make many unfounded claims against one billion Moslems (about on fifth of
Worldpopulation) based on less than
a handful of examples.
Furthermore, the articles con-
fuse<whether deliberately or due to
ignorance) the differences between
cultural or regional practices and
the actual Islamic laws stand on
such matters (see the reply article
in the Vancouver Sun July 18,92).
In retrospect, we feel compelled to
present a more truthful picture of
Islam and Muslims societies. To
begin with, Islam has guaranteed
women the right to elect and nominate, to seek employment, to
equal pay with
men ofthe same
and the right to
seek knowledge
and education, to
name a few.
On the personal experience level, I would like
reflect more truly the status of
women in university level education in a typical Muslim country,
Egypt. I obtained my BSc in
Chemical Engineering from Cairo
.University in 1983, the department
in Cairo University is in the same
order of size as that of UBC with 14
faculties and 45-65 graduates every
year. This comparison is meant to
focus on the status of women there
without undermining the efforts of
Canadian women and men to
achieve equality,
Chem. Eng. Cairo UBC
Female Proft       6 out of 14   0 out of IS
Female students 40-65% Oto 26%
I worked then for a Cairo design firm for petroleum and process
industries called ENPPI in which
35 per cent ofthe company engi-
neers were women equally paid as
men, as per the Islamic code.
The Vancouver Sun article
also ignored fewfacts such as that
Pakistan did have recently a female Prime Minister which is unprecedented in North America. It
is thus understandable that the
intellectual women base in this
society must be so wide that it
produces sucha calibre. This would
defeat the notion that women are
enslaved in such a community,
whichmay explain thereason why
such facts had to be avoided in
such hate articles.
Upon checking the factual
content ofthe article with regard
to some medical issues which the
article used to distort the image of
Islam, eg. female babies death
rates, female circumcision...etc. A
Muslim graduate student (Khalid
Abdel-Hamid) who used to be a
practising physician in Egypt for
eight years, has pointed out some
of the articles factual errors and
misleading information:
1, Circumcision of females is
not and has never been an Islamic
tradition. Moreover, it is a criminal offence that can result in the
revocation ofthe licence and prosecution of a physician or midwife
who commits it.
2. Death rates in boys and
girls differ between different age
groups and in different countries.
One reason is the differential expression of sex linked disorders at
different ages. The expression ratios differ from one country to another, depending on the ethnic
structure of the society. In the
United States, for infants under
one year, the death rate in white
males is 35 per cent larger than
that for white females ofthe same
age group. Between ages 1 and 4,
the death rate in male babies is,
again 40 per cent larger than that
of female babies (Almanac Information Please, 1992). The aim here
is not to accuse the American of
killing their
male babies
butto emphasize the scientific reasons
behind the
3.Higher maternal mortality rates in a lot of Islamic countries are a direct result of incredibly low Annual per Capita Income
(ACI). For example, in 1988 the
ACI in Bangladesh and Afganistan
was $170 and $220 respectively,
compared to neat $20,000 in the
USA or Kuwait. Itisnaive to expect
the American or Kuwaiti standards
for medical services to be afforded
under such economic situation.
Finally, when we consider the
power of media and how difficult it
is to reverse the damage of an error
it makes, we see that the people of
the media have to be extremely
sensitive in what they produce.
Unfortunatley, it has not been our
experience in Canada to observe
such a sensitive media. The negative effect of this sort of this sort of
an irresponsibility may be far beyond what we tend to estimate.
What is directly damaged by these
mistakes is the very harmony and
unity of Canada as a
multicultural nation whose need
for a cooperating ethnic social
structure is vital important for
When an ethnic group is a
minority, as is the case for most of
the cultural pieces which constitute the nation, whose resources
are very limitedincorrectingfalse
and misleading information
propogatedby much-more capable
institutions, the problem becomes
simply unsolvable! A natural
consequence of this on the part of
the minority group in question is
a disturbing sadness of being
treated unfair, a deep frustration
to do mueh and, worst of £01, bitter feelings and questions about
a country which is supposed to be
a caring home!
As International Muslim
Students of UBC, we share such
concerns of Canadian Muslims in
Canada, as it been our temporary home; aa we have been offered a place in the multicultural
atmoshpere of Canada. We recognize and appreciate, however,
the warm welcome many Canadians have shown us so far and
the genuine effort we received
from various places including the
International House of UBC to
help us restore the truth on this
As Muslim Sutdentsof UBC
who represent almost all Muslim
nations of the world, we belive
that Islam as a universal way of
thoughtand acomprhensive way
oflife willhave invalualbe contributions to make in Canada, may
it be given a fair chance.
