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The Ubyssey Nov 25, 1988

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UBC student seeks changes
in BC financial aid system
A close look al
By Deanne Fisher
UBC student Andrew Hicks
returned from Victoria yesterday
with high hopes for B .C .'s far from
perfect student financial aid system.
Hicks is one of two B.C. students on the Provincial Standing
Committee on Student Financial
Assistance which had its first
meeting of the year and will be
focussing on making post-secondary aid more accessible.
"Even (Premier Bill) Vander
Zalm appears to be behind a better
system, which seems to be a bit of
a switch from a few years ago,"
said Hicks.
Neither Vander Zalm nor
Stan Hagen, Minister of Advanced
Education and Job Training are on
the committee which is made up of
11 representatives from educational institutions and the ministry.
Administrative problems
with the aid system and awards
for graduate students, rural residents, single parents and disabled
people topped the committee's
priorities, according to Hicks.
"The only way disabled students get loans is if they are taking
a full course load," said Hicks. "So
most don't get loans even if they
really need them."
Hicks said programs such as
For whom the
bells tolled
By Katherine Monk
Hunching over their books
in preparation for exams Wednesday, students in the northeast area of campus may have
found themselves muttering
"the bells, the bells master—
someone stop the bells."
The clock tower rang out
"Battle Hymn ofthe Republic"—
on what seemed to be its own accord—for over ten minutes as the
latest Engineering prank
reached the ears of campus.
The stunt was part of the
third year engineering physics
class' effort to increase internal
spirit, and demonstrate the
engineer's superiority, said
Craig Louie, one of the main
organizers behind the feat.
"In a way, we did it to piss
people off—sure, but we also did
it to show people that nothing is
impossible, and that engineers
pull off the best stunts,"he said.
Louie said the stunt took
two and a half weeks of solid
planning, and at least five or six
entries into the clock tower's
control booth at the base.
"We had to pass the campus
patrols, bypass a security system, figure out how to work the
bells, figure out what was wrong
(since the mechanism was broken), and then jimmied it."
Campus security director
Robert Goodwin was not impressed by the engineer's creativity and said the stunt was not
only stupid, but it was lacking
consideration. "They do dumb
pranks all the time, but usually
they are passive—this time they
bothered people."
Goodwin said security is in
the process of assessing damages, and if there are any, the
Engineering Undergraduate
Society will be billed.
For the most part, students
were curious about the bells
which usually go unnoticed.
Honours English secretary,
Debbie Onbirbak, who works in
Buchanan tower, one ofthe closest buildings to the clock tower,
said "it was funny—we didn't
know what it was about. But
after the third time it was very
Carney comes home
By Gordon Clark
Canadian University Press
trade minister Pat Carney has
accepted a position as executive-
in-residence at UBC's commerce
Carney, who won't be paid,
starts on January 1. The position
ends in May.
UBC spokesperson Jo Moss
said Carney will give periodic lectures and be available for discussions with graduate students.
"It's up to Pat Carney to decide how much time she spends,"
she said. "Once she comes on,
she'll work out what the specifics
will be."
Moss said the commerce faculty has had executives-in-resi-
dence for about a decade, comparing the position to an English
department's poet-in-residence.
Freda Betker, a spokesperson
in Carney's old Vancouver-Centre
riding office, said the former minister was in Ottawa and unavailable for comment. Betker couldn't
say what Carney would lecture on
at UBC.
"Basically she's just going to
accept it. It's a very nice offer."
Carney, a former journalist
and economist, held the trade
portfolio during the critical
months when the free trade deal
with the United States was being
negotiated. She was replaced in a
cabinet shuffle by John Crosbie
and was given responsibility for
the treasury board.
The gruff, chain-smoking,
politician held Vancouver-Centre
for the Conservatives for two
terms but didn't run in this week's
election, citing health problems.
the $10,000 grants for special
needs, and loan remissions for
severely disabled students are
rarely used because many of them
cannot handle the 60 percent
course load required.
"How many quadriplegics can
you imagine could carry a 60 percent course load and function?"
asked Hicks.
The same problem applies to
single parents, said Hicks. "They
are not able to carry a 60 percent
course load and support a child."
The committee discussed the
possibility of providing extra funding to students from non-metropolitan areas for moving expenses,
a trip home at Christmas and
phone call expenses.
"There may or may not be
funding," said Hicks. "But the
whole focus this year is to make
post-secondary education available."
Hicks added that in some
areas "even if you provide transportation and support services,
they won't come. There's some
kind of social factor that keeps
some areas from attending."
Hicks said graduate students
at many institutions including
those in Quebec and Ontario as
well as Simon Fraser are given an
additional $3000 on top of national
research grants.
"UBC is pushing for more
graduate students to attend," said
Hicks. "Should graduate students
get extra money or should we encourage them to do post-graduate
work elsewhere and (the other
institutions) give them the
Administratively, B.C.'s financial aid system is considered
quite effective, Hicks said, but
there are some technical problems.
The committee is dealing with
the issue of whether a student's
RRSP should be considered an
asset and therefore lessen their
award, even though the money is
"That's one of the reasons
some loans are taking so long to
process. It's a great loophole," he
The committee will also make
recommendations on improving
the loan repayment scheme. "It's a
bureaucratic nightmare," said
The committee does not meet
again until January.
