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The Ubyssey Feb 16, 1996

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Students caught on the back swing
Federico Barahona on why
many of us may end up living
with our parents.
Liz says she was happy at the art
gallery. She had a good job; she
was making money-not lots, but
enough to feel comfortable; she had her
own furniture; most importantly, she had
her independence. And all without a
university degree.
While most of her friends had gone on
to university after high school, Liz had
gone after the world. And she was
But then, four years later, the recession
hit. The art gallery's funding was cut and
Liz was laid off.
It wasn't until Liz began looking for
another job that she started to freak.
"You lose your job," she says, "and you
think, 'How am I gonna pay my bills?'
My high school diploma was useless."
There were openings here and there-
a receptionist somewhere, a quick typist
somewhere else-but the competition was
"I spent two months on UI, wondering
what I was going to do," she says.
Specifically, how she was going to get
out of this one.
@   @    @
According to James Cote and
Anton Allahar, both professors
of sociology at the University of
Western Ontario and authors of Generation
on Hold: Coming of Age in the Late Twentieth
Century, Canada's youth are caught up in
a rat race-an educational rat race:
Credentialism, Cote and Allahar
explain, is the tendency to stock up on
educational credentials to gain an edge
in the job market. Is a university degree
the   best  way   to   get   ahead?
Credentialism proposes that it
Canadian studies have
shown that 66 percent
of all jobs in the
market require less
than       twelve
months        of
training.  When
workers themselves were asked, 44
percent thought their jobs could be
learned in less than a month, suggesting
that university degrees are irrelevant for
most jobs in the job market.
But if enough people believe that a
university degree is necessary to be a
manager at the GAP, then a university
degree will become necessary to fill that
Credentialism turns on itself as a self-
fulfilling prophecy.
As a result, post-secondary enrollment
in Canada (and the US) is soaring.
Increasingly, more and more young
people choose to attend university, not
because they value a university degree,
but because four years at a university will
give them an edge.
Graduates are now competing for jobs
once held by less educated workers. In fact,
Allahar and Cote argue that Canadian
students are "competing to do the same
work as their parents, but they need a
higher level of education," prolonging
youth as students put off independence to
stock up on their credentials.
It is a trend some also call educational
@   @   @
Eventually, Liz found a way out of
her   jam.      She   decided   to
boomerang back home, save on
rent and go to school.
"After UI," says Liz, "I thought, 'I'm
really gonna bite the bullet and just do
it.'" The way she saw it, she had no other
choice. She couldn't compete with a high
school diploma; she knew that. She had
to go back to school.
But being on her own while she was
in school didn't seem like such a great
idea. Some of her friends in university
were struggling financially. The biggest
pressure, she thinks, for a university
student is not getting good grades, but
actually being able to pay their bills.
Used to being on her own, Liz knew it
was going to be hard.
"It was like going back to start; to zero-
the question was, 'Can I do four years?'"
The evidence,
suggests that
credentialism is
failing Canada's
youth. Cote and
Allahar's research
shows that people
who lose the "credentialism game" are forced to
work in unskilled jobs for low wages
and minimal benefits. Not surprisingly, those who win the game have a
head start in terms of their class
background, race and gender.
According to Statistics Canada, the
unemployment rate for young people (15-
24 years) is about twice as high as for the
rest ofthe population. The young are also
"particularly affected" by recessions.
In 1980, earning minimum wage
guaranteed an existence above the
poverty line. Since then, however,
minimum wage earners fall a full thirty
percent short of the poverty line.
If we take into consideration the fact
that 64 percent of minimum wage earners
are 16-24 years of age, we get a clearer
picture of the situation facing a majority
of young Canadians.
As expected, those without credentials
face even more hardships.
It seems, then, that as young adults go
into university to escape poverty, they end
up sinking deeper and deeper into it.
@   @    @
Boomerang kids are becoming
commonplace," says Barbara
Mitchell, a researcher at Simon
Fraser University and co-author of a study
on boomerang kids called Boomerang Kids
and Parental Marital Satisfaction in Mid-Life.
In her survey of 420 lower mainland
households, Mitchell found that roughly
half were boomerang families-families
where the adult children had returned
after an absence of at least six months.
The rest were home-leaver families, where
the children had not returned. More
importantly, 81 percent ofthe boomerang
families cited economic reasons for the
But is credentialism at the root of the
"Part ofthe explanation," says Mitchell,
"iseducational inflation, but we also have
to look at other socio-demographic
Young adults facing high costs of living,
she explains, are delaying marriage,
while others are unable to live on student
Mitchell's study also found that 25
percent ofthe boomerang kid population
was attending a post-secondary
institution, while 45 percent
were   working   full   time,
suggesting, perhaps, that full
time employment does not
guarantee financial
But, Mitchell
points out, it
can't all be
blamed on "dire
economics." "Some
[boomerang kids]
could not afford to be
on their own, but
others simply could
not afford the standard
of living of their
parents," she says. In
fact, the study found that
a number of young adults
could afford to live on their
own, but were saving for a
down payment.
"There is a delay in the transition of
adulthood," says Mitchell. "It is taking
longer to reach adult status," but this
may not necessarily be a bad thing, in
her opinion.
