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VOLUME 75, Number 38
Vancouver, B.C. Friday, February 26,1993
Indo-Canadians denounce violence
by Lucho van Isschot
Twenty people gathered outside the Indian consulate in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday to
condemn the rise of right-wing
Hindu fundamentalism in India.
The protesters came to denounce the recent ascent of the
Hindu fundamentalist Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) and the concomitant increase in anti-Muslim
violence right across the Indian
Shinder Brar, one ofthe people
gathered outside ofthe consulate,
said he hoped to draw international attention to the growing
problem of communal violence in
"Our purpose is to raise public
awareness. We want to get a few
people together
to oppose this      	
kind of nonsense in India,"
he said.
to Hari
Sharma, a sociology professor at SFU and
a spokesperson
for the Indian
People's Association in
America, there
are a lot of
people in India
who also condemn the violence. In recent
weeks, for example, millions      	
of people in
several Indian
provinces came together to form
human chains as a show of solidarity between Hindus and Muslims.
"Our little effort was to attempt to make links between ourselves and these efforts in India,"
Sharma said.
UBC political science professor John Wood said, "The genius of
India is that despite the bloodshed
[most Muslims and Hindus] still
live side by side as brothers."
Violence against Indian Muslims—who make up more than ten
per cent of that country's population—has been encouraged by
Hindu fundamentalist organizations such as the BJP, the Vishwa
Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang
Dal in recent years.
Wednesday's vigil took place
one day before a mass-rally of BJP
supporters was scheduled to be
held in New Delhi.
However, the proposed rally
was declared illegal by the ruling
Congress Party government and
never took place. Authorities ordered Indian police to arrest and
detain suspected BJP militants
who had come to the capital city to
participate in the event. Forty-five
thousand were arrested.
Conditions getting worse
Anti-Muslim violence reached
a crescendo in December 1992
when several hundred thousand
Hindu militants stormed and destroyed the 460-year old Babri
Masjid mosque in the town of
"They began to ride
the back of an
animal but they
didn't know what
kind of animal it
was. Now they
realize it is tiger, but
they can't get off of it
for fear of being
—SFU sociology
Hari Sharma
Ayodhya, in the north-central
province of Uttar Pradesh.
BJP leaders who supported
the action claimed that the mosque
stood on a Hindu holy site. They
called for its destruction in order
that a Hindu temple might be built
in its place.
The BJFs claim was based on
a dispute which began in 1949
when a clay statue of the Hindu
deity Lord Rama "mysteriously"
appeared in the compound of the
At the time, Hindu leaders
claimed that the statue was evidence that a miracle had taken
place—that Lord Rama himself
had visited the site—and that the
mosque should immediately be
converted into a Hindu temple.
They took
their case to
 ' court.
then ordered
that the
mosque be
closed to the
public until
the matter
was resolved.
A man
came forward
to admit that
he had placed
the statue in
the mosque,
but his testimony was ignored.
later, in 1986,
then prime
minister Rajiv Gandhi issued the
courts an order: they had to make
a final ruling on the case. However, no such ruling was made and
the controversy did not die.
According to Sharma,
Gandhi's decision to bring the controversy into the national spotlight
was an attempt to exploit the i ssue
for political purposes.
At the time, Gandhi was trying to win the support of Hindu
leaders and was trying to take advantage rising Hindu fundamentalism in India, Sharma said.
"It became a symbolic issue,"
he said.
Sharma said that thus, while
the Congress encouraged the rise
of Hindu fundamentalism, they
were unable to control it.
"They began to ride the back
of an animal but they didn't know
what kind of animal it was. Now
they realize it is tiger, but they
can't get off of it for fear of being
Tragedy could
have been prevented
Sharma said the current Congress government of Narasimha
Rao probably knew that the attack
on the Babri Masjid mosque was
going to happen and did nothing to
prevent it.
In November of 1992 the Indian Supreme Court decided
unanimously that after 43 years,
the mosque was to be reopened.
Immediately afterwards, BJP
leaders announced that they were
going to take the law into their
own hands.
"[The BJP] gave an ultimatum," Sharma said. They said: we
are determined to build a temple
on that spot and it will happen on
December 6, '92. We dont care
about what the court says, or what
the constitution says."
The Congress government
knew what the B.IP were threatening to do, but failed to take any
substantial preventative measures, Sharma said.
"I am claiming that the government knew it was coming and
allowed it to happen," he said.
could win election
Although Hindu fundamentalism has been on the rise since
the early '80s, Wood said that
people didnt take Hindu right wing
parties like the B.JP very seriously
until very recently.
After all, the B-JP won a mere
two seats in the 1984 Indian federal
elections, compared to 119 seats in
the most recent elections.
For years, the BJP only appealed to upper and middle class
Hindus in India's northern provinces—the subcontinent's so-called
"[The BJP] is now reaching
into the countryside and is seeking
the votes of middle caste peasants,"
Wood said. "It's also begun to
spread southwards and it's begun
to make alliances with other Hindu
right wing parties in the south."
Wood and Sharma agree that
the BJP has only grown stronger
in recent months.
"If there was an election [today] all ofthe signals point to the
fact that the BJP might win—
Hari Sharma addresses viglHtoepers
which is a frightening prospect for
India's minorities," Wood said.
Sharma concurred. "It is a
frightening reality," he said.
According to Sharma, the B.IP
has a list of some 3,000 other
mosques that they would like
to destroy.
UBC daycare raises rates
by Sara Martin
Daycare workers and parents
are opposed to the fee increase of
$50 per month per child approved
by the University. Parents are
concerned that there is no guarantee this money will go towards
salary increases to the child care
employees who are still without a
In July 1991 UBC took over
the eight campus daycare services
dissolving the cooperative parent
boards. The university's stated
intention in the takeover was to
make daycare more aiffordable and
accessible to students.
The $50 increase will make
UBC daycares between $100 and
$150 more expensive than the
average lower mainland daycare
"Is this really accessible to
students?"questions Kelly Quinn,
a third year arts student with a 4-
year old daughter in full time
Parents and child care workers don't know where the fee increases will be going. The
Children's Services Employees'
Union workers at UBC daycare
have not been offered a wage increase but are presently negotiating  a  new  contract with the
The workers are still waiting
for a wage equity grant the provincial government promised months
Money earmarked for equalizing the wages of day care workers was released last October, said
Joan Cowderoy from the ministry
of women's equality. Eighty-five
per cent ofthe grant was intended
for workers' salaries, according to
Daycare workers have not seen
any ofthe government funding and
fear it may be part of the
university's new "benefit" package,
Quinn said.
"So far I have seen no indication of more money going to staff,
there has been no wage negotiations."
Benefits include a pension
plan the University is trying to
negotiate with tiie Children's Services Employees' Union before the
UBC child care workers have secured a contract.
Child care workers have been
without a contract since November of "91.
Cheryl Davies, a full time student completing her masters in
adult education and a parent with
a son in Canada Goose daycare, is
concerned with the University's
handling ofthe situation.
"The parents are being used
as pawns, put in the middle ofthe
administration and the childcare
workers," she said.
Kelly Quinn's child care costs
are $540 a month. Her subsidy
from the ministry of social services
is $350. Quinn saves $50 a month
because she provides one-and-a
half hours per week of parent supervision time and two hours a
month in participation training.
Most students offer their supervision to save money on daycare,
Quinn said.
This nine hours a month
saves the University $118.71 in
child care workers' salaries.
Quinn said, "50 per cent of
people using daycare are students
and they will receive no increase in
subsidies or student loan."
As well, many students with
children in UBC daycare are facing
triple burdens of a ten per cent
tuition increase and a rent hike in
student housing.
A petition made up by parents
against the University's ambiguous daycare fee increases are circulating and so far 70 per cent of
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February 26,1993 by Frances Foran
An attack on books dealing with the
Nazi era and the Holocaust has nearly
destroyedUBCs main library collection on
the subject.
Between 25 and 30 books have been
gutted of entire sections pertaining to the
Nazis and the Second World War, including documentation of medical experimentation in concentration camps, war crime
trials and the organization of the Nazi
party. Some ofthe reference books dating
from 1945 are out of print and are the only
editions in the province, said Main librarian Ruth Patrick.
"The older books will be harder to replace but we may be able to find them in
another library—butmayhe notin Canada,"
she said.
The damage is estimated at $10 000.
"It's pretty demoralizing for library
staff," said humanities and social sciences
head librarian Jocelyn Godolphin, "The
damage was extensive and very specific in
its focus."
Alibrary worker noticed the damage to
a reference room book on Nazi military
history two weeks ago. Further examination revealed the damage extended to books
on World War II in other areas of the
The library plans to repair the books
by rebinding them with pages photocopied
from duplicates at other libraries in North
"When you hear ofthe methodological
destruction of books the first response is
shock," said Hillel House program director
Rene Ragetli. "The content ofthe books is
worrisome because revisionist historians
and Holocaust deniers come along, and the
natural inclination is to see it as part of that
pattern,"he said.
