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Array VOLUME 75, Number 28
Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, January 19,1993
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Engineers face extra costly tuition hike
by Don Ramsey
The proposed 18.8 per cent
tuition hike at UBC will create
considerable financial stress for
most students, but perhaps to none
more so than those studying engineering.
Why? Because along with
sticking engineers with the increase, the Board of Governors also
wants to remove a per-credit fee
cap, which currently stands at 40
As a result, a typical engineering student will have to pay
more to take on a heavier course
load. And with the increase, the
cost per credit will jump from $62
to $78.
In fact, a fourth year electrical
engineering student, who now pays
$2350 a year in tuition for 48 required credits, may face a $3500
fee for the same credit load next
year, not to mention the additional
$300 to $400 worth of books per
And it will be the same for
most other engineering students
as they typically enroll in an extra
six to nine credits compared to
students taking full course loads
in Arts or Sciences.
The Board will be making a
final decision on the increase and
adjustments this Thursday.
Not surprisingly, reaction to
the fee hike among engineering
students and their representatives
has ranged from mild concern to
"It's completely nuts!" said
Andrew Bishop, a first year PhD
student in electrical engineering
Board of governors student rep
Derek Miller warned that the hike
will mean some students will have
to drop out of engineering.
Moreover, Engineering Undergraduate Society vice-president
Christa Greentree said matters
won't be helped by the
government's refusal to increase
the annual limit on student loans,
which currently sits at $7200.
Association for Engineering
Women president Christa
Cormack said she's usually met
with a stunned silence whenever
she mentions the increase at
"[The students] all think ifs
too much. Eighteen per cent is too
much," she said.
While Cormack says tuition
fees can't be frozen, increases can
be introduced more gradually.
"You could have a more effi
cient university . . . and get increased support from the government instead of lip service around
election time," she said.
"Ifs amazing how the NDP
likes to push its commitment to
post-secondary education when it
needs the support of 40,000 students."
Other proposals, according to
Greentree and Miller, could include reducing the engineering
under graduate credit load from
160 credits to a normal 120 credit
Conversely, an exception could
be made for the engineers so that
the credit cap could actually be
maintained at some level.
However, the former would
require a complete restructuring
ofthe engineering program while
the latter might provoke accusations of unfair treatment from the
other faculties on campus.
Other proposals include tapping into the special fund allotted
to UBC by the provincial government for the engineering faculty
in order to subsidize tuition further.
The AMS is planning a rally
Thursday starting at 12:30 in the
SUB Plaza followed by a march to
the BoG offices at the Old Administration building.
It's an unholy
tiny Tory terror!
by Frances Foran with CUP files
The UBC Young Conservatives have failed in their campaign
to cut The Ubyssey's funding.
They were unable to secure
enough signatures on a petition to
force a referendum.
Of the 1054 signatures collected by the UBC Young Conservatives, only 984 were found valid
when the AMS met in an emergency session on Friday to discuss
the issue.
However, further checks on
the signatures could have been
done. And it is estimated that the
petition may, in fact, have as few
as 800 valid signatures.
The anti-Ubyssey drive may
be part of an "anti-political correctness" campaign launched by
the national Progressive Conservative Youth Federation.
UBC Young Conservatives
vice president Jason Saunderson
said, "Ifs not often that so many
students show enough interest in
something to sign a petition.
"I think this shows a
grounds well of support among
students for choice in a democratic
"If s an opportunity for this
[student] society to save a great
deal of money for its members.
The intention is to alleviate the
burden   of   subsidy   from   the
students," he said.
The current levy is about a
dollar per student and represents
about one third ofthe paper's budget for 50 issues a year.
Although the petition to axe
The Ubyssey's student subsidy has
failed this time around, the campaign may not be over. Saunderson
said the petition galvanized many
student factions and a coalition to
end The Ubyssey's subsidy will
form in the near future.
Saunderson is alsorunningfor
office in student government. Although he said ending The
Ubyssey's subsidy remains one of
his personal goals, he denied that
he and his slate, Students for
Whaf s Right, would use office for
an anti-Ubyssey campaign.
The activities of the UBC
Young Conservatives may be part
of a nation-wide Tory youth agenda
to take over student governments
in Canada, according to a document released by the Young Reformers earlier this month.
The document, entitled Progressive Conservative Youth Federation Post-Secondary Strategy
for 1992-1993, outlines the need of
the federal Tory party's youth wing
to "build a sustained network of
student activists that may be mobilized for conservative projects."
Protesters denounce
deportation of Iranians
The renewed US-led assault against Iraq could devastate the Uvea of asylum
seekers in the middle east
who are trying to escape oppressive regimes, a spokesperson for the International
Federation of Iranian Refugee Councils said.
Saeed Parto ofthe Federation said yesterday the
United Nations will come
under increased pressure to
clamp down on migration
from Iran and Iraq as more
people seek refuge from po
litical persecution.
The IFIRC held a rally yesterday to protest the mass deportation of Iranians from
Iranians who have fled
Iran have been denied refugee
status by the United Nations
despite research by the UN and
Amnesty International that
their lives are endangered under the Rafsanjani regime.
In 1991 nearly 800 people
were executed and 113,000
women were arrested for dress
code violations.
In May and June of last
year, Iranian officials destroyed the homes of 2,000
working class protesters.
The Iranian exiles are
being met with similar
treatment in Turkey but the
UN will not intervene, Parto
"We want the United Nations to recognize Iranians
as political refugees, but the
European governments are
under too much economic
pressure [to accept refugees].*
The three-pronged plan includes an "anti-political correctness campaign" to "take over the
intellectual debate on campus from
the organized left"; including an
organized attack on the Canadian
Federation of Students; and student government takeovers.
Coincidentally, the UBC
Young Tories' campaign began in
early September, after Saunderson
returned from the National Campaign College in Ottawa. The summer College is where members of
the PC youth wing gather to "leam
campaign skills," according to
Saunderson. Saunderson's first
letters to The Ubyssey echoed the
document attributed to the PCYF.
In the letters, the paper is
described as a "left wing political
machine" which tries to change
the "way [you] think by insisting
on, implementing and supporting
Political Correctness."
