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The Ubyssey Nov 7, 1980

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Array Lund lashes SUB pr
Alma Mater Society president
Bruce Armstong wants to avoid student input on the proposed SUB
renovations and south side centre, a
social work representative charged
Marty Lund said, "The idea of
public meetings (regarding the $2
million proposals) had to be forced
on him (Armstrong) against his will.
I feel he is trying to avoid student
input as he has all along.
"I don't expect Bruce to pay
much attention to what students
want, he has ignored them in the
'AMS doesn't want student input'
Armstrong ignored a directive
from student council to put a
description of the SUB floorplan in
an ad in The Ubyssey and placed
only a small ad so fewer students
would be aware of the public
meetings, Lund said.
"For something of this importance it's expected that he would
ask to put a decently sized ad in the
paper that would be obvious to
students and provide information.
Instead, he made the ad very small
and left out the floorplan," Lund
"These things have been his own
pet projects since the beginning. He
has not consulted the students, and
now he's being forced to."
Lund said it is imperative
students attend the public meetings
which are held today in (in SUB
205) and Monday (in SUB 209) at
noon in order to find out about
proposed renovations which would
be paid for by students for many
years to come.
"There are changes in SUB that
could be beneficial and these
changes should reflect the desires of
the students, not of Bruce Armstrong or any select body," Lund
Armstrong said the floorplans
weren't run in The Ubyssey because
they were "too big."
"We can't reduce them (the
floorplans) and publish them
because we're restricted to $250,
and even the two little ads I put in
Vol. LXIII, No. 26
Vancouver, B.C. Friday, November 7,1980
—•ric •go*rt*on photo
SUDDEN CHANGES in direction of earth's gravitational field causa confusion and clumsiness in efforts of couple to deal with rain falling upward from ground. Isolated points of strange magnetic phenomenon occur around
SUB building at unpredictable times, causing occasional loss of people from surface of earth and no end of trouble for physical plant when storm drains back up.
Small bursary hike 'insulting'
UBC's board of governors openly insulted the student body when it
increased bursary funding by
$40,000 as compensation for next
year's 13 per cent tuition fee increase, a student board representative charged Wednesday.
"$40,000 is peanuts. It's a slap in
the face to offer students $40,000
after what they've done," said
board representative John Pellizon.
He said the bursary increase,
which is only up two and a half per
cent from last year, is a ridiculous
token compared to the 13 per cent
tuition hike which will take effect
next September.
He said students who desperately
need financial assistance to get
through university numbered in the
hundreds, and only 10 students
could get through the year on $40,-
"The board is telling students
they don't need any more money,"
Pellizon said. "Who are they to
know what students need."
Pellizon said the board made its
decision on bursary funding in the
midst of tremendous confusion
over the views UBC awards officer
Byron Hender had on the subject.
Hender told Pellizon that current
UBC bursaries were inadequate and
needed to be greatly increased, according to Pellizon.
But UBC vice-president Erich
Vogt told the board Hender felt
bursaries were quite adequate.
"Vogt was just sitting there smiling and saying students don' need
any more funds, but he got his information screwed up somewhere,"
Pellizon said. Hender could not be
reached for comment Thursday.
Pellizon said that, especially in
view of the 13 per cent tuition fee
increase, the board should have in
creased bursaries by at least five per
The board decided at Tuesday's
meeting to raise tuition fees by an
average of 13 per cent. Some faculties will face increases of up to 17
per cent.
But the board also decided to increase bursaries and press the federal and provincial governments to
deal with deficiencies in government student aid programs.
Vogt told The Ubyssey Wednesday no one would be denied a university education due to financial
But Pellizon told the board that
most students weren't aware of the
financial aid available to them. He
said it took him six years of attending UBC before he realized bursaries were available to him.
cost us $90," Armstrong said
The southside centre proposal
will not be discussed at the meetings
because student objections to the
proposed site are currently being
considered, he said.
The architectural plans for the
proposed building projects have
already cost the AMS over $7,000,
said Armstrong, and the bill still
hasn't arrived for the SUB plans.
"Once the students have the opportunity to see first hand what
we're proposing to do they will
most likely agree with it," Armstrong said.
Tuition fight
not for pres
Alma Mater Society president
Bruce Armstrong said Thursday it
is not his job to fight tuition fees.
Armstrong made the statement in
response to allegations by students
that student council totally bungled
its fight against the 13 per cent tuition fee increase passed by the
board of governors Tuesday.
"I'm irritated at the fact people
say I'm not doing my job," he said.
"My job is just to co-ordinate the
(Alma Mater) society, not go out
and fight tuition fees."
Armstrong said he did more than
could be expected from him in the
battle against fee hikes. He said he
spent a great deal of time researching the impact a 13 per cent fee
increase would have on students,,
writing a report for the board of
governors, and assisting the circulation of a petition against the fee
"I'm really annoyed because I
shouldn't be doing all that," he
But Maureen Boyd, one of three
students who took it upon
themselves to start the petition
against fee hikes, said Armstrong
was disasterous in his role against
the increase.
She said he allowed himself to be
distracted from the topic when he
made his presentation to the board,
that he was afraid to demand the attention of the board members as he
spoke, and that he downplayed-the
importance of the petition.
(Almost 1,500 students signed the
petition after it had been circulated
for only two days.)
Boyd also said Armstrong, if
anything, hampered the efforts of
petition circulators. She said when
the petition was first brought into
the AMS business office, Armstrong almost immediately wrestled
its control from their hands.
"He came sauntering in, took the
petition from our hands, and
changed it all around," she said.
Armstrong defended himself by
saying, "I typed the petition and
brought it back to them and asked
if it was o.k. They agreed to it and
if they're upset with the wording,
well god damn it, they're responsible."
He added, "I shouldn't even be
involved in things like rewording
the petition, typing it out, or running it off. There are secretaries to
do that, not me. I shouldn't be
photo copying but I took it upon
myself so they could get started
right away."
Armstrong also denied the petition was downplayed in student
council's presentation against fee
increases. He said the petition was
See page 2: STUDENTS
Res rent rates
could skyrocket
UBC residence fees will probably
increase by at least 10 to 15 per cent
next year, an Alma Mater Society
executive member warned yesterday.
"I'm expecting a 10 to 15 per cent
increase and that's being very optimistic," said AMS external affairs
coordinator Al Soltis.
Although the residence fees are
not reviewed until mid-January Soltis said he had already been told by
"a very high up" administration official that residence fees could increase by as much as 25 per cent.
"If you've got the board of governors increasing some faculties'
tuition by 17 per cent, it makes you
wonder what they're going to do to
housing," he said.
Soltis said this year's residence
budget did not meet projected revenues. "The housing budget was
short this year because revenue
from summer conferences (held in
the residences) dropped due to the
strike (by the Association of University and College Employees) last
summer," he said.
The rent increase could pay for
renovations, Soltis said. "The jargon they (the university administration) use will be renovations. And
the way Victoria has been talking
this year they'll expect us to cover a
lot of all other costs."
An Acadia Park resident called
the housing department a slum
landlord Oct. 28 for not keeping the
family huts in Acadia camp up to
health standards.
She said the housing department
is more interested in profit than
providing students with adequate
A residence budget committee
will begin meeting in January and
will recommend the increase before
April, said Soltis. The committee's
recommendation is then approved
by student council and the board of
"If the council says no (to the
recommendation), the board of
governors actually asks a lot of
questions," said Soltis.
Acting housing director Suzanne
Nicholas refused to comment on the
fee increase. Page 2
Friday, November 7,1980
Students blame
AMS for apathy
From page 1
mentioned at the board meeting,
and pointed out it had the
signatures of only three per cent of
the student body.
But Boyd said Armstrong is a
hypocrite. She said the petition had
more support than he obtained in
his election to the presidency.
She also said student council
"keeps blaming student apathy for
their bungling efforts. They're the
apathetic ones. They get student input and they don't want it because
it interferes with their little plans."
AMS external affairs coordinator
Al Soltis admitted student council
fouled it up in its efforts to battle
the fee hikes.
But Soltis said he has high hopes
for next year's tuition fee battle. He
said student council set up a standing tuition fee committee at
Wednesday's  meeting.
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Dr. Pauline
into the controversial, touchy, humorous and wild
debates of
Every day at 12:30 for the next two weeks,
somewhere in SUB, you can hear the
issues being fought out.
Mon., Nov. 10, 12:30 in SUB Auditorium:  D.S.   vs.   Al   Soroka   (Comm.
against racist and fascist violence) on "the KKK have no right to speak"
Wed., Nov. 12, 12:30 in SUB 213: O.S. vs Science Fiction Society
Thurs.,Nov. 13,12:30 in SUB Auditorium:    D.S. vs Commerce
Fri., Nov. 14,     12:30 in SUB Auditorium:    D.S. vs Gay People of UBC
Debates against the Gears, Liberals, the International Students on
differential fees, plus morel I
Page 3
AMS grudgingly settles contract
The Alma Mater Society and
local 15 of the Office and Technical
Employees Union have reached
agreement on the terms of their
1980/81 contract. Student council
agreed Wednesday night to a 10.5
per cent wage increase in the one
year contract.
Council Briefs
The local, which represents nine
AMS employees, had asked for a
one year contract with a 15 per cent
increase. The AMS countered with
10 and 9.5 per cent offers over two
AMS finance director Len Clarke
said he did not think the settlement
was equitable.
"The reason I am recommending
this to council is because it is the
still a dispute over the wording of a
clause defining seniority with respect to leave of absence,"Clarke
Commerce representative Bruce
Cheng and arts representative Brian
Roach will represent student council on the newly formed media liaison committee.
The committee will have two representatives each from CITR and
The Ubyssey as well as council. It
will hear complaints about and suggest improvements to the campus
media to improve service to students.
The committee will also review a
survey being conducted by Cheng
on the campus media.
*     »     *
Food services plans to renovate
the SUB cafeteria to include an
18-inch raised platform in two sep-
SOLTIS . . . too much work.
easiest and cheapest way out,"
Clark told council.
"They held us over the proverbial
barrel," Clarke said. If the AMS
had not agreed to this settlement
there would have been a strike and
clubs would be unable to get their
money out of the AMS business office, he said.
The 1979/80 contract has not yet
been approved by council. There is
arate areas of the expanded facility,
board of governors representative
Anthony Dickinson told council
Several council members expressed concern that this could limit access to the facility for handicapped
students. There was also concern
that the cafeteria would become less
functional for other purposes as
Femme fataie
image is fatal
The woman, irresistible, dressed
in black, lures her helpless male victim into her boudoir: sucking his
power from him, he loses his
money, livelihood and pride. He is
a victim of the femme fataie.
According to Jennifer Waelti-
Walters, French department head at
the University of Victoria, the
femme fataie image in literature is a
harmful myth that can claim women as victims.
"It's a role that sucks us dry, it
leaves us without satisfaction. I suggest to you there was no femme fa-
tale. Helen of Troy wasn't happy either," Waelti-Walters told 48 people in Buch. 202 Thursday.
