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Vol. LAU, No. 64 Ci
Vancouver, B.C. Friday, March 14,1980
Students protest
tuition fee hikes,
funding cutbacks
—geot wneerwngnt photo
QUASI-COP SECRET AGENT paints handrails in main library with glue to catch mischievious students who insist on using library to research term papers and study for exams. Fiendishly cleverly quasi-cops are intent on preventing information from leaving the library, fearing it might reach hands of unscrupulous public. Students retaliated by skipping down steps and disregarding handrails as sticky issue.
Law helps loan defaulters
SEATTLE — The American
Civil Liberties Union is concerned
about the U.S. government's use of
confidential information to track
down student loan defaulters, a
union spokesman said yesterday.
"There might be some question
of privacy and confidentiality of
records," said Roger Winters, acting executive director for the
ACLU in Washington state.
Winters said the release of personal
information to the U.S. education
office by the social services administration might violate the conditions of the Privacy Act, which
prevents disclosure of some types of
personal records, even to government agencies.
"It's very dangerous, even for
government purposes, to use information gathered for one purpose
for another use," Winters said.
Winters said his organization is
powerless to act unless someone
registers a complaint with them of
an unfair disclosure of personal
records. "We have not had a
specific request for assistance by someone affected," he said.
He added that if someone approaches the ACLU for assistance,
the organization will do what it can
to help them.
A social security administration
spokesman said yesterday he is
unaware of an exchange of infor
mation between his agency and the
education office.
"There's no under-the-table
agreement," said Lee Christensen,
social security administration public
affairs officer.
And he said the agency is required by law to only provide information to a specific group of
government agencies. "The uses to
which we put our records, under the
Privacy Act, is published," he said.
He added that the social security
administration is not a good source
for such information anyway, as
they do not have information on a
person's place of employment until
12 to 18 months after the person
starts a job.
"If yo" work foi tiic university
of Washington, roughly in a year to
18 months it will appear on our
records," he said. "If that's what
they (education office) are looking
for we're a very slow source — a
very poor source."
After examining his agency's
policy on information disclosure,
Christensen said they do not provide the education office with personal information. "Our manual
does not list the department of
education as an agency that we're
regularly issuing information to,"
he said.
Christensen said he spoke to a
representative in the education office and that person assured him if
there has been an information ex
change, "we (education office) sure
as hell would like to know what it
Christensen said it is impossible
for such information to be given
under current regulations. "Our
manual, our instructions, our
regulations do not have us giving
the office of education anything!
' 'And if we were, it would be very
old (information)."
B.C. university students protested inside and outside the Victoria legislative buildings yesterday
in a day-long demonstration against
inadequate student loan progams
and tuition fee increases.
But only a handful of the protestors were from UBC, and none
were there to officially represent the
provinces's largest university.
Student leaders from Simon
Fraser University, the University of
Victoria and members of the B.C.
Students' Federation led the protest
and delivered 5,000 signed disenting
cards to the provincial government.
UBC has more than 300 protest
letters sitting in the office of the
Alma Mater Society external affairs
officer with a promise that a letter
of support for BCSF will be sent to
Victoria today.
External affairs officer Al Soltis
said those letters could be sent after
UBC conducts its own protest card
campaign. But BCSF spokespersons said provincial politicians virtually ignored their card campaign
and demonstration yesterday.
"MLAs from both sides of the
house are not paying enough attention to education," said BCSF chair
Malcolm Elliot. "The attention to
education, cost of education and
uncertainty of post-graduate
employment might prevent some
students from continuing their
"We need changes immediately,
the increase of $1.7 million in the
student aid budget is useless with
the current criteria for aid."
Elliot and other student leaders
met with universities minister Pat
McGeer and education minister
Brian Smith during the demonstration, but BCSF spokeswoman Jean
Bennett said the meeting was
fruitless. "Both ministers abdicated
their responsibilities from ensuring
that post-secondary institutions in
B.C. are accessible to the citizens of
Although McGeer claimed that a
report to be released in September
by the new established federal-
provincial task force on student aid
will address fundamental changes
to the program, Elliot said the task
force was inadequate.
Soltis said UBC did not participate in the protest and meetings
because no-one was interested or
prepared to go and said he feared
UBC would not get fair representation.
is forcing defaults
UBC students who default on
their student loans are likely victims
of circumstance, university awards
officer Byron Hender said Thursday.
"It's pretty difficult on a first-
year job salary to make ends meet,"
he said. "And if it takes six to eight
months to get a job you're already
in default."
Hender said he is not concerned
about most of the professional
students, as they are usually able to
repay their loans from the salaries
they earn after graduation. But he
added that many arts graduates find
it difficult to get jobs.
"There are an increasing number
of students who are hitting the
$9,800 loan ceiling," he said, "and
some of them (arts students) are the
least likely to be able to pay it back.
"I'm not sure that's the way we
should be doing things."
And Hender said the banks who
handle student loan transactions do
not consider student loans a good
source of income and do not give
the students a fair chance to repay
their  loans.   "There  are  a  good
many banks who take the view that
if they are unable to locate the student once the government is no
longer paying them interest, they're
pretty quick to turn them back to
the government."
Hender said the government does
not provide the university with
much information on the numbers
of student loan defaulters, but added that two years age some information was released. "The figure that
seemed to be mentioned was 7.5 per
cent (defaulted loans)," he said.
UBC annually recommends
awards of $12 million, of which
$7.5 million is in the form of Canada Student Loans, Hender said.
When the banks have exhausted
their collection efforts, the defaulters are turned over to the federal
government which in turn refers the
cases to a collection agency, he said.
But the collection agencies do not
have the assistance of government
agencies intent on cracking down
on student loan defaulters as in the
U.S., said Allan Black of Financial
Collection Agencies, the agency us-
Sec page 3: COLLECTOR
Budget academic heartburn
Students and administrators at B.C.'s three major
universities are unhappy and disappointed with the
new provincial budget increases promised for universities.
They say the nine to 10 per cent increases outlined in
this week's Socred budget are inadequate, and University of Victoria president Howard Petch said he is unsure how the increases will be distributed by the
Universities Council of B.C.
"I hope it's new money and not just redistributed,
such as switching around with money from the interior," he said.
Petch also said a 30 per cent increase in student aid
was welcome, but unsubstantial due to the current
growth rate of the student population. The government increased student aid from $5.8 to 7.5 million
this year.
UBC student politician Al Soltis said the increases in
funding would not even cover increased costs due to
inflation. "We did not get a fair shake. We should get
at least 15 to 20 per cent University budget increases,"
said the Alma Mater Society external affairs officer.
"That (increase) doesn't look anything like the
prime (interest) rate at 14 per cent," Soltis said, referring to the spiralling costs of university bank loans.
SFU's student society president agreed. "The vibes
we're getting from our administration are that 15 to 20
per cent would hardly clear the cutbacks we've had the
past couple of years," said Bill Goodacre.
"For our own institution we've seen some pretty
horrible cutbacks here."
Goodacre said he was also disappointed with the student loan provisions in the budget. "For those
students who don't have much money it's not a very
pleasant story. The budget speaks for itself and is
totally inadequate," he said.
Goodacre charged that the government seems to be
willing to spend large amounts of money funding their
Discovery Parks projects while ignoring the academic
needs of the institutions they are building the parks on.
He predicted that universities minister Pat McGeer will
divert funds from the universities to the park projects. THE    JBYSSEY
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EAGER STUDENTS PERUSE worm-eaten tomes of long-dead authors beneath beneficent gaze of Rather Important Person in Main library's Ridington Room. The long hours of studying will soon come to an end as we all
head off into the summer and the reality that lies there. Picture however plans to stay on wall to greet yet another
year's worth of students next fall when the whole shebang starts again.
McGill confirms students' rights
McGill university senate has upheld
students' right to respect picket
lines during the recent service staff
A letter, issued by vice-principal
Egil Pederson during the strike,
asked that "instructors take all
reasonable steps to assure that
students wishing to respect picket
lines not be penalized."
The motion to endorse the letter,
introduced by student senator
Michele Press, was used as an opportunity by many senators to ex
press their views on student support
on strike activity.
"You cannot have a conscience
without some cost" said engineering dean Patrick Farrel.
"We have a responsibility to
those students who chose not to
respect picket lines and I regret the
action taken by vice-principal
Pederson," he said.
Pederson defended his action.
"A staff member who loses a day
loses a day's pay, but a student who
misses an exam is compromised in
his career and that is excessively
punitive. That is the reason that I
made the judgement I made."
Anthropology professor Bruce
Trigger said Pederson's letter "had
the effect of providing students
with guidance in any areas of confusion."
"I cannot understand that the
board of governors would grant the
right to respect picket lines to staff
and not grant it to students."
At the next senate meeting, Press
will introduce a motion asking that
"a letter of similar content be communicated to both students and
faculty in the event of a future
Council 'interfering with AUS elections'
Student council is interfering
with arts undergraduate society
elections, some AUS members
charged Thursday.
Arts representative Brian Roach
said council was overstepping its
bounds when it passed a motion at
its Wednesday meeting ordering the
AUS to hold an election by March
31 to elect representatives to the
Student court recently ruled a
previous AUS election to be void
because of irregularities and unconstitutionality.
"We accept the court's decision
but not the AMS decision to force
us to have an election," Roach said.
"The AUS constitution is basically
outdated and we need time to solve
the consititution and election
policy. This could be done over the
summer with elections in
But Alma Mater Society president Bruce Armstrong said it is un
fair to elect new representatives in
September because they might not
represent new AUS students at that
Arts representative Bob Staley
said the AUS did not have enough
time to draft a new constitution and
get it approved before their first
But Armstrong said the AUS had
a chance to get approval for their
new consititution at the AMS
general meeting Feb. 28., but failed
to obtain the required quorum of
Students court recommended
that AUS representatives from last
year continue in their duties until a
new election is held.
Pill worker well abreast
LONDON (ZNS) — Manufacturers of contraceptive pills in England
have stopped employing men after a male worker began to develop breasts
on the job.
Birth control pill dust, which includes female hormones, apparently was
being absorbed into workers' bodies through their hands. It resulted in the
development of breasts in one man, and increased blood clotting in some
younger women.
Ernest Lester, personnel manager at Thomas Kerfoot, and manufacturing chemist of Ashton-Under-Lyne, says that the man who developed
breasts is "quite normal now," although he has left the firm. The women,
meanwhile, are working their six-hour shifts wearing sealed "space suits",
equipped with two-way radios so that they can talk to each other.
Natural park
a step closer
An official natural park in the
university endowment lands has
come one step closer to becoming a
The Greater Vancouver Regional
District regional board approved
amended plans for the establishment of a 1,500-acre natural park in
the UEL Wednesday. The only significant amendment to the GVRD's
original proposal is a suggestion
that more than 100 acres of "reserve" lands be incorporated into
the natural park unless an exceptionally impressive plan is presented
for their use.
"The intent of the subcommittee
was that they (other park reserve
land uses) should be very justified
uses," GVRD park planner Rick
Hankin said Thursday.
At a GVRD open house earlier
this month, some members of the
general public suggested the reserve
land be used for low-cost housing,
although most agreed that it should
be kept for park. But Hankin said
the regional board was most concerned with funding for the park
and not the possible future of the
reserve lands.
He said the GVRD park planners
recommended that the provincial
government pay one-third of the
the first two years of the GVRD
five-year park plan. "We're suggesting that they allot a certain
amount to the GVRD from their
grant in aid fund."
Hankin said the provincial government had stated that it considered donation of the UEL land to
be their only necessary contribution
to the park, but added that he was
optimistic the government will
change its mind when it receives the
GVRD report on the UEL park
plan in early April.
He said the government will be
asked to kick in at least $275,000 to
pay for one-third of the plan, and
predicted the funds will probably
come out of grants the GVRD is already receiving. Hankin said the
GVRD is not asking for large capital grants for the park because it
has been budgeting for the plan for
several years without sacrificing
provincial funding to other programs.
"We haven't turned our priorities on end to fit the UEL in," he
The GVRD will assume responsibility of the park management under the new plan and will
pay two-thirds of the cost of renovating   and   developing   it   as   a
$500,000 park renovation costs for    natural park.
Bisexuals 'face
unkind world'
Bisexuals live in a "two-closet"
world facing disapproval of both
heterosexuals and homosexuals, a
St. Paul's Hospital resident
psychiatrist said Thursday.
Bisexuals are pressured by both
straights and gays to assume one or
the other lifestyle, Dr. Jaimie Smith
told 45 people in SUB 212.
"They said the majority of the
population appears to be heterosexual, a minority gay, and a large
minority bisexual.
"But it is really a continuum of
behaviour, thoughts, and feelings
which sometimes eludes strict
Often a person cannot be labeled
completely   heterosexual   or
Collector denies
surreptitious tie
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ed by the federal government to collect defaulted loans.
"We have no access to social insurance number information at
all," Black said. "We have to proceed through our regular
Black said the government entrusts his company with wide discretionary powers in handling loan defaulters. He said he does not refer
cases back to the government for legal action unless the student is abusive toward the agency and absolutely refuses to make an effort to repay
the loan.
And he said there is no set time
period within which the agency
must return cases for legal action.
"There are accounts here that are
three or four years old with no payments as yet," Black said.