PCYF post-secondary director
Justin Brown denied that the
document is party policy.
"It is a document that was
submitted to me, but it is not our
official policy," said Brown. "We
didn't spend any money on it or act
on it and we didnt release it."
Saunderson denied having
read such a document, but admitted he spent last summer editing a
PCYF campaign training manual.
He said the UBC Tory Youth
campaign to abolish the Ubyssey's
levy was a local initiative and had
nothing to do with the PCYF. As
for his ambitions to student government, "I wouldn't call it a
takeover," he said. Tm running
for director of external affairs, and
no one told me to run."
The activities of the UBC
Young Tories have also been disavowed by other upper echelon PC
National, vice president (pacific) ofthe PC party, John McLean,
wrote in response to an article that
appeared in a. local newspaper that
"the opinions [Jason Saunderson]
expresses neither represent the
views of the Vancouver Quadra
Progressive Conservative riding
association nor ofthe Progressive
Conservative Party at the National
McLean also commended The
Ubyssey for repeatedly publishing
Saunderson's letters, despite his
efforts to frustrate the paper's continued publication.
January 19,1983
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by The Chowman
The UBC Hockey
Thunderbirds remain in the
Canada West cellar as the
Lethbridge Pronghorns left the
Winter Sports Centre this
weekend with a tie and a win.
UBC (4-12-2) falls to seventh
place in the conference as
Lethbridge (4-11-3) claims a
meaningless sixth place.
Both teams have a
snowball's chance in hell of
making the playoffs.
Saturday, January 16
UBC 4 Lethbridge 4
UBC veteran winger Gregg
Delcourt started the scoring at
1:23 ofthe first period, followed
less than three minutes later
by centre Brad Edgington,
whose shot from the left face-
off circle beat Pronghorns goalie
Derek Babe.
Lethbridge responded to
the T-Birds' quick start. The
'Horns were led by Greg Gatto's
three point performance in the
first period. The rugged winger
beat UBC goalie Mark Thom
twice—first, with a limp-
wristed floater from the high
slot that went over and past a
surprised Thom, and then on
the power-play with a deflection from Colin Baustad's shot
from the point. Gatto went on
to set up Trevor Ellerman on a
Lethbridge's fourth unan
swered goal came late in the
second period from Perry
UBC came alive late in the
third period after finally defeating the Pronghorns' penalty killing with a goal by
Charles Cooper at 15:26.
Less than a minute later,
UBC tied the contest with
Edgington's second of the
night. With a spectacular individual effort k la Pavel you-
know-who, the speedy forward
took the puck from outside the
T-Bird blueline, streaked down
the left-wing boards, cut to the
front of the net and slid the
puck past the Pronghorns
goalie with a Lethbridge player
(see next page)
T-BIrd center Brad Edgington scored with three and a half minutes left In regulation to gain a 4-4
overtime tie with the Lethbridge Pronghorns Saturday night. #15 Brad Edging   % M. Derek Babe.
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UBC #20 Gregg Delcourt (W), Lethbridge #25 Mark WoMcfc (D), #1 Derek Babe (Q). 4-4 tie, UBC vs.
draped over him and another
trailing behind.
"That was the first time
I've done that in about ten
years," mused Edgington, one
of the better T-Bird players
Saturday night.
Sunday, Jan.17
UBC 2 Lethbridge 3
Kevin Yellowaga's power-
play goal at 15:17 of the first
period put Lethbridge on the
scoreboard, as the pride of
Prince George, Darren
Kwiatkowsky, was servingfour
in the box for spearing.
Replying for UBC, defence
man Casey McMillan's hell-fire
power-play blastfromthepoint
at 8:07 of period two told 'Horns
goalie Trevor Kruger that the
T-Birds were ready to play.
Defensive lapses in the
UBC zone were telling T-Bird
goaltender Paul Hurl something else. Pronghorn goals by
Perry Neufeld and Tim Ritchie
put the T-Birds in a hole in the
middle ofthe third.
McMillan's hustle to bring
the Birds to within one with
his second goal late in the third
was not enough, as throughout
the game, UBC's short-circuiting power-play failed to
capitalize on key two-man advantages from Lethbridge's
parade of penalties.
Offensive finish continues
to elude the team, with the
power-play going 2-17 (a paltry 11.8 per cent) on the weekend, as Lethbridge clicked on
3-11 (27.3 per cent).
An upset coach Coflin said
after Sunday's loss that his
team played just well enough
to lose.
"They work hard for 55
minutes and then make some
serious mistakes. It's a one goal
game. They made enough great
plays to win. It's frustrating,"
he said.
Edgington, whose two-goal
performance allowed UBC to
get away with a tie Saturday
night, was held off the
scoresheet on Sunday.
"I think we worked hard
today but we didn't have any
luck around the net," said the
21-year old forward. "We let in
a couple bad goals and broke
down defensively."'
He added that the team
sees the remaining games as
another season, one in which
the T-Birds hope to establish a
winning attitude for the 93-94
^Ve're just trying to build
for next year. You can't think
about [losing] or you're never
going to win another game," he
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P.S. There's a general photography meeting at 2:30 this
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THE UBYSSEY/5 Th* Bugs' Da Cas late it rip
Is grunge dead?
by James-Jason Lee and Stephen Smegelskl
MONTREAL     (CUP)—In     last
November's Vogue fashion section.
Nirvana members poised in a designer
denim fashion spread.
The   current   issue   of
Mademoiselle features a
cover declaring this
spring's "tough and
sweet"     grunge
Everyone is
looking for the
next Seattle. Is
this true
grunge? Is
there true
"I think it is
in some sense
made up," says
Adam Silverman,
publicist for the Sub-
Pop record label in
Seattle. Sub-Pop has been
credited as having single-
handedly given birth to grunge.
"It's not too much different from the
similar scenes that happened in Athens,
Georgia and Minneapolis, Minnesota,"
explains Silverman. "With Nirvana,
things became a lot bigger a lot quicker."
No kidding.
