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Council boycotts Rothmans:
L.A. Kings draft
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AMS adopts
by Joe Altwasser
The AMS Student Council
voted to boycott Rothmans Company's products because of its
South African ties.
On July 5, Council voted overwhelmingly in favour of suspending the sale of all Rothmans products in AMS run outlets and vending machines.
Rothmans Canada is one of
many subsidiaries of the giant
Rupert family conglomorate. Student smokers will have to go elsewhere to buy Rothmans products
which include such popular
brands as Dunhill and Number
An addendum to the motion
called for the AMS to cease the sale
of all Rothmans products and return all unsold packages to the
distributor, a decision which will
cost the AMS $2,000 in unsold
The motion was introduced by
Arts Representative Donavan
Kuehn who was both pleased and
suprised at the ease in which the
decision passed through council.
AMS president Mike Lee was
happy with council's decision to
take a stand on the issue and
hoped the decision would help to
raise awareness among students.
Lee's sentiments were echoed
by External Affairs Coordinator
Vanessa Geary, "It is nice to see
Student Council dealing with
more than just money and start
dealing with moral issues."
Kuehn's motion was not only
an attack on Rothmans but primarily at the South African government. The motion fingered
Rothmans as a beneficiary of the
South African system of apartheid
which "uses blacks as cheap
labour while also denying their
human rights."
But Joanna Wickie, Arts
President, disagreed, "This was
not about South Africa but rather
big business. People want to punish the companies and it only
hurts the people in South Africa."
Wickie added that the deci
sion will limit personal choice. "If
someone does not believe in South
Africa, they don't need to buy a
product from there," she said.
Wickie hoped council would
be better informed for future decisions. "We in student government
need to be more informed from
reliable sources. We should talk to
Rothmans to get their side of the
story. I would like to see in print
some sort of facts about the abuses
of Rothmans."
David Hill agrees with the
idea of boycotting South African
companies, but not in this particular situation. "If the company was
a South African Company who
was doing business in Canada I
would favour the boycott. But because it is a subsidiary it won't
have any effect."
Both Hill and Wickie said the
only people who will be hurt by the
AMS action will be Canadians.
"The product is made in Canada
and it will be Canadian jobs that
are hurt," said Wickie.
Kuehn was not worried about
potential job loss in the Canadian
tobacco industry. "(The tobacco
industry) is a dying industry anyway, both literally and figuratively," he said.
Leonard Kogan, the Agriculture Representative, was happy
the Rothmans issue passed, especially since council previously took
a strong stand on human rights in
"If we are to take a strong
stand on human rights in China, I
think we have to be consistent and
take a strong stance on human
rights everywhere," said Kogan.
Kogan said he does not think
council has over-stepped its
boundaries by booting Rothmans
off campus without the consent of
the student body. Two years ago a
campus wide referendum calling
for the banning of South African
products was defeated.
"If a referendum fails to pass
it is not a vote against, rather it is
simply a failure to arrive at a consensus to boycott," said Kogan.
Donovan Kuehn contemplates AMS boycott.
UBC Chinese quit Communist Party
by Rick Hiebert
Fifteen Chinese UBC students have resigned their membership in the Communist Party of
China to protest the "corruption"
and recent brutality ofthe regime.
They are the first Canadian
students to do so. On July 1, the
group sent a letter to the Vancouver General Cousulate of China
stating the party had become "a
tool manipulated by a few to suppress the (Chinese) people."
The students wrote that they
had quit the party because it had
—responded to "peaceful student   and   mass   demonstrators
with tanks and machine guns
(among the victims were women,
children and medical personnel)."
—purged and persecuted
"leaders who pursue the course of
reform and patriotic intellectuals
who advocate such a course."
—deceived and misled "the
people through propaganda with
falsified and distorted information."
—allowed "power for personal
gain, corruption and nepotism to
become widespread."
—enjoyed "a feudal dictatorship with (a) personal cult" and
turned "to the old road ofthe Cultural Revolution."
Mr. Lam, a consul at the consulate, said, "We have notreceived
the letter. We just read about it in
a local Chinese newpaper."
"We don't have any comment
on it because we don't know if this
letter is for real or not. I wouldn't
like to go into this in detail. I don't
want to judge my reaction to any
reports from the news media," he
The students, who have
"vowed to continue their struggle
for China's democratization and
prosperity," are temporarily remaining anonymous, said Vancouver pastor Sek-Wa Lo, who is
acting as an unofficial public liai
son for the student dissidents.
"They have decided to act as a
group and remain silent as individuals because what they want to
do is not agitate the Communist
Party but state their moral disgust, that they are disappointed
with the party," said Lo, who
added that the group's members
wanted to "maintain a low profile"
for the present.
Wa, pastor of the New Life
Chinese Lutheran Church, said
the group no longer wanted to be
associated with the party "because
of its brutality."
"What the students can do is
renounce the Communist Party,
but thafs all they want to do because this may cause retribution
to their families in China," Lo said.
"Those who leave the party are
considered outcasts. If you join the
Party, you live and aren't considered a traitor to your country.
They have forsaken the privileges
of the party."
"What they have done is very
courageous, I think. After long and
careful consideration, they have
counted the cost," he said.
The fifteen UBC students
from China are the first group in
Canada to quit the party over recent events in China. They follow
the lead of over 300 Chinese students who publicly renounced
their party membership in a
Washington D.C. rally last month.
