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The Ubyssey Jul 27, 1988

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 Geers challenged
on sexist
The promise of up to 50 permanent jobs prompted
Ash croft-Cache Creek residents to welcome anew toxic waste
incinerator into their small B.C. community. But while they
await construction, the company chosen to build the facility
is the subject of a legacy of controversy.
The U.S. Environmental Systems Company (ENSCO)
has a history of accusations against it, which include charges
of abnormally high cancer rates and other diseases in the
areas around their facilities, and all egations of un authorized
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By Carol Swan
Two female UBC engineering graduates have
lodged a complaint with
the BC Council of Human
Rights over the sexist
contents ofthe Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS) newsletter.
Charlane Bahry and Anya
Keefe allege that the February
1987 issues of the "nEUSletter",
which all engineering students
must pay for through their $18
EUS fees, contain material that
discriminates against women.
"We just felt it wasn't material fit to be published. If anyone
outside of the university tried to
publish it, it wouldn't be allowed,"
said Keefe.
"If you substituted the word
Black or Jew for any of the references involving women it would be
seen as discrimination? she
Keefe and Bahry found several items in the newsletter especially offensive, including various
cartoons, several lines devoted to
the sexual uses of cucumbers and a
reference to a female engineering
students' meeting as an 'engineering wench's bitch session'.
But EUS vice-president Greg
Smith doesn't feel that the newsletter issues in question were offensive and said that the people
who controlled what went into the
issues were women.
"It they (the female editors)
felt it was offensive, they could
have taken things out. If it wasn't
pulled by them, I guess it wasn't
offensive," said Smith.
But Keefe said it doesn't matter whether men or women were
editing the newsletter because,
while the editors have a right to
veto the material submitted to
them by the various engineering
clubs, they haven't exercised that
right in the past.
"I'd like to see more responsible editing. Right now, it's considered traditional to have it (the
newsletter) as obnoxious as possible? said Keefe.
The Alma Mater Society is
legally responsible for its EUS
subsidiary and AMS president
Tim Bird sympathizes with the
two women.
"When you're offended by
something and you know your fees
are going to something that offends you, that really rubs it in?
said Bird.
However, Bird said that a
change in the fee structure, in
which the dean of a faculty might
ask the registrar not to collect
certain fees, was unlikely to occur
as a result of the women's complaints.
It is more likely that the complaints will inspire the EUS to
exercise a little more discretion in
what they print, said Bird.
Bird agrees that past issues of
the newsletter could be considered
"I'd say it's pretty gross. The
only reason the jokes are in there
is because they're tasteless.
Thafs part of the culture of the
faculty? said Bird.
Bird added that the AMS is
not prepared to censor the newsletter. "It they (the EUS) want to
publish a newsletter, ifs their
business. It would be censorship
to say they can or can't print
(something) so well have to rely
on the good taste ofthe executive,"
Keefe said she and Bahry are
not out to censor the newsletter
but are hoping for a change in
format. "They should be publishing something newsworthy? she
But Smith said that the news
letter has become less sexist since
the 1987 issues and he questioned
why Keefe and Bahry waited until
May 1988, more than a year after
the offending issues were published, before lodging a complaint.
"We voiced objections in class
and the boys said "Calm down. Ifs
funny,"" said Keefe.
While Keefe said that she had
found the newsletter offensive
throughout her four years at UBC,
it wasn't until her final year that
she became aware that she could
take her complaint to the Human
Rights Council.
Keefe disagreed with Smith's
comment that the newsletter has
recently become less sexist.
"It hasn't gotten better, it's
gotten worse. Some years ifs really obscene? she said, adding
that the raunchy side ofthe newsletter began to emerge after the
EUS's former mouthpiece, the
"Red Rag" was forced to close down
about eight years ago.
"It (sexism) stems from
its being a traditionally male
dominated field. UBC engineers
like to be provocative? said Keefe.
TRIUMF puts us on the map
By Deanne Fisher
UBC's TRIUMF facility will
soon be spitting out nifty subatomic particles from an expensive
kaon factory thanks to a wide
range of recent financial commitments.
"We need $571 million all
together? said TRIUMF director
Erich Vogt, adding that approximately one third of that could
come from international investors.
Japan, Germany, Italy and
the United States have all expressed interest in financing the
"unique world facility" said Vogt.
He expects thcfinal go ahead to be
given "a year from now."
The two year-old proposal for
the kaon factory, which has many
practical spin-offs including medical research, is expected to create
as many as 19,000 jobs.
The provincial and federal
governments have recently announced the joint funding of a
year-long, $11 million study which
should result in a "full design ofthe
project...so nothing unusual happens in construction? said Vogt.
"Thafs exactly what we want?
While the provincial government has already committed $90
million to the actual construction,
"Ottawa would have to pay about
half? said Vogt.
He said the facility would also
have a $90 million per year operating cost which he also hopes will be
covered by the federal government.
The foreign financial participation is described by advanced
education minister Stan Hagen as
"the finest example of science cooperation among the Group of
Seven Summit Nations?
Vogt said the kaon factory will
"put the whole country on the
map." "It is really a national laboratory, here on the UBC campus?
he said.
Hagen also recognized the
significance of the project. "Science, innovation and technology
are essential in terms of placing
Canada in a competitive position
in the changing world of economic
order," he said.
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discharging of toxic water.
Leroy Hauser, housing director in the city of Shakopee, Minne-
sota, lived about five miles away from an Ensco plant. A chemical fire
raged there for two days, smoldered for a week, and required eight
fire departments to eontain. The people of Shakopee, with the help
of the local courts, kicked Ensco out of town.
During that incident, Hauser says he could see smoke and 55
gallon drums shooting up in the air some 150-200 feet.
