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The Ubyssey is holding electionsto fill the following vacant
positions: Sports Editor and Production Coordinator.
The Sports Editor will work with the Culture Coordinator to
edit sports copy, set and keep regular office hours, ensure
coverage of important T-Bird games, coordinate cpverage
witht he photo department, accumulate 'Bird Droppings'
and that kind of jazz.
The production Cooordinator is in charge of overseeing the
page design, typesetting, and layout ofthe newspaper. The
must keep regular office hours, be willing to stay up until
they curl up and die from exhaustion, low wages. They must
know how the entire office runs in and our and be able to do
other people's tasks. In the best of both possible worlds,
would be nice if you know Pagemaker 4.2 and/or Quark
Position papers for the openings must be posted by Thursday, October 14, 1993.   Polls will be open from 8:00am to
9:30am and 10:30am to 4:30pm on Friday; from 10:30am to
4:30pm on Tuesday; andfrom 10:30am to 12:30pm on Wednesday.
If you want to run for either of these positions, youmust be a
staff memeber of the Ubyssey, which means you must have
contributed to at least three issues ofthe paper. If you think
your name should be on this list and it has been omitted,
immediately contact Doug Ferris at the Ubyssey office,
SUB241K, 822-2301.
-*£' WEDNESDAY   13 OCTOBER 1993
Over the years many people
have gone in and out ofthe doors ofthe
Ubyssey office. This paper has developed in the shadow of mainstream
media. At times is has provided a
critical voice to and an active reinforcement ofthe establishment.
Traditionally, student papers
are looked upon as the bastions of
radicalism on campuses, however at
times they have been not unlike their
Southam brothers and sisters.
Information is a precious commodity, which governments actively
control through censorship laws which
operate under the guise of working for
the public interest and maintaining
moral standards—look at the recent
court decisions in light of the Butler
case. In this age of the widely supported rebirth of McCarthyism—this
time it's immigrants, not communists.
The limitation of access to information restricts the ability to engage
in critical discourse, restricts the ability to gain perspective on issues and
rather, creates mental tunnel vision—
a state of intellectual apathy. Everyone has a right to voice their opinion
without being dismissed as a 'special
interest group.'
The liberal laws of freedom of
expression' operate within boundaries
of normality, if ideas or images venture too far outside those boundaries a
very hostile reaction will be encountered by the wandering minds—see
the examples of The Picaro or most
recently The Ubyssey. While uproars
are launched against and irrelevant
issues violence, misogyny, racism and
homophobia remain relatively
unchallenged within the popular media
^Nhat if, for instance, a person
were to suggest breaking the law to
some human being, somewhere on this
wide earth. Why god forbid!!!the iron
walls of democracy, the word by which
we apparently define the general ideology ofthe dominant society, might just
collapse beneath the weight of a challenge to one of its regulations of
behaviour. My god, ANARCHY!!! Censorship is not simply the omittance of a
page here or a page there. Censorship is
silencing the mind, and where there is
silence there is no discussion, creativity
or thought.
happily participated in the vanilla,
family values, Dan Quayle, video warfare cattle call, student papers and alternative media outlets have actively
provided a critical voice. Where will you
find the same ability to express your
ideas? Certainly not in your classrooms,
your workplace or your home. Have you
considered why student papers are under increased attacks for the material
they print? Why would a confident,
democratic society be afraid ofthe circulation of ideas which are not palatable
to the masses? Moreover, why should
ideas be palatable?... Free your ass and
your mind will follow.
13 October 1993
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The Ubyssey is published Tuesdays and Fridays by the Alma
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opinions are those ofthe staff and not necessarily those of
the university administration, or of the publisher. The editorial office is Room 241K of the Student Union Building.
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PANGO PANGO (UNS)—Hairy Puce Blorgs in thistinyislandkingdom celebrated
the 75th anniversary of Pango Pango's independence recently.
The celebration was held at the home of aged hairy puce blorg geexer Rick
Hiebert, who invited many of hit friends to celebrate and do the mashed potato
all night long.
Sara Martin and Doug Ferris brought a xylophone and Anne Bebauer and
Eric Johnson taught all the portygoers to dance. Seamus Graham and Rita
Flu*tgold filmed the affiar for inclusion on the news. Taivo Evard baked a cake
using honey and whole wheat flour, sprinkled with chicken breast for Steve
Chow. Mike Kitchen and Mike Mityok just grooved on Stan Persky, man.
Anita Fawcett, Tanya Battertby, Anne Gebauer and ■_■■__■• formed
an all kazoo combo to play the greatest reggae hits of Pat Thurlow, a popular
Pango Pango singer. Brent Galster and Omar Kassis won the freestyle dance
contest Lix van Assum and Siobhan Roantree went outBide for a smoke. Graham
Cook went home early.
Michael Valpy and Verne McDonald jumped naked out of the birthday
If only the masthead had been longer...and more inclusive of activities at
the paper, then maybe the people would know how long and hard the final
dedicated sextet worked deep into the probing night. Slowly at first, not rushing
anything. Some clothing dropped here, some there. Various states of undress.
The office getting warmer, more intense. Pulsing. Vibrating. Churning. Grind-
in**:. None of you shall ever know the pleasures forbidden you...
Coordinating Editor Douglas Ferris
New* Coordinator Graham Cook
News Editors: Sara Martin, Omar Kassis
Culture Coordinator Steve Chow
Culture Editor. Ted Young-lng
Sports Editor vacant
Photography Coordinator Siobhan Roantree
Production Manager vacant -=T
4     THE UBYSSEY    1920s
One of the
ol' boys: white guy does good
by Malcolm McGregor
As I leaf through my file of The
Ubyssey (1929-1931), the memories are revived and I am impressed
by the differences between the
Golden Age (ie when I was an Undergraduate) and this one.
Consider The Ubyssey's
present luxurious home, its expensively furnished suite of offices,
reminiscent, to be sure, of a procine
abode. Contrast this with the bare
cupboard, known as the Pub, in the
northeast corner ofthe Auditorium,
that we occupied. The Editor occupied a desk; the rest of the staff
occupied a desk.
Two superannuated typewriters served our amateur but willing
fingers. Here I learned to type, not
so professionally as to satisfy Personnel but so effectively and so accurately that in 19311 could hammer out my own MA thesis. In those
days, literate editors insisted on
literacy in the staff: we wrote accurate English and we could spell (we
NEVER misspelled proper names,
especially Scottish names). Errors
(rare, of course) brought scathing
and public denunciation. Twice a
week senior members spent the
evening and half the night at the
printer's shop, where they wrote
headlines and read proof. It is possible that the present staff visit the
printer; I wonder how they spend
their time.
I began as a reporter (addressing the Editor, naturally, as
Sir or Madam) and reached the
culmination of my career as Sports
Editor, a post that I clung to tenaciously for two years. Sport on
campus has never had such coverage. Page four was wholly ours,
with its own heading. Every sport
received attention, every result was
published, along with appropriate
stories. At frequent intervals a Var
sity game provided the lead story
on page one (more often than not
this concerned the soccer team, for
which, by coincidence, I played):
this, to be sure, led to a certain
coolness in my relationship with
the Senior Editors. I contrast our
policy with the current execrable
coverage of sport.
The Ubyssey examined the
University's life comprehensively.
We could do this because it did not
occur to us that it was our responsibility to save the world from oppression or the University from the
robber-barons and the wicked administration.
Today the fumes of beer permeate The Ubyssey's palace and
pages. We were more refined: we
specialized in wine (we were very
advanced) and tamales. We kept
the tamale-house on Robson Street
in business; now we have gone and
so has it.
The Pub was the birthplace
and headquarters of the most secret and arcane organization to
which I have belonged, the Society
of Thoth. My oath prevents my revealing its awful secrets; but we
were the first habitues of what is
confined to men: after all, it was a
Secret Society. But once a year,
when we produced our annual pantomime for Homecoming Night, we
allowed the ladies to prepare
scenery, sew the costumes, apply
makeup, and serve as camp-followers, a privelege that they appreciated.
We were also the first defenders on the campus of freedom ofthe
press. In February, 1931, the Editor, having been forbidden by the
President "to publish any criticism,
editorially or otherwise, ofthe University, the Faculty or the Government," disregarded the order and
was promptly suspended (we had
immediate disciplinein those days).
We promptly suspended publication. It was a measure of our dis
tinction that our action was looked
upon universally as a dreadful
punishment to impose upon the
students, the Faculty and the Administration. An honourable
settlement resulted.
We in the Pub looked upon
ourselves, quite justifiably, as the
elite. In the Golden Age it was recognized that every flourishing society must have an elite. There were
those who suspected us as iconoclastic radicals and they were convinced by our clash with authority.
My own radicalism has been
well known on this campus, especially by The Ubyssey. I was trained
in the Pub and, manifestly, I learned
my lessons well.
I address these reminiscences
to The Ubyssey, and I remind the
Editor that my surname has no "a"
and that "honourable" includes a
The late Malcolm McGregor
was a Classics poressor a nd Head of
the Classics Department at UBC.
For many years, he was a beloved
foe ofthe Ubyssey's staff.
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The Early Days: The Ubyssey 1918-31
by Rick Hiebert
The Ubyssey, in the first
years of its life, would be both
familiar and unfamilar to
today's reader.
Many ofthe campus events
that the old Ubyssey wrote
about—dances, beer gardens,
speeches on campus are still
campus mainstays and are still
written about in todays editions.
But UBC back then was a
very different place than today. In 1918-19, there were only
831 students (560 men and 271
women) and the campus was
locatedin temporary buildings
on the current site of Vancouver General Hospital.
The paper had a "missing
link" ancestor, the "Ubicee",
which was started in 1916 as a
monthly literary magazine.
The paper was financed by volunteer student subscriptions
and had wonky finances as a
result. In 1917, the AMS levied
a $2 per student fee and the
paper's staff began planning
an ambitious project—a student newspaper.
"Ubyssey" debuted on October 17, 1918 and added the
"The" to its name on December
5 of that year. The paper also
began to publish weekly with
that issue, usually on Thursdays.
The first issue of The Ubyssey stated that "the main aim
ofthe paper is to print the news
while it is Tiotf and by means of
its columns to encourage all
forms of student activities." It's
the same today.
A notice in that issue infers that another problem then
was, alas, the same as today.
"[W]e wish to state a cruel
and unfortunate fact. THIS
AHEAD OF TIME....The paper
will only be as interesting as
the matter it contains, and the
interest ofthe matter depends
on the number of various Individuals who are reporting and
writing and upon the work put
on their contributions by those
people [copy editing was a problem then too]. If you don't like
the paper, get to work to im
prove it; but don't grouch about
it in the corridors."
UBC was a very male, white
place in the early 20s, but
things were beginning  to
change. Women were slowly
gaining influence in high profile campus activities, such as
debating and The Ubyssey. The
paper had several female editors such as Sallee Murphy, an
ace debater in the 1920s.
Women were starting to
make news too. The lead story
in the 5 December 1918 Ubyssey
covered a speech by Board of
Governors member Mrs J. W.
deB. Farris, who spoke on the
need to properly support and
finance UBC to a Vancouver
Institute audience. Unfortunately, the accompanying
photo has Mrs. Farris sitting
behind a table with a nice silver tea service and a tray of
As a small university, UBC
was a very intimate place,
somewhat like a medium sized
high school today. Everyone
knew everyone else and most
students shared classes and
spare time actvities such as the
. theatre, class dances and parties. Vaudeville at the Orphe um
was big with Music Hall stars
such as Frances White entertaining students.
Most UBC students were
well off in the Twenties, as advertisements show. Students
bought suits ($15 to $30 at
James Clelland's store on
Hastings Street), type writere (a
"pippin" of model for $69), fox
trot lessons at the Vaughn
Moore Dancing School (Winners ofthe "Rudolph Valentino
Dance   Trophy   for   being
Vancouver's best instructors
and dancers") and even new
cars ("Trim and buoyant is the
new Phaeton Reo....brute power
for mountain grade and cross
country touring is supplied by
the famous Reo "Six" 50 h.p.
engine." Only $2285.) Tuition
for Arts studentsin 1924-25 cost
$75 a year, so UBC students
certainly needed to be weatluer
than they are now, at least to
keep the dancing lessons and
car payments paid up.
The biggest student irssue
in The Ubyssey's early years
was underfunding, particularly severe in UBC's case as
we did not have a permanent
campus until 1923. The Ubyssey led the push against a recalcitrant provincial government uneager to pay the $2
million needed to build the
campus. The paper printed a
letter in March 1921 for students to send to the provincial
government to urge for UBC's
The Ubyssey id so stood up
for students abused by their
student government. In 1925,
when the student council
mulled amending the AMS constitution to cut back on female
members on council, the paper
attacked the AMS and the blatant unfairness ofthe proposal,
pointing out that while there
were about 43 per cent female
students they were only allowed
33 per cent ofthe seats on council.
In February 1931 the paper had a serious run-in with
the UBC administration. UBC
President Leonard Klinck
wrote that it wasn't allowed
for The Ubyssey "to publi sh any
criticism, editorially or otherwise, ofthe University, the faculty or the government." The
horrified paper's staff wrote
stinging editorials and drew
cartoons     attacking     the
President's assault on freedom
of the press. Editor Ronald
Grantham wrote an editorial
criticizing the provincial government and was suspended
for two weeks as a result. The
AMS declined to work for
Grantham's reinstatement and
the paper suspended publication in protest.
