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Array the Ubyssey
s   Valentines
I   pages 10 & 11
Founded in 1918
Vancouver, Wednesday, February 14,1990
Vol 72, No 36
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February 14,1990 Liberation by example
Anthony Berno is a second year
Engineering student and a gay
activist prominent on campus.
Ubyssey: How do you feel to be
openly gay? Everybody around
you knows and how does that feel
Berno: At first it feels very, very
strange. Even the idea of being
gay, until you're used to it yourself, seems very strange. The first
time ever I kissed another man, I
thought it was the most peculiar
thing I had ever done. It was something that I had wanted to do very
badly for many years but when it
actually came time to doing it felt
strange. I thought, is this really
One gets used to a lot of
things. I know that I'm gay and
knowing that people might be
thinking strange things about me
starts to become part of one's life. I
don't really think about it any
more. However, when I do come up
to someone on a one to one level
and say, "look I'm gay," perhaps
they might not take it very well.
That still feels strange and I think
it always will, because there are
some situations where it is so clear
that what you're doing is strange
to   someone—you   feel   strange
yourself. I don't think that anyone
is immune to that.   On the one
hand itis very natural for me to be
openly gay. On the other hand
there are moments when it is still
uncomfortable   and   somewhat
embarrassing, but I persist none
the less.
Ubyssey: What are your perceptions of being openly gay and why
do you feel it is important?
Berno: I was about the age of 17,
going slowly mad, primarily for a
need for honesty. Most importantly I couldn't be open with my
friends or my parents. I didn't
have anyone to talk to. So in order
to ward off insanity I came out to a
few friends first, then my parents
and a better part of my high-
school. Positive, negative effects
aside, gradually I started coming
out publicly. Even when it wasn't
personally to my own advantage
because I feel some obligation to
the gay liberation movement,
being in somewhat of a privileged
position, in which I can be openly
gay, and I having the oratorical
skills to pull it off. Anyway, I think
that coming out publicly is an
important thing to do because itis
the primary form of gay liberation
in the effect you can have. Put
forward any number of arguments
against discrimination against
homosexuality and it will fall on
deaf ears, but when there's a real,
living, breathing gay person,
people that would otherwise be
homophobic begin to their views.
That really is my goal and point of
being open about my sexuality.
Ubyssey: Then, being openly gay
benefits oneself as a gay person?
Berno: No, not oneself, the cause of
gay liberation. Of course, it benefits oneself, this sounds hopelessly
insincere, but I for example don't
have to be openly gay for myself. I
do it because I really and truly
believe in advancing gay liberation. It's not for everyone, but I
think it's a very worthwhile cause.
Ubyssey: You're saying they have
to deal with the issue itself because they are confronted by a
person who demand its attention?
Berno: Yes, they can't dismiss the
issue as irrelevant. Of course, it's
not irrelevant—everyone has
friends and acquaintances that
are gay. Most people realise in the
back of their minds they must
know someone who is gay in their
lives but until that person steps
forward and tells them, it's very
easy to ignore the fag jokes and
Ubyssey: So, ifyou feel that being
openly gay is such an extraordinary way to advance gay liberation, do you feel itis your responsibility to encourage other people to
come out and to be openly gay and
express their homosexuality?
Berno: I would encourage people
to be courageous about expressing
their sexuality and not fear being
different for its own sake. However I would not advocate being
openly gay to anyone who had a lot
to lose for being openly gay. Ex- even if I don't succeed in speaking
amples of people losing their jobs completely for everyone it is better
or lose a lot of their friends or than remaining silent.
whatever,   they   shouldn't  just
jump out of the closet for anyone's Ubyssey: In a nutshell, what do
sake other than their own. In fact, you believe gay liberation is and
initially, coming out should be what does it achieve?
done for one's own sake. However,
for those that are out to their Berno: What I call gay liberation is
friends and don't have a lot to lose, dispelling myths and improving
they really are in a good positions people's attitude  toward homo-
to be publicly gay in a sense that sexuality by  setting a positive
they can write letters to the editor example for homosexual people in
or be interviewed or appear on general; expressing as best I can
television. Yes, I would encourage our sentiments. This is quite dif-
it. I would tell them to bite the ferentfrom, say, writing an anony-
bullet and not be afraid of people mous letter to the editor or partiei-
looking at you strangely every now pating in a political rally or other
or maybe even calling you names,
because it's not that bad and it's
for a good cause.
Ubyssey: If it's the only way of
being effective, what about people
who aren't openly gay? How do you
feel about them?
Berno: I am in a position where I ^
can be openly gay. For a lot of other
people, for example there is the
financial support of their parents
which may be very important, or in
their particular peer group (they
may be) subjected to threats or
they might lose their jobs. I try to
speak to represent not only my
own interests and I believe that
less direct forms of political activity. Indirect anonymous forms of
political action are very easy for
the public at large to ignore or
dismiss as trivial. If someone
takes a more direct approach to
gay liberation, like coming out of
the closet and telling their friends
they are gay, it is a very political
act. If a person does take these
more direct approaches to achieving gay liberation for themselves
and other people, it can't be dismissed so easily. It cannot be dismissed so easily by otherwise un-
liberated heterosexuals because
they're dealing with a person,
friend of theirs or a son, rather
than some other abstract concept
which can be brushed away at no
risk to themselves.
Often it is hard to see one's
own personal impact. I am hostile
at times. It's sort of one of those
things where an individual in iisolation can't really do much but if
you have a lot of people doing the
same thing, you can change the
world. It's like recycling garbage.
If one person recycles the garbage
it doesn't do anything, but if everything does, then it does makes a
substantial difference.
Bisexuality and polarized sexuality
by anonymous
Bisexuality is something that
is very rarely talked about; society
discusses little about homosexuality as it is. For a long time I never
knew such a concept as bisexuality
even existed. No information ever
reached me. So, I always asked,
"Am I gay or am I straight?" I
assumed a choice had to be made
and it led to a lot of confusion
because of the incompatibility of
such a choice with my feelings.
I have since found out, from
other bisexuals, that this confusion is quite common. Being bisexual is not easy; often itis like being
trapped between two worlds. It
can be hard to find acceptance in
either the heterosexual or homosexual communities. This is because one finds oneself being defined by the gender of one's partner, same-sex or different-sex, in a
gay or straight 'type' relationship.
This means acceptance by one
community and rejection by the
other. The heterosexual community rejects bisexuals, along with
lesbians and gays, through homophobia. The homosexual community also, however, can sometimes
distrust or reject bisexuals.
It is often said that bisexuals
involved in a homosexual relationship run back to the straight
world. Frequently, this does happen. It is easier to exist in a heterosexual relationship and in many
cases to find heterosexual partners. That is a fact. However, it
raises the question: "What is the
difference between leaving a same
sex relationship for a different sex
relationship, or vice versa?" The
change of partners can be seen as
simply just that, a change of partners, regardless ofthe gender, but
it can also be threatening or dis-
empowering. For instance, a person of one gender, who views sexuality in terms of polarities, might
feel unable to compete for the attention of a bisexual partner who
becomes attracted to someone of
an opposite gender. Unfortunate
as this is, it stems directly from an
understanding of sexuality as
consisting of two   types' of rela
tionships, opposites, and does not
warrant the clarification of a bi-
sexual's sexuality to either polarity*
Another conception of the bisexual is that they are flirtatious
and uninterested in long term relationships. 'Whether most bisexuals are excessively flirtatious or
not I couldn't say; I just couldn't
prove it. However, the conception
of bisexuals as flirts assumes that
because they are attracted to both
sexes they have a constant need to
engage in sex with both genders.
Why should this be assumed? If a
person likes both tall and short
people as partners does this mean
they have a need to regularly sleep
with both? No. Nor, however, does
it mean deciding to only be attracted to one or the other.
Demanding of bisexuals that
they 'clarify' their sexuality as
heterosexual or homosexual, one
or the other, is to demand the polarization of sexuality. From the
bisexual perspective, 'clarifying
one's sexuality", making an absolute choice, means the denial of at
least part of one's sexuality.
Not denying any part of one's
sexuality primarily means for bisexuals, like myself, working for
gay liberation. Similarly to homosexuals, bisexuals have the problem of homophobia to deal with. It
would be easy to run back to the
straight world and live safely.
However, this would only serve to
deny the homosexual part of my
feelings and not escape the choice
of polarities that all bisexuals are
faced with.
Much of the reason for this
distrust and rejection is due to the
'uncertainty" of sexuality in 'confused' bisexuals as perceived by
some gays and lesbians. They perceive bisexuals either as homosexuals who have not come to
terms with their sexuality or as
straights who just want to dabble
in homosexuality. Examples can
be produced to justify both of these
perceptions but they are just as
much stereotypes those applied to
homosexuals. Furthermore, these
stereotypes assume that only
homosexuality or heterosexuality
Presently lesbian and gay
communities exist as 'ghettos'
separate from the mainstream
heterosexual community. Integrating these communities is a
necessity for bisexuals. Bringing
them together would facilitate the
end to the isolation which bisexuals face as a result ofthe polarization of homosexuality and heterosexuality. This means ending the
discrimination and fear of homophobia that prevents homosexuals
from openly participating in everyday life.
February 14,1990
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A moment with Butch.
Mayor speaks at UBC
by Mark Nielsen
Vancouver City Hall can only
go so far in helping to solve the
current rental housing crisis according to Vancouver mayor Gordon Campbell.
During a noon hour speech at
the SUB last Wednesday evening,
Campbell said council can use its
powers over zoning and building
codes to help improve the situation.
However, Campbell said it
can't subsidize any programs, related to rental housing, because of
the city's "regressive" property
taxation system.
Property tax is based on property size, and Campbell said the
city can't redistribute income as
effectively as could the provincial
and federal governments.
"We'd only be taking from the
poor to give back to the poor," he
Campbell pointed to the Coal
Harbour Project as an example of
how the three levels can work
together. The Coal Harbour Project is an extensive commercial
development by Marathon Realty
in the downtown eastside.
While the federal and provincial governments provided funding, the city used zoning by-laws to
ensure a certain percentage ofthe
units were reserved for rental
Campbell said the Alma Mater Society could use the same
approach   to  build   student-run
It's Just an Introduction
The rest is up to you!
"Thanks to Friends, I met
someone very special."
housing and in the process deal
with the environmental concerns
prevalent on campus.
"Most students say we should
have a stronger transit system,
but what must really happen is we
must stop the encouragement of
the automobile," he said.
"One way of doing this is to
decrease parking so everyone
should get together and say 'look,
we're willing to give up 300 cars for
student housing.'
"It's housing that's close to
campus and it will help decrease
traffic pollution."
Board of Governors student
representative Tim Bird, who attended the UBC Non-Partisan
Association club sponsored meeting, said Campbell's suggestion is
a good idea.
"For the last six months I've
been searching around for ways to
do something like this," he said.
"I think it's one of the most
progressive ideas Fve heard of."
Bird said the AMS could start
with a small 40 or 50 unit project
and, depending on how much
funding could be gained from government sources, it could be expanded.
AMS president Kurt Preinsperg also supported such a project, but said Campbell could still
do more to help reduce the shortage of rental housing.
"He does not seemed too concerned that our society increasingly fails to work for the economically disadvantaged."
Posters defaced
OTTAWA (CUP) — A slate of
candidates in Carleton's student
council elections called last
week's vandalism of their campaign posters "political censorship motivated by bigotry."
Homophobic graffiti appeared on several posters belonging to the "Pro-Democracy
Party," which includes Pierre
Beaulne, who campaigned as an
openly gay man.
Many ofthe posters had slash
marks or homophobic graffiti
over Beaulne's photo.
Candidate Eleanor Bell said
she wondered about the personal safety of women if campus
security didn't even notice vandals tearing and burning posters.
The candidates released a
security report detailing 27 assaults on campus last year.
Beaulne said for every assault
reported, nine are likely unreported.
The group called for more
stop-checks on campus, better
lighting and more patrols in the
university's underground passages.
All Week:
1. Theatresports
12:30     SUB Auditorium      free
2. Before the B.A. (for 2nd years)
12:30     Buchanan A203      free
1. Filmfest
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2. Study skills session for first year students
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General Meeting
12:30     SUB 212
Beyond the B.A.
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Nominations open for AUS Elections
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FEB. 19 - 23
February 14,1990 NIWS
Gordon Campbell to work on campus housing for students. See page 4
Hampton Place
stirs politicians
by Mark Nielsen
More than 200 people attended a three-hour long public
information meeting at the Old
Auditorium on Thursday night
concerning the controversial
Hampton Place development.
UBC president David Strangway refused demands from the
university community for input
into the project. Strangway said a
formal consultative process involving members ofthe university
community is out of the question.
"When you say consultative
process, that's different from consultation because now we're talking about the power to make decisions, and I think that should still
rest with the board," he said.
Strangway said the project is
being done in phases and will not
all happen this week or next.
"Some phases are going to
happen fairly soon, but there are
other phases, and I think there
will be opportunities for further
dialogue and consultation before
we proceed in this project."
The project is slated to be
completed in three to four years.
Construction has already begun
on the project located on a 28 acre
site at the corner of Wesbrook Mall
and 16th Avenue.
By completion, it's expected
that 790 units of rental and owned
housing will be located on the site,
adding 1600 people to the area. As
well as tudor-style homes and
townhouses, plans for Hampton
Place also include three 26 storey
rental apartment towers.
Following a 90 minute presentation giving an overview ofthe
project, UBC Real Estate Corporation president Mark Betteridge
answered questions from the
AMS president Kurt Preinsperg labelled the project, "the
worst form of social apartheid,"
and said it does nothing to alleviate current shortages of student
Strangway replied that once
enough money was generated
from Hampton Place, student
housing would be one ofthe first
projects looked at.
Strangway denied allegations from Preinsperg that there
is no guarantee that revenue generated from Hampton Place won't
be pushed into operating costs instead of special projects.
"That statement was made
simply for the purposes of getting
attention," Strangway said.
Fishers bombard
by Matthew Lawrence
Federal fisheries minister
Tom Siddon was interrupted by a
group of fishers representing
their union yesterday, when he
spoke to a Progressive Conservative Youth group on campus.