A similar attack on the Nazi history
collection was reported at the library at
York university, Patrick said.
Vandalism at Main library causes $10 000 worth of damage
Internet: UBC allows computer pornography
by Stan Paul
UBC students using the International Computer Network
may once again be exposed to violently pornographic, racist and
homophobic images.
The Internet, a recent and
rapidly growing computer medium
is forcing universities and law
makers alike to deal with the legal
ramifications of pornography and
sexual harassment.
Linking one million computer
sites in 75 countries, it is used to
originate, communicate and even
store information as an alternative
to mailing libraries.
The "electronic commune"
supplies academics with a vehicle
for their collaborative research
where they can quickly and easily
exchange their ideas and information.
However, controversy flared
last year when students complained about offensive images and
messages appearing in some
Internet files.
Offensive materials ranging
from the use of sexual imagery on
background screens in labs to hate
material which violate human
rights were to be removed from
computer files by request of president David Strangway last year.
In his July 30, 1992 letter to
the UBC community, Strangway
indicated that a task force was
being set up to examine the appropriates uses of information
Despite that offensive materials still continue to appear on
many files, the UBC Administration has just recommended the
university not to impose any form
of censorship on the network and
to restore access to all newsgroups
because of their importance to the
teaching and research directive of
the university.
"The opportunities for en
hancing teaching and research activities far outweighs the obscenity played on by a few users," the
task force reported.
The task force recommended
that "the university work to create
a climate in which users of information technology treat each other
with respect, and in which abuses
of others are not tolerated."
However, the task force was
vague in dealing with how abuses
of sexual harassment or human
rights will be handled.
Maria Klawe, chair ofthe task
force said, "the question ofthe law
and sexual harassment, and the
law and human rights are fairly
new areas, as new cases get resolved precedents will be set."
If a member ofthe university
community is forced to consume
against his or her will offensive
messages or images then complaints would be made towards
the sexual harassment or human
rights offices.
The task force recommended
that UBC also identify a single
individual with responsibility for
providing advice and for contacting the appropriate authorities.
Although the sexual harassment policy has been in place for
five years, dealing with offensive
messages and images targeted at
racial, ethnic and religious minorities, persons with disabilities, gays,
lesbians, and bisexuals will be exceedingly difficult since UBC has
failed to implement a human rights
Other universities have responded to involuntary exposure
to pornographic, racist,
homophobic images in various
Institutions which have deliberately chosen not to censor
newsgroups include the University of Toronto and the University
ofWaterloo, both of which reversed
previous decisions to remove controversial newsgroups from recommendations by similar task
SFU, University of Victoria,
and University of Alberta acted
solely on the advice ofthe computing services management to censor the newsgroups.
Other centres such as the
University of Manitoba, Queens's
University referred the matter to
committees for review and then
decided to censor the
Since information technology
is a rapidly evolving phenomenon,
the task fore*} has recommended
that UBC regularly review its policies and procedures.
The best approach to create
the ideal environment for working
and learning i s through education
of UBC facilities in what constitutes abuses of information and
what to do if abuses occurs.
Shaughnessy closure worries UBC medical students, faculty
by Rick Hiebert
The NDP government's decision to close the Shaughnessy site
of University Hospital has UBC's
medical faculty scrambling to
minimize the impact on students.
On February 15, provincial
health minister Elizabeth Cull
announced that the site, one of
three for University Hospital, will
be closed by the end of August. She
also fired the 20 members of the
University Hospital Board, replacing them with a public administrator for the hospital, former
Vancouver General Hospital senior vice-president Bert Boyd.
Cull justified the closure by
citing increased future need for
acute care hospital beds in
Coquitlam, Surrey and Richmond
and the Fraser Valley.
Most hospital programs and
doctors and about 600 of the
hospital's 2,000 workers will be
transferred to other hospitals. The
UBC site of University Hospital
and the George Derby Centre will
continue to operate.
1,800 undergraduate students
in the faculties of medicine, rehabilitation sciences, audiology,
dentistry, pharmaceutical sciences, nursing and speech sciences
as well as 500 medical residents
will be affected by the closure.
Dr. Martin Hollenberg, dean
of the UBC medical faculty, said
the NDP has given the university
little time to relocate programs
and students.
"They didn't really consult us
as to what should be done. We had
very little advance warning. There
was a lot of goosip for a long time,
but nothing concrete," Hollenberg
said. "You'd really want a year to
plan something as major as this,
but we only have five months."
Students won't be affected for
the rest of this year, he said. His
faculty is consideringmoving some
programs to other teaching hospitals, such as Vancouver General,
St. Paul's, Children's and the UBC
University Hospital, in time for
next fall.
"There'll be fewer teaching
beds," he said. "Well see reductions in the accesibility to some
teaching doctors and technicians,
as they will be moving their practice out ofthe city."
Hollenberg said that UBC is
committed to providing the best
education it can, despite the cuts.
"On the long term, we still
have a very good residency program and excellent instructors. Our
students will get the best we can
give them."
Adam Kendall, president of
the Medical Undergraduate Society, sai d that although it is unclear
exactly how UBC will cope with
the shut down,' students will be
profoundly affected.
Medical situ dents, for example,
will probably have to go two to a
patient each day, which is -frustrating both to patients and students, who will probably have less
time to learn through dealing with
"The variety of cases that
they'll see will go down," Kendall
said. "Theoretically, you could have
medical students have less practical experience dealing with patients' problems in the future."
"I hope that UBC will find
ways to find new ways to give practical experience for medical students, for example. UBC's administration has to work on this."
February 26,1993
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Monster truck madness:
erupting from the bowels of hell
by Stephano Seali
The ticket counter-person
laughed none too discretely as I
asked for three tickets to
Monster Truck Madness. He
obviously found it amusing, yet
strangely disquieting, that
someone (me) would actually
spend money to see this event.
Alas, this was a common
reaction to my disclosing of
having seen the wonderous
spectacle. My mates in Spanish
class nearly bit my head off when
I admitted it had been the
highlight of my weekend.
GM Motor Spectacular
(Monster Truck Madness)
BC Place
February 6,1993
The concept is simple—pack
as many big machines with
large, loud engines into as many
events as possible in three hours.
Of course, they had the
generic dirt bike race. Then came
the "monster trucks" themselves,
small vehicles with big tires. Yes,
each "race" lasts only 3.2
seconds, but skill is definitely the
primary factor in winning such a
contest—not the $50,000 engine.
Another ingenius competition followed: make machines
pull 30 tons and see how far they
go. Why? Tm still not quite sure.
Contact Archimedes for further
Then there were some
smash up derbies. Anyone know
a good chiropractor?
Finally, the climax ofthe
evening: MEGAsaurus. Yes, he's
mean, he's lean, he's a car-eatin'
machine. He not only breathes
fire, he eats cars. Maybe he can
eat UBCs garbage and solve the
recycling problem. By this time,
my companions Bim and Rocky
MARCH 1-5, 1993
and I had had too much intellectual stimulation. Our brains
All I have to say is: Modern
Technology! Ifs incredible—in
prodigiality, that is.
Let us now kill the show. It
was too loud, even in row WW—
we should have bought some
The crowd contained an
inordinant amount of young
white males with baseball caps
between the ages of three and
10. No doubt they will grow up
aspiring to contribute to society
one day through the values
promoted by M.T.M.: smash up
anything in your way and ask
Where ttM noMt-MW llv*».
earplugs for safety. The announcer was some honky from
the south whose drawl and poor
grammar—"These competitors is
real good, ain't them?"—made
the show rattier incomprehensible.
It started 45 minutes late. It
had too many superfluositiee in
repeated events. It was too long.
It was nothing we havent seen a
hundred billion times on North
American TV.
It bordered on "cheezy" or
"hoaky" (sic) at times—Exhibit
A: the melodramatic music and
utterances of fear that surrounded MEGAsaurus. It was
mindless divertment. It took 30
minutes to get a drink.
questions later.
My own socio-psychological-
cultural theory of events such as
M.T.M. is simple: they are
metaphors for society's inhibited
violence sublimated into "acceptable" channels such as destroying vehicles. Just like the
Romans and the gladiators,
except that in M.T.M. nobody
gets killed. People don't die in
vehicles these days.
And what would Freud have
said about M.T.M. and thanatosl
Unleaded fuel for thought.
Despite these shortcomings,
however, Monster Truck Madness only cost $13.95. And I
think I enjoyed it in a sick kind
of way.
February 26.1993 CxUxLxT U RE
West hockey
final standings
i •
Break out the golf tees
by Steve Chow
Weep not, hockey fans, the
Thunderbirds will return to the
Winter Sports Center next season.
But for now, a few rounds of
golf will allow coach Mike Coflin
and company to ponder the hows
and whys of a piteous 7-19-2 season record.
Friday, Feb.19
UBC 4 Regina 2
A win on Family Night,
dammit! The T-Birds took advantage of the flaccid figure-skating
flaunted by the University of
Regina Cougars, buildinga 3-0 lead
starting with a goal at 9:08 ofthe
first from heavyweight winger,
Darren Kwiatkowski.
