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Array Faculty heads blast government
By EVELYN JACOB
Faculty resignations at Simon
Fraser University and UBC will continue to devour the universities'
competitiveness if the provincial
government does not improve faculty
salaries, say deans of both universities,
versities.
SFU vice-president of finance Ernie
Scott said the university has lost its
competitive position in the market
place as a result of four years of the
provincial government restraint program, and said that a lack of money
is "absolutely responsible" for the
problem.
"We've lost on the order of ten
faculty this year." said Scott. "Hiring
is uncertain, and there may be future
cuts to faculties because adequate
government action has not been
taken."
Both SFU and UBC have lost an
increasing number of talented staff
to other universities this year because
of dismal salaries, and in UBC's case,
the loss is twice as many as last year.
Of UBC's approximately 1900
professors, 50 have resigned this year
in commerce, computer science,
microbiology, and other departments
and faculties.
SFU reported resignations in computer science and heavy losses in business administration.
"The numbers may be less at SFU.
but the same problem prevails at
both universities," said Scott.
"We've already lost 20-30 faculty
members to early retirement,'" said
Douglas McKie. acting dean of
education.
"Two outstanding professors have
resigned this year, and restraint has
clearly contributed to it," he said.
Although UBC reported 69 new
appointments this year, the majority
are junior professors replacing faculty
who are refused tenure. Professors at
UBC are considered for tenure after
five years.
New biomedical
research centre
shows promise in
cancer treatment
By EVELYN JACOB
Scientists hoping to uncover the
sources of deadly diseases took greater
steps toward that end Thursday, as
shovels broke the ground of a new
biomedical research centre at UBC.
Scheduled for completion in June
of next year, the $40 million biomedical centre — sponsored by The
Terry Fox Medical Research Foundation and the British-based Wellcome Foundation pharmaceutical
company — is devoted to the discovery, development and clinical
study of biologically active proteins,
which may be used for cancer treatment.
President of the centre, Michael
Warren, praised Terry Fox — the
one-legged runner who began a nationwide odyssey to raise funds for cancer
research — as the "author" of the
project.
"It is his essential integrity which
certainly stimulated us to create what
we've created," said Warren.
— dan andrews photo
JOHN SCHRADER...opens centre
Flanked between government ministers and business leaders, vice-president of research Peter Larkin called
the event "an important day in the
history of UBC."
He said the centre will provide a
major stimulus for training and research in the area of biotechnology
at the university.
The project will receive an $8 million
interest-free loan from the provincial and federal governments, and
contributions from Canadian and
international health organizations.
Taking advantage of the biotechnology revolution, doctors at the
research centre will not only be testing drugs for cancer, but a whole
family of afflictions called autoimmune disease — to which rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis,
and juvenile diabetes belong.
Since the development of antibiotics and vaccines, scientists have
made giant leaps in medicine, but
face newer and bigger problems with
conditions such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis. Artificially made
immune-system components — such
as interlukin-2 and interferon — are
showing promise in the treatment of
these diseases.
"We've suddenly got a whole new
weapon to identify the chemical causes
of these disorder," said John
Schrader, director ofthe Biomedical
centre.
Pacific Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a
subsidiary ofthe Terry Fox Foundation, will market and sell interferon
in Canada for the treatment of a
form of cancer called hairy-cell leukemia. The company will apply profits
recovered from the sale of the drug
towards further research at the centre.
Warren said the biomedical centre
is designed to have a reverse effect
on the "brain-drain" underway at
the university.
"We hope to attract those faculty
who have sought careers elsewhere
back to B.C.," said Warren. He said
the centre will create up to 175 new
jobs in B.C.
"We've been able to salvage some
positions from members who have
taken early retirement," said McKie.
"That's the only way we can get
jobs for new staff. Unless of course a
dean were to cry all over the president's shoulder, he may be able to get
one or two positions," he said.
But post-secondary education minister Russ Fraser said the current
wave of faculty resignations is not
unusual given the competitive world
market for talented professors.