More than ten members of
the United Fishers and Allied
Workers Union (UFAWU) disrupted Siddon's discussion about
Vision 2000, an internal classified
document focusing on the problems of sustainable development
in the Pacific fisheries.
In an interview following
Siddon's speech, Dennis Brown,
Fraser Valley Organizer for
UFAWU, said the document was
"leaked" to union representatives. Brown said the proposed
changes would "cannibalize the
fishing industry," by setting up
quotas that create a hierarchy,
forcing some fishers to sell their
quotas and giving more business
to larger fishing companies.
Union member Peter Barone
said the program would "kill the
little guy." Barone said small boat
fishers who use gill-netter boats
are the ones threatened by the
Vision 2000 recommendations.
By using quotas and increasing license fees, the government
will divert even more business to
the "big four", (B.C. Packers, Canadian Fishing Company, J.S.
McMillan and Ocean Fisheries),
Barone said. More business to
these fishers, Barone said, will
lead to larger, less socially and
environmentally conscious fishing—the intended goal of Vision
2000. As well, larger boats use
huge nets that capture and kill
dolphins, he added.
The Vision 2000 report states
that quota licensing will result in
an improved system. "Rather
than encouraging fishermen (sic)
to competitively and defensively
increase their fishing power, it encourages them to adapt their vessels and fishing practices to take
their licensed catch as a quality
product at the lowest cost."
Siddon did not want to address the concerns of the fishers,
and stated that he was willing to
speak to fishers but was there
only to speak to the PC Youth
group. Brown said Siddon "has
consistently refused to speak to
fishermen (sic)."
After the fishers left, Siddon
went on to discuss the problems
with sustainable development.
Siddon made reference to the fishers, saying that people don't mind
being socially and environmentally conscious "until it interferes
with their own self-interest."
"People are angered by the
changes...caused by too much
pressure on a finite resource."
Siddon said something must be
done to change the fishing industry, to save the industry and the
environment.   "We're   exceeding
the safe limit of exploitation."
Siddon said any new restrictions would not affect those presently fishing. "Quotas, licenses
only affects new people coming in
(to the industry)."
Brown said Vision 2000, like
Free Trade and the GATT, will
having the industry "hijacked by a
few, big, powerful corporations."
This would "de-industrializing the
fishing industry" by having "very
little regard for where they (the
fish) will be processed," he said.
Brown said Siddon and his
government are not really interested in sustainable development,
but rather they simply want to
create a system where there is
little policing, less jobs for Canadians and a corporate-friendly environment. As an alternative,
Brown suggested enforcing the
existing fishing laws that protect
Canadian fishing grounds, cleaning up the polluted B.C. coast and
replenishing the fish stock.
Later in his speech, Siddon
outlined the problems with the
federal deficit and the need to
implement the Goods and Services
Tax. By having the GST, the government could eliminate the
manufacturers tax which presently puts Canadian manufacturers at a disadvantage in the international market, he said. Siddon
said having the GST would "give
Canadian industries a fighting
Carleton fails to protect gays
by Katie Swoger
and Jacques Poitras
OTTAWA (CUP) — Gay rights
activist Kenneth Gallagher still
says Carleton doesn't do enough to
protect the rights of gays and lesbians, even though the university
says it does.
The university recently responded to Gallagher's complaint,
filed last summer with the Ontario
Human Rights Commission.
Gallagher and Pierre Beaulne
took the university to the commission because they say the university has failed to curb discrimination against gay men and lesbians
on campus.
In its official written response
to the commission, the university
says it "does not accept Mr. Gal
lagher's allegation that a poisoned environment exists for
which the university is responsible."
Don McEown, secretary to
Carleton's Board of Governors,
wrote the response.
If the commission is satisfied
the university is promoting an
environment without discrimination, they will close the case,
Gallagher said.
"I'm very optimistic that the
Human Rights Commission will
find that for a long time indiscriminate discrimination has
taken place (at Carleton)."
Gallagher said Carleton officials had refused to meet with
him over homophobic articles in
the engineering student newspa
per, and refused to take action
against homophobic graffiti and
The university said the anti-
gay graffiti and defacement of
posters were under the student
council's jurisdiction. It said it
had taken "quick and effective"
action against the engineering
During that controversy, the
engineering society was reprimanded by the administration
and was required to print an
As well, the university does
not take responsibility for threatening phone calls made to Gallagher, since they do not relate
directly to the campus, the response states.
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colleagues that we
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have begun to glimpse remarkable symmetries and
profound beauties, properties of matter that were
unimagined a decade ago."
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Anti-semitism alive in USSR
by David Chivo
The Soviet Union may be
undergoing groundbreaking
changes, both politically and economically, but the problem of anti-
Semitism is still prevalent in that
Three panelists discussed
this issue at a noon hour symposium at Hillel House last Thursday.
Alexander Reznikov, an immigrant from the Soviet Union
who came to Canada in 1987, told
the conference that there is an
anti-Semitic tradition in the Soviet Union dating back hundreds
of years.
Reznikov said he left the
USSR not only because of the political system, but also due to religious persecution.
Commenting on the changes
in the Soviet Union, he said the
country is "more democratic on
paper than in actions."
Rene Bellas, vice-chair for the
National Committee for Soviet
Jewry, talked about life for Jews in
the USSR and the continuing difficulties they face if they want to
Bellas said the unstable economic and political situation is
reviving strong anti-Semitic feelings among Soviet citizens. Blatantly racist organizations such as
the openly anti-Jewish 'Pamyat'
(Russian for 'remembrance') have
reappeared, operating without
hindrance from authorities.
Quoting from the Pamyat
manifesto, Bellas read their first
article blaming Jews for the 1917
Bolshevik Revolution and the
bloodshed that followed.
"It is no wonder then that
what Gorbachev is promoting at
the national level is not always
carried out by local officials" she
As for Jews who want to leave
the Soviet Union, Bellas told the
audience that the waiting periodis
over one year and discrepancies in
the treatment of applicants in different areas of the Soviet Union
can make the wait even longer.
UBC Political Science professor Paul Marantz added that the
Soviet Union is in turmoil and, as
always, Jews are the scapegoats.
New members of Pamyat, for
example, have to provide the organization with the addresses of
four Jews before being admitted.
Marantz added that Pamyat is
known to operate with KGB help.
"Pamyat is a right wing reaction to the reform movement," said
Marantz. "In the struggle between
old structures and elements of
Glasnost, Jews may be amongst
the first victims."
Liberation by example cont. from p. 3
However there are some isolated incidences where I've had a
profound impact on another person through my actions. For example, now that they know someone who is gay, and have a better
idea what it is like to be gay, not
only because they know me but
have given thought to the i ssue as
a whole, the presence of a gay
person tends to make people
think about homophobic comments they might make. Before I
came out I used to get a lot comments directed towards gay
people in general.
Ubyssey: Why do you see that as
being different from leaving it as
a private matter?
Berno: Well, you sort of touch on a
question that a lot of people ask,
"Why not keep it a private issue?"
The fact isit is not a private issue.
I mean, ifyou look at my mother
she's quite often seen in public
with someone that is obviously
her husband, she doesn't keep
private the fact that she is married or has children and a
hundred thousand other things a
day that underline the fact that
she is heterosexual. Being gay, if
I happen to mention even one
lover it is viewed as flaunting it.
Ubyssey: You've explained you
try as much as possible to be open
and let people know who you
are—what reaction do you get as
an engineer?
Berno: I actually don't associate a
great deal with the engineers in
general, most of my friends aren't
at this university. Among engineers I have a few close friends or
acquaintances. I think it's ironic
being one of the most politically
active and upfront gay people on
campus in a faculty that is
known as the most homophobic
and sexist on campus. I think
that's wonderful, personally.
The fact that I am an engineer
does a lot to change the image of
gay people and engineers because in a sense I am demolishing two stereotypes at once as a
gay engineer—that of engineers
and the arts queen, who is always studying literature and
artistic. There are as many scientific gay people as artistic gay
people. I think the difference between faculties of engineering
and arts is that engineers have a
tendency not to come out in university because of the environment, because believe mei know
an awful lot of gay professional
engineers. I can sense that there
is not a disproportionate number of gay people in any faculty.
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Christians host homophobia
by Padraic Brake, CUP — Halifax
THE wind howls around a
dozen warmly-dressed
marchers in the minus 20 degree
weather. They are gathered at
the entrance of the Halifax convention centre protesting a conference that has been labelled
homophobic by lesbian and gay
Inside the centre Pat Allan,
an "ex-lesbian," addresses the
crowd. She says the absence of
her mother was one of the
reasons for her "becoming a
homosexual" because the "need
(for a mother) became unmet."
Robert Allen of the
Nova Scotia Persons
With AIDS Coalition
compares the message of the conference
to holocaust revisionist Jim Keegstra.
A woman in the left aisle
shouts, "What about single
parents? Using that theory,
there'd be a lot more lesbians out
Entitled Homosexuality and
the Church, the one day conference offered "freedom from
homosexuality." Two fundamentalist Christian ministries, New
Beginnings and the Inter-Varsity
Christian Fellowship (IVCF),
organized the conference.
According to Barrett Home,
divisional director of IVCF, the
conference was meant "to
educate Christians about the
biblical perspective of homosexuality."
But Robert Allen of the Nova
Scotia Persons With AIDS
Coalition compares the message
ofthe conference to holocaust revisionist Jim Keegstra. "It's
based on the premise that homosexuality is some kind of sin."
Pat Allan has been a
member of New Beginnings
Ministry for four years, and was
elected to the Board of Exodus
International last summer. Her
seminar included testimony that
she was a lesbian, but is now a
heterosexual, "with some people
pushing me towards finding a
Allan became nervous as she
"explained how she became gay"
to over sixty people. The crowd
included representatives of IVCF
and almost a dozen different lesbian and gay groups within the
Wood says he did not like Allan's premise that people become
gay. "Heterosexuals and homosexuals are what they are. We
don't decide to be gay."
The gay and lesbian community's anger over the presence of
Walter Schlech at the conference
was evident. Schlech gave a
seminar on "the psychological
and spiritual implications for
people with AIDS."
Walter Schlech is one of the
most well-respected AIDS
researchers in Atlantic Canada.
He is an associate professor of
medicine at Dalhousie University and a member of the
National Advisory Council on
Schlech is also, as the conference's literature says, "a committed Christian and elder at the
First Congregational Church of
Halifax." The First Congregational broke away from the
United Church of Canada when
it decided to allow congregations
to elect lesbian or gay ministers.
Prior to the conference,
Robert Allen ofthe Nova Scotia
Persons With AIDS Coalition described Schlech's seminar as
being "based on the whole idea of
AIDS being God's wrath on
One of the many pamphlets
available at the conference
included this message, but the
organizers of the conference
disassociated themselves from it.
Home says that he did not know
how the pamphlet got there or
where it came from. The pamphlet was a tract from Jack Van
Impe Ministries' video, The
AIDS Cover Up.
Schlech gave a slide show
on statistics about the spread of
AIDS, the numbers of people living with AIDS, and the number
of reported deaths.
A Roman Catholic priest in
the audience said, "As you
present it, it reaffirms in
people's minds that AIDS is a
gay disease."
In an interview during the
conference Allan said her
ministry would be interested in
establishing a local ministry for
people "desiring freedom from
homosexuality," but it "would
depend on a number of factors."
Not the least of which, she says,
was "finding someone to volunteer their time."
Most ofthe ministries
within the Exodus International
coalition are run by one person.
"We may be looking at the
possibility of a ministry like
New Beginnings establishing
itself locally in the near future,"
says Robert Allen.
Entitled Homosexuality and the
Church, the one day
conference offered
"freedom from
During the last seminar of
the day, entitled "Ministry to
the Homosexual," Pat Allan
went into great detail on how to
counsel someone looking for a
"way out." She says, "The intent
was to educate Christians" on
what do if they came across
another person that needed
continued on page 17
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Coping with
The inner pain
forced me to examine
for the first time where
my life was headed.
Most of my friends
found direction as
teenagers with the
comfort of encouragement from peers and
society. I, however, had
to deal with my direction alone. T
While nobody said
that coming out was
easy, it is often not so
difficult as some
would believe. The difficulties encountered
in being openly gay are
usually a function of
the social environment
into which one is coming out. T
by Gerald Williams
The most difficult part of
writing this article is relieving
the despair and anxiety I felt
when I began coping with my
homosexuality. For three years, I
struggled to regain a new
balance in my life between
knowing I was gay and trying to
maintain my dignity. You see, I
thought being gay meant never
having any new friends worth
knowing, losing old friends who
would find me loathsome, and
being disowned by my family.
The inner pain forced me to
examine for the first time where
my life was headed. Most of my
friends found direction as teenagers with the comfort of encouragement from peers and society.
I, however, had to deal with my
direction alone. So at twenty-four
I began withdrawing from my
friends because I felt ashamed
lying to them. Imagine saying: "I
didn't sleep with your girlfriend,"
to make a friend think you
wanted to. Lying in this way is
an ever-present relentless
process instilling self-hatred in
ever increasing force.
In addition to withdrawing
from friends, I started clearing
out my life. I resigned my
commission in the Air Reserve,
quit my volunteer work with Big
Brothers, broke my engagement
with my fiancee, left my ^ast-
track" career position, and
started university. I was alone
and scared but finally feeling
I spent the next two years
keeping myself busy and avoiding examining whether I could
ever reconcile personal happiness with my homosexuality.
The rare contact I had with what
I thought to be the "gay world"
left me feeling even more
isolated. All I ever saw was the
sexual aspect of being gay,
although sexual contact was the
last thing I was looking for. It
terrified me. I finally built up the
courage to tell my two closest
friends at university. One
couldn't talk to me comfortably
for a couple of months but
eventually wanted to understand
homosexuality. I had no answers. My other friend was
courageous and supportive,
though as uninformed as I.
I did not want to be gay. I
was brought up straight. I had
straight dreams of happiness. I
liked my masculinity. How
could I be gay feeling like this? A
friend solved the dilemma:
"You're not Gay, you're Gerald,"
she said. I realized that the
ability to have a deep satisfying
relationship with another person
far outweighs the importance of
that person's sex.
