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Array the
Celebrating birthdays since 1918
volume 77 issue 3
Friday, September 15, 1995
AMS Women's Centre trashed by vandals
by Sarah O'Donnell
Women who walked into the
AMS women's centre Tuesday
morning were shocked to find
that the centre had been vandalized.
Shazia Islam, a member of the
women's centre collective, said
when she walked into the centre
she was confronted with an office
that had been "totally trashed."
"There were newspapers all
over the floor, we had safe sex kits
that were open, thrown around
and some of [the condoms] were
blown up," said Islam. A number
of signs were also covered with
offensive graffiti.
Although this is not the first time
the women's centre has had to deal
with vandalism, it is the most serious incident to date. Over the summer Islam said she would walk into
the office and find that boxes had
been thrown around.
The recent damage concerns
the women who use the centre.
"I come in here to give myself
some kind of safe haven," said
Islam. "When I walk in and see
the place like this it scares me. It's
like walking into your own home
and seeing that someone has burglarized it."
Deborah Hutchison, who is
also involved with the women's
centre, agreed with Islam. "You
let your guard down when you
go in [the women's centre]. This
makes you realize that you're at
Hutchison felt the attack was
motivated by ignorance and a
SUB may be open 24 hours
by Jim Conley
The AMS has recently extended the hours of the SUB arcade to 2:45 a.m. on Fridays and
Saturdays, a tentative move towards 24 hour access in the lower
concourse of the SUB building.
AMS Director of Administration Am Johal sees the extended
arcade hours as a feasibility test
to determine whether students
support a campus which keeps
running even when the buses
"With over a quarter of students living on campus, it's important to consider whether further extending hours would better serve the needs of students,"
Johal said. "Right now, there's
nothing available on this campus
after 1:00 a.m."
The possibility of extended
hours in the SUB are being
Grad Studies Dean
rejects faculty vote
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
Graduate Studies Dean
John Grace says he won't reopen admissions to the graduate department of political science despite last Thursday's
faculty of Arts vote urging that
j the suspension be lifted,
j "Problems [in the department of poli sci] need to be
seriously addressed before the
Dean of Graduate Studies...
will be prepared to admit any
more graduate students into
that department," Grace
wrote in a statement issued
September 8.
He added that the Arts vote
represents only "a statement
of opinion of 97 faculty mem-
{   bers in that Faculty."
The Dean said his 12-mem-
; ber Advisory Committee on
I Equity Issues, created late
I August "to advise [him] about
I equity issues in light of the
{ McEwen Report" would rec-
I ommend when the depart-
1 ment could be reopened.
J        Grace added that problems
of racism and sexism "were
drawn to the attention of the
department and the Dean of
Arts more than three years
ago," referring to a March
1993 report that called for
greater female representation
and outlined sexual and racial
harassment complaints from
poli sci grad students.
UBC President David
Strangway is currendy in Asia
and was unavailable for comment, but Media Relations
Manager Stephen Crombie
said the president passed the
Arts Faculty resolution presented to him by Arts Dean
Pat Marchak on to Grace.
Crombie reiterated that the
decision to reopen admissions
rests firmly with Dean Grace,
and says the president has no
plans to intervene.
"The president wants to see
the process unfold," Crombie
said. "He is not considering
stepping in."
Arts Dean Pat Marchak did
not return our calls.
greeted optimistically by many
"The present hours are buffoonery," says Komel Laskowski,
a fifth year engineering physics
student. "I mean, you can't get a
cup of coffee on this campus after 1:00 am. What's the business?
Not everybody leaves this campus on the 4:30 pm bus."
Johal hinted at the possibility
ofthe Pendulum seeing extended
hours at some point in the future.
"The Pendulum would be the obvious choice for a late night coffee shop. The main concern we
have is with justifying the increase
in staff. If the interest is there I
could see it being a possibility."
Shelley MacDonald, proprietor of To the Word, a word processing outlet located on the
lower concourse, suggested that
extended hours would allow her
to provide better services for students. "During the exam period
I could easily be open 24 hours a
day with the number of late night
students who come through here.
I think the move towards extended hours is a positive one and
I hope the AMS considers further
extending the present hours," she
The SUB, being isolated from
campus residences and the downtown core, presents a genuine security risk to late night students
both inside and outside the building.
Internally, AMS General Manager Bernie Peets, explained that
the SUB has had to extend security to cover the new hours of the
arcade. "We're going to have to
see strong student interest in extended hours to justify the increased costs of security...," Peets
said. "At present I believe we've
complete lack of respect.
"They've already made their
mind up about the validity of the
space and they've decided to violate it," she said.
Islam felt the women's centre
has been attacked because "UBC
is a very conservative campus
and people cannot accept the
idea of a women-only space. It's
just way beyond their own minds.
"A women's-only space is attached to radicalism. The status
quo fears anything of a radical
nature. They don't like the idea
of women having space of their
own and women collectively getting together events that could be
deemed radical," Islam said.
AMS Facilities Development
Manager Michael Swan said from
security's perspective, "the
women's centre is kind of in a
tricky area because [a vandal] can
come in the first set of doors,
scoot in there and barely be seen
from the concourse."
For the time being, members
of the women's centre collective
have decided against locking the
office so it can remain accessible
to all women. "This is one spot
on this earth that actually accepts
us and we don't have to worry
about," said Islam. They hope to
keep it that way.
PRETTY SOON you too will be able to play Daytona USA 24 hours a day.
increased the number of security
guards by two during the new
extended hours. We're trying to
divert late night Pit traffic outside
of the building rather than allowing them to enter the rest of the
lower concourse."
Externally, there is the question of bus accessibility (with
some bus routes ending just after
midnight) and the safety of students on foot.
AMS VP Namiko Kunimoto
said that SafeWalk, an AMS-run
program that provides students
with an escorted trip home, has
extended its hours from 11:00pm
to 3:00am as of September.
Rita Aitken, Patrol Manager
for Parking and Security Services,
emphasized that twenty-four hour
campus security is already in
place. "The SUB itself is actually
under the jurisdiction of the
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September 15 1995 news
Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals form coalition
byJenn Kuo
Gay, lesbian and bisexual students are forming a coalition to
give queer campus groups at local universities and colleges a
louder voice.
The idea originated after
Theresa Bodin, coordinator ofthe
GLB collective at Douglas College, had difficulty reaching coordinators of other Vancouver
"If it's difficult for me to get a
hold of somebody, then what
about somebody who's afraid?"
Bodin pointed out.
