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The Ubyssey Oct 5, 1993

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UBC ponders Canada's first Gay Studies program
by Rick Hiebert
Twelve professors will soon
begin negotiations with UBC's administration to perhaps launch
Canada's first lesbian and gay
studies programme.
UBC's Faculty Association
Committee on Gay and Lesbian
issues hopes to build on the success
of this fall's UBC lesbian and gay
lecture series, co-chair Douglas
Sanders said.
"We're not considering the lecture series to be the end of the
game—that now that we've had a
lesbian/gay/bisexual lectures series
we're all happy—thafs not our vision," Sanders, a UBC law professor, said.
"This fall, we're going to enter
negotiations with the administration and try to hammer something
out" in regards to a lesbian/gay/
bisexual studies programme, he
said. "If UBC does decide to set up
the program, it would take two
years to do it." The discussion will
include whether there should be
more lesbian and gay courses generally, or whether there should be
a faculty with degree program mes.
Although the University of
Toronto, Ryerson Polytechnical
Institute:, the University of Western Ontario and UBC have all had
lesbian and gay courses, no Canadian university has set up degree-
granting programmes in the field.
Gay studies degree-granting
programmes are currently available at the University ofU trecht in
Holland, City University of New
York and the University of San
UBC's academic vice-presi
dent and provost Dan Birch is supportive. Although UBC's Senate
would decide whether or not to
launch the courses or a programme,
he likes the idea oflesbian and gay
studies in general.
"UBC is trying to recognize
the value of gay and lesbian studies in all areas of our curriculum.
Thafs why we have funded the
lecture series," Birch said.
Birch added that ifs too early
to say what form the programme
would take or even if there will be
one at all. He says that the lecture
series demonstrates that there is
an interest among faculty in these
He believes that given the current economic situation, it is unlikely that more courses will be
pursued, unless other UBC faculties contribute faculty or funding
to a programme. A university
ftindraising program would have
to be pursued.
For his part, Sanders believes
more queer studies would be very
useful. An informal survey by his
committee in 1991 found lesbians
and gays "were nonexistent in the
"Obviously the atmosphere
has been hostile to homosexuals at
UBC. Generally speaking, gay and
lesbian issues have been excluded
in courses," Sanders said. "Ifs
changing, but most student and
faculty gays, lesbians and bisexuals are still in the closet"
He said that in the last five
years, academic information on gay
and lesbian issues has exploded. It
is now possible to teach courses
throughout the humanities and
liberal arts exploring "queer" per
spectives. "Society's attitudes are
changi ng so rapidly and a new generation has come in. They expect to
be learning about lesbians, gays
and bisexuals."
Dionne Brand, a University of
Guelph assistant English professor and black lesbian novelist,
thinks UBC should adopt a gay
studies programme.
"There'll have to be more studies of First Nations peoples, people
of colour, women and gays, lesbians and bisexuals," she said. "In
the years to come theyTl be seen as
the core ofthe curriculum, as thafs
where all the new scholarship is
coming from."
"Maybe all of white patriarchal culture will be reduced to the
status of a lowly study series with
a few courses. Wouldn't that be
Gage security questioned
by Thomas Vlcek
Frightened residents blame
Gage tower's security after a man
broke into several women's quads
in the first week of school.
Between 12:00am and 2:00am
Thursday, 9 September 1993, a
man entered Gage Towers, likely
through one of the seldom-locked
doors, and made his way into one
tower where he pounded on the
quad door of some women residents.
"We mistook his knock for that
of a friend's," one resident said.
"Nothing happened, but we called
the front desk as soon as we got rid
of him."
Aside from a mild fright, these
students were not harmed by the
man who, from there, went to another of the three towers in the
Gage complex, leaving behind a
trail of bewildered students and
blood from an injured leg.
In the next tower the man,
partially dressed, forced open a
faulty quad door and entered the
bedrooms of several female residents. He propositioned the women
for sex and climbed into bed with
one woman while she slept.
The RCMP officers apprehended the suspect and identified
him as a former Gage resident who
had been previously prohibited
from the endowment lands for
similar offences.
This latest incident has once
again demonstrated the inadequate security measures found at
many UBC student residences,
Gage towers in particular. One
resident questions the practice of
leaving tower entrances unlocked
during the day and much of the
night. "Every resident has a key,
he or she should be made to use it."
Another resident feels Housing has dealt poorly with the situation. "No steps were taken to warn
other residents of the incident. I
was told by a member of Housing
staff that it was decided by Housing to keep the incident quiet because it was an isolated incident
and there was no reason to instill
fear in other residents. I'm frustrated because I think a bit of fear
is better than paying for the consequences later."
According to some students
the incident emphasizes the need
forareconsiderationof Gage policy
regarding the security ofthe three
towers and their residents. If the
staff at Gage, and the Housing
Department in general, are to regain the trust of some skeptical
residents, they must act swiftly to
rectify the current situation and
prevent any similar incidents from
occurring in the future.
San Francisco State Gators' kick off returner Desmond Rush (#22) tries to get past a falling Anthony
Findlay (#8) In a 32-30 win over UBC Saturday afternoon.
Non-arts student runs in AUS election—receives 13 votes
by Graham Cook
The Arts Undergraduate Society has yet another screwed up
election on its hands—and they
are hopping mad at the Science
Undergraduate Society (SUS) for
what they see as deliberate sabotage.
The position of Arts representative on the AMS was contested by one candidate who was
not in Arts—or even registered
as a UBC student.
The candidate, David Way,
slipped his nomination form under the door of the AUS office a
day after the nomination deadline. Because ofthe late application his name was not checked
against the nominal roll and was
added to the ballot. Way garnered
13 votes in the election.
Way refused to comment, but
AUS president Andrew Heys had
a lot to say about Way's candi
"It was my fault that; he was
allowed to run in the election, it
was my mistake," Heys said.
"But I'm extremely angry
that other members ofthe student
population would be so destructive of another student society,
especially in a weak point like an
election," he said.
"I talked to David Wa y on the
phone and he told me that; he was
trying to teach students on campus a lesson that elections were
taken too lightly and there was
not enough emphasis on
foolproofing elections.
"I told him it was bullshit. He
was in cahoots with certain other
students—I don't want to implicate the Science Undergraduate
Society but they have said they
knew something about the election beforehand and didn't do
anything about it," he said.