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Trapped inside the mind
By Sean Kelly
Imagine if voices shouted at you from
unseen sources. Imagine if you lost the
ability to reason logically or complete even
the simplest task. Imagine if you couldn't
feel emotions.
That's what life can be hke for one out
of every 100 Canadians afflicted with
schizophrenia, a devastating brain disease
that impairs thinking, causes delusions
and hallucinations, and alters emotions
and behavior.
Imagine if voices shouted
at you from unseen
sources. Imagine if you
lost the ability to reason
logically or complete even
the simplest task.
Imagine if you couldn't feel
The tragedy of schizophrenia is that its
victims are often young—in their late teen's
and early twenties.
Schizophrenia can come and go at any
time. Dr. .Andrew Sanders, a psychiatrist
at UBC's Health Sciences Hospital said,
"It's not a simple illness, as opposed to
breaking a leg which heals right away."
A bout with schizophrenia begins with
an acute phase in which patients may experience a variety of symptoms, from hearing
voices to feeling that their thoughts are
being read by others. These are called
positive symptoms.
Background noise may be more prominent or colors may seem brighter as the
senses   become   overacute.   Sights   and
sounds from the outside,
or thoughts and memories from within, may
flood the mind without
being sorted out.
It is easy to understand how a simple task,
like taking the bus or
planning a meal, can become impossible.
In his book, Surviving Schizophrenia—A Family Manual, Dr. E. Fuller Tor-
rey describes this inability to sort and interpret stimuli in terms of an old-time switchboard operator in the brain getting the
signals mixed up.
"It is as if the switchboard operator not
only gets bored and stops sorting and interpreting, but becomes actively malicious and
begins hooking the incoming stimuli up to
random, usually inappropriate, responses."
In the same way thoughts can be mixed
up, so can emotions. The patient might
laughin the middle of a very serious conversation.
Delusions held by the patient are varied and cannot be corrected by reason. Often, random events going on around the
person may seem to relate directly to him or
her. When walking down the street, he/she
may imagine that someone coughing is a
signal to others that a schizophrenic is
Delusions can be more grandiose and
dangerous. John Hinckley had a fantasy
relationship with actress Jodi Foster and
spent much of his time trying to get her
attention. His assassination attempt
against Ronald Reagan in 1981 was his
ultimate effort to prove his love for her.
The schizophrenic mind may also
imagine a threat that does not exist and
strike out when the perceived danger is too
close. Some patients commit violent crimes,
in what they believe to be self-defense.
But the wide-spread belief that all
schizophrenics are dangerous is wrong, said
Dr. Sanders.
"Research shows
that there's no
higher incidence
of violence
among schizophrenics than
among the general population."
misconception is
that schizophrenics have
split personalities, which is actually a very rare
and totally unrelated condition.
existing stimulus gets distorted
or the brain may
totally fabricate
what it sees,
hears, smells,
tastes, or feels.
To the patient,
these hallucinations are very
No one symptom is found in
all schizophrenic
patients,    and
some patients have more of one symptom
than another, but with all these symptoms
comes a change of behavior.
tients who can be totally cured is only about
ten percent, said Dr. Sanders.
"With medication, most ofthe patients
will be free ofthe positive symptoms but not
the negative ones," he said.
The Monday-to-Friday day program at
UBC helps patients deal with the negative
Often, random events going on around the
person may seem to relate directly to him or
Nineteen-year-old Kevin is a patient at
UBC's day program for schizophrenia patients. He tried to describe his experience in
the acute phase:
"I felt that the world
was turning into my
thoughts and actions
and was reacting negatively towards me. I
never knew what it was
that I was doing wrong
but I always felt that
negative things were
happening because of
me. Itseemedto be spiritual and I was the key to
a puzzle. My concentration level was extremely
low which interfered
with progress at school."
Medication can
usually help these positive symptoms, but once
through the acute
phase, patients usually
experience chronic lack
of motivation and apathy, which are called
negative symptoms.
The number of pa-
Product of psychosis, Van Gogh's "Starry Night": As for me, you must know that I
shouldn't precisely have chosen madness if there had been any choice.
- Vincent Van Gogh
symptoms and to understand and accept
the disease.
Four months is the average stay in the
day program, which is a
transition period after the
acute phase.
Patients learn to socialize
more readily and concentrate on physical tasks to
help alleviate the lack of
The program is very
much a group process. The patients and
their families work through the experience
together as well as the patients receivingin-
dividual care.
According to day-program co-ordinator
Pat Rowe, "It's very seldom that a person
(with schizophrenia) can go out right away
and continue with the same job or whatever—but   we   always
try and keep hopeful
and try to relay that
message  'to   the   patients."
The program
prepares the patients
to function again in the
community. It involves
occupational therapists psychologists,
pharmacists, and dieticians as well as doctors
and nurses.
After the day
program, said Rowe,
most patients will have
a future of continued
care in sheltered work
situations or volunteer
It's   rehabilitation for the long term.