I eventually made contact
with all my former friends and
revealed to them my more real
self. Some are still friends. The
biggest complaint they had was
that I didn't seek them out for
I've found that now that I'm
comfortable with myself, other
people have the freedom to relax
and be comfortable with who
they are around me.
Coming Out: its meaning
by Anthony Berno
Everyday of the week, every
gay person in the world, whether
they realize it or not, faces the
same question: "Shall I come out
ofthe closet?" Even the most
radical, politically active,
flamboyantly gay people have to
answer to it. Coming out is not a
unique, life-changing experience
that happens once and once only.
It is a process that starts early in
one's life, and never comes to a
Coming out usually begins
on a very personal level, with the
acknowledgement of one's sexuality to oneself. I tis surprising
how long people can deny what
should be obvious, but any gay
person knows how easy, yet how
painful, it can be to be to ignore
their own sexual inclinations, the
process continues with the most
difficult step, that of coming out
to another person for the first
time. Many gays and lesbians,
particularly those in unfavourable environment, never even do
this, but for those that do, the
following steps are*not nearly so
frightening. It is easier to come
out to another for the second
time, or the third. Coming out to
parents is yet another hurdle,
one that most gay people never
attempt. Fewer still will freely
acknowledge their sexuality to
all their friends and relatives.
Finally, there is a very small, but
significant number that will risk
public exposure in the media for
the sake of the gay liberation
movement. Even for those
people, their coming out is not
yet done. No matter how open
one is with one's sexuality, there
will always be people that must
be told about it, their ignorance
corrected, and the^r mind
broadened. The decision to come
out is made every day, when a
gay person wonders about telling
someone else about their sexuality, decides whether or not they
should wear their pink triangle
pin, or even considers a meaningful glance at an attractive
"passerby. All of these decisions
are part of coming out.
What sort of consequences
must a gay person consider when
making these decisions? The results of coming out may seem
horrifying to some, but very
desirable to others. The fact is
coming out is neither as bad as it
seems, nor as good as it seems.
Gay people that are still "in the
closet" often suffer anxiety of
great hope at the prospect of
coming out, and both views are
equally unrealistic.
On one hand, life does not
end with coming out. There are
many stories of roving bands of
thugs that systematically seek
out and kill homosexuals, police
entrap gay people in order to
blacklist them, and parents that
dump burning piles of their
children's belongings on their
doorstep. These incidences,
fortunately, are no longer as
frequent as they once were, and
most gay people never have to
experience them. While nobody
said that coming out was easy, it
is often not so difficult as some
would believe. The difficulties
encountered in being openly gay
are usually a function of the
social environment into which
one is coming out. On Castro
street in San Francisco, gay
people have a much easier time
than even heterosexuals. In
rural Kansas, however, it would
be probably much easier to
simply move away. Typically, a
gay person beginning to publicly
acknowledge their sexuality can
expect to lose a few "friends",
have some people treat them
strangely for a while, and very
likely upset their parents. The
world does not end, there are no
hails of fire and brimstone, and
friends and family usually don't
insist on wearing rubber gloves
any more often than usual. In
short, it can be a tough haul, but
it's usually worthwhile in the
Now, on the other hand,
there are people for whom
coming out seems like a magic
cure to all their problems. If they
are unpopular, they will suddenly be a star. If they were
sexually frustrated, they will
have potential lovers lining up at
their door. The long-silent telephone will ring all day, their
acne will vanish, they will lose
weight, and they will earn more
money. This is not an exaggeration; there are some who believe
that if they can overcome the
more difficult parts of coming
out, they will be magically
transformed into a new person.
Of course, this is not the case.
Coming out only changes one
thing - it makes it possible for a
gay person to live in a balanced,
honest life without having to
continually lie about how they
feel, what they like, who their
friends are, who they live with,
and what they did the night
before. All their other strengths
and flaws remain.
In the end, what coming out
does is to allow all of the above
magical transformations to take
place. Living in the closet is incredibly restricting - having to
misrepresent one's life can make
a closeted gay person seem
distant, boring, unfriendly or
dishonest. It is also lonely, as
gay people not only need the
company of other gay people, but
they, like everyone, need friends
with whom they can be honest
and open in any situation.
Coming out removes the barriers
to real friendship, popularity,
happiness and love. Like plastic
surgery, marriage, or a lottery
prize, it is not so magical in the
se lse these things will happen
b> themselves. They have to be
made to happen, and for a gay
person, coming out is the first
and most important step in doing
In the end, what
coming out does is to
allow all of the above
magical transformations to take place.
Living in the closet is
incredibly restricting -
having to misrepresent
one's life can make a
closeted gay person
seem distant, boring,
unfriendly or dishonest. T
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by Rick Hiebert
Delta Lambda Phi is a fraternity with a difference.
The U.S. fraternity is the first
"fraternity primarily for gay or
progressive men." And they're
interested in forming frat chapters on Canadian campuses as
"A lot of interest has been
shown but unfortunately nothing
has been solidified as of yet," said
Vernon Strickland, executive director of the Washington D.C.-
based fraternity. "We hope to get
something started up there soon."
"Basically the purpose of the
organization is to address those
needs that aren't being addressed
by other fraternities. Delta
Lambda Phi is providing the same
fraternity experience to those
groups which are sometimes excluded from this college experience," he said.
"Sometimes openly gay men
are excluded from fraternities.
Delta Lambda Phi does not discriminate on the basis, of sexual
Delta Lambda Phi was
formed in 1987 after three "elderly
gentlemen" established a trust to
fund the creation of a fraternity
that wouldn't discriminate on the
basis of sexual preference. The
three men, who according to the
frat's literature "expressed regret
that alternative social organizations had not been available during their formative years," hired
Strickland to administer the trust
and help start the fraternity.
The three founders who had
the idea "disappeared early on,"
yet Strickland said he hoped they
would have been pleased with the
growth of the fraternity.
In February 1987, the first
"rush party" was held and Delta
Lambda Phi's first chapter formed
the following April. Today the fraternity has ten chapters across the
United States at schools like
UCLA, the University of Minnesota, Florida State University, the
University of Houston, Northwestern and the University of
California at Berkeley.
Twelve "colonies" (or baby
frat chapters) also exist and the
frat now has over 300 members
across the US. The fraternity gets
more than a hundred telephone
enquiries each month to its national headquarters from perspective members.
Strickland said the frat
makes a point to encourage scholarship, companionship and extracurricular activities, primarily
sports. He said the frat was "identical" to the older fraternities in
structure and operation.
"Every fraternity was established by minorities. The first fraternity was Phi Beta Kappa. It
was formed in America by those
who wanted to discuss democratic
ideas without oppression. After
that, when fraternities became
very white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, the Jewish fraternities were
founded. The black fraternities
followed. We're simply evolving
with the times," said Strickland.
The Delta Lambda Phi fraternity welcomes "men of all races,
colours and creed, irrespective of
sexual preference" as members.
Pledges pay $35 to the fraternity's
headquarters in Washington in
order to join (individual frats can
earn money through initiation and
membership fees).
Initiation is based on the
frat's "Chapter Handbook".
Pledges meet and learn about how
the fraternity works and plan social events for the fraternity. They
are accepted into Delta Lambda
Phi after passing a test on frat
rituals. Hazing is prohibited.
People at a campus who are
interested in forming a Delta
Lambda Phi chapter can apply for
chapter status to fraternity headquarters. A frat regional director
visits the pledges and recommends whether a "colony", or prospective frat, be formed by the
interested students. The national
board of Delta Lambda Phi then
votes on whether to approve the
The fraternity recruits by
waiting for interested members to
write or call for information and by
occasional letters to gay and progressive groups on campuses.
According to one of these letters,
the fraternity likes to look for local
contacts to help them by being "a
source of information about the
locale...determine what bars, publications, etc. are popular."
Life in Delta Lambda Phi is
mostly similar to other frats, according to Ray Honea, a fourth-
year liberal arts student at San
Francisco State University who is
a founding member and former
president of the SFSU chapter of
the fraternity. Thirty-three belong
to the frat there and according to
Honea, they are "looking into"
buying a fraternity house in the
San Francisco area.
"Basically, we call ourselves a
fraternity formed by gay men for
all men. So, it is almost always
stated that we are a gay oriented
or oriented towards the gay lifestyle. That's not to say that a
straight man can't join our fraternity—he would have to be very
open to dealing with gay people
and working with gay people,"
said Honea.
Honea said the SFSU chapter
of the frat was planning to volunteer for a local AIDS organization
as well as working on other charities and getting involved on campus.
Other fraternities have welcomed Delta Lambda Phi to the
SFSU community, he said. After
the university outlawed frats and
sororities, SFSU's fraternity and
sororities council was eager to see
the chapter get started just to "get
the frats back."
Unfortunately for the fraternity, occasionally Delta Lambda
Phi gets negative reactions to attempts to form chapters or recruit.
At Sacramento State University
in California, the student council
has reacted negatively to the frat's
bid for membership, arguing that
there are already too many on
campus, delaying the chapter's bid
for recognition until next semester. Members of the council verbally attacked the group.
"There are certain fraternities (at SFSU) that aren't ecstatic
that we're there, but at least
they're letting us (have) the freedom to each be our own person.
We're not taking people away from
them and they're not taking away
from us. We're trying to have a
symbiotic relationship with
them—help each other out,"
Honea said.
Often as well, conservative
groups and newspapers on American campuses, attack the fraternity's open acceptance of homosexuality.
When The Dartmouth Review, the conservative student
newspaper at Dartmouth College
in New Hampshire found out
about a Delta Lambda Phi recruitment drive at their school, the
continued on page 20
Delta Lambda Phi
National Socia! Fraternity
Lesbians form sorority
by Rick Hiebert
Like their male counterparts, American students have
recently started a U.S.-based
sorority primarily for lesbians.
Lambda Delta Lambda
has five branches, mostly in
California, and though the
sorority is not chartered yet,
sorority members said the
organization is growing rapidly.
The sorority began in the
spring of 1988 at UCLA and
has over 100 members across
the U.S.A. The UCLA chapter,
according to sorority literature, was "founded by seven
women who envisioned a social
philanthropic organization
that would also be a safe
alternative place for women
from all walks of life."
Membership in the group
is "open to all women ...
regardless of sexual orientation, race, age, religion,
physical abilities or class
"We're not political in nature," states a sorority brochure. "However, our focus is
on providing a social environment and at the same time a
community service to organizations that support our
common goals.    In addition
we are here to promote
awareness of women's issues,
minority, lesbian and gay
issues here on campus and
through the community at
The sorority, like more
traditional ones, offers mutual
support and companionship,
according to Dina Wilson, one
of about thirty members of the
sorority's San Francisco State
University chapter. She added
that the sorority was active in
raising money for local charities.
"(Students) come into the
sorority and they've got
instant community, instant
connections and instant pals.
Really the only difference
with us is that if I, as a
lesbian, went into a straight
sorority and tried to get
support for, you know, me—if
I tried to talk about my life,
talk about my girlfriend, I'd
get ostracized really fast,"
said Wilson, who is a third
year Art student at SFSU.
"I'd never make it into a
sorority probably, or if I did,
there'd be a lot of ignorance
and assumptions made about
me and maybe some hatred.
In this sorority, that doesn't
exist; we're all very conscious
of that kind of oppression. It
doesn't happen with us.
Thafs the main difference,"
she said.
Wilson and her sorority
sisters are excited by the
rising interest in Lambda
Delta Lambda.
"You know, it's obvious
that if there is going to be a
lesbian sorority anywhere,
there'd be one in San Francisco, right? But it's amazing
that the chapters that are
starting up now...have been
in relatively small or mid-
western communities where
there are really not many
other alternatives for gays,"
she said.
"The less social alternatives there are for gays, or
the less gay community there
is in a place, the more there
is going to be interest in a
fraternity or sorority situation at a campus because
there's no place else to go,"
she said.
"Like here (in San FVan-
cisco), I live in a gay bubble. I
shop at all gay stores. I don't
need the sorority to feel accepted as a gay person, but
somewhere where there
wasn't so much happening, it
may be more important to
someone like me."
February 14,1990
.- >
I know that I've destroyed
your trust in me,
but I'll always hope that one day
you'll forgive me and come
back. I love you now, and
always willr
Your love I may never have,
but the thrill of trying to
win it will always remain
with me. Your friendship and
support are what I need now,
more than ever.
To ROG: my vewy, vewy, BESTEST
fwend in the whole UNIVERSE 111 Here's
to a Happy Valentine's Day and to the
future. XXYFMJM.
To My Bear, KA:
'If it rains on your parade then
sell umbrellas!"
Words to remember. If you need
help setting up the business I
will gladlynelp. (If you can't
find your merchandise, check my
car!) Seriously, this year has
been a good one — and you helped.
I'm glad we got together.
XOXOXO, your Pussy-cat, JM.
PENIS: FEB. 14/90 Wo i Nee Babee!
Every time we're together, you give me
more reasons to love you. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY HONEY!    STICK.
There once was a girl from Ontario
Who came to BC on an expedition
It was destiny, don't you know,
That she met a man on a mission
Imagine that, we met at the Pit
Though we did attract,
We seemed opposite
But with curiosity we did act
Together we did hike
And climb a great hill
Only to find two hearts alike
Now separated only by will
Time has shown your great virtue
My bunny is as sweet as honey
And very huggable too
This bear needs his bunny!
Love C. Bear
D -    The dark knight of the south
approaches the soft white northern
fortress, will the dark sentries
surrender, permit a sigh to
escape the red gates? Will the thief
steal away his prize? Black knight
takes queen away ...    - M.
TIM LEE F. of D.P.
Just want to tell you that no
matter what happens, I'll be there
for you. I still want to be your
executive secretary and I still
love you ... very much.
Oh Baby
Oh Baby!
Dear Rob M.
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Your manputo needs packing
I'll do it for you!
Love Greg W.
To Mike G. & Peter M.