"It's a positive strategy for trying to
optimize their situation," she says. "The
present and future of the economic
climate for young adults is not great."
As the federal and provincial
governments cut back on social
programs, the family becomes a social
safety net. Whether this is good or bad,
Mitchell concludes, is a value judgment.
@   @    @
Liz remains optimistic about her
future. Now a third-year political
science student at SFU, she has
started to think about law school.
"Sometimes, I think, 'I'm 25, I'm too
old to be at home,'" she says.
But she says she sees her situation as
an investment. She's sacrificing her
independence for now, so she can have
a future later.
"When I'm thirty-five," Liz says,
"none of this is gonna matter."
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V-Bird women prepare for semis
by Scott Hayward
The T-Bird women's volleyball
team is set to open the playoffs at
home this weekend, but they may
be without Canada West's top
kill-getter, Joanne Ross.
Ross and co., who finished their
10-4 regular season in second
place, take on the Saskatchewan
Huskies in a best two out of three
game series at War Memorial Gym
this weekend. The winner will go
on to Alberta next week to face the
Pandas, who were dealt their sole
loss this season by the Birds.
The Birds handled the Huskies
easily two weeks ago, winning 3-
0 both nights. The Huskies were
without their top player and team
leader Jacqueline Gustafson,
however, who is expected to
return for the series.
"I don't think [her return] is
going to change the way we play,
1 think it's going to change the
way they play," said Ross, who
was named a Canada West first
team all-star this week.
But Ross is nursing a sore ankle
she sprained two weeks ago in the
teams' last meeting. The injury
didn't seem serious at the time.
"I walked off the court," she
said. "I thought I'd play last
weekend, but it just didn't feel
right." The ankle is improving, but
may not be ready for this weekend.
"If we don't win this weekend
our chances of making the CIAU
championships are nil," head
coach Doug Reimer said. "On the
other hand, we don't want to
set [the ankle] back if we are
successful in the Canada West
playoffs or the CIAU's."
Reimer says he is confident
going into the weekend regardless
of whether Ross is able to play.
"Actually one of our biggest
challenges is how to take this one
step at a time," he explained, "not
getting overanxious to play this
weekend but focusing on practice
here, not getting overanxious
about possibly the CIAU
championships or the Canada
West playoffs.
"That's amplified by the fact
that we beat Saskatchewan fairly
easily, which is a dangerous," he
COACH DOUC REIMER puts T-Birds Melanie Griswold and Barb Bellini
through the paces at practice this week. scott hayward photo
said. "It's good for confidence,     star team, says Ross' absence will
but you still have to make sure
that you're focusing on beating
Tanya Pickerell, who was also
named to Canada West's first all-
force the rest of the team to pick
things up a notch.
"Everyone is going to have to
get an extra kill, an extra dig, and
extra ace, everything," she said.
Trash talking legal hoopsters play for charity
by Scott Hayward
Over 200 lawyers left their
briefs downtown last Sunday to
participate in the inaugural
Gryphon Challenge charity
basketball tournament at UBC's
Student Recreation Centre.
Law student Tom Mills
initiated the event last summer
and contacted firms throughout
the city. He and student Jeff
Sheremata have been organizing
since September, and estimate
the event raised about $10,000.
The money will go to Grizzlies
Futures, "an umbrella foundation
that feeds into a number of
smaller programs designed
primarily around stay-in-school
initiatives and youth oriented
sporting programs," Mills said.
The law firms paid a $500
entry fee. "The teams [also] did
individual pledge drives around
their office," Sheremata said. "We
haven't tallied all that up."
The calibre of play was
surprisingly high for the event,
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with some teams scoring close to
60 points per game. "There is a
law league within Vancouver, and
that's what we tapped into
primarily," Mills said. "The
remainder ofthe firms had people
playing basketball on the side."
Also surprising was the level of
competitiveness, which was
demonstrated by aggressive play
and even trash-talking from the
"Lawyers are competitive and
there's not a damn thing you can
do about it," Mills said. "To some
extent it drives the tournament
because there was a lot of trash
talking before the event. Once
one firm gets involved you have
this cascade effect."
However, the down side of the
fierce rivalry was that some teams
lacked female representation.
Mills decided not to have a policy
in the tournament's first year
because he didn't want to alienate
participating firms. However,
"those teams that didn't have
Friday, February 16
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Sunday, February 18
Vancouver Students Chinese
Chess Tournament '96
Chinese Chess Tournament '96
Presented by the Chinese Chess
Club, in SUB 207/209.
9:00am-11:30am (semi-finals)
1:15pm-3:30pm (finals).
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SUB Ballroom, 7:00 pm
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women were noticed and people
did talk about it."
"What I'm going to recommend
that Jeff take a good look at is
perhaps running two different
pools, one being an extremely
competitive, anything goes pool
and the other one being a co-ed
quota based system," he said.
Mills is graduating this year
and Sheremata hopes to run the
tournament next year with
the goal of making it an annual
event. "We'd like to do it," he
said. "We don't see any reason
why it couldn't be done,
especially in light of the turnout
that we got."
