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Array U BC cla m ps down on profs
Strong regulations to govern
outside professional activities by
UBC professors are urged in a
report by a joint faculty-administration committee.
The report, released Tuesday,
says faculty members must
receive special permission from
the administration president if
their outside activities demand
more time than one-seventh of a
calendar year, or 52 days.
"The primary responsibility of a
faculty member is the pursuit and
dissemination of knowledge,
through research and creative
work or teaching," says the report.
"The teaching responsibilities of
faculty members include keeping
informed of developments in their
field and providing reasonable
access to students outside the
But Faculty Association
president Richard Roydhouse said
Wednesday that the university has
overreacted to charges against
UBC faculty members for involvement in outside activities.
Applied sciences dean Liam Finn
was reported to have made large
amounts of money from off-
campus consulting jobs while at
the same time continuing to collect
his $50,000 UBC salary.
And animal resources ecology
professor Julius Kane is alleged to
have used the university computer
Blell says
IH ignored
An international student appealing a recent International House
election is considering legal action
unless he gets a response to a letter
he has sent to the IH board of
Joe Blell said he hand delivered
the letter, which asked for a new
election, to IH director Colin
Smith's assistant Colleen Lunde
Oct. 19.
And Wednesday he said that the
board has not even acknowledged
the letter.
Blell said that if he does not hear
from the board by the end of the
week he will take his case to the
UBC board of governors.
And if this body fails to act, he is
considering bringing a lawsuit
against Smith, the board of
directors and the board of
Blell began his drive to overturn
the election, which was for
positions on the international
students' planning committee,
because he claims the Oct. 7
election was not properly
publicized and because his name
did not appear on a list of students
eligible to run in the election.
"I'm a paid member (of IH) so
my rights have been abrogated as
a member," he said.
Blell said that although he has
received support from people in
the university community, his
action is an individual one. He said
he is not acting on behalf of Saf
Bokhari, another international
student who also claimed Smith
was interfering with the election.
The charges arose amidst a
controversy which saw Blell,
Bokhari and members of the
Vancouver community charge
Smith with being an arrogant, insensitive administrator, being
patronizing to foreign students and
suppressing foreign students.
Blell said if he does decide to
take legal action it will be some
time next term.
—richard schreiner photo
DISCO DUCK from deep-space circulates on campus Thursday, shaking
hands with potential recruits for campus radio station CITR. Radio
hacks hired extraterrestrial p.r. man to bring new blood to station and
boost flagging Ijstenership, now consisting of two SUB janitors and deaf
residence attendant.
and a research grant for private
Roydhouse said the university
had been planning a comprehensive set of regulations on
outside activities for a long time.
"In time these regulations would
have come out," he said. "These
problems just hastened the process
The report condemns the use of
university facilities by faculty for
non-university purposes.
"Faculty members shall not use
the facilities, equipment, supplies
and other services of the university
or engage any other university
personnel in the conduct of outside
professional activities without
obtaining advance approval from
the head of the department or the
appropriate administrative officer
of the university," the report says.
"Suitable arrangements must be
made for . compensation to the
university for such use."
The committee, chaired by
assistant agriculture dean James
Richards, says faculty members
should be allowed to spend a total
of one-fourteenth of a calendar
year, or 26 days, in outside activities.
But a faculty member can spend
more time on outside activities if
his university work is "outstanding," if outside activities
would enhance the member's
competence or if there would be
substantial benefit to the community, says the report.
The committee has also recommended penalties for faculty who
become over-involved in off-
campus activities.
"A member of faculty who by
reason of involvement in outside
professional activities fails to
discharge fully and properly his
responsibilities to the university
may be subject to suspension by
the president," says the report.
Roydhouse said the proposed
regulations may have to be adjusted to meet the needs of different departments and faculties.
"It's too difficult to say if they
(regulations) are too severe or too
lax. It might be too severe or too
lax for different^ departments.
"We have ' many diverse
See page 6: UBC
is 'Catch-22'
The provincial government has
told students in a special work-
study program that part or all of
their salaries will go toward
paying off their student loans, an
SFU student said Wednesday.
"It's like working for nothing.
They'll be considering it as if I had
qirifschool andhad to pay back my
loans," said Dale Walker.
"I was never told at the time I
applied that this would happen,"
he said.
SFU financial aid officer Vern
Loewen said Monday students
should have been informed about
the operation of the program when
they applied.
"It's an attempt to help the
student to work off the size of
returnable (student loan) funds,"
he said.
Walker said he was told on
Tuesday his salary would be
allocated topay off his student loan
rather than being received in cash.
Walker had already received one
cheque for his work before being
informed his salary would be used
to decrease the amount of his
student loan debt.
Walker, a married fourth-year
arts student, said he only took the
job because he needed some extra
"I will quit if I can't get cash. It
isn't worth it," he said.
The work-study program was set
up by the education department
last year as a means of helping
students finance their education by
working in a job at the university.
Walker is working on a research
project in the faculty of education
at SFU.
UBC cliffs need $5 million band-aid
A solution to the Point Grey cliff erosion
problem may be found by next summer and
could cost up to $5 million, according to UBC
administration vice-president Chuck Connaghan.
Connaghan, who is chairman of a UBC
committee working on the problem, said
Wednesday that the committee is looking for
long-term solutions, but wants to leave the
beach in as natural a condition as possible.
"We've lost 300,000 cubic yards of sand in 30
to 40 years," he said. The rate of erosion has
been measured at about one foot per year.
Connaghan said the cliffs are eroding
because of the tide, the wind and cliff climbers.
"Every time a person goes up or down the
cMff, he takes down about 100 pounds of
sand," said Connaghan.
Connaghan said that a $300,000 project in
1974, in which a blanket of sand and rock was
put on the beach to stop the water from
eroding the cliff bases, was not a permanent
solution because the sand washed west to
Spanish Banks beach.
The seven-member committee, which includes the heads of soil science, geological
sciences, the botanical gardens and physical
plant, is working with the parks board as a
joint committee, Connaghan said.
"The parks board leases from the
university the beach and part of the cliffs,"
said Connaghan, explaining the joint
responsibility for controlling the erosion.
He said the permanent answer may be a
combination of methods, using different
projects on different cliffs.
"Planting is one thing," he said.
"Some plants which we thought would grow
didn't take and others which weren't supposed to did. The reports from last year (on
planting) showed some success/"
Connaghan said one project which proved
unsuccessful involved drilling wells near the
cliffs to drain off water and slow the subsurface seepage.
"As one committee member said, it was
like trying to bail out Coal Harbor with a
bucket," he said.
"When the Museum of Anthropology was
built, we were able to take a lot of water that
was going down the cliffs and divert it to the
sewage system."
UBC student awards director
Byron Hender said Wednesday
UBC will not be participating in the
program this year.
"We originally had some doubts
on how the program was going to
work and I think we made the right
decision not to get involved this
year," he said.
"We're watching with interest
how the program works at other
institutions," said Hender.
Loewen said the program, which
involves about 20 students at SFU,
has been a problem to implement.
"The program has some serious
problems with it. The program was
somewhat loosely drawn up by the
provincial government."
But both Loewen and Walker
said the program can benefit
"The program itself, if it was
straight pay, would be quite good,"
Walker said.
Walker said he was told by Keith
Gilbert, financial aid officer for the
program at SFU, that most of his
salary would go to pay off his
student ban.
' 'Let's say a student made $1,200
and had a $1,000 loan. Then he
would get $200," he said.
Loewen said he was not aware
how the salaries of the students
would be adjusted in respect to
their loans. Gilbert could not be
contacted Wednesday.
UBC arts senator Paul Sandhu
said Wednesday the program was
not intended to be used to pay off
student loans.
"Last year, when we (student
politicians) talked to McGeer, they
said they would begin a work-study
program," he said.
"At that time there was no
discussion with us that the work-
study program would be used to
pay off student loans," Sandhu
Toiling hacks
take a break
After months of hard fighting,
the staff of The Ubyssey has
decided to take a holiday to honor
past battles. Thus, there will be no
paper Friday.
The UBC administration has cooperated by cancelling classes the
same day. Because of the holiday,
Page Friday will appear a day
prematurely in today's paper. Page 2
Thursday, November 10, 1977
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'Tween classes
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General meeting, noon, SUB 115.
Talk  on  dental  hygiene, noon, IRC
Alex    Macdonald    on    the    Energy
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Panel discussion, noon, SUB 205.
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1977:   A   Space   Obscenity,   noon,
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Race,    religion    and    revolution    In
South Africa, noon, Chem 250.
Roller   skating   party,   7:30   to   10
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General   meeting,   noon,   Angus 24.
Beginners   and   Intermediate   hatha
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General meeting, noon, SUB 205.
Folk   guitarist and singer performs,
noon, Buchanan lounge.
Organizational     meeting     for     Joe
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Human     settlement    films,     noon,
every day unll Thursday,  Graduate
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Meeting to organize photo displays,
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., SUB art gallery.
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Page 3
Third world students
don't get tree ride — report
When you think about international
students on your campus, what assumptions
do you make?
Chances are, the assumptions you do have
are actually misconceptions.
For example, many people grumble that
visa students are typically rich Americans
who've come to study in Canada to avoid
paying the far more expensive tuition fees in
the United States.
Or, they assume that visa students are
taking places in the education system that
would otherwise go to Canadian students.
Or, they gripe that international students
are getting a free ride at the expense of the
taxpayers because visa students don't pay
that great a share of the costs of their
education here.
These kinds of assumptions have provided
the rationale for various government actions.
Visas limited
The federal government, in an attempt to
control the flow of visa students, has
enacted legislation which makes it difficult
for visa students to remain in Canada after
finishing their studies and to work during
their stay in Canada.
Provincial governments in Alberta and
Ontario, responding to public pressure to
"do something" about visa students, implemented differential fees for international
students so that those students pay a far
larger share of the cost of their education.
