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Vol. V     No.
.\ ^ July 30-Auaust 5. V986  228-2301
July 30—Aufltist 5. 1986
Professor calls raise inadequate
A $300,000 merit increase in
commerce and business administration faculty salaries will not prevent
faculty from leaving UBC for better
paying jobs, a professor of commerce and business said Monday.
Mark Thompson called the increase "ludicrous," and said it will
not significantly raise the "dismal"
salaries that faculty are currently
"Junior faculty members," said
Thompson, "are living in basement
He said his faculty has already lost
seven members — six of them to
American universities.
Compensation stabilization commissioner Ed Peck agrees faculty are
leaving U BC and said that is why the
government granted the raise. "I am
presenting a six percent average in
faculty salaries.
He said the six percent increase
will allow the commerce and business administration department to
"cannibalize" vacant teaching positions caused by faculty resignations.
Thompson estimates that more than
$l million is needed to raise faculty
salaries to a. competitive level. He
said he is "satisfied that the universi
ty's inability to pay higher salaries to
persons so qualified has contributed ■
to numerous faculty resignations."
But UBC vice-president academic
Daniel Birch said the extra funds are
not enough to keep professors from
leaving UBC.
He said the extra funds were originally budgeted to pay new profes
sors replacing retired commerce and
business administration faculty, but
that salary increases have become a
greater priority.
"This is only a small step in meeting differentials," he said. "It is not
in itself sufficient."
UBC commerce and business administration faculty began negotia-
^-W*     *****
tions in March with the compensation stabilization commission which
resulted in a July 17 decision to allocate funds to the dean of commerce.
The money comes from a contingency fund for replacing retired
faculty and will go mainly towards
junior professors. The increases
range from zero to 28 percent, representing a six percent average.
Circus stars town
fcpump and rhetoric
T->   **,
WHISTLER — "If you aren't a free
enterpriser, don't apply."
The BC Social Credit party is
hosting a twelve ring circus at the
glitzy Whistler resort north of Squamish this week to choose a successor
to Bill Bennett, the province's premier since 1975.
The candidates are saying little of
substance about anything — even
less is being said about education.
Most of the candidates are strongly
in favour of higher education, lower
education, lower unemployment,
fewer socialists, better medical care
and a great climate for Free Enterprisers, as party members and their
supporters are referred to in all
But about the only policy mentioned in issue forums yesterday was
Grace McCarthy's proposal to make
all welfare recipients reapply for
benefits two weeks after she assumes
office, a course of action which
would, she said, cut the welfare rolls
by fifteen percent.
In an interview Tuesday, likely
first ballot leader Bill Vander Zalm
said it's up to the community to
decide how to spend post-secondary
funds, and not a university committee. "It does not fit well with my idea
of democracy" to leave the decision
to the university, he said. He added
liberal arts are important but governments need to priorize courses if
there are limited resources.
In a morning forum on social
issues, he said throwing money at
perceived problems in education
won't solve them.
Other candidates echoed this
Bill Ritchie, who plans to take
over as education minister if he
becomes premier, said: "We must
see that education funding receives
the greatest return in excellence."
Said Stephen Rogers on education: "Quality is a function of how
well you did the job, not how much
money you throw at it." He added
B.C. needs a skilled, well trained
work force. "Health and education
are not luxuries — they are investments."
In an interview, John Reynolds
declined to make specific education
policy comments, adding "there is
no instant solution. 1 would sit down
and talk to the leaders ofthe universities and listen to what they have to
Former Vancouver schoolboard
chair Kim Campbell said the people
of B.C. believe education is very
important. "Education is-an investment in human capital," said Campbell. She added she plans to make
employers part of educational planning.
There was a lot of rhetoric about
economic renewal.
Health minister Jim Nielsen said
B.C. has come through "tough economic times" and must progress
further. "It's time we made a daring
experiment in free enterprise and by
that 1 mean real free enterprise," he
Saanich mayor Mel Couvelier said
"I am a town pump kind of person."
- photo dan andrews
LOST UBC STUDENT wanders aimlessly about in a drugged stupor after being rejected by the woman he
loves. The rocks in the background are an obvious symbol of sexual sterility.
AMS president criticizes new hiring
The AMS hiring committee has
decided to evaluate its summer hiring process for the first time.
Tina Gilmartin, AMS hiring committee chair, said the evaluations
were made to discover the effectiveness of the new system in which non-
A MS executive members coordinate
summer projects.
This summer the hiring committee opened AMS positions to all
students' because "a couple of the
members (of last year's executive)
did not work to a level of satisfaction," said AMS president Simon
Seshadri. As a result, Sandra Jarvis,
a fourth year microbiology student,
was hired to coordinate the food
Seshadri said he remains convinced
that student council took the wrong
direction in opening up the positions. "My gut feeling is that council
should return to the previous system," he said.
In a memorandum to the hiring
committee, Seshadri said because
Carol Pedlar, the external affairs
coordinator, was not hired this year,
she is working on various jobs and
has put practically no time into her
City says more transition houses needed
The Women's Saving Action won a victory last Tuesday when Vancouver City Council promised to meet with
the minister of human resources to convince him of the need for another transition house in Vancouver.
City Council passed a resolution Tuesday stating that a delegation of council headed by Mayor Mike Harcourt
will meet with human resources minister Jim Nielsen to "convince him ofthe error of his ways," city social planner
Vicki Morris said Friday.
"We will wait until the government has made a cabinet shuffle before we set a date for a meeting, which will
probably be in late August," said Morris.
City Council took on the responsibility of seeking funding to save Transition House last year, after a provincial
government decision to close the centre for battered women and their children.
Neilsen rejected a city proposal in June which called upon the Ministry of Human Resources to participate in the
funding of a city-operated house.
The advantage of having the city on their side, said-Ellis, is that it keeps Transition House in the "political
"The clout of the city adds to the clout of women and the people of Vancouver," she said.
But Morris said city council has no direct power to change the government's decision. "In terms of power, we
have the power of influence and that's all," said Morris.
"We represent the voters of Vancouver, and major delegations and groups have approached us expressing their
concern about Transition House. But we are not prepared to fund the whole project. It wouldn't be appropriate,"
she said.
Nielsen said in June he preferred a more suburban area fpr Transition House. According to MHR, the new house
will be located in Surrey.
But putting a transition house in Surrey will not help battered women in Vancouver or alleviate the city's severe
bed shortages, said Megan Ellis, spokesperson for the Women'-s Saving Action.
"There are problems finding battered women shelter all over the province. It's not a question of Vancouver and
Surrey being in competition with each other," she said.
Ellis said a government decision to put a transition house in Vancouver would be a purely political decision.
"The province has made a mess of the whole thing to date," said Ellis. s j- Transition
portfolio. "When September arrives
and school starts, this person will
only begin to learn her area of
responsibility," he said.
Seshadri added it is more desirable to pay executives than it is to pay
summer project coordinators.
Seshadri said he has difficulty
with non-AMS executive representing the viewpoint of the AMS. "A
recent example of this is the food
bank project. While the special project coordinator has jurisdiction over
the project, how fully can she speak
on behalf of the AMS?" he said.
Jarvis said she feels like a guinea
pig: "There is a lot of pressure involved. 1 know that if I don't do well
it may directly effect the chance of
other non-AMS people being hired
in the future."
Jarvis said she also feels she adds a
new perspective to the AMS. "I
don't know what has been done here
before so they're getting a view from
a student who represents students,"
she said.
