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Array theUbmy
El Salvador
Interview, p. 3
Founded in 1918
Vancouver, Tuesday, November 7,1989
Vol 72, No 18
Strachan wants university in home town
CIAU cross-country championships were held at UBC last weekend.
For story, see page 8.
Banner furor at Queen's
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TORONTO (CUP) — Hundreds of
Queen's university students could
be facing disciplinary action for
sexist banners they displayed
from their residence rooms.
The banners were put up to
mock the Canadian Federation of
Students "no means no" anti-date
rape campaign. Slogans such as
"No means tie me up," "No means
kick her in the teeth," "No means
harder," and "No means dyke"
appeared in residence windows
during homecoming week this
"Three hundred to four
hundred" ofthe posters were up by
Thursday of Homecoming,
Queen's residence director
Elspeth Baugh said. She ordered
residence dons to direct students
to take them down.
"The explicit violence in those
slogans is very upsetting to me,"
Baugh said. "They say they're
meant as jokes. It's hard as a
woman to read them and find any
Originally only about five
posters went up, Baugh said. But
on either Tuesday or Wednesday
evening of Homecoming a group
signing its work ROFF (Radically
Obscene Fucking Feminists)
spray painted "no means no" on
the side of residence buildings.
The group allegedly also telephoned threats to the men who
had put up the posters. They also
wrote letters to the parents ofthe
students, telling them what their
sons had done.
"That," Baugh said, "produced
a huge reaction against this feminist group. The content of many of
the posters by the end ofthe week
was anti-feminist."
Queen's residence council is
meeting to decide what action to
take. It can assess fines, force
students to post bonds guaranteeing good behaviour, and recommend expulsion from residence.
"I hope Queen's takes strong
action against these students,"
said CFS women's officer Nancy
MacDonald. "I'm outraged."
Both MacDonald and Edith
Garneau, Ontario Federation of
Students chair, say the Queen's
reaction to the date rape campaign
is unprecedented.
"We didn't have any problem
last year (when a similar campaign ran)," Garneau said. "I can't
believe you can find people like
that at a university."
Heather Allen, a vice president with the Queen's student
council, said the reaction on campus to the posters was mixed, but
"there were a lot of men and
women who thought they were
The student council is "appalled at the signs. Period," Allen
by Rick Hiebert
The new B.C. minister of
advanced education and job training is a strong supporter of a
northern university planned for
his home town.
Bruce Strachan, the Socred
MLA for Prince George South, who
became minister of advanced education in last Wednesday's provincial cabinet shuffle, said the proposed Prince George university
was "very much" a personal and
cabinet priority.
But the NDP is charging that
the Socreds are trying to buy Stra-
chan's seat.
"I see it as kind of a desperate
attempt on the part ofthe government to retain Mr. Strachan's seat
and the reason for that is the very
strong lobby group in the north,
the Interior University Society,"
said Barry Jones, education critic
and NDP MLA for Burnaby North.
"There were a lot of people at
the Socred convention last month
wearing 'university of the north'
buttons and it's a party thing. I
think it's an important issue but
certainly there are many other
issues in post-secondary education, none of which I've seen Mr.
Strachan take an interest in the
past three years."
Strachan, however, maintained that a northern university
has always been a personal goal.
"My number one priority is
access to post-secondary education, particularly in the north," he
said. "The concept ofthe northern
university is a priority for the
government. It has a strong endorsement from the premier who
has spoken on the idea.
"As for what they're (the
NDP) saying, it's obvious that the
Social Credit government selected
me for the ministry to demonstrate its support for the northern
university," he said. "I have won
three elections in 1979, '83 and '86
with sizable majorities as a backbencher and I don't think a particular cabinet portfolio or a university campus would be that
much of a factor."
Strachan said Prince George
was "a logical location" for a new
B.C. university. He said he had
helped engineer provincial government funding for the Interior
University Society's (IUS) studies
into the proposal while in the
environment portfolio in cabinet.
"Mr. Strachan and the society
go back basically to the incorporation ofthe society in 1977. He has
been  a strong advocate for the
northern university," said IUS
President Roy Stewart.
Stewart added the IUS had
recently made a presentation to
the provincial "Implementation
and Planning Group", a provincial
task force.
"Therehave been some lingering questions about the ability of
this university to survive,"he said.
Nevertheless, he said, the
university could attract nearly
5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The northern university would attract students
from two thirds ofthe province, "a
catchment area of 310,000
people", especially if they offered
specialized research programs in
regional specialties like forestry
and transportation.
Canadian Federation of Students Pacific chair Pam Frache
said her organization wants more
public input into the proposal.
