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Array Is Bob
Your Uncle?
see page 4
UBC Chinese
take nightclub
to Human
Rights Council
over racism
By Deanne Fisher
Two years after filing a complaint of racial discrimination
against Systems nightclub, UBC's
Chinese Varsity Club is finally
getting its day in court.
The BC Human Rights Council hearings were to conclude
Thursday but the CVC called a
final witness, a former Systems
waitress.
-— "There was a certain area that
jf Oriental people sat in it, (the
waitress) was told to ask them to
move? said Steve Ling ofthe Chinese Varsity Club.
"(Systems manager) Dale
McRitchietoldherthatthey would
get into groups, start speaking
Chinese and scare off patrons?
said Ling.
The CVC has more than one
complaint with Systems. In the
fall of 1986, the club held a dance
at the nightclub.
"(McRitchie) proceeded to
make things difficult? said Sanju
Sukul, also ofthe CVC. Sukul said
the music was terrible, the heat
was turned up until it was unbearably hot, and the club's $500
deposit was not returned.
Later in the year, CVC members arranged a "test" of Systems'
door policy. The doormen let in
two Chinese patrons but when a
group of ten attempted to enter,
they were told that it was a
"members only night".
Two independent claimants
are also charging that they were
refused entry because of their
race.
According to Ling, the Systems doorman testified that "we
have bad trouble with gangs?
when explaining the incident.
A spokesperson for Systems
said "we will say nothing until it's
all over?
Ling said he is optimistic
about the outcome of the hearing.
"We're quite positive at this point.
Alot of it came down to credibility.
We know (Ritchie) is lying through
his teeth. We have a lot of witnesses."
The CVC is asking for the
return of their deposit as well as
payments for excess tickets
printed for the dance, although
they were printed according to
McRitchie's instructions.
"They owe us about $1,000?
said Ling. The CVC would also
like a public apology.
Any punitive damages are
awarded only at the discretion by
the judge and are not part of the
CVC's request.
"It could take up to a year for
a verdict? said Ling, though he
does not expect it to take that long.
"It's a\l red tape. All we can do is
stick to our guns? he said.
The Systems lawyer will give
concluding remarks in August.
Demonstrators at rally sing ANC anthem
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Revenue Canada waffles
over Longley tax scheme
By Chris Wiesinger
Revenue Canada now refuses
to say whether a former UBC
student's political contribution
deduction scheme is legal.
Revenue Canada cannot issue
a public statement on actions it
may or may not take on the Blair
Longley's Contributor's Choice
Concept (CCC) because of confidentiality rules, said Robert
Beith, Acting Assistant Deputy
Minister of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, on Monday.
This contradicts Beith's earlier claim that they would challenge the CCC, which takes advantage of the tax rule allowing
contributors to registered political
parties to direct them to use the
contribution for a specific purpose.
The specific purpose may be
the donor's personal benefit, according to Longley, leader of the
Student Party.
He said Revenue Canada is
toying with him by refusing to rule
on the legality of the CCC, which
he has been promoting for three
years.
"They're letting what I did
slide as if it's insignificant and not
worth their trouble to do anything
about. But now they're saying that
if I get a lot of people to do it, then
they'll try and prove it's illegal. I
think this is insulting? said Longley.
Beith reversed his earlier
statement that CCC is illegal, and
that Revenue Canada would challenge claims in court.
"I meant that (CCC) was contrary to the object and spirit ofthe
Income Tax Act. We don't think it
conforms to the Act? said Beith.
Longley said this is unacceptable, since Revenue Canada has
approved all claims made under
CCC so far.
His efforts to get a concrete
statement from Revenue Canada
as to the legality of CCC had not
progressed at all until Beith's
statement, which has now been
retracted.
Longley said that he would
use the statement given by Beith
to The Ubyssey last week as evidence that Revenue Canada is not
dealing with him fairly in a petition to the B.C. Supreme Court.
Longley is also in the process
of confirming the political status of
the Student Party.
Elections Canada official
Jerry Montpetit said the Student
Party has received 83 confirmations of membership. Another 17
are required before the party will
be granted registered federal political status. Longley will then
have to organize candidates for
fifty electoral districts in time for
the next federal election, in order
to solidify the party's status.