A coalition was formed last
year, but fell apart over the summer break. Bodin hopes to start
it up again this year with participants from BCIT, Capilano College, Langara College, SFU,
UVic and UBC.
Bodin plans to hold a meeting
for facilitators and organizers,
eventually resulting in bi-weekly
meetings for the coalition.
One of the main reasons for
the coalition is so that queer campus organizations can pool ideas,
share resources and provide a
larger support network.
"Our first priority is our studies," said Bodin. "We do what we
can but it's hard to do everything."
Harley Morrow, president of
Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals of
UBC is "happy that it is being
formed again this year.
"I think that it's important, because as students, we are very
Morrow states that GLBUBC
works with very limited resources
and often has little time to organize their activities because their
members' primary focus at UBC
is as students.
"If one college puts together
materials on something, we may
be able to use that. Often, the
concerns we face as gay campus
groups are very similar or the
same," Morrow said.
Coalition organizers agree that
involving many people in the
coalition will create a louder po
litical voice and a greater presence in the community and on
campus for'gay, lesbian or bisexual people.
Uniting through the coalition
is also seen as a powerful move
to show that homosexual and bisexual people can no longer be
pushed out of people's minds and
into the closet.
Students can contact UBC's
Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual group
at 822-4638 or in SUB room 211.
Prof seeks $2.6 million after being called racist
by Dan Tencer
A professor at York University
is suing the school for libel after a
report called him "racist and anti-
Doug Smith, an anthropology
professor and part-time teacher,
filed the $2.6 million lawsuit on
July 18, 1995 in response to a review of one of his classes by the
Atkinson College Student Association (ACSA) that called him "incompetent, disorganized, racist
and anti-feminist."
The quote was apparently taken
from a course evaluation questionnaire filled out by one of
Smith's students. The class in
question was Racism In Popular
Culture, a sociology course Smith
taught in the summer of 1994.
Smith's lawsuit is directed at
members of the ACSA and York
University, which oversees the
ACSA's financial matters.
Les Swan, chair of the ACSA,
was quoted in excalibur, York's stu
dent newspaper, as saying,
"While these are harsh terms that
we don't like to hear, they are
opinions of students and terms
they used to categorize this guy.
We don't replace words."
At the end of each course,
Atkinson College students are
asked to turn in an anonymous
evaluation of their instructor's
performance. The evaluations are
compiled in the ACSA handbook, a guide intended to help
students choose future courses
and professors.
Smith said, "some people [in
my class on racism] were categorically of the opinion that a
white person should not teach this
Professor Smith, who frequently teaches Native Studies,
said he intended the course to
show racism as part of a "negative tradition" of racism in Canadian society. "If you teach anti-
racism, it becomes a broad front
of activism to eliminate the racist
Young Reformers spark interest in reefer madness
by Jeff Miles
"We are in the midst of a revolution."
Such were the words of local
hemp guru and marijuana martyr Mark Emery during Wednesday night's pot legalization forum
at the Woodward Instructional
Resource Centre.
Emery, the proprietor of
Vancouver's Hemp BC store, denounced Canada's current drug
policies stating "cannabis laws are
a disgrace to our nation."
"There are over one million
victims of this holocaust," said
Emery, referring to those whose
lives have been "ruined" by pot-
related arrests.
Emery says the best way to
fight for legalization is not to organize rallies or picket parliament
buildings, but to "grow pot,
smoke it, write books about it";
in other words, to create a can-
nabis-based "economic ecosystem" so large the government will
be forced to recognize it.
The forum was sponsored by
the Young Reformers of UBC
who are "unofficially recognized"
by the Reform party of Canada
according to communications director John Weintraub.
Weintraub stressed the Reform
party does not currently have a
policy on the legalization of marijuana, but says a majority of
UBC's Young Reformers support
"We believe in personal and
economic freedom," explained
Weintraub, who classifies the
Young Reformers as libertarians
and classical liberals.
"We're not concerned with traditional values or morals."
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mentality," he said.
The allegations against him, he
said, are "not ironic, just painful."
Smith teaches on a part-time
basis at York University and said
his employability and reputation
are "fiercely threatened" by the
allegations against him.
Similar course reviews are prepared by student unions here at
UBC, but the situation is somewhat different. In the Arts Undergraduate Society, students' opinions cannot be published secondhand. Professors in the department must sign release forms allowing course evaluations to be
made public. As a result, the AUS
only has access to about ten percent of course evaluations.
Students in the Engineering
Undergraduate Society are currently planning a new program
called the Education Excellence
Program, which will publish reviews of instructors and courses.
At the present, course evaluations
are not made public.
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September 15 1995 American Hero
at station street Arts centre
until September 16
by Andy Barham
Tony Bandera, author of the bestseller Power: Develop the Hero
Within and talk show host on some
T.V. channel lost out there in the far
reaches of the cable television universe, is a fast talking self-made
man whose drive for self-esteem is
exceeded only by his inability to
face reality.
In American Hero, we watch
Tony Bandera disintegrate from a
slick, confident, but well-meaning
talk show host to a homeless bum
as his life literally falls apart before
our eyes. Despite his obvious fall,
he never stops believing in him-
self-and one can't help but pity this
man who seems so archetypically
American in this post-modern age
of proliferating unreality.
American Hero almost belongs in
the genre of true tragedy. Tony
Bandera suffers from a vaulting
ambition which basically overrides
all other concerns. However, in true
tragedy style, we see the figure rise
up to those Olympian heights he so
desires, before we see him plummet back down to earth. In Tony
Bandera's case, we enter his story
at the point where he is already
beginning to fall-his rise is merely
alluded to every time he is introduced by his co-host, ex-football
player Cliff Parcells (Allan Franz).
Nothing seems to be working out
for Tony. His wife has left him. His
son is dying of cancer and Tony is
having a hard time coining up with
the money to pay for his dying son's
medical expenses. To top it off, the
IRS is after him for back taxes and
his talk show is about to be cancelled because of low ratings.
In American Hero, Angus Fraser
has probably captured the essence
of modem America as well as anyone and certainly far better than
most. If one allows that something
as tenuous as a metaphor, the metaphor of America, can be a tragic figure in a story, then .American Hero
probably does approach true tragedy because in a crazy kind of way,
the story of Tony Bandera is the
story of America in this grotty postmodern age.
Alice in Wonderland
at the Britannia High School
Auditorium until Sept 16
by Jenn Kuo
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
This is exactly what Seattle com-,
pany One World Theatre does in its
adaptation ofthe Lewis Carroll story
— they have a great fall. (Actually,
it was more like a great plummet to
the ground to be more realistic).
