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Activism
meets academia as Sunera
Thobani moves to SFU
Doubles
Mina Shum, filmmaker
and writer-in-residence
the fun
might be over if the'Birds
lose this weekend...
ubyssey
basted since 1918
Cinnamon sticks out
Local sweets Cinnamon
discover the way to
glory is paved with
bar-room brawls.
Plus, miles and
miles of touring
SCENES FROM A CLUB. Cinnamon rocks the Gastown Music Hall. Toronto's next richard lam photo
by Sarah O'Donnell
KEVIN COOPER enjoys
cinnamon, too.
RICHARD LAM PHOTO
Cinnamon is getting used to tight squeezes:
in the past year the guys who form this local
"monster pop" band have been stuck together in
everything from a 19 7 3 green Dodge Coronet to
the cramped change room at the Gastown Music
Hall.
And they're lovin' every minute of it
Officially, Cinnamon is Kevin Cooper on bass
guitar, Marq Desouza on
drums, Terry Miles on lead
vocals and guitar, and Tom
Williams on lead guitar. But a
look at some of their unofficial
side-projects—like Williams'
four-track band Saturnhead—
shows that most of them could
play any instrument they want
"The thing that makes me
so happy with this band is that
everybody's so musically com-
potent," says Marq. "There's
been a big backlash against
musicality in the last few years
with indie stuff—and that's
fine—but I think it's almost
gone too far that way where
there's a big backlash against
people who can play. The thing
with us is that we can all play
well and we can all play together well. I think that's the most
important tiling."
"It's unhealthy here," Terry says, "I don't think it's a very
good scene at all. There's so many different people pretending to be so many different things. I see us wanting to make
it like one big [music] family, but the audiences aren't really
open to having a 'scene.'
"Even Pluto didn't have a big crowd. We played with Pluto
and there were, like, two people in the audience before they
got a record deal and a million dollars behind them. It's just
sad."
After a year and a half of playing together, Cinnamon is
this guy [in a Calgary bar] he looked like Bruce McCulloch
[from Kids in the Hall\. Now you do that in Vancouver and
you get 'ohyeah, I hear that all the time,' but this guy slapped
me in the face—*
"So Marq jumped on him to defend Kevin," Terry interrupts, "and the whole thing escalated into a drunken fists of
fury...You guys looked pretty bad."
A little worse for wear, they continued on to Toronto. "We
did a lot of camping and bowling along the way, but not quite
enough mini-golf. We were a little pressed for time," Marq
explains.
An understatement to say the least By the time they got
to Toronto's city limits, they had only an hour and 45 minutes to get on stage. And by the time they got to their Queen
Street venue, festival organisers had a back-up band ready
and waiting to go in case Cinnamon didn't show.
"I did the best parallel park in the world—I don't know
how I pulled it off," Kevin boasts.
They changed their clothes right on Queen street, amidst
the Electric Circus crowd. "We literally walked straight into
the club and went right on stage," says Marq.
terry MILES is on a good thing, here, riffing his way to
heaven. The world awaits, richard lam photo
CINNAMONTWANTS TfjEXPAND.
Since the release of its debut album
Cream Soda last year, the band says it's
been working on expanding beyond the
Vancouver scene.
They say it's hard for local bands to
make it in a market so over-saturated with
rock'n'roll hopefiils.
trying to make it big in cities where there is a local
scene. This summer, they piled into the back of
Kevin's dad's station wagon—equipment and suitcases included—and made the cross-country trek to
Toronto's North by North-East Music festival, playing
two shows along the way. "I was watching cricket
today—I don't know why—but the guy was talking and he
said it takes ten days to drive from Vancouver to Toronto,"
Terry says laughing. "We did it in three from Edmonton."
By the time they got back to Vancouver, Marq had a black
eye and Kevin had an ugly-looking bruise on his elbow. "I've
never been in a fight in my life," Kevin explains, "but I told
FOUR MONTHS LATER, SAFELY AT HOME, CINNAMON CONtin-
ues to showcase itself like crazy, playing three to four gigs a
month. They've also recorded
their second album and are
just waiting for a "shiny new
record deal."
"Matthew Sweet had a few
albums out before Girlfriend,
and this is our Girhriend,"
Terry says.
It's Cinnamon without any
outside influences.
The plan in the next month,
they say, is to go on a tour of
Western Canada; in five years,
Terry says halfjokingly, "it'll
probably be our second
Letterman, our third Conan
[O'Brien] and our second
Saturday Night Live."