The femme fataie image in
French literature gained importance
in the 19th century, she said. "It's
with this that we're getting into
what we see as the femme fataie today."
"These women are making men
shift into sensation and they demand payment. Think of Hollywood and Mae West's sex image."
She added the modern image of the
femme fataie has been reduced to
the prostitute with the heart of
While her husband is out chasing
an elusive courtesan, the wife was
expected to stay at home and forgive her husband his weaknesses,
she said. "So you've got the terribly
dangerous woman and the good
woman who is deprived of all physical attention."
In France there is an accepted
belief men can be swept off their
feet with passion and rape is only a
"miniature" version of the femme
fataie myth, she said.
The opera Carmen is an example
of this mythical woman who is very
destructive to her male admirer, she
said. "They (men) let everything
go, they are helpless. Basically it's
not an image we want to get stuck
She added it implies women were
always responsible for men's failures. "These men are all successful,
then these women pop up and they
become useless."
The femme fataie is not the type
men want to marry but she is irresistible, she said. It labels women as
evil and dangerous especially when
they mimic the actions of mer, she
"Don Juan is allowed to chalk up
these women," she said. "But if
women collect men it's seen as evil
and powerful because men have
more to lose. So instead of jeing
forgiven, they are condemned "
This is a destructive image for
women but it's been in our culture
for so long we no longer recognize it
as such, she said. "What we're
looking at is an image that is always
floating in our consciousness."
The proposal is currently before
the board of governors. Final approval cannot be given for the expansion plans until the AMS agrees
to allow the university to use the
space adjacent to the cafeteria on
the east side.
Board representative Anthony
Dickinson warned council members
that there may be plans to use the
land currently occupied by Acadia
camp housing.
The camp has been called "slum
housing" by tenants. The camp is in
very bad repair and needs to be replaced, Dickinson said.
The question is what will go in its
place, he said. The university is currently talking about research parks,
additional housing, and even a
motel which is needed for the health
science centre, Dickinson said.
But Dickinson did not know what
the administration will decide on.
"On the board you don't get for-
knowledge. You smell a rat," he
Trolley buses along University
Boulevard have been approved in
principle by the UBC traffic and
parking committee, science representative Janice Morrison told
council Wednesday.
Morrison said the Boulevard will
have to be turned into a two-lane
road to accommodate the service.
Brian Roach, arts representative
and a member of the committee,
said, "trees are going to be pruned
back for the lines. But the GVRD
has no plans to take any out."
»     *     *
In other council news, the
women's committee budget was finally approved by council. The motion passed easily with the required
two-thirds majority.
An earlier budget had been rejected by the budget committee on
Oct. 22 but council disagreed with
its decision and sent the budget
back for further discussion to the
Engineering undergraduate society president Don Erenholtz said
the budget committee's turnaround
was a financial and not a political
decision. "We have cleared it with
the ladies of the women's committee," he said.
Council directed the student housing access committee to investigate
the housing problem at UBC. Currently the external affairs committee has been working on housing.
"I'm sure as hell not going to run
around and get on people's asses to
do it," said AMS external affairs
coordinator Allan Soltis. "Let people come forward to SHAC with the
problems so we can get something
going before next year."
Council narrowly defeated a motion to send U.S. president-elect
Ronald Reagan a letter showing
their displeasure at his election
The motion went to a roll call
vote. "This is bullshit," said AMS
finance director Len Clarke. The
final count was five in favor, seven
against, two abstentions and one
Earlier in the meeting AMS administration director Craig Brooks
had moved that SUB plaza mall be
changed into a fallout shelter for
council members (complete with
bar, sauna and pool) and that a
large fallout shelter be built under
Mclnnis field for people chosen by
the AMS selections committee.
AMS president Bruce Armstrong
threw out the motion.
The AMS special events committee will examine the feasibility of
holding a western student services
conference at UBC.
AMS finance director Len Clarke
said this in no way will be contingent upon the AMS leaving the Association of Student Councils.
The conference would be held in
the spring of 1981.
Student senator Alida Moonen
asked council to allow AOSC representatives at the meeting to speak to
the motion to explain how they
could help organize the meeting.
But chairperson Bruce Armstrong would not recognize the representatives.
"Quite frankly they have been
waiting all night to talk to us,"
Moonen said. "We should talk this
matter over with AOSC."
— naonl yamamoto photo
NORMAN MACKENZIE smiles wistfully, welcoming annual scrub and
rinse from kindly Mother Nature, who understands problems with pigeons.
Former UBC administration president (1944-62) is now retired and loiters
outside of Freddie Wood theatre, begging nuts from squirrels.
UBC stalls TAU talks
Negotiators for the Teaching
Assistants Union are frustrated at
the pace of negotiations with the
UBC administration for their first
Negotiations began Oct. 28 but
"things are moving very slowly,"
says TAU secretary-treasurer Peter
"The university at the moment
doesn't seem willing to change its
position on anything," said
negotiator Malcolm Kinnard.
Two dozen articles are being
discussed, including equal pay for
equal work, a statement against sexual harassment, and academic
freedom for employees.
But the university is not willing to
have any mention of academic
freedom in the contract and refuses
to acknowledge the existence of sexual harassment according to the
"They think they're being so generous and all they're offering us is
the status quo," said negotiator
Glen Porter.
"We're not asking for anything
that any other TA union doesn't
have in its contract," said Fryer.
The TAU is also being financially
pressured by the university to sign
the unsatisfactory contract.
TAs, tutors and markers have not
been paid the "customary" yearly
wage increase, and several have not
been paid at all due to an error in
the UBC accounting department.
No apology or explanation was
given to the union for the missing
salaries, Fryer said.
Until the contract is signed, with
retroactive pay increases to Sept.
1980, salary levels will remain at the
rate set in 1979.
TAs, depending upon their academic qualifications and faculty,
earn between $3,500 to $5,500 annually.
Negotiations have not yet reached the issue of wages, Fryer said.
Although there is no talk of a
strike yet, the TAU members may
yet take action if their demands are
not resolved.
"We're willing to keep talking
for as long as progress is made,"
Fryer said. "The membership is
strongly and enthusiastically behind
the demands we are making, especially sexual harassment, academic
freedom, quality of education and
union security.
"It's up to the membership to
take action."
Talks will resume next week. Page 4
Friday, November 7,1960
-.'   . i
'Believe me, you must have credibility .... Now, you take mv role in
Bedtime for Bonzo. / was a scientist who raised a chimp as a child in my
home. It was a huge money-maker, terrific. People could believe in it. But
then the studio decided to make a sequel called Bonzo Goes to College. /
refused to play in it. It bombed. Who could believe a chimp could go to
college and play on the football team? lit} lacked credibility.'
—Ronald Reagan, New York. April 28, 1980
That's democracy?
It isn't necessary to study political science to know that freedom of
speech and unimpeded flow of information are two unqualifed essentials
for a fully democratic process to take place. None but extremist fanatics
would disagree.
That's hardly how one would usually describe the AMS, but their action Wednesday night in refusing to allow representatives from the
Association of Student Councils to speak leaves us a little short of adequate words.
That's right, refused them the right to speak. The glib explanations of
how Rod Hurd and Tracy Kuhtz' visit didn't fit into council procedures is irritating verbiage that hides nothing of the fact that they were treated in an
arrogant and insulting manner.
When people travel across an entire continent at an inconvenient time
in order to be at council's beck and call for two hours, it is outrageous that
they should be ignored while debates drone on about telegrams to Ronald
The AMS should arrange immediately for AOSC to schedule another
presentation — at AOSC's convenience. And it should send a full and
sincere apology to AOSC, and particularly to Rod Hurd and Tracy Kuhtz.
November 7, 1980
Published Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the
university year by the Alma Mater Society of the University of
B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not of the
AMS or the university administration. Member, Canadian
University Press. The Ubyssey publishes Page Friday, a weekly commentary and review. The Ubyssey's editorial office is in
room 241K of the Student Union Building. Editorial departments, 228-2301; Advertising, 228-3977.
Editor: Verne McDonald
Since Ralph Meower had shown up, everyone wanted to make puns out of each others' names. Bill
Siltyman was easy, Shaffin Sherrif was a groan and Sandy Filippino took about three seconds. Earache Eg-
gertson wasn't bad, but Lori found Greg Fetlock a little Thicke. Julie Feelright felt right and Arnold
Headstrong was obvious and there weren't any objections to Paul Pluckem or Kerry the Gear. Evan
Mullokintyre didn't get marks for originality by suggesting Glen Sandface or Vermin McDonald, but was
brave to come up with Mark Leering-Hyphen-Young-Smith-Jones, who in turn got literary with F. Scott
McDonald. Keith came up with puns too Paltry in wit, especially the one about Leather Can. Not even
Nazi Campbell knew enough Japanese to make a pun out of Naomi Yamamoto, so everyone sat back
and had a glass of Steve Liqueur.
Student escapes Kafkaesque bureaucracy
I want to congratulate the chemistry department for their professional elusiveness. This is my second year at UBC so I am already
aware of the general level of confusion here, but upon attempting to
take a first year chemistry course
this year, I am completely amazed
at the chemistry department's disinterest in students' problems.
I completed my grade 12 chemistry several years ago so I realized it
was going to take a lot of extra
work to get back into the swing of
things. However, I hardly foresaw
the runaround I was going to get.
These are a few of the headaches I
had to contend with.
I was having problems with my
work so I went to see my professor
and made an appointment with him
for the following day. That evening
I spent about three hours reviewing
my work and jotting down questions to ask him.
When I arrived for my appointment I had hardly sat down when
someone knocked on the door, but
upon seeing that the professor was
busy asked when he could return.
AMS 'doing poor job9
As president of the UBC skydiving club I have had the misfortune of
having to deal with the AMS. The AMS is one of the most inefficient
organizations that I have ever had contact with. May I present a few examples:
1) The AMS has been unable to give a current statement on the
balance of our account for seven months. Obviously, they have no idea of
their financial position.
2) The AMS recently lost a purchase order and when asked to locate it
they informed me that it was my problem. They were finally persuaded to
at least cancel it.
3) Because of the lost purchase order I had to personally pay our $90.
When an application to reclaim this money was submitted to them they told
me it would take eight days to print up a cheque. Since cheques used to be
ready within one to two days I presume the new time is related to their new
"more efficient" computer.
4) When we applied for insurance on a destroyed canopy, it took three
months to find out whether the claim would be honoured. To date, I still
do not know whether we have received the money.
5) When a shipment from the U.S. was overdue I asked whether the
money order had been cashed. At first the AMS informed me that it was
impossible to find this out and then (after some persuasion) I was informed
that it would take two to three weeks to find out. A bank takes only twenty-
four hours to do the same job! I still do not know whether this money order
has been cashed.
Although there are many other problems that have come up, the
above is a fair indication of the difficulties that the inefficiency in AMS
operations is causing us (and, I suspect, many other clubs). No commercial
enterprise would survive if it operated like this for any length of time. The
AMS is an organization which is supposed to assist and support clubs on
campus. Due to its inefficiency, we feel it is doing a poor job.