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July 12,1989 NIWS
AMS requests
library improvements
by Laura J. May
Don't expect Main Library to
be open any longer this fall than
last year, and don't expect to find
greater numbers of reference librarians waiting to help you.
Though UBC's Alma Mater
Society delivered a report requesting changes in library services to
the President in May, the university won't be implementing any
changes until December.
Changes won't be made until
a new librarian is hired—and that
won't happen until at least December, according to K.D. Srivastava,
Vice President of Student and
Academic Services. Douglas Mclnnes quit his job as University Librarian on June 30.
The new librarian will decide
what changes will be implemented. Whether Main Library
remains open longer is not so
much a question of policy as it is a
"budget question," Srivastava
said. Students should "speak with
the new librarian to see if (longer
hours are) possible within the
current budget. If you can do it
within your budget, that's fine
with me," he said.
A student representative will
be on the selections committee for
the new librarian, he added.
The AMS's report is just one of
approximately 30 reports the university has received in response to
its July 1988 study of UBC's libraries by a review committee.
AMS President Mike Lee
criticized the review committee's
report for its "apparent lack of
attention to student needs." No
students were interviewed by the
review committee, though former
AMS President Tim Bird submitted a statement outlining some
student concerns, Lee said.
The AMS also objected to the
review committee's recommendations not to increase the total
number of journal subscriptions
and to order fewer copies of any
given journal.
"A zero-net-growth objective
would only be appropriate if there
were a zero-net-growth in the
number of journals being published. The actual amount of material being published in journal
format is increasing. The percentage ofthe acquisitions budget allocated to serial publications must
remain flexible in order to respond
to the expanding world of knowledge," the AMS report said.
And cancelling extra subscriptions to journals would primarily hurt undergraduate students, the report said: "These journals are used most heavily by students. The basic role of an academic library is to support the
University's instructional programme. Any decline in the number of multiple journal subscriptions would result in a concomitant decline in service to students."
On June 30, Mclnnes said the
jAMS's report was "thoughtful" but
he would not comment on specifics.
Responses to the review committees report are still being
evaluated and no policy changes or
recommendations will be implemented until the new librarian is
hired, Srivastava said.
Frosh program
planned for UBC
by Deborah Smithies
UBC will be bubbling with
school spirit this fall if the Alma
Mater Society's new first year
students' program is a success.
The AMS developed the program to help first year students
(known as frosh) adapt quickly to
campus life and to encourage them
to participate in UBC events.
Since it's the "Year of the First
Year Student," the AMS will organize parties and festivities for
frosh, who have usually been ignored in years past, according to
William Ciprick, Co-Chair of the
First Year Students' Committee
and initiator of the Frosh Coordinator Program.
Roughly equal numbers of
males and females from the same
faculty will be in each group.
Approximately 15 students will be
assigned to each group. Under the
guidance of coordinators, the
groups will meet at least twice a
month for discussions and social
events. The groupings will "encourage the frosh to meet people
and interact," said Ciprick. He
added that the AMS is "setting up
an effective communication line
throughout the campus."
The Frosh Coordinator Program is inexpensive—its main
expenditure is the cost of postage,
Ciprick said. And this expense
will be offset by donations from the
Coca Cola Company. Not only is
Coca Cola going to give the AMS
cash, they're also going to give
them Coke. The revenue from
Coke sales at the frosh functions
will help finance the program.
UBC's Frosh Coordinator
Program is modelled after successful programs at eastern universities. With full support from
faculty and staff, Queen's program
has achieved particular notoriety—and Queen's program has
inspired UBC's program.
But the program won't begin
in September unless 1000 students volunteer to be "Bird Coordinators." The AMS is beginning a
campaign of advertisements and
posters around campus, in addition to mailing flyers to each returning student. Ciprick said he is
aware that they got a late start
this year, but is confident that
next yeat the AMS will have coordinators chosen by April.
The frosh survival kits are
nowbeingpreparedandare scheduled for distribution in the beginning of August. The kits will include manuals explaining campus
life and the first year students'
Ciprick said that UBC is
"starting a tradition this year that
will grow in the following years."
Time will tell if school spirit will
triumph over UBC's history of
Main Library getting old
"Charge It" to UBC credit cards
UBC credit cards will soon be
available to UBC Alumni. The
cards, known as affinity cards, are
standard credit cards held in conjunction with commercial banks or
trust companies. They are a recent
phenomena in Canada which began last year at Queens University.
The Alumni Association has
been negotiating with all the major trust companies and banks to
find a sponsor for the UBC card,
according to Allan Bentley of the
Alumni Association.
The Alumni is presently deliberating over proposals received
from most major banks and trust
companies, but has delayed making a final decision while its $132
million dollar development campaign takes precedent, said
The card will also be open to
students, faculty, and staff. Affinity cards will have certain bene
fits, such as lower interest rates
and travel insurance for the well-
heeled Point-Grey grads.
The Alumni Association will
also receive a fee for registering its
members in credit card companies. Queen's University earned
approximately $40,000 for their
first year of operation.
Bentley said the money the
UBC alumni earns will be
ploughed into the associations
publication The Chronicles.
July 12,1989
Young Greens adopt
youth suffrage policy
by Laura J. May
Giving children and teenagers the right to vote isn't as ridiculous as it sounds, according to
Stuart Parker, Coordinator for the
Young Green Party of BC.