Cinnamon has become big
enough in Vancouver to make
the lists of "local celebrities," getting video play on Much
Music's Wedge and a feature on New Music, but they remain
modest With the exception of Terry—who says he eats and
breathes Cinnamon 24 hours a day—it will be a while before
they quit their day jobs. "People can come see the local
celebrity' while he's serving them pizza," Marq jokes, "they
can come see me making niinimum wage." jf
Cinnamon is trying to
make it big in cities
where there is a local
scene. This summer,
they piled into the
back of Kevin's dad's
station wagon-
equipment and suitcases included—and
made the crosscountry trek to
Toronto's North by
North-East
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THE UBYSSEY 3
Thobani-keeping activism alive on campus
by Theresa Chaboyer
In her lifetime. Sunera Thobani has been called many
things, but for the women who know and work with her, sEe~
is besrdescribed as a bridge.         	
After her roller-coaster three year term as president of
the National Action Committee on the Status of Women,
Thobani moved on to Simon Fraser university's Women's
Studies department as the Ruth Wynn Woodward chair.
"The Ruth Wynn Woodward chair is a chair which is supposed to be responsive to both the community and academic needs/ explains department chair Marjorie Griffin
Cohen. It is a position, she says, that needs relevant experience.
Thobani was a perfect candidate because the goal of
Women's Studies at SFU is "to keep that spirit of activism
alive in our classrooms."
"The fact that she had political experience in the
women's movement was very important, and also that it
was with the women's movement outside of government
was important to us, that she be a part of the community—
the women's community," Griffin Cohen says.
Thobani's says her own teaching goal is "to bridge the
gap between Women's Studies as an academic discipline
and the activism of the women's movement; to bring the
two together."
And while she is looking forward to teaching at SFU, she
looks back on her time at NAC as a learning experience,
with both memorable and stressful moments.
One of her most rewarding experiences, she says, was
being stopped in the street by an older immigrant woman
who thanked her because she felt represented by NAC.
Another touching moment, she says, was an immigrant taxi
driver refusing to take the fare.
What surprised Thobani was the level of support she
received from men of colour and immigrant men. "I think
what happened is they saw NAC as standing up not only for
the rights of women but also for the rights of immigrants."
As an immigrant woman herself, Thobani caught the attention of other immigrants who have been politically under-
represented m Canada.
Although afascinating allianceiormedJbetween women
and immigrant men under Thobani's leadership, not all of
her work involved building bridges.
It was stressful being an immigrant woman representing the rights of women in Canada. The press focused on
her race and came to assume that she no longer represented the rights of women but only the rights of immigrant
women. She also received hate mail telling her to "go back
to where she came from."
But Thobani's number-one priority as president was the
fight against poverty, which plagues more women in
Canada than most people realise.
She cites as one of her major accomplishments the organisation of a cross-Canada women's march against poverty,
which became the largest women's march in Canadian history. The support it received proves women are interested
in the welfare of other, less privileged women she explains.
Thobani's most shocking realisation about the status of
women in the 1990s was "How much ground women were
actually losing in Canada, how many of the gains women
had made were actually being destroyed and rapidly taken
away in the 1990s."
Despite the temporary loss in momentum, Thobani feels
there is a hunger in young women for change. "I think that
things are very tough for young women and they are realising it and they are realising the need for them to do something to change things."
There has been this illusion that equality has been
gained and that women have equal opportunity in society,
Thobani says. The younger generation of girls are being
told they can do anything and be anything, however as they
grow up they realise that unconsciously they have been discouraged from certain positions.
SUNERA THOBANI wants to bridge the gap between academics and activism, theresa chaboyer photo
"Young women have been brought up in a climate where
for the last 20 years they've been told that women have
achieved equality in Canada and what young women are
finding is that they still have to fight against violence and
sexual assault."
The effect Thobani has noticed, is that "young women
are coming more and more to women's organisations and
are joining women's organisations.
"If women don't take the action, there's nobody else in
society who is going to do it. Nobody's going to fight for
women's equality unless women do it themselves."^/'
Athletics funds CiTR sports
 by Jo-Ann Chiu
The department of Athletics has taken to the
airwaves.
When the AMS slashed $12,000 from
CiTR radio's $82,000 budget this fall, the station was forced to terminate its sports coverage until UBC Athletics announced it would
help fund CiTR's sports
UBC Athletics Director Bob Philip said the
department will give the station $ 1500 this
year—most of which will be applied towards
one-time start-up costs allowing CiTR to
upgrade its technology so broadcasts for
away-games will be cheaper in the future.
After that, CiTR will get about $750 annually.
In return for Athletics' support, the station will be promoting athletic events on the
air and on campus.