Andre Vryheid
president UBC skydiving club
My professor replied, "In two or
three minutes."
Although a little rattled at the
prospect of so short a consultation,
I continued to ask questions, only
to get exasperated replies of, "That
is something you will just have to
know," or "You will just have to
look it up." Since I was obviously
getting no help, I left within two or
three minutes.
I tried the resource centre where,
supposedly, qualified personnel are
on duty to answer questions. The
setup was one qualified person and
34 students, with a system of taking
a number and receiving your turn
when your number was called.
Twenty-seven numbers had been
picked and the qualified person was
on number five.
He had advanced to number
seven when I left an hour later.
That means that number 27 would
have his or her turn approximately
10 hours later.
On another occasion I tried to locate my lab TA. I was sent from one
place to another and back again. I
finally went to the chemistry department's main office. From there
I was sent to room 251. No one was
there. As I turned to go, a woman
was walking towards room 251, so I
asked her politely if she happened
to be heading that way. Another exasperated reply: "Only to pick
something up." Needless to say I
got no help from there.
My lab questions still unresolved,
I made an appointment with a lady
who had introduced herself as head
of my particular group of teaching
assistants. Our appointment was
for 1:30 the following afternoon.
She never did show up.
It was then that I decided that I
had had enough and would pursue
my chemistry studies elsewhere. I
certainly do not intend to spend my
whole damn day chasing around after professors and assistants who
either have no time to advise me or
who never seem to be where they
said they'd be.
Is this the quality of instruction
that we students can expect for the
hundreds of dollars we pay in fees?
Even though dropping this essential
course this year seriously complicates the scheduling of my future
studies, I do plan to study chemistry
at a university where the staff is
more helpful.
I have written this letter in the
hopes that it might jolt the chemistry department into realizing how
frustratingly unhelpful and inconsiderate some of its members are,
and perhaps they can be encouraged
to be more readily available to assist
students seeking guidance.
Meg Routley
phys ed 2
Alumnus remembered
The untimely death last August
of UBC alumnus Dr. R. M. Pearce,
chairman of the department of
physics at the University of Victoria,  is  deeply regretted  by  his
Pervert alert
You pervert! So you think
you're lucky because you got
away without being caught after
you attacked me! Well, think
again: You have been reported
to the RCMP.
The RCMP, as well as many
other people, know that you are
approximately 5'9" tall, of
medium build, and that you
wear a grey kangaroo sweatshirt
with the hood up and white
athletic shorts. The RCMP are
looking for you. The RCMP
know that you attacked me on
University Boulevard Nov. 5 on
the pedestrian pathway between
the United Church and Acadia
Road just off the trail. They
know you're out there and
they're on the lookout for you.
I strongly suggest that you admit yourself immediately to the
U.B.C. psychiatric unit for a
30-day assessment, as you obviously need help. (Just in case
you're wondering — this letter is
not to warn you, but your potential victims.)
Name withheld by request   ,
many friends, and an R. M. Pearce
Memorial Fund has been created.
Initial response to it has been
very encouraging, and it has been
decided to establish a graduate
scholarship, with the intention of
making it a significant annual
award. It is believed that this'will be
the most appropriate way to remember Dr. Pearce, and at the
same time to further one of his
great interests.
People who wish to contribute to
the  Fund are invited  to  forward
their contributions to:
R. M. Pearce Memorial Fund
c/o Community Relations Office
University of Victoria
Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2
A receipt will be issued for each
contribution,   and   an   announcement will be made in due course as
to what progress is made.
John Goudy Friday, November 7,1980
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Reject the NPA
Here we go again! In spite of an
almost 52 per cent majority vote in
favor of electing our civic government by wards, the will of the
Socred (alias NPA) majority on
Vancouver city council has prevailed and voters are to elect city council, parks board and school board
candidates under, the rejected and
discredited at-large system.
Once again voters are to be faced
with the impossible task of choosing credible representatives from an
incredible list of possibly hundreds
of civic candidates.
The aldermanic ballot alone
which had 56 candidates to choose
from in 1978, will likely have that
many or more candidates in this
November's civic elections.
Faced with this situation in every
civic election, is it any wonder that
we have such low voter turnout?
Can we expect voters to turn out in
droves to elect representatives, most
of whom they have not heard of? I
say no!
That is precisely the way the Volrich administration wants it. That is
why the mayor and the NPA incumbents along with TEAM'S alderman Marguerite Ford refused to
honor the commitment of the city
contained in the ad explaining the
ward plebiscite in 1978 and which
51.7 per cent of the voters voted
The NPA has a cold self-interest
in rejecting the ward system. Many
of their present majority would lose
their seats in a ward system And
some groups would win more seats.
The present at-large system which
the voters rejected in 1978 guarantees that the news media will concentrate on the incumbents whose
names are already well known to
the electorate and the NPA is so
cocksure that under this system they
will elect a substantial major: ty on
name recognition alone, they have
nominated a candidate who lives in
West Vancouver.
Voters and the media should not
let them get away with it. The voters
should simplify their ballots by rejecting all NPA candidates ar d the
news media should focus attention
on issues rather than the well-
known incumbents.
One of the major issues is the
credibility of the NPA incumbents,
one of whom (George Puil), was
quoted shortly after the 1978 election (Nov. 28) in The Courier
"before an election you can say almost anything, it's looked upon as
an election thing, it's not binding."
Bruce G. Eriksen
330 E. Hastings St.
Go fuck cattle
Immature, chauvinistic, stupid
and a bit of a bore? By God, do I
have the perfect friend for you,
Robert Johnson.
Of course he does have his faults
too: lazy, messy, makes love to cattle and is one hell of an imbecile.
Maybe I should not be too hard on
Robert, after all, he's only a commerce 2 student and obviously not a
real man yet.
Get the picture Robert? From
your letter of Oct. 23, your portrayal of women as "cattle to be
herded and bred by whosoever
chooses" clearly demonstrates your
overt fear of women. Like a very
small child you lash out at some
thing you do not understand.
What's the matter Robert, are
you afraid of academically competing with women, of pursuing their
affections (scared of rejection) or
did your mommy just ask you to
clean up your room for the first
time in 20-odd years? I suggesi that
you use your two brain cells and
switch them to overload before you
open your mouth — or just crawl
back to your tree, Tarzan.
Who knows? Maybe one year
you'll find a mate, and if not you
can always substitute Cheetah for
Florence Land
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B.C. must thwart Skagit sellout
Tucked away in that forested expanse sprawling south of the highway running between Hope and
Manning Park lies a pristine low-
elevation valley of untouched beauty, nestled amongst the high and
rugged peaks of the North Cascades. A unique wildlife habitat,
this valley's bottom is forgivingly
wide and flat, offering a wealth of
recreational opportunity for people
of all ages and abilities, and is now
populated with the northernmost
stand of giant Ponderosa pine in
North America.
All this splendor is only 90 miles
from the dense urbanization of
Vancouver, a rapidly growing city
that increasingly demands accessible recreational land for the evergrowing weekend exodus into the
great outdoors. Yet we may soon
lose this natural treasure forever:
this valley is the Skagit, its abundant wildlife and virgin forest doomed to soon drown with Seattle City
Light's threat to raise Ross dam in
Washington state.
The impending innundation of
the Skagit Valley is not a new controversy; indeed, its history goes
back to 1942 when the International
Joint Commission (IJC), a quasi-
judicial body that mediates trans-
boundary water disputes between
Canada and the U.S. provisionally
approved the raising of Ross dam in
order to generate more power in aid
of the war effort.
Though High Ross was never
built under this supposition, negotiations for an agreement between
our province and Seattle's electrical
utility flicked on and off until 1967,
when W. A. C. Bennett sold us out
with a stroke of his money-grubbing pen.
In one of the more blatant Socred
ripoffs of the '60s, Wacky signed
over the destruction of 5,000 acres
of prime wilderness, reducing it to
an unsightly morass of mud and
stumps in exchange for the pathetic
sum of $6 per acre a year, with B.C.
taxpayers picking up the tab for
clearing of the flood basin — another glaring example of Bennett-
styled shortsightedness that subsidizes cheap energy for the U.S.,
energy used to fuel the production
of military hardware (i.e. Boeing),
with the B.C. citizenry underwriting
the costs, both in economic and environmental terms. (Are they separable in the long run?)
This outrageous deal was made
with Seattle City Light, a U.S.
public corporation that stands to
make $4 million or more per annum
on the extra electricity produced by
the wasting of Canadian land. You
don't have to be an environmentalist to be concerned with the shafting
that B.C. has contracted to accept.
Concerted public opposition to
the flooding of the Skagit began in
1969 and the following year our
federal government piped in with
the outcry. B.C.'s formal opposition to the agreement it signed was
announced in 1972 with the election
of the Barrett government, and this
policy has been continued, albeit
somewhat embarrassingly, by the
current Social Credit regime.
In this period settlement negotiations that would compensate Seattle
City Light with an equivalent
amount of B.C. power at a bargain
price, in lieu of the Skagit deluge,
have ensued, but these collapsed
only months ago when the U.S. appeals court confirmed the U.S. federal power commission's approval
for the construction of High Ross
But there is still hope. The IJC
has the authority to annul or rescind the 1967 agreement, and if
public hearings are held the provincial government and private lobby
groups such as the R.O.S.S. Committee (Run Out Skagit Spoilers)
will have a desperately needed opportunity to throw their full weight
behind a last united stand in convincing the IJC to make a favorable
decision for the people of B.C. The
only way to ensure that public hearings are held is to flood the IJC office with briefs countering the current set of arrangements: statements are being accepted by the IJC
in regard to this matter until Dec.
Unfortunately, there is another
major obstacle to overcome; not
one of foreign interests, but that of
the indifference displayed by the
Canadian   federal   government.
Without the blessing of the federal government there is little, if
any, hope that B.C. can do legal
battle with the U.S. We have until
Dec. 17, closing date for the receipt
of statements for the IJC, to convince Trudeau and his lackeys that
they cannot afford to abandon the
people of B.C., that we are not going to passively allow the annihilation of the unique and valuable
Skagit Valley for the sake of American utility profits.
We must demand that the feds
send in a supporting brief to the IJC
before the deadline. Time is running out for the Skagit; we must
shout loudly now, and with the
minimal representation B.C. has in
Ottawa these days the only way we
can make our voices heard is to
write letters.
The address is easy; Parliament
Buildings, Ottawa, Ontario, and
the postage is free. We've got nothing to lose, and a wondrous valley,
that is rightfully ours anyway, to
Mike Down is an arts 3 student
and a member of the Environmental Interest Group. Perspectives is a
column of opinion, analysis and
(dare we hope?) humor open to all
members of the UBC community.
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Friday, November 7,1980
'Tween classes
General meeting, noon, SUB 119.
T.G.I.F., 2:40 p.m., Lutheran Campus centre.