Black said students should no
longer depend on declaring bankruptcy to escape repaying their
student loans. (Hender said three
UBC students declared bankruptcy
this year.) And he said although
there is a statute of limitations on
debts, recent court rulings have bypassed the statute and asked for repayment "if the individual is presently benefiting from the money."
homosexual, because variables such
as a person's past, present, and
ideal experiences defy categorization.
"Bisexuality is extremely complex," Smith said. "But bisexuals
usually feel a completeness of being. They feel positive about their
sexuality, they get the best of both
worlds, and the main disadvantage
is social disapproval."
Smith cited one case study of 23
men who were married, but felt attracted to members of the same sex.
Some of those men devoted as little
as six months and as much as 17
years to psychotherapy in order to
"eliminate" their homosexual feelings.
The reactions of the wives to their
husbands' bisexuality were either,
"It's all right if he's with a man;
thank god it's not a woman" or "I
wish it was a woman, at least I
could compete," he said.
Smith said that thus far bisexuals
have no subculture of their own and
little attention has been paid to the
subject. "While there is a great deal
of literature oh being gay or the gay
lifestyle, or on loving men there is
almost none on bisexuality."
He said people sometimes experience phases of moving from
heterosexuality to homosexuality
and vice versa. "Those people have
made a choice and get upset at those
who 'can't make up their minds'."
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March 14, 1380
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Society of the University of B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not of the AMS or
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Friday, a weekly commentary and review. The Ubyssey's editorial office is in room 241K of the
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Co-Editors: Heather Conn and Tom Hawthorn
Tom Hawthorn bit the end off his last cigar and checked his .46 while Peter Menyasz wiped sweat from the band of his stetson. The pooftas, their bloodcurdling yells still echoing, had withdrawn again beyond the tight circle of copy desks. Only Doug Brown, Shaffin Shariff and David McDonagh still watched
from just out of telephone book range. Beyond could be seen the smoke of the poofta fires where chiefs Steve McClure and Verne McDonald were preparing
for a ritual dance with medicinepersons Wendy Hunt and Gerre Galvin. Geof Wheelwright motioned to Rory Munro. "Better look to the womenfolk." Nancie
Suzuki spat into the dust and muttered for the two of them to fuck off. "If only we hadn't lost Julie Wheelwright by sending to Victoria for help," said Tom.
Then Daniel Moon, Barry Gordon, Kerry Regier and turncoat renegade Randy Hahn appeared silhouetted against the evening sky, em rulers brandished high. It
looked like it was all over for the newsside boys until the shout went up: "CUPI It's CUP riding to the rescuel"
Al's Wimpy
What?s in a name?
Al Soltis should be asking himself that question. He is the Alma
Mater Society's external affairs officer. But if his duties have
anything to do with fighting tuition increases, education funding
cutbacks and the oppression of the Canada Student Loan program, Soltis is in a lot of trouble.
UBC is B.C.'s biggest univrsity but the AMS managed to ignore
this year's only major protest of student concerns in Victoria
More than 75 students from Simon Fraser University and the
University of Victoria helped the B.C. Students' Federation show
legislators that some students are worried about the quality and
cost of their educations.
But UBC had no official representation at the rally. Only a few
UBC students had the guts to go to Victoria, representing only
themselves and leaving more than 23,000 other students voiceless.
It isn't hard to find where the blame belongs.
"If I had anything prepared, I would have gone over," Soltis
said. Right. And if he'd had anything prepared, the more than 300
signed protest letters sitting in his office might have gone over too.
Soltis said his ideas on student concerns might have been snowed under by the protest, and said he would rather go to Victoria
and make a separate presentation on UBC's behalf.
Obviously he doesn't believe in strength in numbers, or the
divide and rule principle. UBC's best interests would have been
served by joining with other institutions in airing our grievances
with the education system. And by not participating in the protest,
UBC denied the BCSF a measure of credibility.
If B.C.'s biggest univrsity doesn't think the protest important,
why should the legislators, who also don't think the protest important, pay any attention?
But Soltis said he will send a letter of support for yesterday's
BCSF demonstration to Victoria today.
Maybe we should have voted for him the day after the AMS
Eat the crumbs
It's budget time of year again.
The time when the grand, glorious Socred government tosses a
few crumbs to the tattered academics and students grovelling in
the streets.
And, as usual, the crumbs are just about enough to keep a couple of overfed pigeons going for a couple of days.
You can't blame university administrators for complaining about
funding increases that don't even meet the rate of inflation. Not
only won't the 9 to 10 per cent increases the Socreds are offering
help reverse the last few years' cutbacks, they will cause students
even more hardship.
That's right — students. If the money isn't enough, we'll be the
ones making up the difference. And with the limited increases in
student loan money, we can't expect the government to help us
deal with increased tuition costs.
'Sexuality is an incarnation off our faith'
I would like to respond to the
views put forth by George Herman-
son in the March 7 Ubyssey (Sexuality transcends genitals). Mr.
Hermanson has done an excellent
job of pointing out some of the problems and hypocrisies that are experienced in the area of sexuality.
Unfortunately, while doing so he
appears to have done grave injustice
both to what the Bible is, and to
what it says.
of the people in that particular
culture. But there are also commands that relate to areas of human
conduct, which have not really
changed, in spite of what we would
like to think about the advanced
state of our understanding and experience.
The Apostle Paul recognized the
overriding importance of discerning
what connection rules have in the
context of one's relationship with
God. Above all, Paul was concern-
Why is the Bible so often interpreted literally in the area of sexual
conduct? I believe Mr. Hermanson
provided the answer in his opening
paragraph: it is because sexuality
pervades all aspects of our relationships with the world. I would submit, however, that it goes even farther: sexuality is an incarnation of
our faith, the most concrete example of what we believe about
ourselves and about God. One must
be concerned not just with what the
Bible says, but why it is there. Many
proscriptions from the Levitical
code are not observed today
because it can be clearly seen that
the ordinance was there, for example, for reasons of health or safety
ed with achieving a spiritual balance
between what is given by God and
what is required by God. A scrip-
turally unbalanced view of Christian sexuality can do much damage:
Bertrand Russell, in his book Love
and Marriage, drew some of Paul's
teachings selectively out of context
to support his assertion that the
Christian sexual "Code" was the
cause of great "suffering and mental illness". Although I believe Bertrand Russell's understanding of
Paul's teaching was incorrect,
Russell was perhaps making an accurate observation of what can happen when a church teaches
discipline   and   excludes   God's
sacrificial love, with all its dignity
and restorative power.
If the Bible is just a reflection of
a particular anthropology, then it is
not God's word, and has no claim
over anyone. The person who treats
it as a generalized guide denies both
God's intentions and His power.
Jesus provided a very result-
oriented test for scripture: ". . .if
any one's will is to do His will, then
that person shall know whether the
teaching is from God, or whether I
am speaking on my own authority"
(John 7:17).
We do need in our relationships a
richness of experience, appreciation, and caring. The life of Christ
is the best example we have of such
qualities. But God also calls us to
discipline; a discipline which is not
only honoring to God by
acknowledging that we are His creation, but a creative, loving
discipline that elevates sexuality to a
supreme expression of one's commitment both to God and one's life
partner. Paul's admonitions are not
to be followed in a spirit of unquestioning legalism, but as free, conscious choices to obey God. Few
Christians would openly submit to
such disciplines if they had not experienced the joy of knowing that
God is there, and that he honored
their obedience by actively blessing
their lives and renewing their love
for each other and for Him.
As the incidence of divorce increases, I do not believe that ethics
will come to the rescue. Rational
reflection upon our experience will
not provide the basis for enduring
relationships if we iook to
sociological standards. People must
respond to a call higher than law or
ethics. As a single Christian, I
sometimes find the idea of reserving
sex for marriage to be difficult to
take, yet my faith is that God
honors my stumbling obedience
with His guidance. I am finite; He is
infinite. I accept (often reluctantly)
that He has a better plan for my life
than I could provide for myself.
George Hermanson stated that
we need guidance to optimize our
sexuality. I agree. What I disagree
with is that the "ought" should be
dependent on inherited values or
the type of society we want to
create. While we may have noble intentions, we will nonetheless be
relying on a free-floating ethic independent of God's revealed intent,
and unable to deal with the
pressures of pragmatic secularism.
There are absolutes, but the
lesson of scripture clearly indicates
that they are to be experienced as an
integral part of one's relationship
with God, and not to be legalistical-
ly imposed by one person against
another for the attainment of
private purposes. But neither are
Christians admonished to remain
silent concerning the wrongs and injustices of their society.
What then shall I say to my
friends who are gay? To assert that
the Bible does not condemn the
homosexual act is to stretch a narrow cultural interpretation too far,
and against the weight of Biblical
scholarship. But it is often
neglected that what is condemned is
the act, not the orientation. And
that act is but one sin among many
for which Christ died.
Homophobia is also a sin, and I
recall with shame the time several
years ago when I rejected a gay student's honest desire for friendship.
God's power is greater than one's
orientation. That may sound
shallow and glib, but God's power
can and does change lives; Christianity would have died long ago if
this were not true. Christ not only
died — He rose.
An understanding that He died
not for some but for all is the Christian basis for recognizing the special
value of each person as a member
of God's creation. It is the fundamental understanding of
mankind as creation that is the basis
for valuing the life process to the
extent that abortion becomes unacceptable.
"... But his delight is in the law
of the Lord and on His law he
meditates day and night." Friday, March 14, 1980
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Let's get some democracy
BROADBENT . . . 'what, me worry?'
'Birthright = Pro-Life'
Re: Thursday's letter "Birthright's counselling blossoms from
I appreciate Robert Alloway's
concern for responsible reporting
and agree that I could have more
clearly acknowledged the sincerity
and dedication of the
organization's volunteers. But at
the same time, I adamantly
disagreed with his statement "Birthright has no association with the
Pro-Life Society of B.C." and quite
simply, it is incorrect.
Pro-Life Society members will
tell you on the phone that in almost
every case, they direct pregnant
women to Birthright for counselling. They will tell you that Birthright uses a lot of Pro-Life Society's literature and indeed, the
group's stamp was visibly clear on
each written piece of information I
was given. To me, this is mutually
supportive public relations and does
not represent "no association."
I agree that the organization provides practical help, but it in no way
gives objective counselling. When
volunteers, resort to using lies to
reinforce an anti-abortion stance,
regardless of whether they believe it
themselves or not, this can provide
drastically damaging one-sided information for a young, vulnerable,
not-too-well-informed pregnant
woman. Thus, I think people
should, be made aware of the
group's moral stand (which is absent in advertisements). In my view,
an article directing "barbs" at Birthright is not a "disservice to the
To me, groups like Pro-Life (of
which Birthright is an inherent part)
do a disservice to the community by
lobbying to close down local groups
such as this city's own Vancouver
Status of Women, that fight to
uphold and improve women's
Heather Conn
The results of the Feb. 18 federal
election — in which only two
Liberals were elected west of Ontario, and the Conservatives captured but one seat in Quebec —
have caused many Canadians to
wonder whether we might not be
better served by a system of "proportional representation."
Proportional representation, an
electoral system in which a party is
awarded seats in parliament in proportion to the actual number of
votes it receives at the polls, is used
extensively throughout the western
world, and it has been argued that
the adoption of such a system in
Canada would end our acute East-
West political polarization.
To be sure, if we had used proportional representation on Feb.
18, the outcome of the election
would have been very different.
As the table indicates, the use of
a p.r. system would have resulted
not in a Liberal majority government, but in a Liberal minority with
a very strong New Democratic Party holding the balance of power.
In the western provinces, where
the Liberal party won 23.2 per cent
of the vote, 18 Liberal candidates
would have been elected, instead of
two. In B.C., six Liberals would be
packing their bags for Ottawa.
Seats won
Social Credit
The Conservative party received
12.7 per cent of the vote in Quebec
which, under a p.r. system, would
have translated into nine Tory MPs
from la belle province.
The biggest winners under a proportional representation system
would be Canada's third party, the
NDP. The party would have elected
an unprecedented 56 MPs on Feb.
18, including 20 members from Ontario (instead of the present five)
and seven from Quebec (instead of
the present zero).
A    system    of   proportional
Ubyssey close, no cigar
On behalf of the UBC W5 committee I appreciate whatever coverage our
committee can get from The Ubyssey. There was, however, one major error in Verne McDonald's article covering my presentation to the SC. I did
not claim that the University of Toronto has no visa students whatsoever,
as the article states. Rather, I said that the U of T pharmacy school admits
no visa students. Other schools do admit visa students, but the percentage
of visa students in such courses as engineering and medicine is much lower
than the W5 program would have us believe.
Our two screenings of the program were not attended by anyone from
The Ubyssey, despite the fact that the paper was informed of both screenings. This is unfortunate, as the presentation I gave the student council,
because the council was short of time, was a contracted version of the
screenings given on Wednesday and Thursday. Nevertheless, our committee is planning to hold some more screenings near the end of the month,
and it is hoped that someone from The Ubyssey will attend.
Phil Calvert
representation would be more
equitable than our "single member
plurality" system, since it would
allow the composition of parliament to reflect more accurately the
divisions within the electorate.