Scott "watch-me-shoot-the-
puck, bucko" Frizzell potted one
for the hi-light reel at 2:08 of the
second. The blue-liner's patented
9-iron shot beat Cougar goalie
Craig Lumbard like a rented mule,
picking the upper right corner of
the net from the left point.
Scott "watch-me-
bucko" Frizzell
potted one for the hi-
light reel at 2:08 of
the second.
In his best Paul Coffey imitation, D-man Casey McMillan
scored on a rush from outside his
zone at 17:22, using speedy Mike
Ikeda as a decoy on the two-on-
T-Bird fans were thinking
shutout for goalie Mark Thom,
when Cougar Kai Leggett took a
perfect pass—too bad it was from a
UBC defenceman—to score short-
handed at 2:17 ofthe third.
UBC and Regina traded
powerplay goals from Gregg
Delcourt and Trent Hamm, respectively, to finish the game.
Coflin, pleased with the best
home-ice showing from his squad
since the start of the season, explained how the T-Birds were
transformed from dispassionate
ice-skaters to hockey demons in
the last month.
"We went on the road and took
the pressure off ourselves, came
up with a couple of wins," said the
coach. 1 think our expectations
are quite a bit different. Our
emotion is on the outside, our intensity is higher. Certainly, it was
an excellent game for tiie crowd we
had tonight."
Regina coach Bill Liskowich
made no excuses for his team's
embarassingimpotency, but had a
few unkind spatterings for referee
Bob Gordon, who ejected
defenceman Bart Cote at the end
of period two. UBC scored on the
resulting five-minute powerplay.
"The ref made some bad calls,"
said a disgusted Liskowich. "A
match penalty—that was ridiculous! I didn't even think it was a
major. But a match—intent to injure! HoW the hell can you call
Saturday, Feb-20
UBC 3 Regina 8
The UBC giveaways in this
game were so lamentable that a
few "Birds probably have assists
on the Cougar goals. (Was that
Adrian Plavsic in a T-Bird jersey?)
The damage began with top-
gun Regina defenceman Hardy
Sauter's three point barrage in the
first period. After allowing four
goals on 11 shots, UBC goalie Paul
Hurlgot the hookbetween periods.
Enter Mark Thom between the
pipes, and a T-Bird comeback with
a powerplay goal from
Kwiatkowski two minutes into the
second period, followed by a top-
shelf marker at 6:49 by left winger
#7, Bond—DAVE Bond.
Kim Perepeluk poked one past
Thom at 15:33 before Captain
Charles Cooper scored on the UBC
man advantage three minuteslater
to close the gap, 5-3.
The Cougars, however, were
not quite finished using UBCs
sloppy defensive play for 12-gauge
target practice. Three unanswered
Regina goals in 90 seconds shot
down the T-Birds, who did not play
like the high-flying, possessed team
from the night before.
Thus ends a miserable 92-93
campaign for the team, one that
records the "Birds as 3-10-1 at home
and 4-9-1 away. After winning the
first 3 games of the season, UBC
took a one-way elevator into the
Canada West basement.
"Ifs the most frustrating year
Fve ever played, seriously," said
Dave Bond. "I'm just glad this year
is over. I'm looking forward to next
Like his teammates, Mike
Ikeda, UBC's player ofthe game, is
caught between depression and
relief, but noted that "the team
pulled together at the end of the
season and we should be really
proud of that."
Despite defensive lapses and
wretched penalty killing(four goals
allowed in 10 chances) on the
weekend, the team hopes to build
on their .500 record in February.
"The last month is a good idea
for what's going to happen next
year," said Scott Frizzell.
Lefs hope he's talking about
the wins.
Last weekend's games wrap
up the varsity hockey careers of
defencemen Casey McMillan and
Ross Ruttan; wingers Charles Cooper, Darren Kwiatkowski and
Gregg Delcourt; centres Mike Ikeda
and Bill Parkinson. Thanks for
coming out to play, boys.
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which assist the Opthalmologist in the diagnostic and
therapeutic assessment of patients of all ages with
strabismus, ocular motility problems and related disorders of the eye.
In July 1993, two students will begin an intensive 24
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Wendy Trigg in the Arts Advising Office, Buchanan A 207 by 4:00 p.m. on March 12th.
February 26,1993
Vancouver Opera drops the ball
by Martin Chester with Yukie
Given the choice, I'd rather
have gone to see Ned's Atomic
Instead I tagged along with
Yukie to "The Opera." Now I'm
not a big fan of "high art" in
general—I find it mind-numbingly
Boring—but I was expecting
something just a wee bit better
than this atrocity.
The Magic Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
attempted by The Vancouver
Febniary 3-81993
For a start, there are ways
of staging The Magic Flute to
emphasize or de-emphasize
certain elements. In this production, the feminine power of the
Queen of the Night (soprano
Evelyn de la Rosa) was
downplayed for the chosen
focus, the male power of the
(Masonic) Temple.
The result is an absolute
affirmation of the male line of
power. Not only is the dark
queen denied her inheritance by
her now dead husband, but the
totally unsympathetic portrayal
of her as a manipulative mother,
and a bitchy, power hungry
demon relates that she has no
right to her claim.
On the jo&er hand, the
Temple is grandTose^and
wonderful, something to be
legitimately aspired to. High
priest Sarastro (Canadian
bass-baritone, Robert Milne) is
given a very positive read,
despite being a slave-owning,
paranoid militarist who has
initially kidnapped the queen's
daughter. (To avoid sounding
ridiculously PC, I'll avoid even
discussing the portrayal of the
Moorish slave, Monostatos.
We'll leave it at unnecessarily
In this production, the
affirmation of the paternal
power takes precedence over
the potential to emphasize the
matrilineal power.
It is particularly sad given
that de la Rosa as the Queen
of the Night was by far the
best performer of the evening.
The word is beautiful, in every
sense of the term. I have a tin
ear, yet even I knew she was
heaa and shoulders over the
complete wastes of space.
Pamina (soprano Susan
Patterson) paled in comparison
with de la Rosa, and Tamino
(tenor David Hamilton) was
actually upstaged by a short,
pudgy tenor in the Temple
guard—a bit player, but a much
better singer (not cute enough I
guess). Patterson was also in
Rigoletto, says Yukie, and
always manages to sound tired.
Tamino's side kick
Papageno (Canadian baritone
Brett Polegato) and Pamina's
counterpart Papagena (Canadian
soprano Giama Corbisiero)
were far better. Polegato's
playfulness and clarity of voice
made this almost* bearable, but
only when coupled with de la
Rosa's talent.
Which brings us to Mozart's
cuteness. Neat name use, eh—
Papagena-Papageno; Pamina-
Tamino? Can we make the
gender dichotomy any more
obvious Wolfgang?
This was Mozart's last
opera. It's pretty light, even
though he took the message
relatively seriously. I doubt if he
hung out wherever dead artists
?;o to watch their stuff per-
ormed whether he would cringe
at seeing The Magic Flute done
so poorly. (I wonder if Mozart
Moving on, the leads were
with Hendrix in this place, or if
the rock-types are ghettoized?)
For Mozart, in the 18th
century, the Masonic Temple
represented something progressive and important By that time
the Temple had shucked off the
yoke of being a guild and was
propagating the early ideals of
liberal democracy—then a
revolutionary idea.
But today, the Masons, to
many including myself, represent
the insidious reality of men
clinging to traditional power
through secrecy and outmoded
ideals. The progressive Mozart,
were he alive to see the state of
the Masons today, would likely
agree and find another way to
stage this, one of his most
maligned pieces.
Were he to stage The Magic
Flute today, Mozart probably
would not choose these particular costumes and sets; however,
I thought they were worth the
price of admission alone (of
course, I didn't pay). The Temple
guards looked like they were
going for the Carmen Miranda-
thing—only the bananas were
missing. The sets looked like
something direct from my old
highschool; no offence to those
who worked so hard for the
Argyle Theatre Department.
The capper, though, came
when Tamino was singing about
how his love for Pamina will
tame wild animals or something like that. They actually
rolled out cardboard-cutout-animals. Big scary lions
and hippos. You could
actually hear the rollers as
they pulled them off stage
again. A little WD40 may
have done the trick.
Of course the
Vancouver Opera can't be
blamed for either the
costumes or the sets. They
borrowed them from other
companies, which of course
means some one else made
the same mistake using them.
Perhaps what the
Vancouver Opera should learn
from this attempt is that they
should go with Canadian
talent. With the exception of
de la Rosa, the Canadians far
out-performed their American
counterparts. And the imported
costumes and sets were a joke.
Think Canadian, I say, and I'm
not even a nationalist
At least I could have stood
and danced to Ned's Atomic
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• ' Asshole sales people, pseudo
intellectuals, disillusioned junk
|      collectors, resentful family members, a
c^      comical am boy, and nose bleeding
ivory tower profs—you know them all.
■^^^   We spent the evening w ith them in a 3
.,*      1/2 hour-7 play marathon.