T.G.I.F. happy hour, 4 p.m., Lutheran Campus
Men and women's 8 km. boulevard run, noon,
meet   at   Maclnnes   field.    No   registration
General   meeting,   noon.   International   House
Business meeting, noon, SUB 115.
General meeting for election of delegates to Ottawa, noon, SUB 212.
Free film: Becket, 3:30 p.m., Buch. 106.
Curry night and classical Indian dance, 6 p.m.,
International House lower lounge.
Free play by Ann St. James with song composed
and   performed   by  Joe  Martin,   noon,   SUB
Marxist literature and discussion,  11:30 a.m.,
SUB main concourse.
Bible study, noon, Lutheran Campus centre.
&<*£&     m   T    v  *       9 -*** /#< -
WAVAW's film: It's not your imagination, about
sexual harassment in the workplace, noon, SUB
Sun reporter Ros Oberlyn speaks on covering
social services, 5:30 p.m., Ubyssey office SUB
Band Get Away performs at beer garden, 8 p.m.,
SUB ballroom.
Annual conference with presentations, seminars
and talks on exceptional children, - all day,
Bayshore Inn.
General meeting and election of executives,
noon, SUB 215.
Matinee film Story of a small town, 2 p.m., SUB
Akbar Ladha speaks on meditation and the mind,
11 a.m., council office, #401— 717 W. Pender.
Men's Totem tennis circuit round II, 9 a.m.. Armouries.
C.V.C. Gym night, 8:30 p.m., Winter Sportr
Complex gym A.
Hot flashes
lime for talk
on fffce SUB/ecf
Did you know that SUB could be
undergoing major renovations?
A public fourm is being held today at noon in SUB 205 to discuss
the plans that have been developed
by the Alma Mater Society for
renovating the SUB courtyard on
the first and second floor and expanding the SUB basement
towards the aquatic centre. All
questions, suggestions and any
alternative proposals will be
welcome at the meetings.
The proposed plans are on view
in the SUB display case beside the
CUTS travel office. A second forum
will be held on Monday in SUB 209.
The two forums are the only
planned opportunities for students
to give their direct input on the proposal.
Go away
Want to get away but lack a
place to go?
The physical education
undergrad society is holding a beer
garden tonight with the band Get
Away providing the music. It starts
at 8 p.m. and takes place in the
SUB ballroom.
Classic ball
In this day of declining values and
cheap plastic imitations how often
can something truly be called a
Not often. But on Saturday at
8:30 p.m. a modern day classic encounter occurs when UBC's mens
basketball team takes on the Simon
Fraser University squad in the
Buchanan Classic. You can support
the T-Birds by showing up at the
War Memorial gym for the night
For newshouncfs
Vancouver Sun reporter and bon
vivant Ros Oberlyn speaks today at
5:30 p.m. in The Ubyssey
newsroom on social services reporting and issues. Student journalists,
interested students and all others
are welcome.
The event is sponsored by Canadian University Press, the national
co-operative of student
Song8 in aix tonguaa, 7:30 p.m.. International
House upper lounge.
Slalom registration at 9 a.m., racing at 10 a.m.,
B-tot. Rain or shine.
Spiritual fellowship group meeting, 5:30 p.m.,
Lutheran Campus centre.
Two films from library collection: Growing
dollars and Ethiopia: a Feminine Report, non,
library processing room 308.
General meeting, noon, SUB 215.
Speaker Pat Miranda discusses Laurel House
program for autistic children, noon, Scarfe 1005.
Debate on: KKK should have no right to speak,
with debating society vs. Al Soroka* of committee against racist and fascist violence, SUB
Eucharist, noon, Lutheran Campus centre.
Marxist literature and discussion,  11:30 a.m.,
SUB main concourse.
Pot luck dinner followed by discussion, Lutheran
Campus centre.
Debate against science fiction society, noon,
SUB 213.
General meeting, noon, SUB 211.
General meeting, noon, Buch. 212.
General meeting with guest speaker,  7 p.m.,
SUB 215.
Quaker worship, noon, SUB 117.
Public meeting, noon, SUB 212a.
Special meeting t discuss the constitution, 5:30
p.m.. Graduate Centre committee room.
Dr. Poland-Grzybows on obstetrics and
gynecology, noon, IRC-1.
Thurs., Sun — 7:00
Fri., Sat. - 7:00 & 9:30
SUB Aud. - $1.00
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featuring "Get Away" Friday, Nov. 7, 8:00
p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Tickets $3.00 — On sale
lunch hours M. Gym. Beerre Garden! All
welcome to attend.
Free Pubfic Lecture
Microbiology. UBC
Prof.  Levy,  winner of the 1980 Breiy
Research Prize, has developed a new
test for detecting lung cancer.
SATURDAY, NOV. 8, at8:15 p.m.
in Lecture Hall 2. Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre
SMALL PENDANT gold-coloured butterfly.
Tiny green chip in centre. Sentimental Gift
from husband. $15.00 reward. Hut 01 Educ.
Programmed Instruction Centre. Marione.
MONDAY AFTERNOON my light brown
leather wallet vanished. If you found it
please keep the money and the wallet as a
reward but please please please return the
I.D. to S. Fisher, c/o 5570 Chancellor
Blvd., Vancouver. I will be eternally grateful
for your cooperation.
40 — Messages
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p.m.) 731-8564.
50 — Rentals
60 — Rides
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66 — Scandals
70 — Services
85 — Typing
11 — For Sale — Private
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new. Only 2000 klm. Asking $2700. Call
Ward 261-2566.
15 — Found
20 — Housing
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apartment in Dunbar or Point Grey area.
Michel 733-1871.
25 — Instruction
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civic madness civic politics
City transit relic from another age
Vancouver is the third most
populous city in the country,
situated in one of Canada's richest
provinces, yet our public transportation system is hopelessly obsolete, a joke compared to the advanced light rapid transit (LRT)
systems either in operation or in the
active planning stages in most other
Canadian cities.
Our dated public transportation
system is a relic from an extinct era
of affluence and waste, and has
been characterized by inadequate
planning and haphazard growth. It
is an albatross that testifies to the
lack of foresight of our provincial
and municipal governments.
Vancouver has been promised an
LRT system, in various shapes and
forms for years, but the two levels
of government have not even been
able to decide which type of transit
system would be best for Vancouver, let alone setting the wheels
in motion for building such a
On the municipal level, Vancouver mayor Jack Volrich in his
1976 election campaign promised
Vancouver a rapid transit system
within five years. When he ran in
1978 he said a decision could be
made about LRT within six months.
Vancouver is still without rapid
transit, and there are no definite
plans for implementing LRT in our
A new public transit system is a
major issue in the Vancouver
municipal elections, whether the
candidates want it to be or not. A
recent Vancouver Sun poll revealed
that seventy per cent of city voters
believe LRT should be the first
priority of the politicians.
With the depth of public support
for LRT it is not surprising that the
mayoral candidates — incumbent
Jack Volrich, Mike Harcourt, Martin Zlotnik, David Ingram and Frank
Helden — all support LRT in some
But most people in Vancouver
are understandably skeptical that
we will see a rapid transit line in
Vancouver in our lifetime. Since
council abandoned the city's first
commuter system in the 1940's the
politicians' promises to create a
reasonable transit system in Vancouver have been demonstrated to
be made of the stuff that makes the
best garden fertilizer.
Our current transit system consists of building new car-only
bridges, routing traffic through
formerly quiet neighbourhoods,
and widening streets and
highways. These are nothing more
than band-aid solutions to the
serious problems we face with
rapidly decreasing oil and gas supplies and our growing urban
If our present system cannot
keep up with our current demands
(have you ever been through the
Massey tunnel in rush hour?) how
can it be expected to cope with
future demands?
To expand our present type of
transportation system to meet the
growing requirements means more
highways cutting through priceless
agricultural land, more cars and
buses adding to noise and air pollution, and a hopelessly crowded
downtown core. All this would be
needed just to keep up, and won't
improve transportation in our city
one jot.
So who is to blame for this
dismal state of affairs? It depends
on who you talk to.
With the exception of Volrich, all
the candidates in the upcoming
mayoralty race are unanimous in
their criticism of Vancouver's public
transportation system.
"Ifs a joke," says Mike Harcourt.
Martin Zlotnik thinks it is "terrible
for a city like Vancouver." And it's
going to get worse if we don't do
something," he warns. According
to Frank Helden ("a man for the
people") Vancouver's transit
system is "archaic." David Ingram
agrees the situation is deplorable.
Harcourt places the blame for
this pathetic situation squarely on
the shoulders of Mayor Jack
Volrich and Municipal affairs
Minister Bill Vander Zalm.
Earlier this year, after spending
$500,000 on an engineering design
study of a Conventional Light Rapid
Transit (CLRT) line from Surrey to
downtown Vancouver, council approved the CLRT system and
negotiated with residents
throughout the east side to approve
the necessary alignments.
"Council has made a decision,
the people in Vancouver have made
a decision, the Regional District has
made a decision, and it's Volrich
and Vander Zalm who are stalling,"
Harcourt says.
According to Harcourt, Volrich
and Vander Zalm are "sabotaging"
LRT in Vancouver by pushing for
automated LRT (ALRT) — a new
system that was studied in a recent
trip to Kingston, Ontario — when
the GVRD and council are prepared
to go ahead with a conventional
The main difference between
CLRT and ALRT is that while both
would be routed underground in
some places (for example, the
downtown core) the CLRT system
would be mostly on-grade with
some overpasses, while the ALRT
is an elevated system, like a
ALRT represents a newer
technology, and for that reason it
couldn't be included in the recent
$500,000 engineering study, says
Volrich. But Harcourt thinks that to
choose an untried system, and to
have to begin from scratch, studying its feasability for Vancouver
when the groundwork has already
been laid for a conventional system,
is nothing more than a stall tactic.
"To be fair" Harcourt says,
"Jack Volrich has always promised
Vancouver a new transit system.
And, if he's re-elected this year he'll
promise us transit again in 1982,
1984, 1986, etc."
When asked how we can be sure
we will get rapid if we reelect him, Volrich replied "You
can't. I am not the only person who
makes decisions."
"That's true," says Harcourt.
"He's a person who's made no
decisions whatsoever. As the
mayor of Vancouver, chairman of
the Urban Transit Authority, and
member of the GVRD Volrich could
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have done a great deal to bring LRT
to Vancouver."
"ALRT... is a sabotage by
Jack Volrich and Bill Vander
Zalm . . . because they want to
build a freeway network instead of
a transit network," he charges.
Volrich says that if he is reelected the ALRT will be on line by
mid-1985. "It's a joke," says Harcourt. "The conventional system
will take until 1986 to implement,
and the groundwork has already
been laid. It will take more time, not
less to begin all over again with
Until the various governing
bodies reach a consensus about
what sort of LRT system to construct in Vancouver, and set a
reasonable timetable, Vancouver is
as far from rapid transit as it ever
was. The chances of opening
Transpo '86 with only our current
archaic transportation system are
getting greater as the pile of
political rhetoric grows. It will be
ironic to host a world-class
transportation exposition in a city
with an inadequate, hopelessly out-
of-date public transportation network.
