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The Ubyssey Jul 29, 1986

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Vol. V     No. 2
July 23—29, 1986
College    locks    out   student   newspaper
There will be no student newspaper at Okanagan College this fall
if the administration there has its
way, a member of the paper said
Heather Gropp said the college
locked Goliard staff out of their
office on June 17 because they were
unable to pay their rent, and said the
college administration will serve
the paper an eviction notice whether
it pays its rent or not.
"I suggest the college does not like
some of the articles which have
appeared in the paper," said Paul
Hesketh, acting student society media
relations officer.
Hesketh was elected illegally in a
student election that was later overturned in court by joint efforts of
Goliard staff and former Okanagan
student society members, according
to Goliard founder Phillip Link.
Both Gropp and Link said the eviction is politically motivated.
"They (the administration) see the
Goliard as being too vocal. They
don't like that," Gropp said.
But John Watson, vice-president
of administration at Okanagan College, disagrees. "Our view is that
their politics are their business," he
said. "We take no position."
Hesketh said the student government will not approve the Goliard's
funding until they receive a financial
statement listing yearly expenses. He
said the student society wants to
know if Goliard funds collected by
the administration and released upon
approval of the student society are
being used to publish the paper.
But Gropp said the Goliard did
not produce a financial statement
for the student society because the
student paper is autonomous and is
not required to release any financial
Following two mysterious break-
ins at the Goliard office in which
files containing the financial statements and meeting minutes were
stolen, the staff removed their typesetting equipment from the office to
an unidentified person's basement.
according to Link.
Gropp said moving the equipment
was motivated by the lockout.
But Hesketh disagreed with the
Goliard's actions and said, "You just
don't do anything silly like that." He
went on to accuse Link and Marg
Fartezeck, newly elected chair of
the Pacific Region of the Canadian
Federation of Students, of being
involved in the equipment disappearance.
Fartezeck, a former member of
the Goliard, admitted knowledge of
the equipment removal, but denied
Watson said Goliard staff will be
allowed access to their office only
after the rent is paid, but insists the
eviction notice will stand and the
office must be vacated by July 31.
But Gropp said the Goliard cannot pay its rent until the college
administration releases $8,000 in
student levies it owes the paper. The
release of the money is dependent
upon student society approval.
Gropp said the Goliard asked the
college administration to set aside
some of the money for rent payments. The college has not replied to
their request.
The Goliard staff attended a college board meeting earlier this year
with the student society to discuss an
alternative site on campus for the
student paper, said Gropp, "but they
(the college board) wouldn't even
put us on the agenda."
Hesketh said the student society
may take the Goliard to court because
it holds part ownership of the typesetting equipment.   He added  the
matter could soon be resolved by a
court-appointed trustee who will act
on behalf of the displaced student
The Goliard staff was involved in
the six-day occupation of Bill Bennett's constituency office in November 1985 in an effort to force the
premier to hold a public forum on
education at Okanagan College.
Gropp assures the paper will continue publication. "People's spirits
are pretty low," said Gropp, "but if
we have to. we'll be an underground
paper. We won't give up," she said.
Divestment stalled
The fate of UBC investments in
companies that do business wiTh
South Africa may soon be decided,
the vice-president of financial services said Wednesday.
Bruce Gellatly said he has received
the federal government's analysis of
Canadian companies that operate in
South Africa — dubbed the Hart
report — and will wait for recommendations from financial services
staff before he presents it to the
finance committee of the Board of
Governors on August 1.
Treasurer of financial services
Terry Serson said she has been in
constant contact with Hart — a
former civil servant commissioned
by External Affairs minister Joe
Clark to oversee the study — and is
in the process of analyzing his report.
"We're trying to make sure we're
covering all bases of our investments," said Serson.
"What we want to do is assure the
information received is reliable," she
The Board of Governors postponed decisions on investment policies earlier in the year pending arrival of the federal government's report
on how Canadian companies operate in South Africa, in relation to the
1978 Canadian Code of Conduct.
The  code  calls for companies to
improve wages, benefits and working conditions of black employees,
pay equal wages and assist with
housing, education and training.
In October of last year, Gellatly
said approximately $3.9 million in
UBC endowment funds were invested
jn,Canadian .banks, and about $1
million in six companies: Alcan Canada Products, C1L Inc...the Hudson's Bay Co., Inco Ltd., International Thomson Organization Ltd.,
and Noranda Ltd.
But Gellatly said last week that
most of the funds are invested in the
five banks — the Bank of Commerce, the Toronto Dominion Bank,
the Royal Bank, the Bank of Nova
Scotia and the Bank of Montreal
—which no longer make loans to South
Africa, and said UBC's current investments in companies with South
African ties total less than $2 million.
"Had we been aware of the bank's
position last fall, our investments
would have been almost non-existent
and simply not an issue," said
■The vice-president said the five
banks appeared incorrectly on an
old United Nations list which records
companies and financial institutions
that make loans or have investments
in South Africa.
But horacio de la cueva, spokesperson  for  Students for a  Free
see page 2
YOUNG GURU SPIRITUALLY expands achieving oneness with the Tao.
Feds will support CIAU travel fund
Sport Canada reversed a decision
Tuesday to cut a $281,000 travel
fund from the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union, said the
director of athletic and sport services at UBC.
"If the federal government had
gone through with the cuts, we would
have had to drop several teams from
our program," said Bob Hindmarch.
adding sport services would have
lost $40,000 as a result.
Sport Canada, which administers
the fund, is a business agency of the
federal ministry of fitness and amateur sport. On Tuesday it announced
a one year moratorium on cuts.
Hindmarch said he is upset that
the universities were not consulted
about the cuts originally announced
in June.
"We felt the harshest thing of all
was that we were not consulted in
the decision. After all, they are our
government," he said.
But Lyle Makosky, assistant deputy minister for fitness and amateur
sport said the federal government
should not provide travel funds for
university teams.
"We stepped outside what we normally do. Travel funding should be
provided by provincial governments,
but they are shirking their duties,"
he said.
Hindmarch said the problem began
in June when Sport Canada announced it would transfer funds out
of travel budgets into an area called
"high performance" — a program
designed to develop athletes in wrestling and volleyball techniques.
Marilyn Pomfret, former director of women's athletics at UBC who
represented the CIAU in an Ottawa
meeting with Otto Jelinek Monday,
said she is frustrated that the CIAU
cannot make Sport Canada understand its primary needs. "Enrichment programs are vital to us," she
In 1979 the Joe Clark government
cut the fund to $ 192,000. It was reinstated shortly after by the liberal
government under the minister of
fitness  and   amateur  sport,   lona
Campagnolo, who increased the fund
to $378,000. In 1985-86 the conservative government cut the fund back
to $281,000.
Hindmarch said the fund mainly
affects the western universities and
Newfoundland's Memorial University because the eastern universities
(Ontario and Quebec) use buses
rather that air transportation.
"If we lost our travel budget,
Memorial University would simply
not be able to compete," he said.
But Hindmarch said the CIAU
could counteract Sport Canada's
action by not allowing them to use
the university as a national and
regional training centre.
