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 Vbl. 75, No.4
Million Dollars for
Page 3
A new computer system
in Victoria is leaving students
in loan limbo.
At least 6,000 calls per
day are made to the information
line, but many other students
cannot get through the busy
lines because the volume of
calls were not expected,
according to Carol Gibson,
director of UBC Awards and
Financial Aid.
"As with any new system,
some bugs have to be worked
out," Gibson said.
The new computer that
assesses applications is causing
students headaches because
any missing liiiormation will
put them into the pending
category, which is growing
One student said he may
be forced to drop out of school
after his loan was delayed.
First, because he left his first
name off one page of the
application and, second,
because of a clerical error. He
spent 18 hours trying to get
through on the crisis line.
Sara Martin, 4th year
general arts, can't even find
out which box she supposedly
forgot to check.
Her application was sent
back to her from Victoria, but
it has been in the mail since
August 20.
She has been borrowing
money from friends who have
received their loans and
spending the hydro money she
has collected from her roommates.
She can't get an
emergency loan from UBC
because her loan has not been
approved and she hasn't been
able to get through on the info
Awards and Financial Aid
used to handle all questions
regarding loans, but the
Victoria offices incorrectly
assessed the volume of
Roy Zee, a UBC
economics grad who is now at
Capilano College, has received
Vancouver. British Columbia, September 21,1993
SECRET NEWS The Denver Post published an editorial regarding a court action in British Columbia
whose details cannot be published or broadcasted in Canada because of a gag order that has frustrated
newspapers across the nation. The editorial shall be posted inside our office and be available for public viewing.
POLITICAL THINKER: Contemplating future government. Amidst a climate for greater
representation, a new wave of Chinese candidates are planting themselves into politics
but the seeds may have been sown too late for this year's political harvest.
The hunt for
Political analysts are
paying close attention to
the new wave of Chinese
candidates in the federal
elections, who are armed
with community and
party support for broader
representation but may be
challenged by their late
start in politics and
campaign organization.
Their assets, however,
have established
opponents scrambling.
Some thought it was a
powerful affirmation of
sexuality and others thought it
was perverse and even evil.
Page 8
Law suit
halts tree
A surpise law suit has
grounded what some have
called the longest tree-
sitting protest ever in
The 99-day protest at
UBC of the proposed
National Research Council
building site at 16th Avenue
and Wesbrook Mall was
announced yesterday
outside SUB in the wake of
legal pressure from UBC.
The university
administration filed for an
expected criminal
injunction on Friday against
protestors but caught them
off guard with anotherclaim
it filed at the same time.
That surprise claim for
general damages and costs
which could have seized the
assets of the protestors has
been dubbed by
environmentalists as the
Strategic Lawsuit Against
Public Participation
"It has litde chance of
ultimately succeeding in
court but it costs so much to
defend against that it really
discourages the defendants
from getting involved," said
Ken Wuof the UBC Student
Environment Centre.
While the treesitters
who for three months have
blocked logging did not feel
they had many assets to lose,
their concern for protestors
on the ground named in the
suit led to the pull out. Some
protestors had children to
support and could not risk
losing their assets.
"We've lost, this NRC
site is done for," said
Charlotte Vimtrup, one of
the co-founders of the
Coalition Opposed to the
University Plan (COUP).
"It could only work if
we had an endless stream of
people to sit in front of the
chainsaws—and even then
it would still probably go
ahead," she said.
President Strangway,
Board of Governors
member Tom Berger, and
three protestors met Sunday
night at the President's
TURN TO PAGE 11 Tuesday, September 21,1993
Vol. 75, No.4
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822-2301 Vol. 75, No.4
Tuesday, September 21,1993
UBC financial wizards play
with million dollar package
EVERY year the handful of
UBC commerce students
with PMS become the envy of their
Up to 100 students apply for a
PMS position. But only six to nine
get selected for PMS. And no it is not
in the name.
The students of fortune get to spend a
$1.2 million raised by the Portfolio
Management Society for investments in
perhaps Canada's most unique and opportune
commerce program. About $800,000 was
donated by businesses to this charitable
organization with the rest raised from annual
returns so students could leam to play with
big money.
The non-profit campus society was set
up in 1987 with an initial injection of $350,000
from donations afterthree professional money
managers wanted a program to recruit and
develop financial wizards at UBC and integrate
them into the business community.
Co-founders Milton K. Wong, Michael
Ryan and Murray Lieth were inspired by
Leslie Wong, an economist and progressive
UBC finance professor who passed away in
1975 at age 48. They set up the society separate
from the university to be used for educational
"With their classroom training, they
would receive practical experience in capital
markets, trading securities and working with
brokerage firms," saysUBC corporate finance
and investment professor Robert Hinkle, a
portfolio management specialist who
supervises PMS.
The portfolio program is known for its
strong CO-OPorientation. Students are usually
placed in a Toronto investment firm for a
summer, watch senior students manage the
fund for a year and conductresearch, and then
spend another summer in a Vancouver
financial institution.
Some students are flown to Europe,
others to the United States for investment
A selections committee which includes
PMS alumini, professors and professional
money managers conduct about 25 interviews
from a pool of up to 100 applicants. Students
are selected by January before their third year
in commerce and occassionally even a first
year student is accepted.
"We had one young man who was in first
year commerce and he was already managing
investments, that's why we liked him," says
Hinkle. "He manages some of my money
Hinkle says motivation and interpersonal
skills are weighted more heavily than grades.
"This is really a people business now."
The campus program operates much like
a pension fund. In quarterly client committee
meetings, the students must present and
forecast their diversified investments in a
measure of accountability. Appointed by UBC
Dean of Commerce Michael Goldberg, the
committee members, much like a pension
board, act as a safety mechanism to ensure
capital preservation, growth and cash flow.
Third and Fourth year PMS students at UBC plan financial strategies for investments totalling $1.2 million at a
basement classroom in the Angus Building
""They had some investments in the junior
oil and gas sectors in the last few years and the
returns have been excellent," Hinkle says.
So far the student money management
teams have outpaced the professional money
managers on returns. In the last four years,
they have averaged an 11.9 per cent return,
with the local median sitting at 10 per cent.