The state ignored the plant's operations until the explosion.
■"But what we found on site was...some 25 or 30 thousand containers
of hazardous waste, unlabeled and unmarked, with no fire lanes or
anything like that? said Hauser.
Hauser contacted the state of Minnesota which drew up a stipulation of inventory reduction which ENSCO owner Melvin Bell
signed and never lived up to.
"I've got everything, the whole cycle? says Hauser. "Aerial photographs of how he (Bell) took care of Ms inventory. He kept telling
us he was burningit, and I'd send a helicopter out there once a week
and we'd see no inventory reduction through air photo analysis."
ENSCO was chosen by the provincial government upon recom*
raendafcion by a Special Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC), because other companies had even worse safety records than ENSCO,
according to SWAC chair David Boyes,
"Accidents happen in any organization. One ofthe things you
have to realise when you look at these companies, all of them, is this
is a fairly new fieldin North America ..►many of these companiesare
just getting into it, so they're learning as they go," says Boyes.
*One of the reasons we chose this group is that they are in the
forefront of doing research in new technologies for handling hazardous waste," he added.
But the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
revealed in 1985--86 that blood studies of ENSCO workers showed
dangerously high levels of PCEf*.
Recent studies have discovered that incidence of Lou Gehrig's
disease and other neurological disorders, as well as liver and kidney
cancer, are unusually higher among ENSCO employees than the
national average.
Doctors in El Dorado, Arkansas, where ENSCO has been
operati ng for 14 years, are filing suit against the company, outraged
by what they regard as the negative health effects of the toxic
"Three doctors are the driving force behind this [snit. in El
Dorado since the death rate among their patients and the instances
of cancer are so high above the national average that they are
sickened by it. Thafs why, in a nutshell, weVe going to court,* said
Attorney John Moroat who is representing the citizens group suing
ENSCO this summer.
But Boyes, a renowned cancer specialist, says the cancer claim
is invalid.
"Cancers come in clusters. I think you 11 find there are groups of
people in all societies who are very anxious about these things and
ifs not possible to reason with them. I can't reason with them? said
198? brought news of EPA violations, including "unauthorized
discharges" of toxic water by ENSCO into the nearby Boggy Creek.
The most recent controversy involving ENSCO was sparked
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July 27,1988 News ; ]
Bird studies feasibility of
federal polling booths at UBC
By Tim McGrady
If Alma Mater Society
president Tim Bird has his
way, students, staff and faculty won't have to leave campus to vote in the next federal
"Since there are forty thousand people working, living and
studying on campus, it makes
perfect sense to have polling stations here," he said.
"There are all kinds of spinoff things hke candidates recognizing the importance of a campus in their riding."
Bird recently returned from
a student presidents conference
in Ottawa where he discussed the
issue of campus polling stations
with Assistant Electoral Officer
Ron Gould.
"Gould thought we had a
pretty good case given our isolated population base," said Bird.
To make use of on-campus
voting booths, a student would
first have to be registered in the
Quadra riding.
Students who were registered in
another riding would have to
indicate their intention to vote in
Quadra during the enumeration
process. Bird said that they
would then have to notify their
home riding of their new status.
Possible sites of the polling
booths include SUB and the student residences. "Areas would
have to be wheel-chair accessible
Polling booths for UBC?
and they would have to be in an
area central to a population," said
The federal government
would foot the bill but Bird said he
would canvass for volunteer support to help set up the booths.
He said the plan for campus
polling stations would only be fea-
flle photo
sible if the election were called at a
time when large numbers of students were on campus.
Prior to the election, which
Bird guessed might be in October
or November, he will be speaking
with the returning officer for the
Quadra riding and "together well
work out the logistics."
Stein to host "Voices for the
Wilderness" festival
By Tim McGrady
If you're suffering from
post-Folk Festival withdrawal, the Lytton and Mt.
Currie Indian people are
offering the best antidote
around. The two bands are
hosting the "Voices for the
Wilderness' Stein Festival
July 30, 31 and August 1 at
the mouth of the Stein
River, near Lytton.
First held in 1985, the festival
is an important part of the two
bands' attempts to generate public
support and publicity in their fifteen year battle to save the Stein
Among the speakers scheduled are David Suzuki, former
judge Thomas Berger, and president of the Council of the Haida
Nation, Miles Richardson. Music
will be provided by Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy St. Marie, The Nylons
and Spirit of the West. Native
drum and dance groups will also
* John McCandless, spokesperson for the bands, calls it a "really
magnificent opportunity for cross-
cultural communication."
In March 1986, a provincially
appointed Wilderness Advisory
Committee (W. AC) recommended
that no logging access road be built
without Native consent. However,
the government proceeded to approve road construction in September 1987. BC Forests Products, who have cutting rights to
the area, played down environmental concerns, maintaining
that only 9% ofthe valley would be
Environmentalists and Natives balked, claiming that the 9%
included the ecologically-sensitive
valley bottom.
Hon. Thomas Berger
McCandless says the festival
grew out of the Native conviction
that they had no voice in decisions
being made about "their backyard."
Current negotiations between the provincial government
said the Indians are difficult,
McCandless says, "because Victoria and Native people don't speak
the same language."
Wilf Hurd, of BC Forest Products said, "The Forest Service still
has to make a decision on the logging road," adding that if the area
were logged, it "wouldn't be until
late 1990."
"There are certainly powerful
arguments in favor of preserving
wilderness area," said Hurd. But
B.C.F.P. advocates a "multiple-
use concept" with wilderness and
logging co-existing.
Asked if B.C.F.P. was attending the festival, Hurd said, "I
imagine someone will be there but
we're not part ofthe festival, thatfs
for sure."
The festival officially begins
at ten o'clock Saturday morning.
