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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1996
W
Ifs been a long wait for Live Bait
It may have taken five years to make
his movie and get it on the big screen,
but MFA student Bruce Sweeney
insists that Live Bait is the work of a
short-sighted mind.
by Peter T. Chattaway
An era in Bruce Sweeney's life is drawing to a close. This
fall, he's finally going to get the MFA degree he's worked
on at UBC since 1991. And today Live Bait, the $85,000
film he started writing in 1992, breaks free ofthe festival circuit it has toured for the past year and begins its
regular engagement at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas.
Sweeney, for one, is glad he'll no longer have to promote the film that took him a year to write, a summer to
film and two years to edit together. "By the time you've
finished a film like Live Bait, you're simply sick of it," he
says. "You never want to see it again, but you have to
talk about it like it's very, very current, but it's really not.
"It took me three full years, working every day, 40
hours a week. But
Hollywood, for example, with their teams of
sound cutters and dialogue cutters, et cetera,
et cetera, they get the
picture out in under
six months, and that
sounds great, and it
took me a couple
years, and that sounds
awful."
Painstaking as it
may be, Sweeney
prefers the personal,
hands-on approach. He
didn't hold auditions
for the film, but gave
parts to friends, and to
friends of friends,
based on their personal
recommendations.
Central to the cast was
acting classmate Tom
Scholte, now an MFA
student and a part-time
instructor in UBC's
Theatre department, as
the film's 23-year-old
virgin Trevor Macintosh.
"I think we share a
very similar sense of
humour, and a very
similar sensibility,"
Scholte says. "It was
like finding an artistic
doppelganger,   in   a
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"My focus is working on projects where I don't feel
like I'm working for somebody else. When I'm working
with Bruce, I don't feel like I'm working for Bruce, I feel
like I'm working with Bruce."
The word-of mouth approach to casting also, perhaps surprisingly, helped Sweeney land some of
Vancouver's top theatrical talent. He knew Babz
Chula, who plays Trevor's mother, from working with
her on another film, and she suggested Kevin
McNulty for the part of Trevor's father, who in turn
suggested Jay Brazeau for a cameo as Trevor's uncle.
Micki Maunsell also shares the spotlight as Charlotte,
an artist in her 60s who may be Trevor's sexual salvation.
Her character was inspired, in part, by a relationship
Sweeney, now 34, had with a Communications professor at SFU during his undergraduate years, and he
thinks Maunsell's age gives her an edge that most older-
woman films, such as The Graduate, miss. "In coming-
of-age movies, the older woman is never, like, 60. She's
40, and she's actually played by an actress who's, like,
32."
Trying to classify the film has proven tricky.
Sweeney resists the term "student film" for fear such
a label will scare off the masses, though he adds he was
"more than thrilled" to work on the film at UBC. "Here,
they let you do the work," he says. "They don't peer over
your shoulder and say you have to do it this way; they
essentially give you total creative freedom to let you
make what it is you want. I think it's the best program
in the province by far—they've got the best equipment,
and they don't dictate how it is you're supposed to
learn."
Sweeney is less resistant to the equally problematic
"Canadian film" label—in fact, he wholeheartedly
embraces it, and says it would be great if Live Bait could
spearhead a continuous stream of Canadian films at the
Fifth Avenue theatre.
Fifth Avenue proprietor Leonard Schein says he
would like to devote one of that venue's five screens to
Canadian cinema, but the film distributors wouldn't
release any during the summer.
"I just love the idea that one screen would show
Canadian films all the time," Sweeney says, "because
only three percent of films with Canadian directors, like
Live Bait, get to Canadian screens. When was the last
time you saw a Canadian film?"
Scholte agrees that Trevor is, at least at the beginning
of the film, what Margaret Atwood has called the traditional Canadian archetype: a loser. "He's a quintessential Canadian protagonist, in that he's over-educated
and an underachieves He has so much potential, he's
quite an intelligent young man, but he's trapped in a
phase of only seeing the negative.
"One of the frustrating things about working in
Vancouver," Scholte adds, "is that it's largely a service
industry. The American shows come up, and I've done
some of those, and I make a living doing that, but it's
tough as a Canadian to feel that you have ownership of
your own work when you're just ajohnny-on-the-spot for
corporate-backed shows."
On a somewhat different tack, some have even compared Live Bait to the works of Woody Allen; but the neuroses, if they are such, are curiously understated and
the resemblances are slight at best. Indeed, Sweeney
himself seems not to thrive on the same sort of neuroses that propel his New York counterpart: he had
surgery last April to remove a brain tumour—the sort of
real-life incident that would fuel a decade's worth of
Woody Allen flicks—but Sweeney says the incident hasn't had any impact at all on his work or his career, apart
from cancelling his trip to the film festival in Taos, New
Mexico.
Ah, film festivals. Live Bait sold out both its shows at the
Vancouver fest last year, and it has proved particularly
popular on the global circuit, especially at last year's
Toronto International Film Festival where Live Bait
won the $25,000
City-Tv Award
for Best Canadian Film.
Sweeney
says he's enjoyed the opportunity to travel
the world and
both catch films
that will probably never make
it to Vancouver
and have a taste
of local culture.
"I liked going to
the Rotterdam
festival a lot,"
VIRGIN ON STARDOM Tom Sholte
plays the "erectionally challenged"
Trevor in Live Bait. Richard lam photo
he says, "because I got to go to
Amsterdam, which is great, and drink really strong coffee and smoke lots of hash and hang out, look at art, and
it was really good."
Sweeney has paid for the privilege, though, by
fielding questions from audiences and reporters and
reluctantly taking a more active part in promoting the
film.
"Once you shoot your film, it's done! It's a dead issue,
I don't want to see it again! Issues of marketing leave
me kind of cold, I don't get off on it. I'm the king of
short-sighted thinking, I'm not very good at those sorts
of things. What I'm good at is just working on the film,
developing the characters, and making the film that I
want to make."
But can it really be short-sighted thinking to commit
oneself to a film that takes three years to produce? Yes,
says Sweeney. "That's a total example of short-sighted
thinking. [The film gave me] a lot of poverty, failed relationships. People like my other girlfriend would say,
'I'm saving this money for a trip, and I want you to come
on the trip,' and I'd say, 'Well, I don't have any money,
and I'm not saving any money, I'm working on this
film.'
"You're always thinking of the next step in making
the film, but I never thought about how it would go over.
Maybe I should have. The success of the film has startled me and just totally taken me by surprise." j/ 2   THE UBYSSEY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1996
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Nestle brings controversial
marketing to UBC
by Faith Armitage
Nestle is busy carving itself a niche in the cold
beverage market at UBC.
And it's using some of the same marketing
tactics that have earned it worldwide criticism.
Brent Nichols, an owner/operator for the
agency handling Nestle's field marketing, estimates his group handed out up to 5000 cans of
Nescafe Ice to students waiting in line at the
bookstore on campus in the first two weeks of
school.
Beginning in the 1970s, the World Health
Organisation (WHO), health care providers and
breast-feeding advocates initiated an international boycott of Nesde products. They objected
to Nestle's distribution of free breast-milk substitutes to new mothers, its advertising strate
gies and other market practices.
Donelda Parker teaches at the UBC School
of Nursing and is a lactation consultant. "Any
of us who particularly support breast-feeding
are keen to support the boycott of Nestle," she
says.
In the past, Parker says, Nestle marketed its
infant formula "where people don't know how
to prepare the formula and babies die or get
sick because of it."
Lack of clean drinking water and sterile
equipment, inadequate heat sources, widespread illiteracy and poverty ensured new
mothers could not meet their babies' nutritional needs with breast milk substitutes,
explains Parker.
Parker says Nestle changed many of its
practices after the boycott began. She is not
confident, however, Nestle adheres to the spirit of a voluntary WHO code to regulate breast
rnilk substitute marketing practices.
Nestle's    corporate    nutritionist    Linda
Alexander admits Nestle has been the
target of international boycotts, but
she down-plays her company's part in
the epidemic of infant deaths due to
ill-prepared formula. "Nestle was a
teeny tiny player in that market...but
we're the largest food company in the
world so because of that, we became a
scapegoat."
Alexander says Nestle recognises
that breast-feeding is best for babies
and that the corporation supports the
WHO's International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes. "If
there ever was a single employee who
did something against the WHO
code," she reassures, "we would take
care of it immediately."