Jarvis also agrees it is advantageous for the A M S to hire an executive
because they have been in office
since February and know the system.
"However, my advantage is that 1
can spend one hundred percent of
my time on a project. Executives
have a lot of time devoted to the
executive function but not as much
time for the job," she said. Page 2
The Summer Ubyssey
Transition House remains in limelight
July 30—August 5, 1986
From page 1
But Hugh Savalle, assistant deputy minister of human resources,
dismissed allegations that a decision
not to fund Transition House was
politically motivated, citing financial reasons instead.
"The province has only so much
money to spend on transition
houses," said Savalle.
According to Savalle, the province
spent $500,000 on transition houses
in 1979-80. which increased to $3.2
million in 1985-86.
When asked to say whether the
ministry would fund a city-operated
transition house in Vancouver, Savalle said he "could not give an
answer at this moment."
Although the assistant deputy said
the ministry had already committed
all available funds for this year, he
said "1 haven't seen a proposal from
city hall yet, but 1 assure you the
minister will look at the new
Savalle said the province opened
two centres for battered women this
year — The Salvation Army's Kate
Booth House and Act 2 — and now
has a total of 100 beds in the greater
Vancouver area.
He said the province is opening
four new transition houses — two on
Vancouver Island, one in Surrey.
and one in Dawson Creek.
According to Savalle, there is an
average of 14 beds vacant in lower
mainland transition houses per night.
"It's simply not true that transition houses are full all the time," he
But Ellis insists there is a chronic
bed shortage despite contrary remarks by Savalle. She said the occu
pied house was full even with the
extra help of the Salvation Army.
According to both Ellis and Morris, Vancouver has fewer beds available for battered women than any
other major city in Canada.
"If Vancouver women are forced
to go to Surrey for shelter, they will
have to leave their friends, family
and doctor. They don't need the
added stress," said Ellis.
But Savalle said a 20-minute taxi
ride to Surrey is not too much to ask
of women who would be "happy to
get away from their assaultive
Ellis said the ministry has been
sending women to motels because
there is nowhere for them to go in
Savalle confirmed Ellis' charges,
but said motels are only used for one
or two nights before an appropriate
shelter is found.
"It is not an unreasonable choice
for women to accept more beatings
than to go to a motel on Kingsway,"
said Ellis.
"We are not willing to wait until a
woman is beaten to death before
funding for the service becomes politically necessary," she said.
Still, Ellis said she is pleased the
;ity will impress upon the provincial
government the need for services for
battered women in Vancouver.
Studios £tu\
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choose from   18 previews (proofs)
Resume photos as low as 75c in
New vice-president needed
Ihe successful applicant should
be able to chew gum and say "no
comment" at the same time.
UBC's hiring committee is combing the country lor someone to lill a
newly created position replacing the
academic and student services associate vice-presidents.
Alma Mater Society president
Simon Seshadri said UBC's hiring
committee has so far received 35
applications lor the position and has
reduced the list to what UBC president David Strangway called a "short
Seshadri  said  the committee  is
prese nt I v examining I our candidates.
"We'll have interviewed three out
of four people by the end ol July." he
Neil Risebrough. associate Nice-
president ol student services and
Cyril Finnegan. actingassociatc vice-
president academic, will be replaced
by a vice-president of student and
academic services.
Finnegan is replacing Don Russell, who is on leave from the
Risebrough has been in charge of
student housing, student aid. the
counselling centre and the women's
office. Finnegan oversees the libraries and the computing centre. Risebrough said he will not make anv
comment until the position is filled.
Seshadri said no date has been set
for the committee's final decision.
New coaches hired
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Terry O'Malley. head coach ofthe
famed Notre Dame college midget
program of Saskatchewan, has been
named coach of the UBC hockey
O'Malley has played for three
Canadian Olympic hockey teams as
well as playing hockey for the
Kokudo team in Japan for eight
O'Malley has a B.A. from Manitoba and is currently working on a
masters degree in history. He was
also appointed a director of the
Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada
as a result of his experience in Japan.
UBC's athletics department has
appointed two new head coaches for
its varsity ice hockey team and
women's volleyball team.
Donna Baydock, 28, a former
member of Canada's national women's volleyball team, has been
named head coach of the women's
volleyball team. She has also served
as the head coach for the powerful
University of Manitoba Bisons for
the past five years.
Baydock holds a UBC master of
physical education degree.
3288 cambie st.
(at 17th ave.)
ieh  874-9890
oonoon boutique
summer sale   20 - 50 % off
open 7 days a week
Hello and welcome to Summer Session '86
July 23, 1986
The Summer Session Association is the student organization of Summer
Session; if you have any problems, concerns or suggestions, please drop by
our office — main floor of SUB, opposite the candy counter. We are there
Monday   Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone 228-4846
Music for a
Summer's Evening
Concerts at 8 p.m. in Music building Recital Hall.
These concerts are presented through the efforts of
the Summer Session association, the UBC
department of music and musicians' union local 145.
Thursday, July 31:
Music for Strings and Keyboards
Bach, Stamitz, Buber
Tuesday, August 5:
Music for Solo Piano
Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann
Summer Sounds
Wednesday, July 30:
Horns 'R' Us SUB Plaza
Friday, August 1:
Hollyburn Ramblers SUB Plaza
Wednesday, August 6:
Trombones To Go SUB Plaza
Summer Screen '86
Free films presented at 7:30 pm in IRC Lecture
# 2 in Woodward
Wednesday, July 30 Splash
This Academy Award nominee for best original
screenplay unfold an unusual tale about Allen Bauer,
a successful young businessman, who feels love has
passed him by. Then — Splash! — he falls into the
ocean during a boating accident and is rescued by a
beautiful girl. And, you'll fall hook line and sinker for
this contemporary comedy about a man and a
Wed., August 5 European Vacation
Fasten your seatbelts. Batten the hatches. Hold
tight. The Clark Griswalds are on vacation again.
Thei international comedy starts when Clark, his
wife Ellen and their teenage kids, Audrey and Rusty,
win what is supposed to be a deluxe tour of the Old
World on a T.V. quiz show. Fired up with joie-de-
vacation, Clark (Chevy Chase) is determined to
videotape the entire trip for the family archives.
Friday, August 1 Return of the Jedi
The third episode of the famous "Star Wars" series.
Luke Skywalker and his rebel forces, with a little help
from some "furry friends", meet Darth Vader, The
Emperor and the Imperial Warriors in a final
showdown. (Cinemascope)
Summer Stock '86
July 23 — August 2
Frederic Wood Theatre 8 p.m.
"Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's MacBeth"
by Tom Stoppard
Tickets $5       228-2678
Ombudsoffice on the SUB's main floor
opposite the candy counter.
, July 30—August 5, 1986
The Summer Ubyssey
Page 3
Group accuses cops of hit and run
The Vancouver Peace Flotilla Coalition may soon have a legal battle
on their hands, after police, they
allege, purposely caused damage to
a vessel and ignored two protestors
thrown overboard while demonstrating against U.S. warships, a member
of the coalition said Friday.