Moreover, it would permit better
representation from the West if the
Liberals were in power, and from
Quebec if the Tories formed the
Yet proportional representation
is not without its problems. Perhaps
the biggest disadvantage of the
system is that in the Canadian context, proportional representation
would virtually guarantee permanent minority government. Given
the improbability of any party
receiving the necessary 51 per cent
of the vote, majority government —
and its concommitant stability —
would become a thing of the past.
Finally, it should be remembered
that although our present system
discriminates against minor parties
like the NDP, it also benefits the
major parties, as one look at the
table above indicates. It is therefore
highly unlikely that the Liberals or
the Conservatives will make any
serious efforts to switch to a new arrangement that hurts them but
helps the NDP.
The major parties will pay a lot
of lip service to proportional
representation in the coming months, but don't hold your breath
waiting for a change.
Brendan McGivern
international relations 4
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Letters should be signed and
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letters for reasons of brevity, legality, grammar or taste.
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Friday, March 14, 1980
W5 lies promote racism
"Throughout both
the program and
the reply, W5 implies   that   international students and
Chinese are one
and the tame,
despite the fact that
there are far more
Canadians of
Chinese origin In
Canadian unlorslt-
les than Chinese
"WS't Imagination
comes Into Its own
with statistics,
which they distort
or Ignore. Not only
are they often misleading and wrong,
they even manage
to contradict themselves."
"VIS'S International
student Is a
product of their
vivid Imagination —
a rich Chinese from
Hong Kong with
his exclusive private school education, milking the
Canadian taxpayer
and driving around
In his Porsche."
"W5 nowhere
makes any mention
of the benefits or
even necessity of International students. Many graduate depot Intents
would barely exist
were It not for the
International students who fill the
void due to Canadian students' preference to work
upon completion of
their baccalaureate.
Consequently, oaf-
uaMe research
which directly benefits Canada Is
carried out by
International students."
for Canadian University Press
A documentary or public affairs
feature need not be objective. Any
subjectivity, though, must be supported by precise, detailed, and
most importantly, accurate evidence. Anything less is not factual,
but biased and irresponsible journalism of the worst kind.
Consider the W5 program on international students in Canada,
broadcast on CTV nationwide last
September. To actually show a program like this across Canada on
what one assumes to be a reputable
television network, is totally reprehensible. But people make mistakes
and there was always the possibility
that someone, somewhere, had
made a gross error of judgment.
Considering the ensuing controversy and overwhelming condemnation from across Canada, one
would assume that the persons responsible would, at the very least,
retract some of the more glaring errors made in the program.
Instead, W5 released a statement
entitled W5 Reply: Foreign Students in Canada.
Almost the only thing factual
about this document is that it exists.
It perpetuates the same distorted
facts, misrepresentations, quotations taken out of context and complete falsehoods that were in the
original program, and even adds
some more.
Probably the most disturbing
feature of the program and the W5
Reply is the attitude taken by W5
towards students of Chinese origin.
Throughout both the program and
the W5 Reply, W5 implies that international students and Chinese
are one and the same, despite the
fact that there are far more Canadians of Chinese origin in Canadian
universities than Chinese nationals
from Hong Kong or elsewhere.
No one denies that the largest
proportion of international
students are from Hong Kong,
about 33 per cent. But Hong Kong
is one of the most densely populated areas on earth .ind consequently
has many more eligible university
students than could possibly be accommodated the territory's small
Rich or poor, students must go
abroad to receive a university education or forego one altogether.
W5 also selectively quotes out of
context the Report of the Task
Force on Visiting International Students in Alberta published one year
ago by the University of Alberta
senate, creating the impression that
the report is opposed to Hong Kong
students. This report fully supports
an international student presence in
Canada whether from Hong Kong
or elsewhere, and uses a wealth of
pertinent and accurate facts and
data to support its case.
However, they do acknowledge
an "imbalance" in the large proportion of Hong Kong students,
compared to those from other
countries, which the W5 Reply
quotes at length. The conclusion
from this selective quoting is that
the report fully concurs with the attitude of W5 toward the Hong
Kong student.
But reading this portion of the report in its entirety gives an entirely
different impression, particularly
when one considers the concluding
paragraphs: "Not surprisingly the
(Hong Kong) student may find himself criticized for his adaptability,
single-mindedness and his academic
achievements once he is on campus,
which fact may well appear to him
an injustice. After all what does one
go to university for if not to
study?. . . However, the Task
Force does not feel that these characteristics should be penalized; nor
do the majority of the Task Force
members agree with the use of negative sanctions through quotas based on the country of origin, at this
time, to improve the mix in the visa
student population."
W5 saw no reason to quote any
of this in their reply.
W5's imagination comes into its
own with statistics, which they distort or ignore. Not only are they often misleading and wrong, they
even manage to contradict
themselves. Consider, for example,
the actual number of international
students with student authorizations at Canadian universities.
At the beginning of the W5 Reply, W5 claims a figure of 29,000 for
the 1976-1977 period without quoting a source. Toward the end they
quote a figure of 55,000 from the
Director of Foreign Student Affairs
of the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). They go
cause Canadian law stipulates that
any students entering Canada must
be self-supporting and show evidence of funds to support their stay
in Canada. The exception (about 10
per cent) are those on exchange or
scholarships of one form or another.
Thus many of these "privately
funded" students will have saved
for years to avail themselves of an
opportunity to study at a Canadian
university. They will have about
$5,000 to live on for each year of
their studies, either from the money
brought with them or from teaching
assistantship, if graduate students.
Not only do they have to support
themselves but in many cases a
family as well.
However, W5's international
student is a product of their vivid
imagination — a rich Chinese from
Hong Kong with his exclusive pri-
DEMONSTRATER . . . Chinese-Canadians won't accept it
on to quote Statistics Canada as
saying "55,000 is unrealistically
But the CBIE figure is actually
23,451 and the Statistics of Canada
figure 25,823. The figure of 55,000
attributed to CBIE is in fact a CBIE
estimate of all international students in Canada at every level of education and as such represents a
Nowhere in the W5 Reply do they
mention the figure of 100,000 used
in the original program.
The W5 Reply repeatedly and
correctly points out that there is a
trend in Canada toward rich international students from developed
countries. They support their contentions that increasingly large
numbers of rich, "opportunistic"
international students are benefiting from the largesse of the Canadian taxpayer by citing that 90 per
cent of Canada's international students are privately funded.
The obvious implication is that
90 per cent of Canada's international students are rich. But 90 per
cent are  "privately funded" be-
vate school education, milking the
Canadian taxpayer and driving
around in his Porsche.
Yet $5,000 does not go far when a
minimum of $1,000 goes on tuition
fees. This is further compounded by
differential tuition fees imposed by
some provincial governments, not
the universities, as claimed by W5,
against international students. Despite all hardships, international
students persevere and return home
to their countries with a valued Canadian education which will be of
much more use than Canadian aid
and will incur much less cost to the
Canadian taxpayer. As far as W5 is
concerned, this student does not exist, despite the evidence to the contrary.
W5 saves its most ludicrous statements for the end, in their comments on the Canadian Immigration Act as it applies to international students.
The following quotes from the
W5 Reply illustrate this: "(Admission) quotas only serve to convert visa students to landed immigrants. Once they've achieved land
ed immigrant status they can take
any course they choose." "One immigration official said our complicated 'point' system, nomination
schemes, extended families and a
lax attitude make it easy (for international students to become landed
Canada has one of the toughest
immigration controls of any country. Virtually the only way for an international student to become a permanent resident is to obtain a validated offer of employment from a
Canadian employer, so the offer
must be approved by Canada Manpower who have satisfied themselves that there is no Canadian
willing or capable of doing the job.
Since an international student
can only apply for work upon completion of his studies he or she
would no longer be a threat to Canadian students in the unlikely
event that permanent resident status
was granted.
Any Canada Immigration office
will confirm the above. Even then it
can take a minimum of six months
to become a permanent resident,
and the application must be made
from outside Canada.
Only about one per cent of international students eventually
become permanent residents and
then only after the completion of
their studies.
"Government policy makes it
easy for people to become landed
immigrants." Such a quote is an absolute, unsubstantiated absurdity.
W5 has shown a complete and total
ignorance of the Canadian Immigration Act. It is virtually impossible for an international student to
become a permanent resident.
The act is so strict that an international student who wishes to
change faculties or universities once
in Canada, must obtain permission
from the local immigration office.
If his student authorization expires
by even one day, he can be ordered
to leave Canada.
W5 nowhere makes any mention
of the benefits or even necessity of
international students. Many graduate departments would barely exist
were it not for the international students who fill the void due to Canadian students' preference to work
upon completion of their baccalaureate. Consequently, valuable research which directly benefits Canada, is carried out by international
There is also a more tangible
benefit to Canada. Far from milking the Canadian taxpayer, CBIE
estimates that international students contribute $62 million annually to the Canadian economy.
What about Canadian international students? Canada Manpower
estimated in a survey completed in
1973 that 57 per cent of all Canadian Ph.D.s were obtained outside
Canada. Until recently there were
more Canadian graduate students
outside Canada than in Canada. So
do all W5's flights of fancy apply to
these students too, or have they
conveniently forgotten the time
when the majority of Canadian
graduate students studied abroad
because in those days many Canadian graduate departments were inferior? Everything W5 says about
international students in Canada
could equally apply to Canadian
students studying abroad.
The author of the W5 Reply saves
his best remark for the last:
". . .and far more disturbing than
accusations of inaccuracies in our
facts, are attempts and threats to refer W5 to the Canadian Radio and
Telecommunications Commission
and the Canadian Human Rights
Commission to shut us up once and
for all. It seems that freedom of
speech is pretty low on the list of
priorities these days." Friday, March 14,1980
Page 7
Special to The Ubyssey
PORT ANGELES — The plan to construct a supertanker oil port in this city's harbor has pitted the townsfolk against U.S.
president Jimmy Carter and Northern Tier
Pipeline Co. in a battle of David and Goliath
And while the unweclome giant Northern
Tier holds an active public relations campaign from us storefront office in Port Angeles, Washington to convince 17,000
residents why an oil port is not such a terrible
thing, city and Clallam county representatives and a group called No Oil Port, Inc.
are out to stop it
Armed with massive critiques of the company plan, they've been doing everything in
their power to stop the oil port since it was
first conceived in 1975.
And it appears the citizens of Port Angeles
are behind them.
When an advisory vote was held a few
years ago, the town voted 66 per cent against
having an oil port built in the harbor and a
referendum held in the entire county had the
same result.
But since Carter's decision to support the
"all-American route," city attorney Mike
Doherty says some people are frustrated
knowing the project is inevitable and nothing
they can do will stop supertankers from
docking at a Northern Tier oil port on Ediz
Hook, a sand spit that forms a natural harbor in front of the Port Angeles shoreline.
Doherty is part of a joint city-county oil
port task force and study group that responds to reports on the oil port churned out
by various state and federal departments.
Doherty said he thinks the awareness of
environmental issues that grew out of the '60s
is still prevalent in Port Angeles today. "People will no longer accept a firm marching into
town saying they are going to build a polluting manufacturing plant or an oil port, like
they may have 30 or 40 years ago."
It is this attitude that sparked the formation of No Oil Port, Inc., a group of Port
Angeles citizens defiantly opposing the building of an oil port.
Just outside Norma Turner's living room,
in her home on the outskirts of Port Angeles,
the Olympic mountains rise out of the pasture like a fortress wall and poke through the
cloud-streaked skies. Near the foot of the
mountains the family cows and goats graze
and the cat suns itself in the late morning
sunshine. Inside the split-level log home,
Turner discusses the subject to which she has
devoted as much time and energy as her family.
"My kids are, always saying: Are you on
the phone again, but it's important that we
keep fighting this thing — especially for then-
sake," she explains while bouncing her five-
year-old boy Andrew on her knee.
Turner is the president of No Oil Port, Inc.
and is considered by many community members, including the mayor and managing ed-
Townsfolk meet big gov't,
business in tanker battle
JIMMY CARTER'S CHOICE of tanker route to Port Angeles exposes most of B.C. coast to
potentially hazardous tanker traffic. Local conservationists, both in B.C. and Washington, are
organizing to combat the tanker threat.
itor of the Port Angeles Daily News as the
best informed person on the oil port proposal.
And while No Oil Port has been instrumental in educating people about the oil
port, Turner said she agrees with Doherty
that many people are beginning to feel frustrated — no matter what the town or county
does, the oil port is going to be pushed
through by higher authorities.
"People are sick and tired and most of all
frustrated because they feel that no one is going to listen to a city as small as ours," she
says. "The whole process is so very political.
There is no way that Northern Tier would
have chosen to build in a community where
there is a lot of political clout."
But Northern Tier did choose a community
whose quality of life is highly valued by its
residents, she adds.
"People who live here do so not because
they can make a lot of money, but because
the area has such natural beauty — the
Olympic mountains, the desert at Sequim
just a few miles east of here, the rain forest
further up the peninsula and, of course the
But No Oil Port's strongest argument is
not one of community self-interest in keeping
the area pristine and free from environmental
dangers. It is that Northern Tier has not demonstrated the necessity of an oil port
anywhere in Washington state.
This is where the battle begins.
Northern Tier's main argument for building the oil port and the pipeline (which will be
strung across Washington, Idaho, Montana
and North Dakota to Clearbrook, Minnesota) is based on Canada's decision to cut off
oil imports to the U.S., to what are called the
"northern tier" and "mid-continent" states,
by 1982. It is imperative then, that these
states find a new source of crude oil.