"We hope that the fact that
(Strachan) was appointed doesn't
mean that the model being put
forth for the university of the
north is a fait accompli," she said.
She said the CFS will release a
position paper addressing their
concerns about the northern university in January.
Overflights disturb Innu
by Franka Cordua-von Specht
Low-flying military jets
continue to buzz Labrador's
Innu people despite protests
that the flights threaten the
natives with extinction.
In an attempt to tell their
story to Canadians, the Innu
launched a cross-country tour
of which the western contingent, a group of six, reached
UBC this past Friday.
Their final destination is
Ottawa, where they will meet
up with the eastern Innu
group to pursue a court injunction against the department of national defense.
"We are trying to save
ourselves from extinction,"
said Innu Raphael Gregori in
a speech to UBC students.
"We are trying to keep our
land for the future welfare of
our children."
Gregori, 40, was jailed
September 19 because he
tried to prevent jets from
taking off by blockading a
military runway near Goose
Bay with other Innus.
"There are about 7,000
flights that take place between April and October. The
jets fly at an altitude of 100
feet or less, at high speeds,
often 500 miles per hour,
three or four times a day,"
said Gregori.
Gregori translated for an
Elder, Sylvester Andrew, who
said the flights, which began
in 1980, have kept the Innu
from following their traditional life and have harmed the
The Innu, a hunting and
gathering people, depend on
their environmentfor survival.
Jets flying over the river valleys and lakes pollute their
waters and drive away animals
from prime Innu hunting
"The Innu had no choice
but to take matters into their
own hands," said Andrew.
Andrew said the Innu first
took direct action in September
1987 when two young high-
school students occupied a
bombing range near Goose
There have been demonstrations ever since. 275 mischief charges were laid this
The government has tried
to keep the Innu out by erecting razor wires and high fences
around the bombing ranges
and airstrips, which, according
to Bob Barker, organizer ofthe
western section of the' trip,
eliminates the old and the
young from the demonstrations.
"If only the younger people
can go onto bombing ranges
and; airstrips they are more
easily seen as the enemy. And
then militaries do what militaries do...the potential for
violence is there," said Barker.
There has been no discussion   between   the   Canadian
government and the Innu because the government will
only negotiate if the Innu recognize their territory as
Grown land. The Innu have
refused, never having signed
a treaty to cede the land upon
which they have livedfor over
9,000 years.
Gregori said the Innus are
a peaceful people and would
never raise arms against the
Currently, the subsonic
jets, none of which are Canadian, mainly hail from the
Netherlands, West Germany
and Great Britain—countries
that have successfully pressured their governments to
rid themselves of the flights
because of negative psychological effects.
Barker insisted the Canadian government should listen to the Innu. "Itis the tyranny of the 51 percent over
the 49 percent," said Barker.
"The measure of democracy is the gentleness and
justice with which one treats
its smallest groups of people,"
he added.
There are now plans for
super-sonic jets, flying at even
lower level s in Labrador.
Gregori also said the
number of military flights are
expected to increase to 40,000
per season.
"The Innus are facing
genocide, and if not genocide
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November 7,1989 FEATURE
Education under fire
by Luis Piedmont
Marta Romero, a high-school
teacher in El Salvador and member ofthe executive of ANDES,
an organization of primary and
secondary school teachers,
visited Canada last week
to focus awareness on
the problems El
Salvador, and
in particular its
to conduct classes, such as
textbooks or desks.
The Ubyssey asked Romero
several questions concerning
education at the university level
in El Salvador:
Ubyssey: How do the university students feel with respect
to the problems occurring in El
Romero: Some students feel
very anxious about the situation
because there are military barricades in all the entrances
of the Universidad
Nacional; they are
there to check
the knapsacks of
education system, are facing today under
the ARENA government. Romero was particularly upset over the recent bombing's that occurred on
October 31 against COMADRES
(an organization of Mothers of
the Disappeared in El Salvador),
in which four people were
injured, and against FENAS-
TRAS (a worker's union), which
killed nine people and injured
thirty others.
She condemned the bombing
of organizations working for better social conditions, and accused
the death squads, covertly
sanctioned by the Salvadoran
government, as being responsible
for these attacks. Romero said
social conditions in El Salvador
are much worse today, under the
right-wing regime of Alfredo
Cristiani, than under the former
president Jose Napoleon Duarte.
ARENA reversed the token
land reforms undertaken by Duarte, and turned the lands back
to the former owners. She said
the rights to coffee exports have
been privatized, returning
ownership to the old landowning
Duarte was incapable of dissolving the death squads. Under
the ARENA government the
death squads believe they have
the support of the government
and have increased their operations; there are more bombings,
disappearances, and assassinations.