SUS member Ryan McCuaig,
editor ofthe SUS newspaper The
432, confirmed that he knew of
Way's candidacy beforehand, but
McCuaig denied that he was the
"head of some conspiracy," as
some people had accused him of
"If 13 votes is enough to throw
an election, I think that says
something about the validity of
that election," he added.
Heys is still not sure what to
do about the vote. The final vote
tally for Arts rep. was as follows:
Sophia Lee 50; Jason Mogus 42;
Danielle Hughes 38; Niva Chow
26; Johnathan Aikman 26; David
Way 13; Stuart Boylan 9.
The two candidates with the
most votes get the position. Way
received more votes than the difference between the second- and
third-place candidates, calling
the election into question.
At this point, though, the
AUS is unsure how to proceed. A
new election woul d cost too much,
Heys said, so another route may
be pursued.
Niva Chow, the fourth-place
candidate in the race, is angry at
both the AUS and the SUS.
"It was stupid, whoever did
the David Way thing—it was a
stupid joke. But if [the AUS] had
been doing their jobs correctly it
never would have happened.
There should be another election,
and I think the SUS should pay
for it," Chow said.
Way's candidacy wasn't the
only irregularity in the election.
Several non-Arts students voted
in the election as well—including
Ryan McCuaig.
"Ifs become a tradition [Science students voting in Arts elections], which says something
about the ability of the AUS to
correct the problem," McCuaig
Heys admitted that he had
known that science students
would try to vote in this election,
and that the AUS returning officers should have been better
"I wouldn't try to vote in the
SUS election, and any decent
person wouldn't do it," he said.
"Ifs not going to happen
The final results in elections
to other AUS positions:
first year representative:
Lien Tran acclaimed; yes 90,
no 16
academic   coordinator:
Sylvia Lee acclaimed; yes 90,
no 13
general officer: Andrea Bull
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"Directions in Nursing." Presentation
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T-188 (third floor).
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Vancouver Business." Speaker Jim
Pattison, SUB Auditorium, Noon-l:30.
As corporate sponsors of
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announce the grand prize
Winner of the Campus Fest
sweepstakes is Regina Wong,
Who Mill receive $500™
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University of Massachusetts at Boston
"Can We Be Good Without God?"
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The Political Meaning of Christianity (Harper, 1989)
Against Fate: An Essay on Personal Dignity
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Location: Woodward IRC - 6 (Beside UBC Hospital)
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Interviews for a number of positions
on the Student Court are to be held.
The CHIEF JUSTICE shall be appointed
from the seven judges* *
Two positions on the
* The position of Chief Justice is open to third year students in the Faculty
of Law only. At least one alternate judge shall be a student in the Faculty of
Law. The remaining five positions are open to students from any faculty.
**      Open to second or third year students in the Faculty of Law only.
*** One position, at least, shall be filled by a second or third year student
in the Faculty of Law.
These positions are volunteer ones. The time involved varies according to the
number of cases brought before Student Court.
Please apply with your resume to Terri Folsom, Administrative Assistant, in SUB
238 by Friday, October 15 at 4:30 p.m.
Please direct queries to Janice Boyle, Vice President, in SUB248 at 822-3092. TUESDAY 5 OCTOBER. 1993
Protesters steaming over sex selection
by Philip Huynh
Asian women, united Saturday 2
October to protest the use of sex
selection techniques.
The target of the protest was
John Stevens, a doctor based in the
US who has been placing ads in various Vancouver newspapers offering the use of an ultrasound scanner
to identify the sex of a fetus as early
as 12 weeks into pregnancy.
Studies carried out on the useof
sex selection techniques show that
in almost all cases it is the female
fetus which is aborted once the sex is
"Female feticide is just another
act ofviolenceagainst women," says
Raminder Dosanjh, a SAWC representative. "The horrible audacity of
any male doctor who uses genetic
technology against our bodies is an
acute form of sexism."
Four papers, The Link, The Indo-
Canadian Times, Sangharsh, and Hem
Jyoty have been subject to a boycott
sponsored by a conglomerate of
women's rights and racial equality
groups who call themselves the Coalition of Women's Organizations
Against Sex Selection.
The protest rally was organized
by several women's rights groups, in
particular the South Asian Women's
Coalition (SAWC). It gathered at
Vancouver Community College
Langara campus and made its way
through Main Street's Punjabi market, raising awareness of "female feticide" through the usual fare of banners and protest chants.
Although sex determination
techniques are being used in North
America, Europe, Asia, and Latin
America they have been specifically
marketed to third world countries,
according to the protestors, "in the
form of racist family programs."
The US doctor's targeting ofthe
South Asian market is a racist act
that "further perpetuates the western image of our culture as backward and primitive," the protestors
The struggle against sex selection has nothing to do with the issue
of choice, they said.
Clayoquot clearcut:
Battling for the trees
by Chris McCutcheon
Imagine that you have never
heard of the controversy over logging in BC and your introduction to
it began with the image of a massive
clearcut and the noxious scream of a
Forthose who were at the McGill
Theater at the Robson Square Media
Center Wednesday night for the film
"Battlefor the Trees," it was more than
just an evening at the movies. Billed
as "ClayoquotSound inPerspective,"
the National Film Board showing of
the Canada/UK-funded film included informational kiosks and a
panel of well known speakers.
The evening was aimed at giving people an education on the
Clayoquot "issue."
Directed and produced by Englishman John Edginton and Canadians Gillian Darling and Jack
Silberman, "Battle for the Trees" discusses some of the issues in the controversy surroundingforestryinB.C.
from a variety of perspectives. It included spokespeople from logging
companies, loggers, First Nations
peoples, environmentalists and some
small alternative logging firms. The
film is not so much concerned with
debating the issues at hand as presenting an artistically composed
tableaux of images and words meant
to inform the uninformed about log
ging practices in B.C.
"Battle for the Trees" has already
been shown on Britain's Channel
Four and it is currently running in six
other countries.
Following the film was a panel
of speakers comprised of Valerie
Langer of the Friends of Clayoquot
Sound, former MacLean's editor Peter C. Newman and US environmentalist/ activist Senator Tom Hayden.
All of the speakers were ardently
opposed to logging in the sound and
all seemed to agree that although the
campaign to defend Clayoquot has
been somewhat successful, there is
still a need to educate people about
what is happening to the forests in
B.C. As Mr. Newman put it, "some
people still think of a tree as a vertical
stick with green fur on it".