Alexander says that while there
may be "pockets of people" who
maintain the boycott against Nestle,
there is currendy no official boycott.
UBC Chair of Bio-Medical Ethics
Mike Burgess says a parallel can be
drawn between Nestle's marketing
campaigns in the developing world and the
one carried out at UBC. "The obvious parallel is
you hand something out to get people to taste
it and to try to get them to buy it later on,"
explains Burgess.
But, Burgess says, there is also a critical difference. "These folks [at UBC] have a choice.
You can choose to spend your money on it, you
can decide it's too expensive or you can choose
to boycott Nesde products. If women could
make that choice in the developing world then
we wouldn't have a problem with what they do
there."
Student reaction to the Nestle give-away was
largely positive, says Nichols. "UBC's a strong
NO THIS
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IS NOT A COMMERCIAL: Chris Rampitsch gurgles
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and loyal Nescafe Ice market. It's a product I
think students want to consume."
Nesde is able to sell its cold coffee on campus because of a distribution agreement with
Coca-Cola Ltd. Last year, the Alma Mater
Society and the university struck a deal with
Coke, giving the company exclusive rights to
cold beverage sales at UBC.
AMS President David Borins regrets missing out on the Nesde giveaway. "I didn't see
them giving it out but I wish I did because I
really like that stuff."
Borins did not see any parallels between
Nesde's foreign and domestic marketing practices. "I think it's a real stretch," he said. ../
Victoria endorses Coke deal gag order
by Staff
Information and Privacy
Commissioner David Flaherty
upheld a university decision
Thursday to withhold records
regarding UBC's exclusive distribution agreement with Coca-Cola
Ltd.
Flaherty said all 179 pages of
disputed records could remain
secret because "disclosure could
be harmful to the financial or economic interests of the university
and the business interests of Cola-
Cola."
Last year Ubyssey reporter
Stanley Tromp submitted a students' petition requesting the
records be opened, citing as prece
dent two American universities
where similar deals were made
public. Flaherty, however, rejected
these factors as "irrelevant."
UBC President David Strangway vigorously defended the
deal's secrecy clause in an affidavit to Flaherty, contrary to a
1985 article he wrote in the Vancouver Sun:
"I want the university community and the public to feel that UBC
is a place with no secrets and that
information about it and its activities is open and accessible. ... If we
apply that yardstick to the academic life of the university, why
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AMS ready to pass austerity budget
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
There are few winners in this year's proposed AMS budget.
According to Director of Finance Ryan Davis, a majority
of AMS-funded groups will face cuts and had better get used
to them. "This isn't a onetime cut—for the foreseeable
future this is the budget," he said.
Those hardest hit—Joblink, Speakeasy,
Volunteer Services, AMS Programs and CiTR—will
lose $62,000 between them.
Davies said cuts in this year's budget are necessary because of a large AMS debt and budgeting
errors made last year.
Joblink director Chris Allison said a $3000 cut
to Joblink's advertising budget means fewer companies will
advertise jobs with Joblink. The cuts also mean the student
service has lost one of three part-time jobs, though Alljson
noted there shouldn't be a noticeable drop in service since
the position was filled by four volunteers.
Budget committee member Shirin Foroutan defended
the budget saying the committee did not single out any particular group for budget cuts, but had to compromise
between what the AMS could afford and what groups needed to survive.
CiTR station manager Linda Scholten said this year's
cuts will cripple the station. CiTR's scheduled $11,990 cut
"I've got students coming back to me who've
worked here for the past three or four years
and now there are no jobs for them."
Linda Scholten
Citr Station manager
from $81,990 to $70,000 will force CiTR to cut work-study
positions. Two years ago there were 13, Scholten said; this
year there will be none.
"This means major disorganization. Things won't be
done as quickly, if at all and I've got students coming back
to me who've worked here for the past three or four years
and now there are no jobs for them," Scholten told The
Ubyssey.
She also added the station won't be able to replace vital
equipment under the new budget.
"Even if we got the same amount as last year, we still
couldn't plan for the future. Our equipment is breaking
down and we don't know whether we're going to have the
money to replace it when it actually does die," she worried.
Among the few budget increases, Safewalk will get an
extra $1300 to make their allocation $19,000; student
council's funding will rise by $7,850 to $40,950 and AMS
President David Borins' budget will rise $2,800 to $31,000.
But there may be relief for cash-strapped student
groups, Davies said. Some of them may be eligible for
Innovative Projects Fund money, through which they could
receive up to $35,000 a year for three years.
Some counsellors may pass minor changes to the budget
in countil, but it will pass on Wednesday, Davies affirmed.^/
UBC CAMPUS PLAN
Plans underway for
by Desiree Adib and Irfan Dhalla
UBC plans to budd homes for 10,000 more
residents on campus, but few of those
spaces will go to students.
The ambitious project—which would be
completed by 2021—is detaded in the university's new Official Community Plan
(OCP), unveded at an open house last week.
In recent months, the scope of the OCP
has come under attack from environmentalists, the business community and students alike.
"I'm not happy about the idea of a bunch
of yuppie-housing on campus," said
Sociology graduate student Andrew
McKinnon.
Currendy, about 85 percent of campus
residents are students. Under the OCP that
number would fall to about 40 percent over
the next 30 years.
Developers admit students are unlikely
to be unable to afford space in the planned
development; up to 90 percent of the proposed housing will be sold or rented at market value.
"If it's done with 10 percent non-market
housing, it's piddling—it's nothing,"
McKinnon said.
UBC Treasurer Byron Braley said the
market housing development is critical for
the university's long-term financial security. Profits from the development, he said,
will go into the university's endowment
fund, presendy worth approximately $400
million.
The administration hopes development
will increase the endowment to $ 1 billion.
At $ 1 billion the endowment would provide
annual funds of about $60 million, which
would augment the provincial grant of
$375 million.
It's an idea the provincial government
supports. Education, Skills and Training
Minister Moe Sihota told The Ubyssey last
week that he sees the plan as a creative solution to the public funding squeeze. "It's not
something I have a problem with," he said.
He did acknowledge, however, the plan
has few provisions for students. "It is something I'm aware of. I'll speak to [the Board
of Governors] and Dr. Strangway about it,"
he said.
The OCP, which awaits final approval in
November, was developed joindy by UBC,
the Greater Vancouver Regional District
(GVRD) and Stanley Associates, a consulting
firm.
According to the GVRD, their involvement will force the university to do environmental impact assessments on all new
developments.
"At least there's something that has teeth
within the plan that says this is how you are
going to [develop]," said Joan Sprague ofthe
GVRD's Board of Directors.
But the GVRD's assurances don't placate
critics who fear the loss of the UBC's idyllic
character. "I am concerned that they are
getting rid of all the nature and the greenest
parts of the campus," said fourth-year
Conservation Biology student Shad Kelly.
The proposed development south of
16th Avenue includes a large number of
residential sub-divisions, a school, a community centre and a shopping district. The
plan cads for construction on virtually all
campus land that remains undeveloped.
ARTISTS IMPRESSION of future development on the University Endowment Lands, taken
from the OCP literature.
The expansion plans also worry UBC's
market housing pioneers at Hampton Place.
Owners are concerned continued construction will have a negative impact on real-
estate prices. Early development started in
1992 and is currendy surrounded by woodland and sports fieldsO.
Robert Shinkel is a Hampton Place resident and vocal critic of the OCP. He worries
most about the maximum height limit of 53
metres on new construction. "It's dreadful,"
he said, "It'd look like downtown
Vancouver."
But Hugh Kellas of GVRD Strategic
Planning dismissed Shinkel's concerns.
"The idea is predominantiy low-scale. There
is a market for high-rise buddings [but] it
wouldn't feel like the West End," he said.
Before the GVRD's final approval, the
public will have a chance to express their
concerns at a hearing on Tuesday, October
15, at 7:30 pm in Hebb Theatre.^/
Students caught in off-campus housing crunch
by Janet Winters
Three weeks after the start of the school year, students are
scrambling to find off-campus housing.
Housing advocates said this year's student housing
crunch is a result of Vancouver's continual low vacancy
rate, high migration levels to the city, the conversion of
rental housing into condominiums and the addition of more than 900 extra students to UBC this
fad.