Within a year, 'grunge' has
become the music industry's favorite
buzzword. The term loosely refers to a
sound best described as 70s hard rock
with a punk attitude.
Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath
are cited as major influences of young
grunge bands.
In terms of visual style, flannel
shirts and long, unwashed hair are the
distinguishing trademarks.
In terms of attitude, it's basically
"I don't care, I just wanna party!"
But the musical trappings
associated with grunge are notparticular
to the 90s.
Looking past grunge's clothes and
fashionable level of uncleanliness, the
music offers unexpec ted chord changes
and pop without a key or a clue.
The music has a relationship to the
scary Stravinsky and Charlie Parker.
Both artists challenged and re-invented
their musical forms with biting attacks
and dissonance, like so-called grunge
So if grunge is a made up style, who
are its makers?
"This stuff started out about four-
and-a-half years ago.," says Silverman.
"A local label put out a lot of stuff. It became
a very marketed sound. The label itself created
the sound. Nirv ana do not sound like Mudhoney
who do not sound like Tad."
According to Andrew Smith,
entertainment editor for The
Daily at the University of
Washington, "People
are pissedoff. Grunge
began as a joke. All
these bands like
Mudhoney and
Nirvana started
off as a joke."
The joke was
taken seriously
and received the
backing       of
serious    media
attention and, more
importantly, serious
marketability has translated
into grunge movies (Cameron
Crowe's Singles) and fashion (Marc Jacobs'
Perry Ellis spring collection).
In one deft marketing move, alternative
culture was once more denied by the
mainstream. The counterculture has been
sanitized and made not only acceptable but
stylish—eg. Kurt Cobain's well-publicized
heroin addiction. We are witnessing the
recuperation and exoneration of Disney
Grunge. One can hear the bells of
distortion tolling the death knoll
When asked if grunge is
dead. Smith was ambivalent
"That's a good question,"
he says. "Just this week
there was a lot of filming
going on dealing with the
grunge scene. People are
sort of surprised. Ask a lot
of people and they'd say
grunge is dead. Ask Sub-Pop.
It's all MTV these days."
Smith feels the industry
created 'grunge scene' is having a
negative effect on smaller bands.
"A lot of the little labels are dying because
ofthe majors," he asserted. "People are moving
here to get signed. It's like what happened in
Manchester. All the big clubs, like Candy,
charge bands to play. If label scouts arc out
there, bands will pay. That's not how it was
when it began."
The trappings of grunge arc not limited to
Seattle though. Record executives are filling
flights all over the continent looking for the
next Nirvana.
When Halifax group Sloan were recently
signed for $1 million to Geffen
Records (recently absorbed into
the MCA Records empire)—the
same label as Nirv ana—the media
quickly anointed Halifax the
second-coming of grunge.
"What's happened is that
people (the media) will see three
bands in. an area and they'll call it
a scene," notes Sub-Pop's
When asked about whether
there has been any kind of grunge
free trade happening between the
Seattle scene and their northern
neighbors in Vancouver, The
Daily's Smith had some positive
"1 don't know about Canada.
Vancouver is one of the better
places lo open up next as a
scene. It's sort of like San
Vancouver is a likely
candidate to be the next Seattle
because: it's like San Francisco?
And what of the future for
new gningeless bands?
"A   lot   of   bands   get
overlooked," says Sub-Pop
"There are all these bands like
Flop (from Portland, another
potential   next   big
scene).     Pond,
Hazel       and
They are all
from each
other. But
it's not easy.
Sprinkler, it
might    have
been very bad for
them to be the first
Portland band to have a
grunge sound."
Ultimately, Silverman feels
the scene is dying down.
"The label (Sub-Pop) is
looking to other places to expand,"
he explains. "It's important not to
trap yourself in one sound."
The context of this
countcrcultural musical
movement has moved from the
periphery to the center. Grunge
has entered the mainstream.
The Marquis de Sade and
avant-garde earsplitting:
a fun night at the Grunt
by Dale Sawyer
Gibson Les Pauls, Marshall
amps—the set-up that greeted
the patrons attending Paul Dolden and
Ron Samworth's performance at the
Grunt Gallery on the frozen night of
January 13 th forebode the sort of evening
where one might find oneself whirled
into the eye of a furious moshpit
Paul Dolden and Ron Samworth
Grunt Gallery (209 E. 6th)
January 13
"Garage rock" was the ironic
description offered by Dolden
immediately pre-show, as much a
comment on the appearance of the young
musicians facing the audience while
wielding the above-mentioned
instruments of "old-school" cochlean
assault as on the sub-comfortable
temperature in the gallery that
would have been just as suitable
for creating the ambience of
the folks' workshop-cum-
son/daughter's teen zit
band's practise space.
what we actually
got was a
treat that
was dimensions above what could
possibly have been offered by anyone of
the insufferable Jimmy Page wannabees
currently available for any takers.
This "evening of controlled noise
and theoretical rantings" was a
demonstration of the range of feels—
from crystalline beauty to
windtunnelloid fury—that could be
achieved with a coupla guitars, a cello,
a violin, and a whole whack of outboard
effects and pedals, including the 8-
second pedal delay so heartily endorsed
by the individual performers.
Dolden    was    a   musical
alchemist, turning the strings of
Ids guitar, violin, and cello into
pounding    tidal    forces
shimmering    icefields
roaring engines, and
celestial patterns,
Samworth anchored
things with his
and blazing
runs that seemed to dart randomly, or
should I say chaotically, across the
frequency spectrum in a way not
normally controlled by those of human
The 90+ minute show used the
semi-improvisational format to allow
the duo to use and abuse their instruments
in any way they thought could accelerate
the pieces' progress, not necessarily in
ways that would totally satisfy die
directives of the Geneva convention.
This was no new age crystal-
dangling hippie space jam however, as
their off-colour comments towards and
about each other between pieces served
to remind, while it's clear that years of
past work (and possibly millions of
lives) by the individual performers were
being drawn upon to maximize the
aesthetics and the challenge to the
listener their music presents, Dolden
and Samworth were aware that
humour coupled with a casual onstage demeanor were necessary in order
to avoid generating another
overbearingly academic atmosphere for
the standing-room-only audience
(well, there were only 8 chairs).