"Besides," said Fraser, "a change
going on in the system is healthy. We
all gain new people."
Fraser said the provincial government has already responded to the
universities' call for salary increases
in the form of merit increases from
the Fund for Excellence in Education.
Asked if the funds would begin to
repair faculty salaries which have
been frozen for the past four years,
Fraser said he did not think "it had
been that long" since staff received
increased wages.
"You never get everything you
want in life anyway." he said.
UBC president David Strangway
said he is not surprised that leading
faculty  members  receive attractive
job offers and accept them. But he
See page 2: Universities
AS THE SEA of futility washes away into the sunset a lonely couple wanders into a desolate, barren world. God no
longer exists for this couple as they try to bridge the tremendous gap between slick city woman and country gomer.
And man whispers his long held dream of having a green scaly baby with said woman.
Students gain summer employment
Students are getting more jobs
this summer according to the most
recent Statistics Canada figures and
the Canada Employment Centre.
According to the most recent
Labour Force Survey, the level of
employment among returning students for June 1986 was 947,000,
representing an increase of 120,000
over the same figures in June 1985.
The same survey compiled by Statistics Canada shows the unadjusted
unemployment rate among returning
students for June 1986 was 14.7 percent, a decrease of 1.4 percent from
June 1985.
The Canada Employment Centre
on campus has noticed a sharp increase in student jobs this summer.
Manager Pat Brand said placements
for the months of April, May and
June totalled 1,317 students. Only
525 placements had been made by
the same time last year.
Brand said approximately one
quarter of the placements were at
Expo and that many industries
around Vancouver have hired extra
people to handle the influx of Expo
tourists. "Most of the jobs are not at
Expo but because of Expo," said
Brand.
He said the quality of jobs and
wage rates are generally better this
summer than last year.
John Evans, manager of recruitment and employment services at
Expo, estimates 40 or 50 percent of
the employees are students.
"We have definitely had good
response from students. There is no
difficulty filling positions during the
summer time," he said.
Statistics Canada shows the level
of unemployment for students aged
20 to 24 dropped to approximately
12.1 percent, a decrease of 3.5 from
the previous year.
The participation rate was estimated at 62.9 percent, an increase of
6.3 over the same figure for June
1985. Page 2
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said merit increases to faculty salaries — to be introduced over the next
three years — will raise wages that
are competitive with peer universities
over a five year period.
The average salary at UBC was
approximately $49,000 last year,
compared with $57,000 at the University of Toronto, and $55,000 at
the University of Alberta.
The total amount of faculty merit
increases at UBC has not yet been
announced.
James Steiger, U BC acting dean of
arts, is optimistic the funds will help
improve UBC's overall budget this
year, but says faculty resignations
are not always in response to a lack"
of money.
"Although 1 can't deny there have
been quite a few resignations this
year, people are not leaving only
because of money," said Steiger. "It
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"But, if we find ourselves uncompetitive, it implies something about
the fund," he said.
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The Summer Ubyssey
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I am writing to protest against that
tacky little trade fair — Expo '86
It's bad enough to fund Expo at
the expense of our universities. Student funding is reduced. Grants are
eliminated while tuition soars. Buildings go uncleaned. Programmes are
reduced or eliminated completely.
Professors leave for other places
where they are respected in proportion to their value to society and
where they are paid accordingly.
It's bad enough to fund Expo at
the expense of the poor. Welfare
rates are so atrociously low that
recipients are forced into crime —
prositution and burglary — to survive. Mothers with their babies line
• up at food banks, which have become
institutions.
It's bad enough to fund Expo at
the expense ofthe sick and the aged.
Hospital beds are closed. Important
surgeries are postponed. There is an
acute shortage of nurses. All because
„ the Social Credit Party ruling B.C.
gives tourism a greater priority than
social services.
It's bad enough that American
nuclear-armed warships cruise into
our harbour in the midst of a week
set aside for world peace, and when
Vancouver has declared by a large,
democratic vote that it's a nuclear
free zone, because Grace McCarthy
says so.