In a statement prepared by the
Peace Flotilla Coalition, Cheryl
Soroka said "the police, after purposefully ramming the sailing vessel,
Tiki, refused to give the boat assistance when specifically asked by two
other vessels in the Flotilla. This
almost caused the death of, or injury
to, crew members thrown into the
But Vancouver police dismissed
allegations of ramming and said the
. Tiki and Other vessels protesting the
presence of U.S. warships were "ha
rassing the free passage of U.S.
naval ships." They said the damage
caused to the Tiki would have been
worse if the police did riot intercept,
the protest Thursday.
The police said the Tiki "made a
dangerous run at the U.S. Horn, and
ran into the port side of a Vancouver
police boat which was sailing parallel to the U.S. warship."
Two people were thrown into the
water as a result ofthe impact, Vancouver police inspector Maurice Coll
said Friday in a prepared statement
by the Vancouver police. Ports Canada, and the RCMP.
Asked to explain television news
film which clearly showed police
boats ramming the Tiki, the tight-
lipped Coll replied, "the police did
not ram the boat." He offered no
other explanation for the action.
A Ubyssey reporter was aboard
one of the vessels which the police
attempted to turn around by running into the side of the boat, the
same time the Tiki and the police
boat collided.
Pressed by the Ubyssey to explain
the action, Coll refused to comment.
He accused the Ubyssey of asking
"very defensive questions."
But Barbara Stowe, a member of
the Peace Flotilla Coalition, said the
more than coincidental timing of the
action was planned by the police to
block the view of news cameras and
reporters who were aboard the vessel.
"They (the police) got the press
. out ofthe way," said Stowe.
At an earlier protest on July 3,
Stowe said the RCMP attempted to
block the view of the anti-nuclear
banners by placing their boats in
between the coalition members' sail
ing masts.
She said Thursday's event was not
the first time police behaved "aggressively" towards the coalition.
"At our last protest, a member
heard the ramming of a boat which
made an enormous noise," said
Stowe. "He told the police that someone was in the water but they told
him to get out of the way and to
mind his own business," she said.
Soroka said the group contacted
mayor Mike Harcourt's office on
July 3, to complain about the police's behaviour, but since then, relations
between the police and the peace flotilla coalition have deteriorated.
"The police act like this to frighten
people not to get involved in the
demonstrations," said Soroka.
Inspector Mike Farren ofthe Vancouver police marine division said
the coalition has a "perfect legitimate right" to protest against U.S.
warships, but on the July 3 protest,
Stowe said, the police were "coming
toward us in zodiacs which looked
like an act of aggression towards
Three members aboard the Tiki
reported injuries but none were
The Tiki crew members plan to
lay charges against the police, Sor
oka said, and he
ering laying charges also for injury
and damage to the boat.
Stowe said the Vancouver Peace
Coalition has a good case against the
police because they have evidence of
ramming on television film.
"The city can't escape publicity
like this," she said. "They'll have to
do something."
. Despite attempts by the Ubyssey
to contact Mike Harcourt's office,
he could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, Stowe said she is astounded by the police action, and
said "(the police) had their action
coordinated and knew what they
were doing all along. It really scares
me. 1 only hope the television station
holds on to its tapes."
The Vancouver Peace Flotilla —
an organization of concerned citizens and members of The People's
Front, The Green Party, Greenpeace
and other peace and church groups
— staged one rn a number of protests Thursday against the presence
of nuclear-armed and nuclear-capable U.S. warships in Vancouver
The 7-week-old coalition was
formed after a U.S. nuclear-capable
ship entered the harbour during the
Peace Festival on April 19.
El Salvadoran asks
for Canadian support
patrol boat prepares to ram anti-nuke sailboat.
bellows hoary Vancouver police captain as
CFS plans hearings for protests
The Canadian Federation of Students is organizing a task force on
the sad state of student aid in B.C.
College and university students,
boards of governors, and faculties
will hold hearings on campuses to
listen to complaints about student
Stephen Scott, CFS Pacific Region executive officer, said the fall
task force will lay the groundwork
for changes to the student aid program. "B.C. has the worst student
aid program in Canada, and it's getting worse," said Scott.
The provincial government slashed
funding to student aid in 1984, replacing grant programs with an all-
loan program. Government allocations decreased from $33 million in
1983 to $12 million in 1986. Alberta,
in comparison, spends $105 million
on student aid each year.
Scott said the CFS will send a
formal report on the task force to
post-secondary minister Russ Fraser,
although prior attempts to meet with
Education Services Coalition ha's
also promised to work on the project, which includes the Vancouver
Regional  Municipal  Employees
Union, the B.C. Teachers Federation, and the Canadian Union of
Public Employees.
Scott said the task force will be
"constructive" and "an agenda for
Marxist guerillas trying to overthrow the Duarte government of El
Salvador are struggling to win peace,
but need North American help, said
a member of the Farabundo Marti
Front for National Liberation.
Salvadoran radio broadcasters
Roberto Guiterrez and Anna Alecia
Portio spoke to an audience at First
United Church last Thursday in an
photo dan andrews attempt to raise moral and financial
support for the FMLN.
"These are people who are struggling for peace in a country that
knows the reality of war," said Guiterrez. "We need support."
The 27 year-old Guiterrez has
been the official representative of
Radio Farabundo Marti since February. In the 1970s, he became involved in revolutionary activity as
part ofthe opposition to the 1977
national elections in El Salvador.
Guiterrez helped create the guer-
rila radio station to provide information to Salvadorans about the
reality of life in El Salvador, and to
promote the activities of FMLN
him have been unsuccessful. "Fraser
actually wrote us a letter and said
that we should be thanking him for
the commendable job his ministry is
doing," said Scott.
The CFS has commitments from
both the College Institute of Educators Association and the Union of
Faculty of Colleges in B.C. to participate in the hearings. The Defend
r   Minister requests more money for
arts from government and business
The federal communications minister called upon government and business to increase funding for the arts at a
conference last Thursday at UBC.
Flora MacDonald told an audience attending the World Conference on Arts, Politics, and Business that the
plight of artists in Canada must not be ignored. She said the Bovey Report — the result of a federal task force on
education which recommends increased funding for the arts mostly in the form of tax breaks — should be
recognized if the financial demands of artists are, to be met.
"Whether this is accomplished through grants, through taxes, through private philanthropy or other means, it
must be done. Without the artist, the whole edifice is undermined," said MacDonald.
Hoping to continue the objectives of predecessor Marcel.Masse, MacDonald said her first goal is to "raise the
profile of culture within the government in itself," and to "give culture its rightful place as an area which no party or
government can ignore."
She said the eomrnunications ministry has already inserted cultural issues into specific agendas of many
government departments, and as a result, some $28 million was spent this year on employment and training
projects in the cultural sector.
Accordingto MacDonald,a 1984 study ofthe Toronto International Festival showed a nine dollar admission fee
injected a minimum of $44 million into the Canadian economy.
The communications minister said she was pleased to speak at the conference on the "vital question" of arts
funding in Canada.
"Funding is the fuel that sustains the artist," she said.      ^
As a war correspondent in central
El Salvador, Guiterrez covered the
kidnappipg of President Duarte's
According to Guiterrez, "there is
an acute confrontation" between
"mass movements" and the Duarte
regime. He said a small, dominant
class has control of the nation. "We
(the FMLN) attempted to reach
power through elections,, but we
were frustrated and were forced to
begin armed struggle," he said.
Guiterrez said Duarte's policies
are an expression of U.S. policies.
He said the economic decisions of
the Duarte government are defined
by the International Monetary Fund
and the World Bank.
