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 the Ubyssey
Dumbfounded in 1918
Vancouver, Friday, March 23,1990
Vol 72, No 46
'Geer scam taken to student court
by Nicholas lonides
The AMS formally condemned the entire Engineering
Undergraduate Society (EUS) at
an emergency AMS students'
council meeting Wednesday night.
The EUS was ordered to put a
full page advertisement in The
Ubyssey and paid display ads in
the Vancouver Sun and Province
apologizing for the racist, homophobic, and sexist content of the
March 14 edition of the nEUSlettre.
AMS president Kurt Preinsperg said, "The AMS took an
unprecedented hard line on this.
There was absolutely no mercy.
We enacted some very tough
Council referred the matter to
student court for further review
and to decide if the nEUSlettre
(was) discriminatory and, if so, to
find which organizations or individuals (were) responsible.
Student court will be making
recommendations to student
council if the publication is found
to be discriminatory. Possible responses are suspension or expulsion for those involved.
AMS president Kurt Preinsperg said after the meeting, "The
punishment has to fit the crime. If
it's too severe it can intensify
hatred." He later added, "I don't
want anyone expelled."
In addition, the AMS is to hire
a student full-time summer project coordinator to deal with issues
of discrimination on campus.
AMS director of finance John
Lipscomb expressed concern as to
where the money would come
Education student Evelyn
Almassy   said,   "We just   spent
33,000 fucking dollars on computers and you dare, you dare to say
you can't find any money."
The motion was carried
The AMS students' council
directed the EUS to conduct a
conference addressing the issues
of racism, sexism, homophobia
and all other forms of discrimination.
Phillip Stewart, a native and
former UBC student, said after
the meeting, "Nothing has been
done here tonight."
Said Preinsperg, "I've never
seen students' council so united in
condemning the outrageous publication."
He added that a few years ago
this would probably have been
shut off as antics, but this year,
there was a breakthrough.
"We   have   saddled  student
court now wi th some heavy work."
Jason Brett, AMS coordinator of external affairs and engineering student said, "It's a
shame this happened on top of all
the hard work that's been done to
clean up the bad image of the
According to member and
past-president ofthe engineering
fraternity Heiko Epkens, "The
whole nEUSlettre is just a joke.
The whole :idea of the Redneck
column (of the nEUSlettre) is to
be offensive."
"I'm not a minority, so I can't
feel what the natives feel."
When asked if he contributed
to the nEUSlettre, Epkens replied, "I can't really say." He also
refused to say who was involved,
although he admitted he knows
who is responsible.
Epkens  said he's  not  sure
what will be done at student court.
"Worse stuff has happened
before. They've threatened suspension before. This is a democratic country. It's not Russia."
Epkens later said he doesn't
feel much will be done. "I'm not too
The AMS president and coordinator of external affairs are to
issue an apology to all groups targeted in the newsletter.
A provision will be added into
the AMS bylaws prohibiting discrimination based on race, gender,
sexual orientation, religion, or any
other grounds.
A section will be set up in the
code of procedure outlining editorial responsibility and penalties
for all AMS publications.
All court costs resulting from
the publication are to be paid for
by the EUS.
Natives seek an
engineer Pot latch
Council chambers jam-packed over nEUSlettre.
RecFac fees refunded
by Franka Cordua-von Specht
In a surprise turnabout decision, the university has decided to
refund students' RecFac contribution.
And no third referendum will
be needed to end the saga.
In a letter dated March 21
addressed to the AMS president,
the administration agreed to reimburse students the $800,000
which the university collected last
fall to finance the ill-fated student
recreation facility.
In the letter vice-president
K.D. Srivastava wrote, "It is clear
the recreational facility project
has no support in the AMS council
and should be abandoned for the
foreseeable future.
"This is unfortunate since, in
my view, there is a demonstrated
need for such facilities at UBC."
In an interview yesterday,
Srivastava said the university
decided to return the money because they did not wish to further
the "prolonged agony" of RecFac
which he estimated had cost the
AMS and the university about
The administration also reversed their decision and agreed to
foot the bill for the $42,042.76
incurred so far in capital and incidental costs as well as the $18,528
it will cost to send out refund
Srivastava said the university decided to pick up the tab
because charging a $1.50 fee to
students for these costs would
have been too complicated.
AMS director of finance John
Lipscomb was pleasantly surprised by the decision. "I'm very
happy. That's what I've been pushing for."
But AMS president Kurt Preinsperg was apprehensive of the
administration's decision, which
he said was generous.
"Refunding money rather
than building student-oriented
facilites that are badly needed
isn't a constructive move at all. It
became a political power game and
students have lost as much as they
have won."
Preinsperg warned the university will likely recoup its losses
in next year's tuition increases.
He also said the university act
allows the UBC administration to
levy a capita! fee on students.
"If that's what they want to do
we can protest but we can't stop
Srivastava said the university has no immediate plans to
levy such a fee.
When asked what the university will do if they cannot find
students' addresses, he said, "We
will cross that bridge when we
come to it."
According to Preinsperg,
there will be no third referendum
asking students whether they
wish to have their $30 back.
Rather, the motion passed by
students' council on January 31
calling for the money to be returned to students, will stand.
Preinsperg said he would
donate his $30 to intramurals.
continued on page 4
by Michael Booth
UBC Engineers may host a
traditional potlatch as part of
their apology to native groups for
last week's nEUSlettre.
The idea was brought forward
by Phil Stewart, a native and a
former UBC student, who said
that a potlatch is one ofthe traditional ways native people restore
each others honour.
"Going to Student's Court will
address the white man's law," said
Stewart, "hosting a potlatch will
address native law."
"It's great and it's really healing," Native Indian Student Union
president Beverly Scow said. "I
also like the idea of replacing the
godiva ride with an annual potlatch."
"It would be an ongoing tradition that refl ects that we are doing
business on Musqueam land as
well as recognizing the significant
role of first nations people in this
country's history," she said.
Engineering Undergraduate
Society president Daren Sanders
said he liked the idea and that, "It
would be a good way for engineers
to learn about native culture."
"The only problem is the fact
that the school year is almost over
and we're running out of time. To
put it off till September would
waste the momentum behind it."
Tiie proposed potlatch would
be prepared and presented by the
EUS working closely with-native
groups on campus.
"Students as a whole would
like to see this happen," AMS director cf external affairs Jason
Brett said. "A potlatch requires all
members of the community to
The EUS - hosted potlatch
was one of several proposals
brought forward at a special meet-
ingheld Thursday by students and
groups who were offended by the
Discussion ensued at length
about instituting a course on racism and issues of discrimination
into the university's core curriculum. Completion of such a course
would be a graduation requirement for all UBC students.
Other options discussed included having one ofthe required
ten essays in English 100 focus on
racism, and the possibility of instituting a racism course at the high-
school level.
The mood of the meeting was
more conciliatory than Wednesday's AMS meeting and the students present repeatedly addressed the need for understanding, not revenge.
Al Price, one of two native law
students assigned to prosecute the
case at student court, stated his
desire that the engineering students responsible should be suspended and not expelled.
Price presented a proposal by
a group of native law students that
called for redirecting EUS funds
into "programs and activities
which promote sensitivity to racism, se.\i»i:i and homophobia,"
changing the EUS constitution to
include a clause prohibiting discrimination, and the suspension of
those ivsponsi'oie for the nEUSlettre for a period of eight
'"We \\A..n't ;A:;_k assay frum a
fight, I'l ;cv Aa.'., "Wu j'.i.-L hope
there wont Le one."
Linda Shout of the AMS
women's centre said her group's
reaction to the nEUSlettre was
one of disgust. She said the
women's centre has a file on EUS
activities that dates back to 1977.
Shout attended the meeting
to find out what support the
women's centre could provide in
response to the newsletter.
The women's centre has not
yet taken a public stance on the
nEUSlettre affair but will be holding a meeting of their collective
Monday, March 26 to formulate a
public position. CLASSIFIEDS 228-3977
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your input in developing a model of mental
health service delivery to the deaf and hard of
hearing community. An information meeting
will be held on Tuesday, March 27th, 12:30 -
1:30, Room 414 ofthe Woodward Instructional
Resource Centre, 2194 Health Sciences Mall.
This room is equipped with an infrared system
for the hard of hearing and a sign interpreter will
be used throughout the meeting. Please take
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- 10. Non-smoker. 224-4742 or 736-8424.
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University Christian Ministries.
A discussion on relevant issues
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World University Service of Canada (WUSC). General meeting.
Noon, BUCH A203.
Film Society. Subfilms showing
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Arc Magazine - the new spring 1990 issue of Arc is now on sale, filled with writing by UBC student
writers. Come and get them while they're hot! Noon, SUB Concourse, Buchanan A Block; Creative
Writing and English Office.
' with Michael Douglas. Also showing Sunday - same times - same
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Canadian Crossroads International.:. |: International Dinner -
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Lutheran Student Movement.
Communion Service. 7 p.m., Lutheran Campus Centre.
Graduate Student Society. Free
films. 1) Brazil; 2) To be or not to
be. 6:30. Fireside Lounge, Graduate Student Centre.
Biological Sciences Society (Bio-
Soc). Presentation by Dr. A.M.
