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Array the Ubyssey
Telephone
registration
lacks input
by students
By Jeff Silverstein
An AMS council member has
criticized the administration for
lack of student representation on a
committee to introduce a new system of registration at UBC.
Carolyn Egan, president of
the arts undergraduate society
and one of two students on a
committee reviewing the benefits
of TELEREG, a telephone registration system for UBC, said "I
can't see every student's viewpoint."
"They're doing it for the
students...yet it's abigoversight to
pass up on one of the easiest
sources of information? Egan
said.
Director of administration
Tim Bird echoed Egan's feelings
about lack of student representation.
The registration office is set
up mainly to serve students and
there are very few students on any
of (their) committees? Bird said.
When TELEREG, the new
telephone registration system
comes into effect this summer,
students will have to fork out $100
within ten days of registering to
secure their spot in school.
The non-refundable deposit is
required to prevent abuse of the
system by ensuring students who
register by telephone are serious
about attending school.
"The system benefits those
who are serious about coming?
said acting registrar Alan McMillan. "There will be no option to
register in person?
The deposit will apply to the
first winter session fee installment, which now must be payed in
fill by August 31.
Students with student loans
or on scholarship will be able to
defer the first installment of fees.
McMillan said TELEREG
will eliminate inefficiencies in
registration.
"The basic reason we adopted
TELEREG was concern about the
amount of work compressed in a
four day arena style registration
It was felt it was not adequate for
our current day needs? McMillan
said.
"We wanted to look...at something that will be a better system
for the student? he added.
McMillan said the new system will save professors from
spending valuable class time sorting out registration problems.
Every department will be using TELEREG, but departments
have the option of identifying
courses that require auditions or
portfolios which they do not wish g*«
to be accessible to TELEREG. In
this case, the department would
add each student to the course
through an on line screen once
approval had been given.
Only touch-tone telephones
can be used to reach the "digital-
ised" voice of TELEREG, said
McMillan. BC Tel has promised to
extend the touch-tone system to
almost every community of BC by
the end of the summer.
An information booklet detailing the complexities ofthe system will be available this March.
Vancouver Art Gallery: perennial protesters pound pavement while nuclear noodleheads test terrible toys
Arts students' fee increase
to subsidize science labs
By Deanne Fisher
The one per cent devoted to
miscellaneous fees added to next
year's tuition increase is "ridiculous" according to arts undergraduate society president
Carolyn Egan.
The miscellaneous fees have
been paid on an individual course
basis in the past and include such
things as lab fees.
The extra one per cent is included in the five and half per cent
tuition increase approved by the
Board of Governors this week.
Egan said most arts
courses don't involve these fees
and arts students woul a be "paying an extra one per cent to subsidize science students."
"We're getting screwed," she
said.
UBC President Strangway
said most students will benefit by
the incorporation ofthe incidental
fees into tuition fees.
"There are some fees in arts
like fine arts and home economics,
but it's difficult to have an
absolutely equal distribution,"
Strangway said.
The one per cent increase does
not incorporate photocopying,
"which is what the majority of arts
students have to pay for? said
Egan.
"Perhaps they should use that
extra one per cent for photocopying so the arts students are paying
for things arts students use? Egan
said.
Board of Governors seals the fate of fee hikes
By Katherine Monk
The decision to raise fees by
five and a half percent is final.
The board of governors voted
in favour of a four and a half per
cent tuition increase with a one
percent hike in incidental fees at
last Tuesday's board meeting.
The board broke down the
original single motion to increase
fees into six separate resolutions
at the request of student board of
governors' representative Simon
Seshadri.
The resulting six motions included the two-part fee increase,
raising late registration fees from
forty to fifty dollars, and tying
increases in student activity fees
to increases in tuition fees.
All motions were
passed with little debate	
All motions were passed with
little debate except the decision to
link tuition and activity fees,
which will be reviewed next year.
Sole opposition to the four and
a half percent tuition fee increase
came from Seshadri.
"A four and a half increase in
tuition is not a lot taken on its own,
but in a string of increases it is
substantial? said Seshadri.
Student representative Doug
Stewart, who voted for the tuition
increase, voiced concerns about
the proposed deadline for payment
of first term fees, due two weeks
before classes begin.
President Strangway declined comment on the board's
business and approval of the increases.
"The board has a policy of not talking
about decisions."
"The board has a policy of not
talking about decisions. All I can
say is the board voted in favor of
the proposals. I'm not at liberty to
discuss the details of the voting
procedure? said Strangway.
Strangway said the "in camera" policy ofthe board was justified by the sensitive nature of
some of the issues approached in
meetings, such as tenure.
"The board has an open session and a closed session. Students have ample opportunity to
make input prior to board meetings? said Strangway.
VOLUME 70, Number 32
Vancouver, B.C. Friday, January 22,1988 BETWEEN
CLASSES
NOTE:"Noon" = 12:30tol:30p.m.
FRIDAY
UBC Sailing Club
Spring Cruise: sign up at office or
come to meeting Tuesday, Jan.
26th. Office hours and lunchtime,
SUB 58.
Le Club Francais
Reunions du Club Francais. Noon,
International House.
Gays and Lesbians of UBC
Bzzr Garden. 3:30-7 p.m., SUB
205.
Graduate Student Society
Bzzr Garden. 4-7:30 p.m., Ballroom, Grad Centre.
UBC New Democrats
4-party Bzzr Garden. 4-8 p.m.,
SUB 207-9.
Lutheran Student Movement
Weekend retreat. Meet after supper, Lutheran Campus Centre.
Graduate Student Society
Darts Tournament. 7:30 p.m.,
Fireside Lounge, Grad Centre.
ALSO: Dance to live band NAKED
CROWS. 8-12 p.m., Fireside
Lounge, Grad Centre. No cover
charge.
CITR Radio FM 102
Invasion  of Victoria Basketball
Broadcast: UBC vs. U. of Victoria.
8 p.m.
Baha'i Club
Talk on Baha'i faith/discussion. 8
p.m., 5957 Chancellor (across
from St. Marks).
Political Science Students' Association
Skating party. 8:30 p.m., Robson
Square Rink.
Classifieds
SATURDAY
UBC Sailing Club
Spring cruise: sign up at work
party at 12:00, or come to Tuesday
night's meeting.
Orthodox Christian Fellowship
Vespers, 5 p.m., St. Andrew's Hall,
6040 Iona Dr.
Psychology Students' Association
Winter beach party! Everyone
welcome. 7 p.m.-Midnite, SUB
Party Room.
CITR Radio FM102
Invasion  of Victoria Basketball
Broadcast: UBC vs. U. of Victoria.
8 p.m.
SUNDAY
UBC Sailing Club
Go sailing today, and sign up for
spring cruise too! All day.
Orthodox Christian Fellowship
Sunday of Zacchaeus: Divine Liturgy. 9:30 a.m., St. Andrew's Hall,
6040 Iona Dr.
Lutheran Student Movement
Communion Service. 10 a.m., Lutheran Campus Centre.
UBC Stamp Club
Penny  Black  Day.  Noon,   Intl.
House Boardroom.
Lutheran Student Movement
Evening prayer and fireside. 7:30
p.m., Lutheran Campus Centre.
'In Performance'
This popular performing arts series, sponsored by the Dance
Centre, returns to Vancouver at
the Main Dance Place, 2214 Main
Street at 8 p .m. The first of a three-
part series, 'IN PERFORMANCE'
will showcase an eclectic range of
Vancouver's independent dancers
and choreographers. Tickets are
$4 for Dance Centre members and
$5 for non-members. For info call
The Dance Centre, 872-0432.
MONDAY
UBC Sailing Club
Spring Cruise sign-up at office or
Tuesday's meeting. During office
hours, SUB 58.
Jewish Students' Association
Current crisis in West Bank &
Gaza Strip w. Dr. Uri Zoller. Noon,
Buch B323.
Institute of Asian Research
Free film: "Philippines: No Choice
But Change." Noon, Asian Centre
Auditorium.
Japan Exchange Club
Japan Trip information meeting.
Noon, SUB 119 (near SUB Cafeteria).
UBC Astronomy and Aerospace
Club
General meeting; new and prospective members welcome. 5:30
p.m., Astronomy and Geophysics
142.