The words of Senator Tom
Hayden were especially well received as he promised to launch
"something between a boycott and a
protest" against the useof MacMillan
Bloedel paper in California's state
newspapers (including the national
edition ofthe New York Times) and
telephone books.
Alsoonhand wasthe Vancouver
Temperate Rainforest Action Coalition (VTRAC) who passed out information on the Clayquot controversy
and on how to get involved in protesting.
Convoy to Clayoquot
by Mark Brooks
Mark Brooks is a volunteer at the UBC
Student Environment Centre.
On Monday 11 October, students will be making a convoy to
Clayoquot Sound to join the road
blockades protesting the ongoing destruction of the largest remaining
old-growth temperate rainforest in
BC. Students from UBC, Simon
Fraser University, the University of
Victoria, Langara,and Capilano College will be represented.
The convoy leaves a day after a
planned 10 October protest rally for
Clayoquot Sound at the Vancouver
Art Gallery. Two buses are being
borrowed fromGreenpeacefortrans-
portation, and students' cars will be
used to accomodate overflow in the
event of the buses being filled. The
group will be staying overnight at
the Peace Camp on Monday, joining
the blockade Tuesday morning and
be returning home later that day. As
the Peace Camp will be taken down
this week, students are required to
bring their own camping gear and
This convoy will be a crucial
part ofthe crusade to saveClayoquot
Sound. Mike Morton, spokesperson
"The issue of sex selection
needs to be examined within the
context ofthe patriarchal society we
live in.
"What choice can women have
ina world where they are devalued,
abused, raped, and made to live in
poverty? TT\e preference for boys in
such circumstances is so ingrained
that we simply take it for granted.
"It is not just a problem for the
South Asian women and men alone,
it is a universal problem," the protestors said.
Apparently it has become an issue for politicians as well. Of the
three major parties only the NDP has
taken an official stand against sex
selection. Betty Baxter, the,candidate
in Vancouver Central running against
Kim Campbell, made a cameo appearance at the protest. Campbell,
however, was not available for comment.
for the pro-logging interest group
Share BC, has stated publicly that he
expects numbers at the blockade to
dwindle as students return to school.
As of yet, numbers of arrestees per
day have not decreased, but it is
critical we show that student support for the protection of Clayoquot
Sound is stronger than ever.
Students' day is one of a number of important events being
planned by various groups in cooperation with the Friends of Clayoquot
Sound. These include another business persons' day and the arrival of a
cross-Canada convoy. These events
are now more important than ever
since thePeaceCampisclosingdown
for the winter.
If you feel that the ancient
rainforests of Clayoquot Sound
should be protected, this is an event
you must not miss. Civil disobedience training will be provided this
Saturday (Oct. 9) at UBC as well as at
the camp at Clayoquot on the Monday (Oct. 11). You are not obligated
important. To sign up or for more
information, contact Mark or Tara at
the UBC Student Environment Centre in the SUB.
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The Ubyssey is holding elections to fill the following vacant positions:
Sports Editor and Production Coordinator.
The Sports Editor will work with the Culture Coordinator to edit sports
copy, set and keep regular office hours, ensure coverage of important T-Bird
games, cooi-dinate coverage with the photo department, accumulate 'Bird
Droppings, and that kind of jazz.
The Production Coordinator is in charge of overseeing the page design,
typesetting, and layout of the newspaper. They must keep regular office
hours, be willing to stay up until an ungodly hour to oversee the final stages
of production, and should be willing to learn the basic duties of other
departments. In the best of all possible worlds the production coordinator
should know Pagemaker and/or Quark Xpress.
Position papers for the positions must be posted by Thursday 14
October. Polls will be open from Friday 15 October until Wednesday 20
October at 12:30pm.
Polls will be open from 8*00 am to 9:30 am and 10:30am to 4:30pm on
Friday; from 10:30am to 4:30pm on Tuesday; and from 10:30am to 12:30pm
on Wednesday.
If you want to run for either of these positions, you must be a staff
member of The Ubyssey, which means you must have contributed to at least
three issues of the newspaper.	
the article "Democracy???" in the 01 October issue of The
Ubyssey identified
Alannnah New-Small,
the Green Party candidate in Vancouver
Quadra, as the only
UBC student running
in the riding. Dorothy
Jean O'Donnell, the
candidate for the
party in Quadra, is a
UBC graduate student.
Staff regret the error.
UBC Students Supporting
Their Community
The Student Branch of the UBC-United Way Campaign Presents
Saturday, September 25th -
Sunday, September 26th
Sponsored by Flying Wedge Pizza and Dinoccino!
Intramurals Co-ed Softball Tourney!
Registration forms are available at the Intramurals Office (SUB 66).
All proceeds generously donated to United Way.
Wednesday, September 22nd -
Friday, October 15th
United Way Loonie Match!
Faculty and Students work together to build a better community. Challenge
YOUR professor. Make a difference. (For every loonie the class donates,
challenge your professor to match it.)
Wednesday, September 29th
Friday, October 8th
Sponsored by Dad's Rootbeer!
United Way Button Sale!
Buttons will be available on the SUB Main Concourse (free pop with each
$2.00 button), at various social functions around campus, or from your
undergraduate society. If your constituency or club is having an event, let us
know. Contact Janice Boyle at 822-3092 or at SUB 248.
Thursday, October 28th
Sponsored by Dinocinno & Thunder Bird Shopl
HSSA Campus Wide Tug-o-War!
Co-ed Teams often eligible. The entry fee is $10.00 per team. First place
prizes! For more information, contact Laura Hall at 739-7741.
All United Way donations can be made at the AMS Business Office, SUB 266.
First place prizes will be awarded to the student group and the individual who sells the
most United Way buttons.
If any student group needs help organizing a charitable event, contact Janice Boyle at
822-3092, or Ashley Taylor at 822-6342.
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The Way to Help the Most by Luisa Rino and Mamie MacEwan
Imagine yourselfon a ferry. Itis twilight. LeavingTsawwassen
docks, you are leaning against the railing at the bow ofthe vessel,
transfixed on the lighthouse beam still miles ahead at Mayne
Island. Too dark to see the water, the lapping waves reassure
you. The cold wind blows away your dull thoughts. Romantic,
forlorn, transcendental. A perfect moment You wish you were
in a movie. 'DSSSi*
But you're not on the feny and this isn't your movie. It's Digger's
(Adam Hann-Byrd)—so named for his propensity for digging. Digger's
father has abandoned the family. So that mom can regroup, Digger is
shuffled off to the perpetually perplexed yet sensitive Uncle Sam
(Timothy Bottoms).