However, those actions, and the
misconceptions which they're based on, are
the result of a lack of correct information,
according to a recently released statement
on visa students prepared by the Canadian
Bureau for International Education.
The bureau is a private agency that serves
as a resource centre for people involved in
international education. Based in Ottawa, it
provides information and assistance to
those people who wish to study in Canada.
The CBIE statement says: "These
governments and the Canadian public either
did not recognize the benefit of foreign
students in Canada, or felt they were paying
too much for that benefit."
But the document, based on a series of
surveys and reports on international
students commissioned by the CBIE for its
series Papers on Foreign Student Issues,
also points out that visa students are not an
economic burden on Canadian taxpayers
because they effectively pay for themselves.
A soon to be released report on the costs of
visa students has found that "the expenditure of money by the Canadian tax
payer, through grants to institutions, is
roughly equal to the amount of money imported into Canada by incoming students,"
according to the CBIE.
"This foreign student money would not
otherwise find its way into the economy. On
this basis alone, foreign students pay for
' 'Moreover, the educational system could
not do without the government funds they
receive as a result of their foreign student
population. Faculty and staff must still be
paid and the physical plant must be kept up,
even if there are fewer students.
"These costs cannot be cut without a
major restructuring of Canadian
educational systems. Therefore, for many
Canadian institutions and their communities, foreign students are economically
The numbers of visa students in Canada
have grown rapidly, nearly doubling from
about 30,000 in 1973 to nearly 56,000 in 1976,
and institutions have been accepting increasing numbers of visa students.
But the statement is quick to point out
that: "We haveseen no evidence that this is
being done at the expense of qualified
Canadian applicants: those Canadian
programs that are in very great demand,
such as medicine, admit very few foreign
Stories by
Canadian University Press
education reporter
"... it is fair to say that they are simply
pic king up slack in the Canadian system . . .
In fact, with the numbers of Canadian
students decreasing because of
demographic changes, one could argue that
foreign students are needed to fill empty
places and to maintain employment at the
post-secondary level," says the CBIE.
But, if it's true that many people's
assumptions about visa students are, in fact,
misconceptions based on a lack of information, why have governments introduced legislation to limit numbers of
international students entering the country
and in some provinces charged them higher
tuition fees that Canadian students pay?
The legislation has followed a significant
increase in the numbers of visa students
entering Canada. But at the same time as
the numbers have been increasing, the
countries of origin of visa students have
been changing.
Traditionally, the U.S. was the main
source of visa students. However, in recent
years, the numbers of visa students coming
to Canada from the U.S. have remained
relatively stable — at between 9,000 and
10,000 —while the numbers from other parts
of the world have increased.
The most visible increase in students has
been from Hong Kong. Between 1973 and
1976 the number of students from Hong Kong
studying in Canada nearly tripled from
about 6,000 to nearly 17,000.
More Asians
In fact, according to a CBIE-
commissioned survey of full-time visa
students at Canadian post-secondary institutions, well more than half of Canada's
visa students are Far Eastern or Asian in
"We all have our own ideas about the
appropriate proportion of foreign students
on Canadian campuses, and about the
amount of money we should be spending for
their presence.
"On the other hand, no one criticized the
presence of foreign students when the
number was small and the students
themselves were indistinguishable from the
mass of Canadian students," notes the CBIE
The CBIE also laments the way visa
students have been received in Canada,
characterizing their reception as "an unplanned, haphazard operation," and
suggesting that this may be due to a
generally "random and impressionistic"
understanding of visa students.
The statement warns that: "closed-door,
insular thinking is not to Canada's advantage. In our rapidly shrinking and increasingly politicized world, Canada cannot
afford to alienate its friends through a lack
of generosity with its resources."
And it criticizes the restrictive measures
taken recently against visa students, noting
that the way international students are
treated in Canada has an effect on Canada's
foreign relations.
The CBIE points out that governments
and institutions must share responsibility
for the way international students are
"The federal government is the first
contact of most foreign students, through
Canadian missions abroad. It is important
to make foreign students feel welcome."
"Unfortunately, the new Immigration Act
has quite the opposite effect. Its implementation will put additional barriers in
the way of potential foreign students. . . ."
Provincial governments, particularly
those in Alberta and Ontario which have in*
stituted differential fees for visa students,
also come in for criticism.
Fees unfair
The CBIE says that differential fees
"have no positive, and a potentially
negative, effect on the mix of students that
come to Canada. They are highly visible and
hurt precisely those students who do come.
"They discriminate in favor of the
wealthier inhabitants of foreign countries,
thus making a mockery of Canada's claims
for equal educational opportunity.
"Moreover, since the amount by which"
fees have been increased does not nearly
match the amount it costs to educate a
student, differential fees do not meet the
objective of removing., the burden of
educational costs of foreign students from
the Canadian taxpayer.
"In this respect, a small differential fee is
considerably worse than a large one, since it
projects a negative image without saving
Canadian taxpayers any meaningful
amount of money.
"When governments chose to implement
differential fees, they took the easy rather
than the logical alternative."
Group pussyfoots on differential fees
The Canadian Bureau for International Education has
performed a valuable service by providing long-overdue
information about the position of international students in
It's just too bad that the CBIE doesn't argue its case more
TTie information, as the CBIE points out in its statement
on visa students, challenges many of the misconceptions
Canadians have about visa students and shows that
restrictive policies resulting from these misconceptions
have been rooted in a lack of information.
But the bureau's statement, at points where it deals with
key issues, borders on the wishy-washy, shies away from
clearly stating things it instead only hints at, and attempts
to legitimize some actions that it should be condemning if
the facts it bases its report on are true.
The bureau bases its statement on several principles,
beginning with the fact that the presence of non-Canadian
students is beneficial to post-secondary institutions.
From the reports the bureau has commissioned come
other facts.
Visa students effectively pay for themselves because of
the money they pump into Canada's economy, and they
provide additional economic benefits — allowing more
money to institutions and wider course options by picking
up slack in enrolment of Canadian students.
All of this without discernible ill effects. The CBIE's
information presents no evidence that Canadian students
are losing educational places because of the presence of
visa students.
But, when the bureau's statement deals with differential
fees — which it does term restrictive and damaging — the
wishy-washy nature of the statement becomes clear.
Instead of devoting its energy to arguing against
restrictive, regressive measures, the bureau suggests an
alternative. It says that if governments are going to be
regressive, they may as well do it in a less obvious way —
such as by instituting enrolment quotas on visa students.
.   "They are invisible, at least to the student, and they af
fect only those who do not come to Canada," the statement
"The CBIE supports the option of enrolment limitations
rather than differential fees. It is necessary to persuade
both governments and institutions that this is the fairer
But shouldn't the CBIE be persuading both governments
and institutions that the really fair thing is to get rid of
restrictive measures aimed at visa students because those
measures are rooted in ignorance of facts? Why waste time
arguing that one restrictive policy is more fair than
The statement has more to say on the subject of differential fees:
"If Canadian governments feel that political pressures
are such that they have no choice but to implement differential fees, let them do it at least on a reciprocal basis. If
we must charge differential fees, let us only charge those
who discriminate against Canadians.
"In reality, this is not a satisfactory solution, and as we
have said, enrolment limitations make more sense, but at
least there is a modicum of rough justice in this position."
The CBIE-commissioned survey of visa students found
that more than half of Canada's visa students couldn't
continue studying in Canada if their education costs increased $750.
Shouldn't the CBIE concentrate on ramming those
figures home to governments and institutions rather than
suggesting that differential fees have any justice at all?
Hie statement takes a very timid look at the reasons why
governments are instituting differential fees and restrictive
immigration laws affecting students.
It notes that these restrictive measures come at a time
when numbers of visa students have noticeably increased.
And it does point out, parenthetically, that it's at the same
time that a majority of visa students are coming from Asia
andthe Far East rather than the United States.
But the word racism is never mentioned.
Shouldn't the CBIE be asking, in much more definite
terms, whether racism has motivated government policies
on differential fees and immigration?
.And shouldn't the bureau be pointing out that if these
policies persist despite facts showing that there isn't an
economic basis for them that the logical conclusion is they
are motivated by racism?
The CBIE maintains that the purpose of its statement is
to provoke discussion. And the statement speaks of the need
to re-examine Canadians' motives and methods for the way
we receive international students in Canada.
But wouldn't a stronger statement, one which more
directly challenges the assumptions and misconceptions
Canadians have, be more useful in generating that kind of
discussion? - Page 4
Thursday, November 10, 1977
Good criteria
The UBC administration seems to be finally getting its
public relations act together.
The university has earned a notorious reputation in this
town for being tight-lipped and heavy-handed with the press.
So it was with surprise and disbelief that Ubyssey
staffers reacted to a slight thaw in the administration's policy
of silence this week.
Although the press still has to deal with a snarky
secretary who makes more policy decisions than the
president, Doug Kenny and some of his vice-presidents seem
more willing to talk about the university.
This can only enhance UBC's image in the eyes of the
taxpayers and students who pay for this institution.
In a similar vein, the speed with which the
administration made available the faculty-administration
report on outside activities by faculty members was
After two scandals involving university professors
misusing university time and services, the university is trying
to make a clean breast of things through strong guidelines on
outside activities by faculty members.
It is hoped this report will not form the basis of a
witchhunt to seek out professors who may be involved in
legitimate outside activities, as some of the guidelines seem
The vast majority of faculty members are honest about
their commitments to the university and most conflicts of
interest can be settled by discussing them with their
But the guidelines will serve as a good criteria for judging
individuals who overstep the bounds of reason in taking
advantage of the university's liberal work regulations for
Bank of Montreal justifies its South Africa investments
In response to requests from The
Ubyssey and religious groups on
campus, I am taking the liberty to
expo ind upon my understanding of
the Bank of Montreal's policy
toward South Africa.
