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Vol. LX IX, No. 2
Vancouver, B.C. Friday, September 12,1986
Bruce Curtis (left) and Scott Franz at arraignment
Legal lynching
Bruce Curtis has been in jail for over four years.
He has sixteen years left.-He. atteads. .Queens.
University by correspondence,  from his New
Jersey prison, Bordentown.
Bruce Curtis was supposed to register at Dalhousie
University in first year science in September, 1982. But
that summer, after graduation, he visited his friend
Scott Franz at his home in New Jersey.
He entered a family torn by rage and violence, and
through bad luck was involved in the shootings which
left Scott's mother and stepfather dead.
This quiet, friendly, intelligent young Canadian was
then sucked into a justice system which pursues convictions with more enthusiasm than it pursues justice.
Bruce Curtis, a victim of circumstance, guilty of no
more than poor judgement, was processed through a
trial which did not even address his charge, convicted of
a crime he did not commit, and given the maximum
sentence for aggravated manslaughter. Two appeals
have been disalowed. A third introduced a year ago is
still pending before the Federal District Court of New
In addition, a clemency petition
was prepared by Curtis' new
lawyer, Michael Shaw. It was submitted by the government of
Canada, on behalf of the Curtis
family, to Governor's office in New
Jersey in early July of this year.
Joanne Legano, an associate of
Michael Shaw and herself deeply involved in the case, explains that "an
appeal is based on legal grounds. A
clemency petition is a plea for mercy. It has legal grounds and
mitigating circumstances such as
background, behaviour in prison,
and support from his family and
Legano says the petition could
take up to a year to move through
the system, "The petition first goes
to the institution, then to the state
parole board which conducts an in-
dependant investigation, then it
goes to the governor's office for
consideration." The petition is currently at the second stage.
If granted the clemency petition
would commute Bruce's sentence to
time already served, and he would
be released from prison.
There is currently a bill before the
New Jersey legislature which would
ratify the prisoner transfer treaty
between Canada and the U.S. If
passed, Bruce could apply to be
transferred to a Canadian prison.
Jenny Hatfield Lyon, a Toronto
lawyer hired by the Curtis family to
handle the Canadian and international law aspects of the case, explains that if Bruce is transferred to
a Canadian prison, he will no
longer be eligible to appeal his conviction. Hatfield LyBn says the Cui-
tis family is still waiting for the outcome of the current appeal, and
may still wait even if the treaty is
ratified soon.
If transferred to a Canadian
prison, Bruce's application for
parole, at the end of his ten year
minimum, would be heard by a
Canadian parole board, not an
American one. Given his experience
in New Jersey, it would appear he'd
have a better chance getting parole
in Canada.
The question of his having to
se-ve the minimum ten years before
a parole hearing would be determined prior to the transfer. And in a
Canadian prison Curtis would have
the opportunity to apply for day
passes to attend university, a
privilege not granted in New Jersey.
Through this whole ordeal, the
Curtis family has received little support from the government of
Canada. Jennifer Wade, a long
time member of Amnesty international, who has been involved with
the case almost from the beginning,
says: "The lack of help from External Affairs is scary. They've tried to
wite it off all the way along."
She points specifically to the
statement Joe Clark made in the
House of Commons on February 6,
1985. He said: "It is the view of this
government that those court proceedings fully followed American
Law. It would be . . . inappropriate
for us to interfere in the judicial
proceedings of the United States . .
External Affairs spokesperson
Rejone Dodd repeats her minister's
position: "We have a role to play
which is to supply consular
assistance, but we cannot interfere
in the judicial system of a sovereign
nation." She points out the government's satisfaction with the trial of
Bruce Curtis: "He was tried in open
court by an independant judiciary
and was represented by qualified
legal council. He exercised his right
to appeal to the Superior Court of
the State of New Jersey which rejected his appeal." She also wants
to make clear that the petition for
clemency was transmitted by the
Government of Canada, but the
government does not officially support that petition.
Mary Clark, a spokesperson for
Elmer Mckay, the senior minister
from Nova Scotia, points out that
Curtis' case meets neither of the
two criterion necessary for the
government to support his petition
for clemency: "There is no evidence
pointing to the absence of a
minimum standard of justice in the
trial, nor is there evidence that he
was discriminated against because
he is Canadian."
NDP Justice critic Svend Robinson is angry with the government's
position, "I think that the government's inaction on this case has
been shameful. The Canadian
government's failure to speak out
for Bruce Curtis is an injustice. Certainly he has more than paid for any
"I don't want to play the character they've given me,
they don't understand that I'm the wrong person. This
can't be happening, the play will end and we '11 all stand
up and go home, back to real life. "
written by Bruce Curtis while
awaiting the jury's verdict
crime he has committed. I have urged, and will continue to urge the
government to support his petition
for clemency."
Hatfield Lyon, the Toronto
lawyer, is more generous, pointing
out that the fact the petition for
clemency was transmitted by the
government of Canada "signals to
the government in New Jersey that
the government of Canada is watching the case closely."
Having just entered the fifth year
of his incarceration, Bruce busies
himself with tutoring the other
prisoners every week day from 8
o'clock to 3:30. He spends evenings
and weekends working on his cor-
respondance courses from Queens,
and on the few community college
courses offered in the prison. He
writes poetry and short stories.
Jennifer Wade, who is in constant touch with the Curtis family,
says that by all reports "Bruce is
very depressed and dispirited."
Bruce's sister, Dr. Anne Curtis,
M.D., describes the story of the initial killings in a letter to her M.P.:
In June of 1982 Bruce graduated
from King's Edgehill School. . . in
Windsor, Nova Scotia. He was
enrolled in the science program at
Dalhousie University, Halifax,
Nova Scotia, to begin in September.
In late June he was telephoned
several times by a friend from
school, Scott Franz, who lived in
New Jersey, urging him to come for
a visit.
June 29, 1982 he flew to New
Jersey and was met by Scott and his
stepfather, Mr. Podgis. Only later
did we discover that Mr. Podgis was
an extremely violent man who beat
both his wife and stepchildren. Mr.
Podgis was in a rage that Bruce's
plane was late and what ensued was
a week-long nightmare in which the
boys were afraid to come home except late at night when Mr. Podgis
was asleep, for fear of violence. Mr.
Podgis kept 12 guns in his home,
always slept with one under his bed
and had shot at family members in
See page 7: Curtis Page 2
Friday, September 12,1986
Feds are wimps on waste
federal government is not acting
decisively enough to prevent a
nuclear catastrophe off the B.C.
coast, says a member of the provincial legislature.
Referring to U.S. plans to ship
12,000 kilograms of nuclear reactor
waste through the Strait of Juan de
Fuca, New Democrat Robin Blen-
coe says, "We can not
underestimate the seriousness of
this issue, when we are dealing with
plutonium, the most dangerous
commodity in the world.
"Without a detailed assessment
of safety precautions and a full
public   disclosure   of   shipping
plans," he said, "the Canadian
government should insist the
shipments do not go ahead."
Blencoe said the shipments could
begin later this month, depending
on a U.S. court case seeking to bar
the cargo from travelling through
the strait, which separates Vancouver Island and Washington
Blencoe said he has been asking
both federal and provincial environment ministers about the
wastes since January, when the
U.S. Department of Energy announced that Hyundai Line would
take 18 lines of used nuclear fuel
rods   from   Taiwan   to   the   U.S.
Dogs battled over
TORONTO (CUP) — A controversial battle between the Toronto Humane Society and the University of Toronto will directly affect
the quality of education and health
care in Ontario, says the chair of
the university's animal care committee.
David Mock has been at the
forefront of a heated public debate
over whether or not the Scarborough City Council should halt
the supply of stray dogs sold to U of
T for research.
Mock says ignorance is the main
reason for strong public protest
over the use of research animals in
university facilities.
"This issue has allowed a lot of
misconceptions to emerge," he
said. "By hitting at the question of
dog sales, the Humane Society is
trying to elicit people's sympathy
for their pets. However, we don't
use pets in research. If a citizen brings in an animal to be put to sleep,
it will never be given to us. Our subjects are strays that would have
been killed anyways."
University official Stephen Lindt
said none of the animals experience
any pain during the various experiments.
"Eighty per cent of all dogs are
used in acute experiments where absolutely no pain is felt because the
animal never wakes up," Lindt
said. "For the remaining tests, dogs
are given painkillers as would be
given to a human. The emphasis is
on humane treatment at all times."
Though much of the debate so
far has focussed on animal rights,
Stephen Best of the Humane Society says the real issue is one of
animal control. Best wants U of T
to rely on animals bred specifically
for research.
"All we want is for researchers to
stop using random-source
animals," said Best. "Owners tend
to be passionate about their pets. .
.they trust that their animals won't
go to research and will let them free
if there is a chance that they might.
Purpose-bred animals allow for
research but don't disrupt the community."
Mock dismisses Best's suggestion
as unrealistic.
"The quality of research will suffer if we have to rely solely on purpose bred dogs," Mock says. "One
reason is that it will cost us $1,000
per dog instead of the current
Mock adds that purpose-bred
animals are also unsuited to
research. "We need a genetic mix
because we are not going to perform the surgery practiced here on
pure-bred human beings."
He wants more information on
the safety of the 25 tonne steel
waste containers, as each would
hold about two kilograms of
plutonium, with a radioactive half-
life of 24,000 years, among 700
kilograms of fuel rods.
"The casks have been tested to
withstand temperatures of 1475
degrees Fahrenheit (802 degrees
Centigrade) for up to one half
hour," he said. "But many
petroleum products burn at higher
temperatures . . . and many ship
fires regularly burn for six hours of
Blencoe said the federal response
to his questions has been "weak
and wimpish". In April, federal environment minister Tom McMillan
said Canada had voiced its concerns, but added that "the U.S. has
the right to use the strait even for
the shipment of such potentially
harmful cargo."
Beverly Pinnegar, a Vancouver-
based Greenpeace official, said she
was particularly worried about
winter storms, and cited the example of an oil tanker which sank in
the strait last December.
"If a cask containing nuclear
waste goes underwater and leaks,
we are going to have to deal with
the contamination indefinitely,"
she said. "Our position is the spent
fuel rods should be kept safely contained in above-ground storage in
Taiwan itself."
Pinnegar and the final destination of the spent fuel- rods is Savannah River, North Carolina, where
the uranium would be reprocessed
for further use in reactors, while the
plutonium would be extracted for
nuclear weapons.
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Strangway calls college meeting
President Strangway told senate
members Wednesday the university
plans to organize a meeting with
B.C. college heads to discuss enrolment limitations.
The president's remarks were
made in response to a controversial
April 23 senate decision to restrict
the number of college transfer
students to UBC.
College heads were angered at the
time of the announcement because
they had not been consulted by the
university prior to the senate decision.
The president said the university
will review enrolment issues with
colleges and universities, and called
for closer dialogue between the
educational institutes.
"We want to ensure that the colleges know the university's position
on enrolment limitations," said
John Waters, president ofthe Institute of College Educators, said he
welcomes the university's efforts to
improve communication with the
colleges, but said Strangway's announcement is just the start towards
dialogue that should have begun
much earlier.
"UBC should realize that colleges, universities, and institutes in
B.C. all belong to one system. We
should all be working together to
ensure    students    access    to
education," said Waters.