The Young Greens adopted
youth suffrage as their "first official policy" on July 5.
Children wouldn't necessarily vote the same way their parents do, according to 17-year old
Parker. People said wives would
vote just like their husbands, but
they didn't, he added.
If young people could vote, not
only would youth issues be addressed more readily, but society
itself would be transformed, according to Parker and Oscar Bot,
another Young Green.
"If we are to save this planet,
we must empower a force of people
whose lives are not caught up in
the present economic and social
systems," said Bot.
Green Party Speaker Gavin
Ross said "ifs a bit too early to
predict" if the Green Party will
adopt youth suffrage as part of its
Ross said he would support
extending the vote to 16- and 17-
year olds, but not to children.
"From the cradle onwards is a bit
much—but I suppose the decisions
made wouldn't be much worse," he
"If you take the franchise at
all seriously, you want (people) to
make the best decisions possible,"
he said. And not all children have
developed the reasoning ability to
make those decisions, said Ross,
who teaches students in grades
one through seven.
Ross said he hoped Parker
and Bot would consider a step-by-
step approach to youth enfranchisement: they should advocate
voting rights for 16-and 17-year
olds before they try to pursue voting rights for all children and teenagers. Sixteen-year olds are at
least allowed to drive, and they've
all "comfortably reached puberty,"
he said.
But Parker hopes to challenge
current voting laws in court. Under the Canadian Charter of
Rights and Freedoms, he argued,
"every Canadian citizen has the
right to vote" and "no discrimination (is permitted) based on age."
"Any group in a truly democratic society—by virtue of being
an identifiable group—should
have the right to participate in the
democratic process," he added.
Isabel Grant, Assistant Professor of Law at UBC, said it's
"unlikely" a court challenge on
youth suffrage would win. "Section 15 (of the charter) does not
prohibit all laws that make distinctions between older and
younger people," she said.
Under the charter, voting
rights are restricted to "such reasonable limits as can be demonstrably justified," she said. If the
government can demonstrate a
"good reason" for restricting the
very young from voting, then the
government would not be violating the charter, she said.
Nor does she think the courts
would decide to give 16- and 17-
year olds the right to vote, "I think
the courts would be reluctant to
take that task on themselves."
Grant could find no reason for
extending the vote to 16- and 17-
year olds, "Saying that they have
the right to drive doesn't say anything about their capacity to vote.
We just have to draw limits (somewhere)," she said.
Furthermore, just because
mentally handicapped people
have been permitted to vote, in
spite of their limited reasoning
ability, doesn't mean children
should be permitted to vote, she
said. "The courts haven't said that
every mentally handicapped person can vote." If a mentally handicapped person doesn't understand
"the nature of voting," then that
person can be denied the right to
vote, she said.
Stuart Parker - Coordinator for Young Green Party of B.C.
Vol 18 No. 2
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Wednesday July 12
Thursday, July 13
Friday. July 14
Monday, July 17
Tuesday, July 18
Wednesday, July 19
Penguin String Quartet
Trombones To Go
Toby's Rangers
Mulberry Street Jazz Band
Jazz Trios
Gary Keenan Quartet
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Thursday, July 13     - John Friesen, cello
Michelle Mares, piano
Music of Bach, Debussy and Brahms
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My Stepmother Is An Alien
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July 12,1989
What's HOT in town ...
Blue Window remains unshattered
by R. Iwata
Thursday July 13: ONE RIDDIM AND AZAD at 86 Street
Music Hell (on the Expoo Site,
phone 683-8687), and FREEDOM PRESS, THE KYLE
FOUR ONES at the Commodore Ballroom (870 Granville
Street, phone 681-7838).
Catch two pretty different
bands with a distinct Shindig
'87 connection at two different
clubs. One Riddim came in
third place at the local band
contest held at the now dead
Savoy, while The Four Ones
came in first. Not cheap,
though. Eight dollars at the
door for One Riddim, five (I
believe) for The Four Ones et
Friday July 14 and Saturday
July 15: FAMILY PLOT and
Arts Club (1181 Seymour
Street, phone 683-0151).
The two-bass band performs
with a new singer following
Madeline Morris's departure a
while back. Dark, black,
bleak, depressing. For the
nihilist in all of us. Go if you
love small venues with no
stage where the band disappears from view if the place
gets crowded. Real cheap:
three dollars I believe.
at ._ie Cinderella Ballroom on
May 19th. The Vindicators
retirn to Vancouver, bringing
their brand of prairie garage
sounds highlighted on two
e-i^ations, the recent
"Mister Garager's Neighbourhood" and the soon-to-be-
released "Oh God My Mom's
on Channel 10". Four bucks at
the door.
Monday July 17:
the Town Pump.
by Louise Valgardson
Last year's smash hit ofthe
Fringe Festival—Blue Window—
has been resurrected by Angry
Actor's Equity Co-op under the
direction of Kathryn Shaw. The
production is amusing, intense
and provocative, providing an
insight into the duplicity be-
tweeen the public and private self.
Blue Window
Vancouver East Cultural
July 8th
On a sparse stage, with only
blue and violet boxes as furniture
and a blue and purple splashed
canvas as a backdrop, Libby prepares for a dinner party and her
six guests prepare to attend.