Students lucky enough to find housing are also
facing high rents. It's a simple matter of supply
and demand, according to Kim Zander, community legal worker for the Tenants Rights Action
Coalition. Low vacancy rates and a really tight
rental market allow landlords to "demand high rents," she
said.
Vancouver's 1.3 percent vacancy rate is the third lowest
among major Canadian cities.
Myra Baptiste, a third year Arts student, has been
searching for a place on and off for a month. "Some places
don't want students...they think we'd have parties and trash
the house...it's frustrating," she said.
But AMS Vice-President Lica Chui said she thinks students have an advantage in looking for somewhere to live.
"A lot of landlords are looking for mature young adults who
"Some places don't want students...they
think we'll have parties and trash the
house...it's frustrating,"
Myra Baptiste
Third year arts
may be interested in living here for studying," she said.
"During the first week of school there's always going to
be a big crunch."
The AMS Rents Line, which typicady produces 80 land
lord ads a month and 800 a month during peak times, listed 200 ads in the last week of August. Chui said the line
offers students reasonable rent rates ranging anywhere
from $200 a month to $ 1500 for an entire house.
Zander said the local housing situation is only being
made worse by the federal government's recent housing
spending cuts. "The deficit hysteria has caused a lot of people to buy into the claim of the federal government not
being able to provide decent...housing."
However Cameron Gray, City of Vancouver Housing
Centre Manager, questioned the idea that the public is
"replacing a financial deficit with a social deficit" in its apathy toward providing affordable housing.
Both Zander and Gray said lobbying provincial and
municipal governments could lead to affordable off-campus
housing for students in the future.
It's a lobbying effort the AMS would support, Chui said, but
only "if there was a desire" among students.^/ 4   FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1996
resources
THE UBYSSEY
UBC women recognise and celebrate diversity
by Natasha Lena
The beginning of the 1996 academic year
also marks the beghining of several new
pilot programs developed by the Women's
Students' Office (WSO).
One such initiative is the Women of
Colour Mentoring Program (WCMP), a
ground-breaking program that specifically
addresses the needs of women students of
colour at UBC.
The main purpose of the program is to
facilitate the creation of an on-campus network of academic and social support, and a
sharing of resources for UBC's sizable
women of colour population. The WCMP
operates in conjunction with UBC's commitment to provide all students with an
optimum study and work environment.
The idea of a mentoring program for
women students of colour came about a few
years ago during the meetings of a group
called the Women of Colour for Equality,
Scholarship and Empowerment, whose
members were mainly involved at UBC or
other institutions in Vancouver. The members agreed a program that gave women
students of colour the opportunity to be
mentored by other women students, staff
and faculty members of colour, would assist
in addressing several issues.
Relevant issues include: a lack of role
models for women students of colour, the
feelings of isolation and alienation experienced by many women of colour on campus
and the need for a sense of community and
encouragement. All of these issues are compounded when a woman faces discrimination and harassment at an institution.
A firm belief in the need for safe and
supportive, sometimes even separate,
spaces underlies many of the programs
implemented by the WSO. The 1993 Report
of the Task Force on the Provision of
Counselling and Related Services for
Women Students recommended the university actively "support the role that the WSO
plays in an environment that is not always
friendly to women".
The Task Force affirmed that counselling
and advocacy were key elements in WSO
programs. In addition, the concept of diversity in services provided to women students was recognized as a major strength in
the Report.
The new mentoring program for women
students of colour responds direcdy to the
need for a different strategy focusing on
their particular issues.
The WCMP is structured around the pairing of students with compatible mentors
drawn from the student body, staff or faculty. Mentoring pairs are required to connect
with each other at least once a month. This
basic relationship will be augmented by
group activities including: the screening of
relevant films and videos once a month,
workshops on topics such as career counselling, anti-racism, self-defense and social
evenings revolving around the celebration
of women of colour in politics, academics,
the arts etc.
After a successful information session
on September 10, an orientation/registration meeting is scheduled for October 4 at
the First Nations House of Learning, from
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. In keeping with the
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THE UBYSSEY   5
Frosh and engineers mix things up;
WOOF deals with female offenders
years ago
Thursday, September 26, 1946
Alicr five ansicriiy war years, freshman hazing lias again come back
into its own.
(.roups of students, consisting
mostly of Engineers, making up for
WORLD WAR II VETERANS RETURN
More huts to house vets
Tuesday, September 24, 1946
Seven .surplus army huts at Litrlc
Mountain camp, including three
now occupied by squatter families, are expected to provide housing for 40 UBC veterans' families
this winter.
The huts were released ro the
university Saturday, as a result of
negotiations between die university Legion executive and the
rehabilitation council and the
emergency administration.
Negotiations for rhe turnover
were completed Friday, shortly
after squatters moved in on the
camp, but could nor be made
public tiien owing to the absence
of President N.A.M. MacKenzie.
The huts will be converted
into suites and rented at low cost
by the university to student: veterans with families.
The legion now has hutment
accommodation for approximately 140 ofthe 600 student veterans
with families it. plans to house this
winter.
How soon vets wiJJ be able to
take up residence in the newly
acquired quarters is not known.
Squatters now living in the huts
turned over to UBC say they "arc
here to stay."
"The students can move into
the camp but not into the suites
we occupy.''^/
lost years, began promptly at noon
on  Monday,  Tuesday and Wednesday, to punish freshmen disregarding the first year regulations.
SLOW START
Punishments took the form of
dunkings, depanting, and general
roughhousing.
On Monday hazing got off to a
slow start, although it picked up
somewhat later on.
A casualty count after the first
hour listed If first year students
dunked and 1 depanted, against
five upper year men dunked.
On Tuesday fighting was quite
heavy, with reinforced freshmen
taking the offensive and inflicting
heavy casualties on the Science-
men. Preliminary casualties lists
show that 11 Sciencemen were
dunked as against only 5 freshmen.
WOOF IN ACTION
During the same period many
freshettes were punished for infractions of the law. WOOF's
[Women's undergraduate society
Orders Out Frivolity] roamed the
campus in small compact groups
meting out punishment to any
wayward freshette. Although tiieir
punishment  did  not  consist  of
WHEN ENGINEERS tanked their fellow students in 1946, other faculties
fought back.
dunking, many were daubed with
green lipstick, and others were
made to sing for the spectators.
In spite of die fierceness of the
hazing, sciencemen have been
adhering to the Versailles Treaty on
the treatment of freshmen.
Before any dunking watches,
spectacles and wallets were carefully removed.
On Wednesday die campus was
shocked to hear ofthe disappearance
of the engineers. However the raving mob of red shirts was replaced
by a marauding band of upper year
artsmen and aggies. Total casualties:
Frosh-nil Science-men-nil—innumerable lone engineers dragged
from peaceful meditation, depanted,
and thoroughly WATER-logged. jf
New trends: The Canadian woman
Tuesday, September 14, 1971
The Canadian woman, what is it?
"It's our story—the story of our
history and an analysis of our present situation," says Anne Petrie,
co-ordinator of die Alma Mater
Society's women's studies program, The Canadian Woman: Our
Story.
The program consists of a 20-
lecture series beginning Sept. 28 at
7 pm in the SUB ballroom.
Each evening's session will be
open to both men and women,
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and made up of an hour lecture or
panel discussion followed by small
seminars which will discuss specific
issues raised in the evening's lecture.
"The program will try to deal
with botii die psychological and
political implications of women's
position as second-class citizens
and less than human beings," said
Petrie.
"We will be working from the
basic biological questions, dirough
the socialization of the child and
adolescent and then discuss various
other more general topics such as
love and sexuality, consumerism
and the women's liberation movement."
The program started with
$5000 Opportunities for Youth
grant from the federal government
last summer.
The seven women involved in
or
planned only to establish both the
need and desire for such a course
on campus and present a model
course oudine to senate where curriculum changes and new courses
are approved, said Petrie.
"However, after doing several
weeks of interviews with faculty
and students it became apparent
that such courses should be made
available this session for bodi students on campus and people in the
Vancouver community," she said.
"This course should not have to
be presented by the AMS," said
Petrie.
"It should be presented for
credit by the university administration.