Roses are red
Violets are blue
You think you're so cool
But you're nothing but a couple
An older and wiser KITTEN wishes
to send a sincere and friendly
"Happy Valentine's Da/' to a
TIGER-CAT (rated RX).
Wanted: one poochie pie prince.
Must be willing to elope to Italy
and Yugoslavia. Apply in person
on Monday, Sept. 5, 1994,
to the princess with green eyes.
To My Favourite Dinosaur
May you always have enough
stars to think by.
Love, The Wrench Thrower.
Sweet Princess,
I love you and I miss your
cookies! Special treat tonight.
Love LaundryMan.
Dear Flyerman'you are gorgeous
U R a great kisser I luv U
loving U is MMMM fun
luv Negative Girl.
Hmmmm ... Phoenix Arizona sure looks
nice at this time of year, especially at
Totem Park!! Happy Valentine's from
one you don't know.
Vicki, Kelly, Thrasso, Roma, Andrew,
Neville, Maylene, Dennis & Albert -
Happy Valentine's Day. Love Angela.
I could never be a vegetarian.
I wouldn't want to give up being
with a certain BIRD!!
To my own true love and co-mortgagor -
Happy V-Day; meet you at the gas
f-place March 31.
All my love for 25 years plus - S.
My sweetest DENISE,
The fondest memories of you
shall forever lie gently
within my aching heart.
Your Eternally Grateful
and Loving Husband, RICHARD
Cheryl & Maria - Roses are red,
violets are blue. Oh how the men
of Education long for you.
Happy Valentine's Day Babes!
To all F.Y.S.P. ladies -
- From the F.Y.S.P. guys.
To the Babe in the Garden
The spirit that endows all
things with life is love.
OXXO The Prince OXXO
What is love? Not wish to
exchange a hut for a palace,
to overlook error and vice with
a smile, devotion without
the slightest deliberation.
A white horse is not a horse.
I love to hold you close,
confide in you,
Feel cared about.
I want to nourish you
the way you nourish me.
JONATHAN -1 gave you my heart
the first time we met. That was
four years ago. Since then we've
lived in different cities, and
dated different people, but
we've always come back to each
other. We couldn't stay apart.
I want you to know that I'll
always love you, I'll always
stand by you, and that this time,
I'm not going to let you go.
Having a Valentine's Day letdown?
Console yourself with the new ultimate
chocolate cinnamon bun being introduced at Lickety Split today 7:30 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. {Lickety Split Muffin Bar located at the entrance to Subway Cafeteria in SUB Building).
Hey Captain! We make a good
team ... will you be my
valentine? S.A.L.
Ifs ride-engineered.
Tian istriku, kurindu kau sel alu kukirim
sayang, kukirim cinta, dan peluk cium
untukmu. CLO.
Mon Petit Tigre:
V-Day #3 and you still drive
me crazy!  I adoration you,
La Grande Peche.
Greg Honeybunch:
I love you with all my heart!
Got your note, yes, I will marry
ou and spend the rest of my
fe with you.     Love, Cowboy!
You have made my life complete.
Grow old with me in a love that
will stay forever young.
Your Pete.
To my dearest Bunk:
Just remember I love you so!
Even if I'm in Mexico.
Love from Uncle James.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Marie Francoise
Love, your French 115 class.
For that special someone ...
Get the card that says it right!
Dearest Woodchips
Love and Cookies
On Valentines Day
All My Enduring Love
Nadine: To an unknown, but
hopefully happy future!
Happy St. Valentine's Day, T.
To Lisa:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I think I'm falling in love
With you.
To Hans:
You don't realize the pleasure
you emit.
Doing what you do best.
All day long all I can think
of is you.
Repeating words like I love you.
Be mine always.
Nanook from the North
_f chi
A happy 2nd Valentine's to
my best friend and my love!
Rimas P.
Love Baby.
Grace T.
Ifs 4 past 12 and there are no
fuckin' cows in the sky.
Happy Valentine's Day Gorgeous.
Love Albert B.
To my little strawberry,
You put sunshine into a
cloudy day.
And seeds between my
Will you be my Valentine?
Valerie, remember...
If the mountains should crumble
and fall to the sea ...
There'll still be you and me ...
I give you my all... Michael.
To my sweet Sue, Happy Valentine.
Just want to say I love you lots.
You are my little princess.
From your favourite "Turkey",
To a Special Valentine:
My Love, Suzanne,
I Love thee, Suzanne
with all my heart.
I Love thee, Suzanne
in every part.
I Love thee, Suzanne
deep in my soul.
I Love thee, Suzanne
closer with each hold.
I Love thee, Suzanne
with a tender kiss.
I Love thee, Suzanne
all the ioy and bliss.
I Love thee, Suzanne
today, tomorrow, and forever.
I Love thee, Suzanne
today, tomorrow and forever.
I love thee!
To my little bunny in the overalls, thank
you for finding my balloon. All my love,
Mouffers XO.
Oh No! It's weird er - wonderful
Wednesday, shoot for the stars Babe.
Love, T.T.
To Nikkers:
Love always,
Boom Boom.
To sexy, intelligent Ron, Mech 2:
You make my brain bubble and my heart
thump.  Love and other indoor sports.
L. Desperado.
To the Master's gentle one:
May you always understand
me so well.
May you always listen,
remember and be strong.
May you always smile up
into those chestnut eyes.
May you always think of me,
I have not changed.
May we always be together,
sometime until the end.
Then and now I love you, me.
In memory of Ann Marie Walsh
McKenna: companion, lover,
comrade in arms, partner in crime,
and fellow explorer of creation;
in short, my wife.
It is strange to look at a tree.
its limbs uplifted in celebration,
and think of you;
To stand by the sea, with the
waves murmuring its power,
and hear your voice;
To catch a glimpse of a cat,
moving with sensuous feline
grace, and see your form.
I can not explain why I feel
this; I know only that for a
brief moment my soul touches
the fire of your spirit and
glows with a merry warmth.
Raul I
Promise I'll sing for you. Te quiero.
Love Cheryl.
Dearest Droopy,
Thanks for filling the last nine
months with:     grated  cheese  prod.,
Rossby waves, 2.50 breakfasts,
noises from the body, walks to
Anthro,   dreams  of  Nepal,  warmth,
laughs and a lovin' appetite
which only you can satiate.
Love Lesley.
For someone with a big heart...
Single, unattached teddy bear.
Loves to be hugged ana cuddled.
Apply in person to Bunky Bear
To Sweetness, My Darling Hedgehog
You are more than I could
ever possibly wish for
Lefs conquer the world together
I'll love you forever and always
Hand in Glove, Your LHWB ... Snugle
EDA, 14, 19.90 7:00 OL
Happy Valentine's Day KAREN!
Better hurry, only 313 Shopping
Days till Christmas.
I will always remember:
a lot of laughing;
a lot of sharing
a lot of talking and meeting
each other halfway;
a few tears, maybe some pain;
And a whole lot of love.
Tibblemania! I am infected with
the fever, a helpless victim of desire.
I miss you very much
& I don't know what to do!
I've called you many times
& I've always left a message.
I know you have my number
but you never give me a call.
I know you're very busy
but I wish you'd give me some time.
I want you very much
but I don't know how you feel.
I think about you daily
& it hurts to know you're near!
It gets kinda lonely
out here in the city
when you're the only guy
from out there in the boonies.
Dear Michael F.
You're sweeter than true confections.
Have a fin-tastic V-Day!
Dear Chris P.
Hope you had a fabulo B-Day!
Happy Valentine's! LoveYa! LT.
And in that dying haze
Where the giant lay inside me
waiting to rise
You found a willing heart
And you made it start to break free
And you moved me.
Will you be our Valentine?
Your faithful admirers,
Cutsie-Pie #2, Jazzy-Do, and
Cocos too.
J.M. - To my pussy cat: You've really
been special fo me over the last few
months. Happy Valentine's Day, Love,
your Bahr, K.A.
Happy Valentine's Day Bean!
Hearts were never meant
to be alone.
I love you now and forever.
Always, Lor.
Grant: I haven't seen you since the
FD404 final. Just wanted to say "HI!"
with a smile. Barb.
Dear Whoopsie,
It was great riding (with) you.
I hope the whip scars disappear soon.
Hammer hard!
Luv Boopsie.
Dear Peaches,
Happy Valentine's
Love Strawberries and Banana.
Do you know that I love you
(with all my heart I do).
Do you know how your every smile
fills my empty soul.
Do you know that for as long as
stars will burn and tides will
send the sea to the sand
(for as long as forever),
I will be your friend.
To my sweetie Gargamel,
Here's to two years of fantastic
fights and great fun! Who would
have thought we'd be living "in sin"?!
Aren't you glad we're so
misunderstood? I still love
Spike and the Peanuts after all
this time!
Love always, Boogeroni.
I want to take you away from it all.
Be my personal love slave!
(at least for today)
To my Sexy Super Hero,
You fill my heart with sunbeams
And put castles in my dreams.
I love you. Lor.
Kisses ... sweeter than wine!
Heya baby
Iza luvs yew.
your formidable sweetie.
n 1: a small body of land surrounded by
water and smaller than a continent
advl: from a place or position <drove -
in a new car>; also: Aside <turned into
a side road> 2: so as to be unattached
or removed 3:  to a state of discontinuance, exhaustion, or completion
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your sweetie
To the one who said my eyes
would contain new faeries, thank
you for making my world so
magical. I love you - "A".
So what if you can't sing!
You are still really nice!
The L-word, Raoul (no not Sonny).
Alice Jenne, Pal & Confidante: Just
here to say thanx for being
there — Chung.
To Kim — Waking up with you feels like
springtime. Love always,
You are the stars in my night and the sun
in my day.
Love Kim.
To the Great Blond Wonder,
Are you busy Midsummer's Eve?
Dear Snookipook,
I love you more than my car...
Well, maybe.
Always, Pookisnook.
To the bullet - you make me sweat
or is it that hot Australian weather.
Love Thrasher
(you owe us $3 Trev ti Laur).
To Our Little Angel of Mercy. You're
worth a long walk to D Lot in a monsoon.
Thanks for doing it for us.
Trev & Laur.
Naneenj Thommie.
Neeta; You make a Greek of me.
I swing with wild abandon. Pdgie.
To help you find the one you love
"Glow in the Dark Boxer Shorts"!!!
From The T-Bird Shop.
Happy Valentine's Day.
Whenever you're near,
Smells better than coffee perkin'
I know that somewhere nearby,
I'll find my l'il Shmurdie Gherkin.
Love ya dear, Norm.
Dearest Kimpup:
Just a note from your Sunkappor.
Life with you sure hasn't been a bore.
You are so fun loving & so sweet.
A love like ours no one will
surely ever meet.
Love Bambi Eyes.
Will you be my Valentine?
Male, 25, UBC Grad, Business Exec,
handsome, tall, charming, seeks self-
assured, sensitive, pretty, young, undergrad woman for exciting whirlwind
romance, beer-commercial like
funtimes, artsy cafe conversations, witty
anecdotes and speaker-top dancing.
Interested? ReplytoBoxVlOOandwe'll
rendezvous someplace friendly.
For you... Aspecial price that you'll just
love ... Visit Eren at The Thunderbird
To an equal opportunity lap sitter
love your honey pooh bear
To a body warming, pack mule -
sex object,
Love is kind of nice no matter
how it looks.
Kiss Kiss Kiss,
from your equal opportunity lap sitter.,
have a nappy Valentine's Day!
Love Anne.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
I love you, KBS.
Nana of Alpha Phi - I think you are
great!! Wanna be your valentine.
- Your Secret Admirer.
L.C. the Hot Socialite from D Phi E
Keep smiling, romance may be
just around the corner.
An enchanted admirer.
Hot Hot Lori from D Phi E.
You are a blinding vision of loveliness.
An enchanted admirer
I knead your buns,
Be my Valentine!
The Baker.
Diane, I'm really sorry
but I'm still quite fond of you.
Be my Valentine. Luv, Eldin.
Mike, You are the love of my life.
WE have so much more than
a prof.-student relationship. Luv Al.
My most preverted goober,
You slap me silly (and I luv it).
Love, your bruised butt happy
Harvey Honey, my Cutie Pie!!
Guess who is going to get a hug
on Val. You! You! My favourite
sasquatch! Happy Val, Luv Ya! Sal.
Hello Karen from Salish/100
Mile House. Remember Colin's
friend from ANSO 100? If so &
you'd like a Val I'll usually be in
Sedge's underground at
Happy Valentine's Day to the
only Andrea I know on campus.
All work and no play etc.
Kraut friend of Kfrog.
Sing Goddess of my love for
Thomas, which has put joy into my
life thousandfold.
To Mia - Hope you are feeling better
soon!!! With love from all of us at
To D.M.C. from P.P.:
Happy Valentine's Day, Tweetheart!
I looooove yooou sooo much!
BTG (my Studmuffin):
A sweetheart to miss,
A sugar to kiss,
I need you!
Happy Valentine's Day to the
bonfire who brought forth
resonant quacks & Mickey Mouse
Mt.s from the Hiroshima leaves
and chemical waste of 1 st year.
To darling Jane who keeps SAC sane,
Who will we blame once you're
on that plane?
And, to Val our matron, our very
own patron, our mother,
our sister, even when you want
to kick us in the kiester!
Happy Valentine's Day.
Love and wet kisses, SAC.
Give the one you love a lift on Valentine's
Day! With helium balloons from
Ode to Valentinos: The humblest of all
to the Rose Pogies Nan & Jules. Let
God be your heart of desire.
Happy valentines day, mom (I'm too
cheap to buy flowers)! Richard ef al
Kathy—you're so special, won't you be
mine? and mine?
Forgot to say hapval before I hung
up...long distance rel's really suck.
Happily yours, nlr
Ma "Alex" Ubyssey,
You're leaving us too soon, too soon, too
sooon! - love, the orphans next door
Deanne—We love you! xoxo Vilest rag.
To my favourite platonic anarcho-boo—
a squishy, sentimental hug that just won't
do when the barricades go up, but ifs a
squishy sentimental day and for this we
can make an exception. Love, Slothful.
Mouse—One year later and again I am
writing you a valentine. I've solved your
Freudian fuck-ups but you're still nuts.