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SFU moves downtown
By Robert Carlson
Simon Fraser University's downtown
campus will be a reality by the spring of
1989, with the help of private, corporate,
and government funding.
The Harbour Center campus will begin
accepting applications this fall for courses
geared toward "mid-career professional
studies? said Susan Jamieson-McLarnon,
spokesperson for SFU at Harbour Center.
"It's not designed for the person
straight out of high school? said Jamieson-
McLarnon, "It's really more for people who
are already working full-time."
The current SFU downtown location on
VOLUME 7, Number 3
Howe Street, which provides courses on
publishing, environmental studies, and
other areas, will be moved to the new location.
SFU is currently undertaking a national fundraising campaign, "Bridge to the
Future", which will help pay for the new
campus.
The goal of the campaign is to raise
$32.7 million in five years. Of that, approximately $10 million will go to developing
programs at Harbour Center. To date $14
million in private, corporate, and government donations have been raised.
The remaining money from the fun
draising campaign will be used for scholarships, bursaries, academic chairs, and
faculty incentives.
Over and above those donations the
provincial government has granted $10
million over ten years to cover the actual
operating costs of the new campus. This
money is separate from SFU's operating
budget making the Harbour Center campus self-sufficient, said Jamieson-McLarnon.
The courses to be offered at Harbour
Center will not be finalized until this fall
when a university senate committee gives
its recommendations. However, a management program for women which will act as
an alternative to the MBA program is definite, she said.
"All ofthe programs relate to faculties
on the main campus." said Jamieson-
McLarnon. "Harbour Center won't be a
separate faculty itself."
Students at Harbour Center will be
able to access all the library materials at
the main campus through an augmented
interlibrary loan system.
"We want to make the library as attractive and user-friendly as possible. We have
to use modem technology as best as we can
to see that the student gets as good a shot at
information as those on the main campus?
said Charlie MacDonald, associate librarian at SFU.
The campus will be located in the Harbour Center Mall in what was formerly
Sears. Renovation construction should begin next month. Harbour Center will eventually accomodate 20,000 students.
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2/THE SUMMER UBYSSEY
July 20,1988 UBC grads awarded
IDRC grants
$40,000 allotted to study
urbanization, literacy in
developing countries
By Carol Swan
Two UBC graduate students
have each been awarded $20,000
to pursue their research interests
in the Third World.
Erasmus Morah and Glen
Peterson are among 17 Canadian
graduate students and professionals who are recipients of Young
Canadian Researchers awards
from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a
public corporation created in 1970
to encourage scientific and technological research by developing
countries.
Morah, who is working towards his Ph.D. in Urban and
Regional Planning will be researching housing problems in the
new African capitals of Nigeria-
Tanzania and Malawi.
He will examine the gap between the initial city planning and
the reality of the sprawling urbanization problem.
"I will try to gain some understanding ofthe political situation
surrounding new capitals and try
to establish an understanding of
why the goals (of city planners)
have failed in many cases," said
Morah.
"The grant takes off a lot of
(financial) pressure. I could be
able to spend as long as I want?
said Morah, adding that he is not
sure how the IDRC will respond to
his desire to make two trips to
Africa.
"Fd like to go down for about
seven months and then go back
later, but the IDRC wants you to
do your research in one visit," said
Morah, who leaves for Africa in
September.
But Morah has no complaints
about the chance to do his research
in the Third World region he is
studying.
"I call it 'remote sensing' when
you have to understand things
from here. It's unfortunate when
you're trying to aid developing
countries but are not able to be
there in person? said Morah, who
hopes that his research will help
change some of the patterns of
urbanization in developing cities.
Morah's housing studies proposal is of special interest to the
IDRC because the settlement
problem is one ofthe main focuses
ofthe organization, said Francoise
Coupal from the IDRC awards division.
Peterson, a Ph.D. candidate
in Modem Chinese History, will be
researching literacy in rural
China at Zhongschan University
in Guangzhou.