Anxious the party will not be a
success, Libby worries and
practices dripping platitudes for
the writer whose book she hasn't
read. Meanwhile she's frenetically
obsessed with whether her tropical
punch is "tacky." She shouldn't
worry though—when the guests
arrive, they don't care—except for
her friend from therapy, Griever.
Libby"s not alone with her
insecurities. The guests also bear
crosses which they hope will be
forgotten or hidden under the
guise of such typical dinner party
chit chat as right/left brain
dominance, family therapy, or
subjectivity. Their griefs lurk
beneath the surface, frequently
spilling over into the deceptively
innocent banter. Tension and
misunderstanding settle into the
cracks ofthe conversation. And
suddenly, the discord that was
sparked between the lesbian
family therapist and her lover in
the first scene, ignites in a bid to
out-converse each other at Libby" s^
When the characters return
to their homes for post-soiree
reflection, the disparity between
their jovial public selves and who
they really are is blatantly
The minimalist setting
focuses our attention solely on
what is most elemental: the
characters and their psyches. The
predominance of blue underlines
the symbolism of Blue Window.
But everyone's blue window is
different, as the characters tell us
in their aching revelations.
Although the dialogue is
frequently witty and moving, its
spell lies in its timing. Conversations often occur simultaneously,
or begin on the few ending notes
of someone's last words. Not only
does this give the dialogue a
lyrical quality, but it creates an
ntensity, a feeling of desperation.
It is the compulsive need to start
before someone else finishes.
The acting is superb. Jennifer Clement gives a searing
performance as the perpetually
pained wife of a self-absorbed
songwriter. Babs Chula and
Corrine Koslo wring both the
competitiveness and affection out
of their lesbian relationship.
Libby's neurosis that occasions
such laughter in the first two
scenes provides a stark contrast to
the very real anguish that she
leaves us with. As Griever, a man
of dubious sexual orientation,
Thomas Hunt makes us painfully
aware that the dandy isn't always
so dandy. The final note of the
play is his, and he strikes it with
a silence pregnant with the pain
of rejection and misunderstanding. And Norbert? Norbert (Bill
Croft) is Norbert. Who could ask
for anything more.
Sunday July 16: THE VINDICATORS at the Town Pump
(66 Water Street, phone 683-
Number two band on the six
band bill for the Nardwuar
Presents "That's Cool! That's
Trash!" musical extravaganza
Two reasons why not to see
Xymox. (1) They're boring
electro-dance a la D.A.F. (only
they're from Sweden, not
Germany) not only on vinyl
but also live and they haven't
released anything good since
their self-titled debut album.
(2) They are on Poly Gram
Incorporated, the ultra-huge
conglomerate/distributor that
is being boycotted by campus
and community radio station
across Canada (such as CiTR)
because they are charging
these stations for receiving
their promotional material.
Nine bucks at the door ifyou
must. Instead, save your
money for....
Tuesday July 18: STAN
RHJGWAY at the Town Pump
The guy with the twitch in his
face returns for a performance
including songs from his
recently released album
"Mosquito". Ifyou loved Wall
ofVoodoo, you'll despise the
egocentric ramblings of a
buiftt-out rock star out to
make more bucks. Just
kidding. He hasn't lost a
smidgen of his unique charm.
$9 advance.
Folk on Rocks and Fire
by John Maxwell
Whatever kind of folk music
your heart desires—whether it be
urban or root folk—a chilling fire
burns for you at Scandals Bar and
Grill in North Vancouver biweekly on the day of la luna for all
you crazies.
Dobbs & Colbourne
July 10th
Last Monday, folk musicians
Rick Colbourne and Allen Dobb
played a range of folk styles to a
receptive crowd of regulars and
Colbourne, an intense young
man with a very short haircut,
plays an energetic set of his own
material. His songs delineate
"urban experiences" from around
the world: Glasgow, Cologne,
Paris, and even good old Vancouver. His final song, Diesel Street,
was written in and about East
Hastings' Ovaltine Cafe. Col-
bourne's music is upbeat, strong
on melody, and sounds at times (if
I must reach for a comparison)
somewhat like Michelle Shocked.
Colbourne is an active and
ambitious folk musician about
town. This summer he will host
the Open Stage music challenge at
the Tavena Corfu throughout the
energetic Vancouver Friday
After Colbourne's set, Allen
.Dobb plays his brand of folk
music—bouncy and upbeat, in the
rootsy-pop vein of Seger, Mellen-
camp, and Cockburn. Dobb's
experiences are less urban than
Colbourne's. His Albertan background and life in Arizona may
account for bis rootsy style.
Dobbs, a fine guitarist, plays a
simple style with much texture
"ad rhythm. One wonders why he
plays solo folk instead of playing
pop-rock with a full band. After
his set, he told me that this is in
fact what he plans to do with a
backing band called Dumela.
Rick Colbourne will be playing
the S.O.S. (Save Our Seas) Rally
at Ballantyne Her July 15 and at
the Arlington Cabaret July 26.
Allen Dobb and Dumela will play
at the Arts Club Granville Island
Aug 3.
These men don't hang
by Deviant
If you have not heard of The
Men They Couldn't Hang before,
you're sure to hear about them
soon. They play the kind of sociopolitical anthems that makes college radio drool.
The Men They Couldn't Hang
Town Pump
July Sth
"The Men" did a pre-gig
schmooze before Saturday's gig
at the Town Pump in support of
their new album, Silvertown.