By and large, however, life
was idyllic on campus in this
era. Campus sports were very
important and an intense rivalry was developed with
Victoria College. Celebrations
swept the campus when "Varsity" won,  particularly in
rugby, the favourite campus
sport in this era. Some spectators complained, however, that
other overzealous students
were too "prone to act like wild
men", particularly after a win.
Faculty and students socialized at a rate unheard of
The time is i^igh.
The Ubyssey. SUB 241K.
o*t tfou/i 75tlt /InttiueM&uf!
Darlene Marzari To all those students returning to university, don't
New Democrat, MLA forget if you have any problems with student loans,
Vancouver housing or with any government service, give us a
Point Grey call at 732-8683 or drop by our office at 2505 Dunbar.
today. They were expected to
get along well too.
When UBC President
Klinck made a tour of several
Canadian univeristies in the
fall of 1923 he took pride in
noticing that student government was thriving. But not for
the reasons that students today might hope, according to a
Ubyssey interview.
"'Student government',
said President Klinck, Is now
recognized everywhere and is
doing a great deal to eliminate
the friction which formerly existed between faculty and students."
Klinck also noted that at
one university, student government was "highly developed,
but it was most disappointing
to find that the students have
lost all interest in it."
Students bemoaning the
growth of the sprawling AMS
bureaucracy may have us to
blame. The Ubyssey recommended that the AMS hire its
first employee in an editorial
that year, as "certain [AMS]
executive positions have become, or are rapidly becoming,
too onerous for a student to fill
in coiyunction with hi s duties."
Change was starting to
slowly occur, however, as the
"real world" started tointrude.
One poor student in February
1923, wrote in to complain that
the Board of Governors policy
to grant student loans on academic merit rather than on
need was unfair. Students with
good marks living at home were
given loans of $100, while another student, with fine but not
superior marks had to struggle
by on $25.
"Is it fair," he asked, "that
a student with good standing
be loaned money on which to
have a good time while a student with a supplemental be
forced to leaved college because
of a shortage of money?"
The Ubyssey was unfortunately an elitist place. Unlike
today, a wannabe student journalist had to take a test to join
the newspaper. The test was
open to all and ostensibly based
on only having a good worki ng
knowledge of English, but instead of allowing anyone who
wished to come and leam their
skills on the paper the editors
picked those allowed to write.
A subscription to the Ubyssey cost $2.00 a year and our
annual advertising revenues
have improved greatly from the
$2,000 the paper annually
earned in the 1920s.
Relations today between
Ubyssey staffers and the rest of
the student body are happily
better than an October 1925
editorial would infer. We can't
afford boxing gloves anyway.
"By all means, if you have
anything whatsoever in connection with The Ubyssey's activities to see us about, drop in
and well talk it over. If there's
something you don't like about
the rag, come in and slag us.
We won't care. (One of our editors is a big block man [Varsity
athlete] and another plays
rugby and knows how to box.)
Perhaps well fall in with your
suggestion. Even if you can't
pick a fight, you may have something to contribute to your own
paper. By all means, knock and
be admitted."
"On Mondays and Tuesdays, we have a busy sign on
the door. It may not be artistic,
but it was written in all sincerity. Thank you."
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Depression, War and "The Beaver": The Ubyssey 1932-1959
by Rick Hiebert
The University of BC was
hit hard by the Great Depression. With the Depression came
deep cuts in the provincial budget, particularly in 1931.
One faculty, agriculture,
had few students but did a lot
of what would be termed "research and development" today. When cuts came through,
however, it was the arts faculty
and campus services that were
sliced. And for the first time,
cutbacks and their effects became front page news in The
UBC's library system was
reduced to begging for student
volunteers, according to an
October 1932 interview with
UBC       librarian       John
The library was reduced to
a staff of six, which "could
forsee no alternative but that
of a "help yourself system—indiscriminate access by all students to the stacks and the clos-
ing of the library every
evening," Ridington said.
Forty-five per cent ofUBC's
courses were cancelled in 1932
and that winter, thousands of
students turned out to protest.
The Ubyssey led a letter writing campaign to protest the
cuts and wrote several irate
Cuts      would      persist
thoughout the mid-1930s, resulting in regular Ubyssey
cover stories on tuition hikes
and enrollment caps. By the
end of the thirties, however,
the Liberal provincial government began to increase funding and enrollment. 8:30am
classes were introduced to deal
with the overload in 1938.
UBC was in many ways still
an elitist place, if one judges by
the few ads appearing in The
Ubyssey, now a four page broadsheet appearing on Tuesday
and Friday. Cartoon ads plugging the newest Ford V-8 were
regulars as well as ads from
The Vancouver Sun.
Underscoring the elitism
was the fact that students, according to an education minis
ter ofthe era, paid at least half
the cost of their educations.
The Vancouver Sun ads
were generally innocuous
professor G.G. Sedgwick's Sun
editorial page column), except
for a February 1938 ad, which
reprinted a February 10 editorial entitled "This is a White
Country". The editorial argued
that Canada should not allow
"Japanese to sneak in here and
steal the profits."
At the outbreak of World
War II, The Ubyssey stood up
for the rights of Nisei students.
In 1942, many students wanted
Nisei to be allowed into class,
but Ubyssey polls found that
some students were openly racist, such as one who argued "if
we are going to start giving
these minority groups freedom,
we should do it by granting
rights to those which have not
antagonized us."
The Ubyssey regularly attacked those politicians and
journalists who advocated unfair treatment of Nisei students. It was one of the few
newspapers in BC to consistently do so.
In the 1930s, campus news
dominated the newspaper, with
sports taking the back page.
Issues from the wider world
were beginning to appear in
the newspaper's pages.
For example, students debated whether the British Empire shoul d become comm uni st
in 1932 ("No" won). Another set
of debatersdecidedin 1938 that
fascism was better than communism.
The Alma Mater Society
indulged in several
boneheaded decisions in this
era. In 1937, some politically
active students wanted to form
Liberal and Conservative AMS
clubs. The AMS council, however, decided not to allow the
clubs to form because they
feared the clubs would try to
get involved in campus politics.
In an editorial, however,
The Ubyssey surmised the real
reason—"Probably the main
reason they turned down the
idea of political clubs is because it was from a Conservative group that the application
came, while the university is
attmpting to secure the favour
of Dr. Patullo's Liberals."
"The [AMS] Code [and Bylaws] says the council shall...
have control of all affiliated
student activities.' Interpreting this in our council's way is
little short ofFascism, and cannot    be    allowed    to    pass
In additition to sports
plays and debates, The Ubyssey had several regular columns. Although Muck-A-Muck
died out, there was Random
Ramblings by The Student
Prince and Around The Campus dealing with student affairs. Shopping with Mary Ann
was a glorified Classifieds section ("Bright Spring flowers
are the thing for corsages at
this time of year. Phone Brown
Bros. SEYmour 1484.").
Change was gradually
coming to the paper. In 1941,
the paper acquired an office in
the basement ofthe brand new
Brock Hall, the new student
union building.
The Ubyssey learned to cooperate and work with other
student journalists. In the
1920s, the paper was briefly a
member of the informally organized Pacific Inter-Collegiate Press Association with
some Pacific Northwest papers
in the US. In late 1937, however, the student press was
under    attack,    with    the
Duplessis government in Quebec shutting down a student
newspaper in Montreal, "La
Clarte" using the anti-Communist Padlock Law.
Several Ubyssey writers
participating in the National
Federation of Canadian University Students met with delegates from papers at the Universities of Toronto, Queen's,
McGill, Manitoba,
Saskatchewan and Alberta.
They formed Canadian Univer
sity Press, which allows student journalists to share news
and skills today.
The first CUP article ever
printed in The Ubyssey was
McGill Daily editor John H.
MacDonald's    feature    on
Manitoba's political and media movers and shakers, in
January 1938.
With the onset of the Second World War, students were
caught up into the war effort.
Military training became compulsory for male students in
1940 and many of them became
deathly afraid of failing in the
years to come as they would
then become eligible for conscription.
Female students in 1942
were also forced to underego
military training, engaging in
physical fitness exercises and
first aid instruction.
After the war ended, UBC
had to cope with a sudden influx of new students as enrollment ballooned from 2,254 in
1944-45 to 5,621 the next year. A
large number ofthe returning
students were veterans and The
Ubyssey printed many stories
about the woes of these students for example, one RCAF
vet and his wife lived in a 25
foot trailer all winter.
Humour columns made a
comeback   with   both   The
Children's Hour by future dour
conservative judge Les Bewley,
and Eric Nicol (aka Jabez)
writing The Mummery. The
Beauty on the Spotcolumngave
co-eds 24 hours warning to produce 300 words on any subject
they wished to write on. Allan
Fotheringham gained a reputation as a Big Man on Campus with his Campus Chaff. He
often slammed the 'geers and
to get their revenge, they once
chained him to the Birks clock
The Ubyssey became a daily
newspaper for several years in
the late 1940s, printing Tuesdays through Fridays.
Many staff reporters and
editors worked for the Sun and
Province as The Ubyssey came
to be thought of as a farm team
for Vancouver's dailies. As
many as 12 Ubyssey staffers per
year had summer jobs downtown during the 1950s.
The Ubyssey staff, in some
respects, had an incestuous
relationship with the Alma
Mater Society. Periodically in
the 1950s, Ubyssey editors took
leaves of abscence and ran for
AMS positions. In 1956, editor
Stanley Beck and staff writer
Donald Jabour ran first and
second for the elections for AMS
However, The Ubyssey had
two big conflicts with the Alma
Mater Society in the 1950s.
In the fall of 1951, editor
Les Armour often editorialized
against racial prejudice, campus military training programs, athletic scholarships
and re-baiting and this raised
the ire of various members of
In early December, the student council demanded that
Armour resign, one council
member saying that "a majority of students on this campus
do not agree with Armour's
point of view. They are in fact
quite fed up with him. They
want him out."
The staff of The Ubyssey
threatened to resign in protest
and the issue went to a special
meeting of the AMS where the
student council was attacked
by irate students.
In 1959, the paper was less
fortunate.  In the joke issue
spoof in the last issue of the
year, the paper directed a
couple lame jokes at Christianity and Easter. The Alma
Mater Society and administration took offense and editors Al
Forrest and Rupert Buchanan
were suspended. The AMS also
banned the other editors and
three other staffers from ever
writingfor student newspapers
Fortunately for The Ubyssey, a nucleus of core staff supported by Sun staffer William
Rayner managed to lead the
paper into its strongest decade,
the 1960s.
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The times they are a-changin'
by Graham Cook
It was the best of The Ubyssey,
it was the worst of The Ubyssey. The
years from 1960 to 1979 continued
the news-paper's journalistic traditions, but with a new edge that reflected theera'sconfrontational politics and ascendant youth culture.
The change in tone could be
seen in the first editorial of the 1963-
64 school year, which declared disillusionment with the old 'Tuum Est"
("It's up to you") motto.
"When it comes right down to
it, there aren't really many things
around that are up to you...There's
nothing you can do about those exorbitant bookstore prices.. .You can't
help it if the provincial government
short-changes UBC and the fees go
up, and you're in classes with 400
The journalism in the early part
of the sixties did not challenge too
many conventions, but rather, focused on underfund-ing, campus
politics, and club activities. The
newspaper was getting help from
Vancouver Sun reporter, Bill Rayner,
and became a bit of a "farm team"
for the daily.
The paper went on to win the
Southam trophy as the best student
paper in Canada for seven years in a
row,froml961 until 1968 when CUP
trophies were discontinued.
Tom Wayman becameeditorin
1965, and the focus of the paper
began to change. Cynicism, while
still close to the hearts of Ubyssey
staff, was supplemented by a more
thoughtful and political bent.
The line between journalism
and activism became blurred as more
and more writers used The Ubyssey
as a voice for radical analysis of
society and reporting on the wider
issues that were rocking the campus.
UBC was not Berkeley, but it
had its share of demonstrations, radical politics, and big name speakers.
"Free yourself and then free the
world" begananarticleon US Yippie
leader Jerry Rubin, who visited UBC
on 24 October 1968.
"North American schools are
prisons," Rubin told his audience.
"Schools are authoritarian and hierarchical. They're the worst place to
spend the best years of your lives."
Rubin led "2,000 students, a
presidential-pig-candidate, and a
horde of newsmen" into the faculty
club for an impromptu occupation.
An article by John Gibbs appearing the next day describes how
"the students created mass confusion and participated in such activities as drinking the faculty liquor,
smoking their cigarettes, doing up
dope, climbing over the furniture,
burning dollar bills and an American flag, swimming nude in the patio pool and basically enjoying themselves."
An editorial in the same issue of
The Ubyssey suggested the occupation of the faculty club was an explosion of pent-up student unrest, but
without a proper agenda to put forward. The occupation was condemned by the AMS, although then
president David Zirnhelt, now minister of agriculture in the Harcourt
government, said that "some good
came out of" the take-over.
Smash the system
Other popular themes in editorials and articles included the
dehumanizing aspects of education and the bureaucratized administration that runs UBC,
In a perspective piece from 10
September 1968 Carey Lindc, then
AMS vice-president, asks a question that was on many peoples'
minds at the time;
"Are you really You, or are
you in fact merely the registration
number on your library card? Do
you hide your emotion and affection and decorate your small walls
with Playboy pin-ups, or do you
groove in the sunshine and hold
peoples' hands and tell someone
you love them when you do?"
More concrete organizing was
taking place at the same time. Numerous articles about the US war
against Vietnam and Canada's
complicity could also be found in
the editorial pages.