The Bcsi ol Brave
?\v Play Riles
g Depi.
February 11, 1993
The "Best Of" presented the
favorites of the sixteen plays from the
.January run of Brave New Play Rites.
Equipped with a how-to guide on
watching the Arts Fest extravaganza,
producer Peter Eastwood counselled
the audience, "New theatre should
never be a passive experience. Once
the lights go down, you are involved.'*
In keeping with the true, active
spirit ofthe stage, we tried to become
involved in each production. Of course,
some of these seven gems were more
gripping than others. Since our "words
are the best roses'", according to
Eastwood, these are the "finest flowers" we can give.
The evening began with "Passing'',
a play by Anne Fleming about a young
offender and a psychological evaluator.
A dramatic, yet cute "Silence ofthe
Lambs"-type dialogue wherein the
analyzer becomes the analyzed was the
fresh dynamic ofthe performance. The
show concludes with a big "Crying
Game" twist. A more appropriate
name for this play might be (italics
on)Borrowing(italics off) rather than
(italics on) Passingfitalics off).
The second play, "Fugitive", a one-
woman show written by Lisa Mesbur,
satisfied our artistic cravings fabulously. Directed by Nicholas Podbrey,
Catherine Williams (Robin) is a
stereotypical heroine created by her
alcoholic, adulterous pjaywrite, who
escapes from her written mold,
literally cutting herself out ofthe script
to brave the real world.
Williams' gripping performance of
the trials of living a two-dimensional
life as "the love interest" leads her
character to semi-liberation.
Podbrey adds, "it's about
trying to escapc.and
escaping half-way."
In Patricia Jones'
"The Crusty Roll," we
meet a woman obsessed
with her bed, where she
has dinner parties, coffee, and pretentious gab sessions wliere pseudo-
intellectuals discover "the new
staleness" in society.
Crazy dreams of an old lover and
his analyst chatting in the bed lead
Natalie's lover through a journey of
bed-socializing acceptance. Natalie's
therapist, numerologist and astrologer
all agree that she should run off with
Gabriel, our favorite character, who
spent all of his energy trying to form a
thought with his nubile body.
We could have lived without "The
Waiting Room" (no pun intended) by
A.C. Lavery. Although it was quite
touching, the story was predictable
and a teensy bit chee/.y.
The motif of an elderly person
reminiscing over memories of youthful
energy right before her natural death
is quite worn. Her bitchy daughter's
bitter confusion over her true parentage only proved that sub-plots should
be somewhat relevant to the main
storyline—sorry! The last play ofthe
evening shouldn't have been about
death—poor fly!
All in all, Eastwood was happy
with the success ofthe production. We
agreed that the Asian Centre, as a
theatre, added to the spirit ofthe Arts
Fest with a stage surrounded by visual
art. (Van Gogh's Chair is a must-see!)
The "Best" were chosen based on
how well the writers worked within the
context of'a twenty minute play,
which, according to Eastwood, is quite
a challenge. Eastwood is proud ofthe
comraderie with which the actors,
directors and playwrites involved in
the production worked.
We found the length to be quite a
problem (we stayed awake, really!).
Trying to digest each tasty
morsel, we came to   d~X***.'-
the conclusion
that some the
Before the Afterlife
When the Levy breaks
by Lauren Davis
Changing character quickly on die
•dosing night of Sea Marks, Barry Levy
left the stage a grisly Irish fisher and
came out to talk as the artistic director
for Magic Owl Theatre.
Magic Owl Theatre was formerly
Theatre at Large which was formed
seven years ago by two UBC acting
graduates and continues to employ
former UBC acting students as the
majority of its artists-in-residenee.
Levy graduated from UBC's
Department of Theatre in 1991 and
assumed the role of artistic director a
year ago.
Barry Levy, artistic director
Magic Owl Theatre
Now sharing die 100-seat Secret
Space Theatre on Main Street with the
Novus Theatre company, Levy hopes
that Magic Owl's new home will help
them to create a sense of community
But starting up in a new space this
year wasn't easy.
They raise rent money through
casinos and bingos as well as through
diligent marketing and getting subscriptions, "names and addresses so they
can't escape you," Levy said.
Levy began as an actor with the
company and hadn't planned on being
involved on this side of theatre production.
Understanding all aspects of
production is only one side of the job,
"Most of it is organizing and dealing
with people/ Levy explained, "I've
taken courses in management since I
started this,"
As artistic director. Levy does all
the hiring of crew, sees to all the artistic
needs (sets, props, costumes), chooses
the plays to be produced and the
directors, whom he works with in
casting*. "Everything but balance the
books/ he said.
But by producing two plays in
one year, when the norm is just one,
Levy thinks the company may have
taken on too much.
Sea Marks, the first play of the
year which closed last week after an
extended run and many positive
reviews, is a wonderful love story that
evolves through the written correspondence of its two characters. It was
brought to Levy's attention by director
Stephen Malloy, an acting professor at
"I just loved it/ Levy said
recalling his first reading of the Irish
play by Gardner McKay. Levy
immediately wanted to play the part
of the fisherman Colm, despite die
time demands of his other job,
Berlin to Broadway With Kurt
Weil will be die second play produced
by Magic Owl this year. Levy has
wanted to do the play since his days at
UBC. He will also act in this show,
which opens March 26.
Although Levy is learning a lot in
his new role at Magic Owl, he
considers himself an actor first and
foremost and eventually wants to
concentrate on film.
With that goal, one would think
he had plans of leaving the stage.
When asked how long he would
stay with Magic Owl he replied:
"Indefinitely. William Peterson and
William Dafoe both run theatre
companies they own and support.
Because a lot of what you get in film
and TV... isn't art. I'll always do
stage, it keeps you sharp."
And judging from his last
performance in Sea Marks, he is
indeed sharp.
Secret Space Theatre will be a SPACE
FOR RENT as of the middle of June.
Call 877-1237.
by Paula Wellings
Okay, call me a pervert,
(people already do), but on
a recent Saturday night I found
myself wandering through the
fog in search of explicit language and nudity.
Billed as a performance to
blow my dental damn off, I was
desparetly in search of the
Station Street Theatre and some
Hardcore Memories.
Salad myths from iceberg lettuce
by Eric Johnson
Iceberg Lettuce, a tragicomedy that attempts to challenge the gelatin-salad myth of
the suburban nuclear family,
starts out strong.
The play focuses on Elaine, a
wry, angst-ridden actress (with
an agent, but no work) who
attempts to free herself from this
You know the one—mom
stays home happily cooking and
cleaning for free, while daddy-o
wins the bread and has affairs
with the office temps.
by Katherine Schlemmer
But Elaine's nuclear family
has long since exploded. Her
father disappeared long ago,
apparently by faking spontaneous combustion, leaving behind
only a pair of slippers.
Elaine is left to deal with
her carping semi-alcoholic
mother and her sister Suzie, who
dots the "i" in her name with a
happy face, and is everything
that Elaine is not—all milktoast
goodness. Suzie is trying to live
out the same happy family myth
that she unquestioningly
inherited from their mother.
Elaine, admirably played by
Schlemmer, exposes this myth in
the enchanting first act in a
monologue where she trashes the
vacuity that is her family, and
the society that has created it.
A poster of Sandra Bernhard
sits on the fridge in Elaine's
apartment, indicative ofthe
aserbic wit ofthe play and
cynically lamenting how inane
so many of our sacred cows
really are.
We can't ignore the dry
humour, nor should we want to,
for the rattling skeletons that
haunt Elaine can be found in
many a closet—the sibling
rivalries, the pressure of parental expectations, the horrible
reality ofthe obligatory family
gatherings where someone
inevitably consumes one gin too
many and the spectre of charades invariably rears its ugly
The humour ofthe fluid
script works because it includes
us. We are there with Elaine as
she grapples with the long
tenacious tentacles that her mom
and sis keep wrapping around
her beleaguered reality.
Unfortunately, the quick
humour and liveliness ofthe first
act diminishes in the second,
where the family gathers at
Suzie's newly renovated pastel
pink and blue suburban home,
complete with husband and child
The shift is natural, giving
Schlemmer the opportunity to
reinforce the tragedy by showing
how Elaine is unable to resist the
weight of her family, further
exposing the family's hollow
The fading away ofthe long
second act, as opposed to the
lively innovation ofthe first,
bruises Iceberg Lettuce. Ifs as if
Schlemmer gets a little lost on
her way to the conclusion.
Ifs too bad, for the topic is
well worth the analysis. The
institutional myth, as depicted in
ads for Joy and Comet, et al., of
the ever-so-happy family needs
to be challenged and trashed so
that we may continue on our
merry dysfunctional way.
by Ian Lloyd
As usual, 1 was late getting
to tiie Pit, and I was looking
forward to seeing John Bottom-
ley, After reading their press kit,
I thought that tms was the band
to end all bands—tiie purpose
behind the press kit.
John Bottomley
Pit Pub
February 4,1993
A band spontaneously
named "Spring Session M*,or
something like that, took the
stage before John.