"As the system of university
rewards goes, a student should not
have to give his or her time voluntarily in order to study a contemporary subject which has already
received serious academic attention—witness the women's caucus
of the 'venerable' Modern
Languages Association," she said.
"To this end we have started on
die process which we hope will
lead to the eventual accreditation
of this course."
Warrant issued for Quebec patriot
Tuesday, September 14, 1971
MONTREAL (CUP)—A warrant is out for the arrest
of Quebec intellectual Pierre Vallieres after he chose
not to "submit interminably to fake political trials"
and went underground Sept. 7.
Vallieres failed to appear in court Sept. 7 to have a
trial date set and Crown Prosecutor Stephen Cuddihy
announced a bench warrant had automatically been
issued for his arrest.
The warrant was originally suspended until Sept.
27, the tentative trial date, but the suspension was lifted when Vallieres released a communique saying it is
necessary to take the initiative in overthrowing the
government of Quebec, rather than submit to the
government's initiative.
The communique, received Friday by the French-
language daily tabloid Montreal Matin, bore the letterhead of the oudawed Front de Liberation du
Quebec.
It said Vallieres had gone underground "because to
overcome, it is necessary to know how to take the
offensive and to determine ourselves the place and
form ofthe struggle."
Vallieres, who has spent the last four years in jail
appealing various charges of FLQ activity without
being convicted, faces trial on charges arising out of
the War Measures Act.
His previous charges have been dropped and he is
now accused of seditious conspiracy and membership
in the FLQ.
His co-defendants, teacher Charles Gagnon and former broadcaster Jacques Larue-Langlois were acquitted
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A brief has been submitted to
the agenda committee of the senate for referral to the curriculum
committee which will then present
it back to the senate.
"At this point it is important
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THE UBYSSEY 7
Is murder the
Fourteen years after being sentenced,
activist and writer Mumia Abu-Jamal
sits on death row/ awaiting an appeal
many hope will grant him a new trial.
The tension mounts...
by Jamie Woods
IT IS AUGUST 1995. ONLY TEN DAYS REMAIN BEFORE MUMIA
Abujamal is to be executed in the electric chair. Shazia Islam—a UBC
undergrad—stands in the pouring rain on Georgia Street, raUying an
angry crowd with a speech that echoes off the walls
of the office towers above. Hers is one of thousands of voices across North America, denouncing
a system that would condemn a social activist to
death.
On the other side of the continent in Reading,
Wisconsin, another crowd watches as a plane soars
through the sky, the message "Addison Wesley publishes a convicted cop killer," stretched in its wake
for all to see. Along with the Fraternal Order of
Police, the US national police union, Maureen
Faulkner organised the event to highlight the
national boycott of Jamal's publisher.
Faulkner has her reasons. On a fateful night in
1981, her hushand, Officer Daniel Faulkner, lay in
a Philadelphia street dying of gunshot wounds.
Jamal, himself shot in the stomach, slumped next to
the officer. Police forensic squads confirmed the
bullet that killed Faulkner was "consistent" with a
.38, the calibre that Jamal carried.
On the evidence presented, she believes Jamal
feUed her husband Daniel. Faulkner and the
Fraternal Order of Police are now heading a well
funded national campaign to see through Jamal's
execution.
"Danny no longer has freedom of speech.
Neither should his killer," she says.
But not everybody is convinced Jamal killed
Faulkner.
"Mumia is not a cop killer," says Islam. "If justice
is about sending an innocent man to the chair,
using false evidence...then we have a warped sense
of justice, or perhaps, that's not justice at all."
PROTESTERS MARCH along Robson St. in support
of Mumia Abu-Jamal, July 1995.
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HAVING GROWN UP IN THE GHETTOES OF PHILADELPHIA, JAMAL
became politically active at age 14. Whde upstaging a rally of presidential candidate George Wallace, Jamal was attacked by a mob.
"Four Afros amid a sea of blonds, brunettes and redheads," remembers Jamalin Live from Death Row, "entering the citadel of urban white
racist sentiment to confront the Alabaman."
Appealing to a cop didn't help; the officer proceeded to boot him in
the face. But it wasn't an entirely negative experience; as Jamal puts it:
"I have been thankful to that faceless cop ever since, for he kicked me
straight into the Black Panther Parry."
Considered "the greatest threat to the internal security of the nation"
by then-FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, the Black Panthers rose to prominence by actively promoting Black self-determination and self-defence.
Armed with hand guns, handouts and the words of Algerian revolutionary Frantz Fanon, their message spread like wildfire through inner-city
America, mobilising the hearts and minds of communities long held
captive by the poverty and oppression of what the Panthers described as
"systematic racism."
To the government, the media and the white middle and upper class,
they were anti-white communist terrorists, and they needed to be subdued.
Jamal co-founded the Panthers' Phdadelphia chapter. His oratory
skills and clarity of thought impressed the right people, and before
long, he became the chapter's spokesperson and the editor ofthe Parly's
newsletter.
It wasn't long before the authorities noted the young upstart.
Speaking out in 1968 against the police murder of fedow Panther
Fred Hampton, Jamal used Mao's phrase "Political power flows from
the barrel of a gun" to express his outrage at the "pigs." Fifteen years
later, the quote was dug from FBI fdes and used in the prosecution's
case during Jamal's trial.
In the 1970s, Chief of Police Frank Rizzo threatened
Jamal for his commentaries on "racism and brutality" perpetrated by the Phdadelphia police.
When elected mayor, he hadn't forgotten Jamal,
saying that his breed of journalism "needed to be
stopped by any means."
When the Panthers were torn apart by internal
bickering and a successful FBI infiltration program, Jamal began to lean toward radio journalism.
Philadelphia was a beacon for lively DJ's in the
19 70's, and Jamal fit nicely into the set-up at CUWY.
His commitment to Philly's marginalised communities     remained
"While walking to work
tion to Live from Death Row. Massive political upheaval in the early
1990s put an end to apartheid and the gulags, and prison rates have
since dropped in those countries. The highest rate of imprisonment in
the world now belongs to the United States. And despite comprising only
11 percent ofthe national population, 40 percent of those on death row
in the United States are black.
It is a reflection ofthe marginalised state of black America. According
to Glenn Omatsu in The State of Asian America, through the 1980s, the
overall African American
median income was
57 percent that of
Whites. By  1990
nearly half of all
African
American
children
grew
up
in one case, Sabo went as far as urging the prosecutor to introduce evidence, as it "would be helpful to a conviction."
The jury, one of whom was a confessed racist, wasn't any more sympathetic. With only one black member on a 12 person jury, in a city with
a 40 percent black popu-
There are more than
in
the US, and a
University of Florida
study found that  v ^
an
African American or
Latino was the victim.
"MUMIA IS NOT A COP KILLER," says Shazia Islam. "If justice is about sending an innocent man to
using false evidence, then we have a warped sense of justice." lou jones photo
one day, I passed in
front of an idling cop
car," writes Jamal.
strong. To the
extent that it ended
up costing him his
job. His employers
felt that he lacked
objectivity; Jamal
felt he was doing
what he needed to
do.
The Philadelphia
Tribune listed Jamal
among the "81 people to watch in '81,"
as he continued his
work as a broadcaster for cornrnunity
radio.
Because of his
open criticism of
the Phdadelphia
police department,
Jamal felt like a
marked man.
"While walking
to work one day, I
passed in front of
an idling cop car,"
writes Jamal. "I glanced at the driver—white, with brown hair, and wearing dark shades. He 'srrdled', put his hand out the car window, and
pointed a finger at me, his thumb cocked back like the hammer of a gun:
bang—bang—bang..."
AT FIRST, JAMAL'S COMMENT THAT POLICE ARE "AGENTS OF WHITE
ruling-class, capitalist will—period" seems like an annoying exaggeration. But an overview of the American criminal justice system suggests
that his point warrants closer consideration.
In 1980, South Africa and the Soviet Union led the world in rates of
citizens imprisoned, according to John Edgar Wideman in his introduc-
l.-Cv. -__ He 'smiled', put
his hand out the car
window, and pointed a
finger at mef.S   .icv.Lj
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hammer of a gun:
bang—bang—bang..."
in poverty. According to the Sentencing Project, 2 3 percent of ad African
American males between ages 20-29 were either incarcerated, on probation or on parole.