"For colleges to succeed,
students must have some security of
transferring to universities," he added.
Last spring, UBC restricted
enrolment to 1,500 for first year
arts and 750 to students transferring
to UBC from other post-secondary
Both UBC vice-president of
academic Daniel Birch and Dean
Will of Arts said the restrictions imposed will not stop students entering the university because limits in
almost all faculties were not reached.
But Birch said 200 high school
graduates were not admitted to the
faculty of arts this year.
Andrea Robertson, Langara student society president, said the
senate's decision to limit enrolment
was   a   unilateral   act   which
discriminates against college
"I hope the university administration will re-evaluate their
basis for enrolment limits. Our best
students are being turned away
from UBC," said Robertson.
The registrar's office reported
total enrolment at UBC for the
1986-87 winter session is 22,318
students, almost unchanged from
last year.
Work-study raised
The Ministry of Post Secondary
Education will provide $720,000 for
the Work-Study Program this year
at UBC which represents a 500 percent increase over last year's budget
of $110,000.
"I suspect (the ministry) is
becoming concerned with students
with high debt loads," said Byron
Hender, UBC director of awards
and financial aid.
"The government shares the
university's belief that work study,
in addition to limiting student's
debt, provides an invaluable opportunity for students to obtain career
related work."
The university also contributes to
the Work-Study fund but has not
yet announced how much its portion of the budget will be.
Under the work study regulations, students are permitted to
work up to a maximum of 10 hours
per week at wages ranging between
$6-8 per hour.
All service and academic depart
ments on campus can submit proposals for work study positions.
Eligible students must be enrolled
in a minimum of nine units and
must demonstrate financial need
beyond the amount assessed on
their Canada student loan.
Students will be accepted into the
program when they receive their
loan assessments.
Students who meet the criteria of
work study may apply for the program by attending work-study
drop-in sessions which will be held
Tuesdays from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.,
and Fridays from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
at the financial aid office.
"The drop in gives students an
opportunity to present special circumstances and gives out-of-
province students an opportunity to
participate on the same basis of
B.C. residents," said Hender.
Because of the increase in government funding, Hender -expects
work-study jobs will remain
available well into the fall.
A minute for peace
Tuesday, September 16 has been
named International Day of Peace,
and students and faculty alike are
asked to take a minute of their time
at 12 o'clock noon to observe
silence in the name of peace.
This symbolic action will be
observed by people across the
world. It is a project of the United
Nations called A Peal for Peace and
requires no formal gathering.
Students can stop for a moment
wherever they are and think about
AMS president Simon Seshadri
said students should ask their professors to observe the moment of
"I hope this will increase
awareness of the peace movement
in general," he said.
"The AMS is concerned about
the nuclear arms buildup. I hope
the campus will get behind this
thing. It is something we can all
come together on," he added.
In 1981, the United Nations
General Assembly declared the
third Tuesday of September be officially observed as the International Day of Peace. By 1985,
public observances were held in
London, Geneva, San Francisco,
Dallas and Metro Toronto.
Following the moment of silence,
there will be a moment of sound
where church bells will peal a
message of peace and hope. In
other areas, the noise will come
from car horns, train whistles and
door bells.
— Steve Chan photo
Ubyssey photographer takes picture of adorable little girl at registration. Outline writer is overcome by emotion, cannot write usual acidic, satirically biting cutline, breaks down crying and goes out to devote the rest of his
life to helping children through registration.
Students attack new Quebec university material fees
MONTREAL (CUP) — Universities have come up with the perfect
solution to their underfunding problems: charge students an extra fee,
thinly disguised as a levy for
Despite the 17-year-old freeze on
tuition fees in Quebec, education
minister Claude Ryan has given
universities license to collect up to a
maximum of $100 a year from each
student. Five universities have all
imposed similar incidental fees this
Luc Rheaume, Ryan's press aide,
denied the fees are paramount to a
Cariboo to collect student council fees
six months of indecision, the
Cariboo College board decided
Sept. 2 to back down on a threat to
discontinue collecting student fees.
Student council business manager
Garry Osborne hailed the decision
as an indication of the power of the
Canadian students.
"During seven years of being involved with post-secondary institutions, this is the best result I can
think of involving students actually
working together," he said.
Since March, the seven member
board, appointed by the provincial
cabinet had threatened to stop collecting fees and make membership
in the student association optional.
Osborne said the board was influenced by 20 letters of support
written by other student councils,
including those from Carleton,
McGill and Memorial universities,
in a campaign coordinated by the
Canadian Federation of Students.
"The letters made a difference to
us and the board," said Osborne.
"We didn't feel we were working in
a vacuum."
Osborne said the threat to discontinue fee collection was a kind of
"student-union busting."
The board first proposed not to
collect fees after an internal report
concluded student council services
were "little used." Morrison, a
sociology instructor at the college,
later said that "no reasonable person would lend any credence to the
(report's) results," which surveyed
only 33 of the college's 3500
Relations between the college administration and student council
have been poor for some time,
Osborne said, with faculty members
telling classes to vote for certain
candidates in council elections.
This year, the board was upset
with council's decision to go to
court over an $18,000 accounting
error and the lack of a financial
breakdown on fees collected from
full-time, part-time and vocational
direct increase in tuition fees.
"Many people think that, but for
Mr. Ryan, there is a distinction between the two kinds of fees —
material and tuition," he said.
Rheaume said Ryan has provided
a "guarantee" that additional
charges will not exceed $100 per student per year.
Some Concordia students, interpreting the additional charges as a
breach of contract, are threatening
to sue the university unless the fee i6
withdrawn. Most students who pre-
registered at Concordia will be billed in October.
"The university has set up the
contract, it can not decide half way
through to change the fees," said
student council co-president G.
Scott White.
But Concordia official Lucie
Beauchemin said she understands
the fees are subject to change
without prior notice. Students are
being told the academic materials
fee, which will raise $1.8 million for
Concordia, will go towards the cost
of photocopies, audio-visual equipment,  computers  and  lab  equip
Jean-Pierre Paquet, secretary-
general of ANEQ, the province's
largest student group, said only five
universities are not charging the extra fee.
"Even if they do increase loans
and bursaries to compensate for the
fee, it is only a false compromise
and they will only serve to increase
a student's dependence," Paquet
said. "In this way, the government
can put pressure on the students to
narrow their choices."
Luc Trepanier of the student
council of the Universite de Montreal says students are paying a
mandatory $40 fee, and have to pay
for materials in their classes.
McGill council president Paul
Pickersgill said it is unlikely the fee
will be withdrawn. "We are going
to watch the departments which
charge students extra for course
materials," he said. "But we have
been promised this will not
The provincial government has
stipulated that the fee be derived
from the universities' "real cost". Page 4
Friday, September 12, 1986
New trail shows off Stein Valley's beauty
VANCOUVER (CUP) — A hiking trail nearing completion in
B.C.'s Stein River Valley, will help
protect the area from loggers'
chainsaws, say Vancouver environmentalists.
"When people hike up there and
see how beautiful the Stein is,
they'll work hard to save it," said
Paul George, a director of the
Western Canada Wilderness Committee, sponsoring the trail's con-
Ageless profs protest
OTTAWA (CUP) — Seven professors and one librarian who took
four Ontario universities to court
this spring over their forced retirement are waiting for the decision of
a provincial Supreme Court judge.
The eight — three from York
University, two from the University
of Toronto, two from Laurentian
and one from Guelph — claim their
removal from staff last summer
violated Section 15 ofthe Canadian
Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
which prohibits discrimination on
the basis of age.
Though final testimony and
documentation was presented in
May, a decision is not expected for
months, says John Thompson of
the Canadian Association of
University Teachers, which is sponsoring the litigation. "We're not
too concerned about the amount of
time this takes," he said.
Thompson, a professor at the
University of New Brunswick in
Fredericton and a member of
CAUT's academic freedom committee, said the legal action is the
culmination of years of frustration
with an unflexible retirement
system. "There are a few people
who want to work past 65, and who
should be able to," he said.
He said Ontario was chosen to be
the province for the test cases
because the Ontario Human Rights
Code is "unfair," and may be in
violation of the Canadian charter.
The Ontario code provides no pro
tection from discrimination for
people over 65.
"(The code) defines age as less
than 65. Is the Code offensive to the
federal charter? If so, it should be
struck down," he said.
Manitoba and Quebec have
abolished mandatory retirement,
while Saskatchewan and Alberta
have recently moved toward abolition, Thompson said.
The decision, which will set a
legal precedent for cases in many
provinces, is being treated very
seriously by faculty associations:
CAUT and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations are jointly bearing costs of the
"We anticipate that it may cost
on the order of a couple of hundred
thousand dollars," Thompson said.
"But we must judge the effects of
the decision."
Many administrators and
graduate students say the loss of
mandatory retirement legislation
would limit the number of new
faculty positions. Many universities
spend much of their budget on
salaries, and some administrators
claim more and more money is
spent on faculty wages.
However, Thompson said CAUT
research has found very few faculty
want to work past age 65; rather,
most would prefer to retire early,
but can't because of pension regulations and criteria.
struction 100 kilometers north of
"We are going to have a trail
which ranks with any of the other
hiking trails in the province," said
co-director and project coordinator Ken Lay.
Under the direction of the Lytton
and Mt. Curry Indian bands, Lay
supervised 25 volunteers, mostly
high school students, in clearing 45
kilometres of the route formerly used by native trappers and traders.
Before the trail's scheduled completion Sept. 23, the group wants to
extend it into alpine areas, make a
stream and river crossing and raise
$3000 to cover costs.
Michael M'Gonigle, a Vancouver
lawyer and political economist in
Simon Fraser University's department of natural resource management, says B.C. residents are fortunate to have the trail in
southwestern B.C.'s last major
unlogged watershed.
"A whole watershed is a unique
thing," he said. "It is a total
ecosystem, a living organism — it is
like a mini-planet."
M'Gonigle also said B.C. Forest
Product's intention to log the Stein
does not make economic sense, as
an SFU study indicates the cost to
the provincial government would be
$15 million in today's terms and
more over the length ofthe project.
"The only way to come to grips
with the real issue confronting the
Stein is to look at the need to for
changing the structure of the forest
industry in the province" he said,
arguing for more profitable,
specialized forest products and a
greater diversification of the B.C.
"The mass produced 2 by 4,
marketed by multinational companies with no commitment to the
long term welfare of the local
economy, should be past history,"
he said.
M'Gonigle said a study by Victoria's Economic Planning Group
shows preserving the Stein for
tourism could create 40 permanent
jobs and $800,000 yearly revenue
within ten years, as well as having
spin-off effects for the industry in
other parts of the province.
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AMS hiring process criticized
Non-AMS executives should not
be hired for AMS summer positions, the student society director of
administration, said Thursday.
"When you consider how much
time it takes to train a regular student who won't be involved with
the committee in the fall it just isn't
worth it," said Martin Cocking.
The AMS hiring committee hired
a non-executive member this year
for the first time to co-ordinate
summer projects which include the
food bank.
Cocking said the inefficiency of the
AMS executives hired the previous
year was a major reason why the
hiring committee decided to hire a
"The hiring committee thought
an outsider would force the others
to work harder. That is not true,"
he said.
AMS   external   affairs   co-
President calls committee
on senior fellow question
President Stangway has struck a
committee to look into stricter
guidelines for the hiring of senior
fellows at UBC.