Education has always been
neglected in El Salvador but
more so today. Only 14 per cent
ofthe national budget goes to
education compared to the more
than 50 per cent directed
towards the military and the
civil war. Illiteracy runs at about
60 per cent in El Salvador; Very
little money is allocated for
school supplies, many schools
lack the basic materials needed
going in or
out. The students are accused of
helping the FMLN
(Frente Farabundo Marti
para la Liberacion Nacional—
the guerilla group operating in
El Salvador), but that is not true.
However, the students participate in protest marches denouncing the military presence in the
university but some times they
have clashed with the military.
Ubyssey: With respect to
the protest by the university students, are there instances where
students have been kidnapped?
Romero: Yes, there have
been many cases. Students have
been captured by agents dressed
in civilian clothing, who are also
members of the death squads,
when they go in or out ofthe
university; sometimes they have
gone to their houses and
searched their private belongings.
Ubyssey: Are the university
professors as active as the students, is there solidarity between
the professors and the students?
Romero: The students have
activities that are supported by
the professors and vice-versa.
They work together and that's
probably one of the main reasons
why the president and vice-president of the university have been  •
threatened with death ignore
death squads.
Ubyssey: What have been
your struggles as an individual?
Romero: Well I have participated with the syndicate of
ANDES since I graduated as a
teacher. I am a high school
teacher on the outskirts of San
Salvador. We are working not
only with the urban population
but also with people who have
been displaced because of the
war. When I was working in the
rural areas, there were raids by
the military in which many
campesinos were arrested. I had
to leave because it was dangerous for those teachers that belonged to the syndicate of
ANDES. We have felt the
repression in this way. I have
been fortunate up to now and I
have never been arrested. But
nevertheless all teachers along
with myself feel very insecure in
El Salvador.
Ubyssey: What are the realities that you see for the future
in El Salvador?
Romero: We are optimistic
because the fighting spirit of
the Salvadoran people has
not been diminished by
the repression of the
Ubyssey: Is
it possible
this peace
through nonviolent actions?
Romero: Yes, it
has been proved that
through ten years of civil war
everything remains the same.
That is why we demand that the
conflict be solved through reasonable methods. The students
are among this thinking and participate in activities demanding
the peaceful solution to the civil
Ubyssey: Is there such
thing as foreign aid to education?
Romero: There is some
coming from agencies such as the
U.S. based International Development Agency but this aid
mainly goes to operations of infrastructure and very little is allocated to the enhancing of education, which is why our budget
is so low.
Ubyssey: Do students that
go to study in foreign countries
return to El Salvador?
Romero: The people that
have the opportunity to go
abroad usually are the children
ofthe oligarchy. There is no such
thing as help from the government in the form of scholarships
to study abroad. So a student
who is not part ofthe oligarchy
doesn't have the chance to leave
El Salvador not even to study in
Guatemala which is right beside
Ubyssey: Do the people in
the rural areas have much of a
chance to attend universities in
El Salvador?
There are military
barricades in all the
entrances ofthe
Nacional; they are
there to check the
knapsacks of every
student going in or
Romero: No, they are the
least likely to have a chance.
Illiteracy which runs at 60% is
most accentuated in the rural
areas. On the other hand, out of
100 students that enter grade
school only eight will go into high
school in these areas, and in all
of Salvador only 1.5 per cent of
the student population graduate
from high school. That means
that in the rural areas
students have little
chance to get to
university. More
so now that
which is called Boletin UPRES
(the initials stand for university
press) It comes out in weekly issues and covers a wide variety of
news such as cultural, repressive
and academic news. The editors
of these newspapers are sometimes intimidated and harassed,
for example, four or five months
ago, some students that worked
for the paper "disappeared."
Ubyssey: Perhaps we could
finalize this interview with some
of your comments about the organization to which you belong
Romero: The organization
to which I belong has 24 years of
existence, its main objectives are
to fight for better living standards of teachers, for access to
education by students and to
fight for an education which promotes liberty in society. It has
not only fought for students and
teachers, but for all members of
society, for example, solidarity
with campesino and worker organizations in order to try to better the well being of these sectors
in society. Because of this, our
organization (ANDES, organization of teachers of primary and
secondary level) has been harassed and intimidated by the
government. So far we have had
350 teachers assassinated which
belonged to our organization and
more that 80 teachers have disappeared. Just this year we have
had two of our colleagues assassinated. With this repression the
government intends to demoralize the teachers but they
have not and will not
achieve this.
In her
final comments
schools have
been destroyed
and these schools
have not been reopened.