"We are in the middle of a fiscal
year and the CIAU has to come up
with $281,000. This puts us in a ludicrous position," said Hindmarch.
"How can we produce top notch athletes if they have nowhere to compete?" he asked.
Funds create chair
Business and government leaders
met Thursday to present cheques
totalling $500,000 towards a permanent chair in Korean studies at
In a plush-carpeted Hotel Vancouver board room, international
trade minister Pat Carney and
Korean trade and industry minister
Kum Jin-Ho made a joint presentation of endowment to UBC president David Strangway on behalf of
the Canadian government and over
25 companies.
"This endowment fund is an example to all of us that close cooperation between government, business
and educational institutions can
achieve long-term benefits for Canadian universities," said Carney, expressing delight that UBC received
the funds.
"I am a graduate of UBC myself,
and I consider it to be the best selection for this chair," she said.
The funds were raised from public
and private sector contributions by
the Canada-Korean Business Council and from corporations in Korea
through the Korean Business Council. They will be used to support a
permanent teaching and research
position in modern Korean language
and culture in the department of
Asian Studies.
In a brief but pointed acceptance
speech, Strangway told delegates he
s rarely asked to receive university
"What has happened is a unique
experience in these times," Strang
way said.
The president said the Korean
Studies chair is of "immense significance to UBC," and "reflects increasing ties between government,
private sector, and universities."
"We must rely on these partnerships if students are to flourish in
Canadian universities," he said.
The Korean government already
provides funds to support a visiting
professor to teach first and second
year courses in Korean language at
UBC. It is expected the extra funds
will allow the program to continue.
Jin-Ho said UBC's decision to
create a permanent chair is "indicative of the strong cultural and economic bond between the two countries," adding the chair "will help
cement the ties of friendship."
Bruce Howe, president of B.C.
Resources and Canada-Korean Business council chair, praised Korea's
economic growth since the second
World War.
"Korea has been transformed from
a rural economy to a growig industrial power and is now Canada's
second largest trading partner in the
Pacific Rim," he said, adding that
trade between the two countries totalled almost $2.4 billion in 1985,
..more than double the 1982 level.
But the trade balance is heavily in
Korea's favour: Korean exports to
Canada were $1.6 billion, while
Canadian exports to Korea were
$800 million. In a separate meeting
last week, Carney and Jin-Ho discussed how to redress the trade
imbalance. Page 2
The Summer Ubyssey
July 23—29, 1986
Investments to be reconsidered
from page 1
Southern Africa, said the real issue
is that UBC is making profits from
companies benefitting from Pretoria's apartheid policies, and paying
taxes to an oppressive government.
"Even if UBC investments are not
much, they are a contribution to
support a racist regime," he said.
According to Serson, Hart inves
tigated hundreds of Canadian companies to see which ones have South
African ties. Eighteen companies —
Canadian and American subsidiaries — were sent questionnaires testing
their compliance with the Canadian
Code of Conduct. She said ofthe six
companies holding investments for
UBC, Alcan Canada, Inco, and In
ternational Thomson appeared on
Hart's list.
Hart's report concludes the situation in South Africa is changing
rapidly, and that "Canadian direct
investment is being reduced substantially," Serson said.
Student board member Don Holubitsky said public pressure will force
Summer at UBC breeds apathy
Summer is a bad time to protest
apartheid, say student groups on
Despite mounting tensions since
the Pretoria government announced
a state of emergency in South Africa
on June 12, barring political activity, censoring press, and securing
wide-spread detentions, no UBC
organizations have established new
boycott policies or planned any protests for the fall.
"The whole thing is dead right
now," said AMS president Simon
Seshadri. "Any student or council
member can bring the question of
South Africa to council," he said,
"but no one has bothered to ask
council to take a stand on the issue
one way or another, and no one on
student council has bothered to
either," he said.
Horacio de la cueva, spokesperson for Students for a Free Southern
Africa, said he has tried to call a
meeting of members to discuss the
current state of affairs in South
Africa but admitted it has been difficult to do in the summer.
He said he was not aware that
UBC had obtained the federal government's report on how Canadian companies operate in South Africa, but
assured the group will do something,
although he did not say what as yet.
And de la cueva criticized the
AMS for not taking a firm stand on
boycott policies. "They should be
boycotting goods produced by South
African tied companies," he said.
"We (students) elected them to
make decisions on how to invest our
money, but when it comes to making
hard decisions, they (the AMS) don't
have the pants to stand up for somebody else's rights," he said.
The AMS has said repeatedly it
will not boycott goods produced by
companies doing business with South
Africa because they say they cannot
make moral decisions for students.
The companies include Rothmans.
Carling O'Keefe, Growers Ciderand
St. Michelle Wines.
Graduate society president Phil
Bennett said he is not aware of any
actions within the grad centre this
"Even though the situation in
South Africa is so extreme, we
haven't planned anything concrete
yet," he said.
"What we want is a protest with
lots of support, but 10 people looks
worse than nothing," Bennett said,
referring to a rally staged by Students for a Free Southern Africa earlier in the year at a Board of Governors meeting.
Bennett admitted the summer is a
"terrible time" for student rallies,
and said he will not make a protest at
the Board of Governors meeting on
August 1.
"I don't know right now what we
can do," said the grad president.
"The timing is bad. It's hard enough
trying to get people out in the winter.
I've never seen a successful summer
protest," he said.
Bennett said the grad centre has
already secured boycotts on South
African-tied products —- Hi-Test,
Miller's Highlite, Growers Ciders,
Jordan and St. Michelle wines —
and does not think making a presentation to the board members will
"They know how we stand already," said Bennett. "The board
gets tired of protests. A lot will
depend upon what happened at the
federal level," he said.
Last week, prime minister Mulroney said Canada will take tough
steps against Pretoria even if Britian
continues to oppose sanctions. But
Mulroney did not specify what form
the sanctions will take.
Bennett said the most effective
way students can protest apartheid
is by writing letters to pressure the
Mulroney government into implementing stronger sanctions.
a change in South African government policies, and said companies
that do business in South Africa
should report to their shareholders
on employment practices.
He said UBC should divest itself
of its South Africa linked investments.
"I think universities should be
socially responsible institutions," said
UBC's investment portfolio consists of a $90 million endowment
fund and approximatly the same
amount in its staff pension plan.
Holubitsky said UBC has a moral
duty to guarantee pension funds for
staff, but admits the amount is very
small and to divest now would not
be difficult.
Although Gellatly said in February the Board can take more "precipitous action" in its investment policies if it has to, de la cueva said he
doubts the Board is capable of making independent decisions about
"It's an easy way out for the Board
to follow Canadian policy. They're
business people more concerned
about money than human rights," he
Serson will continue to examine
the report, but says she does not
know what criteria Hart used in
selecting the 18 companies. She said
it is debatable that any of the companies on the list hold investments
for UBC.
"It is important to keep in mind
that there is not just one blacklist of
companies that do business with
South Africa," said Serson. '
Some other reports examined include: the U.S. Sullivan report, a
voluntary code of ethics for business
operations in South Africa; and a
United Nations social and economic
council report.