The committee was formed after
the controversial appointment of
Social Credit civil servant Norman
Spector to the previously unheard
of position of senior fellow, which
was made without faculty consultation.
Spector has since secured the
position of secretary to the cabinet
on federal-provincial relations.
Strangway said it is important to
have "properly understood criteria
for nominations of senior fellows.
The committee chaired by vice
president of academic Daniel Birch,
will recommend to the presiden
terms of "reference and style' for
screening prospective candidates.
Strangway said, however, the offer of a teaching position at the
university has not been withdrawn
and Spector may still accept the
post in 1987.
Faculty association president
Barrie Morrison welcomed the
president's attempt to impose
more stringent hiring regulations
and said a more open procedure
faculty appointments is needed. "It
is important we have some device to
protect    the    university    from
demands made by politicians to
have their family and buddies appointed to faculty positions," said
He said Strangway received
severe criticism by faculty on the
Spector appointment and now
wants to ensure more consultation
is made before senior fellows are
But Morrison said Strangway is
still obliged to hire Spector if he
decides to accept the position and
said he would possibly be appointed
as a honorary lecturer instead.
"It would be the president's way
of bringing back normal procedures
to an extraordinary appointment,"
he said.
ordinator Carol Pedlar who was not
hired this summer, said it is
reasonable to leave jobs open to
members of the student body who
have valid proposals of their own.
"But I don't think people should be
hired to put other peoples ideas into
practice because that is stealing,"
she said.
Pedlar said she was elected to the
position of external affairs coordinator on the basis of her proposal for a food bank at UBC and
was angered because Sandra Jarvis
was hired to oversee the project instead.
"Sandra has done a good job but
there is no more reason to believe
that a non-executive will do a better
job lhan an executive," she said.
Pedlar said she is having difficulty adjusting to her new position as
external affairs coordinator this
"I'm still learning. If I have been
able to be around all the time I
would have done a lot more and
learned by doing," she said.
AMS president Simon Seshadri
said there is only a short-term gain
in hiring non-AMS executives.
"If you hire a non-executive, what
happens if they leave? Hiring an
AMS executive is a long term investment that benefits everyone,"
he said.
Seshadri said that last summer's
problems were due to certain individuals not doing enough work
and not the hiring system. "The key
lies in monitoring the hiring process
which is a difficult thing to do," he
Sandra Jarvis, summer food
bank co-ordinator said non-
executives should be hired because
they give a perspective other than
that of the AMS.
U of T policewoman assaulted
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assault on a University of Toronto
policewoman last month has questions about protection of campus
security staff.
Officer Judith Niles was shoved
Hairy puce blorgs on this tiny island
kingdom are expecting a tiny, scaly
baby coated in green seaweed in just
seven short months.
Sweat-in-a-jar Bonetick sat by
rocks counting white spots on nearby crabs. "Bloo Bloo" snorted the
jar. "A scaly boy or a slimy boy."
Lamie Bailbonds embezzels
sinslide funds and cavorts with
Pinochet in Chile. Scabby flow grits
teeth and vows revenge.
Snarls Ramble marries gorgeous
slut against backdrop of Pukeesey
yelling "get it back, get it back".
Fart-Carrying-Glum ogles farm
report fertilizer dodging foaming
fangs of protector Manacle Dober-
through the plate glass window of a
campus building on Aug. 2 when
she refused to let a student and her
husband enter a campus building.
She suffered a dislocated shoulder
and cuts requiring 25 stitches.
Niles first refused entry to a U of
T student who did not have proper
identification for admittance to the
building. The student returned with
her husband and was again refused
entry. The man refused to leave,
and a scuffle ensued, in which the
man allegedly punched Niles twice,
sending her through a half-inch-
thick glass window.
According to witnesses, he continued the altercation outside the
building until he was restrained.
The man left the campus, and
reported the incident to police
"He reported he had been
assaulted by Niles, but according to
our information, that did not happen," said a Metro police officer.
"I arrested him and charged him
with assaulting a police officer.
What we had was a serious assault
causing bodily harm. Certainly the
officer's life was in danger. She was
in a great deal of pain when I spoke
with her."
Security personnel on most campuses are not armed. "We are instructed to call Metro police in the
event of an emergency," said
another U of T police officer. "But
that doesn't do us any good if we're
facing a guy with a knife or a gun,
and it certainly didn't help officer
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Tuum n'Est pas
We're slowly climbing out of the medieval slime pit at
UBC, but ever so slowly. Our university persists in some of
the most antiquated, inefficient methods of registration and
course evaluation in the country. At other universities
students mail and phone in pre-registrations to waiting computers, at UBC we take time off work and spend it in long,
long, long, lines. Rumours hint that by next year however we
too will join the 20th century with computerized registration.
UBC also boasts a unique fifteen point grading system as
opposed to the more familiar decimal method. This has been
traced back to the first registrar whose confusion arose from
his fifteen toes. We at the Ubyssey cry "for shame, for
Modern notions of access to education break down at
UBC when confronted with limited enrolment courses. At
other universities like McGill, no ceilings are placed on enrolment levels for undergraduate courses; teaching assistants
are hired to handle the extra load. UBC's tuition fees almost
double McGills, so the solution isn't in higher fees. It's in
more provincial funding, starting with a responsible allocation of federal transfer payments.
UBC motto is "Tuum est" — "It is yours", but recent
registration rituals remind us it isn't.
A year and a half ago The Ubyssey published a front page
feature article about Bruce Curtis. He had been in jail for two
and a half years then. He has now been in jail for over four
years. It was four years ago this week that Bruce Curtis was
to have started his first year science courses at Dalhousie
It is frightening that such a terrible miscarriage of justice
can occur, but it is also instructive. Justice is a philisophical
ideal, and it is irresponsible to assign it to a human system
and blindly accept the verdicts of that system. Bruce Curtis is
the victim of a justice system which has declined to mediocrity.
It is incumbant on all citizens who live in democracies to
monitor constantly the systems they establish, and speak out
when the systems fail.
It is incumbant on us to pursue justice for Bruce Curtis, our
fellow Canadian university student trapped in a nightmare in
New Jersey. We must act on the horror we feel when
reminded of his plight.
A postcard to Bruce would help to build up his morale as
he learns of the ever growing concern for him:
Bruce Curtis
93852 E-1
Box 500
Bordentown, N.J.
Write to Joe Clark, Minister of State for External Affairs,
and to your M.P. asking them to urge the government to
support Bruce Curtis' clemency petition:
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ont.
K1A 0A6
Finally, write polite letters to Governor Kean of New Jersey
urging that Bruce Curtis' petition for clemency be given very
careful consideration:
Governor Thomas Kean
Governor of New Jersey
State House
Trenton, N.J.
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hot, steamy, sweaty world of
real-life journalism.
You can write explosive
news stories in y&m spare
time, using your volcatjic style
to blast politicians, administrators, AMS hacks and
people with pointed sticks.
You can write sizzling, scorching reviews of Kinetic plays,
fiery movies, humid books,
and tepid art galleries! Gse ft as
a blistering entry into the eruptive world of art.
You can do broiling layouts,
sorting the smoky haze of an
empty news page into a
phosphorescent whole.
You can take smouldering
photos of combustible situations and bubbling topics.
We'll even let you write
scalding, flaming editorials of
burning issues, reducing your
opponents to molten slag.
You can write acidic sports
stories, frying flammable action into digestible, broiling
You can drop by The
(Jbyssey office anytime, but
especially Friday the 19th at 4
p.m. Keith Bladrey of the Vancouver Sun will be there, talking about politics, political
journalism and thinking of
more words connected with
Secret Agent
argument foolish
It is fools like Hugh Richards
that jeopardize our freedom in the
democratic world. Although
Richards claims that he is a Liberal
and a humanist, his letter to the
Ubyssey concerning the game Secret
Agent clearly demonstrates that he-
has an acute lack of understanding
concerning the meaning of either of
these words. Before touching the
paper with his misguided pen, he
might have considered the ramifications of his argument.
To begin, our friend Hugh could
at least have collected correct facts
to support his complaints. Two examples of incorrect evidence come
to mind. It is ludicrous for Hugh to
assume that the prize money for the
game is $7,000 when the posters
advertising the game set the figure
at $5,000. The entry fee is not an
absurd $45, as Hugh claims, but instead $20. Since his letter starts with
blatant errors such as this, Hugh's
remaining points become questionable.
If Hugh cannot collect simple,
concrete evidence, one wonders if
he is able to collect his thoughts and
present them coherently. Nevertheless, if one has the grace to
overlook Hugh's factual errors, one
notices that he is also unable to
make a simple phone call. Although
I here is a name and number on
every Secret Agent poster, Hugh
considers this "shadowy
reference". Well Hugh, it's an easy
matter to make that call; if you had,
you might have learned correct
At the end of his amazing letter,
Hugh cleverly contradicts himself
twice. He claims that anyone who
promotes the game is little better
than an uneducated criminal. One
must presume that good Hugh is
unaware that his article promotes,
to its reader's attention, the game
Secret Agent.
Finally, in his closing sentence,
Hugh condones censorship whilst
praising freedom and democracy.
One wonders if Richards knows
what freedom means.
James Dunlop Arts 2
September 12, 1986
The Ubyssey is published Tuesday and Friday throughout the academic year by the Alma
Mater Society of the University of British Columbia. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and
are not necessarily those of the administration or the AMS. Member Canadian University Press.
The Ubyssey's editorial office is SUB 241k. Editorial department, 228-2301/2305. Advertising
It started with a resounding BANG as the meeting called to "order", Helen Chan later remarked truthfully, that this was the most organized moment of
the day, if not the quietest. Cornne Bjorge mounted the back of her chair and began to write her "article", Jeffery Swartz made the near-suicidal mistake
of looking over her shoulder and was subsequently driven to the hospital by the never-present Evelyn Jacob. There they were joined by Stampede tag
team brothers Rob and Mike Groberman, who had just lost a cage match versus Super-Heavyweight Champion Steven Chan. Ron Andrews arrived on the
scene moments later and the resulting mayhem was reminiscent of the time Tony Roberts cried "Havoc" and dogs of war Rick Hiebert and Don Wells took
him seriously. Meanwhile, back in the slave quarters, inmates David Ferman and Dan Andrews (his sister makes the cookes, remember?) decided in a fit
or rational thinking, to do something meaningful and promptly fell asleep. Liberal hopeful Svetozar Kontic was rudely awakened from a pleasant political
dream by Debbie Lo, who had had the misfortune to glimpse Rory Allen crawl from the dark-hole and hand some photos to Pat Booker, a.k.a. "The Beast
from the Pit", just as Camile Dionne stumbled in to report that Betsy Goldberg almost got left off this masthead, just as George Anderson started to finish
it. HoHum, another dull press day at the Ubyssey. Peter Berlin, Peter Berlin Peter Berlin ad in infinitum.
Programs Committee
forgotten by Inside
1 would like to point out the
omission of the AMS' Programs
Committee from this years' Inside
Our mandate is to supply entertainment for the campus through
many diverse mediums. Regular
concerts, irregular speakers, the biweekly Punchlines free comedy and
the annual AMS Orientation week
are some of the events we organize.
