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Array THElMEY
Today is your last
chance to
register to vote
in the by-election
Behind J. Phillippe Rushton's controversial study on
race and intelligence lies the financial backing of a
U.S. foundation.
ubsidizing Supremacy
By Tu Thanh Ha
and Cathy Majtenyi
Canadian University
Press
LONDON, Ont. — The students'
faces were painted half in white
and half in black and, as they
circled outside the auditorium,
shouting and waving placards,
police officers swarmed around all
over the area.
On the evening of Feb. 8, there
were 200 demonstrators, 15 police
officers, 100 journalists and an
audience of 2,000 present at this
auditorium at the campus of the
University of Western Ontario.
The event: a public debate between David
Suzuki, renowned geneticist and science educator, and J. Philippe Rushton, the Western
psychology professor who, in a span of two
weeks, had become Canada's most controversial academic.
While achieving his notoriety, Rushton
has been placated by many of his fellow university professors for his views linking race to intelligence and his beliefs that blacks have
smaller brains, are more promiscuous and
show less criminal restraint than Orientals
and whites.
Rarely mentioned, however, is that for at
least four years, some of Rushton's work has
been paid by a right-wing American foundation which finances studies on "racial betterment."
Rushton's views first came to notoriety on
Jan. 19 in San Francisco at the annual convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Presenting a 13-page paper titled "Evolutionary Biology and Heritable Traits," Rush-
ton told 100 delegates at a session ofthe conference that "Mongoloids," having evolved later
than "Caucasoids" and "Negroids," have a
larger brain and scored higher in intelligence
tests.
Among traits used by Rushton to show
that Orientals are more sexually restrained
are the frequency of marital and pre-marital
intercourse, the size of penis, testis, vulva,
vagina, clitoris and ovaries, the frequency of
sexual fantasies and "permissive attitudes,
low guilt."
Among the scientists cited in Rushton's
paper, at least one — Christopher Singer, a paleontologist at the British Museum — says
that Rushton has misunderstood his findings.
Ofthe 21 other works mentioned in the paper,
half were written or co-written by Rushton.
More revealing is another reference in
Rushton's paper which mentions a study by
one "A. R. Jensen." Both Arthur R. Jensen and
Rushton have received funding from the same
organization, the Pioneer Fund.
A tax-exempt foundation incorporated in
New York, the Pioneer Fund was initiated in
1937 through an endowment from Wycliffe
Draper, a reclusive Massachusetts textile
manufacturer who died in 1972.
In its incorporation certificates, Pioneer
states thatitfunds research into "racial betterment," says David Vise, a Washington Post
business reporter who has reviewed the funds'
records.
Records from the U.S. Internal Revenue
Service show that between 1982 and 1983,
Pioneer gave nearly $700,000 for research in
eugenics and dysgenics, Vise says.
Eugenics is the discipline which tries to
improve human genetic traits. Dysgenics is
the study of the deterioration of hereditary
characteristics over time.
In 1984, the Pioneer Fund had nearly
U.S. $5 million in assets and gave research
grants worth up to U.S. $95,000, according to
the N.Y. Foundation Directory, which lists
major U.S. foundations.
As early as the 1960s, Pioneer Fund has
given money to controversial researchers,
such as William Shockley, Roger Pearson and
Arthur R. Jensen, who have been criticized for
linking intelligence to heredity. Neither one
ofthe three is a geneticist.
A Nobel prize-winning professor at Stanford University—for the development of the
transistor—Shockley has long advocated
that blacks are genetically less intelligent, a
condition which, he claims, cannot be solved
by providing them with better schools, jobs or
living conditions.
In 1977, Shockley told a New York Times
reporter that he believed-"that a major cause
of American Negroes' intellectual and social
deficits is hereditary and racially genetic in
origin."
Pearson has written many pro-apartheid, pro-segregation articles. A former dean
at Montana College of Mineral Science and
Technology, he is the author of titles such as
"Eugenics and Race" and "Early Civilizations
ofthe Nordic Race."
Jensen is a University of California psychologist who came under national attention
in the U.S. in 1969 when he published an
article arguing that intelligence is hereditary.
Jensen "stood up for notoriety" after the
initial controversy of his 1969 article and
thus, has since received extensive funding
from Pioneer, says Barry Mehler, a history
professor at Ferris University, Michigan.
"Jensen is at the forefront of this movement," says Mehler, who has written a PhD
thesis on racism in the academics. "He is
riding on the tidal wave of eugenics."
While Pioneer finances mostly studies in
genetics, it has, at least in one occasion, given
money to a Northern Iowa University professor to prepare anti-busing and anti-school integration seminars in Boston and in Louisville, Kentucky.
Until at least 1985, the fund's president
was Harry Weyher, a 67-year-old lawyer who
represented Wycliffe Draper in the 1950s and
1960s. Weyher is a partner in the New York
law firm of Olwine, Connelly, Chase, OTJon-
nel & Weyher.
Pioneer's listed address and phone number are the same as the law firm's offices.
Weyher was not available for comment when
contacted at his Manhattan office and did not
return phone messages.
John Trevor, the fund's treasurer, is a
founder ofthe American Coalition of Patriotic
Societies, a conservative lobby group. Testifying in 1965 against adopting more liberal immigration laws in the U.S., Trevor said he
feared such policies would create "a serious
culture decline."
Thomas Ellis, a former Pioneer director
was a political strategist for senator Jesse
Helms, a famous conservative Republican from
North Carolina.
In 1983, Ellis resigned from a U.S. federal
broadcasting board when it was revealed that
he opposed school integration, stating that the
real goal of desegregation was "racial intermarriage and the disappearance of the Negro
race by fusing into the white."
In 1976, while working for Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign in the North
Carolina primaries, Ellis tried to discredit
Gerald Ford by claiming that Ford would select
a black running mate if nominated as the
Republican presidential candidate.
According to Ross Bellant, a Detroit author who has written about right-wing groups
in America, grants from Pioneer are usually
handed to a small number of recipients. In
1982, eight grants were given. In 1984, there
were 18 grants.
"The money goes to people who are at least
connected to universities—whether itis legitimate university research is another question,"
says Bellant.
Associating the projects it finances with a
university professor is a way for Pioneer to gain
credibility, he says. Those studies on heredity
are however done by academics in unrelated
disciplines. Neither Rushton, Shockley, Pearson nor Jensen are geneticists.
According to IRS records, Pioneer has
given at least $240,000 to Western since 1984.
In total Rushton received about $160,000.
Another Western psychologist, Tony Vernon,
was also funded.
When asked about the Pioneer fund, Rush-
ton declines to reveal the exact amount he is
receiving, saying only that he has been funded
for "about four to five years."
