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The Ubyssey Oct 31, 1986

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Vancouver, B.C. Friday, October 31,1986
12:03 AM: FRIDAY,
Whatever it was, it was too thick
and too green to be fog that
rendered the headlights of Selma's
Valiant useless. And the smell, well,
she thought, the SUB bathrooms
probably smelled better.
It didn't look like there was any
damage to the car, but she ran
through a quick story in case the insurance company wanted one.
She'd gone to the Comp Sci
building to study after her Psych
200 class (every Thurs, 7:00-10:00.
What a shitty time for a class, she
felt like adding).
Anyway, she had walked to L lot
around ten to twelve, gotten in her
car, and drove to Gate 6, by the
Vanier Residence. She'd turned
right onto Marine Drive, driven
about two blocks when something
struck the front of her car, blotting
out her headlights. Cursing, she had
pulled over and gotten out to see
just what the hell was going down.
Now, as she stood there staring at
the green goop on the front of her
car, her anger turned to alertness.
From somewhere in the trees above
Wreck Beach, she heard a very
distinct grunt, like someone clearing their throat before they spoke.
She was very frightened, but still
thinking clearly.
It was probably those juvenile
delinquents from Vanier or Totem
trying to scare here. Selma moved
around to the passenger side of her
Valiant, putting it between her and
the bushes.
"I know somebody's out there!"
she yelled.
Only silence answered her back.
"This isn't very funny, you little
shitheads!" she shouted with more
She caught a movement in the
trees and concentrated on that spot,
waiting for the movement to be
repeated. She was so intent on catching sight of the little buggers, she
never saw the two moss covered
hands come out from underneath
her car and snap her legs like two
crisp breadsticks. It had snuck up to
the car using it as a shield, then slid
noiselessly under. She screamed
once and then it was on her.
Her car idled until around 4:30
AM, when it ran out of gas. The only sounds then were the slow tick of
the cooling engine, and the dripping
of blood.
2:00 P.M.    October 29
"A 'D'? You gave me a friggin'
'D'?!?" "Now settle down, Mr.
Kelemen. Your essay was littered,
and I use that term loosely, with
dozens of spelling errors.
Now, you may have gotten A's in
English 12, but this is the big time
now, son, and you can't get away
with murdering the English
language in university. Now,
rewrite the essay and bring it to me
on Friday."
"But I can't! I've got to . . ." ". .
. do your essay OVER!" the prof
finished for him. "Or you will not
pass this course. GOT IT?"
Murray finished telling his roommate Steve about the run-in with his
English prof with a flourish of his
hands, emphasizing GOT IT.
"Murray, that's shitty!" Steve
commented as he cracked open a
couple of beers for them.
"My God, is it really?" Murray
said sarcastically Steve handed him
his beer, and then politely gave him
the finger. "Anyway," Murray
continued, ignoring his best friend,
"my dates with Linda tonite and
Kristine for tomorrow night are
blown. DAMN! Friggin' English
profs . . ."
11:59  PM.   Where  had  the  time
12:00 AM. Oc-
"Yeah." added Steve intelligently. "You know, I've noticed
something about them too. They're
all bald, wear Pat McGeer spectacles, and have Bill Vander Zalm's
teeth. Man, those profs must really
hate their parents for mixing
Murray cracked up, spit his beer
on the floor, and then looked at
Steve as if it were his fault. "Way to
go frosh!" laughed Steve. They
both laughed this time, completely
unaware that within 72 hours, they
would both be dead.
Mike? Mark? Rocky? Who gives a
Albert stopped and made a very
philosophical statement to no one
in particular:
"All the good-lookin' guys have
names like Mike, or Mark, or Biff,
or Tad, and all the weenies like me
always end up with Albert, or Fred,
or Ralph."
He ended this soliquoy by
ralphing his dinner and eight beer
all over his shoes.
Albert stumbled towards B-lot,
tried to hurdle the B-lot gates, and
words. WHO always came out
WOH, etc, etc. He had a massive
headache, and he had blacked out
once. (I just dozed off, he reasoned).
"Finally," he gasped as he finished the fourth draft. He gathered the
pages together and began to read
his essay aloud, just as he had
always done in high school. As he
spoke the first word, the lights appeared to dim.
As he read the first sentence, the
air became heavy and he couldn't
breathe.  As he finished the first
Albert was unattractive. That's
the way he said it to himself. "I am
unattractive." There, a simple
statement, a simple truth. Albert
was on his way to his car in B-lot
after spending yet another night trying to score at the Pit. He was feeling sorry for himself. He had a right
Lisa the pretty redheaded girl he
wanted so desperately, had gone
home with some Tom Cruise
lookalike. What was his name —
ended up kissing pavement. Two
girls in a white Firebird drove past,
slowed, giggled, then drove on.
These same two girls would spend
hours later that day being questioned by the police because they were
the last two human beings to see
Albert Tait alive.
Murray was still struggling with
his essay. Things had gone from
bad to worse, too. He couldn't
seem   to  spell  even   the  simplest
paragraph, he realized that not one
word in the whole essay even
remotely resembled anything in
English. Had he actuallv written
Yet he couldn't stop reading the
strangely barbaric words printed on
the page. Outside, lightning flashed
and thunder rolled. Strange because
it was clear that night. Images
flashed at him out of the darkness.
He could feel the air behind him being stretched, and then ripped
He glanced at the clock radio.
tober 31. Hallowe'en.
Suddenly, the air in the room
changed and Murray knew there
was something there with him. He
kept reading as he turned around.
It was at least 7 feet tall, with
arms that dangled to just below its
knees. These enormous arms were
tipped with long, sharp claws. It
had green moss and slime caked
allover its hairy body. Murray watched, horrified yet still reading,
as it bared its fangs and a maggot
crawled out of the side of its mouth,
skittering away to another hiding
place on the thing's body.
It wanted Murray. They would
become one, joined, together, never
apart, forever.
Murray finished the last sentence
of the essay. The thing opened its
mouth. "You called?" it said. And
then it took him.
Everyone was talking about the
murdered geek and the missing
woman. Everyone that is except
Steve. He was engrossed in the
latest antics of the Sesame Street
gang and was chuckling at Ernie
and Bert when Tony walked in.
"Seen Murray?" he asked Steve.
"Nah, I was at my girlfriend's last
night an' just got back. Probably at
" 'Kay thanks", Tony said and
walked out of the TV room.
Steve turned back to the screen,
but a commercial advertising Gorgo
the tasty lime space treat had taken
the place of Ernie and Bert. Stuff
probably tastes like my ass, he
thought crudely, then changed the
"Yo, Chief. Thompson just called in from W. 16th. Seems they
found another body out there.
English prof went jogging this morning at 6, never came back.
Seems all that's left are his legs,
his head, and a headband, plus
we've got about a dozen calls about
missing dogs and cats that disappeared from their owner's yards.
Chief, what the hell is going on
Steve watched the evening news
glued to the set. The English prof
that had been killed was Murray's
prof, and it gave Steve a strange
kind of thrill knowing he knew someone who knew someone who had
been murdered.
In the back of his mind, Steve
started to wonder where Murray
The fog was rolling in fast. It
always did. Young romantics down
on the beach to catch the sunset and
maybe the meaning of life had
almost gotten lost because the fog
came so quickly. Tonight the fog
also brought with it a monster. It
has hidden in one of the old gun
emplacements on the beach, waiting
to come back unnoticed. It was going back to the room Murray had
shared with Steve. Maybe it was
that part of Murray that was still
alive and being tortured inside it.
Or perhaps it was tired of eating
stray cats and winos on the beach.
Its time was almost up and it
wanted to torture Murray one last
time for bringing it to Earth.
See page 11: The horror Page 2
Friday, October 31, 1986
Reducing student debts
Students with loans of $10,000 or
more can reduce their debts by applying for a new work study program.
The program — known as the
special loan reduction program —
will not solve the problem of
skyrocketing student debts which in
some cases approach $20,000 at
UBC, but gives first priority to
students with the greatest financial
problems,   said   Byron   Hender,
Bitten by chimp
EDMONTON (CUP) — A University of Alberta student is making
the old 'illness or death in the family' excuse obsolete.
Molly Klimove says she may sue
the expansive West Edmonton Mall
because she was bitten by a performing chimpanzee there Oct. 18.
Klimove said the chimp, part of a
two-man, one-monkey trampoline
act, walked up to her after the performance and bit her hand. Her
skin was punctured,.but no stitches
were required.
However, Klimove claims the injury was serious enough to prevent
her from starting a 750-word essay
that weekend. "Also, I have midterms coming up," she said.
UBC's director of financial awards.
Students can earn up to $1,500 an
academic year for jobs ranging
from construction to research.
"We're stressing that its a financial assistance program, not a job,"
said Hender.
Students applying for the program are not required to meet the
normal work study criteria, but
must use their earnings to reduce
their loans.
UBC work study program director Sheila Rosen said students must
show evidence of holding B.C. or
Canada student loans over $10,000,
by providing schedule one or two
forms signed by their bank.
The new program was created
because the provincial government
signigicantly increased the amont of
money for work study this year, up
500 per cent from last years allotment of $110,000 to $720,000.
Hender attributes the increase to
a growing awareness among government officials about the seriousness
of the student debt problem.
The university also provides funding to work study, part of which
goes to help students with out-of-
province loans.
UBC decreased its contribution
from $510,000 last year to $150,000
this year because of the large
government increase.
Consolidated Martial Arts
Sports        • Military Strategy
Computer   • Fantasy
To Members of the
UBC Wargaming Club
Wed., Nov. 5, 12:30 p.m. Buchanan Penthouse
"Liberation of the Canadian Church"
Ray Schultz, Lutheran
Fri., Nov. 7, 12:30 p.m., St. Mark's College
"Morality and the Marketplace"
Dr. Mark Thompson, Roman Catholic
Fri., Nov. 7, 12:30 p.m., Buchanan Penthouse
"Non-Violent Methods of Social Change"
Dr. Brian Teixeira, United Church
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UBC CHAPLAINS and       i",    A
LISTEN   PUNKIESM!   all  you
kids out there in the great land of
miseducation are missing out on a
tremendous opportunity right in
your own back yard. Now I could
only be talking about one thing
and that is that venerable old rag
The Ubyssey. We need you. Just
challenge yourself. If you have
ever thought about writing or really wanted to do it for a long time
think about the Ubyssey.
We need news writers.