And I'm still nuts foryou. Love Buddy Boy.
Freedom-Bossy, you are one dialectical
womyn. Lefs get together and ana rchate
sometime- The Ubyssey collective.
Sure do love you, Chew. Lefs get into
some lego one of these days—a la
deutsch. sundimsunleylalalala... galoot.
O.Z., just a quick reminder to shut the
door. All the mush, John.
February 14,1990
February 14,1990
Glenn Ayrton
B.Sc. Geophysics
UBC 1989
Iqbal Mann
B. Comm. (Marketing)
UBC 1989
Penelope Stainton
UBC 1989
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Liberating Sexual Institutions
Homosexuality is an historic occasion to re-open
affective and relational virtualities, not so much
through the intrinsic qualities ofthe homosexual,
but due to the biases against the position he (sic)
occupies; in a certain sense diagonal lines he can
trace in the social fabric permit him to make these
virtualities possible.
Michel Foucault
by Rodney Kort
THE "virtualities" Foucault
speaks of offer a challenge
to the heterocentric values and
institutions of western civilization, most specifically those that
articulate and codify affective
and erotic relationships. Homosexuals occupy a unique position
in western society in that their
sexual self-recognition radically
transgresses the rules inscribed
by western cultural and religious
institutions. Gay sexuality has
for centuries been the subject of
an often violent interdiction
(forbidding) by these institutions
due to the fact that homosexuality undermines the very assumptions on which these institutions
have evolved—assumptions of
monogamous procreative
heterosexual sexuality as the
only valid or "natural" mode of
desire (codified, of course, in the
institution of marriage). Yet a
number of previous western societies (for example the Greeks
and Romans) not only were
tolerant of homosexuals, but
openly celebrated gay sexuality
and developed elaborate rules of
conduct regarding the courtship
and seduction of men by men.
The Church itself was
tolerant of homosexuality until
the late middle ages, when
Biblical scriptures began to be
reinterpreted as inveighing
against same-sex relationships.
In fact, when St Basil and St
John Chrysostoam—two early
Church theologians—write ofthe
monastic ideas, they clearly
consider homosexual attraction
to be perfectly natural, objecting
to its physical consummation
only because it breaks the sexual
structures of monastic life. It
was eroticism in general that
was disapproved of by the early
church—heterosexual as well as
homosexual. St Augustine
himself writes: "There is nothing
that degrades the manly spirit
more than the attractiveness of
females and contact with their
bodies." It is perhaps important
to note here for religious "fundamentalists", whose intellectual
paucity is frequently exceeded
only by their tenacious adherence to flawed literalist exegesis,
that the handful of scriptures
frequently associated with a
condemnation of homosexuality
have been both mistranslated
and misinterpreted (see Christianity, Social Tolerance, and
Homosexuality by John Boswell,
Perhaps no other institution
in western society codifies conventional received wisdom more
vigorously than marriage itself,
its "sanctity" propped up by a
myriad of legal, religious, and
cultural precepts. Yet marriage
has been (and remains) a tool of
religious and civil authorities,
used to institutionalize patriarchy, misogyny, racism and
homophobia. In The Second Sex,
Simone De Beauvoir refers to
marriage as a "fraudulent and
outdated bourgeois institution,"
a statement that is directed
specifically to women, but which
has just as much validity for lesbians and gay men; rather than
seeking accessibility to a fundamentally flawed institution,
homosexuals should demonstrate
that a radical transgression of
repressive codes of sexual
conduct is a liberating possibility, one that is indeed an
"historic occasion" to question
the "legitimate" modes of
affection and the erotic articulated by western civilization.
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Gays and lesbians
athletics grow
by Casey Clemmens
Society's image ofthe gay and
lesbian social scene is rooted in the
stereotypical images of gay and
lesbian bars. In the last decade,
this image has changed as more
athletic groups have formed to
provide an alternative for the gay
and lesbian community.
Since the advent of the Gay
Games in San Francisco eight
years ago, gay and lesbian sports
organizations have sprung up
across North America to provide a
social alternative to the bar scene.
In Vancouver alone, there are
more than a dozen clubs that offer
recreational sports for gays and
One of the largest and more
well-established groups is the
Vancouver Gay Volleyball Association which consists of around
200 members, including 7-8
women and some straights.
The group was originally organized by people interested in
going to the first Gay Games in
San Francisco.
Brad Cooper, a spokesperson
for the organization, said he first
heard of the group through an ad
in a local paper and found it quite
easy to fit in.
"I felt at ease with no sexual
pressure," Cooper said. "It felt like
a family with social emphasis
more than competitive. It was very
well organized for a gay sport."
There will be at least five volleyball teams at the Gay Games
from the Vancouver area, with
most of the players coming from
the ranks of the Vancouver Gay
Volleyball Association.
Another prominent group is
the English Bay Swim Club which
has 75 members, one third of
which are female. It was formed
six years ago to prepare for the
second Gay Games in San Francisco.
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The club regularly takes part
in Masters swim events and
stresses its philosophy of Vecrea-
tion and participation while encouraging competition.'
John Whistler, a club director, said the club offers "a very
positive, friendly atmosphere" and
receives support from the Aquatic
Centre including convenient pool
times at affordable rates.
The club will be very active
during the upcoming Gay Games
co-hosting the aquatic events with
the Aquatic Centre.
The Women's Softball Club is
a smaller group that fields a team
in Division 2 of the Vancouver
Women's Softball League. Although it has only 18 members,
the club is highly competitive and
won the league championship in
Since some of its members
will have difficulty either getting
time off from work or raising the
entrance fee, the club will not
enter a team in the Gay Games,
but some players will take part on
another team.
Another large group is the
English Bay Bowling League
which has 150 members.
The league was formed by "a
group of people interested in doing
something on a social level involving an activity." In five years, the
league has grown steadily and
plans to enter several teams in the
"I enjoy the activity and it
provides an opportunity to meet
others without being in a bar
atmosphere," said Jerry, a club
member. "It's not an expensive
activity either and it doesn't lead
to drinking and driving."
The Pacific Rim Yacht club
was formed so that members
might have somebody to go sailing
with. The club has 40 male and
female members with 15 privately
owned boats ranging from 14 to 30
The group has four club sails
on the long weekends in the summer and one two-week sail along
Georgia Straight in August.
"The club is usually not involved in Gay Pride Day because
we are out sailing," said club
member Matthew Shumaker, who
added that the club represents
only a fraction of the gay sailing
"Sailors are a rather quiet
bunch who are not into making
waves," Shumaker said. "Most
boaters are not interested in joining a sailing club because people
who own boats usually go out in
them alone so that they can get
away from people."
A group with an international
flavour is the Pacific Northwest
Wrestling Club which meets once
a month and has fifty members
over three states and two provinces.
The club is putting together a
team for the games but the participants will not be a reflection ofthe
club's membership said club director Sean Martin.
"The high profile nature ofthe
games has resulted in only high
profile gays having come forward
for the team."
One of the smallest groups is
the Frontrunners Club which has
12 members who meet to go running together. The club is an outgrowth of the 1984 games and
meets Sundays and Thursdays for
a 6-7 mile run through Stanley
"It's a nice way to meet people
in a non-sexual environment as
well as meeting people with similar interests," said Jack, a club
member. "I've made several good
friends over the years through
Frontrunners and I know other
club members have too."
A lesbian voice
by Rebecca Bishop
Popular culture and the
popular media do not recognize
lesbians; lesbian culture is made
The need for an exclusively
lesbian magazine is based on the
control ofthe mainstream media
by heterosexual males. In Vancouver there are several alternative publications such as Angles,
a gay/lesbian paper, and Kinesis,
a women's magazine. Diversity:
The Lesbian Rag is a Vancouver
magazine produced by and for
lesbians, and is the only lesbian
magazine in Canada.
When asked why Diversity
was launched two years ago,
Evie Mandel, a member of the
Diversity collective explained:
"There isn't alot of space for
lesbian writing. It's just a desire
for a place where you can read
lesbian stuff. We don't do that
much hard journalism. Our target audience is lesbian. The purpose of the: paper is to share a
really broad range of lesbian lifestyles. We have an article about
the work (IJBC associate professor) Mary Bryson did to get the
same-sex spouse medical benefits at UBC. I think that it will be
very different from the coverage
in the mainstream press. She
gets a chance to say that she has
done it and how she did it.
"It's great to read stuff that
isn't arguing a straight viewpoint. You don't have to write
with an idea of a straight audience in mind all the time. You
can just write the way you woul d
talk to your friends or somebody
you are meeting for the first time
who you know is a lesbian. It's
great. It changes the whole tone
of the articles. It's nice that you
get to make jokes that make reference to lesbian culture without
having to worry that other
people will not understand."
Diversity is run by a collective of women who work on a
volunteer basis with borrowed
equipment, no office space, and a
P.O. Box number.
"At the moment the paper is
paying for itself — just. We
haven't been able to make the
money to buy what we really
want. It's a strain carrying
things around, not having a
place where we can all go. I think
it would increase our efficiency
enormously if we had a place for
meetings. It's not so much the
money that we are concerned
about though, as long as we survive."
As a magazine exclusively
for lesbians, Diversity frequently contains material with
explicit references to lesbian
"We have an article in our
next issue about fisting. It's coming 100 per cent from a lesbian
perspective exclusively for lesbians. I don't think that that kind
of article could be published in
any other kind of periodical.
"When we chose College
Printers we did it quite deliberately because at the time we
were coming into existence they
had published the issue of
Angles that had the International Lesbians poster that has
sexually explicit photographs of
lesbians. So we figured that if
College Printers is willing to
print that, probably we are not
going to have one of our issues
stopped at the presses. It hasn't
happened yet, and that's good."
The Diversity editorial collective is made up of women who
identify themselves as lesbians.
Material submitted to the paper
does not have to be exclusively
by lesbians, as selections are
based upon quality and appropriateness of the submissions.
Diversity is distributed around
Vancouver through alternative
bookstores such as Ariel and
Spartacus, and through the mail
by subscription.
The paper runs on volunteer labour, so help is always
needed. Submissions can be sent
to P.O. Box 66106, Station F.
Vancouver, V5N 5L4.
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February 14,1990
Birds get ice on wings and crash
by Dale Fallon
The men's Thunderbird basketball team split another pair of
Prairie road games last weekend,
this time in Edmonton against the
Alberta Golden Bears.
As a result, UBC dropped into
second place behind UVic in the
conference standings, placing
hopes for home court advantage
throughout the playoffs in jeopardy.
On Friday, UBC failed to do
exactly what most Canada West
teams have been unable to do this
year—control Alberta's scrappy
point guard Sean Chursinoff. He
fired in 31 points to lead his squad
in a 97-91 victory.
J.D Jackson netted 23 points,
and Jason Leslie had 18 along
with 10 rebounds to lead the 'Birds
on the scoresheet.
UBC coach Bruce Enns was
understandably much happier
with his team's performance on
Saturday night when the 'Birds
bounced back to win 90-83.
"What we were doing offen
sively really helped us out a lot at
our own end. We were getting inside and getting fouled." The
'Birds made excellent use of their
aggressive play in the key by converting on 25 of 29 free throw
Brian Tait tossed in two vital
three point shots in the last minutes to quell Alberta's hopes of a
late comeback. Once again, J.D.
Jackson led UBC scorers with 23
points, while Al Lalonde had 15
and Tait contributed 14.
With their health woes now
mostly behind them, the 13-5
Thunderbirds look to be in good
shape for the upcoming season
ending series against the University of Calgary Dinosaurs. UBC
will likely need two wins against
the team which Enns describes as
"the hottest in the conference" to
have any chance of catching the
14-4 UVic Vikings.
While the T-Birds tangle with
the Dinosaurs at War Memorial
Gym this Friday and Saturday,
UVic will be faced with the less
daunting task of dealing with the
Saskatchewan Huskies who have
won only three games.
If UBC can make up at least
one game on UVic this weekend, it
will guarantee them home court
throughout the Canada West
playoffs. Otherwise the T-Birds
may have more travelling to do
before clinching one ofthe coveted
berths for the CIAU Championships in Halifax, March 16-18.
Women bearied in Edmonton
by Michael Booth
For the second week in a row,
the UBC women's basketball team
was caught napping by a cellar
dwelling opponent and thus, for
the fourth consecutive week, the
team was forced to settle for a split
of weekend games.
Playing on the road in the
Alberta capital, the T-Birds were
upset 68-63 Friday by the University of Alberta Pandas before recovering to record a hard fought
67-55 win Saturday.
In   Friday's  contest  the   T-
Birds got off to a quick start but let
the Pandas back into a foul-filled
game. Sue Macpherson led the
UBC effort with 14 points and 3
rebounds but centre Joanna Ross
countered with 23 points and 12
rebounds for the Pandas.
"It was an uninspired performance," said T-Bird coach
Misty Thomas. "The team didn't
seem to want to take individual
responsibility for assignments.
Everyone waited for someone else
to take care of their problem."
Saturday's game was much
closer than the score indicated as
it was only some late foul shooting
by the T-Birds that allowed them
to come away with a seemingly
comfortable 12 point victory.
Tessa Valg and Val Philpot
each potted 16 points to pace the T-
Bird attack while Tracey Cook
scored 23 points to lead all Alberta
Things won't get easier for the
T-Birds because their next action
will be a visit from the top ranked
University of Calgary Dinosaurs,
defending CIAU champions and
winners of their last 61 games.
While the T-Birds were fighting it out with Alberta, the Dinosaurs were calmly dining on the
University of Saskatchewan Huskies; winning by margins of 72 and
84 points.
"Ever since the first game
with Lethbridge, we have not put
together a good game effort and I
can't understand the reason behind it," Thomas said.
"If we don't prepare ourselves
to come out hard for 40 minutes,
Calgary will think nothing of
beating us by 84 points like they
did to Saskatchewan. They are not
going to be here to show mercy."
"Calgary knows how to compete. They understand what competing is; you don't win 60-pius
games in a row without knowing
how to play your very best every
single game."
Game time is 6:00 p.m. on
Friday and Saturday nights at
War Memorial Gym. Free admission with student card.