After observing a local sample, SEI
Funds Evaluation Services found that PMS
performed better than 98 per cent of
professional managers in the city.
Hinkle attributes the program's success
to the daily involvement of the local business
community. A group of mentors loaded with
investment experience are available for
consultation everyday.
"Other programs have not lasted too
long without this kind of support," he says.
About half of the PMS fund is spent on
equity investments, 40 per cent on bonds and
10 per cent on money markets. Students can
consult their mentors to refine their decisions.
"It's an opportunity to invest real money
and to leam from people who actually do it for
a living as opposed to learning it from
professors and text books," says Peat Marwick
Thome manager Doug King, 28, aPMS alumni
member on the selections committee.
"We were getting work experience we
could not have gotten otherwise."
PMS graduates, now about 50 in number,
have moved on to work for investment firms
in Toronto, Vancouver, New York and
King says that an individual's ability to
work with a team counts a lot in selections.
"All decisions are made as a team and
sometimes the smooth talker won't work well
with the others."
Related work experience, an individual's
objective and a written paragraph on the
application form also figure considerably.
PMS applicants are rated on three primary
areas: Grades, interpersonal skills and
"It's very rare that we'll find people who
are high on all three aspects," says Robert
Although the top commerce student has
been accepted in the last two years, Hinkle
says good grades are not necessary.
"That's not an image we wish to have,"
he says.
Hinkle says
motivation and
interpersonal skills are
weighted more heavily
than grades. "This is
really a people business
"Some of our biggest success stories had
70s...we look for people who are adept
mentally, and can handle a big load. Sometimes
grades are indicative of it"
The nationally renown program, he says,
has an excess supply of employers but the
summer work experience i s designed primarily
for training not savings.
"We pay for their flight but they pay for
their lodgings and living expenses. They
usually break even with their wages," Hinkle
says. "That's a concern we have because we
don't want to exclude students who support
themselves with summer employment"
Todd Bondy, 24, a native of Windsor,
Ontario, was one of seven students selected
two years ago for PMS.
"It was an intense interview process
lasting several hours," Bondy says. "They
really want to make sure that you have the
desire. It is such a waste to put someone in the
program who will not get in the business. To
pad your resume is the wrong reason to be in
there. They invest so much in you, they really
want you to stick it out."
Bondy, who had straight As, spent a
summer in Toronto working for the Bank of
Montreal Investment Council and another in
Vancouver for RBC Dominion Securities
before he started managing the fund with his
classmates last April.
"We were into oil and gas for the past
five years but we finally got out of that and
now we are more into consumer products and
The investments are diversified to
prevent major losses, he says. Decisions are
decided by the group of seven with third year
students acting as research associates.
Says Bondy: "We each have sectors we
specialize in. Certain people cover bonds, for
example. Others, golds and metal. One person
will make a case then a rigourous grilling
process will occur. Chances are the person
will go back to do more research and eventually
a vote will take place."
Bondy specializes in bonds and money
markets with his interests lying in forest and
consumer products.
He says access to the local business
community is one of the most invaluable
assets of the program.
"We have access to men and women in
the business downtown. We can see our
mentors whenever we want. You get to know
these people. It's real world stuff you can'tget
in text books." Tuesday, September 21,1993
Vol. 75, No.4
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Tuesday, September 21,1993
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Chinese candidates answer calls for new blood
are focused on a new
wave of dark horse candidates in
Vancouver who are awakening an
electorally-dormant community.
Chinese participation in federal
politics in both electorate and
candidacy has risen to an all-time
high in Vancouver.
Four Chinese candidates in
Greater Vancouver are answering
calls for more government
representation but are challenged
by their makeshift political
machinery, which might be
inadequate against their more
seasoned opponents.
Already, one political
manoevre has shaken two
neighboring ridings with Chinese
candidates as the Tories attempt to
fortify their political epicentre at
Kim Campbell' s Vancouver Centre
riding. The Tories have their eyes
on the weakening Liberal
stronghold at Vancouver Quadra
from which former Prime Minister
FROM PAGE 11 m^^ma^
still in existence—it hasn't been
scrapped. It calls for developing a
265-hectare zone south of West 16th,
with more than 100 hectares of trees
being felled," Wu said.
'There's a plan for a new process
of consultation. What we wantpeople
to do is to make sure that from now on
the UBC administration makes their
decisions and drafts their plans in
conjunction with the input of all the
students who pay their fees here,
with the residents of the area, and
with the faculty," he said.
Protestors atthe rally called
on students concerned about
the planning process to
attend meetings of COUP,
held every Wednesday at 7:30
pm at the Acadia Commons
and ex-Liberal leader John Turner
will depart this fall.
With support from Tory
headquarters, accountant Geoff
Chutter has sw if tly launched a strong
campaign in Quadra to oust the
Liberals. After losing a close Tory
candidate battle in Vancouver South
to dentist K.K. Wan, Chutter
funnelled his support into Quadra
where he can put heat on New
Democratic Party candidate lawyer
Tommy Tao and consitutional expert
Ted McWhinney of the Liberals.
Chutter's departure has effectively
weakened support for Wan in
Vancouver South as the Tories
intend to throw their weight into
Meanwhile, after a near bitter
Liberal candidate battle in
Richmond, Herb Dhaliwal carried
his support into Vancouver South to
do battle against Wan, leaving
Richmond Liberal candidate
Raymond Chan to fend for his own
against current Tory defense
minister Tom Siddon.
The other Chinese candidate,
Susan Tom, a recent UBC law
graduate, may be hampered by her
late start in the Tories' pitch for
Vancouver East. She faces
incumbent NDP MP Margaret
Mitchell, who has defeated Chinese
candidates on their own turf in the
last three elections due to her
excellent community development
over the past years.
While some opponents have
spent years building their political
apparatus, the Chinese candidates
face the rough trek of inexperience
to overcome the party newcomer's
Many student loan applicants have loads of horror stories to tell kim cheng photo
from PAGE 12
These demonstrations ended in a
bloodbath which their elder brothers
and sisters had anticipated through their
experience in the past. After the
Tiananmen Square massacre, the
government sent the university students
to military colleges for "discipline
training" as punishment
Some students are very
disappointed in the political future of
China. Money seems more attractive
to some of the university students than
politics. The rapid economic growth in
China of the last two years has enabled
some students start their own businesses
in their school years.