If you want to know the ins and
outs of campus, interview prominent politicians and dig up the
dandiest dirt just c'mon in. The
worst thing is to be shy about it.
The Ubyssey may look like a scary
place teeming with lunatics and
seething with radicals but really
we are . . . well, first impressions
can be misleading.
We are in SUB 241k and
visitors are welcome all the time.
We'd really love to have you. Friday, October 31, 1986
Page 3
College students support strike
Students at Capilano College
have traded their textbooks for
placards as they join striking faculty
on the picket lines.
Irwin Ooustindie, vice-president
internal of the Capilano College's
student society, was one of six
students to meet with the college
board Thursday to air his concerns
about the dispute.
"The college board is hiding
behind their negotiators," he said.
"This strike could go on for
Although the strike is interrupting midterm exams at the college,
most students are supportive of the
faculty, said Ed Lavalle, chief
negotiator for the college's faculty
"Students   have  suffered   from
restraint," he said. "They're looking beyond the immediate incon-
vience of the strike lo the bigger picture."
Teachers   at   the   college   have
assumed "unreasonable"
workloads because of four years of
provincial government cutbacks.
The college board has offered instructors who teach nine sections
$46,000 annually, but   :hose who
choose to teach eight sections, only
$40,250, which Lavalle says is unfair.
He said the reason some instructors are unwilling to teach nine sections is because the heavy work load
leaves little time for giving students
the personal attention the college
once offered.
Theresa Newlove, president of
the College's student society, said
about 40 concerned Capilano College students held a demonstration
on the Second Narrows Bridge
Tuesday and joined faculty on the
picket lines to show support for the
striking teachers.
She said she hoped the college
board would "leave their business
philosophies at home" and try to
work with the faculty to put an end
to the strike.
Hilda Rizun, Capilano college
board chair, said Monday the board
would not negotiate with the faculty
over the work load.
The board has not met with the
faculty since Monday.
Post-secondary education
minister   Russ  Fraser  downplayed
the students involvement in the
strike. "Only some students seem to
support it," he said.
Marg Fartaczek, the Canadian
Federation of Students Pacific
Region chair, said the reason
students at Capilano are supporting
the strike is because they recognize
the quality of their education is at
"Students (at Capilano College)
are concerned about the erosion of
their education," she said.
John Waters, president of the
College Institute Educators'
Association, blamed the provincial
government for the continual under-
funding of colleges and universities.
"Capilano College has been
starved in terms of funding," he
said Monday, referring to the college's provincial grants which have
been cut back from $12.6 million in
1983 to $10.9 million in 1986.
Ooustindie said students at
Malaspina College in Nanaimo plan
to support Capilano students
because their own faculty could
soon be involved in a similar
Vandalism strikes
UBC organization
Members of Gays and Lesbians
of UBC say they are concerned and
angry with a recent increase in vandalism and other actions aimed at
their group.
GLUBC vice-president Scott
Beveridge said Thursday that in the
last two months, someone ripped
down the group's bulletin board
more than once, stole information
pamphlets from the door, and tore
down posters advertising the
group's events.
Beveridge said the most upsetting
incident happened last week when
someone wrote "AIDS kills faggots
dead" on a piece of paper on the
office door.
FABULOUS DOUGIE IN his youthful years when he was only a mere pup. Later he was to become great prin- "We shouldn't  be facing these
ting monster. Every Halloween night he turns into great pumpkin celebrating the many, tedious, agorizing nights things on  a campus which prides
that all legendary printers have gone through in all time. itself on educating people,"  said
UEL firefighters receive student sympathy
A recent petition held in SUB
shows UBC students support the
University Endowment Land fire
department's fight for an increase
in wages.
Randy Delmonico, president of
the International Association of
Firefighters and shop steward for
the British Columbia Government
Employees Union said just under
10,300 students signed the petition
in SUB within nine days.
"Only a small number of those
students approached wouldn't sign
the petition. We're really happy
with the results," he said.
The UEL station is the only
municipal fire department in B.C.
run by the provincial government.
In the last seven years, wages have
fallen 22 per cent behind other
lower mainland fire departments,
and are currently the lowest in B.C.
The starting wage for UBC
firefighters in 1985 was $9.08, compared to the $10.73 paid members
of the Vancouver fire department.
The Alma Mater Society also
reached a majority decision to support the firefighters campaign, said
AMS president Simon Seshadri.
Seshadri said the council agreed
to write a letter of support three
weeks ago to the UEL department's
employer,    the    Ministry    of
Municipal affairs but so far no letter has been written.
BCGEU representatives for the
fire department, and representatives from the Ministry of
Municipal Affairs, failed to come
to an agreement at the bargaining
table on September 30.
Government representatives rejected a BCGEU proposal to pay
the firefighters overtime for the
seven extra hours they work each
week. UEL firefighters currently
work a 42 hour work week, compared to 35 hours for other BCGEU
Ken McClald, executive director
of municipal affairs ministry services, blamed the collective bargaining process, for the UEL
firefighters' low wages.
The ministry was represented by
a team of experienced collective
bargainers. I wasn't party to the
process," he said.
Delmonica said because of low
wages, the UEL fire department has
lost five members to other fire
departments this year and is having
difficulty keeping trained staff.
UEL fire department chief Wilf
Ferguson said changes are not made
in the future, there would be a continual replacement of staff.
"We'll lose senior staff with excellent experience to other depart
ments with more pay. It's difficult
for me to manage a fire department
that pays wages 20 to 25 per cent
lower than any other department in
B.C.," he said.
According to Ferguson, the UEL
fire   department    receives    1000
emergency calls a year, including
400 emergency ambulance calls.
Starting November 17, the fire
department will operate with a full
fire suppression crew of 12 men, 24
hours a day.
New 1ms route in works
B.C. Transit is planning a new
express route from the Broadway
Skytrain station to UBC, a B.C.
Transit Service Planning Supervisor
said Thursday.
Glen Leicester taid the plan for
the new route will go io the Vancouver Regional Transit Authority
in November for approval. If accepted, the new express would begin
operating m September, 1987, and
will probably run curing peak hours
between eight and six p.m., Monday through Friday.
Plans for a new route were made
in response to a lumber of complaints about the crowded bus lines
into UBC. UBC is the second
largest transit destination in the
lower mainland.
Simon Seshadri, alma mater
society president, said the new route
is a "good idea" since it will help
students get to UEC faster.
He said that sti dents from Bur
naby and in particular New
Westminster will have their travelling time reduced because long bus
rides will be avoided by an express
He added, in the future he hopes
B.C. Transit will grant students
concession fare cards.
In September, SFU president
Robert Clift made a student concession card proposal to the VRTA
which was rejected by VRTA chairman BiU Lewarne.
Lewarne justified the rejection by
saying that any surplus transit
money was needed to counter the
B.C. Hydro levy rollback in late
The planning department of B.C.
Transit is currently looking for support and ideas for the,bus route
plan. Any comments or ideas about
the proposed route can be expressed
by calling the planning department
of B.C. Transit.
GLUBC president Tanis Sugden.
Sugden said these kinds of incidents have occured at least once a
year in the organization's 17-year
history, but this year there seems to
be an increase in violence directed
at homosexuals. The group, which
became a service organization in
1984, is the oldest and most active
university gay and lesbian group in
Beveridge said he confronted a
man and a woman tearing down the
group's posters on campus and
tried to stop them.
"As they walked away I asked
them if they were homophobic,"
said Beveridge, " and they
answered 'You Bet'."
Beveridge and Sugden said
members of their group have also
been physically attacked off campus.
Four weeks ago, one member and
two visitors from the gay and lesbian club of the University of
California, were beaten up in
downtown Vancouver by three
Beveridge said: "We had just
finished telling them how safe and
great Vancouver is. Four hours
later they got beaten up."
Both Sugden and Beveridge attribute the attacks to people's fears
and misinformation about
homosexuals and the AIDS
epidemic. Beveridge said AIDS affects everyone, not just homosexuals, and urged all people to
become more informed about the
Alma Mater Society president
Simon Seshadri said it is unfortunate people resort to vandalism
instead of coming in and talking to
group members.
"It's pretty cowardly to come up
when no one's around and rip stuff
down whatever the motivation," he
But Seshadri said there is little the
AMS can do to prevent such incidents.
The group has not filed reports
with the UBC RCMP but Sugden
said it is being considered.
She said the behaviour towards
open gays and lesbians at UBC is
reflective of discrimination in society at large.
"You just have to keep
fighting," said Sugden, "and not
let it get to you." Page 4
Friday, October 31, 1986
The auditor general's report is out and once again Canadians learn of
unbelievable financial horror stories such as thousands spent on a coffin
company that managed to sell three boxes in its "corpseorate" history.
This time, as British Columbians we also learn of a political injustice, the
pattern of public spending that sees the West underpayed and over worked
as it were, and the East comparatively overfed.
Under the Trudeau government Employment Creation Grants and Contributions program set up in 1982, Quebec which had 29.8 per cent of
Canada's unemployed, received 49.7 per cent of the federal grants. British
Columbia had 13.6 per cent of the unemployed and four- per cent of the
According to the auditor general "the government had designated certain regional minsters to look after the interest of various regions." The
director of the ECGC came not from civil servants but from politicians.
All this came under Trudeau's hand. Unfortunately it appears all the
elements for this miscarriage to recur are now in place with the Tories.
This is not an anti-Quebec whine or a call for Western separatism. The
Tories who earlier pledged to be a national government are now making
the same political assumptions that cost the Liberals their grass roots; all
you need to retain power is to hold Quebec and Ontario.
The latest cabinet shuffle saw the ministries of state filled by Quebecers,
an obvious move to help Conservative popularity which now runs third in
that province. The ministers of state are "regional ministers" who look
after "interests of various regions."
In Quebec they argue over which riding receives the penitentiary and
which the Hyundai plant. In B.C. we wait years to find if we get to build
part of an icebreaker.
For years B.C. was reluctant to complain to Ottawa as it was a "have"
province. Now we are the Maritimes west.
It is time Ottawa took notice of B.C. concerns and based job creation on
the one factor that counts, need.
Front fights while NDP and Socreds play cards
I want to take this opportunity to
thank the voters of the Point Grey
riding, particularly the students, the
faculty, and staff at UBC who
listened to me present the positions
of the People's Front. Through
such discussions and meetings we
made an important contribution
towards raising the level of political
discussion and debate. Wherever I
spoke — on campus, in the student
residences, and in the community I
was greeted with enthusiasm and
good wishes.