Graduate Student Society
Video Night. 6 p.m.: "Stop Making
Sense"; 8p.m.: "Blue Velvet."Fireside Lounge, Grad Centre. Free.
Rates: AMS Card Holders - 3 Unas, $3.00,
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WENLIDO. Women's self-defense. 6-week
course begins Wed. Jan. 27. Beginners: 5:30-
7:30, $20 studeny$30 non-stu. Intermed.:
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Office for Women Students, Brock Hall.
TONIGHT! The naked crows 8:00-12:00
p.m., Fireside Lounge, Grad Centre. Free.
Call 228-3203.
THE VANCOUVER INSTITUTE
Free Public Lecture
RADICALISM IN
ELITE INSTITUTIONS
Prof. Duncan Kennedy
Harvard Law School
Saturday, Jan. 23
Lecture Hall 2.
Woodward Building,
8:15 p.m
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UBC Film Society
Classic SUBFilms: "Vertigo? the §tllCl*8llt  tlG-D
Alfred Hitchcock classic.  7 and ~
9:30 p.m., SUB Theatre, SUB.
International House
English Conversation class, open
to all international students and
English-speaking volunteers. 7:30
p.m.-l0 p.m., International House
Ballroom.
ALSO: Movie Night:
"Kagemusha" (1980, Japanese
subtitles). 8 p.m., International
House, upstairs in Gate Four licensed lounge, 1783 West Mall.
TUESDAY
Jewish   Students'   Association/
Hillel
Hebrew University Information
and Falafel. Noon, Hillel House.
Pre-Medical Society
Lecture on cardiology by Dr. San
Dor. Noon, Woodward IRC #1.
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with disability-related tasks that
affect school, such as note taking
or library research, then "Students Helping Students" can help
you!
For more information, contact:
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Student   Counselling   and   Resources Centre, Brock Hall 200
Tuesdays 12:30-4:30
Phone: 228-4840
Ubyssey gays
and lesbians
issue
...comes out on February 14. Anyone interested in contributing
come by the office, SUB 241k and
pick up a story.
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Participate in a West Coast antihistamine study. Please call before
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To register please call
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2/THE UBYSSEY
January 22, 1988 B.C. appeals court
favours professors
in retirement fight
By Jeremy Fraser
The recent decision of the B.C.
Court of Appeal that age can not be
a basis for discrimination could
mean the reinstatement of two
former UBC employees who were
forcibly retired in 1985.
Former UBC professor Robert
Harrison and staff member John
Connell took the university to
court, claiming they were discriminated   against   because   of
their age.
The B.C. Court of Appeal
overturned the ruling of a lower
cour'. by declaring that the Charter ot Rights did not allow age to be
a basis for discrimination.
Previously, the B.C. Human
Rights Act had only protected
those of ages 45 and 65 from discrimination based on age.
Faculty Association president
Joost Blom said that the decision
New trolley
lines dash for
UBC bus loop
After over ten years of talk,
B.C. Transit will finally extend
electric trolley lines down University Boulevard and into the SUB
loop.
The electric trolley lines are
being installed in an effort to reduce the cost of transit and to keep
up with increasing student use of
the system.
The trolley buses are cheaper
to run than diesel buses and produce less noise and pollution, said
B.C. Transit planning supervisor
Glen Leicester.
Currently the majority of
Vancouver buses, which are trolleys, cannot enter the campus.
"The number ten (UBC) runs
ninety per cent of its length under
wire, but must run on diesel because ofthe last ten per cent," said
Leicester.
Transit engineer Hansel
Wang hopes the new system will
be in operation by September and
said bus service will improve with
the number four bus (Nanaimo)
extending into the university once
the trolley lines are in place, and
eventually the number nine
(Broadway).
Initially approved  in  1981,
the project will cost B.C. Transit
over two million dollars.
"B.C. Transit has been working on this for a long time and they
finally got all the financial approvals? said Bruce Stenning, University Endowment Lands manager.
The installation of lines will
not require the trees along the
drive to be disturbed said Stenning.
"The idea is to preserve the
beauty of the drive, and back in
1981, the project did receive support of the local community? said
Stenning.
UBC president David Strangway said the university has been
kept informed on the transit plans
and said that "efforts will be made
to ensure there are no trees to be
cut down."
A study conducted in 1981
reported on the effects to the trees
such an undertaking would in-
curr.
"I believe the report said they
did not have to (cut down any
trees)? said Strangway.
The report will be "dusted off
and updated" said Stenning, and
an outside consultant will be
hired.
Commerce undergrads
appeal removal of
booking privileges
Student council's decision to
interfere in the commerce undergraduate society's appeal of the
suspension of their SUB booking
privileges may threaten the credibility of the student administrative commission, according to director of administration Tim Bird.
The commerce undergraduate society was denied booking
privileges for the rest of the year
after being accused by SUB security of liquor and security violations during a commerce "unicorn
night" January 8.
According to a SUB security
report, eight to 10 tables were
broken, the liquor license was violated, and organizers disregarded
requests from SUB security.
Commerce decided to appeal
SAC's decision and brought the
matter to council's attention last
Wednesday evening.
Council appointed a special
two-person committee to review
the events of commerce's function.
But Bird said council's decision to intervene may set a precedent which could jeopardize the
credibility that SAC needs to
maintain security in the building.
Bird said it is not unusual to
suspend booking privileges if it is
felt a club has abused their privileges but it is unusual for the
matter to be appealed through
council.
"I've never seen it (in the year
and a half I've been director)? Bird
said.
Representatives of the commerce undergraduate society say
they are justified in their appeal.
"I think it (the penalty) was
too extreme? said senate representative Michael Fehy.
"I don't think we're trying to
be obnoxious or slick? said commerce representative Murray
Bodor. "It could happen to any
constituency holding an event?
"It was the band that was
enticing us to drink and to dance
on the tables? said Bodor.
"was a sign that mandatory retirement is on its way out."
But Blom said that some
people might question the effectiveness of older faculty and staff.
"If mandatory retirement
goes, people will say that something will have to be done about
non-productive older faculty. This
would necessitate some kind of
performance review in their eyes?
said Blom.
"Such a review would erode
the relationships between staff
members and between the faculty
and administration? said Blom.
Student Libor Vlcek agreed
with the decision to abolish mandatory retirement, but noted also
that "the individual must be paramount. Some kind of review process should be established to evaluate performance. Age should not
be one of the criterion for good
performance. "
UBC stands to lose out financially if manditory retirement
were to be abolished. The
university's budget depends on
the retirement ofthe older senior
professors and the hiring of
younger professors who can be
paid less.
Blom said, "the case could also
affect how our pension and salary
arrangements are negotiated with
the administration?
Blom noted that the university could make it "easier" for professors to retire than to continue
their work.
The issue is complicated by
the fact that a similar court in
Ontario ruled in favor ofthe employer and mandatory retirement.
The issue is of national significance and the two conflicting decisions may encourage UBC to appeal to the Supreme Court, according to Blom.
The Faculty Association has
no official stand for or against
mandatory retirement because of
the broad variety of opinions
within the faculty.
The Faculty Association contributed financially to the funding
ofthe legal battle ofthe two former
professors because they "were
supporting members in a legal
case against employers?
Education Students Association
lobbies for wheelchair accessibility
The curriculum laboratory in the Scarfe building will soon be wheelchair accessible if the Education Students Association has anything to do about it.
The entrance to the laboratory is blocked by a door in the middle of a steep ramp.
"You have to station yourself on the ramp and pull the doors open...while you're opening the
door you're falling backwards? says ombudsperson Nick Curalli.
"We have a couple of students in wheelchairs who find it very difficult?
Curalli is writing aletter to the Education department administration to try to get some action
on the issue.
January 22,1988
THE UBYSSEY/3 Free trade pact could
import American schools
Toronto (CUP)—Free trade
might encourage more American
universities to set up satellite
campuses in Canadian cities, according to Ontario's minister of
industry, trade and technology
Monte Kwinter.
While Kwinter said the increasing number of American institutions offering degree programs in Canada is something to
watch, he said he hopes the high
tuition of the programs will continue to act as a deterrent.
