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I        COME OUT.
I Happy National
1 Coming Out Day.
Founded in 1918
Vancouver, B.C., Friday, October 11,1991
Vol 74, No 12
Seniors fighting cuts
to transfer payments
by Cheryl Niamath
A senior citizens' organization
will circulate a petition in SUB
concourse for the next two weeks
asking for the repeal of the government expenditures restraint
Bill C-69, which cuts transfer
payments to provinces was passed
February of this year. The bill reduces the real dollars which the
federal government pays to provinces for Medicare, social assistance and post-secondary education.
Will Dunn, of the Council of
Senior Citizens of British Columbia, has been collecting signatures
for the past three months.
"We got 7,000 signatures on
Robson Street, 8,000 at SFU and
about 500,000 on the lower mainland. We expect to get about 12 to
15 thousand at UBC," Dunn said.
Cuts to transfer payments
spell the death of Medicare and
drastic reductions in the quality of
post-secondary education, he said.
The government is cutting social programmes in order to reduce the federal deficit, but only
six per cent ofthe debt is aresult of
government spending, according
to a Statistics Canada survey re-
printedin the Winnipeg Free Press
this past June.
The study blamed 44 per cent
ofthe debt on tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy, and 50 per
cent on the past decade of high
interest rates.
Candidates in the provincial
election agree Bill C-69 is bad for
the province.
Socred candidate for Point
Grey, Richard Wright, saidthebill
is terrible for British Columbia.
"When I am elected, I will work
towards having this bill repealed,"
he said.
"It's a federal bill and we can't
repeal it directly, but this bill will
hurt funding for education and
health care in BC. It has to be
Darlene Marzari, NDP candidate for Point Grey, is angry at the
way Bill C-69 was passed.
"It slid through quietly in the
heat ofthe abortion debate, without any publicity," she said.
"It is an important and significant cutback to provincial
funding, and what well have to do
as British Columbians is call the
federal government on their duplicity." The province cannot rescind federal law, but an NDP government would take a strong bargaining position with the federal
They can't say they want to
keep the country together and then
slash funding to welfare, the
Canada assistance plan and education," she said.
"We can't be bought off by the
government. We have to negotiate
harder with them and get Canada's
spending priorities right," said
Seniors circulate petition against Bill
The bill will cut transfer payments to
provinces for Medicare.
Consider women candidates in election, group asks
by Martin Chester
Vancouver(CUP)—Women make
up more than 50 per cent of the
population in Canada, yet only one
third ofthe candidates for the two
major parties in the BC provincial
election are women.
Winning Women, a non-partisan committee which teaches
women political skills, is working
to increase the number of women
running in BC.
Volunteer president Lynn
Kent says she hopes to see the day
when 50 per cent ofthe members
in legislature are women.
"Women do make up half the
population, so it seems reasonable,"
Kent said. At the present rate of
growth, women will reach parity
in about 45 years.
"The institution of politics has
been developed by men and works
with their role in society and the
role of women in society doesn't
always fit," she said.
Kent said womenfacebarriers
men do not face.
"Women have a much more
difficult time fundraising," Kent
said. "They don't have the same
network for funds or for influence
in the community."
She said this should change
as women's socioeconomic situation changes.
"I really struggle with how we
deal with fundraising and money.
You can't deal with running for
election without raising a significant amount of money," Kent said.
However, both first-time NDP
candidate for Vancouver-Hastings
Joy McPhail and Social Credit
candidate for North Vancouver-
Lonsdale Marilyn Baker said they
did not have a great problem with
finding funds.
"Because I'm a professional
woman and I earn a decent salary,
I was able to kick-start my campaign with my own funds," McPhail
said. "Getting funds was not a
Bone marrow donors needed to
save young Acadia resident
by Chung Wong
Parents of UBC's Summer of 73 daycare
attended an emotional meeting Thursday
night to be briefed on the welfare of Colin
Beechinor—a four-year-old Acadia Park
resident who was diagnosed this week with a
rare form of leukaemia.
A campus-wide campaign will be
launched by the daycare's more than 20
families to help save the boy's life. His condition can only be treated by a bone marrow
* [Colin] doesn't think it's terminal" said
Pat Barber, whose four-year-old son Theodore
often plays with Colin, "Rightnowwe wantto
keep him feeling normal, if he's stressed out,
his immune system will deteriorate."
Daycare parents will be appealing to
students,faculty and staff for potential donors
and for funds.
"There's a backlog of about 3,000 people
who want to donate bone marrow because
there's only one microscope and one techni
cian in BC," Barber said.
"If all of UBC's students and staff were to
donate bone marrow, it could take two to
three years to process; in the meantime the
boy could die."
About $50,000 is needed to buy a microscope. But Barber added, he does not expect
exorbitant monetary donations from students.
"Students get nickel-and-dimed to death
but what we need is their bone marrow."
Potential donors are immediately entered
into a computerized national bone marrow
registry that can be used by anyone in need of
Colin's mother Kathleen, a recent UBC
sociology graduate, is expected to know today
if her son can be matched with any currently
registered potential donors.
Those wishing to donate can contact the
Red Cross.
"This transcends all religions and
politics," said Barber, "It's a chance to save a
Baker, who broke into politics
in the District of North Vancouver,
a Vancouver suburb, said she has
not run into problems with
fundraising either.
"Fundraising at the local level
in the mid-70s was something you
did for yourself, we paid out of our
own pockets," Baker said. At the
provincial level, she said, the key
is being a credible candidate.
Having been the mayor ofthe district, Baker is both well known
and credible.
Family obligations present
another problem for women getting
into politics, Kent said.
"I think that, for women still,
that family considerations are at
the heart of it as well. It is difficult
to co-ordinate a family and a political life," Kent said. "Especially
for people with young families; if
you have a young family it is a big
McPhail, who has a young
child, has direct knowledge of this
problem. 'It's going to be difficult.
It's easier for me because my three
year old isn't in school so he can
move with me," she said.
The work on the campaign has
been particularly difficult, McPhail
said, because both she and her
husband work and she has to
campaign in the evening. She has
had to rely on her campaign volunteers for child care. "It has been
a disruptive atmosphere for the
child," she said.
However, McPhail already has
plans to make her life easier once
she gets to the legislature in
Victoria. "Needless to say, I will be
advocating on-site child care at
the legislature as soon as I get
there," she said.
Baker, whose family is older,
said her family life has been more
difficult since she entered politics,
"rm very lucky to have a supportive family," Baker said. "It has
been hard on them."
Kent said some solution must
be found to make political life more
accessible to women.
She said quota systems may
be a solution. In some Scandinavian countries quotas on the
number of women in legislatures
have been successful. "Women [in
these countries] are raised to expect
that they will be involved politically
the same way as a man," Kent
"We do have some recognition
of quota systems in Canadian
parties. All parties have quotas at
some level of their party," she said.
The federal Liberal party has
quotas for women and youth delegates at their leadership and
policy conventions, while the NDP
have a quota system for the party
McPhail had some concerns
about quotas.