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"A workshop on corporate responsibility by the forest industry,"
will follow in the afternoon, and
will "put together forest industry
representatives like Jack Munro
together with Suzuki and (Lytton
chief) Ruby Dunstan." said McCandless.
The format, he said, will be
short speeches by each panelist
after which "we will open it up to
On Saturday night, participants can relax and listen to Gordon Lightfoot and Buffy St. Marie.
On Sunday, Thomas Berger, former B.C. Supreme Court Judge,
and Haida Council president
Miles Richardson will discuss
Aboriginal justice, after which the
a cappella group The Nylons will
McCandless said that all performers and speakers are volunteering their time but that part of
the proceeds will go to pay travel
costs. The rest will go to the Stein
Preservation Fund and the Stein
Rediscovery Youth Program.
[ """""'    Feature
Interior burns waste
continued from page 1
when the State Department of Pollution Control and Ecology issued
ENSCO a 10-year permit that allows the company to burn 18.2 tons of
hazardous waste per hour at the El Dorado plant.
The Lt. Governor of Arkansas, Winston Bryant, says that the
ENSCO permit is "opening the door to make us the dumping ground of
the nation," due to the high volume of waste that the permit allows
ENSCO to burn.
Although BC's Environment Ministry says there will be no waste
importation, Boyes warns that the "door has been left open" because of
his own recommendations.
"There are new processes coming on in industry where fairly small
amounts of highly specialized hazardous waste are produced, particularly in the electronics industries. And it may well be in 5 years time,
that there would be a reason to have one treatment centre for a
particular type of special waste that would take care ofthe whole west
coast... So I wanted to leave the door open because I don't want us to
have to set up a $5 million treatment centre for something that well
have a very little bit of and we'd be better off sending it to Washington
or Oregon or something like that. Or we might set up here and do it for
ENSCO's MWP 2000's ability to accept additional incinerators is
one ofthe reasons it was chosen by SWAC.
Paul Connett, a member of an advisory panel to the State of
Washington on solid waste management, says this is a scenario that
must be avoided. "It's bad enough looking after the waste that you
generate yourself... What these people are saying is that you're so hard
up for development that you're prepared to act as the ultimate toilet for
other communities' sloppy habits."
And Attorney John Morout warns that expansion, requiring the
importation of hazardous waste from other provinces and the United
States, is the only way for the operation to be cost effective .
"We (in El Dorado) generate 0.8 per cent ofthe hazardous waste in
this country. Yet well be processing a third of the hazardous waste in
the country once the expansion is completed," said Morout.
SWAC was appointed by the province in February 1987 to review
options for a comprehensive "special waste management system" for
the province and to make recommendations.
The committee sought companies qualified in special waste management throughout North America and Europe, and solicited help
from a number of interested groups and individuals to assist them in
making their recommendations.
Boyes says that the work of UBC chemical engineer John Grace
was a "crucial" element in the committee's final decision, and that the
committee would not have recommended ENSCO had Grace said that
the processes they were using were not satisfactory.
Boyes says that Grace's report to the committee focussed on the
incineration of hydro carbons (organics) and the proper treatment ofthe
toxic waste.
But Grace is careful to point out that he played no role in identifying individual companies and is surprised that his two short reports,
totalling ten pages, held so much weight with the committee.
"It seemed to me that my role was really rather minor at the time,"
he said.
Grace says the committee should have taken a harder look at
ENSCO's violations.
"One is concerned whenever there are reports of high incidence of
cancers or any other disease in that area where you do things. Obviously something like that has to be given a great deal of attention. One
would want to look at that very carefully," he added.
Connett, an expert in heavy metals and their interaction with
biological systems, agrees with Grace that the violations must be taken
seriously and says Boyes' argument should be 'smacked down'.
"These reports are definitely not anecdotal, they are
there, they have these increases. Whether or not it's due to ENSCO or
due to the other chemical facilities in the area is extremely difficult to
establish," says   Connett.
The SWAC committee have promised that the operation in the
Ashcroft- Cache Creek area will not be monitored solely by ENSCO.
As early as December 1987, the committee recommended in an
interim report that the Environchem Group -consisting of Environ-
chem Services, ENSCO Incorporated, Sandwell Swan Wooster and
Stablex Canada -be chosen as the joint venture to construct and operate
the special waste management system,and to put in place more industry safeguards.
The crisis in toxic waste disposal is the result of an explosive
growth in the use and environmental release pf toxic substances by
chemical, oil, pharmaceutical, agribusiness, nuclear, and other industries.
The SWAC committee decided that BC needed a central waste
disposal service because the current method of disposal is inadequate.
Currently, toxic wastes are disposed of in landfills, dumped in local
creeks and the ocean, and exported to the U.S. PCB's have been
stockpiled by BC Hydro, which has been doing research into chemical
processes for modifying specific wastes. And a small fraction of the
province's waste is burned at UBC in a low capacity burner which has
had difficulties.
Opponents of the toxic waste incinerator argue that even if the
ENSCO plant were proven to be safe, the promise of 40-60 new
permanent jobs in the community is a hollow one. Many ofthe technical
jobs will more than likely be filled from outside the area. And a
centralized system of toxic incineration leads to the possibility of
hazardous waste spills being transported to the plant by trucks, rail or
The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Business Association ran three full
page ads in the local paper that stressed a great opportunity would be
lost to another community if residents did not vote in favor ofthe plant.
An opinion poll using old voter lists which excluded a number of
residents in the two communities, is viewed by SWAC as enough
evidence of the support needed to go ahead with the plan.
Despite industry claims that the Ashcroft-Cache Creek area was
selected for scientific and technical reasons, environmentalists argue
that the choice of the site was made for political reasons. Morout says
El Dorado was picked because it is "very, very poor, sparsely populated,
and the education level is the lowest in the country, so it's a prime area
to be selected."