Perles on "Of Fish and Fetuses".
Noon. Biology Building Room
Lutheran Student Movement.
Co-op Supper. 5:30 p.m., Lutheran Campus Centre.
Food Bank for students in need!
Call 737-1069 to reserve a bag of
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Fellowship & Kitsilano Christian community. 7 - 9 p.m., SUB
PRISM International (Creative
Writing Department) Performance by Festival Recorder recording artist Attila the Stockbroker.
$4 at door. Noon, Freddie Wood.
Greater Vancouver Mental
Health. Meeting for deaf and
hard of hearing students, staff,
faculty requesting input on development of support services.
Noon, Woodward Instructional
Resource Centre, Rm. 414.
New Int. Development Service
Organization organizational
meeting. Everyone welcome, especially members of Amnesty
Intl, WUSC, IDC, African Students Assoc., SFSA, and Tools for
Peace. Please see John Lipscomb
SUB 258 if you can't make it.
Noon, SUB 260.
Department of Creative Writing.
Playwright Carol Bolt, author of
"One Night Stand", reading.
Noon, Buchanan Penthouse.
March 23, 1990 NEWS
Government blasted over Globe v90
by Paul Waxman
and Darren MoWer
Representatives from 15
groups voiced their concern over
the staging of this weeks Globe '90
Conference in Vancouver.
The concerns were stated at a
press conference held Monday at
the Robson Square Media Centre
by the B.C. Green Party.
One of the main objectives of
the press conference according to
the organizers was for the disparate groups to express their collective opposition to the municipal,
provincial, and federal government's "hypocrisy" for their support for Globe *90—both moral and
financial—while failing to address
environmental issues in a "fundamental way."
All groups expressed concern
the conference, a $6 million dollar
venture sponsored by the three
levels of government, is an attempt by government and corporate leaders to allay public concerns over the environment crisis
by proposing "band-aid" solutions.
Catherine Stewart, spokesperson for Greenpeace, termed the
Globe '90 conference as nothing
more than "a showcase for CEO's
to wrap themselves in a cloak of
environmentalism" while continuing "business as usual."
Stewart said Globe '90 was
not providing the fundamental
changes needed to deal meaningfully with the ecological crisis at
hand. She noted the irony of Globe
'90 taking place in Vancouver in
light of the continued dumping of
raw sewage, lack of curbside recy
cling programs and the provincial
government's inaction on key environmental issues.
The federal government and
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in
particular were under heavy attack from United Native Nations
president Ron George.
He said Mulroney was a hypocrite, and stated that on the one
handhe projects an image of someone vehemently opposed to apartheid yet who himself presides
over a government "which itself
practices apartheid—we just call
it the Indian A.ct."
George called for governments to begin to address the
Native land claims issue. He said
the aboriginal peoples are the
"caretakers ofthe land and as such
take it seriously." Globe '90, he
said, was nothing more than an
attempt to further diminish Native control over resources.
One of the most forceful statements was delivered by a representative of the Young Greens,
Stuart Parker.
Parker said the Brundtland
Report on sustainable development is a vision of the older generations seeking to meet their
needs. The report, he added, neglects the voices of the younger
generation whose future it professes to care about, and is thus
"fundamentally flawed."
"We want input now," Parker
said. "We've been shut out!"
The term "sustainable development" which the Globe '90 conference is touting as the way of
dealing with the current global
environmental crisis, was roundly
Randy Thomas, representing
the Green Islands group, a grassroots organization concerned with
ecology, told of how he stood in the
lower Carmanah Valley three
days ago with a professional
surveyor and witnessed the cutting of trees, "in violation of a provincial restraining order against
logging anywhere in the Carmanah."
Thomas said sustainable development was merely a veil
behind which "biocide is
occurring...and there is nothing
sustainable about this." He went
on to warn that if the government
dared to allow the Carmanah to be
logged, massive public outrage
would ensue.
Pat Burns show
debated by CiTR
by Rick Hiebert
CiTR is rethinking whether
to allow Pat Burns to conduct his
planned open-line show next
The controversy centres on
several purportedly "planted"
calls—prescripted and planned
questions allegedly written by
the producers of the former
CJOR talk-show host's show on
CiTR Wednesday.
Several CiTR staffers overheard the producer of the program make the first call of
Burns' show from the CiTR
newsroom. Some other calls
allegedly originated from
Bellingham, Washington, which
is well beyond the usual signal
strength of UBC's radio station.
Other callers said they had
been "following (Burns) for
years", all the way to his first
show on CiTR.
CiTR President Lane Dunlop said the station planned to
consult with Burns and his staff
to make sure next week's show
"is the sort of thing we wanted to
see" before they allow Burns on
the air next week.
"It's unfortunate that these
things happen," said Dunlop,
"This isn't a perfect world."
"The executive ofthe station
feel that this has been blown
way out of proportion," he added.
"We've been getting both positive and negative feedback."
Burns was unavailable for
comment yesterday.
Free Trade Agreement
bad, says Mel Hurtig
by E. Griffith
Council of Canadians
speaker Mel Hurtig warned of
the economic effects of the Canada-US free trade deal last night
at the SFU Harbour Centre
"The so-called free trade
agreement should be called the
Americanization of Canada
agreement," said Hurtig to an
audience of about 100.
His presentation, entitled
Canada: the Vanishing Nation,
consisted mainly of graphs depicting foreign investment
trends, primarily American, in
the past and in the first year of
the FTA.
Figures from Statistics Canada, the Department of Finance,
the Bank of Canada and the US
Department of Commerce
showed Canada is the most foreign-dominated of all the industrialized countries. Hurtig said
with the loss of the Foreign Investment Review Agency, foreign takeovers are no longer
regulated, and that Investment
Canada is no more than a "rubber stamp" operation.
Hut-tig's figures showed that
although profits from foreign-
owned Canadian industries have
more than doubled over the last
ten years, capital outflow from
Canada amounts to more than
$30  billion  annually,   or   $3.4
million every hour.
For every billion dollars invested in Canada, Hurtig said
that while a Canadian-based
company creates 5765 new Canadian jobs, a U.S. company creates 17. This is because in the
U.S. wages and overhead costs
are lower, and companies find it
cheaper to supply the Canadian
market from south ofthe border.
"The FTA wasn't about trade
barriers," said Hurtig. "It was
about where new investment will
take place. It won't be in Canada."
Hurtig ended with a plea to
the audience to become more involved politically, by joining citizens' groups to organize a strategic voting campaign for the 1992
federal election so the opposition
will not be split again.
The idea surfaced in the
question period of an electoral
coalition between the opposition
parties to guarantee the Tories'
defeat next election and to unite
a majority of Canadians to form a
government strong enough to
stand up against US backlash
when the FTA is abrogated.
Hurtig did not endorse the
coalition idea, circulated before
the lecture in a leaflet by Citizens Concerned About Free
Trade, but agreed that something needs to be done. "We're
going to have to start soon."
Yesterday morning the engineers discovered that the Cheeze Factory received some additional graffiti
sometime Wednesday night.
Back door closed to AMS
by Joanne Neilson
Council members have been
jumping the queue by sneaking
into the Pit through the back door
after council meetings.
In February food and beverage manager Kate Gibson sent a
memo to the Pit staff saying council reps sneaking in the back door
would no longer be tolerated.
Last Wednesday council proposed to institutionalize this perk
in a motion that would make a
policy for them to be allowed in the
back door.
"If you don't want to go you
don't have to," said Tim Bird. "If
you don't want to go then at least
leave the option open for those who
The motion was unanimously
defeated with six abstentions.
"The majority (of council
members) felt it was wrong in
terms of (its) elitist nature," said
AMS vice-president Johanna
Wickie who was one ofthe abstentions.
"As long as I know, executives
have been getting into the Pitafter
council meetings," said Wickie.
She said they proposed the motion
because there should be a policy
one way or another.
"All the varsity teams do it,"
Wickie claimed.
"Officially no one is allowed i n
the back door who is not working,"
said AMS general manager Charles Redden, adding that "The previous food and beverage manager
allowed it."
March 23,1990
HilleVs Famous
Hot Lunch
Tuesday, March 27
12:30 PM
Wednesday. Mar. 28
12:30 PM
Torah Study Group
Thursdau Mar. 29
12:30 PM
Hebrew Classes
Hillel House is located across from SUB & behind Brock Hall,
Tel: 224-4748
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Director of Intramurals
Nestor Korchinski was disheartened that there would be no third
referendum, but stated if students
want their money returned, then
their needs should be met.
Nevetheless, he said there
was a desperate need on campus
for a recreational facility, and said
there would likely be a "long
pause" before another one was
Arts  student Bryar  Smith,
member of the Save Our University Libraries (SOUL) campaign,
is currently gathering signatures
to petition for a referendum to
divert the $800,000 to upgrade
library equipment.
SOUL wants to computerize
the card catalogue, buy more computer terminals, and get a barcode
system which would integrate the
check-out line with the UBC online which would enable students
to put holds on books from computer terminals.
MARCH 21st. - 24th.
Also featured: Concerto Barocco. Sequoia, and Tarantella.
Available from Ticketmaster: Call 280-3311
These performances are sponsored by Digital Equipment of
Canada Limited, Bull HN Information Systems Limited. The
Vancouver Board of Trade and Royal Bank Diners Club.