Picture a stage with a white
sheeted backdrop and four overhead projectors. This was their "visual spectacle", which consisted of
battery-powered overhead projectors flashing images on the walls
as they rolled around the stage.
The cast consisted of four people.
Acting spontaneously and whipping off the overheads for the scene
changes, the overall effect was extremely bizarre. Decked out in black
& white striped t-shirts, black pants,
suspenders, striped socks and black
shoes, it all seemed out of place.
Whenever the image was supposed to be moving, someone
would spin the projector so that the
image would project around onto all
the walls and the white screen.
These projectors also had the function of elevating the actors or moving them around. The sound was
also rigged onto these projectors, so
when they needed to change a
tape, they did it in full view of the
Quite frankly, I found the play
quite tedious and I was tempted to
leave at times, but I didn't because
I thought that, surely, it must get
better. I was reaching into my bag
for the Exedrine when I noticed the
man beside me reading his copy of
last week's Georgia Straight and the
woman beside him sleeping. I even
heard one kid ask his mother if he
had to stay "'til the end of this stupid play."
Much to my dismay, the play did
not get better. The character
Tweedle-Dee (or Tweedle-Dum?),
played by Linda Clemon-Karp, did
amuse me somewhat. Hers was the
most amusing and well-done character in the play. It also had a few
amusing lines like - and make sure
you read it with an English accent
— "Brillig means four o'clock in the
afternoon. A time when you start
boiling twigs for dinner... "
You know it's not a good sign
when the play is over and the cast
members tell you to tell everyone
about the play if you found it to be
good, or to just laugh if you found it
really bad. Perhaps the actors
should just stick to non-fairy tale
scripts and leave the children's
classics alone.
Can't Live Without you
closed September 12 at the
Main Dance Studio
by Andy Barham
Violence in drama has been an
increasingly popular theme during
our progress through the final decades of the second millennium after the birth of the Prince of Peace.
Ah well, as playwright Rick Dobran
suggests in Can't Live Without You,
humans seem to enjoy inflicting
pain on each other.
The play involves a lower class
couple struggling to get by. It opens
with a domestic spat when Jack
(Michael Northey) comes home late
after working 18 hours in his restaurant. This apparent domesticity,
however, is a facade concealing the
depraved ugliness - let's call it
what it is: sadism - that lurks beneath the couple's outwardly normal appearance. We are introduced
to their violent behaviour when
Jack beats the hell out of someone
that Alex (Nicole LeVasseur) lures
into a dark alley by posing as a
For this couple, remorse is noth-
PATRICK GORMAN is an American Hero.
ing more than the guilt which fears
punishment for one's actions. There
is no sense of compassion for their
victims and no sincere attempt to
stop indulging their violent erotic
fantasies. Instead, if they express
any single feeling for their victims,
it is contempt. Jack and Alex are
truly psychopathic.
In the wake of Karla Homolka
and Paul Bernardo, not to mention
the brutal abduction, rape and murder of a ten year old recently in
Surrey, I can only say that this play
confirms what I have long suspected. Namely, that some men
beat the crap out of other men simply because they enjoy doing it;
further, that some women are attracted to dangerous men, because
they enjoy seeing them do it.
Both actors do a superb job animating their characters, and the
dialogue Rick Dobran has crafted
literally brings them to life. We may
not like them, but they are real and
generally believable.
I have only one or two minor
quibbles with the play. Alex would
never get away with charging $50
for a blowjob in a back alley. On
the street, the price of a blowjob is
tied directly to the price of heroin.
Currently, it's $20. Some girls have
been known to do it for considerably less-as low as $5.
It might seem like a minor
quibble, but it makes me wonder:
how authentic is the play, and how
much is the playwright merely surmising? It's small details like these
that count.
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The Ubyssey • 5 Musicolumn
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Somehow I remember the music in the movie being more-,
aggressive. Certainly, there are flashes of hardbitten Industrial
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'Young Boys' speed along like duelling chainsaws in 4/4 time -
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I like William Orbit, but he's a tad mellow for this film's purposes; elsewhere, the Gothic crescendo on Trad Lords' 'Fallen
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Even worse, half of this disc sounds like nightclub music.
Londonbeaf s 'Build It with Love' and 'I Cant Get No Sleep' by
India & Masters at Work sound like rejects unearthed in some
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dandy anywhere else - is doing in the midst of all these angst-
flecked scream-to-break-free-of-the-digital-grid numbers?)
Still, if s good to see the Talking Heads reunited (under the
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bleary vocals. Get the single. - Peter T. Chattaway
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The sound has gone away from a NCN overplayed album
sound towards a guitar'n'drums, rock'n'roll, MuchMusic-accept-
able sound. 'Girl In Green' and 'Side of the Road', previously
heard in concert on their Five Days tour, make an appearance.
After you skip the first two annoying, ranting, slow Greg Keelor
solo songs, the rest will reward you. I cant say how long I have
waited for this album, and there is nothing better than relaxing
to Keelor and Cuddy singing in unison during the slower choruses.
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the interviewer is a kind of critic, there's a sort of mutual
sizing up that takes place and an uneasy recognition of
each other's presence.
Daytona is Colin Cleaver (lead guitar, songwriter, vocals), Jenny Lundgren (guitar, vocals), Mike Breen (bass)
and Jim Banning (drums). I talked to them one August
evening after a soundcheck at the Town Pump. Fortunately, the interview was relaxed and easy. Breathe one
big sigh of relief...
Colin: The majority of people only see that 45
minutes' worth and go, 'Oh Wow! They've got beer
downstairs, people dancing, and playing music, having a great time... God, I wish I could be in a band,'
right? But that's not even one side of the coin—it's
maybe a bit of dirt on the coin. You spend twenty
days, or six months for that matter, getting ready for
a show, and you go up there for 45 minutes ...
Jenny: So, when you do get to play it's like. Yes!
Jim: It's break time.
Colin: If you're in a bad mood for that 45 minutes,
that's your six months worth of work down the toilet. So, once you get out there, in that 45 minutes,
you've gotta show everyone you're the best fuckin'
band there is!
The Town Pump gig came in the middle of recording
their second album. Their first. Chicane, is moody and
introspective, with driving rhythms and swirling guitars
layered beneath a kind of yearning melancholy that occasionally reaches transcendence on songs such as 'Like
Heaven.' The newer material has a harder edge to it, and
Daytona seem to be heading off into a new direction.
Colin: (pointing at Jim) That's him. The majority
of stuff on Chicane was written with a drum machine, so it had more of a dance, more of a techno
sort of feel to it. We're still mainly guitar driven ...