As the Rodney Ring incident highlighted, however, there is more to
crime than the desperate measures of the growing American underclass. The racism that has traditionally plagued American police forces
shows no sign of letting up; there are more than 650 cases of police brutality per month in the US, and a University of Florida study found that
in 9 7 percent of cases of police brutality, an African American or Latino
was the victim.
FOURTEEN YEARS AND THREE DENIED APPEALS AFTER HIS ORIGINAL
conviction, Mumia Abu-Jamal sits and waits, knowing that he may do
nothing else for the rest of his life. A new trial is his only hope.
And considering the process of justice that locked him away, it's not
an unreasonable one.
"Anyone who has ever met [Jamal] is immediately impressed with
the utter humanity ofthe man and the complete unlikelihood of his having shot and killed Officer Faulkner," says Leonard Weinglass, Jamal's
defence lawyer. His statement is backed up by the fact that the coroner
said the bullet pulled from Faulkner's brain was from a .45; the police
forensic squad had declared the bullet to be "consistent" with a .38 calibre. The bullet, then, that killed Officer Faulkner, must have come from
a gun other than Jamal's.
Under the American constitution, the accused is guaranteed the right
to fair representation and a fair trial. Jamal got neither. Denied permission to represent himself in his first trial, he was assigned a lawyer who
confessed to being unwilling to try the case, and who has since been
debarred for incompetence. Having objected to the appointment, Jamal
was booted from the courtroom for most of his trial. But it probably
made no difference, according to Weinglass.
"The court adocated only $ 150 pretrial to the defence for the investigation of the case," writes Weinglass in the afterword to Live From
Death Row. Police investigators, on the other hand, conducted more
than 125 witness interviews.
On the bench sat a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Police,
Judge Albert Sabo, a judge who leads the nation in death row convictions
with 32, of whom 31 were black. In conducting a review of 3 5 Sabo trials. The Philadelphia Inquirer concluded that he favoured prosecutors—
lation, a guilty verdict
took only an afternoon of
deliberation.
And, to be fair, on the
evidence presented, they
probably made the right
decision.
Two prosecution witnesses who  claimed to
hear Jamal confess while
waiting in the hospital
didn't mention they were
friends of the murdered
officer. And that they had
revealed the confession,
for the first time, after
meeting with police over
two months after the murder. The prosecution also
used testimony from a
witness who changed his story for the trial. The man originally told the
police that he saw the shooter—a man of over 220 pounds—flee the
scene. The same witness told the court that the shooter walked a few
steps and sat on the pavement where Jamal was found. The jury
never knew that this witness was, at the time, on parole. He was the
only witness to the shooting.
"A prostitute who was working in the same area that night testified she was offered the same deal as the prosecution's witness," writes Weinglass. "Immunity from arrest by the police
in return for her testimony against [Jamal]."
After Jamal was found gudry, Judge Sabo asked the jury
to decide whether to impose the death penalty. Having
allowed the prosecution to cross-examine Jamal on the basis
of his political background with the Panthers, Judge Sabo
the chair,      aUowed the prosectution to paint Jamal, who had no previous
criminal record, as a man who waited his whole life to kill a
cop.
"Did you or did you not say that political power flows from
the barrel of a gun," asked the prosecutor.
In a letter to then Pennsylvania Attorney General Ernest D. Preate,
Amnesty International Secretary General Ian Martin wrote that the
human rights monitor group was "gravely concerned that the jury in
this case may have drawn adverse inferences from the references to the
nature of [Jamal's] views or affiliations in the past."
Some recent court cases with constitutional violations similar to
Jamal's have been overturned. In 1992, the death sentence of a member
ofthe Aryan Brotherhood was overturned because the prosecution used
his affiliation with the group to rouse outraged sentiments with the jury.
The fact that Jamal's association with the Black Panthers was used con-
stanfly in the prosecution's case meant nothing to the Pennsylvania
Supreme Court, which refused to hear Jamal's appeal.
Jamal needs more than his death sentence overturned, argues Huma
Ahmad, a Colour Connected collective member.
"If he doesn't have his death sentence overturned, it may not mean
that he's out of prison," says Ahmad. "He needs a new trial and he needs
the new evidence to be brought in."
BUT WHY IS JAMAL'S CASE IMPORTANT?
"He is innocent," answers Islam. "In the end we're all affected by
injustice and if we allow injustice to thrive...all there will be is widespread panic, widespread fear, widespread hate, all the time, every
time. I want to procure the future for my children. I want them to grow
up in an environment where they can be themselves and think the way
they want to."
Islam was one of about 100 people who got drenched as they gathered downtown on Georgia Street. After speeches, the crowd marched
down several city blocks, picking up momentum and sympathisers
along the way.
The more people hear about Jamal, it seems, the more likely they are
to sympathise with his case. Ahmad feels that awareness is half the batde.
"There needs to be more awareness in general in the mass population with how the system, how the government oppresses groups of
minorities, and those who do not fit in with the mainstream," says
Ahmad. "[Jamal] is a perfect example of what happens to people who
become conscious of how they're oppressed and then try to change
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The stars and striped
Mumia AbtHJamari-^ive IWun DeaA Row
by Jamie Woods
Mumia Arjujamal doesn't have to worry about his kids
being ignorant; the kids he hasn't hugged in fourteen
years have become highly politicised. But in Uve&omDeathRow,hevmnr
ders what it will take to change the perceptions shaping the society that
separates him from them.
In describing a drug raid on an aging African American woman's
house m Philadelphia, he considers the social forces behind destroying a
house on suspicion of narcotics. Jamal concludes that a white woman hi
the same circumstances would not have faced the same nightmare.
Reflecting on the helpless rage that consumed the victim, Jamal considers Martin Luther King's turn-the<)fher-cheek brand of resistance as tailor made for a state trying to pacify its people.
Not that Jamal advocates retaliatory violence. But he unabashedly
champions the spread of revolutionary consciousness. Deriving inspiration from Malcolm X, Jamal calls for defiance, confrontation, and con-,
tempt for a legal system that he says suits only the needs of those who can
afford to manipulate it "Malcolm X stood for—and died for—human rights
of self defence and a people's self determination, not for 'civil' rights,
which, as the Supreme Court has indeed shown, changes from day to day,
case to case, administration to administration"
Jamal says that like the 38 Panthers gunned down by the police in cot
laboration with the FBI, he has suffered for following the path blazed by
the revolutionary African American socialists. But he doesn't renounce or
regret his past Instead he pays tribute to Huey Newton, one ofthe most
inspired black intellectuals and revolutionaries of a generation, and won
ders why the academic community had no place for his talents. Blaming
the US ruling class, to whom "the stirring of black life into liberational
activity proved too much," Jamal shows that he has Utile patience for those
raised on Jim Palmer. Bob Barker, and Wonderbread.
He feels that in prison, exposed constantly to brutality, one does not
learn from one's lessons. By the time of their release, prisoners are dehu
manisedhava^been'wai^usedinavatihatseare •
Jamal is an engaging and evocative writer. But his book isn't perfect
He goes too far when he rationalises drug addiction as a phenomenon perpetrated by a government fearing an upsurge of revolutionary consciousness.
Rants are the exception in this book, however. Tempering his anger
with word games and an often goofy and nostalgic humour, Jamal puts a
human face on his fury.
And considering that he struggles with twenty-three hours of solitary
confinement per day, it's remarkable that he's managed to keep a human
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sep 14 at the starfish room
Yuko and Miko, members of
New York's acclaimed "hip-bop"
group Cibbo Malto, tread new
ground with their latest side
project. Butter 08. Boasting several members of the Jon
Spencer Blues explosion in its
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and 70s guitar licks. Their
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The Cibbo Matto members
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With Yuko on vocals, Miko on
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Butter 08 set the evening's tone
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theatrical attempts to move the
crowd. Yuko didn't so much
sing as wail into the microphone. The lead and bass guitarists practically did the lambada with their instruments up to
the frantic end, when most
members ofthe group had leapt
at least six inches off the ground
— as did this reviewer, who had
a blast, j
SARAH MCLACHLAN (center) capped off a near perfect day of music at the Lilith Fair last Saturday. McLachlan told a screaming,
swooning, all-age crowd that she considered herself a Vancouverite, shrugging off the on-again off-again rain over Nat Bailey
Stadium. She ended her set—which included a duet with Paula Cole-with two encores alone, at the piano. The concert was
Vancouver's first all-day, all-woman festival.
