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The Summer Ubyssey Jul 13, 1995

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Chilly climate freezes admissions
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
UBC's graduate program in
the political science department
is rife with racism and sexism,
an independent report released
June 21 concluded.
The report was commissioned
by the university and written by
independent investigator Joan
McEwen. She found "a genuine
basis" for systemic and pervasive
racism and sexism in the department.
While McEwen did not name
any specific complainants or faculty accused of racism and sexism, she did provide examples
of several incidents. Allegations
cited in the report range from a
white male professor telling a
Jewish female professor that
feminism is a 'Jewish-American
Princess conspiracy," to professors making explicit sexual advances towards female graduate
The department also used inaccurate or incomplete statistics
"to refute those allegations" and
"failed to listen to what the students were saying," McEwen
At a press conference following the report's release, UBC
President David Strangway announced that the university will
implement all seven recommendations included in the document
At the top of the list,
Strangway announced the suspension of admissions to the
graduate program in political
science. The department will
not admit new students "until
there are satisfactory provisions
in place relating to educational
equity and a learning and working environment which is free
from harassment and discrimination," he said.
Although Strangway will follow the report's recommendations, he stopped shy of promising any action above and beyond the recommendations. He
said that he would not reprimand any faculty or staff, nor
would he speak with the department.
In an . open letter to
Strangway, president of the
Toronto based Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship John Furedy attacked the
"It seems *o me
prudent that at
least those
individuals in
particular reassess
their usefulness to
the university."
-GSS Lawyer
Anita Braha
report. Furedy wrote: "...this is
an inquisitorial report which
contains vaguely stated and un-
proven allegations of racism
and sexism, names no specific
individuals, and permits of no
defense by the accused collectivity."
But representatives for students who allege the harrasment
say that not enough is being
done to remedy the systemic:
problems detailed by McEwen.
"It's my understanding that
racist or sexist behavior is against
the law in this province and
therefore, one would think that
an employer who's concerned
about meeting his or her obligation under the law would take
steps to discipline their employees," said Anita Braha, lawyer
for the Graduate Students' Society, which also represented the
Students are also frustrated by
the university administration's
reasoning in refusing to discipline any faculty member.
Strangway said the university
would not take such action because it was not specifically recommended in McEwen's report.
Ironically, the university's terms
of reference in commissioning
the report specifically precluded
any recommendations for discipline.
At least one student organization is adamant that the university must follow through in eradicating racism and sexism from
the political science department.
Robin Cox of the Alliance of
Feminists Across Campuses
warned: "We have no intention
of allowing the university not to
follow through with these recommendations."
Graduate Students' Society
lawyer Anita Braha was more
severe. "I think it's clear that
there are some members of the
administration and the department who are implicated in Ms.
McEwen's report. It seems to
me prudent that at least those
President Strangway gives his take on the Poli. Sci. report June 21.
Chris Nuttall-Smith photo
individuals in particular reassess
their usefulness to the university."
The report criticized political
science department head Don
Blake. McEwen wrote that he
dismissed complaints made
about the department as early as
1992 and "prejudged the merits
of the dispute in favour of the
faculty." Blake left his position
to go on leave July 1.
Steve Wilson (left) and Anita Braha, lawyer for the GSS, slam UBC's Poli. Sci. Grad. program at a GSS press conference
Chris Nuttal-Smith photo
Is the report fair?
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
Since the report's release last month, letters and editorials in
the mainstream press have used words like 'McCarthyism' and
'witch hunt' to describe the report.
A BC Report editorial stated: "A sound feminist [McEwen] was
not inhibited by the folderol developed by the patriarchal society, like due process or the rules of evidence. She went straight
to the complainants and found guilt everywhere."
A close reading of the report, however, shows the investigative process was not so simple:
• McEwen conducted approximately 225 interviews of past
and present students in the department, faculty, administration
and resource personnel.
• Professors about whom allegations were made were informed
of the allegations and asked to respond.
• When an allegation was disputed each side was asked to hear
and respond to the others' story.
McEwen also writes: "...students requested anonymity in only
a handful of cases...I informed the student that I could not consider his/her allegation unless he/she agreed to be identified to
the 'repondent' faculty member."
The investigator added: "Where he/she did not [wish to be
identifiedj I discounted the allegation."
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The Summer Ubyssey
Thursday, July 13, 1995. NEWS
Students to pay as AMS goes over budget
By Scott Hayward
Students will be paying $50,000
per year for each of the next five
years to cover overspending by
last year's AMS government.
According to documents presented to AMS council by Director of Finance Tara Ivanochko, last
year's government was over
budget by over $ 182,000, the largest budget overrun in the AMS's
79 year history. This does not include about $25,000 in possible
losses from Asia Pacific Ventures,
currendy being investigated by the
AMS Finance Commission.
While council is still waiting for
the results ofthe annual audit due
sometime this month, preliminary
findings show that the student government overspent last year while
service organizations and revenue
were on or near target.
Council spent $482,777 last
year while they were only budgeted to spend $331,728, an over-
expenditure of 46%.
Similarly, the Student Administration Commision (SAC) was
over budget by more than
$35,000. In contrast, four of eight
resource groups including the
Student Environment Centre and
Global Development Centre
were under budget.
Last year's D of F Randy
Romero blamed the overspending
on an overly ambitious executive
who added new expenditures as
the year went on. He said that executive believed the AMS' Special
General Meeting last November
would pass, freeing up additional
funds, but it did not.
"You have to remember that I
wrote the budget for what I perceive those expenditures will be for
the whole year, starting from May
first, but when [the new executive]
took office, they started all these
new things," Romero said.