"Where we do have the control
is that our universities are all
state-financed? said Kwinter,
adding that Ontario's student
assistance program also helps to
defray the cost of a Canadian university education, but not a for-
pion onp
Kwinter spoke at the University of Toronto to outline the Ontario government's opposition to
the recently signed free trade pact.
The minister said an economic union between Canada and
the U.S. won't work because the
cultures are so similar and Canada is already dominated by the
States.
He pointed out that 42 per
cent of all Canadian industry is
American-owned, and 95 per cent
of all prime television shows,
music and films are American.
"We have a severe problem
and we have to be extra vigilant to
be sure that we don't get swept
away by it? Kwinter said. "There's
very little to differentiate us if we
want to maintain that Canadian
iHpntitv"
A graduate of Syracuse University and of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Kwinter
saidhe knows the American way of
life but said "there is a quality of
life in Canada that people cherish."
Kwinter said the free trade
pact does not give Canadians any
more of an economic advantage
than they already have, while it
gives the United States a coveted
continental energy policy.
"What we have done is given
them the right to proportional
access to our energy? said Kwinter, adding Canadian oil producers will no longer be able to charge
different prices to domestic and
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Ex-'Birds
featured in
Canada—US
volleyball
match
Tonight marks the homecoming of three former UBC
volleyball greats as Canada's
national volleyball team faces
the world's number one
ranked team in exhibition play
at War Memorial Gym.
Chris Frehlick, Paul Thei-
son, and Brad Willock, all
members ofthe 1983 national
champion UBC team, will represent Canada against the
United States.
Willock, the starting setter, and Frehlick, the starting
play-set hitter, will have their
hands full with the likes of
American stand-outs Steve
Timmons and Ricci Luytis.
The trio of UBC alumni
will be joined by current UBC
players, Greg Williscroft and i
Kelly Bukowski, who will don !
the Canadian colors and participate as guest players.
UBC will be the final
match of the four game Canadian tour by the two teams.
Canada holds a two to one
game edge in the series - winning in Victoria last night (3-2)
and in Calgary on Monday (3-
1). The US team defeated
Canada (3-1) in Regina on
Tuesday.
As of Thursday 1300 tick- ,
ets have been sold and the '
game is expected to sell-out.
Warm-up begins at 7:30 and
the game begins at 8:00.
Swim 'Birds
sink in UBC
dual meet
against
Washington
Huskies
Last Friday at a UBC-Uni-
versity of Washington dual
swim meet the host 'Birds
swam well but lost to a talent
laden Washington team.
The UBC women were
narrowly defeated 50-45 and
the depleted ranks of the men's
team were overcome 67-27 by a
full contingent of Washington
swimmers.
The UBC men's team
swam with but seven swimmers compared to the 13 sent
from Washington - missing
from the Thunderbird line-up
due to shoulder injuries were a
pair of their best swimmers,
Clint Hirst and Steve Nordstrom-
OUare...turned in
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of 1:52.50,
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the UBC women wer* turned
in by Nadeane Holley, who
qualified for nationals irt the
100 metre freestyle {1;Q1-5Q)
and 200 metre freestyle
(2:12-57), and Angie Haveman
who qualified for the nationals
in the 50 metre freestyle
{28.39),
In men's corr-pet$on, Tuf-
lough O'Hare won the 200
metre freestyle and turned in a
lifetime best time of 1:52,50,
Ski 'Birds
place first
in alpine
and second
in nordic at
Snoqualmi
At Snoqualmi Pass in
Washington. State this past
weekend the UBC Ski team
dominated alpine events and
posted strong finishes in nordic competition.
In. the men's giant slalom
on Friday Rich Richardson
from the-University of Wash*-
irtgton won in a time of 83.90
seconds edging out UBC's
Sean Jaegli (84.4$) and David
Bwfcley (84.57).
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January 22,1988 Who pulls the media's strings?
by Mike Gordon
Canadian University Press
"CBS News...keeping America on
top ofthe world."
If one of your country's leading military contractors owned
one of three major television networks, you would probably be
concerned over the public's access
to accurate information.
If only a handful of corporate
elites controlled most ofthe business for the mass media on your
continent, your disdain for the
state propaganda of Eastern block
countries might turn against the
distorted information millions of
citizens are exposed to in your own
country.
Given this, the North American should be actively fighting for
its right to a free flow of information.
Both in the U.S. and Canada,
the mainstream media appears to
offer diversity and competition in
its presentation of 'news' to the
public. But mass media is big
business, and in the last 10 years,
the concentration of ownership
and power has fallen into fewer
and fewer corporate hands.
Two newspaper
chains...own and run
the print medium.
Three television stations
dominate the market in the U.S.
and Canada: ABC, CBS, and NBC.
In 1986, the General Electric corporation bought out RCA, the
parent company of NBC. General
Electric is the tenth largest corporation in the U.S. and a major
military contractor, with sales
from its electronic components,
electrical and nuclear systems, air
and spacecraft components, and
insurance and banking interests
exceeding $28 billion a year.
Independent Canadian news-
papersareall butextinct. Inl970,
for instance, there were 108 daily
newspapers in Canada. Of these,
43 were independently owned,
while 65 were owned by corporations running newspaper chains.
By 1980, the number of dailies
increased to 117, but only 28 were
independently owned, while 89
were owned by chains. Of those 89
chain-owned papers, 65 were
owned by just three firms, according   to   the   1970   Davey   Royal
Commission, and the the 1981
Kent Commission.
Two newspaper chains across
the country, Thomson and
Southam, own and run the print
medium. Besides their newspaper
monopoly, Thomson and Southam
have diverse corporate interests.
Thomson, for example, has holdings in Hudson's Bay Company,
Zellers, Simpsons and interests in
North Sea Oil; Southam controls
several publishing companies and
the largest book retailer in Canada, Coles—both heavily invested
in some of their largest advertisers.
For Canada, media owner-:
ship and control, the Free IVade
deal may mean Canadian news
broadcasts will become entirely alternative programming.
When Ben Bagdikian wn&te
the first edition of his book, Tlie
Media Monopoly, in 1983, there
were 46 corporations that controlled most of the business in
daily papers, magazines, television, books and motion pictures in
the U.S. The number now stands
at 29.
Bagdikian, dean of the University of California School of
Journalism, has spent almost 10
years tracking the quickening
pace of monopoly control of the
major media. He released the
latest edition last November.
According to Bagdikian, at
the end of World War Two, more
than 80 per cent of daily U.S.
newspapers were independently
owned, but by 19871 the number
had almost reversed: 72 per cent
Were owned by outside corporations, and 15 of which controlled
most ofthe business. In 1981, 20
corporations controlled most ofthe
business in the U.S.' 11,000 magazines. Five years later the number
had shrunk to six.
"It is quite possible? says
Bagdikian, "and serious corporate
leaders predict -- that by the
1990's a half dozen corporations
will own all the mcst powerful
media outlets in the U.S."
The concentration of corporate control in the media raises
Serious questions about the information the puplic is receiving.
Fears about (pi's influence on
NBC coverage §nay have already
been confirmed. The network recently aired a documentary on the
French nuclear industry, a country that openly supports the expansion of nuclear power, and
which just moved to expand its
medium-f&nge missile arsenal.
Who taix ensure that a parent
corporatiot**6 interest in the arms
race, or banking business, won't
affect the presentation of issues
like nuclear weapons, in the major
media outlets they control?
ABC's involvement in the
1973 coup d'etat that deposed
democratically-elected socialist
president Df. Salvador Allende for
the current dictatorship of Gen.
Augusto Pinochet, is one historical
answer.
ABCs negative coverage of
Allende's government reflected
the interests of its parent, ITT,
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' U.S. corporate power dwarfs
that of Canada, and since the U.S.
dpminates the world market in
many other industries, the media
is no different. Before the public
debate on free trade was underway, for example, U.S. owned Gulf
& Western, of the largest companies in the world, bought out one of
Canada's leading publishers,
Prentice-Hall.
This brings to light what
Bagdikian refers to as 'interlocking directorships' of corporations,
where directors of mega-corporations sit on several boards at a
time, extending their stake in the
media coverage of the companies
they represent.