"I'm very proud to be associated with the
kind of people they fund," says Rushton. "They
don't put restrictions on my research. The
Pioneer fund does not have a political agenda."
Asoft-spoken 45-year-old man who speaks
with a light British accent and wears hornrimmed glasses, Rushton hasn't shied away
from public attention since the controversy
started.
At the debate against Suzuki, he told sceptical students to do their own inquiries if they
did not believe his theory that Orientals were
more law-abiding and family oriented.
"Think up ways to ask questions," he said.
"For instance, ask Orientals: T)o they go to
parties? Are the parties large? ' How many
friends do they have? Do they always wear a
seat belt?"
While Rushton has kept a highly visible
profile, university officials have been less
forthcoming.
At a press conference Feb. 3, Western
president George Pedersen and Prof. Greg
Moran, who heads the psychology department,
said that Rushton's theories did not represent
the views of the university.
However, academic freedom warranted
Rushton the right to express unpopular opinions, they said.
Western does not have a policy to investigate private funding sources and there are no
safeguards from specific agendas outlined by
the granting organization, says acting president Thomas Collins.
continued on page 7
VOLUME 71, Number 39
Vancouver, B.C. Friday, February 24,1989 Between
Note: "Noon" =
FRIDAY
12:30 p.m.
UBC Student Ministry
Please sign up ASAP with Dave for
March 4th "Work Day for Summer
Missions".
Inter Varisty Christian Fellowship
Talks on "Life in community with
the handicapped"
Muslim Students' Association
Weekly prayer. Non-Muslims are
welcome to discuss about Islam.
For more information call 224-
8590. Noon, the lower lounge of
the International House.
Zen Meditation Society
Meditation.  Everyone Welcome.
3:30 pm, Graduate Centre Penthouse.
UBC Liberal Club
Beer Garden. 3:30 pm
SUB 205.
onward.
TA Union
Chilean Poetry Reading, 5 pm,
Upstairs armouries.
CiTR
Live Sport Broadcast - TBird Playoff Action from Calgary. 6:15 pm -
Men's Game, CiTR 101.9 fm and
Cable fm.
SUBfilms
Film: "They Live", in cinemascope.
7pm SUB Theatre.
Lutheran Student Movement
Lenten  Bible  Study,   7:30,   Lutheran Campus Centre.
Windsurfing Club
Party, party, party!! at 8 pm, Jericho Lounge.
SUBfilms
Film: "ACry in the Dark", 9:30 pm,
SUB Theatre.
Timeless Productions
Cassette release party for Sarcastic Mannequins with Hypnosis by
Billy 'BALI' Baulley. Special
Guests: The Smugglers, Idiot
Savant. LUX Theatre, 57 E.
Hastings.
SATURDAY
CiTR •. Live sports broadcast -
Tbird Playoff Action from Calgary.
2:45 pm women's game, 6:15 pm
men's game. CiTR 101.9 fm and
Cable fm.
Eastern Orthodox Mission
Vespers, 5 pm, St. Peters Anglican
Church, 4580 Waldon, Tel. 275-
2985.
SUBfilms
Film: "They Live", in cinemascope.
7 pm, SUB Theatre.
SUBfilms
Film: "A Cry in the Dark", 9:30 pm,
SUB Theatre.
SUNDAY
Eastern Orthodox Mission
Sunday of the Prodigal Son: Divine Liturgy. 9 am, St. Peter's
Anglican Church, 4580 Waldon,
Tel: 275-2985.
Lutheran Student Movement
Communion Service,  10:00 am,
Luterhan Campus Centre.
UBC Student Ministry
Join us for a meaningful worship
wervice w/ Church on the Point,
10:30 - 12:00 noon, International
House.
The Stamp Club
Monthly Trade-off, 1 pm, Room
215 SUB
CiTR
Live Sports Broadcast - Tbird
Playoff Action from Calgary.12:45
men's game (if necessary), 4:15
women's game. CiTR 101.9 fm and
Cable fm.
Museum of Anthropology
Musical Performance - Mozaico
Flamenco will perform a variety of
flamenco dance and music. 2:30
pm. The Museum of Anthropology,
Great Hall.
Electric Smoke Signals
Surprising Futures  - How will
Mother Earth  look in  th year
2050? 6:30 - 9:00 pm, CiTR 101.9
fm.
SUBfilms
Film: "They
Theatre.
Live"
pm,
SUB
SUBfilms
Film: "A Cry in the Dark", 9:30 pm,
SUB Theatre.
Underwater Hockey
Practice, everyone welcome, 10
pm, UBC Aquatic Centre.
MONDAY
International Development Club
Discussion - Carole Umana, Vice
President of Salu Aide, speaks on
her tour of war torn El Salvador.
12:30, SUB 212.
NOTICE REGARDING
THE 1988 TUITION AND EDUCATION
CREDIT CERTIFICATE
In response to a change required by Revenue Canada
the University has revised its method of reporting your
tuition fee and education deduction. Previously you
received two receipts, one for tuition fees and one for the
education deduction. Commencing with the 1988
calendar year these receipts will be combined and you will
receive a Tuition and Education Credit Certificate.
Revenue Canada now requires that the tuition fee amount
be based on a calendar year, therefore this certificate wil 1
only include Spring/Summer and first term 1988/89
Winter session fees. The second term of the 1987/88
Winter session was reported on last year's tuition fee
receipt. The 1988/89 second term fees will be reported on
1989's certificate.
The Registrar's office will mail you the 1988 Tuition
and Education Credit Certificate by the end of February.
If you have any questions regarding the above please
contact the Department of Financial Services (228-2227)
or the Registrar's Office (228-2844).
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Zen Meditation Society
Meditation - Everyone Welcome.
3:30 pm, Graduate Center Penthouse.
CiTR
CiTR Sports Digest - wrap up of
the Wacky World of Tbird Athletics - with guests, stats, scores, information and the occasional give
away. 5:30 pm, CiTR 101.9 fm and
Cable fin.
The Jazz Show with Gavin Walker
Ornette Coleman's "Somethin'
Else" (1958). Relive this classic
tonight. CiTR 101.9 fm.
TUESDAY
Classifieds
Rates: AMS Card Holders - 3 lines, $3.00,
additional lines 60 cents, commercial -3 lines,
$5.00, additional lines 75 cents. (10% Discount on 25 Issues or more) Classified ads
payable In advance. Deadline 4:00 p.m,. two
days before puMlcalton. Room 266, SUB,
UBC, Van., B.C. V6T 2A7
Jewish   Students'   Association/
Hillel
Israeli Lunch, 12:30, Hillel House.
UBC Student Ministry
Prayer   Time,   12:30   pm,   SUB
216E.