People genuinely appreciated the
participation of the People's Front
in this election. Our candidates
spoke honestly and directly about
the major issues facing the people:
the danger of war and fascism and
the war preparations of the two
superpowers; the attempts by the
rich and their state to sow racial
divisions and hatred among the
people and to divide us on a racist
basis: the profound economic,
political, military, and cultural
domination of British Columbia
and Canada by the U.S. imperialists
and the Canadian monopoly
capitalists who are compelling the
people to foot the bill for the deep
crisis of their system; the necessity
to organize ourselves to resist the
attacks of the rich and their state.
None of the other parties, the
Socreds, the NDP, the Liberals, or
the Greens had the courage to state
their positions on these primary and
profound matters.
The election and its aftermath
produced further disillusionment
with the political monopoly exercised in B.C. by the Social Credit and
New Democratic parties. The
monopoly owned media repeatedly
presented the grand illusion that
there is a choice between the "right
wing" Socred and the "left-wing"
The political platforms of these'
parties and their past records
demonstrate beyond any doubt that
the U.S. imperialists and the Canadian monopoly capitalists, this tiny
minority who own and control all
the major sectors of the B.C.
economy, exercise their dictatorship
through their control of the state
machinery and these political parties. The financial oligarchy prefers
to keep Social Credit in power, and
the NDP in control over opposition. In this state of affairs the rich
can continue to exact tribute from
every other strata in society, attacking the livelihood and rights of people,  carrying on  towards  fascism
Sentence charged as 'out of line *
"Do you read pornographic
novels?" was one sentence on a recent exam for all Spanish 100
students. The question disturbed
me. When I think of a pornographic novel, scenes come to
mind of women raped and slowly
tortured to death by the most
famous pornographic writer the
Marquis de Sade.
What the hell is being taught
here? We all know pornography,
from   Hustler  magazine's popular
front cover of a naked woman being stuffed through a meat grinder
to the expanding billion dollar
market in child porn.
No, "sirs", I don't want to be t
asked about reading pornography
in an exam. Nor do I expect to be
asked if I read Nazi propaganda or
other hate literature. It isn't funny.
It isn't a joke. It is insulting,
revolting and totally out of place.
I expect those who wrote this exam to think a little longer before
October 31, 1986
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Cassandra Freeman touched Peter Berlin's innocent young skin. This is love, sighed Rick Herbert.
Stephanie Lysyc reminded him there were always female robots. Tony Roberts (minus his black bikini
swimsuit) told Anya Waite he still loved and desired and wanted and cared about Pradeep Jethi, breaking her heart. Scott MacDonald and Spencer Bezak wanted to know about orgies in the darkroom
(pre-Dan). Allison Felkei (the shameless siren) tried to tempt James (Captain Peace) Young away from
you know who Peter Mehling, Mary McAllister, and Michael Groberman read "Love Story" in between fits of lonely, pointless weeping. Janice Irving has a crush' on some "unknown" staffer, but she
only confided in Evelyn Jacob. Steve Chan and Ron Stewart hoped it was them (both of them).
Malcolm Pearson tried to steal David Ferman from Svetozar Kontic, but failed miserably. Jeff Swartz
and Roger Kanno listened to how to have a real realtionship from Connne Bjorge and Patty Flather
(What do they have to be unhappy about, the non-conformists?) Love and Libel, Kidz...
putting   together   future   exams.
Questions   about    hate   literature
have no place in this curriculum,-
and  those writing  them  have  no
business teaching here.
Barbara Stowe
arts 2
Mere critics
In his letter (October 28 issue)
Mr. Quan let his perception of a
single (admittedly serious) technical
error in my review (VSO, Oct. 24)
trigger a tirade against both my
writing and The Ubyssey paper.
Certainly an apology on my part is
in order for what amounted to a
thoughtless typographical mistake
(I was well aware of the identity of
the conductor), for which 1 take full
As for "doing homework",
however, if Mr. Quan checks
previous reviews I have done this
fall, he will notice a meticulous care
with background information, and
1 think, carefully weighed opinions.
No, Mr. Quan, we are not professional critics; we are what you call
"critics". That is part of being a
student and writing for a student
Anya Waite
Depl. of Oceanography
and war, and all the while have the
opposition under their control too.
Any number of recent events
compel the serious observer to
reach these conclusions. For example, in 1983, when the people of
B.C. were in motion against Bennett's restraint program, the entire
trade union bureaucracy — a key
element of the NDP machine,
together with other NDP allies,
betrayed the struggle. At a crucial
moment, when the workers were
poised to strike, these forces cut a
deal behind the backs ofthe people.
The threatened strike was ended
before it harmed the interests of the
monopolies. The savage restraint
program continued, and the people
were made to pay. Today, these
same forces are pouring cold water
on the struggles of the workers and
the people, saying that the Vander
Zalm government will force striking
workers back to work so there's not
much use to continue their struggle
or wage it with militance.
In this election campaign the
NDP insisted that it was the party
of "harmony", that it could end
"confrontation". It sought to
channel the opposition to restraint
and the attacks of the rich into support for the NDP. But Social Credit
removed Bennett and played the
Vander Zalm card.
In the four week election campaign the NDP, the Socred, and the
monopoly owned media reduced
political discussion and rational
debate to an extremely coarse and
low level. The oligarchy achieved
their preferred result: Socreds in
government and the NDP in opposition.
The "harmony" which the NDP
promised to bring to our society,
which is divided into antagonistic
classes, and ruled by the financial
oligarchy, means that the workers,
and the people should not fight to
defend their interests; that they
should accept that the sole aim of
society should be the enrichment of
the foreign investors, the multinationals, the big banks and trust
During this election campaign I
spoke with many people who were
heartened by the entry of the People's Front candidates into the elections. We spoke clearly, we spoke
truthfully, and impressed people
with our realistic optimism that the
difficult situation in B.C. can be
changed by the persistant work and
struggle of the people fighting for
their just goals.
We of the People's Front are
confident that we can break the
NDP-Socred monopoly over B.C.
politics. The people can and will
elect members to the legislative
assembly who are front line fighters
and tribunes of the people, who will
use their seats in the legislature as a
rallying point for all the just struggles of the people of B.C. against
reaction, against the dictate of the
rich, against war, and for the
freedom and dignity of the people.
Of course this path is not strewn
with flowers, but it is not impassable either. What is required is
the realization that the road to victory is through struggle, for no people have been handed their freedom
and their dignity on a silver platter.
Allen Soroka
Law Library
People's Front Candidate in
Point Grey
Banner blues
On September 30, October 1 and
October 2, 1986 one of the most
successful blood donor drives was
hosted by the civil engineers. A
total of 96 donors attended,
resulting in 791 units collected!
The blood drive was marred by
one incident. A thirty foot banner
which was located at the south end
of the Student Union Building was
cut down. Our banners are donated
to the Canadian Red Cross Society
by community organizations at a
cost of $435.00 to the group.
If the individuals responsible for
this action wish to remain
anonymous and return the banner,
a message may be left at 879-7551
(between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.)
designating where the banner may
be located.
Thank you for your cooperation
and efforts. I may be contacted at
879-7551, Local 285.
Sandra S. Broughton
Program Consultant,
Clinic Planning and Design
Blood Donor Recruitment Friday, October 31, 1986
Page 5
Socreds elevate indifference to an art
I had intended to write about
political corruption in B.C., particularly about the blatant
manipulation that went on during
the election to ensure a Socred victory. In fact, I had already written a
detailed account of these manipulations — the disqualification of
NDP voters, the partisan gerrymandering of ridings, and so on
— but I threw away this article. For
I realized that the Socreds'
nauseating lust for power is but a
gross manifestation of the absence
of compassion and humility in our
modern world.
"Power at any price" should
have been the Socred campaign
slogan, for people are an abstraction and power is the only reality to
the Socreds. Yet ultimately, Bill
Vander Zalm and his party are not
the problem, and they should not
be a target of our hatred. If
anything, the Socreds are victims;
victims of the blindness to poverty
and human need which strikes in
particular those with power or
wealth. To me, the "real issue" in
the election was this:  Is there a
political   solution   to   hardened
Why is it necessary to convince
people, and politicians, to take care
of their neighbour? Why do we fear
sharing with those who have little?
Why must one argue and prove with
statistics that people in Vancouver
are hungry, homeless, and lack proper medicine and education? These
things are obvious to anyone who
doesn't let ideology close his or her
eyes to suffering. Walk down east
Cordova any day and suffering surrounds you.
Then why do politicians turn
their back on the poor and make
statements like "Economic recessions are a heaven sent blessing for
B.C."? (Bill Vander Zalm, March
3, 1986).
When one's heart is so cold,
argument is irrelevant. The crudest
person always thinks he or she is in
the right. If anything, confronting
such persons with the reality of
their cruelty and indifference only
makes them more so. And since the
Social Credit party has elevated indifference to a theory and injustice
to a fine science, the problem is not
one of wrong government policies,
but wrong hearts.
After all, the Socred popular vote
in this election did not shrink at all,
even after the nightmare years of
Bennett's "restraint". If so many
people continue to support a party
whose philosophy is "Ignore thy
neighbour", the real sickness lies
not simply in those elected to
power, but in those multitudes who
put mediocrities like Bill Vander
Zalm in government. The problem
lies with all of us, and our blind in-
' justice to others.
I don't think there are political
solutions to the malady epitomized
by the Social Credit "victory". For
the latter was the result of a deeper
crisis that is infecting our society: a
breakdown of social solidarity in
the face of rising fears and hatreds.
For it was fear of the NDP which
caused many British Columbians
once again to place their trust in
those who know no other law than
self-interest and indifference. Even
without the Socreds, this same fear
— of giving "too much" to those
on welfare, of spending "too
much" on education, of
"socialism" — would still be out
there, corroding our love and support for each other.
We have to get away from electoral politics and start to open
human hearts (including Bill's) to
the suffering, the need and the love
around them. That's my
"solution" to the Socreds.
Kevin  Annett   is   a good   warm      -^-^
hearted  British   Columbian   who    |
studies at the Vancouver School of
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I guess what he meant was that
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Friday, October 31, 1986
Youth lack daring and originality
Youth bands from half a dozen
countries were at the Commodore
Ballroom on Wednesday night, exchanging culture and arts and
generally boogeying-on-down until
2 a.m. at the Pacific Wave Youth
Festival rock concert.