But there is always   the   hope   that
someday   a   cure   for
schizophrenia  will   be
found, although knowledge comes slowly because so little is known
about the human brain.
The theory that
bouts of schizophrenia
are brought on by something in a person's upbringing is no longer
accepted because the disease has always existed and occurs in every culture and social
Dr. Sanders said that psychiatry is
likely to blame for that misconception because when psycho-analysis was popular
the family situation was closelv examined.
Today, there is some suggestion of genetic links and research is being done with
dopamine, a neurotransmitter found in
high concentrations in the part ofthe brain
which is thought to control emotions.
Women's Big Block on the move
By Joe Altwasser
In an attempt to understand
the relationship between the
University, athletics, and students, the Women's Big Block
Club hosted an information session Wednesday.
Guest speaker Bill
McNulty, of the University Athletic Council, described his function within the organization to
members of Women's Big Block,
a student-run club for women
athletes, and about fifteen other
Gail Wilson, faculty liason
for Big Block and field hockey
coach, said the meeting was long
overdue. "There has never been a
meeting that has said this is the
UAC, and this is what it is going
to do."
"At present Women's Big
Block is the only student group
around and it is acting as a stopgap for the students in athletics
until we have a student representative in athletics," she said.
Last year, there were two
other student athletic organizations—the Men's and Women's
Athletic Committees, but the
Board of Governors dissolved the
groups and amalgamated them
into the UAC, where student representation was decreased to four
McNulty said the UAC had
recommended the termination of
the MAC and WAC because they
did not want two or three bodies
answering directly to the president.
The UAC may only be an
advisory body with power, but the
president has never rejected a
question, McNulty said.
John Stevenson, one of two
student athletes on the committee, was not quite as forgiving
about the UAC's function. "The
biggest problem is that the UAC
has very set parameters in
which it operates. It is not
superficial but you can't get
down to the nitty-gritty," he
Students said small things,
such as meeting times, could increase student access to the
UAC. McNulty said he agreed
that more could be done to rectify the problem.
The meeting was a forum
for other complaints within the
athletic realm, such as the need
for a management policy in
athletics, and fundraising.
The meeting concluded
with promises to improve the
cooperation between students
and the UAC.
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Arrest, resist or explode?
by Susan Atkins
In South Africa, the word
"bopha" means "arrest" to the
police and "resist" to the people.
The Earth Players Theatre
Company production of the play
BOPHA! is as full of conflict and
power as the word itself.
Vancouver East Cultural
Until December 3
BOPHA!, presented at the
Vancouver East Cultural Centre,
essentially addresses the effects
of apartheid on a black South African family. The sixteen scenes
which divide this 90 minute play
develop the three central characters and the conflict that divides
Aubrey Radebe plays
Njandini, a man who takes great
pride in his job as a sergeant for
the South African Police Force.
Through the course of the play, it
becomes evident that many black
South Africans, including
Njandini's activist son, Zwelakhe
(Sydney Khumab), despise this
often brutal police force. Tension
within Njandini's family increases further when Njandini
forces his brother, Naledi
(Aubrey Moalosi Molefi), to also
join the police force.
As the play unfolds, the inequities of life in South Africa
become more pronounced. The
injustices of South African laws
repeatedly force Naledi to question the value of this new job as
a police officer. As a black police
officer, Naledi encounters
nothing but outrage and reprimands for trying to arrest a
white criminal. He is equally
unable to prevent a black youth
from being imprisoned for using
a "whites only" washroom.
The play reaches a climax
when the police clash with activists holding a funeral procession
for Zwelakhe's friend, who died
while in police detention. By the
end of the play, the police's
brutal treatment of the mourners
has angered neighbors into
destroying Njandini's home, his
son has been arrested,
Zwelakhe's mother has been
injured, Naledi has quit the
police force, and Njandini must
also resign from the force or risk
being murdered. The conclusion
ofthe play seems to underline
the hopelessness and desolation
that black South Africans, even
those who work for the government, must endure until the
current political situation
It is not surprising that
BOPHA! has many poignant
moments. Zewelakhe's soliloquy
near the end of the play is particularly effective. This is not,
however, an entirely cheerless
play. The three actors lend
BOPHA! humor and a decidedly
upbeat rhythm.
The performances are especially outstanding since the
actors work with few props and
no recorded music or sound
effects. Khumalo merely puts on
a bushy moustache and he
transforms into an amusing
caricature of a pompous police
commissioner. With only their
three voices, the actors similarly
launch into melodic chants or
become a marching band.
The sparse set, the absence
of a back-stage space and the
costumes hanging from hooks on
the set all seem to recall the
South African community halls
and churches in which The Earth
Players originally performed.
The collective quality of the
performance, which involves
moments when the actors
directly confront and react to
their audience, probably also
reflects the side range of audiences that the troupe must reach
with their play.
This company, founded in
part by director Percy Mtwa in
1980, has toured South Africa
and the world with BOPHA!
since 1985. The hard work has
lead to extraordinary international recognition for the play
and several prestigious awards.