AnarticlebyBertHillin the 29
November 1968 issue was titled
"Bloodstained university: or how
UBC got Cecil's green". It linked
philanthropist Cecil Green—
hinder of the social work house
thatbears his name—with the huge
US military contracts enjoysd by
his company, Texas Instruments.
As the article said, "we all
know what that means. Dead Vietnamese."
Albeit reluctantly, the staff
broke a story about how fake AMS
cards were being-made and said to
USdraft-dodgers.Aneditorial supported the effort, but said that the
idea was botched by UBC students
using the fake cards to "obiain a
few beers or steal books."
Women make slow gains
While racism, colonialism,
and capitalism took a beating in
the editorial pages, the revolution
that had arguably the most powerful effects—feminism—wasless seriously considered.
Stories on campus lighting
and threatened rape appear^ in
the 19 September 1963 issue—followed a few issues later by an article by an outraged man who
claimed that "any normal, red-
blooded man at UBC" would have
done the same to a "girl" a.t the
While sex was openly discussed from the early sixties on,
the "sexual revolution" seemed to
be creating freedom for one
group—men—while beauty contest photos and leering car toons
filled other pages. The editorial
content reflected the wider society, but also the makeup of the
editorial board—through the seventies there were seldom mon; than
two women out of the seven or
eight editors, and there were few
women editors-in-chief (a nscord
that hasonly slightly improved up
to the present).
Stop the presses!
Hot news included lots of sto-
riesabout ne w campus landmarks.
The Ladnerclock tower washardly
erected before the first Ubyssey
photo caption likening it to, well,
an erection.
Take the media by the
lovehandles and take the
The Ubyssey; SUB 241K.
The most feted opening of all
was the grand opening of the new
Student Union Building, a gala affair with free coffee and doughnuts.
The new building brought a bowl-
ingalley,ba;rbershop,and reading/
listening rooms withTimeand Playboy magazines under the bunkerlike roof.
The more things change, etc.
etc., as attested by several stories.
For example, there were arguments
on both sides of a referendum to
remain members of the Canadian
Union of Students, a precursor to
toda/sCanadian Federation of Students.
Another article titled "Student
coffers bulging with biggest-ever
budget" declared that "running the
Alma Mater Society is big business."
Fighting for tree speech
The Ubyssey was forced to defend itself against tiie usual critics,
who charged it with printing biased
An editorial by Peter Ladner in
the 5 November 1968 issue claimed
that "nothing is neutral. Once you
get that straight a lot of things start
to make sense...Many readers say
The Ubyssey is a biased, slanted rag
and the downtown papers are objective, neutral wrappers. They are
only illustrating the law that all readers are slanted and all news is
slanted. If both slant the same way,
the news is called objective. If they
slant different ways, the news is
called biased."
The AMS later responded to
"complaints..about fabrication of
news, unrepre-sentative editorial
policy, and refusal to print certain
letters to the editor" by setting up a
committee to investigate the papier,
according to the 13 November 1968
issue. Ubyssey editor Al Birnie foreshadowed the feelings of editors yet
to be pressured with his telling comment "hrrumph."
Famous names
A name which pops up often in
the paper as both columnist and
student government representative
is Stan Persky. Persky is now a regular columnist for the Globe and Mail,
the Vancou ver Sun, a nd X-Tra Wes t
In October of 1968 Persky ran
unsuccessfully for the position of
AMS secretary. An article by James
Conchie said in Persky's campaign
headvertised himself asa "communist, bi-sexual, dope-smoking,
Jewish, hippie, poet, human being."
Other names that were first
read in The Ubyssey include that of
John Mate, a one-time head of the
campus Students for a Democratic
Society. Mate went on to work for
Greenpeace and is currently running as an NDP candidate in
Vancouver South.
Kee-ping it in the family, John's
brother Gabor Mate was an editor
of The Ubyssey and a near-martyr
to the AMS. Mate wrote a column
which criticized Playboy magazine
and included several cuss words,
for which the AMS nearly suspended the then-editor. Ma te is now
a physician and frequent columnist
in the Globe and Mail.
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I am asked for this 75th anniversary issue to do a memoir
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not think so. Nostalgic articles
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favours bengal-stripe shirts and
Paris-bought ties and lives in a
private office at The Globe and
Mail carries the same social utility as the federal government's
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the gypsy moths in Kitsilano.
I had my day. I was born in
1942 when hardly anyone else
in the country was born, which
meant that 20 years later, in the
midst of an enormouB economic
boom,  grown-up  newspapers
hungry for workers descended
on The Ubyssey like wolves on
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the new buildings and how the
rate of increase in government
funding for post-secondary education could be further cranked
up. The paper was monumentally un-intellectual (as was the
undergraduate student body:
not many of us knew that graduate school existed). The Ubyssey's
office was in a ratty west-end
basement of Brock Hall. Most of
its editors lived together in a
rented house on 16th avenue.
They drank beer, discovered
(this was the early 1960s) sex,
and thought they were clever.
We may or may not have inhabited the same planet as Ubyssey
writers and editors ofthe 1990s.
Indeed, I think the only similarity other than galloping hormones between university students ofthe early 1960s and those
of the early 1990s is that both
have been what demographers
call small cohorts. The economy
needed my generation; it does
not need yours. Your generation
is called a maintenance generation. Itis not needed as workers. It is deemed to have no philosophical or social thought worth
noting beyond the occasional
cunning notions for its own survival. It has no political impact
in elections Gook around you:
are the politicians seriously
wooing your votes?). It has contributed nothing, as far as I can
see, to the greater culture. No
one knows what it believes in. It
is uncommunicative, secretive,
all but non-present in the daily
discourse of Canadian life. It
has no crowbars with which to
pry open doors into the news
media. It is not noticed.
I come now to the didactic,
or fatherly, part of my message.
The Ubyssey has been accused of dicking around. Student newspapers are supposed
to dick around, to be outrageous,
to march boldly beyond convention. That is how societies renew themselves, stay alive. The
period of time in life when humans are free to stuff convention up society's nose is far too
dismally brief; arteriosclerosis
ofthe soul and the imagination
begins, in my memory, at 25 —
earlier for AMS politicians. But
today The Ubyssey has a key role
to play: as the voice of a generation that is in danger of being
The Ubyssey has the role to
play of exposing corpo rate flimflam — of going after corporate
executives who talk piously (you
can read their quotes in the business page of   The Vancouver
Sun and The Globe and Mail) of
building the global economic
machine ofthe 21st century but
who can't think beyond their
short-term, greed-driven bottom-lines  to invest  in  their
country's future and hire young
people to breathe life and creativity into their dull, aging
The Ubyssey has a role to
play of exposing political flimflam — of going after the politicians who mouth platitudes of
creating high-quality jobs for
young people but who have no
programs beyond sapping the
state of any collective muscle to
bring students and jobs together.
The Ubyssey has a role to
play of examining what university administrations are doing
in the midst of a social crisis,
beyond whining about the absence of money; of examining
what public school systems are
doing to prepare children for
universities and the next-century world.
The Ubyssey has a role to
play of mi rroringits generation,
ofbringingits generation's concerns and thoughts and values
into the public square, of roaring with outrage at the broader
Canadian society about the despair of this generation, of demanding that this despair be
placed at the top ofthe nation's
political and economic agenda.
Is the Ubyssey doing all this?
Toronto has always been a long
way from Vancouver. I hope The
Ubyssey is doing all this, as well
as dicking around.
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by Brent Galster
While mental health problems
may not be widespread on campus,
students in thier early twenties are
at risk of first-time breakdowns.
According to the Canadian
Mental Health Association one in
sixCanadians will require treatment
for mental health and one in eight
Canadians will require
hospitalisation at some time during
their life for a mental health problem.
Of all Canadians requiring hospital care, nearly half are because of
a mental illness. It is the second
highest reason for hospital use for
people between the ages of 20 and
44, behind only accidents for men
and pregnancy for women. Mental
health problems cause 20 to 30 percent of all absenteeism and 40 to 50
percent of all industrial accidents
costing Canadian industry an estimated $50 billion a year.
Yet for every person with cancer, $400 is spent on research,
whereas only $11 is spent on <!ach
person living with schizophrenia.
Donald Farquar of UBC Stu-
dent Health Services said sixtoseven
percent of people going to Student
Health do so because of mental
health reasons. He said a lot of this
is anxiety or stress related, but the
university also sees a number of
students experiencing manic-depression or schizophrenia for the
first time.
Some cope very well with their
illnesses, others require
hospitalisation. Farquar does not
know the number of people having
to drop out of studies because of
mental illness,butstressed thatearly
diagnosis plays a factor how well a
student adapts. This is especially
evident in casesof depression, which
Processing the
politics of elections
by Graham Cook
Rick Salutin wrote a book on
the 1988 election called Waiting
for Democracy: A Citizen's journal.
The book looked at the difference
between politics and elections,
something which may strike some
as a little obscure. Politics and
elections? Aren't they the same
According to Salutin, the ancient Greeks saw direct participation of all citizens as the root of
politics and true democracy.
While he conveniently skims over
the exclusionof women and slaves
from decision-making, Salutin
rightly points to the regular, open
meetings of the rest as a true example of democracy in action.
Decisions were made on everything from foreign policy to
where to build the new aqueduct,
with an opportunity for everyone
to have a voice. Factors like age
and status within the community
would of course give some citizens more of a profile than others—but there were no formal constraints against any free man having his say.
In contrast, the Canadian sy s-
current "democracies" encourage
one and only one avenue of political participation: voting in elections.
Sure, you can write your
Member of Parliament or participate in a Royal Commission—but
what effect have such actions really had on broader government
Electing a "representative"
government is structurally impossible. For one person to represent
the varying and often contradictory intentions of the diverse
population that makes up any
riding is a convenient myth which
tends to support the status quo.
Look for example at Bob Rae's
government in Ontario. Despite a
mandate to govern as social democrats, which would logically include improvements to social programs and support for working
people, Rae decided that he had
to govern "for all Ontarions." The
net effect was to support the entrenched interests of the business
Changes like term limits, "recall" power and similar con-
is usually quite treatable and which
could otherwise seriously undermine a student's ability to perform.
Mental health problems tend
to appear most frequently around
exam time and also during September when, he theorised, students
come in with problems that have
been building up all summer.
Student health do not have the
statistics on how many people have
difficulty inacceptingdiagnosisand
on how many were able to cope
without ongoing medication. A psychiatrist at Student Health said she
does not see many students with
problems stemming from the abuse
of non-prescribed drugs. She cautioned their caseload may be atypical of studentson campus. No record
is kept of the number of students
who drop out of UBC for mental
health reasons, although Student
Health does keep computer statistics on types of cases seen.
Since depression is largely a
treatable illness, people who are depressed recover more quickly than
people with schizophrenia, who are
a very small percentage of Student
Health's caseload.
strain ts on membersof parliament
would create a superficial "accountability" to constituents. But
it would still reinforce the idea
that one person can represent the
opinions and goals of thousands.
True involvement in everyday decision-making in the things
that are most important in people's
lives—the conditions in their
workplaces, the amount of housework they have to do, the way
children and the elderly live their
lives, the way we pursue education—seldom occurs. Such decisions are usually made by a small
elite, who are occasionally elected
"representatives" (such asa school
board). Just as often, though, they
are people who have gained
power through being male or from
a european background,
inheiriting their dad's business,
receiving big government contracts, crushing their corporate
If we define "politics" as the
broader process of public decision-making, voting in elections
seems pretty meaningless.
Salutin does point to the 1988
election as a period when "politics" began to intrude on elections.
While the media has been telling
us that the turning point of the
last election was a few phrases
from John Turner in a television
debate, Salutin points to the
growth of the social movements
against the free trade agreement
as the true catalyst. The movement involved vast numbers of
citizens who had never participated in partisan politics, or even
voted in elections, before.
Thesecitizenseducated themselves about a complex issue with
huge ramifications, and felt that
they could have a real impact on
the future of the country.
While theNDPin'88focussecl
on getting votes from the Liberals, and right-wing Liberals shied
a way from Tu trier's vehement opposition to the FTA, citizens saw
the voting process as a means to
stop Free Trade rather than to su p-
port one set of "representatives"
over another.
It was the process of politics,
rather than the mechanics of elections, that was uppermost in their
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Charity orjustke?Anotherviewof the Unified Way
by Graham Cook
With the kickoff of the United
Way fundraising campaign on 4
October there will be lots of opportunities to give to the umbrella char-
Make use of those opportunities, say groups like End Legislated
Poverty—but don't think that just
giving to charity is enough to solve
the problem.
"Justice not charity" is their ultimate goal—not closing down
charities like the United Way, but
eliminating the need for them in the
first place.
According to ELP's Jean
Swanson, charities take the focus
away from broader social problems.
"What is really needed is jobs,
decent wages and good social programs," Swanson said.
"Instead, there'sa huge federal
government campaign—the Imagine campaign—where the idea is to
get people to contribute to charity,"
she said.
"Groups like the Fraser Institute want welfare to be privatised,
so thatcontributorscan cut off funds
if they don't like what agencies are
Theemphasis ison giving more
power to donors when they already
enjoy an imbalance of power, ac
cording to Swanson.
The Waste of a Nation, an ELP
report from 1992, quoted several
people who received charity.
"I thought that giving was supposed to be a pleasure," said one.
"Why does it get turned
around? Why are the people receiving made to feel so humble? Why
are we made to feel humiliated because we're receiving? We're supposed to be grateful. We're not sup
posed to be arrogant, but why does
the giver get to be arrogant?" she
Frank Tester, an assistant professor in the UBC school of social
work, said the pressures to deal in
paternalistic "band-aid" solutions
can have an effect even oh well-
reputed organizations like the
United Way.