"The only way to get away is to
study hard and get a good job after
graduation," said UBC student Qi.
"But there are still a lot of students
who have seen the widespread support
from the society in 1989 and believe
that democracy will be part of life in
LOANS from page 1 mm^^
two letters regarding information
that he did not forget: the first day of
school and the model and make of
his car. Even though he has re-sent
the information his loan has not been
successfully processed.
After spending a half day trying
to get through on the information
line, he got an automated voice that
told him nothing new. His
application is pending because it is
"I was furious because I
couldn't even get a human voice to
gripe to and find out what's going
on," he said.
UBC has done what it does
every year—deferred fees and
processed the applications for some
luckier students whose loans have
been approved but are missing the
documents, said director Gibson.
Gibson sees some
improvements with the system
despite the computer problems.
"The student loan program is
essentially a government program.
It was perceived that our office had
much more control over the
process," she said.
The ministry can now be
directly accountable for loans and
they also save universities
administrative costs. Last year UBC
paid $56,000 for temporary staff to
assess loan applications.
Film student Doug Ferris also
has hope.
"I'll just wait for the
bureaucracy to clear. Maybe in five
years they'll get it clear," he said.
Ferris knows from experience
what loan limbo is like. Last year he
didn't get his loan until November.
Some faxes with information on all
students with last names beginning
with the letter "f' were misplaced.
This year he found out he has
nearly reached his federal maximum
of $20,000 so he is eligible to receive
a restricted loan. He had to call
Ottawa a week before school to have
information faxed to Victoria for his
loan to be processed. Needless to
say, he hasn't received it yet
At the Financial Aid office he
even had a hard time getting his fees
"I was asked what if I don't get
my loan and told not to count on it,"
he said.
For commiseration, please
share your loan horror stories.
However, their assets have their
opponents scrambling. A
representation-hungry electorate
may want an early blossom for these
budding, enthusiastic Chinese
Facing a cabinet minister with
many portfolios under his belt,
Richmond Liberal candidate
Raymond Chan, who graduated from
UBC in 1977 with an engineering
physics degree and now works at the
TRIUMF nuclear research facility
Law student
leaves Tories
after bout with
Afteran embarassing bout with
Liberal leader Jean Chretien,
UBC law student David
Robertson has resigned from the
federal Tories just four days after
he joined.
Robertson was filmed on TV
Sept. 12 protesting a visit by
Chretien on Granville Island.
"I want a real job, not a
government job,"yelled
Robertson, who called himself
an unemployed 25-year old
It was later revealed that
Robertson was a Campbell
campaign volunteer and that he
had just finished articling a
summer at the prestigious
downtown law firm Ladner
Downs which pays for his tuition
and has invited him to return for
another summer.
Robertson was pushed out of
the way by a Chretien aide and
after the student retaliated, he
asked: "Do you know that that's
Robertson returned to
campus this week for his final
year in law and apologized for
his behaviour.
During the Chretien
incident, Robertson had claimed
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at UBC, says he can ride on
dissatisfaction with the Tory
Chan, who has had the most
time among Chinese candidates to
organize, says he is ready to
challenge Richmond MP Tom
"Everyone agrees that the
deficit and the economy are the top
priorities," he says. "What we feel
is that cutting expenditures is not
enough. There are two sides to that
formula, and the other side is
Chan said that global
competition through the
development of new technologies
and knowledge-based industries will
stabilize the Canadian economy,
adding that a national network for
making new technology available
to businesses and industries is
needed, as well as skilled workers.
"Canada still has an edge in a
lot of technologies like in the
environment, medicine and
communication fields," stated Chan.
"We need to redirect resources, use
money to boost research and
development instead of helicopters."
switched over from the Liberal party.
Wan, a dentist, has served on
the executive boards of the United
Chinese Community Enrichment
Services Society (SUCCESS), a
social service agency serving 70,000
clients mostly in the Chinese
community, and is a vice-president
of the Non-Partisan Association.
He says that he entered the
political arena after being "drafted"
by supporters and friends in April,
and is now part of the"Kim Campbell
home team to cut the deficit and
target social services for those in
On humanitarian issues, Wan is
a Liberal at heart but a Tory in the
"I want the next generation of
youth that is coming out of school
not to be over-educated and
underpaid, but productive graduates
that are offered and sign up for jobs
by big and small companies," Wan
He claims that his policies will
create a climate for sustainable job
growth, toughen up the Young
Offenders Act, reduce the national
debt and eliminate abuse of the
immigration system.
law school in 1981, NDP Quadra
candidate Tommy Tao became an
assistant to NDP MP Margaret
Mitchell in her Vancouver East
riding where he remained for the
next seven years. Today he is the
only Chinese NDP candidate in BC.
An activist, Tao played a
leading role in lobby movements to
get redress for the Chinese head tax.
"I understand how the
legislative system works because I
am a lawyer. And I understand
political advocacy because I have
advocated on certain matters," he
His opinion of the NDP holds a
distinctive, if not unpopular, ring in
the party.
"I believe a party like the NDP
works best as a party in opposition.
I know other colleagues may not
agree with that but it's my honest
opinion. That's the reason why I run
as federal NDP," he says.
Although burdened with anti-
NDP sentiments, Tao believes his
work with the grassroots community
for the last ten years is his strongest
political asset.
"I'm not trained as a politician.
As an ordinary Canadian, I work
well with other Canadians.
"We don't want to create any
images for ourselves that aren't what
weare. We don't want to manipulate
the public and media. We want to
reach out and engage in dialogue."
The environment,
muluculturalism,civil liberties, and
the elimination of poverty and
violence are some of his concerns.
"These are ideological goals
because as long as we are human
there is no chance of eliminating
them—but we can reduce and
control the problems," Tao says.
V ancouver South Conservative
candidate K.K. Wan   recently
BC law graduate Susan Tom
recently passed the bar exam.
Without much political, vocational
or community experience, she
represents the Tories in Vancouver
East and faces off against heavyweight NDP MP Margaret Mitchell,
a social worker.