Northern Tier claims there is a
500,000-barrel a day surplus of Alaskan oil
that existing west coast refineries cannot handle. This surplus is currently being moved by
tankers through the Panama Canal to Gulf
Coast ports, but this oil doesn't alleviate the
crude oil shortfall in northern tier and mid-
continent states.
So Northern Tier thinks that if not just
Alaskan, but California and Indonesian oil
could be shipped to Port Angeles and piped
OIL TANKER . . . soon to ply the west coast
across to Minnesota, the area's energy problem would be solved.
Turner says one attractive feature of the
Northern Tier route, especially in an election
year, is that it will bring American crude oil
to U.S. markets, thus reducing dependence
on foreign oil — an energy goal that U.S. is
desperately trying to meet.
But what No Oil Port questions is whether
the size of the Alaskan and Californian surplus is large enough to warrant the construction of an oil port.
"If you look at the Prudhoe Bay study and
a survey conducted by senator Henry Jackson of the Washington state refineries — Ar-
co, Mobile, Texaco and Shell — they both
show the Alaskan surplus to be much less
than 500,000 barrels a day," she says.
"And if you notice that there have been no
major new finds in Alaska since 1968, it
would seem that Northern Tier will have to
rely on foreign crude much more than they
claim — perhaps as much as 75 per cent."
Oil port critics are advocating an alternative to Northern Tier similar to what former
prime minister Joe Clark suggested after his
cabinet meeting in Jasper, Alta. last summer
— an all-land route from Alaska to Edmonton,  like the  Foothills pipeline  proposal.
Says Doherty: "If the Alcan Natural Gas
Line is going to be built through the north, it
seems conceivable that a crude oil line could
be laid down at the same time to carry Alaskan oil south. And if Canada couldn't supply
the labor for the project, then perhaps a
"hands across the border" agreement could
be worked out that guaranteed skilled labor
from the U.S. to help construct the line and
at the same time provide Canada with a crude
oil pipeline from the north."
Some Northern Tier critics are skeptical
about why Carter decided to support the oil
tanker route. In an election year when U.S.
nationalism is running rampant, an ail-American crude oil route has political advantages, but there are likely additional reasons,
say No Oil Port members.
Minnesota would probably be the state
most affected if Canadian crude oil exports
were to end by 1982, as is planned. The state
is home turf of U.S. vice-president Walter
One of the major partners in Northern Tier
is U.S. Steel Pipeline Co., (25 per cent ownership), a subsidiary of the financially-troubled U.S. Steel Corp. Although Gary Smith,
director of Northern Tier's Port Angeles
citizen information office denies that pipe for
the project will automatically come from
U.S. Steel, if it does, the close to $900 million
contract for the pipe will virtually ensure the
survival of a company that just laid off 13,-
000 workers — without having to go to Congress for a loan, like the ill-fated Chrysler
Mayor Same Haguewood says simply: "If
they (Northern Tier) can build that pipeline
and make money, then it will be built."
Critics of the corporation's proposal continue to fight the massive public relations
campaign where the decision will ultimately
be made — at the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council hearings in Olympia.
The state-sponsored hearings will decide
whether Northern Tier will get the nod and
under what conditions.
Since the hearings began in January, Northern Tier has presented witnesses supportive
of their route. Persons with intervenor
status, including Doherty and Turner, cross-
examine the witnesses, all of whom are under
If the evaluation council turns down the
application Northern Tier's opportunities are
over unless, as is expected, the decision is appealed in the courts. And if the council approves the application, governor Dixie Lee
Ray will have final say. There is little doubt
that the pro-nuclear, pro-energy governor
will approve the application (Northern Tier is
believed to have contributed to her last campaign for election).
Smith estimates that Northern Tier has already invested S25 million in a project that
has yet to be approved, but at the same time
says he is confident his firm will win approval.
Doherty estimates the city and county together have spent about $150,000 in studying
and critiquing the Northern Tier proposal.
On Feb. 15, windows of the Northern Tier
offices were coated with oil and marked with
the symbol of the No Oil Port group (who
later denied any involvement). While it is the
town's first overt action against the corporation, it indicates the hostility and anger expressed by some community members. And
the irony of the incident is that Northern Tier
had no idea how to clean up the oil. Page 8
Friday, March 14, 1980
'Tween classes
Mike Orchard speaks on tha nature, distribution
and uses of condonts and other
microproblematica, 2:30 p.m. geological
sciences 330A.
General meeting, noon, International House
Planning meeting, noon, SUB 115, Coffee
house, 8 p.m.. Matey's at Burrard and Davie.
Club dinner, 7 p.m., SUB 207.
Organizational meeting and film, noon, SUB
Dance with reggae band La Tropical, 9 p.m., International House upper lounge.
Talent night and dance, 7 p.m., St. Mark's College.
Ethiopean benefit dinner and dance is cancelled.
Housemate interviews, kitty introductions and
ritual initiation tortures, 2:37 a.m., Wheelhouse
Auto slalom, registration begins at 6 a.m. racing
starts at 10 am., UBC B-Lot
Mass   destruction   and   death,   for   all   time,
somewhere east of the Sahara.
General meeting, noon, SUB 130.
Swan Wooster's Carlos Johnson speaks on Harbour Engineering, 1:30 p.m., CEME 102.
Fashion focus '80, 7 p.m.,  SUB auditorium,
tickets available at door.
Films on Columbia, noon, Buch. 218
General meeting, noon, SUB 130.
Testimony meeting, noon. SUB 211.
Movie-time and meeting, noon, SUB 125.
Film: Black Time, on the 1978 oil spill at the Brit-
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General meeting, noon, SUB 230.
Elections, noon, SUB 215.
Band practice, noon. Penny Lane.
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BURP! . . . oops, sorry. This is
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far rah ?
Alpha Omega Phi? It's a new
movie with Farrah Fawcett, right?
No, no — that's Saturn 3. Maybe
it's the mid-seventies Chevrolet that
was going to put GM on the small
car map? No, that's Vega. Shit, I
must   be  getting   really  confused.
Wait, I know now. It's all coming
clear like a apocolyptic vision from
the heavens. It's sorority holding a
fashion show Tuesday night in SUB
auditorium at 7 p.m. I can now even
recall that tickets are available at
the door. Maybe I should take that
Math course again.
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5 — Coming Events
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STAR WARS? . . . Nope, but we've got the
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Prof. Reynertson, who heads
UBC's lively film studies program,
has acted in films and has also written, produced and directed.
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JOBS IN ALASKAI Summer/Year-round.
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RUMOUR HAS IT than on March 14, 1980,
Brian de Vries is quitting smoking. If you
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WANTED TO BUY. Your grandparents' old
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HOUSING EXCHANGE wanted by University of Waterloo Prof and family. 3-4
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Cr., Waterloo, Ont. N2L 4R9.
Humankind and killer opiate
Musicians used to getting 'up' for work
pay high price for illegal fun
One pill makes you larger
and one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
don't do anything at all. . .
— Jefferson Airplane
So sang Grace Slick in 1967 to a generation just beginning to experience the world of
hallucinogens and other related pharmaceutical wonderment. White Rabbit encapsulated
perfectly the mood of the time, with its references to talking chessmen and mushrooms,
and its eerie, relentless beat became the anthem of an era in which the way to acquire
knowledge was to journey inside your head
with a little help from your friends.
But times have changed and you're more
likely to see our Gracie knock back a bottle of
Dom Perignon than drop a few hits into the
punch bowl.
Despite the passing of the psychedelic
age, however, drugs remain an integral part
of che music world. While references to drug
use may not be as explicit, ifs pretty hard to
imagine the pop music world not being at
least "one toke over the line."
Why is it that musicians and their followers
seem to fit the popular stereotype of being
hard-core drug abusers? Part of the reason
must be just the pressure to live up to the image of the drug crazed rocker whose life is
one series of continual highs. A lot of this is
surely hype and myth-making conjured up to
impress those for whom the ability to consume ridiculous amounts of chemical aids is
the most important thing in life. The weeds.
Lest one think that some brilliant L.A. adman dreamed up the whole music-drug connection so as to boost sagging record sales,
ifs worth remembering that musicians
through the ages have sought inspiration by
pouring vast quantities of stimulants into
ELEVATORS . . . early psychedelia
their bodies. An old Scottish folk song
Roarin' Rattlin' Willie, tells of a fiddler who
had the habit of selling his fiddle so he could
buy another bottle of wine. The medieval
minstrel, primarily interested in having a
good time, was given to quaffing as much
mead as he could get his hands on (in between fooling around with the lady of the
manor of course).
But between roving highwaymen and irate
husbands the life of a wandering minstrel
was an uncertain and risky one. For job
security and creature comfort ifs hard to imagine a more ideal situation than the one enjoyed by in the inhabitants of the village of
Joujouka in Morocco. Ancient hereditary
right frees the villagers from having to work
and so they sit around smoking hash all day
while playing music dedicated to the god
Pan. The resulting music is unequalled for
sheer intensity and otherworldliness and
must rank as one of the all-time great drug
In North America two widely divergent cultures came together to produce the beast
known as rock and roll, white country-folk
and black rhythm and blues.
Country stars had used amphetamines for
years and there was no more tragic illustration of their speedy habits than when Hank
Williams OD'd on the road, a victim to an inhuman schedule that required him to pop
pills to stay awake.
Black musicians seem to have had a harder
time of it when coming to terms with drugs,
perhaps because of the great social pressures
they have had to labor under. Charlie Parker,
Billie Holliday and John Coltrane all let heroin
get the better of them.
Marijuana comes into the popular lexicon
with the advent of jazz and the free-living life-
AIRPLANE . . . wine kills
style associated with all-night jam sessions
and the "Texas tea parties" that scandalized
a nation. Smoking dope was largely confined
to the black population but occasionally unwary white boys like drummer Gene Krupa
got caught with the wonderful weed and
paid the price.
But it took people like the Beatles and Bob
Dylan in the mid-sixties to forever fix the irrv
age of the stoned songster in the public
mind. Dylan got turned onto dope by his bo-
hemian buddies in Greenwich Village and as
his career moved into high gear Bob got
more and more into amphetamines until his
motorcycle accident made him watch his
The Beatles first discovered the joys of
"damnable wog hemp" while filming Help in
1965 and their music changed irreversibly
thereafter. Mysticism and orientalia crept into their work and while one shouldn't reduce
creative development to drug use it's hard to
deny that dope had an immediate and lasting
effect on the four Liverpool lads. How else
could you explain a song like Lennon's Tomorrow Never Knows with its hypnotic and
incessant chanting relieved by the occasional
backwards guitar solo?
The first band to use the term "psychedelic" in describing their music was the legendary Thirteenth Floor Elevators from
Texas. They took the LSD ethos to heart and
paid for it with continual police harassment
and frequent jail sentences. Their first album
remains a visionary classic of acidic rapture
featuring the insane vocalizing of Roky Erickson.
Still it was left to the Beatles to make the
most of the lysergic boom. Sergeant Pepper
opened the floodgates and soon everyone
and his brother was proclaiming the virtues
of chemically induced nirvana.
Bands like the Grateful Diad and Blue
Cheer practically turned their music into
commercials for the burgeoning illicit drug industry, and as tastes became jaded new
forms of pharmaceutical enjoyment became
popularized by rock and rollers. Only with the
deaths of figures such as Jim Morrison and
Brian Jones did a serious reappraisal of the
whole drug subculture begin. Rather than
STP and smack, drugs like cocaine became
the favored opiates of a music industry
grown too fat and rich to risk self destruction
on a continual basis.
Thus the pattern of the safe seventies
seemed set. Sedation rock ruled the air
waves and dropping acid became about as
cool as wetting one's pants. Keith Richard's
cocaine bill for one 49-day U.S. tour totalled
a quarter of a million dollars and it seemed
that rock had become an inviolable monolith.
Then came punk and suddenly chemicals
became fashionable again. Like their spiritual
ancestors the Mods, the punks were great
pill poppers whose world can be summed up
in Johnny Rotten's immortal lines:
We don't care about long hair I don't wear
I don't work I just speed. . .
Julie Burchill and Tony Parsons of UK rock
sheet New Musical Express in their vitriolic
analysis of rock The Boy Looked at Johnny
claim that speed is ". . .an essentially proletarian drug," one that increases awareness
and is useful and productive, as opposed to
dope and cocaine which in their opinion engender passivity. But despite the promise of
punk it too spawned its share of drug burnouts and human casualties in the hedonistic
quest for Fun. One may argue that people
like Sid Vicious were born losers anyway, but
it still took heroin to reduce him from an ob-
after the party
visionary martyr
noxious  yet   breathing   lumpenprole   to  a
pathetic corpse in a New York jail cell.
Drugs have enabled musicians to soar beyond the mundane to new heights of creativity but like any attachment are just as capable
of clouding one's perception so that the end
result is despair and madness. Many musicians have managed to reconcile heavy drug
use with their music, most notably the Rasta-
farians of Jamaica.