Bird Droppings
Women's basketball
The T-Birds split their
weekend series with Lethbridge
this weekend. After losing 79-61
Friday, UBC bounced back to
win 67-63 Saturday.
UBC is 8-10 in fourth place
ahead of Lethbridge with two
games left in the regular season.
However, they need a win against
first place Victoria or must hope
that Lethbridge loses one of its
two remaining games against last
place Saskatchewan in order to
clinch the last playoff spot.
Men's basketball
UBC beat Lethbridge 96-81
on Friday and 87-77 on Saturday
to lock up first place in Canada
West at 15-3 last weekend.
The Birds, ranked first in
Canada, finish the regular seas
on this weekend against UVic
Men's volleyball
UBC lost two matches 3-0 to
Calgary this weekend, and were
eliminated from post-season
play which begins this weekend.
Middle blocker Jeremy
Westereng was named to the
Canada West second team all-
star team, and newcomer Guy
Davis received rookie of the
year honours.
Committee Meetings
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Monday Feb. 19, 1996
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Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1996
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The Ubyssey
Friday, February 16, 1996 sports
Hockey Birds end tough season on a high
by Jeff Gaulin
Doug Ast worked his voodoo
magic to tie the T-Bird record for
most points in a season with just
sixteen seconds left in the last
game of the year Saturday night.
The Birds' 7-3 win capped a
two game sweep of the
Saskatchewan Huskies, after a 5-
4 victory Friday night.
Ast, the former professional
roller hockey player for the
Vancouver Voodoo was named
Canada West player of the week
with one goal and four assists this
weekend. He tied UBC's record
of 52 points in a season set by Bob
McAneeley in 1971.
His goal came on a breakaway
early in the second period
Saturday night. "Doug's a special
player and he made a special play
there," UBC coach Mike Coflin
said. "I don't know if it's entirely
by accident that he picks off a
pass, knocks it down and roofs the
"I got kind of lucky," Ast joked
after the game. "Their defence-
man coughed it up to me. I
guessed that he was going to
throw it across. It hit me and I
just went in and scored."
Ast and linemate Matt Sharrers
were flying all night with a dozen
good scoring chances between
them. Ast went into the game
hoping to tie the record and was
happy with the result. "Matt and
I had our own personal goals, but
mostly it was just a big win for
us, sweeping Saskatchewan," he
With the two victories, UBC
finished with a 9-17-2 record in
seventh place in the eight team
Canada West conference. The
wins give the team a boost going
into next season.
"I think a sweep is special, no
matter what time of year," Coflin
said. "Our goal for the second
half was to be a .500 team, and
with this sweep we accomplished
A crowd of about 500 watched
UBC win its final game, but it was
the two dozen "Zoo-Birds" which
set the tone. Toting trumpets and
banging drums, the group of
loud, in-your-face fans mercilessly heckled the Husky goalie
and even ratded the referee. Most
of them had gone hoarse by the
third period, but the T-Birds
picked up the slack on the ice,
scoring four unanswered goals.
UBC played a strong offensive
game, but three turnovers led to
each of Saskatchewan's goals
while a fourth was called back for
goaltender interference.
Saskatchewan tied the game at
3-3 at 2:28 of the third period, but
Corey Stock answered with the
power-play winner at 4:32.
Captain Brad Edgington scored
twice in the period, including a
perfect deflection of Colin
Duncan's shot from the blueline.
"Colin and Brad could be out
there for seven days and never
make a play like that again,"
Coflin laughed.
Frank Crosina added a goal off
Ast's pass with sixteen seconds
left in the game to put the Birds
on top 7-3.
DOUG AST put it upstairs on this breakaway goal in the second period. He tied a T-Bird season point record
with 52, assisting on Frank Crosina's goal with just sixteen seconds left in the season. scott hayward photo
Bird Watch
Saturday, February 17
vs Victoria
War Memorial Gym
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Men's Basketball
Canada West semi-finals
Feb. 24, 25,26
opponent, times TBA
War Memorial Gym
Sat., Feb. 24 - Sun., Feb. 25
Stephen Lazar Memorial
Osbourne Gym
Women's Hockey
Friday, Feb. 16, 8:30pm
Saturday, Feb. 17, 4:00pm
vs Surrey
T-Bird Winter Sports Centre
Track and Field
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 11:00am
UBC "Last Chance" Meet
Minoru Park, Richmond
Women's Volleyball
Canada West semi-finals
Friday, Feb. 16, 7:00pm
Saturday, Feb. 17,2:00pm
Sunday, Feb. 18, 1:00pm
War Memorial Gym
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Friday, February 16,1996
The Ubyssey Blood, gore, guts, sex... it must be a Greenaway film!
The Baby of Macon
Feb 16 -18 at the Pacific
by Peter T. Chattaway
If you're just dying to see a movie
about the 17th century and Restoration proved too facile for your
tastes. The Baby of Macon could be
the perfect antidote. Assuming you
don't overdose, that is. Peter
Greenaway's determination to offend your every sensibility could
send you vomiting back to the
happy trails of Robert Downey Jr.'s
spiritual awakening.
