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VOL.78 ISS. 24
Some place like home
Thirteen months after taking
refuge in the basement of a
Vancouver church, a
Salvadoran family waits for
Immigration to reverse its
deportation order.
by Federico Araya Barahona*
She wakes up not knowing what's going to happen, wondering
if her family will be allowed to stay in Canada. The uncertainty is taking its toll; it haunts her nights and
makes her cry when she's awake.
Maria's supporters meet once a month
to offer their support, write letters and
report on what progress—if any—they've
made. Today, they want to organise a
small party for Maria's eldest daughter,
Julie, who's turning 13 soon.
Alicia Barsallo, a UBC law student,
leads tonight's meeting. For a while everyone's mood is upbeat; the group resembles a wine and cheese reception. Things
change, however, when it's time to review
the letters received over the last month.
Maria breaks down and starts to cry.
"No good news, bad news," she says, getting up to leave the meeting.
Maria is referring to the Department of
Immigration's latest letter, suggesting she
return to the US—her illegal home for ten
years until 1990—and then apply to the
Canadian government for refugee status.
Her three-year-old Canadian son can
remain in the country, the letter reads, but
Maria has to leave. It's the only way.
Barsallo asks Maria not to leave the
meeting. "We want you to be aware of what
we're doing," she says.
Maria nods but does not return.
courier for the guerillas," she explains. "She was put on a black
list, she was persecuted—her photo was going around—she
saw military people bury bodies of guerillas in a cemetery,
and her nephew was kidnapped."
In fact, Maria fled El Salvador in 1980 after members of a
death squad beat and tortured a woman she worked with.
Maria was 18 at the time.
Residing illegally in the US for the next ten years, Maria
made her way to Canada in 1990 and applied for refugee status. In August 1993, her claim was rejected and by December
1995 all appeals had been exhausted—Maria and her five
kids, four born in the US and one in Canada, were ordered out
ofthe country.
Barsallo is quick to add that Maria's past political persecution has never been doubted; her story was not rejected by the
Irnmigration and Refugee Board. We are not dealing with an
United Church 13 months ago, something
needed to be done, quickly.
Maria and her family had less than two
weeks to leave Canada, their refugee claim having been rejected by the Vancouver Immigration and Refugee Board. The
move to seek sanctuary, Maria adds, was a last resort to stop
the Canadian government from forcing the family back to El
Salvador; a Hail Mary of sorts.
Time and time again, Maria says El Salvador is a place she
cannot return to, no matter what In Central America, she
adds, there are people with long memories, people who will
remember her from before. Her brother, who was deported
from the US and "disappeared" days after arriving in El
Salvador, is a constant reminder of what can happen to former guerilla sympathisers.
Her fears are well-founded, Barsallo agrees. "Maria was a
ary. Reporters and camera operators wanted interviews
and close-ups, but the attention made some feel uncomfortable.
"We saw ourselves on TV almost every night for a few
weeks," says Linda Ervin, Trinity United's in-team minister.
"We weren't used to that as a church, so some people were
kind of curious about why we were doing this."
A year and a month later, Ervin admits she never thought
the family's stay would last this long; a few weeks, a month
maybe, but not a year.
Still, she believes this is
a battle that needs to be
fought. "Maria would fit
'women at risk' under
the United Nations definition, but that hasn't
even been considered,"
she says.
What's important
about the case, Barsallo
points out, is that it's
brought an issue into
the public eye that was
thought to be dead—the
belief that irnmigration,
specifically refugees,
drains Canada's resources and needs to be
She adds: "Here is a
Central American who
was not doing very well
she was working—showing to the rest of Canada
that she has a case, she's genuine... [telling] Canadians: I
may be Salvadoran and I may be dark, but you've got to
look at my story before you reject me."
By taking a stand, Maria has sparked a debate that will
not easily go away, Barsallo explains. "She has gotten the
churches talking about irnrnigration, she's got some
unions thinking about it, some school principals are talking about it—she's got people interested."
"Here is a Central
American who was not
doing very well economically—though she
was working—showing
to the rest of Canada
that she has a case,
she's genuine-
[telling] Canadians:
I may be Salvadoran
and I may be dark, but
you've got to look at
my story before you
reject me."
-Alicia Barsallo
ubc law student
MARIA BARAHONA and her five kids have defied their deportation order, sparking
debate that will not easily go away, chris nuttall-smith photo
economic refugee here, she says.
"I read the decision, and the decision did not say Barahona
lies," she adds.
According to a news release Barsallo prepared, the board
established that Maria had, in fact, been persecuted in El
Salvador. Her claim was rejected , however, because guerilla
supporters were no longer being persecuted; officials felt the
army wouldn't be interested in Maria's past 13 years later.
The decision disturbs Barsallo.
"My response to that is, how do you know? Are we in the
business of risking people's lives because we don't feel she
will be in danger? What makes them so sure? Why should we
go with their belief?"
common kitchen that's become her kitchen, Maria looks
like a woman who's taken her last stand. She says her
a     daughter Julie came up with a plan to show Immigration
what it's like to five in a church
"Why don't we invite them to spend a week with us,"
the girl suggested, "and that way they can see that it's not
Maria smiles for a second, then a tear rolls down her face.