A Ballet British Columbia Dance Alive! Presentation
Chorecgraphy: Jaques Lemay Music: Norman Campbell Decor snd Costumes: Maiy Ken*
Ughtnli^: Michael J. Whitfield Artistic Director: John Meehan
50 % Discount!*
Bring this coupon to any TicketMaster outlet, (call 280-3311 for the location
of the outlet nearest you) or to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Box Office on the
evening of the performance to qualify for the discount.
'On Availability Basis means that coupons will be accepted based
on the prxijected availability of tickets.
Nominations are now being accepted for the
position of summer project co-ordinator
dealing with issues of discrimination on our
campus. Please submit proposal(s) with the
Pick up applications in room 238 of the SUB.
For more info call Johanna Wickie at 228-3092
Applications due: Wed. March 28,1990.
19 15-1990
To all the volunteers who helped make UBC's March 9-11 Open House the great
success it was:
Through rain, sleet and snow, as well as some elorious sunshine, student, staff, faculty
and community volunteers went above and beyond the call of duty.
Your efforts and enthusiasm helped an estimated 200,000 visitors enjoy the largest
university open house in Canada.
Some volunteer comments:
I found places I never knew existed on campus."
We had a great time!"
Keep me in mind as a volunteer for other 75th anniversary events.
UBC Community Relations Office, Rm. 207, Old Administration Building.
March 23,1990 THE ARTS
Greeks perform ditties for charity
by Christina Chen
HIGH SPIRIT and energy
dominated the stage in the
form of singing, dancing, and
acting. For months, members of
the Greek community toiled
away in infinite hours of practice
in preparation for this night.
Eight intense minutes on stage
under the heat ofthe spotlight
was their sole reward.
Sororities and Fraternities
of UBC
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
March 19	
For all the time (and sleep)
and money unselfishly doled out
for Songfest, the ensuing
applause in the Queen Elizabeth
Theatre perhaps made it all
Short, shiny, metallic and
hot-pink skirts twirled, and
equally attention-getting tops
hugged eager bodies as different
sorority groups strove to carve
the deepest impression in the
minds of the four judges, and to
earn the loudest applause.
High kicks and sexy, jazzy
movement were common to these
performances. Costumes included the 'pirate-outfit,' prison
uniforms, tuxedos, top hats and
canes, Levis, boxer shorts, and
yes, nun's outfits.
Many songs were taken from
all-time favourite musicals, such
as Hello Dolly, Singing in the
Rain, Sound of Music, Westside
Story, Phantom ofthe Opera,
and Cats. An especially impressive vocal piece came from the
Delta Kappa Epsilon, whose Day
in the Life of James Brown
included a solo of I Feel Good! by
an inmate in a red robe and
The Kappa Kappa Gamma's
abridged version of Sound of Music was smooth, flowing, and professionally done, except it lasted
less than a minute, after which
all the nuns became liberated,
threw away their habits, re-
emerged in tight, florescent-
green and black costumes, and
broke into a dance accompanied
by a Janet Jackson song.
Such dramatic transitions
were not uncommon.
Another impressive show
was Gamma Phi Beta's Pirates,
in which the choreography,
singing, costumes, and props
together created a delightful
eight-minute show.
There were times when the
singing wasn't quite pleasant—
in fact, it hurt the audience's
ears. But the imperfections were
drowned by great effort and
Such was the case with
Alpha Delta Phi's Scenes from
Andrew Lloyd Weber. Fortunately, the phantom and his
followers were undaunted by
their singing. Moving around the
stage in a Batman-like fashion,
the phantom wore a white mask
and a wine-color tuxedo and
elicited gleeful laughter from the
Between performances various scholarships and awards
were presented. In particular,
the Vancouver's People With
AIDS (PWA) society was presented with the proceeds from
UBC's Greek Week. Proceeds
from Songfest were donated to
Vancouver Children's Hospital.
The acts were judged on
quality of vocal performance,
dance/choreography and overall
stage presentation by a panel of
celebrity adjudicators. Who won?
Who cares! The most important
element ofthe evening is not the
winning, but rather, the spirit of
good fun, of working together,
and of giving.
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Telephone: 683-7739
Monday - Saturday: 9:30 - 6:00
Gallery Lounge Art Shows
We are presently looking for artists to display their work in
the AMS Gallery Lounge located on the Main Concourse of
the Student Union Building.
1. All works must be framed or stretched.
2. Depending on the size, twelve is a good number of works.
3. Shows can be combined with another person or group.
4. Cards are required with all works stating artists name,
title of work, and price. Cards are to be no larger than 3" x 5".
5. The minimum length for a show is one month beginning
with the 1st. and ending on the 30/31st.
6. All works are installed and dismantled by artist at a
mutually agreed time.
7. All works are to be approved by Tom Coleman, Kate
Gibson, or Kirk Riddell.
8. Please call 228-5003 if you are interested or if you need
more information.
Take note that the Students Court has been summoned
by Resolution of Student Council to hear the following
The alleged violation of both the AMS Constitution to
promote unity and goodwill amongst its members and the
AMS Bylaw to maintain a proper standard of conduct by
the Engineering Undergraduate Society in regards to its
nEUSlettre dated Wednesday, March 14, 1990.
Student Court will convene on Monday, March 26,1990
at 3:30 p.m. in SUB 206.
Direct queries to the Clerk of Student Court through the
AMS Ombudsoffice in SUB 100A (228-4846).
AMS Code & Bylaws
Wed., March 28th - 5 pm, Rm. 260
To discuss the implementation of a
publications policy for all AMS & AMS
Subsiduary publications in the AMS
Code & Bylaws. For more info or to
make formal submissions please call
Johanna Wickie at 228-3092
Camille Claudel caged
by the establishment
Rodin misinterprets Claudel's
sculpture of three wretched
figures—believing it to be
symbolic of their fallen relationship, to him a public embarrassment. But tragically, it is
revealed to us that the three
figures are all her. The work is
entitled the Trinity of Emptiness.
Her soul is dead.
by Chung Wong
SOCIETY'S POWER—mediocrity's power—is too
tremendous for Camille Claudel
to handle. Unwilling to compromise her integrity, she drinks
herself into a state of self-
mutilation. As her brother asks,
"Why must the talented suffer
Camille Claudel
Opened Last Week
We see her being carried
away into a mental institution
where she will spend the remaining 30 years of her life. Her last
letters are lucid, but we have a
conviction still that she is
insane. No one in her shoes could
possibly remain sane, we think.
The story begins in 1885.
Camille Claudel is a struggling
but inspired young sculptress
who has quit her schooling to
learn by trial and error.
Her uncompromising spirit
brings her to the highest level of
artistic passion. From refusing to
work with Auguste Rodin's chauvinistic employees to rejecting
the position of being Rodin's
pupil, she adheres consistently to
her integrity which strengthens
her character and develops her
artistic vision.
For legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin, his success has
meant that his art is subject to
the whims of the bureaucrats
who fund and manage him. "My
ideas have never come from
orders," jests Rodin. We discover
Isabelle Adjani is nominated for best actress.
later he has become jaded by the
conditioning of his society's
wasteland. His artistic relationship with his nude models is
It is only when Claudel uses
more drama in exposure, shadow
and line—adding more emphasis
to Rodin's original model—that
the weary artist becomes
Claudel and Rodin inevitably emotionally intertwine.
The movie includes perhaps
the most sensuous barebust
scene ever shown on screen. The
power of attraction between two
spirits of equal wavelength fills
the theatre with an emotionally
sexual aura. They breathe on
and sculpt each other's flesh as if
it were clay. Eyes closed, their
hands recognize each facial
feature, feeling every impulse.
Their relationship dies due
to social complications, and
Claudel experiences intellectual
Strong sense of culture:
Camille Chaudel's angst
by Chung Wong
MEETING French artists
in self-imposed exile in
foreign corners ofthe world
drunken in angst, I found
myself confronting the suffering face of French society.
Their fixation with culture
baffled me at times.
I had to abandon our
society's perjorative impression
of culture as a yuppie commodity in order to really know. It
was difficult to lose the shadow
of material status.
Perhaps being less bound,
the French have been more
able to retain culture without
shame—to have an attitude
that in culture, self-realization
is found.
This is perhaps why in
Camille Claudel the French
find great meaning when
Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud's Les Illuminations—
responsible for rejuvenating a
generation of youth—is referred
to as mental poison by Camille's
mother. It indicates to them a
reflection ofthe times.
French visionaries seem to
suffer a great deal of agony in
order to carry out the ideals and
principles which would elevate
their society. But without it, today, the impetus of culture
which brought about the French
Revolution would no longer be
ingrained. Paris would not be a
mecca for intellectual revolutionaries.
Their culture embodies
what they are, what they want
and what they strive for.
Seldom is it sacrificed.
It may be music; it may be
literature; it may be art. The
French invisibly point to it and
say, "There, that's what I am all
It makes it kind of beautiful when you're given a
chance—something tangible—to
say, "Hey that's me."
revulsion at being subjected to
the Philistine-like members of
society who determine the fate of
her art.