The story was that they had
only been rehearsing together for
about a week, but they sounded
better than you might have
thought, blending the sounds of a
jazzy/blues sax with a funk
influenced, low medolic riff band.
The lead singer's voice
wasn't great, but it grew on you.
The highlight of their act was
when they asked, "How many
are drinking beer paid for by
their student loans?"
.Then the "band to end all
bands" took up position behind
the mic and delivered a burst of
melodic folk, ambient background guitars supporting a lead
guitar and John's voice. A roots
influence was noticed later in the
set—the mandolin gave it away.
I only have one complaint
about the band; the second
guitar. I usually like a melodic
folk band, but this second
guitarist took it upon himself to
ad lib R&B riffs ft-om a bloody
Budweiser commercial.
I compare the sound of a
metal slide on a guitar with that
ofthe sound of dinner forks on
an old blackboard.
Forgetting about the R&B
steel guitar imitations, it was
quite enjoyable.
After all, you have to have
some respect for a band who does
a Gordon Ldghtfoot cover.
Hardcore Memories
Station Street Theatre
As I settled into my seat, I
thought okay, I'm here, I'm
ready, TURN ME ON!!
Ya it sounds sick, but that's
why we were there, wasn't it? A
pleasant night of hot erotic
poetry, dirty talk and flashing
Well, for all you puritanical
types, don't worry. Nothing
happened. Nothing.
Two playwrites with dreams
of stardom stumbled on stage to
drag an audience through a
series of sentimental and poorly
performed monologues. Timing,
stage presence andany idea or
when to cut it short, never mind
take it off, did not exist
By the time the self-healing,
the rape re-enactment, the save
the earth mottos, and the
goddess allusions had reached
their hilt, my cunt had pursed its
dry lips into a cranky scowl.
Hot, this was not
Audrey Butler and Steph
Kelemen, girly girls supreme, I
address the next portion of this
review/rant to you:
/ didn't want to know that
you "fucked and fucked and
fucked" (is that the "explicit
language"?) whilst you
ackwardly thrustedyour pelvis
into the empty air.
I wanted you to tell me
where, why, how, with who.
Was the ground cold?
Did you want her keen
fangs to seer into you, your
stark, naked, flesh?
Was it the woman at the
bus stop you met on the way
home from your lover's?
Did she tie your arms to the
bedpost, the door knob, the
kitchen sink?
Did she scream like an
angry cat, beneath your lips?
And when you touch
yourself on the theatre floor,
can you feel your own flesh,
the pressure of your finger tips
burning into your anxious
thighs, tempting the teeth of
your hungry cunt?
If you cannot feel this, tell
this, want this, need this, I, so
high up in the audience, would
have to live in an alternative
reality to have creamed on this
Sorrybabes, unpassionate
is just that.
And now, back to the
Butler and Kelemen, were
not, at the same time, without a
few inspirational moments.
Butler's monologues occasionally sparkled with the
sardonic wit of Jane Delyn. Her
blunt assertion that both sex and
cable televion are equally good
cures for insomnia, followed by
Top ten lists of '92
- one false pick
by Lauren Davis
One False Move is a cop
There is absolutely nothing
new or different about it
compared to the dozens of
other movies of this genre you
have already seen.
But for some strange reason
this film made prestigious Top 10
lists for '92
One false Move
theatres everywhere in r9Z
Like every cop movie, the
picture begins with a heinous
crime to show how really bad
the bad guys are and how
differently bad than all the other
bad guys we've seen before.
Thus, we sit through an opening
scene of strangulations, torture
and stabbings by our crime trio.
The rest is simple.
They're on the run from LA
to Arkansas. Two LA detectives
are sent to the southern state
where the police chief of a small
town joins them in a stakeout (I
wondered during the next 100
minutes why Thelma and Louise
were pursued across the states
by troops of police while these
three leave a trail dripping with
carnage, their pictures are
printed in newspapers, yet no
one tails them and the three
policemen waiting for them in
Arkansas receive no back-up.)
So, after the opening
mutilation we wait an hour and a
half for what we know is
coming: The Shoot-Out.
Sure, in between there are a
few stories. But when it comes
down to it, we don't learn
anything about these characters
that makes us care about what
happens to them.
Of the three bad guys, the
woman has some humanity in
that she wants to go to Arkansas
to see her child. Nice, but why
did she get mixed-up with these
guvs in the first place? And hey,
didn't she just blow off that
cop's head?
After fidgeting in my seat
along with the other people who
came to see the film at the
Ridge before it disappeared
from screen to video, we finally
got to The Shoot-Out
In an ambush of sorts, the
local sheriff has the two bad
guys down on the floor. In a last-
ditch attempt at escape, the
"knife-man" lunges at the sheriff
standing a few feet away with a
blade he keeps in his sleeve.
At this point, a guy in the
back of the theatre pleaded in
exasperation, "Oh, just get a
gun!" and a sympathetic audience snickered through the rest
of the final fight scene.
As far as the formula goes,
One False Move delivers.
It is well-acted, well-paced,
well-shot, glossy and slick.
This is commendable for a
first-time director, for an
independent film that was
originally meant to go straight to
But so what?
There's nothing special
about it It doesn't stand out
among the other well-acted,
well-made films of '92
I didn't get a wide-on
her consideration of locating a
twat-bugger at a dyke bar,
revealedDelyn's unromanticized
sexual reality.
Butler also teased the
audience at her mention of
being a punk lesbian stripper and
tricking in Halifax with Kevin the
"horned god." Unfortunately,
neither of these scenerios were
expanded. And while some of
Butler's work was full of cheese,
such as the mention of the "salty
sea cavern" and an address to
"Moon Cow", the single line
"nails piercing a cunt not quite
wet enough" aroused my
otherwise dormant sensibilities.
Kelemen, too took a few tiptoes towards a distant light fantastic with her pope-bashing
scenes and a lovely rendition of
Jesus Hates Me and an invocation
for dominatixes. Kelemen's step
faltered as she attempted to
stretch 10 minutes of material into
a full length performance.
After leaving the theatre, my
girlfriend and I bitched about the
nasty tease we had just experienced.
Then, we went home and
fucked and fucked and fucked.
The end.
February 26,1993
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Does living in the Third World
for 6 months or 1 year interest you?
How about helping out in rural community development
project in Africa, South America, Asia or Europe?
Every year I.C.Y.E. sends out hundreds of young people
between the ages of 17 to 30 years abroad to experience the
different cultures, languages and range of developments in the
third world.
Participants are still being accepted.*
If you are:   • a Canadian citizen
• between the ages of 17 to 30 years
• interested in going abroad on our programme
Please apply to the address below for information and application form:
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UBC Intramural Sports, the largest intramural program in
Canada, is now hiring students for the 1993/94 academic
year. Detailed job descriptions are available at the
Intramurals registration desk between 9am and 4pm,
Monday to Friday. Remuneration is by a honorarium.
Those interested should pick up applications from the
Intramural registration desk in room 66 of SUB or call
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Positions available (as of February 26)
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Bodin Ball Hockey: Director, eight Assistant Directors
Todd Ice Hockey; Director, five Assistant Directors
Cross Volleyball: Director, ten Assistant Directors
Handley Cup Soccer: Seven Assistant Directors
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Pod 1: Director, four Assistant Directors
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Pod 3: Four Assistant Directors
Pod 4: Director, four Assistant Directors
Pod 5: Four Assistant Directors
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Finance: Two Assistant Directors
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fey Steve Chow
In lead singer Jordy
Birch's words, Pure is the
hottest thing to come out
of Canada "since Triumph, man."
Coast 1040, MuchMusic,
Reprise Records and a load of
fans will probably agree.
But, I digress.
Falling from the arms of
Morpheus one morn, I prepared
to lock horns with a pretentious
young rock-god slathered in the
lascivious froth of new-found
fame and fortune.
Jordy Birch
Reprise Recording Artists
To my chagrin, Jordy turned
out to be a very pleasant being,
beaming an open, "whatever,
man" attitude.
He doesn't even hate Bryan
Thwarted, I attempted to
incite him to blasphemy, telling
him that Pure could be gods.
"Not everybody thinks we're
gods. For example, we don't."
Fine, gods you are not.
Indeed, tiie band licks farmboots,
and the Pureafunalia CD is the
lamest shit Fve ever heard.
"Hey, well, if that's the
lamest shit you've ever heard,
you obviously need to expand
your mind because I've heard a
lot lamer shit in my life and if
you haven't heard lamer shit
than that—whoa. I would
probably say that there are three
million bands that are way below
us on that level-of shit level.
You're in dire need of expanding
your mind."
Well, I find your songs an
affront to my Christian sensibility.