She wipes it so quickly that it's hard to say whether it was ever
there in the first place.
'I'm scared," she says. "Everyday I wake up wondering,
what's going to happen to us... they'll kick us out, you
The reporter sitting in front of her shrugs.
"I can't go back to El Salvador," she adds. "I need
Immigration to understand thaL'jf
* no relation to Maria Barahona 2    THE UBYSSEY, JANUARY 10, 1997
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BC colleges strike new organisation
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
A fledgling association of BC and Yukon student unions is reportedly gaining strength,
despite a rocky start and objections from the
Canadian Federation of Students.
Lisa Moffatt, chair of Langara College's
Students' Union, said the BC Yukon Students'
Association (BCYSA) formed last summer as an
alternative to the Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS) and its relatively expensive
membership dues. There was a need, she said,
for a network where student unions could collectively address education issues.
"We decided to have this network where
there wouldn't be any [internal] politics, there
wouldn't be any hierarchy, all it would be was
regular meetings of student associations from
all across British Columbia to discuss problems at their campuses and then to learn from
other peoples' tribulations and successes,"
Moffatt said.
But Langara's Student Union never joined
the BCYSA and doesn't plan on doing so any
time soon. Reports of political infighting
turned Moffatt and Langara off the BCYSA
shortly after its inception.
"We will not even touch the BCYSA
because it's so controversial right
Lisa Moffatt, Chair
Langara College Student Union
"We will not even touch the BCYSA because
it's so controversial right now," she explained.
The organisation has proved attractive to
some however. The BCYSA charges member
schools $800 per semester, while the CFS's
dues are more than $6
per student per semester.      Currently,      the
BCYSA   is   made   up
of   five   BC   colleges,
including     Vancouver
Community    College's
King Edward  Campus,
University College ofthe
Fraser     Valley     and
Kwantlen College.
BCYSA co-founder
and co-administrator
Kathryn Fleetwood said the organisation focuses solely on educational issues like provincial
funding and accessibility to post-secondary
education. Dues pay for administration, faxing
and postage, but organisers are not paid, she
The "Yukon" was only recently added to
BCYSA's name when University College of the
Yukon expressed interest in joining. Several
other students unions have also looked into the
organisation, Fleetwood said.
The CFS's BC coordinator, Michael Gardner,
said the upstart BCYSA
would hurt BC students, if
it affects them at all.
"It's a concern when
student associations form
a separate organization,
but I don't think this is an
association that's going to seriously impact students in a positive or negative way in this
province—it's going to be uninfluential and
essentially ineffective," Gardner said.
The CFS, however, has also come under fire
"I don't think this is an association
that's going to seriously impact
students in a positive or negative
way in this province—if s going to
be uninfluential and essentially
Michael Gardner
BC CFS Coordinator
"[Langara] dropped out of CFS in '92 and as
far as I can gather it was the best thing the
Langara Students Union ever did," said
Moffatt. "We were paying the CFS about
$68,000 a year and all we were getting was
posters every couple of months, a newsletter
here and there—in terms of organising and
action we did that just as well or better than
any CFS campaign that's ever come out of their
offices," she said, joining in a recent chorus of
student unions dissatisfied with the CFS.
The UBC's Alma Mater Society is not a
member of the CFS but joined its rival, the
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
(CASA) in 1995 only to quit less than a year
later amid allegations of financial mismanagement.
AMS Coordinator of External Affairs Allison
Dunnet said Wednesday that while the AMS is
not interested in becoming a BCYSA member,
it may coordinate some campaigns or research
with the organisation, while continuing to fund
its own research and lobbying, if
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Trade eclipses human rights at UBC
 by J. Clark
News that UBC will host Pacific Rim leaders
as they forge the world's largest free trade
zone has drawn both criticism and praise
from the UBC community.
Leaders from more than 20 Asia Pacific
nations will attend the APEC summit in
November, including delegates from China
and Indonesia, countries notorious for their
poor human rights records.
The summit, to be held in the Museum
of Anthropology, will deal with economic
cooperation and free trade in the Asia
Pacific region.
AMS Coordinator of External Affairs
Allison Dunnet argued that, while some of
these countries may be strong economically, their human rights records are a cause
for serious concern.
"I'm offended and I think all students
are offended, because we are inviting murderers into our museum," she said.
But AMS Director of Administration
Jennie Chen argued students stand to benefit from the summit.
"I see it as a great opportunity for students," she told The Ubyssey, "especially for
groups like the Pacific Rim Club and international relations students."
Chen concedes that there are serious
human rights issues with some of the
nations, but "like the AIDS conference, this
provides a chance for people with concerns
to have them expressed in a forum where
there is the chance for informed discussion
and media attention."
UBC President David Strangway welcomed the announcement and defended
UBC's participation in the summit.
"You have to decide fundamentally
whether you are going to be partners in the
dynamics of what is going on in the Asia-
Pacific region," he told The Ubyssey, adding
that "it is a wonderful occasion for UBC to
be the host to the leaders of these great economic centres."
The value of the summit for UBC,
Strangway said, "is not about money. This is
about being part of a very interesting area
with all kinds of complexities. It's about
helping us to learn."
Dunnet, however, said she has trouble
seeing the educational value of the summit.