Junior Varsity teams toil in anonymity
by Otto Lim
Junior varsity athletes have
one common bond—they compete
because of their desire to compete.
Unlike varsity teams, which receive funding and recognition,
junior varsity teams toil under the
burden of tight budgeting and
Varsity teams often dominate
campus sports. They are high-
profile, receive scholarships, and
are recognized by students, university administration, and the
press. One only has tolook south to
our American neighbours of
alumni-rich, football-fanatical colleges where every Saturday is a
sacred sports holiday.
Conversely,  junior   varsit
teams often fight for scheduling
practice times and uniforms.
Granted, most ofthe athletes who
make up the jv teams didn't make
it to the varsity teams, but their
commitment and desire to win is
equal to any varsity athlete.
An exampleis the UBC junior
varsity ice-hockey team, coached
by Mike Coflin. With 6 weeks left
in their season, they're tied for
second place in the four-team UBC
league, posting a record of 7 wins,
5 losses, and 2 ties.
The other three teams in their
league are the league-leading
UBC Alumni, which recruits former varsity players, a team composed of former juniors from
Richmond, and Phys Ed team,
composed of students from UBC.
Coflin explains, "Playing in a
small league has its drawbacks.
We play the same teams so much
that it takes the challenge away."
The jv ice-hockey team practices twice a week and plays once a
week, with all their games held at
the Thunderbird Rink. In comparison, the varsity team plays
two weekend games, either at
home or on the road, and practices
four weeknights a week.
There is a try-out camp at the
beginning ofthe season for varsity
and junior varsity players. Out of
70-80 players, only the top 25
make it to the varsity team and 18
make it to the jv team.
In effect, the jv team works as
a "feeder system" to the varsity
team, supplying players in times
of injury or when there is an outstanding prospect. There are players on the jv team who aspire to
make it to the varsity team.
Coflin says about 70 per cent
of the players on his team are interested in making it to the varsity
team and the rest are content to
play a competitive level of hockey
during school. About three or four
players from the jv team eventually make it to the varsity level.
The jv hockey team is funded
partly by UBC Athletics, with the
majority of the funding coming
from UBC Hockey Alumni and the
other three teams in the league.
There is also a "Leadership
Award" in which three $250 scholarships are provided by private
donations. In comparison, the
Varsity players receive $1000
Coflin believes in the jv level
of competition. He says, "Junior
varsity stands on its own. It's a
worthwhile experience by itself
without having to go to varsity
With the all the enthusiasm
and competitiveness on the jv
team, there still is a problem of
garnering support from the campus. Coflin says, "There's a negative second-rate atmosphere at
UBC. We don't get any support
except from UBC Hockey Alumni".
"It's almost a bonus if anyone
notices. We have to be satisfied
doing it for our own self," he remarks.
Coflin's sentiments are echoed by the coach of the jv women's
basketball team, Stephanie
Osburn. Her team suffers from the
lack of players and an organized
The jv women's basketball
team   plays  only  in   exhibition
games against local colleges such
as Trinity Western, Langara, and
Fraser Valley. They have to cater
to other teams' playing schedules
in order to play.
Their $700 budget comes out
of UBC women's basketball fund
and pays for transportation costs.
The players pay for their own
shoes, uniforms, and meals.
"There's a couple of girls who
are out for exercise, but a few do
want to go on to varsity level," says
With only nine players on the
team, Osburn admits, "It's a climb
all the way up." They lack enough
players for a full scrimmage.
When open gym time and availability of players permit them, they
practice twice a week and play on
In spite of everything,
Osburn remains proud of her
team. She says, "It's tough to be
hard on them. You can't demand
commitment when they put out
time, money, and effort."
"It's a commitment in a different way, you want to be there not
because of practices," she adds.
The jv team lacks consistency
because they lack a permanent
coach. Osburn works already as an
assistant coach for the varsity
team, but also volunteers to coach
the jv team.
She laments, "It's really hard
to keep coaches on every year." By
the time a new coach figures out
the problems of fundraising, uniforms, and scheduling, the season
is half over.
But Osburn instills a competitive nature in her team. She says,
"Playing for us is like every game
is a championship game. Winning
is important but everybody should
have fun."
Hindmarch opts out of Olympic race
Professor Bob Hindmarch, director of athletics and sport services at UBC, announced that he will not be running for the post of
president of the Canadian Olympic Association. Hindmarch cited
the travel demands ofthe position and the need for somebody from
Toronto to head the association in light of Toronto's bid to host the
1996 summer Olympics. With this in mind, Dr. Hindmarch stated
that he supports C.O.A. vice-president Carol Anne Letheren for the
UBC to bid on Universiade 1997
UBC has expressed interest in bringing the 1997 World University games to Vancouver.
February 14,1990 SPORTS
V-Birds sweep series
with Golden Bears
by Wayne King
The UBC women's volleyball
squad guaranteed themselves a
berth in the Canada West playoffs this past weekend while the
men's squad vaulted out of the
basement and into a three-way tie
for first place in their quest for a
Canada West play-off berth.
The T-Bird men made a move
toward securing a spot in postseason play in Canada's toughest
division (all five teams are ranked
in the top ten) by virtue of their
weekend sweep of the University
of Alberta Golden Bears.
"It was good to beat Alberta
considering they've beaten everyone in the conference this season,"
declared UBC head coach Dale
With a three-way tie for first
between Saskatchewan, Calgary,
and UBC, and only two points
separating first place and fifth, the
play-off picture is wide open.
"If things stay as they are now
Canada West would gain both the
wildcard berths to the national
championships and that shows
how strong this conference really
is," explained Ohman.
The T-Birds opened Friday's
match with a 15-12 victory before
falling to the Golden Bears 15-2 in
the second game. UBC bounced
back to register two 15-9 victories
in the third and fourth game to win
the match 3-1.
"We changed our service reception patterns so that any
preparation Alberta did for the
match would be nullified," continued Ohman.
The win featured a strong
performance by veteran Dave
Farrell, who registered 30 kills in
Friday's match and backed up that
performance with another 22 kills
the following night. "Dave got on a
hot streak and never cooled down,"
explained Ohman. "He was an
instrumental part of our victory."
On Saturday the Bears got
out to an early lead in game one
before UBC stormed back and
defeated Alberta 17-16 in the tie
breaker. The game featured 13
straight side outs. "Our team bent
but didn't break," declared
11 victory in the second game before opening up a 14-3 lead in the
third game. "We don't seem to be
able to put teams away when we
have them down," said Ohman.
Alberta fought their way back into
the game before the T-Birds were
able to dig down and gut out a 15-
13 victory.
With the win, the T-Birds
have halted their recent slide in
Canada West action, and are in
control of their destiny as they
head out on the road.
Next weekend they take on
Calgary. "It would sure be nice to
win our first game in two years at
Calgary, said Ohman.
The UBC women secured a
Canada West play-off spot on the
strength of their weekend series
sweep over the University of Alberta Pandas.
UBC brought their season
record to 14-4 and have a stranglehold on second place. The T-Birds
are still in a position to dethrone
the first place UVic Vikettes and
gain the ever important home
court advantage for the play-offs.
"We didn't play with a lot of
intensity and the game scores
were very lopsided," commented
head coach Donna Baydock.
The opening match went to
the fifth and deciding game after
UBC jumped out to an early lead
winning the first two games by
decisive 15-6, 15-2 scores. "After
winning the first two we went to
sleep," continued Baydock.
The Pandas took advantage of
UBC's lapse and climbed back into
the match with 15-5 and 15-8 victories and set the stage for a fifth
and deciding game. In the finale
Alberta took an early lead and ran
the score to 13-9 before the T-Birds
rallied back. UBC narrowly escaped the jaws of defeat and came
from behind to squeeze out a 15-13
Sheilagh Gillespie played a strong
match and was selected as UBC's
player of the match. "Sheilagh
really played well and came
through with some critical spikes
when we needed them," said
Saturday's match was no easier for UBC as Alberta fought to
the final point. The T-Birds
jumped to an early lead for the
second night in a row with a 15-7
victory but the Pandas responded
by taking the second game 15-11.
In the third game UBC had rolled
to an easy 15-2 victory. But the
Pandas were not about to lie down
and play dead as they jumped out
to a 13-8 lead, prompting a UBC
time-out to regroup. Following the
break in the action the T-Birds
came back and won the match
with Sarah Cepeliauskas serving
six straight points lifting UBC to a
15-13 victory.
Sarah Dunlop was selected as
UBC's player of the game as she
registered 9 kills and 4 stuff blocks
in pacing the T-Birds to victory.
Sonya Wachowski had a banner
weekend registering 27 kills in the
two matches.
Both teams head off to Calgary this weekend.
by Michael Booth
This weekend will mark the
final home games of the regular
season for both the basketball
teams and the ice hockey team.
The games will be intense, exciting and will no doubt be played
before an appreciative sea of
empty seats.
All three teams are in the
play-off picture in their respective conferences and they will all
be playing teams that have
either already clinched play-off
berths or are anxious to do so.
As if this were not enough,
the number one ranked women's
basketball team in Canada will
be providing the opposition for
the hometown T-Birds. The University of Calgary Dinosaurs are
the defending national champi
ons and recently broke the North
American record for most consecutive wins.
Sadly, the Athletics Department has declared that the
women's games will be played at
6:30 p.m. and the men's game at
7:45. Wow! There is nothing like
substituting a proper meal for a
half cooked hot-dog just to be able
to see some quality varsity sports.
This is exactly what the Athletic Department is asking people
to do when they schedule the
women's games at such an early
hour. It's no surprise then to leam
that the gym is virtually empty
until around halfway through the
second half when people start to
arrive for the men's game in the
higher profile time slot.
The reasoning offered by Ath-
Birds chew on Huskies
by Michael Booth
After beginning the second
half of the season mired in seventh
place in the Canada West standings, the UBC hockey squad heads
into the final weekend ofthe regular season holding down third
place overall and can clinch a playoff spot with a win this weekend
against Brandon.
The Thunderbirds travelled
to the "doghouse" at the University of Saskatchewan and came
away with a pair of hard earned 5-
3 and 5-4 wins over the Huskies to
push their second half record to 9-
3; 14-11-1 overall.
Team captain Grant Delcourt
continued his high scoring ways
with three goals and line-mate
Scott Fearns added two more to
pace the T-Birds offensive attack.
In Friday's game, the T-Birds
took control ofthe game early and
never relinquishedit in cruising to
a comfortable 5-3 win. Delcourt
potted two goals while Fearns,
wingers Jay Barberie and Scott
Rawson added single markers for
the visiting T-Birds.
In Saturday's rematch, Saskatchewan juggled their lines to
put all their scoring punch together in one unit. This resulted in
a much more tenacious and hard
hitting effort by the Huskies.
Fearns scored the game winner with Delcourt, centre Mike
Ikeda, winger Jeff Crossley and
defenseman Henry Czenczek also
tallying for UBC.
"They were exciting games,"
UBC head coach Terry O'Malley
said. "The first game we played
quite well, we outshot them 40-25
and took control. The second game
was a see-saw affair but it was one
of those games we were determined to win."
The T-Birds will now put their
six game winning streak on the
line when the University of Brandon Bobcats pay their lone visit to
B.C. this weekend.
"They have a high scoring
team with good goaltending,"
O'Malley said. "They still have a
shot at a play-off spot so we know
they will be coming out full bore."
Face-off is at 7:30 on Friday
and Saturday nights at Thunderbird Arena. Free admission with
student card.
Bird Droppings
The T-Birds have lost the
services of right winger Kevin
Taillefer for up to six weeks after
he suffered a knee injury in practice. Defenseman Casey McMillan's knee injury is coming along
slowly making it doubtful he will
play in the Brandon games. However, it is hoped he will be available in time for the play-offs the
following week.
Tracksters warm up for nationals
by John Newlands
A select group of UBC track
and field members travelled to
Winnipeg on the weekend to compete at the Manitoba Invitational
on the site of the 1990 CIAU nationals.
The meet, which featured the
number one ranked University of
Manitoba team, along with top
level competitors from across
Canada and the United States
tested the mettle of UBC's athletes, who responded with strong
The middle distance group is
starting to gel as a unit as they
prepare for the upcoming Canada
West meet and the national championships. Al Klassen, who will be
attempting to earn a spot on the
Canadian national team this
summer, showed excellent form in
winning the 1500 meter event in 3
minutes, 50.4 seconds. Manitoba
letics is that both games have to be
finished in time so that the results
are ready for the evening news.
Technology makes this argument
obsolete as modems, fax machines
and telephones are all capable of
transmitting the precious scores
in to the assorted media outlets in
time for their 10 second blurb on
the late edition of sports.
As for television, get real. The
only time I have seen a film crew
from a commercial station at a
basketball game was during the
UVIC series. That accounts for a
total of two out of 20 home games,
hardly a reason to start games so
Granted, the annual reading
weekend could be seen as a reason
for the anticipated poor attendance this week but that fails to
runners Chad Johnson and Henry
Klassen placed second and third
Phil Ellis, another rising star
at UBC and future national team
member, finished second in the
1000 meter and managed to make
the CIAU standard in the 3000
meter with a 8:16.02 clocking,
second only to Manitoba's Chris
Webber at 8:13.26.
Unaccustomed to both the
shorter races and the banked 200
meter track, Ellis ran a 2:29.0
1000 meters, second to Warren
Barker's 2:27.9. Barker is Ellis's
training partner in the UBC High
Performance Unit and is considering enrolling in UBC next year.
Susan Chalmers, a consistent
performer for the T-Birds all year,
captured second place in the 1500
meter event, with a time of 4:36.3
behind Manitoba's Andrea Per-
nitsky (4:34.0).
UBC jumpers ran into some
tough competition but managed
decent results. Byron tied his personal best in the long jump with a
leap of 6.73 meters, good for sec-
end place, and finished fourth in
the triple jump with a jump of 14.3
meters. Team-mate Derek
Hansen finished third in the triple
jump with a jump of 14.57 meters.