City council cheap , non-violent entertainment
An afternoon spent at a city
council meeting can provide one
with cheap and amusing entertainment. First a cop walks into the
meeting room carrying a mace, a
big silver one, pauses and says, "All
rise. His Worship Mayor Volrich,"
then he puts the mace on a table
and Jack Volrich comes in. He's
wearing a blue pin-stripe suit and
has the chain of office around his
neck, a crude bit of jewelery that
looks   like   those   gold-tin-foiled
GREASY JACK ... can his Worship win again?
chocolates but on a string. Jack
gets up behind his raised desk that
stands over all and asks us to bow
our heads in prayer, and with this
aside the meeting is under way.
Everyone ruffles their agenda
sheets to see whaf s on the bill of
fare. First up is a rezoning application for a single lot in Kitsilano. The
owner and his architect present
their case for fifteen minutes and
the matter is hotly debated by
council for the next twenty. The
rezoning is finally granted. Not as
much attention is given to the next
matter; a freedom of information
bylaw. Alderman Little, a jaundiced, wizened gent and former city
clerk, is agitated by the very idea
that we do not already have
freedom of information and denounces the bylaw as a complex bit
of foolery and is disgusted to even
see it on the agenda. Harry Rankin,
looking a trifle seedy, but time-
honoured, tears into Little with surprising vigor, even to the point of
calling him foolish. At any rate the
matter is put aside for further consideration.
The meeting provides an opportunity for each alderman to express
his or her view. Bernice Gerard, in
her uniform of a blue blazer with
brass buttons, grey wool dress and
hair that looks like cast iron,
speaks up often in her determined
baritone. Warnett Kennedy speaks
less often, perhaps aware his heavy
Scotch accent is a public liability.
One wonders if he tries on purpose
to look like Burl Ives. Alderman Puil
is a marvel to behold. He behaves
like a university professor, taking
off his glasses to make a point, lapsing into reminiscing about old
girlfriends and often perplexed by
critical points others bring up. Next
to him is a Real Canadian: Alderman Harcourt. The man appears to
be without personality or imagination. He is dressed in a grey suit
with a pale blue shirt, and has a
balding pate and an insipid manner.
He might have been an encyclopedia salesman but no, he's a
city alderman. Still, he does speak
reasonably and with foresight and
so doesn't seem at odds with his
There are four women on council: Gerard, Marzari, Ford and
Boyce. Boyce looks like your Mum.
She's pleasant, in her mid-forties,
doesn't have all the facts and
figures at her fingertips but she's a
good sort: well-mannered, well-
spoken and kind. There's little to be
said of Ford. She makes a good
point now and again but one
wonders if her presence or absence
would make a difference to the
others. Marzari, a former city hall
clerk, is the youngest of the
women.   She appears concerned
and intelligent but is unsure of
herself, often wording her
statements, "Am I right in thinking ..." or "Would I be mistaken
assuming . . .". It tends to detract
from the importance of the good
points she often brings up.
There is one other alderman on
council: Don Bellamy. Bellamy
doesn't say squat for the whole
meeting, not a word. Apparently
when the topic turns to the east
end, his own area, he can become
quite verbose but the tiger didn't
spring to his feet this meeting. In
fact he sat there sleepy-eyed, stifling yawns, saying nothing, looking
like an Ottawa politician. Just the
same, he gets paid. Too bad.
The meeting continues. There is
the matter of alloting monies to
care for the grounds of a senior
citizen's home. Puil says he doesn't
want the civic government saddled
with the responsibility of providing
civic housing. The motion to allot
Eventually the agenda is completed and the meeting is over. It's
been cheap entertainment but one
that decides the future of the city.
Some of the aldermen have proven
themselves to be competent, informed and concerned. Others
would serve best by not being on
council at all.
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Friday, November 7,1980 civic politics I
B.C. gets more Socred monuments
Cheops had his pyramid, W. A.
C. Bennett had his dam and the
Bennett/Volrich mutants will have
their B.C. Place. Re-announced by
Bennett on January 29, the colossal
work would run for several blocks
along the north shore of False
Creek occupying land now used for
unsightly CP Rail yards. The complex would house office space,
parkades, shops, exhibition space
and the 60,000 space "amphitheatre", a sobriquet Bennett
uses for the proposed sports
stadium, although the amphitheatre
would be used for almost nothing
but sports.
Initially slated to cost $200
million, these grand undertakings
are well known for their penchant
to run over budget and no one
should be surprised if the final
tabulation is closer to a billion
dollars when the project is completed for the Transpo exhibition in
1986. A history of B.C. Place and its
plainer sister. Pier B.C., will provide
interesting reading fraught with
political intrique, bungling and a
sad sort of humor.
B.C. Place was originally proposed in March 1978 by Bennett,
although it was not known as B.C.
Place until later. The Plan: a 60,000
seat stadium to be built on the
north shore of False Creek along
with   a   development   of   office
buildings and a broadway to be called "The Avenue of the Pacific"
where Pacific rim countries would
maintain pavilions. Two years later
the plan was dusted off but instead
with an "Avenue of the Provinces."
The same stadium, the same
development but touted as a brand
new proposal. Thus Mr. Bennett
got twice the political mileage out
of the same bad idea. Too bad he
can't level with the public.
Even before the sod-turning
ceremony the scheme will cost the
B.C. taxpayer some $45 million
more than it should have. The
reason being that land that B.C.
Place is to be located on is owned
by Marathon Realty, one of the
tentacle-like subsidiaries of CP Rail.
In 1974 Marathon negotiated with
the city to have the land, 120 acres
in all, rezoned to residential from its
then commercial status. This increased the value of the land from
an estimated $50,000 an acre to
over $500,000 an acre, a $54 million
increase overall. In return Marathon
pledged to pay the costs of
developing the land, donate
acreage to a park, build access
roads to a seawall, costs that would
swallow up most of the $54 million
profit. But now that the land is to
be used for B.C. Place and not
housing, 25 per cent of which was
slated for low-income people.
Marathon will not have to fulfill its
agreement but will sell the land to
the Government at its new price
and pocket the change. Ana boy.
Jack. Way to go. Bill.
In their haste to provide the newly formed B.C. Place Ltd. with ail
FALSE CREEK . . . CPR to get windfall profits.
Waterfront comes to life
Social history is perhaps one of
the most rewarding academic
disciplines. As a field of study it
tends to be less formal than traditional historical research. In it, the
lives of ordinary men and women
come alive and the reader can appreciate how most people actually
lived in a given historical period.
Local publishers New Star books
have presented many offerings
from this genre, and their latest is
Rolf Knight's Along the No. 20
Line, an account of what it was like
to grow up in the east end of Vancouver in the 1940's.
Along the No. 20 Line
By Rolf Knight
New Star books
Knight gives us a realistic and
personal vision of Vancouver as it
was then. Up until the end of the
1940's people still lived in primitive.
but comfortable makeshift shacks
all along the southern shore of Burrard inlet. A whole sub-culture
thrived here until it was bulldozed
away to make room for more
modern developments. To his
credit. Knight does not romanticize
bits of the past but presents them
in a clear light, describing scenes
through the eyes of a child.
The thread that binds the book
together is a typical journey on the
No. 20 streetcar line which went
from the PNE area to Hastings and
Cambie downtown, or roughly the
present day Powell bus route. On a
Saturday afternoon tram ride you
could meet people from all facets of
working class Vancouver society.
Knight conveys well the insularity
and proud traditions of Canadian
working class society, qualities
which have been eroded or disappeared in the last 30 or 40 years.
He gives a gripping account of
the attempt by the independent
Canadian Seamen's Union to fend
off attacks by the "international"
(read American) Seafarers' International Union at Terminal Dock.
Knight paints a vivid picture of the
options life open to an average east
end youth in the 1940's.
The second half of the book is
made up of personal recollections
of the period from various east end
residents. These vary in quality but
generally offer a glimpse of a world
that has long since vanished; a
world in which ordinary people
perhaps had more self-esteem and
a more independent spirit than we
do now.
One complaint is the lack of an
index, and even though it is more a
series of autobiographical narratives than a definitive historical
work, the sheer variety of place
names and technical terms used
would make an index or glossary a
welcome addition.
PIER B-C . . . taxpayers to lose.
the new toys a new government
corporation should have, the
Socreds passed legislation immediately branded by the opposition as an unprecedented outrage.
Introduced in July, 1980, Bill 46
gave B.C. Place Ltd. the power "to
take by expropriation, without consent of the owner, or of any other
person any land that the company
considers necessary for its purposes." Said Dave Barrett, "From
now on, no home is safe." Later,
bowing to public pressure, the
government backstepped and
removed the controversial bill.
The provincial government in its
pursuit to build a monument to
itself has overlooked the alternatives and failed as well to take
heed from examples other cities
have provided. Montreal is still paying for its stadium, which is still
without its $150 million roof. This is
not to argue against the building of
a new sports stadium; Empire
Stadium is old and ready for the
bulldozer and professional sports in
Vancouver need a proper home. In
fact PNE president Erwin Swangard
had previously announced plans to
build a new stadium on the PNE
grounds financed by private interests when his move was vetoed
by Bennett's grand proposal.
Swangard's stadium would have
been largely funded by private
money with little help from Victoria.
Bennett   contradicted   Socred
philosophy that the government
not provide what the private sector
is prepared to when he overruled
Swangard. Thus a facility the public
might have enjoyed with a minimal
subsidy will through government
excess and befuddlement cost a
minimum of $100 million.
Pier B-C is yet another example
of government excess. There is no
doubt that the old facilities were inadequate and in need of rejuvenation. The building was first opened
in 1927 and until its demolition
handled up to four cruise ships a
day during the summer months. It
is inadequate but what is to be built
is purely a Socred monument.
Originally slated to cost $20 million
the price tag quickly rose to $25 and
again to $52 million and construction has yet to even start. The plans
now include an office tower and
So what can be done? The
Socreds seem to think the public
purse can always be squeezed for a
few  more  dollars.
For a start, you can go down to
False Creek and take a look for
yourself at this price of prime real
estate and then decide if this property, so centrally located, should
be developed in the interests of all
the citizens of Vancouver or solely
for the benefit of a group of a select
group of speculators and
monument builders.
Friday, November 7,1980
Page Friday 3 science-film I
Reagan's success a case
of genetic mutation?
Can Ronald Reagan's success in
the U.S. presidential election be
credited (blamed?) on the media,
impure bodily fluids, low level
radioactivity or other environmental
hazards or is it necessary to examine Reagan's genetic makeup
and the gene pool of the population
at large to get an answer?
This is the sort of problem
sociobiological tinkerers might be
tempted to look at. The problem is
that any observer of the recent U.S.
election would be doomed to be
biased in one way or another in his
or her inquiry — due to the innately
diverse scope of both the electoral
process and the voters' actions.