"APEC has nothing to do with the exchange
of student ideas," she said. "It has to do with
the exchange of cash."
Activists also questioned Strangway's
"We don't think it is appropriate that
UBC host the butchers of Beijing," said Jaggi
Singh, a spokesperson for the anti-APEC
group Active Resistance.
Dave Jago, also an Active Resistance
member, said APEC is all about economics.
"Strangway looks at this and sees prestige in it for UBC and he sees money in it for
UBC," Jago said.
UBC PRESIDENT David Strangway shares a moment with Quzhen Zhu, head of the Chinese
delegation at the reception hosted at the Museum of Anthropology, richard lam photo
Wednesday's announcement was made
during this week's Asia Pacific
Parliamentary Forum (APPF), one of a
series of preliminary conferences leading
up to the summit in November.
A reception for the forum delegates was
held at the Museum of Anthropology, followed by a dinner at the First Nations
House   of   Learning   Wednesday   night.
Strangway, listed in the agenda as the official host of the reception, told The Ubyssey
that UBC would be footing the bill for the
Strangway also stressed that Wednesday
night's events were an excellent way to promote academic and student exchange,
although no student or faculty representatives were invited to the reception. jf
Security forcibly removes activist
RESTRAINED AND REMOVED. Activist Jaggi Singh, who entered
the reception with press credentials, was forcibly removed by
security, richard lam photo
 by J. Clark
Oysters were not the only thing on the menu for guests of
the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) Tuesday
Activist Jaggi Singh was dragged in a head lock from
the reception in UBC's Museum of Anthropology.
A visibly shaken Singh said he was angered by the incident. "It's not surprising, but how are you supposed to feel
when somebody just comes up to you and puts you in a
choke hold and you haven't done anything," he said.
Startled foreign delegates looked on as a plain clothes
police officer confronted Singh, ripped his press accreditation from his neck and attempted to escort the activist
from the building. When Singh refused to leave before seeing the officer's badge Captain J.W. Loran of the RCMP,
with the help of two UBC security guards, put Singh in a
choke hold and carried him outdoors.
Once outside, Captain Loran threatened to charge Singh
with trespassing and place him under arrest if he did not
leave the museum grounds immediately. Singh refused to
leave until the officer identified himself. At this point
Captain. Loran showed his badge and Singh left the property, but not before lodging a complaint against Loran with
campus RCMP officers who had arrived on the scene.
"In China and Indonesia people in plain clothes come
up to you and grab you and throw you out of buildings. In
Canada you can't do that," said Singh.
Singh was asked to leave after attempting to present
the East Timorese flag to an Indonesian delegate to the
forum. Indonesia has occupied the island of East Timor
since 1975 and is accused of numerous human rights
abuses against the East Timorese people.
UBC President David Strangway, official host of the
reception, refused to comment on the decision to remove
Singh but said of the protest that "we live in a society
where those things are okay and people are free to demonstrate and show their feelings."
Singh said Thursday that he plans to pursue legal
action against Captain Loran. jf
An APEC Primer
• The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
was set up in 1989 to promote the liberalisation
of trade in the Asia-Pacific region.
• The 18 current member states represent over !
50 percent of the world's economy and nearly 401
percent of its population.
• In 1994, APEC laid the groundwork for the creation of a free trade zone in the region by 202Q
for developing members and 2010 for developed
members. Problems became clear, however, during last year's Subic Bay Summit when the US was i
able to win only minor concessions in the tech- \
oology sector due to the Asian members' reluc- ]
tance to shift the focus from the Asian region.
• As in the past, little emphasis was placed on the
human rights records of member nations, pf
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Setting the record straight
In an unusual twist, the actors and
filmmakers who put Ghosts of
Mississippi together were unavailable
for interviews, but one of the real-life
players talked to The Ubyssey about the
film and the trial on which it is based.
by Peter T. Chattaway
Ghosts of Mississippi
at Cineplex theatres
Shortly after midnight on June 12, 1963, civil rights activist
Medgar Evers was shot dead outside his house. It took 31
years and three trials—the first two occurred in the 1960s
and ended in hung juries—before his assassin Byron De La
Beckwith was found guilty of murder and sentenced to
The third, and successful, trial has now become a movie,
Ghosts of Mississippi, directed by Rob Reiner and starring
Alec Baldwin as Bobby DeLaughter, the assistant DA, and
Whoopi Goldberg as Evers' widow Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Ironically, the transition to film began when southern
author Willie Morris asked DeLaughter to check Morris' article on the trial for accuracy. That obsession with accuracy
has carried over into the hype surrounding Reiner's film,
but DeLaughter, talking to The Ubyssey from a hotel in New
York, spends a fair chunk of the interview pointing out
places where the film exercised some dramatic license: "As
Rob explained to me, it's not a documentary, it's a movie.
There are some liberties that have been taken."
However, some of the more outrageous story elements,
such as DeLaughter finding the 30-year-old murder weapon
in a gun collection belonging to his father-in-law, a former
judge, are true to life. In the film, DeLaughter makes the discovery after he and his first wife, Dixie (played by Virginia
"As Rob [Reiner] explained to me,
if s not a documentary, it's a movie.
There are some liberties that have
been taken."