He cited items such as increased
executive salaries and budget
overruns in the Student Leadership Conference as being problematic. "Our executive was really ambitious in wanting to
change a lot of things, but at the
same time maybe the financial
realities weren't there," he said.
Romero adds that some of the
changes in the SGM would have
freed up reserve funds for use by
Council, but the meeting failed to
reach quorum. "We were thinking and [then AMS president Bill
Dobie] was thinking, and the executive were feeling that this was
Janice Boyle, AMS President
going to pass, and that we would
be able to change the Bylaws so
we would have access to some of
the funds in reserve to pay for
some of these new CORP changes,
but that didn't happen," he said.
AMS Council made changes to
its Code of Procedure, but it was
unable to change its Bylaws after
the failure of the SGM.
Former AMS GM Charles
Redden left last December. Romero
felt that the executive "didn't
think that there was enough support and guidance along the way
without a general manager in
place and I think that made a big
difference in terms of what happened."
AMS Vice President Namiko
Kunimoto says the budget problem will tie the hands of the new
council. "Our campaign promises
are our priority and we will be
able to do them, but in a scaled
down form." She acknowledged,
however, that new student initiatives will probably not get funded
even if they are good ideas.
"The AMS would go bankrupt
if it kept on spending so carelessly
and haphazardly. That's part of
the reason why [the Action Now
Slate] ran for office," said Kunimoto.
AMS president Janice Boyle
said the monitoring system failed.
"The Director of Finance [Randy
Romero] did not mention to the
executive committee that they
were overspending by that
Romero said, "I knew Council was going to go well over
budget. Everybody else knew, I
mean it was presented at the [Annual General Meeting]." He
claimed he had the AMS Business Office produce a report with
actual expenditures regularly and
"I would distribute that to the
executive, so the executives were
fully aware."
Boyle also said the Business
Office was not paying attention
closely. "With clubs and constitu
encies, our business office checks
their accounts every time they
want to write a cheque or make a
withdrawal. It was assumed and
it used to happen a couple of
years ago that the business office
would do the same for the student
government side of things."
AMS comptroller Gerry Wan
said, "It was not in my mandate
to ask about the student government side of the operation."
He was aware of overspending
and approached Redden on several occasions. "I did talk to
Charles about it and said Look,
they're overspending like crazy,'
and that's where my responsibility ends." Wan also said that Red-
No limit to tuition increases?
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
Student groups are crying foul
at UBC's Board of governors after they voted May 18 to raise
tuition fees by any amount necessary to match shortfalls in federal funding. Student leaders
have several complaints. Future
increases are not planned. Tuition
levels will mirror decreasing government funding. The policy has
no expiry date and the university
is not trying to cut operations
"The board's decision will create uncertainty for incoming students and will seriously limit
UBC's ability to attract graduate
students," said Steve Wilson, director of student affairs for the
den said he would take it up with
students. Redden was contacted
by The Ubyssey but declined comment on the matter.
Boyle claims this information
never got to her and that last
year's president, Bill Dobie, was
tight lipped in disclosing information. "There was a lot less information coming from the president's office, to the other executives and to council, significant
amounts less, far less group decision making. The most surprising
thing I've learned since becoming president is how much, after
being vice president for two
years, I didn't know and it's upsetting."
Graduate Student Society.
Janice Boyle, Alma Mater Society president, said BoG is acting recklessly. "The university
now has absolutely no incentive
to cut operation costs because if
they're short of cash, this policy
allows [UBC] to blame it on [government] funding and jack up tuition fees," she said.
The AMS had hoped that BoG
would adopt a policy similar to
Budget problems mean big cuts
The new AMS council, reeling
from overspending of over
$200,000 by last year's council, is
tightening up its fiscal procedures
in order prevent similar occurrences in the future.
Council has depleted its Reserve Funds earmarked for other
purposes in order to cover its costs.
Before the July 12 AMS meeting Director of Administration Am
Johal said, "A motion will be
brought to council this Wednesday
that mterim financial statements be
brought to couriql by theD of F
every two months and that each
executive have separate budgets."
In the past, executive expenses
were combined in a single line
item "Council General" which
went $75,000 overbudget last year.
Johal said all council minutes
and the interim budgets will be
posted on the firstfloor in the SUB
Ivanochko said her budget proposal presented to council
Wednesday night was "for information, and then all discussion of
the budget will be in three weeks,
so I'm giving them three weeks
to look at what I've done."
Spending will be monitored
throughout the year by the audit
subcommittee as required by the
AMS Code of Procedure. This
committee "will be going through
[the actual expenditures] and
comparing them with [the
budget] and making sure everybody is on line," she said.
The audit subcommittee did
not meet last year. However as
Ivanochko pointed out, "it was
written into code, it just wasn't
followed last year."
The AMS is considering other
changes which would extend the
role of the D of F, she said. Currently council oversees just over
$1 million of the AMS's budget
of $9.8 million. "The other more
than $8 million is budgeted for
by the businesses without any input from the D of F, and that's
something else we're going to be
changing," she said.
the suggestions Boyle delivered
to BoG. Boyle said the three part
proposal included moderate and
planned increases in step with inflation, an expiry date on any new
tuition policy, and university efforts to cut operating costs.
But Boyle stated the recommendations and consultation
process were a waste of time. The
dialogue was meaningless...[BoG]
said 'thank you for your submission' and pretty much ignored
what you said or even refuted
what you said...they didn't care,"
Boyle said.
Steve Wilson also complained
that student groups were not informed of when BoG would vote
on a tuition policy until shortly
before the meeting, and were allowed only five minutes each to
address BoG.