As a student service we offer our
negotiating skills to find bands for
student societies. Bruce Paisely is
our full-time co-ordinator and our
office is on the second floor of the
SUB building, room 220. We have
regular meetings on Mondays at
12:30, feel tree to sit in and discuss
the future on campus entertainment. Some of the shows we have
brought include UB-40, Frankie
goes to Hollywood, Billy Idol,
Platinum Blond, George
Thorogood, UZEB and topical
speakers for the community such as
Dr. Henry Morgentaler and Dr.
Helen Caldicott.
We are a volunteer committee
which can provide experience in
concert staging, management practice and rock and roll fun. Tuum
Klaus Breslauer
Programs Committee Chairman Friday, September 12,1986
Page 7
OTTAWA (CUP) — As of July
1, recreologists are out at the
University of Ottawa. Those whose
study leisure are in.
Recreology will be 'Leisure
Studies' after having received
departmental, faculty arid senate
It is not known if the new terminology will clear tip much of the
confusion over just what a
recreologist does.
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Curtis charged with murder
From page 1
the past. In fact, he shot at Scott
while Bruce was visiting.
On July 4, 1982 Mrs. Podgis let
the boys into the house late at night
when she felt it was safe and made
up a bed on the sofa in the living
room for them to share... Unnerved by the constant tension and
threat of violence, Scott felt they
should be armed. Scott therefore
loaded 2 rifles. (Bruce had never
handled a gun before and didn't
know how to load one.) They slept
head to toe on the sofa with the
guns between them. In the morning
they were planning to drive the
family van to Nova Scotia to wait
for the situation in New Jersey "to
cool". (Bruce didn't have a return
place ticket as Scott had told him
when he invited him that he would
be driving to New Brunswick to
make arrangements for starting at
Mount Allison University in
Sackville, New Brunswick, and
could put Bruce on the Saint John
The morning of July 5, 1982
Scott got up and told his mother he
was going to take a shower upstairs.
He took his gun with him because
his stepfather had shot at him the
last time he'd been upstairs. Bruce
was still dozing on the sofa when he
heard several shots ring out
upstairs. Panic stricken, he grabbed
the gun beside him and ran for the
back door. Mrs. Podgis, also hearing the shots, ran from the kitchen.
Bruce and Mrs. Podgis collided in
the narrow corridor from the kitchen and back door to the living
room, running in opposite direcr
tions, and the gun discharged. Mrs.
Podgis sustained an abdominal
wound running obliquely
downward from the right side to the
left hip. Meanwhile, upstairs, Scott
had shot his stepfather in the head.
Scott testified at the trial that he
decided to go to Texas to discuss his
next move with his sisters there. He
enlisted Bruce's aid to clean up the
house and move the bodies into the
van. Scott drove the van (Bruce had
never driven and didn't know how)
to Pennsylvania where the bodies
were left in a park and on to Texas
where they were arrested.
Bruce Curtis refused to make a
statement without a lawyer. Two
New Jersey investigators flew to
Texas to question Franz. Scott
Franz made a similar assertion and,
according to Jan Tyrwhitt in her
Reader's Digest article of
November 1985, Franz was given
the number of the local bar association which he called. His name was
taken but they never called back or
sent a lawyer. Four hours later
Franz was convinced to waive his
right to see a lawyer, and he made
an official statement.
After explaining that he'd shot
his stepfather in self-defense, Franz
states (from Tyrwhitt's article):
"The next thing I heard was
another shot. Then I heard my
mother groaning or crying. I stayed
upstairs for a couple of minutes and
then I went downstairs and saw her
laying between the dining room and
the bar room in the doorway. Bruce
was standing there, screaming
something like 'what are we going
to do?' At first I said I didn't know,
and then I said 'We got to get rid of
the bodies'.
When asked if he knew why Curtis had shot his mother, Franz
stated "He said something about
being afraid."
The sworn statement was signed
at 2:05 a.m., Monday July 12, one
week after the shootings.
The boys were flown back to New
Jersey and were arraigned. Bail was
set at $250,000 each. Neither family
could afford it.
Curtis and Franz have been incarcerated since they were arrested
near Dallas on July 10, 1982.
They were indicted on August 24,
1982. Neither Franz nor Curtis
would be attending his first-year
university registration, just two
weeks away. Franz was charged
with the murder of Alfred Podgis
and abetting the murder of
Rosemary Podgis. Curtis was
charged with the murder of
Rosemary Podgis and abetting the
murder of Alfred Podgis. Both
were charged with conspiracy to
commit murder and theft of Alfred
Podgis' van. The two spent the next
nine months in Monmouth County
Jail, sleeping on mattresses in the
hallway, awaiting trial.
Franz's defense was that he had
shot Podgis in self-defense. Curtis'
defense was that Rosemary was
shot accidentally as a result of their
collision in the hallway.
According to David Hayes, a
Toronto writer whose book on
Bruce Curtis will be published by
Penguin this October, Chaiet, the
prosecutor was then, and is today
still convinced that the two boys,
togethr for one harrowing week
before the shootings, consciously
decided to kill Al and Rosemary
Hayes   draws   attention   to
Chaiet's view of the facts: "He sees
two boys together for a week, bringing guns into the house, and two .
killings in seconds of each other."
According to Franz's original
statement, Franz decided to bring
guns into the house. He loaded the I
guns, gave one to Curtis, and
before going upstairs the morning
of the shooting, said to Curtis:
"If Al tries anything, like
shooting at me, then I'm going to
shoot back. If you have to go out of
the house shooting, go ahead."
Franz had also stated it had been his
own idea to clean up the bodies,
and to drive to Texas where he
wanted to break the news of his
mother's death to his sisters.
Chaiet had virtually no case
against Curtis. Curtis had never
been in trouble before, he had never
handled a firearm before and he
had no motive to kill Mrs. Podgis.
When interviewed by Jan Tyrwhitt
in December of 1984, Curtis said:
"Of course I cared that she should
live. She was a very nice person and
she was always very kind to me. I
didn't want to harm her." The
angle of entry of the bullet that killed Mrs. Podgis (from 15 cm to the
right of her navel into her left hip)
suggests the rifle had not been aimed.
Psychiatrist Harry H. Bjunt concluded, for the defense: "In my opinion he fired the rifle in a startled
reaction and the path of the bullet
as well as the fact that he was not
used to firearms make me feel that
the shooting was certainly unintentional. I think that Bruce was totally at sea, and he reacted to his
friend's actions as a follower."
See page 10: Franz
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The seven "B" parking lots, situated immediately south
of the main campus are not controlled by coin operated
exit gates. All entrances and exits are gated and, on
entering, each vehicle is counted. When the lot is full to
capacity, a lot full sign is illuminated. The entry gate will
not operate again until space becomes available. The
exit gate will raise when 25c coinage is place in the coin
The 25c exit fee entitles the vehicle to remain in the lot
for a maximum of one day. For this reason the B lots
must be cleared Tuesday to Friday, between the hours of
3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m; Commencing at 7:00 p.m. on
Fridays, to 7:00 a.m. on Mondays, parking will be free.
Resident students are entitled to purchase a resident
decal and exit key card for a yearly fee of $35. Key cards
and resident decals, which allow a vehicle to be parked
overnight in the B lots, are available at the Traffic
Office situated at 3030 Wesbrook Mall.
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Friday, September 12,1986
South Africa and violence are so
closely related that one rarely
receives a shock when the latest
black deaths are announced.
Newspapers provide figures and explanations, but ghastly as these
tales are they fail to jolt our numbed senses.
Directed by Sharon Sopher
and Winnie and Nelson Mandela
Directed by Peter Davis
at the Ridge Theatre
Sept. 12-16
The films Witness to Apartheid
and Winnie and Nelson Mandela,
however, succeed where the
newspapers fail. These hour long
documentaries transport the au-.
dience into the hells that are the
South African townships. Witness
and Mandela expose the townships
for what they are, battlefields in a
civil war.
Witness to Apartheid, filmed by
Sharon Sopher, an American, during the. 1985 state of emergency,
documents the experiences of black
and white South Africans.
Since whites have not yet been
visibly affected by apartheid Sopher
emphasizes the blacks' story. She
documents the routine torture of
black political detainees.
On the streets the favourite police
weapon is the whip. Sopher films
police running amuk in black
crowds, indiscriminately whipping
and beating men and women.
Witness makes it clear that the
South African government has no
plans to share power with the
blacks. The government has given
the security forces a carte blanche
to quell black discontent. Hence the
obscene abuse of humanity that
Sopher documents.
The consequence of the government's decision to violently suppress discontent is that fewer blacks
believe peaceful reform can succeed. Of the blacks Sopher interviewed , all believe violent means are
necessary to destroy white rule.
Even the self-styled leader of the
black people, Archbishop Desmund
Tutu, cautiously embraces violence
as a political weapon.
Unfortunately, Sopher does not
interview those blacks who will be
responsible for organizing the
wholesale murder of the whites.
Tutu and Joseph Nkondo, of the
United Democratic Front, are the
only public figures interviewed. No
leaders of the African National
Congress speak.
Sopher also does not answer the
question of why it is that most of
the people who agitate for change
are youths. She notices most of the
victims are young but does not
question what the older population
is doing to initiate change.
Still, these failings are understandable given Witness's format.
Sopher wants an emotional
response, not an intellectual one.
Thus, much of the documentary is
filled with pictures of broken
bodies, heads beaten soft with lead
pipes, bloody flesh wounds and the
inevitable scars from police whips.
Sopher turns the audience into
witnesses of South Africa's
Mandela, in contrast to Witness,
is analytical. Mandela's director,
Peter Davis (who worked as researcher on Witness), emphasizes the
story rather than the pictures. Davis
recounts the rise of the ANC and
the lives of Winnie and Nelson
Mandela. He begins with the 1956
treason trial of Nelson Mandela and
others. Then he documents the first
ANC bombing attacks on government property and the subsequent
1962 trial of Nelson and seven other
Once Mandela is jailed, Davis
cuts to Winnie Mandela and explores her life. Alone before the
camera she talks about her job as a
social worker in Soweto, and about
the poverty in the townships.
She tells what it is like being married to a "cause". Then, she recounts and relives 20 years of mental and physical torture. Sixteen
months solitary confinement, one
bombed house, and forced exile into the Orange Free State are among
the hardships she recalls.
Davis' film is an excellent overview of the anti-apartheid
movements origins, and a good
overview of Winnie Mandela's life.
Yet, Davis leaves important questions unanswered. For instance,
what type of society does Winnie
want in South Africa: communist,
socialist or capitalist? Does she
believe in sharing power with
As well, Davis portrays Winnie as
a black leader but he does not examine who her supporters are. Like
Witness, Mandela succeeds visually
but suffers for its limited analysis.
However, the content in both
films is enough to make them excellent documentaries. The
premiere Sept. 12 is a benefit show
for Oxfam. Winnie and Nelson
Mandela director Peter Davis will
be at the theatre Sept. 12-13.
Salvador — good and bloody
"Salvador" is both a well made
movie and a well intentioned movie.
Directed by Oliver Stone (Midnight Express, Year of the Dragon),
Salvador attempts to recreate the
events of 1980 as seen through the
eyes of a sleazeball American journalist, played by James Wood.