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Trio sings the trials of South Africa's women
By Deanne Fisher
The mere existence of a South African
theatre company devoted to exposing
the masses to the ordeals of apartheid's victimized women almost defies criticism. The
Vusisizwe Players, whose unique production
"You Strike the Woman, You Strike the
Rock" - is currently showing at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, could not possibly
achieve a higher level of authenticity.
Vusisizwe Players
You Strike the Woman, You Strike the
Vancouver East Cultural Centre
July 19 to August 7
Though the play marks the first professional stage roles for two ofthe cast of three
women, their inexperience is virtually invisible, probably because they have lived the
theme ofthe play. Poppy Tsira, Thobeka
Mazhutyana and Nomvula Qosha know life
in the townships. They know the particular
suffering of South Africa's women.
Though audience members had to adjust
to the strong accents ofthe three, their
booming voices and expressive faces more
than made up for any initial incoherence.
They were a pleasure to watch.
The form ofthe production is difficult to
name and even to describe. The set is
barren, the props few. The sound effects are
produced by the
women themselves - among
the best of
them, a baby
crying and then
drinking its'
mother's milk.
The scenes are
often choppy,
ending in song.
Each woman
plays more than
one character -
from children to
white farmers.
Even the
subjugation of
an entire race is
not immune to
comedy. These
women manage
to laugh at each
other, at
themselves and
even at the The Vusiskwe Players at the
system under which they live. Risking
arrest for hawking chickens suddenly
becomes laughable. A husband who drinks
away the family money _ac&_..s ffsgrettably
The more serious momerts ofthe production are too real to be disregarded - the
sexual assault of a farm worker, a miscar-
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riage caused by overwork, and the dilemma
of whether or not to speak out and risk imprisonment. Most of these are uniquely
female obstacles, and it is only when each
woman recognizes her particular role in her
political environment that these obstacles
play a subordinate role to the struggle
against, apartheid.
deanne fisher photo
The play could end sooner than it does,
for its message is so strong that it need not
be exhausted. But the last few moments of
song capture and project the spirit ofthe
message these amazing women have
brought to Canada. It is not the words, for
they are not in English. It is the courage in
their voices.
Terry Edmunds: an impressive opening act for
Big Brother and The Holding Company last
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Pee-wee Herman reaches puberty
By Martin JDawes
Surprisel Ptee-weehai a penis, and he
_*^m« to know tHa. *wnmg on<_
eafetfls more than just convenient pissing,
Paul Reubens1 matt-elf id has grown up
a bit since his: Big Adventure of last yeaiv
in which he was. engaged iii a quest for his
holy bteycle.
i*ee**wee Herman in
Big Top Pee-wee
Capitol 6
For Pee-wee, women are now much
m-are important than iacydes* In fact,
them, are no bicycles in ihi? 51m. He
doesn't even live in a. toy hause anymore,
nor does he eat Mr. T Cereal and butter Ms
toast with & two-foot-!ong floppy knife.
Pee-wee Herman is a fanner with a fiancee.
He and his piggish assistant, Vance the
Pigf plan to revolutionize agrintiltui-eirvith
their cutting-edge experimentation. "The
work I'm doing here today will make this
world a better placet© live ip* claims Mr.
Herman in all seriousness*
The local townsfolk resent Pee-wee's
presence. Wire not told why,fe«t we sympathize with them all the same. His fiancee
Winnie, however, adores Mm, wen if she is
constantly struggling underneath him* Ptee-
wee <stfll the child at heart, thank god)is
troubled by the fact that Winnie is unable to
see picture, in the clouds* but lust conquers
Suddenly, the plot takes a strange, inexplicable Wizard of Oz-like twist, when a
violent storm deposits a travelling circus in
Pee*wee's back yard,
Pee-wee quickly befriends this outlandish bunch of misfits after they are cruelly
rejected fey the ornery townsfolk, and takes a
particular liking to the star trapeze artist
Gina (actually, he faints after glancing at
her breasts).
Kris Kristofferson is quite likable as
the good-natured circus manager, and
Valeria Golino makes «n affecting debut
as Gina.
So Pee-wee becomes embroiled In a
brutal love triangle, poor Vance must
cope with the affections of a huge, lonely
rhinoceros, and the unfortunate circus
must confront its ownunwantedness.
Okay, I admit this film is ridiculous,
But Pe_*wee Hera.-_i.is a unique
phenomenon and, as such, quite unclassj-
Sable. Good, bad, overrated, underplayed,
volleyball • what do words like these have
to do with Pee-wee Herman?
While this film lacks the oxymoroflte
Instant classic1 qualify of Pee-wee's Big
Adventure^ Big Top Pee-wee ought to
provide good muddy fun for all the half-
grown-up, three-quarter-wits lurking out
there in the wide world of sports.
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July 27,1988
Engineers' humour not
a laughing matter
UBC engineers are once again in the midst of a controversy involving their treatment of women. A new complaint involving the contents ofthe engineering newsletter joins the controversy surrounding the Godiva rides
and strip shows of the past. Two female engineering
graduates have charged that the engineering newsletter
blatantly discriminates against women and have taken
their complaint to the BC Council of Human Rights.
Many engineers obviously consider their newsletter
a joyous celebration of crude humour, but they seem
oblivious of the fact that many people, engineers included, find their efforts at humour offensive.
What is wrong with these individuals? Why do the
rest ofthe faculty's students let them create this image
of engineers? Do UBC engineers have some kind of high
tolerance for bad jokes? Are they more crude than
average human beings? Do the words "tit" or even
"cucumber" inspire more guffaws in engineers than most
Most engineers justify their humour by appealing to
tradition. Well tradition is a nice thing, but when it
becomes obvious that a particular tradition is no longer
appreciated it should be put to rest, the way public
floggings and stonings were.