Many people also have been
displaced to the cities because of
the war; these people don't go to
school because they have to earn
a living. In El Salvador the rate
of unemployment is 70%. In factories they admit people only if
they have grade nine. People
that don't have grade nine have
to find work in such things'as
selling goods in the street, many
of these street vendors are young
Ubyssey: Does the Universidad Nacional have a student
newspaper in which students can
voice their concerns?
Romero: Yes, the Universidad Nacional has several means
of providing students with information, by means of bulletins or
pamphlets but more commonly
through the student newspaper
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wished to call
on the student
body of UBC to
create solidarity with the
Universidad Nacional of El
Salvador, with the students of
the university and teachers in
general. Solidarity in asking the
U.S. government to stop its involvement in the civil war, and
to the government of ARENA to
stop the repression. And in these
moments if they would condemn
the bombing against the organization of Comadres and Fenas-
tras so that a true peace through
non-violent negotiation can be
November 7,1989
New minister viewed with caution
by Rick Hiebert
B.C.'s new minister of advanced education and job training
is being welcomed cautiously by
local critics.
William Bruce Strachan, the
Socred MLA for Prince George
South who became the new minister in last Wednesday's provincial
cabinet shuffle, may have large
shoes to fill, according to Barry
Jones, the MLA for Burnaby
North and the NDP advanced
education critic.
"Mr. Strachan, in the three
years that I've worked with him,
has really indicated only one interest in post-secondary education
and that was a particular model of
the Prince George University,"
said Jones. "I think it's an important issue but certainly there are
many issues in post-secondary
education, none of which I've seen
Mr. Strachan show any interest in
the last three years."
"Well I guess I'm disappointed in the sense that we have
finally embarked on a process of
reversing the cutbacks and inadequacies in post-secondary education under Stan Hagen (the former
mininster) and I think Mr. Hagen
was a strong advocate for post-
secondary education," he said.
Strachan, who was formerly
the minister for the environment,
said he is looking forward to the
challenge of his new post.
"Well, my number one priority is access to post-secondary
education, particularly in the
North," he said.
Strachan said that as he had
only been in the post a week, "I've
been meeting as many people as I
can, learning what I can and
trying to relearn the vocabulary."
Strachan, who has been a
MLA since 1979 is a former chair
ofthe Prince George school board.
He was also the public relation s
officer for the Prince George based
College of New Caledonia from
1973 to 1977.
"When I entered the ministry,
it was in very good shape. Stan had
done a very good job," he said. "I
met with the presidents of the
three universities last week and
they all generally agreed that the
government had done a good job. I
hope to continue that."
"We hope that this appointment isn't going to mean that the
model for the university of the
North is a fait accompli," said
Canadian Federation of Students
Pacific chair Pam Frache. She
added the CFS hoped there would
be more public input and that they
planned to release a position pa
per on the concept in January.
"We're very sorry to see Stan
Hagen leave that particular cabinet portfolio because we think he's
done an amazing job in the last few
years given the many obstacles
that he's been faced with."
Alma Mater Society director
of external affairs Vanessa Geary
hoped the appointment did not
mean   a   significant   change   in
"I hope that the appointment
ofthe new minister does not mark
a step backward in the government's post-secondary education
agenda," she said. "With Stan
Hagen as minister we saw an increase in funding on post-secondary education and it is crucial
that the new minister realizes that
this trend must continue if B.C's
education is to be truly accessible
and competitive."
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The "Birds extracted a 4-2 win
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UBC boasts a perfect 7-0 record heading into the Golden Bear
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Field-Birds finish third
The UBC women's fieldhockey team, ranked third nationally, ended their season by collecting a bronze medal at the CIAU
championships in Toronto.
Though edging the Universities of Calgary and Toronto 1-0,
the T-birds lost a crucial match 1-
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T-birds, Penny Cooper and
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November 7,1989
THE UBYSSEY/5 Time is running out
Christianity has long been a front for
hatred. This past weekend yet another group
has used The Bible to bash a segment of our society.
Full page ads condemning the 1990 Gay
Games were placed in both The Province and
The Vancouver Sun by a group claiming to be
"Christian leaders who live in Greater Vancouver and love this city and its people."
Christian leaders in Vancouver's churches
have resoundingly condemned the ad.
Yes, time is running out. And so is our
tolerance of homophobic propaganda spread
by so-called Christian organizations seeking
to incite hatred towards some because of their
sexual orientation.
Was the $15,000 price of the ads worth
having Southam press associated with the
intolerant Christians who selectively quote
..om The Bible?
The Vancouver Sun has only just finished
railing against the B.C. premier about his
intolerence towards Jewish and Chinese Canadians. Do they not see a parallel between
running the ads and contributing to hatred?