International DDevelopment
Club
Discussion: ElviaAlvarado, peasant organizer for the Honduran
CNTC, speaks on land reform and
peasant oppression in Honduras.
12:30, SUB Auditorium.
Student? for Forestry Awareness
Michael McGonigle, Resource
Management SFU, speaking on
"Resolving Unnecessary conflicts?: The Forestry Wilderness
Stalemate". 12:30 -1:30, MacMillan 166.
Pre-Medical Society
Lecture:   "ADDICTION:   SEX,
MONEY, POWER AND DRUGS".
by Dr. Ron Aspinal. 12:30 noon,
IRC#1.
In Context
Arts & Entertainnfent News:
Theatre and the Vancouver Playhouse. 3-4ph_, CiTR 101.9 fm.
Lutheran Student Movement
Co-op Supper, 6 pm, Lutheran
Campus Centre.
Sponsored by the Vancouver
Mokuyokai Society and the Vancouver Society of the Archaeological Institutei of America
Slide Presentation - "Yoshio
Markino: A Japanese Artist in
Rome (1908-1909)" - focusing on
the artist's water colours of Rome
and general impressions of Italy.
Presented by Ross Kilpatrick,
Professor of Classics, Queeh's
University. 8:00 pm, Auditorium,
Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall,
UBC (enter via Gate 4).
I HOT
I FLASHES
Come meet
Mike Leel
AMS President Mike Lee will be
meeting with students at 12:30
in SUB concourse, in fulfilment
of his campaign promise.
SILKSCREENING
plus
EMBROIDERY
CHENILLE
RUGBYJERSEYS
SWEATERS
MELTON/LEATHER/
NYLON JACKETS
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OYE SPORTSWEAR AND DESIGN
• T-SHIRTS $7.35 ea
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• GOLF SHIRTS $13.95 ea
• PLUS MANY MORE STYLES!
(Based on Minimum 25 units)
PRICE INCLUDES: 1 colour print, garments,
set-up, screen & artwork....puff printing &
flashcureing (.33 extra)...solid coloured
fabrics may vary in price...additional colour
printing by quotation...Embroidery by
quotation.
Call: (Ask for Kenneth) 688-6879
Mon-Sat 10am to 6pm
05 - COMING EVENTS	
DAVID IRVING
British Historian and Lecturer
Speaks about
The War Years 1933 - 1945
A different perspective
Saturday, February 25th
7:00 pm
Dogwood Theatre
PNE
Admission $10.00 at door
Sponsored by The Canadian Free Speech
League
COMMUNITY???
FOR THE HANDICAPPED?
Come share a day/weekend  with  us at
L'arche Shiloah March 3-4. Call Carlyle 228-
0225 or L'arche Community 435-9544.
10 - FOR SALE COMMERCIAL
RUN YOUR OWN BUSINESS! Make your
hours, f/t or p/t. Be your own boss! Opportunity limited only by your effort. Will provide
training, equipment, etc. Phone 228-8835
now!
11 - FOR SALE PRIVATE
FORD PINTO 77 for sale. Runs well. Minimal Rust. Good student car: 25 mpg. $500.
Contact Jill 222-3725.
OLDS CUTLASS, 1981, Recent complete
overhaul, new booster, hose, tires auto.
$4300 call 733-3767.
1975 MARINA 85,000 Miles. Any offer. Call
689-3373 or 687-0382 anytime.
20 - HOUSING
FOR SUBLET end April - end August. 1-
bdrm. Apt. Convenient loc. - 4th Ave. Fully
furnished $480 per month. Contact Linda
734-3014.
DUNBAR & 33rd 4 Bdr. House avail., May
1st, $1200. Call Tom 261-6944.
30 - JOBS
EXPERIENCED SALESPERSON to help
set up & manage T's and Sweat shop in
tourist area. P/t input now - begin when
avail. Salary & commission or bonus. Details to Box 1018 999 Canada Place, Van.
B.C. V6C 3C1.
MAX'S DELI: F/T & P/T counter staff
needed. Cash exp. essential. Apply in person
with resume & references, 3105 Oak St.
35 - LOST
LOST H.P. 28S Sci. Calculator either in
FNSC60 CEME 1204 1202 even larger reward! Please itis important to me. Contact:
Ward Phillips 685-3279.
REWARD (SUBSTANTIAL) for the return
of a brown leather jacket lost on Sat. night 18
Feb. upstairs SUB. No questions asked,
strictly confidential. Call 224-3413.
40 - MESSAGES
DO YOU KNOW ANYONE in England,
Australia, & New Zeland? Then give me a
call on 682-8435 for details.
MESSAGE OF ISLAM 21: Holy Verses or
not? Find the answer yourself! Koran is
truthful. Ithas no contradictions with itself,
to your logic, or with modern science. It is
not written by men. It is given by God to
guide all mankind.
ANYONE WITNESSING AN ALTERCATION at Kitsilano Beach in the early hrs. of
June 25, 1988 involving several young
people and a peace officer is asked to contact
T. Alexander at 421-0716.
70 - SERVICES
DRAFTING FOR THESES, term papers,
reports and publications. Have your figures
drafted quickly and professionally by FINAL DRAFT SCIENTIFIC DRAFTING,
REASONABLE RATES 873-5579.
75 - WANTED
CAT LOVERS - TAKE CARE OF US. Our
mom's landlord kicked us out. We are
trained, fixed and have all shots. At 7 mo. old
we are lots of fun, and give lota oflove. Call
Corina for 2 free cats. 879-1999.
DO YOU HAVE INTERSTITIAL
LUNG DISEASE?
We are seeking interstitial lung disease
subjects in order to study the effect of this
disorder on response to sub maximal exercise. For further info., please call F. Chung
at 228-7708, Sch. of Rehab. Medicine.
YES!! YOU CAN make a difference!!! How?
By volunteering a few hours a week. Volunteer Connections, Brock Hall 200 or call 228-
3811.
85 - TYPING
PROFESSIONAL TYPIST, 30 years exp.,
word proc. & IBM typewriter. Student rates.
Dorothy Martinson 228-8346.
TYPING EDITING RESEARCH. No notice
required resumes (same day service). Tapes
transcribed. 224-2310 (24 hrs).
A & Y MANUSCRIPT MASTERS
Specialists in scientific texts, graphs, grammar correction and style polishing.    253-
0899. Free pickup & delivery on campus.
WORD PROCESSING, $2.00/dbl. sp. page,
MLA, APA, CMS, editing. Comput-
erSmiths, 3724 West Broadway at Alma,
224-5242.