"I have some concerns about
putting in hard and fast rules because I want First Nations and
people of colour represented," she
Winning Women's short terra
solution is to encourage more
women to run for election at all
levels of government.
"Politics has been a male game,
dominated by men. When
women come in they are the minority. They have a different view
and it is an uncomfortable place to
be. There's always the feeling that
they are on the outside looking in,"
Kent said.
She said in time there will be
a critical mass of women involved
in politics who can act as support
to other women thinking of
breaking in. "Women often get
discouraged and leave, which
means we have to start over," she
"The whole idea is to raise
people's awareness to consider a
woman," Kent said. "I think a big
part of it is working together to
encourage women and support
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October U, 1991 NEWS
BC students join Guatemalan
struggle and build support
During the summer of 1989, thirteen student
leaders from Guatemala's National Association of
University Students (AEU) disappeared under suspicious circumstances.
Soon thereafter, five ofthe students' bodies were
found. The bodies showed evidence that they had been
brutally and systematically tortured to death.
Broadway graffitti war wages on: "Out" was this
week's addition on the 3300-block. Similar graffitti
remains at about a dozen bus stops on Broadway
and 4th Avenue.
by Lucho van Isschot
DURING this past summer,
a group of six students
from British Columbia went to
Guatemala, as a solidarity
delegation, to commemorate the
second anniversary ofthe
student disappearances and
murders of 1989.
The delegation was assembled through BC Central
American Student Alliance (BC
CASA), which was established
three years ago, by SFU students
interested in doing solidarity
work with students in Central
SFU student Mica Maniwa,
a member ofthe BC CASA
delegation, says the support of
Canadian students is important.
"It lifts their morale to know
Demands for public imput on
new incinerator to be at UBC
by Sharon Lindores
UBC is planning to build a
combined "state-of-the-art" toxic
and biomedical incinerator on
campus. It will replace two others,
shut down by the provincial ministry of environment in 1989 and
one currently in place.
The proposed five million dollar incinerator has a life expectancy of ten years. It will destroy
AMS asks for
public review of
The incinerator issue
was raised at student
council Wednesday night.
There was some discussion, concerning a related
motion, although the consensus seemed to be that
no-one was well informed
about the issue.
Artsrep JeffWest said,
"I don't think that [the ad-
ministration and the
GVRD} have been totally
upfront about it. These are
dangerous toxics and it
needs to be talked about
AMS vice-president
Shawn Tagseth said, "I
don't see why we should
pass this motion. We don't
have any real power and
we're just voicing our
opinion on it."
The motion was
passed, stating "That
Council request the GVRD
to withhold permits for the
proposed high-volume incinerator facility on campus until the project undergoes greater public review."
medical and chemical
wastes from UBC, SFU and University of Victoria. The toxic incinerator will burn 40,000 litres
of solvents annually.
About 99 per cent of all fumes
will be contained. However, only
50 per cent of all solvents purchased will make it to the incinerator, according to the Student
Environment Centre.
Local environmentalists are
opposing it, and currently it is in
the process of being approved by
the Greater Vancouver Regional
District. Despite four public forums on the project, many people
remain uninformed.
About 40 people attended a
fifth forum, arranged by the student environment centre, on
Two UBC professors who sat
on the president's advisory committee for the proposed incinerator, Jim Atwater and Clive
Brereton, attempted to allay fears
about the project. They said the
incinerator is necessary and not
"These materials cannot be
handled in other ways," said Bill
Webber, president ofthe advisory
Lenore Herb, president of Society Promoting Environmental
Conservation (SPEC) said, "There
has been no effort to inform
neighbours and there has been no
major research in to a waste management plan."
Atwater said, "The site is not
in a high density area, it is surrounded by trees and TRIUMF on
South West Marine Drive. The
impact is currently non-existent."
Herb was not convinced by
their presentation.
"I have real accounts of what
effects incinerators have and they
are deadly to the life blood of a
community," she said.
"The minister for the envi
ronment is calling for a 50 per
cent reduction in toxic waste production. UBC has not even addressed it, production is expected
to increase 250 per cent over ten
years at UBC."
Communities in Cash Creek
and in Ashcroft fought against
incinerators a couple of years ago
and they won.
"If people don't want this incinerator, they don't have to have
it," Herb said. "They can fight it. A
lot of people in the Point Grey and
Dunbar area are very upset and
are opposing it. There is no way I
will let them do it.
"I don't believe the standards
set by the GVRD are good for the
It is uncertain when the final
decision will be made concerning
the project. The Student Environment Centre has a petition to
halt the project until formal public hearings take place.
that people outside ofthe
country support them—especially students," she says.
"Students from Guatemala have
asked foreign student delegations to come down to build
international support."
When they arrived, the BC
delegation discovered the
Guatemalan AEU had recovered
from the tragedy in 1989 and
were working and organizing
more diligently than ever.
On the second day of their
stay, the BC delegation participated in an impromptu demonstration on the campus ofthe
University of San Carlos, in
Guatemala City. Students
barricaded the road leading into
the campus with burning tires
and wooden planks. As the
demonstration came to a head,
the names ofthe 13 missing
student leaders were read aloud.
At demonstrations throughout Guatemala, it is traditional
to pay homage to the disappeared, to those who have been
martyred. When names are read
aloud, demonstrators respond
back to the reader with the
declaration, "Present in the
Indeed, the martyrs ofthe
struggle play an important role
that links the Guatemalan
people to their immediate past
and to a continuum of resistance
which dates back to the Spanish
In the past ten years alone,
an estimated 40,000 political
disappearances have been
documented in Guatemala, 500
have occurred since a new,
"civilian" government was
elected to office in January.
BC CASA was also established ass an educational resource, to keep Canadians up-to-
date on current issues affecting
Central America.
"It is an educational thing
for us," Maniwa says.
Delegation member and
UBC student, Robyn Laba,
agrees and says her recent trip
to Guatemala has changed her
perspective on politics in both
the Canadian and Central
American spheres.
Both Maniwa and Laba
agree their contact, both personal and political, with Guatemalan students was the most
important aspect ofthe trip.
"The best part was meeting
with the students...and just
getting to know the students on
a personal basis," Laba says.
THE BC delegation also took
the opportunity to travel
around the Guatemalan countryside.
Towards the end of a two-
week tour ofthe Guatemalan
coast and highlands, the BC
students felt they had only
scratched the surface of
Guatemala's complex and tragic
"We started feeling quite
alienated. We were travelling
around in a mini-bus and we
started to feel like tourists,"
Maniwa says.
Upon returning to the
University of San Marcos,
however, they began to put their
experience into its proper
At the university, the BC
delegates learned the Guatemalan resistance movement has
been very well connected.
Guatemalan students have been
working in conjunction with
various organizations, including
farmers unions and women's
The Guatemalan students
recognized their position and role
in the struggle and they invited
the BC students to join them.
"It made us feel a part of
what was going on," Maniwa
BC CASA is now planning a
Canadian tour for a few Guatemalan student leaders, scheduled for February 1992. The
Guatemalan students are
scheduled to spend one or two
weeks in BC.