A subtlety the viewer may
not discern is that Claudel
eventually symbolically associates Rodin with the art establishment. Rodin's increasing
fame and her continual anonymity demoralizes her to the point
where she chooses to destroy
herself before society gets to her
by becoming an alcoholic and
The power of
attraction between
two spirits of equal
wavelength fills the
theatre with an
emotionally sexual
Though Rodin and Claudel
do not physically interact again,
they will always share a connection because their artistic spirits
are so strong and resonant.
The film, despite being
shown in 80 mm, loses a lot of
feeling in the translation from
french to english. Weakness can
also be found in the over-
melodramatic soundtrack and
editing. There is however
burning poetry and interesting
historical anecdotes which
motivate a viewer to explore
further into the world of Camille
Claudel and Auguste Rodin.
The film is two and a half
hours long and is nominated for
two academy awards: best
foreign film and best actress. At
age 32, Isabelle Adjani is
radiantly photogenic and as
Camille Claudel, she puts on an
intense penetrating performance.
In my opinion she supercedes
Jessica Lange's acting in the
Music Box. But last year Pelle
the Conqueror was beaten by
Rain Man for best film so I don't
expect Adjani to win. The
situation ironically compares to
the theme of her film.
March 23,1990 THE ARTS
Author lauds UBC women
by Rick Hiebert
USUALLY when one thinks
of the early years of
universities, one thinks of school
spirit and the playing of ukeleles
and singing of happy traditional
campus songs (sometimes on
key). Yet, the reality, particularly of female students at UBC,
is hardly that idyllic.
"It's Up to You"
By Lee Stewart
UBC Press
Historian Lee Stewart's first
book, "It's Up To You": Women at
UBC In The Early Years examines women at UBC from the
start of our school to just after
World War Two. It's not a pretty
story, as it chronicles the often
sexist inspired obstacles female
students had to face at UBC
during this period.
The book, which came out of
Stewart's M.A. thesis, is somewhat dry reading at times
though it is very well researched
and attractively illustrated.
True, UBC did have a lot of
financial problems during its
early history, but as tho book
documents, women's needs
were often ignored in this
period. The university, for
example, was the first in the
commonwealth to institute a
nursing program. However, it
was very reluctant to do things
like build women's residences.
Stewart's book argues that
male powers-that-be were often
unwilling to address women's
concerns, claiming that in the
early years, female students
were segregated from males.
Several English professors, for
instance, refused to teach
women who needed their
courses as prerequesites.
Often, they were faced with
"proving" that the education
they were receiving would be
socially valuable and would
justify taking a man's place at
Aside from examining how
the university approached
funding programs and facilities
for women, the book also takes
a look at various aspects of
student life as they applied to
women during this era, such as
women's experience in male
dominated faculties. In particular there is a story of Rona Hatt,
the first female chemical engineering grad, who faced hostile
behaviour from both students
and faculty.
Stewart also examines the
attempts of women to band together and work, in the administration and in student groups
like the Women's Undergraduate
Society. She also examines
women's attempts to overcome
sexism in student extracurricular activities like sports and the
AMS. It was seriously argued by
a female Dean of Women, for
example, that women shouldn't
take part in track and field
because it would affect their
ability to have children.
lt isn't the most gripping
book I've: ever read, yet it is an
important work of UBC history.
Stewart should be congratulated
for her excellently researched
work on the early years of
women of UBC.
Underground press story surfaces
by Rick Hiebert
THE October 16,1968 issue
of The Montreal Gazette,
ifyou had taken it from certain
newstands around the city early
that day, would've appeared to
have had an unusual headline as
well as a somewhat different look
than normal.
that flourished in the period and
used the printed word to take an
alternative, progressive look at
culture, politics and social issues.
A fascinating new book, Underground Times: Canada's Flower
Child Revolutionaries, by Ottawa
writer Ron Verzuh, looks at the
brief history of this and Canada's
other underground newspapers
ofthe late '60s and early '70s.
By Ron Verzuh
The banner
headline screamed
"Mayor Shot By
Hippie" and the
story underneath
the head read that
the mayor had
stumbled on "a
group of long-haired
creeps lounging by
the side ofthe
fountain" near City
Going up to the
group, the mayor
started chasing
after one of them
and—according to
the article—
stumbled and fell
on the hippie, who
then stabbed him
with a needle. The
poor mayor was
then rushed to hospital.
After reading
the piece, Montreal-
ers, confused about
the fate of Jean
Drapeau, the city's
top official, gradually realized that they were the
victims of a hoax perpretrated by
the alternative local newspaper
Logos, who were using the
method of putting out a spoof
issue of Montreal's major
English daily paper to poke fun
at both the Gazette's news
reporting and comment on
Drapeau's often anti-hippie
Logos was one ofthe more
important underground newspapers of the '60s and '70s in
Canada—one of many magazines
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press ofthe period with intelligence and humour. It is an
affectionate look at the people
who put out these "vile rags,"
folks from dope freaks to English
Verzuh examines most of the
important alternative papers of
the era, starting from the first
Canadian underground newspaper, The Canadian Free Press, in
Verzuh looks at papers in all
parts of Canada, concentrating
on those that made a lasting
influence on their city. (Of
particular local interest is
Verzuh's treatment of The
Georgia Straight, which evolved
from an underground newspaper
into an entertainment weekly.)
Underground Times is particularly strong in its analysis,
using in-depth
interviews with the
people involved in
the papers, of how
the papers appro-
ched the craft of
underground journalism. Full of
quotes from the
papers, photos and
humorous anecdotes,
Verzuh's work captures well the tenor
of the alternative
press ofthe period.
Yet, there were
a couple of things
about the book that I
disliked. Given
Verzuh's politics, one
would expect his delighted claim that
"the '60s refuse to
lay down and die!"
(progressives of late
have been using that
as a rallying cry—
witness the recent
film Flashback, for
That's not so
bad, however, as
Verzuh's tendency to
devote far too much
space to lists going
over, in detail, the
events, hit songs and
films of each year
since the early '60s. I
realize that this is an
attempt to place the
newspapers in social context, but
it doesn't quite work for the
reader, unless they have been in
a cave in Albania since the
Diefenbaker administration
teaching sheep to read the works
of Enver Hoxha and need to be
told about these periods in such
Nevertheless, these are
minor critcisms. Verzuh deserves
praise for writing the definitive
work on the Canadian alternative press ofthe '60s and early
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Dear President Strangway,
We of the University of British
Columbia's Women Students Office are outraged and appalled at
the most recent action ofthe Engineering Undergraduate Society.
The newsletter of March 14, 1990
is sexist, racist and homophobic.
This behaviour can no longer be
condoned. Obviously past sanctions have been ineffective and we
believe that nothing less than
expulsion ofthe students who are
responsible is warranted.
Caren Durante
Ray Edney
Nancy C. Horsman
Penny Lusztig
Female 'geers
We would like to apologize for
the offensive content of the last
EUS newsletter. Although the
newsletter does not represent our
opinions, as engineering students
we should be held accountable for
what is published in our undergraduate newsletter. Racist, sexist, and offensive material has
been printed in the past. Only a
small number of students contribute to the newsletter. However,
each student has the opportunity
to submit articles to the newsletter and to voice opinions at EUS
meetings. For our lack of participation and our apathy, we apologize.
We are concerned about the
threat of expulsion of several engineering students. The last thing
we want is for the whole issue to
"blow over", because the problem
of racism is prevalent on the campus. Expulsion is being used as a
quick and tidy solution by the
administration to protect UBC's
image and to appease the media.
Unfortunately, this is not a solution to the problem of racism. More
involvement by engineering students in the EUS and its publications is a must.
As women in engineering we
can honestly say that we are
treated with nothing but respect
by fellow engineering students.
Obviously, the sexist attitudes
reflected in the newsletter come
from a minority we have never
Janet Zadra
Charlotte McNeur
Mechanical Engineering 2
embarrasses UBC
I am angry. I have been an
UBC student since last September. This is the first time I have
visited Canada and you can imagine what kind of'experience that is
i.o an Icelander who comes from a
land of 250,000 people. I have sent
numerous letters to friends and
relatives back home, letters that
express wonder at the magnificent
multi-cultural society in Vancouver. In November I told a friend:
"The struggling world should visit
Vancouver in order to see with its
own eyes how peace and brotherhood is recognized in a multi-cultural society and how individuals
are respected regardless of color,
culture or economy." I realize that
this is just a naive impression but
it describes my experience in your
Then by coincidence, I saw the
Engineering "nEUSlettre", dated
Wednesday March the 14th, 1990.
I will not say anything about its
childish porn. I will not say anything about its humiliating comments on females. It is page three
that makes me angry. The page is
dedicated to some kind of application form for native people. I will
not repeat here the vulgar and
discriminating questionnaire. But
I ask myself: What message are its
editors sending to other students?
What message are they sending to
native students? What kind of
education do they have? What
message are they sending to the
multi-cultural society they live in?
What image do they want others to
have of engineering students?
What image of UBC are they presenting?
I hope someone else will ask
those questions, because I believe
they are someone else's business
as well. It surprises me, as a visitor, that I should face naked racism on a university campus.
When I finish my program at UBC,
I want to remember my university
with pride. I resent some irresponsible engineering students taking
that pride from me.