A lot of musicians give up "drugs" only to
fall into the trap of alcoholism which is worse
in many ways since alcohol's only redeeming
feature is its legality. One need only think of
Jim Morrison to be aware of the awful effect
that this most prevalent of all drugs can
Ifs doubtful that we'll see anything like the
1967 acid revolution in pop music again but
ifs just as sure that as long as people are
singing songs they'll be getting high.
Don't let them fool you with dope and cocaine
No one can harm you — feel your own
—John Lennon
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Stoned j
Marijuana, Marx, and marathon running
form the basic philosophy for what is
perhaps the fastest growing political movement to emerge on college campuses across
the country.
The New Athletik Front is a bold attempt
to come to terms with various social ills that
afflict modern society. Armed with left wing
political consciousness and copious quantities of drugs these self styled cadres are attacking what is perhaps the most salient problem confronting Canada today: sports
It all started many years ago when one
man . . . one great man, Rodden McGowan,
published this poem:
"If sports for the elites be,
Then out of shape I'd rather be,
Than kowtowing to the whims of a
muscular few,
Who don't know a chillum from a rowing
As innocent as these words might appear,
it spurred the kids into a whole new concept
of mass participation in a world dominated
by over-organized social structures and an
ever vigilant neo-fascist sports matrix; and so
The New Athletik Front was born. Based on
these few flimsy principles, the N.A.F. proved to be the focus of the frustrated sports
minded people who were fed up with the collusion between big business, big sports and
big Macs.
The goals of the front are as follows:
• The smashing of the new-fascist Athletik
• The establishment of an athletik alternative that would bring athletiks back to the
people in a meaningful way in an age filled
with human dignity.
• To gain an understanding of the more intangible energy forces that provide connections with a state of enlightened space
During the early stages of the N.A.F. one
member uttered some words that would
have far reaching effects: "Let's smoke a
joint and run two miles". Soon marauding
bands of freakds could be seen galloping
throughout the streets while under the effect
of marijuana. Now perhaps you're wondering
why this combination was chosen? Certainly
athletic activity is a high in itself and not
dependent on ganja-polluted lungs. Or on
Friday, March 14, 1980 Idrugsl
s—still rolling along together
On the street -
one man's tale
of sex, drugs
Fourteen years old. Wired on heroin,
bored with rich women who want to act out
their sexual fantasies and truly excited by only one thing: basketball. These are the diaries
of a genuinely strange coming of age.
. herb rots mind, gum from paper collects under fingernails
The Basketball Diaries
By Jim Carroll
Bantam, 177 pp.
It could only happen in New York, where
Jim Carroll tried to solve the riddle of existence in a city where existence is as random
as the quality of the skag he learned to
mainline when he was reaching his teens.
Carroll has since become recognized as a
prodigy and with damn good reason. At the
age of twelve he was writing as well of better
than accomplished stylists decades his
The result was critics refused to believe the
vignettes published in East Coast magazines
in the early '60s by Carroll were actually the
work of a youth still years away from legal
adulthood. Another result was a Pulitzer
Prize nomination, for his book Living at the
oggers burn along anarchy path
the other hand must that euphoric plateau
reached by drug consumption be marred by
physical exertion that only makes you sweat
and want to puke? And how does political
consciousness tie into all this?
The fact of the matter is that all these
questions are part of the more central issue
of sports elitism. And only by combining the
jogging, the political awareness, and drugs
can one come to grips with this issue. Oh
sure, they'll tell you that there is a time and a
place for everything.
But have you ever stopped and wondered
how many of those gym rats have ever heard
of Hobson, Nyerere, or Allende? How many
of those pedantic political scientists have
ever exerted any physical energy except to
try to retrieve the latest of the supposedly
pedagogic, seemingly incestuous journals
that such folks read? And just how many of
these fine people have ever lit up a spliff the
size of a Havana cigar while listening to Reggae music.
As should be painfully apparent, the truth
of the matter is we live in a society of
specialists. Is this just an inevitable consequence of increasing industrialization and urbanization as implied by many bourgeois
academics? No, it is a conspiracy! It is a conspiracy among the "old boys" in our society
to keep us tuned in to one very small part of
reality while denying us access to the
greatest of truths.
The old boys don't want foresters who will
get wired out and beging to question their inevitable placement in the pockets of MacMillan Bloedel. They con't want engineers to
discover the eternal bliss reached by the
coalescence of drugs and athletics for fear
they'll say fuck it, build your own goddamned bridges to your bedroom suburbs if we're
not good enough to live with.
They rather want a quasi-army of
thoughtless people distinguished only by the
colour of their jackets. They want the jocks
to keep on flicking their towels and eschewing any political involvement. They want the
academics to sit quietly on their serene campus churning out papers explaining how the
forests can be raped more quickly, the
waters polluted more completely, and the
cities continue to evolve into drab places
where drab people watch drab television and
later die of a drab form of cancer.
In keeping with the well established concept of democratic centralism the issues involved are of a local nature too. The N.A.F.
staged a strong protest against then "sports"
minister (now lacky of the bourgeois media)
Iona Campagnolo when her puppet Pierre
Trudeau came to propagandize in a park in
Peterborough, Ontario.
At the University of New Brunswick the
local N.A.F. chapter is demanding that McCain French Fries pay retribution to the people of New Brunswick for ruining their complexions.
When Joe Clark (remember him?) came to
Jasper, Alberta last summer to spend a few
days at the luxurious Jasper Park Lodge
while trying to decide how ordinary Canadians could best be represented in his inner
cabinet, the N.A.F. staged the only protest
against the elitist sports policies of the Conservative party.
And what about B.C.? We all know that
administration vice-presidents are now trying
their hand at tennis (the old cooptation trick)
though this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Have you ever wondered why Bill Bennett introduces unconstitutions; compulsory drug
treatment legislation in between trips to
Have you ever wondered why Pat McGeer
refuses to let the university endowment lands
be developed into marijuana farms though he
plans to commit mass murder on thousands
of trees in order to let the big corporations
situate themselves such that they will be able
to make sure that only the "right" research is
done? Have you ever wondered why the
alleged winners of this year's Arts 20 race
were the self proclaimed "West End
Bourgeois Pigs"?
The fact of the matter is they want to keep
us in the dark. They want us to keep riding
the buses and learning via the participaction
posters saying Paul Brodeur, chartered accountant, is into racquetball and the Folley
family is into biking.
But do they want us to ask why Paul
Brodeur makes so much money that he can
afford to join a club that keeps the common
folk out? Do they want us to realize that
though those suspiciously middle class
Folleys ride their bikes in a happy go lucky
way, most Vancouverites are left scrambling
for exact change in order to stand up in a bus
run by a hydro corporation?
They also insist on building their
monuments. Soon we will see a big stadium
down by False Creek that is a tribute to the
capitalist sports elite who pushed for it. They
will take good, unknowing boys and pay
them money to wear loud jerseys and try to
bash each others heads in. And if the people
Turn to PF 9
00 you fvNOUi CUHAT
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OH, DEfVl.
sex and mean streets
The Basketball Diaries are from Carroll's
earliest writing, dated 1963 to 1966. The
book decribes an incredible progression from
relative innocence, tempered by experience
on the street, to a wordly cynicism that bites
and hurts with its bitterness. Carroll began
them when he was 12 and this edition ends
them before he turns 16. By that time he has
seen and lived more than should be the lot of
a person several times his age.
A startling contrast between Carroll's
youth and experience comes when he
describes an encounter while hustling ageing
gays in order to maintain a growing heroin
His client gets into a bubble-bath filled tub.
Beside him a cat is bound to the toilet seat.
He tells Carroll to whip the cat to death, then
urinate and masturbate into the tub. He even
provides a scaled-down whip, complete
whith chips from razor blades on the tails, for
killing the cat with.
Carroll instead uses the whip on the gay,
unable to bring himself to engage in this
weirdest of weird sex acts. After setting the
cat free, he robs the man.
His attitude is one of disgust, but a mild
one based more on bewilderment than actual
loathing. He recounts the scene in a matter-
of-fact way, as if unsure his readers will be
impressed at all. Barely into his teens, he had
already seen it all. He gets his money, buys
his fix and it's just another day to be set
down in the diary.
What Carroll was really interested in was
basketball. He gets into a private school
purely on the basis of his skill and the game
becomes his one thin thread connecting him
with the other world, the one where other
people live.
He goes from glue to skag to cold turkey
and back to skag again, finally destroying his
usefulness as a basketball player and going
underground into a commune of drug addicts. What is most impressive is that he
never loses his ability to communicate in
hard-edged, lucid prose, nor does he lose his
strong sense of values even while descending into a nihilistic rut of drugs, violence,
robbery and degradation.
After several descriptions of bizarre sexuality among his friends and the clients, both
men and women, he services, the following
incident comes as a bit of a surprise:
"I'm riding uptown on the 'A' train.
There's this chick, a real secretary-
stewardess type . . . and here she is tossing
this spread so wide I can see her powder blue
panties . . . Finally I got up and went over to
her and asked her if she could please close
her legs. I'm barely fifteen years old and it's
distracting and, frankly, lewd."
Such moments are truly revealing of a
strongly perceptive mind at work, trying
desperately to understand a world that
brooks no understanding. The Basketball
Diaries, as it approaches its end, hints at a
growing revolutionary consciousness.
The thrust of Carroll's social ideas are in
this book always blunted by his youthful
romance with the rush of a good skag hit
coming up through the veins to put on "a
good head." But a mind, a writing talent and
moral equilibrium like Jim Carroll's will soon
show their force and power.
Personally, I can't wait.
Friday, March 14,1980
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Rocking Police cash in
on trendy white reggae
"Why the hell should I?" retorts
the charming Andy Summers, comfortably reclining on the rainbow
striped sofa, softly and
absentmindedly strumming his
"I can't just stand there and grin
like a monkey. I'm not a sycophant.
I'm not going to try to please people
by smiling. Thafs real show biz.
Thafs like Doris Dayl Life's griml"
He smiles.
But as determined as he is not to
smile on stage just for the sake of it,
guitarist Summers easily concedes
that he, along with drummer Stewart Copeland and vocalist and bassist Sting, collectively known as The
Police, are quite willing to act out
other show biz antics to attain a
certain image and to gain mass
"A band's image is very important. I don't deny it. First you've got
to have the music but if you have
the image as well it's so much better. Rock music is all about posing
and looking good and having kids
identify with the way you look.
"We're only too happy to play
that part as well 'cause you have to
be an actor as well as a musician,"
he adds.
The band's professional acting
debut occurred when the trio
bleached its hair blonae and posed
as a punk band for a Wrigley's
chewing gum commercial. The
commercial, done in desperation
for the money, unwittingly back-
iashed Summers feels. With the
band's visual focus on its bottle
blonde locks he is now forced to
continually streak his hair, stoically
risking baldness with each successive application.
"I have to do it every three months. It was bleached completely the
first few times, but ifs a bit scary
actually. Your hair goes dry and
looks like it's going to fall out," he
Posing as a punk bank also presented problems. The gum commercial image was beginning to
"The band was more punky in
the earlier stages but we obviously
weren't punks. All of our credentials were wrong. We were too old
and we'd been around. If you had
any credentials at all then you
weren't a bonafide punk."
Summers describes The Police's
music as "punky rock reggae," but
he feels that if they have any affiliations ifs more with the broad umbrella term of new wave, with jazz
and reggae influences.
With Roxanne and I Can't Stand
Losing You, hit singles from their
debut album Outlandos d'Amour,
The Police hinted at a rock-reggae
fusion. The release of their second
album, Reggatta de Blanc, distinctly affirms this fusion and foreshadows the band's enticement into techno-rock with its use of synthesizers and various electronic
"With reggae music there is a lot
of space for us to do things and
synthesizers fill out the sound.
We're all into technology. We don't
have a snobby attitude about that
sort of thing. Thafs totally ridiculous. Ifs 1980. Synthesizers are as
natural to 1980 as saxophones were
to 1940."
During a concert set, with its numerous reggae "holes" to fill. Summers' strong sinewy guitar rhythms
pulsate with incredible precision.
But he claims that he virtually improvises all the way.
"Anything can happen really. We
like to leave it open. The uncertainty factor leaves more tension in the
music. We can fuck up at any
point, but there's also more chance
SUMMERS . . . endless nights on the road
of something great happening.
"But we must concentrate all the
time," he adds. "Ifs so easy to
blow it. It can fall apart at any moment."
The onstage tension is further
enhanced by the admitted competition between blonde bomber Sting
and virtuoso guitarist Summers.
"Basically ifs up to Sting and me
because Stewart's behind the
drums," says Summers. "There's
always a competition in a way. But
ifs subtle. Ifs not one-upmanship
but everybody wants to come off
well. We've ail got egos. And thafs
part of the reason the band's successful. We ail like to get up front
and thump our chests and get a
slice of the action."
"In very practical terms
we've already made
so much money."
Despite a touring and recording
schedule that would make a workaholic appear shiftless, these enterprising musicians find the time to
indulge their alter-egos as well.
These days Copeland, an aspiring
filmmaker, sports an additional appendage in the form of a 16mm
movie camera. And Summers is his
star actor.
"Stewart and I are currently involved in making a film called Nat
Hunt. I play the part of a private
eye, like a Clouseau, who fucks up
in every situation," says Summers.
Sting, who successfully played
the role of Ace Face in The Who's
widely acclaimed film Quadrophenia, has since been overwhelmed with film offers.