"Duarte came into power lying to
the people when he promised a democratic, peaceful end to the conflict,"
said Guiterrez. He said the Duarte
regime does not want a peaceful
solution to the struggle in EI Salvador that the FMLN advocates.
Despite U.S. claims that the Duarte
government will survive, Guiterrez
is optimistic about the future of the
Anna Alecia Portio, a member of
the FMLN who joined Radio Vere-
cemos after involvement in El Salvador's illegal Communist party, said
she began her career in radio to tell
the people of El Salvador about the
success ofthe FMLN.
Radio Verecemos, said Portio,
plays anti-government songs and
provides a service to link draftees
with their families, and broadcasts
guerilla training workshops.
"It is a radio ofthe people, to serve
the people," she said.
Portio said Radio Farabundo
Marti and Radio Verecemos need
more sophisticated and updated
equipment to boost station signals
and to prevent U.S. jamming.
Guiterrez asked North American
supporters to "tie the hands" of the
Reagan administration in support of
the struggle in El Salvador.
Roberto Guiterrez will be speaking at 1:30 p.m. on Wed. July 30 at
the Ubyssey offices. Rm. 241 k. SUB. Page 4
The Summer Ubyssey
July 30—August 5, 1986
July 30—August 5, 1986
The Summer Ubyssey
Page 5
Stillin, Zinyk and Epp...really rather good.
Whole is greater than parts
was with a grimace that 1 first
accepted the fact that Jitters, a Canadian comedy at this summer's Nanaimo Festival, was the story of the
people involved with a play. Books
about writing, TV shows about TV
stars, and movies about fictional
film stars have always struck me as
much too easy a gimmick.
Well, despite using a play-within-
, a-play. Jitters is a well put-together
and extremely entertaining comedy.
The characters and the actors who
play them work well together, and
keep the play interesting and involving for the audience, even during the
times that more serious issues are
brought up. The characters are energetic and the audience becomes
quickly interested in what is going to
happen next between the faded star
and her obnoxious and overbearing
. male lead, or where and when the
neurotic actor playing the priest in
the play will have his next crisis.
Jitters opens just before the first
preview of the new play. The Care
and Treatment of Roses. As Phil,
Richard Epp immediately comes to
be the focus of attention. His performance is thoroughly enjoyable as
the neurotic actor who wants everything to be perfect for the big-time
producer who will be in the opening
night audience. Given several excellent monologues and floriously energetic battles with other cast members, Epp takes on the part with
gusto and gives the most enjoyable
performance ofthe evening.
Tonv Bancroft's role as Nick, the
rude and inconsiderate stage manager, is another treat. Most of his
best lines come as the disembodied
voice over the PA system. In person,
the conflicts he gets into because of
his complete disregard for actors'
tender feelings bring out the energy
in the rest of the cast.
Allan Zinyk does an excellent job
as the young actor trying to look
cool and experienced but unable to
hide his basic keenness and enthusiasm for everything.
As the director. Bill Croft sometimes seems to be straining too hard
to be the nice guy. Some of his lines
sound as if they are read straight
from the script he is often holding,
and the tenseness he shows as a worried director comes off more as stiffness in his role.
Marie Stillin gives a fairly standard performance as the fading star
trying for a comeback. In the play-
within-a-play she does a good job,
looking just a bit nervous. Unfortunately this ^carries over when she
plays the actress. All four of the
actors suffer the same problem: their
characters in the play carry over
when they are simply playing their
actor characters, and this confuses
the audience.
The real disappointment in this
play is Robert More in the male
lead. Many of his best lines are weakened when he cannot let go of his
generally bombastic character to get
in what should be an off-hand remark or a quick jab at one of the
other performers. Credit here goes
to everyone else in the cast for pul
ling his jokes off for him. His performance as the father in The Care
and Treatment of Roses is even
worse, complete with a wholly unnecessary and horribly garbled "Italian" accent. I laughed out loud when
he got rave reviews read in act three.
However, he does work well with the
'rest of the cast, and does not spoil
the play as a whole.
While Jennifer Clement, playing
the prop and set designer, is miffed
when the play's newspaper review
ignores her contribution, it is hard to
ignore the excellent prop, set and
lighting work of Alison Green in the
real thing.
Jitters is a light and very funny
comedy. Between bursts of laughter,
though, the playwright puts forward
opinions on many aspects of Canada's theatre scene, and the problems
it faces. These comments are clever
and suitable, never whiny. They provide some of the best lines in the
play: "Where else but Canada can an
actor be successful all his life and die
poor and anonymous?"
According to Sister X, my grade
10 English teacher, Shakespeare's
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is
he greatest plays ever writ-
used to constantly lecture
about the play-within-a-play structure, so much that we often came
close to mutiny. Nanaimo's Shakespeare Plus version gave me similar
feelings — by the end, I was about
reaay to run screaming out the door.
The story runs something like
this, i heseus, Duke of Athens, has
just announced his engagement to
Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons,
and plans to celebrate the wedding
shortly. The mood is broken with
the arrival of Egeus, an Athenian
nobleman who is upset because his
daughter Hermia loves Lysander, a
young Athenian, instead of Demetrius, the man she is supposed to
Consequently Lysander and Her-
miadedde to run off together, fleeing to the forest where Oberon and
Titf^ia, king and queen of the fairies, rule. Finally, to thouroughly
complicate and confuse things, the
woods are further crowded by the
arrival of Nick Bottom and his friends •
who ir«..rehearsing a play which they
ho— to perform for Theseus and
Jtypical William S.,
jorts of complications
pirit and earthly worlds
1 spells and incantations
. light, left, and centre.
"I have set Shakespeare's wonderful moonlit events in a timeless garden reverberating with echoes of
ancient, modern, and celestial space
and time," says Pat Armstrong in
the director's notes. This must be the
reason for the costumes which defi-
rritery reflected the small budget allotted to Shakespeare Plus this year
-^ irwas as if the actors had been
told to being their own — kind of
like a grade school production.
Puck, played by Jennifer Clement,
would be well done but for a few
minor details. Puck is supposed to
bs£ a- sprite, an almost unearthly
character composed of something
other tkan earthly compounds. So
then why do we have such lines as "I
go like a flame" (leap offstage...loud
THUD...stage and set shake).
• A Midsummer Night's Dream is
an ambitious undertaking for the
festival — it seems that in this case
their vaulting ambition is most definitely oe'erleaping itself and succeeding in doing little but a flying
nosedive into the mud, turning the
Dream into a nightmare...Sister X
turn in her grave if she knew.
Thus was had Theseus and Hippolyta appearing in what I presume
was Athenian war garb; Helena, in
what seemed to be a seventeenth
century milkmaid's outfit; and Lysander in his sweat pants, while
Hermia and Demetrius seem to have
stepped straight out of the hippie
Meanwhile Puck and four assorted
fairies look like they came straight
from the set of the Rocky Horror
Picture Show, complete with hair
and makeup that could only be described as incredibly awful. Finally,
to top it all off, the "Athenian"
workers arrived in Elizabethan period
costume which would have been
fine, only they were wearing glasses
and leather sandals.
The director, Pat Armstrong, must
have slept through the auditions for
the play, so hopelessly miscast are
some of the major characters. Hermia, who is supposed to be one of
the most beautiful women in the
kingdom, does not fit the role, while
Helena, who should be rivalling
Hermia's beauty, is equally inept.