"We should have been given
more time for such an important
issue," declared Wilson. Boyle
added that because BoG's discussion and vote occurred behind
closed doors, students may never
know what led to their decision.
BoG member Tom Berger said,
"I think the public would look
upon you as some of the most
privileged people in the country.
and not constantly strumming
away upon the banjo of poverty."
Janice Boyle mentioned she
was angered by Berger's comments. "This is not a campus of
students who drive BMW's, wear
monogrammed polo shirts and
ride horses on the weekend...It's
appalling that anyone on the
board of governors could have so
much ignorance on this issue,"
she said.
Steve Wilson had some optimism, though. "Demand for education is not quite as inelastic as
they think." Wilson prophesied,
"When university enrollment
plunges, and we can't attract or
retain any quality students that
make UBC the respected institution that it is, then the university
is going to care."
Only Wilson and Boyle made
presentations criticizing unfair
tuition increases before the discussion and vote, which were
closed to students. True to apathetic UBC student style, only a
handful of students showed up
outside the meeting to protest any
Boyle has heard from the provincial government that tuition
could exceed $ 15 000 by the year
Thursday, July 13, 1995.
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
July 13 - 16 at Jericho Beach Park
by Jessica Woolliams
How many folk fests can a felicitous folkie fair if she fancied
to fandangle her fastidious fans?
Well ... quite a few actually.
Ferron has been coming to the
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
on alternating years since 1978.
One might say she's become a
fixture of this summertime festival, and that Vancouverites
should be very proud of this.
A Canadian-born singer/
songwriter now living on an
American gulf island, Ferron still
holds Canadian citizenship.
Born of the mid-'70s women's
and folk music explosion, she
started her career in the cafes of
Vancouver, and she loves to
come back. As an out lesbian
now co-parenting a newborn
child, she is still true to the spirit
of political revolution. In a
phone interview with The Ubyssey, Ferron shared her sadness at
the fact that lesbians are cur-
rendy not allowed to adopt any
of the 7000 foster kids living in
King County, let alone in the
many states and provinces with
similar numbers.
Ferron believes that a person
can't be alive without being political, and that is the kind of role
her politics play in her songs.
The politics are there, just as
surely as there is a breath before
she sings, but they never dominate to the point that one might
describe her as a political singer.
She is the writer of earthy, mature, and deeply moving poetry
set to hauntingly sad melodies.
Or at least that's what she
used to be. In the two years since
Ferron last played at the Folk
Fest, she has released a new album, Driver. In it, Ferron not
only branches out musically,
moving into both jazzy and
zydeco styles, she branches out
emotionally. She is more positive. She can still be compared
to the likes of Joni Mitchell,
Leonard Cohen and Holly Near.
She describes her music now as
contemporary folk, but she is
much more than that.
Reflecting on the restrictive-
ness of definitions and the fallacy
of objectivity, she says, "As the
light changes, you've got something else." And suddenly I feel
like the head nun in The Sound of
Music, singing about Maria:
"How do you hold a moonbeam
in your hand?" Ferron's music
has a richness that is difficult to
define. She says she tries to write
with the voice that has always
been in her head, the same one
that's been there since she was
four. Well, I wish I had such a
pure, articulate voice in my
head. Maybe I can get an injection.
With Driver now on a major
label (Warner's EarthBeat),
hopefully she will start to get the
recognition she has long deserved. She has long had a small
group of devout fans, but failed
to win the widespread respect
that she so richly deserves. She
has recently finished a tour with
Indigo Girls, who introduced her
every night as one of their biggest influences. So go see her this
Saturday before she is too big to
frequent her folk fest fans. For
the eighteenth year, it will be a
fabulous folk fiesta.
-  {
Folk Fest favorite fixture Ferron feels fine.
Student Press Shut Out of Lollapalooza's Campus Gig
8 days ago at Thunderbird
by Peter T. Chattaway
If one word comes to mind to
describe this year's Lollapalooza,
it's "malaise". Whether it was
Courtney Love staggering across
the stage, showing off the bandages on her arm and cussing at
her guitarist, or Cypress Hill running through several phonetic
variations of "are you
motherfuckers cray-zee", much
about the one-day festival felt
redundant, turgid, and stale.
Sonic Youth, thankfully, went
from song to lively song without
any dead air, and Sinead
O'Connor redeemed both the
afternoon mainstage and her
much-tarnished reputation with
a varied set - mixing rap, dance,
and a cappella ballads — that was
both empowering and vulnerable.
Unfortunately, Lollapalooza
H.Q. in California denied The
Ubyssey official press access to the
show, and freelance photographers were unable to let The
Ubyssey use their photos because
of six-page exclusivity contracts
foisted on them by Lolla H.Q.
It's sad to see a show that
champions freedom of speech
and access to the people get so
anal about things like access to
the student press - particularly
when the show takes place at our
own Thunderbird Stadium.
On the other hand, the ringmasters at Another Roadside
Attraction have opened today's
Thunderbird jamboree to we
tykes at "the vile rag". Let the
moshing begin.
Hugh Grant gets hooked on parenthood; Irish postcards fa
Nine Months
opens July 14 at Cineplex theatres
by Peter T. Chattaway
In Four Weddings and a Funeral, Hugh
Grant learned how to overcome his fear
of marriage. Now Nine Months takes him
to the next hurdle in the obstacle course
of Commitment: as Samuel Faulkner, he
must learn to overcome his fear of parenthood.