Hjalmar Arnason
Graduate Studies 1
We're not all bad
As an engineering student I
feel compelled to address the serious situation caused by the recent
nEUSlettre. Some of the articles
in that issue were very offensive
and as an engineer I feel I should
apologise to those offended. It was
a thoughtless act and an uncalled-
for attack on the native peoples of
Canada. However, it seems that
everyone is too eager to punish all
engineers as a group rather than
those responsible. Anyone I have
spoken to in engineering has expressed deep concern and even
outrage at the fact that the items
in the neuslettre were printed. Itis
only a select few who are responsible.
It is not right to generalize
engineers as racists and sexists. In
engineering, just as in any other
faculty or group of people, there
may be an element who feel that
their views, however unjust and
wrong they may be, are justified.
In cancelling the $32,000 in funding to the EUS, the university is
punishing all engineers. I have
also heard that the university is
planning on suspending or expelling everyone involved with the
nEUSlettre. Most of these people
weren't even aware of the offensive article. While it is not acceptable to look upon this incident
with a "boys will be boys" attitude,
the course of action the university
is taking seems to be saying that
it's alright to pass a blanket judgement over and entire group of
people for the actions of afe w. This
type of generalization is supposed
to be what the university is trying
to stop.
Matthew Findley
Mechanical Engineering 2
'Geers deemed
Despite the protestations of
Daren Sanders (EUS President),
Evie Wehrhahn (EUS Vice-President), and Martin Sikes (Neuslettre Editor) in the 20 March,
1990 Ubyssey, itis clear that the
14 March, 1990 Neuslettre "Indian Application for Employment"
represents a horribly misguided
attempt at humour that is a vicious ethnic attack against all
British Columbians of Native ancestry. In fact, based upon my
perusal of the nEUSlettre, it
seems to me that this publication
is concerned largely with conveying racist and sexist sentiments
and reinforcing negative stereotypes. Atbest, this issue seems to
serve as a forum for the dissemination of extremist viewpoints indicating substantial cultural arrogance and ignorance.
During my graduate program
at UBC I have had the opportumty
to meet, live among, collaborate
with, and develop friendships
among many culturally diverse
First Nations people often in remote areas of British Columbia.
The predominant cultural images
which have emerged as a result of
these experiences are very positive. Some of the shared cultural
characteristics I have recognized
in my interactions with First Nations people in this province include generosity, compassion, integrity, and honesty, to name a
While I don't personally know
any contributors to the nEUSlettre
and therefore cannot comment on
their general personal characteristics, it would appear that, from
reading the 14 March nEUSlettre,
they could benefit from the adoption of some cultural attributes of
First Nations peoples.
The aforementioned EUS representatives insist that they "have
been trying to improve our image
and form friendly relationships
with other groups on campus." Itis
obvious from recent actions that
they are not trying hard enough. I
hope that in the future the EUS
can identify more positive and
benevolent ways in which to express themselves instead of producing additional nEUSlettres
similar to the 14 March issue.
From another perspective, itis
unfortunate that a UBC sponsored
society apparently wishes to go
public with statements that can
only charitably be described as
intellectually vacuous. One would
wish better from an institution
whose goals include enlightenment.
Brian D. Compton
Graduate Studies
'Geers blow it
Last week's nEUSlettre was
definitely a mistake on the part of
the engineers. It overstepped the
bounds of decency and common
sense, but this week's retribution
against the engineers also goes too
far. The idea of expelling students
for what was published is totally
ridiculous, and in no way matches
a proper punishment to the
"crime". A proper and just punishment would be to make the offending students do a certain amount
of volunteer work with the people
they insulted.
This would allow the students
to actually get to know the people
they've insulted and thereby abolish at least some of the ignorance
which caused the incident in the
first place.
It is time we stopped thinking
in terms of revenge for actions
taken and instead try to learn
from each other in order to prevent
such incidents from happening
Gary Meyers
2nd year Mining
Interested in
looking at issues in
The Ubyssey is
planning a special
education issues
number of
The Ubyssey on March.
We're holding a
brainstorm ing/planning
session today (Friday) at
3:30 p.m. in The Ubyssey's office. Room
241 K, SUB. See you
March 23,1990 Don't nail 'geers
As an engineer at UBC I
would like to start this letter by
apologizing for the content of the
nEUSlettre published Wednesday, March 14, 1990. Although I
myself had no input into the letter,
I feel that the entire engineering
faculty as a whole is responsible.
Every week the paper is published
and in general every week it contains something that could offend
someone, in most cases we read
the nEUSlettre with a grain of salt
so to speak. Not taking what is
said literally. I am not condoning
the content of the nEUSlettre. I
feel that we, the engineering student body, should have cleaned up
our publication long ago. It never
has been appropriate for anyone to
get a cheap laugh at someone
else's expense. As for the topic of
disciplinary action I do not feel
that the editor of the paper, Martin Sikes, should take any more
blame than the rest of us. He was
merely doing what all other nEUSlettre editors had done previously. It would not be fair for Dr.
Strangway and the rest of the
UBC faculty to lay all the blame
onto one student and expel him
when the blame lies with all of us.
In any democratic institution the
responsibility for its actions lies
with its members. The nEUSlettre
represents us, therefore it is up to
us to ensure that the content ofthe
nEUSlettre is appropriate. Nor do
Ifeel it is proper for Dr. Strangway
to suspend the EUS of its privileges as a society. We, the engineering students, have elected the
members of the EUS council to
represent us. The actions of the
EUS over the previous year clearly
show an attempt being made to try
and clear our bad image as it now
exists to the students of UBC and
replace it with an image that more
closely reflects Canadian society
today; one of fairness and equality.
Greg J. Andrew
Mechanical Engineering
'Geers also upset
As a member of the EUS I
wish to extend an apology to any
individuals or group who have
been offended by the content ofthe
nEUSlettre. The silent majority of
EUS members have, in past, chosen to tolerate the abusive, offensive nature of the nEUSlettre.
This silence can be interpreted as
consent. The responsibility for
recent events lies with the society
as a whole and not the particular
individuals involved. Instead of
creating a scapegoat, lefs bring
the problems out and deal with
Andrew Wilson
Mechanical Engineering II
'Geers are bad
We have been observing the
reactions to the controversial
nEUSlettre. We are glad to see
that the majority of UBC students
are reacting quite negatively to
prejudice (eg. racism, sexism,
homophobia). Unfortunately, it
seems to have gone unnoticed that
most engineering students are
just as upset as anyone else.
"Kill the engineers", "Engineers are so racist", "111 kick the
next one I see." These are some of
the things one can hear on campus. Instead of aiming their anger
at the prejudice presented in the
nEUSlettre, some people are attacking engineers in general.
What they are doing, in fact, is
trying to fight prejudice with more
Before some of the nEUSlettre contributors had decided to
go too far, most other engineers
were reluctant to infringe upon
their freedom of expression. That
does not mean that most engineers
approve of everything published
in the nEUSlettre. Anyone who
reads a racist article written by a
few engineers, and decides to hate
engineers in general, is a prejudiced person. No one should expect
us to tolerate this kind of prejudice
any more than we can tolerate the
racist nEUSlettre article.
Tandy Tam
Chia-Tung Chen
Engineering Physics III
I let it happen
As an engineering student I
have read all recent issues of the
engineering nEUSlettre and, although I have found the material
in them to be offensive to almost
all peoples, I have not complained
about it. I am writing therefore to
state that by my inaction I have
tacitly condoned the content ofthe
nEUSlettre and thus ask those
whom the nEUSlettre, particularly the native peoples of Canada,
to accept my personal apology.
I would al so like to request the
administration of this university
not to expel or suspend the visible
few (nEUSlettre editor, etc.) for we
as a group are responsible. Furthermore we are encouraging
greater student participation in
all functional aspects ofthe Engineering Undergraduate Society to
ensure that we are not misrepresented by the actions of a few
Ken Read
Mechanical Engineering II
Don't nail 'geers #2
Although the article in the
Engineering nEUSletter about an
"Employment Application for Indians" should not have been
printed, the student fees which we
pay should be collected. The EUS
acted quickly in apologizingfor the
article and has already taken
steps to institute a more stringent
editorial policy. It was an article
not by the majority of Engineering
Undergraduate Society members
and thus the EUS should not have
their fees cut off. The engineers
use the student fees for various
activities such as the annual Halloween Ball and the Engineer's
Ball. To lose these events wouldbe
a great loss not only to engineers,
but to all students of UBC.
Alex Yuen
Engineering 1
"Apology Not Accepted"
These were the words
spraypainted on the side of the
engineers' "The Cheese". It
would be very easy to condemn
Native Indians for this tasteless,
immature tactic. Just as easy as
it was for the university to pass a
blanket judgement on Engineers.
But I won't. I know there are
a certain few on this campus who
choose to express themselves
shallowly and offensively. They
have that right, yes. And the
Native Indians involved have
every right to protest.
Chopping $32,000 worth of
funding is an action that I find
just as offensive and discriminatory as anything the EUS paper
had published. What do the offended parties hope to gain by
punishing every single engineer?