'Time, inc., has so many interlocks? he writes, "they almost
represent a plenary board of directors of U.S. business and finance,
including Mobil Oil, AT&T,
American Express, Firestone Tire
and Rubber Co., Mellon National
Corporation, Atlantic Richfie'jd,
Xerox, General Dynamics, and
most of the international banks."
It is not surprising the mainstream media paints a particular
view of foreign and domestic affairs —including government elections— when they are owned by
corporate leaders with heavy investments in North America and
abroad directly effected by decisions on tax reform, foreign policy,
etc.
The Progressive Conservative party, however, has found a
way of avoiding the potential conflict-of-interest situations of large
corporate media-owners.
For a fee, a private Ottawa
firm, Parliamentary News Service, will package taped interviews
and even whole radio 'news' broadcasts for distribution to Canada's
hundreds of private TV and radio
stations.
"Where the news
comes from is not
important..."
With its shiny image tarnished in the commercial media of
late, the Tories have been paying
for videotaped interviews of PC
MPs on the hill, and sending the
$750 satellite feed (free of charge)
to regional news stations. But
when audiences see the clips, or
hear a 'news' broadcast from parliament, they are not told it was
paid for with Tory money.
The technique has proved
remarkably successful, according
to the Dec. 2 edition of CBC's Journal — of the 60 stations targeted
for the publicity packages, 45 used
the clips.
While the Liberals and NDP
are outraged at being told they are
free to compete with the Tories for
a service that's open to them, others are much less concerned.
"Where the news comes from
is not important," said Manitoba
Television Network news director,
Mark Evans, "It's the information
itself."
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THE UBYSSEY/5 Comedy overshadow^!
in otherwise pleasurable play
By Michael Groberman
The humour is high and skillfully
played in U.B.C.'s best production
in years, Sean ©'Casey's Juno and The
Paycock. This rendering of the strife-
filled life of a poor Dublin family in the
middle ofthe 1922 civil war is a flavourful
period piece, though the family troubles
feel awfully contemporary.
Captain Boyle, known as the Paycock
for his arrogance and need for attention,
is the father. Juno is his wife. The
Captain is out of work, and Juno increasingly frustrated with him, when a lawyer
arrives to tell them they have inherited a
fortune. The story chronicles the effect of
wealth on this unhappy family, set
against the backdrop of a civil war in
which their son lost an arm fighting.
With this family mocrocasm of a war-torn
Ireland, Johnny, their son, is the clearest
representative ofthe side wenever see.
Director Stanley Weese has played up
the light moments, and carefully establishes a credible family. Timothy James
Hyland and Janine Payne as the titular
parents find an angry, emotional meeting
place in the bitter arguments which
reveal their unhappy marriage. In her
contempt for her husband's constant
refusal to find a job because, he claims,
his legs hurt, Payne admonishes angrily
and brusquely, "You can't climb a ladder
but you can skip like a goat to the snug
(pub)". Hyland's performance clearly
captures the Paycock's pathetic attempts
to assert power in the only forum which
recognizes him: his family.
THEATRE
Juno and The Paycock
by Sean O'Casey
Freddy Wood Theatre
The show-stealing performance is
provided by Dennis Kuss as Captain
Boyle's drinking buddy, Joxer Daly.
Kuss's whiney, sing-song vocal pattern,
filled with the music of his Irish accent,
establishes the endearing thief, drunk,
and disseminator of folk wisdom: "I'd
rather be a coward than a corpse." Also
excellent is Neil Ingram's angry, terrified
Johnny Boyle, the one armed freedom
fighter with a big secret. He represents
the only successfully portrayed torment in
this family tragedy.
Robert Gardiner's entrancing set is a
remarkable, revealing reflection of the
family's attempt at order within this
world of poverty and grief. His transformation of the small apartment after the
promise of wealth—garish furniture, long
green garlands—looks properly inappropriate in this home.
The real shame here is that this
serious family tragedy is relegated to the
world of dark comedy because director
Weese has not incorporated the trauma.
When Mrs. Trancred arrives to share the
story of her son's violent death, Weese
keeps her, and the other mourners, way
up-stage, on the periphery. It is confusing
treatment for a scene that should ideally
invade and permeate the atmosphere, so
that the ending, where the scene is
echoed, works. Instead, the tragic ending
is merely banal as a sense of impending
tragedy has not been introduced. Ultimately this production fails because its
comedy works too well, at the expense of
the real drama.
Escape Entertainment worth escaping
By Justine Brown
Three tedious individuals hash out a
(ho-hum) Uniquely Canadian
Identity for a film being shot in Toronto.
This is the uniquely Canadian plot of
Carol Bolt's play, Escape Entertainment,
crurrently playing at The Firehall
Theatre.
Happy-go-lucky film director Pancho
Potter (Don Thompson) is selling out his
artistic integrity in a big way, having
rewritten his distinctively local screenplay to suit the American moneymen.
He's reduced to importing Miami-style
palmtrees in order to transform his
Toronto location. Pancho is a harried
man: the phones are ringing off the hook,
his wife is dying of neglect, and his star,
pistol-waving Matt Payne Jr. (Gavin
Rhodes) is plastered again.
Tension mounts as Pancho and Matt
await the arrival of a Toronto film critic
who, it turns out, is (horrors) Matt's ex-
wife Laurel Hayes. In recent years Laurel
has made her mark tearing Matt's career
into little bits. He worships her: "We were
married for TWO YEARS, Pancho! I love
her."
Matt's a wild one—he takes scotch
with everything, shoots the set full of
holes, talks like a dumbo, and clomps
around in green Frye boots. Needless to
say, he has a heart of gold. A real romantic. You know the type.
Enter Laurel, woman with a harsh
exterior who's only covering her own
deeply crippling insecurity. Her character
is conveyed by her clothes: grey slacks,
black crewneck pullover with giant shoul
der pads, man-eating makeup, short
sculpted hair, mean-looking jewelery.
Jill Daum as Laurel struts around
doing the glare-and-warble routine and
generally behaving like Joan Collins with
a migraine. She hisses on and on about
the lousiness of all things Canadian while
berating Pancho for selling out: a real
homespun reviewer.
THEATRE
Escape Entertainment
by Carol Bolt
Directed by Robert Garfat
Firehall Theatre
Surprisingly, Laurel turns out to be a
Yank. This is confusing and weakens the
play, since no American could possibly be
so bitter and defensive about Canada.
Pancho and Laurel engage in a Hollywood style battle of the wits which
unfortunately never really gets off the
ground. She insults him; "I beg your
PARdon?" retorts Pancho. He insults her;
she replies scathingly: "I BEG your pardon." Hardly scintillating dialogue.
Bolt's stereotypical characters get
little help from the performers. Daum's
Laurel is far too fluffy and shrill—she
loses all audience sympathy. By the time
she changes her tune we can't stand her.
Thompson's Pancho is too mild to impress
us as an influential filmmaker; he lacks
the charisma to make us care about his
art.
Escape Entertainment is made somewhat exciting by some reasonably good
effects and a clever set. The play's
rowdiness makes for a few fun parts, but
its theme is over-familiar, and too
hamfistedly presented to be really worthwhile.
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January 22,1988 f>j(§)D(6)zoan
Furniture designed for the future
By Clara Young
It's time that North America
moved beyond the Lazy
Boy— those upholstered things whose
footrests are raised and lowered like the
bucket of some tractor.
The West Coast revolution against the
chesterfield has begun, and is being led by
furniture design group Protozoan. To
these six recent graduates ofthe Emily
Carr College of Art and Design, upholstery is simply a bad word. They have
taken common household furnishings and
stripped away the facade, leaving exposed
bolts, hinges and ball-joints in all their
glory. A coffeetable stands like a metal
trampoline; a nightlight takes the shape
of a gravestone; a lamp made out of black
tubing resembles a corrugated worm.
...upholstery is simply a bad word.
They share a common philosophy
which has two central tenets; the first of
which can be called their manifesto
against upholstery. They insist on
integrity, directness and primitivism in
their design. Nothing superfluous,
nothing hidden. The second is a belief in
utilizing indigenous West Coast products
in their work.