"Oh, really? [Jordy indulges
in his personal experience with
religious hypocrisy. His story is
the source for their groovy track,
Pure, and impresses me.] Fm not
saying that all people who go to
church are fucked. I never say
The Geraldo Rivera demon
within me spews forth curious
allegations: sources close to
management confessed Pure
uses a drum machine; Evil
Twang's Chris Houston played
all the guitar; the producer
simulated everything else on
computer; Jordy's vocals were
really done by Bif from Chrome
"Bif from Chrome Dog? Do
you really think she could do
Jordy would go on to
desecrate ABBA ("I think they
suck") and the Village People ("I
always thought they sucked"),
admitting with pride that KISS
and Thor (yes, gauche and
uncouth Thor!!!) were objects of
his hero-worship.
Behold! Whaf s the deal with
four-letter bands?
"What do you expect when I
grow up with a band like KISS?
—Fm going to call myself
something like 'serendipity? Of
course, four-letter words are
going to be very appealing when
bands like KISS were godhead to
me. But I would never call
ourselves 'Curve' 'cos that's five."
Yeah, whatever. So why
"I want people to understand
that we named ourselves after
the most absurd word in the
English language. There's no
such thing. Everything is pure
these days. Everybody is wanting
to be so pure. What is pure?
Whafs 99.99% pure?"
Ummm...Ivory soap, isnt it?
"I think marketing and all
that shit is so stupid. It really is.
But it's reality too. It's so
polluted. The word 'pure' is
absolutely polluted. There cant
be such a word as 'pure' when
somebody is using it in a fucking
car ad. It just can't exist. Ifs
been raped so much. Ifs a
beautiful word.
"Look at our album cover.
THAT'S pure—the weirdo gooey-
duck neck clown handing an ice
cream cone to that fat little girl.
Thafs pure to me, thafs reality.
Whatever you think reality is, is
what pure is."
Fll take linguistic
deconstruction of 4-letter words
for 200, Alex.
"Fuck' is a very interesting
word. To me, ifs like the word
'pure.' They're very similar. Ifs
an absurd word that just doesn't
exist... but people can relate to
it. I guess it is a beautiful word."
Not everything has been
beautiful words and snide arts
reviewers for Jordy, guitarist
Todd Simko, keyboardist Mark
Henning, bassist Dave Hadley
and drummer Leigh Grant.
After a contractual/creative
fiasco with Nettwerk records as
After All (remember Bullets?)
and a year hiatus from music,
the band had a tasteless run-in
with Kim Fowlie, a hot-shot
manager who proclaimed Pure as
the biggest band since Guns n'
Rejecting Fowlie's temptations of "dogs, little boys, crack,
whores, whatever you want,"
Pure met Laurie Mercer, local
manager of DOA, NoMeansNo,
and Dayglo Abortions fame, who
shared the band's vision of
dealing with music business
"You can't be stupid like we
were with Nettwerk. We sold off
everything to them for nothing.
It was a waste of time. And on
top of that, they fucked us over
in the artistic space."
Working with top producer
Jerry Harrison, the band has
received many accolades for their
debut album a mere two months
after its release.
With the band's current
success, Jordy isn't cynical of
Pure's place in the hearts ofthe
multitudes. Verily, as he says,
"Love runs deep in Pure."
Jordy is not a rock-god.
He's just a lad from Surrey
who, having found car theft and
hockey unpleasant career
choices, is making it big-time.
His personal message to you,
The Ubyssey's fine readers:
"Don't smoke crack and say your
prayers, everything's going to be
all right."
February 26,1993 c u
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by Douglas Ferris
For twenty years the International Tournee of Animation
has been bringing the best of the
world's short animated films to
North American audiences. This
year (gasp) ifs...
The Best ofthe International
Tournee of Animation
until March 11
Starlight Theatre
Films using a variety of
techniques, from traditional "eel"
animation to computer animation
(for those who like this stuff—
personally I find it banal) to
pixillations, are featured. Five
were academy awards winners in
their respective years, three of
the others were nominees.
Among the award winners
that catch my ego's fancy are
the Hungarian "point of view"
piece, The Fly, which spins you
around a house trying to escape
an angry resident. The 'haunting' expressionless puppets in
the German-made morality tale
Balance emphasize the bleak
flatness ofthe world.
In the category of nominees
(who really cares, except that
they're mostly amazing shorts)
is Cordell Barker's The Cat
Came Back, a favorite of mine
(thafs good enough isn't it?) and
the NFB.
Among the many other
astounding (my word is quite
predictable, isnt it?) shorts are
Fingerwave, an example of
pbrillation from Gyula Nagy of
Hungary, and The Killing of an
Egg by Holland's Paul Driessen,
an interesting view of who is the
real egg.
For fans (but who isnt?),
this "best of" series includes John
Kricfalusi's original Ren -and
Stdmpy pilot, Big House Blues.
Made-for-television cartoons
have finally returned to that
level of frantic insanity not seen
since Tex Avery introduced it to
our parents and grand-parents—
but with a few twists.
Local animators Danny
Antonucci, Marv Newland and
Mike Grimshaw are also represented. Unfortunately,
Grimshaw"s latest, Stage Flight
(pssst! he does all of his own 'eel'
work and plays bass on the
soundtrack) is only being shown
on Guest Animators' Night(s) on
February 26 and 27.
Cartoon terror:
Ren and Stimpy freak Graham
Ren and Stlmpy's "Big House Blues"
by Graham Cook
I was at my parents' house
watching Live with Regis and
Kathie Lee, with special guest
Barbara Bush. Not surprisingly I
felt a bit queasy and turned to
Muchmusic. Yikes! I'd stumbled
onto the beginning of a "show,"
i.e. something for people with
attention spans of slightly longer
than four minutes.
The Ren and Stimpy Show
Tuesdays at 10:30
Not being one of those people,
I considered switching to People's
Court, but then I realized it was
CARTOONS! And not talking-
statue cheapies d la He-Man
either, but ones that looked a bit
like the airy, perfect chases of
cartoon director Chuck Jones.
This was no Roadrunner,
though. This was The Ren and
Stimpy Show. I'm sure I'm way
behind on the hip-meter (i.e., this
show has been trendy for months
and is now terribly uncool) but I
think ifs brilliant. Let me qualify
that: brilliant and disturbing. A
Ren is an extremely ugly
chihuahua with bloodshot eyes
that hang off his face, droopy
ears, a faintly jaundiced sheen
and the stereotypical Speedy
Gonzalez-esque hispanic accent.
Stimpy is a puffed up wide-
grinned simpleton with bugged-
out eyes and a tongue hanging
out ofthe mouth at an angle
which precisely communicates "I
am dumb."
Already you might be
saying "Speedy Gonzalez
accent? How do they think they
can get away with that sort of
racist stereotyping these days?"
Well, they get away with it the
way most people think they can
these days—irony. (Whether or
not people actually absolve
themselves of racism etc. by
being ironic is another question.)
The irony means that Ren
and Stimpy doesn't get too
caught up in the usual things
cartoons concern themselves
with—chases, visual gags, silly
character traits (speech impediments especially) and so on. Or,
to be more precise, Ren and
Stimpy takes these devices and
uses them for other ends. Its
goal? A perfect parody of, and
an homage to, cartoons themselves. Ifs a cartoon about
Ren and Stimpy takes the
usual cartoon devices and
magnifies them out of their
already exaggerated proportions. If an evil space monster
in a typical Bugs cartoon is big,
strange looking, has three eyes
and looks a little scary, Space
Cadets Ren and Stimpy have to
meet one that is unbelievably
huge and perverse looking with
twenty eyes and looks that
would truly horrify little
Where Tom and Jerry hit
each other with blunt objects
and roll their eyes a little
afterwards, Ren slaps Stimpy
for being dumb in a way that
makes you alternately laugh
and recoil.
Ifs traditional "cartoon
violence" all right—the slaps
dont really register on poor
Stimpy apart from rolling eyes
and a short-lived deformation of
facial features—but the cruel
pleasure that Ren gets out of it,
the slow, calculated pauses
between slaps, make the viewer
chuckle uncomfortably at best.
Ren and Stimpy subverts
cartoons by self-refeirentially
showing us the truly awful
things in them which many find
so funny.
The show also explodes the
more benign aspects of cartoons,
like puns and sight gags, but the
show's real punch is in its
explicitly exaggerated depiction
ofthe underlying terror and
cruelty that traditional cartoons
are based on. Thus the racist
portrayal of Speedy Gonzalez is
turned into the stereotyped Ren
voice, and violence becomes
In our super-mediated age,
of course, the violence and
humiliation in Ren and Stimpy
will probably push just the right
buttons for the Nintendo generation. And for post-teen folks, Tm
sure most will mindlessly guffaw
along with the show too, missing
out on the ironic fun enjoyed by
pretentious culture-critic-
wannabees like me. '[heir loss.
As we distance ourselves
more and more from genuine
emotion, as morbid irony
becomes the humour of choice,
we can be assured that Ren and
Stimpy are the future of cartoons, if not TV in general.
The University of British Columbia
Department of Theatre and Film
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Adapted by Errol Durbach
Directed by John Wright
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March 10 - 20
2 for 1 Preview - Wednesday
March 10
Curtain: 8:00pm
Frederic Wood Theatre
Support Your Campus Theatre
As Part of Arts Week,
the Arts Undergraduate Society
Manufacturing Consent:
Noam Chomsky
and the Media.