Nana Mouskouri wasn't at the fair, but the crowd was happy enough to hear Lisa Loeb's (bottom left) acoustic set of 90s style bubble
gum music. Michelle McAdorey (top left) all but forgot about her Crash Vegas days for this set., chris nuttall-smith photo
Latin Nirvana: smells like Gipsy spirit
by Janet Winters
The Gipsy Kings
Sept 15 at Nat Bailey Stadium
8500 very diverse (and polite) fans—from infants to
the elderly—showed up at Nat Bailey Stadium last
Sunday to sway to the Latin sounds of The Gipsy Kings.
Though not as famous for their radio play as for being
heard in nearly every Mexican, Greek and Italian restaurant, the Gipsy Kings have an intensely loyal following.
Unlike many other artists, the Kings got an exciting
reaction from their receptive audience at the beginning of every song.
The Gipsy Kings are to Latin music what Nirvana
was to grunge, setting off a worldwide interest in a
newly popularised genre. However, while the Seattle
rock band spawned a slew of wannabes, the Gipsies
still hold a virtual monopoly on their respective sound
in the popular market.
Much of the show highhghted material from their
latest album, a disappointment to fans of their older
selections. 'Djobi Djoba,' arguably their best song, was
left out along with a few other classics. But an already
energized crowd became livelier as the Kings dished
out their earlier tunes, beginning with 'Une Amour.'
Their 11-piece ensemble, including six acoustic guitars and an impressive percussion section, countered
the myth that "less is more." Some of the group's
music had the rare effect of moving its listeners emotionally.
The Gipsy Kings' wide array of songs—though some
might accuse them all of sounding the same—sharply
contrast jubilance ('Baila Me') and extreme melancholy (especially the instrumental selections). Played
live, they are clear, crisp and draw a passionate connection with the audience. It is likely only a matter of
time before the group's music appears on a film
soundtrack. The lyrics don't really need to be understood; the music stands on its own.
The Gipsy Kings finished their show with the
anthem 'Bamboleo,' packing the floor with hands clapping in the air. But although the sound and weather
were fine, it should be said that the Kings would be better suited to an intimate indoor concert, where their
sophistication could be better appreciated, j
BAMBOL-EH-O: the Gipsy Kings bring their folsy Latin sound to
Canada, richard lam photo FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1996
culture
THE UBYSSEY   9
A Shepardian bucket of rain water in the face
by James Rowley
A LIE OF THE MIND
at Frederic Wood Theatre until Sep 28
Finally! An actor-driven play at the Freddy
Wood.
Uncluttered with period costumes, unfamiliar dialects or sophisticated technical
upstaging devices, A Lie of the Mind lets
UBC's student actors play.
In the pre-show silence we examine a
nearly bare stage: two simple, platformed
"playing areas," one for each family, separated by a shallow slope. There's a fence
running along the upstage wall and, given
the sarcastic "Love Thy Neighbour" theme
running through the play, the wood's
blood-stained look may not be unintentional.
The opening, electrifying moments set a
dark, violent and Shepardian "should I be
laughing at this" charge through the theatre.
As we search for the first hint of light to hit
the stage, we hear a voice. It's an ordinary,
untheatrical voice speaking into a phone,
but it's among us. The full moon appears
and Jake, on a payphone suspended in
limbo beyond the fence, finally answers his
brother. He's upset, poor guy, because he
thinks he's beaten his wife to death.
"Brace yourselves" indeed.
Sam Shepard's plays, now enjoying a
kind of cult popularity, borrow heavily from
his own relationship with an air force father
who tried ramming "a notion of what it was
to be a 'man'" down his throat. Although Lie
is far from an one-issue play, it's hard to
imagine a more visceral exploration of the
inescapable prograniming of the (North)
American male ideal, its contradictions and
destructive power.
With brutal, ironic humour Shepard provides consistently concrete detail and
intense needs for every character. This
means an actor rarely has to search for a
drive to action, but must avoid lapsing into
obvious, generalised emotion. This student
cast is up to the challenge. Even on
Wednesday's preview night the performances were so strong the characters so
specific and the action so compelling, it
makes more sense to mention the weaknesses, mild though they are: Raugauhaan
Yu's portrayal of Jake is self-conscious and
dissolves into generalised cuteness a little
too often to let us believe in his violent edge,
and Dawn Petten as Lorraine, Jake's mother, lets her brilliant physical characterisation overpower her character's needs.
Credit is due to a design team who
knows how to support a company without
overshadowing it, but I suspect much of the
responsibility for the play's success lies*
with director Stephen Malloy. A member of
UBC's Theatre faculty, his influence can be
detected in the overall power of the play,
though not in any heavy handed specifics.
He helps good actors fulfil their potential.
Parts of the preview did tend to drag,
particularly those scenes among Jakes family, but the production has begun on an altogether different plane than anything we saw
last year at UBC and, once the cast finds its
feet, these lulls should evaporate.
The play is long, but its final scenes are
worth the lost sleep. Besides, the seats are
comfy and the brownies are yummy.
If you've never seen a play on campus
before, now's the time to start, j
My puppy
has fleas
BUG! -BUG! [Iron Music]
Although the press pack contains a "Just Say No To
Drugs" blurb, everything about this CD, from the
psychedelic colour-it-in-yerself poster, complete with
magic markers, to the music itself, reeks of psychedelia, which is appropriate, considering the fact that
this is rave music. And serious raving involves serious indulging in the mood-altering mind-expanding
drug known as Ecstacy. In other words, raving is an
end-of-the-miUenium version of "Tune in, turn on,
and drop out" minus the "drop out" bit.
For those who don't know, raves began in London
sometime towards the end of the 80s as a peaceful,
non-violent alternative to the fractious, excessively
violent culture which had developed on Britain's
football terraces. Technopop was the music of choice
which fueled this retreat from the real risk of serious
personal injury offered by the prevailing youth culture. Ecstacy, a synthetic mescaline analogue, was
central to the rave experience.
Excessive psychedelic use does pose a small problem, however: its users tend to fall into a sort of
quasi-mystical messianic state such that their every
silly thought becomes an earth-shattering revelation
with which to save humanity. To wit, BUGI's press
release declares that "this is the BUG! that will infest
your soul with the keys to unlocking the eternal
source of the spirit of the free people. Viva Bugus
Bugum! Hail the free people! Don't use drugs, we
have BUG!"
Sorry, guys. Appears to me like you already did
one bug too many. Loved the CD, though.^/
— Andy Barham
Skinny Puppy—Brap
It's a safe bet anyone
who owns a Skinny
Puppy album hasn't
listened to it in a
long time. Thus the
group has released
Brap, a two-CD compilation of studio
and live recordings
culled primarily from the 1980s.
Parts of this overly lengthy album are a waste of
space. The first tracks on both CDs are, literally, 20
minutes of nothing—really, not a sound. Perhaps the
band is preparing the listener for its scary journey
into noise. At best, portions of the album would fit
well in to a horror movie score.
The second track 'Uranus Cancelled' is a weak
collaboration of synthesisers, with the occasional
drill for an industrial effect. The only selection that
really works is the eerie 'Jackhammer.'
If Skinny Puppy albums do have any useful purpose, it would be as background Halloween music
with which to scare the trick-or-treaters. The
Vancouver group, unlike the now mainstream 54-
40, does not represent the best of 1980s underground music. If you want to expand your classic
alternative music section, try The Sisters of Mercy or
The Jesus and Mary Chain. »/
—Janet Winters
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ubyssey
September 20, 1996 • volume 78 issue 5
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"King" Richard "The Brave' Lam
shoots and scores. Chris "Goes to the End
zone' Nuttall-Smith fumbles the ball. Ian
"Hawk" Gunn snags the cross. Scott
"Wayward" Hayward throws the javelin.
Federico "Zorro" Barahona dribbles the
ball and passes it to Pete Santos "Zico"
Jawier. Jamie "Hard Knocking" Woods
tees off. Neal "The Razor" Razzell chop-
blocks. Mike "Tango" Stanger high-steps.