Isolated on the island. Digger is befriended by the wise and
magical Billy (Joshua Jackson). Charmer of owls and interpreter of
trees, Billy aspires to be the lover of the unworthy Rosemary, but he
didn't have the heart for it. Poor lad, he is about to collapse from
Joshua Jackson's superficial performance as the frail yet passionate Billy is matched nicely by the equally monotonous Aunt
Anna. Biting her lip for ninety minutes, Barbara Williams as the
grieving aunt mourns the death of her child each Thanksgiving. She
is second only to Barbara Hershey for the biggest pout in show
The token stars, Leslie Nielsen and Olympia Dukakis, add
nothing to this yawnfesL Likewise, Todd Boekelheide's endless
bamboo flute soundtrack attempts to bring out the sense of
wonderment in all of us when surrounded by our native landscape. It fails.
You are in the newsstand line-up, buying
smarties. The line isn't moving. According to your
digital watch, it will be another hour before you
dock at Swartz Bay. Bored, hungry, achy, you wish
you'd brought your walkman.
"Upon viewing this movie," stated director Robert
Turner at the Vancouver Film Festival premiere, "my producer toldme that all first movies are slow... I prefer to think
of it as lyrical." Applause, applause.
The audience was willing to forego criticism of this
stultifying movie in the spirit of opening night celebration.
It was all smiles and tuxedos and pats on the back. After all,
Digger was the first ever British Columbia made movie to
open the festival.
You are on the promenade deck, packed in
with hundreds of other walk-ons, waiting to
debark via the overhead passenger walkway.
Squished, jostled, anxious. You wish you
were somewhere more festive. A fancy dress
gala perhaps?
And you're there.
As you cruise the thematic food tables, a vegetarian empanada here, a fried orange wonton there,
you are painfully aware that no one, but no one
famous is going to talk to you. The only option? Eat
well, drink up, stay on the move. After all, if you
can't join them, mock them.
Joshua Jackson survived his untimely movie
death to prance about the Great Hall of the
Vancouver Courthouse. Wacky Josh stole an
entree platter while proud mom looked on. Getting your gala's worth, you discretely help
yourself to the champagne samplers and head
for home. Your roommates harbour doubts about
your brush with fame when the Dom Perignon
turns out to be Aqua libra mineral water. It
may have demystified the event* but you were
You exit the foot passenger walkway. Scanning the parking lot you
look for a familiar face. Is it Olympia
Dukakis? No. But It is Grandma,
there, to take you home.
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The University of British Columbia
Department of Theatre and Film
by George F. Walker
Directed by Alison Ay I ward
2 for 1 Preview - Tues. Oct 5
Curtain: 8:00 pm
Let's get
this over
with right
away. There
are hundreds of
big names in the1
film: Angie
Keanu Reeves
(who was     lb
wearing too much
The plot is too complex to summarize.
i the course of the film. Bonanza and Sissy
tfall in love, the cowgirls entice the last wild
flock of whooping cranes to stay, Sissy meets
the slightly crazy Shaman ofthe Clock
People (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), the FBI
I the cowgirls have a stand-off and
Sissy has plastic surgery done on
to   'w-% this Van Sant's always-impressive
make-up), Carol tse of camera and cinematic asides, and a really groovy
Kaine, Noriyuki ransforming leather outfit, and you have a must-see film.
"Pat" Morita        For some reason, the powers that be chose to only
(remember The screen this film once, so you can't see it again. However,
Karate Kid!), his film is sure to come out in wide release. Treat yourself
Lorraine Braccojto this film; you won't regret it. Two extremely long and
Roseanne Amold,talented thumbs up!
by Ted Young-lng
Because Why is a brilliant film.
New-school Montreal director Arto
Paragamian's first feature film is a
beautifully shot, skillfuly paced work
about the overly analyzed but too-
misunderstood cliche" audience,
Generation X.
Alex (Michael Riley) is a mid-
twenties guy who returns to Montreal
after five years of travelling around the
world. He finds that the world he once
knew has disappeared. His friend, Arto,
is just leaving to go to Cairo for a few
years. His girlfriend now has a child—
and another on the way.
How did I manage to see two mediocre films about licentious
affairs in remote areas?
The Lotus Eaters is set on Galiano Island and Women From the
Lake of Scented Souls at an unnamed lake in north China.
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The Lotus Eaters, written by Peggy Thompson, is supposed to
be one of the picks of the festival, but you've seen it before. It has
that fake 60s-look like My American Boyfriend and Cher's Mermaids, and a middle-aged, married man who falls for a beautiful
young woman. The happy family is broken up. Boohoo, boohoo.
Headmaster Hal (R.H. Thompson) has an affair with new hippy
school teacher Anne-Marie (Michele Barbara Pelletier). Who gets the
short end of the lust stick? Wife Diana (Sheila McCarthy), of course.
■^WArf|J>J4t&ti€^Jl3*^J^^^ itJ<^.rinne4JM9£tiVJ»dbnL_uck:il-y. Thompson's characters are matched with good
actors—from Thompson, who just won an Adantic festival award for
his performance, to the kids and pigs. However, McCarthy is wasted
on this wife role. She breaks some dishes and burns Hal's boat—his
vehicle of fantasized escape from his routine, married-young kind of
The excellent cinematography by Thomas Burstyn makes the
film at least interesting to look at.
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Alex falls in love with Arto's ex-
girlfriend, Alya (Heather Mathieson),
they both move into a quirky apartment
building full of quirky tenants and ther,
break up. She moves out. Then Arto
comes back (Cairo was boring).
Like so many of us, Alex spends
his time trying to break all the close
relationships which he develops; his
immediate impulse is to run away from
intimacy. Yet he must face the fact that
he desperately craves a fanuly
(traditional or otherwise). Unexpectedly, he finds that family in the misfit
tenants of his apartment building
Paragamian's cinematic style is
amazing. Lyrical, fluid scenes with a
decidedly David Lynch-ian flair
permeate the film. Cameras move
through the scenes with perfect grace.
Although Paragamian does not
show his audience brilliant insight into
the characters or expose some great
truth oflife, this film is an audience
Because Why is destined to win
awards. Paragamian is a strong new
force in Canadian film.