In the meanwhile, the
members ofthe delegation will
make presentations about their
trip at various schools and
institutions throughout
Vancouver (including UBC) and
plan for next summer's trip back
to Guatemala.
AMS accused of limiting choices
by Paul Dayson
A proposed referenda question to raise AMS fee levies barely
passed through council Wednesday night following accusations
that it limited the choices it gave
The question, part of a two-
question referenda package to be
put to a vote in November, asks
students to increase AMS fees by
$8.50, allocated to four specific
expenditures: an ombudsoffice
jointly funded by the AMS and the
university, AMS Programs, AMS
bursaries and emergency loans,
and the World University Service
of Canada Refugee Fund.
The referenda question places
all these separate fee increases
together in one question to which
students must answer yes or no.
An amendment to split the refer
enda into four separate questions
failed in a 16 to 17 vote with one
Engineering Undergraduate
Society rep Gary Chan said, "We
[students] should be able to choose
between the four separate items,"
he said. "There is really no relation
between the items. I could understand [them being asked together]
if they were related, but they're
AMS director of administration Martin Ertl said, "It is easier
to explain two referendum questions than five.
"It's mainly a practical matter. It is going to be the executive
who have to sell the referenda and
we can sell the referenda question
better as one question," he said.
"If people don't like one of them
they are going to have to make a
difficult choice and decide to vote
yes or no.
The AMS executive and most
of council were concerned with
the referendum questions reaching quorum levels set out in the
AMS constitution. In the past not
reaching quorum has often been
the reason for the failure of referendum.
Director of finance Ranjit
Baraj said, "It's easier to get students to vote yes if it is in a block."
"Their main priority seems to
be [achieving] quorum," Chan
said. "Quorum is a part of the
democratic process but you have
to allow students to make a
The other referenda question
asks students to expand the mandate of the Capital Projects and
Acquisitions and release funds for
further AMS building and renovation projects.
October 11,1991
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by Rick Hiebert
SOCREDS, unfortunately for
party supporters, are rather
amusing to the predominantly
progressive Vancouver theatre
Of course, who could blame
them? Throughout the history of
the party (from WA.C. Bennett)
the party has unconsciously
provided much grist for the
humourist's mill.
The Ecstasy of Rita J.
Vancouver East Cultural
October 11,12,15,16
One young playwright, Mark
Leiren-Young, has put bread on
his table for several years by
blasting the Socreds. First with
Expose (which spoofed Expo 86)
and then Escape From Fantasy
Gardens, Leiren-Young has
bedeviled the party since the
mid-eighties. With Zalmnesia,
his troupe is getting perhaps one
last shot at the party.
Local Anxiety, which
includes co-writer and actor
Kevin Crofton, Melanie Doerr
and Allan Morgan, is quick with
a theatrical revue looking
primarily at Social Credit under
Rita J.. The results are often
Zalmnesia takes the form of
amusing patter that strings
together topical songs sung by
Crofton and discussions consisting primarily of politics in BC by
Leiren-Young. The former
assumes the persona of a diehard Socred while the latter
adopts a leftist personality.
The songs are mostly
directed at the Socreds and
parody popular tunes. Hit the
Road Jack becomes a song about
former Socred Jack Kempf, The
Great Pretender mocks Harcourt
("Oh Mike, he's the Great
Pretender/Pretending he's not
NDP....") and Where Have all
The Flowers Gone becomes
Where Does Gordon Wilson
Stand ("Until the debate, no-one
Crofton and Leiren-Young's
songs are very amusing and
pointedly satirical. Occasionally,
they broaden their targets to
include recycling, Tory taxation
policy (They're Taxing All of My
Favourite Things) and, in an
inspired piece of humour on
cross-border shopping, Leiren-
Young does a wild Springsteen
impersonation to Bought In The
Crofton also has a few gems.
His satire of Patrick Kinsella (I
Write the Ads) is one example, in
which Crofton and Leiren-Young
share the stage well and spark
off each other to reach new areas
of improvised humour.
The others in the troupe also
deserve mention. Melanie Doerr
impersonates a famous Surrey
politician and does two wickedly
biting songs (although her
cabinet selection process may be
a bit tendentious, to say the
least). Her turn is a highlight of
the show, as is Allan Morgan,
who does the best song ofthe
night: The Phantom of The
Socreds, dedicated to one Bill
Vander Zalm. Both performers
are funny and should get bigger
roles in the next Local Anxiety
Zalmnesia is cutting satire
and grand fun. Go see it. I can
only hope that Local Anxiety
would find an NDP government
funny as well.
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Film explores Nazi Underworld
by Rick Hiebert
SAY what you will about
neo-Nazis...they know the
value of good public relations.
Since the Life photo spread
on the German-American Bund
in the late '30s and through the
era of white supremicist
mouthpieces George Lincoln
Rockwell and David Duke to
today, the North American
media has had a peculiar
fascination with them.
Blood on The Face
Oct 15, UBC SUB, 9:30pm
The latest example is a
disturbing new American
documentary called Blood on
The Face. Filmmakers Kevin
Rafferty, James Ridgeway and
Anne Bohlen simply went to a
mini-meeting of neo-Nazis over
a spring weekend in rural
Michigan and let their cameras
According to Bob Miles, the
fascists who host the gathering
actually realize they are unlikely
to gain converts among the
filmmakers (who are associated
with documentaries with a liberal
point of view, such as the corporation-bashing Roger and Me and
the civil defense- mocker The
Atomic Cafe).
"We invited you here so that
we could use you the way you
used us," Miles is quoted as
saying. "We used you to show that
we have nothing to hide and to
get our message across."
Unfortunately, Miles and his
cohorts are rather unsuccessful.
They use perhaps the most
honest way of making a documentary: letting the cameras roll and
having the subjects explain
themselves. Even allowing for
their ability to skew the documentary by editing, the results are
The film has the feel and the
sound of an extended home
movie. The filmmakers are not
intrusive; they allow the filmgoer
to imagine the fascists are
speaking directly to them and
they don't have much to say that
is sensible, logical or humane.
Archival footage of Rockwell
and Duke is used to good effect,
although fascism in the USA and
Canada, dates to before WWII.
The result is very damning.
Blood on The Face allows the
subjects to condemn themselves.
Although the film has a
somber tone, the occasional item
is hilarious. One speaker asserts
that "35,000 Viet Cong Guerillas
are waiting in the wilds of British
Columbia" for the coming race
Perhaps the most telling
segment is the interviews with
the wife of a man imprisoned for
bank robbery and murder to
further the goals of The Order, a
paramilitary Nazi group.
Blood on Hie Face is an
intelHegent and unsettling study
of one small segment of American
fascism. It demands to be seen.
Suzuki admits
Shakespearean streetwalkers
bridge two worlds
by Karen Young
the miracle worker who
made it cool to like Matt Dillon
and the seventies again in
Drugstore Cowboy, presents
another incredible effort with
two more teen idols depicting the
life of gay prostitution.
My Own Private Idaho
In My Own Private Idaho,
River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves
play two street kids racing
through the low life of paid sex
with bloated middle-aged men,
inhaling drugs, and waking up
on the streets with a makeshift
plastic tent over their heads, if
they're lucky.