TTie matter has been put before
the bank's board of directors for
consideration. It is their joint
opinion that the bank's dealings
with that country and its agencies
are both legally and morally
correct. They feel that our company's policy is consistent in all of
the countries in which we operate
and that it is free from pretentiousness and hypocrisy.
Furthermore, it is the bank's
view that any unilateral
declaration of sanctions against
South Africa or any other country
would constitute an arrogant and
unwarranted assumption of
Canadian foreign policy.
To preface the argument, it is
necessary to consider the environment in which we must work.
The world is divided into many
sovereign states and within most
there is social and political unrest
to some degree. From past to
present, man's inhumanity to man
has been, unfortunately, almost
universal with persecuition of
minorities and indeed majorities
not uncommon.
In Africa today, there are
minority regimes both black and
white repressing their populations,
be they black, white or other.
Violence in many forms is being
committed in the name of race,
religion, economic or social
philosophy. Africa is not alone in
this respect, one need only look at
South America or indeed Northern
Ireland for examples of terrorism.
First there is the question of the
legality in respect to our domestic
and foreign operations. It is the
bank's firm and deliberate policy
to adhere to the laws of Canada and
the laws of any other country in
which we may operate. However,
the bank takes great care to see
that all of its policies conform to
the letter and intent, as we understand it, of this country's laws.
On the moral issue, it is the
bank's view that those advocating
a boycott or economic sanctions
against   South   Africa   should
NOVEMBER 10, 1977
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"Arrrgggghhhh!!!!" roared Matt King as he dived for cover and was
heard from no more. Marcus Gee, brandishing a wicked-looking telephone
book, charged fearlessly Into the ranks of the Poofdas, who greatly
outnumbered the noble newsslders. Kathy Ford, wielding a sharpened
typewriter, demolished a pocket of resistance put up by David Morton,
Bruce Baugh and Merrllee Robson. "Oh, no! It's Kathy Ford!" shrieked
Will Wheeler In despair as he surrendered. Paisley Woodward and Steve
"Quisling" Howard were totalled by Lloyanne Hurd and Richard Schrelner
and the Invisible honorary Karenn Krangle. Chris Gainor disappeared to
make battle plans and missed the glorious rout of George Huey, Gray Kyles
and Mike McLeod by savage, half-naked BUI Tieleman. Robert Jordan and
Nick Read paled before the name of Dave Hancock while Maureen Curtis
and Ken Brown sensibly stayed away, knowing when they were beaten.
Mike Bocking, despite the terrible danger, threw tables, chairs and himself
at the enormous but cowardly Poofda ranks. And Ralph Maurer tried to
get everyone to vote for CUP delegates and If you haven't voted you'd
better hurry. All survivors should attend the staff meeting and seminar at
noon today.
examine the full implications of
such an important stance. Do they
really understand what could
happen to the ordinary people who
still require food and shelter?
Economic sanctions and boycott
are forms of violence that can often
exacerbate conflict and most often
inflame rather than solve social
problems. These measures do not
promote understanding and
progress in this turbulent world.
They have .been tried before in
other countries and failed.
South Africa has been singled out
for attention today but were one to
judge according to similar criteria
and maintain a consistent policy, it
would be necessary to exclude
other countries tomorrow. For
example, the U.S. once had a
policy known as segregation in
some of its states. What effect
would a boycott have been in that
Even closer to home,, have you
considered our own native people
who were placed on reservations
by our government and who were
only recently given the vote? A
hypocrite might point his finger at
South Africa as a target of opportunity, knowing that he can
safely criticize without being
responsible for his actions.
To avoid opportunism and hold
fast to a consistent policy requires
caution and tact. A case can
clearly be made that some
religious and intellectual groups at
different times in history have
been apologists for some of the
most brutal and inhuman acts
perpetrated against humanity.
The bank respects the sincerity
and conviction which motivates
demonstrations against apartheid
and wishes it to be made very clear
that our attitude can never be
interpreted as approval of the
South African government or any
of its policies.
Stuart Clark
SUB branch manager
Bank of Montreal
Bring financial pressure against banks
Due to your coverage of some of
the issues raised by the Southern
Africa week, many people are
more aware that the Co-operative
Christian Campus Ministry and
CUSO have been and stUl are
sponsoring an information campaign outside the SUB Bank of
After discussion in our own
groups we concluded that the
banks' actions (the Bank of
Montreal and the Bank of Commerce, amongst others) are a
direct prop to the repressive white
minority government of South
Africa. The banks effectively
ignore the context of repression
and dehumanization in the country
they are lending to.
The purpose of this letter is to
ask people of conscience here at
UBC to join us in bringing pressure
to bear on these banks over their
loan policies regarding South
Africa. This can be done by either
withdrawing our money from the
banks with an explanatory letter,
or simply by questioning your bank
manager about his bank's loan
Individual accounts are crucial
to the banks, and if enough people
. close their accounts over this issue,
the banks will be challenged to
change  their policy.  There  are
alternatives on campus — such as
the University Credit Union over in
the village and there are also
credit unions just off campus.
Neither the Bank of Nova Scotia
nor the Bank of B.C. are involved
in these loans to South Africa.
If you are concerned about the
implications for student loans,
there is always Vancouver City
Savings or once you get your loan
you can simply transfer it to one of
the banks not involved in loans to
South Africa.
There will be a meeting for those
interested in taking co-ordinated
action along these lines at 12:30
p.m. today in SUB 113.
It's been stated that if not for the
continuing investment of North
American banks (and companies)
we would not have the crisis
situation which exists in South
Africa today.
Katheryn Anderson
theology 3
Hypocritical turd piles
I am writing in regard to Andrew Metten*s objection to your referral to
the chariot racers as "human trash." I agree with him — it is a serious
Not only did this group nobly contribute time and effort to the cause of
raising money for muscular dystrophy, but what other group of people
would do so much for their fellow students? Why, on the very same day
they did this generous act, some of the charioteers, without being asked,
trooped into the washroom of first floor Tweedsmuir and deposited
the .. .er . . . "fruits" of their labor in our bath, showers, and sinks.
They left us with the distinct odor of their presence, at least until the
maid got all the shit bleached out of the drains a few days later.
They also left us quite a collection of small, empty brown bottles, just to
show us how happy they were to have the privilege of leaving us with the
fun of playing "run into the bathroom and try not to slip on the turd slick
on the floor.'' Gee, if only we could return the favor!
In conclusion, I must ask you to retract your calling the "noble" chariot
racers "human trash."
How about "hypocritical turd piles?"
Rhonda Garside
arts2 Thursday, November 10, 1977
Page 5
Women given 'special status'
The dean of women's office
recently announced the establishment of a new internship program
for female arts and science
students, and this student and
other persons on the campus are
wondering why this is not a
universal program.
Iioyanne Hurd'sarticle (Oct. 14)
reports that Maryke Gilmore has
designed a program which was
iniated because, "in this age of
vocationalism and serious career
concentration, fewer people are
willing to take the risk of a liberal
arts education."
This statement was interpreted
by Hurd as, "Gilmore is particularly interested in women arts
students because they are taking
this risk."
Each of these women raise
serious issues about the role of
women in the university and in
society in general. However, they
raise a more significant issue
about human beings — that is,
persons. Both of the statements
quoted above relate equally to men
as well as women involved in
liberal arts education, since each
sex is seeking employment in a
limited universe of jobs.
Maryke Gilmore's comments
regarding the role of a university
in terms of special interest groups
such as women and corporations
invoke a number of rather critical
issues for the development of fiscal
policy in a university. Briefly,
Gilmorestates that women need an
internship experience in order to
learn about the world of work in a
very direct way.
Women will as a result of the
internship experience, use skills
they have at the  moment  and
An article on the dean qf
women's office internship program
submitted by L. Smit, a third-year
arts student. Perspectives is a
column of opinion and analysis
open to all members of the UBC
community. All submissions
should be typed and include the
writer's phone number.
broaden their perspectives on
future careers. She continues by
saying, "women need a
professional network of contacts
with professional women in their
own fields. Men have always had
the benefit of this type of network."
The critical issues for the
development of fiscal policy within
a university, as formulated by
Gilmore, are two-fold.
First, in the case of UBC, this
attitude has given women "special
status" in the allocation of monies
from the university budget. For
example, the fact that the dean of
women's office exists at all -is
testimony to their special status on
campus. I note that there is no
dean of men's office or dean of
persons' office to lobby for their
special interests.
Moreover, in the central functioning areas of the campus such
as the main library, a special
microform collection has been
purchased, entitled the history of
women. I will concede that this
collection may be a useful research
tool in the pursuit of knowledge —
its counterpart is lacking. In a
similar vein, the university has
seen fit to allocate funds for instruction in women's studies;
however, there is no instruction in
men's studies.
Underlying these examples is the
assumption that everything is all
right with the male population. In
fact, the literature on male
awareness is significantly less
than on female awareness. Yet, the
female population would have us
believe that they need special
assistance in order to make it in
this world.
Perhaps the ultimate irony is
captured in Gilmore's statement
that "women need a professional
network of contacts with
professional women in their own
fields." This suggests that women
must begin to communicate and
understand other women before
they attempt to join their male
counterparts in an integrated job
market within their field.
In other words, the battle lines
18 to conduct employment interviews.
— Enjoy working with people
— Are management oriented
— Are interested in putting your education and talent to work in a progressive organization
— Are looking for an opportunity for
advancement based, on merit, in a
company offering a wide range of
employee benefits and competitive
starting salaries
— Are mobile throughout B.C.
To sign up for interviews please contact
your Placement Office on campus for details.
"So when I took over the company I dtooovered we didn't need
quite so many male executives."
have been delineated with women
making professional contacts with
women and men making
professional contacts with men —
each being careful to avoid the
others' network
From Gilmore's statement, it is
clear that women do not want to be
equal within the job market (as
persons working with other persons), but rather they seek to
conquer the job market.
If this is not the case, then the
dean of women's office should be
considering when they are going to
close their doors— before equality,
at equality, or post-equality.