There is a rumour that the
entire paper's staff may be suspended or expelled. Censorship
is one thing, but to censor and
punish people who, quite
frankly, didn't have a damn
thing to do with it, is quite another thing.
How many innocent people's
careers must be ruined for one
item published in a free society?
How many witches must be
burned? How many Salman
Rushdies must die for offending?
It maiy be argued that the
principle of the matter transcends such exaggerated questions. That's nonsense - these
questions deal with the real
world, not an abstract artsy principle. Well, where's the principle
behind spraypainting "Apology
Not Accepted"? What if the engineers demanded an apology for
this vandalism? What if all Native Indians on campus were
threatened with suspension or
expulsion for this act?
Real fair, eh?
An apology is a privilege, an
act of courtesy and respect. It is
not an obligation. I think many
people are forgetting that the
gun can point both ways, especially where discrimination is
Zeef Cabrita
Creative Writing
Reader wonders
Well, I finally have to write.
Many times this year I've had
something that I would like to
say but I've been too lazy, or shy,
or whatever, to write. This time,
though, I have to. I want to register my outrage at the most
recent and appalling nEUSlettre. We all know which one
I am talking about. I want it to
be known that there are many
people on this campus who are
appalled by actions such as
these. But there have already
been some very good letters written about this, specifically the
ones from Beverly Scow and Ron
Hamilton, so I will let them
speak for me and just add a
couple of points.
First, I'm sorry, nEUSlettre
editor Martin Sikes, but I have a
really hard time believing that
you were unaware that this piece
was in your paper. I ask you,
editor of The Ubyssey, do you not
know everything that is published in The "Ubyssey? Do articles really "slip through the
cracks" in such a way? This is my
first year at this University, but
I have heard rumours that this is
not the first time that certain
hate propaganda articles of this
type have "slipped through the
cracks" in the nEUSlettre. That
does make me wonder.
Secondly, the timing is interesting. This is the time ofthe
year when students and faculty
are all very busy preparing for
exams and for the summer. No
one has any spare time or energy
right now to deal with something
like this. Was that on purpose?
And lastly, I wonder why, if
this article in the nEUSlettre
was really a mistake, the culprits are not named? Should not
these people be made to account
for their actions? Are they not
brave enough to sign their
names? And why, EUS executive, does it seem like you are
hiding them? You protest that
their actions are abhorrent to
you too, but don't you realize that
by protecting the culprits, you
are letting their actions represent you all? Personally, I think
the authors of this latest example of ignorance do not deserve a place in this university.
It's time to give them more than
a slap on the hand, don't you
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Brown nosing
with style
The Ubyssey's Annual Athletic Department Edit
While generally UBC athletes have performed WELL
this year, unfortunately the Athletic department does not
back up the class act the athletes produce.
The biggest problem lies with the so-called UBC
sports information office. Unfortunately, the title has
taken on oxymoronic dimensions as not a lot of information
comes out of this sports office.
The office's treatment of campus media leaves much
to be desired. Both CiTR and The Ubyssey have sent reporters to cover events only to learn that the start times
had been moved up. Perhaps we are being negative, but
empty fields do not make for exciting copy.
The office instead spends its time supplying the mainstream media with a blizzard of press releases. In journalist circles these are known as hoovers. If a certain mainstream paper is too busy to send a reporter to the event, the
office will even write the stories for them. On a good day,
the stories will even be factually correct.
We do get these wonderful disseminations in our
office, sometimes even before the events take place. We
really can't explain why we are treated so shoddily by
sports information; perhaps the UBC sports information
officer isn't interested in a job with The Ubyssey.
Even so, the concept of equal treatment for all media
should not have to be explained to sports information.
Another problem is that the sports information department believes UBC is located south ofthe 49th parallel.
How else can one explain the slavish worship the office
fetes on football each year.
The UBC football team is the admitted centrepiece of
the jock sub-culture mired in the War Memorial Gym.
Thousands of dollars are spent on this large group of
ummm, men at the expense of other programs.
This fascination by the UBC sports administration
does not seem to be validated by the interests of the
student body. The last homecoming game is a good example when less than 200 people turned out. In fact rugby,
a sport with a long and illustrious history i n the Vancouver
area, usually draws a hefty crowd despi te being largely un-
Why not jettison or at least cut back on the football
budget and spread some ofthe wealth around. The first
ever women's World Ice Hockey Championship is now
being held in Canada. There has been no movement on the
part ofthe administration to start a Canada West women's
division. If they have been working on such a venture it has
not been publicized. Or at least we have not been graced
with a release, yet.
Contrary to popular belief, being told (as we have
been) to read the Province for sports information because
they already have the story, hardly falls under the definition of sports information.
Perhaps sports discrimination would bo a more appropriate title.
the Ubyssey
March 20, 1990
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passenger seat? Franka, happily happily playing with the windshield
wipers. Back and forth, back and forth... Nicholas was mezmerized.
He was sitting on the hood. Paul and Darren were debating the merits
of orange paint. "Yes, orange paint is the most visible on foggy days*
That is true. That's why the Golden Gate is not golden* said Paul,
Paul Dayson, reminiscing about SF. "Does that mean its orange?"
queried Christina. Michael had no interest in colours. He said so.
Andrew said he liked pumpkins. Orange volk wagons resemble pumpkins was a thought occuring simultaneously lo Rick and Chung. It's
that shared experience that brings us together. "Yeah, til 7 in the
f—king morning* was Joe's response. "Telepathy is the road to truth
and mutual respect" stated David Loh. "Yeah, and lots of sexual
tension will be dispelled." Greg, Keith, Nadene, and Dania were all
dissapoint-d (or relieved, as the case might be) to (ind their suspicions
of "come-hither-oh-beautiful-one" looks were unfounded. "No one in
their right mind would be attracted to anyone Ihey had to work with
in this office" said John T. Martin and Rebecca looked at each other,
looked perplexed, scratched their heads, scratched each other's (just
for fun). Joanne pointed out that no one had a right mind anyhow. "I'm
left brained myself said Katherine while Barb spun round and round
in herchair."Jmdizzzzzzzzzy..."Haoand Elaine hot wired the bug and
drove to beach to watch the sunset. Nicholas hadn't moved. The wipers
were still going. Don decided he didn't want lo share the experience,
and shut himself into the darkroom with Ted and Krnie. What he
experienced there remains unknown.
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Racism, we all
are responsible
The nEUSletter of
March 14, 1990 is a reflection upon the engineers who
had the ignorance to print
such racism. Itisareflection
upon all engineers and UBC
for its years of institutional
acceptance. It is a reflection
upon all students and professors at UBC who have
allowed this to continue year
after year, and who have
allowed their ignorance and
tolerance to accept degrees
of racism into their classrooms, throughout the campus of UBC.
This hate literature is
not an isolated event. Racism is alive and well within
Canadian society and pervasive within the 'intellectual'
confines of UBC. Although
much ofthe response to petitions against the engineers'
hate literature has been
positive, the vicious response
or humoured disregard of
many individual students
and teachers at UBC is a significant indication about the
entrenched racism on campus.
Racism against First
Nations peoples at UBC is
an extension of a prevailing
attitude within Canadian
society. Racism is violent
oppression used to maintain
the status quo of power.
Those who are insecure in
their identity attempt to use
racism and hate literature
to portray the image that
they are greater than thou.
Racism is violence at all levels of expression, from silent
acceptance, to a one line
'joke,'to a bar brawl, to institutional racism, to the 'Justus' system. We all have a
responsibility to attack these
attitudes as unacceptable,
even in their seemingly minutest expression, unless we
are willing to tolerate racist
expression in its extreme.
I took responsibility to
talk to a few engineers at
campus on Friday just after
the nEUSlettre was brought
to my attention. I was still in
shock at witnessing the reality of such racist expression
in 1990.1 asked if they had
seen the latest issue and if
they accepted responsibility
for it. The first response isa
shrug and a comment such
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as "Ifs all in the name of
fun". Not wanting to be just
as guilty of presuming stereotypes of engineers I asked if
all engineers share the sentiments of the nEUSlettre.
They distanced themselves
from the nEUSlettre stating
they did not write it, but they
did think it was funny. Well
maybe the Indian employment application was pretty
bad but it was kinda funny.
Patiently controlled and
still in disbelief I attempted
to explain the impacts of hate
literature. I want to believe
the intent is not malice, but
only ignorance.
I had a nightmare that
night reflecting my deep
fears surrounding such
TUN.' I was in a seminar-
sized classroom, when I
presented the nEUSlettre to
the class to express my shock
and disbelief. The class was
silent. I stated that "This
paper was violence." The
person next to me said "Nah,
it's the truth," as he observed
the Indian Application for
Employment. The words got
stuck as I struggled to articulate. Finally, the words
came out in an urgent flow. I
could have gone on but he
became consumed with rage.
As he glared and spoke at me
with anger and disgust, he
pointed his index finger into
my shoulder, waveditinches
away from my face, then at
my throat he pointed his
finger with strangling
pressure into the hollow of
my neck. The fear engulfed
me as I protested. As my
wide eyes searched the room
for assistance, the students
and the professor were
sitting there; some with
expressions of concern, but
they sat there; some at the
edge of their seat, but they
sat there.
I woke up in a frightened start. I woke up with a
constricting pressure choking my throat. It was fear
and it was very real.