So, why the name Protozoan? Keith
Spivak, one of the members of the group,
vaguely replied that he thought protozoans were a family unit of single-cell
organisms which can be found in their
natural environment. I leave that
definition to the biologists but note that
three of their members are also involved
in an offshoot graphic design group called
Amoeba. Apparently they simply have an
affinity for catchy biological terms.
The six are individually known as Les
Barth, James Koester, Keith Spivak, Todd
Inouye, Mike Lee and Jeremy Bee. Protozoan does not design as one collective
body, so each piece reflects the personality
of its designer.
For example, James Koester largely
designs lamps which border on extra-terrestrial and Keith Spivak is drawn to the
medium of screens and room dividers. As
Spivak puts it, "Everybody just kind of
worked separately, experimenting and
doing what they wanted and when the
show came together, we realized that a lot
of things worked together."
The show Keith Spivak is referring to
was Protozoan's public debut at Sinclair
Centre during the Christmas consumption season. In fact, Protozoan only began
serious work in September last year,
consequently missing Artopolis, Urbanar-
ium and the Commonwealth Conference.
"Why furniture?" I asked Keith
Spivak. "It all started innocuously enough
as a class semester project but then it
snowballed into a kind of furniture show?
he explained.
The snowball grew when the designers
realized that their work could fill a gap in
the furniture market. According to
Spivak, they began to ask themselves,
"Why can't we do something in Vancouver
or Canada for that matter, which can be
like an import replacement? Why pay the
big money for imports when something of
quality can be found right here?" The
dominant attitude nowadays seems to be
that sophisticated furniture only comes
out of Italy. Protozoan is attempting to
combat that idea by producing furniture
that can compete both in innovative
design and price.
"We had the idea of having this
furniture group situated in Vancouver to create recognition that
contemporary furniture Or
furnishings can be made and
be marketed out of Vancouver. So in that respect
it could bring a bit of
popularity to Vancouver." This evolved into
a conscious decision
to promote B.C.
products in the
material they
would use.
In
keeping with this decision is the product
which Protozoan highlights: Parallam,
short fer Parallel Strand Lumber. Parallam is an extremely strong structural
wood being pioneered by MacMillan Bloedel, composed of scrap Douglas fir
plywood. Not surprisingly, Protozoan's
use of this material puts them one step
ahead ofthe general public: Parallam
hasn't been released on the market yet.
But most likely Macmillan Bloedel will
begin engaging in major research in order
to develop it for consumers.
Spivak says that Parallam consists of
1 long plywood strands or sheets which are
pressed together and bonded by a pheno-
lie adhesive. It is then "cured" using
I microwave energy to produce beams of        ,
j variable size and complete uniformity.
The major source of its strength lies in the ;
I fact that Parallam has no knots, a
structural deficiency of natural wood. I
i The multiple strands of plywood give Par- j
I allam beams a myriad grain effect. Color   j
dyes can be added to aspen plywood, resulting in varying shades of blue or any      j
other color, in one beam.
Aside from Parallam, Protozoan
mainly uses metal, glass, laminate and
marble. Most of the furniture has a raw,
almost industrial appearance infused
nonetheless with a sense of whimsy.
Some pieces look like stage props from
Alice in Wonderland - throne-like chairs
painted in primary colors; a looking glass   .
with brushed aluminum as the reflecting   i
surface inside a plywood frame with me-     j
andering edges. j
Koester constructed a night-light that j
looks like a miniature grain elevator. It's
perched up on four wheels with four tiny    j
blinking neon lights on top, and a squig-    j
gly cord attached. It's made for the rich
toddler to drag around his custom-built
nursery room. With prices at $800
upwards, that toddler had better have
pretty well-endowed parents. Spivak says j
they don't like to charge that much but
it's difficult to avoid since the pieces are
one-of-a-kind, hand-made prototypes.
They hope to lower the prices once
Protozoan comes out with a limited run of
designs.
Some pieces look like
stage props from Alice in Wonderland...
The range in design is tremendous.
For instance, a chair by Les Barth has
such sinuous contours that it looks like a
well sculpted marshmallow. The shiny
finish and rainbow hues impart an
ethereal quality. Imagine that beside
"Departure", a mean coffee table designed
by Keith Spivak; a sharply triangular
shape with one side left somewhat jagged.
Running into this would incur flesh
wounds.
Wheels are an unabashed part of
much of the furniture—a reflection of
Protozoan's design integrity. In conventional furniture, wheels are equivalent to
everybody's dirty laundry. Laundry goes
underneath the bed and wheels are
hidden underneath the ruffles. Not with
Protozoan. They put wheels on everything: end-tables, coffee tables, planters,
nightlights... Have them interior decorate!
and your entire livingroom would roll.
Clearly the furniture is designed to be
mobile.
Ironically, while they gave first dibs
to British Columbians, and deliberately
showcased provincial products, many say
they might have to find appreciative
buyers elsewhere.   Spivak thinks there's
hope here but "we're not forming this
group to sell exclusively to Vancouver
either." Already word is spreading and
Spivak revealed that they now have
connections in Philadelphia, Los Angeles
and New York.
This extremely eclectic collection of
furniture prompted me to ask what sort
of influence they were working under -
Japanese minimalism? Bauhaus?
"Flintstones? Spivak laughed. Their
primitivist design philosophy may have
been inspired by the Flintstones but the
result looks more like vintage Jetsons.
January 22,1988
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By Rolf Boon
The oversized full-moon lies suspended
over the cityscape. A rare presence that
is seen and felt. Serene, yet so powerful it
posseses a mystical force that makes people
change their ideals and dreams. It becomes the
guiding light for the unanswered question. Moonstruck: this is the underlying symbol for the film
ofthe same name.
MOVIE
Moonstruck
Vancouver Centre
Canadian Norman Jewison's film Moonstruck
is a sophisticated romantic comedy about love,
jealousy, and personal entanglements of an
eccentric Italian-American family in Brooklyn.
Cher (Mask and The Witches of Eastwick)
plays Lorretta Castorini, a thirty-seven year old
widow who hopes to mend the bad blood between
her fiance Johnny Cammareri, played by Danny
Aiello (Man on Fire), and his brother Ronnie,
played by Nicolas Cage (Rumble Fish, Peggy Sue
Got Married, Raising Arizona).
Loretta is transformed when she envisions a
different life with Ronnie. She is Moonstruck
with glimpses of what it would be like to live out a
dream. She falls in love with difference itself.
Ronnie is a wolf compared to the nice guy wimp
whom she plans to marry for companionship and
not love.
Loretta's predicament mirrors her parents'
faltering relationship. All of them are reaching
for solace from the unanswered question. Their
perplexing problems eventually collide in a
climax over the Cantorini breakfast table.
The characters are well developed and
convincing. They act and say things expected of
people in unpredictable situations. But this is,
ironically, where the film fails: the characters'
realism works against the mood ofthe movie.
Gritty realism and Romantic Comedy mix like
oil and water. The comedy is not hilarious but
rather silly and the romance lacks the intensity
of true passion.
Jewison tries too hard to meld the dramatic
with the off-beat. The film ends up as a lingering soap opera which leaves you walking away
uninspired, unprovoked and not even emotionally affected.
The film's success lies in its craft. The scenes,
sets and musical selections (La Boheme, That's
Amore) enhance the romantic comic flavour of
the film. The unpredictability ofthe characters
keep interest sustained. Each character is acted
with panache with the exception of Cher's
Loretta. Cher just doesn't make a convincing
Italian.
Moonstruck is Jewison's twenty-second film
and is nominated for five Golden Globe awards
including best picture. He remains consistent
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January 22, 1988 Rosanne Cash hit the money last
Monday night playing to a
packed Commodore Ballroom. Wearing
black leotards and tails she opened with
"She's Got It? and proved to everyone
there, nearly two and a half hours later,
that she really did have what it takes to
wake up a sleepy eyed Vancouver
audience.
MUSIC
Roseanne Cash
Commodore Ballroom
January 18,1987
From a heart-felt bluesy rendition of
a new Steve Goodman song "Lovers
Forever? to a driving beat in "My Baby
Thinks he's a Train? Cash proved that
country music isn't just yelping lamentations of love gone bad, Harley riders,
cowboy boots and cheating hearts. It may
be all those things, but on top of that, it's
a musical form all to its own. And a form
which Cash has mastered to perfection.