Their mothers need not worry,
however. Apart from the raw
adrenalin of Times Four and the occasional flash of arrogance and
sexuality from Ryosuke Matsuura
of Salmon Pink, there was little of
the youthful rebellion and corruption traditionally associated with
The sparse crowd, swelled by performers from other Pacific Wave
concerts, tried to support the bands
but there was little from the first
three performances to set the pulse
racing. All that can be said for local
boys Bottom Line is that they are a
little better than one might have expected from a group who agreed to
TIMES FOUR . . . David MacDougall, a local mod.
go on the bottom of a bill of five
bands at the Commodore.
Jac Gatreau, from that well
known Pacific province of New
Brunswick, performed solo on
keyboards. Gatreau's music was
well-organized, well-performed,
and dreadfully conservative and
dull. The high spot was a mock
rhythm and blues number in which
he tried, and failed, to get the audience to play the part of the
Your mother wouldn't have
minded Gatreau (though she would
have been bored), nor would she
have minded Styx-revivalists Picture Perfect from Portland.
The Pacific Wave Festival
Rock Concert
The Commodore
October 29
Festival ends this weekend
There is nothing sadder than a
bunch  of 20-year-olds  without  a
spark of daring, energy or originality. These are men who have clearly
decided to play rock music as a
career, and have worked really hard
at a professional set of well-played,
boring songs. They look and sound
|   like  the dullest  of mid-70s  rock
!=   bands.  But they filled the dance
■§•   floor with members of the New
|   Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra who
I   clearly liked them.
'       Times   Four,   the   local   mods,
cleared the Kiwis off the parquet.
MATSUURA . . . dominating the stage with arrogence.
The Fours covered 'I'm Not Your
Stepping Stone', the Monkees song
covered by the Sex Pistols which
pretty much shows where this band
is at. Their music is carried along on
an adrenalin rush rather than
musical ability. This is probably a
pretty fair imitation of what early
Who concerts were like. They
enhanced the 60s feel by bringing
on a mystery go-go dancer for a
couple of numbers.
Matsuura was altogether a more
polished performer. His band,
Salmon Pink, who recently won a
Japanese competition sponsored by
Yamaha, played like highly trained
It would have been another dull
rock set if not for Matsuura. He injected elements of Noh into the
show dominating the stage with his
arrogance. Even though he clearly
spoke little English, he performed
the lyrics "I love you, I want you"
to his microphone stand with real
lustful feeling. Your mother might
not like it but, that, after all, is
what rock — the ultimate youth
music — is all about.
Readers share Shcharansky's struggle and triumph
On February 11th, 1986, Anatoly
Shcharansky walked over a bridge
into West Berlin, and freedom. The
Soviet human rights activist had
emerged from over eight years in
Soviet prisons and slave labour
camps. Shcharansky was now free,
but his fellow Soviet Jews still suffered under the hands of a regime
seemingly hell-bent on erasing all
traces of religion in the Soviet
Shcharansky: Hero of Our Time
By Martin Gilbert
Published by Viking
Martin Gilbert's new biography
Shchransky: Hero of our Time is
the story of this man and of his
fellow Jews incarcerated today for
the same "crime" for which
Schransky was imprisoned: requesting permission to emigrate to
By Soviet standards, Schransky
led a fairly normal life until 1973.
He grew up in a town outside
Moscow, became a chess champion
and, after going to University,
started working as a computer
technologist. At this time in the late
1960's, Jews in the Soviet Union
began to pressure the Soviet government for permission to emigrate to
Israel. The Soviet government continued to allow only tiny amounts
of Jews to obtain the necessary exit
visas, and prosecuted those who
protested their inability to freely
practice their religion, or leave the
For example, in 1973, Alexander
Feldman was sentenced to 3 years in
prison for "malicious
hooliganism". He knocked a piece
of cake out of a woman's hand. His
real crime was his persistance in applying for an exit visa.
Gilbert tells how Shcharansky
came to Ihe conclusion that life as a
Jew in the Soviet Union left much
to be desired.
Shcharansky applied for an exit
visa in 1973, and got involved with
Anatoly Shcharansky today, after eight years of prison and slave
those trying to persuade the Soviet
government to stop refusing them
exit visas, the "refuseniks". Eventually he became their spokesman
to Westerners and civil rights activists visiting the Soviet Union.
He also became a member of the
Moscow Helsinki Watchdog Committee, which attempted to document human rights violations by
the government. This led him to
become involved with the human
rights struggle as a whole in the
country — as he attempted to help
Sakharov and other dissidents bring
their cases to the West. Gilbert
chronicles carefully and well, concentrating on Shcharansky's evolution from a typical Soviet citizen to
a champion of human liberty.
As Gilbert documents, the Soviet
government didn't look kindly on
Shcharansky's activities. KGB
agents hovered around Shcharansky and his friends, harrassing them
and keeping them under tight
surveillance. Finally in 1977,
Shcharansky was arrested and accused of being a CIA spy because of
his close ties to the West.
The Soviet news media branded
him guilty even before the trial that
sentenced Shcharansky to three
years in prison and ten years in a
labour camp. Gilbert wisely chooses
not to go into a rant, letting
Shcharansky and his friends tell the
story of a trial rigged against
Shcharansky from the start — the
prosecution having much more time
and resources to build its "case"
than Shcharansky, who had to attempt to defend himself without being allowed to gather or present the
evidence of his case.
Gilbert resists the urge to be
melodramatic about Shcharansky's
prison experience. He covers this
period sympathetically, quoting
copiously from Shcharansky's letters to his wife, family and friends.
Instead of viewing Shcharansky as a
superman, we share with him his
prison experiences: his struggle to
remain healthy, improve his mind
through good reading, preserve his
ties to his loved ones and maintain
the strong religious beliefs that help
him endure prison life.
Ida Milgrom, Shcharansky's mother, in 1978, upon hearing her son
has recieved a 13-year sentence.
We feel for Shcharansky,
especially his triumph and joy when
he is finally freed and able to begin
a new life with his wife in Israel.
Aside from telling the story of
Shcharansky, Gilbert also investigates the Soviet government's
persecution of its nation's two and
a half million Jews.
One example of this is the Soviet
T.V. documentary Traders of
Souls, broadcast shortly before
Shcharansky's arrest. Traders of
Souls implied that Jewish emigrants
to the West were placed in internment camps, then forced to live
either in ghettos or in the imperialistic state of Israel.
The documentary showed a fat,
caricature-like, Jewish figure purportedly giving five pound notes to
those attending a London
demonstration in support of Soviet
Jews. It dwelled on the evil plotters
(Shcharansky and his friends), who
were trying to help the evil, Nazi
like   Zionists   and   their   Western
friends destroy the Soviet Union.
Shcharansky and his fellow
human rights activists protested to
the government over the documentary, but their correction of the
documentary's slander of them and
the West never reached the Soviet
Gilbert concentrates too much
on dates and places, making the
book choppy. Although these facts
may be necessary to effectively tell
the story of Shcharansky, the inclusion of so many dates and places
slows the flow of the narrative.
Shcharansky: Hero of Our Time
will prove an excellent introduction
to the subject of Shcharansky and
Soviet Jewry, but it isn't the
definitive work on this subject,
merely a good introduction. The
definitive story of Sharansky will
probably be written by Shcharansky
himself, but Gilbert's account will
do until that book comes along. Friday, October 31, 1986
Page 7
B.C. dancers gohing strong
The Goh Ballet gave its
first performance of the
season to an enthusiastic,
partisan audience. The first
half of the mixed program
Sunday night was full of promise but amateurish in
presentation. The second half
of the program was un-
mistakeably professional.
Love is in the Air, by
choreographer Lynn
Seymour, began the performance. It involved a series of
1940's period mood pieces
performed to the stylish
music of the Inkspots.
The Goh Ballet
The Vancouver Playhouse
October 26,1986
Wei Dong Sheng and
Naoko Murakoshi stood out
in this performance for their
overall control and especially
smooth transitions. The other
dancers also demonstrated
good techinique in their solo
spots but sometimes seemed
uncomfortable with the
choreography when they
danced as a unit.
There were sparks of
warmth, playfulness, drama,
and humour in all of the different sections, but not
enough to sustain audience
The artists' stage presence
was also a bit uncertain and
contributed to the feeling
that one was watching a high
quality student recital, rather
than a professional performance. Some more personality and confidence would have
made all the difference in this
performance's presentation.
This same nervous tension
found its way into the
classical ballet excerpt of Don
Quixote. But credit must be
given to the two artists attempting this challenging pas
de deux at the beginning of
their careers. For the most
part their technique was up to
a professional standard.
Wei Dong Sheng tackled
his series of virtuoso jumps
with style and accuracy.
Chan Hon Goh clearly showed that she has exceptional
potential. Goh is about 5'7"
and has long lean legs and
arms which she draws into
breathtaking lines. Who cares
if she. was just a little bit
behind the music? She will be
on top of this piece soon
In La Spectre De La Rose
both artists are convincing
and confident in their roles.
Li Ya Ming, the rose, joyfully
leaps through the window of
the sleeping girl (Alice Gerbrecht) and proceeds to
dance with her while she is
still asleep.
Gerbracht plays the lilting
sleep-walker well, executing a
series of bourees (quick runs
on pointe) smoothly with her
head drooping and her eyes
apparently closed. Ya Ming
attacks the quick, difficult
jumps in the choeography
with precision and care.
The premiere of the
modern ballet, Ballade, by
choreographer Choo San
Goh was without question
the highlight of Sunday
night's performance. The
dancers exude confidence
and their movements are
smooth, strong and accurate
without exception. Goh's
choreographs flows with ihe
soft adagio runs of the paino.
It often seems as though he
has molded each movement
to each note of Gabriel
Faure's composition. The
dancers arch, stretch, turn,
and run in patterns of twos
and threes, ending in a pattern of five, their arms
sighing in unison with the
final chords of the piano.
' Alexandra Dickson, Chan
Hon Goh, Kee-Juan Kwan,
Li Ya Ming and Wei Dong
bounced through their own
pathways below. This piece
provided an entertaining
visual crescendo to the evening's program.
If this B.C. ballet company
can defy tradition and find
the support it needs to maintain itself as a financially
viable institution in this pro
vince it will soon become one
of Canada's most treasured
professional dance companies.
Sheng made this ballet a success.
The entire company ot 13
closed with i lie Ribbon
Dance complete with tradi-
tional Chinese costumes,
music and bright led 12 loot
ribbons. The stage flickered
with precise and lively patterns ol led while the dancer-.