Go to see this film. It's money well
Screening times: 6 October
10:00pm, 8 October 2:30pm.
by Ruta FtuKgold and Ted Young-lng
Mtka Latah's film N&ted/te 4 drapJJsx wwfe tl at fe very basi to
describe (ana to sit through). It has na plat to spea t of, yet has a (at
of Interesting, albeit disturbing, points to make,
When we went to the theatre, we thought w«
we saw a violent and esydhalQ$ealiy dtettjn
1 paralysis,
were going to see
fbtag film about
The film centres onjohnny (David Thewlls), an overly philosophical misfit who has come down to London to see hts estranged
girlfriend- played by Lesley Sharp. Instead, he fucks her roommate
Sophie (Katrln Cartltdge)-. Then he takes oft. He goes to the street
where he helps a kid find hts girlfriend ^V^m^mW% <Hmmm.
the apocalypse wtth a security guard; visits a sad, lonely woman;
Intrudes on a waitress* home (and eats her beans); and gets the sntt
kicked out of htm.
Johnny moves through the film, unable to commit to lasting
bonds wtth people. Hts siUMmpased Isolation prevents htm from
Intercut wtth thts are scenes of a business man who delights In
raping and tormenting women. He eventually rapes Sophie (as Johnny
did). In all, eight extremely violent rapes occur In the film, gut the
rapes do not seem gratuitous but show the degree to which society
has decayed-and how dose the apocalypse Is.
Leigh films In a dark moody manner. The style mtmtes the
narrative, tn that unpredtetabkvstylistically unconnected shots are
grouped together Into scenes. The shots are, however, expertly
planned. The lighting In thts film Is the tost of any film we have ever
Thts film ts difficult to recommend. If you're wtlltng to sit through
two hours and fifteen minutes of film that makes you think (and
squirm In your seat), then thts film ts for you. It's dark, depressing and
extremely deeply affecting.
Producers Sharon McGowan and Thompson, and director Paul
Shapiro introduced the special hometown screening Saturday.
Shapiro thanked David, Brian, Sheila, David and so-and-so. For the
hundred-plus people who had anything to do with the film—perhaps
it was a special experience. Maybe the film was actually one big in-
joke, as it was for the woman, with the rotten teeth-breath, who
pointed to people in the crowd, slapped her thigh and said "right on"
at every scene.
Women from the Lake of Scented Souls is about a hard-working
woman who runs a small village sesame oil business. With the end of
middle-aged Xiang Ersao's (Siqin Gaowa) affair, she painfully
realizes that she has compromised 20 years for a loveless arranged
marriage to lame, lazy drunk. Director Xie Fei wisely chose Siqin to
carry the film as her performance gives the story some emotional
Ironically, Xiang Ersao uses her economic power to force a
neighbouring village girl to marry her epileptic son. In good and bad
times, the daughters are the first to go, so the daughter-in-law relives
Xiang Ersao's marriage experience until the latter's secret affair is
possibly exposed. But this is just one of the "family" secrets in the
Don't worry it's not that complicated. Director Xie Fei (A Girl
from Hunan) tells this simple story with minimal character development. I suppose this is, as described by festival write-ups, the
director's "limpidly poetic visual style."
You know, limpid poetics like long grass waving in the wind
and boat oars in the water.
Women from the Lake of Scented Souls will play at Vancouver
Centre #2,11 October, 7:00.
y Peggy Lee
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>bscure sections of the theatre. What the heck, we just wanna see the moviel So the last five tickets were swiped up
>y us—mom with her three mah-jong friends and me.
Craning our heads up in the first row of Vancouver Centre theatre, we were captivated for over two hours by the
wwerful film portrayal of Amy Tan's Joyluck Club. We witnessed a moving story of four immigrant Chinese-American
nothers and the lives of their American-born adult daughters.
The mothers' painful stories are told through a series of flashbacks, interlaced with the daughters' flashbacks of
-rowing up with their mothers' expectations and living between two cultures. The eight tales are magically crafted,
enriching my understanding of my Asian past, and forcing me to reflect upon the special relationship I share with my
riother. --■..,
The movie was an emotional awakening. I bawled by eyes out. I'm not one who tends to shed a tear for anything
>n the big screen but in this movie, I felt in many instances that I had been transported into the mothers' experiences
>f pain, joy and grief.
The tales depict horrible scenes of female degradation. Unwealthy mothers lose the rights over themselves by
)eing sold into child marriages or forced into being a concubine as an adult. Even the wealthy mother lost her dignity
it the hands of her abusive and unfaithful husband.
To further the pain, there was enormous pressure on wives and mistresses to produce a boy-child that would
:arry on the family name. The pain that these women endured were very real, and even today in my familial surround-
ngs there are shameful undertones about the "auntie that has no sons."
What really hit home was the stories of the daughters that lived the "l-want-everything-for-you-that-l-didn't-have"
>ressures of their parents and how they grew up to assimilate their mothers' past with their present. I too have lived
hrough the torture of Chinese school and piano lessons (which, reflectively, I may indeed be grateful for). And even
low they are trying to grasp the idea of my Caucasian boyfriend.
The daughters speak of falling in and out of love, and finding themselves, while still hanging on to their mothers'
ipproval which is universal to any parent and child relationship.
The beauty of The Joyluck Club is found in the poignant moments where
hese daughters are forced to confront their mothers and come to a mutual
jnderstanding and acceptance of each other.
Ironically, for my mother and her friends, what most intrigued them was
tot the description of their tragic history, but the idea that perhaps it was
>kay now for "Chinese to marry white."
My mother's mah-jong friends (perhaps our own Joyluck Club) do not
-peak english very well and found it difficult to determine which tales
>elonged to whom. They agreed with me that the future of their daughters
was a more important issue than the tragic role of women in Chinese history.
Which one of their daughters would marry white or disgrace the family
>y divorcing first? All-in-all they agreed that the happiness of their daughters
vas most important, and that the daughter in the movie with the cheap
Chinese husband was definitely in a terrible predicament.