The sad news here, folks, is that
Danielle Turner as Hermia and Karin
Konoval as Helena, together with
their respective lovers, Mike Stack
(Demetrius) and Andrew Kavadas
(Lysander) are the strong points in
the play. The relatively minor parts
of the Athenian workers are also
well portrayed — they provide some,
much needed comic relief.
Robert More and Marie Stillin
very effectively ruin what could be
one of the most sensuous relationships ever written. And of the four
fairies (Moth, Peasblossom, Cobweb
and Mustardseed), only Dave Win-
stanley suits the script.
Tourists sample Nanaimo bars
The car door slams, and we're off
to Nanaimo for the Shakespeare
Plus Festival. We're late, but thanks
to the not completely reliable ferry
schedule we make it from UBC to
Horseshoe Bay terminal in 45 minutes exactlv.
We also sampled a Nanaimo bar
in a waterfront bistro. Not spectacular though it contained all the necessary ingredients. Other establishments we tried included MG's where
you can wait for up to 45 minutes for
your order to come, and Alice's, a
small town restaurant which makes
great pancakes.
Downtown Nanaimo, about four
streets long, contains bookstores,
hotels and nick-nack shops but sadly
not many craft stores. We only managed to find two.
We're among the last ten people to
scurry on to the car ramp. Allow at
least an hour for travelling time if
you plan to make a trip to the terminal. Ferries run on the hour from
7:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. daily, with a
cost of $4.00 per person and $19.00
for a car and driver.
The feS'ivTrfde can be exciting,
refreshing and romantic, and the
view of ,v""v"»an and supernatural
B.C. is unbeatable. We find the half-
hour journey the best cure for
insomnia. The ship's P. A. announcement has been updated for Expo —it
contains^polite pleases and thank-
yous from a musical male voice.
Upon arrival indowntown Nanaimo
you will see a big neon F and a
bowling sign. Yessir, this town has
— count 'em — two theatres in the
Fiesta cinema, and a bowling alley
for locals     "^tourists to enjoy.
We stayed at the Tally Ho family
hotel, ad¥   ised on the back of the
festival program. Reasonably priced
at $60 for a double-occupancy room,
it was clean, neat and had a pool.
But if you don't like brown floral
decor, you had better look elsewhere.
Tourist attractions include The
Bastion, Nanaimo's landmark located at the foot of Bastion Street, several parks, a museum, a waterfront
public market and a petting farm.
We checked out the Market (like
Granville Island but less trendy, fewer
stalls and smaller crowds) and two
local night clubs which were similar
to Vancouver's Tommy Afrika's but
older and tackier.
The journey to the college for the
festival is an adventure as even in a
town the size of Nanaimo we managed to get lost. We made it with
almost no minutes to spare and
found good seats in the second row
for the first performance on Friday.
A Shakescene,
Ah, to be in Nanaimo in the summer...a brewery sponsored bathtub
race, the fragrance of the pulp mill,
Nanaimo bar (and bars), and, of
course, Shakespeare.
That's right, Shakespeare. And
ten years from now, Nanaimo may
even be known for its theatre festival, as are Stratford and Niagara-on-
the-Lake today. But that is in the
future. The Nanaimo Festival —
Shakespeare Plus, is now in its third
and least memorable season. It has
financial problems, community problems, and identity problems. But it is
in its third remarkable year, and it is
beginning to exude an air of per-
This season presents three different plays: A Midsummer Night's
Dream, Side by Side by Sondheim,
and David French's Jitters. There
are shows every night but Monday,
until the end of August.
Each evening, two hours before
curtain, a group of local volunteers
arrive at the new theatre on the hill,
at Malaspina College. There are
fold-away writing desks on each
seat, if you care to take notes during
the performance. These volunteers
point to what is making this new,
long-shot festival gel. Although in
its third season, this is the first in
which the community has been so
involved in every aspect of production, including performing.
Three and a half years ago, members ofthe Malaspina College faculty
approached Leon Pownall, a Vancouver actor/director who had directed at Malaspina, and asked him
if he would be interested in creating
a theatre festival in Nanaimo.
Ross Fraser, a member ofthe ori-
gial committee, and still on the board
of directors, recalls, "We felt this festival could confer significant financial benefits on- Nanaimo, and perhaps transform Nanaimo into a destination for tourists, like Ashlands
and Stratford."
The festival received a $140,000
grant from the department for Regional Economic Expansion. The
first season's budget was $550,000.
In that year, artistic director Pownall brought in his very expensive
friend Ron Glass (of Barney Miller
fame) to add a name to the program,
and to consume funds. Glass received
his own house with swimming pool,
and the only backstage bathroom.
The rest of the cast used portable
In that season of financial extravagance, Vancouver playwright
Michael Mercer's new play, Goodnight Disgrace, received its stage
premier under Leon Pownall's excellent direction. The play, which
chronicles the relationship between
novelist Conrad Aiken and his youns.1
protege Malcom Lowry, impressed
critics across the country, and pu'
Nanaimo on the theatre map in its
first season.
Technical director Michael Cunningham, who worked the first and
now third season, remembers the
success of that first year: "This was
the place to be — it was the new
festival, and we had wonderful houses
all summer long, with 250 to 275
people each performance. Goodnight
Disgrace was one ofthe most exiting
plays to happen in Canada. More
for that, than anything else, the season was a smash."
But in spite of the success of the
season, the festival lost $100,000
that year. And the following year
proved dismal.
The budget was slashed for the
second season, to under $300,000.
Pownall made the artistic mistake of
running Goodnight Disgrace again,
instead of doing something new.
And there was no name star to
advertise. The season only lost about
$5,000, but a festival lottery, designed
to reduce the debt, lost another
$100,000. At that point it appeared
as if the festival would go belly-up.
The festival could no longer afford
to keep Pownall on as full-time artistic director. City Council was never
going to match its first year grant of
$50,000 (it gave $15,000 this year),
and the budget for the entire next
season (the current one) would be
just over $200,000. Pownall, in offering his resignation* said a season
could not be run on such a small
But is appears he was wrong.
Pownall's approach was to spend a
lot of money, and act as if the festival
were already well-established. Lynne
Bowen, a volunteers who has been
involved since the beginning, said, "I
think he came in here personally
ambitious, without the idea of starting small and growing. He left quite
a lot of people glad he left."
Pownall is gone now, and the festival has a new artistic director,
Janet Wright, an actress and director who directed Children of a Lesser
God at the Arts Club last year, and
who played Martha in Vancouver
Playhouse's Virginia Woolf last
Bowen thinks the festival has found
its ideal artistic director in Wright:
"Janet has managed to avoid the
'city' approach. (Pownall) wanted to
bring in a lot of outside people.
What's happened this year is what
should have happened in the first
year. There are local people in the
productions. The people of Nanaimo
can identify with their festival."
Michael Cunningham agrees.
"There is a big change in the direction of the festival. It is more community oriented than with Leon."
photo d'jbbso !o
Theatre critic...thunderstruck.
In spite of the half-filled houses
and tiny budget, Cunningham is
sure the festival will finish its season.
There is always a question of whether
the festival will carry on or not. At
the moment, it has not received a
Canada Council grant. Board member Fraser explains, "We did apply
this year, but did not get a grant. If
we want funding we'd have to do
something that they saw as really
interesting in a cultural way. We'd
have to commission a play. Janet
Wright is very keen on the idea of
commissioning a new Canadian play,
specifically a west coast play. I think
a lot of us would like that to be the
hallmark of the festival."