The only noteworthy
weaknesses in the play were the
short scene involving an old
woman in the police station, and
the brief reference to the fate of
Zwelaki's mother in the final
scene. Both of these section
almost appear to be incidentals
or after-thoughts, outside ofthe
main body of the play. As a
result, neither part does justice
to the profound effects of apartheid on black South African
Overall, however, BOPHA!
is an excellent production,
through which this troupe
presents volatile, complex issues
in a simplified and personal way.
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November 16
What is a Bama Lama Bama
Loo? Well, it's a four-band extravaganza put on by CiTR's infamous John Ruskin, AKA Nardwar
the Human Serviette, in a West
Van church basement which looks
a little like Liverpool's famous
"Cavern." Well, okay, it didn't
really, but we all have imaginations don't we?
The first band on the bill
was Picasso Set who described
themselves as a "way-fab-pop-
combo-daddy-o!" This is a
Byrdsy guitar band from CiTR (it
almost seems like nepotism,
doesn't it) who chose their name
because "all the cool names are
taken, like Tracy Chapman and
Bon Jovi."
Picasso Set was followed by
two West Van cover bands, The
Smugglers and The Evaporators.
The Smugglers covered The
Stones' "Get Off of My Cloud"
and the garage band classics
"I've Been Shot Down" and "If I
Can't Have You 111 Have
Somebody Else," with groovy
confidence and cool subtlety.
The Evaporators, who
feature Nardwar's wild vocals
and antics, like attacking
members of the audience, keep to
the true garage band tradition of
trying desperately to hide their
talent. "Tight," to a garage band,
is not only a foreign term, but a
rude one.
The night's feature band was
The Gruesomes, a great Montreal garage band, who took their
name from Fred and Wilma
Flintstones' neighbors (remember Weirdly Gruesome?). They
played a terrific mixed set, rarely
heard at a club date, featuring
songs from their two albums in
wide release and various covers.
The highlights of their own
material included "The Place
Way Down Below," (dedicated to
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Geraldo Riviera, "the guy who
opened our eyes to the evils of
Satan," and the guy who
punched Geraldo on the nose), as
well as "Hey Diablo" and "Cry in
the Night" from their first
album. Of their covers, the
Kinks' "I Need You,"
Washington's famous Sonics'
"Out of Our Tree" and "My
Broken Heart Will Never Mend
(unless you come back with the
glue)" from the Flintstones, all
stood out.
The atmosphere made the
evening particularly special. It
was like 200 friends sitting
around in a basement playing
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explained, it was a change for
them to be playing for nice
people instead of club owners
who only have profit in mind. It
was a good time, the bands had
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Studio 58 explodes:
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by Robert Groberman
Studio 58 is consistently one
of the best producers of
theatre in this city, and their
latest effort, Summer and Smoke,
adds to that reputation.
Summer and Smoke is Tennessee Williams' story of two
young people in
a small, southern American
town. Friends
since childhood,
Alma discovers
she is in love
with John when
he returns from
medical school
to Glorious Hill,
Mississippi. The
problem is Alma
has very conservative values,
while John
spends his time
at casinos, wild
parties, and in
the company of
wanton women.
As Alma and
John struggle to find a common
ground, we realize that the pain
in this play, as in most of Williams' work, is the awareness of
one's humanity, and the limits it
Director Kathryn Shaw has
chosen a difficult play, one in
which the playwright takes the
main characters through such
abrupt character changes that,
done poorly, they could easily be
seen as arbitrary, self-indulgent
Summer and Smoke
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plot devices. The problem with
the script is not the problem of
this production, and as a director, Shaw elicits such fine performances from her all-student
cast that they make the whole
thing look easy.
A standout of the evening is
Robin Kelley as Alma Wine-
miller. Her transformation from
timid minister's daughter to
desperate, lovesick tramp is not
only believable, but also very
Kelley is in complete control
ofthe rapid decline of Alma, and
her confused, tortured walk to
the fountain near the end of the
play is difficult to watch—so real
is her pain.
John Buchanan, Jr., Alma's
would-be lover, is played by
Francisco Tru-
jillo. Though
playing an irresponsible playboy, Trujillo
never lets his
character get so
out of hand as to
make his own
character change
His performance
is both centered
and sensitive.
The set, by
Ross Nichol, is
offering three
acting areas
including a
down-stage area
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to a casino patio.
Tennessee Williams' plays
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that in order to be happy, one
must be either very stupid or
completely insane. How stimulating to encounter well-produced theatre which doesn't try
to make us laugh for two hours,
but asks us to think about the
human condition.
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November 25,1988
'Tis the season
Brian Mulroney is the Prime Minister of Canada
for another four to five years. Christmas exams. It is
fall in Vancouver, and the rain has started. Wayne
Gretzky defected. George Bush. Kim Campbell.
Gillette. George Bush. Ernest Saves Christmas.
They say November and December have the highest suicide rates—is it any wonder?
But there are good things. Think about Benazir
Bhutto winning the election in Pakistan. Christmas
holidays. Finishing finals. No classes. The Grinch
Who Stole Christmas will be on TV, and so will The
Sound of Music, and so will Rudolph and Frosty. But
then again—so will the Smurfs, and those inane
plastic horses with fiberglass hair that smell like
erasers, and other animal forms with emotions on
their stomachs.