Macon begins with the birth of
a near-perfect baby on a theatrical
stage. The townsfolk have come to
gawk at the fact that the mother,
an old, bald and obese woman with
skin covered in scabs and boils,
could have given birth at all, let
alone to a babe so beautiful. Before long they hails the child as a
But, like all miracles, this one is
quickly co-opted by the squalid
world into which he is born. His
teenaged sister {Sabrina's Julia
Ormond) promptly locks their parents away, then claims that the
child is, in fact, hers. Moreover, she
flaunts her virginity (hiking her
skirts up so the skeptics may tickle
her hymen) and declares that she
and the child are worthy of the
same adulation given to Christ and
the Virgin Mary.
What follows is a series of static,
painterly tableaux in which the
haggard themes of church &! money,
sex & sacrilege and communion &
cannibalism are trudged out with
nothing new to commend them but
for the fact that they are increasingly replete with sex, gore and
death. And even this gets tedious
after a while. When the film climaxes in a discretely veiled gang
rape, one is surprised to find that
Ormond's anguished screams sound
so awfully authentic; without this
emotional anchor twisting in our
guts, the scene would drift into the
boring ritualism that characterizes
Greenaway's aloof perversity.
Macon raises interesting issues
only to ignore them. The baby's
Sabrina and Child: Julia Ormond sponges blood, urine, and
great green gobs of cash off her "miraculous" BABY OF MACON.
birth is greeted with wide-eyed astonishment by Cosimo (Jonathan
Lacey), an androgynous teen who
wonders aloud if all births -
Christ's, his own - were so
anointed in blood and filth. The
implication, that all births are simultaneously miraculous and repulsive,
is forgotten once the mob starts to
fetishize this particular infant. In addition, an early debate on faith and
science between Ormond and the
Bishop's Son (Strange Days' Ralph
Fiennes) is interrupted by a roll in
the hay (d la Joseph and Mary's
honeymoon stable in Bethlehem,
with nudity) that is itself violently
interrupted when the two are attacked by a "holy cow."
Abrupt, savage scenes like this
do give The Baby of Macon a definite shock value, but they are few
and far between. The rest of the film
is so redundant, and Greenaway's
desire to outrage so formal and predictable, that it provoked impatience on my part more than anything else; his characters take forever to get to the obvious point.
Greenaway may like to dwell on
each sordid scene, but he really
should leave some of his obsessions
on the cutting room floor and save
us the bother.
Beautiful Girls
at the Granville 7 theatre
by Peter T. Chattaway
I was shocked to discover recently that, as a member of the class
of '87, my tenth-anniversary high
school reunion is only one year
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Beautiful Girls — an ensemble film
about male twentysomethings
who, meeting on the eve of just
such a reunion, realize they still
haven't quite learned to cope with
commitment or adulthood - is a refreshingly honest and entertaining
drama that manages to love its
characters without hiding the flaws
that make them all too human.
The title is something of a problem, though. Beautiful Girls is out
to subvert, not support, the male
fixation with the idealized woman.
The misogyny lurking beneath the
male fixation shows itself in Paul
(Michael Rapaport), the snow
plowman who insists that all
women are embroiled in "one big
conspiracy," yet surrounds himself
with posters of supermodels and a
Saint Bernard named after Elle
MacPherson. (Given how often
these guys head down to the pub,
it's a wonder this mascot doesn't
have a keg hanging 'round its
scruffy little neck.)
On the other hand, the relationship thing is just a symptom of bigger problems for Tommy (Matt
Dillon) and Willie (Timothy Hutton,
looking older than his character's
29 years). Tommy, still dwelling on
his high school past, is easy prey
for an old flame (Lauren Holly) with
a husband, a toddling daughter and
a desire to revive their old passions;
her success sends Tommy's current
girlfriend (Mira Sorvino) running to
her friends (notably the ever-caustic Rosie O'Donnell, who makes the
most of her few brief scenes) for
advice she ends up ignoring anyway.
Willie, meanwhile, coasts into
town in a state of utter ambivalence; he cannot decide if he
should invite his New York girlfriend (Annabeth Gish) down to
check out his childhood digs, nor
even if their relationship ought to
Crashing with
a father and brother so reclusive
only Boo Radley's mother could
love them, it's not hard to see why
Willie has an easier time opening
up in the company of women than
he does around his male buddies.
As he procrastinates, he befriends
an old chum's cousin (Uma
Thurman in what is arguably her
shallowest role to date) and Marty,
the thirteen-year-old girl next door
(The Professional's Natalie
This last friendship is the film's
most daring gamble, and it pays off.
A middle-aged duffer like Alan
Rickman can marry — and presumably have sex with — the teenaged
Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility without raising any hackles,
but innocent flirting between
adults and children rarely gets a
fair shake in modern settings. Fortunately, all involved in Beautiful
Girls get it right. Portman brings an
intelligent mix of wit and impetuosity to her role, and Hutton's
Winnie-the-Pooh allegory lends
their pact an unexpected poignancy. One can't help wondering
where they'll be when the next
ten-year reunion hits.
Unusual Savage Council is
not just an Other play
Savage Council
at Studio 58 until March 3
by E. Yeung
According to the press release. Studio 58 expects
Savage Council to be "one of the most visually unusual productions
in Studio B8's history".