It's bad enough that Jimmy Pattison acts like a self-righteous hypocrite when he brays about moral rectitude while his companies rake in
profits contracting Expo-related spinoffs, and the city drinking laws and
noise laws are suspended by fiat.
It's bad enough that as an act of
racial bigotry Expo embargoed Chinatown by making a huge parking
lot where the Chinese pavilion! should
have been located, near the Sun Yat
Sen Garden, with a gate to link one
of Vancouver's most important ethnic communities to its mother
pavilion.
It's bad enough that Vancouver
tax payers will be saddled with a
huge debt to pay for Expo.
It's bad enough that the Socreds
have so alienated labour by their
ruthless union-bashing that strikes in
the lumber, government workers,
hospital and fishing industries are
threatening too.
But to think that the party hysteria
of a second-rate Disneyland will reelect to Social Credit Party to govern
B.C. after Expo, no matter who won
their expensive leadership fun-fest at
Whistler, is not to understand the
effects of a hangover. Sure, we'll pay
for this party, so let's enjoy it. But
when the hangover starts hurting, the
marks will start pawing the ground.
Then at Bill's. Grade's, and Jimmy's,
it'll be "Pack your ermines, Mary."
Why do you think Premier Bennett
abdicated?
Roger Henning
Arts 4
Canuckleheads
To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose
under heaven. This is not really the time for a Canucks editorial
but it had to be done sooner or later and it may as well be now.
The Vancouver Canucks simply put, are a blight; a festering,
green, stinking wound. They are undoubtedly one ofthe greatest
tragedies in sport and an embarrassment to Vancouver in
particular.
It is increadible to believe that in some fifteen years of existence the Vancouver Canucks have put together only two, tremendous, over 500 seasons. Not only that, but they continue to
play, year after year, some of the most profoundly boring and
unimaginitive hockey to be found anywhere.
Many people happen to believe the greatest thing that happened to the Canucks was making it to the Stanley Cup finals a
few years ago. In reality it was one of the worst possible things
that could have happened.
The Canucks' management used the success of the team to
put off further doing anything about development.
This summer the Canucks traded two of their first round picks
and gave up the one they have in next year's draft. In return the
Canucks have the services of one of the league's best goons,
Dave Richter, the league's most useless Sutter, Rich, and they
are paying around $400,000 for a man who scored less than 80
points last year. Sure Barry Pederson was a great star a couple of
years ago, but the fact of the matter is that he has not been a star
for two seasons now, regardless of injuries or whatever. You
cannot pay a man that much money when he has scored so few
points.
Jack Gordon did nothing as a general
manager last year. The Canucks' attitude is one of extreme
conservatism. If you are one of the top teams in the National
Hockey League this is fine. But if you are one of the worst, just
what is the idea, to remain bad year after year?
The Griffiths family who own the Canucks could not care less
in previous years because the Pacific Coliseum was packed every
single night. But now the fans are not coming any more and the
Griffiths family are getting just a bit afraid. They seem to think
that bringing in Barry Pederson will turn everything around. The
Canucks will find that Pederson is not God but merely mortal and
if the Jets and the Kings rebound this season Vancouver will take
a rapid ride to the basement of their division.
If the Canucks finish last in the league as Boston general
manager Harry Sinden seems to think they will, they will give up
Pierre Turgeon to Boston in the draft next year. In the Pederson
deal the Canucks agreed to give Boston their draft pick either this
year or next year (Boston's choice). The Bruins opted for next
year's pick. Pierre is the brother of Hartford Whaler sniper Sylvain
Turgeon. He is supposed to be better than Sylvain and if that is
true the Canucks will not only be a very desperate, but also a very
embarrassed team come the end of next season.
New student group damages unity
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Gardeners overworked
due to staff cutbacks
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I wish to reply to a letter published
in the Ubyssey of July 30 ("Gardeners called for"). In the aforesaid letter
Ms. Harris complained of the lamentable state ofthe Upper Campus rose
garden and queried if UBC had any
gardeners on staff. She also opined
that if UBC indeed did have gardeners, by which I take it she means
competent gardeners, on staff they
would "surely know" that "a few
hours of clipping" was required to
maintain the rose garden.