Tom worked as a policy worker
for four years at the Vancouver Board
of Trade and is a strong supporter of
the Campbell government and its
politics of inclusion.
She believes she can beat
Mitchell as support for the NDP
diminishes in the province and
greater electoral representation is
needed. She says her legal and
business background will gain the
confidence of her riding, thus
presenting herself as a serious
challenge to Mitchell.
"Vancouver East deserves a
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She lists her legal training and
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"It's about forwarding the
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Tom says the three major issues of
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"We have to create a climate for
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Looking for art:
ven though it suffers from
the Curse of the Basement, you can
usually find something interesting
in the UBC Fine Arts Gallery.
But don't ask curator Scott
Watson where the impressionist
paintings are because the gallery
doesn't own any.
The curse, however, may be
lifted when the gallery finally moves
out of its basement suite into its
new, $3 million home to be built on
the parking lot in front of Freddy
Wood Theatre.
"Being down here in the
basement, we are visited by people
who make a habit of seeing the shows
and following our program. So we
are not very high profile on campus
even though we are high profile in
the art world," says Watson, who
has been the curator since 1989.
With ground-level status, the
gallery will be thrust into the
spotlight of campus life.
"Contemporary art has never
been part of university culture, so
when it does, itmay be controversial.
"Idon'taim toward a particular
audience. This is an intellectual,
research, inquiring environment so
people should not be afraid of
challenges. Some of the art that we
have is complicated and difficult to
understand," he says.
In the growing 900-piece
collection, there's also some weird
stuff left over from the days when
UBC accepted anything. Look
forward to a couple more shows
from the collection while the gallery
is still located in the basement of
Main Library. Just follow the arrows
and look for the leopard spots at the
The contemporary art program
of the gallery was established in the
1950s and it took off in the 60s and
70s under director Alvin Balkin. In
those days there were only two
galleries—the Vancouver Art
Gallery and UBC Fine Arts
Gallery—there were no commercial
galleries or artist-run spaces.
"This gallery was vital in
showing the latest pop art and put
the place on the map," Watson says.
The contemporary art program
continues with the show of Mark
Lewis, whose interest in public
works took him to the former Soviet
Union where he photographed the
tearing down of monuments such as
statues of Lenin. Lewis has also
proposed an art piece for UBC—a
portrait of Richard Nixon in flowers
(a lovely addition to any garden)
with an inscription courtesy of
Lenin: "Let everything be
The floral work hasn't been
approved yet, it seems "UBC
Planning doesn't quite get the
humour in it," Watson says.
Of last year's program, Watson
counts a photographic exhibit of two
artists as successful becauseof strong
positive and negative responses.
"It caused a bit of ruckus, some
people thought it was a powerful
affirmation of sexuality and others
thought it was perverse and even
"Viewers had to decide to take
it or leave it," he says.
Currently the MFA graduate
show is on until October 2 and
visitors can comment on this
unprecedented group show. After
some initial hesitation, Watson
thought it was important to show the
campus and community what the
MFA students have accomplished.
"It's a solid show with different
approaches. It's good to expose the
students to a campus critique even if
it is negative or lukewarm because
artists usually work in isolation," he
Watson should be familiar with
the campus because he did his
undergrad and MA degree in art
history here. After he graduated in
1985 he worked at the Vancouver
Art Gallery, where he "did the paper
work and had to know where
everything in the collection was."
After stints as a Surrey Art Gallery
and the VAG curator, he worked in
Berlin as a freelance art critic for a
year. He returned to UBC to teach
before he became the curator in 1989.
Although he enjoyed teaching,
as a teacher he worked with slides
and texts. As a curator Watson works
with objects and people—he
illustrates the difference with a story
from his first VAG job.
Watson vividly remembers
examining a Lawren Harris painting
for an hour with a magnifying glass.
It was quite a contrast to having just
completed a thesis on an artist whose
works he had only seen in pictures
and slides.
"The contrast hit home—here I
was looking at a real work of art It
was one of those magic moments
and I thought,' I really like this.'"
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Scott Watson in his basement suite.
Tuesday, September 21,1993
7 MFA students and their first group show
group MFA grad show. There is
something celebratory about such a
juxtaposed with an appropriated
_.-. - , ^iiivuuii£u.iw<aiui; auvui-u<.u.   news media image that disrupts the
vSllting through a.   event The UBC Fine Arts Gallery   overall serenity of the domestic
list    Of    DOtCntial    w*-- *-*** relocating soon, let's hope   (House & Garden) environment
*■---- . ._•-_<•..._—»^n» "The black and white images
contain elements which link them
together, both visually and
metaphorically, suggesting the
political reality outside the home is
not that remote from the domestic
sphere. Further, as a child's
awareness of this 'other' reality
becomes a conscious one, her/his
Ai arlene Weston: Exhibiting a
series of sculptures that evoke the
female body and some of its
adornments. They are delicate
qUeStionStt) ask my    ^arepeatevemforfutureMFA
fellOW   COlleagUeS Okay, back to the responses to
(aS We Will IIO longer    my ever -50 meaningful questions.
be students) I want
to make sure I cover
enough bases to
generate a reply.
A few words at
least, please.
I decide that
"what is your work
about" is too general
and probably elicit
vague murmurs and
"so, what are you
going to do now" is
too annoying.
Assuming of course I even hear
back from all seven in time. Playing
answering machine tag is the first
communication hurdle to jump over.
Other hurdles include
remembering the whole two-year
experience of the MFA program,
while blowing the dust off the stuff
I recently crammed into my
apartment from our summer studios
and wondering what possessed me
to work with materials like tin sheets,
or glass?
How do you spell anxiety?
Before this summer most of us
had studios in the armories, an
experience most significantly
marked by inhaling dust and sharing
a building with weight lifters for a
year. Did watching them pump up to
Van Halen inspire a serene, lucid
working environment to get those
creative juices flowing? Not. Nice
bodies though.