Madsen), have separated, and Reiner plays the scene for its
humorous conflict. But DeLaughter insists it wasn't quite
like that.
"The only thing about that that is different is my mother-
in-law—really, all of my in-laws—and I have always gotten
along very well and still get along very well. Mine and Dixie's
problems didn't flow over into those relationships,
and to the extent that the movie shows that Carolyn
[the mother-in-law] would prefer that I not be in the
house and that sort of thing, that is not true to life.
She's always been very gracious to me. And in actuality, that event occurred while Dixie and I were still
married, so there was no conflict at all."
DeLaughter also regrets that the movie, which
paints De La Beckwith (James Woods) as a Bible-
quoting racist, never showed the more positive side
of faith. "During that time, there wasn't but one
other alternative and that was to say a lot of prayers.
And probably if I had had the authority to say, 'I
want one scene to convey one thing that did not
make the final cut,' it would be a scene to illustrate
that in some way."
DeLaughter says it has been "a very surreal experience" to see his life, including his divorce and
remarriage, translated to the big screen. Dixie's dialogue was based on an interview between her and
the film's producers. "I tried staying out of that
aspect of it," DeLaughter says. "The idea of having,
really, any of my personal life on the big screen was
rather unsettling, because I'm a rather private person. My wife tells me all the time that I keep tilings
to myself too much. But I thought that the message
of the case was worth the unsettling feeling. I had
some discussions with my children about that, and
certainly with my wife, and we were pretty much
prepared for it."
Any loss of privacy must have paled next to the
bomb scare that had his family fleeing to a motel in
the middle of the night. That was the only threat he
encountered during the trial, though the film
includes other incidents, such as a note left on a
smashed windshield, that DeLaughter insists are
also fictitious.
Reconciliation and a desire to avoid personal conflict are
recurring themes throughout the interview—qualities one
might not expect from a prosecuting attorney.
DeLaughter is thus somewhat reticent to discuss
the main criticism that has been leveled at Ghosts:
namely, that it is just another one of those films in
which a privileged white hero steals the spotlight
from a martyred black leader.
"I certainly think there is fertile ground to follow up on any of these other matters, particularly
concerning the life work of Medgar Evers," DeLaughter says,
but he notes that Reiner, as a white man, did not think he
could do Evers' story justice.
In any case, one can hardly blame DeLaughter for the
decisions made by Hollywood, and he says he would have
preferred to see his colleagues get more attention. "I've been
the camera while Bobby DeLaughter, the real-life (and presumably
camera-shy) assistant DA he plays in Ghosts of Mississippi, talks to
the media about the trial that convicted the assassin of black civil
rights activist Medgar Evers.
very sensitive to the notion that I'm some sort of lone, crusading warrior. I'm not. This was a team effort. It involved a
lot of people, black and white, working together to reach a
common goal."
That team effort continues, he says, in the work of organisations like Mission Mississippi, which are working
towards racial reconciliation in the south.
"I'm not going to tell you there's no racism in Mississippi
any more—there certainly is—but it's not going unchecked,
and it's much less than what it used to be. We have more
black elected public officials than any other state in the
union. We're undergoing tremendous economic growth
right now because we're no longer fighting one another;
we're pulling together and trying to reach a common goal of
prosperity. I think the races live more in harmony and more
closely in proximity with one another in Mississippi and the
south than a lot of places I've seen in the north." jf
Fame and friendships slippery as an eel
The eels sing about alienation, yet
Slid themselves becoming part of
the very society they rail against
Singer songwriter "E" deals with the
by John Zaozirny
The man named £ calls in wearily. He's been up since 5
M&, living the rock'n'roll life, which at this point consists of
an endless string of interviews.
Still, all this attention must be intriguing and puzzling to
someone whose album deals with being an outsider 'in a
world that's so damn mean."
Now that his band, the eels, has achieved fame with
'Novocaine for the Soul', a song about craving numbness, E
finds himself being embraced by the very world, and the
very people, that he rails against
Tate MTV, for example. "That's a pretty complicated
thing right there, to become part of what you're talking
about It comes with becoming a man; part of growing up is
the complications of life. Nothing is black and white. It's
easy when you're young to be really idealistic and everything, but to really live you have to put yourself on the line.
You have to become a part of things you don't neccesarily
want to be a part of.'
Even more disconcerting is looking out into the crowd
and seeing the frat boys and the like who've made E's life a
misery so many times. 'Deep down, I've always wanted to
be accepted, but at some point you say. To
hell with them they're not going to accept
me, so fuck it I'm going do my own thing.' So
by the time they come, you're like, 'Oh, fuck
them.' But I try to be grown up enough to say,
'Well it's nice that they're coming to our party
instead of something worse.' But if they miss
the point and everything, then it just kind of
pisses you off.'
Also unique is the emotional directness E
brings to his songs. It's the genuine pain of
someone who's been the outsider all his life,
as indicated by the album title Beautiful
Freak. a\s E says, 'For some reason if s easier
to get up on stage and give these really personal details to a thousand strangers than it is
to one person that you care about"
Singing songs with such personal detail
and authenticity every night can get tiresome
but E says, "most of the time it's kind of
cathartic and I think of it as the celebration of
getting it out of my system. Sometimes I do
feel kind of embarassed and feel like people
don't want to hear this. There's this thing
about being emotionally direct that I feel like a lot of people
might not be able to handle, because I know I can't handle
it in real life. I can only handle it in my songs.'