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Vol. 15, No. 1
Hello and welcome to Summer Session '86
July 23, 1986
The Summer Session Association is the student organization of Summer
Session; if you have any problems, concerns or suggestions, please drop by
our office — main floor of SUB, opposite the candy counter. We are there
Monday   Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone 228-4846
Music for a
Summer's Evening
Thursday, July 24:
Music for Brass and Keyboard
Ed Norman, keyboards; Thomas Parriott,
Ray Kirkham, trumpets
Tuesday, July 29:
Music for Guitar Duo
Alan Rinehart, Michael Strutt, guitars
Summer Sounds
Wednesday, July 23:
Classical — UBC Trio SUB Plaza
Friday, July 25:
Jazz — Gary Keenan Quartet      SUB Plaza
Monday, July 28:
Jazz — Steve Nikleva Quartet     SUB Plaza
Wednesday, July 30:
Horns "R" Us SUB Plaza
Summer Screen '86
Free films presented at 7:30 pm in IRC Lecture
# 2 in Woodward
Monday, July 28 F/X
Rollie Tyler is an F/X expert, now he's been asked to
perform his wizardry on behalf of the justice
department. He's been told that the "scenario"
involves a fake murder. What he doesn't know is that
another killing is planned — his own.
Wednesday, July 30 Splash
This Academy Award nominee for best original
screenplay unfold an unusual tale about Allen Bauer,
a successful young businessman, who feels love has
passed him by. Then — Splash! — he falls into the
ocean during a boating accident and is rescued by a
beautiful girl. And, you'll fall hook line and sinker for
this contemporary comedy about a man and a
Friday, August 1 Return of the Jedi
The third episode of the famous "Star Wars" series.
Luke Skywalker and his rebel forces, with a little help
from some "furry friends", meet Darth Vader, The
Emperor and the Imperial Warriors in a final
showdown. (Cinemascope)
Summer Stock '86
July 23 — August 2
Frederic Wood Theatre 8 p.m.
"Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's MacBeth"
by Tom Stoppard
Tickets $5       228-2678
We need you to help with office hours. If
interested call Michael Grice as soon as
possible at 228-4846 or call on him in the
Ombudsoffice on the SUB's main floor
opposite the candy counter.
J July 23-29, 1986
The Summer Ubyssey
Page 3
AMS creates food bank for students
By EVELYN JACOB budget coordinator said Thursday.
The Alma Mater Society hopes to'  Sandra Jarvis, the first non-exec-
establish a food bank on campus utive mernber hired to work at the
this fall for students who cannot /yMS tn's summer'wno oversees the
afford to eat after paying for the project, said she first became inter-
high cost of education, an AMS ested in food banks whan a close
■friend was forced to eat cream of
wheat three times a day after her
student loan ran out.
"And so when the AMS asked
who wanted to do a food bank,"
Jarvis explained, "I said O.K."
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UBC's ENTRY "TURBIC" into the Innovative Vehicle Design contest held at Blot and Expo last week
won first place. The three wheel vehicle is powered by natural gas and diesel. There were ten entries
from Canada, U.S.A., Japan, amd Switzerland. Other winners sharing in the $250,000 worth of
scholarships and University of Sherbrooke, Mankato State University, and Queen's University.
Unemployed UBC students
do not want summer
A student employment worker on
campus said Job Link is filling fewer
jobs this summer because students
don't want to work.
Job Link co-ordinator Linda Hernandez said the centre has only filled
286 jobs to date, compared with 501
in the same, time last year.
"Only two out of eight students
will follow through with job referrals," said Hernandez. "We're doing
what we can to help students but
they aren't holding up their part of
the bargain," she said.
Hernandez said Job Link, now in.
its third summer of operation, held a
free resume and interviewing technique workshop in May, but only
five students showed up to the
"We advertised our workshop all
over the campus and called people
on our registration list. We want to
help people, but we feel we're digging our heels in the sand," she said.
Hernandez said the summer employment centre is considering making a blacklist of students who don't
show up for job referrals.
Another problem Job Link is facing this summer is finding students
to fill the mostly $4.00 per hour jobs.
pus, denies wages are depressed this
•year. Earlier this spring the CECs
boards were covered with $4-5 per
hour jobs, but Brand denies low
wages are turning students away.
"The jobs that made it to the
boards are there because we don't
have anyone to fill them," said Brand.
But most of the best paying jobs
"The trouble with most of the jobs do not Set posted because students
is they are part time and don't pay come in and check at the registration
much," said Job Link coordinator desk," he said.
Tina Matysiak. According to Brand, wages are
She said that students are not wil- above average this summer compared
ling to take these jobs because they t0 last vear> and says the centre is
know they won'tmake enough money having a good summer in terms of
to cover tuition.
"But employers know they can get
away with paying less these days
because there are fewer jobs around,"
she said.
But Pat Brand, manager of the
Canada Employment Centre on cam-
quality jobs.
AMS vice-president Rebecca Nevraumont, who oversees Job Link,
said the student employment centre
received more jobs this year than
last, but says registration is down
because of Expo.
Jarvis said that increases in tuition fees — a result of government
cutbacks — have forced many students into poverty.
"If you're lucky you can get morel
than $3.65 an hour from a job, which ;
you can't afford to eat off of, let
alone save for tuition," she said.
Jarvis, along with members of
anti-poverty groups, met last week
with Social Credit leadership candi-i
dates Stephen Rogers, Mel Couve-
The food bank's new home will be
in the Lutheran Campus centre, and
Jarvis says she hopes operationswill
begin September 1. She says she is
experienced for the job because^ of
her volunteer work at the Unitarian
Food Bank earlier this year.
"It impresses upon you that some
people don't have it as good as others and that it could be you tomorrow without a job," she said.
How the centre runs will depend
Right now, we don't have enough
people to run the food bank. We
need lots of help," she said. The project has not received any donations
as yet but Jarvis says she will be
needing them from the campus community.
"We haven't approached the university itself yet, although I've heard
rumours that there may be funds
available," she said.
. "As for the government; well,
there's no way we'd get anything
from them," she said.
lier and Kim Campbell to discuss upon the number of volunteers rec
solutions for the hungry in B.C. She rujted,  which Jarvis cites as the
said the responses she received dif- maj or problem of her project,
ifered with each candidate.
"Stephen Rogers told us that if the
money isn't there, it can't go into
education. I think it's ironic when
you consider Expo," said Jarvis,
dubbing the world's exposition "the
: big party over there."
"Kim Campbell was more receptive to our concerns," Jarvis said. "I
was impressed that she believed there
should be more investment into
young people's education," she
Although the nine representatives
of the poverty groups — known as
the Bottom 20 Club — said increases
in welfare rates and a higher minimum wage would ease the hardships of many, Campbell said^hat
raising the minimum wage would
reduce the number of jobs in B.C.
Comments made by Courvelier,
Jarvis said, were "interesting" but
"He believes that straight funding
increases dependency on governments, and wants to see greater
entrepeneurship," she said, adding
that Couvelier's attitude "typifies
Social Credit policy."