In memory of our dalliance at
our building, where most students
have taken exams, we had planned
to use an imageof itafter demolition,
in rubble state, for our invitation
card. In typical UBC fashion, the
building was standing when it was
not supposed to be. (It has since
been torn down.) Hence we chose a
building downtown, which because
of a spectacular fire, provided just
the right nuance of light and
ambiguously figurative structural
remains to "stand in" for rubble.
'ITiis image does not represent a
common theme in our work, but
rather, a place we shared. Although
a non-thematic show, perhaps there
is visible adherence to formal
concerns which reflects the
program. (What program, I hear
some dissenting voices saying.) At
any rate it's a group show. A
welcome first opportunity to have a
Don C/wen: Exhibing a set of
colour photos "documenting" the
PNE, which is under the threat of
closure, and its annual parade.
"I am very happy to be showing
at UBC, it's important for grad
students to have space on campus to
exhibit their work. I would like to
see something similar to the program
at York and NSCAD (Nova Scotia
College of Art and Design), where
each student is given a space in the
department-run gallery to show
works individually.
"I am interested in the social
and political aspects of a parade
exchange program.
,/ohn-L/urno: Exhibiting three
still life paintings and, on a separate
wall the subjects themselves—three
(real) still lives. The paintings may
initially seem traditional, but through
the collapse of the sense of space
and the melancholic flavor, call up
various histories of representation.
"My project to date has been
the retrieval both of an ideal of
painting and a means of expressing
that ideal. The work in the show is
about the transformation and
translations which take place even
inside realist representational
Image of stand-in rubble to represent a shared place.
works, sewn ribbon with
handwritten text Is this making the
narrative a fetish, literally re-
inscribing the absent female body?
"The Against My Skin pieces
incorporate cultural fantasies of the
feminine persona Themes of death,
masquerade and fetishism are played
out around the site of my body,
literally a model for the pieces.
"The textual elements borrowed
from heroine genre fiction reflect
my interest in the boundaries
embodied in historical constructions
of feminity," Weston says.
sense of certainty is shaken: the
tengram symbol begins to break
down," Stewart says.
C/wen iSopotiuk: Exhibiting an
installation of 30 polaroid photos
framed dramatically in black with
11 lightbulbs burning bright This
work has a macabre sense of humour.
The title, Christine's First Hickey,
is relatively light, but the images are
not This succession of shots of a
nude female torso, which is
accumulatively marked with
hickeys, is sure to elicit questions
about possession and representation
Catherine-Stewart: Exhibiting   of the female body. Andjustwhatis
fivelargemixedmedia"wall"panels   an affection mark/gesture?
which incorporate a central square
of four black and white photos
framed by very sensuous florid
wallpaper, all tightly secured by a
sheet of plexiglass. The photos
consist of an image of child, two
photograms—toy-like object and a
tangram house configuration—
"Desire and subjugation,
freedom and coercion, sexual
exploration and taboo. In this time
of the conscious forefronting of
sexual politics and deadly diseases,
1 explore the relationship between
my body and another," Sopotiuk
events, carnival, ritual procession
and the relationships each has to the
state," Owen says.
.L/onna Arield: Exhibiting two
sculptures, a slightly larger than life
glass table, its pristine surface
disrupted by specks of dust, and an
antinomy (?) to the table, a plexiglass
screen vacuum-packed with dust and
other dubious debris collected from
personal habitations.
"The show was a nice finish to
the program, as well as, being an
incentive to produce new work over
the summer.
"I have introduced domestic
and/or organic material into
minimalist-like objects which alert
the viewer both to her/his own body
as well as to a sense of the body with
the pieces," Nield says.
Donna is happy it is over, but is
also looking forward to a trip to
France under the auspices of the
department's newly instituted
painting...about the puzzling and
non-indexical relationship between
painted image and what it depicts,"
Dumo says.
L/eanne Achong: Exhibiting
two sets of colour photos, from
masked self-portrait to landscape
and back, then self-portrait to
interiorscape and back.
Even reversing the alphabetical
order did not give me enough escape
from answering my own queries.
Truthfully, i have not yet obtained
enough distance to comment on my
work. Did i mention the word
"anxiety" about leaving school?
Maybe i'll say it's about levels of
visibilty, hybrid cultures and
What can i tell you. i read an essay
called Complexion by Richard
Rodriguez, a long distance runner
and writer living in San Francsico. It
moved me. Enjoy the show.
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TRIUMF's over cancer
Michael La Brooy doesn't fool
As he leads a head-spinning, fact-
filled tour of UBC's TRIUMF (Tri-
University Meson Facility), he gives
scads of interesting facts about this
world-renowned facility. Often, he
says, facts can be inaccurately
reported. He tells of a Florida
newspaper that ran astory that claimed
that TRIUMF used nuclear explosions
to treat brain cancer—complete with
a photo of an atomic bomb explosion.
It is, however, true that one of
TRIUMF's most important practical
applications has been revolutionizing
the treatment of malignant brain
tumours. They have increased 14-
month survival rates for this condition
from 12 per cent to 75 per cent.
Tumours are bombarded with
streams of sub-atomic particles, called
pions, which are manufactured at
TRIUMF. These penetrate the skull
relatively harmlessly but then cause
the atoms in the tumour cells to
explode. This process has been
compared to the launching of depth
The patient lies motionlessly on a
couch and a computer, which is
programmed with the size and location
of the tumour, moves the patient to
within a millimetre of where the pion
beam is to go. Eventually the
entire tumour is killed in this
way. Enzymes in the body
slowly degrade the dead cells
and, with a little luck, the patient
is cured. But this entire success
story is only a spinoff of the
basic research done at
Like mostother institutions
on campus, TRIUMF is
currently in a funding squeeze.
Under review is the new
addition to TRIUMF, called
KAON, which would be the
only facility of its kind on earth.
It would produce, among other
things, another group of
particles called kaons.
The problem is that funding
would have to come from three
different sources. The federal
and provincial governments
each need to kick in one-third
of the $708 million cost. The
remaining third is to come from
governments of other countries
that would use the facility, like
the US and Japan. With the
upcoming federal election and
the recent change in the
American administration, the
project currently is in limbo.
Where TRIUMF differs
from most other particle
accelerators is its emphasis on
intensity rather than speed. Most
accelerators, like the proposed $8
billion Super Conducting Super
Collider in Texas, push their particles
to within a whisker of the speed of
light—speed being the crucial factor.