Hon Chan Goh and Wei Dong
Sheng of The Goh Ballet.
Cartier designs beyond luxury
Like the translucent face of his
'Mystery Clock' design, the face of luxury Louis Cartier unveiled to the world
as head of the Cartier House still evokes
a paradoxical union ofthe other-worldly
and the everyday.
Retrospective Louis Cartier
Vancouver Art Gallery
until November 9
In the case of the Vancouver Art
Gallery's Retrospective Louis Cartier,
the other world is no spiritual realm, but
a very earthly yet equally remote domain. Photographed faces look down
from the gallery walls — portraits of Indian maharajih, European royalty,
American film starts — a testimony to
the great system of patronage without
which Cartier's most ostentatious
designs could never have been wrought.
Encased below the photographs is a
rich selection of clocks, jewellry,
cigarette boxes, and other knick-knacks,
all made between 1898 when Louis joined his family's firm, and his death in
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references began to appear in his work.
The V.A.G. show features many
Chinese style pieces with the distinctive
black enamel, red coral, and mother-of-
pearl. The attraction for Cartier's
aristocratic customers was this association with a great yet exotic civilization,
though some clearly preferred works on
the basis of the size of the precious
stones used.
Indeed, Cartier's designs seem most
admirable when his work serves more
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thin-lipped and I ad me monaiJis ol Ihe
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with ilocks in then handlis. or ladies'
wnsiwaiilics wiih snaps headed with
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stone or metal or material was more important than another. The bold combinations of enamels and coral on the
Chinese pieces, the use of green nephrite
in a translucent ash tray, the soft hues
on a silk brocade purse, these are as
precious to Cartier as any large faceted
It is eminently just that the monarchies of Cartier's prime are gone, and
just that his craft has endured.
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Wrist watch, circa 1918. Cartier invented the first wrist watch in 1904
for a pioneer Brazilian aviator. w
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What is it about the Screaming
Blue Messiahs that inspires such an
energized, yet profoundly sinister
aura about a place?
Well, it starts with baldness. As
The Screaming Blue Messiahs
The Town Pump
October 27, 1986
you know, baldness is badness, and
badness is what this band is all
about. Stumbling about the grubby
stage is a hairless, peak-eared-
psycho playing guitar and pig-
nosing it to the max. This flesh
monster is Bill Carter, and you've
been forewarned: he is bad, very
Carter and the blue meanies
played the Town Pump Monday
and they were great (bad). Musically, this London three piece is bare
bones all the way. Intense, driven,
and powered by an amazing rhythm
section, Bald Bill and Co. churned
out one of the bluest, scariest post-
punk performances this side of
Carter does not smile, nor does
he say: "Hello-Vancouver-you-
The band plays, Carter displays,
and the crowd gets kinda wobbly.
Wo on it goes for two hours
without a lull. Relentless stuff this.
The Messiahs have all the
characteristics   of   a   major   con
tender. Cuts like "Smash the
Market Place" and "Lets go Down
to the Woods" are pounding grit-
filled backbeat numbers overlaid by
the stinging guitar chops of good ol'
sausage-skull himself.
Every tune played on Monday
night sounded tight, spare and
rhythmically fluid. It is Kenny Harris (drums) and Chris Thompson
(bass) that give Carter the opportunity to blast out his own persona.
He's one ugly dude that Carter.
Stabbing the air with his Fender
while pumping out gunshot sounds
from the strings, this guy is a pharmacist's nightmare. He lurches
about the narrow stage all bug-eyed
and psycho, drool threatening to
escape from a quiverine, cavernous
mouth. When he lowers his chin,
the skin underneath bunches up like
a deflating paper bag.
Yes, a rockin' good time these
Messiah guys are. Yet it's funny
how Gun-shy, their latest album,
pales next to their colourful live
performance.' Gun-shy is alright,
but it's one of those albums that
leaves one feeling rather empty by
the third or fourth time round.
Sounds fine in the Z-28, but if
you're expecting something unique
and meaningful, forget it.
Still, it's a fact: these guys must
be seen live, and it better be soon.
That's because we don't know how
long Carter will last. This man appears to grow old fast. One day he
may have floppy, drooping jowls
and sharpened teeth, but by then
he'll either be put away or retired to
True stories truly strange
David Byrne, the genius behind
the rock group Talking Heads, has
become a movie director. True
Stories, his first film, is based on a
selection of human interest stories
collected by Byrne from various
tabloid newspapers, just like our
own Province.
The film takes place in the small
True Stories
By David Byrne
Famous Players Theatres
Opens next Friday
town of Virgil, Texas. We follow
Byrne, the film's narrator, as he
drives around Virgil in a red convertible, visiting the town's principal
sites: the large computer company,
the new shopping centre, some
nightclubs, the metal storage
buildings on the outskirts or town,
the residential district.
Half the time Byrne comments,
in documentary style, on the areas
we pass: "Both K-mart and J.C.
Penny's have moved from the centre of Virgil out to the new shopping complex." The other half of
Byrne's comments are just plain
wierd: "This car is hot a rental car;
this car is privately owned."
The entire film is seeded with
short, funny sequences. There is a
fashion show featuring over-sized
suits made of synthetic turf. A
parade of Shriners in tiny red
mustangs participate in Virgil's
Celebration of Specialness.
The musical sequences are integrated into the film in unexpected
ways. In one scene, people in a
club, including Talking Heads
members Harrison, Frantz and
Weymouth, get up to lipsync to a
Talking Heads song. Another song
is performed by Pop Staples of the
gospel group the Staples Singers,
during a cult ceremony in a room
full of candels, photographs, and
Elvis memorabilia.
The structure of True Stories is
difficult to follow. The film begins
as a documentary about a typical
Texas community, but flips halfway
through to concentrate on Louis,
one of the town's inhabitants, and
his search for a wife. Moreover, the
musical sequences, although enjoyable, are inconsequential to the
story line.
But, maybe this is Byrne's way of
showing the lack of coherence in a
tabloid view of life.
Cinematographer Ed Lachman
captures the slow tempo of the
small town with his hyper-realistic
shots, devoid of any atmosphere of
change. The camera scans
newspapers bleakly blowing up
against skinny trees in a nondescript residential area.
All in all, "True Stories" is not a
film that everyone will be able to
appreciate. David Byrne's sense of
humour is not classic slapstick. It is
strange and wonderful — for some.
Director Martin Millerchip seems
to   be   using   two   old-fashioned
I romanced,   Anton   Chekov's  The,
' Bear and Alfred Sutro's A Marriage
Has Been Arranged, as a study in
The Bear and A Marriage Has Been
By   Anton   Chekhov   and   Alfred
Directed by Martin Millerchip
Heritage Hall
October 3, November 1, 2	
The two one-act plays, produced
by the Coconut Theatre
cooperative,   revolve   around   a
similar subject: the action of falling
in love. The differing tones are
played off one another, allowing
the actors to perform text against
text, and a new text emerges from
the dialectic.
Sutro's A Marriage ... is a subtle and coy interplay between a
wealthy aristocrat, Harrison
Cockstead, and the Lady he is proposing to Chekov's The Bear is a
more tempestuous, farcial, and
erotic interaction between the
boorish Grigori Smirnov, a debt-
ridden landowner, and the mournful Helena Popov, whose dead husband owes money to Smirnov.
Patricia Andrew, playing the
female role in both plays, does a
fine job in dramatizing the difference in her two characters,
especially given the difficulty of her
parts, and the rapidity with which
she must change roles. Stephen
Courtney plays Harrison Cockstead
a little too infallably, and so his
character, at times, seems almost
The two actors' interplay and
timing of gestures and emotions is
impeccable, giving subtlety to the
- Stephen Courtney is delightful as
the servant, Luka, in The Bear, a
role that nicely contrasts his
aristocracy in A Marriage . . . Fred
Henderson, playing Smirnov, could
;have played the boor with just a little less /gusto, as it became
somewhat difficult for the audience
members to consistently make the
transition from farce to romance.
Appropriately enough, one of the
few props is a statue of a snake
wrapped around a mongoose, con-
sumating the well-acted weave between the textual and theatrical relationship of Smirnov and Popov,
and of comedy and romance.
But it is the juxtaposition of the
two  plays rather than  the plays
themselves, that provides .the focus
>f the dramatic intent
Concepts of propriety and
decorum are played against one
another: a proper, Victorian courtship and proposal versus a prolonged, melancholic period of mourning.
The plays, in their unity and succession, provide a text about love
and courtship which can be laid
against the duality of love a/
Shakespeare text provides.
One play espouses the dynamicl
and reciprocal element of thel
teaching and learning of what it
means to have a true and faithful
love, and the other espouses the
natural, almost rustic, attraction of
opposite forces that have long been
denied a true love.
In thematizing, feminist critics
would rightly note that the women I
in both plays are coy temptresses,!
passive roles that ultimately yield to I
the stereotypically chauvinistic and\
chivalrous male.
The Bear and A Marriage Has
Been Arranged are well acted and
conceptually interesting in their
Arms flailing wildly, guest conductor Pierre Hetu roused the Vancouver Symphony to its best perfor-
n ance so far this season.
He began with an inspired perfor-
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
(Conducted by Pierre Hetu
I'he Orpheum
October 25, 1986
poser, it emerged, with its smatter
of varied melodies and great contrasts, as something of a showpiece:
fine musical sensitivity, shot with
high crescendos and vivid tonal colours.
Hetu passed the spotlight, with
gentle deference, to pianist John
Browning. In a few frank, well-
chosen words, Browning opened
the concert with an introduction to
the main work of the evening,
Barber's Piano Concerto (Opus 38).
Barber wrote the work especially
for Browning, who performed it at
its world premier in New York in
1962, making him uniquely
qualified both as a performer and
as host of the concert.
The piece itself is a rhythmic
masterpiece, combining melodic
lines and cool, silvery harmonies into dramatic counterpoint. Browing
drew the audience's attention to the
countering rhythms in groups of 2,
3, and 5 in the development section
of the first movement, and to
themes that became alternately
melody and accompaniment.
He stressed just how complex the
work was: "Sometimes you have to
really concentrate on what you're
doing when the violins and horns
and things are beating down on
you!" he grinned. And by the end
of his powerful, driving performance, there were no sceptics.
Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 (in G
major, opus 88) was perhaps the
ideal work to follow. Its warm hai-
monies and long melodic lines provided refreshing contrast to the
fiery staccatos of the Barber. And
Pierre Hetu, (originally from Montreal and presently music director ol
the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra) led the VSO through thN
lovely work with a verve and finesse
that amounted to a kind of musical
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half-price on the day of the performance at
Front Row Centre (1025 Robson, 683-2017).