Jim is a very progressive drummer—no one else in
the band is really progressive in any way, so, I guess
it's sort of three guitarists, and then Jim comes along
and adds this sort of progressive sort of rock feel ...
Jim: Or sort of polyrhythmic. Like shuffles; [I] just
sort of change the shuffles round from the snare to
the bass drum, which makes it sound, hopefully, not
so common...
The band takes its name from Triumph-Daytona Mo
torcycles, because the core of the band, Jenny and Colin,
are both British motorcycle enthusiasts. Indeed, on Chicane, motorcycle noises form a recurring motif in the background of many of the album's songs.
Colin: At the end of the day, the lyrics are about
girls, boys, the road, cars and motorbikes. It's the
oldest rock'n'roll cliche in the book. But I can't really write about anything else, cuz that's what I am.
I dig girls. I ride my bike. I drive my car. I go to the
bar. I don't live in the ghetto of New York and I can't
talk about problems there. I can only write about
what I see in my own personal life. I think any artist
will tell you the same thing. I get concerned when I
read lyrics about "living in the 'hood" from a bunch
of kids in North Vancouver.
Daytona produced Chicane themselves in about two
weeks. Musically, it's an aural treat, but there are one or
two production glitches. The first time I encountered the
awful bass hum at the end of 'Ciao,' my reaction was
'Jesus Christ! I've just blown my new rucking speakers!'
Even after one gets used to it, it's still an annoying sound
with all the charm of a sonic boom. Surprisingly, the band
wasn't offended when I remarked on this; indeed, the
glee with which they responded implied that this irritation was deliberate.
Jenny: We do that live, too, you know, (pause)
We used to do it live - but we don't do it live anymore.
Of course, a live audience isn't going to think "I just
blew my speakers."
Jenny: No! Just the club!
Daytona predicts their new CD will be out somewhere
on the cusp between October and November. After its release, they plan to go on tour across Canada. After that,
maybe they'll hop across the ditch and do the big U.K.
Colin: Rumour has it that Zulu has just signed an
English distribution deal, so we're hoping to get over
there as soon as possible. I spent half my life over
there — three years ago, I was there for five years,
in London. I went to school in Bedford Square, downtown there - architecture school. I really like it there.
Later that night, Daytona played their set and I was
left thinking, Man! If this band doesn't make it big there's
really something wrong with the Canadian music scene.
They've got everything it takes to make it anywhere else
in the world. Talent, originality and they really rock! Most
importantly, they make music that you can both dance
and listen to at home on your CD player.
Busy troubador at the Bard
Fatigued celebrities race against the Clock
Allen Des Noyers
at the Bard on the Beach
tent September 17
by Trent Ernst
and Peter T. Chattaway
Allen Des Noyers is a busy man.
Besides his normal concert schedule, his musical talents are featured rather prominently in the
Bard on the Beach production of
A Comedy of Errors, where he
plays the guitar, banjo, piano and
various percussion instruments.
This is the first time Bard has featured live music, and the strain of
playing live three times a week is
starting to wear him down.
"At least I've got the whole afternoon free [today], unlike last
week," he explained when we
met him on the UBC campus two
weeks ago. It could have been
worse. "They asked me to do music for both shows, but I'm just
doing the one."
No wonder he is in demand. His
talents run to both the musical
(Azimuth, a Vancouver-based label, recently released his Sunset
Theatre CD) and the theatrical
(among other things, he helped
found Pacific Theatre and performed in last season's acclaimed
Cotton Patch Gospel). Much of his
schedule consists of touring the
province and writing and performing music about the history
of British Columbia. ('Farewell to
Erin', a tender Celtic ballad, was
composed around a letter he
found in the Chemainus archives
on Vancouver Island.)
"I'm pretty nomadic," he
laughs. "Bight now I don't live in
any specific place. I have a postal
box. I stay where I need to be,
where I'm working on my
projects. That feels good to me.
Sometimes it's uncomfortable if
you're looking for the stapler and
Grosse Fatigue
at the Varsity theatre until September 21
by Peter T. Chattaway
Suffering from a case of writer's block? Can't think of a topic? If your
creative well has run dry, there's only one thing to do: dig deeper. Hack
away at the barren pit's bottom, obsess yourself with it, until some untapped reservoir spills forth - in other words, make a movie about writer's
block itself.
That's more or less what Michel Blanc does with his comedy Grosse
Fatigue, but with one or two mMguing twists. First, he has made himself
the main character; within the film, he is a bored star currently working
on his seventh year of unfinished scripts. Second, he also plays his ne'er-
do-well lookalike, an opportunistic cad who uses his resemblance to
Blanc to, among other things, worm his way into a Cannes hotel room so
he can molest sundry famous French actresses.
At least, I think that was the
doppelganger making the moves on
France's finest. Blanc doesn't reveal
the existence of his doppelganger
until well into the film, but since
Blanc probably doesn't want to portray himself as a groping beggar,
prone to turning off the French womenfolk, I'll just have to assume it's
the other guy.
The fact that Blanc would even
risk making such a negative impression is itself quite telling. In one unnerving scene, Josiane Balasko
(playing herself) has a surprised
Blanc (playing himself) arrested for
breaking into her room, tying her to
the radiator and raping her. (It later
turns out to be the DoppelBlanc.) In
jail, he is sexually assaulted — and
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be runny?
His sole friend through these misadventures is the smart, feisty Carole
Bouquet, a comedienne whose eagerness to chase the bad guy's car evokes
memories of her slalom automobile race in the James Bond flick For Your
Eyes Only. For his part, Blanc saunters through Grosse Fatigue like a disaffected Woody Allen (even Bouquet makes the comparison): despite his
rounder head, Blanc possesses the same sadly arched eyebrows, drooping cheeks and narrow, terse lips through which he gives his neurotic
"what me?' alibis.
By drawing such a jarring parallel between himself and his loathsome
lookalike, Blanc may be trying to deconstruct the very notion of celebrity,
but when it turns out that there's a whole world of celebrity doubles out
there — "Ever wonder how Depardieu makes so many movies?" asks a
recently displaced Philippe Noiret — one begins to suspect that Blanc has
unwittingly achieved the opposite result. Celebrities now look more esoteric than ever; it's not as though we plebeians have any doubles of our
own kicking about.
Hmmm, now there's an intriguing idea ...
opens today at the Granville 7 and other Cineplex theatres
by Federico Barahona
It was Ice-T who declared in 1992 that, at that point in time, there
were more black males in prison than in college. And it was Jocelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General, who said two months ago that young
black men were disappearing—most of them were being shipped away to
jail or were being killed by guns.