Second, there is a growing
concern among the population at
large about the growing rate of
unemployment. Since the universe
of jobs at any specific time is
limited (there is only a certain'
number of jobs available for
employable people at any given
time), then an internship program
does two things: takes away jobs
from that universe, and in the case
of women, it will give them an
advantage in obtaining employment in that universe.
With the advent of an internship
for women, corporations and institutions   will   be   hiring   well-
educated women at minimal costs.
Women will be on an internship
experience not in a real job
situation. Yet, individuals seeking
employment in the "real job
situation" will be unable to find it
because of people in internship
In the case of women being at an
advantage because of the internship program, there is some
reason to suspect that if employers
know the quality and k i n d of
person they are going to get in the
real job situation, then they will
probably hire on the basis of the
internship and not on the basis of
objective assessment.
In other words, a person not,
having the internship experience
will be at a disadvantage when a
real job becomes available.
It is not good enough to consider
only the special interest groups
such as women, but some thought
should be given to the integration
of males and females as persons in
their perspective roles concerning
job placement and institutions of
higher education.
tiny island kingdom was in turmoil
after the attack on the thoughts of
chairman El Rotundo by
obergruppenfuhrer Schmuck
Thousands of puce blorgs filled
the streets at the announcement
that Cunningslam had won the first
annual Hairy Coppout award for
original research.
"Hire a grad blorg to do your
digging, like everyone else," the
mobs demanded. "Who says Snare
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For people who take the time to roll their own Page 6
Thursday, November 10, 1977
Students protest against "bourgeois" P.Q.
MONTREAL (CUP) — Shouting
"Parti Quebecois, Parti
Bourgeois," more than 1,000
college and university students
confronted Quebec education
minister Jacque-Yvan Morin Nov.
3 during a symposium on the
province's community college
(CGEP) system.
Morin attempted to outshout the
students and responded, "this year
the fight is against unemployment
and that is our top priority for the
time being. Unemployment
touches a great many people . . .
not too many people are touched by
students having to pay relatively
small tuitioa"
" But the students were not calmed
by Morin's statements and  the
minister soon left the symposium.
"A massive free-for-all like this
will not teach us anything," he said
on his way out.
Before the shouting began,
students from Montmorency
CEGEP in Ville Laval presented
grievances to the education
minister and requested that the
provincial government intervene
UBC falling apart — nonsense
From page 1
departments which are very different," he said. "It is difficult to
equate the work of a professor in
dentistry to that of a professor in
philosophy," he said.
Roydhouse said he is concerned
the university is making too many
"They generate unneeded
complexity," he said.
"I would be alarmed if people
made pseudo-legal interpretations
of the regulations."
The regulations should be taken
only as a guide, said Roydhouse.
"One should check with one's
colleagues first and then with the
proposed guidelines," he said.
Roydhouse also attacked journalists who have made charges
against outside activities by
professors and the administration
of UBC.
"I think I reflect the opinion of
many people on the faculty concerning the allegations that the
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said. "This is absolute nonsense."
"I think that students, faculty
and the public should know this.
UBC is still thought of very highly
in Europe, Australia and the
United States in spite of some
excessive journalists."
The joint committee was formed
in May and has met seven times in
preparing the report. This report
coincides closely with a similar
policy approved by the board of
governors in July.
UBC administration president
Doug Kenny was staying at the
Travelodge Motel in Whitehorse,
Yukon and was unavailable for
in the present conflict at their
Students there have been locked
out of classes by the administration as a result of an occupation protesting for the right to
distribute literature without interference from the administration
and against the cost and quality of
the food in the cafeteria and the
lack of adequate training in the
communications program.
Students at Lionel Groulx
CEGEP boycotted classes in
support of the symposium
demonstration and stated that they
would be demonstrating on their
own campus against a 25 per cent
increase in residence fees and the
cost of cafeteria food.
Students from the Universite du
Quebec a Montreal also addressed
Morin before the outbreak,
protesting the provincial government's policy which requires that
auxiliary services in schools be
UQAM students are boycotting
the university's four cafeterias.
Cafeteria prices recently increased substantially.
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Poems of love • Stripping away a myth
This week's creative arts page features the poetry of UBC student
Joanne Ames. The poems appear on PF 5.
Peter's Ice Cream Parlor closed its doors recently, and Page Friday
pays tribute to this landmark of the Vancouver gastronomic scene on
PF 2.
Also on PF 2, there is a review of Vancouver artist Ken Wallace's
exhibition at the Bau-Xi. »<"««.«=,
Canadian author Margaret Atwood is taken to task for her latest offering onPF 3. On the same page, rock critics take a critical pounding.
The concluding week of the Denman Place International Film
Festival is reviewed on PF 4.
On the music scene, the Cecilian Ensemble and the Newport Jazz All-
stars are reviewed on PF 6. The children's theatre piece, Shadowdance,
is reviewed on the same page.
The Freddie Wood production of Much Ado About Nothing is torn to
pieces on PF 7. The New Play Centre drama, British Properties, meets
a kinder fate on the same page.
A selection from the writings of Norman Bethune, entitled The Mind
of Norman Bethune, is reviewed on PF 9.
This week's Vista appears on PF 8. Peter's ice cream dies quiet death
Peter's ice cream parlor on Broadway is
closed. All the last week of October mourners came to pay their last respects in the
only way appropriate — they ate ice cream.
It was the last chance ever to do so at
Drawn by the closing sign, or looking for
that last ice cream, they came, pushing
tentatively at the door to discover if the
shop was still open. It was. Inside, freezers,
mirrors, cutlery and all sorts of bric-a-brac
of the ice cream trade were for sale. Sundae
dishes for $1. Salt and pepper shakers, 50
cents. Two-and-a-half-gallon drums of ice
cream for $10. Freezers for $1,000.
While the store that before had sold only
ice cream now sold itself, the faithful stood
around eating ice cream, feeling slightly sad
at this finale. With the lights burning
brightly for the last time, the pile of bric-a-
brac and memorabilia went down and down.
Sunday, Oct. 30, only an old freezer or two
and some grape ice cream were left, and
Peter's closed, a casualty of changing
Now that the last licorice ice cream cone,
the last strawberry milkshake, the last
banana sundae and the last tub of tiger ice
cream have been scooped, shaken,
smothered, or sold, and Peter's has gone out
of business, we can begin the job of missing
But why should we miss Peter's? In recent
years it was a dive. It looked dirty. It
smelled old. It was decrepit. The ice cream
scoops lived in a slimy broth. The girl
scooping used to lick her thumb from cone to
cone. I watched her. Otherwise, she wiped
her hands on a dirty apron. Under stools you
could see where the mop had missed corners: fudge and sometimes coins lay there
in scum. The stools themselves were faded
and split, and you could see where the
windows needed washing which was nearly
But somehow, squalor bedamned, it did
not matter at Peter's. Good things were
tasted there, not seen. All those flavors of
ice cream. All those milkshakes from house-
made syrups and real fruit. All those sundaes. The choice was staggering; we will
miss it.
And it was so convenient. At one time,
Peter's had four outlets around the city. But
the Broadway location was first — Peter
George began making ice cream there in
1940 — and, when it closed, it was also the
last. In a modest way, this Peter's on
Broadway was a Vancouver landmark. Its
canopy of traditional ice cream red and
white marked the day, while its name in
pink neon cauterized the night.
PETER'S ICE CREAM PARLOR . .. once saw happier days and ice-cream loving throngs.
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But Peter's best advertisement was its ice
cream. For that people came back and
back. Once an Australian woman brought
her children to Peter's. Ten years
previously, she had eaten there on a trip
through Vancouver and when she was it
again in the remembered way, she cried,
"Thankgod. It's still here." Surely when the
Australian woman hears of Peter's closure,
she will count herself among the lucky ones
who ate there. Perhaps she will feel, too, for
a moment, a sense of loss, for, Peter's
possessed some of that mysterious power to
create loyalty that all institutions gather
around themselves as they grow old.
But certain aspects of Peter's will not be
missed. The prices— 50 cents for a regular-
size cone, 75 cents for a jumbo — they were
high. Ihe squalidness of the place. No one
would willingly choose to sit there to eat,
and we could see almost no one did. Most of
the service was take-out. Ghosts occupied
the tables and stools. These were 1940s
ghosts, talking about war, smoking Sweet
Caps, and hearing from outside Peter's the
rumble of Broadway streetcars. The
streetcars would be taken out of operation in
the 1950s, but Peter's would remain.
Yes these last few years we could see
ghosts at all the tables, all along the counter,
but we could not get service like they did.
Eight phantom serving girls worked their
tables. Usually, one slow girl worked ours.
At the end, it was apparent that Peter's
had known better times.
"Peter's really became indentified with
icecream in the 1950s," said Evan Roberts,
Peter's ice cream maker for many years.
"Those were its heydays, but I don't know
exactly what was best then," he said. "I
used to like to watch the expression on
children's faces when I said 'Peter's.' They
just exploded. Peter's meant something. It
was personal."
Maybe that is why we shall miss Peter's.
Because it was personal. Because it
reflected a time when little civilities like ice
cream parlors were possible in a world
insistent on rush and speed and efficiency.
It reminded us of the delights of childhood.
(Who doesn't remember gnawing round an
ice cream cone that was too big?) Because it
taught us each time we ate there that our
sophistication is mostly sham — even such a
little thing as an ice cream cone could do
away with it.
And perhaps, lastly, we will miss Peter's
because each ice cream was a reminder that
we a re still capable of enjoying something in
itself so simple, small and transient.
In a tangible way, little has been lost in
Peter's closing — not even the ice cream,
because nearly 15 years ago Peter's
stopped making its own and began to sell
Silverwood's, which is carried by many
stores. Oh! There are also the milkshake
recipes and special syrups gone, but these
can be made at home.
It is something else, intangible, that we
might have felt we lost when Peter's closed.