Lord knows, we here at The Ubyssey defend the principles of free speech. But what
happens when that freedom is directed towards a vicious attack on a certain group of
people? We're left pondering the similarities
with the Hitler campaigns of the 1930s in
In pitting "Christians" against gays, the
backers ofthe ads and those who run them are
promoting hatred and chauvinism in society.
The ads prominently feature the last two
lines from our national anthem which is a
cheap attempt to equate pride in Canada with
anti-gay reaction. The ads imply that
cancelling the Gay Games will "keep our land
glorious and free." We don't need you standing
on guard for us.
These supposed Christian leaders spent a
lot of money to publicize their disapproval of
homosexual lifestyles. The Vancouver Sun
and Province, whether with reservations or
not, have become apparently willing accomplices in the propagation of homophobia.
Freedom of speech is a great idea. Sadly, at
times like this we're left wondering if the
people with fat wallets are the only ones free to
November 7, 1989
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So, revolutions happen. Some loudly happen, signaled by exploding
cannons others happen quietly, plotted in back rooms. The loud type
usually happen because people are angry, the quiet are the work of self-
styled leaders (the ones who know better than a II the others do). So Keith
Leung waved the banner of freedom, as dark as the night we all worked
through. Franka Cordua-von Specht and Wong Kwok-sum carried the
sandbags, that Myron Neville and Dale Fallon filled, to the door. In the
smoke-filled back room Michael Booth and Joe Altwasser plotted the
grand strategies for defence. Luis Piedmont talked of other places and
other insurrections. Rebecca Bishop, at great personal risk, ran the
supplies of cookies. Rick Hiebert sat in the corner quietly humming the
Marseillaise. Effie found his humming grated on her nerves. Dan
Andrews crouched by the dark room waiting for the battle shot that would
clinch him a Pulitzer. Paul Dayson sat on the balcony with a cigarette
watching the field beyond for movement. Nadene Renby urged us all to
be calm. Ted and Ernie, ever present ever faithful, filled bullets with
powder. David Loh knocked out a window to get a better field of fire with
his machine gun. He stood behind it, where it sat on the desk, and Hao
crouched next to him swathed In bullet belts. Yukie smiled and said it
would all work out for the best. We all said we hoped so and kept digging
in for the bitter fight we all expected. The quiet revolution looked like it
might get louder. And we all wished for nothing to happen.
Joe Altwasser • Franka Cordua-von Specht
Keith Leung • Madeira Rehnby • Chung Wong
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Room 241K, SUB. Letters must include name, faculty or department, year of study and signature.
Brutus speaks
The recent letter by Allison Whitlow regarding the
attempted ouster of the
AUS President was false
and misleading.
The claim that a group of
students within the AUS
was disgruntled because
they didn't get their presidential candidate elected
last year is wrong. I was
among those who supported
a different candidate, but
after Johanna Wickie won
(by two votes), I gave no
thought to holding some
silly grudge and quickly
resolved to work with and
support Johanna. However,
it soon became clear that
Johanna held a grudge
against several members of
the AUS for daring to support her rival in the election.
I repeatedly saw her disrespect and verbally abuse
members ofthe AUS. While
she chaired meetings, she
frequently gave no concern
to opinions which differed
from her own. There were a
number of reasons why
people were upset with her
leadership. On top of personality conflicts, there
were organizational and
communication problems.
Criticisms were not received and the problems
were exacerbated.
I was one of those who
supported this "conspiracy,"
and this "troublemaker" (as
Allison has branded us) has
absolutely no shame in
admitting to it. The fact is,
over half of the AUS was
behind the movement to
boot out Johanna. But we
fell a few votes short ofthe 2/
3 required. At the AUS
meeting we had after everyone had found out just what
was going on, people had a
chance to discuss their
grievances. My personal
complaint was what I saw as
an overall immature attitude Johanna had displayed
in dealing with people on the
AUS. We did have a constructive discussion at that
meeting, and there were
some understandings and
agreements made. (Hanging out the dirty laundry in
the Ubyssey was not one of
them.) But by no means
were all problems resolved,
and it remains to be seen
just how well people on the
AUS will work together in
the future. I have tried to be
optimistic, but after seeing
Allison's letter, I'm not sure
that there won't be some
continued tension within
the AUS. Obviously, those
in the original brown nosing
pro-Johanna clique are still
trying to belittle the complaints and opinions that
were brought forward. Difficulties can never be solved
if they are ignored. I hope
people in the AUS with Allison's attitude realize that
the problems within the
AUS are not solely the fault
of some non-existent devious clique, and that perhaps
their beloved president
should share some blame.