But perhaps there is hope for engineers. Engineers
at a Quebec conference this year discussed their sexist
image. And now two UBC engineers themselves are
trying to put a stop to their juvenile and damaging
behavior. In the meantime, this traditional humour is
making a fool ofthe engineers as well as the university.
Put pit bull Poole to sleep
The smarter ones have already bailed out. Grade
and Brian jumped ship when it was safely in port. Only
the stupid stayed aboard the doomed Vessel Vander
David Poole, secretary ofthe premier's office, stayed
on until Vander Zalm threw him to the sharks. Or at
least that's what the pundits ofthe local dailies would
have us believe: Vander Zalm has sacrificed his puppy pit
bull, Poole, who did all his dirty work.
For those who can see beyond the Socreds' thick film
of filth, this is yet another ploy to placate the people.
There has been much criticism of Poole from British
Columbians who do not want their province run by an
unelected official. And perhaps of more importance, at
least in Vander Zalm's mind, is criticism from within his
own party. So, what could the poor premier do?
He could have taken his puppy pit bull Poole and put
him to sleep. But alas, Vander Zalm resorted to an even
more hideous deed — instead of getting rid of Poole,
Vander Zalm gave him another title.
Although Poole retains his old title of principal secretary, he is now also the premier's chief political advisor. Frank Rhodes will take over the Poole's old duties
but without the title. Poole gets to keep that.
The only thing that one can gather from this latest
maneuver is that Vander Zalm is showing some concern
for public opinion. However, one cannot be sure if he is
concerned about what the general public thinks or if his
only concern is for the disgruntled Socreds who voted for
him in the first place.
Regardless, it is obvious that Vander Zalm still
doesn't give a damn about democracy, nor understand in
the least bit what it is to be a politician in a democracy.
The cosmetic changes made to the Vander Zalm
administration will not help the Socred party. If they
seriously want to win the next election, they will get rid
of Vander Zalm and his gang of used-car salesmen before
they do more damage. But if they did that, there would
be no one left in the Socred galleys.
Perhaps the time has come to wrap up the whole
ugly Socred experiment and dismantle the party. That
would be a positive step.
July 27,1988
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Staff democracy went out the window as ChriB Wiesinger brought out the
shotgun to encourage JeffSilversteinto finish his feature. Martin Dawes, his task
complete, lounged with Deanne Fisher and Carol Swan drinking a strange new
drink made out of the chemical warite Mandel Ngan had found close to Triumf.
"MMmmm, mmmm, ggggoooood," gasped Laura Busheikin as she sucked back a
huge quantity of the greenish slime. "And it's cheaper than B.C. wine!" chortled Ted
Aussem as he parwed the jerry can. Alex Johnson giggled as her glass melted and
the green Blime burned through the floor. Tim McGrady immediately dove to the
floor. "Can't waste this shit," he Baid. It's gooood!" And Steve Chan melted.
Martin Dawe*
Deanne Fisher
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Katherine Monk
Mandel Ngan
Chris Wleslnger
UBC legally
entitled to treat
students on
Challenge like
farm workers
This letter responds to
the letter you published
from the Arts 3 gentleman
who overcame the oppression of severe working conditions. Specifically, he demanded and received twice-
monthly payments for his
Challenge '88 funded employment at UBC.
He insisted that there
was legislation which protected people from cruel and
unusual punishment such
as monthly wage payments.
This is true. However all legislation has the dreaded
"fine print" and in this situation he would be well advised to read it.
The Employment Standards Act, the legislation to
which I believe he is referring, specifically exempts
certain occupations from its
protection. One occupation
isa student who is employed
at the educational institution where s/he is enrolled.
I presume someone
working for UBC who is a
student of UBC would therefore not be protected by the
legislation. More power to
Mr. Arts 3 for getting the
rate of payment increased,
but the "capitalist swine"
probably are not required to
be so kind. Try working at
SFU next year!
Barb Clerihue, CA.
Arts 3
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Rednecks endanger heterosexual in West End
all the time, Women, homosexuals and others face this all the time: threats, taunts,
and violence.
Now I am in danger simply because I
look deviant, and Fm in the West End. The
fm running down Georgia street near
StanleyPark on a beautiful summer night.
Ifs midnight. Suddenly, a car pulls up.
*Hey, fag..Nice beard, faaag, Ohhh,
mybumhole hurts..."
I consider dropping my shorts, or tell- logic is inescapable.
ing him to return to his mother's vagina,
but I contain myself** I am in danger.
I am not gay, but these idiots think I
am. And I am in danger! The irony kills
me. I begin to realize what a burden it
wouldbetodeal with this sort of treatment
I even considered saying Tm as gay as
the Pope/ but then I realized that this would
hardly convince them.
No, there was nothing to do but run
faster - towards bright lights.
Name withheld
Forced retirement won't solve problem
For someone who calls himself a
graduate student of philosophy, Kurt Preinsperg can be remarkably unreflectdve
about the underlying premises and motivations for his arguments and crusades. His
attack on senior, tenured professors illustrates this. Kurt's championing of mandatory retirement stems directly from his
desire to further his own self-interest. His
appeal to social justice is but a gloss to
deflect our attention.
With reference to his letter of July 13,
this point can be demonstrated. Kurt anxiously stands in that "long lineup of qualified academics waiting for a chance to
work." And when this access to academic
jobs is unclogged, when the "highly paid
people on the brink of senility^ are removed, Kurt will have the chance to move
onto the tenure track. The animating principle of ego-gratification is at work here as
clearly as it is in the case where Kurt
derides the lack of womenin the philosophy
department. In the latter example, Kurt
appeals to the social injustice of sexism to
mask the actual reason for his complaint:
there are not enough women for him to look
at or ask out.