Moreover, there is a grievous lack
of proven material for the
sociobiologist to work with. Bonzo,
the star of Reagan's best known
movie, Bedtime for Bonzo, has
never attended a press conference
or been available for comment on
Sociobiology is an attempt to
study non-human animals' actions
so as to establish a basis for
understanding human behavior.
Two forms of annimal behavior that
are commonly applied to human
behavior are territoriality and aggressiveness.
Some sociobiologists feel that
becuse inequality and domination in
animal populations are widespread,
it is natural for these qualities to exist in human populations. According to sociobiologist the typical
group behavior of wolves, chickens
and gorillas goes a long way to explaining the higher incidence of dictatorships and oligarchies than true
democracies in modern as well as
historical societies. This reasoning
veers dangerously close to a
philosophical rationalization of the
status quo; the statement that
capitalism and an economy of
abundance are the most perfect expressions of territorialism is not the
product of sound sociobiological
Basing human behavior on the
chemical makeup of man's genes is
one way sociobiologists try to explain significant and repeated patterns of behavior. The first important voice in the field of
sociobiology, E. 0. Willson, says
that acts of benevolence and
heroism as well as such emotions as
fear, love and hate have their causal
roots in the genetic material of any
population. The overriding tendency, according to Willson, is for people to aid those who share at least a
few of their genes over others who
do not.
The broad scope of sociobiology
leads to a large potential for biased
study and other forms of misuse,
some critics charge.
The most glaring example of inherent bias was the work of
Jensen, Shockley and Herrnstein in
the mid-sixties. These researchers
suggested from the results of
culturally biased I.Q. tests that
white Americans were inherently
more intelligent than black
Americans. After protests at many
campuses and closer examination
of the evidence, refuted but
became a contentious issue again
some years later.
The periodic resurgence of
formerly refuted ideas typifies the
ambivalence of sociobiology and
the vagueness of its guiding principles. Few other fields are as
replete with contrasting guidelines
for study and definition as
Some researchers hold tha the
relative power of genetic
predestination is greater than the
effect of environmental influences.
J. Z. Wilson claims that there will
always be some members of society
who will act as criminals on the
basis of rational choice; the
behavior of murderers and thieves
is predestined and irreversible. This
kind of blanket assumption is
disproved by a closer examination
of the type of behavior in question.
Wilson's hypotheses completely
ignores the more environmentally
and financially damaging
phenomenon of corporate (or white
collar) crime which affects more
members of the population in the
long run than individual crime.
From a more realistic viewpoint,
some sociobiologist feel that a few
forms of behavior can be completely explained whereas other forms of
behavior can only be partially explained in terms of biology. What
can's be explained in terms of
biology is frequently put in terms of
sociology, ethology or humanism.
So politics can be simplified in
theory but not empirically to be the
same kind of power struggle universally demonstrated by primate
groups. Similarly, one reason, according to some sociobiologists,
why religion has been historiclly
more successful than other social
movements in the long run is
because it reflects the tendency of
primates to submit to an omnipotent member.
The results cited by
sociobiologists often reflect the
biases of their studies; Thomas
Hoult feels that there is a lack of
empirical evidence to back up the
claim that human behavior patterns
parallel primate patterns and that
normal environmental challenges
faced by men and primates are
directly responsible for behavior.
Others, such as Pierre van den
Berghe, see the unscientific nature
of sociobiology as inherent and that
a legitimate explanation of existing
behavior must draw on biological
roots to account for the cross-
cultural uniformity of human
behavior. Since so may forms of
human social behavior are universal
there should be an inherent human
tendency causing them.
Sociobiologists see inequality as
lasting well into the foreseeable
future as so many attempts to
abolish inequality in society often
tragically result in the re-
establishment of inequality in a different form.
Humanists see war as solely a
human failing that might be
eliminated in time while
sociobiologists see it as a sort of
genetic gamble. A society that
regards its genes as superior to
others must occsionally risk partial
or complete depletion to install the
cominance of their genetic material
in the existing environment, according to sociobiologists.
Humanists and sociobiologists,
however, find some common
ground in explaining the declining
birthrate of the advanced capitalist
Both humanism and sociobiology
see the advantage of parents tending to establish families with fewer
children. The desirability of parents'
being able to focus more effort on
fewer children results from the
higher probability of rearing 'good'
progeny if you have fewer of them
to pay attention to in
sociobiologists' eyes. Humanists
see this as a means to maximize the
portion of human caring each child
receives but sociobiologists see this
as "the maximization of inclusive
fitness" of as a way of maximizing
CRAZY RONNIE . . . genetic research two-edged sword.
the chances of the progeny to live
and represent their parents' genes
in future generations.
Sociobiology can and should be
applied to human behavior but only
when the inherent uncertainty of
sociobiological prediction and the
singularity of humanity's ecological
adaptability and behavioral flexibility are considered.
Recent history suggest the
prevalence of humanities cultural
evolution due to rapid technological
innovation    in    preference   to
biological evolution.
Perhaps some time in the future
biological evolution will catch up or
even exceed to influence genetic
adaptation to modern society. Electors might have at their finger tips
all the genetic information of all the
presidential candidates they need in
order to arrive at a sensible choice.
Under those circumstances, Bonzo
would be assured the largest
margin of victory in history at the
polls over the inferior Ronald
Kurosawa's epic requires patience but delivers
WAR LORD .  .  . Shingen Takeda
Broken only by the flash and horror of battle, Akira Kurosawa's latest film, Kagemusha (the shadow
warrior) is a slow paced portrait of
a feudal warlord's struggle for control in 16th century Japan.
Despite the patience needed for
this three hour film it is a worthwhile endeavor.
Kagemusha (The Shadow
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Playing at the Varsity Theatre
When warlord Shingen Takeda, is
wounded by a sniper's bullet his
generals and clan are unwilling to
let their power fall into the hands of
their military enemies, Nobunaga
Oda and Leyasu Tokugawa.
Shingen's brother finds a double
to impersonate the warlord, (Tat-
suya Nakadai) who plays both the
double and the lord. He is a petty
thief charged for his crimes and is
rescued from death.
A complicating factor is
Shingen's son who does not inherit
the shogunate because his mother
was the daughter of a Takeda
enemy. The son leaves the household and is seen fuming and scheming with his generals near a mountain lakeside hideaway.
Upon hearing rumors that the
shogun had not met his death, enemy forces attack a Takeda stronghold to test the deceased Shingen.
While the Takeda generals advise
patience, Shingen's son musters his
own forces and moves into battle.
The influences of George Lucas
and Frances Ford Coppola, both
students of Kurosawa, are evident
in this film. The battle scenes are
reminiscent of Apocalypse Now and
the music, very un-Japanese at
times, is of the Star Wars genre.
There is honesty to this portrayal.
In the opening scene when the
thief demands to know why he is
less honorable than his master who
has murdered thousands in his own
pursuit of power, Shingen replies
simply that he is not.
This is a highly stylized portrait.
The dream sequence is obviously
set on a stage with a sky painted in
rainbow hues and silver sparkles at
the water's edge. The scenes of
the clans gathering, of Oda and
Tokugawa contemplating their military future, of a spontaneous fan
dance by one of the warlords are all
carefully constructed from fresh
angles for classic scenes: classic
Throughout the film are subtle indications that Shingen's way of life
is becoming obsolete. A Catholic
priest blesses the troops, an enemy
warlord offers a guest "European"
wine and the enemy soldiers are
armed with rifles.
The internal struggls mark the
emergence of a new Japan and the
end of the feudal era. It is a fine
testimony to Kurosawa's work.
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Friday, November 7,1980 interview-music
Local author seeks truth in fiction
Roger Mitton is a 33-year-old
graduate student in Creative Writing
at UBC and has just had his second
novel published. Master and Son,
distributed in Canada by General
Publishing. His first novel. Thirteen
Days, was published in 1978 and he
is currently working on a third novel
that he hopes to complete by the
spring. He has also written a collection of short stories and had some
of his works broadcast by the BBC.
Page Friday staffer Julie Wheelwright talked with Mitton about his
work in progress and Master and Son
which was based on his experiences working aboard a Norweian
ship. He has also travelled in Europe, South America and the Far
PAGE FRIDAY: In your reviews
you've been compared to authors
such as Conrad and Gore Vidal.
What is your comment on that kind
of comparison? Was there any
author that was a particular source
of inspiration to you?
ROGER MITTON: First of all I
think comparing my writing to
Conrad's is a bit silly at this stage
of my writing career. I find rather
than certain authors it's been certain books. Even Conrad there are
only two or three books of his that
I find are particularly important to
me. The same with many other
writers, when I think back over it
now. I can't say there are certain
writers that have had a dominant influence over me. I guess certain
books may have made an impact on
me. I've been impressed by the
style as well as the content. Even
different ones; I liked Hemingway
very much at one time, and Steinbeck and now I like Lowry's style
very much, as in Under the Volcano.
I find Conrad stylistically rather a
bit difficult, but I like the substance
of what he writes. I'm rather pleased, but I hope that I'm not too
closely identified with any writer. I
don't want to be a writer who's
close to so and so. I want to have
my own voice or try to develop it
PF: What are you working on right
RM: I'm working on a third novel
right now; I'm about halfway
through it. It's a novel that's set in
Vancouver and I'm trying to explore
the possibility of an emotional
shock causing someone's personality to deviate. Someone who's
formerly been rigid and predictable
in their behavior is emotionally disturbed and becomes rather
repulsive. And I follow this character through 24 hours when he's
got his life pretty well sorted out
and his plans are fairly well set and
then something happens and everything is thrown into disarray. He in
fact ends the novel rather a different personality to the one he began.
So that's the story. It's a fairly
complex story actually, this guy's
an architect working in Vancouver
and he has dreams of becoming an
innovative architect and going to
Barcelona for a year to do some
original designing. He's taking his
wife and son and has got
everything pretty well worked out
and then he finds out that his wife
has been having an affair with one
of his friends and all his plans to go
with the family are totally ruined
and maybe his plans to go to Barcelona are going to collapse as well,
and that he's never going to be a
visual architect and his life is just
going to go downhill. I follow him
as he receives this news and he tries
to come to terms with it and as he
tries to decide whether he's going
to go to Barcelona and whether
he's going to become an architect
who's going to have an impact on
the course of architecture in the future.
PF: It sounds like quite a departure from your last novel Master and
RM: Well, it's quite different, and
I'm glad it is. I don't want to get
trapped in some kind of particular
line of writing. Stylistically it's quite
different as well. I hope it's a move
forward. I'm trying to add certain
complexities and go into this architect's character much more deeply.
I think being here in the writing
department is helping me in that respect and for the first time as I do a
chapter I can get feedback from
some people whose opinion I've
learned to respect. It's very helpful
that I don't have to work in isolation for two years and then send it
off to a publisher for them to write
back and say well this caracter
doesn't stand up because of this
and I realize that if I'd shown it to
someone. . .
PF: What were your criticisms of
Master and Son?
RM: My criticisms? That's a good
question. I find the death of the
captain somewhat implausible in
hindsight. I don't think it goes into
Go for Baroque
Anner Bylsma astonished everyone last weekend.