The theoretical rantings
portion of evening, which
consisted of a discussion by
Dolden on the literary
validity of the works of
the Marquis de Sade
as well as readings
from a story by a
chap who you
know is
chained to a bathroom fixture
somewhere by the authority figure of
his choice, also helped to downplay the
'serious' tone present at many other
avant-garde music gigs.
Aw hell, there's beer available at
most of these things so it's up to'you
(and your pocketbook) how stuffy and
repressed you're gonna feel.
The admission charge was very
reasonable (less than $4) (okay, $3) and
the musical experience is one I'm
doubtful I'll be able to forget for a good
length of time.
My advice,   check   these things
out.   Arv   galleries,   certain
nightclubs, and venues such as
the Glass Slipper (r.i.p.)
dedicating   presenting
music on the edge,
should be regularly
prowled by anyone
interested     in
hearing sounds
the usual conventions.
Me, I'll be on the lookout for the
next soiree where Dolden and
Samworth get ill with their electric
guitars, Echo-Pluses, and refined
classical literature.
Ooh la la.
Dildos don't sh
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play Lips Together, Teeth
Apart, I was sure that the twenty
bald headed, middle class West
Van-types I counted from the
balcony would be shocked.
Luckily, the apparently
audience at the
Playhouse was
more liberal-
minded than I
imagined them to
be. But just think
of a bald, though
fit, 57-year-old
accountant inatuitleneck jersey
with a sweater over it, and his
spouse, and you will have a
picture of the typical audience
members for the night
Lips Together, Teeth Apan
The Vancouver Playhouse
Theatre Company
The   Vancouver
until January 30
Not only was there
salty language
(although the word
"dildo" was atoned
for by a reference
to Thomas Jefferson in the
same sentence), therre was also
cleavage. I mean the exposure
of a bosom because of a
revealing top worn by Chloe
Haddock (Goldie Semple).
This actor stole the firm act (at |
The set, representing the
patio of a Fire Island, New
York beach house and even
including a small swimming
pool, was of top quality.
However, I found the set'i I
colouring to be too 1
monochromatic—a beige-
brown, unvamished-wood
appearance was ubiquitous.
To quarrel further with
production    details,    the
January 19.1993 Thompson
by Lucho van Isschot
/"■••C ichard Thompson's moods
swing from violent, vulgar depression to
rollicking drunken bliss, and back again.
I couldn't say that the concert was an uplifting
experience. Cathartic, maybe. But not exactly
Richard Thompson
Vancouver East Cultural Centre
Wednesday, January 13
Thompson's words and music blow the lid off
of the ordinary and the mundane, and expose the
disturbing truths which motivate us.
When he sings, 'Tm Gonna Break Somebody's
Heart Tonight," it is a truly disturbing, albeit honest,
admission of frustration and anger. In many ways, it
is also a cry for help.
On his current acoustic tour, Thompson is
accompanied by Danny Thompson (no relation) on
the stand up bass.
This bare-bones approach worked perfectly. It
was the ideal medium for Thompson's twisted
Through most of the 70-minute set, I hung on
his every poignant phrase.
By contrast, Thompson's in-between song
banter was casual and light-hearted.
It would have been great to see him with a full
band, and to have been able to get up and dance.
Still, it was one of the better shows I've seen in
a long time, and I hope he comes back to Vancouver
Plants love their bugs
by Stan Paul
T'be Love Bugs' fast-paced mimicry
of popular 60's hits didn't dlsapppoint
the fans.
From the opening theme from The Year
2001 -A space Odyssey, to flashbacks to the
Doors the home-town group was quite
impressive. Their theatrical jam-sessions
add somewhat to the '60s-era tunes that
they play.
Lead guitarist Sebastian De Cas said
"We try to be a band that is fun to watch,
especially when you play 60's music." He
added, "We normally improvise a lot"
Improvisation was definitely needed
through the middle of the set when the
speakers disconnected.
From the rambunctious bassist, who
only stopped his antics to sing, to the lead
guitarist to keyboardist to drummer, they
an try to lead the yoddling. "It's much
easier to get a variety of songs in when we all
sing," said De Cas.
Crowd interaction is a key to the Bugs'
success.They accomplished this with threats
of playing jazz if the crowd did not dance to
De Cas' remote-control twanging on the
Youcan catch Derek Mllkr,drummer,
UBC graduate, Board of Governor's rep,
Campus Times' editor, and the rest of the
Bugs at the Lunatic Fringe club on
Sunday nights.
Slugfest to
by Stan Paul
mil*. Bennett is the
' Canadian music scene's
answer to (Jerard Depardieu—a
big, beefy hearthrob with an
He and the rest of the Slugs
provided high energy roadhouse
rock, with a twist of blue-eyed
soul, tor the "agricultural
pleasure" of LBC students on
Friday night.
Doug and the Slugs
SLB Ballroom
Friday, January 15
The Slugs' unique way of
interacting with crowds have
made them a popular live draw
since 1980. Friday night, Bennett
riled up the crowd by taunting
them and telling them to "get
their hands out of their pockets"
and start dancing.
From the opening set 'til the
end ofthe evening, only security
types and a few die-hard bench
warmers weren't gyrating to the
Slugs' fun and offbeat lyrics.
Bennett's distinctive voice
sty lings, combined with hard-
edged guitars battling with
frantic keyboards and drums
mesmerized the audience into
frenzied oblivion.
But just when you thought
you were losing control of your
senses, Bennett's offbeat satirical
remarks brought you back down
to earth.
Crowd-interaction has
always been a mainstay of the
Slugs" concerts. Dictating the
crowd to swear at him, he
directed insults at some members
of his audience.
The Slugs' cult following
(and the rest of the crowd) were
not disappointed. Along with the
staple Doug and the Slugs hits,
such as Love Shines, Day by Day
and the ever popular Too Bad,
the slugfest included Mystery
Bride and the potent Shotgun
from the new Tales From the
Terminal Citv album.
ck accountants
fas Delany
costumes weren't quite right.