Mike Waters (River Phoe
nix), a transient who spends his
life looking for a permanent
home, a wholesome loving
family, and his mother, has
narcolepsy—a tendency to
collapse into a deep sleep at
highly inappropriate times (such
as while he is eating, during a
trick, while standing in the
middle ofthe road, etc.).
In his dreams and his
reality, Mike returns to the place
of his childhood, Idaho, searching
for the ideal family and the truth
about his absent mother.
Mike's best friend Scott
Favor (Keanu Reeves) is along
for the ride. Unlike Mike, Scott
has a choice between the streets
and the world of three-piece
suits, "respectable sexual
preferences", and being the son
ofthe affluent mayor of Portland.
Scott's street mentor, Bob Pigeon
Keanu Reeves and River
Phoenix: dreaming of Idaho.
(William Richert) and his
natural father represent the two
different worlds.
The director lifts an entire
plotline and bits of dialogue
from, surprisingly,
Shakespeare's Henry IV.
The street scenes with Bob's
Falstaff and Scott's Prince Hal-
each self-consciously spouts lines
of butchered and modernized
Shakespeare—are artificial,
theatrical, and annoying.
However they partially succeed
in emphasizing Scotf s view that
the sordid underground is not his
real life but a fanciful bit of
The ridiculous incongruity of
street walkers saying lines like,
Tis no sin for a man to labor in
his vocation" and candid dialogue
is amazingly effective. The
artificial elements in the movie,
however, have a tendency to
overwhelm the realistic.
Prostitutes as beautiful
boys, devices like talking porn
magazine covers, and sex scenes
as hilariously posed clips of
demented Obsession ads,
undercut the reality of prostitution. The imagery is innovative
and striking yet glamorizes the
life of a prostitute.
by Yukie Kurahashi
MY hands and knees shake
with each beat of my
pounding, pounding heart. I close
my eyes against the mirrored
walls ofthe Hotel Vancouver
Here I am. Here I really am,
to interview Seijun Suzuki—one
ofthe top three directors in
contemporary Japanese cinema.
As I shrink along the
hallway, I review my mental
Seijun Suzuki. Born Seitaro
Suzuki, May 24,1923. Hired as
assistant director at the age of 25
at Shochiku's Ofuna Studio;
debuted as director, aged 33, at
Nikkatsu Studios.
When I get there, I find that
he is not the haughty ogre I had
half-expected, but is a kindly,
gracious human being.
I can't help but smile back at
him. Ordinary shirt, ordinary
slacks, a rather sedate
blazer...unfathomable eyes, and
the coolest goatee ever.
Seijun Suzuki, director
I ask (in Japanese, of
course), "You're often referred to
as being anti-establishment, but
how is that?"
Suzuki laughs.
"Anti-establishment? In
Japan in the '60s, there was a
major outcry against the
Americo-Japanese Mutual
Security Treaty. [At around the
same time,] I had a fight with
the president of Nikkatsu
Studios, and went to court.
"There's no deep meaning,
really. In the flow of history, I
was drawn into that kind of
thing. I took action against the
establishment—maybe that's
what they're referring to."
Suzuki explains the situa-
"  tion which surrounded his
dispute with Nikkatsu Studios.
"One was breach of contract,
that the company violated
various contract laws. Another is
that I had forty some-odd films
out by then. There was an
organization called the Cine        "*i
Club...[that wanted to screen] all j
my films as a major retrospec-      '
tive. When the president of
Fighting Elegy, Oct.17, UBC 2pm
Nikkatsu found out about this,
he had all my films withdrawn
from distribution. That all
happened at the same time...So
for me, I had no choice but to
battle with Nikkatsu."
I ask why so many of his
films from his Nikkatsu days are
ofthe yakuza (Japanese gang-     J
ster) genre.
He is not the
haughty ogre I had
half-expected, but is 4
a kindly, gracious
human being.	
"That's because of the
administrative policy ofthe
company. Nikkatsu was a
company that consisted ofthe so-
called action films, and in action -j
films, there are only contract
killers and yakuza. Those films
were the mainstay of Nikkatsu.
There were the occasional
Everything—even t
bv Malt hew 'Johnson
OCR soul is worth a
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ne\ er grow up to he pretty, the
American dream is a lie—and
that much more of'a lie for the
Canadians who buy into it —
bingo and sex are equal in the
eyes of god. and rock  n' roll is
definitely here to stay.
Highway (>1
October 11,1 p.m.
Vancouver Centre
to the roof of'a 'ii.i Kord Galaxy
500. and the lions, timers and
hears being Mr. Skin i Karl
l'asko). a self-proclaimed
What a wonderful world.
Highway HI is a Wizard of
Oz of the '90s. the yellow brick
road being a ribbon of asphalt.
Toto being a corpse strapped
peisonitication ol evil.
The film is made by the
same team that gave Canada
Koadkill. which includes
director Bruce McDonald, and
writer/actor Don McKellar
i Pokey -Jones i. and actress
Valerie Buhagiar (Jackie
Bangs) playing the lead roles.
The story is simple: Pokey,
an unworldly barber and
aspiring trumpet player finds
a dead body in his backyard,
which is the alleged brother of
Jackie Bangs. Jackie, a
lecently ex-roadie for a hard
rock band, comes to town.
claims the bodv. stuffs it full of
October 11, lSi/1 FILM FESTIVAL
P_cj]Jtural films as well, but those
were rare.
"There was Yujiro Ishihara,
an actor who specialized in
yakuza roles. Also Altira
Kobayashi. And if the actors were
—dekig yakuza films, then the
"There's no message
in my films. There's
no moral. There's no
lovie that's as
difficult as one that
las no message—so
it doesn't really
-directors were too."
Suzuki says the Japanese
and Western film industries are
based on different systems.
"Over here, they use the
producer system. In Japan, they
" 'it by company.
"The actors to be used for the
ead roles were decided by the
:ompany—that is to say, the
ipt itself was written with a
certain actor in mind. We were
what were called programme
—picture directors, and so we took
- films with the scripts that the
company brought us. That's what
an exclusive contract is."
He smiles wryly.
"We'd be attached to this
company. Every month they'd
~psy us an exclusivity fee, and
l^we'd be tied down. It's the same
with the actors."
Was his creativity suppressed while he was at
He laughs.
"Well, yes, they'd scold me
every time. They'd scold me, or
•—they'd make me take scenes
Lgwer...there are company policies,
right? And so if there was
anything they didn't like, they'd
tell me to take it over. And if I
went too far, then they'd tell me
that I couldn't go any further
than that.
"They had a lot of directors,
and they didn't like to have even
one weird one. Why? If they let
one shoot whatever he wanted,
and didn't for others, there'd be
trouble. We really couldn't take
films as we would like."
Of his newest film, Yumeji,
he again laughs as he says,
"[Vancouver audiences] probably
won't understand it. I don't
usually expect or desire any kind
of response from the audience,
and if you dont understand, then
you don't understand and that's
fine. If you get sleepy in the
middle of watching it, then go
Yumeji, Oct.16, Cinematheque, 4pm
ahead and sleep. If you want to
walk out, please do. And if you
want to watch it, watch.