Let me warn you though, don't
head into the theatre expecting
another movie along the lines of
"Under Fire". "Salvador" is no
paean to the wonderfulness of the
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On Tuesday night the usually
placid Asian Centre auditorium
erupted with Eastern spiritual
Tamagawa University Dance and
Drama Group
8:30, Sept. 12 and 13
Xerox International Theatre
The Tamagawa University Dance
and Drama Group of Tokyo perform a unique blend of Japanese
classical and modernist theatre in
their production of Bekkanko-Oni.
The show is a sensual explosion of
music, movement and color — an
emotionally stunning spectacle.
Borrowing techniques from the
traditional theatrical dramas of
Noh and Kabuki, the Tamagawa
troupe have synthesized ' the
Japanese folkloric play with
Western new-wave theatre flash.
Although entirely in Japanese,
the story is made coherent to the
average "gaijin" through helpful
English narrative-inserts that update twists in the plot.
American journalist, and it is a
much more violent movie. Bloody
death is everywhere.
The film conveys a sense of life in
El Salvador, frequently punctuated
by sudden and unpredictable acts of
violence. It is difficult to know how
accurate this impression is.
This movie is not an unbiased
portrayal of Central America. It is
making a definite political state-'
ment, condemning the Salvadoran
right and especially the United
State's   support   of   a   repressive
The performance of James
.Wood is bang on. He behaves consistently, if not always admirably,
and emerges as the voice of conscience amidst the confusion. He
goes head to head with the US
Departments of State and Defense,
and tells them that their support of
the Salvadoran regime is Un-
American and Un-Constitutional.
Heavy stuff!
The point of view of the movie is
See page 15: SALVADOR
The stage is flanked on either side
by musicians playing traditional
woodwinds and strings. These
classical forms are complemented
by ambient washes of synthesizers
and drums creating a vibrant
musical backdrop for the performance.
While Noh and Kabuki are slow
developing and often wearing for
the time conscious Westerner, the
imagery is fast paced and exciting,
allowing the audience to grasp each
movement spontaneously.
Onstage, the play unfolds as a
series of small, but crucial scenes
linked together by a common
theme. Bekkanko-Oni is the name
of the play's protagonist, a naive,
simple-minded   ogre.   Oni   more
John Lee Hooker brought his
blazing brand of boogie blues to the
confines of Mama Golds. The 'intimacy' of this show made it a once
in a lifetime experience. John Lee's
definitive one-chord boogie electric
blues had even the semi-comatose
yuppie crowd screaming for more.
Elvin Bishop, who opened for
John Lee, really didn't provide
much in the way of aural excitement
until he reappeared later in the
show as back-up to the inimitable
bluesman himself. The show was so
good that it left the reviewer with
the distinct impression that she was
somewhere other than the expo-
crazed burgh of Vancouver. That's
o.k. . .may it happen again!
* * *
At the Commodore, last Thursday the Wailin Demons provided a
completely uninspiring opening act
(sorry guys, black hats and dark
glasses aren't enough to cover up a
basically Outlaws bar band mentality). The show finally got rolling at
about 11:30 when Buddy Guy
bounced  on to  the stage to the
See page 15: BLUES
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Curtis in Bordentown
Journey to Bordentown. is one of
those bizarre human tragedies that
is too improbable to be accepted as
fiction; unfortunately the plight of
Bruce Curtis is real.
Playwright and director Jack
Sheriff has written a unique type of
drama. Bordentown resembles
Greek tragedy with a spoken
chorus, and classic courtroom re-
countings of the black and white
era. The bare set, comprised of
eight chairs and an unnecessary
video screen, saw an intense show
told through mime and straight narration.
Sheriff's Bordentown is an exercise in charity, but still an exercise
and far from a polished professional act. Most of the obvious
mistakes of the all volunteer cast
could have been erased with a
week's more rehearsal, however a
few inconsistencies were more
bothersome. Why was the investigative reporter played by the
youngest looking cast member?
Why was the judge in the end
played by the microphoned, off
stage Sheriff and not the school boy
chorus that had until then played all
the minor characters including a
judge? The greatest weakness,
however, is the singularity of pace.
The dialogue ranges from passionate melodrama to hyperactive
melodrama. Like small doses but
straining over the long run. But
production qualities aside, the abili-
-ty of Curtis' harrowing, and as yet
unending, nightmare to involve the
viewer is indisputable.
What makes Curtis' story so
emotionally rivetting is the incredibility of the crime and all its
characters, and the massiveness of
injustice that sees Curtis only one
fifth through his sentence after four
years in Bordentown prison.
And what a mad story it is. In
1982, Bruce Curtis was a quiet, intelligent, eighteen-year-old Nova
Scotian loner. Today he sits in a
New Jersey prison.
When Curtis' friend Scott Franz
invites him down to his parent's
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mansion in New Jersey he finds instead a dump that looks to Curtis as
though "burglars had hit the
place". Odd. But when Franz tells
Curtis the home is a "winter home"
and "the maids are on vacation"
Curtis believes him. This, however,
is just the first nibble on the
smorgasbord of lies Franz offers
and Curtis accepts.
After eight days of lunacy —
Franz's stepfather was a violent gun
toter, the entire story speaking
volumes for gun control with rifles
in trucks, under beds and under
pillows — Franz kills his stepfather,
and Curtis fleeing the house accidentally kills Franz's mother.
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closely resembles a human being in
nature: he is neither malicious nor
fearful and is ridiculed by everyone.
In despair, Oni travels to the mountains seeking solace among the
In the forest Oni encounters the
sorceress Yamagaka, the legendary
mistress of the mountain, who is
disappointed with Oni's un-ogrelike
behavior. She orders him to clean
the graveyard as punishment.
Unperturbed, Oni laughs and tells
her that for him, the bones are little
more than candy.
In the village below lives a blind
girl named Yuki. Yuki's father,
Oto, is a hunter who enjoys killing
animals, especially birds. The
negative energy Oto's senseless
slaughter has created is reversed by
nature and transferred to the next
generation of Oto's family. Hence
Yuki is blind. This concept is consistent with the Buddhist belief of
universal reciprocity. Evil deeds
create an imbalance in nature.
Balance is restored when the deed
rebounds to plague the evildoer. In
base Western terminology, "you
gets what you pays for". Unfortunately, it is the innocent Yuki, not
Oto, who is punished by nature.
One day Yuki and Oto visit
mother's grave. Oto, drunk on
sake, leaves Yuki at the graveyard
and goes hunting, eager to kill
more animals. Bekkanko-Oni,
asleep in the graveyard, is awakened by Yuki's lamentations of her
miserable life in the village. Feeling
sorry for her, the ogre carries her
off into the mountains. Upon returning from hunting Oto finds Yuki
missing and sets out to search for
As you might have guessed, Yuki
eventually falls in love with the ogre
and three months later, they marry.
Oni describes to Yuki the beautiful
mountain scenery and her desire to
gain sight increases. Oni consults
Yamagaka on how to cure Yuki's
blindness. Convinced of the ogre's
devotion to Yuki, Yamagaka
discloses the presence of a special
herb that can cure Yuki's handicap.
The ogre sets out at once on his mission.
Meanwhile, Oto, believing that
Oni has devoured Yuki, grabs his rifle and vows to take revenge on the
ogre. The birds in the trees augur
something tragic lies ahead.
The play's climax is both ironic
and tragic. Oni, fatally wounded by
Oto's bullet, delivers the herb to
Yuki and she gains her sight. Her
first glimpse of the living world is
one of her dying husband. Grief
stricken, she is aghast to find that it
was her father who shot her husband,
Yuki is so disturbed, that in a fit
of anger she is transformed into a
terrible being full of hatred and
revenge: an ogress. In a spectacular
flash of light and flowing sinews the
ogress takes revenge on her husband's murderer. The play ends and
the audience swallows hard.
Bekkanko—Oni is captivating.
The costumes, brightly coloured
and sharply patterned, explode with
primal energy. Like the vibrant
Kabuki, one feels immersed in an
ever-changing, shifting
kaleidoscope of color and movement. Unlike Kabuki, however, the
supporting cast in the background
is constantly brought to the foreground to dance and interact with
the principal actors. The effect is
powerful. The complexity of each
movement by an individual is only
surpassed by the unifying flow of
the whole cast.
It is the Tamagawa troupe's ability to isolate each moment as an independent quality, apart from any
sense of past and future, that gives
the production an inexpressible
something that is uniquely it's own.
Bekkano-Oni will be performed
at the Xerox International Theatre
at Expo this weekend.
Balla: the art of war
We will glorify war — the world's
only hygiene — militarism,
patriotism, the destructive gesture
of the anarchist, beautiful ideas
worth dying for, and scorn for
T.F. Marinetti,
"Manifesto of Futurism"
This summer the Vancouver Art
Gallery has set attendance records
with a slate of well publicized international exhibits, including Dutch
Masters, The Vatican  Splendour,
and Edvard Munc. In comparison
the current offering of 30 works by
the   leading    Italian    Futurist
Giacomo   Balla   (1871-1958)   is
distinguished by its low profile.
Much of this is due to the formal
inaccessibility of the work itself.
Balla's efforts to depict the
dynamism and speed of modern
technology does not produce
familiar images. His sweeping conical sections are only vaguely
reminiscent of the work of his contemporaries the Cubists. Balla's
creative use of colour does not at
first suggest any particular consistency. He enlists specific hues
symbolically rahter than expressively-
More controversial, however, is
Balla's association with the Futurist
movement itself, with its un-
mistakeable connections to early
Italian Fascism. Futurism's
theoretical founder was the Symbolist poet Tomasso Fillipo
Marinetti, who was able by his
literary reputation to get the first of
many Futurist Manifestos on the
front page of Paris' Le Figaro
newspaper in 1909.
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agatiist traditional"valu^S\in art arid,
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efficiency of modern machinery as
a new aesthetic ideal.
This new aesthetic was held by
the Futurists to be most perfectly
expressed in the act of war, with
which made the fullest use of
technology. The literature prepared
for the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit merely hints at this connection. Instead, Balla's superbly
crafted works are left to speak for
themselves, something the early
Futurists with their mass publicity
and multi-media "happenings"
would never have allowed. Indeed,
Futurist   events   throughout   Italy
Balla's strokes flash in
graceful curves from
source points, like
swirling wind or the
blurred path of a
burnished lathe.
before the First World War often
resulted in audience riots and resultant arrests, adding to the movement's general notoriety.
The exhaustive retrospective
Futurismo e Futurismi, which opened in Venice last May, signals a recent willingness in the art world to
consider Futurism's Significance in
modern art in spite of its controversial past. Although clearly a minor
counterpoint to the Venice show,-
the works at the V.A.G. are an excellent representation of Balla's ac-
Jjxitiesjn the early part of this cen-
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irid^htee/\of th£ Italian flag'i-
— the tricolori — in solid intersecting forms resembling plough-tips
and apostrophes. In Deceptions
of May 9th; Deceptions of War the
tricolori is threatened by Ominous
black and dark brown shapes; the
white is greyed. In Forms-Volume
of the Cry "Viva L'ltalia", Balla
uses blue as the symbol for optimism. It surges below the tricolori
and forms a canopy above.
The same blue is featured in
rounded solids beside spiky black
knife edges in the 1923 oil
Pessismism and Optimism. Balla's
symbolic use of colour is most obvious in Mutilated Trees (1918),
where curved black edges slice
through a deep "forest" of green!