I will continue to try to be
optimistic about the AUS,
and I hope that we can begin
to respect each other and
work together for the benefit of Arts students. And
perhaps the next time Allison publicizes squabbles
within the AUS, she can get
both sides of the story, and
put her brain in gear before
she points fingers and
writes unfactual information.
Mark Keister
Arts Undergraduate
(AMS Rep.)
Try this
In response to Leo
Paquin's formula for quorum (Divided by the Square
Root of Mike Lee's Shoe
Size...), I would like to suggest a simpler alternative.
If we were to set quorum so
that a referendum is binding if 10% of eligible voters
vote, then life will be much
easier. It would also be
Ken Armstrong
Arts Rep on AMS
Frame this
sucker, mom
In the October 27,1989,
issue of the newspaper,
someone decided to enlighten Carol Hui on the
definitions of communism,
capitalism, and democracy.
No doubt some right-winged
person will go and re-educate Carol on the meanings
of those terms. But the point
is that the meaning of those
words had no relevance to
her article. Her ignorance
was used metaphorically. It
gets so tiresome when readers misconstrue the writers'
meanings just to prove how
clever they are.
Instead of bombarding
the Ubyssey with minute
criticism, I would like to
thank them for providing us
informed and entertained.
My appreciation goes especially to Joe Altwasser, Michael Booth, Martin Chester, Steve Conrad, Franka
Cordua von Specht, Rick
Hiebert, and Carol Hui for
their superb news writing. I
would like to credit Kurt
Preinsperg as well for
standing up for freedom of
It is so much easier to
sit back and play supreme
judge than to do the hard
work, then be put on trial for
it. To the readers who love to
cut them down on grammatical mistakes, personal
biases, etc: I would like to
see you do some real writing
instead of waving inflated
opinions around.
Sarah McDermid
Support AA
I am responding to the
lack of interest and interaction generated by the Alcoholics Anonymous booth
during Student Health
Week at the SUB. I just
want to say that there are a
lot of subsurface overwhelmed student alcoholics
on this campus who averted
their eyes as they passed
that particular booth. It
never occurred to me that I
was one when I was a college
student in the mid-70's.
Anyway, I'm back, five years
sober in Alcoholics Anonymous and I'm not overwhelmed at all. The only
hangovers I get are from the
all-nighters I'm pulling off
during midterms. They're
bad enough. I can't even
comprehend what would be
happening to me right nowif
I added alcohol (or drugs).
I'm not appalled. I just want
those closet alcoholics to
know that they're not alone
like I thought I was.
Name Withheld
Arts 3
In response to the recent
letter by Thrasso Petras in
The Ubyssey, regarding my
previous letter. Thanks. It
was brilliant.
And it just so happens
that I am quite aware of the
SAC bookings suspension
policy (and all the other bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo
that SAC put in their Handbook). Unfortunately, not
everyone has the time nor
reason to familiarize themselves with those details. By
the way, when did I say "suspension was deconstitution" ?
Please read it again carefully,
before you stick more than
just words in my mouth.
On the day in question,
your beloved proctor, after
setting up the room for the
Personal Computer Club,
kindly left the room
LOCKED! For members who
arrived for a BOOKED general discussion meeting, this
[lockout] could only mean one
thing: the room was not available. Perhaps, you will
understand the following
analogy: Person A has a reservation on company C's airplane X, departing at time Y,
arriving at the destination
around time Z. If Person A
arrives at the airport, before
Y, but X hasn't landed,
should Person A wait for X,
look for X, or look for C ?
Then, when it's Y and it
doesn't look like X is coming,
and A really has to be there by
Z, why shouldn't Person A
forget about X and try another airline?
The comments expressed
in my previous letter were not
solely my own but those
shared by many members of
our club (Yes, our appeal was
denied). That SAC is out to
deconstitute clubs was not a
product of my [brilliant]
imagination, but an "off the
record" remark by a SAC
member. Lastly, you are
right, SAC is appointed. Perhaps, you took my comment
to mean "elected". No, no. Oh
contraire mon ami, I implied
that, the choices we as students make at the AMS elections, ultimately determines
who's on SAC.
Nothing personal, but
deal with that Thrasso!
Anthon Pang
Computer Science 3
Personal Computer Club,
November 7,1989 Strangway ignores
animal rights
Re: UBC Kitten Killers
To date, 7,008 postcards have
been delivered to your office in
protest over the inhumane, scientifically-fallacious blinding of kittens and cats. Hundreds more
postcards have been mailed directly to you from concerned
people who are being forced to
fund this vivisection through
On August 2nd, Mrs. Dorothy
Hayward, Senior Ombudsman
Officer, informed us that you had
two draft letters and that you
would send to us the letter which
best represented your position.