Schmoozing is, of course, the
fine art of media seduction.
Record companies (like BMG
records) often use this technique
when they want to break a band
(like The Men They Couldn't
Hang) into a new market. They
muster as many industry and
media-types together as they can
for _ private performance,
complete with food, drinks, and a
chat with the boys in the band.
Everyone has a lovely time and
gushes over how much they luv
the band.
Td much prefer doing a real
gig (than a schmooze)," said Phil
Odgers, guitarist and songwriter.
The Men seemed to be in
good form, playing a short set of
material from their new album.
The most notable song was the
brilliant "Rosettes," a well-
arranged let's-all-be-Men/chant-
along anthem of infectious
rythmn and mandolin.
Unfortunately for The Men,
the Celtic feel of their rythmns
has brought them many shallow
comparisons to the Pogues. The
Pogues could never sound this
upbeat, sober, or American-
influenced—which is why the
Pogues are ultimately a more
provocative band. There's an
intense emotional depth to be
found in all that Irish misery and
The Men, on the other hand,
are their own band, and not
without merit. They play competently and with conviction (which
is more important than virtuosity).
"I think we have much more
freedom (than the Pogues). It's
much more difficult for them to do
something that isn't a traditional
song. It's a bummer (to be compared to the Pogues), because we
are friends, and (the comparison)
almost brings rivalry which
shouldn't be there," said Odgers.
But what will make or break
The Men with Mr. Joe Average
listener is the songs themselves.
This is not the sort of music that
will bowl yon over on the first pass.
Sure, you can jump up and down
and punch air like a football
hooligan, but, in the end, their
music requires an understanding
that can only be achieved through
The Men may be an obscure
band to North American ears, but
in Europe they're considered to be
one ofthe British folk/roots rock
After a string of notable
singles for Elvis Costello's IMP
label and three critically acclaimed albums of fervent twang,
not to mention their reputation as
a scorchingly intense live act,
you'd think they'd be able to turn
a few bucks in the New World.
Not so.
The bigger record companies
that have handled them (namely
MCA and WEA) never quite
figured out how to get the most
out of smaller acts like The Men.
Enter Andrew Lauder and BMG's
Silvertone label.
Lauder, Silvertone's founder,
operates on the principle that any
band that can turn in an excellent
live performance consistently can
generate enough record sales to
justify the investment. But this
usually means endless touring for
the band—and The Men have
been on a nonstop, no-rest tour for
three months. The schmooze is on.
July 12,1989
July 12,1989 r~~^'
Behind The Iran Contra Affair
Oliver North swears
By Joe Altwasser
Sadly, amidst the summer of
sequels, Vancouver East
Cinema's stirring presentation of
Coverup—a biting documentary
ofthe Iran-Contra scandal—will
probably not experience the frustrating line-ups common in the
Vancouver East Cultural Ctr.
until July 14th
Coverup winds together assorted pieces of evidence against
the Reagan-Bush alliance in the
Iran-Contra scandal to produce
an enormous file of wrongdoings
that cover the whole gamut of
sins from drug-smuggling, to
arms trading, to the planned
suspension of parts ofthe
American Constitution.
While much of the movie's
evidence is not new—especially
to those people who made a point
of viewing the televised hearings^—it is pulled together in one
neat package that stirs horror in
the deep recesses ofthe abdomen.
But, as the film shows,
anyone who did spend hours
before the tube watching the
trial did not see the trial's most
damning segments—held in
closed sessions because of its
sensitivity to national security.
During the film, several members of Congress, in particular
Jack Brook of Texas, suggest
that much of the questioning
during the inquiry was weakened, if not white-washed, to
prevent the release ofthe more
shocking revelations against the
Contra team.
One of these revelations
concerns the persistent drug
running activities which financially nourished the Contras to
great heights. The film not only
unveils the drug activities ofthe
Contra group backed by Oliver
North in Central America but
also probes into the roots of
American drug involvement
during the Vietnam War.
In Vietnam, early members
of the Contra team, such as Air
Force Major-General Richard
Secord, learned the techniques of
the drug trade by supposedly
helping ship millions of dollars of
drugs out of Asia.
The most controversial element of Contra
activities proved to be
the one which was
most suppressed by
the Iran-Contra inquiry: the Reagan administration's intent
to suspend parts ofthe
U.S. constitution.
The most controversial
element of Contra activities
proved to be the one which was
most suppressed by the Iran-
Contra inquiry: the Reagan
administration's intent to
suspend parts ofthe U.S.
This plan, known as "Operation Night-train," called for the
detainment of up to 400,000
Americans of Latin American
descent in the event of a U.S.
invasion of Nicaragua, just like
the Japanese were detained
during World War II.
Ihe movie suggests that
many Americans, not of Latin
background, but failing to
support the operation, would
most likely also find themselves
locked up in one often forts
spread throughout the U.S.
In Coverup, the seemingly
impossible can become all to
possible in a time of crisis.
The primary weakness of
Coverup is its presentation. The
film utilizes an American six
o'clock news format which
assaults the viewers' senses with
its hundreds of short clips and
interviews. The format works
well at jolting the audience from
complacency, but it also makes it
difficult to sort fact from allegation. The result is a blending of
the two.