But it's the first five minutes of Clockers that show exactly, and graphically, how the American black male is quickly becoming an endangered
Based on Richard Price's critically acclaimed best-selling novel, Clockers is the story of a streetwise young black male. Strike (played by newcomer Mekhi Phifer), who's trying to do the right thing (yes. Spike Lee
directed this movie). Strike wants a way out of the ghetto, so he does the
only thing that will buy him a ticket out — he becomes a docker (i.e. a
drug dealer). He knows that most clockers live (very) short lives, but
he figures he can clock for one or two years and then quit.
But things are different on the streets.
A drug murder is committed and Strike finds himself in the middle
of a power struggle between his boss (Delroy Lindo) and an obsessed
cop (Harvey Keitel).
Spike Lee offers a gloomy portrait of the American inner city where
traditional values have crumbled, and the new capitalists (dealers looking for profit) have taken over.
Mothers yell at young hustlers: "You're selling death to your people!"
And young hustlers acknowledge that reality— but it's not a priority.
Moving up is. So is getting on the big hustler's good side. So they
continue to sell crack and continue to lure their younger brothers into
the ranks.
It's all been said before. Hip-hop's been recording this reality for
years now. But perhaps never as poignantly as Clockers does.
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you wonder where it is. Those
little things get in the way, but I
like being nomadic. I think it's a
good thing to do.
"I've lived in Ontario - in Toronto, in the hub of it - and I've
lived in a little town with 55
people. Both of them have their
own appeal. I feel comfortable
with where I am. It seems to be
more a spiritual comfort I need
than a physical comfort. When I
sense that I am present in my surroundings and able to respond to
them and take them in, I feel that
I'm at home. And that seems to be
a harder thing to obtain than owning a place. But I sure like
Vancouver, probably cuz I know
so many people here."
He used to live near Drumheller,
Alberta, in the heart of the Badlands. Hence the song 'Badlands,'
we wonder? "I find myself drawing on topography to describe
emotional landscapes. But they're
blended. So 'not such Badlands'
is really nothing about the Badlands. And that's usually the nature of the stuff I write. It's nothing about what's written, it's everything about what's between
the lines. Hopefully it will work on
one level, but after repeated listening it gets into a different level."
It is this other level that consumes Des Noyers. There's more
to his lyrics than their words, and
his music similarly reflects his
search for the invisible.
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6 • The Ubyssey
September 15 1995
September 15 1995
The Ubyssey • 7 sports
UBC student rides across the continent
by Scott Hayward
What did you do on your
summer vacation? Laura
Pripstein biked 5,800 km across
the continent to raise awareness
of environmental issues.
The Master's student in Human Kinetics came to UBC as a
dual Canada-US citizen in 1994
after doing a bachelors degree
at the University of Michigan.
Laura took part in a ten week
program called Bike-Aid which
saw twenty riders and a Ryder
truck leave San Francisco on
June 17. Nine weeks and ten
states later they converged on
Washington, DC with three
other riding groups from Seatde,
Portland and Austin, Texas.
The trip gave Laura a chance
to achieve a personal goal of riding across the U.S. and also
helped raise awareness of environmental issues in the small
towns they visited.
The first lesson Laura learned
was how to live in a small community of people. She knew only
one person in her group at the
beginning, but was soon living
in close quarters with what eventually became a family of twenty.
The group transformed into a
large, mobile family which became a part of communities
along the way. The riders were
met by prearranged hosts who
provided food and a place to
stay. "I was overwhelmed with
all the generosity, especially in
the smaller towns," she said.
Laura recalled one incident in
Kansas which highlighted the
differences between urban and
rural living. "Our host did a wash
for us, and it was raining the next
morning and she didn't have a
dryer. So she woke up at six
o'clock and went into all her
neighbours houses, even though
they weren't there, to put our
clothes in the dryer for us. I
just remember my friend from
[Washington] D.C. saying 'that
would never happen in Washington D.C. You'd get shot if you
did that.'"
The cyclists were treated as
celebrities in some small towns.
"People would come out and talk
to us, and they'd be so amazed
that we were doing this ride
across the country," she said. "I
remember I was riding across
the border into Indiana and
there was this [TV] camera driving alongside of me and following me along."
The cyclists also did community work ranging from cleaning-
up parks, removing grafitti, and
building stairs on hiking trails.
"Our favourite one was working
in Carrollton, Missouri. All the
kids brought their broken-down
bikes to the swimming pool area
where we were. We helped them
fix their bikes up, make them ridable, and then we'd give them a
little presentation on recycling."
Laura saw many small towns
facing similar problems "When
we would go through these small
towns, the first thing we would
see is these huge Walmarts everywhere, all over the United
States," she said. "Then you
would see the main streets of
these small towns boarded up."
Talking to the locals, she found
that large corporations are forcing smaller businesses to close
down. "You really see a change
in small town America right
now," she said.
What was also striking was the
degree to which North American society is car oriented. Laura
realized that she, too, has been
guilty of being car-locked. "I
would drive to school a lot. I
didn't really understand that cy
cling is a great form of transportation, even in terms of travelling somewhere," she said. "You
really have a chance to see everything. You're not whizzing by
in a car at 90 miles per hour. You
stop, talk to people, you see the
scenery, see the roadkill."
That lesson became a focus in
presentations to people along the
way. "Our big message was 'if we
can ride across the country, then
you can ride to work or to
school.' It shows that biking is a
viable alternative form of transportation."
However a change in people
must be accompanied by structural change. "A lot of roads are
not bicycle friendly," she said.
"There were so many areas
where it was dangerous for us to
be riding because the shoulders
were narrow, there would be so
much debris."
Laura has found Vancouver to
be a relatively bike friendly city,
especially around the university
where 41st Ave has a wide, clear
shoulder. However more needs
to be done. "When I was biking
up to school, I noticed that
there's a lot of busy streets that
don't have any bike lanes."
Will Laura ever take another
trip? "I'm not finished with my
bike touring," she said. "I'm just
LAURA PRIPSTEIN (right) with friend Amy Zlot in front of the Golden
Gate Bridge.
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for UBC
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to an Open House to discuss and provide input on the
preparation of an Official Community Plan (OCP) for the
part of Electoral Area "A" that includes the University of
British Columbia and two foreshore lots which are part of
Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
The Open House will provide an opportunity to learn
about the planning process, review current land use and
planning issues, and talk to the planning team and other
resource people. It will also give you an opportunity to
provide direct input into the OCP which will guide future
land use decisions in this area.