With emotionally direct and musically intense songs, the
eels are quickly gaining fans, but at least one person has left
them behind. When asked about his use of friends in songs
such as 'Susan's house' or 'Spunky', E falls back on a bad
memory, a time when E's penchant for emotional directness backfired.
% h|d this song oh my last solo record that I wrote for
my girlfriend at the lime. I thought she was going to like it
but she hated it so much that she broke up with me. Now I
just change the names and hair colour to protect the innocent.*^" THE UBYSSEY, JANUARY 10, 1997   5
Music to his madness
by Alison Cole
at the Caprice and Fifth Avenue theatres
When love is obsessive and life is lonely, it can tear your mind apart. So goes Shine,
based on the true accounts of real-life prodigy David Helfgott.
Portrayed by a trio of exceptionally talented Australians (Alex Rafalowicz, Noah
Taylor and Geoffrey Rush) over a span of three decades, Helfgott is brought to life as
we witness the events that led to both the tragedies and the fulfillments of this unique
As a young child, David is trained by his Polish-Jewish father, Peter Helfgott (The
Power of One's Armin Mueller-Stahl), as a pianist with the potential for greatness, an
opportunity denied to Peter in his youth. The stern and demanding father forces his
son to succeed in this promising career, but he forbids David to accept a scholarship
at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London. The adolescent David, played by
the dashingly cute Taylor (Flirting), responds by rebelling against his father, who
thereby disowns the son he so domineeringly cares for.
In England, David maintains an obsessive commitment to the piano and, more
specifically, to conquering Rachmaninoff s 'Piano Concerto No. 3,' a 45-minute piece
that supposedly consists of over one million notes and is deemed the most difficult
in existence. This, combined with his father's enduring influence and a lack of human
compassion, drives the young David to a mental breakdown, whereby he retreats into
his own world of scattered thoughts and dementia. Committed to a mental institution
for about the next ten years, the once acclaimed virtuoso is forgotten and buried from
A decade later, David emerges as a man, portrayed by distinguished stage actor
Rush. Still lost in his fragmented mind, David gradually pieces his life back together,
and one can observe the eccentric personality that this transformed musical genius
now possesses.
Rush does an absolutely superb job of interpreting the idiosyncratic character of
Helfgott. His performance is somewhat reminiscent of Dustin Hoffman as Rain Man,
as well as Lenny in Of Mice and Men — a delicious combination of innocence and
goodness laced with a subtle brilliance. One understands both the intensity of his performances (played by the real-life Helfgott) and the joy he finds in jumping on a trampoline in near nakedness.
Mueller-Stahl's brilliant performance deserves praise as well, as he successfully
exhibits a compelling portrayal of Peter
Helfgott's "killing love." One can only
imagine the concentration and energy
that went into duplicating this version of
the real David's father.
Limited to 105 minutes, the film's
hasty build-up to David's breakdown
failed to convince me of its realism.
However, some enterprising techniques
compensated for this. These included
recurring thematic imagery, the creative
use of slow motion to magnify David's
perspective and, most interestingly, the
presentation of the film in "concerto"
form. This film is constructed like the
'Rach 3' concerto at its heart, consisting
of alternating fast and slow "movements" and centering around the character of David, who signifies the solo
"piano" of the piece. Such obscure yet
dramatic symbolism could easily be
missed, but its presence still makes a
strong statement, jf
Redgrave and Geoffrey Rush star as Mrs.
and Mr. Helfgott in Shine.
Come visit Marvin's room ...
by Robin Yeatman
Marvin's Room
at the Fifth Avenue cinema
Rich as strawberry cheesecake, and satisfying as actually finding the needle in the
proverbial haystack, Marvin's Room is a gem to behold. This poignant story touches
on every tender human emotion reachable by the medium of film. Blessed with a
moving story and a winning cast, there is no choice but to bask in its shining warmth.
Unquestionably, Diane Keaton steals the show as Bessie, older sister to Lee (Meryl
Streep). At long last, Keaton has managed to shed the dazed, flaky image she's had
since Annie Hall. She is heartbreakingly genuine, without being too good to be true.
The story begins when Bessie, a gentle, nurturing woman whose life work has been
taking care of her ailing father (Hume Cronyn) and aunt, discovers she has leukemia.
The need for a bone marrow transplant prods her to contact Lee, the sister she hasn't seen in 20 years, as well as the two nephews she has never seen at all.
Obviously, this dysfunctional family has problems, and the reunion is both painful
and uncomfortable. However, the eventual catharsis makes for touching and oddly
humorous interactions. Streep's performance as the unlikable yet endearing Lee is
equally convincing. Her relationship with delinquent son Hank (Leonardo DiCaprio)
evokes a raft of emotions. DiCaprio shows he can hold his own, often conveying much
in very few words.
This film is especially admirable is the way this film does not use Bessie's illness
as an easy road to suck the audience in with its emotions. We don't see Bessie wasting away in a hospital bed, croaking out eloquent last words. Instead, the film
explores everyday situations, conversations and realisations. This results in forgiveness, resolution and acceptance, which are very refreshing, positive themes.