"This is typical of an organization caught in the normal contradic-
tionsof our society. The United Way
tries to get money from the private
sector, downtown businesses and
so on. That creates problems for
groups that take a more adversarial
approach, such as advocacy groups
which deal with underlying social
issues," Tester said.
Charities shy away from direct
lobbying and community organiz
ing "because they don't want to
alienate big corporate donors," he
"In a society that depends on
that broad base of support for its
social programs, the issue of funding social change is a real one. And
lefs face it, there are lots of things
that we want to change".
Tester hastened to add that despite these problems the United Way
played an important role in the community and that people on campus
should definitely support it.
Brenda Ireland, programdirec-
tor at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood
House, sees other opportunities for
those who think charity alone is not
"Social problems can seem so
overwhelming that some people
give a little money to get it off their
conscience," she said.
"Although it's good for people
to give money, some people don't
have the money to give. In any case,
people can always give time. We
rely on volunteers at the
Neighbourhood House, for example, to drive, to do office work,
and so many other tasks."
Volunteer jobs at other social
services can be found through Volunteer Connections in SUB 216A. HrEEH-Hi/HrHffH
"You can't kill her, she is dead already," cries Maite as her lover leaves their hideout
Leire, a young child, is witness to her mother's murder by Ismael Lopez. On the wall hangs a severed painting of Mary
and the Christ child. Ismael points his gun at the girl and she stares at him with dark, foreboding, hypnotic eyes.
A grown Leire in an asylum does not speak, does not seem to hear, does not smile or laugh. Recognition through the
asylum gate, a hideout, a chain, a Cathedral, a train.
La Mine
La Madre Meutre
dir. Juanma BajoUiloa
The Caprice
08 October:
The Dead Mother relates Lopez's fixation with his victim's child. His wishes to kill her but continually prevents himself.
Instead, he chains her around the neck to a bed, watches her, and feeds her chocolate—her only known pleasure. His obsession
is a saga of twisted brutality inflicted on Leire and his lover Maite. By the end of the film, Lopez is on the run and crazed with
his own warped existence.
Leire, through the course of the film, unknowingly assumes the role of a mother figure of redemption. Yet, she seems
oblivious to everyone around her.
"You can't kill her, she is dead already." Is Mother Mary really dead? Is she deaf to our pleas for forgiveness? Does she
even care? Humans kill, enslave, violate, and abuse one another. Do we then beg forgiveness and when unheard, offer a bribe
or chocolate?
The Dead Mother shocks with its razor sharp view at one killer's obsession and is set above the average thriller as
Spain's Juanma Bajo Ulloa employs more sophisticated symbols and images.
For the film goer seeking a thriller with an obsessive twist. The Dead Mother is recommended.
Anne Bebauer
Ezra Pound said that a word exists when two or more
people agree on the same meaning. One can imagine
Wittgenstein replying that people come into existence when
they agree on the meaning of a word.
Derek Jarman's Wittgenstein is a sensitive, intimate portrayal
of a man who was deeply concerned with man's relationship to
language and his own difficulties with personal communication.
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The film begins with Wittgenstein as a ten-year old
prodigy who says that he spends the res t of his life trying to
escape from the influences of certain members of his wealthy
family, his priviledged upbringing and his classical education.
The set design is stark: all the mise-en-scene is shot against a
black, featureless backdrop that serves to focus all die attention
on the characters and the metaphorical, allegorical representation of the central ideas and problems of linguistic communication theory.
The contextual imperatives and parameters of
language and communication are problems that Wittgenstein
attempted to answer, but the film itself, like his life, is also
about die attempt to find meaning in the living of a life.
Wittgenstein was a highly intellectual, ascetic
disciple of pure intellectual pursuits, yet also enamoured with
Tolstoy's idea of a return to the soil as a means to achieve
personal harmony and emotional authenticity. These antithetical ideals coexist in the film's thematic purpose in a dialectical
relationship to the characterization of Wittgenstein and the rest
of die characters.
The film is sporadically narrated by the young (and
middle-aged) Wittgenstein and the allegorical representation
of his "Socratic" conscience as a little green Martian.
Bertrand Russell and John Maynard Keynes play the
debauched sophisticates to Wittgenstein's idealistic, "rustic,"
Wittgenstein's personal commitment to destroy
traditional philosophy and his ambivalence towards high
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society (especially at Cambridge) is set against his desire to
express and share his ideas with others.
Although the film follows a rough chronological order, it
manages to convey the paradoxical and contradictory nature of
Wittgenstein's personality by setting these internally opposing
forces up as the form of the film itself.
I didn't know much about Wittgenstein as a philosopher;
in fact after watching the film and being confronted by the
complexity of his central ideas concerning logical symbolism, I
feel obligated to mention that one should be prepared for
intellectual overload. But the real story, apart from the
exploration of Wittgenstein's philosophical ideas, is the angst
and separateness he feels towards those people closest to him.
The story is a tale of a search for personal meaning and his
need to commit himself to finding what is human, real, earthly,
and shared by all human beings. Ironically, he finds it as a a
philosopher of communication, while being tragically unable to
live as a man.
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Reading the write-ups in the Film Festival guide, I noticed that every film is
acclaimed by some critic somewhere, declared a masterpiece by some audience at
some film festival. Sabine is likely to appeal to those with a taste for subtlety and
Based on the true story of Agnes L'Herbier, the film follows a teenage woman
who runs away from her alcoholic father only to fall into a life of poverty, loneliness,
and desperation. Catherine Klein plays Agnes, die young woman who unexpectedly
becomes a mother and wonders whether she is strong enough to support another
human being.
Brave last days
Agnes' self-doubt as a young mother provides her mother-in-law with an
opportunity to take over the job of mothering, until finally she outright kidnaps
Agnes' son. Confronted with this loss, without money, and totally alone, Agnes
becomes a victim of capitalist, misogynist society—a heroin-addicted prostitute.
Philippe Faucon's skill as a director comes through in the scenes where Agnes
and others are shown shooting up: the mood is tense, serious and urgent, without a
hint of that typical element of glamour used in Hollywood movies to lure white,
middle class audiences. Sabine sutxly conveys both the bleak, dark side of this young
woman's reality while giving space for her strength and courage to show through.
Eventually Agnes bottoms out and discovers she has AIDS. In living with
AIDS, she rises from a societal outcast to a dignified survivor recording her last dark,
poetic words in a diary.
Inoneof the final scenes of the film, she recovers from fainting in a grocery
store, surprising people around her with these words of haunting clarity: "Falling is
not a problem as long as you know how to get up again."
Tanya Battersby
dir. Philippe Faucon w/ Catherine Klein Pacifique Cinemateque
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The last time I saw Jet Li, he was
slicing arms off of shoulders and
punching holes in upper torsos in the
martial arts epic, The Shaolin Temple.
fell in love with the beauty and speed
of choreographed violence and
Real style. Hard. Fast Invincible.
The righteous fist must crush the
dishonourable maggots of evil! Deaths
and past wrongs must be avenged!
Goodness must triumph! REVENGE
will be written in dark stains of red!
Prepare to die, vile pig-dog from hell!
That was a decade ago. I was young
and impressionable. Now, I'm more
particular about my cinematic ultra-
violence. Too bad director Yuen Kwai
is not
Jet Li plays legendary Chinese martial
arts hero Fong Sai-Yuk in this film. H«
has a mother who can kick anyone's
butt, a respectable Chinese father into
Triad societies, and a beautiful young
lady love interest Of course, he must
fight the power-hungry goon who
threatens his world.
Like most kung-fu movies, the plot anc
sub-plots are secondary to the physical
action, allowing the audience the
excuse to focus solely on the invisible
fists and flying kicks. Humour is an
important element, so long as it doesn'i
interfere with the fury of the moment
Unfortunately, the action in Fong Sai-
Yuk is nothing new and the film is
plagued by too many light laughs, not
to mention one to many terrible poems
The bad guy needs a heavy dosage of
nasty pills. Jet Li's one-liners weren't
cocky enough. Fights were too slow.
Not enough bleedin' irreverent
mayhem. There's not even so much as
a -protruding bone fracture after the
first two minutes. The exploding
villain at the end of the movie is too
little, too late.
Lacking to the point of heresy is the
REVENGE motif in Fong Sai-Yuk. Jet
Li never reaches the rage of fully
completely full-contact psycho, even
after his best friend and mother-in-law
are murdered. He doesn't even sneer.
Is Yuen Kwai trying to tell us that
good guys with impish grins can
triumph in a kung-fu flick without
REVENGE as the motivating impetus?
What is this world coming to?
Fong Sai-Yuk should satisfy those with
a light-hearted approach to the genre,
but coimosieurs of fist-in-your-face
intensity will have to wait for other
Hong Kong entries in the Film Fest to
get a fix.
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04 October 1993
Being a fan of Mexican films, I
decided to check out director Francisco
Athie's film Lolo. The Vancouver Sun
described it as bleak, but potent I have
seen plenty of bleak but worthwhile
movies such as the Italian film. Stolen
Children, but unfortunately, Lolo
doesn't work.
Athie does not endow any of the
characters with charm, nor are the
actors able to bring personality to
diem. Instead, we are treated to one
depressing scene after another about a
young man and his family scraping out
an existence in a ghetto on die outskirts
of Mexico City.
To be fair, die plot is unpredictable, but
after two hours, I scarcely cared what
happened. Instead of being gritty, the
film comes across as low-budget No
one in the film shows any promise of
rising above the miserable lives they
Lolo, die protagonist, degenerates from
a young man working ait a factory who
has the nerve to ask for better pay to a
criminal like most of those around him.
Unlike other films, in which we
actually care about die lead character
and wonder if things could have
possibly turned out better under
different circumstances, watching Lolo
fall in this film left me cold.
Having seen such wonderfully rich
films as Like Water For Chocolate and
dark movies like Santa Sangre, I was
expecting to see another excellent film
from Mexico. Lolo did not deliver.
Anita Fawcett
Andrew Birlrin has written and directed an adaptation of Ian McEwen's The Cement Garden, a haunting, evocative
tale of human emotion isolated on film. Birkin wrote the first script for it over ten years ago, but was frustrated in his
initial attempts to shoot it
First, die money that had been promised fell through. Then nobody else would touch it because of its incest theme.
Yet, when the surreal quality of his film unfolds, die incestuous aspect is layered so deftly into the drama of these
four chilren lost in a tuneless continuum that it becomes a natural development
It does not shock. It is not filthy.
KANEHSATAKE: 270 Years of
d ir: Alan is Obomsawin
National Film Board
Walking out of the documentary
Kanehsatake, you won't be too
enthused about doing your math
homework or hugging your date or
voting in die upcoming federal
Nor will you be particularly
interested in discussing Yurij
Luhovy's brilliant editing or the way
director Alanis Obomsawin builds
your emotional commitment to the
valiant Mohawks behind die blockade
near Oka, Quebec.
No, you'll probably be most
interested in smashing a system that is
starting to seem more like fascism
"Fascism" is a word I don't use
lightly, and by using it in this situation
I know I may turn off people who
remember Oka as a "standoff", a
battle between Mohawks who may
have had some reasons but who were
going about it the wrong way, and a
military that was put in a difficult
situation but at least was better than
the Securite de Quebec that they
The epitome of this "standoff*
memory is the photo of the warrior
Lasagne staring down a Canadian
military man, both faces in profile,
both the same size and proportion.
One look at Obomsawin's
Kanehsatake will forever change that
sense of proportion.
The film begins as a straightforward documentary, detailing the
beginnings of the blockade, which
started as an attempt to stop the
development of a sacred pine grove
into another nine holes of golf
course. It lays out die historic roots
of die Mohawks' struggle against a
state that gave and withdrew
promises as quickly as it encroached
on their traditional territory.
But when we return to die
blockade and the replacement of die
SQ with the army, we see the hand of
die Canadian government and the
true negotiating position they prefer
boot on neck.
The documentary transposes the
inhumanity of die soldiers—
inhumanity in the sense of being
cogs in the wheel—with the
humanity of the Mohawk warriors,
who have families, make difficult
decisions, and crack jokes.
One of the most chilling scenes
is near die end ofthe film when the
cordon has closed around the
treatment centre in Kanehsatake.
Almost no mainstream news
reporters remain behind the
barricades. The constant flare of
searchlights and die din of helicopters forms the background for a
conversation between one of the
warriors and his child, via cellular
phone. '1 don't know when I'll be
home from work, dear," he calmly
The military begins to flex its
might not only against the targetted
Mohawk warriors but also against
"I saw several hundred boys for the part of Jack, who had all read die novel, and none of them saw anything odd or
strange about it," says Birkin. "I think it's something (hat adults tend to put on it I just took it completely for granted."
Which is how it comes across—the relationship between Jack and Julie, the two elder children, blends into the broad
canvas of die film as it develops.
Birkin laughs about finding funding. "The BBC refused it at least four times. Of course, now they've bought it I don't
know why they refused it at first I suppose, in the script, that the love scene could have been read ninety-six different
ways, and maybe they were nervous about what I might have done with die other ninety-five."
As it ends up, another producer promised Birkin funding if he would write the script for another film.
Birkin looks to be in his mid-forties, or seems to have lived that many. His hair is long and lanky, much like his body.
When he talks, it all comes in a rush of words, while he stares off into a distance all his own. He looks very much alive,
very unconventional—his appearance suits die way that he films.