But you don't have to watch TV. You could go
shopping...and be with thousands of angst-ridden ur-
banites trying to buy things for people they only sort
of like. And why do they do it? Guilt—because we are
buying a gift for them.
But then again, you don't have to celebrate
Christmas. The tinsel gets stuck to all your clothes
anyway, and you never do get all the pine needles out
ofthe carpet.
The most important thing about this season is
being with important people in your life. And for all
the bad things about this time of year, the basic
principles of why we trudge through our daily existence shines through the glitz, if you look hard
Every year at this time, students are pulled down
by pressure. Some drink, and some choose even more
final methods of escape—and sometimes the result of
both actions end up the same. This week, a UBC
student's family is mourning the loss of their son to
drunk driving.
Ultimately the responsibility of an individual's
action rests on their own shoulders. But the administration has consistently found a way of pussy-footing
around the issue of a reading week—not two days, but
a whole week.
It is expensive to pay the salaries of professors
and staff for that period of time, but students—and
that is what makes a university, a univerisity Dr.
Strangway—are worth it.
Almost every other university in North America
recognizes the need for a reading week—why don't
we? Perhaps the Board of Governors should put away
its pocket calculator, and look at the people instead of
the numbers.
the Ubyssey
November 25, 1988
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In darkness, while Ted Aussem's head flames thick and fast
Threw forth, till on the left side opening wide,
Likest to Deanne Fisher in shape and countenance bright,
Then shining heavenly-fair, a goddess armed
Out of Alex Johnson's head Olivia Zanger sprung.
Amazement seized all the host of heaven; back they recoiled afraid
At first, and called her Sin, and for a sign
Portentious held Katherine Monk; but, familiar grown,
Heather Jenkins pleased, and with attractive graces won
The most averse, Sean Kelly chiefly, who full ofl
Hisself in she, his perfect image viewing
Becam'st enamoured, and such joy he took'st
With her in secret that her womb conceived
A growing burden. Meanwhile war arose
And fields were fought in Heaven; wherein remained
(For what could else?) to our almighty Foe
Clear victory, to our part loss and rout
Through all the empyrean. Down Mandel Ngan and Chung Wong fell,
Driven headlong from the pitch of Heaven, down
Into this deep, and in the general fall
Joe Altwasser also; at which time this powerful key
Into Robbert Groberman'B hand was given, with charge to keep
these gates of 241k forever shut, which none can pass
Without his opening. Pensive here Jennifer Lyall sat
Alone, but long she sat not, till her womb
Pregnant by Paul Preto, and now excessive grown,
Prodigious motion felt and rueful throes.
At last this odious of spring whom thou seest,
Lauren Mallen's own begotten, breaking violent way,
Tore through her entrails, that, with fear and pain,
Distorted, all Susan Atkin's nether shape thus grew
Transformed; but, Barb Wilson, her inbred enemy,
Forth issued, brandishing Martin Chester's fatal dart,
Made to destroy. Keith Damsell fled, and cried outDeath!
Hell trembled at the hideous name, and sighed
From all Barb Wilson's caves, and back resounded Death!
(Paradise test: Book 11.754-789)
Deanne Fisher:
Robert Grobarm_n:
Katherine MonK:
ctty desk
Mandel Ngan:
Is Kurt
Kurt Preinsperg(er)
doesn't exist, does he?
I'm not so naive as to
think that there aren't
people around with ideas as
unusual as those of this
supposed Kurt, but such
people usually have the
good sense to shut up, at
least until they are elected
premier of BC. Right? And
what would this Kurt hope
to achieve by sharing his
thoughts with us anyway?
Is he trying to impress
women, or his peers in the
philosophy department? Is
he trying to out-alliterate
creative writing students?
And how do you explain the
disappearance of the (er)?
Maybe the writers of
the Ubyssey—frustrated by
a student body so apathetic
that a 30 per cent turnout
for a student referendum
has to be reported as "the
largest voter turnout
ever"—decided that they
needed a way to blow off
steam, at the same time
testing how asleep we are.
Why not have some sexually- frustrated misogynist
pseudo-intellectual write
periodic updates on sexual
activity at UBC? Yeah, good
If Kurt does exist, I
have one wish. What I want
to witness once is Kurt
wildly wooing women with
his winning way with
words. Wouldn't you?
James Galbraith
Arts 4
Strip disgust
As a dispassionate third
party having witnessed the
Sedge stripshow I must
write on behalf of C. Szabo,
in response to Tim Burden's
letter of Nov. 22.1 must set
the record straight. You
question his reasoning and I
question your so-called reasoning. How much reasoning does it take to have an
opinion? Reasoning is not
the issue, C. Szabo merely
stated his opinion.
I protest your abhorrent character assassination of someone who had
epouph sheer guts to speak
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his mind on the matter in
such a concise manner.
Obviously you do not
understand what was said,
because it was clearly stated
what disappointed him. To
clarify: he merely states
that the presence of strippers and indecent acts
should not be permitted on
school grounds, more specifically, libraries.
From your letter, Tim
Burden, I can only assume
that you condone such activity on school property. Any
fair-minded individual
would agree that there is a
place and time for such activity.