Andy "Brawlin" Barham crushes a
Guiness can on his head. Janet
'Snowball" Winter skies hell's souths-
lope. Irfan "Lama" Dhalla meditates in
the owner's box. Jim "Howling" Rowley
rumbles, bumbles, and stumbles.
Richelle "Sunny" Rae makes the high-
post entry. Desiree "Dear" Adib singles
up the middle. Joe "Mean" Clark gives his
sweaty towel to a little kid. Peter T.
"Sugarlips" Chattaway argues with the
umpire. Sarah "Don't call me Rosie"
O'Donnell takes a lickin' and keeps on
tickin'. "Sister" Faith Armitage high-fives
Natasha "Smiley" Lena. Ben "High" Koh
smashes. Wolf "Freakshow" Depner lays
out. Nick "Mountain" Bouton
ices the puck.
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Robbing Peter to pay's appalling
The AMS has been singing from the Reform
Parry hymn book.
How else to explain the blind zeal with
which funding to student groups has been
hacked this year?
In the budget expected to be approved this
Wednesday, the AMS budget committee has
carved some $62,000 dollars from a handful
of clubs and service—notable amongst them
the highly-successful Joblink and the five
resource groups, which any student who
voted in the AMS referendum last January
expected to get more money this year.
To take Joblink as an example, in this disastrous summer for student employment,
Joblink was one of the few student employment centres in BC to report an increase—a
remarkable 30 percent increase—in job postings from last summer. Joblink has been a
success, and it has served students well. The
organisation's director attributed part of that
success to its amplified advertising campaign. But next week's AMS budget plans to
cut that advertising budget by $3000. How
Joblink is expected to repeat its performance
next year remains unclear.
The AMS's argument, which it makes eloquently, is that they cannot spend beyond
their means. Income is down, the odd
accounting goof was made and demands on
the AMS purse are up. Despite which,
expenses should not—must not—exceed revenues.
In itself, this is not something we have any
beef with; we too have to, and manage to, live
within our budget. Government should most
certainly do the same.
The point that has been regularly missed,
though, is that a whopping $85,000 of AMS
expenditure this year is to debt repayment.
That's up from a scheduled $50,000 after
some brief consideration at a council meeting this July.
This touching desire to repay the debt
boarders on the obsessive, because what was
almost completely overlooked in council's
deep and penetrating deliberation, and in
subsequent discussion of the subject is that
the debt is only to ourselves. Us.
There is no large bank with usurious loan
rates banging on the door. The AMS is the
bank. Student's council has, for the past couple of years, borrowed from itself to cover its
deficit spending.
In happier financial times than these, the
AMS managed to squirrel away a tidy investment portfolio sizable enough to have
returned $119,000 in interest in the
1995/96 fiscal year.
It is from these reserves that the AMS has
borrowed. And it is to these reserves that
council is gripped with the desire to repay
$85,000 this year.
The only thing that money is costing the
AMS is investment income—$10,000 at the
most.
fc t it LCI.O
It is costing student groups a great deal
more.
When painting the rousing mission statement over the doors to the AMS offices,
someone absentaindedly forgot the words
"huge investment portfolio."
It's also worth noting in all this that the
AMS's own budget has not been dramatically
affected.
There is a cut of more than $22,000 in
this year's student government allocation,
but last year's student government happily
ran—according to their own figures—more
than $18,000 over budget. To what consequence is not immediately apparent. But you
can rest assured that somebody got a reasonably sternly-worded voice-mail about it.
So, leading from the front as any good government should be seen to do, the AMS has
cut itself back by $22,000. What happens if
they spend, say, $22,000 over budget is anybody's guess. What's the betting, though, that
student groups find out this time next year.
Preston Manning may be worried about
his party's fortunes in the run-up to next
year's federal election, but he can take some
pride in the knowledge that a generation of
young radicals in student government at UBC
is merrily singing his fiscally conservative
song.
All together now: "Dear Lord and Father of
mankind, forgive our foolish ways, reclothe
us in our rightful mind..."
Them and us
Philip Resnick, Department of
Political Science, betrayed his
dislike of women when interviewed by The Ubyssey Tuesday.
His contention that affirmative action in UBC hiring policy
is discriminating "is obviously
not going to be welcomed by
certain groups like NAC and
LEAF and the rest of them..."
said Resnick. How often have
women and minorities heard the
comtempt in the tossed off
"them" of the white male who
believes in the "us" of his own
species?
The words shame you,
Resnick.
Nancy Horsman
Former Assistant Director,
Women Students Office
UBC to UVic
for SI0.25
If you need to travel between the
University of Victoria and UBC, it
is possible to do the whole trip by
public transit. It takes between 5
and 6 hours from bus loop to bus
loop either way, and the cost,
including the walk on ferry rate,
is $10.25. Commercial buses
and the subsequent public
connections may or may not
save you half an hour, and the
cost is at least $7.00 more for
about the same thing.
From UVic, the #26 Cross-
town connects with the #70 Pat
Bay Highway (fare: $2.25—a two-
zoner, dontcha know), which
stops right in front of the Swartz
Bay Terminal. This leg of the trip
takes a little over an hour. Both
routes have half-hour service
during the day.
The actual ferry ride (fare:
$6.50) and after-docking pleasantries at the Tsawwassen
Terminal should still leave you
enough time to catch the #641
(fare: $1.50) tto the Ladner
exchange. I'm told the drivers
will wait for slightly late ferries
on the Vancouver side, but the
Victoria drivers, unfortunately,
are not quite as accommodating.
From there, you transfer to
the #601 and then transfer again
at 41st to the #41  UBC bus,
which takes you to the campus,
all in about an hour and a half
after hitting the terra firma.
The connections work much
the same going the other way.
One advantage to this strategy is
that you miss some of the rush
hour traffic thanks to bus lanes.
It's not the kind of thing one
should do with anything more
than carry-on luggage, but it is
emminently doable.
BobWakuhch
UVic alumni
For our integrity
and yours
The last paragraph of our letter, "US imperialist butchers
hands off Iraq!," was badly garbled as printed in the September
10, 1996 issue of The Ubyssey,
making it meaningless. For our
integrity and yours, why don't
you reprint the last paragraph of
our letter as submitted, which
read as follows:
"In the aftermath of the
destruction of the Soviet Union—
a degenerated workers state—the
imperialist rulers around the
world see nothing standing in
the way of their system of unbridled exploitation, poverty and
war. As rivalries between the
competing imperialist powers
increase internationally, the
racist rulers wage war against
the working class, the poor,
young people, immigrants and
Native people at home and rain
cruise missiles down on Iraq
abroad. The Trotskyist/Ligue
trotskyste fights to build a revolutionary internationalist workers party to overthrow the imperialist rulers and build an egalitarian socialist society. The
Spartacus Youth Clubs fight to
win students to the side of the
international working class and
to become active partisans in its
struggles against the imperialist
bombers who starve the poor at
home and Iraqis abroad.
Workers of the world unite!"
For students who'd like to
know more about the Spartacus
Youth Club and our upcoming
events, call us at 687-0353.
Sean James, Arts 4
for the Spartacus Youth (Hub
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THE UBYSSEY   1 1
Feeling dirty about General Motors Place
1 feel dirty. Really dirty. Like Pontius Pilate, unable to
wash the blood of Christ off his hands, I can't wash off
the naked greed that has attached itself to me after visiting General Motors Place. My fiancee and myself
recently went to see a Vancouver VooDoo Roller-
Hockey game, ostensively to do some research into the
reasoning behind building GM place and the need to
create this "world-class" playpen for Vancouver's elite.
And let's face it - that is who this playpen is for - the
elite. For two average people, a"night" (actually two
hours) on the town cost $80.00 - 2 tickets, 1 program,
2 beers, 2 cokes, 1 hot-dog, 1 natchos and a large popcorn plus parking at $1.50/hour (for which we had to
buy three tickets or else face a $40.00 parking fine). All
"world-class" prices to visit a "world-class" facility.
Why? Why this need to build a "world-class" facility?
More importantly, why this need to be "world-class"?
Does the building of such civic monuments make a city
"world-class", or is it the quality of life within that city
which implies its class in relation to the world? How
does one measure "world-class"? Whose interests are
served by a city's pursuit of this elusive "world-class"
status? Does everyone benefit or a select few?