A more slowly paced movie
would feel less hke the latest
conspiracy tale from the tabloids
and would allow the audience
more time to ponder the movies
damning implications.
Coverup brashly exposes
some ofthe more serious allegations made against the Reagan-
Bush Contra team, allegations
which were largely ignored
during the Iran-Contra hearings
by prosecutors and the national
media. Unfortunately, Coverup
may suffer the same fate: this
mind-jarring movie will also be
ignored by the public.
But you can still see it: it
plays Wednesday and Thursday
at.the Vancouver East Cinema.
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July 12,1989 LA Kings Draft
UBC's Carl Repp
By Michael Booth
On June 18, the Los jAngeles
Kings used their only pick in the
NHL supplemental draft to select
UBC Thunderbird goaltender
Carl Repp.
The selection ended months of
speculation in which several
teams, including Vancouver, Quebec and L. A., expressed interest in
acquiring Repp's services.
Repp first came to the attention of the NHL during the 1986-
87 season when he played in all 28
Thunderbird games. Although
UBC did poorly, Repp backed the
T-Birds with consistent play, including a 64 save performance
against Alberta that caught the
attention ofthe local media. At the
end of that season, Repp filled out
the papers required for the NHL
supplemental draft.
A knee injury hampered Repp
midway through the 87-88 but he
rebounded solidly in the season to
During last year's pre-season
the T-Birds engaged in a series of
games against the NHL rookie
teams from Vancouver, Calgary
and Los Angeles. The series provided an invaluable experience for
the team and allowed T-Bird play
ers to perform in front of NHL
brass. Repp played well enough to
attract the attention of scouts
from both Vancouver and L.A.
The 1988-89 season was a
banner year for the T-Bird netminder. Repp contributed to the
'Birds early season success and he
ended 1988 on a high note playing
three games for Team Canada in
the Spengler Cup tournament at
Davos, Switzerland. Repp welcomed the opportunity of playing
in front of the NHL's European
scouts and found the experience to
be unique. "I was the only guy on
Team Canada who had not been
drafted or played pro. Team Canada turned my career around."
The second half of the season
was disastrous for the 'Birds, but
Repp continued to play well. Repp
was the only CWUAA goalie to
play all 28 games, and finished the
year with a 4.14 goals against
average. His save percentage was
.876, despite facing a league leading 946 shots. He topped the
league with 2 shutouts, and was
selected to play in the Canadian
Western University Athletics Association all-star game in Calgary.
UBC coach O'Malley attributes the high shot total to the inexperience of the TBird defensive
corps. "Last year only two defence-
men on the team had grown up on
defense. The others had been converted to defence and this meant
Carl faced more shots as his de-
fensemen blocked fewer shots."
The Quebec Nordiques were
the first team to approach Repp
directly, but he soon discovered
they were not as serious as they
first appeared. "They told me
many things that never developed," Repp added.
The Quebec overtures
prompted Repp to hire an agent
before the T-Birds left for Japan in
April. While he was in Japan, L.A.
Kings management called. Upon
his return, Repp contacted L.A.
scout Al Murray who informed
him that the Kings were interested in drafting him in the supplemental round. Unfortunately
Repp learned there was a question
mark among NHL circles concerning his eligibility.
The cause of confusion centered on the NHL's rules for college players that were established
with the four year programs of
U.S. schools in mind. "Under those
rules they thought I was a free
agent," said Repp, "but 5 years
eligibility (in the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union) meant
that I was still draft eligible."
Repp believes that the arrival
of Terry O'Malley three years ago
was instrumental in both his development and that ofthe T-Birds
program. "The arrival of O'Malley
made a difference in UBC's recognition due to his knowledge and
having a full time coach allowed
for better media relations," said
According to Repp, O'Malley
stabilized the U.B.C. hockey program and his familiarity with the
NHL and its scouts has paid off in
the form of closer relations with
the Canucks and better credibility
for the Thunderbird program.
O'Malley has played a key role in
setting up the games against the
NHL rookie teams.
O'Malley credits Repp's
preparation and dedication to the
game for his success and contends
that what Repp does off the ice
helps his performance on it. "Carl
is a graphic artist by hobby and the
attention for detail that it requires
is carried over when he prepares
for games. Carl is a good leader
and was a backbone to a young
team. I'm glad to see he's getting a
shot," said O'Malley.
Playing in the CIAU paid off
for Repp, and he believes that by
going the route of Canadian University hockey, he became a more
attractive player when draft day
rolled around. "Teams are more
willing to look at Canadian University players as they tend to be
more mature and stable," said
O'Malley agrees with this and
adds that the position of goaltender benefits mostfrom maturity - a
fact that was not lost on Quebec.
O'Malley was told that Quebec
was interested in creating a 'Bull
Durham' situation where they
would have a mature goalie (Repp)
work with and develop younger
goaltenders in their farm system.
Although Repp is excited
about being drafted "by the team
of the '90's" and the prospect of
being paid in U.S. dollars appeals
to him, he manages to keep everything in perspective. "Drafting
gives more substance to a player's
hopes but his position does not
really change since he still hasn't
made any team."
UBC hopes to celebrate
75th with parent campus
To help celebrate the 75th
anniversary of the establishment of UBC, the Thunderbird
hockey team is planning to host a
special tournament during the
Christmas break.