Shades of the success of the first
season are obvious in this desire of
Fraser and Wright to provide a
showcase for a new play, like Goodnight Disgrace back in the summer
of 1984.
A dull artistic season like the one
it is currently presenting cannot help
the Nanaimo festival. It should be
staging odd, slightly off-the-wall
interesting new approaches to Shakespeare, and certainly showcase new
Canadian plays. The acting company is young, and it should stay
that way. Young talent is cheaper,
more creative, and often as good as
the more expensive, older type. And
Janet Wright looks like the perfect
person to pursue this end.
One complicated problem facing
the festival is how to endear itself to
the people of Nanaimo. Fraser notes,
"There are people in the community
who understand that a festival built
over a number of years can be the
basis of an industry — and there are
those who don't understand. We
need an artistic director who really
knows how to develop community
support. Janet is very highly regarded
here. She has a lot of strength."
Mayor Graeme Roberts, a founding member of the Board of Directors of the festival, supports Shakespeare Plus: "It brings dollars into
the community,'and it adds to the
cultural base ofthe community. One
of Nanaimo's problems in the last
number of years has been a need to
upgrade its own image."
Area MLA Dave Stupich got into
a lot of trouble when he said he'd
rather represent a town known for
its Shakespeare than its bathtubs,
but his implication, that Nanaimo
tourism needs more than one week
of festivities, is astute. Volunteer
Bowen echoes him, "We want to give
tourists more to see than bathtubs." Page 6
The Suhnmer Ubyssey
July 30—August 5, 1986
Arts aided at arm's length
The choice between "armslength"
and "hands on" funding for the arts
will determine whether a "quango"
will be necessary as participants in a
public forum on federal arts support
discovered last week at UBC.
The forum was one of the highlights ofthe 1986 World Conference
on Arts, Polities and Business, which
brought together an illustrious assembly of artists, businessmen, senior
bureaucrats and politics to consider
the theme of "Support for the Arts:
Philanthropy or Investment?"
Sponsored by the Community Arts
Council of Vancouver, the conference included panel discussions on
the arts funding agencies, artistic
integrity, as well as the dilemma of
Canadian cultural sovereignity.
A "quango" {not a rare cross
between a kangaroo and a koala
bear) is a typically bureaucratic acronym for a. "quasi-autonomous-
non-government-organizaiion". In
the realm of arts funding, the Canada Council is this country's most
notorious example.
As the directors of the arts councils of Great Britain, Australia, and
Ontario explained to last week's
forum, the originally British principle of quasi-autonomy, or "arms-
length," was established to minimize
the propensity of politicians to use
arts funding for propagandic purposes, to have their "hands on." "In
short," commented Sir Roy Shaw, a
former director of the British Arts
Council, "armslength means that he
who pays the piper does not call the
The British "armslength" model,
established in direct contrast to Nazi
and Stalinist use of the arts for propaganda, has since become the standard for most arts councils in the
Even the United States' National
Endowment for the Arts was inspired
by the British example,, though as
sometime NEA consultant Herbert
Shore explained, the bureaucratese
"armslength" is unknown south Of
the border, and senior positions in
the NEA are political appointments.
Panellists such as Andrea Hull,
director of policy planning for the
Australia Council, were quick to
point out the real importance of the
forum and the conference in general
was that budget deficits and pressure
on governments for fiscal accountability has put the principle of "armslength" funding at risk.
Although visiting politicians, including Vancouver mayor Mike Harcourt and federal communications
minister Flora MacDonald, promised to maintain existing support for
the arts (and in Harcourt's case,
increase it), conference participants
were continually reminded that significant increases in financial support might well come from the private sector.
David Rockefeller, making a brief
appearance at a reception at the
Faculty Club, reminded the conference that meaningful business support for the arts was both recent and
hard won. Recent studies, such as
one made for the City of Vancouver,
reveal that corporate giving amounts
toTess than ten percent of total arts
In response to these studies, arts-
business alliances are such as the
Vancouver Partnership for Business
and the arts are being formed
throughout the Western industrialized world. The Vancouver Partnership has over 240 business and arts
organizations as members.
The conference also featured playwrights John Gray and Sharon Pollack speaking on artistic' freedom
and integrity in the face of new business funding and American cultural
The event closed with a dramatic
reading from conference chair Mavor
Moore and an exclusive video interview with John Kenneth Galbraith.
Jeffrey Swartz is a UBC student on
sabbatical, who is fascinated by
bureaucracy in the arts.
The 1986 Social Credit convention. An entire town
crammed with card-carrying Socreds — do we have
to write about this?
Whistler, yikes! Twelve disciples and an entire
town of faithful decide who gets to be the chef at our
last supper.
The candidates can be neatly divided into three
categories: Bennett's cabinet ministers (and Bud
Smith), Bill Vander Zalm, and the also rans.
The cabinet ministers are perhaps the most absurd
group, certainly the most hypocritical.
They all denounce the Bennett era of confrontation, and look the camera straight in the eye while
pledging a less strife-torn B.C.
Incredible? Yes. Unbelievable? Well, considering
Grace McCarthy has been the most virulent, unyielding anti-labor minister in the entire Bennett cabinet,
that Brian Smith would rather have his hair cut by
MacMillan Bloedellthan negotiate with B.C.'s natives,
and that Bud Smith is attacked by his own party for
representing big city Ontario conservative interests,
claims of being nonconf rontational ring as true as Bill
Ritchie's boast of being a contender.
Of all the cabinet ministers, it is probably Jim (I'm a
lover not a fighter) Nielsen who would make the best
Socred leader. Unfortunately, Nielsen also belongs
with the also rans.
That leaves Bill Vander Zalm. Vander Zalm at least
speaks his mind, and his mind is rooted in "Christian
values". Christian values no doubt refer to crusades.
Crusades against welfare, the public service, trade
unions...the list goes on.
Life under Vander Zalm is hard to imagine. Ours
would no longer be a culture but a horticulture. Life
would be simpler, ah yes. We, like those who have
lived under other famous extremists, would be
reduced to an agrarian society.
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July 30—August 6, 1986.
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Debbie Lo and Janice Irving were gorging themselves on Rice Krispie squares and cheap plonk
underneath their car when Ron Yamauchi crawled up. quipping, "those Slimecreds can sure put
on a convention, eh?" Meanwhile, Ed Mou and David Ferman, disgustingly blotto, were flying a
stolen Van der Slam blimp around the Lion's Gate Bridge. Camile Dionne and Corrine Bjorge,
refused a ride, decided to borrow a Howitzer from Victor Wong to shoot them down. Jennifer Lyall
shrieked as Michael Groberman backed into her, spilling a jar of Gracie's industrial strength hair
dye on her. Svetozar Kontic started to mop up the dye with Evelyn Jacob's hair while Stephen
Wisenthal consoled the sobbing woman: "But fluorescent orange looks SO good on you!" In the
press tent, Neil Lucente and Dan Andrews were fighting over who would get to photograph the
new premier, but Rick Hiebert wasn't coming out of his trailer until he'd grown sideburns and
learned to smoke a pipe...
News Flash! Stephanie Smith and Helene Wisotzki, ace typesetter and photo tech, refused to
typeset staff box unless we mentioned them: so we did.
How sad it is that in addition to
Mr. Seshadri's many deficiencies we
must now add rapid memory loss.