Slavko Bucifal, the CiTR news director currently handling the sports department,
explained that contractual agreements
restrict CiTR from accepting commercial
advertising.
"If we could do advertising," said Bucifal,
"we'd have enough funding for the rest of our
lives. But we can't, and that would defeat the
purpose of campus radio anyway."
But the fact that CiTR sports broadcasts are
being sponsored by Athletics has raised some
questions about issues of editorial control: if
the Birds suck, can it be said on the air?
"Yes, absolutely," said Bucifal. "But we
believe that the 'TR' stands for 'Thunderbird
Radio.' We will always be pro-Thunderbird.
But if the T-Birds are doing horrible, doing
pitiful, we will mention that. As far as our
play-by-play broadcast goes, we always tend
to side with Thunderbirds, just because they
are our home team and it's a college radio
show. It's just a way to support our team."
CiTR sports announcer Bill Currie agreed
the station is pro-Thunderbird, but fair. "I
think about who our listening audience is—
parents and friends of the players," Currie
said. "If the football falls right between the
arms of a receiver, I will comment on it, but
I'm not going to say, 'My momma could have
done a better job catching that'"
Philip, Bucifal and Currie are all quick to
point out the fact that in March 1996,
Athletics helped subsidise two Ubyssey
reporters attending the national men's basketball finals in Halifax.
"Tell me," said Currie, "did that funding
affect editorial content in The UbysseyVjf
Funds for Wiwa pour in
by Sarah Galashan
Owens Wiwa is a go. Thu Nigerian environmentalist's speaking engagement, at
IIBC is no longer in jeopardy despite a
lack of financial support from AMS council.
Student council's September 25th
meeting featured over 45 minutes of
heated debate as lo whether the AMS
could afford $ 1500 to help sponsor
Wiwa's visit. In the end council said no'.
Now both AMS President David
Borins and Coordinator of I.xternal
Affairs Allison Dunnet have dipped into
their respective executive accounts and
come up with S200 each for Wiwa's visit.
"I just fell horrible that there was a
loss of support al llie council," Borins told
The Uhyssey. Taking some of his budget
allocated for public relations, Borins
donated whal he felt he could saving. "I
wished we could give more.
While Ihe executive donations hardly
match the § 1500 originally requested by
tlie Global Development Cenler and the
Student Environment Center, "It is sym
bolic," said Isabelle Cote GDC member.
Cote was pleased and surprised by
other unexpected donations. With
amounts of $100 from the Agricultural
Society, $500 from both the GDC and
SEC, SU50 from Colour Connected and
unconfirmed amounts from two other
student groups, along with SI500 thai
will come from Ihe university's 'events
fund', the lotal reaches almost $3000.
Double the amount originally request
ed. Cote insists it will be put to good use.
"This event will cost more than we
thought... as usual."
Wiwa's UBC visit, is one of 40 slops at
North American campuses on his upcoming speaking tour.
In an interview with The Uhyssey la.sI
Sunday Wiwa expressed a great concern
for llie plight of Nigeria's Ogoni people
who, he said, face environmental
destruction daily as a direel result of the
Royal Dutch Shell Company's operations.
"Students are the future." he said,
"they are going to come out in the
corporations...they can make the
change.^/
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What kind of foolish escorte loses his way?
Wot much mileage
out of this Escorte
by Robin Yeatman
L'escorte (Canada)
Tu Oct 15 7:00pm Caprice
Fr Oct 18 12:15pm Robson
L'escorte, an unfortunate Canadian film, is
director Denis Langlois' first feature. In
what I take to be a genuine attempt at
depicting the intricacies and complexities
of human relationships, the story becomes
convoluted and lost, resulting in a rather
empty, stale film.
This is an incredibly distracting film.
Who is the story about anyway? At first we
see Jean-Marc and Philippe, a gay couple
that has been together for several years.
Then Steve, a gay male escort, enters their
lives and manages to seduce them both.
And then there is Nathalie, a long time
friend who is in love with Philippe. And
then Lhere is Christian, who makes sporadic, melancholy appearances that are
explained rather oddly and abruptly at the
end. As more intrigue is introduced, the
focus is diminished.
Promiscuity, infidelity, disillusionment, AIDS and love are among the many
themes which remain ultimately undeveloped. The characters remain at a distance, inexplicable and untouchable.