Alaa-Eldin M. Adris,
Graduate Student
Chemical Engineering.
August 6,1992 ^lIBIMlMilll
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Bella Coola escape
By Carol Farrell
Due to the exploding
population and inflated property values in Vancouver,
many people are choosing to
relocate to less densely populated areas which will  	
provide  them with a
higher quality of life for
less money.
Unfortunately, this exodus creates fewer areas of escape for those seeking temporary respite from the masses.
One such area is the Bella
Coola Valley, which is located
on a coastal inlet about 600
miles from Vancouver (by
road), surrounded by high,
snow-capped coastal mountains.
It is a sparsely populated
area that is reminiscent ofpast
In the village of Bella
Coola, there are no automatic
banking machines (horrors), no
four-star accommodations or
trendy restaurants and, best of
all, very few tourists.
When entering such a domain, it's best to feel out the
'■''lii'lji'l^'Ii'iGfC|i\/i *C
locals. The place for this is the
food co-op, where they gather
around a counter for morning
The conversations are refreshingly simple and to the
point. Each sentence is ended
with the familiar Canadian "eh."
It's also a place where every
second person smokes and makes
no bones about it.
Although they periodically
glance at me, nobody is really
interested in my presence.
The trip from Williams Lake
takes about eight hours in   a
20-year-old Bluebird bus with
a standard shift, mandatory
for navigating the narrow,
unpaved 18 per cent grades
over the coastal mountains.
The road is much
better than a few years
ago, according to the
driver, but somehow I
don't find that reassuring.
There are few passengers
on the bus: a couple who live
in the bush, an elderly Native
man from Anheim Lake on
his way to the hospital in Bella
Coola and me.
It's a wild, beautiful part
of BC which hopefully will
remain that way, unless some
enterprising developer discovers the means to cut
through the mountains,
but somehow I think not.
Thank goodness for nature's
Socred critic addresses
education issues
Two student-at-large positions are available on the
Advisory Board to The Ubyssey.
The purpose of the Advisory Board to The Ubyssey Is to
examine and to make specific recommendations on The
Ubyssey with regard to the following:
D       the relationship between The Ubyssey and the Alma
y '-r- Mater Society;
. iO ^increasing the readership of The Ubyssey;
' ii0'   increasing the participation of individuals and groups
'-4' ^from-all political, social, and cultural segments of the
'X-?* campus;
iv>|?' active: recruitment, training and support for members
IP^,- of the staff of The Ubyssey;
v>"'% dealing with' grievances with The Ubyssey and
'-'bet ween members of its staff;
vO    the relationship between The Ubyssey and the
Canadian University Press;
viD   competition between The Ubyssey and other AMS
publications, both current and future; and
viii) other related matters.
The Advisory Board to The Ubyssey will meet at least twice
a month beginning in August 1992 and ending In March 1993.
Resumes will be accepted until Friday, August 14th at 4:30
pjn. by Terri Folsom, Administrative Assistant, in SUB 238.
by Rick Hiebert
The new Social Credit critic
for advanced education, Harry De
Jong, wants to "stick up for students," but student lobbyists are
leery of his intentions.
De Jong, the member of the
Legislature for the Fraser Valley
riding of Abbotsford, became the
Socred critic for advanced education, agriculture and government
services in April.
"I think that it is possible to
stick up for students and the public interest," De Jong said.
However, De Jong's party affiliation may alienate him from
the student lobby group, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS).
BC chair for the federation
Jacquie Best said her group has
not paid much attention to De Jong
thus far.
"Given the Socred record on
education while they were the government of BC, I think we are
more likely to work with the government and the Liberals," Best
"We've had brief conversations
with him while in Victoria to meet
with the minister and Liberal critic
David Mitchell. If De Jong comes
out with a pro-student stance, we
will welcome it... but we haven't
made a priority of lobbying him
thus far due to the lack of clout
that the Socreds appear to have in
the legislature," Best said.
Best said the CFS would look
at how the Socreds reacted to the
provincial report on accessibility
to post-secondary education due
later this month before deciding
whether to lobby De Jong for support.