"There's no message in my
films. There's no moral. There's
no movie that's as difficult as one
that has no message—so it
doesn't really matter."
He can't seem to stop
smiling as he leans over and tells
me, "I don't expect anyone to
understand it. Please just watch
it and try to be entertained."
The Vancouver International
Film Festival is paying tribute to
Seijun Suzuki. Twelve of his
films are part ofthe festival and
most of them are showing at UBC
ie prince of darkness
. corn
no. asks rokov to drive
surrounded bv wealth—
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decaying in the spirit, and
empty of soul. Another scene
ho menage is clear: The
displays a room covered with
and roll dream—breaking
the Polaroids of those who
. driving down the read
have sold their souls for
'']'.   ,
■;jol car !o a killer
trinkets paid for with Mr.
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ll i ack. where at the end
Skin's bingo winnings.
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McDonald noted in an
u—is a load of crap.
interview how people no long
Ms i- not. a pretty movie.
believe in the devil (or any
. Th,
'-on-line"—Highway til —
thing else for that matteri.
not (low through a land of
Filled with bikers, gun
and honey. .McDonald
play, drugs, music, lost and
c unveils a landscape
found hope, and more music.
with decay and dilapida-
Highway 61 is a totally
• tion
with people as miserable
enjoyable, ass-kicking ride
. astli
oir surroundings.
through disillusionment and
he tale unfolds beauti-
For example, one scene
- two who have "made
What would sou sell youi
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lving in a mansion.
soul for?
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The lighter side of AIDS
-by Anthony Grieco
Mexican director Alfonso
Cuaron is adamant
about the effectiveness of comedy
in presenting the AIDS issue and
is amused some audience
members walked out during a
screening at the Toronto Film
Love In The Time Of Hysteria
"You can certainly learn
through comedy and this subject
mustn't be dismissed as taboo,"
says Cuaron. "But I guess some
people are not ready for that
Cuaron takes a wonderfully
bold and farcical stab at the
AIDS issue in Love in the Time
of Hysteria. It exhibits unsafe
sexual promiscuity at its finest
and funniest with the main
character learning a much
deserved lesson about the use of
a condom.
Actor Daniel Gimenez Cacho
plays the writer whose existence
can be summed up as wooing
women, running naked down his
apartment stairwell to get the
morning paper, and trying to
meet deadlines.
A vengeful nurse, having
been hustled by the writer,
becomes aware of his reputation
and decides to tamper with hiss
HIV examination form. After
realizing his own mortality and
attempting suicide, Cacho's
character manages to fall
hilariously in love.
Filmed in Mexico City and
Acapulco, the film has some
dizzying, rotating camera shots
as well as some impressive night
shots of Mexico city, evidence of
Cuaron's editing mastery.
The film provides good
laughs, and says something
serious about safe sex. But if you
want an informative handling of
the AIDS issue, try reading a
medical pamphlet instead.
Kim Dawes (Wendei Meldram) aids friend Sara RoMan (Ofella Medina).
Salvadoran struggle shocking
by Greg Davis
IN strife-ridden regions ofthe
world, can Canadians make a
difference? Diplomatic Immunity, a film by Sturla Gunnarson
and Steve Lucas, examines this
question in a harsh and brutal
Central American setting.
Diplomatic Immunity
opening soon
Kim Dawes (Wendei
Meldrum), a Canadian, diplomat
who goes by the book, faces
death and deception in war torn
El Salvador, a land where the
book was burnt long ago. She
finds that being a diplomat, and
a Canadian, is meaningless in
this situation, and only by being
herself can she hope to make a
difference to the people she tries
to help,
liie viewpoints of all the
players in this scenario are
conveyed, from the Salvadoran
government official, the condescending American diplomat with
a hidden agenda, to the
shantytown dwellers who just
want to return to their home
At times the narration sags,
the acting falters, or the scene
doesn't quite make the grade. But
for the most part, the film is very
cohesive and realistic, from the
poignant acting (including a
strong supporting cast) down to
the little details in costumes and
The breathtaking cinematography was shot in a southern
state of Mexico, an area similar
in landscape to El Salvador, and
combined with a magnificent
Latino soundtrack, provides an
illuminating authenticity to the
film. (The soundtrack, as well as
some ofthe supporting cast, are
nominated for Genie awards.)
Certain scenes shock with
candid depiction of gory violence.
Nothing is glamourized or
subdued in presenting a view of
desperate lives embroiled in
To the film's credit, the real
heroes in the story are the
struggling Salvadoran people,
because despite the intentions of
the Canadians and Americans,
they are the ones who know
what is best for them, and they
are willing to put their lives on
the line for it.
Col. Ilenwndte (Satvattor Sanchez} and IIS dtpfaret Lee Oberfei (Mtetaei Winy).
October 11,1991
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Top athletes to compete for UBC l
UBC will play host to 75 crosscountry runners from three different clubs at the Pacific Northwest
Run this Saturday.
And cross-country coach
Marek Jedrezjek will be selecting
his Canada West team from the
among the UBC athletes competing in the event.
The top six will automatically
represent UBC in the upcoming
CWUAA Championships in
Victoria on October 26.
UBC athletes to look for include Meghan O'Brian who finished first at the CWUAA's last
year, as well as Lori Durward and
Karen Reader, who were fourth
and fifth.
The start and finish lines will
be on the south campus fields near
the Sports Medicine Clinic at the
corner of 16th Avenue and Marine
The five kilometre Open
Women's category is slated for
12:30pm and the ten kilometre
Open Men's category will start at j
lpm. ^
• The UBC rugby side faces the
Vancouver Meralomas this Satuf- "
day at Connaught Park, near
Kitsilano High School. Kick off is
• The UBC women's volleyball
team takes on Simon Fraser University at War Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday, starting at- —
12:15pm. ^_
On the road:
• The UBC football team takes a
break from Canada West play to
play NCAA division II school
Humboldt State in Areata, California on Saturday.
• The men's field hockey team
opens its season at the University* —
of Victoria on Saturday. fg^
• The men's golf team tees-off at
the Fairwind Country Club in
Nanaimo as part ofthe Malaspina    '
College Invitational going Saturday and Sunday.
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on a full-time or part-time basis.
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October 11,1991 SPORTS
Cross-town soccer rivals tie
Thirds and SFU's Clan draw match 2-2
by Gerry Johnson
Both Dick Mosher, coach of UBC,
and Keith Watts, coach of SFU,
predicted a close game prior to
kickoff and true to their word the
Diachem Bowl 91 ended in a 2-2, a
repeat of last year's scoreline.
A great deal of credit must be
given to the Clansmen, who managed a comeback despite three serious setbacks in the first half:
• conceding two goals.
• havingto rearrange their defence
in the 11th minute when Todd
Rattee was stretchered off with
torn ankle ligaments.
• and being forced to play with 10
men for the second half after goalie
Gerry Wheaton was sent off.