They are right. Unusual is certainly one way to describe this play,
the creation of David Bloom and Chick Snipper. This work explores
the ideas of Otherness and violence through a mix of dance and theatre — unusually, but generally effectively.
Professional actors (Peter Anderson, Anne Cooper, Shinn-Rong
Chung) and the senior acting students of the Studio 58 program (too
many to name) work together to weave the elaborate texture of this
work. Most of the time, the fabric is seamless, the tapestry's pattern
is clear, and you are drawn into the story it tells. Unfortunately, the
cloth also has unfinished, loose threads that hang and obscure the
image, making it difficult to fathom the underlying idea.
Even so, this production has a lot going for it. Overall, the acting is
superb; you can hear, if not always understand, the spoken words.
The music and rhythm (both recorded and generated) effectively support the visual action, even if the latter is sometimes a little ambiguous. Most importantly, though, it makes you think.
Scenes of the primitive, the savage, the Other are set in contrast to
those of the "civilized" Council, but after a while, you begin to question whether they really are all that different.
Savage Council is a production that demands the audience take a
reality check. It stops you - quite literally at times - and forces you
to question what you find funny, what you find repulsive, and what
you are.
The Scottish play gets a
at Pacific Theatre until Feb 24
by Noelle Gallagher
With his tragic masterpiece of
power, lust and immorality, William
Shakespeare has long reminded theatregoers
that unnatural deeds breed unnatural
troubles. Audiences may be willing to sit
through three hours of Elizabethan English,
but don't expect Pacific Theatre's MacBeth
to creep in at a petty pace. Director Kevin
Williamson has hacked out so much of the
Scottish play's innards he risks making it look
like yesterday's haggis.
Williamson seems to manage admirably,
though, and the resulting production, though
but a brief candle, is a bright one. Purists
may protest the liberal cuts in dialogue, but
this pared-down version, with its tight, two-
hour performance time and minimalistic five-
person cast, keeps much ofthe original play's
However, it does have its problems, mostly
due to poor acting, poor direction, or both.
MacBeth may be full of sound and fury, but
we certainly don't see any of it. In fact, what
Pacific Theatre delivers is very much like a
live reading of a radio play, and the audience is sometimes tempted to tune out. The
sparse, stodgy blocking causes frequent lulls
in the action; even the final swordfight seems
lethargic and cumbersome.
The production certainly
doesn't lack atmosphere, though.
Kudos to lighting designer Martin Elfert, whose brilliant use of
candles, torches and lanterns
helps illustrate the play's thematic tensions.
As MacBeth becomes more and more alienated from his uncorrupted counterparts, we
see him - quite literally — in a different light
from those around him.
Now if only J.P. Allen's performance as the
title character were as bright. At the very
least, one hopes for a meat-and-potatoes
performance from one of the Bard's leads.
Sadly, Allen's portrayal is more like a boiled
tofu burger: formulated, bland and largely
Thankfully, his costars spice things up. If
Allen's performance is tofu, then Erla Faye
Forsyth's meaty, passionate Lady MacBeth
is nothing less than duck a I'orange and puts
her kilted costars to shame. Tim Dixon is likewise admirable in his salad-bar array of roles:
Banquo, Siward, the Porter and a Witch. Although Dixon must go through frequent character changes, he lends a fresh, crisp attitude to nearly all of his parts.
Dixon, Ron Reed and Dirk van Stralen portray the three witches as one character. The
weird sisters — or brothers, in this case —
chant their curses and prophecies in unison.
Erla Faye Forsyth prepares to squish J.P. Allen's head in Pacific Theatre's MACBETH.
and usually in darkness. While this is dramatically effective at first, any curious
theatregoer soon longs to see the "choppy
fingers" and "skinny lips" so abhorrent and
intriguing to MacBeth. Fact is. Pacific Theatre doesn't show us anything horrifically
unnatural, except for Banquo's blood-soaked
ghost. While a good MacBeth need not have
creep-show make-up effects, it's disappointing that Pacific Theatre never went beyond
a suggestion of the supernatural to actually
show it to us.
Although this production may not illustrate
the perversions of nature, it does master the
play's sexual aspect. Williamson does an
excellent job conveying the quasi-sado-mas-
ochism between MacBeth and his wife. Likewise, MacBeth's final stabbing has a latent
sexuality appropriate to the potent battle
which precedes it and to the thematic concerns — however fair or foul - of the play as
a whole.
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art exhibition at Regent
College's Lookout Gallery
until Feb 27
by Sandra Cheung
A graduate of the Surikov Institute of Moscow and a twenty-
year student of art, Voronov has
received several awards including the Yashin Youth Prize for Culture. He has also taken part in
many national and international
exhibitions and is regarded as one
of Russia's foremost artists.
The exhibit includes a variety
of works from still lifes of household objects to images that deal
with the larger issues of time, the
place of art and the artist, and the
tradition of iconic imagery. Although his still lifes are well
painted, they lack the vitality and
imagination of his other paintings.
The larger works like Winter Elegy are more interesting.
Voronov says he uses the Virgin Mary and Jesus because he
finds the tradition behind these
icons appealing. Similarly, Ancient Pottery and Forgotten Idea
present art as a line through history that links humanity through
the ages.