"But it's hard to tell a child suffer-
ingifrom protein deprivation to wait
until the economy gets better," said
The summer coordinator said
Couvelier told her the purpose of
cuts to post-secondary education is
the government's way of forcing
universities to alter non-career programs which, they feel, are a waste of
Charter coming
Ihe Lady Godiva ride and other
campus issues may soon come into
conflict with the Canadian Charter
of Rights, a UBC law professor said
Lynn Smith said students may
have the legal right to protest controversial issues on campus within
three to four years.
She said the Godiva ride is one of
the most obvious examples to Which
the charter might apply, and said the
issue could be argued on both sides.
"Students opposing the ride would
cite the right to liberty and security
Provincial minister sides with students and
anti-poverty groups against transit hikes
The Vancouver Regional Transit
Commission had its wrist slapped
last week, when provincial secretary
Grace McCarthy sided with local
anti-poverty groups in asking for a
review of the recent transit levy hike.
The levy represents a 300 percent
increase in hydro fees since April.
Burnaby mayor Bill Lewarne,
Transit Commission chair, said
McCarthy's decision means little
more than a shuffling of the transit
"I still feel that we have been fair,"
said Lewarne, referring to the increased fees. "I don't want this to be
a charade, but I don't know how
they expect us to balance our budget," he said.
The B.C. Transit Act requires the
VRTC to raise 35 percent of its
budget through public transportation fares. The provincial govern
ment provides 60 percent of the
transit budget, and the VRTC is
expected to raise the remaining
Lewarne said the V RTC scrapped
alternate plans to balance their
budget before deciding on a hydro
surcharge. He said the transit company rejected an increase in gasoline
tax because of federal government
pressures earlier in the year calling
for lower gasoline prices.
The second option was to raise
residential propertay taxes, a which
the VRTC found unacceptable because of the resulting $80-90 increase in yearly taxes would. be a
blow to property holders.
The hydro surcharge,in comparison, works out to about $44 per person each year.
But local anti-poverty groups say
no matter what form the transit
increase takes, students and low-
income earners will suffer from the
increased fees.
Marg Fartaczek, Canadian Federation of Students chair, blames the
provincial government for the high
cost of transit in the lower mainland.
She said the government previously
allocated $470 million to B.C. Rail,
which helped lower train rates, and
said the province should also increase funding to the VRTC.
Although the transit system is
uneconomical for government, Fartaczek said the public must decide
between higher costs for government and lower costs for users.
The Canadian student loan maximum monthly allowance for transportation is $40 per month, less than
a monthly one-zone pass. Fartaczek
said the federal and provincial
governments should discuss ways to
change policies which work against
"Students are a captive market,"
said CFS representative Michael
Geoghegan, indicating that many
student are paying more than they
should for transit fares, with no
access to alternative transportation.
"Whenever possible, we'd like to
reduce the debt load of students.
We're pushing for concession fares,"
he said.
In 1983, Lower Mainland passes
were cut due to budget problems.
Two weeks ago, an anti-poverty
organization -— the Federated Anti-
Poverty Group — launched a court
case against the transit commission,
asking for a reversal of hydro increases. The presiding judge ruled
against reversing the increase, but
asked for increased public input at
commission meetings.
of the person, as well as equality
rights as their defence.
"Engineers would likely rely on
the freedom of expression and assembly," said-Smith.
She said, however, the values enshrined in the constitution are those
already held and observed by most
members of the university community, and doubts if the new process
will cause much opposition on
Smith said that Canadian courts
have traditionally expressed reservations about intervening in university affairs, and have considerable
respect for professional and academic
evaluations and determinations.
She said these rights are the two
most important parts of the charter
which became part of the constitution in 1982.
They were enacted primarily to
replace a human rights legislation
that was limited in scope and did not
provide the guaranteed rights of the
existing charter," she said.
The charter may even prove a liability in some cases, said Smith.
Students could protest scholarships
given to particular groups, such as
women or union members.
Smith also said students caught
with drugs in residences could appeal
to the charter under the unreasonable search and seizure act.
But she points out the charter is
not just an easy way for students to
bring their protests to court.
"The charter should guide students
on how to react in certain issues
instead," said Smith.
But the law professor said it is not
easy to assert rights in court. Page 4
Prew past in fast lane
July 23—29, 1986
July 23—29, 1986
Page 5
Psssst...You wanta meet a girl
who is so squeaky clean it's funny?
I'm talking golly gee square. She's an
ail-American schoolgirl sporting
leather Wallabies.
And she says things like "fiddlesticks" to replace that awful f-word.
Her Dad — a handsome lawyer
named Carson — smokes a pipe.
Ooohhhhh! And her boyfriend is
what else but a football hero.
But thankyGo...goodness this description takes an unexpected twist as
we round this square corner. She
also leads another more exciting life
as (gasp) ;an independent girl detective.     _
Nancy Prew: Clue In The Fast
Lane, a Touchstone production,
takes a joking poke at that schoolgirl
Part 1 of a three part serial set in
the 1950's Eisenhower era introduces Nancy and her oh so nice family
and friends, square character by
square character.
It starts with prim Nancy (Beverly
Cooper) giving a beaming welcome
with  her  wide  and   toothy  smile.
Cooper plays Nancy precisely. Hair,
Iteeth and mind are all in place.
The rest of the characters don't
just enter a scene, they make entrances. Carson Drew (Colin Mochire),
fitting the" book's description td a
tee, saunters into the living room.
Frank and Joe Hardy drop by to
help Nancy with caj. problems.
Hannah Bruin and Ted also make
their required short appearances.
Barbie Doll, one of Nancy's acquaintances, twists, turns and adjusts wonderfully stiltingly.
But, unfortunately, the characters
are all thai there is to this play. The
plot: Nancy gets kidnapped to a-
nother dimension to act as a role
model for the spacy kids of the 80's.
It is far-fetched and acts as an excuse
for presenting the more familiar and
memorable characters.
The plot is too outrageous tp suspend a person's disbelief, even in a
parody, and it falls flat.
The humour of this production
lies in the parody of characters in the
original book and the characters
presented from Nancy's era.
Go see Nancy for a twist on the
memories the character will bring
back. But if you want a story, read
the book.
One of these things doesn't belong
One of these things just doesn't
Can you tell me which one doesn't
belong here
Before I finish my song?
Now let's see boys and girls. It
you were going to write a parody of
Nancy Drew, and make a statement
about the 1980's, what are some of
the things you might include?
NANCY PREW...lost without a clue
Camper     Van   Beethoven,      Tripping
They are funny.. They are cool.
Heart-throbs they ain't. Camper Van
Beethoven pitched tent at the Savoy
last Tuesday for an oh-so-fine cook-
out. !
The five-piece band from San Francisco, a veritable stew of musical
genres, mix Sixties psychedelia,
C&W ditties, post-punk satire and
Yiddish polkas. The final product
resembles something indescribable,
yet strikingly original: a kind of
garbled garage-band hodgepodge.
With Camper Van Beethoven, ambiguity rules.