In some ways, Nine Months is a better
continuation of the Hugh Grant persona
than the recent Englishman Who Went up
a Hill, albeit toned down for the family
crowd. Grant's eyelids still flutter and his
neck still jigs about when he has to stammer his way through an embarrassing
white lie, but his "fuck fuck fuck" traffic-
jam soliloquy is here tamed to a barely
audible "shit shit shit".
At leastJulianne Moore knows how to
act. As Rebecca Taylor, she has the screen
presence and the emotional resonance to
carry Faulkner's baby and help carry the
film, whereas Andie MacDowell could
barely be counted on to carry her hat.
Unfortunately, Rebecca is written out of
the script halfway through — in a flat, non
sequitur plot twist, she leaves Samuel
because he's not paternal enough - so
that Grant can demonstrate that Limey
charm that puts him, and him alone, at
the top of the credits.
And Grant is certainly up to the task.
Yes, the audience titters whenever his
sexual performance enters the dialogue
(and yes, one such discussion takes place
in a parked car), but Grant is a truly witty
actor and he stutters with impeccable
comic timing. Still, I can't help questioning the keyed-up slapstick that consistently undermines the deeper attempts at
charades izatiori: are the Matchbox-style
car accidents and the bovish fistfights (one
even happens in the birthing room!!
Hugh Grant and Julianne Moore discuss sex and babies (but not prices) in Nine Months.
meant to showcase male ineptitude, or do
they serve to hold the focus of comic energy away from the female leads? Such
puerile hijinks prevent Nine Months from
attaining that degree of warmth that made
similar films so radiant (Junior comes to
Writer/director Chris Columbus may
be coasting on the family-values mayhem
of his most recent flicks - Home Alone, Mrs.
Doubtfire - but Nine Months betrays an
unusual obsession with B-movie motifs.
Halloween costumes, nightmares about
woman-sized praying mantises, and the
subtly ghoulish casting of Jeff Goldblum
and Joan Cusack as siblings all seem to
suggest that Columbus wants to get back
to his Gremlins roots.
For sheer shiver potential, though, it
would be hard to rop the kisses that Tom
Arnold keeps planting on Hughie Thank
God no babv's corning out of that relationship.
A Man of No importance
opens July 14 at the Plaza
by Andy Barham
English film makers have a knack for
picturesque period pieces whose charm
lies in their ability to subtly expose the
complex realities that underlie their old
postcard simplicity.
A Man of No Importance is one such production, starring Albert Finney as Alfie
Byrne, a bus conductor who reads poetry
to his passengers. His regular passengers
are joined by Adele Rice (Tara Fitzgerald),
a young girl who is as sweet, lovely, and
seemingly innocent as any vestal virgin
ever pretended to be. Alfie invites her to
join this odd assemblage of characters,
who also form an amateur theatre troup
for Alfie's attempts to stage Oscar Wilde
Although this scenario seems a trifle
:a.ntastic, as the film develops ani; begins
to accept the lyrical possibility of such an
unlikely premise. Modern mythology
paints the Irish as a poetic race of romantic eccentrics given to just such exuberant excesses. It is, after all, the postcard
picture of Ireland so beloved of Hollywood.
Even the intrusion of an unpleasant
official, in the form of authoritarian bus
inspector Carson (Patrick Malahide), does
not initially disrupt the idyllic setting since
it highlights one characteristic that the
Irish have long shared with the English,
namely deep distrust and intense resentment of authority. The evil ticket inspector is set apart from the rest of the characters by virtue of his accent; his is the
harsh burr of Northern Ireland, not the
soft burr of the South.
Alfie casts Adele to play Salome in
Oscar Wilde's intriguing interpretation of
the ancient Christian fable about the execution of John the Baptist by Herod
Antipas at the request of his beloved stepdaughter.
Throughout this play the darker realities underlying the picture postcard imagery ofthe film begin to be exposed. Reality intrudes subdy at first with the polished grace of an old rake turning up
slighdy inebriated at a dinner party, who,
despite occasional lapses of taste, can still
charm us with his lively banter.
But like the dinner guest who inevitably drinks to intoxication, the picturesque
charm ultimately fades, exposing the bigotry and intolerance that lie beneath.
It is worth noting that Oscar Wilde was
himself the epitome of the urbane dinner guest who concealed a dark secret
beneath the polished facade of outward,
if somewhat outrageous, respectability.
This story is a modern adaptation of the
playwright's life - kind of a giant metaphor, it you will.
North American film audiences
na% a "
Three Pages Left in Horatio's Notebook.
Horatio's Notebook
at the Freddy Wood until July 15
waste of society, hungry for
by Jim Rowley
Horatio's Notebook surprised
me, and it will surprise you. For
the 30th Anniversary of UBC
Summerstock, Tom Sholte and
UBC Theatre students have created a fresh and potent work
based on the DNA of English
drama: Shakespeare's Hamlet
Despite this, it ain't quite
i/awiirfitself- the tide should tell
you that. It centers on the four
youths in Shakespeare's play -
Horatio, Hamlet, Ophelia and
Laertes - but Scholte, who conceived and directed the play, has
added the reality of youth living
in a "Generation X" world "devoid of 'good guys'" and full of
anger, confusion and despair.
Unfortunately, major plot
threads are dropped to fit all this
in. Hamlet never meets his
father's ghost, so it falls to
Horatio to shake him out of his
lethargic woe. Unfair as it is to
compare a new work to Hamlet,
this play is weaker as a result.
Horatio (Peter Grier) sits atop
the rickety scaffold of higher
learning, so distracted by the
horrific images on his TV that
he must turn them off in order
to concentrate on his reading.
He encounters the Chorus as
they slither through the tabloid
truth, searching for a Holy Grail,
and finding only alcohol and
snatches of misinformation.