ON CAMPUS WORD PROCESSING
Type it yourself ... simplified instructions, spell check, and laser printer
make your work look top quality. $57hr.
and lOc/page. Friendly help always
available. SUB lower level, across from
Tortellini's Restaurant; 228-5496.
ON CAMPUS WORD PROCESSING
Need the professional touch? ... have it
done for you - you can even book ahead.
$25/hr., 6-8 double spaced pages of normal text per hour, laser printer. SUB
lower level, across from Tortellini's
Restaurant; 228-5640.
TYPING, QUICK, Right by UBC. $1.25/pg.
d/sp. Call Rob 228-8989 anytime.
FAST! WORDPROCESSING
Experienced, accurate, laser printed.
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Essays, thesis, scientific work done quickly
on laser printer. Competitive rates. 736-
1517.	
WORD PROCESSING & stylistic editing.
$20/hr. MS-WORD on IBM 875-6663.
POLICE BRIEFS
UBC Student Caught
Break & Entering into
Greenhouse
On February 19 at approximately 3:40 a.m., Parking and
Security Patrol officers responded
to an alarm at the UBC Horticulture Building greenhouse. Found
inside the greenhouse was a male,
first-year Arts student of UBC,
who was attempting to steal
plants for his room at a campus
residence. The suspect entered
through a broken window. The
investigation has been forwarded
to the Crown to proceed with
charges.
Noisy Parties at Frats
At 3:15 a.m. on February 15
RCMP attended Phi Gamma
Delta Fraternity to quiet down
loud music. Complaints were received from other students who
reside in the area and were trying
to study for their mid-terms. The
persons from the Fraternity were
told to turn the music down and
close the windows, but at 3:58
police had to attend the same fraternity and again deal with the
excessive noise.
Neighbour at Family
Housing Interrupts Break
& Enter
At approximately 11:00 on
February 20, a resident in Revel-
stoke Court noticed a suspicious
person walking around the Darwin Construction site on the new
developement area of Acadia
Road. Police arrived and scared off
two male suspects who were cutting a padlock with bolt cutters.
The suspects fled on foot, but left
behind their vehicle. Investigation revealed that the two suspects
were checked by Chilliwack
RCMP on February 18. Positive
identification of the suspects can
be made. The matter is under investigation to apprehend the suspects. A great example of "Neighbourhood Watch" in action.
2/THE UBYSSEY
February 24,1989 NEWS
Freedom: The train does not stop here
MANDEL NGAN  PHOTO
Rushdie's book enlivens
Freedom to Read Week
By Monica Branner
The audience members
laughed out loud, squirmed in
their seats, looked pensive and
were certainly never bored in an
almost packed Buchanan lecture
hall Thursday.
It was all a part of the 5th
Annual Freedom to Read Week
readings by authors Sara Ellis,
Zoe Landale, Cynthia Flood and
Keith Maillard, sponsored by the
Book and Periodical Development
Council.
Each author there was conscious that the content of their
work, be it advocating new ideas or
talking about chemical warfare,
could be censored.
Joining these writers were
Harjot Oberoi and Ken Bryant of
UBC's Asian Studies department
who read from Salman Rushdie's
controversial novel, The Satanic
Verses.
"The last week has seen an
international display of 'intellectual terrorism'," said a press release from the British Columbia
Library Association (BCLA), adding it is important at this time for
people to reject attempts to limit
material available to the public.
Coles Books, Waldenbooks
and B. Dalton Books have withdrawn The Satanic Verses as a
result of intimidation and, on Friday Feb 17, the Canadian government stopped importation of
Rushdie's book despite the fact
thatithas already been soldfor six
months.
The BCLA statement said
they are appalled "the government
of Canada has neither spoken out
against (threats from a foreign)
power nor stated its commitment
to uphold the basic principle of
freedom of expression in Canada."
"(It) must be recognized that
each individual has the right to
make their own decision whether
or not to read [Rushdie's] book."
The event stressed the continued presence of censorship in
Canada, despite the rejection of
Bill C-54. Canada Customs continues to have the power to arbitrarily restrict entry of material
into Canada based on the personal
whim or moral perceptions of the
individual Customs officer regarding either the material or the organization receiving it, according
to the BCLA.
The public school library system was also acknowledged at
Thursday's lecture to be controlled
by censorship in the form of parental/public opinion.
Freedom to Read Week was
launched on February 21 and this
year's focus is on intellectual freedom in British Columbia and the
effect of Bill C-264, which restricts
literature dealing with illicit
drugs.
In past Freedom to Read
Weeks, subjects such as illiteracy
and Bill C-54 have also been addressed.
Seeman Runs?
Former student Board of Governors representative
Bob Seeman is "seriously considering putting in his
nomination for independent candidacy in Point Grey's
upcoming by-election*
"Any official announcement will be made by the
beginning of next week * said Seeman, who has almost
Collected the required 50 signatures on the nomination
form.
Seeman, a law student who served on UBCs Board
of CJoveraors for X988-89, said he will base bis decision
to ran on "what students feel * He said be ia talking to
studbats on campus and *seei_*g whether (Ms) candidacy would help them."
Seeman sees the by-*election as an. opportunity "to
demonstrate o the government and province that the
people recog ' _e the importance of educat-on" and> if
lie runs, aai<, e will run on a "solid platform of university fmxLmg ritical to tbe future of the province j."
UBC English Language
Institute joins union
By Laura Busheikin
After almost three years of
frustration, UBC's English Language Institute finally has a union.
But the English language
instructors—many of whom teach
English as a second language—do
not have a union of their own.
Instead, they have joined UBC's
Teaching Assistant Union, a local
of the Canadian Union of Public
Employees.
The English Language Sessional Instructors Association
(ELISIA) twice applied earlier to
join the College-Institute Educators Association of B.C., a union
not represented at UBC. But those
applications were turned down by
the Industrial Relations Council
and the UBC Administration.
Jas Gill, interim ELISIA-
president, said the university
blocked those applications because "they didn't want another
bargaining unit to negotiate with.
At the last hearing (with the
I.R.C.) the university gave us a
lead that the only way they'd consider an application is if we joined
an existing union."
John Dafoe, T.A. Union coordinator, says his CUPE local welcomes the development.
"There was unanimous support in the union at all levels
whenever it came up at meetings,"
Dafoe said. "It was clear the only
way they were going to get representation was with us."
Dafoe said the I.R.C's strong
anti-labour attitude was another
factor in blocking the language
instructor's bid to join C-IEA.
"The I.R.C. is there to implement the Social Credit Agenda for
labour legislation...to implement
a policy which is clearly anti-
labour," Dafoe said. "But persistence finally paid off."
The English language instructors have been working with
no job security and under poor
conditions, according to Gill.