"I want to survey the progress
of literacy in China since 1949 and
look at (its) problems and achievements? said Peterson.
Coupal said that Peterson's
work on rural literacy in China
was deemed especially important
because there has only been one
book written on the subject.
"It's not something that's
always mentioned in the history
books," said Peterson, adding that
literacy levels are highly related to
many other aspects of life.
Peterson's interestin Chinese
literacy is a blend of his general
interest in mass education and
Chinese history in the 20th century.
His current plan is to leave for
China in October and to study
there for about a year with the
help of his IDRC grant and support from Zhongschan University.
Peterson and Morah were
chosen from among 88 applicants
for the fellowship because their
research proposals were the most
impressive, said Coupal.
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Boat's tragic voyage ends at UBC
By Mandel Ngan
The UBC Sailing Club has acquired a boat with
a history — the Tsubasa.
The 24-foot gift is the result of events which
occurred last summer. "Ifs a sad story," said Win-
efred Van der Sande ofthe UBC sailing club.
Late last summer, Takafumi Arai, a 23 year old
Japanese man sailed alone from Japan to Victoria.
After arriving in Victoria he embarked on a bike tour
of Canada. However, he was unable to finish his tour
- he was fatally struck down by a truck near Winnipeg.
"Canada is a big vast land compared to Japan.
He was hoping to live in Canada eventually? said
Susan Wong, a friend of the family. "He dreamed
about sailingand coming to Canada." Arai trainedfor
five years before setting sail for Canada.
After original attempts to sell and donate the
boat had failed, Takafumi's father, Mamoru Arai
arrived in Vancouver in April with the intention of
sailing the boat back to Japan himself.
"To go back by himself would be suicide.I prayed
for him" said Wong. Although Arai had prepared
provisions and food for six months, he decided, at the
last moment, not to go through with it.
Before the boat was donated to the UBC Sailing
Club, it was offered to a number of other sailing clubs
who refused because of difficulties with Canada
customs, duty payments required and difficulties
finding moorage space.
It was Susan Wong who suggested the donation
to the UBC Sailing Club which has a tax free status
and did not have to pay duty. "It is a valuable
addition to the club? said Peter Wall, commodore of
the sailing club.
Part-time students demand equal rights
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Part-time students are often considered second class citizens says the Canadian Organization of Part-time University
Students.
During its annual conference at Carleton University, 60 part-time students from
universities across the country discussed
ways of improving the status ofthe "other
student body".
Changes in areas such as daycare, student funding and class scheduling are all
necessary to serve part-time students better, said COPUS administrative secretary
Araxie Robertson.
Part-time students have to begin repaying their Canada Student Loans within
30 days of graduating, while full-time students have six months.
"... a degree is as important
as experience."
"We want part-time students to get
more money, and conditions .of repayment
to be the same as (for) full-time students?
said Robertson, adding that COPUS plans
to lobby provincial governments to revise
loan and grant guidelines.
But despite COPUS efforts, some delegates were disappointed with the impact of
the weekend conference.
Peter Hopwood, a former part-time
student and a member of Carleton's student
council, said COPUS is a disorganized
group that is unable to lobby for the concerns of all part-time students.
"I don't really think they are an effective enough lobby group on behalf of part-
time students, he said "They don't represent graduate part-time students and they
don't represent part-time students coming
out of high school."
But Robertson said most issues affecting part-time students are federal issues
like student aid and day care and COPUS is
the only organization addressing them.
She added the majority of part-time
students come from families with parents
who never went to university. The children
usually work for several years after high
school, before deciding to go to university.
"They realize that after having been in
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Neo-flower-children twirled joyfully, long-haired
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delivery.
Particularly inspired was a Leonard Cohen cover,
revamped by a fifties-style guitar line. Cohen's lyrical
melancholy was effectively combined with good old
adolescent guitar rock, full of raw emotion and seminal
strength. ("Sounds like it belongs in an opera,*' said the
man on my right.)
The band's big single "Images of Love* was also
powerfully executed. With its driving rhythms, insightful lyrics and dramatic, expressive vocals, the song conveyed the bittersweet sorrow of love gone wrong ("I can
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Basic English successfully married 60's emotion
with 80's energy ("Fm getting tired of ripped jeans,"
said Mr. Anonymous).