Horato's NoteboOkmakes effective use of multi-media, music
(Nirvana, naturally), movement
choreography, half-mask, and
the impressive resources of the
UBC Theatre Department. Ian
Patton's set segregates and classifies the characters into boxes,
platforms and perches, emphasizing their isolation and loneliness in an electronic age.
One resource the play neglects, however, is the text upon
which it is based. Fraser
Mackenzie as Hamlet has an
impressive emotional presence,
but he tends to speak down into
himself, not out to the audience.
Though Hamlet's words are capable of speaking to the soul of
"Gen X", the opportunity is lost
if they can't be heard.
Nevertheless, the cast is very
strong. The members of the
Chorus reveal their scars one by
one, like jabs of a needle.
Carriona Leger's Ophelia, the
very picture of innocence, reveals the wisdom, sensuality and
sadness that "pictures" are not
supposed to possess. Her exploration of alcohol and sex in an
encounter with the Chorus left
Horatio (Peter Grier) inspects a member ofthe Chorus (Rebecca Lee)
the taste of child pornography in
my mouth.
To dissect and reassemble so
great a play as Hamlettak.es enormous courage.
"The show is not called Hamlet," Scholte told The Ubyssey, "so
I don't think you can criticise it
on whether or not it's a faithful
production of Hamlet We're sort
of debunking the play, as the
Gen X like to take the piss out
of everything.... What is this religious fervour over a work of
Scholte played Laertes in the
UBC Theatre Department's
modernised Hamlet a few years
ago, but did not think it went far
enough. "I disagreed very vehe-
mendy with a lot of the things
that were done in that show. If
what we're trying to explore are
the things that are current to us,
let's create a new play ... about
our relationship to the old play."
Scholte compares Hamlet to
the late Kurt Cobain, "a kind of
pop star of his own time" who
epitomised "this kind of cynical,
detached nihilism which, I think,
is a real symptom of our generation. If you look at Kurt Cobain
as this tortured individual trying
to express himself and then, next
thing you know, he's got the entire generation turning to him
and holding him up as some
kind of icon — I mean, that was
one of the things ... that led to
his disintegration. I think it's the
same thing with Hamlet: 'O
cursed spite,/ That ever I was
born to set it right.'"
Horatio's Notebook succeeds in
entertaining and provoking its
audience while exploring the
undefinable illness of a generation. "Making sense isn't the primary goal of this production,"
says Scholte, but that doesn't
mean the action is arbitrary and
meaningless. It is a powerful, fascinating and mature work, perhaps because its themes are lived
by its actors every day of their
young lives.
de in No Importance; Robert Crumb deflects critics and fans
have difficulty understanding some ofthe
dialogue, since the dialect is pretty intense. Also, I have gained the distinct
impression, since returning to this side of
the ditch, that North Americans are unable to appreciate the sort of banter to
which Brits and Paddies are prone, and
which the Irish have so mastered. Hence,
audiences here might not get some of
these odd moments of humour. This is a
pity, because a lot of the Irish charm revolves around their gift for repartee.
The Best of the Best from
at the Ridge July 14-20
by Peter T. Chattaway
In a typically commercialized summer,
when Batman Forever is as much a commercial as its McDonald's spinoffs and
Pocahontas exists as much to sell a franchise as it does to tell a story, one cannot
help but find 75 minutes of in-your-face
advertising a refreshingly honest alternative to the usual theatrical fare.
Even better, this is British advertising.
For scabrous wit and naughty punchlines,
the Brits are as good as English-language
advertising get. A few ads seem to have
taken their cues from The Crying Game;
one shows a happy woman driving into
the sunset with a Just Divorced' sign
tacked to her car; in another, a man
shrieks at the discovery of his dark side
when he sees his twisted reflection in a
bottle of Smirnoff (and this is supposed
to make us want to drink the stuff?).
A handful of British comedians are on
hand to peddle various wares, but for
sheer aggression, John Cleese's pointed
anti-Smoking ads and Rowan Atkinson's
Bean-ish Barclaycard spots are no match
for seconded American Denis I.eary's "no
shit" pitch for Holsten Pils.
Regrettably, some ads still displav a
tendency to sail corporate logos upon the
waves of human sentiment. Hear our
noble song, let the cockles of your heart
glow in the warmth of the human spirit,
and do please buy our product. The
worst offender in this regard is British
Telecom's smarmy, visionary pitch (starring Stephen Hawking!) to "keep the
world talking".
And some ads try too hard to grab your
attention. In direct counterpoint to the
frenzied quick-cutting of these orgiastic
opuses, Bella Pasta wins The Ubyssey's
unofficial prize for pure sublimity: no
actors, no sets, no hasty cuts — just a leisurely operatic score and softly fading
titles that are guaranteed to make you
chuckle. Sometimes simplicity is best.
opens July 14 at the Varsity
by Charlie Cho
During the free sex 60s, Robert Crumb
(Fritz the Cat, Air. Natural) was the hippie
comics king. But Crumb, a geeky awkward man, was never very popular with
the subculture he influenced. Crumb is as
much about the artist and his family as it
is about his work.
Robert's brother Charles lives in limbo
at home with his mother, controlling his
depression with tranquilizers. As one
scans the neatly pencilled comics that
Charles drew as a kid, one wonders why
he didn't share Robert's success. Considering the rare opportunity to see these
early works, one wishes they weren't
filmed over someone's shoulder as they
flipped the pages.
The viewer may feel like a voyeur of
"wimpy nerdy weirdos" while hearing the
tales about Robert's family and their sad,
pathetic lives. Though Robert Crumb appears as the most intelligent and accomplished person in the movie, this may be
because he avoids those that make him
look bad.