Andrew McFarlane and Phil
Benson once again pushed each
other in the high jump. Their performances were a little off this
year's best as McFarlane finished
fourth (2.0 meters) and Benson
fifth (1.95 meters) although the
fact that the jumpers were competing after midnight might have
affected their performances.
UBC head coach Carmyn
James was pleased with the
team's results'and said, "We had a
very good meet in Winnipeg and
well be ready for Manitoba when
we meet in two weeks at the Canada West competition."
explain why the assorted varsity
teams on campus tend to attract
such limited support.
The football team drew squat
all season despite finishing second. The volleyball teams attract
even fewer spectators and the soccer team had barely 200 people in
the stands when they won the
national championship. The men's
basketball team played before a
large crowd—twice. Unfortunately, UVIC only plays two regular season games in the lower
mainland each season.
The only team that is assured
of a reasonably good crowd is the
hockey team; the problem here is
that there are almost as many
people in the bar as out in the
stands. Oh, you didn't know there
was a bar at the ice rink? Sigh.
The latest rankings have
been released and those academic giants at the CIAU have
discovered yet another way to
defy logic. The University of
Regina hockey team is ranked
ninth while UBC isn't even on the
map. Have the latest smoke signals not reached Toronto?
The T-Birds beat Regina
twice last month and have won
six straight games. UBC has
beaten second ranked Calgary
twice and currently sits in third
place in the Canada West standings, one point up on Regina.
Kind of makes you wonder
which end of the binoculars the
folks at the CIAU look through...
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Midi Mediocrity
by John Gray
Throughout the presentation
of Midi: An Evening of Electronics I kept wondering about the
purpose ofthe concert. If it was
to showcase the new toys
available to musicians, the
concert was quite successful. If,
however, the purpose was to
show new and exciting works
that utilize this technology, it
had mixed results.
Midi: An Evening of Electronics
Vancouver East Cultural Centre
February 11
Midi is a computer language
that allows different instruments
to 'speak' to one another and add
to or manipulate the original
sounds of accoustic instruments.
Both completely midi-ized instruments and adapted acoustic
instruments were used during
the evening.
The concert consisted of five
separate pieces, four played by
soloists and the final piece by an
Where the concert succeeds
is in showing the range and
amazing flexibility ofthe midi-
ized instruments. During the
first piece, Trajectories, composed by Jean-Francois Denis
performed on synthesizer by
Sergio Barroso, my mind raced to
find categories in which to place
the different sounds that floated
and swirled throughout the
theatre. But there were no
categories; they were completely
original and completely artificial
sounds created by the computer.
A similar effect was achieved
with Javier Alvarez's On Going
On that, performed by Peter
Hannah on the wind controller, a
small rectangular instrument no
larger than a ruler. The size and
scope of sound that can be
wrought from this tiny plastic
box is extraordinary. But this
grew tiresome after a few
minutes and as the piece
progressed it came to resemble
it's title: on going on going on....
And therein lies the problem
with both of these pieces—it was
not the music that was interest
ing, it was the sounds.
The only piece truly interesting musically, and not just for the
creation of new sounds, was a
Keith Hammel composition entitled Thrust. The work was performed by UBC Music professor
Robert Silverman on a midi-ized
grand piano. This produced the
unique effect of combining the
piano's acoustic qualities with the
flexible and varied computer
sounds. The result was a work
that aptly displayed the tensions
between the acoustic instrument
and the new computer technology.
The other piece premiered
was a work by UBC graduate
Michael Maquire based on the
Sade song Love Is Stronger Than
Pride. Performed by an ensemble
of midi instruments as well as a
number of off stage synthesizers
and computers, it was an example
of midi gone terribly awry. The
piece was so dense with samples,
disguised taped passages and
murky computer accompaniment
it became totally inaccessible.
The potential of midi to blaze
new trails in musical frontiers is
certainly there. Unfortunately,
most of the pieces performed are
lost in the dense jungle of midi
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"— and deliver us from homosexuality"
continued from page 7
ALLAN was asked
whether she would help
the local lesbian and gay community by signing a petition that
would amend the provincial
human rights act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
She says that her board,
Exodus International, "prevents
her from being involved in any
political activity."
When someone pointed out
that signing a petition was not a
political issue but one of basic
human rights, she responded
that her "hands were tied."
Another activity of New Beginnings that particularly
concerns the PWAC is their work
with persons living with AIDS.
One "ex-gay ministry," Worthy Creations, has established a
live-in centre called Victory
House in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida for persons with AIDS.
In the Summer 1987 edition
ofthe Exodus Standard (published by Exodus International-
North America) there is a report
of a man named Johnny, the first
resident of Victory House. He is
described as "accepting Jesus ten
days later and his health is
improving already."
"What they are doing is taking people when they may have
no support, and giving them the
alternative of continuing that
way, or being part of their
ministry," says Wood.
Johnny, the first
resident of Victory
House, is described
as "accepting Jesus -
10 days later and his
health is improving
As the conference ended, a
man in the back of the room
stood up and said that he was
"desiring freedom from homosexuality."
"I do not share (Allan's) reli
gious convictions, but I do want
out," he said.
The conference was originally planned for the basement
of St. Paul's Anglican Church
hall. According to Home, the
conference was moved because
"the hall could not accommodate
the number of people that
eventually signed up to attend."
Some had suggested that the
Bishop of the Anglican Church
forced the organizers to move because Bishop Peter did not like
the media attention that the conference was attracting. Home
denied this was the case.
In fact, the Rector of St.
Paul's Church, John Newton,
says he wished it had been held
in his church. He was so enthusiastic about the conference that
he led the prayer that started
the day off. Included in his loving
opening prayer was that he
"hoped that those in attendance
would have the minds to receive
(the Lord's word), and the hearts
to hear it."
Home was expecting
between 10 and 15 people to pay
the $10 registration fee, far less
than the final tally.
Allen described
Schlech's seminar as
being "based on the
whole idea of AIDS
being God's wrath on
The lesbian and gay community became aware of the conference by accident when a minister, who wishes to remain
anonymous, was given the
conference pamphlet to pass
around to Christians within his
"It was going to be a gay
bashing conference," says the
minister. He says he brought a
copy to the PWAC so "they would
know that it was going on."
Wilson Hodder, chair ofthe
Gay and Lesbian Association
(GALA) of Nova Scotia, says, "We
organized ourselves to respond to
the conference."
Representatives of GALA
PWAC, the Metro Committee on
AIDS, Lesbian and Gay Rights
Nova Scotia, Gays and Lesbians
at Dalhousie, Metro Committee
on AIDS, Sparrow, Dignity,
Affirm and others met to do just
that. Hodder says it was the first
time that such a broad coalition
ofthe lesbian and gay community in Halifax had formed over
one external issue.
The strategy was simple, to
attend the conference and mix
with others that would be in attendance. Lesbians and gays
mingled with the crowd, and
after talking with the people that
were next to them mentioned,
"By the way, I happen to be a
As they asked and answered
questions inside, others were
marching outside the convention
centre with placards explaining
to the media why they disagreed
with the conference.
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THE UBYSSEY/17 It'seasy being a
This is not what we expect to hear. But it's true that being a homosexual is easy. One could say it's as easy as falling in love... because that's what
it is. You fall in love. No problem. It just happens.
The only difference is that the person with whom you have fallen in
love belongs to the same sex. This is where the problem often begins, not
with you or your relationship, but with much of society.
It is not easy dealing with homophobia every day of your life. There is
the constant worry about how friends, family and acquaintances will react.
Often they will accept you, but often they donl.
Most people you encounter will believe that you are straight and will
act as such—until you tell them or they find out otherwise. Then watch the
(subtle) changes.
Often you find yourself being stigmatized by your "normal" friends.
An accidental brush of your hand against theirs may result in a sudden
pull-back, a tense moment, as the possible significance of the action is
noticed. The sharing of a hotel room, or a bed at a ski lodge, can create a
tension that did not exist in the days before the gay friend ventured out into
the light.
The labelling never leaves.
"Some of my best friends are homosexuals," is the common affirmation of liberal friends expressing their charity towards the gay community.
But beneath the tolerant mask, the need to identify and categorize becomes
primary—reinforcing The Difference while ignoring the similarities.
For young homosexuals the task of still operating in the safe environment of youth can be particularly daunting. Approaching the family doctor for an AIDS test becomes an immense hurdle. "But Johnny, you don't
need one unless you are in one of the high-risk groups," says doctor. "Gee,
doc did I forget to inform you that, I am a heroin addict."
It's endless and pervasive.
But homophobia is not limited to people that bomb gay bookstores or
physically harm gays. These people are just the extreme wing of a society
that has been actively hostile towards the Gay community.
Homophobia and prejudice is much more insidious and reaches into
the hearts of most of us.
Last Friday much of UBC noticeably wore very ugly dress pants, or
sweats. The standard student attire of jeans was non-existent. In residence
especially, there was a conscious attempt through peer pressure, to make
certain that anyone wearing jeans did so at their own peril.
Homophobia is more than calling homosexuals "queers" and going
fag-bashing in the pick-up on Friday night. Homophobia is something we are
ALL brought up with and internalize, tt goes deep and can be very subtle.
It is the fear (for men especially) to touch and show affection to members of
the same sex.
It is important to appreciate what a courageous act the public declaration of homosexuality is. It means accepting the stigma, the hostility, and
being defiant despite them.
February 14,1990
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Cupid arrived at 4 a.m. when no one was feeling...well...enamoured.
Cupid, Beeing Franks Cordua von-Specht asked, "Excuse me,
Fraulein..." "Put it on the list," she said 'and if it means a long
distance call, write it up or don't make it." Cupid grimaced and
headed for the darkroom, where Chung Wong was singing love
songs. "Ah, a good sign." He launched an arrow into the guitar-
wielding victim, and another into Rebecca Bishop. "Chung, wungy,"
she cooed, fluttering her eyelashes. Paul Dayson was about to drop
dead, but caught in cross-fire aimed at Micheal Booth and John
Hudson. "Ouch. Hey, you little shit..." Cupid, panicking, fired at
random, catching Peter Lankester_ butt. "EEEkkkk," Cupid cried
as Paul and Peter floated across the room at each other, arms
outstretched, in slow motion. Alex Johnson and Omar Diaz arrived
just then, muttering "we warned him not to fraternize with the
staff." Rebecca jumped between Peter and Paul. "Now WAAAIITT
a minute..." Misunderstanding, Otto Lim and Greg Davis began to
sing "You make me want to SHOUT, put my hands up and SHOUT."
"No, No, No," screamed the Cupid, stomping his little feet up and
down. This is about LOVE! Just then Kathrine Monk, with Keith
Leung on back up vocals, began screaching, "This is not a love song,
this is not a love song!" Yukie Kurahashi didn't much care for
that...she, along with Effie Pow, John Newlands, Wayne King and
Dale Fallon, sided with Cupid. "Enough of this hippie love shit,"
cried Joe Altwasser, grabbing his coat and heading for the door
(Yeah, yeah, we all knew where he was going.) Cupid then aimed at
Rick Hiebert. "Oh, no you don't," he called, ducking. The arrows
passed over David Chiva, John Gray, and David Loh, hitting both
Nadene Rehnby and her faithful lover, the telephone. (Sigh.) Hao Li
didn't much care for all this..."editing makes the paper go round, not
LOVE," he screamed. Ernie Seltzer stared as Ted Aussem's heart
suddenly grew five times the size (to 12 point!) The grinch who stole
production nights, SMILING. The staffjoined hands with Matthew
Lawrence, Mike Kaminsky, Anthony Berno, Gerald Williams,
Rodney Kort and T.J. Morgan and circled around a blushing Lyanne
Evans, singing, "Mah who more is, mah who more is, welcome production, production, morn." Cupid snuck behind the singing stafr
fers, flying over the balcony and toward the rising sun, muttering to
himself. "Fucking journalists."
Joe Altwasser •  Franka Cordua-von Specht
Keith Leung • -Nadene Rehnby • Chung Wong
Yay, Geers!
Congratulations are in
order for the Engineers!
They had the good sense and
decency toforgo the trao_7
tional Lady Godiva ride, yet
they still managed to display their characteristic
school spirit and wacky
sense of humor. Their decision to place a knight in
shining armour rather than
a scantily clad female on a
horse took courage andinge-
nuity. They successfully
combined a consideration
for women with a spirit of
entertainment; a feat which
certainly deserves our applause.
Barbara Haynes
Arts 3
Suzuki jams out
Recently the Graduate
Student Society approached
Dr. David Suzuki with the
hope of having him present
a lecture, to heighten environmental awareness
among graduate students.
We were shocked and dismayed when we learned
that he, a UBC professor,
would accept no less than
$6000.00 for a talk, addressing students at the very
university where he holds
his position. He also refused
our offer of $1500, as high as
our budget allowed. It is for
this reason that I am angered by Rick Hiebert's
statement, "What makes
[Suzuki] special is his compassion toward the environment and nature and his
intense desire to share his
knowledge with a large portion of society."
Dr. Suzuki will waive
his exorbitant fee ONLY for
environmental or native
groups. I fail to see how this
helps him reach a broad
audience.   Perhaps it's be-
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cause he would rather hear
the praises of the already
enlightened rather than
confront those who are unaware OR skeptical. His
dislike of criticism has been
demonstrated by his reported withdrawal of a
scholarship at Carleton
University, simply because
a professor there gave his
new book a poor review.
Students (and particularly
graduate students) are in a
pivotal position in the race
to cleanse and protect the
environment. Many of us
will someday hold positions
of authority, in which our
decisions will ultimately
help preserve, or help destroy the balance of nature.
Yet he refuses to speak to us
on purely financial grounds.
It appears that what
really makes Dr. Suzuki so
"special" is his ability to
turn his "compassion toward the environment" into
a huge financial gain. If he
would continue to ask industry to favour the environment over their budgets,
I suggest he do the same.
Jeffrey B. Matthews
Interim Programs
Graduate Student
Your friend,
the sea
I would like to point out
something in the environment that most people seem
to have forgotten about: our
oceans. While I agree that
our forests are important, so
are our oceans. In fact, the
algae in the world's oceans
are responsible for producing more oxygen than all the
terrestrial plants combined.