And then, backed by an impressive array of
what could only be described as urban folk-art t.
murals on acid, Bob's Your Uncle emerged slowly
from the backstage shadows. Their "costumes"
were, as usual, weird and wonderful - an unusual
combination of form and function (read: nice lines,
and good for jumping around).
They started off Samurai style - all hard drums
and oriental harmonica. Leader Sook-Yin turned
David Byrnish, with dark languid vocals. Then,
backed by Batman bass runs, she howled Arabic
scat and sang "she wanted someone to possess, but
there was nobody around?
Half-way through their third number, Sook-Yin
sang through a long plastic tube into the microphone, creating a haunting echo effect, (or "industrial vocals", as Mr. Anonymous said).
"Acid Rain In My Brain" ("nothing seems to be
the same") - an ode to environmental woes - came off
like Grace Slick singing nursery rhymes.
Then the pace slowed down for a beautiful
dreamy ballad: "Could you follow me and go to sleep
at the same time?...We were flying, flying." The
lyrics and guitar licks recalled early Jefferson Airplane, and the vocals were again reminiscent of
Grace Slick. There was a nice ethereal feeling to the
tune, but it was over-simplified and repetitious.
Soon after this, all the songs started blending
together (no, I wasn't drinking - too expensive) and
the melodic and rhythmic repetitions became all too
obvious. The two exceptions were "Suburban Caveman" and "Spiderman".
The former started with a heavy metal overture
and turned into bebop, with Sook-Yin donning a
monkey mask and writhing around ape-like, the
performance culminating in a Tarzan cry.
Although the first set tended towards angst-
ridden self-indulgence and melodic repetition, it made
for fascinating performance art.
The second set featured more Talking Heads-
inspired, upbeat but repetitive music including more
"tube vocals." Highlights included a number in which
Sook-Yin played a toy piano and wore a head-dress
that resembled a giant penis with an eyeball. This
seemed too deliberately artsy to be sincere, but as Mr.
Anonymous pointed out, "Itfd be okay if it turned into
**i rocket or at least ejaculated?
Another interesting moment was provided by
For coverage of the Folk Festival see page 8
J lyall photo
Karen, the accordianist from the Crimpolines, who
joined the band on a jazzy Cajun and Zydeco-influ-
enced tune.
All in all, Bob's Your Uncle was intriguing -
both visually and aurally - but never moving to the
point of rhythmic surrender, since it often came off
as being too self-consciously "artsy" and therefore
alienating.
Paradoxically, there were so many musical elements and influences that the barrage of images
became tedious. This "overkill" might have been
avoided by attempting a clearer "less is more" approach.
Stylistic criticism aside, Bob's Your Uncle is
obviously overflowing with talent - and besides, how
could hundreds of happy dancers be wrong?	
Handful of Oust offers beauty and depth
By Martin Dawe*    -
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FILM
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Fine Arts Theatre
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m a massive, ornate mansion «n a picturesque
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and an elaborate prison for hia wife.
Lady Brenda is bored: she grooms and
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mouth twitches trouble.
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endearing plebeian qualities enable him to
scurry under her skirts x_}at.vie_y unhindered,
even if she does confess, to her sister* that he is
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The good Lady is excited by the fact that
this young man has no idea how to treat her,
whereas her husband treats her exactly like the
lady she isn't.
Kristin Scott Thomas handles these subtle
emotional nuances like a master, and even
manages: the difficult feat of wearing her make-
believe wealth upon her visage jn the manned of
the teak-life aristocracy.
.   Rupert Graves is suitably unsophisticated as
young Beaver, and James Wilby ia charming - almost Christ-like * as the naive, well-meaning,
caretaker-lover gentleman-aristocrat who wSl
soon profit from much knowledge, and much saf*.
fering*.,
Yes, this is a tragedy} and there at the gatea
of Hell ia Ale^ Guinness* unquestionably one of
the finest living actors in the EngHsh-speaking
world. But to describe his character would be to
give away the ending and pinpoint the tragedy; m
let us leave it at that.