Might we have seen it in the eyes of the old
waitress? She was crying. Or in expression
of disappointment on the faces of passersby
when they learned Peter's was to close
Might it have been in the minds of UBC
architecture students deciding to study land
use at that corner on Broadway?
Anyway, it was certainly in the curse of
the drunk who stood outside. He summed up
the feeling best when he said. "Goddam.
Look down that street." He squinted along
Broadway to the east where the street cars
used to run. "There ain't one goddam ice
cream parlor," he said. And there wasn't.
Wallace's paintings look weather-obscured
Ken Wallace is a West Coast painter of
some repute. His work is on display in the
National Gallery and he is currently
teaching an Art Ed course at UBC.
Wallace's show at the Bau-Xi Gallery
reflects the work of an established artist.
While there is nothing particularly new or
innovative in Wallace's exhibit, one could
say that at least for the larger works it is
aesthetically pleasing.
Done in acrylic and oil, and usually in soft
or pastel colors, Wallace's larger
paintings (1-1/2x2 or 1-1/2x1-1/2 m) display
a definite style.
There are articulated colours and shapes
which stem from the edge of the canvas and
are blended together as they move towards
the center so that one central, mixed colour
is formed. This blended colour obscures the
original shapes and form, and their individuality is reduced to outcroppings at the
edge of the canvas.
Consequently, Wallace's paintings often
give an impression of weather. In many of
the works it seems as if a storm has come
along and blurred the colours and shapes
seenat the edge of the canvas. So that which
originally was to be conveyed is hidden
behind a veil.
Wallace has made up the titles for his
paintings, but he says he has hidden a
connection to the work in its title. Similarly,
when the viewers see Wallace's paintings,
they are forced to ask themselves what it is
that is being hidden.
For instance, in Rimous, a striped,
banner-like shape begins to extend across
the canvas, but the colours blend and the
shape   dissolves.   The   viewers   are   left
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WALLACE'S ART ... vague forms obscured by a confusing storm of color.
wondering what is being hidden, and why. Is
it that something is simply being obscured,
or is it that something did once exist but now
only the remains are left?
While in the larger paintings Wallace
certainly exhibits a basic style, he allows it
to vary within each.
In Depeac and Snon, for example, the
obscuring of the shapes and colours doesn't
develop so much from the colours themselves, as from a more clearly deliberate
imposition of a pink and white blend over the
In Kampft, Wallace departs from pastel
colouring altogether and uses a bolder,
deeper red and blue to create a paint spill
While it sounds cliche to say, Snon, like its
name, resembles a snow storm. The
foreground — the outcroppings from the
edges — are clearly deliniated, while the
remainder is obscured by a whitish veil,
reminding one of heavy snowfall.
And in Bersmu, Wallace switches from
blending the colors with a swirling motion
and instead streaks them from the outer
edges horizon tally across the canvas, giving
the blur a rainy effect.
All of Wallace's paintings are certainly
attractive. While the viewer may be uncertain asto what Wallace is hiding, or what
his intentions are, the final result is at least
visually appealing.
Also on display at the Bau-Xi are smaller
works by Wallace (22-1/4x30 cm) which
involve collage, watercolour and ink. The
exhibit runs until Nov. 12.
Page Friday. 2
Thursday, November 10, 1977 books
Atwood's rehash pablum for beavers
Canadian literature is like medicine. They
tell you it's good for you, but it comes in
dark, murky bottles and you're really never
sure what the product is.
Dancing Girls and Other Stories
By Margaret Atwood
McClelland and Stewart, 254 pages
Dancing Girls is more medicine for the
culture-starved masses. It is a collection of
short stories, the latest book bearing the
name of Margaret Atwood. She is, according
to the dust jacket, "an author whose major
role in twentieth century Canadian
literature is firmly established."
In other words she's big time. However
Atwood holds another important distinction
—she is oneof a handful of people in Canada
who make their living from writing
This leads to the next point of this lecture.
Has success spoiled Margaret Atwood? No,
she's still the same, which can be good or
bad depending on your point of view.
However, it has certainly put ideas into her
publisher's head.
The man in question, Jack McClelland,
has his heart in the right place. However
Dancing Girls seems to be a bid for commercial success — some filthy lucre to
compensate himself for the somewhat
saintly though improbable title of "The
Canadian Publisher."
Yes, it seems there is some reward for
those who carry crosses. But the stories
contained in the book are for the most part
old, second-rate pieces of fiction that have
been published previously in Canadian
The most notable thing about the book (it
is called Dancing Girls after the second last
story, which is one of the poorer ones) is 1)
the hardbound format with thick paper and
nice typesetting, 2) it fits just nicely into the
palm of your hand or on your bookshelf. All
of which spells C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s G-i-f-t.
Dancing Girls is a safe collection of some
rather conventional short stories, all given
the delicate sheen of the Atwood touch.
Atwood's style is just pure as ever — as
clean and smooth as marble. That is
probably a result of all her years at
university (B.A. Toronto, M.A. Harvard).
There isn't a comma out of place or a
sentence that rattles as it sinks its way into
the consumer's head. Atwood shows a lot of
attention cleaning up the garbage that
clutters up most contemporary fiction.
The stress is on avoiding an in-
tellectualization of the problems that face
the characters. Instead, the problems are
implicit in the situations in which they are
involved—they tend to stare you right in the
All elements of Atwood's style are a
reminder that Atwood is a poet as well as a
novelist. In her poetry (The Animals in That
Country, The Journals of Susanna Moodie,
Procedures for Underground), there is a
typically Canadian desire of keeping to the
thing itself, accompanied by a
crystallization and refinement of language.
It would be almost Wordsworthian if it
weren't for the great Canadian wilderness
which unfortunately seems always to get
into her work in one way or another.
Ihe desire to express oneself poetically in
fiction has a wide variety of results. (James
nouns as possible with pronouns. From a
certain viewpoint it is a purification of style.
But in the end it seems confusing for its own
sake, like a crossword puzzle.
Take for example the story called The
Grave of the Famous Poet. The poet in
question, for aU the literary eager beavers
who can pick up the clues, is Dylan Thomas.
The author seems to be inviting us to play
games with her.
The story goes like this: A woman goes to
visit a grave with her lover. They wander
about the countryside, the woman narrating
and talking about Dylan Thomas and her
lover at the same time which binds them in
some kind of weird link.
It must be admitted that this device lends
ATWOOD... plays out tired 'survival' theme for die-hard  nationalist literature fans.
Joyce called himself a "killed poet"). The
stories arerhythmic and flowing, having the
proper length and impact.
However the style descends to a kind of
literary guessing game when it comes to
Atwood's habit of replacing as many proper
a modern sophistication to the stories. This
is much needed, since the short story is a
literary genre which is as dead as a doornail.
FVanHy, it is disappointing that one of
Canada's most  popular writers couldn't
have produced a book with more originality
and conceptual impact.
The stories originally appeared in such
magazines as The Tamarack Review,
Chatelaine and Ms. Magazine. It seems also
that they were intended as stepping stones
Woman, as always Atwood's central
character, is represented at all ages with
the corresponding life-crises. A young
woman is left by her big lover. Another is
about to break up with hers. Still another is
having a baby.
Since this is the only book of short fiction
ever published by Atwood, it seems as if
producing this book has been largely the
result of dusting off some old manuscripts.
These are the sort of stories a budding
novelist would write. In this sense Dancing
Girls can be read as an intimate account of
Atwood's maturation as a writer and an
The stories in this book are uneven in
impact and varying in quality. Some of them
might leave you gasping for breath, but
don't count on it.
Pieces such as The Grave of the Famous
Poet, Rape Fantasies, Hair Jewellry and
Lives of the Poets show the Atwood touch,
striving for a higher insight into the human
condition. Others are just stupid little pieces
of writing, complete with stereotyped plots,
characters and values.
Polarities tells about two lonely college
instructors, one man and one woman, who
are teaching in some god-forsaken place on
the Prairies in the middle of winter. The old,
familiar strains of the Survival theme can
be heard in this story. Yecch!
It's a nice critical theory of Canadian
literature, but starting with a theory such as
this produces literature that is overwhelmingly trite in face of Canada's urban
realities. Even worse, the whole effort
smacks of formula writing.
In a sense, Margaret Atwood is one of
Canada's first generation of writers, since
literature before this time has come from
indigenous native cultures or from the
colonizing influences of the Britain and the
U.S. For this reason her errors are
forgivable as she goes in search of themes
and subjects that have a Canadian perspective. After all, there is a serious shortage of national myths to set this country
It is interesting to note that most of the
Canadian novelists who are having any
serious artistic impact are women: Atwood,
Gabrielle Roy, Marie-Claire Blais.
Margaret Atwood is one of many starting
points for the establishment of a national
identity. But only a starting point: it will be
necessary to go much further.
Rock critics veer between bias and insight
Rock music critics live a
parasitic existence, scavenging
upon the avails of the primary
producers in the music chain, the
artists themselves. And in no way
is this relationship always a
symbiotic one.
In more concrete terms, many
musicians couldn't give a damn as
to whether the critics can appease
their appetites through exposure of
every conceivable flaw in an artist's work and roasting the artist
in question. Critics are frequently
viewed as no more than minor
irritants that can be rid of through
not-too drastic measures.
Occasionally, however, the
damage wrought by critics may
reach monstrous proportions. This
is especially true if a particular
critic writes for a publication with
a nationwide or even worldwide
circulation. The collective verbal
abuse amassed by several
reviewers also poses a concrete
threat to the artist, who is largely
defenseless against this onslaught.
Admittedly, not all, and probably
not   most,   rock   critics    are
militantly aggressive in their quest
to render their service to the
record-buying and concert-going
masses. Several have gained the
respect of knowledgeable readers
of rode music critiques, the respect
of other critics notwithstanding.