Some of the subject matter, if separated
from the rest of the tangled plot, has the
potential to be engaging. But Langlois
tries to say too much, which results in his
film-is basically saying nothing mnch-ai.
all. I wouldn't rush to the box office to see
this one. jf
Walkabout gets
lost along the way
by P. Santos Javier
Walkabout
Su Oct 13 7:15pm Van Ctr
We Oct 16 12:15pm Robson
Martin David's film debut mockuments a
group of high school graduates lost in the
San Rafael wilderness for ten days due to a
church-sponsored program gone awry.
Perhaps crockumentary would be a more
fitting assessment. With a sLory better suited to the after-school audience, it's a wonder why Walkabout was even made into a
feature.
Everything in it reeks. Let's start with
the characters: they aren't! The actors play
shades of stereotypes, and nothing more.
Here's how they break down: there's a
jock, cheerleader, loner, slut, PC nerd, religious zealot, and green-minded freak (my,
my, Martin David knows his Sweet Valley
High). These featureless creatures don't
even talk like typical teens. Not a single
one of them swears in the film. Despite
being attacked by mountain lions, by a
deranged maniac with a gun, and three
days without food or water, not once does
any of them curse at their situation! And
David's transparent reason for this?
They're Christians.
 Some more of The film'a.i
a) Pastor Denny gets bit in the arse by a
rattlesnake, thereby requiring one of the
teens to suck the poison out. Even the
Pastor's son refuses, (one ha)
b) The group, trekking onwards without
its fearless leader (Pastor Denny), loses its
mountain guide—a cross between Alice
Cooper and Crocodile Dundee—to hungry
mountain lions. The punchline comes in
the graphic shot of the dead guide, minus
a stomach that's been chewed inside out.
(half-a-ha).
The film is actually funny when it's not
trying to be, especially at the end. In a
scene ripped off from Hair, Jesus Christ
Superstar and other hippie-flick predecessors, the seven teenagers, already bonded,
dance with one another atop a freestanding rock with the setting sun as a backdrop. Oh my.
Don't see this movie. Tune in lo channel 12 at 4:30 on weekdays, and catch
Saved by the Bell instead, jf
Foolish this film
is definitely not
by Ian Yaron
Diary of a Young Fool (France)
Sa Oct 12 10:00pm Van Ctr
Patrick Aurignac's autobiographical
story of a teenager's life of crime is both
disturbing and riveting. The "diary"
switches back and forth between the main
protagonist's current lifestyle and his first
WALKABOUT: a film that's no match for Saved by the Bell.
time in jail. The characters are revealed
and then woven into an intriguing tale; the
teenager Frederick becomes a criminal
apprentice to a much older gang of criminals. The soundtrack is a cheeiry version of
the commercial French New Wave genre.
It does, however, succeed on its own level.
Each robbery gets more exciting as we
see it through the eyes of this "young fool."
The film is very matter-of-fact and succeeds
as a cautionary tale about a life of crime.
We see how it consumes the way a drug
habit would, and although the action is fast
paced, there are times to reflect on the
film's more important meaning. Lastly, the
harsh realities of jail are well represented
with graphic scenes of nude beatings and
oral sex in a visitor's cubicle. Producer
Nella Banf brings all these elements together in a tight package.
The climactic bank robbery forces us to
probe such a life of crime. Events unfold
quite literally, as if they were written,
which makes this movie's name apt. Diary
of a Young Fool won't be the best film of
the festival, but it is a good pick if you're
looking for something to do on a rainy
Thanksgiving weekend, jf
Mina Shum speaks about herself in the first person
UBC film grad Mina Shum goes from UBC
to Double Happines and back to UBC.
This time around, though,
she'll only stay for two weeks.
by Peggy Lee
Mina Shum says every film she creates has a meaning for her. She told a
packed lecture hall in Buchanan last week how the techniques she used in
making Picture Perfect, her first student film, were used to produce
Double Happiness, her award-winning feature. Shum also discussed her
views...
On Double Happiness:
"The thing that I wanted people to get out of it in the end was to take
home the courage to dream, because Jade goes through everything in the
film... yet she still triumphs in the end. It is a very untypical movie script
because all the girl does in the end is move out, so there is not a lot of
physical action... It's all about where she is going philosophically with her
family and in her relationships.
"I made the film for me, essentially. Y'know, to say to myself, It's okay,
hey, you are not alone.' I wanted other people to share this experience
with me. That's part of the need for this film's development. I had never
seen this experience before and I wanted to see it so I could comfort
myself. ..28 years of my life went into this first feature, now I wonder what
I want to say next."
On the Vancouver setting:
"I wanted it to be every city... I didn't want to bog this film down with
details of place and time... I wanted it more to be metaphor than a reality
based film."
On developing characters:
"I say to myself, 'What does she [fade] want more than anything?'