The Upper Campus area encompasses the Women's Faculty Club,
Faculty of Social Work, Personnel
Relations, Asian Centre, Botanical
Gardens offices, Museum of Anthropology, Graduate Students' Building, Faculty Club, Rose Garden, and
the large triangular area east of the
Rose Garden. Ten years ago there
were thirteen grounds personnel assigned to this area for the summer,
with one man assigned to the rose
garden full time. This summer there
has been a maximum of four, with
the rose garden being catch as catch
can.
If the average student's course
load was increased from fifteen to
fifty units one might, I think, expect
his or her G.P.A. to slip somewhat.
One might also understand the said
student taking umberage at not so
oblique aspersions to his or her diligence and competence being voiced
by a non-student perspicacious
enough to notice the decline but not
circumspect enough to discover why.
Stephen Borden
U.B.C. Physical Plant
Gardener's Div.
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They must be delivered in person
with identification shown by 4:30
p.m. the Friday before publication
to the Ubyssey office, SUB 241k.
The Summer Ubyssey reserves the
right to edit for brevity, spelling and
grammar, and libel. Sexist, racist,
and homophobic letters will not run.
If you have any questions or comments, or just want to shoot the
breeze, drop by SUB 241 k, or call us
at 228-2301/05.
1 read with considerable dismay
your article entitled "AMS contemplates new student group" in your
August 6-12 issue.
Each individual student council
has an obligation to represent its
constituents to all levels of government that impact educational policy. To attempt this task as individual institutions would of course present a fragmented, ineffective voice
to the federal government. To forward a second national student organization fragments a united student
voice and erodes the legitimacy of
representation offered by both the
proposed Conference of University's
Student's Councils (CUSC) and the
Canadian Federation of Students
(CFS).
In spearheading the movement to
form CUSC the University of Alberta
has necessarily undermined the national student movement that currently exists and in effect has shirked
its responsibility to represent its constituents in the most effective manner.
The Canadian Federation of Students is developing a reputation on
Parliament Hill as a well organized,
THE UBYSSEY
August 12, 1986
The Summer Ubyssey is published Wednesdays throughout
the summer session by the Alma Mater Society of the University of British Columbia, with additional funding from the
Walter Gage Memorial Fund and the UBC Alumni Association.
Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not necessarily
those of the university administration, or of the sponsor. The
Ubyssey is a member of Canadian University Press. The editorial office is in rm. 241 k of the Student Union Building. Editorial
department, phone 228-2301/05; advertising, 228-3977.
The camera zooms in on the castle of Dr. Svetozar Kontic, who bends over the prone form of David
Ferman 'Nyoh ho hoha har (what a ham]!" he laughs "All I need is a brain and the monster lives!
Michael) Michael Groberman! The brainl And more line tape! '
"Yes Masterl Here is your brainl I borrowed it from Peter Burns. He wasn't using it," muttered the
hunchbacked dwarf.
"You fooll It is uselessl First Charles Campbell's brain and now thisl Get me another!" thunders
Kontic.
Outside, airline stewardesses Stephanie Smith, Camile Dionne. Evelyn Jacob and Janice Irving
mutter obscene oaths as their '23 Hupmobile conveniently breaks down before the Kontic castle.
'That's OK," bubbles Janice, "we can stay in this obviously dangerous castle tonight."
Cut to shot of castle. Cue thunder and lightning. Pan inside to Dr. Kontic playing "If I Only Had A
Brain (For The Monster, That Is)" on an old, huge Wurlitzer Fade to black.
"Nyoh ho ho." roars Dr. Kontic, "I have used part of the females' brains to finish the monster!
Waitl He's alive! He speaks!"
"Good morning and thank you for flying Trans-World Airlines," says Ferman. "Please buckle
your seatbelts..."
THE END
Yawn Click.