"It's something we really
need. We were underpaid compared   to   people   doing  similar
jobs," said Gill, adding the language instructors had short-term
contracts—anything from two
weeks to three months.
"As well, we don't have any
benefits at all," Gill said, citing
medical and pension plans as particular concerns. "Holiday pay is
something we just got after making a complaint to the Employment Standards Branch," Gill
added.
The next step is a long series
of negotiations. No one can say yet
exactly how the language instructors will fit into the T.A. union,
according to Gill and Dafoe.
"There are two possibilities.
We can have one contract for both
groups with different clauses for
each, or have two contracts within
one local. The university should
decide that," Gill said.
The contract negotiations will
take a long time, Dafoe agreed.
"We'll probably be talking
throughout the summer. Well
probably still be here in December."
I wanna go hooooooome
DAN ANDREWS PHOTO
Minister speaks against
preaching in politics
By Laura J. May
Christian politicians should
not use their public role as a "platform for preaching", according to
Reverend John Cashore, NDP
MLA for Port Moody/Coquitlam.
"I'm not saying you
(shouldn't) bring your faith to
decision-making, but in arguing
you (shouldn't) say "I'm doing this
because Christ said so,'" Cashore,
a United Church minister, told
students in SUB Thursday.
By claiming biblical authority
for certain public policies, Christian politicians and activists deny
the importance of non-Christian
input into policy.
"In reality, (Canada is) a
multi-cultural, multi-ethnic community," he said. Sikh and agnostic Canadians have important
values to contribute to public policy, according to Cashore. Claims
of absolute moral authority leave
"no room for dialogue, (which is)
not really in keeping with the
gospel."
Furthermore, said Cashore, it
is not legitimate to use Christianity as a grounds for political deci
sions: "(To say) you're wrong and
I'm right is to take on a godly
power-—not merely to represent
one," he said.
Cashore said his actions are
guided by his interpretation ofthe
Bible. But he does not have "moral
authority" and does not always
know whether he is right.
Despite these objections, the
Christian faith does have a vital
role to play in politics, he said. "If
faith is going to have a role in
(political) decisions, it should be to
form values," he said.
To demonstrate their faith,
Christians should make their influence in politics felt by the policies they advocate such as provid-
ingfood for hungry school children
or lobbying for just treatment of
Native Indians, he said.
In fact, Cashore lists faith as
one reason he entered politics. His
decision to run for MLA was an
extension of his already politically
active career through the United
Church.
Before he became an MLA, he
served as a consultant on Native
Indian affairs for the United
Church. In the early 1970s, the
United Church and other denominations joined forces to fight for
better treatment of B.C.'s Native
Indians.
During that time, Cashore
saw Christian involvement in politics affect change. Fred Quilt from
the Anahim Indian Reserve died
after his arrest by the RCMP on
alcohol-related charges. Quilt's
small intestine had been severed,
indicating he must have been
kicked or hit very hard. An inquest
was held to determine whether
RCMP officers were responsible
for Quilt's death.
The jury found the RCMP officers innocent. But Native leaders
were angry because the RCMP
had selected the jury and not a
single Native Indian served on the
jury.
When Cashore learned about
the Quilt inquest from Native
leaders, he joined others to demand a new inquest and reform
jury selection procedures. Although the new inquest did not
fault the RCMP officers, the case
changed the way juries are selected and showed that "Natives
can't be abused," Cashore said.
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Pianist kills Steinway
by Gordon Lucas
The Vancouver Recital Society has one of the finest concert
series in this city: these good folk
consistently bring in both proven
artists and young up-and-comers
for their well attended and respected concert series.
MUSIC
OUi Mustonen
Queen Elizabeth Playhouse
February 19
I'm not sure what they were
up to when they booked the young
Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen.
This twenty-year-old artist had an
unusual amount of advance publicity prior to last Sunday's recital,
most of it centering around his
"controversial" and "eccentric"
style. I wondered how a pianist
could be "controversial."
The boyish looking Mustonen
seemed harmless enough as he
strode onto the the Q.E. Playhouse
stage, and his program was quite
to my taste: five Scarlatti sonatas,
Schumann's "Kreisleriana," and
Moussorgsky's fabulous "Pictures
at an Exhibition." The first Scarlatti sonata was treated to a delicate, tasteful reading, but from
that point on, things deteriorated.
Olli is evidently a student of
martial arts. He subjected the
Recital Society's poor Steinway to
a stunning array of Judo chops,
Karate blows, and Tai Kwon Do
kicks that left the unfortunate
instrument battered and bruised.
At the halfway point of Kreisleriana, the piano was noticeably out
of tune, and Mustonen's overt
gesticulations were becoming a
parody, a weird combination ofthe
worst mannerisms of Ivo Pogore-
lich and Glenn Gould.
The man can play, but this
was not the pianism of a world
class artist. Phrases were
chopped, pedal noises distracted
the ear, and an audible assortment of grunts and groans carried
up to the balcony seats where I
was thinking that this concert
needed a referee and a penalty
box.
"Pictures at an Exhibition "
Moussorgsky's masterpiece, was
incredible. Mustonen pounded the
hell out of the opening Promenade,
and in the beautiful Bydlo, the
lower register ofthe fine Steinway
became objectionably out of tune.
This seemed to inspire the pianist—his next trick was to break the
high  G  sharp  hammer  during
choreography and theatrics. But
the audience loved it. I was quite
incredulous. They cheered, not
like any recital crowd I'd heard
before, but like they were watching a hockey game. They threw
roses. They loved him. The concert
was obviously a success. He played
an encore.
The accused; Olli Mustonen
Limoges.
Olli seemed almost proud of
the damage done, because he subsequently emphasized every high
G sharp he could, and the key
clanged with a dull, sickening
thud. Either out of frustration, or
in an attempt to gain audience
sympathy, Mustonen's playing
grew louder. A string in the upper
mid register snapped, and by the
time he played the opening bars of
the Great Gate of Kiev, the violated instrument was producing
sounds that I had never heard a
piano produce before.
The amount of missed notes
was exceeded only by Mustonen's
Is Olli Mustonen a talented
pianist? Yes, he is, but not a great
one. He is getting gigs in the unbelievably competitive world of the
concert pianist, but from my viewpoint not through musicianship or
committment. Is he controversial?
No, I don't think so. He's a good
player whose misplaced excesses
do not belong on the concert stage,
and seem contrived in a shallow
attempt to gain notoriety. There
are many better pianists around
who are more deserving ofthe kind
of publicity he is getting, and for
better reason. Would I go to see
him again? Probably not. Like
seeing Rambo, once is enough.
Folkies have heart
by Jon Treichel
Clive Gregson and Christine
Collister are a folk duo extraordi-
nare. They brought their special
brand of English folk music to
Vancouver for the Winter Roots
Music Festival and highlighted an
evening of great performances.