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utmost desire. What gets them up and out of bed in the morning? For instance, in Double Happiness, Jade wants more than
anything to be loved and respected for who she is."
On being an artist:
"I don't think in filrn-niaking or being an artist you are ever
at the end point. It is always a process of learning. A grad student here said to me in my first year of film 'Never get sucked
in to what they try to tell you. You are always going to be a student, and if you are always a student you will be humble. And if
you are humble, then you will learn.'
"You have to have an amazing ability, I think, to analyse and
understand yourself. Your soul is your source, right? That's where
the art comes from."
On accomplishment:
"You get a litde more confident every time you produce something, whether it's on paper or whether you actually get to film it.
That builds confidence and that's really important as an artist.
They didn't remind me about this in school, but I think completing
projects is really important. Cause then you have evidence on the
bad days of what you did on the good days."
On what she is busy doing these days:
"I wrote two scripts in the last two years, made a rock video. I am
doing an ongoing documentary piece to keep my chops up. Waiting
for feature films, you can be waiting for a long time."
MINA SHUM talks about her career and where she's going from here to
UBC students last week in Buchanan.
Shum will be a writer in residence in the UBC Creative Writing
Department for one more week.
RICHARD LAM PHOTO
On experiencing racism:
"I just think if I was white I wouldn't have been called the names I
was called as a kid, but I 've written a feature about it so I got over it
[laughter]. Seriously, there is racism on both sides. When you are of
dual cultures, (not necessarily race that I am talking about), maybe of sexual orientation, whether you like pop music when heavy metal is what's
in right now. Whenever you are against the status quo. This is not a society that celebrates the individual. Capitalism means you have to be corn-
modified and labelled in some way.jf
Poetry geeks
take over
Friday October 11
at Black Sheep Books 8 PM
by Federico Araya Barahona
It's hard to pinpoint a specific
reason for the recent revival of
poetry readings in Vancouver.
Lately, it seems like no self-
respecting coffee house would
dare not to have at least one weekly night of readings. It's as if,
almost overnight, word geeks
have   taken   over   and   claimed
Vancouver as their own. Michael
V. Smith, a local poet and UBC student performing tonight at Black
Sheep Books, thinks he knows the
reason why.
"Vancouver writers are sexy,"
he says. "Period." He's joking, of
course, and on a more serious note
adds that it's hard  to beat the
atmosphere at a reading. It brings,
he explains, readers closer to the
writers they like.
And local writers can certainly
use the exposure.
Smith believes it's the immediacy of the event as well as the quality of the writers that keeps packing them in.
And writers see immediately
how effective their writing is. No
need to wait for the reviews to
come in.
"If you're bad," Smith says,
"you know you're bad." That is,
the audience sighs, not responding when they're supposed to
respond. "It's a good way to see
how effective you are."
"Ifs good to be judged by your
peers," he says, adding that readings are here to stay, a testament to
the power of the spoken word.
"Whenyou're 25 and under," he
says, "it's hard to be heard—readings aren't dependent on the establishment." jf
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Health Sciences Week
Tuesday, October 15
12:30-1:30 pm
Woodward IRC, Hall 4
Wednesday, October 16
Woodward IRC, Hall 4,
Lobby, Seminar Rooms
5:00 - 6:00 pm
6:00 - 8:30 pm
7:00 - 8:30 pm
The John F. McCreary Lecture
'Multidisciplinary Perspectives
on Physician Assisted Suicide"
Dr. Virginia Tilden, RN, DNSc, FAAN
Professor and Associate Dean of Research, School
of Nursing; Associate Director, Centre for Ethics in
Health Care, Oregon Health Sciences University
Health Sciences
Student Research Forum
Two graduate students are selected to deliver a
keynote address at the Health Sciences Student
Research Forum, providing listeners with an
overview of what is new, intriguing and important
in the student's specific area of research. As part
of Health Sciences Week, the Forum is an interdisciplinary event that includes more than 100
oral and poster presentations.
Introduction
Dr. Frank Abbott, Dean,
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Keynote Speakers
Mr. Subodh Verma, Fac of Pharmaceutical Sdences
"Insulin and Hypertension: Is it Time to
Restructure the Hypertension Paradigm?"