The arch-prep John Haddock
was clothed in pink pants and a
white polo shirt. Even the most
egregious prep never would
indulge in such a shocking look.
The credibility of the production
suffered from this costuming
In LTTA, playwright
Terrence McNally presents a
nontraditional view of these two
middle-aged het couples
spending a Fourth of July
weekend in the midst of a gay
One of the women's
brothers, the erstwhile owner of
the bouse, has died of AIDS-
related illness and there is a
kind of elegaic,
fare-thee-well tone
permeating the
play. That is, we
feel the dead
brother and perhaps
others in his
predicament, are
wishing fare-well to
the hets they have
known and yes, spumed.
Nasty WASPs on a
bummer, and middle-aged ones
at that, is an over-riding theme
of Lips. This main theme, and
its catty exposition, rather limit
theplay'sappeal. (Incidentally,
the modernist sterility of the
Playhouse's interior
architecture does
nothing to help the
play's appeal. Tiie
Playhouse is
unpleasant to be
All I can sny
on the plus side is
that the American
themes evoked by the
culminating Fourth-of-July
fireworks as well as by the
references to Thomas Jefferson
and the Long Island-style
consumer culture, are
refreshing and even slightly
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Poetry cuts to reality
by Stan Paul
ith the strictness and formality found at UBC lecture halls, Traversing Realities brought
together diverse writers for a poetry and prose reading last weekend.
Traversing Realities
January 16 & 17
Rungh cultural society
Traversing realities—sponsored by the Rungh cultural society and TSAR publications—enabled
listeners from all backgrounds to be attuned with some of the conflicts immigrant men and particularly
women face when crossing their social and cultural boundaries. There were three featured artists for
Sunday evening.
Yasmin Ladha, whose performance I particularly J enjoyed, was skilled in acting
thepartofthereader.Shediscussed V the female spirit M with relation to her Indo-
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In her launching of a new short ^^ ^^W story collection called the Lion's
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Ladha wonderfully declaimed her^^B^^^F   book's first story "Beena," a story of a
young girl struggling with the discovery
relationship with Allah.
Then, Sadhu Binning (aTA in
very quiet polite voice, related the 	
"try[ing]   to   define   their ^^      relationship
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of her role as a woman as well as her
the Asian Studies department) in a
cruelty that immigrants face in
with this country."
'My Mirror"—a poem of an
control over her life. She has
January 19,1993
to do things for others and//r she uses a mirror to symbolize her       escape from reality.
HimaniBannerji,on the other hand, a little bit disorganized having lost her luggage and her
books on a recent trip, presented much stronger expressions of her political theories.
The main course of the evening began with her reading of a petition against "the rising of fascism
in India—in the name of God." Her somber criticism of male dominance, "white politics, and the
industrialized world's dominance: of the third world," were covered in exceipts from her work.
The climax of the evening was when Baimerji treated us to an unpublished work entided "My
mother and the Moon."
In remembrance of her mother her prose described the shattering of her elderly mother's faith when
"the Americans landed on the moon to reveal that on the other side of death there is nothing." They only
found it dark and empty: there were no lost souls. She said of herself that the reason why she does not
write love poems is that she has "so much to do before she gets the privilege."
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OTTAWA (CUP>-The University
of Alberta's student newspaper has
refused to apologize for publishing
a cartoon that Edmonton Jewish
groups call anti-Semitic.
The cartoon, which appeared
on the editorial page of the Jan. 5
edition ofthe Gateway, depicts an
Israeli soldier pointing a gun at
the Virgin Mary cradling baby
Jesus in her arms. The caption
reads "What if... Jesus was born in
Six complaints relating to the
cartoon were filed last week with
the university's student council.
"This is purely anti-Jewish,"
said Sid Indig, executive director
of the Jewish Federation of
Edmonton. "It perpetrates the
'Christ Killer' myth which has even
been repudiated by the Church."
Indig and other Jewish groups
wanted the Gateway's editor-in-
chief, Karen Unland, to apologize
to the Jewish community in the
newspaper's Jan. 13 edition.
While expressing regret at the
community's angry reaction,
Unland stated in this week's editorial, that the cartoon had only
meant to criticize Israel's treatment of Palestinians and had been
The editorial said the paper
stands by the cartoonist and his
intent in the creation ofthe cartoon.
Unland said the paper received
about 20 phone calls and five or six
people who showed up to complain
in person.
Student union vice-president
Jolanda Slagmolen said Unland
and managing editor Malcolm
Azania would be called to appear
before the student union's press
committee this week.
She said if the committee rules
an apology is in order and the
newspaper refuses to print one,
both editors could be fired.
Ever since the Jan. 5 edition
hit newsstands, Unland and her
volunteer staff have been overwhelmed by letters and a flood of
angry phone calls from irate readers. "It's very stressful," said
Unland. "Most phone calls have
been reasonable, (but) two or three
have been abusive. It's hard to
The cartoon was drawn by U
of A student Ahmed Hussein, who
has contributed about eight drawings to the newspaper since September.
In the cartoon, the soldier says,
"First we had to shoot three wise
guys trying to cross the River Jordan, and now we find you having
an unauthorized gathering past
curfew!" Another caption at the
bottom of the panel says, "That
ain't very kosher, is it?"
U of A president Paul Davenport slammed the cartoon at a Jan.
8 board of governors meeting, reported the Jan. 9 edition of the
Edmonton Journal.
"I find the cartoon to be offensive and not appropriate to an institution which is committed to
tolerance and understanding for
people of all backgrounds," said
Davenport. The board voted to send
a letter to the newspaper condemning the cartoon.
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Riots, film galvanize black students
by Karen Neustadt
ORLANDO, Fla. (CPS/CUP)—College campuses throughout the
United States celebrated Martin
Luther King Jr.'s birthday Jan. 18,
marking the end of a year of unprecedented black empowerment
fuelled by the Los Angeles riots,
and inspired by a film about the life
of Malcolm X.
Racial incidents and institutional neglect brought a flurry of
peaceful protests, sit-ins and demonstrations by African-American
students, some of whom say they
have a powerful new sense of identity and purpose.