After having cast the four children—including his own son Ned as seven-year-old Tom, who spends much of the film
wandering around in dresses—he took them all up to his cottage in Wales for rehearsals.
'That's right," says Birkin, "the so-called rehearsal. It was never my intention to rehearse, I don't like rehearsal. I did
it so that, when die time came for shooting, they would all be comfortable together on the set
"I feel quite strongly about giving everyone a break," he says with his best altruistic smile. "It's not so much that, but
that people are much more enthusiastic. And an even worse reason for using them is die fact that they are far less likely to
Then he rushes on about his editors cutting the film: "It's very much like you're standing there with the canvas and
paints. Then, you've gone off and let the other guy paint it You come back, and here's two editors saying, 'Oh. Here
comes die boss. He's going to fuck up what we've been doing for die past two months.' But what they've done is
wonderful. So I tell thern, 'I'll look at how you've cut it and then I'll steal the best of your ideas.' Better or worse, the
pace will be mine."
The film ambles about in rushes of feeling, until you are sensing the movie like a flower arrangement running amok.
The metaphor is Birkin's, and it best describes the film.
As to its quality, Birkin speaks of writer Ian McEwen's reaction to seeing his work visualized: "He came for the
screening they hold for Ihe cast and crew. Afterwards, he came up and said, 'Here, feel this.'"
It was a sodden kleenex.
"So I said. This indicates nothing, you could have been in the bathroom '"
"'No. no, no. Tears,' he said."
"I said, 'Yes, but for what reason?' It could have meant that he was in tears because of the travesty that I'd done of
his work. But, he has asked me to do A Child in Time, so I take it that he was not displeased with it"
The Berlin Film Festival thought enough of The Cement Garden to give Birkin its best director award, which he
refers to as die "prize thing." I imagine that it will gamer a few more "prize things" before it finishes the festival circuit
The actors are all excellent, each lending weight that belies the fragile existence of their characters in the film. The
frailty of their space fills with androgynous isolation and un-ethereal echoes. The cinematography keeps your every sense
in focus on die surreal, slow-motion, dissolution of reality—a glimpse into another world.
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residents of Oka, bystanders, and
journalists. The most common cry
from the "collateral damage", both
native and non-native, is a frightened,
dumbfounded, "but this is Canada!"
This is not a film that will
restore your faith in Canadian
I cried through much of
Kanehsatake. I don't know when I'll
forget the images in the film. No-one
in the audience, whether from die
First Nations or not, will forget them.
And in an election where First
Nations issues have been shoved
aside; the film drives home die fact
that Kanehsatake is not the first, nor
will it be the last struggle against
colonial oppression in North
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Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater's
second film, is an afternoon and evening in
the life of a group of teenagers in nowheres-
ville, Texas.
The year is 1976, the bicentennial of
American independence and the era of
classic rock—Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, and
everyone's fav, Nazareth ("Love Hurts"). It
is the last day of high school, and the seniors
plot to initiate the freshmen with a series of
rituals including paddling for the boys, and
pacifiers and other demeaning activities for
the girls. All of this is followed by a night of
sex, drugs and rock and roll, and of course.
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The movie doesn't really have a plot, but Linklater places it within the "teenage
rebellion genre." The teens just wanna party, but the nagging reminder of responsibility
reappears every now and then to haunt the seniors. Pink (Jason London) is presented
with an ultimatum: if he wishes to remain with the football team for his final year he
has to sign a statement of requirement that he quit drugs. Another responsibility the
seniors have is guiding the freshmen through their first high school social experience.
Cars and music have a big part in setting the scene for this film (no t to mention the
clothes). Drugs and drinking are central to this movie but they are not overbearing, just
another fact in these people's lives.
The characters make this film. All the characters remind you of someone who you
went high school with and that makes the film all the more enjoyable.
The main pothead, Stoner (Parker Brooks), is a riot "Let's go smoke a joint
man," is his favorite expression. Wooderson, a sleazy old graduate, is also an interesting character because he is so sleazy. What he loves about high school, he tells us, is
the girls: '1 get older, they stay the same age." A redhead who ends up in Wooderson's
aims makes the prophetic statement, "The 50s were boring. The 60s rocked. The 70s
suck—maybe the 80s will be radical!"
Dazed and Confused is full of good first-time actors who we'll be seeing in the
future—highly recommended for anyone who grew up in the 70s or to people that have
an interest in this era.
"See it with a bud."
Rata Fluxgoldand Seamus Graham
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by Shelley Gornall
Written and set In the
1940s, Garson Kanin's Born
Yesterday centres around the
relationship between Harry
Brock, a hot-headed, self-
made millionaire with mob
connections and his mistress,
the sexy but unsophisticated
chorus girl, Billie Dawn.
Born Yesterday
dir. Susan Cox
Vancouver Playhouse
until 23 October
Harry has come to Washington, D.C. to "convince" the
Senate, through bribery, to
pass legislation that will enable him to further his empire. In order to fit into highbrow Washington society,
Harry decides to hire Paul
Verrall, a sophisticated news-
[>aper reporter, to educate his
ow-class, uncouth mistress.
In a Pygmalion transformation, Billie learns from
books and newspapers about
the democratic ideals American society is based on, and,
consequently, what is wrong
with Harry's corrupt business
practices. In fact, Billie starts
to question everything, including her relationship with
The dialogue is fast-paced,
sprinkled with a lot of humour,
some of which is funny, although much of it seems contrived. The performances of
Born yesterday, see tt today.
Megan Leitch (Billie) and
Stephen E. Miller (Harry) are
quite good, and the actors appear to have fun with their
Costume designer Phillip
Clarkson also should be
praised. At first Billie is
dressed in light coloured
dresses of gauzy fabrics, suggesting innocence, traditional
femininity and vulnerability.
After her intellectual illumination, she wears pants and
darker, more serious colours,
symbolizing her new-found
The problem with Bom
Yesterday is not the production, but the play itself. The
characters are stereotypical:
Paul, the smart, sensitive guy
in glasses; Harry, the abusive, possessive, corrupt businessman from "New Joisey"
who loves his "broad"; and
Eddie, the mobster's weasly
cronie. Moreover, the plot is
The hardest thing to stomach, however, is the simplistic idealism the play promotes,
the reinforcement of good ol'
fashioned values. Honesty is
the best policy . .. love conquers all... the good guys win
in the end and the bad guys
learn a lesson or two ... unselfishness is the root to true
happiness ... in the face of
by Julia von Hahn
Do you ever wonder why the acting on The Young and the Resdess is so
bad? It's not because the producers
make a point of getting bad actors, it's
not even because the actors are necessarily bad.
It's because no one, not even a cast
of Michael Caine as Victor Newman,
William Hurt as Jack Abbott, and Geena
Davis as Cricket, can sound even remotely believable acting from a script
of two-dimensional lead characters and
dead-end plots. A well-written script-
on the other hand, will almost always
work, even with mediocre acting.
Love and Anger
playwright George F. Walker
dir. Alison Aylward
Dorolhey Somerset Studio
until 16 October
Love and Anger, by Canadian
George F. Walker, is not only well-
written, but in the current production at
Dorothy Somerset, also well-acted.
The play follows a reborn lawyer
who seeks justice for the oppressed in a
system that favors the rich and powerful. Although the story has a serious
vein, Walker's effective use of comedy
keeps the play entertaining throughout.
Petie Maxwell (Rhys Lloyd) is a
lawyer who, after a stroke, quits his
powerful law firm, gives up all his
possessions, and moves to die seedy
side of town where he can work on his
"hit list," which includes most public
institutions, not least of which is justice. His entourage includes Gail Jones
(Celeste Insell), who desperately needs
help to get her husband out of jail, and
Sarah (Cheryl McNamara), Petie's
friend, recendy released from a mental
institution. Led by Petie and aided by
his long-suffering but faithful secretary
Eleanor (Kirsten Hawson), the group
launches a fight against "the system."
They don't have much going for
them: no money, no power, and enemies in high places. Petie is being sued
for libel by sleazy publisher Babe
Conner (Alex Zahara) who Petie ac-
cuses of being a fascist pig and who is
also responsible for Gail's husband
being in jail. Even with their faked
evidence the group has no chance of
winning. They do, however, get
the chance of at least enjoying a couple
of revenge fantasies—the best parts of
the play.
Ever feel like beating up Brian
Mulroney? Gail and Sarah come pretty
close when they pound sleazy, deep-
voiced lawyer and parliamentary can-
corruption, good old American democratic ideals will not
In 1993, such a world view
seems inapplicable at best,
absurd at worst. Worst of all,
these messages were, on the
most part, explicitly stated
by the characters: there was
no subtlety, nor any requirement for the audience to think
for themselves.
Director Susan Cox recognizes this old fashioned idealism, and asserts that "the
solution to our problems in
life and government may lie
exactly there." I find my cynical self cringing and muttering, "Give me a break!"
didate, Sean Harris (Chris Robson).The
fight scenes are fun, almost like watching a real-life cartoon fight they grab at
each other's noses, hair gets pulled, and
finally the two women alternate punches
and kicks against the lawyer. You almost expect an anvil to drop on his
head. Yet he rises again, almost unscathed.
The ultimate revenge fantasy finds
publisher/hoodlum Babe, drugged and
wrapped in a pink curtain, in Petie's
office and put on trial in a makeshift
court Sarah, the mental patient, gets to
be the judge. The characters take this
court seriously though as it's the only
chance they'll have to get justice.
Behind the humour of the comic
lines and situations, Walker's condemnation of the injustice the characters
must face is not lost. The kangaroo
court is perhaps not so crazy. In her
unconventional way of looking at the
world Sarah as judge does possess some
And is the legal system as it exists
now entirely sane? The characters don't
win in the end—they can't because this
is, after all, the real world. But more
importantly, they have at least tried to
fight the losing battle, instead of giving
up. In banding together, they have
gained some strength from each other
and the bonds they share help to make
the losses more bearable.
Love and Anger is an entertaining
play with some great one-liners. Walker
has also created likeable and believable
characters (despite some unbelievable
but entertaining situations) and they are
well cast in this production. Rhys Lloyd
gives a good lead performance as physically weak but driven Petie, although I
couldn't figure out why his limp got
worse every time he used his stick.
Cheryl McNamara is especially
good as Sarah and if Chris Robson ever
decides to quit theatre he should consider going into politics. Where did he
get such a perfect politician's voice?
There were some weak moments
in the opening night, but nothing that
Walker's script could not pull through.
So turn off the TV and watch something
good for a change.
on a hot tin roof
by Jen Blair
The set was sumptuous. The costumes perfect. The actors are all professionals. We're talking corporate
sponsorship ... a Pulitzer Prize-winning play ... the resources are all
there. So why was I so bored?
First, a bit of background. Set in
the 1950's, Tennessee Williams' Cat
on a Hot Tin Roof centres on a family
in the Mississippi Delta. The play reflects Williams' conviction that "deliberate conscienceless mendacity, the
acceptance of falsehood and hypocrisy is the most dangerous of all sins."
Cat On a Hot Tin Root
playwright Tennessee Williams
until 23 October
The play involves both a family
feud over a dying patriarch's $10 million estate and a series of private
struggles among and inside the family
members. Technically, everything
worked. The pacing was good, blocking worked well, the actors all "looked"
their parts.
The missing basic ingredient was
good acting. This play demands not
just adequate, or even good acting—it
requires strong, specific, flawless acting.
Especially important are the roles
of Maggie and Brick. The entire first
act is litde more than a soliloquy by
Maggie, with Brick as a sullen sounding board. Moira Walley's Maggie did
not hold my attention through this
long stretch. She rushed some of the
best lines in the play, her Southern
accent was only adequate, and it was
quite uncomfortable to watch her fidgety stage business. She was overly
aware of her body, which was very
There is something so sad about
Maggie's futile and unreciprocated
obsession with Brick, yet this actress
failed to play out the pathos. In her
later scenes with the whole family, she
is more at ease. Her catty interplay
with Mae is funny.
Kevin Conway's Brick is also
disappointing. His brooding stage in
the first half is merely stony and boring, while his later confession/explosion with Big Daddy is not nearly
violent enough. Conway didn't quite
manage to convey a convincing drunk
either, which is a big part of Brick's
characterization. His Southern accent
was the one of the whole cast which
was too poor to ignore.
Jay Brazeau as Big Daddy was
excellent, completely engaging and
sympathetic, despite the redneck in-
sensitivity which partly defines
Daddy's character. Pat Armstrong's
Big Mama was brilliant. She played
the pathetic quality of her blind love
for Big Daddy and for Brick, yet she
had a distinct dignity. The most moving moment in the production was
when she asked Big Daddy if he could
really doubt her love for him.
Annabel Kershaw's Mae and
Peter Lacroix's Gooper were okay,
but totally unsympathetic. To be fair
however, these two characters are
written as little more than foolish caricatures of greed and hypocrisy. The
minor characters were well done, Doug
Cameron as the Reverend and UBC
Music Department's French Tickner
as Dr. Baugh.
The sex/death equation, omnipresent in Williams' work, creates a
gloomy atmosphere, a kind of Southern Gothic. In post-modernist terms,
this play is ripe for new criticisms. It
is rife with misogyny—men are either
completely reviled by female sexuality, or they fantasize about controlling
it. Big Daddy's only recognition of
Mae is that she is a "good breeder." He
also tells Brick of his fantasy of acquiring a mistress: "I'll strip her naked and choke her with diamonds and
smother her with minks and hump her
from hell to breakfast Ha aha ha ha
ha!" Also tough for a90's audience to
take is the concept of homosexuality
as a disgusting and unspeakable taboo.