The film ends with the characters on the brink of a new, more complete world. I
wanted it to go on forever. j,j
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JANUARY 10, 1997 • volume 78 issue 24
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Scott Hayward
Ian Gunn and Sarah O'Donnell
Peter T. Chattaway
Wolf Depner
Federico Araya Barahona
Richard Lam
Joe Clark
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper of the University of British Columbia. It
is published every Tuesday and Friday by
the Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run
student organisation, and all students are
encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the
Ubyssey staff. They are the expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily
reflect the views of The Ubyssey
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British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of
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The winter rain is dribbling on
Robin Yeatman's head. She turns and
gives Alison Cole, who is dry and
laughing, a cold hard stare. At the far
end, Sarah O'Donnell, John Zaozimy
and Emily Mak are standing at the bus
loop, waiting for the Joe Clark bus.
Suddenly, Wolf Depner, in his silk
panties, runs out from nowhere and
screams, 'Peter T. Chattaway stole my
clothesl!' Richelle Rae and Federico
Araya Barahona walk by and scream,
"Ah, a naked man!' Ian Gunn and
Paul Kamom run to his help. Chris
Nuttall-Smith drops his bag into the
puddle, takes his coat off and offers it
to the half-naked stranger. However,
Casey Sedgman beats him to it. She
gives her Ashin Mehin designer jacket
away. Richard Lam and Wah Kee Ting
turn the other way and talk amongst
themselves, "Man, all these helpful
people. How come no one helped us
when we needed help?" Scott
Hayward turns and says, 'It happens.
It's a crazy dayl
Shaking bloodied hands
President Strangway was proud to
announce Wednesday that UBC has been
chosen to host the APEC summit in
November of this year. The summit will
bring leaders from all over the Pacific Rim
to UBC, as they take the next step towards
the world's largest free trade zone by the
year 2020.
It is a summit, supporters say, that will
bring economic benefits to everyone
involved. But while some individuals and
corporations may well prosper from the
new arrangements, the average Pacific
Rim citizen will never see the wealth generated by free trade. Just ask the workers
in the Mexican maquiladoras.
From a public relations standpoint the
summit is obviously a coup for UBC. It will
ensure that the university gains a higher
profile internationally and will no doubt
bring in a number of top researchers and
their funding. But Strangway insists hosting the summit "is not about money, [it] is
about being a part of a very interesting
area with all kinds of complexities. It's
about helping us to learn.*
But what are the lessons UBC students
are to learn from this summit?
We learn that Canada has made the disappointing choice to value networks of
wealth over basic human rights. They
have already forsaken the East Timorese
for the price of the Candu reactors sold to
Indonesia last year. And the APEC summit
is just another step down the slippery
slope of support for brutal regimes in
We will also learn that the UBC administration gives only lip service to democracy. They allow a statue to be erected in
honour of the victims of the Tiananmen
Square massacre, but at the same time
welcome the perpetrators of that crime to
our campus. What do organisers plan to
do? Throw a blanket over the statue while
the delegates pass by?
China and Indonesia, although the
most infamous, are certainly not the only
examples of countries with questionable
human rights records attending this summit.
But ideally the administration of this
university would never have offered to
host this summit to begin with. As an academic institution, UBC should be teaching
the lesson of the value of freedom and
human rights. The fact is, in several of the
delegate countries, this editorial could
cost us our lives or our freedom.
'In the final analysis, what's life about?
It's about relationships,' Strangway said.
We agree, but when you enter a relationship you accept the other for who they
are. You can't go into a relationship
expecting you'll convince your partner to
change their 'bad habits.'
By welcoming these countries onto our
campus we are implicitly saying we
approve of their actions, jf
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AMS fee hike
is hypocritical
As a matter of personal opinion I
have always opposed unjustified
increases in fees imposed onto
students. We have experienced
in the past unreasonable sudden
increases of 15% in tuition fees.
But recently, students have lobbied against proposed increases
to ancillary fees by the administration. However I know that
costs tend to go up in time, thus
we must pay our fair share of
those services. Before any hikes
in fees are passed down to students, we must be certain that
the funds requested are of an
essential nature and that they
are in line with inflation. The
proposed $ 1.50 fee increase proposed by members of the AMS
does not follow this criteria. The
AMS intends to hold a referendum asking students to support a
$1.50 fee increases of which
$0.50 will go towards the Walter
Gage Memorial fund and $1.00
towards the AMS Clubs Benefit
Fund. If more information was
provided on it I would be less
skeptical about the fee increase,
but what concerns me is that this
is a critical year for students in
terms of fee increases. In a time
when some AMS members are
devoting intense energy and
time to lobby the administration
and the provincial government
to protect essential tuition and
ancillary fees from unjustified
increases it may be considered
inconsistent behaviour for some
members of the AMS to ask its
constituents an almost 4%
increase in their AMS fees. Allow
me then to suggest to the AMS
that they work together towards a
more consistent policy in
regards to fee increases at least
until the ancillary fees issue is
solved. Due to current economic
circumstances it seems to me
that those students behind the
fee increase could not have chosen a worse time to request more
money from the student population.