Supported by her tight band made up
ofthe crowd-wowing technical skills of
guitarist Stewart Smith, the steady
suport and charisma of bassist Micheal
Rhodes, "keyboard wizardry" of Vince
Melman, and the cymbal slapping
percusssion of Vince San tone, the performance was clean, straight, and honest
good music.
Not two, but three standing ovations.
When a concert is so well-done that
the reviewer can't think of anything bad
to say about it even if she tried, either she
loved the band so much that she would
have loved the concert even if it sounded
like nails on a chalkboard, or else it really
was that good. Obviously, 111 plead the
latter, since I have a couple of hundred
supporting witnesses: Rosanne Cash
received not one, not two, but three
standing ovations. Also, with the excep
tion of "Seven Year Ache? I didn't know
any Rosanne Cash material before I went
to the concert, and I've never considered
myself a country music fan.
So why was the concert such a
success? It could have been the level of
professionalism exhibited by every
member of the production, from musician
to techie. Or else maybe it was the kind
of music; you can't argue with a four-four
beat and three chord progressions—it
works. Then again it could have been
Cash's rapport with the audience. She
didn't play to the Commodore Ballroom,
she played to the people inside it. Who
else would take fifteen minutes after the
show to talk to the audience, sign autographs and then praise the fans with "You
make it fun to come to Canada" ? Whatever the magic ingredient was, it was
potent, and left me in a daze.
"Country music is real
music.
Greg Sherrett, the music director of
J.R Country radio, which co-promoted the
show with Timbre productions thought
the concert was "scintillating? but said
the success is larger than just Rosanne
Cash, it is in the whole country music
tradition. j
"Country music is real music, made
by real people. So the audience is in right
from the beginning because it says
something to them? said Sherrett. In the
last ten years country has become more
accessible to a larger market, mostly
people in their thirties who find today's
rock and roll has nothing to say, Sherrett
added.
"Lyrics like 'I'm bad, I'm bad,' mean
nothing. Country deals with real life and
that's what the lyrics get across? said
Sherrett.
"In the mid-seventies Nashville didn't
want to break new artists, in the last few
that's changed. As a result country is
well-produced, and moving away from a    J
twangy and "gutbucket" sound," said j
Sherrett.
Rosanne Cash embodies this new
spirit in country music: a confident and
well-rounded voice, good production, and   I
a feeling of complete sincerity which
seems lacking in the greater part of
commercial releases. So a big Yahoo,
twirl your lasso, you may not like it, but I
sure do.
Blanket art reveals new forms
By Katherine Monk //
L
et the Acid Queen Rain: The
White Goop Devours All? is just
one of the "blanket statements"
made by Metis artist Bob Boyer at the
Museum of Anthropology's latest exhibit.
The show consists of nineteen actual
blankets which Boyer has painted with
thick acrylics. From a distance, the
blankets look, strangely enough, like
ordinary blankets. But what appear at
first to be traditional designs are actu-
o
by Greg Davis
nee again the UBC Musicians' Network crawled
out from hiding to
openly display their talents. But the
musicians proved easy to forget, and
interchangable with each other. It
was as if a host of studio musicians got
together without any "stars" among
them. I remember better performances from my high school.
ROCK
Musicians' Network
Ballroom Bash
January 16, SUB Ballroom
At least the Gear Jammers must
be commended for sticking to solid
blues rock and not attempting to do
bad covers of U2. The singer also
showed some promise in displaying
personality and stage presence.
The first act up was Freudian
Slip, with a spiffy line up of back-up
singers. They set the tone for the
evening with songs such as Jail House
Rock, Twist and Shout, and Pink
Floyd's Money.
Generix dished out reheated versions of Top 40 rock without daring to
stray from the originals. Their
Genesis cover was perfect except the
singer still had all his hair.
Even if these bands insist on playing covers, they could improvise a
little and play the songs as if they
were their own material. But alas,
today's students like their music
McDonald's style: tasteless and easy
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to chew. %•
Men Without
Work kept the lukewarm stream of
covers flowing with
more Police and Van
Halen. Their saving grace was I Saw Her
Standing There, which actually contained
some raw energy, yet this band was just
as faceless and generic as Generix.
Finally, a band called Sleepy Boy
Floyd came to the rescue. They were
anything but sleepy. The horn section
blew off some hot soul steam as they ran
through a mystical version of Black Magic
Woman, and an explosive rendition of
James Brown's Sex Machine. Sleepy Boy
had texture and feeling to their songs,
and their version of Low Rider was the
best tune all night. Sleepy Boy Floyd and
the Gear Jammers were the only ones
who had enough identity to warrant the
title of "band".
The bands took a backseat to the
party event. For the most part they were
one step up from taped music and the
beer was cheap. The musicians played
ally a total break from anything orthodox.
Boyer has rediscovered the geometric
patterns characteristic of native blanket
design and transformed their inherent
meanings to fit a modern context. In
effect, Boyer has examined his roots,
ackowledged them, and emerged from this
cocoon, with new and brilliant forms.
Blanket Statement
Works by Bob Boyer
UBC Museum of Anthropology.
Much in the same way that Judy
Chicago made the art world look twice at
any dinner setting, and in so doing, reevaluate the place of women in a socio-
historical context, Boyer makes us reevaluate the place of the native in society
by using an immediately identifiable piece
of Metis culture: the blanket.
Boyd's formal art training, which he
received at the University of Saskatchewan, shows through in his conscious use of colour and form. The colours
are layered one on top ofthe other, each
one contributing to what could pompously
be called a palimpset rainbow. The
b
a
h
well, but lacked the
theatrical presence
and originality which
makes a great stage
show.
It is a pity the
Musicians' Network
does not showcase any original bands.
They could get together with CITR and
really create a new music scene on
campus. All that is needed is idealism
and imagination. Remember- Music is
art, not business.
careful use of complimentary colours
makes the subdued tee-pee-like light of
the exhibition space seem almost glaring.
But the constrained and repetitious forms
keeps the chaos at bay.
The show effectively creates order out
chaos, giving the viewer a false sense of
security where we should be pushed into
self-examination. The resulting complacency was reflected in the way the other
viewers reacted to the opening: people
were huddled in the centre ofthe recreated native space, talking about
income tax instead of the artwork around
them.
This is where Boyer's titles take
effect, and slap us in the face with
political commentary. Each of the pieces
makes a social statement, such as
"Smallpox Issue," which refers to the
historical event in which the government
released smallpox-infected blankets to the
natives. Other works comment on the
European slaughter of natives with the
newly discovered machine-gun, the loss of
cultural identity to European standards,
and environmental destruction. Hence,
"Let the Acid Queen Rain: The White
Goop Devours All."
Boyer's exhibit is part of the Museum
of Anthropology's ongoing series: "Indian
Modern? which has featured the works of
Bill Reid, Jack Shadbolt, and others. The
series is a heartening example of new and
more positive attitude to indiginous
Canadian art, which is just beginning to
break away from the dime-store souvenir
stereotype, and take its well-deserved
place alongside the Emily Carrs and
Riopels. Yet, as Boyer said, "there's no
point in creating art if no one comes."
January 22,1988
THE UBYSSEY/9 Competition's
copy unfair
Just when you get to thinking that an entire
election can slip by and escape the clutches of
controversy, a scandal emerges and crushes
those expectations.
In the most recent issue of The Competition,
the campus' fledgeling sports newspaper, an
article was run with a headline that read
"Beynon Runs For Board". The 150 word story
goes on to give a precis of board of governors candidate Robert Beynon's campaign.
The article is a disturbing one, not because it
strays from the paper's primary mandate —
sports coverage; not even because the article
pulls the paper into the political arena. It is a
disturbing article because the paper chose to
run such blatently opinion charged copy in the
body ofthe paper and not on a separate editorial
page.
It is also disturbing because what the article
amounts to is little more than cheerleading for a
candidate who is associated with the paper. The
first sentence reads: "Intramurals staff member
and Competition assistant editor Robert
Beynon is running to become one of UBC's new
student Board of Governor's members."
The Ubyssey does not object to a paper having a specific political view; every publication
does whether conscious of it or not. What is
objectionable, however, is the journalistically
unethical practice of unfair election coverage;
that is, deliberately supporting one candidate in
an election while ignoring the others.