The night would not have been complete without food. Off we went to
jnload our emotional turmoil, stirred up by the film, and found a Chinese
estaurant where we could indulge ourselves with congee and deep-fried tofu
ind fish. As they read off the menu, they all exchanged knowing glances as I
noded politely and explained, "I'm sorry I can't read Chinese." 6     THE UBYSSEY Ooinion/Editorial
before it's too late
The so-called "Epidemic of the Nineties" is fraught
with misconceptions and harmful stereotypes.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, better known
as AIDS, is believed to be caused by HIV, or human
immuno-deficiency virus. Not all people infected with HIV
develop the disease; only one in five is expected to show
AIDS symptoms within five years. Passive HIV carriers,
some of whom will never develop AIDS in their lifetime,
may nevertheless transmit the virus. But scientists are
still unable to link the HIV virus to AIDS beyond doubt.
Many misconceptions concerning AIDS originate from
a lack of public information. Ignorance all too frequently
leads to paranoia—people with AIDS find that the world
steers well clear of them when they disclose their illness.
Their children, even when HIV-negative, are denied entrance to schools and peer groups. Many families with a
single infected member face forced relocation by their
frightened neighbors.
Psychologists speculate that this total ostracism may
actually contribute to the unprecedented mortality rate of
AIDS—some patients literally lose their will to live. Certainly, being tagged as a victim deals harsh blows to a
person's dignity and quality oflife.
Ifs time to do away with stereotypes.
While AIDS is classified as an SIT), it is not necessarily sexually transmitted. A considerable percentage of
AJDS sufferers consist of children who have caught the
virus from infected parents before birth or during
breastfeeding. AIDS is not a "gay disease." The majority of
AIDS patients are heterosexual.
True, many AIDS victims are drug users who share
contaminated needles. But there is no shortage of hemophiliacs, patients undergoing surgery, and accident victims who have received the virus through contaminated
blood and transfusion equipment. Screening is still haphazard and doctors and dentists have been implicated in
spreading AIDS.
But awareness groups stress the fact that AIDS can
affect just about anyone. The concept of "high-risk groups"
is meaningless.
Ignorance also affects the way many people treat those
around them who have identified themselves as having
AIDS. A few facts might dispel some ofthe fog.
It is impossible to catch AIDS by being in the same
room with an infected person, or by sharing a glass or a
toilet seat. Holding hands, or any casual physical contact,
does not result in infection; neither does sleeping in the
same room or even the same bed.
HIV is carried in body fluids—blood, semen, etc.—and
cannot be transmitted without an exchange of one or more
of these. Which, incidentally, means that kissing can in
rare cases lead to infection, but protected intercourse is
unlikely to.
This also asserts that it is practically impossible for a
child with AIDS to infect anyone else, and highly unlikely
for an adult who takes due precautions. The common cold
is far more contagious.
The AIDS-phobia sweeping the world has obliterated
the primary concern society owes people with AIDS. They
are living with an illness with symptoms not unlike cancer,
as tragic as any terminal disease can be, and yet still not
fully understood. If awareness and compassion are not
enough to make people fight for a cure, maybe only the fear
of AIDS in their own lives will do the trick. It should not
have to get to that point for the ignorance shrouding AIDS
to come to an end. 	
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would make the bat damn Siobhan Koan trees and Ted Young-Ing roasts. Now Omar Kassia, Liz
van Assum, snd Dot_g Ferris -were not invited, but they crashed the party tn the name of the Holy
Editor. Around the time of dessert Niva Chow and Bob Beck were riding the SkyTrain from
Broadway to Main Street ■hooting at a car filled with Vancouver Quadra candidates. It was being
driven by none other than Graham Cook (steering), Tessa Moon (pedals), and Steve Chow
(genitals). After having their tires ihot out, they ran down some poor letters coordinator. A VW
Microbus carrying medical supplies hqppened to be nearby and its occupants, SarsMartin,Taivo
Evard, MidieUe W<mg, and Greg McNally. stopped tohdp out And this interested Anne Cebauer
and Tanya Stair. Fortunately, Effie Pow airised by in her Calede 500 with Thomas Vkek riding
shotgun. "GetcherUddlassoudadafT shidked Peggy Lee, That hkycle belongs toBrcntGalsterT
Mark Brooks trotted by wtth a chesterfield strapped to his back miittixiiig something about the
price of cod at Chris McCuttheon's fish market. See somnambuUstic Htilip Huynh run. Mark
Brooks and Bob Main sitting in a tne...which suited Luisa Kino and Mamie MacBwan
smreptidioualy. That there, is a true ataxy, boy, or ma name ain' t Mike Kitchen-orlsit Evan Lee??
Coordinating Editor: Douglas Farris
Now* Coordinator Graham Cook
News Editor*: Sara Martin, Omar Kassis
Culture Coordinator: Steve Chow
Culture Editor. Tod Young-lng
Sports Editor: vacant
Photography Coordinator: Siobhan Roantrea
Production Manager: vacant
MK sWNQTeR's TU/veT^_
n.'akt vhere Mr.SpkintferX
aw&its his hirer. '
Letters to the staff
How many
campus planners does it
take to screw
in a light bulb?
Regarding the letter
from K. Laird-Burns of
Campus Planning and
Development (28 September, 1993), I was
heartened to learn that
there are plans for an extensive much-needed upgrade to the University
Blvd. bicycle path. Regrettably, these plans will
only be implemented "in
the long term". However,
the statement that
"signage and lighting
problems alongthis route"
will be similarly "addressed in the long term"
left me puzzled.
Better signs (advising
errant pedestrians that
this is a bicycle path) and
adequately designed
lighting are surely some
ofthe most minor and inexpensive improvements
that could be considered,
compared to the so-called
"short-term" options
mentioned, e.g. a bike
path down the median.
Yet better signs and
lighting would yield a
significant improvement
in safety with minimal
Furthermore, the
reason for the inadequate
lighting at the west end of
the path (between Toronto
and the Fairview trail entrance) is that all the
streetlights at the end
of the path are not
working. The path was
the location of a nighttime attack on a cyclist on
20 September, 1993.
Surely replacing a few
light bulbs is not a problem to be "addressed in
the long term".
How long does it take
to change a light bulb on
the University Endowment Lands? If this
sounds like a bad joke,
that's because it is.
John McCarter,
Graduate Studies
Dear parking
lot thieves
Yesterday our family
travled along the freeway
for onr hour in order to
visit the U.B.C. Museum
of Anthropology. We had
anticipated the visit for
quite some time. After a
short while into the visit,
the parking meter needed
to be replenished with
quarters. It was there, at
approximately. 2:00pm,
that we discovered the
vandalism to our van.