"Here's Rick Hiebert and his dog Spot!"
professional lobbying organization
and has advanced significantly the
student condition across Canada.
Non CFS members have enjoyed at
no cost the successful elements of the
Federation in the areas of summer
employment programs, student aid
(accessibility) and Established Program Funding (quality).
CFS is not without its problems,
(besides CUSC). Its attention to
issues indirectly related to education
has negatively impacted its membership as has its policy of one institution, one vote. It is impossible to
change these practices as a non member. There are several institutions
within the federation that are actively
seeking resolutions to these and other
internal difficulties but they remain
committed to the fundamental goals
of CFS and the philosophical imperative of participating in student representation at the federal level. These
institutions have refused to throw
out the baby with the bath water.
I hope CUSC, the student organization that feels if you do not attend
an institution with an enrollment over
7500, you are not a university student, realizes the shallowness and
destructive impact of its endeavours.
I hope the AMS will reconsider its
participation in CFS and the effective representation of its constituents at the federal level. Only from
within CFS can the AMS assist in
the evolution of a truly national student movement.
Scott Rogers
McMaster University Grad Page 8
The Summer Ubyssey
August 12, 1986
Disruptive lives of children of war
" We were walking holding hands.
We were all afraid because the soldiers were chasing us.
There were a lot of them.
Later they came up to two children and asked them some questions.
And then they killed them and left them."
Maria Aide Moreno
Salvadorean refugee living in Honduras
By J. IRVING
Disrupted Lives is an exhibit of
drawings and poems from refugee
children in war-torn Central America.
Linda Dale, who first became involved with the project in 1983 when
a friend sent her a box of children's
drawings from a  refugee camp in
Honduras, describes the collection as
children's "personal experiences of
war."
"Accustomed to the distant images
of violence on television," Dale wrote,
"I was unprepared for the emotional
directness with which the children
described every reality of war and
their lives as refugees."
In 1984, Dale visited refugee camps
in Honduras, Costa Rica, and Mexico gathering over 900 pictures and
words from displaced children.
These children, between eight and
fourteen years of age. are only a
handful of the 1,600,000 Salvado-
rans and Guatemalans who have fled
their homes during ten years of civil
strife.
The drawings are straightforward
depictions of violence. Many are
filled with images of helicopters
shooting people, firing squads, fami-
ies killed by soldiers.
drawing by an eight-year-old
iuatemalan refugee stands out
stick figures crossing a river
red with their own blood, trying
to evade the gunfire of pursuing
oldiers.
Maria Marian de Paz, a 12 year-
old refugee, describes her work. "The
planes are shooting the people, the
people running into the houses with
the children, the plane shooting, the
children shouting, the houses burnt,
everything burnt, the
choose to record these violent pas
sages in their lives.
"Things which are most dear
to them have been threatened or
des troyed by the violence which war has
brought to their community. When
they write about these experiences it
is often of their loss and their struggle
corn fields too. the
planes shooting, shooting the
people, everyone running, fleeing the
massacre, necks broken, children
wounded, all the cows and horses
were dead."
"They came into our village," says
I 1 year-old Ciuatemalan refugee Luis
Fernando Garcia, "and separated
out the men from the women and
children. Then they put the men
together and shot them."
Dale explains  why the children
to hold on to what remains of that
world," Dale says.
What is most striking about this
exhibit  is its simplicity —   a  stark
glimpse of the lives of refugee children, yet with some hope remaining,
as a child illustrates.
"Peace.  This drawing is about
peace, because in El Salvador there is
no peace," says Selvin Rouda.
a Sal vadoran  refugee.  "Manv
countries know   only war.  The
peasant  man says we want peace
and thev say we only want war.
Peace is a kind of friendship.
Long live peace!"
Disrupted Lives was organized by
INTER PARES in co-ordination with
Canadian University Students Overseas (CUSO).
The cross-Canada exhibit will reach
the Madrona Center in Nanaimo in
September 1987.