"Sting's doing some screen tests
in Hollywood next week when we
go to Los Angeles to do the Don
Kirshner Rock Concert," confirms
Summers. "He's been offered lots
of different film parts since Quadrophenia, but none of them have
been what he's wanted to do.
"Also Sting's priority is the
band," claims Summers. "He could
have walked out long ago if he'd
wanted to."
In 1979 The Police were hailed as
Britain's number two band, the
number one spot usurped by rock
dinosaurs Led Zeppelin, and as the
number two Brightest Hope of the
1980s' number one spot going to
Gary "Are 'Friends' Electric"
Numan. The debut album of The
Police has sold well over two million
copies and their second and current
album appears destined for the
same fate and fortune.
"In very practical terms, if you
really want to know, we've already
made so much money," confides
The trio's triumphant turning
point toward success was in no
small part due to Miles Copeland,
one of Stewart's older brothers —
the one with the evangelical glint in
his eye. Upon his inspired suggestion Roxanne was released as a
single early in 1979. Now a classic,
Roxanne immediately went to the
Top 20 in both England and North
America establishing The Police on
AM radio and as concert head-
According to Summers, ifs a
lucky combination of the right manager and the right group. "We're
not at divergence with him. We
agree about most of the policies we
want to carry out. And he's got the
weight to get in there and carry
them out. He's a very, uhm, impressive man. He's not the sort of
person you'd want to confront.
Most people tremble in their shoes
when he comes around."
The Police are currently in the
middle of a grueling American tour.
"We've done five years in one year.
We're getting a bit tired of going
around America. Ifs yet another
midwest town. But it's always exciting when we're in the centres like
Los Angeles and New York. We're
also going to Egypt and Hong
Kong, so I really do have a good
time travelling. But I do get tired.
We've learned the hard way to take
care of ourselves.
"To getup and give an incredibly
high energy show in front of 5,000
kids every night, after four months,
gets hard to do with real energy. So
I'm taking my multi-vitamins daily
"And for those lonely moments
in hotels. . ." Summers introduces
Sally. "She's in there," he says
softly, pointing to his large leather
suitcase lying on the carpet. "You
all right, love," he whispers.
He then mentions that he's even
written a song about her on The
Police's debut LP. "Ifs based on
real life experiences," he confesses.
"She's got the red wig on
today," he says with apparent affection. "She's got different colors
of hair. I can change the wigs on
this model. It just depends on what
mood I'm in."
The Police are currently riding the
crest of the musical wave of 1980.
The question is whether they can
remain there. Summers is optimistic.
"All the success that we've had
so far has surprised us since we
don't feel our music is particularly
commercial and our policy is to
keep taking (musical) chances and
not to recreate old formulas.
"We established a precedent of
change as early on as we could so
thafs what people will always expect from us. But the real name of
the game is to get to a point where
you can withdraw (from continual
touring), keep a low profile, still
have number one albums and become legendary — like Pink Floyd."
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Friday, March 14, 1980 Paraphernalia pampers dopers
Remember the golden age of pot
smoking? Remember the times someone would pull out an alligator
clip or a paper clip or even split a
match in two to catch the last puff
or a marijuana cigarette?
Those days have gone the way of
acid rock and the legendary nickel
bag. Today's drug abuser has a
staggering variety of hardware at
his disposal to prepare, deliver and
enhance his high.
The traditionalist who prefers to
roll his own can still find the
flavored papers, the US $100 bill
papers and Zig Zag whites. But
there's a new gimmick on the
stands. Wired rolling papers. These
beauties have a thin wire running
the length of every paper to assure
even burning. A bargain at a buck a
Now step up to the roach clip
counter and feast those dilated
pupils on these babies. Hand
grenades, cannabis leaves and
copulating lovers await the daring
doper. For the paranoid, perhaps a
mock key or a telescoping ball point
But there's another kind of addict
roaming Vancouver's streets. Not
content with a piggish drag on that
expensive reefer these degenerates
want the biggest hit possible this
side of a hypodermic needle. Local
merchants have got just the thing.
Take a bong, an overpriced
plastic tube that filters the smoke
through water and lets the concentration build up to near lethal levels.
Or the patented "Power Hitter" an
innocent looking plastic jar with a
nozzle at one end. After filling the
PIPES FOR SALE . . .for the discerning smoker
container with illegal smoke, the
device is squeezed to deliver a
knock-out toke.
The ultimate product consists of
a curved piece of plastic tubing. At
one end sits a bowl where the marijuana is stored and ignited. At the
other end we find a gas mask affair
that is strapped over the nose and
mouth, sealing off the respiratory
system. An oxygen tank is not included.
Perhaps thafs too vulgar. How
about an aesthetic pipe of blown
glass bubbles? The more bubbles
the higher the price. Or what about
an electric pipe that plugs into the
wall? A steal at $29.95. Or would
you rather stick to an old fashioned
four-foot hookah that'll appreciate
with age?
"Yes, they're all legal" the
reserved salesman assures me.
"Which one would you like?" The
irony of course is that all these
high-technology products are
within the law but that the main ingredient is not.
Not to worry friend. The
thoughtful manufacturers have provided the law-abiding citizen
something to put in his showy
smoking machine. Try the genuine
wild lettuce "opium" at $5.95 or the
perfectly legal "hash oil" complete
with  dipstick.   Or  buy a  bag  of
1000% pure African tree bark or a
chunk of pungent lettuce "hash" or
a vial of fake cocaine.
If you actually want a mood-
altering substance then pick up a
bottle of scent or liquid incense
such as Locker Room or Rush.
The list of products goes on and
on from marijuana quality testers to
engraved mirrors for the well heeled
coke set. One last precaution for
the pampered doper has to be a
calibrating weighing device. Scales
vary from a small hand held one
ounce number selling for three
dollars to the heavy Ohaus triple
beam scale retailing at a cool 150
dollars. Again, these products are
absolutely legal. But watch out. A
judge would likely question a
suspect about a triple beam scale
confiscated alongside a few pounds
of cocaine.
Alas, time may be running out for
the well-equipped head.
The half dozen specialty shops
located on Granville Street south of
Art Phillips' mall are in the news
lately. These high volume
purveyors of drug paraphernalia are
on the carpet for openly displaying
so called sex aids. Vancouver city
council will decide next week
whether to jack up their license fees
from $30 to $3000.
It's bad enough having to paw
through sausage-sized dildoes, inflatable sex organs, handcuffs and
raw pornography to get at that
modest hash pipe. If the stiff licensing fees get the go ahead and the
"novelty'' distributors close their
doors dopers will be back to square
one. Paper clips and needle-nosed
New wave high schoolers still mellow on dope
Drug use is alive and well and
thriving just as easily in the new
wave scene as it once did in the
rock concert scene. Although the
dress and views of many of today's
teenagers have changed, not much
has changed in their attitudes toward drugs. They may have exchanged the tattered jeans for
straight leg pants and long waist-
length hair for the cropped new
wave style, but the hash pipe and
joint still look very much like they
did in the '60s.
A recent survey conducted by
the Alcohol and Drug Board among
secondary high school students revealed a steady increase in the use
of such drugs as tobacco, cannabis, alcohol and speed. In 1970,
60.6 per cent of the students reported having used alcohol compared to 78.1 per cent in 1978. A
comparable increase was also
found with cannabis use, 38.9 per
cent in 1970 where there was 47.3
per cent in 1978.
The survey also stated that there
has been a definite increase in early
teenage drug use. Children of 12
and 13 are being exposed to all
kinds of drugs and a larger percentage of these kids are trying anything from alcohol to hallucinogens.
Among the high school kids I
talked to I found that the two most
common drugs being used were alcohol and pot. Drinking seemed to
be reserved for weekend parties
and get togethers, while pot was
smoked between classes, sitting
around with friends after school
and at parties. Very few of the kids I
talked to had tried speed or acid
and they seemed to look with disdain on the "heads" who used
chemicals a lot. Even if some of the
students used chemicals the majority of these only indulged occasionally.
Two 17-year-old boys are loung
ing against a wall of the school
smoking a cigarette and talking in
low monotones. They have skipped
class and are thoroughly enjoying
their rebellious freedom. When I
asked if they smoke dope, the dark
haired boy turns to me with a smirk
and says," Sure, I specialize in Hawaiian, Thai and Colombian. But
I'm only a part time smoker. It's
great to smoke a joint before P.E. or
Drama, it makes the classes more
fun." His friend interrupts by saying, "But we don't get stoned for
concentration classes like math or
Both these boys, like the rest of
the students I talked to, believed
dope was less harmful than alcohol
and that it should be legalized. Even
though pot affected their concentration and memory, they felt these
symptoms disappeared when they
weren't stoned. Among all the
students there was an easygoing,
accepting attitude toward the use
of pot and alcohol and though
some of the kids knew friends who
couldn't handle the drugs, they personally believed they were safe.
This would also be nice if it was
true, but it isn't.
There is a danger of teenagers
who start using drugs early and often to begin using drugs as a crutch
for their personal or social problems. Adolescence is generally believed to be a time of anxiety and
self-searching for many young people. Feelings of low self-esteem and
worthlessness often accompany
the growing pains of teenagers. It is
when kids turn to drugs for solace
or strength to overcome their problems that a drug problem could develop.
Walter Moy, director of Youth
Counselling Services, says his clinic
is interested in the kids who use
drugs as a problem solving device.
"We are worried about the ones
with the weakness," he says.
The counselling service, also call
ed The House, has been in operation since 1970. "We were originally
located on Broadway and provided
beds and counselling during the
heyday of speed freaks and acid
heads," Moy said. But now The
House is found at 525 West 8th
Ave. and it has evolved into a youth
and family counselling clinic.
"Most of the people are under 20
who come to us voluntarily for
help. These kids feel drugs are interfering with their lifestyle, work
and family relationship — they feel
they have a drug problem," he
says. "We provide daily and family
counselling services and activity
oriented programs."
The most common drug problem
is alcohol abuse. "A person may
prefer dope, but it is not as easy to
get," Moy says. "Alcohol is the
most readily available drug and it
causes the least hassle with
parents. A teenager may be exposed daily to peers and family who
use alcohol as much or more than
they do."
Moy tends to take a realistic view
towards teenage drug use. "There
is nowhere you can look that you
won't find some form of drug use
modelling ... I mean look at
Popeye with his spinach." He is
most concerned with the kids who
are unstable and who may overuse
cigarettes, aspirin, dope or any
other drug. Whatever the drug, if
you use it as a crutch or to forget
problems then you are abusing the
LUNCHBREAK . . . getting off makes drama more fun
Friday, March 14,1980
Page Friday 5 drama
Drink and honor share
throne in history play
Two contrasting characters, the
expansive Falstaff of Leon Pownall
and the introspective Prince Hal
played by Ron Haider, form a solid
core for the Playhouse Theatre
Company's energetic production of
Henry IV part I.
Despite the title of the play, it is
really about these two characters;
Henry the King is less the subject of
an historical play than the reason
for the existence of Prince Hal, at
least in Shakespeare.
Henry IV part 1
by William Shakespeare
Spratt's Ark Theatre
Falstaff and Hal are two sides of
the same coin. This facet of the
play was admirably highlighted in
the mock-throne scene in act two,
where Hal and Falstaff take turns
pretending to be King, and praising
or berating Falstaff.
Here the two men show their
truest, innermost characters.
Falstaff the Mock-King praises
Falstaff the knight and his joyous,
uncaring life, while the serious Hal
as King showers Sir John with insults, in a foreshadowing of Hal's
future banishment of Falstaff in
Part Two of the play.
Yet both hold the same sword as
scepter, both sit on the same stool
as throne to pronounce these
wordsl Hal as future King realizes
the burden of care that his state will
place on him, and cannot take this
lightly; he lets Falstaff do that for
him. A Freudian might call Falstaff
the id, the unprincipled barbarian
side of Hal. The prince takes part in
Faistaff's riots and drunkeness, but
at a distance, and he always cleans
up afterwards and pays his debts.
So it is that Pownall's Falstaff
cares only for the moment, while
Haider's Hal lives for the future,
always planning for how things
might be, and the two balance each
Hal has princely honors, and yet
pays no heed to them, thinking not
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HENRY IV . . . salty language spices drama
of himself but of his honor, his
responsibilities as future king.
Falstaff by contrast worries honor
like a dog with a bone, speaking
constantly of it. To Sir John it is a
toy, a tool, and not to be held as
important in itself, as Hal does.
I wonder how Falstaff came to be
knighted? My favorite explanation
is parallel to the noble "de" of
Honore de Balzac, who sought so
much for the good estimation of his
fellows that he eventually came
himself to believe in the reality of
his falsely assumed nobility. Falstaff
likewise assumed the "Sir," and
with time and use, eventually
believed it as well.
The character of King Henry IV,
played by Peter Haworth, was unfortunately missed entirely by the
actor. Henry is an aging decrepit
old man, seeing plots against his
state everywhere, even in his son
and heir, prince Hal. This conflict
comes to an climax when Hal saves
the King's life on the battlefield; as
Haworth played the King, the scene
becomes a simple little plot twist,
and an interruption in the flow of
the play.
Harry Hotspur, played by Jim
Mezon, is the most energetic opponent of the King. But Mezon's interpretation is just too fiery, and he
screams incomprehensibly at the
slightest provocation.