Brighton Beach Memoirs, once again the
Arts Club leaps to the cutting edge of contemporary performance art, this time with Neil
Simon, at the Arts Club Granville Island
(687-1644), Monday to Friday at 8:30 p.m.,
Saturdays at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., Wednesday
matinee (2 for 1) at 5:30 p.m.
Ain't Misbahavin', the longest running
musical ever in the history of the free world, at
the Arts Club Revue Theatre (Granville
Island, 687-1644), same, times as Brighton
Beach, above, until the end of time.
Sex Tips for Modern Girls, the witty
musical that Touchstone wisely unloaded on
the wit-barren Arts Club, so that Touchstone
could get on to new things, at the Arts Club
Seymour Street (1181 Seymour Street,
687-1644), same times as Arts Club shows
Mr. Poe, a Theattrical Performance,
local playwright Douglas Bankson's
monologue purports to chronicle the events
of the night Poe wrote The Raven, at UBC's
Dorothy Somerset Theatre (behind Freddy
Wood, 222-5261), Hallowe'en night, October
31, at 8 p.m.
Les Belles Soeurs. Michel Tremblay's collection of gossip, hypocrisy, faith, and ever-
changing kitchen loyalties and domestic
alliances, at SFU Centre for the Arts
(291-3514), at 8 p.m., matinees Tuesday and
Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. are free, until
November 1.
Two Gentlemen of Verona, A rock and
roll adaptation of Shakespeare's play, at Richmond Gateway Theatre, Studio B (6500
Gilbert Road, 270-1812), November 4-8 at 8
p.m., Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. .V
Theatresports, competative \rt-
provisatonal theatre, UBC Graduate Centre
(228-3203). Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Scared Scriptiess, improvisational theatre
at the Arts Club Revue Theatre (Granville
Island, where Ain't Misbehavin' lives), Fridays
at 11:30 p.m.
The Bear and A Marriage has been arranged, Chekhov and a British play, by
Coconut Theatre, at Heritage Hall (3102
Main Street, 984-8454), until Sunday.
The Diary of Anne Frank, a moving
tribute to a courageous woman who wrote
one of the most gripping accounts of the Nazi
reign of terror, at the Vancouver Playhouse
(Hamilton and Dunsmuir, 873-331), Monday
to Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday matinee at
2:30 p.m., until Nov. 1-29.
Letter from Wingfield Farm, well, they
liked it in Ontario, so it would necessarily
follow that ... at the Richmond Gateway
Theatre (6500 Gilpin Road, 270-1812), Tuesday to Saturday at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p:m.,
Oct. 31-Nov. 9.
Life Skills, a new comedy by David King
which stars David and the incredibly popular,
multi-talented playwright, actress, television
star, UBC graduate who is no stranger to the
pages of this vile rag, Nicola (Nicky to her
friends) Cavendish, in what is certain to be a
very fine, memorable production, at the
Firehall Theatre (280 East Cordova,
687-8737), Tuesday to Sunday at 8 p.m., except Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.,
Tuesdays 2 for 1, Nov. 6-29.
The Farm Show, by Toronto's most progressive, interesting theatre company.
Theatre Passe Murialle, has no story or plot,
simply a series of recitations skits and songs
as actors dramatize discoveries made on a
farm in Ontario, at Catherine Caines' new
theatre school. Presentation House (333
Chesterfield, North Van, 986-1351), Tuesday
to Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and 9
p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m., 2 for 1
Wednesdays, November 5-22, preview Nov. 4
at 8 p.m.
The Crucible, the oldest modern play ever'
written, by Arthur Miller, is the long version of
the Exorcist but without head rotation, appears to indicate a new progressive edge in
Freddy Wood's seasons, at the Frederic
Wood Theatre (on campus, across from the
Faculty Club, 228-2678), Monday to Saturday
at 8 p.m., Nov. 8, 12-22.
Pacific Wave Festival, Vancouver's international youth festival featuring outstanding
groups and soloists from around the Pacific
Rim: (685-0110).
Rock at Queen Elizabeth Theatre October 31.
Pacific Celebration at Queen Elizabeth
Theatre October, November 1.
James Cotton, The B-Sides, and Focus
3, a Hallowe'en costume ball at the Commodore Ballroom (870 Granville Street,
681-7838), October 31.
Doug and the Slugs and M.T. Vessels,
right here on campus at the Armouries
(228-2711 or 228-3818), at 8 p.m., tonight and
tomorrow night.
The Beat Farmers, a rural band with
rhythm, at the Town Pump (66 Water Street,
280-4444), November 3.
Al Stewart,, at The Commodore Ballroom
(870 Granville, 681-7838), at 8 p.m.,
November 7.
F/X ... it means special effects, at SUB
auditorium, October 30 to November 2 at 7
p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Salvador and the Untold Story, two fictional accounts of real people in countries
which have recently experienced a great deal
of political turmoil, at The Ridge (3131 Arbutus, 738-6311), 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.,
respectively, until Nov. 2.
Three Men and A Cradle and My
New Partner, funny films in French, which
are slightly less funny in English subtitles, at
The Ridge (3131 Arbutus, 738-6311), 7:X
p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively, Nov. 3-6.
Decline of the American Empire, a
French film from Quebec that features a lot of
university profs talking about sex — a fictional
story, at The Varsity (4375 W. 10th,
224-3730), 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., nightly.
Emanuelle, Queen of Sados, a fictional
account of the life of Queen Elizabeth II (SUB
auditorium), 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Nov. 3.
Miryam Moutillet and Barbara Bourget,
a Montreal dancer and Vancouver
choreographer showcase new dance at the
Firehall Theatre (280 E. Cordova), October
30, 31, November 1 at 8 p.m.
Rebound Dance Collective, presenting
four works including two new ones, at the
Firehall Theatre (280 E. Cordova) October 31
and November 1 at 11 p.m.
Mozaico Flamenco Heresy, a four-night
Hallowe'en fiesta, invites you to come in
costume as your favourite saint or heretic and
join the dance, at Vancouver East Cultural
Centre (1895 Venables, 294-9578), October
30-November 2 at 8:30 p.m.
Jack Shadbolt and the Coastal Indian
Image, eleven new paintings with sixteen
others, at the UBC Museum of Anthropology (6393 N.W. Marine Drive,
228-5087), until Nov. 30.
Paper Kiminos, first year MFA student
Paul Bryden's mobiles of wood-blocked
printed paper, at the AMS Gallery (in SUB),
until November 3-7.
B.C. Binning Retrospective and James
Wilson Morrice 11865-1924), at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby, 682-5621),
Binning till January 4, Morrice till December
Ralph Stanbridge. photographs and installations of historical imagery in contemporary contexts, at the Charles H. Scott
Gallery, Emily Carr College of Art and
Design (Granville Island, 687-8251), Nov. 7 to
Nov. 30.
hot flash
The UBC Wildlife Club is
holding the 2nd Annual Wildlife
Photography Contest. Fabulous
prizes to be won. Entries will be accepted until November 14. Print
and slide entries are invited from
everyone. The three categories will
be: A) Animal (no zoo or domestic
subjects). B) Plants (no house
plants need apply) C) Scenery
(Natural scenery ... no man made
stuff). 50 cents fee for each entry.
Send all entries including name address and phone number to:
UBC Wildlife Club Photo Contest
Box 32, SUB
The winners will be announced
following the deadline at the weekly
Wildlife Club meeting. Winning entries willie posted in the SUB concourse. .
This Saturday's Thunderbird
football game will be a special night
for Rick Hanson with proceeds
from donations going to the
wheelchair athlete's drive for
money to help handicapped people.
Students get into the game free but
are asked to donate either one, two
or five dollars.
For the money they donate
students will receive tokens which
they can redeem later on at the
Engineering dance. The Rick Hanson drive is being carried out by the
Engineering Undergraduate Society
and the Science Undergraduate
Hanson is a former UBC student.
He is currently in Ottawa and expects to wind up his Man in Motion
tour sometime in Spring in Vancouver. If you would like to help
and see a great football game come
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The Terror is not yet over Murray
From page 1
The thing had decided to kill
Murray's best friend, Steve. It
started to climb up the cliff to the
Suddenly, something jumped out
at her from the closet. She screamed, and then he grabbed her.
She turned and kissed him. "Oh,
Steve, you're such an asshole
"I know, that's why you love
me!" he said mockingly.
She started to chase him around
the double room, giggling and teas
ing him at the same time. As he
moved past one of the windows, a
huge arm crashed through the pane
and grabbed him around the waist.
Steve's girlfriend screamed as it
pulled itself into the room.
She screamed louder when it tore
one of Steve's arms off and he
blacked out.
She was still screaming when it
grabbed her and tore her throat out.
She thought, 1 love you, Steve, and
then died.
The thing headed for the roof.
11:55 PM
The RCMP had surrounded the
lucky contestants for our annual ghost story have been
selected: first prize for best
story goes to Spencer
Bezak. The runner-up is
Michael Gelnister, who gets
second prize for his goulish
story. The graphic winner is
Stan Wong, thanks for a horrible picture! Second prize
goes to last year's graphic
winner, Jeff Shyluk. The
lucky devils should pick up
their prizes on Monday, Nov.
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ventilators and throwing them over
the side. Steve, still alive, was slung
over one massive shoulder. The
snipers waited for a clear shot.
Finally, it came.
11:58 PM
The demon had moved to the
ledge of the building with Steve held
above it like an offering to some
greater evil. The snioers wondered
if they could risk a shot. The thing
helped them decide by tearing Steve
in two and  throwing him to the
11:59 PM
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Friday, October 31, 1986
Crude moral subjectivism is false
Peter Von Maydell, in his letter
of Oct. 28, writes that "a foreign
policy guided by 'conscience'
precludes compromise with the
communist world and should thus
be abandoned." This is a common
view, but it reveals a naive
understanding of both morality and
First, Peter tells us that we ought
to do various things. But one of
them is that we ought not to tell
others, such as the Soviets, what to
do. This is clearly self-
contradictory. If others are morally
justified in ignoring our advice, we
are equally morally justified in ig
noring Peter's advice. Crude moral
subjectivism though rampant is
Second, Peter apparently believes
that the most efficient way to overthrow communists is to shoot and
bomb them. This view is inconsistent with the evidence. The U.S. has
shot and bombed communists for
40 years now, with the result that
world communism has grown much
stronger and more widespread.