This stellar cast, this English countryside,
this Brazilian rainforest: beauty here is offered*
Here is disturbing depth as well: how to love
without stifling? Honour in honesty or honour in
CDminitment? An evolving life at all costs, or sacri"
free for security?
important questions. Important film.
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4/THE SUMMER UBYSSEY
July 20,1988
July 20,1988
THE SUMMER UBYSSEY/5 Revenue Canada takes
unjustifiable stance
Revenue Canada has taken an unjustifiable stance on
Blair Longley's Contributor's Choice Concept (CCC).
Longley has spent several years communicating with
Elections Canada, the Department of Finance, the Department of Justice, and Revenue Canada trying to determine whether the loophole he found in Section 127 ofthe
Income Tax Act is legal. None of these departments, until
last week, offered any hint ofthe Government's stand on
the legality of CCC, save alleging that it didn't "seem to
conform to the spirit and object of the Act".
Last week, Robert Beith, ofthe Department of Legis
lative and Intergovernmental Affairs (a man with the
longest title in politics), stated that were Longley to take
CCC to a national level, and Revenue Canada were to
receive a "number of claims", his department would issue
an order to regional taxation branches to challenge the
loophole in court. This week Beith refused to say whether
Revenue Canada would or would not act on CCC.
Either CCC is legal, or it is not. It is particularly
offensive to justice that the government should wait for
Longley to broaden his program before challenging its
legality. If CCC is indeed illegal, as government sources
loosely suggest it is, Longley and his party should be told
so. If CCC is legal, as it appears to be, Longley should be
so informed.
The likely reason behind this reluctance to issue a
policy statement on CCC is rooted in cynicism about the
Canadian public's intentions and priorities. If CCC allows
individuals to make themselves beneficiaries of "political
activity" by the Student Party, it is more than likely that
the majority of Canadians would choose to do so, to the
detriment of the government's revenues.
■ And why not. With the multitudes of red tape and
regulations that make up our taxation system, half (or
more) ofthe population of Canada has probably engaged
in one illegality or another. The lovely system which gen
erates the Government of Canada's revenues has the
nasty side effect of criminalizing half of Canadian society.
It is a system with which we play a cat-and-mouse
game, hoping to elude the Feared Auditor. Itis no wonder
then, when given the opportunity, that we utilize tax
loopholes to benefit ourselves. Thatfs the name of the
game. Get all you can.
And when someone hke Blair Longley comes along
and tries to infuse some democratic spirit into the tax
system, he is chuckled at as though he were some kind of
insane but harmless freak. Our tax system ought to be, as
a matter of principle, far more democratic than it is. This
is the direction in which Longley's CCC points.
People would have to remain informed of what their
government was doing, and how effectively their monies
were being used. Through income tax, Canadians could
cast their dollar votes; they could choose to direct money
at education or defence, at childcare or environmental
cleanup, and so on. Such involvement in the governing
process would strengthen Canadian citizenship and lead
to a vibrant democracy.
The government's lack of a stand on CCC is despi
cable; they are "playing" with Blair Longley, a citizen
trying to be a citizen by participating in the democratic
process. In so doing, they are sending an ugly message to
Canadians: you are not capable of making decisions
regarding the development of your society.
Such an attitude towards a population and democracy
is inevitably going to have (and already has had) a negative effect on the character of that population and that democracy. Such an attitude should be condemned.
THE SUMMER
UBYSSEY
July 20,1988
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to all those fortunate students currently employed
through the generous Challenge 88 grant program and
anyone else at the university being paid once a
month.
There is a law in this
province that states that
human employees are to be
paid every sixteen days.
Initially led to believe that
this was not possible at the
university, it became apparent that it is indeed possible.
I have asked and I have
received.
I strongly urge those of
you  who  prefer  a  more
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pay all employees every sixteen days.
The only exceptions to
this rule are those employees who have given prior,
written permission to their
employers to effect a different schedule and (no surprise here), farm workers!
It's embarrassing
enough to be paid the minimum wage, but to be paid
only once a month is humiliating and illegal.