Dr. Alan Young, Fac. of Dentistry
"Toward Investigating Cleft Palate: Signalling
Mechanisms and Normal Palate Development"
Student Poster Presentations
Student Oral Presentations
Thursday, October 17
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Woodward IRC, Hall 2
Health Care Team
Clinical, Competition
Before a live audience, three interdisciplinary
teams of health sciences students demonstrate
their skills in assessment and management of a
problem case. An award will be presented to the
twelve-member student team judged most effective in overall case management. 6 THE UBYSSEY.OCTOBER 11
Ubyssey
October 11, 1996 • volume 78 issue 11
Editorial Board
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Get stuffed the Canadian way
Why    do     Canadians     eat    turkev    at    taoto ™  „_-„,      , *
Why do Canadians eat turkey at
Thanksgiving? Why is it that we Canadians
for whom the rallying cry "We don't know
what we are but we sure ain't American!" is a
defining ethos, have adopted this peculiarly
American ritual?
Benjamin Franklin once observed that the
turkey is far nobler a bird than the eagle He
lobbied, in fact, to have it adopted as the
American national symbol. Could it be then
that m eating a turkey we are engaging in a
subtle reminder of our Canadian superiority? (Franklin, we should note, was also the
man who said we should all "fart proudly"
which speaks volumes on his notions of
nobility.)
Perhaps it is because we don't appreciate
our own culinary opportunities. Turkeys in
gravy sound, smell and-most irnportantly-
taste more appealing than beavers in maple
syrup no matter what flag runs up your pole.
Surely, if we must consume any beast in
some inscrutable fit of symbolism, we could
fand something more appropriate and less
silly-looking than the turkey and in better
taste than the aforementioned beaver.
To that end, we recommend the following
delicacies, not so much for their savorability
but for the sake of expressing pride in our
land:
Dandelion Root "Coffee" - For Susanna
Moodie, who nobly roughed it in the bush for
our betterment.
Laura Secord Chocolates - Years before
Vietnam, there was that other war the
Americans didn't win. You can tell, because
the War of 1812 furnished the Americans
with not one single myth. We, on the other
hand, get truffles. Yum-yum.
Poutine - As distinctively cheesy, oily and
Quebecois as Jacques Parizeau.
Tourtiere - For Jean Chretien and all the
pork that he couldn't stuff into his barrel.
Canada Goose - As juicy and tender and
ripe for plucking as Rita MacNeil Plus they
both suffer from overexposure on Canadian
TV and a tendency to honk.
Ham - For William Shatner, of course
Macintosh Apples - For Don Cherry
because he comes from Ontario, he wears
plaid and we've always wanted to take a bite
out of him.
Sugar Pie - For Anne Murray, Canada's
sweetheart.
Turbot - For Captain Canada, that's Brian
Tobin, a latter day Francis Drake.
Bon Appetite, eh.
Es war ein ganz normaler Tag in der
Redaction.   Ben  Koh  ist hunde-
muede. Sarah Galashan schminkt
sich  vor   dem   Spiegel.   Stanley
Tromp putzt sich die Zaehne. Scott
Hayward sucht seine Diplom-Arbeit.
Peter T.Chattaway haengt an der
Strippe. Neal Razzell rasiert sich.
Ian Yaron bastelt an seinem Model.
Sarah O'Donnell schlaeft mit ihrem
Freund. Joe-Ann Chiu vertrauemt
den Tag. Wolfgang Depner bejubelt
ein HSV-Tor. Wah-Kee Ting bueffelt
Ian Gunn spielt sich mit seinem
Quitsch-Tier.   Theresa   Chaboyer
zieht sich vor dem Spiegel aus mid
singt   Nena's   Neun-und-neunzig
Luftballons. Richard Lam gibt Gas
und hat Spass. Wesley Chu hat sich
in Emily Mak verknallL Joe Clark ist
fix und foxy. Federico Barahona
besaueft sich. Pete Santos Jawier
hocktvorderGlotze.
Canadian
Bess
■™C^i!!!l!i^^ Number 0732141
'Hard evidence'
to come
Regarding the interest of the UBC
community in the provincial government investigation related to
what I believe was discrirninatory
treatment       by       Professors
Patterson, Mooney and Condon,
Deans   Binkley  (forestry)   and
Richards (agricultural sciences),
and President Strangway The
July   22,    1996,   Employment
Standards      Branch      report
acknowledged the opinions of
many that such a discriminatory
atmosphere exists. But the writer
of the report had not had access
to the hard evidence because this
was only for the initial phase of
the investigation. In the coming
months, the more substantial evidence will be reviewed including
various witnesses related to "similar facts."
The July report did suggest a
broader examination of questions of employment equity in
treatment of faculty and evaluation of their achievements. This
question has always been the central concern in this case and my
counsel and advisors from
BCHAC and the coalition on
Human aSights.