Communism is intellectually feeble and economically inefficient.
The best way to-get rid of communism is to educate people and
appeal to their economic self-
interest. As we are seeing in China,
when people who are familiar with
the communist way of life are able
to choose for themselves, they
generally reject communism in
favor of a mixed economy and a
more open society.
Bad leaders need outside threats
to unite their followers — it's all
there in The Prince. War also
ossifies society by consuming scarce
resources. Money for guns cannot
be spent on books, and time spent
fighting foreigners cannot be spent
thinking or trying to change society.
This view does not amount to
pacifism. Force should be used to
resist armed communist expansion,
as in Afghanistan. But nations
already communist are best rotted
from within. The Soviets fear rock
music and the black market far
more than they fear U.S. bullets.
My conscience tells me that the
Soviet empire must be overthrown,
but the political facts tell me that
the most efficient way to do this is
to compromise.
Nick Sleigh is an ardent Prince fan
who plans to overthrow the'
philosophy department.
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Page 13
Retired faculty face first setback
OTTAWA (CUP) — Eight professors and one librarian who sued
four Ontario universities over their
forced retirement have lost the first
round in a legal battle to win faculty
protection against age discrimination.
Justice W. Gibson Gray of the
Ontario Supreme Court has ruled
that Ontario universities are not
bound by the Canadian Charter of
Rights and Freedoms, and therefore
may retire faculty at age 65.
The professors and librarian —
four from York, two each from
Laurentian and Toronto^ and one
from Guelph — were using Section
15 of the Charter, which prohibits
discrimination on the basis of age.
In a 75-pag% ruling, Gray said
universities have traditionally been
granted autonomy from other
regulations. Gray also said retirement at 65 is favourable to "ensuring the integrity of pension plans
and improving the prospects of
unemployed youth."
On faculty renewal, Gray said
"thirty-five year old lecturers and
professors are being denied opportunity" by loosened retirement
According to the Canadian
Association of University Teachers,
which is jointly bearing court costs
with the Ontario Confederation of
University Faculty Associations,
more flexible retirement policies
would actually help and not hinder
faculty renewal.
John Thompson, a member of
CAUT's academic 'freedom com-
Libraries funded
After four years of no major increases in funding, the UBC
Library has finally received a
substantial increase in their 1986-87
aquisition budget.
The provincial government's contribution of $339,000 from the
Fund for Excellence in Education
and a transfer of $223,000 from the
library salary fund increased the
library's budget by 14 per cent this
"This is a big increase for one
year but you have to take into account the lack of increases over the
past few years," UBC library administrator Doug Mclnnes said in
an interview Wednesday.
The cost of journals has jumped
12 to 15 per cent per year while the
library's budget for buying books
and journals has received only one
increase of five per cent in the past
four years, said Mclnnes.
Mclnnes said that even with the
14 per cent increase the budget is
"really not in great shape." Nine
hundred journal subscriptions will
still be cancelled in January, 1987,
although Mclnnes stressed that
every effort had been made to cut
only the least used periodicals.
The transferring of $223,000
from library salaries to aquisitions
was made possible when the library
decided not to fill eleven vacant
staff positions, Mclnnes said. He
said an increase in automation required less staff to be hired.
"A substantial increase for the
collection budget was desperately
needed," Mclnnes said.
He said the university had
repeatedly asked the provincial
government for additional aquisitions funding without results.
Rather than credit the provincial
government for this year's budget
increase, Mcinnes thanked the
university administration instead.
"The budget increase reflects a
committment by the university administration to maintain the purchasing power of the library's
budget," Mclnnes said.
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Thompson said poor financing of
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they did 10 years ago, there'd be
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Cray's decision is a victory for
university administrators, eager to
keep faculty and other costs to a
minimum. A different ruling
"could have substantially changed
the things we're doing," said
University of Toronto vice-provost
David Cook.
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tween classes
Gym Night, 8 to 11 p.m., Osborne Gymn B.
Ballet level two and three, 8:30-10:00 a.m., SUB
Tour of Main Library (last one this year), 12:30.
Meet at Main Library entrance hall.
Hallowe'en Costume Dance, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., International House.
Practice session today, noon. Ball room or Party
Faculty Recital,  music for  Flemish and Italian
harpsichords,  Doreen Oke,  harpsichord,  noon,
Recital Hall, Music Building.
UBC student chamber ensembles, repeat ot Oct.
30 concert, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building.
Men in season opener vs. Lakehead U., 8 p.m.,
and SFU vs. Brock U. at 6 p.m.. War Memorial
NFB film: "Return to Dresden," noon, SUB 205.
Hallowe'en   Dance,   8   p.m.-l   a.m.,   Ramada
Hallowe'en Dance, tickets $4 members, $6 non-
members, at AMS box office, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.,
SUB Party room.
Film: F/X,   7   p.m.    and   9:30   p.m.,    SUB
Hallowe'en    Party    for    children    at    Sunnyhill
Children's Hospital, 5 p.m.
Michael Horner: "Who did Jesus think he was
anyway," noon. Woodward 6
Anarchist  Hallowe'en,  call!,  evening,  h,  i,  and
Conversational    meeting,    noon,     In lernnr tonal
Ballet II, III, 8:30-10, Party room.
Hallowe'en   Dance   and   Dinner,   tickets  al   In
tramural   office   in    SUB,    8   p.m   2   a.m.    at
Ginsberg and Wong's, 1885 York Avenue
Film Fix, 7:00 and 9:30 p.m., SUB auditorium.
Underwater Pumpkin Carving and Costume Dive
10:00 a.m., Jericho Beach (must sign up first at
Number one ranked Thunderbirds in last league
home game vs. Saskatchewan Huskies. Donations accepted for Rick Hansen, 7:30 p.m.,
Thunderbird Stadium.
Thunderbird Classic Tournament featuring top
international university volleyball teams. Stanford (No. 4 in NCAA), S.K.K. University from
Korea, UBC, and Alberta. Probably the best
volleyball, 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., War Memorial
Worship  Service,   12:00 p.m.,  2490 W.  2nd.,
basement of Kits Church.
Bzzr,   Social Jam  Night,  4 p.m.-12:00,   SUB
Thunderbird    Classic    Tournament   final    and
Bronze medal match.  Third place final,   1:30
p.m.,   Gold   medal  3:00  p.m..  War  Memorial
German Skits, noon, Buchanan B224.
Movie: Emmanuelle: Queen of Sados, starring
Laura Geuser, 7:00 p.m. and 9:X p.m., SUB
Study and discussion, all welcome, noon,
Lutheran Campus Centre.
Presentations, Conversations on German, Germany. Bring your iunch, noon, Buchanan B224.
Movie Night, Local Hero, The Tin Drum, 7:30
p.m., Graduate Student Centre, Garden Room
Jazz level two, 8:30-10:30a.m., Beginners' Jazz,
noon-1:30 p.m., Jazz level one, 3:30-5:30 p.m.,
Ballet Level one and two, 5:30-7:00 p.m., all
classes in SUB Partyroom.
General   Meeting,   everyone   welcome,   noon,
Graduate Student Centre.
All Candidates Meeting, Vancouver School and
Parks Board, 7:30 p.m., Graduate Student Centre Ballroom.
Bible study and discussion, 12:30 p.m., Brock
Hall, 304.
Jazz level one and two, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Stretch
and strength, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Jazz level one,
1:30-3:00 p.m., all classes in SUB Partyroom.
Co-op Supper, 6:00 p.m., Lutheran Campus
Centre. Communion service, 10:00 a.m.,
Lutheran Campus Centre.
Informal worship and communion, all welcome,
regardless of denomination, noon, Lutheran
campus centre.
Intermediate Cantonese Class, noon, Bu 325.
We offer free legal advice to all students who
need legal assistance. 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.,
SUB room 215.
Lecture on "Medical Admissions." Guest
speaker Dr. Boggie, Dean of Medical admissions
at UBC, non-members welcome, noon, Woodward 2.
Council meeting — all welcome. Discussion of
cirricula changes. Noon, International House.
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experience for students interested in
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Interested students should contact
Student Counselling and Resources
Centre, Brock Hall 200 or call 228-3811.
Aii interview will be arranged. Closing
Date: Nov. 21, 1986.
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Page 15
Not even privileged nonmembers escape club
It has just occurred to me how
fortunate and privileged we all are
at UBC. After all, we don't have to
join the Tennis Club. Instead we
can either sneak in unnoticed on to
one of the campus courts and play
for, maybe, 15 minutes before being thrown off or we can drive
around the town for a while to find
that all public courts are busy or we
can join a private tennis club.
And, of course, there are other
pastimes available. We understand
jogging on campus is still free of
The Tennis Club has recently
published its Winter programme
brochure. We learn that the indoor
season membership is 80 dollars and
all year membership costs 100
Oh, yes! There is also the "Indoor Booking Card", the new 10
dollar product recommended to
everybody. We note, with relief,
that we are not compelled to purchase this implement. Without the
card we are no more than third class
citizens in the eyes of the Tennis
Non-members have to pay for all
court bookings, whilst the members
only pay for the bubble (at a reduced rate). All court bookings are
"subject to restrictions"
(unspecified), and a two hour per
day limit applies.
Some practical consequences of
these regulations (and we have mentioned but a few) are worth examining. Non-members are not allowed
to play free tennis on campus in the
Apparently even when the courts
are not booked and not used by
anybody a three dollar per hour fee
is imposed on the Armouries'
courts. Strict booking rules exist.
For instance, we may be charged
for a court we have been unable to
use unless we cancel 24 hours in advance even if no one else wanted the
We may not book anything again
until we pay up. This applies to
members as well.
We note, with amazement, that
most of the time the courts are occupied by people from outside the
university. Unless, unbeknown to
everybody, there is a 200 people
strong body of UBC students (or
employees, perhaps) age 10 to 14.
We understand these children pay
150 dollars for a set of lessons.
The two things we find particularly difficult to comprehend
are what exactly is the Tennis Club
and what purpose is it supposed
serve in the university? The impression we get is that a bunch of tennis
semi-pros employed for mysterious
reasons by the Physical Education
Department have taken it upon
themselves to pay off all the university debts, earn some easy money
and have a virtually perpetual use
of all university courts by setting
up, what amounts to, a private tennis club on the university property.