The sadistic tendencies are
somewhat less evident or
repressed in these critics as they
seem to offer candid, yet fair
reviews. Unlike their more
aggressive colleagues, they tend to
judiciously monitor their
prejudices to a greater extent.
Although the very idea of rock
criticism implies subjective
evaluation from individual people
with individualized tastes, these
more liberal-minded reviewers
tread more lightly in their
assessment of the artistic worth of
an album or concert.
Locally,. Jeani Read of the
Vancouver Province is a strong
case in point Although somewhat
intellectually condescending to her
readers, she has consistently
provided first-rate concert
And although somewhat overly
evident, the breadth and depth of
her knowledge about rock music,
and music in general, is difficult to
Add to this a powerful literary
flair and facility for colorful prose
and the result is a stimulating
commentary on a musical event.
Her fairmindedness is apparent'
as she has never gone to the point
of assassinating the character of
an artist as well as debasing the
artist's work. Judgment rests on a
balance between constructive
criticism and generous praise.
Of the 'other' type of rock critic,
there seems to be an inexhaustible
profusion. Although it is somewhat
unfair to place these critics in such
a catchall category, the general
similarities among them are
readily apparent.
These art the individuals who
pursue criticism of a work to its
illogical yet inevitable (to them)
As well as  dismembering  an
artist's work to worthless shreds,
they go to the point of denigrating
his character. Some peculiarity or
idiosyncrasy of the artist as a
person is employed as defamatory
ammuntion. The appropriate
labels are attached to individuals
in reference to actual or fictional
qualities with the remotest of
associations to the music created
by these individuals.
Such defamatory comments are
common in national rock
publications as well as those with
more modest circulations.
As one of the foremost rock
publications, Creem is an institution among rock readers and
has a circulation which spans at
least the North American continent. Yet, like most magazines of
its type, the orientation is more
towards the vinylized gloss and
pretentious glamour of rock than
the actual music itself.
Consequently to capture the
interest of the greatest number of
readers, extreme viewpoints are
bandied about to fan the flames a
little. One only has to contrast the a
Creem critique to the least sober of
classical reviews.
Capsule reviews, which are
contractions of the more finely
detailed full-length reviews, are
less innocuous than they seem. In
twenty-five words or less, the
capsule review can negate the
artistic worth of an entire album.
This is considerably more convenient than achieving the same
ends through a full exercise in
■critical nitpicking.
Locally, a reviewer who writes
for the Metro magazine is a leading
proponent of the better cause of
rockbutcherism. However what he
has to say has already been voiced
by many of his colleagues who
have employed the same acid-
tinged verbal tactics.
Vaughn' Palmer of t h e Vancouver Sun is a writer who
straddles the two extremes of bias
and fairmindedness in rock
The    number    of    blatantly
castigating reviews he has written
can be counted on the 'hand' of an
amputee.  His  literary  offerings
Seepf 8: CRITICS
Thursday, November 10, 1977
Page Friday, 3 Film festival winds up
The Denman Place Fall Film
Festival comes to a close tonight
ending two exciting weeks for film-
Attendance for most showings
was much higher during the second
week of the event indicating that
the festival was beginning to catch
on with Vancouverites.
Allan King's first fictional
feature Who Has Seen the Wind
was the hit of the two-week event
selling out its first show last
Friday. It is almost assured of a
second sellout tonight at 7:30.
Based on W. 0. Mitchell's
famous novel about a boy growing
up on the Canadian prairies during
the Depression, King's picture is a
well-crafted and thoughtfully
prepared work.
It starts a regular run at the
tegrity intact. He is wise enough to
know when the game is over and he
rejects the temptation of the big-
risk or Alan's attempt to pin him
down in his thesis.
Unlike the others he has
something to turn to, his painting,
and is not faced with a void when
the street scene dies.
There were more films from
France than anywhere else in the
festival and most of them were
Two that displayed the best and
worst of French comedy were
Pierre Richard's Le Distrait and
Edouard Molinaro's Le Telephone
Richard is a French comedian
best known for his performance in
A Tall Blond Man with One Shoe.
He is often described as a mix of
There is a warmth and humanity
in his film whereas in Le Distrait
there is no one we can possibly
care about.
The final showing of the festival
is the French mystery The
Suspects at 9:30 tonight.
The Suspects is an interesting
film but is certainly one of the
lesser works to play the festival.
Now with the Fall Film Festival
over moviegoers must return to the
drudgery of the slow pre-
Christmas film season for the next
few weeks.
The festival was a welcome
change to many and will, it is to be
hoped, become a regular fixture of
the local film scene. Maurice Bilovus and his staff at the Denman
Place Cinema deserve a vote of
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TTie other Canadian movie in the
festival was Allan "Bozo" Moyle's
The Rubber Gun, an English-
language film from Montreal. Shot
on a shoestring budget over a two-
year period, it is produced by the
same group which turned out
Frank Vitale's Montreal Main four
years ago.
Vitale is also involved with this
picture, this time as cameraman,
while Moyle, who acted for Vitale,
directs and acts in his own feature.
The Rubber Gun is the best work
the group has yet turned out.
Although it is far from perfect it is
one of those rare films that takes
the best elements of underground
cinema and incorporates them into
a commercial feature.
Moyle and writer Stephen Lock
devised a thin plot to hang over
what is basically a detailed
character study.
A young sociology student from
McGill (Moyle) becomes
associated with a group of street
people who are hustling dope in
order to find background information for his M.A. thesis.
He is generally accepted by the
group, especially Stephen (who
also brings him out of the closet).
The group is in the process of
making the biggest score of its
history. The only problem is that
the suitcase full of cocaine which
will make them rich is sitting in an
airport locker which has been
staked out by the cops.
In the course of the film we see
the disintegration of the fragile
bonds that kept the group together
when the dope disappears, and
they end up a backbiting, double-
dealing bunch.
Except for Stephen, who comes
through in the end with his in-
Jerry Lewis and France's genius
film comic Jacques Tati.
Although the influence of both on
Richard is quite obvious he
displays none of their talents as an
actor or director.
Lewis is a master of the wild gag.
He can keep a simple slapstick
joke rolling for as long as he wants.
Richard tries to do the same but
ends up dragging out silly sight
gags that weren't very funny to
begin with.
When he attempts to satirize
mechanization and urbanization in
Tati's understated style he shows
his real lack of imagination and
timing. Tati can take a simple act
like missing an elevator and turn it
into a comic ballet. When Richard
tries it he creates a long, boring
and poorly timed scene.
Molinero's Le Telephone Rose
displayed all of the subtlety and inventiveness that was lacking in
Richard's unbearable failure.
It concerns the adventures of a
hardworking factory owner who
comes to Paris to negotiate the
merger of his company with an
American multinational, Fielding
and Co.
He is a bit of a country bumpkin
unaware of the way big business
deals are arranged now. So when
he is introduced to the "niece" of
one of the Fielding executives he
believes that is what she is and
becomes involved in an affair with
Actually she is a call girl who has
been hired by Fielding to ease
negotiations. When        the
businessman finds this out, after
he has fallen in love with her, he is
mortified and angry, but still in
Molinero's approach is to emphasize character development
rather than to play things just for
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Thursday, November 10, 1977 Fine tunes
creative arts
The following selection of poems was
written by UBC student Joanne Ames. Page
Friday publishes works in the areas of
poetry, short fiction, drama, photography
and the graphic arts. Submissions should be
delivered to room 241K of the Student Union
yr head
dangles to one side
chicken,   executed
still talks, its
jerking mouth	
dances & spurts
before us.
someone'should finish it,
but/    we are frozen, the
gurgling sounds of death
as loud as mountains
ring around and around
our heads.
winter sifts down from the mountains, in
side we are warm and frightened,
frost encroaches on the window pane,
who would have thought it would end
so quickly?
my mouth is thick with fur;
the blanket falls to one side,
abandoned stretches of my skin
lie open like the drifts, no
mark,   no sign of your coming
mere hours before
limbs of trees and grass, delicate
and still, wait for ice.
so I compose myself  calm as wax
imitation of serenity,
i hear the soft click
of you unlocking the door
and leaving,
stealing out, leaving it hanging
a wound in the wind
the first small crystals form on my breath.
cast the first stone
so that i may know
you have no guilt,
i wear my sin like a medal between my legs.
who told you,
that you could come here?
how do you know
your way in the dark?
gather your courage. Look
into the wound,
gaping mouth that accuses you
without a sound
and gather your stones up
in careful hands
walk home alone
clicking them softly in your pants
exuberant wi. soap and water,
she carries her nipples
small,   red kisses
erect on her breasts.
muscles      run between her ribs
like fingers, your hands. . .
o, the web and bone of love
the rejoicing .
my mouth where you kissed me
warm as a bruise
browning in the sun
waiting to be taken
ripe past bearing. . .
a purse full of wheat, madonna      stands among the
pigeons   rationing,
there are a few she favors;
one with ruffled feathers,
half-bastard white
because he has the courage to
climb the peak of her fingers,
reach into her hand for more.
a young boy comes by, kicking and cawing
scattering them up
leaves in a storm. . .
and her eyes follow them, rising,
sad as a hawks's.
ma:      today in the mail
like a burning
i received my grandmother's
silver tea set.   i am afraid, it
glows in the dark/
insides of me
stained bowl
flower edge _ embroidered into
my fingers, burning
like a candle before me
her death,   o
i am afraid      to touch it. . .
worried      about you &
other wimmen. there are
cars in the street      to keep me company &
my plants      but     that doesn't mean
i can keep you out of me:
rape, you see you
push in
all night (next
door they are
slamming beer&
other wimmen&
i am gutted out, a
house after theft.)
he had his arm broke, see.
it wasn't no horse, no
i fancy he
several options:
from trees
in front of cars
from buildings.
it don't matter how, baby,
just so long as somebody knows
some long-nosed
got to know
how it shittin'
broke like his heart.
i burn
as bright as a bush
the hand of a prophet
could not have done better, oh
led like a lamb, i come to this slaughter
there is blood on my hand
where i pull it from under me, i
reached for the ebbing, the hope of tomorrow
your face is disgusted
i cath the dream in my hands
dripping like jelly
the white walls, the
tiles are waiting for color
i move, i move to give this over
i want you to have it
it is your gift
worn round your neck
it will ward off spirits, it
will ward off lambs
keep it with your collection
these dry delicacies   too many and too old
be counted
hursday, November 10, 1977
Page Friday. 5 music
Baroque group worth the walk
Last Friday, in the pleasant
ambience of Ryerson United
Church, the Cecilian Ensemble
presented a delightful concert of
Italian baroque chamber music.