Some students suggest the resurgent interest in Malcolm X
clothing, hats, buttons and T-shirts
is connected with feelings of disenchantment with current black
"People are more aware of their
heritage. I think people are finally
beginning to recognize we don'thave
to sit at the back ofthe bus, that we
are a viable presence," said Iyailu
Moses, director of the African-
American Cultural Centre at North
Carolina State University at Raleigh, N.C.
"It is empowering," she added.
Moses said that black students
at NCSU are learning to "maturely
approach" the school's top administration in a way that would not
have been possible a decade ago.
"I think there is a revival of
interest in our culture, and it is
being translated into students taking more of a responsible role in
addressing issues that were incorrect," Moses said.
For example, 65 black NCSU
students recently staged a sit-in at
the college radio station to protest
its programming policies.
Tiie students—who requested
more prime-time hours for African-
oriented music—crowded into the
broadcast booth and adjoining
lobby for about two hours.
The demonstration was
scheduled after students approached the station's general
manager and were told no changes
would be made in the music format.
Black students at the Univer
sity of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill recently used new-found
clout—including a visit from filmmaker Spike Lee, who made the
movie "Malcolm X"—to convince
officials to build a free-standing
black cultural centre.
While black students debated
the wisdom of a separate facility,
a consensus was finally reached
and Chancellor Paul Hardin endorsed a plan in November for the
centre, which will include a gallery
to display African-American art.
Tim Smith, a UNC football
quarterback and member of the
school's Black Awareness Council, said watching television coverage ofthe Los Angeles riots last
year changed his life. The violence erupted after the acquittal
of four white police officers in the
beating of black motorist Rodney
"I dont remember this, but
my mom said I just sat transfixed,
saying over and over, I've just got
to something, I've just got to do
"It is obvious (since the riots)
that students have become more
aware of their treatment," he
The two North Carolina
campuses weren't the only ones to
confront racism directly.
In early November, 200 black
students at the University of
Rhode Island demonstrated when
they learned that a Malcolm X
quotation carved in granite on the
frontof the school library hadbeen
edited to omit a reference to
"fighting the white man."
The students were also angry
the quote was paired with one
from Thomas Jefferson, a US
president who owned slaves.
At Alabama State University
at Montgomery, a predominantly
black college, thousands of students took part in a demonstration demandinglowerparkingfees
and a vote on the board of trustees.
Football players boycotted!
games, and as many as 1,000 of
the 5,500 students filled the halls
ofthe administration building at;
one point.
Student leaders say black
students are searching for their
place in history.
The Malcolm Xmovie has just
come out and a lot of students are
trying to find out more about
themselves and their history," said
Raul Hoxie, chairman of the student-run University of Texas Institute for the Healing of Racism.
"We need to take responsibility for our own racism and hope
that it will be contagious so that
others will emulate us," Hoxie said,
noting that the Los Angeles riots
also spurred many students into
action on the Austin, Texas campus.
"There have always been black
organi zations on cam pus, and they
have been doing projects on black
issues, but we are now fortifying
old values," he said.
Hoxie meets with a group of
students each week whose goal is
to fight racism on campus. The
institute professes that education
and communication are the keys
to wiping out a generation of racism.
But institutional racismisonly
a piece of the equation, say black
students who have responded during the fall semester to racial slurs
by protesting until a public apology was made.
At the University of California at Los Angeles, 200 black students marched in October to demand that the student government
stop funding fraternities after
media reports focused attention
on racist and sexist lj*rics in Theta
Xi and Sigma Phi fraternity
Universi ty of Georgia students
protested the same month when it
became known that a Pi Kappa
Phi fraternity handbook included
the phrase "no niggers.'The president of the fraternity apologized
publicly, although the fraternity is
appealing its suspension.
Officials at the Athens, Ga.
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January 19,1993
Reinventing the
political machine
So, the question of cutting our funding wont
be put to a referendum.
Actually, we are a Mt disappointed. The threat
of losing our funding would have given us something to live for Besides greasing the wheels of our
political machine up here in SUB 24UL
As members of certain political factions have
observed, it isnt every day that students find a
cause they feel deeply committed to and excited
about. It's just too bad this blip of student activism
at UBC appears to have been motivated by an
impulse to kill the students' paper, the perceived
voice of dissent on this campus.
But if the referendum had gone ahead, it could
have achieved something The Ubyssey has wanted
for years. It would have been so sweetly ironic if
the Young Conservatives did something we have
been unable to do for a lack of vim, vigor, venom,
or money: become autonomous.
Let's do something creative instead of destructive, shall we, and conceptualize Autonomy.
First of all, we would still need your money, so
forget about all the penny-stock plans you had for
that dollar. But your money would get you more
than just twice-weekly versions ofthe paper.
You would automatically become a member of
the publications society; you would come and vote
at annual general meetings; you would participate
in running the paper (of course, there's nothing
stopping you from doing that right now). And the
paper would become directly responsible to you.
We would not be circumscribed or controlled
by the student government. No bogus advisory
boards telling us what to do or how to do it. No
limits on how many pages we can run except for
what the budget allows. We wouldnt have to ask
for permission from our sugar daddy if we want to
run a colour or do something fancy at the printer.
We could say what we really think about your
student government without fear of financial/political repercussions. We would have to take responsibility for what we print, diabolic or not. No
one's attorney would be there to intervene if we do
something satanically inspired. It would make us
grow up a bit. Maybe.
Consider this a compromise between cutting
the paper's lifeline to the students and throwing it
to the whims ofthe "free" market of advertising,
and being dependent on the student government.