Before showtime, the band sauntered about near the front of the
stage. They looked like Grateful
Dead roadies. They claimed they
saw Jerry Garcia's daughter (they
could have been loaded). Who
knows. It was groovy.
At about 11:30, CVB ascended the
pee-wee stage: a drummer, a bassist,
a violin player, and a guy who once
dropped acid before a teen dance at
the YMCA because the dance was a
bummer. He sat down the rest of the
night in one corner, playing guitar
and a twangy keyboard-thing with
wires instead of keys.
After warming the crowd with a
sublime instrumental, CVB launched
into its salute to the universal teenage morning-after slogan, "1 Was
Soooo Wasted." From that point
on, CVB was nothing short of
charming, and chugged along without a lull 'till the rousing "No More
Bullshit" closed the show.
In California, CVB might play
bar-mitzvahs. They said stuff abput
Zion. It was deep, probably. They
said that they once saw a car-load of
rabbis talking sign language in a
beat-up Valiant cruising the highway:'"There were two surfboards on
the roof. So weird."
How can anyone dislike guys that
sing "Take the Skinheads Bowling?"
Man, is it ever refreshing to see a
band that hails from the land of
Frankenchrist ridiculing the pretensions of California hardcore. Violinist/guitarist Johnathon E. Segel's
mock punk/ heavy metal posturings
are the most precise this side of Spinal Tap. Furthermore, the band all
got down and played on their knees.
So totally swell. I bet Henry Rpllins
hates them.
Early Pink Floyd, the Velvet Underground, the written works of William Burroughs and recreational
hallucinogens were cited as possible
influences on their music. Despite
CVB's tendency toward idiocy, one
senses their desire to make some
kind of, um, "serious statement." An .
extended chat reveals them as well-
read, thoughtful, and conceivably
Okay. This is a highly original
band that defies any kind of stylistic
definition. They have the smarts to
avoid critical pigeonholing by
remaining musically and lyrically
ambiguous. One minute CVB has
you slamming, the next you're expanding.
Perhaps bassist Victor H. Krum-
menacher said it best: "We are from
a dimension far more complex, but
yet fully coherent. It is not a joke. It
is something few people know
about, and few people realize when
they attain it. We are a lower form of
Well, Bev Cooper and Ann-Marie
MacDonald wrote a parody,, and
they included some very good things,
and some very yucky things that just
don't belong in a parody of Nancy
Drew. All of the following things are
in Nancy Prew: The Clue in the Fast
Lane (Chapter 2). Which one doesn't
1. 1950's middle class American
2. tuna casserole
3. Carson Prew, Nancy's handsome
lawyer father
4. Lakeview Heights, Nancy's home
5. a silly, inane, complicated plot,
conveniently chosen to allow lots of
direct 1980's references, but having
no relationship to the exciting, if
predictable, plots of the Nancy Drew
Now boys and girls, you know
what a parody is. It is the mocking of
something by reproducing it in an
exaggerated form. Sometimes it is
just to be funny, often to criticize the
subject. It is essential for the success
of the parody that it closely parallel
the original.
Now, back to the game. Hmmm...
everything seems to fit...but wait!
What's that last thing about plot...
aha! Youre right. Give that man an
Expo Ernie souvenir spoon.
Playwrights Cooper and MacDonald  wrote the play for Theatre
Passe Muraille in 1985. Based on a
soap-opera-like late-night serial, it
was condensed into a series of three
plays, or chapters. This Nancy Prew
is presented as three different plays,
referred to as chapters one through
three. They are a consecutive series
about the same mystery, but each
play may be seen as an independent
entity. I have seen only chapter two,
and do not feel at a loss for not having seen chapter one. A short recap
at the beginning of chapter two
brings us up to date.
Cooper and MacDonald have a
real gift for writing parody. Their
parody of the Nancy Drew writing
style, and the pretensions and narrowness implied by the series, is
bang on. A keen, subtle satire of the
absurdity of the fictitious Nancy and
her shiny-white lifestyle could speak
to the playwrights' concerns about
our world and Ronald Reagan's
dangerously simplistic version of it.
But our heroines, the playwrights,
do not trust their talent enough, and
so indulge in an overt, punch-the-
audience-in-the-face approach to in-
diacte a satiric point. They unnecessarily juxtapose the Nancy of the
1950's_with an inane belly-flop into
the politics of 1986. The play moves
haltingly from subtle, pointed criticism to embarrassing, obniouxous
political jokes, and back again.
The play works well when Carson
Drew (Colin Mochrie), Nancy's dad,
admonishes his excitable daughter:
"You're too old to have an imagination." Mochrie's pipe-holding, cardigan-sweater-wearing, soft-spoken
Carson Drew is very funny.
Alana Shields is very entertaining
as housekeeper Hannah Bruin, always ready with a tuna casserole for
Nancy, no matter what hour she finishes sleuthing. Sheilds' brief appearance as a girl guide is the play's funniest moment.
Bev Cooper, the /writer, is Nancy.
She is a fine comedic actress, and is
very good when she pouts and espouses Nancy's very straight, very
1950's Wasp views on life. But when
she starts trying to untangle the
"who cares" plot, comedy dissipates
and a gust of vapid "intrigue" infects
the atmosphere.
If this play is a parody of the
Nancy Drew series, it is very good,
but only to a point. That essential
Drewish plot, to glue it all together,
is absent. If this is a political satire
about Ronald Reagan and the new
right, it is too vague and simplistic, it
has a really dull plot, and its relevance to the Nancy Drew series,
though possible, is here rather tenuously drawn.
South Pacific
Susan Skemp is so hapy and
animated she may well hae, been
kidnapped from the Saskaaiiwan
Pavilion. Staff of that pavion are
hereby advised of her whw.^o'uts.
Skemp is a bubbling ball o^lucose
that never hardens into caraiel. She
just keeps bubbling along, tnd it's
good that she does, for she>erson-
ally carries the good, bu£d£ed;and
embarrasing musical SouthPacific
at Theatre Under The--Sfr-s 'his
The production is very god. This
predominantly amateur shi^sports
great singing, a fine orchesra, and
engaging, beautiful sets, tTisongs
are bright, entertaining, ad very
well known: I'm Gonna Wgh That
Man Right Out A My Hair Happy
Talk, Bali Ha'i, and Some Enhanted
The cast is generally youn; and all
seem to be having a marveli^iime
on stage. And when a cast is'having
this much fun with a fun play (a
dumb musical), the audien« can't
help but feel, and enjoy, th; atmosphere.
Jean Claude Olivier's tropitalpalm
tree encrusted sets are fresi, inviting, and beautiful. They*cafturethe
eternal summer of the SouthPacific.
Acting? Well, with tffis s.. rpt the
less seriously these actors take their
roles, the better. These art melo-
dramatics that make a good actor
look really dumb. We're talking real
unintentional humour. For ©sample
(my paraphrase):
Emil: Nellie, I've only kritrwri you
two minutes, but somehow 1 feel
close to you, and I must tell you my
secret. 1 killed a man in France.
That's why 1 had to leave there. I
think you understand.
Nellie: It's so odd Emil (breaking
into a grin) but somenow i "do
Choreographer Mauryne Allan
does little with her amateur dancers.