I rarely if ever remember my dreams and never so
vividly. It is a reflection of
the deep fear that this letter
reached in me. It is a reflection ofthe defensive position
a First Nations person feels
sitting in all classrooms at
UBC. It is a reflection ofthe
deep fears of 'nice' liberal
consciousness and its
inability or lack of will for
direct action against such
We all are responsible.
We have the responsibility
to take a hard look at the
institutions we are products
of. We have the responsibility to demand actions to
ensure long term changes.
We have to make long term
real changes so there is no
excuse for ignorance. There
needs to be institutional
changes at UBC, where credits in a First Nations studies
course, a Women's studies
course, and an anti-racism
course are mandatory for any
student to receive a degree
from UBC. All faculty and
staff should receive anti-
racism in-service workshops.
There needs to be a committment of resources from
the UBC faculties and the
UBC AMS on an ongoing
At the Emergency AMS
meeting Wednesday evening
our respected elder Minnie
Croft from Haida Gwaii
expressed her commend-
ments to the 'good people'
present. She was pleased to
see the respectful manner
and the actions of good will
to address such a serious
The meeting was good
interaction in the ongoing
battle against racism. The
packed room indicated the
campus outrage and intolerance. The fact that this
incident happened, the week
after the HATE HURTS
campaign is a clear indication of the amount of work
ahead of us. But we can
accept responsibility for
oppression or we can accept
responsibility for change.
Beverly Scow
A member of the
Kwaguilth First Nation
Men's work long
We're writing this letter because men's work is
also never done and is also
underpaid or unpaid or boring or repetitious and because men have to hire
women whether they're the
best person for the job or not
otherwise they're sued for
sexual discrimination and
because what women do IS
more important than how
they look and because
women DONT ask to be
raped and because no one
hears about the men who get
raped and because the
streets aren't safe for men
either and because if a
woman is attracted to a man
and he isn't to her he's gay
and if he is he only wants a
roll in the hay and because if
men expect paternity leave
they're selfish and because
if men stand up for their
rights they're chauvenistic
and if they don't they're
wimps and because if men
don't want to get married
they're afraid of commitment and because if women
compared salaries in specific jobs at the same seniority level, not just in general,
there probably wouldn't' be
a 34% difference and because no one tells women
they can't be engineers/scientists/any career and because if men wanted to set
up an all-male club (ie. male
version of Phrateres) it
would meet with such protest as this campus has
never seen before and the
founders would be horrible,
discriminatory, sexist pigs
and because anorexia is
caused mainly by psychological illness not by the
image males create of the
"perfect" woman and because most men of our generation think of women as
equals and realize they
don't always get a fair shake
and would like society to be
different...For this and
many more reasons we're
asking members ofthe femi-
nist movement to stop
screaming "chauvinist", to
stop printing literature with
anti-male sentiment and
slants as appears in The
Ubyssey of Mar. 13/90 (because this causes bitterness
and hatred), and to take a
look at themselves and realize that not only men are
responsible for society's
problems so that maybe
Doug Robinson
Engineering 1
Also signed by 18 other
men and women
March 23,1990 LETTERS
Ubyssey women
blew it
I appreciate that action has
been taken to educate the students about women's issues. Some
articles clearly explain the
women's movement; however, the
majority of articles published
were inappropriately biased. By
this I mean, most articles supported extreme, militant, lesbian
ideology. Do not get me wrong, I
am not attacking the gay lifestyle.
I do believe that human beings
have a right to their views. People
who are not aware of our daily
struggle to achieve equity in the
real world would find further
ammunition to mock the women's
movement as presented in the
Ubyssey. Personally, I found the
paper overall a major disappointment. I am aware and believe action must be taken to combat injustice towards women. I propose
that in future issues the Ubyssey
should become more responsible
in selecting topics representative
of women in the heterosexual, gay,
minority, international and religious communities.
Anna Goritsan
Ad misinterpreted
I'm writing with regards to
the article "Advertising's Bad Influence" (March 13/90). I find it
really much more insulting than
the condemned ad itself. Having
actually seen the movie, the symbolism of the ad makes a lot of
sense to me. First of all, the people
in the movie are dressed according
to character, not their sex - we
have the conservative businessman, the casual corrupter andyes,
the temptress, who actually wears
this very same "dress" in the
movie. It is true that her back is
turned to us, thus becoming a
"nameless, faceless" woman; however, this is the point in the movie
- it could have been any woman
triggering the same fatal events
for these men. This could also be
why her name is not mentioned in
the credits at the bottom ofthe ad
- not only is it only the two men
that carry importance in the
movie, but that she is also not a
well-known actress.
As to the way she is beingheld
in the man's arms, I see no evidence of her trying to get away. I
find the embrace rather protective
(as itis the other man whois trying
to hurt her), if not loving. Really,
the ad reflects the content of the
movie. Perhaps it helps to see the
movie before forming an opinion;
or perhaps it depends on how one
perceives the world we live in.
One last word on feminism:
there is nothing wrong with it and
I support the idea (being female
myself); yet, when it turns into
paranoia, it defeats the very cause
of the fight.
Micki Neumann
Arts 4
Nadene errs?
As a woman, I agree with
Nadene Rehnbys premise that
more research needs to be done
toward finding a completely safe
and effective contraceptive. If she
wishes to make the case that this
research is hampered by sexist
attitudes in government and industry, that's fine with me. However, I think that her commentary
on the present state of contraceptives is distorted by a number of
factual inaccuracies, if not errors:
* Rehnby states that the failure
rate for the Pill is "1 to 8 in every
100 women using it". She does not
say that this figure includes
women who are using it incorrectly (i.e. have missed one or two
doses). When taken as directed,
oral contraceptives are 98 to 99 per
cent effective.
* She complains that women are
"forced to undergo a painful and
embarrassing" pel vie examination
in order to obtain a prescription for
the Pill. However, all sexually
active women are advised to have
an annual Pap smear (a test for
cervical cancer), as part of a pelvic
exam; this procedure is more of a
necessary safeguard rather than
some "b ig brother" form of female
oppression, as Rehnby would have
us believe.
* While it is true that barrier
methods of birth control (including diaphragms, cervical caps, and
condoms) can have high failure
rates, Rehnby does not mention
that condoms used in conjunction
with spermicidal foam give almost
100% protection against unwanted pregnancies.
* Rehnby bemoans the sponge's
unavailability in Canada; aside
from it not being"another method"
(since it is just another barrier
form), it can have a failure rate as
high, or slightly higher, than the
other barrier methods.
* Lastly, she describes oral contraceptives as being "cancer-
causing...with hazardous side effects." There is no study to date
that confirms that the Pill causes
cancer in women. Granted, the
Pill can cause side effects, but this
is true of any drug, even one that is
widely thought to be innocuous
(eg. aspirin).
Since an intelligent decision
requires deliberation of all aspects of an issue, Rehnby's alarmist and inaccurate presentation of
the current contraceptive methods does not promote women's
health interests. Dissuading possible users may not be wise considering that the risks of contraception are far outweighed by those of
abortion or childbirth.
Erica Suh
Pharmaceutical Sciences 3
Issue errs
Interesting Ubyssey women's
issue (both paper and topic).
A couple of inconsistencies
P3. (Paraphrase) "Due to being
negatively labelled, women may
view a feminist as being a dyke,
man-hater, extremist..."
P4. Full page interview with representatives from Dykes Unlimited
P5. Susan Cole believes "we either
go forward and make it or we get
crushed and die." Maybe a little
P5. Good article about men's
groups but spoiled by the stereotyping picture of men in a football
huddle. Cute. I notice the article
on the women's groups wasn't
contaminated by a shot of bikini-
clad women lounging around.
P14. Women's Day march: "The
rally itself was marred only by the
shouts of one man in the crowd
who repeatedly bellowed...until he
was quietly removed and never
heard from again."
If you're getting on a soapbox,
I really expect better than this
from you. Cheap shots such as the
jock picture and the cutesy quip
above only show that you're getting caught up in the momentum
of your own rhetoric. If you're
going to preach, you have to set a
better example than this.
Generally, you put out an
excellent paper (the artwork was
particularly good) but, you seem to
have missed the most basic tenet
of feminism: you should bring the
sexes closer together instead of
alienating them and pushing
them further apart. Such things as
the segregation of men at the
mourning rally for the students
slain in Montreal and the exclusion of the Ubyssey staff for this
issue are counter-productive.
Why do you need a man to
point this out to you?
John Roberts
Commerce 3
"Chair" musings
On page 17 of The Ubyssey of
March 13 is written " 'chairperson'
not 'chairman'—refer to the work
performed, not the gender." The
great Canadian singer Maureen
Forrester disagrees. She hates
'chairperson' and would address a
woman chairing a meeting as
Madam Chairman. [Reference:
CBC/FM interview, March 16.]
This doesn't mean that Forrester
has submitted to male dominance
in language; it only means that she
understands what's involved and
has a good ear for what sounds
In an essay entitled A Few
Words on a Few Words, published
in the Summer 1974 issue of Columbia Forum, Jacques Barzun
wrote: "... Each was identified as
Co-chairperson of the committee.