MUSIC
Clive Gregson and
Christine Collister
Winter Roots Music Festival
Vancouver East Cultural
Centre
The first thing one notices is
the virtuosity of Gregson's guitar
playing. He makes more music on
stage with one acoustic guitar
than a handful of today's so called
'rock star' guitar players could
ever do in a studio with a producer
and a ton of special effects.
Gregson's guitar playing does not
simply fill up space, he inserts a
strong and dynamic element into
the music. On stage at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, he
quickly worked the somewhat polite crowd of folkies into a state of
near frenzy.
The next thing one notices
about Clive and Christine is
Christine. She is small and quiet,
and she seems at first to be lost on
stage next to the flamboyant
Gregson. Once she steps forward
to the microphone and begins to
sing, however, she asserts a very
strong element into the music
which takes the listener by surprise. Her voice can melt someone
into a drip of butter. Christine
does not simply lay out Gregson's
melancholy lyrics for the audience; instead, her haunting voice
transforms the words into operatic
sounds at the same moment arresting and uplifting. She is reminiscent ofthe great jazz singers of
an earlier time.
"It's All Just Talk," with
which they opened the show, displays Clive's compositional
strength, combined with his guitar playing, and tied together with
Christine's voice. It is a quiet tale
ofthe hypocrisy of lovers.
The show was balanced with
quiet songs and more vibrant
ones, but the mood of the lyrics
remained melancholy throughout
the evening. Humour was supplied by Clive's rapport with the
audience and with Christine. He
is very humble on stage, often
joking about the songs as he introduced them, even to the point of
apologizing to the audience for
such "shortcomings" as having to
tune his guitar. There is also the
constant by-play between the two
performers. Though Christine is
quite shy on stage, Clive would
cajole her, and at one point he even
put her on the spot by stepping
back out ofthe spotlight to change
a broken string on his guitar and
asking her to "entertain the audience." A red face for Christine and
a warm laugh from the audience.
Opening for Clive and
Christine were, in order of appearance, Themba Tana, Eileen
McGann, and Natural Elements.
After such fine opening acts Clive
and Christine could have been a
let down, but they seemed to gain
energy from the fine performers
who preceded them, and their
show was a strong set of tight but
relaxed performing.
The first annual Winter Roots
Music Festival was planned as a
timely cure for the "winter blues,"
and as such it was an enormous
success. A kind word should be
said for the hard working souls
who gave their time and efforts to
make the Festival a reality. Hopefully, it will become a major event
in the Vancouver folk scene in the
upcoming years. Thumbs up to
Clive and Christine and all the
performers and organizers who
brought them to Vancouver for
what should become the first of
many Winter Roots Music Festivals.
4/THE UBYSSEY
February 24,1989 Measure
misses mark
by Robert Groberman
There is a thin line between
updating Shakespeare to make it
accessible, and adding contemporary gimmicks to keep
audiences from fidgeting too
much. Carousel Theatre's teen-
giggle production of Measure for
Measure comes down soundly on
the side of "let's throw anything at
the audience to keep them exposed
to Shakespeare for another ten
minutes without yawning."
THEATRE
Measure for Measure
Waterfront Theatre
Until March 4
Director Elizabeth Ball gives
us a contemporary Measure for
Measure, set in a time where
greasers co-exist with pink-haired
punks and oddly cut business suits
share the court with ultra-disco
shades and threads.
Douglas Welch's costumes
and set are the stars of this show,
but are so lacking in unity that the
visual appeal seems to have no
basis in the production's overall
concept.
We never learn why everyone's clothes are so mixed up or
why the play opens with a bizarre
flash of photographers' bulbs,
catching key couples in compromising positions. It's all flashy,
jazzy stuff, with the flash and jazz
as ends in themselves. By throwing so many disparate concrete
concepts at the audience, there is
no single idea to hang on to, no
single idea that might lead the
audience to conclude that the play
actually has somethingrelevant to
say.
Measure for Measure opens
with the departure of the Duke,
who empowers his deputy, Angelo,
to rule in his absence and enforce
some long-ignored laws. Angelo
immediately arrests Claudio for
the crime of having sex before
marriage, and sentences him to
death. Claudio's sister, Isabella,
who is about to become a nun, is
brought back from the convent to
plead with Angelo for her brother's
life. Angelo atttempts to seduce
Isabella, saying he will release
Claudio if she gives in. The story
continues, getting sillier and more
complicated, and along the way we
encounter       the       familiar
Shakespeare-isms   of  un
likely   plot   twists   and
unmotivated character
traits.
The   production  is
char
acterized
by       overplayed   sexual     innu-     "^
endoandunderplayed
plot development.   Alex
Ferguson's
Lucio,     the
clown,     has
some   of   the
play's best lines,
but his words are
eclipsed  by   rude
gestures   and   the
greaser   character
into   which   he   has "*
been straight-jacketed.
Gerry Macka^s Angelo
seems as bored as the audience
as he delivers the play's big
speeches—maybe because there's
no opportunity for nudging or
winking or pelvic thrusting during these speeches.
The almost ceaseless background music gives the performance shades of a television show,
while recorded street sounds in an
outdoors scene are just plain silly.
These sounds are just more reasons to stop watching
Shakespeare and start watching
the production.
There are some fine performances. Jamie Norris, as Claudio
and Pompey, presents two vivid
characters that are fun to watch
without losing their personalities.
Howard Kruschke's Escalus is
wonderfully bureaucratic, and
Robin Kelly's Mariana brings the
only heart to an otherwise cold,
stylized production.
Measure for Measure isa play
that deals with issues such as mo
rality, truth and hypocrisy. But it
seems Ball would just as soon the
audience left the theatre talking
about the great costumes, the
great set, the choreography and
the photo opportunities.
By trying to dress up Measure
for Measure to look like Entertainment Tonight, director Ball implies that modern audiences, especially young ones, require distraction to focus on Shakespeare.
Apparently young audiences
have reacted positively to the actors, as though they were rock
stars. That is because Ball's made
them act like rock stars. What
next? Live snakes, flying guitars
and hydraulic lifts?
How to keep an audience's attention
A costume and set show
Untouchables untouchable
by Martin Chester
Like a breath, of cool airoti
an oppressively hoi day, Vancouver's music scene was
given a swift kick in the butt
by a high energy ska-funk
band from California, The
Untouchables,
wumc
The Untouchables
The Contmodox-e
Pebruary 17
The Untouchables, who
take their name from the Elliot Hess inspired television
program, are truly children of
popular culture. Songs such
as I Spy, Double O Soul, and
Live and Let Dance are examples of a band fascinated
with spy flicks and who would
treat Bill Cosby*$ I Spy character Boggs and Roger
Moore's Simon Templer as
icons.