Her big dance numbers 1. ve everyone doing something diffe =nt,but
rhythmically, at the same tin Could
she not have even chucked a chorus line or two?
The real problem with the play is
the script itself. To put it briefly:
Japs, dames, and pidgin English.
Obviously, this value system worked
in the 1950's where this, p ^ originated , but today it is anac ronistic
and embarrasing.
Sure, this is a World War II setting, and the characters are sailors.
But to excuse this play as a product
of its time is a weak argument. This
is a shlock musical. It's supposed to
be light and frolicksome. In the
1950's, white middle-class America
could use the term "Jap", and frolic
at the same time. Today, such as
term is discomforting at best. It subverts the genre to which this play
The character of Bloody. Mary, a
fat old Tonganese woman who sells
knick-knacks to the sailors, amuses
the sailors by speaking her pidgin
English, and by innocently repeating
the curses they teach her. She sings:
"If you don't have a dream, then }
how you gonna have that dream '
come true." Mary wants noihing
more than to have her young daughter, referred to as a "kid", marry the
white sailor Mary meets at the base.
Nellie hesitates to marry the Frenchman, Emil, when she learns he had
been married to a Tonganese woman.
When Nellie finally decides to marry
Emil, she declares triumphantly: "I
don't care about that other woman...
or her colour."
Lt. Joseph Cable offers words of
encouragement to a depressed Emil
by saying (my paraphrase): "whenever I was depressed back home in
the States, I'd go hunting. Well now
I'm going to hunt some Japs. Why
don't you join me?"
The sailors' lament that There Is
Nothing Like A Dame includes the
line "nothing thinks like a dame."
The quality of this show is very
high, but the show itself is dated and
offensive. The value system it. portrays defeats the play's raison d'etre
as light musical comedy. TUTS really
shouldn't have done this one.
Henson's and Lucas' Labyrinth is
fulfilling funded family fantasy
Labyrinth is a fun-filled family
film. It combines the fantasy world
of the Muppet Show with the advanced cinematography of the Star Wars
films. The joint efforts of two" of
today'sgreatest producers, Jim Hen-
son and George Lucas, have created
a wonderful film fit for all ages. In a
world filled with violence and disharmony, I found it refreshing to
find a film that was light-hearted
and fun.
Although the storyline is by no
means unique, it does address the
problems so many young people are
having today: facing the adult world
and assuming the responsibilities of
the age.
Labyrinth recounts the attempts
of a young girl, Sarah, struggling to
identify with the adult demands of
her parents, while at the same time
trying to remain in her carefree
world of childhood. This conflict
arises early and can be followed
right tothe very end of the film.
Living in her own world of fantasy
ii-iiaoiuid by goblins and other mythical 'eings, Sarah finds the reality of
-bat j sitting her younger brother,
Toby, to be crimping her freedoms.
So engrossed with her mythological
syntax, Sarah "... wishes the Goblin
King to take him (Toby) away."
¥"fx!«r.t!inatelv for her, this wish is
actv Uy- granted. In a great tragic
so?" "juy> she appeals to the King to
retui*} her brother.
The Goblin King, played by David
Bowie, along with his nasty and horrid looking goblin entourage appears
beieie &er. Sarah's dreams of a fan-
tasj world have become reality! She
is p""Aniptly informed by King Jareth
that to retrieve her brother she must
traverse his Lbyrinth and reach his
castle. The action that follows involves
incredibly funny journeys and encounters with the many muppet-like inhabitants ofthe maze, and teaches Sarah
about responsibility and friendship.
These experiences lead her ultimately
to face her inner-conflict and to battle with the Goblin King!
Despite the lack of originality in
the plot, the performance by Bowie
as the evil Goblin King adds mirth
and even hilarity to this light-hearted
look at growing up. The five original
songs written by Bowie for the movie
are certainly not headed for the top
10 charts. I found them dull and
repetitive. The fantasy creatures give
this film its true flair and appeal.
Throughout the film we are introduced to Dungeons and Dragons-
like beings, ranging from a 5 inch
talking worm (with ah English accent,
of course) to animated door knockers,
and ultimately, to a vast variety of
goblins. The combination ofthe talents of Jim Henson and George
Lucas has produced a magical world
in which both children and adults
are compelled to enter and partake
in the. fun.
The Cramps played Thunderbird
Arena Saturday night as part of
their Alpha From Hell tour. The
show was a display of the wild
dementedness we've come to know
and love from the Cramps — the
ultimate purveyors of bad-drugs and
bad taste. A full moon hinted at
lunacy that night, and ultimately the
Addams family of rock delivered.
But on this night it also "seemed that
something was missing — call it
spontaneity or something — but it
seems that the Cramps have practically formulated their naughtiness
to the point of routine.
Like some No. 5 Orange stripper,
lead singer and ghoul Lux Interior
gives the audience the crassness
they've come for but bares little else.
One gets the impression he's done it
"all before and, niceties aside —
'Vancouver yooooooou've got a
fuckin' beautiful town' — that he'd
do it all again.
Poison Ivy and drummer Nick
Knox etched out the twangy, haunted
beat for Lux to strut to — like the
aged but classic Tear It Up and the
new classic for pet owners everywhere Can Your Pussy Do The
Dog? There was a lot of material
from Smell of Female plus more
recent stuff — and the show was fun
and funny, but still routine regardless.
Lux Interior really does fancy
himself a pretender to Elvis's throne
in hell but a more warped pretender
you'd never find. With a gold brooch
in his hair, no shirt and wearing a
pair of shiny gold pants that would
put Liberace to shame, Lux strutted
the stage like a ghoulish, MDA-
injected Ken doll in search of his
mate. With warbled grunts Lux
sucked on his mike then attempted,
to get some life out of (and between)
the speakers. — The boy's an animal,
Martha. Get him outta here...Sorry
Lux, your father wants you to move
out...here's some bus fare...don't
spend it on Vaseline or drugs.
However, it did seem a touch,
come now, why yes, a significant
touch routine...
Openers Slow weren't (slow) and
are worth catching before they strike
their own gold lame suits.
•«We Page 6
The Summer Ubyssey
July 23-29,1986
Now that the long-awaited Hart report is finally out,
will the Board of Governors divest?
Perhaps the question should be: why does the
Board need the Mulroney government to approve of
its divestment policy? Bruce Gellatly said the Board
can take more "precipitous action" if it wants to. So
why hasn't it?
So far, McGill University in Montreal, Dalhousie
University in Halifax, and York University in Toronto
have voted for full divestment totalling $600 million.
And 70 universities and colleges in the United States
have divested themselves of approximately $411 million (U.S.).
The Blacks of South Africa have asked their supporters around the world to isolate the minority
government, to impose economic sanctions, and to
deny it a platform.
Divestment around the world is increasing rapidly
because governments are facing the truth that racial
segregation never was and never will be acceptable.
They are telling the Botha government that they will
not be party to an oppressive regime.
Details about the university's investment portfolio
are a mystery. No one knows if any of the companies
UBC invests in are on the federal report or not.