Antonio Zuniga
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THE UBYSSEY, JANUARY 10, 1997    7
Moe and Herb with Hair
FORMER UBC students Moe and Herb back in 1977
Friday, January 14, 1977
Former Provincial Environment Minister Moe Sihota
and Federal Liberal MP Herb Dhaliwal have been in
the news together lately. But 20 years ago, they started their political careers at UBC. In 1977, both ran
for seats on the university's Board of Governors with
five other candidates including incumbent Basil
Peters. The Ubyssey reported:
The strongest challenge to Peters will come from
Moe Sihota, Alma Mater Society external affairs officer.
Sihota says he opposes a tuition fee increase
because it would hinder accessibility to university
"I am opposed to any form of differential fees for
foreign or out-of-province students," he says.
Sihota says the quality of education at UBC is
poor, mainly because of the tenure-granting system. There should be a re-evaluation ofthe tenure
structure, a teaching improvement centre and an
anticalendar to evaluate professors and courses, he
Sihota says he would push for a bus pass system for
UBC students like the one used at the University of
Victoria. At UVic, students pay a $30 a term for
unlimited use ofthe bus system.
AMS finance director Herb Dhaliwal, also a candidate, says there is no need to raise tuition fees to maintain the quality of education at UBC. "Many faculties
and departments are run inefficiently," he says.
Doubling tuition fees would increase UBCs
operating budget by only seven per cent, says
He says one of his priorities would be to refinance
SUB to lower the annual payments the AMS pays.
Students currently pay $15 a year toward the SUB
There should be a re-evaluation of the tenure system, Dhaliwal says. "There is a lot of deadwood at
UBC and it seriously affects the quality of education."
He says his financial experience is his strongest
asset in seeking election to the board. "The board
needs someone who understands the budgetary
process and who knows where to cut back."
Sihota won a seat on the Board of Governors,
while Dhaliwal finished fourth, jf
Sihota wins BoG vote
in landslide election
by Marcus Gee
Friday, January 21, 1977
Students turned out in near-
record numbers Wednesday to
elect Moe Sihota and Basil Peters
as student representatives to the
board of governors.
Sihota, Alma Mater Society
external affairs officer, was swept to
power with 1,517 votes, nearly
twice as many as Peters, an incumbent on the board.
Sihota received support from
more than half the 2,775 students
who voted.
While Sihota was a run-away
winner, the tight for the second
board seat was close and fourth-
place finisher Herb Dhaliwal, AMS
director of finance, said Thursday
he will ask for a recount.
Here are the complete results:
Sihota, 1,517 votes; Peters, 811;
commerce student Garv Moor,
785; Dhaliwal, 771;' Young
Socialist Joanne Clifton, 442; science student Bob Salkeld, 338
and AMS returning officer Bob
Goodwin, 164.
Polls closed Wednesday afternoon for the senate and board
elections but the senate ballots
have not been counted. Results are
expected today.
Sihota said in an inter
view at a victory celebra
tion      in      the      Pit
Thursday he thinks a
high turnout by arts
students con
tributed to his victory.
"In our campaign we
concentrated on arts and first-year
students and they came out and
"It feels good to sweep the
'geers off the slate. We finally
broke the 'geer domination."
Last year Peters and Rick
Murray, another engineering student, were elected by heavy bloc
voting by 'geers and a low
turnout from arts. The vote
breakdown for each poll is not yet
Sihota said his first priority as
student board member will be to
work for student control of board
and senate elections and a streamlined election procedure.
"A lot of people are really
peeved off about having to put
their student number on the ballot envelope," he said.
UBC registrar Jack Parnall
now runs student board and senate elections, although the AMS
pays students to run the polls.
Voters in this year's election were
required to place their ballot in an
envelope and place that envelope
in a second one bearing their
name and student number.
Parnall insists on this procedure
so vote counters can check if the
voter is a full-time student.
Students taking less than 12 units
are not allowed to vote, according
to the Universities Act and senate
Sihota also said his landslide victory means he has a mandate from
the students to fight tuition fee
"This gives me a strong mandate to stand up on tuition fees. If
I do anything, I will fight to the
end against increases."
As AMS external affairs officer,
Sihota helped organize a letter
campaign protesting tuition fee
increases. More than 6,000 UBC
students signed the form letter and
sent it to education minister Pat
McGeer. jf
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The UBC Writing Centre offers non-credit courses
emphasizing English writing for academic, technical
and research purposes. Registrants must be at least 18
years of age. All classes are held on the UBC campus.
Writing 097: Intermediate Composition
Focuses on the basics of grammar and
composition to strengthen the writing
skills of students with English as an
additional language who intend to study
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Wednesdays, January 22-April 16*, 7-10pm
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High boardin'
Once considered a rebel sport, snow-
boarding is slip sliding down the mainstream slope next to you, coming your
way. Whoosh!
 by Paul Kamon
The sun is shining and there is a slight westerly breeze. I am
focused in the moment. Not a single irrelevant thought
invades my mind to water down the experience...not even
sex. 1 am standing on my snowboard high on a rocky ridge
in 7th heaven, admiring the 360 degree mountain view I
hop and fall straight into sugar powder that whispers with
every turn.