Voronov1 s works are all excellent, and most are conceptually
challenging. His Daliesque modes
of presenting the sky show up frequently, suggesting relief from
worldly limitations. Momentary
Musings is his most symbolically
charged work, and it speaks of
creativity through time.
His work has been critically acclaimed both in Canada and Russia. Take the opportunity to see
his exhibition before it ends.
Keep them wagons Rollins
Henry Rollins
Feb 14 at the Vogue theatre
by Jenna Newman
The empty stage made a perfect
stripped down set - no distraction
could have competed with the more direct power of Henry
Rollins and his voice. For a dense three and a half hours, he
took his audience wherever his mind went.
Rollins' act was very like a bit of standup comedy, edging
towards the potentially offensive only to tear it down. A series of quick, funny one-liners evolved into longer anecdotes and personal histories. A loose stream of consciousness often took him far from his original topic, but each
time he returned until the next free association came along.
These were the most interesting segments since Rollins,
as a musician, writer, publisher, actor and speaker, has come
into contact with an incredible range of people and can talk
about them all from an intelligent, and damned amusing,
He dabbled for a while in a more serious vein, though
there was nothing new in his message: life is short and conviction can do wonders. If he was preaching, it was pretty
non-intrusive, but he did state plainly that drugs, the buying of sexuality and the internalizing of even more insidious poisons - guilt, shame and general lack of assertion -
are not good because they make us weak.
Rollins dominated the Vogue; when an accidental purple
spotlight threatened to steal his show, Rollins immediately
apostrophized it as a manifestation of Johnny Cash's divine
will. He was equally unfazed by the occasional spectator's
smartass comments, reminding us that this '"was not interactive spoken word."
Although I wouldn't have missed the story of how he and
RuPaul recorded their own version of 'Funkytown/ it was a
pretty long evening. Rollins could have kept it going even
longer, but the audience's response time started to slip. From
sex to travelling to politics to music to the pope to pop culture to death and back to sex again, Rollins had something
to say. It was an intense ride, and worth the trip.
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Michael D. Wallace
Where Uie Sun
don't shine
It was not surprising to me that
The Vancouver Sun chose to put on
its front page a photograph ofthe
violence that occurred at the
Toronto student protest on
Feb.7th. It was not surprising to
me that the multitude of pictures
taken of the peaceful, organized
and exceptionally energized
crowd of 7000 students, faculty
and citizens marching together in
Vancouver, or the several
thousand marchers in Victoria,
were not prime candidates for
the front page. I was not
surprised because such a choice
is consistent with the media's
ongoing fuelling ofthe stereotype
of the cranky, spoiled and
disrespectful student, a
stereotype which the media itself
is responsible for creating.
And then you spent a good
portion of the article listing the
extent of damage done to the
antique decor of the Ontario
legislature. What about some
mention of the people in office
buildings pouring into the streets
of Vancouver, cheering us on, or
the construction workers leaning
out the windows of half-built
buildings cheering us on? Or
mention of the letter read by
Michael Gardiner, BC Chair of
the Canadian Federation of
Students, to a crowd spilling onto
the street behind the Art Gallery,
in which French students offered
their support and encouragement given their recently
tremendous successes in
nationwide strikes in France?
And what about mention of the
fact that the Faculty Association
of Langara sang for the
enormous crowd, and songs of
peace and hope were performed
by our First Nations brothers and
sisters? What about mention of
the fact that there were protests
at noon in every single college
town in the entire province, from
Prince George to Nanaimo. And
so on and so on. This was a huge
not only province wide, but
nationwide event, the beginning
of something bigger, called
change. Is that what the media is
afraid of showing?
As far as the violence seen in
Toronto, one can only say that
when governments of the likes
of Mike Harris, walk off from a
day (life) at the ski hill and slash
social spending as they have,
people become enraged. May it
also be pointed out that marchers
in Toronto were greeted from the
outsetby a squad of riot police, in
true Mike Harris fashion, unlike
the cool and friendly bike patrols
we enjoyed here in Vancouver.
Intimidation is not conducive to
comfortable calm. Let us hope
that the apparent contrast
between the protests seen across
British Columbia, as opposed to
those seen in Ontario, be a lesson
to voters and hopefully not a
foreshadowing. Perhaps that's
why the Vancouver Sun chose to
portray the event as they did.
After all, 7000 voters gathered in
downtown Vancouver, fighting
the type of climate that the likes
of Mike Harris are creating in
other parts of Canada, a climate
which the Liberals are
hypocritically supporting, and a
climate that B.C. is threatened
with.   As   we   chanted   on
Wednesday, 'No,No No' to such
a climate.
And don't forget us.
Heather Hermant
Former student BoG rep.
Students of
UBC unite!
I, being a SECOND YEAR
ARTS STUDENT believe firmly
that a post-secondary education
is a valuable resource for
building a bright and successful
Canada in the decades to come.
However, by the apathetic
actions I have witnessed by those
students who protest funding
slashes by the Federal
Government, I believe that
passive support for protests has
been the raising of a white flag. I
feel ripped off by having paid
Student Union dues and being
an AMS member. We are part
of a union, have we lost or
overlooked the meaning of the
word union? I find it to be
alarming that in a free and
democratic society with our
generation waiting in the line to
be future leaders of this country,
that we are actively inviting such
cuts by remaining silent.