We should be dependents ofthe students who
own and work at The Ubyssey. We could be so
much more than a student paper. We could be a
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•January 19,1993-
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Adrian Desfosses slowly crossed the boundary into oblivion, a deep dark swirling mist into which
Nicholas Delany and Don Ramsey had already surrendered themselves. "Help, Help," cried Lucho
van Issochot as Siobhan Roantree pulled him behind her into nothingness. Denise Woodley had
to think quickly. Grabbing Steve Chow and Sam Green, she ran off down the pink gilded road in
search ofthe antidote. Mark P. knew where it was but, even standing on the edge on the great
nothing into which he had been swallowed, Yukie Kurahashi could not quite hear his words of
wisdom. Paula Wellings with her super stereo mike saved the day, pulling the rescue party with
her onto Mark P.'s magic carpet.  The complex organic compound which Hao Li said was the
antidote looked like large pink globs of spider on the side ofthe bottle. Patrick Shu took the bottle
and hurled himself through the gateway, watched by Doug Ferris and Frances Foran. Dale Sawyer
added salt and Stan Paul found the pepper. A large apple pie appeared in the office and was
promptly devoured by a hungry Miranda Alldritt. Then the hole was gone and all the people came
back to live happily in Bill Dobie's dream.   _ ...
Frances Foran • Sam Green • Yukie Kurahashi
 Lucho van Isschot • Paula Wellings
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protests work!
You may think that tuition protests don't do much
good. No matter how many
students show up, it seems,
those in power will do what
they want, tuition will go up
obscenely, and no good will
come of the shouting, the
placards, and the speeches.
That's wrong. In November, a relatively small
group of a few dozen students walked into the Board
of Governors meeting and
spoke their minds about the
Administration's proposed
189b tuition increase. They
told their stories, then left.
As a student member of
the Board, I stayed in the
meeting. Surprisingly
enough, the other Board
members took what the
students had said quite seriously. Most of them were
students here once too, and
understood the plight of
those of us who can't afford
another $350 or more on our
fee statements.
They listened to the
students' tales — presented
rationally, with a minimum
of accusation and vitriol —
and had no choice but to
think that just maybe we
had a point.
Protests not only let the
Board know that students
disagree with the
Administration's proposals,
but also get media publicity
— which usually gets the
general public involved. And
when the public is involved,
the provincial government
— which provides most of
UBC's funding — must also
take notice.
If sufficient pressure is
brought to bear on the Administration and the Board,
and from enough different
directions, there is a good
chance that they will change
their minds and reconsider
what constitutes a reasonable fee increase. Unless a
large number of students
speak out, however, very
little can be done.
Ibis Thursday (January
21) at 12:30 in the SUB Plaza
a rally will be held, followed
by amarchtothe UBC Board
of Governors meeting at the
Old Administration Building near Sedgewick Library.
If you think 18% tuition increases are out of line, you
should attend.
Derek K. Miller
Student Board of
Governors Member
PCs slam
I am writing in response
to the article that appeared
in the Sunday edition [ofthe
Vancouver Courier-ed] concerning efforts to remove the
student funding portion of
The Ubyssey budget.
I have not yet seen copies of the communication
between The Ubyssey and
Mr. Saunderson nor the
wording ofthe referendum,
but I want to assure your
readers that the opinions he
expresses neither represent
the views of the Vancouver
Quadra Progressive Conservative Riding Association
nor of the Progressive Conservative Party at the na
tional level.
I think that The
Ubyssey should be commended that it has repeatedly published Mr.
Saunderson's letters even
though he is attempting to
frustrate The Ubyssey's
ability to continue publication.
Yours very truly,
John McLean,
National Vice President
Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
Vancouver Quadra
Progressive Conservative Association
Short on stats
Jennifer Johnson's review of David Suzuki's lecture contains the startling
statistic of 50 000 species
per day being extinct. In my
notes, I wrote down 5 species
per day, which works out to
under 2 000 species per year.
Which is the correct statistic?
Ashley Kroecher
Let's play the
After reading your full
page feature on the gulf war
in the January 15 issue, I
had an almost overpowering
urge to write you a very nasty
I wanted to say something along the lines of: "you
hypocritical bastrards! Who
the hell are you guys (and
guys) to splatter your front
page with this nonsense
about the despotic United
States picking on innocent
Iraq? Do you really believe
that Mordecai Briemberg,
the unacclimated leader of
the Society for the Politically Misguided, is a source
to be quoted for journalistic
accuracy? An d where di d you
get all those god-awful sta-
tistics-from Saddam's Most
Excellent World Almanac
and Book of Facts?
"I mean really, who are
you trying to kid? Where
were your articles condemning the atrocities taking place in Yugoslavia (real
ones, in fact). Why have you
never written about the Red
Army's intervention in the
Republic of Moldavia? How
come you shy away from discussing China's bloody occupation of Tibet, its continuing efforts to quell democracy, and/or Beijing's nasty
habit of proliferating nuclear
technology to Iran? And why
not condemn Germany's
rather lack-lustre response
to neo-nazism (you know, the
Hitler thing and all...).
"Of course, putting
down the United States is a
lot more fun than serious
journalism. And you get to
talk to some really neat
people others tend to avoid.
But, hey, Bolsheviks will be
After deep consideration
while washing the bird
droppings off my car, I decided that it would be best
not to send you such a response. Instead, I now plan
to help those forces working
to dismantle your so-called
newspaper in any way I can.
See you at the SUB
241K renovation party.
Love and Kisses
David Chivo
January 19,1993 d0I^P-7rIr"N;:I"r~O   N
UBC honours past prez
with a dangling modifier
by Borut Gogo4a,Slov«iiia
During my last visit to the University of British Columbia, I also
went to see the inside ofthe Walter
Gage residences. In the lobby, I also
took a close view of a bust of the
UBC's past president Walter Gage,
who was apparently very much respected and liked by almost everyone at UBC. When I was reading
the text on the memorial plaque
below the bust, the following sentence attracted my attention: "As a
member of the Faculty, his high
standard of teaching was recognized, when he received the first
"Master Teacher Award'."  	
There was some thing in this
sentence that did not sound
quite right to me as if it was
*Tiis high standard of teaching" that was "a member of
the Faculty". I have always though
that only well qualified individual
scholars could become members of a
university's faculty, and that high
standard of teaching was but one of
the essential qualifications expected
from such individuals, albeit quite
often not met by a number of them.
But, to repeat, English is not
my mother tongue, as is quite likely
also evident from the present letter,
so I remained wondering whether
the above syntactical construction
was not one of the peculiarities of
the English language, and hesitated
to write anything about that. (If it
was the matter of finding errors
committed in my subject: physics,
the situation would be different. I
have written already twice about
the errors in high-school mathematics commited in their publications by some professors of the UBC
Physics Department; incidently, I
was not alone in doing that).