TRIUMF's particles only reach
75 per cent of the speed of light (still
unimaginably quick), but this lesser
velocity is made up forby increasing
the number of particles produced
per second. Prodigious numbers of
particles are spat out, which means
that rare events are much more likely
in the world, one in the US and the
other in Switzerland, use this
In the proposed KAON, huge
numbers of kaons and other unusual
particles, like antiprotons and
neutrinos, would be produced. It
would be the only place in the world
where scientists could come to study
the rarity of events involving these
The argument against big
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when huge amounts of public funds
are poured into mega-projects. But
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Tuesday, September 21,1993       11
Tatsenshini eclipsed by Clayoquot
With all the attention the
destruction of Clayoquot forests has
been getting, it's easy to forget that
there is occasionally positive
environmental news as well.
Ric Careless is determined to
change this.
"It's important that people
recognize that we can achieve
victories," says the director of
Tatsenshini Wild.
Careless's group successfully
lobbied many levels of government
and industry to preserve the
Tatsenshini river ecosystem in
northwestern BC. An area, Careless
says, is ecologically significant as
the Grand Canyon.
The provincial government's
decision this spring was quickly
overshadowed by the politically
disastrous   Clayoquot   Sound
decision, but Careless isn't letting
that get him down.
"The Tat was the most
important conservation victory I
have seen in 20 years of
environmental work," Careless says.
Tat Wild's intensive foiir-year
campaign involved more than SO
organizations and garnered
worldwide support.
"It was a different campaign
from others because it went on
mostly behind closed doors," he
says. "As it becomes more
recognized, it will be regarded in the
same significance as all our national
BC's newest park joins Kluane
National Park in the Yukon and
Glacier Bay and Wrangell-St. Elks
National Parks in Alaska to form the
largest protected heartland. The ten
million hectares has the highest
density of grizzly bears and rare
glacier bears in the world.
"Ecologically, it's
extraordinary," Careless says.
Tat Wild celebrated their victory
last week in a benefit concert at the
Orpheum, which was also intended
pay the debts for their fight And the
fight is not over.
"Tat Wild will stay alive," he says.
"We're going to get into mining,
monitoring and lobbying."
The group has founded the
Environmental Mining Council,
which works with the industry to
make mining cleaner and reduce the
environmental impact of exploration.
"The Tat was a template for
international campaigns," he says.
"Environmental issues span
boundaries. With NAFTA, we're
expanding economically to say it's
all one unit in North America. We've
got to expand environmentally too."
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"The protestors said they would
agree to vacate the site if we withdrew
the injunction and any claims against
the protestors," said UBC media
relations manager Steve Crombie
"There was a general
adjournment in the courts this
morning, with the understanding that
the protestors had 24 hours to vacate
the site.
"We're relieved that we don't
have to take this any further. We
weren'tkeen about having to serve a
court injunction," he said.
Said Tree-sitter Markus
Eymann: "It is kind of anticlimatic."
However, Vimtrup believes that
while the protestors may not have
protected the site from development
they have had an important effect on
the process of future planning
"We've had a couple of
successes. At the August 23rd Board
of Governors meeting, the Board
pushed through a resolution that
prevented the development of any
of the lands south of West 16th
withoutalegitimate public process,"
she said.
"At the last BOG meeting, they
discussed hiring an independent
facilitator to develop anew planning
process, to ensure that everyone
participates in this process. Now,
what has to happen is for everyone
to be vigilant about this new process.
"We've got to make sure this
never happens again. We've got to
make sure that all decision-making
happens not behind closed doors
but with all our participation. We
are the stakeholders in this
university—it's our university, not
Strangway's," Vintrup said.
While Ken Wu agrees that gains
have been made, he still sees
problems ahead.
"The Greater Campus plan is
Reading in Henry Angus (room 110)
Friday September 2 4 12:30 pm
Mr. Ondaatje will be autographing copies of
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The Aits Undergraduate Society
will be accepting nominations for the positions of:
Academic Coordinator
AMS Representative (2)
first Year Repesentative
General Officer
Nomination forms are available from the AUS office
(Buchanan A107) and must be completed and returned by Monday, September 23rd, 1993.
Elections will be held on Thursday, September 30th,
1993 and Friday, October 1 st, 1993 and are open only
to those students registered in the Faculty ofthe Arts.
Cover sports
for The Ubyssey Sports Bureau.
See Steve and Siobhan.
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Contribution are available and may be picked up at the following locations:
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AFTER spending five
years farming the
countryside with his highschool
classmates, Frank Wang was more
than happy after he became a
university student in Shanghai in
He also felt unlucky and bitter
because he had to wait 13 years to
be part of the first group of young
people enter university since in
the Cultural Revolution in 1966,
which saw the closing of all
universities in China.
All high school graduates
were sent to the countryside to
work with peasants as reeducation. For a decade, millions
of teenagers were sent from the
cities to places that they had never
been to and had never wanted to
Becoming a university
student was then a remote dream
for most youths. Thus, their only
wishes for the future were to return
to their hometowns for a regular
job. Only with the death of Mao
Zedong in 1976 could some of
themrealize their dreams. China's
universities were re-opened to the
public in 1977. The oldest students
were over 30 years old, the
We know little about
those students in the
late 1970s
Peter Qi
youngest, only 16.
Wang passed the entrance exam from
the farm where he worked
"Some people had lost the chance of
getting into university for ten years,"
he said.
"We highly treasure the opportunity
we have. We lost too much time in the
past," said Wang, who was a UBC grad
student and now works in Vancouver.
"It was normal for us to study until
1 or 2 o'clock in the morning," said
Wang, who studied so much that the
head of the department ordered him to
Wang's generation suffered under
the hardships ofthe 1960s and 1970s in
China, unlike Chinese university
students today, who do not understand
the effects of the Cultural Revolution.
"Our mentality is very different
from the younger people. We don't
like to talk too much about politics,"
Wang said. "We wanted to study as
much as we could and use that
knowledge for the future."