Donald Adams played Poins, one
of Faistaff's drinking companions.
Poins is a real scumbag, flashing his
knife at even a hint of an insult. But
it is this sort of uncomplicated
character with whom Falstaff and
Hal would rather associate, being
ultimately preferable to the
dissemblers and schemers that constitute the court of the King.
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Friday, March 14, 1980 Fog lets terror bog down
Ifs really a shame that the new
John Carpenter film. The Fog, just
doesn't make it as a first class horror thriller.
Carpenter used a similar storyline
in his earlier chiller, Halloween, and
succeeded in delivering a superior
tale even with a smaller budget.
The Fog
directed by John Carpenter
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Carpenter has a good sense of
what makes audiences jump from
their seats. The villain, the fog, a
glowing and deadly force, is
sometimes as menacing as any
alien in a horror flick.
The setting is Antonio Bay, a
peaceful, coastal southern California town about to celebrate its
centennial. But Antonio Bay hides a
dark secret. One hundred years ago
the forefathers of Antonio Bay
deliberately misled the crew of an
incoming ship which carried a hefty
cargo of gold. The ship, Elizabeth
Dane, went down but the gold was
recovered and helped build Antonio
As fishermen's tales go, the crew
will rise from the depths of the
ocean, from their untimely deaths
and seek revenge. An ominous fog
will seep into Antonio Bay, carrying
with it the ghostly crew of the
Elizabeth Dane.
Well, the time is now. And the
fog is ready to strike. Its first victims
are three fishermen, one of whom
later rises up and nearly does in hitchhiker Jamie Lee Curtis.
Radio woman Adrienne Barbeau
gets a warning: SIX MUST DIE.
Since three have already perished,
that leaves three. Who will be next?
By giving away the fact that six
must die. Carpenter takes the edge
from the suspense he builds up. We
don't want to know how many will
die. We would rather be surprised.
A horror film by its nature must
maintain the fantastic world that it
creates. There must never be
moments of doubt of questions
about the plausibility of the plot. If
it can achieve this much, it will be
The Fog falls short of achieving,
or rather maintaining, this goal.
There are simply too many inconsistencies within the plot.
For example, the fog is supposed
to strike only the descendants of
the six original conspirators who
plotted against the Elizabeth Dane.
Yet the fog seems to strike in a random manner. It is never fully
understood why only certain people
are attacked.
The Fog bears obvious
resemblance and comparison to
Carpenter's Halloween. But missing
in The Fog is the sheer terror and
the unfolding grip in Halloween.
The later film was a spell-binding,
terrifying story of a madman on the
loose. Halloween was full of twists
and turns that The Fog just doesn't
An inordinate amount of predictability creeps into The Fog. In
Halloween, the madman always
reveled in shadows, yet his
presence was always threatening.
He struck when you least expected
— or wanted — him to. But as soon
as we see the mist in The Fog, we
know that something is bound to
happen and it does.
The Fog is disappointing and
doesn't live up to standards set by
Carpenter's own Halloween. The
result is a sometimes scary but
otherwise unaffecting thriller.
THE FOG . . . hand-me-down chills
Neil Simon film is soap with laughs on side
Someone once suggested, correctly, that you either love Neil Simon's movies or you don't. There is
no middle ground. I tend to fall in
the latter category. I have found
that Neil Simon-penned films almost always guarantee disappointment with a few laughs along the
way as consolation.
Chapter Two is no exception.
Chapter Two
directed by Robert Moore
Like Neil Simon's other films,
Chapter Two's plot can be summed
up in a few lines without undermining the intelligence of the script.
Writer James Caan, still feeling the
loss of his first wife, meets struggling actress Marsha Mason, falls in
love, marries her and trouble ensues. Caan is haunted by the memories of his first wife, nearly loses
Mason but she saves the day by
telling him how wonderful she is.
He comes to his senses and they
live happily ever after.
There is also a subplot about
Caan's brother, played by Joe
Balogna, who hops from one bed
to another until he meets Mason's
friend Valerie Harper, a liberated
but sexually unsatisfied woman.
Having found at long last love, the
two want to hop into bed.
End of story. And a boring two
For the first hour or so. Chapter
Two is about as much as one can
expect from Neil Simon and director Robert Moore. There are
some funny laughs which show us
a sophisticated Simon at work. The
trouble is evident from the beginning. Both Caan and Mason arrive
in New York at the same time, at
the same airport, unaware of each
As soon as Caan and Mason get
married, i.e., end of marital bliss.
Chapter Two starts rolling — downhill. Neil Simon decides to get serious but he has neither the resources nor the courage to demonstrate any insight as to why the
marriage fails.
The lines he concocts for Caan
and Mason are often ludicrous. No
one talks the way Neil Simon characters do. At the conclusion of the
film Simon has Marsha Mason delivering an apparently forthright
speech about how crazy Caan
would be if he lost her. It reads
more like a sermon. Whatever
promise Chapter Two held in the
first hour is totally wasted in the
soapy second.
Although Chapter Two is
supposed to be about Caan's discovery and personal growth, he is
shortchanged by Simon. Caan's
George Schneider forever remains
in the background to Mason's Jennie Maclaine.
Marsha Mason is Chapter Two's
saving grace. She can be funny,
sad, affectionate and pleasant —
everything Chapter Two is not. Mason has been nominated for an
Academy Award for her performance in Chapter Two. Wrong
movie. It should have been Promises in the Dark, a more demanding vehicle.
The film's best and funniest lines
go to Joe Balogna, who as Caan's
brother, fares better than Caan.
Valerie Harper, who went to
Weight Watchers and overstayed
her welcome, looks ultra thin, almost unrecognizable as TV's
Rhoda. She's adequate in her role,
nothing more.
Chapter Two is supposedly based
on, or "inspired by," as showbiz
folks like to refer to autobiographical material, the real life Neil Simon-
Marsha Mason courtship. Too bad
that Simon could  not bring the
emotion to the surface.
The best shots of Chapter Two
can be viewed in the form of television commercials which are currently on the air.
At the Odeon Chapter Two is
preceded by the Academy Award
nominated short. Nails, produced
by the National Film Board of Canada. That film is more interesting
than Chapter Two ultimately is.
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Friday, March 14,1980
Page Friday 7 Pacino takes a bumpy ride in Cruising
After seeing Cruising, I strolled
around the streets of the West End,
wondering about the uproar over
the William Friedkin film. Cruising is
a violent movie but it is not as
"disgusting", obnoxious" and
"repulsive" as it has generally been
labelled in the press.
It seems to me that many people
have put Cruising on trial — unjustifiably — and have ignored the
few merits of this film.
directed by William Friedkin
Denman Place
In Cruising, Al Pacino plays
Steve Burns, a mostly inexperienced cop sent undercover to solve the
mystery of a series of grisly
homosexual murders. He adopts a
new identity, as John Forbes, and
immerses himself in the sweaty gay
S & M scene to find the killer.
His excursion in the gay leather
crowd is not strictly voyeuristic. He
is not only a bystander; he also
becomes an active participant. He
spends nights attracting men, hoping to find a link with the killer in
this fashion.
Periodically,   he   returns  to   his
girlfriend (who is not aware of the
nature of his assignment). Each
time he makes love to her, he is
more aggressive than the last. He is
even afraid that something is happening to him; it is through brief
conversations he has with his
girlfriend that we know he's changing.
Burns eventually finds the killer,
but Cruising does not end there.
Friedkin, who adapted the
screenplay from a novel by Gerald
Walker, has interjected a disturbing
and indecisive conclusion.
When the killer is in custody,
director Friedkin shifts the camera,
for agonizingly few seconds, to someone who looks like the killer,
walking into a bar, perhaps ready to
strike again.
But Friedkin leaves not one but
several doubts about the identity of
the killer. Also: Is there only one
killer? Besides showing us who
might be the (or even another)
killer, Friedkin leaves Burns' sexuality in question. The suspicion for
the last murder falls on Burns; yet
there are no satisfactory clues
The identity of the killer, or
killers, is argueable. It is not a
welcome mystery. There are times
when a risk by a director inspires a
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positive response from the audience as to "whodunit?" In Cruising, however, Friedkin's choice to
leave the audience out on a limb is
cumbersome. Cruising has far too
many loose ends to attempt such a
The murders (especially the first
one), in Cruising are shocking, il-
liciting gasps from the audience.
Friedkin never lingers on a murder
scene. The killer strikes swiftly and
Friedkin spends considerable
time on the killer himself but never
succeeds in investigating the killer's
psyche. When the killer preys on his
next victim, the nursery rhymes
("who's here, we're here," etc.)
and messages ("You made me do
that"), he mutters to his victims are
virtually meaningless.
Friedkin does not explain his
hero's suspected conversion and is
delibereately ambiguous. When
Burns is drawn into the leather
crowd, one never quite
understands him. I wonder if there
is some footage lying around the
editing room that fills the gaps.
Cruising needs it.
While these flaws obscure Cruising, there are some questionable
rewards. Friedkin has a good eye
for capturing the rough but exciting
underground gay bars. Cruising introduces these retreats
unabashedly. Friedkin plunges into the world at hand and comes up
with some fascinating scenes of life
in the after-hours sex dungeons.
There is a very good scene in
Cruising when Al Pacino, invited to
the all-male dance floor, goes into a
frenzied state with the aid of a scarf
laced with stimulants. It is at points
such as this that Friedkin grasps the
moment but does not deliver the
The soundtrack of Cruising is like
the film: rough and full of raw sexual energy. The music is eratic and
unpredictable, a perfect companion
piece to the film.
It always seems prudent to ask a
moviegoer to see a certain film with
"an open mind" (you mean I have
to split my skull?). But in the case
of Cruising, this bit of advice is not
The night I went to see Cruising,
a number of people walked out,
some of them disgusted with a
lifestyle that was being laid bare in
front of them. But the world portrayed in Cruising exists, so why
deny it? By the way, there is a
disclaimer at the beginning of
Cruising which states that the
world shown in this film is merely a
part of and is "not representative of
the whole."
Cruising is not anti-homosexual
but I recommend it cautiously. It is
not a well-made film, unfortunately;
Friedkin has the premise and the
potential but his movie falls short of
expectations. Nevertheless, Cruising is powerful and perversely enjoyable in parts.
Don't pass judgement on Cruising until you see it.
"Talk about
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Friday, March 14,1980 I records
On September 8th of last year, after three hours of standing in a torrential downpour, I watched a trio mount the
steps to the makeshift stage in Vanier Park. Rock Against
Radiation had begun as the raucous sound of the K-Tels filled the air:
"Let's go to fuckin' Hawaii
Get drunk in the sun.
I wanna go to Waikiki
Get a tan on my bum ..."
Many concerts and two name changes later, the K-Tels
are now the Young Canadians and have a 12" E.P. (extended
play) to their credit. The E.P., Hawaii, was released about a
month ago, is selling well and is even getting some radio
The Young Canadians (nee K-Tels) emerged during the
post-punk explosion in Vancouver and are still surviving as
one of the bands who are helping to define the Vancouver
sound. Their songs are more political than those of the
Pointed Sticks and show more musical expertise than the exponents of pure punk such as D.O.A. By striking a happy
medium, their "pop-punk" shows more promise of enduring
the test of time than other more extreme local bands.
Art Bergman on guitar and vocals, Jim Bescott on bass
and Barry Taylor on drums concoct a surprisingly tight, well-
rounded sound from the basic power-trio format. Art
Bergman's bizarre sense of humour colors most of the
songs, although everyone shares the writing credits at one
time or another.
The Young Canadians' songs are typically satirical attacks
on suburbia and the wonders of automized civilization. In No
Escape the three members collaborate to recount a par-
Marx and
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want more than that for the hard
earned cash they are handing back
to the old boys, then scantily clad
"cheerleaders" will toe hired to
grace the sidelines and strut their
stuff under the dubious guise of
promoting spirit.
What is the answer? Real
Athletiks. And drugs. Political consciousness. And drugs. Anger. And
drugs. Only when you blow a joint
and run a few miles can you at all
begin to understand dialectical
materialism. Only when you chew
on mescaline while cycling on your
one speed down Tenth avenue can
you begin to understand how we've
all been duped throughout history.
Is it too late? Are we destined to
graduate, trade in our team jackets
for grey pants and navy blue blazers
and make incoherent speeches to
impressionable youngsters telling
them how some sport has done so
much for us thereby legitimizing the
capitalist system that feeds off of it.
Are we to sit idly by while the J.V.
Clynes about us use their own
vewhicles, i.e., the Social Credit
Party, Vancouver Sun to further
perpetuate their exploitive dealings?
Are we destined to grow up into
liberals and drive around in our
Volvo station wagons saying things
like "socialism is inefficient" or
"boy, polemicists are unrealistic".
There remains hope that some
astute people will see the truth.
They will sit down one day in that
big old chair from Neighbourhood
Services, inhale some Bogata herb
and begin to understand what is
REALLY HAPPENING. The struggle will then take shape.
UP THE FRONT! Inquiries, ideas,
and hallucinogenics should be
directed to: Raoul Belmont, B.C.
Regional Director, N.A.F.,
telephone 228-2305.
ticularly violent confrontation with the Vancouver police at
the Smilin' Buddha, — Vancouver's punk haven. The songs
are well-constructed, with an abundance of catchy hooks
and lyrics which actually mean something.