David L.C. Justice
Arts 3
Mock not The Mighty Sponsor
Recently Neil Young recorded a song called "This
Note's For You":
Ain't singin' for Pepsi
Ain't singin' for Coke
I don't sing for nobody
Makes me look like a joke...
Ain't singin'for Miller
Don't sing for Bud
I won't sing for politicians
Ain't singin for Spuds...
MTV has banned the video of the song. Apparently
Neil has committed sacrilege by desecrating the sacred
image of The Sponsor, and that is the one religion MTV
will not allow to be mocked.
What a relief to know that the radical image which
MTV has worked so hard to cultivate isn't really a threat
to the status quo. Ifs only another advertising gimmick
after all.
• Scott Randal
Regent College
Roxy bedevils non-drinkers
On July 8, two friends
and I went to see the Jazz-
manian Devils at the Roxy
on Granville.
The Devils played with
style and energy. However,
after their first set they left
the stage saying "Drink
lots."
I have chosen not to
drink alcohol in clubs for a
number of reasons, and I
also know enough to expect
and ignore the average alcohol sales pitch.
What I don't expect and
cannot ignore is to be dis
criminated against for that
decision. My friends and I
arrived early enough to get a
table, paid our five dollar
cover charge, endured the
Roxy's tasteless decor, endured a pushy waitress, and
listened to the Devils pushing drinks. After the first
set we were asked for proper
identification, because we
were not drinking.
Whatfs more, if we did
not start drinking, we would
not be allowed to sit at the
table, we would have to
stand, despite the fact that
we paid the cover charge.
This, according to the waitress, is the Roxy's policy.
Nowhere else in this
city have my friends or I
experienced such discrimination on the basis of choosing not to drink. Rather
than argue the Roxy's policy, we walked out.
It is understandable
that clubs must sell alcohol
to earn a profit, and that
cover charges are meant to
equalize the gap between
drinking and non-drinking
customers (as does the high
price for non-alcoholic
drinks). We were not aware
a cover charge does not al
low equal service for all customers at the Roxy. The
treatment we received at the
Roxy was rude and unfair.
I suggest to any present
and future Jazzmanian
Devils fans that they wait
for a show anywhere else in
the city. As for people who
have chosen not to drink and
enjoy the club scene, when
you are discriminated
against, don't keep silent!
Bands will play at better
clubs. Boycotts by friends of
non-drinkers will convince
clubs like the Roxy that their
actions are not welcomed.
Christine Cosby
Arts, SFU
6/THE SUMMER UBYSSEY
July 20,1988 Telereg prompts vicious
behaviour at pay phones
Re: "Telereg promises food, sex,
and more" The Ubyssey, July 13,
1988.
Don't get me wrong. I always
liked computers. I wrote my first
program long before yuppies began practising their pronunciation of "user-friendly*. I even defended the machines. Computer
error, as such, could not exist,
because almost always it could
traced to human error. They could
not, therefore, create a worse
world independently. I used to innocently subscribe to these views.
We looked like chronic
gamblers with bloodshot eyes...
But then, alas, came Telereg.
Now I can say that I and that
recent editorial in praise of Telereg were hopelessly naive.
I first called Telereg one
morning from a phone booth. He
was busy. I had heard that He was
a hard man to reach. So I decided
to try later at the Sedgewick phone
bank.
There I discovered why Tel
ereg was an infinitely repeating
series of busy signals. Some
people had been dialling continuously for ages. One told me he
would keep on phoning until the
current user hung up. It seemed
logical.
But soon everyone started
using the technique. I too sat
down to do battle with my rival
registrants.
For the next half-hour, we fed
quarters in as fast as possible,
thereby making sure that if we
didn't get through, at least no one
else would either.
Eventually, I began thinking:
"This phone bank was once the
scene of much meaningful contact.
But now, by Telereg's very existence, a hitherto friendly area has
become an armed camp?
We looked like chronic gamblers with bloodshot eyes, all lined
up at one-armed bandits in Vegas.
And then I remembered the
soothing Ubyssey editorial: "Telereg is as painless as jello." Why
didn't they also tell me that it
could be more absurd than Bill
Cosby sitting in a plastic tree?