Despite the Socreds' being the
third party in the legislature, De
Jong said his party is influential
as it got 24 per cent of the vote in
the 1991 election.
"What I would like to see is a
system that is geared to the needs
of students," De Jong said. "They
often have an inability to effectively do all the various jobs they
could do in their life. There are
only so many white collar office
jobs relating to office management, so students should be well
grounded in both the sciences and
De Jong hopes the provincial
commission on student access
will address "misuse of funds" in
student loans and university
"rm saddened to hear all of
those apocryphal stories about how
students use student loan money
for trips. We need to design a system that rewards the honest trustworthy student and guards against
The Liberal critic for advanced
education, David Mitchell, welcomes De Jong's input as Socred
critic thus far.
"I think we will be able to
critique the New Democrat's advanced education initiatives or lack
of them fairly effectively from both
the centre and the right."
De Jong attended agricultural
college in the Netherlands and ran
several dairy farms before becoming a Socred MLA in 1986.
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• Daily luncheon specials
• Banquet facilities available to suit any budget
Bar And Kitchen Open Monday-Friday At 11:00 AM.
In memory of people
who died unnatural
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north of Cordova)
12-6 pm
Saturday August 8
reg. 19.
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During the 1992 Lesbian/Gay Pride Parade, Lisa Lowe battled "Brian
Mulroney" (Stuart Blackley), dramatizing Little Sisters' challenge
against book seizures and shipment delays by Canada customs.
Mon-Fri    8am-5pm
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"Non-traditional" issues are
confronted at council conference
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by Paula Wellings
Lambton College in
Sarnia, Ontario may be a
leader in a new trend in
post-secondary institutions
across Canada. In the past
two years, it has increased
its student population by
40 per cent and the average age of its students is 33
Ryan Robinson, president of Lambton's student
union said with the changing of industry in Sarnia,
many people are returning
to school for retraining.
Lambton currently has
3,000 full time students
and 8,000 part-time students, with more awaiting
The growth in the
number of returning students at Canadian colleges
and universities was a major part ofthe discussion at
last week's Student Union
Development Symposium
at Whistler.
Hosted by the UBC
AMS, the conference
brought together 28 student unions from colleges
and universities across the
country to share information on issues of student
government such as administration, school spirit,
finance, and electoral process.
In particular, they
discussed how these issues
pertain to a growing "non-
traditionar student population.
The term "non-traditional" was used in a variety of ways throughout the
discussion, but according
to AMS director of administration Caireen Hanert,
the term refers to anyone
who is not a "17-22 year
old heterosexual full-time
student."   .
Discussion ofthe "non-
traditional" student generally focussed on part-
time students, mature
students, and parenting
Some friction did occur between college and
university representatives.
"There are some universities that don't recognize us as efficient or as
good as them," said Jocelyn
Dance, president of George
Brown College in Toronto.
However, the discussion about "non-traditional students" proved the
value of dialogue between
colleges and universities.
Hanert said the AMS
learned a lot from the colleges, as they have more
commuters, older students
and part-time students.
The needs of older
students and students
with children is a growing
issue with student unions
which have primarily
served a single, non-
parenting 18-24 year old
full-time constituency.
AMS vice president
Carol Forsythe said her
council must consider the
fact that many AMS services close at 5pm and are
not available to night students who pay student
Hanert explained,
"We're looking at forming
a service organization for
part-time and mature students."
As well, Forsythe said
she would like AMS programming to become more
family focused.
This year the
Dalhousie University student union will set up a
parenting room project, to
be run through the mature students' association,
by parenting students,
said Lale Kesebi, student
union president.
The creation of the
room is a response to the
student union's research
which found thatchildcare
is a greater concern to mature students.
This programme will
hopefully serve as an intermediary to providing
on-campus child care for
all undergraduate and
graduate students.
The University of
Toronto has a separate
student union for part-
time students which the
UBC AMS will also be
Bill Dobie, AMS director of finance, facilitated discussion on funding of elections and
other related matters at the AMS Whistler Lodge, August 1. Cool shades, Bill.
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and the Summer Session
Students' Association
Live Bands
Mon - Fri, 12:30 -1:30
August 6:
August 7:
August 10:
August 11:
August 12:
August 13:
August 14:
SUB South Plaza
Inside SUB (if raining)
Bring your lunch and a friend
^       rfSSW"X<8i.
Free feature
film series
SHOWTIMES: 7:30 P.M., IRC #2
August 6,1992


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