Along with groups like the Payolas, Private School and the
Modernettes, the Young Canadians promise to be one of the
Vancouver bands who deserve to make it big. I wish Hawaii
wasn't such a damn catchy little tune, though—you get
some pretty odd looks if you walk along the street, singing,
"Let's go to fuckin' Hawaii . . ."
thematic identity that brings the album together. The focus
of Setting Sons is on growth and change. It is the type of
change found in all of us, one in which the promises and
dreams of the past are broken and pushed aside.
Thick as Thieves is the album's centrepiece; it tells of the
promises made and eventually broken. Its lyrical depth is
more than matched by the drive of the band and strength of
vocals. Private Hell, Smithers-Jones, Wasteland and The
Eton Rifles are just a few more of the many outstanding
tracks, songs in which a catchy hook or phrase is coupled
with an honest lyrical conviction.
Yet, as good as these individual songs may be by themselves, their real strength emerges when heard in the context
of the entire LP. For Setting Sons is just that, an entire
album, an album that matches strength with strength and
builds from there. It's music that demands attention and
should receive it.
Now the only question is, do you want it?
The Who had it. The Stones had it. But right now, The
Jam have it. And on Setting Sons they prove it. At a time
when the pop cliches of yesterday are being recycled, repackaged and relabelled as the "new" discovery of today,
The Jam are a rarity, a band that doesn't aim for the lowest
possible common denominator in their music.
If your idea of a good song is having some bleached
blonde Adonis sing about the woes of having overly active
hormones, you'll not like The Jam. But it you're looking for a
band that is honest, intelligent, powerful and entertaining.
The Jam is the band for you.
Setting Sons is the band's fourth and finest effort to date.
It combines the vibrancy and drive of In the City and This is
the Modern World with the maturity and depth of All Mod
Cons. It is a complete album. It brings Paul Weller's vision
fully into focus, starts strong, gets stronger and finally culminates with Side Two which has to be one of the most outstanding sides of music yet recorded.
Setting Sons is a complete album also in what it deals
with. It is not a story line that links Setting Sons, but rather a
Private School have succeeded in producing perhaps the
most intricate (and original) musical sound of any of the local
punk/new wave groups. They have intermingled the raw
guitar/drum/bass/vocal format with the sounds of violin
and saxophone without losing any of the surging power
characteristic of most Vancouver bands. Their four-song
E.P., Lost in Action, definitely deserves a place in the history
of Vancouver new wave as it presents Private School's fu-
sionistic music at its best.
Private School's songs range in style from pure punk for
now pogoers to the newest of the new wave, having both
the savage Fuck You and the eerie, compelling Sci Fi in their
repertoire. Sci Fi has the distinction of having the catchiest
saxophone work this side of Brown Sugar.
Private School will definitely not suit everyone's taste. Ron
Nelson's vocals are unlike those of any other vocalist I've
heard, while Maddy's violin and Jamie 2000's sax may not
appeal to pure punkers. Their contribution to the Vancouver
music scene is a major one and they are continuing to produce hard-nosed music that is poised on the line between
pop and punk.
Friday, March 14,1980
Page Friday 9 Chick Corea caught in fusion hell
Chick Corea's leap year day concert at the Commodore added fuel
to one of the hottest debates in
modern music. His'sold out performance gave both sides plenty of
ammunition in the fusion versus
pure jazz controversy that has split
audiences for years.
Fusion music is an attempt to
open up the traditional jazz forms to
the more popular rock rhythms and
electric instrumentation.
The big daddy of this brave experiment. Miles Davis, put it all on
the line with Bitches Brew, a late
60s album that marked a fork in the
road for jazz fans. Miles has since
faded from the scene and will likely
be remembered for his pioneering
post-bop "cool" recordings.
Still it's a tribute to the man that
the most successful fusion ar-
tistshave graduated from his bands.
John McLaughlin, of Mahavishnu
Orchestra fame, Weather Reports'
founding members Joe Zawinul
and Wayne Shorter and million
seller  Herbie  (Headhunters)  Han
cock all got their big break by playing with Miles. And so of course did
Chick Corea.
A gifted soloist as his two earlier
piano improvisation albums prove,
Corea has chosen to remain in a
group setting. With Return to
Forever he spanned most of the last
decade issuing albums left and right
while changing personnel with
bewildering frequency.
Bunny Brunei is the latest
showstopper in the Corea lineup.
This French bass player appears to
be wound up with a key and attacks
his instrument with the vigor and
style of bass honcho Jaco
Pastorius. Beneath the surface
Brunei is probable a decent talent
but with the heavy electronics and
rock star grandstanding it's hard to
In fairness to Brunei, the audience cheered loud and long. They
cheered -when he climbed the
pyrotechnic altar on The Slide, the
obligatory cut from the latest
album. Hoots of approval also
followed his indulgent solo Nani. In
Hendrix never dies
as cousin rocks on
What should a reviewer expect
from a concert given by a legendary
rock star's cousin, in tribute, ten
years after the star's death?
Whatever should be expected, it
wasn't what was dished out at the
Vancouver unveiling of the Riki
Hendrix Experience at the Commodore on March 5th.
Fog engulfed the stage. Riki
bounced out from the wings and
the sonic assault began with the
crashing strains of Manic Depression.
Make no mistake about it — Riki
knows what he's doing onstage.
Riki pays homage to his cousin,
that king of apocalyptic feedback
Jimi Hendrix. He walks like Jimi,
talks like Jimi, plays like Jimi, sings
like Jimi and can rip psychedelic
chords from the guts of a Fender
Stratocaster better than anyone
since . . . well . . . Jimi himself.
Riki came equipped with all the
classic songs and all the classic
stage moves. Voodoo Chile, Red
House, All Along the Watchtower,
Foxey Lady, all came thundering
out as Riki played the guitar behind
his back, played with one hand,
picked with his teeth and ably accomplished everything you'd expect in a tribute to Jimi.
Riki demonstrated his own
songwriting talents as well, performing no less than three original
tunes: Rainbow Gypsy Child, Little
Chocolate Soldier Boy and a poignant post-nuclear tune, After the
Rain Falls. Each had the spirit of
Jimi while retaining a distinctive
sound of their own.
The incisive acid-rock trio sound
was defined with the help of James
Aragon on drums and Randy Bermuda on bass, simulating and
emulating the work of Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding in Jimi's
original Experience.
Possibly the only drawback to a
"tribute" concert is that the performer will always seem to be playing it safe. When Jimi stepped on
stage, there was a sense that he
was walking a tightrope and that
his whole existence depended on
that performance. No matter how
competent, a tribute can only approximate that feeling.
Riki's show is anything but
necrophilic and Riki has only been
doing his salute to Jimi for just
under a year. He has been a professional, dues-paying guitarist for
some years now and also has pro
duction credits under his belt. With
or without the aid of Jimi's music,
Riki is going places.
Opening for Riki Hendrix was the
Jimmy Carslake Band, a new group
hailing from Lake Tahoe. Considering that this band has been
together only two months, their
sound is tight and competent,
although they were too mainstream
for a crowd expecting a Hendrix experience. Given the right audience,
the Jimmy Carslake Band has
definite potential.
fact the crowd cheered for every
number during the night. But isn't
that part of the rock tradition?
Gayle Moran was the featured
vocalist of the affair and tackled
several numbers with ambition
outstripping performance. Her duo
with Corea, Love Song, was a case
in point. The song is a showcase
special for a torch singer, but
Moran lacks that bourbon voice
quality to pull it off convincingly.
Unlike her predecessor, Flora
Purim, Moran just doesn't have the
vocal equipment to echo Corea's
nimble riffs. She can reach the high
notes but she can't sustain them.
Drummer Tom Brechtlein earned
his pay as timekeeper but didn't
particularly shine as a soloist.
Locomotive drumming best
describes the style which varied only in tempo. But then fusion doesn't
demand the virtuosity of a Tony
Williams. Keep the beat going and
the rest of the gang will fall into the
That funkadelic march is the biggest gripe that the purists have
with fusion. You can dance to it but
it chains the musicians to a restrictive rut that too often falls just short
of disco. Tenor players like Joe Far-
rell are hard pressed to venture into
open ended solos. To his credit Far-
rell did just that on the standard My
One and Only Love.
Toying with the melody Farrell
stretched his bop school technique
to the limit with an explosive and inventive solo that clearly didn't
belong in the fusion bag at all. It
was classic 50s jazz that put to
shame the flute and alto saxophone
cuteness of the newer material.
Why are people like Farrell and
Corea doing this kind of injustice to
their talents anyway?
Bucks. By siphoning off just a
fraction of the huge rock generation
COREA . . . piano genius leads electric band
musicians can make more in a year
than they otherwise would in a
Fusion has as much right to be
heard as any other art form but it's
a shame to see true genius debased
to playing tight, predictable charts
that grind on and on. Chick Corea
on the electric piano can be replaced by a legion of musicians but his
talent on the acoustic piano is unique. His style is immediately
The shimmering intro to Love
song was a flash of the old Now He
Sings, Now He Sobs days. His introspective, moody approach to the
keyboard points to a richer fusion,
that of the classical and jazz. Who
but a spiritual descendant of
Chopin and Satie could have opened a jazz composition with a
masterful taste of Concierto de
Those who applaud Corea's
crossover into rock terrain should
pick up Circle, the milestone recording of the classic Paris concert.
Apart from Corea the other
members of that illustrious quartet
have all moved into new, exciting
areas of jazz. Dave Holland, Anthony Braxton and Barry Altschul
are leaders in the cutting edge of
the new music and they are far from
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Friday, March 14,1980 \vista\
Anthony Rooley and Emma
Kirkby are a lutenist and soprano
from England, renowned for their
interpretations of Elizabethan lute
songs as well as a wide variety of
music from all ages. They will be
giving a recital of lute songs by
Dowland and otners this Sunday,
March 16, at 8:30 in the Koerner
Recital Hall of the Music School in
Vanier Park. The pair will also give a
lecture the same afternoon. For information concerning concert or
lecture, call the Vancouver Society
for Early-Music at 732-1610.
Opening this coming Wednesday
in   Janus   Theater   Company's
new production of The Only
Game In Town, a romantic bittersweet comedy by Frank D.
Gilroy. Performances begin at 9
p.m. nightly, with a preview, admission free, on Tuesday, March
18. The theater is located in the
heart of bustling downtown Kitsilano at 2611 W. 4th. For information, call 734-5522.
Bach's soaring Mass in B Minor
will be presented by the Vancouver Cantata Singers with an
orchestra drawn from the Vancouver Symphony. UBC's own
James Fankhauser will conduct and
there will be two performances,
each at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15 at St. John's
Shaughnessy Church, Granville
at Nanton. Tickets available at
Sikora's Classical Records, the
Magic Flute and at the door.
Poets of the world, UNITE! A
$1,000 grand prize will be awarded
in a poetry competition sponsored
by the World of Poetry, a quarterly
newsletter for bards. Rules and entry forms are available from World
of Poetry, 2431 Stockton Blvd.,
Dept., Sacramento, Ca. 95817.
Presentation House in North
Vancouver is currently holding an
exhibition of the art and science of
Leonardo da Vinci and plans a
series of very special guest speakers
and events. The theatre and gallery
is at 333 Chesterfield, North Vancouver and can be contacted at
Dance comes to the Waterfront
Theatre. On March 27 Mountain
Dance Theatre of Burnaby will
perform at 8:30 p.m. at the Granville Island Waterfront Theatre. For
further information and reservations, call the box office at
The Okanagan Summer
School of the Arts, situated in
Penticton, is now accepting applications for courses in various
subjects ranging from modern jazz
dance to wildlife drawing with such
well-known teachers as Alan
Rinehart, guitar, and Andrea Porter
of Prism Dance Theater. Information can be had from the School at
Box 141, Penticton, B.C., or phone
The Black Arts Theatre will be
presenting the Western Canadian
premiers of Ntozake Shange's
choreopoem, For Colored Girls
Who Have        Considered
Suicide/When the Rainbow Is
Enuf, starting on March 27 and running until April 12. Shange's play is
an exploration of what it means to
be black, to be a woman, and to be
both, and will be presented at the
City Stage. Showtimes are 8:30
p.m. Monday through Friday, and
7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $5 and $6 and are
available at Vancouver Ticket Centres, at Eaton's, and at the door.
For more information, call
Viewspace, Vancouver's
newest photography gallery, is
presenting "Giant Things," a collection of photographs by Henri
Robideau, until March 22. The
gallery is located at 3210 Dunbar,
and is open Wednesdays from 1:00
to 10:00 p.m., Thursdays and
Fridays from 1:00 till 6:00 p.m., and
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until
5:00 p.m. For more information,
contact Tony Booker at 946-4591,
or the gallery itself at 731-6619.
The UBC Department of
Music will be featuring a concert
by the Pro Arte Quartet on Sunday, March 16th, at 8:00 p.m. The
quartet will perform works by
Haydn, Bartok and Beethoven. Proceeds will go towards the Music
Department's scholarship program.
Tickets are $5.00 general admission, $3.00 for students and senior
citizens and are available from the
UBC Department of Music. Call
228-5750 for reservations.
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