Twiliaht zene: the evening
By MICHAEL GROBERMAN
5:00 p.m. The Telephone Call
Michael: HeySvet. We're short review
copy for Tuesday. Let's eat at Eng's
and review Letter to Brezhnev at the
Varsity.
Michael knows that Svet loves Eng's.
Svet: Love to. See you there.
A cool summer evening. An innocent
arrangement. Michael and Svetozar.
joined across the city by a small
communication cable, have no idea
they have just entered the Twilight
Zone.
6:00 p.m. The Restaurant
Michael: Hi, Svet. Eng's is closed.
Svetozar: Oh. I just sand-blasted my
car today. Doesn't it look good?
Michael: Oh. Eng's is closed.
Svetozar: Oh. I think I'll blast the
rest of my car tomorrow.
Michael:   Oh.   We  have  to  go  to
another restaurant.
Svetozar: Why?
Thev   walk  up  the street  to  Culpepper's, at 4450 W. 10th.
Michael: This looks good.
Svetozar: There's no one else.here,
Michael.
Michael: But it looks good, don't you
think?
They order nachos. $4.95
Svetozar: Did you order the cheese
cold and rubbery?
The salsa is cold, the sour cream is
very cold. The chips are piping hot.
Svetozar orders sauteed chicken in
puff pastry. " With gristle and bones
please." $5.95
Michael orders seafood stuffed potatoes. The seafood is mushed into the
potato. " What was this in life." Lots of
mayonnaise. Cold rubbery cheese on
top. $4.95
Towels advertising many beers decorate the restaurant.
Svetozar: They must have a separate
beer menu.
They have five different kinds.
Svetozar: I'll have Foster's.
They're out of Foster's.  He has a
Steinlager. $2.75
Michael feels ill. Svetozar feels ill.
Total bill: $20.60
7:00 p.m. The Movie — Part I
They walk to the Varsity Theatre.
Michael speaks to the ticket-taker.
Letter to Brezhnev closes Thursday.
Michael puts on his sensible, responsible entertainment editor's hat.
Michael: I will not run a Tuesday
review of a film that closes Thursday.
Let's visit Lise.
7:10 p.m. The Visit
Lise once edited the Ubyssey. Now
she is a yuppie executive with a white
business suit and a matching VW
Rabbit. Michael and Svet want lo
check her entertainment section.
Michael knocks. Lise is not home.
Dorothy answers.
Svetozar: Dorothy? Dorothy Gale? 1
don't think we're in Kansas any
more, Michael.
They check the listings. They choose
a new foreign film at Royal Centre.
Subtitles. Perfect Ubyssey radical-
chic material: The Mystery of Alex-
ina. They watch T. V. and drink tea
with Dorothy.
Svetozar: Gee, this tea tastes like
almonds.
8:00 p.m. The Movie — Part II
They arrive at Royal Centre. There is
no Alexina poster. Michael asks
cashier for a press photo of the film.
Cashier: Down the hall and to the
right.
They go down the hall and to the
right. There is an exit door and a
one-hour martinizing service. Back
to the cashier.
Cashier: Oh, 1 thought you asked for
a public phone. Sorry, no photos.
And no poster. That will be $5.50.
There are six people in the theatre.
Michael recognizes them all from
Culpepper's earlier that evening.
9:00 p.m. The Review
A hermaphrodite with an unper-
foratred penis is wreaking havoc in
nineteenth century France.
His mother thought it is too rude
to look "down there" at his birth, and
assumed the child a girl. At his
Catholic girls' school, it was considered improper to see one's self, let
alone others, naked. Alexina does
not know he is different.
Alexina is sent to a countryside
girls' school to teach. He shares a
room with the lovely, nubile Sara,
another teacher.
The confused Alexina is tormented
by the painful, lustful thoughts he-
has for the fetching Sara.
Sara is also confused, especially
when Alexina grabs her and makes
love to her (in a particularly erotic
scene).
"You're not like the other girls,"
notices the amorous Sara, in veiled
reference to Alexina's penis. "You're
more like a boy."