Please drop by for informal discussions. We'd like to
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Wednesday, September 20th
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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The Bike-Aid program was
created to raise public awareness
of sustainable development,
raise funds for community based
projects, educate people about
environmental issues and promote leadership among cyclists.
The program began in 1985
with a group of students from
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8 • The Ubyssey
September 15 1995 BIRD WATCH
Annual High School Field
Hockey Festival
FrL Sept. 15 - Sat. Sept. 16.
OJ. Todd/Lett Fields
Fri. Sept 15,6:00 pm
@ Calgary, CiTR 101.9 FM
Men's Soccer
Sat Sept 16,2:00 pm
vs Sask, Wolfson II Field
Sun. Sept 17,2:00 pm
vs Alta., Wolfson II Field
Women's Soccer
Sat Sept 16,12:00 pm
vs Sask, Wolfson II Field
Sun. Sept 17,12:00 pm
vs Alta., Wolfeon II Field
Men's Volleyball
Sat Sept 16,7:30 pm
vs Alumni, WMG
Women's Volleyball
Sat. Sept 16,7:30 pm
vs Alumni, WMG
Tues. Sept 19, 7:30 pm
vs West Washington, WMG
Women's volleyball season starts
by Wolf Depner
As Doug Reimer enters his
second year as UBC's women's
volleyball coach he faces a simple question: will this group
make the additional gains
needed to surpass last year's
Last year the team went 24-
18 overall, which was good
enough for a second place finish in the tough Canada West
conference and fifth in Canada.
"We're reasonably solid at
each position," said Reimer. "We
have a pretty strong middle attack with Joanne Ross and Tanya
The nucleus of last year's
team is returning, including five
starters. New faces include Kim
Perree, a transfer student from
Mt. Royal College in Alberta.
First year students Barb Bellini,
Melanie Griswold and Mckenzie
Pateman will add further talent
to the squad.
Both the men's and women's
teams will play under a revamped league system. Manitoba, Winnipeg and Regina have
joined UBC's traditional Canada
West Conference. According to
Reimer, the defending CIAU
champions from Alberta will be
the team to beat as all their starters are returning.
One of Reimer's personal
highlights this year was his trip
to Japan with Pickerell and Ross
as part of the Canadian contingent at the World University
games in Fukuoka, Japan in August.
"It was a great experience for
the players. [International experience] is something that can really help them," he said. "They
should be stronger players with
a better awareness of volleyball
not only in a Canadian context,
but also internationally."
T-Bird varsity swimmers begin training camp
by Scott Hayward
The varsity swim team dove
into action last week and several
new faces should improve the
team's chances of success this
The men's team has been in
the process of rebuilding, but
"with the addition of these athletes, we hope it will push us into
contention again," said swimming coach Tom Johnson.
"Three kids are going to make
a difference," he said, singling
out Dustin Hersee, Brett Creed,
who competed in the Pan Pacific Championship in Atlanta in
August, and Brent Thompsette,
who swam the individual medley at the national championship.
The newcomers round out the
team with returning veterans
John McArthur and Greg
Hamm bringing a solid base of
competitive experience.
On the women's side, Sarah
Evanetz and Anita Lee are returning after swimming for
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Evanetz swims the 100-metre
and 200-metre butterfly, while
Lee swims the 50-metre and 100-
metre freestyle events. Both
women have broken personal
best times at meets in August.
Alexandra Ruiz will also be
returning for her third year after winning six medals at the
CIAU Championships last year.
Newcomers Donna Wu and
Glencora Maughan, both members ofthe Canadian team at the
Commonwealth Games, will
add two more nationally ranked
athletes to UBC's arsenal. Wu
swims the middle distance freestyle and butterfly events, while
Maughan is a sprint specialist in
the freestyle and backstroke
sprint events.
Johnson was hopeful UBC
will have some representation at
the Olympics next year, predicting that "two or three of those
boys can make the team." On
the women's side, "I think realistically there's probably four or
five girls in the varsity program
that have a chance."
He was quick to point out,
ALEXANDRA RUIZ won two gold and four silver medals at the CIAU
Championships last year.
however, that "they're going to
have to beat some good swimmers to make the team." Their
first big test will be the Colleges
Cup meet at UBC at the end of
October. Teams from Simon
Fraser, Calgary and Toronto will
be attending.
September 15 1995
The Ubyssey • 9 opinion
Respect means that some doors can be left unlocked
We live in a community full of locked doors and
barred windows. It's ironic that the barriers we
create to make us feel safe only remind us to be
The AMS women's centre has left its doors
unlocked partly for this reason. Women shouldn't
have to barricade themselves behind locked doors to
feel safe-they should be able to depend on the care
and respect of their communities.
This week's attack on the women's centre
demonstrated that women on this campus can't
count on that respect.
When two women walked into the women's
centre on Tuesday morning, they discovered a space
that had been violated. Signs were covered in
graffiti, newspapers were thrown all over, safe sex
kits had been dismantled and inflated condoms were
littering the floor.
A home had been broken into. Not just an
ordinary home, but a potential home for every
woman on this campus.
The main difference between this home and most
other residences is that no one here locks the door.
Locks reduce accessibility.
Women shouldn't have to face a locked door
every time they need somewhere to go. Women on
this campus need at least one place like the women's
centre where they can go almost any time of the day
or night and feel safe. Women need a place where
they can access resources, find support and
socialize. The women's centre provides all these
In the wake of this attack, what are the options:
some would suggest locking the doors and only
giving certain members of the collective keys; others
have proposed increasing security in the SUB; and
others considered posting the centre's policies on
the door in an attempt to prevent further incidents.
But it should not be up to the women's centre to
deal with this vandalism. Women should not have to
justify their centre's existence or defend its validity.
As members of the UBC community, each
individual should take responsibility for their
actions and treat every person, organization and
space on this campus with respect and dignity.
In an ideal world, there wouldn't be a need for a
space that was exclusively for women;
unfortunately, this recent attack on the women's
centre has demonstrated that at this point in time, it
is all too necessary.