Really, Simon, is it incomprehensible to you that you were elected to
lead, not wait to be pushed?
I refer to your recent, incredibly
erroneous comments on South Africa. May all intelligent, concerned
human beings pause, out of kindness, before dismissing Seshadri as a
fool. He simply fails to recognize
that it is not incumbent on students
to take.stands on issues before council is expected to act.
Elected responsibilities are not ab-
solved by making unfounded accusations against your electors.
I remind you that in April I spoke
to council on the issue of South
Africa — memory loss aside. Simon,
while Blacks and whites die in South
Africa fighting for justice, the issue
is far from "dead" on the UBC
. Many students recognize that
human rights is a global concern,
not a Point Grey privilege. How
tragic it is that our president must be
dragged — kicking and screaming
— into the twentieth century.
Simon, for the sake of your fellow
men and women, take a stand. Negligence will win no kudos. But above,
all, please stop demanding the un-
elected to assume the responsibilities
of the elected.
Just in case your memory has failed
you again, Martin Luther King was
successful. You could rise above
your own apathy and intransigence
and put this campus firmly behind
the cause of human rights.
Seize the initiative; for a moment,
pay the price of being in front.
Dermod Travis
Arts 3
Gardeners called for
I feel I must comment on the sad
state of our potentially stunning rose
While recently enjoying a Sunday
afternoon cycle, I happened to find
myself at UBC for the first time since
leaving in April. My explorations
found me leisurely cycling through
the ghost-town of Buchanan block
and subsequently I rolled up to the
Rose Garden.
I was appalled. Tourists clicked
their cameras at a background of
dead flowers which have obviously
been totally neglected for some time.
The variety of rose shrubs is truly
admirable and their possibilities for
the garden to be stunning at this time
of year.
Does UBC have any gardeners on
staff? Despite the temperatures this
year, surely they would know that
the dead flowers must be trimmed in
order for the new beauty to flourish.
On a campus that is perhaps one of
the most scenic in North America, a
few hours of clipping is surely not
much to ask to maintain the beautiful potential of this garden of rose.
Valerie Harris
Arts 3 July 30—August 5, 1986
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Professor says earthquake coming
Imagine a city of glass and steel.
Buildings thrusting into the sky and
blocking out the sun. Downtown
Now picture a tremble and buckle
in the earth — a seismic yawn. Towers shivering and bursting into shards
of slicing glass.
Fires racing through the city. Hundreds dying.
Downtown Vancouver.
Vancouver is sitting on a seismic
gap similar to the one Mexico City
was sitting on before its major quake
in September of last year, says Bill
Slawson, acting head of the geophysics department.
Based on the theory of plate tech-
tonics and seismic gaps, researchers
in the geophysics department at UBC
think an earthquake will hit the
Lower Mainland. It may happen
tomorrow, or not for another 200
years. Slawson, however, is quite at
ease with the inaccuracies of seis-'
mic predictions.
"When you're dealing with the
earth, it's four and a half billion
years old. A day in our life is instantaneous in terms of the earth's life.
The key to understanding these things
is  the  relative-time  factor." says
The relative-time factor. Therein
lies the rub. In an age where there is a
cause for everything and almost always a pill to cure it, society is yelling for accurate predictions from
their seismologists.
Scientists that study earthquakes
face a peculiar problem. Their experiments require a testing and re-
testing of information, but so much
of their work relies on being at the
right place at the right time and hoping that an earthquake hits.
The seismic gap theory of earthquake prediction suggests the tectonic plates under the earth's surface
are continually sliding and pushing
each other.
Minor tremors occur to relieve the
strain but in certain areas, referred
to as seismic gaps, a lack of significant seismic activity indicates that
the strain in the earth's crust is still
Vancouver is believed to be sitting
on one such seismic gap.
The last major earthquake in the
area occurred in 1946 on Vancouver
Island and registered 7.3 on the
Richter scale. An increase of one in
the Richter magnitude reflects a tenfold increase in the seismic wave
In practice, no earthquake larger
than 8.9 has ever been recorded.
Before that, the last major earthquake occurred in Chilliwack in 1872
and was felt as far north as Quesnel.
According to Slawson, the seismic,
gap is believed to extend from California to the Queen Charlotte-
But knowing that a seismic gap
exists, and predicting when it will
become active are two different
things. There can be difficulty even
finding where an earthquake has
A few years ago, Washington Utility spent over $1 million looking the
the exact location of the Chilliwack
earthquake, Slawson says. Engineers
believe it originated somewhere in
the northern Cascades.
Because of the difficulty in forecasting earthquakes, major cities
have  had  to  look at  preventative
Dr. S. Cherry, a professor of civil
engineering and associate dean of
graduate studies at UBC, says the
university has a program at graduate
level for "earthquake engineers."
With one of the largest and most
sophisticated earthquake tables in
the world, engineering students are
able to study the effects of earthquakes on structures, in order to
design buildings that, if not earthquake proof, are at least earthquake
Buildings contructed since the '40s
have had to adhere to the National
Building Code of Canada, says
Cherry. The code, according to him,
gives them some sort of earthquake
But the older buildings in Vancouver are weaker and are often not
adequately tied together, he says,
which is of major concern.
"Very old brick or masonry buildings are the ones that suffer the most
damage, although they can often be
made much more earthquake resistant."
There is no guarantee that seismologists will be able to warn the
Vancouver public exactly when an
earthquake will strike the city. In the
event of an earthquake, the Emergency Planning Committee at city
hall will take over, while the civil
engineers watch their buildings sway
and hope for the best.
UBYSSEY WREAKS DESTRUCTION on the city of Vancouver.
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The Summer Ubyssey
July 30—August 5, 1986
Twirling Thais tantalize tourists
The opening night performance of
the Royal Thai Ballet qould only be
added to by the presence of His
Royal Highness, the Crown Prince
of Thailand.
The evening began with the Thai
Piphat ensemble: traditional wind,
string and percussion instruments,
playing the Thai national anthem
and greeted by salutes from the
members of the Prince's personal
These traditional Thai musicians
then began "O Canada", resulting in
an unprecedented display of national
fervor as everyone in the theatre
leapt to their feet singing their
Following a dance and song of
benediction was a medley ol Thai
folk occupation dances. The movements of these mundane dances (in
four distinct styles), reflect the primary labours of each region: the tea
harvest, panning for precious ores,
farming, and the digging of bamboo
shoots. One of these looked suspiciously akin to square dancing. In
the same vein as this creation was a
dance in pantomime and a folk
dance expressing joy and happiness.
In the words of one theatre-goer,
these presentations were "not unlike
a tourism brochure, saying 'come
visit beautiful Thailand'."
The highlight of the evening was
the Khon Drama dance theatre based
on the Ramayana epic of Hindu
mythology This is a highly evolved
dance form which combines the four
regional styles seen earlier, along
with shadow puppetry and all the
skills of gesture and movement seen
only in glimpses through the folk
dances. An art form from as early as
the 15th century, if one suspends all
Western preconceptions of dance,
its experience is truly amazing. The
word khon means masked, and
though not all characters wear masks,
those who don't keep their faces
Though facially frozen and without words, such attention is paid to
detail in the pantomime that movements make meanings clear. It is an
elaborate expression in which the
movement of fingers and toes are
as much a part of the dance as the
body and the dramatic posturing.