Surely, UBC with a student
body of thousands of future
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Friday, February 16,1996 culture
Lonely Hearts of Hate
Hearts of Hate
Feb 12 at the SUB Auditorium
by John McAlister
There is nothing subtle about
hundreds of white males seig
heiling against a burning cross.
And there was nothing subtle
about filmmaker Peter Raymond's
Hearts of Hate: The Battle for
Young Minds, which he brought
to the SUB last Monday.
The film documents the rise of
neo-nazi hategroups, particularly
the Heritage Front, but Raymond
was quick to point out the diversity of the racist movement. "Not
all skinheads are racists, and not
all racists are skinheads. These
people are doctors and lawyers.
"The educated: they're the
scariest, most insidious racist, hiding behind an education."
Raymond spent two years with
racist organizations while making
Hearts of Hate; since the film's release, he has received two anonymous death threats.
Hearts of Hate highlights several dramatic confrontations between racist and anti-racist
groups, including a Front rally on
Parliament Hill in 1993.
Another segment documented
how Wolfgang Droege, a German
and founding member of the Heritage Front, attempted to legitimize
the Heritage Front by running for
office in Scarbourough, Ontario.
He received an alarming eighteen
percent of the popular vote.
Several Front member profiles
illustrate a group that appeals
primarily to disenfranchised
youths, looking for the security of
a collective identity.
"Immigrants are stealing our
jobs, lowering housing costs and
the standard of living in our country," Droege explained. An ex-con,
Droege has served time for his
mercenary role in a botched
coup-d'etat in the Caribbean,
drug running and attempted
Vancouver, according to Ray
mond, is a racial tinderbox.
"Groups like the Heritage Front
attempt to target areas like Richmond and Surrey where white
Canadians may feel or perceive
the threat of a racial influx."
Age-old stereotypes breed fear,
which in turn breeds intolerance,
Raymond explained.
Funding problems and the arrests of several key Front leaders
have curtailed the Ontario-based
organization's growth somewhat.
In 1993, founding Front member
Grant Bristo was revealed to be a
spy for CSIS, the Canadian intelligence agency.
In 1992, the news broke that
members of the Reform party
were also members of the Heritage Front; the party quickly and
publicly purged its ranks of racists.
"Bright lights attract bugs," defended a spokesperson for the
Reform party.
What the Reform party and
CSIS incidents reveal is a glar
ing lack of awareness at the institutional level, Raymond says.
Ernst Zundel, propaganda kingpin for the Heritage Front, single-
handedly revolutionized the
internet. In January his hate propaganda appeared on bulletin
boards throughout Germany,
prompting the German government to censor the 'net in an unprecedented move.
In the discussion that followed
the film, Marilese, a second-year
science student, painfully admitted how she, as an emigre from
South Africa, was brought up in
an atmosphere of Afrikaner hate.
"We were taught to fear them.
[Racism] all comes from fear."
When asked to reveal how she
has overcome her initial hatred,
Marilese replied, "Love. It is cured
by love."
Gallery offers Evidence of Auschwitz
Tamara Szymanska:
Evidence of Truth
at Gallery Gachet until Feb 24
by Sandra Cheung
Tamara Szymanska's display shows evidence of
the horrors inflicted upon Jews, Poles, and others
during the Nazi Holocaust. The granddaughter of a
Holocaust victim, Szymanska presents her evidence
through primary documentation, drawings based on
photos, and personal items placed on chairs between
melted wax candles.
The exhibit is an effort to educate the local public and dismiss the notion that the Holocaust was a
fabrication. Szymanska also wanted to underscore
that Poles and many others were victimized alongside the Jews.
The chairs and personal items indicate a sense
of life. Photos, pills, hats-the viewer is very aware
of the humanity of each person represented. In
front of each chair is a pile of shorn hair, and
charcoal drawings of corpses, disfigured and
naked hang above them.
When a person went to the camps, everything was taken away from them. One man had
to hide his daughter's photo in the palm of his
hand during inspection. He succeeded in keeping a memento of his child—the photo can be seen
at the show—but many others were not so lucky.
Both the man and his daughter were present at
the exhibit's opening.
Without being overly dramatic, Szymanska successfully illustrates the reality of Auschwitz 50 years
after its liberation.
Hit and Run
letters cont.
leaders would be able to organize a
national headline making event which
would throw down the gauntlet and set
the stage for continued and hopefully
effective protest. This, is for all students,
a call to arms. Have we, the student
body of UBC, the supposed future
leaders of this great country, lost our
will for self-preservation? Is this an
admission of defeat by remaining silent?
Have we, who carry the vote, the
possessors of rights and freedoms and
the future leaders of this country
admitted our incompetence at running
this country? Let us bear the
consequences of our silence. Let us not
wait for elections to exercise our right
to protest. I find it pathetic that student
body protests are miniscule and
ineffective with but a few hundred
protestors out of 30000 plus students. I
submit to thee - SHOULD WE MOUNT
myself however, these tuition hikes are
but a small investment to my promising
and prosperous years left on this
country as a taxpayer of Canada.