We have been waiting for the letter. However, Mrs. Hayward has
now advised us that UBC "...will
not reply" to our letters.
It is our position that peer-
review process, various in-house
committees and groups such as
the SPCA fail to adequately protect animals and people from the
harmful medical fraud of vivisection. This is evident in the CCAC
inspection report of May 1988
which revealed that UBC had
failed to comply with CCAC recommendations to make improvements since the last CCAC inspection of VGH facilities in 1985.
We hope that you will reevaluate your decision and take
the position that UBC will be answerable to concerned people and
to independent assessment of your
procedures and practices by organizations such as Lifeforce.
UBC vivisectors must not be
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I would like to point out to
Michael Booth ("Gorbachev's
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powers were actually quite busy
when the Soviets "gobbled up" the
Baltic States. On the same day
that Russian troops moved into
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off the beaches of Dunkirk just two
weeks before. Indeed, Blitzkrieg
had laid low the Low Countries
roughly three weeks before, while
in July, Germany began daylight
bombing raids on London. I would
suggest that the expression "stood
idly by" does not accurately describe the allied situation in June,
1940. Britain and France were
somewhat less able to help the
Baltic States at that time than
when the Nazis and the Soviets
partitioned Poland in October,
1939, or when the USSR annexed
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UBC Soccer team heads to national playoffs undefeated.
All-Canadians run
by Myron Neville
West Coast running conditions were ideal for Canadian university cross-country athletes this
weekend as UBC played host to
the CIAU cross-country championships.
UBC men's varsity team hung
on to a third-place finish under
competitive conditions with Allan
K_assen(5th) winning All-Canadian status.
The 26th annual team title
was captured by the undefeated
University of Manitoba with 41
points compared to UBC's 78.
UBC women's varsity team
narrowly missed a similar bronze
medal performance by two points,
placing fourth over the soft and
spongy 5km course. T-Bird
Meghan O'Brian managed to work
her way into fifth overall and an
All-Canadian ranking.
The defending women's national champions from the University of Western Ontario overpowered their opposition to win the
10th annual race. Their final team
score was a mere 40 points. UBC's
was 91.
The men's race over a grassy,
rain-sodden 10km course got under way with eventual winner
Richard Charette of Ottawa near
the front of a lead pack of ten
Charette was followed closely
by Canada-West winner Chris
Weber of Manitoba, Colin Dignum
of Queens, and UBC's Allen Klas
sen among others. Turning back
all challengers Charette was not
to be denied, finishing in a time of
The women's race was a
shoot-out with Dalhousie's Lucy
Smith issuing the challenge to allcomers. On this particular day the
defending women's champion was
unbeatable churning over the 5km
course to a winning time of 16:45.
Smith pulled along such runners as three-time all-Canadian
ace Jill Purola of Western
Ontario(3rd), and Canada West
champion Robyn Meager of
Victoria(2nd). Putting in a determined effort, O'Brian moved
through the struggling pack,
knocking off runner after runner
to earn her all-Canadian ranking.
Icebirds sliding from playoffs
by Michael Booth
The Thunderbird hockey
team ventured into the wilds of
Winnipeg on the weekend and
were handed a pair of losses by the
hostile denizens ofthe University
of Manitoba.
After a heartbreaking 6-5
overtime loss on Friday night, the
'Birds came out flat Saturday and
were hammered 10-2 by the hometown Bisons.
In Friday's game, the 'Birds
grabbed an early goal before falling behind by a couple of goals. The
*Birds would not be denied and
tied the score to force overtime.
In the overtime session, as it
has been all season, the puck did
not bounce the 'Birds way. UBC
goaltender Ray Woodley, despite a
strong game, was burned when
the puck deflected onto a Bison's
stick and into the net.
"Woodley kicked the shot out,
it hit the defenseman's helmet and
right onto Boudin's stick," UBC
head coach Terry O'Malley said.
Boudin made no mistake in
potting the winner and the 'Birds
suddenly found themselves winless in five games.
On Saturday night, the 'Birds
picked up a one goal lead and then
the roof fell in.
"We were up 1-0, they scored a
couple of quick goals and it dete
riorated from there," O'Malley
said, adding that Manitoba's
quickness caught the UBC defense flat footed.
O'Malley refused to accept the
defeats as a fair accounting of his
teams capabilities and acknowledges that the 'Birds must win
soon if they are to have any hope of
being a part of the Canada West
playoff picture.
"We have to make our own
breaks to get back into the hunt,"
O'Malley said.
The losses drops the UBC
record to 1-6-1 as they prepare to
play the University of Lethbridge
Pronghorns this Saturday and
Oh, so close
by Michael Booth
Four points.