Furthermore, how can
you possibly compare
Sedgewick to Wreck Beach?
It is deplorable that you
would try to give your weak
arguments some credibility
by making such an absurd
comparison between two so
blatantly different places!
Hence, your reasoning
abilities are suspect, because ofthe flagrant contradictions in your letter. When
one sits on the fence, one
should be careful not to sit
on the pointed pickets!
A. Stephan
Arts 3
read Locke
In reply to Greg
Lanning's letter of November 18: Joe Devoy HAS read
John Locke's "Letter Concerning Toleration" (1689),
and I quote:
"Honoured Sir, since
you are pleased to inquire
what are my thoughts about
the mutual toleration of
Christians in their different
professions of religion, I
must needs answer you
freely, that I esteem that
toleration to be the chief
characteristic mark of the
true church."
The defense rests.
Joe Devoy
Science 2
Ski club
In response to Gail
Sherbaniuk's "Ski Club Disappoints," Nov. 22, 1988.
Miss Sherbaniuk, I regret that it is true, some
people were in fact disappointed last Thursday
morning. However, calling
the executive "crooks" who
run an "unfair and elitist"
system is not only false but
Perhaps you should get
your facts straight. According to your calculations, 112
people in Une should have
been able to book a spot on a
"prime night." On average,
the executive accounted for
10 spaces per night (you
may check our master lists).
That leaves 46 spaces per
night remaining. Each
member was allowed to
sign-up him/herself and one
guest for any or all of the
nights that the Club had
exclusive booking. An absolute worst-case scenario
would mean that a minimum of 23 people in line
would acquire a spot. Realistically, the first 30-35
people in line were able to
sign up as not every person
signed up for each night,
and not every person chose
to bring a guest.
As for your claim that
executive members pre-arranged sign-up for their
friends, it is absolutely false
and without warrant. In
fact, several exec-members
who missed sign-up were
not able to get a bunk for
some nights, including New
Year's Eve.
You state further that
you were unaware of our
Hallowe'en sign-up. We
communicated procedure at
our general meeting Sept.
30 and listed exact dates: in
"Between Classes," on the
giant ad boards outside
SUB, and on our office door
two weeks ahead. Our office
is also open everyday with
people available to answer
your questions. I suggest
that your lack of knowledge
is due to your lack of effort.
In future, instead of
mud-slinging, I suggest you
bring your constructive
criticism to the executive
meetings (Thurs. 12:30 p.m.
SUB 212A). Furthermore,
please take your accusations of improprieties by the
executive through the
proper channels (AMS director of administration,
Leanne Jacobs).
Our current policies
admittedly are not perfect,
but are designed to be as fair
as possible to all members.
The Ski Club is not, as you
say, "just a name," nor is it a
discount ticket outlet. It is a
club, to be contributed to
and shared by all its members.
Robert Wharton
UBC Ski Club
Few would disagree
that our country's fate
should warrant extensive
media coverage. Thus, in its
infinite wisdom, Friday's
Ubyssey served its readers
with requisite political articles as a counter-weight to
the ail-too persuasive mass-
media bias, including a
"profile" of a Rhino Party
candidate which fell under
the appropriate "election
issue" heading.
I was not abundantly
surprised, then, when no
mention was given in
Friday's issue regarding the
FNS/Nurses T-Cup football
match, which was completed on Thursday at Mclnnes field. After all, I realize
that Mr. J. Altwasser
(sports reporter) has only
two hands, two legs, two
eyes and a two-course workload, and therefore was
probably busy. However,
since I was able to attend
this historical event, please
allow me to present a somewhat abridged report:
Family science vs.
Nurses, tense atmosphere,
old historical rivalry, Vancouver Sun reporter present, big crowd, many excessively delirious Geers supported Nurses team coached
by diverse group with diverse educational background, Nurses have nicer
uniforms, FNS "blows-out"
Nurses 28-0 despite drunk
Foresters support, nurses
lose despite drunk Engineers support, T-Bird
coaches dejected, FNS establishes historical precedent by winning for first
time, drunk Foresters chase
jubilant FNS players into
Pit ostensibly to celebrate
victory—film at eleven.
B.R. Hunt
Arts 4
November 25,1988 "-__■-_■ s"*ss
Ready to explode
by Laura Malien
Ifyou are one of those people
that grimaces at the thought
of that guy's leg next to you on
the bus actually touching yours,
or ifyou cringe at the thought of
the bank teller's hand coming
into contact with your's when she
gives you your account balance,
then the Vancouver Little
Theatre is not for you. Suffice it
to say that ifyou are sitting in
the front row, and if the thought
suddenly possesses you, you
could conceivably reach out and
touch the actors on the nose.
Statements After an Arrest
Under the Immorality Act
Vancouver Little Theatre
Until December 17
Statements After an Arrest
Under the Immorality Act, by
award-winning playwright Athol
Fugard, is about a white librarian from Noupoort, South Africa,
and a black school principal from
the neighbouring location town
of Bontrug who are (if youll
forgive the pun) caught in the
The play centers around
their relationship and on the
statements they make while
being prosecuted under the
incredibly repressive set of laws
in South Africa forbidding sexual
contact between whites and any
other race, known as the Immorality Act. As the note in the
program reminds us, these laws
were not repealed until 1985.