Balla's earlier studies are less concerned with such didactic portrayals
of struggle. Freed from the heavy-
handed colour symbolism of later
works, the pre-war oils and
temperas are fresh and elegant.
Works such as Line of Speed
(1913) successfully confront the
problem of how to represent speed
and motion over time and in space
within the confines of the fixed
plane of the canvas. Balla's strokes
flash in graceful curves from source
points, like swirling wind or the
blurred path of a burnished lathe.
But Balla layers his work like multi-
exposure photographs, and the-influence of early photo-motion
studies by Muybridge and Marey is
particularly evident.
These are splendid works, yet the
traditional gallery presentation
removes them from their political
context. The V.G.A. could well
have interspersed photos of the
Futurists, posters of the events,
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Friday, September 12,1986
Franz changes story, accuses Curtis
From page 7
The prosecution entered no
psychiatric assessments of Bruce
Curtis at his trial, nor did it address
the entry point or angle of the
bullet. All they had on Bruce Curtis
was his activities after the fact, and
the fact that Franz stated he had not
cocked Curtis' rifle when he loaded
it. The police investigators did not
pursue the questioning of Bruce
Curtis in Dallas, only Scott Franz.
The case against Scott Franz was
much stronger. It was Franz's contention that he went upstairs to
have a shower and took the gun
because Podgis had taken a shot at
him the night before. He went
upstairs to the bathroom. He left
his gun in the bathroom and walked
down the hall. The door to Podgis'
room was open. Rosemary had'
risen earlier and was downstairs
cooking the boys' breakfast. Franz
looked into the room. When Podgis
saw him, Podgis reached for the rifle beside the bed.
Upon seeing this, Franz stated he
returned to the bathroom, got his
rifle (a .30 calibre Winchester) and
walked into Podgis' room. There he
says he asked Podgis why he shot at
him the day before. Podgis replied
it was because Franz had been stealing his mother's jewelry, then fired
his rifle at Franz. Franz ducked
behind a bureau within the room
and cocked his rifle. Podgis shot at
the hidden boy two more times, and
it was then the dog ran from the
room, causing Podgis to turn to
look at the door.
At this point Franz ran for the
door, pointed the gun, closed his
«yes and pulled the trigger, glimpsing blood spattered on the wall as
he passed out of the room.
The bullet entered the back of
Podgis's head, behind an ear, and
was recovered from the lower of
two pillows Podgis has been sleeping on.
David Hayes explains that forensic investigators found blood and
brains in the pillows which had been
beneath Podgis' head and the spray
pattern of the blood on the wall indicated the gun had been fired from
above. Says Hayes: "In order to
blow this guy's brains down
through two pillows, you can't,
shoot level from across the room"
To corroborate this suggestion
that Podgis had been shot in his
sleep, Chaiet had Fillinger, the
pathologist who performed the
autopsy, prepared to testify that
Podgis was killed by a contact
Hayes believes Chaiet knew he
had Franz for murder, but Chaiet
also knew if he tried Franz, he
would have no case against Curtis.
The only way to build a case against
Curtis was to have Franz testify
against him. Franz was to be tried
before Curtis. If Franz was acquitted, Curtis would never even go to
trial. If Franz was convicted, it was
unlikely he could be convinced to
testify against Curtis. Chaiet's only
route to getting two convictions was
to plea-bargain Scott, before his
trial, into turning state's evidence.
On March 1, two weeks before
the trial date, Chaiet met with Scott
and his attorney, Thomas Smith.
Chaiet discussed the forensic
evidence, Fillinger's position on the
contact wound and the fact that
Franz had returned to Podgis' room
with a gun instead of fleeing in the
face of Podgis' threat.
After the meeting, Smith advised
Franz to consider a plea bargain.
Smith enlisted Chaiet's aid in trying
to convince Franz. Chaiet offered
Franz a lesser sentence if he pleaded
guilty to murder. Franz agreed after
a series of initial refusals.
Suddenly the prosecution had a
witness, Franz's guilty plea was
entered, and Curtis' lawyer,
Michael Schottland, had a much
different case on his hands. He had
two weeks to prepare, during which
time he received daily discovery
reports of how Franz had now
altered his story.
Schottland had had an easy case
to this point. And this new witness,
a known liar who had changed his
story at the eleventh hour, right
after a plea bargain and before his
sentencing, had little credibility.
Schottland would have to deal
basically only with who had cocked
that rifle that killed Rosemary
Podgis, or if it had malfunctioned.
There was also the fact of a ten-
page journal Curtis had written a
week before going to New Jersey
which had been found at the Podgis
house by investigators. It contained
the depressing, Kafka-esque musing
of the tragically confused mind of
an eighteen-year-old, just after the
suicide of his close friend. An example: "I am mad, insane, as I
have always waned to be. I want
power. I do not want to die."
In addition, the final passage of
the dairy was a description of
homosexual intercourse. Schottland
knew the prosecution would use the
dairy in cross-examination, and he
was concerned that his quiet,
unassuming client, weak and still in
shock from his ordeal might go
silent and be unable to address the
prosecutor's accusations. Schottland decided not to call Bruce as a
The trial began March 14, 1983.
Two charges were dropped, so
Bruce was charged only with the
murder of Rosemary Podgis and
the theft of the van. The prosecution contended Curtis was the evil
mastermind behind both killings,
and that Scott Franz had fallen
under his influence.
The prosecution first showed the
jury gory videotapes of the aftermath of Podgis' death in the
upstairs bedroom, and still
photographs of Podgis'
reconstructed head at the morgue.
Schottland objected that this
evidence was irrelevent to his
client's charge of the murder of
Rosemary Podgis, and was prejudicial. Judge Arnone overruled
the objection.
Franz took the stand and explained how Curtis' had initiated their
bringing the guns into the house,
and the disposal of the bodies.
Although he had already pleaded
guilty to the murder of Al Podgis,
he would not admit on the stand
that he had killed Podgis on purpose. During cross-examination,
Schottland asked him:
"Did you plead guilty to murder
because your lawyer told you to or
because you were guilty?"
Franz: "No"
Schottland: "Neither of those
Franz (motioning to Chaiet):
"He advised me to."
The prosecution's ballistics expert, holding the rifle with which
Curtis shot Rosemary Podgis, explained how the lever action rifle re
quires that the lever below the barrel be pushed up and purposely held
up against the barrel of the rifle, or
it will not fire. In his demonstration, he let the lever hang loose and,
to display the safety feature, pulled
the trigger. The gun fired. The prosecution had confirmed Curtis' explanation of the gun's firing accidentally.
The defense called in expert
witness Dominic DiMaio, the
former chief medical examiner for
New York City. He indicated that
there was no way for Fillinger to
determine whether or not Al Podgis
was killed by a contact wound:
"There is no burn, there is no
powder deposit, there is nothing."
Judge Arnone charged the jury,
telling them their choices were
murder, aggravated manslaughter,
reckless manslaughter, and aquit-
tal. He did not indicate that, in law,
they could find Bruce negligent and
still aquit him. Also, he offered a
very confusing explanation of the
differences between aggravated
manslaughter, and reckless
manslaughter, reckless being the
lesser crime.
When the jury left, Schottland
objected. The charge to the jury
was incorrect. The defense had based its case on a negligent but not
guilty scenario. Schottland was
Twice the jury requested
clarification of their choices; never
did Judge Arnone indicate that an
aquittal could include negligence
and poor judgement.
Bruce Curtis was found guilty of
aggravated manslaughter and given
the maximum sentence for that
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Page 11
CHILEANS call for
Sanctions Now!!!!!!
By John Gushue
and Melinda Wittstock
Canadian University Press
OTTAWA (CUP) — While
South African Blacks call for
economic sanctions designed to topple the apartheid regime of Pieter
Botha, Chileans anxious to oust
dictator Augusto Pinochet, are now
beginning to take up the call for
divestment as the 13th year of
Pinochet's bloody rule approaches.
Chileans are now calling on all international lending agencies — including the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) and the World Bank —
the foreign governments to halt all
loans and aid to the troubled
regime, says Paul Mably of Oxfam
Canada's Ottawa Chile solidarity
group. "Right now, the Inter-
American Development Bank and
the World Bank are both considering loans to the regime, so a campaign has been launched to lobby
both Canada and the U.S. to stop
the loans," he said.
Mably says Oxfam, which recently organized two "union tours" to
Chile to "link Canadian unions
with their Chilean counterparts,"
interviewed Chileans from all walks
of life and asked them if they
wanted economic sanctions.
"We asked slum dwellers,
campensino farmers, unions,
women and students, and just
about all of them said sanctions
were necessary to oust Pinochet,"
Mably said.
Chileans also want North
Americans and Western Europeans
to boycott Chilean fruits,
vegetables, wines, and manufactured products. Canadian solidarity
groups are beginning to take up
their call.
Rick Jackson, an employee of the
Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
who lived in Chile for two years and
visited Chile for a week in May,
says the CLC has had a continuous
boycott of Chilean products since
the U.S.-backed coup September
11, 1973 installed a military junta
headed by Pinochet.
The CLC boycotts Chilean wines,
grapes, canned fruits, canned
seafood, and auto parts, says
Jackson. It also encourages workers
and their families to boycott the
products as well.
But, says Jackson, "we haven't
been running a concerted campaign
Mably predicts that the situation
in Chile will deteriorate so rapidly,
however, that workers in North
America may be asked to stop
unloading Chilean goods. "But the
time for that sort of work stoppage
is not ripe yet," he said.
Jackson says there are some
parallels to the campaign for divestment in South Africa. "Like South
Africa, there is a real possibility
that things may break into a bloodbath," he said.
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are available
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"Sanctions will force the government to deal with the prospect of
majority rule in the country. That,
or there will be a civil war and a
bloodbath," Jackson said.
Moira Hutchinson, coordinator
of the Toronto-based Taskforce on
Churches and Corporate Responsibility, says her organization is
"asking companies and international lending institutions to consider the implications of their investments on human rights in
Hutchinson says the Taskforce
has been trying to set up legislation
in Canada to govern Canadian corporate investment in countries like
Chile. "In the U.S.," she says,
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Friday, September 12, 1986
Chilean General Pinochet  Days  Numbered
By Melinda Wittstock
Canadian University Press
OTTAWA (CUP) — It might be
'goodbye Santiago, hello San
Diego' for Chilean dictator
Augusto Pinochet, if the United
States government gets its way.
As opposition to Pinochet's
brutal regime mounts within the
country, the Reagan administration
is preparing to extend the same
arms that welcomed former
Phillipines tyrant Ferdinand Marcos last winter.
Three weeks ago, anti-Pinochet
guerrillas seized a top-secret letter
written to the Vice Commanders of
the Chilean armed forces by John
Galvin, Chief Commander of the
U.S. army's Southern Command in
Panama, and released it Sept. 3, according to a telex from the Havana-
based Prensa Latina to Oxfam
Canada's office in Ottawa.
In the letter, Galvin is quoted as
saying "Pinochet is finished from a
strategic point of view . . . the U.S.
will welcome Pinochet as a guest . .
within the next two months."
"It's quite amazing," says Paul
Mably of Oxfam's Chilean support
group in Ottawa. "There's no
doubt that the overthrow of Marcos
in the Phillipines and Duvalier in
Haiti have been instrumental in
uniting and strengthening the opposition to Pinochet."