The Cecilian Ensemble is a trio
of instrumentalists, namely Carlo
Novi, baroque violin, Susie Nap-
per, cello, and Patrick Wedd,
harpsichord and organ. A Vancouver-based group in existence
since. 1973, it has now reached a
standard of excellence in its
performance of baroque chamber
Jazz sizzles
Maybe I'm just suspicious by
nature, but I was curious why
David Y. H. Lui should be
producing a jazz concert, billing it
as the Newport Jazz Festival All-
Stars. Not that the seven musicians
who played at the Orpheum last
Friday aren't worthy of being
associated with that prestigious
festival, but to bill them as All-
Stars was perhaps less relevant to
the musicians' curriculum vitae
than to certain motives of Mr. Lui
and his co-producers.
The concert itself was quite a
treat. Propelling the group on
drums was the ever-smiling
Panama Francis, a veteran of the
big band of Cab Calloway. On bass
was Major Holley, a gentle giant of
a man whose easy virtuosity lent a
solid foundation to the evening's
events. Ray Bryant, who has appeared on albums with Sonny
Rollins, Miles Davis and Dizzy
Gillespie, rounded out the rhythm
section, holding everything
together on the piano.
The soloists were Harry
"Sweets" Edison on trumpet,
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis on tenor
sax, and Bob Wilber on clarinet,
alto sax, and his feature instruments, a rare curved soprano
sax which he proudly boasts was
built in 1912.
The evening got under way with
a set of early bop played by the
rhythm section with Wilber
soloing. Perhaps it was a bad
sound mix, but it took about four
numbers for the hall to warm up
and toes to start tapping.
Things really took off when
Edison and Davis joined the fray.
Both of these  men are  former
members of a Basie band, and
their tight parallel harmonies and
easy solos showed it. Particularly
sweet was Harry Edison's rendition of Willow Weep For Me, a
beautiful ballad that Edison
rounded off with a musical joke
consisting of about five melodic
cliches, just to bring us back down
to earth.
The second set began low key,
with Ray Bryant playing piano
solo. He ran through a dazzling
display of styles that ranged from
early Basie boogie through Oscar
Peterson and Thelonius Monk. It
was a joy to watch an old pro at
Major Holley came on next and
kept us all amazed and entertained
withhis "X-rated" bass playing, in
which he sings and accompanies
himself on the bass. Big fun.
The rest of the band returned for
some more bop, the highlight of
which was a rendition of
Ellington's Take the A Train. By
this time, we were all stoned
enough on swing for vocalist Carrie
Smith to make her appearances
and belt out a few standards, including God Bless the Child and (if
memory serves) a couple of
Ellington numbers.
Strangely, despite some
genuinely fine moments, the
concert left the musicians and
audience alike with a vague ennui,
not that uplifted sense of "go-get-
'em" enthusiasm with which a
good jazz show should leave you.
Perhaps it was the obviously
uncrowded hall. Inflated ticket
prices may have been in part
responsible for this, or maybe the
lack of response is a symptom of a
current myopia of musical taste.
The group operates from the
conviction that "the music of
earlier times takes on a new
vitality when approached in an
historically appropriate manner."
The timbre of period instruments
lends a distinctiveness to the individual lines in the typically polyphonic texture of baroque music.
As the music was originally
composed with the sounds of these
instruments in mind, it stands to
reason that important aspects of
the expressive potential of the
musk are going to be sacrificed if
performed on more modern instruments and in a more modern
Music from the early baroque (c.
1600-1650) demonstrates "striking
traits of capriciousness,
exuberance and irregularity." The
first half of the program was
composed entirely of such music.
It included works by G. Fresco-
baldi, G. B. Fontana, C. Saracini,
D. Castello and G. P. Cima^ not
exactly household words for the
typical concertgoer.
Four exquisitely performed
works by Frescobaldi, Fontana,
Saracini and Castello respectively
Shadowdance delights
Should you ever find yourself
relegated to babysitting a brood of
whining children on a rainy
Saturday afternoon, just head to
the Arts Club Theatre, where you
and the children can enjoy a
magical and musical afternoon
with the Green Thumb Players and
their production of Shadowdance.
By Yurek Bogajewicz
and Sheldon Rosen
Directed by Yurek Bogajewicz
Arts Club Theatre, Saturday afternoons until Dec. 24
Shadowdance is a tale of the
Middle Ages about a young simpleton who finds himself responsible for saving his visage from the
Shadow of Death and Darkness.
The Shadow has plagued the
village with disease and
destruction and it is up to the
simpleton, armed only with a
newly awakened imagination and
two wooden nickels, to rescue the
townspeople from the Shadow's
evil grip.
With violin in hand, the young
fool sets off on his perilous journey
to find and conquer his enemy.
Along the way he is confronted
by the two-headed monster "of all
our fears" and by the towering
monster of desire. But he successfully overcomes these adversaries and at last finds himself
in the company of the iniquitous
The play then reaches its happy
climax as our hero defeats the
Shadow by making him dance to
the music of the violin.
The Green Thumb Players'
production is a joy from beginning
to end. Laced with a selection of
delightfully tuneful melodies, some
highstepping dance numbers, and
even a bit of acrobatics, their
presentation of the play is lively,
energetic and fun-filled.
Menlo Skye MacFarlane is a
wonderfully malevolent Shadow of
Death, and Stuart Nemtin captures
his audience completely with his
winning portrayal of the befuddled
fool. Patricia Best Robins also
shines as the play's old woman and
her pleasant singing voice is a
decided asset- to the production.
The Green Thumb cast's
engaging facial expressions,
emotion-filled voices and exaggerated movements win enchant
any child. The troop received a
warm reception from the opening
afternoon's audience of
Doug Welch's simple and
colorful set beautifully enhances
the storybook character of the [day
and director Yurek Bogajewicz has
used it to its full advantage.
Bogajewicz's direction is
creative and, fast-paced, and he is
to be commended for rising expertly to the challenging task of
putting on a play for the most
difficult of audiences.
Shadowdance is billed as a play
for children of all ages, and so it is.
It is bound to charm and delight
opened the program. They were all
for violin, cello and harpsichord.
This was music beautifully and
idiomatically performed by three
dedicated and sensitive musicians.
Then Wedd performed the Messa
Delia Madonna for organ by Giro-
lamo Frescobaldi. The fourth part
of the work featured a vocal
obliggato to the organ sung by the
organist himself.
Cima's Due Sonate per il violino
e violone rounded out the first half
of the program. This too was
beautifully interpreted with each
player aware of the importance of
his or her part in relation to the
whole. They were bound by a unity
of conception which a certain much
larger Vancouver musical group
would do well to emulate.
Three works made up the second
half of the program, all from the
latter part of the baroque period.
Geminiani's Sonata in D minor
for cello and harpsichord was
performed by Napper and Wedd.
This was more familiar music
and received a high level of performance, though not quite as high
as in the program's first half, as
things occasionally went awry in
the cello. A bit of scratchy bowing
and a sour note here and there
were only minor imperfections in a
fine performance.
Locatelli's Sonata in F minor for
violin, cello and harpsichord
displayed what must be one of the
most beautiful cantabile
movements in chamber music
literature. The performance it
received was correspondingly
beautiful and a thoroughly awed
audience delayed a long time
before daring to break the spell
with applause.
Corelli's Sonata in E major for
the same instrumental combination was equally delightful in a
different way. It was a very short
and tuneful affair — the perfect
work to have ended the concert.
If musical subtlty, nuance and
sensitivity appeal to you, The
Cecilian Ensemble could not fail to
bring much pleasure.
There is little enough of true
musical excellence in Vancouver,
so look out for their future performances. To coin a phrase, the
Cecilian Ensemble is definitely
worth walking across town to hear.
Or driving, or even taking the bus.
There'll never be
anotherVfce President
like Richard.
The President made that
promise to himself last
Thursday afternoon, after
Richard blew an important
new-business presentation.
Richard isn't incompetent.
The villain is his lunches, or
rather the too-many drinks he
often has at lunch. Come
afternoon, he's just not as
sharp as he was in the
Richard is playing dice
with his health. His old-
fashioned business style is
also sabotaging his career.
Today, with competition so
rough and stakes so high, even
the-most generous company
can't be patient for long with
an employee whose effectiveness ends at noon.
If you're a friend, do
Richard a favour by reminding
him of the good sense of
You can bet the man
eyeing his job won't help
Page Friday, 6
Thursday, November 10, 1977 theatre
Much ado about Brockington nothing
When was thelast time you saw a
really memorable production at
the Frederic Wood Theatre?
The director of Much Ado About
Nothing, John Brockington, has a
tremendous budget. Most theatre
companies would sell their souls
for a fraction of it.
Maybe that is Brockington's
problem. Because although he uses
his resources to decorate the stage
lavishly, the production doesn't
have much else to recommend it.
Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare
Directed by John Brockington
At the Frederic Wood Theatre
Until Nov. 14
Douglas Higgins has. created an
idealized, improbable set reminiscent of several 1930s film
productions of Shakespeare's
plays. Brigitte Sitte's costumes
cover the stage with color. In the
opening scene the women spread
their pastel dresses liberally over
the set. And then the men come in,
marching down the aisles of the
theatre, singing, home from the
wars. They punctuate the pastel
colors with spots of red and rust
and gold. Zowie.