Wang said engaging in political
activity can only bring trouble, not
fortune—an attitude enforced by
China's communist government,
which will soon face their
troublesome younger university
After graduating in the early
1980s, this generation of Chinese
university students are the main
economic and political power in
China's contemporary society and
represent the next generation of
For the regular high school
graduates who swarmed into the
universities in the late 80s, their
reality includes an openess to
Western culture, not the hardship of
the Cultural Revolution.
"We know little about those
students in the late 1970s," said Peter
Qi, a 1990 Beijing University
graduate. "We have been introduced
to a lot of Western ideas in school
years. Politics is not something to be
afraid of."
The new students are aware of
the political situation in China and
are more outspoken in trying to affect
change in society.
In May 1989, a massive student
demonstration took place in Beijing.
The young university students were
protesting against corrupt
government officials.
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Last Call: Paper searches for stolen SOlll
AT the Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily, almost 100 reporters competed with
each other to make front page. Sometimes your story never saw the light of day.
The competition was fierce.
A handful even broke laws to get to the story pressuring others to resort to every trick in
the book—you took chances, you chased every phantom of a good story.
A few blocks away The Globe and Mail newsroom would be filled with analysts and
strategists gathering methods to provide their powerful readership—Parliament, big business
and the well educated—with influential information in meticulous detail. Up the street the
tabloid guns at the Toronto Sun were waiting for, expecting, a moment in life with police
scanners glued to their ears.
The media capital of Canada brought out the best in every reporter. You had to beat radio,
beat TV and find something others couldn't—investigate what may or may not be there; use
your street smarts; piece together a logical sequence of events; and apply psychology to get
the answers. You had to return with die goods, somehow, some way.. Someone was going
to beat you if you did not have enough imagination. You always had to be on the trail of a story.
There was no time to wait.
If a source was difficult to find you had to stalk the source's itinerary. Some reporters
waited for a source to walk a dog early in the morning just to get a quote.
Stamina, tenacity, persistence, and a bit of obsession were prerequisites. Did you ask all
the questions? Did you get all the answers? Which answer was most important? Who. What.
Where. When. Why. How.
In the West, they say, the best journalism school, is the student press at UBC led by the
75-year-old flagship, The Ubyssey where scribes in the province become self-taught journalists,
thinkers, and debaters for public interest. The paper's mystique has attracted news recruiters
across the nation who view it as an irreplaceable, hands-on training ground for a national
talent. The paper was a machine which taught what the Toronto giants wanted. True grit.
Almost every year a Ubyssey reporter moves on to work for a city paper.
Where else do students work 60 hours a week, pulled 50 all-nighters a year and operate
a newspaper and somehow remain sane? The shocking process passed on from year to year,
education by trial and error, trials and tribulations. And what has come out?
Judges, painters, prime ministers, lawyers, teachers and need we say, reporters—the
paper has had its share.
One teacher even brought his class for a tour and was subsequently honoured after they
saw a picture of him shooting the finger. Oh yes, the irreverent rag would often questioning
authority like no other would dare.
Across the Pacific live the paper's most distant subscribers, journalists at our twin paper
from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. To them, the paper represents Canada, a frightening
thought but interesting.
Indeed, the Ubyssey has produced an illustrious Odyssey at UBC. Thus, the paper's name.
Those who travel on it are tested for their endurance, tolerance, mental adeptness and
determination. It teaches you to think and question more than the classroom. Perhaps the
reason why so many have left it for the paper.
It called for debate, analysis and political awareness. The pilgrimage drew a diverse
crowd which challenged your ability to build consensus—which challenged you constandy.
A nightmarish reflection of politics. Especially after two nights not sleeping. Somehow,
people went on in life to become an expert of some sort.
It is a shame the future does not look so bright.
Of late, like many educational endeavors, the government, this time at the student level,
has deemed it "unnecessary" to fully fund your paper even though it has the cash and the
revenue. This educational tool is "just like any other serious organization or club," according
to those yielding a budget hatchet while partially blindfolded.
The recent Ubyssey budget ordeal has been the worst in recent memory and literally
amputated the paper. Val. 75, No.4
Tuesday, September 21,1993       15
In one stroke, the student government slashed the Summer
Ubyssey, ridding it for the first time in 10 years. In other
strokes, the {Minting budget suffered cuts as did the paper's
membership with The Canadian Universities Press, an
organization co-founded by The Ubyssey 53 years ago
To add more salt to the wound, it was deemed that the
handful of editors who work 60 hours a week to keep the
makeshift journalism school sustained and anchored should
receive no honorarium "for now." It sent a stark message: get
another job.
In addition, the government claimed circulation should
be cut down from 15,000 to 12,000, the same size as the SFU
paper—even though UBC has far more students. A visual
inspection of left over papers was the root of the decision.
And by the way, we are looking for a volunteer student
who will come to the office at 4 a.m. to drive across town to
Main and Terminal to drop off our paper—and not get paid,
even for gas. The budget committee believes you are out
To brief themselves on the realities of the paper, budget
committee members observed five minutes ofthe newsroom
and witnessed the "realities." Those five minutes form 1/720,
a fraction, of an editor's life at the paper in one week. It was
deemed considerate.
Before we continue to mourn the passing of quality
journalism—let us reflect on events that shall be seared into
print. Perhaps someday these days shall return.
Getting An Interview By Crashing the President's
Banquet—All we heard in the newsroom was does someone
wantto accompany me to the reception with food and beverage.
It sounded like a good deal. We went. Then we discovered the
Ubyssey reporter in her jeans and running shoes brought us
into a black tie affair. She lined up. There they all were—in
glittering clothes. There she was, torn jeans and leather jacket.
It was rumored President David Strangway would fly the coop
in half an hour after the reception. It was difficult to interview
the president upon a moment's notice. All reporters on campus
knew you had to discover his itinerary and intercept him for
an interview. But this was different. V/ho conspicuously tries
to crash a party for an interview? It was finally her turn. For
five minutes, the reporter stalled the reception line up to ask
simple questions until eventually she was ushered out of the
building. That interview broke news of the president's anti-
Gay Games sentiments and his referral to homosexuality as
abnormal and unsuitable for an academic environment.
Following the news story and public outrage, Strangway
would in a rare moment reveise his decision not to allow the
Gay Games on campus.