Once considered a rebel sport, snowboarding is slip
sliding down the mainstream slope. Outgrowing skiing 1>\
a  3-1   ratio,  it has  been recognised by the  Olyrnpn
Committee as a medal sport and will be included in the
1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. In fact,
by the year  2000,  snowboarders  will
account for fifty percent of all on-hill
visits in North America.
Combining    skateboarding
and surfing skills,  the  sport
can be traced back to the late
1960s when Sherman Poppin
invented the Snurfer, a sled hill toy shaped like a small
water ski with a rope tied to the nose.
Outdoor enthusiast Jake Burton Carpenter
who was involved in snurfer racings—a gag
event put on by a group of bored college
students—refined   Poppin's
invention. To get more
control, and a competitive   edge,   Carpenter
went beyond grip tape :MKSi;BKfmir-
and binded his feet to the    'C:::iaPlPB>r'**'';'v;:;jlllls:*-' ■
board with little more than a
strap at first. Burton soon faced competition from fellow
boarders Chuck Barfoot and Tom Sims and each man went
on to head successful snowboard companies bearing their
With the introduction of metal edges to give boarders
better control on hard-packed snow, ski resorts and insur
ance companies finally allowed snowboards. But the sport
still faced an uphill battle for acceptance as in 1985 only
seven percent of North America's ski areas were board-
friendly. Today, 95 percent of all ski hills allow snow-
boarders and over half have half pipes and designated
snowboard parks.
In 1986, Cypress Bowl became the first hill in the
Lower Mainland to welcome snowboarders. However, it
was not with open arms. Boarders had to undergo an elaborate testing and certification process and only those who
were certified were allowed on alternating days with lim-
_<%   !»■■-   itpH territory to ride.
A leg-burning trek over a ridge brings us to a
\glarier   above   the   Crystal   Hut   and   into
-» iw>n> -       •   ""'"'" ned terrain.  We carve deep and
<" ^hBl i 3*«V.'*'     ""'nd up curved walls of snow, making our way to the gate of a steep
open bowl. Leaning forward we
both accelerate and launch
ourselves into the  15 foot
Ranging in length from
under 100 cm to over 200
cm, there are four types of
boards: race,  alpine, all-
terrain (or free-ride), and
half-pipe  (or  free-style).
The    all-terrain    board,
designed for all snow conditions, is the most common and accounts for half
of all boards sold.
On the whole, boarding can be quicker and less
agonising to learn than skiing. The learning curve
is less steep because the movements are more natural for travelling downhill.
Most boarders who have skied agree that boarding
is initially more difficult than skiing, but after learning the
basics, the intermediate and advanced levels are achieved
more quickly.
After clearing the corner, she pops and twists to her fakie
side and pulls a 180 over the lip back to her right side.
Everyone on the chair lift watches transfixed as she streaks
under them with her two crimson braided tails waving in the
wind, jf
The men's team is holding open tryouts over the weekend. Practices will be
Saturday 12:00pm and Sunday 3:00pm at
16th and Discovery Street, Vancouver. For
more info contact John Coleman at
224-3510 and Mike Firth at 222-8545.
The women's team open their training
camp this Thursday, January 16, 12:30pm
on at Osborne Fields. Contact Lauren Ross
(224-8966) or Ashley Howard (228-9897).
All playing levels are welcome.
Versus University of Alberta Golden
Bears (Friday and Saturday)
Women: 6:00 pm; Men:7:30 pm
Games at War Memorial Gym
Board lingo
Aerial manoeuvres: method, stale fish, japan, ollie, revert,
sidekick, heel/toe-edge grab, mute, crail, nose/tail grab,
nuclear, rocket, 180-to-fakie, roast beef, slob air, Canadian
bacon, alley oop, two/one handed invert, j-tear.
Bonk: To tap something as the boarder flies over it. Ski
resorts don't like boarders who bonk trash cans, picnic
tables, or skiers.
Butt plant: falling on one's butt.
Camber: The built in curvature on the bottom of a board.
Carve: Turn by shifting one's weight, and without skidding.
CSF: Canadian Snowboard Federation.
Duck-Stance: A stance where the feet are splayed outward,
used for freestyling.
Face plant: Similar to a butt plant.
Fakie: Riding backwards.
Fall line: The most direct line down a slope.
Goofy footed: Riding with the right foot towards the nose
is referred to as goofy, while left foot forward is regular.
About half of all boarders ride goofy.
Jib: To ride on something other than snow like logs, cars,
hand rails or skiers.
Leash: A safety strap in case the buckles of the binding
release, required by most ski areas.
Newbie: A novice, newcomer.
New-school: Newer riding techniques and equipment,
normally used for freestyle. These include very wide centred stances, short boards, and baggy clothes.
Nose or tip: The forward end of the board, towards which
the feet are angled.
Rail: Side edge of a snowboard.
Shred, Rip, jam: snowboarding in the zone
Shredder: One who shreds.
Sideslip: To slide or skid down a hill with the board perpendicular to the fall line.
Skate: To propel oneself by pushing with the rear foot
which is out of the binding.
Stomp or Skid Pad: A pad attached to the board between
the bindings where the rear foot can rest when it's not in
the binding.
Switch stance: A boarding stance in which the nose and
tail are indistinguishable, there is no forward or backward
Tait Back of the board, jf
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Seven interns will be selected for the
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