Mark Seebaran
Arts 3
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THE SUMMER UBYSSEY/7 Folk festival presents
weekend in paradise
By Deanne Fisher
If only the Folk Music Festival could
transcend space and time and the
world could become a giant conglomerate
of liberal-thinkers, musicians, kids,
sunshine and good food. But, alas, it's
back to the real world of intolerance, top
40 and Tortellini's. At least it's sunny.
One is assaulted, upon entering the
Jericho site, with a plethora of politically
correct propaganda - Save the Stein, Stop
U.S. Warships, Benefit Dance for Nicaragua. You eagerly accept the stuff, not because you are merely being polite but because you are so concerned, as is everyone
surrounding you, with the plight of the
universe.
The music is continuous and glorious:
Rory McLeod with his percussive shoes
and working-class style, Phranc - "your
basic American Jewish lesbian folksinger", the sharp satire of Nancy White,
the primitive instruments of the Musicians of the Nile, and the guitar expertise
of Stephen Fearing.
It seems virtually anything can be
classified as folk music - as long as it's not
offensive or mindless. Even DOA, whose
presence at the festival is justified repeatedly, goes over well, although they don't
play acoustic guitars as most expect them
to.
The myth, if there is one, of sit-down-
and-just-listen folk music is quickly dispelled. Saturday night features a line-up
of African musicians, and a throng of
bopping bodies soon appears along the
coastline ofthe sea of mains tage blankets.
It is Zimbabwe's Four Brothers who spark
this rhythmic frenzy and, although the
music slows occasionally, the swaying
becomes involuntary. The Vusisizwe
Players, three South African women who
frolic and sing a cappella wrap up the
best night ofthe weekend and can now be
seen at the Vancouver East Cultural
Centre.
The workshops, smaller theme performances throughout the day, most featuring four or five artists, provide a more
intimate, spontaneous and relaxed
atmosphere than the evening concert
stages. They also offer a chance to see
performers not appearing at night such as
Nova Scotia's Faith Nolan, who sings
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spiritedly about her Black Canadian
culture.
Folkie life is just too pleasant. It
should never have to end, let alone be
jeopardized by its opponents. Unfortunately, a weekend of paradise is all we
get. So now it's time for us folkies to be
deprogrammed and readjusted to the real
world where "pork-choppers against
Vander Zalm" buttons, five-dollar Egyptian flutes and Ethiopian food are not so
easy to find. But at least your blanket
and your children are.
Rory McLeod takes direct action
By Laura Busheikin
Rory McLeod got an unconventional
invitation to the Vancouver Folk
Festival (VFF) long before the formal one
arrived in February of this year.
"I was busking in Mexico - this was a
long while ago - and someone put a note
in my guitar case saying 'you
must come play at the VFF'...but
I never thought I'd get here," he
says. But the VFF organizers
eventually followed in the
footsteps of this enterprising
woman and brought the British
folksinger to the 1988 festival,
where he inspired both a
standing ovation on the main
stage and widespread enthusiasm at his many workshops.
INTERVIEW
Rory McLeod
British Folksinger
Vancouver Folk Festival
Thanks to such opportunities
and to the current folk music
revival in England, McLeod is no
longer playing on the streets in
order to survive. He still seems a
bit amazed by his success.
"It's quite a privilege being
able to travel? he says. "In the
past I've always made my own
way, but they paid my fare out
here, and they paid me?
Rory McLeod has all the
folksinger's credentials: he's a
little unkept, he's lived a rough
and tumble life that's included
working in a circus and on a
farm, he's politically concerned,
and he doesn't put on any airs.
His ego, if he has one, is well
subdued.
Indeed his whole manner is subdued
during a low-key interview on the last
evening ofthe VFF. Perhaps this is
because he got no sleep the night before
(he couldn't resist jamming all night). Or
perhaps it's the environment - the setting
sun, the pond, the willow tree we sit
under, the strains of music in the background.