In the first main series concerts
of the Vancouver Society for Early
Music, Bylsma last Friday and Sunday played the complete solo cello
suites of Bach, for which he received a standing ovation.
He did not play perfectly: his
open strings sometimes squawked
raucously, and more often than he
should have he produced high
squealing harmonics. Even allowing
for his arrival from New York at 2
a.m. on the Friday morning of the
concerts, these were perhaps less
than perfectly practised.
But Bylsma's musical thought
completely overshadowed these
blemishes. To paraphrase Casals,
his phrases arched like rainbows,
majestic and yet infinitely delicate.
Bylsma drew an unbelievable range
of timbres from his instrument,
spanning gentle flute-like tones and
savage thunderous rumblings.
And all this on a soft baroque instrument. Bylsma plays a 1669 Gof-
riller cello set up to baroque specifi
cations, including gut strings, no
endpin, short fingerboard, and so
on. The instrument is a very quiet
one, and would never be audible in
the Orpheum. But in the UBC recital
hall, a more intimate setting, the instrument and style worked.
Like a clavichord, the tiny volume
of Bylsma's playing was at first surprising, but after five minutes the
ear adjusted to the new, quieter dynamic range, and Bylsma's vast imagination and energy were clearly
One of the most exciting features
of Bylsma's playing lay in that he
was unafraid to be rough with this
music, traditionally considered to
be delicate. That balance between
savagery and gentleness pointed up
brilliantly just how precarious the
balance of western art music really
is, sitting on an edge of self-imposed rules, between order and chaos.
And Bylsma led the audience to
that edge, that abyss, with a
strength and confidence that left
the audience breathless. Never
have I heard an audience more utterly silent during a concert.
the characters in sufficient depth.
Maybe it does for this particular
book in that it's a fairly fast-moving
story and the sea is changing fairly
quickly as the ship moves from one
place to another. I think it conveys
that sense of not having a good
foundation. I think it conveys the
sense of being at sea quite well. I
just think that somehow the characters are not as well developed as
I would like. There's a novelist in
England called Barry Ainsworth
whom I admire very much and he
ice. Now you've got to learn to cut
a bit deeper." I think that's very
true. I've got to try to maintain a
momentum, or that readability, but
also to get a bit more depth into it.
That's why I think the comparisons to Mr. Conrad are a bit silly, because I don't think I have
anything like the depth that he
achieves. But then I hope I will get
it sometime.
PF:   It  seems  that  the   novel
you're writing right now will allow
a moderately serious writer.
wrote to me about this Master and
Son book and said, "well you've
learned how to write very well and
get people turning pages but it's
kind of like skating very quickly over
you to explore your characters
more fully.
RM: It's probably going to be rather
longer, twice as long as Master and
Son for example. Since it focuses on
this character almost entirely he's
the only figure whose character is
the whole story. If it's even going
to work then it will go into his character in some detail. The only problem I'm worried about at the moment is that I may have gone too
much the other way. The story may
not have that readability and that
the reader may find it a bit oppressive, reading about this one guy
and his emotional problems. There
isn't as much overt drama in the
story, as there was in my first novel.
So it worries me that I may be attempting something. I think I've
reached the stage in my writing
where it is reasonable to assume I
could go for it, it's a kind of dangerous step in a sense, the novel
could be rejected. I don't want to
go back to the stage of rejection.
PF: You were talking earlier about
a spectrum of publishers that publish different categories of books.
Where would you put yours?
RM: It sounds horribly pretentious but I aim to be taken as a
moderately serious writer. I don't
aim my writing at the market, which
I suppose more pulp writers would
do. I try to write what I want to
say but I don't think it goes for the
world. In people like Graham
Greene or Steinbeck or Orwell I
think it's possible to be a good
writer and to appeal to the public. I
find fallacious this reasoning that if
you're a serious writer you aren't
going to sell. That just doesn't hold
up to examination.
Flaubert's Madame Bovary was a
bestseller when it came out. You
can write an excellent book and you
can also sell. It doesn't mean that
if it is excellent it's going to sell but
you can still hope to bridge that
gap, that's what I'd like to do very
PF: Are you interested in writing
social realism?
RM: Not really. I like to get a lot
of detail and realism into my books
but I'm not trying to make a social
point. I think Orwell did most of
that anyway. He's one of my great
heroes I suppose in the sense that
I can't think that there's anything
I'd want to add to the kind of stuff
that he wrote on that basis. I don't
dislike 1984 and Animal Farm but I
like the earlier Road to Wigan Pier
and that kind of stuff. It just shines
with this aura of truth and honesty,
it makes you shiver when you write
a false line.
Buchanan Classic
Saturday, November 8
8:30 p.m.
War Memorial Gym
Support the 'Birds
Friday, November 7,1980
Page Friday 5 drama
Good Doctor good medicine
auditions for Chekhov in "The Good Doctor"
If you're planning an evening on
the town and you want to start with
a few drinks and some light entertainment in a pleasant atmosphere,
Neil Simon's play, The Good Doctor, might be just what you are
looking for.
It is an easygoing comedy about
an aging Russian writer, played by
Deivid Glyn-Jones, who sits in his
den composing amusing little smec-
dotes about the tribulations of
humble yet respectable people. The
good old man proceeds to share his
afternoon's work with the audience.
The Good Doctor
Directed by Donna Spencer
Playing at Stage 33
The first incident concerns the
trials of Ivan lllyich, a young clerk in
Moscow's Department of Bushes
and Trees, who tries to work his
way up in the world by sitting
amongst the wealthy at the opera.
On one particular evening, Ivan and
his young wife find themselves sitting behind the Minister of Public
Parks and his wife. Being overly
zealous by nature, Ivan is anxious
to impress the minister. He succeeds in provoking the old man,
however, by sneezing all over his
neck at a crucial moment in the performance.
Sci-fi mag lures mad ducks
Duck Rogers, that defender of the
planet Swamp attends a final briefing before his flight to the moon.
The crippled Dr. Strangeduck describes the situation.
No, this is not a nightmare, this is
the latest episode of Duck Rogers in
the 25th century, an ongoing comic
strip in the UBC science fiction
club's magazine. Horizons.
Horizons is an offset printed
magazine stapled together and sold
by our friendly neighborhood sf
club. Started last year by editor Ian
Stanwood and company. Horizons
is surprisingly good. In the last
three issues there have been several
promising short stories and a few
well-written articles about science
and the sci-fi phenomenon.
The refreshing thing about
Horizons is that the writers are
themselves hard-core sf fans, and
so do not get carried away with
science fiction as a fad. Stanwood,
in an editorial, asks "Why do people keep demanding the Buck
Rogers syndrome of Our Hero
flashing around the skies, brandishing a colorful laser, seducing
the beautiful women, and generally
saving the universe from incredibly
mean bad guys?" He asks for, and
receives in some stories, a complexity of plot that entertains without
insulting the reader's intelligence.
Horizons also has enough variety
to keep it from appearing too
academically scientific. In the October issue there is a well-
researched, if unimaginative article
about the Chinese space program.
But if Duck Rogers can compete
with the best in the business,
Horizons' graphics — or lack
thereof — need some work. An
outline map of China and an ad for
the L-5 society, a group dedicated
to the promotion of space colonization, are all that relieve the large
blocks of type in the latest issue
(excluding, of course, the quacky
Mr. Rogers).
A little more imagination in the
feature articles layout would also
help the magazine look more professional. There is always a danger
of putting too much emphasis on
gloss and not enough on content,
so that you end up a pale imitation
of Omni, (a science/sf mag put out
by Penthouse publications). The
fantastic visuals in Omni often
minimize the poorly thought out
writing that accompanies them. But
with strong content of Horizons,
that will not be a problem.
Indeed, some of the short stories
are engrossing, well planned adventures of the mind. House of the
Wind, by Sylvia Volk is about a
magician who controls the winds.
The magician becomes enraged
when the wind forces two women
to take refuge in his house and
refuses to let them leave. Volk's
ability to set the scene makes her
fantasy a reality. Her idiomatic
dialogue puts the characters in a
perspective not unlike our own.
Kerry Anderson's A Day in the
Life of Your Average Belter (in the
April issue) describes life in space
as being interminably boring.
Anderson's characters give new life
to the old idea that peoples personalities become stronger and
more irritating in the monotony of
space does not seem hackneyed.
The frustration of years of
abstinence leads a space miner to
murder his companion and make a
deal with a traveller for a real
woman. The complexities of fraud
in outer space lend a fine sense of
irony to the ending.
Perhaps the best compliment one
could pay the fiction writers in
Horizons is that they don't rely on
gimmicks to bring the stories to the
end. In a few cases the stories just
flow right into what seems to be a
perfect ending. Other times the
ideas seem a bit forced, but that
comes with experimentation. And
as long as Horizons continues to
push the barriers a little and move
toward better writing, we should
allow them a few mistakes along
the way.
The weakness of Horizons' eclectic format has been the quality and
vision of their commentaries. In his
article about the Chinese space pro
gram, Andrew Benkovich glosses
over the social implications of yet
another nation developing and
testing nuclear weapons. Where
else, if not in a science fiction
magazine, should the human be
tied in with the scientific?
Benkovich, however, does an excellent job of describing the space
program. He supplies some in-
sigihtful background material, but
he tends to treat the subject in an
academic, rather than analytical
Although Horizons resembles
nothing so much as just another
stapled-together rag, its redeeming
features outnumber its humble format. Why, Duck Rogers alone
deserves the UBC golden duck
award for excellence in thoughtful
parody. It may not have gloss or
glirter, but Horizons is still worth a
look from the casual or fanatic
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Ivan's profuse apologies only irritate the minister even more.
Finally, the poor clerk is so upset
that he can hardly face life any
more. The old writer comes up with
two different endings to this little
anecdote: either Ivan dies or he inherits 5 million rubles and lives happily ever after.
The next story concerns a
governess, called Julia, who learns
a stern lesson when her mistress
purposely shortchanges her 70
rubles out of her salary of 80 rubles.
Her employer is merely trying to
show her how spinelessly the working class allows itself to be trampled
upon by its superiors. Again, there
are two endings to choose from: either Julia stays on as governess or
she inherits 5 million rubles and
Another story told by the old
writer is about a gentleman who
pays a young fellow 60 kopecks to
perform a fake drowning. The
fellow actually drowns when the
gentleman forgets to call someone
to pull him out.
Then there is the one about the
father who takes his son to a
brothel on his nineteenth birthday
to make a man out of him. After
haggling with the lady in question
over the price, he decides he does
not want to lose his boy to
manhood and takes him home.
Another touching story is about a
poor, amateur actress who practically walks from Odessa to
Moscow just to audition before the
great Chekhov. Although he is only
interviewing professionals,
Chekhov finally relents and listens
to her lovely recital of the last scene
of The Three Sisters. Satisfied, she
trundles off with her carpet bag,
but not before he calls her back to
perform for him again.