Tuesday, March 2,1993 in SUB
Auditorium @ 7:00 pm
Free for Students
Discussion to follow presented by the Global Development Centre
SPIKE & MIKE sm New for 1993
ORIGINAL Sick and Twisted sm
Only at The Ridge Theatre - 3131 Arbutus
Week One Fri. Feb. 26 -11:30pm • Sat. Feb. 27 -11:30pm
Week TWO Fri. Mar. 5 -11:30pm • Sat. Mar. 6 -11:30pm
Please Note: This is a FULL LENGTH Sick and Twisted Program-not just a bunch of re-runs from the eighties
If it doesn't say Spike & Mike - Tell 'em to take a hike!!!
Ticket Info: Tickets for the Sick & Twisted show are $6.50 at advance outlets, $7.00 at the theatre box office. Advance
^5—\ tickets will be available at Ticketmaster outlets only. To charge by Phone call (604) 280-4444.
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February 26, "1993
C'mon, smarten up
Do you believe everything you read in the newspaper?
Do you really think that a US soldier pointing a gun at a
Somalia?* youth's head is a lesson about gun control0? The
Vancouver Sun does.
How about reporting a man killing his wife as a "lovers'
quarrel" as The Province did last week? Or launching a
thorough media inquiry into the nocturnal adventures of
Liberal leader Gordon Wilson and Judy Tyabji? (Why did
she really lose her job anyway?)
Was it necessary to pursue the grieving family of murdered BCIT student Silvia Leung until ,they broke down in
tears? It seems that "director" Stuart McNish of BCTV
wanted tears.
Next question. Who sponsors media reality? It's not the
60 cents you put in the box (Sun, Globe or "Vinnie").
Corporate advertisers own themedia and anything contrary
to their interests isnt reported.
And, after all, advertisers do want to think that people
are pickingup the paper and tuning in to the televison news.
Sensationalism sells. News has become entertainment
(witness CNN's coverage ofthe GulfWar).
It is. therefore, refreshing, in a disturbing sort of way,
that The Province is honest about its work. Their new
"Vinnie" campaign which urges othernewspapers to "lighten
up" is pathetic, but to the point
If anything remotely upsetting to the status quo is
presented in the media, it is decontextualized. It becomes
impossible to make logical connections between events;
everything seems arbitrary and isolated.
To consumers—us—what doesn't enter the media forum
just doesn't exist. Not being allowed to know certain things
makes it impossible to get angry and want to change things.
Do you believe everything you see or hear? How about
the Smurfs? Are they real? If Papa Smurf told you to cheat
the transit system would you?
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Knowledge is what Doug Ferris knows. Little pieces are stupid told Paula Wellings.
Stan Paul is likely to write patriarchal poetry. Sara Martin and Paula Foran lifting belly.
Eric Johnson is the same as patriarchal poetry is the same as Martin Chester as Lucho van Isschot.
To be let Lauren Davis be to try let Lauren Davis try Siobhan Roantree let her be her be Ian Llyod.
Lisa Kwan is near. Yukie Kurahashi hated question marks, Steve Chow makes no mistake.
Say Stephano Scali and Mark Perrault say what you think. Liz Van Assum gives me greater pleasure.
Keep still quoth Theresa Lemieux. You said that before said KatM Peschiera.
Frances Foran  • Sam Qraen  •
Yukls Kurahashi • Lucho van Isschot •  Paula Welling*
On Tuesday I attended
a lecture by Frank Rotering,
a recent Ph.D. in economics,
allegedly outlining what's
wrong with standard university economics theory and
giving an alternative to it in
the form of "ecological economics." This"school"claims
to integrate economics and
ecology according to what he
called formalized common
sense." He claimed that
Marxism andKeynesianism
are dead, and, implying that
there is such a thing as a
homogeneous modem economic theory. He has set it
up as the straw man for attack, and for substitution.
Speaking to an obviously
economically illiterate audience, he deprecated its modem "tinkering" and myopic
econometrics. Pointing at a
diagram which related the
traditional economic entities
ofthe household and of ths
firm, he asked in Humean
fashion: "Where's ths resources?" You sss, to the
traditional concept of relative scarcity (which captures
the idea of resources substitution according to price), we
must add, he explained,
"absolute scarcity" in order
to capture the idea that "resources are simply running
out." He then dignified this
inanity by lumping it under
the principle of
"enoughness." There are
limits to growth, he then
solemnly reiterated. It
seems that common sense is
an easy racket, where defining things like "growth" and
probing what determines its
character or rate are unnecessary. Of course this
lecture was merely introductory, but he sure found
time to flood the audience
with mangled economic concepts and to solicit some
laughs at economists, with
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their idolatry about "prices"
and "markets", in opposition
to the requirements of "morality," "community," and
the intrinsic value" of nature. But his antipathy to
economics actually made
sense: if there are values in
this world that are "intrinsic", i.e. not values to someone and for something, then
any field such as economics
which tries to systematize
and interrelate these is
doomed, or at least
marginalized. Fm no fan of
modem economics, but boy,
if ecological "economics" is
what's to come, then God
help us!
Stephan Weaver
Students of Objectivism
Our most
recent missive
I wait expectantly for Ms.
Mariann Horvath (Psychology 3) to be offered a permanent column in The
Of course, she probably
isnt capable yet of offering
us ths important commentary on topical issues which
has become the hallmark of
this vital student resource.
It would surely take a more
seasoned reporter than Ms.
Horvath to relate an in-depth
account of biting off a man's
penis in the throes of a
sadomasochistic frenzy (The
Ubyssey, Feb. 12), and she
probably would be similarly
unable to vigorously document one woman's mastur-
batory experiences with
garden vegetables (Feb. 12,
1992). However, with her
most recent missive (Letters,
Feb. 16), Ms. Horvath has
clearly demonstrated her
immense promise. She suggests that "human health
has never profited from
animal experimentation," a
statement so fraught with
error thatonemightactually
mistake her for a veteran
Ubyssey "analyst." Suffice
it to say, Mariann, that you
are full of shit.
Heard of polio, Mari?
People used to suffer from it.
How about antibiotics?
Heart transplants? Bone
marrow replacement? Radiation therapy? Cholera
treatments? Anaesthesia?
Blood transfusions? You
mentioned AIDS in your
letter, Mariann. Let me give
you a better example: diabetes. I mean, I know ifs not
as glamorous as AIDS—after all, you cant get it from
unprotected anal sex or
communal drug use. But
animal research led Banting
and Best to the use of insulin to control this disease.
Got any diabetic friends,
Mariann? Without animal
research, you wouldnt.
Listen, Horvath. You
know, and I know, that you
just dont get it. But do you
have to get up on a soap-box
and prove it to the rest ofthe
Jason Ford
Don't hold your
Dear Sirs:
You may not realize
What damage you are doing
by such irresponsible journalism—"Electric Limes For
the People". I am a graduate
from UBC;itismy university
as much as it is yours. I am
sickened to hear this rubbish
as was shown on BCTV news.
Do you not realize that the
general public will frown on
this kind of thought process?
Do you think that what you
write is representative ofthe
thoughts of all the students
which you represent? Ifthere
is a problem with cheap
student transportation then
address it—but don't go
around telling people that
it's not breaking the law
unless you get caught!
I have been called upon
over the years to donate to
my university, and have
done so proudly. I will not
donate any more until I have
seen a formal written apology appearing and that the
person responsible for the
article has been removed
from doing so again.
I want to be proud of
UBC not embarrassed by it.
Andrew Peck
B. CommC83), RI(BC)
cheating heart
I found your caption for
the article about tiie AMS
election drive quite distasteful. "Candidates split
hairs over election results"
shows your apparent lack of
concern that tiie AMS election was certainly unfair. It
shouldn't be surprising that
you favor Janice Boyle being
the winner since she had
CHEATED her way to the
AMS vice-presidency. If lam
not mistaken, Janice Boyle
did get caught cheating and
thus she has committed a
crime (the UBYSSEY way of
thinking). Therefore, is this
the type of person you want
to be the vice-president of
the AMS?? I surely dont
want her to be and probably
some other students here at
UBC will agree with me.
The limit of $150 is in
the bylaws for a reason and
if that is exceeded by ANY
amount, it should be dealt
with very harshly. In this
case, it was not deemed important enough to make a
difference, which is entirely
ludicrous. Ms. Boyle spent
$26 more money than she
was supposed to do. This may
not sound like that much,
but this converts into an
excess of 17% of her allowable expenses, which is a fair
size and would definitely
contribute unfairly to tfer
tarnished campaign. Randy
Romero has shown to be very
inadequate for the job of
elections commissioner.