Both teams were quite evenly
matchedin midfield and there were
very few clear cut chances by either
side in the first half hour, although
Colin Pettingale, CIAU Athlete of
the Week, came close after five
minutes when he volleyed into the
side netting.
As well Rick Celebrini, filling
in at centre forward for Colin Elmes
who broke a leg last weekend, had
a chance blocked at his feet by
Wheaton at ten minutes.
Ed Howker and Troy Wood
had shots go wide for SFU at the
other end.
UBC's leading scorer, Rob
Reed, opened the scoring after half
an hour when he pounced on an
errant clearance by Andrew Drever
and ended a weaving 30-yard run
by calmly flicking the ball over the
advancing Wheaton.
Minutes later, Reed almost
made it 2-0 when his spectacular
25-yard bicycle kick screamed
narrowly wide of Wheaton's left
Celebrini went wide with a
header moments later and then
Mark Watson capped off UBCs
attacking spell with a tremendous
shot hit on the half-volley from all
of 35 yards which Wheaton did
well to tip over for a corner.
The game seemed destined to
remain 1-0 going into the second
half when at the stroke of half-
time, Celebrini sent Neil Wilkinson
clear inside the box.
As Wilkinson attempted to
round Wheaton to score, the SFU
goalie blocked Wilkinson slightly,
sending the UBC midfielder off
Referee Rogers awarded a
penalty to UBC and sent off
Wheaton according to a new FIFA
rule invoked this year.
The rule was made to curb
professional fouls ofthe kind where
an attacking player who has a clear
run at goal is obstructed by a defending player.
Although the players and
coaches of both teams, and
Wheaton himself understood and
accepted the referee's decision,
everyone agreed that in the context
ofthe Diachem Bowl, the decision
to send Wheaton off was too harsh.
Wilkinson stroked home the
penalty to make the score 2-0. At
the beginning of the second half,
Mosher was quite content with his
UBC 2 (Reed 28', Wilkinson
45' pen.)
SFU 2 (Howker 49', Wood
HT: 2-0 Ref: Rogers
UBC: Onstad - Bordignon,
Watson, Kern, Gurniak -
Pettingale, Mosher,
Wilkinson, Cromack - Reed,
Rick Celebrini. (subs:
Maclntyre, Cannon, Shelton.)
SFU: Wheaton* - D'Auria,
Rattee, Drever, Whitson -
Howker, Leitch, Holmes,
Kusch - Cirjak, Wood, (subs:
Bombelli, Turner,
Johansson.) *sentoff45\
side's successful containment of
the SFU attack led by Rob Cirjak.
After five minutes a deflected
Mosher drive was blocked on the
goalline by Geoff D'Auria who
looked suspiciously as if he used
his hands.
Suddenly, within a space of
two minutes, SFU pulled the game
back even on two quick counterattacks. After a promising Watson-
Mosher-Reed movement was broken up, Garret Kusch found Ed
Howker streaking in on the far,
right wing unmarked. Howker
easily beat Pat Onstad for SFU's
first goal.
Still reeling from this goal,
UBC conceded another a minute
later. D'Auria cleared to Wood
making a lateral run to the edge of
the UBC box. Wood chi pped Onstad
who had come out to cut off the
The tying goal seemed to have
a dispiriting effect on the whole
UBC team who until the end ofthe
game unsuccessfully struggled to
regain their offensive and defensive
composure and were, according to
UBC Assistant Coach Dave Partridge, "...playing as individuals
and not as a unit."
The remainder of the game
became bogged down in a midfield
morass, with neither team creating
any real chances except for a Cirjak
drive well saved by Onstad in the
57'. Keith Watts indicated his
team was driven to avenge the
controversial sending off of Gerry
Wheaton and actually played with
more urgency in the second half
despite being a man short.
Dick Mosher summed up his
team's display. "Overall, playing
like that against 10 men, this was
our worst performance ofthe year,
and if we give a performance like
that against Victoria [this weekend] they'll kick our asses."
• In other play, UBC Alumni defeated SFU Alumni 1-0 on a goal
from Kevin Colbow.
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October 11,1991
THE UEYSSEY/S Breaking into
the Boy's Club
There are many things about Rita
Johnston we don't like. The fact that she
is a woman is not one of them.
We can easily attack her policies, her
campaign tactics, and her party. Her
clothing, hairstyle, and figure should not
be open to discussion.
Rita Johnston is labeled "grandmother" as if that status somehow makes
her less suitable to lead a political party.
Her voice is "shrill", her clothing is
"matronly"; television news reports on
her visits to the hair dresser.
Women in politics are being subtly
belittled by the media. Instead of attaching importance to what women in
politics say, the focus shifts to what makes
them different from the majority of politicians: their femaleness.
During television coverage ofthe NDP
leadership convention, a newscaster
comments on Audrey McLaughlin and
her "trademark cheekbones."
In Ottawa, Sheila Copps is called a
slut in parliament and her harasser goes
unpunished. It is easier for Bill Kempling
to attack Copps's sexuality than admit he
has been proven wrong by a woman.
A special advisory committee has been
set up to study sexism on Parliament
Hill. What are the chances its findings
will be acted upon?
Male politicians use sexism and discrimination in an attempt to make politics their own private clubhouse. Women
see the political arena as a closed door
with a "No Women Allowed" sign nailed
to the door.
Being forced to admit women into
their "club" diminishes men's perception
of the power they hold.
Instead of attacking their sex, women
politicians should be challenged over the
opinions they hold.
Or would that be too much of a threat?
October 11,1991
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It was the Rick Hiebert Birthday tame. Cheryl Niamath presented the
birthday boy with twelve raving feminist* while Effie Pow pranced in
with eleven pale blue monogrammed perscription padded jock straps.
Ricky giggled in glee as Jan Forcier knelt before him holding a large
basket of ten kneecaps knocking. Sam Green and Carla Maftechuk
followed closely bearing nine midgets melting. Next was Greg Davis,
smiling proudly with eight anatomically accurate chocolate repicas of
Hulk Hogan. Yukie Kurahashi shyly kissed Ricky's hem andalipped him
Bev en flakes of Paul Dayson. Ted Ing impatiently ripped the bow off of the
box of six articles of intimate apparel previously belonging to Sharon
Lindores. Don Mah, Prances Foran andTerrie Chan struggled under the
weight of five molding things. Anthony Grieco composted a sonnet of lust
which included four references to Lucho van Isschot and Yggy King (who
actually wanted to recite scenes from classic Monty Python). Raul bowed,
scraped and towed in three Matthew Johnson shaped Inflate-a-Mates.
Atop the towering pile of gifts stood a sheepish ElaSine Grufitz, who
tossed two French fries his way, exuding pathos as she licked the
coloured sprinkles off the chocolate Hulk. Finally in a shaft of heavenly
light, Morgan Maenling appeared in all her glory and handed Ricky the
best gift of all: Paul Gordon with a smarmy grin in a white polyester
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Don't blame
women for
male violence
It was with astonishment and disbelief that I
read Debra Gordon's letter
about the protection and assault of women (The Ubyssey, Tuesday Oct.10). The
claim that "assaults can't
happen if you don't put yourself in a position to be assaulted first" is ridiculous.