The subject of this allegedly true
story is not uninteresting. It could be
(and appears to want to be) a stinging
indictment of religious dogma, morality, social intolerance, and state-
sanctioned victimization ofthe innocent. But it is not.
The real drama here is in the revelation to the world and to Alexina
himself that he is a hermaphrodite
(with the physical desires of a male,
hence  the  pronoun choice).  This
drama is largely ignored. Instead, the
film provides a very lengthy build up
to an erotic revelation scene, a build
up consisting of vague references and
allusions to Alexina's "problems",
i.e.:
"Are you having your period?"
"No. I've never had one..."
These allusion scenes are divided
up by insertions of lengthy, pointless,
uninteresting panographic shots of
French countryside.
After the revelation, the movie
leaps into the persecution ofthe now-
considered-male-by-the-church Alexina; he works in a Paris hotel to earn
enough money to wed his beloved
Sara. This is cursory, soap-opera
treatment of a highly dramatic, captivating story.
A highlight is the confessional
scene in which the deeply tormented
Alexina reveals to the priest his sexual encounters with the affable Sara.
The enraged clergyman falls from his
compartment, grabs Alexina from
behind her curtain, and throws her
from the church, exclaiming, "You
bitch, get out of here with your filthy
practices."
10:00 p.m.
Svetozar: This must be nearly over.
It's 11:00 it's been two hours.
10:05 p.m.
Svetozar takes a quarter from his
pocket and shows il to Michael. He
begins laughing. Loudly. Hysterically.
Svetozar: This is all I have left from a
twenty dollar bill (referring to dinner
and the movie). I could have gotten
up this morning, flushed it down the
toilet, and gone back to bed.
10:20 p.m. The End
Twilight Zone theme music...
Go wan and Luba pop at Expo
By PETER BURNS
Two ofthe fast-risers in Canadian
pop gave evidence ofthe new surge in
Canadian talent at Expo last week.
Although sometimes contrived and
unabashedly commercial, both Luba
and Gowan represent a strong presence in Canadian music which serves
to underline the increasing base of
songwriters in this country. If Canada is going to have formulated,
radio pop then at least we've got
Luba and Gowan, rather than our
southern neighbours' Lionel Ritchie
and Kenny Loggins.
On Tuesday night, an eager, young
audience, obviously enamoured with
Gowan, were treated to a high-energy
and musically accomplished performance by Gowan and his five-piece
band. To his credit, Larry Gowan
covered a lot of territory from a solo
piano boogie ragtime number to his
more well-known high-tech, heavily
synthesized pieces.
It is a mainstream pop act like
Gowan who will bring more and
more attention to Canadian music
that will ultimately rub off on the
more innovative underground bands
around the country.
The vocal talents of Luba were
presented at Expo Theatre last Wednesday. While she definitely has a
marvelous voice, her pre-gig reputation as somewhat of a flake was realized. Dropping her microphone onto
the floor, it seemed like she'd never
recover her confidence. Then she
belittled her west coast audience, "I
Larry Gowan...better pop
hear you guys out here on the coast
like more rock in your music" (read:
"than we eastern sophisticates"). The
crowd was hushed a bit — obviously
Luba isn't a candidate for the diplomatic corps, yet she managed to recover to the point of getting the crowd
to sing several hits with her. She's
harmless, but lacks the maturity to
direct the mood of an audience.
The diminutive Montrealaise, Luba. and her tight five-piece band
along with three backing vocalists
were full of nervous energy. Several
songs had success written all over
them: How Many (Rivers To Cross)
and the sensitive Storm Before The
Calm. Too often, though, she appeared like a scrambled schoolgirl,
with songs like Let It Go and her first
hit. Every Time I See Your Picture.
The many soul influences and her
Motownish qualities were underlined
by her tremendous cover of When A
Man Loves A Woman. Luba's style
is engaging but even her vocals are
lost in the blandness of her material
like Sacrificial Heart and Run With
You. Luba is headed for international stardom if she can add better
material and a refined stage presence
to the vocal talents she already
possesses.

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