The tournament will feature
teams from UBC, the University
of Toronto, the University of
Manitoba and defending CIAU
champion York University. Although budget constraints currently prevent organizers from
extending an invitation to
McGill University, the Thunder
birds would like to see them included.
The presence of McGiU's
Redmen would add a note of
historical significance to the
tournament since UBC began as
a branch campus of McGill. If
McGill is invited, then the University of Regina will also be
invited to fill out a six team field.
In addition to the New
Year's tourney, the hockey 'Birds
are going to dedicate the upcoming season to the 1915-16 team.
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Bill Van Der Zalm's recent flip-flop on Lac
Meech Lake may only guarantee one thing—the
survival of the Accord as a viable political doctrine.
Continued Zalm support can only make
Sharon Carstairs wince and Jean Chretian
remain in law.
And to think the Accord was in its death
throes: Newfoundland was now a maybe and
even the media began to point out that there was
life after Meech.
The changing tide of Lake Meech began to
have a noticeable effect on Mulroney and his
Premier sidekick Robert Bourassa (these names
are interchangeable). These two cretins were
again practicing their Al Capone brand of politics, which is known in most countries as blackmail.
"The country will be rent asunder," proclaimed Brian with a face that would inspire as
much trust as a Quebec Cabinet Minister's tax
Bourassa too knew the game of Canada and
reminded Newfoundland of the real owners of
all that Hydro in Labrador.
The heat was on.
Enter Bill V.D.Z. and the moral weight
(baggage) he carries with him on most issues.
After all, if there is a politician in the country
who truly understands the French on corn
flakes boxes it is our own Zalm.
Now it is certain that Meech Lake has many
flaws— points contentious even to people who
agree that Quebec is a distinct society. There is
more to Meech than just the distinct society
Hopefully Chairman Zalm and his cohorts in
Victoria realize this and are able to contribute to
the discussion and not only exacerbate a potentially complicated issue.
The temptation must be great for the Socreds to do a little "French bashing"—especially
considering the way it plays in places like
Esquimalt, Victoria, and North Vancouver.
And if this happens, one thing is certain:
Liberals across the land will notice their most
recent bed-mate, many will get very queazy.
Yes, even Liberals have some respect.
Mulroney can only smile.
July 12, 1989
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"I know a secret" chortled Ted Aussem to himself and anyone who
wanted to listen. No more gossip screamed a distraught Laura J.
May, which caused Ernest Stelzer to wonder if he was doing the right
thing. Meanwhile, Chung Wong was defiantly announcing to a
bemused Franka Cordua-von Specht that cooperatives don't exist.
Sacrilege! bellowed Joe Altwasser to Michael Booth who was more
concerned about the fact that Steve Dallashas returned. Are they
always like this queried Omar Diaz to Heather Jenkins? Of course
they are (comma fault) chirped Olivia Zanger. Oliver secretly wondered if the staffers ever went home, while Heather cohorted with
Rick Hiebert. Through all the chaos, a voice of calm reason sounded
and was promptly trashed by Karla and Lousie. David D. stopped by
to deliver his Green photo much to the amazement of all. The names
of everyone else who stopped by have been temporarily shrouded by
the mists of sleep - Forgive us!
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Laura J. May • Chung Wong
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Of the 14,850 cats that
were brought into the eight
S.P.C.A. shelters last year,
only 400 were returned to
their owners. Why? Because
very few cats carry any I.D.
I just do not understand cat
owners. Presumably you
love your cats, so why don't
you protect them. A simple
collar, with your current
telephone number inside,
would ensure that you get
your cat straight back.
Please, do it today.
Michael Weeks
Executive Director
British Columbia Society
For The Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals
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Editorial Blind
on Northern
Whilst I would support
the sentiment conveyed in
last week's editorial condemning the United Kingdom's flagrant denial of the
rights of Hong Kong's residents in a say over their
future, and Canada, Australia and the U.S.A.'s unethical "creaming off" of Hong
Kong's elite—I would like to
take issue with the editor's
reference to Northern Ireland as one of "Britain's
other colonies." Firstly,
Northern Ireland is an integral (though disputed) part
of the United Kingdom and
can not be construed as a
"colony." To posit it as such
is to impose a framework of
analysis that fails to capture
the complex and entrenched
nature of the present state
of civil war within Northern
Ireland. The colonialism
thesis produces only a partial explanation of the cur
rent "Troubles," failing to
capture the dynamics ofthe
situation and produce a
sensitive appraisal of the
complex evolution of two
broad senses of nationhood
within the territorial
boundary of Northern Ireland.
Secondly, the editorial
erroneously suggested that
citizens of Northern Ireland
enjoyed the right of "free
access to Britain." Under
the large body of special
powers, legislation passed
by the British parliament
since the outbreak of the
present "Troubles," the
Westminister government
has the right to deny access
to any resident of Northern
Ireland who is deemed to be
"undesirable" by the authorities on the British
mainland. This illustrates
Northern Ireland's ambiguous constitutional position,
and the suppression of
many civil rights for both
Irish Nationalist and Ulster
Unionist alike. Yet to categorize Northern Ireland as a
"colony," with all the theoretical baggage such a term
carries with it, is to adopt a
rather myopic conception of
the multiple problems
which afflict this region and
may lead to deny the legitimacy of the two communities' senses of identity. For
the reader cocooned in the
relative tranquility of Vancouver, this may seem undue protestation over a
seemingly "innocent" remark, yet such "pop-theorizing" (and ignorance) does
nothing to contribute to
finding a resolution to the
embittered strife which continues to exact its daily,
bloody toll. I would suggest
the editor should choose his/
her terminology with a little
more care and sensitivity,
and avoid indulging in such
trite polemics.