Look Janice, you went a
little too far with your wallet, so you have to live with
the consequences; meaning,
you should be disqualified
from being the vice-president. We dont need any more
people in public office who
have done dishonest things
to get themselves in their
position. By the way, I voted
for neither Janice Boyle nor
Christa Cormack, but I am
concerned that the AMS
election was used as a vehicle
for dishonesty by one ofthe
Mardy Leibovich
Chemistry, Graduate
Honesty |s_best
I am a parent of two
teenage children to whom I
am trying to instill with
proper values and morals.
I would like to tell you
how offended I am that you,
through your newspaper,
would convey the idea that
it is "o.k." to lie and cheat. It
is not!
The transit system is
already subsidized by by
taxpayers. These taxpayers
subsidize many of the
programmes that you and I
enjoy in this province. Those
taxpayers, people like myself, my family and my
friends, used the transit
system and paid our share
and still pay our share. We
were never encouraged to
cheat or be dishonest.
When the woman responsible for the article was
interviewed on television, I
couldnt help but think, "I
wonder what her parents
think - are they proud? Do
they feel that they did their
We have serious problems with people cheating
and abusing our welfare
system and our I.C.B.C. insurance system. The money
does not go on forever and
the cheaters in these systems
as well as the transit system,
will eventually make it unattainable for those who really need these programmes.
It is not alright to cheat
the transit system. It is sad
and offensive that you would
encourage it. I told my children that these university
students had missed some
serious important lessons in
their lives and that honesty
is an important, admirable
Sorry for you,
(Mrs.) L. Baker
caucus will be meeting
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all welcome.
February 26,1993 LETTERS
Clothes-horse from
Dear Ubyssey Fashion Patrol
(a.k.a. the ever so fashion conscious
Ubyssey editors).
I just received my report card
for the 1992-93 season. It was a
fashion criticism that would make
Mr. Black proud. As a self-admitted
clothes-horse, however, I must set
the record straight in order to
protect my reputation. First, I do
NOT own a red suit. I do own a red
skirt, however, I know that as a
strawberry-blonde with a fair
complexion, it would be too harsh
to wear red next to my face. But
Fm sure you know this already,
though. Second, I also do not own a
mustard shirt. I did when I was
blonde in the summer, but I gave it
to my mom when my hair returned
to its natural colour. (Fm sure you
Ubyssey editors know what a pain
it is when your natural haircolour
returns). Third, I do not nor have I
ever, owned brown lipstick. I am
currently outlining my lips and
colouring them with "Tawny Rose"
and then glossing them over with
M.A.C.'s "Cognac" lipstick. I know
as well as you do that I cannot
wear brown lipstick. On a humanitarian note, I would like to
encourage all other clothes-horses
to donate those outdated or out-of-
season clothes to the Bennetton
clothing drive. And while you're
there maybe pick up a sweater or
Love and kisses,
Marya McVicar
(former Coordinator of
External Affairs
and AMS Fashiion Consultant)
Attack of the
angry taxpayer
With regard to your editorial
and your memorable quote in the
BCTV interview: if something is
not illegal unless you get caught,
then why do we have laws? If
something is not illegal unless you
get caught, was Bill Vander Zalm
not in a conflict of interest situation
as long as the public didnt know
about it, as he claimed?
I don't like the transit hikes
any more than any other commuter, but that doesn't justify
selfish motivation. Civil Disobedience is a good thing, but it has to be
an open thing. If civil disobedience
is done in secret it accomplishes
So Frances, and I mean this
respectfully, check your motives
and check your conscience.
Brian Stedmann
A&R Coordinator
The Other Press (CUP)
Douglas College
Return of the
angry taxpayer
To begin with Frances Foran,
wake-up and smell the coffee. What
colour is the sky in your world? I
cannot believe your pathetic editorial on how to rip off transit. It's not
the editorial so much (you have a
right to your own opinion) as the
follow up on BCTV. You condone
illegal acts just as long as you're
not caught. That's simply disgusting. How about I oh, oh... 'steal your
car and trashit or even worse cause
harm to someone close to you. Are
these not illegal acts and something
which should be dealt with accordingly i n a Court of La w. Or are
they, as you say, fine and only
illegal if I'm caught? Just how can
a mentality like this be allowed an
editorial in The Ubyssey? Hopefully
you will never wield any power
over others and just how did you
get your job—sneak in the back
Oh and one other thing...you
want BC Transit to be subsidized
by the government? Come on who
do you think pays for subsidization
in the end (since it appears you're
so far out 111 tell you)? Our taxes.
So you want a quick fix b)' taxing
the public even more. This is quite
a selfish, single-minded, unexplored point of view. I think you
should quit your editorial position
and take a course in Life 101.
Russell Lathigee
Fourth year
...but it might give
you brain cancer...
Lillian Au's article on page
three ofPOW, 9 February, concerns
eavesdropping on cellular phone
conversations. She says that "No
UBC bigwig has yet been caught
with the phone off the hook as
eavesdroppers face interference
from UBC's multimillion dollar
nuclear KAON experiment where
atoms are split. KAON coinciden-
tally interferes with car alarms."
I have no comment on eavesdropping per se, but I must dash
the hopes of UBC bigwigs. To say
that there is any interference (either for eavesdroppers or for legitimate recipients of phone communications) due to activities here
is utter nonsense. Nothing of
KAON, a proposed extension ofthe
TRIUMF laboratory, is yet built. If
Au was referring to interference
from TRIUMF's present operations, it is still nonsense: because
of the extreme importance of preventing any interference with aircraft and emergency transmi ssi ons,
federal authorities made absolutely
certainfrom the start that adequate:
radio frequency shielding was installed at TRIUMF. When KAON
is built, the same precautions will
be taken.
Today, only ultra-sensitive test
equipment would ever detect any
radio frequencies emanating from
TRIUMF outside its security fence,
and NOTHING would be detected
beyond 100 metres from the fence.
Unfortunately, myths tend to persist, and can give TRIUMF a bad
reputation in the community. A
simple phone call (even cellular—
yes, we do use them here!) to any
and of our physicists or engineers,
or a practical test near our premises, can produce the truth.
Michael La Brooy
Head, TRIUMF Information
Way out, man
The number of contradictions
facing humanity today is our
alienation from nature.
We, like a growing number of
others, need no more convincing
that life on this planet is doomed,
if change, big change, doesn't
happen and soon. We believe that
an agrarian revolution is the way
to go. We need a mass revival ofthe
"Back to the Land" movement. The
agrarian revolution was started
by the hippies with the back to the
land movement of the '60s. Contrary to popular belief the movement did not fail. Hippies are the
originators of the environmental,
communal, peace, and organic back
to the land movement.
A land base has been established. There are hippies in the
hills who have been farming organically, living simply and look-
i ng down the road for people young
and old to join them. People who
are willing to put nature's interests
first and actively come to her defence.
Values as well as lifestyles
have to change and we must start
drawing closer to nature. One of
the best ways to do this is by getting your hands in the soil. Even if
it is just a potted r>lant   r>  the
window, (or in the closet; as the
case may be).
On a warm early spring day,
pause for a moment to look over
the seed displays in your corner
store. See if you don't get an urge to
plant some seeds. This shows
there's still a spark of our culture
left in us. This is the spark that
must be fanned. We looked forward to the back to the land
movement ofthe '60s really taking
off again in the '90s.
J.L. LeBourdais
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The Crown is wrong: BC Bands
by Franc*** Foran
Two BC First Nations bands
will argue in the Supreme Court
that the Crown broke its own laws
when it bought reserve land from
them in 1945.
The Northern BC Doig and
Blueberry bands, known as the
Dunne-Za Crees, will appeal arul-
ingthat the Crown was justifiedin
buying their reserve land without
advising them of their rights.
The bands' lawyer and UBC
Board of Governors member Thomas Berger said last week's ruling
is a breach ofthe formal obligation
to Native peoples the Crown recognized in 1984.
"The judgement ofthe majority ofthe Federal Court of Appeal
shirks that responsibility," Berger
said last Monday.
The February 9 ruling states
the Crown had the right to buy the
28 square miles in northern BC
because it was needed for WWII
war vets, and the Crown's purchase ofthe land for its own purposes superceded any obligation to
the bands.
The 2-1 decision held that
while the bands were "dependent
on the Crown for advice in the
management of their assets," the
federal government was not obliged
to inform them the sale was not in
their best interest.
And even if the Crown were
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apply to First Nations, and that
the bands' time to sue Ottawa expired in 1978.
Berger said the Crown was
obliged under the 1984 findings to
disclose that the mineral rights
would be lost or to advise the bands
that the land could have been
leased instead of sold.
The dissenting judge disagreed on all counts, and held that
the Crown was guilty of fraud.
Chief Justice Isaac also said the
Crown could not absolve itself of
obligations to First Nations and
that the time limit on appealing
should not apply to First Nations.
"Like victims of childhood
sexual abuse, the [bands] were
simply unable to appreciate the fact that
when the Crown 'suggested' that they surrender their native
rights to lands they
might be giving up
something of legal
value," he said.
Berger said the
case will be based on
the standing responsibility ofthe Crown and
on Isaac's dissenting
"We think that
chief justice Isaac had
much the better ofthe
argument," Berger
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