Certainly there are some dated
aspects of this play, but its power and
relevance cannot be denied. For this
reason and for the genuine moments
and powerful acting, I recommend
that you see this production if you can. WEDNESDAY   13 OCTOBER 1993
THEUBYSSEY The Ubvssev at Plav 13
Warning: news at play
by Rick Hiebert
The Ubyssey has al ways had a
good sense of humour, whether
directed at itself or the foibles of
people on or off campus.
One ofthe most popular early
features of the newspaper in the
early 1920s was "Muck-A-Muck", a
humour column, which included
comics and cheesy jokes.
Alot ofthe humour of Muck-A-
Muck might be incomprehensible
to modern readers, as it was evidently based on a lot of in-jokes,
but today's Ubyssey reader will
find an occasional amusing item.
For example: "Senior editor:
Here, take this story and rewrite it
so any ignorant boob can understand it. Chief reporter: What part
of it was it you didn't understand?"
(Not funny, Rick. Back to
writing mastheads for you—Ed.)
Or... "Annual ode to spring.
Ah! Spring is cobig od apace/Old
Winder to usurp/The trees are
bursdig forth id bud/Ad robidz 'gin
to chirp/The sun sed'z forth ids
shidigrays/Ad Tints the world with
go'd/Bud Besd of all, I know 'tis
Sprig/Because I have a co'd [cold]."
Students were in for the odd
dig as well in Muck-A-Muck. The
column noted, shortly before UBC
moved to its permanent campus,
"it i s suggested that palm branches
be obtained for use in the 'pilgrimage to Point Grey'. Fortunately, a further search for young
asses will not be necessary."
An English professor leaked
the column some choice quotes from
a second year literature class
Christmas exam in 1922. Here are
"Beowulf was not really a
Christian, but a converted Anglican."
"Milton was quite a good
"Very little is said about
women in 'Beowulf, but this is because the poem was written by a
monk and monks aren't supposed
to know about women, anyway."
"The women in Beowulf s time
were respected because they left
the hall as soon as the revelry
started. Thi s is quite different from
some modern women who stay
around and set the men a bad example."
A "professor" was quoted as
saying "examinations are excellent
training", causing a "student" to
reply "well I guess so; I practiced
two weeks learnining how to turn
pages with my toe last year for the
In the thirties, humour in the
paper changed. Instead of acolumn
of jokes and puns, students had
columns with which to amuse their
readership. Les Bewley, a future
B.C. Supreme 'Court judge, wrote
The Children's Hour (no, this wasn't
AMS Council Briefs, this was a
humour column) and Jabez coin-
posed The Mummery. "Jabez" was
a psuedonym for Eric Nicol, the
playwright and famous humour
writer for The Province.
One joke in particular will be
well appreciated by UBC students
today. On one ofthe walls in Brock
Hall you will find a plaque erected
"In loving memory of JABEZ (Eric
P. Nicol), beloved campus
humourist who for a full decade
gave to his fellow men the precious
gift of laughter."
Nicol, however, was (and is)
very much alive. The plaque wis
the result of an elaborate practical
joke played by Bewley on Nicol in
the fall of 1947.
Bewley announced the
fundraising drive in The Children's
Hour and hung out outside the Old
Administration Buildinggathering
change from passerby. He then
went downtown to Birks Jewelers,
had the plaque made and had it
erected. Then, the nefarious columnist announced that he was
going to have a grand unveiling
and suckered UBC professor G. G.
Sedgwick into officiating.
Nicol recalls the ceremony.
"It was a very small gathering
around lunchtime," he says.
"Sedgwick was fed up with the
whole thing too and figured that it
was some kind of a lark. All he
could do was tear the cloth off the
plaque, mutter a few obscenities
and stride out back to his classes."
Occasionally, T"he Ubyssey has
indulged in deliberately faked
photos. The most famous one is
that of then-staffer Pierre Berton
appearently clambering over the
Main Library like King Kong.
Another gag photo campaign
was launched in 1963, when The
Ubyssey decided to poke fun at
SFU, which was just being bui It.
Cub reporter Tom Wayman and
photographer Don Hume spent tin
afternoon on Burnaby Mountain
taking gag photos ofthe future site
of SFU, which it dubbed Simon
Fraser Academy.
A series of stories in the paper
over two weeks had Wayman
climbing the mountain in search of
the site. Finally, the paper printed
a photo of Wayman shaking hands
with SFU chancellor-to-be Gordon
Shrum. Mr. Shrum is seated at a
desk in an othei*wise empty clearing.
"Wei come,' Shrum is quoted as
saying. "This, all this is mine. All
this is SFA." (Hint: Not Simon
Fraser Academy).
Another target for The
Ubyssey's barbed wit was the brave
students of the Engineering Undergraduate Society. In 1975,
Ubyssey staffers saw the Red Rag—
the EUS paper at the time—about
a week before it was scheduled to
come out.
The devious Ubyssey staffers
then printed a fake press run ofthe
paper and distributed it during Engineering Week. While Ubyssey
staffers wrote stories wondering
who had done the foul deed, students sniggered as the engineer's
paper had been turned into a
Marxist-Leninist parody with
Maoist 'geers spouting revolutionary jargon declaring the UBC administration was "revanchist."
The Ubyssey also traditionally
does a parody issue of a newspaper
or magazine. In recent years, we
have lampooned The Georgia
Straight (as The Completely
Straight), The Vancouver Sun (The
Vancouver Scum), The Globe and
Mail (The Gripe and Wail) and The
Provincial Enquirer (The Province).
The best trick that the paper
does is the annual "joke story", a
springtime tradition from the late
1970s until recently. The stories
were designed to fool their readers
and sometimes the local media.
The story was written to sound
entirely plausible, until a reader
turned some pages to find that the
second half of the story went on to
quote the Queen, the Pope,
Mohammar Quaddafi saying
iditiotic things.
In later joke stories, a freak
electrical storm destroyed the
registrar's computers and all student records; oil was drilled in the
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students were given extra GST
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The stories usually included
phone numbers that the students
had to call to get or do something,
a handy way to gauge reaction,
particularly when the numbers
were that ofthe Alma Mater Society, the President's Office and the
Engineering Undergraduate Society. The 1990 joke story, about the
fake GST credits was the best at
fooling people—the Ubyssey continued to get calls regarding it two
months after it appeared.
The most famous joke story
was the one in 1974 alleging that
as a terrorist) had appeared on
campus. Complete with a photo
from the rear of a back of a Ubyssey
editor carrying a shotgun, the story
alleged that Hearst had snuck up
to Canada in a boat to speak to
students in the Totem Park cafeteria at a lunch time speech sponsored by the Alma Mater Society.
Most students laughed along
with the joke, including one who
wrote in, saying "I happen to know
that Patty Hearst is dead... .So stop
looking for her! Signed, Patty
Hearst, Windsor Ontario."
Nobody was fooled., .except the
camera crew from KOMO, the ABC
affilaite from Seattle, that had
raced up Interstate 5 hoping for a
news scoop. After Ubyssey staffers
bought them a round in The Pit,
they calmed down somewhat.
The most infamous joke story
was the Great Herpes Aqueus II
Scare of November 1982.
The story, quietly buried at
the bottom of page one, said users
of the UBC Aquatic Centre had
been going to Student Health Services complaining of a strange
malady. They were found by worried doctors to be suffering from the
fictional virus Herpes Aqueus II, a
non-existent social disease picked
up by using swimming pools.
The pool was presumably to be
closed and students who had been
using the whirlpool were in special
danger as "heat aggravates the virus." Worried readers were given
several numbers to phone according to the symptoms they displayed,
including cold sores, fever and fatigue.
Despite the story going on to
quote the Pope, and assert that
asbestos bathing suits would be
necessary to use the pool in future,
many were fooled. Infuriated readers wrote to the newspaper and one
pool worker came up to SUB 241k
and smashed a hole in one of our
desks with a baseball bat.
Of course, the most evident
fun at The Ubyssey is the fun and
cameraderie ofthe newspaper's office and that is the same today as in
1918. Students make friends and
even fall in love as they learn to
write, take photos and produce the
The fun of putting out the paper and the occasional madcap antic will be the same in 2018 as it was
75 years ago, if history is any guide.
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THEUBYSSEY Staff PersDective 15
Seventyfive years of student voices
by Mike Mityok
I originally wanted to "write"
this article, using various quotations from editorials, news stories
by students at large, poetic submissions, and of course "letters to
the editor," as a kind of retrospective of student attitudes, issues
and concerns.
Duringmyresearch I realized
that these selections essentially
"wrote" themselves.
Heraclitus once said that one
can not step into the same river
twice. I'm not sure if he was right
or not, but I will venture to say
that if he had had 75 years affile
Ubyssey on microfilm he would
have said...well, Til let you be the
"This paper will only be as
interesting as the matter it contains, and the interest ofthe matter depends upon the number of
various individuals who are reporting and writing upon the work
and the effort they put into their
contributions. If you do not like the
paper, get to work to improve it,
but do not grouch about it in the
corridors." (Ubyssey first issue
editorial, 17 October 1918. UBC
enrolment is 416.)
That horrifying cliche "the
more things change..." is admirably supported by this juicy diatribe
(16 January 1918):
"The [student] Council would
like to point out four misdemeanors occurring at the Arts dance for
which no excuse can be given—
discourtesy to the chaperones,
smoking in the ballroom, improper
dancing and misbehavior with regards to soft drinks: Surely this
rowdyisim is unbecoming to the
Whooa, those artsy animals!
To break that sombre thought,
here'sthe self-proclaimed "Student
Prince" on sex and relationships
(January 22,1937):
"Afreshette has knaively (sic)
put me on the spot with that old
favourite, Does necking cheapen a
girl in a man's eyes?' Her mother
insists that it does: the freshette is
not so sure. Anyway, a girl, to hoi d
her man, should;
a) Keep him guessing
b) Whatever happens, let him think
it was his idea, even if you've been
plotting for weeks
c) Be artistic [?], but brief
d) Dont let him know the score".
Keeping in this loaded vein, I
found this pleasant love poem in
the 10 January 1939 issue:
"What is love? Love is an illusion of
the mind
That makes a charming co-ed/Believe the impossible of her
Improbable hero/Love is like a
Sometimes cold, sometimes hot/
Love is heavenly, love is stron*;;/
But so is mutton when kept too
Could "mutton" be some implicit sexual innuendo?
On the topic of student concerns, this next letter appeared on
26 November 1957:
Dear Madam:
I would like to register a
complaint against the processed
animal and vegetable matter being
served under the name of food to
the residents of Acadia Camp."
Same issue:
"UBYSSEY-'Bloody' but unbowed
Dear Madam:
, Overheardin Geography 101 class
this morning: 'What a crappy
bloody newspaper, this thing gets
worse every day.' Reference is to
the Ubyssey."
This next excerpt is from a
Stan Persky by-line, and although
it unfortunately kind of misses the
boat, ifs still a must read for all you
60's aficionados of stream-of-un-
consciousness idealism (5 January
As the first toke spreads through
your central nervous system, join
me on a science-affliction trip to
UBC, circa 1987...
Flying over the woods [of Wreck
Beach] in a helicopter on the way to
his 6:00 AM Voodoo-Murder-Economics class, commerce prez
Pfieffer Horfendorsh was heard to
mutter Tilthy Animals.' After being initiated by Arts Rep. Barley
Brothenberg Jr. andhishareminto
the multi-sex erotic habits of his
leafiesyour reporter crawled on his
belly into the adjacent Chairman
Mao Memorial Forest, where
among the wounded birch trees,
radical violence leader Greybeard
Fate led his guerilla army on yet
another assault against the AMS
Uhhhh, yeah man! Here are
two head-lines from some other
1979 Ubyssey editions that won't
stir a shred of guilt in an unnamed
NDP cabinet member from
Vancouver Island whoisunder 40...
"Politicians profit while students
(Heather Conn, 9 Jan.)
"Robinson, Sihota lambaste BOG"
(Dave van Blarcom, 12 Jan.)
Finally, for those of you out
there who believe that "real" intellectual debate is dead on campus,
here is a fairly recent ringing
challenge to all you commie, doped-
out-and deviant nerds who think
Nietzsche was/is God (30 September 1986):
It appears that atheism is an inferior intellectual position. We believe God exists and is active in the
universe. We therefore extend a
challenge to any student or professor who denies the existence of
God to a formal, public debate on
this issue. Call Kirk Dunston,
Campus Crusade for Christ ofUBC,
I wonder what Heraclitus would
have said at that debate?
Organised anarchy
by Brent Galster
Perhaps alone of the current
Ubyssey crew, I was actually one of
those 1000 plus UBC students to
have signed the petition organised
by the UBC Young Conservatives'
Jason Saunderson to force a vote on
student funding ofthe Ubyssey.
However, I was later surprised
tolearnthatthis subsidy amounted
to one dollar per student, and was
most perturbed at the Ubyssey's
closing in June. What, after all,
would become of our "eco-
"Hey Graham", I asked Graham Cook at the 75th Anniversary
production meeting, "do you have
the Jason Saunderson quote on* eco-
"You mean on eco-warrioring
and oppressed llamas in Zimbabwe?
We were going to have it printed on
t-shirts. Sure, no problem," he assured me.
"Of course", I pointed out slyly,
"an oppressed lama from Tibet did
win a Nobel Peace Prize."
"Do you mind if I call you" Comrade Cook'?", I asked Graham, more
or less my "boss," despite (because
of?) being almost eons younger.
"With pleasure," he relayed as
he turned around at his screen, his
pony-tail almost disappearing behind his back.