The driver's rear side
window was smashed in
and some items were stolen out of the back. I
wonder, "thief' if you realize just what you did to
our day??? It was most
upsetting to; 1)-Find the
damage, the glass everywhere not to mention
what you stole. Our Canon
video camera bag, all it's
accessories and a flash to
my Canon T70 camera (we
had our video camera with
us but left the bag as we
ran out of hands to carry
it all with) which was
behind tinted windows
and under a blanket. You
must have a watchful eye
"thief! 2)-We had to leave
the museum before our
visit was finished to file a
police report. 3)-Place six
children (two babies in car
seats) and myself intoo 5
seatbelts to avoid being
cut by broken glass.. 4)
Drive around Vancouver
in search of a gas station
vacum cleaner to clean the
glass aaround the vehicle
so that we could make the
Looms from the   „
Safety b&ck in the
arms'of fas hv$r. •
T*»is tine protectee/fom
I /urkt'ng malevolence'
journey home (another
hour) in comfort. 5)-Get
up with the children last
night who experienced
nightmares over your
'BOLD' quest. We hope
you had a good day! We
We are sincerely
thankful to those who
helped us out! The Museum staff, the U.B.C. security guard, the policeman on duty and the
couple next to us. They
waited around our vehicle
until we came out to warn
us. It's ones like yourselves who keep our faith
in humankind alive!
Name Witheld
by request
Take back the
Returning to
Vancouver after a 20-year
hiatus, which is almost a
lifetime to me, I noticed
some things about UBC
which left me pissed.
On my first day on
campus, searching for a
class in Buchanan C, I felt
the strong need to use a
restroom. All the signs say
"Staff only," similar to the
signs in the all ofthe parking areas close to classes,
which read "Reserved for
Faculty." It seems that
these sign-makers are forgetting that the reason
that UBC functions and
exists is because of the
students. UBC is not a
professorial country club,
it is a place for student
education. This is why I
use the professor's lavatories whenever I use the
bathroom, especially after
a long night of drinking,
and park in faculty parking whenever I come to
There is also the case
of the golf course on campus. It is called the UBC
golf course, yet the whole
atmosphere caters to
wealthy provincial old
people, and discourages
student use. The green fees
are exorbitant, the dress
code is unconstitutional,
and the fact that it hides
behind UBC, probably for
some sort of tax shelter,
just plain stinks. Student
housingcould easily fill the
lands, and the course could
even keep nine holes for
use by the UBC golf club.
This would enable students to live in a comfortable atmosphere close to
campus, instead of being
forced to live in East
Vancouver and be awoken
on Saturday morning by
the sounds of a fire engine
in the back alley and find a
car on fire in the backyard.;
The golf course and
special treatment for staff
are not the only elitist
situations on campus.
Much of the University
Endowment Lands (UEL)
are covered with housing,
but not student housing.
Old money paid to build
those houses, and old
money keeps them there.
Even parking is restricted
or forbidden on their roads.
Wouldn't want any late
model student cars cluttering up the roads. "Cars
will be impounded at
owner's expense." Another
popular sign on campus.
Reclaim UBC. Make it
a University by and for the
Taivo Evard
Professor of Hubris
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Live music is better...
...bumper stickers should be issued
by Bob Main
Charles Kotliar of Sweet Jones
and Grant Davidson Ford of Twilight
Rituals manage to steer relatively clear
of the. cliches normally associated with
the rock front man fraternity. In the Pit
I found two very different yet similarly
driven people.
Ford has a lot to say on any topic
that enters his head, while Kotliar is
quieter and more introspective. Both
love to sing and share a vocal
confidence which would befit much
older performers. Both have a sincerity
of purpose, and avoid the pretention
and overconfidence one often sees in
newly signed rock artists.
Sweet Jones w/ Twilight Rituals
Pit Pub
M) September
Kotliar considers the influence of
Sweet Jones to be incidental, claiming
the band does not try to sound like
anyone in particular. However, the late
eighties rock sound does stand out in
their music—bands like Whitesnake
and Van Halen come to mind. He also
acknowledges the Doors and Jimi
Hendrix as large influences.
Sweet Jones avoids being cliche
musically because they don't quite
sound like what is fashionable right
now. They manage to just avoid the
current popular magazine labels
because they lack the trendy punk edge
most popular rock bands now cany.
Live, Sweet Jones is very
comfortable. New drummer Jason Ray,
new guitarist Chad Highgate and bass
player Steve Mcminn played a very
tight set for Kotliar to sing over.
Kotliar's full, deep voice—reminiscent,
of David Coverdale's with less ego—
and Highgate's guitar are the really
strong points of the band.
They also look really good—
another plus in today's visual music
industry. Even if someone didn't enjoy
the music, they would have to admit
that Sweet Jones is very good at what
it does;.
Twilight Rituals opened the show,
but the bands are alternating headlining
with Rituals scheduled to headline in
Ottawa—Grant's hometown—next
week. Grant is a Go-Go dancer in a
Toronto Night Club and uses his skills
to an almost distracting degree. He
moves a lot like Anthony of the Red
Hot Chili Peppers, but has a much
better voice. He calls himself "essentially a soul singer" and could
effortlessly put Michael Bolton to
Twilight Rituals singer Grant
Davidson Ford and drummer Howie
Beck pull off some really good
harmonies, probably the most
outstanding feature of this band.
Guitarist Thomas Payne—who
admitted that he was really ill and did
not have one of his better gigs—and
bass player Dennis Mohammed round
out this four-year old Toronto-based
Musically tight, they did not seem
as individually talented as Sweet
Jones. Other than the obvious Hendrix
influence—they closed with. "Spanish
Casde Magic"—the band has very
eclectic tastes, "from Bach to Black
Sabbath," claims Ford.
Both bands are better live than on
album, which hints that the bands have
more imagination than one polished
record can allow. But judging by the
slightly better than indifferent reaction
of the smallish crowd, whetlier or not
they will make it through the many
trials of the music industry remains to
be seen.
Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr.
trying to look like Sweet Jones.
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The Senate
of the University of British
... has requested the Alma Mater Society
fill a vacancy on the Senate of an at-large
student representative.
Full time students are eligible for the position.
The Senate is the senior academic body of the
University, responsible for determining University
policy along with the Board of Governors. It has
jurisdiction in all matters of an academic nature.