Or perhaps McLeod saves his vehemence for his songs, where, in the words
ofthe festival program, he "unleashes the
scorching vitriol of a rattlesnake on
methedrine towards what he sees as the
evils ofthe world? It's hard to reconcile
this gentle, soft-spoken man with the unrelenting anger of his songs.
"All my songs are love songs, and
some are angrier than others? he explains. "How can people love if they're so
needy? It's hard to give if you're in need.
Yes, I'm angry...there's a power in anger."
McLeod's anger surfaces in his lyrics,
with lines such as "when children starve
in peacetime, it should be called war? and
topics ranging from living on welfare to
apartheid. But his concerns are not confined to his music; he is also politically
active in his community.
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"I believe in direct action. I've played
miners' benefits supporting the miners'
strike, played Green Wedge (an ecology
movement) benefits. But a lot of my
activity has nothing to do with music, it's
like putting up posters or handing out
leaflets or disrupting council meetings
and asking why no one's consulting us
about evictions? he says.
"Yes, I'm angry...there's a
power in anger."
"I'd like to bring down the Tory government, that's for sure? he answers
when asked about his greater goals, "I'd
like to see free transport, close down
nuclear plants.
"[Social change] is all about changing
people's attitudes. The Tory government
(in Britain) is creating selfish attitudes, a
selfish mentality; they're selling off shares
of public companies, privatizing, making
people greedy rather than thinking
socially?
For all his criticism of Margaret
Thatcher's Tories and their massive cuts
in social programs, McLeod isn't eager to
lend his support to the opposition
labour party.
"They're supposed to be socialist,
but they're not, really. They're
just trying to run capitalism
better than the Tory party.
There's lots of careerism involved,
lots of splits in the party? he says.
In spite of all his discontent,
McLeod's songs are not relentlessly serious.
"I like to make people feel
good. I don't like to alienate
anyone? he explains. "When I
play picket lines, they don't want
to hear political songs all the time,
they want to be entertained...I like
to move people."
The well-thought-out certainty
with which he speaks about
politics deserts him when he talks
about defining his music. Ifs as if
it springs straight from his
instincts, unmediated by his
conscious mind.
"Well, I never really thought
about it as being folk music when
I started; it was just singing? he
says when asked how and why he
became a folk singer. "One day my
Dad bought me a harmonica as a
present and I just started playing
and writing songs?
Jfc As for style and influences,
.<JF      McLeod says, "I have no set style
really. I hke dancing, I like
rhythm, I have some story songs.
I've played on the street a lot
where people don't understand the words,
so the rhythms are there mainly for that
reason, to make it more accessible...I play
Irish music with Irish friends, and my
Dad's from Glasgow, Scotland, so that's
part of it as well? he says.
McLeod is quite content to leave his
music without any label more specific
than Yolk'. His preference is to throw
categories wide open.
"I think of all music as being folk
music..jazz is Afro-American folk music,
reggae is Jamaican folk music?
Perhaps McLeod's open mind is a byproduct of his eight years of travelling. He
left England "because of a broken heart?
"And then there wasn't much work in
England...but when I finally came back,
suddenly folk became fashionable...it
became easier to get work as a songwriter. Because I wouldn't do anyone
photo
Rory McLeod
J lyaH photo
else's songs - you see, no one else would do   «--
mine?
McLeod believes that the British folk      ^
music scene has been stifled in the past
because ofthe influence of "academics
who live in the past?
"When children starve in
peacetime, it should be
called war."
"They don't realize that the traditions
theyre leaning on were once contemporary. They don't actually think about
what's happening today. But that's ""
changing a lot. Folk is popular music.
Songs like the Clash's were folk songs in
their time. The punk movement wanted
change and that's crossing over to folk.
People are finding their roots again? "*
At the moment, McLeod has only a
cult following in England. If he's right, *
and people are rediscovering folk music,
he may well be discovered along with it.
But McLeod's not sure he's ready for
large-scale success.
"A lot of people know you and you *'
don't know them and that worries me a
bit...I like people to hear the songs, i
though. I'm not in a hurry for anything,
because I'm not sweeping floors anymore.
I'm happy being able to do what I'm doing
and making a living out of it?
8/THE SUMMER UBYSSEY
July 20,1988

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