But to enter the philosophic fray, mandatory retirement can be just as ineffective
in weeding out "the appalling number of
uncreative and unenthusiastic senior academics with tenure." Without delving into
the complexities of the tenure labyrinth,
Kurt does not make a case for an appalling
number of intellectually convalescent faculty, he merely purports that it is a given
fact. People who lack Kurf s hasty zeal do
not necessarily possess the qualities he
attributes to senior professors.
Kurt also fails to mention merit as a
criterion of continued employment. The
amelioration of social injustice cannot be
the sole factor in warranting employment
just as it cannot be a factor in denying it.
Nor does Kurt provide solid arguments
for shifting "social benefits away from a
disadvantaged to an already advantaged
group." Senior professors have not appropriated jobs "into advanced old age." First,
Kurt has misused the term "appropriate."
Second, tenured professors are now, after
decades in their careers, receiving the
benefits of enduring the process. The same
people were once in Kurtf s position.
The deplorable state of academic postings available to graduate students and
young academics in North America is not a
result of tenure or the repealing of mandatory retirement. Firing every faculty member sixty-five or over will not alleviate this
situation. The road to academic excellence
must be sought elsewhere and Mr. Preinsperg should re-evaluate the validity of his
arguments and their presuppositions.
Tom Andrews
Philosophy 4
July 27,1988 Arte*& Entertainment
Beach food can be a religious experience
By Laura Busheikin
ne sunny afternoon at Wreck
O Beach I saw what looked like a
religious procession going by. A
young man strode along the sand,
reverentially carrying an offering of some
sort covered in a cloth. A stream of cajoling words issued from his mouth. A
woman walked behind him, holding another, smaller object, and behind her followed a string of four or five people. But
as the man got closer, I heard his words,
and I realized that he wasn't selling salvation. No, this was...
"Gourmet fresh B.C. spring salmon,
steamed with green and red peppers,
stuffed with bananas, rice, mushrooms,
tomato, lemon and cheddar cheese," for
five dollars.
You don't get much religion on Wreck
Beach—other than sun-worshipping—but
you do get a lot of
food. A lot of food.
Greek food, sushi,
tofu hot dogs, steak-
on-a-bun, English
trifle, popcorn, Me-
litta coffee, fruit
kabobs, fish and
chips, caesar salad,
salad, and more.
beaches are bound
by laws ensuring
the only munchies
available are
soulless hot dogs
sold soullessly by
pale drones behind
drab counters. But
Wreck Beach exists
in a special zone,
(the sunlight zone?) where such laws are
irrelevant. Is there some sort of connection between a decrease in laws and an
increase of creativity?
All that variety can be bewildering,
and so, to help you make an educated
choice, to introduce you to the vendors,
and to acquaint you with the Wreck
Beach food scene in general, here is The
Ubyssey Guide to Eating Out at Wreck
Maybe you want to grab this paper
and head down to the beach before you
continue reading. By the time you've
finished this article, you'll be hungry.
Let's start with a general overview.
DRESS CODE: Relax. You don't have to
go naked ifyou don't want to. "This is a
liberal beach, not a nude beach," says one
Garry of Garry's Burgers puts it more
prosaically. "You can wear clothes, not
wear clothes, or wear a few clothes. I
wear mine when I'm cooking so I don't
confuse the hotdogs."
PRICE: Roughly, you can get a meal for
two, with dessert and a drink each, for
$12 to $18.
DECOR: Wreck Beach's can't be beat-
fresh air, ocean.trees, sand, mountains in
the distance, sea-polished logs to lean
against, natural lighting...just bring a
blanket to sit on.
SERVICE: Most people experience time a
little differently when they're on the
beach. like, 'soon' means _n about an
hour' and 'now* means In about twenty
minutes.' But by any standards, the
service is excellent. You can get just
about anything without leaving your
blanket. Ifyou do get up to go in search
of fodder you won't ever have to wait long
in line. And anyway, at Wreck Beach
you're never standing in Une, you're just
standing around on a different part ofthe
Beach food vendors have to buy supplies
daily because their business depends on
the weather - so the food is always fresh.
As for hygiene, well, the Wreck Beach
eateries probably wouldn't pass the
scrutiny of one of those government
health inspectors—you know, the ones
who seem driven by a paranoid phobia
about body hair. So if you take such
things seriously, you should probably stay
And then there's sand. Traditionally
any meal eaten at a beach contains that
The official Ubyssey Guide to eating on Wreck Beach
added crunchy ingredient. The vendors
would rather I didn't mention the S-word.
They claim that it's not an issue.
"I have enormous awareness. I keep
it away," says one vendor.
"No, we never get sand in our food,"
says another.
"Don't even say that word...bad, bad
girl," says another.
ETIQUETTE: Be polite and don't litter.
Now that you know the ropes it's time
to move into a more detailed analysis of
the Wreck Beach culinary offerings—time
to see just what's available.
real vampire-repellant with heaps of
garlic, and real anchovies; it costs $3.00
and his fresh-pressed apple juice
"You can wear clothes, not
wear clothes, or wear a few
clothes. I wear mine when
I'm cooking so I don't confuse the hotdogs."
mind—but, no, this is Wreck Beach, for
God's sake). The Sandwich ofthe Century
is a special blend of "all kinds of vegetables mixed up together: egg, avocado,
green pepper, celery, carrots, red pepper,
and a couple of other vegetables, served
with sliced tomato, grated cheese, mavon.
naise, black pepper and salt. We use a
variety of buns or bread: kaisers, sesame
seed, poppy seed, cheese kaiser, french,
dark rye, whole wheat," says Jozseph. The
Well, there's that religious procession. John, the leader,' is a newcomer
who claims to be undertaking The
Gourmet Experiment. You might call him
a gourmet guru (he's halfway through
chef school). His B.C. Spring Salmon is
served with Onioned Scalloped Potatoes
and Steamed Vegetables with Lemon   _
Butter drizzled on it. I tasted his Salmon
and it was heavenly. John's aim is to
provide a gourmet meal on the beach; he
plans to vary his menu according to his
whim and what's fresh at the market.