This entailed some enthralling feats
of precision patterns of dancers balanced atop each other. Symbols of
pattern and movement, clear even to
someone outside the culture, live
integrally within Thai ballet.
The glitter of the elaborate costumes grabs your attention while the
grace of hand and foot gestures on
the edge of your vision mesmerizes.
The music carries you away. It starts
out sounding dissonant to our ears,
with seemingly unrelated rhythms.
As the night goes on it sounds more
pleasing. Wrapped up in the dance
you forget the dance, slowly growing
more familiar with it.  When you
LORI-ANN LATREMOUILLE, an artist from Vancouver, created two of the most spectacular works in the
Images 86 art show, working in charcoal.
What a source of schtick is man
It is rare to watch a movie or a
play and actually laugh, but it happens with Tom Stoppard's Dogg's
Hamlet and Cahoot's Macbeth at
UBC's Freddy Wood theatre.
Dogg's Hamlet
& Cahoots Macbeth
By Tom Stoppard
Freddy Wood Theatre
until August 3
The plays, two one-acts, directed
by Robert Garfat. provides the
audience with humour, wit. and a
definite message. Dogg's Hamlet begins with a series of jumbled scenes
of schoolboys speaking an indecipherable language, and playing with huge
building blocks.
The message is that Shakespeare
is sometimes difficult to understand,
but there is a deeper message that
. comes out in Macbeth, the second
play.   Hamlet  lasts too  long and
leaves the viewer a little antsy.
But the play suddenly moves into
a full-fledged rendition of Hamlet
with a twist. The actors deliver
their lines flatly as if they were reading them off a script. The lack of
dramatic, emotional effect makes
for satiric humout that makes even
the morbid laugh.
A masculine Neil Ingram plays
Ophelia. Hamlet's girlfriend, who
prances about the stage in a lunatic
fashion,  opens a  trap door, and
drops into her grave below the stage.
The audience roars when the ghost
of Hamlet's father comes out on
stage dressed Halloween-like in a
white sheet, dragging a huge styro-
foam chain and screaming "Murder!"
Susan is brilliant as a nervous student playing Hamlet. She rushes
through the lines and mispronounces words. There is always the sense
that she could play a serious Hamlet
equally well.
Cahoot's Macbeth starts off with
a dramatic nourish as l.aura White,
a ravishing, black-clad Lady Macbeth, takes the stage.
After Macbeth kills the king, the
stage lights suddenly go on and a
police inspector, played by Timothy
Hyland. enters. The inspector is an
arrogant, close-minded character
In this "Hamlet" the
dramatic expression is
taken away and we are
left with something
who constantly threatens to incarcerate all the actors.
Here the play addresses the nature
of art: what it is and how it is to be
protected. The actors are introduced
to the indecipherable language mentioned as a character from Hamlet
enters the stage to make a delivery.
The inspector is unable to understand the "Shakespearean" language,
and gets flustered. He fails in his
vain attempt to smear art. The actors
meanwhile converse freely in their
new  language  that   protects  them
from ignorant, insensitive criticism.
Art is always an expression in one
form or another. In this "Hamlet"
the dramatic expression is taken
away and we are left with something
humourous. This emphasizes well
the vulnerability of art. Take away
the intelligence, the meaning, and
the art dies.
The indecipherable language has
a deeper meaning in that it not only
protects, but also allows the art to
function without outside interference.
In fact, Shakespearean plays could
not exist without the language. Simple, clear and plainly spoken language does not suffice because it has
no expression and it is not Shakespeare's art.
Dogg's Hamlet and Cahoot's Macbeth are funny plays, but they are
also deadly serious.
once again hear the music, you appreciate it more as somehow more
But despite the wonder of the
Khon Drama, it is a very sexist
piece. It limits females to a very constrained role. To be fair, however, it
is deeply rooted in Thai tradition
and mythology, following strict
forms for centuries.
Perhaps in the future we will get to
see more of the Royal Thai Ballet,
and see changes reflecting a changing role for women in Thailand and
the world over. We may increase our
understanding of Thai culture as one
ofthe many forms of artistic expression largely unexplored by Western
Artists need
more emotion
The Images 86 art exhibition being being held at the Robson Square
Media Centre offers great technique but little emotion.
The exhibition features artists from all over British Columbia including
the colleges and universities.
Two charcoal drawings by Lori-Ann Latrimouille. an artist from Vancouver, highlight the exhibition. Besides being skillful, the drawings display
both imagination and feeling.
One of the drawings, called The Release, suits its title well. A stately
gentleman sits on an elegant chair with the top of his head open and fish.
Ibirds, dolphins, and naked women coming out of it. We all think of getting
away from the congestion, pressure and pain of everyday lite and this
drawing suggests release in the cataclysmic form.
Latremouille's other drawing. Roses At Their Feet, shows a bourgeois
ijouple on an antique sofa embracing with roses all over the ground. Both
•characters have sombre expressions on their faces suggesting the frailty of
'our lives much like the life ofthe rose. Both drawings feature the heavy black
of charcoal which adds a strong desperate mood.
Another highly imaginitive work is presented by June Thomson, who
recently graduated from the University of Victoria. A Little Mountain
Magic, a woodcut, dabbles in the mystical. The work shows a series of black
mountains in the foreground with a river flowing through them. Blue mountains are in the background while one ofthe mountains on the right hand side
has a face on it.
The face looks crazy, warped and sinister while on the top left hand side of
the work a green bird and trees symbol is naturalistic. The work suggests the
beauty and ugliness of nature in all its devastating power. The river may as
well be the river of death flowing through the cold black
In God We Trust, an oil painting on canvas by Mark Evans of Sechelt.
is brightly coloured, surrealistic and animistic in concept. The ghost of an old
man sits on a green chair while outside the room, through a window, we see
the same man standing in front of an official-type building. The room is a
large boys' room with an old brown jacket on the bed and yellow walls with a
green window frame. Despite the bright colours there is a sadness in the
painting as the old man seems to be yet another one of society's casualties.
"The work suggests the beauty and ugliness of
nature in all its devastating power. The river
may as well be the river of death flowing
through the cold black mountains."
Phyllis Greenwood, an artist from UBC, has created a powerful painting
called Chair. The painting is of a white rocking chair with a purple seat cover
and a white background. The use of the subliminal to create emotion in what
appears to be realistic imagery provides a haunting atmosphere. The painting is sombre, with a sense of loneliness, coldness, sterility, and cleanliness. It
seems an attempt is made to make something ugly beautiful, but the residue
of cold pretentiousness still lingers.
Beverly Holden of Terrace does a wonderful nature painting called
Treston. Dead trees in front of a shimmering lake with snowcapped mountains in the background conjure up boyhood images of the north and the 36
mile road from Kitimat to Terrace, immersed in nature.
A painting by Dawn Burn from UVic called Bus Interior conjure^- Up
images of countless dreary rides on buses in wet weather.
Finally another U BC artist named Sherida Levy has created a Afcork called
Facade with graphite, charcoal and oil pastel on plywood, lnirie foreground
are several images of Roman architecture stacked on top of each other in
white with a black background. To the right are a series of black shacks with
corrugated metal roofs. The work seems to be a symbol of destruction and
degernation instead of resurrection. It is a depressing painting but not
Jane Alexander Ford, Pamela Scott, Edward Thornburgh, Doug Mun-
day, and Stephen Denslow get honourable mention in a show that is good
but could have been great with some more emotion and intensity.


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