Resumes detailing academic and extracurricular
background will be accepted by Terri Folsom, AMS
Administrative Assistant, in SUB 238 until 4:30 p.m.
on Friday, October 8th.
UBC Faculty Association
General Meeting
Thursday, 7 October, 1993
1:00 p.m.
MATH 100
Liberal Party:
Prof. Ted McWhinney
Vancouver Quadra
National Party:
Daniel Fontaine
New Democratic Party:
Betty Baxter
Vancouver Centre
Progressive Conservative Party:
To be announced
Reform Party:
Nick Loenen
You can get here from there: schizophrenia
by Brent Galster
"If the national mental illness
ofthe United States is megalomania, that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia."
-Margaret Atwood
I confess: I have Canada's
national mental illness. I was
first diagnosed as "schizoid
with schizophrenic tendencies"
at age 23.1 had few real friends,
no outside sporting interest, no
love-life, or should I say, no sex
life. My life revolved around my
3-year career as an energy cost
analyst with a New York-head-
quarteredmultinational. I did,
however, have a passion for rock
and ethnic folk music (now
called world beat) and photography and a strong interest in
other cultures to which Toronto
lent itself.
I eventually left the company with a letter of recommendation aftermuchacrimonious
rancour and hard feeling and
was soon off to Europe courtesy
ofa$100 US Laker AirwaysNew
York-London flight.
In London, I was judged
kind but eccentric and I suspected my former employer of
plotting against me. It was a
bizarre    experience—utter
strangers yelled insults from
windows, peace marchers in
London and rock-climbers in
Cornwall seemed to be looking
over me as if I had arrived from
another planet. When I got back
to the bed & breakfast place
where I had been staying, the
Irish guy who had taken a fancy
to me and who appeared to be
resolutely heteroofferedme five
pounds to drop my drawers, after unsuccessfully lining up
women for me, and then equally
unsuccessfully, men.
I was tasting freedom for
the first time but was afraid
that if I had any sexual escapades it would wind up in a
British scandal sheet. So after
losing my temporary job with
the City of Westminster's Mortgage Department, I took the
train to West Berlin. Although
Berlin was decidedly monoculture] (except for the Turkish
presence in Kreuzberg), it was
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more of an open city: "the last of
the great, provincial 24-hour
cities", I called it.
When I called my parents
around Christmas time, having run out of money and living
under a pseudonym just off the
Kudamm, I had been unnerved
by Trudeau's visit to Berlin.
When I returned to Toronto,
car horns seemed to blare for no
reason, utter strangers seemed
to know me, and my parents
seemed taciturn.
I began to seek downtown
life and become extremely disdainful and resentful of my
parents and siblings. I lived for
two years almost next door to a
rich women's club, amongst alcoholics and ex-cons. I was
threatened with murder, and
there were two stabbings and
one murder in my time there not
to mention numerous brawls.
I began to believe in evil as
a force to counter excessive good
which I believed to be harming
the world, and that my record
turntable was sending Satanic
broadcasts around the world.
Later I would believe that the
odd "Coming Home" music
video by a German artist (his
continuation of David Bowie's
Major Tom saga) was about my
return to earth after a 2-man
space mission as a Satanic cosmonaut to rescue evil in the
world. A dangerous weapons
conviction convinced my parents that I was wacko, yet they
still pressured me to find a job,
or return to my old one.
Since 1983, I have been
hospitalised once a year from
one and a half to three months
at a time, usually in the winter.
Up until 1990, I spent further
time at a psychiatric half-way
house, now closed, in Toronto's
Little Italy.
I  had been  prescribed
halodal,     cogentin,     and
chloropromazine (CPZ) and
lately, and more successfully,
perphenazine, all anti-psychotic drugs called narcoleptics
which regulate a neurotransmitter called dopamine, the
same one which is excited
should you take a cocaine trip
(I tried it only once—the difference being that the schizophrenic high lasts longer but is
harder to come down from).
I learned to cover my tracks
to gain employment, usually
claiming "travel" to cover up
time spentinreintegrativecare.
When applying for work at Dun
& Bradstreet I was asked for
the name of my boss at a fictitious rafting company. Iracked
my brain and came up with Kyle
McLachlan, whose name was
embedded in my mind because I
had seen him in David Lynch's
sicko cult movie "Blue Velvet."
Later, I began to panic as his
star began to rise in a new TV
series called Twin Peaks.
I came to Vancouver and
while barely a day went by without the feeling that people were
talking about me, my schizophrenia remained largely in
check, I joined the German club
in my first year and played goal
and defence on a ball hockey
team in my second. It was like
when I came back from Europe,
when I became very involved in
amateur sports at the YMCA
and later joined an amateur
wrestling club for three years.
Nonetheless, I am tempted
to claim Ten Lost Years although I have had lucid periods on or just off medication.
Duringthose periods I have met
street characters as well as
James Baldwin,  Margaret
Atwood, Robertson Davies, Kirk
Muller, Steve Yzerman, and 2
Nobel Prize winners, as well as
Dr. David Owen, now Lord
Owen. I have written two novels and one novella and have
been published in English on
Celtic music and in French on
sport. I played ball hockey in
pick-up games and in leagues
and basketball and soccer as
part of my warm-up for wrestling. I have also more recently
been involvedin UBC's English
review Whetstone. And yes,
I have a love life.
Moving out west, I was prepared to "move on" even though
I had relatives out here, about
half of whom are estranged even
today. But most encouragingly,
I have regained nearly all my
former friends.
I see a psychiatrist once
every three weeks, and have
done for the past two years—
this February will mark my
fourth consecutive year without even a day's hospital stay
(although I stayed in a psychiatric half-way house called Venture when I first came to Vancouver).
prime oflife and deprived me of
an education with my peers; on
the flip side, I have lived an
interesting life, am more of a
90s guy than most ofthe people
of my generation, and I even
dress cool now that plaid has
come back—although I still
cling to my comfy ivory Isle of
Arran knit sweater.
If someone you know may
be mentally ill, they may likely
need psychiatric help but they
will especially need friends. Isolation plays a crucial part in
many mental illnesses and so
does stress and communication.
Being there for someone, without becoming victimised, is
what in some cases will become
a matter oflife or ruin, or perhaps even death. And if you personally have problems that persist, I urge you to get early assessment while you are still reasonably lucid.
Mental Health Awareness
Week is from 04 to 10 October.
^0 J*


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