Nialt Majury
Grad. Student
Dept of Geography
Thank you for your letter of April 23/89 outlining
your concerns about "The
Red Menace."
The Engineering Undergraduate Society Executive agrees that the statement "a .44 under the chin is
a million times better than a
nice dinner, flowers, or a
trip to Whistler", may be
construed to advocate rape.
We had no such intention
and we apologize for this
You should realize that
a new group of students are
appointed each year to publish our paper and since
they are new in the paper
business, some mistakes
can easily occur.
Past problems included
the editorial staff not answering to anyone, no policy
on what was allowed to be
printed and generally the
staff not thinking about repercussions due to the content of the paper.
The Executive of the
EUS has met to discuss the
problems of the paper and
have decided that in the
future all letters will be
reviewed to eliminate possible problem statements.
Our second decision was to
print a disclaimer on the
front page warning of possible offensive material
within the paper. Finally,
the Editorial Board is now
responsible to the EUS Executive. Hopefully these
improvements meet with
your satisfaction.
David G. Hill
First Vice President
UBC Engineers
I have recently moved to
your beautiful city from
Calgary. The weather is
fabulous and I love the
abundance of live entertainment available here in Vancouver. However, I must
comment on the lack of live
animal shows in Vancouver.
I have attended the Great
Whale show at Stanley
Park. It was enjoyable, although much too short.
As you know the Calgary
Stampede is currently
underway in my hometown.
The Greatest Outdoor Show
on Earth is a fine example of
an awesome combination of
man and beast.
At this point, I must say
that this argument is purely
academic. The introduction
of some sort of human element in the whale tank
would be a difficult, and
perhaps frightening, situation. But, I have seen
people riding Great Whales
on "That's Incredible" many _;
times. I feel that the thrill of *
bronco rodeo can somehow
be recreated with this chal- *""
lenging, new aquatic theme.
I plan to take my suggestion
to the Aquarium and will
inform you of any future
developments. ""   ,
A Concerned Newcomer
A eulogy
Humor: A social attribute
many strive for perhaps to
escape repressive states in
life. But there is a catch.^ A
Perhaps it is a 22 or a 1984.
We enter a non-reality in   m
humour. A myth stimulates
to attract but controls and
we can no longer be our real
selves.   A   John   Belushi
found himself needing ac- *
ceptance as an actor, as a
human being. Eventually at
times the human cried I am *'
not the actor, this can't be
the  scene,  but the crowd
shouted out for more until
the day he died.
July 12,1989 or»-_o
Just bitchin'...
by Laura J. May
about the government...
It's surprising how quickly politicians can change their minds. In
May, Joe Clark, External Affairs Minister, was sending out press
releases about "Canada-China Friendship Month."
In May, Joe Clark couldn't sound any happier about getting cozy
with China: "The Friendship Month underscores the importance with
which the Canadian government views the continued expansion of our
excellent relationship with China. We hope that Canada-China Friendship Month will contribute to even further understanding and cooperation between the people of Canada and China."
And he talked about all the great festivities planned for the
Canada-China love-in, including exhibiting Emily Carr's works and
showing National Film Board clips in China.
As you all know, this love-in didn't last after the massacre at
Tiananmen Square in June. Guess Joe Clark is as prescient as the
American government, confident ofthe Shah's stability right up to the
revolution. Never trust politicians.
and about leftists...
Some people just can't be too
politically correct. Or maybe they
The Airheart Co-operative
Travel Centre (cute name, eh?) is
advertising its "Second Solidarity
Tour to Nicaragua" to "celebrate
the tenth anniversary of the
Sandinista Revolution." The tour
group will meet with "women's
groups, farmworkers, journalists,
and members of the Sandinista
The Airheart Co-operative
Travel Centre is, of course,
"worker owned and operated." The
price for the 21-day tour is approximately $1800. No reduced
price was listed for the unemployed, however.
Ifyou sign up for the tour, you
even get "the option of attending a
three-day international conference, discussing Nicaragua's future." Wait a minute—who's going
to be discussing Nicaragua's future? Canadian tourists? I sure
hope a bunch of politically correct
Canadians wouldn't presume to
advise other people about how to
run their revolution. Sounds as
nasty as American interference.
I can't help but think this tour
is just a way for comfortable Canadians to persuade themselves that
they're really persecuted revolu
tionaries from desperate, oppressed Third World countries,
instead of well-fed Canadians
with a charter of rights. And
maybe ten years from now you
tourists can all sit around and talk
about how you were in Nicaragua
in '89 (and Chicago in '68, and so
OK, OK, so all of you live in
East Vancouver, and you don't
make more than $40,000 a year.
But I bet you don't make less than
$20,000 a year, either, and you're
going to return to your comfortable Canadian lives after the vacation.
Your vacation isn't really different than those bourgeois vacations rich Canadians take. You're
using people from another country
to prop up your image of yourselves—using them as "politically
correct objects" that can be bought
for the price of a tour. Voyeurs are
voyeurs—no matter if they live in
East Vancouver and work for coops or if they live in West Vancouver and work for IBM.
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