Unfortunately, attacks on
women occur all too frequently, be it on or off campus. How many of you know
about the man who assaulted
two women in one week in C-
lot last year? Or the woman
who was raped in Main Library (fifth floor, I think)
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last winter? I highly doubt
that each of these women
had put herself in "a position to be assaulted," whatever that may be. I will bet
any sum of money that these
are not theonly assaults that
occurred on campus last
Assault is not a result of
being irresponsible; it is a
result of male violence directed towards women. One
cannot blame the victims for
something over which they
have no control. Sure, none
of us like having to look over
our shoulders and to clench
our keys (with the ends exposed, of course) in our fists
when we are out in public,
but to blame the victims of
assault is unrealistic. Sure,
karate lessons will improve
one's chances of inflicting
pain upon the aggressor, but
they will not prevent an assault from occurring. It is
erroneous to think that they
would do so.
It would appear that Ms.
Gordon and Jason Skipness
(The Ubyssey, Friday Oct.4)
are members of the same
school of ideology; perhaps a
more Interesting" Ubyssey
would contain less about the
power of feminism, and more
about the methods for
women to protect themselves
from inevitable assaults.
Caroline Jones
Arts 3
The hotter the
In Oct 4, p. 10, "So, don't
flip the pages," Jason
Skipness   asks   "Is   [the
Ubyssey peppered with
feminism] because most of
the Ubyssey writers are
feminist or because the student body...cannot produce
enough writers to get a
balanced weekly journal?"
The question misses the
point: feminism IS balance.
Feminism is the notion that
women are equal with men
and that herstory is as important as history. Even if
every morsel of The Ubyssey
tasted of feminist pepper, if d
not be enough to correct our
own mental biases formed
from eons of patriarchy.
Sabrina Hong
John Lipscomb
Look out for annual
Ubyssey Hallowe'en
ghost story contest
Canada, the Gulf War, and nuclear proliferation
In the months since the
end ofthe Gulf War, more
and more information has
come out regarding the
Iraqi nuclear program.
Before the war, our
leaders told us that Iraq
could not possibly be developing nuclear weapons,
Proliferation Treaty. To
help Iraq develop "nuclear
power", the USSR and
France had supplied reactors while other technologies were provided by
Italy, and allegedly by
China and West Germany.
At the same time,
however, the Iraqis made
numerous illegal attempts
to acquire nuclear weapons components. In the
early 1980s, for example,
Iraq tried to buy plutonium from Italy; in 1990,
Baghdad was behind an
attempt to smuggle
switches for nuclear bomb
triggers out ofthe U.S.
The aftermath ofthe
war brought revelations
about the true nature of
Iraq's nuclear program. In
July, the Iraqi government admitted to having
three different programs
for enriching uranium.
Later that month, the
head ofthe International
Atomic Energy Agency
stated that Iraq would
have been able to develop
atomic weapons within
three years.
One question we all
need to ask—how would the
Gulf War have developed if
Iraq had possessed nuclear
The Iraqi example is
clear evidence of the link
between nuclear power and
weapons, a link the nuclear
power industry and most
Canadian politicians continue to deny.
When the Soviets supplied the Iraqis with a "research reactor" what kind of
research did they think Iraq
wanted to
We, as Ca-
should be
painfully aware of the answer, as it was our CIRUS
reactor which enabled India
to explode its first bomb in
In terms of taking responsibility for our part of
the problem, Canada must
cease its own ongoing attempts to export nuclear reactors, uranium and associated technologies—in the
past we have sold these
products to nations such as
Pakistan, Taiwan, South
Korea, Argentina, and Romania. Canadian MPs
should support Bill C-204,
which would involve a 50
year phase out of the Canadian nuclear industry.
Proliferation is an international problem, however. As an absolute bottom
line, the International
Atomic Energy Agency needs
the power to conduct challenge inspections of any
nuclear facility, and to close
it down if there is e vi dence of
weapons production.
Ironically, Iraq was a
signatory to the Non
Proliferation Treaty—this
agreement has major flaws
which need to be corrected
when the Treaty comes up
for renewal in 1995. How do
we expect regional powers to
adhere to the Treaty, when
long      time
nuclear powers like China
refuse to sign
it? Meanwhile, Canada refuses to
criticize the U.S. or Britain,
who continue to block a
Comprehensive Test Ban.
The need to strengthen
the NPT cannot be stressed
enough. The Canadian Centre for Arms Control and
Disarmament estimates
that without the NPT, some
35-40 nations could become
nuclear powers by the year
Of course, our exports of
conventional weapons will
also contribute to foreign
wars. During the Gulf War,
External Affairs Minister
Joe Clark preached on the
need to show "restraint," in
selling weapons to the
Middle East. But Clark
himself had been hawking
the sales of armored vehicles
to Saudi Arabia since 1986.
And this summer, the
Conservatives loosened
export laws on automatic
weapons to push through
an $800 million sale.
In a strange sense, we
were lucky with Hussein—
Iraq had not yet developed
nuclear weapons, or adequate delivery systems for
other weapons of mass destruction. But the dynamic
of weapons proliferation
tells us that our time is
running out. At present,
Canada's federal government is doing little to slow
the growth of either
nuclear or conventional
weapons in the rest ofthe
world—in fact, our exports
of nuclear materials and
conventional weapons may
well end up being used
against us or our allies.
James Young
Unclassified 5
(I was B.C. Bureau chief
for CUP in 1986/87. I was
CUP's Peace and Security
Issues Coordinator in 87/
88.1 presented this information to the Citizens'
Inquiry into
Peace and Security, and
independent inquiry into
Canada's defence and security policies, on September 21, 1991—a more
complete description ofthe
inquiry could be obtained
from Peter Coombes at End
the Arms Race, 736-2366.)
October 11,1991 LETTERS/OP-ED
defend process
It is with a sad sense of deja vu
that I have observed UBC's pro-
h cess of upgrading its hadardous
waste desposal facility. UBC has
*" decided on an option, announced
the option (quietly), and is now
defending its position. This process of decide-announce-defend
with respect to the siting of disposal
4 facilities has been attempted many
times in Canada and the USA in
-i the last decade. Invariably, it ignites a firestorm of controversy
and local community resistance:
the so-called NIMBY syndrome
(Not-In-My-Backyard). And, with
predictable regularity, the pro-
" posed facility is  successfully
i blocked by its NIMBY opponents.
Recall, for example, the failed attempt to site a hazardous waste
incinerator near Cache Creek, B.C.
The NIMBYresponse has been
the subject of much research in the
"•* last decade (including work at
UBC). Facility proponents have
developed creative strategies for
meeting community concerns.
Typically, such strategies involve
the need to negotiate the siting of
a waste desposal facility with the
*■ local residents as if they held a
veto over the project. Areas to be
negotiated might include the facility, the monitoring of discharges
from the facility, the disposal of
residual wastes, emergency procedures, local resident participation
t> in management of the facility,
compensation to the community,
and efforts to develop a more acceptable means of waste management. A major benefit of such negotiations is the ability to exchange
information and perceptions in a
_ non-confrontational environment.