As much as Crumb broke the sexual
taboos and drew women in realistic proportions, he did disturb some readers.
Valid concerns about his portrayals of
women as objects of lust and Africans as
half-witted servants are not dealt with in
much depth. He claims they were "expressions of my id ... reflections of a corrupt society... and from my LSD trips in
the 60s."
While he deflects criticisms, Crumb is
also uneasy around gushing fans. He
demonstrates his keen ability to produce
stunningly realistic and expressive
sketches on the spot. He talks candidly
about his fixation for large legs and
twenty-year-old girls. While Dian
Hanson, the editor of Leg Show Magazine,
defends pornography, Crumb inspects
the bodies of young girls lined up for his
approval. Though hardly indicative ofthe
movie, this sexist and out-dated behavior is featured in the movie's ads.
Covering a period of over six years,
the movie is structured like a disorganized
file folder. Insightful scenes are mixed in
with navel gazing and non sequiturs, resulting in an unsatisfying combination.
Robert Crumb ... witiuntt the record player, the sketchpad, or the sexy hoots. OP/ED
Okay, everyone who noticed we were gone, raise your
hand. One, two, three ...
Gratifyingly, several thousand of you not only raised
your hand, you used that hand to cast a vote in last
January's referendum that resurrected The Ubyssey, for
which we thank you. However, just because we're back
doesn't mean that everything's well.
For starters, there is a year's worth of news on campus
that we weren't around to cover. And in the last few
months, things have gotten really interesting on campus. The AMS discovered that they were about $200,000
in the hole, completely blowing their budget, depleting
their reserves and damaging their ability to react quickly
and immediately to both present and future demands
on the Society. For 5 years, the AMS will be paying
$50,000 a year into a reserve fund to pay back what
they've blown in the last 12 months. Talk about leaving
a legacy for the future.
But if the worst thing to happen on campus was a
$200,000 shortfall, everyone would be happy. Joan
McEwen, the lawyer investigating claims of sexual harassment in the UBC political science graduate program,
released her report in June, as you no doubt heard. No
matter your stand on political correctness, academic freedom or sexual harassment, UBC's image has been badly
tarnished by this debacle. And so, coincidentally, has
the reputation of the mainstream press.
One ofthe worst things about the Political Science scandal has nothing to do with the report itself, or with the
department The big story is how everyone seems to
use UBC Political Science to name drop when they try
to exorcise demons of political correctness- and most
of these people obviously haven't read the report. The
University set out terms of reference for the enquiry that
specifically excluded recommendations of punitive or
disciplinary action and then used the lack of such findings to justify taking no action. Why did no one call
Strangway out on the terms of reference? Because the
mainstream media don't have time to cover campus issues effectively. Only a paper that is published by students, for students and on campus can truly get a feel
for what people are saying and thinking. Not many
mainstream papers meet those criteria — none, in fact.
Luckily, we do. That's what we're here for. You wanted
us back, so we're back. And if you want us to reflect
your opinions and viewpoints, the only way we're going to be able to do that is if you tell us what they are. So
join the staff. Write letters to the editor. Vote.
And if you aren't interested or can't do any of those
things, at the very least read The Ubyssey. You might not
get politically involved, but everyone should be politically aware.
the summer ubyssey
13 Tuly 199,5
The sun began to creep over the eastern mountains as a new day was emerging. The apes slowly crept towards the tall, black object Jessica Wooliams lifted her head
to stare at its intensity. Chris Nuttall-Smith, Paula Bach and Pat McGuire began an
undulating dance to honour the new arrival. Out of the bushes dashed Andy Ferris hellbent on joining the merriment The apes wondered what world occur if the object was
touched. Only the wisest of the tribe should face such a dilemma. Who else but James
Rowan could have possibly been the first to touch the object? There were no blinding
flashes of light, no blasts of noise, nor any deep revelations. Only frustration, a deep,
agonizing feeling of frustration. Andy Barham beat his chest in rapturous joy. Bureau
Boy yawned as Peter T. Chattaway picked the knots out his hair. Rick Hiebert watched
enviously from across the river bank, longing to be with his brothers and sisters. What
was to be done with the monolith? What did it stand for? Siobhan Roantree and Sarah
O'Donnell were called upon to debate its philosophical significance. The debate raged.
Matt Thompson fell ill. Jim Rowley and Stanley Tromp went mad in their quest for
understanding. Charlie Cho took action and killed everyone including himself, or so he
thought From the top of a cliff, Scott Hayward and Christine Price had watched the
madness unfold. They smiled to themselves knowing what they had done. A new object
had been created, one which would anger and annoy even the calmest creature in the
universe and it was good.
Coordinating Editor: Siobhan Roantree
News Editor: Matt Thompson
Culture Editor: Peter T. Chattaway
Sports Editor: Scott Hayward
Photography Coordinator: Chris Nuttall-Smith
The Summer Ubyssey is a publication of
rhe Ubyssey Publications Society
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Life without
The Ubyssey
Dear People:
Welcome back to
the staff of The Ubyssey,
a newspaper that dares
speak in a critical voice
of affairs on campus.
In the 15 month
absence of this student
newspaper UBC
administration has kept
a swift pace in its
building program:
monuments to rich men
and their money have
risen everywhere. In
contrast, the academic
campus has become
more derrelict in
appearance and more
depleted in human
The next phase of
building, defined in their
1993 Greater Campus
Plan, received the go-
ahead at a March
meeting of UBC Board
of Governors. A framework for this second
phase of University
expansion was published in UBC Reports,
February 9, 1995. It calls
for destruction of 100
hectares of south
campus forest for the
erection of more market
Meanwhile, the
main campus has
endured another year of
neglect, of burst pipes,
stopped toilets, broken
doors, cracked ceilings.