Like true Galifornians
their pop culture influence*
go well beyond television
(they even cover the Monkee's
SteppingS$one}a__d spy flicks
to include .mainstream movies: movies like Surf II (the
end of a trilogy) aM Charlie
Sheen's No Man's Land in
which the band ba<i small
p3r_s.pl&y_Hgp&iiie.&,as Fish-
Bane did in Back to $*e Beach.
All these influences aside,
however, The Untouchables
are fifstand foremost, though
not purely a ska band. The
band combines the high energy and beat of ska with
funk, rap (vocals), and even
-reggae on the romantic Can't
Stop Thinking __bout Yon, to
create a sound that is entirely
unique to the Untouchables,
though it has recently been
copied by such bands on the
LA scene as PighBone and th e
Eed Hot Chili Peppers,
What is this sound? Well
it's slightly crazy, definitely
fast—witness World Gone
Crazy which if it nadbeea any
faster would have been a
blur*—as well as being carefully controlled and entirely
cool. AH proving, once and for
all, that ska is alive and living
in all its lunacy in California
after its unfortunate expulsion from the British scene
with the death of The Beat,
The Specials, Madness and so
forth. This much to the joy of
those sixties relics, the Mods,
who displayed themselves, in
all their glory, last week at
the Commodore.
The Untouchables show
last Friday wasahigh energy
affair though much too short.
The band was on stage for just
an hour and a half, but the
hmm was rocking and the
floor was jfcaeked for the entire time.
February 24,1989
THE UBYSSEY/5 One for all -
and Meech
Lake for one
It is now 1989—almost twenty years since Quebec's
silent revolution erupted in the face ofthe nation. But
a generation later, the lessons which history has tried
to teach us have been ignored as anecdotes or merely
signs of the times—after all, wasn't everyone out to
start a revolution in the sixties.
The petition which was submitted to Esquimault's
city council, demanding that English be the official language of Esquimault, could be interpreted as a slightly
off-the-wall statement of B.C. "red-neckism" which we
have all come to know and grudgingly love. Why else
would we elect a Premier who lives in a windmill? It
gives us character—like the murals of Chemainus—it
gives us a sense of culture.
But the 10,000 signatures which decorated a similar petition in Victoria is not so quaint—it is frightening. It is frightening because it reflects a sense of spite
on behalf of Anglophone or even Anglophile Canada. It
was meant as retribution for the "persecuted" English-
speaking minority in Quebec. Not only is this attitude
of tit for tat politics tragically childlike, it means we
have learned nothing from the 30 days of social upheaval which made up the October crisis. We have
learned nothing in twenty years about the nature of
Quebec's struggle for self-identification. We have
learned nothing about each other, and in effect, brought
Trudeau's dream of a unified nation back to square one:
no communication and the will to remain silent.
Victorians—perhaps too apt an appellation—
wanted to invoke the distinct society clause of the
Meech Lake Accord to show Quebecers how it is a
double-edged sword. But Meech Lake, albeit flawed, is
needed because all cultures are not equally protected—
nor do they need to be. To believe that every culture or
society should be subject to the same law ofthe land is
offensive in its short-sightedness. Yes, it is a nice idea
in theory, and smacks of true democracy, but a truly
democratic system takes the disadvantaged into account—all people do not enjoy the same levels of freedom , and for that reason, not everyone is equal. The role
of a democratic system is to protect the rights of the
individual while incorporating the needs ofthe community into policy; it is a fine balance, which is difficult to
achieve.
French-speaking Canadians do not enjoy the same
level of freedom as an English-speaking Canadian. We,
as westerners, know the feeling of being disenfranchised. But isn't it about time that we tried to see past
the Rockies, and realize the struggle of Quebec is our
struggle too.
the Ubyssey
February 24, 1989
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"Hit the breaks!" screamed Katherine Monk as Deanne
Fisher, at the wheel, crashed into reality. "We want out!"
cried Barb Wilson, Greg Davis and Ted Aussem in unison
as they crawled out from underneath the unconscious and
bloody body of Joe Altwasser, who had already had a bad
day. Ernie Stelzer and Alex Johnson were the first to climb
out an examine the damage, only to discover they had hit
one of the windmills at Fantasy Gardens. Michael Booth
and Chung Wong, security guards extraordinare, crawled
up on their hands and knees to ask if they could see Laura
Busheikin's drivers license. Startled, Laura J. May pulled
out her .44 Magnum to provide cover for their escape, while
Olivia Zanger cried out, "I want to see blood!" Rick Hiebert
watched in stunned silence as Stephen Lazenby panicked
and plunged into oblivion, followed closely by Vincent Sheh
and Martin Chester who still maintained they had never
used the stuff. Robert Groberman struggled to keep everyone calm, only to be distracted by Monica Brunner and
Stacy Newcombe who began chewing on his exposed
ankles. Several minutes passed before Michael Booth,
Chung Wong, and Michael Vaney climbed out ofthe emergency exit to ask what was going on an insist they hadn't
heard a thing. Eventually order was restored, and as the
sun slowly set in the distance Jon Treichel and Gordon
Lucas agreed that Woodstock had been better.
sports:
Joe Altwasser
news:
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entertainment:
Robert Groberman
city desk:
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Letters
Khomeini
embarasses
Islam
Has Khoemeini and the
Islamic regime's terror been
imported to Canada and
other Western countries? Is
Khomeini going to choose
what Westerners are going
to read? Are Canadians feeling the breeze of fear which
has blown towards Canada
from Iran? Well, this breeze
is only a remainder of the
hurricane of terror rulingin
Iran.
The Islamic regime
does not have any judicial or
administrative authority in
Canada and still some Canadians are afraid of buying
a book condemned by
Khomeini. Some book stores
are afraid to supply the book
to the interested, courageous readers. The fear of
Islamic fundamentalism
has been spread all over the
globe. Now, not only the one
billion Moslems suffer from
reactionary, backward, terrorizing face of Khomeini.
It is an embarrassment
for the Islamic society that
finally the true face of the
Islamic regime has so
clearly been divulged. However, we hope that people
living in democratic countries like Canada now
understand better and empathize with Iranians living
under the judicial system of
the Islamic regime. Salman
Rushdie has been condemned to death by
Khomeini, and his action
has been supported by other
fundamentalist Moslems.