We can see exactly why the administration would approve such a
scheme: it finally found a way of
financing a number of dubious
economic manouvres such as the
leaking bubble. Once the financial
burden had been passed into the
capable hands of the businessmen
from the Physical Education
Department we witnessed a variety
of economic fireworks.
One of the most spectacular
moves was the aquisition of the
highly esteemed grass courts from
the Vancouver Lawn Tennis Club,
who in spite of charging thousand
dollar membership fees, could not
afford their maintenance. Do we
know anyone who can? Yes! The
debt striken university still paying
for the bubble. Can anyone help?
The faculty and students through
donations of 500 dollars or more
and the users through 16 dollars per
hour court fees. Incidentally, how
well are these courts playing? Well,
we tried them (sneaking in again
when no one was there) and found
them totally unplayable: too soft,
no bounce, grass not cut.
Our rough estimate is that there
are eight coaches working in the
Tennis Club. Clearly they have to
be paid. They work long hours
teaching kids, university teams and •
other unclassified mobs. It is not
clear to us where all the profits
from the tennis schools go to.
We can but hope: that some of
them are helping to eradicate the
Tennis Club debts. This must also
be the reason why the faculty and
students are kept off the courts as
much as possible.'
Sometimes we wonder what the
Canadian LTA would make of all
this. We hear the constant lamentations about the standard of tennis in
this country. We endure the front
page articles about Helen Kelesi's
victory in a fifth rate tournament
(apparently the first Canadian
Grand Prix success in living
memory) and we listen to mothers
praying that their children may, one
day, emulate her win.
Certainly the UBC Tennis Clan is
doing its bit for Canadian tennis
with signs like "For Authorized Use
At All Times" paving the way for
the enthusiasts. Restrictions,
charges, indoor booking cards are
supposed to provide the encourage
and motivation for UBC students to
compete with their American
In our newly acquired spare time
we can't help pondering what we
would do if, due to some celestial
mistake, we ended up managing the
affairs of the UBC Tennis Club.
Surely, there are other ways of raising money to pay for unnecessary
Surely, a couple of courts could
be spared a few hours a day to
enable ordinary members of the
university to play some social tennis. Surely, it is possible to promote
the game among students by means
other than 100 dollar fees.
Wouldn't the Tennis Club raise
more money in the long run by
making the sport more accessible
and less exclusive?
These thoughts and others creep
into our minds during those hot
Summer afternoons when all the
courts are booked and the swimm-
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B.C. farmworkers demand rights
Sarwan Boal said he has a
lifelong committment toward gaining for farmworkers the same rights
as other Canadian workers.
Boal, who is president of the
Canadian Farmworkers Union, said
Wednesday he won't give up
although an upcoming decertification hearing threatens the only local
the union still has.
"We are committed til we die,"
Boal told 15 people in Scarfe 208.
"We need the support of everyone
sitting in this room."
Boal said B.C.'s 25,000 farmworkers are excluded from provincial minimum wage and health and
safety laws because of racism.
"We've been totally ignored,"
said Boal. Almost all farmworkers
are recent immigrants — in B.C. 80
per cent are of East Indian origin
and 10 per cent of Chinese origin.
Eighty per cent are women, and
many are children.
Boal said Ontario's 100,000
farmworkers lack even the right to
form a union.
Boal said the Canadian Farmworkers Union, formed in 1980, is
concerned that:
• the   average   wage   for   farm
workers, based on piece rate, is between $2 and $2.50 an hour.
• farmworkers work 10 to 12
hours a day, seven days a week,
during the 13-week peak season,
with no overtime.
• pesticide abuse threatens the
health of both farmworkers and
consumers of the produce.
• labour contractors, of the same
ethnic origin as the workers, often
do not pay the workers for six months or not at all.
The farmworkers provide the
food for you, yet they don't have
enough to eat," said Boal.
The union faces an uphill battle
organising, he added, because the
growers have money for top
lawyers, many workers speak little
or no English, and recent changes
to provincial labour law make it
harder to certify locals and easier to
Since 1980 the Canadian Farmworkers Union has negotiated contracts with five growers. Boal said
the one remaining contract at
Fraser Valley Foods, owned by Jim
my Pattison, is threatened because
workers have voted on decertification of the union local.
The votes are sealed because the
union is arguing that the company
interfered. A Labour Relations
Board hearing Dec. 9 will deal with
the dispute.
"We may lose this last unit we
have now," said Boal. "We're really at the bottom."
Growers use tactics ranging from
intimidation, to firing people who
ask questions, to hiring anti-union
workers in the 10 days between a
union's request for certification and
the actual vote, Boal said.
He added: "For 10 people working who stand up for their rights,
there's 20 others willing to take the
Boal's seminar, A Time to Rise,
included the film of the same name
documenting the birth ofthe union.
It was part of a week-long symposium sponsored by UBC
Chaplains and the Finn-Est Institute, called "Can a Free Market
Make People Free?"
need church
STANFORD'S SCOTT FORTUNE goes up to smash the ball against fearful opposition. This weekend S.K.K. of
Korea, the UBC T-Birds and the Alberta Golden Bears will provide the opposition for Scott and his fearsom
fellows. Big tournament happens in War Memorial Gym on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
Farmers still suffering from grapes of wrath
Canadian University Press
Intolerance of gays, lesbians and
other sexual minorities creates the
need for a separate church, the
minister of Vancouver's Universal
Fellowship said Thursday.
Speaking to 15 people in SUB
211, pastor Ernie Lacasse recounted
how the fellowship's founder, Troy
Perry, explained separate churches
to a woman who believed them unnecessary.
"If I come to church and hold my
lover's hand, you're scandalized —
I can't come to your church," Perry
Reverend Perry began the
fellowship, which operates through
Metropolitan Community churches, with 12 people in his Los
Angeles home in 1968. Since then it
has grown to serve 40,000 people
with 240 churches in 13 countries.
Canada has 11 congregations and
this year new churches opened in
Indonesia and Costa Rica.
The wrath of grapes is re-emerging from
California as the United Farm Workers of
America call for a boycott of pesticide contaminated fruit.
Delores Huerta, first vice-president of the
UFW, described the plight of farmworkers in
California in a symposium on religion and
economics, sponsored by the Finn-Est Institute
this week on campus.
"The farmowners don't look at their workers
as human beings. They don't want their workers
to organize and will go to the point where they
will kill them with pesticides," she said.
Seventeen million people supported previous
fruit boycotts in the 60's and 70's which resulted
in the banning of five deadly pesticides, and in
1975 the California legislature passed the first
labor law protecting farm workers rights.
But when Republican George Deukmejian
became governor these laws were no longer enforced.
In 1985 Deukmejian vetoed a bill to have warning signs posted when deadly pesticides are
sprayed on fields. He said the $14 billion a year
industry couldn't afford the signs.
The giant corporate growers who own
thousands of acres in California's central valley,
put millions into Deukmejian's election campaign.
"Their hearts are in their wallets and unless
they lose some money they're not going to
change" said Huerta.
Farm workers have the highest instance of job
related illness in California. Every year 300,000
farm workers are poisoned from pesticides
which cling to the leaves and are absorbed into
the skin.
The workers are not the only ones affected.
Only a portion of pesticides sprayed from
airplanes reach their targets. The rest drift for
miles, seep into underground water supplies and
endanger neighbouring communities.
"The governor vetoed a study of the water.
We all have to take responsibility for what's
happening and until we start protesting nothing
is going to happen" said Huerta.
"Because of the dumping of pesticides our
children are being born with deformities, cancer
— they are dying."
In McFarland, California, 11 children in a six
block area were stricken with cancer within two
years. Six have already died.
Two pregnant women working in a field
sprayed with Captan pesticide, bore children
with defects: a boy with no arms or legs and a
girl with part of her spine missing.
"Sometimes things have to get really bad
before things get better," said Huerta.
The California department of agriculture
found residues of Captan and 10 other pesticides
on grapes they sampled. These residues cannot
be washed off and are potentially dangerous to
The five pesticides which the UFW wants banned are Captan, Dinoseb, methyl bromide,
Parathion, and Phosdrin. Grapes can be grown
commercially without the use of pesticides.
But the injustices the farm workers face are
not only covert.
"The growers killed some of the union
organizers. It's a question of power and racism.
When the workers try to organize, they try to
kill them," said Huerta.
In September 1983, Rene Lopez, a 21 year old
dairy farm worker was shot in the face and killed
by a company agent. He had just voted for a
UFW contract in a state supervised election.
"It's pretty scary what's happening now.
These companies have a huge influence" said
Huerta was a pioneer in a movement which
began 20 years ago to improve conditions for
farm workers. The union, now 30,000 strong,
started when workers walked out of Delano,
California grape fields and launched the first
grape boycott.
The UFW now wants the growers to meet
their demands for:
• free and fair union elections in the workplace
• good faith bargaining with the growers
• testing of grapes for pesticide residues before
they reach consumers.
Vancouver minister Lacasse said
many of his parishoners come from
other Christian denominations
which refuse to accept them.
"A lot of gays and lesbians are
excommunicated from their
religious background and I have to
deal with that pain over and over
again," he said.
One ofthe Metropolitan church's
positive aspects is the good atmosphere it provides for socializing
and friendship.
"We have been accused of being
a pick-up joint," joked Lacasse.
"When the church was forming, the
members were single, but now there
are a lot of couples — what better
place to meet someone than in
Lacasse, a graduate of UBC's
Union College, now the Vancouver
School of Theology, is no stranger
to discrimination himself — in
1977, he was fired as assistant
minister at a United Church in Ottawa for being gay. And this fall, he
was denied membership in the West
End ministers' association, despite
support from both the Anglican
and United Churches.
Lacasses said attitudes towards
gay and lesbian ministers are changing, with the Disciples of Christ
Church ordaining homosexual
ministers, and a gay pastor in a
Denver Methodist church successfully fighting an attempt to fire
Attitudes towards gay congregation members are also slowly changing although many churches still
wish to "cure" homosexuality.
But the metropolitan church is
working to develop an acceptance
and theology of human sexuality,
said Lacasse.
"One of the errors of Christianity has been to put the material and
sexual world over here, where they
are supposedly dirty, and God and
religion over here, where there are
good," he said.
The Metropolitan church's one
distinguishing feature is its high
proportion of female clergy — 52
per cent — which Lacasse said is
higher than other Christian congregations.
Another characteristic is the effort to avoid exclusive, or patriarchal language, thus becoming more
accessible to believers, regardless of
their gender, race, sexual orientation or physical ability.


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