In winter, flooded
washrooms and "out of
order" signs are commonplace; litter and
garbage take on a life of
their own; potholes and
loose pavement make
t «
walking hazardous.
UBC administration has closed the
Faculty Club, and now
plays an advertising
game through its media
publication, UBC
Reports (see June 15,
1995), to decide what
shall be built on the site.
The thrust of the men at
the top seems to be for a
hotel/convention centre.
The new UBC
recreation building,
turned down by an
earlier AMS referendum,
nears completion. A
senior staff member
reports that 17 ceremonies are planned around
opening of the new
centre and closing of
older facilities.
Students who
appeared before the May
meeting of BoG in order
to protest almost certain,
and large, tuition fee
increases, were admonished by one Board
member for their insensi-
tivity. Students were told
they "should consider
themselves privileged" to
attend university, especially one that is fast
approaching international status (i.e. money
and riches).
The events of these
15 months show UBC
ready to trade an academic past for a corporate future. Power on
campus has become
heavily centralized in the
President's Office, where
the main officer has
taken on the role of CEO
in a business enterprise.
Just as the corporate
CEO now drives toward
success in the
transnational market, so
the University's CEO
pushes toward the same
market and the
President's Office, where
the main officer has
taken on the role of CEO
in a business enterprise.
Just as the corporate
CEO now drives toward
success in the
transnational market, so
the University's CEO
pushes toward the same
market and with the
same greedy anticipation.
When UBC looks
for only money, it
abdicates its role as
defender of academic
freedom. When it joins
the gut-and-get world of
commercial exploitation
it puts fences and private
ownership above access
and public freedom.
So welcome back to
all of you at the outspoken Ubyssey. When you
write, remember always
that you are not the
privileged of the University - your voice was
stopped once, and can be
again, though not
necessarily for the
reasons given.
Nancy Horsman
Man in pen
needs a friend
Dear Students:
I am presently confined at the
Hiawatha Correctional Facility. And I
would be very grateful if I could perhaps
establish a correspondence with
anyone wishing to do
so. Please understand, just because I
am in prison that
doesn't necessarily
mean that I am a
criminal. We all can
make a mistake,
because imperfection
is due to anyone
who's not perfect.
But nothing can
change a particular
situation, unless
there's a will to do
so. Is God the only
one who forgives? I
hope it hasn't been
accounted presumptuous if a man of low
and humble station
has ventured to have
a friend.
Thank you for your
time and consideration.
Alphonso Hayes
Hiawatha Correctional Facility
Michegan, 49786-
The Summer Ubyssey
Thursday, July 13, 1995. CAMPUS NEWS
Enrolment plan ups number in arts
by Paula Bach
The faculty of arts
could accept 100 more
students for next year if they
follow the recommendations
President Strangway made
to the Board of Governors.
There were 772 full-
time spaces in the faculty of
arts left empty last winter
session, resulting in a $1.5
million tuition revenue
shortfall. The shortfall is
mostly the result of fewer
applicants accepting admission offers and a reduced
credit load of upper level
arts students.
The administration
recommended the faculty
compensate for lower 1994/
95 student course loads by
accepting more transfer
students into arts.
Strangway also recommended the faculty offer
unconditional early admission to outstanding students,
rather than risk losing them
to other institutions.
Landscape architecture,
home economics and dietetics are among the undergrad
ments will retain their past
enrolment levels.
Among the professional programs, architecture plans to reduce enrolment in its bachelor's
program and replace it with
a master's program. The law
admission will continue
"The shortfall is mostly the result
of fewer applicants accepting admission offers and a reduced
credit load of upper level arts
departments increasing
admissions quotas for next
year. Nursing and social
work will cut admission
quotas, while other depart-
reducing their quota, while
the other professional
programs maintain their
enrolment quotas.
Quotas in the graduate
programs mostly increase.
In graduate arts programs,
there will be either an
increase or a decrease in
enrolment, depending on the
department. Commerce,
dentistry, education, and
sciences are among those
that plan to maintain enrolment at current levels.
Also in the new plan is
an attempt to establish, with
the Ministry of Skills,
Training and Labour, the
value and importance of
funding additional graduate
In a letter to Deputy
Minister Garry Waters,
Strangway writes, "The
research and development
carried out at the universities is an absolutely essential element of job creation
in our knowledge intensive
society ... It is important to
focus on the need for more
places at the entry level to
colleges and universities".
In 1994-95, the equivalent of 1,115 graduate
students (actual enrolment:
4,983) were left unfunded.
The ability of the Ministry
to fund graduate enrolment
will help fulfill The Mission
ofthe University of British
Columbia set out in 1979 to
achieve a graduate enrolment of at least 6,000 by
1990. Endorsed in 1989 as
Second to None, the Senate
reaffirmed the goal. The
new enrolment plan hopes
to align Ministry plans with
UBC's Mission.
Welcome to the Feeding Frenzy -
Janice Boyle, AMS President, in her first media scrum following
the release of the report of the enquiry into the UBC political
science department. Photo by Chris Nuttall-Smilh.
Join the Ubyssey's production team.
SUB 241K. Any time, day or night.
Thursday, July 13, 1995.
The Summer Ubyssey SPORTS
Grizzlies promote UBC sports
By Scott Hayward
UBC Athletics and The Vancouver Grizzlies have joined
forces to raise $2 million to promote sports and education in
BC and raise the profile of their
teams in the process. However,
their efforts may be hampered
by the current labour dispute
between team owners and
the NBA Player's Association.