Although Gellatly says the university's investments
in South Africa are minimal, each dollar lends support to a jackboot regime.
If UBC is autonomous, shouldn't that autonomy
extend to its boycott policies?
8t.'fir<->not  Hel Parooi ■ Amsterdam
Yankee warships unfriendly, trade OK
The people's movement to stop
the warships won an unqualified
moral and political victory over the
United States Navy on July 3. Over
30 small boats of the Vancouver
Peace Flotilla Coalition demonstrated against 9 nuclear armed warships, saying on behalf of all peace
Expo supporter feels crowded out at fair
1 always supported the B.C. government's decision to bring Expo
to Vancouver, unlike the doom-
sayers'and politically-motivated grumblers who comprise so much of U BC
student body. Man does not live on
bread alone, and we only benefit
when exposed to other cultures, etc.,
, I was disappointed, however, on a
recent visit to the Expo site. It was a
cloudy morning when my brother
and 1 set out, so we did not expect a
crowed. But no sooner were we
through the front gate than we were
engulfed in a sea of people. It was
like Sedgewick library at lunchtime.
We decided to escape the throng by
riding the monorail around the site
— and waited halfanhourtoget on!
Some pavilions had lineups to get
into lineups. We managed to visit
only two pavilions that day: Kenya's
and the CPR roundhouse. Kenya's
exhibit consisted of travel posters
tacked to the wall. The highlight of
the Roundhouse was grainy films of
early inventions, the sort of fare used
as filler after the late show.
My suggestion is this: use the first
two weeks of October as Expo days
for B.C. residents only. After all, it is
we who must pay off the fair's huge
deficit, and we who have to put up
with Manhattan-style traffic jams
and buses so crowded that you don't
even have room to faint.
Another visit like my last, and
Expo for me will be the nastiest of
four-letter words.
James Boucher
Arts 4
Evil eats
It has come to my attention
recently that something totally diabolical has been happening at UBC.
1 am referring to the activities of the
UBC Bakeshop. It used to be just
enough to protect our children from
satanic records but now we have...
satanic nanaimo bars. Yes, while we
were innocently eating these sweet
morsels some of the bakers were
carving evil messages into the cream
layer under the chocolate. These
messages are invisible to the eye but
porrupt innocent Gl tracts with pure
evil. I therefore urge all pure people'
to stand up and put an end to the
practice of chocolate masking.
Terry Falwell'
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loving people in B.C., "No Nuclear
Armed Warships in Canadian
The U.S. Navy did not want another clash with the flotilla, it cancelled the visit of 4 warships previously scheduled for July 19. The
one warship which had unceremoniously dropped anchor in Burrard
Inlet on July 17 was met on July 19
by several protest boats.
From July 4 to 6, the People's
Front held a "Peace Vigil" at Ballan-
tyne Pier where over 3,000 visitors to
the warships took their leaflets.
Dozens of sailors spoke to the protestors, many of whom admitted the
presence of nuclear arms on board
and stated that the anti-warship
struggles are mounting everywhere.
Canvassers from the Peace Flotilla received an overwhelmingly positive response at the Vancouver Folk
Festival. Many sported "Stop the
Warships!" buttons and expressed
great enthusiasm for the actions
against the warships.
The Peace Flotilla scored another
victory on July 4, US Day the Expo.
They spoke to Expo crowds from
False Creek, pointing out that while
the Expo Charter explicitly forbids
military exhibits, US Day was celebrated with the arrival of 9 nuclear
armed warships. The flotilla surprised
none other than Expo president himself, Jim Pattison, who was escorting US Navy brass at that moment.
They received a stern lecture about
the ethics of how guests should behave; slipping in with nuclear warheads in one's back pocket for the
purpose of eventually blackmailing
one's host is not the way any guest
should behave.
The likes of Jim Pattison are eager
for friendship with the U.S. — the
frequently wine and dine with George
Bush and company. What sort of
"friendship" is this? Those who seek
big business deals with the U.S. are
often eager the betray the interests of
the people for the sake of their own
narrow-minded and petty self-interests. The Canadian state welcomes
the warships with open arms, regardless of the fact that this puts Canadian people in jeopardy. This is not
the sort of friendship which Canadians want with their US neighbours.
The people of the United States are
welcome here if for trade or for holidays, but .we will not tolerate the
arrival ofthe U.S. Navy to our harbours — this is not a friendly act.
July 23—29. 1985
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"I won't go" insisted Michael Groberman as Stephen Wisenthal handed him the tickets to
Fergie's wedding. Svetozar Kontic interrupted. "David Ferman and I are boycotting the
. Commonwealth Games so we're free." Janice Irving and Dan Andrews already had invitations but Evelyn Jacob and Rosalind Wisenthal had matching bridesmaid dresses. Corinne
Bjorge thought that the Royals were on drugs so she wouldn't go. Stephanie Smith thought
they weren't on drugs so she wouldn't either. Ed Mou pointed out that the wedding was in
England. "Let's boycott England because of Maggie!" cried James Young. So everyone
missed the wedding and Debbie was so glad that they got organized. Helene Wisotzki and Lilly
stayed home and watched it on the tube, sensibly.
>- July 23—29. 1986
The Summer Ubyssey
iw. *.    42nd Street consciously, and un-
'        abashedly,  uses every hackneyed
L _,.turn of plot ever conceived by the
* musical comedy genre. But what
makes this piece of theatre so wonderful is that it causes the cliche to
transcend itselffwhat was trite be-
^ comes archetypal. How? By doing it
so damned well. Consequently, this
. musical has been justifiably sub-
titled: the song and dance fable of
Broadway. Now really, who'd have
the nerve to call Aesop hackneyed?
42nd Street, the Broadway musical, is representative of the film
" ^ musical genre Hollywood developed
during the Depression. In those days
*~ " *of scarce cash, the movie houses
were always packed. What were they
watching? James Cagney in "Foot-
light Parade?" Has Mickey Rooney
come to the realisation, for the fifth
'—' time, that "Hey, we can put on a
show!"? Perhaps Lyle Talbot is once
*- - 'again impressed sufficiently to exclaim, "Hey, the kid's got talent!" It
could be any one of a host of vapid
plots that were churned out for a
dream-starved  North  American
•»■>• audience.
In 1933. Warner Brothers released
^«-»-the film, "Forty Second Street,"
about a young chorus girl who gets
that once-in-a-lifetime break on
Broadway. In 1980, at New York's
Winter  Garden  theatre,   producer
,_^, David Merrick mounted a stage remake of the movie.
^_ „ The story concerns Julian Marsh
(Jamie Ross), a mogul Broadway
producer who intends to recoup his
losses from the stock market crash
by mounting a hit entitled Pretty
Lady. He's got the script, the dancers, the crew, and even the male
_^ lead (Lee Roy Reams), but he isn't
entirely confident about the ability
of his has-been leading lady, Dorothy Brock (Elizabeth Allen). But
Marsh must put his fears aside because Brock's sugar daddy has put
up $100,000 for the show, provided
_     she stars.