I have some serious doubts about Vancouver being
a "world-class" city or whether GM Place, a "world-
class" facility, was built for the use of the city's residents. First of all, Vancouver is not a "world-class" city
in terms of size. Population wise, in North America we
are about the size of Portland or Memphis, and in the
world we are no larger than the 560th largest city or so
(hard to measure with all the wars, disease, problems,
etc., ongoing). Second, GM Place was not built for the
masses. Most season tickets are snapped up by businesses who use them as complimentary tickets for
clients or for their own benefit. Those that are left over
are so expensive as to be priced out of range of an ordinary personis capability.
Let's face it - GM Place was built to make money. The
rationale for building it was because the old Coliseum
did not have enough luxury boxes, which is the life-
blood of any sports franchise (or so it seems). To keep
the team competitive, i.e. afford ludicrous salary
demands, the team needs to maintain a high revenue
influx, so luxury boxes, concession control, parking
control, etc. are necessary. Fine. I do not have a problem with this. I also do not have a problem with the
business sector ponying up money as well. General
Motors paid a pretty (though undisclosed) penny for
PERSPECTIVE
by Gordon Plummer
the name GM Place. Inside, Air Canada et al dole out
millions to get their name plastered everywhere - the
Air Canada Drink Holders, the Air Canada Club (what,
no official McDonalds Toilet Seat Cover?). What galls
me is that the government actually contributed to this
naked pursuit of greed by the Griffiths family. The project absorbed civic resources yet only the elite (those
who can afford it) can enjoy what they are already paying for. Our government gave the Griffiths any combination of free or cheap land, cheap rent, public funds
for construction, low taxes, zoning concessions, etc. in
order to help get GM Place built. The Griffiths in turn
built Livingstone Park. While the park is indeed a lovely place, to me this is not an equitable trade-off.
However, when one looks at it from a business side,
could we really afford to lose the Canucks to, say,
Portland? A sports team and its facility are badges of a
city's stature, of its honor, and are used to attract
media attention and therefore tourist attention to the
city. The people who have the most to gain by GM Place
being built and the Canucks staying are those in the
tourism and hospitality areas, people with a stake in
local real estate and construction and those who would
gain from a rise in local land values. It is also a part of
a grand-plan to bring families back to downtown with
these huge value-added culture and consumption
palaces, including the grand new troika of the Metro
Library, the Ford Center for the Performing Arts and
GM Place.
When one looks at it from a humanitarian side, the
answer is quite different. I do not have a problem with
GM Place being "world-class" if none of my tax dollars
were used to build, yet they were. Don't get me wrong
- it really is a nice place. But afterleaving this "world-
clas" facility I passed through the old Woodsworth section of town and witnessed the forgotten side of
Vancouver, the people for whom there are no facilities
at all. I walked past mothers and fathers and sons and
daughters who had to beg for food or shelter or live in
an alley or a dumpster. How many meals and how
many people could have been fed by purchasing and
installing one less marble counter in the bathroom?
How many community centers or shelters were sacrificed for the plush carpeting? The money I spent
tonight would feed a family of four for a week. The
money used to build GM Place would feed an entire
community for a few years. The money our government gave the Griffiths in terms of concessions would
provide daycare spots for hundreds of working mothers.
If the elite want their playpen, fine. But when our
government subsidizes entertainment by the elite at
the expense of the less fortunate, then we as a community are far from world-class. We have no class at aH.j/
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culture
THE UBYSSEY
Jeepers creepers,
brothers' keepers
by Peter T. Chattaway
FEELING MINNESOTA
at the Caprice theatre
BlC NIGHT
at the Granville 7 theatre
Siblings are strange creatures. We
don't choose them the way we do
our friends, yet it's usually
assumed people will share a bond
deeper than any friendship if only
they share a parent or two. Of
course, such a relationship raises
all sorts of tensions that are perfectly suited for drama, but it also
affords the predominantly masculine Hollywood set a chance to
explore male relationships with a
modicum of — gulp — sensitivity.
Thus the endless stream of films
about brothers, brothers and
brothers.
Occasionally, as if to balance
the testosterone rush, we'll get a
film about sisters, sisters and sisters, and once in a while someone
other than Woody Allen will direct
it, but filmmakers generally seem
to ignore the fact that some families do have children of both genders.
The recent Catherine Deneuve
vehicle My Favorite Season was a
rare exception to this rule, offering as it did an intelligent exploration of a middle-aged brother
and sister forced to rely on each
other as their other relationships
fall apart. The fact that a movie
about a non-sexual intergender
relationship, even one between
family, could feel unusual highlights the degree to which the line
between genders has become
entrenched in film.
But enough of that. We were
talking about Americans, and
males, and brothers, and Feeling
Minnesota — Steven Baigelman's
dreary love triangle flick in which
two brothers throw the police and
the mob at each other while vying
for the possession of a woman — is
about as American, male and
brotherly as movies get. It even
borrows some of the idiosyncratic
elements commonly associated
with those other cinematic siblings, the Coen Brothers: the mid-
western milieu (just east of Fargo,
you might say), the unsettlingly
grim flesh wounds, Keanu Reeves'
humorously frustrated robbery
attempt, and the quirky policemen
(especially Dan Aykroyd, who
cusses like he just discovered the
word "fucking") all feel strangely
familiar.
Unfortunately, Baigelman is no
Coen brother. Nor is he much of a
Coen only child. For one thing he
gave the lead role of Jjaks to
Reeves, whose limited range covers such essentials as grunting
when people bite him — the sex
scenes with Freddie (Cameron
Diaz) and the fight scenes with his
brother Sam (the ever-capable
Vincent D'Onofrio) are oddly similar — and gesticulating his arms in
wild circles like a freshly wound
toy. ("I feel like he's perfect for the
role," Baigelman gushes in the
press kit. "His likability, his innocence, his sex appeal, his goofi-
ness." Well, maybe one out of four
ain't bad.)
Baigelman also saddles Diaz
(who's already done the girl-who-
comes-between-brothers thing in
She's the One) with weird lines
like "Time is like an orange — it's
round," but it's never clear
whether we're supposed to take
her at face value or laugh at her
lame analogies. Freddie spends
much of her time trying to convince Jjaks that there is a point to
their lives — and presumably the
film based on those lives — but
methinks she doth protest too
much.
A better, and subtler, probing
of brotherly tensions comes in Big
Night, which Stanley Tucci
(Murder One) co-wrote with his
cousin, Joseph Tropiano, and co-
directed with Campbell Scott
(Singles). Here the brothers are
Primo (Wings' Tony Shalhoub)
and   Secondo   Pilaggi   (Tucci),
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Shalhoub steals the show as
head chef Primo, a classic firstborn perfectionist for whom
good food is the mystical measure of all things — so zealous is
he that he refuses to serve those
philistines who'd dare mix the
risotto with their spaghetti. This
excessive professionalism frustrates Secondo, who knows the
dire state of their accounts and
would rather compromise their
culinary integrity than lose the
restaurant altogether. They put
these differences aside, however, when they hear that the
great Louis Prima intends to
visit their restaurant — for
Primo, this is a chance to make
the most sumptuous feast of his
career, while for Secondo, it's
better than any publicity stunt
he could have imagined.
Tucci and Scott give these
brothers an evenhanded treatment, recognising their flaws as
clearly and as sympathetically
as their good points and never
letting either brother lay sole
claim to the moral upper hand.
Secondo might make concessions for the sake of business,
but he does so out of an awareness  of the  real world  that
Primo is too obstinate to acknowledge. Even their chief competitor
(Ian Holm), a nakedly businesslike
entrepreneur who wants to buy
Primo's services,  has his good
side; when the three actors appear
together, they display a rare chemistry that, in its own understated
way, is beguilingly hilarious.
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Unfortunately, a pedestrian
subplot or two prevent Big Night
from being the Italian-American
Babette's Feast that it aspires to
be. To underscore Secondo's
moral duplicity, Tucci even wastes
two talented actresses — Isabella
Rossellini and Circle of Friends'
Minnie Driver — in thankless
roles as the women he two-times.
Primo's coy relationship with a
local florist (Allison Janney) fares
better — it has a tender authenticity that lesser actors would have
missed all too easily — but ultimately Big Night is about the two
brothers and the spiritual bonds
that hold them together. And on
that modest level, it's an exquisite
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