If anyone has comments or
information they have the right to
make statements for review by
the BC Council on Human Rights
sometime in early 1997. One
option will be to continue the
investigation with another to
move to hearings.
This case has considerable relevance to any pre-tenure faculty
person who does not or cannot
"tow the line" and while what
caused UBC to ignore much of my
achievements 'queer'/ left / 'environmentalist' views and involvements, the next person mistreated
could well be a heterosexual member of The Reform Party. We all
have a stake in tolerance, diversity, and full human rights protection extended to UBC faculty.
Dr. Gordon Brent Ingram
It's curtains for
UBC community
The David Strangway move to
use faculty "as pawns in its
funding dispute with the provincial government" (Ubyssey,
October 8) is deeply offensive!
AMS President David Borins is
quite correct in his assessment
ofthe cynical Strangway playing
out yet another UBC power
game.
Are we no better at the
University than some kind of
1930s Chicago gang that based
its operation on intimidation and
threat?
The Strangway administration
has already, by means of bully
and scare, pushed through an
appalling land development
scheme that would secure an
enclave of rich residents on its
doorstep, while it shuts out all
other Vancouver communities.
Nowhere      in      the      BC
Universities' Act or the various
reading is respo
write a *
UBC land entitlements is this
university given the right to
become a large-scale land developer. If UBC is to lease land for
profit, the Act specifies, such
"expropriation" is for purposes
of supporting the "academic corporation."
That a university president
feels such power that he can
threaten his faculty, his neighbours, and elected representatives, he comes close to the boss^
style government of earlier
decades.
I believe it is well past time
that   the   provincial   ministry
called for a full review of UBC's
fiscal practices, as it is entitled to
do under the Act. No one man
should be able to hold an elected
government to ransom: certainly
not a man who by his very
appointment as president of a
public, university purports  to
accept the tenets of academic
freedom and of democratic principle.
Nancy Horseman op/fed
THE UBYSSEY, OCTOBER 11    7
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It is a da\ ul rdeb*&&& for &e lesbigay commaja%.
It'c .! d.i\ lor peispfe to celebrate their pride as lasfci-
ga> b\ proclaiming tbeir orientation to their family,
friend:., c o-workers and people from all walks of life:
the liulh has to 1)(. told.
Il i^.kI.k lor people who arp in the closet and fear
the reprenissinns ol i oining out, to take a stand and
to be open with lhem:-el\ es and those around them.
Il i* an effort to promote awareness of the existence
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opportunity for the heterosexual majority to learn about
the lesbigay community. They are your classmates,
teachers, doctors, lawyers, icons and most importantly
of all, they are your friends, peers and families.
Statistics have shown that approximately ten percent of the population is gay. So, of the 30,000 students at UBC, 3000 are lesbigay.
Although it is a National Coming Out Day, please
be advised that coming out involves issues that may
influence your lives. So be smart, think it through
and parade your pride.
Some ideas for Coming Chit on National (<>i nni>
Out Day ood we*y day are:
• come out to your &m%. Mends or co workers
•wear the National Coating Out Day shirt orbuiion
■write a letter to an elected official in support ol.m.iv
and lesbian issue.
•contribute to National Coming (Kit l)j\ <u >m\ uther
gay/lesbian or AIDS organisation
•includeyour lover or spouse in \oiirhi)lid.i\ tr.iditinri-..
• confront anyone who makes .. bmoted joke
•read a gay/lesbian new sp.iper or ni.ia.i/.me m.i puli-
, i	
in, prautj.
• put your lover's photo on your desk at work.
• caD a radio talk show and introduce a gay/lesbian topic.
• open a joint bank account.
• start or attend a coming out support group.
• organise a Coming Out Day event in your area.
National Coming Out Day is a non-profit education campaign devoted to supporting the lesbian and
gay community in living more powerfully, equally
and openly. It can be reached on the internet at
http://ww.reg.uci.edu/UCI/LGBRC7ideas.html
Wah-Kee Ting is a third year arts student
"!m UBC FilmSoc
Fri. to Sun., October 11-13, Norm Theatre,
Stealing Beauty
9:30 PM Proceeds to BC Breast Cancer Research
Line,
i-3697       French Twist
7:00 PM Proceeds to BC Breast Cancer Research
Cecil & Ida Green
Visiting Professor
Dominick LaCapra
Director, Society for the Humanities
Cornell University, New York
Lanzmann's Shoah: Here There Is Mo Why
Tuesday, October 15 at 4:30 PM • Green College Coach House
Can Camus/Clamence Plead de Man's Case?