The play uses only three actors, but they and the script are
weaved together by director
Christine Willes to produce a
startlingly rich whole.
The character of Phillander,
Adams and Eisman in grip of
the black school principal, is
played by white actor David
Adams. This is only-initially
distracting, so credible is Adams'
accent and performance. He
displays such a mesmerizing
range of emotion that the actor
himself is often completely lost
:n the character.
While not always attaining
;he scope of emotion that Adams
achieves, Marion Eisman, as
librarian Freida Joubert, is
equally believable, and often
Both Adams and Eisman are
originally from South Africa.
Playing the character of the
detective that investigates and
arrests the lovers is Garrey
Davey. His is a much less
rounded character than the other
two. Davey"s portrayal is non-
emotional, but wholly appropriate in demonstrating the cold,
routine enforcement of the
Immorality Act.
The play is often painful.
Under the harsh glare of the
camera flashbulb (which is how
the lovers are caught), there is
no escaping the brutality ofthe
subject. There is some humour,
and this serves to accentuate the
horror ofthe characters' ordeal.
In a venue where you can
not only see the lights come up,
but actually hear them because
they are so close, the subject
matter and the range of emotion
often feels a little too close for
comfort. The audience sometimes
squirms in the face of such close
scrutiny of an issue that we are
used to seeing treated on
television or in the newspaper.
Perhaps, then, the Vancouver
Little Theatre is the perfect
venue after all.
Jacques and his explosion
by Keith Damsell
True happiness for a
theatre critic lies in
extremes. On one hand, a great
production offers a chance to
praise the playwright, director
and cast. On the other, a disastrous work presents the opportunity to declare a public ruin. In
either case, the review is easy to
write. But the Frederic Wood
Theater production of Kundera's
Jacques And His Master falls
into a grey area between both.
There is nothing glaringly wrong
with the direction or cast;
however, there is nothing
profound about it either. Jacques
And His Masters simply exists in
a state of mediocrity.
Jacques and His Master
Frederic Wood Theatre
Until November 26
Milan Kundera's play is a
"variation-homage" of Diderot's
novel Jacques Le Fataliste. Just
as Diderot distorts the conventions ofthe novel, Kundera
warps the parameters of the
stage reality. The play opens
with servant Jacques pointing
out into the audience and asking
his master "Why are they staring
at us?" In this way, the two men
transcend their own reality.
When they enter an upstage
platform, episodes from the past
come to life. Each relates his romantic history; Jacques cheats
on his best friend, Young Bugger,
and his Master pines for an
unrequited love.
This control over reality is
both the play's greatest asset
and prominent weakness.
By means of an able cast and
wonderful production values, Director Charles Siegel secures a
strong sense of time and place.
There is a colourful scene in Act
One in which we hear two simultaneous confessions of remorse:
the unfaithful Susan to Young
Bugger and the sly Chevalier de
Saint-Ouen to Master. Jason
Smith's Marquis de Arcis is an
animated fop possessed by
desire, never losing-focus as
scene and time shift around him.
Much credit must go to the
performance of James Binkley as
Jacques. He establishes influence over his Master not through
resentment but care. Each man
remains indispensable to the
Unfortunately, the production is unable to overcome the
difficulties that the structure of
the text presents. Philosophical
discussion between Jacques and
his Master concerning the nature
of their author only remind the
audience of the false reality we
are watching. Everything
becomes all too clear and
uneventful with the lack of a
strong subtext. As a result, there
is little tension between the
three acts. Instead of being
amazed by the stage's ever-
changing reality, we can't help
noting that it is disjointed and
self-consciously clever.
Jacques And His Masters is
not a bad play, nor is it a great
one. There are some fine performances although we cannot
get too close to any of the
characters. If the whole is the
sum of its parts, Jacques And
His Masters remains divided.
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Playhouse's Nothing Sacred
to explode
by Robert Groberman
Screaming to get out of
Nothing Sacred is an
interesting drama about 19th
century Russian society but
director Richard Greenblatt
allows the play's comedy to
eclipse any such serious,
thoughtful drama. We are left
with a show which, though very
funny, lacks any real point.
Nothing Sacred
The Vancouver Playhouse
Until December 17
Nothing Sacred is George F.
Walker's adaptation of Ivan
Turgenev's book, Fathers and
Sons. It tells the story of how an
aristocratic Russian family, the
Kirsanovs, deals with changing
class distinctions and a young
nihilist named Bazarov. Bazarov
preaches destruction of all things
in society, including the aristocracy represented by the Kirsanovs.
Bazarov is the catalyst for
much ofthe discord in the play,
including the central conflict between him and Pavel, one of the
elder Kirsanovs. Bazarov and
Pavel's lively debate introduces
the audience to a number of
issues, issues such as the decline
of the aristocracy, the emergence
ofthe educated peasant and the
conflict which comes out of this
The plot moves
forward slowly, with
most plot twists
taking so long to lead
anywhere that we
lose track of them.