What this amounts to for Beynon is free advertising unavailable to others not in his position. Beynon did not coerce The Competition
into running the story, but then again he didn't
refuse the support. Both parties erred. Both are
in jeopardy of spoiling an otherwise untarnished campaign.
THE UBYSSEY
JANUARY 22,1988
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"I wanna write a masthead sometime before April," whined Peter Francis
weeping like a willow while he walloped Peter Lankester -- today'b Smile of the Day
and Birthday boy -- about the head with an old boot. Cap'n Ross McLaren,
resplendent in his sailor-suit, walked into the Ubyssey office saying "Arm*..."
"Ooooh," squeaked Alex Johnson, "it's Cap'n Ross!" Yes, it was Cap'n Ross, and the
Cap'n Ross Show was about to get under way Franka Cordua von Specht announced.
"Arrrrrrright," said the Cap'n. "Call the contestants — tell 'em to get their asses
down here."
"Well, Cap'n Ross," drawled Victor Chew Wong. "Today's contestants are ....
Cdrumroll) Elynn Richter-- come on down!-- Peter MacDougall - get on down here!
- Alison Felker... what's happenin', -- Derek Craig, Mandel Ngan, and Jennifer
Lyall... you're the next buncha dudes on the Cap'n Ross Show. Get on down here!
Move! faster!"
"Right - siddown. First question: "What do you call a kleenex when it's not
a kleenex?" asked Ross.
"A watermelon!" wailed Deanne Fisher from her sea. in the audience.
"Shaddup!" ordered Cap'n Ross. "Audience member are not allowed to participate. Throw her out! Next question: "Who was the first geo-physicist to give Revenge
of the Nerds II a good review?"
"Dr. Strange-way!!!" hollered Elynn, Peter, Alison, Derek, Mandel, and Jennifer in perfect harmony, shaking their fists in unison.
"Good... uhh... That's uhhh,..." started Ross.
"What'd they win?" shrieked Justine Brown, Rolf Boone, and Michael Groberman from their seats in the aisle.
"Quiet on the deck!" commanded Cap'n Ross. "Throw 'em out!"
Suddenly there was silence. The office door, acting as the stage door, opened
and His Royal Holiness, The Bagel King walzed through. "Ooooh," swooned Clara
Young. The King spoke: "I'm looking for a new Bagel-bunny for my bagel posters."
"Ooooooh," gasped Clara.
"Shaddup!" screamed a frenzied Cap'n Ross. "This is my boat an' 111 sail it!
Next Question: "What..."
"You ain't told us whut they done won!" spat Chris Wiesinger, wielding a
blowtorch. "We, the people, wanna know whut's happenin' and who gits whut."
"Dr. Strange-way" hollered Elynn, Peter, Alison, Derek, Mandel, and Jennifer.
"Ooooooh," wailed Clara and Deanne.
Kevin Harris directed a stream of chemicals from a fire-extinguisher at the
audience. Cap'n Ross chuckled as he threw a teargas grenade.
"What's going on in the masthead?" screamed Laura Busheikin, Katherine
Monk, and Corinne Bjorge in panic.
"Chris is having a breakdown! Batten up the hatches. Save the white wooly
spandex intergalactic wooflemonsters," said Greg Davis calmly as he held Jeff
Silverstein's head above the water. Steve Chan bobbed into the room, looking
helpless, and moaned. Someone grabbed the keboard away from .... The End
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Letters
Babb
defended
The unfairness, injustice, andblatant discrimination we in the West sometimes glimpse in South Africa compels us to protest.
What is not seen or understood is that it began hundreds of years ago and the
narrow perspectives of bigotry brought by those first
imperialists have simply
been passed on through
generations, as familiar to
the Whites (AND Blacks) as
their own hands. Observing
from the outside like we do,
we see only part of the picture and are shocked by the
apartheid there.
But as Glenn Babb,
recent S.A. ambassador in
Canada said, similar ugliness is present within our
own borders, but because we
have grown up with it we
don't see it as so terrible.
Our Canadian ancestry
may go back as far as five or
six generations but the natives of this land have been
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here for centuries. Their
rights, cultures, lifestyles,
health and dignity have
been historically truncheoned. Our ancestors
took their land by force and
gave nothing in return, unless disease and pollution
should be counted. And
even after a long history of
exploiting these people
nothing has been learned,
nothing has changed. If the
White man wants something he simply takes it,
refusing to acknowledge
another culture's values.
Consider the Stein Valley. There are some things
which simply need to be left
alone. Surely this valley is
one of them. And this is in
our own backyard.
If we cannot change
ourselves, who are we to
expect South Africans to
change themselves? And if
we cannot bring harmony
and genuine mutual repect
into our own backyard, how
arrogant of us to believe we
know what is going to help
South Africa, a nation with
far more complicated and
magnified issues than our
own.
Toshiko Hyodo
Commerce 3
Protest Cruise
On January 19th, the
U.S. Air Force once again
tested the Cruise missile
over Canadian territory,
despite the people's opposition. A second test is scheduled for this Friday, January 22nd. A protest rally
will take place at noon Friday at Robson Square, and
again on Saturday, January
23.
The movement in opposition to the Cruise, like the
opposition to superpower
warships in Vancouver harbour, focusses attention on
the ways in which Canada is
being used to further the
war preparations ofthe Pentagon.
The Canadian government has signed a Cruise
Missile Testing Agreement
permitting the testing of
these weapons of mass destruction  in   Canada.     It
should be cancelled.
The U.S. military dictate over Canada exemplified by the Cruise Missile
Testing Agreement is not
only an affront to Canadian
sovereignty, it threatens the
peoples of other countries
against which such weapons
could be used.
It is a matter of principle that we should ensure
that no harm shoud ever
come to others from Canadian territory. For these
reasons and others, students should actively participate in the struggle to
force the government to
cancel the Cruise Missile
Testing Agreement.
A tradition has been
established in Vancouver
that protest rallies should
take place at Robson Square
at noon hour the day of any
Cruise tests, and the following Saturday. Join in the
protests this Friday and
Saturday, January 23 and
24, at noon, at Robson
Square.
Dorothy-Jean O'Donnell
Law 1
10/THE UBYSSEY
January 22,1988 Since the Second World War the
major challenge to Canadian foreign policy has been to contribute to the stability
of the relationship between the United
States and the Soviet Union, hopefully
reducing the threat of nuclear war.
Through Canadian contributions to
NATO and NORAD this goal has been
pursued, on the assumption that such
alliance structures even out the military
balance between the superpowers, and by
giving smaller countries a voice, help
restrain potentially dangerous superpower policies.
It is a truism of recent years, especially in British Columbia, that the world
is moving away from its traditional Eurocentric perspective to one which is much
more aware ofthe Pacific Rim. Unfortunately, this shift has not been restricted
to commercial or cultural relationships;
the military forces ofthe superpowers are
now utilising the Pacific basin as an
important theatre for their Cold War confrontations. For many Canadians, the
first inklings of such ominous developments came on January 5, when the
Journal aired a BBC report detailing the
build up of Soviet and American forces in
the North Pacific.
Geography alone dictates that all
this is of interest to Canada. The North
Pacific is British Columbia's backyard; a
large proportion fo Canadian sea borne
trade moves across it, and the Pacific Rim
economies of Japan, Korea, and China are
progressively becoming more important
to Canada. All this pales, however, beside
the fact that the military confrontation in
the North Pacific is of unprecedented
significance for the area, and is profoundly destabilizing to the superpower
relationship. This is a direct threat to
Canada's security.
In the course of the BBC report, an
Perspective
American defence analyst gleefully explained that, unlike Western Europe where
the United States had to listen to the opinions of Britain or West Germany, the North
Pacific was open to direct United States-
Soviet Union interaction, free from the interference of allies. While Japan's pride
might be hurt by such a cavalier dismissal,
in military terms it is largely warranted.
And while Japan is currently increasing its
defence spending, and is in the process of becoming a factor with which both superpowers must reckon, Canada has yet to even
come to grips with the situation.