This description was not new to
me, but for some reason the pathos
of attaching such a label to live
fellow workers struck me with
fresh force, and in my sadness I
began to reflect on the cause.
"Obviously, the reason for
using person was to avoid man,
now felt to be the sign of an arro-
gantimperialism. Andin the background, no doubt, was the further
wish to get rid of sex reference
altogether, to confirm equality by
insisting on our common humanness. With that last intention no
one will quarrel. The only question
is whether it can be served so
usefully by terminology that language has to be wrenched out of
shape, on top of being misunderstood.
"For the pity of the matter is
that man, in chairman and elsewhere, still means person, as it
does etymologically. As far back as
the Sanskrit manus, the root man
means human being, with no implication   of  sex.   The   German
Mann   andl   Mensch,   the   Latin
homo  (from   which   derives   the
name human which we so passionately seek (originally denote the
kind of creature we all are. Homo
sapiens means male and female
alike. For the male sort, the words
were vir in Latin, wer in Old English (as in wergeld, the fine for a
crime). Woman is a contraction of
wif-man, the she-person ..."
In 1986, anyhow, Barzun was
University Professor Emeritus at
Columbia University and literary
adviser to Charles Scribner's
Sons. The full text of the above
essay can be found in his book On
Writing, Editing, and Publishing,
Second Edition, ISBN 0-226-
03858-0, The University of Chicago Press, 1986.
Robert R. Christian
Department of Mathematics
Of course not, Lara
The writers at The Ubyssey
believe in equality for all, right?
Well then why do you only publish
letters which agree with your
viewpoints? That is a form of bigotry in itself. Even the Vancouver
Sun, a newspaper you often put
down, publishes letters on both
sides of an issues. The Ubyssey
lacks the courage to do so, I guess.
Lara Cleven
Arts 2
P.S. You probably won't even publish this!
Ad misinterpreted
I am not against feminism. I
am against censorship in a student newspaper where the editor's
feeling is the only justification for
their action. If this article was not
run just prior to the issue devoted
to the feminist struggle, then the
advertisement for "Bad Influence"
would have run without a second
glance. I would suggest to Ms.
Rehnby and Ms. Cordua-von
Specht that your ambition has
clouded your reason. This is not
the first time that sex has been
used in advertising, or the first
time that such an ad has run in the
Ubyssey. Yet, if the ad was blatantly sexist, I would agree that it
should not be run in the newspaper. However, the editors confess
that there is nothing apparently
sexist. So what is it then, subconsciously sexist?
If some  people  stare  at  a
poster long enough they will eventually   find   something   sinister
about it. The editors of "Advertising's Bad Influence" did just that.
The very least they could have
done before they axed the advertisement would be to review the
film. If they had, then they would
have realized that the woman is
not the "Bad Influence" at all, and
that their analysis of the advertisement is no different then condemning a book because of its
Brad Pryma
Science 4
Zowie says male
To the writers of edition 72,
tiny groups and workshops in existence where men talk amongst
themselves not about feminism,
but about being men. What I
understand about THESE issues
is patchy, but I think these new
groups are tremendous. Could it
be the beginning of an understanding of what men were/are/
will be in the matriarchy?
Wendy Feilden.
She's impressed
I am writing to say thanks
and congrats for the Mar. 13/90
issue. I picked it up because ofthe
cover title and although have only
had time to flip and read bits and
pieces I think its great!
I don't normally read the
paper, though I sometimes try. It's
partly lack of time but mostly because it doesn't say much to me - a
grad student, feminist, 34 years,
married, working, part-time student etc. This issue is special.
I'm posting the cover on my
bulletin board at work and will
read this issue thoroughly - I'm
J. Taylor
Graduate Studies
I was moved by your work in
The Ubyssey's "A Woman's Place
is in the Struggle". As a recent
graduate of Queen's University, I
am painfully aware of the need to
educate university students on the
nature and goals of the women's
movement. The articles cut to the
heart of problems that are most
often ignored by the 'mainstream'
press. This would be one exercise
well worth preserving - even after
equal gender representation has
been established in UBC's departments, administration, and newspaper.
Gregory Hein
Political Science
Graduate Studies
Reader comments
I appreciated reading "Men,
men, and 'men'..."on the back page
of your feminist edition, as it is,
I'm sorry to say, the only article in
the collection whose author knows
anything about men. I especially
liked the reference in the article, to
the man who looks to other men to
satisfy some of his emotional
needs. Because it is well known
what this society tends to think of
the man who will seek emotional
support from other men, or will
find one older than he who he can
look up to. The other article about
men in that edition, unfortunately, doesn't go into this at all,
nor is it mentioned anywhere the
Hate Hurts
Open discussion
this Friday
at 12:30 pm
Conversation Pit
Native fndian Issues
Attila the Stockbroker.
tjusician and routing
presented 1>y
Ptism International
Tuesday, /fa/vh 27th.
1230 - 1:30 pm
at Fnsddy Wood Th&atns.
March 23,1990
Styro-phobia hasn't hit McDonald's
by Andrew Boyle
McDonald's is still poisoning
our environment, says Stuart
Parker of the B.C. Young Greens.
The only difference is that they are
doing it at a slower pace than previously.
In February of 1987
McDonald's responded to pressure
from environmentalists, and announced they would, within the
two years, phase out the use of
ozone-hazardous CFC-12 in their
packaging. In early 1989
McDonald's switched to packaging
which contained CFC-22, and
claimed it was 95 per cent less
harmful than CFC-12.
But according to Parker, this
chemical is only 95 per cent better
over a 150 year period. Over a 25
year period, it is only 80 per cent
less harmful.
CFCs destroy the ozone layer,
the earth's only shield against le
thal solar radiation. CFCs are also
responsible for 20 per cent of the
greenhouse effect.
Though McDonald's claimed
they are recycling their containers,
Parker said, "Even if they recycle
100 per cent of their containers, it
would not be good enough."
"They have to switch to a different form of packaging."
Parker said members of the
Environmentally Sound Packagi ng
Coalition informed him they had
followed a truck from McDonald's
filled with styrofoam containers
which went to the city dump instead of being recycled.
Executive vice-president of
McDonald'sfor B.C.,Ron Marcoux,
said he had "no knowledge" of the
dumping incident.
According to Parker,
McDonald's restaurants in North
America produce a total of 55 cubic
feet of non-biodegradable garbage
every day.
Parker suggested McDonald's
use ceramic plates which are washable and reusable. The drawback
to this solution is that they could
not be used for take-out.
"Fast food can't be environmentally sound as long as companies look for the cheapest possible
packaging," said Parker.
McDonald's argues that the
current styrofoam containers are
sanitary and portable.
But Parker questioned this
argument by pointing out that,
when it comes to keeping burgers
warm, styrofoam works no better
than cardboard.
"We can't risk any more ozone
depletion," Parker said. He
added that, in the last two years,
the chlorine parts per billion in the
atmosphere have significantly increased from 2.5 to three. At the
current rate of ozone depletion, the
holes in the ozone over the Arctic
and Antarctic could double in size
in ten years.
Parker said other fast food
companies and IBM are equally at
fault, but McDonald's is a perfect
rallying point.
"The golden arches are a perfect symbol of our disposable society—throwaway food, containers,
even people," Parker said.
In response to claims made by
environmentalists such as Parker,
McDonald's has fought back by
running ads in newspapers stating
they are "committed to the environment." They even go so far in
their public relations strategy as to
keep files on activists, Parker
Parker said they have a file on
him which he saw during a talk he
had with McDonald's vice-president Arnie Nelson. He said the file
includes transcripts of radio inter
views he has done.
Ron Marcoux, however, denies having files on Parker or anyone else.
"It's completely untrue," Marcoux said of the charge. "And Mr.
Parker has said many outrageous
things like this."
In addition to decrying
McDonald's environmental record,
Parker is appalled by the federal
government's positive recognition
ofthe company's switch to the different kind of CFC.
"That the federal government
considers killing us more slowly is
a solution, proves that they are as
sick as the companies."
Questioned by David Lewis of
the Green Party last year, a
McDonald's spokesperson said they
had considered changing from styrofoam to another material, possibly butane, but found it would be
too expensive.
At tax time, many people have questions
about how to complete
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The first place to look for
answers is the General Tax
Guide that comes with your
return. It gives you step-by-
step instructions,
and helpful tax tips.
But ifyou still have
questions, Revenue
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expenses guide, a guide for pensions
and one for new Canadians, to name a
few. Check the list in your General
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Revenue Canada offers phone enquiry
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Revenue Canada produces a variety of
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the tax system for all Canadians. The plan
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Check your General Tax Guide. It has
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you still have questions, contact your
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at Revenue Canada Taxation.
They're People with Answers.
This year nearly 200
students will come to UBC.
It can be a bewildering
Or it can be a wonderful one.
It's up to you!
REACH OUT is a program sponsored by
International House in which international
students are linked up with Vancouver
correspondents who will write to them,
providing them with helpful information and
a local contact. Ifsagreatway to make new
friends and to learn about other countries.
contact International House as soon as
possible, either in person or by calling
228-5021. Both Canadians and
Internationals welcome.
and Commemoration
of the Assassination
Oscar Romero
Tuesday March 27
near the Main Library
Clock Tower
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