The presence of a mediator is advisable, to facilitate the negotiation
The UBC authorities have
chosen to ignore the wealth of experience that rejects the decide-
announce-defence approach. Furthermore, they have chosen to
launch their proposal in the middle
of a provincial election campaign.
It is my perception that, this time,
UBC has gone too far. The NDP
have threatened a public hearing,
and the proposal must be ruled on
by the GVRD. A strong NIMBY
response is brewing. UBC could
easily end up with no way to dispose of its hazardous waste.
Recall the UBC is trying to
sell real estate at Hampton Court,
a stone's throw from the current
incinerator. What effect will a controversial hazardous waste facility have on the rate-of-return for
Hampton Court? It seem likely that
UBC has a financial interest in
adequately addressing community
So here's a suggestion for the
UBC authorities. Rather than going though an acrimonious public
battle which you may lose, and
which may damage your own financial interests, please consider
enteringinto negotiations with the
local community. The opportunity
exists for a consensual resolution
to this controversy
Dan Walker
Geological Sciences
Verily-I was right
sayeth Ed
Perhaps it is my fellow-reviewer, Bill Denham, who needs to
re-take English 100, rather than
the Gideons, as he suggests. The
Gideons have indeed hit upon "a
remarkable marketing gambit" in
giving away their New Testament,
but is is a re-issue of a literary and
historical classic: "ne w" i n the same
sense that the latest 3-year-old-
tartar-control version of Crest
toothpaste is new, not in the absolute sense implied by Denham.
While the main character, Jesus of
Nazareth, is indeed "a tragic character" in the classical sense of a
man whose destiny is controlled by
God, "the story" (neither his nor
the book's) can hardly be said to
have "a tragic ending." Nor does
my fellow-reviewer's critique ofthe
book's "spottiness" display much
literary acumen. Is it possible he
has never before encountered an
Mr. Denham is correct in
pointing out that, "Some parts of
the book are inspiring and/or comic,
while others are stultifyingly boring." To do the work justice, however, it might be wise to point out
that the "boring" portions are
largely the result ofthe book's historical character. With regard to
interest level, the New Testament
fares much better than most primary sources and history texts,
although it might not hold the
reader's attention quite as well
some historical eyewitness accounts.
The 'sketchiness' of characterization noted by Denham is
perhaps evident in some of Jesus'
less prominent followers, such as
James the same of Alphaeus and
Simon the Zealot, but can hardly
be applied to Jesus himself, or to
men like Peter or Paul. Nor is
Denham's review accurate in calling the book's "moral
message...vague and ambiguous."
Commands such as "love your
neighbour as yourself, and pro
nouncements like, "all have sinned
and come short ofthe glory of God",
or "faith without works is dead",
run as themes throughout the New
Testament, transcending individual authors and books.
Interestingly enough, the
Gideons do not claim authorship of
this classic anthology, nor even to
be its translators, as was once the
case. Instead, they claim that it
"reveals the mind of God" because
it is "His Word", written by Him,
though by what process—whether
by commission or by dictation —
they do not say in their prefatory
remarks. It is a claim worth looking into, especially when one considers the fulfilled prediction of its
companion volume, the Old Testament, recorded within its pages.
Somehow I think that, with all its
frankness and horror, and beauty,
and encouragement, the New
Testament is just the sort of book
that, if I were God, I would have
wanted to have written....
Ed Hewlett
Education 1
Misplaced blame
Whoa, Debra Gordon, what are
you talking about? "Assaults can't
happen if you don't put yourself in
a position to be assaulted first."
Assaults do not all occur at
night or on remote parts of dark
campuses; they happen during
daylight, too—in women's homes,
offices, and schools. Victims cannot
always prevent their attacks.
In fact Ms. Gordon, you have
probably been in many situations
yourself in which you could have
been assaulted, in which other
women have been assaulted. Have
you, for example, ever been on a
date? Have you ever ridden alone
with a man in an elevator? Have
you ever studied in the stacks in
Main Library? Have you ever been,
alone withaman—aman you trust,
your teacher, your brother's best
friend, even your own father?
I am not suggesting that all
men are lying in wait ready to rape
you, nor am I suggesting that there
is nothing you can do to reduce
your risk of being raped. Many
women do successfully fend off attackers. But all women can do is
reduce risk; we cannot eliminate
it. Women are justifiably angry
that we must live in fear.
My roommate during my first
year of university was raped. She
andafriend were walkingin a well
lit are of campus (not this campus)
on a major road. Three men approached with guns and ordered
them to a dark areabehind bushes.
Not only were they raped, they
were brutally beaten. They both
suffered severe injuries; my
roommate withdrew from school.
They could not have prevented this
attack. They did not do anything
Do not blame victims for attacks. Blame rapists.
 Laura J. May
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October 11,1991
THE UBYSSEY/11 Egoyan: burning
down the house
Zhang Yimou, director of Raise the Red Lantern, sete-up a shot.
Women struggle under patriarchy
by Ted Ing
IN a brave new Canadian
feature, Atom Egoyan has
produced a visually arresting,
hypnotic world in which everything teeters on the edge of
The Adjuster
scheduled for general release
The Adjuster concentrates
on characters who continually
destroy and recreate their
realities using material possessions.
Noah, an insurance adjuster,
and his wife, Hara, a censor at
the pornography board, live in
the only house of an undeveloped
subdivision. Bubba and Mimi are
a wealthy couple who spend their
lives acting out their twisted
sexual fantasies.
The narrative ofthe film is
initially chaotic, but the events
soon string together and form a
purely Egoyan film structure, for
those familiar with his previous
The film unfolds as does a
dream—through intense but
hazy activity with much subtext.
It is not long, however, before
one is caught up in Egoyan's
ritualistic fantasy.
The Adjuster has already
won many prestigious awards,
and stands as the most important Canadian feature ofthe
nineties. Don't miss it.
by Terrie Chan
THE visually entrancing
Raise the Red Lantern is the
latest film by Chinese director
Zhang Yimou.
Set in 1920s China, the
movie follows the story of a
nineteen-year-old university
student, Songlian, who marries a
rich man out of economic
necessity and practicality.
Raise the Red Lantern
She enters a household that not
only imposes cumbersome family
traditions on her, but she also
faces competition from three
other wives for the affections of
the man ofthe house.
The film is never boring,
and takes a humorous look at
the struggle for one-
upwomanship taking place not
only between the wives but
also between Songlian and her
woman servant.
The film contains a strong
underlying message. The
household is a microcosm of
Chinese society, and the film
never ventures outside of this
setting. Songlian's independent
nature is compromised when
she joins the concubine.
As she and every other
woman tries to compensate this
loss by pursuing status and self-
pride, this inevitably pits woman
against woman.
But there is another force at
work, which unites women in
opposition to a patriarchal
system. The tension between
these two forces is ended ultimately as one force wins out.
The film is undeniably a
social comment on Chinese
society's treatment of women,
and indeed, on the treatment of
women in all societies.
Hera, pom censor, In The Adjuster.
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October 11,1991


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