Then, at the first opportunity, I
visited a couple of libraries, and
checked a few books, about three
dozens, on English grammar. They
were all unanimous that the above
construction was definitely a no-no,
because it involves something called
"a dangling modifier*. The case,
when the modifier, which in the
above example is "As a member of
the Faculty", dangles because it
modifies the possessive pronoun,
"his" in the above example, was
called in one book "the classical
example of a dangling modifier".
Using dangling modifier, which
seems to be one of the worst offences against the English language, on a memorial plaque seems
quite an insult to the memory of a
university president, especially
when one considers that one of tiie
tasks of a university is to educate
its students in the proper usage of
the language.
However, this is not the only
insult to the memory of the Presi-
dent Gage that I found. On another
plaque next to his bust there is at
least another mistake. There, a
reminiscence of a past UBC student is found, telling how this student was completely broke and how
President Gage, in his kindness,
gave him some money out of his
own pocket to help him get over
that plight. That narration ends
with a quote; "It was quite an experience. I certainly needed it.", or
something like that.
I have certai nly never expected
that the experience of being completely broke was something that
anybody, except a dedicated mas-
ochist, would need. I would rather
expect, and so would quite likely
everyone else, that a completely
broke student would need some
money. One certainly wonders
whether late President Gage, as a
mathematician, would be likely to
accept such a logical nonsense as
the above question.
One must wonder, further,
whether grammatical and/or logical mistakes, like the two mentioned
above, would be tolerated in essays
which, as I understand it, all first
year undergraduate at the UBC
must write to prove their satisfactory command of the English language. I understand, furthermore,
that a student cannot continue his/
her university studies if his/her
command ofthe English language,
as evaluated on the basis of such an
essay, is found to be lacking.
Now is these mistakes can not
be tolerated in students' essays how
is it possible that mistakes of the
same kind obviously are tolerated
when originating from the UBC
Administration, very likely the
Senate, to whom certainly higher
standards should apply to first-
year undergraduates. Ibelieve that
such a situation raises an interesting legal question. Does the UBC
Admistration have the right to enforce any requirement
concerning; the UBC students' command of the
English language, when
the UBC Administration
itself is obviously lacking
in this department? After all, does
the requirement that the UBC students display proper command of
the English language not prevent
some of them to become tomorrow
themselves members of the UBC
Administration; considering that
some of the present members evidently would not meet this requirement themselves, does this not
constitute a sort of unjust discrimination?
On the other hand, if the mistakes of the above type are tolerated in the students' essays then
there does not seem to be any reason that the students write any
essays for the purpose of checking
their command ofthe English language. Other than giving rise to
unnecessary costs and causing a
lot ofeverybod y*s time to be wasted,
the requirement that the students
write those essays creates but a
false illusion that UBC makes certain that its graduates have a
proper command of the English
language when this does not seem,
in fact, to be the case even with
some members ofthe UBC Administration.
Being only an outsider, I shall
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The following topics will be explored: marriage and its myths, communication, religious and spiritual issues, sexuality, legal and financial concerns.
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by Susan O'Flim
TORONTCKCUP)—One of Ontario's
top space research facilities, based at
York University, is scrambling to
deflect criticism after the sudden
resignation of its executive director.
George MacFarlane, executive
director of the Institute for Space
and Terrestrial Science (ISTS), resigned after a board meeting last
month. In a speech he gave last
March, MacFarlane spoke of his
dream of seeing Canada become a
major military space power.
He said the Canadian Forces
needs to have personnel capable of
reading infrared photographs delivered by remote sensing in order to
improve precision bombing.
The institute would be pleased
to develop a series of short courses to
teach the Canadian Forces to read
these images, he said.
Copies of his speech were leaked
to the media at the beginning of December.
Joan Wick Pelletier, associate
research vice-president at York and
an ISTS board member, said the
board was unaware of MacFarlane's
speech until its publication last
month and was very surprised by his
"[His comments are] in conflict
with the institution and are an embarrassment to the institution... They
do not accurately reflect ISTS,"
Pelletier said.
MacFarlane was a member of
the team which organized the bid to
bring the International Space University to York.
Ron McCullough, chair of the
board of ISTS, accepted MacFarlane's
resignation in a private meeting.
MacFarlane resigned, he said, because he felt he had lost the board's
"George MacFarlane was not
fired," McCullough said. "He tendered his resignation and had not
undertaken any activity which was
contrary to the openly stated research
policies of the institute."
A group called York Community
Concerned About the Future of York
wrote a letter to York President Susan Mann calling for an investigation
into the institute. As of last week, the
president had not replied. David
Noble and Janice Newson—the two
professors who wrote the letter—
believe MacFarlane was fired.
"It was a failed attempt at damage control," said Noble. "He made
public what ISTS was about."
This illustrates one ofthe problems with having these groups on
campus. It is not an accountable body,
through organizations like the [York]
Senate," Newson said.
The institute is one of seven
Ontario Centres of Excellence, each
of them partnerships between one or
more universities and private companies.
It's headquarters are at York,
but it works with the Universities of
Toronto, Waterloo, Western Ontario
and with H umber College of Applied
Arts & Technology. Set up in 1987, it
is funded through the Ontario Ministry of Industry, Trade and Technology and by commercialization of ISTS
research and development.
ISTS has promised not to perform classified research and to publish all of its research. That is in
keeping with the policies of its host
universities. It will not, however disclose "key aspects" of the research
until after appropriate documentation for patent, copyright or design
has been filed.
"Classified military research
does not fit with what our scientists
and researchers or our host universities want to do. The research that
ISTS does is research in acquiring
knowledge and data, completely scientific," said McCullough.
"Absolutely everything goes into
the public literature, and other people
then apply it," he said.
at the Board of Governors Meeting
12:30 in front of SUB (South side)
March to the Old Administration Building.
Bring banners, completed petitions, and your friends.
Your voice will make a difference!
January 19,1993


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