September 15,1995
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Matt Thompson. Our trio made their way through Uie sometimes dangerous and often
deadly UBC campus. After alt, Sarah O'Donnell and Alison Cole, searching for jelly
bean cookies last year, were attacked by the Cookie Monster (actually Chris Nuttall-
Smith in disguise). But these three brave fellows were not to be dissuaded from their
mission, leno ttuo laughed uproariously at the trio's stupidiiess white Ben Koh worried
about the dangers his friends faced. Sioohau Roantree And )imO>rdey whispered about
the fWiBty of the whote quest. Shelley Comall worried about the trkrs probable demise
while Amly Barham and leff Miles agreed that death was preferable to life without the
lollipop. Dan Tencer and Doug Quan felt that the jujubes, found in the Ubyssey office
were enough to provide happiness for themselves and for their friends, Andy Barham
and Andy Ferris. But Steve Emery cried at his desk for lack of the lollipop and offereings
of jelly beans from Wolf Depner offered no consolation. -Stop your crying!" yelled
Oscar Zuniga and Susan Sabes in unison torn across the layout board while Wah Kee
Ting and Arent KeHeppan danced the mystical toWpop dance. Convinced the dance
would bring our trio home safety, candy treat in hand, Trent Ernst loe Clark and Scott
Hayward joined In. But, under the layout board, sat federtco Barahona afurtosly licking
the big long sought after lolfipop. ■ -
Coordinating Editor: Siobhan Roantree
News Editor: Matt Thompson
Culture Editor: Peter T. Chattaway
Sports Editor: Scott Hayward
Copy Editor: Sarah O'Donnell
letters —
So Weintraub is in favour of
Mr. Tube Steak taking away business from the Union ("Tube
Steak not scary", The Ubyssey,
Tuesday, September 12, 1995).
This UBC Union employee
couldn't agree more!
Why should we continue
lounging around in our "Worker's Paradise" when wc could
have our work load increased for
minimum wage? Even $7.00 an
hour is extravagant. We should
just work for FREE! We also
have no need for all those expensive "fringe" benefits such as
medical and dental coverage,
pension plans, maternity leave or
even Worker's Compensation (...
it's not the employers fault if we
are injured on the job).
I am ashamed that I took advantage of the maternity leave
benefit available to UBC employees. Thanks to Weintraub, I
now realize that I should have
continued working until I went
into labor. Then I should have
just dropped the baby, cleaned
up my mess, resumed working
for free. Of course, I would be
smiling throughout the entire
ordeal in order to ensure excellent customer service for the
UBC community. I am positive
that this would have saved the
"hard working taxpayers" lots of
money because of lowered taxes
and tuition fees.
We, the Union, must let go of
our "stranglehold over food-services employment at UBC" and
start "managing" the campus
more efficiently. I only hope that
these changes will not harm Mr.
Tube Steak's monopoly over
"single employee enterprises" at
UBC OR result in lay offs for
management But I trust that the
UBC administration will take
every measure to secure the
"paid jobs" of allMr. Tube Steak
employees on campus, as well as
UBC management!
If not,... look on the bright side.
This competition will force Mr.
Tube Staek employees to realize
that their "Worker's Paradise" is
coming to an end and they will
all have to work for free:
Jean Duffy
UBC Union Employee
Privatizing universities ludicrous!
I would like to take issue with
Young Reformer John
Weintraub's letter published September 12, 1995. Although 1
share Mr. Weintraub's concern
with our growing national debt,
subsidization of post secondary
education is not the major cause
of this fiscal conundrum. The
debt has been accrued largely as
the result of high interest rates
and the government and Bank
of Canada's drive to keep inflation down in order to protect and
to perpetuate entrenched wealth
while stagnating the economy.
This phenomenon is outlined in
Linda McQuaig's current national bestseller, Shooting the
Hippo: Death by Deficit and other
Canadian Myths. Mr. Weintraub
would do well to pick up a copy
of this book instead of "standing
in front of the debt clock at Waterfront Station".
Mr. Weintraub probably had
the revelation that "Universities
should be privatized" while fixating on the national debt clock.
He purports that privatization
would "drive down the price of
tuition". This is a ludicrous notion as withdrawing the universities' major funding source
would compel them to raise the
tuition rates in order to make up
for the shortfall. This is exemplified in the experience ofthe privately-funded universities in the
United States, whose tuition rates
are astronomically high, well
beyond the reach of all but the
wealthy. Therefore Mr.
Weintraub's assertion that privatization would "create real
affordability for students" is misinformed and completely erroneous.
Another of his arguments puts
forward the view that the University is "well-funded but so re
pressive that no real learning can
take place". If university funding
were replaced by private industry, learning would be dictated
by the corporate investors who
would naturally be more interested in raising profits and entrepreneurs rather than in fostering
the study and perpetuation of
knowledge which is necessary
and fundamental in a democratic
Natasha Edgar
4th year Canadian History
German fungus
to the rescue!
Being a new student at UBC, I
don't know what attendance is
usually like at football games, but
4876 people at the Shrum Bowl
(out of a potential combined student body of, what, 50,000?)
doesn't seem like all that much
to me. In fact, I don't know anyone who went! So here's a suggestion to increase the game's
attendance: rename it the Shrum
Bowl." Not only does it sound
German (and German is just a
cool language), but it is also reminiscent ofthe word "mushroom",
which, I understand, is quite a
popular plant in these parts.
Steven Goodinson
M.A. Economics
LETTERS POLICY: Letters to the editor must be under 300 words. "Perspectives" are opinion pieces over 300 words but under 750 words and are run according to space. "Freestyles" are
opinion pieces written by Ubyssey staff members. Priority will be given to letters and perspectives over freestyles unless the latter is time sensitive.Opinion pieces will not be run unless
the identity of the writer has been verified. Please include your phone number, student number and signature (not for publication) as well as your year and faculty with all submissions. ID
will be checked when submissions are dropped off at the office of The Ubyssey, otherwise verification will be done by phone.
10 • The Ubyssey
September 15 1995 Earle Birney
1904- 1995
Earle Birney, Canada's foremost poets, died at the age of 91
on Sept. 3, 1995. The following
editorials were published in The
Ubyssey during Birney's year as
the newspaper's editor-in-chief in
The Crackling of Thorns
There were in ancient times
some who had their own pet
theories, fancies, and philosophies, and who considered themselves vicariously selected to
regulate the thought of the communities in which they lived. All
who disagreed with these persons, were regarded with suspicion, if not with contempt. Each
guiding genius, moreover, took
certain precautionary measures
to secure his theories for posterity. These methods were simple.
Regularly he banished the dissident, often he impressed him,
and occasionally he beheaded
him. In those days the ordinary
person who had an opinion or a
whim cherished his own personal
In the twentieth century, however, a much different method is
employed. If anyone in authority who is a member of parliament has an enemy, he gives that
enemy such a severe castigation
before the law-makers of the
country, that the object of his attack is completely humiliated. If
he is not a parliamentarian, he
rushes the enemy's name into
front page headlines-advertising
or cartooning the unfortunate's
depravity; and one is inclined to
think that after all, the ancient
way had its advantages. Persons
nowadays are much too ready to
criticize, and most often they do
so on unjust grounds, because
they do not thoroughly understand the object of their attack,
and for that reason are prejudiced. Retaliation, in the majority of cases, is unwise, inasmuch
as it gratifies the accusor, who is
much more effectively dealt
with if ignored. Moreover,
public opinion, in the end,
judging the question on its
merits, settles it for all time
and in twelve months scarcely
a murmur is heard of the once
feverish controversy.