Algae produces most of the
world's oxygen.
Despite their importance, we continue to allow
them to be polluted.   Has
anyone counted the oil spills
of the last year? I lost count
after four. And on Jan. 7th,
there was another one in
California. I recently heard
an Exxon representative
saying that, hopefully,
B.C.'s winter storms would
wash the oil off the Prince
William Sound beaches —
and back into the oceans!
We continue to dump all of
our liquid waste (ie feces,
etc.) into the ocean, after
only a rudimentary treatment. We have the technology to clean our waste more,
yet we do not do so. We are
being irresponsible.
I am not saying that we
should forget about saving
our forests to concentrate on
the oceans. I am saying
that, in our eagerness to
save our trees, we should
not overlook the other three
quarters ofthe planet.
Karen Woodsworth
Science 2
Wimpy snow-
I am not an engineer. I
am, however, offended by
one sentence in a letter written by W.Collins (published
Feb. 6) which implies that
engineers are to be blamed
for the deaths in the Montreal massacre. I quote this
sentence: "Certainly it's
only cowards that abandon
people in trouble and let
them die, as was evident in
the events of the Montreal
To follow the orders,
however insane they may
seem, of a madman armed
with a rifle may appear foolish and even 'cowardly.' But
only a fool would provoke a
rifle-toting maniac.
Blaming the massacre
on the 'cowardly' engineers
is akin to criticizing 'wimpy*
snowflakes for not falling
Vander Hoop
As a person I would like
to respond to Rowan Davison's letter "Law Student
Disagrees." I suggest Mr.
Davison's opinion regarding
Judge Van der Hoop's sentencing of a child sex offender is not based on ALL
of the facts.
Judge Van der Hoop's
judgement is not an issue
merely because he used "an
unfortunate choice of
words." It is an issue because he demonstrated an
unfortunate choice of attitude. That is, an attitude
towards women (Would
Judge Van der Hoop have
said that a male child in the
same situation was being
sexually aggressive?), and
more abhorrently children,
which is dangerous. Judge
Van der Hoop's lenient sentencing of a child sex offender indicates to the public that the law believes sex
with children is not a serious crime in every situation.
It sets a precedent and creates a defence for pedophiles
by putting the responsibility for the events on a small
child. Judge Van der Hoop's
judgement, and the subsequent affirmation by the
Court of Appeal of the appropriateness of the judgement, leaves little hope that
law students, like yourself,
will provide change and social justice in the future.
Furthermore, it cannot be
overlooked that Judge Van
der Hoop's attitudes toward
women and children, as
demonstrated by his sentencing of the child sex offender, will be guiding him
in his capacity as an advisor
at the UBC Legal Clinic.
M. Harding
February 14,1990 •   jir :
'Geer upset
We are. writing this in response to W. Collins letter in The
Ubyssey on Tuesday, February 6
1990. If Mr/Mrs/Ms Collins wants
to misinterpret the (now defunct:
sadly) Godiva ride, that is certainly his/her business. The broad
condemnation of all engineering
students as cowards, however, is
nothing more than cowardice in
itself according to his/her own
definition of cowardice. Read your
writing Collins: "Cowards point
their fingers at others and say that
other people have faults too..."
And to brand the Engineering
students in Montreal as cowards
because they failed to stop a crazed
gunman is ludicrous. Clearly W.
Collins has never stood on the
business end of a gun: Two students in our department have. I
(Harold Smit) am one of those, and
I can say that, that one minute in
my adult life was the only time
that I was totally incapapble of
thinking a single rational thought.
And as for any action to do anything other than save your own life
in a situation such as that requires
a high degree of heroism: we are
not all heroes or Rambos Mr/Ms
Collins. Until you have had a gun
pointed at your head, Mr/Ms
Collins, don't brand as cowards
those who will not rush a madman
with a military assault rifle. You
are also guilty of sexism: you have
inferred that the female Engineering students in Montreal the required protection of their
(stronger) male counterparts.
Finally, we would like to address the Ubyssey for publishing
W. Collins tripe. The Ubyssey
claims that "content which is libel -
ous, slanderous, racist, sexist...
will not be published." W. Collins
letter clearly was slanderous as
well as sexist towards all Engineering students across Canada,
male and female, and as such
should not have been published.
We the undersigned Engineering students, demand a retraction and a written apology
from both The Ubyssey and from
W. Collins.
Harold Smit
4th Year Engineering
John Fernibough
4th Year Engineering
John Lee
4th Year Engineering
The signatures of 38 other
'geers were affixed to this letter.
The Ubyssey Letters Co-ordinator.
Reader upset
lam writing in response to the
letter titled: "Lady G. smashed
state," Feb. 6. W. Collins' statement: Certainly, it's only cowards
that abandon people in trouble
and let them die, as was evident in
the events of the Montreal massacre" is extremely disturbing.
When terrorist Marc Lepine demanded that the male students
leave the classroom,  the  order
came reinforced with a semi-automatic rifle pointed directly at
Contrary to Collins' point of
view, these young men are human
beings. By imposing upon them
the label of "cowards" rather than
heroes, your statement takes on a
sexist twist. How can our society
ever progress beyond this great
disparity between the sexes, if we
expect men to always perform
heroic deeds, no matter what the
cost? I think that zealous feminism is the flip side of male chauvinism; humanism is what we
need. The male and female survivors of the Montreal massacre
must live with the memory of this
nightmare. Is that not enough?
Must the victims of this catastrophic event live with insensitive public accusation, too? If I
were you, Collins, I would be
deeply ashamed.
L. Roessler
Arts 3
'Geers issue
(somewhat upset)
The EUS has changed with
the times and has started a new
tradition, the Red Knight (who
may be male or female), who symbolizes the strength of the engineering spirit. In early January,
the 20 council members ofthe EUS
unanimously decided to put an
end to the annual Lady Godiva
ride, in which a semi-nude woman
rides around campus on a horse
accompanied by 500 engineering
students. (Funny that nobody
remembers there was also a semi-
nude man on a horse last year.)
We did not feel pressured to
stop the ride, but did so because
the EUS council decided it was
socially inappropriate to continue.
People who have known the engineers for any length of time know
that we are hard to pressure, and
don't pay much attention to criticism, except to attract more of it.
In the past, a large part of the
reason for having the Godiva ride
was to get media attention. Positive actions such as raising $7000
for the Vancouver Food Bank last
Christmas get very little attention
outside of campus. On the national
level, the Congress of Canadian
Engineering Students (CCES),
which met in Kingston, Ontario
this January, took an official
stand against the Lady Godiva
ride but did not ban it. They realized that banning something
would not necessarily stop it, and
certainly can not change individual attitudes.
Many people have criticized
our publications: namely the
weekly "nEUSletter" and the
monthly "Last Chance." We think
that when our publications are
criticized, people are using outdated information. About ten
years ago there was a newspaper
called the "Red Rag" that was
worthy of complaint,  to put it
mildly. This has changed! In September 1989 the EUS put together
editorial policies for our newspaper and neusletter so that we could
prevent sexist, racist and degrad-
ingmaterial from being published.
Stop complaining about our past.
We have changed.
Engineers across Canada
have been deeply affected by the
terrible tragedy at L'Ecole
Polytechnique last December.
This horrible event has caused
people in all fields to think about
social issues more carefully. This
includes us, the UBC Engineers.
We do not think that there is a
direct link between the Lady
Godiva ride and the tragedy in
Montreal. However, we do care
about social issues. The Bio-Resource Engineering Club has
started a recycling program. The
EUS is distributing a petition to
lobby the government to make the
sale of military and petition to
lobby the government to make the
sale of military and para-military
weapons illegal in Canada. We are
raising money for an annual scholarship to be given to female engineering students at Ecole
Polytechnique. We are raising
money towards the Council of
Canadian Professional Engineers'
fund to be used to promote the
enrollment of women into non-
traditional fields, especially engineering. And the EUS will continue to raise money for charities
such as the Vancouver Crisis
Scott Kent
Evie Wehrhahn
EUS Executive
Letter policy upsets reader greatly
I am writing to express my
concern over The Ubyssey's letters
policies as expressed in the heading that appears above the "Letters" section stating that "content
which is libelous, slanderous, raciest, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise unfit for publication will not
be printed". I see this policy, as
written, to be a serious violation of
our basic constitutional rights
that allow for freedom of expression and freedom ofthe press.
It seems hypocritical that
opinions expressed in the main
body of The Ubyssey contain blatant examples that violate these
criteria (Steve Conrad's "Mercedes" article Jan 5/90 "There
were lots of women dressed in the
forcefully youthful manner of recent divorcees"), while opinions
expressed in the letters section by
Ubyssey readers need to be
worded in terms acceptable to a
group of self-appointed editors.
Freedom of the press is a right of
all Canadians, and is not just for
those who control our mass media.
A more realistic policy of The
Ubyssey would be for letters to fall
under a heading reading something like—" The opinions expressed in this column are those
solely ofthe letter's author andare
not necessarily those held by the
staff of The Ubyssey, or the AMS."
Under the curre nt policy, religious
and ethnocentric slants are not
specifically singled out as being
grounds for denying the publication of a letter, therefore it must be
assumed that The Ubyssey policy
for screening letters rests on a
purely subjective basis.
I have attended this university for almost four years now, and
the staff of The Ubyssey has ignored repeated requests to reassess this policy. It is time to expand, to all entitled citizens, the
rights enjoyed by the editorial
staff of this newspaper.
Michael Sagar
Sociology 4
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During the four years I have
been writing for The Ubyssey, I
have never heard of Mr. Sagar. So
much for "repeated requests." If he
had actually dropped by SUB
241K recently, he would have
known that we debated and
adopted a new letters policy last
fall and could have helped us formulate this policy through his
imput.—The Ubyssey Letters
Blued Jeans
I am writing regarding the
"Gay Blue Jeans Day" on Feb. 9.1
happen to be heterosexual, but I
have no prejudices against homo-,
sexuals. It makes me sick every
time I read "KILL ALL FAGS" on
a bathroom wall. To be homosexual is neither evil nor immoral—
there is strong evidence that it is
primarily genetically determined.
Further, it is not the case that all
homosexuals are promiscuous or
that they are! all child molesters—
just as it is not true of all heterosexuals.
I understand the principle
behind "Gay Blue Jeans Day"—it
seems to me to be a defiant assertion that it's okay to be homosexual, even to the point of saying one
should be proud of it. I sympathize
with this attempt by homosexuals
to retain their dignity under the
heavy weight of popular morality.
However, in practice, I do not
see what "Gay Blue Jeans Day"
hopes to achieve. Given the way in
which the general public so often
reacts emotionally and prejudicially to anything that violates its
mores, "Gay Blue Jeans Day"'can
only serve to widen the gap and
increase the animosity between
homosexuals and heterosexuals.
What people should be doing instead is trying to promote tolerance rather than gay jingoism.
Being gay is not something to
be proud of—just as being
"straight" is not something to be
proud of. Human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation, is what's
Neil Cruickshank
Sanders very
I take great offence to the
article by Rebecca Bishop on the
front page of the Feb. 9 issue.
Despite rather strong accusations
by amber Riddington and Paula
Pryce, The Ubyssey, once again,
printed an article without fully
investigating the issue.
Since the AGM was closed to
anyone but engineers, it was necessary to ensure that only engineers were allowed into Hebb
Theatre. A group of non-engineers
(3 women and 1 man) entered the
building and, upon failing to produce proof of engineering registration, were politely asked to leave.
Refusing, the male tried to push
his way in and was stopped just
inside the front door. Engineers
working at the doors stood beside
them so that the group could not
enter the meeting. It should be
made clear, however, that the
group was not "physically pushed
and shoved," nor were they threatened verbally as was reported. The
four left, unharmed and under
their own will, nearly 20 minutes
later. There are many people who
will attest to this, including the
Dean of Applied Science (who
agreed to be the protesters' representative at the meeting.)
Though the ending of the
Godiva Ride is seen as a positive
step by both students and faculty,
The Ubyssey has ignored the positive and focused on the negative,
no matter how inaccurate the reporting may be. The Ubyssey has
continued its tradition of bias
against any group it does not support. If those involved wish to discuss this matter further they can
contact us through The Ubyssey,
or at the Cheeze Factory, 228-
Daren Sanders
Mech 4
EUS Treasurer
Recycle this newspaper
Graphic: Xavieran Weekly
February 14,1990
Delta Lambda Phi
continued from page 9
paper snifed in an editorial commenting on the frat's recruitment
literature that "A National group
of sodomites have begun to organize their own fraternity at Dartmouth."
The paper hoped the fraternity would "remain the only one"
to openly welcome gays and said
that local frat representatives "in
other words...(identified) the really cute boys in town!"
Mike Libby, of the UBC Phi
Gamma Delta's (the "Fiji's") is
second vice-president of the UBC
Interfraternity Council. He thinks
that Canadian fraternity chapters—UBC's in particular—would
likely have no problem with a fraternity such as Delta Lambda Phi.
"I don't see any problem with
any greek-letter society with the
Delta Lambda Phi frat," he said.
He added that though fraternities are often seen as prejudiced
against homosexuals, actually,
"they often represent a fair cross-
section of the university community."
"I personally take offense to
the idea that fraternities aren't
fair to minority groups," he said.
"You have to draw a line. Looking
at myself, if I was prejudiced
against homosexuality—and I'm
not—would you blame my attitudes on fraternities or would you
cite the fact that I'm an Arts student, Canadian or a Jew?"
"It must be a fair (Greek) system at all costs," he added.
Ray Honea feels his Delta
Lambda Phi experience is something he hopes the fraternity will
pass on to others.
"Just before the fraternity
started, I was pretty anti-fraternity. I thought there was nothing
really good you could get out ofthe
system," he said.
'"Yet, I've met a really nice
group of people that have become
my brothers and it's become something really serious for me. Something that I hope will be life lasting
because some bonds that I've
made in this experience are really
close...they're a major support
group in my life."
"When I read that CUP
crap in the paper, there's
no way I'm going to walk
into the office and volunteer my precious time to
—Canadian post-secondary education critic Linda
Frum on student papers
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