Four lousy, stinking but oh so precious points was all that kept
the Thunderbird football squad from defeating their third straight
nationally ranked opponent.
So they lost and were eliminated the playoffs. They lost a
game but have no reason to be ashamed in their defeat.
This is a team that, had the pundits been correct at the
beginning ofthe season, would have finished fourth and out ofthe
play-offs. What they forgot to account for was heart, pride and an
outstanding job by the UBC coaching staff.
When the season began, the T-Birds had more of their previous year's starters to replace than any other team on their
schedule. The coaching staff faced the task of replacing an outstanding quarterback (Jordan Gagner), a star running back (Matt
Pierce), and the nation's leading scorer (Mike Bellefontaine).
The quality ofthe players the T-Birds lost is further reflected
in the fact that Bellefontaine playing with the B.C. Lions and
Pierce is wearing Blue Bomber blue and gold. In total, the T-Birds
were faced with replacing 11 starters; six on offense and five on
defense. They would be playing teams such as the Universities of
Alberta, Calgary, and Saskatchewan who didn't lose six starters
between them. All three teams were ranked in the top ten nationally when the season began.
The fact that the T-Birds finished in second place in testimony
enough to the coaching staff. The team was carried a long way on
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The loss of Pierce was adequately filled by third-year running
back Jim Stewart. Stewart rolled up 1257 yards along the ground
in ten games and last week was named the Canada West nominee
for the Hee Creighton trophy as the most outstanding collegiate
football player in the country.
The T-Birds offense averaged 25.3 points and 420 yards a
game but their achilles heel was a lack of depth and an inexperienced and mistake prone defense that was systematically picked
apart by Saskatchewan on two occasions and by Calgary once.
Their lack of depth was made apparent when, in the most
important game of the year, Stewart got hurt and nobody was
there to step in and do the job. Instead, the load fell on the
inexperienced shoulders of freshman Lee Thorpe.
Throughout the year, the coaching staff was continually
rebuilding the offensive line as it was struck with a series of
injuries and departures. By the end of the year, only two players
of the offensive line had played the entire year in the same
On the defensive side ofthe ball, the T-Birds spent the year
trying to learn the new defensive scheme introduced by new coach
Adam Rita. There was steady improvement made by some - Dean
Heffring springs to mind - and the early return of Doug Shoreman
from injury helped the defense considerably. Unfortunately, the T-
Birds took more than one pounding before they jelled in time for
their remarkable playoff drive.
The Canada West schedule worked in the T-Birds' favour as
they were fortunate to play the SadsackUniversity of Manitoba
Bisons twice during their mid-season identity crisis. One can only
wonder what would have happened if they had played Alberta or
Calgary during that stretch. I doubt they would have beaten either
of those teams 11 - 9 at that point.
The future could be bright for the team though as only four
starters used up their eligibility this year. The defense should be
more familiar and comfortable with Rita's schemes and the second
and third year players could be ready to make an impact.
There is a lot less rebuilding to do for next year and, with
conference rivals losing large chunks of their rosters to graduation, things could be pretty rosy at the south end of campus for
several seasons to come. Unless of course, another team adopts
their spoiler role next year...
Underdogs outmaneuvered in playoffs, come up 4 points short
by Michael Booth
The underdog UBC football
team came within four points of
defeating the top ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies before falling 22-18 in the
Hardy Cup final in Saskatoon
"We had a lot of opportunities but unfortunately we didn't
win the game," said UBC head
coach Frank Smith.
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into the game after securing
second place in the Canada West
conference through back-to-
back upset victories over the
Universities of Alberta and Calgary.
The game was evenly played
with no team establishing a distinct edge until the Husky's Ed
Carlton hit T-Bird running back
and Hee Creighton trophy candidate Jim Stewart with a vicious
shot half way through the third
"It was a blatant spear,"
Smith said. "Jim was lying on
the ground after the whistle and
he was speared in the chest with
a late hit."
To add insult to injury,
Carlton was not penalized on the
Stewart did not return to action for the rest of the game and
the T-Birds were forced to use
freshman runner Lee Thorpe for
the rest ofthe game.
Prior to Stewart's injury, the
T-Birds had been able to use a
good mix of running and passing
plays. With Stewart out, the running game suffered and the Huskies were able to put more pressure on UBC quarterback Doug
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day, completing 16 of 33 attempts
for 268 yards. His favorite target
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hauled in six passes for 107 yards.
In the end though, injuries
and turnovers hurt the T-Birds
the most as they turned the ball
over four times, including two
interceptions while deep in Saskatchewan territory.
The win was the first ever
playoff victory in Husky history,
and they will now play Queens
University for the right to travel to
the Vanier Cup in Toronto.
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