So what's it like working at the
Ubyssey? Well, it's a little difficult
to describe except in oxymorons
such as "organised anarchy."
Press deadlines are elastic but
the work gets done. I should add
that the current "grandfather" of
the Ubyssey is Reformist, and is
good friends with Graham, whose
politics tend to be left of centre.
Perhaps typical is the fridge
which has a quote from Ambrose
who is enamoured of existing evils,
as distinguished from the Liberal
who wishes to replace them with
In addition are quotes from
David Lynch, Malcolm X, and most
poignantly John Maynard Keynes:
"In the long run, we are all dead,"
and anonymously, "If you are not
paranoid, you're not paying attention."
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by Verne Macdonald
When I joined The Ubyssey,
new staffers would sometimes be
warned by a kindly veteran not to
ask for a telephone book. Since
they were never told why, they
would go to a phone to research
their first story and inevitably call
out to ask for a directory, whereupon two or three people would
shout "Sure! Catch!" and three-kg
books would start arcing toward
the victim from as far as 10 metres
Once an editor carefully
placed the dummy layouts for a
32-page paperinorderonthelarge
horseshoe desk, and bent over the
arrangement just in time to see a
phone book hit perfectly on the
side of the desk and sweep an
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McClure is now Billboard bureau
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chief, and a free-lance writer and
editor, in Tokyo.
Among the 300 or 400 people I
met and worked with during my
years on the paper between 1976
and 1984, those I still hear of have
become union staff or executive
members, authors, book editors,
CBC producers, teachers, civil servants, and editors or reporters at
newspapers across Canada and
All got their start in a messy
office, drinking 50-cent beer out of
a junkyard fridge and discussing
things like the cultural significance
of the constitution or the regional
differences that prevent Canada
from having a viable rock 'n' roll
genre acceptable to all citizens.
There were always plenty of hardworking people to actually get the
paper out while the rest used the
office as an escape from classes so
they could complete their self-education.
Whenever we ran short of
staff, $50 or $100 would be found
in the editor's honorarium (editors
did not keep their honorarium from
the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s),
or from a staff collection, andafree
beer bash for all students woul d be
announced in a small story on the
paper. Maybe a dozen people out of
the 20,000 students would come to
the office to skeptically question
the story and, to their surprise,
find it true.
It was found that anyone who
liked beer, was interested enough
in newspapers to read the bottom
ofthe page, and was curious enough
to check out an obviously absurd
story could likely be talked into
joining the paper.
Then we had them. The poor
Verne McDonald was editor of The
Ubyssey from 1980 to 1981.
Breakfast of Champions
by Simon ImatUasevIc
There I was. The Pacific Press
building. Interviewing an ex-
Ubyssey staffer on the patio. With
all the pros. Out in the sun, at The
Katherine Monk is very cool.
She oozes coolness. Katherine
worked on the Ubyssey from 85-
90. She started as a reporter and
eventually became an editor.
When she finished her degree
she left and got herself a job with a
local Vancouver paper from which
she went to the Vancouver Sun.
She's been working there for the
last four years as a film critic. She
likes her job. I'd like her job. I
spoke with Katherine about some
ofthe times she had at the Ubyssey.
What   did   you   do   at  the
" I wrote news, but the nice
thing about the paper was that it
let you try everything. I took pictures. I wrote news. I wrote entertainment. I did production. You're
allowed to do everything there.
You're allowed to play. That was
the aspect of it that attracted me.
You're allowed to play and that
way when you go into it professionally at least you come into it with
the right attitude."
" It's not a game anymore but
certainly the same things that you
found fiin when you were doing it
in a college situation are still fun."
" You're able to ask questions.
You're able to write about stuff.
And if you feel that you get a great
story, there's nothing more rewarding than feeling that you
found something out."
Did you guys have a problem with funding for the
" In my year, when I edited
that year, we were the first year
that broke even. The paper had
always shown a deficit. We were
shooting for autonomy as we always had. We thought if we could
prove that we were self sufficient,
we'd have a better chance. We had
an excellent ad sales rep. We had
great ad sales revenue.
"The paper was very close to
breaking even for the first time in
its seventy-year history. We were
really lucky. These things can go
either way. You get the autonomy
that you want, or they slash your
budget the next year. This usually
starts happening if you show that
you can eke out a profit.
I think that the following year
did actually show a marginal profit.
The biggest battle for a student
paper is for people to show enough
patience and goodwill toward what
students are trying to do there.
I don't like the way that student endeavors are attacked by
their peers. They can be attacked
from outside.
But when they start being attacked from within,... when there
is absolutely no reason that people
can't go in and write their own
stuff. There is absolutely nothing
stopping them from going in writing their own stuff.
"The paper has always had a
very open policy and thafs what
keeps it alive. The minute it starts
to become a single agenda newspaper is the day it starts to die. Diversity is what makes a newspaper
Katherine sai da lot more than
what I gave you here, but some
things should be kept secret.
Overall it was lovely sipping
coffee out on the patio and discussing journalism with someone
who seems to have her shit together,
despite having spent so much time
at our wonderful institution of
higher learning.
The Work Study Program is closing for
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All students still holding Work Study Authorizations should be aware ofthe
following dates:
All project postings will be removed from UBC Placements Services on Friday,
October 22, 1993. Students with valid Work Study Authorizations, who still
wish to participate in Work Study, should go to UBC Placement Services for
referral to a Work Study job as soon as possible.
Work Study Authorizations signed by Project Supervisors will be accepted and
processed by the Awards Office until Friday, November 5, 1993.
All authorizations must be received in the Awards Office by 4:00 pm on
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THE UBYSSEY Alumni Perspective
There's more to the 70fs than disco and beUxrttoms
by Chris Oalnor
Don't believe the popular
conception ofthe 1970s as simply
a dreary hangoverfrom the 1960s.
The fact is, the activism associated with the '60s was still very
much a driving force in the first
few years ofthe "70s. Only in the
second half ofthe decade did the
reaction to the turbulent years
appear in the form of the "me
generation" and a resurgent neo-
When I joined The Ubyssey in
1974, the first students were sitting on the UBC Board of
Bovernors and Senate. Leftist
students were often also, but not
al ways, in the majority on Student
Like other students, I had
watched and occasionally participated in the turbulent events of
the previous few years as a high
school student. After the then-
obligatoryyear off to travel, I joined
The Ubyssey because it seemed to
be the best way to be a student
activist. I was given the impression
from reading the paper that I
would have fun working on it, an
impression which proved to be
correct. Although some people
joined The Ubyssey simply because they wanted a career in
journalism, most joined for the
same reason I did.
The staff of The Ubyssey was
large and fractious. Among those
on the staff were liberals who have
since followedthe neoconservative
trend ofthe '80s, while others were
dedicated leftists who remain so
today. Early on, our nights at College Printers were punctuated by
long discussions on many political
topics fueled by liquid refreshments from the nearby liquor store.
Just months before I came on the
board, the paper had resisted a
takeover bid by members of a
Maoist sect which was trying, with
some success, to take over student
newspapers around Canada. Although many people applied tags
to The Ubyssey, it never really fit
into a political mold other than
being generally leftist and loudly
in favour of what it saw as the
students' interests.
Feminism really came to the
fore during the 1970s. At the beginning ofthe decade, women on
the staff kicked all the men out of
the office one day and produced an
issue on their own. Women have
played key roles in all staffs since
then, some of them going on to
staff positions in Canadian University Press (CUP). We hadmany
staff discussions on whether the
power relationships on the paper
discouraged all but the most assertive women from working on
the paper. These discussions were
still going on when I left.
I could go on at great length
about some of our favorite topics,
most notably democratization of
the faculties and resistance to the
now annual increases in tuition
fees. We had a sometimes uneasy
relationship with the NDP government, and the return of the
Socreds meant The Ubyssey returned to being openly hostile to
the provincial government. The
'70s cultural rebellion, punk music, was enthusiastically documented by The Ubyssey. Our annual fake stories and goon issues
are the stuff of many legends. But
Fm particularly proud ofthe time
The Ubyssey's spoiled Engineering Week in 1975 by putting out a
Maoist Red Rag before the geers
could distribute their racist and
sexist Red Rag.
Ubyssey staffers played a
leading roleinCUP,and we hosted
its 39th annual convention in 1976.
The Ubyssey had an informal alliance with the McGill Daily at the
time, and years of haughtiness
toward our crosstown colleagues
at The Peak came to an end.
Things were deteriorating by
the timelleft the Ubysseyin 1978.
While the paper was still attracting excellent people, there were
fewer of them. Those who simply
wanted to be journalists had gone
off to community college programs
or east to the big J-schools. More
students at UBC were either more
serious about getting good marks
(rarely a good thing for someone
actively involved in The Ubyssey)
or were engaged in other, more
traditional extracurricular acti vi -
ties that weren't as popular in the
'60s and early '70s. It also seemed
that fewer students agreed with
the stands taken by tiieir student
Most members of The
Ubyssey staff are drawn from the
arts faculty, a faculty which has
been under steady attack by the
Social Credit governments of thi-;
last 13 years. The arts were not
deemed as "practical" as the
business and professional faculties. Arts students are encouraged
to think about our social system,
how it got where it is, and what is
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Tuition increases and the attack on student grants have closed
UBC's gates to many potential
students, most of them less well off
and not likely to be friendly to the
Socreds and their conservative
bedfellows. Like other student
newspapers, The Ubyssey has been
a school of sorts where staffers
learn the craft of journalism. Politically active student newspapers
are unique in that their participants learn to think about the role
they as jounalistsplayin the world
around them. In my opinion, they
are superior to journalism schools
which "unthinking" students pass
through on their way to the ^job-
market." Even though pursuits
such as questioning authority
aren't as popular as they were 15 or
20 years ago, I trust that they will
come back into vogue, bringing the
Ubyssey into-another golden era.
A Ubyssey editor in 1977-78,
Chris Gainor now lives in Montreal
and is a staff writer for The Medical
Post, a weekly newspaper for doctors. He is active in the Peace
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at 822-2050. THEUBYSSEY  1980s
The Ubyssey rag: remembering "the vilest rag" 1980 to today
by Sara Martin
The Ubyssey's biggest change
in the eighties was the switch to
desktop publishing in 1987—from
having unionized workers designing and laying out the paper to
having UBC students do all the
steps of production themselves.
Province reporter Gordon
Clark worked at the paper shortly
before the switch to desktop publishing.
Initially, Clark, a Ubyssey
staffer from 1983-85, along with
other staffers walked into the
Ubyssey office to complain. He had
organized a talk about Latin
American solidarity which the
Ubyssey had neglected to cover
and instead of an apology he was
given a typewriter. Before the
luxury ofthe word processor, which
arrived in the Ubyssey office in
1987, all copy was typed triple-
spaced on manual typewriters,
later to be scribbled over with editing marks.
"The amazing thing for me,
was, as a new member, I could
have input in the shape of the
paper... there was a real commitment to the collective nature,"
Clark said recently.
Clark's first story was the
transcript of a dinner conversation
he had with solidarity workers who
had just returned from Grenada—
the first interview with Canadians
back from that country after the
US invasion.
Clark began his work at the
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He quickly switched into arts and
finally completed a degree in history in 1988. He was forced to take
one year off from school when he
was 21, after failing to write his
essays, a common occurence with
Ubyssey staff. He was hired as a
reporter by the Vancouver Sun
during this hiatus.
Until 1987 production was
done at College Printers, where
the paper is still printed today.
Clark remembers the staff going
down to College at about seven in
the evening after having supper at
the Candia Taverna or one ofthe
other di ni ng establi shments along
Tenth avenue in exchange for some
free advertising.
The paper was put together
by the union employees at College
Printers and overseen by Ubyssey
editors and staff, the process going
through the night until the early
morning. After production, the
staff would breakfast at Bino's,
catch a few hours sleep and, occasionally, return to school for
CI ark found the most valuable
experience at the paper was the
acrimoniousnewsmeetings which
provided an opportunity for "a
constant barrage of fresh ideas,
more than in most UBC classrooms.
"There was a real sense of
community spirit at the paper. ..we
used to play soccer every Sunday
morning, completely hung over. It
was our way of getting rid of all the
frustrations that would add up
over the week." Clark said.
1983 saw the Operation Solidarity general strike against Bill
Bennet's "restraint" cutbacks in
education. AMS office workers
were on strike too, which placed
theSUBbebindapicketline. While
most students continued to go to
classes, the Ubyssey staff moved
their office (meaning each member
grabbed a typewriter) to the
Lutheran Campus centre and
produced a two page, no ads broad
sheet in support of the strikers.
Once again the Ubyssey's actions
provoked the right wing student
council to threaten to shut down
the paper.
"We felt on the cutting edge of
political thought," Clark remembers. "It was politics in action when
you could put a paper out in a little
board room... The Ubyssey had its
revolutionary moments."
Gordon Clark now works as a
reporter at the Province, and has
also worked at the Edmonton
Journal, the Now newspaper chain
and the Prince George Citizen.
nizations. Shore explained to the
disgruntled frats, "we're not hostile, there are just no representatives on staff."
"So a couple of frats showed up
for, I think the first, and possibly
the last, time."
Shore went from editing The
Ubyssey to editing The Vancouver
Echo, the East End community
the use of SUB 241K as her address.
Another stafferkno wn to have
sought shelter at The Ubyssey
was photographer Dan Andrews.
He lived in the newspaper office
and continually complained that
he was trapped into doing production because he could not go to bed
until the Macintoshes were turned
Four female staffers from the generic 80s.