Rereading The Fall
Wednesday, October 16 at 12:30-2:30 PM • Green College Coach House
Memory, Law and Literature:
The Trials of Flaubert and Baudelaire
Wednesday, October 16 at 8:00 PM • Green College Coach House
Revisiting the Historian's Debate
Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 PM
Graham House, Green College Fireside Chat
The Vancouver Institute
History and Memory:
In the Shadow of the Holocaust
Saturday, October 19 at 8:15 PM
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, Hall 2
The Faculty of Science Presents
A Lecture Series
for All Science
Undergraduates
It's new and it's for you!
Commercializing Scientific
Innovation
- A dangerous but exciting endeavour"
A Science First!  Lecture by
Dr. Lome Whitehead
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Thursday, 17 October 1996
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
IRC Lecture Hall 6
PARTICIPATE
QUESTIONS?   CALL 822-9876
THE NO-MOOCH PHONE CARD.
It's the new CONNECTOR™ Student Phone Card. A prepaid card that
lets you make long distance calls from any phone. All for a flat
rate of 35 cents a minute within B.C., anytime of day. So now
you don't need to mooch off your parents. Though you might want
to hit them up for money to buy the card in the first place.
Look for it on Campus.
*Low flat rates also available to destinations outside of B.C. 8   THE UBYSSEY, OCTOBER 11, 1996
We Ubyssey presents the Vancouver Grizzlies vs Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, October 15,
1996 at GM Place. Enter to win by answering the following questions. Drop your solutions
off with your name and telephone number in the Griz box in The Ubyssey office, SUB
241K by noon Friday. Winners must be members of The Ubyssey Publications Society.
1) Who are the coaches of UBC's men's and women's basketball teams?
2) What position does former NAC president Sunera Thobani how hold?
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QUARTERBACK Shawn Olson stepped into the second half against the
Saskatchewan Huskies last Saturday. His performance earned him
Canada West Player of the Week honours, richard lam photo
Football Birds fight
for playoff lives
by Wolf Depner
The 2-3 football Birds are one
loss away from extinction.
They have to win all three
remaining games, beginning with
the top-ranked Alberta Golden
Bears in Edmonton this weekend,
or they'll miss the Canada West
playoffs. But wiruiing those games
won't be enough—the Birds need
outside help.
While UBC no longer controls
its own destiny, head coach Casey
Smith has made a change at quarterback. He named rookie Shawn
Olson as starter over veteran
Jason Day.
In five games, Day has passed
for 818 yards, two touchdowns
and six interceptions.
"We've got to give Shawn a
shot," Smith said. And Olson certainly deserves the opportunity.
He has come off the bench twice
this season and impressed both
times.
He passed for 221 yards and
one touchdown against SFU in
the Shrum Bowl and nearly
pulled off a miracle comeback
Ernest & frnestiiu
Oct. 2-12 at 8 pm
Matinee Thurs. Oct. 10 at 12:30
MUST CLOSE SATURDAY
BOX     OFFICE     822-2678
DOROTHY    V T I   II I ||
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UNIVERSITY  OF  BRITISH  COLUMBIA
against the Saskatchewan Huskies
last week.
And Olson knows what's on
the line and what it takes to
beat Alberta, which boasts the
best defence in the Canada
West.
"We are just going to have
come out and play error-free football. We haven't done that all year
and it has to start now," said
Olson, who was named Canada
West player ofthe week after completing 12 of 19 passes for 226
yards and one TD against the
Huskies.
His task this weekend is as simple as it is daunting: revive UBC's
floundering offence, which has
averaged less than 20 points per
game.
Running back Mark Nohra has
carried the team offensively with
741 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. But the running game has
received little support from the air
attack.
While wide-out Simon Beckow
is sixth-best in the nation with
346 yards receiving and two
major scores, the rest of the
receiving corps has struggled
with inconsistent play and
dropped balls.
If the offence has been
mediocre, special teams have
been brutal. Three fields goals in
fifteen attempts tells the tale. The
only bright spot has been return
specialist Dino Camparma.
The defence, much improved
over last year, has kept the Birds
in many games. Unfortunately,
they can't be relied on to put
points on the board.jj
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• Carry your own eup and utensils wherever you go
• Pack your lunch in reusable eentaineri (old yogurt containers, etc.)
Carry them in a reusable fabric bag or lunch kit.
• Refuse disposables when dining out. Choose places that use "real"
dishes
• Return dishes to Pacific Spirit Cafeteria, the Pendulum and the Pit
UBC Waste Reduction Program
Tti; 822-3827 * recycle@uninj.ubc.ca
October is Waste Reduction Month
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