Andrew Szabo
Arts 2
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The Ubyssey news
Unidentified corpse
discovered in UEL
by Sarah Galashan
RCMP remain unable to
identify the remains of a
headless and handless corpse
discovered in a ditch last Friday
by a jogger on the University
Endowment Lands.
An autopsy conducted
Saturday determined the victim
was a young Asian male, but
RCMP say the mutilation will
make further identification
difficult. The missing body parts
have not been recovered.
Police do not believe the
murder occurred in the vicinity
of UBC, said RCMP Staff
Sergeant Fred Barbour, but he
refused to substantiate press
reports that suggested Asian
gang violence was behind the
"That's how [The Province]
reports the news, I take it, but I
can't comment on whether that
is or isn't the case. We don't
even know who [the victim] is
yet," he said.
A leader in the Chinese-
Canadian community called
The Province's story "ridiculous."
"We see from time to time the
press likes to link incidents
based on race; it's unfortunate
because there is often no basis,"
said Victor Wong, president of
the Vancouver Association of
Chinese Canadians.
The jogger discovered the
body after following a trail of
dried blood from the shoulder
of the road to a ditch east of the
Simon Fraser Monument along
SW Marine Drive.
The murder, however,
fuelled rumours that women's
bodies were dumped on or near
the university and UBC's
Health Safety and
Environmental office received
several inquiries, prompting
personal security coordinator
Meg Gaily to issue a press
"I am concerned that
members of the University
community may receive
incorrect information, based on
rumor, that is disturbing and
frightening," she wrote.
Gaily suggested publishing
regular "crime reports" in
campus media to dispel rumors
and increase awareness of
personal security issues.
But the fact that the body
was found so close to campus
has some students worried
about safety and wondering
why they were not notified
"I'm terrified and annoyed
that I didn't find out sooner,"
said Angela Kruse, a Place
Vanier resident. "Southwest
Marine Drive is creepy and
dark. No wonder scary things
happen there."
The area's darkness and
seclusion were probably
responsible for the killer's
decision to dump the body
there, said SFU criminologist
Robert Gordon. "In this type of
situation speed is of the
essence," he said.
Gordon added UBC students
have nothing to worry about.
EVELYN LETT, seated beside her niece Emily Campbell, was honoured by the
AMS Wednesday for her numerous contributions to the university. The new
student approved child care bursary is to bear her name, scorr hayward photo
Colour Connected celebrates
Black History Month
by Rabia Kahn
Colour Connected is getting
set to raise the profile of Black
History month on campus.
UBC's newest resource group
has scheduled a handful of
events, including an art
exhibition in the SUB Art
Gallery with works by various
local Black artists, a film
presentation dealing with issues
that affect people of colour and
an information booth in the SUB
concourse to mark the occasion.
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Although Colour Connected
member Huma Ahmad is happy
with the group's plans, she says
she would like to see more events
on campus promoting Black
History month in the future.
"I would definitely like to see
[Colour Connected] bring in
more speakers dealing with
issues of colour," Ahmad said.
Ahmad says a resource group
can only be as strong as its student
population, citing Colour
Connected's sister organization,
The Third World Alliance at
Langara College, as an example
of the direction she'd like to see
the new resource group take.
The Alliance has a number of
lectures and events planned in
honour of Black History Month,
in addition to its resource library,
a regularly published newspaper
and a wider membership.
Despite all the resource
group's fledgling status, Colour
Connected expects a positive
response to the upcoming
AMS pulls
out of CASA
by Matt Thompson
AMS Council has voted to pull
out of the Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations.
The decision comes four weeks
after allegations first surfaced that
the national student organization's
interim director ran up a $ 10,000
tab in misspending and theft.
AMS President David Borins, a
former staunch supporter of
CASA, says he believes the
negative publicity generated by the
alleged misspending had done
irrevocable damage to the fledgling
organization's reputation.
"CASA would have had to
come out with very, very strong
and successful lobbying to rebuild
its image," said Borins.
"I felt that with the money
missing, the potential lack of
leadership in the coming year and
the low morale of members, that
wasn't likely to happen."
The AMS will pay the $ 15,300
it owes in outstanding CASA
membership fees, however. The
money will not be forthcoming
until Council receives a proper
invoice, which out-going Director
of Finance Tara Ivanochko says
she has yet to receive.
Ivanochko, who voted against
reaffimiing UBC's membership in
CASA last summer, says she's
happy to see the AMS sever its
ties with the organization.
She says CASA was ill-
conceived and rife with
organizational problems.
"The CFS may be cumbersome
in some ways, but I think CASA
has just proven this past year that
you have to have that kind of
organized structure, because it
ensures that you have
Incoming Coordinator of
External Affairs Allison Dunnett
says she too is unimpressed with
CASA and welcomes the decision
to pull out.
"[CASA's] credibility looks like
its shot," Dunnett said.
CASA National Director Alex
Usher said he was disappointed by
UBC's decision to withdraw, but
maintained that the Alliance's
future remains "surprisingly
secure" despite the misspending
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The Ubyssey
Friday, February 16,1996


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