~ Peggy Sawyer (Clare Leach), an
aspiring actress from  Allentown,
~ Tenn. (read: Hicktown, U.S.A.) did
not have the courage to come to the
formal audition, but just happens to
find herself doing an informal one
for Marsh in the middle of the street.
j""~*Oh, joy! She gets a part, and even
'     ends up taking over for the egotisti-
Broadway rhythm, it's sot me
0 WINFIELD •• mS J *~*
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cal Brock when the latter
breaks hernof-so-proveri
That's the stuff dreams are made
The show has immediate appea
because the majority of the songs are
immortal hits by the prolific duo ot
Harry Warren and Al Dubin. You
don't need to be an aficionado to
recognize the Lullaby of Broadway,
Shuffle Off to Buffalo, or We're In
the Money.
Lucia Victor's direction (based
on the original by the late Bower
Champion) is skillfully stilted. The
purposely-illogical scene progression, along with the actors' heavy
handed delivery, serve to remind the
audience that they are not watching
an asinine musical comedy; rather,[
they are watching a play about asi
nine musical comedies.
Claire Leach gives a truly con-|
summate performance. She sings and
dances with remarkable strength and
precision. The high level of energy
she personally maintains through
out is largely responsible for th'
show's success. In addition, herj
comic timing is excellent. When she
pits her pollyanna point of view
against Marsh's blaseness, the ensu-'
ing dialogue is hilarious.
Jamie Koss is likewise outstanding. He gives a consistently solid and
(don't ask me how) sensitive portrayal of the bigshot producer.
Equally notable performances are
rendered by Carole Cook, Beh Level
and Lee Roy Reams.
As for the top-billed Elizabeth
Allen, life seems to be imitating art.
Just as Clare Leach's character outshines that of Allen within the play,
so too does Leach's performance
outshine that of the star, Allen.
Allen's performance is by no means
substandard — she sings beautifully
— it's just that she seems a tad sleepy
up ther onstage. In fairness, however, one cannot overlook her participation in one of the production's
finest dance numbers: the Shadow
Waltz. It is a balletic piece staged
behind a translucent curtain so that
the audience sees only the silhouettes of two lines of ballerinas, and
the monstrously-oversized propor-
Elizabeth Allen...shines, but outshone
tions of Dorothy Brock's shadow
In general, the chorus of 42nd
Street are superb dancers. Just when
you thought tap dancing had gone
the way of the garotte, the opening
minute of the first scene has the curtain lifted just enough toexpose fifty
madly tapping feet to allay your
Robin Wagner's lavish scenic design evokes that same gluttonously
overfed sensation as a walk through,
say, the Palace of Versailles. 42nd
Street has had five years to develop
into the finely-tuned production it
is. Though it may be the furthest
thing from the thumbscrew angst of
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The Summer Ubyssey
July 23—29, 1986
Animal Farm is a piggish boar
Animal Farm, by the National
Theatre of Great Britain is a waste of
a fine theatre company on a tedious-
at-best text. Sure, any member of
this cast could make the phone book
sound interesting, but the plot would
stink, so what's the point?
Orwell's novel is a clever, innovative eulogy for a revolution. The
Russian revolution looms large in
the tale, but it's implications are
broader, addressing the inclination
of a revolutionary society to decline
back into the system it overthrew.
Clever and pointed though it may
be, Animal Farm is not drama. The
book is really more of a gimicky
essay than novel. The characters and
situations are onlv slightly veiled
from the reality they portray. What
little plot there is shallow, boring,
predictable. The sensitive portrayals
by the actors are outstanding but,
sadly, only used to create caricature.
The company, imprisoned in full
head masks, acts its way well out of
the proverbial paper bag. Graham
Sinclair as Boxer, the kind horse
who blindly follows Napoleon's autocratic dictates, evokes pity and respect
from his audience, all the while
wearing an enormous horse's head.
Napoleon, literally a pig dictator,
is a cruei. arrogant autocrat with a
pig nose and floppy ears.
Director Peter Hall has sought to
give this production the air of a
children's fairy story. The play opens
with a child walking up to a bookcase, taking a copy of Animal Farm
from the shelf, and proceeding to the
side ofthe stage where he opens the
book, reads aloud, and acts as the
narrator throughout the play. A
child reading a children's book.
But director Hall seems to have
misread the nature of the text with
which he is dealing. Animal Farm is
not Gulliver's Travels.  It is not a
children's book with social implic-
tions that adults can see. It is a political essay, thinly veiled to allow the
essayist to make his argument with
caricatures. The plot of Animal Farm
is too bland to sustain even the shortest child's story.
Thus when director Hall attempts
to draw the audience's attention to
the horror of autocracy by juxtaposing the horror to the innocence
of a fairy story, his play falls flat
because the pig is a caricature of
Stalin, not Porky.
This dramatic juxtaposition is not
used in the book, and it doesn't work
on stage.
It is difficult to remember that this
play is a musical of sorts. The lyrics
and score for these 15 forgettable
songs are by that never-to-be-heard-
from-again team of Mitchell and
Peaslee. The songs are silly, dull
digressions from an already vapid
storyline. They are tuneless and usually performed in chorus.
The complex problem of having
the actors walk on four legs, and still
keep stage movement interesting, is
not solved in this production. Actors
hold hoof-ended crutches in their
hands, and lean forward onto them,
giving the four-legged effect. This
limits movement to calumping about
about the stage, and it makes the
attempts at choreography during the
musical number unintentionally hysterical.
The play is not a complete loss.
Jennifer Carey's sets are beautiful,
brightly coloured, lifesize renderings
of a child's miniature farm-building
toy set. The costumes, by Carey as
well, are cartoon-style animal renderings. They're great.
The acting and direction are also
outstanding. The task of bringing
this untheatrical political essay to
the stage has demanded enormous
creativity, the result of which has
been less than a success. A failed
experiment, but a fine experiment
The National Theatre of Great
Britain is very good. It would be
grand to see it do some other play.
BARIE RUTTER...cruel, arrogant autocrat
"a failed experiment
but a fine
Dancers can't be lovers
The Royal Ballet's production of
Romeo and Juliet was a superb
show, as much for the tuxes and
sequinned gowns of the opening
night audience as for the brightly
coloured sets, costumes, and of
course, the impressive dancing.
Unfortunately for those who
wished to be swept up in the magical
love and terrible tragedy ofthe star-
crossed lovers, the production was
less than satisfying. A disappointing
cold inhumanity envelops the stage,
and the intrigue of the lovers remains at arm's length from the
There are a few notable excep
tions: Stephen Jeffries' Mercutio,
and the lute player, Phillip Broom-
There is certainly no fault to be
found in the technique of these gifted
dancers. Lesley Collier (Juliet) and
Antholny Dowell (Romeo) are certainly experienced artists. But perhaps it is this experience which has
gotten in their way, and precluded
their portrayal of young, inexperienced lovers. Mr. Dowell's makeup
is heavy and mask-like. His hair is
stiff with hairspray. One questions
the taste of Ms. Collier's Juliet,
dying as she does, for such a Romeo.
The Royal Ballet provided glittering spectacle, not an enthralling one.
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