The plot moves forward
slowly, with most plot twists taking so long to lead anywhere that
we lose track of them. The character of Anna is introduced in
the first act, but she merely
occupies space and makes jokes
until the end of the play, when
we discover her true agenda. By
so late in the play, we have
almost forgotten where she came
from. Characters are chucked in
and marriage proposals fly like
jello at a good food fight. The
subplots are boring and the main
plot, the one about the upper
class being destroyed by the
nihilists, is lost amid the jokes.
Performances are of a uniformly high calibre, and the energy of this well-cast production
makes the action move, even if
the script digresses into uninteresting detail.
Morris Panych's Bazarov
may want to destroy his society,
but he hasn't lost his- sense of
humour. As his friend, Arkady
(Robert Metcalfe), struggles to
put his thoughts into the
rhetorical style preferred by
Bazarov, Bazarov warns that
"the poet is struggling to find his
metaphor here...be careful."
Panych obviously enjoys his
role, and his high-energy performance dominates the stage
whenever he is on.
As BazaroVs would-be disciple Viktor, Allan Zinyk lends
the play a fine comic performance of a man struggling to
believe in a cause so his friends
will like him. In a moment of
weakness he says to Bazarov:
"Oh, God bless you...if he existed
of course."
Norman Browning's sensitive portrayal of Pavel, the
effeminate Russian aristocrat
who prefers French upper-class
affectations, is the play's highlight. Browning is hilarious, but
always in complete control, never
letting his character become a
Also good is Raimund
Stamm as the superstitious
peasant, Sergei, and Antony
Holland as the trusted servant,
Phillip Clarkson's costumes
serve the play well, with
Browning's fez and floor-length
coat deserving special mention.
Sue LePage's set has major
problems. While its multi-level
floor is serviceable and the flying
trees provide for a number of
different settings, the sight lines
are so flawed that audience
members are distracted by being
able to see off stage as far as the
wings. From one side of the
theatre we can see the door to
backstage opening and closing
throughout, revealed by a bright
hall light shining out of what
should be total darkness.
At the end of the play, one
had the distinct feeling that in
addition to being very funny,
Nothing Sacred had been about
something—that's how it started
out. The last tableau leaves the
audience with a powerful image,
but the idea does not seem to
come from the body ofthe play.
It seems to be borne of the last
scene alone, and, as such,
renders the rest of the play
peripheral to the point the
playwright is trying to make.
By the last curtain, a
number of characters, notably
the Kirsanovs, who seemed to be
the central characters at the
play's beginning are nowhere to
be seen.
Nothing Sacred is well cast
and has high production values.
It works well as a comedy, but in
spite of Walker's attempts, it
doesn't say anything coherent
about a country in turmoil.
Without that, Nothing Sacred is
nothing special.
What are these guys looking at? Do they even know each other? Is nothing sacred?
Junkie explosion
by Paul Pre to
When I first heard the
Cowboy Junkies
several months ago on Brave
New Waves (late late night
CBC radio), I was captivated by
their moody, bluesy sound.
Their recent album, The Trinity
Session, was recorded live at
Toronto's Church of the Holy
Trinity, and is a striking
contrast to today's over-produced, over-dubbed, and computer sequenced music. The
result is incredible: the natural
accoustics of the church give
the music a depth and resonance unparalleled in studio recordings.
Cowboy Junkies
Town Pump
November 22
Tuesday night the Junkies
played to a packed Town
Pump—apparently more
packed than usual due to
renovations that have increased
the seating capacity—and
entranced the crowd for two 40-
minute sets. Alan Anton, Margo
Timmins and her two brothers,
Michael and Peter, formed the
Cowboy Junkies three years ago
with help from the Timmins'
older brother John. They were
joined on stage by three eclectic
musicians who also appeared on
the album. Km Deschamps, Jeff
Bird and Jaro Czerwinec
accompanied the Junkies on
steel guitar, fiddle/harmonica,
and accordian respectively.
The steel guitar is often associated with country music,
with its mournful whining and
wailing. Kim Deschamp's
mastery of this instrument takes
it beyond its stereotypical
country roots and it is a vital
part of many Junkies songs.
Jaro, the accordian player, joined
the band just before they
recorded the album about a year
ago. He is happy to be finally
playing steadily with a band.
The Junkies do a great cover
of Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane": slow
and melancholy—reportedly the
only cover version of any Lou
Reed or Velvet Underground
song to have been officially
endorsed by Reed. Other great
covers are Hank Williams' "I'm
So Lonely, I Could Cry" and an
old Patsy Cline tune "Walking
After Midnight." Each song is
stripped down to bare essentials
and centers around Margo's
husky, sensuous voice.
"Walking After Midnight"
featured great solos by Jeff and
Kim on fiddle and steel guitar,
and "Misguided .Angel", written
by Margo and brother Michael,
captivated the audience and is
one of their more beautiful
songs. Judging by audience
response, the Cowboy Junkies
made a lot of new fans in
Vancouver last Tuesday. The
Cowboy Junkies are a refreshing, original band—don't be
fooled by the name, their
influences or anything you've
heard. The only way is to
actually hear them.
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November 25,1988


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