Rushdies of Iran are
either executed, imprisoned, refugees in other
countries, or writing underground facing death every
day of their lives. People of
Iran are the prisoners ofthe
wall of ignorance set up
around their homeland,
through which nothing can
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penetrate unless dedicated
intellectuals sacrifice their
lives to reveal the criminal
face of Khomeini. During
the last six months, thousands of political prisoners
have been executed by
Khomeini's holy state—
hung, shot, tortured to
death—only because of
their beliefs. They did not
criticize Mohammad, or any
other peers of Islam. They
cried for freedom and dedicated their lives for democracy.
People of Canada be
aware that, in a short time,
one ofthe representatives of
the Islamic regime is coming
to Canada for an official
visit. Inviting the representative of a regime responsible for the death of thousands of people is an approval of the inhuman nature of the Islamic government of Iran, an insult to all
the people who have dedicated their lives for the establishment of democracy
through the history of mankind, an insult to all Canadians who respect freedom
and democracy.
It is time to speak
against any economic or
political relationships between Canada and Iran,
including the official visit of
Khomeini's representative.
Ifyou are against this invitation, please contact your
MPs, the media, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or any
available channel to declare
your objection to the official
reception of a representative ofthe tyrannical regime
of Khomeini. After all, we
live in a democratic country
and have the right to criticize our government's mistaken policies.
We request our names
not to be published since the
publication of our names
would surely endanger the
lives of our families and
friends in Iran and Canada.
Anonymous
Engineers tell
Geers to clean
up their act
To the Engineering Undergraduate Society of UBC:
Once again I was appalled to see on television
the engineering students of
UBC displaying Lady
Godiva on campus and extolling the virtues of being
able to demolish forty beers.
I assume these and
similar antics are performed to gain public recognition. If my assumption is
correct, I suggest these students pause and think—is
this really the kind of recognition we want?
Would the engineer
male students want their
sisters or their girl friends to
be publicly displayed in the
nude? If not then why degrade some other stupid or
unfortunate girl—or belittle
your female classmates?
Likewise is there any real
merit in being able to demolish forty beers? I suggest it
is sheer stupidity to attempt
to drink one quarter that
many.
Next year, I suggest
your executive should decide to abolish the aforementioned and similar 'traditions' and instead organize some useful activity that
will really gain favourable
public recognition. For example the activity might be
a massive fundraising drive
on behalf of the Salvation
Army; another major blood
donation campaign. I am
sure, however, that the ingenuity of engineering students can think of many
more worthwhile activities.
One last thought, while
you may consider the cost of
your education as impressive, remember the average
taxpayer is also bearing a
more considerable share of
the cost. These taxpayers
are   not   favourably   im
pressed by your antics and
you are doing the profession
you hope to enter a considerable disservice.
R.E. Wilkins
P.Eng.
Past President ofthe
Association of Professional Engineers of BC
"Message of
Islam" is
questioned
Several times I have
read the " Message of Islam"
printed by the Moslem Society of UBC in The Ubyssey.
All these messages indicated that Islam respects
freedom and human rights.
After the religious order of
Khomeini called for
Rushdie's execution, I was
expecting to read a message
by this society, at least to
denounce this inhuman act
by Khomeini to speak out
defending freedom of speech
for Rushdie, along with
their position on Rushdie's
point of view. However, it
seems that I was wrong. So
am I to consider all those
messages about Islam as
propaganda or are you going
to show how Islam defends
freedom of speech? Would
you please not print my
name due to the fear of my
life from Moslem fundamentalists.
Anonymous
A pat on the
back from
a fan...
In regards to your
Febuary 7, 1989 editorial
entitled "$!#'$#*&*%?!?";
keep up the FUCKING good
work!!
Gregory Laakmann
Science IV
6/THE UBYSSEY
February 24,1989 Native culture is a package deal
In response to Nick Sleigh's
letter "Save and Abandon Native
Culture," and more recent blast of
vitriol defending that article, I
admire his attempt to find an
answer to the "native culture"
debate, but strongly question his
conclusions. What I think Mr.
Sleigh fails to understand, as do
many of us in the western world, is
that "culture" is indeed a cohesive
set of beliefs and values, rather
than a kind of supermarket of
vague notions where we pick and
choose which ones we would like to
swallow at a particular moment in
time. Perhaps, Mr. Sleigh, your
argument is more a symptom of
the West's general revulsion to
outside values and cultures whenever or wherever they have any
real potency and significant impact on people's lives. It is only
after we Westerners have stabbed
culture at its root and bled it of all
the things that give it authority,
potency and vitality that we are
prepared to put it on a pedestal to
be revered as something of "beautiful and sophisticated formal
qualities" (to paraphrase your
previous article). We have "Lite
Culture"; we have "Expo" with
native dancers that have all of
those unpleasant-looking private
parts nicely covered up; everything is scrubbed and reduced for
our sensitive, multi-cultural eyes.
You wrote that "Native Indian
culture contains both good elements and bad elements." No
doubt we all know what the "good
elements" are, but to think that
natives could carry on for thousands of years tolerating those
"bad elements"!
In spite of my personal distaste for the way "Westerners"
such as Mr. Sleigh (and quite often
myself) view the rest of the world
as one great chaos longing for a
page in National Geographic, I
cannot help but believe that there
are universal standards of behaviour which humanity in general
should respect. But Mr. Sleigh, I
appeal to your sense of reason: is
there really some kind of "overwhelming evidence" out there in
what you philosophers call the
phenomenolgical world that tells
us what is right and what is
wrong? Is "evaluating" values like
bug-collecting, where you go out
into the jungle with a net, collect
the "evidence" and then fix it wriggling to a microscope for formulation? Should we ask aboriginal
peoples to read Weber and Levi-
Strauss before they rashly engage
in cultural activity? Perhaps you
might aid the unenlightened
among us, and publish your philosophical data. In the mean time, I
shall try to put my "subjective"
cultural existence on hold.
Peter Shklanka,
English 4
Rushton's revenue
continued from page 1
"If we did, we'd have to get two
full-time people just to check that
out."
Western students are more
blunt when speaking about Rush-
ton. Many say they fear the controversy will discredit their school.
Their frustrations were also increased by reports that NBC's
Geraldo Rivera wanted Rushton
and Barry Mehler to debate on his
sensationalistic television show.
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his 50 and 50 figure," says 3rd year
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referring to Rushton's claim that
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and 50 per cent to environment.
"Why not 1 per cent genetics and
99 per cent environment?"
If Geraldo Rivera actually
convinces Rushton to appear on
his show, Western graduates will
be  portrayed as  racists  across
North America, she says.
During the debate, Suzuki, a
Japanese-Canadian geneticist
who teaches at the University of
British Columbia, tells Rushton
that "the concept of race has long
been discarded as determinants of
genetics."
To defend his views, Rushton
says, "Take a tape measure, put it
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their IQ scores, ask them how well
they do on exams."
"Are you going to measure
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