At ajune 6 press
conference at War
Memorial Gym the
Grizzlies, Vancouver's new NBA
team,   announced
they will try to raise
$200,000 per year for five'
years for an endowment
fund called "Grizzlies Futures". UBC will try to
raise an equal amount '
from the proceeds of T-
Birds exhibition games anc
with outside sponsorship.
The Grizzlies will donate I
between 6.5 and 10.5 per cent
of what they make from all season ticket sales to UBC alumni,
faculty, staff, and students. Both
organizations will be holding
different events during the year
to raise funds, and other corporations in BC will be invited to
join the program.
There are also other programs in the works to support
the fund. According to Grizzlies' spokesperson Debbie
Butt, the team is "working on
deals with TV and radio stations as well as other charities".
The Grizzlies will not be the
only team to help promote
UBC sports this year. The UBC
Thunderbirds hockey team will
play two exhibition games
against the University of Maine
Black Bears during the Christmas break. The Bears won the
1993 NCAA Championship
and were runners-up in 1994.
One game will be played
at Thunderbird Arena while
the other will be at GM Place,
and proceeds will go towards
the Grizzlies Futures fund. The
Grizzlies will also play an
intersquad preseason exhibition
game at War Memorial Gym,
and other events are currently being planned.
Don Wells, UBC Sports In-
The current labour dispute
between the NBA owners and
players may have a profound affect on the first year of the Grizzlies Futures program if it delays
the beginning of the season, yet
Grizzlies spokesperson Butt asserted that Grizzlies Futures is
"a grassroots community
event and it will go
ahead." Yet
the owners
have locked
the players
out and
"will have no
contact with
players until
is reached," Butt
^' An agreement
c was reached between
the NBA owners and
the players' union on
June 21. The owners ratified
the deal, but players tabled a
vote on the contract because
some of their members opposed the agreement.
Then on Wednesday,July 5,
a group of players lead by
Michael Jordan and Patrick
Ewing went before the U.S. National Labour Relations Board to
try to have the players union
decertified. A decision on the
case is expected next week.
and Promotions
Coordinator, is looking forward
to high attendance at these
games. "We'll have the
Grizzlies/Canucks marketing
machine helping to promote the
game [at GM Place]" he said,
noting that community attendance at T-Birds games was up
last year during the NHL owners lockout. He hopes "the event
will help promote UBC teams."
Part of the Grizzles Futures
fund will support charities like
Sport BC and Kidsport, which
provide financial aid to children
who might not otherwise be
able to participate in sports. It
will also be used to fund the Stay
In School program which promotes completion of secondary
school by high school students.
Athletic and academic scholarship programs for post-secondary students will also be developed. The endowment will
be administered by a committee of representatives from both
UBC and the Vancouver Griz-
Director of Services
gj^^uate the Graduate Student Society
Nomination forms are available
at the GSS Office at the Grad Centre
and must by submitted by
5pm, Wednesday, July 19th.
As the Director ol Services you would be responsible for developin:
promoting and maintaining social, recreational and educational
programs sponsored by the Societv; oversee the activities of the
Programs Committee and liaise with the Publications Committee to
promote the Society and its services: and provide 6 hours ol fixed
ollice time per week.
The Ubyssey Publications Society owes a great deal of thanks to
the many people who helped create the society and win the referendum campaign.
The staff or The Gallery Lounge who kept the campaign machine
well oiled.
The AUS, Marj and Jill for that lovely bonfire, the sociology prof,
sorry, December was soooo long ago...
Brian, it was lotsa fun..
The University Board of Governors who agreed to collect our fees,
and Byron Hender and Maria Klawe.
Everyone who gave seminars: Andrew, Dayson, Nadene, Gordon,
Ross, Katherine, John, Bob, Victor
Michael Valpy for writing an article supporting us in the Globe
and Mail during the week of the campaign
All those lovely cuppies in Windsor, Dominic and the rest of membership commission, Michael, Stu, Jennifer, Yannick and the rest of
ad coop commission. Hey, who said tile floors were hard? And when
will the national exec ever figure it out???
action now!
".' CiTR who helped us find bands for our impromptu Friday Rally.
Nancy Horsman
.  The Minstrels, Face Puller, and Omar Washington and his band
Much gratitude to Hillel House, Speakeasy, and the Agricultural
StudentsIJndergraduate Society who shared tne SUB concourse with
usj during their Bookings        ;      ..
/;^ntf:,a(3f:those^oveiy wrCuppieswhb helped out during the cam-,
•paign^'especially at our sister papers, The Link and The Gleaner...
/'Thinks toithe OP for thinking of us when they got that PMT cam-
,/era.;'--:::^;""^ • -*'. •:•.'.•■■'■ :'.'-'•■'■•:"":'..'.."       ■•'    ■      .'.-■•'.■■'■
iKnsjforredesigri \ ...V'-.-; ;;
: Michael and Heather : ;
" iIhpse.deyeF: w.riters;-at the'432 who brought the issue of The Ubys-
sey to;sq many people's attention on campus, even on UBC general.
I ,v'rAI[ those old ubysrhals.and new ones too.
1% ;AHthe people who helped,out with the referendurn campaign.by
handing out leaflets, putting up posters; talking to people.
The 3000 people who voted yes for the student press, and to those
.who voted no/thanks for caring enough to vote...
A last big thanks to Bill and Janice for making it all possible...TO
\Typ^PIRE!n! (whomeyer's we're building)
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