Mably says the strength of the
opposition is probably the reason
the U.S. governments' increasing
reticence to support Pinochet.
"For the first time all sorts of
groups — students, teachers, doctors, lawyers, old people, urban
slum dwellers — are fighting
Pinochet," says Rick Jackson, an
employee of the Canadian Labour
Congress who recently came back
from a week-long visit to Chile.
"There is a time bomb ticking
away down there," he said.
Sept. 3 and 4 saw a national work
stoppage in Chile. "No kids are going to school, none of the stores are
open and the truckers aren't
transporting anything," says
Mably. The strike, organized by a
coalition of 18 trade unions, student groups and professional
associations called the National
Civic Assembly, is aimed at "closing Chile down."
On July 2 and 3, the first national
strike of this kind was called. Mably
said it was a "tremendous success"
and noted that the opposition to
Pinochet's dictatorship was unified
for the first time since the
U.S.-sponsored coup d'etat on
Sept. 11, 1973 that overthrew the
democratically    elected    socialist
government of Salvador Allende
and put Pinochet in the National
Palace in Santiago.
During the 48-hour work stoppage, at least eight people were killed by the military and 1,000 were
Mably says just about everyone
in Chile is now opposed to
Pinochet. "There is a high level of
discontent in Chile among all sectors of the population. And, it's not
surprising considering that one-
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TB, wiped out completely by the
early '70s, are returning."
Even the "moneyed classes are
now opposed to the regime," says
Mably. "The economy is so
unstable now, that those with
money won't invest. Not only that,
but many of the banks and companies are going belly-up."
Jackson says the dictatorship is
"losing every day." Pinochet is
responding to demands for a
democratic government "with an
iron fist."
Despite  the  opposition,   Mably
thinks Pinochet will "probably pull
a Somoza" if the U.S. doesn't intervene.
"He'll hang on as long as possible and probably take revenge on
the population before moving to
Paraguay," just as Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza did in 1979
as the Sandinistas were on the verge
of overthrowing him.
A more peaceful scenario is that
Pinochet, "knowing he can't hang
on for much longer," will negotiate
a transition to another military or
perhaps civilian government, "but
that's doubtful," says Mably.
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Page 13
fringe attracts underground
Underground meets practically-
mainstream at the Vancouver Fringe Festival which begins today in
Mt. Pleasant (that's in Vancouver).
The Arts Club is there, but so is
Persephone and Hades, an audience
interactive experience which could
last anywhere from two minutes to
four hours, depending on the audience. It would seem that a slow
-michael ivas photo
audience might be encouraged to
participate, rather than spending
five dollars to see a show end in just
Fringe Artistic Director Joanna
Maratta has spent most of her artistic career acting, directing, and
teaching in Vancouver's
underground, alternate theatre.
"Mainstream theatre has to plan
ahead. They have audiences to cater
to and must plan shows to ensure
box office success."
Not so alternate theatre:
"Typically what happens in alternate is groups and individuals
create ad hoc companys to try new
Maratta speaks of a side of Vancouver theatre rarely glimpsed by
people not in the artistic community. "There has always been a lot of
alternate, challenging theatre,"
says Maratta, "the problem has
been that they're in places where
they need more exposure. Audiences need to know this theatre is
there. It may not be on Granville
Island, but in the oddest places.
That's what The Fringe is all
And that's what this festival is all
about — bringing a wider Vancouver audience to the oddest
places, figuratively and physically
speaking. This, the cutting edge of
theatre arts, is being offered to an
audience steeped in — or starved by
— Neil Simon and the Broadway
For a minute this past summer it
looked as if the show would not go
on. Both the Federal and Provincial
governments denied their promised
funding in June. But Festival suppliers and venues encouraged
Maratta to go ahead anyway. They
would work out costs somehow.
Maratta and the Fringe launched
a fundraising effort, and a petition
asking that the funding be restored.
The petition worked. "It told us
something about arts," says Marat-
-raymond laroche photo
ta, "Artists need to speak for
This year's Fringe boasts over 400
performances by 100 different
groups and individuals. And what
kind of criteria determine who performs and who does not? "April
30", says Maratta. "Applications
go out in January and the deadline
is April. By April 30 all one hundred spaces were filled, and we had
a waiting list of thirty."
This year's Fringe includes the
new Fringe Club, downstairs at
Vancouver Tonite at 315 E. Broadway. This hangout for actors people
who like to look at actors, and actors who like to look at people, will
be open every day of the Fringe
from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Last week's issue of the Georgia
Straight contains all of the gory
details on all of the shows at all of
the ten venues around Broadway
and Main.
Opening ceremonies are tomorrow, September 13, at ten o'clock in
Guelph Park at 8th and Scotia.
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Friday, September 12,1986
UBC wins
Oxford Varsity Mens Field
Hockey team finished its tour of
Western Canada with a 4-1 loss to
U.B.C. on MacGregor Fields Monday.
Chris Gifford (2), Ryan French,
and Ian McKenzie supplied the
goals for U.B.C. Center half Doug
Harris and Goalie Cameron Lustig
had stand out games.
Despite Oxford's reputation as
being one of the best university
sides in the world and of gentlemanly conduct, the team did not show
too much of either on the field.
Although their players are very
skilled, their attack was quite slow
and predictable.
U.B.C. however played an excellent game. After being utterly
destroyed  5-0 by  Richmond in  a
league game on Saturday, U.B.C.
looked like a different team. Anchored by solid defence and goal-
keeping, the forwards were able to
outrun Oxford and didn't squander
any goal scoring chances.
Oxford University finished its
tour in Vancouver after stops in Ottawa and Edmonton. They flew
back on Tuesday after being hosted
for a dinner and dance by U.B.C.
Monday night.
The win over Oxford will certainly give confidence to the Varsity
team as it starts its year in the Vancouver League. The Junior Varsity
team looks strong this year as well,
as it won its first game 4-2 on the
weekend. Future plans ofthe teams
include trips to U.C. Berkeley and
U. Vic.
TORONTO (CUP) — Canada's
only pay television sports network
is aiming for a broader university
clientele by expanding its coverage
of collegiate football play.
Though students have been reluctant to take to the two-year-old
channel, TSN — The Sports Network — is betting its eight-game
lineup of Canadian Interuniversity
Athletic Union contests will draw a
strong following.
"Our sales or our audiences
aren't where we'd like them, but
we're hoping to build on these this
year," said TSN programming official Jim Thompson. He said TSN
has  expanded   its  coverage  from
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previous years to be more attentive
to regional interests.
"This year's program is a fine
tuning of last year's. We're trying
to be a little more representative
this year," Thompson said.
TSN's collegiate football
coverage this year begins Sept. 20
when defending CIAU champions
the Calgary Dinosaurs play the
Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton. The series will conclude Nov.
15 with coverage of the Atlantic
Bowl regional championship. The
CTV network will broadcast the national championship game for the
Vanier Cup on Nov. 22.
SUB 100A, 228-4846 or MAIL BOX 60,
c/o AMS Business Office, SUB Rm. 266
Tools for Peace collects material
and financial aid for Nicaragua's
war-torn economy and sends it
there in a boat once a year.
This year's campaign kickoff is a
dance at the New York theatre, 639
Commercial featuring Holly Arn-
tzen's Band, and Annette
Ducharme this Saturday, Sept. 13;
doors open 8 p.m., music starts 9
Tickets cost $8 employed, $5
unemployed and are available at
Octopus Books, Zulu Records,
UBC Grad Student Centre,
MaCleods Books, Spartacus
Books, Black Swan Records and
the door.
opens September 16th
Massage Treatments are Available by Interns
from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays
For appointment or further information
CALL: 685-5801
(    SPORTS)
All ages, all abilities, all sexes welcome, 16th and
MacDonald 11 a.m.
Archery practice, orientation for new members,
7:30 p.m., Armo.
informal  worship  every  Tuesday,   noon,   Luth.
Camp. Centre.
Year's first lunch, noon, Hillel House.
General meeting, 12:30 p.m. at Council
Chambers SUB. 206.
Tour of Main and Sedgewick Libraries, 10:30
a.m. and 12:30 p.m., everyone welcome. Meet
at Main Library, main entrance hall.
Rush kickoff, 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m., SUB
plaza north.
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volunteer opportunities.
Call 228-3811 or come to
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rain or shine, furniture, cot, rugs, pictures,
clothes, sports equip., tires & many misc.
items. Kerrisdale, 6550 East Blvd.
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Refs. required. 321-8165 eves., wkends.
WANTED: part-time waitress. Weekends.
Flavour of India. Contact Jim 738-2122 between 4 and 5 p.m.
St. Anselm's Anglican Church
University Boulevard
Sunday Service: 8 & 11 a.m.
Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.
will preach.
Everyone Welcome
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Only $85 including complete manual. Call
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Choral Evensong
7:30 p.m. Alternate Sundays
Sept. 21 A Solo Cello Recital
by James MacLaren Hill
will follow the service.
Everyone is welcome
University Blvd.
'73 CHEVELLE. Exc. cond., power steer.,
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UBYSSEY Friday, September 12,1986
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Photographs of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: influential Bauhaus painter, sculptor, graphic artist,
typographer, filmmaker and photographer until Oct.
26, Presentation House (333 Chesterfield Ave., N.
Van) 966-1351.
Chick Rice, the invisible portrait: Anticlinical
portraits by Vancouver artist, until Oct. 26, Presentation House.
The Romantic landscape Now: works by nine
young artists, until Sept. 28, Surrey Art Gallery
(13750 88th Ave., Surrey) 596-1515/7461.
• -•-
If '
Being Placed • Judy Davis: Manipulation of
space, until Sept. 27, Contemporary Art, Gallery }
(565 Hamilton).
Laurence Hyde - Tha Southern Cross Series: A
series of wood engravings. Until Oct. 26, Burnaby
Gallery (6344 Gilpin St) 291-9441.
Icons in postmodernism: ten Italian artists'col-
lected by Renato Barrlli. Sept. 15 lo Oct. 3, Simon
Fraser Gallery (Simon Fraser University).
Imagination and Play: How to encourage imaginative play in your child. Sept. 16, 7 p.m. Sept. 16,
Surrey Art Gallery ($6).
Majolican and Slipware by Sam Kwan and
Jane Williams: Work by two Emily Carr Grads.
Sept. 16 to Sept. 28, Gallery of B.C. Ceramics
(1359 Cartwright, Granville Island) 669-5645.
Play Materials to make at home (level 1): Learn
inexpensive ways to make play materials. 7 p.m. Surrey Art Gallery ($6).
The Advance of sea power: an exhibition of
paintings, prints, documents, and model ships to
open the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Sept. 17
(1905 Ogden) 736-4431
The Medium is Metal the Theme is Colour:
Colour in jeweilry. Sept. 18 to Oct. 19, Cartwright
Gallery (1411 Cartwright, Granville Island}
Anna Kliorikaitis: brightly abstract oils until Oct. 12,
Vancouver East Cultural Centre Gallery.
SUBfilmj (SUB Auditorium 228-3897) Sept. 14:
Hannah and Har Sitters. 7 and 9:30 p.m., Sept.
18-21: Jewel of tha Nile 7 and 9:30 p.m.