Think of unpredictability as the spice of
Wreck Beach culinary life.
For sheer impressiveness of operation
you can't beat the fish and chips table.
These guys have a better kitchen than
some restaurants. They've got a deep
fryer for the fish (cod—$3.00 with fries,
tartar sauce and lemon), they boil up corn
on the cob ($1.00), and their fries are
superb—the real kind, made from freshly
chopped potatoes, not from some package
out ofthe freezer. Great beach food.
But maybe you're in a Mediterranean
mood. Greek, specifically. If so, check out
Karen and Brenda's table which offers
Spanakopita (Spinach Pie) for $3.00, Pork
and Beef Souvlaki for $4.00, Greek Salad
for $3.00 and Tzaziki and Pita for $2.00.
Have you ever been served a hot dog
where, to fill up the empty space in the
bun, the cook adds in another quarter of a
wiener? Thafs the kind of attention you
get from Hot Dog Harry. He has Smokies
and European frankfurters for $2.50,
Steak on a Bun for $3.50, Vegi-dogs for
$1.50 and Turkey Breast on a Bun for
$3.50. He offers a choice of Cheese Buns,
Sesame Buns, and Whole Wheat Buns,
and a full range of garnishes, including
Garry's Burgers—look for the extrovert in the red bow tie—sell for $2.50, add
50 cents for cheese (real cheddar). He also
sells hot dogs and barbecued steak on a
bun, and offers whole wheat buns and
fresh tomatoes, lettuce and onions as
garnishes. Lemonade goes for $1.00.
Guy, who describes himself as a
French Chef of Canadian Nationality (I
never quite figured it out), sells bagels
and Caesar salad under a red awning
(always in the same spot, he says—near
three stumps and three poles). For $3.00
hell sell you a bagel with roast beef,
cheese, or black forest ham, and lettuce,
cucumber, onions, tomato, sea salt, and
pepper. For four dollars you can have lox
and cream cheese. His Caesar Salad is a
goes for $1.00.
If you're looking
for something more
exotic you might run
across Sushi Dan. He
sells about a dozen different kinds of
sushi for a dollar a piece, and California
rolls for $1.50.
By far the best-looking set-up belongs
to the Sandwich ofthe Century: a booth
under a spreading umbrella, both painted
dark green and hot pink (the dread word
'marketing' whispers at the edges of my
sandwiches are tasty, and unique, and
Jozseph is a lot of fun. $3.00.
Yes, the beach's sandwich selection is
truly the most outstanding area of the
food department. But my editor's shouting at me — something about space
restrictions. And there's so much more!
Have I mentioned the East Indian
Samosas with Mango Chutney? The Apple
Pie? The Veggie Dip? The Chocolate Chip
Cookies—regular and surreal? Yes, food
at Wreck Beach can be like a religious
Capitalism on the beach
By Laura Busheikin
Just who are these Wreckreational workers? What kind of conditions do they work
under? And what drives them to forsake the world of conventional work to reside permanently in the sunlight zone of Wreck Beach?
The fish and chip guy claims he does it "to escape the horror of welfare," but he's always
"We like the outdoors, and we like meeting people," say Karen and Brenda, "and we can
drink beer on the job."
"I have my own trade,"says Jozseph, who before he became the Sandwich-of-the-
Century-man was Joe the Jeweller, selling his wares on the beach, "but I hate doing it in the
summer, because the sun is so beautiful. I like to be where people are on holiday because I
like to see people happy...It's just like being in paradise."
But don't imagine that life is just a sun-drenched party for these folk. It's not. They
work hard, and a week or two of bad weather can destroy their financial security.
Most of the vendors are there every single sunny day, and they put in long hours—16
hours on a busy day, says the fish and chip guy. Their job isn't made any easier by the long
climb up and down to the beach, and the lack of access to any of
the conveniences of a kitchen. They have to arrive well prepared.
"We stay up very late to put it all together. It needs lots of
attention,* says Jozseph.
Greek food makers Karen and Brenda say,"We stay up till
almost 11:00 preparing food. We may finish at 2:30 or at 6:30
with the same amount of food. We like to stay till we can walk up
the trail with empty containers."
Vendors have to be aggressive; most of them find they have
to keep moving, and keep shouting out exhortations to buy their
Garry says he works long hours but he's more interested in
telling me how it pays off.
"On my record day I sold 500 hamburgers. And I once sold
three dozen hamburgers in one-and-a-half hours," he claims.
Is this capitalism run rampant? Is our alternative beach
beset by the dehumanizing forces of competition? In short, is it a
dog-eat-dog world for the not dog seller?
Garry scoffs at the idea of competition between the vendors.    Jozseph
Tve heard it's competitive but I haven't got any problem," boasts Garry. "I undersell everybody. I once paid $1.00 to someone to have a hamburger. That person always comes back to
me. If things are slow, we get some people playing music around us. That draws people in.
Always undercut the competition; if they raise their prices 25 per cent, I lower mine 25 per
cent. It's like gas wars."
"Are there vendor wars on Wreck beach?" I ask.