The Story Nobody Wanted—A boy was dying. Concerned
family and friends on campus phoned the office to notify the
public of the child's great need for a bone marrow match. It
never made the news meeting. Eventually a reporter having
dinner in the city was called an informed no one did the story.
A few quarters were thrown, a few news room arguments were
cast and an eight inch story found its way on front page. The
story would launch a city-wide media campaign to find a bone
marrow match for Colin Beechinor. A match was found in the
U.S. but complications eventually became fatal. Months later,
the donor would phone The Ubyssey for pictures and write
ups, touched by the public response.
A Eviction Foiled—A Korean farmer and inventor was
being singled out by neighbors. The farmer and publicized
inventor had kept boxes and spare parts exposed on his
property. Though not more messy than other nearby farms,
the provincial government sent him an eviction notice citing
a violation of the municipal unsightly premises by-law. The
Ubyssey spenta half day interviewing and gathering documents
and later published a full page article which was held up by a
group of concern citizens before Richmond City Council. The
eviction was thwarted.
Undercover Reporters—A nightclub allegedly refused
to allow large groups of Asians. Two non-Asian reporters
approached the club and swiftly entered. Soon after, two
Asian reporters arrived with a group of Chinese students from
UBC and were not permitted to enter. After several tape
recorded exchanges were published, the matter went before a
hearing which found the club guilty of discrimination.
Advocacy journalism it was called: To expose an event
and alter an outcome. Some stories never even made it to print.
But still a few phone calls, application of heat, and the
situation changed. That was the paper's magic. That will
never be with the dire budget cuts which has severed morale
almost irreparably.
The paper has stood by students for seven decades and
rallied tuition protestors to effectively control their fate as in
1988. And ithas been the only watchdog for students. But now
the paper must submit to the constraints imposed and submit
to uninformed minds of faceless committees. Indeed the
executioner's face is well hidden. But that will not be the case
for the paper's fate.
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Second Chance: A return to Vietnam
View from cafe of the Mekong River made famous
in North America by Apocolypse Now
Inner city of Saigon
The floating Saigon Hotel on the Saigon River, a focal point
of the movie The Lover, as seen from the balcony of the
Majestic Hotel ,„_ ,       ,      t ,
'      1975, when our plane departed
Vietnam away from the reaches of
Soviet SAM missiles.
The runways at Tan Son Nhat
airport appeared much different than
I last remembered of the Saigon
aiport Gone were the American B-
52s and the F-5s deployed to
"protect" the interest and freedom
of the Vietnamese people. In their
place were European and Asian
airlines transporting a new wave of
visitors expecting to take advantage
of the "economic blossom" in
As the airport shuttle bus
dropped us off at the administration
building, hoardes of people swarmed
immigration booths which seemed
incapable of handling the new surge
of people.
"Welcome to Vietnam,"
grinned an immigration officer in
broken English. He wore a green
military uniform and a yellow star
on his hat amidst a striking heat and
The Rex Hotel was a popular hangout for U.S. soldiers
during the Vietnam War
.As   the   plane   touched
down, haunting memories contrasted
with today's splendour in Vietnam.
It had been 18 years since I fled
the biggest U.S. military disaster in
history. I had finally made the
difficultdecision toreturn to Saigon,
now known as Ho Chi Minh City.
A Communist regime had ruled
the nation with an iron fist for nearly
two decades. Doi Moi, the
Vietnamese version of Perestroika,
was supposed to loosen the clench.
The 2.5 hour flight from Hong
Kong had just passed over waters by
DaNang, the city made famous from
the Hollywood film Good Morning
Vietnam. Many Vietnamese
nationals applauded the landing,
ironically almost in the same manner
as the applause I heard back in April,
still referred to Saigon as Saigon. I
passed without difficulty a left the
airport at 7 p.m and headed for the
Majestic Hotel.
In the streets, military convoys
and sandbags before important
government buildings were but
ghosts of the past. With an on-going
U.S. trade embargo, the American
presence seemed long gone.
Cheerful people rode motorcycles
and sidewalk cafes lined the streets.
Dong Khoi Street, formerly the
fashionable Tu Do Street during the
American era, and Rue Catinat
during French occupation, was a
tree-lined boulevard with many of
its infamous landmarks still in tact
It was like a time capsule, an exhibit
that two wars had not touched. The
brick coloured Gothic Notre Dame
Cathedral and the enormous Saigon
Post Off ice were perfectly preserved.
The Continental and Caravelle
Hotels, once a symbol of French
opulence in Indochina, later a
favourite hangout for Western
journalists, stood impeccably as they
had decades before.
The classic Majestic Hotel on
the corner of Dong Khoi street and
Ben Chuong Duong overlooked the
romantic Saigon River maintaining
its previous charm. The hotel was
built in the 19th Century and became
synonymous with Saigon when it
was dubbed the "Paris of the Orient."
During the roaring 20s, the Majestic
had been a playground for Asian
and European dignitaries. Most
recently, French actress Catherine
Deneuve and President Francois
Mitterrand had stayed there.
At $40 US a head, the hotel
room had a balcony that overlooked
the Saigon River, the much needed
air conditioning, a minibar, swift
room service and a clean bathroom.
By nightfall schools of
motorbikes would ride up Nguyen
Hue Boulevard and Le Loi Street
while patrons jammed cafes during
Saigon's nightlife fray. Guitar solos
by Carlos Santana and vocals from
Jim Morrison beamed past the cafe
windows, a reminder of the
American past.
In the Rex Hotel, once a hangout
for U.S. soldiers, the Hoa Mai
Restaurant still prepared exquisite
French dishes comparable to meals
served in Parisienne bistros on
Champs-Elysees but for only $4 US
each. A Chateaubriand steak and "ca
ri ga" (Vietnamese chicken curry)
can be enjoyed while a live quartet
performed pieces by Vivaldi or
At the Buffalo Blues, a jazz bar
on Nguyen Du Street, a female jazz
vocalist sang La Vie En Rose in the
same 1950s manner of Edith Piaf.
The bar was a treat for babyboomer
jazz traditionalists who could
witness the French feverish pitch
for jazz in the 20s.
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