It is difficult to gain perspective on the recent history of the
newspaper, but like most staffers
since 1918, many have fond
memories of SUB 241K.
Randy Shore, production editor in 1987-88 was witness to one
ofthe many adversaries in the long
history of the Ubyssey to contemplate suing the paper. Bob Seeman,
then a member of the AMS (and
currently a mayoral candidate)
began a lawsuit against The
Ubyssey—only to find out that he
would have to sue the AMS if he
wanted compensation for the
paper's "misquoting".
Shore said one unique occurrence during his year as editor was
that two fraternity guys worked on
the paper.
Fraternities felt that the
Ubyssey was hostile to their orga-
Nadine Rehnby, one ofthe five
general editors from 1990-91, is
still haunted by the hidden pizza
legend that has continued through
the eighties and into the nineties.
Apparently, Rehnby said, one
editor about eight years ago hid a
piece of pizza somewhere in the
office. Each year, this same editor
enters the office to see if the pizza
is still there and so far it has not
been found. There is a prize for the
retrieval ofthe moldy old crust.
"When I first started at the
Ubyssey," Rehnby said,"I just finished voting for Kim Campbell
because her ads told me I would be
rich...I wanted to be rich."
"Now I spend 100 hours a week
working for Betty Baxter trying to
defeat Kim Campbell," Rehnby
laughed. She said that most ofthe
beliefs she has now were developed
through the work she did at the
"I grew up in a small town
with simplistic values and ideas."
Rehnby admits when she first entered the Ubyssey office in 1989
"the people scared the shit out of
Rehnby is completing her
thesis in Creative Writing on the
history of the struggle for lesbian
and gay rights in Canada and hopes
to find a publisher for her book.
In looki ng back at her work on
the paper, Rehnby laments the
constant struggle between the
Ubyssey and the AMS and believes
it preventedherself and others from
reaching their potential.
"If I hadn't spent half my time
arguing with the AMS, imagine
the quality ofthe paper... When are
they [the AMS] going to realize
their job is to support not control,"
Rehnby said.
In hopes to put an end to the
ongoing conflict between the student paper and the AMS, the 90-91
editorial board organized an autonomy drive in January of that
year. Rehnby described it as "absolutely exhausting". Areferendum
asked the students to vote for the
autonomy of the student press, and
the vote received an incredible
proportion of "yes" support, like
most campus referendums it did
not reach quorum.
Rehnby was also one of the
several staffers who, at one time or
another, slept on a mattress in the
darkroom. She lived in the office
for three months, from September
to December of 1991 and tried unsuccessfully to register to vote for
Poverty was also the lot of
Ubyssey staffer Steve Conrad who
tried living in his truck in the fall of
1990. He wrote a feature on his
plight and got an apartment in a
week, rented from a sympathetic
Ubyssey reader.
Aside from a shared home, the
Ubyssey staff also once had a family car. Michael Booth, sports editor
1990-91, donated his car, a Delta
88, to be the official Ubyssey car.
Staff painted it black and bolted an
old typewriter to the top decorated
to be driven in the 1990 homecoming parade, the first time the
Ubyssey ever participated in this
Martin Chester, another 1990-
91 editor, said the big controversy
in their year was when The Ubyssey
ran the Gay Men's Guide to Safe
Sex, in support of the Muse,
Newfoundland's Memorial University student paper, who were in
trouble with their student government for running the issue. A
Christian fundamentalist group on
campus took it upon themselves to
expand the Ubyssey's circulation
by mailing the issues to many
Christian groups around the city
and to all Ubyssey advertisers.
"We had great pick-up for that
issue," Chester said, "andthere was
no notable drop in advertising."
During the year 1990-91,
Rehnby, Chester and the rest ofthe
staff got to play with new office
toys. After complaining about the
chairs in the office, the Ubyssey
was provided with new orange
chairs with wheels that were much
better for posture and better still
for endless late night chair races
around the third floor ofthe SUB.
Rebecca Bishop was the sole
woman editor on staff in the year
following Rehnby, 1991-92. Herfirst
news story at the Ubyssey covered
the final year ofthe Engineers'Lady
Godiva ride where, instead of the
traditional bare-breasted women,
the top engineering student rode a
horse across campus.
Bishop concluded her story by
saying it remains to be seen if this
change in tradition will be followed
by a change in attitudes. An editor
changed her last sentence into her
first sentence and consequently,
Bishop spent her years at the
Ubyssey in an on-going war with
"those red jacket types".
Bishop claims one thing she
learnt very quickly working at the
paper is that, "Itis difficult to change
attitudes on campus, but easy to
get attention." WEDNESDAY   13 OCTOBER 1993
THEUBYSSEY Letters    19
You never forget
your first
Editor Ubyssey,
It was with great pleasure
that I learned, some few days
ago, that women were to be excluded from the meetings of the
Men's Ldt. I now understand that
this only applies to debates. Why,
oh why, can't women be excluded
from all the activities about the
college that are primarily for men?
It seems, in this western country,
we have to put up with co-education, but why should we allow so
many of our societies to be diluted
by the weaker sex. I have no objections to women in "higher education," though it is just possible
that they are playing with fire;
but now having lowered the academic standard for their benefit,
certain students would prevent
us raising the Men's Lit. above
the feminine level.
L'Homme Indigue
Jan. 9, 1919
Our second letter
(a Ubyssey tradition
Editor Ubyssey,
Dear Sir: Every week we
have delivered into our hands
eight bright sheets of paper, which
we all~for there is hardly a student in this whole institution who
does not take some interest in the
College paper—snatch up with
eager anticipation and peruse
from headline to footnote, wading
through oft-times weary and
ungrammatical reports of College
functions. The students of UBC
have a great deal of patience-that
is why you get away with some of
your issues; but they are not
satisfied, and why? Why is it that
the paper is sometimes pronounced good, and at other times
resembles, from its lack of "pep,"
a missionary society bulletin?
Perhaps you will answer this
with the oft-repeated "Tuum E st";
but that is insufficient. You make
appeals for jokes and "literary"
articles, but none of these seem to
see print. You have tried hard,
Mr. Editor, to make "The
Ubyssey" of a high literary standard; but how can you accomplish
this when you only publish 12
columns at the most? Who, in a
real literary article, could confine
himself to this space? The adver
tising staff is probably the most
efficient on the publications board;
indeed, they have been too zealous,
for they have succeeded in almost
filling the paper with advertisements. Surely they could find a
few more advertisers who would
make the enlarging of the paper
possible. Perhaps, too, if money is
any object, the rates could be advanced, for I think they are abnormally low.
Yours etc.,
DA. Wall ace
Jan. 30 1919
A Ubyssey fan
Editor Ubyssey,
Dear Sir:I have read, with feeling varying from disgust to sorrow,
the four issues of our weekly which
have made their appearance this
this term. Has the Editorial Board
any policy?
Sometimes I have been
tempted that our paper was but the
medium for the expression of the
opinions ofthe editor ofthe week*
as witness the last issue. Al; another I was convinced that it was
merely a glorified publicity shcset of
an exclusive society, known, I believe, as the Sigma Delta Kappa.
Surely there is need of a definite policy. Let that policy be- first
news; second, news; third, NEWS.
News from our own college; news
from other colleges; big news, small
news; all news that would affect
college students. Have we an exchange editor?
Our last issue contained no
report of the election ofAllon Peebles
to the presidency of the AMUS.
Why? Had you not time? The editor
ofthe week made mention of it in
"Ex Cathedra."
The issue of October :23rd
contained a report, headed "Arts
^3 Elections," which appeared in
the Daily Province of October 11th.
Why this unseemly haste to present
the news?
The reports ofthe rugby games
read like a "Penny Horrible." Your
correspondent should watch a game
of marbles.
These are but a few instances.
But they point to the need of a
definite policy. We pardoned the
poor copies of the first year on the
ground that it was a new venture.
But now- "Tuum Est."
Yours etc.,
Nov. 6,1919
More full bodied
Editor Ubyssey,
in tiie issue of Nov .6th, seems to
express the opinion of the student
body as a whole, yet, so far as that
issue is concerned, it has not had the
desired effect. It is true that in the
last issue, practically all the college
news was included, but why, may I
ask, is the premier position of the
front page wasted on minor organizations of bookworms who indulge
in heated arguments on the Irish
Question, while the Varsity Rugby
game, Mr. Robertson's address, and
such vital topics, which command
the interest of all healthy and full-
blooded students, are relegated to a
It is time, my dear sir, that the pet
societies of tiie editorial staff were
put down in the proper place—the
bottom ofthe last page.
DA. Wallace
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3355 West Broadway • 733-1612 THE UBYSSEY Letters
Ihe more things
Editor Ubyssey
Dear Sir:- Permit me to
voice a protest against the
high-handed methods of our
Council, in holding the
Student's Court in secret
session. I take it that we are
all as much interested in
upholding the honor of ou
University as is the
Student's Council. If so, we
should be permitted to acquire a first-hand knowledge of the proceedings of
the court.
Except where decency
is concerned, trials in camera are both un-British and
un-democratic. The secretive methods of a court of
star chamber breed suspicion of the justice of their
acts, and the Council should
court publicity rather than
fear it. Moreover, such action casts a slur on the rest
ofthe college, in suggesting
tht only ten or so of our nine
hundred odd students are
wise enough to understand
such matters, and just
enough to be impartial. It is
the duty of a university to
lead in democracy, rather
than to falter into reactionary conservatism, as we
seem to be doing.
Thanking you, sir, I remain,
Yours truly,
Bernard Pratt
Another Ubyssey
Editor Ubyssey,
Dear si-oTlie Univer
sity has two publications,
the "Ubyssey," and the "Annual." Both of these periodicals entail a great amount
of work and money, and,
unfortunately, are worth
Let us consider the
"Ubyssey." This organ consists of a rehash of all the
events of the preceding
week, advertisements, and,
a few literary (?) contributions. The writeups of College activities are both badly
written and unecessary.
For, if students were at the
students were at the function, thay do do not wish to
waste time reading an
anaemic account of it days
later; and if thqy were not
willing to go, they are
plainly uninterested. Week
after week of a paper full of
dull write-ups is no sort of
standard for a college publi
cation. As for notices of
meetings to be held, I am
certain that the work could
be carried out much more
efficiently by a good, organized system of notice
boards. Mind, I said a good
system. As for advertisements, they are of no value
to students, in in themselves; and if all the so-called
literary contributions were
omitted, nobody would be
the loser. The best our special editors have been able
to do so far is to insert a few
third rate parodies and
twaddly verses. What the
will do is equally promising.
The "Ubyssey" is a glorified gutter newspaper,
that has to resort to catch
headlines and sensational
liners to draw interest. The
paper is dull, weak, anaemic
and empty. It provides ten
minutes amusement and
costs ten hours steady work.
After ten minutes it is discarded and forgotten.
The "Annual" is merely
a record ofthe College year;
so so its editors claim. What
I should like to ask is, "How
many of us, five years from
date, will be able to produce
this years Annual?" Not
many, I assure you; most of
them will have been
scrapped. The "Annual" is
seized upon most avidiously
when it comes out,
signitures are collected feverishly, and then th copy -
which has cost so much
labour- is put in the boot-
cupboard until it is thrown
What I mean to point
out is this - that our College
publications are nothing we
can look back to with pleasure, ten or twenty years
from now. We can never be
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proud of them. They are
more, in nature, a "stunt"
than anything else. They
follow that insane convention which says that all high
schools and colleges should
concoct some sort of periodical.
A college paper should
be in the nature of a magazine. It should be composed
of interesting articles of
subjects of immediate concern. It should be meaty and
substantial. It should not
be a rehash of weekly events.
Do not mistake me, however, I do not wish to depreciate the efforts of our Publications Board. They are
well-intentioned, but very
much misdirected.
A love letter
AlabouttenPMlast night,
one ofour older staffers sat at a
typewriter, trying to put an
elusive feeling into words.
Several years ago, this
person faced a choice—to enter
or to not enter Room 241K of
the Student Union Building.
This person chose to enter and
work with others to produce a
newspaper. Some papers were
good. Some, regrettably, were
not Most were okay. A similar
percentage would classify this
person's work for the paper.
The staffer, on reflection,
considered what made himself
different from those Ubyssey
staffers from the past. Some
went on to be great journalists,
some only lived on in the fond
memories of friends, family,
classmates and Ubyssey classmates.
Both, he decided, were
essentially the same. They entered the Ubyssey offices in
Brock Hall or SUB, because
theywantedtoshare their work
with ethers. Whetherthey went
on to write for Ihe Vancouver
Sun or be a mother or father of
a brood of children is essentially irrelevantin decidingthe
contribution was, and is, important
In this special issue, weVe
tried tocommemoratethisideal
of communal work towards
goals of good journalism and
allowing students to express
themselves. You will read about
75 years of students trying to
raise important issues and influence others to pursue the
public interest (whatever that
Along the way, The
Ubysse/astaffhave done some
good for students in sticking up
forthem against provincial and
federal governments and in
working against the occasionally manevolent machinations
of UBCs administration and
the Alma Mater Society. And
along the way, we've had (and
we have) a lot of fun. All this
wastruein 1918, ifs true today
and we expect that it wfll be
true when someone reads this
editorial in the year 2068.
We hope that you wfll find
and the world that it has covered interesting and informative. Doexcuse us ifit reads like
a bit of a love letter, as we are
quite fond ofthe old "vilest rag
west of Bianca."
Come and join us. Perhaps you will be smitten too.
Rick Hiebert
History 6


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