The essential point is that unless Canada takes steps to play an active role in the
North Pacific it will remain merely a passive bystander,
unable to exert any
political influence
over either superpower. In order to gain a voice of its own,
and hopefully act as a stabilizing factor, it
will be necessary for Canada to take a role
which necessitates attention from both
superpowers. It is true that Canada could
gain short term notoriety by declaring its
neutrality, and closing ts waters to either
side, but the real effect of this would simply
be to irritate the United States and amuse
the Soviet Union. There will be no easy or
inexpensive options, no multilateral alliances to create, if Canada wishes to play an
effective role in the North Pacific.
The only way to play a role in the political decision making process is to become a
factor in the military equation ofthe region.
For too long the Pacific has been neglected
by the Canadian government and Armed
Forces. While given the budgetary limitations of a relatively small country like Can
ada there could l)e no vast armadas deployed, it would be possible to obtain an
effective voice by creating a naval and air
force on the West Coast, and in the western
Arctic, of significant capability. There
would be three necessary components to
such a force. First would be the actual hardware to be deployed. Central to any initiative designed to play an active role in the
North Pacific would be the deployment of a
force of nuclear powered submarines
(SSN's). Beyond this it would be necessary
to station half of the frigate force, now under
construction, on the West Coast. Complementing these naval forces would be CF 18
and CP 140 aircraft in considerably larger
numbers than are currently present. Instead of four CF18's
and four CP 18's and
four CP 140's, it
would be necessary to
deploy at least one full squadron of CF 18's,
and an additional six to eight CP 140's.
Such force levels would give Canada a
minima ability to project its political interests and opinions in the North Pacific, and
the decision making processes ofthe superpowers. However mere possession of the
forces would not be sufficient to assure results. Gi ven past experience, it would be all
too easy for any Canadian forces in the
North Pacific to be simply made subordinate elements ofthe larger American presence. In order to avoid this, and to achieve
desirable political objectives, it would be
necessary for Canada to acquire intelligence gathering and decision making capabilities autonomous of their American
counterparts. There already exists, in the
early stages, a project to build an observational satellite in Canada.    If this were
carried through, and supplemented by a
small force of AW ACS aircraft (already
being flown and operated by Canadians in
Europe) then Canada would be able to
collect sufficient information to deploy its
forces in order to achieve Canadian objectives. Always assuming, of course, that
the third component of any policy initiative exists. The political will in Ottawa to
make policies that, from time to time,
might be in opposition to American policies.
This should not be interpreted as advocacy for a withdrawal from Canada's alliances with the United States, or any one
else for that matter. Canada is, and
should remain an ally of the United
States, and a member of NATO. On the
other have, it might be necessary to redeploy Canadian financial resources away
from the central front in Europe in order
to obtain a more effective force in the
North Atlantic, the North Pacific, and the
Arctic. The superpower relationship, its
long term stability, and the prevention of
nuclear war must remain Canadian priorities. As the century draws to a close, it
may well be that more effective ways of
accomplishing these goals will be found
than basing a handful of people and tanks
in Germany. Finally, lest anyone accuse
Canada of disloyalty to its allies, a lesson
should be taken from ancient history and
the Delian League set up by Athens in the
5th century B.C. After a time, the smaller
allies grew tired of fielding their own
forces, or making their own decisions.
Athens was happy to relieve them of the
burden; by that time the League had become an empire, and the result was a long
and bloody war, ultimately disasterous
for all of Greece. Canada could help prevent the world falling prey to a similar
fate.
Bruce Scofteld is not a Yankee.
Ubyssey staff,
please note
news deadline
is now 5 p.m.
on press days.
This is not negotiable .
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almost...Ok
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from your
mother, but
REASON FOR HOPE
Jan 25 - 301988
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What if...
Monday:       There is no God!
Tuesday:      You count for something!
Wednesday: Lotus Land is not enough!
Thursday:    You could meet Jesus!
Friday: You run out of excuses!
at 12:30 pm SUB Theatre
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Taste Heaven on Earth...
The Real Jesus
The Need for Two Birthdays
The Cure for Emptiness
The Impossibility of Neutrality
The Dawn of the New Age
at 7:30 pm SCARFE. Room 100
Saturday:   The Whistling Marmots
in concert
with guest speaker Michael Green
7:30pm University Chapel
5375 University Blvd Cost $5.00
Guest Lecturer: Michael Green
Michael Green has worked with students at Oxford University for the
past twelve years. He is a well known author of over 20 books, dealing
with the relevance of Christianity in today's world.  He is presently a
professor at Regent College, UBC.
UBC Association of Christian Clubs
January 22, 1988
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designed to attract students from all disciplines. The competition is open to students
who are enrolled in undergraduate programs and who do not already possess a graduate
degree.   A 6ingle topic of general nature related to Canadian citizenship will be
presented to students at the time ofthe competition. Duration ofthe competition will
be two hours. Candidates should bring their student card for identification.
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EDAM sparkles
By Martin Dawes
EDAM stands for Experimental Dance
And Music. Their current performance proves
that modern art, even in a medium as esoteric
as dance, can successfully be both coherent
and meaningful. Their show features
premieres of three new works by the
company's artistic directors, as well as two
older works chosen from the company's
repertoire of over fifty original creations.
DANCE
Experimental Dance And Music
Arcadia Hall, Main & 6th
9:00pm Tonight & Tomorrow
The opening work - Brain Drain (1980),
by Lola MacLaughlin - was both the most
unusual and the most coherent work on the
program. Dancers hop up and down in unison
throughout the work, pogoing about mindlessly on a simple checkerboard created with
masking tape, shouting out numbers and
gradually becoming more and more exhausted.
Surely this is what it must be like inside the
twisted brain of the modern paper-shuffler.
Sexual Outlaw, a new work by Peter
Bingham, is an audacious and humourous
satire on conventional North American sex-behaviour. The dancer-actors strut about in
tacky, racy evening wear to composer-performer Jeff Corness' sleazy electronic jazz.
"Did you see it?", they moan, clutching their
precious genitals protectively, then coupling or
tripling. Bingham never offends; rather, he
makes us laugh at our typical bedtime drama-
by-prescription.
The first half ended with another premiere: a frightening, intense examination of
leadership by Peter Ryan called Ceremony of
Innocence. Here the dancers improvise within
a given structure: they are to find a leader and
follow him or her wherever he or she leads
them. Through confrontation a leader
emerges; Corness' music becomes more
insistent, then nightmarish as excerpts from
Hitler's speeches are mixed in and the dancers
begin following the leader in horrid, captured
fascination, like groveling dogs. Here the
mechanics of a dictator's evolution were laid
bare. If Ryan's purpose was to disturb, he
certainly succeeded - and he also made us
think: what is mob behaviour? And why does
the mob love and embrace the loss of its
freedom?
Red Animal, a new work by Bingham
and Ryan, is a demonstration of the power of
a Ghandi over the ultimately futile and
exhausting juvenile attempts at physical
power that so many of us believe in.
The dancers stand around somberly,
dressed as street people. Two of them become aggressive, attacking the others, who
simply drop lifeless at their feet. Puzzled,
they prop them back up with much heaving
and straining, and then attack each other -
then, exhausted, they must face the silent
ones on their knees...
The evening ended tour-de-force style
with a big work by Peter Bingham about
television - big because it calls for dancers,
actors, music, and video effects. In fact,
Teller of Visions is so big that one hardly
knows what to look at.
On a stage in the background is a slovenly couple watching TV, and a sexy "TV
Tart" inside a TV box delivering a funny
super-seductive monologue: "Television is
meditation", "It's imagination's toilet"...
"Lubricate my brain enough and it may just
shift down to my feet"...
The dancers storm "the wall" - a large
TV screen - or engage in exciting contact-
dancing, spinning off each other and forming
circus-like pile-ups. Meanwhile, video artists
flood the walls with projected images: the
couch potatos, the dancers' shadows, and
slow-motion shots ofthe dancers.
All this was confusing, and the choreography was at times too much for the dancers. Several stunts failed completely, while
others indicated inadequate background
training: one must practise one's scales
before attempting a concerto.
Despite these imperfections, the evening
was provocative and stirred thought. I would
have expected more improvisational work
from a group calling itself "experimental",
but novelty was by no means lacking here.
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7:30 pm
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January 22, 1988

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