Three answers come all at once—two from Garry, and one from his cooking partner: "Yes,"
"No," "Somewhat."
The fish and chips guy is more forthright."We take out contracts on our competition. We've
killed them all," he says. But he's .lw-ys joking. I even had to get his prices from his partner.
"I have no competition," says Jo/s.ph,"because I have a unique product. My food is different from others'. Everyone should have iheir own product. And their personality comes along
with it, too."
That's right. And those personalities range from the quietly pleasant to the outrageously
extroverted. They all have in common a perfect tan, a tendency to smile a lot and a fondness for
socializing on the job. You just can't imagine them walking around hke Michael Douglas in
Wall Street making panegyric speeches to greed. They're trying to escape all that stuff. Wreck
Beach is, after all, an alternative beach.	
July 27,1988 '    -■rv* ■
Bureaucracy at UBC
A futile search for Them
by Chris Wleslnger
Well the mighty bureaucratic behemoth finally managed to get
its sharp teeth around the back of my neck and shake me violently
for several hours on a hot humid afternoon last week. I had managed
to avoid it until now.
It was a horrifying experience. The ugliness started when I
found out about a scholarship cheque waiting for me at GSAB, that
great ugly concrete bunker on Wesbrook Mall wherefrom all evil and
money on this campus flows and ebbs.
But I was Not Meant To Get The Cash. No. They were waiting
for me this time, making me spend five hours intrepidly fighting my
way through a bureaucratic minefield, trying to find The One Who
is Responsible.
It is not easy to find someone who will take responsibility for
actions undertaken by the Registrar's Office, Financial Services, and
the Dreaded Arts Advisor's Office. No. Somehow These Things Get
Done, but Nobody Did Them.
At this point you may be asking what exactly They did to me.
Butisn'tthatreally beside the point? Well, let me summarize. There
was a Summer course which I
didn't pay for and therefore
thought would be automatically
dropped by The Mighty Telereg,
as its'brochure promises. And there was this ISISSS course which
I added and paid for to the ISISSS office. Well They charged me for
both and took it off my scholarship cheque.
So when I went to Get The Cash so I could eat, I found a tiny
cheque. And I mean tiny. Compared to what I was supposed to get,
anyway. How will I eat? I mentally screeched at the worker bee
behind The Counter. How will I pay my bills? I whined.
And then my thoughts turned nasty. Someone in this hideous
construction was responsible for my dilemma. They were probably
sipping a cappuccino now, soaking up some rays during their lunch
hour. They Will Pay, I snarled to myself. Yes, They Will Suffer. Their
house will burn down. Their children will suffer from exotic painful
diseases which will turn them mottled and green for weeks. And, yes,
Their family pets would die.
But I was Not Meant To Get The Cash. No,
They were waiting for me this time...
All this for a couple of hundred dollars. If They'd known what I
planned to do to Them, what, in other words, their actions would
Cost, They would have never dared to do this to me. So I set out to
find Them.
First I was told that the course I was enrolled in for Summer
Session could not be dropped and that if I did drop it I would be
presented with an "F" on my transcript. I wished Death on the
messenger of this news. After some cajoling, I was sent on a
...Find a professor I had never seen before in my life and get him
to sign an Affadavit stating that he had never seen me before in his
life. You see, the Mighty Ones at the Arts Advisor's office couldn't
take my word for it. No — I looked like a liar, in my torn shorts and
ugly, sweaty t-shirt. My unkept, longish hair didn't help any either.
"A goddamn hippie," they probably thought to themselves.
"Well teach him to wear decent, clean clothing and cut his hair."
I found the professor, and we agreed that we had never met
before. We also agreed to deny that we had just had the meeting we
just had. Deny Everything. I thought to myself that the University
should change its motto from "Tuum Est" to "Deny Everything" (in
latin, of course, so no one understands it and no one has to take
responsibility for it). It would certainly help the administrators.
Then I was off to the Registrar's office, where I actually found
someone who knew what she was doing. I looked at her suspiciously
as she made the necessary changes on The Terminal. I thought They
had thrown me another curve. Why did this woman know what she
was doing? Why, furthermore, did she do it so quickly? Why didn't
she ask any stupid questions?
I wondered whether I should snarl at her, just on Principle, as
it were. No, I decided. This was just too Frightening and Confusing.
I left in a fearful daze.
I negotiated the concrete Stairway to Finance, marvelling at the
medium. Yes, this was indeed a wonderful material. Faceless. No
character. And if it dropped on you from a crane, it would most
certainly squash you. Like the bureaucracy in this building, which
oozed from every open door like a silent but deadly gas.
No, the woman behind the counter said, I can't give you your
money now. The Terminal says I can't.
But, I protested weakly, the woman downstairs just changed it
on The Terminal.
Yes, she replied, that may be so, but it's not on My Terminal.
"I don't Believe in Terminals," I snapped harshly. "I believe in
food. Don't make me hungry. You wouldn't like me when Fm
hungry." It was my best Bill Bixby/Incredible Hulk voice, but it didn't
get me anywhere.
"Well what about the ISISSS fee, which you've charged me, but
for which I've already paid? I can give you a name and number to call
to confirm that I've paid it. Then you can at least give me my money
for that."
"Ifs not on the Terminal," she droned.
Damn, I hate religious fanatics, I thought to myself as I contemplated biting a chunk of flesh out of her left arm.
"It'll probably be on The Terminal next week. Then you'll be able
to pick up your cheque." She smiled wanly, and I decided against
biting her.
And thus the bureaucratic behemoth, finished playing with me,
released me from It's Jaws and flung me to the ground. I was shaken,
but I Had Survived yet another brush with Them.
But I hadn't found Them.
Rest assured, I will. And They Will Pay. Yes, They Will Pay.
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