This visual assault is acceptable.
Brockington has the money and
should be allowed to indulge
himself in this way if he wants to.
But the production does not
scintillate like its setting. In fact,
this production makes the title of
the play ironic.
One gets the impression that the
actors were put on stage and left to
fend for themselves while the
director gloated in the costume
room. Karen Levinson and Stephen
Woodhouse, as Hero and Claudio,
give uninspired, wooden performances. When Claudio,
believing Hero to be untrue, rejects
her on their wedding day, his voice
is choked with tears. It might have
been believable if he had shown
anything but indifference before.
There is one tedious scene in
which Dogberry, a foolish constable, talks to the officers of the
watch. This is made overly long by
a great deal of stumbling, mumbling and fumbling with spears.
The slapstick aspects  of this
SPLENDID SET • ■ - stars in lavish but superficial production of Shakespeare's comedy. Much Ado About Nothing
scene are not in the script and
could have been cut considerably.
Comic relief may be necessary but
not to this extent.
Michael Puttonen, as Dogberry,
drew a lot of laughter and applause
from the audience. He was badly
overacting. This is due, no doubt,
to poor direction, rather than any
lack of sensitivity on his part.
Drama roasts bourgeoisie
British Properties is an example
of theatre for the middle class.
The filthy rich wouldn't be
caught dead rubbing shoulders in
City Stage's small theatre. No, this
is a play for those who don't really
like leaving their televisions home
British Properties
By Richard Ouzounian
Directed by Robert Graham
At City Stage until Dec. 3
Advance publicity promised us
"a series of tart and pertinent
comments on the life we live in
Vancouver today." It's not exactly
that. But it is definitely a Vancouver play. Any attempt to
produce it elsewhere would require
massive rewriting or great
There are a lot of Vancouver
jokes and a lot of Canada jokes.
But they aren't particularly
meaningful. References to Stuart
Keate, Allan Fotheringham and
Kazuyoshi Akiyama may tell you
the play is set in Vancouver. But
they aren't necessarily pertinent
The first half of the play really
drags. The scene is being set, the
characters are being introduced
and all this takes a long time. This
is when all the jokes are made
about Vancouver and about the
characters' social position. They
only contribute to the general
The play takes place during the
annual family dinner at Doris and
Graham's house. The guests include Doris' youngest sister Julie,
a professor of women's studies,
and her psychologist husband. The
other sister, Terry, a gossip
columnist, has invited a well-
known Mafia member as her date
for the evening.
Bert is on the run, having stolen
money from the casino in Las
Vegas. The boys catch up to him at
the house and interrupt Doris'
carefully planned dinner.
The ensuing bedlam and the lulls
that intersperse it are very well
handled. The one-liners have more
punch once the characters are
forced to leave their opulent,
lethargic complacency.
Maggie Askey, as Doris, the
vacant socialite, shows suitable
outrage when her dinner party is
disrupted. She hysterically tells
Bert how much the furniture cost.
Barney O'Sullivan is also good as
Graham, a lovable old codger who
quotes Kipling after three martinis. Diana Belshaw and Lome
Kennedy are believable as the hip
young Julie and Mark.
Only Elaine Nalee performs too
stridently for credibility. Her
costume is also widly improbable,
accentuating  the  flaws  in   her
performance. In general the
costumes were subtly realistic and
the set expressed the cozy confidence of the British Properties.
None of the characters could
have taxed the actors to any great
extent. This is the kind of play that
should delight amateur theatre
groups in years to come.
But this production is very
professional. And it's good light
entertainment. If you don't mind
admitting you're bourgeois.
The production is not a total loss.
Lally Cadeau and Allan Gray, as
Beatrice and Benedick, give lively
performances. Their arguments
are delightful and Cadeau even
manages a believable wistfulness
from time to time. When Beatrice
and Benedick are deceived into
loving each other, their performances are less convincing.
Cadeau and Gray have to drag the
rest of the production along behind
them. It must be a great burden.
Shakespeare's wit manages to
hold theproduction together for the
most part. But the force of his
language is often lost in poor
There are a number of things
wrong with the Frederic Wood
Theatre. Sure, they sell all their
tickets. They have a captive
audience of theatre students and
gullible alumni. This season's
lineup probably fulfills all the
theatre department's curriculum
But their interest in Canadian
drama appears to be negligible.
And they haven't put on a
theatrically interesting production
since, oh, Spring's Awakening two
years ago. That production at least
gavethe impression that they were
thinking about acting, considering
technique. I wonder what valuable
information theatre students
gained from Much Ado About
It's very sad when you go to a
play and all you can see is set
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reveal an erudite consciousness of
contemporary  trends,  but his
knowledge about the music itself
seems rather limited.
Some of his comments seem to
be no more than the monosyllabic
rendition of "ay" or "nay" to a
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On the other hand, it's common
knowledge that becoming a rock
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fulfillment of any particularly
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Awareness of contemporary
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Homage to Neruda, an evening
of readings from the works of poet
and playwright Pablo Neruda, will
be presented at the Vancouver
East Cultural Centre on Monday,
Nov. 14.
Dame Peggy Ashcroft, internationally acclaimed star of the
British stage, and her son, Vancouver director and actor, Nick
Hutchinson, will read selections
from the late Chilean poet and
recipient of the 1971 Nobel Prize for
literature. Musical ac
companiment will be provided by
the Purcell String Quartet. The
performance begins at 8:30 p.m.
Also taking place at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre next
week will be the second in a series
of concerts given by the Centre's
resident music ensemble, Days
and Months and Years to Come.
The group will be performing on
Sunday, Nov. 13, and their featured
guest will be guitarist Bruce
Klausen. Included in the program
will be Alain Louvier's Quatre
Preludes pour Cordes, and Eisei
Tsujii's Naphtha. Curtain time is 9
For those of you with different
musical tastes, the Surrey Art
Gallery, 13750-88th Ave., Surrey is
presenting an afternoon of exciting
and rhythmical Latin music
(performed by the Latin/African
group, Rio Bumba. Saxophonist
Bruco Freedman, percussionist
Albert St. Albert, bassist Rene
Worst and guitarist Jerry Silver
will be performing a program of
Latin rhythms, tribal African
music and Latin- and African-
inspired jazz pieces this Sunday,
Nov. 13. Showtime is 2 p.m. and
admission is free.
The Hot Jazz Club, 36 East
Broadway, invites you to attend
another in their series of Big Band
Nights this Tuesday, Nov. 15. The
series showcases mainly senior
secondary and university stage
and big bands, and next week's
featured group will be the New
Westminster Big Jazz Band. Doors
open at 8:15 p.m. and the music
starts arouid 9 p.m.
Ivan Sayers, cultural assistant of
Vancouver's Centennial Museum,
will give an illustrated lecture
entitled From the Pages of
Woodward's Catalogues on
Monday evening at 8 p.m. He will
discuss and present for viewing
historical fashions and household
accessories from the museum's
collection, as they are illustrated in
the early Woodward's catalogues.
Among the films included in the
different Pacific Cinemattheque
series now on view (Portraits,
Westerns, L'Amour fou and
Japanese) are the National Film
Board production of Waiting for
Fidel (1977) on Nov. 11 at 7 and 9
p.m., Bernardo Bertolucci's II
Confirmista (1969) on Nov. 12 at 7,
9:15 and 11:30 p.m., the 1963
Japanese production of Kihachi
Okamoto's The Elegant Life of Mr.
Everyman on Nov. 13 at 7 and 9
p.m., and another Japanese film
entitled Su-Wa-no-Se, The Fourth
World on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. All
showings take place at 1155 West
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Thursday, November 10, 1977 books
Bethune recalled
There's a market out there for
Norman Bethune books, and it will
be filled this Christmas season
with a collection of writings by this
most interesting of Canadian
historical characters.
. Bethune, the medical doctor who
made major advances in chest
surgery before going off to fight
Fascism in Spain and dying a hero
in China while tending to the forces
of Mao Tse-tung, has become
almost a hero to most Canadians,
especially since relations warmed
with China in 1970.
The recognition of Bethune, who
is venerated in China, was long
overdue, and this volume will add
to Canadians' understanding of
their great countryman.
Roderick Stewart contributed to
this understanding with his
biography, Bethune, in 1972. Now
he has edited Bethune's writings
and written a text to string them
I quarrel with the title of the
book The Mind of Norman
Bethune. While there are many
fascinating glimpses into
Bethune's thinking, particularly
when he is recovering from
tuberculosis and when he is helping
Mao's forces, there are many
crucial points in his life which are
not covered.
The reader is still asking why
Bethune gave up his high-rolling
life in Montreal and go to the
battlefront in Spain. Bethune's
growing ideological commitment
at the time is covered in his own
words, but not his reasons for
making such a strong commitment.
Unanswered is the question of
why Bethune left Spain, or his
reasons for going to China. There
are none of his writings about
Bethune's meeting with Mao, unimportant in his personal development but of great interest to most
While the title may be slightly
exaggerated, the book is nevertheless fascinating.
The Mind of Norman Bethune
By Roderick Stewart
Fitzhenry and Whiteside, $15.95
One gets a good feel of Bethune's
life in his writings. The book
contains many photos and
illustrations of Bethune's life
which are probably responsible for
the high price tag but form a vital
part of the story.
Bethune was an inventive man of
many talents, and one of them was
writing. While in China, he wrote
many letters which provide many
details about the life of a
revolutionary army on the run
against Nationalist and Chinese
To help in fund raising, he wrote
two short stories which unfortunately were not published
beyond leftist publications of the
time, but are included in this book.
Norman Bethune unfortunately
was a unique character in
Canadian history. The best way to
know Bethune is through Stewart's
biography or through the earlier
biography, the Scalpel, the Sword.
But for those who wish to know
more or who don't wish to wade
through biographies, the Mind of
Norman Bethune shotild not be
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