In the cleverest anecdote, two
old men meet on a park bench for
their habitual verbal contest to see
who can outdo the other. The day's
subject is lunch and the challenge is
sent back and forth until the cranky
one wins with his elaborate duck
entree. His friend outdoes him,
however; he forgot that after a
hearty lunch one needs a cigar, a
newspaper and a warm, hairy dog
at his feet.
Then there is the medical student
who terrifies a monk when he tries
to extract his tooth. He climbs on
top of the suffering monk and
wrenches his tooth out as if he
were tearing away at a car engine.
The best remedy for the monk's
pain would probably be a trip to a
hospital and 5 million rubles. He
could certainly stop the bleeding
with the money!
To conclude the show, the scene
reverts back to the old writer sitting
in his den reflecting on the plight of
all these struggling people. He
decides that the ending to all his
stories should be an inheritance of 5
million rubles. This is a pleasant
finale to a well-performed show.
After all, who really wants to watch
people struggle and suffer?
You won't leave the theatre feeling like you need a good stiff drink
to loosen a knot in your stomach.
But you might be ready to hop
around town for a while. After all, a
drink and a good story are just what
the doctor ordered ... oh, and 5
million rubles.
We've got no
scruptes and very faw journalistic eeruptee (whatever
tftosa Bra). We do however
appreciate selfless dedication from pur staffers. Like
that exhibited yesterday by
our own Kerry Regier,
wiped out on morphine, but
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Friday, November 7, 1980 film-drama \
Tibetan trilogy conveys spirituality
The Fields of the Senses, A Prophecy, and Radiating the Fruit of
Truth are documentary films by independent filmmakers that comprise the Tibetan Trilogy, a brilliant
compilation which will be shown
tonight and tomorrow at UBC's
Hebb Theatre.
All three films in the Tibetan Trilogy, which adopts a naturalistic approach, are concerned with aspects
of Buddhism. The three films are of
a high cinematic quality and convey
a deep respect for the spirituality of
the Buddhist religion.
The Fields of the Senses is a
beautifully-made, captivating filming of a preparation by Buddhist
monks for a death in their community. The setting is Ladakh, which
was once a province of Tibet. We
see scenes of men and women cultivating and planting seeds in the
fields, and of the monks' preparation for a burial ceremony.
The monks address the dead
body and speak to the soul of the
deceased. The monks guide the
soul through stages of greater
awareness and tell it to face its
"karma" — its own nature —
"nakedly" and honestly, without
shame or fear.
The concluding shot of this film
leaves one with awe and a feeling of
admiration for the filmmakers for
their sensitivity in handling the subject matter.
The Fields of the Senses is
powerfully spiritual, yet subtle.
A Prophecy is the second film in
this trilogy. It examines the Dalai
Lama's religious principles, which
have been significantly affected by
socialist doctrine. The Sera monks
are featured in this film which includes the political and religious nature of the people and their leader in
a theocratic settlement in Karna-
taka State, southern India.
The film's foundation is the Dalai
Lama's own belief that "the future
will lead to the rule of the masses,
to a social democracy. When we
look at it from this point of view the
invasion of Tibet (by the Chinese in
1959 which caused the Dalai Lama
and his followers to flee the region)
has been something good for the
Tibetans — providing we can
follow the right path in the future."
Radiating the Fruit of Truth, the
longest film in the trilogy, is also the
most contemplative and requires a
good deal of patience on the part of
the audience because of its slow
pace and length.
Made in Nepal, Radiating the
Fruit of Truth is about a Buddhist
ritual called A Beautiful Ornament
which is the realization of a heightened universe through the building
of a cosmogram, the principal physical representation of the universe.
The cosmogram is beautifully and
painstakingly detailed with figurines
of men, women and monks placed
around Tara, the deity.
During this period, the Buddhist
monks are isolated from the rest of
the community. They prepare for
the initiation and to receive the nature of the deity Tara through
prayer and meditation. The human
mind, they believe, is "inspired
from the mind of the deity." In this
process, the "mind is freed by the
limitation of ego to perceive the deity."
The text of the recited prayers is
subtitled on film.
The Tibetan Trilogy is written and
directed by Graham Coleman and
produced and photographed by
David Lascelles. The lighting and
still photography are by Michael
Warr, and the sound recording by
Robin Broadbank. The responsible
editing is by Pip Heywood.
Filmed with a minimum of commentary and personal interpretation, the Tibetan Trilogy is worthwhile for religious studies and anthropology students as well as interested observers.
The Fields of the Senses and A
Prophecy, each approximately 60
minutes long, will be shown together tonight. Radiating the Fruit
of Truth, which is 120 minutes
long, will be shown in its entirety
tomorrow night. The show time is 8
p.m. on both nights. Tickets are $3
per person for the trilogy and will be
available before show time.
Existentialism lives at UBC
Existentialism lives, in the form of
an original one-act play by a UBC
Fine Arts student, performed Monday lunch hour in the SUB
Not Quite Right seems paradoxically trivial and important, as the
characters reveal their personality
quirks in a chance meeting.
Not Quite Right
Directed by Roland Case
Nov. 3 & 7 in SUB auditorium
The play begins with Jennifer,
played by Shari Graydon, waiting
on the steps for her friend Frank to
arrive. She is neatly groomed, and
seems to be an average middle
class woman.
Further upstage Randy Keim
plays the energetic Cal who looks
disarmingly like a country bumpkin.
Someone calls his name and Cal
rushes off stage saying to Jennifer,
"I'll be back."
The story becomes complicated
as characters' actions switch from
enthusiastic simplicity to cruel manipulation. Jennifer finds herself at
the centre of the conflict, as Frank
(Roland Case) forces her to either
come with him or wait for Cal, who
she has never met before.
Graydon and Case portray the
"straight" characters who find the
spontaneity of the others confusing
and irritating. They encounter their
opposites in the form of Cal and
Louise (Ann St. James), who seem
both impulsive and irrational.
The opposition of the characters
becomes evident as Cal and Louise
convince Jennifer to stay and talk.
Randy Keim dominates the stage as
he manipulates the polite Shari
Graydon. When he changes from
the lightheaded Cal to a crueler Cal,
the tone of the play shifts from light
comedy to dark existentialist
The whole encounter at first
seems trivial, but soon becomes
crucial to each character. There
soon develops a power struggle be
tween rationality and irrationality.
Cal, as leader of the irrational
forces, creates confusion in Jennifer's mind.
The audience found itself laughing at the jokes until the humor
turned black. Then, when disorder
reigns, the only responses possible
were to accept life as irrational or to
reject the concept of the play.
Ann St. James, who plays a
commanding Louise, wrote the
script. St. James' investigation
centres around Jennifer's choice to
stay or leave. The polite woman has
trouble overcoming her wish to be
polite to Cal, who seems to be both
friend and foe.
Cal and Louise compliment and
attack Jennifer until she is forced
into making her own decision rather
than relying on the conventions of
etiquette to guide her.
Roland Case is wisely casted in a
minor role to allow him more time
to direct the production. He has
kept the action moving at a good
pace, and manages to utilize the
All concerned students, and people representing campus
clubs, societies and organizations are invited to attend two
public meetings to discuss the proposed building renovations
to S.U.B. — the Courtyard renovation on the first and second
floor, and the renovation and expansion of the Basement
towards the Aquatic Centre. All questions, suggestions and
any alternate proposals will be welcome at these meetings.
The proposed plans for renovating the Courtyard and expanding the Basement are on view in the first floor display case
beside the CUTS Office in S.U.B.
First Meeting, Nov. 7th in SUB 205
Second Meeting, Nov. 10th in SUB 209
front of the auditorium stage to advantage.
Joe Martin, an easygoing folk
singer in a checkered shirt, began
the noon hour production with
some original folk songs. With a
voice reminiscent of Bruce Cockburn, Martin strummed through
four or five songs including Green
Hills Appear, "a biblical version of
my first visit to the West Coast."
The theatre students are using
Not Quite Right as an experiment to
see if lunchtime productions are viable in the SUB auditorium. Their
initiative is well worth supporting
for half an hour of entertaining theatre.
About 30 people came to the first
showing of Not Quite Right. This
display of local musical and dramatic talent deserves just a little bit
more from a campus overflowing
with students of the arts. The
whole intention of moving lunchtime production to the SUB auditorium is to make them more convenient for people to attend.
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Elizabeth Playhouse. Until the
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largely been the responsibility of the
individual isolated musicians less far
sighted. In Chicago 1965, Muhal
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They are an experience to hear so
don't forget, Sunday night at the
After a successful opening at the
Orpheum, the Vancouver Chamber Choir moves to the second
concert of its 10th anniversary
season at Ryerson church at 45th
and Yew on Friday, Nov. 7. Entitled
Singers Choice the program is a
collection of a capella secular music
for small choral ensembles from five
It has been five years since celebrated poet Pat Lowther met an untimely death at the apex of her career. With four books to her credit,
she was just beginning to attain the
national recognition she deserved
for so many years. In honor of Pat
and the publication of Final Instructions, An Evening for Pat Lowther will take place at the Literary
Storefront, #314 West Cordova St.
at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. The program will consist of readings and
remembrances by Dorothy Livesay,
Allan Safarik, Lorraine Vernon and
others close to her. Wine, and
cheese will be served and Final instructions will be available.
The Modernettes, Los Microwaves, The Metros, Los Popularos
will be playing Sunday, Nov. 9 at
the Arcadian Hall 7th and Main.
The doors open at 8 p.m. and
tickets are $4 and minors are welcome.
An exhibition of H. H. Elliot's
Paintings of Dreams and Fantasy, at
the Danish Art Gallery at 3757 West
10th Ave. The presentation opens
on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 2 to 5
p.m. and the show will continue
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A Baroque Christmas unties the
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Rockpile and Moon Martin and
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0.04% Total Harmonic Distortion
makes beautiful music with any A &
B Sound speaker.
Onkyo is renowned for BEST BUYS and this
new model will be no exception. Digital readout super-servo. Quartz-Locked tuner section assures unsurpassed performance at this
price. 65 watts per channel (FTC) will drive
any speaker system - see the entire new
ONKYO line today at A & B Sound.
Semi-Automatic Turntable uses belt-drive and
a DC Servo motor to precisely control speed
and eliminate unwanted noise. The straight-
line low mass tonearm minimizes tracking
error to insure accurate reproduction and less
record wear.
$1 99.95
expensive Onkyo deck with the capability to
use the new Metal Alloy tapes for significantly
extended high frequency response! In addition, you get exclusive Accu-bias, which automatically sets the perfect bias for whatever
tape you're using. Dolby* noise reduction, and
"feather-touch" solenoid switch operation.
Check out this new Onkyo deck today!
AM/FM Tuner Amplifier.
Along with Servo Locked Tuning and "Human
Touch" Sensor Controls, the TX 20 has Onkyo's new auto-hi-blend circuitry that cancels
noise from weak broadcasts. Power output of
30 watts per channel, (0.08%)*THD.
0&6 sound
OPEN UNTIL 9 P.M.       '*«»
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