The Ridga (16th and Arbutus, 738-63111 until
Sept. 18: Mandela and Witness to Apartheid, 7:30
Pacific Cinematheque 0131 Howe St.,
688-8202) Sept. 14: Classic Jazz presented by
Dave Dixon, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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Tango  Argentine:   Broadway  hit.  8 p.m.   until
Sept. 14, Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
The Judith Marcuse Repertory Dance Com
pany: A mini-dance festival including two other Van-
^xouver based companies,. Anna Wyman Oance
Theatre and Karen Jamieson Dance Company. Until
Sept. 18, Xerox Theatre, Expo.
Plaf, Har Songs, Her Lovas: Joelle Rabu plays
the tragic French singer. 4:30 p.m. (Sat. only) and
8:30 p.m. until Sept. 27, City Stage (751 Thurlow
St., 688-1436).
Lautrac: Another French lowlife bioplay. Paul
Beckett plays the artist who was long on talent in a
full length play by Vancouver playwright Harvey
Ostroff presented by Low-Arse productions. Sept.
14, 3:30 p.m., Sept. 15, 16, 7 p.m., Sept. 17, 18, 10
p.m. and Sept. 21, 12:15 p.m. Cambrians Hall.
Still Ufa: Documentary play distilled from interviews with a Vietnam vet, his wife and his lover.
Sept. 14, 16, 17, 4 p.m.; Sept. 15, 6 p.m.; Sept. 18,
9:30 p.m. Western Front (303 East 8th),
Vladimir Mayakovsky (a tragedy): by
Mayakovksy  the outrageous  Russian futurist  poet
Curtis play, with death
From page 8
Here Curtis is shocked, not into
sense but into following Franz's
every bizarre command. The two
boys clean up the mess, dump the
bodies in a Pennsylvania dump and
then, according to Curtis'
testimony, drive to Texas to personally explain what happened to
Franz's sister. Five days after the
shootings they are arrested in
After it is proven in court that the
gun that killed Franz's mother most
likely went off accidentally Franz
changes his story, admits to murder
thus turning state's evidence, and
receives a lesser sentence. After
Franz changes his story and a
myriad of legal injustices are ignored by the court.Curtis, who had
no criminal record, is found guilty
of aggravated manslaughter and
given the maximum sentence of
twenty years.
Since then Curtis has had a failed
appeal and, incredibly, little appreciation of how cruel Franz and
the New Jersey judicial system has
been to him.
The relationship between Curtis
and Franz is perhaps the most baffling aspect to Bordentown. It is
never explained what their relation
ship was based on, though.we do
learn Curtis was and is loyal to
Scott Franz to the point of stupidity.
Bruce Curtis is portrayed as a
loyal, naive, stupid, intelligent,
crazy neat freak, with the
vocabulary of William F. Buckley.
This is not to say the acting is
unbelievable, merely the circumstances. Robert Groberman
gives a consistent, likeable portrayal
of Bruce Curtis, although his role
calls only for horrified confusion
and confused horror. Gaalen Engen
as Scott Franz plays cruelty, fear,
and a slimy two-facedness. If he
continues with the show he could
grow to be a character one loves to
After the show Jennifer Wade, a
friend of the real Bruce Curtis's
parents, fielded questions from the
audience and updated Bruce Curtis'
situation. The Curtis family is asking the governor of New Jersey to
consider a plea of clemency. Wade
shed some light on Bruce Curtis.
Yet only Curtis himself knows why
the eighteen year old loner from the
Annapolis Valley was not loner
enough to resist Scott Franz's invitation.
himself. Sept. 14, 15, 16, 18, 2 p.m. Heritage hall
(16th and Main).
Se pent's Tooth, an adaptation of
Shaakespeare's King Lear: Sept. 14, 18, 19, 12
noon. Heritage Hall.
Voices of Vancouver — Cat and Mouse Tales:
Celebration of Vancouver's Centenary. Sept. 15, 11
p.m.; Sept. 16, 9 p.m.; Sept. 20, 21, 2:30 p.m.
Brushanski Studio (164 E. 11th).
Opening Doors, Vancouver's East End: 8 p.m.,
Sept. 16-20, Firehall Theatre (280 E. Cordova,
Blood Relations: Lizzie Borden took an axe and
gave her mother 40 wacks, when she saw what she
had done, she gave her father 41. Sept. 17-27, 8 p.m.
Freddie Wood Theatre, UBC.
Fawlty Towers: Three episodes ot John Cleese's
TV study in embarassmentotogy, transferred to the
stage. 8 p.m., Sept. 18-20 Vancouver East
Cultural Centre.
Salvador's simplicities
From page 8
a little simplistic. With the exception of the American Ambassador,
all governmental Americans are
close-minded and hawkish in the extreme. They are caricatures and exist solely as symbols of all thai the
director feels is wrong with Ronald
Reagan's America.
And the portrayal of all the right-
wing Salvadorans is unsympathetic,
to say the least. 1 mean, any group
that is formed into "Death
Squads", kills archbishops, rapes
and murders nuns, and executes
people who don't have their birth
certificate on them, is very probably
not the best to run the country and
receive US aid. OK, they are evil,
wicked, mean and nasty. But surely
they cannot be as rotten as they are
portrayed in this film.
This movie frequently tends
towards the melodramatic, and
even more frequently towards the
didactic. On many occasions the.
characters on screen are not talking
with each other, but are instead lecturing the audience.
Salvador is, altogether, a well-
made, and certainly well-meaning,
portrayal of an important part of
the world. On occasion it seems like
a K-Tel "Greatest Atrocities of
the'80s", but according to Amnesty
International, that's probably a
pretty accurate picture.
This movie probably isn't going.,
to convince anyone who agrees with
Ronald Reagan that they are wrong
about the events in Central
America, the propagandizing is a
little too obvious. However, if you
are skeptical about '.'■■-•: American
right's view of this Iv.ir: phere, and
you want to see just \\ » shitty life
can be; go see the mo' ■•■• ..nd do us
all a favour, take ..: \-. iend who
thinks all Latinos aie ■' ":nrnunists.
It can't hurt. . .
Blues jam Shit
From page 8
sound of their classic/sleaze of the
Stone's Miss You. One listener
quipped "He's too stoned",
whereupon Buddy Guy replied
"I'm gonna get wired as a mother".
Wired or, not, this man is a hot
blues guitarist.
Junior Wells, "the world's best
dressed harmonica player", slid on
a blazing set of. wailing, squealing,
howling and purring that set the
hardcore blues" fans aflame
The band played two solid sets,
closing down the place just shortly
before two a.m. Highlights of the
evening included an intense jam
simply titled Shit, and one of
Junior's better known hits Messin'
with the Kid.
There are some great blues acts
appearing in Vancouver. Too bad
the following here is so poor.
Cheers to the promoters who persist
in trying to cultivate a blues scene
here. Keep it coming! Page 16
Friday, September 12,1986
CITR plans bold
new waves
Months of uncertainty about
UBC's student radio station CITR
ended Wednesday following the
student council's decision to approve the station's 1986-87
operating budget.
The decision means the station
will be able to hire a full-time coordinator to train volunteers and improve programming. The coordinator will be announced Monday.
"The number of volunteers has
doubled in the past year and we
don't have the people power to
train them all," said CITR chair
Rick Anderson.
Anderson said the money usually
used to fund summer jobs has been
realocated for the coordinator.
"We felt we would get better use
out of the money this way," said
station president Linda Scholten.
During preliminary budget
discussions this summer, Anderson
said the AMS appeared to approve
of the transfer of funds to hire a
coodinator, but regretted the idea
when a short list for the position
was completed.
"The AMS initially said they
thought hiring a program coordinator was a good idea and we
were led to believe there would be
no problem securing the position,"
he said.
AMS finance director Jamie Collins said the committee wanted to
review the position within the entire
"The budget committee said no
to the position but they were actually looking for a compromise", he
He said the position of coordinator would cost more than could
be saved by the termination of summer jobs. Scholten, streamlining
this year's budget, CITR felt they
could hire a programme coordinator without asking for any increases over last year's budget.
CITR has agreed to follow a series
of requests agreed upon at Wednesday's council meeting including:
• an increase in membership fees
from $15 to $20;
• a contract for two nights a
week in the Pit;
• hiring for the budget period of
seven months instead of eight;
• an agreement that the position
is dependant on CITR not going more than five per cent
over budget before December.
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Back-to-School SPECIAL
Axed campus shows
Socred priorities
VANCOUVER (CUP) — A decision to close the Maple Ridge campus of the British Columbia Institute of Technology reflects the
low priority the Social Credit
government puts on post-secondary
education, says a Canadian Federation of Students representative.
Stephen Scott, executive officer
of CFS-Pacific, says the decision is
"ultimately the irresponsibility of
the government, because they
haven't given enough funds to
Fired president
rehired as prof
BRANDON (CUP) — Brandon
University staff and students are
outraged by a decision of the
university's board of governors to
hire as a professor the man it fired
three years ago as president.
Harold Perkins dropped a suit
against the university July 3 when
the board agreed to a settlement
package worth about $250,000.
Perkins was also offered a position
in the faculty of education.
Perkins, on sabbatical this year,
will also reportedly be receiving all
of a professor's salary while other
colleagues on sabbatical receive only 80 per cent of their salaries, in accordance with a collective agreement with the university.
Brandon University senator
Alfred Rogosin said he was "shocked and appalled" when he heard
Perkins — who once threatened to
sue Rogosin following a motion of
non-confidence Rogosin seconded
— had been hired as a professor as
part of the settlement.
"I find it incredible that after the
board had fired him they would hire
him back," said Rogosin. "There is
so much in the official documents
of this university to make a case for
having him turfed out."
Complaints about Perkins have
circulated since he was appointed
president in 1977. He was accused
of centralizing power and harassing
the faculty union. In 1980, Perkins
became the first Canadian university president to be censured after the
university senate found he had
unilaterally admitted an
academically unqualified student.
"The only decision left with
BCIT was what to cut," he said.
According to administration
statistics, the institute faces a $2
million deficit, even after cutting
$1.8 million with the closure ofthe
Maple Ridge campus Oct. 31.
Scott said the government's decision to close the facility, currently
serving 225 students 45 kilometres
east of the main Burnaby campus,
is part of a continuing trend to centralize post-secondary education in
the province.
"The closure will mean that post-
secondary education is less accessible for students in the Fraser
Valley," he said, adding students
will now have to pay more for
transportation or move closer to the
Burnaby campus.
"It's just too far to commute,"
he said.
He said the trend towards centralization also motivated the 1984
closure of the David Thompson
University Centre in Nelson, the only degree granting institution in the
province's interior.
BCIT official Terry Garner said
the closure probably would not
have happened five years ago.
"There are hard times all over the
education system," he said.
Garner said no programs will be
dropped, although some will be
relocated outside of BCIT and
students can expect delays as instructional equipment is installed.
He doesn't think the 45-kilometre
distance poses a real problem.
"I think there already students
that commute to BCIT from a further distance than that," said
The closure isn't a major concern
for Grant Sidnick, president of the
BCIT student council, either. He
said students were notified of the
possibility of closure in May, and
his office hasn't heard any complaints since.
"We're not actually backing the
institution in this move, but we are
not going against them too hard,"
said Sidnick.
"I don't think we should be jumping up and down on the post-
secondary education minister's
lawn saying keep this building," he
said, , agreeing that a decline in
enrollment justified the closure.
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