Free Speech
The public opinion ogre
seems to be raising its head,
once more, within the University. Occasionally in discussions of social activity and
other student problems, the
argument is advanced that we
should guide ourselves by the
opinion of the taxpayers,
whose money placed us here.
It is regrettable that such a temerity, and such a misconception of our privileges as university students should exist.
It should not be laid at the
door ofthe UBC students that,
in Vancouver today, there are
men, and perhaps women,
who look upon the University
as a "hot-bed of radicalism,"
simply because a few students
have the temerity to criticize
certain British institutions. It
was by criticism that the existing form of British government was brought to its
present advanced stage-it is
by criticism that it will advance still farther. By no
means should we cringe and
fawn before a stagnant form of
public opinion. University students have unusual advantages in reasoning out different problems. That is what a
University is for, to encourage
original thought and interpretations. No student should be
afraid to discuss any question,
or to uphold any opinion that
he honestly believes right,
simply because he thinks public opinion is against him. The
Ubyssey, this year, stands for
free speech and for free
The two letters written to The
Ubyssey from the Ifovrag Reform
Club (September 12) have
proven two things. The Equal
Opportunities to Education
Programme obviously has a
few cracks and loop holes that
need to be plugged. More importantly, though, the Young
Reformer's correspondence
demonstrates the hypocrisy so
typical of these Gingrichian
While they preach against
the evils of subsidized educa-
tion-or subsidized anything for
that matter-the Young Reformers seem quite willing to take
advantage of an education
largely paid for by the taxpayers of B.C. lithe Young Republicans are really concerned
about the debt, then why don't
they demand that the shackles
of communistic restraint be unlocked so that they, proud defenders ofthe "classical-liberal/
libertarian" movement, can
pay the 100% price tag of then-
post secondary education?
Until such a time arrives,
how can anyone take this silly
little group seriously? Their
rhetoric is laden with right-
wing,, Limbaughesque propaganda demonstrating the usual
intellectual void inherent in
these groups.
Nonetheless, their ideology
lies naked in the letters section
of The Ubyssey: "privatized
loans," "get a job," "no right to
Steve B.A. Emery
being a student," "radical feminist bias" and so on. Fair
enough. They can have their
opinions no matter which landfill site they found them in. But
it really pains me that this is the
youth movement resulting from
the Reform domination of our
province during the last federal
election. Their argumentative
logic is where I feared it might
be in the worst case scenario-
equivalent to that of Reform
Their demands for a private,
market driven post-secondary
. education system is replete not
with well-thought-out arguments, but with radical nonsense
shot from the hip. A university
education should be based on intellectual meritocracy, not, as the
Young Republicans would have
it, on financial ability alone. Basing the student acceptance on
their parent's income rather than
student's GPA is so... American.
The dangers of a market-
driven system are obvious if the
Young Reformers are indicative ofthe financially able. Evidence of this assault on academic integrity can be found in
the last sentence of the Young
Republican's first letter: "The
market-forces for competition
would drive down the price of
tuition and create real
affordability for students, especially those from poor families." In the manner that Rush
Limbaugh would criticize a dubious comment in, "Duh, yeah
Media obscures women's voices
by Jennifer Ditchburn
and Carol McQueen
Mainstream press covering the
Huairou Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Forum and the
United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women concentrate
mostly on the way the Chinese government is handling the event
The few instances of surveillance
in which a relatively small number
of women were filmed by Chinese
security video cameras have received widespread media attention.
Although these issues are important, they have been sensationalized
to the point that the women who
worked so hard to get to China are
drowned out or silenced.
The women's conference is about
empowerment and sharing that
empowerment with everyone left at
home. Newspapers and television
should carry this message instead of
the Chinese government Here is an
idea of what the NGO Forum is like
from the inside.
From nine in the morning until
seven in the evening, women attend
workshops on environmental destruction, economic globalization,
women and human rights abuse,
peace and human security, and the
presence of women in politics, to
Although Chinese security is
sometimes an inconvenience, participants are not deterred in their
detennination to speak out, to protest and to convince governments
around the world that their voices
should and must be heard.
With the assistance of friendly
Chinese translators, women navigate the maze of tents, kiosks and
buildings at the outdoor Huairou
venue to find the session they wish
to attend. They help each other with
simultaneous translation and share
ideas from different corners of the
Women hang posters advertising
workshops on female circumcision,
domestic violence and the empowerment of women on any available
wall. Black women from the United
States who have never met hug each
other as sisters.
Women from Nigeria, the Netherlands and Brazil share the same
quiet moment of meditation in the
colourful Tibetan tent Indian food
is available in the South-Asian tent
for anyone who passes through.
Information pamphlets from
NGOs around the world are found
in the Global Tent where conference-goers often eat lunches of Chinese noodles. Colours abound, as
fabric from Africa, India and Latin
America blend in vibrant patterns.
The success of the NGO Forum
and the United Nations Fourth
World Conference on Women in
improving the condition of women
worldwide is dependant upon their
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Tlie Ubyssey • 11 Engineering - Commerce team wins Drunken Library Tour
by Jim Conley
The Ubyssey "Drunken Library
Tour" was declared finished
Wednesday when a joint Engineering-Commerce Team won
with a record time of one hour,
35 minutes.
Evan Short and Chris Byrne,
in their first year of competition,
sped past rival teams in their
quest for campus supremacy.
"We knew we were going to
win," said Short. "Before the
event we went on a specialized
training regimen-we spent the
first week of classes drunk getting ready for this event In some
ways, I'm glad the event is over.
Now I can find out what classes
I'm taking."
The Ubyssey promised $100 to
the first team to successfully
complete The Drunken Library
Tour detailed in our September
6 issue. Described by some as
"Storm the Wall without the
Wall," the Drunken Library Tour
demands that competitors complete a grueling beer-drinking circuit through all six major UBC
Short and Byrne's captured
their record-breaking performance on video tape and showed
up at The Ubyssey office to collect
their cash prize.
When asked how he planned
to spend his share of this year's
prize money, a smiling Byrne replied "We're going to drink, probably at the Gallery. We want to
get a head start on next year's
competition by drinking all the
beer we can hold down, maybe
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